June 2, 2016
The power of medical cannabis to treat human ailments is no longer deniable. While medical science continues to discover the mechanisms behind it, personal stories of healing through cannabis are being shared across social media.
The most heartwarming one we have seen so far may be the video of little Jackson, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy by the age of two. In a 3-minute video uploaded to the Facebook page CBD Nature, we see his journey from mobile impairment to healing, immediately upon starting a treatment of high CBD/low THC tincture.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant. This compound is proving to be no less than a miracle for children suffering from chronic seizures, and is fast being recognized as the most promising treatment for epilepsy.
This healing property appears to extend to other debilitating childhood conditions. Jackson’s cerebral palsy caused this cheerful little boy to be largely unable to walk. He was also diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO), an autoinflammatory disorder that causes periodic bone pain and fever.
In the video, Jackson is seen at 2 and ½ years old, taking very small steps. He is struggling, but so proud and happy, saying, “I’m walking, daddy. See?”
Sometime later, Jackson’s parents are recording him again, encouraging him to walk toward them. “Come on , you can do it,” they say.
But it appears Jackson cannot take a step, saying in frustration, “I can’t.” The effects of cerebral palsy are evident. “I can’t turn,” he says. His mother has to take his hand before he can take a step. Three months later Jackson needed a wheeled walking aid to get around.
“But Jackson has a smart mom who KNEW there was more than could be done. So she began giving him low THC oil made from the CANNABIS PLANT.”
On the very first day—after administering “ACDC coconut oil tincture” at a 12:1 ratio, 10 drops 3 times per day—Jackson is walking up and down the hallway with no mechanical aid. The look of joy on his face would make any heart melt.
At day six, receiving 35 drops of low THC oil per day and 550 mg ginger root extract, Jackson clearly has better coordination. On the same day, he is seen getting out of a kiddie pool and taking 3 steps down, happily jumping onto the grass.
Who could deny this miraculous treatment to children?
Cannabis-derived CBD oil is still illegal in multiple states. 25 states have now legalized medical cannabis, and an additional 15 have legalized the use of CBD for a restricted set of medical conditions. Even some southern states have realized that keeping CBD treatment from suffering children and adults is too great of an injustice.
CBD derived from industrial hemp (such as imported hemp paste) is allowed by federal law, but it does not seem to be as effective as cannabis-derived hemp. An investigation by Project CBD found that “industrial hemp is not an optimal source of CBD, but it can be a viable source of CBD if certain hemp cultivators are grown organically in good soil and safe extraction and refinement methods are employed.”
The answer is, of course, to break down all barriers to legal cannabis. The War on Drugs has done nothing but prolonged the suffering of kids like Jackson and millions of others with debilitating conditions.
What does current UK law have to say regarding CBD oil, hemp and cannabis? What is legal, what is illegal and what lies in the grey area between?
The reason for the complexity and confusion is the classification of “hemp” and “cannabis”. Quite simply, hemp is cannabis – the Latin name of what we call hemp is cannabis sativa. So as far as nature is concerned, hemp is just one type of cannabis. It is generally a particularly tall version, up to about 20 feet tall. It is generally much thinner, and often times has smaller and fewer attention-grabbing flowers.
While the differences between hemp and cannabis are quite vague and borderline non-existent in nature, in relation to UK and EU law the differences are quite clear. (Fortunately.) Cannabis is considered to be strains of cannabis sativa with THC content regularly over 0.2%, while hemp is strains with THC content regularly below 0.2%. That’s it… couldn’t be simpler. The lawmakers don’t care about how tall the plant is, or even how many flowers it produces. They care whether the public can get high from smoking it, and they made sure the only strains legally produced can not get the public high.
This decision not to restrict the growing of hemp flowers is critical for the CBD oil industry. Had the EU mandated that the plant must be cut down before the flowers develop it would signal the end of our industry, or at least limit it to the less medicinal parts of the plant. And when you consider that hemp being grown for its flowers was practically unheard of until a couple of years ago, that hypothesis isn’t so far-fetched.
But as things stand, hemp flowers are allowed to be grown, and so the cannabinoids within those flowers – and the most prevalent cannabinoid in hemp flowers is CBD – can now be harvested to make CBD oil.
Thus, CBD oil is legal – at least as long as the CBD oil is made using an approved EU strain. There are roughly 50 of these approved strains, which have been chosen according to their low THC content.
Could UK Law Be Changed?
Definitely! If the UK media become concerned that “medical cannabis” is being sold by the back door then politicians and police could very easily blunder in and try to close us all down. But I hope the media would not report it in this hysterical, inaccurate way. CBD oil is not medical cannabis, it is medical hemp. It can not get the user high and is comfortably within the EU legal limit of 0.2% THC. Furthermore, it has been shown to help people with a wide range of serious medical conditions – not only according to scientific research on cannabidiol, but as I’ve read first hand from users of Love CBD, who’ve emailed me their success stories.
So the issue, it seems to me, is this: why would anyone want to shut down this industry? It makes no sense logically, and would only come about because politicians want to enhance their reputations by appearing tough, and because newspapers want to sell more copies by creating controversies that needn’t exist.
CBD Oil: Legal In The UK
CBD oil is legal in the UK because hemp is legal in the UK. After all, I can walk into my local Tesco and buy hemp seed oil, so why shouldn’t I be able to buy CBD oil from an online store?
Hemp is one of the strangest “controversies” imaginable. It is a plant that risks no intoxication and offers literally thousands of positive uses. It is environmentally friendly; it could entirely fill our need for paper, enabling us to stop cutting down trees. It can be used as fuel, as clothing, and, yes, as medicine.
It should never have been made illegal. It should never be made illegal in the future… and there should be no grey area or legal shadow hanging over the buying and selling of CBD oil.