There are much more benefits to the legalization of Cannabis then just the anti-cancer benefits. Widespread legalization would allow growth of the ultra-versatile hemp plant which would allow us to make nearly everything from clothing, cars and sustainable building materials, to bio-fuel, and even food! Hemp can truly do everything better.
While owning Cannabis sativa or hemp products isn’t illegal growing industrial hemp was illegal until the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill.
History of Hemp
Back in the 17th and 18th centuries in the Americas hemp was considered so valuable is was illegal not to grow it. In fact, you could even pay our taxes in hemp. Until the invention of the cotton gin in the 1820’s more than 3/4ths of the textile fabrics, sails, ropes, canvas (from the dutch word cannabis), and clothing was made from hemp.
Back in the 1930s, hemp was also known as the billion-dollar crop if you can imagine how much a billion dollars was worth back in those days you would see how huge it would be today. In fact during World War II farmers were asked to grow hemp in order to help the war effort.
The Dupont family lead the campaign against hemp in order to boost sales of their synthetic nylon fibers. Andrew Mellon, who was the Secretary of the Treasury under Coolidge and Hoover and one of the wealthiest men in America had a huge stake in Dupont and worked with Harry Anslinger his nephew-in-law to rebrand hemp as a danger to society.
Harry Anslinger was the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and as part of their propaganda they decided to rename hemp to marijuana since it sounded like Mexican slang in order to prove that it would harm the American way of life.
Randolph Hearst who was another wealthy man at the time was heavily invested in the wood paper industry and saw hemp as a major issue in his ability to profit. Hemp is a cheap substitute for the paper industry and would spare countless trees from being cut down. Hearst also helped push the anti-marijuana industry. This is when the war against drugs also started.
At first they just passed the Marihuana Tax Law of 1937 to further hurt the hemp industry and then in 1958 it was eventually banned.
Recently since the 2014 Farm Bill hemp has made a bit of a comeback. Hemp doesn’t need many pesticides and it actually replenishes the soil while naturally killing weeds making it ideal for use.
Hemp seeds have some incredible health benefits and can be eaten regularly. Here are 6 awesome benefits of hemp seeds and hemp hearts.
1. Hemp seeds can reduce your chance of heart attack.
Hemp is packed in a healthy amino acid known as arginine. This helps increase the amount of nitric oxide in your blood. This helps to relax and dilate blood vessels so everything can flow right. This will help you lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.
2. Hemp seeds are super nutritious.
If you were to pick up some flaxseeds of chia seeds you would get a great amount of plant protein which would give you a high dose of nutrients with up to 18% of their caloric value being protein. However, hemp seeds will give 25% protein and are high in vitamin E and other minerals such as magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium.
Hemp seeds can be eaten raw or roasted and have a nice mild nutty flavor. They have also been used in China for thousands of years as a form of medicine.
3. Hemp seeds are an excellent source of complete plant-based protein.
Hemp seeds are 25% protein and because they contain some essential amino acids it makes it a complete protein. Your body doesn’t make these amino acids and must come from the diet. See not all plant based proteins are complete and don’t actually replace meat as a protein source but hemp does. Help provides 11 grams of complete protein when you have a 3 tablespoon serving.
4. Hemp seeds may reduce the effects of skin diseases like Eczema.
Hemp seeds provide a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (3:1). It is believed that these fatty acids help your bodies immune response. Some skin diseases cause rash, redness and itchiness such as eczema and are immune responses. Hemp seeds will lessen the unpleasant symptoms of these skin conditions.
5. Hemp seeds are great for the digestion.
The Un-hulled hemp seeds provide the body with a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. They help with healthy digestion and staying regular while also helping to keep the good bacteria in our guts healthy. Hemp helps with blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
6. Hemp seeds may help reduce unpleasant symptoms of PMS and menopause.
According to studies the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can help reduce the symptoms of PMS. It is believed that PMS symptoms come from a hormone called prolactin. Hemp is high in GLA which helps to reduce the symptoms caused by prolactin in the body. It is believed that hemp seeds will help because another high-GLA plant known as primrose reduces the symptoms of menopause.
Do you eat hemp seeds? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.
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Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.