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Stephen Mullins Hemp Why It Should Be Legalized When the subject of hemp is brought up most of us think of an illegal plant that produces a hallucinogenic high when the flowers or leaves are eaten or smoked A plant that corrupts our youth causing our teenagers to drop out of school or use the drug as a stepping stone for harder drugs such as cocaine or heroin Does any of this sound familiar What do you think would happen to these beliefs you have if you were to find out the information given to you was one sided That hemp was really a commendable plant A plant that could be used to help worldwide with the basic necessities of life such as food clothing and shelter A plant that could help save our natural resources by using hemp fiber for paper instead of trees and hemp seed oil to run our cars instead of gasoline Would you still want this natural resource to be illegal or would you consider legalizing it after hearing both sides The first goal to understanding hemp and all the wonderful properties it retains is that it is not marijuana its notorious cousin Hemp and marijuana are varieties of the same plant cannabis sativa L Isnt Hemp The difference between the two varieties of plants is two cannabinoid proteins the first called delta-9 tetrahdrocannabinol or THC and the second protein being cannibidiol or CBD These two proteins mentioned are the difference between getting high when smoking or eating the flowers or leafs from the two plants THC is what creates the high and CBD is what lowers it Thats why you get high when you smoke marijuana because it contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD while hemp on the other hand has low THC less than 1 and high amounts of CBD Isnt Hemp The second difference between the two plants
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