Q Are marijuana and hemp the same things?
A Yes and no. In a nutshell, hemp can be any plant that provides fibrous materials able to be cultivated in used for manufacturing medicines, textiles, paper, construction materials, biodegradable plastics and more. More specifically, hemp refers to durable, soft fibrous materials that are cultivated from a variety of plants belonging to the Cannabis genus. Cannabis sativa (marijuana) plants produce the finest and strongest fibrous materials, although they produce THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) as well. THC is the chemical compound in marijuana that exhibits powerful medicinal qualities useful for naturally treating a variety of health maladies. The non-THC components of the marijuana plant (roots, seeds, stalks and stems) are hemp while the THC-producing leaves and flowers (buds) are used for their safe psychoactive medicinal qualities. While hemp is generally characterized by having 0.3% THC, marijuana can contain anywhere from 4 to 20%.
Q What is THC really?
A Besides being revered as the active ingredient in marijuana that makes us feel joyfully enlightened, THC is a complex chemical compound called tetrahydrocannabinol. It's the sticky, resinous mixture that is released from the "epidermal hairs" on marijuana buds known as glandular trichromes.
Q The coined the term "marijuana"?
A The term `marijuana` was coined as a slang term for cannabis in Mexico. In the 1930s, when the US Reefer Madness Movement was in full swing, Mexican soldiers were regularly smoking Mary Jane to effectively manage various pains and ailments, as well as to help keep them calm and centered in the face of battle.
Q Is it true that the United States government has awarded itself patents for the medicinal qualities of cannabis sativa?
A Yes, it definitely is. Search US patent number 6630507. Patents have been awarded to the US Dept of Health & Human Services for the neuroprotectant and antioxidant properties of marijuana. That makes millions of people wonder why the government imprisons and fines them for using a plant that has obvious medicinal qualities.
Q Is it true that hemp could wipe out world hunger?
A It could surely help to in a significant way. Hemp is one of nature's most complete food sources. It's loaded with protein, flowing with heart-healthy essential fatty acids, full of fiber and packed with nutrients. The amino acid chains that make up the protein molecules found in hemp are surprisingly similar to those proteins found in human blood. They are super-easy to digest and allow those who wish the opportunity to meet all dietary requirements with zero saturated fat intake.
Q Is hemp a product that can be grown easily and in abundance?
A Hemp is one of the easiest and most hardy plants to grow on the planet. It requires very little fertilizer, grows virtually everywhere and naturally resist the onslaughts of various pests. Its roots grow deep and it improves the condition of the soil it grows in. Nitrogen and minerals are supplied by falling hemp leaves and plants are known to thrive. In fact, there are reports from all over the world of hemp fields that have been planted 20 years+ straight and never show the first signs of depleted soil. Hemp cost very little to grow and provides natural solutions to some of the world's most vexing problems. Still, many world governments refuse to allow their people to plant hemp for its multitude of benefits.