Jack Herer, also known as ‘The Hemperor,’ offered a $100,000 challenge to the world to prove him wrong.
If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the greenhouse effect and stop deforestation; Then there is only one known annually renewable resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial, and home energy needs – while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time…And that substance is – the same one that did it all before – Cannabis Hemp – Marijuana.
Sponsored by: H.E.M.P. (America), HANF HAUS (Germany), SENSI SEEDS/HASH MARIJUANA MUSEUM (Holland), and T.H.C., THE TEXAS HEMP CAMPAIGN (America) Visit Jack Herer’s website for more details:
If you can prove him wrong, you will be $100,000 richer. (Jack Herer – June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010) Rest in peace, Sir. Your work and dedication will forever be admired by millions.
The reason Jack put such a large sum of money up in this challenge is because it’s impossible to prove him wrong – because he’s right. Each of the examples he gives in this challenge can be broken down into many subsections.
First, it’s important to understand the differences between Hemp and Marijuana. They are both derived from the same plant – Cannabis Sativa L. ‘Hemp’ mainly refers to the industrial/commercial use of the cannabis stalk and seed for textiles, papers, foods, body care products, detergents, plastics, and construction materials, and many other commercial/industrial uses. Marijuana’ refers to the medicinal, recreational, or spiritual use involving the smoking of cannabis flowers. Hemp contains only about 0.3% – 1.5% THC(Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredients that produce the euphoric effect) while marijuana contains about 5% – 20% or more THC. Some of the top strains contain 25%-30% THC. To put this in simpler terms – If you smoke or ingest hemp fiber or any other product that’s been cultivated for industrial/commercial hemp use – a headache is all you’ll achieve.
Hemp and marijuana plants contain another important cannabinoid – CBD.(Cannabidiol) Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, while marijuana produces more THC than CBD. Research shows that CBD acts to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC – which separates hemp even further from marijuana.
“Make the most of Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
George Washington – 1794
A brief historical note on Hemp – In 1619, the first Marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia. This law “ordered” all farmers to “make tryal of” (grow) Indian Hempseed. Not long after, in Massachusetts, more mandatory hemp cultivation laws were enacted in 1631. In 1632, Connecticut joined the list – as well as Chesapeake Colonies into the mid-1700’s.
I have to digress before I continue. I have spent the last few hours reading and outlining what I believe are some of the most important aspects of the hemp plant. The outline itself could be a lengthy post to this blog. The uses and benefits of this plant are astounding – it’s even more astounding that this plant is not being utilized to its fullest potential, in fact, it’s irresponsible. I will continue with this and pick apart the outline the best I can however, there is no possible way I can cover all the benefits of the hemp plant unless I transform this into a book. I will be covering a lot in a short amount of time but, I do plan on covering the main topics of this post individually in the near future. (End of digression)
Hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on the planet. It is a dioecious [di-e-cious] (Having both male and female, and sometimes hermaphroditic – male and female on the same plant), woody, herbaceous annual that uses the sun more efficiently than virtually any other plant on the planet, reaching 12 to 20 feet or more in one short growing season. It can be grown in virtually any climate or soil condition on Earth, even marginal ones. Hemp is a gift to our planet and to our species. It is, by far, our most versatile and useful renewable natural resource.
Textile, fabrics, ropes, twine, fiber, pulp paper, art canvases, paints, varnishes, lighting oil, biomass-energy, medicine, food oils, protein, building materials, housing, and is extremely environmentally friendly. These are just a few of the most commonly known uses for the Hemp/Marijuana plant – Cannabis Sativa L.
Jack Herer’s book – The Emperor wears no clothes, is a masterpiece in breaking down many of these uses in meticulous detail. It’s a “one-stop shop” for all the information you need. The 292-page book throughly covers every aspect of the Hemp/Marijuana movement with hundreds of stories, articles, news clippings, personal stories, facts, and the history of the plant. It’s an absolute must-have for everyone. You can read the book online or purchase a physical copy at the website I listed above.
There are over 3 million edible plants on the planet and none of them can compare with the nutritional value of the Indian Hemp Seed:
- Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life.
- No other single plant/seed source provides complete protein in such an easily digestible form than that of Hemp seeds.
- Hemp seeds contain Omega-3 fatty acids – which are essential fats that help reduce inflammation. Getting more in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.
- Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete source of protein just like chicken, fish, or beef.
- There are no known allergies to Hemp foods.
These 5 points barely touch the surface of the beneficial aspects of Hemp seeds and Hemp food. Hemp truly is a gift to the planet and the human race. I encourage you read more about this. I will include links at the bottom of this post.
Page 16 of The Emperor wears no clothes:
Why not use hemp to reverse the Greenhouse effect & save the world?
In early 1989, Jack Herer and Maria Farrow put this question to Steve Rawlings, the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Who was in charge of reversing the Greenhouse effect), at the USDA world research facility in Beltsville, Maryland.
First, we introduced ourselves and told him we were writing for Green political party newspapers. Then we asked Rawlings, “If you could have any choice, what would be the ideal way to stop or reverse the Greenhouse effect?”
He said, “Stop cutting down trees and stop using fossil fuels.”
“Well, why don’t we?”
“There’s no viable substitute for wood for paper, or for fossil fuels.”
“Why don’t we use an annual plant for paper and for biomass to make fuel?”
“Well, that would be ideal,” he agreed. “Unfortunately there is nothing you can use that could produce enough materials.”
“Well, what would you say if there was such a plant that could substitute for all wood pulp paper, all fossil fuels, would make most of our fibers naturally, make everything from dynamite to plastic, grows in all 50 states and that one acre of it would replace 4.1 acres of trees, and that if you used about 6% of the U.S. land to raise it as an energy crop – even on our marginal lands, this plant would produce all 75 quadrillion billion BTUs needed to run America each year? Would that help save the planet?”
“That would be ideal. But there is no such plant.”
“We think there is.”
“Yeah? What is it?”
“Hemp!” he mused for a moment. “I never would have thought of it…You know, I think you’re right. Hemp could be the plant that could do it. Wow! That’s a great idea!”
We were excited as we outlined this information and delineated the potential of hemp for paper, fiber, fuel, food, paint, etc., and how it could be applied to balance the world’s ecosystems and restore the atmosphere’s oxygen balance with almost no disruption of the standard of living to which most Americans have become accustomed.
In essence, Rawlings agreed that our information was probably correct and could very well work.
He said, “It’s a wonderful idea, and I think it might work. But, of course, you can’t use it.”
“You’re kidding!” we responded. “Why not?”
“Well, Mr. Herer, did you know that hemp is also marijuana?”
“Yes, of course I know, I’ve been writing about it for about 40 hours a week for the past 17 years.”
“Well, you know marijuana’s illegal, don’t you? You can’t use it.”
“Not even to save the world?”
“No, it’s illegal”, he sternly informed me. “You cannot use something illegal.”
“Not even to save the world?” we asked, stunned.
“No, not even to save the world. It’s illegal. You can’t use it. Period.”
“Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great idea,” he went on, “But they’ll never let you do it.”
“Why don’t you go ahead and tell the Secretary of Agriculture that a crazy man from California gave you documentation that showed hemp might be able to save the planet and that your first reaction is that he might be right and it needs some serious study. What would he say?”
“Well, I don’t think I’d be here very long after I did that. After all, I’m an officer of the government.”
“Well, why not call up the information on your computer at your own USDA library. That’s where we got the information in the first place.”
He said, “I can’t sign out that information.”
“Well, why not? We did.”
“Mr. Herer, you’re a citizen. You can sign out for anything you want. But I am an officer of the Department of Agriculture. Someone’s going to want to know why I want all this information. And then I’ll be gone.”
Finally, we agreed to send him all the information we got from the USDA library, if he would just look at it.
He said he would, but when we called back a month later, he said that he still had not opened the box that we sent him and that he would be sending it back to us unopened because he did not want to be responsible for the information, now that the Bush Administration was replacing him with its own man.
We asked him if he would pass on the information to his successor, and he replied, “Absolutely not.”
In May 1989, we had virtually the same conversation and result with his cohort, Dr. Gary Evans of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Science, the man in charge of stopping the global warming trend.
In the end, he said, “If you really want to save the planet with hemp, then you [hemp/marijuana activists] would find a way to grow it without the narcotic (sic) top – and then you can use it.”
This is the kind of frightened (and frightening) irresponsibility we’re up against in our government.
This is just 1 page of the book. This is a crime against nature, mankind, and all species living on this planet. These laws are fraudulent, unenlightened, morally corrupt, and littered with unfounded logic. It’s unacceptable and it’s time to change this blatant disregard of nature’s perfect gift.
Not all the resources on this planet are renewable. You use them, you lose them. Petroleum is one of those resources. Non-renewable energy sources come out of the ground as gases, liquids, and solids. Crude oil (petroleum) is the only commercial non-renewable fuel that is naturally in liquid form. Crude oil is used to make liquid petroleum products like gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating oil. Propane and other gases such as butane and ethane are found in natural gas and crude oil. They are extracted and stored as liquids and called liquid petroleum gases.
There are 4 major non-renewable energy sources:
- Natural gas
- Crude oil
- Uranium (Nuclear energy)
Natural gas, Crude oil, and Coal are fossil fuels. Uranium is an ore, which is mined, and used as a fuel for use in nuclear power plants – it is not a fossil fuel but is still a non-renewable energy resource. Burning any fossil fuel produces carbon dioxide, which contributes to the “greenhouse effect”, warming the Earth.
‘During photosynthesis, hemp removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to form carbohydrates that are used to build the structure of the plant. At the end of this process, oxygen is released back into the atmosphere as a byproduct.’ (http://hempmedspx.com/hemps-impact-carbon-dioxide/)
‘A report published by the FCDA of Europe outlines the Cannabis Biomass Energy Equation (CBEE), outlining a convincing case that hemp plants can be used to produce fuel energy cheaper per BtU than fossil fuels and uranium – without producing greenhouse gases! Hemp plants have the highest known quantities of cellulose for annuals – with at least 4x (some suggest even 50-100x) the biomass potential of its closest rivals (cornstalks, sugarcane, kenaf and trees) (Omni, 1983). Biomass production still produces greenhouse gases, although the idea is that the excess of carbon dioxide will be used up by growing hemp plants – they are effective absorbers and thrive at high levels – Unlike fossil fuel energy which produces energy from plants which died millions of years ago.'(http://www.ukcia.org/industrial/hemp/globalwarming.html)
In case you are unaware of why some of these resources are called fossil fuels – the reason is quite simple actually – They were formed in the geological past of a living organism. The age they were formed is known as the Carboniferous Period. Fossil fuels are essentially part of the remains of plants, forests, and animals that roamed the Earth, died, and eventually became buried beneath layers of thick rock and became fossilized.
According to www.knoema.com -World reserve of fossil fuels. BP’s “Statistical review of world energy” published in mid 2014 says that, “The world has in reserves 892 billion tonnes (metric tons) of coal, 186 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 1688 billion barrels of crude oil. These numbers seem to be huge at a glance, but taking into account today’s level of extraction proved reserves of coal will be exhausted in 113 years. The last cubic meter of natural gas will be extracted in 2069. And by 2067 there will be no reserves of crude oil.”
Biomass conversion through pyrolysis (applying high heat to organic material in the absence of air or reduced air) produces clean burning charcoal to replace coal.
The Ford Motor Co. successfully operated a biomass “cracking” plant in the 1930’s at Iron Mountain, Michigan – using trees for cellulose fuels. Henry Ford grew marijuana on his estate after 1937, to prove the cheapness of methanol production. He made plastic cars with wheat straw, hemp, and sisal.(Popular Mechanics, Dec. 1941-“Pinch hitters for Defense.”)
Each acre of hemp would yield 1,000 gallons of methanol, or 500 gallons of gasoline. Fuels from hemp, along with the recycling of paper, etc., would be enough to run America virtually without oil. (The Emperor wears no clothes – Jack Herer, Pg. 57 – 11th edition)
The movement is stronger now than it has ever been. It’s encouraging that more and more people everyday are becoming aware of the extremely positive benefits that hemp has to offer the world. There’s no agenda here. There’s no secret to this – hemp could literally change the world in terms of energy dependence, healthcare, transportation, climate concerns, soil preservation, keep all fossil fuels from being used up completely, and save all major rain forests from eventually being destroyed. These are facts – not my opinion on what could happen. This would happen if industrial hemp is utilized the way nature intended. If we can manufacture our goods from an annually renewable resource that grows in virtually any climate, in all 50 states, and can make the United States entirely energy independent – what exactly are we waiting for?
It’s Nature. Yes, I capitalized that. Nature deserves to be recognized for the amazingly efficient gift that it is and it certainly should not be illegal to cultivate, manufacture, and utilize a plant to make our planet a better and cleaner place to live. It’s time to set aside profit and control. Instead of profit and control, let’s take that toxic focus and transform it into love and compassion. Let’s end this nonsense and let the U.S. government know that we are awake now. 70+ years of suppression is enough. People should not be arguing over whether God should be back in the schools – they should be demanding that hemp history and the truth about hemp be added to the curriculum. I am not exaggerating at all. Enough with the apathy. Enough with the corruption and lies. How many times have you heard about hemp cultivation on earth day? How many times did your teacher in middle school, high school, or even college talk about industrial hemp? It’s to the point that many don’t know the difference between hemp and marijuana. Some even think it’s the same thing. Some believe you can smoke a hemp bracelet and get high. This is a direct result of misinformation in the name of profit and control.
You may be asking yourself, “Well, what can I do to help?”
I hope you are asking yourself that. First, share this post with everyone you know (virtual hug).
Second, buy hemp products. I will include links at the bottom of the post to a few websites that sell many products – and yes, it’s all legal.
Third, inform yourself and tell your friends and family. I will attach a few more links that have brochures which can be printed or simply read at your leisure. The more people become aware and enlightened to this – the faster we can achieve true change. The faster we can ultimately stop allowing a very small percentage of our country to force resistance upon us and willingly destroy our planet’s greatest asset. Cannabis/Hemp.
This will be a series of posts. Each of the topics covered in this post will be examined more closely and displayed in individual postings in the very near future. I will also have a guest appearance from a fellow Cannabis crusader in the next post. Stay tuned for that! He’s a highly intelligent guy and it’s an honor to have some of his words on my blog.
Thanks for reading, my friends.
As always, much love.
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