By Hannah Richardson
Every chair was occupied in the Natchitoches Parish Library’s third floor meeting room for an informational on the properties of CBD oil, presented by Phyllis Stroud, Monday, Aug. 5.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active component found in hemp and has become increasingly popular over the last few years, being used as a natural remedy for many common ailments. It is found in the cannabis plant.
The cannabis plant has two species. Species one is hemp, which contains 20 or more percent CBD and less than .3 percent THC, and species two is marijuana, which contains 10 or more percent CBD and contains more than 20 percent THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical component responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.
Stroud showed slides that began with the history of the plant and the legality of it today. “Prior to 1937, hemp was the main thing our livestock grazed on,” said Stroud. “We had a CBD diet.” The oils and seeds were used in cooking, there was hemp-rich mead and was in milk, and was used as such for an indeterminate amount of years. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act was enacted that imposed tax on the sale of cannabis, hemp or marijuana. The Act did not itself criminalize the possession or usage of hemp, marijuana or cannabis, but included penalty and enforcement provisions to which marijuana, cannabis or hemp handlers were subject (definitions.uslegal.com). “It went from being a medicine used for years to not only being illegal, but saying it has no [practical] value,” said Stroud. In 2018, the Hemp Farming Act was proposed to remove hemp from schedule I controlled substances and make it an ordinary agricultural commodity, and became law later that year.
While the 2018 Hemp Farming Act bill separated hemp from the marijuana, illegal in some states, hemp became legal in the U.S. States still have the right to decide if it’s legal in their state, but a state cannot keep it from coming into the state. It’s legal to be shipped in every state.
Even the fiber has thousands of uses, such as paper, fabric and rope. Levi’s has even looked into debuting garments with soft hemp-cotton blend. Hemp lotion is also popular in mainstream drugstores, containing high amounts of omega-3 and GLA oils that helps soften skin, with conditions such as eczema and calms down inflamed areas on the skin.
Stroud went on to describe how CBD affects the body. “CBD doesn’t do the work,” she said. “It signals your body to do the work.” Stroud said CBD should be treated as a dietary supplement, not as a medicine to cure ailments. The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses and pain. (medicalnewstoday.com) “When you’re taking a CBD supplement, you’re helping your body to create more of the indigenous cannabinoids, or you’re giving your body more of what it’s supposed to be making so it can work better,” said Stroud.
Stroud also shared her own story with CBD oil. “From the time I was in my early 30s, I would just hurt everywhere,” she said. She would feel restless and have insomnia and tried CBD oil a year and a half ago, just to see if it would help. Some people have immediate effect and sometimes it takes weeks to have an effect. Stroud said it took two weeks for her to not be hurting all over anymore. Stroud recommended that, if interested in trying the oil, get a brand that is pure CBD, with no THC, as THC may still appear on drug tests.
If interested in CBD oil, contact Stroud at (318) 332-0403 or visit www.phyllisstroud.com.