by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
In the United States today, the federal government controls which substances can be used to treat diseases, and which ones cannot. In general, only pharmaceutical drugs which can be patented are allowed.
In many cases, either the FDA decides certain health claims about natural substances are invalid and bans it, or the DEA claims certain plants, such as cannabis, are illegal, jeopardizing both use and research.
The FDA’s best and most high paying customers are in the pharmaceutical business, which pays the FDA over $2 million per licensing fee  to accept its own testing proving efficacy and safety. The FDA only reviews the pharmaceutical industry’s testing.
But several independent researchers have determined most pharmaceutical tests are at best not quite right and sometimes totally fraudulent. In other words, the FDA protects the pharmaceutical industry, not its customers.
The DEA declares natural substances such as hemp plants completely illegal for any use and punishable with imprisonment while putting highly dangerous opioid painkillers in the hands of M.D.s, who write prescriptions to enrich the pharmaceutical companies.
These painkillers are mostly derived from opium. But those who use opiate based heroine can be arrested as junkies committing criminal acts using illegal drugs even if there are no victims outside their own addictions. Those who sell it are arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.
Ironically, cannabis has been proving very effective at getting people addicted to opiates or opioids “clean” with minimal withdrawal pain and suffering. Despite the move with half our states recognizing medical marijuana as valid, the DEA holds its line on declaring it a Schedule 1 “controlled substance” that has no medical merit and is dangerous and addictive.
Federal Government Attack on Homeopathy
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that homeopathic over the counter (OTC) remedy producers will be required to undergo the same trials and testing to prove efficacy as pharmaceutical companies do, albeit often fraudulently, despite homeopathy’s long history of safety and efficacy since the mid-19th century. It’s strongly suspected that the FDA is behind this. (Source) 
Meanwhile, the OTC pain killer Tylenol and all other OTC remedies containing the same active ingredient, acetaminophen, have sent thousands to the E.R. with toxic livers every year. Infants suffering high fevers with adverse vaccine reactions are prescribed Tylenol and often wind up dead because their livers are blocked from removing the vaccine toxins. (Source) 
This FDA approval process is very expensive and not within reach of most homeopathic producers. So it is probable that they will not be able to label their products as useful for any ailments in the future. Hopefully homeopathic practitioners will be able to continue.
The homeopaths may have to challenge the FTC and FDA the way the chiropractic field did against the AMA by filing a class action antitrust suit in 1976. It took 11 years to get the resulting favorable legal announcement in 1987. Federal Judge Getzendanner ruled the function of the AMA’s Committee on Quackery formed in 1962 was to destroy the chiropractic profession. (Source) 
Factually, homeopathy was around before John D. Rockefeller established allopathic medicine (modern western medicine) to monopolize medical schools for using petrochemical based synthetic drugs as medicine.
Reportedly, the Rockefeller family used homeopathic and herbal medicines for themselves as they quashed herbal and homeopathic education almost completely out of existence by funding only allopathic medical education, allowing only their graduates to practice medicine.
Their medicines would be supplied by petroleum based synthetic pharmaceuticals made available from the Rockefeller’s financial alliance with the German based pharmaceutical giant IG Farben, now Bayer.
DEA now Considers Non-psycho Active CBD Oils Illegal
The FDA – DEA collusion allows relatively safe and medicinally effective natural remedies’ active ingredients to be exploited chemically with synthetic analogues  that are patented for high profits while effectively prohibiting and banning safer and less expensive natural healing modalities.
After some states that don’t even allow medical marijuana have opened the doors for CBD (cannabidiol) use for severely epileptic children, the DEA has doubled down on CBD, declaring it illegal. CBD is a major component of the cannabis plant that contains perhaps 80 cannabinoids.
The other major component is THC. CBD products with under 0.3 percent THC has been considered legal, until now. It’s important to realize that CBD has been highly successful treating children with severe chronic life threatening seizures. That’s why even states prohibiting THC cannabis for any reason have allowed it.
Now the DEA has placed a ruling in the Federal Registrar , stating, “… an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis … will continue to be treated as Schedule I  controlled substances.”
When questioned about whether this included CBD with no trace of THC, DEA‘s Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenburg responded, “…if it were possible to produce from the cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code.” (Source) 
In other words, pure CBD is now technically illegal, potentially depriving many children relief from serious chronic epilepsy. (Source) 
But not to fear, the FDA has accepted plans from Britain based GW Pharmaceuticals for testing its versions of CBD. GW is getting close to final approval from the FDA, which can then collect its $2 million plus marketing license from GW Pharmaceuticals. (Source) 
Upon final approval, this pharmaceutical synthetic version of CBD will not be a DEA Schedule 1 illegal drug because it’s not from the plant. The plant is illegal. Concocted laboratory versions are sanctioned as medicine. (Source) 
These two federal agencies, DEA and FDA, do work well together against the public’s health interests while protecting Big Pharma, don’t they?
Real Cannabis vs Synthetic Versions
An excellent example of how synthetic cannabis products are hazardous is with the product called Spice or K2 or Kush. Chemists had devised ways to create these synthetic THC items by creating molecular structures that wouldn’t be identified as marijuana.
The cannabis plant’s biochemistry is more complex and delicately balanced than synthetic versions with at least 80 different cannabinoids and various other “entourage” plant compounds that determine healthful outcomes in different ways. Isolating only active ingredients bolstered synthetically doesn’t work as well and is potentially more harmful.
But synthetic marijuana was a boon for college and NFL football players or anyone who gets drug tested. Hockey players loved it because it made them more aggressive and impervious to pain. Recreationally, athletes could “get high” and relieve pain without getting nabbed for drug violations. But the results of getting high with synthetic pot were unpredictable and mixed.
The K2 users’ behavior was rash, wild, and erratic, based on hallucinations and delusions. Folks getting high on real weed usually don’t act that way. Now the NFL has clamped down on synthetic marijuana products. College athletes have undergone disciplinary actions more for their insane behavior while under the influence of Spice or K2 than merely its use.
And there were unpredictable unhealthy physiological events  such as tachycardia, agitation and irritability, drowsiness, hypertension, nausea, confusion, dizziness, vertigo and chest pain as well as potentially acute kidney injury.
An interesting study covered by Sayer Ji of Greenmedinfo.com involved researching vehicular moving violations by young people, with one group under the influence of real weed and the other under the influence of synthetic THC.
The study concluded: “Drivers under the influence of synthetic cannabinoids were more frequently impaired with confusion, disorientation, and incoherent, slurred speech than drivers under the influence of marijuana in this population evaluated by DREs [drug recognition experts].” (Source) 
Sayer Ji explains:
In the study, motor vehicle crashes occurred in 31% (5/16) of the cases involving synthetic cannabis users and in only 4% (1/25) of the cases involving marijuana users. (…) This is also reflected in the fact that disorientation and confusion occurred, respectively, in 31% and 44% of drivers under the influence of synthetic cannabinoids, but did not occur in any of the drivers under the influence of marijuana. (Source) 
Conclusion: Pharmaceutical Profits Trump Patient Rights
Attempts to simulate natural healing compounds synthetically by pharmaceutical companies create huge profits without healing and with adverse health effects, some serious. Depriving children in need of CBD while installing a pharmaceutical version is criminal. The pharmaceutical replacements will add more expense to families with children who suffer seizures with the potential for adverse side effects that are not experienced with real CBD extracted from the cannabis plants.