" The study he led investigates the potential for industrial hemp (the non-psychoactive cannabis plant closely related to marijuana) to aid in the creation of extremely efficient batteries called supercapacitors, or “supercaps.” By heating hemp fibers, the researchers were able to rearrange the plant’s carbon atoms to create thin, two-dimensional sheets, or nanosheets. Those nanosheets are then used as electrodes (electrical conductors) in the supercaps.
Prior research into supercaps broke ground using graphene, rather than hemp, to create the nanosheets with unmatched results for energy storage. Since then, scientists have been looking for ways to use “graphene’s unique properties to build better solar cells, water filtration systems, touch-screen technology, as well as batteries and supercapacitors. The problem is it’s expensive,” ACS reported in a press release.
The recent hemp study shows hemp to be more efficient than graphene, and 1,000 times cheaper, since hemp is fast-growing and relatively easy to process.”
Ugh. I hate the thought of re-outlawing home growing and centralizing cannabis farming either in corporate or government hands. Weed is finally just starting to get good with all the massive diversity going on due to independent growers. It’s like microbreweries versus Budweiser.
My worst fear is that cannabis production will get licensed soley to companies like Pfizer, Monsanto, etc. I’ve heard they’ve been collecting patents for years against the possibility of it being reclassified (but I’m feeling far too lazy to search for sources on that).
Of course, if the United States ever drops cannabis prohibition, the rest of the world will follow suit faster than you can poke the person to your side and say “here”. They’re largely following our lead, many under duress due to provisions in contracts that only give them aide if they agree to institute our shitty regressive social policies.
The reasons for smoking weed in North Korea differ from America. In North Korea, you don’t smoke just to get high and laugh at your own hand, you do it to save money and as a break from the ubiquitous cheap local cigarettes. In the black markets of North Korea, marijuana is commonly sold at a cheap price and is easily obtainable. Therefore, the drug is especially popular among the lower classes of North Korean society. After a day of hard manual labor, it is common for North Korean workers to smoke marijuana as a way to relax and soothe tight or sore muscles.
(via North Korea Smokes Weed Every Day, Explaining a Lot | VICE United States)
“The Italian media reports that when police from the L’Aquila drug squad descended on the sheep-owner’s land and started to remove the marijuana plants, the sheep became agitated. They followed the police officers carrying the large plants away and attempted to eat them – down to the last leaf.”
Sheep Revolt When Police Uproot Marijuana Plants Where Flock Grazed | Italy Magazine
There’s even a little bit of video where you can see just how high up these plants had been grazed.
Rolling Joints with a Sushi Roller
This is the only way I can roll a joint. As far as I know, I’m the only one who uses this method.
“Gupta’s endorsement of marijuana makes pained excuses such as, “I didn’t look hard enough until now,” and “I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof.” It is difficult to believe, however, that an intellectual such as Gupta would be so ignorant as to overlook the absurdities American drug policy based upon good faith. More likely, given the recent legalization of recreational marijuana usage in two states, along with shifting public opinion on usage, it is presently a safe and potentially lucrative time to come out in support of the drug.”
– Marijuana Legalization: Sanjay Gupta Approves, Showing Opinions Changing
The study’s results reveal that cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis – might help to treat autism.
Cotton candy that will get you high?
The world is an amazing place.
In a rare moment of actual congressional outrage over federal sentencing guidelines and drug policy, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) used his allotted five minutes to question the administration’s near-total refusal to make use of its pardon power—and its continued prosecution of marijuana offenses. The money quote:
One of the greatest threats to liberty has been the government taking people’s liberty for things that people are in favor of. The Pew Research Group shows that 52 percent of Americans think that marijuana should not be illegal. And yet there are people in jail, and your Justice Department continues to put people in jail for sale and use, on occasion, of marijuana. That’s something the American public has finally caught up with. It was a cultural lag, and it’s been an injustice for 40 years in this country, to take people’s liberty for something that was similar to alcohol. You have continued what is allowing the Mexican cartels power, and the power to make money, ruin Mexico, hurt our country, by having a prohibition in the late 20th- and 21st-century. We saw it didn’t work in this country in the ’20s, we remedied it. This is the time to remedy this prohibition, and I would hope you would do so.
(via Tennessee Congressman Slams Holder on Pot Prosecution | Mother Jones)