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Mom Fails Bid to Use CBD, Not Surgery for Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

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Mom Fails Bid to Use CBD

Oregon stirred up debates about parental rights to refuse medical advice not long ago when people started to discount vaccination for children. Recently, another case has caused yet another round of discussions about whether how far a parent can block court-established advice. This time, CBD is the topic; this following the legalization of cannabis and growing medical researches about it.

Christina Gale Dixon, a Wilsonville resident, was accused of disobeying court order to bring her 13-year-old daughter Kylee Dixon to state care. Christina refused to get Kylee surgery to excise the malignant tumor found in her liver.

Kylee is living with a foster family and is under state custody. She has met both her oncologist at OHSU hospital and the naturopathic doctor recently and are likely to suggest her a combination of treatment styles, says an Oregon Department of Justice attorney.

However, Kylee’s family and herself do not agree with the doctor’s advice to undergo what they insist as a life-saving operation. She says that she does not want the surgery, but rather resumes her CBD oil treatment, which her mother believes would work.

Court Ruling

A judge from Clackamas County set a ruling this week that the court will not block Kylee’s need for surgery to take away the tumor, even when Kylee and mom Christina have a serious objection regarding the matter.

Judge Heather Karabeika further stated that she trusts a medical professional to give the most appropriate treatment based on their knowledge and experience.

Experts in the medical field are almost united in their stance that natural medicine is not yet proven effective as a sole cancer treatment. However, parents who think otherwise are flocking to CBD as an alternative course of action.

More on CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many derivatives found in hemp and has recently established a national following as more CBD-infused products are introduced to the market.

CBD is mixed to beauty and skincare products, food and lotions and is introduced as a miracle cure-all substance.

Various researchers show promising results on CBD regarding its many uses. Companies are cashing in on CBD products and joining in the fray. Even Oregon State University is working on a university-wide movement to pioneer more hemp studies.

Yet, many impressive CBD claims are largely unproven. As of writing, only one CBD-infused medication is approved by the FDA. Epidiolex is an oral preparation that helps control epileptic seizures.

This successful drug has urged more advocates and researches to bank on CBD as an effective natural remedy for severe illnesses and conditions.

Animal trials using CBD as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s, cancer and Alzheimer’s abound, but professionals state that no consensus has been reached yet in the medical world. Therefore, hypothetical treatments should not discredit proven ones.

Harvard Medical School instructor Peter Grinspoon said that CBD is an intriguing science, but people should take caution since there is still no evidence that this substance can remove a solid tumor, which endangers the child’s life.

Similar Cases

The Dixon case is certainly not the first; a 3-year-old from Florida was taken out of chemotherapy by parents and moved to Kentucky to avoid the state from interfering with their preferred treatment of alkaline water, special diet, and CBD instead of medically recommended drugs.

The state found the boy eventually and was sent back to live with grandparents. A Florida judge ruled last May that the boy be subjected to chemotherapy again.

These and more cases have prodded advocates to fight for complete parental rights in making medical decisions, using Dixon’s case an example of “medical kidnapping”.

The Dixon Case

Christina claims that the tumor was reduced by 90% after her CBD treatment; this is yet to be verified by her doctors.

The mother skipped Monday hearing because of an arrest warrant for kidnapping. She has also refused to give out her phone number, fearing that law enforcers could locate her.

She is allowed to call daughter Kylee but hasn’t gotten around to doing that due to such reasons.

A Facebook page was set up by Christina to rally her case against the state’s alleged “medical kidnapping” of her daughter.

Kylee, in the meantime, still refuses surgery. The child’s Attorney Rebecca Schaleger said surgery is 100% against what Kylee wants.

The case has also led the Department of Human Services to gather doctor recommendations and found that most experts believe the surgery can save Kylee’s cancer from spreading by as much as 70%. DHS follows the mandate that children should not be allowed to refuse life-saving medical decisions.

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Ohio Farmers Begin With CBD and Hemp Production- Govt. To Allow Permits soon

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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed the bill for legalizing cannabinoid oil and hemp production allowing farmers to cultivate hemp. Despite the legalization, Ohio farmers seem to be waiting for the green signal for growing the cannabis plant. 

The law permits farmers to cultivate hemp with a maximum level of 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid is the chemical in the cannabis plant which is responsible for causing ‘high’ when users smoke pot or weed. The chemical alters brain activity and causes hallucinations. If taken in high potency over a long period of time, THC can lead to permanent mental disorders or cause deteriorating mental health. 

Contrary to the effects of THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound which does not produce any hallucinations irrespective of what form it is being consumed by the user. There are plenty of medical benefits of CBD; from treating acute pains to chronic ache to inflammation to swelling to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, CBD offers a plethora of treatment options. 

Commonly known as CBD, the cannabinoid is an anti-inflammatory compound. It is being used in various products, ranging from topicals, ointments, creams, tinctures, oils, skin creams to chocolate bars, gummies, candies, cookies, cocktails, salad, beer, and much more. 

Despite the federal regulations legalizing hemp-derived cannabinoid, and removing it from the list of Controlled Substances, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to change its regulations. The FDA prohibits companies from infusing CBD in edibles and food supplements. Anyhow, business leaders seem to avoid the warnings by the agency and continue to create an array of CBD infused products that may not fall under the legal category of FDA regulations. 

The executive director of the National Hemp Association, Erica Stark, says that it is encouraging to see Ohio join the CBD bandwagon with more than 40 other states that have legalized hemp-derived cannabinoids. 

Stark says that the Farm Bill in 2018 has triggered a dramatic increase in the inclination towards CBD amongst consumers. Not only has the Farm Bill being able to pave way for companies to step into a booming industry but also gained traction in the consumer section. 

Many people have started using CBD as alternatives to opioids, painkillers, anti-inflammatory medicines, antidepressants and replaced their ongoing prescription with the much renowned CBD. However, with the growing interest and faith in CBD, law enforcement agencies are concerned about the alarming levels of CBD- there is no scientific research as such which supports the claims of the medical benefits of CBD. 

The FDA stands firm on its decision to prohibit CBD infused edibles and beverages as it says that public health and safety is their first priority. Before they allow companies to enter into the consumer market, they need to ensure its safe levels, and any side effects of CBD that could impact the overall health of a user in the future. 

Later this fall, the USDA will unveil its guidelines for the federal industrial hemp program. Farmers are suggested to wait until there is a clear law and situation in place from both federal and state regulations, or else they could face charges. 

Stark recommends Ohio farmers to proceed with caution- not only in growing hemp but also in making sure that they fully understand the rules and permitting process as they unfold gradually over time. 

Stark added that it is best for farmers who are new to this domain i.e CBD to start small- going full 100% or even growing hemp in 20,50,100 acres directly could cost them a lot and impact their entire CBD farming lifecycle. While many farmers realize the power of hemp cultivation and are witness to the booming industry, they should maintain a safe distance from any legal charges or penalties anyhow. 

She points out that cannabidiol or CBD is a more labor-intensive and is quite similar to growing tobacco, while hemp fiber cultivation is relatively simpler and resembles that of a traditional row crop, planted much like soy or corn. 

Stark added that on one hand, there’s CBD cultivation and then, on the other is fiber and grain cultivation, and both are quite different business models.

According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the agency will start issuing a license for hemp cultivation and processing permits by next spring. 

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Company in UK launches ‘high strength’ non-alcoholic shots with CBD

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Non Alcoholic CBD shots

CBD is everywhere! From chocolate shops to gummy bears, CBD infused salad to CBD infused beer, and now a company is launching non-alcoholic shots with CBD.

CBD has sprawled across the entire globe, let alone different countries and companies are leaving no chance of taking advantage of it. The compound is basically a hemp-derived formula which has anti-inflammatory properties and is non-psychoactive in nature.

This means that CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects which lead to hallucinations or the ‘high’ that people experience while smoking weed or marijuana. The compound responsible for causing the ‘high’ is known as THC or tetrahydro cannabinoid which has been restricted by all law enforcement bodies. THC is highly dangerous for consumption and if used in high potency for a long period of time, it leads to permanent mental disorders.

CBD has been associated with plenty of medical benefits. It is widely popular to treat stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and severe mental health disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. People have also been relying on CBD for their daily needs like acute pain, aches, inflammation, swelling, recovery from an accident and even Cancer sometimes.

But the lack of evidence and scientific proof is what worries governments and law enforcement officials all around the world. From the United States Food and Drug Administration to the government of the United Kingdom, all the countries on the verge of legalizing CBD or already dealing with it seems to be tensed about public safety.

Though there are some studies that suggest how effective CBD is and how it can work as an alternative for opioids, there’s hardly any internationally recognized study or research which supports the claims of CBD.

A company in the United Kingdom has launched non-alcoholic shots with CBD in 3 different flavors: ‘Zest’, which is marketed as a product to improve heart health and low blood pressure; ‘Spice’, which is marketed as a product that helps to increase concentration and ‘Bloom’, which OTO claims is a product that will help in improving the quality of sleep and reduce anxiety.

Each shot of 60ml contains 50mg of “high-quality” CBD. Each shot is priced at £6.99. The company already sells a wide variety of “high-strength” CBD-infused cocktail bitters.

As per the figures from the Cannabis Trades Association United Kingdom, the number of cannabidiol users has almost doubled from 125,000 in 2017 to nearly 250,000 in 2018.

The range of drinks has been curated by a team of industry leaders including Antonia Jamison, a founding director at the Sipsmith Gin, Dr. Ketan Joshi, food scientist, Gemma Calao, managing director of OTO and James Bagley, CEO of DMD Ventures, which is the owner of drinks retailer 31 Dover.

The CBD for the shots is derived from organically grown hemp plants, while each of the flavors is infused with botanicals handpicked to complement the effects of cannabidiol such as ginger, turmeric, lavender, cinnamon, and lemongrass.

Gemma Colao, co-creator said that the new RTDs are an elegant and simple way to enjoy the perfect dose of CBD, whether it is consumed in a shot or mixed with a cocktail. Gemma further stated that they have created 3 unique blends which perfectly complement the needs of their customer’s, from improving their health to creating a balance in their everyday lives.

Joshi added that the company has carried out intensive research and trials to evaluate the right dosage and determine the optimum daily dose of cannabidiol. Their continuous trials have proven amazing medical benefits of CBD, with users experiencing fantastic benefits from increased focus, better sleep to reduced anxiety.

The company seems to be confident about their product and says that their new RTDs will prompt more people to incorporate CBD into their daily routines in a simple and effective manner- and enjoy the benefits of improved health and wellbeing overall.

The shots are now available on both off-trade and on-trade from the OTO’s website.

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Kylie Jenner-Approved: What is CBD-infused Happy Tea and is It Safe?

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Kylie Jenner endorses Happy Tea

Kylie Jenner has the Midas touch—anything she takes a liking on becomes a hot new commodity. One product that has earned a place on her Instagram page is the CBD-infused Happy Tea, which highlights its positive effects on mental health and anxiety relief.

Earlier this week, the cosmetics mogul and social media celebrity gave a shoutout to the brand in one of her Instagram Stories, increasing its probability of hitting it big as everyone on Insta clamors to share it on their feed.

Detox Teas

Fit Tea is the brand that sells Happy Tea and introduces it as one of its teatox items. The brand has been enjoying immense popularity following endorsements from big celebrities like Cardi B, the Kardashians, and other Instagram influencer models. Even Sarah Palin took sponsored photos of the brand, which she shared on her social media, too.

While detox teas are a fitness fad, many health professionals are critical about such products. Doctors are concerned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate dietary supplement ingredients such as in detox teas. Some common tea components like valerian root and Garcinia cambogia are known to have serious side effects.

While nutrition experts note that teas are a combination of herbs, most will give a caffeine boost at best, or a bad case of loose bowel movement at worst.

All About Happy Tea

Happy Tea is a detox tea, and many people are wondering whether it works and if it’s safe to use.

Since there is a significant lack of clinical evidence and FDA regulations, there is no proven claim for Happy Tea as of yet.

The brand is said to contain 10 mg of cannabidiol or natural hemp extract as indicated on the label. It is a non-psychoactive component in both marijuana and hemp. The company claims that the tea reduces anxiety, alleviates stress and abates inflammation.

Michael G., the founder of Fit Tea, said he formulated the drink to solve his own mental health issues and anxiety.

He writes on the website how advice from blogs and articles like therapy, mantras and guided meditations to help calm the mind, but discloses that none of it works for him, which is why he developed a ‘real’ solution that is the Happy Tea.

While the ‘real’ part is debatable, there have been several studies on CBD efficacy in different conditions such as opioid addiction, but there aren’t that many clinical evidence on the said substance.

Happy Tea is essentially a detox tea with all the many caveats such drink faces. The regulatory framework for CBD use in drinks, food, and supplements. Without it, manufacturers can write any claims about their products. In just this past year, officials had to warn several CBD companies for unwarranted claims, such as treatment of Parkinson’s disease or cancer, which aren’t backed up by any clinical proof.

On the other hand, Happy Tea does not make any of those claims; the only problem is that there is not much regulation and research to say what it really does and doesn’t do.

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