What if there was a plant that had over 60,000 uses? A plant that had the ability to heal some of the deadliest diseases, known to mankind, could replace many chemical-ridden medicines prescribed for problems, such as depression and insomnia, a plant that could aid in the reduction of the growing and devastating effects of deforestation around the planet, preventing the habitat destruction of many endangered animals, a plant that was illegal for reasons that simply do not make sense.
There are three species of cannabis: Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Hemp has been used for thousands of years and its usability is unlike anything else. It can be used for oil for cooking and converting to fuel. The seeds, which are one of the most nutritional seeds on the planet, supply nearly every mineral and vitamin the body needs. It can be used for clothing and, not only requires half the amount of water to turn into fiber as cotton, but also requires no chemicals or fertilizers. It can also be used as housing insulation, fiber boards, and its excellent phytoremediation which is a plant that can remove toxins, radiation, and contamination from water and soil. Hemp was actually used in the agricultural fields around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, in order to help remove the heavy metals and radiation from the unusable land. Scientists, behind the plant, used Hemp as phytoremediation, also stated that as well as being excellent for the job of removing harmful waste, the Hemp could then be converted to bio-diesel afterward. Now, the conversion to bio-diesel is far from environmentally friendly, but the fact this plant has the ability to do this is incredible. Hemp's natural process of removing harmful toxins was also considered for the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Although because of the strict Cannabis laws in Japan, Hemp was not used, the two main resources that can be produced using Hemp, that could have a profound impact on the planet and our lives, is paper and plastic. According to a study conducted in 1916, it's believed one acre of Hemp, over the course of twenty years, can produce four to ten times the amount of paper than trees, and, although the deep forestation problem we are faced with today is attributed to many things, reducing the need for tree paper by using Hemp, would still reduce the damaging affects paper production has, which sees roughly 4 billion trees being cut down a year for that purpose. Yet, less than 0.1% of the paper we use today is made with Hemp. Hemp plastic, which can not only be made to be completely bio-degradable, reducing the enormous amount of pollution on beaches and destruction to marine life, can also be produced with little or no chemicals which we all know makes up the majority of plastic we use today.
A game-changing medicine. Where do I begin with the medical side of cannabis? Well, let's start with what scientists and researchers believe is the reason it has profound benefits in the first place. So far, they have been able to identify 483 different chemical compounds within the plant, 80 of which are called Cannabinoids. Although the studies are becoming a lot more popular, so far we do not know a whole lot about these 80 Cannabinoids, and their effects on humans as most research has only been focused on a handful of them. Such as Delta 9, Tetrahydrocannabinol, by far the most studied chemical, binds the receptors in your central nervous system and immune system when heated, causing you to get high, and is the only compound in Cannabis to do so. It's the chemical that medical Marijuana is most active in, as it acts as a side-effect free muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and current studies are showing, that it could be used as a treatment for anxiety, the side-effects of chemotherapy, cancer growth reduction, crones disease, chronic pain, insomnia, and multiple sclerosis. Just to name a few. The next one is Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, which is the same chemical as the one just talked about, but in its unheated form, which means it's a non-psychoactive compound. This is administered by juicing Cannabis, as you would wheatgrass or any other plant, as it contains medical properties that are lost when heated. This chemical is in its early stages of research, but it's thought to be an effective treatment as an anti-inflammatory, and a variety of illnesses without any significant side-effects, and also will not give patients the feeling of a high. Cannabidiol is similar and has been linked as an effective aid for anxiety, nausea, acne, schizophrenia, and many neurodegenerative diseases.