In this blog-article, i will briefly review cannabis’ “happiness” benefits as a medicinal, recreational, nutritional, agricultural and industrial plant.
“One of the most promising crops in half a century. … [It] could be the alternative crop farmers are looking for.” (The American Farm Bureau Federation, a 4.5 million members farm group).
In my past wellbeing campaigns, i have promoted this plant because it has many sustainable and health-promoting benefits.
MEDICINAL, NUTRITIONAL AND RECREATIONAL CANNABIS
From the medicinal point of view, this plant is truly a holistic herb, gifted with a holistic genetic code and produces holistic results, meaning that this herb’s cannabinoids (as well as other molecules) are able to upregulate (activate) multiple biochemical pathways without producing harmful effects (when properly used), whether its auto-immunity, mental diseases, chronic pain, cancer, (1), Alzheimer’s Disease, (2) and much more. Futhermore, when patients take marijuana, they necessarily use fewer prescription drugs. As a consequence, the patients feels better and the State saves money. How holistic is that ?
“The District of Columbia and the 17 states that had medical marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in 2013 saved an estimated total of $165.2 million in Medicare program and enrollee spending that year, researchers at the University of Georgia reported in the journal Health Affairs this month. (Source)
Even better, medical ganja can significantly contribute to stop the craziness with America’s opioid and prescription painkillers addiction.
In 2014 alone, opioids killed more than 28,000 people, more than any year on record. At least half of all those deaths involved a prescription opioid. And this epidemic, like dozens of other American epidemics, keeps on rising.
“We now know that overdoses from prescription opioid pain relievers are a driving factor in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths,” the CDC states on their website. “Since 1999, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.” (Source)
Yet, while most mainstream hospitals still refuse to use marijuana herbs, this plant has what it takes to significantly reduce this epidemic.
“According to a 2015 National Bureau of Economic Research study, “States permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not” (Source)
With ganja relief medication for opioid addiction and other health problems, there are many other molecules and plants that can also help, once they are synergized in the right combination, from naltrexone, to diet, ayawashka, acupuncture and among others, kratom. ((Mitragyna speciosa) (3)
Marijuana is also part of this traditional millenia healing medicine made from trees, shrubs and wild plants, herbs and mushrooms. In this context, the evidence shows that marijuana medicine could significantly help with reversing the expensive and horrendously lethal American “sick-care” system that kills hundreds of thousands of American patients each year (See link on “why a holistic campaign” for the proof) in the U.S. When naturopathic, functional, integrative, indigenous, traditional and holistic medicine techniques are combined with other natural molecules and procedures, homeostasis (restoration) usually ensues because these health approaches focus much more on root causes and relevant biochemical receptors, whereas allopathic medicine, the official government’s medicine, while it’s ok with emergency acute care, it is usually incompetent and dangerous with respect to chronic diseases care and long term opioid addiction and pain. This is why the new standard in medicine should be holistic, this innovation would significantly help to reverse all chronic diseases, including cancer, in Washington State, over 80 percent within 4 years (See Issue # 1 for the details).
Recreationally, cannabis, like organic wine or even beer is safe in moderation and when it is organic and used intelligently. In fact, marijuana is one of the safest and “sociolable” psycho-active plants known to humankind provided it is used in a healthy way. In terms of nutrition, it is also one of the best “superfoods” in that it is nutrient dense, has lots of fiber, protein and has a near perfect balance between the omegas 3 and omegas 6 fatty acids, inter alia.
AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL HEMP
Industrial hemp is one of Holistic Governance campaign’s key sustainable cutting-edge cash crops that can produce billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs and jump-start the State’s green economy and eco-housing public works as the number one alternative crop farmers are looking for.
A regionally sustainable crop, hemp can revive depressed economic counties. Farmers and Environmentalists love it because pesticides are not needed while its water needs are minimal and its transportation requirement easy.
With 25,000 known applications from paper, clothing and food products including, but not limited to what the Wall Street Journal calls “the fastest growing new food category in North America”.
Moreover, as a renewable ressource, hemp can help Washington in the following markets: fishing nets, rope, brooms, sails, maps and garments, (ie, hemps was the leading crop in America, Europe and Asia from 1500 to 1800 in many of these markets), fuel, fiber, food, paper, energy, seed cake, and hurds (stalk cores), and because it is one of the longest and strongest fibers in the plant kingdom, it can manufacture bio-composite products for automobile parts. (4)
Henry Ford’s first composite cars were made from hemp and the Joubert campaign still wonders why Boeing can’t use this bio-composite in its planes given its bio-durability and sustainability. Boeing’s competitor airbus is still in the aluminum age whereas Boeing engineers have been investing in other composite material for their planes, yet, hemp has not been retained as a credible option. If elected, Joubert will have the authority to phone the Boeing ceo and directors so see why hemp is not in their newly composite plane material and if it can be, then we would propose some fiscal advantages to respectfully encourage Boeing to buy locally from Washington’s future hemp farmers.
On the soil, agriculture and atmosphere fronts, cannabis’ roots assist in the regeneration of soils, its leaves helps to sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, its seeds can be used for super-energy bars and other foods (e.g., it has a near perfect balance between the omega 3 and 6 fatty essential acids and lots of fibers that our microbiome – intestinal flora – need).
Furthermore, its biomass can be used as biofuel, in conjunction with algae bio-fuel, thus helping to make Washington energy independent (See my clean holistic energy proposals).
Even better, it’s fibers can help save Washington’s trees since it has been used as paper for thousands of years, it can be used for rope, brooms, textile, as an essential oil and in many other ways including but not limited to making cosmetics, eco-construction (hemp bricks, insulation and concret building material). (5)
Christian Joubert CSO & HMI Director
REFERENCE AND PRECISION NOTES
(1). “Aside from symptom management, an increasing body of in vitro and animal-model studies supports a possible direct anticancer effect of cannabinoids by way of a number of different mechanisms involving apoptosis, angiogenesis, and inhibition of metastasis. Despite an absence of clinical trials, abundant anecdotal reports that describe patients having remarkable responses to cannabis as an anticancer agent, especially when taken as a high-potency orally ingested concentrate, are circulating” Curr Oncol. 2016 Mar;23(2): Integrating cannabis into clinical cancer care. Abrams D Source
(2). Scientists at the University of South Florida demonstrated how low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical found in marijuana that is thought to be responsible for the high, is able to reduce the formation of the sticky protein beta-amyloid, which accumulates in the Alzheimer’s brain (Source).
(3). First described in an 1839 publication by Dutch botanist Pieter Willem Korthals, kratom is used as a traditional medicine to reduce pain, as an anti-diarrheal, and as way of reducing opiate dependence. The leaves of kratom contain mitragynine and several related alkaloids. Of all the compounds present in the leaf, mitragynine appears to be the most active and the one most likely responsible for kratom’s pleasing effects. Used as an opiate substitute, kratom contains no opiates of any kind, but it does bind to the same receptor sites in the brain. It binds to the mu-opioid receptor, as do both enkephalins and morphine. Additionally mitragynine binds to kappa-opioid receptors, which are associated with pain relief and sedation. Mitragynine is adrenergic, which produces a stimulating effect, and it also binds with serotonin receptors, producing an anti-depressant effect as well. Due to this multiplicity of activities in the brain, kratom produces an overall pleasing feeling.
(4). Hemp’s bio-composite can be made into hard “plastic like” material and used for car dashboards, as in Europe.
(5). Tens of thousands of homes have been built with hemp bricks in France and also used as concret and insulation. I have personal experience with hemp construction and insulation, more durable and much healhier than fiber glass insulation which can be quite irritating to the lungs. One technique is called isochanvre. Isochanvre Construction is made from Chenevotte (hurds) cellulose obtained by removing the fibres mechanically without the use of water. The material, formerly considered a waste product, is now used in Isochanvre Construction, a company Washington State could work with in Holistic Governance’s eco-housing project. The best way to describe this product is to call it a non-toxic replacement for cement, lumber, sheetrock, plaster, insulation and acoustic tiles. Isochanvre uses natural lime and water for binding agents. It can be used as cement and poured directly onto soil. Unlike cement, it is very flexible and doesn’t crack. The metal wire netting that is used to give cement suppleness is too rigid for Isochanvre and would cause it to crack. Cement is toxic, hard and breakable. Isoc
To view the “HEMP FOR VICTORY” 13 minutes documentary, the 2 minutes clip on a few advantages in building “hemp” houses & a 1.5 minutes filmed testimony from Harvard Professor Grinspoon on federal cannabis brainwashing and the 9 minute interview from Dr Abrams, please scroll all the way down
HEMP FOR VICTORY
This short 13 minutes film was made by the US Government to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. The film shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope, cloth, cordage, and other products.
Before 1989, the film was relatively unknown. According to cannabis expert and author Robinson Rowan, the United States government’s public agents who ruled over the Government denied ever having made such a film and lied consistently lied about the Science that favors this plant. (16) It i interesting to know that Dupont Chemical is one of the companies that funded the anti-hemp / marijuana effort. This is because they had patents on new synthetic fibers and Hemp had a new machine that would put them out of business if hemp were to be used for clothes. Dupont also sold (and still does) many of the chemicals to wood pulp producers… so the Washington Government continues to cut down forests… when Hemp could save millions of trees, be used as an alternative bio fuel and the US could easily grow enough hemp to eliminate the need for oil… so Big oil does not want hemp legal either. Neither do the drug companies… they can’t patent it. They would rather keep selling their synthetic drugs. By keeping hemp illegal the lawyers and the courts also make a living as well as the “for profit” prisons, big profit margins in incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians just because they consumed this plant.
B. AN ILLUSTRATION OF A HEMP HOUSE. AMONG MANY OTHER TECHNIQUES
In this 2 minutes clip, CNN reports on eco friendly sustainable hemp house built in Asheville, NC. Benefits include carbon negative construction, breathability, and reduced cost of heating and cooling. This technique comes from the isochanvre French eoo-house technique where tens of thousands of homes have been built using “hempcrete” and other hemp techniques, including hemp isolation, which is way better than fiberglass isolation, if only for the lungs (ie, fiberglass residues in the lungs from air = bad news). Isochanvre or hempcrete is made from lime, hemp fibers and water. For me, i put dry lavander therein to augment its anti-microbial effect and give off a pleasant and “healing” smell (ie, I put “healing” in parenthesis because those who have taken over Science in the FDA prohibit the making of health claims if that product has not been approved by the rigorous federal testing system of things…)
C. TESTIMONY OF ONE OF THE MOST EMINENT HARVARD PROFESSORS OF MEDICINE, PROFESSOR LESTER GRINSPOON, ON THE GOVERNMENTAL AGENT’S FRAUD IN BRAINWASHING THE PEOPLE:
In this less than 2 minutes interview, Professor Grinspoon, a prolific author on cannabis research since the 1970s testifies to the Governments’ public agents’ persistent brainwashing about cannabis. Dr. Lester Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Grinspoon was senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for 40 years.
D. TESTIMONY FROM DR ABRAMS, CHIEF ONCOCLOGIST AT THE SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAl & PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE
Most of the elected Republican and Democratic public agents who control U.S. government have claimed since the chemical and oil industries rose to power that cannabis has no medical worth. As a result, many Government public servants and law-makers, in the name of the People and Science, demonize cannabis and list it, along with heroin, in the Schedule I drug classification of illegal narcotics, which is the most tightly restricted category of dangerous drugs in the United States. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs are unsafe and have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”
However, as Cannabis proponents and honest scientists have pointed out since the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress in 1970 and before, Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and there has never been a reported case of a deadly Cannabis overdose. Moreover, in recent years clinical researchers around the world have demonstrated the medicinal value of Cannabis in many diseases. For decades, American researchers couldn’t even get a ” positive” or objective cannabis research done in this country, let alone a clinical trial. Those who controlled the Government in this realm, DEA & NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) only allowed “negative” cannabis research. When California’s governor stepped in and got the Legislature to appropriate funds for clinical trials, the Federal Government tried to control this process by obliging the concerned researchers to use only the cannabis NIDA provided, which was 3 to 4 percent THC and therefore too weak for a therapeutic effect. The bottom line is that these agencies are mandated by the US Congress’s lawmakers to suppress the Science of Cannabis. Question: what if most everything else that we are told by these professional politicians and their scientists is also tainted by this institutionalized bias. From the economy, to taxes, war, human rights, trade, jobs and education ? What if ? See Holistic Wesbite’s links on “Why a holistic campaign”, and H.G.’s a “new story” for a few answers. Meanwhile, colleague Dr Donald Abrams, Professor of medicine at UCLA and Chief oncologist at San Francisco General Hospital corroborates some of these above-mentioned allegations and confirms a few of many ganja benefits.
E. OVER 40 YEARS SINCE PROFESSOR GRINSPOON’S MAJOR MARIJUANA BOOK WHAT ARE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S AGENTS AND GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAYING ABOUT THE RIGORS OF CANNABIS RESEARCH ?
The federal government’s position on marijuana, according DEA’s homepage is a follows:
“The clear weight of the currently available evidence supports [Schedule I] classification, including evidence that smoked marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medicinal value in treatment in the United States, and evidence that there is a general lack of accepted safety for its use even under medical supervision… Specifically, smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science–it is not medicine, and it is not safe.” (Source)
Although there has been some federal slackening during the last two years, the federal government’s agents who claim to speak in the name of Science, the People, Justice and the Republic, still go to great lengths to prevent positive medical marijuana research, prefering negative research. Big problem from the point of view of Holistic Responsibility, (See Statue of Responsibility project)
“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” George Washington
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