Thoughts: Meet Brandon: pioneer, gardener, earth man, restaurant owner, husband, father of 6 girls, a Director of Photography and Key Grip in the film industry that I had the pleasure of working with on “The Man In The Maze”, and is a member of Cannabis Defence Coalition and the National Organization for reforming marijuana laws.
I hope this blog does justice in re-creating the 'out of the box' conversation we had today about the plant that we have been taught is evil and as such we either want it to be legalized so that we can use it, or we want to protect our young ones from it and we fear our neighbours may be using it. Regardless of what category you fall under, there is no denying that no other plant source can compare with the nutritional value of CANNABIS/HEMP/MARIJUANA....
(For definitions of hemp, cannabis, hash, marijuana see the bottom of this blog)
Hemp advocate Brandon says...
“People on earth are allergic to wheat and soy. But no one is allergic to hemp.
I always think that whatever the earth provides, it is naturally going to be better for us.”
DID YOU KNOW...what Brandon wants us to know about hemp/marijuana
•“You can give kids with autism hemp.” Of course governments would laugh at this, and at first I was thinking well Brandon that’s a bit crazy and then I realized how backwards my thinking is... Is it really that crazy giving a child with autism natural grown plant hemp compared to a bunch of machine made artificial chemical pills?
•“There are thousands of uses for hemp, some are...
• Hemp oil
• Hemp ice cream
• Hemp cereal
• Hemp tofu
• Hemp nut butters
• Hemp waffles
• Hemp milk
• Hemp seeds
• Hemp protein powder
• Hemp clothes
• Hemp bread
• Hemp paper
• Hemp is also a great pesticide for plants, it grows so thick and close to each other and builds a wall to keep other.
•"The government subsidizes corn which makes it equitable for farmers to grow (see tomorrows blog where I chat again with Brandon about corn and how it is not a natural food to this earth!). An acre would give, if you’re growing corn for bio diesel for example 1000 barrels would cost a lot of energy to produce, electricity, machinery, fuel, so hemp would produce 30,000 barrels of fuel and doesn’t need pesticides and fertilizers so it takes a lot less energy to produce from hemp. So if you want to save the planet and if you’re growing hemp to make paper, 1 acre of hemp would replace 5 acres of wooded forest." (So why aren't they using hemp? The answer is usually MONEY. )
•"William Hurst at the time owned The Times and the Enquirer, and the paper mill for their own newspapers were geared so it would costs millions of dollars to re-machine everything. That’s one of the reasons."
•Also DuPont who are responsible for antiseptics, plastics, disinfectants, non-stick pans, cancer, car parts, electronics, the list goes on and if you remember my blog from Day 30 I wrote about Teflon and wrote about a story that leaked how the Teflon causes cancer and deformities, and they actually responded to my blog. You see they have people doing their work and constantly monitoring the internet for anything that is ‘truth’ and in their eyes ‘negative’ publicity. Yes this blog is being watched, of course it is. The money makers on this earth don’t like my blog at all. So Brandon says "DuPont is the major manufacture of ammunitions (gun powder) in this country since the civil war and their philosophy to save the world of their natural resources. DuPont are responsible for inventing all the synthetics, rayon (fabric made from stabilized gun powder which we wear and don’t know about), polyester, pesticides for farms and is killing us. They have their fingers all over the place. So it was between DuPont, Hurst and Harry Anslinger that made hemp illegal. Harry’s job was to bust moonershiners and when alcohol went out of prohibition he didn’t have a job so he had a good friendship with Dupont and Hurst and the 3 of them made hemp illegal. Well it didn’t become illegal, they made it impossible for you to grow.”
•“The pharmaceutical companies don’t give you anything natural; if everyone was growing hemp the pharmacies wouldn’t make money.” (Pharmaceuticals are the biggest money making company in the world...billions and billions, and think about it, they only make money if you are sick). “They did start with hemp based medicines until the 40’s and 50’s. Because they make more money keeping you sick then they do if you’re healthy. And they are for profit, so I guess you can’t blame them for that right?"
"When this country was founded most of the clothes were made with hemp, and you actually had to pay taxes if you didn’t grow hemp, if you didn’t grow hemp you were in trouble. During World War 2, the government made a movie called “Hemp For Victory” where they encouraged farmers to grow hemp. You were considered a patriot if you grew hemp. Then after war ended they went back to synthetics and said no more of that."
•“Back in the early days Levis made their jeans from hemp, and when you couldn’t patch up your jeans or clothes any more they would recycle it into paper.”
•“If you get hemp paper and you rip it, you get it wet and it bonds back together like it was never wet! (Fascinating...I had to see this so Brandon did it right in front of my eyes ).”
•“Benjamin Franklin who had the first newspaper made it out of hemp. They don’t teach this to American kids.”
•“Thomas Jefferson the fourth US president on the $20 bill risked his life and the life of his service men smuggling hemp seeds from China. He wrote in his diaries that some of his fondest memories were smoking hemp on his veranda starring out to the sunset.”
•If marijuana is so dangerous then how it is the last 3 presidents elected admitted to smoking pot. Obama, Bush and Clinton.
•“Ronald Regan said the most dangerous thing about Marijuana is college kids reading books having conversations. Why do they put fluoride in our water knowing that when you drink fluoride it cuts off the creative side of your brain? So it’s almost as if they’re trying to get us into conformity.” I asked who’s they? “Our government is not run by the people, its run by a select handful of co operations.” How do they sleep at night? “That’s a good question too. Doesn’t that suck that they are keeping it from us? The single healthiest thing we can eat and it’s illegal to grow."
•“In USA it’s illegal to grow hemp. In Canada it’s legal. In Australia I’m pretty sure it’s legal to grow industrial hemp...14 states in the USA have legalized marijuana.”
•Brandon’s far from the only one vouching for marijuana. The father of Marijuana Jack Herer quoted "CANNABIS/HEMP/MARIJUANA is the only known plant that can be grown from the Equator to the Arctic Circle and... Antarctic Circle...no other plant source can compare with the nutritional value of CANNABIS/HEMP/MARIJUANA.” Herer is the author of The Emperor Has No Clothes (c. 1970), a book which has been used in efforts to decriminalize cannabis.
I have tried the hemp seeds on my salad and they were awesome, a fun crisp nutty flavour and full of protein. They are known as the superior plant protein, however the food co-corporations keep them hush hush as they make a lot more money using ‘protein’ to sell meat. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads. Hemp oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema (atopic dermatitis). Hemp Seed contains a large dietary supplement of omega-3, higher even than walnuts which contain 6.3% of n-3. These oils are known to improve memory and strengthen brain cells. Hemp oil has anti-inflammatory properties. The Hemp Seed contains more than 22% COMPLETE PROTEINS, which is highly digestible due to its globulin form, as edestin and albumin. For more information on hemp go to my blog Day 114.
Hemp- is the name of the soft, durable fiber that is cultivated from plants of the Cannabis genus, cultivated for industrial and commercial (non-drug) use
Cannabis -also known as ganja is a genus of flowering plants and has long been used for fibre (hemp), for medicinal purposes, and as a recreational drug. Industrial hemp products are made from Cannabis plants selected to produce an abundance of fiber and minimal levels of THC (Δ9- tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive molecule that produces the "high" associated with marijuana. The psychoactive product consists of dried flowers and leaves of plants selected to produce high levels of THC. Various extracts including hashish and hash oil are also produced from the plant.
Hashish also hash- is a preparation of cannabis composed of the compressed stalked resin glands called trichomes, collected from the cannabis plant.
Marijuana, marihuana, and ganja- refers to any number of preparations of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug. The most common form of cannabis used as a drug is the dried herbal form.
The difference between hemp and marijuana...Both are forms of the plant cannabis sativa. They are essentially weeds that will grow in a wide variety of conditions, climates, and soil types. Over the years both plants have been used for a wide variety of uses. However, they are not the same. The difference in THC levels make hemp and marijuana a lot different. There are thousands of products that can be made from hemp. There is a difference in how hemp and marijuana is grown. Hemp is grown in rows one to two inches apart.
“Hemp and marijuana are the same plant; the only difference is how it’s grown. The further you place the plant away from each other the more THC it will produce, if you plant them close they will compete from sunlight. You can still get high from industrial marijuana 3%, medical marijuana has from 10 to 30%.” Says Brandon.
At the end of the interview I looked at Brandon and said “wow” and he goes ‘Yeah, that’s out of the box’.
Challenges: Brandson said "So if you want to save the planet and if you’re growing hemp to make paper, 1 acre of hemp would replace 5 acres of wooded forest." I’m shocked with this new information and so how come they’re not using hemp instead of slaughtering our forrests? As usual the answer is money. And the pharmaceutical companies don’t give you anything natural; if everyone was growing hemp the pharmacies wouldn’t make their billions of dollars. It makes me sick to think that if we are not sick they don't make any money. And then I think well I shouldn't 'feel' sick at that because then they are just getting what they want, more sickness in the world, so instead I do something about it and here's my blog! "And they are for profit, so I guess you can’t blame them for that right?"-Brandon. This bizarre paper type thing that we all seem to obsess over and has power over the human condition.
Triumphs: Thank you Brandon for sharing your knowledge with us. Just like you said, "doesn't it suck that they are keeping it from us? The single healthiest thing we can eat and it’s illegal to grow." And thanks to people like you creating awareness of this herbal plant, perhaps one day (soon) we can enjoy hemp that is readiy accessible to all humans.
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Beetroot, ginger, carrot, celery juice. A pear.
Lunch: Avocado with walnuts. Chocolate balls.
Dinner: Grilled salmon with cauliflower, brocoli, carrot and cabbage.
Dessert: Blue berries.
Snacks: No snacks.
Exercise: Working on set "The Man In The Maze" www.themaninthemaze.net
217 days to go!!!