Predatory Hucksters Have Infiltrated A Burgeoning Natural Health Industry In It’s Infancy
by Ian J. Riddle
As humanity continues to wake from it’s slumber, growing everyday through new awareness and discovery, it’s become apparent that the old ways will not go quietly into the long night.
Check out this recent quote by Robert David Steele-
“Individuals are poisoned both mentally and physically – the food & drug complex is a deliberately contrived means of profiting by first poisoning people – to include the multiplication of cancers as well as obesity as a planned population policy; and the sterilization of women as well as the imposition of autism on young children – creating an endless cycle of profit for the 1% from poison and dangerous or ineffective medicines sold to the 99%…”
It is from this “pharmaceutical model of treatment” that the population seeks release. In our quest to not simply treat symptoms, but to be holistically “well”, we are finding that a literal journey back to our ROOTS is the panacea. Countless studies everyday are proving that whether you examine kratom, papaya enzymes, bitter almond or cannabis (among literally hundreds of others) — they are ancient plants that hold the key to our good health.
In particular the recent popularity of CBD (cannabidiol) has attracted the attention of doctors, patients, research scientists and even the FDA has opened public comment on it, admitting that it is “beneficial”. And with good reason, for the efficacy of this compound (and others!) found in the hemp plant has been nothing short of dramatic. Interacting with our inborn endocannabinoid system, CBD attaches to our CB1 and CB2 receptors serving to modulate the entire body system. The result? A top notch anti-inflammatory agent, natural pain-killer, anticonvulsant, anticoagulant, mood stimulator, detoxifier, tumor inhibitor… the list could go on for a page or more.
The positive effects of CBD run parallel to the actual quality and purity of the products that serve as vehicles for delivery. Some oral supplements are better than others. Some vape pens are more effective than others. Some oils in dropper bottles will yield miraculous results, others will do nothing. One brand of CBD beverage will dramatically improve a person’s quality of life, another will simply give one a headache! The proof is in the procedures!
If the CBD is extracted through toxic chemical means or sourced from pesticide laden low quality industrial hemp farms grown in poisonous soils with zero oversight… you can bet it won’t have the same effects as slow-grown, organic, non-gmo, high concentration sourced plants.
Listen to this admission by Tamar Wise, who blew the whistle on her former company Dixie Botanicals-
“These formulations start with a crude and dirty hemp paste contaminated with microbial life (I have seen this and these organisms decompose the paste. The paste perhaps even contains residual solvents and other toxins as the extraction is done in China) made using a process that actually renders it unfit for human consumption.“
So here we stand on the precipice of a new day, replete with hope and greater understanding, and the greed heads have already infested our world. How sad that dubious products from predatory companies should tarnish an otherwise beautiful opportunity? The time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff so that people may be truly well with truthful products!
Education is the key here. An informed consumer is a discerning consumer. We need to help folks understand the key issues so that they can make informed decisions with the right tools.
Here’s a couple key points to add to your arsenal
ACTIVE MOLECULE CONTENT is of premier importance in this world. Is the company sourcing from quickly grown industrial fields of plants containing 1% CBD or are their farmers taking great care to raise strains with a 14-20% CBD content?
Companies are misleading people with their bottle labeling. Let’s take an example here; Mom walks into the Natural Foods store and finds the glass case where the prized CBD droppers reside. She walks down the line and sees a bottle that boasts 2000mg! Wow! But a closer inspection of that number yields a troubling realization. There is no regulatory oversight that insures potency here… The actual contents of that bottle could be 1995mg of a carrier oil like hemp seed or olive, and a paltry 5mg of actual CBD.
So troubled by the trajectory of the industry was Ryan Early, founder, president and CEO of Can-Tek Labs of Oklahoma City, that he compiled a concise list of the key questions to ask when choosing cannabis derived products-
- Where was the cannabis grown, and what is the Cannabinoid Content/Profile of the plant? (Industrial hemp vs Medicinal Hemp…Import vs Domestic)
- How was the oil extracted/separated from the plant matter? (Chemicals or Organic)
- Where is it manufactured? (in a FDA Registered facility vs Unknown)
- Do their retailers clearly post 3rd party Lab Analysis Reports and Potency Reports on raw extracts and finalized product? (Any legitimate company should produce these upon request)
- Is it CBD only or a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes? (Isolate CBD not as effective as full spectrum product). The effects of the superfood compounds in working in concert are known as the “Entourage Effect”
- Is said product backed by medical professionals or have any independent studies or physician statements? (If not, it is most likely a new company looking to capitalize).
- What are the carriers in the product? (Fillers such as vegetable glycerin or olive oil vs Premium Carrier Blend)
- Is the labeling easy to read and not misleading? (Total Cannabinoid Content as mg/bottle vs Active Molecule Content as CBD % of TCC)
So there you have it. You can keep a copy of those questions in your bag or wallet next time you want to purchase CBD products. A strongly educated and informed buyers culture will pressure these new players in the cannabinoid game to come correct lest they be forced out of business. The new day can be ruled by transparency and high quality.
Links for further reading
Alarming Number of CBD Products Contain Inaccurate Levels of Cannabis:
A great article on the state of CBD quality and purity in the US-