By Heather Callaghan, Editor, Natural Blaze
An eerie bit of news has graced today’s 4/20 celebrations across America. (“Four twenty” is code for smoking marijuana, making the day 4/20 special in cannabis culture.)
On Thursday, the FDA, notorious for approving fatal opioids and other drugs – and attacking plants and homeopathics – bestowed its blessing on a new epilepsy drug that contains actual plant-based cannabidiol (CBD). That is to say an FDA advisory committee made the recommendation for approval of Epidiolex – the first marijuana-derived drug to get such a green light. Continue reading FDA Approves Use of Marijuana Derived CBD Drug for Epilepsy on Eve of 4-20
By Justin Gardner, The Free Thought Project, Thanks to Natural Blaze
“I would look outside my window just scared to death I would see a police officer and CPS here to take my kid.”
It’s a nightmare made entirely by the State. A little girl would be snatched away from caring parents for doing nothing more than healing their daughter’s debilitating condition with a plant extract. Continue reading State Threatens to Kidnap Little Girl Because Parents Cure Her Seizures with CBD in a LEGAL State
By Carey Wedler, via Natural Blaze
According to a recent survey conducted by cannabis market research firm the Brightfield Group and HelloMD, an online medical cannabis community, nearly half of CBD (cannabidiol) users give up prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications in favor of the non-psychoactive substance.
The survey of over 2,400 respondents found forty-two percent of CBD users — whether they used marijuana-derived CBD or hemp-derived CBD — “have left their traditional medications behind altogether and now use cannabis instead.” Continue reading Trouble for Big Pharma as Nearly 50% of People Report Quitting Pills for CBD
By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed
It should come as no surprise that the US Department of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) just snuck cannabinoids onto the Schedule I Controlled Substances Act. Cannabinoid extracts from the marijuana plant are legal in numerous states now, and help to curb seizures in epileptics, calm PTSD in veterans, and prevent a host of other diseases – why else would these helpful plant compounds be a target of a government agency that has already wasted trillions of dollars on the continuation of a police and prison state? Continue reading DEA Adds Seizure-Halting Cannabinoids to Schedule One
By Justin Gardner, Thanks to Natural Blaze
Idaho is having a hard time letting go of Reefer Madness. Despite being bordered by four states with legal medical cannabis, Idaho’s prohibition is so complete that it crushes the hopes of kids suffering from epileptic seizures.
An investigation by Eric Boehm at Reason.com found that “cops, prosecutors, and lobbyists conspired to restrict a promising cannabis-derived seizure treatment.”
In Idaho, a bill to allow people like Josh Phillips to access CBD oil was passed by the state legislature in 2015, only to be defeated by a group of powerful special interests—including cops, prosecutors, and pharmaceutical companies—with direct access to policy makers in Boise. Emails obtained by Reason reveal a behind-the-scenes effort organized by the state’s Office of Drug Policy to derail the CBD legislation and, after it passed against the wishes of Gov. Butch Otter and his administration, to use executive authority to replace the bill with an alternative treatment program that has done nothing to help Josh Phillips or many other Idahoans suffering from seizures.
Continue reading Cops and Big Pharma Shamefully and Quietly Kill Legislation Allowing CBD Oil for Epileptic Kids
By Amanda Froelich, Natural Blaze
For a long time, green juice and green smoothies were considered to be the ‘peak’ of what one seeking to nourish their body could consume. While both offer numerous benefits, there’s a newly created beverage that is bound to become the populace’s favorite.
Whereas THC – the component in marijuana responsible for getting you ‘high’ – is illegal in most U.S. states, cannabidiol (CBD) is not. In fact, CBD oil is renowned for its many medicinal effects. One of the many chemical compounds found within cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive and has been proven in studies to benefit anxiety. Though science has not yet confirmed this, CBD is also reported to benefit one’s mood, sleep, pain, immune response, and hormone regulation. CBD is also widely used as a natural treatment for seizures. Continue reading CBD-Infused Cannabis Milk Soothes Anxiety And Is Hitting Stores Soon
By Jahan Marcu PhD., Waking Times
It’s been used traditionally as both a medicine and a textile. It’s reportedly helpful for treating drug addiction, and its consumption has never resulted in a documented death from toxic overdose. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers it a dangerous drug with no medical value.
No, this isn’t about Cannabis. This is about the leaves of a native Southeast Asian tree commonly known as “Kratom.” Its official botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa, and it’s the only natural source of opioid alkaloids other than the poppy plant. Continue reading Is Kratom the CBD of Opioids?
By Julie Fidler, Natural Society
On September 26, a marijuana-based childhood epilepsy drug took a step closer to winning approval when its maker announced promising phase 3 clinical trial results. 
Justin Gover, CEO of the British biotech company GW Pharmaceuticals, said that the children participating in the trial had previously tried 10 other anti-epileptic drugs. Despite using the medication, the young participants still experienced 3 seizures a day, approximately 90 a month. Said Gover:
“The impact that we have had that we have shown today is a hugely important potential breakthrough in the treatment of the condition called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.”
Continue reading Marijuana-Based Drug Nears Approval for Childhood Epilepsy
By David Gutierrez, Natural News, August 7, 2015
(NaturalNews) A marijuana chemical known as cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) helps fractures heal faster and even make the bones stronger than they were before, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Continue reading David Gutierrez: Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones, and Even Makes Them Stronger, Scientists Discover