The growing acceptance of CBD (cannabidiol) continues in Ohio and in the rest of America as some of the stigma of cannabis is eroding. What started as a counterculture, underground movement, and an alternative to the psychotropic effects of CBD’s related cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is now big business.
Estimates vary, but investment banks and economists project that the CBD industry could reach $22-25 billion in sales within the next two to three years. The future is still not 100 percent clear when it comes to the ultimate approval by the Food and Drug Administration, so for now, CBD will remain a mostly state-regulated industry.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently signed a bill that legalizes and regulates “hemp,” as it is commonly called, and mandates that legal CBD be under 0.3 percent THC. This new regulation is now in line with Federal laws.
What does this mean to you? The “you” in question is the person with anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle pain, or pain from old injuries. “You” can mean someone who has skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema and doesn’t like the over-the-counter relief of the pharmaceutical variety.
In the real world, most people are reluctant to take chemical drugs and prescription meds and would rather take a more natural or holistic approach. That is where CBD fits in.
In 2017, Ohio had the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the US, which was almost 300 percent the national average. With pain relief and anxiety being part of many Americans’ lives, CBD may do more than ease these ailments; it may actually save lives.
How, why, and where to take CBD
The mBrace Naturals CBD Health and Wellness Center at the Franklin Park Mall (center court) is all about education. Partner Eric Sessoms
says, “One of our biggest goals in addition to helping people is educating people.”
They offer all-natural solutions in the form of salves, tinctures, gummies, and bath bombs, with more applications coming soon. These products have been known to relieve chronic pain, anxiety, acne, inflammation, joint pain, nausea, nicotine cravings, arthritis, pain, indigestion, insomnia, depression, neuropathy and even PTSD to name just a few.
CBD operates on two levels: the brain and the body. How you take it, as well as the form and formulation, will affect where that relief is directed.
For skin irritations and internal joint pain, direct application of salves and creams is recommended. For dry or irritated skin, there is nothing more soothing than a CBD bath balm! For stomach or body-related ailments, tinctures, which involve drops under the tongue, are an easy application, as are “gummies” which are usually flavored and easy to pop into your mouth to ease anxiety or restlessness. They even carry CBD products for our four-legged furry friends!
One of the great features of CBD is that along with the various applications, there is also a wide range of concentrations. For some, the initial dosages of CBD can be startling. In that case, starting with low dosages with gradual increases is a great strategy. The same applies to different forms of application as well. Some people find that the CBD is absorbed better or differently via dropper versus inhalation or gummies.
The mBrace Naturals CBD Health and Wellness Center, located in the center court of the Franklin Park Mall, offers many combinations of CBD and plans to carry all available forms. For more information call 419-343-0084 or visit: www.mbracenaturals.com.
Consult with your healthcare provider before using CBD products. ❦