I’ve been consuming cannabis now for a tiny more than half my life and, like lots of a green-faced naive teenager prior to me, I had heard and regurgitated all of the amazing and remarkable points folks had stated about weed without the need of definitely ever attempting to separate reality from fiction. Believing the points I liked to be gospel and quietly hoping the other folks that I didn’t weren’t accurate. But as I’ve grown and matured, so as well has my considering and my passion to learn the truth of the matter.
So how lots of of these timeless rumors and weedy whispers of my youth have turned out to be accurate? Could it be that as the emperor of hemp, Jack Herer as soon as place it “ Hemp will be the future of all mankind, or there will not be a future” I imply, could Cannabis in fact save the planet or is this just yet another pipe dream? Nicely, the older I’ve got and the additional educated on the topic I continue to come to be, the additional Jack’s words ring accurate to me.
I appear about the planet now and see endless complications and only a single answer. The total unrestricted and ubiquitous re-legalization of cannabis as an industrial resource. The case has under no circumstances been clearer and the need to have for transform has under no circumstances been dire.
It now appears like just about every month a new report comes out warning of the disastrous consequences of on-going climate transform. In October 2018, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental panel on climate transform (IPCC) released its most current report. It stressed the urgent need to have for instant action to lower atmospheric carbon and try to protect against future catastrophic international events such as increasing sea level, draughts, heat waves, and floods. It calls for nations to engage in mass reforestation, the ubiquitous implication of electric transportation systems and the improvement of carbon capture technologies.
The IPCC reports that there requirements to be a 45% reduction in atmospheric carbon by 2030. Nevertheless, with existing technologies imitations and a lack of political will, it is unlikely that this target will be met, to the detriment of all life on Earth.
Technological carbon capture is at the moment rather restricted and only definitely becoming employed by sector producers attempting to protect against the waste generated by the production of power from polluting our airways. Using cannabis suggests that any at the moment disused land could be covered in a single of the quickest developing organic types of carbon capture. When Cannabis is grown it sequesters 125kg of carbon per ton from the atmosphere. That material could then be employed to make any a single of the tens of thousands of prospective applications that this most versatile of plants has as an industrial and industrial resource.
The United States not too long ago passed the Agricultural Improvement Act, also recognized as The Farm Bill 2018. It has a provision properly legalizing the cultivation of Hemp for farmers in all 50 states. The bill does not transform the legal status of Cannabis Sativa or any of its derivable material, compounds or chemical substances. They’ll stay schedule 1. It does even so take away the arguably arbitrarily distinct subspecies of Hemp from the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) Properly legalizing it. Hemp is classified in the US as Cannabis strains with a THC content material of much less than .three%.
This suggests that hemp is now legal to cultivate with a license from the US Division of Agriculture (USDA) across the whole nation. This also appears to let for not just the fibrous material and the seeds to be utilized in production, but also deliverable extracts and concentrates. This potentially suggests that as CBD derived from hemp is not scheduled in the US, that CBD solutions derived from hemp may perhaps in reality now be legal in all 50 states. Time will inform as the minutiae of the bill is hashed out more than the coming months.
Advancements in cannabis-primarily based technologies and the rediscovery of ancient tactics brings us tantalizingly close to becoming capable to develop our way out of the numerous financial and environmental consequences brought on by cannibalistic capitalism and the criminalizing of a single of the most vital and invaluable renewable sources in the very first spot.
So, what can the US do with all that hemp that farmers from Alabama to Montana are going to be cultivating by the ton? Nicely, Cannabis as you may perhaps know is our oldest companion species. We’ve been applying and discovering new approaches of using it tens of thousands of years. Because that time, we’ve found some rather remarkable properties and applications for this plant. From textiles to power storage, meals to fuel, an intoxicant to a holistic healing herb, cannabis has tens of thousands of makes use of.
Cannabis paper for instance can be recycled twice as lots of occasions as normal pulp paper. The pulp and paper sector are now the third biggest producers of pollution adding more than 220 million pounds of environmentally destructive by-solution to our air and water annually. The carcinogenic industrial pollutants Dioxins are usually employed to chlorinate white pulp/paper and are now so prevalent that it shows up in breastfeeding mothers now show traces of these chemical substances in their breastmilk.
Comparable to how micro-plastics have now come to be so ubiquitous that the typical human has many various sorts of plastic present in their physique at any provided time. This is a direct consequence of enabling a corrupt cabal of elite industrialists and corrupt governments to criminalize cannabis. As an alternative favoring the newly found and subsequently hugely polluting and carcinogen petroleum-primarily based plastics more than biodegradable plant-primarily based ones.
There is estimated to be 15 trillion tons of floating partials of micro-plastic in the ocean alone. There is so significantly plastic meals waste packaging that it is now legal in Europe to have .15% of recycled plastic in agricultural animal feed. No wonder we’re seeing on typical eight various sorts of plastic now show up in human feces.
These Petroleum-primarily based plastics also include the potentially carcinogenic and hormone disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) which can mimic the sex hormone estrogen. These chemical substances have been shown to alter the endogenous levels of development and tension hormones in plants. Nevertheless, we’re nonetheless awaiting conclusive proof to show the extent of the harm it causes in humans.
Climate transform is melting the vast majority of the world’s fresh water provide – which is stored on the poles. As it melts into the ocean it becomes salinated creating it undrinkable and contaminating it with pollution, micro-plastics and other industrial chemical substances that have been pumped into our sea for decades.
Graphene nano tubes derived from cannabis could potentially be utilized in off-shore desalination plants to combat this dilemma. The approach of transferring the salt water to be proceeded into drinkable water via a network of cannabis graphene nano tubes generates electrical energy which could be utilized to energy the plant by means of a hemp super capacitors. Employing cannabis-primarily based carbon nano sheets to assistance filter out pollutants and micro-plastics all even though creating clean drinking water and renewable power.
Cannabis Graphene super-capacitors not only make a viable option to standard cell batteries. They’ve also been shown to out-do carbon-primarily based graphene in power storage tests. Additional assisting to lower the need to have for environmentally destructive and polluting mining practices to safe tradition material to make batteries. Speaking of power, like lots of other crops cannabis can be turned into a biofuel. Cannabis ethanol is roughly five occasions less costly to create than petrol and far much less polluting.
Agricultural crop ethanol biofuels are a closed loop carbon cycle as opposed to the technique we at the moment engage in which burns fossilized carbon from tens of millions of years ago. Considerably escalating the existing carbon levels in our atmosphere. Biofuels create far much less pollution when burned and need minimal modification to current engine technologies to let them to run significantly additional effectively only cannabis ethanol.
Synthetic textiles like Nylon and Polyester are derived from coal and petroleum as well and lead to a excellent deal of environmental destruction. This could also be replaced by cannabis. Which is a single of the strongest and longest lasting fabrics obtainable. It is carbon unfavorable, naturally resistant to pests, mold and UV light. Cannabis textiles could replace all cotton which at the moment use 25% of all pesticides employed annually. Hemp not only does not need to have pesticides it also produces on typical 250% additional fiber than cotton as well.
When it is produced into a constructing material referred to as Hempcrete – which is shredded cannabis fiber from the sticks and stalks mixed with powdered lime stone and water – it is flame retardant, mold, pest and water resistant and sequesters carbon for 50 years as it completely sets. Hempcrete properties are a tough, sustainable, economical and environmentally friendly way of tackling the epidemic of homelessness.
Cannabis also desalinates, detoxifies and removes heavy metals, chemical substances and even irradiated material from the soil it is grown in by a approach referred to as Phyto-remediation. Its roots dig down deep into the earth assisting to protect against topsoil erosion and desertification of our fragile arable lands. These complicated networks of roots assistance to protect against flooding by basically absorbing the excess water. The roots also market healthier mycelium networks additional assisting to safeguard bee populations that are attracted to the prominent supply of pollen. Planting cannabis amongst agricultural crop cycles aids to return crucial nutrients naturally to the soil as well.
Cannabis could also assistance protect against a zombie apocalypse…albeit it a synthetic a single. Ubiquitously re-legalizing cannabis would let secure, constant access to clean, high-quality organic cannabis solutions negating the black markets wish for synthetic cannabinoids in an try to negate prohibition. It would also go a extended way to stopping pharmaceutical firms generating increasingly unsafe analogues of cannabis elements in a vain try to patent and profiteer from nature.
The planet can arguably be as modest as the life of an person. Prolonging the life of an otherwise terminal parent is to save the whole planet in the eyes of a kid. More than the previous many decades there has been a plethora of research – more than 20,000 of them and evermore academic investigation that proves the validity, security and efficacy of Cannabis as a remedy and prophylactic for a excellent deal of frequent illnesses, circumstances and ailments.
Cannabis causes meta-cognition and introspection in these that consume it. This could, in my opinion only lead to superior governance of nations if its politicians had been cannabis buyers. Think about, for instance, if the politicians that frequent the halls of the British Homes of Parliament – with its 12 subsidized bars and restaurants – had the exact same chance to consume cannabis as they did to imbibe in alcohol prior to creating vital political choices.
Eventually, in my opinion I do not believe that we ought to be hunting to the exact same folks that got us into this mess to be the ones to repair it. Neoliberalism has poisoned our air, polluted our oceans and prohibited our future. They’re not interested in saving the planet, only in perpetuating the practice of profiteering and plundering the planet even though the population starves and chokes on the by-solutions of their greed.
So yes, I do think that cannabis can save the planet but without the need of the guiding hand of the folks who have an intimate expertise of this plant it’ll basically finish up as just yet another heartless, soulless commodity for the corporate pirates to pillage and money-in on. These firms will devour every single other on the stock industry in a fiscal feeding frenzy till there remains only a handful of folks controlling the entire issue. Though the culture and communities they’ve exploited to enrich themselves stay demonized, divided and impoverished.
So, while the days of flower haired, tie-dyed hippies in sun-soaked fields proclaiming that cannabis will remedy all human ailments, bring about planet peace and save the whole planet are more than, their concepts and these exact same ideas nonetheless nonetheless stay. The embers have been kept warm in the hearts and minds of these who’ve quietly spent decades infiltrating all facets of culture, sector, media and government to proliferate their anti-prohibition beliefs.
Their offspring have been raised on the ideals of inclusivity, cooperation and camaraderie and are cultivating themselves into the vanguard of tomorrow. With unprecedented access to innumerate scientific research, academic investigation and the all-pervasive online every single generation has found a tiny additional of the image and brought us closer to the exact same realization that Jack had when he sat down to create The Emperor Wears No Clothing– that Cannabis is the only issue that can save the planet.
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Initially published in Weed Globe Magazine challenge 139