Posts tagged ‘marijuana’

September 15, 2011

Marijuana Can Save Trees


The answer to worldwide deforestation is growing fields of Cannabis sativa to supply the world’s pulp for paper. Industrial strength hemp – marijuanaMarijuana – all illegal in the United States.

A Hemp Industries Association fact sheet reports that “hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce waste-water contamination (needs very little agricultural pesticides).”

“Hemp’s low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and it’s creamy color lends itself to environmentally friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products.”

“Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard.”

“Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. It can also be recycled more times.”

The Chinese used hemp for paper as far back as 8,000 BC. Ancient documents have been retrieved that were totally hemp based. Hemp fiber has proven to withstand the destructive nature of time.

Herodotus writes that Thracians used both the wild and cultivated fiber for cloth. He marveled at the garments made from hemp and compared it to linen. He also wrote about the purification rites associated with “vapor-baths” and breathing smoldering smoke from moist hemp seed. Hemp’s by-product is tetrahydracannabinol (THC) and is a psychoactive chemical generally absorbed through the respiratory system or digestive tract with a significant effect on perception and cognitive abilities.

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were advocates of Cannabis fiber and recommended their fellow countrymen to use the plant for lamp oil and fabric for uniforms and clothing. Jefferson found its cloth a rival to cotton, at much less cost and he used it to clothe his farm hands. George Washington was said to be more familiar with the plant as a drug.
It does seem that hemp is making a comeback almost everywhere except the United States. Canada has made experimental hemp cultivation a policy. China is a leading country in the production of hemp and hemp products. South Africa is growing hemp, New Zealand is growing hemp, Switzerland is growing hemp, and on and on. Projects in Kentucky and California were politically strangled, and hemp cultivation in the U.S. is a long time in coming, if ever.

In summary, the hemp movement feels that hemp fiber is more durable than wood and can be recycled more frequently than tree fiber. Hemp produces a highly nutritious seed crop that can be of comparable value to the fiber crop. Agriculturally grown hemp would fit well with natural forests and tree plantations.

…or would it?

To read the full story go to http://forestry.about.com/cs/treeplanting/a/pot_hemp_pulp_4.htm

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April 16, 2011

Poisoned Pot


two devotees of cannabis let their hair do the talking

True "Pot Heads"

The following should not surprise you. I’m not sure I believe this but I pass it along to those of you who want to check it out. Beware of the trojan horse poison pot.

written by Bob Frezno
We pot and hash smokers are part of a loose alliance of like-minded people with alot more in common than our affinity for the herb. We are fundamentally different from those that would never deign to try something that was prohibited by society. We are explorers, free thinkers and we are under attack.
There is a conspiracy to poison us and just us. Tens of thousands of pounds of toxins are added, on a daily basis, to pot and hash that we consume. Not since the American deployment of the toxin paraquat on pot fields have we seen such a wholesale poisoning of cannabis users and it’s being done entirely for profit.
Who could possibly be so malign as to poison a harmless pot smoker for personal gain? Look no further than your local Hells Angels chapter.
It’s well known that the bikers have their fair share of growhouses, run the big fields in the boonies and make the big buys of fresh afghani hashish. Basically they set the tone for the illegal trade and since the Angels muscled out the local gangs things have gone from bad to worse. Crap weed is laced with chemicals, the hash is full of camphor, and Oshawas legendary honey oil can now do double duty in your crankcase.
The people who ingest these adulterated products are being slowly killed and their quality of life is diminished both now and in the future. It’s time we heard an outcry against the heinous crime which is inflicted upon a vulnerable, marginalized societal demographic, namely the fun-loving quirky group of people known as pot smokers. Anyone who would kill us, even a little bit at a time, must be stopped.

April 9, 2011

Hostage Nation: The Continuing War On Drugs


The book Hostage Nation

Treehouser doe not normally talk about books but the United States’ continuing War on Drugs in Columbia and the intermixing of questionable politics and money-making corporate bedfellows deserves a call out. At the core of most conflicts around the world is some sort of moneymaking deal. In this case it is pesticides to poison the coca crop from the air. And make no mistakes we the people are paying for it out of our pockets in taxes and in the form of the crime it engenders when illegal drug sources dry up. Draw your own conclusions.

Hostage Nation is a great read, but its title is something of misnomer. What the book is really about is the capture of four American contractors by FARC guerrillas after their plane went down on an anti-coca pesticide-spraying mission in 2003. One was executed by the FARC at the scene; the others spent more than five years in captivity in the jungles of Colombia before being rescued by the Colombian military in a stunning charade in which Colombian soldiers tricked rebels into delivering their hostages, who also included the famous former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, into their waiting arms.

In a sense, though, Hostage Nation is a synecdoche for Colombia’s experience fighting its own leftist guerrilla insurgency — the longest-lived insurgency in the hemisphere, now in its 47th year — as well as fighting America’s war on drugs. In a very real sense, Colombia has been a hostage nation — held hostage by its own internal divisions and American drug war geopolitics, as well as seeing hundreds, if not thousands of its citizens literally held hostage, taken captive to be used as bargaining chips by the FARC in its relentless struggle against the Colombian state.

And while, until the very last chapter, Hostage Nation does not directly confront US drug policies in Colombia or their failures, its briskly paced narrative illuminates — at times, starkly — just what those policies have wrought. At the beginning, the book opens a window into the murky world of American defense contractors and subcontractors working for the State Department in its efforts to poison the coca crop from the air. Those contractors, like Northrup Grumman, were perhaps the primary beneficiaries of Plan Colombia, gobbling up hundreds of millions of dollars in lucrative spraying contracts at taxpayer expense.

From the http://www.stopthewarondrugs.org site original review written by Phillip Smith, April 06, 2011, 07:55pm, (Issue #678)