From hipster cafes in Williamsburg and upscale bars and hotels in Downtown Manhattan to zenned out yoga studios in Fort Greene, CBD has exploded in the past few months around New York City. I know, I know, we're way behind the West Coasters. This is old news to you folks - but if you're reading, we're catching up, ok? Give us a few more years and we'll be neck and neck.
The real question New Yorkers are starting to ask themselves now is: Does CBD actually work or is it just the newest avocado-toast, turmeric-lemon-water trend?
I have a friend who just minutes before running into me randomly on the street a few weeks ago, had posted to his Instagram stories that he was so sick of seeing "CBD here" advertised on the blackboard outside every Brooklyn cafe because he thought it was BS. He had tried it, it didn't work, he didn't feel anything.
While on the flip side, there's a yoga instructor pal who claims that CBD is a "total game changer" and she recommends it to all her students.
So what gives?
There is growing medical and scientific evidence that CBD has numerous medicinal benefits related to all sorts of conditions, but I'm not going to bore you with all that.
It's also true that there's no standard dose for CBD - some people need very little and some people need much more. It's not based on gender, size, or age but more on each person's Endocannabinoid System (not going to bore you with that either).
Point being that some people who think CBD doesn't do anything may have taken too little on their first go and were too quick to judge as a result. Or they may have supplemented with a CBD product that is bogus and has no CBD in it or is packed with all kinds of additive crap (there's unfortunately a lot of that out there) so they never actually ingested any real CBD to begin with.
Or, and this is likely the case with my friend who I ran into on the street, he uses cannabis in all its form so he may have been expecting to feel a high when taking CBD.
But if we're talking about quality CBD here, that's grown from ethically sourced cannabis, free of any nasty additives, and is third party lab tested to show that what's written on the label is actually what's in the bottle? Well then we're talking about something that's very, very real IMO.
Here are the 3 most riveting video examples that CBD ain't BS, far from it. It could be the secret sauce for dozens of critical functions within our bodies. Cinderella Molecule anyone?
1. I remember when I first watched this video my jaw dropped. Within a few minutes this man goes from bad tremors caused by Parkinson's to looking totally normal with no shaking whatsoever.
2. The following video might be disturbing for some people to watch, so discretion is advised. This is a young boy having a seizure who is administered CBD oil by his father and his seizure quiets within a matter of seconds.
3. This is the Charlotte's Web story. It's longer (11 min) so I'll give you the quick rundown below if you don't have time to watch it now.
In the summer of 2013, CNN broadcast a special on medical cannabis, which featured the now-famous case of Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Colorado who suffered from Dravet’s syndrome.
Five year old Charlotte was having hundreds of epileptic seizures a week, and pharmaceutical medications weren’t helping. Her parents thought they had run out of options, but then they heard about a boy with Dravet’s syndrome in California who responded well to CBD-rich cannabis oil. They found a high-CBD/low-THC strain at a Colorado dispensary, and it worked amazingly for their daughter, reducing her seizures to a couple a month. That strain is now called Charlotte’s Web in honor of her.
One disclaimer: In all these examples the patients may be taking CBD oil with higher levels of THC, since they may be consuming CBD oil extracted from marijuana rather than hemp. I can't confirm whether that's the case or not, but it's worth mentioning. That does not change, however, the fundamental role CBD plays in the transformative effect in all three of these cases.
I'm thankful that most of us don't have to deal with the awful seizures that poor Charlotte and that young boy had to endure, and I know that most of us who are supplementing with or considering CBD oil aren't necessarily walking around with Parkinson's, but I share with you these three examples as clear evidence that something pretty significant happens when taking CBD.
It may be the perfect solution to that persistent anxiety and stress you're dealing with at work, or that nagging pain in your shoulder. Maybe it's a much needed mood boost, or just a way for you to sleep better and feel more balanced overall.
If you're on the fence, or looking to give it a try, DO. Just pay attention to what I said earlier - experiment with finding the right dose, start low and slow, and increase until you find that sweet spot.
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