For thousands of years, Cannabis has been used for its many medicinal and industrial usages.
From paper and clothing to natural pain relief and relaxation, the many usages of this noble plant were valued by nations from around the world.
In the last century or so, however… the plant that’s given so much to us has experienced a major downfall.
Due to widespread propaganda, prohibition, and improper usage, the reputation of cannabis had been tarnished, and the usages which the world had benefited from for so long, were slowly forgotten…
But, in 2018 that’s all starting to change…
Thanks to modern science and the support of key cannabis advocates, what some have called an “enlightenment” has begun, as people everywhere are becoming more educated and more aware about the proof of the benefits that Cannabis can provide. Minds that were once closed are now beginning to open, and at the center of this “age of enlightenment, is a cannabis compound that is quickly growing in popularity — Cannabidiol (CBD).
The Rise of CBD
CBD is a cannabis-derived compound that offers much of the advantages of cannabis; however, unlike the closely rated cannabis compound, THC, it does not get the user “high”. This, and the fact, that it is much more legally accepted than THC, has caused CBD to become wildly popular in the United States, China, and many European countries.
From celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman to mixed martial artists and everyday people, people from around the world have publicly raved about the benefits of CBD. And with such massive advocacy and the power of the internet, CBD is in the perfect position to change the way the world views Cannabis.
That being said, here are 5 ways, CBD is smashing people’s perceptions of cannabis
1. “It doesn’t get you high?!”
That’s right. Contrary to what many thought during the last five decades, not all cannabis use is about getting ‘high’.
Because of its unique structure, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t get you ‘high’, ‘stoned’, baked’, and because it contains little to no THC, it typically won’t show up positive for THC on a drug test. In fact, studies have shown that CBD is actually antipsychotic, meaning CBD can actually counteract the negative side effects of THC such as stress, anxiety, and paranoia.
By breaking apart the connection between Cannabis and the mind-altering effects of THC, CBD is creating a new image of the Cannabis plant, that’s drastically different than how the plant was portrayed during the last century.
2. “Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana aren’t the same?!”
In recent years, most people didn’t know the difference between hemp, cannabis, and marijuana, and because of this, they typically associated all of them with getting high.
For CBD to be legal in the U.S., it must be derived from hemp as opposed to marijuana because hemp’s THC-content is almost non-existent. Because of this, and the growth of the CBD industry, CBD companies faced the challenge of having to educate their potential customers on the difference between Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana, and that CBD won’t get you high, while still delivering tons of health benefits.
What started as a difficult business challenge resulted in CBD changing the population’s perception that Hemp, Cannabis, and Marijuana are all the same.
3. “It’s not illegal?…”
For as long as most of us can remember, cannabis has been illegal. Those involved with it were depicted as shady drug dealers, gangsters, or lazy potheads. And due to propaganda and scare tactics, Cannabis had been demonized to such a degree that many were fearful of it.
Thanks to a shift in politics, innovations in medical science, and simple education, the tide has changed.
As people become more open-minded, general awareness is increasing, and the general consensus of the legality of CBD and Cannabis is quickly changing for consumers and lawmakers alike.
4. “I don’t have to smoke it?…”
When people hear that CBD is derived from cannabis, many will immediately conjure up images of tye-die-wearing hippies surrounded by clouds of smoke. While, smoking cannabis compounds like CBD is certainly an option, this perception is a mere sliver of the truth.
With the growth of the CBD and Cannabis industry, people are discovering that CBD, and the other cannabis compounds, are available in a variety of other consumption methods such as oils, capsules, balms, beverages and more. So, no, you don’t have to smoke it, and in the near future, you could even pick up your favorite CBD product at your local health store.
5. “Everyone can use it?..”
Prior to the growth of the CBD industry, there had long been a stigma around cannabis that it could only be used by those who were 18 or over, and if you weren’t…you were heading for serious medical and mental problems. Again, propaganda and lies.
While you probably shouldn’t be smoking a joint while you’re under the age of 18 just to get high, the usages and benefits of Cannabis extend far beyond the realm of psychoactive THC.
With advancements in medical science, medical experts have discovered that CBD is effective in naturally treating seizures in epileptic children, chronic pain and inflammation in the elderly, ADHD,depression, anxiety, and many other conditions, with no negative side effects based on the users age, and CBD can even be used for your dogor cat!
Because of this, and it’s groundbreaking medicinal properties, CBD is not only changing lives, it’s changing opinions about Cannabis.
After witnessing huge relief for their child’s epileptic seizures from using CBD while traditional medications provided little to no relief, parents who were once completely against Cannabis, are now huge supporters. After finding relief from the pain of arthritis or the weight of PTSD, without having to get high or smoke a joint, elders who fought against marijuana during the 70’s now use CBD daily and spread the word to all their friends.
It’s real stories like this, that gives CBD the power to really change the perception of the world about Cannabis.
Now It’s Your Turn
In closing, it goes without saying that Cannabis is truly a remarkable plant with real life-changing capabilities.
Unfortunately, the impact of the last centuries perception of Cannabis still hangs heavy over the world, and is like a shroud over the eyes of those who really need it. That’s why we do what we do, and love what we do, and if you know someone who is suffering and can benefit from CBD, or can really benefit from adding CBD to their health maintenance regime, don’t hesitate to keep them informed and feel free to share this article with them.
With your help, and the continual growth of the industry, in the very near future, people will be seeing CBD and Cannabis in a totally different light.
As always, thank you for reading and being a part of our community, and if you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.