Is that what the passing of the 2019 Farm Bill is gonna mean?
The legalization of cannabis in the United States?
The passing of the Farm bill essentially says that but we have to look at it in perspective. The people in charge all around the world have led to this crazy confusion that Cannabis is Marijuana! Well as far as I can see Marijuana is Cannabis.
If you follow the Zoological trees and stuff, Marijuana is Cannabis and Hemp is Cannabis LOL.
But Hemp is not Marijuana!
Even Wikipedia doesn’t do a very good job explaining it. It is right there in print but hard to understand.
“Cannabis (/ˈkænəbɪs/) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. The number of species within the genus is disputed. Three species may be recognized: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis; C. ruderalis may be included within C. sativa; or all three may be treated as subspecies of a single species, C. sativa. The genus is widely accepted as being indigenous to and originating from Central Asia, with some researchers also including upper South Asia in its origin.
The plant is also known as hemp, although this term is often used to refer only to varieties of Cannabis cultivated for non-drug use. Cannabis has long been used for hemp fibre, for hemp oils, for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. Industrial hemp products are made from cannabis plants selected to produce an abundance of fiber. To satisfy the UN Narcotics Convention, some cannabis strains have been bred to produce minimal levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive constituent. Some strains have been selectively bred to produce a maximum of THC (a cannabinoid), the strength of which is enhanced by curing the flowers. Various compounds, including hashishand hash oil, are extracted from the plant.
Globally, in 2013, 60,400 kilograms of cannabis were produced legally. In 2014 there were an estimated 182.5 million cannabis users (3.8% of the population aged 15–64). This percentage has not changed significantly between 1998 and 2014.”
The National institute of Health has addressed this confusion in a lengthy article. Click here to read it https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5531363/
When I say lengthy I mean it is hard to read as it is in scientific nomenclature and these articles sometimes lose me in their quest to explain everything in relatable terms that are black and white. This has been in confusion amongst botanists and scientists as far back as the 17th century, the time of discovery!
The one thing that IS TRUE! Both Hemp and Marijuana are in the Cannabis Sativa Species.
When researching (which is one of my favorite past times) there are amazing tidbits to find when traveling along the historical lines. check out this graphic I came across!
What jumps out at you there which stretches the story even farther, HOPS yes hops are in this Family. The Family being Cannabaceae
There are seven main taxonomic ranks: kingdom, phylum or division, class, order, family, genus, species
And yes it has been found that all Hops have some CBD in them! So Beer drinkers rejoice! This could be why beer tends to feelings of well being LOL! There hasn’t been much commercial extraction of CBD from hops due to the amount in the plant. It is not financially feasible to market. There is one product I used that the CBD was extracted from Hops. An Indian strain of hops was found to have levels of CBD large enough to extract but it is rare and the product is hard to get! It is Immune AG.
Here’s an excerpt from InnoVision Professional Media Inc.
” Medical Marijuana, Inc. is currently the only U.S. distributor of ImmunAG™ and the product is sold in tincture form as Real Scientific Humulus Oil (RSHO-K) by subsidiary HempMeds® and as Premium Humulus Oil by subsidiary Kannaway®. ImmunAG™ is an extract of the Kriya brand Humulus plant, which is a variety of hops. Like hemp extract, the Kriya brand Humulus extract has a high concentration of CBD. Unlike CBD products derived from cannabis, which may contain trace amounts of THC, ImmunAG™ contains no THC.”
I tried this product and did get relief. Not as much as I would have liked but I did feel relief from my normal aches and pains. It is controversial as I mentioned before it was a rare strain found in India, it is also produced clinically and sold by Kannaway an MLM in the CBD space.
So what does all this mean?
Relating to the question of whether or not the 2019 Farm Bill will have an effect on the legalization of Cannabis I personally feel that it can be the beginning. The beginning of a social change that can effect the whole world. The question of whether or not to single out the particular strain of a species to be regulated and treated as bad is ridiculous. Cannabis Sativa strains are all beneficial in many different ways. Hemp contains some medicinal compounds as well as being an industrially useful commodity. Marijuana has a psychotropic property that makes it recreationally valuable as well as the well known medical properties.
So YES this will have an effect and it will all depend on how our elected officials transfer the message to the bureaucracy. Just how the regulation takes effect and the larger market implications like fuel and textiles along with plastics and yeah FOOD n FUEL.
I have said it before! If one plant can provide the three F’s, it’s simply amazing, fuel, food and fibre! It is the Sacred Plant. And I refer to the plant species Cannabis Sativa!
What about Indica and that other Russian strain?
I wrote an article a while back referencing the three different popular strains of Cannabis. Check it out by clicking here!
The three strains commonly known are Cannabis Sativa which we already discussed and then Cannabis Indica which is a shorter bushier plant, generally has higher concentrations of THC and CBD. And
Cannabis Ruderalis which is the smallest variety, very low in THC and high in CBD. It is grown mostly for medicinal uses. It also is much hardier and grows well in adverse climates. Like Siberia LOL.
Ruderalis and sativa were the strains involved in the trade routes over the North Atlantic that led to the war of 1812.
Where am I going with this?
Well I seem to believe from my years of research in this field medically and legally, that Cannabis Indica was never against the law as here is THE LAW
(16) The term “marijuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.
It’s been there THE WHOLE TIME! The federal definition of ‘marijuana’ is ONLY for Cannabis sativa L., not Cannabis Indica, the most common type or
Cannabis Ruderalis . As far as I know, virtually everyone in the recreational market grows hybrids of Cannabis Indica. In the medicinal market the growers I am familiar with here in Florida have Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica strains isolated and extracted in several different ways. It’s very rare that someone grows a ‘pure sativa’ strain. And I have never met anyone that had the Siberian strain. It’s value is in folk medicine in Asia as it grew wild in the mountains all threw EurAsia and Asia proper. This was a medicinal potent going back centuries and never had a psychotropic effect.
Will the proper bureaucrats see the same thing I do? End the prohibition on the whole species Cannabis and yeah regulate what you think society needs regulating on. LOL This is generally where the trouble comes in. That is why we have to be vigilante and communicate with our elected officials and hold them accountable for representing the populace by voting yourself .
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This should have you questioning if the Farm Bill 2019 will have an effect on the U.S. Legalization of Cannabis.