“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”
– George Washington
I’m not gonna make any qualms about it! Were you to ask me “Hey you, we need a solution to all of the worlds problems, whats it gonna be?”. My answer every time would be the same thing, or same plant, to be more precise. Hemp! Now at this stage you might be saying to yourself, “Hemp, ain’t that what those hippie folk smoke?”. Well, you wouldn’t be too far wrong. Although hemp is pretty much the same plant as the its more famous medicinal, recreational and spiritual cousin marijuana, the main difference in is the uses and THC levels.
Before the turn of the 20th century hemp was the most widely grow industrial plant in America. It was an integral part of the nation’s economy and had so many day-to-day practical applications it’d blow your mind! Henry Ford even built a car from the stuff, that ran on hemp fuel! So how come the only place you really find hemp these days is in that toothpaste you’ve been meaning to try in the health food store?
Back in the mid 30’s when the The Marijuana Tax Act made possession or transfer of marijuana a criminal offence throughout the United States under federal law, industrial hemp(containing almost none of the psychoactive ingredient THC) was lumped right along in there…some lobbying from the the big hitters in the timber and petrochemical industries helped as well.
Some other great documentaries on the subject to check out are; The Union which tells the story of British Columbia’s marijuana industry and the amazing tale of Rick Simpson and his success in curing cancer with hemp oil.