Hemp -- American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History

Hemp -- American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History

Hemp -- American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History

Hemp -- American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History

Synopsis

The Eleusinian Mysteries were the most widely acclaimed and influential religious cult in the ancient Greek world. For almost 2000 years, the Mystery Rites of Dionysos and associated Hellenic deities drew participants from Rome, Egypt and all around the Mediterranean, influencing and inspiring many of the greatest minds including Aristotle, Homer and Plutarch. The God Who Comes is a meticulously researched exploration of how and why these rites were performed, based upon archaeological, scholarly, and iconographic evidence - a refutation of facile New Age inventions.

Excerpt

This is not a book exclusively about hemp. Both hemp and marijuana are by-products of the Cannabis plant—an extraordinarily useful plant, a plant that mankind has exploited in virtually every way, for thousands of years. What is it about hemp, or Cannabis, that causes such a diversity of opinion about it today? You would think that by now we would know everything there is to know about it and long ago would have come up with a way of minimizing any potential danger so that we could enjoy its many benefits—just as we do with all the other potentially dangerous products and commodities (from fire, guns and corrosive chemicals to alcohol, tobacco, and automobiles) that we use in our everyday lives.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite is true because in 1937, despite Cannabis’ beneficial history, an unwitting U.S. Congress and President (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) essentially outlawed the cultivation and use of hemp, for virtually any purpose. Ostensibly, they were motivated by fear of the harmful effects of an intoxicant; in reality, they were serving other interests. Most of them had been duped into believing they were taxing the use of an allegedly harmful drug— “marijuana,” to discourage its use. In fact, few if any of the congressmen who voted in favor of the Marijuana Tax Act had ever heard the word “marijuana” before and didn’t know what it meant. They certainly didn’t know that hemp and marijuana came from the same Cannabis plant, and they were never told they were actually outlawing hemp—a crop they were very familiar with because most of them grew up with it on their family farm.

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