Folks it’s time to set our sights on a blessing that has been utilized and documented for over 10,000 years. This blessing grows in abundance and can offer us ALL in some way, health, safety, opportunity, and prosperity. What is this natural blessing you ask? Some have heard, some know, some have experienced, and some are not yet ready to talk about it – well folks, by the looks of our current time and our current needs, it’s a fine time to come to the table, as many of our fellow Kentuckians are doing today, and discuss this blessing that has been known throughout history by many names, some of which are scary, off-putting, and even deterrent. So, if you are still left guessing, saying to yourself, “What is this natural blessing?” Well, while we can call it what it is, Cannabis, we must also define what that is and its differences.
Cannabis, which includes both marijuana and hemp have many differences, but let’s focus on five of the major differences between these two plants that stem from the same family. I mean, even as humans, wouldn’t we all like to be able to be defined as an individual among our families, rather than to be defined by our families as a whole? I’d almost bet you, that as each of you are reading these words, that many of my own family members are saying, “yes,” to that! Collectively, as a species, as a town, a county, a city, a CommonWealth, or even our nation as a whole, we are ALL a family at the end of the day; let’s talk about it.
So, is marijuana and hemp both classified as cannabis? Simply answered, yes. However, let’s take a look at how this is legally and scientifically defined. Hemp or “Industrial Hemp” as we know it today while educating, marketing, and learning from it is defined as having a chemical makeup of LESS than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – which means that it is NOT psychoactive. Whereas, marijuana is defined as having MORE than 0.3% THC, on average it has about a 5%-35% THC level. What is Tetrahydrocannabinol? It’s one of at least 113 cannabinoids that has been discovered, identified, and used from cannabis. It is also the psychoactive component of cannabis that gets its users “high” and has been referred to as such things as “reefer” or “The Devil’s Lettuce.” While there is still much to be determined about this specific cannabinoid and its uses, we do know that it has been used throughout the ages, by shamans and natives, great healers and “witch” doctors, to peace-seeking and tree-loving hippies; many of which are living today and can tell you all about it. While this substance is still considered illegal in our nation, I am not endorsing its usage; however, I am personally in support of cannabis as a whole and its many uses, but right now, I am working hard to bring attention to the many benefits of its non-psychoactive components that are legal (thanks to bipartisan leadership, including many great leaders from our great Commonwealth and the works of The Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the “2014 U.S. Farm Bill”).
So, now we have talked about three of the major differences between marijuana and hemp. First, both marijuana and hemp are cannabis. Second, both plants have a different chemical makeup, hemp having very low (0.3% as defined by law) levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and marijuana having high levels of THC, 5%-35% on average. Third, hemp or industrial hemp is NOT psychoactive due to its low or non-existent levels of THC, whereas, marijuana IS psychoactive. Now that we have talked about those three differences, let’s move on to two more.
Many of you know that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is one of 13 states that are given rights under The Agricultural Act of 2014 to grow and process industrial hemp under farming research while in conjunction with pilot programs overseen by our state universities, the University of Kentucky being one of them. As Kentuckians, there is one thing that we know, that’s agriculture. Not to mention, we have a history with hemp. Since we are talking about agriculture, let’s get back to the fourth major difference between hemp and marijuana, cultivation. While there are learning curves to every new crop and even “new tricks for old dogs,” industrial hemp requires minimal care in comparison to its relative marijuana and hemp can also be grown in most climates. Now, when it comes to marijuana, that’s another story. While many of us have heard that it can grow “wild,” it still has to be grown in a carefully controlled atmosphere. Whether it is nurtured like your favorite bonsai tree or like your plant baby – check out what our brothers and sisters in California, Oregon, Colorado, and in the many greenhouse and high-tunnel operations are doing. They are growing specific strains of marijuana for specific uses, all of which are completely different than that of our industrial hemp crops.
And the fifth biggest difference between hemp and marijuana, in my humble opinion is the greatest – its applications. See, while marijuana can be used and “defined” as a medicine (many, many plants around us can be too) as well as a recreational substance much like that of tobacco and alcohol, or as some would say, “items that can be sin taxed;” industrial hemp can be a key component in, as Forbes magazine has reported, “more than 25,000 products.” Let’s say that together now, “25,000 products!” These products fall into categories such as automobile parts, body care, clothing, construction, food, plastic alternatives, and even health and wellness products – as Cannabidiol (CBD, the non-psychoactive component of hemp) has been reported to and has provided multiple benefits as a complimentary component to many individual’s health, wellness, and pain-management regimens.
So, what does this all mean for us collectively? Well, at last look, we needed more opportunities and jobs, better complimentary care and advancement in healthcare, and more eco-friendly ways to provide ourselves with modern day creature comforts – you know what can help us with all of that? Let’s say it together, “hemp!”
Now that we can see the differences between the families of cannabis, let’s skip around history and learn how it has been utilized over the ages. In a 2009 Scientific American article by Richard Hamilton, he stated, “Modern humans emerged some 250,000 years ago, yet agriculture is a fairly recent invention, only about 10,000 years old…Agriculture is not natural; it is a human invention. It is also the basis of modern civilization.” Hamilton stated this after the discovery of hemp cord that was identified in pottery in Taiwan that was dated at approximately 8,000 BC. This statement is just a reflection of how we as humans truly evolve with the nature we are a part of as we discover it, utilize it, and learn from it – why would we stop now? In 1977 Carl Sagan, an American astronomer and astrobiologist (just to name a few of his titles), proposed that cannabis may have actually been the world’s first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization growth. It’s something to think about.
In 6,000 BC cannabis seeds and hemp seed oil were used as food in China. As time passed, around 4,000 BC textiles were made in China and Turkistan from hemp. Medicinally, much of our historical documents point to around 2,737 BC when Chinese Emperor Shen Neng recorded cannabis as being used for medicine. Keep traveling through time and you’ll find that in the Hindu sacred text, “Atharvaveda,” that cannabis is named as “Sacred Grass” which is one of the five sacred plants of India – one of which is offered medicinally and ritually as an offering to Shiva.
Let’s zoom forward to 600 BC when hemp rope appeared in Southern Russia and then onto 200 BC when it was used in Greece. The first use of hemp as a paper is reported to have been in China around 100 BC. Wouldn’t it be great to preserve some trees today by having our paper products be derived from an age-sustainable source? All we have to do is take a look at what our worldly ancestors have done before us to do just that. Now let’s fast-forward and get closer to today and learn the uses of cannabis/hemp in common time.
Somewhere between 23-79 AD, Pliny the Elder’s “The Natural History,” makes note of cannabis as a source for rope and medicinal analgesic properties. In that same time frame around 70 AD, Dioscorides lists cannabis in his “Pharmacopoeia.” Onward to 100 AD, hemp finds its way into rope in England and later, sometime between 130-200 AD, the Greek physician, Galen, prescribes cannabis to those who seek treatment of ailments. Later, around 300 AD in Jerusalem, it is reported that cannabis was medically used during childbirth and then somewhere between 500-600 AD cannabis was mentioned in the Jewish Talmud as being of euphoriant properties.
Traveling nearer to today, cannabis has been recorded as being used by mystics, medics, and prophets for its shamanistic, psychological, and medicinal properties, as well as by elders, pharaohs, and kings for its strength, quality, and cultivation. Today cannabis as a whole is showing us such incredible properties and its many usages that we cannot deny that this plant, this natural product, this blessing was given to us to be healthy and prosperous. In my humble opinion, there is no doubt.
In sharing all of this with you, I also want to share with you just how much I believe in cannabis, especially, hemp. Alongside my regular use of olive oil, herbs, and essential oils in my life, I have also been using hemp seed oil and Cannabidiol (CBD, the non-psychoactive component) and have seen beautiful results. I have felt calmer, clearer minded in times of stress and high anxiety, as well as experiencing a reduction in inflammation and pain. As a massage therapist, I am also on my feet a lot and sharing my strength and energies with others, while I consider this work a blessing to give and to receive, it never hurts to have a natural way to offer an additional abundance of healing; I find that in my use of cannabis through utilizing hemp in two forms of Cannabidiol (CBD). Those forms are CBD Isolate (Crystalline Cannabidiol) in which the traces of any Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been removed and Full-Spectrum Cannabidiol (CBD, which may contain trace amounts of THC in amounts under 0.3% by federal law).
Hemp has helped me, my family, my friends, and my clients so much that as part owner of Ancient Aromas, a body products company that offers just as our slogan says, “ Body Products for a Better You,” I have been reaching out to many in the hemp community. Seeking to build relationships, to learn more about the agricultural aspect, as well as seeking to plant my bare feet into the soil next to the plants that keep me abundant. During this journey, we have expanded our product line to carry CBD-Enriched products, one created with CBD Isolate (non-THC) and one Full-Spectrum (which may have trace amounts of THC under 0.3% as defined by federal law). Both of which have received numerous compliments and a great deal of positive feedback from those that have used them. Let me tell you a little about them.
First, our full-spectrum product is a 10ml therapeutic roller bottle that encapsulates our proprietary blend of seven therapeutic grade essential oils with 30mg of full spectrum Cannabidiol (CBD) that are carried with three bountiful plant oils including, olive, coconut, and palm oil. In the day when every family has an “oily” one or a “witch” doctor, let us share with you the essential plant oils that are in our proprietary blend. With an emphasis being on reduction in inflammation and pain, as well as healing, Ancient Aromas’ blend consists of Frankincense, Myrrh, Camphor, Peppermint, Vetiver, Ginger, and Helichrysum. This roller bottle is perfect to carry with you on the go, for the longer days at the office, extreme workouts at the gym, or for when you can truly feel the day. That’s why it’s simply named, “Erase The Day Away.” (Note: We believe in being up-front and honest with our customers to the best of our abilities. This product is made with Full-Spectrum Cannabidiol, which may have traces of THC under 0.3% as defined by federal law. If you have concerns about drug testing due to employment or medical reasons, we would advise you to try our CBD Isolate products.)
Second, is our most recent CBD-Enriched body product, “CannaMent.” Our slogan for this product is a take on what many of you will remember your parents and grandparents using, liniment; however, “It’s not your granny’s liniment, it’s CannaMent!” CannaMent is defined as a liniment and a body butter combined. Our first edition of CannaMent is called, “Anointed.” Our base is a combination of shea, coconut, beeswax, and hemp seed oil combined with our proprietary blend of therapeutic grade essential oils based around historic and documented use throughout the ages for anointing the ailed body, mind, and spirit. This blend consists of Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon Cassia, Vetiver, and Balsam followed by an enrichment of 50mg of pure CBD Isolate (non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp). Whether you are seeking a complimentary addition to your wellness and healing regimen, relief from the feelings of a long day worked, or even just feeling your body reminding you of just how far you’ve come; CannaMent: “Anointed” will be there for you! (Note: CannaMent is made with pure CBD Isolate which has no THC; therefore, if you are concerned about drug testing for employment or medical purposes, this product is best suited for you.)
While you are visiting Ancient-Aromas.com and checking out these items, be sure to check out our ever-growing natural body products line, which includes body butters, bath bombs, soaps, and many more products made for a better you!
Justin Cline, LMT
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