Whole Earth Radio Episode 4 : GBAC and CBD in WI



The latest episode of Whole Earth Radio is now available as audio podcast and video (see above link).  In this edition I’m talking about a couple of issues that I think you’ll agree are very important.

I want to provide you some links for those who are interested in exploring these subjects more in-depth.

GIVE BEES A CHANCE is a promotion promoting the research of mycologist Paul Stamets and his work using mycelia/mushroom extracts to prevent colony collapse disorder in honey bees.

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The initiative is part of the Bee Friendly campaign – and is also a clever allusion to the famous peace anthem by former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.  You can do your part by supporting Host Defense organic mushrooms and contributing to the research in other ways.

The other topic covered in this edition in the issue of CBD (Cannabidiol) as a legal dietary supplement, and the current controversy around this hemp-derived nutrient in the great state of Wisconsin.  Recent statements by the Department of Justice in Wisconsin have upset many, including Wisconsin farmers.

The Hemp Industry Association has successfully litigated againt the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in protecting the sale of non-marijuana Cannabis products (Hemp) based on their lack of a psychoactive effect.  The favorable ruling for the HIA was in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit which helped to differentiate non-psychoactive hemp from marijuana.

According to the Hemp Industry Association website

“”The last couple of years have seen growing interest in CBD. Cannabidiol not only has a plethora of beneficial health effects, but it also has no relevant side effects, even when it is administered at high doses. A comprehensive review on the safety and side effects of CBD shows that even very high doses of CBD are safe and well tolerated without significant side effects. In a total of 132 reviewed publications, CBD did not induce catalepsy; it did not affect factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, gastrointestinal transit, nor did it alter psychomotor and cognitive functions.(Bergamaschi, M. M., Queiroz, R. H. C., Zuardi, A. W. & Crippa, J. A. S. (2011): Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Current drug safety, 6(4), 237-249. Information on toxicological effects: IVN-MUS LD50: 50 mg/kg; IVN-DOG LD50: >254 mg/kg; IVN-MKY LD50: 212 mg/kg; ORL-MKY TDL: 27 gm/kg; ORL-MUS TDL: 750 mg/kg.)


“Because of its inherent physiological safety, CBD is increasingly used as a food supplement and in food supplement compositions, and as an ingredient in cosmetics, thereby generating new investments and creating employment in the cultivation and processing of hemp and hemp-derived products”

An interesting article comes from Green Bay’s Action 2 News regarding the sale of CBD in the home of the Packers, Green Bay.


In this article, the Action 2 news team states “Action 2 News reached out to the author of the CBD oil bill, Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), who blames all this confusion on conflicting laws at the federal level. He said as long as the CBD oil is derived from industrialized hemp its legal here.

And in the words of GI JOE “Knowledge is power.”


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