I’m sitting here in Northern British Columbia watching the news about increasing fuel costs. I listen to the sound of vehicles on the main artery road in my city. Electric and hybrid vehicles are much better for residences along these roads and highways. Quieter. An ICE (or Internal Combustion Engine) stands out. As the news plays out, I imagine the lives of the people behind the wheels I hear. Emergency vehicles just passed. An ICE. Well, it could’ve been a hybrid, using ICE, but I doubt that. The government will take a little longer to upgrade emergency vehicles. Electric in a different life could have feelings of relief, not being a slave to that pump. Hybrid vehicles visit the pump less.
So for the last post on Cannabis I’ll write it’ll be on its most basic use and likely the most important use. Food. We all need to eat. Not only do we need to eat, the food must be wholesome and filled with nutrients. Most food today meets that criteria but something genetically altered and suspected much of that to cause many ills in consumers. The consumers are also the domestic animals we eat, like bovine and sheep, pigs. Pesticides meant to kill pests infused within the growing plant and more chemicals to preserve the food so it’s fresh on the table are suspected of making more and more people sick. Returning to basic farming to provide local vegetables and other produce with none of the added chemicals or preservatives and livestock and fowls fed organically to local Farmers markets and to feed their families makes sense. Consumers have a choice and local is reputably better. Cannabis should be available there, imho as it is grown locally. Did you know cannabis oils both activated and raw can be infused into or onto any food and many recipes replacing butter and blended into most, if not all beverages? It is a healthy additive in pure form.
Cannabis, the diet for wellness
Well, a Cannabis plant starts as a seed, which in itself is food. It can also make a beverage, a ‘Nut Milk‘. Its use into other products like fuel for your vehicles creates an editable Hemp Seed Cake for humans and animals both domestic and ferial. That seed is full of everything an animal IE the human animal could need in nutrition and minerals. But it’s not the only part to eat. The whole plant, both genders, can be eaten from the roots & stalk to leaf and Cola.
None of it will make you high unless it’s a female plant, and the Cola is prepared ahead of time by Decarbing, which removes an acid molecule that prevents the psychotropic effects of Cannabis, and CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil will not make you high even after Decarbing. For medicine, it’s only part of the complete picture. The plant defines what it means to be sustainable for our use, fast growing, versatile/diverse in its use providing employment for generations of humans from seed to consumer with thousands of end products helping communities and individuals.
Plant diversity 1
We’ve looked at Wood and Fuel replacement for Cannabis. It is such a versatile plant with a million end uses. It does those jobs very well and can be used today.
The problems with Clothing today
The problems begin before an article of clothing is cut from the cloth it’s made from. It’s not plant based or recyclable. The cloth itself is created with the aid of Fossil fuels and other hard to recycle materials, bleaches and chemicals. Over 700 strands of a plastic ‘string’ is often spun into a cloth cut to a pattern. The creation gets to the end user who lives the life. When the life of the clothing is no longer useful, the end user disposes of it. The article of clothing takes decades to be recycled when disposed at the end of life, as damaging to the environment as any artificial creation we dispose of. It leaches chemicals like dyes, bleaches and more into the soil as it decomposes slowly. End user acquires another piece of clothing to replace and repeats that cycle, till the end user’s last days. That could be you I’m describing. I’m actually guilty of that myself, but I know my dumpster is sorted and separated by the collection company that services my apartment building at this point in my life. Perhaps your community or multi family dwelling residence has recycling too? Comment below. But what if they biodegraded quickly and helped the soil? Read on.
Providing alternative clothing
The Cannabis plant is pretty diverse, as I hope you are starting to realize. Remember, its end product is called hemp. Hemp clothing is far superior in my humble opinion than cotton. In fact, I found a study comparing those two fabrics both created from natural plants. Fascinating! Why aren’t we all wearing hemp clothing? Levi Jeans may even start designing in Hemp too! Likely, all that is needed is for a local person to plant some seeds to create clothing and sell those in your community, perhaps for your community or region ‘locally’. With several generations in a growing season, much cloth could be developed by just one stand. This is true for every hemp product. Land that is presently unproductive, producing and contributing to local economies in a sustainable way who are able to pay federal commitments as a collective through Provinces and States. That’s the beginning of sustainability in a nation and freedom for people. To empower everyone to have the means to sustain themselves with excess to donate to others who cannot, the emerging cannabis industry can provide those means sustainably over generations of humans, starting with your personal donation to the Genepool. It would provide us with food and clothing to do that work, and branch off to create and grow spin off industries, supplementing existing trades as well as creating new ones. Clothing that could survive to pass off to offspring who would love new, perhaps that they create. As a side effect of the food and clothing industry, the health of mind and body would prosper too, society would overcome and solve most problems, I think. Read the next in the series about the food it can create. Actually, that you can create. That’s the beauty of Cannabis. Subscribe today! My subscription list is ‘budding’ too. Thank you for doing that!
Where do we grow all this Cannabis? Part ‘B’
We suspect that Cannabis could reduce our dependence on “Big Oil“, with just one use. Some call it a wasteful use, as there is information out there that claims a ton of dry biomass is burned to produce about 80 US Gallons of Gasoline type fuel and a pile of charcoal is produced referring to Cannabis Fuel. The charcoal for that purpose is 100% useful as fertilizing material for new plants. They could also use it in heating to replace coal use, being very similar but being wasteful and not worth thinking about. Same as for capacitor use where Carbon Graphite (from the remains of burned Cannabis fibre) rods makes the components of that device. However, that is not how hemp biofuel is made, that thinking is archaic and reminiscent of a Refer Madness infection. Any vegetation could be our Biomass, but in this example, our Biomass is Cannabis DBA Hemp. The pluses outweigh the negatives as far as I can see, just the seeds are used with the oils squeezed out. This produces a ‘cold-pressed seed cake’. This Seed Cake is entirely editable, it’s sold as domestic animal feed but it is edible for us as well. The fuel itself is non-toxic and can be consumed, but is said to be unpleasant in taste. Alcohol is stronger and less toxic than rubbing alcohol. A spill would be good for the environment, fertilizing soils, leading to the next part where Cannabis will help.
The Forest Industry
It could replace the need to rape the forests industrially as another use. Today, industry replants pure stands of Pine and Spruce trees after clearcutting, creating firestorms that grow humongous and endanger communities. It eradicated deciduous trees and shrubs with prejudiced practices done by industry that threaten natural forests. Feral animals are nature’s tools, the shrubs are berries and other seed-bearing plants planted by nature in the circle of life. Nature is out of balance. Any non conifer plant growing near a ‘treated pure stand’ is growing in pesticide residue, is usually deformed and is toxic to life. It struggles to exist in a pure stand. We do need big industry to step out of the forests for at least one generation of humans. But… We use forests for recreation, we use forests for employment. We use the resources the forest produces in construction, paper products, school projects, hygiene (toothpicks) and way more, even in some very wasteful ways, like toilet paper. With Cannabis: Hempcrete, Hemp Lumber, Hemp Paper, Hemp Toilet Paper, napkins and more paper products, no toxic chemicals needed. Everything wood can be replaced by a Hemp product. In fact, all that can be safely tossed when its useful life ends. It returns to the soil a lot faster than wood. Most won’t have been preserved in toxic chemicals. Every product employs an army in a sustainable workforce, from seed to consumer. There is much more it can do, I could describe Plastic and Food, The problems with Batteries and a Capacitor, which is all it can be at present, but I won’t in this post. I hope it inspired you to do some research and expand your ‘Weeducation‘. It isn’t always learned in the first puff. The Industrial end of things is a whole other class in the school of Weeducation Thank you for following so far. Hope you’ve been paying attention. Keep reading for Cannabis Potential part 3-c, it needs not cut into agricultural land, well fertile soils overall excluding ferial… Subscribe if you haven’t yet. Next week that post will be uploaded.
Where do we grow all this cannabis? Part ‘A’
If you need to start at the first post in this series, that is here. This is part A of Where to Grow, Explaining “Feral Cannabis” which is beyond first-generation growth and appears to be ‘naturally seeded’ by animal and bird droppings. Usually, when I start a conversation about Cannabis and promote my vast awareness of the plant with my limited understanding, someone asks about the land needed. Most of my prior knowledge I learned from listening to the stories of weeducated individuals in all sorts of worlds during the last of the illegal years from about 1977 in a Northern British Columbia small town, then researching truths online after 2005. The community I grew up in was rumoured to have supplied the Cannabis to Prince George and points east, west, north and south of the hub city during many Prohibition years ending in 2018 in Canada. In return, before the hype of today with the opiate problem, they often traded Cannabis for cocaine and heroin and they said it layered the community a foot thick with those drugs. It has grown since then, but I feel it created the problems today, entirely created by an insane law that lumped Cannabis worse than those 2 drugs. But that’s so far from the question I added it to show the background as I listened to many stories that were proven as fact as I became as weeducated with no growing experiences. I’ll break this into 2 parts so you see my reasoning of where to grow and how it adds, not takes away from, existing biomass by filling a niche in agriculture today.
Cannabis in the wild
Early settlers of North America first settled here because the land was prime to grow cannabis for the homeland and their own needs as they settled. The land in the ‘Homeland’ was hard to secure and grow cannabis, due to conflicts changing borders and taking prime farmland during times of conquest. In the decades before the ‘European invasion’ created the United States, the new nation used Cannabis in part to break free from Europe and become independent. They used the plant diversely, and it needed very little human intervention while growing, allowing settlers to shape the country. Cannabis’s end product of Hemp was needed for war efforts at home. It supplied materials like rope and sails needed to explore, food and materials for settlements among all the other resources the new land offered. Most of that early cannabis escaped the plantations, which were often abandoned and forgotten as generations progressed. Speed further from 1899 to well after 2000 North America, law enforcers took care of ‘ditch’ or wild Cannabis with prejudice where and when they noticed it.
It still grows all over the globe, including North America. It grows, unseen in a ditch, spread free and proud, perhaps on a remote mountainside or sheltered in an unseen valley. Studies show that Feral Cannabis is of inferior quality and could be an industrial class for at least the seeds, much more with awareness. Seed-eating small animals sit around the bottom of the food chain and birds love Cannabis seed in their diet. So do larger creatures who eat vegetation and those who also eat those creatures. Cannabis Seed survives the digestive tract and is deposited in a smelly pile of nutritious fresh fertiliser, even when going through the predator as a second digestive tract. They found the plant most often in areas of disturbed and compacted soils like ditches and industrial lands abandoned, perhaps deposited by a rodent or bird chasing a rodent, perhaps both while and after consumption of the smaller prey. Where Feral Cannabis grew, it tolerated other species native to the environment and appeared to improve the soil and enhance surrounding biodiversity. Refer Madness calls it invasive. In the wild it exists peacefully coexisting naturally globally, flourishing strong without human intervention. Including in North America where Refer Madness laws call it a ‘Noxious Weed’, but not officially as the Google keyword brought up all sorts of government websites and info suggesting noxious weed info links, but no mention of Ferial or wild Cannabis, Hemp at their websites on the subject. Stay tuned for part ‘B’ in about an hour!
Cannabis, or how to restore the Forests ‘The Why’
Continued from PART ONE of “Cannabis Potential” If you need to read that one, the link will take you there. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you to return…. Welcome back. Before that though, its good to see why we need it to happen. This is a ‘Weeducation‘ class, by the end I hope you know Cannabis Potential
Prelude to why we need Cannabis
Perhaps as early as 1940 or sooner, the industrial impact on British Columbia’s (mis)managed forests growing in our province has made an impact on the world’s environment. The forests are a form of life on the planet, with succeeding generations like us. Fast forward to the year 2000 and 2 decades more, and we have threats like Old Growth Forests being harvested for their ‘Net Worth’ to the economies of BC and Canada. It’s BC’s 2nd leading industry behind Mining, another forest damaging industry but resoritive in most cases, no threat to ‘Old Growth’ as far as I know. Those Old Growth trees are very important to the entire ecosystem of the forest working in harmony with the rooted plants, animal births and while they grew, other trees of the forest. It likely ‘fathered’ and sheltered multi species life for better than 2 centuries.
When I die, I would like to be a tree growing wild. If everyone had that thought, cemeteries could be new forests, trees lining streets providing shade began with bodies as fertiliser legally. It worked for at least one gardner who was a Serial Killer who’s flowers grew strong and healthy in a competitive market before it was discovered, I read soon after he was caught. Back to forests then Cannabis potential…
Back to the reason
The governments of BC over the decades have allowed the harvest of many of these founding trees to the detriment of the forests whole, it must end now. A recent plan to cut them into pellets is so wasteful even for industry imho. 2020 sees many mill closures and raw log exports. This leads to high unemployment, social discomforts and perhaps even poverty. The forests need to recover, we need to step back industrially from the forests for at least 2 generations of humans. Nature has a job to balance and we need to assist it. But we need wood. It has so many uses in our society. Housing. Fences. Construction. Toothpicks. Toilet Paper. Whatever would we do without Toilet Paper! Ok well bidets are popular in most parts of the world, we’d survive. But what of the rest? Do we have an alternative fiber that would replace our basic needs for wood c/w employment for the workers displaced? This is the first Cannabis potential I’ll write about, but it’s not the first use BC will recognize shortly.
Cannabis, or how to restore the Forests ‘The How’
Concrete traditionally made and widely used in construction alongside wood develops cracks over time, crumbles bad with water, not breathable and is not real good for the environment when disposed at the end of its usefulness. Cannabis creates a perfectly recyclable “Hempcrete” replacement. Hemp lumber is a thing too. Building with fire resistant Hemp materials makes sense living in flammable forests as they rebuild themselves naturally. Even Hemp toilet paper. This product as well can be infused with CBD and THC for a medicinal aid for problems at both ends of your plumbing. Top it with Hemp foods for complete health through the digestive track, clean with a medicated wipe to make your butt happy. Your mouth and butt and everything between will thank and be smiling with you! Oh, and you mentioned employment… There is a ton of employment from supervisors to laborers from seed to consumer, with every processed use of Cannabis to Hemp. Don’t forget the spin off businesses perhaps selling Hemp food and clothing (and the million other items made from Hemp), they need employees too. As this happens, less people work in the forests. Work in the forests becomes research as it regrows naturally with our educated assistance, recreation becomes the forest’s main industry. Stay tuned for part 3 arriving soon!
Cannabis was perhaps the first plant in history on the planet. That’s just a thought in my mind, perhaps alone again. No one knows for certain when plant life grew on earth first or which plant, but it came long before and grew before any animal came ashore and crawled upon the rocky or early sandy beaches. It fed on the new, toxic to the first life on earth gas filling the atmosphere, oxygen. The animals and oxygen-breathing fish came ashore in search of air, freedom of mobility and perhaps another creature for a multitude of reasons. They might consume the other who may have been looking for seeds or another creature to consume, or to mate with a like species creature, perhaps dropping eggs or birthing on land. With an educated guess, many of them began fertilizing the rocky shores with faecal matter, exiting the slimy froth of the edges and inland of land outcroppings, creating soils for early plant life, expanding the land surface in part. What we suspect with another educated guess is that Cannabis would have preceded animal life on solid land. Its seeds contain all the nutrients animal life would need when they arrived. The nature of the plant is to terraform soil, kind of like dandelions, so probably it preceded other plants. It contains a high concentration of all the essential nutrients needed for life. It likely prepared soils for the first plants too, the first trees, the first animals and ‘land fish‘ to feed on the seeds and green fibres of the first generation plants, or the animals that consumed them. Consequentially, most life today has endocannabinoid receptors which accept cannabinoids from the plant. Eons after that, society was forming communities. They employed cannabis in many human rituals, plus making hempen materials to prosper and explore the planet. Rope, for example, sails way more on land, which includes homes and meals. We learned long ago how to separate the genders of the plant for medicinal and religious effects (all female for the stuff of ‘Reefer Madness‘ Sorry for that link, it is a reminder of the “RM” years that we cannot forget for fear we repeat) and the value of a mixed stand now called ‘Industrial Cannabis’, not Hemp while growing but it creates a ‘Hemp’ end product once harvested either as seed or fibre or even both.
One use for Industrial Cannabis is Fuel
Around the time 1899 turned 1900 on January 1st & during the decades to come, Henry Ford was building vehicles out of Cannabis and fueling them with the plant. The man sold his vehicles amid the early electric vehicles that were threatening to take over the auto market. He had the idea people could grow Industrial Cannabis to power his internal combustion engine (ICE). Those thoughts swayed away before 1945, likely because of advisory board decisions. We began the short run to today’s environmental problems that we see no end to, thanks to fossil fuels being damaging from extraction to consumption. We should return to that biofuel to phase out the internal combustion engine and the EV takeover. Predictions have it phased out of most nations by 2040. Certainly, by 2100, we may all be using autonomous electric vehicles, which are a combination of technologies developing individual power sources for all our power needs, individual to national willpower. That dream is in another post I’ll make. We have so much more awareness now about clean renewable energy. Is it hype to think that can solve our problems? Not in my thoughts and many thinkers like a forward-thinking corporation in my community. This one function is temporary as the ICE may fade into human history in a predictable future, although perhaps as a heating oil that use will continue. The fuel is multipurpose, non-toxic, but unpleasant to consume. A spill would help the environment, fertilizing the soil for other plants. It’s not the only thing Cannabis can do. Stay tuned, and subscribe for more!