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Why CBD Will Continue To Be Popular In 2020 And Beyond

Cannabidiol seems to be on everyone’s minds right now. Whether it’s the pharmaceutical industry, the DEA, cannabis manufacturers, or lay people, CBD is the Word of the Year.

But what is it about CBD in particular that makes it catch fire in people’s imagination?

Going 20 years back, it’s hard to believe that a cannabinoid could be igniting such a conflagration of positive public opinion. At the turn of the millennium, while cannabis use had been prevalent for some time and had become medically legal in at least one state, most of your average American citizens would not positively view or consider cannabis legalization.

Maybe there was still a stereotype of cannabis users being lazy and unproductive. And even though research had been emerging for decades about the potential health benefits of cannabinoid consumption, such data had not made its way to the American public.

So, what has changed since then? First, a general trend-reversal of the way Americans view cannabis use. The previous perception of cannabis users has made way to the current one of comparing cannabis use with alcohol, calling it a harmless vice. Several important documentaries have also made their way to the general public, such as CNN’s Weed, which showcased the nothing-short-of-miraculous therapeutic use of cannabinoids for treating certain epileptic syndromes. And as more states legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis programs, more and more people either use it themselves or know people who start using it for medicinal use without any of the normal pharmaceutical side effects from prescription drugs.

Let’s also not forget the emergence of many high-profile celebrity endorsers. Marvin Washington, former NFL Linebacker, is at the forefront of the battle against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Prohibitionist policy with regards to cannabis and CBD. He and other partners have sued Sessions in court for rescinding the Obama-era Cole Memo, providing financial protection to cannabis companies and preventing the DEA from spending Federal resources to pursue CBD manufacturers. There are also a slew of Hollywood celebs using CBD for therapeutic use.

The bottom line is that CBD is catching fire in our collective imagination. And that fire is sure to reach the steps of Congress soon enough.

Originally published: CBD health and wellness

Why Over The Counter Drugs More Dangerous Than CBD

Cannabis is safer and more effective at treating many of the symptoms affected by these potentially dangerous drugs. Why not choose cannabis?

Are over the counters more dangerous than cannabis? In short, yes. Of course, the level of “danger” depends on the active ingredient, but all over the counter (OTC) medication have more negative side effects than cannabis. Yet, we take these medicines all the time without a second thought.

Cough Syrup

Cough syrup is so common, you probably have some in your medicine cabinet right now. The couch suppressant, antihistamine, and decongestant properties come from the active ingredient Dextromethorphan. But in the wrong hands and in the wrong doses, cough syrup can be quite dangerous for your liver.

This issue has been particularly prevalent in teenagers for the ‘cheap’ and legal high. Taking it in high enough doses, Dextromethorphan creates euphoria and can cause hallucinations like those one would get from PCP. Additionally, cough syrup is addictive.

Tylenol

Tylenol is another key medicine that many people have in their house or purse. Its active ingredient is acetaminophen, which functions as a pain reliever. However, the effects on the liver and rest of your body, may not be worth it.

If you take too much Tylenol, you’re at risk for acute liver failure. In fact, Tylenol is one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits for accidental overdose. Current recommendations are that adults consume no more than 4000mg per day.

Patients using Tylenol are also warned not to consume alcohol since the medication interferes with your ability to process acetaminophen, leading to a toxic buildup that damages the liver.

It is worth noting that many of the conditions that Tylenol treats can also be treated with cannabis. Try cannabis for your pain instead!

Midol

Midol is the go-to drug for menstrual cramps and headaches, making it a staple in most women’s households. The active ingredient, acetaminophen, also works in fever reduction. But how safe is Midol really?

Well, since acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Midol,  all of the above warnings for Tylenol also apply here. Young woman are at particular risk for liver damage as they tend to pop the Midol (500mg acetaminophen per pill) beyond the recommended limit because it is perceived to be “safe” and short-term.  This puts women at a high risk for accidental overdose.

Cannabis can treat both period cramps and migraine/headache.

Aspirin

Aspirin has long been a household staple as treatment for headaches, general aches and pains, and according to doctors – a way to prevent heart attack/stroke. It thins blood, which makes it capable of causing overdose and a risk factor for excess bleeding fatalities. On top of that, doctors are now rethinking whether or not aspirin can actually prevent heart attack. Even worse, excess aspirin use can cause major gastrointestinal issues. The biggest gastrointestinal issue you can get from cannabis is excess hunger.

In short, skip the over the counters and their side effects, and go for cannabis.

Excerpts originally published on rxleaf Emily Robertson

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