“They Say that I’m a Dreamer…”

“But I’m not the only one.”

–John Lennon

What do you do at the supermarket when you left your reusable bags at home?

Buy a paper bag, I suppose or wheel your groceries to your car un-bagged.

I see that eight states—California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon, and Vermont—have banned single-use plastic bags. Although I live in Oregon and the grocery store in a little town outside Eugene still offers plastic bags.

So what do you do when you have left your reusable bags at home?

 “Paper or plastic?” asks the clerk?

 Paper comes from cutting trees. Plastic is created from fossil fuel and chemicals.

 It’s a tough choice. I’ve gone through all three.

Hemp to the rescue.

Hemp paper – a biodegradable, durable paper from an annual renewal source – the Cannabis hemp plant. Except we don’t have it yet.

However, now that eighty years of cannabis prohibition has been lifted, I am intrigued.

For eighty years we maligned a plant that has enormous health benefits as well as contributions to the health and welfare of the planet.

 “Unlike cotton and many other plants used in textile, hemp needs less water and requires no pesticides, allows for soil remediation (phytoremediation) – whereby hemp can absorb pollutants from the earth – and it returns 60-70 percent of the nutrients it takes from the soil.” –Julian Vigo.

This plant can make rope, paper, fabric stronger and softer than cotton, and because it is grown organically, it can build the soil.

Without hemp, the soldiers of the American Revolution might have frozen to death, for women continally spun hemp fibers and made clothing for them.

Because Cannabis farmers are determined to grow organic, and while Cannabis is quite bug resistant, it can be attacked. The farmers are creating organic ways to handle that problem—like cinnamon. (Pure cinnamon oil will kill bugs, but in lower doses, it will gently ask them to leave.)

I remember a book circulating when I was in college. I had forgotten about it until this recent craze of Cannabis popped up. I found a reference to it on Brian Dunning’s site Skeptoid.com. (There are so many conspiracies that he can keep a site going for 13 years.)  The book’s title is The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer.

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When we first read Jack Herer’s book, we thought that it was the newspaper tycoon William Randolf Hearst—who had large timber holdings and wanted paper made from wood, along with DuPont the nylon tycoon, who feared hemp products would cut into their profits, tainted marijuana, and was largely responsible for making it illegal.

But according to Brian Dunning of Skeptoid.com

Cannabis hardly needed a conspiracy of Hearst and DuPont to put it out of business by the 1930s. It had already been doomed to extinction by racism, class warfare, and a complicit government and media to feed them. Though we often tend to look toward the rich and powerful to point the blame for society’s missteps, oftentimes the true root of the problem is uncomfortably in our own back yards.

Yes, but the media fanned the fires of bigotry, and Newspapers were the Media, and Hearst owned most all of them.

“Through his nationwide chain of newspapers, Hearst marked the beginning of  “yellow journalism”* as a force in American politics.” –Herer.

For example, for weeks the story of a car wreck in which a “marijuana cigarette” was found dominated the newspapers. Whereas, car wreaks which were 10,000 to 1 alcohol-related, only gained coverage in the back pages.

After the seizure of 800,000 acres of Hearst’s prime Mexican timberland by the “Marihuana” smoking army of Pancho Villa,* these racial slurs intensified.

For three decades Hearst painted a picture of the lazy, pot-smoking Mexican, still one of our most insidious prejudices. Simultaneously, he waged a similar racist smear campaign against the Chinese, referring to them as the “Yellow Peril.”  From 1910 to 1920, Hearst’s newspapers claimed that the majority of incidents in which blacks were said to have raped white women, could be traced directly to cocaine. This continued for 10 years until Hearst decided it was not “cocaine-crazed blacks that raped white women – but “marijuana-crazed” ones.

So, who is responsible, the media who print the stories, or the readers who soak it up? (And I visited “Hearst’s castle” in California, not knowing where the money came from that bought the marble for his spectacular swimming pool, or all the new swimming suits kept pristine for the visiting starlets.)

So how do we know the truth?

* In 1937

“When the Marijuana Tax Act bill came up for oral report, discussion, and vote on the floor of Congress, only one pertinent question was asked from the floor: ‘Did anyone consult with the AMA and get their opinion?’

“Representative Vinson, answering for the Ways and Means Committee replied, ‘Yes, we have. A Dr. Wharton [mistaken pronunciation of Woodward?] and [the AMA] are in complete agreement!’”

With that memorable lie, the bill passed and became law in December 1937. Federal and state police forces were created, which have incarcerated hundreds of thousands of Americans, adding up to more than 16 million wasted years in jails and prisons – even contributing to their deaths – all for the sake of poisonous, polluting industries, and to reinforce some white politicians’ policies of racial hatred.

The February 1938 Popular Mechanics article stated “Thousands of tons of hemp hurds are used every year by one large powder company for the manufacture of dynamite and TNT.” History shows that DuPont had largely cornered the market in explosives by buying up and consolidating the smaller blasting companies in the late 1800s. By 1902 it controlled about two-thirds of industry output.

They were the largest powder company, supplying 40% of the munitions for the allies in WWI. As cellulose and fiber researchers, DuPont’s chemists knew hemp’s true value better than anyone else.

The empirical evidence in Herer’s book shows that the federal government – through the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act – allowed this munitions maker to supply synthetic fibers for the domestic economy without competition.

The proof of a successful conspiracy among these corporate and governing interests is simply this: in 1997 DuPont was still the largest producer of man-made fibers, while no American citizen has legally harvested a single acre of textile grade hemp in over 60 years (except during the period of WWII).*

*From Herer’s research and communications with DuPont, 1985-1996.

“If hemp had not been made illegal, 80% of DuPont’s business would never have materialized and the great majority of the pollution which has poisoned our Northwestern and Southeastern rivers would not have occurred.

“In an open marketplace, hemp would have saved the majority of America’s vital family farms and would probably have boosted their numbers, despite the Great Depression of the 1930s.”

And we haven’t even gotten to the Health Claims yet.

Information about the CBD system is new on the scene. Probably in 1937 no one knew that the non-psychedelic component of the Hemp plant could be extracted, or that it was beneficial to the body.

We now know that our bodies have an endocannabinoid system. That is a network of receptors in the cells that maintain homeostasis (balance) in the body.

And all animals with a backbone have this network.

And we know that Cannabis, the genus name, has two components one, TCP that works on the nervous system, and gives the “high.” The other, CBD, that works on the immune system.

Over time, with aging, this endocannabinoid system eventually burns out. Fewer cannabinoids are released, so the body’s cannabinoid levels deplete. The results are that we get age-related symptoms, like memory loss, blurry vision, joint discomfort, and aches and pains.

But help is on the way.

With the incredible list of health improvements provided by cannabis, it makes sense to use it.

Besides, if you’ve been reading me you know I am concerned with how depressed people are, that we have so many addictions, and so much mental illness, as well as basic discomforts.  People are overworked, disheartened, and many have basically opted out of life while still breathing.

If we can provide a suave for any of the pains that can be addressed by the Cannabis plant, we ought to share it.

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

  • Help maintain healthy blood sugar regulation
  • Support optimal cardiovascular health
  • Support healthy skin
  • Help neutralize free radicals
  • Help maintain a healthy immune system
  • Support optimal digestive function.
  • Reduce or relieve pain
  • Improve sleep quality.
  • Help counteract neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s by removing plaque that blocks the neuron signals.
  • Reduce cigarette and alcohol addiction
  • Reduce muscle spasms, cramps.
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS Help maintain healthy blood sugar regulation.
  • Help counteract neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s by removing plaque that blocks the neuron signals.
  • Reduce cigarette and alcohol addictionReduce muscle spasms, cramps.

Medical marijuana received a lot of attention a few years ago when parents said that a special form of the drug helped control seizures in their children. The FDA recently approved Epidiolex, which is made from CBD, as a therapy for people with very severe or hard-to-treat seizures. In studies, some people had a dramatic drop in seizures after taking this drug.

All the above was for the use of Hemp as a purveyor of products, not as a hallucinogen.

You may wonder about the interchange of the words “Hemp” and “Cannabis.”  As I said Cannabis is the genus name, there are two species, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis indica. (And there is a hybrid, a balance between the two.)

 sativa is invigorating, uplifting, pairs well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative endeavors.

indica is believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or taken before bed.

Hemp is the common name for the plant, and according to law, only Hemp can be grown legally, so the products you see will say derived from Hemp or some such reference to Hemp. Hemp/Cannabis—the growers make the difference.

We could be quite sure that primitive cultures knew that the hemp plant could be powerful medicine,  And there is evidence that even if Cannabis was taken as a psychedelic it was not necessarily used for recreation, but as an avenue into a higher realm.


Marijuana can linger in the human system for a few months, but cannabis residue will stick to other surfaces for millennia. High up in the Pamir Mountains, in what is now western China, archaeologists were excavating the tombs of Jirzankal Cemetery when they came upon a set of braziers and asked themselves what purpose the tools served. After analyzing the residue, a team of researchers found that it not only came from cannabis, but contained unusually high levels of THC—the compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive, or mind-altering, qualities.

What many see as the “recreational” nature of psychoactive drugs could have been a spiritual practice: a vessel for ushering the deceased safely into the afterlife, or for altering the mind in order to facilitate a closer conversation with the gods.

My daughter pointed out that if Cannabis is taken for sickness, including a little relaxant and “feel good” properties into the brew sounds like a good idea.

Yesterday I slipped my husband’s loops over my head, adjusted the eyepieces so I could read the label that must have been printed with .0 font.

 “*Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp

“Other ingredients: Virgin organic Hemp seed oil, vitamin E.

*” Phyto” meaning coming from a plant.

Hemp-seed oil contains no CBD.

It’s super-food, but no CBD, as I was wanting.

Beware of Junk CBD.

 “Only products labeled CBD are guaranteed to contain a legitimate quantity of CBD. The majority of hemp oils contain only trace CBD and hemp seed oil products do not contain any CBD.

“If you are looking for a quality source of CBD, you want products sourced from the resin-producing flowering segments of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds provide zilch usable CBD.

“Even if your hemp seed bottle label is flashy, don’t let it fool you. Unless CBD is listed in the ingredients.

“Bottom line: Hemp seed products do not contain CBD oil in them, despite how they may be advertised. “If a label doesn’t disclose its CBD content, it is basically non-existent.–    Kanibi.com

When purchasing CBD products look to a company that has full transparency, meaning they label their ingredients, tell where it was sourced, have it triple-tested by an outside testing company, say that it has been grown organically, has no GMO’s, and is preferable grown in the U S. It appears that Colorado, Kentucky and North Carolina are the best. (Oregon growers might take issue with this.)

In reading labels you might run into the word “Terpenes”. More on those later.

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