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America’s Medical Industrial Complex

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America’s Medical Industrial Complex

The Medical Industrial Complex is a network of mutually relationships between big business, academic medicine, patient advocacy organizations, hospitals,and government. We the people are at the mercy of this massive money machine.

You’re a long-time pain-sufferer. You’ve been shuttled around from doctor to doctor, handed prescription after prescription after prescription. Your medicine cabinet is filled with medications – both prescription and over-the-counter. With modern medicine there’s a pill for everything. Pharmaceutical businesses are quick to create more drugs, and yes, we are living longer due to said drugs – but are we living better? Critics point out that modern medicine has evolved to the point that their treating disease instead of preventing it. After a while, you wonder, “Are there other ways to treat my pain?” You begin to search for alternatives – applying essential oils, taking supplements and other natural remedies such as CBD oil. And wonder of all wonders – the headaches actually begin to improve!

“So what’s going on.”

Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic organic botanical compounds, but they often contain highly processed chemicals. The body has difficulty recognizing synthetic drugs, which makes them harder to process and metabolize. For this reason, these drugs are more likely to induce toxicity and adverse side effects. Common examples of synthetic drugs include most all “prescription drugs”, crack-cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), and methamphetamine. “About 8% of hospital admissions in the United States of America are due to adverse or side effects of synthetic drugs . Approximately 100,000 people die each year due to side effects. This means that the number of people in the U.S. that die due to pharmaceutical drugs are at least three times more than those killed by drunken drivers. Thousands of people also die from supposedly “safe” over-the-counter drugs. All the while pharmaceutical sales reps are taught to use “talking points” when concerns are raised by physicians and surgeons regarding a drugs safety or effectiveness. These techniques are highly refined and designed to deflect, rather than directly answer concerns that are raised by the physician or surgeon when early reports of adverse drug events begin to surface.

If in doubt read the eye opening study by Melody Petersen – Petersen M. Our daily meds: How the pharmaceutical companies transformed themselves into slick marketing machines and hooked the nation on prescription drugs. Picador. 2009. One company in particular flew health care professionals to resorts like Boca Raton, Fla. and Scottsdale, Ariz. “…where they were wined and dined and trained as speakers to spread the word that painkillers like OxyContin were safe.” As Peterson noted, “For thousands of Americans, this proved untrue.”

“Is It Your Time To Try Something Different? Think About It”

 

1 Philomena G. Concerns regarding the safety and toxicity of medicinal plants – An overview. J Appl Pharmaceut Sci. 2011;1(6):40–4.
2 A Brief History of American Pharma: From Snake Oil to Big Money, Inside America’s Medical Industrial Complex by Mike Magee – https://groveatlantic.com/book/code-blue/
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5297475/
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92773/

How Can iHemp Solve Some Of Today’s Major Problems

How Can iHemp Solve Some Of Today’s Major Problems

The world is facing enormous challenges and iHemp can help the transition from a high carbon to a low carbon economy. iHemp has the opportunity to provide “economical” solutions to help minimize some of theses major challenges, including pollution, carbon emissions, plastics waste, world hunger, people’s health, lack of jobs and rural underdevelopment.

iHemp can contribute to solving these problems by:

  • Providing food and supplements that support our health and wellness.
  • Helping minimize the “environmental” emergency by using the iHemp stalk to provides zero carbon raw materials for environmentally responsible applications.
  • Leading in the development and expansion of low carbon, environmentally responsible industry.
  • Bring a new ‘cash-crop’ to agriculture.
  • Creating jobs across the entire supply chain.

For ihemp to be a viable cash crop and a key ingredient to fight global warming and climate change, our farmers and processor need to be empowered to utilise the whole plant.

History of Hemp and CBD oil

History of Hemp and CBD oil

CBD oil has a long and rich history with mankind. Humans have been cultivating cannabis since almost 4000 years BC. In 1533, scientists and physicians began studying the medical benefits of cannabis. In the mid-1950s, when scientists could extract cannabidiol and prove that CBD oil is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, the study and subsequent legal battle for CBD oil began.

Cannabis and hemp come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa. However, the cultivation and use of the plant determine whether the plant is the colloquial cannabis (your everyday pot) or more industrial hemp (used in textiles, papers, and ropes). Early Chinese records show hemp as a primary crop: “‘From the time of the earliest primitive societies (about 4,000–5,000 years ago) to the Qin and Han dynasties (221 BC to 220 AD) ancient Chinese techniques of hemp sowing, cultivation, and processing developed rapidly and became fairly advanced. In fact, the Xia Xiao Zheng (the oldest recorded agricultural treatise) referred to hemp as one of the main crops grown in China.

Records from 1533 show that King Henry VIII required that for every 60 acres of land, each farmer must set aside ¼ acre for hemp cultivation. Similarly, in colonial America, it was illegal for farmers not to grow hemp. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson demanded that an “acre of the best ground” be kept to grow hemp. Colonists came to America on ships that used hemp ropes and drafted the Constitution on hemp paper. Cannabis continued to spread and grow throughout the world, with both its industrial and psychoactive effects being noted.

Although cannabis has been central to the development of mankind, the legal and medical uses of CBD oil seen today are a more recent phenomenon. As early as 1563, Portuguese physician Garcia da Orta observed that: “Those of my servants who took it … said that it made them so as not to feel work, to be very happy, and to have a craving for food”. Around the same time, Chinese doctor Li Shizhen documented the anti-nausea effects of CBD oil. A common story is that Queen Victoria used to smoke cannabis in order to ease her menstrual cramps!

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The TRUE history of CBD oil did not start until 1940 when American organic chemist Roger Adams isolated the CBD compound, but he was not able to determine what he had isolated. In 1960, Israeli organic chemist Raphael Mechoulam both isolated and described the chemical structure of CBD, thus enabling chemists to confirm that CBD was a nonpsychoactive constituent of cannabis. By the mid-1970s, the British Pharmacopoeia was referring to CBD tinctures for medical use. The medical effects of CBD were really publicized in America once the story of Charlotte Figi appeared, in which a young girl’s rare seizure disorder was treated by a CBD potent treatment.

By the 1950s, CBD oil had been outlawed in all 50 states. Following the developments in scientific and medical research, the legality of CBD oil was brought back into question. Major landmark events must be noted in the legalization of CBD oil. On October 7, 2003, the United States government issued the first CBD based patent (used as a neuroprotectant) under U.S. Patent #6,630,507. In 2017, the first steps were taken for the FDA to approve CBD for medical uses.

As stated above, the Federal Government made CBD legal in all 50 States. CBD oil users reported that they have noticed a reduct1on in stress and anxiety, relieve from pain, more sound sleep, and encouraged a happier and healthier life.