Hemp is another name for the Cannabis plant. Delta 8 thc is not to be confused with marijuana, the female Cannabis plant that produces the psychoactive compound delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Unlike its relative, hemp plants use their energy predominantly for producing hemp seeds and therefore, do not produce the same intoxicating effect when ingested or smoked.

In Ancient China, the Cannabis plant was referred to as Ma or mother plant. It was praised due to its extraordinary healing capabilities and psychoactive effects. The Chinese used Cannabis for religious and medical purposes. Cannabis has also been used by the Hindu Yogis of India for spiritual purposes for thousands of years and is still used recreationally and religiously today. In India, there is a national holiday called Holi, which is the festival of colors—and in this widely celebrated event, many join in drinking bhang (a homemade Cannabis and yogurt drink) and ingesting various food items prepared with Cannabis.

British author and television presenter Richard Rudgley writes: “The use of Cannabis or hemp can also be traced back to the Stone Age. The cannabis plant is native to Central Asia but had already spread across the Old World in prehistoric times. As well as having psychoactive properties the Cannabis plant also provides an extremely strong fibre, which has been used from time immemorial.” (The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age, 1999, Free Press.)

Some History Specifics

In 1492, Christopher Columbus did something worth acknowledging: it wasn’t discovering America however, since that had already been done by the natives living here. What he did do is bring hemp with him, in the form of hemp seeds, rope and canvas—to what would soon become the United States of America.

In its earliest developments and for over a century, America vigorously used industrial hemp for just about everything. And why not? The miracle plant had anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 known uses and was found to be easily manipulated into just about anything! Papers, plastics, fabrics, foods, cosmetics, biofuels—if you could think of something—it could most likely be made out of hemp and be a better alternative. In fact, in 1938 Popular Mechanics magazine published an article about industrial hemp called, “The Billion-Dollar Crop.”

Hemp has been used throughout American history specifically – and a lot of Americans don’t realize that hemp was one of our biggest allies in WWI and WWII. The US Government even released a short video called, Hemp for Victory. George Bush Sr. was actually saved by hemp in WWII; to say his thank yous, he then proceeded to lead the biggest anti-marijuana movement. All I can think or say is, “Really?!”

Under Jamestown Colony Virginia legislation, in 1619, all farmers were actually forced to grow hemp and penalized criminally if they failed to comply. Laws were passed enforcing hemp cultivation in 1631 in Massachusetts and also in Connecticut in 1632. From 1631 to 1800, Americans could even pay their taxes with hemp! That is simply amazing.

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both active hemp farmers. Benjamin Franklin owned a mill that produced hemp paper. The Declaration of Independence is written on hemp. In 1908, Henry T. Ford constructed his first Model-T car: it was built entirely out of hemp plastic and ran on hemp ethanol. This car was safer than any automobile currently being driven around. Hemp plastic is stronger, lighter and more cost effective; that’s why companies like BMW and Mercedes Benz are using hemp parts to replace carbon fiber parts for some of their vehicle models. The ever so popular clothing brands Giorgio Armani and Patagonia are also currently using hemp in their products. When critiqued, products made of hemp always prove superior.

Up until the mid 1900s, hemp was the main source for paper. Fortune 500’s Kimberly-Clark still owns a mill in France that produces hemp paper for various products marketed internationally; here are a few of the product brands you are likely familiar with:

∙ Viva paper towels

∙ Huggies and Pull-Ups diapers

∙ Cottonelle bathroom tissue

∙ Kleenex facial tissue

Didn’t think you were actively using Cannabis, huh? Think again!

There’s More Benefits of Hemp?

Absolutely. Hemp also produces hemp seeds—tiny little nutty-flavored seeds. Hemp seeds are the single most nutritious food source in the world, containing all the essential fatty acids (EFAs) and amino acids necessary for a healthy life. Hemp seeds and hemp oil have the highest concentration of polyunsaturated fats (the good fats our bodies need). I alternate between the Manitoba Harvest and Nutiva Shelled Hempseed and a 3 tbs serving gives me about 11 grams of protein. Please check out the Manitoba Harvest’s FAQ for more nutritional information about hemp seed consumption.

On September 1, 2001, The Journal of Neuroscience published an article that states delta-9 THC is beneficial for neuronal injury or degenerative diseases. Not only does it play the role of a body-guard for your brain—but it also helps with repairing the damage. There are natural cannabinoid receptors located inside each of us: CB1 and CB2, G-protein coupled receptors.

CB1 receptors are found in various areas of the brain and are responsible for the euphoric and anti-convulsive effects of Cannabis. CB2 receptors are found in various areas of the body and are responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of Cannabis. Consequently, people with multiple sclerosis and other debilitating conditions such as fibromyalgia, glaucoma, arthritis, etc. tend to obtain tremendous relief from Cannabis use via inhalation of smoke and/or ingestion.

When used in the proper ways, Cannabis is—indisputably—absolutely amazing, to say the very least.

Who Made Cannabis Illegal?

Although there was early regulation of Cannabis in 1906 in the District of Columbia, it didn’t actually become illegal until the early 1950s. Harry Jacob Anslinger was appointed first commissioner of the US Treasury department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the DEA) in the 1930s. FYI, Anslinger was married to the niece of the Secretary of US Treasury, Andrew William Mellon. Mellon was the wealthiest man of his time: get this—a crude oil and industrial giant. Ironic? I’d say!

Following in Mellon’s footsteps was newspaper and timber industry giant William Randolph Hearst and petrochemicals giant Lammont DuPont. So, to simplify that: it was in Mellon, Hearst, DuPont and soon after, Anslinger’s best interest to stop hemp/marijuana use completely because the industrial hemp industry would be a much more affordable, natural, cleaner, safer and efficient alternative to theirs’. With so much misinforming going on, more and more people hopped on the “Cannabis is evil” bandwagon simply out of fear.

So what did they do? Invested tons of capital into anti-marijuana propaganda: the movie Reefer Madness was actually released in 1936, before the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The goal of the movie was to create fear in the hearts of unknowing Americans so that they would never question why this incredible plant was being defamed and what was really going on behind the scenes.

The Marijuana Tax Act never banned the use of hemp or marijuana, it simply made it impossible to deal in the Cannabis industry without committing a crime because to obtain the tax stamp was to make an illegal trip to Washington D.C. It was a completely useless Act and was actually opposed by the American Medical Association, but the greedy had an exorbitant amount of money and they didn’t stop until the Boggs Act of 1952, when Cannabis officially became illegal.

Anslinger and his seemingly ethically challenged group of friends argued that hemp and marijuana were associated with outrageously violent behaviors and incorporated into their legal arguments in court were statements of pure racism and incompetence. These guys were said to have made a handful of statements like: “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.” Also viewed negatively was Communist China at the time and Cannabis quickly became associated with Communism. All I’ve got to say is: wow. And I’m not impressed.

So ultimately, that’s why Cannabis isn’t legal.. Entirely due to greed and racism. Some relentless souls decided they wanted to rule the world and were completely content with sacrificing the rest of world population’s livelihood and awareness in order to do so. The sad part is—we, the people, allowed them to do this to a large extent. Not decriminalizing Cannabis is economically foolish; even if only hemp were legal, our national and global economy would be provided the ability to recover incredibly quickly and there would be no room for inflation in the world. Instead of living in ignorance and fear, we should actively choose to end miseducation and truly take control of our lives for the better.

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