Brandon Nolte is the owner of an online company called Healthy Hemp Oil (.com). He sells products made from CBD oil. This oil, which comes from the industrial hemp plant, has been shown to have many medicinal properties, to treat:
- Neuropathic pain
- Stress, and
- Cancer (some types)
Most of these treatments have been discovered through anecdotal reports as there has been a shortage of true scientific research on the compounds found in the cannabis plant due to its banning in the United States in 1937.
This episode of the Live Fit Podcast gives a brief history of cannabis including its many uses and why all forms of cannabis, not just marijuana, were banned in the U.S.
CBD oil is not medical marijuana, it has no psychoactive properties and will not interfere with a person’s cognition.
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- “Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy,” by Jack Herer
Transcript of This Episode
Glenn: Brandon, how are you doing today?
Brandon: I’m doing well. How are you doing, Glenn?
Glenn: I’m doing really well. It’s a beautiful day here in the Northwest. You’re in Pennsylvania.
Brandon: Pennsylvania, yes.
Glenn: Nice. Nice. Nice. So first of all, I think everybody’s wondering what the heck is CBD and why do I want to talk to you today.
Brandon: Yeah, it’s come a misunderstood phenomena in the recent last couple of years. And I’ll try to be as brief as possible while trying to make sense. Essentially, CBD or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound that’s found within Cannabis. Now when most people think Cannabis, they immediately think marijuana but Cannabis is also released to hemp. So hemp and marijuana are two different strains, so to speak, or two different types of the cannabis plant. And within the cannabis plants, hemp and marijuana, there are these chemical compounds and one of them is CBD. Another one that I’m sure your guests are familiar with is called THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive elements that the high feeling from marijuana. And so what’s interesting is that within these two kinds of varieties, you have varying degrees of these chemical compounds. And these are only two of many, many compounds that are now just recently being discovered; but because of their abundance, they’re kind of given more priority I guess. These two chemical compounds, THC and CBD, are seen in higher ratios than some of the smaller ones. So to get back to CBD – what is it? – It’s a chemical compound with found both within hemp and marijuana. And then what it’s doing or what people have been using it for recently is you’re seeing a lot of the positive effects that have typically been associated with medical marijuana. They’re also being associated with similar products made from hemp. Now the benefit of using products made from hemp is that it’s legal within the United States you know through all 50 states. It’s kind of like buying hemp protein so to speak. So you can get some of the benefits of medical marijuana without the high. And obviously, there’s also legal issues and people trying to use it for a lot more than it’s typically recommended for. We have to be very careful what we do for it but I kind of stop there ‘coz I wanna see what you say to that but that’s kind of like a 30,000 foot view of what CBD is, where it come from.
Glenn: Okay. Well, I have a ton question just based on what you said. So let me just give a quick summary and then we’ll go from there. So CBD is called Cannabidiol and that is one of the components of the marijuana plant or the hemp plant or the cannabis plant. Those are all synonymous, correct?
Brandon: Just technically, cannabis is the overarching family for both hemp and marijuana. So it’s good to make the distinction that hemp and marijuana are very, very similar but different in the ratios of the chemical compounds that they have. And this is something I didn’t make clear earlier; but, for example, marijuana is known for having high concentrations of THC, which is why it’s you know use recreationally for all these reasons and also why there’s lots of legal issues around it. However, hemp is grown specifically for different reasons. It was grown historically for you know to be used for clothing, to be used for plant — it was an industrious – to be used for flooring or for building houses or you know all sorts of crazy things. And because of this, it was spread to actually have lower levels of THC. And that’s just kind of how it worked out.
Glenn: So marijuana gets you high; hemp doesn’t. And hemp, as you said, historically has been used for all sorts of things – rope and clothing. It has a lot of fiber. It’s pretty fast growing. It’s recently become legal in Washington and Oregon, in Colorado, and medically legal in other states so I’m really interested to see what the social effect will be over the years. But to get back with CBD, you cannot get high from CBD or if you took enough of it, would you? Can you explain that?
Brandon: Yeah, it’s a good question and something that a lot of people ask. The chemical compound, CBD, doesn’t have any psychoactive elements to it. So in isolation, there’s no possible way for you to get high with CBD. It’s just chemically does not work. So that’s great. But some of the challenges can be when you have… So let’s say you can make a healthy hemp oil, we have a bunch of different types of products that have CBD in them. You can get… And they’re all made from industrial hemp. But with other products made from marijuana, you can have kind of varying levels of both of these. So you can get things that are made from CBD but they’ll still have kind of a full spectrum – is the industry term – of other chemical compounds within them. I guess the short answer to your question is no. The long answer is that depending on what kind of products you get, there may be other compounds in there namely THC, that will give you that effect. Does that make sense?
Glenn: It does. What about hemp seeds and hemp protein, is there any THC on those?
Brandon: In hemp itself, there is actually THC. The thing is though that it’s in such a small quantity that it’s essentially negligible.
Brandon: So some of your listeners or you know people have tried this for years, the uneducated teenager looking to get high you know trying to smoke hemp is very disappointed because there is not a high enough quantity of THC in it, in hemp, for you to actually get high. So it’s kind of the same thing with our products. And this is something that I really like about is that we don’t cater to a recreational market. We cater to people who have really who have challenges, who want to live healthier and you know that means that they can get all of the really great benefits without any of the nonsense.
Glenn: So before I go into… I was gonna ask you about your products but first tell me why would somebody take CBD. Obviously, it’s not to get high and I know it has a medical purpose but tell me what are some of the proven benefits of taking CBD.
Brandon: Sure, so like I said, this comes with a disclaimer. You know I hate to be one of those guys but it’s a very sticky situation with the FDA. There’s lots of people in this industry who will tell you that it all you know cure your third eye or all sorts of crazy things and then on top of that, people are trying to use it for everything under the sun because they hear about it from friends that it cured cancer and it does this and that. And so that’s really difficult, so I guess I just hear your listeners to take this and we encourage everyone to do their own research. There’s lots of scientific research being done. There’s a lots of anecdotal research that’s being done by our customers and other people around the world. So basically that the main kind of things are… I’ve seen it really, really helping people with three main categories. One is that it’s great for sleep. It’s good at promoting relaxation. It kind of makes your mind shut off in the sense that it stops kind of worrying about things. And then that in turn helps you kind of go to sleep. And another one related to that would be stress and anxiety, so with stress and anxiety people tend to be thinking about things. We’re thinking about things that haven’t happened yet or projecting into the future you know, again, it’s all very mental, right? And with CBD, you kind of just have those anxious thoughts stripped away. And then the third one is that it’s an anti-inflammatory and so it helps with really low levels of joint pain and sometimes arthritis and knee pain, back, pain kind of stuff like that.
Glenn: Uhum. So I kind of miss the categories. You said the first one is… What’s the first thing it does? You have three categories?
Brandon: Yeah, I would lump it into sleep, stress and inflammation.
Glenn: Actually, I first heard of CBD in relation to seizures. I noticed you didn’t say seizures.
Brandon: Yeah, and something that I’m hesitant to say, you know the challenges that I personally have seen lots of people, who I’ve interacted with, lots of customers of mine, who have had it literally incredible transformations in their lives related to seizures. I mean just the other week, I was talking to a customer who has a little dog who is having multiple seizures every week. And after taking CBD, the seizures subsided and now they’re only having like one to two a month. So it’s cases like that or you kind of think like I know the FDA doesn’t want to make any crazy claims but clearly the results speak for themselves.
Glenn: Yeah, yeah, I heard of the one and I can’t remember her name but I’m sure you are familiar with the little girl, 2 or 3 years old, who is having 20 seizures a day or some god-awful amount.
Brandon: Yeah, Charlotte.
Glenn: Yeah, exactly. And the parents found the only thing that helped was CBD.
Brandon: Yeah, it’s amazing really. Yeah, it’s very real for me. As the owner of the company, I want to do what’s right for the customers and give them the right information to make the choices that they can about their lives because this is very important you know. I don’t take this likely. People have really, really big challenges with some of these things. And I am not here to push anything on anyone. I want to provide you guys with great information so that you can empower yourselves and your friends and other people to make good decisions. So I think in the case of Charlotte and Charlotte’s web, you know the parents did the same thing. They were like, “Well, the FDA says that this isn’t right but — you know what? — it works so we’re gonna use it.”
Glenn: Yeah for them. I’m really glad. And like I was talking about before when Hearst was slandernizing marijuana, it was kind of villainize for his own monetary personal financial goals. And look at how long it took us to even begin testing it. And there’s… really we’re in our infancy of testing this really remarkable drug compound that’s been in used for thousands of years. And I know CBD is pretty fascinating. And I think this is a good way for people who wanna definitely distance themselves from the whole marijuana and the medical marijuana scene but also don’t want to fill their body with pharmaceuticals.
Glenn: So how did you get into selling CBD? And do you sell other products or is it just CBD products?
Brandon: We sell only CBD products right now. So with that, we’re able to focus on getting a lot of the companies that we bring on board. So we kind of think of ourselves as a small like a small Amazon of sorts for this particular industry and that allows us to do third party lab testing on all of the companies that we work with. We do blind testing. We really put our suppliers through the ringer to make sure that we have quality products because the challenge is that not everyone is as transparent about why they were doing things. And we’ve seen lots of products who claim to have CBD in them and then they turn out that they have four times the level of THC than they say and, man, all sorts of crazy things.
Glenn: Yeah, I don’t suppose that would go over very well if it had enough THC to make you high and somebody was taken what they think is just CBD, and may be going to work and then finding that they couldn’t work so well.
Brandon: Yeah, it’s the modern-day snake oil and it’s really a shame. But that’s kind of where we want to try to provide value with is doing the betting process for the customers because people don’t have time for that. And they just want to get something that works and test it out and believe that it’s gonna be the companies in their best interest.
Glenn: The reason I found you or the way I found you is because I’d heard of CBD, and I was searching the web for more information on it. And I found your website. And I had found many others prior and they were all junk. I mean, so to speak, it was really hard to figure out what I was looking at, and what was an advertisement, what was a product, what was information. And I find your website and it was really well organized. It answered my questions because – and I’m about to ask you this in a second – but my question, one thing I went into in, that I wasn’t finding answers for any of the others, is the difference between all the mediums, how the CBD is delivered. And you had a whole long page about this is good for this, you can tinctures for that and capsules for another reason. And you explained really from a novice’s point of view what they are all for. And then you also have articles on there that explained where CBD comes from, and how it’s used and why it’s used and all that stuff. So I want to give you kudos for a really well-designed website and also encourage people to go to healthyhempoil.com to check it out for themselves. But first I wanna know how did you get into this. Were you using CBD yourself? Did somebody you know tell you about it? Or how did you get interested enough to start a business?
Brandon: Yeah, that’s a great question. And without going too much into my personal back story, I’ve always been interested like yourself in living healthy and living a happy life. I was kind of in a transition in my life looking to get into another business. And I stumbled across a friend who was using a product like this. And I had no idea what it was all about. And in doing the research into it, I was like “What is this?” you know. It was kind of like I had like a look at the tip of the iceberg and look under water and seeing all of this crazy research and then there’s the ties to the medical marijuana industry. And I saw reviews from people who had used it and had great effects. And it was just this whole industry was very fascinating to me. And so I kind of came into it with the beginner’s mind. And just from a curiosity standpoint, it seemed like it was something that was really gonna help people. And that’s really what I’m passionate about, Glenn, is helping people live happier and healthier lives. And I knew that if I could come in and really learn about this industry and help other people learn about this industry, then this industry, which has a big chance to impact lots of people’s lives, people with seizures and sleep disorders and anxiety and everything like that, then I could, in effect, help lots of people. And so that’s kind of the mindset that I took when I got into it. And that turns from the beginning, when I started out and I still didn’t know anything a couple of years ago, 2 years of doing research and you learn a lot. So I was just hoping to translate some of that with my company to education for everyone else because I feel once you’ve got a good education, then you can really make a really solid decision for yourself.
Glenn: Exactly. Exactly. So you’ve been… You’ve had your company for two years?
Brandon: Yeah, roughly.
Glenn: That’s great. That’s great ‘coz I’ve only just now started hearing about it over the last few months with all the talk of the legalization. And I think that’s what helped bring CBD to the surface.
Brandon: And I think is still very, very much on the tip of the iceberg. CBD is not mainstream. Anybody trying these products right now is still kind of… They’re taking a leap of faith, right, on the company. And so again, we’re trying to be there to catch them. It would be like, “You know what? It’s safe. You know we’ve got…” Sorry, I don’t want to feel like I’m promoting my company too much but we just want to make it a comfortable space for people to try these products, with a refund policy that’s verifiable and here’s education, here is what the research says you know like here it is. We’ll lay it all out for you. You guys can kind of make your decision.
Glenn: Yeah, that’s great. That’s great. And I really appreciate your philosophy is you want to help people live healthier, happier lives. And that’s exactly how I feel too. And that’s my mission in life. And while you were talking just now, I was thinking I was telling a friend of mine the other day, who’s a police officer, about that and I’m gonna interview you and the topic. And he had never heard of it before. So that kind of tells you right there if it’s not on the radar of police, then it’s certainly not in the underworld type mentality. And it’s not something that they ever come across because it doesn’t get you high, people aren’t smuggling it. So what are the different forms that you can get CBD into your body? I had mentioned that there’s tinctures and pills, but can you tell me what different methods there are and maybe just a tiny bit about each one? Why someone would choose one over the other?
Brandon: Sure. So, yeah, there’s probably like five or six different types. And I’ll try to go through them relatively quickly. We know one that we have is a capsule, a basic powdered CBD form. Those are good for people who kind of need a little extra help, I like to say. It’s a higher concentration dosage so it’s you know I think typically somewhere around 25 mg of CBD in a capsule. So that’s a pretty good amount. I recommend most people start out at like 1 to 2 or 3 mg per dosage or less. And so 25 is kind of a lot. So if you kind of know what you’re getting into, capsules is a good, a good thing to have because you know exactly what you’re getting. It’s a pretty common dose. The one that I really like to start with for most people is a tincture. And the tincture is basically the hemp oiled, distilled into a liquid and then it’s mixed with some other things you know maybe like some flavours to make it a little more palatable because well, let’s face it, hemp kind of taste grassy. What else? And so we have… Yeah, maybe there’s like an added sweetener or maybe not, depending on the brand. And what’s great tinctures is that it’s really easy to go up and down in dosage. And the reason why this is important is because, as a beginner to these products, you don’t know exactly what your body needs.
So that’s why I kind of said you need to start at the lower end of the spectrum and then use these products… and you know work your way up. And this goes back to what you were saying with, “Can you get high if you take you take too much?” We really haven’t seen whether through scientific evidence or anecdotal evidence or my personal evidence that there is such thing as kind of CBD overdose. So I’m like a lot of things. It kind of seems like you can safely double, triple, quadruple, kind of increase the dosage until you find the right equilibrium for your body until where you feel like you’re getting a good result from it. So tinctures are great for that because they’re either a dropper or a spray that you put right under your tongue or in your mouth. And you can go up and down really easily; whereas a capsule it’s like you gotta take 25 mg or 50 or 75. It’s just doesn’t make that much sense. But with a tincture, they’re typically either one milligram or 3 mg for the extra strength once. So that’s the tincture. Those are my favourites. They’re also on the lower end of the price spectrum because they don’t contain as much total CBD. Does that make sense?
Glenn: Yeah, it does. It does. And just a kind of to give my listeners an idea, what would it cost? Let’s say somebody listening wants to you know they’re having some of these pains, or these issues that you discussed that it can help with. And they want to give it a try, what would be the entry-level product and price that you would recommend for just your average Joe?
Brandon: Sure, so like I said the tinctures are kind of on the lower end of the spectrum. On the higher end of the spectrum, we have many products in the hundreds of dollars’ range. This is because manufacturing is actually really expensive for this. As we talked about, it’s a new industry so not a lot of people are making this right now so that the supply side isn’t quite there yet. So that price hasn’t driven down. So anyway, on the high end, there’s lot of concentrates that we have. And like in the low-end for 1 g concentrate, it’s like 70 bucks plus shipping, although we do give free shipping. And then on the lower end of things, let’s say a tincture would be maybe 40 bucks for a lower strength kind of deals.
Brandon: So within that range, the price goes higher and higher as you add more CBD and then you get a bulk discount. There’s lot of products and lots of brands. So I’m trying to simplify by kind of giving somewhat of a range.
Glenn: Right, and that is what I asked for ‘coz somebody’s listening, you have no idea what it cost in a bottle of aspirin is – I don’t know – about 50 or something like that. And if you get a prescription from your doctor and have good health insurance, Vicodin is you know three to 10 bucks or whatever that might be. So that’s the kind of things that they’re gonna be comparing it with. And so I wanted to know, and how much it would be for somebody to take this leap of faith because really they’re just they still are trusting you. And you can have all kinds… You can cite all kinds of research and have articles. And you sound very trustworthy. And I totally believe you. But somebody else who’s never experienced this, they’ve never heard of it before, or even if they had, they still have to take that leap of faith and put down—
Glenn: –the money and hope that it works.
Glenn: So capsules and tinctures, there’s other mediums?
Brandon: Yes, so I’ve mentioned also that there was a concentrated form. And what this is actually it’s pure hemp oil extract that’s been extracted with a CO2 process. So it’s very clean. And then it’s kind of put into these like little syringe-like tubes, which look kind of scary but they’re really the easiest method for taking it. So they come in this like either 1, 3 or 10 gm tubes of just pure, concentrated hemp oil.
Glenn: And you injected it into your skin?
Brandon: No, sorry, I gave you the wrong impression with that. It’s still is a sublingual as well.
Glenn: You squeeze it out onto your finger. There’s not actually a needle on there. It’s just that the syringe without a needle. Do you know what I mean?
Glenn: Yeah, well, otherwise that sounds really scary.
Brandon: Yeah, it does. And I wouldn’t recommend that at all. So you just squeeze it out onto your finger and you put it under your tongue. You hold it, swish it around in your mouth for like 90 seconds and then you swallow. And it’s basically the same method of absorption as the tinctures, which is sublingual, except it’s a more concentrated form. So with the tubes, you don’t need much at all. You need… We say like a size of half a grain of rice actually of CBD.
Glenn: Holy cow.
Brandon: Yeah, so it is very, very small. Yeah.
Glenn: And that absorbs into your mouth.
Glenn: And into the bloodstream. And how long would a dose last?
Brandon: It depends on how much you take and so that a person…
Glenn: So let’s say a half a grain of rice and they have anxiety. They wake up in the morning. They’re just feeling anxious for no apparent, so there’s not a solution. They just feel anxious.
Glenn: Yeah, I would say that it lasts for a couple of hours per dose. But the best way to use CBD really is to kind of — or any herbal supplement in general – is to get kind of a consistent rhythm with your body, so to speak. And we haven’t talked about this but cannabinoid, we actually have like every brain has CBD receptors, receptors that fit with CBD in their brain. So there’s actually like a lock and key mechanism for where CBD chemical compounds fit naturally within your brain. they don’t they don’t disrupt any of your neurotransmitters or anything crazy like that like some other drugs do like the some drugs affect the dopamine levels. And if you just push a bunch of dopamine, then of course you’re gonna have this other effect which is you’re missing dopamine in some parts and you feel a crash. So what I’m trying to say is that CBD kind of works with your body but the best way to use it is to kind of use it consistently. We say take it for a week consistently, and then your body kind of gets into a rhythm and it gets used to it. And that’s where people really start seeing the results is through consistency.
Glenn: And after a week, are they able to stop or taper down? Or it just takes that long for it to really…
Brandon: I think it depends on the person. I think it depends on the person. We’ve had both cases. Some people, they go through like a routine and then they figure out, “You know what? I feel great. I don’t need this anymore. I’ll keep it on the side until I’d need it and so it’s always there for me.” And personally, that’s kind of how I use it. I’ve used it for anxiety or for public speaking or for—I mean I still use it for sleep you know probably on multiple times a week. It’s so good at shutting your mind off and helping you just met kind of go to bed and especially as an entrepreneur, who’s thinking about all these things and working late into the night. And I’m sure you can relate to that. Sometimes you have things on your mind at 2 o’clock in the morning that shouldn’t be on your mind you know. You should be going to sleep.
Glenn: Right. Right, yeah. Yes, Sleep is definitely a very beneficial and very underappreciated daily routine ritual. So I hear there’s topical also. Is that very effective? Do you sell topicals?
Brandon: Yeah, we do. It doesn’t seem to be as popular as the injectables, the consumables, but we do have people that really love them. It’s good if you have some specific joint pain, you know knee pain, back pain, stuff like that ‘coz it can go on a very specific part of your body whereas if you ingested, it goes systemically throughout your body.
Brandon: And there’s also vaporizers. We didn’t talk about vaporizers yet.
Glenn: Oh so you would smoke it so to speak.
Brandon: Like a e-cigarette.
Brandon: Essentially, we have CBD in a liquid form that is combustible. So it can be vaporized by any ePen or any e-cigarette. And a lot of people like this method because it’s actually the quickest to get to your system. So if you want something that acts really fast, using a vaporizer is a very quick way to get CBD into your bloodstream. And like I said, sometimes the effect; the compound effect of using it can really give you great results. So some people really like using it on a consistent basis as they would a normal ePen. None of our CBD e-liquids contain nicotine or anything like that. So it’s maybe it’s replacing one habit with the other, but I’d rather have CBD than nicotine. Maybe I’m a little biased though.
Glenn: Well, I agree with you on that one. I would too. So you say it’s good for sleep. Now if somebody is used to taking sleep medication like Ambien or something, would this be a good replacement for that?
Brandon: Yeah, and we have questions like this all the time. And my typical response is I’m not doctor.
Glenn: Good answer.
Brandon: “You should check with a local doctor for sure.” But as long as trying something else is not harmful to your body and your daily life like if somebody is on something and they need to keep that in their system to be sane or to be functional as a human, then I certainly would not try you know getting off of that to try CBD. But if it’s something that you take whether over the counter or from a doctor and they give you the approval to do this, trying it out is really the only way to know whether it would work for yourself. But I mean if you take enough CBD, you’ll definitely go to sleep. It can knock out.
Glenn: Wow. Interesting. I’m intrigue. I’m gonna have to try it
Brandon: Yeah. And like I said, you don’t need that much. So yes, you can take a high-end range if you really want, really want to go to sleep but you really just don’t need that much.
Glenn: That’s good to know. So people can find you and your products at healthyhempoil.com
Brandon: Yes, I have a bonus for your audience.
Brandon: Yeah, I have a really great e-book that we created. And it’s called “Cutting Through the Confusion.” And what it does is it kind of helps elaborate on some of these ideas that we talked about today. And it’ll help talk about the different types of products that they have, the different forms that we talked about, the different top brands and then some of the recommended products and all that. And really the goal with this is like I said, education.
Brandon: You don’t know what you don’t know. And we want to do our job just to tell you “Hey, here’s what is available at. You know if you want to take a leap, we’re here for you. If not, that’s great,” but we love to give your guys the resource, your listeners, a resource for that. So if they want that on PDF, they can go to healthyhempoil.com/livefitlean.
Glenn: Wonderful. Wonderful. I will put a link to that on the Show Notes’ page as well as your website and other information that we discussed in this episode. So, Brandon, thank you very much. It’s been very eye opening. I hope that a lot of people listening can really understand what CBD is and maybe open their minds to other ways of pain relief, besides your typical big pharmacology medication.
Brandon: Yeah, well thank you so much for having me, Glenn. It was great to talk to you.
Glenn: Alright. Wonderful. You have a great day and good luck with the– your business.
Brandon: Thank you so much. You too.
A Brief History of Cannabis
Cannabis has two basic categories of plants: one is marijuana and the other is hemp. Marijuana contains high amounts of the compound THC and has psychoactive properties that, when ingested, make the user feel “high” or relaxed. Hemp contains CBD oil which does not have any psychoactive properties and will not alter the user’s cognition.
- Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants known to man and has been in use for at least 12,000 years.
- Hemp can be used to make thousands of products from its fiber, oil, and seeds (30,000+).
- The fiber can be used to makes such things as rope, cloth, paper and building materials such as floors and siding and even concrete.
- The oil from the stalk and seeds can be used as a food source to make protein supplements, beer, cheese bio-fuel and used as a lubricant. The oil is also beneficial for humans because it is high in calcium, iron, protein and Omega-3s.
- When growing, hemp contributes to the soil rather than robbing it.
- It is resistant to pests and weeds, making them a very Earth friendly crop that does not contribute to pollution.
- Hemp is fast growing and will be maturity in about 4 months, in warm, cool, wet or dry climates. Compare that to trees.
- The harvested plants will produce twice the fiber as the same acreage of cotton, and is 10x stronger.
- Hemp is easier to make paper from than wood and uses fewer caustic chemicals with far less pollution.
- During colonial times, residence were required to grow a certain amount of hemp because it was necessary for survival.
- Hemp was temporarily allowed to be grown in the U.S. during WWII for rope and other uses of the fiber.
- Hemp was not outlawed because it was/is a harmful drug. In fact, the public was not made aware during Congregational hearings that marijuana was related to hemp.
Why was cannabis Outlawed?
In a word – greed.
In eight words – personal gain at the expense of the nation.
William Randolf Hearst and Harry Anslinger worked to outlaw this highly useful plant for their own personal gains.
Anslinger was the first director of the Federal Beaureu of Narcotics – now the DEA. He was ambitious and saw this position as a way to make a name for himself. Cocaine and heroine were already established as dangerous drugs, so they did not have as much potential as something new would to his career.
William Randolf Hearst, the newspaper barron, worked with Anslinger to slander the cannabis plant using yellow journalism in Hearst’s string of newspapers across the country. One reason Hearst wanted to get rid of hemp is because he owned thousands of acres of forest in WA state and wanted paper, which was primarily made from hemp at the time, to be made from trees. If he could get the country to shift their papers making from hemp to trees he would make a lot of money.
With the help of yellow journalism in his newspapers, he slandered the useful plant through fear mongering, exaggeration and bold faced lies about how evil and harmful marijuana was, that it made people violent and blamed certain ethnic groups (Mexicans, African-Americans, and jazz musicians) for lowering the morals of our young and innocent women.
In short, Hearst and Anslinger knew they could get what they wanted in life if they demonized this plant. Never mind its usefulness to the people of their country, the two men wanted to make money for themselves.
They probably would not have succeeded if anybody had connected the plant they were bashing, marijuana, as the same genus of plant that they knew and liked, hemp. So, when the law was passed to ban cannabis, our nation, in my opinion began taking a tailspin with greed winning over the greater good.
Now, another problem with the banning of the cannabis plant is that researchers have not been able to properly study the chemicals. Any research that has been conducted were either done in other countries, illegally, or were funded by companies that don’t want to see the wide use of hemp in this country.
More Detailed History of Cannabis in America
- Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hempseed.
- The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and even the cordage used for baling cotton.
- The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing’s army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.
- One of the “differences” seized upon during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing “preparations of hemp, or loco weed.”
- In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”
- newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”
- Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana;
- In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana.
- He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.
- “Gore Files” — wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and… Negroes.
- “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
- “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
- “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
- “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
- “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
- “You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
- “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”
- Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolf Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he hated Mexicans. Second, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn’t want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Third, he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated Mexicans. Fourth, telling lurid lies about Mexicans (and the devil marijuana weed causing violence) sold newspapers, making him rich.
- He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people’s minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren’t even aware of it.
- Dr. William C. Woodward, Legislative Council of the American Medical Association fought against Anslinger.
- And that was basically it. Yellow journalism won over medical science.
- Most people didn’t realize that marijuana was the same plant as Hemp. marijuana was an invented, derogatory word
- “Mr. Speaker, does the American Medical Association support this bill?”Member on the committee jumps up and says: “Their Doctor Wentworth[sic] came down here. They support this bill 100 percent.”
- And on the basis of that lie, on August 2, 1937, marijuana became illegal at the federal level.
The excerpts below come from “Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp”
- Paper production from hemp would eliminate the need to chop down BILLIONS of trees! MILLIONS of acres of forests and huge areas of wildlife habitat could be preserveTrees must grow for 20 to 50 years after planting before they can be harvested for commercial use. Within 4 months after it is planted, hemp grows 10 to 20 feet tall and it is ready for harvesting! Hemp can be grown on most farmland throughout the U.S., where forests require large tracts of land available in few locations. Substituting hemp for trees would save forests and wildlife habitats and would eliminate erosion of topsoil due to logging. Reduction of topsoil erosion would also reduce pollution of lakes/rivers/streams.
- Fewer caustic and toxic chemicals are used to make paper from hemp than are used to make paper from trees – LESS POLLUTION!
- Hemp fiber is 10x strong than cotton and acre per acre hemp produces twice the amount of fiber.
- Hemp does not need as much water as cotton and can be grown in all 50 states.
- Hemp requires few pesticides and no herbicides as it is naturally resistant.
- Extracting oil from hemp is less costly than from soy beans
- Hemp was NOT banned because it was a harmful drug. Hemp was banned because it was a competitive threat to the wood products industry and newly developed synthetic fibers that were patentable, and therefore more profitable than hemp. Corporations that profited from the demise of hemp propagated a smear campaign against hemp by claiming that marijuana use was a major drug problem (it was not) and that marijuana use caused people to become extremely violent – another falsehood. Unfortunately, these false claims went unchallenged and Congress outlawed hemp in 1937. Unfortunately, millions of Americans still believe the lies spread about marijuana/hemp.
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