Whole Foods Disappoints AGAIN – Mechanically Tenderized Rubber Meat

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Whole Foods Disappoints AGAIN – Mechanically Tenderized Rubber Meat

I actually helped open the Pikes Peak Whole Foods in Colorado Springs when I was going to college.  I really, really, believed in their ‘mission’ and I completely and totally bought in to the idea that they:

1. Serve natural and organic foods (AND ONLY NATURAL AND ORGANIC FOODS)

2. Care about the quality of their food, presentation, and customer service.

3. Care about small farmers, the environment, and being a steward of good business practices (People, Planet, Profit)

The past four or five years, I have really been disappointed in the down-slide of everything – selection, customer service, and most sadly – the food that I have trusted to be CLEAN.  It is NOT.

Most recent example?  Tonight, starving, I went to the ‘hot bar’ (not always hot) and got “corned beef”.  I came home, opened up that brown box and took a bite.  Like rubber – like, a horrible, not-right, NOT NATURAL texture in my mouth.  I spit it out and started looking closer at the meat to find thousands of tiny holes.

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Reading up on this, I guess it was mechanically tenderized – real natural, right?  Like, after those free-range cattle are allowed to graze on pristine grass and treated humanely – that meat is sent to a machine to stab ten million times to make it chewable.  Is something horribly wrong with this?  I believe that good meat is chewable by itself.  Beyond the tenderization issue – this meat just does NOT look right – color, texture, smell, taste.  It is extremely concerning to me.  As soon as I have my microscope I am going to investigate further…

Most of the food at Whole Foods is NOT organic, NOT biodynamic, NOT local and NOT DELICIOUS.  As a matter of fact, if you go there and if the label says “organic”, you can’t really trust that either (as a marketer I have seen people slap a ‘USDA Certified Organic” label on products even though they are not – there is very little enforcement – the feds are out of money and focused on other problems).  Most of the products in Whole Foods are now their own ‘365 Brand’.  Whole Foods – advocate of small businesses – has eaten its own.  A great product shows up, all of a sudden the local craft company is gone and Whole Foods has its own label of that product.  Cannibalism.

And speaking of cannibalism – the issue with cheap meat (which is what Whole Foods served me tonight at the hot bar) can be very dangerous because often the food fed to the cattle (or any other animal) can be full of horrific additives and fillers – including other animals.  Disgusting.  Terrifying.  This is where Mad Cow disease comes from.  Look up prions (prions mad cow disease).

I am the sucker.  I am the idiot.  I f*%#ing bought in to the marketing – but it is not the truth.  The truth is that Whole Foods is a bad corporation – loyal to its stockholders only (not its stakeholders) – who have left their customers behind.  No more!  People like me are leaving WF’s behind for the same reasons.  Maybe thats the real reason they are closing stores across the country.

I’m free ranging it somewhere else!

Stop Hemp Hypocrisy – FREE Non-psychoactive Plants!

Hemp is a non-psychoactive form of cannabis that has been used for thousands of years.  Non-Psychoactive hemp has naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes that are already found in thousands of plants.

The federal government has non-law-creating agencies that are attempting to stop people from being able to grow, use, and sell hemp products.  Don’t forget that the Hemp Industries Association has won two federal court cases against the DEA for such nonsense!

If a plant is non-psychoactive, the naturally occurring compounds in that plant should be protected for humans to consume.  Naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes from non-psychoactive plants like hemp can be healthful and healing – the ‘government’ should not be able to take away peoples’ natural and constitutional right to grow, use, and sell this plant.

Sign the petition here!

How to Prevent Endocannabinoid Deficiency with Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids & Terpenes

The Endocannabinoid System (or ECS for short) is responsible for modulating our body’s immune system, inflammation, pain, and things that affect our daily life, like sleep, appetite, and mood.

The discovery of this system showed that most mammals have a vast network of receptors that are responsive to cannabinoids – these receptors are in the brain, central nervous system, and immune system.

Receptors on our cells act like tiny locks on the surface of the cells (not all cells have all receptors and there are thousands of receptors on each tiny cell).  These receptors only open for certain keys that fit into them – even more than a ‘physical’ fit – it is like a vibrational understanding between the neurotransmitter (and/or neuropeptide) that allows certain chemical compounds to communicate with the receptors.

Our body already makes something called ‘endocannbinoids’ inside of us.  Endocannabinoids are our body’s own compound that helps us regulate our Endocannabinoid System.  By introducing non-psychoactive cannabinoids to our body – like CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBG, and CBC – we can potentially regulate our Endocannabinoid System and prevent endocannabinoid deficiency.

From the Huffington Post:

“American Neurologist Ethan Russo has termed this ‘Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency‘, suggesting that it lie at the root of illnesses such as fibromyalgia, muscular sclerosis, IBS and migraines.  According to Dr Russo, “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain. You would be sick, meaning nauseated. You would have a lowered seizure threshold. And just a whole litany of other problems.””

It is now possible to source cannabinoids from hemp that has been grown to have high levels and complete profiles of cannabinoids and terpenes.  Be sure to know your farmer, know how the hemp is processed, and make sure you are getting a full-spectrum product that contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant.

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HYPOCRISY – The DEA’s Unenforceable Policy on CBD

The United States government has a patent (#6,630,507) for the antioxidant and neuroprotective properties of cannabinoids, but the DEA says that CBD is a Schedule 1 Drug.

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.”

Which is it?  Are non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD good for you or are they bad for you?  Well, let’s let the people decide.

Non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD have over two decades of research showing that they have potential therapeutic applications for cancer, inflammation, anxiety, and other diseases that stem from the immune system and nervous system.

And

23 States have medical marijuana ‘legalized’ (THC and CBD products)

8 States have recreational marijuana ‘legalized’ (THC and CBD products)

16 States have specific laws allowing for CBD products

Millions of people from many States have demanded smart medicine policy – and have nullified federal law with State-based laws that have been upheld thanks to the 10th Amendment.  That’s right – ALL of cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug according to the DEA, but guess what – all of these States have actual laws and are collecting revenue from the sale of cannabis.  The DEA isn’t coming to get you – there are actual criminals out there, and if you are taking CBD, you are not one of them.

Do you see the feds knocking down the doors of people who are selling CBD products?  No, you don’t, and you won’t, because in June of 2015, Congress actually de-funded much of the DEA’s budget that was being used to go after legal cannabis operations and industrial hemp operations.

“The House of Representatives has voted to protect state medical marijuana and hemp laws from federal interference, to cut the Drug Enforcement Administration’s budget and to halt bulk collection of American communications in drug investigations.”

Believe it or not, the PEOPLE are speaking and not allowing the federal government to get in the way of them using a PLANT for food and medicine.  Cannabis has existed for thousands of years, and has been used in many different applications beyond ‘getting high’ – different strains of hemp can be used for non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD, high-protein food products, fiber, and even fuel.

First of all, you should NEVER be afraid of your government.  Fear is death.  Secondly, cannabis is a plant and it is not nearly as scary as the arcane and geriatric proclamations coming from some representatives in government who feel it their moral duty to protect people from themselves.  If they look out their bullet-proof windows passed their body guards – they will see that Americans are sick and tired of waiting on permission to live a healthy life.  No sick-care system can save us – only we can save ourselves through whole-plant, nutrient-dense, preventative foods and medicines that are naturally derived from the Earth.

Why You Don’t Want Government in Whole-Plant Medicines

The UK this week acknowledged CBD’s use as a medicine, but the government is requiring people who sell extracts of cannabis containing CBD to stop – because now they must go through regulations placed by government to market and sell the CBD – which can cost millions of dollars in licensing and years of waiting for “clinical data”.  This will leave hundreds of thousands of people and patients without access to CBD for an unknown period of time.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency (MHRA) is the government arm behind the decision, which is likely financially motivated.  By requiring government intervention and licensing in the sale of CBD products, only large and ‘established’ pharmaceutical companies are able to comply – monopolizing the marketplace and forcing consumers to choose “big pharma” for their medicines.

From Vice:

“The fact of the matter is CBD is a medicine and the MHRA is absolutely correct about that. The other thing that you need to understand is that most CBD products do not just contain CBD; they are in fact whole plant extracts from low THC cannabis. The government says that there’s no medicinal value in cannabis [in the The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001], but now we have another branch of the government saying it’s a medicine.”

This hypocrisy is nothing new.  Governments largely want to take away individuals’ right to grow and consume whole-plant products that can have promising life-saving effects.  The “sick-care system” that feeds off of peoples’ disease suffers when consumers become healthy.  When consumers can choose inexpensive, easily-accessible medicines from whole-plants like cannabis – this represents a big problem for big government and big pharma.

Protect your right to food and medicine freedom!  Join That’s Natural!

– Tisha Casida

“Texas Has No Right To Secede” – Yeah RIGHT!

The following is a beautiful retort from constitutional authors and scholar, Michael Badnarik, about whether or not Texas as the ‘right’ to secede from the United States.  You can read his fabulous books and take one of his classes, to dive deeper into our United States Constitution and the meaning of ‘individual rights’.

From Michael Badnarik:

I haven’t given my first presentation favoring Texas secession yet, and already there are people who insist that Texas does not have the authority to disassociate itself from the United States. This proves that those who do not study history are disturbed and confused. Here is a comment found somewhere on Facebook:

“Texas has NO right to secede. They tried it once and lost -the Civil War. They do have the right to split themselves into up to four smaller states, by the treaty when they joined the United States. Are Texans willing to take on their pro-rated share of the U.S. National debt? Would Trump want Texas to build a wall between itself and the rest of the current United States? Would they pay for all of the current federal institutions located in Texas?”

Allow me to address this response statement by statement.

“Texas has NO right to secede”
This is an emotional response. ALL of the evidence suggests otherwise. The Law of Nations, written in 1787, was the most important book on the law of nations in the eighteenth century. It sets out with the idea “that political societies or nations live, with respect to each other, in a reciprocal independence. They are subject to the natural law. Each sovereign state claims and actually possesses an absolute independence [from] all the others.” The explicitly stated purpose and principle of the United Nations Charter is “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples…” Self-determination is defined as “freedom to live as one chooses” and “the determining by the people of the form their government shall have”. It appears that “Secession Deniers” (a person who refuses to accept the existence, truth, or validity of something despite evidence or general support for it) have never read the Declaration of Independence. The first phrase of that document says, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” When one group “dissolves the political bands which have connected them with another” they secede! The Declaration of Independence is a secession document! If Texas isn’t allowed to secede, then logically the United States can’t either, and we are still colonies subject to the British Crown.

“They tried it once and lost -the Civil War”
This is a very common misconception based solely on opinion. In every separation, one party is leaving, and the other party is being left behind. Your opinion is based on which group you are in. As Americans were proudly recount our “American Revolution” as the beginning of freedom and liberty. England was not happy about losing the natural resources found in the colonies, and it tried to renege on our independence by waging the War of 1812. Texans are extremely proud of those who defended the Alamo, and immediately point to the Battle of San Jacinto as our victorious support of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Another example of secession that refutes the idea that we tried it once and lost. We’ve tried it twice. We won the first, and lost the second. Rumor has it that the third time is the charm.

“They do have the right to split themselves into up to four smaller states, by the treaty when they joined the United States.”
This statement is almost correct. According to TSL.Texas.gov, “In another compromise designed to overcome objections to annexation, the 1845 joint resolution that admitted Texas to the Union provided that Texas could be divided into as many as five states.”

“Are Texans willing to take on their pro-rated share of the U.S. National debt?”
The short answer is probably not. Not if I’m elected President of the Republic of Texas, anyway. The U.S. National debt is based on fraud, perpetrated by bankers against all Americans. I can’t give you something that I don’t have. Neither can Congress. Congress never had the authority to print money, therefore it is logically impossible for them to grant that authority to the Federal Reserve in 1913. “The Fed” has assumed a monopoly over counterfeiting our money with the worthless, fiat, Federal Reserve Note. “The Fed” prints money out of thin air, they loan it to the federal government, and then the American population is expected to pay the debt AND the growing interest on that debt. This an impossible task based on fraud. There is no statue of limitations on fraud, and the U.S. debt should be repudiated, and the bankers and tricksters that concocted this scheme should be imprisioned for life. It is a fraudulent debt that no sane Texan would be willing to pay.

“Would Trump want Texas to build a wall between itself and the rest of the current United States?”
Excuse me, but this is an asinine question, with no intellectual merit, intended to be inflammatory. Further evidence that the response to my post is purely emotional. However, if Donald Trump wants a wall between his remaining 49 states and Texas, he’ll have to build it himself. I don’t want a wall because I know that hard working Americans that long to be free and independent will be migrating to Texas as quickly as they can pack a suitcase. Additionally, all the socialist, communist, and other collectivist riffraff will be fleeing Texas in the other direction. I am highly in favor of both migrations, and a wall would be a temporary impediment to that.

“Would they pay for all of the current federal institutions located in Texas?”
Again, the short answer is no. Those familiar with Constitution know that the federal government can only purchase land “with the consent of the state legislature”. Assuming that the Constitution is a contract between Texas and the federal government, then the federal government has violated that contract since they are required to “guarantee to each state a Republican form of government”. The United States is operating as a communist country because all ten planks of the Communist Manifesto are enforced in this country already. The federal government has violated the contract, and Texas would be exceeding lenient to allow the federal government to maintain control of its offices and territory within Texas. We might allow them to continue to occupy Fort Hood, for example, but the federal government would have to pay us whatever rent we decide would be appropriate. To assume that Texas would pay for federal institutions is ludicrous.

Texas secession is inevitable. The only thing that would prevent it is if a vast majority of Americans suddenly woke up to the fact that the federal government is out of control, and surprised Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by voting for Gary Johnson. From my vantage point, I think Texas secession is far more likely.

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Thank You Colorado for Protecting Me From Myself

Dear People of the State of Colorado:

I thought it important to address you, since you are the ones charging me on this ticket that I received while in El Paso County, Colorado.

I was pulled over for forgetting to turn my blinker while merging (thank you taxpayers, I hope you feel safer now), and then of course, couldn’t find my insurance card (I just purchased a new truck and will be supporting the tax-base with my new registration, thank you Colorado), and was asked, “Maam, is that how you wear you seatbelt?”.

My seatbelt.  I wear that thing faithfully – not because I am told to, but because I do believe it is a good idea.  However, I put the top strap under my arm, because I don’t like having it across my chest.  Because I answered honestly, and because the State of Colorado is protecting me from myself, I was fined $74.50 for wearing it wrong.

Now, listen, I am grateful that I didn’t lose any “points”, and that the officer was kind enough to not cite me for my other two (awful and dangerous) transgressions.  But really!??!!?  I was wearing my seatbelt and I still got nailed for it.  You know what?  There’s people killing other people out there – am I really the criminal here?

I will faithfully pay this, to stay out of the courts.  But I am hurt and offended at my State.  I appreciate our officers, I think they have to deal with a lot.  However, wouldn’t it be a good use of taxpayer money to go after real criminals instead of people like me?  In my world, forgetting a blinker, not having physical proof of insurance (even though it is easily verifiable that I have such), and wearing my seatbelt, but just not the “right” way are victimless crimes.  Our community and country has greater threats.

That’s Natural Cannabinoid & Ailment Guide

That's Natural CBD Oil - Cannabinoid Ailment Guide

At That’s Natural, we know how important it is to make an educated decision about what types of foods and medicines that you ingest.  Here is a ‘Cannabinoid and Ailment Guide’ to show you some of the various cannabinoids and what preliminary research had shown that these cannabinoids (or phytocannabinoids) are good for.

Our That’s Natural premium CBD-rich hemp oil is a full-spectrum and whole-plant product – meaning that there are minute amounts of other cannabinoids (like some of these listed on this chart) as well as terpenes – which we feel are an essential part of a premium and effective product.

You can see what are customers are saying with testimonials – and always know exactly where your product is coming from – Pure, Potent, Trusted – That’s Natural!

My Attempt to Re-Mineralize My Teeth and Heal Cavities, Days 1-3

That's Natural Healing Cavities Naturally

A really bad trip to the dentist has made me want to walk the walk when it comes to holistic alternatives for dental care.  I have been warned that I have a cavity that is going to need a root canal (I really don’t want any more of these, and am pretty sad that I ever got one, not to mention having to get a tooth pulled because something went horribly wrong when I got a cavity re-filled).  I don’t want to have to do these things if at all possible.

I have done quite a bit of reading online, but have been familiar with Dr. Weston Price and the wonderful book “Nourishing Traditions” that was given to me by a very dear friend many years ago.  Having a “raw milk” share on and off for the past 7 years has also contributed to my awareness – but now it is time to get serious.

So, here is what I am trying, so far:

1. Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil every morning of the week.

2. Adding high-quality bone broths to my diet.

3. Adding fermented cod liver oil to my diet.

3. Eating less wheat.

4. Eating less nuts.

I am really just a couple days in, but let me tell you my observations so far:

A. Bone broth, although a broth, is quite filling and can be a nice “sipping” addition if you are an avid tea-drinker like myself.  It is easy to warm up and have here by the computer, and is doing your body justice in many different ways.  This week I tried the Kettle & Fire brand.

B. Fermented cod liver oil is really quite awful to taste.  I got the “chocolate” flavored one – and let me tell you – it is a good idea to have multiple chasing substances, because you just can’t take the fish out of fish oil.  But so far I am extremely happy with the quality and how quickly my order arrived (thank you Green Pasture!).

C. Oil pulling sounds difficult to do, but after a couple days, you can really get in the habit of it, and make it part of your morning routine.  Plus, since you are swishing away and not able to talk – it is a great excuse not to chat up your loved ones and instead meditate on your healing (you can chat them up later – my loved ones are happy to have me with my mouth shut for awhile).

Let’s see how this goes – more updates later this week!

11 Things to Know About CBD & Cannabinoids

Things To Know, CBD & Cannabinoids

We have heard more than one person in the industry refer to what is happening as the “Wild West of Cannabis”.  And we couldn’t agree more, but want to do our best to help you – our customers, our clients, and distributors – to understand the words that are being used and the definitions that we have created, to help differentiate between products.  These are not interchangeable with what some individuals (or people who are not as informed in either media or government) may use, but these are what we use and how we use them at That’s Natural.

1. Cannabis:  This is a flowering plant that is indigenous to Central and South Asia.  There are three different species of the plant including: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.  These different species can be bred by farmers to have different qualities – like different amounts of compounds within the plant, including cannabinoids and terpenes.  Cannabis includes both what is referred to as “hemp” as well as “marijuana” – all of these products and their components come from the cannabis plant.

2. Marijuana: This is a term most often used to refer specifically to cannabis that is bred to be high in THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that is understood to give people a “high”.  Sometimes marijuana is used as a term in the press to include all Cannabis species and all different types of cannabis that are bred with higher or lower cannabinoid content.  Since most people are familiar with marijuana as the psychoactive plant or THC-component – when we refer to ‘marijuana’ at That’s Natural!, we are referring to the cannabis plant that is bred, and the products that are created, with high levels of THC, that get people “high”.  This is different than what is usually referred to as “hemp”.

3. Hemp: This is a term used for the cannabis plant that has been bred with minute amounts of THC and instead, higher amounts of other cannabinoids, like CBD.  Hemp products, like fibers and oils that are made from the seeds, have been legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States since the creation of hemp products.  Hemp products do not have THC in any discernible amount, and therefore, do not give people a “high” and are not psychoactive.  Using or consuming hemp has never been “illegal”, however growing “cannabis” (including hemp) which our federal government indiscriminately created legislation for during the failed Drug War, is what was illegal (See “Hemp, Cannabis, and the Natural Medicine Revolution” at www.thatsnatural.info).  So the end products for hemp were never illegal, but growing hemp was, and that is what caused a temporary destruction of the hemp industry and market.  That has been changing with both State-level governments (e.g. Amendment 64 in Colorado) and with the Farm Bill at the federal level of government.

4. Cannabinoids (or Phytocannabinoids): These are unique compounds found in abundance in the cannabis plant.  There are other plants that contain cannabinoids (like Echinacea), but cannabis has large amounts of cannabinoids.  There are at least 85 different cannabinoids that have been isolated – two of those that are isolated that are getting the most attention are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).  But these are just two – there are at least 83 additional cannabinoids that have not been studied as much, but may hold even more promise for human and animal health.  Humans have an “Endcannabinoid System” that is now being researched for its role in the body’s many functions.  The Endocannabinoid System impacts human’s nervous and immune systems.

5. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): THC is the principle psychoactive component of cannabis, and plants can be bred to have higher amounts for medical applications for THC.  Although humans and animals have been consuming or using cannabis for thousands of years, THC was first isolated by two Israeli scientists in 1964.  THC has many medical applications, however, is the component that is most often thought of as being the “get high” aspect of the plant.

6. Cannabidiol (CBD):  CBD is considered a major phytocannabinoid, with many additional medical applications, since CBD does not get people ‘high’ and can be used on children and people with balance issues.  Since CBD is not psychoactive, this compound is regulated like a supplement instead of a drug, and therefore has huge potential with not only helping more people with their health and wellness, but also bypassing the bureaucracy created for natural medicine by federal and State government regulations.  Much like Chamomile (the herb) is not psychoactive and regulated as a supplement, cannabis plants bred to have high levels of CBD and limited or untraceable amounts of THC, can be used to create natural medicines that are immediately available to the people who need them.

One way of absorbing the compounds for the human body is to refine cannabis into an oil – which can then be used topically or internally.

What’s the Difference Between Cannabis Oil, Marijuana Oil, Hemp Oil, and CBD Oil?

Let us start by saying that there are definitely individuals and companies that use some of these different terms interchangeably – and that the difference is really something that should be investigated by the consumer.  There are many different schools of thought, and certainly some mis-information that is either intentionally or mistakenly placed about.  We are all in a learning curve when it comes to the world of cannabis, and what this plant brings for human health.

We have written and spoke before about the difference between marijuana and hemp (See “Hemp Products are Legal in All 50 States – Hemp is Not Marijuana at www.thatsnatural.info).  It is important to note, however, that all of these products do come from the cannabis plant.  So marijuana is not the same as hemp, however, both hemp and marijuana are a form of cannabis.

This information comes from our own gathering of various resources, and is open to the debate and interpretation of others, who may see and find nuances in what they consider correct.  However, we hope to bring more information to the table, to help you do your own research and find out what is best for you as a supplement or a treatment option.

7. Cannabis Oil:  In the broadest sense of the word, this could theoretically mean any oil coming from any cannabis plant.  Now, some strains of cannabis are bred for high levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and some strains of cannabis have virtually no THC and instead are high in other cannabinoid content – like that of CBD (Cannabidiol).  Marijuana is a type of cannabis that has high levels of THC and gets people “high”.  Hemp is a type of cannabis that may have  high levels of CBD, and does not give people the “high”, but instead may offer some medicinal benefits.  If someone uses the term “cannabis oil”, unless it is specified what they mean, then this could be oil made from any type of cannabis plant – either marijuana, hemp, or otherwise – and so people should exercise caution when investigating or purchasing products that do not specify what the company is using or what the company means.  Also, be wary of media using this term, as it may be used incorrectly when reporting on the legal or illegal nature of cannabis products.

8. Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is generally referred to as oil that is made from the actual seeds of the hemp plant – this is hemp seed oil.  Hemp oil in this regard has mainly topical applications – especially used in soaps, lotions, and shampoos/conditioners.  Hemp seeds that are not refined into oil are available to consume just by themselves (they are quite delicious in our opinion), and hemp seeds can also be ground into powder – to use in protein drinks, baking, etc.  There is virtually no THC, and hemp oil products are legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States (and have been for decades).  Remember, there is a difference between hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, and CBD oil made from hemp (See “Hemp Oil Versus CBD Oil Made From Hemp at www.thatsnatural.info)!

9. Marijuana Oil: This is oil refined from cannabis specifically for its high levels of THC.  It is psychoactive, and has higher levels of the cannabinoid THC – the compound of the cannabis plant that is not yet “legal” in all 50 States for people to use medically or recreationally.  Marijuana oil would only be “legal” for use in the States that have approved using marijuana recreationally (Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Oregon), or the 23 and counting States that have passed “Medical Marijuana” laws that do allow access for patients to use marijuana as a form of treatment for sickness and disease.

10. CBD Oil: CBD stands for Cannabidiol – a cannabinoid found in high levels in some genetic strains of hemp.  CBD is not psychoactive, and there is preliminary research showing many potential benefits to human health.  Every human being is “pre-wired” with an Endocannabinoid System (See Page 8), and we have ‘receptors’ (CB1 and CB2) in our body that recognize the various cannabinoids.  Most pharmaceutical drugs are artificially synthesized to “fool” our receptors – however, cannabinoids are already understood and accepted by a human’s Endocannabinoid System.  CBD oil is refined from the hemp leaves and stems (versus the seeds like in hemp seed oil).  CBD Oil can be used both internally and topically.  CBD Oil made from hemp is legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States, and can be used as a supplement.

11. CBD Oil that also has THC:  There are some CBD oils that are not legal to buy and sell in all 50 States.  These CBD products have the addition of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid), but are sometimes referred to as simply ‘CBD oil” (especially by the media, which fails to explain why that particular type of CBD oil is “illegal” – because it also has marijuana or THC in it).  If CBD oil is referred to as “illegal” or a “banned substance”, then this is CBD oil that has THC in it and actually comes from marijuana – not hemp.

Remember… CBD Oil that contains no THC and that can be taken as a supplement is legal to purchase and sell in all 50 States, and that is the only reason that Google and Amazon allow such on their large national marketplaces.  These products are legal to purchase and sell because of their absence of the psychoactive component THC.

Cannabis is not exclusively marijuana or hemp – they are different in terms of what they are used for and how they are used.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were actually hemp farmers, and hemp has been used all over the world, for thousands of years, for its oil, seeds, and fiber – not for any type of ‘psychoactive effect’.

It’s so important to know the different terms and how they are being used by either companies, media, or government.  Remember – every industry is latent with politics, and that can determine the type of information that you are receiving.

It is your RIGHT to choose foods and medicines that you believe are good for your body, and at That’s Natural! we aim to protect your right to do that.  The first step, is education.  Don’t be afraid to speak up and be a part of the natural medicine revolution!

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