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Cannabidiol (CBD) is an exciting focus of medical research, popular media, and legislation related to cannabis. Its presence is becoming ubiquitous on the shelves of health food stores and search engine results for numerous medical conditions, but don’t believe everything you hear. While CBD is an incredibly safe and therapeutic component of cannabis, there are many myths and misconceptions associated with it. Let’s take a look at a few.   

Vancouver resident Carol Francey, 70, attributed cannabis use of more than five decades to her excellent health today. According to Francey, she smoked cannabis to alleviate various conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, and insomnia. Francey added that her previous medications used to affect her balance and slurred her speech. However, the use of various forms of cannabis proved helpful in relieving her conditions without the unwanted side effects from her medications.  

Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in eight states, more people are finding themselves wondering what the law says about traveling with cannabis. Complicating matters, the TSA has issued somewhat vague guidelines about what is permissible and what isn’t. And most of the confusion has to do with the status, not of dried flower, but of oils and extracts. Take CBD oil, for example, some types of which are legal everywhere. Can you bring CBD oil on planes? For the most part, yes. And here’s why you might want to.   

It seems that CBD is not just an alternative, but also a healthy alternative, which is why so many people are choosing to use CBD products to treat a variety of ailments. That is just one of the findings of the largest survey on CBD (AKA cannabidiol), which not only found out that women were more likely than men to use CBD, but were also likely to drop their traditional medicine, too.

This stuff won’t get you high, but it might just change your life. After being ignored for several decades, CBD is finally getting its place in the sun, and as the recreational market matures, the opportunities to make CBDs a part of your personal health care are opening up.