Have you seen the Good Oil Video?

You may have heard me previously lamenting the fact that hemp is unavailable in the US because marijuana remains illegal.

Why is this a problem? Quite simply because it makes a valuable raw material underutilized. A raw material with an estimated 50,000 uses is relegated to the trash because of one use.

Fortunately, the US remains stubbornly isolated in this respect. Most other industrial countries have figured out that a thriving hemp industry doesn’t cause the end of civilization.

Take Great Britain. It’s been OK to grow hemp there for 15 years now and Royals are still getting married, the fleet still floats and consumers are benefiting from having better options.

Like Good Oil. Watch the short video below to discover how just one hemp product can make your life better. And imagine other ways hemp can help.

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Can you help with a Good idea?

Ok, so here’s the deal.

I need your help with something. I’m doing some cheap but hopefully effective market research here. I’m looking for locations you would like to see carry a product called Good Oil. It’s a tasty culinary oil that’s 100% cold pressed hemp seed oil. You use it like an olive oil for dressings, dipping and cooking. Lots of health benefits you can see here.

I’ve got plenty of reasons to want Good Oil to be successful in the marketplace. I’ve prepared a beautifully crafted, exquisitely reasoned and somewhat long-winded post for those nights that sleep escapes you. But I’ll try to give you the elevator version here.

Good Oil Midl and Original

Offering you the Good stuff

Yes, I sell it from this website in the US, but on-line isn’t my major marketing channel. Shipping’s costly, especially for one bottle.  The product deserves a much broader audience, all without a major US marketing push from the manufacturer. So I represent it through a brokerage relationship with the importer to retailers like grocery, health food and convenience stores.

So help me out with a question or two. Please!

Where, do you think, you might be likely to purchase Good Oil if you saw it on a shelf or display? Specific stores I can contact would be great but even if you can give me generalities I would be most grateful.

Oh, and if you can ask for Good Oil there, it would help. ;-)

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Where would you buy the Good stuff?

Hi all.

If it’s alright with you, I’d like to ask you for your help with a problem I’m having. But first a little background with the ‘Why it’s my problem’.

If you don’t know, I’ve been spending the past few years working at advocating for the legalization of cannabis. Yeah, marijuana. But that also means hemp. The reason I got started with this can be found at LegalizeTheCure.com. But it stems from searching for treatment alternatives for cancer in a year when both of my parents were diagnosed and treated for cancer. They’re doing fine, thanks for asking.

In my research I found that cannabis and hemp have a very long association with us humans and would be an extremely valuable  commodity in today’s society. Another viable competitor to Pharma, Oil, Timber, Cotton, Corn etc. might not be so welcome by them but free markets are purported to be a good idea. I simply think that the effects one feels after smoking a joint do not justify the prohibition of a whole commodity market. Actually, I am of the belief that the value of that commodity market is the reason for the prohibition, not the effect on the user. But that’s also covered in LegalizeTheCure.

So if this is the case, if I’m not a raving lunatic just wanting to get high whenever I want without repercussions, if all parts of cannabis sativa L. are truly valuable in the production of a wide range of consumer and industrial products, what can I do to change the status quo? I’ve done many of the things that others have done such as writing letters to elected officials and newspapers, putting arguments on a web site etc.

I’ve gotten the same results as NORML, Richard Lee of Oaksterdam U, George Soros et al. Nothing. Hell, even the medical marijuana community as a whole is against re-legalization because prohibition supports black market prices.

All told, the community that currently uses cannabis for its one illegal use is neither large enough or motivated enough to get the laws changed so that the large majority that doesn’t use cannabis can benefit. More non-user support is needed to accomplish a change. And this much larger non-user percentage of the population would support re-legalization if they had an answer to the question every living soul asks when posed with this sort of dilemma: What’s in it for me?

A proven cancer treatment? A less water and pesticide dependent source of fabric than cotton? A more productive and less chemical dependent source of paper pulp than timber? An insulating building product that sequesters CO2 rather than using oil to manufacture insulation? A much richer source of biomass for the production of ethanol and bio-diesel than food crops like corn and sugar cane?

Pick one or think of another.

There are a thousand more reasons for you to have a stake in this debate even if you never entertain the notion of smoking up. The ability to use resources efficiently has allowed us to build a pretty decent society and standard of living. What could we do with a versatile renewable easily grown crop that captures CO2 as another commodity source?

Hemp Harvest

Bringing in the harvest, also known as 'carbon capture'

You will benefit much more from this new hemp commodity market than you will from the establishment of an artificial carbon credit trading commodity market.

You and your loved ones will benefit greatly in ways that are readily apparent as well as now unknown. Even if you never take a toke, the things you use and the health care you need will become cheaper and sustainable to produce. If there is ever a win-win proposition, this is it; repeal the cannabis sativa prohibition.

But there’s the rub. How do you get this pesky law that says you can’t grow cannabis sativa repealed? Hemp is cannabis sativa, as well as many varieties of man this stuff will mess you up marijuana. Some cannabis is useful for smoking. Other cannabis including hemp isn’t. It’s like all dogs are of the breed canis familiaris L. including the Chihuahua and the Irish Wolfhound. Some will take your arm off in a junkyard. Others won’t. Because some people want to ban the Pit Bull as a breed doesn’t mean anyone is saying ban canis familiaris.

How can we get you a dog even if some people don’t like dogs? How can I help you benefit from cannabis even if there is one use that some find objectionable?

By helping you use cannabis without a flame in sight. By putting into the mix of products available those that use cannabis and letting you vote with your wallet whether you find value in the ingredient. Putting the issue to 308,000,000 daily rather than 545 wussy politicians in DC will, I believe, get us over the hump. And we can do this now.

It is currently illegal to grow hemp in the US. without a permit issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Fortunately most industrialized countries, including the UK, Canada, Russia, China and Germany have reversed their bans and have re-legalized hemp cultivation. We can, since 2005, import all the hemp we can use as long as it contains no viable seed. So although hemp is more expensive than it need be because it has to be imported, it is consistently available.

Alright, I promised you I’d tell you why this is my problem. I’ve taken on the task of doing what I can to make a hemp option available to you as a consumer good, whether as an option for fabric, paper, plastic, fuel or any possibility. I do that currently by brokering/representing a hemp product to retailers from the importer. But as long as it’s better in a way that makes sense to you I want you to have the opportunity to choose hemp over something else. If you like it, great, buy more. If not, keep using what you’re using. I personally think that you’re gonna love it.

But it needs to be your decision. You should be allowed to decide for yourself if cannabis as a raw material is of benefit to you.

So the next question is; what product would work best as an introduction to hemp? The product needs to have the following attributes.

  • What has hemp as a primary component so it’s not unseen or unknown, but deliberate?
  • What is something that you use daily or at least often and that you consume and replace?
  • What would offer you an immediate and obvious benefit by becoming a substitute for something you already buy at an equivalent price?

Have I mentioned that hemp is also an ancient food staple crop? You can easily live off a diet of hemp alone nutritionally and people have done just that. The seeds are processed into foodstuffs.  So, if I can find a hemp food product that’s novel and unique, that requires no new spending, that’s easy to get and use and most importantly is better in every way to what you’re using now, would that interest you?

Good Oil Original 250 ml bottle

This is the Good stuff I want to make available to you

What I’ve found that fits the bill is Good Oil hemp seed oil. You can get the details about Good Oil here. Good Oil is a substitute for olive oil, something you probably already use. It is comparable in price. It is lower in saturated fat and much higher in omega 3 EFA.

As an introductory hemp product, it meets the requirements. Its primary component is hemp oil and that’s what it says right on the label. It is consumable, meaning frequent exposure. It’s a replacement good for something that’s already in your budget…no extra costs. And it has benefits not found in its substitutes.

The packaging doesn’t have a hemp leaf. It’s not an ‘in your face’ type of product. It’s just a normal everyday staple you can put in your cupboard and not have to hide or explain. Actually, you’d be ahead of the curve.

So, after all this, I have two questions for you.

  1. Am I batshit crazy or what? Does any of this strategy or deduction make sense at all? Would building a market for hemp products create demand for domestic production? Would I be better off selling sub-prime mortgages? Yes, I hope and need to be able to make a living from this. My partner and SO Cyndi rather correctly insists that I produce an income. There will be more products coming, but I’m using this as a start. Tell me if you think it’s a pipe dream.
  2. What store or type of store would you like to see carry Good Oil? Give me store names and locations. I’ve been hitting small and mid sized grocers. I physically cover MI, OH and IN. But I can call stores anywhere in the US, so just let me know.
  3. Oh, I’ll cheat and ask for a quick 3rd thing. Ask for Good Oil or hemp seed oil at your store. It’ll help when I call them. ;-)
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5 Benefits of hemp seed oil for and your neighborhood

Hemp seed oil is a claimed alternative to other seed or fish oils as a source of omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA).

You’ve heard from here or other sources about the benefits of including omega 3 into your diet. You could enjoy the benefits of improved skin tone and moisture, hair that’s not so brittle, arteries that are less clogged and so on.

But why would you use hemp seed oil instead of fish oils or flax seed oil?

Here’s just 5 reasons that that hemp seed oil is a better source for you.

1. Taste

Hemp seed oil (especially Good Oil) has a pleasant mildly nutty taste. While not everyone likes every taste, most people who have tried Good Oil hemp seed oil have found the taste to be quite good.

Much more so than flax seed oil, and more so than even fish oils.

Plus, with hemp seed oil, there’s no aftertaste from burping. Which both you and your companions will appreciate.

2. Versatility

Hemp seed oil works well with the foods you already cook and eat. You can add it to any recipe that requires oil and enjoy it.

While heating it will destroy some of the nutritional benefits, this is true for any food. For instance, raw potatoes or raw fish will have more nutritional value than cooked potatoes or cooked fish.

Yet, we generally prefer to eat our foods cooked. That’s OK. You’ll still receive more benefits and less saturated fats using hemp seed oil to pan fry your foods than you will using olive oil or flax seed oil or butter.

Do you use fish oil to fry your chicken? Do you use a fish oil and vinegar dressing for your salads? Do you take fish oil in a tablespoon from the bottle or do you just take it in a pill? No, of course you don’t.

Hemp seed oil is much more versatile than fish oils. You can use it for all of the above and more.

Once you try hemp seed oil, you’ll be looking for different ways to incorporate it into your everyday foods.

3. Sustainability

You may have heard that our oceans are being over fished. Some species’ population are crashing because of fishing pressure. And the fish that are left have high levels of mercury and other pollutants which can be damaging to your health.

Using hemp seed oil instead of fish oil for the omega 3 content can actually help clean up the world you live in.

How, you may ask?

Hemp does this by growing on marginal land, needing no pesticides or fertilizers to grow vigorously, leaving the soil in better condition than it started, absorbing and locking away large quantities of CO2.

And the whole hemp plant, not just the seeds, is incredibly useful. The stalks are used for a whole host of products including fibers, building products and the highest available source of biomass for producing fuels.

Your use of hemp seed oil helps to mitigate the need for new taxes to reduce CO2 production.

Good Oil is very green in many ways.

4.  Balance

Hemp seed oil, flax seed oil and fish oils are all high in omega 3 EFA. But there are two EFA’s, omega 3 and omega 6. Essential fatty acids are defined as substances that are required for life to continue but are not produced by your body. They have to come from external sources.

The omega’s have different functions. According to Dr. Andrew Weil in explaining the difference between the functions of omega 6 and omega 3, the omega’s tend to have opposite effects. Omega 6′s increase inflammation, blood clotting and cell growth. Omega 3′s tend to decrease these responses. We need a balance or more omega 3′s.

Omega 6 fatty acids are not the problem. We get plenty of those in our diet from typical sources like seeds, nuts and the oil extracted from them. Soybean oil is a good source of omega 6 fatty acid and has become pretty ubiquitous in a wide range of products.  In fact, if you’re a typical American, you now get about 20% of your calories from soybean oil.

Omega 3, on the other hand, is much more elusive. It is high in fish and a few plants, such as flax and walnut oil. And, of course, hemp seed oil, which is the highest source of omega 3 in a culinary oil.

But more than being a great source of omega 3, hemp seed oil is also balanced in its ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. A ratio of 3 omega 6 to 1 omega 3 is widely considered a optimal balance relative to your nutritional needs.

Hemp seed oil naturally has a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.

So incorporating hemp seed oil into your diet can both increase the amount of omega 3 you get without inflating the amount of omega 6 you’re also getting.

5. Help your local farmer

OK, so using hemp seed oil won’t help even one US farmer keep his farm this year.

It can’t. It is illegal to grow hemp in the United States. Well, illegal to grow without getting a permit issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) first. And no permits have been issued by the DEA for, oh, a couple generations.

Not since the US Government encouraged hemp farming during WWII.

But hemp certainly has the potential to once again become an important crop in America’s farmland. Food, fuels, textiles, pulp, biodegradable plastics are just a few industries that would benefit from American hemp production.

How can you help to change the policy banning US hemp production? By using hemp wherever you can. You have a chance to start with Good Oil hemp seed oil.

The greater the demand for healthy foods such as hemp and locally grown foods, the more the market will respond in order to bring you what you want to buy. It just works that way.

Your pocketbook counts. Vote for goods things whenever you can. We’ll all win.

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Why does hemp matter to me?

The other day I was talking with an old high school friend. We were talking about our lives, what we’re doing and all that stuff. Now for a little background, this friend and I shared an affinity for the demon weed when we were young men. He has not smoked in a few years and has no desire to do so. He’s successful and would rather not look for any hassles in his life. I’m a medical marijuana patient who would like to see cannabis available for every use.

He asked me…Why does it matter so much to you?

Why don’t you concentrate on a more lucrative market?  You know, one that has a demand and is not controversial. One that doesn’t necessitate a reversal of a long standing policy.

Why not go sell cars or computers? Make it easier on yourself.

I’ll give you a hint. My answer wasn’t a brilliant impromptu thesis. Neither was it a succinct distillation of words ala The Gettysburg Address. I tried to answer him at the time with giving him something about the fact that the work needs to be done to make it better for everyone.

Now, given a few moments to think it through, I’ll try and answer my friend and let you in on my motivations as well. After all, it’s probably the most valid question about cannabis and hemp that I could be asked.

Why is this so important to me?

Because the re-legalization of cannabis would, in my opinion, mean a chance to return to a free market model of competition. Cannabis is illegal because, again my studied opinion, cannabis is a huge threat to the market for synthetic, hard to extract, patentable products that replace some of what cannabis is able to provide.

Cannabis is simply a raw material cultivated by humans for ages to provide a source for useful tools. Tools for food, building materials, transportation, clothing, fuel and many other needs. Including relaxation. It was just another option in man’s quest for improvement.

But the emergence of technology that made cannabis sativa much cheaper to harvest and

Harvesting hemp

Harvesting hemp. Image courtesy of The Cool Hemp Company

process in the early 1930′s made cannabis a real threat to the emerging sciences of oil extraction and chemical formulation of new compounds. So the corporatocracy, fearing the effects of a competitive allocation of resources, trumped up some misguided moral objections and got a cheap raw material banned.

And here we are, stuck in a world where there are fewer options to common problems like energy sources and medical issues because a real option is off the table.

I’m not a pie in the sky dreamer who thinks that cannabis and hemp could solve all the world’s problems. It can’t. But it certainly deserves to be included in the mix. Not because of the plant. But because you and I are important enough to merit having more and better available solutions to our problems. We’ve got a potential cure for cancer growing in the ditch outside our homes and we pay someone to come along and destroy it. Then we have someone else pay for the outlandishly expensive treatment we receive for cancer in lieu of cannabis, treatments that are lethal.

All because an option is made unavailable through the argument of moral superiority.

But after all, aren’t options the strength of the free market system? Let the better mousetrap win.

And cannabis sativa or hemp is a hell of a mousetrap.

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