CBD: Not Pot
A few months back, I had a vendor booth at a local fair. I was so pumped to spread the good word of CBD. I was sure that there would be a line 10 people deep all day long to get this legal cannabis product that the internet is all-abuzz for. I was half right. When people approached my booth, they were interested and eager to sample our freshly launched Bliss Balm. At the same time, I found myself yelling, “It won’t get you high!” at people, like a heckler at a boardwalk dunk tank. Some folks even treated me as if I was breaking the law. It was such a bittersweet day. I was so encouraged by the positive feedback, but I couldn’t help feeling surprised and a bit discouraged that most people were afraid to even ask about it. It was a great education on how cannabis is still taboo in 2018. This is where I will take my part of the responsibility. This topic should have been my first blog post. I love cannabis and all that it has to offer therapeutically. I assumed that everyone knew that there was this “other part” of cannabis that was healing people. So, chasing down a woman with a walker was probably the wrong approach. I’ll try this:
CBD is short for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol). Say it. Out loud. You will want to know this word because it is quickly becoming known to doctors as the safe alternative to opioids and antidepressants that you or your loved ones may be taking. Cannabidiol is a major anti-inflammatory compound in cannabis. It is also a muscle relaxer. Oh…and it can help with mental health issues. Now, I know what you are thinking. “That wacky weed just makes people eat taquitos and watch TV all day.” But this is where the confusion lies. Hemp and marijuana are like cousins. Hemp is cannabis, but it has only a tiny amount of THC, which is the property that is psychoactive and makes one want to eat Cheetos and melt into the couch for the afternoon. CBD can make you less anxious AND more motivated at the same time. Studies on CBD have also reported that it counteracts the undesirable effects of THC, such as paranoia, munchies, and sleepiness, while enhancing its painkilling properties.
Industrial hemp is not pot. It looks like marijuana when dried. It smells like it, too. It will not get you high because the difference between the two plants is that there is less than 0.3% THC in hemp compared to around 15-25% THC in marijuana. CBD can give chronically ill patients the relief that pharmaceuticals have not been able to due to the synergy it has with our endocannabinoid system. (Oh yea! Learn more about the endocannabinoid system here- https://incannabliss.com/feeding-your-endocannabinoid-system/)
CBD is just one of the miraculous benefits that comes from cannabis. Not all cannabis is created equal. Do your research and be open to the possibilities of what CBD can do for you.