I’ve been sitting on this resource for a little while, because I needed to do my own research to confirm what I have been presented. I ran into a wholesale distributor of hemp oil products at a natural health and wellness fair a few months ago. This person (I spoke to the business owner) was claiming that her product was basically a completely legal form of medical marijuana (see Federal Court Ruling Numbers 03-71366, 03-71693). I was taken a back. Why hadn’t I heard about this before.
If you’ve been floating around here very long, you’ll have seen this series of videos of a man with severe Parkinson symptoms as he embarks on his journey with medical marijuana and the amazing results he gets.
Or maybe you spotted this one on my Facebook page:
I’ve also posted about it’s effect in fibromyalgia here.
I’ve also seen claims of it helping with symptoms of epilepsy/seizures, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s, muscular dystrophy, cancers/cancers’ treatment, plus lots of other chronic health conditions.
So I ask again, why haven’t I heard about this legal alternative? I honestly can’t answer that question. But I will tell you what I’ve learned so you can compare and contrast the hemp oil and the medical marijuana and make your own conclusions.
This place will tell you how the cannabidiol (CBD) acts as a synthetic neurotransmitter in the nervous system on several different types of receptor. (It belongs to a product website, but it’s very well resourced, just follow the links and subscripts.) Depending on the type of receptor it binds to, you’ll get a different secondary neurotransmitter released as a product. (Click the link if you want more gory, science-y details.)
However, not the first neurotransmitter, neither the second, nor the receptors have anything to do with THC, the chemical in medical marijuana that gives you the psychotropic or “high” feeling. So hemp oil doesn’t make you high, but still gives you other marijuana effects. Some believe that hemp and marijuana plants are completely different species within the same family of plants, along with hops. Others believe hemp and marijuana are subspecies of one specie of plant. We’ll let the botanists keep arguing that one out. Whatever the answer, the plants are definitely cousins and maybe siblings. Which is why they act similarly.
Hemp also isn’t addictive like marijuana can be.
Nor will it show up like marijuana on a drug test.
Another difference between hemp and medical marijuana, is that hemp is not regulated by the medical community; therefore, you do not need a prescription to obtain it. I could have bought myself any one of the many products the distributor had available at her booth at that health fair. Or you might like to look into purchasing some for yourself here or here. I’m sure there are other brands, but these are the ones I’m familiar with. You can get it in capsules, water soluble drops, tinctures (a couple drops under the tongue), topical ointments and creams, e-cigarette liquid and even in snack food! Or heck, you can even get it in Scooby snacks for your dog or cat! It comes in several levels of potency it seems as well, so you can pick your own dosage.
Because the hemp oil is federally legal, you can travel with it. If you travel outside a medical marijuana state with your marijuana, you’re toast, even if you have your medical marijuana card or prescription.
So now you’re wondering, “Where’s the research?” Check out the resources mentioned at the bottom of the page I mentioned above. Wikipedia has some good things on it as well. But really there’s not much solid evidence out there. The medical community isn’t really invested in doing research on anything in the cannabis family, because the drug companies don’t have control of making it, they can’t make any money from it. If they can’t make any money from it, they wouldn’t recoup any money they put into researching it, so there’s no incentive.
I’ll leave it off there. To me the effects are undeniable and unobtainable for some through mainstream medical methods, so why not, especially since this is perfectly legal, not psychoactive or addictive? May be worth a shot for some!