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Matthew Stiegler

– Owner of


My journey into the cannabis and hemp industry began in 2017 when mum was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The doctors prescribed chemotherapy, but having heard about the potent cancer killing and healing properties of cannabis oils, our family decided to try them in conjunction with the chemotherapy. I learnt as much as possible in a short time frame about how to use cannabis oils for treating cancer patients, and began to treat her too.

Eight weeks after using conventional and non-conventional medications she was in remission, and today she is a picture of health.

The only cause of suffering throughout chemo was dry skin – which wouldn’t heal. I experimented using hemp and cannabis oils topically. Her skin responded positively and drastically and through this, unintentionally – and out of necessity – my hemp beauty brand Cannabella was born.

I’ve listed five interesting things I’ve learned about Cannabis Sativa that can benefit quite literally everyone:

1) The Difference between Hemp and Cannabis (Marijuana)

To clarify, hemp is industrial. It’s the strongest natural fibre in the world and it’s used for clothing, rope, textiles, concrete (hempcrete), building materials, and food. It contains practically zero psychoactive ingredients and can definitely NOT get you high on its 0.3% or less THC content. Cannabidiol Oil (CBD) is extracted from industrial hemp.

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The historically controversial nick name for Cannabis Sativa/Indica is Marijuana, which on the other hand contains more than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content and harbours powerful medicinal qualities, and it will get you high. Cannabis Sativa is the name of the genus they both stem from, and we define the two plants based on whether it’s over or under the 0.3% THC content (by dry weight). It is this fine line only which separates them from one another and determines their spectacularly different, yet equally vast and incredible qualities.

2) The Endocannabinoid System

In the 1990’s, scientists discovered that humans and animals alike have an “endocannabinoid system” consisting of endocannabinoids and edocannabinoid receptors. This system is involved in a plethora of biological processes such as pain, inflammation, memory, mood and metabolism to name a few, and its function is responsible for the maintenance of our homeostatic (biological harmony) state in response to environmental change. The receptors are present throughout the entire body including immune cells, skin, heart, blood, organs, bones, fat, the list goes on; they guard a whole lot of cell types and responses.

The best thing about us having this system is the response we have when cannabinoids (THC/CBD) enter our bodies. We have a major positive reaction when cannabinoids attach themselves to endocannabinoid receptors. This is the reason such extraordinary health and medicinal benefits result from cannabis working so profoundly. Our systems are built to coincide with one another.

3) Hemp Beauty Benefits

Dense in nutrients, packed with antioxidants and brimming with omega 3 – 6 hemp oil is extremely nourishing for the skin. It’s super hydrating, non comedogenic (it won’t clog your pores), antibacterial, antimicrobial, and the antifungal properties make it ideal to use on literally all skin types. Whether you have oily, dry, acne prone or problematic skin, blotchiness, uneven tones, sun/wind burned skin or you’re seeking an effective skincare routine to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hemp oil is the answer. Its enriching and healing qualities will soothe, calm, repair and relieve your unique skin type.

4) Sustainable Plant

Hemp moulded into its many forms can be used for just about anything. It can be used for concrete (hempcrete), paper, fuel, clothing, shoes, plastic (which is completely biodegradable), rope, food/superfoods, beauty products, medicine, and so much more. It can even be used to make the body of a car.

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Hemp will grow in almost any condition. Not only will it just sit there and grow, it enriches, cleans and regenerates the surrounding soil it’s planted in, absorbing toxins and contaminants (as strong radiation and heavy metals) that may be present in the soil – better than any other plant can.

As well as having a better than zero carbon footprint, hemp is also able to convert CO2 to oxygen more effectively than trees and has been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest.

5) Medical Treatment Discoveries

The proof is undeniable that cannabis in various forms can help to cure and provide relief to just about all illnesses and ailments across the board. I saw first hand the results my mum had from using it internally during her cancer treatment, and I’ve seen how it kills sun cancers via topical application.

I watched my grandad regain motor skills in his hands after years of arthritic pain and stiffness, and I know women who’ve struggled to fall pregnant having conceived with less difficulty after introducing the oils. It’s used to alleviate neurological degenerative diseases such as Parkinsons, MS and ALS; it can provide calmness to people wrought with anxiety and depression; it can stop epilepsy sometimes entirely; cure aggressive skin conditions; and manage pain and inflammation from migraines to endometriosis.

The healing abilities of cannabis and hemp are vast and I honestly believe it’s a human right for it to be legal.

Benefits of Hemp Cannabella