After seeing a growing number of his autistic patients suffer from seizures, Dr. John Hicks began to study alternative methods of addressing the problem. He found something unseen, unstudied, and ethically controversial, in America. 

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is found naturally in the intestinal tract where it’s main job is to reduce inflammation. 

Hicks, M.D.,  says the research is rampant. He adds, “In the last couple of years there’s been 20,000 articles a year on CBD.” Contact Dr. Hicks at johnhickMD.com with more questions or concerns.

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PLOS One published a research article testing CBD showing, “A considerable decrease in mast cell and macrophages in the intestine of LPS-treated mice after CBD treatment.” 



Their findings showed increased gliad cell activation in both ulcerative colitic patients during an active flare as well as septic mice. They concluded, “Our results therefore indicate that CBD indeed unravels a new therapeutic strategy to treat inflammatory bowel diseases.”

Pub Med said CBD showed, “Considerable decrease in mast cell and macrophages in the intestine.”

The National Cancer Institute at the NIH says, “CBD inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines, inducing apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner while having little effect on nontumorigenic mammary cells.”

They go on to suggest, “Coadministration of CBD with cytotoxic agents may increase drug uptake and potentiate cell death in human glioma cells.”

Most reserach is showing CBD positively effect the enteric nervous system which is the gut brain connection.

Here lies the confliction and controversy: cannabidiol, or CBD, is sourced from marijuanna. THC, the main constituent in marijuana, has psychotropic effects, CBD does not have psychotropic effects.  

Researchers in Israel found canabanoid (CB) receptor 1, in all tissues, processes THC. Canabanoid (CB) 2 receptors process cannabidiol. These receptors exist in the brain for homeostatis. 



No research on CBD exists in America because it is classified as a schedule I one. The DEA says, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote.”

Dr. Hicks says, “When you start using probiotics, you reinitiate the balance in the gut, which lactofermented foods do, you start to decrease the endocanabanoid system and you decrease inflammation. Not only does it heal the gut, it decreases other inflammation in other places.” 

He also says one of the effects is it reduces appetite causing test patients to lose weight. This was not their intention and is not showing perfect results as it also causes slight depression in these test subjects. This aspect is being tested further. This is thought to be because adipose tissue increases receptors for CB1. The body is trying to reestablish the balance decreasing the adipose tissues, decreasing the inflammatory cycle, preventing damage.

The greatest results are seen in those with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel and inflammation. 



The patent on cannabidiol, which is currently being processed, lists the product as an antioxidant which works both as a preventative product and a treatment product. 

Mainly it is assisting with enterocytes in the intestinal tract which are the tight junctions that when compromised lead to Intestinal Permeability or leaky gut, enabling the intestinal tract to heal faster.

Since CBD is antibacterial it is showing success in killing MRCA. MIT Technology Review says CBD, “Showed exceptional activity against the MRSA strain that makes extra amounts of the proteins that give the bugs resistance against many antibiotics

CBD comes from the flowers, stems and roots of hemp. It is not readily available in the states. Some see great assistance from this product

We can, however, still receive the benefits of hemp oil and the great benefits of essential fatty acids through hemp oil, which does not contain THC, in many different forms. 



This one is shelf stable and contains Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA).

This one is loose leaf and can be used as a tea or possibly made into your own tincture.

This one is a larger bottle of oil, USDA organic, which should still be taken in small doses even though it’s a large bottle. One to two sprays in a normal starting place. 

Some people who add CBD to their regimen say they see a calming effect and a positive gradual change for the positive in their health. Dr. Hicks says starting with a small dose and building from there shows to be effective. Taking CBD before bedtime shows optimal effects with 3-5 mg, a little goes a long way. He says it’s not addictive and your body does not build a tolerance to the product where you need to continue taking more product for the same effect. 

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*Nourishing Plot is written by a mom whose son has been delivered from the effects of autism (asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

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