Jim Belushi Explains How Medical Marijuana Could Have Helped Save His Brother John Belushi’s Life

Jim Belushi Explains How Medical Marijuana Could Have Helped Save His Brother John Belushi’s Life

The 66-year-old actor and comedian is starring in a new reality TV series on Discovery titled “Growing Belushi,” which chronicles the star’s life as he runs a 93-acre Oregon farm with his family.

Some of Belushi’s brands include Captain Jack’s Gulzar Afghanica, known in the ‘70s as “the smell of SNL,” as well as Black Diamond and Cherry Pie, which he describes as “the marriage counselor.”

“I just thought that this was something that nobody’s ever seen,” Belushi told Fox News on what compelled him to allow cameras to follow him, his family and employees around.

“I think there are people that are very frightened about cannabis and its attributes and I thought, ‘You know what? If everybody just sees how it’s grown, sees the people that are involved, that really care… the testing that’s involved, the safety involved, they may feel a little more relaxed about trying cannabis.’”

Belushi shared that he is a strong believer in the medicinal benefits marijuana can provide to those seeking alternatives to help them cope with several health woes, including anxiety, sleeplessness, and Alzheimer’s.

“It’s nonviolent,” he explained. “It also leads to a higher consciousness, which leads to compassion and empathy for others. I mean, that’s all part of the wellness of cannabis. I’ve learned all that. We show it on ‘Growing Belushi.’ It’s really cool. And the show is very funny because I’m an idiot. You’re watching my education in farming and cannabis and some funny stuff.”

Belushi’s passion for his farm is partly fueled by a personal tragedy.

His brother, John Belushi, passed away in 1982 at age 33 from a drug overdose.

Jim Belushi believed the “Saturday Night Live” star was likely self-medicating to address head injuries he suffered from early on in his life.

“My brother, I think, suffered from CTE,” Belushi explained. “He was a middle linebacker, captain of the team, all-state and all-conference. And he banged his head for four years. He got the most tackles in our high school and he got his bell rung a lot. There [were] a lot of concussions. And back then, they’d say, ‘What’s the matter? You got your bell rung? Get back in there Belushi.’

“Senior year he seizured in our home, and we didn’t know what it was,” Belushi recalled.

Belushi previously told the Alchemy podcast that despite spinal taps and X-rays, doctors couldn’t determine the cause of his sibling’s seizure. According to Belushi, it was during college that “cannabis was medicine for him.” But at the time, marijuana wasn’t recognized as a legal treatment option.

“It was all considered one drug,” he remarked.

“But I believe what Dan Aykroyd says: ‘If John was a pothead he’d be alive today,’” Belushi continued. “And we think the medicine could have really helped him with that CTE, that suffering. That’s one of my purposes.”

Belushi’s farm offers the “Blues Brothers” brand of cannabis products, which pays homage to the 1980 film starring John and Aykroyd, 68.

“It’s got the music, it’s got the fun, the mischievousness and it’s got the mission from God, which is the healing,” said Belushi. So ‘Blues Brothers’ is perfect for cannabis, and that’s part of what ‘Growing Belushi’ is all about – attaining the ‘Blues Brothers’ rights. It’s fun with Dan Aykroyd in it… We have a lot of fun.”

Belushi believes he’s onto something.

He described how he visited a dispensary in Western Oregon where he encountered a veteran who truly made him realize that his unlikely path into farming was worth it.

“He looked at me,” Belushi recalled. “I said, ‘Are you all right?’ Then he just looked, stared at me. And he said, ‘I was in Iraq. I was a medic, and I saw things that happened in the human body that nobody should ever witness.’ And he said, ‘I have PTSD. They say I have triple PTSD, and they gave me a bottle… of Oxycotin… to help me. I got off it, and I have trouble talking to my wife and my children and sleeping.’”

“And he said, ‘Your Black Diamond is the only thing that relaxes me enough to take away the terror in my heart and talk to my family and sleep,’” Belushi continued. “He hugged me with tears, and I said, ‘I didn’t make this.’ He goes, ‘No, but you’re the steward.’ That was the point where it all changed for me. There are so many people suffering out there. Trauma… number one fear in life is death. The number two fear in life–collapse of family. And families collapse from alcoholism, from divorce, from someone who dies in their family. Like my family–it totally collapsed my family.

“We all have trauma that’s… screaming inside… All I’m saying is from my experience with veterans especially is that cannabis is safe, clean and peaceful… That veteran changed my life.”

This story originally appeared at Foxnews.com

Cannabidiol Improves Blood Flow to Brain’s Hippocampus

Cannabidiol Improves Blood Flow to Brain’s Hippocampus

Summary: Cannabidiol (CBD) increases cerebral blood flow to areas of the brain associated with memory processing, specifically the hippocampus. The findings identify a potential mechanism for the use of CBD to treat disorders associated with altered memory processing, including Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

Source: UCL

A single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) helped increase blood flow to the hippocampus, an important area of the brain associated with memory and emotion, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

Researchers say the findings could be an important discovery for conditions which affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and could help better target therapies.

In the study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researchers set out to investigate how CBD influences cerebral blood flow in different regions on the brain involved in memory processing.

Lead author, Dr Michael Bloomfield (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Cannabidiol is one of the main constituents of cannabis and is gaining interest for its therapeutic potential.

“There is evidence that CBD may help reduce symptoms of psychosis and anxiety. There is some evidence to suggest that CBD may improve memory function.

“Additionally, CBD changes how the brain processes emotional memories, which could help to explain its reputed therapeutic effects in PTSD and other psychiatric disorders. However, the precise mechanisms underlying the effects of CBD on memory are unclear.”

For the randomised controlled study, 15 healthy young adult participants, with little or no history of cannabis use were selected.

On different occasions, separated by at least a week, each participant was given a 600mg of oral CBD or a placebo. The doses came in identical capsules, so participants didn’t know which one they were taking on which occasion.

Researchers measured blood flow to the hippocampus using ‘arterial spin labelling’ – a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scanning technique which measures changes in the blood oxygen levels.

Findings

CBD significantly increased blood flow in the hippocampus, however CBD did not cause significant differences in blood flow in other regions of the medial temporal lobe (MTL), of which the hippocampus is a significant component.

In the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain used for planning and decision making, CBD caused a significant increase in blood flow in the orbitofrontal cortex.

Dr Bloomfield added: “To our knowledge, this is the first study to find that CBD increases blood flow to key regions involved in memory processing, particularly the hippocampus.”

“This supports the view that CBD has region-specific blood flow effects in the human brain, which has previously been disputed.

“If replicated, these results could lead to further research across a range of conditions characterised by changes in how the brain processes memories, including Alzheimer’s disease, where there are defects in the control of blood control flow, along with schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Study limitations

This study used a single dose of CBD in healthy volunteers, which may not translate to the effects of repeated CBD dosing.

Funding: This research was funded by British Medical Association award.

Full Spectrum Cannabis, FAQ

Full Spectrum Cannabis, FAQ

‘As millions of Americans continue to open to the many benefits of Cannabis, Medical Marijuana is showing it’s true colors. From this one amazing plant people and animals of all shapes and sizes are experiencing greater wellness on many levels.

Beyond all the hype of this God given, life providing plant, you can be sure that Cannabis has something for every ‘body’ in its raw natural form. Beyond the separation of terpenes is the full spectrum cannabis plant with all the cannabinoids for whole health and wellness!’. ‘This is my findings as I continue to research the benefits of cannabis for HempingtonPost and all our amazing readers and Cannabis/Hemp enthusiasts and seekers of truth above all!

I found this backup of researched info on the many benefits of Cannabis from MedWeb below’ From the editor, Darlene Mea, CEO, Founder HempingtonPost.

Please enjoy and share this info – Full Spectrum Cannabis is for every ‘body’

More than half of U.S. states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form, and more are considering bills to do the same. Yet while many people are using marijuana, the FDA has only approved it for treatment of two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. 

Why hasn’t more research been done? One reason is that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, and likely to be abused and lacking in medical value. Because of that, researchers need a special license to study it, says Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, a substance abuse specialist at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

That may not change anytime soon. The DEA considered reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug like Ritalin or oxycodone, but decided ito keep it as a Schedule I drug.

The agency did, however, agree to support additional research on marijuana and make the process easier for researchers.”Research is critically needed, because we have to be able to advise patients and doctors on the safe and effective use of cannabis,” Bonn-Miller says.

He shared some background on medical marijuana’s uses and potential side effects.

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals in it to treat diseases or conditions. It’s basically the same product as recreational marijuana, but it’s taken for medical purposes.

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids. Each one has a different effect on the body. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the main chemicals used in medicine. THC also produces the “high” people feel when they smoke marijuana or eat foods containing it.

What is medical marijuana used for?

Medical Marijuana: What Does It Treat?

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Medical Marijuana: What Does It Treat?

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Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions, including:

But it’s not yet proven to help many of these conditions, with a few exceptions, Bonn-Miller says.

“The greatest amount of evidence for the therapeutic effects of cannabis relate to its ability to reduce chronic pain, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and spasticity [tight or stiff muscles] from MS,” Bonn-Miller says.

How does it help?

Cannabinoids — the active chemicals in medical marijuana — are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Research suggests cannabinoids might:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
  • Relax tight muscles in people with MS
  • Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS

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How My Battle With Cancer Exposed an All Natural “Time In a Bottle”

How My Battle With Cancer Exposed an All Natural “Time In a Bottle”

My chest tightened as the sound of my heartbeat became louder and louder.

Instantly, beads of sweat formed on my forehead and…

My already aching back stiffened even more.

As the sharp and intense ringing in my ears increased, I barely heard the doctor as he clumsily repeated what he had just told me.

“Mr. Chong…you have cancer.”

Suddenly it all made sense…

The many nights of little to no sleep…

My lack of energy to do even the smallest things…

How I seemed to have aged 20 years almost overnight…

It felt like I had just slammed into a brick wall.

I’ve been a comedian for over 50 years and for the first time I couldn’t find a reason to laugh.

Instead, it felt like the universe was playing a cruel joke on me (ironic, I know).

This was the culmination of the worst period of my life.

The DEA raid at my house (more on that in a minute)…

The time spent in prison away from my family…

Feeling my body gradually break down…

And now…cancer?

I snapped back to reality when my wife gently squeezed my hand.

“Oh Tommy…”

As I gazed into her tear filled eyes, I forced a smile.

With the walls closing in on me, I pretended to be strong and made a weak attempt at humor…

“I guess when you’ve been as high as I’ve been, you’re bound to have some lows…”

Looking back at that day, the worst part was actually having to tell my kids that I might not be around to see my grandkids grow up.

However, little did I know that my “death sentence” would actually end up saving my life.

Because when I started to fight the cancer…

I stumbled upon an all-natural herbal formula that seemed to turn back the clock in a matter of minutes.

All of my aches and pain appeared to vanish and I was suddenly able to:

  • run around with my energetic granddaughter
  • play guitar without any pain for the first time in years
  • dance the tango with my beautiful wife for hours (seriously, how many other 81 year olds do you see doing that?)
  • sleep like a baby cradled in the loving arms of a mother

It even got my wife to say:

“It finally feels like I have the old you back again” (the only time I’ve ever been happy to hear the word “old”).

That’s why I’m excited to have this opportunity to sit down and share this with you.

If you’re over 40, I bet you might be feeling some of the same things I felt back then…

  • Debilitating back pain (I was so afraid to bend over that, honestly, if I dropped my keys…they were gonna stay there)
  • Aching joints that made it embarrassingly painful to move, let alone, grip anything
  • Lack of energy
  • Brain Fog
  • Sudden, uncontrollable mood swings
  • Poor or restless sleep

Like me, you might believe that it’s “just a part of getting older.”

But what if that wasn’t true?

Could there actually be a way to “reverse” the aging process?

Well when I tried what I’m about to share with you, it felt like I had stepped into a time machine.

Almost immediately, I got back many things I thought I lost:

  • Dependable 
    and boundless energy
  • Joints that felt lubricated by WD-40
  • Deep and refreshing sleep
  • Calm and stable mood
  • A sharp mind (I only play a fool on TV)

I’ll tell you right up top that my solution for these issues involved using CBD, but definitely not in any way you’ve heard of or tried before…

Maybe you’ve tried using CBD to experience some of these same benefits… only to discover that it didn’t work…

Or you’re thinking about trying it, but you’re worried that everything you’re hearing is “just hype”…

If you haven’t tried CBD yet, I’m glad 
you’re reading this first…

And if you have tried it and it didn’t work, then I’ve got good news for you.

There’s nothing wrong with you.

The truth is that 99% of the CBD products available today just don’t work as advertised…

And there’s a simple reason why.

The problem is, with all the hype around CBD, you’ve probably never heard what I’m about to show you…

And it could cost you EVERYTHING.Luckily, you’re here now and I’m going to show you EXACTLY what I did to get 
back to feeling healthy again…

And what you can do to avoid wasting your hard earned money on worthless CBD.

Keep reading and I’m going to show you a simple 20 minute test to let you know right away whether it’s time to throw out your CBD…

Plus, reveal once and for all why CBD doesn’t work for so many people. (It isn’t just you…)

And, show you how you can make CBD up to 8 times stronger and give yourself all the benefits you keep hearing other people have…

And what you should do to keep CBD from damaging your liver… you don’t want to take another drop of CBD without seeing this.

It all started with the DEA storming into my house and sticking a gun in my face…

February 24th, 2003 (Sounds weird to say it was almost 20 years ago doesn’t it? )…

I was just getting out of bed and heading downstairs to fix my wife her morning coffee (it’s the little things)…

When I hear a knock at my front door…

Which was weird because it was 5:30 in the morning, and all of my friends know I don’t lock my door.

Thing about my front door is, the whole thing is made of glass… like one big window with a handle on it (California…)

So when I turned the corner to see who was at the door, I saw the scariest thing I’d EVER seen in my life.

A dude wearing full SWAT gear, with a mask was pointing his gun at my chest…

Screaming at me to come open the door and keep my hands in clear view.

Keep in mind that this was 2003…

Remember the TV show Punk’d?

It’s the one where Ashton Kutcher would do crazy shit like dress up as swat police and pretend to raid your housefor a laugh on MTV…

See where this is going?

So, rather than crap my pants and freeze, like I normally would, I casually strolled to the door and welcomed the police into my home with a big smile on my face…

I kept thinking “This is gonna look GREAT on TV”

Unfortunately, these cops didn’t work for Ashton Kutcher…

Nope.

I was the lead target in a federal investigation called “Operation Pipe Dreams” — they always come up with the best names, don’t they?

It wasn’t funny then, but now I laugh when I think that there was an FBI office somewhere in Pennsylvania with one of those big investigation boards with all the photos and notes and strings…

And who’s at the top, in the spot reserved for the big “kingpin” godfather?

The guy from Cheech and Chong…

So, what brought Operation Pipe Dream into my living room at 5:30 in the morning…

… with cops running upstairs to pull my lovely wife out of bed (without her morning coffee)?

It wasn’t cocaine… or guns… or even pot…

I owned part of a company that sold decorative bongs…

on the internet…

that we shipped using FedEx…

kind of like Amazon.com does now…

Bet no one is knocking on Jeff Bezos’ door though…

My life changed overnight.

The next 12 months went by like a blur…

By the end of 2003 I had spent millions of dollars in legal fees trying to defend myself and my family…

Eventually, pled guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the government prosecuting my wife (who was 100% innocent in this whole thing) …

By October, I started serving my nine month prison sentence at Taft Correctional Facility in California…

But before I did all that, I stopped smoking pot (immediately).

See, when you’re charged with drug crime, like I was, the government doesn’t even want you NEAR marijuana, even if it’s in someone else’s pocket…

So, in 2003 I gave up pot for good.

Over the next few months, I started noticing I was tired all the time…

And I never got a good night’s sleep anymore…

My appetite was gone…

And I felt like I’d aged 10 years in under 6 months.

Obviously, we all thought it was the stress of the legal battle… or the plea… or upcoming prison sentence.

But then, on October 3rd, 2003, I voluntarily surrendered to the prison to begin my sentence.

The weird thing about prison, (white collar prison, like I was in at least), is that it’s actually not that bad …

The real punishment is having to be away from your family. That part is pure torture…

But during my actual stay at Taft…

I went to church…

Read good books…

Meditated…

Had long conversations with my cellmate (Jordan Belfort, the guy Leonardo DiCaprio played in the Wolf of Wall Street, but that’s a story for another time…)

And I exercised.

All the while, I kept feeling worse and worse… Like I was aging in fast-forward.

Of course, I blamed it on the bad prison food (it really is terrible)…

And the stress of being away from my family…

I assumed I’d feel better when I finally went home.

So, I kept my head down and focused on staying busy to try to make the time go faster.

Before I knew it, 9 months was up, and I was released..

After I got out, I spent the next year on parole, which meant mandatory random drug tests.

I’ll tell you, the thought of going back to prison is a good incentive for ANYONE to avoid smoking even a single joint… so I didn’t.

In fact, I stayed totally sober, no pot, no alcohol, no drugs of any kind for years…

But, even at home, with my beautiful wife, and my home gym, and my diet of lean protein and tons of vegetables… I felt like garbage all the time.

No matter what I tried, I just never felt like the old me anymore.

I kept waking up multiple times a night…

I always felt groggy and tired

My joints kept aching, seemingly for no reason…

My mood was garbage… I remember my wife telling me that I wasn’t as kind or as funny as I used to be.. like I was always on edge..

I could physically feel my body slowing down and it scared me…

By that point, I was almost 70, and I thought, “This is just what it feels like to get old I guess”

I resigned myself to my fate and tried to stay as active and as healthy as I could…

But I just didn’t feel right.

A few years later, at a routine physical, I got the news that would eventually save my life…

The good news about my cancer is that it was slow growing and in early stages… which meant I had time..

That aint a luxury many people get…

So, I started doing all the reading and research I could about different treatments and side effects…

A friend told me to watch a documentary about this stuff called “Rick Simpson Oil” …

Rick Simpson was this old farmer from Canada that was basically selling (illegal) CBD oil before anyone knew what CBD was…

He’d make the oil himself in big batches and drive around Canada giving it to people who were sick..

Lots of my friends were telling me things like “I bet giving up weed is what GAVE you the cancer”

I’m not sure if I buy that, but this cannabis oil sounded like it could help, and I figured I had nothing to lose.

Luckily, in California, marijuana was now legal to buy and use for medical reasons

And cancer pretty much gets you to the top of that list.

So, in addition to my regular cancer treatments, I went to my doctor and got a prescription for medical cannabis and I STOCKED UP.

I bought plenty of marijuana and used a bunch of it to make the special oil from Rick Simpson’s recipe…

I’ll be honest with you.. It tasted like garbage.

Imagine juicing a lawnmower bag full of grass clippings and taking a shot of it…

That would have been a little better than the stuff I made…

In addition to the oil, I also started smoking a little again to help with the side effects of my other treatments.

(Remember, in California, this was totally legal.)

The most amazing thing happened!

Not only were my cancer treatments working…

I started feeling better ALL OVER.

How many cancer patients tell you they feel better AFTER starting treatment?

It was like I shed 20 years in 30 days…

It was amazing.

My mood was so much better all the time, I felt like I was living on Cloud Nine…

My energy surged to all new heights…

In addition to my cancer treatments, I was writing a book and a screenplay and doing media appearances and planning an all new tour…

I suddenly was working more at 74 than I had at 64 
or even 54…

I felt invincible.

My appetite was back (normally a BIG problem with cancer treatments) and I swear I actually got STRONGER

I had to increase the weights I was using in my home gym for the first time in YEARS

I had only picked cannabis back up again to help deal with the cancer, but suddenly I felt like maybe it had given my whole body a boost…

Overnight, I became a Cannabis Evangelist!

I was telling everyone who would listen about the amazing powers of this plant

I was all over the media telling Americans that “Cannabis Cured My Cancer”

Now, obviously, I’m not a doctor… AND I’m not telling 
you that I think cannabis can cure cancer… What I 
should have said then, and what I’m saying now is 
that using cannabis absolutely helped me when I had cancer.

And I personally believe that it helps me feel better every day.

I’m 81 years old now, and I can run circles around most 50 year olds…

That’s no accident…

I think the compounds in cannabis, like CBD, are keeping me young and healthy inside and out as the years keep ticking by…

Over the last 9 years, as cannabis has become more and more legal across the United States, and I’ve traveled the country seeing how much it is helping people…

I’ve only become MORE of a believer.

I have personally told thousands of people to try cannabis for a variety of issues they’ve told me about…

The most amazing thing happened!

In 2018, when President Trump signed the farm bill and people could purchase CBD all over the country, 
I was more excited than anyone…

I believed in the power of this natural miracle and I wanted EVERYONE to try it…

But then something changed…

Suddenly the stories I was hearing from people started sounding different…

People have been reaching out to me every day at shows or on social media to tell me that CBD isn’t working as well as they had hoped…

Now, for every story I hear of miraculous healing, I hear 
two more about disappointment and ruined 
expectations.

I didn’t know what to do… cannabis, and specifically CBD oil had given me SO MUCH relief and benefit over the years…

But suddenly, I was recommending something to people that wasn’t helping them at all.

Something had changed.

I asked all the experts I knew…

People who had studied this stuff for years…

No one had any good answers.

I was stumped… and more than a little depressed..

I thought I was helping people, but I was really just letting them down.

Luckily, a chance meeting with a doctor completely opened my eyes…

Dr. Clark is an award winning doctor who has been researching human health and formulating pharmaceutical grade health supplements for decades.

He runs a research lab in Utah that is GMP certified to produce the safest and most effective health products in the world…

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was actually already taking one of his supplements…

And there he was, just sitting next to me at lunch at a charity fundraiser last year.

We struck up a conversation and I asked him what he did for work…

When he told me, I instantly started firing questions at him.

Unlike the dozens of “experts” I’d been talking to, Dr. Clark 
knew exactly what the problem was RIGHT AWAY.

He said the biggest thing missing from most commercial CBD products… the ones that seem to “do nothing” were what Dr. Clark calls the “Two D’s”…

He said “The thing that separates your experience from theirs really comes down to two D’s: Dose and Delivery. Between the two, delivery is MUCH more important”

“Ok, I said, I know I probably get a higher dose than most people, but what does “delivery” mean?”Dr. Clark explained it to me in the simplest possible terms:

“To begin with, you’re probably getting a MUCH bigger dose than you realize… raw hemp extract is nearly 40% CBD in its natural form, plus all the other phytocannabinoids…

“If you’re taking as much of this stuff as you say you are, you’re probably getting 10 TIMES the amount the average user is… but that’s not even the biggest part.. Not only are you taking more, but you’re ABSORBING more”

“Alright,” I said, “so I just need to tell people to take more?”

“It’s not that simple” Dr. Clark told me…

“First, the average person really shouldn’t be swallowing that much CBD every day. In fact, I’m worried about your liver…

“Every milligram of CBD you swallow goes straight to your liver to be metabolized before it gets to your bloodstream, and just like anything else, too much can cause damage.

“Secondly, I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts, that most of the effect you’re feeling day to day is from the cannabis you SMOKE, and not from the oil you swallow…”

The main difference between me and the people who weren’t seeing any benefits, 
Dr. Clark said, is that I was a marijuana SMOKER….

Like I said before, on top of the oil, I had started smoking a little bit of pot again each day to deal with my symptoms, and I had just never stopped.

As I heard more and more about the positive benefits of CBD, I just switched to marijuana that was higher in CBD and lower in THC.

Sometimes, I even smoke pure CBD hemp that has NO THC (Bet you didn’t even know you could do that)

So what’s the difference?

Dr. Clark explained that smoking is the #2 most effective way to get anything into your bloodstream…

#1 is an injection, like an IV you get at the doctor….

The order goes like this

  • Injection
  • Inhaling / smoking
  • Through your mucous (snorting)
  • Through the skin (like a nicotine patch)
  • And WAAAY down here is swallowing a pill or oil

It’s why if you have a mild infection, doctors send you home with antibiotic pills… but if you have a MAJORinfection, they keep you in the hospital on an antibiotic IV.

And it’s the same reason that people who are addicted to pills usually crush them up and snort them instead of swallowing them…

So, for people trying to feel relief with CBD, this causes two main problems:

PROBLEM 1:

Most of the CBD you swallow, whether it’s oil, candy or capsules ends up getting processed by your liver FIRST.

What your liver does is break some of the CBD down 
into smaller parts that aren’t nearly as effective…

And the rest it just throws away…

To be flushed down the toilet the next time you go to the bathroom.

Imagine a doctor giving you a shot of medicine you desperately need…

Except instead of giving you the whole amount, he barely gives you any, and then shoots the rest down the nearest drain…

That’s what you’re doing to your body with most forms of CBD.

That leads to the second problem: PROBLEM 2:

People end up taking massive doses to compensate for not feeling anything…

And like Dr. Clark warned me about, new studies are 
saying that large doses of CBD can cause liver damage…

The scary thing is, if you’ve been dealing with pain for any serious amount of time, you’ve probably taken more than your fair share of over the counter pain meds like tylenol or aleve…

Which means your liver is probably already taking a beating.

People want to switch to all natural solutions like CBD to avoid that problem, NOT make it worse…

“So”, Dr. Clark said “the answer isn’t to just up the dose, because that causes new problems.

He was right.

CBD is already expensive, so most people couldn’t afford to take 10 TIMES as much just to see any benefit…

And, taking that much would put a huge load on your liver… so that was out.

“We need to focus on the other ‘D’ “ he said. “Delivery”

“Look doc, I hear you but that’s not gonna fly for a lot of people…

“I’m a rich comedian who lives in California. I can spark up and smoke any time I want…

“But most people, they don’t want to have to smoke pot to feel better, even if it doesn’t have any THC in it…

“And a lot of people who would, can’t… They have jobs to think about.

“Isn’t there any way to give people what they need without damaging their liver or turning them into a smoker?”

“Yeah,” he said, “I think there is…”

He told me the ‘trick’ is bypassing the liver… “If you could skip that step, then people could feel MUCH more relief with a MUCH smaller dose.”

I knew I had gotten his motor turning…

He took down my number and said he’d call me in a couple days…

When my phone rang the next week, I was excited to hear what Dr. Clark had found…

He was so happy, I could barely understand him…

He kept talking something called “the Nano Solution”

The Nano Solution

The reason CBD needs to go to your liver first before it enters your bloodstream is because it’s “too big”

Let me try to break this down the way Dr. Clark explained it to me.

What happens when you put oil in vinegar and shake it up?

It mixes together for a minute, but eventually the oil separates.

But it doesn’t separate completely, you end up with a bunch of little oil droplets floating in the liquid…

That’s because oil molecules are “sticky” . They clump together into something Dr. Clark calls “liposomes” (Yeah, I wish these words were smaller too)

A liposome looks small to you and me, but to the small capillaries your body, they are HUGE

And these capillaries, specifically the ones in your skin or under your tongue are where the CBD is SUPPOSED to enter your blood stream…

But they’re just too damn big to fit…

Like trying to fit a camel through the eye of a needle.

This isn’t a problem when you inhale smoke or vapor, because the heat breaks these liposomes apart to create smoke…

The smaller particles in the smoke go down your airway into your lungs…

And when the CBD hits the inside of the lung, it’s “off to the races!” … directly into your bloodstream.

But when you try to swallow oil (or pills or CBD gummy candies), these liposomes are too big to absorb through the small capillaries in your mouth…

It’s like trying to throw a basketball through a chain link fence.

The particles are just too big to ever pass through…

So, we swallow these big liposomes and they go right through your mouth without being absorbed…

Slip down your throat, and end up in your stomach…

Then your stomach acid breaks them into smaller pieces, and passes them to your liver…

Like Dr. Clark told me before, this is where the trouble starts…

Once the CBD is in your liver, it’s up to the liver to decide what to do with it.

So, the liver takes some of the CBD and converts it into what are called “metabolites” which are basically CBD-lite… (all of the calories with none of the punch).

The rest, the liver just dumps right back into your digestive system to flush away down the nearest drain…

So, how do you get these big liposomes into your bloodstream where they can fire up your body and help you feel better…

WITHOUT smoking them…

And WITHOUT having to drink CBD oil all day like it’s your job… (potentially damaging your liver in the process)?

You break them up!

The science on this part is very tricky, but the benefits are easy to see…

Take a look at this bottle:

It may look like a bottle of regular water, but that water is completely saturated with 
100% PURE Hemp Derived Full Spectrum CBD

Seriously.

I know CBD usually looks like a gold or green colored oil, but this bottle is as clear as water because it’s something special called “Nano CBD”

I know it sounds like I just made that up, but it’s 
100% real and it’s a MIRACLE.

What makes Nano CBD so special?

Remember those liposomes I told you about earlier?

Dr. Clark’s team is able to use a special process involving extreme pressures and diamonds to break them up into MUCH smaller particles…

Particles that are so small, you can’t see them with the naked eye.

Here, take a look at this:

That picture is blown up, but that drop on the left is about half an inch wide in real life.

The one on the far right, the one that’s is so small in this picture that it looks like a small white dot….

Is 5 THOUSAND times bigger than a Nano CBD Particle.

Because these particles are so small, you can put them in a bottle of water and they’ll seem to completely disappear like magic.

It creates something called a Nano Emulsion.

The water is FULL of CBD particles, but they’re so small, they don’t separate, they just float in the water.

What’s so special about that?

The real magic happens when you take a sip of this water or rub a drop of it into your skin…

The CBD particles are SO SMALL, they slip right into your bloodstream and go to work IMMEDIATELY.

It’s like taking that same basketball that would never go through the whole in a chain link fence, and shredding it into rubber pellets that are the size of grains of sand…

Throw a small fistful of sand through the fence, and it all ends up on the other side…

And look, I aint just blowin smoke here (I couldn’t resist, I’m a comedian after all…)

This stuff has been studied at major universities.

The University of Applied Sciences in Germany put together this handy chart[1]:

That chart is from a double-blind study…

Dr. Clark says that’s the “gold standard”, most accurate kind of study you can do.

In a double-blind study, the volunteers are split into two groups, and each group is given something different to test.

The thing is, no one knows what each person got until after they get the results, so there’s no bias and no messing with the results. 

Both groups in this study were given an oral dose of different kinds of CBD.The green line shows a type of nano CBD like we’ve been talking about.The black line shows “normal” CBD dissolved in MCT oil (the best kind of “normal” CBD oil available)

The dose for both types of CBD in the experiment was 25 milligrams, which normally isn’t a big dose…

But, with the Nano But, with the Nano CBD, after 30 minutes…

The volunteers had more of the CBD in their bloodstream than the other group had after 4 hours…

And by 60 minutes, the peak onset of Nano CBD was over 8 TIMES as high as the peak for regular CBD…

Which was still 2 hours away…

That’s right…

Nano CBD isn’t just more effective.

It’s faster too!

Dr. Clark said I needed to see the difference for myself, so he shipped me my very first bottle of Nano CBDovernight.

I couldn’t believe the difference.

Dr. Clark told me to abstain from any cannabis at all for 48 hours so that I could truly judge the effects of Nano CBD on their own…

That Friday, I unscrewed the top of the bottle, put just a few drops of Nano CBD under my tongue like the doctor had told me and waited to see what would happen…

I didn’t have to wait very long…

In fact, within 15 minutes, I felt a noticeable pep in my step… That feeling you get when you’re getting ready for a big date with the wife at the end of a great day…

Except, this was 9:45 am on a Friday and the wife was at Yoga…

Speaking of Yoga, a few minutes later, I felt a sudden urge to head downstairs and exercise…

I suddenly felt like I was full of untapped energy.That’s the Nano CBD difference

Because the Nano CBD bypasses your liver and is absorbed instantly into your bloodstream, you feel the effects FAST.

You should start feeling a noticeable change in as little as 20 minutes, with the full impact within an hour…

If you don’t, it means your CBD is AT BEST average, and definitely isn’t going to give you the maximum benefits.

During the workout, my muscles and joints felt good, and my head felt totally clear.

I have been using cannabis on and off in one form or another for 6 decades, and let me tell you:This was completely different.

I wasn’t “high” at all… Dr. Clark’s Nano CBD is under 0.3% THC, meaning it could never get you high…

Instead, I felt calm, but energized.

I felt young…

I just felt GOOD.

A few hours later, and the good vibes still hadn’t worn off.. I was feeling incredible.

I sent Dr. Clark a text letting him know how powerful his Nano CBD was… and asking him how much we could get.

Judging by my first dose, Dr. Clark had sent me enough for about a month…

But I wanted as many bottles as I could get to hand out to friends and family to see if they felt the same way I did.

Dr. Clark sent me a case ( I had to pay for the shipping this time), and I started handing the bottles out to everyone I thought could use it…

Within days, I kept getting the same kind of texts I had sent Dr. Clark.

“How can I get more of this stuff?”

Friends of mine that had been dealing with nagging issues for YEARS suddenly felt younger…

My close friend Paul invited me out to play basketball… after having given it up 8 years before because his “knees couldn’t take it”

Suddenly, he was running up and down the court with ease…

And he wasn’t the only one.

Suddenly, I was at the center of my own little Nano CBD group in Hollywood.

I got phone calls from emails from people I had never met asking if I had any of my “magic bottles” left…

It was crazy.

That’s when I knew I had to do whatever it takes to get Nano CBD into the hands of as many people as I could…

This stuff could really help people, live a better, healthier life, free from all the aches and pains we all consider “normal”.

I felt like I really had a chance to help give people their energy back…

To help people stop the clock on aging, and maybe even rewind it a little…

I had to Call Dr. Clark

When I called Dr. Clark, he told me he had been thinking the very same thing…

He was getting the same kind of feedback I was…

In fact, Dr. Clark’s Lab had already begun to formulate a protocol for people that was EVEN MORE effective…

See, when you’re able to bypass the liver using Nano CBD, you don’t need to use very much CBD at all to get the full effect…

That means, you can combine the Nano CBD with other 100% natural ingredients that have been shown to support your body and enhance the effects of Nano CBD even further…

So Dr. Clark sourced the most powerful and rffective 
ingredients on earth, including:Taurine

Taurine is incredible…

You might have seen it before on the label of energy drink cans…

That’s because Taurine naturally helps your body produce more dopamine, the energy hormone.[3]

But the reason Dr. Clark included it is even MOREpowerful.

Because Taurine has been shown to have a positive impact on your mitochondria…

These are the little powerhouses inside every cell of your body that create the energy you need to function at your best.

That makes taurine the perfect addition to Nano CBD. GABA

Is a compound your brain makes when it wants to relax…

It’s responsible for telling your brain when it is time to wind down and enter a deep, relaxing sleep…

Without the effects of GABA, your brain would never be able to sleep effectively and restore your body…

The problem is, your brain produces less and less of it as you get older[4].

Low levels of GABA in the brain have been found in people struggling with

  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Movement disorders, like Parkinson’s
  • Depression
  • Poor Focus
  • and more…

In a recent study, people who take GABA were found to be calmer, more focused and less stressed.[5] Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is probably the most important vitamin you never think about…

It helps with everything from digesting food to regulating your mood.

The problem is, your body can’t make its own B6, so you have to get it from food…

But when was the last time you looked on the label of anything in the grocery store to make sure it had enough vitamin B6?

Yeah… me neither.

But you DEFINITELY need to make sure you’re getting enough:

This little “silver bullet” vitamin has been shown to

  • Improve Mood and concentration[6]
  • Promote Total Brain Health[7]
  • Support a sharper memory[8]
  • Help promote heart health[9]

This compound is a miracle on its own, and you need to make sure you’re getting enough of it, period.

And inside Dr. Clark’s protocol, it’s blended with other powerful ingredients, likeValerian

Valerian is an ancient herb that has been used for thousnds of years to promote rest and tranquility.[10]

It is the perfect compliment to the sleep promoting properties of Nano CBD

This powerful herb interacts directly with the parts of your brain that enhance feelings of peace and rejuvination.[11] Cordyceps Sinensis

Often called the ultimate anti-aging solution[12]

Cordyceps sinensis mushrooms were first discovered thousands of years ago in the mountains of China, and researchers are just beginning to understand the power of these almost magic plants.

Cordyceps has been studied for it’s potential effects on

  • Longevity
  • Heart Health
  • Brain Health
  • And a lot more[12]
  • Improved Mood 
    and Focus, and Memory

Even better, by breaking the dose into 2 smaller daily doses (each just a few drops 
at a time), you could feel the effects 
24 hours a day…

AND optimize the benefits for the specific time a day…

For instance, a lot of people have told me that they like to use CBD at night to help them get deeper, more restful sleep…

Not only do people report getting to sleep faster and getting better sleep on CBD, but deep restful sleep each night is just about 
THE BEST thing you can do for your body and your long 
term health.

On the other hand, you don’t want to take anything in 
the morning when you’re just starting your day that’s 
going to make you sleepy…

The Perfect Solution was to help people do both:

Get deeper, faster, better sleep at night… without waking up groggy or full of brain fog like you get with some products…

And feel clean, smooth energy and focus during the day… without the crash that usually comes from things like 
caffeine and sugar…Plus 24 hour a day support for the health of their

  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Bones
  • Hair
  • Digestion
  • Heart
  • Brain

Dr. Clark was right…

The new formulation was EVEN BETTER 
than Nano CBD alone…

All I had to do was take a few drops before bed each night to experience the greatest sleep of my life…

And the next morning, I would wake up feeling alert and refreshed, like a man 40 years younger than I am…

Take a few more drops of Dr. Clarks AM formula and start my day feeling GREAT with clean, smooth energy all day long.

I started calling Dr. Clark’s AM formula “Good Vibes” because that’s what it gave me all day… No crash. No jitters, just Good Vibes…

And I called the PM formula Nice Dreams (after my movie) because that’s what I have every night..

It’s incredible.

Dr. Clark spent months tweaking the formula with his top researchers to get it perfect…

And I think he did it.

When trying to decide on a name, we wanted to make sure people knew right away how much I believed in this solution…

How much energy, effort and trial and error went into creating it…

We wanted a name that let people know that this is the only product that gets my full 100% endorsement…

So Dr. Clark suggested we call it

Tommy Chong’s CBD

We want people to hear my name, and see my face to know that I stand behind every single bottle of Tommy Chong’s Nano CBD.

Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol is the result of YEARS of trial and error and the best research money can buy.

Every batch is clinically tested by 3rd party laboratories throughout the US to ensure that it is safe and pure…

The unique 2-step protocol is the only one of its kind ANYWHERE.

Every batch of Tommy Chong’s CBD is formulated in Dr. Clark’s GMP certified lab in Pleasant Grove Utah under sterile conditions to ensure the product is both pure and potent.

Let me tell it to you straight, directly from my heart, if you want to start feeling better than you have in years…

To have more energy, like you had when you were younger…

… and healthier joints that don’t ache during even normal daily activity…

… and a clearer mind, free from brain fog and fatigue

… and a better mood, without all the ups and downs that make you feel like you’re on a rollercoaster…

Tommy Chong’s CBD is your solution.

This is the only CBD product in the world with Dr. Clark’s 2-step Nano CBD Solution, optimized 
for daily maximum potency day AND night.

Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Energy Formula 
doesn’t JUST contain 100MG of Nano CBD, though even if that’s all it was, it would be revolutionary…

It also contains

  • Taurine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Citric Acid
  • L-phenylalanine
  • Full Spectrum Nanomized CBD Hemp Extract
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • Vitamin B12

But that’s just part of Dr. Clark’s breakthrough solution…

As we get older, we all begin to truly understand the value of a great night’s sleep…

.. sleep is when your body heals and restores itself

… it’s when your brain clears out all the junk that builds up over a long day of thinking…

… it’s when many of the hormones in your body reset and rest

So Tommy Chong’s Nice Dreams Sleep Support Formula STARTS with 100MG of Nano CBD…

Which, on it’s own would help you fall asleep faster and get deeper, more restful sleep…

But that’s just the beginning.

Because Dr. Clark has paired his breakthrough Nano CBD solution with

  • Gaba
  • Valerian Extract
  • Citric Acid
  • L-tryptophan USP
  • Cordyceps Sinesnis Extract
  • Full Spectrum Nanomized CBD Hemp Extract
  • Melatonin

Together, we call them the 
Good Vibes Protocol

This two step protocol is more powerful than anything you’ve seen ANYWHERE

For restoring your body and mind to peak performance no matter your age…

By now, I bet you’re wondering how to can get your own supply of Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol

And you might also be wondering How much should I take and when?

Dr. Clark and I agreed that we would both do whatever we could to introduce the Good Vibes Protocol to as many people as we could…

Which means that Dr. Clark’s lab is working around the clock to keep up with demand…

As more and more people find out about it, demand is growing like crazy and Dr. Clark’s team is working overtime to keep up…

Producing The Good Vibe Protocol isn’t easy, and it unfortunately, it isn’t cheap either.

Remember, we make it in a GMP certified facility under sterile conditions… which means each individual ingredient must go through extensive testing before we even bring it into the lab…

Then, each batch of the finished product is tested by a 3rd party laboratory to ensure the product contains precise amounts of each and every ingredient on the label and NOTHING ELSE

  • No Fillers
  • No contaminants
  • No Heavy Metals
  • No Pesticides
  • No Pathogens of any kind.

And the protocol is completely

Producing a protocol this pure takes so much more time and expertise than some store brand vitamin on the shelf at your local grocery store…

So, we always run the risk of running out of stock…

Because of this risk, many of our customers choose to order several months’ supply at a time, which is a great idea …

But it also puts even more pressure on us to keep up with demand.I couldn’t be happier with all the attention we’re getting, and the stories I read from customers who feel that we’ve saved their lives take my breath away:

So, as our popularity grows, we have to work even harder to maintain enough inventory.

The reason we created this product is because we don’t want ONE MORE PERSON to have to live the way I was living,

… feeling their health slip away from them one day at a time…

…being replaced with a life of limitations…

… and pain patches

… and drugstore pills that take the edge off for a minute at the expense of your health

… slowly crossing all your favorite sports and hobbies off your list as your mobility gets worse

… and feeling tired, and irritable, and moody all the time

… never feeling fully rested and refreshed… like your brain is clouded by fog

Luckily, because I’ve been pretty successful in my “other” life, I’m not in this for the money…

Our goal is just to cover the cost of making this product and telling the world about it so we can keep helping more people until this life changing protocol is in the hands of everyone who needs it.

That’s why we’ve worked out a ridiculous discount for everyone who wants to try Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol Today. (more on that below)And how much should you take?

That’s the beauty of this 2-step Protocol.

Each bottle represents a 1 month supply of each part of the Good Vibes Protocol.

So, each night before bed, you simply take 1 dropper (about 20 drops) of Tommy Chong’s Nice Dreams under your tongue.

The following morning, take the same amount of Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes first thing in the morning.

You can take them with food or on an empty stomach. It’s your choice.

Here’s why it’s important that you take both every day 
for at least 30 days:

Obviously, both products pass the 
20-minute test, with noticeable results within the first 20 minutes when 
taken properly…

But what I found was that every day I just kept feeling better and better after my daily dose of Good Vibes for the first several weeks.

I felt like my body was working overtime to reverse a lifetime of damage.

After that, the daily dose of Nice Dreams and Good Vibes are kind of like “maintenance”, to keep you feeling great all day, year-round.

That’s why I tell people to start with a 3-month supply at least…

And a 6 month supply if they’re available (with inventory running low, 6-month supplies aren’t always possible, so I tell everyone to snag one if you can).

The only place you can buy Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol right now is right here on this website…

We’re negotiating with several retail stores right now to stock this life-changing protocol, but in order to stock the product on retail shelves, the price will have to go up.

I don’t blame stores for needing to make money… They have to make a profit to keep the lights on and pay employees… I get it..

But that still means they won’t be able to sell this protocol to you at the same price you can get right here on this website.

The ingredients in each bottle of the Good Vibes Protocol would normally retail for $69 each online, which would be at least $89 each in a retail store…

That would be nearly $180 PER MONTH 
at the store…

And that would STILL be cheaper than trying to get the same benefits with traditional CBD.

…And you wouldn’t be getting all the benefits of Taurine, & GABA, & Valerian, & Cordyceps, and all the other powerful ingredients you find in my Good Vibes Protocol

But by keeping our costs as low as possible and working directly with Dr. Clark as our only manufacturer…

…we’re able to offer this amazing 2-Step Protocol for LESS than the cost of a single bottle of other CBD products.

Right now, you can try a single month supply of Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol for only $49…

That’s not $49 EACH…It’s only $49 for BOTH bottles!

A Full one month supply!

But that’s not even the best way to buy Tommy Chong’s Good Vibes Protocol

I don’t want you to risk running out…

Especially after you feel the natural energy and focus you get from my Good Vibes Protocol…

Only to come back and be unable to buy more…

So we’re offering the chance to buy a 6-month supply while supplies last…

So many customers have made the choice to stock up…

That we’ve decided to offer and even bigger discount on the larger supply to make the decision a real “no-brainer”…

So, as long as the 6-month supply is still available, you can stock up and save even more…

.. with a total price of ONLY $39 per month…

The savings on a 6-month order come out to over $800!

That’s not a typo.

The only way to claim those savings is right here on this website.

Plus, we’ll cover your shipping and handling (which is like getting another $15 off)

www.TommyChongsHemp.com

The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis could be used to treat Covid-19 lung ailments.

The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis could be used to treat Covid-19 lung ailments.

By Shish KaBob Seger

As global COVID-19 cases surpass 12 million, scientists are looking to the biological functions of cannabinoids as another tool in the fight against coronavirus mortality. The active molecular compounds in cannabis exhibit properties that could be useful against the inflammatory effects brought on by Covid-19 infection. Last April, a group of Canadian scientists claimed to have found particular strains that can both prevent and treat the infection by exploiting the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids such as CBD and CBN. 

Find the entire story here

This is not the first time that science has found credible evidence of CBD reducing lung inflammation. In 2019, the European Journal of Pharmacology published a study claiming cannabis reduces airway inflammation and fibrosis in experimental allergic asthma. The study determined that “CBD treatment decreased the inflammatory and remodeling processes in the model of allergic asthma. The mechanisms of action appear to be mediated by CB1/CB2 signaling, but these receptors may act differently on lung inflammation and remodeling.” 

The same study concluded CBD reduced pulmonary fibrosis – a condition common among Covid patients where lung tissue is scarred hence reducing a patient’s breathing abilities. 

The study claimed THC is also a promising anti-inflammatory yet is not as well tolerated as non-psychotropic cannabinoids. The researchers later noted that this “suggests its feasibility to reduce SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation/ pathology and disease severity.”

To be clear, science has come to no final conclusions regarding the efficacy of cannabis as a coronavirus treatment. The ‘catch 22’ is that until federal limitations on the study of cannabis as medicine are lifted, America will continue to play catch up with the rest of the world. 

From the editor: if you can grow you can juice your own cannabinoid rich nutrients for the full spectrum entourage effect!

Where Does the Word ‘Cannabis’ Come From?

Where Does the Word ‘Cannabis’ Come From?

With the decriminalization of cannabis in many parts of our world has come an influx of new commentary and attention. But those new to cannabis may not realize that the plant’s use is almost as old as history itself. While the human race’s relationship with many different plants goes back quite far, our species seemed to adopt cannabis use particularly early on. 

It’s estimated that our cultivation of cannabis arose shortly after the dawn of cultivation itself—that is, after the beginning of agriculture. At that time, circa 9,000 BCE, language itself was new and fluid and constantly evolving. This level of linguistic flux makes elucidating the first mention of cannabis cultivation difficult. 

To find definitive answers, historians and linguists have dug deep into the etymology, the study of the origin of words.

Cannabis Etymology From East to West

The first culture to make mention of cannabis appears to have been the ancient Chinese. In 2737 BCE, Emperor Shen Neng of China recommended cannabis tea for the “treatment of gout, rheumatism, malaria and, poor memory.” Radio-dated samples are now able to confirm this early medical cannabis use. 

Prior to that, the plant’s appearance was limited to more symbolic depictions. History holds that the Celestial Emperor Fu Hsi, who lived around 2800 BCE, created China’s first written script. The Chinese letter Ma, which comprises half of the word for cannabis, seems to depict hemp plants hanging upside down to dry. 

From China, cannabis use spread west. One paper, published in the “Vegetation History and Archaeobotan” journal, studied fossilized pollen samples from 470 locations to trace the plant’s cultivation from Asia to Eurasia to mainland Europe.

Even the ancient Egyptians had a word for cannabis: shemshemet. The first references began to appear around 2350 BCE, when a mythological king is described tying the cords of the shemshemet (cannabis) plant. Medical papyri throughout the coming centuries would greatly expand on the medicinal uses of cannabis, describing everything from suppositories to creatively-mixed poultices.

As Dr. Ethan Russo notes in a detailed study titled “History of Cannabis and Its Preparations in Saga, Science, and Sobriquet,” cannabis use shines through the etymological choices of many primordial cultures.

As you can see, everyone from the Sumerians to the Persians to the Hebrews had a word for cannabis. But the Hebraic term, kaneh bosem, has a history that’s especially intriguing. 

Kaneh Bosem: Hemp and the Hebrews 

As it turns out, cannabis—or kaneh bosem as the ancient Hebrews would have called it—may be a hidden ingredient in the holy anointing oil of Hebraic priests. 

Let’s take a look at a passage from the Torah, Exodus 30:22-25:

Moreover, YHWH spoke to Moses, saying, “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant canetwo hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.”

For centuries, one of these ingredients confounded translators: “fragrant cane.” Like much of the scriptures, the initial Greek to English translations of this particular segment were done on behalf of King James VI and I in the early 1600s. 

Though skilled in linguistics, these early translators weren’t quite as skilled in botany, and consequently they assumed that fragrant cane referred to a plant called calamus. But we now know that calamus contains a chemical called asarone that makes it mildly toxic, especially if ingested. 

For obvious reasons, it wouldn’t make sense for the Hebrew priests to include a toxic plant in their holy oil. So it follows that somewhere along the line, the translation went off course. It’s also possible that even earlier translations like the Hebrew-to-Greek Septuagint were the first to get it wrong. 

So…if not calamus, what could “fragrant cane” be referring to? 

In 1936, a Polish etymologist named Sula Benet proposed that it was actually “קנבוס” or “KaNaBoS”, which itself comes from the even older Hebrew term “קנה בשם” or kaneh bosem.

Her argument was logical enough: קנה, or kaneh means a strong reed or stalk, while bosem means fragrant or aromatic. Kaneh bosem—cane that’s fragrant. 

With that discovery, it makes much more sense. Though once thought to be derived from the Scythian language, it turned out that the term cannabis probably goes back further than that: all the way back to ancient Hebrew!

It was as if an elusive puzzle piece had been found. Once Benet knew the correct term to look for, she noticed it popping up throughout the rest of the Bible. As Chris Bennett’s 2001 book “Sex, Drugs, and the Bible notes, “this word appears five times in the Old Testament; in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.”

What could such a powerful cannabis-infused oil have been used for? We can look again to Exodus Chapter 30, beginning with verse 26, to answer that. 

“With it you shall anoint the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony (…) You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy. (…)You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me.

Interpreting this through the lens of modern science is surprisingly insightful. Cannabis is a known antimicrobial and antibacterial agent, as are some of the other ingredients in the anointing oil, like cinnamon. That could help explain why the Hebrews took to applying their oil to all sorts of inanimate objects. And one couldn’t be blamed for assuming this practice would also make things smell good. 

Yet the anointing oil was clearly used on the priesthood, too. Might it have provided its users with any psychotropic effects? Possibly. 

While we can’t determine what the oil’s exact cannabinoid ratios would’ve been, we do know that cannabis from ancient times was generally rich in CBD. And modern research shows that this cannabinoid penetrates the skin much better than THC does. Levitical priests would have at least been getting their daily dose of aromatherapy according to the biblical description. 

Some people today are actually replicating the anointing oil’s recipe. With a blend of bioavailability-boosting terpenes, partially decarbed cannabinoids, and pure carrier oils, science is now able to validate this sampling of ancient wisdom.

Some advocates ascribe spiritual meaning to cannabis use, even today. Dr. Yosef Glassman has spent decades pouring over ancient Jewish texts to learn more about his culture’s use of cannabis. As he told Haaretz MagazineThere is no question that the plant has a holy source, God himself, and is thus mentioned for several ritualistic purposes.”

In recent years, Dr. Glassman has been lecturing on these subjects at Massachussett’s New England Sinai Hospital. “The goal is to educate practitioners on the rich cultural history behind the use of cannabis as a medicine, explain its mechanism of action, and dispel myths about its safety profile,” he reports.

Cannabis: Modern Use, Millenia-Old Origin

Though the world of cannabis has done much changing within the last couple millennia—let alone the last couple decades—the etymology of the term itself has remained mostly untouched. Indeed, it’s easily traceable back to Ancient Greece’s kánnabis.

Hebrew’s kaneh-bosem was among the first terms for cannabis, and it spread more than a few etymological offshoots in the process. Even words like ‘candy’ and ‘canal’ may trace their origin back to kaneh, that ancient Hebraic prefix. 

From there came Scythian adoption of cannabis-related terminology; the Scythians differentiated between industrial-type hemp, Sanskritśaṇa, and narcotic hemp [ie, cannabis], Sanskrit bhanga.

Other ancient cultures made room for cannabis and hemp’s differences, too. Typically prefixes ken or kan implied fiber-type plants, while kana or bhang implied high-THC cannabis. 

Our current English word for hemp likely has the same kan-type source. It seems to have arisen out of the Persian term kanap and been adopted into old German as hanaf before slowly mutating into hanf… and then finally into hemp. (Mirriam Webster

The Persian word kanap split into two groups over time, eventually evolving into our modern-day term cannabis, too. As you’ll see, cannabis is actually a Latin term; it has stuck around virtually unchanged since before 300 AD. 

Unknown Scythian/Thracian term >
Kanab / Kanap (Persian) >
κάνναβις (Greek) >
Cannabis (Latin)

Today the relationship between the terms hemp and cannabis is different. No longer are the two words mutually exclusive. Instead, cannabis is somewhat of an umbrella term that includes everything in the Cannabis Sativa family, fiber-type hemp included.

This story first appeared at Cannigma.com