Hemp: Why the world needs a Cannabis based, societal ecological and technological revolution.
Updated: Apr 7
For hundreds of years, but notably the last few decades, Marijuana, Pot, Dope, Weed; words lawmakers, concerned parents, aficionados, bands, cartels, socialites, religions and simple farmers have used to describe the Cannabis Plant, have all created a war that goes beyond the infamous war on drugs.
This war is one of misunderstanding. The last few years in particular have also seen a rise in catchy punch lines for new products and claims that have come about through legalization, adding to the information one must absorb to know what is going on withe the plant.
Though this is a fixable issue that will pass in time, it will always pale in comparison to the horrendous predicament of Cannabis Prohibition.
Beyond the abhorrent treatment of people in the United States and every other country that followed its lead, in the period since its racism fueled demonization, the outlawing of this plant has limited the responses we have to a host of ecological, environmental and societal catastrophes.
With that in mind, we must not look the other way when it comes to the unethical practices that accompany commercial production of most any agricultural product.
Though the plant is not as prone to disease and pest issues as other notable plants, and requires less water to cultivate, the use of harsh chemicals, the waste that accompanies its sale, as well as simply the water, electricity and added Co2 used to facilitate its growth, all have the ability to become a monumental sleeping giant, akin, though not as apparently, to the human rights issues surrounding laws created to quash its prevalence.
The planet and the life it sustains is approaching a point of no return.
The carrying capacity is walking an ever thinning line, where technological innovation, careful ethics and conservation are not being equally implemented.
Utilizing Cannabis in any capacity to enhance the ability for humans to inhabit the earth is what many people who champion its legalization have always touted.
More so than creating goods from the plant itself, the act of adopting it as a tool to combat the climate, societal and ecological pitfalls we face, is a crucial step in our progression towards symbiosis with nature as well as the very people around us.
For a plant to be stigmatized to the point Cannabis L. has been, is just one more symptom of the direction humanity has decided to turn in its relationship with each other and this amazing place we all live.
This issue does not come close to the treatment of African Americans, Native Americans, First Nations and other indigenous civilizations across the globe as well as anyone incarcerated over the last 500 years in the name of forming a “civilized” society.
But it does offer a glimpse into alternatives to the absolute dereliction of humanity that many have, for so long, decided to embark upon.
The sheer hatred and neglect of the earth and the entirety of its inhabitants by a vast majority of fearful and angry people can be visualized, if only slightly, in the lack of willingness to change ones viewpoint on the topic of Cannabis.
Doing so can be a lesson in not only treating other people, plants and wildlife with a greater sense of stewardship, love and respect, but it’s adoption can improve the ability to survive at all.
If people can see the ability of a plant, in such a contested and popular spotlight, to usher in a revolution in our connection to each other and one of a myriad of solutions for the planet, why must it stop with Cannabis?
It can be a jumping off point for a host of different behaviors and its implementation in our society could not come at a more important time in our evolution.
Humans utilizing cannabis to remove Co2 from the air, chemicals from the ground and maybe at some level, the parasitic hatred that continues to live among us, is what it may have evolved to do all along.