IS CBD a drug?
CBD won’t get you high it’s not a drug. Many people dislike THC and turn to CBD, because the effects of THC doesn’t agree with them. They would be very angry if they tried a CBD product and got high. CBD does have some calming and peaceful effects, but not the strong phsycoactive effects of THC. CBD can also have no affect at all, and is still said to be working. This has led some people to ask is CBD just a placebo ?
Is CBD a Placebo?
It’s a great question. If there are no apparent effects, does this mean CBD is snake oil or a placebo. CBD in it’s most fundamental role is working on a cellular level, taking care of tiny little things. This doesn’t mean it’s not doing anything- it’s very busy in fact. The conscious mind doesn’t know what’s occurring at a cellular level, it’s taking care of big things. Researchers and medical scholars are now fully convinced of the many benefits of CBD. Personal success stories using CBD are all over the Internet, medical journals are all telling good stories, backed by science. Indeed there is an article below which has more information about CBD if it’s of interest.
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 areas of 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 a bit like an Information Highway 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. 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 or what that law intended to fix – is sadly being ignored. This is slowly changing with some progressive judgments, for example the recent Bunte Blüte case in Berlin. This judgement will be seen as a leading decision and application of good law unlike many other judgments which will be overturned as bad decisions under EU law.
(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.”