Setting the record straight about CBD

Recently, I read a story talking about the legality of CBD in Florida. I am not going into the discussion of legalities in this blog post but instead wanted to clarify some misinformation that is still being spread by the media and many layperson as well. The following in italics is a text I sent to the writer (Sara Denatale) of the article. (you can read the article here first if you would like…

see article here

Hi Sara. My name is Rick Kegresse. You can find me on Facebook. My wife and I are affiliates with a major cbd company and have been for a couple of years. That being said we keep up to date on CBD and are very knowledgeable about the subject as are most of us affiliates of an mlm company. Recently you wrote an article appearing in the Tampa Bay Times. I realize you are not the only media person saying the following things, but I am hoping to educate and possibly change some of the narrative going out to the public.

There are two instances in the article that I would like you to consider and possibly make a correction to.

First you state that there is not enough studies done in CBD. My question is… Then what is enough studies? CBD had been being studied since the 1960s by Israeli Government and many of our universities. Since 2014, the number of studies had gone into the thousands. You can Google “cbd and (insert malady here)” and find numerous studies of each one. The government run website with over 300 pages of CBD related links goes even deeper and lends that credible authority if you prefer that. So I’m not sure where this idea comes from that there are not enough studies done.

Secondly, you stated that there are no governing bodies that make sure a label is true in what it says. Please look up “US Hemp Authority” at

True this is not a government program, then again neither was the “Organic” label to begin with. Now, that program is backed by the USDA, but to begin with it was a self related independent organization. Some argue that the efficacy of Organic label was tarnished after the government got involved, but that is another story. The point is that there is a third party group (US Hemp Authority) that holds no stakes in any of the companies getting their Seal of Approval.

Thank you for your time. Have a blessed day.

I would also like to thank you, my readers for visiting and taking your time to research and learn the truth. Education is key to making change that matters.

If you would like to find out more about the business that we are in and become a part of this movement you can check it out at

Together we can all be Hemping for Life. 😎

CBD and the Endocannabiniod system

In September 2017, I never in my life had heard about the Endocannabiniod system and only vaguely had heard about CBD. If someone had just come up to me and asked what I knew about the ECS I would’ve laughed and said, that’s not a real thing… Is it?

My how things have changed since then. Hi there. I am Rick Kegresse; together with my wife Katie we are Hemping for Life. Contact details are at the end of this article.

For many years Katie has been in constant pain with joint and connective tissue issues as well as a broken foot and many common fears. I myself have high stress, blood pressure that is controlled with Bystolic and nasty gut issues. That all changed when CBD oil was given to us by our daughter, Jessica. That day changed our lives.

Since then Katie had not needed a cane to walk with or my help to get up and down stairs, up from the couch, or in and out of a car. She has gone to the dentist with reduced anxiety. She also participates in many activities that she had to give up years prior due to a lack of mobility.

I am calmer and am able to go now places without fear that I might have to run to the bathroom.

WHY? What is CBD doing? How does it work? It all has to do with the Endocannabiniod system and homeostasis. I am not a doctor and make no claims to cure or diagnose or treat any disease or malady. I am talking about what happened in my life and according to numerous studies why it works like it does.

I learned over the months from several places including the company I represent CBD products for. You can also reference from these sites for yourself.

Our bodies want Homeostasis

Our body is hard at work everyday trying to maintain balance, also known as homeostasis.

We’ve got multiple systems in our bodies, and every system has polarity built in. One of these systems is our neural network which has positive and negative charges in our nerves that trigger our muscles to contract or relax. Imagine that one system being out of whack and the problems it would create. Twitching, loss of bowel control, heart attack, etc… The list is long and scary.

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The pH in various parts of our body spans the whole pH scale, from very acidic to very alkaline.

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Even our endocrine system can be catabolic, which means to break down, or anabolic, which means to build up.

So in essence, every aspect of human physiology is constantly and dynamically striving for balance.

And your metabolism is, as well.

So our body is constantly doing the dance; yin and yang, expanding and contracting, degenerating and regenerating, in flow and out flow….

Homeostasis is at the core of health. However, in our lives today, our homeostasis is a bit skewed.

We are living in a toxic world and our bodies are not able to maintain the optimal homeostasis.

But because our bodies are so resilient, they are able to shift and still function in suboptimal environments.

We are able to adjust and adapt, and it is this flexibility and resilience that we lose as autoimmune patients.

All body systems have to communicate, and they do so by way of signaling molecules.

Pharmaceutical drugs act in the body by further altering our homeostasis to decrease a specific symptom, but this often results in unintended consequences.

So what happens? If you take one medication, you often need more to counter the effects of the meds you were initially placed on.

Ultimately, when taking medications long term, they end up altering our physiology so much so that we now need meds to run functionally.

But the meds don’t allow you to achieve optimal functionality, rather, they keep you at declining functionality.

How Does CBD Work in Our Body?

It just so happens that CBD physiologically keeps our body in balance, promoting optimal function by acting as an agonist (basically cleaning the receptors, see next).

The endocannabinoid system in our body that pays a major part in every other system in the body. This network of cells contains receptors, and these receptors are the most prevalent type of receptors throughout the body.

Dr. Rafael Mechoulam at Hebrew University in Israel discovered the endocannabinoid system.

We also have our own cannabinoids in our bodies: Anandamide and 2AG.

Meditation promotes the bliss molecule anandamide.

Breastfeeding promotes 2AG.

Receptors for CBD travel to the nucleus, where our cells are controlled and from there can impact our entire physiology.

They bind to chromosomes and affect our DNA code, which runs our physiology.

Which Proteins are Made as a Result of the Influence of CBD in Our Body?

Genes code for various proteins in the body.

It just so happens that CBD modulates the transcription of over 1100 genes that activate the signaling molecules that naturally reduce inflammation in our central nervous system and throughout our immune system.

Signaling molecules include:

  • Neurotransmitters (nervous system)
  • Hormones (endocrine system)
  • Cytokines (immune system)

CBD restores homeostasis to both our immune and central nervous system:

  • Promotes up-regulation of anti-inflammatory biochemicals, known as GABA
    • Brings calmness
  • Promotes down-regulation of inflammatory biochemicals, known as Glutamate
    • Reduces over excitation

Therefore our body returns to homeostasis.

So instead of having so many side effects from pharmaceuticals, CBD oil may just be the thing to keep our bodies in balance.

Remember, our homeostasis results from a cascade of biochemical reactions on the entire immune and physiological system, including but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Central nervous system
  • Immune system
  • Bone marrow
  • Spleen
  • Bladder
  • Lymph System

So why is this important?

If you are alive nowadays, you’re inflamed. No one is exempt.

We all have some degree of toxic overload.

Many prevalent conditions today didn’t exist @ 100 years ago. Most likely we’ve seen these due to increasing toxins in the environment and because Hemp and Marijuana had been removed from the food chain about the same time. Without the protection of this outside source of CBD outside environmental issues have caused great changes to the human population.

This toxic load can cause a degradation in our gut lining and through a cascade of biochemical reactions in our body, brain inflammation results, causing brain fog, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, and insomnia.

Additionally, immune dysfunction as a result of toxic load can lead to the autoimmune conditions we’re so familiar with… like lupus, Arthritis, EDS, fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohns, IBS and so much more .

Such conditions were so rare in the past. But due to ongoing insult to our system, these conditions are on the rise.

CBD has provided tremendous relief and healing for thousands of people and has been widely studied by multiple universities, research facilities and governments for many decades now.

Because health is achieved through physiological homeostasis, CBD seems like a great option for someone seeking a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals.

CBD will help with pain, as well as promote the body’s ability to naturally detoxify and heal, all while supporting our body’s overall systemic homeostasis.

CBD Dosing

  1. Decide on the delivery method. Cannabis oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products. Water soluable cbd is another method that makes more of the cbd available for use by the body and can be a more pleasant taste.
  2. Begin slowly, low dose to start. See chart below.
  3. Spread dosing throughout the day.
  4. Use consistent dose and ratio for several days, see how you do and adjust accordingly.
  5. Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is the case with cannabis. If you experience headaches, tiredness or dry mouth drink more water and lower your serving for a few days.
  6. Some people experience Herxheimer-effect. This is detoxification and goes away after a short period of time. Usually under a week.
  7. As with any change in diet it may be beneficial to consult your health care provider.

Katie and I are available to discuss our products with you. You can call or text us at

Rick 607-244-1269

Katie 607-316-7257


Thank you for checking out our blog. We hope to see you again.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


So I was told at some point that I should be blogging. I’m rather new at this and so here I am… Blogging. It is my hope that in this process I will meet lots of new people who connect with me and I with them .

At times, my lovely wife Katie will be adding to this site, some blogs of her own. She, just as I, wants to connect with people like us who share values.

What kind of values are we talking?

First – Love.

It’s such a simple word. Caring for other’s well being.

Do you love yourself? Yes – Great, skip the next sentence . No – watch for a future blog because I want to speak with you.

In order to truly love others you must have a healthy love for yourself. I believe that when you have a healthy love that naturally leads to loving others.

Wanting the best for others and helping them get there is a mark of the best kind of leadership. Which is my Segway for the second value.


The world needs so many more Great leaders who value people and want to see them grow emotionally, spiritually, physically and monetarily. All leaders lead by example, some just set a terrible example: Great leaders live a life worthy of following.

It is possible to step into this role of great leader. In fact it is quite simple become a servant. Help others to reach their goals and in return you’ll find you reach yours. Along the way you’ll find your community of friends grows as well.

Earlier, I said we were looking for certain values in people… I want to point out that these values I’m talking about are choices. There are a lot of sad, sick, spiritually bankrupt, poor people that need help but even in that state they can love others and become a great leader.

This is a secret of success. When a person turns this way in their thinking… Things change.

So watch for more blogs from me and Katie. Go to our Facebook page Hemping for life, like and follow us. We appreciate and love each and every one of you and want the very best for you. God Bless.