Why CBD?

CBD influences our bodies to use its own endocannabinoids more effectively and limits inflammation.

Why CBD in Tower 4 Relief?

Several years ago, we were asked, by one of our larger Radiation Oncology Centers, if we had ever thought about adding CBD to our Andra Sina Emerald Aloe Relief Lotion. Andra Sina Relief Lotion has been used effectively in radiation oncology centers for over 25 years. 

Our initial reaction was “no” because, like many other people, we thought CBD/Hemp was a drug and there must have been a legitimate reason why CBD had been illegal. But when several other people began asking us, we began thinking and researching CBD/Hemp.  

We quickly learned CBD/Industrial Hemp is NOT a Drug, with virtually no THC, less than .03%, and not to be confused with Marijuana. 

and this is what we learned..

CBD is a Component Found Naturally in our Body!

In 1992 scientists discovered our body's have an Endocannabinoid.

The name Endocannabinoid was after the Cannabis plant! Endo means inside and cannabinoid because our bodies produce many of the same ingredients found naturally in the cannabis plant.

Our Endocannabinoid System controls vital functions of our body. such as inflammation pain and temperature control and many others and is much like the dashboard in our car.

Our Endocannabinoid System consists of cannabinoid receptors that interact with our own naturally occurring cannabinoids. This system is involved in regulating many functions in the body including relief of itching, muscle and tendon aches and pains, skin issues, and more.

Sometimes our bodies do not produce enough endocannabinoids, which can cause increased inflammation, pain, and various other problems. Enhancing our Endocannabinoid System with plant-based cannabinoids, like CBD, can help it function better. 

Once the endocannabinoids are finished and have brought your body back into balance, enzymes naturally break down what isn’t needed and your body discards it.

Historical Use, Illegalization & Legalization of Hemp

can you believe this?! a car made of and powered by hemp/cbd!

Ford’s 1941 bioplastic Model T

was made of hemp, flax, wheat, and spruce pulp, which made the car lighter than fiberglass and ten times tougher than steel, wrote the New York Times on February 2, 1941. The car ran on ethanol made from hemp or other agricultural waste.

The car, grown from soil had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics 1941.

According to Forbes, every part of the hemp plant could be used for materialistic products such as textiles, canvas, rope, paper. Hemp can also be eaten are high in protein and essential fatty acids, while the oil can be used for cooking, paints and plastics.

The Declaration of Independence was signed on Hemp Paper

Betsy Ross’s Flag was made with Hemp

Your old family Bible might be made out of hemp.

Betsy Ross’s Flag was made with Hemp

• George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp.

• Benjamin Franklin owned one of the first paper mills in America and processed hemp.

• Refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was against the law.  In 1619 Jamestown colony law declared all settlers were required to grow cannabis.

• The Encyclopedia Britannica was printed on hemp paper for 150 Years.

Schoolbooks were made from hemp until the 1880’s.

• In 1916 the U.S. Government said by the 1940’s all paper would come from hemp and there would be no need to cut down trees.

•80% of all textiles were made with hemp fiber until the 1820’s.  

For thousands of years 90% of all ships’ sail and rope were made from Hemp.  Supposedly Christopher Columbus used hemp rope for his trip to the New World

The first Rembrandts, Gainsborough’s, Van Goghs, and most early canvas paintings were typically painted on hemp linen.

In the 1930’s innovations in farm machinery could have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Possibly if hemp had not been made illegal it could have brought America out of the Great Depression

Mechanical Engineering Magazine Feb. 1938   said if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the US and the rest of the world.

Paints and varnishes were made with hemp until 1937.

Sherwin Williams Paint Co. testified before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act because they used hemp oil to make paint.

In the 1930’s The Panama Canal Zone Military Investigation into Marijuana by the US Military and the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission wrote reports about studying the effects of cannabis and advised against restricting people from using it.

It was legal temporarily during World War II because of its usefulness for the war effort.

If CBD was so GREAT, then, why was it illegal?

It’s been over 80 years since the American Marijuana Tax Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Roosevelt. This was the first step in imposing a ban on cannabis, even though hemp had been used safely and effectively for thousands of years. Cannabis Prohibition had nothing to do with Cannabis’s usefulness, it was actually because it had so many uses, and was easy and inexpensive to grow that industrialists began seeing it as their enemy.

Industrialists, such as Hearst (timber & paper), DuPont (chemicals), Rockefeller (Big Pharma), Mellon investments in Petrochemical companies such as Du Pont (Banking), didn’t want to compete with Hemp which was easy to grow, had a short growing season, had few weeds or pests, multi-purpose from medication to building and fueling cars!  Cronyism between Industrialists, and politicians was not uncommon.

In 1916, Mellon’s investment began looking like a bad investment when the U.S. Department of Agriculture chief scientists processed paper from hemp pulp, and concluded that paper from hemp was, “favorable in comparison with those made with wood pulp.” The paper produced by hemp fibers did not yellow over time, unlike the chemical-drenched paper that was being produced at the time. In addition, an acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of regular trees.

Dupont Corporation lobbied in Washing DC and Hearst began a racial campaign in his newspapers.  He said cannabis was an extremely dangerous drug and convinced millions of Americans (congressmen) that the harmless plant is in fact evil.

The bill granted the Bureau absolute administrative, regulatory and police powers to enforce the law.

“SEC. 12. Any person who is convicted of a violation of any provision of this Act shall be fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

“SEC. 14. The Secretary is authorized to make, prescribe, and publish all necessary rules and regulations for carrying out the provisions of this Act and to confer or impose any of the rights, privileges, powers, and duties conferred or imposed upon him by this Act upon such officers or employees of the Treasury Department as he shall designate or appoint."

Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act & President Roosevelt signed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.

High Times said that if taxes were too high, most people involved in cannabis commercially would not be able to pay them. If they didn’t pay they were punished as criminals.

This stopped the scientific research and medical testing of cannabis. By 1970, cannabis, including hemp was classified alongside heroin and LSD as a Schedule I drug.

Legalization of CBD/Hemp

2014 Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill making it legal to grow hemp for medical research.

A 2017 review found that CBD helped with chronic neuropathy pain in humans. The researchers looked at 11 randomized controlled trials with 1,219 patients.

2018 Congress and President Trump signed the Farm Bill making Hemp Legal.

Studies & Education

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