On my social media platforms, I have dedicated myself to presenting facts over stigma a few times a week. I want to spread my knowledge and normalize cannabis as it once was 80 years ago. As of today, we have legal dispensaries in 33 states that have legalized cannabis either medicinally or recreationally. The history of this plant is extremely important, as is what it can do for our bodies and earth. You can check out a previous blog “Fascinating Truth About Hemp.”
Today, I’m going to drop some history facts over stigma for you. You may know these and you may not. If you have any facts on cannabis not mentioned, please comment below.
At one point in our history, Cannabis was our PLANET’S number one agriculture crop. It was the primary source for fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicine and essential food source for animals and humans.
Hemp was used as legal tender in most of America from 1631-1800s to encourage farmers to grow more. You could even pay your taxes with cannabis for 200 years across America.*
Majority of the paper made, was made out of hemp, until 1883.
Benjamin Franklin started Americas first paper mills with cannabis, in 1750. This allowed Americans to have free colonial press.*
In the 1920s, doctors wrote 3 million prescriptions for cannabis. Cannabis was the 3rd most used over the counter and prescribed medicine.
At one point in our history pharmaceutical companies produced cannabis extract medicines. There were NEVER any reports of death and overdoses*
They used cannabis on ships, right down to the sailors clothes. Canvas sails, anchor ropes, cargo nets, fishing nets, flags, and shrouds were made from the stalk of the marijuana plant. The ships charts, maps, logs, and bibles were made of hemp paper.*
I love this paragraph from this history book about hemp. “Finally, it must be noted that approximately 50% of all chemicals used in American agriculture today are used in cotton growing. Hemp needs no chemicals and has few weed or insect enemies – except for the US government, and DEA”*
Art canvas were made of Hemp. Van Gogh, Gainsborough, and Rembrandt were all created on hemp canvas. *
“In early 1937, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Walter Treadway told the Cannabis Advisory Subcommittee of the League of Nations that, “It may be taken for a relatively long time without social or emotional breakdown. Marihuana is habit-forming… in the same sense as… sugar or coffee.” Source: https://ushempmuseum.us/prohibition
Four men in 1930s, started their journey destroying this plant. Harry Anslinger, William Randolph Hearst, Andrew Mellon, and Lammot DuPont.
*The Emperor Wears NO Clothes by Jack Herer
I will continue my journey on providing facts over stigma in the future. We are dedicated to making this plant normal, and providing education on how cannabis can benefit our world. (again)
Help me spread the love of this plant with others. Let’s break this stigma together!
Recently, I marked getting first tattoo off my bucket list. This has always been something I’ve wanted to do. 2020 has been a crap year for me, I have lost a lot of loved ones this year. Time to start livin’, instead of talkin. Why am I blogging about my first tattoo? Well, I used my plant (Cannabis – hemp) to heal my skin.
Kentucky Hemp Works Hemp Root Salve is my go to for anything that burns, itches, or is dry. Tattoos must stay hydrated and the only thing I know that can do that amazing is my Green Stuff. Before getting my tattoo, I prepped my skin with my salve. My first photo is right after I was done, I waited about an hour after to grab my travel tube of Hemp Root Salve to start the process of healing my skin. I applied this salve multiple times a day and washed with Dial antibacterial soap for several days.
My skin never scabbed over. It did get slightly raised and had redness for a day or two. Oh boy, did it itch. Every time I felt an itch, I’d grab my hemp root and slightly rub it on.
I seriously do not leave the house without my “green stuff“
First off, let me say this product does not contain any active cannabinoids (CBD and THC). “The Green Stuff”, AKA Kentucky Hemp Works Hemp Root salve, is all around amazing. This little 2 oz tin is the most powerful tin you will EVER OWN. Every single person that has applied this salve has fell in love, including myself and family. I want to explain more on how this amazing salve works and what we use it for, which is EVERYTHING.
With just 4 ingredients, hemp seed oil, hemp root, beeswax, and essential oils, it packs a powerful punch to dry skin. Kentucky Hemp Works is an FDA registered facility, and they hand make their hemp root salve in a small town in Kentucky. They have been in the game since Kentucky pushed hemp through in 2013. Actually, they were involved in the process in Frankfort. I honestly cannot say enough amazing things about this company.
Now to the good stuff, I mean the green stuff. I personally use this for the following; achy joints, eczema, sunburns, antibacterial, dry skin, cuts, hair conditioner. I add to this list often. My go-to is this silver tin that is sitting around my home, EVERYWHERE. I often use this on my daughter who has sensitive skin and eczema. We prefer this to aloe when we are sunburnt, too. It is just as effective without the stickiness of aloe. It takes the sting out of burns while moisturizing our damaged sun kissed skin. We rub this from our head to toes usually. A little goes a long way even when we are applying daily. They last a long time between 3 people using it…for everything.
From my grandmother to my daughter, my entire family uses this green stuff. Dry skin to help reduce wrinkles we apply it, daily. We keep regular stock in this product because we are in love with it. If you have tried this product as well please leave a comment on what it has helped you with!
*This blog is personal views and experiences on products used. This is not medical advice*
Can you fail a drug test when using CBD products? Yes, it is possible. We get this questions a lot when explaining what hemp and CBD is. The stigma around cannabis is real. Unfortunately, employers do not want any THC in your system. Once removed from the schedule 1 category, (we all know it will be eventually) we hope that employers will stop testing for THC.
The tricky part of the cannabinoid THC, is it is stored in your fat for up to 30-45 days. Depending on how often you use cannabis. Tinctures, flower, and edibles that have even the minimal amount of THC can throw a positive on a drug test. Topicals tend to only reach the first few layers of your skin, which may not make it to your blood stream. Some brands offer a THC free version like Joy Organics. Be aware when using THC free products that it won’t work as good as a full spectrum. The reason for this because when they are striping the THC from the flower, they also remove other cannabinoids and terpenes. Also, CBD and THC work best when they are together.
If you are subject to a drug test, we suggest you do a couple things. Perhaps, speaking to your employer about it help. Show them the bottle and receipt could help your case. We do suggest that you ask before doing in this case. We have heard so many stories of people losing their job due to using CBD products. If you don’t have a relationship with your employer or do not feel comfortable talking about it with them, we suggest that you do not ingest products that have any THC. You may use topicals for localized pain, as it is less likely for you to have THC in your system. We cannot guarantee this by any means because we are not scientist nor have a medical degree. We have done research and networking to better understand cannabis and it’s effects. Be advised you can purchase THC drug test at any dollar tree to test yourself. Everyone’s body is different and holds substances differently. Better safe than sorry.
We are not medical professionals and we do not give medical advice. We want to make sure you are safe in all ways, while using the brands we offer. You can test fail a drug test, if you ingest products that have even the minimal .3% THC.
Our home state is Kentucky, so we were extremely happy to see another cannabis bill move through the house. Of course, Hemp was first to make it’s way through last decade, in 2013. I listened to the entire house debate on this bill. They mentioned it would be one of the strictest laws in the country. They will not allow flower, which they do not allow sale of hemp flower in Kentucky either. A board of 13 people will decide who qualifies, chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and nausea or vomiting are a couple of the conditions named. A statewide poll according to KYNorml 90% of Kentuckians are for medical marijuana.
The representatives for this bill told stories of opioid addiction. They also talked about how medicinal cannabis can help people with chronic diseases like epilepsy, MS, Parkinson. Not to mention, people that have to take medication for medication side effects. They have not stated yet who will qualify. Representatives brought up that the death tolls on opioids are in the thousands and cannabis is zero. I know first hand how important legalizing this entire plant is. I hear stories all the time of people that do not want to be on these types of medications. Prescription addiction hits close to home for myself and a lot close to me. I stand behind the ones pushing for this to become law.
During the debate the representatives against HB-136 were people who want more research before legalizing marijuana. They also stated they wanted to wait until the DEA to descheduled cannabis. Of course, they brought up FDA issues, banking issues, and how are patients going to pay for it. These are all valid issues but getting the federal government to act on this has been very slow. FDA is dragging their feet because they will lose money once it is descheduled. We will not get more research until we legalize it in some form.
If legalized, Kentucky will be the 34 state to legalize medical cannabis. I believe, if we have most of our states legalized in some way the federal government will have to make a move to deschedule. Which isn’t going to happen in an election year. Big business including pharma also have a huge interest in descheduling cannabis which is another issue on it’s own. We are moving forward, and yesterdays 63-30 vote approving medical marijuana is a step in the right direction! Make sure you are voicing your opinion on this matter Kentuckians. Let your law makers know you are in support of HB-136. If you aren’t in a state that has cannabis law tell your representatives. Stand up and voice your opinion. It took me under 2 minutes to say you support HB 136 – 800-372-7181.