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A 71-year-old grandmother arrested for carrying CBD oil while travelling: “I slept on the floor, next to the toilet”

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Lena Bartula, 71 is an accomplished artist and a proud granny who had quite a disturbing experience as she passed through North Texas on her way to visit her grand daughter in Oregon. It was almost a nightmare, said the 71 year old Lena who had been arrested for carrying CBD oil in her travel bag.

The police officials came and slapped the handcuffs on her at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Fort Worth native, who resides in an artist community in Mexico, was told that she had been arrested.  

Bartula explains her first hand reaction to situation saying, “I think I almost laughed out loud, because I thought that couldn’t really be,” in a Skype interview with NBC 5 Investigates. Soon, she realized that it wasn’t something to laugh or joke about and was driven to the DFW Airport Jail where she slept on the floor, next to the toilet.

This experience was a far cry from the peaceful, beautiful community in Mexico where Lena runs a popular gallery. She said it only got worse from the next day onwards – her arms and legs were shackled, and she was moved to the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth to spend another night behind the bars, facing a felony drug charge.

“I had no idea what would happen to me,” Bartula recalled.

NBC 5 Investigates showed records that other travellers who were carrying CBD at the airport were also arrested. Two of them were still waiting for the outcome of their cases.

CBD is basically a hemp derived compound which is non-psychoactive in nature. It is widely popular for its healing capabilities and purported health benefits. Cannabinoid helps reduce inflammation, pain, swelling, anxiety, insomnia and also treat some severe ailments such as cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Though these claims are not backed up by internationally recognized scientific research or study as of now, there is in-depth research going on in the area to understand how CBD works and how it can be incorporated in our daily lives to treat diseases without any possible harmful after effects.

The chemical which causes the “high” when people smoke weed is known as THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid. According to the federal law which passed the Farm Bill in December 2018 that legalized hemp derived CBD, only 0.3% THC is allowed in individual products.

Despite of this threshold concentration of 0.3%, many states and lawmakers are reluctant to let go off their previous laws which either completely bans CBD or allows CBD with only 0% THC.

Now, CBD products are currently unregulated in the market. Though companies claim that their products are free from THC, drug tests reveal some tiny fragments of the chemical which ultimately puts the user in a negative position and also lands them up behind the bars in extreme cases.

In 2018, arrests for CBD at the airport were almost negligible, said Cleatus Hunt Jr., area port director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at DFW. Hunt said that in the last six months, the interception has skyrocketed.

Attorneys for the CBD industry argue that federal authorities have no right to detain someone with CBD as it was legalized back in December 2018 and removed from the list of Controlled Substances. However, the Customs officials said that they were still in the process of implementing the new federal rules and until that is done completely, THC is still an illegal chemical which is prohibited at ports of entry.

As a mandatory rule, if the federal authorities discover CBD with THC in any product, they will inform the airport police which will most likely make an arrest as the state law still prohibits any amount of THC in it. CBD oil has become a buzzing word in the market space with immense growth potential.

Patients have started replacing their regular medically prescribed drugs with CBD and have also showed signs of improvement within a few days of usage. It actually helps deal people with seizures, anxiety and acute pains.

As for Bartula, she said that the CBD oil was for her aches and joints which had been bothering her since a long time. Her case was dropped when a Tarrant County grand jury declined to move it forward. But, the arrest and time she spent in the jail has left scars on her memory about how never to pack CBD again while travelling.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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British travellers are restricted to carry anything that contains CBD into UAE

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UAE has some strict regulations against CBD and any other constituent of it. The authorities at UAE have warned tourists and travellers to forbid themselves of bringing any products that may have hints of CBD oil in it. The country from now on has prohibited the travelling of any product containing CBD oil with immediate effect.

CBD and marijuana have been confused many times with each other notwithstanding that there is an immense difference between them. The primary reason why this is often mixed up with it is that CBD comes from the hemp plant which is an extract from Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana too is an extract of the same mother plant although it is diametrically different from CBD. Marijuana is addictive and regular smokers of pot and weed are usually drawn to grave circumstances once they are trapped by it. This is because it has higher traces of THC which is the psychoactive compound in it. CBD, on the other hand, is anti-inflammatory and also has THC to the tune of 0.3% which is below the legal ceiling. Yet due to lack of proper information, people usually have trouble distinguishing the same.

The federal government has not yet legalised CBD in its fullest forms although many states have embraced it through their separate laws. But CBD globally has made an impact considering just about everyone wants to engage themselves in the business of CBD. Likewise, UAE also has drawn a line and has regulated that carrying any product containing CBD is illegal and will be exposed to further charge. The relevant notifications have gone to the foreign office of Britain who has issued guidelines proclaiming the same. They have particularly side-lined skincare and vaping products which have CBD components.

CBD has gained immensely in popularity and over the years has been omnipresent in several products like snacks, skincare and medicines which are sold legally in the UK. If by any chance a tourist enters the UAE premises and carries any such substance that is found to be not allowable under their narcotics act they will be asked to get a valid approval letter to carry it further. Many people take CBD oil content in their medicines and it has helped them immensely. For epileptic patients especially, treatment with medicines containing CBD has indeed worked wonders. You will also find people who vouch for it in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s. People with psychosomatic disorders like depression and anxiety also have benefitted a lot from it. The fact that you take medicines containing CBD makes you feel better is true because people think it gives you a high which is not true.

If any tourist is desirous of taking products containing CBD oil along with them to UAE, they will have to browse through the UAE Ministry of Health website to get a complete guide on how much can be taken and the accompanying documents to strengthen your case.

UAE is a celebrated holiday destination with about 1.5 million visitors coming every year mainly for Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Alcohol can be bought in the local shops here which is a respite now. Many travellers used to find it tough to source alcohol because it was available only in licensed venues like a few hotels and restaurants. UAE has a strict set of laws when it came to liquor consumption. Tourists are now free to buy alcohol from two registered places and if they are above 21 years old.

Although rules regarding CBD are stricter it might take a while before they are eased considering the demand. America too is torn between the different confusing laws that govern the market. Due to this traveller from across the world get confused because they may travel inter-state that have separate laws. Hence it is advisable that in such state of affairs people do not carry any product that might hold them in contempt. Immigration attorneys who are fighting for different cases related to the issue advice against carrying such products because it is very hard to get by the laws in a country like UAE especially.

With better material to review, CBD is awaiting its turn to become more applicable everywhere. It is now incumbent upon scientists and researchers to undertake studies that will help support their cause. CBD is just very tough to ignore in the medical world because of the wonder it has been spreading.

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Karen Gray prepares to submit an invoice of 231,000 pounds to 10, Downing Street

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Karen Grey a mother belonging to Edinburg is making her way to Downing Street along with other families who have spent exorbitant amount sourcing medical cannabis. Karen’s son Murray is epileptic and with medical cannabis in the market for treatment, legally sourcing it has become a bit of a problem for her. Upon her arrival at 10, Downing Street she intends to request Boris Johnson to take the matters more seriously as the outstanding invoice that she has made is a large amount. She also will plead him to make the drug legally available at Edinburg.

Medical Cannabis has caused quite a stir in the field of medicine. CBD which is a part of the hemp plant is also popularly known as cannabinol. They are extracts from the Cannabis Sativa plant which also produces Marijuana. Although they come from the same family, CBD and Marijuana are differently placed in terms of their characteristics. While Marijuana is high on THC which is the psychoactive compound causing a high, CBD has less than 0.3% of THC which does not lead to intoxication converting into addiction. CBD also is anti-inflammatory and when taken makes the user feel better. It does not manipulate your mind in any way.

Mrs Gray had spent about 8000 pounds on importing medical cannabis from Holland. This she sourced through private prescriptions whereby she was able to get a hand on two types of CBD oil which helped ease her son’s symptoms of astatic epilepsy. She is a constant crusader for allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis for patients like her son who are suffering a lot. She had started importing the oil and within a few days of usage, she found the difference.

In August 2018, Murray legally received the first drug Epidiolex that contained CBD. Initially, she couldn’t believe that the medicine worked so effectively. Murray was able to talk, walk and eat but after three months the effect sunk and he got admitted. Karen became panicky when the doctor then prescribed a drug containing THC. Murray’s treatment with the drug was effective because, after the episode, he went 104 days without any seizure. 

Despite such huge improvements in health, she now worries for the inflating amount of 231,000 pounds for all the children together. She intends to submit the invoice of the giant amount to the Department of Health expecting some immediate relief from their side. She also reminisces about their meeting with Matt Hancock over this matter about half a year ago, but ever since nothing has been done to help them. Hence they are demanding that Boris Johnson immediately intervene and take up the matter in his hands. 

CBD has certain which have found to be extremely useful for treating symptoms of a seizure. Apart from seizures, it has been found that CBD also has been effective in treating joint pains, extreme pains after injury, recovery pains, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety, Cancer and Alzheimer’s. A new wave of CBD is flowing everywhere and researchers all over the world are doing their best to make the best use of studies to establish its benefits.

Karen is expecting the Scottish government to help her and other similar cases. She intends to get funded for the medicines by the government unless the doctors start prescribing the drug by themselves. Lib Dems MP Christine Jardine expressed discontent that government is keeping mum on the issue and its obduracy is not helping people suffering. 

The drug seriously changed the life of Murray and several others who are receiving treatments. But the costs are a huge mountain that needs to be conquered. She wants the government to keep up the promises that they had made while they assumed office. 

It is surprising that when many countries are legalising buying the drug within their own country, people like Karen have to undertake several measures before sourcing the product. The expensive imports have caused a dent in her savings and the monthly outgoing is as good as the mortgage installments. Like Murray, several lives have been touched by the cannabis drug. But, if the government is unyielding it will never help their cause to benefit the entire community. 

People in these recent years have strengthened their belief and commitment to CBD and cannabis. They are willing to study and read up more about it. The laws are strict now, but with time and more scientific back-up, things could be brighter than they were.

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John Legend intends to take the CBD market by storm with its partnership with plus Products

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John Legend a very popular American Singer, songwriter and an actor has his opinion on CBD. His belief in CBD has now found some firm grounds which is why he has decided to foray his investments in the CBD business. The Cannabis industry is making waves and everyone is talking about CBD and its benefits when taken. John Legend is all to set to also become an investor and has partnered with Plus Products Incorporation that is placed in San Mateo. Apart from being an investing partner in the venture, he will also promote and launch the products nation-wide. The launch is set to take place the coming Tuesday and he expects a good response. 

His belief in CBD has been strengthened over time, and this is what the entire nation also feels. Till now a lot of research on cannabis and CBD has taken place. But these studies have used rodents for its purpose. The viability of these studies is questionable as they could or could not be successful in humans. Scientists have now intended to take their research to higher levels so that the evidence which comes by is more believable and it might trigger a way to change laws that restrict it. Up to now, the belief of the medical world on CBD has been unshakable. 

CBD has shown to cause major improvements in the health of people who are suffering from different diseases. Epilepsy, seizures, joint pains, accident traumatic pain and recuperation are only to name a few. CBD is effective in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease also. Apart from physical relief, intake of CBD lain products are also good for the treatment of depression-related ailments. 

John Legend has decided to invest in the venture because of its unshakeable belief in the product. His reason for getting associated with Plus Products was because of their constant innovation, their traditional grounding and their commitment to science to enhance the quality of their products. Their family-run business has been set up on the grounds to satisfy the users and commit them life-long when it comes to quality. 

The new line of CBD products that Plus Products is about to launch are edible gummies known as Uplift which will be available in grapefruit flavour with vitamin B, Balance in blueberry flavour and Sleep in blackberry tea flavour with melatonin. A tin will cost $35 and will have 14 gummies in it with 50 mg of CBD in each gummy.

CBD is a known component derived from the hemp plant. Both marijuana and hemp plant is known to be a part of Cannabis Sativa. Hemp plant with low levels of THC is CBD or cannabinol. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a higher grade of THC embedded in it which is why it is not a legalised drug. The THC in it means that the psychoactive compounds responsible for altering the mind are found in abundance as compared to CBD in which it is less than 0.3%. That is primarily the reason why CBD does not produce mind-altering effects like marijuana. 

Jake Heimark the CEO of the company is thrilled that John Legend has decided to partner with them. He is further enthralled at the prospect of distributing the gummies throughout the country expanding straight from California. The support of John Legend means a lot to their brand and this association will surely help people to achieve the necessary balance. 

Till now John Legend has not been the only popular figure who is vouching by its benefits. Kim Kardashian has gone public for her support of CBD gummies. Her sister Kourtney Kardashian also has supported CBD cosmetic products for anti-ageing benefits. Jay-Z also now is the chief brand strategist of the Caliva Company of San Jose. Whoopi Goldberg and Post Malone have taken the risk by starting their own CBD ventures purely out of belief for the product. NorCal Cannabis with Chelsea Handler also is developing their line of products with Cannabis.

The Federal laws still are rigid while many state laws have legalised CBD. There is a lot of confusion in the state of affairs concerning the drug but all have noticed its true wonders. With such initiatives, people are getting more and more interested in using the products. Only time will tell if they are helpful and the government becomes flexible. 

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