There seems to be a stigma attached to CBD and medical marijuana, especially in the 50+ age group. We are afraid of getting ‘high’ and being out of control. I notice it with my friends and I understand it. Before researching and actually going to a clinic, I really had no idea what CBD was all about or how I could actually benefit from CBD oil. In my mind, I thought I would get high while trying to get better. I just didn’t know enough about it, so for me, it was an education process. And with all the controversy still surrounding CBD, people still have concerns, and rightly so.
Why the Confusion
Despite the fact that CBD and CBD products have been around for several years and are legal in most of the states and, technically, in Canada, there is still a lot of controversies. CBD is not a narcotic but a non-psychoactive compound. There are many strains that have high levels of CBD with little or no THC, the compound we associate with the ‘high’ or euphoria. Research shows it is effective because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties.
Part of the confusion might stem from confusing CBD products with Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana, so I will give a very brief description of all three.
CBD: Simply put, it is a compound and one of the key ingredients in cannabis. Contrary to what many people still believe, you won’t experience the euphoric state we associate with THC. You can experience relief from pain and relaxation without the high. CBD does not cause mind-altering side effects and can be safely given to children.
Medical Marijuana: Medical marijuana uses the whole unprocessed plant which contains the psychoactive compound THC. It contains various amounts of the THC ranging from very low to high, for a host of medical conditions such as epilepsy, arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, and many more. The THC can have some adverse side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, increased appetite, imbalance, euphoria, anxiety, and paranoia. In spite of the benefits though, medical marijuana is still illegal in many states. The FDA does not approve or recognize the plant as a medicine.
Recreational Marijuana: Recreational marijuana is just that, is usually high in THC which causes euphoria and does not require medical approval.
Facebook recently suspended a grocery store’s ad account for discussing CBD oil.
In its excitement at having Governor Eric Holcomb sign a bill to legalize CBD oils in Indianapolis, the owners of Georgetown Market posted on their Facebook the news, hoping to share it with its customers.
Imagine their disbelief when their ad was blocked and their account disabled by Facebook!
According to Facebook, their claim was that the grocery store was promoting an illegal drug.
Even though this was appealed and Facebook backtracked and reversed its decision, this is the kind of activity that contributes to the confusion and controversy surrounding CBD oils as it is neither illegal nor a drug, for that matter.
While in Canada…
While legal, Health Canada has also put restrictions on CBD. The THC content must be lower than 0.3% in its completely finished state. If it tests higher, it could be illegal. For those requiring a higher THC content, you can obtain it legally by being in possession of an ACMPR / MMAR / MMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations/Marijuana Medical Access Regulations/Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) prescription. In this case, you can legally obtain a certain amount for your own personal use.
And what about our pets – is it safe? In spite of the fact that people throughout Canada have been using CBD oil to manage chronic conditions in their pets, and that it is readily available from several sources, veterinarians in Ontario are still reluctant to prescribe it as a form of treatment. At this time, there is no approval for medicine containing cannabis by Health Canada for animals, thereby making it illegal for Veterinarians to prescribe it to their patients.
Dr. Andrew Jones, a veterinarian from British Columbia, Canada has different views. With a career that has spanned 17 years, he pursues alternative remedies for pets and when his own dog Lewis suffered from Cancer, he turned to CBD oil. He claims that there are virtually zero cases of serious toxicity in dogs and cats as a result of the consumption of THC. He also claims that there is a substantial body of research on CBD and cannabidiol for pets and that medical marijuana, especially CBD oil, has a huge place in health care for our pets.
Despite the controversy still surrounding CBD, people continually use it to manage epilepsy, cancer pain, chronic pain, sleep deprivation, arthritis, Parkinson’s, Schizophrenia, diabetes, and anxiety disorders to name a few.
Issues Contributing to the Confusion and Controversy
In addition to Facebook suspending ads in Indianapolis which they consider illegal, there are many other reasons why the controversy lingers. For example:
– The DEA allows the issuance of permits for the growth of the plant, but denies almost every permit they receive.
– The FDA does not approve CBD for any medical treatment.
– The US government currently holds a patent on CBD for its medically proven ability to limit neurological damage.
– While CBD is legal in many states in the US, it is illegal to have or use CBD oil in Idaho but is allowed in every surrounding state.
– The FDA has granted the University of California researchers permission to study the effects of cannabidiol on children with seizures (see item number # 2 – no wonder there is controversy).
– Despite the many stories documenting the results of using CBD oil, the government still claims there is not enough research to prove medical benefits.
-CBD is a Schedule 1 drug in the United States and a Schedule II drug in Canada.
What are your thoughts on CBD products? Are you confused? Afraid to try them? Have you used them with any success? Please share your comments below.
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