In 1533, Kind Henry VIII made the cultivation of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) compulsory by law.
The Tudor King wanted the strong, rot resistance fibres from the plant for the ropes, sails and clothing for his new British Navy. The Navy which famously beat the Spanish Armada, got us through the Reformation (The Brexit of the time) and led to the British Empire.
Every ship carried a cargo of hemp seed and this was the first crop laid down upon the discovery of the new lands.
Hemp was commonly used for food, medicine, textiles, ropes, fishing net and animal feed & bedding.
On both sides of the Atlantic; hemp continued to be one of our most valuable crops and was additionally used for paper, lamp oil, plastics and the first Model-T Ford car was built from a Bio-composite containing hemp and it ran on hemp ethanol fuel.
Of course hemp is cannabis and back then, the plant would have contained approx. 4% THC. These strains of ‘hemp’ were superior in fibre, seed and flower than what we call hemp today. The inferior strains of today in Europe and the UK must contain less than 0.2% THC.
This incredible plant has been vilified and it’s consumers persecuted for almost a century, based on lies, ideology and fear-mongering for the benefit of corporations.
As our population is waking up to the truth of corporate irresponsibility; due to our environmental awareness, the health crisis and a failing economy, more pressure is systematically being placed on all sectors of the industry whilst our government runs out of excuses.
Our Modern Science has proven that this plant is essential to maintaining health, can support us in overcoming a myriad of diseases, provide us with the only complete protein from plants, supports those with personality disorders and is the safest and most effective medicinal herb available.
This is a world apart from the UK Governments perspective in which they state: ‘Cannabis is controlled under Class B of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as there is a clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can damage peoples mental and physical health and harms individuals and communities’.
This so called ‘Clear scientific and medical evidence’ not not exist.
We also need to consider the environmental and economic opportunities that this plant provides:
Recently, there have been several red flags which would suggest that lobbying from corporations at an international level is deliberately trying to suppress the hemp industry:
The above actions are a huge setback to UK farmers, the CBD industry, our food/soil security, those who desperately need natural effective medicines and if hemp seed is banned, a massive blow to those seeking a sustainable plant-based diet.
The most alarming is how this could prevent emerging technologies which have important solutions to the climate emergency.
We need to act now, our survival depends on it!.