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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.