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.

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!

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Could Hurt You

Say NO to the TPP

The TPP is billed as a “free-trade” agreement between the United States government (representing the interest of the large corporations who have bought it) and 11 countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Here is the only question you need to ask yourself – if trade were allowed to be free amongst individuals, companies, and other individuals and companies – why would you need an agreement?

Free trade, in its simplest form, means that people are free to trade with other people.  You don’t need an agreement, or a pact, because people are free to do what they want, and individuals and the market will respond accordingly. That is what “free” means.  If there is nothing stopping someone – they are free.

However, the TPP could very well end the freedom of individuals to both trade freely with other individuals, as well as have their individual rights eroded.

The agreement would allow food products from other countries into our nation’s food supply as long as the exporting country says they are ‘safe’.  This is a grave danger to the health and well-being of America’s citizens who enjoy the ability to consume foods that are extremely regulated in comparison to other countries, especially when it comes to the use of toxic pesticides and monitoring of heavy metals. Food labels could actually be considered a “trade barrier“, and the TPP would rather allow products to flow “freely” without allowing people to know where exactly their food is coming from.  And of course, I believe, that consumers deserve to make an informed decision of whether or not they want to eat a product – and the country of origin is certainly part of that decision.

Small companies and producers never benefit from such large, over-reaching agreements.  Only gigantic multi-national corporations, who purchase our representatives in Washington, need this type of blanket agreement with other governments – to preserve their trade.

The smoking gun here is that our government, that promised un-compromised transparency, will not allow us to see the actual text of the TPP agreement.  However, Wikileaks has a portion of this document available here.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won’t speak to this issue, as another smoking gun, that the TPP is latent with corruption and does not deserve the support of our representatives.  We hope you will make an informed decision about who should represent you in 2016, and consider “cleaning your house” as a precaution.

– Tisha Casida

Flush 'Em ALL Out – WE ARE TERM LIMITS!

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We must get new, fresh faces in Congress.  The representatives who are there now have been there TOO LONG and are corrupted.  The Rebellion Rule is simple – two terms, and you’re done.  No matter how good or bad a job they do and no matter what party you normally support, vote out anyone after their second term.  This is effective and the quickest way to get the attention of either party so that they produce better candidates and better policies.  Entrenchment equals corruption and two terms isn’t enough time for the special interests to entrench a party or elected official.

This is the quickest way to actually grab ahold of your freedom before it’s gone.

It is too late to infiltrate or change the corrupt two-party strangle hold.  You will never be able to win when you follow the rules of people who can change those rules at any time to stop you.

Voting out these politicians after two terms benefits our country because it creates unpredictable outcomes.  Some would say this is not a benefit but will ‘harm the nation and its people’ (these are usually people who make their living from being a sycophant in either of the corrupted parties).  Let’s face it, the corrupt people and parties in place today already harm the nation… they have a track record of failure and anything is better than letting those traitors continue to rule us.  A peaceful rebellion is our next option.  We must exercise this option before our current leaders impose rule or law that forces people to react in violent ways.  We advocate peaceful solutions even when our government provokes violence for their own power gain.

Clean your house this election!

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