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By Amy McCallum

January 2022


2022 rings in the new year with really compelling reports about CBD and its potential to combat the coronavirus. For those of us that already believe in the amazing health benefits of cannabinoids, this is welcome news, but not surprising news. As an advocate for cannabis use, it's important to share the information with those people that have no idea about the wonder and beauty of the cannabis plant. More and more individuals are looking for natural alternatives to big pharma treatments and "cures" so it's no shock that more and more research of organic and non-toxic solutions for the prevention and treatment of illnesses is on the rise.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported on a study linking CBD and its potential to prevent and inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection. SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for the coronavirus most commonly known as COVID-19. CBD, also known as a cannabidiol, is a byproduct of the cannabis plant, but unlike its sister commonly known as marijuana, CBD contains less than .0.3% of THC, the chemical that gives you a "high".

The coronavirus, in basic terms, enters the human body, makes copies of itself and then explodes for the purpose of widening the infection. What's exploding is "proteins". These proteins enable viral duplication, construction, and growing of the virus. How does this work exactly? The human body contains cell receptors which are special proteins found within and on the surface of certain cells throughout the body. These receptor proteins are the “eyes” and “ears” of the cells, and they receive messages from substances in the bloodstream and then tell the cells what to do. The coronavirus is designed to tell the proteins to duplicate and spread throughout the body. I'm not going to get into the debate of what is or what isn't a pandemic, but I hope we can all agree that having hope for the prevention and healthy non-toxic management of any illness is a good thing. That being said, here are the high points of the National Institutes of Health report:

  • CBD has potential to control or regulate the host stress and antiviral inflammatory response (the body working to eliminate and infection) to the virus.
  • In vitro, (of a process) performed or taking place in a test tube, culture dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism) CBD suppressed the duplication of the coronavirus.
  • Various cannabinoids and blends, including a CBD/THC mixture, showed that there was no hindrance of the SARS-CoV -2 infection other than CBD.
  • CBD was found to hinder the viral replication after exposure to SARS-CoV-2 entry into the host cell.
  • CBD also was found to promote interferon (a protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, which has the property of inhibiting virus replication) response and hinder the rapid spread of one or multiple cells in a living organism infected with the virus, leading to cell death.
  • High dose usage of CBD in patients was shown to significantly correlate to the reduction of COVID-19 positivity.

What the NIH will not do is consider CBD as a therapeutic for COVID-19. One reason is that CBD is readily available, but CBD and its formulations vary widely as does its quality and purity. The NIH also strongly cautions against taking CBD in the current formulations available to the public as preventative or treatment therapy at this time. Why is this? Because further trials done in living organisms, aka humans and animals, need to be done in order to define the optimal route of taking CBD and the optimal formulation for the preventive and therapeutic treatment of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

What do I say? I am a proponent of cannabis use for a litany of health problems, but I can't tell you what you should do. Please do your own research and consult your physician regarding the use of CBD and its health benefits. Please remember, not all physicians have a wealth of knowledge about CBD and cannabinoids in general, so seek answers from those in the know. In addition, if you are currently taking CBD as a supplement, take the time to ask questions about the purity and quality of that product. And lastly, if you have a question, we will do our best to provide you information that will guide you to make your decision on the products that have demonstrated positive effects for the prevention and managements of ailments as well as benefitting one's overall health.


By Amy McCallum

December 2021




1. The hemp plant is a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC which is the chemical component responsible for the psychotropic effects of marijuna.

2. In Great Britain Hemp Cultivation dates back to 800 A.D. and was used for construction of the British Naval Battleships and ship components.

3. The MARIJUANA TAX ACT OF 1937 made the cultivation of Hemp and Cannabis illegal in the United States for roughly 80 years.

4. In World War II the cultivation of Hemp continued as part of the HEMP FOR VICTORY PROGRAM, but the last commercial crop was planted in 1957 in the state of Wisconsin.

5. In 1970, both Hemp, along with its sister plant marijuana, was classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

6. In 2018 President Trump signed the FARM BILL which removed Hemp, Hemp Seeds, and all Hemp byproducts from the Schedule 1 drug classification.

7. Did you know that Hemp seeds are not only high in fiber, but rich in magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron?

8. Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein and contain all nine essential amino acids which the body does not produce without dietary supplements. Can you say Superfood?

9. Hempcrete is an industrial byproduct of the Hemp plant and a building material that is a green and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction options.

10. Hempcrete is non-toxic, has a low carbon footprint, is lightweight, an excellent insulator, durable, and resistant to mold.,000%20years%20ago!

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By Amy McCallum

April 2021

Marijuana, Mary Jane, Weed, Ganja, Herb, Reefer, call it whatever you want, but Cannabis and Cannabis byproducts have been around since the dawn of time. One of the first recorded uses of marijuana dates back to 2737 B.C. and it was used for medicinal purposes. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung used cannabis for treating pain due to rheumatism and gout and documented its effectiveness. Circa 2021, Eastern and Western medicine have come together for holistic and more natural treatment options.  Cannabis has made a much-needed resurgence as a safe alternative to mainstream pharmaceuticals for aiding in the management of a plethora of medical conditions such as neuropathy, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. With the legalization of cannabis use being on the rise, so is the rise of research and development providing scientific data to support the health benefits of Cannanbis use.

In 1992, Raphael Mechoulam, as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus, discovered the first naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid. The start of the research dates back to 1964 when Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify and isolate THC for the first time. Just prior to that, they were also able to identify CBD as well. As the research unfolded, a biological system found in almost every living thing with a vertebra, was discovered. This biological system is known as the Endocannabinoid System. “By using a plant that has been around for thousands of years, we discovered a new physiological system of immense importance,” says Raphael Mechoulam, the dean of the transnational cannabinoid research community. “We wouldn’t have been able to get there if we had not looked at the plant.”

If Cannabis and Cannabis byproducts are natural and have so many positive applications for their use, then why is it considered a schedule 1 narcotic? Politics, and I will leave it at that. By definition, a schedule 1 drug is a dangerous substance that has no recognized medical use and that has a high potential for abuse. By that definition, Cannabis being classified as a schedule 1 drug is not based on facts nor scientific data.  The medical uses for Cannabis and Cannabis byproducts have been substantiated by science and the millions of people that can attest to the positive effects of cannabis consumption. As for the second part of the definition, anything used by or consumed by humans, is subject to "abuse". So, by definition, the argument that Cannabis use is dangerous falls short as a valid reason for Cannabis getting such a bad rap and why education is the key to the destigmatization for Cannabis use.

So, what are the facts about the Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis?

• The human body has an endocannabinoid system and endocannabinoid receptors.

• Studies have revealed that cannabinoids act as neuromodulators for a variety of processes, including motor learning, appetite, and pain sensation, among other cognitive and physical processes.

• CBD and cannabis compounds have been proven to resonate with the ECS system in such a way that stimulation encourages the recharge of cells and their healing processes.

• There are currently at least 779 cannabis strains that have been named and recognized by the marijuana community and the number of notable strains is only going to increase. With continued research, there are sure to be even more medical advancements in treating various ailments using particularly prescribed strands of marijuana.

• To date, the FDA has not approved a marketing application for cannabis for the treatment of any disease or condition. The agency has, however, approved one cannabis-derived drug product: Epidiolex (cannabidiol), and three synthetic cannabis-related drug products: Marinol (dronabinol), Syndros (dronabinol), and Cesamet (nabilone). These approved drug products are only available with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.  As of the date of this article, the FDA has not approved any other cannabis, cannabis-derived, or cannabidiol (CBD) products currently available on the market.

• In the late nineteenth century, marijuana became a popular ingredient in many medicinal products and was sold openly in public pharmacies.

• Marijuna became a schedule 1 drug in 1970.

• 2021 36 states have legalized medical marijuana.

• Both THC and CBD can be processed to remove psychotropic effects or the "high" when consuming Cannabis products for medical applications.

• As a distributor of Cannabis byproducts, Rhythm Health and Wellness can't tell you what products are best suited for your medical needs, but through testimonials and your own research, you can determine the best products and applications to enhance your lifestyle and health.

Arizona is just one of 6 states

that had recreational marijuana

on the ballot for 2020. “Beginning

with California in 1996, a grand

total of 33 states have legalized

medical marijuana. Of these 33

states, 11 have passed legislation

allowing for the legal consumption

and/or sale of recreational weed.”



By Amy McCallum

December 2020

1. Adults 21 and older would be able to possess 1 ounce of marijuana with no more than 5 grams of it being marijuana concentrates (extracts).

2. Limits home cultivation to 6 plants at an individual’s primary residence and 12 plants at a residence where two or more individuals who are at least 21 years old reside at one time.

3. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) would have to establish recreational marijuana regulations on or before April 5, 2021.

4. A 16% excise tax (the same as cigarettes and alcohol) would be placed on recreational marijuana products. Money from the excise tax would fund various state agencies and be dispersed between community college districts, police and fire departments, and the Highway User fund.

5. Marijuana use would remain illegal in public places (restaurants, parks, sidewalks, etc). Offenders are guilty of a petty offence.

6. No marijuana products could be sold that imitate brands marketed to children or look like humans, animals, insects, fruits, toys or cartoons.

7. Marijuana edibles will be limited to a maximum of 10mg of THC per edible and limited to a maximum of 100mg of THC per package of edibles.

8. Employers have the right to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.

9. Driving, flying or boating impaired to even the slightest degree by marijuana would remain illegal (i.e., zero tolerance rule).

10. Marijuana testing facilities will test marijuana for harmful contaminants (i.e., pesticides, molds, etc).

11. “Qualified early applicants” (qualifications are currently undetermined) can apply for a recreational dispensary license (approx. 145 licenses will be available) with the ADHS. Any remaining or additional licenses will be provided by random selection.

12. The ADHS may issue a marijuana establishment license (recreational marijuana dispensary license) to no more than two recreational dispensaries per county that contains no medical marijuana dispensaries, or one recreational dispensary license per county that contains one medical marijuana dispensary (the ADHS will accept applications from Jan 19, 2021 – Mar 9, 2021).

13. On or before April 5, 2021, medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell recreational marijuana to adults until the ADHS issues licenses for recreational dispensaries.

14. Medical marijuana dispensaries that obtain a recreational marijuana dispensary license(s) could operate both entities in the same/shared location.

15. Possessing more than one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces would be a petty offense. Minors caught with less than one ounce would receive up to a $100 fine and four hours of drug counseling for a first offense. A second offense would be up to a $100 fine and eight hours of drug counseling. A third offense would be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

16. Smoking in a public place would be a petty offense.

17. On or after Jan 1, 2023, the ADHS can adopt rules to permit recreational marijuana deliveries.

18. Beginning on July 12, 2021, people convicted previously of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana or six or fewer plants or paraphernalia can petition to have the record expunged.