The Many Health Benefits of CBD Hemp Oil
by N J Howell
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Update: The DEA has done something I consider underhanded and illegal. They have very quietly passed legislation saying that CBD oil is illegal now. This despite the fact that it has almost zero THC and cannot be used to "get high" but has very strong medicinal properties that they FDA is trying simultaneously to deny (official position is no medical value) and approve (several prescription medications containing cannabidiol on fast tract to approval now). It's the most ludicrous expression of greed and control I've seen in recent years. The new law is illegal but will probably have it's intended effect. That is how the DEA and FDA continue to control the American people. Most will remove CBD oil products out of fear or retaliation. It is not unfounded fear. Many natural health product manufacturers have found themselves on the nasty business end of a DEA or FDA raid.
As of the today, January 12, 2017, I can still say that CBD oil is legal in all 50 states! Tomorrow, January 13, (Friday the 13th) it becomes illegal if the DEA law stands. If this law sticks, it may mean the end of any choice at all in matters of our own bodies and health care. Lend your voice wherever it is possible to save our freedoms. So, can you still order CBD? Yes. I picked up from the Hemp Life Today fb page, in response to the DEA reclassification of CBD as a schedule one drug: "Everyone can relax.. There seems to be a lot of confusion as the the legalities of the new DEA ruling on hemp derived products. However, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), has put out a statement on this and it is clear that our industry is safe from this ruling, etc."
This page is not about getting high. It's not about smoking pot. It's not about recreational marijuana. It's about non-THC Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound naturally occurring in the marijuana plant. Having said that, Full plant marijuana is something I want legalized as well. Most of America wants that. This medicinal plant has no business being classified the way it is now.
To understand where I'm coming from on CBD, let me begin by saying that I am one of those people who stood against marijuana for a long time. I felt it was emotionally addictive and that the risk of becoming dependent on it for maintaining calm and spiritual connection might be abused. In fact, I still feel that there is risk of emotional dependence but I've rotated a full 180 on the rest of the paradigm. It's pretty clear that medical marijuana could benefit so many people who are suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and other medical conditions. There's a lot about hemp oil that is misunderstood and I was one of the ones who used to misunderstand it.
CBD doesn't help get you high; it helps your body maintain wellness: Because of my complete rejection of marijuana for so many years, I never considered that there might be nutritional merit in hemp beyond the relaxing and pain-relieving effect of the THC. Along the way, I got exposed to information on the health benefits of eating hemp seeds (quality protein) and I also got informed about the many benefits to the planet of making things with hemp fiber. However, I still did not know there was a way to ingest cannabis without getting high. When I finally learned about CBD, a non-THC form of Cannabidiol, I became very excited about the potentials for health.
I remember when cannabis was legalized in Colorado. I went online to check prices. Good grief. THC-containing cannabinoids are expensive. I hope it's the same as with any other new product ... hopefully, the price will become more affordable over time. Right now, to get a strong enough dose of THC-CBD from cannabis for therapeutic purposes, you could spend hundreds per day AND you have to live somewhere that cannabis is legal.
Being able to purchase non-THC CBD has made cannabinoids more affordable. CBD from industrial hemp has been legalized in all 50 US states and many countries and while this form of cannabinoid formula is still pricey, many will be able to add cannabinoids to their daily nutritional program.
A partial list of the benefits associated with ingesting therapeutic doses of CBD include:
* CBD for PTSD - There has been some study into the use of Cannabidiol to help reduce something called predator threat stress and to help modulate fear memories, that soldiers deal with in wars. To learn more about this, here's an abstract to start with: CBD for PTSD
* CBD for Pain Relief - This is a big one and one of the main benefits of the non-THC form of marijuana that is attracting attention. There have been a few pain studies conducted but I suspect there will be a lot more in the future, as laws relax around the whole marijuana issue and CBD becomes more available at a lesser cost. A lot of reports are ancedotal.
I personally like stories from those who have actually used a product but you do have to be careful about the source. Of course, medical marijuana has been issued to help with certain kinds of pain and nausea but the CBD form is showing promise in some of the same areas, without the element of alteration. I can personally report almost instant relief of ulna nerve irritation in my wrist with topical application of cbd oil.
* CBD for Anxiety Relief - Another very popular application for CBD is to relieve symptoms of anxiety. Many who use it report a more calm, stable emotional state. Again, this is an effect that is associated with the THC version as well but for those who don't want to feel altered or "get high", CBD could offer some of the same benefits. Also, a paradoxical side effect of the THC version is often paranoia so, for anxiety, CBD may work better.
*CBD for Seizures - Obviously, if a person is having seizures, they are already under medical care and should check with their doctor before trying CBD, whether with or without THC. I have a facebook friend who has used the non-THC brand of CBD with a relative who has seizures and she told me it worked. I also read other information about it's use for this purpose. Also I saw this report on a study with cannabinoids for epilepsy.
*CBD for fibromyalgia - PubMed has a brief mention of the effectiveness of CBD for fibromyalgia and I hope that further studies will be done on this subject
Beyond these common health benefits, the list is so vast and long that it might be easier to say what CBD may NOT benefit. Preliminary studies indicate that CBD may be helpful for:
Antibiotic-resistant infections and more.
Health Disclaimer: The answers to questions posted here concerning CBD and medical marijuana should not be construed as replacement for any needed medical attention or diagnosis. Please check
with your pain care specialist or health care professional before adding new supplements to your existing health CARE regimen.
The recent introduction of cannabidiol products to the public is without any scientific studies into how effective CBD may or may not be for particular situations. I'm personally excited about the potential but, as in all matters of health, be wise and get informed on any research linking the use of cannabidiol for your particular health challenge or mood disorder.