We’ve come a long, long way since the hippie days of the 1960s.
And while there’s still a lot of controversy about “medical marijuana,” more and more states are making it legal in some capacity.
Especially for cancer patients, eye issues like glaucoma and severe pain problems.
No matter how you feel about “weed,” it’s a far safer alternative than the opioids ravaging parts of this country.
But there’s a small and growing part of this weed phenomena that’s picking up speed. And I’m starting to get a lot of questions about it.
If you’re wondering what the fuss is about “CBD” as I was, by the end of this letter, you’ll know a little more.
First off, what is CBD? You’ve probably heard of “THC.” That’s the chemical compound in marijuana that produces a “high.”
The concentration of THC tells you just how powerful it is. And unless it’s prescribed by a doctor, or legal for “recreational use” in your state, if it has THC, it’s not kosher under current law.
And the gray area between legal in your state and illegal with respect to the feds is a hornet’s nest to throw rocks at some other time.
CBD is like THC in that both are “cannabinoid” compounds found in the same plant. But CBD is non-psychoactive. It doesn’t get you high.
It’s a way to get some of the promised medical benefits, without heading straight for a bag of Doritos afterwards…
So what are the promises? Well, the research is hazy (no pun intended). But there is some evidence to suggest it can treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders, mental issues, joint pain and even calm a balky gut.
It can help beat back inflammation, and offer a lifeline for someone wracked with anxiety or depression.
If you take it, doctors say you’re likely to feel more calm, relaxed, centered… more well overall.
CBD is legal in most states, and it has become very popular, from health food stores to online sellers and more.
I just don’t know how I feel about it. And I’m curious what your thoughts are on CBD. Hit reply and let me know.
The part of me that’s for health freedom and making my own decisions says the government should step out of the way here, especially with something that’s not a drug and not for recreation.
If you choose not to use it, that’s your decision. But I’m for YOU having the power to make that choice for yourself, not some bureaucrat in Washington.
In the meantime, if you do decide to try CBD, you have to be sure you’re getting it from a reputable seller.
And be warned: CBD users may end of failing a drug screening, even if there’s no THC in the product.
So, if you’re a truck driver, teacher, or active duty military, you better be darn sure what you’re taking and be prepared to produce it if your test comes back as a “FAIL.”
There’s definitely something to CBD that’s worth paying attention to. And I’ll keep after the research to keep you updated…
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance