Hemp And CBD Oil For Addiction
I’ve often struggled in the past with addiction in attempts to deal with mental and physical pain dealing with autism and nerve issues. Nearly all of those addiction related issues were resolved with CBD oil and hemp flower, along with much of the anxiety and depression. I’m off all five of the old prescriptions and haven’t had an issue with alcohol for over two years now; and my story isn’t unique, I hear similar ones often. I believe Christians can support and use cannabis, even if they are against “getting high.” If a person doesn’t want a psychoactive effect, all they have to do is use high CBD/low THC strains like hemp and CBD oil.
Studies are showing a major connection with the endocannabinoid system and addiction. Alcohol dependence is linked to down-regulation of 2-AG and CB1 brain receptors. I think it’s possible a poor functioning endocannabinoid system is what could separate the alcoholic from the moderate drinker, and also appears to be the root of many mental issues.
CBD is also showing to be effective in treating addictions to opioids, meth, and cocaine (see links to the studies below). It helps with stopping the mental cravings, helping to get people away from addictions and prevent relapse for those in recovery.
CBD oil and hemp flower are both federally legal due to the 2018 US farm bill, however both can cause a person to fail a THC drug test. New drug testing methods are being developed as up to one in seven Americans now use hemp/CBD products, but I wouldn’t recommend hemp or CBD oil if you must pass a THC drug test without notifying your employer first. Hopefully, THC drug testing will soon be fully abandoned.
I believe we can take hemp and CBD oil to millions of hurting people, giving them a tool to battle addiction and ease mental health problems, while pointing them to their much greater spiritual need in Christ. I believe God gave us this plant as a primary medicine and that we have an amazing opportunity to take this to those who are suffering. According to Scientific American in 1898, cannabis was “one of the most valuable drugs” and I believe soon we will see it that way again. Christians were known for being the ones to start orphanages and hospitals and I believe we can do that again in the area of addiction with hemp.
How Do We Help?
Anyone interested in hemp/CBD oil should always check for 3rd party lab reports making sure it’s free of heavy metals and pesticides before buying any product. I would never buy a CBD or hemp product at a random store without lab reports. Often the quality is low, or the product isn’t what it claims to be. I only try a new product after it’s been highly recommended by people I trust and I’ve seen the lab tests myself.
Whenever someone is struggling with addiction, I think we should offer them a small bottle of CBD oil, and possibly a few grams of hemp flower to see if that helps them. This could help members already in the church and also used in outreach, helping a person with a real physical need and then point them to Christ. Cannabinoids aren’t going to be a cure-all for any situation and won’t stop all addictions, but I think they are an amazing tool in the toolbox for addiction and recovery. Also a great way to control mental and physical distress without pharmaceuticals. I’ll never go back to the pills, that’s for sure.
Another good thing to supplement is the amino acid NAC. I take 1000mg twice a day and it’s helped with irritation/OCD issues, and has also been proven to help with addiction. I believe combining NAC and CBD can really help a lot of people.
Where To Get It?
I get my CBD oil from Lazarus Naturals. They have one of the best quality oils and an amazing discount for the disabled and Veterans (must email them proof before qualifying). They also have a CBD balm for topical use many recommend but I haven’t tried it yet. Also, CBD for pets!
I do not work for, nor do I get anything from any of these companies for recommending them; I simply have had good experiences and know they have high quality products.
I also buy all my hemp flower online. I mostly use Fields of Hemp and Tweedle Farms. They both often have a “smalls/small buds” option. Those are smaller size flowers, but are sold at a discount. I look for those since I can’t personally tell the difference in quality between those and regular size flowers. I often look on Reddit’s “hempflowers” sub to see where others are ordering from and the current sales.
How To Use It?
I take CBD oil twice a day under the tongue for 60 seconds then swallow (25mg is a common starting dose), then smoke or vaporize hemp flower as needed. Some use capsules but I prefer oil under the tongue (sublingual) due to a higher bioavailiability. A healthy way to use hemp rather than smoking is to get a dry herb vaporizer like the Arizer “Extreme Q” (cheaper on Amazon, where I got mine) or the portable Arizer “Solo 2.” Storz & Bickel have very nice ones like the “Volcano” and the “Mighty”, but at a much higher price point. Many more vaporizer reviews are on Reddit’s “vaporents” sub. Many try smoking it first to see if it helps before investing in a vaporizer. I’ll smoke hemp on occasion, especially when I go for walks and am away from the vaporizer. If someone is already a smoker, smoking hemp ends up being a great replacement and helpful for easing off nicotine. I’m hoping hemp replaces much of the tobacco industry in the near future, it’s far safer and without the nicotine, it’s not addictive. In fact, as we can see, it could be a big part of the answer to addiction. I also enjoy using hemp flower in meals I’m cooking with like I would any other herb or spice, especially in soups and sauces.
Give The Thirsty Water, Then Point Them To The Living Water!
Hemp isn’t the gospel. But if I see someone who is suffering, I’m going to address that physical need while giving them the gospel. Give the thirsty a glass of water, and then point them to the living water that will satisfy and save their soul. I do believe cannabinoids have the potential to alleviate a tremendous amount of human suffering, and now that high THC is able to be taken out of the equation (even though THC is medically essential for many issues), we can at least for now talk about CBD and hemp for issues like addiction and mental health apart from that discussion.
“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Please consider sending this to your local church, or friends and family who may know someone who’s struggling with addiction. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message via the contact page if you have any questions!