Living In A Pot Culture
Legalizing Marijuana: The Pro Argument
Seeds Of Destruction Or
Source of Energy And
A Cure For Cancer!
(M. Javed Naseem)
|(After Holland, pot-coffee is also getting popular in the U.S.)|
Prepare to survive in a ‘pot-culture’ or
a marijuana society full of pot-addicts,
‘pot-cafes’ and ‘pot-food’ restaurants.
Soon you’ll be living in a ‘high’ society!
The forceful push by the influential rich and business elite of the West to get marijuana (hemp, cannabis, dope) legalized in America and Europe, has resulted in a debate about the good medicinal uses and the abuses of this plant. The way things are going in America, it is feared that soon America would become what was Chine during its ‘opium era’. The pot (cannabis) is offered in numerous forms and categories of smoking, drinking, inhaling and eating. Very soon you’ll find “pot-cafes” serving varieties of pot-coffee; and “pot-food” restaurants with varieties of pot-food on the menu.
Hemp oil is both edible and highly nutritious.
The food source contains essential fatty acids
(more omega-3’s than walnuts) which lower
inflammation, and the whole seed is about
25% protein. It’s also a great source of
calcium and iron.
The so-called ‘experts’ on cannabis are promoting it as an herb or plant extremely beneficial for human health. How much scientific study and real research supports this argument is still questionable. It’s a long shot.
There is no denying of the medicinal benefits of this herb but to use this argument as the base for legalizing marijuana for general use is neither reasonable nor logical. The promoters claim that it’s better and safer than alcohol but alcohol is already legal. When the marijuana is legalized only then we can start observing and experiencing its negative or hazardous side. It’s scary though.
The Declaration of Independence was printed
on hemp paper and the crop was mandated to
be grown in the U.S. in 1619, only in the last
hundred years or so have people been
demonizing the plant.
Marijuana is currently among the fastest-growing industries in the United States and there are billions of dollars to make! It’s the new ‘gold rush’ of America.
Marijuana or cannabis is one of the oldest plant on earth and it has many uses. When something has many positive uses, it is natural that the abuse and the negative uses would also appear and two sides start a debate. Use or abuse depends on human behavior not on a particular plant or product.
In the early 1940s, Henry Ford produced
a prototype car made out of hemp and soy
plastic. But it never went into production
due to the influence of chemical giant DuPont,
photos of Ford trying to ax his way through
the car proved hemp plastic’s durability.
Everything on earth (and in our households) can be used either in a positive way or in a negative way. It’s only unfair to demonize a plant or a product and not the user.
This is unfortunate, as marijuana or hemp is one of the most versatile (and longest cultivated) crops on the planet and can be used for a variety of practical and economical uses.
Like corn, cannabis can be used
to develop bio-fuels to power
automobiles, generators, and
pretty much anything else
one can imagine.
9 Uses For Hemp You Won’t Learn
From Mainstream Media
(From Wake Up World, pub. 27th July 2016)
By Amanda Froelich
These are the most newsworthy benefits of industrial hemp corporate media won’t teach you about.
Although the negative stigma associated with cannabis has lessened in recent years – especially since THC- and CBD-rich oils were found to be a powerful aid in fighting cancer – it still hasn’t garnered full support from the public.
This is unfortunate, as hemp is one of the most versatile (and longest cultivated) crops on the planet and can be used for a variety of practical and economical uses.
According to some sources, the crop is humanity’s answer to creating a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, removing radioactive water from the soil, and eliminating smog from skies in industrialized areas. In addition, nationwide hemp production (which creates more oxygen than standard crops) could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper, which can be recycled up to 8 times. Compare this to wood pulp, which is only recyclable up to 3 times. Finally, hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and can even serve as a suitable feed for animals and livestock.
Obviously, numerous benefits could be derived from legalizing the crop and allowing it to be cultivated all over the world. However, people have been conditioned to view cannabis negatively; largely a result of big business and political propaganda which began in 1915. Even though the Declaration of Independence was printed on hemp paper and the crop was mandated to be grown in the U.S. in 1619, only in the last hundred years or so have people been demonizing the plant.
Perhaps if people knew the many ways hemp and marijuana can be used, their opinions on legalizing the crop would change. Considering that recreational marijuana consumption results in zero annual deaths, while pharmaceutical drugs are responsible for over 100,000 deaths a year, keeping an open mind is the least people could do.
Following are 9 benefits of hemp you won’t learn about from mainstream media:
Similar to plants like corn, cannabis can be used to develop biofuels to power automobiles, generators, and pretty much anything else one can imagine. In fact, the University of Connecticut has been studying whether or not the fuel is actually viable, and the results are confirming that it is.
One of the major problems with current bio-fuel production, according to Cheat Sheet, is that it often takes more energy to create than what it’s worth. Cannabis may be able to change that. And, thanks to the growing interest in the cultivating the crop, developing a cannabis bio-fuel industry is speculated to be an easy task.
Professor Richard Parnas of the University of Connecticut says:
“If someone is already growing hemp, they might be able to produce enough fuel to power their whole farm with the oil from the seeds they produce. The fact that a hemp industry already exists means that a hemp bio-diesel industry would need little additional investment.”
(For more on this, please see: Why Governments Promote Deadly Nuclear Energy and Ban Beneficial Hemp.)
Cannabis could help improve the way we store energy, as researchers are discovering that cannabis may assist the process of producing more efficient super-capacitors. Basically, nanosheets can be made by hemp fibers in the same way scientists have been able to use graphene in the past. An added bonus is that hemp is more economical, as it can cost thousands of times less than graphene or similar materials.
As it becomes more socially acceptable to work with hemp, engineers and scientists will have more freedom to develop other innovations with the material.
|(Bricks and blocks made from hemp can be used in construction.)|
3) Building Materials
You may not know this, but hemp can be used to create various kinds of building materials. In fact, it’s likely that in the future, houses and even business structures will be comprised of hemp. Not only can hemp be made into insulation, it can also be used to create engineered building products like fiberboard and pressboard. In addition, it can even be used to make ‘hempcrete’, which is a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly version of concrete.
4) Livestock Feed
Livestock is often fed corn-based feeds, but cannabis-based options could soon become the norm. The change would not only reduce costs, it would spare more food for people who need it. In addition, feeds with cannabis would cut down on transportation needs, as the crop grows practically anywhere.
5) Plastic Production
In the early 1940s, Henry Ford produced a prototype car made out of hemp and soy plastic. Though it never went into production due to the influence of chemical giant DuPont, photos of Ford trying to ax his way through the car proved hemp plastic’s durability.
|(Henry Ford hitting his 1940-Ford, built with hemp and soy-plastic, with an ax.)|
Now, it’s well-known that hemp plastic would be a suitable alternative for consumers as it is more easily recycled and degrades at a faster rate than traditional plastic. Everyday items like soda bottles, CD & DVD cases, shower curtain liners, and even food packaging could be easily switched to hemp-based plastics.
6) Food & Beverages
Hemp seeds are touted as a ‘super food’ because one-third of hemp seed’s weight comes from hemp oil, which is both edible and highly nutritious. The food source contains essential fatty acids (more omega-3’s than walnuts) which lower inflammation, and the whole seed is about 25% protein. It’s also a great source of calcium and iron.
One can use hemp seeds in desserts, by sprinkling them on salads, or by making homemade hemp milk (learn how here).
7) Nuclear Waste Cleanup
One of the most intriguing uses for hemp is how it can assist in cleaning up soil contamination. In the early 1990s, the crop was planted at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to assess its abilities to heal the soil. The plant reportedly shows great potential in cleaning up land contaminated with coal fly ash, sewage sludge, or heavy metals due to its fast rate of growth and ability to remove contaminants from the soil.
2,000 years ago, hemp paper was commonly utilized. This is astounding, considering that only 0.05% of world paper production today is made from the crop. Being a far more sustainable source of pulp than paper, hemp would lend great benefits to the environment if humanity relied on this crop rather than trees.
Hemp was first woven into fabric between 7,000 and 8,000 B.C. but is rarely used nowadays. Perhaps that’s because hemp clothing has earned the reputation of being rough and tough.
|(Cloth made from Hemp has an old history.)|
Thanks to modern methods of working with the crop, however, even the high fashion industry is playing with hemp, merging it with silk for lingerie. Of course, its durability could be applied to more obvious applications, such as sportswear and outdoor clothing.
About the author:
Amanda Froelich is a holistic healer, plant-based chef, and world-traveler. This article of hers first appeared on TrueActivist.com. Connect: www.amanda-froelich.com
Marco Torres adds:
Cannabis Infused Coffee:
Talk to anybody about Marijuana Coffee and they may refer to long existing establishments in Netherlands where licensed coffee shops have been serving it to customers for decades. However, the idea has firmly caught on in the United States, where pot-infused coffee is growing in popularity.
While pot-infused coffee will get you high, it still has to taste good. Los Angeles-based coffee company Compelling & Rich markets its Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans as “herb conditioned.” They use a process called green coffee conditioning that exposes unroasted coffee beans to vaporized ingredients at a low combustion point, and then infuses the coffee with that flavor. To date, the company has used the process to create coffees infused with marijuana, oolong tea, and chai tea.
Coming out of Washington state, Fairwinds Manufacturing is now producing pot-laced coffee at its plant just across the Columbia River from Oregon. The company’s Catapult Cannabis Coffee ain’t cheap, going for $10 for pods that fit cartridge-based coffeemakers.
And then there’s House of Jane and its Jane’s Brew Gourmet Cannabis-Infused Coffees. That’s just part of the Bay Area producer’s lineup of “medicinal gourmet coffees, teas, and fine edibles.” Jane’s markets its coffees as a way of relieving pain and stress, and offers caffeinated and decaf versions, as well as coffees with different THC and CBD levels. “You choose caffeinated or decaf and the dosage needed to meet your needs: focused and alert, or relaxed and mellow,” House of Jane says.
Cooking with Cannabis
In many ways we are now at the cusp of an entirely new cooking revolution as cannabis cuisine is finally going mainstream. Cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit, while skilled line cooks are leaving respected restaurants to take more lucrative jobs infusing cannabis into food and drinks.
In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, and a large cannabis bakery will soon open in Seattle.
For dispensaries, marijuana-laced coffee is extremely useful: It’s a high-sales margin novelty item that gets curious outsiders into their store. Much like marijuana-infused cakes or soft drinks, it offers sales possibilities that their more conventional products don’t have.
Hundreds of thousands of cannabis-based recipes have been shared on TheStonersCookbook.com since 2006.
There is simply no doubting the health benefits of cannabis, particularly when it is ingested. But as more and more pot edibles pop up on the market, there are concerns that people will over-eat them and harm themselves and others, raising questions about how much cannabis regulation is needed (even though nobody has ever died from marijuana use). Marijuana is currently among the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and as legalization is inevitable across the country, it’s important to focus on adult consumption, and regulate accordingly.