CBD oil is a good alternative for those without access to MMJ. It has cannabidiol (CBD) that can give you most of the benefits of medical marijuana without the psychoactive effects, which a lot of older people don’t want anyway. CBD oils are extracted from the entire plant in much the same ways THC is extracted from a marijuana plant, and you can use it sublingually (under your tongue), or in syrups, capsules, gummies, and oils you can vape. Hemp oils are derived from the pressed seeds of the hemp plant, and are usually used in lotions, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners, and for cooking as well.
Can CBD Oil Reduce Pain?
There are many personal accounts from people describing how CBD oils and other CBD products have helped them with their various maladies, and there is ongoing scientific research with encouraging results from their studies of CBD. But, it really depends on what the source of your pain is. Since a lot of pain is due to inflammation, like arthritis and fibromyalgia, CBD oil is indeed effective for that type of chronic pain since it is an anti-inflammatory supplement. If the pain is due to a new injury to your body I think it will vary for the individual, but in general CBD will help your body to deal with the pain. I will talk about how it helped with my back pain near the end of this article. There’s a reason why I like the high CBD to THC ratio when it comes to medical marijuana – it works. And CBD oil is rich in CBD.
Let’s discuss how CBD works in the human body to help you understand how it will help you with health issues. Cannabidiol is the second dominant cannabinoid present in marijuana after THC, but since isolated CBD oils are derived from industrial hemp which has virtually non-existent THC, it is the number one dominant cannabinoid. This cannabinoid interacts with the already present cannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system of the human body. When CBD oil is ingested it boosts the function of the endocannabinoid system, and that means it helps your body fight pain, depression, inflammation, poor appetite, sleep issues, and other health problems. It’s a complicated biological process, but it’s accurate to say CBD Oils help create a homeostasis, or balance, in your body.
CBD oil plays a large part in detoxifying your body as well. And in this day and age we are bombarded with toxins from chemicals, pollution, heavy metals in our foods, molds, insecticides, herbicides, you name it. Anything that helps detoxify and cleanse our bodies is very beneficial and will contribute to overall health.
CBD Oil and other hemp products also have vitamins and minerals, nutrients and anti-oxidants, and amino acids that will help balance your body’s chemistry. There’s also quite a bit of complete protein available in hemp seeds, which, if you’re a vegan, you already know about. We’ve used hemp seeds in smoothies and over salads and other dishes for a few years now. Replacing animal proteins with plant proteins is always a good thing.
The upshot is, CBD oil as well as other hemp products are good for you!
There Is Some Misinformation Out There
In doing more research on this topic I found one particular fallacy repeated over and over again, and that is that CBD is derived from the marijuana plant but it doesn’t have THC because it’s from the stalks and stems. This isn’t quite accurate.
Marijuana and industrial hemp are from the same plant species, cannabis sativa, but the industrial hemp plant is a separate plant and is defined as having .3% or less THC content. This plant is so low in THC it’s negligible and does not have the psychoactive effects like marijuana plant products. Industrial hemp is a plant that is also used to make rope, paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics, fuel, and other products and was never used for smoking or recreational purposes. You’d probably have to smoke a bale of raw hemp plant to get a high, and no one wants to do that..
The Legalities of CBD
Up until 1937 and the passage of the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law, industrial hemp was a huge crop in the U.S., grown and used for many purposes. With the passage of this law industrial hemp was lumped in with marijuana and was deemed an illegal crop to cultivate, ripping away the rights of farmers to grow this highly versatile and profitable plant.
In 2005 and 2009 bipartisan legislation was introduced to legalize growing industrial hemp in the United States again. These bills died in the House though, and were never passed. In 2014 President Obama signed into law the Agricultural Act of 2014, which included a section entitled “Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research” that enabled states to decide if they will allow the cultivation of hemp for universities’ research and pilot programs. As of the end of 2017, 34 states have passed legislation concerning industrial hemp, but it is still illegal to grow low THC industrial hemp on a federal level.
The good news though, is that it is legal to use CBD oils in all 50 states as a dietary supplement. And although it’s technically still federally illegal to grow it, the likelihood of the feds trying to outright ban this substance when so many people use it for such a variety of health issues is practically nil. A perfect example of why the Feds won’t ban CBD oil is Charlotte’s Web, a miraculous aid to help children with seizures. You can read more about this here. You’d have to have a heart of stone to take away this medicine that’s helped so many ill children.
But, having said that, you never know. As of this writing the current Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has rescinded the Cole Memo which allows the individual states to decide how to handle medical and recreational marijuana. Because he is so against marijuana in any way, shape, or form he wants to allow the Feds to prosecute for its use again. With the Cole Memo it was a “hands off” attitude, but its neutering will put a lot of grow businesses and dispensaries in a tough position. Sessions’ attitude is that “Good people don’t use marijuana,” but I beg to differ.
So, would he do the same for CBD oil? Who knows. I think at this point most people have given up trying to predict what will happen with the government, but haven’t given up fighting for the right to use these marvelous plants (marijuana AND hemp) for their own health and enjoyment.
My Own Experience with CBD Oil
Even though I have access to medical marijuana here in Arizona, I wanted to try some CBD oil derived from hemp to see if it was as effective as MMJ. So I ordered some Extra Strength CBD Syrup, fruit punch flavored, from an online company by the name of Hemp Bombs. There is no THC in this product at all.
The fruit punch flavor was very tasty and sweet, and a dose was 1 oz, or about half a shot glass. (We use shot glasses for a lot of things, like to put our vitamins and supplements in in the morning. They’re just really handy and they hold exactly 2 oz. of liquid.)
I took this about an hour before bedtime, and I started feeling the effects within 20 minutes, for sure. First I started getting the heavy eyelids, then I just felt very relaxed and my usual back achiness dissolved away to a hardly noticeable, slight ache. In all honesty it didn’t take it away totally, but it definitely had an affect on my chronic back pain. Very, very nice stuff. When I went to bed and read my Kindle for a bit I felt very sleepy. Lights out and I dropped right off to sleep. This is a strong formula and I recommend it for pain and as a sleep aid.
This is absolutely a good substitute for medical marijuana if you don’t have MMJ available in your state. Give it a try!
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
If you are in a state with legalized medical or recreational marijuana, you can usually find Hemp CBD Oil or high ratio CBD to THC products for sale in a dispensary. If you are NOT in a state like that, good news! You can buy Hemp CBD oil online! Thank goodness for the internet, am I right?
The aforementioned HempBombs.com is a good place to get CBD oil products. They have a nice selection of CBD infused gummies, capsules, pain rubs, and e-liquid (to vape), and syrups.
Another good outlet to buy CBD oil from online is Elixinol.com We love this Colorado company’s website because they’re so much more than a CBD Oil outlet. They have lots of news and interesting info regarding CBD oil, and they also sell other hemp products like hemp seeds and hemp snacks for your dog.
Did you know that CBD oil is good for your dog’s joints, too? Toking Granny’s sister has two dogs who have tangled with Valley Fever here in the Valley of the Sunburn, and the CBD oil supplements she gives them helps their joints.
We hope this blog post on CBD oil was helpful, and if you have any comments or experiences with CBD oil to relate, please leave a comment below.
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