The cannabis industry idolizes Dana Rohrabacher. And, in many ways, he’s made it difficult not to revere him. He’s positioned himself as one of the leading political figures in the space by focusing on the reform of federal cannabis laws—the only area of politics the cannabis industry seemingly cares about. But, if this Administration’s taught us anything it’s that racism, discrimination, and inequality are synonymous with American culture—and they always have been. America is a breeding ground for these variants of hate, and it’s because of the politicians in power—including Rohrabacher.

But the Midterms showed Putin’s favorite Congressman no mercy. The Rohrabacher reign has officially ended, and everyone should be thrilled—particularly the cannabis industry. Sure, he’s done some phenomenal things for the cannabis movement, like craft an amendment that prohibits federal spending on medical dispensary raids. But when we look at the bigger picture of who Rohrabacher is and what he stands for, it’s difficult not to perceive his cannabis-related victories as a distraction from his Trump-infused agenda. Cannabis is essentially the vehicle through which Rohrabacher gleans support, and he does so specifically through the guise of compassion.

But how compassionate can a person with inherently bigoted and discriminatory views be? Furthermore, how is the cannabis industry supposed to free itself from the chains of criminal stigma when one of its leading figures is being investigated for collusion in the Russia scandal? Lastly, have you seen the types of people who support Rohrabacher in District-48? As someone who’s lived there for the last decade— and had former co-workers assaulted by Neo-Nazis at a Trump rally in Huntington Beach—I can attest to the fact that D-48 is a hatchery of violent neanderthals.

The reality is that even though Rohrabacher’s out of Congress, he’s not going away. He’s still going to be a prominent figure in the cannabis space. But instead of being an active government official, he’s been relegated to an Antonio Villaraigosa-type: a shady politician leveraging cannabis for power and personal gain. But this isn’t the end for him: it’s the start of a whole new era.

Rohrabacher and Putin Sitting in a Tree…

Until Tuesday night, ol’ Rohrabacher was in Congress for nearly 30 years. Seven years before that he was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter (let that sink in a second). So, he’s been eyebrows-deep in GOP ideology for the entirety of his career. But it was during his tenure in the White House (’81-’88) that the seeds were sewn for Rohrabacher’s relations with Russia, despite Reagan’s disdain toward the Soviets.

After being elected to represent District-42 in 1988, Rohrabacher fought alongside Afghani’s in the Afghan civil war for a week and “pulverized a Soviet position outside of Jalalabad with about 50 120mm rockets,” in the name of defeating communism—not the Russians, he told Pacific Standard in an interview. Rohrabacher has since grown to respect his former foes so much that two decades ago, he got wasted with Vladimir Putin and drunkenly arm wrestled him over who won the Cold War, Rohrabacher told the LA Times.

Yet, we’re all somehow confused as to how and why Rohrabacher is Putin’s favorite Congressman. And we’re all somehow baffled by his pro-Russia stance. We’re also somehow shocked that he’s under investigation in the Russia scandal. But if you’ve followed Rohrabacher’s career at all, you’d know that he’s pretty much always been in bed with the Russians. Rohrabacher’s even maintained a long-standing relationship with Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank. Torshin not only tried to set up a backdoor meeting between Trump and Putin during Trump’s campaign, but Torishin also has deep ties with the NRA and is an advocate for American conservatism.

Then, last February, it was revealed in a document that in 2013 Rohrabacher met with Paul Manafort, a long-time consultant for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Manafort was also Trump’s campaign manager. The real kicker is that Rick Gates, Trump’s campaign deputy chairman, lied to the FBI about this meeting. Why lie if there’s nothing to hide?

In 2017, the New York Times also reported that the FBI warned Rohrabacher that Putin’s government was trying to recruit him as an asset. Sure, maybe there’s nothing technically wrong with having relationships with unscrupulous figures. But you are who you surround yourself with.

Being Anti-LGBTQ is Not Compassion

As previously stated, it’s great Rohrabacher had the political wit to finagle enough government couch-cushion-change to pen an amendment protecting medical cannabis dispensaries from federal raids. But let’s be real about this: that same political wit is the same trait that’s exploiting the cannabis industry.

For those who only know Rohrabacher because of cannabis, he might seem like someone who cares about the greater good of humanity. At speaking engagements, he addresses the ill children who need cannabis and the struggle parents face finding and administering oil. Rohrabacher argues that people have a human right to access the plant. He talks about the importance of Veterans having access to cannabis to preserve their mental health and war-related ailments—and he’s right.

Last May, however, Rohrabacher also told a group of real estate agents that homeowners should be able to refuse to sell their houses to people because of their sexual orientation.

“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone [if] they don’t agree with their lifestyle,” Rohrabacher said in meeting with a delegation from the Orange County Association of Realtors, according to the Orange County Register.

Rohrabacher’s comments came in response to a question asked about the Fair and Equal Housing Act, a bill that would ban housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He said he wouldn’t support the bill.

Let us not forget that Prop. 215—the pioneering law enacted in ’96 authorizing the use of medical marijuana in California—was founded in part because cannabis provided significant relief for gays suffering from the debilitating effects of AIDS. It’s fundamentally twisted to spout-off about people deserving the right to freely use cannabis, but vehemently disapprove of queer and trans people—a group that has a strong presence in the cannabis space—having access to housing. Anyone who really cared about the cannabis community—the foundation of the industry—would have a deep respect for the LGBTQ community.

That is, of course, unless your motivations are elsewhere.

The King of MAGA

Rohrabacher is a staunch Trump supporter. Like the president, Rohrabacher is also fiercely against immigration. When the world was clued in on what America was doing to migrant families earlier this year, the ex-Congressman said nothing. Rohrabacher did nothing. If he truly disagreed, he would have made a statement– the way many other government officials did. Instead, all we have to reference are his past remarks about standing with Trump on immigration issues.

Oh, and here’s what’s written on his website. He “opposes all efforts to legalize the status of those currently in the United States illegally” and wants to secure the country’s borders and keep anyone who’s illegally in the country from getting a job or receiving government benefits.

When Rolling Stone interviewed Rohrabacher after the separation of migrant families set the news cycle ablaze, he expressed his support of Trump. “I think that we look at him as our father—it is the family,” Rohrabacher told Rolling Stone. “We like him. With all of his personality displays that make people mad at him on the outside, the Republicans are beginning to really like him for all of that.”

Regardless of your stance on immigration, permanently separating children from their families is inhumane. Full stop.

The Cannabis Industry Deserves Better

We’ve gone over a lot here. But we’ve really only laid out a sliver of the problem. We didn’t even get into the fact he’s a climate change denier. Anyone who denies climate change must be blind or senile considering our planet is rapidly dying in front of us.

It’s difficult to watch someone with such hate-ridden views receive overwhelming support from an industry full of empathetic, loving people. And although Rohrabacher’s not the only questionable politician leveraging cannabis for public support (and campaign donations), he’s the one who’s arguably made the most waves. No one can deny that he’s done a lot for cannabis. But that’s what makes the situation so devastating: looking at the scope of who Rohrabacher is, the negatives far outweigh the positive.

Federal prohibition of cannabis will be lifted with or without Rohrabacher at this point. The movement is unstoppable. But we’re living in a country that enables hate–and he’s a part of the problem. For the love of all that’s green, we must stop supporting racist politicians who, although might be pro-cannabis, also push a catalog of archaic and ignorant dogmas.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.

THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.

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