1- The Cannabis Sativa was widely used, all over the word, for so many years! 2.800 BC it was used by the Chinese to extract fibers. The sails of the caravels used in the discovery of the Americas was made of Cannabis. Something arround 90% of the paper used in the world was made of Cannabis in the 19th century. The first jeans were also made of the fiber of it.
2- A miraculous plant? Almost. You can get more than 25 thousand essential products of the modern life. Clothes, shoes, beauty products, oil, chocolate, soap, paper, ink, fuel, and many others, which make Cannabis a very important raw material for the whole world.
3- Cannabis was always used as a religious instrument. Its seed were burned by priests in order to achieve mystical trances. Its recreational use started with the Greek, in the great feasts.
4- The industrial use of cannabis sativa was largely suffocated by an aggressive campaign to a direct competitor, the oil industry. In 1940, Henry Ford even produced a car with the fiber of the cannabis and moved by the oil from the seed plant. For subsequent years, American conservatives tried to stigmatize this plant, attacking the drug and its use, and started calling it Marijuana - a call to racism against Mexicans. The campaign resulted in the prohibition of cannabis sativa in the U.S.
5- In Brazil, the difficulties for the industrial use of cannabis came from a campaign of racist bias against marijuana. The Africans who arrived as slaves brought the seeds in their thongs and started meeting at night to smoke and sing. Scientists tried denigrate that habit, trying unsuccessfully to prevent its spread among whites.
6- Cannabis has great healing power. In China it was used as an anesthetic. Today, it is considered a great remedy for the nausea caused by chemotherapy.
It is also used to treat glaucoma and can be used against asthma and stress. Many AIDS patients use it to open the appetite and weight gain, increasing their strength to resist the disease.
7- Medical research indicates that cannabis is less harmful than tobacco or alcohol. Unlike these, it is harmless to others, it does not cause aggressiveness or emotional imbalance. There is no evidence of cannabis addicts at clinics in Brazil.
8- A prohibition on the use of cannabis has been the excuse for one of the most hypocritical of violence against citizens. Good people are treated as Ciminals and their tranquility is disturbed. The law sent at the Congress decriminalizing the user will be an important step to abolish this situation of Brazilian life. But the violence caused by the drugs traffic will only be minimized with the total liberation of cannabis.
9- Today, cannabis is planted in Hungary, France, Canada, England, Portugal, China and Spain. With genetic researches, Brazil could produce in three years, the seed of cannabis without the THC (the psychoactive principle) for industrial use.
10- Cannabis is an ideal raw material for a sustainable society. Unlike oil, it is a renewable resource and it is clean. Its cultivation requires no chemicals and has high production performance, it grows in a maximum of 110 days (and may be combined with other crops). Cannabis ecological principle favors the development of self-sustaining regions, with plantations and factories side by side.
The struggle for the industrial use with cannabis sativa, was adopted by international brands like Adidas, Guess, Calvin Klein is a flame of optimism for the sustainable future of the planet after the end of oil and its derivatives.
The fight for the legalization of cannabis that is smoked by millions of people is part of the advance of individual liberties, an marking the end of this century.
That's just my point of view!
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