CANNABIS IS THE MOST VERSATILE, EFFICACIOUS PLANT ON EARTH
‘Efficacious’ means effective, or productive, as it regards the desired effect. This is particularly concerned with cannabis biomass (explained soon).
Cannabis is versatile because it has so many uses. Its uses can be traced back to thousands of years before Christ.
PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE MADE WITH OR FROM CANNABIS
Medicine, fuel, paper, food, rope, maps, clothes, nets, lace, soap, sails, shoes, plastics, explosives, caulking, fiberboard, paint, sealant, methanol, gasoline, fiber for fuel, bricks, charcoal, auto bodies, packing mass, lubricants, oil for lighting, oil for fuel, oil for lights, animal food, furniture, mats, varnish, lotions, ointments, lacquer, salad dressings….
There are an estimated 50,000 commercial uses. Until about 100 years ago, almost all of the world’s bibles, maps, sails, clothes and books were made out of cannabis. Much of the world’s population has survived by eating hemp seed, cooked into a porridge called ‘gruel’.
Biomass is the amount of plant material that can be converted to fuel, usually by gasification. Biomass is a biologically produced material. Methanol is a biomass substance. Biomass can be converted into virtually any sort of energy.
World production of biomass has been estimated at 146 billion tons a year.
The thermochemical process that converts organic material to fuel is called pyrolysis. This consists of applying heat with little or no air. It can produce charcoal, gasses, acetone, methanol, and other organic liquids known as pyrolytic fuel oil.
When the biomass of cannabis is converted to fuel, there are no harmful waste products (compare with radioactive sources of energy) and there is no environmental pollution (as with fossil fuels).
The FCDA has produced their ‘biomass equation,’ which shows that cannabis biomass is the most efficient (and potentially the cheapest and most reliable) way to produce energy.
It is estimated that up to 90% of the energy produced by the use of fossil fuels could be produced from biomass. Hemp can be converted to methane, methanol, or petrol. By ridding ourselves of the pollution factories and the resulting sulfurous smog that is released into the atmosphere, we could dramatically reduce acid rain and begin to reverse the Greenhouse Effect. Henry Ford’s first Model T was designed to run on a methanol petrol produced from hemp seeds.
Seventy-five to 90 percent of the paper used for books, maps, bibles, banknotes, and newspapers was made from hemp until about 1883. Hemp paper had been used since the first century AD, by the Chinese, and it was used in Europe since the 5th. Cannabis can be harvested in three to six months, as compared with 30 or more years for trees. It can produce double or more fiber as wood chippings and requires no dangerous chemicals in the paper pulping processes. No chlorine is needed for bleaching and no deadly dioxins are thrown into the environment. Hemp paper will outlive even the best quality wood pulp paper or papyrus paper.
Hemp seed is one of the easiest to produce and most nutritious food crops on earth. For many centuries, it was the staple food crop for most of the world. The oils produced from the seed contains the highest amount of essential fatty acids in the plant world. Hemp seed oil helped clear the human system of cholesterol. The seed itself can be ground to make a porridge – gruel – or baked into cakes or bread. Hemp seed is the single most complete food on the planet and can be grown quickly almost anywhere, yet the world is allowed to starve as a result of the often total prohibition of cannabis. During recent years, some countries, notably the Maldives, have given life sentences to people found with even three seeds, whilst in the Western world it is readily available for use as bird food and fishing bait. That alone reveals the real evil behind this senseless banning of foods.
BRICKS, PLANKS, PLASTICS
Hemp is used for replacing wooden materials. as it can be pressed into a variety of forms. It can be used to make furniture and beams, being stronger and more flexible than timber as well as more financially and environmentally beneficial. Isochanvre, produced in France, is a method of making a building material from the hurds of hemp, which sets into a very hard mineral state ideal for construction. Archaeologists have found a bridge in the South of France, over 1200 years old, made from a similar material. Several house have already been built from hemp bricks.
Hemp can also be used to make plastics for pipes for plumbing, etc., and almost any item made from plastic at this time; however, the processes involved are far less polluting.
As well as using hemp fuel for his Model T, Henry Ford used hemp plastics to build the body work.
Approximately 90 percent of sails and most rigging, nets, rope, flags and sealant was made from cannabis until this century; even nappies and towels. Even the sailors’ shoes and socks were produced from cannabis fibers. The original hard wearing Levi jeans were made from cannabis. In 1938 Popular Mechanics, a USA magazine, stated that hemp was the “standard fiber of the world.” Clothes made from hemp are more durable yet softer than those made from cotton, a plant which requires much pesticide and fertilizer to grow. Of course the huge pharmaceutical companies who profit from these chemicals would suffer if hemp was re-introduced widely into the markets, which is one reason such a process may be slow. This profit is important to remember when examining the true reasons for the prohibition of cannabis.
PAINT, VARNISH, LACQUER
For hundreds of years, hemp seed oil was used to make paints and varnishes. Some of the greatest works of art were created on canvas (incidentally a Dutch word meaning cannabis), including works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, etc.
OIL FOR LIGHTING
Until this century, hemp seed oil was used to produce most of the light in the world. It burns with an even light and does not produce the soot characteristic of modern oils. It can also be used as a lubricant.