Cannabis is clearly mostly associated with substantial changes in psychoactivity. Probably 15% of the population around the world uses cannabis as a smoked plant to achieve change in perspective, relaxation as well as many other feelings. People do not continue to do things that make them feel bad; people do things over and over to make themselves feel better. This is patently obvious to me. Sure, there are a small percentage that use too much THC for them, but this is always the case with any psychoactive medicine.
As CBD began exiting the gene pool in the 1960’s, without anyone knowing, users of cannabis were looking for cannabis that got them stoned. They were specifically looking for feeling stoned. A lot of users are young and feel fine. They would not be aware of their back pain feeling better. They would not care about any mood change other than a “stony” feeling. Sure, many were using all THC based cannabis, and still do, for pain, anxiety, insomnia and many other conditions, but the stoniness was always a part of the deal.
Clearly, many people tried cannabis in the 1960’s through 1980’s and found it to make them feel horribly agitated and paranoid and these people never tried it again – at least until now when they are seeking CBD rich cannabis medicines. In fact, patients who react terribly to high THC predictably are somewhat anxious patients who nearly always respond great to CBD.
My patients use an interesting adjective when they describe what they feel with CBD; they feel “awesome”. I always kid them and ask if “awesome” is acceptable. They are really good with “awesome”.
I still have patients who smoke cannabis, but that has become a very small part of my practice. Patients are looking for awesome, even before they know it is possible.
It is possible and likely that many of you would feel “awesome” with some CBD added to your diet. We used to all have some CBD in our diet through hemp, but this was lost 100 years ago.
I will take it one step further. I believe CBD and other major and minor cannabinoids are essential dietary nutrients.
Try it…..you’ll like it.