Ruminations on Hemp and The Gulf Oil Spill

I’d like to make this an open forum, especially for vocal advocates. With all the outrage (rightly) directed at BP for their mishandling of this most recent disaster, many are clamoring even more for eco-friendly alternative fuels and materials that do not require oil. I think we, as advocates, can turn this disaster into an opportunity; I know this sounds horribly callous, but it is what we have to do in order to win and affect real change. We need to harness the backlash against oil, and the best way to do it, in my mind, is to push people in favor of legalized hemp farming.

Huh?

This sounds like a bit of a stoned leap, but bear with me. Oil is used as a base for a lot of products, gasoline being the biggest and most obvious and plastics coming in a close second. Hemp is an alternative to both of these uses of oil. Now, I don’t think that hemp could completely replace oil as a base simply due to the limited amount of land available to farm and the competing uses of hemp (paper, clothing, food, etc.), but it would be yet another tool to at least reduce the demand for oil. Hemp biodiesel makes sense, and, according to this site is usable in most diesel engines with little to no modification (just like vegetable oil-based fuels), and burns much cleaner than traditional diesel…but hemp plastic? Yes, hemp is so versatile, it can even be made into a plastic, with one company even selling hemp scales, grinders, and CD/DVD cases. So clearly, hemp can be a viable alternative to oil-based products, so what’s next?

I’ll leave this question to you readers in the comments. Do you think it is appropriate to channel the anger over this oil spill (or, more accurately, oil leak) to help reignite hemp farming in the US? Will it be an effective argument, to government, to law enforcement, and to the hundreds of thousands of people looking for better ways to make the products that allow us modern life? Can we really get hemp farming re-legalized alongside (or even before) the female cannabis plants?

Discuss in the comments.

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6 Responses to “Ruminations on Hemp and The Gulf Oil Spill”
  1. Merle Smiley says:

    Haha I’m actually the only reply to this incredible article?!?

  2. ryan terker says:

    well now youre not!
    this article makes so much sense. its stuff like this that makes you realize what people dont want you to know. Its such an obviously greusome fact that as of now petty much the only way that we as a species can do any sort of work or research into ways of getting rid of our dependance on oil is in fact, with things that somewhere along the line require that very same oil in some sort of incarnation, to run. It’s a scary thought

  3. Really awesome post! Honestly!

  4. Matt Rankin says:

    You have missed that hemp is the most ABSORBENT natural fiber, so we grow it, soak up the crude, and burn the whole mess in new, high efficiency biomass power-plants (yes, we still have to dispose of the crude soaked hemp!) and henceforth we then grow, eat, build with, fuel with, and finally burn hemp in a managed carbon sequestration program. Any questions?

  5. CaptBill says:

    Did you know Popey the Sailor was smoking weed in his pipe? Did you know “spinach” was slang for pot during his day? Ever notice how Popey’s finishing move is “opening a can of whoop ass” on Brutus?

    Popey is “parody” of Michael the Archangel.
    Michael is known by Catholics as the protector of “myrrh”. Myrrh-ajuana.
    Myrrh is the cheif spice. Michael is the chief of the angels.
    Hemp is the “plant of renown” from the bible:

    Ezek.34 [29] And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

    (notice the “bearing shame”. Hemp has been “villainized”, has it not? One day that will be over)

    Back to Popey and the can of “spinach”……and the oil spill (Dragon in the Sea)

    Isa.27[1] In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

    So my point is that your idea is most excellent. A plan for “slaying the dragon in the sea”. Let us all hope this is the opportunity for the LORD to break out a can o’ HEMP on it!

    And the FACT is that there probably is not a better plan in existance.

    The problem is that the Dragon aka “Big Oil” is preventing this or any other ideas. They have shut down the coast. We cant take our own boat with our own “mop” rig and intercept the oil before it gets to land!

    Pray for a implementation of the HEMP idea is all we can do.

  6. CaptBill says:

    Did you know Popey the Sailor was smoking weed in his pipe? Did you know “spinach” was slang for pot during his day? Ever notice how Popey’s finishing move is “opening a can of whoop ass” on Brutus?

    Popey is “parody” of Michael the Archangel.
    Michael is known by Catholics as the protector of “myrrh”. Myrrh-ajuana.
    Myrrh is the chief spice. Michael is the chief of the angels.
    Hemp is the “plant of renown” from the bible:

    Ezek.34 [29] And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

    (notice the “bearing shame”. Hemp has been “villainized”, has it not? One day that will be over)

    Back to Popey and the can of “spinach”……and the oil spill (Dragon in the Sea)

    Isa.27[1] In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

    So my point is that your idea is most excellent. A plan for “slaying the dragon in the sea”. Let us all hope this is the opportunity for the LORD to break out a can o’ HEMP on it!

    And the FACT is that there probably is not a better plan in existence.

    The problem is that the Dragon aka “Big Oil” is preventing this or any other ideas. They have shut down the coast. We cant take our own boat with our own “mop” rig and intercept the oil before it gets to land!

    Pray for a implementation of the HEMP idea is all we can do.

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