When we hear the word weed, we have a tendency to make our eyes big as if it’s a taboo. It started in the 90’s. It is said that a western cigarette company made weed illegal through law for the company’s benefit to engulf the market and started to spread propaganda about it. Within 10 years, making weed illegal got success.
10,000 years ago, weed seeds were cultivated just like the other crop. There is a dispute about its origin. Some say the origin is from China and some say it’s from Mesopotamia. The Chinese used to make paper and thread from it. At the same time, they used it for medical purposes too. For neurological problems, the Egyptian and the Chinese learned to use it 3000 years ago. In ancient India, it was said that it’s a medicine for 65 types of diseases.
The name of weed differs from its usage. Its scientific name is Cannabis.Cannabis are two types i) Cannabis indicaii) Cannabis sativa.When weed is used for industrial or research purposes it’s called Cannabis. When it’s used for textile, it’s called Hemp. And when it is used for drugs, it’s called Weed/Marijuana.
Cannabis indicais mainly found in Asia. Its leaves are thin and tall and Cannabis sativais found in the western. Sativa’s leaves are thick and their height is 182 – 213 centimeters.
After DuPont started to make Nylon, the production of thread from trees stopped. In America, from 1940, the usage of nylon clothing was started immensely and widely. In 1960, the whole of America started to use nylon clothing. But before that, weed was the major source of cloth and thread in America. Historically there is a spiritual connection with weed in the Indian subcontinent. It is the food of Lord Shiva ( Hindu God).
During Benjamin Franklin, the first hemp paper mill was established in America. The declaration of America’s freedom paper was made from weed. In 1960, hemp fiber was experimented with to make Ford’s body and glass which is 10 times stronger than metal and glass. But due to less production than demand, this experiment was not materialized.
In 1960, the famous denim company Levi’s started to make denim pants, shirts, and jackets from weed thread. Even still now America, France, Germany, China, Japan make cloth which is from weed. In America and France, a powder from weed is used in infrastructure which is more reliable than concreate. The founder of diesel, Rudolf Diesel, started an experiment with weed oil to ride car.
Weed has great food value. In every 100 grams of weed seeds, there are 35 calories. It has 49 percent fat and 31 percent protein. It has the best plant-based protein. It has omega-3, omega-6, Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) which are very important for the human body. It is the source of vitamin-E, calcium,phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chlorine, zinc, iron, magnesium. Its amino acid arginine makes nitric oxide in the human body. Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that makes blood flow normal and gamma linolenic acid reduces the chances of a heart attack. Its protein is equivalent to beef and mutton protein. It reduces the prolactin hormone. Prolactin hormone causes girls PMS ( Prementruation Syndrom). Gamma linolenic acid Prostaglandin E1 which reduces Proclatin.
Fiber is one of the most essential foods in the human body. Weed seeds have 20% soluble fiber and 80% insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber reduces blood sugar.
ECS/Endocannabinoid System-THC is the most active receptor in the human body which opens the door for Parkinson’s disease and many other diseases. This can be found in weed.
Weed is said to a multi-billion dollar crop. In 2015, Microsoft invested in the weed business. Many big corporate companies are investing money in the weed business throughout America, Europe, and Australia. The most popular slogan right now is, “Hemp can save the world”
All of this shows, how the perception about weed in common people is a myth and this myth should be eradicated from people’s mind.
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