IS CBD a drug?
No. CBD won’t get you high – it’s not a drug. Many people turn to CBD, because the effects of THC doesn’t agree with them, so they use CBD because it looks and tastes similar to marijuana, but doesn’t get you stoned. As you can imagine, they would be super annoyed if they wanted to stop using THC, tried CBD buds and got high.
CBD does have some calming and peaceful effects, but not the strong phsycoactive effects THC has. CBD can also have no apparent affect at all, and is still working. Because some people try CBD and don’t have any affects – some people have asked is CBD just a placebo or something that works because people hope it will?
Is CBD a Placebo?
It’s a great question, is CBD just a placebo with no real effects or does it actually do something? CBD is working on a cellular level, taking care of thousands of tiny little jobs, and running thousands of small messages to the brain, It’s doing so much and so quickly, the conscious mind doesn’t know what it’s doing. This doesn’t mean it isn’t doing anything, because we don’t feel any significant effects, it’s doing a lot of jobs at a cellular level which is being regulated by the subconscious mind. Medical opinion is fully in favour of the benefits of CBD. Without a healthy vibrant cannabinoid system in the body ( endocrine system) , the body would not function.
Human Bodies make Cannabinoids
Our bodies produce their own CBD. We use cannabinoids to regulate many functions of the body particularly the immune system and nervous system. These cannabinoids make sure things work. Cannabinoids are found in the brain, immune cells, organs of the body, connective tissue to name a few. CBD made by plants, is a bit different to CBD we make in our bodies, but they are interchangeable. So when our body is running a bit short on human made CBD, plant CBD does very nicely.
The cannabinoid system in our body is active in many areas including :- mood, memory, appetite and pain. Interestingly it’s particularly busy in areas involving the immune and nervous system and described as ‘ the bridge connecting the body and mind’ (1). It’s this bridge through which information is passed from the body to the brain, like an Information superhighway kept running smoothly by cannabinoids.
Letter of the Law v’s Intention of the law.
The German prosecutor’s and many judges say CBD is a narcotic. Why are they saying this when EU law says the opposite? It can be seen as a lack of education in EU law. Or an unwillingness to incorporate EU law into German law. This is not optional, the incorporation or EU law into German law, as EU law is dominant. There are also other reasons. Old laws to punish marijuana are still being used to punish CBD – after all they are both forms of Cannabis. So we are seeing the letter of the law being enforced and not the spirit of the law. What is written down is being enforced, while the intention of the law is sadly being ignored. This is slowly changing with some progressive judgments, for example the recent Bunte Blüte case in Berlin, where the judge refused to accept that CBD flower is a narcotic as the prosecutor insisted.
(1). For a more detailed look into the endocrine system and human cannabinoid importance. Neuroscience Specialist Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D “endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between body and mind.”