Ok. Soapbox time. I don’t do it often, but I am frustrated. Not many things cause a hot divide like the topic of CBD or medical marijuana. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a hemp derivative. But, before I explain why I am frustrated, let’s clear the air and separate myth from fact. That way, we are both on the same page in this conversation.
Myths and Facts about CBD Hemp Oil
- Myth: CBD oil gets the user high
Fact: The cannabinoid CBD is non-psychoactive. So, no. CBD Hemp Oil will not get you high. Hemp naturally produces a higher concentration of non-psychoactive CBD than it does the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Federal legislation dictates that all cannabis products must contain less than 0.3% THC to be considered hemp and legal for use and consumption at the federal level.
- Myth: No scientific evidence exists to support CBD efficacy.
Fact: Sweeping scientific studies indicate that CBD has many beneficial properties. When ingested, it improves mood, reduces anxiety, and relaxes the body. In more astounding studies, it shows promising results in combating panic disorder, epilepsy, diabetes, schizophrenia, and MS. Don’t worry. I cite my sources at the end for interested parties. When used externally, CBD impacts acne and other skin issues. Bonus fact: As far back as the 11th century, people used hemp derivatives to combat epilepsy. I could go on, but you get the picture.
Non-Medical CBD Oil Uses
- Dietary supplements. It is naturally high in vitamin D and antioxidants. The government even has a 1999 patent recognizing these facts.
- Since it increases focus and concentration, it helps improve athletic performance.
- Due to its natural anti-inflammatory effects, CBD improves post-workout recovery.
CBD Hemp oil comes in a variety of formulations. It is available in both oils, creams, and lotions. You can use the oils just like liquid vitamins: dissolve them in a beverage, stir them into your food, or drop them under the tongue. Some people even mix them into their post- or pre-workout smoothies, mix them into salad dressings, or bake it into goodies. I would love to try this baked into my Nature Muffins!
Producers, like Receptra, also package CBD oil topicals useful for fighting free radicals (think anti-aging), deep moisturizing, combatting acne, and reducing bruises. Athletes and people with arthritis also enjoy the anti-inflammatory effects on the joints and muscles, making it a natural option for over-the-counter rubs.
I am particularly interested in this body butter Receptra Naturals produces. It calms skin irritations, and David suffers serious adult acne. Also, it’s good for bruising and moisturizing the skin. Since I frequently do kickboxing workouts, I often have unsightly bruises.
Receptra also offers a targeted topical for muscle and joint pains. Since I get sore from working out and have had to skip workouts because of arthritis, I would love to try that product as well. Unfortunately, I cannot. This fact saddens me since Receptra ships nationwide without a prescription. I just cannot order it because of Florida’s state laws.
So here’s the reason for my vent. Despite hemp oil being legal under Federal Law (7606 of the US Farm Bill Act of 2014), some states still ban or strictly regulate its sale or use. I live in Florida, and it appears that you must first obtain a doctor’s prescription. Then, the patient must register for the compassionate use registry (381.986 Compassionate use of low-THC and medical cannabis). The law sets up five dispensaries in my state, and the nearest is 180 miles away. The law seems to require me to try all other known conventional treatment before resorting to an all-natural plant derivative.
In other words, I can obtain Xanax (an addictive benzodiazepine), easier and without registering as a drug user with the state. Government-enforced registration hasn’t worked out well for people in the past. I do have a script for Valium, but I rarely use it because of its addictive nature. Exercise helps mitigate my anxiety some, but I have to take further measures. I also limit my exposure to the outside world, which is very lonely at times.
Keep in mind that many states do not prevent CBD’s sale at all – and it’s legal at the federal level.
Why do I care? Because I suffer from Agoraphobia induced panic attacks and CBD could help me. I care because I have an aunt with schizophrenia. I care because I know many people with diabetes.
So, yeah! I’m a little miffed.
How to Choose
You do need to be careful as you venture into the world of CBD oil manufacturers. You need to know what’s in your bottle. Some processors are snake oil salesmen filling desperate consumers with false promises. The FDA sent warning letters to several because they had less CBD content than their labels claimed. Be sure to ask for a company’s certificate of analysis (COA) certifying their potency and ingredients.
Receptra provides their COA right on their site. Their products are organically grown in the United States. In my opinion, this even exceeds Florida’s quality standards, because Florida does not require their dispensaries to use organic growing practices.
So your turn to talk back. Have you considered using CBD oil? Do you know the laws concerning it in your state?
- Epilepsy – Epilepsy and Behavior – Feb 10, 2017
- MS – Neurobiology of Disease – Volume 59, November 2013, Pages 141–150
- Panic Disorder – Current Neuropharmacology – Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 291-299
- Schizophrenia – Translational Psychiatry – March 2012
- Diabetes – Neuropharmacology – Volume 54, Issue 1, January 2008, Pages 244–249
- Acne – Journal of Clinical Investigation – Volume 124, Issue 9 (September 2, 2014)
This is a sponsored post, but I gathered all the information myself and all opinions are mine.
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