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CANNABIS: A PLANT OF MANY USES
Cannabis is among the most versatile and useful plants on earth. Every part of the cannabis plant can be used: roots, leaves and flowers for medicine; stems for textiles, rope and paper; and seeds for food and oil. The psychotropic properties of THC are well known. However, there are close to 80+ other cannabinoids within the cannabis plant all with varying benefits.
Hemp seed is one of the easiest to produce and nutritious food crops on earth. For many centuries it was the staple food crop for most of the world. The oils produced from the seed contains the highest amount of essential fatty acids in the plant world. Hemp seed oil helps clear the human system of cholesterol. The banning of hemp as a food, as is the case in Australia, is senseless.
Cannabis biomass is potentially the cheapest and most reliable, way to produce energy. It is estimated that up to 90% of the energy produced by the use of fossil fuels could be produced instead from biomass. Hemp can be converted to methane, methanol or petrol. Henry Ford’s first Model T was designed to run on methanol petrol produced from hemp seeds.
75 to 90% of the paper used for books, maps, bibles, banknotes and newspapers, was made from hemp until the 1880s. The Chinese used hemp paper since the first century AD, and it was used in Europe since the 5th century. Cannabis can be harvested in three to six months as compared with 30 or more years for trees. It can produce more fibre than wood chippings and requires no dangerous chemicals in the paper pulping process. No chlorine is needed for bleaching and no deadly dioxins are thrown into the environment. Hemp paper will outlive even the best quality wood pulp paper.
Hemp could replace wooden materials, as it can be pressed into a variety of forms. It may be used to make furniture and beams, being stronger and more flexible than timber as well as more financially and environmentally beneficial. Houses can be built from hemp bricks. Hemp can also be used to make plastics, and the processes involved are far less polluting than current industries. As well as using hemp fuel for his Model T, Henry Ford used hemp plastics to build the bodywork.
Approximately 90% of sails and rigging, nets, rope, flags and sealant was made from cannabis until the 20th century. Even sailors’ shoes and socks were produced from cannabis fibres. The original hardwearing Levi jeans were made from cannabis. In 1938 Popular Mechanics, an American magazine, stated that hemp was the “standard fibre of the world”. Clothes made from hemp are more durable yet softer than those made from cotton, a plant which requires great quantities of pesticide and fertilizer to produce.
Safer effect than pharmaceuticals and less toxic as both a prevention and cure for a wide range of medical conditions. Assists with appetite stimulation, pain relief, and may ease insomnia and improve the quality of sleep.
Sects within Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Sufism and a variety of other religious groups have used cannabis for spiritual practices for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures from China, India, Japan, Iran, Greece, and Israel also recognized the value of cannabis as an aide to spiritual practice. In more recent times, the Rastafarian religion which originated in Ethiopia in the 1930s observes cannabis as sacramental and deeply beneficial plant.
Facial creams, body lotions, soaps, lip balm, shampoo and conditioners, massage oil can all be made from hemp seed oil.
Healthier choice of inebriant and relaxant than alcohol. Can help overcome alcohol and other drug dependency. Cannabis can reduce stress and relieve tension.
Cannabis may act as a teacher plant: if used with intention, we learn to let go of what we ‘know’ and, instead, wonder. Marijuana can extend the range of our free-associative capacities. It increases the novel ways in which we find connections between ideas, and it also extends the range of ideas that we might somehow relate to one another.