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I live in Florida, and this week, major retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond advertised a full line of CBD products on the entire back page of its weekly catalog that arrived in my mailbox. I visited California last month, and CVS pharmacy had a big display of a variety of CBD products right inside the front door in the health and beauty department. CBD products are predicted to become a multi-billion dollar industry in just the next two years. With all the hype, how are Christians to know whether CBD is right for us? Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions believers in Christ want to know about CBD.
No, CBD does not get users high. CBD, or cannabidiol, contains 0.3 percent or less of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that produces the feeling of intoxication or high. Some CBD has no THC at all. Users interviewed by God’s Greenery reported no feelings of euphoria, intoxication, dizziness, or anything resembling a high. Some users even said they felt like CBD was not doing anything for them because CBD did not produce a feeling in them. Instead, users experienced relief from problems they were experiencing, from pain to anxiety to insomnia. Instead of adding a good feeling, CBD subtracted the bad.
While God’s Greenery cannot make moral and spiritual decisions for you, as writers and editors who are Christians ourselves, we suggest that you hold CBD up to the light of God’s Word in order to make the determination for yourself. Many Bible verses instruct believers to remain sober and clear-minded (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 5:18, etc.), and CBD meets that instruction by not getting users high. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul reminds us that our bodies are not our own and are to be used to glorify God. It tells us to care for our bodies. Our bodies need to be healthy to carry out the mission God planned for each one of us. That means giving them good nutrition, hydration, and the health care they need. Romans 14:21-23 may give some guidance in your decision making, for it says, “Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right” (v. 22b) and, “If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning (v 23b) (New Living Translation). Research CBD thoroughly. Ask people you know who are using it what they are experiencing. Determine if you have any of the common ailments CBD seems to alleviate. If you seek wisdom, pray about it, and still feel like it would not be right for you, don’t do it. If you have peace about it, CBD may be something you want to add to your health regimen.
The first FDA-approved medicine with CBD is used to prevent seizures. However, CBD is reported to help heal many conditions both physical and psychological. Some of the most widely reported positive psychological effects include relief from insomnia, anxiety, and panic attacks. Users report that CBD helps clear up outbreaks of acne, eczema, and psoriasis. CBD relieves aches and pain for some, particularly in the joints and can give relief to arthritis sufferers. CBD has a wide spectrum of uses because it interacts with cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout the body and brain. Medical studies are still being conducted and the research is somewhat young; however, the most widely known studies report few, and relatively minor negative side effects in users. That’s why the topic of CBD is becoming so hugely popular today.
Humans and animals have natural endocannabinoid systems, which are receptors throughout the body and in the brain that work with natural proteins and our immune system to keep the body in a state of homeostasis. That basically means that all systems are go. There is no inflammation, nothing irritated in our bodily makeup to create any kind of sickness or anxious mental state. However, most human and animal bodies today have inflammation of some type due to poor nutrition, pollutants, trauma, and other harmful substances or experiences we have ingested or been exposed to. The natural plant-based cannabinoids extracted from cannabis (CBD) seem to activate the human cannabinoid receptors and help them do their job. This keeps inflammation down, making the body function better. CBD is still undergoing medical testing and studies, as it has long been classified as an illegal substance. Now that the 2018 Farm Bill removed it from the Controlled Substances Act, there are more legal freedoms to study CBD, but the personal testimonies of those already using it seem to be overwhelmingly positive.
Because CBD products are rolling into the marketplace with astounding speed, with new lines being carried in some states by such major retailers as Walgreens; CVS; and Bed, Bath & Beyond, which CBD to trust can be tough to figure out. Just because a CBD item is sold in a big retailer does not mean you can trust it to give you the maximum potential health benefits. Several factors affect the quality of CBD, including its method of extraction, other substances combined with it, and how it was grown and sourced. There are several ways CBD is extracted from hemp, and there are many other substances CBD is combined with to make a final product. Learn the differences in order to decide which method you trust. Also, it is important to know where and how your CBD product was sourced. Hemp plants are “hyperaccumulators,” meaning they soak up everything from the soil they are grown in. If they are grown in soil that contains metals or pollutants, those are likely to be taken in by the hemp and can then be present in the CBD oil extracted from it. Also, many products claim to contain CBD but they don’t, or they do not have the amount of CBD they claim to have. Ask for the third-party testing results on every CBD product you consider buying. Find a doctor, naturalist, pharmacist, or chiropractor who is knowledgeable about CBD and get recommendations. Talk to family and friends and see what results they are getting.
By taking your time in prayer, doing your homework, and gathering positive personal testimonies from trusted people in your circle, you can make the most informed decision whether CBD is right for you and your family. As always, it is best to consult your medical professional before adding CBD to your health routine.
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