CBD is the most abundant of the more than 85 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp plants. CBD is an exciting substance because of a growing number of well documented health benefits. However, there is still some stigma associated with CBD use due to it being mistakenly associated with the illicit drug marijuana. We believe the best way to combat this stigma is with education.
Fighting Potential CBD Stigma with Education
Recently, Cannabidiol or CBD has been getting a lot of attention in the media. Let’s start with some basics:
What is CBD?
CBD is the most abundant of the more than 85 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp plants. CBD has shown to interact with the human body through our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating an array of physiological functions in an effort to maintain homeostasis. CBD oil, extracted from the stalks and seeds of hemp, has shown to offer anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotectant effects.
CBD is an exciting substance with a growing number of well documented health benefits. However, some people mistakenly associate CBD with the illicit drug marijuana.
Hemp is a specific variety of the Cannabis sativa plant; it is grown to maximize the fibers in the stalk of the plant or to maximize seed production. It’s very important to note that hemp is not a recreational drug, nor could it ever be.
Hemp has as low as 0.5 percent of the psychotropic chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the North American Industrial Hemp Council. Marijuana plants used to get high typically contain around 15 percent THC, according to National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC).
CBD that has been derived from the stalks and seeds of imported hemp are excluded from the federal Controlled Substances Act. Therefore, CBD hemp oil is legally available to everyone in all 50 U.S. states, regardless of whether you’ve obtained a prescription and your state’s cannabis laws. CBD hemp oil has been available on the mainstream market for several years and come in products like pure oil, tinctures, capsules, drops, high concentration extracts and gums.
This is great news for CBD patients everywhere, because CBD derived from medical grade hemp is 100% legal. (At TheraJoy we only use CBD derived from non-GMO, organic, medical grade hemp. This allows us to guarantee both quality and consistency.)
That being said, some people still have reservations about using CBD products because of the inherited stigma they believe exists. Organizations like Echo Connection, a non-profit focused on educating the public about the beneficial effects CBD, are working to fight this stigma with knowledge. We believe the case is clear, CBD offers known therapeutic benefits with limited side effects.
I believe Dr. Mark Scialdone, Ph.D. states it well:
“Whenever a medicated herb can provide relief to a medical condition or illness it should not only be allowed, it should be encouraged before taking (Food and Drug Administration)-approved drugs with their long list of toxic side effects”
Why wouldn’t you use CBD if you were a candidate?
Medically speaking, a topical medication is a medication that is applied directly to a particular place on or in the body. Most often topical administration means an application to body surfaces such as the skin. This includes creams, foams, gels, lotions, salves, and ointments.
Topicals, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are great because they allow you to apply medication directly to where it’s needed most. When you ingest CBD products, it can take-up to two hours or more before the onset of effects.
According to Echo Connection, a non-profit focused on educating the public about the beneficial effects CBD, “With CBD topicals, the healing compound and other hemp-derived nutrients are almost immediately absorbed directly through your skin, allowing them to be target the affected area for quicker and more focused effects.” If you need fast results, you need TheraJoy.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.