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I have been living with multiple sclerosis for nearly a decade and as I think about it, then it has been a decade of trying to find any treatment that would work and make my daily life more bearable.

When I was diagnosed, I immediately became a juicer. I juice as much fruit and veg as possible every day. I stopped eating dairy products, gluten, yeast, wheat, oats, sugar, caffeine, etc.

I am strongly addicted to chiropractic treatments and medicines. And the one thing that I, ridiculous as it may sound, knew nothing about, was CBD hemp oil. When my friend told me that she was a representative from a hemp oil company that manufactured CBD oil and that she thought it might be help with my night-time peripheral neuropathic pain, I was gobsmacked. I had no idea what it was or how it differed from medical marijuana.

So I did what I have always done. I went to my GP and his answer was simply: “Try it!”

The use of CBD oil for multiple sclerosis can have the following effects:

  • Reduction of neuropathic pain
  • Reduction of spasticity
  • Reduction of muscle spasms
  • Reduction of sleep disturbances

 

So what is hemp exactly?

Hemp is a tall plant with a very thick stem and can grow to be almost 15 meters in height. This is enormous compared to the usual 5 meters that a marijuana plant can reach. The two plants are very different, not only by size, but also by content and purpose.

Hemp is considered both legal and safe to use by many countries all around the world. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has deemed it both safe and medically beneficial, which might be the reason for the positive answer from the GP mentioned above. Because of its good reputation, hemp is grown in more than 30 different countries.

However, due to the bad reputation of marijuana as a psychoactive plant, hemp does remain controversial in most parts of the world.

What makes hemp and marijuana (essentially both cannabis plants, only different in size, content and purpose) so fascinating for scientists, healers and patients all around the world is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is present in both hemp and marijuana. However, the reason why marijuana is psychoactive is a very different compound called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This cannabinoid can cause a “high” and is, along with CBD, one of the primary compounds of marijuana.

By contrast, CBD is non- and anti-psychocative, which means that it cannot cause a “high” and can even help reduce the effects of THC, thereby “killing the buzz”. In hemp, there are only trace amounts of THC, but instead the plant is filled with CBD.

This is how I explain it to people now: Hemp does not make you “high”. It is known for its calming, soothing and relaxing effects, because of its high content of CBD and very low amount of THC.

 

Why the worldwide fascination with neurological disorders?

Research suggest that CBD has significant antioxidant and neuroprotective properties, which could indicate that CBD oil can be used as a potential treatment option for people with neurological damage or disease.

Though CBD is not yet recognised as a treatment by the NHS, many studies and personal stories show promising results for CBD oil to be used on a long line of conditions. Moreover, the WHO recognise CBD to be safe, beneficial and unassociated with any harmful side effects. So in spite of controversy and much debate, CBD holds a lot of potential.

I used to treat a student with very aggressive behavioural issues. His episodes were so aggressive that I was unable to turn the lights on and off when she was in the room, or she would react with severe aggression. I spoke with her mother over the phone about her improvements one day, and she confided in me that she had using CBD hemp oil. She would rub the oil on her daughter’s skin at night, and since then, she had no aggressive episodes.

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Overcoming the stigma

I think it is because of the stigma on hemp products that she felt she had to confide in someone she trusted. It was also through trust that I had the courage to try CBD oil for my peripheral neuropathic pain and spasticity, because this was how I found out just how many people use CBD oil for a multitude of purposes.

Many people are afraid of being judged for their use of CBD oil. It is not medical marijuana – although I do not believe that anyone deserved to be judged for their own personal choice of treatment. But if we are talking about CBD oil, then it is both safe, legal and free from any psychoactive effects. 

I first started using CBD oil on my skin, massaging it into my feet and legs at night. I feel completely unashamed to say this – I have not had a single bad night’s sleep since. The peripheral neuropathic pain and spasticity in the lower half of my body is gone, ever since I tried CBD oil.

Overcoming the stigma is important for spreading the awareness of how CBD oil can benefit many people with all sorts of conditions. And the best way to overcome it, is by talking about it: to tell your story and inspire others.

 

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Unfortunately, it may not be that simple. Not all CBD hemp oil is equal.

For the safety of consumers, certifications and regulations are set in place to assure the quality of the hemp used to produce CBD oil. These certifications are important, because they represent the legitimation of each brand; each producer. As such, it is important to look for these certifications when you are shopping for CBD oil, to make sure that you get the best and safest CBD oil out there.

I chose a certain CBD hemp oil brand, because they were certified and also because they were associated with a higher learning facility which provided further research into its uses and efficacies.

CBD hemp oil is not the ideal choice for everyone. Its effectiveness very much depends on your condition, biology, symptoms, body type, and dosing level. Research is yet to prove the overall efficacy of CBD, but the promise is there.

It worked for me, so it might just work for you as well.

Conclusively, we will always recommend that you speak with your GP about the options CBD oil may offer for you and your condition. We also encourage you to thoroughly research the different brands and types of CBD hemp oil, before you make your first purchase. You do not want to rush things, because after all, CBD is there to help calm and heal you, mind and spirit.

“We already happily accept the medicinal value of other plants such as poppies which can be used to create effective opioid painkillers and morphine as well as heroin. 75% of the British public support medical cannabis and the UK is ironically the world’s largest producer and exporter of legal cannabis. […] When there is growing evidence of the benefits of prescribing medicinal cannabis then it seems extraordinary that we can’t do so.”

Tory MP Dan Poulter

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