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Health Ministers Approve the Legalization of Hemp for Human Consumption

If you’re tired of waiting on the U.S. to get its act together and in line with the rest of the world on the status of marijuana, you may want to pack your bags and head for Australia, where the government has just ruled that hemp foods are safe to eat. If the proposal goes as planned, hemp smoothies and other foods will be on Aussie store shelves in six months, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. This hemp is the same species as marijuana.

While ruling hemp as a safe food in Australia isn’t exactly the same as approving medicinal uses for marijuana in the states, it’s at least a step forward — and miles ahead of the U.S. The term medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom.

Marijuana’s incredible healing properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content, critical levels of medical terpenes, flavonoids and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth and immune function.

Medical marijuana has shown positive effects in treating mood disorders, degenerative neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and seizures — points that even former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy agreed with. Yet, on the federal level, medicinal marijuana is still considered a dangerous Schedule 1 controlled substance with “no accepted medical use.”

While hemp has less value for medicinal uses (as it only contains about 4 percent cannabidiol (CBD) and lacks many of the medicinal terpenes and flavonoids), cannabis is potent medicine courtesy of high amounts (about 10-20 percent) of CBD, critical levels of medicinal terpenes and flavonoids, as well as THC in varying ratios for various diseases.

Don’t you think it’s time for a change, and for the U.S. to quit denying the realities — and use — of this promising compound?
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