Perhaps you’ve heard of the new “miracle drug” CBD? Because it doesn’t have any psychoactive properties, Cannabidiol (KAN-ah-BID-ee-all) will not get you high as does another psychoactive chemical (Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) that is also found in cannabis products.
People are raving about CBD because it relieves pain without any mind-altering effects. CBD oil is made from a sticky, gooey resin extracted from marijuana plant flowers which is then diluted with a carrier such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil.
“I’ve had chronic headaches since a concussion and traumatic brain injury 5 years ago. I started taking CBD and within a few weeks, I was pain and pressure free for the first time since my accident. It has also helped with mild anxiety due to hormonal changes and I find it’s much easier to focus. CBD is amazing – I’m sold for life!” wrote Shelley on May 12, 2018.
Recent research confirms what CBD users are reporting: hemp extract contains special relief molecules called cannabinoids or CBD which bind to receptor sites throughout the body, but mostly in the brain.
Believe it or not, humans have used marijuana (MJ) medicinally since about 2900 B.C. to treat anxiety and pain. An overly-zealous and misinformed American narcotics officer named Harry Anslinger is responsible for demonizing the helpful plant during the 1930s and 1940s. This is how a common weed became listed as a dangerous and illegal Schedule 1 narcotic for decades across the land.
In recent years, scientists have discovered that humans have a special relationship with marijuana. Our bodies have a unique, specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which helps regulate several physiological functions, including sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. The ECS manufactures endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.
Researchers say that CBD affects endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing chronic pain and inflammation as it interacts with the body’s neurotransmitters.
CBD is also effective in treating depression – the #1 medical disability worldwide – and anxiety, which ranks #6 on this list. Unlike the prescription drugs prescribed to treat these conditions, using natural CBD products avoids unpleasant side effects such as headache, drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction.
Furthermore, CBD is not addictive like its pharmaceutical counterparts. That said, CBD does have some side effects which include diarrhea, changes in appetite, and fatigue.
CBD use has been linked to reducing symptoms related to cancer, as well as the severe side effects that accompany cancer treatment: nausea, vomiting, and pain. Test-tube and animal studies have shown that CBD destroys tumors and can stop the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon, and lung cancers.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD fight acne and calm neurological conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. This potent drug may also improve the circulatory system and help the heart by lowering high blood pressure which contributes to strokes and cardiac arrest.
Mental patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychological disorders respond well to CBD treatments which reduce symptoms of psychosis.
Ironically, given the history of marijuana, CBD helps drug addicts kick their habits by altering brain circuitry related to addiction.
CBD has also been tested on mice with diabetes where it reduced the incidence of this disease by more than half while also fighting off inflammation.
CBD products are now completely legal in the U.S. as their therapeutic value becomes more widespread.
President Donald Trump approved the U.S. Farm Bill in December 2018. This landmark legislation allows hemp cultivation beyond hemp marketing pilot programs. It also places no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products and allows their transportation across state lines for commercial or other purposes. This law specifies that hemp may not have a THC content greater than 0.3 percent.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is an advocate of medicinal hemp, as he stated in a press release:
“Hemp has a remarkable history in the Bluegrass State. Forums like this allow hemp growers, processors and interested parties to engage with federal agencies as they move forward with guidance that pave the way for the full realization of hemp’s potential in an open marketplace.”
If you still need more convincing about the merits of CDB oil, consider this moving testimonial from Janet Wood:
“CBD oil has given me a life! After suffering for over 20 years with fibromyalgia, it had gotten so severe I even qualified for disability. Spent most of my time in bed with pain, anxiety and depression. I’ve been taking the oil for 7 months. My body responded right away, I knew I was being brought into the balance that I’d been crying out for. I have a better life now, not cured but better quality of life. I’m blessed and grateful for this medicine. Fight for the life you deserve!”
If you take other medications and want to try out CBD oil, talk to your healthcare provider first in order to avoid a potentially harmful interaction between the different substances.