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.
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 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!