In-Depth Investigation

Exposing the Mistakes of the Medical Marijuana Industry

Forbes Magazine has said it’s headed to become a hundred-billion-dollar industry in the not-so-distant future. However, blatant blunders that have been made—based on misguided beliefs that by extracting natural “ingredients” from cannabis and hemp you will produce “superior” products—could just send this proverbial billion-dollar train directly off its tracks.

Recently, Brian Boyd of Internet Deputy, did an investigative report exposing errors made by the large manufacturing companies during their chemical processing and extraction of THC and CBD oils from hemp and cannabis, effectively annihilating the natural nutrients of the plant that offer far more medicinal help to consumers.

Sellers of these chemically-processed oils are pushing potency as being a medicinal advantage: this belief is 100% false. It is important to know that “concentrated” oils do not have any extra benefits. In fact, non-extracted naturally-made hemp paste offers more to the consumer. By using the whole-plant method, and not chemical processing, a stronger, healthier product is made.

Here Are The Facts You Need to Know

It was back in 2004 that a Canadian by the name of Rick Simpson coined the phrase RSO Oil and his cannabis extraction process. By using a highly explosive method of extracting the oil from hemp and cannabis with a method that utilized 190 proof alcohol, leftover plant matter was simply thrown in the trash. Terpenes that would have helped consumers are destroyed through this process, and it’s not only flammable but also highly dangerous to do. Lives have been lost from the explosions that have occurred.

It came to be that the entire oil industry followed the RSO Oil process, and over time switched from using alcohol to either butane or C02 for the processing. Questions ranging from the safety of these methods to how much was lost during the extraction process were asked. And although 14 lab facilities were contacted for answers, only 2 would supply them. Is the industry trying to hide something? It was discovered that basically 100 percent of the terpenes were extracted from the product. In addition, butane leaves a chemical residue behind that many experts claim is toxic. Not to mention, carcinogens can also be left behind that are suppliers of cancer. So…why sell that product to people suffering from cancer? Good question.

A majority of the oil companies are adding terpenes from fruits and trees to replace the natural terpenes that are destroyed during the extraction process. The industry will claim this step is to enhance or add flavor. Trouble is, these terpenes being added are not natural to hemp or cannabis. So are fake terpenes safe? Internet Deputy shows that adding terpenes can perhaps make a product toxic. You watch the video; you decide.

The investigation also talks about the Cannabis Entourage Effect. Simply put, this covers how various cannabinoida and terpenes work together to create more medicinal benefits for the consumer. Trouble is, with the chemical extraction process the way it’s done today, you isolate a product and effectively get rid of the terpenes in the plant that do work together to provide better health and extra benefits.

When you speak about CBD and THC, you are speaking about anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory benefits. However, using the chemical extraction process in place, companies decrease the products’ ability to help overcome seizures, pain, and so much more. If the product were kept in its raw state, 18 times more terpenes would remain.

There are 118 different kinds of cannabinoids, and science is still evolving. However, by chemically processing CBD and THC, the ability for the entourage effect is removed completely. Nothing remains to work together in order to bring better health to the consumer. Just think of the cannabinoids not being allowed to work for you.

Last, but never least, comes cost. The equipment used for this extraction process runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although all these machines look hi-tech and impressive, the proof is clear that the oil companies are spending more, tripling the cost to the consumer, yet at the same time, decreasing the ability of the product.

Creating hemp paste and cannabis paste using the whole-plant method is the only correct method and the right choice for the consumer. Zero waste is created as the leaves and flower are ground up and combined in an MCT oil that preserves all the terpenes, and costs 335 times less to make. In other words, people who could not afford the medicine before, can now. Those are the facts.