WATCH: Combat Vet Becomes Outlaw to Save Her Life With Cannabis—It WORKED


If you volunteer your life to the United States government and promise to do whatever they say—up to and including surrender your life—you will still be treated like dirt, kidnapped, caged, and even killed if you come back to this country and try to treat the damage caused by your service…with a plant. Sarah Hollingsworth is one of those veterans.

In 2004 Sarah joined the US Army. On a few months later, Sarah would be in Tahil, Iraq. While she was in Iraq, Sarah was exposed to something that made her gravely ill.

“We are still trying to piece together the exact cause of illness,” Sarah tells the Free Thought Project. “However, my very first incident of illness came via anaphylaxis during my tour where I was nearly medevaced to Germany. And I just continued to get worse from there. It could have been the bombed out buildings we stayed in, the burn pits, the vaccines, we have no idea.”

The symptoms of Sarah’s illness continued to progress and as a result, her health declined. When Sarah got out of the Army, like so many veterans before and after her, she was sick and had no help. Also, like so many veterans before her, Sarah was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD.

“My official diagnoses are PTSD, myoclonic jerks, ulcerative colitis and severe mold allergy,” said Sarah, noting that the VA and the Army have consistently denied any responsibility for her condition.

“As for what the doctors at the VA did for me. Not much. They sent me from specialist to specialist (still are) and told me it was all in my head. Around 2012/2013 I spent several months in and out of the ICU of private hospitals(ulcerative colitis-related) where I was given a TON of prescription medications and basically left to die with very few answers,” Sarah explained.

After watching her health decline in these conditions, Sarah’s family stepped in and weaned her from the prescription drug cocktail the hospitals were feeding her. She then began a holistic approach to healing herself.

“My family was against pills and weaned me off of them,” she told TFTP. “I then went under the care of a chiropractor that saved my life.”

Although weaning herself from the meds helped her in the short term, unfortunately, her condition would eventually worsen. That’s when she decided to try Rick Simpson Oil, RSO.

For those unfamiliar, RSO is highly-concentrated cannabis oil extracted from female cannabis plants that contain at least 20 percent THC or more. Simpson favors high-THC and low-CBD content when treating maladies. Whereas CBD Oil is made from the drug-producing Cannabis Indica that’s been bred to contain low concentrations of THC or the hemp-producing Cannabis Sativa, which produces nearly no amount of THC but does produce some amount of CBD.

Knowing the potential for RSO to treat so many illnesses, Sarah raised enough money through a GoFundMe in 2015 to make it to Oregon and try it. The results were nothing short of incredible. Nearly all of her symptoms disappeared and for the next two months, Sarah would enjoy life again.

However, in Sarah’s home state of Missouri, all forms of cannabis are illegal and once the RSO was depleted, she was unable to get any more.

As Sarah explains, her health took a turn for the worse and started rapidly declining.

“October of 2015 is when I started getting really sick again. I hadn’t had medicine in several months and was just rapidly declining. At this point I still hadn’t received my disability rating, could not work and Lauren was working very little. I needed a constant babysitter. I had lost my hair for the 2nd time, my teeth were falling out of my mouth at a pretty rapid rate. It was so bad.”

As Sarah essentially required round-the-clock care, her fiancé Lauren was barely making enough at work and the two had no money to get back to Oregon to obtain more medicine. The situation was bleak.

However, Sarah’s family stepped up and helped them return to Oregon to get enough medicine to relieve Sarah of her symptoms—indefinitely.

Sarah explains that she’s been off of RSO for six months and she is doing very well. “Although, I do wish we could afford to make it out west or even purchase the quantity of flower to try and make our own,” Sarah said. “But we can’t right now and that’s okay. My life is not on the line and if it were, my family has my back.”

Unfortunately, Sarah’s case is not unique. Across the country, veterans are suffering from PTSD and a slew of other illnesses and attempting to treat those illnesses with a plant can and will get them arrested and their lives ruined.

As Sarah says, to treat her illness, “I have had to become a criminal. I have lost everything I had because I was too ill to have any kind of job or to even be home alone. Lauren gave up her career but we gained so much more because of people and places that do not consider cannabis use a crime.”

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WATCH: Cops Tase, Assault Handicapped Vet—Then Arrest Him For Half a Gram of Cannabis


Jasper City, FL – Disturbing body camera footage has just been released that shows a handicapped man being tased and manhandled by police officers for the heinous crime of flexing his rights.

Corey Bracken, 38, was trying to eat his lunch in his van outside a convenience store when officers approached him and demanded that he exit his vehicle. Bracken, aware of his rights and his need to protect himself against unlawful prosecution, began recording the incident.

Bracken rightfully asked for the officer’s supervisor to come to the scene. He told officer Chris McGauley he was not going to exit his vehicle and was just trying to eat his lunch.

Other officers arrived on the scene, but instead of protecting Bracken’s Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to unreasonable searches and seizures, they joined in on the abuse. After a bit of back and forth bantering, one officer attempted to take Bracken’s phone from his hands. Citizens have the right to film all police encounters but the officer apparently wanted to take that right away from Bracken.

Possibly realizing he was about to be jerked out of the van, the handicapped man reached for his walking cane. That action angered the officers who claimed they were fearful he was reaching for a gun. From the intensity in their voices and their screams to stop “reaching” for his cane, the officers escalated their use of force.

McGualey grabbed his arm and nearly broke it by bending it back against the van. The other officer, Less Harris, possibly realized Bracken was reaching for his cane and simply yelled for him to get out. Even though McGauley was ordering Harris to tase him, he did not. McGualey then stepped in and tased Bracken who still had not been informed as to what crime they suspected him of having committed.

The painful tasing forced the man to give up. He was then pulled out of the van and forced to lay on the ground without his cane and his apparent ability to stand. In a TFTP exclusive, Bracken explained that the officers did not charge him with any illegal activity and the prosecutors will not press charges against him.

He said he simply wants to know why he was tased, treated without any human dignity or respect, and why the officers denied the freedoms guaranteed to him by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Equally disturbing to Bracken and others was the cavalier way in which the officers mishandled him and then bragged to other officers saying:

I wasn’t going to waste five seconds on him.

The officer who attempted to break the handicapped man’s arm also lied to responding officers, saying:

He wanted to fight.

Clearly, Bracken did not want to fight and could not put up a fight with two fully armed officers even if he wanted to. He simply wanted to be afforded the opportunity to retrieve his walking cane and was denied such a simple accommodation.

The entire incident serves to illustrate the aggressive nature some police officers use on citizens who wish to exercise their rights to unwanted police contact, unreasonable searches and seizures, and to be treated with dignity and respect—regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Bracken said he was panhandling at a nearby gas station. He was asked to leave and he did. He went to the S&S convenience store and was enjoying his meal when police arrived. Bracken explained that he was hit by a drunk driver when he was 21. In addition to suffering brain injuries, his knee was damaged and his other knee has suffered from compensating for his injuries.

After police unlawfully detained Bracken, they searched his vehicle and found half of a gram of cannabis and a pipe to smoke the healing herb, which he said he used his chronic pain. They arrested Bracken and charged him with felony resisting arrest with violence, and possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. He spent five days in jail before paying $1,500 to post bond. He said he was also mistreated while he was in jail by abusive guards.

Bracken said his car was also impounded, and it will cost him $1,000 to get it back. He holds a medical marijuana card from Oregon. After prosecutors reviewed the body camera footage, they dismissed all charges.

Bracken told TFTP he is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was discharged due to color blindness. He is now planning on filing a lawsuit over the incident initiated by the police officers who refused to respect his rights. He has also set up a GoFundMe page to help high schoolers train K9s as service dogs.

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Paradigm Shift: Court Rules 11yo Girl Can Treat Her Seizures with Cannabis—In School


Schaumburg, IL — In a testament as to how the world is rejecting the war on cannabis and, instead, embracing its incredible medicinal properties, an Illinois court has just ruled that an 11-year-old girl will be able to treat her seizures with cannabis — while at school.

Nothing highlights the hypocrisy, immorality, and sheer idiocy of the drug war quite like marijuana prohibition. Here we have a medicine that kills cancer cells, saves the lives of countless epileptic children, heals broken bones, relieves pain, treats PTSD, is not dangerous, and exhibits a variety of other incredible benefits – yet the state will kill you over it. The good news is, however, that in spite of the reefer madness maniacs tightening their grip on the drug war, people are resisting and the effects are saving lives — Ashley Surin is one of them.

When she was much younger, Ashley found herself in a battle for her life as leukemia took over. Thankfully, she won that battle but not without consequences. As a result of the chemotherapy, Ashley developed seizures.

Luckily for Ashley, however, medical marijuana helped to drastically decrease those seizures.

“We’re amazed with her progress,” Maureen Surin, Ashley’s mother told NPR. There was a catch, however, in treating Ashley’s seizures with cannabis — she couldn’t go to school — because it was illegal.

Ashley’s family wasn’t going down without a fight though and this week, in a landmark ruling, she won that fight.

As NPR reports, her parents filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday against Schaumburg School District 54 and the State of Illinois, claiming that the state’s ban on taking the drug at school violates the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). On Friday, a judge ruled in their favor after hearing from the school district, which reportedly had concerns that its employees may be subject to legal penalties for helping Ashley with her medications.

“What people seem to misunderstand here is that medical marijuana is a prescription like any other drug,” the girl’s attorney, Steven Glink, said. “Prohibiting it in school would be the same as prohibiting other medications such as Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta.”

To be clear, Ashley is not smoking joints at school. She simply wears a patch that delivers the cannabis which keeps her seizure free.

Clarifying that point, the judge in Ashley’s case said, “No one’s saying she wants to fire up a bong in math class,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

While this ruling is certainly a victory for Ashley and all children whose lives can improve from the use of cannabis, it could be short-lived thanks to the current administration’s war on this most amazing plant.

In the land of the free, citizens found in possession of a plant — that grows wild on every continent except Antarctica — can and will be kidnapped, caged or killed. In fact, in just the short time it took you to click this article and read the above paragraphs, someone was just arrested for cannabis.

According to the most recent FBI statistics available, an American citizen is kidnapped and caged for cannabis — on average — every 48 seconds.

An estimated 653,249 American citizens — who harmed no one — had their lives ruined in 2016 for possessing this plant, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report.

“Arresting and citing over half a million people a year for a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol is a travesty,” said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Despite a steady shift in public opinion away from marijuana prohibition and the growing number of states that are regulating marijuana like alcohol, marijuana consumers continue to be treated like criminals throughout the country. This is a shameful waste of resources and can create lifelong consequences for the people arrested.”

Arresting people for cannabis is good for business — the police state and big pharma business, that is. If we look at who’s lobbying to keep cops kidnapping people for a plant, we see that it is money, and not morals, that motivates this issue and children in states where the plant is illegal, suffer as a result.

While states have moved to decriminalize this plant, the damage done by its prohibition is immense, irreversible, and nothing short of tyrannical. It is high time humanity stand up and demand an end to this brutal and murderous war on a plant.

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Don’t reverse progress: Criminalizing cannabis could backfire

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A cannabis researcher has weighed in on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to “rescind Obama-era directives that eased federal enforcement of state-legalized recreational marijuana.”

Hans Breiter, a professor at Northwestern University, warns that instead of reversing cannabis legalization approved by voters, the focus must be on research that can further our understanding of cannabis.

Breiter, who is recognized nationwide as a cannabis researcher, has expressed his amazement at the limited data at hand concerning cannabis and other potentially addictive compounds such as alcohol or cocaine. He shares that he and his colleagues are looking into the “negative effects of cannabis on young adults,” which emphasizes the need for additional funding for research about cannabis.

However, Breiter, who is also a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, a psychiatrist at Northwestern Medicine, and director of the Warren Wright Adolescent Center for psychiatric illness in young adults, is disappointed that the United States is instead facing the “wholesale reversal of voter-approved decriminalization and legalization of cannabis.” (Related: Cannabis – Best Weapon Against the Brain Aging Process)

Breiter concluded, “I would like to remind AG Sessions that to date there is much more consistency in the scientific literature of findings about the detrimental effects of alcohol, which is legal within a strong regulatory framework. We need to focus on science, so I would like to remind AG Sessions of Elisha [a prophet in the Hebrew Bible]: ‘O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.’”

Could the marijuana enforcement change backfire?

Earlier this week, GA Sessions “made it easier for federal marijuana laws to be enforced in states that had legalized its use.” But according to a legal expert at Washington University in St. Louis, this move could backfire.

Peter Joy, the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and director of the School of Law’s Criminal Justice Clinic, comments that even most voters in swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida now support the legalization of medical marijuana. The aforementioned states now permit the use and sale of medical marijuana.

Joy, who is is well-versed in legal ethics concerning marijuana law, cautions that once the Department of Justice decides to put marijuana sales in its sights, there could be a “strong backlash” in these swing states.

He adds that there is no sign that U.S. attorneys will be informing federal authorities “to enforce simple possession or sales of marijuana legal within the 29 states and District of Columbia that permit medical marijuana or have decriminalized recreational use by adults.”

There’s even the possibility that the new policy might not influence things that are currently in effect that much. In fact, the only difference between the marijuana enforcement change and the policy that it’s replacing is that individual U.S. attorneys are being instructed to exercise caution when it comes to the enforcement of all federal marijuana laws.

U.S. attorneys were previously advised that they must adhere to prior federal instructions to prioritize enforcement on sales to individuals under legal age; revenue to illicit industries, gangs, and cartels; transporting marijuana to states where marijuana use is illegal; use of marijuana as a front for other illegal activity; use of violence or firearms; driving under the influence of drugs and other negative public health consequences; growing marijuana on public properties; and possession or use of marijuana on federal property.

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Just Say No To Jeffie Sessions: Virginia To Decriminalize Cannabis ~ Nullifies Federal Meddling In State Laws

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 8, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Virginia Senate would decriminalize marijuana possession. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

Introduced by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Senate Bill 111 (SB111) would make marijuana possession “subject to a civil penalty of no more than $50, upon a second violation is subject to a civil penalty of no more than $100, and upon a third or subsequent violation is subject to a civil penalty of no more than $250.”

  1. Cannabis The Most Medicinal Plant on the Planet: Nicknamed Marijuana!

There could be additional penalties levied at the discretion of the court for marijuana possession offenses. SB111 allows a court to “deprive the person so penalized of the privilege to drive or operate a motor vehicle, engine, or train in the Commonwealth for a period of six months from the date of such judgment.”

However, despite the possible consequences for simple possession, passage of SB111 would chip away at marijuana prohibition in the Old Dominion State.

“We cannot continue to hide behind a fear of a plant in our criminal code,” Sen. Ebbin said in a Washington Post report.

Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as SB111 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.

Nullifying Federal Meddling In State Laws


Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the feds maintain complete prohibition of cannabis. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If you doubt this, ask yourself why it took a constitutional amendment to institute federal alcohol prohibition.

Decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia would remove a layer of laws prohibiting the possession of marijuana, but federal prohibition will remain on the books.

FBI statistics show that law enforcement makes approximately 99 of 100 marijuana arrests under state, not federal law. By mostly ending state prohibition, Virginia essentially sweeps away most of the basis for 99 percent of marijuana arrests.

Furthermore, figures indicate it would take 40 percent of the DEA’s yearly-budget just to investigate and raid all of the dispensaries in Los Angeles – a single city in a single state. That doesn’t include the cost of prosecution. The lesson? The feds lack the resources to enforce marijuana prohibition without state assistance.

Passage of SB111 would begin to erode federal prohibition and that the first step toward nullifying it in practice in the state.


Colorado, Washington state, Oregon and Alaska were the first states to legalized recreational cannabis, with California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts joining them after ballot initiatives in favor of legalization were passed in those states last November.

  1. Judge Rules Montana Marijuana Dispensaries To Re-Open Immediately: “Folks Are Speaking With Their Votes.”
  2. The Federal Government Lacks Any Constitutional Authority To Regulate Cannabis: State Of Washington Protects Citizens Freedom To Use Cannabis As THEY See Fit.

With more than two-dozen states allowing cannabis for medical use as well, the feds find themselves in a position where they simply can’t enforce prohibition anymore.

“The lesson here is pretty straightforward. When enough people say, ‘No!’ to the federal government, and enough states pass laws backing those people up, there’s not much the feds can do to shove their so-called laws, regulations or mandates down our throats,” Tenth Amendment Center founder and executive director Michael Boldin said.


  1. Marijuana Prohibition Is Unjust, Unscientific, & Unconstitutional.

SB111 was referred to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee where it will need to pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.

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Jeff Sessions re-criminalizes cannabis nationwide… the full TYRANNY of Washington D.C. lunatics is now on display

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By now, you’ve probably heard that U.S. DOJ head Jeff Sessions just “re-criminalized” all cannabis nationwide, regardless of state-based legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use.

“The Justice Department chief effectively withdrew federal guidelines that helped limit prosecutions of businesses and individuals who sold pot in a legal manner under state law because marijuana sales are still banned under federal law,” reports The Daily Sheeple. “Sessions, a hard-liner against the push to legalize marijuana, has vowed to take a tougher stance since joining the Trump administration last year.”

“Instead of going after ‘high crimes’ committed by public servants that put our republic in grave danger, Sessions is instead hyper-focused on…pot,” writes JD Heyes for Natural News. “Now, it seems, Trump’s AG believes marijuana poses a bigger threat to public law and order than, say, mishandling reams of classified information that can be used by our enemies to blackmail our officials, undermine our diplomatic efforts, and generally put all 323 million-plus Americans in grave danger.”

Natural News and the Health Ranger call for Jeff Sessions to immediately resign (or be fired)

Simply stated, Jeff Sessions needs to go. Functioning as little more than a throwback to the days of “Reefer Madness” and hyper-paranoia against cannabis, Sessions has also proven himself to be utterly and completely useless at draining the swamp. Beyond a mere disappointment, Jeff Sessions now demonstrates that he is a cowardly menace to the liberties and freedoms of all Americans.

This is especially true for veterans who depend on medical cannabis to treat their serious health conditions while avoiding dangerous, suicide-inducing prescription pharmaceuticals.

It’s also true for all those individuals attempting to avoid addictive opioid drugs. Cannabis products safe, non-addictive and affordable alternatives for pain treatment, ultimately saving governments hundreds of millions of dollars a year in conventional pain treatment costs (and prescription painkillers that are devastating America today).

Finally, access to natural medicine is a fundamental human right that Jeff Sessions now seems determined to obliterate in his misguided quest to assert woefully outdated federal laws across state lines. If there were ever an argument for the Tenth Amendment, this is it! States, not deranged bureaucrats in Washington, should decide these issues for themselves. In fact, many states have already decided. Yet Sessions seeks to veto the will of the people and take away their rights and freedoms, even if it means sending armed DEA agents from Washington D.C. to California to conduct armed SWAT-style raids on cannabis dispensaries.

It’s pure totalitarianism, folks. You are watching the utter criminality and deranged power of the federal government on display with all this. Read the new book, “Psychopathocracy” by Greg Caton if you really want to know the full story on the runaway criminality of Big Government.

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Sessions becomes a national disgrace that will severely harm the reputation of the GOP

For Republicans who are concerned about winning the contentious mid-term elections in 2018, if you don’t get rid of Jeff Sessions and bring the DOJ into the 21st century, you can kiss your ballot box victories goodbye. No one in America is going to vote for a political party that criminalizes them for accessing natural medicine which has already been legalized in their home states.

Is Jeff Sessions seriously asserting the “right” of federal DEA agents to put a gun to the head of some California pot user, charge them with felony possession, and haul them off to a federal prison for several years even when recreational pot is now perfectly legal in California? The very idea is beyond insane; it’s totalitarian at its core… almost North Korean in its arrogance and stupidity. (Perhaps Jeff Sessions can go work for Kim Jong-Un in North Korea, where turning ordinary citizens into enemies of the state is routine business… or maybe he can use federal money to build “pot gulags” to incarcerate veterans who dare seek natural medicine for pain relief.)

If anyone from the Trump administration is listening, demand Jeff Sessions’ immediate resignation. He has become the swamp! Sessions now demonstrates everything that people across America hate about Washington. Sessions is almost Clintonesque in this move, somehow claiming that he’s “harmonizing” the rules to uphold law and order across the country, but really saying that armed federal agents can now take away your life, your liberty, your assets and your freedom if they catch you smoking a legal joint.

What President Trump must do right now to avoid impeachment and a disastrous mid-term election result

Here at Natural News, we will not stand for this police state insanity from the Trump administration. President Trump needs to cut Sessions loose right now and replace him with somebody who can do two important things:

1) Prosecute the traitors and criminals from the FBI, DOJ and DNC who obstructed justice and engaged in clear corruption. (“Drain the swamp.”)

2) Declare cannabis legalization to be a states’ rights issue. Get the feds out of the way and let states do what they wish.

Jeff Sessions has proved that he can do neither. He is useless baggage. A coward. An obstructionist. Dead weight for the Trump administration and a blight on America.

Jeff Sessions must go. If the GOP doesn’t get rid of him, he will drag the entire party down with him and the 2018 mid-terms will be a political slaughter. That, in turn, will result in President Trump being impeached by a Democrat-run Congress, which is exactly what the legacy media and democrat operatives have been gunning for. That’s why they love this decision by Jeff Sessions… it plays right into the hands of the Democrats who actually represent big government tyranny across a vast array of subjects. But on marijuana, Sessions is the one playing the tyranny card, and he’s making a complete fool of himself and the entire Trump administration in the process.

Anyone who wants to win the upcoming presidential election in 2020 should simply announce their support for ending marijuana prohibition nationwide. They will win in a landslide for the simple reason that health freedom is incredibly popular.




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Mike Tyson Revolutionizing Weed Industry—Building Cannabis Mega Resort & Research Center


California City, CA – With the legalization of recreational marijuana in California on January 1st, former heavyweight boxing champion ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson is breaking ground on a 40 acre mega resort dedicated not only to cultivating high-quality strains of THC and CBD, but also utilizing state of the art technology to forward research into the numerous health benefits of cannabis.

Tyson, along with business partners Robert Hickman, Jay Strommen, and city mayor Jennifer Wood recently broke ground on a massive 40-acre plot of land on December 20, in California City – a remote desert area roughly 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park.

The Blast notes that “Tyson Ranch” will dedicate 20 acres of the facility as growing facilities that “will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment.” The mega-facility will also have a “Tyson Cultivation School” to teach growers the latest methods to perfect their own strains of cannabis
According to the exclusive report by The Blast:

Along with growing high-grade cannabis, Tyson Ranch will feature:

• Hydro-feed plant and supply store

• Extraction facility

• Edible factory

• Premium “glamping” campgrounds and cabins

• Amphitheater

Tyson is reportedly a long-time believer in the medicinal properties of marijuana, according to The Blast, and aims to use the ranch as a place to forward research into the healing properties of cannabis.

CBD, a cannabis compound with no psychoactive properties, has been proven to work as an effective anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant and antipsychotic agent – and has been successfully used to treat PTSD.

Tyson recently trademarked the name “Iron Mike Genetics” for use at the cannabis resort.

Tyson Holistic, the company that owns the cannabis resort, employs mainly veterans and says that taking care of those who have served in the military is a top priority.

The Tyson Ranch will be located near Edwards Air Force Base and hopes to create many jobs in the community. The town expects a major boom in cannabis production and development as the “Green Rush” now hits California. California City mayor Jennifer Wood reportedly described the business venture as a “rebirth” for the entire city, according to The Blast.

“Undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated” and Tyson Ranch will be an oasis in the desert, Hickman said.

Tyson has never been heavily associated with cannabis up until now, although, in a 2010 AP interview, he noted that that one of his biggest regrets was not taking the opportunity to smoke weed with Tupac.

“He always wanted me to smoke weed with him, and I never did it, and I wish I did,” Tyson said during the phone interview.

Tyson admitted that he declined the invitation because he was a ‘closet smoker’ and didn’t want word getting out that he used the drug.

“That’s my biggest regret,” he said.

According to The Bleacher Report:

The former heavyweight champion was fined in 2000 for testing positive for marijuana, and he said in his memoir that he got high before major fights. He also said he used marijuana when he was sentenced for cocaine possession in 2007.

Although smoking with Tupac will sadly never come to pass, something tells us that Tyson’s project will be a big hit – lots of pun intended – and he’ll likely have an opportunity to blaze with a who’s who of celebrity stoners.

We will keep you updated when an official grand opening for Tyson Ranch is set.

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As California legalizes pot, few smokers realize cannabis is often contaminated with pesticides, mold, heavy metals and chemical toxins

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As of yesterday, it’s now legal for adults in California to purchase recreational marijuana. This is being hailed as a breakthrough against marijuana prohibition, but the masses of would-be pot smokers in California seem to carry a popular delusion that rests on the false idea that marijuana is safe to smoke in unlimited quantities because it’s “natural.”

As much as I disdain prohibition against any medicinal plant — and I’m convinced the “War on Drugs” was a miserable failure — I have news for all those who smoke pot: Smoking anything is a health risk because you’re inhaling a toxic stew of carcinogens produced in the smoke itself. Whether you’re smoking pot or tobacco, you’re still poisoning yourself with the very kind of carcinogens that promote lung cancer, heart disease, accelerated aging and cognitive decline.

Just because cannabis is now legal to smoke in California doesn’t mean it’s a wise habit to embrace. (There’s also a much better way to consume cannabis: Liquid form for oral consumption, as explained below…)

California, which increasingly seems to be operating in a delusional fairy tale bubble on every issue from immigration to transgenderism, believes the legalization of recreational marijuana is a breakthrough worth celebrating. “The dispensary staff cheered as hundreds stood in line outside the club, waiting to shop and celebrate,” reports SF Gate. “At some shops, the coming-out party was expected to feature live music, coffee and doughnuts, prizes for those first in line and speeches from supportive local politicians…”

Because, y’know, in a state that’s being overrun by illegal aliens, the junk science of “infinite genders” and university mobs of climate change cultists, what’s really needed is a whole new wave of lung cancer victims to add even more burden to the state’s health care costs. Genius! Gov. Brown should run for President or something…

Inhale some more pesticides and see how “natural” you feel

Sadly, many pro-cannabis consumers in California have convinced themselves that Big Tobacco is evil, but smoking pot is safe and natural… even “green.” Yet the cold hard truth of the matter it that marijuana in California is often produced with a toxic cocktail of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Yep, the very same people who buy “organic” at the grocery store are now smoking and inhaling cancer-causing weed grown with conventional pesticides. These are the same people who are concerned about 1 ppb of glyphosate in their Cheerios while simultaneously smoking 1,000 ppb of Atrazine in their weed. But science be damned, there’s a bong and a gas mask handy. Smoke up!

California pot has already been scientifically proven to be shockingly contaminated. A whopping “…93 percent of samples collected by KNBC-TV from 15 dispensaries in four Southern California counties tested positive for pesticides,” reports the UK Daily Mail, which also reports:

That may come as a surprise for consumers who tend to trust what’s on store shelves because of federal regulations by the US Agriculture Department or the US Food and Drug Administration. ‘Unfortunately, that’s not true of cannabis,’ Land said. ‘They wrongly assume it’s been tested for safety.’

I suppose all the science in the world is irrelevant when you have a mob of people who just want to get high. These are the same people who will March Against Monsanto, but they won’t even buy pesticide-free weed that they’re inhaling.

Edible cannabis products often contain toxic solvents, too

It’s not just the pesticides in weed that are a major concern: Edible pot products also frequently contain traces of toxic solvents such as hexane. Because of the shocking lack of regulation of cannabis product production in places like Colorado, many small-scale producers are using insanely dangerous solvents to extract CBD, THC and other molecules from raw cannabis plants. Those solvents include:

  • Hexane (a highly explosive solvent also used by the soy industry to extract soy protein)
  • IPA (isopropyl alcohol, which causes permanent nerve damage if you drink it)
  • Gasoline (also used to extract heroin in Third World countries)

Anyone who thinks consuming these solvents is somehow “healthy” may have already suffered extensive brain damage from consuming those solvents. Yet edible cannabis products are almost universally looked upon as health-enhancing products, often with no thought given whatsoever to the pesticides, solvents or other toxins they may contain. (Some shops do conduct lab testing of their products, so if you’re going to consume these products, make sure you get lab-tested cannabis products.)

In essence, the very same state where “progressives” have now come to believe there are an infinite number of genders — and that global warming causes extremely cold weather — have now embraced a delusional fairy tale about the imagined safety of consuming cannabis. All the news about the health benefits of cannabis only seems to have made the delusion worse: Some people now perceive smoking weed as a form of nutritional supplementation. They’ve even made it part of their holistic lifestyles, in a twisted kind of way.

But what California has actually unleashed with all this is a whole new wave of:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Cognitive decline
  • Accelerated aging
  • Increased health care costs state-wide

Check with your friends in California and you’ll find that they have little to no awareness of the devastating health consequences of long-term pot smoking. It’s not going to turn you into a raging lunatic as depicted in Refer Madness, but it is going to expose your lungs, bloodstream and brain to a shockingly toxic stew of cell-damaging carcinogens. That gives pot smoke many of the same health risks as cigarette smoke.

So what’s the right answer on all this? If you want to stay healthy, stop smoking cannabis. Take it in liquid form instead.

The safer option: Liquid cannabis extracts

Liquid cannabis extracts are not only far safer to consume (because they don’t contain toxic carcinogens found in smoke); they also contain a far more diverse composition of cannabinoids.

CBD-A, for example, the carboxylic acid form of cannabidiol, is destroyed by heat. This means that when you smoke cannabis, you’re not getting any CBD-A, even if it’s naturally present in the plant. The heat of the incineration destroys it before you inhale.

The same is true with THC-A and other carboxylic acid forms of cannabinoids. In fact, cannabis extracts that are heated to destroy those components are called “decarboxylated” or just “de-carbed” for short. Lighting up a joint and burning the cannabis as you inhale actually destroys many of the more medicinal components of cannabis.

Taking cannabis extracts orally, on the other hand, gives you the full complement of all the cannabinoids, terpenes and other constituents… without the health risks associated with inhaling smoke.

The cannabis extract brand that we test and certify in our lab to meet or exceed label claims is called Native Hemp Solutions. It’s a whole-plant extract that maintains the natural cannabinoids and other constituents found in the living plant. Because it’s not an isolate, its molecules work synergistically to provide a more profound effect.

Liquid forms of cannabis are vastly superior to cannabis smoke in terms of their synergistic phytonutrients (chemical constituents). While smoking marijuana provides a more rapid assimilation of THC into your bloodstream, the oral form of cannabis extracts actually provide a vastly more diverse array of nutrients, many of which are being studied for therapeutic use.

That’s why I don’t smoke cannabis. In fact, the only cannabis I consume is high-CBD, near-zero-THC liquid forms. That’s because I don’t want to give myself lung cancer or heart disease as a side effect of consuming a cannabis product.

Smoking pot isn’t harmless: Think rationally about the way to ingest cannabis molecules

The bottom line here is that I want to encourage you to think carefully about the vectors through which you introduce cannabis molecules into your body. Smoking pot is rapid but carries long-term health risks due to carcinogenic smoke that you’re inhaling. I’m thrilled that California finally decriminalized this healing plant, but the fanfare surrounding the change in the law almost seems to be a celebration of smoking, which is a truly hazardous habit no matter what you’re smoking.

Oral forms are vastly superior in terms of ingesting the full array of nutrients, and some people on the extreme end of the spectrum actually use cannabis suppositories for a rapid effect that doesn’t involve damaging the lungs. Personally, I’m happy with taking CBD oils as a dietary supplement for the simple reason that I don’t ingest cannabis to get high; I ingest it for its health supporting effects.

Now, let us hope Jeff Sessions and the feds can finally get around to ending marijuana prohibition, too. It’s time to end the senseless war on this promising natural herb, but we must also think carefully about the ways we ingest it.

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Study: Cannabis found to reduce inflammation in the brain, preventing mental decline of people with HIV

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As many as half of those suffering from HIV could prevent the mental decline associated with the disease with the help of cannabis, according to a new study.

Researchers from Michigan State University found that marijuana users with HIV have fewer inflammatory white blood cells. As the immune system continuously tries to fight the virus, inflammation in the brain occurs in many HIV patients. However, the study’s authors report that those who use marijuana note levels of inflammatory cells that are more in keeping with those of healthy individuals who do not have the infection. This means that marijuana could help HIV patients to hold on to their cognitive function for a longer time.

It is estimated that one out of every seven of the 1.1 million people infected with HIV in America is not aware that they are carrying the virus. In Europe, meanwhile, experts report infections with the virus are growing at an “alarming” rate, with 160,000 people contracting HIV across 53 European countries in 2016 alone, according to the World Health Organization. This is a 52 percent rise from 2007’s figures.

For their study, the scientists looked at blood samples taken from 40 patients with HIV. Some of the participants were cannabis users, while others were not. After isolating inflammatory white blood cells from the samples, the researchers assessed the effect of the THC in the marijuana on the cells. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for the drug’s hallucinogenic effect.

The study’s lead author, Professor Norbert Kaminski, remarked, “The patients who didn’t smoke marijuana had a very high level of inflammatory cells compared to those who did use.”

The researchers believe that the compounds in the marijuana serve as anti-inflammatory agents that reduce the inflammatory white blood cell count and the proteins that they release in a person’s body.

Similar effect could be seen in patients with other types of illnesses

Scientists are hopeful that the findings, which were published in the AIDS journal, could help treat other conditions where inflammation is seen in the brain, such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Kaminski is the director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at MSU, and he has been studying marijuana’s effects on the immune system for nearly 20 years. His laboratory was the first to identify proteins that bind to the compounds of marijuana on immune cell surfaces, and this study showed precisely how those compounds impact the immune system.

Further studies on marijuana’s effects on HIV planned

In Florida, which is the state with the highest new HIV infection rate per year in the nation, a new study has just been given a $3.2 million National Institute on Drug Abuse grant to look into the health effects of marijuana on HIV. The study is believed to be the biggest one to date on this subject, and will be carried out by the University of Florida. Participants are being chosen right now, with 400 HIV patients who use marijuana either recreationally or medically and 100 HIV patients who are not marijuana users expected to be followed over the course of five years.

In the upcoming study, the researchers plan to track the frequency of marijuana use, quantity, consumption methods and cannabinoid content to uncover patterns in the way in which the virus is expressed in people’s bodies and how it affects their symptom management. It is estimated that 30 percent of Floridians with HIV use some form of marijuana to manage symptoms such as sleep problems, nausea, stress, anxiety and pain. Nearly 70 percent of those who use it for these purposes report receiving health benefits.

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Cannabis May Help Rejuvenate The Aging Brain and Ward Off Dementia

Regardless of your views on the pros and cons of recreational marijuana, the body of scientific evidence about the medicinal value of cannabis is getting more compelling as additional research is done. The cannabinoids in cannabis — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — interact with your body by way of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body.

In fact, scientists now believe the endocannabinoid system may represent the most widespread receptor system in your body.[1] There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more, and both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor.

Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids, similar to those found in marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities than you get from the plant. The fact that your body is replete with cannabinoid receptors, key to so many biological functions, is why there’s such enormous medical potential for cannabis.

The whole plant also contains terpenes that have medicinal properties. More often than not, medicinal marijuana is made from plants bred to have high CBD and low THC content. While THC has psychoactive activity that can make you feel “stoned,” CBD has no psychoactive properties. However, recent research shows THC should not be written off completely just because it’s psychoactive. It has valuable therapeutic potential in its own right.


THC May Reverse Aging Process in the Brain

According to recent animal research,[2] THC has a beneficial influence on the aging brain.[3],[4] Rather than dulling or impairing cognition, THC appears to reverse the aging process and improve mental processes, raising the possibility it might be useful for the treatment of dementia in the elderly.[5]

To test the hypothesis, mice were given a small daily dose of THC over the course of one month at the age of 2 months, 12 months and again at 18 months of age. It is important to understand that mice typically live until 2 years old. The dose was small enough to avoid any psychoactive effects.

Tests assessed the animals’ learning, memory, orientation and recognition skills. Interestingly, 18-month-old mice given THC demonstrated cognitive skills equal to 2-month-old controls, while the placebo group suffered cognitive deterioration associated with normal aging.

According to one of the authors, neurobiology professor Andreas Zimmer, University of Bonn, “The treatment completely reversed the loss of performance in the old animals. We repeated these experiments many times. It’s a very robust and profound effect.” Even more remarkable, gene activity and the molecular profile in the brain tissue was that of much younger animals. Specifically, neurons in the hippocampus grew more synaptic spines — points of contact necessary for communication between neurons.

According to Zimmer, the THC appeared to have “turned back the molecular clock” in the THC-treated animals. (Previous research has also shown that the brain ages much faster in mice who do not have functional receptors for THC, suggesting THC may be involved in the regulation of the aging process.[6] The team is now planning tests to see if the same holds true in human subjects.


Cannabinoids Maintain Homeostasis

Your endocannabinoid system has homeostatic properties, meaning it helps balance your body’s response to stress. This helps explain some of the individual variations in response to cannabis.

In your brain, cannabinoids modulate neural activity. In younger people, in which endogenous cannabinoids are already plentiful, cannabis will not have the same effect as in older people, in whom activity of the endogenous cannabinoid system is much lower. The effects of THC in particular appear to vary significantly depending on age. As noted by Forbes:[7]

“Younger animals excelled at the tests when ‘sober’ but tended to struggle significantly under the influence of THC. ‘Mature’ and ‘old’ mice, on the other hand, struggled with tasks as consistent with their brain ages at first, but saw a huge increase in performance with THC infusions …

Overall, the results seem to support researchers’ belief that the benefits for older mice are a result of stimulating the brain’s endocannabinoid system, a biochemical pathway in both mice and human that grows less active over time.”

In other words, in young mice (and probably people as well), THC can easily have an overly stimulating effect, resulting in a decline in memory and learning (albeit temporary, while under the influence). In older mice, a small amount of THC basically restored levels to a more youthful optimum.

Similarly, one of the reasons cannabis is so effective for seizures is because of this ability to regulate neuronal activity and reestablish homeostasis. If there’s too much neuronal activity, the cannabis suppresses activity, and if activity is low, it raises it.

Cannabis for Pain

[Download interview transcript here.]Polls show older Americans are becoming increasingly converted to marijuana use.[8] Between 2006 and 2013, use among 50- to 64-year-olds rose by 60 percent. Among seniors over 65, use jumped by 250 percent.[9] Pain and sleep are among the most commonly cited complaints for which medicinal marijuana is taken.

Considering the high risk of lethal consequences of opioid painkillers and sleeping pills, medical marijuana is a godsend. It’s really unfortunate that we’ve been so successfully indoctrinated to view marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug that will lead to illicit drug use.

The reality is that prescription drugs have far greater potential to turn you into a “junkie”, while legal drug addiction is also taking lives in record numbers. There’s absolutely no doubt that cannabis is safer than most prescription drugs — especially opioids. As noted by Dr. Margaret Gedde, an award-winning Stanford-trained pathologist and founder of Gedde Whole Health, there’s enough scientific data to compare the side effects of cannabis against the known toxicities of many drugs currently in use.

This includes liver and kidney toxicity, gastrointestinal damage, nerve damage and, of course, death. Cannabidiol has no toxicity and it’s virtually impossible to die from marijuana. It’s also self-limiting, as excessive doses of THC will provoke anxiety, paranoia and nausea.

Such side effects will disappear as the drug dissipates from your system without resulting in permanent harm, but it’ll make you think twice about taking such a high dose again. Make the same mistake with an opioid, and chances are you’ll end up in the morgue.


Cannabis Often Works Where Drugs Fail

Gedde also notes that cannabis products often work when other medications fail, so not only are they safer, they also tend to provide greater efficacy.

In 2010, the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) released a report[10] on 14 clinical studies about the use of marijuana for pain, most of which were FDA-approved, double-blind and placebo-controlled. The report revealed that marijuana not only controls pain, but in many cases, it does so better than pharmaceutical alternatives.

When cannabis is inhaled, smoked or vaporized, its effects are rapid and short-lasting. Orally, it’s the most unpredictable and delayed. When ingesting it, it can take up to two hours to take effect, but if dosed appropriately, you can achieve once-a-day dosing with an edible medicine.

As for the psychoactive effects of THC, a dose of 10 milligram (mg) or more of an oral (edible) THC product is required to produce a high.[11] Taking 50 to 100 mg of oral THC could result in a serious case of paranoia, with or without nausea and vomiting.

Other Common Ailments Treated With Cannabis

Aside from pain and sleep, other common ailments being treated with cannabis include:

  • Degenerative neurological disorders such as dystonia.
  • Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune issues.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Mood disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic distress disorder (PTSD).[12],[13] Marijuana suppresses dream recall, so for those having nightmares, it can be transformative. Marijuana is also reported to help individuals stay focused in the present, which is beneficial for those experiencing flashbacks.
  • In January 2017, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies[14] began the first federally-approved study in which the subjects — combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD — will ingest marijuana by smoking. It’s also the first whole-plant marijuana study, as opposed to an extract.
  • Seizure disorders such as Dravet syndrome,[15] also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in Infancy, a form of intractable, life-threatening epilepsy in which a child can suffer upward of 100 seizures a day. Certain varieties of cannabis offer the only real hope for children with this type of disorder, as Dravet syndrome does not respond well to standard epilepsy drugs.Cannabis even appears to be a natural chemotherapy agent. Dozens of studies point to marijuana’s effectiveness against many different types of cancer, including brain cancer, breast, prostate, lung, thyroid, colon and pituitary cancer, melanoma and leukemia.It fights cancer via at least two mechanisms, making it difficult for a cancer to grow and spread. It’s proapoptotic, meaning it triggers apoptosis (cellular suicide) of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched, and antiangiogenic, meaning it cuts off a tumor’s blood supply. 
  • Could Cannabis Offer New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients?

Getting back to where we started, with THC rejuvenating the aging brain, this actually wasn’t the first time THC has been shown to provide benefits against dementia.

In a 2014 study, researchers at the University of South Florida and Thomas Jefferson University found that low-dose THC directly impedes the buildup of beta amyloid plaque in the brain,[16],[17] which is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s, and unlike so many pharmaceutical drugs, it produces no toxicity. THC was also found to enhance mitochondrial function in the brain. Lead author and neuroscientist Chuanhai Cao, Ph.D., wrote:

“THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation and enhancing mitochondrial function.”

Cannabis is also known to reduce some of the non-memory-related symptoms typically experienced by Alzheimer’s sufferers, including anxiety, irritability and rage,[18] so cannabis may well have multiple benefits for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Where to Find Reputable Information About Medical Cannabis, Its Uses and Benefits

If the idea of using medical cannabis (provided it’s legal in your state) still makes you cringe, I recommend delving deeper into the research to educate yourself on the matter, especially if your alternative is an opioid pain pill or some other dangerous drug.

One reputable source where you can find research relating to the use of cannabis is[19],[20] This is the U.S. government’s site on cancer. Simply enter “cannabis” into the search bar. You can also peruse the medical literature through PubMed,[21] which is a public resource (again, simply enter “cannabis” or related terms into the search bar).

The Journal of Pain,[22] a publication by the American Pain Society, has a long list of studies on the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and would certainly seem worth the effort for anyone with chronic pain to utilize.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,[23] which also has information relating to the medicinal aspects of marijuana, preclinical and clinical trials are underway to test marijuana and various extracts for the treatment of a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation, pain and mental disorders.

I also recommend listening to my previous interviews with Gedde and Dr. Allan Frankel, in which they discuss the clinical benefits of cannabis. Frankel is a board-certified internist in California who has treated patients with medical cannabis for the past decade.

Awareness is starting to shift, and many are now starting to recognize the medical value of cannabis. Even the former U.S. Surgeon General has spoken out in favor of medical marijuana. His statement echoes a growing sentiment in the medical and scientific communities that the health benefits of marijuana should no longer be ignored. Murthy was replaced last month by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.

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