Why cannabis isn't a drug
For millennia, the Cannabis Sativa L. plant of the Cannabis genus (more commonly known as Hemp) was cherished as a versatile and highly valued crop (庄稼) in China and communities across East and Central Asia. Without cannabis, the world would not have discovered the secrets to papermaking. Our modern world today would not have been made possible without the spread of this knowledge, which enabled the development of science and records of commerce to be kept. Had we not discovered how to produce paper from the fibre of the cannabis plant reliably, the modern world today would simply not exist.
Ma (麻), the Chinese word for hemp, is composed of two symbols which are meant to depict hemp. "The part beneath and to the right of the straight lines represent hemp fibres dangling from a rack. The horizontal and vertical lines represent the home in which they were drying".
As the ancient Chinese became more associated with the plant, they discovered that cannabis was more than just a good source of fibre for making clothing, shoes, ropes and bowstrings for archers. Cannabis was the first cash crop of human civilisation that lifted families from poverty to support its own nutritional and financial needs before trading any excess produce for essential goods through commerce.
But is cannabis ready to make a 21st-Century comeback after nearly a century of senseless prohibition, demonising migrants, criminal injustice for minorities and protectionist lobbying from narrow vested interests?
Whether you're a believer in 17th-Century Catholic myths of European cultural superiority against the fever-ridden worlds of the exotic non-Europeans, or perhaps you read too much Shakespeare and believe drugs are associated with witches and evil, time and history has shown us the ineffectiveness of the war on cannabis and proves Harry J. Anslinger with his modern contemporaries to be led by false motives and logic.
Still, more education is required. Even in today's world, remains of the war on cannabis, and 17th-Century myths still persist today in many people's minds and attitude towards this magical plant that belongs to everyday citizens. Yet despite the long history of cannabis and evidence of its use across the world, some would still rather see it as a stain on society in order to maintain the status quo and their grip on information, knowledge, control and power.
Is cannabis a drug? At Chinese Hemp - 麻.app®, we don't agree with the myopic mindset, double standards, and hypocritical views of those who ignore the truth. Cannabis has many properties that are essential in maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle to prevent illness and disease. It's no wonder so many people are turning to it today as a natural remedy to the suffering of excess consumption and demands from modern living.
And when industrialist and capitalist from the tobacco, food and beverage industry giants begin to invest billions into cannabis as their next opportunity to profit, when CBD energy drinks, cannabis beer, cannabis dog treats, hemp milk start to appear on supermarket shelves, perhaps the time has come for everyone to acknowledge and accept the undeniable truth that cannabis isn't a drug, it's a miracle cure for our broken planet and the opportunity to save our environment, our community and ourselves from the true darkness that surrounds us.
Did you know members of the Royal Society reported in 1689 that cannabis was a valuable sleep aid, and could even ‘be of considerable Use for Lunaticks’?
We agree with our friends at Aeon.co who report that "The clash between alternative and Western medicine, in short, might not be a clear-cut contest between ancient, ‘traditional’ remedies and modern, scientific ones. It is a battle between two traditions that are in some ways equally modern, born out of the Enlightenment and its dark side."
Read their delightful essay on "How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?" over at Aeon.co
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