Powerful opinion piece by Bill Drake about CBD and stem cells, and bone health.
As the legalization of Cannabis has gathered strength, research has finally begun to validate what many of us have known intuitively for years, that Cannabis is the greatest medicinal and spiritual plant on this planet.
One area of research where it’s becoming clear that Cannabis can offer natural, almost magical support and stimulation to life’s most basic processes is in the area of new stem cell research. It’s beginning to look like CBD can help stem cell “blood grafts” take more effectively, can help the brain repair itself after injury, and can help prevent and maybe reverse osteoporosis.
While every area of stem cell research is full of potential these days, let’s look more closely at the area of bone health, where research is showing that CBD may increase bone health by stimulating regenerative stem cell activity naturally and without toxicity. Considering that many of the “bone health” pharmaceuticals available today are industrial-strength poisons, this could be very big news for millions of people. As the study cited above says:
“Collectively, this study demonstrates CBD to promote the migration of MSCs via activation of the CB₂ receptor and inhibition of GPR55 and to induce osteoblastic differentiation. CBD may therefore recruit MSCs to sites of calcifying tissue regeneration and subsequently support bone regeneration via an osteoanabolic action on MSCs.”
As I understand the science of stem cells, which is technically way beyond me, stem cells are like seeds from which all human flesh and bone develops. Stem cells lie asleep in reservoirs throughout our body, waiting to become whatever kind of human tissue is needed. When the call comes, from wherever it comes and by whatever means, the stem cells are activated and then given a mission – go and become this kind of bone, this kind of organ, this kind of skin.
Stem cells seem to be the source of all original growth and all physical healing, which means that they are the natural means of both generation and regeneration of our physical selves. They are the seeds of our human being.
Since our bones are continually being renewed from within, throughout life wave after wave of stem cells are directed by these inner processes to wake up and go become bone. Guided by those same inner processes they head for just the right part of the skeleton and then find their way to the exact place, settle in just right, and then transform themselves into the right kind of bone. In a healthy body these processes occur naturally and continuously from conception to death.
What this bone health research seems to say is that CBD can increase the rate at which stem cells wake up, decide to become bone, head for the correct site on the skeleton, and make themselves into bone. This begs the question – could medical and supplemental CBD oils, extracts, edibles, and perhaps even CBD-rich Cannabis flowers, just incidentally help keep your bones strong? While you might be taking CBD for gut or inflammation issues, or vaporizing CBD-rich flower for sleep, could you also be helping those little stem cells wake up and become healthy bone in your body? A side-benefit?
It would be fairly basic Group A and Group B science to check this out in the real world, wouldn’t it? I’ll bet that Big Pharma wouldn’t be happy with the results. Here’s why.
In addition to the stem cells becoming bone, there are other types of cells at work in building and maintaining our bones. Osteoblast cells carry calcium and other minerals from the blood and into the bones and lay down new bone structures, while osteoclast cells come in and remove old bone as it ages and dies to make way for new bone. These two cells work together, one bringing in calcium for the stem cells that are waiting for the calcium in order to become bone, the other digging out old bone to be excreted.
In osteoporosis the cells bringing calcium for new bone slow down, but the cells taking out the old bone keep on mining. Also as you age your reservoir of stem cells begins to get depleted, and the remaining stem cells have less energy. They don’t wake up and become new bone cells as easily as they once did, so because of all these processes your bones gradually weaken. Fewer new bone cells are being made, but old bone cells keep being taken out and excreted.
So Big Pharma’s brilliant idea was to poison the osteoclasts to stop them removing old bone, then claim that their drug stops bone loss – which it does! The old, worn-out bone is no longer being removed. Doctors can proudly show patients that they’re no longer excreting calcium in their urine. Hallelujah! I’m healed!
Suddenly these drugs are being prescribed for tens of millions of people and Big Pharma is raking in the bucks. The beautiful part of this, from the Nazi worldview of the largely German-controlled pharmaceutical industry, is that most of the victims are so old that the fact you’re actually poisoning them rather than “building bone” will never be an issue – their “Bone Density” numbers will look just fine all the way to the grave.
The Nazi conglomerate I.G. Farben whose pharma fortunes were based on experiments with concentration camp prisoners, would be proud of Fosamax. It’s manufactured by Merck, a close partner of Bayer, and therefore is an heir to all the Nazi experiments on humans. Those experiments were conducted on “sub-human” test subjects in order to open the doors to new pharmaceutical discoveries that would support the Nazi plan to rule the world and rid it of “sub-humans”. No expense, and no life was spared – it was a crash project. All this experimentation, involving the torture and killing of millions of “subjects”, have led to by a direct path to drugs with the worldview of Fosamax.
That worldview says: “Give them a chemical that makes them believe they are being healed, and tell them they must take that chemical for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t matter if they are poisoned by the chemical as long as they pay us the maximum amount and believe that are being healed. The doctors will go along because we can convince them that this is the best they can do for their patients and besides, we will pay them well. They will cooperate – they always have.”
There should be no surprises here. After all, when it comes down to it, sick people are just another group of “sub-humans” to Big Pharma and Industrial Medicine. We know how the Nazis dealt with anyone who was sick and crippled arriving at the gates of their camps – they weren’t given a second thought. If you weren’t going to be useful in the experiments inside the camp you were simply disposed of in a trench next to the gate.
No wonder Big Pharma has been trying for over a century to prevent people from healing themselves with natural Cannabis flowers that anyone can grow for themselves. It must drive the Pharma Nazis absolutely crazy that they have tried every dirty trick they could think of and nothing has worked.
Little old ladies in the Midwest aren’t growing Cannabis plants in their flower gardens yet, like they once grew Opium poppies for use in taking nice relaxing afternoon naps, but times are changing fast. Even the best Pharma Nazi ideas like the “War On Drugs”, using winning strategies honed to perfection by these same companies during the Third Reich, have ultimately failed.
What a beautiful irony that stem cell therapy based on the power of a flower might completely destroy Pig Pharma’s markets for their Nazi bone poison and other evil brews.
Author Bio: Bill Drake is the author of “Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana” (1969) and “The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana” (1972). Bill co-founded Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company & invented the “American Spirit” brand (1981). Bill & Lisle Drake co-authored “Marijuana Foods” (1981), the first Cannabis medical extracts & edibles book. He wrote and co-produced the “International Straight Talk” video series (1994-6), and authored the 24 volume “Cultural Dimensions of Expatriate Life” series from 2001 through 2016. Author of “Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco” (2010) and “The Coca Leaf Papers” (2012), Bill is most recently writer/editor of the ebook series “Understanding World Cultures Through American Eyes” (2018) and blogs on Cannabis, Coca, Opium & Tobacco at panaceachronicles.com since 2014.