The legalization of hemp, marijuana's psychoactive-less cousin, will bring an era of peace and prosperity amongst the citizens of our United States and the world at large.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with hemp, hemp is marijuana. Both are Cannabis sativa, and both look almost exactly alike. But the difference lies in the amount of THC present in the plant.
THC, also known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in Cannabis, which means it gets you high when you consume it. THC brings feelings of euphoria and cerebral serenity, which is one reason many people consume Cannabis for medicinal purposes.
But Cannabis has another family of compounds known as CBD, or Cannabidiol. CBD is not psychoactive, which means it will not alter your mind as THC does. CBD has been shown to provide medicinal benefits to many ailments and diseases, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, epilepsy, acne, depression, and addiction, just to name a few.
And since CBD is not psychoactive, it is not considered a drug by most legal authorities, which means we can buy it and sell it without the intense regulations that products containing THC must go through.
One reason CBD works so well in the human body is that we humans have something called the endocannabinoid system. 'Endo' means 'Inside', which hints that we have an inner bodily system that runs on CBD, the same CBD found in Cannabis. Our endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.
So, THC and CBD – what do these mean in relation to hemp and marijuana? The legal difference is that hemp contains below 0.3% THC, which makes this psychoactive compound negligible in the plant, which means that if someone smokes hemp, it is impossible to get high. 'Marijuana', on the other hand, normally contains anywhere between 5-30% THC.
As of today, ten states legalized recreational marijuana, but I am more focused on the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes federally legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp. House and Senate reps reported that they've reached an agreement in principle, and they are working to finalize the Bill.
Why is this the best thing to happen to our United States in a hundred years?
Because HEMP is the plant that can do it all.
It can feed us, clothe us, fuel us, heal us, house us, and do pretty much anything else we, humanity, needs.
In terms of food, hemp seeds are the most complete source of food that we know of. Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids and all essential fatty acids – Omegas 3, 6, and 9 in a ratio that is perfect for human body absorption. Also, hemp seeds have almost zero sugars and contain a healthy host of vitamins and minerals, such as Iron, Thiamin, Phosphorous, Magnesium, and Manganese.
We now are building homes from hemp using 'hempcrete'. The benefits of a homemade from weed: higher isolating capability, which results in lower energy consumption, earthquake resistance, and a negative CO2 footprint since hemp sequesters high amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere when it grows.
We can also make cars from hemp and run the cars on hemp biofuel. In fact, and this is super cool and you should definitely click on THIS LINK, Henry Ford's Model T was made with hemp fiberglass, which is 10 times stronger and 6 times lighter than steel. Not only that, the sustainability-conscious Mr. Ford fueled his car with vegetable biofuels made from soy and hemp seed oil. In the link above, a Ford Hemp car is beaten with a hammer, yet the car does not suffer any damages. Amazing.
Clothes made from an extraordinarily sustainable and revolutionary (and naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial) hemp fabric?
Saving the forests by using hemp pulp to make highly durable paper?
Biodegradable hemp-cellulose plastics replacing fossil-fuel plastics that take millions of years to degrade?
Oh, and did I forget to mention that hemp requires significantly less water to grow and pretty much no pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides and can grow in almost any environment and grows up to 5 meters in a short 3 months and rejuvenates the soil in which it grows while sequestering huge amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere?
And we are finally about to legalize this plant on a federal level.
Good things are coming, my friends. Good things are coming. #Cannabis