Marijuana is NOT Hemp!

1. Can you SPOT the difference? (Hemp is on the right).

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While both marijuana and hemp are weeds, have almost identical leaf shape, and are subspecies of the Cannabis sativa plant, they are in actual fact pretty different. Marijuana has flowering buds with a high content of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) the stuff that gives you a “high”. Hemp, on the flip side, has a very low THC content, can be grown closely together, and it can be used to make a host of beneficial products. (You cannot get high from smoking hemp.) Hemp and marijuana were at one time thought to be separate entities. The 1937 Marihuana Tax act was focused on the THC-producing variety. Nonetheless, Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, took over in 1970, and lumped hemp and marijuana in the same category, making both illegal, and creating confusion in people’s minds to this day.

2. It Used To Be Patriotic To Grow Hemp

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During the time America was still merely 13 colonies, a 1619 law REQUIRED farmers to grow it. Rope, clothing, and sails were made from Hemp. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned hemp farms, and Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

3. The US Government Used It To Fight The Nazis

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When World War II was at its peak, the US produced a film entitled “Hemp for Victory” praising the many uses of hemp, and coaxing farmers to grow it to support the war effort. The Government kept denying the existence of the film till 1989, when marijuana advocate Jack Herrer donated a VHS copy to the Library of Congress. The film is presently in the Public Domain, and is available on YouTube – watch below!

4. Medical Marijuana Has Been Around For Thousands of Years

Chinese symbol for marijuana (Ma).

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In China, in the ancient times, the plant named Ma was used for food, fuel, clothing, and medicine in around 6,000 B.C. Nevertheless, the oldest existing mention of medical marijuana dates to 2737 B.C. when the Red Emperor Shen Nung is credited with writing The Herbal, a listing of medicinal properties of various herbs, including Ma, to alleviate rheumatism and gout pain. According to historical records in 2 A.D. Hua T’o used Ma-yo (the female plant) and red wine as an anesthesia while carrying out painful surgeries including organ grafts and loin incisions.

5. Marijuana is actually GOOD for your lungs!

Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque uses pot smoke to make art.

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It’s a fact, and the proof of that is a recent study of 5,000 pot smokers by UCSF and University of Alabama which showed a few joints a week actually had stronger lung capacity and external blowing force than non-users. Furthermore, a 2005 UCLA paper shows that marijuana smoke might in fact help to PREVENT lung cancer. Marijuana contains cannibinoids and THC, ingredients that help discourage cancer

6. The Indian Government Declared Marijuana Harmless in 1894

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Ancient India used to party with Marijuana — it was a substance, which was used in religious ceremonies and to help people chill out. It was often taken as a drink, boiled with nuts and milk called Bhang. It made people so happy, that the British Colonial Government was worried it might be driving the population insane. A study commissioned by the Government, concluded that mainstream usage was harmless.

7. Why Do They Call It Dope? 14.4 Million Americans Smoke

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According to a 2007 Government report nearly 14.4 million Americans smoked pot during a one month testing period. Therefore, Americans are the biggest users of marijuana in the world. Furthermore, a 2006 study found that marijuana is the largest cash crop in the US at $35.8 Billion. Another report says Marijuana is produced the most in Mexico, followed by Paraguay.

8. Where Did The Name Marijuana Come From? No One Knows

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The origin of the name marijuana is debatable. According to folklore it is a hybrid of the names Maria and Juana, slang terms for a prostitute. Another theory is that it got its name from the word maraguanquo, which means “intoxicating plant.” Furthermore, it has hundreds of nicknames like grass, weed, dope, pot, and kush.

9. The Use of Hemp Could Save Our Planet

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There are many uses of hemp plant fiber. It can be used to make rope, paper, clothing, canvas — it can be eaten as food, & its seeds can be used for fuel. A study by McGill University in Canada estimated that 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 million acres of industrial hemp would meet all of our oil needs. Planting cannabis improves the soil after every crop. In countries like Uruguay, Peru, India, and even in Iran growing cannabis for food/fuel is legal. If it’s made legal all over the world it would generate thousands of jobs, reduce world hunger, cut back on greenhouse gases, & help people cope with the pain of AIDs, glaucoma, and cancer. Amazing!