I expect that I am a lot like most of you reading this – I’m a wife and a mom. I’m busy working and raising my middle income family in a pretty conservative area in West Michigan. I have two kids (not the 2.4 that is the societal norm, but it’s pretty close) and a dog that likes to escape for walks with the labrador down the street. Oh, and I’m a hemp advocate.
Until about a year ago, I didn’t know much about hemp. Like many other people, the term “cannabis” just meant “weed” to me. Which, I smoked in college but hasn’t really been my thing for a while. I’ve been interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle for my family, assuming that it’s readily available and won’t cost us a billion dollars, but that’s about the extent of it. Then I took a part time Project Management position with a hemp company. Not because I was enthralled by the plant, but rather because I wanted to go part time to spend more time with those not quite 2.4 children. Once employed, I started to learn about the plant. And I fell in love.
As it turns out, cannabis is a plant genus that includes several species – including both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are the same in the same way that miniature poodles and wolves are the same. You can cross breed them, but you wouldn’t really consider them the same creature. I’m not opposed to marijuana and I do believe it should be legalized, but my love affair is not with that plant. There are medicinal benefits to the THC that is naturally occurring in a high quantity in marijuana plants, but, the bulk of the medicinal benefit comes from another compound – CBD. CBD occurs in low amounts in marijuana and much higher amounts in hemp. Hence the love.
I’ve done lots of research and there are some really exciting studies into CBD. Studies showing shrinking tumors, reduced anxiety, lowered joint pain, seizure free children. Impressive, right? More than that, I’m hearing stories from people. I’m hearing “thank you” and “amazing!” and “miracle!” Pretty cool. Now, the FDA has not done all of their homework or given a stamp of approval on CBD. And I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe, treat, or cure anything. But I’m seeing that this works. And it’s helping people. I want to be part of that. And I hope you do, too.
Thanks for reading, friends. I’d love to hear your stories and questions so we can continue this journey together. We’ll talk more soon.