It can sometimes be a tricky subject to bring up within certain groups: You want to tell them the amazing benefits of cannabis, but you're not quite sure how they’re going to react. Depending on their generation, it can be referred to as Pot, Ganja, Marijuana or Mary Jane, and the common misconceptions that surround cannabis can still leave many of us confused about the stigmas and legality.
Let's face; it over the years, cannabis has received a bad rap and the stigmas that surround this powerful plant are seemingly hard to break. In the past, the laws regarding this ‘drug’ were pretty black and white and it was deemed illegal in most places around the world. However in recent years, research into its medical properties have induced waves of tolerance and legalisation of cannabis. In the US alone, it has been decriminalized in 13 states and has caused many other states to relax their laws, tolerating small amounts and approving it for medical use.
As research and the legalisation of cannabis are reasonably new, the confusion surrounding its legality and its psycho-activity can represent a point at which some people switch off and stop looking any further. The accusatory links to mental health problems and the assumption that all cannabis users are either ‘stoners’, ‘potheads’ or unmotivated dreamers can be hard stereotypes to shake. However, recent changes in legislation and the growing popularity of completely legal CBD products for health and wellness has helped cannabis clean up its image.
There is a Difference… I Promise You, There Really is!
Cannabis is made up of various compounds which all induce different effects. Just knowing the simple differences between CBD and THC can be a great way to introduce CBD to new users, who are worried about its legality and the possibility of being ‘high as a kite’ if they take it. To such doubters, you can confidently explain that CBD doesn't contain any THC (which is the psychoactive compound), can’t cause a high and that it’s legally available in most states. This can be an effective way to break the ice.
Once you have all the legality and ‘no high’ stigmas out the way, you can move on to tell them about all the wonderful benefits of CBD and roll out your impressive check list of health and wellness issues it can help with.
CBD and Gut Health
Gut health can now be linked to 60-80% of our immune health problems. So going with your gut has never been a truer statement. Poor gut health can be responsible for hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, and other chronic health issues. Taking care of your gut health can lead to better digestion, fewer bouts of colds and flu, better memory, and less allergy responses.
Your endocannabinoid systems (ECS) receptors are found in your gut, from where they control your mood, immune system and hormone balance. Using CBD recipes to stimulate your ECS has shown to improve digestion, reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
The foods you eat to get your gut in tip-top condition should promote good bacteria and be anti-inflammatory. So here are a few hemp recipes that your gut microbiome will love and that you can easily incorporate into your diet.