One of the major phytocannabinoid molecules of Hemp is the non-psychoactive counterpart, Cannabidiol aka CBD. Hemp Plant Extract is derived from Agricultural Hemp and is legal according to the Farm Bill of 2014. Recent research is confirming the benefits of CBD and its healing potential.
CBD is similar to a compound that our bodies produce naturally called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids aren’t just found in the hemp plant, they’re also naturally occurring in nature but they are the most potent in hemp.
When we consume cannabinoids, they stimulate the endocannabinoid system, a system of receptors throughout our central nervous system and almost every organ of our bodies (our skin, digestive tracts, etc.). Cannabinoids are the keys that unlock these receptors and this system is incredibly important to our health because they can help with our immune systems, protect our brains, help us manage stress and even keep our bodies in balance (“homeostasis”).
We like to think of CBD like a vitamin. For example, we’re born with calcium in our bones and as we age, our natural reserves of calcium deplete. Much in the same way that we’re encouraged to start taking calcium supplements to keep our bones strong, we also need to supplement our natural reserves of CBD as we get older to help keep our bodies in balance.
WHAT CAN YOU USE IT FOR?
As with any supplement, the effects (and the amount you need to experience those effects) can vary based on your own body chemistry. Doctors have trusted cannabinoids – CBD being one – to deliver long-lasting relief from many ailments, including pain, inflammation, anxiety, and seizures. CBD continues to be studied and tested by scientists, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals as a natural solution to common ailments such as the ones mentioned above. Check out our website to review studies linked with CBD!
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KENNEDY’S ACRE STORY
I grew up in Bend, Oregon a small resort town in Central Oregon east of the Cascades. It’s important for you to know a little bit more about me so that you can work past a possible fear of using CBD.
My mom and dad were divorced before I was one year old, but I had a loving up bringing in both homes and attended a small Christian school where mom worked.
Dad was busy building log homes with my step dad Steve.
Our families have always been good friends even sharing birthdays and occasional holidays.
I participated in dance, music, karate, skiing and swimming as a child and saw my doctor for the needed checkups— except when I almost lost my middle finger in a door at daycare.
My family liked to plan summer excursions and make the most of winter sports so I was always on the go. From age one through 14 we spent all summers and winters in Crescent Lake at our cabin.
In 2012 I began competitive swimming in Bend, Oregon.
The summer after 8th grade 2014 was extremely busy and I was excited to have a free airplane pass from my mom, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant.
School was out and I received awards for academic excellence so dad took me to Puerto Vallarta for a week.
I don’t remember details of the trip and I felt ill for a couple days. I slept often but still learned how to surf and had fun touring with dad.
After returning home, I went to the Midwest to visit family then became busy doing outdoor activities with friends— floating the Deschutes, attending concerts, and hiking river trails.
It was a hot summer day in late July when everything changed.
My little sister Parker heard me hit the floor in my bedroom and found me in a seizure. The paramedics took me to the hospital and called my dad from the ambulance. They went to school together and wanted to confirm the event. I was cleared at the hospital after receiving my first seizure medication in BIG PHARMA.
MY JOURNEY FOR WELLNESS BEGINS
My dad Mark is a paramedic and his wife Jennifer is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. They started working on my wellness while my mom Jessie also had me see a naturopath doctor.
In September 2014 while out shooting pistols and cutting firewood, I became altered like I was going to faint. Was it hormones, dehydration, cardiac, or a seizure? Nobody could pinpoint it but I had to sit in the car and sleep the rest of the day.
The next day at the gym with dad was similar so he rushed me to the fire station for and EKG which looked clear.
The following day while fishing on the river I had a similar episode so dad rushed me to the clinic for a blood draw.
My hormones were raging and my prolactin was over 100. Jennifer consulted a pediatric neurologist that said it was a pituitary tumor or epilepsy.
During my 24 hour EEG in Bend they came in after one hour and stopped the test diagnosing me with EPILEPSY. I FELT DOOMED.
Yes I had the HPV vaccination but don’t know if that matters in my case.
After my first 30 days of high school as a freshman and taking lomictal I gained excessive weight and lost focus on school. I failed my first semester of high school.
Secondly during the winter of 2014 I was given Kepra which caused skin irritation and exhaustion.
I spent Spring Break 2015 in Umatilla with dad to go snowmobiling like we’ve enjoyed since I was seven.
We decided to go run across the bridge into Washington for our daily fitness then get a good night sleep.
We woke up at 6 am to meet a friend and I slept in the front seat of the car. At 9am I suffered a horrible seizure.
Dad : “Kennedy was sleeping the entire morning while getting gas and driving up Deadman Pass out of Pendleton, Oregon. I looked over after hearing her choke and saw her actively seizing. She was grey in the face, convulsing, and gasping for air. She quit breathing for 30 seconds and I couldn’t feel a pulse. She was lifeless. While performing chest compressions my phone fell between the seats with 911 on the phone. This was the worst day of my paramedic life working on my own child. Kennedy started breathing and I finished my call to get a medic unit from La Grande. While at the hospital she seized again and I insisted a Life Flight transport to OHSU.”
Dad flew with me over the Cascades and watched over me while I was sedated. The fight nurse knew my dad and Jennifer so there was good communication with the team.
Jennifer drove to Portland and we lived in the OHSU room for three days under observation. My EEG revealed a right temporal misfire which the doctors state 10 percent of the population has but few suffer from it.
The doctors followed their standard of care and prescribed another seizure med— I refused.
My mom took me to another naturopathic doctor where I learned to use CBD tinctures and Isagenix Cleansing for toxicity. The low dose CBD helped with some of my afternoon episodes of De Javu but I still seized on or about day six to ten.
My seizures were only during my REM sleep and I felt drowsy all day at school. It was rough.
Dad and Jennifer went to the Hemp and Health Expo in Kennewick where they met a few knowledgeable people with CBD. I started taking 25mg in January 2016 and after a seizure in February started taking 100mg with fish oil.
Side note: everybody has different CBD dosing needs so I always say to start low and go slow until you reach the desired result.
MY NEW LIFE BEGINS
I felt great and earned a position with the Hermiston High School Swim team. Some days I was exhausted and others swam like a champ. I played golf and started getting my grades up for college.
At the end of my sophomore year I had a breakthrough seizure most likely from sleep deprivation, hormones, and dehydration. I was going to hard day to day.
Since my last seizure in June 2016 and losing my drivers license, I was prescribed a very low dose of triliptal to keep me legal to drive. My neurologist is a fan of CBD but not THC for minors.
I am currently doing well in school, played three high school sports, drive, and work as a wellness coach for Encore.
I enjoy yoga, cardio and weight training, the river, camping and hanging with friends.
My nutrition is tight with some random foods if I wish. Daily food consists of Isagenix nutrition, vegan recipes, fish, and pizza!
Goal: College for Natural Medicine
Cheers to your health. Message me to learn more.