CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of 400 chemicals found in the cannabis plant which has been around since ancient times.  CBD, even when used recreationally, does not get you “high”.  CBD inhibits the breakdown of the hormone, anandamide, which results in feelings of well-being.

People use recreational cannabis for many valid reasons.  The most popular one is that after a long day, or just to “get though the day” people want to relax.  This does not mean that people want to get “high” in the head, but rather, need a little assistance in coping with the stressors of daily life.  The tension produced by these stressors can result in anger.  Anger can lead to hurtful words or actions that cannot be undone.  Recreational CBD completely obliterates this potentially self-destructive behavior and allows one to relax, focus, and become more productive at work, and more personable in social settings.

Many of these same people who use CBD recreationally suffer with diseases that cannot be treated or are incompletely treated by conventional pharmaceuticals.  Some of those receiving conventional medications also suffer from the drugs’ serious side effects.  In addition, many of those receiving Western medicines have already become addicted to these same medications and are searching for alternatives.

Lemon Skunk hemp flower (Europe). Vaping CBD flowers is a popular way to use CBD recreationally.

CBD is not a substitute for primary medical care.  CBD is not a magical cure for all diseases.  CBD is not dangerous or toxic.  CBD is not addictive, and in fact, is used to treat addiction.

CBD works through our own endocannabinoid system.  This is a physiological system we have in our bodies which is active from the first beat of our heart until our very last breath. The purpose of our endocannabinoid system is to restore and maintain balance at the cellular level.  When our endocannabinoid system is out of balance, we become ill.

The prevailing medical theory of many researchers and scientists, including myself, is that endocannabinoid deficiency contributes to disease.  In other words, if your body does not make enough natural endocannabinoids, you feel unwell.  The “type” of sickness you develop depends on your own body’s predilection.

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For example, some people are predisposed to depression, while others are predisposed to insomnia.  Some people are predisposed to migraines, while others are predisposed to anxiety. When one is low in endocannabinoids, taking CBD will restore one’s physical, mental, and emotional balance.  By restoring the endocannabinoid deficiency with cannabidiol, one’s depression, insomnia, migraine, and anxiety are successfully controlled.

Take home point: The ONLY “side effects” of using CBD recreationally are its medical benefits.

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Leah is an American physician, trained in Internal Medicine with 30+ years of medical experience. Having worked in a private practice, inner-city hospitals, multi-specialty clinics, and having taught medical residents, Leah also concurrently delivered numerous lectures to both fellow physicians and the public. Recently, Leah relocated to Israel and here will continue doing what she loves – teaching patients about themselves and how to best address their medical conditions. Leah feels both privileged and honored to be selected as the in-house medical doctor for the CBD Testers Club.

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