Two years ago, Stacy Moore was working as a home healthcare provider, caring for a woman in Harpswell who had suffered a stroke. The woman had been told she’d never regain mobility on her right side.
The patient was using a body cream containing the hemp-cannabis derivative CBD. After a year and a half of caring for her, Moore said, one day the woman moved her right arm upward.
Before becoming a caregiver, Moore had been in the military, and CBD was unknown to her. After witnessing her patient’s improvement firsthand, she got curious. Then she got busy.
After taking a class with Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, Moore started growing cannabis, producing her own formulations and using her creams on her patient. They proved even more effective than than what she’d been using.
Encouraged, Moore began digging deeper, and dabbling with CBD, or cannabidiol, one of over 60 chemical compounds in hemp and cannabis. Of those, CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are the most recognized, but unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t produce the high that smoking or