Cannabis can refer to both marijuana and hemp. The difference being that hemp contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive molecule Δ9-THC found in marijuana. In the United States, cannabis was legal until 1937. On October 1, 1937, the US government criminally outlawed the possession and cultivation of cannabis. As a result of this, there hav been more that 20 million arrests since 1965. Today there are 850,000 arrests for marijuana per year! Unfortunately, the United States is one of only a few industrialized nations that presently prohibits the farming of hemp in addition to the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana.
Bio-fuel can be made from the oils contained in both the seeds and stalks of the cannabis plant (hemp). Filtered hemp oil biodiesel can be used in any conventional diesel engine without modifications. The exhaust from hemp biodiesel is accompanied by a pleasant, earthy, scent, rather than the noxious odor produced by petroleum fuels. Use of biodiesel can extend the life of a diesel engine because it provides more lubrication that conventional diesel fuels. In addition, there is virtually no loss in power output. Hemp biodiesel is safe to store and safe to handle because it is as biodegradeable as sugar and less toxic than table salt.
Cannabis is nature's medicine. Cannabis contains over 400 compounds. 20% of these compounds are cannabinoids, most of which are medically active. Traditional Chinese medicine lists cannabis as one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Cannabis has been prescribed for centuries for a broad spectrum of human ailments. Current science is validating the medicinal uses of cannabis and finding both effective, and beneficial (often more so than modern medicines) for widely varying health problems. Cannabis does not have to be smoked for its medicinal properties available to the body.
Hemp seed is an exceptional source of protein and all 10 of the essential amino acids. Hemp seed contains a nearly perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (a 3.75:1 ratio with the ideal being 4:1). Hemp seed is also packed with phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, vitamins B and E, and chlorophyll. Hemp seed is nutritious, tasty, and easily grown organically and without genetic modifications. In short, hemp is a wonderful food!
Plastic can be made from hemp. While hemp plastic is comparable to other industrial plastics in terms of rigidity and heat tolerence, it is unlike othe plastics in that it is biodegradeable, recycleable, and can be flame restardant.
Fabrics can be made from the stalks of cannabis plants.
Ingesting cannabis in moderation can be enjoyable. Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco and, when used with respect, can be an enjoyable way to alter consciousness. The exceptional non-toxicity of cannabis and virtually non-existent hangover make cannabis a fine intoxicant. People under the influence tend to be non-violent and non-aggressive, so cannabis does not lead to collateral problems like alcohol consumption can. With an exceptionally low potential for physical dependence, cannabis as an intoxicant is significantly less detrimental to general well being than virtually any other intoxicating substance. Given the medicinal properties of cannabis, ingestion might not only enhance the quality of life through temporarily altering consciousness, but also through its beneficial effects on the physical body.
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