HEMP FACTS

Perhaps a Little Clarity

The healing use of hemp and marijuana has been in cultures across the world for ages. Unfortunately, what happens among the people and what governments say happens are many times quite different. Politically, in the United States, the little plant has been both Angel and Devil, from financing WW1 and a hero to be the devil himself and a sure way to hell. Now science has begun to show us what the little plant can do and that there is money to be made doing it. How interesting, the little plant has found favorable political positioning lately.

Obviously, this is good in the sense of awareness and legality, but when politics and greed enter the picture, it’s time to turn on our consumer protection sensors. We were long time supporters of, to us, the sacred plant, for medicinal uses and to lighten the stress of the day, but it wasn’t until our pain was taking us down that we realized just how much healing our old friend, marijuana and its cousin, hemp, could offer us.

We tried CBD when it came out and we got some relief every time we bought some, but we didn’t really embrace it until we tried full spectrum hemp oil, which we’ll explain below. Now we’re two years into it and frankly we attribute our being operational to the many healings of hemp.

Even if we were mainstream capitalists focused on profit, we feel a responsibility to let people know, to share the healing and the creativity. From teen years into old age, our whole life pointed in this direction. Of course, it may not have answers for everyone, but many are finding relief, once they understand it a bit.

Required vocabulary: CBD, Cannabinoids, the Endocannabinoid System, bioavailability, the entourage effect and full spectrum hemp oil.       

CBD – One of over 100 healing elements called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids come from hemp, its cousin marijuana and of striking significance, it’s also found and produced in us human beings! The cannabinoids humans produce and what they do for us is called the Endocannabinoid system and was discovered circa 1992.

With that bit of information, we looked into how CBD is made, mostly known as an extraction process. They pull it from the plant into oil, but oil and water don’t mix

Oil medicine is long respected in medicine and many times a most efficient way to dispense medication. However, it seems it’s most efficient when given intravenously. When we attended some classes by “cannabis nurses,” some of the remarkable healings they spoke of for cancer and heart disease came through specific scientific applications of CBD, intravenously.

When we take a supplement orally however, the challenge of digesting the oil before we get the medicine reduces the actual medicine, we receive no way less than 10%. In terms of actual CBD some estimates are below 3%.

So, I’m paying $180 for a quality CBD but getting only 5% of the benefit. How much do I have to get to find the healing I need? That’s how we learned what bioavailability was about. How much of the medicine actually arrives to where it’s needed?

We were in serious need of healing. Our work was shut down, I couldn’t walk, the altar was flickering. We accepted an invitation to a Cannabis Job Fair and found full spectrum hemp oil!  

This is when I realized why my Abuelita would send me out for cáñamo, hemp, right down the street at the partera’s house, the midwife’s. It mostly wound up on my Grandma’s knees to help her arthritis, but once in a while she’d prepare a bath. When Marijuana became the devil – Thanks Nixon – all that went underground in the barrio.

So what? Ok, just the facts:

Hemp is full of cannabinoids of which CBD is its best-known element. Keep in mind, all those other cannabinoids also have multiple healing effects.

Along with the cannabinoids are also terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, omegas and (yes) proteins!

That’s full spectrum and when the result is greater than the sum of its parts, that is called the entourage effect

When we married the hemp oil to the spiritual work we do, we found solid ground – started walking all day, reopened the altar and found motivation.

Cannabis is, as the Lakota say, Wakan, sacred.

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Published by Mike Callas

Named curandero, healer, by the people we serve, we're close to 40 years living around our humble altar. Our experience has created a legacy we are inclined to share, as well as inspired many a story and the making of myth. In true toltec fashion, we make art.

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