Dr. Philip Blair and Dr. Emek Blair joined Optivida’s Frank Davis for an in-depth discussion of hemp extracts, the nature of organic, whole-plant hemp liposomes, compared with synthetic derivatives. Below is the transcript of that conversation. Frank Davis: By linking myself with professionals such as Dr. Philip Blair who is a medical doctor, a retired colonel, a researcher, and Doctor Emek Blair, who is a biochemist, it’s the perfect storm, so to speak. To be able to bring what I now know to be one of the most incredible plants on the planet with the most healing properties of anything I’m aware of at this point. And bring it to where it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing. And to that end I wanted to introduce Dr. Philip Blair. Let him explain why this hemp is so important in what it does. His experience with it and then turn it over to Dr. Emek Blair to explain more about the plant and how we can get it to the individual taking it in a form that’s going to do the most good. Dr. Philip Blair: Frank I’ve been a physician for over 40 years and been doing traditional practice but more recently in the last four years I’ve concentrated on hemp. I learned about the benefits that come from it. I started trying it for myself and my patients and saw the most incredible results from it and looking at the literature. It can be pretty well defined about what’s going on with it is that this hemp plant is connecting up with our own endocannabinoid system. We have our own cannabinoids. We make our own and the hemp plan actually delivers extra ones of those and helps make those work better. And the endocannabinoid system is a system within our body that is actually a control or master controller of all of the other systems and includes the neurotransmitters, the immunological system, the hormones, even the gut is involved with that, and metabolism. So all of those areas. So it makes sense that hemp could make a difference in an enormous number of diseases that are going on. But it’s really important that you have a high quality product here because you want to deliver the right substance and get the right substance in the right concentration into that individual in order to get the effects and the results that I see in my patients. FD: What in your experience in the last four years utilizing hemp, with patients in all sorts of different conditions, I’m assuming. What percentage of those patients see a significant benefit? DPB: You know in my monitoring patients, I see well over 75 percent see a significant benefit from using hemp on the first dosing. If they’re using the right amount they get a response. And I can actually measure those differences as I talk to them or I watch them. FD: And just for our benefit, what are some of the major things that you’re using hemp for that you’re seeing the most benefit from? What conditions right off the top? DPB: The conditions that I see some of the most benefit for our anxiety, depression, pain, but also PTSD and dementia – Alzheimer’s dementia – as well as a host of what we consider orphan diseases that hemp has the potential of making a huge impact for. FD: Beautiful. That’s so exciting. I mean when we talk about what I love talking to Dr. Blair is a very common value and priority in terms of this mission. He’s not here to make money. He’s here to share this incredible product to make sure that people are taking advantage of the incredible benefit that hemp provides. DPB: But Frank you know there’s one more step that we have to take it from the plant and we’ve got to get it not only to the table. We’ve got to deliver it to the patient, to within their system and that’s, I think, where Dr. Emek Blair comes in, in terms of a delivery system to get a very highly effective, low dose approach to using these cannabinoids in a very effective way. Dr. Emek Blair: Right. And that’s you know in our previous conversations today and over the last couple of months I mean that’s exactly what we’re talking about. How is it that you can use such a small amount and get such big results. And that’s because of the delivery system and how we’re really these liposomes are really pushing the hemp and the hemp into the bloodstream at high rates. So it’s from seed to the table and from the table, into your blood. FD: Right. DEB: And those are kind of steps we have to do. And of course you know we start with this nice USDA organic hemp, we process it just down the street, and then we turn it into a product 20 miles from here. So you know just like all your other products, Frank, you know we don’t let them sit out. We make sure that all the natural good ingredients don’t degrade. I mean if I was to buy an apple I wouldn’t let it sit on the table for three months. I’m not going to do this. Right. This plant, I mean look how absolutely beautiful and natural it is. FD: So from the time that this is harvested and apparently it’s really close to harvest right? DEB: Yep were a couple weeks out now . FD: And the thing I learned today which I didn’t know is we’re sitting here looking at this plant and they’re just loaded with ladybugs which indicates obviously that no use of pesticides or herbicides or other things it’s organically grown very nutrient rich. And then when it’s harvested like I said it’s literally hours that you’re talking about going through the process to extract that oil and you get it to a point and then put it in to a delivery system using this liposomal… what do you call it, fats? DEB: Yeah it’s liposomal Bubbles. FD: Bubbles. DEB: Yeah. FD: Which literally for all intents and purposes take it right into the bloodstream, right? Smuggle it right in? DEB: So your body has a way that it likes to absorb fats. And these liposomes are exactly what your body is looking for; your body recognizes it. It’s part of your body’s natural uptake mechanism and it’s something that you recognize since the time your a baby all the way to the time that you’re an adult. And yeah I mean it’s kind of amazing to think about that it’s grown here down the street over there is where it’s extracted and then 20 miles that way is where it’s turned into It’s the finish good into a liposome and you know that one of the great things about having you here is we can all attest. Look we can see ladybugs, we can see little bugs running around this as you would expect in an organic farm. Right? And we can verify that is true. We can see that there’s a little bit of overgrowth, right, so that a whole bunch of Roundup or a whole bunch of other toxic chemicals aren’t being sprayed over here. This is truly a USDA organic plant. FD: And like I said you have to start with good ingredients to get good products and ladybug is nature’s pesticide right. DEB: That’s exactly right. So so what’s really important DPB: Predator! (laughter) DEB: but what’s really important about this whole ecosystem – and that’s really what this is this farm it’s a sustainable ecosystem – is this is hemp that’s naturally found in Colorado. This wasn’t genetically engineered, it didn’t come from a lab or anywhere. This was hemp that when we came here it was already growing. All we did – and I say we. The farmer here – all that the farmer did was just help nature along and helped reproduce the same natural Colorado hemp plant. FD: Beautiful. And because of that you pointed out the ladybugs. DEB: Well we have all six naturally found ladybug species here. And the reason is because this is a Colorado plant. Colorado ladybugs come here and protect the plant from other pests. Right. So then like you said they’re kind like the pesticides and the other nice thing is Colorado bees can now come and they can forage for a little bit of food and we can help the bee population. So because we’re doing this in a sustainable fashion we’re doing this in a natural fashion – this is what nature wanted to do; we just helped it along – we truly get the absolute best. DPB: One of the important factors here is that this is a full spectrum product that’s coming from hemp. It’s not an isolate. No sir, you can do some fancy stuff with chemicals and you can try to deliver those or do synthetics but this as a whole plant substance, means that it has other substances here with it that are of major benefit for those health conditions and reduce the chances of complications. So you’re getting a substance that’s healing without any significant toxicity or adverse effects. And that’s what I see in my patients. FD: Beautiful. You know when you talk about full spectrum – me I’m a fanatic when it comes to whole food nutrition and I was explaining to an associate of mine on the way here I said, “you know they identified lycopene in the tomato as being very beneficial for prostate, you know, against prostate health prostate cancer.” So what do they do? They said “Let’s extract that lycopene and we’re going to isolate it.” Well they found that that lycopene by itself doesn’t perform even a fraction as it does in the tomato. They have no idea what are the core factors in that tomato that make that lycopene work the way it’s supposed to. And I think the same thing in any plant. You can’t isolate one part of it and expect it to function. I equate it somewhat like a football team. Your star might be the quarterback. But if he doesn’t have a supporting cast he’s not going to make any touchdowns or win a game. DEB: Yeah you know and there’s several papers that you know the two of us have discussed quite a bit where as you take the product closer and closer to just hemp without the full spectrum in it, it stops working. Yeah and not only does it stop working, you have to get larger and larger doses to get even close to the same outcomes which at that point is no point. And that’s what’s really nice about what we’re doing is we’re giving a small dose. It’s the right dose and it gets us the results we’re looking for. FD: So one of the things I wanted to maybe learn more from you is, being a retired colonel in the military and a medical doctor. I understand you’re using hemp to treat vets in certain conditions. DPB: Absolutely. FD: And tell us a little bit more about that. DPB: PTSD is a common injury among veterans both men and women but it also extends to the civilian population. For the veteran population these people have put their lives on the line for the service of the country. And then they come back with a number of injuries and helping them get through those types of impairments and that adjustment has been very challenging. Well we have a substance in hemp and I’ve been using it in a number of patients and I’ve found some extraordinary responses, immediate responses for people using the right dose and the right quality of hemp that actually reverses many of the symptoms that they have to the point where after a couple of weeks of use there appears to be a significant remission of their symptoms so they get rid of the nightmares, they get rid of the anxiety, they get rid of the isolation, they start to be cordial and friendly and loving to their family. FD: Beautiful. And what besides the post-traumatic stress disorder what else are you treating particularly vets? DPB: Well for vets for chronic pain injuries. FD: OK. DPB: Any different types for traumatic brain injuries specifically. A lot of PTSD can come from that but there’s a lot of adverse effects from traumatic brain injury and impairment using hemp we see a restoration of cognition, of function, of emotion, so that they can be gainfully employed. I know of now a couple of gentlemen who are now ready to go back into the business world and actually start up their own companies after using hemp for a period of less than four weeks. FD: Oh wow that’s so incredible. You know this is such an exciting new frontier so to speak, because you know it almost sounds like a magic elixir because it whether it’s post-traumatic stress disorder, whether it’s anxiety, whether it’s pain, or you know it just seems like but like you mentioned, the endocannabinoid system is that Master Control System and its function is to keep the homeostasis to keep us balanced. DPB: So if something’s out of kilter. We’re out of balance. Where we manifest disease and that’s exactly what we’re finding. We’re finding endocannabinoid deficiency disorders across the board in major illnesses. And so if we can use the hemp and the hemp products to restore that endo cannabinoid system and rebalance it then we may be able to restore a large number of medical problems to health and vigour once again. FD: So question then: endocannabinoid you said. we make our own cannabinoids. So obviously we’re deficient in our cannabinoids because we’re not functioning the way we’re supposed to. Tell us how the hemp cannabinoids how they interface or replace or supplement what the body’s supposed to be doing. DPB: Well the right kind of hemp cannabinoids actually boost the endocannabinoid system and rebalance the receptors and the agonists and they endocannabinoids that we have. So there is better working and that it corrects for some of those other illnesses that we encounter like irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, all of those can be related to a major dysfunction. In the end though cannabinoids help, including PTSD. FD: Beautiful DEB: You see and while it’s been out of our food system for the last 50 – 60 years, if you go back to the last 5000 years we’ve been eating hemp all along. It’s only been over the last few decades that we haven’t had access to it. So the fact that we have deficient systems is, you know, strictly because we haven’t been getting the food and nutrition that we need. FD: So that’s a really good point that you bring up. Whole natural foods are very important. In order to maintain the endocannabinoid system and maintain our health care. And like I said this has been my focus for the last 20 – 30 years so this just falls right in line with everything that I’ve been studying and researching, experiencing myself. I got into it from my own personal benefit but if it did for me, proper nutrition did for me, what it did, I said it could do it for anybody. DPB: Know it’s not just hemp alone. You really need to have those natural foods and you need to have good exercise and you need to have good attitude and family support. All of those things need to be there for a healthy recovery. But the first step may be that they’re getting in those natural and whole plant foods.