What Is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is the non-psychoactive constituent in the Cannabis sativa plant. In the past 20 years CBD has been found to have significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, and antipsychotic effects.[1] Research studies have additionally revealed that CBD oil can reduce pain, improve memory, and inhibit cancer growth.[2] [3] Below is a summary of the history and use of this remarkable newly-discovered traditional herbal remedy.

History of the Medicinal Use of Hemp

Preparations made from the Cannabis sativa plant have been in use in medicine as early as 2900 BC, when the Chinese emperor Fu Hsi noted that it possessed both yin and yang healing qualities.[4] Later another Chinese emperor and herbalist, Chen-Nung, wrote extensively about the medicinal use of hemp, while in Africa it was reportedly used for dysentery, fevers, snakebite, and to ease the discomfort of childbirth.[5] In the 16th century, China’s Li Shih-Chen documented the antibiotic and anti-nausea effects of cannabinoids from the hemp plant.[6]

In the early days of the United States it was considered patriotic to grow hemp. George Washington wrote: “Patriotic farmers should make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere.” Thomas Jefferson further noted that: “Hemp is of the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”[7] Across the Atlantic Dr. William O’Shaughnessy of the British East India Company published an article in 1839 entitled, “A Case of Tetanus, Cured by a Preparation of Hemp.” He reported that he further found it beneficial in the treatment of rabies, rheumatism, and epilepsy.[8] Later in the 19th century Queen Victoria relied on CBD to relieve menstrual cramps. Jacques-Joseph Moreau, a French psychiatrist, found that marijuana suppressed headaches, increased appetites and aided sleep.[9]

Following the lead of their European ancestors, preparations from the cannabis plant became part of the United States Pharmacopeia in 1850, and were available as both an over-the-counter and prescription medicine for neuralgia, tetanus, typhus, cholera, rabies, dysentery, alcoholism, anthrax, leprosy, incontinence, gout, convulsive disorders, tonsillitis, insanity, and menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding).[10]

Recent Research Discoveries About the Hemp Plant

In the early 1990’s it was discovered that besides the known receptor sites for dopamine that regulates movement and our emotional responses, serotonin which is a natural mood stabilizer, and other well-known neurotransmitters, there also existed receptor sites for cannabidiol in our body. This new central regulatory neurotransmitter system was named the endocannabinoid system since the endogenous (naturally-occurring in our bodies) neurotransmitters—N-arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)—were nearly identical to the cannabidiol (CBD) compounds found in the hemp plant.[11] These CBD receptor sites that were isolated in both humans and animals were found to be instrumental in neuromodulation in the body, that is, the regulation of the nervous system. Two types were detected: CB1 receptors found primarily in the brain and nervous system, and CB2 receptors found mainly in the immune system, organs and glands, and tissues.[12]

CB2 Receptors in the Body Reduce Inflammation

CB2 receptors are predominantly located in the periphery outside of the brain (there are especially high levels in B cells and natural killer cells of the immune system), however it has been found that they additionally have an influence in the microglia cells of the CNS (the immune defense cells of the brain and spinal cord) and in the brain stem.[13] These CB2 receptors have neuroprotective benefits primarily through down-regulating inflammation in the body. In particular CBD stimulates the production of glutathione—the master antioxidant in the body—to reduce the toxic effects induced by glyphosate (Round-Up herbicide) and other toxic chemicals in our environment linked to cancer.[14] This reduction in neuroinflammation has had a positive effect on numerous chronic syndromes and diseases including pancreatitis, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, insulin resistance, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cardiovascular disease.[15]

CB1 Receptors Help Regulate Brain Responses

The CB1 receptors are primarily, but not exclusively, in the central nervous system (CNS, the brain and spinal cord), but have also been found in gastrointestinal and reproductive tissues, the superior cervical ganglion, and the heart, blood vessels, lung, bladder and adrenal glands.[16] These CB1 receptors have been found to mediate learning and memory, decision-making, emotional reactions, pain response, and food cravings.[17] Based on the extensive influence of this immense network, it is no wonder that CBD oil has been found to have clinical positive effects on obesity, anxiety, epilepsy, PTSD, depression, bipolar tendencies, ADHD and autism, and chronic pain. The following quote from the editor of the journal Cerebrum summarizes the importance of this vast system:

 “The endogenous cannabinoid system—named for the plant that led to its discovery—is one of the most important physiologic systems involved in establishing and maintaining human health.”[18]

Hemp Legalized in the US

In 2014, President Obama signed into law the Industrial Hemp Farming Act that was sponsored by a bipartisan group of US senators, which amended the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of “marihuana.” This bill defined “industrial hemp” to mean the plant Cannabis sativa L. with a THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent, and allowed American farmers to grow and cultivate industrial hemp, as long as the grow sites are certified by—and registered with—their state. The Colorado farmers who produce Organic Tuscany Gold are certified and registered in their state to grow industrial hemp.

The Whole Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts

Whole plant extractions of the hemp plant include the cannabinoids CBD, CBC, CBGa, CBN and more than 400 trace compounds. Hemp plant constituents such as these cannabinoids as well as terpenoids, flavonoids, and nitrogenous compounds interact synergistically to create what researchers refer to as the “entourage effect.” This refers to the synergistic effect that occurs when the whole plant is cultivated the various phytoconstituents complement each other much more than just the individual sum of their parts. Dr. John McPartland, a University of Vermont professor, has written extensively on this subject:

“A central tenet underlying the use of botanical remedies is that herbs contain many active ingredients. Primary active ingredients may be enhanced by secondary compounds, which act in beneficial synergy.[19] Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical, and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”[20]

Unfortunately, most animal studies on cannabidiol have utilized synthetic, single-molecule CBD produced by chemical laboratories, which is not the same at all as studying whole plant extractions that contain all the cannabinoids and over 400 other trace compounds.

For example, there are more than 200 different aromatic terpenes in the Cannabis sativa plant that have wide-ranging therapeutic effects. One of these, beta-caryophyllene, is a sesquiterpene also found in black pepper, oregano, and green leafy vegetables is both anti-inflammatory and gastro-protective and therefore has great promise in the treatment of ulcers and gastritis.[21]  Additionally, both cannabinoids and terpenoids increase blood flow and enhance cortical activity to aid in memory and cognition. They have also been found to be microcidal, and thus have the ability to kill pathogenic bacteria including the antibiotic-resistant MRSA that claims the lives of thousands of hospitalized Americans.[22]


Modern research studies on CBD made from the Cannabis sativa plant clearly reinforce the numerous traditional indications and benefits historically recorded for this herbal remedy. It should be further noted that the discovery of these endogenous cannabinoid-like compounds in our bodies was only made very recently in the mid-1990’s. Thus, the profound effects of this botanical remedy are still very much in the infancy stages of research. Despite these challenges, CBD derived from hemp has been found in modern research studies, as well as clinically in thousands of patients over time, to be exceptionally effective in healing a wide variety of chronic symptoms.

[1] Fernandez-Ruiz, J. “Cannabidiol for neurodegenerative disorders: important new clinical applications for this phytocannabinoid?,” British Journal Clinical Pharmacology, 2013 Feb; 75(2): 323-33.

[2] Xiong, W., et al. “Cannabionoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting a3 glycine receptors,” Journal of Experimental Medicine, 2012 June 4;209(6):1121-34.

[3] Massi, P., et al. “Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug,” British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2013 Feb; 75(2): 303-312.

[4] Deitch, R. Hemp: American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History, Algora Publishing, 2003.

[5] Desnoes, J. & Kischuk, S. “Cannabinoid deficiency and its impact on human health and disease, Part 1,” Townsend Letter, July 2017, 62.

[6] Lu, G. “China’s greatest naturalist: a brief biography of Li Shih-Chen,” Am J Chin Med, 1976 Autumn; 4(3): 209-18.

[7] Desnoes, J. & Kischuk, S. “Cannabinoid deficiency and its impact on human health and disease, Part 1,” Townsend Letter, July 2017, 63.

[8] Ibid

[9] Boire, G. & Feeney, K., Medical Marijuana Law, retrieved form ProCon.org.

[10] Ibid

[11] Matias, I, et al. “Endogenous cannabinoids in the brain and peripheral tissues: regulation of their levels and control of food intake,” Int J Obes, 2006 April: 30, Suppl; 1:S7-S12.

[12] Pertwee, R. “”Pharmacology of cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors,” Science Direct (Elsevier); Volume 74, Issue 2, 1997: 129-180.

[13] Ryberg, E., et al. “The orphan receptor GPR55 is a novel cannabinoid receptor,” British Journal of Pharmacology, Dec., 2007: 152(7). 1092.

[14] Chakravarti, B. “Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents in cancer: current status and future implications, Oncotarget, 2014 AUG; 5(15): 5852-5872.

[15] Massi, P., et al. “Cannabidiol as potential anticancer drug,” British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2013 Feb; 75(2): 303-312.

[16] Ryberg, E., et al. “The orphan receptor GPR55 is a novel cannabinoid receptor,” British Journal of Pharmacology, Dec., 2007: 152(7). 1092.

[17] Alger, B. “Getting high on the endocannabinoid system,” Cerebrum, 2013 Nov-Dec; 14.

[18] Ibid

[19] McPartland, J. & Russo, E. “Cannabis and Cannabis extracts: greater than the sum of their parts? J Cannabis Therap,, Volume 1, Issue 3-4, 2001.

[20] McPartland JM, Russo EB. Cannabis and cannabis extracts: greater than the sum of their parts? J Cannabis Therap, 2001b;1:103–132.

[21] Brown, V. Bud Tenders Tips on Terpenes: Cannabis Aromas and Effects, Sri Lakshmi Services: 2015, p. 92.

[22] Ibid

What Makes Organic Tuscany Gold Unique?

Organic Tuscany Gold is a CBD (low THC) cannabidiol oil, grown and processed with particular care for sensitive individuals, as well as for all those who have minor or major chronic symptoms who might benefit from this product. The following bullet points summarize the uniqueness of this remarkable new herbal remedy:

  • Organically grown from seed to mature plant, on a country farm southwest Colorado, using farming and processing practices similar to Rudolph Steiner’s “better-than-organic” biodynamic methods.
  • Uses the new and innovative PhytoDetox® method in which the naturally occurring plant toxins are reduced while the phytonutrients are enhanced, rendering the plant nutrients more bioavailable for enhanced cellular delivery.
  • Gently low heat extracted with sustainably sourced red palm oil. Many CBD oils use MCT oil—liquid coconut oil—a chemically extracted and fractionated toxic oil.
  • When you remove the disturbing “obstacles to cure” (pesticides, phytotoxins, MCT oil, etc.)—a little bit goes a long way. Therefore this organic CBD oil is further enhanced by diluting it in organic extra virgin olive oil ordered directly from Tuscany to reduce the often too-strong healing effects other concentrated CBD oils can engender.
  • Each ingredient, the exact ratio of each ingredient, and the recommended dosages have all been carefully energetically tested through kinesiology and MRT, and they have further been clinically on hundreds of patients.
  • No plastic EVER! Organic Tuscany Gold CBD oil is extracted in amber glass bottles, then mixed with organic extra virgin olive oil in dark glass bottles, and then packaged in amber glass dropper bottles—no phthalates or other plasticizers are ever used in the processing.
  • Laboratory tested from an independent laboratory with a certified analysis of negligible levels of THC (must be less than .3% THC), and containing significant levels of CBD, CBC, CBG, CBN and other cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids and other antioxidants, and terpenes.
  • 3 different strengths have been formulated to resonate with the 3 most common constitutions, allowing individuals to more specifically personalize the strength of their CBD oil. This can reduce healing crises in sensitive individuals from taking too strong of a remedy, as well as the opposite—having no response from too gentle of a formula for those with a more robust constitution.

Organic Tuscany Gold For Every Constitution

All of the Organic Tuscany Gold botanical remedies are made from PhytoDetoxed® organic CBD oil extracted in sustainably-sourced red palm oil from a pristine Malaysian island, and then bottled in organic extra virgin olive oil ordered directly from Tuscany. However, the amount of the CBD oil in each formula, as well as the dosage suggestions, have been finely tuned to complement the constitution and the level of health of the following three different types of individuals:

  1. Organic Tuscany Gold, Sensitive Formula – There is a significant percentage of sensitive individuals who have had an adverse reaction to CBD oil and are afraid to try it again. Additionally, there are others who are afraid to take this remedy because of the weakened and depleted state of their health after dealing with chronic symptoms for years. The Organic Tuscany Gold, Sensitive Formula remedy was produced as a gentler introduction to CBD oil for both these groups. Through the use of organic ingredients and phytodetoxification, smaller amounts of CBD oil diluted in organic extra virgin olive oil, and topical dosage recommendations, sensitive individuals or those with a weakened constitution can experience the benefits, slowly but surely, of this very healing remedy over time.
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  2. Organic Tuscany Gold, Balance Formula – This remedy was formulated for individuals who are not currently ill or very sensitive, but do have some functional symptoms that may respond to CBD oil. Organic Tuscany Gold, Balance Formula is thus appropriate for those who are in reasonable health but would like to achieve more optimal health and well-being. Additionally, this Balance Formula is typically the remedy that many sensitive patients turn to after they have been on the Sensitive Formula for a few months, and are then ready for a bit stronger dosage in order to experience continued healing effects.
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  3. Organic Tuscany Gold, Strength Formula – This extra-strength formula was designed for those who are living under significant stress and particularly require more strength and support in their daily lives. This can include individuals working 10 to 14 hours a day, professional athletes or those who work out intensely, or those undergoing major life stressors (divorce, death, relocation, etc.). It also includes individuals already in excellent shape but who want to experience the benefits of more energy, endurance, and the peace of mind that optimal health can bestow. If this fits your constitution and lifestyle right now—and you are not feeling too depleted (if you are begin with the Sensitive Formula)—then Organic Tuscany Gold, Strength Formula may be appropriate for you.
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ABC: The Many Benefits of Activated Bamboo Charcoal

Activated charcoal taken orally can neutralize many of the inflammatory by-products and chemicals that are released through the detoxifying action of Organic Tuscany Gold CBD oil.  When these circulating toxins are released from neurotransmitter sites and other tissues they can trigger various symptoms including fatigue, “brain fog,” joint and muscle achiness, and just general malaise (“flu-ish” or just don’t feel well). These common detox symptoms are primarily due to the build-up of excessive aldehyde (feeling of a hangover even without the alcohol) and ammonia (fatigue, brain fog, muscle weakness) in the body caused by faulty liver detoxification and reduced kidney filtration.

By trapping these toxins in its millions of tiny pores, activated charcoal binds these toxic chemicals where they can then be soaked up and assimilated in the blood stream and effectively excreted from the body. This chemical process is called adsorption, when positively charged toxins bond with the negatively charged charcoal. The best quality of charcoal is activated bamboo charcoal, or what we call ABC. And yes, various brands of activated bamboo charcoal vary widely in their effectiveness. This particular steam activated brand has tested out superiorly both clinically and energetically over time on hundreds of patients.


Dosage Suggestions: Sensitive individuals should take 1/8 of a teaspoon mixed in 2 to 4 ounces of water before bed 2 to 3 times a week; those less sensitive can take ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon. This dose should be followed by an 8-ounce glass of water.


Note for Sensitive and/or Ill Individuals:

It should be noted that the reason ABC is prescribed before bed is because activated charcoal can also bind nutrients such as important vitamins and minerals. Nevertheless, many individuals report that they often take some ABC during the day as well if they are feeling exceptionally exhausted, achy, or just not well enough to be motivated to get any work done. Although they realize that they might be losing some of their recently ingested breakfast or lunch nutrients, it is worth it to them to feel better and more functional. Further, since these daytime boosts of ABC are typically very small—just a few grains can help a sensitive individual feel better—the amount of nutrient-binding is very insignificant.


History and Research

The use of charcoal for detoxification has been documented as early as 1550 BC in Egypt.[1] Hippocrates (400 B.C.) and Pliny (50 A.D.) utilized it in healing vertigo, epilepsy, anemia, and anthrax.[2] In the 1800’s, it was used to treat the symptoms of arsenic, strychnine, and mercury poisoning.[3] Over the centuries activated charcoal has been found both clinically and in hundreds of research studies as an excellent binder and antidote to poisoning from barbiturates and non-barbiturate sedatives and tranquilizers, other medications such as amphetamines and acid reducers (Tagamet), antidepressants, alcohols, analgesics, antibiotics and other antimicrobials, medications such as theophylline for asthma, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides/insecticides, heart medications such as digitalis, and endogenous toxins such as bilirubin (neonatal jaundice) and uric acid.[4] It additionally has been shown to be an effective antidote to snake bites, bacterial and viral infections, and fungal toxins.[5] Finally, researchers in the 1980’s found that the use of oral charcoal had a positive effect on prolonging life spans, as well as reducing the rate of age-related structural and metabolic changes (reduced heart myofibrosis and renal sclerosis, and healthier cells in the liver, pancreas, and lungs as compared to controls.)[6]


[1] Cooney, D. Activated Charcoal: Antidote, Remedy, and Health Aid. Teach Services, Inc., 2016, 16.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid, 18

[4] Ibid, 12-14

[5] Ibid, 67-70.

[6] Frolkis, V., et al. “Enterosorption in prolonging old animal life span,” Exp. Gerontol., 19:217.

ABC: Activated Bamboo Charcoal Slurry


Activated charcoal has been used as a poultice acutely for centuries to help antidote and clear the effects of snake bites, spider bites, mushroom poisoning, and insect stings. With this stellar history of effective detoxification—even the FDA approves it for acute food or drug poisoning—one would think that it would also be therapeutic for chronic intoxications as well. And clinically this has panned out. That is, chronic gut dysbiosis, biliary and liver congestion, bronchial inflammation, and joint and muscle pain do respond well to ABC Slurries applied topically over the particular dysfunctional organ or tissue. Additionally, skin absorption of ABC is a bit gentler than oral ingestion, and therefore beneficial for sensitive individuals. For example, sensitive or chronically ill individuals needing to clear their chronic gut dysbiosis and intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) may find that beginning with the ABC Slurry topically (in very small amounts) over their abdomen one to two times a week, before oral ingestion, is a gentler way to benefit from the detoxifying effects of activated charcoal.

The typical poultice remedy recipe used traditionally, however, can be too strongly detoxifying for non-emergency symptoms. Further, the recommendation of ground up flax seeds classically used in charcoal poultices doesn’t test as well energetically or clinically on patients as Primal Oil. Therefore, the following updated recipe for skin application of activated charcoal is recommended.

How to Make the Slurry

Pour 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) of Primal Oil into a small glass jar, and then stir in 1/8 teaspoon of ABC. This activated charcoal-oil pack slurry does not need to be refrigerated—keep it in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet.

Application of the ABC Slurry

Sensitive or Chronically Ill Individuals: Rub one small fingertip’s worth of the ABC Slurry into both sides (right and left foot or wrist) of the Kidney 1 or Pericardium 6 acupressure points. Do this one to three times a week.

Less Sensitive Individuals and/or Those With Only a Few Chronic Symptoms: If the acupressure application doesn’t cause any demonstrable positive changes in your health, next rub one small fingertip’s worth of the ABC Slurry over an area of toxicity or dysfunction—eg, organs (lungs, stomach, gut, kidney, liver, etc.), focal infections (tonsils, sinuses, scars, etc.), or painful areas (joints, muscles, etc.) 1 time a day or every other day.

Note: For dental focal infections the ABC Slurry can be applied directly to the gum area surrounding the tooth or the socket—one fingertip’s worth is usually sufficient to reduce inflammation. Be sure to consult with a biological dentist if the focal area does not respond to this treatment.


The healing and detoxifying action of activated charcoal can be quite remarkable, and it is hoped that through the use of the ABC orally, as well as topically as described in this handout, many chronic symptoms can be reduced and even cleared. Always consult with your holistic doctor or practitioner however, if symptoms do not abate within a timely manner.

Foot and Wrist Acupressure Points:


Participate in Our Research

Explanation of Study:

Last time I checked the NIH hadn’t knocked on our door and offered us a grant to research the effects of the Organic Tuscany Gold CBD oil. Unfortunately they only tend to do that for drug companies or universities, and only then for the purposes of determining the benefits of various pharmaceutical medications.

Excuse the sarcasm, but it gets tiring being the butt of what we like to call the “double rape”.[1] That is, first of all governmental agencies, universities, and conventional medicine rarely fund research to study the effects of natural supplements and remedies. But then, to add insult to injury, these same groups typically demonize supplement companies as well as holistic practitioners in the media as “not being scientific.”

So to help make a dent in this ongoing travesty we are asking that all of you who have the time and are currently experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, and/or sleep disorders, to please fill out the appropriate questionnaire(s) cited below before you begin on the Organic Tuscany Gold (or the ABC). Then, if you could put a reminder in your calendar, fill it out again (without looking at your answers on the first questionnaire) 1 month after you have started this remedy. Then please email it, fax it, or mail it to us so we can tabulate the findings and periodically post them under this “Participate In Our Research” section of the website. Thank you so much for your time and help in this clinical pilot study!


Five Symptoms Assessed in Our Study:

Anxiety Questionnaire:


Depression Questionnaire:


Fatigue Questionnaire:


Pain Questionnaire:


Sleep Questionnaire:



[1] Or more exactly, “the other double rape,” since victims of violent rape not only undergo the initial singular horror of this vicious crime, but later the double brutality of aggressive defense lawyers who try to trick them and misrepresent the facts if they decide to go to trial.