Hemp: Why is it illegal?
Usually when we talk with someone unfamiliar and sometimes even judgmental about the subject of hemp, it conjures up images to them of the typical stereotype that is usually placed on cannabis smokers. And that it has no real use at all but to get the high from it. But with a little research you would find that this couldn’t be any more ridiculous or further from the truth. Hemp is actually one of the most useful plants on Earth. Unlike cannabis, it contains such a minuscule amount of THC that you cannot produce the high from it. Why would it be illegal then you ask? Because hemp has over 10,000 uses! From paper to plastic, textiles and food, to medicines such as safe and effective cancer treatments, building materials, ending our reliance on fossil fuels, even enriching the soil it’s grown in and repairing the environment with a safe, environmentally friendly alternative. I’m pretty sure most of us know about the problem we are now facing with the issue of dwindling resources and the ever increasing need for more sustainable practices on the planet. We could literally construct our entire modern world from the most useful plant on earth: HEMP. If you wan’t to get further into it, lets talk more… The corporations of the world would lose billions! The ‘power structure’ would then effectively ‘shift back’ into the hands of the people, where it belongs, making millions of us self-sufficient farmers. People would start growing this stuff in their yards and getting paid to do it! Hemp legislation is just another way for corporations to control us and, if you will, micro-manage every aspect of our lives and preserve/expand their profit. But at what cost? The planet?! It make NO SENSE not to grow this stuff. Except, if you are trying to preserve the corporate rule and monopoly over the land and resources, and ultimately, our lives.
The only reason cannabis is illegal isn’t because the federal government is worried about us getting high. They even recognize the medicinal benefits of cannabis, and have actually patented it. The federal government owns patent ‘US 6630507’ Cannabinoids as ‘antioxidants and neuroprotectants’.. It’s to keep growing HEMP illegal because of the implications it would have to the expanding of their unsustainable industries. Good news is, as hemp/cannabis legislation falls apart, we are seeing states all over the U.S. starting to shift their perspective regarding the matter and legalize the growing of hemp and the use of marijuana, which I see as a basic human right.
A little more about Hemp:
For thousands of years, humans have used parts of the hemp plant for food, textiles, paper, fabric, and fuel oil. Today, modern processing technologies have made it possible to create alternatives to gasoline, plastic, and other petroleum products that can help the human race lessen its reliance on polluting and expensive fossil fuels. The declaration of independence was produced on HEMP paper. It was actually a crime back then NOT to grow hemp on your property.
The hemp plant is a renewable resource that can be produced domestically. It grows quickly, and naturally resists plant diseases, has a RAPID rate of photosynthesis and produces oxygen very quickly, requires little weeding, thrives in most climates, and enriches the soil it grows in. So, you can see why this stuff has been completely valued by people all over the world for thousands of years, and why a corporate ‘elite’ would just recently (in the scale of things) want this useful plant ‘banned’. It was only recently that this extremely useful and long ‘revered’ plant was demonized because of its relation to the ‘marijuana’ plant, which by (what scientists are now revealing in new studies all over the world), can actually cure cancer when ingested properly, and can have some very powerful healing effects to your body according to a recent article from ‘Huffington Post’:
“Scientists find cannabis compound stops metastasis in aggressive cancers:
We can also find MUCH information spread out from many other sources now widespread amongst the science and online community. To my surprise, even the mainstream media is starting to come around on the subject. Hopefully, as time goes by, we will see more and more people recognizing the benefits of this plant and praising it for it’s amazing qualities rather than dismissing it because of what a few false, and ultimately ‘biased’ political leaders decided to do over 60 years ago. The time is now to find a new sustainable way to get our daily needs filled and fix the environment at the same time. And from what looks like in my, and I’m sure many others opinion, the only real sustainable solution the planet has to fixing this problem. Get involved on the matter, create HEMP petitions online to help spread the word, call the local representative to you and tell them how you feel, educate others on the benefits of HEMP and the implications it’s availability would have on our planet. Only then can we rise as one and finally be heard on this very important issue.
Sources and other websites you can visit regarding the subject of HEMP.
A Quick Guide to Hemp
an introduction to the many uses of hemp
The Emperor Wears no Clothes
the extensive and well-researched full text of the book that helped start the modern hemp revolution, in print since 1985
Environmental Benefits of Hemp
a summary of the many environmental benefits of hemp from McGill University, including agricultural factors such as how hemp benefits the soil
Industrial Hemp – an alternative to our problems?
an excellent article on the uses of hemp from a British progressive business magazine
North American Industrial Hemp Council
information about industrial hemp from an agricultural association
Basic Uses of Industrial Hemp: Food, Fuel, Fiber
description of the basic uses of hemp from a hemp trade association
Food and Agriculture: Hemp
an overview of agricultural hemp from the Alberta Government
Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America
a chapter from an academic agriculture book reviewing the various uses for industrial hemp
History and Benefits of Hemp
a summary of the uses and background history of hemp
Nutty Hemp a Hot Food Trend
a news story about the growing popularity of hemp foods
Hemp Seed: The most Nutritionally Complete Food Source in the World
information on the health benefits of eating hempseed
more information on dietary hempseed
Micronutrient Information Center: Essential Fatty Acids
an overview of the importance of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the body
Are You Getting Enough Essential Fatty Acids?
an article on EFAs aimed at vegetarians
Efficacy of Dietary Hempseed Oil in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis http://
results of a Finnish scientific study that showed dietary hemp oil improved symptoms of contact dermatitis
Hemp as a Nutreceutical for Animals
the benefits of feeding hemp to pets and livestock
Carp Passion: Hemp
an article from a British fishing website about using hempseed as bait
Hemp Body Care Benefits
the benefits of using hemp in skin, hair, and other body care products
the story of a hemp-fueled car that toured North America raising awareness about biofuels
more information about hemp based alternatives to plastic
Hemp For Houses
more information on the possibilities for using hemp in construction
House of Hemp
the story of a house built with hemp materials in Ontario
USA Hemp Museum
extensive information about the history of and modern uses for hemp
America’s Harried Hemp History
an article on the history of hemp in America from colonial times to today
Hemp: Beyond Peak Oil
information about hemp’s uses and the history of prohibition from a site about the impact of the decline of fossil fuels
Hemp for Victory
the 1942 American Government film designed to encourage farmers to grow more hemp to help the war effort
Frequently Asked Questions about Hemp and Canada’s Hemp Industry
information about Canada’s industrial hemp rules and regulations, also available in French
Hemp Grows With Technological Advances:
Plant replacing petroleum-based products for varied industrial uses
An article from a business magazine about the exponential growth of hemp in the financial marketplace and trends for the future.
Harvard study confirms that marijuana cures cancer:
Scientists find cannabis compound stops metastasis in aggressive cancers: