Those With Cluster B Personality Traits May Find Relief With Cannabis
by Chane Leigh
Ever wondered what America’s founding fathers would think about cannabis legalization today? All things considered, there’s a good chance they’d rejoice about the rapid rise of cannabis reform.
After all, “early letters from our founding fathers refer to the pleasures of hemp smoking.” This is according to Dr. Burke and we can trust his opinion, since he is the president of the American Historical Reference Society.
Burke claims that seven of the earliest presidents of the United States were hemp smokers. They include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, and Franklin Pierce.
Many of the men who shaped America throughout history did so by advocating hemp use in the process. Thomas Jefferson was on the receiving end of the first ever patent in the U.S., and it was for a hemp threshing machine. Jefferson was renowned for helping to diversify the plant’s genetics after he smuggled seeds across China, France, and America.
They often wrote about the benefits of hemp vs. tobacco. Perhaps they even wrote about it on hemp paper, just like The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, the Federalist (and Anti-Federalist) Papers, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution were. The paper mills used to process hemp into parchment were owned by Benjamin Franklin.
George Washington did not keep his hemp cultivation practices a secret. Throughout the course of his life, he cultivated hemp on Mount Vernon for industrial uses. String fibers contained in hemp were useful for creating sail canvas, rope, clothing, and fishing nets. Washington even contemplated between tobacco and hemp during the 1760’s, as he tried to determine which could yield more profit, before settling on hemp.
The topic of CBD (cannabidiol) has been mentioned in the media a lot more over the last couple of years than ever before. Scientific research has served up a dish of cold, hard facts and evidence pointing to the plant’s non-intoxicating chemical compound, which boasts therapeutic qualities that have caught the attention of Big Pharma.
Experimentation and technological advancements have triggered a wave of consumption techniques, including inhalation, ingestion, topical application and sublingual application. Consequently, this has driven consumer demand to sky-high levels.
While it might be a fairly fresh topic, hemp isn’t a new trend by any means. America’s first cannabis law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia back in 1619. The law ordered all farmers to cultivate Indian hempseed. Failure to do so could have resulted in a fine or jail time!
What had the foundations to blossom into a flourishing industry came to an almighty halt in 1970, when hemp was plonked alongside cannabis as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that hemp was deemed to have no “accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”
Decades had passed until hemp cultivation was made possible under state-controlled pilot programs as per terms of the 2014 Farm Bill. This bill permitted industrial hemp cultivation; something that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says has resulted in the land area of harvested hemp more than doubling on an annual basis.
With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which President Donald Trump signed on December 20 of last year, the low-THC, high-CBD plant can now be grown and regulated like a regular agricultural crop. Oh, how the founding fathers would be proud.
Sponsored by influential U.S. senator and the chamber’s majority leader, Mitch McConnell, the 2018 Farm Bill would permit hemp cultivators to gain adequate (and essential) coverage from federally-subsidized crop insurance.
Hemp won’t get you high, so while you probably wouldn’t have been crippled in fits of the giggles if you did smoke a joint with one of the founding fathers. However, its medical uses are so widespread that you’d likely melt into a conversation about its therapeutic benefits.
In fact, in June of last year, the hemp plant’s medicinal compound CBD was approved by the FDA in the form of Epidiolex – a cannabis medicine for epilepsy.
Taking into account it’s myriad uses, hemp is a lucrative commodity that will surely yield different results to cannabis legalization. There will be a heavy focus on the medicinal aspect of the hemp plant’s non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD in 2019, not to mention its suitability as a commodity in other industries.
We have all seen rain. Some of us have witnessed frozen rain in the form of sleet, snow, or hail. Some of us have even seen it rain fish. Here’s a question for you, though. Have you ever seen it rain cannabis? If you said yes, then you either have one crazy life, or you…
Cannabis legalization has happened in many places over the last few years. Residents of states such as Oklahoma, Ohio, Massachusetts, and others are finally enjoying the freedom of purchasing cannabis legally. Some states have limited access to cannabis, and others have an abundance. One thing you will run into when purchasing cannabis, no matter where…
The Veriheal team is incredibly proud and moved to share that our Co-Founders, Joshua Green and Samuel Adetunji, have been named on The Root 100: The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 alongside top industry and cultural trailblazers like Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Beatrice Dixon, and Issa Rae. The list, curated by The Root…
Note: Veriheal does not support or endorse any political candidate or their policies. We merely report on the facts as they are presented and their implications in regards to cannabis. Though the country has been slow to embrace the benefits offered by cannabis, in recent years we have seen an acceleration in the acceptance of…
Cannabis has proven to be a highly effective pain management tool. Whether your pain comes from an injury or a chronic condition, you may find that cannabis is effective in helping to reduce symptoms and get you back on your feet. And when you choose the right cannabis product with the right combinations of cannabinoids…
Medical cannabis use is becoming more and more widespread. Currently, some form of medical cannabis is illegal in all but ten states….
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, isn’t something that many people associate with cannabis in a…
It’s been a long and winding road toward widespread cannabis access for the residents of the state of Maine, but at last,…