CBD: General Health Benefits

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CBD: General Health Benefits

While I’ve written about how CBD oil benefits those suffering with pain, epilepsy and anxiety, I wanted to write an article dealing with the more general benefits of cannabidiol – and how CBD can assist people not suffering with a serious health condition.

For while the focus right now, understandably and rightly, is fixed on how CBD fights cancer, seizures and chronic pain, there is every reason to consider CBD as a health supplement for the rest of us.

Let’s look at the supporting facts:

  • CBD is an anti-inflammatory.
  • CBD is an anti-oxidant.
  • CBD is anti-carcinogenic.
  • CBD is anti-anxiety.
  • CBD is an anti-depressant.
  • CBD is an anti-psychotic.
  • CBD will produce a general feeling of well-being in the body.

CBD As Health Supplement

When you see a list of CBD benefits like that it really reinforces the potential this compound offers to us. This isn’t just for serious illnesses. It’s the ultimate health supplement to keep you from getting serious illnesses.

CBD might prove to be a game changer for the entire health supplement industry, and we should all be considering adding it to our daily routine.

Speaking of daily routines, when I get up in the morning one of the first things I do is take a Vitamin C and zinc supplement. It’s totally socially acceptable to do this. In fact many would consider it silly not to take vitamins and zinc daily.

CBD might be soon viewed the same way. It won’t be smoked – in fact the association between CBD and smoked cannabis will go down and down, increasingly seen as a totally separate issue. Instead, CBD will be sold in supplement form, and in shakes and smoothies. It will be a part of our diet, and we will be stronger, healthier and less likely to fall victim to serious illness because of it.

While it may be difficult for us to imagine CBD on supermarket shelves now, and perhaps an entire shelf dedicated to cannabinoids in general, social mores change rapidly in this internet age – it’s just a matter of the public catching up to science. Once we understand that CBD is a more powerful anti-oxidant than Vitamin C, that CBD is such a powerful neuroprotectant that in 2001 the U.S. government filed a patent on it, that CBD has anti-inflammatory qualities, and is a game-changing anti-carcinogen… well, it’s hard to see CBD not becoming a part of everyday life. When you throw into the mix that it’s non-intoxicating and is anti-anxiety and an anti-depressant the idea of it filling a shelf in the local supermarket doesn’t sound so silly anymore.

In fact, the silly idea is CBD not being on the supermarket shelf.

The Stigma of Marijuana

Of course in cities like Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington strong extract CBD capsules, lotions and sprays are on the shelves today. With these products have come testimonials that simultaneously delight you – seeing people whose lives have been transformed for the better – but also enrage you – as you remember that in 99% of towns and cities these items remain unavailable.

And why? Purely from the stigma of marijuana. This disastrous war on marijuana has become a war on two groups in our society:

The sick (medical marijuana patients)

The poor (the inner city minorities who overwhelmingly make up the incarcerated population)

CBD should have the reputation for being a wonder drug – a penicillin for the 21st century. Sadly the propaganda from the failed “war on drugs” continues to sully CBD’s good name. Without the stigma and lies devised by the anti-marijuana crusaders, CBD and the other cannabinoids would never have been made illegal. Additionally, the research into CBD’s medical benefits would never have been blocked by the DEA for decades.

This has been a disaster for millions of people. And just because the tide has finally turned doesn’t mean we can be complacent. We aren’t out of the woods yet. CBD is not on the supermarket shelf – and until that day we must continue to fight, advocate and spread the word.

CBD Oil In Hemp Products

Not only are high CBD products available in medical marijuana dispensaries in the more enlightened parts of the world, but CBD products are also for sale on Amazon and eBay.

Honestly, they really are.

CBD oil, tinctures, creams, capsules, drinks – all for sale right now on the most well-known online stores. These are being sold not as medical cannabis, but as medical hemp. And this is where the current cannabis laws gets murky, to the point where no one seems to know where they stand.

See, under current laws, certain strains of cannabis – those under 0.3% THC content – can be called hemp. And hemp is legal in all 50 states and 40 countries around the world.

Therefore, thanks to this definition of hemp, cannabis strains like “Charlotte’s Web” might soon be on Amazon and making these medical marijuana laws being passed state by state seem a bit pointless. As long as the THC remains under 0.3% they will be legally fine even in non-medical marijuana states.

So we find ourselves in a curious position with regards the legal status of CBD. On the one hand we see news stories appearing daily about how states are legalizing CBD oil, and hearing about parents who are desperate to get their child onto CBD before it’s too late… yet on the other hand CBD oil is being sold legally on Amazon and eBay right now. You can buy it this minute should you wish.

It’s amazing that you can read on ABC News about how South Carolina is the latest state to legalize CBD oil, and then click onto Amazon where you can buy CBD oil. There seems to be an almost comical disconnect between what the news is reporting and what’s happening in the real world.

Whether these hemp-based CBD products being sold on websites across the internet are as beneficial for health as, say, ACDC or Charlotte’s Web, I honestly couldn’t say. I just don’t know. I do know products like “Cibdex” contain much less CBD – but even if they are 20x weaker than Charlotte’s Web extract, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any medical benefits. Surely if your child was suffering from seizures you would want to try these legal CBD tinctures anyway?

We live in an in-between moment in time. Cannabis is not yet fully legal, but not fully illegal either. For the next few years these kind of contradictions will continue to surface. Lawmakers need to get their heads together and figure things out.

Because the cat is out of the bag. Cannabis prohibition is finished – and now we need our politicians to do their jobs and construct some sensible, functional laws. And if they aren’t willing to act we need to kick them all out at the next election and elect intelligent, informed and compassionate politicians who will act.

CBD is the straw that broke the back of prohibition. More importantly it’s a health supplement with phenomenal medical potential for you and your family.

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