by Victoria Jensen
Cannabis Sativa, also known in its many varieties as: Hemp, Weed, Pot, Marijuana, Reefer, Grass, Ganja, Bhang, Mary Jane, Dagga, Herb etc…. is the number one food, fuel, fibre, paper and medicine out of any plant found on Earth.
It is an annual herbaceous plant, which, due to its multitude of properties, has been cultivated for over 10,000 years, since the start of recorded history. Canna- bis is, overall, the strongest, most durable, longest-lasting natural fibre on the planet. Hemp has multitude of uses and proper- ties and can provide beneficial benefits to humanity and Earth.
By itself, the global consumption of hemp- seed food protein could save millions of people now dying of starvation. This is un- acceptable and there is a solution – HEMP! Approximately 44% of the weight of hempseed is edible oils – nature’s most perfectly balanced oil. It is rich in Omega 3&6 essential fatty acids in an ideal ratio for the human body. In addition, the oil contains the antioxidants: – Vitamin E, carotene, and strong alkaline-forming Chlorophyll.
Proteins are the other major component (33%) of the Hemp seed. Hempprotein contains all the amino acids, including the 8essentialaminos, which human bodies require to function. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. They band together in chains to form protein. Proteins are considered complete when they con- tain all the essential amino acids, those which the human body cannot synthesize. Hemp seed, in its raw natural state, con- tains 28- 33 % protein. The protein in Hemp is the most easily digestible on the planet. This is because Hemp contains globular proteins, which have structures very similar to proteins made by the human blood. This is unique to hemp seed protein and is the highest amount provided by any food source.
The by-product of pressing hempseed for its nutritious oil is a high protein seed cake, which is dried into a 50% Hemp protein powder. Consider that animal protein sources are never higher than 30% protein. They are also generally heated prior to consumption. Heating protein destroys amino acids, thus denaturing the protein molecules, and reducing the amount of digestible protein.
“Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?” – Henry Ford
Much scientific evidence indicates that a raw vegan diet rich in plant protein de- creases toxicity in the colon and bacterial enzymes throughout the body. This vast reduction of dangerous microbes and de natured proteins reduces and eliminates diseases such as; all cancers, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, and many more. Furthermore, due to its high nutritional content, Hemp is very resilient and grows organically without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Hemp is alkaline forming in the body as opposed to acid forming animal protein; this means the production of mycosis forming pathogens in the body is almost nothing, as opposed to the high amounts that come from consumption of animal protein.
Another huge benefit achieved by con- suming Hemp as a main source of protein would be the reduction in the appalling factory farming and killing of animals for food, and the wasteful use of land, energy & water for the cultivation of animal feed. This will greatly benefit humanity, Earth and all its inhabitants.
Current fossil energy sources supply about 80% of the solid and airborne pollution which is quickly poisoning the environment of the planet. The best, safest and cheap- est substitute for these expensive and dangerous energy methods is the evenly distributed energy from the sun, obtained from the growing of biomass.
On a global scale, the plant that pro- duces the most net biomass is hemp. It’s the only annually renewable plant on Earth able to replace all fossil fuels.“Each acre of hemp could yield 1,000 gallons of methanol, or 500 gallons of gasoline. Fuels from hemp would be enough to run America without oil.” Jack Herer
Unlike fossil fuels, biomass comes from living (not extinct) plants that continue to remove carbon dioxide pollution from our atmosphere as they grow, through pho- tosynthesis. Furthermore, biomass fuels do not contain sulphur or carbon-monoxide. They are not poisonous.
Trees are the lungs of our planet, the forests support life on Earth. The destruc- tion of forests for paper must be replaced immediately with an alternative source. Some cannabis plant strains regularly reach tree-like heights of 20 feet or more in one growing season, whereas a tree takes over 7 years to grow to this height.
Paper made from Hemp is stronger and more flexible than paper made from wood pulp. Hemp paper does not need chlorine bleach in its manufacturing.
Making paper from wood pulp damages the environment. Hemp papermaking does not damage the environment, in fact it is beneficial. After harvest, Hemp roots remain in the soil, providing strength and support. The nutrient rich leaves and mulch make fertile humus, able to assist with cultivation of future crops.
“Throughout human history hemp has always been known as the most medicinal plant in the world” – Rick Simpson
In the 20th century, cannabis research has demonstrated therapeutic value and complete safety in treating many health problems including cancer, cardio- vascular disease, asthma, glaucoma, nausea, tumors, epilepsy, infection, stress, migraines, anorexia, depression, rheuma- tism, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV ( to name a few).
Cannabis medicine has distinct advan- tages. CBD, as well as THC, can be given in massive doses with no side effects. CBD selectively targets and destroys diseased cells while leaving normal healthy cells unharmed. On the other hand, chemo- therapy and radiation are highly toxic and harm healthy cells in the brain and the body. Industrial hemp is often high in heal- ing CBD and low in THC. Hemp CBD is a waste product which couldbe harvested for medicine.
“If all fossil fuels, the use of trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation, then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of pro- viding the majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meeting all of the world’s transportation, industrial, food and home energy needs; simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, cleaning the atmosphere, and curing disease all at the same time. That substance is Cannabis, Hemp…..Marijuana!” Jack Herer
And no, you cannot get high by drinking hemp smoothie or smoking your hemp t-shirt! This is the only bad news.