KYOTO, Japan, July 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Speaking from personal experience, from the stage of the Kyoto Hemp Forum, Japan’s first lady, Akie Abe proclaimed her support for reviving hemp use in Japan particularly for medicinal purposes.

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Ms. Abe was appearing to raise awareness for hemp culturization in Japan, and support for hemp’s many uses, pointing to studies showing its success in treating epilepsy, diabetes and pain.

Ms. Abe then further showed her support for hemp products by purchasing Elixinol CBD hemp oil, the “healthy not high” alternative, for her husband, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Prime Minister Abe and the First Lady are no stranger to chronic disease. The Prime Minister’s ulcerative colitis has been well documented as has his attempts to control the condition through the use of steroids. In 2007, Mr. Abe resigned from his position as Prime Minister citing “crippling diarrhea.” Abe returned to the position of Prime Minister in 2012.

This isn’t the first time Ms. Abe has publicly voiced support for hemp. She was quoted in a 2015 issue of Spa! Magazine as saying, “Hemp is a plant of which all of its parts can be used effectively.”  She continued,  “While it is not yet permitted in Japan, I think it can be put into great practical use for medical purposes as well.”

“That the First Lady chose Elixinol to treat her husband’s ulcerative colitis and usher in increased hemp acceptance in Japan is a significant honor. We look forward to working closely with the people of Japan,” said Paul Benhaim co-founder, Elixinol.

While the Prime Minister and the First Lady usher in this new era of hemp acceptance in Japan, archaeological evidence shows hemp played culturally significant role throughout Japan’s history. Up until the 20th century, cannabis plants were available from Japanese pharmacies for treatment of muscle aches, pain and insomnia.

After World War II ended, while the nation of Japan was still under United States control, it passed the 1948 Cannabis Control Act which was similar to the United States' ban on cannabis.

As the Prime Minister and the First Lady of Japan look to reshape Japan’s relationship with hemp through the purchase of Elixinol products, Elixinol looks forward to working closely with the leaders and people of Japan.

About Elixinol:
Colorado-based Elixinol is a world-class CBD manufacturer with a proven track record of consulting, growing and manufacturing high quality hemp, laboratory testing and quality control. Elixinol distributes CBD products in the United States and is actively expanding internationally. Elixinol and its global partners, including Elixinol Japan, recently introduced hemp oil Liposomes, with superior absorption and real fruit flavor and the Xpen, the most precise CBD oil delivery system. More information available at:

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