Billy, 13, suffers from a severe, life-threatening form of epilepsy which can be treated efficiently using cannabis oil. After having his medicine confiscated at the Heathrow Airport in June 2018, Billy was granted an emergency exemption license by Home Secretary Sajid Javid. He was provided this medicine by the NHS from July onwards.
Mr. Javid then ordered a review into the law, which resulted in medical cannabis to become legal in the UK in November. However, 7 months later only a very small number of patients have access to the NHS due to strict guidelines from the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA), forcing those people who are able to turn to exorbitant private clinics.
Billy himself with whom the law had started now struggles to access the right medicine. Billy’s mother Charlotte said her real fear is that her little boy will end up in a life-threatening situation if his supply runs out. She explained how petrified she is for Billy and how their life is again going into a huge turmoil.
“My heart has broken into a million pieces,” said Charlotte.
In October last year, depite getting treated with a medical cannabis product, Billy’s seizures started breaking through. Charlotte decided to take him back to Canada to be reassessed by medical cannabis experts who could help them understand the nature of the seizures and the reason for their comeback.
To their disappointment, the experts in Canada told Charlotte that because Billy was entering into his puberty, his body was evolving and so was his condition. His medicines needed to be adapted by his body which might take some time. Billy was also transitioned onto a new medication and all the updated information was sent back to Belfast.
However, the new cannabis product Charlotte was requesting for her son is still unlicensed in the UK and so the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust were unable to provide it.A spokesperson for the Belfast Trust told Express.co.uk that as per the Department of Health, medical cannabis was approved in Billy’s case last year and provided to him by the health service. But, the alternative unlicensed cannabis-based product was sourced on a private basis by Ms Caldwell.
He further explained that the Trust remains committed to ensuring the appropriate care for Billy. The discussions remain ongoing for his treatment. He added that the NHS will continue to provide Billy with the medical cannabis product that was previously prescribed to him. However, Charlotte argued that the old medication is no longer controlling Billy’s seizures and the once they start breaking through, his seizures increase rapidly.
Charlotte felt helpless and said that she had no other choice than to seek an alternative medication. She told the Express.co.uk that she has literally lost count of how many NHS paediatric neurologists and private paediatric neurologists she has emailed to support Billy’s newly prescribed cannabis medicine so they could go home.
Despite her strenuous efforts, she could only get one private doctor onboard who supported her. The duo returned to the UK in February and Billy has been receiving his medicine on a private prescription from a doctor in England. The family is paying a hefty amount for their son’s medicine, private consultation fees as well as the return flights from Northern Ireland to England every five weeks.
Two weeks ago, Charlotte and Billy were thrown a lifeline when a medical cannabis manufacturer known as Aurora offered to gift Billy his private prescription at a medical cannabis conference in London labelled as the “Women, CBD and Medical Cannabis Conference”.
However, the company then said that they are not in a position to provide the prescription free of cost, due to high number of families and patients now requesting the same. They will provide the prescription up to June 4, but after this the family will have to pay for the private prescriptions by themselves. Charlotte is pushing all her strength in requesting the NHS for their support.
She said that it is a real injustice and the question to ask was if this was just a shambles or is it orchestrated cruelty against her little boy, Billy. Many people like Billy have been suffering from severe epileptic fits since years and the government, privately owned agencies and even support groups tend to hold their hands back when it comes to marijuana. Though cannabis has been legalized in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration is yet to legalize CBD in edible products.
FTC has decided to go after the offenders of regulation of CBD
After the legalization of the hemp plant and its derivatives by an act of law on 2018, CBD and hemp have flooded the market like never before. But, Food and Drug administration which the focal body of approval believes that a lot is still left to be understood not just about CBD but also the regulations concerning it. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act, CBD cannot under legal circumstances be added in any food product as a dietary supplement.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a popular remedy for many ailments. It is one of the few of the 100 chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is one of the main psychoactive compounds that is found in the plant although its quality of getting high is often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and also has anti-inflammatory compounds. This makes CBD as a great option who are looking to get relief from various symptoms because it does not come with the mind-altering package that marijuana has to offer.
The federal trade commission or FTC has folded its sleeve and has got stricter with its policies on CBD. Recently it had sent notices to three unnamed companies that are in the business of selling oil, tinctures, capsules and creams that contain CBD. These letters were warning letters for their over advertising their products containing CBD. In their promotional ad, they also compared CBD to a miracle drug which releases and relieves pain in a jiffy as compared to any over-the-counter drug for pain relief. The advertisement upgraded the wonders CBD to relieve the patient of the worst pains. The letters were issued to these companies by FTC in a move to warn them against advertising anything about CBD that is not proportional to the scientific evidence.
Most of the states out of the 50 states are beginning to believe that legalization is the best option, but they are doing so with wavering restrictions. Federal authorities treat it at par with marijuana but do not have enforced against its usage the way it does for marijuana. In December 2015 it did ease some regulations by allowing for CBD trials to take place. The stand of government concerning CBD is confusing but more clarity is required because CBD trend is fast catching on.
Many studies on rodents have been done to strengthen the argument of CBD, but anything major coming out of it does not imply that it will work on humans too. New research studies have been undertaken to establish the benefits of CBD on humans, but there is a long way to go.
CBD is gaining momentum in the health care and wellness industry. These scientific studies conducted have partly established how CBD can help recover and ease chronic pains and anxieties. It reduces chronic pain thereby reducing inflammation and improves interaction with neurotransmitters. CBD also has been found effective in treating disorders like stress, anxiety, cancer, Alzheimer’s, injury pain and bruise and much more.
The warning letters so sent were done on the premise that it is not right to mislead people into buying their products without proof. Earlier this year also, FTC & FDA had sent them notices concerning the same issue. These advertisements showed that the product was effective in treating pains as compared to other products.
FTC and FDA have decided to step up their vigilance on products that have CBD because coming from the same plant which produces marijuana, it is important to have clarity on what CBD stands for in reality. It only expects the companies to be truthful about their products and to advertise truthfully about the products. By advertising them without scientific evidence meant that they were misleading the users to use it for their pain.
The bottom line is that CBD is now studied for its role in easing symptoms of many issues that have been discussed. Research on its potential benefits is still ongoing and much is yet to be learnt about the efficiency and the safety of CBD. Marijuana driver CBD products are illegal under the federal law but many states have deemed it legal.
Hemp-Derived CBD products have CBD below 0.3% but before any action can be taken it will be better to research well and check your relevant state laws to start using the product.
Kim Kardashian keeps aside Xanax to give way to CBD for her condition
Kim Kardashian is one of the most celebrities in America. Her fame to popularity came with her tryst with reality shows. Apart from being a huge star, she is also a doting mother of 4 kids. Life is a continuous run for this huge star that along with her stardom also has to raise her kids. For anyone her place some supplements are taken on prescription will do her good to tackle the regular pressures.
Kim Kardashian has an effective way to deal it like a super mom and celebrity. She uses cannabidiol or CBD which is found in the cannabis Sativa plant. In her recent interview to one of the famed magazines, she told about the secret which helps her relax and deal with the entire day. She gracefully answered the questions posed to her and gave all credit to CBD that has taken her through every challenge in the best frame of mind. She also clarified that she is not a weed smoker and neither intends to do. CBD being the genetic brother of marijuana is completely different in characteristics. She believes CBD is the key to her enduring a life that she is leading now. Although she has been taking it for a few months CBD has transformed her life a great deal.
CBD or cannabidiol is a hemp-derived chemical compound that is anti-inflammatory. It is completely different from marijuana because of the THC level in it. The psychoactive compound is found in marijuana which is found in high levels, enough to give one a high on addictive consumption. On the other hand, CBD does not have any such effects which it was believed to have back then when people did not have precise information. As is believed in the case of marijuana which presents mind-altering effects on the taker, CBD is just the opposite because, upon consumption, CBD enables you to feel better about yourself rather than feeling high.
Kim’s reliance on CBD has increased manifold over the months she has taken it. She also uses it a bit when she wants to sleep by consuming gummies. She also now is aware that she is free from prescription drugs for her condition. She had been taking Xanax and Ambien and she is delighted that she does not have to take them again. CBD has entered the medical and wellness sector with a bang. Although still under study, the benefits of CBD are already known and people have become reliant on CBD now for their pains and sufferings.
On the front of the medical world, CBD has been found effective in treating various problems like seizures, cancer, injury pains, joint pains, mental trauma’s, depression, stress and anxiety. Many studies so conducted of the effectiveness of CBD have proven to be successful in rats. Most of the states in America have also made it legal to use CBD yet the federal government is taking one step at a time.
Ever since the passing of the farm bill in 2018 has indicated towards the legality of CBD, it has caught on the popularity charts of people throughout the country. Big personalities like Kim Kardashian are now switching to CBD to relieve themselves of their conditions that comes with the stress of being a part of the entertainment line. In her reality show, Kim broke down when she mentioned that she suffered from an auto-immune condition called lupus.
People are now desperate to know more about what CBD has to offer. The government stand on CBD is a bit confusing because of the lack of scientific evidence. Till the evidence is strong enough to pin it for good or bad, the government is doing its best to keep CBD under wraps and use it to the minimum. Despite the laws being in place, there is still enough to be done to get straight and precise the regulations.
Many people like Kim Kardashian have felt immense relief in their conditions after taking CBD. Her sleep has improved immensely and she has been able to handle all the pressures with a fresh start after CBD. Till then she was suffering and now she has asserted that she will never leave the side of the wonder CBD.
CBD makes Audra fail her employment drug test
Audra Dieffenbach is a woman in great pain. She has been suffering from pain due to her condition of endometriosis. This is an ailment which refers to the abnormal growth of tissues on the pelvic organs cause excruciating pain. But, little did Audra know that she will be asked to leave her current organizational opportunity because of the supplements she has been taking for the cause.
Audra was hitherto working in a temporary job at Maine Health, but when she planned to go for a permanent one, she had to undergo medical tests for it. She was taken aback when the tests for drug came positive with traces of THC found in her bloodstream. Her decision to go permanent was based on the recommendations of her direct manager. She loved her job and loved interacting with her patients which is what strengthened her decision. Maine Health is a federal owned medical centre and any test done has to confirm under the standards set by the federal laws. Her shock and disbelief are understandable.
Audra consumes a supplement called Amethyst Elixir manufactured and distributed by Freeport Company. The supplement taken by Audra is to ease her from pain and contains the legal and acceptable limit of THC under the federal law. She started taking the supplement about two years ago that helped her battle the pain. She did her research and found that the acceptable levels of THC will see no trouble in future. The supplement containing CBD oil has been a blessing for her because she can lead a life without enduring the pain.
CBD is known to be an extract of the cannabis plant from which hemp is also derived. CBD characteristically has very little traces of THC which is an active ingredient in Marijuana. CBD, unlike Marijuana, is touted to be heredity brother yet does not active THC level to the extent that marijuana has. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a friendly ingredient in many applications all used well within the federal boundaries. CBD industry has taken the entire world by storm and the US in particular especially after the hemp plant was regarded legal. People also have been seeing a transformation in the world of medicine with CBD being used to treat many a disease. The boom has to be regulated yet, many are taking opportunities in the right direction to take full advantage.
Audra’s supplement only contains traces of THC but the continual intakes might have clogged in her body to render the result. Maine Health is very firm in its policies of drug intake and is funded by the federal government. It then becomes mandatory for them to get all their potential employees tested for hard drugs like marijuana.
The President of Maine Health Mr Jon Porter issued a statement on behalf of Maine Health explaining their cause of action. He was quoted saying that Maine health is an extremely dedicated health care centre that only wants all their patients to get the best of health. The mission to keep patients happy is achievable only when the staff is fit to do the job. Hence the requirement to undergo tests becomes mandatory, especially for controlled substances. The protocols of the Maine Health applicant drug-testing system are following federal drug-free workplace act. These tests comply with the rules and regulations of both state and federal laws.
The initial enzyme for marijuana and its metabolites is tested with a doorsill limit of 50ng/ml. When there are backing gas chromatography tests done then the standard figure is 15ng/ml. Audrey is shocked but holds no grudges against Maine Health because she has the utmost respect for them. She mentioned in her quotes that she loves working there as Maine health is dedicated to patient care. Her tiff is with the employment laws that are not upgraded according to current trends.
Her appeals were rejected even though CBD is now an accepted ingredient. It has become very popular even in medical circles with the miracle portion working wonders for patients suffering from seizures, joint pains, injury pain, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Apart from being effective for physical ailments, it is considered equally effective for psychological issues like depression, stress and anxiety.
What Audrey suffered was unfortunate but laws are strict. There is both a good and bad side of looking at these laws. Audrey is now actively pursuing other opportunities.