from Collective-Evolution Website
If I told you there was a plant available to us today that could be grown in pretty much any soil, could thrive without the use of pesticides, and could be farmed with very little maintenance, and that this magical plant could be used for a very large number of necessities and goods we use today, but we are doing nothing about it, would you think to yourself,
Well, I'm not high nor do I get high, but let me tell you, there is a plant available right now and it is often mistaken for marijuana, but it has capabilities that are beyond what you could imagine.
It's called hemp...
The funny thing is, in the United States, hemp is just as illegal to grow as marijuana is.
In the past, hemp was used for many things:
In fact, it used to be mandatory in the United States for farmers to grow hemp if they had the land.
More about hemp:
The fact is, hemp was very popular throughout the 1800s and 1900s because it was incredibly useful and easy to grow, and its derived products were so long lasting.
But one day that all changed; it became illegal and so did its friend cannabis (marijuana).
How did this happen...?
appointed his future nephew-in-law,
Harry J. Anslinger, to head the
Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. This then led them to take an obscure Mexican slang word - 'marihuana' - and push it into the consciousness of America.
The reason why they
changed the name was because everyone knew of hemp and how amazing
it was for the world. They would never be able to get away with
banning hemp, so they used a name they knew no one would recognize.
Yellow journalism is essentially journalism where stories with catchy headlines are put into the mainstream media to get attention, yet these stories are not well researched or backed up. They are often used simply to sway public opinion.
Many newspapers were pumping stories emphasizing the horrors and dangers of marihuana.
The "menace" of marihuana
made headlines everywhere. Readers learned that it was responsible
for everything from car accidents to looser morals, and it wasn't
long before public opinion started to shape.
...which were all propaganda films designed by these industrialists to create an enemy out of marihuana.
Reefer Madness was possibly the most interesting of the films, as it depicted a man going crazy from smoking marijuana and then murdering his family with an axe.
With all of these films,
the goal was to gain public support so that anti-marihuana laws
could be passed without objection.
Unlike most films with a simple ending, Reefer Madness ended with bold words on the screen:
In the 1930s, things were different from today in significant ways.
The population did not question authority or the media to the extent that we do now, and they did not have tools like the Internet to quickly spread information and learn about things that were happening.
Most built their opinions and beliefs off of the news via print, radio, or cinema. As a result (and thanks to the explicit instruction of mainstream news), many people did tell their children about marihuana.
Thus, public opinion
about this plant was formed.
At the time, the Chairman
Ways and Means was
Robert Doughton, who was
a Dupont supporter. With vested
interest, he insured that the bill would pass in Congress.
He mentioned that the
reason the AMA had not denounced the Marihuana Tax Law sooner was
that the Association had just discovered that marihuana was
hemp (or at least a strain of it)...
Since the law was not focused on banning one or the other, both found their way into the ban. The AMA recognized cannabis/marihuana as a medicine found in numerous healing products sold that had been used for quite some time.
The AMA, like many others, did not realize that the deadly menace they had been reading about in the media was in fact hemp. In September of 1937, hemp prohibition began.
What was arguably the most useful plant known to man at the time, at least in the West, became illegal to grow and use:
To this day, this plant
is still illegal to grow in the United States.
in Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France
(Europe's largest hemp producer)
But it should also be mentioned that cannabis has been abused over the years and does have its negative side effects. This is a reality many in the community don't want to admit but it has to be said.
We know the effects it
has on regular users under 25 years old as well as what heavy
regular use can do to serotonin levels.
Despite the awareness
that exists about hemp as an option to transform how things can be
done on this planet, governments continue to ban this plant, and it
is still often mistaken for marihuana due to their similar
This helps to work out
the difference between fact and fiction so we can use the plant
responsibly while taking advantage of its benefits.