Depressant or Anti-Depressant? Current Science Behind Marijuana & Mental Health

In the last 20 to 30 years, there has been significant debate around the science behind cannabis and what it does to the human mental state. At high doses, paranoia and anxiousness are not uncommon for the less seasoned smoker, so the ‘common-sense’ approach from opposers of the drug is that it can only make existing conditions work. So where does the scientific perspective rest? I’d like to discuss some very recent research that has been done in the field that reveal some interesting information. As with any studies around the drug, its illegality has hindered keeping a steady and efficient flow of research, but what has surfaced is intriguing to say the very least.

Cannabis Can Prevent The Effects of Stress-Related Depression

Yup. You read it right. The fine people over at The Weed Blog & The Joint Blog posted some findings from the National Institute Of Health earlier in the week that tested the activation of cannabinoid receptors on animal models. They were trying to establish a link between this activation and the prevention of Chronic Mild Stress (CMS) and activity in the brain (I removed complicated words here) that can cause stress-related depression. The results? ““The findings suggest that enhancing cannabinoid signaling could represent a novel approach to the treatment of cognitive deficits that accompany stress-related depression.” In my attempt to describe it more in layman terms – smoking cannabis (which activates cannabinoid receptors in our brain) steps in and reduces in the impact of stress on the brain and decreases the chances of it doing short and long term damage on the mental health of any given individual. This news serves as further evidence for governments and conservatives who believe the drug has no medical value, and could see marijuana rise to the forefront of the anti-depressant movement, which is filled with ridiculous, sometimes under-researched drugs that many users report have little to no positive effects on them.

Cannabis Can Relieve Anxiety

This seems like a bit of a “yeah, duh!” type statement, however many people are inclined to believe quite the contrary. In an older article (August 2013) published on the Weed Blog also, a US study funded by the National Institute Of Health (forerunners in this domain) and conducted by Vanderbilt University scientists, cannabinoids were tested on mice. The study found once again something remarkable in the activation of the cannabinoid receptors – that they can reduce anxious behaviors and unlike some prescription medicines, without any serious side effects. As the researchers mentioned, these findings are only really “scratching the surface” of this field, and it seems there is still much to be learnt about dosage and the finer details of treating anxiety and depression with cannabis.

So there you go, there are, after all, some scientific studies which are challenging common myths around marijuana and mental health. As always, more research needs to be done, and I’m inclined to believe cannabis has a bright future (for recreational and medical purposes) ahead given the social shift in attitudes that is currently taking place. The very fact we have cannabis receptors in our brain to be activated speaks volumes, and these findings are just the beginning of revealing the larger picture of just what exactly this process can do for us. The world of prescription medicine is a shady one, and the abuse of these drugs is becoming a large social and health-related problem in many Western countries. But what if the solution has been here, staring us in the face the whole time? Only time will tell.

 

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Kushing The Boundaries: Uruguay and Cannabis Legalisation

Uruguay’s position on a map of South America. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Most people reading this blog will be aware of the legalisation of marijuana for recreational purposes in two American states last year – Washington and Colorado.  For those indifferent or even against the plant’s legalisation, it hardly seemed a victory. “Just two states?”, they would have chimed in unison. The bigger picture, however, is that a domino effect was started. If two states legalise the drug in a sensible fashion, the seeds of doubt will be sewn into other states legislation, causing them to question the war on drugs and look into how their local communities could be economically benefiting from the change. In the U.S, this debate within states rages on, and it looks as though the country’s capital are seriously considering legalisation or decriminalization to reduce strain on regulatory bodies and the prison systems. Meanwhile, further down in South America, Uruguay has announced after a Senate vote in November they will be not only be legalizing cannabis in 2014, but also organising and regulating the sale of it for $1 a gram, perhaps the cheapest in the world. I wanted to take a closer look at see how this is going to work, perhaps to see if such a template could be pulled off realistically Down Under.

So how does Uruguay’s tactic differ to that of Colorado and Washington in the U.S, you may ask? Through this legislation and regulation, cannabis will not be available in an open market of differing strains and quality, but will have a fixed price of $1 a gram. An attempt to explore other avenues for the war on drugs, this tactic will more than likely end the blackmarket altogether, given that quality will be consistent and the price that is simply unbeatable. This fixing of price will be similar to how food, such as milk and bread for example,  are regulated in countries all over the world.

I believe this is a great idea and definitely a step in the right direction, however I also think it may be limiting from an economic point of view. Sure, demand will rise and there will be more jobs in industries of cultivation, distribution and sales (which are all remaining privatised, for obvious reasons), but when you look at other legal drugs like alcohol, this strategy is not allowing marijuana’s full economic potential. Uruguay has ruled that the drug will only be available in pharmacies, which rules out small business growth. They also will be enforcing and regulating the THC levels of the marijuana sold between 5 and 12%, relatively weak compared to medical-grade marijuana that sits comfortably between 20-25%. Furthermore, users will have to enrol in a national database (it is anonymous, however) so the government can enforce a 40g (around an ounce and a half) limit per month for each registered user. Although this is plenty of bud, with lower THC levels, more weed will be smoked for the average consumer, which is not ideal given the more smoked, the more carcinogens involved. Admittedly, the Uruguayan government has advised that they will combat this by educating the public at large as to the best ways to consume the drug, and this may drive down the price of vaporizers – arguably the most effective method of consumption (see our earlier blog post on that below).

While this plan has its flaws, the old saying goes that ‘beggars can’t be choosers’. Any scenario in which cannabis is legally available is preferable to a rampant blackmarket where average users can become a criminal for possessing small amounts of the drug. Given the Australia has never experienced a completely legal or decriminalized market akin to parts of Europe and the U.S States, we haven’t really known many differing strains, and will generally take what we can can get (normally hydroponically grown) on the blackmaket. This means that users would probably not be adverse to having government controlled strain available in limited (but sufficient) amounts. I find it more likely that step like this would be taken first before expanding into an open market where the economic potential on cannabis can be fully realised. Uruguay will be a great trial for the rest of the world to observe and take notes on, and the next in the continuing domino effect of marijuana legalisation worldwide. What do you think about this news? Do you believe Uruguay’s tactics will work? Please comment your thoughts below, and if you like our blog, don’t forget to follow us!

 

 

 

 

 

Is Growing Your Own Cannabis the Future?

In relatively recent news, a snapshot of the expansive, illegal drug market was revealed to the world when The Silk Road was shut down by the FBI. The site, which was the largest online marketplace where illegal drugs, made over $1.3 billion in its short run and could be used to purchase anything from marijuana to heroin anonymously.  For the public who believe the war on drugs is working, it may have come as quite a shock that the demand for illegal drugs is still immense and was being catered for at the simple click of a mouse. For others, it showed a desperate need for reform; an action to direct this activity and money into a legal, controlled market that could boost our economy for the long haul.  Most importantly, however, is that the very idea of the site showed there is demand to cut out the middle-man. Many users (of cannabis or otherwise) do not want to have to find connections and dealers to buy their goods from, finding themselves in shady areas of town to pick up $30 worth of marijuana. They want to be able to buy direct from the source – avoiding carrying it on the bus or train by having it delivered directly to your door. Although it won’t be long before a similar avenue surfaces, for now however, this option is gone. But what about those that are tired of being part of this back and forth, cat-and-mouse game?

While sites such as The Silk Road made itself a target given that hard drugs were available through it, sites that openly sell marijuana seeds and supplies have flourished, with Seebay, WeedPortal, Nirvana to name a few. The recommended solution it seems? Grow your own. While I don’t intend to go into a step-by-step process of how to do it just here, there are dozens of guides of how to grow manageable plants outdoors and indoors that will act as enough to cater for your daily smoke. Legal bodies, it seems, have turned a blind eye to these sites as they don’t see it as much of a threat, though it is illegal to buy cannabis seeds and cultivate any plants. But if you’re growing your own small plans for personal use, who are you harming? Even in a legal market I believe people would still be inclined to grow for similar reasons to home-brew. It’s cheaper and you know exactly what goes in it – allowing for endless customizations etc. No dealers, no stores or anonymous online servers. Just sweet green right at your fingertips. Such an ideal is going to proliferate as people become more and more disenfranchised with the blackmarket and it speaks a lot for the attitude towards cannabis from a police perspective if these sites are able to keep running. They do not want to dealing with petty ‘criminals’ who have 2 or 3 crops in their backyard, but rather stop the flow of large quantities in a blackmarket that would not exist in a legalised market.

What are your thoughts on growing marijuana for personal purposes? If you don’t believe marijuana should be completely legalised, consider the legalisation of small-scale cultivation for personal use and the decriminalization of having small amounts. Please, as always, share your thoughts and comment below.

 

Up In Smoke: Consumption Methods of Cannabis in a Legal Market (Pt.2)

Earlier this week I looked at making a list of ways to consume cannabis, a variety we can perhaps only achieve realistically in a market where marijuana is legal. While some methods in part one did not require any kind of inhalation whatsoever, part 2 of 2 will look at methods that still involve inhalation, albeit in a much healthier way. These will cater to a clientele that still want their stone to hit them hard and the onset to be quick, so without further ado stoners, weed enthusiasts, or those just generally interested in the prospects of what a legal market will have to offer, here they are:

Vaporization

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Volcano-brand vaporizer in action. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

While it may sound like something out of a 1960’s science fiction film, vaporization has become a common form of consuming cannabis as the technology has progressed. How it works is through a machine which heats the cannabis buds (or oils in some vaporizers) to a temperature (between 185-210 degrees, generally) that is enough to extract the THC but just under the temperature of combustion that a traditionally smoking device would use. The vaporized gas is then consumed through a tube or a balloon that the machine has pumped into it. There are many different types of vaporizes on the market, but this is the basic premise of how they work.

Pros: Clean as a whistle! Due to vaporizes avoiding combustion levels of heat, the toxins (carbon monoxide and other carcinogens) and generally left out of the equation. This means a much healthier method of inhalation, that users report is actually a stronger high than through a bong or pipe, but comes on equally as quick. Volcano brand vaporizers, the top of the line in the market, have been reported to extract 95% THC with no toxins – a pure, smooth high. In addition, vaporizers use less cannabis chop, allowing multiple (up to 20-25) hits from one average-sized bud. So while vaporizers may be an expensive route to take, that money will be saved through your actual product

Cons: As mentioned, these things are expensive.  Mid range machines that will vaporize effectively run around the $250 mark, and the top-pf-the-line Volcano brand vaporizers can sell for close to $800. While they may be built to last and considered an investment, dropping this kind of money to enjoy your bud will not be realistic for everyone, however in a legal market where demand is higher, cheaper vaporizers that still retain good craftsmanship and effectively do their job will most likely emerge. Like any machine, maintenance is required, which is always a bummer, however this is generally no more difficult that scrubbing your bong with your mums old toothbrush.

Dabbing

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A jar of butane hash oil harderned in its ‘honey’ form. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Another quirky-sounding consumption method that was popularised in the 1970’s but is starting to surface in the legal market is dabbing. Dabbing is a concentrated form of consuming butane hash oil (pure THC extract), and is described quite well by Philly 420 columnist Chris Goldstein:

“The term derives from the most common method used today: a piece of metal resembling a large nail is held at the end of a curved glass pipe then heated until glowing with a lighter or kitchen torch; a small ‘dab’ of the thick hash oil (greasy and thicker than cold honey) is placed on the end of a thin glass rod and then touched to the hot nail. The smoker inhales the instantly vaporized concentrate through the glass pipe — and gets seriously stoned.”

If this still has you confused, Vice has a great 10 minute introduction to butane hash oil. Very informative and succinct.

Pros: Dabbing is a strong, intense high that comes on about as fast as it gets. The waxy, honey-like substance is reported to have THC levels of around 70-90%, about 3 times as strong as premium weed strains, and 5-6 times as strong as the average Australia strains available in the blackmarket. Inhaling the oils is not thought by medical experts to be dangerous for the health, either, but rather similar to vaporizing cannabis herb.

Cons: As mentioned, consumption of these oils is a strong, intense high. If one dabbed one too many times in a single session, things may get uncomfortable – with reported anxiousness, paranoia and vomiting around inhaling too much of the stuff. Buying the extract is also expensive, as the extraction process takes time and money and drives up the cost. Many methods of consuming the oil can also be very dangerous. Butane, as you will probably already know, is extremely flammable and can leak unnoticed, potentially causing explosions if a single spark was to come into contact with it. Cannabis Culture did an article on accidents such a these.  Safer ways to consume BHO will surely arise, however, especially within a legal market that will push the demand for a stronger and purer high.

So that’s a wrap. I hope you have enjoyed reading about the many differing ways to consume marijuana and the many different buzzes you get from it. If you’d like to discuss anything with us or just simply voice your opinion, please comment below. Stay tuned for our next blog post.

Up In Smoke: Consumption Methods of Cannabis in a Legal Market (Pt.1)

I’ve met many folks over time that have tried cannabis and not liked it. There can be a plethora of reasons as to why, and many people are simply uncertain about being intoxicated by any substance, especially one with a stigma like marijuana. One common excuse I have heard though is that they like the feeling of being high, but not the actual smoking aspect of it, which for some can be unpleasant, especially if asthmatic (like myself) or not used to inhaling smoke. They either cough most of it out or ‘bum-puff’ and not feel the effects. I thought I would run through 3 ways (more in the next blog post) of consuming cannabis that would be possible within a legal market. They are still practiced in countries where it is prohibited on a federal level, but much less out in the open and tend to be in locations where high-grade medical marijuana is available and circulating (see California, Canada, parts of Europe).

A bong. Photo source: Flickr Creative Commons

 Smoking

The traditional, classic method also known as combustion. This method releases active substances so they can be inhaled through the lungs. Rolled in cigarette style with papers are known as ‘joints’ or ‘blunts’ for a fatter, cigar-like roll , but it can also be smoked through a water-pipe (bong) or standard pipe. Makeshift bongs are sometimes created through plastic bottles, garden hose and foil. A traditional ceramic bong is pictured to the left. Cannabis was consumed through inhaling by native cultures also, however generally through large quantities burnt on a fire.

Pros: Smoking is one of the most direct ways to get high. It is fast and efficient and does not use, especially through a bong or pipe, much cannabis. It is generally the preferred method because marijuana’s illegality means edibles and other forms aren’t readily available. Bongs can be purchased from nearly any tobacconist, as they are legally able to sell them due to it’s ability to have any herb smoke through it.

Cons: Smoking is not the healthiest method of consumption. Burning and inhaling any plant matter releases harmful carcinogens into the lungs that are best avoided. As mentioned above, though, in a illegal market – what choice do you have? Another con is that so many people can make their cannabis last, they ‘spin’ (mix) with another herb to draw it out. While there are many great herbs to use for this purpose, the most common is tobacco – an obviously harmful product that makes many users more dependent on their chop, especially when smoked through a bong as it is a harder hit.

 Edibles

Ever got the munchies during a session of smoking and thought wouldn’t it be great to have some food laced with cannabis so you can keep

Cannabis edibles in Amsterdam shop. Source: Wikimedia Commons

your stone going AND eat? If you didn’t know already, edible marijuana is available in many different forms in the legal and medical market. Some popular products are Kiva chocolate, Nugtella (yes, Nutella with THC in it, it exists) and many other baked goods.

Pros: No smoke! No scratchy throat and dry throat and harmful carcinogens through this route, just a simply tasty treat eaten like anything else. In a legal market, products also specify dosage as well, so it’s easy to keep track of how much Cannabis your actually consuming to know what your threshold is. THC is generally absorbed in butter first when these products are made, so many of the products are baked goods. However, in legal markets, these butters blocks are sold separately, so you can cook your own food. Endless possibilities!

Cons: Eating marijuana is a different high. It takes 1-2 hours to actually effect your system due to your body digesting it and breaking it down, which is annoying for those who want to feel it close to instantly.  When it does hit however, it can be quite stronger than a traditional high through smoking and is often described closer to a psychedelic feeling. Many in the illegal market who make their own brownies with THC/Hash butter often overdo it as they are unaware of how much THC is in the product and eat too much, only to have a strong, intense and potentially uncomfortable high an hour or so later. This could be avoided in a legal market however, as the general populace could be educated to pace themselves with edibles, and companies would need to include dosage on the packaging.

Drinks

Similar to edibles, the legal industry has allowed beverages to also enter the market. These include THC-based drinks such as the range Dixie Elixirs make, which are sugar-free soft-drink style beverages that contain 40mg of active cannabinoids in every bottle (355ml). Juices are also available with similar dosages. Although containing no THC and will not get you high, I found it useful to include that hemp is also used for health juices and energy drinks. Cannabis Energy Drink has dominated this industry, and uses hemp seed extract combined with caffeine and taurine for a “burst of energy”. Cannabis infused alcoholic liqueurs can also be made, but somehow that combo doesn’t sound too great. Indian communities also make a beverage known as ‘Thandai’ – ground cannabis bud and leaf into a paste that is mixed with milk, ghee (a form of butter) and spices.

Pros: THC-infused drinks work faster than edibles. Liquids are absorbed faster into the bloodstream as they do not have to go through the traditional digestive process that food does, resulting in probably the most efficient, non-inhalant form of consumption with rapid effects.

Cons: Sugar-free is is good, as many foods will contain unnecessary sugar and other unwanted attributes, especially if eating large amounts. However artifical sugar, preservatives, colours and other nasties may be lurking in the ingredients. Also, no-one likes to pee while stoned, but it’s a small sacrifice to make and personally I’d rather that than inhaling carcinogens on every toke.

So there you have it folks, three quite interesting ways to consume your bud. In a legal market, it would be interesting to see how much the prevalence of edibles and drinks would deconstruct stigmas around cannabis, and to see if there would still be people sticking to the ‘old school’ method of smoking. Through some quick research of Colorado and Washington in the US, it seems that smoking is still prevalent, as a medical marijuana licence is still required in some shops to buy edibles and food. With a growing industry just waiting to pounce on newly legalised countries, it could also be argued that the variety of ways to consume cannabis, coupled with the value of hemp, could make this a multi-million , if not billion, dollar plant. I will be covering more methods in the next blog post, so please feel free to comment below with any thoughts and suggestions and if these alternatives to smoking appeal to you, support legalisation!

Mythical Paths: Marijuana & The Gateway Theory

Although many myths surrounding marijuana have come to pass over time, one that has stuck and still tends to rear its ugly head in arguments against the drugs legalisation is the gateway theory. I have a distinct memory of high-school drug education is PE class; a flow chart diagram of marijuana being the first in a chain of drugs that included MDMA, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin/opiates.  The ‘theory’ (strangely enough, presented as fact), as explained by my teacher, clings to the notion that people who smoke cannabis will naturally be drawn to try the next, stronger high. Whether it be through a build up of tolerance or simple curiosity, marijuana is the catalyst to dangerous paths of addiction, given it is the first taste for many of a euphoric high. While there is a slew of things wrong with such a theory, I’d like to focus on a few in light of a recent blog post that critiques it, posted by the solid folks over at The Weed Blog.

Photo: Kill Your Darlings Journal

The article, written by Russ Belville, firstly argues that one of the main problems with the gateway theory is that works on principles of ‘selection bias’. Police enforcing the drug laws and health professionals who work with addicts are seeing worst-case scenarios on a daily basis; dependent drug users who if asked, will generally say the first ‘drug’ they tried was marijuana. In their eyes, these people often represent the drug-using community at large – a harsh generalisation any way you look at it. Gateway theory enthusiasts here would argue cannabis was the spark that started it all; an obvious cause of their spiral into addiction. The problem with this? Attributing a complex, often psychological, issue to one particular drug is flimsy at best, especially when alcohol and tobacco, legal and without stigma, are generally the first drugs (though often not thought of as drugs) tried by any given individual. A study of marijuana conducted by the Institute of Medicine consolidated this idea back in 1999, stating “There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs… In fact, most drug users begin with alcohol and nicotine before marijuana, usually before they are of legal age.”

And what about straight facts and statistics? If marijuana smokers are doomed to be driven as far as the high will take them, the numbers just don’t seem to add up. Belville uses US statistics in his article, but its also interesting to take a look at our own. Take heroin, for example – mostly seen as ‘the end of the line’, highest-of-highs, whatever phrase takes your fancy. 35.4 percent of Australians over 14 have tried cannabis in their lifetime, with 7.7 consuming it in the past 12 months.  As for heroin, only 1.4 percent of Aussies over 14 have tried it, 0.2% within the last 12 months. Such facts suggests that even if marijuana was the turning point, a baseless claim to begin with, it is a tiny percentage it effects, as many don’t even smoke marijuana again. Sure, this has been selective and reductionist in nature, but doesn’t that begin to show the flawed of theory in general? Yeah! Science!

Taking off from Beville’s post, I’d also  like to add a thought of my own here, as although I do not see any way to prove a gateway theory for any drug, I’m here to discuss it for arguments sake. Could not the gateway theory for marijuana not lie in how the public is educated out about the drug? We are told its bad whichever way you look at it, thrown some myths, and to avoid it and other drugs at all costs. However, when trying it, many realize its not so bad after all.  No vomiting, no hangover the next morning, no violent feelings and no urge to commit stupid acts or dial up the ex. Google is pulled up, some research starts to be done. We’ve been lied to this whole time? So what else are they lying about? Illegality suggests danger (yet ‘legal’ harmful synthetic substances are available currently) and this is where the problem starts to surface, also given that marijuana is sold only through a blackmarket, often in conjunction with other illegal, harder drugs.

What are your thoughts on the gateway theory? If you have any thoughts or experiences to share, please comment below.

Nature’s Perfect Plant: How Hemp Could Change Everything

While I’ve mainly touched upon the legalisation of Cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes (and I’ll continue to discuss that down the line), it seems a better time than any to discuss cannabis’ non-psychoactive brother in arms – hemp. Surprisingly so, many people I’ve had discussions about hemp with either (a) don’t know what it is, or (b) think it’s some kind of funky street name for cannabis. Strains of hemp that are grown most commonly contain no THC (and if they do, not enough to get you high), which means that while similar looking to marijuana plants, it is not cultivated for the same reasons. And what are reasons, you may ask? I’ve decided to go through and choose the best 5 out of the bunch, but if you think of anything else and want to discuss it, please comment below!

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Is hemp the key to reducing industrial damage to our planet? Photo source: Flickr Creative Commons 

  1. Food – are you vegan or aspiring towards it? Hemp milk has been on the market for quite some time, and is often said to have a nice/more defined taste to it that soy milk. Hemp grains, cereals, seeds and oils would also be greener alternatives to other foods common to many recipes. European companies have also been using hemp in production of beer. The seed itself also contains calcium and iron, so for those with meat removed from their diet – it would be a nutritious addition to many meals such as stir-frys and currys.  For further nutritional information on the hemp seed, have a browse here.
  2. Fibers/Clothing – Hemp has been used for centuries for its benefits as a strong, durable fiber. More widespread cultivation would see us relying less on cotton farming , which can be dangerous to both the environment and those working with it.  Chains such as Braintree Hemp, who have a shop in Newtown, have embraced hemp use for clothing, however increase in cultivation would see prices come down and establish hemp as an affordable alternative for clothing
  3. Paper – As with fibers and clothing, using hemp pulp to make paper has been around for quite some time (some of the first Bibles were printed using hemp paper). If the industry were to be embraced on a larger scale with a processing system superior to current models, hemp for use as paper would be a much more environmentally friendly (using less power and water to produce) and sustainable (hemp grows a lot faster and in larger numbers than wood) method. For more facts on hemp paper, this site is excellent.
  4. Building Materials – Yes, it’s a thing. ‘Hempcrete’ has come to be used in the construction of houses in recent times, through hemp/lime mixture to create blocks. As it is a plant-product, hempcrete can also absorb CO2 emissions and release oxygen, making it an environmentally friendly option that both regulates moisture and insulates the house. The only problem is here is hempcrete is weaker than traditional concrete, so must be supported by a  frame (steel, wood etc). Hemp fibers, as mentioned above are strong and durable, so make a good alternative to wood. Some examples of this are included on the Hemp wiki page.
  5. Fuel – Hemp seeds and stalks can be processed into biofuel. The only issue with this is that it can only be used to power diesel engines. In any case, though, it once again provides an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petrol. The downside? It isn’t wholly sustainable. Converting the actual plant material into biofuel is a process with small yield – perhaps not enough to meet demand. Some argue, however, it should be seen as a transitional fuel until something sustainable and environmentally friendly is discovered.

So there you have it, folks. There are some great ways to use hemp for industrial purposes, and the reduced impact on the environment comes as a bonus. The issue here is that hemp production is conditional, based on approval through licenses in some countries, or in others, such as US, hemp production is illegal completely. There are currently too many hurdles, and a stigma attached to it due to its relation to marijuana, for it to become accepted and mainstream, however complete legalisation of both cannabis and hemp around the world could revolutionize certain industries given a larger scale would see more effective methods of processing the plant. What do you think about hemp use? Share your thoughts in the comments below.