Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Marijuana is the embodiment of the Divine Feminine. Say what? This is what you may say on reading that marijuana embodies divinity at all. However this is my belief, which I will explain. (Of course take my thoughts with a grain of salt. What do I know? I'm just the son of a registered nurse and a farmer. )
The cannabis plant has traditionally been revered, with many useful applications from agricultural to medicinal to spiritual. Providing nutritious food, potent medicine, sustainable fuel, low-impact building material and consciousness expanding herb, cannabis is a nurturer of humanity. It is no wonder the hyper-masculine, partriarchal corporate-government complex has dared to outlaw it.
In the title of this article I refer to marijuana prohibition, but as I will explain, "marijuana prohibition" has three distinct aspects: the prohibition of hemp in favour of less effective, more profitable (for some) agricultural practices; the elimination of the natural (ie. free) health-care offered by cannabis and hemp seed; and the suppression of the spiritual potential of cannabis as a consciousness-altering herb.
Hemp and marijuana are essentially different varieties of the plant species,Cannabis sativa L.
With a fast maturation time and extremely high rate of oxygen production/carbon absorbance, hemp is an effective and sustainable crop that provides building materials, textiles, paper and plastic alternatives. Like the volcanic mineral, zeolite, hemp also has applications in toxic waste management, and is used to absorb toxic materials and rehabilitate soil after chemical spills and nuclear accidents. Containing a unique resin, it is also among the most oily if not the most oily plants on the planet thereby can provide the kinds of renewable biofuels for which Rudolph Diesel designed his engine. And since acre of hemp crop also pumps out more oxygen than 25 acres of forested land, by using hemp as a primary agricultural crop, we can create sustainable industrial practice and begin to regain a more balanced relationship with our Mother Earth. (Learn more.)
Taken as food or medicine -- which are, of course, the same thing -- the cannabis plant is just as suited to the human condition. According to both traditional use and recent western-scientific enquiry, cannabis has far-reaching medicinal applications. It is a potent natural cure for cancer, even curing "incureable" forms of Leukemia. It inhibits the spread of HIV, is effective at treating (and avoiding) Alzheimer's disease, reduces the symptoms of conditions from migraines to MS, and is effective for the treatment of seizure disorders.
When eaten, hemp seed strengthens immunity and repairs DNA, reduces inflammation and contains the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and 6 for the human body. Hemp seeds are also high in protein (33% by weight), fiber and beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Cannabis has also been found to be beneficial to the human brain. There are receptors in the human brain that respond pharmacologically to cannabis, and endogenous cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis bind to these receptors, protecting the neurology of the brain. This is in direct conflict with the "anti-drug" rationale maintained by the patriarchal prohibitionists of the government/corporate complex over the past 100 years -- a reality that must finally give way to the millennia's old understanding that, when used not abused, cannabis/marijuana is in fact a consciousness-expanding herb.
As Wes Annac wrote in his recent article Cannabis, Consciousness and Common Sense:
"For centuries, different cultures have used cannabis (and other plants) in a spiritual and/or ceremonial setting (the same cultures who, in some cases, used hemp industrially), and it is no mistake that this tradition carries on today. But still, some people see cannabis as little more than a drug that, in their eyes, just makes you dumber. Part of me wonders if the interests who profit from its illegality have purposely perpetuated the stereotypes that surround it in an effort to turn the world against it" [Yet] the herb retains a quiet dignity throughout all of the condemnation, silently and patiently awaiting the day when it can finally show us what it can do."
And that's what it's starting to do. A nutritious food, potent medicine, sustainable fuel, low impact building material and a consciousness expanding herb, cannabis is revealing itself to be a nurturer of humanity. No other life form is more perfectly designed to serve so many human needs, both physical and spiritual. It is no wonder that the partriarchal corporate-government complex has deemed it a 'controlled' substance -- it is controlled alright. As Sayer Ji recently noted, a "two trillion dollar a year industry stands between you and access to the disease alleviating properties of this humble plant."Patriarchal Prohibition
The corporate-sponsored government ban on marijuana and the intentional dismantling of the feminine homeopathy and agricultural paradigms occurred concurrently with the institutionalization of reductionism and allopathy in 'medicine' and the rise of the social patriarchy.
Defined by the virtues of sustainability, reflection and nurturing, the Sacred Feminine once kept whole communities intuitively tuned with our Mother Earth, valuing her as the nurturer of life and honouring her need to be nurtured in return. Yet, by conditioning entire populations to perceive disconnection from their natural environment and the nurturing energy she embodies, the patriarchy has worked to instil a collective psychology that undervalues the need for sustainable, compassionate thinking in our collective plan. Through the ongoing distortion of truth, the oligarchy has gained our ignorant but willing consent to forego our instinctive connections (nutritional, medicinal and spiritual) to our natural environment and to destroy great swathes of our beautiful planet on our behalf but to their benefit -- and all in great the name of human progress. And while this systemic ecocide continues with our willing co-operation, so too does our collective affront to the divine feminine -- to Gaia herself.
The feminine influence on our cultures, and correspondingly, the manifestation of feminine nature of our collective consciousness, has diminished throughout an era of increasingly patriotic global elitism. As our reverence for the nature of 'the feminine' and natural has diminished, so too has the influence of women and 'feminine' values (such as nurturing and sustainability) on the priorities of our cultures. Around the world, entire civilizations have lost their energetic balance, becoming overtly 'masculine', and the symptoms of this energetic imbalance are have manifested in the foundations of our societies.