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Health Benefits of CBD

CBD is the non-psychoactive cannbinoid in cannabis. It is known for providing its many health benefits, despite being illegal in most countries around the world.

We are recently starting to take notice of the many medical and therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant. Cannabis hasn’t been properly tested and researched in the UK, as opposed to places like America and Israel – where it’s available upon prescription for certain illnesses.

It has proven to be highly effective in providing many benefits such as relieving pain, spasms and even shrinking brain tumours. At the end of 2016 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) sent out notices to suppliers of cannabidiol (CBD) products to inform suppliers that it was deemed a medicine and that  licenses would be issued for the sale of this popular,effective and misunderstood plant.

The current status in the UK,  suppliers are legally selling CBD  as it is neither covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016 nor the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. As long as no medical claims are made about a bottle of CBD oil, it is legal to market and sell it in the UK as a food supplement.

Fact is CBD is a medicine, MHRA is not wrong about that. But they must bear in mind, thousands of people in the UK already rely on the healing benefits of CBD. CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, but its extraction us usually from the non-psychoactive cousin, hemp. This leads to us to all the confusion that has been blocking the progress of legislation in favour of cannabis as medicine, the confusion between a plant that is the same, really. Psychoactive  cannabis is classified 0.05% THC and above ; and the non-psychoactive version is usually classified as hemp, which below 0.05% THC. Problem comes in for legislators to distinguish these types of cannabis separately and “safe”for human consumption . Truth is they are very difficult to distinguish separately in nature and lawmakers just care if it makes you high or not. Bottom line, its a medicine, saving lives.

Cancer research UK recently published statistics on brain tumours in the United Kingdom. Almost 11000 cases of brain tumours were reported in 2014. Deaths in the same year were 5223,with a reported survival rate from current treatments at 14%,with a less than 1% prevention rate. Looking at these numbers, maybe alternative treatments are desperately needed to be looked at to give people hope and possible prevention and cure of these cancers.

Some of the benefits of using CBD oil on a regular basis is for pain relief, anxiety, stress, heart health,  and keeps one skin healthy.

A recently published article mentions a child, William, a 4-year-old boy from Nottingham,  who was diagnosed with an ependymoma brain tumour in 2014. William is currently championing the research and fund-raising of the research being done at University of Nottinghams facility, The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre and its looking very positive. After trying all treatments available through the NHS early in 2016, Williams parents were told it was terminal and William was given 6 months to live. Naturally Williams parents looked at alternatives and since being on CBD oil his health has improved and the tumour has reduced significantly in size.

“Six months later, not only was William still alive – his tumour had shrunk by two-thirds!”

Brain and spinal tumours are proven to be the biggest fatal cancers within under 18’s in the UK, and other than chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which is known for having many negative side effects, there isn’t much other ‘gentler’ treatment out there. Cannabidiol has shown to be beneficial in aiding the reduction of cancers, which in William’s case, significantly reduced the size of his cancerous tumour within 6 months. Many countries have acted on this significant development in the medicinal world, and legalised the use of cannabis and CBD oil. Cannabis Oil has shown to be highly effective in providing many health benefits, within both preventing and curing illness.  Scientists have begun the process of testing CBD oil for shrinking tumours, by adding cannabidiol to one cancerous brain, and not the other. However, some scientists believe that this could be due to a number of factors, and may not specifically be results of the CBD.

One thing for certain if I was a parent I would be using CBD if it gave my child a better quality of life, relieved pain and was the only effective treatment in a couple years that potentially helped reduce the tumour, not forgetting a little bit of hope for his parents.

References:
http://www.justaddweed.co.uk/cbd/what-is-cbd
http://www.nottinghampost.com/compound-found-in-cannabis-helps-shrink-four-year-old-s-braintumour/story-30307458-detail/story.html
http://www.clear-uk.org
https://makewilliamwell.com
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancertype/brain-other-cns-and-intracranial-tumours

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