A “miracle” cure that’s been with us all along!
The big deal with cannabis legalization was supposed to be how to control the thousands of people who would go crazy over free access to recreational marijuana. Fearmongerers painted a dismal picture of rabid “cannabis addiction,” drivers getting high and causing a massive spike in traffic accidents, parents neglecting their kids, children innocently swallowing copious amounts of pot and students getting too doped up to go to school. Basically, the minute it was made legal, cannabis was suddenly going to turn into alcohol with all of its lethal problems.
Where cannabis has been legalized to date, the reality has been much different. This is mainly because recreational users were already managing their cannabis use. They were already buying cannabis despite the money-wasting and propaganda-driven “war on drugs.” They already kept cannabis away from their kids and they already preferred the living room couch to the driver’s seat.
Instead, the biggest surprise hasn’t been about cannabis use at all. It hasn’t even been about the cannabis plant. The biggest surprise by a long shot has been CBD extracted from the lowly industrial hemp plant.
What is CBD
The cannabis family of plants produces over 80 different kinds of cannabinoid molecules. The first most abundant cannabinoid is THC which can give you a high feeling. The second most abundant is CBD, which doesn’t make you feel high — it has no psychoactive effects at all — but it can make you feel amazing.
So how does that work if you aren’t high but you feel amazing. Well, if you eat a CBD brownie and your chronic pain lessens to the point where you can do recuperative therapies and get stronger, doesn’t that feel great?
If you can control or stop epileptic seizures or muscle spasms, isn’t that a huge relief?
If you give your dog a couple of drops and she can walk again, doesn’t that make you happy?
If you can have surgery as I did and use only CBD in the place of opioid pain killers wouldn’t that be awesome? I thought it was pretty awesome.
As it turns out we have cannabinoid receptors all over the human body, not just in the brain. This means we respond to CBD lotions, drinks, oils or sprays under the tongue. We respond to vaporizing CBD, rolling it like a cigarette and smoking it, putting it in a pipe or water bong. We can take CBD capsules like a vitamin. It doesn’t matter how we apply it, research is showing that our bodies are using it and the benefits are honestly far beyond the majority of medicines invented by humans.
Is CBD Medicine
Project CBD is an authoritative news and information source and they state the following:
“Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.”
More than 3,000 people die from regular legal over-the-counter aspirin yearly in Britain alone. Alcohol related deaths are counted by the tens of thousands while CBD has been linked to zero fatalities. In the meantime, people continue to see amazing results from CBD, as I did when I used it as a post-surgical pain treatment.
Does CBD Help Pain
Following my surgery I was handed a prescription for opioid pain killers with directions to fill it and start using it right away. The woman who took my prescription and pharmacist who filled it at Shopper’s Drug Mart both sang the same song — take this, take this, use it all!
What they sang was the opioid propaganda song and it starts with the lie that the body cannot heal if you are in pain. This is a new “belief,” one that I had never heard in all my years on this planet and one that is serving the opioid-pushing industry well. Indeed, if my body could not heal when I was in pain I would still have the broken elbows I suffered in a bicycle accident over 20 years ago.
The second verse of the opioid propaganda song cheerfully intones that you must take pain killers before you actually feel pain or its too late!
The threat of being too late compels people to start popping opioids before they even feel any pain.
I stopped short on this one because the research on my particular procedure revealed that common complaints following surgery were nausea, headaches and dizziness — all of which were the side effects of the opioids, not the surgery.
Now don’t get me wrong, there was indeed a threat that I needed to pay attention to, but it was not the threat of post-surgical pain. Instead, it was the threat of possible addiction which leads to a life of pain. As Addictions.com reports, “By 2010, the number of pain medications prescribed was enough to keep every single American medicated for one month’s time.” By that same year, over 12 million Americans were using opiates for non-medical reasons and the number has escalated since. Although I received ample warning about how urgent it was to take these meds, I received no warnings about opioid addiction.
Because I used CBD and wasn’t doped and groggy following my surgery I moved around a lot more and that helped to speed up my recovery. Of course, I had a couple of days that were worse than the others, but people using opioids say the same. My state of mind stayed really positive while using CBD. It helped me sleep which contributed to how productive and happy I was overall. CBD gave me a way to navigate all the pain and difficulty of getting back my full range of motion so I could completely recover. Being able to use CBD to manage pain entirely changed how I was able to heal.
Can you buy CBD oil in Canada
It is legal to use CBD in all 50 US states and business is booming. In Canada the CBD situation is a bit more convoluted. CBD as a particular molecule is the same regardless of its souce. The CBD molecule is present in cannabis at lower amounts and in its sister plant, hemp, at higher amounts. In Canada, if the CBD product includes a THC level below .3% it is legal for personal use and doesn’t need a prescription or card. The Canadian government has heavily regulated THC and this has impacted the availability of CBD.
It’s worth noting here that this high rate of CBD relative to THC content is possible to achieve when it’s taken from the low-THC industrial hemp plant, which is a tall, scrawny and fibrous member of the cannabis plant family.
Being a member of the cannabis family, the hemp plant still has a whole host of cannabinioids, but THC only appears in trace amounts. We are still in the midst of research to discover what some of these other cannabinioids do and how they work with CBD.
Unfortunately this is where Canada’s laws get really twisted. Although a major hemp producer, Canada heavily regulates hemp and it does not enjoy the freedom that it does in the US. According to Canada’s Industrial Hemp Regulations, oil taken from the seed canot contain more than 10 parts per million THC and is completely restricted from containing CBD. Given that CBD has never been proven to have adverse effects on humans, this ruling is simply political.
A provider cannot get around this unnecessarily punative regulation by producting from the whole industrial plant rather than just the seed. Creating products from the whole industrial hemp plant, not just the seed, fall under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and these regulations exclude hemp as a source of authorized CBD and cannabis products.
There are CBD products on the market with a higher THC content such as half-and-half mixes. These are available to Canadians if you have a health concern that qualifies you to register with an LP or licensed producer. The products from LPs are also available online once you get a diagnosis and prescription to access them. However, if the THC content is below .3% it is entirely legal to purchase CBD online in Canada from anyone.
I have written previously about FairCannaCare and their commitment to offering medicinal cannabis products online at affordable prices to folks across Canada. Like CBD Canada, FairCannaCare offers a solvent-free CBD isolate in the form of an oil that can be added food, drinks, or administered in drops under your tongue. It is mixed with MCT oil which is a coconut oil concentrate that has its own health benefits in addition to the CBD.
FairCannaCare’s CBD oil is extracted from 100% organic hemp and tests at 99.9% purity. It is comparable to the Rick Simpson Phoenix Tears oil and boasts similar medicinal effects concerning a wide variety of ailments from migraines to insomnia.
The big difference between CBD oil and Phoenix Tears is the plant. CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant while the Rick Simpson product is taken from the cannabis plant which means it typically sits around 2% -10% CBD but can have significant THC content in the 50% – 60% range.
Some websites will describe CBD oil as being felt more in the body while Phoenix Tears affects the mind but this is a falsely simplistic opposition.
As anyone who smokes cannabis knows, THC can certainly be felt in the body and its medicinal effects are beneficial for the body as well. For example, Rick Simpson oil can be used topically to relieve psoriasis and it is what Rick Simpson himself famously used to cure his skin cancer. When used topically, Rick Simpson oil has no psychoactive effects. To learn more about Phoenix Tears including what it treats, watch the documentary that brought this medicine to national recognition, The Rick Simpson Story: Run from the Cure.
The high THC level of Rick Simpson oil provides a euphoric feeling that increases with the size of the dose. Unlike CBD Canada, you can order Rick Simpson oil online from FairCannaCare as well as CBD isolate oil and may find that your ailment responds better to a mixed treatment. While both CBD and Rick Simpson oil are touted as cures for cancer, there is almost no research on mixed regimens and I would strongly suggest that you keep a treatment diary noting dosage and frequency.
Best CBD Product for Pain
I have gone over a lot of different CBD products available in Canada in this article and want to leave off by touching on the question of what is the best CBD product for pain. It’s a frequently asked question and can be answered quickly.
All CBD products will relieve pain to varying degrees depending on the percentage of CBD, the dosage, the type of product, what kind of pain it is working on and your own metabolism.
For these reasons your first foray into the exciting possibilities of CBD are somewhat experimental and you should always start with the lowest dosage and work up from there. If you can, keep a treatment diary, most especially if you are working on alleviating a condition that returns or is chronic.
Remember that these are concentrates and so a little is actually a lot. Ease your dosage up incrementally and take the time to assess what this valuable medicine is doing for you. If you opt to join the thousands that have already found relief from CBD oil, please return and share your story.