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.