Hemp as Medicine – Indiana finds support for legalisation of CBD

The case of Hemp as Medicine has been presented to the Indiana legislature eleven times this session. Two of the the eleven proposals are making progress, and it’s looking possible that Indiana will soon have its first medical cannabis laws.

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Indiana is among the six states who have yet to install medical cannabis legislation. This includes cannabidiol oil, known as CBD or hemp oil, which is a type of cannabis with very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient.

For several years, senators have looked to Dr. Trent Jones for evidence and information about cannabis oil. Jones works with the National Institute for Cannabis and Endocannabinoid Research (NICER).

Jones says that it can be damaging to stall treatment for children with severe seizures and it lessens their chances for development. He is continually affirming CBD and industrial hemp, at the senators request.

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Hemp Nutrition – A group of women harvest hemp in northern New Zealand

A women’s group in northern New Zealand aims to raise awareness about Hemp Nutrition by growing their own hemp, and they’re getting ready to yield their first crop.

The Koe Koeaa collective planted a trial hemp crop in December. Two of its members, Tut Quaqua Te Paa and Aorangi Logan, are quick to clarify that hemp is the species of cannabis that contains very low amounts of THC, (0.35 per cent), the component that gets you high. In other words, hemp is not a plant worth smoking.

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Te Paa stated that they’re growing hemp to inform people about hemp’s nutritional benefits, and to break away from the misconception that it can be used as a recreational drug.

Hemp seeds are an affordable means of adding nutrition to your diet. They are a rich source of omegas and vitamins, and they can be eaten raw or in oil form.

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Hemp as Medicine – Medical refugees flee to Colorado for cannabis oil treatment

Parents of a boy who suffers from paralysing seizures, were strong advocates for Hemp as Medicine in the state of Maryland.

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Jenny and Alex Inman did their best to educate lawmakers about the importance of medical marijuana and they pushed for its legalisation. Their determination took them to the State House, and their efforts did have an impact on Maryland’s medical marijuana laws, but the process took so long they couldn’t afford to wait.

Their son Lukas, who was 15 at the time, suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a condition that causes frequent and severe seizures. The Inman’s informed lawmakers about medical marijuana’s potential of reducing the amount of seizures. In the meantime, doctors wanted to perform surgery on Lukas’ head once again. There had been no success with prior surgery or prescribed drugs.

They did succeed in their fight for legalisation, but the laws didn’t change fast enough for them. As their son’s health declined, they decided they couldn’t wait any longer. Like so many other parents with children suffering with similar conditions, they moved to Colorado, where cannabis oil has been a recognised and doctor-prescribed treatment for many years.

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Hemp as Medicine – Canadian hemp farmers forced to waste medicinal part of plant

Every year, despite months of hard work maintaining their hemp fields, Canadian hemp farmers are forced to toss the part of the plant that makes Hemp as Medicine.

This part of the plant is called cannabidiol, (CBD), and its found in the flowering parts and leaves of the hemp plant.

Farmers are not permitted to harvest the leaves, and as Keith Jones of Rowland Farms stated, they have to disperse the leaves over the fields.

Jones is the manager of the world’s largest hemp farm, which is in Taber, Alberta. He says they’re forced to waste the part of the plant that contains the valuable component, CBD, because Health Canada limits the cultivation of hemp to the seed and stalks.

Jones says that although hemp has been cultivated for many years now, and it is proven to be safe, they are still not permitted to harvest the entire plant.

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Dr. Steven Laviolette, a neuroscientist from the University of Western Ontario, has spent several years studying CBD as a treatment for brain disorders. He has discovered that CBD could treat many neurological diseases.

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Hemp Nutrition – Tasmanian government supports food law change for hemp industry

Hemp Nutrition is not something Australia and New Zealand can enjoy, because hemp-based food products are still not permitted. In Tasmania, however, the government is in full support of ending this ban on the selling of hemp-derived foods in Australia.

Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff has informed hemp farmers that his government is working hard to get the state and federal departments to amend the food laws that make it illegal to sell food derived from hemp seeds or oil.

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The health ministers of Australia and New Zealand will attend a meeting in April where a decision will be made regarding the food law amendment.

Tasmania’s industrial hemp industry has always received full support from Rockliff and his government, he says. It has been a joint effort to try to convince the government to make changes that will allow hemp food products.

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Hemp as Medicine – Highland Hemp launches Cape Breton hemp industry

A Sydney-based company is preparing to launch a hemp industry on Cape Breton with the production of Hemp as Medicine in the form of hemp oil.

After securing a $14 million deal with a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, the relatively new company, Highland Hemp of Sydney, Nova Scotia, hopes the new deal with be the start of Cape Breton’s hemp industry.

Parker Rudderham, president and CEO of Highland Hemp, says the company will be cultivating approximately 11,000 acres of hemp this year.

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The stalks of the plant will be used to make hemp oil for the Brazilian company’s order. If Highland Hemp’s hemp crop isn’t enough to fill the order, Rudderham says they’re prepared to acquire hemp oil from other producers.

Hemp oil contains cannabidiol, a component that is beneficial for a number of medical conditions.

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Hemp Nutrition – Potential boom for Australian hemp industry

Paul Benhaim of Hemp Foods Australia is excited about the growth of Hemp Nutrition products in 2017. He recently poured half a million dollars into new hemp-processing equipment at his facility in Bangalow. The facility produces certified organic hemp seeds, protein, hemp flour and hemp seed oil.

Hemp Foods Australia is also an active advocate for change in hemp laws that will make hemp food products legal to sell in Australasia.

According to Benhaim, the most significant news is his successful recruitment of enough hemp producers to meet the increasing demand for hemp products, something they’d been working on since they first started, five years ago. They needed to raise awareness among farmers about hemp, and inform them that unlike the marijuana species of cannabis, industrial hemp does not contain the psychoactive component that gets you high.

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This month the company helped many sizable Queensland farmers to acquire licenses to grow hemp.

Benhaim predicts that in 2017 Australian farmers will produce $15.5 million worth of hemp food products.

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Hemp as Medicine – Latin America embraces medicinal cannabis

The U.S. hemp industry may be up against some hefty obstacles but many other countries have approved Hemp as Medicine.

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CFN Media Group, the primary agency and media network with a focus on legal cannabis, released information about Medical Marijuana Inc.’s new arrangement with a South American pharmaceutical company and of their intentions to profit from the industry.

In the U.S. the progress of the industrial hemp industry is hindered by bureaucracy, but that is not the case in many Latin American countries where the health and economic benefits of the plant are being recognised and even pursued. For example, in Mexico the company COFEPRIS has endorsed cannabidiol (CBD) oil as treatment for epilepsy, in Brazil CBD has been legalised for a number of medical uses, and Chile has legalised the growing and selling of medical marijuana.

Brazilian company HempMeds® Brazil has recently partnered with Paragon HealthCare BR, one of the main international wholesale pharmaceutical distributors.

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Hemp Health Benefits – Cannabis crops coming to Perth in the new year

A new crop with Hemp Health Benefits will be growing in the vicinity of Perth in the new year – medicinal cannabis.

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The crops will not be easy to spot. They will be carefully monitored; access will be limited to employees only and a strict security team will be in place.

Two companies, AusCann and MGC Pharma, plan to grow and produce medicinal cannabis in the area. AusCann intends to apply for a growing license this week, with a local site in mind. MGC may well follow close behind. Western Australia has the perfect climate for hemp cultivation.

There will be stringent rules and regulations for any cultivation sites with crops containing high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component in cannabis.

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Hemp as Medicine – Medicinal cannabis dispensary opens in Bible Hill, NS

A Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, resident is now sharing her knowledge of Hemp as Medicine with the opening of a medicinal cannabis dispensary.

Shirley Martineau, owner of Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre, offers her clients a range of medicinal cannabis products, rather than just limited conventional options.

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In Martineau’s opinion, people are entitled to have direct access to their medication, and for those receiving medicinal cannabis, that is not the case.

For example, people who legitimately need medical marijuana have no choice but to obtain it illegally, and then there’s the risk of buying an inferior product. But at Auntie’s, people know they’re getting quality because Martineau produces it herself.

The majority of her clients are cancer patients. She also carries medicinal hemp oil, which many clients tell her has helped cure their cancer.

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