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Pot Luck? Or out of luck? Farmers in Mexico and Texas are anxiously awaiting possible financial benefits from the now legal growth of the hemp plant. Some have their doubts.

My amigo, Xavier (pseudonym), a cowboy/rancher/farmer in southern Mexico, where the climate is favorable, has high hopes for pot (pardon the pun). The “Law for the Regulation of Cannabis” is to be promulgated December 15 th , 2020, in Mexico (Adrián Cisneros Aguilar, “Hemp in Mexico?” Harris-Bricken, 22 Oct 20). For Texas, the process for hemp growing licenses and applications for permits opened March 16, 2020 (Morgan O’Hanlon, “Struggling Texas Farmers,“ Texas Monthly, 10 Aug 20).

Cisneros vaunts “a much awaited breakthrough for the cannabis industry in Mexico.” The global market for hemp is expected to grow from the current $46 Billion to $266 Billion by 2025. The take-off was planned for earlier, but interrupted by COVID-19. Hemp, many hope, is poised to be ideal for post COVID-19 recovery.

Yet, in Mexico, an “odd legal paradigm” exists. For growers and producers, there is some bureaucratic confusion with the agencies involved, and with definitions. Products sold “must not contain above. .03% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Even so, they may still technically be prohibited, except for medical use. Growers or producers must apply to COFEPRIS (Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks) for authorization, an agency under the Secretary of Health, which is much like the US FDA.

Anxious Texas growers, too, face challenges. Hemp is now legal in Texas (and in 45 other states). It was legalized in 2019, but laws and permitted practices remain confusing. Many complain “you can buy it but you cant smoke it!” Interested parties are confused about the law and Governor Abbott’s attempts to clarify. He signed House Bill 1325 in 2019, which legalized cultivation, possession, and sale of industrial hemp, with less than .03 % Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Many “choose smokable hemp flowers instead of CBD oil, because of its greater impact on the mental, physical and spiritual health” of the user (Malen Blackmon, Dallas Observer, 6 Aug 20).

Meanwhile, Blackmon notes, many “big dreams for the new crop are withering.” Dallas held a major hemp convention in January 2020 convention, successful, but there is “no readily available public data on prices.” Also, Texas “lacks infrastructure” to process the hemp, after storage (Justin Benavídez, Texas A&M AgriLife Economist, Texas Monthly). Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner (and former cowboy) explains the situation, full of hope, but with caution: “This is a baby crawling.” That Republican supports hemp!

Neither Texan nor Mexicans give up. Miller himself uses CBD oil for pain. Troy Owen, Matagorda County farmer, laments the low hemp prices: “we went out on a limb and tried it. We didn’t win, but that ain’t sayin’ we ain’t gonna try again.” But, to this date, “few acres have yet yielded a profitable crop” (Texas Monthly). Among the many problems: no available crop insurance yet, plus Texas’s famous droughts and floods. My friend, Xavier, agrees: “Sí, México también tiene esos problemas”–it’s feast or famine for farmers in both Mexico and Texas. I, too, grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, so can empathize with those risks.

Despite the risks, Mexico is moving forward. There are some differences. “Mexico does not make the distinction, as does the US, between cannabis or hemp and marijuana.” Hemp had been declared illegal, but that law was held “unconstitutional” by the Mexican Supreme Court. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuél López Obrador (AMLO), supports the current efforts. He has the support of hundreds of farmers and ranchers, a large part of his constituency. So does, counter-intuitively, Senator Erandi Bermúdez, and others with the traditional right wing opposition party, PAN (Partido Acción Nacional); they support hemp growing and production (Ian Moreno, “COVID-19 Changed Everything,” Hemp Industrial Daily, 7 Jul 20). So, that “Mexican Republican” supports hemp!

What is it, exactly, both countries, all those cowboys, those farmers are experimenting with? It’s “Weed,” or “Chronic,” or “Mary Jane,” from “Maria Juana,” or “Marijuana,” or “Pot,” from the shortened version of the Spanish potiguaya, or potación de guaya, a brandy in which marijuana buds were steeped. Literally, it meant “drink of grief.” All that, scientifically, is cannabis, the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. It grows naturally in central Asia and other warm regions, such as Mexico (and Texas). Its uses vary from “recreational,” to medicinal, to religious. It’s seeds and stems become marijuana.

The hemp oil (CBD), from hemp flowers and leaves, is rich in Omega fatty acids, Vitamin E, and Protein. At one time, the cannabidiol oil could fetch up to $1,000 US per kilo. Both types of oil can be ingested or used topically. Adherents swear by the healing properties of CBD; hence, the profusion of choices in Food Supplement stores. Older customers, more than you may think, may prefer the marijuana of their youth, for their aches and pains. It is produced from the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant. To truly be marijuana it must contain between .01% and .03% THC. Otherwise, it can become a sturdy fiber, formerly often used for rope.

Other uses of hemp include: clothing, shoes, paper, food, insulation, bio-plastics, and bio-fuel. It has had a noble past and useful present. Yes, George Washington had a hemp farm, but neither he, nor Thomas Jefferson, as “Facebook” often reports, smoked marijuana. However, reliable data suggest the first, “Betsy Ross,” American flag was made of homespun hemp. Nowadays, observers are looking for profits achieved from the “recreational” uses of hemp and, especially, from the health use potential.

On November 15, Mexico celebrated the “Día Mundial de la Marijuana Medicianal,” or the World Day of Medicinal Medicine. Many lobby groups for years had urged this change of laws and governmental encouragement, hoping Mexico would catch up with the times, and with the US and other countries (Ivan Moreno, “COVID-19 Changed Everything,” Hemp Industrial Daily, 7 Jul 20). Texas, to my knowledge, didn’t exactly celebrate, but support for hemp—if not in all its forms—is wide-spread among all manner of North Americans and Mexicans, among all social classes, and among diametrically opposed political party members. Pot, the great connector? Lucky pot – lucky for those who relish the opportunity to grow this ancient plant. Hemp–its time has come. 

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Medical CBD – Is There a Legitimate Medical Use to Cannabidiol?

Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence.  The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between.  We will

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Medical CBD is everywhere lately from gas stations to online stores to odd products, like CBD-infused pillows and CBD lubricant. Awareness of cannabidiol has certainly increased in the modern age, thanks to not only the legalization of hemp products but also because of solid medical evidence. 

The problem is that not everyone understands the differences between medical CBD, recreational CBD, and CBD health supplements, which are something in-between. 

We will discuss what medical CBD benefits there are, and if they’ve been verified by science. 

Is CBD Light-Weight Marijuana? 

Thoughts on Smoking CBD Bud Instead of THC Weed

First, remember the differences between CBD and marijuana, both of which come from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, CBD, a type of cannabinoid, is found in both cannabis and hemp. 

On the other hand, THC is another form of cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, and is the part that worries people – since it can cause psychoactive effects, including heightened senses, euphoria, and if you take too much, paranoia. 

By nature, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effects, because it either comes from hemp (which has no THC), or it comes from cannabis, in an isolated form with little to no THC content included with the extracted CBD. 

CBD Legality

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Therefore, CBD usually has no relationship with THC, except in the case of “full-spectrum CBD.” Full-spectrum CBD may contain multiple cannabis extracts, and in some cases may contain a certain degree of THC – hence it will seem more potent than isolated CBD.

If CBD oil contains more than 0.3 percent THC that means it is legal marijuana, and can only be sold to adults within the states where marijuana is medically legal or legalized for recreational use. Marijuana plants usually have more resin, which is where much of the THC and CBD comes from, as opposed to hemp plants, which are for more industrial purposes. 

Can You Get High from Medical CBD?

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It wouldn’t be completely forthright to say that CBD has no psychoactive effect at all. If a person takes a CBD product containing 0.3 percent THC or less, they will usually not feel it at all. However, some people are very sensitive to THC and may feel a slight effect if it’s near 0.3 percent. 

Some people claim CBD relaxes them or even interferes with their dreams. However, in the case of vivid dreams, some also speculate that deep “REM” phase sleep, resulting from a more relaxed dreamer, could be the reason for this. 

What Do People Claim CBD Can Do?

Anecdotally speaking, many people have claimed CBD can treat a variety of problems and conditions. Some conditions include:

  • General pain 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Cancer symptoms 
  • Acne
  • Heart health 
  • Inflammation 
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Cancer and tumors 
  • Diabetes 
  • Neuroprotective effects 

These testimonies are not surprising, given that the cannabis plant has always been linked to some health effects for pain and relief. 

If anything, marijuana has been understudied because of its illegal status as a schedule 1 drug for so many years. Only recently have cannabis compounds like marijuana been legalized in various U.S. states, and other countries around the world. 

What Medical CBD Testing Says

CBD Benefits Easily Explained

Agencies, like the FDA, still claim that CBD is not recognized as a treatment for most medical conditions. In fact, the agency still sends out warnings to CBD companies making any medical claims in regards to CBD’s ability to prevent or treat diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even pain or inflammation. 

However, it has been acknowledged that CBD can be an effective drug treatment, especially since through the FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug, Epidiolex, which was scientifically proven to treat certain types of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. 

The potency of CBD is so great the FDA has issued warnings regarding possible liver damage for heavy doses. 

Presumed Medical CBD Effects 

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The bigger issue is whether we can acknowledge that CBD does affect the endocannabinoid system, along with other physiological processes. This means it’s likely the drug/supplement will positively affect the body in some way, though specific treatment is not clear at this time. 

For example, if we know for a fact that medical CBD can treat seizures, and seizures result from electrical disturbances in the brain, it’s quite reasonable to speculate that CBD could affect the CB1 receptors in the brain. 

If it could be proven that CBD has neuroprotective effects, we could rightly say CBD treats diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and other conditions. 

If it could be proven that CBD reduces inflammation, CBD might be listed as a medical treatment for certain neurodegenerative symptoms, or even diabetes. 

However, more research is needed and all the FDA has done after years of promising to develop regulatory guidelines for health CBD supplements, is continue to file “nothing reports.” 

Should You See a Doctor Before Taking CBD?

CBD and the High Effect

Doing anything outside of your usual lifestyle routine should justify a doctor’s visit. A doctor may be skeptical about medical CBD’s ability to “cure” any problem, but will probably not discourage you from trying the drug, just to see if you experience any pain relief. 

If you’re in good health, and there are no drug interactions that might harm you (such as other drugs that affect the liver), taking low-dose CBD oil or related products might help. 


Who knows – maybe CBD health supplements are being suppressed by Big Pharmacy and the FDA because of Epidiolex’s patent as a medical drug. Or, it could be that CBD human trials are so limited and do not follow the criteria required to verify the science yet. 

Whatever the scenario, medical CBD products are limited at the time being. However, many personally advocate for CBD, stating its value as a pain relief health supplement, not to mention potent treatment for several other conditions. 

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Can someone point me in the right direction?

I’ve been depressed for years and I cycle between low and even lower in terms of my mood.

Right now I am having serious brain fog and can’t gather the words to properly articulate just how low I am feeling, mainly because my depressed mood these past few months has just built up to the point that i’ve shut down and am disassociating again.

I have a therapist but cbt therapy has never helped even though i’ve dedicated 4 years of my life to it. I’m seeing, yet again, a new psychiatrist after trying several different SSRIs and psychotropics over the years that I never benefited from.

This one prescribed me an antipsychotic called Latuda that’s used to treat bipolar depression. I have not taken it because i’m traumatised from bad experiences with psych meds in the past.

I don’t think i’m crazy. I’m just a chronically and deeply depressed individual for whatever reason. Or for no reason. My depression makes no sense. I should be thriving right now. I’m 26. Too young to be feeling this worn down.

I also deal with an anxiety disorder that my therapist describes as “the most severe case of anxiety he’s encountered.” Lmao. I was diagnosed with GAD years ago and I have anxiety literally every moment I am awake. At any given moment, I am experiencing one physical symptom of anxiety if not more. I take so many trips to the ER i’d consider it a second home.

Shortness of breath and throat tightness has been a fun one i’ve been gifted with more recently. To relieve this, I started smoking cigarettes more. Makes a lot of sense, I know.

OCD and ADD are also debilitating. Insomnia. I can’t sleep without my Ambien prescription and even then I have terrible quality of sleep.

I have so many mental health issues and I don’t know how they’re all connected or what caused what or even the root of my issues. Is the ADD a symptom of my depression? Or is it the other way around? Same with all my other diagnoses. Who fucking knows.

Bottom line, i’m a mess and every day I keep telling myself I can’t go on like this but I can’t seem to die and every day I struggle so much it doesn’t make sense to keep going when it only gets worse.

I think I am extremely sensitive to THC because every time I have smoked it ends in a full blown panic attack and an existential crisis that leads me to the hospital. I already deal with depersonalization so feeling outside of my body is a recipe for disaster in my book.

I need to get my mood up and feel more energised and balanced and be productive before I get fired. My boss keeps telling me my negative attitude and lack of energy is off-putting. I get absolutely no work done. All I do is sit in my chair, miserable, counting down the minutes until I can speed back to my apartment and sleep.

Please recommend me something. Anything. I’ll try anything. I did once try a grossly overpriced CBD tincture and the effects were…questionable.

I thought this would be a short post asking for some quick advice but I got carried away. I know I personally can’t always read long posts so I understand if nobody responds. But if anyone that’s even slightly knowledgeable can guide me a bit…just skim through this please 🙁


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