If there was an all-natural remedy for your pain or depression (or both), wouldn’t you rather take it than a drug that has a list of “possible” harmful side effects two pages long? Would you feel safer taking something that has literally never been responsible for one death or a drug that has caused roughly one in ten people to struggle with some addiction and has killed tens of thousands of people every year?
Did you know that just by taking antidepressants raises the risk of death by a third? Even Tylenol can be fatal and can lead to both liver and kidney damage when dose suggestions aren’t strictly followed. These medications are what we take to feel better, to overcome illnesses; they shouldn’t make us sicker or kill us, should they? If you answer no to that question, you want to keep reading.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol is better known as CBD. CBD, which is one of over a hundred chemical compounds found in marijuana – or the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana that gives one that state of euphoria, “making you feel high,” is absent in CBD oil.
Its recent popularity is somewhat due to its availability, but its uses have become more popular because of their results. CBD oil first gained recognition for treating seriously ill patients, such as those with epilepsy.
However, it is now becoming more popular for the wide variety of uses, offering a range of both health and medicinal purposes.
How Can CBD Oil Be Used?
CBD Oil can be used for a variety of uses, to treat a variety of symptoms, and with minimal to no side effects. First, let’s address the uses. The following are some ways in which CBD may be used for:
- Pain relief
- As an anti-inflammatory
- Combatting withdrawal symptoms from quitting smoking and drugs
- Treating epilepsy
- Treating various neurological symptoms and disorder
- Fighting certain types of cancer
- Anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, general and social anxieties, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Type 1 diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- And many more.
The uses for CBD oil are only just beginning to be discovered. If legality wasn’t an issue, the uses could be better explored.
What Does It Mean For a Drug to be Classified as Schedule 1?
For a drug to be classified as a schedule 1 drug, it does not have any current medical uses while having a high potential for drug abuse. Schedule 1 drugs are considered to be highly dangerous that can cause severe dependency both physically and psychologically.
Drugs that are currently in this category, besides marijuana or cannabis, are drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote. One of these is not like the others; can you pick which one?
Even schedule 2 drugs are way more dangerous than marijuana and especially CBD oil. Some of the drugs on this list include cocaine, meth (Yes! Meth is only considered to be a schedule 2 drug!), methadone, Dilaudid, Demerol, OxyContin, Fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin, all of which come with horrible side effects and scary warnings.
When considering the types of drugs that are classified as schedule 1, and even schedule 2, it is very difficult to understand the classification of CBD oil as well as marijuana.
CBD Oil to Finally Come Off the Schedule 1 List
The DEA, with the FDA’s approval, has removed at least some CBD out of the most restrictive class of controlled substances. This move of allowing the sale of nonsynthetic cannabis-derived is the first toward federal approval.
Drugs that have a THC level of point one percent (0.1%) or lower will now be classified as schedule five drugs. The drugs must be approved by the FDA first, but there’s no reason why more types of CBD won’t continue to switch categories, allowing access to more and more patients who need this natural medication.
Other drugs which are classified as schedule five, meaning they have a low potential for drug abuse, include, for the most part, drugs containing codeine, such as prescription cough suppressants.
A Large Victory But Still a Larger Battle
This is the first time a marijuana-related drug has ever been lowered from schedule 1. It is a victory for CBD oil and the industry. Now onward to legalizing marijuana and having it dropped from being classified as schedule 1 as well.
Marijuana, like CBD oils, has many medicinal uses as well. It should be up to the patient whether or not he or she wishes to choose a pharmaceutical drug that may cause many side effects – even death – and is made up of human-made chemicals or an all-natural alternative that has little to no side effects and none of them harmful. No one has ever died from marijuana or a cannabis-related product. Isn’t time to have a choice?
Dr. Jack Barnes
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