Exciting news in the area of CBD research, as this article from Leafly.com explains. And, as a related, but separate piece of information regarding other sites I source from, see below at the business end of this post.*
The article itself is worth a quick skim, but here’s a key paragraph that caught my attention:
Playing Catch Up
“The science is lagging behind the public use and interest. We’re doing our best to catch up here,” said Dr. David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), which is funding the projects. The NCCIH is the National Institutes of Health’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
THC has been investigated extensively, Shurtleff said, and its potential for addiction and abuse make it unsuitable for treating pain.
Alright, two things to unpack from this as I see it:
- “The science is lagging behind the public use and interest. We’re doing our best to catch up.”– I was questioning what categories to file this post under. Is it news? Yeah. What about politics? Not really, more like science news… But wait, if the science is being pushed by public opinion and public opinion is pushing the issue through government funding for this research, and the science is dealing with the alleviation of human suffering, then I guess… CBD is actually political?
- Dude, THC has the potential for addiction the way that doughnuts or chocolate do. They all have potential for abuse because they’re all fucking awesome. And furthermore, the sudden concern with addiction and abuse of pain relievers is uh, hard two wrap my head around.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being cynical about the reasons creeping behind this inconsistency. My stance isn’t: well, prescription pain meds are already known to be addictive, so fuck it, who cares? Give THC a try.
No, I think we should give THC a try because it’s known to be less addictive and certainly less damaging to the organs than prescription medications. I think this study, however, is wonderful if solely that we are now in some ways find our way to addressing another issue: CBD and Vape product regulation. These things have so much shit added to them that may or may not be fucking with us, and we just don’t know.
Now that research is being freed up for CBD’s actual viability as a legitimate medical tool, the purity of the substance and the delivery methods of CBD will naturally be put under enormous scrutiny by private researchers and the FDA, if it’s going to be brought into the fold. This should transferable to our understanding of CBD and vape products in the recreational markets as well. Hopefully all this information will give the public more material from which to form better conclusions about the safety of CBD products and their additives, as well as the health implications of new forms of compound delivery. (And then make everything political again but regulating it with the government some more).
*I’m actually really impressed with the quality of news obviously niche topic news which is compiled by Leafly. I’m impressed by a number of websites out there for their consistency in the delivery of fast, quality information, and I’ll be adding a forthcoming section on websites I rely on and why they’re awesome. Stayed tuned.