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Humans and CBD

July 26th, 2019

Fatimah J. – guest writer for Joey Hemp

If you ended up here, no doubt you were searching for answers to some of life’s many questions, one of them being: What can one use CBD oil for?

At Joey Hemp, we’ve come a long way through our research, and it was worth it! Having studied the applications of CBD, and with that, making out the pros and cons of using CBD oil as a health and/or immunity supplement, we reached a point where we had come to the end of the line: What was left to research save creating a store to sell the highest quality CBD products on the market?

We read many articles that seemed to try to tarnish the reputation of a health supplement that had a multitude of medical applications, including pain relief. Finally, we arrived at a point where we truly believed CBD should receive the recognition it deserves and would be proud to offer such a potentially helpful product in our store.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Commentary from Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School noted the following with regards to studies done in Europe, “Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.” 

Treatment using CBD has become associated with several conditions, such as cancers or pain management (Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and general chronic pain). Indeed, the studies done connecting CBD-based supplements and its application towards treating various symptoms associated with cancer span half a century! Medical News Today commented, “The researchers also found that subjects were not likely to build up a tolerance to the effects of CBD, so they would not need to increase their dose continually.”

Pain management, treatment and addiction have become a nasty circle in the continental United States with the current opioid crisis claiming around 130 lives every day. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “estimates that the total ‘economic burden’ of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.”

The logical question? Why haven’t they really tapped into the power of CBD? CBD oil may assist patients with pain management without the associated dangers i.e. addiction. An article in CNN cites a study where CBD oil was administered to heroin-addicted patients. The study found that “Acute CBD administration, in contrast to placebo, significantly reduced both craving and anxiety […] In addition, CBD reduced the drug cue–induced physiological measures of heart rate and salivary cortisol levels. There were no significant effects on cognition, and there were no serious adverse effects.”

Need we say more on this subject?

As far as aiding patients with other conditions, utilizing CBD as a medicinal aid has shown promising results for the following:

  • complex motor disorders like Epilepsy;
  • management of nausea, vomiting and poor appetite in cancer patients;
  • mental health disorders like anxiety, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Dementia, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, Anorexia, opioid dependency, and many more.

According to a New York Times article, CBD, or rather cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Originally discovered and used in Asia, cannabis spread to Africa and the Americas via the slave trade. It was during the early 19th century that an Irish doctor working in India noticed the medicinal benefits brought about by cannabis, and armed with this knowledge, William O’Shaughnessy started experimenting on various conditions in his native Britain.[1]

But how did our using cannabis medicinally lead to it ultimately being outlawed and shamed until quite recently? For that, we have to thank Harry Anslinger, original architect of the U.S. war on drugs. Anslinger was quoted, once upon a time, as stating that “cannabis use was no big deal.” After taking charge of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), Anslinger’s entire stance took a nosedive. He knew that the FBN couldn’t survive if they merely waged a war on Cocaine and Heroine alone as only a small number of people used these drugs. Anslinger decided to make history by banning all drugs, including cannabis, and played a major role in the “Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which outlawed possessing or selling pot.”

From that moment on, Anslinger used any means (mostly falsified information) possible to demonize cannabis – a stigma that has lasted to this day. Thankfully, we’re finally overcoming what can only be characterized as outdated mass hysteria, stemming from an official source!

You can take a look at our product family here.

*Remember to consult your physician regarding CBD usage, especially if you have pre-existing conditions.

[1] Portugese physician, Garcia Da Orta, brought knowledge obtained about cannabis from India to Europe in the 16th century – https://www.jstor.org/stable/20503854

 

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