Misrepresentations about Marijuana and Hemp!

There’s a lot of confusion and misrepresentations about marijuana and hemp.  Here, we’ll try to provide some clarity.

The first thing you should know is, marijuana is hemp, but hemp is not necessarily marijuana.  The varieties of hemp that contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are the varieties we call marijuana.  THC is the chemical which provides the “high” we associate with ingesting marijuana.

On the other hand, there are numerous strains of hemp that contain very little, if any THC at all.  These are used to produce a variety of products.

There’s a high likelihood that the oil used to anoint various religious leaders back in the day, was hemp seed oil?  Even back then, it was known for it’s healing properties.

Because it’s relatively easy to grow and will grow just about anywhere, without dangerous and costly pesticides, and without soil erosion it is actually quite a valuable plant. If we disregard the recreational and healing properties of the marijuana flower, and simply focus on the hemp stock, we have the answer to many of our ecological dilemmas.  

The hemp stock can provide the raw material for paper, mitigating our deforestation problem. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.  George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, along with many others grew hemp and considered it an invaluable crop for the burgeoning country.

Instead of manufacturing and using petroleum based plastic bags that fill our landfills, hemp provides the raw material for a biodegradable cellophane.  

Hemp based cellulose, is a biodegradable replacement for styrofoam.

The seeds from the hemp plant are a complete vegetarian, protein food which can be enjoyed by those of us wishing to improve our diet and our good health. 

The hemp seeds may also be used as healthy feed for poultry and livestock.

Oil made from hemp has a 3:1 ratio of the essential fatty acids, omega 6 and omega 3. Both of which are essential for our healthy bodies.  The best part is, hempseed oil has a better flavor than flaxseed oil!

Hempseed oil is also a biodiesel oil and is a renewable energy source with the potential to replace fossil fuels.

With all these benefits, you’d think farmers would have been encouraged to grow such a beneficial plant.  Unfortunately, greed played an important role in undermining the value hemp could have on our society. 

If you review the list of benefits above, you’ll see that some of the products that can be derived from the hemp stalk, would provide less expensive, renewable competition to a few major industries.  Back in the early 1900’s wealthy, powerful men such as JD Rockefeller, William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Mellon, worked to suppress these benefits, and instead vilified the plant using racism to associate the plant with criminal activity.  All the above mentioned men benefitted financially, by creating a fear of hemp, and eventually getting the plant outlawed, in 1937. 

They used a known strategy of outlawing the natural source of potential products while monopolizing the synthetic version of those products, to insure their industries flourished, while depriving the public of a great resource.

All the above mentioned benefits do not include the health benefits of hemp, and marijuana.  One thing we know for certain is, marijuana has been used for about 5000 years within nearly every culture as a means of mitigating adverse medical symptoms.

With our country finally awakening to the potential benefits marijuana or cannabidoil (CBD), offers, serious research is only now beginning to determine just how effective hemp’s CBD can be in relieving our symptoms, naturally!

Marijuana versus Hemp Oil

Marijuana has been used as a pharmaceutical for well over 5,000 years. The Egyptians, Chinese and just about every civilization along the way have recognized its positive affects on health. In fact, marijuana and/or hemp was introduced to Western medicine and began being included in pharmaceutical products in the 1850’s.

However with a desire to better regulate the pharmaceutical industry, as well as capitulating to social and competitive industry pressures, marijuana was eventually labelled an illegal, gateway drug attaching serious legal consequences with its production or use.

Fast forward to today, and there’s been a resurgence of interest in the legalization of marijuana, initially for it’s recreational use, but now more importantly, for it’s substantial health benefits.

The two biggest objections to using marijuana for medicinal purposes are its psychoactive effects and that it is illegal to use or produce per the Federal Government.  Regardless of the tremendous health benefits, the risk of doing time in jail is a pretty huge deterrent!

What if the psychoactive affects could be eliminated? Wouldn’t that solve both objections?

You see, there are two primary chemicals found within hemp.  One is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive chemical that produces the “high” associated with marijuana.  The other is cannabidiol (CBD), and it is this which provides medicinal qualities.

Removing the THC would resolve both issues.  THC is what causes the “high,” and is what makes the plant illegal.  By distilling the THC out of hemp, a non-psychoactive CBD oil is created, which is the compound that provides all the benefits.

That is exactly what is being done.  And it is being done with the approval of the Federal Government. The resulting CBD oil and the products used with this CBD oil, not only enhance the quality of life, but are perfectly legal to use.

Numerous legal to use, CBD infused products interact with the naturally occurring CBD receptors in our bodies to help our bodies function more effectively, with little or no side affects.

On the other hand, if you purchase medical marijuana and use it, you’re ingesting both THC and CBD.  Yes, you’re receiving the potential health benefits, but you also get the THC and the “high” that comes with it.  In some instances, the high may help mitigate whatever health issue an individual may be experiencing, however the “high” can restrict one’s activities, such as driving, working etc.

I encourage you to look into products made with CBD oil, and the benefits they offer.

What Does Reverse Osmosis Do?

What does reverse osmosis do, in terms of water purification? Given the popularity of this process, it’s worth reviewing. 

First, what is “reverse osmosis” (RO)? It’s a process that uses pressure to force liquids through a porous membrane, in order to screen out contaminants. The size of the pores in the membrane will determine the type of contaminants that will be removed.

It was originally designed for de-mineralization and desalination, and for both, it works very well. The industrial applications are good. Many industries require the use of de-mineralized water to prevent excessive corrosion of delicate equipment.

Another example of an industrial applications, is in the food industry. It is used juice making industry, to remove water from juices, to create concentrates. 

However, our bodies are not designed to consume de-mineralized water. Making home applications problematic.

Reverse osmosis is widely used by municipalities throughout the country, as one of several treatment steps to treat waste water and our drinking water.

However, it is not the best process for purifying water, despite manufacturers marketing hype. 

It is affective in eliminating large contaminants and is sometimes recommended to reduce the amount of lead or cysts in water, but there are safer options. The process is worthwhile, but it is only one step in several that should be utilized. 

It is also works great for reducing the sodium content in salt water, making it potable. 

The biggest problem is, it’s incapable of removing chemical contaminants, because the molecular size of such contaminants are smaller than the pores of the membrane used in a RO system. They do not remove bacteria either, so an additional disinfecting method is needed.

This process also requires proper maintenance. If not properly maintained, sediment will clog the pores of the filtering membrane, providing water that cannot even be used for making coffee.

Reverse osmosis also tends to be on the expensive side, when comparing it to other more effective, filtration systems designed for use in the home.

Traces of lead can be removed through the use of ion exchange. Reverse osmosis only reduces lead to federally allowed limits. Plus, cysts can be removed by any system certified to filter down to one micron and micron particle filters cost a lot less than RO.

Finally, RO units are expensive to purchase, install and maintain and they create gallons of waste water, which translates into higher costs while creating waste for the environment. So, it’s bad for the environment and bad for your pocket book

Now that you know a little more about how reverse osmosis, you may wish to review your alternatives. In order to be effective and remove the widest range of contaminants, a home purifier should contain multiple steps, including micron filtration, carbon and multi-media blocks and ion exchange.

To answer the question, “What does reverse osmosis do for your drinking water?”; is, nothing that another less expensive, more efficient system could not do.

Do yourself, your family and your pocket book a favor, and look beyond a reverse osmosis water filtering system for your home.

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine and If So, Should I Be Drinking It?

Green tea has between 10 to 80 milligrams of caffeine per cup.  More importantly, it contains catechins which are antioxidants that are good for your health, and help reduce the affects of aging. So, you probably shouldn’t worry too much about the caffeine, as long as you are careful about your overall daily consumption.

According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, exceeding 500 milligrams of caffeine per day can cause health problems such as anxiety, nervousness, heart palpitations and insomnia. If most of your daily caffeine consumption is from tea or coffee, you are probably okay.

However, if you are taking any dietary supplements you should be aware most contain caffeine and combining them with tea or coffee consumption could be unhealthy.

In fact, many weight loss products contain large amounts of caffeine, in addition to other stimulants, such tea-extracts which often contain natural amounts of caffeine. Some of the most popular brands contain 500 milligrams per dose, which is right at the threshold of being dangerous.

Green tea supplements also contain caffeine, though the amount varies considerably. The intended purpose of the supplement will probably dictate the amount of caffeine present. Be sure to read the label, prior to buying the product.

Because green tea is good for the immune system, there are high quality immune system boosters on the market that contain 200 milligrams of the extract. On average the amount of caffeine in these extracts usually varies between 2% to 4%.  Something to consider when reviewing what the dosage is.

One of the main reasons the amount of caffeine in green tea varies, is the variation that occurs naturally in the actual plants, themselves. The caffeine content of each plant varies and even the amount of caffeine within leaves of the same plant can vary. The same is true of the nutritional content. So, the number of catechins in each leaf may vary, too.

Even decaffeinated green tea has caffeine in it – the amount has been reduced.  However the decaffeination process is not perfect and fails to remove 100% of the stimulant present in the plant. On top of that, the chemical solvents that are typically used in the decaffeinating process, often leaves behind a residue which is bad for your health. You’re actually better off drinking small amounts of the caffeinated varieties, rather than the decaffeinated varieties of green tea.

What about the caffeine content when the green tea extract is included in an anti-aging supplement? And why is the extract included in those supplements in the first place?

All natural extracts of green tea contain a small amount of caffeine. But, as mentioned above the quantity is rather minimal. As for why it is included in anti aging supplements at all, that’s due to its unique antioxidant activity.

As mentioned above, catechins are antioxidants, which help your body resist aging.  And, as antioxidants go, they are some of the better ones, although glutathione is far more potent. The best anti-aging supplements contain the reduced form of l-glutathione (because it is more easily absorbed by the body), a good amount of catechins and a number of other antioxidants.

In summary, if you want the benefit of green tea without the caffeine, then you’re better off taking a high quality supplement. They may help everyone live a little longer.

Natural Supplements will Get You Healthy-Naturally!

Why You Need a Home Water Filtration System!

When considering a water filtration system for your home, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “Do I really need to filter my water?” The answer is a simple and emphatic, yes! You see, the processes used by your local water treatment facility are simply not sufficient to protect the health of your family.

According to news reports and government studies, tap water originating at a public water source contains numerous contaminants that can threaten our health, despite filtered and decontaminated. Lead is one of the primary concerns, especially for your children.

The EPA has determined that within many cities around the country, residents should not drink tap water, primarily because of the presence of lead. There is no safe level of exposure to lead. It tends to accumulate in ones body and can cause birth defects, brain damage, learning disabilities and a host of other health problems. A quality home water filtration system will remove lead. Note, I said, “quality” filtration system! Shop carefully, to assure the system you decide to purchase does, in fact remove lead as well as other, microscopic contaminants.

Two of the cities sited as having specific problems with dangerous levels of lead content in their water are Washington DC and Baltimore. The source of the problem is in the distribution of the water – or the lead pipes used to transport the water. In these cases it simply doesn’t matter how well the public water filtration system works because the clean water must travel through lead pipes before reaching your home.

Flint, Michigan as we all now know, has a serious problem with lead in their water, due to an aging infrastructure.  Of course, their situation was exacerbated by the city making the fateful choice to change their supply source, without first verify the new source was safe. But their situation highlights the status of the aging infrastructures across the country.  Everybody should be leery of the safety of their drinking water. If you can, take control and invest in a complete home water filtration system. In the least, you should be filtering your drinking water. But I digress…

Most public water treatment plants sanitize the water by adding chlorine to it. Chlorine does a great job on neutralizing a lot of contaminants, but it doesn’t do a thing to lead or to the numerous chemicals readily found in our water. What is needed is a filtration system that utilizes activated carbon and specialized micron filters to remove a multitude of contaminants, rendering the water safe for drinking and for any other use around a home.

Most people consider contaminated drinking water to be a major concern, as they should. They can resolve that issue by purchasing a filtration system that can be attached to their kitchen water supply. However, a study by the FDA found the majority of homes in the United States have a detectable level of chloroform gas in the air, which is caused by showering in unfiltered tap water. Because newer homes are more tightly constructed and energy efficient, there is less airflow. This lack of fresh air, essentially traps chlorine gas in the house, just like heat is trapped in the winter and air conditioning is trapped in the in the summer.

Chlorine vapors trigger asthma and allergy attacks. When chlorine vapors transform into chloroform gas, the symptoms of exposure include unexplained headaches and dizziness. An obvious solution for this is to attach a filter to the shower, which will filter out chlorine, preventing the build up of chloroform gas your home.

No one knows for sure all the health problems that could be prevented by properly filtering our water with a quality in-home filtration system. Remember, there are over 2000 different chemicals found floating around in our tap water.  With only a few being tested for, that pure, clear water coming from your tap may be clear, but it’s likely not all that pure and could realistically be causing you and your family either immediate or long term health issues.

The water filtration system used by your local utility company will probably protect you from cholera and dysentery, but it will definitely not protect you from the dangers of lead, from cancer causing chemicals and from other health problems associated with chlorine. It’s up to you to protect your own health and that of your family.

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