Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary scientific classifications – Sativa and Indica. Hemp and Marijuana are species of Cannabis that are both members of the Cannabis Sativa family.
Because Hemp and Marijuana both derive from the Cannabis Sativa family, they do look similar; however, due to each plant’s biological structure, each plant has very clear distinctions.
[I want to state right up front, I oppose legalization of recreational marijuana. This is not a post about marijuana.]
Seeking Help For Very Ill Children
The number of parents who are asking for the non-recreational type of hemp CBD oil for their severely epileptic children is growing by leaps and bounds as they seek help for their child.
This case in Indiana was particularly interesting and very close to me, as I worked at Riley Hospital when I was a student nurse and still have ties there.
Jade and Lehla Jerger, parents of Jaelah Jerger, live is Evansville, Indiana, my home state. Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and Indiana Child Protective Services (CPS) had attempted to take control of Jaelah’s care despite the fact that her parents have found CBD oil an effective way to control her debilitating severe seizures, often over 50 a day.
After a neurologist at Riley Children’s Hospital diagnosed her epilepsy and wanted to put Jaelah on KEPPRA, a common, but under-tested seizure medication, the parents began to research the best treatments for their daughter.
I would not want my child on a medication not recommended for children under 6 and can cause severe side effects like loss of hunger, renal failure, suicidal thoughts and infertility. Jaelah is only 19 months old.
Read the package insert here.
No hospital or doctor has a right to try to usurp and control a child’s care when her parents seek a second opinion and are both competent and within the law!
Enter Hemp CBD Oil
Jade and Lehla Jerger found a qualified Chiropractic Neurologist and began treating Jaelah with CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from industrial hemp, and is in no way psycho-active since it has almost no THC content – in the .003 percentage range. At the lowest dosage of CBD oil, the chiropractic Neurologist had success in reducing seizures from 50+ a day to 4 or less a day!
The sale of industrial hemp is legal in all 50 states, and as I mentioned before, CBD oil derived from industrial hemp (very different from marijuana) is also legal.
The Washington Post reports the medical demand is growing steadily due to “dozens of studies that have found evidence the compound can treat epilepsy as well as a range of other illnesses, including anxiety, schizophrenia, heart disease and cancer.”
Charlotte Figi is the first child to try CBD oil medically…
Another very interesting case: Mum of teen boy ‘saved by cannabis’ reveals drug DIDN’T cure his cancer – but did stop him dying: Callie Blackwell’s son Deryn was sent to a hospice shortly after his 14th birthday to live out his final few days – now, he’s a happy and healthy 17-year-old.
Hemp CBD Oil Finally Legalized In Indiana and Elsewhere
Under the new law, which took effect immediately, there are no limitations on CBD oil sales through June 30 provided the product contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the cannabis compound that produces a “high.”
Beginning July 1, CBD oil retailers only can sell CBD products that comply with new state testing and packaging requirements, including certification that the product is derived from industrial hemp and not marijuana.
5 Hemp CBD Oil Benefits
There’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you need to know about six potential medical uses of CBD and where the research stands:
1. Anxiety relief
- inducing sleep in cases of insomnia
- reducing stress
- decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
- improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
A study from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. Overall, participants had 36.5 percent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 percent of the participants.
Researchers are looking at a receptor, known as CB1, located in the brain, to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time.
Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil for neurodegenerative diseases.
4. Pain relief
The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. The National Institutes of Health is also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:
- chronic pain
- MS pain
- muscle pain
- spinal cord injuries
Nabiximols (Sativex), a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of TCH and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain and inflammation.
4. Cancer treatment
The National Cancer Institute says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.
Looking for Pure Hemp CBD Products?
Before you buy, look for these things in the product:
- Where Was the Hemp Grown and What Might Be In It?
- How Much THC Is in the CBD Oil?
- What’s the Concentration of CBD in the Product?
- How Do We Know the CBD is Potent and Pure?
- How Much Total CBD is in the Product?
- Is Cheaper Always Better?