WOODWAY, TX — CBD oil is Now Officially Legal in Texas as of Wednesday April 24th, 2019.
Although the Farm Bill of 2018, was signed into law, this past December, it was for the Federal Legalization of Hemp. It was still left up to each State, to navigate its own way to implement the Law.
House Bill 1325 from state Rep. Tracy King legalized hemp and hemp-derived extracts like CBD oil. The bill also legalized the farming of industrial hemp. Marijuana would still be illegal.
Mona Mervyn began giving her daughter CBD oil in 2016.
Her daughter, Shae Gipson, has been on medication for the majority of her life.
“When she was very little, she was more like an autistic child and had a hard time handling things during the day, so we started treating her with medication probably by the age of three,” Mervyn said.
By the age of five, Shae was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that leads to severe impairments, affecting a child’s ability to speak, walk, eat and even breathe easily.
When Shae turned 22, Mervyn noticed her health and well-being were starting to decline.
“She was sleeping 20 out of 24 hours a day and I thought, that’s just not healthy,” Mervyn said.
Mervyn began looking at alternative, natural medicine to help her daughter. She swapped her long, costly list of pharmaceuticals for CBD oil. She’s noticed a major improvement since.
“See how her hands are still? When a child has Rett Syndrome, they almost always ring their hands. Now, she’s more relaxed and calm and just be herself,” Mervyn said.
Mervyn said since Shae started using CBD oil, she’s had fewer seizures.
“As we’ve had her off the medicine, her body has acclimated to just taking the CBD oil,” Mervyn said. “She’s so much better, able to get out and do things again. She loves to swim.”
The defining moment came on Mervyn’s birthday two years ago.
“And all of a sudden, she got this big smile on her face and she said ‘I love you,’” Mervyn said. “That was the first time in my life that my child had been able to tell me she loves me. That was big.”
As Texas continues to make strides, Mervyn is more hopeful than ever that other families will be able to experience this type of joy.
“I can’t even explain to you how far she’s come,” Mervyn said. “How far she’s going to go.”
Mervyn said this treatment has reinforced her belief in miracles.
“I’ll never quit hoping that she’ll be just like you and I,” Mervyn said.
Mervyn said she’s written letters to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and several senators. She also plans on sitting down with Rep. Doc Anderson once he’s out of session to talk more about natural medicine.
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Healthful relationships play a large role in the quality of our everyday existence. From our family bonds, the environments in which we live, the food we eat, how we physically feel, to how we see ourselves. Certain connections are critical for balance to make it all work together. This is particularly true for our body, which has a life-essential regulatory system based on biochemical relationships that helps us maintain equilibrium, despite life’s up and downs. These connections comprise the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Hemp has a unique and interactive lock and key relationship with ECS.
The ECS “Orchestra”
What exactly is ECS? Discovered in the 1990s, ECS is thought to be one of the most vital yet vast receptor systems for sustaining good health. ECS affects many biological processes in humans, in fact, it affects all vertebrate animals, as well as some invertebrates.
ECS contains cannabinoid receptors or “locks,” while the group of chemical compounds called cannabinoids, should be viewed like “keys.” The body produces various endogenous cannabinoids, most notably anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and are found in the immune system, the central nervous system, brain, various organs, connective tissue, and glands.
Since hemp contains elevated levels of Cannabidiol (CBD), active phytocannabinoids work in concert with other secondary phytocannabinoids and compounds (i.e. terpenes and flavonoids), and works well with the ECS in order to unlock the receptor locks. Think of hemp as the ‘Conductor” to the receptors.
The major function of the ECS is to maintain system homeostasis by providing a state of internal stability necessary for survival, despite fluctuations in the external environment. The ECS is also involved in many physiological processes like appetite, sleep, digestion, mood, memory, metabolism, neuro-protection, hormones, and heart function.
The ECS has a series of receptors in cells throughout the body that binds the cannabinoids found in hemp extract oil. Two main kinds of receptors are cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) and they receive three types of cannabinoids:
Endocannabinoids – Cannabinoids made in our body
Phytocannabinoids – Derived from natural plant cannabinoids
Synthetic Cannabinoids – Synthetically created
CB1 is mostly found in the brain, as well as in the lungs, kidney, liver, bones, heart, male and female reproductive organs. This receptor is more keyed into THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main cannabinoid in marijuana. CB2 however lives in the immune system, with a significant presence in the spleen as well as the lungs, liver, bone and muscle. Metabolic enzymes, FAAH and MAGL, are used by the ECS to accelerate chemical reactions and efficiently break down cannabinoids once they’ve served their purpose.
Understanding the relationship with the Endocannabinoid System and homeostasis is key. It’s essential as to how we thrive, heal and function for body and mind wellness. Through science additional answers will continue to reveal why our body is responsive to hemp and whole-plant cannabinoids as much still appears to be unknown.
In other words, until we learn each instrument’s role in our body’s harmonious relationship, we will be just waiting in line for our true masterpiece to be performed. Or we can become better in tune with practicing for our personal symphony.