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Despite its exploding popularity, many people still do not know what CBD is, and they definitely don’t get the hype. Christians, in particular, may feel cautious about CBD, not knowing if it is questionable morally or spiritually as well as physically. Is CBD something that is safe medically and spiritually to use? What exactly does CBD do?
Before we get into the facts about CBD, let’s examine the question of Christian faith and CBD use. Are these two mutually exclusive? Would God be okay with us putting CBD into our daily routine?
In the Bible in 1 Peter 5:8, it says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
This seems pretty clear that Christians are to keep our bodies pure, alert, and sober. CBD oil is a natural substance that comes from the hemp plant, a plant created by God. The naturally occurring elements called cannabinoids, including CBD, work with the human body to keep it in good health. While scientists and medical experts still have testing to do to understand exactly how CBD works in our bodies, studies so far show that plant-based CBD oil somehow works to activate our bodies’ natural endocannabinoid system receptors. These receptors are found in our lymph system, our brain, and our liver. When hemp-extracted CBD is metabolized, these receptors seem to get a boost in doing their job to combat inflammation in the human body. CBD helps keep us “all systems go.”
CBD does not contain the euphoria-producing cannabinoid THC (or only very trace amounts), so CBD does not get users high. If you use it, you stay sober. Seems like we are still obeying His word in this matter if we choose to use CBD.
Beyond the question of sobriety, is CBD safe for humans to put into their bodies? If our bodies house the Spirit of God, then we need to carefully consider how we treat them and what we put into them. How does CBD measure up to that consideration? From studies done to date, it holds up pretty well.
While much is still unknown about CBD oil, some studies show that its biggest benefit may be reducing anxiety and its side effects. These may include anxiety attacks, as well as shaking and trouble breathing. CBD oil has also been known to reduce paranoia, alleviating the worry that someone is watching you or coming after you. Yet another potential benefit of CBD oil is that it has been known to significantly decrease depression, which can lead to suicidal thoughts. CBD may help reduce the lethargy associated with depression, as well as lessen feelings of helplessness and sadness.
Also known to reduce high blood pressure, CBD oil is a natural pain reliever and stress reducer. Less stress means lower blood pressure. CBD works with the human body and its structural systems.
In addition to its contributions to our emotional health, studies show CBD also helps with our physical appearance. CBD has been touted to reduce and even clear up breakouts of acne. Along with acne, CBD also clears up rashes, skin irritation, and certain types of skin diseases like eczema.
CBD may help reduce nausea and pain, which in turn create the emotional benefit of improving mood and motivation. CBD can also help treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, improving mental focus and clarity. When the manifestations of ADHD such as shaking or constant movement, excessive talking, lack of focus for normal amounts of time, pacing, and fidgeting decrease, mental acuity and the ability to concentrate increase.
Finally, CBD oil is used to treat epilepsy as well, dramatically decreasing the amount of seizures in adults and children.
One thing to note about CBD is that there are no known fatal overdoses of CBD. By some estimates, an average man weighing about 180 pounds would need to ingest more than 33 tablespoons of CBD oil before he would overdose. By contrast, the typical recommended amount of CBD oil is about one-eighth of a teaspoon. Let’s do the math: if there are 3 teaspoons in one tablespoon, then 33 tablespoons equals 99 teaspoons. Take that times 8 recommended doses of CBD in one teaspoon and you would have to take 792 times the recommended dosage to potentially overdose on CBD.
To get the right dosage of CBD, you can take it in multiple forms. Ingesting the oil sublingually, or under the tongue, may be one of the best ways to get it into your system. However, you can also add CBD oil to foods or take it as a supplement.
CBD has different effects in different dosages. Higher dosages can cause drowsiness and help you fall asleep more quickly and deeply and stay asleep longer. Users report better quality and quantity of sleep, great if you suffer from insomnia. Lower doses of CBD may actually improve focus and clarity, causing you to work more effectively and quickly.
One of the biggest benefits being studied is that CBD may benefit cancer victims. Since CBD has been known to reduce nausea, it can help cancer patients manage the nausea that can come from chemotherapy and other treatments. When nausea is lessened, people feel better and are able to keep their weight better maintained as they fight the disease.
With CBD now popping up everywhere from Dillard’s, CVS, and Sephora to Whole Foods, GNC, and Walgreens, it is important for Christians to join the cultural conversation by thoughtfully considering their stance on CBD. Ultimately, it is each Christian’s prayerful choice whether to use CBD or not. As Christians, we can pray about whether to join the CBD community or steer clear of it. We can search for the truth in God’s Word of whether to use it or not. However, we should do our homework in order to be able to respond with knowledge if anyone talks to us about CBD.
God says to keep our bodies pure and sober. CBD is a natural element of the hemp plant, created by God. When grown in clean soil, it is pure. It does not intoxicate, and thus far studies have found few adverse effects. More studies are ongoing, as CBD’s popularity continues to rise. Christians should continue to research and watch for the results of these studies. Pray about using CBD, ask your Christian community if they have found benefit in using it, choose cleanly sourced CBD oil, and search through God’s Word to find out if you feel CBD is right for you. And, as always, it is best to seek the advice of your doctor or medical professional before making changes to your health routine.
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