Although marijuana has a bad reputation from being responsible for providing a high and being addictive, its reputation, although factual, has perhaps been over-exaggerated whilst the medical benefits it can potentially provide have been under-exaggerated. Although marijuana and cannabis are names which have recently been used, the correct name for them is hemp and evidence shows that hemp has been used for medicinal purposes for over 4000 years, during which time it’s potential for providing health benefits have been well proven. However, until recently, any health benefits received from hemp would probably also have had some adverse side-effects associated with them.
Today science has shown that the adverse effects associated with hemp are due to some of the plant’s cannabinoids containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) whilst the beneficial health is due to the plant’s cannabinoids which contain CBD (Cannabidiol) but it has only even more recently been possible to distinguish between the two. Now that science can distinguish between the two, it is possible to use hemp for beneficial health purposes with any of the adverse side-effects experienced in the past.
Strains of hemp are now being created which contain relatively no THC but an abundance of CBD which means that regardless of how much hemp (marijuana) is grown, it would never be able to be used for recreational highs. This will hopefully encourage the world to ban on the growing of hemp and make it more available for beneficial uses as it is not just our health it can benefit. Hemp is known as a very fast growing plant, able to be harvested twice a year whereas most plants can only be harvested once per year. Although this means that an abundance of CBD will be available for medical use, it also means that there would be a lot of hemp pulp available for use.
Hemp pulp can be beneficial to our planet’s health as it can replace paper in the production of many products, reducing the amount of deforestation which is said to be adversely affecting the planet’s health and helping to create global warming. Paper, of course, comes from trees and trees can take decades to fully replace and so hemp could be considered as a renewable source, contributing to a reduction in global warming and a healthier planet in general.
Today many are starting to think that it is time marijuana is struck from the lists of illegal plants and be allowed to grow in abundance all over the planet in order to improve both our health and the health of our planet.