Did you know, cannabis: You have been consuming cannabinoids your entire life?
Studies have shown that cannabinoids are found in many places that one might not expect. If you were fed breast milk as an infant you could quite possibly have consumed endocannabinoids, which were produced naturally by your mother’s body. Exo-cannabinoids or Phyto-cannabinoids, the type we know from cannabis, are also found in a wide range of other plants including herbs and vegetables. If you’ve ever eaten broccoli or black pepper, you have consumed cannabinoids.
Did you know, cannabis: 1500 BC - Present?
Cannabis has a long history of being used for its therapeutic properties. Historians note that the earliest written reference to the healing potential of cannabis was recorded in a Chinese text as early as 1500 BC. Egyptians around 1213 BC are said to have used cannabis for ailments including glaucoma and inflammation, and the therapeutic benefits of cannabis were cited in an Indian Ayurvedic text dated 600 BC. Furthermore, it is believed that the inhabitants of Rome and ancient Greece used cannabis to treat various ailments. Even Queen Victoria in the late 1800’s, was reportedly prescribed cannabis by her physician for relief of menstrual cramps.
Did you know, cannabis: One of the most eco-friendly, versatile resources available to us?
Cannabis Sativa, also know as Hemp, is one of the most versatile plants on the planet, with literally thousands of applications that include biofuel, medicine, textiles, fabric and hempcrete for building houses as well as eco-friendly biodegradable plastic alternatives. More uses are being found all the time. Cultivation of cannabis is also very kind and gentle to our planet.
Hemp can grow up to 4 metres tall in just a few months. This, combined with a potentially infinite supply, makes it the definition of a highly sustainable resource.
Hemp also absorbs a lot of CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows, helping to offset the effects of climate change. This phenomenon is called carbon sequestration.
Hemp can even help to purify the soil it grows in via a process called phytoremediation, in which the roots absorb toxic heavy metals and even radiation from the soil. Hemp can also be grown without the need for harsh or harmful chemical pesticides. It has been said that no other plant can provide for so many of our human needs at so little cost to our planet.
Did you know, cannabis: The USA briefly lifted its ban on cannabis to help fight World War 2?
Restrictions around the sale and use of cannabis products in the USA began around the 1900’s, and culminated with the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. In the years leading up to the tax act, cannabis use was quite common, but after the enactment citizens could be arrested for possession of cannabis. During the Second World War the ban was temporarily lifted. The United States government even released a short film called “Hemp for Victory”, which aimed to encourage farmers to grow as much hemp as possible. The film detailed how to grow and process the highly versatile plant into rope, cloth and other important resources to be used in the war effort. After the war, hemp reverted back to its illegal status.