Reintroducing CBD: The world's most misunderstood marvel.
Despite names such as Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, up until recently health ministers insisted that cannabis and its derived products had no medical benefits. If cannabis were a person, they would sue for libel, having been slandered as the 'Devil's lettuce' and branded as having no benefits, while drugs such as morphine and fentanyl sit in hospitals nationwide. Both these opiates (relatives of drugs such as heroin) were pumped into Deryn Blackwell, aged 12, who was then denied Bedrocan, a cannabis derived alternative. His mother describes that when she (illegally) applied the tincture there was a huge change in the boy who previously had been planning his funeral and was ready to die; he was suddenly alert, a boy with happy charm that she recognised rather than in an opiate-induced haze. The effects of Bedrocan 'blew her mind'.
The previously impervious image of cannabis as something only smoked by anti-social youths outside One Stop is only just beginning to be shattered by the likes of Deryn Blackwell and his mother, however this hasn’t always been the way that we've viewed cannabis.
The earliest recorded evidence for self-medicating with marijuana was in Shen Nung's pharmacopoeia, written in 2700 BC. The likes of King Tut and Cleopatra in the Egyptian period used Cannabis to help with Glaucoma, inflammation and even enemas. Admittedly, there is no proof that cannabis ever helped with the Egyptians' bowel movements, but we do know that up until Aspirin's discovery cannabis was commonly used in the US for pain relief. Due to scaremongering surrounding the drug in 1937, cannabis was made illegal and shunned as public enemy number one by the majority of the western world.
But what's the difference between cannabis and its derivatives, such as CBD oil anyway? Cannabis flowers are made up of at least 85 different cannabinoids which are chemical compounds, the dominant ones being THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive substance that gets you as high as Snoop Dogg in platforms (and he's 6'4" anyway) whereas CBD doesn’t give your brain a buzz, only your well-being. Cannabinoids naturally occur in the body, which is why we have CB1 and CB2 receptors, the stimulation of which, by either internal or external sources (cannabis, CBD oil) are reported to have multiple health benefits. The National Institute of Health have reported that exposing receptors to CBD could help treat over 20 different ailments, including Multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, Rheumatoid arthritis and even mental disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Cannabinoids are found to help with a plethora of issues, but as Dr. Dustin Sulak stated "In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs differently, but the goal is always the same, the maintenance of a stable internal environment, despite fluctuations in the external environment." Put simply: it helps your body stay balanced despite our ever-changing world.
So why has it taken so long to legalise cannabis based products such as CBD in the UK? For the same reason that you, despite the obvious health benefits, haven't bought it yet. Along with sex, it's one of our country's greatest taboos. We know it’s beneficial and improves our well-being, but we don't want to talk about it because of its status as 'naughty'. It's a drug, therefore its bad, but hell, alcohol and tobacco aren't drugs and we sure know they’re bad for us. This world is one full of contradiction and taboo but the only way in which we can truly pass judgement is through experience. We believed in the suffering of boys such as Billy, Alfie and Deryn; they are the very reason CBD oil is now legal. We believe in the attention-hungry pain of our slipped disc. At night when we lie awake in a modern world that only encourages us not to switch off we know all too well that we have trouble sleeping. Serious cases are not the only ones in which CBD oil can help. In a world full of distractions, contradictions and injustice, help balance your mind, body and soul with CBD oil.
Writer: Kate Nesbit
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