“Never trust a person that tries to sell you by how righteous they are. I’m telling you right now, it’s a scam.”
Humans love a good scam. We love the drama of it. Whenever something starts to show positive signs we immediately label it as a scam. I feel like this is a combination of our desire for drama and our innate feeling that we are not worthy. It could also be the fact that we live in a system where almost everything that we are told is designed to lubricate and direct our ‘spending wheels’, thus keeping the economy afloat.
This is not a conspiracy theory. That is another thing that we love. Whenever something seems too dodgy to be true, we label it a conspiracy theory since we refuse to believe that the world can be that messed up. This naive view fails to look around at the sheer mess that is being created by selfish white men in suits. If you have to ask ‘Is CBD oil a scam?’ then you have never used it, so you are vulnerable to all kinds of information from various sources with different political and cultural motivations.
Is Scientific Research a Scam?
Many scams in this world continue to be held up as legitimate. We are not talking about everyday schemes from low-level petty crooks. We are talking about scams at the highest level. These types of scams are so well organized that people could not accept for one moment that they might not be legitimate. Fortunately for the administrators of the scam, those who are the victims don’t have the good fortune to be able to look close enough to see the truth.
Research Universities have long collaborated with industry to their mutual benefit. The relationship however, has never been free of concerns that the financial ties of researchers or their institutions to industry may exert improper pressure on the design and outcome of research (Source)
We rely on scientific research for information so much, yet at least a portion of scientific research relies on corporate funding and, is thus subject to corporate influence into results. Scientific research is misused as another way of corporations influencing people’s purchase decisions. We can no more rely on it than we can rely on Old Betty down the street to tell us whether something works. Why would a company sponsor research where the outcome loses them customers? Understandably, scientists need funding and they turn to corporations because who else is going to fund it? Research is extremely expensive.
I’m not denying that some scientific research is legitimate. There are extremely smart people in this world who constantly back their arguments with studies that ‘prove’ their point. But, this approach assumes for the most part, that all scientific study is unbiased, which it isn’t. Attach a complex looking scientific document to your blog post and suddenly, you are in another class. This is ludicrous. I understand why people do it, since, in this so-called ‘age of information’, almost everything you read has some kind of tie to money so what else can we rely on. Unfortunately, in many cases, studies are as unreliable as anything else.
Corporations love that we rely on scientific research. If Dorothy down the road told you that drinking her urine got rid of her hives in ten days, we would be immediately dismissive. But, if people in white coats that we don’t even know torture animals to come to a similar conclusion, we automatically believe them. As consumers and humans, we are extremely vulnerable in this way and we need to be aware of it. From the Washington Post:
We know how corrosive financial conflicts of interest can be for scientific research. Tobacco companies famously funded studies to downplay the dangers of smoking, and similar bias has been found in research funded by pharmaceutical, chemical and pesticide companies. In early 2015, the New York Times reported that a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics whom politicians cited to undermine arguments about climate change had been secretly paid by the fossil fuel industry. Two recent studies found that Coca-Cola sought to fund scientists who would shift discussion away from sodas’ role in obesity and instead blame lack of exercise.
Is the FDA a scam?
The Food and Drug Administration are the very people that we rely on to tell us whether something is safe and effective or not. So, you would think that the FDA would have the best interests of the people at heart. But, when you examine the ins and outs of the FDA, what you find is just another paradoxical organization whose resources are merely used as tools to influence purchase decisions on behalf of large corporations.
In examining compensation records from drug companies to physicians who advised FDA on whether to approve 28 psychopharmacologic, arthritis, and cardiac or renal drugs between 2008 and 2014, Science found widespread after-the-fact payments or research support to panel members. The agency’s safeguards against potential conflicts of interest are not designed to prevent such future financial ties.
Other apparent conflicts may have also slipped by: Science found that at the time of or in the year leading up to the advisory meetings, many of those panel members—including Halperin—received payments or other financial support from the drugmaker or key competitors for consulting, travel, lectures, or research. FDA did not publicly note those financial ties.(Sciencemag.org)
This is where Richie Norton’s quote at the beginning of this article comes into play. The FDA would probably claim to be a righteous organization. But, their actions do not correspond to this claim. And, we don’t have to look any further than the way they have handled the CBD oil situation.
Point #1 – The FDA refuses to approve and regulate CBD oil because it has safety concerns.
Strangely, they have safety concerns despite no-one ever dying from ingesting CBD oil. The latest vaping controversy has been used to point the finger at CBD oil. But, if it is CBD oil that is poisoning people, how come no-one is getting sick from using a dropper? The illnesses are 100% from vaping. Even in high doses, CBD has been proven to be completely safe for humans. The only issues come with the interactions between CBD oil and other drugs. However, given the next statistic, you might conclude that it is the other drugs that are the problem and not CBD oil.
Point #2 – 120,000 Americans die every year from FDA approved drugs that they have been prescribed
Here we go, so this righteous organization refuses to legitimize CBD oil due to safety concerns. Safety is the primary reason that they won’t allow it onto their list of approved products that are directly responsible for killing so many people every year. Even the vaping products discussed above contain multiple ingredients that are FDA approved and are known to be carcinogenic. So, with incredible conflicts of interest such as these, how can we possibly rely on the FDA to tell us what is true and what isn’t?
Point #3 – Epidiolex (whose only active ingredient is CBD) is approved as a safe drug to treat children with epilepsy. (and happens to cost 20 times as much as regular CBD oil)
Ah, so CBD which is not approved and regulated due to safety concerns, is approved for just one organization. The only active ingredient in Epidiolex is CBD. Besides this, they add some sesame oil, strawberry flavoring, and sugar. They also claim to ‘purify’ the CBD. This might make some people think that there is a complex process involved to make CBD safe through purification, but that is not true. CBD isolate is where the CBD has been isolated obviously. It is readily available on the market. It does not render the CBD safer, it simply removes the minuscule amount of THC along with all of the beneficial terpenes and nutrients that you find in full-spectrum CBD oil.
The only real difference between Epidiolex and CBD isolate is the cost. a year’s supply of 3500mg CBD oil from CBD Biocare would be $1590 at the recommended dose of CBD by Epidiolex. The same amount of Epidiolex is upwards of $32,000
So, before you begin asking ‘Is CBD oil as a scam?’ perhaps you should first ask:
Are the authorities that I am relying on to inform me about CBD oil a scam?
And, if so, where does that leave you?
You should know that CBD oil is not new. We like to think it is a new thing and that we are so smart in working out about CB1 and CB2 receptors and other crap that we don’t understand. As long as the ‘scientific research’ is focused on CB1 and CB2 receptors and the finer details of what happens on a molecular level, then they don’t have to flat out come out and say that CBD oil does this and that.
CBD oil has been around forever and anyone with an ounce of passion for the benefits of cannabis as a plant (Which BTW is the same as hemp. The two have been split up for legal purposes only following the introduction of the 0.3% THC limit) would know that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant. In relaxing muscles and reducing inflammation, it works on opening the channels of the body that have been blocked by swelling, or stress-induced muscular tension. In doing so it allows blood, oxygen, and other compounds to resume their natural flow and bring your body back into balance. It doesn’t have to be complex.
Presuming you buy from a trusted source, what you get with CBD oil is something very powerful indeed, but without any kind of psychoactive or mind-altering effect. Of course, any claims made by anyone that CBD does these things will result in trouble from the FDA. This is why it poses a real threat to yet another scam: The pharmaceutical industry.
Is the Pharmaceutical Industry a Scam?
Pharmaceutical drugs appear to be very effective because they work by masking the side-effects of a deeper problem in the body. This has an instant effect which people like. It is also an excellent business model because it means that:
1.) You have to keep taking the drug to feel ok.
2.) The longer you take it, the bigger the dose you need of it.
These companies and authorities such as ‘The Cancer Council’ and the rest are businesses and, businesses don’t have values, they have business rules. There is no conscience and no morality. Everything that a company does, is guided by a series of business rules written for one purpose only – to generate profits.
The pharmaceutical industry’s leading trade group disclosed Tuesday that it had spent a record $27.5 million on lobbying in 2018, $1.4 million more than in 2009, when Congress and the White House created the Affordable Care Act, the health-care overhaul better known as Obamacare. (Bloomberg)
If they were to find a cure for aids, cancer or any other of the ‘big diseases’ tomorrow, they would go out of business and, no business will ever do that. So when they talk up this charade of ‘The war on disease’, have no doubt, it is a real scam. Of course, The Cancer Council and other companies will throw your money into research, but, ultimately that research cannot ever come up with a cure since, not only will it collapse several large players in the medical industry, the result might have economic circumstances that may be disastrous. Such is the degree to which our health is tied to profits.
Sadly today, it is perfectly legal for medical companies to financially influence politicians, research companies, and family doctors into taking actions that align with the companies financial goals, regardless of the consequences on the well being and health of the people.
Is CBD Oil a Scam?
I can tell you right now. CBD oil is not a scam. It is real. The FDA directly proves this by issuing an approval for Epidiolex to sell it to treat children with epilepsy. Of course, how Epidiolex works to reduce and even eliminate epilepsy is not made clear. If you look into the science, it is mostly researched at the molecular level. No-one is coming out and saying, it’s just this massive muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory thing. Because that would imply that CBD oil could be used to treat just about everything.
Scour the internet for real people (Your best source of information in this day of corrupt research). You will find endless videos and stories of children, adults, and dogs that are getting not subtle, but strong benefits from CBD oil. You could list the conditions that it is helping but it would be too long. It helps all these things not because it is complex, but because it is simple. It works on the root of the issue – blocked channels within the body.
Anyone who says it is a scam is either buying from a scammer or has never had any experience with CBD. So I say, think for yourself, don’t get dragged along by the nonsense that you hear. Try it yourself and get people you know to try it and you will soon find out the truth. You don’t need corrupt people in white coats to tell you what is true.
This article is a collection of ideas by the author. It does not constitute facts or advice in any form. Please consult a medical professional and check the legality in your area before purchasing or taking CBD products.