Cannabis, revolution and evolution go hand in hand in hand. Cannabis can be utilised as a major product in the industries of medicine, construction, textiles, agriculture, food and plastics. It could revolutionise these industries. Our environment would strengthen. Humanity would evolve.
The full scope of cannabis’s medicinal properties are not yet fully known, but we do know that the plant has a vast multitude of beneficial applications, both internally and externally. In various different forms it is good for the skin, the internal organs, the central nervous system, the immune system and the brain. It is a medicine that can cure and treat literally thousands of different conditions. The normalised use of cannabis medicines would revolutionise the pharmaceutical industry.
Cannabis can also be used in the construction industry, as a replacement for concrete. ‘Hempcrete’ blocks and slabs are a far more ecologically sound and economically sensible than the grossly polluting concrete industry of today. Hempcrete also weighs a lot less, has far better insulating properties and lasts just as long as concrete. It is a superior alternative. Resins produced from cannabis can also be used in the building industry where oil-based products are currently used. A building industry free to use cannabis would revolutionise not only itself but also the way we build and live in our homes and workplaces.
Textiles made from cannabis are famous. From the fine fibres of small cannabis sativa plants to the large, course fibres used to make ropes and canvas, cannabis can replace cotton and nylon quite happily. It is far more ecologically sound to produce and resilient in use than cotton or nylon, it is even more versatile and can be worked just as finely. Cannabis fibre can not only revolutionise the worlds clothing industry, but in doing so it will have a most beneficial impact on the worlds ecology.
Agriculturally cannabis is a wonderful plant. It grows faster than almost anything else, grows where not much else will grow and fills a number of important functions. Animals love to eat it – horses, cows and sheep especially. It is a great plant for feeding cattle. Its nutritional requirements for growth are complimentary to corn. Corn is a staple human food source, cannabis grown in rotation with corn ensures constant soil fertility, thus negating the need for oil-based fertiliser. Due to its fast growth cannabis is also very effective at cleaning soil form heavy metal contamination, this is desperately needed in the lands of northern Japan after the Fukushima disaster and Iraq after the use of thousands of tonnes of depleted uranium weapons. Legalised use of the cannabis plant would revolutionise large parts of the agricultural industry and have a huge beneficial impact on our environment.
As a food source cannabis should be invaluable. Cannabis seeds contain many fatty acids that are incredibly good for the human brain. Our traditional source of these fatty acids is fish. The worlds waters are famously and desperately overfished – soon we will need to look for another source of omega acids to maintain our global health. The cannabis plant itself can be ingested by food or drink – it is a medible plant, meaning it is both medicinal and edible. As well as curing and relieving conditions and symptoms cannabis can also be consumed in food as a preventive medicine. Through the health benefits gained, the widespread use of cannabis in food would revolutionise our personal and communal existences on this planet.
Cannabis is also used to produce oils from which plastics are made. As biofuel cannabis is not efficient at a vast industrial scale but it could be used very effectively on a more localised level where conditions are suited. In this form it’s use is far more suited to that of a bioplastic. Mercedes Benz and BMW already make their dashboards and door panels from ‘hemp’ bioplastics and it could be used with or to replace petrochemical plastics in almost any application.
When grown and utilised by all these industries the cannabis crops of the world would become a giant store for atmospheric carbon. Industries that currently rely heavily on fossil fuel reserves, thus transferring underground carbon to the earth’s biosphere, would become major actors in reversing that trend if cannabis was used instead of cotton, concrete, petrochemical plastics and gmo industrial cattle feed.
Cannabis can and should be a major part of humanity’s future. It’s illegality is the result of a tiny minority of vested business interests and exploitative political figures. It is no coincidence that the century of cannabis prohibition has been the most violent and traumatic in our self-created history. The vested interests that profit from the illegality of cannabis are the same interests that profit from the proliferation of war and dis ease. Global acceptance of cannabis use in all industries would precipitate a global revolution in which humanity and the planet would become healthier, wealthier, cleaner and infinitely more sustainable. For the reasons given above it is clear that the established oligarchy of the day will resist the full legalisation and normalisation of cannabis use around the world because it runs contrary to so many still-powerful agendas. Its up to us. Spread the word about cannabis – it’s not illegal to talk about it.
“We can eat this plant, drink it, take it as medicine, live in houses made from it, feed it to our animals, fuel our cars with it, wear clothes made from it – it can shelter us, feed us, employ us and keep us healthy! When the world understands this humanity will be able to rejoice! There will be an abundance of all for everyone!”
Dr Ben Dlamini, Swaziland, 2013
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