Aquí les dejaré un ensayo que hice sobre porque el cáñamo (Hemp) debería ser legal y no ilegal o confundido con la marihuana. El ensayo está hecho en inglés, cualquier duda que tengan me pueden escribir en los comentarios o enviarme un email a firstname.lastname@example.org
Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) should be legal or illegal?
According to the North American Industrial Hemp (NAICH) more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp. This includes health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more. According to Vilcina. A, Grinberya-Zalite. G & Markova. K. (2014) hemp is one of the fastest growing crops, and it has huge potential to be produced in many ways. But, today in the United States it is illegal to cultivate hemp, thanks to the “Marijuana Tax Act” created in 1937. Many of the people who support the act do not know the differences between hemp and marijuana. Most of these people believe that by legalizing hemp they are also legalizing marijuana, which is not true. To have the effects of being high by smoking hemp, you would need to smoke about 100 or more joints. The THC levels of hemp as low as 0.2% to 0.3% as said by Amaducci, S et al., (2014). There are many problems involving the prohibition of hemp in the United States, for example we are suffering a deforestation in a gruesome way, our economy is in a great recession and many materials used to create plastic affect the environment, but what can we do?
Henry Ford in 1941 built a prototype car from biocomposite materials, using agricultural fiber, such as hemp. He said, “Why use up the forest, which were centuries in the making, and the mines, which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” But nothing happened because later he said that the “Marijuana Tax Act” destroyed this great invention and today it has remained in the figurative dust.
According to Mount, S. (2010), The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp-based paper. With hemp, we can produce many of the world’s textiles, fabrics, and clothing. As seen, in the 1820’s 80% of the manufactured textile products were hemp-based. Later when the cotton gin emerged, all of these things started to be made out of cotton. Also, “hemp can be used as a raw material for industrial and energy production; 30% to 40% of its stem can be used for high quality
production of fiber” (Vilcina. A, Grinberya-Zalite. G & Makovka. K., 2014). According to Save America’s Forests, 95% of our original forests were axed during the past 200 years, and the reason was mainly to create paper and things that could alternatively be made of hemp, since anything made of wood can be substituted by hemp.
According to the Hemp Industries Association, hemp- based in the U.S. costumers have increased above $500 million in recent years while U.S. hemp imports continue to grow. Many of these products come from Europe, where the cultivation of hemp is legal and important. In countries like United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Italy, crops are important and necessary for the economy. The reasons are simple, the unique properties of the hemp, particularly its environmental benefits, and the high yield of natural technical fibers, is a valuable crop for the bio-based economy as said by Carus et al., (2013).
Muhammad Saif Ur et al., (2013) once stated: “Industrial hemp has emerged as a potential energy crop along with several advantages” (p. 2). For bio-based economy, hemp and hemp oil are excellent because they produce a high amount of biomass. With hemp, they can produce bioethanol, biogas, and biodiesel. As Finnan & Styles (2013) point out, to achieve greater reductions in GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions, we need to use hemp to substitute a considerable amount of oil. Based on a study by Radočaj, O., Dimić, E., & Tsao, R. (2014), hemp oil press-cake may be a good original source for crackers development. Cold-pressed hemp, flax, and canola are healthy oils as they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids said by Teh, Sue-Siang., Birch, J. (2014). Using hemp oil, we can make the crackers healthier with a great source of fiber and protein.
Finally, a hemp revival is gaining momentum. The perception is beginning to change in the U.S. Over the past several decades, there’s been a resurgence of interest in hemp by diverse groups politically and from farmers, nutritionist, activists and green consumers. Some states legalized marijuana but not hemp, apparently they aren’t aware of the benefits to gain by the legalizing hemp. Today, United States is the only industrial nation which has banned hemp production. Living in an economic crisis, combined with the threats of peak oil and global warming, makes one think that we should opt for a new way to avoid waiting until it’s too late. Finnan & Styles (2013) said that hemp may be a beneficial crop to introduce farmers to produce bioenergy and biomass supplies. Each of us can make support the hemp marketplaces growth by buying hemp products, staying informed and teaching the society about the benefits of industrial hemp for the economy and the environment. Hemp could be a jumpstart to America’s green economy.
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