Having been in business for over 30 years, I have seen many fads, scams, con jobs and made-up "facts" used to sell all kinds of things, from shoes to hats to beauty and health products. The latest fad is CBD OIL and various other hemp/marijuana based products. I am here to give you the facts you'll need to learn the reality and truth of the plant family "Cannabis".
I have spent the last 20 years as an Investigative Journalist. I have spent thousands of hours researching nearly anything you can point a stick at, and talking about it on my radio show or writing articles for various publications.
Here, I will be giving you what I have discovered during a year and a half investigation into CBD OIL and other hemp-based products.
Most of you are familiar with the recreational use legality of marijuana in states like Washington, Oregon, California and over 15 other states. In truth, that has nothing to do with CBD OIL or any hemp products. All of that is solely so a few people can get high, a few people can get rich and the local governments can have a massive licensing and tax income.
Here is the real history of the Cannabis plants.
Ever seen a Marijuana plant? It grows as a bush, up to 10' wide and 10' feet high. Hemp, on the other hand, is about 1' to 2' in diameter and grows 20' to 40' feet high. Hemp has been used, world wide, for tens of thousands of years to make fabric, shoes, rope, human and animal food, oils, fuel and much more. The use for hemp, is as varied as man's imagination.
Cannabis plants (both Marijuana and hemp) have over 750 (and counting) chemical nutrients. THC (the part that makes you goofy), CBD, and others. While Marijuana has a high level of THC, Hemp has a low level of THC.
Hemp is what we call the "Mother Plant". It has been on Earth for millions of years. Marijuana has not.
Contrary to common belief, Marijuana is NOT indigenous to Earth.
About 3,500 to 4,000 years ago, Chinese healers, wanting a safer aesthetic, crossbred the hemp plant to create a new plant that could be used to control the consciousness of humans. The result was Marijuana. It was created from the Hemp plant to have as high a level of THC as possible.
Smoke a joint. All your senses are reduced & altered via the effects of the THC on your body. In pure form, THC can knock you out.
The Hemp plant, on the other hand, is so low in THC that, even if you smoked the whole plant, you would not get "high" (I know first hand. As a teenager, I found a hemp plant in the Sacramento Delta. Dried it and smoked some of the leaves. Waste of time.)
Hemp is the oldest cash-crop in the United States, and had been grown in the US since the first year our ancestors landed here. It was used in all the ways mentioned above. It was banned from growing and propagandized against (in the 1930's) due to corporate influence on the US government.
What I have shown you, is that there are TWO totally separate plants, both under the plant genus "Cannabis", as one is a hybrid of the other. Marijuana, as the hybrid, exhibits psychoactive side effects when burnt and inhaled, eaten or even concentrated and applied topically. Hemp, on the other hand, has none of those psychoactive effects.
Instead, hemp (when properly grown and processed), exhibits other astounding properties.
When I was a child (about 6 yrs. old), a man who lived on our street had stomach cancer. Everyone liked him (children and parents) so our parents often used him to baby-sit and watch us. He had an aluminum cigar holder which he kept Marijuana to smoke for his pain.
When his pain was to great, he'd take out a "special" cigar and have a few puffs from it. I remember him telling me "I wish someone would find out what, in Marijuana, helps my pain so I wouldn't have to get stoned." His wish came true early in the 2000's, long after his death.
Since Mexican's brought the idea of smoking Marijuana to the US in the 1920's (we didn't need the stuff: we had legal cocaine, heroin, opium, etc.), it has been known that smoking a bit of it would ease pain, nausea and even help with glaucoma. It wasn't till the mid 1990's that scientists in the US realized that, yes, Marijuana does effect the human body in medical ways, but they just didn't know why or exactly how.
In the 2000's, scientists in Israel discovered that we had a system within our bodies that reacted to certain ingredients in Marijuana. This system is called the Endocannibinoid system.
Now that they knew the process that your body took to utilize the chemicals in Marijuana, they needed to figure out exactly which chemical your body was using as a medical tool. That took a few more years.
In the mid 2000's, it was discovered that the magic ingredient wasn't THC, but another chemical - CBD.
Now, realize that ALL the research up to this time was being directed on Marijuana, not the Mother Plant - hemp.
When it was shown that THC was NOT needed for medical purposes, they put the brunt of research onto CBD and all it's properties. It was at this point that someone said "why use Marijuana when hemp has the same 750 chemicals as Marijuana, yet isn't psychoactive and is legal throughout the world?" Bingo.
Thus came the realization that hemp was the "Mother Plant" from which Marijuana got it's properties, just realigned as an anesthetic. CBD could be extracted from the hemp plant, and was safer (and more politically correct) than using a Class I drug (Marijuana).
So now the scientists proceeded to extract and test the CBD from hemp plants. It's an easy (but expensive) process to extract the nutrients from the hemp plant, using either an ethanol process, or the safer and cleaner method of CO2 extraction.
Thinking that the nutrient CBD was the only usable ingredient in the hemp plant, they started to extract only the CBD as an isolated product for both testing and use medically. During this testing phase, the Israeli scientists discovered something that would change their whole outlook on CBD and the treatment possibilities of CBD.
The isolate was nearly worthless by itself. It HAD to have all the other 749 components of the hemp plant to be truly beneficial for use as a health product! Using just the one nutrient, CBD, is like having the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and only the janitor singing!
Israeli research discovered that the isolated CBD product would work for a short time (day, week, few months) giving relief and functioning as it should, then would "flat-line" and cease working. The ONLY CBD product that was 100% functional for extended use would be what they called "full spectrum".
Though the scientific and medical testing had determined that the CBD Isolate was of extremely limited benefit, and that full-spectrum CBD products were the only actual medical solution, a whole industry has sprung up using the isolated CBD because of how cheap it is.
The reason I say CBD Isolate is cheap, is because the majority of it is imported from either China or the UK, where hemp is grown commercially. As there is no quality control within China and the UK has no organic certification, this product has various fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in it, including human waste (used as fertilizer).
As far as Organic Certification goes, there is NO ORGANIC CERTIFICATION FOR ANY HEMP PRODUCT world wide. Many unethical sellers will claim ORGANIC CERTIFIED on their website and on their product, but that is fraud.
CBD isolate has no THC (it has none of the other 749 phyto-chemicals either), it is water soluble, can mix with nearly anything, is astoundingly cheap for the manufacturers (around .0010 cents per mg), and does give both physical and mental results. CBD Isolate, as it is a singular product with no THC, is legal in 48 states without question (two states specifically ban any CBD products).
CBD Isolate is added to various mixtures of essential
oils, then called "CBD OIL";
CBD Isolate is now being added to hair care and cosmetics! What a wonderful and versatile product it seems to be. Except that it is isolated from ALL the other 749 phyto-chemicals in the hemp plant, and studies have proven that, when isolated, individual ingredients of the hemp plant (like CBD) have a limited effectiveness.
CBD Isolates won't even work for 50-60% of the population. For the rest, the results will be dramatic (less pain, better sleep, less anxiety, etc.) but the effectiveness of CBD Isolates will fail after a few days to a few months. This is scientifically proven. One day, the usual dose won't do anything. Even doubling your normal dose will do nothing.
Many US farmers of hemp are now selling the CBD Isolate to manufacturers, as it bypasses anti-THC laws. Imports of CBD Isolate have risen to be in the billions of dollars yearly, and it's nearly impossible to tell the difference in the initial quality of a hemp product. In other words - is the CBD Oil you're about to buy "full spectrum" or the degraded product CBD Isolate?
There are a few buzz words you can learn to tell the difference: "THC Free", "water soluble", "pure CBD", "nano CBD" and some will even allow the words "CBD Isolate" to be on their labels. All of these are triggers to tell you that the product you're looking at is NOT "full spectrum" and is of limited use.
As of now, scammers have even started claiming their CBD products are "full spectrum", even though their active ingredient is CBD Isolate. They add some plant residue (left over from the extraction process) and claim that now it's full spectrum!
The biggest problem in this industry is that ANYONE can get a "white label" (private label) bottle for themselves and call it anything they want. The manufacturers don't care what they print on the bottle as it is just money to them. Some sellers simply buy 50 bottles of a CBD mixture and make their own labels on their printers. Most of these labels do not even tell you what you're getting, nor the levels of which ingredient is in the bottle. These are simply in it for the money and probably won't be around next year. Sub-quality labels are both illegal and a warning the at BUYER BEWARE!
Two years ago I attended the largest convention of CBD manufacturers in the US. What we discovered was astounding, disgusting and unnerving. 95% of their representatives were in it solely for the money and couldn't care less about quality, truth in advertising or customer support. As long as they could make big dollars, the truth didn't matter.
In the time I've been researching CBD products, I have met few people who knew even half what I know. Most "informed" people know only what they've read on a few websites and have done no actual research into the truth or credibility of the companies publishing those pages.
The large majority of stores that sell CBD products, have no training for their salespeople (except the hype they receive on flyers from the manufacturer) and sell CBD solely for profit and couldn't care less about the truth. The majority of websites selling CBD are simply cut n' paste copies of another website, with no real knowledge about CBD.
Again: it's all about the money.
Like any other fad, new product or hot item, there are even multi level marketers of CBD setting up shop everywhere. All of them are totally ignorant of what CBD is even for, nor do they know (or even care) of the quality of the product they are selling. In fact, they don't even care about the product, just their "down line" (other people who sign up under them). I have a solid rule: NEVER BUY ANY MLM PRODUCT.
Then you have the fellow who sets up shop (using a private label product), claiming his CBD is the best in the world, claiming it's his product and he has a farm somewhere that actually grows the hemp uses in it's manufacturing. He can talk well, citing the exact data his manufacturer gave him, also using data he gleaned from many websites. He prints up important looking flyers & booklets and is very convincing. The yokels love him.
Unfortunately, while it may not be all lies, it's not all truth either.
Welcome to a Barnum & Baily carnival huckster! "Come on in! Toss a dime onto the plate and win! Anyone can do it!"
And then he charges over $100 for a 1/3 ounce of an odd mixture that he claims will help you. What is this mixture? Go to a vape store - it's the same thing they sell for $25. A mixture of essential oils, two dangerous chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer (PG and PEG, like what is used in your car's antifreeze) and some CBD Isolate.
Remember: Though there is fact and truth in the help CBD offers, it is also a fad, and the sad thing is that not many people know anything about it. You will grasp at this straw, not caring how much it costs, not knowing nearly anything about it, just that "someone" told you it can help your pain, help your anxiety, help you sleep, etc.
The danger is that many people and stores have jumped onto the CBD "bandwagon" and will promote, advertise, lie, infer and promise you exactly what you want to hear, just so you'll buy their product. These kind of hucksters are the bane of many businesses and give a bad name to all sellers. Again I say: BUYER BEWARE and GET EDUCATED!
The Hemp plant (where quality CBDs comes from) was the largest crop in the US since our Founding Father's first stepped on Plymouth Rock. It has supplied the citizens of the US with fabric for clothes & sails, fiber for rope and yarn, oil for lamps & lubrication and material which made paper. In fact, the Constitution of the United States was written and signed on hemp paper!
It was commercial interests that forced the Federal Government into banning the growing of the hemp plant and their propaganda that created a smokescreen of confusion and mistrust about the plant itself. It is one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated upon the American public in the history of the US.
Below are some actual medical tests and studies on CBD. Unfortunately, due to legal complications, all human studies have been performed in countries other than the US. Israel is in the front-line of research and use for CBD.
for the treatment of psychosis in Parkinson's disease.
Properties of CBD in Allergic Contact Dermatitis.
Actions of CBD
treatment using CBD in various models
induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects
Cannibidiol be used as an alternative to antipsychotics?
and schizophrenia: therapeutic prospects.
a promising drug for neurodegenerative disorders?
prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis
Efficacy of CBD Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs
for the treatment of failed back surgery syndrome refractory
suppresses inflammatory and neuropathic pain
treatment reduces early pancreatic inflammation in type 1 diabetes
CBD an effective treatment for joint pain?
Cannabis for Neuropathic Pain.
Pain Treatment With Cannibidiol in Kidney Transplant Patients
Properties of Cannabinoids and Benefits in Migraine, Headache,
Cannibidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related arthritis.
effects on ventilation and breathlessness
attenuates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress, fibrosis,
and inflammatory in diabetic cardiomyopathy.
in the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease
can improve rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder in Parkinson's
reduces immune response and prevents cognitive impairments in
on Glycemic and Lipid Parameters in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
Improves Mobility in People with Multiple Sclerosis
of CBD on dry/seborrhoeic skin and as an effective acne treatment.
current state and future perspectives of CBD in cancer biology.
To summarize the over 2,500 scientific & medical tests I have read, full spectrum CBD has been tested successfully on the following:
1) To minimize pain from arthritis, postoperative
People, world wide, are proving the positive effects of CBD from the hemp plant. The likelihood that CBD will be in everyday use is increasing. The more people that learn the difference between Marijuana and hemp, the less there will be a stigma on the use of hemp for all the benefits our ancestors enjoyed.
Some day, the data will be so overwhelming that hemp is of benefit to all, that the governments of the world will have no choice but to negate all their false propaganda and restrictions on growing and using the wonders the hemp plant can achieve.
Kurt Wilson CEO
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