First it was a cough. Then it was bronchitis. Then it was time to say goodbye to Michelle Aldrich.
The year 2011 was supposed to be a good one for the 66-year-old. That June, she and her husband, Michael, were feted with a lifetime achievement award by High Times magazine for their four decades of work on marijuana legalization. Yet something was off. She was smoking a lot, maybe more than ever.
And she couldn’t get high.
In the fall of that year — a bad time for the local marijuana movement, as the federal Justice Department began shutting down hundreds of California medical cannabis dispensaries — Aldrich went in to see a series of doctors for what she thought was a flu that just refused to go away.
After six weeks of progressively worse diagnoses — flu became bronchitis, which became pneumonia — a CT scan revealed the cause behind the “heat” she felt in the middle of her chest. A tumor, “poorly-differentiated non-small cell adenocarcinoma.” In other words, stage 3 lung cancer…MORE (SFWeekly)
When 7-year-old Mykayla Comstock was diagnosed with leukemia in July, it was less than three days before her mother filed Oregon medical marijuana paperwork so the child could take lime-flavored capsules filled with cannabis oil.
The decision to give Mykayla the capsules came naturally to Erin Purchase, MyKayla’s mother, who believes marijuana has healing power, but doctors aren’t so sure it’s a good idea.
“The first doctor was not for it at all,” Purchase told ABCNews.com. “She was rude and she told us it was inappropriate. “Basically she blew up at us and told us to transfer to another facility.”
They found a new doctor, who knows that Mykayla takes about a gram of cannabis oil a day — half in the morning and half at night — but he doesn’t talk about it with them.
“This is our daughter,” Purchase, 25, said. “If they don’t agree with our personal choices, we’d rather they not say anything at all.”
It’s legal for a minor to enroll in the Oregon medical marijuana program as long as the child’s parent or legal guardian consents and takes responsibility as a caregiver.
Hemp seed oil, pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant, has been named nature’s perfect food due to its balanced concentrations of omega fatty acids. Hemp used to be consumed worldwide, as it was one of the first cultivated and consumed crops. There is a misconception that hemp contains THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant. Needless to say, this is false. Although relativity new to the Western Hemisphere, hemp seed oil is now widely available in health-food stores.
Balance is key
The seed of the hemp plant contains some of the most balanced and richest sources of oils on the planet. The ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is recommended by the World Health Organization for optimal utilization. The essential fatty acids in these oils are fundamental in restoring health and immune function. Hemp seed oil contains 80 percent essential fatty acids, the highest of any plant…MORE (NaturalNews.com)
If you have high cholesterol or you try to eat healthfully, you probably know that olive oil is good for your heart. This is because the dietary fats in olive oil are healthful, “good” unsaturated fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol, which is regarded as a significant risk factor for heart disease. A lesser known cooking oil, hemp oil, is now available at many health food stores and on the Internet. If you are trying to lower or control your cholesterol, hemp oil might be of interest to you and your health and wellness goals.
Hemp seed oil offers a very balanced dietary fat nutritional protocol, according to clinical nutrition specialist Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. In other words, hemp seed oil has as favorable balance of saturated fat to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. While olive oil is dominant in monounsaturated fat, hemp seed oil has polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Dr. Bowden explains that a lot of the omega-6 is in the form of gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. The average American diet is often deficient in GLA. Although hemp seed oil only about 2 percent GLA, hemp is the only edible seed oil that contains GLA…MORE (livstrong.com)