The Truth About Marijuana And Hemp
Marijuana, The Truth
This can be a very sensitive topic for most people these days, and there is good reason for that, let me sum it all up in one sentence for you. Marijuana isn't dangerous to anyone accept for industry leaders and world government! That's Right! Have I caught your attention? I hope i have dear reader because if you have found this web page you are well on your way to a facinating discovery! Please be patient and read on! there is a place for discussion at then end of this article, Please be appropriate and enjoy!
The reason it is illegal
Marijuana is outlawed in all of the united states by a federal law passed in the early times of the Great Depression. There's a great reason for it! Marijuana's biggest enemy is the Petro chemical industry. Goods like cotton, paper goods and most industrial goods produced by the United States. Americas biggest cash crop during the 17-to early 1900's as a matter of fact in the sate of Virginia, it was illegal to refuse to grow the plant because of how profitable the crops had become to the treasury department.Now mind you most of the people growing marijuana weren't using it to smoke, but instead using it as a textile fabric that was used to create everything from the paper that the constitution is written on to the first flag that was made by Betsy Ross. Actually the entire U.S. Navy was using it early on to make sales for their ship. Actually until "Hemp" met its opposition it was considered very useful and profitable for everything including food and even fuel! Henry fords first car was built to run on "hemp fuel" hemp was never called marijuana until lawmakers realized that it was far more profitable to outlaw it and sell other goods in its place. Just look at how the paper and tree industries were started. Hemp produces the same amount of paper on one acre of land as it takes four acres of trees. Its also easier on the environment and has a harvest time that is much lower than that of paper trees. The reason its illegal has nothing to do with it being a "drug" Hemp was never even called or considered a drug until it met its prohibition.
The word marijuana was written on ads, posters, and printed in news media, it was broadcast over the air waves and was given the stigma of a gateway drug. shortly after, the government went to work to make marijuana an evil term. A term to be afraid of, one that would strike fear into those who used it in any fashion. For any purpose.
What is hemp?
For our purposes, hemp is the plant called cannabis sativa. There are other plants that are called hemp, but cannabis hemp is the most useful of these plants. Hemp is a durable plant that has been used all throughout history for many purposes. Fiber is the most well known product, and the word `hemp' can mean the rope or twine which is made from the hemp plant, as well as just the stalk of the plant which produced it. The United States Navy still employs hemp rope on Old Iron Sides. Hemp rope is well known in all types of boating as being a strong, stable, reliable rope. Hemp rope holds up years longer than its counterparts. This is especially true at sea, hemp rope has a natural ability to fight salt build up, algae growth, and general water logging better than any other rope known to man. In terms of strength, hemp is about 9.5 times stronger than its strongest counterpart.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is the most durable of the hemp plants, and it produces the toughest cloth, called
canvass. Canvass was widely used as sails in the early shipping industry, as it was the only
cloth which would not rot on contact with sea spray. The cannabis plant also produces three
other very important products which the other hemp plants do not seed, pulp, and medicine. The pulp is used as fuel, and to make paper. The seed is suitable for both human and animal foods. The oil from the seed can be used in as a base for paints, stains and varnishes.
The medicine is a tincture or a mixture of the sticky resin in the blossoms and leaves of the
hemp plant, and is used for a variety of purposes. The medical implications of marijuana are wide and staggering. Treatments are available for a variety of ailments ranging from acute to chronic, and from mild to severe.
Where did the word `marijuana' come from?
The word `marijuana' is a Mexican slang term which became popular in the late 1930's in
America, during a series of media and government programs which we now refer to as the
`Reefer Madness Movement.' It refers specifically to the medicine part of cannabis, which
Mexican soldiers used to smoke.
Today in the U.S., hemp (meaning the roots, stalk, and stems of the cannabis plant) is legal to
possess. No one can arrest you for wearing a hemp shirt, or using hemp paper. Marijuana (The flowers, buds, or leaves of the cannabis plant) is not legal to possess, and there are stiff fines and possible jail terms for having any marijuana in your possession. The seeds are legal to possess and eat, but only if they are sterilized (will not grow to maturity.) Since it is not possible to grow the hemp plant without being in possession of marijuana, the United States does not produce any industrial hemp products, and must import them or, more often, substitute others. (There is a way to grow hemp legally, but it involves filing an application with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the DEA very rarely ever gives its permission.) This does not seem to have stopped people from producing and using marijuana, though. In many of the United States, marijuana is the number one cash crop, mostly because it fetches a very high price on the black market. Recently, states across the nation have began decriminalizing marijuana, and marijuana possession. Some states, Colorado especially, have gone beyond decriminalization, and have made it legal to possess a small amount for personal use. Denver Colorado was the first city in the nation to declare that it would no longer prosecute marijuana possession as a criminal charge. The mayor is quoted saying "were not going to be locking up innocent people for possessing small amounts of marijuana, for wanting to stay home and out of the bars, for choosing a different way to relax from daily stress."
How can hemp be used as a food?
Hemp seed is a highly nutritious source of protein and essential fatty oils. Many populations
have grown hemp for its seed -- most of them eat it as `gruel' which is a lot like oatmeal. The
leaves can be used as roughage, but not without slight psycho-active side-effects. Hemp seeds do not contain any marijuana and they do not get you `high.'
Hemp seed protein closely resembles protein as it is found in the human blood. It is fantastically easy to digest, and many patients who have trouble digesting food are given hemp seed by their doctors. Hemp seed was once called `edestine' and was used by scientists as the model for vegetable protein.
Hemp seed oil provides the human body with essential fatty acids. Hemp seed is the only seed
which contains these oils with almost no saturated fat. As a supplement to the diet, these oils can reduce the risk of heart disease. It is because of these oils that birds will live much longer if they eat hemp seed.
With hemp seed, a vegan or vegetarian can survive and eat virtually no saturated fats. One
handful of hemp seed per day will supply adequate protein and essential oils for an adult.
What are the benefits of hemp compared to other food crops?
Hemp requires little fertilizer, and grows well almost everywhere. It also resists pests, so it uses
little pesticides. Hemp puts down deep roots, which is good for the soil, and when the leaves
drop off the hemp plant, minerals and nitrogen are returned to the soil. Hemp has been grown on the same soil for twenty years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil.
Using less fertilizer and agricultural chemicals is good for two reasons. First, it costs less and
requires less effort. Second, many agricultural chemicals are dangerous and contaminate the
environment -- the less we have to use, the better.
What about soy? Is hemp competitive as a world source of protein?
Hemp does not produce quite as much protein as soy, but hemp seed protein is of a higher quality than soy. Agricultural considerations may make hemp the food crop of the future. In addition to the fact that hemp is an easy crop to grow, it also resists UV-B light, which is a kind of sunlight blocked by the ozone layer. Soy beans do not take UV-B light very well. If the ozone layer were to deplete by 16%, which by some estimates is very possible, soy production would fall by 25-30%. We may have to grow hemp or starve -- and it won't be the first time that this has happened. Hemp has been used to `bail out' many populations in time of famine. Unfortunately, because of various political factors, starving people in today's underdeveloped countries are not taking advantage of this crop. In some places, this is because government officials would call it `marijuana' and pull up the crop. In other countries, it is because the farmers are busy growing coca and poppies to produce cocaine and heroin for the local Drug Lord. This is truly a sad state of affairs. Hopefully someday the Peace Corps will be able to teach modern hemp seed farming techniques and end the world's protein shortage.
How can hemp be used for clothes?
The stalk of the hemp plant has two parts, called the
bast and the herd. The fiber (bast) of the hemp plant can be woven into almost any kind of cloth.It is very durable. In fact, the first Levi's blue jeans were made out of hemp for just this reason. Compared to all the other natural fibers available, hemp is more suitable for a large number of applications. Here is how hemp is harvested for fiber: A field of closely spaced hemp is allowed to grow until the leaves fall off. The hemp is then cut down and it lies in the field for some time washed by the rain. It is turned over once to expose both sides of the stalk evenly. During this time, the herd softens up and many minerals are returned to the soil. This is called `retting,' and after this step is complete, the stalks are brought to a machine which separates the bast and the herd. We are lucky to have machines today -- men used to do this last part by hand with hours of back-breaking labor.
Why is it better than cotton?
The cloth that hemp makes may be a little less soft than cotton, (though there are also special
kinds of hemp, or ways to grow or treat hemp, that can produce a soft cloth) but it is much
stronger and longer lasting. (It does not stretch out.) Environmentally, hemp is a better crop to
grow than cotton, especially the way cotton is grown nowadays. In the United States, the cotton
crop uses half of the total pesticides. (Yes, you heard right, one half of the pesticides used in the entire U.S. are used on cotton.) Cotton is a soil damaging crop and needs a lot of fertilizer.
Now You Can See!
I'm sure that as you read further into this article you are beginning to see why this amazing plant is a threat to the establishment. I can only say one thing to you as a reader. If you don't like it, Do something about it! The most damaging thing we can do is to reeducate people. Start reaching out to people and organizations and educating friends family members and the like. Dont tolerate ignorance. Ignorance of course being the absence of education. Stay informed as to what your government is doing. The more we turn away because they have made it hard for us to be involved the more and more we give up rights and the more likely it is that we as a humanity are going to suffer.