Hemp’s medicinal benefits are touted by North Carolina activists who want the state to relax prohibitions against the production and possession of the plant.
Sharon Wright was tired of being sick.
Wright, who suffers from autoimmune illness, tried the latest modern medical remedies, with few results. After researching alternatives, she found results in eating hemp seeds, which have high levels of the amino acid arginine, an anti-inflammatory. They are also rich in protein and a prime source of vitamins E and B, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. The seeds are legal in North Carolina.
“The bottom line is the plant, in its natural form, is a nutrient,” said Wright, a marketing and branding consultant in Charlotte. “The supplement is food, just like other plants we consume – collard greens, kale, things of that nature.”
It’s illegal to grow hemp or marijuana in North Carolina – even for medicinal purposes, but there’s growing support to change the law, which activists say has historically been used as a war on drugs that disproportionately targets people of color. Twenty-nine states and Washington,