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!

How to Choose Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Have you taken a good look at the ingredients in your anti aging skin care products? I mean, really looked at them and understood what they do? I did, recently. Talk about being surprised! And not in a good way.

As somebody who has had to take care of my skin most of my life, I was very dismayed to read the second ingredient in my skin care product of choice, was mineral oil.

Why? Well, little did I know that when you apply mineral oil to your skin it prevents your skin from breathing by clogging the pores of your skin. Mineral oil also interferes with your skin’s ability to naturally remove toxins, which can irritate the skin leading to acne, chapping and dryness. And, this is the real kicker, using an anti aging skin care product with mineral oil in it, can actually lead to premature aging of your skin!

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot – applying mineral oil to your skin can also cause your skin to become dependent on it. Kinda like your skin getting addicted to mineral oil!

What’s really irritating is I have been using this particular product for about 15 years. Essentially, I have unwittingly been making my skin worse!

But wait, how can this happen? Don’t we have the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), to watch what’s put into anti aging skin care products?

Come to find out, no, we don’t. You see, the FDA doesn’t regulate what is put in products for your skin. Since these products are not ingested, the Fed’s don’t have the mandate to review the ingredients that are put in cosmetic products.

You’re pretty much on your own. And, if you’re thinking buying an expensive skin care product is any better, think again. Some of the most expensive products, are the worst offenders.

Let me share with you what else I’ve learned. First off, let me give you a little background so this information will make some sense.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ. It contains collagen and elastin. Collagen provides strength and firmness, while elastin provides our skin with the ability to be flexible.

Both are proteins and with time tend to break down. As these proteins break down, signs of aging such as wrinkling, sagging and lines begin to appear. The best anti aging skin care products are those that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, to rejuvenate our skin from within.

There are a lot of creams out there that are designed to fill in the lines and wrinkles. They are simply fillers that provide the appearance smoother skin. Of course, this is but a temporary fix that is washed away with every shower.

Following are a few ingredients that you don’t want to find in your anti aging skin care products.

Clearly, mineral oil tops the list.  It’s a petroleum based product that is clear, odorless and most importantly, inexpensive.  It has been used in just about all cosmetic products, such as lotions, creams and ointments. 

Mineral oil comes in different grades of purity, and there is concern that a lot of the mineral oil we are exposed to contain contaminants that could adversely affect our health. It does absolutely nothing to help your skin be healthy. It just lays on top like an oil slick…

Another ingredient to avoid is a synthetic derivative Dioxane. Dioxane or 1,4-dioxane. This ingredient has been identified by the State of California as being a cause of cancer. It is a byproduct of a method used to process ingredients, and is estimated to be in 22% of all skincare products – even though removing it is a relatively simple procedure. Yet, you may be applying this stuff to your skin!  Look for ‘Polyethylene’, ‘Polyethlene glycol’ or ‘Polyoxyethylene’, in the list of ingredients.

We all like our skin to smell great, right? Sometimes that’s even the deciding factor when comparing skin care products. “Oh, smell this one!” – right again?!  Unfortunately, most fragrances are made of ingredients that are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. Avoiding creams with fragrances would be prudent!

Then there are Parabens. There are several types of parabens that are used as preservatives and to prevent the growth of bacteria. It’s estimated that 85% of all cosmetics contain them. Yet, parabens have been shown to interfere with your body’s endocrine system, may cause cancer and, may cause allergic reactions and rashes.

Not something I want on my skin, but have faithfully been rubbing into my skin for years.

The biggest problem with paragons is they accumulate in our bodies.  So, even though you may ingest amounts, that are considered safe by the FDA, the cumulative effect could cause a variety of health problems.

Look for methylparaben, propylparben, butylparaben, ethylparaben or isobutylparaben in the list of ingredients.

Oh, and let’s not forget about alcohol. Again there are a bunch of different alcohols that can be found in anti aging skin care products. SD Alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol

Alcohol for the most part absorbs moisture and as such can dry your skin and cause irritation. Alcohol can also strip your skin of natural protective barriers, leaving it susceptible to exposure to viruses, bacteria and mold.

Finally, there’s collagen. But wait, didn’t I just tell you collagen is an important part of your skin – that it gives your skin strength and firmness?

Yep, I sure did. But here’s the thing. Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by your skin when applied topically. Manufacturers use it as an ingredient in their skin care products to fool you into believing their product is superior.

However, more recently it has been discovered that fish collagen peptides, are small enough to be absorbed through our skin. So, depending on the collagen being used, it may be beneficial.

We’ve just reviewed a few ingredients you want to avoid when comparing skin care products. Now let’s take a look at a few good ingredients. Here’s an ingredient you’ll want to find.

Keratin is a key structural component of the outer layer of our skin. Clinical studies have shown Keratin (CynergyTM), derived from the wool of New Zealand sheep, improves skin cells antioxidant activity, as well improving our skin’s elasticity and hydration. That’s a good thing!

Then there’s the powerful anti oxidant Coenzyme Q10 ( CoQ10 ). This ingredient is a naturally occurring substance that acts a lot like a vitamin and is very effective in reducing the negative impact free radicals can have on our skin.

Over time and with increased age, the amount of CoQ10 available in our bodies is reduced and replenishing it is helpful to our skin.

There are different types of CoQ10. Unfortunately, most of the variations found in skin care products are unusable when applied to your skin. The best form of CoQ10 works best when paired with vitamin E.  Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 accomplishes this, making it a potent ingredient. Don’t try to pronounce it, but do look for it.

This is a special nano-emulsion form of CoQ10, can actually penetrate through seven layers of skin to protect against free radicals, providing tremendous health benefits, such as an enhanced anti wrinkling effect and the promotion of the increased production of collagen and elastin.

Any of these ingredients are good for your skin’s good health, but put them together and the result is one of the best anti aging skin care products available.

If you’d like to look and feel better, use an anti aging skin care product that includes all three.

Do yourself a favor, regardless of the price, choose your anti-aging skin care products by closely checking the ingredients!

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.

Which Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Use?

Which Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Use?  

The basic difference between women’s and men’s anti-aging skincare products is the inclusion of a different fragrance; something that smells “manly.”

Ironically, ingredients in fragrances are often detrimental to one’s health. It would be better for us, if they simply eliminated fragrances altogether, and offer “unisex” skincare products.

Since the 1960s, dermatologists have recommended that consumers stay away from  products that contain fragrances, as well as preservatives, because they are two of the most common causes of allergic reactions.

A simple allergic reaction to a skin care product can lead to scarring and skin damage that stays with you for life. You would think that given the risk, fragrances would be removed.

With little, if any regulation of the industry by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the cosmetic industry concentrates their resources on creating marketing niches, and fragrances contribute to that effort.

In truth, skincare products should all be created by dermatologists or other healthcare professionals, regardless of the target market.

Instead, companies with limited research staff develop these products while monitoring development costs very closely. In the United States, these companies are not required to conduct safety testing before a skin care product is made available to consumers.

Manufacturers have never heeded the suggestion to exclude fragrances and preservatives, especially when a good fragrance and long shelf life make their product more attractive to the consumer.

And really, when you think about it, what harm can a little fragrance do when it comes to women’s or men’s anti-aging skincare products? The term “fragrance,” actually may refer to any one of thousands of different chemicals used to create a fragrance or provide preservation.

Many of these chemicals are known toxins and some are known to cause cancer. All of them can stimulate responses in the central nervous system, which is linked directly to the olfactory system which includes the nose, of course.

Artificial fragrances are known to have caused depression, agitation, irritability and may also be linked to chronic fatigue and other health problems. Does that sound healthy to have in products we apply to our skin?!

You may not be allergic to the preservatives used, but what about the other health issues that have been identified? The most common preservatives are parabens and some skin care products contain as many as five different variations of them. Research indicates that they can influence the growth of cancerous tumors. Even worse, parabens can migrate into tissues when applied to the skin and predispose those cells to cancer.

As the use of chemicals has grown in our society, so has the incidence of cancer. At one time, a person’s risk of cancer was 1 in 50. That probability today is 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men.

We can’t avoid exposure to many of the chemicals used in our society, but it’s certainly unnecessary to purposely increase our risk by applying skincare creams that contain known or suspected carcinogens.

With all that potential risk, are you willing to let the skin care manufacturer decide for you whether a small amount of chemically laden fragrance is OK for you?

Additionally, there’s no reason skincare products can’t include ingredients that relieve inflammation, reduce redness, provide protection from the sun and soothe our skin (even when caused by shaving or over-exposure), naturally.

Skincare products should include ingredients that encourage our body’s to increase skin cell proliferation while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Effective moisturizers should also be included, to provide increased resistance to damage.

The following is a list of ingredients to look for in your skincare products.  All of them are natural ingredients which will improve the overall good health of your skin: 

  • Keratin derived from New Zealand sheep’s wool, 
  • Wakame kelp, 
  • capuacu butter, 
  • Babassu wax, 
  • grape seed oil, 
  • vitamin B5, 
  • vitamin E, 
  • coenzyme Q10 and 
  • witch hazel.

The best men’s skincare creams contain all of these ingredients with no preservatives or fragrances added.  Use products that include these ingredients and your skin will look younger and stay healthier.