Cannabis Scheduling in the US
Support for legalization in the US is at an all time high. According to a Gallup poll, support for ending prohibition sits at around 62%. About 94% of Americans support access to medical cannabis. There are now 9 states that have legalized recreational cannabis, while 29 states have medical cannabis programs. States with cannabis laws are technically breaking federal law, and even despite the constant threats, the government has yet to crack down. It's safe to say that more people support pot than not, so it would be a massively unpopular thing to do. The case for legalization is constantly getting stronger, while anti-legalization efforts often use classic "reefer madness" tactics to continue to fuel the anti-pot crusade. While there is still a few extremely anti-pot lawmakers, there is a growing partisan movement to push forward with legalization.
The DEA still classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 narcotic, which means that there is no recognized medical value to pot. Due to this classification, researching the potential medical benefits of cannabis is still illegal. More people are touting the benefits of medical cannabis, and swear it is curing their illnesses. CBD has come into the spotlight lately as a highly beneficial molecule found in cannabis and hemp. CBD, like THC, has not been studied enough to back up any health claims made.
Can You Treat Yourself With CBD?
There are hundreds of anecdotes from individuals who say they have used CBD for cancer, anxiety, PTSD, parkinson's and more. Whenever a plant claims to be the end all cure for everything, it's a good idea to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. These success stories are promising, and make a good case for legalization. In truth we don't know the full extent of CBD's medical value. While CBD may have worked for many individuals, it's not a one size fits all treatment. Everyone's body chemistry and ailments are different, so dosage will vary greatly for each individual. Anyone who hopes to cure their illness with CBD should consult with their doctor. While doctors are still often in the dark about the full potential of CBD, they will still help you figure out if CBD is a viable treatment option.
Typically those who are using CBD to help treat their illnesses use very concentrated doses not always available to the general public. You can purchase hemp-derived CBD online, but no company should ever tell you their products will treat you. Work with a doctor who knows your condition and your medical history before trying to tackle your health alone.
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
While CBD may not cure your cancer, it does have some incredible benefits that are worth learning about. CBD helps support normal joint function, can help with occasional sleeplessness, nausea and pain. Many people report that CBD helps relieve some of the symptoms associated with more severe illnesses. CBD has a general relaxing effect that may help ease pain in the body. As with any herb, you should still consult your doctor before adding CBD to your life. This is especially the case if you are already taking medications.
Many people take CBD for general aches and pains, or to help relieve nervousness. I use CBD almost daily to help myself fall asleep, and to rest sore muscles after a workout. I typically take about 100mg-150mg a day, but I have been taking CBD for awhile. If you are new to CBD, always start small and gradually increase as needed. If used mindfully, CBD can be a useful tool to help improve the quality of your everyday life.