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Cannabis Fact...

Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America's energy needs.

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Hemp is Earth's number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.

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Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment. Pyrolysis (charcoalising), or biochemical composting are two methods of turning hemp into fuel.

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Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.

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Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulphur pollution.

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The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.

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Hemp seed can be pressed into nutritious oil, which contains the highest amount of fatty acids in the plant kingdom. Essential oils are responsible for our immune system responses, and clear the arteries of cholesterol and plaque.

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The by-product of pressing the oil from hemp seed is high quality protein seed cake. It can be sprouted (malted) or ground and baked into cakes, breads, and casseroles.

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Hemp seed protein is one of mankind's finest, most complete and available-to-the-body vegetable proteins.

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Hemp seed was the world's number one wild and domestic bird seed until 1937 and that four million pounds of hemp seed for songbirds were sold at retail in the U.S. at that time. Birds will pick hemp seeds out and eat them first from a pile of mixed seed. Birds in the wild live longer and breed more with hemp seed in their diet, using the oil for the feathers and their overall health.

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Hemp is the oldest cultivated fibre plant in the world.

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Hemp paper is longer lasting than wood pulp, stronger, acid-free, and chlorine-free. (Chlorine is estimated to cause up to 10% of all Cancers.)

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One acre of hemp can produce as much usable fibre as four acres of trees or two acres of cotton.

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Low-THC fibre hemp varieties developed by the French and others have been available for over 20 years. It is impossible to get high from fibre hemp. Over 600,000 acres of hemp is grown worldwide with no drug misuse problem.

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Trees cut down to make paper take 50 to 500 years to grow, while hemp can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and can yield four times more paper over a 20 year period.

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Until 1883, from 75-90% of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fibre including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc.

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Hemp paper can be recycled seven times, wood pulp only four times.

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If the hemp pulp paper process reported by the USDA in 1916 were legal today it would soon replace 70% of all wood paper products.

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From 70-90% of all rope, twine, and cordage was made from hemp until 1937.

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Rag paper containing hemp fibre is the highest quality and longest lasting paper ever made. It can be torn when wet, but returns to its full strength when dry. Barring extreme conditions, rag paper remains stable for centuries.

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Hemp particle board may be up to two times stronger than wood particleboard and holds nails better.

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Hemp is softer, warmer, more water absorbent, has three times the tensile strength, and is many times more durable than cotton. Hemp production uses fewer chemicals than cotton.

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A strong lustrous fibre; hemp withstands heat, mildew, insects, and is not damaged by light. Oil paintings on hemp and/or flax canvas have stayed in fine condition for centuries.

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There have been zero (0) deaths from marijuana use.

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From 1842 through the 1880s, extremely strong marijuana (then known as cannabis extractums), hashish extracts, tinctures, and elixirs were routinely the second and third most-used medicines in America for humans (from birth through old age).

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For at least 3,000 years prior to 1842 widely varying marijuana extracts (bud, leaves, roots, etc.) were the most commonly used real medicines in the world for the majority of mankind's illnesses.

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The U.S. Pharmacopoeia indicated cannabis should be used for treating such ailments as fatigue, fits of coughing, rheumatism, asthma, delirium tremens, migraine headaches, and the cramps and depressions associated with menstruation.

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In this century, cannabis research has demonstrated therapeutic value and complete safety in the treatment of many health problems including asthma, glaucoma, nausea, tumours, epilepsy, infection, stress, migraines, anorexia, depression, rheumatism, arthritis, and possibly herpes.

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Deaths from aspirin (U.S. per year): 180 - 1,000+.

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Deaths from legal drugs (U.S. per year) at doses used for prevention, diagnosis, or therapy: 106,000.

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Hemp plastic is biodegradable, synthetic plastic is not.

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Cannabis extracts were also used in veterinary medicine until the 1920s and longer.

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Almost any product that can be made from wood, cotton, or petroleum (including plastics) can be made from hemp. There are more than 25,000 known uses for hemp.

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For thousands of years virtually all good paints and varnishes were made with hemp seed oil and/or linseed oil.

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Hemp stems are 80% hurds (pulp by-product after the hemp fibre is removed from the plant). Hemp hurds are 77% cellulose - a primary chemical feed stock (industrial raw material) used in the production of chemicals, plastics, and fibres. Depending on which U.S. agricultural report is correct, an acre of full grown hemp plants can sustainably provide from four to 50 or even 100 times the cellulose found in cornstalks, kenaf, or sugar cane (the planet's next highest annual cellulose plants).

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One acre of hemp produces as much cellulose fibre pulp as 4.1 acres of trees, making hemp a perfect material to replace trees for pressed board, particle board, and concrete construction moulds.

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Hemp is Earth's number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.

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Heating and compressing plant fibres can create practical, inexpensive, fire-resistant construction materials with excellent thermal and sound-insulating qualities. These strong plant fibre construction materials could replace dry wall and wood panelling. William B. Conde of Conde's Redwood Lumber, Inc. near Eugene, Oregon, in conjunction with Washington State University (1991-1993), has demonstrated the superior strength, flexibility, and economy of hemp composite building materials compared to wood fibre, even as beams.

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Isochanvre, a rediscovered French building material made from hemp hurds mixed with lime, petrifies into a mineral state and lasts for many centuries. Archaeologists have found a bridge in the south of France from the Merovingian period (500-751 A.D.), built with this process.

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In 1941 Henry Ford built a plastic car made of fibre from hemp and wheat straw.

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Hemp has been used throughout history for carpet backing. Hemp fibre has potential in the manufacture of strong, rot resistant carpeting - eliminating the poisonous fumes of burning synthetic materials in a house or commercial fire, along with allergic reactions associated with new synthetic carpeting.

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Currently doctors in many countries are prescribing or recommending Cannabis as medicine for a variety of ailments, sometimes breaking laws to save lives.

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Vaporisers are considered the safest method of inhaled administration for medicinal and recreational use of Cannabis. Cannabinoids are inhaled as steam, without harmful smoke and tar. Other herbs suitable for aromatherapy may also be added.

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Hemp seed oil is used to treat many medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, attention deficit disorder (ADD), skin conditions, menstrual complications, and many more. The seed oil does not contain THC, so the user will not get "high".

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Hemp and Cannabis plants are not exactly the same. Hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC, one of the main active drug components in Cannabis flowers.

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THC is almost completely non-water soluble; therefore a small amount of fat (ghee, cream, butter) is needed to extract the resin when making Cannabis tea and other beverages.

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Hemp seed oil is used to make environmentally- and vegan-friendly cosmetics such as lip balm, moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, salves and perfume. Hair and skin benefit from Omega acids in the same way that the body does internally.

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Externally, hemp seed preparations promote the healing of sores and dry skin. Traditional hemp oil formulas were applied topically to treat abscesses, boils, pimples and swellings.

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EFAs allow hemp hair care products to bring gloss and manageability by relieving dry scalp or hair damage with moisture. Hemp seed oil provides the proper balance of essential nutrients needed for strong healthy hair and helps revitalise the hair shaft, increasing volume, elasticity, softness and shine.

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Hemp oil is an excellent natural emollient and moisturiser because of its Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) content. EFAs do not clog pores like saturated fats and can be absorbed into the cells, which enables skin cells to communicate and repair cell membranes, resulting in softer and smoother skin.

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Skin care products with hemp oil help restore dry and damaged skin, increasing its natural moisture retention capacity while slowing down skin aging. Hemp oil care products are excellent for broken or damaged skin and are useful for sufferers of eczema, psoriasis, and mastalgia (breast pain).

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Hemp foods contain 35% carbohydrates, 30% fat, 35% fibre, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and in particular vitamin E, and only 8% saturated fat, or less.

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Hemp foods contain all eight essential amino acids: Leucine, Lysine, Threoine, Phen+tyro, Valine, Meeth+cyst, Isoleucin, Tryptophan, with higher amounts of each than other main sources of protein (egg whites, tofu, human milk, and whole cow's milk). Hemp foods also provide the necessary types and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make serum albumin and serum globulins, two other amino acids essential to life. All of this makes hemp a complete source of protein.

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Hemp seed oil’s EFAs are therapeutic for the following conditions: addiction, arthritis, attention deficit disorder, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, constipation, diabetes, diarrhoea, earache, oedema, fatigue, immune deficiency, menopause, MS, obesity, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, tuberculosis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and skin conditions such as eczema, neurodermititis, and psoriasis.

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Externally, hemp seed preparations promote the healing of sores and dry skin. Traditional hemp oil formulas were applied topically to treat abscesses, boils, pimples and swellings.

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Researchers found that boys diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) had significantly lower levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids in their diet than children without ADHD. Hemp seed oil contains more Omega acids than any other oil.

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Several families of Cannabis grow on the planet (Sativa, Haze, Afghani & Indica) and are used to treat different medical problems. This is due to a variance in cannabinoid ratios as well as the fact that Sativas are THC dominant and Indicas contain higher levels of CBD.

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Smoking hemp does not get you high.

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Hemp is currently very visible in the sports world. Skateboards, snowboards, and even surfboards are being manufactured from hemp and composite materials. Accessories such as skate shoes and snowboard jackets are also now made from hemp, and many boarders rely upon a hemp-rich diet to keep energy and protein levels high.

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The Cannabis plant pre-dates human civilisation.

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Welcome

Welcome to our website! This is the official homepage of the Cannabis College Amsterdam.

The Cannabis College Foundation is a non-profit information centre based in the heart of Amsterdam. We strive to provide visitors from across the globe with correct, objective, and honest information regarding every aspect of the Cannabis sativa L. plant.


About the College

The Cannabis College Amsterdam was founded in 1998 by a group of volunteers called the Green Prisoners Release, in conjunction with activist and landlord Henk Poncin. The College opened as a non-profit, free information centre with special permission to cultivate an indoor organic garden.


About Cannabis

Cannabis sativa L. is a plant that pre-dates human civilization. It has been used worldwide for thousands of years as a medicine, religious sacrament, building material, textile, food product and much more. Our site contains many of the more well-known and common uses of the plant, detailed in this section.


Industrial Hemp

Hemp is a Cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC. These plants produce the world’s strongest fibre, with a rich nautical history as well as textiles, paper, building materials, sporting goods, and even plastics. This segment contains articles and links covering anything you could ever want to know about hemp!


The garden

Our beautiful organic Cannabis garden has been a hallmark of the College since 1998. We currently flower five large plants, cultivated biologically and with only non-chemical nutrients and pesticides. When visiting Amsterdam, don’t miss the chance to take photos of the plants, ask questions, and pick up some free info.


Activism

Activism is one of the most important aspects of the College. We stay visibly involved with Dutch policy reform and demonstrations, and attempt to keep activist groups around the world in communication with each other. Click here to find out how you can be more active in your home country.


Links

We at the Cannabis College attempt to keep our information as updated and current as possible. For this reason, our Links portion of the site is where you can access full texts and photos, and of course many more pieces of information than we can possibly include on our site.



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