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PTSD & CBD

What is PTSD?

PTSD is Post-traumatic stress disorder, which affects a growing amount of people in all different times of life. Whether it stems from combat, a life-threatening natural disaster or assault. When this happens it can affect sleeping, work/school, etc., and give someone a major emotional change and perception of the world around them. Therefore this affects the quality of life.

There has been psychotherapy and medication for those falling with these symptoms, but Cannabis has emerged as a safer alternative than any prescription medication with serious side effects.

CBD & THC have been seen to help treat people suffering from PTSD by improving the endocannabinoid system. By activating the CB1 & CB2 receptors within the core system, thus promoting the neurotransmitters to happiness, pleasure & memory.

The Cannabinoids help with assisting PTSD cases by blocking the retrieval of underlying trauma, by preventing traumatic memories & nightmares. CBD has been a very popular treatment for PTSD patients and mainly are combat veterans.

A study conducted by NYU Langone Medical Center researchers showed that people suffering from PTSD have much lower levels of a neurotransmitter called anandamide than others.

What is an Anandamide: a naturally occurring arachidonic acid derivative, present in some foods and in mammalian brains, where it acts as a messenger molecule and plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility.

Anandamides operate as a natural antidepressant, CB! receptors in the body turn off traumatic memories so that the person can stop giving attention to them. Thus reducing the symptoms of PTSD such as fear and anxiety.

When helping with After Effects :

Cannabis and CBD alone can help minimize and prevent nightmares, frequently occur in those suffering from PTSD. PTSD triggers intense stress that places a person in a constant state of awareness and tension, making it very difficult to get any sleep. Many people have seen help with their sleep by increasing REM sleep cycle. This also affects their daytime flashbacks and sweating at night reducing as well. Studies on cannabinoids have served that CBD and CBD with THC have been proven an effective role than many prescription medicines and antidepressants.

PTSD is very serious in the disease world and many people suffer from it. Highly reducing their quality of life and giving difficulty to those who suffer from functioning socially, and emotional imbalance can highly effect those who are war veterans and others who have experienced major trauma.

Cannabinoids like CBD can help empower the body’s endocannabinoid system and promote quality sleep, prevent traumatic memories from arising, as well as establish physical and emotional wellbeing to mitigate these devastating symptoms of PTSD and allowing patients to regain hold of their lives.

 

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HB 1325 – Hemp Is Legal! Texas Update

On June 10, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed HB 1325 into law. After a long year in order to help create a program for cultivation and legalize the sale of hemp-derived products, including CBD; edibles, sublingual, topicals and so much more.

Straight Forward, CBD is legal, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil (with THC, up to .3%) is legal.

People ask daily what is legal and what isn’t. There has been this grey area for a bit now and now the fog has lifted. HB 1325, now clearly legalizes CBD products in agreeance to the Texas Legislature.

What is to come?

Texas now will join the 42 other states, to establish a program which will create and regulate hemp farming in accordance to the, 2018 Farm Bill.

HB 1325 is full of legalities protecting businesses that sell or manufacture CBD products, with matched protections for those taking and using CBD products.

Protection for Businesses –

HB 1325 will protect business and consumers in the manner the product must come from hemp & hemp derived goods. HB 1325, will be part of the legality of the whole process involving cannabinoids, extracts and any finish production.

Questions :

Is CBD legal?

As long as a CBD product is sourced from hemp that is grown according to the rules and regulations set out by HB 1325, that product is legal to manufacture, sell and possess in the state of Texas.

HB 1325 removes hemp from the Texas Health and Safety Code list of controlled substances, making it legal to use cannabinoids in consumable products, e.g., ingestible products, topicals, etc., even those new Carl’s Junior Burgers. The bill supports :

“Hemp-derived cannabinoids, including cannabidiol [CBD], are not considered controlled substances or adulterants.”  [Id. § 443.204(1)] –  “Hemp derived cannabinoids would not be considered controlled substances, and such products intended for consumption would be considered foods.” [2]

Is Full Spectrum CBD legal?

THC concentration cannot exceed 0.3%, as per the 2018 Farm Bill and HB 1325.

HB 1325 clears the grey area argument by not only removing hemp from the list of controlled substances, but the THC in hemp, as well. “[Controlled substance] does not include hemp…or the tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp.” [Id. Sec. 8 amending Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.002(5)]

As well as;

“‘Marihuana’…does not include…hemp, as that term is defined by Section 121.001, Agriculture Code.” [Id. § 481.002(26)]

Is CBD Oil Legal to Purchase?

“A person may possess, transport, sell, or purchase a consumable hemp product processed or manufactured in compliance with this chapter.” [Id. § 443.201(a)]

  • Produced in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill
  • Tested by accredited laboratory
  • Found to have a THC concentration of no more than 0.3%
  • A URL or QR code that leads to a certificate of analysis (to show the THC concentration is less than 0.3%)
  • Name of product’s manufacturer
  • Batch identification number and batch date

Can you be arrested for a manufactures mistake? No, you won’t. Law enforcement will be searching for CBD products that clearly violate state law, such as products produced or manufactured by a medical marijuana program in another state.

Sources :

  1. Tex. H.B. 1325, 86th Leg., R.S. (2019)
  2. House Research Organization, Bill Analysis