Paper and Paper Products – Why cut down millions of our trees that take 20 years to regrow, if we can get the fiber we need for our paper from industrial cannabis (Hemp), that takes 4 months to regrow?? Hemp is an excellent source of fiber for paper, newsprint, cardboard and packaging, as well as any other kind of specialty paper products.
Textiles – Industrial Textiles like twine, rope, nets, canvas, tarps, carpets, linings and molded parts. Consumer textiles like apparel, diapers, fine fabrics, denim, handbags and shoes.
Building Materials -Hemp hurd is the soft inner core of the hemp stem. It is highly absorbent and rich in cellulose which offers thermal and acoustic insulation. Fiberboard from hemp can be used in building, and furniture making. Hemp hurd can be used as fiberglass substitute and insulation substitute. Hempcrete, or Hemplime is a bio-composite material that is used for construction and insulation. It is easier to work with then traditional mixes, as it is lightweight and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It is not as brittle as concrete, and does not need expansion joints. It has been successfully used in France since the early 1990s, to construct non-weight bearing insulating infill walls, as Hempcrete does not have the required strength for constructing foundations, and is instead supported by the frame. It is a low density material, and its resistance to cracking makes it ideal for construction in areas with seismic activity.
Food Source – Hemp seeds are an excellent source of easily digestible protein. Hemp seeds could be used both raw and as oils they produce. The nut of the seed can be used in breads, salads, granola, cereals, hemp milk and dairy products, as well as protein powders. Hemp seeds can also be used as animal and bird feed.
Industrial and Consumer Chemicals – Apart from nutritional values hemp seeds can be used to produce oils which can substitute for fuels, lubricants, inks, varnishes, solvents, coatings, putty, paints and plastics. Consumers will benefit from hemp soap, shampoo, bath gels, creams, lotions, balms and other specialized cosmetics. (and I am not even including the medical marijuana market, this is strictly from the industrial cannabis, the hemp)
Aside from the obvious economic benefits we can derive from Hemp, there are many basic agricultural benefits from planting cannabis. Hemp can improve our air by absorbing large quantities of CO2, and releasing much needed oxygen. Hemp cultivation will help with soil improvement during crop rotation, as well as do wonders for the soils fertility. Deep roots are natural soil aerator and when hemp is grown in the same soil that has been drained of it’s nutrients by other cultures (like wheat and corn), it helps restore the soil balance quicker.
Here are my Top 5 reasons that I prefer marijuana to other legal substances. And when I say other legal substances, I mean alcohol and tobacco, as well as some strong prescription medication that seems to be available to everyone nowadays.
No Overdoses – Seriously. NO cases of overdosing on marijuana has EVER been reported. Unlike the constant flow of news we hear about people overdosing on prescription meds and alcohol.
Does not prompt violent behavior – This is something that is often overlooked, but it is an important part of the whole “drugs are bad” campaign. Unlike other drugs (or alcohol), weed does not prompt aggressive behavior. You never heard of any stoner getting blazed and beating his wife to death. Or smoking a joint and committing an armed robbery or assault. Pot smokers are known for their pacifism, and usually do not get into fights. The most damage a stoned person can do is destroy the leftovers of last nights dinner in the fridge. A condition often referred to as “The Munchies”.
Does not increase the risk of a motor vehicle accident – I know some police officers might argue with me on this one, but the numbers do not lie. According the the Colorado’s Department of Motor Vehicles 2017 report, there were no noticeable changes in the amount of car crashes or accidents since the state has legalized marijuana for recreational purposes a few years ago. And speaking from personal experience, as a drivers that has been driving high for the last 20 years, I would say it is much safer then alcohol or any kind of prescription drugs.
All natural with no additives – This is especially relevant in the recent years with the increase of use of synthetic drugs. Basically, I am all about transparency and open research, but when your drugs come in a form of a pill or tablet, you never really know what is in there. With cannabis it is simple, especially if you grow your own, you know exactly what went in there. And with the legalization of medicinal marijuana in my very own state of Ohio, you can be sure that the medicine you’re getting is of the highest quality.
Known healing properties– After doing a little research on the internet, I found multiple accounts of people using cannabis extracts to treat medical conditions with even more success then the doctor prescribed medication.
Economic – a whole new industry taken away from the black market. New jobs, taxes, license fees.
Health – multitude of health applications. From concentrates, to creams and ointments.
Environmentally friendly – Hemp (industrial cannabis – stuff that contains less then 0.5% of THC and does not get you “high”) can be used to make paper and textiles. Stop chopping down our forrests, plant some hemp and chop it down every 4 months.
Safety – Regulated market will make sure that people are getting the cleanest purest form of their medicine. Safe working environment for growers and cultivators, and everyone else in the business.
Scientific potential – the plant is extremely resilliant and holds a lot of secrets. It has great regeneration ability, and proven health benefits. So much is still undiscovered.
People have been asking me what are my favorite strains to smoke, and I always answer with a question: “Do you mean the most potent? Or the most tastiest?”. If we are talking about my favorite to smoke, then the tastiest would have preference. So I have compiled a list of my Top 5 most tastiest strains of marijuana.
My Top 5 Most Tastiest Marijuana Strains
Blue Dream – I just recently tried the blue dream, but it is by far the tastiest strain of cannabis I have ever tried!! Ever. It is sweet and fruity and light and has a unique taste, not to mention a unique uplifting High.
Grease Monkey – This is another recent edition to the Top 5 most tasty list. My Michigan connection grows this organically, and it is top-notch genetics. Winner of some big awards. Has a very rare pinkish purple coloration, and a very unique taste. Incredibly high in THC and CBD levels.
Girl Scout Cookies – A long-time favorite of mine. I fell in love with this in college, and when some top shelf weed started coming around on the regular basis, I had a chance to taste a wide variety of prize winning marijuana. Girl Scout Cookies are very tasty !!
Cherry Bomb – This is some of those English, or better yet Great Britain’s genetics. Super sweet hybrid with distinct red and orange coloring and intense, overwhelming sweet taste.
Cookies Kush – This is also a recent discovery. I got an onion of this to try with my regular order, and was pleasantly surprised of the quality and taste. Reminded me of Blue Dream, but a totally different kind of high.