From Idiot to Cool (Or How Folks's Angle to These Three Letters – CBD – Has Modified)


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Global Drug Ban Policy in Brief

The first anti-drug laws go back to America in the late 19th century and extend over a century:

  • The 1870s – anti-opium laws against Chinese immigrants.
  • The 1900s – Anti-Cocaine Laws Against African-American Men in the South.
  • The 1910s-20s – anti-marijuana laws against Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans.
  • The 1960s – Drugs became symbols of youthful rebellion, which prompted the government to stop scientific research into its medical safety and effectiveness.
  • 1971 – President Nixon declares "war on drugs". It included the increased presence of federal drug control agencies and measures such as mandatory sentencing and arrest warrants.
  • 1997 – As a result of drug control policies, the number of people under lock and key for non-violent violations of drug law rose from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 in 1997.

During George W. Bush's presidency, state-level reforms began to slow the growth of the drug war. Even politicians (e.g. George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama) routinely admitted to using marijuana and even cocaine in their younger years.

Since public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of decriminalizing drugs, cannabis reform has become unprecedented in the United States. As of 2019, it's legal in 11 states and Washington DC. Activists, athletes and entertainers continue to campaign for further legalization of cannabis.

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Global drug ban experience follows a similar story. According to an important report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), the United Nations drug strategy of the past ten years has failed. "This report is another nail in the coffin for the war on drugs," said Ann Fordham, executive director of IDPC, in a prepared statement. When we look at the statistics, we understand why:

  • The number of drug-related deaths has increased by approximately 145% in the past ten years.
  • In the past ten years, at least 3,900 people have been executed worldwide for drug offenses (drug control in the Philippines has resulted in approximately 27,000 extrajudicial killings).

Overall, the United Nations' efforts to eliminate the illegal cannabis, cocaine and other drug markets using the radical “war on drugs” approach have had little impact on the global supply of these substances. Instead, the world is witnessing endemic adverse effects on health, human rights, security and development.

In 2016, peer-reviewed Journal Lancet published an article based on the report by the Johns Hopkins-Lancet Commission for Public Health and International Drug Policy.

Look at the key findings of the report:

  • Decriminalizing minor drug-related offenses in European countries resulted in a better ability for the police to focus their efforts on high-level crime.
  • Drug users in many countries would like to use prevention and treatment services. Nevertheless, they are often systematically excluded because they are considered unworthy or unreliable as patients.
  • It is possible to significantly reduce overdose deaths by ensuring that people who use opioids have good access to drug treatment. It is also important to ensure that people who use drugs or are likely to overdose are trained in naloxone delivery and have access to this medicine.
  • More and more national governments and sub-national jurisdictions (such as US states) are introducing legally regulated cannabis markets. It is a good opportunity for research institutions to begin rigorous scientific research and assessment so that best practices for public health and safety can be identified and emulated.
  • Overzealous drug control policies lead to restricted access to pain relievers for legitimate clinical use in many countries. Governments must find a balanced policy

Rethink attitudes towards CBD

From the annex to the penthouse. From a banned drug to a new weapon against drug addiction. It is not a Hollywood movie scenario. It is the career ladder of CBD. How can that be?

Photo by Dan Meyers

Several studies have shown the positive effects of CBD against opioid addiction:

  • In experiments from 2009 laboratory rats were trained to push a lever to get heroin. Although CBD did not affect the amount of heroin self-administration when the rats decreased heroin and received CBD, drug-seeking behavior decreased significantly.
  • In 2015, a double-blind study on opioid-dependent people demonstrated that a single administration of CBD compared to a placebo reduced the cue-induced desire for opioids and feelings of anxiety .
  • Another double-blind, placebo-controlled study suggested that acute CBD administration, unlike placebo, was both the desire and anxiety caused by the presentation of Saliently, significantly reduced drug advice compared to neutral advice.

The potential therapeutic use of CBD goes beyond addiction treatment. Strict studies conducted worldwide show how medical cannabis is used for epilepsy, anxiety and depression, pain relief and treatment of bipolar mood disorders.

  • Drug-resistant epilepsy . A study published in PubMed suggested that "in many cases there was qualitative evidence that cannabinoids reduced seizure frequency in some patients, improved other aspects of patient quality of life, and were generally good compatible with mild to moderate side effects [Adverse Events]. "
  • Anxiety and depression. According to the study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry in 2012, CBD oil interacts with the body's naturally occurring endocannabinoid system (ECS) to alleviate and calm anxiety.
  • Pain relief. In 2008, Dovepress published research results indicating that cannabinoids can offer significant benefits beyond analgesia. Benefits include anti-emetic effects, the ability to produce apoptosis in malignant cells and inhibit cancer-induced angiogenesis, and a neuroprotective anti-oxidant effect.
  • Bipolar mood disorder . In 2005 PubMed published a study which found that the cannabinoids delta (9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were anxiolytic, calming, hypnotic, antidepressant, antipsychotic and can have an anticonvulsant effect.

Last Thoughts

We do not claim that CBD can protect you against coronavirus. However, in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, it is important to remain calm and balanced. Your immune system is at the forefront of fighting the virus, and it is a scientifically proven fact that the CNS physiologically controls peripheral immunity. So why not ring a few CBD drops under the tongue to resist the panic in the area?