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.

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– Tisha Casida

What is Really Going On With Vaccines & Viruses?

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– Tisha Casida

Rather than divide this issue into two factions of thought that have no room for candid and cooperative discussion – how about we put some focus on why this is a big deal and how we can protect the health and well-being of our family and community.

First of all, let’s be honest with ourselves.  Vaccines have not existed for all humankind’s existence, and, diseases – specifically viruses – mutate and change continuously.  The truth is that vaccines have not always existed, and therefore, if they work, at one point in human’s existence, people continued to live (and die) without them.  The truth is that viruses change and have wreaked havoc on human populations for thousands of years, and some would think that the good intent of vaccines is to stop this from happening.

We now live in a relatively free country, that does still ‘allow’ parents to choose whether or not to vaccinate their baby.  The argument for individual liberty is that parents have a right to decide how their baby grows up – including their health.  The argument for the commons, is that that un-vaccinated baby can now be a carrier of disease, and affect others with their choice.

Both of these arguments have substance – who would argue against both the individual’s and the community’s well-being?  We now have angry parents of children who have contracted measles from children who are not vaccinated (in some but not all cases), from parents who have chosen a different lifestyle choice.  But if we are going to hurl stones – can we also talk about what is happening with more viruses and more human development?

The fact is, that many countries other than ours have different ‘requirements’ for what happens with vaccinations.  And, as America becomes even more diverse with an arguably more lax and unstructured immigration policy, and as more and more people travel all over the world (and this may not necessarily be a bad thing when we talk about the inefficiencies and bureaucracy saving us from a tyrannical government), we are likely to see a more diverse set of bugs and bacteria enter into the lives of Americans.  This is in fact, a form of evolution.  And, if you are going to try and pigeonhole me into being ‘racist’, please make a note that I am fully aware of the spread of disease from European settlers on indigenous Native American tribes.  This transcends politics – this is human development.

The virus that made me want to bring this up, is “Shingles”.  Why did this virus start to be so popular – it came out of nowhere.  The commercials for the vaccine say that one in three people are going to get this…. and that the virus already is inside of you.  So why has it gained ground and what caused that?  Could it be from exposure to more peoples’ diverse sets of germs?

Before we condemn parents who decide not to vaccinate their children as the culprits of this outbreak, I really think it would be great to have a medical discussion (which I am incapable of having, since I am not in the medical field), about what viruses are and why they mutate, how people from other cultures and countries (which, is what most of us are built of – a combination of heritages) may be affecting the viruses that we are exposed to, and what can we do to prevent sickness and disease beyond vaccinations.  Surely, there are more ways to protect people, including, building healthy immune systems that are exposed to more good bacteria.

As someone who fully celebrates sovereignty – I think people always deserve an “opt out” button of anything that the government proposes, on moral, ethical, and religious grounds.  I also fully sympathize with people who are scared of such profound and un-conforming actions, which may then affect them in ways that they do not like and are uncomfortable.  This is the dance between liberty and community – individual rights and collective rights – personal choice and government mandate.  And there is no black and white answer, other than doing our best to make sure we figure out solutions to protecting the health of ourselves and our loved ones.  Which is entirely possible with peaceful discussion versus violent rhetoric.

Cannabis and the Natural Medicine Revolution

Warning: We are not licensed doctors and we are not approved by any government agency to be able to tell you that anything treats or cures anything.  This is merely an opinion, and we encourage you to break through the big-government and big-pharma matrix to do your own research and learn about positive ways to protect your health.

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Many of our medicines are based on plant compounds, including aspirin (from willow), menthol (from mint), and quinine (from the Cinchona tree).  Plants, and medicines made from them, have been an integral part of native and indigenous cultures for thousands of years.  Synthesizing part of the plant to treat sickness and disease, is nothing new to society.

Cannabis, an annual, flowering herb, has several compounds that could be very beneficial to medicine and the treatment of various diseases. The cannabis plant has been used medicinally for over three thousand years.  In Colorado, where medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is now “legal”, we can use this openness and opportunity to explore more about this particular plant’s medicinal effects.

Cannabis plants can be processed into oils and other compounds – which can then be used without having to smoke and inhale smoke to be able to ingest the beneficial parts of the cannabis plant.

“Glandular trichomes” on the plant contain cannabinoids (CBD) that are non-psychoactive. Cannabinoids have the potential to act as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body and are also potentially anti-psychotic.  Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the component that can make people feel “high” and CBD are being researched in different ratios for treatment of various ailments.

Cannabis has been used to treat nausea, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, and is being researched to treat other illnesses – both physical and mental.  It is completely natural, with no known side-effects, and no reported overdoses or deaths from the medicinal use of this plant.  This is something to consider, and remember… why on earth would our government make it illegal to use this plant for the treatment of sickness and disease?

What is interesting about the cannabinoids in cannabis, is that human beings are actually pre-wired through our Endocannabinoid System to use compounds in cannabis to heal.  What is truly exciting about using cannabis to treat cancer, is that it appears that these treatments target only the cancerous and sick cells, and have no negative effects on healthy cells.  So, unlike traditional Western treatments for cancer (chemotherapy and radiation) – that kill almost everything and make the patient feel very sick, perhaps treatment(s) with cannabis could prove to target only the cancer.

In our THC Feed, we will continue to explore the research and success stories of using this plant to treat sickness and disease. We will also work with local and State officials to make sure we protect our Medicine Freedom – our natural right to use natural medicines.

This article is from our Friends – Advocates for Food and Medicine Freedom at That’s Natural!  You can learn more about cannabidiol (CBD) at www.cbdoil.life!

Interview with Joel Salatin, Farmer & Author

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I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms – one of the most well-spoken and actionable people in our country taking a stand against the bad uses of government force.  His book “Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal – War Stories from the Local Food Front”, has been a hit with the public, and his bio-dynamic farm in Virginia has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine and National Geographic.  You can listen or download the interview here, or watch the interview on Youtube here!

BOUGHT: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma & Your Food – Review

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– Big Pharma Watchdog – Richard Smith

Money, also known as the root of all evil, is undoubtedly the driving force that runs the world today. Thus, it is the driving force behind every industry; and yes, medicine and our food is controlled by an industry, more accurately, a profit driven industry. BOUGHT explains why and how our food and medicine is just like any other corporate driven industry. Padding the profit margins and producing for the shareholders takes priority over the health and well being of the consumer.

BOUGHT is 90 minutes, jam-packed full of facts and unique perspectives from whistleblowers, former sales agents, doctors, scientists and professors. The information they share is powerful; for instance, one topic the film explores throughout the documentary is the recent epidemic of chronic illness in adolescents. We learn as the film goes on the various connections that food and current medical standards have in perpetuating chronic illness. We also learn how the federal and local governments have safeguards in place to protect corporate entities, like pharmaceutical companies, from facing liability due to vaccine harm. Vaccines are a major focus in the film, and it provides some compelling evidence and thoughts as to why the link to autism and various other neurological disorders should not be ignored. The film notes how yearly profits are extremely high for pharmaceutical companies, particularly for the four companies that are the major vaccine producers. Safety concerns are easy to ignore when profits are in the billions. For example, Johnson&Johnson was forced to pay over $2 billion in fines for improper marketing of a drug, a drug for which they made $44 billion in profit.

Another major focus of the film is GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Like many documentaries before, Monsanto is noted as a usual suspect. BOUGHT however, does not solely focus on the nefarious company, but mainly on the fact that the governing laws surrounding GMOs are too heavily influenced by industry and regulation of this industry is controlled by the same corporate executives who are also set to gain profit. BOUGHT admits that the answers to the real long term effects of GMOs on our health are still unclear, but this is mainly due to how the industry is protected from doing real research to prove safety. Yet another example how regulation is always profit driven is the fact that 64 other countries have GMO labeling laws while the U.S. has yet to set a national standard. Perhaps the food industry in those 64 other countries are not bought.

It almost feels hopeless to think that our health and well being are bought, but hope is not lost as long as we continue to be vigilant in seeking food and medicine freedom.

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In Celebration of the Pink Ribbon – Let's Ditch It

 

I disrespect people and organizations that say they stand for something, but do not actually follow through with what they say their mission is.  The Pink Ribbon propaganda is one that really irritates me, because regardless of the amazing amounts of money that they raise – they just raise “awareness” of the disease – little to none of this goes into finding a cure.  And what is more sad, is that there ARE cures – and they are not promoted by the Pink Ribbon cause – nor by people in government in the “health” field.

The federal government has stopped cures for cancer from entering the marketplace.  Want an eye opener?  Read World Without Cancer (1974) by G. Edward Griffin about laetrile (Vitamin B-17).  And watch “Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business“.  By neglecting proven results of cures, and instead, propagating poison – there is blood on the hands of many people who made these decisions to stop sound science at the FDA and the federal level of government.

And what is the best cure for cancer?  Why, prevention.  While scientists are smashing atoms together at the speed of light (Large Hadron Collider) – you mean to tell me that we don’t know what causes the deformation of cells?  Come on people.  In many, many cases we can absolutely stop cancer from starting by eating nutrient-dense foods and keeping our body in an alkaline (not acidic) state.  For women, other things to consider is to ditch your deodorant and antiperspirant that has aluminum-based compounds (which are carcinogens in the human body).  And be wary of those wire-bras that poke into your sensitive tissue or create circulation issues for more than 8 hours at a time.  Don’t be afraid of what cancer is – our bodies are amazing machines and can stop disease and heal from disease.

Why wouldn’t the federal government want an inexpensive and scientifically sound cure?  Why would the federal government allow genetically modified organisms into our food supply without giving the American people a choice? Well, probably because big-pharma and big-agriculture would lose out on A LOT of money.  If there are no sick people to treat – how will big pharmaceutical companies that have their lobbying and legislating tentacles around the necks of federal health agencies make their money?  To them, sickness, disease, and dependency upon a centralized food supply means a healthy bottom line.

In celebration of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, I propose that we become aware of: actual cures, of cancer prevention techniques, and of the corruption inside the FDA and federal level of government that promotes disease and poison through its actions against cures, like that of Dr. Burzynski – not to mention other cures that exist and that doctors are too afraid to discuss.  Let’s ditch buying items with this little pink ribbon on it, and instead find a local farmer and producer to buy our food from, so that we know the food is clean.  Let’s work on getting our bodies more alkaline and less acidic by changing our diet.  And let’s make a promise to support organizations that really stand for what they say they do.

In Food and Medicine Freedom,

Tisha Casida

Declaring Food Sovereignty

Tisha T. Casida

All politics is local – but when it comes to food – politics should not be part of the equation.  Unfortunately, our web of food choice and infrastructure has created a place for politics and food, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t opt out of the insanity to be able to consume what we want to in order to achieve optimum health.

In getting to work with small farmers, ranchers, and producers – it is easy for me to understand the importance of getting Uncle Sam out of the farm, the kitchen, and our personal choices about what we consume.  And it is possible –just look at this example from Sedgwick, Maine – where citizens declared their food sovereignty.

The proposed ordinance recognized the Constitution of the United States of America and the Maine Constitution.

Sedgwick citizens possess the right to produce, process, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing.”  This would include raw milk, locally-slaughtered meat, and other locally-produced items that are often produced in such a small scale that it would be literally impossible for small producers to comply with federal regulations.

“It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.”  This is the beauty of what these citizens are doing – they are re-enforcing their natural, individual rights to be able to consume what they wish for their health and existence.

The best part about this is that citizens and businesses can decide for themselves the amount of regulation/interference they want – in effect cutting out the attorneys and bureaucrats that make it nearly impossible to buy and sell food on a local level.  “Patrons purchasing food for home consumption may enter into private agreements with those producers or processors of local foods to waive any liability for the consumption of that food. Producers or processors of local foods shall be exempt from licensure and inspection requirements for that food as long as those agreements are in effect.”

Here is the example of the Food Ordinance, which could be tailored for any town and/or County. It is our hope here, at That’s Natural!, that we can foster Food Freedom in counties across Colorado and the country by enforcing local ordinances that declare our food sovereignty at a local level – where it is easiest for us to be transparent and accountable to each one another in our communities.

Food Freedom, Let's Fight Back!

When it comes to food freedom, and being able to eat whatever we like, as well as grow food for ourselves, our families, and our community, we have to be cognizant of the many (and increasing) regulatory agencies that are causing issues. Most of these regulations are statutory law (not common law or constitutional law), and therefore we can easily work at a local level to nullify (or get rid of) bad laws that make it impossible to eat good, healthy food.

 

Here are some examples of what we have come up against – do you have more to add and share with others?

 

 

An entrepreneur, who has been working on growing her dedicated following of people who want natural prepared meals and healthful alternatives to the central food supply, has encountered multiple hurdles when trying to both start and expand her operations.

 

  1. (LOCAL LICENSING FEES) She purchased a retail food license for a place ($250), but ended up having to move into a new location and was told she was going to have to purchase ANOTHER retail food license ($250) – this was after the Pueblo City County Health Department told her she would have to “get the facility up to code” even though it was a restaurant previously (the previous operators were operating for TWO YEARS not in code and were never fined or questioned).  And then, the license expires at the end of the year!  So she will have to purchase ANOTHER retail food license in January of 2013 ($250)!  That is a total of $750 for a retail food license for a small business that has not even technically started selling to the public through this retail food establishment yet!

 

  1. (FEDERAL REGULATION) She has a source of naturally-raised and USDA-processed chicken that her customers are eager to purchase.  The people who process these chickens are certified by all of the agencies necessary to show that the chickens have been handled and processed up to “code”. HOWEVER, she is not allowed to re-sell these chickens to her customers.  Why?  The Pueblo City-County Health Department has told her that the people raising the chickens themselves would have to be certified by the USDA (the time and cost for this is extensive – likely in the thousands of dollars/and months of delay by the end of it).  We are talking about between 20 and 30 chickens, raised by small-time farmers on their own land, taking them to a USDA-certified processing facility, with this type of regulation, no small farmer could ever afford to raise chickens.

 

  1. (LOCAL and FEDERAL REGULATIONS) She wanted to buy italian sausage from a local market and use it in her tortellini soup. That was NOT POSSIBLE! The local market can sell directly to the consumer, but as soon as they sell to this small-business-owner starting her business they need a wholesale license and to be inspected by the USDA – something that costs more and will take more time than what it is worth to either the small market or to the entrepreneur.

 

  1. (LOCAL and STATE REGULATIONS) Farmers can sell their eggs directly to the consumer on their farm, however, as soon as the farmer goes to take these eggs to a market (e.g. a farmers’ market), then there is a requirement for a license from the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), which includes the need for a home inspection. Even if it is one dozen eggs – 12 eggs – being taken to market – this licensing requirement exists and takes more time and money than the potential revenue and/or profit from selling the eggs. Our entrepreneur can sell those certified farm eggs in her storefront, but IS NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE EGGS IN HER RECIPES – the State says that all eggs served to the public must be pasteurized – a process that is not part of the regular operations of selling eggs from the farm directly to consumers.

 

  1. (LOCAL REGULATION) Another, separate entrepreneur was interested in starting a co-op, or community-supported-agriculture (CSA) operation in town (Pueblo). She went to the Pueblo Regional Building Department to be “approved” to have this. She also went to purchase the required business license to be able to operate. She was told that she could not be approved to do have this type of operation in the City, but to keep trying. She would have been able to grow local food for 10-15 families, but it was determined by the City that she could not grow food in town. She was never able to start her small urban farm.

 

Small, local, micro producers should never be held to the same “laws” as large multi-national companies that lobby Congress to create these atrocious rules and regulations (what they call “law”) that eventually stop small producers from producing.  Follow the money.  You can see that most of our representatives in Congress have got there through the very money that ends up creating “laws” that hurt small farmers, entrepreneurs, and producers of food products.  It is people’s natural and unalienable right to consume products that they want to and exchange those products amongst each other.  There are no laws that can stop people who grow food or raise animals from getting those to willing consumers who are willing to purchase those items.

 

It is our natural right to grow food, consumer food, and exchange food. If anyone EVER tells you differently, remind them that you have the power of the Constitution behind you, and that you are capable of acting locally, even getting your local county sheriff involved, to protect your food freedom.

 

In Food Freedom,

Tisha Casida – That’s Natural!

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