Welcome to the Cannaba Verum podcast, the cannabis truth podcast. I speak the language of cannabis freely and uncensored, while educating my audience on the safe use of this live Plant Therapy. You should know what’s in your cannabis, what’s good and what’s not. It does not come with an FDA stamp of approval yet, using cannabis mindfully, as medication is a different concept in the healthcare philosophy of the past 100 years. There’s a lot to learn and consider cannabis is not dangerous, but it is not harmless, either. This is honey Smith walls, a 21st century cannabis shaman here to explain the language of cannabis in historical, political, and scientific terms, so you can make educated decisions about the medicine you ingest.
I’m pretty sure Adam and Eve were not plopped on the planet with a complete wardrobe… and I’ll bet if Adam ever drank any watered-down-milky-cannabis drink (1), to settle his tummy it was because Eve made it for him.
Ever consider how many thousands of years it took humans wandering the world to learn how to create things to improve their conditions of life? It started with bangin rocks together to get a sharp edge. It takes a long long time to develop working systems… in order to manufacture things… for others.
Cannabis flower was generally combined with milk or water to make a drink or paste, it was squeezed, pounded and pressed into oils and consumed in multiple ways or used as poultices or in pipes to burn and inhale the smoke. And another utilitarian value of cannabis is obvious in their clothes and paper and a thousand ways those first humans created uses from that one plant.
I think America was built on the back of hemp. Nobody would’ve been able to sail here without processed hemp turned into rope and canvas to make sails. Although they’d been using it for a millennium in various ways, there is a persistent story about the Cubans allegedly teaching the Europeans how to combine tobacco leaf with cannabis, making a new choice in delivery methods for ingesting the plant; cigars, cigarettes, and tiparillos. The first foreign crops toiled into the fresh New World dirt was cannabis from some other country… so they could start the first new world navy. Can’t build a ship without canvas and rope.
That one plant can do hundreds of things no other plant can do. It is medicine for animals and humans whether you describe hemp or marijuana. But it creates a utilitarian foundation of lasting strength in building and infrastructure manufacturing and the zillion things we make out of plastic, paper, wood and concrete. Just changing our tree=paper products to cannabis paper products, like we originally used when the first settlers came here, seems like we’d save our planet from further annihilation of ozone-saving forestry, now being mutilated for more toilet paper to wipe yer ass.
Renewable cannabis can make every single paper and plastic thing we produce and more.
In the late 1930’s, Roger Adams was a Harvard graduate working with a team of scientists at Illinois University when he isolated the first cannabis compound we now know as Cannabidiol – CBD.(2) Six years later, both marijuana and hemp were being tested on mice and rabbits and had finally returned to official scientific documentation. They found that Thc was the primary “excitant” and CBD “provided a lack of effects in contrast”.
That opinion of CBD remained for almost 20 years until a young Israeli scientist named Raphael Mechoulam (3) had a breakthrough in the 60’s and changed everything. Dr. Mechoulam became known as The Godfather of Marijuana. Random Clinical Trials began; the gold standard of scientific testing. And what Dr. Mechoulam has taught the world about cannabis could be considered the most significant medicinal information in the history of the world. Medicinal Cannabis is a human and animal game-changer… and it has huge manufacturing potential for plastic and paper and a jillion other applications.
Just a few months ago, Chicago City Hall was scheduling a cut of 350 jobs but the tax revenues from their legalized Illinois cannabis program saved them! 350 City Hall Jobs! During the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. (4)
The societal implications are tremendously hopeful. And during the pandemic, I’m trying NOT to watch too much distressing news and balance it with music and art and learning… so I’m reading.
I’m currently halfway through a book titled “The Devil You Know – A Black Power Manifesto” by Charles M. Blow. I want to understand the depths of injustice that people of color have suffered at the hands of white oppressors. I believe the process of restitution for our decisions and behavior, to prove that kind of treatment would never be tolerated again, should have happened in 1865, but didn’t.
From the DNA path through my familial history, I’m as white as they come. And I’m growing into a strong black advocate as my eyes are opened through the view of those who’ve suffered at the hands of white supremacy. This book is incredible. Do yourself and others a favor. Get this book and read it and pass it around. I do the audibles because I enjoy multitasking, doing something physical while learning. I breathe more. Especially if I’m walking the dogs and learning.
The point is if you’re not actively taking advantage of this moment in time to understand those who suffered beside us, then you aren’t doing enough to help change the problems for solutions of equity and peace. We must listen and empathize then act to alleviate the problem. Are we such vile unintelligent creatures to allow a singular dictatorial control suppressing millions? Does that seem right? No. We are mostly good as humans but we can be easily lead to the dark side of our nature too, especially if we are already vulnerable. There may be a few who learned early how to bully. But they are not the majority and people are waking up to the real possibilities of peace and technology. Because we are finally listening to people of color and exposing the bad apples of white supremacy.
You may say and think and truly believe that you are not racist. But when you learn our world history in this other new book I finished called, “Caste” by Isobel Wilkerson, your eyes will be opened. I am horrified as a warm-blooded creature, to think that we can so easily compartmentalize suffering and violence the way we do. But there seems no other explanation of turning off the visceral offense of another human or animal’s misery, for so long.
We must and can do better. And of course, beginning a new era and attitude about cannabis should also help. Along with all those new manufacturing plants they’re gonna start building. You watch. Huge grow operations all over the United States began years ago… some are medicinal, some are not. Did you know they’ve already built an airplane out of cannabis?(5)
Host: Honey 26:57
You’ve been listening to another Cannaba Verum podcast with 21st century cannabis shaman Honey Smith Walls, about the importance of using safe hemp and marijuana products. Unless otherwise proven by a reputable third party lab test, please be advised that all street weed is contaminated. It may do grave harm to a patient with a delicate immune system. I challenge you to check the veracity of my statements in each episode by checking the medical citations posted on my blog at Cannaba Verum.com.
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(1) Godlaski T. M. (2012). Shiva, Lord of Bhang. Substance use & misuse, 47(10), 1067–1072. https://doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2012.684308
(2) Roger Adams – Burstein S. (2015). Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: a review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry, 23(7), 1377–1385. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bmc.2015.01.059
(3) Raphael Mechoulam – Mechoulam, R., & Parker, L. A. (2013). The endocannabinoid system and the brain. Annual review of psychology, 64, 21–47. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-113011-143739