So without too much blah blah, let’s get started on a rather controversial topic: the production, regulations, and confusion about the hemp/marijuana industry in America.
First off, here’s a little history lesson on American hemp production (the close relative of marijuana). In 1619, hemp was so crucial to success within the early colonies, that in Jamestown, Virginia; Massachusetts and Connecticut, hemp was illegal not to grow. It was used daily in the manufacturing of canvas and cordage materials. And was used widely by the Navy. Some believed growing hemp didn’t require pesticides because of its high tolerance for pests.
Time continued to tick as hemp moved into larger production. by the late 1840s and ’50s, nearly 35,000 tons of hemp was being produced annually. This yearly total began growing larger until time began to creep into the early 1900’s, when the cotton industry boomed. Then, after nearly 170 years of Americans using hemp and marijuana, for it’s many uses, it was wrongfully banned in 1937.
The Issue Now.
Shhhh…between me and you….marijuana can be eaten. No, not to get you high, hemp seeds are non psychotropic. Marijuana, or hemp, actually has a TON of nutritional value. If you don’t know this and you’re trying to eat healthy, or consider yourself a “healthy” eater/dieter, PAY ATTENTION. Eating 3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds holds more nutritional value than any other seed. Hemp has the ability in itself to boost metabolism, balance hormones, and improve digestion. It is considered one of the most complete nutritional profile on earth, having an ideal 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega 6 fatty acids, they are high in GLA which balances hormones, contains all 20 aminos including the 9 essential amino acids, and is rich in fiber. No wonder they call it a super food.
Not only does hemp have all these benefits from eating them, they also contain about 50% of they daily required magnesium intake. Magnesium assists in bodily functions like Protein synthesis, nerve function, blood pressure regulation, metabolism, and many other functions. Hemp seeds also contain calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, and Vitamin E.
Hemp seeds can also help symptoms of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, skin allergies, diabetes, breast pain, and even ADHD. These are just SOME BENEFITS of EATING HEMP. You wonder why the government banned it’s use after nearly depending on the crop for paper, rope, and twine. Hemp fiber can also be processed into a material exactly like plastic. Except, it’s actually NATURAL, and does not harm the environment.
Government Ban? Why?
So, why did the government decide to ban this plant? Some say it was a secret society trying to take over the world. The media and government began spreading rumors against hemp in the 1930’s. Rumors like “Marijuana: The assassin of youth.” or “Marijuana: The devil’s weed with roots in hell.” If the media did not use the term “marijuana”, which derived from a Spanish word, hemp would still be legal today. Especially with the new technologies they were discovering with it.
Obviously, this is your choice and we just wanted to express our take on the subject. Marijuana can be anti-motivational and possibly addicting given to a certain type of people, but that gives no reason to ban the product of hemp after looking at it’s nutritional profile and other uses. Furthermore, the psychoactive form of smoking marijuana can actually reduce symptoms of epilepsy and other physical and mental ailments. But, do your research and figure out who’s at fault here: The People, or the Government?