The benefits of cannabis normalization reach well beyond its impact on human health…
For decades, cannabis labored under a bad reputation.
Once touted as the “Evil Weed,” it was demonized through government propaganda and condemned in newspapers – the two efforts being spurred forward by connected wealthy interests heavily vested in its eradication.
These efforts cast both forms of cannabis, marijuana and hemp, in the same lot, despite hemp having no intoxicating effects whatsoever.
But that reputation has thankfully withered away.
Cannabis’s improved image is in large part due to efforts of activists, some of whom have worked actively to repeal cannabis prohibition since the ’70s. It’s also been helped along by research into cannabinoids initiated by Israeli scientists.
In its place, this miraculous plant boasts an exceedingly long list of benefits – one that we now have proof has found use by humanity for at least 2,500 years.
A Big Boost to Healthspans
Principle among the benefits of cannabis is what it does for your health.
The active compounds in marijuana and hemp – THC and CBD – are proving powerful remedies to treat pain, cancer, types of dementia, seizures, and autoimmune diseases. You can add to that list cannabinoids’ potential to treat concussions, help soldiers with PTSD, and to simply relieve stress. CBD has also recently been found to be effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
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Moreover, CBD is becoming a big part of a growing shift towards wellness. As we live longer, it helps our “healthspan” keep up with our lifespan.
People are even finding that CBD helps treat many of the same conditions in their dogs.
The net result of these benefits is a reduction in health care spending. In states with legalized medical marijuana, health care spending by the government has declined by over 10%.
Now, in addition to healing humans, it turns out that cannabis plants can also heal the planet.
Cannabis Puts Land Back to Work
Hemp plants have been proven to detoxify the soil. Scientists have discovered that hemp performs what is called “phytoremediation.” Its roots grow very deep, and when planted in polluted soil, it pulls out the heavy metals and other pollutants, leaving healthy soil.
Phytoremediation was first coined by a Russian scientist who planted hemp in fields contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster. Another study by German researchers confirmed that the plant was able to extract lead, cadmium, and nickel from a plot of sewage sludge, and in 2011, a group of Italian farmers planted hemp in fields heavily polluted by a massive steel plant.
Now, the toxins settle into the plant, so the flower, seeds, and fiber are not useful for consumption, but the harvested hemp fiber harvested from cleanup sites can sometimes be used for industrial uses.
One company working specifically on developing varieties of hemp for industrial cleanup is 22nd Century Group Inc. (NYSEMKT: XXII). In addition to creating strains of hemp that optimize the plant’s production of CBD, the company is also engineering novel strains to clean up and reclaim land surrounding abandoned mines and other polluted areas.
And while the positive effects of cannabis on the health of people, pets, and the environment have become apparent to many, there are other hidden but equally powerful effects from which we can profit.
Leading Local Economic Transformations
The cannabis boom is revitalizing the economy.
Located in the California desert along Route 66, Needles was once an important industrial town, shepherding rail traffic heading to and from Los Angeles.
Now this town of 5,000 is desperately in search of jobs, and marijuana legalization is providing a solution. With over 81 cannabis business permits approved, city officials expect that nearly 2,100 jobs as the town transitions to the emerging cannabis industry.
Cannabis is transforming American farming as well.
While we have proof of marijuana’s use dating back to the middle of the first millennium BCE, hemp was one of the first domesticated plants cultivated over 12,000 years ago.
Hemp plants can generate anywhere between $40,000 to $50,000 in revenue per acre for farmers. Compare that to estimates of less than $800 per acre for corn and other row crops, and you can see the potential. Even high-value crops like tobacco and alfalfa can’t hold a candle to the profits possible from well-run hemp acreage.
And while tobacco farmers are seeing falling demand for their crops, hemp is providing a desperately needed alternative.
In Pikeville, Kentucky, converted mountaintops flattened by strip mining now grow hemp. In Bourbon County, Kentucky, AgTech Scientific will create 271 jobs at a new facility designed to develop and manufacture hemp products.
The upshot of all of this hemp means the design and manufacture of new farming machines and equipment to process the flower, seeds, and fiber into useful products. Which, in turn, creates opportunity for a groundswell of innovative new cannabis startups set to go public and capitalize on the boom in demand for hemp and CBD.
And with this trifecta of benefits cannabis provides, we’re working hard to uncover even more opportunities for you to profit from the fastest growing market in the world.
Executive Director, National Institute for Cannabis Investors
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June 26 2019