Historic Info on Hemp & Cannabis
Cannabis has been a useful plant in civilization for thousands of years as both a medicine and an industrial material. There is ample evidence that its use spans across all borders and religions, as has been well documented in ancient China, Egypt, India and almost everyone else in the world. It was used in rituals and ceremonies, as a medicine for a myriad of ailments, and as an industrial material for clothing, paper and building materials. The word ‘canvas’ was derived from the word ‘cannabis’. Many of the world’s most valuable paintings were painted on hemp. There have been ancient versions of the bible discovered which were printed on hemp and Thomas Jefferson supposedly drafted the US Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, although this is difficult to validate.
In the early 20th century the cannabis plant was demonized as the ‘evil weed’ and it was finally “Prohibited” in United States in 1937 by the “Marihuana Tax Act”.
Folklore suggests that the Marihuana Tax Act was passed at the hands of corporate conspirators and their government cronies with the intent of destroying the hemp industry to the benefit their own business interests. It is said that the primary benefactors of such a conspiracy were Andrew Mellon (Mellon Bank), who financed the business of William Randolph Hearst and his wood pulp and paper industry, and the Du Pont family that had developed petrochemical based products that competed directly with natural and sustainable hemp products. It is not inconceivable to imagine corporate interests manipulating government to enrich themselves. The family relationship between Andrew Mellon and the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the DEA), Harry Anslinger, is interesting given the circumstances.
More than 75 years after prohibition was enacted, we are still fighting against the propaganda that has been spoon fed to society that amounted to well crafted, sensationalistic fear mongering. But thankfully, people all over the world now have access to factual information, with society becoming more educated on the subject and realizing that there are many benefits of both cannabis as a medicine and hemp as an industrial material Hemp and Cannabis represent non-toxic alternatives to almost every toxic product on the market today that contains unhealthy amounts of man-made chemicals. Our food, clothing, commercial and residential buildings, vehicles, furniture, carpeting, insulation, everything is soaked with chemicals that are emitted into the air and our pores, lungs and stomachs. Its no wonder incidence of disease is skyrocketing.
Hemp is the longest and strongest natural fiber on the earth. It can be used to replace paper and building materials currently made from trees, which over time could potentially stop deforestation. It can be used in the manufacturing of textiles, biocomposites, and bioplastics, cosmetics, body care products, and so much more. It is a highly nutritional food that could address malnutrition amongst the poor and deprived around the world. The applications are limitless. Hemp products will have an impact on almost every industry and sector of the world economy. It is a major threat to the toxic processes and products of many current industries.
Cannabis as a medicine is making great strides in providing relief from a myriad of diseases and ailments without the harmful side effects of toxic pharmaceuticals. There is now ample empirical research produced by credible scientists, doctors and universities, and more research is occurring every day, that indicates that cannabis as a medicine can be far more effective in treating many diseases. Israel saw the value of cannabis research long ago and is significantly ahead of other countries, as they have been doing serious scientific cannabis research for more than 25 years. The United States on the other hand, is prohibited by law from doing any research on cannabis unless it is to prove harmful effects, since cannabis is listed on Schedule I of the CSA.
Everything society knows about hemp and cannabis is all about to change, and as a result, the world will experience the most significant tipping point in economic and environmental history.