Hemp Could Free Us From Oil, Prevent Deforestation, Cure Cancer and It’s Environmentally Friendly – So Why Is It Illegal?

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Hemp is a tall, beautiful and gracious looking annual plant that can reach heights over twelve feet. Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters. The reason hemp is illegal is not because of any negative impact to the environment or human health, but exactly the opposite. It is so environmentally friendly, nutritionally and medicinally beneficial, that it provides too many abundant resources which would make it impossible for powerful corporations to compete.

Historical Use 

Hemp is the most universally useful plant we have at our disposal. The history of mankind’s use of hemp can be traced way back in time to between about 5000 – 7000 BC. Remains of seed husks have been found at Neolithic burial sites in central Europe, which indicate that they were used in funeral rites and shamanic ceremonies. It is probable that at that time the distinctions between various strains were not as pronounced as they are today.

Up until and even during WWII, hemp was a widely grown crop, which provided the world with an excellent and most durable source of fibre. Since it is an annual with a growing cycle of only 120 days it can be harvested several times a year, depending on local weather conditions. Its biomass is considerable, which means that it absorbs large quantities of the greenhouse gas CO2. It is resistant to bugs and requires little agrochemical treatment. It is extremely undemanding and can be grown in very poor conditions and depleted soils and will actually improve the soil structure over a period of years. For many centuries hemp was one of the most important industrial crops which provided the fibres for rope and tough, durable canvass without which the age of exploration could never have set sail.

In the US too, there have long been numerous rules and regulation in place regarding the cultivation of hemp. But unlike today’s regulations that strongly prohibit any cultivation of hemp, less than a century ago hemp cultivation was not just encouraged, but mandatory, with hefty fines being levied against farmers who refused. ‘Hemp for Victory’ was the government coined slogan that fuelled the last big bout of legal hemp cultivation during WWII, promoting hemp cultivation as a patriotic cause.

Deliberate Misinformation About THC 

Hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa that has a long history of use in the United States. However, since the 1950s it has been lumped into the same category of marijuana, and thus the extremely versatile crop was doomed in the United States. Hemp is technically from the same species of plant that psychoactive marijuana comes from. However, it is from a different variety, or subspecies that contains many important differences.

Industrial hemp has very low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, which is the principal psychoactive constituent. Compared to marijuana which is specifically cultivated for personal psychoactive use, it is nearly impossible to “get high” on hemp. Marijuana that can be smoked usually contains between 5-10%t THC, industrial hemp contains about one-tenth of that. In order to get a psychoactive effect, one would need to smoke more than a dozen hemp cigarettes over a very short period of time to achieve any kind of psychoactive effect. The reason for the low THC content in hemp is that most THC is formed in resin glands on the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, and therefore lacks the primary component that forms the marijuana high. Furthermore, industrial hemp has higher concentrations of a chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) that has a negative effect on THC and lessens its psychoactive effects when smoked in conjunction.

Industrial hemp also grows differently than THC-containing cannabis. Hemp is typically grown up, not out, because the focus is not on producing buds but on producing length of stalk. In this way, hemp is a very similar crop to bamboo. The stalk contains the fiber and hard, woody core material that can be used for a variety of purposes, even carpentry.

The two also differ in the areas that they can be effectively grown. THC-producing Marijuana must be grown in generally warm and humid environments in order to produce the desired quantity and quality of THC-containing buds. However, since industrial hemp does not contain these buds, and the hardy parts of the plant are the more desired, it can be grown in a wider range of areas. Generally, industrial hemp grows best on fields that provide high yields for corn crops, which includes most of the Southwest, Southeast, and Northeast United States. Furthermore, since industrial hemp can use male plants as well as female plants (since the object is not THC production), higher crop yields can result.

While there is virtually no THC in the varieties grown for industrial uses such as oil and fibre, governments have cooperated with powerful corporate lobbyists the ensure that hemp is lumped into the same category as marijuana. The primary reason is that hemp has too many abundant resources for fuel, housing, food, medicine that corporations cannot exploit. Think about how many polluting conglomerates would go down if hemp was permitted as a resource. The oil, pharmaceutical, supplement and constructions industry would need to radically shift their business model to survive.

Abundant Resources 

Hemp provides the fibre to make a durable paper – a far more sensible solution than the wasteful method of clear cutting old growth forests, or even the cultivation pine plantations that are ecologically speaking dead zones that take 20 years to mature before they can be harvested. Cannabis produces 4 times more fibre per acre and can be harvested several times per year. The first dollar bills were printed on hemp paper, your old family bible is probably printed on hemp paper and even the constitution itself was drafted on hemp paper.

Hemp has the strongest natural fibres, which can be used not just to produce rough cloth, such as sails or canvass, but also durable work clothes, like the original jeans. When the plants are grown closer together the fibre becomes shorter and finer, which allows for finer textiles. Today, there are some fashion designers that are experimenting with a wide range of textiles made from hemp for their stylish, trendy hemp lines, shirts, suits, bags, jeans and more. And, no- you can’t smoke them to get high!

Hemp fibres are also finding application as a modern building material, an application that has been spearheaded and exploited successfully in France. Hemp fibres can be blended with water and limestone to create an extremely tough, light-weight, natural cement that has not only excellent insulating properties, but also shows more flexibility than conventional concrete, which makes it particularly useful as a building material in earthquake prone areas.

Back in 1941, Henry Ford built a car that was not only entirely built from ‘hemp plastic’, but also ran on hemp fuel. Hemp oil, pressed from the seeds is also extremely versatile. It can be polymerized to create a solid plastic-like material, which is extremely durable, yet nevertheless is completely natural and biodegradable, which could replace plastics in numerous industrial processes.

Car manufacturers are again turning to hemp as a resource to provide light-weight, yet shock absorbent and environmentally friendly material for their cars. Due to the high biomass hemp would also make an ideal source of ethanol, the best bio-fuel alternative to gasoline, which is capable of fuelling engines without producing all those evil gases that are destroying our atmosphere and poisoning the air. At long last, some of the top car manufacturers are beginning to follow in Ford’s steps.

Some Facts on Hemp 

  • Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America’s energy needs.
  • Hemp is Earth’s number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.
  • Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment. Pyrolysis (charcoalizing), or biochemical composting are two methods of turning hemp into fuel.
  • Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.
  • Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.
  • The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.

Hemp oil is of a very high quality and industry is using it in paints, inks and varnishes. In recent years the food industry is also discovering its virtues. Hempseed oil is one of the richest sources of essential amino acids and essential fatty acids, providing an excellent balance between omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids. All of these substances are currently being discussed, not only in the alternative health scene, but also by the food industry, which is searching for suitable ingredients to create so called ‘functional foods’. Essential fatty acids are extremely important to the proper functioning of cells. They play a role in reducing bad cholesterol and plaque, which is responsible for arteriosclerosis. Healthfood companies are beginning to experiment with hemp as a basis for a large range of products- from hemp seed bars, to gummi bears, to beer, to hemp cheese and many more.

Studies have been released that show people suffering from cancer have low levels of melatonin in their bodies. Also studies have shown that just smoking hemp can raise the melatonin levels in our bodies. So one can only imagine what hemp oil that is in a concentrated state can do to increase melatonin levels. Hemp oil promotes full body healing and raises melatonin levels thousands of times higher than normal. When the pineal gland produces vast amounts of melatonin, it causes no harm to the body but it is very hard on the condition you are suffering from and indeed can eliminate it. For almost a decade, Rick Simpson has been showing people how to cure cancer with hemp oil.

Both the commercial legal type of hemp oil and the illegal THC laden hemp oil are one of the most power-packed protein sources available in the plant kingdom. Its oil can be used in many nutritional and transdermal applications. In other chapters in my Winning the War on Cancer book we will discuss in-depth about GLA and cancer and also the interesting work of Dr. Johanna Budwig. She uses flax seed oil instead of hemp oil to cure cancer — through effecting changes in cell walls — using these omega3 and omega6 laden medicinal oils.

Hemp Oil Uses 

Every application that uses petroleum for it’s skin and hair products can use hemp oil as it is more beneficial and herbal. It can be used in many health issues as either a pain reducer or even as the cure for it.

  • Since hemp oil is natural, it is used as a moisturizing oil which can be applied after a shower or a bath. When you massage your body with it, it nourishes the skin and increases the blood circulation. More on facial skin care. 
  • Hemp oil is used in cooking as well, though it is not suitable for high heat cooking. Along with giving a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food, it can be the perfect salad oil just in case you’re out of olive oil.
  • Another application of hemp oil is it’s use as biodiesel in the same manner like other vegetable oils. It is a safe replacement for petroleum as it is non-toxic and doesn’t harm the environment.
  • Almost all the forms of plastics can be made by using hemp oil instead of using petroleum as a base. As those made from petroleum, release harmful chemicals while decomposition, but those from hemp oil, don’t.
  • Hemp oil can also be used in the production of paints as it doesn’t cause any armful releases when washed down from the drain and has very low emissions than the petroleum paints which are currently being used.
  • Hemp oil prevents skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin. It is highly nutritious for the skin and makes a wonderful addition to homemade moisturizing blends and rejuvenating creams. (Read Andrew Weil’s article on hemp oil http://www.ratical.org/renewables/TherapHoil.html)

The list of beneficial uses of hemp goes on and on.

So why is non-psychoactive Hemp illegal?

There is an old saying: if you want to get to the root of a problem, follow the money. This holds true for hemp. In this case we have to ask the question ‘who benefits from hemp being illegal?’ The logical answer is: the oil companies- and their share holders, of course. Hemp became illegalized at the time when oil was beginning to make an impact on the economy as a base material for many things that hemp could also be used for, including textiles and fibres (plastics), cosmetics and fuel. Obviously, a resource is more profitable if access to it is restricted and not every farmer can grow it himself. In an exceedingly clever PR move psychoactive marijuana and hemp have been ‘thrown in the same pot’ as it were, and a massive campaign has been launched to convince people of the dangers of marijuana alias hemp – a highly questionable assertion.

Although technically hemp is not illegal to grow in some states, it requires obtaining a special permit from the drug enforcement agency (DEA) to restrict mass production. These permits are rarely given out and require that the crop be surrounded by security measures such as fences, razor wire, security guards, or dogs. For a crop that has little-to-no potential to get people high, the current attitude is both irresponsible and draconian.

Hemp is the most useful plant ally we have – a sustainable resource par excellence, as some might like to call it. Instead of cursing it we should be grateful to its deva and use all its ample gifts to turn the ecological demise of our planet around.

It is not hard to see how immensely valuable hemp is and how it has the potential of solving many of our environmental problems, not to mention our health problems. Yet, we are continuously deprived of its benefits because farmers are prohibited from cultivating this crop. Obviously importing it or products made from it is very expensive and the high expense is a prohibitive factor to choosing hemp as an environmentally friendly alternative even where it is available. It makes no sense to import a crop like hemp, when it can be, should be and used to be grown in all temperate and hot regions of the world.

Industrial hemp could transform the economy of the world States in a positive and beneficial way, and therefore should be exploited to its full potential.

About the Author

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy. 

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  • tas

    Ok so if it is legalized then any health care provider is free to smoke it and then come to work and take care of YOU. Years ago I worked with a Medical Technologist and she smoked pot. I found out that one of our patients she mis cross matched blood for and he died.
    So tell me again you want it legalized . . . I dont think so!

  • M D

    I have a question on this, referring to a rebuttal I often get when I bring up these points.

    Hemp is legal in much of Europe, so why aren’t they doing all of these miracle things with it? Why hasn’t it replaced all the industries in Europe where it’s legal?

    I am generally interested, because I want to see hemp legalized and utilized, but I’m curious why it hasn’t taken over where it is legal.

    • M D

      As I assumed, no one can answer my question…

      I just have to assume all this “hemp is the ultimate plant” stuff is just BS promoted by people trying to make money. If it was really the ultimate plant we’d know by now from European countries who are allowed to use it.

      Thanks for letting me down.

      • gdghdf

        its not simply about it being illegal. there have been many alternatives available over the years eg Tesla’s work These things have long been repressed bacause big corporations would be shut down etc look whos got the power you will see whos holding things down

  • Frank

    This is such a good little article i feel compelled to nit-pick a couple of details:

    1) CBD does not have a “negative effect on THC” – it has a modifying effect, regulating the way the powerful THC is metabolised.

    2) Sativa and indica are not so different from each other (the difference is variational) – it is not a hemp/marijuana distinction (they are both hemp AND marijuana). Sativas just tend to be lanky while indicas tend to be short and potent. This perceived black and white difference between industrial and psychoactive varieties is to do with cultivars (ie. hybridised by humans) – landrace strains contain psychoactive compounds wherever you find them.

    3) “marijuana” is slang and is loaded with negative connotations. It was thrust into the public mind by William Randolph Hearst’s ‘yellow journalism’ which used fear of immigrants and unfamiliar ‘street drugs’ to shut the coffin lid on Cannabis.

    good work Marco
    peas x

  • Taylor

    Hemp remains illegal because if it were made legal, many fat donut-gouging cops would be out of a Federal Reserve Note high paying job.

  • texasgal

    Hemp is illegal because it CAN free from oil,and do all the things your article states, it can feed us, cloth us and yes even building materials, but it’s illegal because of Government and the big food, oil, etc etc companies want it to be illegal!
    It will remain illegal as long as special interest groups bribe those in power(sic) and that’s the Truth…

  • Lance the Permie


    “Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.”

    Industrial cannabis comes via three forms of CANNABIS. Cannabis INDICA, (Indian Hemp), Cannabis SATIVA (Useful hemp) and to a lesser extent Cannabis RUDERALIS (cross bred with the others for its short flowering abilities).

    Learn your gods-snot nomenclature before you make all botanical persons the ridicule of Grade 6 graduates. The only deliberate obfuscation I see is your ignorance of the very plant you are discussing!

    Lance the Permie and the first licensed medical cannabis grower in Canada who hates the plant being lied about.
    Plant and Flourish
    Just pay no attention to the BS

    How the hell did this article make it through editors?
    Geesh…no wonder we’re losing this battle. Limp bullet don’t fly straight.

  • Joe Bassett

    Get seeds grow the shit and get hundreds to and find someone who will build a plant to manufacture it and if anyone tries to stop you load them up in a fish boat go out 10 miles off shore and push them overboard and yhrow out a five gallon bucket of fish chum. Problem solved.

  • Kris Medicine

    Whilst I agree with the sentiment in the article wholeheartedly, I am annoyed at how poorly it has been researched and I am offended at the writers constant need to distinguish Hemp from Marijuana. The hemp plastics you mentioned are made from the fractional distillation of Hemp oil which is the bud (ie the bit we smoke to get high). There are three types of Cannabis, Indica, Sativa and Ruderalis. They are all species of hemp. Cannabis\Hemp = the same. SKunk growers have been genetically modifying cannabis for a very long time. Jack Herer explains in his book The Emperor wears no clothes, how big business sucessfully lobbied to have marijuana made illegal in the 1920’s (US). Curiously, it was around the same time that industrial scale cultivation was becomming viable for small farmers. Please, read that book.

    • Yes, Kris, I too am annoyed by the people who exaggerate the differences between hemp and marijuana.

      For sure, cannabis is ONE SPECIES, the same as all human beings are one species. The differences between different strains of hemp plant are the same as the differences between different races of human beings.

      There is a strong analogy between the resin on the pot plant protecting the immature seeds from excessive Ultra Violet radiation, as the pigments in human skin protect against sun burn.

      That is, to simplify it, the THC acts like a sunscreen, similar to how melanin acts like sunscreen. The highest concentrations of the resins on hemp flowers is around their bracs, which are the covering around their immature seeds. (That is not the same as the sticky nature of the pollen tubes, found in all flowers.)

      Human beings who evolved where it was hot and sunny developed darker skin, while those who evolved where there as little Ultra Violet developed paler skin. (Lack of “Vitamin D” from insufficient Ultra Violet creates the problem of rickets.)

      Pot plants that evolved at low latitudes, and high altitudes, developed the genetics to produce lots of resins on their flowers, and they are stimulated to become more “sun tanned” by their exposure to heat and sun. Pot plants that evolved in higher latitudes, and lower latitudes did not develop the genetics to produce as much resin on their flowers.

      Metaphorically speaking, medical marijuana is “black pot” that is O.K. because it comes wrapped in the white lab coat of a medical doctor.

      Industrial hemp is currently required by law to be “albino pot.”

      All of the other ranges of relatively coloured pot plants are relatively illegal, since they are deemed to be marijuana, a drug, rather than hemp, the useful seed bearing plant, which produces high quality fibers, etc..

      The real history of the drug wars was mostly built around racism, and statistically, it continues to mostly accomplish the same political purposes. Therefore, it is not too surprising that the same racism regarding hemp vs. marijuana is found repeating as analogies to white vs. coloured people.

      Total criminalization of cannabis was analogous to complete slavery systems. Partial legalization of hemp or medical marijuana, etc., are analogous to apartheid and segregation.

      • Sorry, I meant to write “higher latitudes and lower altitudes” in my sixth paragraph above.

        That would be like the pot plants which originated in places like the Ukraine, etc., versus the Cannabis indica, that originated in places like Northern India, or Afghanistan, etc..

        Unfortunately, ALL the words that we can use about that plant are more of less mistaken. The so-called scientific words are wrong, since cannabis is one species, not a genus with different species.

        The words “marijuana” and “pot” both come from Mexican Spanish slang, while hemp is the original English word for that plant.

        After decades of deliberate lying about that plant by all the authorities, who were pressured or paid to repeat those lies, it is extremely difficult to say anything which is not expressed in language which is full to the brim with prejudice.

        Welcome to the Bizarro Mirror World, where everything is proportionately backwards, since civilization is controlled by the people who were the best at being dishonest.

        It is very difficult to wrap one’s head around the basic radical truth, which is that it was BECAUSE hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people that the law asserted that “marijuana is almost as bad as murder.”

        People who naively say that the drug war was a “failure” are mistaken, because they accept the hypocrisy at face value. The drug wars accomplished the things that they were really designed to accomplish!

        Marijuana made hemp illegal because the government is controlled by the most evil people possible, who profit from every evil thing that they can possibly do.

        Therefore, the long history of slavery and racism segued into the drug wars. There are plenty of deeper reasons why slavery and racism ARE being applied in very similar ways to the pot plant. The language that people use to talk about different kinds of cannabis is the same as the language that people used to talk about different human races.

        There is some science there, but mostly there is layer after layer of lies and prejudice!

  • Ross

    I started a petition for legalizing hemp. Feel free to sign and share with everyone!


  • Of course I agree with the old saying: “if you want to get to the root of a problem, follow the money. This holds true for hemp.”

    I also agree that the oil companies played one of the roles. (The oil companies also played a role in driving the alcohol prohibition too.)

    However, the most important thing is to

    “Follow the money to its SOURCE!”

    There is a feedback loop between the funding of the political processes, and the corruption of laws. The single most extreme of those was legalizing the counterfeiting of fiat money, made out of nothing, as debts, by private banks. There as was the take over of control of the mass media, which promoted rebranding hemp as “marijuana, which is almost as bad as murder.”

    Overall, the government of the USA is more than 99% based on legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, and that is automatically getting worse at an exponential rate …

    Criminalizing cannabis was merely the single simplest symbol, and the most extreme particular example of the general pattern of social facts. Everything is controlled by huge lies, backed by lots of violence. There is debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits. (The drug wars were one of the phases of that process.)

    It is interesting that public opinion about hemp and marijuana legalization has reached a tipping point this year in the USA. The majority of people no longer believe the lies about that plant. Therefore, pot prohibition is headed towards a psychotic breakdown, which will be another small component of the psychotic breakdown of our whole civilization.

    Since almost EVERYTHING we are doing is based on force backed frauds, EVERYTHING we are doing is becoming more insane. In that context, hemp continues to be one of the leading edges, where the single best plant on the planet for people, for food, fiber, fun and medicine, was completely criminalized because it was asserted that “marijuana is almost as bad as murder.”

    The more one learns about politics, the worse it gets, because the answer to the question “why” is that almost everything is controlled by deceits, backed by destruction, because the people who were the best at doing that were able to become the most wealthy and powerful people, who were able to dominate the political processes.

    Basically, the government of the USA was taken over through the application of the methods of organized crime, such as bribery, intimidation, and assassination of those politicians who could not be bribed or assassinated.

    The reason “why” cannabis was criminalized is that fits into the overall pattern of our human ecology system, under the social pyramid of Neolithic Civilization. Basically, the vast majority of people act like Zombie Sheeple, while a small minority act like Vicious Wolves.

    That human ecology situation evolved to become a combined money/murder systems, where the debt controls depended upon the death controls. The history of warfare made the War Kings, that were the best at dishonesty and violence. Those War Kings created the powers of sovereign states, then those powers of sovereign states to legally rob, and to kill to back up their power to rob, were taken over by the Fraud Kings, which are the biggest private banks, within the whole central banking system.

    That is the bigger context “why” hemp is illegal. It was a deliberate “divide and conquer” strategy. The drug wars were another kind of false flag attack, where 75% of those drug wars were against marijuana.

    Marijuana is illegal because the government is controlled by the most evil people, in order to do that most evil possible things, which benefit them greatly in the short-term, while screwing everyone else.

    The keystone, lynch pin, and central core of the reasons “why” hemp was made illegal were the FUNDING OF THE POLITICAL PROCESSES.

    The history of the funding of politics is the most important thing to do when “following the money,” especially to its SOURCE, the private banks that can legally create “money” out of nothing as debts.

    In that context, 1% of the people have paid for almost 100% of the politics, while 99% of the people have paid for almost none of the politics.

    That situation is actually getting worse, not better. The overwhelming vast majority of people in North America act like Zombie Sheeple. They were turned into political idiots by the long history of the triumphs of lies, backed by coercion, creating the runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut that exists today.

    Remember, the first American Flag and the Bill of Rights were both made out of hemp! HEMP IS EXTREMELY SYMBOLIC! The psychotic breakdown of the huge lies that pot prohibition were based upon is symbolic of the psychotic breakdowns of everything else that our civilization is doing.

    That process is not going to be pretty. However, for those who survive through that, it may become slightly better on the other side of that?

    • Kris Medicine

      I love you Blair T Longley. Everything you’ve said is priceless truth. I hope someone is listening.

  • Frank

    By reading all these comments I can see that we have a lot of awake people on this planet. We know why they are doing what they are doing but yet we do nothing about it because we are slaves to the economic model in place that perpetuates fear and scarcity. The system does not want this plant to be used because it opens your mind to the truth. The truth that you are a slave. Once you know the truth there is no way on unknowing…..

    • Correct, Frank!

      We have not yet reached a critical threshold of enough people waking up, and certainly nowhere near enough that agree upon what to do instead.

      However, the Internet Reformation is driving the awakening processes forwards, at a rate nothing like previously was possible.

  • WillieG51

    The answer, my friends, isn’t blowing in the wind, it’s contained in the title. .Free us from oil, cure cancer. .Those two issues alone are reason enough for those “in control” to make sure it stays illegal, or to have Monsanto, modify it to the point it’s useless. .

    I deal every day with the “oil” issue, and having lost more than one loved one to cancer. .There’s much money to be made from suffering. . and make it they do. .

  • kris

    This is a very good article about the differences between hemp and marijuana. It should be widely circulated and I’ve bookmarked it for info, for passing to others. I must confess I didn’t fully understand all the differences, despite being a reasonably well-read person…..just goes to show how successful the deception has been.

  • qzt

    Your headline for this article pretty much explains why it is illegal.

    • Anne


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    Cured: A Cannabis Story (A film by David Triplett)

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    LEAF [ The Health Benefits of Juicing Raw Cannabis ] .

    • jules

      You just listed some of my favorite videos. Everyone should watch these. Also, some wonderful ones by LEAP…Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

  • loretta land

    Please God – do not let Monsanto get hold of the seeds.

    • justanotherperson

      unfortunately, they already have. some of the varieties of medical and “killer” weed out there is gmo. sorry. i know how you feel!

  • George Ginsburg

    I don’t get it. Every big corp these days is looking for good PR, e.g., touting that they’re a “green” company or a socially responsible company who gives back to the community. Why not make a name for your company by backing the production of hemp in this country? Is there not a CEO out there with a set? Geez.

  • You mustn’t forget that Fish Oil has loads of Omega3 too.

    • jules

      In order to get fish oil fish must be killed, and processed, which means we are taking food from other species. Depleting our oceans. I’ll get mine from plant sources.

    • Anonymous

      Krill has more omega 3 than regular fish oil.

  • dr brown

    well then
    stoke the engines
    are there any awake?
    will we sit watching the boobtube?
    or will we learn to grow once again?
    dr brown wants YOU to grow

  • Jafar

    “Psychedelics [marijuana included] are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”

    ― Terence McKenna

    If marijuana was discovered today in the amazon jungle, its thousands of industrial and medicinal uses would be made of full use and it would be heralded as the most beneficial and useful plant that humanity has EVER discovered…We need to break through the decades of bad cultural conditioning to realize it for what it is- a profound tool for altering human life, and even human consciousness, for the better.

    • ernani

      terence mckenna… lovely guy he was. it’s been some years since i last read his books, your comment made me go and look for them again!

    • bert trim

      Why? Well, it’s called ENLIGHTENMENT.
      Remember when the US was growing pot back in the 1700’s. I believe that it was illegal for farmers Not to grow pot. Think about the founding of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, their social progress etc. back then.

      These boys all smoked pot and made their clothes, rope, oils and many more products from pot.
      The Government of today doesn’t want nor need a radical shift in Intelligence or insight at this point. They need it’s citizens docile, stupid, unaware and easy to manage. Preferably while “soft killing” them quietly with Big Pharm. and GMO’s to get the numbers down. You don’t think that Pres. ABOMEY didn’t smoke his freaking brains out when he was younger? What was it that made the shift in human consciousness back in the 70’s? I was there, I know.
      Heaven help them if the population were to “wise up” and seize the moment.
      And, oh yes. Don’t forget that this would also take a huge chunk out of the petro products. That’s my 2 cents.

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