Saturday, December 21, 2019

*Prevention, treatment & cure for White-nose Syndrome in Bats using Cannabis extracts

My suggestion for prevention, treatment & cure for White-nose Syndrome in bats is to fumigate infected populations using aerosol terpenes extracted from Cannabis. Anti-fungal properties of Cannabis extracts are well established. Naturally occurring terpenes are non-toxic and may be beneficial to the health of mammals, fish and birds.

"The known sterol β-sitosterol-3-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-6′-acetate was isolated for the first time from cannabis. Compounds 6 and 7 displayed significant antibacterial and antifungal activities, respectively, while 5 displayed strong antileishmanial activity." (1)

"Fogging" the caves with plant-based terpenoid compounds, using timers on fogging equipment placed inside the caves, would be the safest, most effective, least intrusive way to apply the materials.

  • "Terpenoid phenols, including carvacrol, are components of oregano and other plant essential oils that exhibit potent antifungal activity against a wide range of pathogens, including Candida albicansStaphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa." (2)

  • Readiness: How sufficiently developed is the idea? Do intended users have to develop other technologies or methods to apply the idea? Can it use “off the shelf” parts to carry out? (20%)

This idea is ready to deploy immediately, with an abundance of raw material available for extraction in Oregon. Involvement with the Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center would expedite development and application of this idea. (3)

  • Deployment Scale: Which geographic regions of the United States and Canada will the idea work in? Can it work in more than one region?  What kinds of bat habitats can the idea work in? Will it work in the presence and absence of P.destructans? (15%)

The idea will work in all regions of the US.

  • Species Susceptibility: Will the idea work for the most highly susceptible bat species? (20%)

Yes, the idea will work for the most highly susceptible bat species.

  • Ease of Use: How easy is the idea to apply? For example, will carrying it out require significant physical exertion, extensive time in the field, highly trained scientists or other specialists, or significant safety training and precautions? (10%)

The method of application will require a minimum of effort, beyond transport of portable fogging equipment to the sites where it is to be set up, left overnight, and recovered after several applications of aerosol terpenes.

  • Cost Efficiency: Submitted solutions are not required to include a specific cost per bat to implement the idea, but do you have a sense of what it would cost to implement the idea? (10%)

The cost of the program would be minimal, since useable plant material is abundant and steam distillation relatively inexpensive. Fogging equipment would be simple to build.

  • Efficacy: How effective is the treatment at the point of application to eliminate or weaken P.destructans to help bats survive? (25%)

The treatment would be very effective, without unintended consequences.

  • Risk to Resources: When used at the proposed scale, will the idea keep harm to native natural or cultural resources at a minimum? Solutions that the judges find help bats, but only at the expense of causing irreparable harm to natural or cultural resources near bat populations, or solutions that cause significant harm to bats themselves, will not be considered for winning this Challenge.

Terpenes derived from plants are biocompatible with mammals. Insects, fungus and viruses are susceptible to terpenes. (4)

Thank you for your consideration, and for your great works.


Paul J. von Hartmann
Cannabis scholar, photographer (5)

1. Biologically Active Cannabinoids from High-Potency Cannabis sativa. 
2. Mechanism of Antifungal Activity of Terpenoid Phenols Resembles Calcium Stress and Inhibition of the TOR Pathway

3. OSU’s Global Hemp Innovation Center

4. A New MRSA Defense : Marijuana extracts kill antibiotic-resistant MRSA without a high.

5. Cannabis vs. Climate Change

"My team accepts and understands the Terms and Conditions described in the Challenge and agrees to abide by them."

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Climate change & the rise in deadly fungal infections

The role played by terpenes in our bodies and circulating throughout the Earth's ecosystem are analogous. Terpenes have been a point of interest for me since 1997, when I was introduced to Cannabis terpenes by my friend Vito Mediavilla, eminent research scientist at the Swiss Federal Research Station near Bern.

Since then I learned about the physical dynamic of terpenes, that rise into the atmosphere, where they perform several critically important environmental services.

As they ascend into the stratosphere, terpenes reflect solar UV-B radiation away from the planet and serve as cloud condensation nuclei, forming "bright and persistent clouds." (3)

As a component of the hydrologic cycle, terpenes may play an increasingly significant role in purifying water of pathogens, that may be increasing as the concentration of terpenes is reduced by deforestation and death of marine phytoplankton.

"Pentacyclic triterpenes such as β-amyrin and cycloartenol have been shown to possess numerous biological activities including anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties (Vázquez et al., 2012; Moses et al., 2013). These triterpenes are key contributors to the pharmacological properties of numerous medicinal herbs (Kirby et al., 2008; Yadav et al., 2010; Sawai and Saito, 2011)." (2)

Now, think about how...

"From 2012 to 2015, pathogenic versions of the fungus Candida auris arose independently in Africa, Asia and South America. The versions are from the same species, yet they are genetically distinct, so the spread across continents couldn’t have been caused by infected travelers, says Arturo Casadevall of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health." (1)

"Since mid-2016, when reporting of C. auris infections began in the United States, there have been nearly 700 cases confirmed in 12 states, with deadly outbreaks occurring among patients in hospitals and other health care facilities. More than 30 countries around the world have also reported cases. The fungus causes dangerous infections of the blood, brain, heart and other parts of the body. Studies show that an invasive infection can be fatal 30 to 60 percent of the time. And some infections are resistant to all available antifungal medications." (1)

"Meanwhile, other fungi are wreaking destruction on many animals and plants, including frogs (SN: 4/27/19, p. 5), snakes (SN: 1/20/18, p. 16) and trees (SN: 5/3/03, p. 282). “A lot of our fellow creatures are being wiped out,” Casadevall says. And while mammals have tended to be “remarkably resistant to invasive fungal diseases,” he says, bats have been hit hard by outbreaks of a fungus that causes white nose syndrome in part because their body temperature drops during hibernation (SN Online: 7/15/19)." (1)

Recently it was reported that "An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth's atmosphere -- and falling from it" (4)

It seems to me that there is an urgent necessity of replenishing the Earth's atmosphere with terpenes, largely overlooked by those people concerned with climate change. #Cannabis #hemp is being revealed as a "Gaiatherapeutic" remedy needed to heal Earth's atmosphere of immune suppressive, Earth-broiling UV-B radiation, and airborne bio-pathogens.

How long will it take to conduct the global conversation that’s needed to heal this planet and human society?



1. Climate change could raise the risk of deadly fungal infections in humans
Outbreaks of Candida auris have recently erupted around the world

2. Cannabis sativa: The Plant of the Thousand and One Molecules
Christelle M. Andre, Jean-Francois Hausman, and Gea Guerriero

3. Fragrance of pine forests helps to slow climate change
James Randerson, 13 Apr 2006

4. Viruses -- lots of them -- are falling from the sky
An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth's atmosphere -- and falling from it
February 6, 2018 University of British Columbia

Friday, February 19, 2016

Virus of Ignorance

Dear friends,

It is too early in the morning, again. I awaken to the gentle sound of my son's quiet breathing. I wonder what I can do to be a better father. At home and in school he's doing great. He is healthy, happy, well-nourished, nurtured, loved and provided for. It is his future and the future of all children that continues to concern me.

Increasingly pervasive systemic imbalance, is suspended above every child's head. This awareness invades my sleep almost every morning. Observing the day-to-day transition of Cannabis value, from "illegal" to essential, it is as if a virus of ignorance has come to dominate our social evolution. If "Reefer Madness" was the wound, that threatens to terminate our existence on this planet, then the initiative process that obstructs timely progress to finally, completely and immediately ending prohibition is like a lingering, systemic infection disguised as  a remedy, that will not go away.

Almost every measure of environmental, economic and social systemic health & balance, reveals degeneration into an unthinkable future for our children and grandchildren. In the face of imminent extinction we continue to accept essential resource scarcity, inflicted by successive outlaw regimes. 

In spite of the fact that the contemporary Cannabis culture has had ample time and opportunity to become aware of and communicate the true value of Cannabis, very few of the people who work for ending prohibition will acknowledge that "hemp" is federally recognized as a "strategic resource" in seven Executive Orders, signed by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama. 

Very few people working to end prohibition seem to appreciate the legal significance of Cannabis as an essential, "herb bearing seed." None seem to take seriously the many inarguable differences between drugs and herbs; and that failure to distinguish between drugs and herbs has rendered Cannabis laws "void for vagueness." 

Though hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted on attorney fees, few people who have been busted for pot seem willing to stand-up and speak for themselves in court. Very few of the wealthy pot growers and medical marijuana moguls who are making bank  slinging herb are willing to fund time-efficient strategies for ending marijuana prohibition completely and immediately.

All it would take is one 'pro se' class-action lawsuit, challenging the rightful jurisdiction of any court over any "herb bearing seed" to end all plant prohibitions. By now, only liars and fools fail to acknowledge that the "war on drugs" is counter-productive to its own stated objectives. 

Considered for its multi-level strata of lessons to be gleaned, all rational, analytical analyses of prohibition reveals evermore profound level of disfunction. Once prohibition is finally ended, and all "drug war dinoswhores" either die or retire, open, objective retrospective analyses will reveal prohibition as a prolonged, incomprehensibly lucrative ruse, an obscene exaggeration of an intentionally failed, fiscally insane, malicious government policy. 

Like income taxes. When people spend money they pay excise taxes, at the cash register. no personal accounting is required. The business owner's computer automatically separates tax from gross income and the government winds up with its share. 

As it is, every year, countless hours of precious personal life, professional productivity, healing relaxation, home chores and priceless family time, are wasted on forced accounting. More time and money are wasted on audits, court battles, tax legislating, administration and other spin-off activities related to taxation of income.

Problems are profitable for people selling expensive solutions that don't work. Prohibition and income taxation are the two most overtly illegal activities of our government. As long as either of them remains, we will be neither free nor strong enough to oppose criminality at every level of society. 

Failing to recognize the inherent criminality of prohibition, and the intentionally inefficient and publicly disempowering effects of income taxation, requires a level of denial that completely obliterates reality. To date, both primitive, inefficient, wasteful societal afflictions have, in tandem, effectively disappeared the backbone of entire generations. 

Having defended myself in federal court twice, and testified on the record in many others, I can report first-hand that there is no power greater than the truth, plainly spoken. The Department of Commerce and the IRS have been presented with the limit of law, and retreated. Individuals have rights that organized groups do not. The collective power of each person's immutable, natural, god-given rights is unconquerable. 

The evolution of revolution is revaluation. Thinking "outside the bong" reveals the true value of Cannabis as an essential "strategic resource" for several inarguable reasons. The fact that Cannabis is the only crop that provides complete nutrition, and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest, makes "hemp" mankind's functional interface with the Natural Order. 

There are several other properties of Cannabis that make it both unique and essential to mankind's existence on this planet. Since humans have cut down half of the boreal forests to make paper (that could have been made better, cheaper, and with less pollution ("BeCAWLeP") from hemp); And killed half of the marine phytoplankton that used to emit atmospheric aerosols that shield the Earth from the Sun; Cannabis now essential for the timely production of stratosphere aerosols, called "terpenes" that reflect solar UV-B radiation away from he planet, and "seed" cloud formation.

There are several effects of atmospheric terpene production that can be logically assumed. Purification of Earth's hydrologic cycle by atmospheric terpenes seems too obvious to doubt. Redistribution of moisture in the atmosphere is another likely effect of biogenic terpene production. Changing atmospheric concentrations, and global  distribution of terpenes from historic levels and patterns can be expected to have proportionate global effects on the systemic integrity and homeostatic balance of Earth's Natural Order.

Without exaggeration, it is easy to predict with a high degree of certainty, cascading, compounding, catastrophic results of continued Cannabis prohibition. Only a population stunned by fear and denial would allow their children to be sacrificed to extinction, while paying taxes to an oppressive, criminal, prohibitionist regime.
It does not take a voter initiative to conclude that the immediate judicial review and release of all "Green Prisoners" is an urgent priority. It does not take a vote to determine that all strains of Cannabis possess nutraceutical, uniquely effective, endogenously therapeutic properties, with unparalleled safety. 

What court has rightful jurisdiction over your endogenous cannabinoid system? What court has the right to impose essential resource scarcity? The only thing that keeps prohibition from endings the unwillingness of the contemporary Cannabis culture to legitimize itself as the world's most ancient global culture. "Permits? We don't need no stinking' permits!"

If the grassroots Cannabis movement ever manages to get its head out of its ass, and direct funding to "essential civilian demand" for Cannabis, then future generations may have a shot at recovering environmental balance, and achieving symbiotic relationship with the Earth. If we continue to be misled into wagering our freedom on a popular vote to beg for flawed, incremental "propositions" ten we will continue to be misdirected into subservience to the monied elite.

The oxymoronic "drug policy reform establishment" has been successful in leading the grassroots by our trusting, easily distracted noses, pitching the end of prohibition as something far, far away. 

So, if you are grass-fed-up with "bleating around the bush"; if the ego-rush of your "freedom to complain" has peaked and you're looking for the real deal, then remember what Frederick Douglass pointed-out way back in 1857, before the last Civil War: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will."

"Essential civilian demand" for a "strategic" "herb" "of first necessity to the wealth and protection of country" and planet, recognizes 'time' as the limiting factor in the equation of survival. There so time or sane reason left for a popular vote. WAKE UP! 

No, really!!! WAKE UP to the true, essential value of Cannabis! Hemp is valuable beyond the right jurisdiction of any court! If you have an extra dollar to invest in our children's future, then please help me help you help everyone. I apologize for asking, I understand money is tight, but time is running out. There is no money on a UV-Broiled planet. As long as the illusion of value continues to color the mass illusion of the majority, we have a chance to use the existing economic structure to effect meaningful change. As values shift, society will become more chaotic. Before the machine breaks down completely, and ubiquitous violence becomes unstoppable, we must direct coordinated essential demand, using all existing infrastructure to implement a massive global campaign of cultivation.

Cannabis plays an analogous role in maintaining the health of the Earth, as it does with each individual's personal well-being. Because mankind's industry has had such a huge, detrimental effect on the Earth, it is hopeful to realize that we could have as great a beneficial influence, were we to consciously coordinate the transformation of armies to "farmies." 

Hemp is exceptional in being a non-invasive, pioneer crop. There is no better choice than hemp for expansion of the arable base. Since Cannabis terpenes nucleate bright and persistent clouds, it can be said with some confidence that hemp participates in making its own rain. As feed and cover for wildlife, there is no better choice than hemp. As a seasonal wind-break, as a healthful source of entheogenics, euphorics, holistic nutrition and Gaiatherapeutic industrial feedstock, there is nothing that even comes close to Cannabis.

Is it really necessary to argue this in court? Are we that primitive we cannot see how technology has limited our ability to "think outside the bong" about Cannabis? The only crop that produces both edestin and albumin proteins is beyond value on a planet whose fish are dying, whose ruminant meat animals generate significant quantities of greenhouse gasses, as beef processing consumes thousands of gallons per pound of protein, and pollutes the water with antibiotics.

There are several obvious dissimilarities that prevent a "strategic" "herb bearing seed" from being reasonably confused with a "Schedule One drug." It is stunning to realize that in the 21st Century, the contemporary Cannabis culture is willing to accept the wrongful jurisdiction of outlaw courts erecting economic barriers to Justice. 

Whatever objective judicial oversight there may be, is needed to responsibly address the obvious, fundamental discrepancies between drugs and herbs. Obviously, drugs don't make seeds. Herbs do. Herbs also proved innumerable benefits to the Earth, to people, and to the animals with whom we share this planet. Mankind is far beyond its rightful authority in legislating scarcity of an unique and essential herb that other creatures also depend upon for their survival.

It is impossible to conceive of how many ways man's thoughtless disregard for Nature has resulted in a litany of unspeakable cruelties, inflicted on billions of our fellow-human beings; to say nothing of our species' complete, immoral disregard of the other creatures whom we are rudely crowding off of this planet. 

There is perhaps no greater extreme of injustice than humanity's murderous cruelty and disrespect of Cetacean species. Whales and dolphins are certainly mankind's vastly under-appreciated Masters of Evolution. 

The most urgent lesson humans have to learn, in order for all species to survive, is the thirty-five million-year-old economic system of the Cetaceans, succinctly described as "Dolphin Economics." Based in unlimited natural abundance, Dolphin Economics can be summed up as, "You help me help you help everyone." It is the foundation of peace. 

Fortunately for us, Cetacean species are non-violent. Imagine if dolphins and whales were as voracious and aggressive as sharks, cruel as corporate gangsters and misanthropic as a prohibition-drunk, steroid-inflated, rogue police force, both of which are becoming increasingly common these days.

Cannabis agriculture is unique in its realistic potential to serve as a proportionate, global remedy. Because Cannabis is adaptable, capable of growing in a wide variety of soil and climate conditions, it affords the possibility of rapid, global abundance, on a purposeful scale never seen before. At this pivotal time in human history, our planet has never been more in need of a healing, herbal global remedy.

The national security of every country depends on systemic global integrity. Cannabis is unique and essential in providing multiple levels of healing, beginning this Spring planting season. Any person who has questions or concerns about how and why the absolute transition of Cannabis value needs to happen immediately, is invited to inquire.

What it comes down to is that over the long-haul of evolution, knowledge is of limited value in the absence of respect. Nature demands our full and immediate respect. That is why we have the inalienable right to demand full, immediate access to Nature. 

Cannabis is an herb, not a drug. Making a "forbidden fruit" of marijuana only makes it more popular with naturally rebellious young people; and more dangerous, more violent, and more expensive on the black market. 

Every problem anyone may have had with marijuana happened in the context of the "drug war." Counter-productive to its own stated objectives, the "war on herbs" has resulted in a hard-drugs epidemic exploding parallel with and analogous to mankind's consumption of toxic, unevenly distributed, industrial substitutes. 

"Endless wars" are an inevitable consequence of the perverse "drug war" against plants. A vicious cash cow stampedes through the China shop of evolution, funding a run-away bureaucracy, reefer-mad and punch-drunk on its own self-serving opulence. What are the salaries associated with prohibition-related industries? That is the first place to look for funding of a massive global, biodynamic agricultural campaign, to expand the arable base. 

Every possible effort must be made to plant Cannabis on a scale intended to replace the volume of terpenes lost with the catastrophic deaths of the boreal forest and marine phytoplankton. 

There are also considerable environmental costs of prohibition to consider, characterized as "ecological disaster" by those who understand the dynamics of the failed drug war. The chemical-military-industrial footprint of Cannabis prohibition is insidious. When I think about the pervasive interface, throughout our society that prolonged, imposed essential resource scarcity has imposed, it is like an ugly stain spreading across the breadth of human morals and values, determining the unsavory character of our social evolution.

People are dying from viral ignorance, that has infected human governance. Corrupted values, disrespecting Nature, have been steering human social evolution toward foreseeable extinction, since before we were born. The inevitable consequence of a poor choice, based in a lie, irreversible systemic collapse has started. Unless there is a major shift in human values, we will run out of time sooner than we expect. Time is the only thing we can't make more of. We must recognize how irreplaceably valuable each and every single growing season is.

There seems to be something wrong. Perhaps I am mistaken, but a virus of ignorance is apparently spreading throughout the land. I see the world squawking nonsense about Cannabis laws, taxation and voter initiatives and wonder at the absurdity of a mad society spiraling our hospice planet into critical dysfunction. I read about epidemic breakdown of integrated systems, hear the IPCC warnings of "cascading system failures" within which humans have chosen the darkest possible role. Our fellow endogenous Earthlings are ill, dying and disappearing at unprecedented rates, crowded, hunted, and polluted off the breast of our common Mother, who feeds us all.

Corrupted human values, elevating toxic chemicals over healing herbs, favors corrupted political leadership. Instead of nursing with gratitude and respect for our Mother Planet, humankind has turned parasitic, feeding on toxins, fouling the source of our existence with poisonous industrial effluent.

Antiquated, inefficient and misanthropic, the morally-unaccountable influence of toxin-based corporate wealth confounds a foundation of Justice, insulting Reason. Human social evolution has been recklessly drunk on Gaiacidal industry, armed aggression and other industries potentiated by essential resource scarcity. Profitable feedback loops have been institutionalized by people who profit from their disregard for the future, or the suffering of others. 

As it is, instead of basing our economics on Gaiatherapeutic, globally-distributed agricultural abundance, mankind has been shackled to the economics of scarcity. The limited thinking that scarcity affords, has been achieved by a simple, though very great lie, that can be defeated by a simple, much larger, abiding truth. 

The great lie of "Reefer Madness" that lingers with us still (like a bad smell), is that Cannabis is an "evil weed."  The lie is more than merely false. It is obviously contrary to what is true. 

In fact, Cannabis is mankind's functional interface within the integrated systems of the Natural Order. Cannabis offers our species a way to achieve symbiotic relationship within the complex matrix of long-term, living interrelationship that defines and determines sustainable existence. Humans require Cannabis is proved by the present threat of global extinction. If Cannabis had never been banned, we would not be facing systemic collapse. Evolution demands that humans shift our collective values in a coordinated way to favor healing of the Earth. If we fail to achieve the degree of agricultural freedom necessary to heal the Earth in time to avert systemic collapse, our children and grand children will suffer the worst of an unthinkable future.

Voter initiatives are okay for deciding less critical issues, subject to decision by majority opinion. For matters of greater consequence and global significance, a different path must be taken. The present, tragic, insidious dysfunction is an untenable, inadequate, impotent response to the unprecedented threats we face.

Sean Parker's celebrated support financial support for AUMA has in some people's thinking, legitimized a brazenly anti-Constitutional initiative that violates the First Amendment. No matter who spends what on whatever nonsense is passed-off, under color of law, as a legitimate voter initiative, the fact remains that our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. The First Amendment is the only law needed to reclaim rightful jurisdiction over "every green herb." Since drugs don't make seeds, it is a simple matter to tell them apart.

The legal distinction between drugs and herbs is foundational to the integrity of our system of Justice. What rightful authority is there in imposing essential resource scarcity? How can a democratic government claim to serve the "free market economy" when a federally-recognized as "strategic" industrial crop has been banned for almost eighty years? 

Radical economic disparity, results from uneven distribution of essential resources. If everyone was to have what they need in their own bio region, then there would be much greater efficiency from production to consumption. The ecological footprint of man could be a positive one, if we were to work with all of Nature's creatures, with particular attention to our long-abused and neglected, sacred plant princess, the ancient, mythical diva we call Cannabis. 

The challenge is simply to overcome control over public media, afforded by economic manipulatin, skewing the flow of information. The violent bent of human social evolution occurring today, is symptomatic of the illness afflicting the counter-productive, dominant political regime in the U.S.. Only a very sick country would violate its own Constitution. In a world of instantaneous, global electronic communication, the antidote to mis-leadership is as simple as it s fundamental. Now that the truth is available, there remains the task of letting people know where to look. I trust everyone who 'like's what I post on Facebook, and other social media sites, will share this view of where we all are, in the trajectory we're co-creating. 

Beginning in March 2016, the secular, individual California Cannabis Ministry, will be continuing Project P.E.A.C.E.. By documenting public support for "essential civilian demand " Between the Dreams Productions will continue to advance society toward the inevitable, necessary polar shift in values from "illegal" to essential. 

On the Hemp Road once again, on the Great Pacific Northwest Biodiesel Book Tour of Spring 2016. Cannabis information, instruction, products, books, DVDs and live, a wealth of international, on the road interviews will be available for screening to the public. This will be the twenty-fifth year of Project P.E.A.C.E., the purpose of which has been to shift Cannabis values from "illegal" to essential, in time to avert systemic collapse. 

Anyone who recognizes the urgency of coordinating grassroots civilian emergency preparedness, is invited to visit the blog of the California Cannabis Ministry where a PayPal button awaits your generous support for everyone's freedom. Please visit my YouTube and Vimeo channels, as well as my Facebook page to see what I have intended to serve as due diligence in the polar revaluation of Cannabis, from illegal to essential.

The digital video documentary of "Cannabis vs. Climate Change" is available for anyone who would like to have the ready access to ancient logic and reason in a form that is intended to serve as a legally valid argument. 

If you would care to have me testify in court, or otherwise present an holistic, biogenic, time-efficient, Cannabis-inclusive remedy for the global systemic imbalance we all face, please feel welcome to get in touch.

Blessed rushes,


Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Cannabis vs. Climate Change" in brief...

Paul von Hartmann Salient highlights of “Cannabis vs. Climate Change”

“Essential civilian demand” is justified by the increasing likelihood of “extinction level events” that threaten “cascading systems failures.”

For the first time in mankind’s history, ‘time’ has become the limiting factor in the equation of survival. The extreme urgency of initiating effective measures for resolving global systemic imbalance justifies initiation of Cannabis-inclusive, civilian emergency preparedness procedures in all regions where “hemp” may be grown.

All concerns about ‘marijuana’, whether real or imagined, pale in comparison to the imminent certainty of our unthinkable future on a solar UV-Broiled planet.

Solar UV-B radiation, making it through Earth’s atmosphere to the surface of the planet, is increasing due to the erosion of stratospheric ozone; and loss of aerosol monoterpenes, caused by the deaths of sub-Arctic boreal forests and marine phytoplankton.

Cannabis is both unique and essential in offering several, time-sensitive, “strategic” environmental services. For mankind to initiate an effective, proportionate, biogenic response to climate imbalance, the rapidly “closing window of opportunity” is of primary consideration. Unprecedented conditions of global systemic disintegration require immediate implementation of timely, emergency preparedness procedures, in preparation for the Spring planting season of 2016. There is not another growing season to waste.

- Hemp is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest. This inarguable fact makes Cannabis unique and essential for increasing food security and nutrition, at the same time it provides for regional production of bioenergy feedstocks 

- Hemp is the only crop capable of producing sufficient quantities of atmospheric aerosol monoterpenes in the time we may have left, to replace solar-protective stratospheric aerosols that have been reduced by approximately 50% in the past sixty years

- Hemp is uniquely essential in producing the world’s best available source of organic vegetable proteins, and other essential nutrients

- Hemp is capable of expanding the world’s arable base with a non-invasive, beneficial, pioneer plant, increasing the carrying capacity of the Earth.

- Hemp sequesters more atmospheric carbon per acre than any other food crop (9 US tons per acre, per growing season)
- Hemp phytoremediates nutrient-depleted soils, chemically and radioactively contaminated lands
- Hemp conditions compacted soils
- Hemp is an essential agronomic tool for reducing soil erosion by wind and water

Sunday, December 20, 2015

"Essential civilian demand" for the "strategic" "herb" "hemp."

Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Subject: National security. "Essential civilian demand" for Cannabis "hemp" in accord with "emergency preparedness" powers conveyed by Executive Order 13603, Code of Federal Regulations 44, Defense Production Act of 1950 and other federal, national security documents.

Mr. President,

Thank you for initiating immediate action appropriate to national emergency preparedness, by prioritizing this formal exercise of "essential civilian demand" for the "strategic food resource," Cannabis "hemp." 

Essential civilian demand is called for because global climate change is accelerating, threatening everyone with irreversible systemic collapse. "Extinction level" events and geochemical feedback loops already set in motion make 'time' the limiting-factor in determining mankind's chances of survival beyond the 21st century. 

Systemic collapse of Earth's environment currently threatens U.S. national security with global disintegrity. Unless our species recognizes the true, unique and essential values of Cannabis hemp, the sickly, violent extinction of our species will soon become inevitable. Our children and grandchildren will suffer an unthinkable future unless we act immediately.

I trust you will lead our nation in the spirit of cooperation appropriate to responsible, timely, "emergency preparedness." There is much work to do before the Spring 2016 planting season, concurrent with infrastructural development needed before the Autumn hemp harvest. The employment  creation and economic stimulus potential of Cannabis agriculture, manufacture and trade is virtually unlimited. The urgency of beginning could not be greater.

I look forward to working with you, to implement a successful, proportionate, organic agricultural solution to many problems at once, with maximum priority assigned to normalization of Earth's atmospheric balance. In addition to climate change, health, economics, biofuels energy production, food security and nutrition are other areas of concern which will benefit enormously from immediate reintroduction of hemp on a meaningful scale.

In my recent book entitled "Cannabis vs. Climate Change," I have attempted to explain several unique and essential benefits of hemp that make it valuable beyond the rightful jurisdiction of any court. In essence, Cannabis is mankind's functional interface within the Natural Order. Our freedom to farm hemp is necessary for mankind's industrial development to integrate seamlessly within the Earth's ancient, systemic balance.

Perhaps most significant is the influence of fragrant, atmospheric aerosols called "monoterpenes," exuded in abundance by Cannabis. In 2006, climate scientists announced that monoterpenes produced by the boreal forests and marine phytoplankton, refract solar UV-B radiation away from the surface of the planet and nucleate persistent cloud formation. By the time these geochemical relationships were understood, half of the forests and forty percent of the phytoplankton had already been killed. 
Increasing solar UV-B ("global broiling") increases the solubility of mercury and arsenic. Increasing toxicity of Earth's hydrological system is analogous to blood poisoning. 

Cannabis is the only crop that produces a sufficient volume of atmospheric monoterpenes needed to replenish what has been lost with the catastrophic deaths of the boreal forests and marine phytoplankton, in the time we may have left to make a difference. Anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-oxidizing and anti-biotic properties of terpenes may also play a role in enhancing and purifying the hydrologic cycle.

Cannabis seed is the world's best source of complete nutrition, an unique dietary "essential" that is required for normal growth and proper immune function. Essential proteins, essential fatty acids and essential amino acids required for proper growth and development, are not synthesized in the body. Cannabis seed contains all of these essential nutrients, and much more. Hemp is the best available source of edestin and albumen proteins, which are critical to immune function and many other processes and functions of the body.

Cannabis is the only agricultural crop that produces complete, essential nutrition and sustainable biofuels from the same harvest, eliminating the trade-off between biofuels energy production and food security. If our species is to overcome our addiction to fossil fuels, without impacting food production and nutrition, Cannabis is an essential crop for simultaneous food, biofuels and fiber production. 

Cannabis is both unique and essential to expanding the world's arable base. A non-invasive pioneer crop, capable of regenerating depleted soils and remediating damaged lands, Cannabis is currently being used at Chernobyl to phytoremediate radioactively contaminated soils.

"Drugs" don't make seeds; "herbs" do. They are not equivalent. Seeds are alive, drugs are not. We can grow complete, essential nutrition from herbs, not from drugs. We cannot grow biofuels from drugs; nor can we produce essential atmospheric aerosols from drugs. Only herbs can provide all of these critical environmental services.

Proper definitions are the cornerstone of Justice, fundamental to making specific, legitimate distinctions. As it is presently, in failing to recognize the many differences between drugs and herbs, America's drug laws are "void for vagueness," with collateral injustice inflicted on ancient spiritual traditions, based in appreciation of Nature. 

Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom. Please help me to reclaim our most basic human right, to feed our families the most nutritious food on Earth.

Recognizing the true value of hemp and implementing the federal emergency preparedness protocol, essential civilian demand for Cannabis is our nation's greatest challenge.Thank you for your courage and vision in initiating whatever steps are necessary to achieve the polar shift in Cannabis value from "illegal" to essential.

Sincerely yours,

Paul J. von Hartmann, Cannabis scholar
California Cannabis Ministry
Project P.E.A.C.E. (Planet Ecology Advancing Conscious Evolution)

P.O. Box 1119, McCloud, California Republic 96057
(831) 588-5095

December 20, 2015


1. Executive Order 13603, March 16, 2012. Sections 103, 801.

2. CFR 44, Part 334, Section 334.6 "...resource allocation and adjudication with cognizance of the essential civilian demand."

3. United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) March 31, 2014.

4. "Fragrance of pine forests helps to slow climate change"  The Guardian, April 2006.

5. Defense Production Act of 1950 "...development of preparedness programs and the expansion of productive capacity and supply beyond levels needed to meet essential civilian demand in the United States."

6. "Cannabis vs. Climate Change: How hot does Earth have to get before all solutions are considered?

7. "And God sad, 'Behold! I have given you every herb bearing seed...and every green herb.'"- Holy Bible, King James Version; Genesis 1:29-31.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Cannabis vs. Climate Change - How hot does Earth have to get before an obvious solution is demanded?

Cannabis is the only crop that produces complete nutrition, sustainable energy and atmospheric monoterpenes from the same harvest. That simple truth makes Cannabis mankind's functional interface within the balanced systems of the Natural Order.

'Time' is the only thing we can't make more of. Every growing season that passes without the benefits of Cannabis farming and gardening is an opportunity that is gone forever. That makes time the limiting-factor in the equation of human survival.

Cannabis agriculture is immediately, critically essential to recovering global systemic integrity.
The inevitability of irreversible systemic imbalance makes "hemp" too valuable to be within the rightful jurisdiction of any court.

From a purely legal standpoint, Cannabis cannot be within the rightful jurisdiction of any court. Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom.

Inadequate, incremental legislation perpetuates the counter-productive, wrongfully usurped authority over a critically essential resource, by simple, disingenuous mischaracterization of an herb as a "drug." The lie we were born into is extended through treasonously corrupted mis-leadership, manipulating the multi-trillion dollar Cannabis market under color of law.

Without Cannabis, our species is a parasite upon the Earth. Unless we actively mobilize to achieve symbiotic relationship with the living planet, our children will suffer the worst of an unthinkable future. If we fail to recognize and gain advantage from the critically essential "strategic" value of Cannabis, global systemic imbalance will continue to degenerate into chaos.

"Essential civilian demand" for our freedom to farm "every green herb" is the priority. If we are to evolve symbiotic human values in time to avert systemic collapse of environment, then we must reverse our assessment of Cannabis from illegal to essential to the proper integrated functioning of environment, economics and the social order.

Please take a minute to do what you can. Help support the grassroots effort to globalize "essential civilian demand" legitimized by the First Amendment. Share this perspective to help others co-create our common future. The threat of global systemic collapse requires a proportionate global response, now.

"The whole history of the progress of human Liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of struggle...If there is no struggle there is no progress...The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."  ~ Frederick Douglass, 1857

Monday, October 12, 2015

Formal exercise of "Essential civilian demand" for the “strategic resource” Cannabis "hemp"

“The greatest service which can be rendered any country 

is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

"Hemp is of first necessity 
to the wealth and protection 
of the country." 

Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President 
Cannabis farmer

Whereas I am a sovereign individual free man, born sixty years ago, in the California Republic; who bears a sacred legacy of American freedoms, inherited from my Father and my Mother

Whereas I am bound by honor and a father’s love to the ancient, primary, sacred, paternal responsibility I owe my child, born eight years ago in the California Republic

Whereas I was raised to appreciate and respect incomprehensible sacrifices made by previous generations; to honor the hallowed ideals of Justice and Freedom, immutably enumerated in the Bill of Rights and Constitution of the United States

Whereas, I have been socialized from the age of five, through pledging a sincere oath of “allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All” ; thereby deeply imbedding individual, patriotic responsibility in my heart & mind

Whereas a lifetime graced with uncommon immersion in Nature, for extraordinary lengths of time, have grown my respect and appreciation of the ageless wisdom we are all connected to, shared with all life, and our living planet

Whereas the justification for immediate exercise of "essential civilian demand" is conveyed by what I, and others, perceive to be the time-limited opportunity of addressing multiple, environmental conditions and imbalances in global systemic relationships;

Whereas  'time' is the only thing we cannot make more of, making it the “limiting-factor” in the equation of survival 

Whereas prolonged inaction shortens everyone’s odds of survival, with every growing season that passes being gone forever, an opportunity missed 

Whereas atmospheric and climate changes are causing geochemical shifts in Earth's systemic balance, threatening individual health, national security and global integrity at such profound levels as to potentiate global extinction 

Whereas the urgency could not be greater for initiating the most time-efficient, emergency preparedness protocol reintroducing Cannabis "hemp" for the purpose of mitigating both the causes and the effects of compounding systemic imbalances

Whereas Cannabis agriculture is uniquely capable of serving as an essential agronomic tool for expanding the arable base and resolving several aspects of systemic imbalance simultaneously 

Whereas Cannabis is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable energy, from the same harvest, eliminating the trade-off between biofuels production and food security 

Whereas Cannabis is the only crop capable of generating sufficient quantities of atmospheric aerosol monoterpenes, needed to replenish solar-protective aerosols lost with the catastrophic deaths of Earth's boreal forests and marine phytoplankton 

Whereas Cannabis is the only crop capable of generating sufficient quantities if cloud condensation nuclei to replenish Earth’s atmosphere to the levels that existed just fifty years ago

Whereas drugs don’t make seeds, and herbs do; And because a drug can be made from an herb but an herb cannot be made from a drug 

Whereas there are many differences between drugs and herbs that require a legal distinction be made to obviate vagueness and restore the functional integrity of our laws

Whereas prohibition is known to foster corruption in law enforcement, the judicial system and government, while serving the financial interests of criminal elements, drug cartels and global crime syndicates

Whereas the key institutional and governance challenge to delivery of cross-sectoral and comprehensive policies is transcending the irrational institutional prejudice against the most nutritious, essential agricultural resource on Earth

Whereas the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution at its 75th Annual Meeting declaring the war on drugs a failure 

Whereas  The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution at its 78th Annual Meeting recognizing that “for many people, medical marijuana is the safest and most effective medicine to treat their conditions”

Whereas any restrictions, regulation, taxation or burdening of Cannabis agriculture works against the time-limited opportunity we may have

Whereas a realistic, responsible time-assessment of climate changes, that are threatening the systemic balance of the entire world, demands an immediate, proportionate, effective global response, or we will likely achieve extinction before the end of the 21st century.

Whereas increasing UV-B radiation, increasing atmospheric CO2, and the increases in temperature and acidity of Earth's oceans, is causing melting sub-Arctic methane hydrates, the death of the world's coral reefs, confounding global eco-systemic interrelationships that are beyond mankind's understanding or control

Whereas we are approaching irreversible ripping-points, without sufficient understanding of Earth's systems to comprehend the degree of urgency

Whereas the problems we face result from humankind working against Nature, it seems beyond obvious to recognize the importance of working with natural systems to heal the imbalances imposed by man's industrial assault against Nature

Whereas in order for our species to be symbiotic with the planet upon which we depend, rather than continuing to be parasitic, the values and priorities of governance must prioritize the Laws of Nature over the laws of man. 

Whereas Cannabis is an “herb bearing seed” and cannot be tenably listed as a “drug”

Whereas the laws prohibiting Cannabis cultivation induce essential resource scarcity, 

Whereas Cannabis prohibition violates the Laws of God and Nature

Whereas there are at least 31 harms associated with the prohibition of Cannabis, for which there is no accountability or proportionate moral justification

Therefore Cannabis is an “herb bearing seed” protected under the U.S. and State Constitutions under our “First Freedom” without which there can be no credible, morally accountable system of Justice. Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious freedom.


Federal Legal Argument

Unambiguous First Amendment legitimacy over "every herb bearing seed" (2) is conveyed by the fact that drugs don't make seeds. Herbs do. Man can make a drug from an herb, but we cannot make an herb from a drug. They are not the same thing. Prohibition of any "herb bearing seed" is clearly beyond the rightful jurisdiction of any court. Because Cannabis is both unique and essential to mankind's sustainable existence on this planet, it can be recognized as our species' functional interface with the Natural Order established by "The Creator."

The spiritually-founded practice of organic agriculture is integral to mankind's symbiotic relationship with regional integrity as well as the Earth in its entirety. As long as mankind continues to consume environmental toxins, valued as economically viable resources, our species will qualify as parasitic to our host, the Earth. As Gaia becomes increasingly hot, toxic and unpredictable, we are at the point of irreversible degeneration, condemning our children to an increasingly violent, sickly, and unlivable hospice planet.

I am therefore obligated to send the most peaceful, formal notice of "essential civilian demand" for Cannabis "hemp"; with the intention in so doing, of immediately reclaiming my individual freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed."


 Identified as a "strategic resource" that has been specifically referenced in seven Presidential Executive Orders (including E.O. 13603, signed by you on March 16, 2012, currently in-force),  national, emergency preparedness procedures, prioritizing climate change mitigation

"I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more." (Ezekiel 34:29)

Thank you for boldly facing climate change with realistic and purposeful vision. Your spiritually enlightened expression of respect for God's gifts of Nature, elevates humanity into alignment with The Creator at a crucial moment in mankind's history. 

Unfathomably intricate, interconnected relationships, within which mankind participates, must be reevaluated as essential. Man's laws must return to reason, reflecting our self-disciplined respect for God the Father's wisdom. If our Earth Mother is to be healed, systemic balance must be restored, for the good of all.

I am writing to express and encourage public support for your open-hearted, clear-minded leadership, in considering every possible remedy for recovering climate balance. I offer you very good news, that has not yet been seriously regarded by the corrupted regime running amok in the United States. 

I am compelled by necessity, to ask your help, in focusing your Eminence's global influence on a novel, biogenic remedy, critically necessary to ending mankind's worst crime spree against Nature.  By recognizing the true, essential value of Cannabis, prohibition must be ended globally, by "essential civilian demand."

Cannabis is mankind's functional interface with the Natural Order. There are several properties of Cannabis that make the crop both unique and essential for mankind's sustainable, symbiotic existence within the operating systems of the Earth. 

By legislating a fraudulent value against Nature's most useful and uniquely essential "herb bearing seed," prohibition has imposed disvaluation of Cannabis. Prohibition presumes to judge God for making this most useful plant. 

Essential natural resource scarcity has misled mankind to the brink of environmental collapse and moral bankruptcy. 

I am pleased to offer an achievable, affordable solution to several major global problems, with particular urgency required, for increasing levels of solar UV-B radiation which is accelerating climate imbalance. It is a time-limited opportunity, as conditions degenerate toward irreversible global systemic collapse.

The true, unique and essential values of the plant, for healing our bodies and Earth's atmosphere, preclude rightful jurisdiction by any court. Our freedom to farm "every herb bearing seed" is the first test of religious  freedom. "Every green herb" is our rightful legacy, a responsibility we have to pass along intact to future generations.

Organic Cannabis is the only crop that produces complete nutrition and sustainable energy from the same harvest; while sequestering twelve tons of carbon from the atmosphere per acre per growing season. This feature of the plant makes Cannabis essential. Cannabis is the only plant that produces sufficient volume of monoterpenes to replace what has been lost with the death of the boreal forests. Cannabis is the only crop that produces enough fiber to satisfy humanity's voracious appetite for paper. If you were to recognize that Cannabis is essential to resolving climate imbalance, then the shift into alignment with natural values would happen much sooner, as it must.

If prohibition of Cannabis "hemp" had never been imposed, mankind would have remained in balance with Nature. The fundamental challenge of our time is a pivotal, polar shift in values from "illegal" to essential. Mankind is far beyond its rightful authority in legislating scarcity of an unique and essential food resource upon which other species also depend for their survival.

'Time' has become the limiting-factor in the equation of survival. Time is the only thing we can' t make more of. I trust you will agree it is time to consider all possible Earth-healing, "Gaiatherapeutic" protocols, needed immediately for healing our planet.

Unfortunately, Nature's most gifted, essential plant partner was legislated into scarcity. Such was the impact of this mis-leadership, that over time, human morals and values have degenerated into complete disregard for the works of God, The Creator.

The legitimate value of the Creator's finest gift to the world is finally being acknowledged for all of its many essential benefits. Perhaps most urgently is the need to generate atmospheric aerosol "monoterpenes," produced in abundance by hemp.  Concentrations of monoterpenes in the atmosphere and hydrologic cycle have been reduced by about 50%, with the death of 50% of the Earth's boreal forests and about 40% of the marine phytoplankton. 

As far as I can tell, there are seven uniquely essential properties that make Cannabis agriculture increasingly urgent. There are 31 harms caused by the prohibition of Cannabis. Please feel invited to consider further explanation in my book, available on Amazon, entitled "Cannabis vs. Climate Change." 

In truth, drugs don't make seeds. Herbs make seeds. God gave "every herb bearing seed" to mankind and all of the other creatures of the Earth.I am writing on behalf of the contemporary Cannabis culture, to introduce you to "a plant of renown," uniquely qualified to heal climate imbalance. Perhaps you may also experience the same shift in value that completely reset Dr. Sanjay Gupta's awareness, eliciting a public apology for misrepresenting the Cannabis plant's true value in healing people of illness. 

I trust I can depend on all possible help in achieving the necessary, polar shift in Cannabis value, from "illegal" to essential, based in respect for Nature and recognition of the hemp plant' s unique and essential "strategic" values.

Thank you so much for your consideration, and for your great works.

Sincerely yours,

Paul J. von Hartmann, Cannabis scholar
California Cannabis Ministry
McCloud, California, USA

On-line References

1. Holy Bible, Genesis 1:29-31
2. United States Bill of Rights, Article 1
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. Executive Order 13603
5. CFR 44
6. Materials Act of 1950
7. Executive Order 12919
8. Cannabis vs. Climate Change
9. FEMA Glossary 
10. Pledge of Allegiance

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Maria von Hartmann, 1976. Painted on porcelain china, in honor and appreciation of our Nation’s bi-Centennial. Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd President