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“If the words life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”

Terence McKenna, philosopher, psychonaut and author of True Hallucinations

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD oil is sweeping the nations as it continues to make it’s indelible mark on healthcare industries worldwide.

Multi-level marketers and investment firms alike are eager to seize the opportunity of securing this niche and reaping the benefits that this profitable market holds. With Canada’s official legalization of marijuana it’s no wonder why news sources and social media blurbs are totally abuzz with news of this revolutionary alternative healing method.

So how exactly does it work?

Essentially CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system which is responsible for regulating the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance. The CBD impacts various functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response.

The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located in the brain, central nervous system, (CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) that act in neural communication.

As the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.

The endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body. People seldom support the health of this system because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet, though I suspect that this will change as we continue educating ourselves.

As the old saying goes, “in the age of information ignorance is a choice.”

Current findings in Cannabidiol research are revolutionizing the way we esteem cannabis and consequently shifting our mindset to the many possibilities our future now holds. CBD has been the focus of more than 23,000 published studies about cannabinoids in relation to various medical indications and has been clinically proven and tested to help with relief of pain and inflammation, cancer, nausea, seizures, neurological disorders, diabetes, muscle pain, and more.

CBD has been revered for the ability to help alleviate the negative side effects of opioids. Opioid addictions are a wide-spread issue that I expect will be on the decline now that CBD oil is taking it’s rightful place on the world stage.

Athletes praise the oil for the uncanny ability to help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, increase alertness, provide higher quality rest, reduce the impact of brain injury, as well as supplicate vital nutrients to the human body.

Although it appears as a relatively new craze, CBD has actually been around since the 40’s. It was discovered by Dr. Roger Adams and his team at the University of Illinois. It is a non-psychoactive treatment so it doesn’t have the same effect as THC does on the human body despite what some are lead to believe.

CBD Oils and consumer wellness products are rapidly being integrated into mainstream medical care around the globe in the forms of sprays, oils, edibles, gummies, pet products, and infused beverages. You can expect to see more CBD oil product lines hitting the market in the days to come as CBD oil markets are predicted to grow at CAGR of 39.19 percent through 2021, and global cannabis markets are expected to quadruple to over $63 billion by the year 2024.

Beyond the healthcare industry, CBD oil is also radically redefining the beauty industry and it’s no secret how financially promising that is. I’ve already seen companies releasing skin care lines and spa’s starting to introduce CBD oil-based treatments, infused bath bombs, and lotions. It’s definitely a creative spin on a gift idea for your mother. When Valentine’s day finally rolls around and you start your annual panic you can deliver boldly knowing that you’ve got it covered.

Many people are opposed to pharmaceutical companies and their pill-pushing, making the prospect of CBD oil all the more enticing. It is generally marketed as a safe alternative healing method with no negative side effects, though there has been some controversy surrounding whether or not it is as safe as it has been portrayed to be.

Traditional medicine (albeit sometimes necessary) pales in comparison to the glory of good ol’ Mother Nature. There is a fine tune balance, and there are certain things that we can’t contend with her on despite even our most valiant efforts.

As someone who intimately understands the struggles and setbacks of anxiety and depression, I am also vehemently opposed to prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. The CBD oil is definitely a natural alternative that I can get on board with.

Those who struggle with anxiety disorders know just how debilitating it is to live in the space between your ears. Patients who have taken the oil to help alleviate their condition report feeling as though the part of their brain causing them to feel anxiety was “shut off” or “blocked out” and emphasized no negative side effects.

When we consider that humankind has been used hemp for more than 10,000 years and has over 25,000 documented uses then it only makes sense to normalize it, making it publicly accessible and also acceptable.

Food, textiles, clothing, and medicine are just a few examples of why hemp is considered an invaluable source to humanity, with CBD being just one of the many reasons why we love it. It is a sacred plant and should be treated as such, not with contempt as it formerly has by those lacking in the necessary knowledge and forethought.

CBD oil is the next revolutionary step in our healthcare systems and it will be a pleasure to witness it’s unfolding as time accelerates onward into the dawn of a health-conscious age.