PREFACE: When we speak about this plant, we are speaking of Cannabis Sativa -- known as Hemp, Cannabis, Marijuana, Ganja, Mota, Pot or WEED.
It's all Cannabis Sativa, with sub-genus' Indica and Ruderalis evolving in different climatic geographies on earth, over time developing into different phenotypes with varying characteristics according to the Cannabinoid, Terpinoid, Flavinoid and other chemical compound RATIOS of the individual strains.
Also, because of what the US did in 1937, it changed the WORLD view of Cannabis, in that the US forced the rest of the world to breed the THC out of Hemp in order for it to be used for fiber and other applications, thereby upsetting the balance of the cannabinoids and terpenoids in strains worldwide.
Therefore, I will address the history on how that happened, and outline all of this from a US perspective, although it affected the entire world.
Let’s start at the beginning of man’s written word — the Bible.
This PLANT...first referenced as Kaneh Bosem -- or "Fragrant Cane", is truly "The Tree of Life" in the Bible, and well before, has been utilized throughout history by ancient civilizations and cultures from Pharos to Chinese Emperors for a wide array of uses, from food-to-fiber, health-aids-to balms, soaps and tinctures and a myriad of other uses.
References in the Bible to "Kaneh Bosem" can be found here:
The evolution of this planet's inhabitants, human and animal, fish and reptile, evolved alongside all of the indigenous plants on the earth, but especially THIS plant.
In 1985 the Endocannabinoid System was discovered in humans and animal, fish and reptiles (1985…!) — an integral system in our bodies responsible for addressing a myriad of toxicological, neurological and biological homeostasis, with receptors throughout the brain and body that are only effected by Endocannabinoids, Cannabinoids and certain Terpenoids (that we KNOW of, so far…).
Coincidence...? I think not.
A bit of US History
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and other founding fathers grew Hemp. Hemp was in such demand in the colonies that taxes could be paid in hemp & fines were levied against farmers who did not grow hemp. When the Prohibition of Alcohol was repealed, Harry J. Anslinger, the head of the Bureau of Prohibition needed a new gig — he was named the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and he immediately went after “Marijuana”, a harmless plant used by minorities for medicines and relaxation from work.
At the SAME TIME in history, Hemp was called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars (Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938). Quality paints and varnishes were made from Hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935; (Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act). Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated that if Hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world. The USDA concluded that hemp produces 4 times as much pulp with at least 4 to 7 times less pollution. (Popular Mechanics, Feb. 1938).
And then, the landowners took notice — wait — WHAT…?! Trees were no longer needed…?! Their millions and millions of square miles of forest would be worth nothing…?! So the landowners lobbied, and railed against the evils of Marijuana, which NOBODY knew was the same as Hemp, until the Marujuana Tax Act of 1937 was enacted, thus ending the era of Hemp.
I like to hope that the powers that brought about the single most important medical misstep in History had no knowledge of this. I prefer to think they just didn't realize -- didn't know that by banning this MIRACULOUS, amazing and NECESSARY Plant from our country, they unknowingly doomed their progeny to 23 aggressive cancers, immune system disorders and a myriad of genetic, neurological and cellular imbalances in humans and animals.
In this NEW Prohibition, hemp was systematically wiped out in favor of pine forests by the landowners (William Randolph Hearst, Weyerhaeuser, etc.).
Thereby, albeit unknowingly (we hope) perpetrating the biggest health disaster in the history of the world, by eliminating the sources of CBG, CBD, THC and other Cannabinoids in our foods, and starving our bodies of the building blocks for Endocannabinoids/our Endocannabinoid System.
Occurring naturally only in two places on earth — our bodies, and in the cannabis plant, Endocannabinoids/Cannabinoids have been shown to help alleviate a whole range of ailments. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and is the second cannabinoid created in the cannabinoid chain (CBG is converted to CBD, and CBD gets converted to THC in the presence of acids, so as the chemical makeup of the plant evolves through it’s cycle of growth, the ratios of all cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids change.
Ironically, when the underground movement of Cannabis aficionados around the world — the breeders, the independent researchers, the growers — as they started to study this plant, they started to designate two distinct types — the psychoactive/psychotropic strains, and “all the rest”. Basically, the strains containing high levels of the cannabinoid THC are very easy to distinguish through consumption, and those that are much higher in other cannabinoids, are also very easy to identify through the same means.
Now, in the early 1960’s, people began bringing land-race strains from all over the world, and began growing them out, and cross-breeding with other strains. Since the only method of testing available at that time was consumption, anything that evoked a “high” was sought-after, and anything that didn’t, WASN’T, for the most part. Some of the very methodical and meticulous breeders marked those and set them aside as “not-effective”, or some such labeling, but NOT discarded, just noted.
This went on for 35+ years, basically breeding out all other cannabinoids that were not “high-producing” — which WOULD have set research back decades, if it wasn’t for those “methodical and meticulous breeders”…! The had, mostly unknowingly separated out the most valuable strains and set them aside for future study, which now has come full circle with our CBD-rich strains, as well as strains that are rich in other cannabinoids.
We are now beyond recovering from that huge, almost tragic mistake, and are producing and mass-producing a myriad of strains that are rich in all sorts of ratios of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpinoids — a veritable treasure-trove of scientific research and development evolving at a breakneck rate, and whole-plant extractions from these miraculous strains are, for the first time in history, CURING a wide array of neurological, physiological and cellular disorders, including 23 aggressive cancers, and other debilitating and fatal diseases.
What we’ve found (and what the US government has known for some time) is the fact that the chemistry of this plant is such that it is symbiotically linked to our Endocannabinoid System in ways we have yet to uncover, but what we DO know, is that in it’s whole-plant form, oil from this plant has the unique ability to force our bodies at a cellular level to return homeostasis to our cells — ALL of our cells — either it restores homeostasis/balance to the cell, or if it can’t it withdraws the blood supply, and the cell dies. This happens throughout our bodies, where it may be needed, which is why this is SUCH a panacea for so many illnesses and diseases.
Over the past 7 years, working with physicians and patients, we have gathered empirical evidence, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that these medicinal regimens work — completely, and very effectively. We have a specific case dating back 5 years now, of a patient I will call “Jane Doe”.
We named the strain that was used to treat her “Jane Doe”, as well, due to the anonymity her treatment required. She was 17 years old, had severe Dravet’s Syndrome, and had never learned a language, or had any contact or perception of the outside world. She was in a constant state of reaction — she was either seizing, or VERY angry wondering why this was happening to her, and she became very violent during those times. We began treating her with 15mg/ml of CBD tincture per day, and the results astonished her parents, her doctors and us. She went from having 35-40 petit mals and 3-4 grand mals per day — to NONE — within 2 DAYS…! Needless to say, this was beyond all of our wildest expectations…!
Within 1 year, she had learned the English language, and her family began to learn who their daughter was, for the first time in their lives. This was from 15mg of CBD per day. We ramped up to 15mg 3 times per day after that, and her cognitive skills improved even more.
Our “Jane Doe” is a perfect example of the amazing abilities of this plant, and the wondrous capabilities of CBD and other cannabinoids to balance our bodies.
On a personal note, I have benefitted myself greatly from the almost magical properties of this plant — not only by relieving stress, anxiety and pain as I have gotten older, but specifically, because I was diagnosed 12 years ago with Congestive Heart Failure, and at that time in 2004 a pacemaker was inserted into my chest. Along with that, I have been on all of the medications that enable my body to ‘allow’ this foreign object to reside inside my chest cavity without my body rejecting it — one of them being Lasix/Furosemide — a blood thinner. The continued use of this drug has beaten my kidneys up over the past 11 years, through the life of the first pacemaker, into the life of the second, that is actually an ICD unit that paces, as well as being a defibrillator to bang me back to life in the event my heart ever goes into fibrillation.
Quite an amazing and wonderful device, although I have had a few “resets” that have left me dazed and confused, but alive — all I can ask for, really…!
I digress…the point is, after 11 years of taking Lasix, my kidneys were failing, to the point of the doctors speaking to me about dialysis and a transplant. So, me being me, I got on the Internet, looked up my condition, and started to research. What I found was simply amazing synchronicity with the business I am in. I fell upon research on the nih.gov website, the US government’s National Institute of Health, and lo and behold, the exact condition had been treated with CBD in rats 12-15 years previously, and was very successful. So, I took notes, calculated body weight — rat vs. Fred — and scaled the dosage up for my body weight. You see the kidneys are the only organ in the body that don’t regenerate their cells every 7 or so years — they can’t — the cells are special filtration cells for cleansing our blood. But what they CAN do is, REPAIR themselves, given CBD — which restores homeostasis to the cells. I started on a 600mg dose of CBD per day, and that was a bit over 7 months ago. My kidney function has returned to normal, my doctors (to a one) are stunned, and as a bonus, I have lost 60+ pounds, and have never felt better. I am a living example that CBD, and Cannabinoids through whole-plant medicines…WORK.
We have a LONG road ahead of us — but on the other hand, we have just scratched the surface as to the amazing and wonderful abilities of this miraculous plant — this “Tree of LIFE”…to HEAL.
by Fred DeLisio - published in Weed World magazine issue 125