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Sustainability makes a case for Hemp

The dawn of the new year brings with it the light of unity as nations gather to address the issues of global warming, the oil crises, economic collapse, health and world hunger with a fevered urgency.
While considering all the options, the Cannabis Hemp plant is one solution in the search for alternatives. Hemp has ecological, industrial, and medicinal values. Hemp is a uniquely productive source of fiber, oil, protein, pulp for paper and methanol fuel.
Hemp fiber became a major crop in the history of almost every European country by 400 BC. The Greeks and Romans used hemp rope and sails exclusively for their sailing vessels, importing the fiber from Sicily. The early Americans cultivated cannabis hemp primarily for it’s fiber. Hemp-fiber production was most important to the developing colonies for homespun cloth and ship riggings. Hemp growing was encouraged by the British Parliament to meet the needs for fiber to rig the British fleets. Hemp production was so important that in 1762 Virginia impose penalties for those who refused to grow the plant.
By the 1800’s, Kentucky proudly exceeded hemp production of all the states with 40,000 tons annually, second only to cotton. However, the Civil War disrupted production and the industry never recovered. By the early 1900’s with a labor shortage and lack of modern machinery the hemp industry slowly fell to the wayside.
But a resurgence of hemp-fiber products are slowly gaining momentum with softer and colorful fabrics.
The plant’s resilience and vigor make hemp a wonderful candidate for methanol fuel, compared to many of our ancient domesticated plants, hemp never lost it’s colonizing tendencies or ability to survive without human intervention. If abandoned, it will flourish in our vacant fields and drainage ditches, unlike a tender crop like corn, hemp is more economically sound.
When the Chinese invented paper they used hemp fibers recycled from old rags and fish netting. Hemp paper had been well respected for it’s longevity and resistance to tearing. The hemp paper was so durable that fragments have been found in graves, predating 100 BC. Canada uses hemp in it’s paper currency, as well as all fine Bibles. Many dwindling timber forests could be saved by using hemp instead. Where a tree may take twenty years before it is ready to harvest hemp is readily available.
For thousands of years cannabis hemp has been used for medicine. Emperor Shen-nung 2000 BC prescribes root as a paste applied to relieve the pain of broken bones and surgery. From there new uses were developed, such as extracting precious oil from seed with a technique still used today. Pressed seeds yielded 20% more oil by weight than other oils and was used for cooking, to fuel lamps, for lubrication, and the pulp was fed to their domesticated animals.
Centuries later the uses of hemp spread through expanding trade by the Aryans. For India, hemp played an active role in their rituals. 4,000 years of oral traditions and spiritual teachings, the four Vedas were finally recorded in 1400 BC listing hemp as the spirit bhangas. Written as the “reliever of anxiety” (Atharva Veda) noted it as a gift from the Gods. Hemp lowered fevers, eased sleep, relieved dysentery.

Not until the twentieth Century when the tobacco industry wanting to take hold of the minority population did hemp take on a different role.When racially provoked, misguided politics developed a strategy to introduce myths that hemp caused insanity, lust, violence, crime and a poison that creates the degradation of religion. Even first commissioner Anslinger stated in 1930, before he set the ax to the hemp plant, that he had serious doubts as to whether Federal Law restrictions could be sustained as constitutional.Yet still unleased the zealous campaign scare tactics portraying nightmarish dangers to society. The anti-marijuana campaign stirred up the peoples aversion by focusing on migrants and minorities taking American jobs and marijuana hysteria took hold. And stayed, just like with Mr. Bettencourt’s letter.
In light of hindsight it is imperative that hemp be reinstated into action. Virtually every part of the plant is used-root, leaves, and flowers for medicine; stems for textiles, rope and paper pulp; and seeds for food and oil. Hemp will be a valuable and less costly source than what’s now used for methanol fuel.
For medicinal applications, hemp has been used as a treatment for nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, epilepsy, and as an analgesic and tranquilizer.
Resent studies have been inundated with new results for healing using the seed oil, leaf compound and even the roots. The cannabinoids contained in hemp have shown great healing, analgesic and antibiotic properties and are used for sore muscles, arthritis pain, burns, and many skin ailments.
For sound sustainability, HEMP deserves renewed attention, because it is ecologically sensible. Take the prejudice of it’s image! Hemp IS our greatest renewable resource. Support the restoration movement and buy a hemp product today.

Posted by Tierra Sol Farm at 1/6/2010 2:42 PM
Categories: uncategorized
Tags: Support the restoration movement and buy a hemp product today.

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