Hemp has been used by mankind for many centuries for a variety of different reasons. Some use it as a source of fiber; others make oils from the leaves and use them for medicinal purposes. Still others use it to control their animals (both pets and livestock). And yet other people use it simply for its beauty, needing nothing more than a simple strum on a guitar and some patience to enjoy the beauty of a Hemp plant. The truth of the matter is that there are hundreds of different uses for hemp and many more that have not even been thought of yet. All of these reasons make this a very diverse plant that has many potential uses around the globe.
Probably the most prevalent crop with mystical properties and being used in spiritual cults are Indian hemp seed, cannabis sativa, that grows wild across much of Asia and is currently widely cultivated across much of the western world, particularly in Australia where it is often crossed with cannabis sativa to create super-expensive strains of both plants. As you may be aware, much of this cannabis sativa is in fact an invasive species that needs to be monitored closely by farmers so as not to destroy native habitats or end up ruining the local environment through erosion or flooding. It is this very importance that led me to write a Hemp post about hemp seed and CBD oil, because if farmers do not grow this cannabis sativa in the ideal conditions for a long period, then they are committing environmental disaster that could eventually destroy our beautiful planet.
So what can we learn from the history of hemp cultivation in India and China and how can hemp cultivation benefit Indians and Asians elsewhere? Well, first of all, I should mention that the two countries have very different views on cannabis, and hemp in general. In India, cannabis is seen as a spiritual plant that promotes spiritual enlightenment among its users; in China, however, the plant is banned completely. However, recent debates have been renewed within the two countries about cannabis cultivation and its regulation.
Most analysts agree that the two countries’ divergent political views are behind their contrasting views on hemp. In India, hempseed consumption is seen as a socially progressive activity that benefits poor farmers the most while promoting economic growth in the larger cities; in China, a similar viewpoint exists but hempseed consumption and production remains widespread among the rural population. But whatever the political view of hemp in either country, the potential hempseed benefits to the local economy are huge, and the potential impact on global health care costs is enormous too. While Indian farmers benefit substantially from growing cannabis sativa, the Chinese reap the benefits too but at a slower pace. Growing and harvesting cannabis seeds from hemp will enable these poorer nations to feed their people without having to use the limited supplies of food products that the international food aid organizations provide them with.
The potential hemp cultivation potential also extends to the petrochemical industry: by cross-pollinating plants such as the cannabis sativa with tobacco plants (which is actually illegal in many countries) the synthetic marjoram and tobacco can be made. The manufacture of diesel, energy, lubricants and plastics would also become much cheaper if hemp was cultivated. This means not only more wealth for the farmers who have been neglected in the production of these modern day commodities but it also means higher prices for consumers. In the USA alone, a farmer who grows ten tons of cannabis could earn ten million dollars in one year.
The United States government has been very slow to acknowledge the potential of hemp despite the fact that the cannabis sativa plant has been around for thousands of years. Hemp is used in the construction of paper, clothing, ink and sails. It was the United States that was the first country to grow cannabis sativa; today it is still the major producer of this valuable crop. The reasons that the US has been reluctant to acknowledge the potential of hemp are that they fear it will be abused and the cannabis plant will become a “gateway drug”. If the cultivation of cannabis sativa were to be allowed it would be like legalized gambling or marijuana and would cause a huge problem in the already overcrowded and politically incorrect society.
There have been efforts to cultivate hemp plants in China but the results have been disappointing. In England, a few years ago, scientists were able to grow cannabis, but they were unable to produce any oil from the cannabis plant. This is because of the extreme temperatures that the plants had to endure. This is because they could not handle high temperatures; they therefore went into a hibernation state and did not produce any of the desired properties from the cannabis plant. This is likely to change with the availability of heating sources and better soil conditions.
There are two different ways in which you can view the potential of dietary hempseed. The first way in which hemp can be seen as a super food and the second way in which it can be viewed as a dietary supplement. Although the hempseed does contain some beneficial properties for your health, it cannot by- itself replace another food or vitamin. The best way in which you can view the potential of dietary hempseed is by associating it with its ability to help improve your health and how it can help to treat some of the ailments that you may suffer from.
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