Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Google: Pro Booze, Pro Tobacco, Pro Killer Drugs, Anti Cannabis

So, I'm a student struggling to get by with classes. With the economy and job market still in shambles my countless hung ts for work failed. Long story short, I need some form of cash, even if it's the tinesys things. So I saw my blog and thought it would be a decent resource, maybe toss up some ads on it and get a little funding here and there. So I signed up for Google AdSense and they diapproved my blog for "Drugs or drug paraphernalia" even though my blogs are about a plant and it focuses more on why there are benefits to cannabis, not why it gets you high. In the email they sent me they said this: "Google policy does not permit the placement of Google ads on sites promoting illicit drugs, prescription drugs, or drug paraphernalia." Don't allow the promoting of prescription drugs? Bull shit, there are plenty of Blogger site out there that focus on health, many of which have AdSense and many of which promote the use of phamaceuticals. I bet if there was a health blog that even says "THC has the ablility to severely shrink cancer cells in the human body" then imidiately that blog would lose its AdSense. There's even a blog out there called WeedQuotes that I follow and guess what, they focus more on the drug part of cannabis than my blog does and they were approved for AdSense! If those ass holes down at Google would actually READ my content they would see that it's not about promoting "drugs" but it's by promoting the legalization of a safe medicine (so safe it's safer than water), the legalization of a pro-environment industrial plant, the pomotion of a safer world (not drugs, a safer world Google), and the promotion of a supporting set of laws that over half the country, and growing, agrees with! Google needs to change the way they "regulate" these blogs. This blog isn't about "drugs", it's not about heroin, crack/cocaine, meth", it's about a fucking plant! Come on, gardening blogs exist and they're even allowed to have AdSense, why can't I? I actually need the money, lots of people do! Google needs to give us pro cannabis advocates the right to free speech with the right to make money. I believe these "rules" are against the American way of thinking and these Blogger/BlogSpot policies need to be changed.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Blunts vs. Booze

THC and alcohol, both drugs. One's legal and the other's illegal. One is endorsed and the other is negatively enforced. Both of these substances cause narcotic effects to the human body and both of these are widely used by people for their enjoyment and both during their prohibition periods, had medical access in select states (yes, medical alcohol existed back during alcohol prohibition). But which is safer? Which causes the least damage to ones body and mind?

Let's start with alcohol: in the United States alcohol is legal to all persons 21 and up, except for dry states of course. Some states, such as Oregon, have laws where people under the federal age may legally drink alcohol under certain circumstances. For example: in Oregon all people under the age of 21 that are on private property with their parents and their parents are at least 21 in age, state laws permit those to drink alcohol. This can be a good and a bad thing. Some people (like myself) have good times with drinking a few brewskies every now and then with their family. Now, those are the laws regarding alcohol in the United States but what about the effects alcohol does to the body?

Alcohol, though fun for many people, poses many dangerous health risks. Alcohol can harden your liver, disorient your driving skills and cause accidents, (drunk driving kills about 10,000 people a year in the US alone: Source), and much more. Some studies even say beer increases risk of stomach cancers. The annual death toll for alcohol is about 75,000 a year in the US alone (source) Now, alcohol poses a lot of heath risks but prohibiting this substance would make things worse. In the days lf alcohol prohibition alcohol related deaths went up nearly 400%. Most of us can agree that alcohol has dangers and even though it does have dangers it should remain legal.

Now, let us turn to marijuana, starting with its laws. In the United States (well, most countries for that matter) cannabis is illegal. Many countries allow industrial hemp but industrial hemp is illegal in the United States. Some areas grow industrial hemp in the United States but these places are often raided by the American government, even though you can't get high from it (well, maybe if you smoked 4 blunts you would pass out but the smoke inhalation would be the reason). Ever sense 1996 medical marijuana existed in the United States, with California being the first state. Though there are states with medical marijuana available to qualifying patients the federal government is attacking these states by sending threats to the people and local governments and by having the DEA raid medical marijuana dispensaries.

As stated above, marijuana has many medical benefits, even more than alcohol. Cannabis has been proven to reduce cancer cells, help with nausea with a large variety of illnesses, help people keep an appetite (great for AIDS and cancer patients) and many more. Those are the benefits but what are the negatives? Cannabis has a few negatives. You smoke too much and your lungs have damage, you're high as balls and don't know what you're doing, even mental addictions have been proven to exist (an addiction similar to being addicted to the Internet or a brand of chips). Now, what is the yearly death toll for marijuana overdose? Zero. As in there are no deaths every year. In fact, nobody on any record has ever overdosed on marijuana. Though marijuana does pose some health risks, they are minimal at most.

Both sides have their benefits and many people choose to do one or the other, some even choose to do both as in moderation are really not that bad. When it comes to ones health marijuana is by far safer than alcohol. With the lack of death toll and massive amount of therapeutic benefits cannabis is praised as a safer alternative to alcohol. In most states where marijuana has a higher use rate than others, alcohol use among these states is decreased, this even applies to medical marijuana states that have shown no increase in marijuana use with the legal medical marijuana statuses. When it comes to safety, marijuana is the right choice but when it comes to personal preference, it's up to the user.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Save The Environment, Legalize Cannabis

Cannabis has tons of benefits medicinally and socially, socially especially over alcohol use as cannabis doesn't cause one's moods to swing drastically that causes violence. Most of us know these things. But did you know cannabis is also good for the environment? If you've been following my blog posts on Google Plus you most likely do, or if you just know about cannabis in general you do. Here are some ways the cannabis plant would help save our environment.

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Bio Fuel Bio diesel can be made from hemp and so far can be burned at lower temperatures than any other bio diesel form known. Hemp biofiel also has "a high efficiency of conversion (97 percent)" (- Gizmag). Sure the hemp bio fuel is still burned but unlike petroleum hemp is a renewable resource .The hemp plant has also been known to be able to grow in rough soils so rich soils are not required thus reducing the costs of making hemp in the first place. With the whole "food vs fuel" debates going on with corn crops hemp without a doubt would be a better choice as you could get more for less when comparing hemp biodiesel to corn biodiesel.

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Hair Products Yes, hair products. Why would hair products made of hemp opposed to other chemicals be good for the environment? Simple: it's organic. Though not the entire hair product is made of hemp a good deal of it is. With this not only are less of those chemicals going on your body but less of those are going down the drain. You go to the store to buy hair gel, conditioner, or some other things to make you look awesome or pretty and you see tons of things, inside those things are tons of chemicals, some in which are replaceable with hemp.HempHollow

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Plastic You're gonna have to hold that biodegradable in something so how about biodegradable plastic? For decades now we've been able to produce biodegradable plastics made from hemp. Hell, even Ford made a car from plastic made from hemp in the 1940s (research starting in the 1910s)! And guess what it ran on: hemp biodiesel. Now, keep in mind, not the entire car was made from hemp of course, just many of its components which made the car almost entirely recyclable (the metal parts and what not are recyclable). Hemp plastic has also been said to be "10 times as strong as steel). Source

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Ending Prohibition This one may seem extremely obvious but here's something you may have not thought of. Each year millions of dollars worth of crops are found and destroyed by governments from around the world. Many times I've watched or read a news article saying how "all of the marijuana plants are destroying the environment" when in reality, the destroying of the plants are what's hurting the environment. Those plants were sucking in CO2, they were helping the soil, and the government took them out. In many cases there are huge fields of cannabis and one of the most common ways of getting rid of the plants are to take teams with flame throwers and burn the plants into ashes and that smoke's gotta go somewhere.
In conclusion, banning cannabis hurts us in many ways. It prevents safer fuels, stops us from creating jobs for hemp based products (both growing the hemp and manufacturing the product) and it's always being destroyed by governments around the world. There are tons of ways cannabis can save our environment but sadly, world governments refuse to recognize its benefits and just legalize this amazing species of plants.