6 things to know before you read this:
- Cannabis Sativa L produces 2 plants: marijuana and hemp
- CBD (cannabidiol) is produced by both plants
- The Marijuana plant contains more than 1% THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid, and it will get you “high”.
- The Hemp plant contains less than 1% THC, usually less than .3%, and cannot get you “high”.
- Hemp is not considered a drug and is not illegal.
- The CBD we will discuss in this article comes from the legal, non-psychoactive hemp plant.
CBD Benefits becoming popular
Whole-plant, naturally-derived CBD is becoming more and more popular. There are numerous studies showing the positive impact of CBD on the human endocannabinoid system.
CBD has the ability to aid those suffering from several ailments, and it’s even useful for healthy people in everyday living. As users continue to report its beneficial therapeutic effects, it’s fair to say that hemp-derived CBD is good for the human body.
Hemp CBD becoming a hot topic for those that want to provide healing and those that are greedy.
A lack of education about CBD will be costly for the future of all people. It is not too late to become aware of what’s going on in your state before the hemp rug is pulled from under your feet.
PEOPLE want to “PROTECT” YOU from CBD
As you are reading this your local government is taking “matters” into their hands to protect you from Hemp CBD. They understand (to some extent) the health benefits associated with CBD but they also know the dangers of quick-profit businesses that are producing synthetic CBD products, like Spice, and introducing them into the marketplace.
Synthetic CBD brings with it several harmful side-effects that natural, hemp-derived CBD does not possess.
Although cannabis is legal to grow and use in many states, the U.S. federal government has worked hard to place serious limitations on growing, transporting, and using it. This is why many sellers are stocking synthetic CBD over the naturally-derived kind: it doesn’t place them in potential legal jeopardy.
Many State governments are attempting to pass bills that will make Hemp CBD, natural or synthetic, illegal.
Though we are thankful that we have a government to “look out” for us, we are concerned that the passing of these bills will be more harmful than the protections they hope to provide.
Bills like these will remove natural hemp and Hemp CBD products from the retail shelf and place them behind the prescription pad of a doctor.
We are not talking about marijuana. We are talking about Hemp products you currently find in your local grocery store and the CBD that comes from this plant.
This script will only provide access to hemp CBD to a limited number of people. Forthcoming regulations will place a naturally-occurring, perfectly safe and beneficial product, under lock and key. This natural plant with little to no side effects will be synthetically recreated in pharmaceutical labs for a huge profit and a long list of “approved” side effects.
Pharmaceutical CBD will more than likely be manufactured in a lab, once again providing the exact kind of synthetic CBD that they are trying to protect us from, and introducing the side effects that caused the panic in the first place.
ILLEGAL SYNTHETIC CBD
The hype and promise of the therapeutic effects of hemp CBD cause greedy companies to create a synthetic version of CBD (Spice or illegal designer cannabinoids) in hopes to improve potency, efficacy, pharmaco-kinetic properties and make a huge profit from this natural substance.
During the 2015 study, the most common adverse side effects of synthetic cannabinoids, as reported by the CDC, were:
Tachycardia (abnormally rapid heart rate).
Drowsiness or lethargy.
15 reported deaths.
FDA Approved SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS
Marinol is a well known “legal” synthetic cannabinoid that is endorsed by the FDA for pharmaceutical use, but it also has a long list of side effects, as expected from pharmaceutical companies. Side effects are not common with natural hemp CBD.
Regarding these synthetic cannabinoid drugs approved by the FDA, the FDA reports side effects that include but are not limited to:
- mood changes;
- dizziness, trouble concentrating;
- feeling “high”;
- weakness, lack of coordination;
- anxiety, confusion;
- stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
- warmth or tingly feeling; or.
- sleep problems (insomnia).
- disturbing psychiatric symptoms
- hypotension (low blood pressure)
- syncope (fainting),
- tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
It is this synthetic CBD that has been causing so much fear in the CBD conversation.
This conversation is causing politicians to create bills behind closed doors, media outlets to scream terror from the rooftops, corporations to collect patents, and the unknowing public to sit on their couch watching the manipulated conversation unfold, perfectly content that this natural plant will not be available unless they have great insurance or a thick wallet.
THE BEST CAN’T BE REPLICATED
Government agencies such as the DEA, FDA, and the Centers
It seems that the war on drugs does not have a fix on the real culprit: synthesized chemicals.
BECOME PART OF THE CONVERSATION
We encourage you to become educated and aware of what is going on in the cannabis industry. Become an active voice in the conversation, and protect this amazing plant from the profiteering of those that are not interested in the health of our civilization but in the health of their wallets.
Jared Ballard is a father, husband, son, and friend. There is not much to him except his passion for people and a willingness to help those in need. If you need more credentials I am sorry to say he is just that simple.