In this thread the OP is polling people supporting the legalization of pot who don’t personally partake. DrDeth pops in and says, “[A]nd it would help if they would just stop with the fucking lies about the wonders of Hemp.” The Bith Shuffle agrees. Lynn Bodoni says: “And please, as others said, don’t insult my intelligence by praising the glories of hemp. Hemp makes very poor quality paper and fabric, and marijuana is NOT going to be legalized because of its value as a source of fiber!” Rather than HIGHjack that thread (ar, ar!), I thought I’d try to get to the bottom of this.
What are these claims the pro-cannabis crowd are making about hemp? Are they lies? A little advertising spin like beer shampoo and pyramid power?
After three seconds of exhaustive research consisting of googling “benefits of hemp,” I thought I’d get the ball rolling by listing some of the “claims” I see on the first page of google results. Hopefully then we can discuss the extent to which these benefits are lies, and also the danger of these “lies” to the pro-cannabis movement.
[li]Hemp seeds: Eat 'em like granola, make oil, or flour for baking. Great protein, good for your heart, etc etc.[/li]
[li]Easy to grow: Everywhere, even deserts where you can’t grow other stuff![/li]
[li]Hair and skin care: Oh c’mon! Can you blame them? People shell out hundreds of $$ on microbeads and botanicals. Fair is fair.[/li]
[li]Paper: Hey, if it was good enough for the founding fathers and the Declaration of Independence, it’s good enough for everybody![/li]
[li]Fuel: Hey, it’s oil. Nuff said.[/li]
[li]Paint and plastic: Well, it’s oil and fuel, why not?[/li]
[li]Textile Fiber: Fiber is good! Everyone knows that. Surely you’ve run across hemp rope before, but you can mix it with concrete and stuff and build houses and things.[/li]
[li]Wood replacement: Chopping down forests is evil, yo![/li]
[li]Farming: Good for the soil, disease-resistant, “Hemp actually leaves the soil in better condition than before it was planted” blah, blah.[/li][/ul]
Okay, what are some other benefits? Bullshit or not?
How are these claims damaging to the pro-pot lobby?