“So grand a result, so tiny a sin”
May’s Marijuana Madness,
When a Court always accepts the evidence of the prosecuting
officer as opposed to the defendant, no matter how ridiculous the evidence of
the arresting officer, than the arresting officers is corrupt if he is
overzealous in his intentions and allows his personal opinion to influence his
evidence. The motorcycle policeman in question is known at his police stations
as the station jester, and the joke is not only on me.
Research paid for by the DEA and carried out by the police
in Maastricht, over 10 years ago, came to conclusion
that regular users of Cannabis modified their behaviour and drove slower compared
to those who drank alcohol or took nothing.
“American scientists investigated difference between thc
effect in 30 regular users of cannabis and 22 non users. Relative to non users,
frequent users showed tolerance to the psychotomimetic, perceptual altering,
cognitive impairing and axiogenetic effects of the thc but not its euphoric
effects” In other words, regular users enjoy without it affecting ability.
Cannabis produces neither physical dependence, withdrawal
symptoms, a strong psychological dependence nor a need to increase the dose as
the user grows used to the drug. Nearly every study undertaken has shown it to
be the most benign intoxicant in common use.
No one has never, ever died from smoking too much Pot
unlike the 160,000 that die from alcohol and its effects or up to 100,000
smokers in the
We now have scientific evidence for what so many world
cultures have known all along; that only a handful of plants are welcomed as
naturally by the human mind as is hemp. The concentration of cannabinoid
receptors in the area of the brain devoted to the higher mental processes-
memory, cognition, and creativity-is striking. Hemp is custom designed to
sustain our soul as well as our body. Whether by design or coincidence, the bond
between hemp and mankind is an ancient one. Only the arrogance of the modern
mentality, worshipping at the altar of corporate profit would reject and deny
the history and virtues of hemp.
The discovery of receptors in the human brain specifically
designed for Cannabinoids should end
the debate on the appropriateness for human beings. The receptor site, a protein
on the cell surface, activates G-proteins inside the cell and lead to a cascade
of biochemical reactions that generate euphoria.
In 1984 Mils Herkenham and his colleagues at the Institute
for mental Health mapped Cannabis receptors in the brain. They found that most
receptors were in the hippocampus where memory consolidation occurs and where we
translate the external world into a cognitive and spatial map and in the
cerebral cortex, where higher cognition is performed.
In 1992, William Devane identified a cannabinoid like
neurotransmitter produced by the human brain having biological and behavioural
effects similar to
The importance of these discoveries cannot be overstated.
The major decline in use of Cannabis by the early 20th
Century pharmaceutical Industry was because they were unable to standardise or
stabilise any form of preparation of Cannabis extract, so there was no profit in
The Marijuana tax act of 1937 in
In that same tradition today, the Christian right continues to demonise Cannabis financed by Bush and his corporate Government encouraging alcohol and its unruly and debilitating consequences while outlawing hemp and peaceful debate, all in the name of the twin Gods Rightousnes and Corporate Profit. The war has been waged actively by the American religious right for over 50 years and they are getting closer to their goal. Their domination through their financing of the World Health Organisation for over 50 years has meant that the overwhelming benefits of Hemp have been suppressed; they have been able to with-hold the evidence that puts Pot in a positive light. They have been able to appoint African leaders as heads of the WHO who follow rigorously the American financed line. Similarly, the INCB, whose job it to ensure that countries follow International drug laws has been hijacked by the American right even appointing in some sort of sick, cosmic joke an excellent Dutchman to enforce the rules. Which means that the authority that grants you your driving license, not the Police, refuse to give a driving license under the rule of International law which the Americans dominate. So I could win my case and still lose my license because your Prime Minister is part of the
Bush/Blair/Brown, Neverlands/Germany/Italy Christian right.
continuing their moral crusade. With God on their side, no need to think, not
even to blush as the corpses stink. And the governed continue to sleep.
What are we to make of claims that pot use among the young
leads to an increase in Psychosis? Opponents claim that in the
What are we to make of claims that Cannabis causes animals
and Jamaican labourers to work harder but causes western adolescents to lose
energy and ambition. They are not mutually exclusive. The key lies in the 20th
centuries interpretation of “amotivational”, and in Cannabis famous
psychoactive ability to suspend time. Contentment in the current moment, the
here and now helps ease the tedium of a Jamaicans physical labour, but that same
here and now mentality is dangerous to the modern Church of progress, which
preaches survival of the fittest and motivates with material wealth. Hemps
enhancement of the current moment, and of empathy and independent thinking,
throws this whole ideology into question. Why devote endless hours to accumulate
wealth to buy happiness and satisfaction that already thrives in each and every
moment creating doubts about the wisdom of 20th Century motivations.
In this sense, hemp is a very real threat to the Corporate
World and its Government allies.
In the same way that the car and petro chemical industries
of California were able to assist to wipe out competition from the urban railway
systems of California in general and LosAngeles in particular, so the petro
chemical and alcohol industries have also campaigned to eliminate Hemp, Cannabis
Sativa, their superior competitor in so many ways. Its called competition, the
American way., and it helps when the law and God are on your side.
The previous use of a now illegal product by some of the
largest pharmaceutical companies in the world is no more suprising than Cocaine
in Coca Cola early last century. It emphasises the arbitrary nature of
“controlled substances”. These gifts of nature are subject to the whims of
Government, in the medicine cabinet today, sinister corruptors of children
Medical Research as well as anecdotal evidence supporting
the therapeutic application of the major cannabinoids- tetrahydrocannabinol(thc),
Hemp has been known as a valuable healing plant in every
region that it will grow. It has been used to treat digestive disorders,
neuralgia, insomnia, depression, migraines and inflammation. Women have used it
to facilitate childbirth, stimulate lactation and relieve menstrual cramp.
The first documented use of hemp as medicine appears about 2300BC when the legendary Chinese emperor Shen Nung prescribed chu-ma (female hemp) for constipation, gout, beri-beri, malaria, rheumatism and menstrual problems. Shen Nung classified chu-ma as one of the superior elixirs of Immortality.
Both the ancient Ayurvedic system of Indian medicine and
the Arabic Unnani Tibbi system make extensive use of hemp for healing.. Usually,
it is mixed with other vegetable, animal or mineral substance that reduce the
narcotic affect and enhance the therapeutic powers.
We know that hemp was a popular remedy in Medieval Europe,
and it received honourable mention as a healing plant in herbal remedies such as
by William Turner, Mattioli and others. Nicholas Culpepper(1616-1654) “an
emulsion or concoction of the seed……eades the colic and always the
troublesome humours in the bowels and stays bleeding at the mouth, nose and
other places. Hemp was an official member of the pharmaceutical repertoire in
a real gift of nature
a plant divine
of benefit to mankind
since ancient times
Hemp, Cannabis sativa. The only plant used all over the
world, since pre history, that gives us food, clothing, building materials,
fuel, medicine, and has the power to affect our consciousness, our imagination,
and the way we see the world.
Even after being outlawed, during WW2 when supplies of raw
fiber were cut off by the Japanese, hemp was reintroduced to the
How extra ordinary that hemp should once again appear in
the role of environmentalist and healer. Hemp offers a very real and immediate
solution to deforestation, the abuses of the petrochemical and alcohol
industries, and the destruction of the top soils as well as help in health. But
the war against hemp continues unabated.
A renewable resource. Sustainable agriculture largely ended
with the modernisation of farms and industry. Our once in a billion year
spending spree on natural resources increases and our capital dwindles daily.
Sustainable ecological agriculture requires a revival of traditional multi crop
cultivation using modern equipment and methods of harvesting. Hemp grown for
fiber is arguably the best choice for this
* easily biodegradable, its disposal presents no problem
* requires relatively little fertiliser in comparison to other fibres
* Few natural predators, needs little or no treatment with pesticides
* Low maintenance, grown in most climates
* It does not deplete the soil of nutrients
* Its deep root system helps prevent erosion
* It produces 4 times more fibre per acre than trees do
It absorbs heavy metal contaminants from soil, gradually purifying the
For clothing. Hemp has been a utilitarian fabric for
centuries. It’s a classic. Hemp fibre bundles are up to 15 feet long, while
cotton fibers threequarters of an inch, which reportedly give hemp 8 times the
tensile strength and four times the durability of cotton. Hemp is machine
washable and dryable. It breathes like natural linen and has a natural luster
and taked dyes beautifully due to its superioir absorbancy. In the New York
Times June 1995, Calvin Klein stated “I believe hemp is going to be the fibre
of choice in both home furnishings and fashion”.
Hemp as nutrition. Health experts speak about the need for
unsaturated fats in our diet, namely the fatty acids called omega 6 and omega 3.
Hemp seeds are treasure troves of these nutrients, containing 30% oil in the
optimum 3 to 1 ratio.
Hemp for sustainable energy.
Hemp Paper. Half of all trees are cut down to make paper
yet it is only in the last 150 years that trees have been used. Hemp grows 4
times faster than trees and now must be the time to look at alternatives.
The Cannabis Hemp stalk is a prolific and sustainable
source of excellent building materials and manufactured goods. It is possible to
build, for example, a car body or a house entirely out of hemp, and then use
hemp seed oil products to paint and seal the finished product and power the car.
The technology existed in 1940’s wartime
At a time before Western Civisation came along when eastern
religions was in the ascendancy, when Mother Nature was celebrated and the
female deified, mankind lived more harmoniously with nature, and hemp was used
to help celebrate spirituality, as well as for fuel, food, building and
medicine. The ancient Greeks and Romans generally preferred to intoxicate
themselves with alcohol but they traded with cannabis eaters and knew of its
psychotropic affects. Western religion replaced the herb with alcohol and water
turned to wine.
In1484, Pope Innocent 8 decared hemp to be an unholy
sacrament of the satanic masses. As
William Emboden notes in his book “Ritual use of Cannabis Sativa L.,”
Western Religious traditions tend to emphasise sin, repentance and mortification
of the flesh. In older non western religious cults where we find an unbroken
custom of cannabis use “which allowed a joyous path to the Ultimate; hence
In the old World, remnants of the ancient spiritually based hemp tradition survive alongside more contemporary forms of consumption. A striking number of cultures have made a connection between Cannabis and reverence for the dead., undoubtedly because of Cannabis seeming to transcend spatial and temporal boundaries.
Hemp use has touched every spiritual tradition on Earth.
The HINDU scripture among all spiritual literatures contain
the oldest and most profuse references to Cannabis as a divine intoxicant. The
Vedas identify bhang as the means by which one both communes with the God Shiva
and frees ones self from sin.
BUDDHISM, Cannabis is currently used by Tibetan monks of
ISLAM In his appendix to the Indian Hemps drugs commission
report of 1893/4 J.M. Cambell made it clear that, to a large extent, what goes
for Hindus and Hemp is also true of Moslems “to forbid or even seriously
restrict the use of so gracious a herb as hemp would cause widespread suffering
and annoyance and to large bands of worshipped ascetics, deep seated anger. It
would rob the people of a solace in discomfort, of a cure in sickness, of a
guardian whose gracious protection saves them from the attack of evil
influences, and whose mighty power makes the devotee of the victorious,
overcoming the demons of hunger and thirst, of panic, fear, of the glamour of
Maya or matter, and of madness, able in rest to brood on the Eternal, until the
Eternal, possessing him body and soul, frees him from the haunting of self and
receives him into the ocean of being. These beliefs of Musalman (Muslim) devotee
shares to the full. Like his Hindu brother, the Musalman fakir revers Bhang as
the lengthener of life, the freer from the bonds of self. Bhang brings union
with the divine spirit. “We drank bhang and the mystery I am he grew plain. So
grand a result, so tiny a sin” “The use of ganga is essential, it appears to
be observed at all times.
ZOROASTRIANISM, which influenced Christianity, Islam and
later Judaism, had Haoma(hemp) as central to their myths.
JUDAISM Etymologists at the
AFRICA mankinds original birthplace, Cannabis use bounds
throughout, the water pipe, used to cool and refine cannabis smoke was developed
Chinese Taoism and Japanese traditions, used Cannabis widely for spiritual purposes.
Grows and is used throughout
Pre-Christians recognised the image of the Mother in the Earth that brought forth light and sustenance. The earth also berthed a special class of plants that nourished the spirit as well as the body and opened the gates to the great mysteries of creation.
As time goes on, are we discovering that Terence Mckenna vision is proving correct “our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crisis, hence our solution must be equally drastic. I propose that we should adopt the plant as the organisational model of the 21st Century, just as the computer seems to be the dominant mental/social model of the late 20th century, and the steam engine the guiding image of the 19th century. This means going back in time to models that where successful 15,000-20,000 years ago. When this is done it becomes possible to see plants as food, shelter, clothing and sources of education and religion.
Such reinvolvement is, of course, to be guided by the
teacher-gurus of the plant kingdom, the psychotropics.
My kids laugh at me when I tell them it also helps to keep
the devil away, depends on your definition of the devil.
I have plagiarised outrageously but not exclusively “The
Great book of Hemp” by Rowan Robinson for references and sources for
information are available there having
written to the publisher asking for permission, it will be alright.
All the best,