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Drug Warriors Ignore Basic Facts to Push the Vaping Scare

Is Vaping Dangerous? CBD?

August was not a good month for harm reduction advocates striving to save the lives of millions of smokers. Many media outlets have been spreading fear and panic among Americans trying to quit smoking by raising hysteria about a mysterious lung ailment popping up across the United States, claiming it is a deadly side-effect of using e-cigarettes.

This could not be further from the truth. By all indications, the vapes causing breathing problems are black market devices tainted with impure, illicit substances. If the excessive taxation and government prohibition on cigarettes and marijuana are any guides, restrictions on e-cigarettes will almost certainly backfire and lead to more contamination and disease. Instead of catering to fearmongers, policymakers should ensure a safe, open, and low-cost environment for purchasing harm-reduction products.

Since the end of July, more than 150 people have been hospitalized with a strange constellation of lung-related symptoms, all reportedly after using vaping products. This simple-sounding correlation was seized by “public health” advocates already convinced that e-cigarettes are a societal scourge (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary). One such group, Parents Against Vaping, called the disease wave “terrifying” and used the tragedy to argue that “our kids should not be guinea pigs for the JUUL experiment!”

This predictably ludicrous response betrays a fundamental lack of understanding about the cases in question. Competitive Enterprise Institute scholar Michelle Minton points out that

While details have not been made public for all of those hospitalized, in every case where a product has been identified, the culprit was not ‘vaping,’ but vaping illicit THC oil.

That’s right: not one identified case thus far stems from an ordinary nicotine-only vaping product. Rather, these cases were caused by users doctoring their vapes or purchasing underground to procure illegal THC (the chemical responsible for marijuana’s effects).

Even if the media points this out, prohibitionists are bound to leap into the fray. Armed with this information, the dwindling number of drug warriors will surely use this evidence to scare Americans about cannabis.

But so far, it seems the THC was purchased on the black market. In one of the worst cases yet, a 26-year-old Wisconsin man is in a medically-induced coma after purchasing vaping cartridges containing cannabis oil from a black-market decentralized “brand.” It’s no coincidence that Wisconsin is one of the strictest states in the nation when it comes to cannabis products; decriminalization and medical marijuana proposals are regularly shot down by state lawmakers. In states such as Wisconsin, e-cigarette users wanting to vape with a touch of THC must go through shady brands that are likely contaminated with other illicit substances.

Absent any regulatory oversight or monitoring by stores looking to maintain their pristine brands, black market dealers regularly “cut” their products with unsavory, dangerous substances. Reckless behaviors and sudden, violent illnesses regularly result from marijuana being laced with PCP. Nor is this problem limited to marijuana or cannabis oil. High tobacco taxes lead to people buying “loosies” on the street that are often laced with dangerous chemicals. Cigarettes are harmful enough as it is, and the addition of embalming fluid hardly makes matters better. By legalizing products and keeping taxes low, consumers won’t have to turn to black markets in the first place.These black markets also lead to violence, as seen in the tragic case of Eric Garner.

The same “public health” groups pushing for e-cigarette restrictions have repeatedly lobbied for higher cigarette prices, claiming countless lives have been saved thanks to tax hikes. But whether for vaping products or cigarettes, prohibition exposes users to deadly substances not ordinarily found at a convenience store. Cigarettes containing asbestos fibers can be lethal, and contaminants such as feces can lead to serious medical ailments.

These street drugs and products will inevitably be laced at the whim of black marketeers. Policymakers can arrest perpetrators, but the failure of the War on Drugs and “Cigarette Strike Forces” speaks to the limits of that approach. By legalizing products and keeping taxes low, consumers won’t have to turn to black markets in the first place. This access is especially critical for e-cigarettes, which, when legally manufactured, are 95 percent safer than ordinary cigarettes and are nearly doubly as effective for quitting smoking as nicotine patches or gum. Policymakers can help smokers to quit and keep lung diseases at bay by keeping vapes on legitimate markets.

Ross Marchand
Ross Marchand

Ross Marchand is the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

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President Trump Gives Nod to Legalization

Donald Trump, President, Signed the Farm Bill into Law

President Donald Trump's Stance

In several speeches, President Donald Trump has indicated that State's rights would trump any Federal stance on Marijuana. This coincides with Sen. Mitch McConnell's direction to make CBD, as a constituent of the Hemp Industry, less regulated at the Federal level. We don't know for sure what the ultimate direction will be, but all things currently point to significant easing of regulations across the board.

Currently, North Carolina and other States have implemented pilot programs for legal growing of Hemp Plants (Industrial Hemp in NC) which can be used for manufacturing as well as for the production of CBD and related extracts. These extracts from the industrial hemp production have been proven useful in helping people heal faster and reduce or even eliminate many conditions. For more information on the health aspects of Industrial Hemp and the extracted CBD and other components, visit your favorite search engine (such as Google.com) and type "CBD" along with the condition you would like to research. For example, "CBD and Arthritis" is a useful search if you have arthritis. Another example is "CBD and anxiety" for those who suffer from some form of anxiety and currently need drugs such as Xanax or similar.

We will keep our readers updated as news becomes available.

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An Industrial Hemp Plant which is Legal to grow in NC

Industrial Hemp leads to Hemp Oil for Sale in Hemp Oil Rockstar
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Beware of Trial Offers in CBD

CBD Free Trial Offer Scammers

My Story About Star CBD

I'm writing this article (and filmed the accompanying video) based upon real-life experiences. The best stories are grounded in reality. Right?

If you've heard any of Mary Carter's (Mary Carter is my wife and she's the founder of Hemp Oil Rockstar and The Carolina Hemp Hut), then you may know that the primary reason she dove into the CBD world is because she was worried that my cancer would return. A little less than two years ago, Mary got me going with CBD Oil from a vendor recommended by an acquaintance. This new oil was very expensive (about $130 for less than a month's usage).

I was filling in time while watching a show with my wife. My iPad was in my lap and I was cruising the web in search of CBD for cheap. I found site that had all of the requisite language and pretty pictures. Star Trial CBD was calling me. It was late in the evening and to my benefit, I wasn't supposed to be buying anything. I didn't have my reading glasses on. I shouldn't have even considered looking at the ad for this CBD oil.

But, I did.

David Carter covers a big scammer, Star CBD

The Real Deal with CBD Trial Offers

The CBD Oil which you can buy from Hemp Oil Rockstar, Charlotte's Web and others is going to come from reputable farms, reputable refiners and from reputable retailers. SOME of the CBD that comes from some shops, however, leaves a lot to be desired.

Some retailers have been buying CBD oil in concentrate (from isolate or from spectrum). They take this relatively strong isolate and blend the CBD oil with various calculated amounts of things like MCT (think, cleaned up coconut oil), sunflower seed oil or another carrier oil. This process is actually normal. Again, the reputable vendors will make sure that their oil sold matches the strength and the content (you'd be surprised that the shady providers will often "water down" their oils to considerably less than the stated strength).

The Star brand of CBD Oil is from an isolate. It's also very weak (100 mg of CBD only). This means it's packaged with carrier oils. Thus, the 1 oz bottle that they package this oil within is really a 1 oz bottle of carrier oil with a drop or few of concentrated CBD Oil isolate. Gimmicky advertising and names like "Hemp Pure" or "Pure CBD" are therefore a bit misleading. It's not pure CBD Oil.

The Trial Offer programs will sign you up to a "buying club" of sorts with your trial offer. The prices of the various scamming offers on the web do vary, but they're typically around $5.00 a bottle.

Along comes the Spider

"Wow, CBD Oil for only $4.95?!" Yes, you can bet I was excited. With my addled view (recall that I didn't have my reading glasses on - so, screw the fine print) I could clearly see I get a bottle of CBD oil in a free bottle to try out. Well, I needed CBD oil - so SIGN ME UP!

Big mistake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star CBD is sold as a Trial Basis and Rips people off

When Free Isn't Free

I actually received the product that they had specified. However, it wasn't in a fancy cardboard box like it was in the photos on the web site. I didn't get crazy of this though. The product was the 100mg bottle of CBD oil. Just the bottle. I slid the bottle back into it's padded envelope and tossed it aside - I had lots of work to do and the bottle was not a priority.

A couple of weeks later, as I finally had some spare time, I opened the package again and read the bottle of CBD oil. It dawned on me that it was only 100 mg when I bought it. But, I figured that $5 was worth it. The $5 wasn't all though.

My credit card statement revealed that I was charged for the shipping and handling fee of $4.95. I also was charged a few days later for a "membership fee". Uh, what?

To add insult to injury, I receive a second bottle of 100mg oil and a shocking charge of nearly $100 on my Credit Card statement. This drove me to action. I ended up taking care of the transaction and canceling everything with the "staff" at this company (it was Star brand, but the call center sounds like a sweatshop filled with people taking complaint calls). The mail order company had a clever trial gimmick which captured people within a "club" which has a monthly fee and the product cost which was exorbitant.

I learned from this experience. Now I carefully read the terms and conditions of all "memberships" and order fine print. I grab my reading glasses when I see something that's "too good to be true." Since it's often too good to be true, I am safer being more of a stickler to the details.

If you'd like a list of Scam centered Trial Basis companies, let me know in the comments and I will get the list emailed to you. I keep making additions to the list - this way more people are aware.

Read about the Brighten CBD, Star, et al. Scam posts

This consumer was ripped off from AOH Health for $100+ : https://reportscam.com/844-280-9866

Another person, scammed by the "free trial offer" hidden language by AOH Health and Star CBD: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/aoh-health/pewaukee-wisconsin-53072/aoh-health-complete-fraud-unauthorized-charges-pewaukee-wisconsin-1419521

Here the Ripoff Reports continue with More scamming from the CBD Isolate Free Trial offer (100mg of CBD isolate for $100! That's NUTS!)

When we check the provided address for AOH, this is all we've found: https://www.spokeo.com/WI/Pewaukee/1405-Capitol-Dr/C

We discovered that this is a UPS Mailing location. Hmm. This means that Brighten CBD, Star and so many others who are scamming everyone with subpar CBD at exorbitant price levels and trial offer gimmicks are operating out of a UPS Store location. Yep, go into the UPS location and ask for the head honcho of Star CBD and they will stare at you like you have two heads.

We went through the web and researched further into the sites run buy the crooks at AOH health.

Star CBD

Star CBD

Star CBD Oil Review

https://healthfactsjournal.com/pure-cbd-oil-free-trial/

Notice the "Attractive Character" with blue stethoscope in many of the Scam sites (note, they change the color of the stethoscope in many of the images and switch the position of the character).

https://healthylivinglifefacts.com/pure-cbd-free-trial-cannabidiol/

Pure CBD

https://healthfactsreport.com/pure-cbd-free-trial-cannabidiol/

https://healthyproductsjournal.com/CBD-Oil-Natural-Medicine-For-Almost-Anything.php

https://www.easybodyfit.com/pure-cbd-oil-trial/

Pure CBD

https://diets-usa.com/cbd-pure-hemp-oil-reviews/

We tracked down Pure CBD at the following mail box:

  • Pure CBD Oil
    3933 E 29th St, Suite #506
    Tucson , Arizona
    USA
  • Phone: 888-821-2821

More Scam Reports from ThermoBurn Club - sellers of Spurious CBD Products: https://reportscam.com/thermoburnclubcom

The "thermo burn club" address is a Mail Box (Corporate Mail Forwarding) in Las Vegas:

  • Diet Supplements-ENSS 
    3960 Howard Hughes Pwky Ste 500
    Las Vegas, NV.
    United States

This tells us that the company isn't really "there". They get their complaint mail there, but nobody is actually in an office there.

Here's one thing you need to consider as well: If a company is offering a bottle of Hemp Oil Extract that is 30ml or larger for FREE, something fishy is going on.

A Partial List of Scam Offers for CBD Oil. Please, tell your friends that these sites are operated by slimy individuals who are using CBD as a way to take money from people dishonestly using all sorts of tricky methods instead of being straight up and honest.

  • Pure CBD
  • True CBD
  • Miracle CBD
  • Sky CBD
  • Assure CBD
  • Divine CBD
  • Pure Med CBD
  • Organix CBD
  • Isolate Direct CBD
  • CBD XRP
  • Optimal Choice CBD
  • Zen Labs CBD
  • Star CBD
  • Serene CBD
  • Serenity CBD
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US Farm Bill allows for Broader legalization of Hemp and products

US Farm Bill FDA Trump CBD

What the Bill Reveals

In the Agricultural Act of 2014 (“Farm Bill”) regarding industrial hemp, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other organizations were given the "green light" to go ahead with pilot programs to allow for hemp to be sold. This led to the adoption by many States of pilot programs to permit growing of the hemp plants in their jurisdictions. This is what provides the lion's share of legal status for hemp and hemp products (such as CBD).

The term “industrial hemp” includes the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part or derivative of such plant, including seeds of such plant, whether growing or not, that is used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed) with a tetrahydrocannabinols concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. The term “tetrahydrocannabinols” includes all isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers of tetrahydrocannabinols.

Every five years, Congress passes legislation that sets national agriculture, nutrition, conservation, and forestry policy, commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill”. In this year's version, many amendments (as will happen with our Congress) were added. The one with the real teeth was Mitch McConnell's amendment. This one more openly allows for Hemp legalization (far more than allowed under the 2014 Farm Bill). Although the final passage of this bill has not hit the goal line with the House's version, many are hopeful that it will so it can be signed quickly into law by President Donald Trump.