This blog was archived from June 13, 2019.
Admission! So I was one of those people who believed the lie about CBD. I assumed that everyone who took any form of CBD/Cannabis are just out to get “high”. I am a spiritual person to some extent and I felt that it was unnecessary to go through means like that to “feel high.”
After YEARS of seeing the stories of parents who said GOODBYE to modern medicine to assist with their children - whether it’s cancer or the hundreds of other chronic illness that’s running rampant in our society today, and turn to CBD treatments that were actually showing results (results that many of them couldn’t talk about because of the patents owned by those in charge -*ever wonder why you can’t say HEAL/CURE/HELP with just about ANY supplement that isn’t “FDA Approved” -_-) I simply could not ignore the obvious. I couldn’t ignore the life-changing practically zero side effect results that came from this.
*We have to realize that when we take ANYTHING FDA APPROVED down to a Tylenol, there are no guarantees. There are risks that come with everything. If you close your eyes to the commercials from approved pharmaceuticals you will find a slew of side effects worse* than the actual ailment you’re attempting to treat. WORSE side effects that can result in heart attack, stroke, or even DEATH because you’re looking for some psoriasis or restless leg syndrome relief.
Yet they get a pass. You tell someone that TYLENOL comes with all kinds of risks.. Acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers across the US—more than 100,000 instances per year; Each year, acetaminophen overdose is responsible for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure.
People will look at you like you’re crazy. How dare you question what they were told was normal.
As with most things, I love to look in to the history first. WHY was I of this belief with CBD to begin with? The road down this “rabbit hole” was a quick one, it can take you barely 30 seconds to find out that it’s only been in the past 70 years that we have been told CBD/Cannabis/Hemp was terrible for you and only something bottom dwellers take… so now we have a few generations worth of people of this mindset… meaning their parents and even grandparents were sold on this fabrication, but dig just a little deeper and you’ll find it’s been documented that 3,000 years prior, cannabis had been established as an integral part of human civilization!
The first reference of material when it comes to Cannabis is in the form of the CHINESE MATERIA MEDICA. *Shen Nung in 2800 BCE - the earliest surviving copy of this book dates back to around 50 BCE. Nung was dubbed the “Father of Agriculture” - he invented irrigation, agriculture, the axe, the hoe, the plow, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture … he was the first pharmacologist. He discovered medicinal cannabis was good for over 100+ things including malaria, absentmindedness, gout, rheumatism …it was used for paper, rope, production of pottery… this was a very effective treatment for infections and vomiting. One of the 50 fundamental herbs was CANNABIS.
Right now if you’re wondering why this sudden burst in CBD and what’s the hoopla— well, in 2012 after 75 years of prohibition, Colorado and WA State legalized recreational use of marijuana and slowly but surely the other states have followed — so there is this recent (within this decade) surge of people who are now coming to this very realization that they, along with their parents had been … well, lied to … and then there’s the heaping amounts of chronic illness and pharma-dependent ailments throughout America. A first world nation that is one of the sickest and most dependent on life-long prescriptions… many people just got to their boiling point of I REFUSE TO LIVE LIKE THIS/THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER WAY… and there is. There always HAS been. Something natural and from God’s green earth that historically was used in all cultures from medicine, textiles, clothing, paper - one of the most versatile plants ever discovered.
For more information on the history I suggest checking out this account on Instagram that we update frequently - they have a great post on this topic.
*Thousands of years prior to 1883, cannabis hemp was the largest agricultural crop in the world. The majority of fabric, lighting oil and medicines came from HEMP. In 1619, Virginia (Jamestown Colony) there was a law enacted mandating farmers to grow hemp! Ben Franklin used it to start one of the first paper mills. Until the 1800’s, most textiles in the US were made with HEMP.
50% of the medicine marketed between 1850-1900 was made from cannabis - Queen Victoria used the resin extract from cannabis to alleviate her menstrual cramps. You couldn’t get high from industrialized hemp!
So what happened? Well.. it was lumped in with REEFER MADNESS. This is when yellow journalism surfaced - On August 11, 1930, Harry Jacob Anslinger became the director of the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) in Washington, D.C. The Voldemort of vipers, he would run the FBN with an iron fist through six presidential administrations spanning more than three decades. Anslinger brought this to religious organizations and within a few years turned it in to this FIRE AND BRIMSTONE that is still is seen as to this day by many religious people- this stigma surrounding it.
"Just four years after relegalizing the consumption of liquor, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Marihuana Tax Act by a voice vote without a recorded tally. Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt without fanfare, the law went into effect on October 1, 1937. It was a day of infamy for pot smokers everywhere. Yellow journalism, racial bias and political opportunism had triumphed over medical science and common sense.” - Martin A Lee
I want to tell you why I started using it as well. I will do a follow up post on the differences between CBD and marijuana - but for now I wanted to take it to a personal level on why I started incorporating CBD oil in to my daily routine. I gave birth 9 years ago to our first baby, Amelia. I was still victim to the lie that is MODERN DAY BIRTHING (i.e. we need** hospitals in order to give birth… for whatever reason we’re programmed to believe our bodies are perfectly capable of getting pregnant, carrying a baby, feeding that baby - but for the LABOR part? Oh no… taboo… in the past 50 years society has convinced women that the LABOR part requires medical intervention. That would be a whole other highlight so we can dive in to that one day, but I was so consumed looking in to the documented poison part (via syringe!) that I didn’t bother taking the time to look in to the BIGGEST “injection” of them all… the EPIDURAL. Directly in to your spine.
*One of the many side effects to numbing your body completely - is constant hip/back pains. 6 months after I gave birth the weather in CA changed from hot to cold, and I went through 3 weeks of constant hip pain in my lower left backside where I just could not sleep for the life of me. I was at my breaking point, which is the only reason I contacted my OB about it. I did NOT want to resort to prescriptions but the pain was too great. I was told this is a side effect of an epidural and there’s really no cure but there are a lot of options for me when it comes to medication to alleviate the pain. (Obviously not everyone who has an epidural will experience this.. that should go without saying. ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL- SURPRISE SURPRISE!) Since then I have been stuck with this pain EVERY TIME there is a change/drop in weather - I’ve used relief creams, taken pain meds for it but hated the side effects, seen chiropractors/massage therapy and nothing - I repeat - NOTHING has helped completely alleviate the pain except for the cbd oil. For me, no side effects and no worries that I can’t get a good night’s sleep without wrestling/tossing and turning - flipping pillows and re-adjusting .. and now? That’s gone. It’s just GONE. So for those curious as to why I personally take it - there you have it.
While I realize there are many companies out there that make CBD oils/tinctures, for those curious, this is the one we went with. It checked off all our boxes (USA grown, non-gmo, CO2 extraction, full spectrum options - they are actually local to us in Vegas so we don't do the shipping option and just pick up - they are also pro medical freedom which we loved, that was just bonus*)
Now to list the many different studies to check out since, due to FDA guidelines we are not allowed to mention certain words - so I'll post them up here and let you decide for yourself if it might be something worth taking. Whether it's for you or not, there is really no way to deny that we were in fact, all lied to by those we trusted with our health. Cannabis had such a terrible rep for the longest time, but once you know better, you can do better.
Ready to feed that Endocannabinoid System?? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18404144/
CBD is more effective than vitamin C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant and can improve skin conditions like acne.
Studies show CBD Oil may be beneficial in treating CNS disorders and epilepsy.
CBD oil improves cardiovascular health and reduces blood pressure.
CBD Oil may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia, REM sleep disorders, and daytime sleepiness.
Cannabidiol targets oxidative stress and may have utility in treating a number of health conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, types 1 and 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, depression, and neuropathic pain.