Indiana family investigated by CPS for using CBD oil is fighting back.

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Little Jaelah playing in the mud. Photo from the Justice for Jaelah facebook page.

Meet little Jaelah Jerger a 20 month old little girl with myoclonic seizures with up to 40 seizure events per day. It was suggested that Jaelah take Keppra an anti seizure medication by a doctor at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Jaelah parents were worried about the potential side effects of Keppra that include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual tiredness or weakness. Not wanting their daughter to suffer with the side effects of the pharmaceutical medication.  The Jerger family found a chiropractic neurologist in Evansville, Indiana that was willing to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) to control little Jaelah myoclonic seizures. This worked with great success by going from 40 seizures per day to becoming completely seizure free with the use of CBD.

 

The problem. The Jerger family was reported to child protective services by a staff member at Riley Hospital. Their reason? They said that the Jerger family was not treating their daughters medical condition. Guess they missed the fact Jaelah was seizure free on CBD.

What happened after the report was “CPS arrived at the Jergers’ house in Huntingburg on Sept. 20, formally asking the parents to agree to keep Jaelah on Keppra, to take her for weekly blood tests to confirm she was taking Keppra and to only see a specified physician, Lelah said.” (IndyStar) To make this situation worse CPS also told the Jerger family that they could only send their daughter to a specific hospital and not letting them even decide who their daughter can see for medical care. Since this overreach by the Indiana CPS the Jerger family is now able to see a neurologist at the University of Louisville who is monitoring the use of CBD oil for Jaelah Jerger. She is no longer using Keppra.

Lelah Jerger says that Indianan CPS violated the family’s rights when they sought blood samples from their daughter to prove she was taking Keppra and not a medication containing CBD.  (WTHR)

If you are interested in helping the family with their fight check out their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/jaelahs-attorney-fees and don’t forget to check out the Justice of Jaelah Facebook page.

As always,

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Referenced

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/31/cbd-oil-reduced-toddlers-seizures-still-state-threatened-take-away-child-mother-says/755232001/

https://www.wthr.com/article/family-sues-state-agency-over-investigation-of-their-use-of-cbd-oil

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Wet Vs Dry Trimming Pt.1

trimWhen you talk to people who grow cannabis you will find that those who hand trim fall into one of two categories. Those who wet trim buds and those who dry trim their buds.

Me, I have always wet trimmed. Why? It was how I learned from the caregiver that thought me. Also I have not been growing for a very long time. I have mastered wet trimming and have deiced to try out dry trimming. For me I can’t give an opinion as to what way is completely better. My perspective is slightly skewed with my experience. I did try out dry trimming for the first time and I do like it. I might be switching styles but can’t completely decide, yet. I only set a few branches aside to try out dry trimming. Now my next plant I plan on doing completely with dry trimming. To get a better idea of what a full plant harvest would be like with the dry trim method.

What I liked about the dry trimming method was it was less time consuming compared to wet trimming and I am pretty efficient at wet trimming now that I have been doing it for a little over 2 years. This was also easier on my physically, but again I was only doing a few branches, so did not have as much to do as normal.

I posted the picture above and asked my community on Instagram, Duby and Facebook; how they personally trim their cannabis and why they trim that way.  To see if I could get some kind of conciseness as to what the most popular ways to trim were.

The reason people said dry trimming was preferable were that wet trimming was much more work than dry trimming. Others claimed that wet trimming interferes with curing by cutting the leaves that evaporation during the drying/curing process could then only come out of the flower causing damage to the resin, terpenes, and overall cannabinoid profile. While others suggested longer dry periods with plastic and paper coverings to enhance the curing process. (Something for me to read more into latter)

The reason people said wet trimming was preferable was that when you dry trim you can see trichomes fly off as you clip the leaves off the buds and that the only time they ever dry trim is if they do not have enough time to wet trim.

Some of these arguments sound the same on both sides. But what does that mean? Is wet trimming better or is dry? Does one method of trimming cause damage to the cannabinoid profile? Or is it all just a matter of personal choice with what your preference is.

Here are my thoughts. I don’t think this is going to be something that we can just prove with a debate. There are experience growers on both sides of this debate.  So, I propose that we do an experiment. I think I should on one of my upcoming harvests take a top bud and dry trim one and wet trim another. Then submit these buds for a cannabinoid profile and terpenes profile test. Then compare the results to see if one method has a significant deference in their results.

TestedLabs in Maine does the tests I would need. The cannabinoid profile test is $40 per sample and the terpenes profile test is also $40 per sample. I have started a gofundme page to pay for these lab tests. As I don’t have the $160 to have all four required samples done to compare the two methods. Once I have the funding for theses tests I will be able to do a follow up article and revel if there is a significant difference in the profiles between wet and dry trimming.

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Until then,

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Save CBD


Save CBD from becoming  schedule 1 Drug. Write to Michael J. Lewis who is the Point of contact on DEA docket No. 342 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract. As this will make all cannabinoids schedule 1 effective 01/13/2017.

Below is a sample letter you can copy and print to send. Don’t let CBD medicine become another useful medication prohibited for use by the general population.

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FibroMan

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Michael J. Lewis, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration8701 Morrissette DriveSpringfield, Virginia 22152

RE: DEA Docket No. 342 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract

Dear DEA Federal Register Representative Michael J. Lewis,

With the new ruling taking effect on 01/13/2017 making all “Marihuana Extracts” a schedule 1 substance regardless if they have psychoactive substances in them or not leads to many questions. What is the potential of abuse on a substance that cannot get anyone any kind of high, so why would the DEA make it a schedule 1 substance? Most of these cannabis extracts have the cannabinoid (CBD) that is used for many medical reasons and since a schedule 1 substance must both have no medical value and have a potential for abuse. It baffles many people that the DEA would classify a substance with great medical value and no potential for abuse as a schedule 1 drug.

With the fact that Cannabidiol (CBD) cannot by any stretch of the imagination fit the definition of a schedule 1 substance, so I ask you to revoke DEA docket No. 342.

Sincerely,

CBD Soon to be Schedule 1

This morning I woke up and found out as many of you did that the DEA and DOJ are working to make Cannabidiol (CBD) and all other non-psychoactive (meaning there is no high) cannabiniods illegal as Heroin and LSD by the “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extracts.” This has an effective date as 01/13/2017.

Hold on one second. Let’s remind everyone what the definition of a Schedule 1 drug is as defined by the DEA, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Can someone explain how the non-psychoactive cannabiniods have a high potential for abuse? As far as no medical value the DEA has their head under a rock if they don’t see the seizure stopping power of CBD as medicine.

This is going to be all encompassing as the DEA and DOJ have defined “Marihana Extracts” as, “Meaning ab extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis.” (Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extracts P1).” This means it will include all extracts from Hemp as hemp’s genus is  Cannabis Sativa L with a modern definition of a Cannabis plant with with a “THC content of hemp at 0.3%. Any cannabis with higher THC levels is considered marijuana instead.” (Leaf Science) Basically Hemp is a Low THC Strain of cannabis that is grown close together to produce tall plants that stocks are used to produce the fiber hemp and has always has been cannabis.

Should also point out a key point in this announcement. The ruling is for all plant derived cannabinoids. It does not mention anything about synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic CBD. It is also interesting that one of the commenters on this announcement listed is ” a pharmaceutical firm currently involved in cannabinoid research and product development praised the DEA’s efforts to establish a new drug code for marihuana extracts…”  This make me think that this un-named pharmaceutical firm is making a synthetic CBD to release giving legality to the pharmaceutical industry for synthetic CBD just like they have already done with synthetic THC also called Marinol and this synthetic THC approved by FDA and not listed as a scheduled 1. (FDA)

Robert Hoban, a Colorado cannabis attorney and adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, raised the notion that the rule itself may not be lawful. “This action is beyond the DEA’s authority,” Hoban told Leafly in an interview late this afternoon. “The DEA can only carry out the law, they cannot create it. Here they’re purporting to create an entirely new category called ‘marijuana extracts,’ and by doing so wrest control over all cannabinoids. They want to call all cannabinoids illegal. But they don’t have the authority to do that.” (Leafly: New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal)

Docket No. DEA-342 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract lists for further information  contact:
Michael J. Lewis, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration; Mailing Address: 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152; Telephone (202) 598-6812.

Maybe Mister Lewis could shed some light on this backwards ruling the DEA is making.

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FibroMan

Sources:

Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29941/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract

New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/new-dea-rule-says-cbd-oil-really-truly-no-joke-illegal

Schedule I Drug Definition
https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

MARINOL® synthetic delta-9-
tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC)

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/05n0479/05N-0479-emc0004-04.pdf

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Cannabinods: CBD

What is CBD exactly you might be asking your self?

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The scientific name for it is called Cannabidol and is one of the cannabinods found inside the cannabis plant. One widely misunderstood fact about CBD is that it does not interact with the Endocannabinod system neither CB1 or CB2 receptors interact with CBD like Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does. However CDB does interact with other systems in your body. Also Unlike THC the CBD cannabinod is not psychoactive and has been shown to decrease the some of the high effects of cannabis with THC. Meaning if you become unconvertible by the effects of too much THC it can be countered by CBD.

Cannabidol has gotten lots of coverage over the last few years because of its ability to stop seizers. Many people know of the little girl named Charlotte who has Danvers syndrome that caused her to have hundreds of seizers daily. After her family moved her to CO she was given cannabis oil and her seizers stopped allowing her to become a little girl for the first time in her life and not a catatonic zombie child.

Lets Talk Canabinoids

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This segment of my blog is to talk about Canabinoids and there are many of them. In fact right now known to scientist there have been over 85 different canabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. This number keeps growing as science improves only a few years ago science was saying there was 60 different canabinoids.

Okay your asking your self so what, or why do I care. This is simple canabinoids are only found in two places naturally in this world. Besides cannabis the only other place that canabinods are found are in Humans and animals. When found inside humans and animals the canabinods are called endo-canabinods. Simply meaning inside cannabis that comes from inside us. Our Bodies Naturally produces different kinds of canabinoids to help protect your body and keep it running smoothly. This is why when an external source of canabinods are used there is positive medical effects to doing this. To get canabinods into your body you can use cannabis or get a synthetically manufactured canabinod- THC. This synthetic drug called Marinol. So you may be asking why not just take the pill? Well there are many components to cannabis like terpenes and flavonoids that have medical effects as well.  Along with many different kinds of canabinods besides THC that help people with different medical issues. All of these different parts of the cannabis plant work together to be a more effective drug to fight different aliments than the lab produced drug has been able to do.

Since Canabinods is such a broad topic I am going to cover each of the main canabinods separately. Also look for up coming blogs about terpenes and flavonoids as well.

Some but not all of the Canabinods in Cannabis:
THC, THCv, CBD, CBN, CBC, CBG and many more.

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FibroMan