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3 Facts You Need To Know Before Using CBD Products

February 10

Confused and overwhelmed with a deluge of information about CBD, THC, Hemp, and Marijuana?

Well, there are 3 facts you need to know before using CBD products to treat Fibromyalgia, and other varying medical conditions. First, let’s do a little ‘background’:

Okay, whew. This topic can bring about some seriously passionate feelings in people. Let’s face it. Marijuana is the ‘Prohibition’ of our current American society. Many states have legalized it for recreational as well as medicinal purposes, other states allow it strictly for medical use, and a few ‘hold outs’ prohibit its use entirely. Over-arching all of this, is the fact that marijuana use of any kind is a Class I drug felony by the federal government. Which means the states are in federal violation of the law, as well as the cannabis users within them.

During this time of transition, the government has taken a ‘turn a blind eye’ stance to the situation. We’ll see what the current administration decides to do with all this.

3 Facts You Need To Know Before Using CBD

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As fas as recreational use is concerned, I will not discuss that here. However, I am a strong supporter of the research, and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Used responsibly under the care of a licensed physician, cannabis use can be highly beneficial to many medical conditions.

Separating fact from fiction often dispels the ‘fear’ that surrounds a topic like this. So let’s look from a ‘bird’s eye view’ at a few terms often seen when exploring cannabis as medicine.

3 Facts You Need To Know Before Using CBD Products

  1. Marijuana and Hemp are two different plants grown for separate purposes. Although they are in the same family, Marijuana is grown for its high THC properties, and hemp is grown for its fiber that is used in making; clothing, construction, ointments, oils, ect. and is known for its high concentration of CBD.

  2. CBD stands for: Cannabidiol: It is a chemical found in both marijuana (where CBD is relatively low) and hemp (where the CBD levels are highly elevated). CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it DOES NOT GET YOU ‘HIGH’. It is also the chemical that contains incredible healing properties for disease.

  3. THC stands for: Tetrahydrocannabinol: This is the chemical that induces the feeling of being ‘high’. Although this is why recreational users seek it out, it can also be highly beneficial medicinally speaking. It is especially known for its anti-nausea properties, which allows many people with debilitating diseases to tolerate food, thus helping in the healing process. Not to mention its use as a safe alternative to opioids as a pain killer.

 

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Unfortunately, the fight goes on. CBD has been classified as a Class 1 drug by the DEA in December 2016. Ridiculous, since it has no THC, or getting ‘high’ properties to it.

However, the DEA is part of the Executive branch of the government (which enforces current law), and not the Legislative branch of the government (which makes the laws).

So, this new re-classification is dubious at best. Not to mention that one of the DEA’s biggest lobbyists is…can you guess?…Yep!:  ‘BIG PHARMA’!

Big surprise there…

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10 Comments

  • Reply Cheyanne Perry February 13 at 5:48 am

    Great post! This was incredibly helpful and informative.

    • Reply kristine February 13 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Cheyanne! I hope it helps ♥♥♥

  • Reply Elizabeth February 13 at 5:58 am

    Thank you so much for participating in our first link up party at The Unbroken Smile. Great article, I just did a ton of research on CBD, it’s helping so many people with lots of different conditions! Thanks for sharing! ((Gentle Hugs))
    – Elizabeth

    • Reply kristine February 13 at 9:32 am

      You are welcome Elizabeth! 🙂

  • Reply Katarina Zulak February 14 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for clarifying this confusing topic! I recently got medical approval for MMJ and am taking a high CBD strain. It is 1:1 with THC and comes as an edible oil. I’ve found a little bit goes a long way for insomnia. Next I will try high CBD low THC 3:1 for day time use. It seems to involve a lot of experimentation!

    • Reply kristine February 14 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Katarina! Yep, experimentation is really the only way to figure out dosage. Start with as small amount as possible then work up from there until you find what works for you. Good luck!

  • Reply McKenzie March 29 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I believe many that are against the use of marijuana like to lump it all together, but they CBD and THC are different!

    • Reply kristine March 29 at 1:24 pm

      Agreed, McKenzie. The misinformation out there surrounding this incredible, medically beneficial, natural plant is staggering and sad. Putting out the correct info is vital! Thanks again! 🙂

  • Reply Heather April 26 at 8:51 am

    It’s crazy that CBD has also been reclassified as a Class I drug, and with the confusing politics/enforcement, it only makes it that much more difficult for people to get the treatment they need.

    • Reply kristine April 26 at 3:44 pm

      It is crazy Heather, but CBD oil is still legal to buy if you want it.

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