Since “high CBD hemp oil” was the most widely read topic in my Hope Beyond blog, I’ve decided to post these helpful resources!
Here is a well-balanced article that includes the definitions of 1) legal high CBD hemp oil (HCBDHO) or cannabis sativa from industrial hemp that I tried over a year ago and 2) medical marijuana. The two are different. Versions that are legal in all 50 states have a 3% or less concentration of THC: the substance that creates the “high” in addition to other medical benefits. Medical marijuana may only be sold in the United States where it is legal and is of a strain called cannabis indica.
By the way, I did trial the use of HCBDHO for about a month then discontinued it. While I initially received a reduction in seizure attack episodes, I had to keep increasing the dose to receive these benefits. As my dose increased to the therapeutic level cited in clinical research, the benefits stopped. Then I started to have waking and sleeping night terrors! I suspected that the trace amount of THC in the product (from Bluebird Botanicals), was too much for me. Sadly, my trial ended. The owners of Bluebird Botanicals assured me that their product was tested for purity and absence of mold mycotoxins. They were most gracious with their time in guiding me in the best use of their product.
Flash forward almost 2 years and I have become familiar with the exemplary work and products of another company, Quicksilver Scientific. Should I desire to try HCBDHO again, here is the source that I would recommend. The delivery system of liposomal nanoparticles facilitates the absorption of CBD directly into the bloodstream within a minute making it comparable to a medical intravenous infusion! Quicksilver Scientific requires that you buy Liposomal CBD through a healthcare practitioner; the site has a Practitioner Locator on the home page. Please contact me for more information locating a practitioner if needed.
Yesterday I posted the following blog. If you have already read this, scroll down to the bottom for the latest update as of Sunday, March 23, 2014.
I have been instructed in another forum to check the United State’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the ruling on industrial hemp intended for human consumption. High CBD hemp oil is not medical marijuana (MM), however it does contain trace amounts of THC: a controlled, Schedule 1 substance. Evidently the ruling in 2003 has not been significantly altered by recent case law (although I do not have access to more recent decisions to check this myself). Below is the original ruling. In non-MM states (or when out of compliance with state laws where MM is legal), the use of substances for human consumption that contains natural or synthetic THC at any level is considered ILLEGAL! Below is an excerpt from the final rule. Each of us will have to decide how we will handle the use of high CBD hemp oil whether or not you reside in a medical marijuana-legal state here in the United States.
[DEA-206F] RIN 1117-AA55 Exemption From Control of Certain Industrial Products and Materials Derived From the Cannabis Plant AGENCY: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice. ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is adopting as final an interim rule exempting from control (i.e., exempting from all provisions of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)) certain items derived from the cannabis plant and containing tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). Specifically, the interim rule exempted THC-containing industrial products, processed plant materials used to make such products, and animal feed mixtures, provided they are not used, or intended for use, for human consumption (and therefore cannot cause THC to enter the human body). DATES: This final rule becomes effective on April 21, 2003.
Since I live in a State where products containing any amount of THC has not yet been legalized, I have some very important decisions to make. I am in shock.
And my Lord, Jesus, is still on the throne. Headed to prayer . . .
Update Sunday, March 23, 2014
Just found the following ruling from a 9th Circuit (Federal) Court that would supersede the ruling of a federal agency such as the Drug Enforcement Agency:
The DEA’s Final Rules purport to regulate foodstuffs containing “natural and synthetic THC.” And so they can: in keeping with the definitions of drugs controlled under Schedule I of the CSA, the Final Rules can regulate foodstuffs containing natural THC if it is contained within marijuana, and can regulate synthetic THC of any kind. But they cannot regulate naturally-occurring THC not contained within or derived from marijuana-i.e., non-psychoactive hemp products-because non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance. The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld. DEA-205F and DEA-206F are thus scheduling actions that would place non-psychoactive hemp in Schedule I for the first time. In promulgating the Final Rules, the DEA did not follow the procedures in §§ 811(a) and 812(b) of the CSA required for scheduling. The amendments to 21 C.F.R. § 1308.11(d)(27) that make THC applicable to all parts of the Cannabis plant are therefore void. We grant Appellants’ petition and permanently enjoin enforcement of the Final Rules with respect to non-psychoactive hemp or products containing it.
So as of this date, in the interest of Gentle Readers in all 50 states (where marijuana is legal and where it is not), the tide is moving back towards my original statements: high CBD hemp oil (containing trace amounts of naturally-occurring THC for synergistic benefits) is available in all 50 states. I have a few follow up calls to make to ensure that my statements here are accurate.
So exciting. Please forgive the confusion. Trusting the Lord in all that He will direct my paths for His glory alone. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Industrial hemp is the legal cousin to medical marijuana. While legal in all 50 states, it has not been legal to grow in the United States for decades. It has to be imported then processed into the products noted below. Here’s a little summary of the possibilities:
As it turns out, the cannabinoid, CBD (cannibidiol), has tremendous health benefits for persons struggling with serious medical challenges. Who knew that a plant grown with only trace amounts of THC (the compound that creates the high in marijuana, a different type of cannabis) could help so many? This is not medical marijuana. For the medically minded, here’s a Scientific Review of the literature on the medical benefits of cannibis including high CBD oil. To continue the discussion, “Like” the “Seizure Free Zone” page on Facebook and let’s chat!
So why am I so fascinated by high CBD hemp oil? Well just last night in the middle of a wretched flare up of seizure attacks (brought on by unknowing noxious fragrances of house guests) about 30 drops stopped the episode. Since the exposure would not end until morning, my husband and I did the best we could to get me through the night when the tic attacks re-flared thereafter with less intensity. In the past I would have endured a hellish night: all night long with no relief. While I would prefer to be cured with this substance, I know that it will not be that easy. There are methylation and biotoxin illness issues yet to be resolved; gratefully I’ll be seeing some doctors in a new clinic to address them very soon. Usually a new treatment creates convulsions for me. That has not happened here. Where would I be if I had nothing at all to arm myself in this battle? More living hell indeed.
I am grateful to the Lord for any relief at this time. The overall pattern of suffering is broken. The Lord is at work even in this confusing situation. To say more about that might sound like I know what the Lord is up to so I won’t because I’m not quite sure! Faith in the promises of the Lord, Jesus Christ will sustain me. Let’s just say this that I am reasonably at peace in this recent situation and am grateful for the endurance granted to get myself to the appointment on Monday! Others have had life-changing experiences with new treatments such as CBD. My prayer is that any of the episodes of my life not be wasted and if it is the Lord’s will, I will be healed. Everything is usually not resolved overnight anyways . . . unless there is a miracle.
My miracle happened decades ago when I found hope in Jesus. I would be dead in my sins today if He had not called me to his throne of grace. That is more important than my health. Perhaps, Gentle Reader, He can be of some importance to you too? What good will it do to gain our health and lose the battle for our souls? We won’t always be here battling the trials of living in a fallen world. Someday we will die. The Bible tells us that the decisions we made during our lifetimes will determine what will happen after our lives are over. I’m holding out for the party in heaven, free of pain and suffering. I can say that with confidence having believed the truths of Proverbs 3:5-6, John 3:16, and John 14:6. This suffering is temporary. I am not home yet. When I am home, all suffering of every kind will be over. Cool beans, man.
In the meantime I share a tool that may be of interest to you. But make no mistake, nothing is more important than the eternal question. If you stop with the first and never get to the second then this blog is of no value to you. “Hope beyond” is about looking beyond what we can see to that in which we can believe without a shadow of doubt. If you would like to have the confidence that your life is in the hands of the God whose thoughts of love and compassion towards you exceeds the grains of sand on the earth (Psalm 129:18), then I invite you to humble yourself and cry out to Him today. He is waiting to hold your cares, your tears in the palm of His gentle hands . . .
Personal Update: I continue to experience a 40% overall improvement in seizure activity and related noxious symptoms just 16 days after starting high CBD hemp oil (HCBDHO). After 2 1/2 years of serious complications to Lyme, mold, Candida and biotoxin illness: I am amazed!
Here’s the research that I found that led me to discovering this LEGAL alternative to medical marijuana (more on that in a moment):
After seeing that there was authentic clinical research supporting the use of “cannabis” for epilepsy, even though I was diagnosed with non-epileptic seizures, I wondered how I might obtain it. Purchasing medical marijuana when it’s not legal in your State is a complicated process and risky. Some persons have obtained State I.D.’s in the state where MM is legal, set up post office boxes and even used the addresses of friends or family who live in the MM state. I did not feel comfortable with this, even though I was suffering tremendously on a daily basis.
The story of Charlotte changed everything. Charlotte was 5 years old when her parents became heartbroken over the hundreds of daily seizures their precious daughter had as part of Dravet’s syndrome. Her father researched alternatives to the myriad of medications that were not working and found CBD medical marijuana. Finding some to try was difficult even in Colorado where MM is legal since CBD is generally in concentrations too low to make a difference. CBD can reduce the “high” and confound the benefits of THC found in MM; it was long ago cultivated out of most strains. The parents found the Stanley brothers who had high CBD hemp, were willing to grow it for Charlotte, and were willing to sell it to them with the proper orders from two pediatricians as required in Colorado. Charlotte’s seizures stopped for days after the first dose! She is now gaining in all developmental milestones and reclaiming her young life much to the delight of her parents. Other parents around the world are flocking to Colorado to get on the waiting list for Charlotte’s Web: the high CBD cannabis.
I believe it is the Lord who allowed me to ask the question of whether or not CBD (cannabidiol, a type of cannibinoid) is available in other types of cannabis. While medical marijuana and hemp are the same genus of cannabis but the species containing mostly THC is generally cannabis sativa and the species containing mostly CBD is generally cannabis indica. From here I will call CBD/cannabis indica: hemp. Industrial Hemp is another term for non-psychoactive cannabis.
Industrial hemp is grown outside of the USA and imported for hemp fiber products, oil with elevated essential fatty acids, and more. When cultivated for high CBD, hemp oil has more physical effects and can be sedative as it acts upon the endocannibinoid system of our cell walls. There’s a lot of technical stuff here so I’ll save that for another post. THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE is that you do not have to use MM to get the benefits of high CBD hemp oil: HCBDHO can be extracted from hemp plants as a nutritional product and that product is LEGAL in all 50 of the United States of America!
From here I set out to figure out how a person takes HCBDHO, how is it dispensed, who sells the best products for me, and what companies are reputable. I did not want a product from a start-up company with an inferior product laced with flavorings, fillers, and sweeteners. I needed a concentration that would be effective and cost-effective as pure oils can be pricey. I wanted a company who could answer my questions and had sound business practices to indicate that it would still be there for me next month and next year when I got well. I believe I have found that product and that company. (For more information and information on how to obtain a discount, contact me via the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/seizurefreezone)
Today I just wanted to share that for persons with seizures and seizure-like episodes, there will be hope for many in the use of high CBD hemp oil. It’s been here all along, running under the radar of controversial medical marijuana. Who knew? Now you do too! Please share this information with others who might be interested!
P.S. Relief for persons with seizures is just the beginning. Just Google any of the key words written here “and” a medical condition or symptom (for example CBD and fibromyalgia). You just might be delighted with what you find!
P.P.S. Watch an informative video by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a former White House Fellow under the Clinton Administration at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4GUkzTnFG0 Remember to watch for the mentioning of CBD, THC, or ratios of the two together. Of course, preparations with THC will require purchase in a State where MM is legal! :J