According to metro.co.uk, Canada and the United States have become two of the largest countries to legalize the drug cannabis. To date, its legalization has been debated in many countries including the United Kingdom which is one of the primary markets of Cannabidiol or CBD Oil.
That is not all, however. Cannabis has also gained wide acceptance in countries like Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Argentina, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay. In Asia, its use has also gained traction in Cambodia, Laos, and surprisingly, North Korea. Europe is also jumping in, with cannabis and related products being accepted in Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine. The same is also true with Australia.
However, in many countries, smoking marijuana is considered illegal and you can be arrested if you sell weed. The common misconception is that marijuana which comes from the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica plants contain a psychoactive component called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. According to drugabuse.gov, marijuana use may have a wide range of side effects such as:
- Breathing problems
- Increased heart rate
- Problems with child development during and after pregnancy
- Intense nausea and vomiting
However, cannabis users are debunking this myth. They claim that the mortality rate is higher with cigarette smokers than pot smokers. They further claim there is little evidence that you can get lung cancer from smoking weed and that more patients die from using prescriptive drugs than this widely accepted cannabis.
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug per se
What does the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NIDA) have to say about this? According to this agency, cannabidiol is safe when used in conjunction with THC. Cannabidiol also comes from the cannabis plant but this is a rather another unique compound in the resin secreted from the glands of the marijuana plant.
The Difference Between THC and CBD Oil
CBD oil can address certain mental disorders and conditions. However, in order for CBD oil to be safe, it must carry a heavier ratio than THC. With the right dose, it can be declared safe for human consumption.
To date, there is a certain CBD-based drug called Epidiolex that has been approved by the FDA for adults and kids over two years of age. It treats two rare types of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. However, in most countries where cannabis is accepted, people have more access to cannabidiol without a prescription.
You might ask, if cannabidiol is not a psychoactive drug, it must be safe to take then?
There are numerous testimonials of CBD oil’s efficacy from family and/or friends, the news or social media. These are the same people who live in countries where cannabis is considered legal. They have tried it on themselves and on their children and they swear it works better and more effectively than the usual drugs or herbal medicines.
However, some may not be open to the use of cannabidiol unless they are sufficiently educated about marijuana’s safety. This is a free country, though. If you have faith in the medical findings and testimonials of cannabidiol users, then go for it. Go and try it for yourself.