Stoner Guide; The Hemp Takeover
Forgetting the fact that cannabis has the potential to be a cure for cancer and that the plant has bettered the lives of thousands of people, cannabis can also produce hemp. For those of you that aren’t aware of what hemp is, it’s a material that is made from the cannabis plant that can be used to make basically anything from paper to houses. This product of the cannabis plant is extremely versatile, takes less water than corn and cotton, and takes up far less space for the same amount at harvest time. Hemp is far better suited for the world today than corn, cotton, fossil fuels, and hundreds of other substances that we use every day that are harmful to the environment.
Hemp does not contain high THC levels, the chemical in marijuana that makes the user high. Most people that have attempted to smoke hemp (not recommended that you try this) have experience extreme headaches, rather then the uplifting feeling you get from the flowers. Instead, the plant is extremely useful in every single product that we use today, including where we live, what we eat, and the vehicles we drive plus so much more. But since the hemp plant is related to cannabis, it is classified with it’s stoney relative as a Schedule 1 drug. This leaves the industrial market open to materials such as cotton, paper, and others that are not only expensive but bad for the environment as well.
Since the plant can produce far more material in a smaller space as compared to crops like cotton, it would seem logical to allow hemp farms. These farms could be completely vacant of psychoactive cannabis plants, only growing hemp. Of course there is a way for officials to test the plants, as they often do in Colorado to be sure that the plants don’t contain high enough amounts of THC to get someone high. This leaves hemp completely available to be used in all reaches of industrial society.
Forgetting the industrial aspects, hemp is an incredible health benefit to the human body. Whether ingesting the seeds or the leaves, it greatly improves bodily functions. The seeds are full of Omega-6 as well as Omega-3, both of which as essential fatty acids that promote heart health and also carry anti-inflammatory characteristics as well. These seeds can be added to smoothies, salads, yogurts, bread, and many other kitchen made goods. The leaves of the cannabis plant (either hemp or from the smokeable cousin) can be juiced and drank or added in to foods like burgers, salads, and sandwiches. And remember that all of these products will not make you high and will only benefit human health.