- Paul von Hartmann
- Sebastopol, CA
- United States
What if the Cannabis plant was essential rather than illegal? Would prohibition of it be possible?
The boreal forests encircling the planet used to produce enough atmospheric aerosols (called "monoterpenes") to protect the planet from solar UV-B radiation. Half of the northern forest regions have been cut, mostly to make paper. The rest of the trees are dying from continued logging, insect pest infestation and global temperature increase.
The only agricultural crop that produces enough atmospheric monoterpenes to replace what's been lost, in the time that we may have left to avoid extinction, is Cannabis hemp. Cannabis makes four times as much paper of higher quality than do trees. Cannabis is also the only common seed with three essential fatty acids, and the best available source of organic vegetable protein on Earth. Once the relationship between Cannabis and climate change has been made, then it will become obvious that our species must achieve a polar shift in values, in record time.
Time is the limiting factor in the equation of survival. We have nothing to fear but the atmosphere itself. If we fail to resolve problems of climate change then it won't matter very much what we do mange to figure out.