The Stigma Surrounding CBD

Since 2004 I’ve been tackling the stigmas around prostate cancer, and male mental health. These stigmas were created by societal expectations that men should be strong, stoic, in control, and never vulnerable. This caused men not to seek help and not to talk about what’s really going on in their life. In reality these stigmas were having tragic outcomes on men, their families and friends.

We fought these stigmas by raising awareness and educating the public on the facts and consequences of ignoring the facts. After 14 years of persisting, we are seeing change in how society looks at prostate cancer and mental health and as a result men are living happier, healthier and longer lives.

In a similar way, by starting REMEDY_ASSIST. we have began the fight to break down the stigmas around CBD and cannabis. As I tell people that I’ve started a wellness business in the cannabis industry after co-founding Movember, many are shocked!

The stigma around CBD exists because it comes from cannabis and people think it’s an illegal, addictive drug, that will get you high, is bad for you and bad for society.

Here are some facts…

CBD doesn’t get you high. CBD often gets confused with THC as they are the two most abundant of the many cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC produces the high effect, whereas CBD has a naturally calming effect.

Humans have been using cannabis for healing for over 4,000 years originally in Chinese medicine. Throughout the ages different cultures from around the world independently discovered the benefits of cannabis and used it to treat a variety of issues.

By the 1800s doctors in the US and Ireland prescribed cannabis regularly, then came the backlash – not to it’s medical use but to the drug in general. This was largely due to an influx of Mexican immigrants around the time of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. The prejudices and fears people had of these poor immigrants also extended to their traditional means of intoxication: smoking marijuana. Police officers in Texas claimed that marijuana incited violent crimes, aroused a ‘lust for blood,’ and gave its users ‘superhuman strength.’ Rumors spread that Mexicans were distributing this ‘killer weed’ to unsuspecting American schoolchildren.

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 essentially banned it nation-wide despite objections from the American Medical Association related to medical usage. Governments around the world classified cannabis the same as heroin and they sought to categorize its use as a dirty drug. This classification stalled research into its therapeutic benefits until the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in 1992, and how cannabinoids naturally interact with this system and the profound impact this has on the harmony of our body.

Consensus among the scientific community continues to grow that this ancient plant has a place in naturally treating a broad and growing range of the health issues.

In June 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana. The active ingredient in the medication is CBD, and has been approved to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. The approval is for children aged 2 and older.

“The results from these studies provide substantial evidence of the effectiveness of CBD” the FDA said in briefing documents.

The ruling is a milestone as it validates that CBD has therapeutic benefits, and given that it’s approved for use in children as young as 2, it shows that it’s safe, and not addictive.

Now governments around the world are shifting their position on CBD and cannabis and are legalizing it.

Part of our mission at REMEDY_ASSIST. is to raise awareness and educate people on the facts about CBD and cannabis and it’s potential as a natural alternative to treat many health issues.