My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
50,000 Ways That Hemp Can Literally Save The World
Did you know that the very first marijuana law in the United States was one ordering farmers to grow hemp? Meaning, it was illegal to NOT grow it; farmers were REQUIRED to grow it.
Popular Mechanics magazine, in their February, 1938 issue, said that “Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody “hurds” remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.”
Hemp was celebrated as the “new billion dollar crop”.
And then shit happened.
It was banned.
Banned precisely because it was too good.
The new materials and pharmaceuticals industries started by the new industrial giants such as the DuPont Company (www.dupont.com, NYSE Symbol: DD, founded 1802), simply could not compete with it.
To protect their new industries and profits, these new influential companies had to kill the “new billion dollar crop”.
Plastics, synthetic fibres like nylon, and so on, needed Hemp to disappear for them to prosper.
Here is just a few of the products Hemp can make, easily:
And so today, in the United States of America, it is illegal to grow Hemp. And in the rest of the world, it is either illegal or suppressed.
If Hemp became legalised and utilised fully, the clear cutting of forests, the burning of fossil fuels to make synthetic materials and plastics, the proliferation of plastic waste, and even the spraying large amounts of pesticides, and much more, would be eliminated.
The reason why is that Hemp is the world’s wonder crop.
For many reasons, some of which include:
1. Hemp is one of the most sustainable crops. Sustainability is defined by The World Commission on Environment and Development as “the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
As an example of this sustainability, consider that 93% of paper and cardboard comes from trees, and that the timber industry destroys an additional 40% of Earth’s trees. Were we to switch to Hemp, each Hemp plant would save 12 trees, and it would reduce the need for chemicals used in paper and cardboard manufacture. In the clothing industry, 1 acre of Hemp can replace 3 acres of cotton. Additionally, cotton requires heavy use of fertiliser and pesticides; Hemp doesn’t. Hemp produces 250% more fibre than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax from the same land area.
2. Hemp is one of the most durable, strongest fibres on Earth. It is strong enough to replace metal, glass, plastic, fabrics and synthetic fibres in many instances. It scores higher than many of these in various tensile, tear and pressure tests, depending on use-case.
3. Hemp, like corn, can also be used as fuel. Today, we grow tons of subsidised GMO corn for 95% of all ethanol production. Hemp can make ethanol, methanol, and biodiesel. Get this: first, it does so in a cleaner and safer way than GMO corn does; secondly, biodiesel is 100% biodegradable, a much cleaner fuel, and actually smells nice!
4. Because Hemp fibres are hollow, cloth made from them insulates the body in Winter and keeps it warm, while ventilating it in Summer to keep you cool. Plus it lasts longer, very durable. Because it grows without the pesticides and herbicides that cotton requires, it’s cloth is better for your skin. Plus, unlike cotton which wears out as you wash it and use it, Hemp “wears in”, becoming softer without getting damaged. And because it is fire-retardant to a greater extent, it doesn’t need the fire repellant chemicals that cotton is often soaked in for beddings and so on.
5. Hemp is a highly nutritious source of food, one of the most nutritiously rich seeds in the plant kingdom. It is very high in good proteins, good fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and so on, and it has them in remarkably good balance. It is great for the immunity system. Unlike Soy and many other foods, it is highly digestible. And it is a lot safer to eat than GMO foods!
6. It grows FAST! Without any chemicals at all, it can grow to full harvestable size in 3 – 4 months flat. This is especially important for timber, paper and cardboard replacement. Today, we cut trees 3 times faster than they can grow, and it takes them up to 30 years to grow to maturity. That problem disappears with Hemp.
7. Hemp just grows. It can be labour intensive, but it doesn’t need agrochemicals like pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Switching to Hemp instantly eliminates a great amount of the poisonous pesticides, herbicides or fungicides we use, which are destroying the planet and the environment in so many ways, and polluting our own bodies. Hemp grows poison-free.
8. Hemp is medicinal. The big pharmaceutical companies don’t like to admit it publicly, but they are busy patenting all sorts of synthetic drugs based on hemp and/or THC. Synthetics are the only way these companies can profit from cannabis, because they can control them using patents and sell them exclusively. Yet, the synthetics can never beat the natural product. Cannabis has been proven to reverse all sorts of ailments, including tumours and cancer, and many, many other ailments.
9. Hemp, as we now know, can make over 25,000 products, including soap, clothing, building supplies, fuel, medicines, and so on. But did you know that it is strong enough to make aircraft and car bodies? Henry Ford is said to have designed his first two vehicles with industrial hemp parts. Hempearth Group Ltd is making a ”twin-engine Hemp Plane that will carry four passengers at up to 210 miles per hour. About 75 percent of the entire plane – body, wings, seats, interior furnishings – will be made from hemp products and the plane will be powered by nothing but hemp biofuel.” Industrial Hemp, because of how it is layered, can be lighter AND stronger than steel and fiberglass, able to absorb impact better.
10. Hemp grows all over the world! From the north to the south, from east to west. No problem. Hemp is also an excellent rotation crop. It suppresses weeds, it loosens the soil, making it great to grow with other crops.
11. Hemp plastic is a 100% biodegradable and recyclable plastic replacement that eliminates non-biodegradable plastic waste, cuts down on CO2 production, and eliminates the need for oil-based materials. There are even flame-retardant versions of Hemp Plastic. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it non-biodegradable plastic, is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. Soon, our oceans will have more plastic than fish, literally. Hemp Plastic solves this. Hemp Plastic can be thrown into the ground and it right away begins to turn into soil, compost. Remember, too, that synthetic plastics are oil-based. Using Hemp Plastic not only eliminates plastic trash, it also eliminates the need for oil in plastic manufacture – a double-win.
12. Hemp paper can be recycles 7 times, vs only 3 times for wood pulp paper.
13. Wood pulp paper production creates 220 million pounds of toxic pollution into the water and air. On the contrary, Hemp paper doesn’t need to be bleached with chlorine like wood pulp does. It can simply be whitened with hydrogen peroxide, which is much safer for the Earth.
14. Hemp also makes building materials, such as hempcrete, fibreboard, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulation, and so on. These are better for the environment, real green building materials. Plus, they are rot free, pest free, mould free, and fire resistant. They can last for several hundred years.
OK… That should be enough to demonstrate the power of Hemp.
Now, why would such a wonderful solution still be illegal to cultivate in the United States?
It is still a federal crime to grow hemp. It is classified as a “dangerous drug”.
You can’t even smoke Hemp!
Hemp is the Cannabis Sativa plant. Contrary to popular belief, hemp is not the same plant breed as marijuana and contains less than 0.5% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the property of marijuana that gets us high. You cannot get high on Hemp. And even if you could, it wouldn’t be as dangerous as legal alcohol and nicotine – but you can’t anyways.
So what makes it a ‘dangerous drug’?
More dangerous than the toxic chemicals it would replace, the tree felling practices it would end, the fossil fuels it would replace, the plastics it would replace, the pharmaceuticals it would replace, the oil-based raw materials it would replace, the GMO foods it would replace…?
A “dangerous drug”.
How is it a good idea to ban this plant that solves so many of our problems – especially when you cannot even get high on it?
What were they smoking when they came to that crazy conclusion?
Remember, these are not theories; Hemp was successfully used for thousands of years already in all sorts of industries, in the past, before it was banned.
Once we realise how much we are destroying the planet, all the while banning one of the most obvious solution staring us in the face, we can only wonder how things went so wrong, so far.
And for that, let us consider the Big Question…
How The Hell Did Hemp, This Most Versatile Of Plants, Become Illegal – Despite The Fact That It Cannot Get You High?
“During Hoover’s presidency, Andrew Mellon became Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont’s primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to head the [new] Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.”
Pause… Let’s get some context…
President Hoover was the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933.
Andrew Mellon was a leading banker in the Mellon banking family, and a United States Secretary of the Treasury. The Mellon family is a wealthy and influential American family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The family fortune originated with Mellon Bank, founded 1869. They became principal investors and majority owners of Gulf Oil (founded 1901 becoming Chevron-Texaco in 1985), Alcoa (since 1886), The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (since 1970), as well as their major financial and ownership influence on Westinghouse, H.J. Heinz, Newsweek, U.S. Steel, Credit Suisse First Boston, General Motors and others.The Mellon Bank has since become the Bank of New York.
DuPont, is an American conglomerate that was founded in July 1802. DuPont developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber,Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona, Corfam, and Lycra. In 2014, DuPont was the world’s fourth largest chemical company based on market capitalization and eighth based on revenue (25.27 billion USD in 2015).
Are you starting to see where this is going?
The Collective Evolution article continues…
“Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. This then led these men to take an obscure Mexican slang word: ‘marihuana’ and push it into the consciousness of America. The reason why they changed the name was because everyone knew of hemp and how amazing it was for the world. They would never be able to get away with banning hemp, so they used a name they knew no one would care about.
Not long after this plan was set in place, the media began a blitz of ‘yellow journalism’ [ fake news ] in the late 1920s and 1930s. Yellow journalism is essentially journalism where stories with catchy headlines are put into the mainstream media to get attention, yet these stories are not well researched or backed up. They are often used simply to create public opinion. Many newspapers were pumping stories emphasizing the horrors and dangers of marihuana. The “menace” of marihuana made headlines everywhere. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to losing morality and it wasn’t long before public opinion started to shape.
Next came several films like ‘Reefer Madness’ (1936), ‘Marihuana: Assassin of Youth’ (1935) and ‘Marihuana: The Devil’s Weed’ (1936) which were all propaganda films designed by these industrialists to create an enemy out of marihuana. Reefer Madness was possibly the most interesting of the films as it depicted a man going crazy from smoking marijuana and then murdering his family with an ax. With all of these films, the goal was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws could be passed without objection.
Unlike most films with a simple ending, Reefer Madness ended with bold words on the screen: TELL YOUR CHILDREN. In the 1930s, things were different than today. The population did not question things very much. They did not have tools like the Internet to quickly spread information and learn about things that were happening. Most built their opinions and beliefs off of the news via print or the radio. As a result and what was instructed by mainstream news, many people did tell their children about marihuana and thus shaping a strong public opinion about it.
On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. Simply put, this committee is the only one that could introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. At the time, the Chairman of the Ways and Means was Robert Doughton who was a Dupont supporter. With vested interest, he insured that the bill would pass Congress.
In an attempt to stop the bill from being passed, Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, attempted to testify on behalf of the American Medical Association. He mentioned that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marihuana was hemp. Or at least a strain of it. Hemp and Marijuana are both varieties of Cannabis sativa, but this distinction was purposely not made well known to the public. Since the law was not so much focused on banning one or the other, both found their way into the ban. The AMA recognized cannabis/marihuana as a medicine found in numerous healing products sold and used for quite some time. The AMA like many other’s did not realize that the deadly menace they had been reading about in the media was in fact hemp.
In September of 1937, hemp prohibition began. Arguably the most useful plant known to man has become illegal to grow and use both in its non THC strain [called Hemp] and THC strain called marihuana. To this day, this plant is still illegal to grow in the United States.”
Now, here is one of those movies mentioned in the article above:
Reefer Madness ORIGINAL TRAILER – 1936 (Not the full film)
And here are some alarmist posters from the 1930s-50s, which, with the propaganda films, rallied public support for prohibition:
So there you have it. An outcome based on government-sanctioned “fake news”.
A false-flag operation.
The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act defined hemp as a narcotic drug, and production halted.
And then something funny happened…
Something they didn’t see coming.
World War II.
The US needed Hemp for all its many products. Hemp was literally crucial for US WWII victory.
And so, they not only lifted the ban on hemp production, but they even produced a film called “Hemp For Victory” to encourage U.S. farmers to grow hemp for the war effort.
The U.S. government formed the War Hemp Industries Department, which subsidized hemp cultivation. Subsidized it! That is how important it was.
In 1943, U.S. hemp production rose from 1 million pounds to more than 150 million pounds on 146,200 harvested acres.
Here is the film the U.S. government made, Hemp For Victory:
After the war, the ban was reinforced, and hemp was made illegal again.
True story! It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
Now, here is a recent documentary that brings more to light:
The Culture High – Trailer
Journeying across the North American landscape, The Culture High is the riveting story that tears into the very fiber of modern day marijuana prohibition to reveal the truth behind the arguments and motives governing both those who support and oppose the existing pot laws. With budgets to fight the war reaching billions and arrests for simple possession sky rocketing to nearly a million annually, the debate over marijuana’s legality has reached epic proportions. Utilizing the quirky yet profound nature of its predecessor, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, The Culture High raises the stakes with some of todays biggest names, unprecedented access to footage previously unobtainable, and incredibly moving testimonials from both sides of the spectrum. Top celebrities, former undercover agents, university professors and a slew of unforgettable characters from all points of view come together for an amusing yet insightful portrait of cannabis prohibition and the grasp it has on society as a whole. The Culture High will strip search the oddity of human nature and dare to ask the question: What exactly is going on here?
So, now what?
Are we to continue blindly suffering from plastics, chemicals, fossil fuels, toxins, disappearing forests, and a failing environment, while a perfect solution is staring at us in the face?
Are we to all continue suffering because a few people decades ago decided to ban the solution “for our own good”, and produce toxic synthetic alternatives?
It’s your planet.
You belong here. You are not a 2nd class serf. You are a Sovereign Being, in alliance with All of Earth. If you don’t like something, change it, Sovereign Beings. You are more powerful than you think you are.
Usher in the Golden Age, by following the Golden Rule: Do unto others what you would like done unto you. Love your neighbor, and love yourself.
Love always, yet stand up for Love.
Live, and let live. Meaning, do no harm, but take no crap.
Innovate your heart away.
Go for the establishment of a clean, abundant, compassionate Paradise on Earth for all humankind, for all life on Earth, a New Earth.
You are a Creator Being, a Sovereign Being. The time has come!
Who will stop the madness, if not you, World Citizen? And if not now, when?
What we need now is a Revolution of Consciousness.