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Why Families Move for Whole Plant Medical Cannabis

Mark Botker plays with daughter Greta, 7, at their new Colorado home. Greta joined a migration of parents who, after trying countless methods to ease their children's crippling seizures, are packing up their families and moving to Colorado.
Mark Botker plays with daughter Greta, 7, at their new Colorado home. Greta joined a migration of parents who, after trying countless methods to ease their children's crippling seizures, are packing up their families and moving to Colorado. Photo by Nathan Armes for USA Today.

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Why Families Move for Whole Plant Medical Cannabis

Undergreen Railroad has been made aware that a company that makes CBD products is imploring patients not to move for medical cannabis, that their CBD treatment is available in all 50 states, and their treatment can and will help. This just is not enough for most patients that seek cannabis as medicine and need to move for it.

Moving for cannabis is a very real ordeal for many sick people that need the entire plant, not just CBD. It should also be noted that CBD, as well as all the cannabinoids found in cannabis, is considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance by the federal government and is not, in fact, legal in all 50 states.

Most patients thoroughly research the benefits of whole plant cannabis and come to the sound conclusion that they aren’t going to see the health benefits of medical marijuana when using CBD-only treatments. The majority of scientists, doctors and patients that utilize cannabis as medicine experience success with medicine made from the female cannabis plant, not industrial hemp. Note, no studies exist for CBD-derived from hemp paste.

To suggest these families stay in their state to use one of these hemp-derived CBD options instead of whole plant medicine is misguided. These patients have already tried every option available to them in their states.

These patients want and need the entire plant, just as most patients using medical marijuana in legal states do. To suggest lotion, hemp supplement oil, CBD drops or chewables can effectively treat the serious conditions cannabis refugees move for is misleading and doesn’t take into account the available research on marijuana medicines and the endocannabinoid system. Given CBD’s gray area in scheduling, to suggest patients risk their health using unproven CBD while risking liberty is especially egregious.

Undergreen Railroad only supports whole plant legislation and whole plant medication being available to patients with little exception.

We do support CBD extracts derived from the female plant to treat epilepsy and other illnesses when that is what a patient has made the decision to do and it is proven effective. CBD-only will not effectively treat most illnesses.

There is no replacement for the whole plant’s effectiveness. Please, research any substance before you put it in your, or your loved one’s body to make sure that it is the right option for you.

The federal government owns the patent on CBD from the female cannabis plant. If Industrial hemp were sufficient for medical purposes, would they have not patented that as well?

What do you think? Should whole plant cannabis be available in all 50 states? Tell us in the comments below!



  1. Peggy Sue

    June 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I’m a 53 year old woman who is wanting to get a medical cannabis card. I live in Corona California and have found doctors on the web. I also have found a lot of places that sales cannabis. Most say no location and they deliver. I found one that sales out of his home. I need to go to a shop so I can get enough information to choose what’s best for me. I haven’t smoked pot sense I was 17 I didn’t get the same effects as my friends. I took a couple of hits and then I would be able to sleep for 8 plus hours. This is one reason I am looking to use again as I have extreme insomnia and have tried 6 types of sleeping pills 3 prescription 3 over the counter and nothing works. I need advice on what to buy and I am overwhelmed by the types they sale. I believe I want the kind that you roll. I do hope that it helps both chronic pain and mental health issues, panic attacks, depression and nuorological tics. Can someone please advise me on what to buy? [email protected]. name Peggy Sue.thank you and God bless.

  2. Lynn Meadows

    May 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I think it should be available in all 51 states. It can save lives, really help people. There are worse things being done. Liquor is legal? That’s a drug too! I would consider moving to Colorado if it doesn’t become available in MO soon. I have a medical condition that I’ve been told over and over by doctors that medical marijuana will help. I am desperate to get my life back!!

  3. Rich

    April 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    What’s the deal, CannabisNow? My comment has been “awaiting moderation” for two days now, and the other comments were approved almost immediately. If you don’t allow my comment to be seen, then you should change the name of your site to CensorshipNow.

    Once you approve my original comment, you can delete this one if you like.

  4. Christy

    April 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

    You can not replace real pot….that simple….IT CANNOT BE REPLACED…Remember, they tried this already with synthetics. You see how that worked out…It harmed many people, people that trusted in the makers of the synthetic pot. They weren’t worried about the individuals health or how much pain they were in, they just wanted the money. Its really sad that there is a safe and effective all natural plant that will help millions, but our government is filled with a bunch of worthless, money hungry idiots. I hate that children and cancer patients, etc… have to suffer through their pain and sadness when there’s a SAFE herbal remedy that’s been around since the beginning of time….Shame on you America…We are better than that….GIVE THESE PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED TO LIVE A BETTER LIFE….

  5. Nancy Ruggeri

    April 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    My heart goes out to all these families. Sadly, there is another reason to leave their state, one that is just now coming to light, as medical cannabis grows and is legalized, and that is that as a family they run the risk that the state will come in and take their children for deciding what is best from their child! It has happened to parents who wanted an alternative cancer treatment rather they they give their children chemo, it has happened to parents that have given their children traditional treatments but were found by other doctors to have over reached and exaggerated the child’s illness , even though their family doctor and specialist had diagnosed the child with the illness in the first place. The prejudice and discrimination that is starting to surface, in my town of Las Vegas, seen at our counsel meetings and them vs us , the way we are being set aside after years of fighting for the legalization of this sacred herb is horrendous. I am so glad there is a place , a haven for these families and their children. God bless them and the state of Colorado!

  6. Krystal Brannan

    April 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Of course it should be available and legal in all states everywhere. It brings life to children who haven’t got to really experience life

  7. Sasha P.

    April 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

    There is much disinformation concerning hemp and cannabis.
    You say, >>>Our federal government owns the patent on CBD from the female cannabis plant. If Industrial hemp were sufficient for medical purposes, would they have not patented that as well?

    No need! Hemp is cannabis too, though typically containing low-THC. The federal government does not recognise a difference between indian hemp and industrial hemp. Both are indeed Cannabis. The world “industrial” was put there too distinguish hemp from “drug” types. Industrial hemp, ironically, typically contains more CBD than marijuana.

    • Yolanda

      July 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks Sasha,working/living on a hemp farm in Quebec in the 90’s my hemp Guru always talked about hemp CBD.using the whole plant and traditional wild plantes combination for my remedies and Antiaging food products I have testimonials of HIV healing,all skin cancer etc are instantly healed.
      So when I hear CBD been asscioated with the pot variety I would feel uncomfortable with the misinformation been put out by greed on the internet.
      As I have travelled the world with the products educating all about hemp.very happy the world have awaken.yet I am saddened by the greed been displayed.

  8. josh dalzell

    April 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Where did you hear this info… the internet? Bonjour

  9. Dennis

    April 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Are they saying that they will ship medical grade hemp oil or marijuana. To non legalized states?

  10. Shannon

    April 15, 2014 at 6:48 am

    While I agree that other strains should be legal in all states for medical use (and I do agree). I think it’s irresponsible to spread misinformation about CBD, particularly HempMedsPx and Kannaway/Kannalife. I think it’s a disservice to families and children as well as ADULTS that CAN benefit from these particular CBD-rich compounds to spread misinformation regarding these. Even the procurer of Charlotte’s Web himself refers to the plant as a hemp plant and reports it’s has less/equivalent THC than even the RSHO by HempMedsPx. I assure you this information is available and has been WELL researched by me personally as I use these products personally! Anyway, have a look at the information below. I think the misinformation by the media has not helped anyone. 🙂

    Kannalife WAS given the only current license for use of the US Patent

    Also, the lab results for the extracts from RSHO and other HempMedsPx products are available and verifiable and are whole plant extracts.

    And the FDA disclosures are required. They cannot make claims just as any nutritional supplement cannot make claims.

    And NO, I don’t work for the company or any of those things. I — USE HempMedsPx products for arthritis inflammation and pain and it has made a HUGE difference in my life. I do not live in a legal marijuana state and this is a legal remedy for me that is WORKING. Again, Just to state, I do believe medical marijuana should be available in each state. Until then, I do not think it should be a war against CBD strains that CAN BE OBTAINED. We’re all on the same team.

  11. Jeanne

    April 15, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I support an end to cannabis prohibition in all forms. We should be able to grow it in our gardens, next to our kale, spinach and other healing greens. Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco for recreational use and the medicinal value of this plant is unsurpassed. Those who choose cannabis for whatever reason are not criminals. With liberty and justice for all ….

    • Crystal Brunt

      May 7, 2014 at 10:12 am


  12. Elle Onasis

    April 15, 2014 at 3:47 am

    These dubious CBD companies are dangerous. Cannabis prohibition has given rise to this new, unsafe CBD market which is entirely unregulated for medical treatment. People need to understand that it is possible to create CBD oil from industrial hemp sludge. Importing this dangerous product is technically legal because the industrial crops contain little, or no thc. But there is also no way to know if pesticides, herbicides or other contaminants have been used in these industrial hemp crops. There is no oversight of medical production facilities. The crops are grown for fiber, not human consumption. Any company that encourages you to break the law to purchase their product should be strictly avoided. This is another example of why the US needs to abolish cannabis prohibition. Having cannabis as an illegal substance creates crime, fuels unsafe markets, and robs people of natural medicine which is safe. Cannabis prohibition must end.

  13. JD

    April 15, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I use this personally I dont have the resources to move, I feel its a reasonable way to get cbd but not good enough to treat things like cancer & epilepsy and defiantly not as good as bud & leaf derived cbd with a more complex cannabinoid profile

  14. Kyle

    April 15, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Why should anyone believe that the government cares about anything but the government. God made this the way it is — there is no good reason for all these hoops that people must jump through. This is seriously disgusting and proof that only the people themselves have their best interest at heart. If you must move to abide by the rules of the government for a better quality of life , so be it. Our government is ridiculous. What’s the difference between dictatorship and the Federal government ? There is no difference. God bless these families who put their children’s health before all else.

    • Kyle

      April 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Please look up the word synergistic as this is how cannabis works. ~

  15. Rich

    April 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Yes, it is best to use the entire plant of Cannabis Sativa, and receive the benefits of all of the compounds in the cannabinoid as well as the other compounds in the whole plant. The cannabinoid contains THC, CBD, and about a hundred other compounds. That is exactly what HempMeds uses to produce their products. The Hemp plant is the same as marijuana, but since it has less than 2 percent THC we call it Hemp. It is high in CBD and many of the other plant compounds, and HempMeds is producing some very beneficial products.

    The only difference between strains of marijuana is the percentages of the compounds in the plant. Strains with a low amount of THC are also beneficial medically.

  16. Mark

    April 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Industrial hemp cbd is a fairly good analgesic & is strong enough to work on the symptoms of a few diseases, but here’s the rub. These hemp giants (mostly MLM) are using female cannabis plant research on CBD and calling it their own.

    There has been virtually NO research done on industrial hemp cbd, so that’s what they decided to “sneak to us”. The real truth is cbd (as Dr. Gupta said on CNN) does not seem to work very well on its own. Why do you think the major top shelf dispensaries wouldn’t dream of carrying hemp cbd?

    Well there are moral reasons but also other altruistic reasons. They are working with life and death daily. And they can get closed down for dispensing such a product (surely sued in court). No cannabis trained doctor ever recommends it. Why? Same reason (plus they are often working with patients with cancer, MS etc. Industrial hemp cbd is, as far as current science goes not even in the same league (not even close) to female bud cbd. Finally why do you think the biggest of the MLM hempers will not allow their downline to use their name as to whom is being represented? Take a guess? They know its just a matter of time before someone dies and blames the cbd (mostly from China wastelands (filthy btw full of microbes etc).

    If you are thinking about joining one of those cults, ask them that question. IF one of my customers die, and they take me to court, will you be here by my side with your high powered lawyer to keep me out of prison? Then be quiet and wait for the answer.

    Or better yet, run like hell. The real experts on cannabis/medical marijuana are at Martin Lee is one of the most respected researchers as any expert will tell you, not these snake oil salespersons with very shady pasts, using a lot of young ambitious people to do their bidding.

    Also if you plan to sell for them, ask them if there has ever been an MLM where more than 1% made ANY profit (the top 1%). No there hasn’t. They make Wal-mart look like Mother Theresa. Be careful. It’s a jungle out there. 🙂

  17. joy

    April 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    They need the whole plant. The whole plant has components that work together for healing. Hearts and prayers go out to the families that have to uproot there families. Just because our government can’t open there eye’s and mind. Industrial hemp doesn’t have all the healing components.

    • Jeff Swann

      April 15, 2014 at 1:39 am

      Truly I speak from first hand use. I am an aids patient and use it for nausea relief as well as appetite stimulant. For pain management it is much more safer and healthier than narcotics … It also aids me in anxiety relief which is safer than narcotics.
      Medicinally like the narcotics the effects to the brain and body are what is needed … And whole plant extracts are the best nature has to offer mankind … And all mankind should have safe and equal access to any natural medicine they choose to have. A great deal of folks believe that God said all plants were good for mans good purposes. Genesis chapter one verse 29. It is mans greed and corruption that told the lies that led to criminalizing NATURE ! It should be every humans right to choose natural medications !

  18. Cheryl Johns

    April 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Yes I do I suffer from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia and benien essecial Blephrospasm. I’m. on lots of the pills for these and want to try medical marijuana so I don’t end up dying from pills I have researched medical marijuana and believe it can save my life possibly make me able to work again sorry for my lack of punctuations

  19. brandi

    April 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    i believe the whole plant will help better than an oil!!!! the oil is man made and the plant is GOD made so think about it!! GOD put it here to grow and help people out!! it’s not meant for people to mess with it and add other things to it!

    • Mary Jo

      April 15, 2014 at 8:12 am

      YEs .. I truly agree ..

  20. Den

    April 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for posting that.

    Please comment about this site?

    They say:
    “Do I need to move to Colorado?
    Where do you ship?
    Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire cannabidiol for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado and get on the waiting lists for CBD from dispensaries and such. Many big news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading this idea.. we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed.”

    • josh dalzell

      April 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Shipping to all 50 states currently and without a prescription privately, discreetly and legally from your “back office” no cost to get involved and have products shipped. Friend me on facebook

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