Hemp as Medicine is overlooked in Canada, as medical marijuana growers get all the attention from federal lawmakers.
Sebastian Cyr of Montreal, Canada, treats his Lyme disease symptoms by making his own capsules with a mixture of coconut oil and cannabis. He acquires the cannabis from a Canadian licensed commercial grower. He takes four capsules three times a day, and they help him cope with the discomforts of his disease. And they don’t get him high.
Last year a federal law passed that allows medical marijuana growers to produce and sell oils. Customers say the oils are expensive and are not always available, as supplies often run out.
Hemp farmers claim they can help solve these problems, but they need Health Canada to help make it happen. Currently, hemp growers are only allowed to sell seeds and fibre for producing consumer products. The marijuana that Cyr uses contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. Hemp farmers say they could produce strains that contain these same ingredients that Cyr needs.
Much of the hemp plant is wasted when it is only used for seeds and fibre. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the discarded parts of the plant could also be used, and for medicinal purposes?
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