By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
January 18, 2019
These days more and more patients are asking me about cannabidiol (CBD oil).
And today I can tell them something I couldn’t a month ago: Hemp-derived CBD oil is now legal in all 50 states!
You can legally buy it. You can legally use it. And no prescription is required.
Banned for 81 Years – Medical Miracle Now Legal Again
But don’t be confused. Hemp CBD oil is not the same thing as medical marijuana. Still, it’s an extremely close cousin.
You see, hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the same plant… but with one HUGE difference.
The THC in marijuana will get you high. Hemp, on the other hand, contains extremely low levels of THC. You can’t get “stoned” on it.
Yet, until last month, both were classified as Schedule 1 controlled substances – drugs that have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. This is the same category as cocaine, heroin and LSD.
Well, this is sheer craziness!
Putting CBD oil from hemp in the same category as hallucinogenic drugs is like putting “near-beer” in the same category as hard liquor. (Believe me! You can drink “near-beer” all day long, and its .5% alcohol content will not get you drunk. But a few shots of whiskey or vodka with upwards of 40% alcohol by volume will most definitely get you hammered.)
Thankfully the Government finally came to their senses and removed hemp-derived CBD oil from the list of controlled substances in December 2018. And this is great news for you.
That’s because the cannabinoids in CBD oil from hemp provide similar health benefits attributed to those found in medical marijuana.
In fact, before the U.S. illegalization of cannabis in 1937, the plant was used medicinally for thousands and thousands of years. And here in the U.S. it was actually a patented medicine for quite some time.
It was even listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from about 1850 to 1937.
This is a publication that contains legally recognized standards for drug substances. In it, extract of hemp was described as a recommended treatment for all sorts of health issues. This included things like nerve pain, gout, neurological issues, depression, convulsive disorders, opiate addiction and alcoholism.
And much of the recent research on CBD supports many of these uses.
What Can CBD Oil do for you?
Extinguish pain. One place where cannabinoids really shine is when it comes relieving chronic pain. The analgesic effect is so potent it even tackles unexplained nerve pain and the anguishing pain associated with multiple sclerosis.
MS patients who take CBD oil experience less muscle stiffness, greater walking skills, reduced muscle spasms and lower levels of pain. Plus, it helps prevent sleep disturbances.
If it can do all of that for pain associated with chronic disorders, just imagine what it can do for you.
Reduce anxiety. Cannabinoids also work extremely well to douse feelings of stress and anxiousness. They appear to change the way certain areas of the brain responds to anxiety. This, in turn, helps reduce the panicky feelings associated with anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Protect against seizures. Probably one of the most widely recognized use of CBD is for the treatment of seizures in people with epilepsy. In fact, even Big Pharma has gotten onboard this boat. They’re already developing prescription CBD products like Epidiolex, which the FDA approved for the treatment of seizures in July 2018.
Relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea. Pharmaceutical companies have also taken a dive into synthetic cannabinoid drugs for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. However, a 2018 analysis finds that these synthetic drugs are much more potent – and dangerous – than natural cannabinoids.
In particular, some of the adverse side effects include breathing problems, respiratory difficulties, high blood pressure, rapid heart beat and chest pain.
These drugs also have a negative effect on your mental state. They can cause you to feel anxious and agitated. You could even experience psychosis, suicidal ideation and cognitive impairment.
As if all that’s not bad enough, synthetic cannabinoids can even cause your kidneys to shut down. This is a fatal condition called acute renal failure. (Leave it to the FDA to approve a dangerous man-made drug while banning the safe, natural alternative for 81 years!)
These are just a few of the most researched areas of cannabinoid use. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other areas where CBD oil may be a blessing.
Evidence indicates cannabinoids may also be effective in treating many other health disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, cardiovascular disease, Crohn’s disease and cancer.
Now that hemp-derived CBD oil is legal and researchers can lawfully get their hands on it, universities and medical schools will be jumping at the chance to dig into its medical uses.
So chances are good we’ll be hearing a lot more good news about it in the near future. Stay tuned!
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