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Can Hemp Save Us From Global Warming? | High Times

Can Hemp Save Us From Global Warming? | High Times.

 

A report published by the Family Council on Drug Awareness, Europe (don’t let the name throw you –it’s a pro-pot organization) introduced the Cannabis Biomass Energy Equation (CBEE), a formula delineating the manner in which cannabis uniquely produces energy that is less polluting and less expensive than fossil fuels and uranium, and is therefore capable of economically replacing them.
One of the primary CBEE tenets is that hemp grows well in almost any cli- mate and reaches its maximum biomass yield in only four months, allowing at least two harvests per year producing 20 tons of cannabis biomass per acre, which in turn will generate 2,000 gallons of methanol to be used in biodiesel production.
The report also answers those skeptics who discount the extensive cultivation of hemp due to economic factors, calculating that only 6 percent of agricultural land in the United States would be necessary to produce sufficient cannabis biomass to supply all of the country’s current needs for oil, gas and diesel.
Even if that 6 percent turns out to be a lowball estimate and more land is required, given the fact that there are almost 600 million acres of unused land in the United States — with some 30 million of that total comprising agricultural land being kept idle by farmers who are paid nearly $2 billion a year by the US government not to harvest — there’s more than enough acreage for hemp cultivation to produce the required biomass.
Hemp for Victory: The Sequel
It’s been over 75 years since cannabis was outlawed by the federal government — but just a few years after deeming it illegal, the United States was forced to embrace the versatility of hemp with the onset of World War II (as immortalized in the 1942 US government film Hemp for Victory). Many would argue that global warming is the worst crisis we’ve faced since the Second World War, so it’s no doubt fitting that hemp could again be in demand — once legalized — as a crucial material to help combat the planetary threat of climate change.
While this needs to happen sooner rather than later, there are encouraging signs. Besides the ever-increasing awareness in the culture at large, there’s been action on the political front. The Huffington Post reported that more than 70 hemp-related bills have been introduced in various US states since January 2014—double the number in 2013.
The US Farm Bill, signed by President Obama this past February, permits any state to legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, and the number of states who have done just that has now reached double digits.

The Way Home (Forever will i see you more) ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #10

With scant days to go, Uncle Weed reflects on expectations, better realized – plus shares affection for kind people, the important of finding authenticity and supporting local economy– all while embarking on final steps before leaving, including: visiting Mr. Lawrence, the lifeguard; packing up jerk spice and mango chutney; detailing the geometric woodwork in the Queen’s Cottage’s roof; plus mops up a few stories, chats about PM Michael Manley’s Canadian ties, and dives into the sea… before saying good-bye to the Jamaican people by celebrating optimism about the free island’s place in the world.

Last time for everything in The Way Home (Forever will i see you more) ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #10 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 28:18)

The Way Home (Forever will i see you more)

Music Snippets:

Pressure Drop, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Love Fever, Roy Rayon
Bam Bam, Toots Hibbert
Sun is Shining, Bob Marley and the Wailers

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Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #9

After more banter about lobsters, reggae and food, Uncle Weed offers observations about music industry, taxi drivers, civic pride, pothole filling, corrupt government and cynicism, devalued currency, human potential, news of the day, Patois remix, ninja squirrel mongoose, Rasta culture, fireflies, coconuts, kids doing homework, bats catching mosquitos, meaning of goats, donkeys strolling, swimming (or lack thereof), varieties of crabs, Prime Minsterial hijinks, calling elections, cruise ships, markets, churches, and Jamaica-Canada connections.

Notebooks and pencils ready for Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #9 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 42:00)

“Mongooses are like ninja squirrels – stealth, rat-eating machines. They kinda look like squirrels but squirrels are gentle, nut-eating creatures and mongooses (mongeese) are feared sniper killers.”

Cultural Field Notes For Ramblers

Music Snippets: 

Dance Dis Ya Festival by Freddie McKay

Boom Shaka Laka by Hopeton Lewis

Give Thanks and Praises, by Ray Rayon

Play Di Music by Tinga Stewart

Proud to Be Jamaican by Eric Donaldson

Stop and Go by Unknown

Cherry Oh Baby by Eric Donaldson

Land of my Birth by Eric Donaldson

Come Sing with Me by Stanley and the Turbine

Sweet Jamaica by Eric Donaldson

Jump in the Line by Marvin Brooks

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Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8

Friend Nadine banters with Uncle Weed about Jamaica’s national dishes and alias nicknames before gamely sharing her techniques for the unofficial people’s favourite “jerk” along with a real-time example of a pork shoulder sizzling on a – ubiquitous and rugged – gas-can grill while sharing her tips for choosing the right cut and combinations of dry and wet spice concoctions.

Fire up the charcoal for Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 11:16)

Jerk Grilling Master Class ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #8

Music Snippets: 

“Sweet and Dandy ” by Toots Hibbert

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Market Day and Lobster Man ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7

Sparking a morning joint, Uncle Weed recounts a skiff boat reef trip with Harold, acquiring lobster from John Wesley – member of The Silverlights – house band of Leroy’s bar, breaks down lobster physiology, discusses geo-cultural differences between parishes & regions, reviews of recent meals of skipjack and coconut chicken lobster, and takes a stereo sound-seeing tour deep into a hectic farmer’s and bric brac market in Falmouth complete with machine gun teenagers and butchers with hatchets, hacksaws and hammers.

Fill your belly with Market Day and Lobster Man  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 26:02)

Market Day and Lobster Man  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #7

Music Snippets: 

“I’ll Never you Leave You Again” by Ras Karbi

“Jamaica, Land We Love” by Unknown

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Wasp Bite Feverish Dreams ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #6

Recollections from a wasp poison haze including fleeting messages delivered by film strip, endless fortune cookies and fuzzy memories from forgotten incidents. Plus the backstory about Leo of Little Bay and details of his colourful cabins, banter and rum on the tiny store’s porch with Brodie, plus tales of bonfire ganja mechanics, fortified brownies, chillcuzi soak, cut foot and aloe vera, amidst the chirps and croaks of frogs and crickets.

Sit upon a pedestal for Cabin Dreams in Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 27:52)

Wasp Bite Feverish Dreams

Music Snippet: Toots Hibbert “Pomps and Pride” & Sma Carty “No Wey No Betta Dan Yard”

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Cabin Dreams on Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5

Now from the north side of Jamaica at Queen’s Cottage, Uncle Weed recounts the aftermath of a wasp bite with recollections from 3 days in a daze including time with Leo of Little Bay, ganja trips with Fire and Foot, kayak to Bob Marley’s swimming hole, and waking dreams with crickets and frogs soundtrack whilst surviving minor storms, enjoying aloe vera rubdowns, grabbing gossamer plotlines, and notes about food callioou, aki and salt fish, plantains, jerk chicken plus various observations of renegades catching the dream, growing roots and sharing adventures.

Dive into the hole for Cabin Dreams in Little Bay ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #5 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 42:45)

Cabin Dreams in Little Bay

Music Snippet: Bob Marley “Keep on Moving” and Desmond Dekker “Intensified”

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Fire on Canaan Mountain ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #4

On a hike to a mountain top ganja patch, a new pal called Foot shares his curing technique to make the chocolate weed, plus opinions on Jamaica cannabis strains, and effects on his stamina. Then, a Rasta bushman called Fire gleefully explains Ital food traditions while grating coconut for a hearty natural stew cooked on a fire before exploring his forest garden of plantains, pimentos, soursop and more bounty – before reaching ganja mountain to squeeze skunk buds with Uncle Weed in the hot sun.

“If you worry, it’s a problem, if you don’t worry, it’s a problem – so stop worrying and start living”

Scramble up the rock for Fire on Canaan Mountain ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #4 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 26:09)

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Lion Claw Drum Wisdom ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #3

Nyabinghi Order Rastafarian called Lion Claw testifies to Uncle Weed about defending against evil, liberation, redemption and freewill and recounts days-long sessions on his hand-carved drums en route to Zimbali bush retreat. Marko at the wheel passing through Old Hope (down the road from New Hope), he and Uncle Weed banter about his life on his evolving bush farm retreat plus local motorcycles, small beer shops, slowing humans down, traditional bush medicine, seasonal pineapples and avocados, and rasta bush culture while rollicking up a bumpy roll in a Japanese 4WD.

“My momma bless me Lloyd but jah people call me Lion Claw”

Bang the Drum for Lion Claw Drum Wisdom  ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #3 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 20:03)

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Music Snippet: Baba Boom Boom by The Jamaicans

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Bush Tiger Beachside Bonfire ~ Choogle On Jamaica Scheme #2

Catching up after a Heroes’ Day trip to Negril, Uncle Weed discourses about the people, ganja, foods and animals of Jamaica with two pals whilst roasting down around a beachside campfire. Riffs include: handmade charcoal, mutton, ital food, meditation, daily life, kindness, big hearts, evil minds, daily life, community life, neighbourliness, ice cream from a tiny shop, bounteous land, curry goats, rice beans, and rootsy a capella singing.

Rock steady for Bush Tiger Beachside Bonfire ~ Jamaica Scheme #2 (.mp3, stereo, 128kbps, 28:48)

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Music Snippet: Born Jamaican by The Astronauts

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