CBD - Breaking the Stigma

Most Americans have spent their entire lives with Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) being forbidden. And, the reasons for its illegal status were obvious enough. It drains you of your motivation, makes you lazy, clouds your mind, and causes you to eat ten times the USDA recommended daily allowance of Cheezy Puffs.

It is "The burning weed with its roots in Hell" that enslaves innocent teens and turns them into hopelessly insane, crazy piano playing, suicidal, axe-murdering maniacs (Reefer Madness 1936).

 

However, history paints an entirely different picture, as this plant has been instrumental in shaping the world we live in.

Hemp is among the earliest plants known to be cultivated by man. Evidence would suggest that nearly 10,000 years ago, it was more prized for it's practical than recreational purposes. Although, some historians do hypothesize that its psychoactive effect probably contributed to its rapid spread, this renewable source's ability to grow so quickly, and it's usefulness in creating clothes, shoes, ropes, paper, etc... was apparently so obvious that even a cavemen got it.

Ships that carried explorers around the world were driven by sails and ropes made of hemp. Maps, books, many priceless, historical paintings were printed or created on hemp. 

In America, cannabis hemp was legal tender (money) from 1631 until the early 1800s. You could pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years. 

 

 

The U.S. Declaration of Independence and our very Constitution were drafted on Hemp paper. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp, and it is alleged that Betsy Ross made the first American flag on hemp cloth.

 

 

So, what happened?

Although hemp played a major role in the early development of North America, it was eventually overshadowed by cotton. Hemp harvesting was extremely labor-intensive. When the invention of the mechanical cotton gin at the end of eighteenth century made it easier to process cotton, hemp could no longer compete. Traditionally, Hemp was processed by hand which was very labor intensive and costly, not lending itself towards modern commercial production. In 1917 American George W. Schlichten patented a new machine for separating the fiber from the internal woody core (‘Hurds’) reducing labor costs by a factor of 100 and increasing fiber yield significantly. Interestingly, Mr Schlichten and his machines disappeared.

By the 1930s, new machinery, which separated the fiber from the rest of the plant, was available and affordable. These innovations simplified the harvesting and production, making it more cost-effective. Manufacturers were also interested in byproducts such as the seed oil for paint and lacquer, and hurds for paper. According to the February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics (written early 1937), hemp was then on the verge of becoming “the billion-dollar crop.” However, in September 1937, the United States government proposed prohibitive tax laws, and levied an occupational excise tax upon hemp dealers. Later that year hemp production was banned altogether. The Canadian government, following the American lead, prohibited production under the Opium and Narcotics Act on August 1, 1938. 

The reasons for this sudden prohibition appear to be the result of the lobbying and propaganda created from companies with vested interest from the new petroleum based synthetic textile companies and the large and powerful newspaper / lumber barons who saw hemp as the biggest threat to their businesses. The 1930s coalesce, unsurprisingly, with the DuPont patenting their new “plastic fiber”. 

And, so it was for almost a century, until December 2018. When the Farm Bill was signed that year, Industrial Hemp was removed from the Controlled Substance Act, and transferred from the purvey of the DEA to that of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and States' Departments of Agriculture. Hemp was now legal in all 50 states, providing that it had a THC level below 1%.

This resulted in a boom of sorts, a renewed possibility that Hemp was once again poised to become a billion dollar industry. And CBD, virtually unheard of by most prior to 2018, became the darling of the hemp products.

People began reporting wondrous effects of CBD on any number of health issues, from alleviating pain, stress and anxiety to controlling Parkinson's tremors and Epileptic seizures. It would appear to backed, in part, by medical research. Harvard Medical School: "In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD."

For a while, you could buy CBD on all of the top online selling platforms, including Amazon. Leading skin product companies were offering CBD in soaps and lotions. CBD websites were popping up left and right. And then, suddenly... quietly, something began to change.

CBD online

Out of the blue one day, without any prior notice, businesses selling their CBD products on Amazon were informed that they were in violation of Amazon's Restricted Product policies. E-commerce website providers informed their customers that they could no longer process payments on any site that had CBD among their product list. Social Media giants prohibited paid advertising of CBD products on their sites. Many banks have suddenly stopped doing business with companies offering CBD products, leaving many of them to post a long term "Out of Stock" on their sites. It appeared as if some kind of coordinated effort had been made to hamper the availability of CBD.

So, with both the Federal and States' governments on board, the assertion by masses of its effectiveness, medical research indicated such promise, and the lack of any serious side effects, why would any entity want to squash the availability of CBD? Why would anyone want to continue perpetuating a negative stigma of such an incredible legal product? 

Back in the 1930s, several big businesses were facing competition from Hemp, which may have lead to its long demise. Which industry has the most to lose from it today? 

Still, the biggest hurdle to people experiencing the many benefits of CBD is the life-long conditioning to believe that anything related to hemp is shady at best. Many sit on the fence, hearing about all of the wonderful things it does, but not wanting to be seen as "one of those people". Some who do choose to take the leap still approach it as if they were sneaking out to a street corner dealer, in a neighborhood they had never dreamed of entering.

Friends, there is no reason to put on the hat, sunglasses and overcoat to experience all the wonderful benefits of this supplement, no more than you would to purchase vitamins or an over the counter pain reliever. It is perfectly legitimate and legal. And, it is much healthier than those non-steroidal anti-inflammatories that aren't working very well for you.

Another big concern for people is whether or not they will test positive on urinalysis if they use CBD.

Let go of that silly, misguided stigma. It's time to treat yourself to real benefits. Just make sure you choose quality. Like any other product out there, not all CBD is created equal. 

Sand Creek Restoratives goes to the extreme to ensure you get the quality you expect and deserve at the best price possible. We are a family and veteran owned business, proud to offer only the finest U.S made products.

 

 

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