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Oregon was the first state to decriminalize cannabis in 1973.  However, since then, legalization of marijuana has become increasingly more prominent throughout the United States in some form or another.  As of November 2018, marijuana has been completely legalized in 10 states and Washington DC.  Yet, it remains illegal for medicinal or recreational purposes in approximately 34% of the United States.

States that have Completely Legalized Marijuana Include:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington

What is CBD?

The naturally occurring compound, cannabidiol (CBD) can be found in the flower of cannabis. The CBD molecule has been known for its therapeutic properties throughout history.  Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive and is not responsible for the “high” sensation that is associated with marijuana use.

CBD Oil and Products

CBD oil is made when the CBD molecule is extracted from the cannabis plant and then diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut.  CBD can be used in multiple forms.  Whether applying it directly to the skin, placing it under the tongue, taking it in capsule form or cooking with it, CBD products have many medicinal features.

Extensive scientific research has proven that CBD oil and other products can treat the following:

  • Depression
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety
  • And much more

CBD Oil and Seizures

Most recently, CBD oil has been found to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients significantly.  On June 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first purified drug derived from cannabis to treat patients who suffer from seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndromes.  It has been proven, CBD oil and other CBD products possess anticonvulsant properties.  These anticonvulsant properties affect the neurotransmitters responsible for sending messages throughout the body, therefore offering an alternative solution for the nearly 30% of patients who do not respond to current seizure medication options. Patients with intractable seizures can now consider CBD products as an alternative to traditional seizure medications. For more information contact a licensed medical professional.