Smoking hemp may be good medicine and treat fusarium root rot in hemp plants.

I have been a firm opponent of smoking, from cigarettes to cigars, marijuana, or even medicinal hemp, and my reasoning has been based on the idea that “smoking is not natural.” I have seen the devasting effects of cigarette smoking up close. When a person is having their lungs suctioned out from thick brown mucus the stench is unescapable. It hovers over the room like a cold grave beckoning. Warning signs are posted and yet, cigarettes are still legal, as the leading cause of death. I have stubbornly applied this unnatural smoking ideology to “smokable hemp” and stood my ground, but after reading some pertinent scientific studies, my stand has been clarified:

I still do not believe that smoking cigarettes is a smart practice, or cigars. Tobacco is a proven killer. Even second-hand tobacco smoke is a killer. Tobacco is not a medicinal plant.

I DO support the passive inhalation of medicinal plants such as hemp, and here is why.

My new stance is based on the fact that LIFE has an ancient scientific acronym which is “letting incessant flow of energy” through our meridian lines and acupuncture points.

“These energy centers must be properly aligned in order to allow the free flow of pure cosmic energy (PCE; otherwise known as universal prana or life force) through the vortexes formed by the perpetual rotations of these centers [1]. The concept of PCE is identical to that of Chi (acupuncture system) and of Prana (Indian Vedic system), and it is considered to be the unprecipitated form of cosmic energy [1]. Once these chakras are aligned, the PCE absorbed by the crown chakra (“sahasrara” in Sanskrit language), which is known to be at the top of the brain, will flow freely [1]. This flow is crucial for energizing meridians and acupuncture points. If any imbalance exists in the energy flow through subtle energy channels, i.e., meridian lines, it will adversely affect our health. Most importantly, a less activated chakra will certainly have a negative effect on the endocrine gland associated with it” (Nair 2017).

Chart from Nair, R. (2017). Agnihotra Yajna: A Prototype of South Asian Traditional Medical Knowledge. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies10(2), 143–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.002

In 2017, the LIFE theory was tested in a study by physicist, Dr. Rahul Raveendran Nair, in which volatile organic compounds in smoke clearly demonstrated that the purpose behind the practice of agnihotra yajna is “letting incessant flow of energy (LIFE)” through our meridian lines and acupuncture points. The volatile organic compounds in smoke were analyzed using the gas chromatography–mass spectrometry method, and the results verified that there is a positive effect on the body from inhaling medicinal smoke.

Dr. Nair’s study included the copper vessel pyramid method and chanting with the vessel containing the ancient material and nine added grains. The materials were cow dung, unpolished rice, and ghee (fat butter). He added coconut endosperm and nine grains called navadhanya which are easily purchased online. It is best to practice agnihotra yajna (Hindu worship) in the early morning sunlight.

Nair, R. (2017). Agnihotra Yajna: A Prototype of South Asian Traditional Medical Knowledge. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies10(2), 143–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.002

Hemp was not included in this study. It is important to note that passive hemp smoke inhalation, like second-hand tobacco smoke can cause allergic reactions. People have been practicing cleansing smoke rituals and healing smoke rituals, for centuries. As activism for passive hemp smoking grows, so do the needs for studies. Much study has been completed on marijuana inhalation for diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. What is not commonly known are the absolute benefits of passive inhalation. Many people, however, claim to feel a strong sense of calmness from passive hemp smoke inhalation.

I am actively searching for testimony of persons who “passively inhale hemp smoke” either alone or in combinations with other organic matter (identify each), at what time of day, how often, and why, and the results. Email testimony with complete answers and statement of release for permission to use in articles – to gaumedup@gmail.com.

A study by Gross (2001), relays a ranked list of concerns on smoking cannabis sativa:

1. Well-established effects: against nausea, anorexia, and weight loss.

2. Relatively well-established effects: against spasms, chronic pain, motion disorders, asthma, glaucoma (a common cause of blindness).

3. Less well documented: allergies, itches, infections, epilepsy, depression, and other psychic disorders.

4. In need of fundamental research: autoimmune diseases, cancer, protective neuronal effects, fever and abnormal blood pressure.

Not many people have a copper vessel pyramid to harvest the full potential of energy needed to increase the crystals in bone structure or an audience of skilled chanters. But most of us are resourceful and can purchase a copper vessel and play chanting melodies in a sunny location.

Here is a copper vessel like the one Dr. Nair described.

If you notice some folks poking around the cow pasture sticking dried cow piles in sacks, it is probably just those “hemp heads” who do not know they can use plain charcoal instead. Unless they are trying to purify the atmosphere or replicate the chemical reaction that kills specific microbes as demonstrated when cow dung is burned in which case cow dung is essential.

Testing on the effectiveness and exact method of “agnihotra yajna” is needed in the eradication of fusarium root rot in hemp plants. In Dr. Nair’s study it was found that not only were the essential oils and atmospheric changes beneficial to humans as an anti-inflammatory and cancer treatment, it also “has effective action against an agriculturally important fungus, Fusarium oxysporum, in inhibiting spore germination and hyphal growth.” Fusarium root rot is devastating to hemp crops.

There we have it – reasons to freely grow, sell, and use “raw hemp.”

Have a great day!

Your watchdog

References

Nair, R. (2017). Agnihotra Yajna: A Prototype of South Asian Traditional Medical Knowledge. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies10(2), 143–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.002

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tobacco

Fumigants https://apsjournals.apsnet.org/doi/abs/10.1094/PHYTO.2002.92.12.1349

https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1469-8137.2003.00700.x

Decuyper, I., Faber, M., Sabato, V., Bridts, C., Hagendorens, M., Rihs, H., … Ebo, D. (2017). Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: cannabis allergy through passive exposure. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice5(3), 864–865. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2016.10.019

Pisanti, S., & Bifulco, M. (2017). Modern History of Medical Cannabis: From Widespread Use to Prohibitionism and Back. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences38(3), 195–198. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tips.2016.12.002

If you read nothing else about medicinal inhalations – read this.

Nair, R. (2017). Agnihotra Yajna: A Prototype of South Asian Traditional Medical Knowledge. Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies10(2), 143–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jams.2016.11.002

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