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This Company Wants You to Drink Your Way Out of Stress

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

A new herb-infused beverage on the market promises to boost your brain power, increase your immunity and reduce stress. Did I say it also contains cannabidiol — aka CBD? The sparkling water, sold in fruit and flower flavors at a whopping $39.99 for an eight-pack, is meant to attract millennials.

The CBD in it is the nonpsychoactive cannabis compound, which gives you the benefits of CBD without the “high.” Voice said it might disappoint soda lovers, but fans of kombucha will probably like it.

While the article doesn’t say how this drink gets around U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) laws on CBD, the company’s website explains that it comes from a hemp extract, and the fact is federal drug laws stipulate cannabis is an illegal Class 1 narcotic. So, buyers and sellers of CBD rely on the feds not enforcing the federal drug law. I might add that hemp growers have sued the DEA to reschedule CBD.

The key point here is that CBD is the nonpsychoactive component of cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it doesn't induce a "high," but has many clinical benefits, including the control of seizures and pain. When you consider that between 50,000 and 60,000 Americans will die from opioid overdoses alone this year, we certainly are in need of legalized CBD.

Individual states are beginning to recognize this and, one by one, they are making their own laws legalizing CBD and recreational use of marijuana, directly in opposition to the DEA, which just keeps dragging its feet on this important issue. In the meantime, drug companies are rushing to patent medical marijuana in strong, “therapeutic” doses.

Dr. Margaret Gedde, a Stanford-trained pathologist and award-winning researcher who specializes in the therapeutic use of cannabis, says the only concern you'll have to worry about medical marijuana is the psychoactivity of THC or its ability to make you feel "high." Too high a dose of THC can also trigger anxiety. You can avoid this side effect by specifically looking for high CBD and low THC marijuana formulations.

On the other hand, beware of synthetic marijuana. Imported from Asian countries under the guise of potpourri, herbal incense and even plant food, the synthetic powder is mixed in a lab and shipped to the U.S., where retailers spray it onto a leaf — often an herb or a spice — that can be smoked, just like pot.

It not only binds to cannabis receptors in your body up to 1,000 times more strongly than standard marijuana, but also produces gripping effects on serotonin and other receptors in your brain. You can't overdose on real pot, but you CAN overdose on synthetic versions — and it doesn't take very much.

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