CBD: Risk versus Reward

CBD - Risk versus Reward
There has been a lot of clamor and controversy over the 2018 Farm Bill that President Trump signed into law. Now that CBD (Cannabidiol found in hemp) is legal, there are many people that don't understand what CBD is, let alone the health benefits. What's worse is organizations and corporations are pushing back on those that support CBD. There have been several large national merchant accounts that won't allow credit card transactions on any CBD sales. Additionally, if you are a small business wanting to expand your social media presence, you will quickly find out that all the major social media platforms won't allow you promoting anything CBD as it relates to an ad campaign. In fact, in some cases some small businesses have had their social media accounts shut down or blocked for promoting CBD. There have been known issues of websites getting negatively impacted on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as well.

Why the push back on CBD? Probably because it's still not completely understood yet, nor has the FDA officially weighed in or approved the plant for general consumption, especially in edible form. For many people, there is confusion that CBD oil (from hemp) has THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, a compound common in marijuana that causes a high feeling). Yes, hemp is a cousin to marijuana and can contain as much as .03(%) THC in the plant. However, the amount of THC is so low it doesn't give one that "high" feeling. A basic way to understand it is a plant can only be legally considered hemp if it contains .03% per unit or less of THC.

Basically, CBD includes the benefits of its cannabis plant (hemp) without the downsides of psychedelic-type of composites found from consumption of THC (marijuana). CBD is a great solution or therapy for many different ailments, including many benefits for uses for chronic pain, epilepsy, and inflammation. When it comes to those suffering from chronic pain, people are finding some great relief with CBD. In fact, there are many examples where people have stopped their pain prescription medications with use or consumption of CBD. You will also find that there is more research and tolerance for CBD in places like Canada and Europe. It is interesting to note that CBD doesn't create a dependence, unlike many opioids that people take today.

Those who use CBD often swear by its effectiveness in treating a myriad of different conditions, both physical and psychological. The following is a list of some of the claimed benefits of CBD including:

  • Pain relief;
  • Epilepsy
  • Anxiety treatment;
  • Depression treatment;
  • Alleviation of cancer-related symptoms;
  • Acne reduction;
  • Neuroprotective benefits;
  • Heart health benefits;
  • Anti-inflammatory properties;
  • Diabetes risk reduction benefits; and
  • Alleviation of multiple sclerosis-related symptoms such as muscle spasms and pain.

Of course, insurance companies have yet to pay or reimburse for CBD, but you'll find that more and more physicians are recommending it to their patients. It is also very common for chiropractors to advocate CBD for pain management. Just take it from a regular user of CBD – this stuff is amazing all around.
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