Monday, November 1, 2021

The Future

 



 

Big pharma is more than just a little worried about your easy access to CBD especially since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. They are fully aware that CBD has no side effects and in many cases can work as well or better than their highly profitable drugs for pain, anxiety, stress, and more.  With billions at stake, the push back is and will be massive form the pharmaceuticals industry. Pharmaceutical companies have tried desperately for years to isolate, synthesize, and patient cannabinoids.

They have only been moderately successful. Whole plant extract work much better, but whole plant extracts are almost impossible to patent. One pharmaceutical company spent millions trying to develop CBD as an isolate which they hoped to patent, only to discover that the best way for CBD to be effective was to extract it along with all of the other natural constituents contained in hemp. Therefore, the only way pharmaceutical companies can derive huge profits from is to have CBD in its more effective unadulterated form is to have CBD declared a drug.

                The FDA finds itself in a precarious position now that is has taken the lead in regulating CBD, On the one hand they are under tremendous press from the pharmaceutical industry to declare CBD a drug.  The current administration passed the 2018 Farm Bill and fully expects CBD to continue to be sold as a nutritional supplement. Hearings are ongoing. Both the pharmaceutical industry and representatives from the CBD industry are pleading their case.

                The head of FDA has stated that he wants to see a regulatory framework developed for CBD but he hasn’t stated what that will be or when it will happen. For now, the FDA is allowing hemp derived CBD to be sold as a dietary supplement as long as the companies selling it do not make medical claims but there is currently no guarantee that CBD will remain a dietary supplement.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Two Brothers and a Dream in the US

 

    


Entrepreneurs know an opportunity when they see it. The problem was that the CBD oil the Stanley brothers were producing came from medical marijuana. It was a strain that contained high levels of CBD and low levels of THC but it was still talked about as medical marijuana even though technically it was hemp.

                The entrepreneurs had an idea. Hemp oil was quasi legal and had been so for some time after it had been challenged by the DEA and lost in court, even though the DEA retained jurisdiction. Hemp oil contains almost no THC and is non-psychoactive. The court found that it did not violate the Controlled Substance Act. The hemp oil that was sold in the United States at the time was imported because there was still a ban on hemp being framed in the U.S.  Hemp oil, if extracted properly, could contain CBD, lot of it.

 No need to move to Colorado. No need to get a medical marijuana card. The races was on to find foreign sources of hemp oil, and then import it to the U.S. and market it as a dietary supplement. The demand for CBD was enormous, the profits would be huge. And that’s exactly what happened. Sort of …

Companies were formed and some of them became publically traded. Their stocks were promoted as investment opportunities. Hemp oil products said to be rich in CBD started showing up online. But the quality of the products varied widely. Most of the products came from hemp either grown in Eastern Europe or China. When the FDA did testing on some online CBD hemp oil products, they found that they contained very little CBD. Even worse, because of the contaminated soil that the hemp was grown in, some of the hemp oil products contained toxins and were making people sick. The  public now had access to CBD products but it was a mixed bag.

                And then the first of two watershed events occurred. President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, aka the “Farm Bill.” The Agricultural Act permits the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp in states were hemp has been legally approved to grow as long as the hemp grown complied with the conditions set forth in Section 7606 of the bill, “The plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on dry weight basis.”

Unlike marijuana, Federal law now allowed for cultivation, processing and marketing of hemp products under certain conditions, but there were still ambiguities about the legal status of hemp. That being said, hemp’s 70—year nightmare was coming to an end.

In Colorado, the Stanley brothers were not the only brothers growing high CBD how THC Cannabis that now fit the Federal definition of hemp. Enter the Hammer brothers, Chris and Justin. Both brothers were pioneers in Cannabis cultivation, working for years as growers of Cannabis for medical purposes. There were way ahead of the curve and had been painstakingly perfecting a proprietary strain of Cannabis that had extremely high levels of CBD and very low amounts of THC.

They were totally committed to making CBD rich hemp oil available on a large scale, having witnessed the healing power of their proprietary strain on many severely ill people. They moved to Colorado and set about actualizing their dream.

Thanks to a strategic alliance with local farmers, in 2015 the Hammer brothers produced the largest grow of CBD rich hemp in the United States. Not only were they expert growers of hemp, they had wide experience procession the harvested plant material. That experience led to them producing, without question, the finest CBD rich hemp oil on the market. We verified this by lab testing virtually all of the CBD products being offered online at that time. Nothing compared. But the Hammer brothers had one big problem. They were not marketers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

ECS the Real Hero

 

 

Hard to believe, but with the exception of HempLand® USA, neither the public not companies selling CBD realized that CBD was not the real hero in the continuing CBD saga. The real hero is your endocannabinoid system (ECS). As stated in a previous chapter, your ECS is responsible for keeping your body and mind in balance, vitally important. Many health problems are related to an out-of-balance body and/or mind. The healing stories associated with CBD, pain reduction, anxiety and stress reduction, better sleep, clearer cognition, actually happen because of what CBD does for you ECS.

                Let’s now look deeper at you ECS. Cannabinoids are molecular neurotransmitters that fit perfectly into your ECS receptors. When cannabinoids activate these receptors, information is transferred between cells in an effort to maintain or restore balance. CBD is a cannabinoid. THC is a cannabinoid. Here’s the strange part, CBD doesn’t activate ECS receptors, THC does. CBD actually inhibits an enzyme that breaks down something called anandamide.

                The name anandamide comes from the Sanskrit word for bliss, ananda. Anandamide is your body’s “bliss” molecule. That’s right your body makes a bliss molecule! Anandamide is also your body’s primary endocannabinoid, and it activates ECS receptors. When anandamide levels are raided, as CBD does by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down, your ECS functions better. All kinds of good things happen. For instance, pain reduction and anxiety reduction are related to higher level of anandamide.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Ways to consume CBD

 


How to start using CBD?

Start small. Everyone absorbs CBD differently and as different tolerances. Stay with small dose and increase slowly pay attention on how you feel. Body mass plays a role for people with higher body mass may need a higher dosage to get the same effects. Consistency is the key. It is recommended that one should take CBD on a daily schedule. You may need to increase your usage over time as your body build up tolerance.

Inhalation

Inhaling or breathing in, absorbed by the lungs.

Delivery Speed: Fast onset may last 1-4 hour. One of the quickest and most effective ways to consume CBD.

Oral

Taken by the mouth, absorbed by the digestive tract.

Delivery Speed: Slow onset, may last 4-6 hour. Recommended to take on an empty stomach for full effects.

Sublingual

Applied under the tongue, absorbed by the blood stream.

Delivery Speed: Moderate onset, may last 2-3 hours. For best results, hold under tongue for 1 minute or more.

Topical

Applied on the skin, absorbed by the skin.

Delivery speed: moderate onset and may last 4-8 hours.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Revolution In Hemp

 


Renegade scientist, the kind that didn’t buy the party line, were starting to take a deeper look at the demon weed and what they found was profoundly different than what the government wanted the public to believe. A revolution had begun. Early studies showed that Cannabis sativa was not a dangerous drug, and in fact could benefit human health.   This is disturbing to say the least to a government committed to perpetrating a lie backed by draconian penalties for possession of even small amounts of Cannabis.

                More and more studies showed that Cannabis had a wide range of medical benefits, and in some cases worked better than pharmaceutical drugs with virtually no side effects, as in the case of pain relief. Penalties for possession were increased, more people were locked up. It didn’t seem to matter. It was the 60s! Cannabis was skyrocketing. Now the government needed “real science” to bolster their case for the evils of Cannabis.

                The government acted. The National Institute of Drug Abuse was ordered to subsidize studies that were purposely designed to prove the dangerous effects of Cannabis. It backfired. The studies actually showed even more health benefits of Cannabis and inadvertently led to a series of major discoveries about how the human brain worked!

                And then the breakthrough! In 1990 the endocannabinoid receptor system was discovered. The endocannabinoid receptor system, named after the plant that leads to its discovery is a collection of receptors located in our brains, and immune cells that fit the active chemicals (cannabinoids) in Cannabis like a key in a lock. Our body was hard wired for cannabinoids! Many scientists considered the endocannabinoid receptor system to be your body’s most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintain health!

                Your endocannabinoid receptor system performs different task, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment… Balance!  Disease, as the Asians have known for 5,000 years is a condition of your body being out of balance. Western science had caught up. The cannabinoids found in Cannabis could help bring your body back into balance. Cannabinoids were not simply treating symptoms per se, like pharmaceutical drugs; cannabinoids were working holistically to heal your body by bringing it back into balance.

                A more complete picture was emerging. Science knew what chemical compounds contained in Cannabis were active. They knew how to isolate them and, more importantly, how they worked in your            brain and the rest of your body to produce extraordinary health benefits. Researched increased, the government pushed back, it continued to deny research grant to universities, It threatened doctors with jail time and loss of their medical licenses if they dared recommending Cannabis to their patients. They                                                                                                            raided clinics conducting studies, and of course, threw as many people in jail as they could.

                It didn’t work, the publics was now demanding access to Cannabis. Political action groups were popping up everywhere to legalize Cannabis for medical purposes. And they were somewhat successful. California became the first state to legalize the use Cannabis for medicine in 1996. Others would follow, but it was still illegal in most states even thought it was clear that Cannabis had effective medical applications.

Hundreds of studies confirmed its remarkable health benefits. People suffering from the terrible effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder finally found relief with Cannabis after all other medications had failed. AIDS patients wasting away actually gained weight while using Cannabis. Cancer patients found relief from the terrible side effects of chemotherapy.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Cannabis #2


 

  

  Whereas in the past, scientist had almost exclusively studied THC, now another cannabinoid was gaining prominence, CMD studies were showing that cannabidiol (CBD) had far more medical applications than THC and, unlike THC, CBD was not psychoactive. It delivered without getting you high. This was a godsend for people who felt uncomfortable with the psychological effects of THC

               CBD actually counteracted the effects of THC. There was no temporary short-term memory disruption with CBD as can sometimes happen with THC. CBD actually improved memory and clarity. Clinical studies for CBD increased dramatically. The list of conditions that responded favorably to CBD was staggering! Scientific evidence mounted confirming the incredible effectiveness of CBD. While one branch of government, namely the DEA, was busy locking up users of Cannabis and threatening researchers of the devil weed, swearing that Cannabis had absolutely no medical applications and was a dangerous drug, another branch, The Department of Health and Human Services, was conducting its own research on cannabinoids in general and CBD in particular.

                They were so impress with what they learned that they did something unprecedented, and did it with o press release. In fact, what they did was virtually unknown to anyone except the few who pore over patent filings. The Department of Health and Human Services filed, for and were granted a use of patent for cannabinoids!

                Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. The new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such ischemic, age-related, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s diseases and HIV dementia. Non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such cannabinoids (CBD), are particularly advantageous to use they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3 and COCH3. CBD had become a superstar among the scientist who conducted Cannabis research. The general public was steadily becoming more aware of the health benefits of Cannabis in general but they knew very little specifically about CBD.

Monday, May 3, 2021

The Documentaries


Beginning in 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Chief Medical Correspondent on CNN, produced a documentary on Cannabis entitled “weed.” He began the documentary by apologizing for his earlier statements on Cannabis where he held, like most doctors and the public at large, that Cannabis was a dangerous drug and had no medical benefits. He had been wrong and his documentary was, in his words, to “set the record his documentary was, in his words, to “set the record straight.” What his documentary showed was the incredible medical benefits of Cannabis and specifically CBD. He used, as an example,  Charorlette Figi.                                                                                                                                      

            From the age of three months, Charlotte suffered from Dravet syndrome, a rate and catastrophic from of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. By the age of two, Charlotte started disconnecting cognitively and experienced autism-like behaviors: self-injury, violence, and reluctance to make eye contact. By the time she was five, she was experiencing up to 300 seizures a week, many lasting hours at a time. She was on seven drugs, some of them heavy duty addictive once such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines. They’d work for a while, but the seizures always came back with a vengeance. Her condition was severe that, at one point, her parents, Matt and Paige Figi, had signed a do-not resuscitate order.

            Charlotte was in and out of the hospital and lived in a wheelchair, unable to talk or even swallow. Matt and Paige had exhausted every option and were told that nothing more could be done for their daughter. Luckily for Charlotte, they lived Colorado.

            After researching Cannabis and finding astounding testimonials, the Figis went about the extensive process of obtaining Cannabis oil that had a high CBD content for Charlotte. When they found it and got two doctor’s permission to give it to Charlotte, the result were immediate. Going from 300 seizures a week to not having a single one in the first seven days of treatment was a clear sign that the Figis had stumbled onto something extraordinary.

            The CNN documentary was one of the most widely watched documentaries in history. The demand for CBD exploded. The documentary also featured the Stanley brothers, who were dispensary owners and small growers of the strain of CBD rich Cannabis that helped Charlotte. The brothers eventually named the Cannabis strain Charlotte’s Web after the little girl they helped.

            Cannabis oil extracts were legal in Colorado and, immediately after the documentary aired, entire families were leaving everything, friends, jobs, relatives, and heading to Colorado to obtain the now famous Cannabis extract to tread epileptic children. The demand was overwhelming for the Stanley brothers. Soon they had a huge waiting list of people who were literally begging for the oil.

            The Stanley brothers ramped up production but it wasn’t enough. More and more people were demanded access to CBD. During his documentary, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on the other serious conditions, and showed how CBD could help when nothing else seemed to work. Two more one – hour documentaries followed, that were equally popular. CBD went mainstream. The public wanted it now! This was not lost on the business world.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

WHAT IS CBD?

 


 

As interest in cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow, so does the availability of different products. A factor that often confuses people is whether the CBD in the products comes from hemp or cannabis. The short answer is that they derive from different varieties of the Cannabis Sativa plant. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.

Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. This is legal to consume. Public interest in and the availability of CBD have grown due to its promising health benefits. People use CBD to help with a wide variety of physical and mental issues, including pain, nausea, addiction, and depression.

Although scientific studies have not confirmed CBD’s usefulness for all these conditions, available evidence suggests that CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, which is a signaling network. CBD, or cannabidiol, is non-intoxicating and one of the more than 540 phytochemicals Trusted Source found in the Cannabis sativa (C. sativa) plant. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound that gets people “high.” It is the difference between THC levels found in hemp and cannabis, that has caused so many legal complications.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The CBD Stampede




               You might say the first wave of the CBD stampede happened with the advent of entrepreneurs who imported CBD hemp oil from Europe and China. As already stated, this had mixed results and was mostly over by the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Nevertheless, public interest in CBD oil continued to group rapidly. And then the second watershed event occurred.

                On Dec, 20th, 2018 President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill seemingly cleared up all legal ambiguities surrounding hemp. It removed hemp (as long as it contained no more than 0.3% of THC) from the controlled substance list. Hemp was finally not under the jurisdiction of the DEA. The 2018 farm Bill stated, in no uncertain terms, that CBD products derived from hemp were federally legal. It blew the doors off. Demand was unprecedented. CBD was featured on virtually every news outlet. The 2018 Farm Bill also put CBD squarely under jurisdiction of the FDA, but CBD was still not totally in the clear.

                The majority were selling inferior CBD products tied to outlandish health claims. Nevertheless, there were difficult to compete with because they had no qualms about crossing the line. There was also an increasing number of legitimate CBD companies entering the market selling solid CBD products. Second, competitors’ knowledge about how CDB actually worked with respect to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was shockingly limited and usually erroneous. This was to be expected from the CBD hype companies desperately trying to was in the “CBD Fad”. But what was not expected was legitimate CBD companies also displayed a serious lack of knowledge about the ECS.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The conspiracy surrounding hemp production in the US




Early in the 20th century, companies began developing chemicals that were used in the processing of paper. DuPont was a leader in chemical development, not only for processing paper but also for pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that were used extensively by the cotton industry. Cotton uses far more chemicals for farming than hemp. Dupont’s friend, William Randolph Hearst, invested in timber and mills to produce that paper for his newspaper, which was the largest chain in the U.S. His investments in the timber industry were backed by Mellon Bank which also backed Dupont.
               
The owner of Mellon Bank, Andrew Mellon, was also the U.S. Secetary of Treasury at the time. Andrew Mellon’s niece was married to Harry Anslinger who had been the commissioner of the Alcohol Prohibition department of the Federal government. Like everyone else he was out of a job after alcohol prohibition ended. To keep his nieces ‘husband employed, Mellon created a new division of the Federal government, the Bureau of Narcotics, and made Harry Anslinger the commissioner. Needless to say Anslinger was delighted and would find a way to repay Mellon.

                During the same time, machinery was being developed to make hemp processing easier and more efficient. This was bad news for the chemical, timber, and petroleum industries. It was bad news for DuPont, Hearst, and Mellon. Pharmaceutical companies that were creating new profitable synthetic medicines and drugs were also threatened by the popular and effective natural healing medicine derived from hemp.

                Harry Anslinger heard rumors about Mexican immigrants smoking the flowers of the hemp  plant. They had their own name for hemp, “marijuana”. Anslinger say an opportunity to put the Bureau of Narcotics, and himself in the spot light, and he had found the way to pay back Mellon. He used the Mexican slang, marijuana, in place of the work hemp, and spread scary stories about “Negros and Mexicans” becoming violent while smoking marijuana, labeling it an extremely dangerous narcotic. Racism was rampant so his scary stories made the public extra fearful.

Hearst’s newspapers got on board and printed numerous articles about “evil marijuana” and of people committing rapes and murder while its influence. The lies sold a lot of papers but that wasn’t Hearst’s motive. He wanted to get rid of hemp and it worked. Of course the articles failed to mention the everyday uses of hemp (rope, fuel, textiles, food and health). Hemp is without a doubt the world’s most diversified and useful plant. That didn’t matter, fortunes were at state.

                In 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was signed into law, due in large part to the efforts of Anslinger and Hearst. Soon after, Anslinger ordered the hemp prohibition. He said his agents wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that the farming of hemp made it too difficult to enforce the marijuana prohibition. That actually was true.  Hemp and marijuana was the same plant just different expressions. However, the real reason hemp was banned, we just learned , had nothing to do with its similarity to marijuana.

                Dupont, Mellon , Hearst, and the pharmaceutical companies breathed a collective sigh of relief. It was illegal to grow hemp in the United States, except for a brief period during the second world war when farmers were allowed to grow hemp to provide badly needed fiber to the for the war effort. After the war was over, the military was orded to destroy all remaining hemp crops. Prohibition was the law of the land. Cannabis sativa was public enemy number one.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

CBD #1





People from all walks of life are demanding access to a remarkable healing substance contained in a plant that was held hostage from more than 70 years. It benefits are staggering. This remarkable oil helps reverse Alzheimer’s disease, kills cancer cells, relieves IBS and Crohn’s disease, stops seizures, fights Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, ends joint pain, migraines, and pain in general, relieves anxiety and stress like nothing else and much more. In fact, these things people see cbd do are almost unbelievable. But not only are the recoveries stories real, scientific evidence is mounting that CBD may be one of the most effective natural substances ever discovered.

                Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the powerful chemical compounds contained in the Cannabis sativa plant that provide amazing relief from numerous   health problems, even conditions that will not respond to other treatments, and they do so with none of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs. The Cannabis sativa plant is sometimes called hemp and sometime called marijuana. How is it is referred to do is determined solely by the amount of THC contained within the plant.

THC is psychoactive, and although it has health benefits, it can make one feel euphoric, a very big no no! When the Cannabis sativa plant contains high levels of THC, it is called marijuana. When the Cannabis sativa plant contains low levels of the THC it is called hemp. It’s just that simple. You could smoke box car full of hemp and you wouldn’t get high. Both hemp and marijuana contain CBD to varying degrees depending on the genetics of the plant.

                It can be very difficult to tell the difference between hemp plants and marijuana plants, even though hemp plants, in some cases, have been bred to grow taller and have thicker stocks. Bottom line, they’re still the same plant. The only difference as stated, are THC levels. Call it a case of mistaken identity (it’s actually more sinister) but whatever the case, hemp’s similarity in appearance to marijuana proved to be disastrous for the American hemp farmer, and ultimately for the health as well- being of us all.