Cannabis is one of the oldest domestic plants in the history of mankind. It has been utilized for more than 10,000 years. The evidence goes back to the Stone Age.
Nathaniel Branden, a psychotherapist once said, the first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
The change we will talk about in this post is about how we perceive Cannabis.
The recollection of the word cannabis is mainly associated with weed, bhang, ganja, marijuana, and the image of people smoking it. This perception mixed with the marketing campaign to make it infamous has created a taboo around it. Smoking cannabis can make you euphoric and lazy, that’s true, but so do lazy Sunday Instagram posts. On a larger scale, we are yet to explore the unlimited potential of cannabis. Cannabis is the answer to our need for a sustainable world. Moreover, it will not only arm us in the fight against climate change but also be useful in our day to day well being.
We have completely missed out upon knowing about Hemp.
The plant cannabis has mainly three species: Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis Indica is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, hence the name Indica.
Industrial hemp is a Cannabis Sativa plant with 0.3% or less THC. So what is THC? It’s an interesting character. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants that is responsible for the euphoric feeling and getting people high. Since hemp contains a lesser amount of THC, hemp can’t get people high. Instead, hemp comes with the industrial and medicinal benefits of a cannabis plant.
Hemp is not new to us. We as a generation have failed to realize the potential of this God Plant. Cannabis is one of the oldest domestic plants in the history of mankind. It has been utilized for more than 10,000 years. The evidence goes back to the Stone Age.
It is mentioned in Atharvaveda, as one of the five most sacred plants for mankind. You should not be surprised if I say, Hempcrete, a combination of cannabis with lime or clay, was used to build Ellora caves, located in Maharashtra, India. It has helped in the preservation of ancient artwork for centuries. For Indians, bhang or cannabis has an even deeper connection because of its roots in spirituality. Bhang is directly associated with Lord Shiva. Last year, I visited Banaras, a holy city in India. One can easily find government authorized bhang shops here. In the holy temple, I even offered bhang with milk to Lord Shiva.