Several weeks after a hysterectomy last spring, Bo Roth was suffering from exhaustion and pain that kept her on the couch much of the day. The 58-year-old Seattle speech coach didn’t want to take opioid pain-killers, but Tylenol wasn’t helping enough. Roth was intrigued when women in her online chat group enthused about a cannabis-derived oil called cannabidiol (CBD) that they said relieved pain without making them high. So Roth, who hadn’t smoked weed since college but lived in a state where cannabis was legal, walked into a dispensary and bought a CBD tincture.
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If you’re dealing with depression, whether or not its related to your weight issues, working out and eating better are certainly ways to improve your mood. If you need an extra lift to get out of that rut, CBD is a known anti-depressant. While it relieves pain and inflammation, it can also relieve anxiety and help you see the brighter side of things.
Most human studies of CBD have been done on people who have seizures, and the FDA recently approved the first CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, for rare forms of epilepsy. Clinical trials for other conditions are promising, but tiny. In one Brazilian study published in 2011 of people with generalized social anxiety disorder, for example, taking a 600-mg dose of CBD (higher than a typical dose from a tincture) lessened discomfort more than a placebo, but only a dozen people were given the pill.
Even as we witness the unrelenting growth of the hemp and cannabis markets across the U.S., most legal aspects of the industry continue to be shrouded in veritable shades of gray. Federal lawmakers remain stubborn in removing cannabidiol (CBD) from the DEA’s list of Controlled Substances, even though the compound has recently been approved by the FDA to treat two rare forms of epilepsy.
Unfortunately, THC needs to be removed from its schedule 1 status before we can study the full relationship and extent of the entourage effect. The line of thinking is there exists a perfect ratio between THC, CBD, and the rest of the phytocannabinoids — this ratio could only cause a slight and manageable high, or still none at all — high levels of CBD will counteract THC’s psychoactive properties.
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Moreover, DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne has reiterated the same sentiment in a recent Vice News article, saying: “Does [the fact that CBD is a Controlled Substance] mean we’re going to come in and search warrant your house? No, we’ve got bigger fish to fry. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. I think people think [CBD] is high on the priority list right now. It is not.”
On the plus side, there is an earnest desire for people to lose weight, which is why the weight loss industry is worth an astonishing $66 billion! But this, added to the fact that fewer people are dieting and more are gaining weight, tells us two things: One, weight loss supplements are fundamentally ineffective; and two, they are very, very expensive.
But because all these products are illegal according to the federal government, cannabis advocates are cautious. “By and large, the federal government is looking the other way,” says Paul Armentano, deputy director of the Washington, DC–based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), but until federal laws are changed, “this administration or a future one could crack down on people who produce, manufacture, or use CBD, and the law would be on its side.”
That leaves those touting CBD’s effectiveness pointing primarily to research in mice and petri dishes. There, CBD (sometimes combined with small amounts of THC) has shown promise for helping pain, neurological conditions like anxiety and PTSD, and the immune system—and therefore potentially arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and more.
There’s infinite reasons why you can’t bring things across the boarder that are legal on both sides. Like going to Canada to get 10 packs of cigarettes for $10 then selling them to make $90 profit. But those who think the stalks of the plant have no cbd or thc is dead wrong. I used to get high on just stems when I was a kid it just has a lot less thc.
A complicated question. Only CBD oil sold by MMPR registered companies is legal for sale inside of Canada. However, this oil is often in low supply and of low quality due to inexperience and a heavily over-regulated federal system that is not conducive to the production of good product at a decent price. Funnily enough, the companies with the most experience and best track record for making quality CBD oil have been those selling their product in Canada’s “grey area” dispensary market, as they have been doing so for over a decade while the federal program has only been allowed to sell concentrates for the passed year.
I have read about studies from Europe (not very specific I know) that suggest CBD might work better for some people if combined with some level of THC. Also, the getting high part can be helpful, although not for everybody, of course. A second point – I don’t hear very much about CBD eliminating or almost eliminating pain for people with severe pain. Helpful, but, so far at least, it doesn’t seem that CBDs can replace opioids or substantially reduce pain for all chronic pain patients. Maybe someday.
But isn’t that because we are more willing to break our laws? Think about it. Saudi Arabia, for example, has much stricter laws than we do governing every aspect of life. Why aren’t they and countries like them the #1 incarcerators? I’m thinking either because their citizens are more law abiding by nature or are just plain scared of the barbaric punishments.