Alas, there is nothing that is accessible to one like your mother (or I would have given it to my mother).With the possible exception of the videos on YouTube, which will suffer from legitimacy problems even as some of them would be hard to understand.The important thing to note is that few people will see reason in this case. Even fewer will rebel against unreason (instinct, culture, bias) and stand in favour of weed. This is okay. What is not okay is that some person who should know better may stand up and speak so much nonsense about cannabis. The old ones, we will have to get them alternatives (Sativex and shit; but not Marinol). The data out there is mostly for those who would know that “delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol” is a molecule of the cannabinoid family. Most people will have to rely on someone they trust, short of which it is unlikely that they will accede to such a therapy as marijuana.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
The Lord has said to me, “You shall not cross the Jordan.” The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you.
They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
I took my prophetic office yesterday. I think it was exactly seven years since I last cut my hair. Hahaha. It will be funny indeed if I gradually realise that my hair is the mark of the prophet. That will be very funny, because I always thought it was cool that, even though Bob Marley wasn’t a prophet of the Gospel of Grace, at least he had the “correct” look for a prophet.
This blog, at least for now, will be the main place I write.
Less than 100 years after penicillin was discovered, the problem of anti-biotic resistance looms larger than most non-experts are able to fathom. But just to give you a simple metric for how serious the problem is: humanity has lost the battle against anti-biotic resistance and now no new anti-biotics are being made. The war was lost and we accepted defeat.
Why did this happen? Because the Western way of doing medicine is to isolate and purify, to target and calibrate, to specify and regulate. The little variations that naturally occur in everything in the universe are rather uncomfortable to a modern mind. These variations, although they seem to get in the way, keep the bacteria surprised and avoid the resistance. Synthesised chemicals and modern drugs are at their best when they do not vary at all; in other words, the good, resilient medicines are considered crude and stupid. The best treatment of this modern mental disposition, and the sheer extremes of its implications, can be found in the tome written by Prof. Iain McGilchrist, The Master and his Emissary. It is possibly the greatest treatment of this subject that humans will ever create.
Anyway, long story short, we went mad for anti-biotics because they seemed to fix all our problems while themselves being a simple thing. Most of our problems were because of microbes. Penicillin, because it could do one thing (kill microbes) ended up doing many, many things. For example, most anti-biotics in use today are used in farms, to make animals gain weight. How does that work? Some bacteria prevent obesity, which is advantageous in food animals. (Ironically, these bacteria in question are Helicobacter pylori, which was once the target of an extermination campaign, but they got resistant.) It is because of massive feeding of anti-biotics to farm animals that you get the drug-resistant strains of E. coli that periodically ravage American consumers. Anyway, this is how you go from a drug that does one thing well, to a miracle drug that does all sorts of unexpected good things, then to a wasted opportunity.
Now we have marijuana. Like anti-biotics, it is very old. But modern attitudes towards it risk “penicillinising” it. Marijuana does one thing, which is to produce cannabinoids. This one thing fixes all sorts of diverse problems, because many of our problems are modulated by our naturally-occurring endocannabinoid system. This is how cannabis goes from reducing pain, to killing cancerous tumours, to relaxing people, to creating appetite. But, keeping to type, the Western mindset is now isolating particular single chemicals and breeding other things out or just chemically washing them away. The benign forms of this corruption are the breeding high-THC strains of marijuana, which got this close to having none of the extremely crucial cannabidiol, simply because it was not useful for the single, narrow, over-focussed purpose that the modern Western mind was pursuing. And yet it gets worse, with the market having pure, synthetic THC as the pill Marinol. Pure THC is not the best idea. The result is impossible to predict, except for one thing: such cannabinoid-based medicine will not be natural, and will therefore carry the huge burden of modern human’s ignorant hubris, and will be dangerous in the long run.
Please: have enough wisdom to understand the dangerous narrowness of your point of view. Trust the whole plant. Trust the natural system. Don’t use un-natural ratios of cannabinoids. Don’t let them penicillinise marijuana.
In Uganda, a stick of hemp is 500 shillings. Google claims that, as I write it, that means $0.19. Well …
Many people when they have just bought a stash of them, as I have seen, will start off throwing away the roaches. The last ends that have some hemp in them but are too short to smoke practically. They throw them away.
Then, at some point, they have gone through most of their stash. They realise that roaches should not be wasted. At this point, they have passed “peak hemp”. Of course, peak hemp is as much a realisation as it is an event.
Peak hemp is for sure. But so is peak oil.
I just installed Nokia Belle for the first time today, on my Nokia N8. A vast improvement on the original OS for most normal users. I am not one of those, though, so I am yet to certify that it is an improvement for me as well. I know, for instance, that I have already deleted most Microsoft Apps from the phone. And all social networking apps. And I limited my home screens to five (which is two more than previously, and one less than the six advertised for Nokia Belle).