CBD was sold in stores up until late last year because of the federal farm bill that stated hemp can be cultivated and sold in the US so long as it has 0.3% of THC or less. Then, the Ohio pharmacy board threw a wrench in the system and stated they do not allow CBD sales outside of Ohio’s new medical marijuana dispensaries. So us and many other businesses were confused by this gray line that had been drawn, and so most companies took the products off their shelves. We slowed down and stopped making innovative medicinal products with hemp CBD, which hurt our business and hurt your ability to heal yourself.
In December, I wrote about this very subject, stating that hemp was legalized by the president, which is still a very relevant read…
For decades, anything to do with cannabis, or hemp, had been outlawed, looked down on, and thought to be criminal by many. Even the very mention of the plant was shunned. Thankfully, since the advent of the internet, saner heads have prevailed, clearing up truth and laying waste to propaganda and smear campaigns that have misinformed millions across the globe. And perhaps no country has been affected more so than the minds of the USA. Where it was once thought that cannabis was a harmful drug, reported to cause brain damage, bad decisions and other obscure defects, it’s now becoming common knowledge that the plant is indeed useful for a myriad of medicinal applications.
As an herbalist, we know of hemp being used for tens of thousands of years, and only in modern time has it been demonized. Hemp has a huge list of uses, like foods made from the seeds and oils, which are high in fiber, protein and magnesium, or it can be used to make paper, rope, fabric, soap, and fuel. The list goes on, but the undeniable truth is that hemp is the missing piece in our society, because it can transform so many industries across the globe that it can literally revamp dying nations, while halting our environmental impact with stopping deforestation being a major plus, as well as change how we heal ourselves.
The latest and perhaps biggest discovery as of late has been the healing power of the CBD (or Cannabidol) compound found in all strains of Cannabis Sativa. For absolute distinction, it’s imperative to understand the difference between CBD and it’s infamous cousin known as THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the misunderstood and villainized chemical found in the plant’s female flowers. THC is the psychoactive molecule that can give you a mental high and strong physical sensation, and although the point of this article isn’t to remove the stigma on THC specifically, but rather hemp in general, THC does have its own set of important and powerful medicinal benefits, too. But I won't get into that here.
Cannabidol is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid found in hemp, the male non-flowering part of the plant as well as its leaves and stems, which has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, as well as sedating, hypnotic, and anti-dystonic effects, among other healing attributes. CBD does not ‘get you high,’ as they say, but it will relax you, and has been shown to soothe pain and inflammation. From research readily found online, in medical journals, in libraries, and bookstores, this hemp extract can help regulate sleep patterns, control certain cancers, stimulates bone growth, and stops the growth of bacteria, as well as suppresses muscle spasms and convulsions, reduces blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of artery obstructions, decreases pressure in the blood vessel walls, helps control epileptic seizures, reduces risk of nerve damage, and can even ease nausea and insomnia.
Continue reading “Hemp Goes Presidential: What This Means For Your Ability to Heal Yourself”
I’ll be writing a more in-depth article about CBD soon, but the point of this article is to announce that Ohio has finally caught up and is getting ready to legalize CBD in Ohio this very day! Governor Mike DeWine has agreed to sign Ohio Bill 57 into immediate effect, which allows for the legal sale of CBD with low levels of THC (0.3% or less). Also part of this bill is the cultivation and processing of CBD in Ohio, but will take about six months to finalize the legislation and licensure process.
What this means is that you can now legally buy, own and use CBD products in Ohio. Some members of Woodland Herbal Apothecary’s family of herbalists have lived in Colorado and have witnessed firsthand the benefits of legal sale of CBD. Restricting something that helps the body heal and deal with pain with very few side effects is huge, especially in an age where many pharmaceutical drugs cause more harm than their originally intended benefit.
We've been gearing up for this move, and will be introducing a new product line in the following days. So, please consider Woodland Herbal your stop for CBD anything, as we will be offering a range of products like our Botanical CBD Beauty Serum, Extra Strength 600mg CBD Relief Salve, 100mg CBD Muscle Rub, 500mg CBD Tincture Drops, CBD-infused Chill Out Tea, other CBD beauty products and more! We have found ways to cut the cost of using CBD in our recipes, and we will be passing those discounts along to you as well.
If you ever have questions about CBD or anything to do with medicinal plants, reach out to our team of herbalists and we’ll see if we can find something that may help you feel your best. For now, while we work to setup an online store, to purchase CBD all you have to do is email us here.
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