On its own, CBD may quite possibly be one of the most beneficial substances out there. It’s no surprise that the ever-growing marijuana industry has began to capitalize on CBD. It’s important for you to understand, however, that not all CBD products are created equal.
These days, you can find “CBD” products in gas stations, drug stores, bars, and several other random locations. The problem is that most of these products are not 100% natural, and can contain dangerous chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health.
Not All CBD Products Are Created Equal
Even if a product claims to be 100% natural, studies and tests have found other added ingredients. Some of these come in shockingly large concentrations. For this reason, we want to make sure you understand what you could be getting if you buy “CBD” products from these unlicensed places.
This substance is a cough suppressant, that can be found in most over the counter cough medicines. Although it is an effective cough suppressant in the correct doses, it can be extremely dangerous if used in high quantities and/or for a prolonged period of time.
DXM has a long history of recreational abuse, as it can produce psychoactive effects, like euphoria, if taken in large doses or combined with other ingredients. DXM is responsible for approximately 6000 emergency room visits annually.
Long term use or overdose can cause decreased respiratory function, elevated heart rate & blood pressure, psychosis, seizures, insomnia, dysphoria, coma, and even death.
This would be a grouping of synthetic cannabinoids, better known as K2 or Spice. Synthetic cannabinoids stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system. These substances are illegal in most places.
5F-ADB typically makes the user feel drowsy and disoriented. Over time, these synthetic cannabinoids can cause nausea, fear, loss of bodily control, and problems breathing. 5F-ADB has been linked to dozens of overdoses and deaths.
While melatonin is a naturally-produced chemical in the body, many consumers do not expect to find it in their “100% CBD” products. Melatonin is the hormone that tells your body to go to sleep. It’s dangerous to take a melatonin supplement without knowledge, because it can not only make you drowsier than normal, but also raise blood sugar and blood pressure in some people.
Companies decided to add it into the products after claiming that consumers requested it. One test determined that the concentration of melatonin in hundreds of products was much greater than the concentration of CBD.
You may be asking yourself, how do they get away with it? Well, the truth is, the CBD market is pretty much unregulated. In order to avoid these dangerous substances, don’t get your CBD products from gas stations, drug stores, etc.
These products are clearly very dangerous and have no pharmacological data to prove them to be neither effective nor safe.
If you are searching for relief, CBD may be able to help. Going through the appropriate channels will allow you to get all-natural products from trusted manufacturer’s.
If you’re interested in becoming a medical marijuana card holder, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, today. We can connect you with trustworthy, quality CBD products.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, has gained a tremendous amount of support for it’s safe, effective, and non-intoxicating medical benefits. This popularity has led many people to ask, “Why is CBD illegal if it’s non-psychoactive?”
The answer is actually quite simple. The DEA still classifies CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. This puts it in the same category as heroin, cocaine, etc… This scheduling makes it nearly impossible to conduct the medical studies needed to reschedule the drug and make it legal.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the most well-known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, right behind THC. It is capable of treating a plethora of different illnesses and symptoms, including and related to anxiety, depression, epilepsy, inflammation, pain, and more! Perhaps one of the biggest explanations for CBD’s rise to popularity is that it can treat these conditions, without getting you high.
While the CBD market has grown considerably in the last several years, many hemp-based CBD products that can be found in stores are technically still considered illegal in the eyes of the government. It’s important to note that it is highly unlikely that these agencies would pursue individual consumers. They are much more interested in pursuing producers and retailers.
How did it Become Illegal?
CBD became illegal with the marijuana prohibition, back in the 1930’s. This prohibition, however, was built on a mountain of lies and misunderstanding.
During the Nixon presidency, politicians told all sorts of lies about the plant. This was an effort to gain support for the movement, by creating fear and misunderstanding. They also used it as a way to make it easier to arrest people of color and anti-war activists. One of Nixon’s top advisors, John Ehrlichman, said, “Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Why is CBD Illegal if it’s Non-Psychoactive?
The fears and misconceptions brought about during the Nixon era, are issues that we’re still dealing with today. The fact that CBD is still illegal is largely due to ignorance at the federal level. Many lawmakers still buy into the lies and misconceptions.
Another big part of the issue, is the cost and barriers that researchers have to deal with to even get the product to the FDA for approval. It’s a very long and very expensive road. Perhaps the most frustrating part about it, is the fact that we’re stuck in this vicious circle of the DEA saying it’s illegal, which creates barriers for researchers. The drug cannot be rescheduled without in-depth research proving it has medical potential, but because it’s illegal, the research can’t be done.
A shining light on this whole situation is the fact that one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, used to treat Epilepsy, has passed FDA approval. CBD has been proven to offer medicinal benefits. This may force the DEA’s hand to reschedule the drug once and for all.
The takeaway? Keep the faith. It’s only a matter of time before medical (and recreational) marijuana is available to every adult in the United States.
Luckily for us, medical marijuana (including CBD) is legal in the state of Florida. If you’re a Florida resident and feel that you may be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online, today.
CBD has become well-known for it’s overwhelmingly safe and therapeutic medical benefits. With this new popularity, also comes several misconceptions. Below we will address the 6 most common CBD myths and misconceptions.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
6 Common CBD Myths and Misconceptions
CBD is “Medical” and THC is “Recreational”
CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that it does not produce intoxicating effects. THC on the other hand, is psychoactive, and often times will provide you with a sense of euphoria. This is the general reason why this misconception exists in the first place. The question, “How does CBD treat anxiety and boost mood if it is not mind altering?” often arises when this myth comes up.
The major difference between the two forms of cannabis, is that CBD will technically affect the mind (positively, in most cases), but it will not impair mental or physical function. THC will impair mental and physical function, which is why it is commonly associated with recreational purposes. It’s important to note that for this reason, it is illegal for you to operate a vehicle under the influence of THC.
To say that CBD is mostly beneficial for medicinal purposes, would actually be pretty accurate. With that being said, it may help you feel more relaxed in social situations, perhaps making it good for recreational purposes, afterall.
THC is a major player, not just for recreational purposes, but for medicinal purposes as well. It is involved in hundreds of medical studies, and has been shown to be extremely beneficial for treating a vast array of symptoms.
CBD will Sedate You
Contrary to popular belief, CBD is not a sedative. It will actually make you feel more focused and alert. Furthermore, when used together, CBD will counteract the sedative effects of THC. If this is true, why does this misconception exist?
This is where the importance of Terpenes come in. Many varieties of cannabis containing high levels of CBD also contain high levels of the terpene, Myrcene. This terpene has been found to be beneficial as a sleep aid.
If you want to use CBD for it’s energizing effects, choose a strain that is free of Myrcene. You’ll feel awake and when the time comes to go to bed, you won’t have any issues falling asleep!
You Just Need a Little Bit
To keep it simple, CBD is much less potent than THC when it comes to relieving symptoms. While there is overlap in terms of the symptoms that the two can treat, the way that they accomplish relief is very different.
Studies that look at CBD for treating illnesses like Schizophrenia and seizures require hundreds of milligrams per dose. In other words, it’s not a one size fits all. Depending on your symptoms or illness, you may require more or less.
Isolates will Produce the Same Effect as Whole Plant Therapy
This brings us back to the important relationship between CBD and THC. On it’s own, CBD isolate has proven itself to be extremely helpful as a medicine. At this point in time, very few people would argue differently. With that being said, it’s usually even more helpful when combined with the other compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC.
There are literally hundreds of different compounds found in the plant that all work together to accentuate the medical benefits. This is what we refer to as whole plant therapy. While CBD isolate can effectively treat something like anxiety, the relief can be even greater when elements of the entire plant are utilized.
CBD Activates Endocannabinoid Receptors
Our body has built in receptors, called endocannabinoid receptors, to process naturally occurring endocannabinoids such as dopamine and serotonin. Endocannbinoids and receptors respond to illness and injury. The endocannabinoid system’s primary job is to maintain balance and health in the body.
THC and CBD are also naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. THC interacts with, and stimulates these receptors, just as dopamine and serotonin do. CBD actually does not directly stimulate these receptors, but actually turns down their effects. At the same time, CBD has the ability to increase cannabinoid signaling even though it doesn’t directly activate the receptors.
It’s Legal in All 50 States
False. While certain forms of CBD are available in almost every state, the compound is still classified as illegal by the DEA. Producers and retailers of hemp-based CBD (less than 0.3% THC) face some risk, but this depends on how motivated federal agencies are to enforce regulations. Luckily, it is extremely unlikely that these agencies will pursue consumers. They’re much more interested in producers and retailers.
In 2012, recreational marijuana was only available in Washington and Colorado. Up until then, only people that suffered from a specific, qualifying condition were approved for the use of medical marijuana (in certain states.) Since then, only a few states have opened up to recreational marijuana, but dozens of states are now coming around to approving the use of medical marijuana. This has left many of us wondering, what sets medical and recreational marijuana apart?
Besides the obvious, which is consumer intention (are they looking to treat symptoms of an illness, or are they just looking to get high,) what are the other differences that exist between the two forms?
The shopping experience is actually quite similar, although there are a few differences when it comes to the details.
Medical marijuana card holders must not only bring ID that proves they’re old enough, but also have their medical marijuana card with them. Recreational pot users only need a valid form of ID, like a drivers license, to show that they’re old enough. Now, if you’re a medical marijuana card holder in a state where recreational use has been legalized, you’ll still want to bring your card with you as some recreational shops will give special discounts to medical marijuana card holders.
Medical dispensaries and dual-licensed shops are typically better equipped to answer questions, whereas recreational shop bud tenders may not be able to help you. This is widely due to the fact that many recreational shops are actually not allowed to give medical advice, however, they are usually able to cater to the needs of both recreational users, and medical users.
When it comes to the selection of product available, there is very little difference between the two. Both types of shops will usually have oils, edibles, salves, lotions, etc… Depending on what state you’re in, you may or may not have the option to purchase flower.
Special Perks (Depending on your State)
Depending on the sate you live in, medical patients may receive special perks. These might include:
- lower costs
- reduced taxes
- higher THC potency
- higher quantity restrictions
- access for minors (with a card)
- permission to grow their own marijuana at home
Recreational marijuana has somewhat of a stigma attached to it. Way more people support medical marijuana than they do recreational. It’s only a matter of time, however, before state laws reflect the acceptance of recreational pot as well.
Recreational marijuana opens the door for people that aren’t necessarily suffering from one of the qualifying conditions. A new consumer, who would have never been able to try marijuana otherwise, lives in a state where recreational pot was just legalized. He now realizes that he has full access, and ends up purchasing some edibles. While he might have originally purchased product for recreational purposes, he now realizes that the edibles he bought really help him relax from daily stress and anxiety.
He tells someone else of his experience. This person heads to the dispensary to see if marijuana will help ease their stress, lack of appetite, pain, etc…
When it comes down to it, medical and recreational product is the same. The biggest difference, is why you’re choosing to use it.
It’s only a matter of time before recreational use is legalized in all 50 states. As long as you’re an adult that uses it responsibly, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have access to it.