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Hemp – It’s Uses & Cures

Yolanda Bertaud, MSOMHHP, CH., Guest Writer
Waking Times 

Let’s start out with it’s un-refutable qualities, how resourceful and versatile this God given plant and why are we so deprived of it…

As for health, this is literally a well kept source of information that has been proven to do miraculous results.

A recommended good read is “Hemp for Health: The Medicinal and Nutritional Uses of Cannabis Sativa“, Hemp, Cannabis sativa, is one of the world’s oldest sources of food and medicine, with a history that dates back ten thousand years. It relieves glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, insomnia, asthma, the nausea associated with AIDS and chemotherapy, and a host of other conditions. It was once a staple in every American medicine cabinet, but because hemp is the plant from which marijuana is derived, it has been unavailable to consumers until recently. Now products made from imported hempseed are sold by stores and mail-order companies across the United States to satisfy a growing demand. Hemp for Health reveals the developments that have returned this ancient plant to the forefront of health and nutrition and that have doctors calling for its legalization.

The author provides everything from recipes using hempseed, and an analysis of cannabis’s therapeutic effect on the nervous system, to current information on bills that are currently moving through several state legislatures to legalize domestic hemp production .

I like to note, even tho medical marijuana may be legalized in several states in the U.S., it’s still consider a federal offense, thus the feds still can raid your business and press criminal charges against you. Because of it’s media manipulations on how dangerous this plant is, giving it such bad reviews as examine in the following quotes from ‘The Burning Question’ aka REEFER MADNESS:

  • a violent narcotic.
  • acts of shocking violence.
  • incurable insanity.
  • soul-destroying effects.
  • under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an ax.
  • more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!

There are differences between cannabis and hemp…

To break the stigma associated with marijuana, it is important to actually understand the difference between the two plants.

The two are related through the same genus of plant. While industrial-grade hemp is a rather helpful resource in the world, it lacks the stimulating power of the substance known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or for short, THC. It is this active chemical of THC that brings about the “high” associated with marijuana.

Hemp contains 1.5% of this substance, while marijuana possesses between 4 % and 20%. In Canada, the legal amount of THC used to create products cannot exceed 0.3%. Overall, the plants are rather close in details, but supply very different functions for many dissimilar reasons, which especially shows through in the physical makeup of the two plants.

Hemp is much stronger than the marijuana variety, meaning it holds the possibility to create a wealth of raw materials. Marijuana is actually quite delicate, eliminating it as a contender regarding serving a purpose to benefit mankind in a manner acceptable by law (with the exception of medicinal uses).

Farming practices also dictate the amount of THC produced by the plant. The unfertilized female species of cannabis sativa L contains the highest amount of THC, thus the male species is removed to prevent pollination, increasing it’s psychoactive properties dramatically”. (Reference quote: http://www.hemp-guide.com/difference-between-cannabis-and-hemp.html)

In the following documentaries you’ll find very useful information on how hemp can save the world and help our health… what the FDA and Big Phama does not want you to know…

Tony Budden of ‘Hemporium SA’ – The Global Benefits of HEMP

WHEN WE GROW, This is what we can do (Full Documentary)

RUN FROM THE CURE – The Rick Simpson Story

How to Make Rick Simpson’s Medicinal Hemp Oil Safely

Phoenix Tears ~ http://phoenixtears.ca/

LEAF – Raw Cannabis

Making Tinctures And Herbal Extracts:

MenstruumsThere are three basic menstruums, or solvents used to extract the chemical compounds of herbs in tinctures, alcohol, glycerin, and vinegar. Alcohol is the most used because it can extract fats, resins, waxes,most alkaloids, and some of the volatile oils, as well as many other plant compounds. Water is also necessary to extract the water soluble plant chemicals. Using an 80 to 100 proof alcohol such as vodka, brandy and gin provides the alcohol-water ratio you need without having to add anything. If pure grain alcohol ( 190 proof) is used, water will have to be added. Don’t use city tap water that contains chlorine, use either distilled or pure spring water.Herbs: Either fresh or dried finely chopped herbs can be used. Use of one pint of menstruum to two ounces of dried herbs, or about two handfuls of fresh.The important thing is to completely cover the herbs, leaving a couple of extra inches of liquid about the herbs to allow for swelling as the herbs absorb the liquid. Leave some headroom in the jar. If using vinegar, warm first before pouring it over the herbs.Procedure for making an easy tincture:

  1. Chop herbs finely
  2. Place in a glass jar, labeled with the current date and name of the herb
  3. Add sufficient liquid menstruum to completely cover the herb
  4. Cap with a tight fitting lid, put the jar in a dark place at room temperature, and shake at least once daily.
  5. After 2 to 3 weeks, strain the contents through several layers of cheesecloth.
  6. Allow to settle overnight in a clean jar
  7. Restrain through a filter paper
  8. Store in a labeled, amber glass bottle away from light and heat.

The Chinese macerate herbs for months sometimes even years. For stronger tinctures a suggested time can be 4 to 6 weeks. The duration depends on the mixture and on your patience, in time you will develop your own style. I use a kitchen cupboard that I open on a regular basis, so I don’t forget the shake the bottle. Tinctures will keep for 6 months. The standard dose is one tablespoon in a wineglass of water once or twice a day.

Liniments are made exactly the same as herbal tinctures, except they are meant for external use. Make sure and label your liniments “FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY” , when using a solvent that is inedible such as rubbing alcohol.

Using vinegar to tincture herbs. Alcohol has mostly displaced vinegar as a menstruum for making liquid herbal extracts, as it is far more efficient in extracting and preserving the medicinal properties of herbs. Vinegar is however passable solvent and useful in cases where you wish to avoid alcohol. When used in conjunction with alcohol, vinegar can sometimes assist in the extraction of alkaloid (base) substances from herbs. Such an extract containing both vinegar and alcohol is known as an acetous tincture.

How to make Cannabis Ghee

Description:

Ghee is clarified butter. It contains mostly butter fat and trace amounts of water and milk solids.

Ingredients for Ghee: 

2lb unsalted butter

Making the Ghee:

1. Melt the butter in a pan or a double boiler at a low to medium temperature so that the butter is hot enough to boil.
2. A froth will form on the surface of the butter.
3. Remove the froth with a spoon.
4. Continue until no more froth appears.
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients for Cannabis Ghee:

1lb Ghee
1oz/28g of finely ground cannabis*
*The finer the powdered cannabis, the better this method will work.

Making the Cannabis Ghee:
1. The ghee is melted in a pan or double boiler and allowed to simmer.
2. Add the cannabis slowly, and stir often.
3. Allow to simmer for an hour.
4. Strain with cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer, and allow to cool.
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Kevin Trudeau with Thomas James from HempUSA

HEMP FACTS 1) Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.

2) Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The federal government subsidized hemp during the Second World War and US farmers grew about a million acres of hemp as part of that program.

3) Hemp Seed is far more nutritious than even soybean, contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is 35% dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug. See TestPledge.com

4) The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers which are among the Earth’s longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose; the cellulose and hemi-cellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber.

5) According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp products. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of biofuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

6) Hemp grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides. Almost half of the agricultural chemicals used on US crops are applied to cotton.

7) Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp’s low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and it’s creamy color lends itself to environmentally friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical byproducts.

8) Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. It can also be recycled more times.

9) Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard.

10) Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name just a very few examples.

Hemp History Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. In 1937 Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation unfeasable for American farmers. The chief promoter of the Tax Act, Harry Anslinger, began promoting anti-marijuana legislation around the world. To learn more about hemp prohibition visit http://www.JackHerer.com or check out “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer

Then came World War II. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shut off foreign supplies of “manilla hemp” fiber from the Phillipines. The USDA produced a film called Hemp For Victory to encourage US farmers to grow hemp for the war effort. The US government formed War Hemp Industries and subsidized hemp cultivation. During the War and US farmers grew about a million acres of hemp across the midwest as part of that program.

After the war ended, the government quietly shut down all the hemp processing plants and the industry faded away again.

During the period from 1937 to the late 60′s the US government understood and acknowledged that Industrial Hemp and marijuana were distinct varieties of the cannabis plant. Hemp is no longer recognized as distinct from marijuana since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. This is despite the fact that a specific exemption for hemp was included in the CSA under the definition of marijuana.

The United States government has published numerous reports and other documents on hemp dating back to the beginnings of our country. Below is a list of some of the documents that have been discovered:

* 1797: SECRETARY OF WAR: U.S.S. CONSTITUTION’S HEMP

* 1810: JOHN QUINCY ADAMS – RUSSIAN HEMP CULTIVATION

* 1827: U.S. NAVY COMMISSIONER – WATER-ROTTED HEMP

* 1873: HEMP CULTURE IN JAPAN

* 1895: USDA – HEMP SEED

* 1899: USDA SECRETARY – HEMP

* 1901: USDA LYSTER DEWEY RE; HEMP & FLAX SEED

* 1901: USDA LYSTER DEWEY 13 PAGE ARTICLE ON HEMP

* 1903: USDA LYSTER DEWEY RE; PRINCIPAL COMMERCIAL PLANT FIBERS

* 1909: USDA SECRETARY – FIBER INVESTIGATIONS: HEMP/FLAX

* 1913: USDA LYSTER DEWEY – HEMP SOILS, YIELD, ECONOMICS

* 1913: USDA LYSTER DEWEY – TESTS FOR HEMP, LIST OF PRODUCTS

* 1916: USDA BULLETIN 404 – HEMP HURDS AS A PAPER MAKING MATERIAL

* 1917: USDA – HEMP SEED SUPPLY OF THE NATION

* 1917: USDA – CANNABIS

* 1927: USDA LYSTER DEWEY RE; HEMP VARIETIES

* 1931: USDA LYSTER DEWEY RE; HEMP FIBER LOSING GROUND

* 1943: USDA – HEMP FOR VICTORY – DOCUMENTARY FILM

* 1947: USDA – HEMP DAY LENGTH & FLOWERING

* 1956: USDA – MONOECIOUS HEMP BREEDING IN THE U.S.

These documentes and many more are published online by USA hemp historian extraordinaire, John E. Dvorak. His Digital Hemp History Library is the most complete source for historical hemp documents and data anwhere. To visit the Library click here. You can also check out literary references to Industrial Hemp from Aesop’s Fables to the present:

Hemp could save America source: http://rense.com/general49/could.htm

http://www.thehia.org/facts.html

http://www.momsformarijuana.com/

Health Hemp Food @ Wholesale Prices – https://www.miraclesource.com/index.php

European Wholesale ~ http://www.wholesalehemp.co.uk/

Hemp Traders @ Wholesale Prices – http://www.hemptraders.com/

Visit ByzantineFlowers “Store” page for Hemp Health Products! 

About the Author

Yolanda Bertaud, MSOMHHP, CH, is the author of the excellent blog, ByzantineFlowers, dedicated to healing with proper foods.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

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  1. Very informative article. A few minor points: First of all, it’s “Its” (possessive). “It’s” means It is. Second, male and female plants are not different species. Cannabis is a species of plant that bears male and female flowers on separate plants. 3rd, industrial hemp generally has less than 1% THC and is not psychoactive. In the EU it must have less than 0.3%.

  2. darrell rolstone says:

    Thanks for another GREAT ARTICLE!!! I only wish you folks made it easy to save these articles by having a “send a friend” box. I don’t use twitter or facebook….what ever happened to good ole “Email”?
    Hugs all around for all the good work you do! Darrell

  3. Beware Monsanto, they intend to modify the goodness from this plant. I bet the first thing they remove is the cancer fighting chemicals from the plant. Insist on natural hemp plants. Look what they did to cotton, how long do your jeans last? Watch for far weaker fibers from GMOs.

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