CBD oils are rapidly transforming the wellness scene. They are providing remedies to illnesses and conditions that were hitherto very expensive to treat.
“What exactly is CBD?”
Think of it as an active molecule produced by the Cannabis plant. CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system (part of the body’s nervous system) to bring about therapeutic benefits.
Scientific studies have proven that CBD is effective in treating psychosis, anxiety, stiff muscles, muscle tremors, inflammation, epileptic seizures, and nausea. CBD can even prevent the growth of cancer cells in the body.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers get CBD from the Cannabis plant itself. Though this is not inherently bad, CBD extracted from the Cannabis plant is illegal as it often contains high amounts of THC (another active molecule produced by the plant).
It is THC that causes euphoria, “highness”, vomiting, and drowsiness. It is what makes you high.
The right plant to extract CBD from is the industrial hemp plant. The hemp plant is in the same family as the cannabis plant but has only trace amounts of THC (less than 3%).
Furthermore, unlike the Marijuana plant which is classified as a controlled substance by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), the hemp plant can be legally cultivated or imported into the United States.
After the cities of Los Angeles, New York, and the Miami-Dade metro, the Greater Boston area has the fourth largest growing CBD oils market in the United States.
New wellness stores are popping up throughout the city of Boston and the rest of the commonwealth. However, are do the laws really allow the sale and use of CBD oils? What about marijuana? Does the state allow the recreational use of marijuana? What about its medical use?
LAWS ON CBD IN MASSACHUSETTS
Let’s first just clear the air about the legality of marijuana. In the state of Massachusetts, it is LEGAL to use marijuana recreationally. The state has passed laws which decriminalize the possession of less than one ounce of the green stuff.
You will not be arrested or charged for using marijuana. You will face no criminal sanctions for puffing one or two blunts in your house.
However, federally, marijuana remains a controlled substance. You may be arrested for using marijuana but you are unlikely to be charged.
“What does this mean?”
It means you can consume marijuana in your home but you can’t fly with a few ounces to the next state or city. The TSA will arrest you and hand you over to the DEA.
What is 100% LEGAL though is CBD. Hemp-derived CBD has no THC (the compound that causes the psychoactive effects of marijuana).
In fact, hemp-derived CBD is legal that you can fly from one state to another with it, you can use it in the airplane for quality sleep, you can find it openly being sold in wellness stores, or use it will no risk of detecting in case of a marijuana drug test.
Medical marijuana is also legal for patients who have registered with the state. The state only gives registration cards to those who have serious conditions like glaucoma and cancer. The list of conditions for which the state’s Department of Public Health can issue cards is stated on the department’s website.
CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARDS CBD IN MASSACHUSETTS
Marijuana and CBD oils are extremely popular among the city residents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In Boston, for example, there is an annual rally ever September to call for the decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level.
The rally, which is organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, often attracts thousands of people who come to express their support for the green herb.
What’s more, multiple surveys gauging the opinion of the people of Massachusetts have found that the majority of them are in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
For CBD oils, there is nothing left to discuss. The local population has embraced the medicinal effects of this legal form of marijuana without any of the associated side effects.
You will find CBD in many wellness shops, healing centers, smoke shops, and even convenience stores.
Right now, even major e-commerce stores are selling CBD oils in Massachusetts. This shows the deep level of CBD acceptance in the state and in other areas across the country.
BEST PLACES TO BUY CBD IN MASSACHUSETTS
In the whole of Massachusetts, Boston has some of the best purveyors of CBD oils. One such purveyor is the Main Street Smoke Shop on 7 Main Street, Peabody. This CBD seller has a great collection of CBD pens, oils, and other associated products such as Kratom, e-liquids, and e-pens. They are thought to have some of the best CBD oil prices in the greater Boston area.
Another CBD seller in the greater Boston area is CBD Please found on 1 central street in Waltham. The owner of the business, Bill Downing, calls his shop “one stop shop for all LEGAL cannabis medicines”.
You will also love the Wicked Chronic with their wickedly good services over on 185 Worcester Street in Natick. They have CBD products including oils, books, gummies, and a wide range of other related products. The staff are also very customer-friendly. Visit them and you will be pleasantly surprised.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD FULL SPECTRUM AND ISOLATES
Whether in the above-mentioned shops or in online stores, you will likely see either of these two phrases – “full-spectrum CBD oil” or “CBD oil isolate”.
The full spectrum CBD oil has everything. It contains most of the known beneficial cannabinoids (active molecules) in the hemp plant. It may also include extra nutrients or vitamins for maximum therapeutic strength.
In contrast, CBD isolate is that which contains isolated (singular) cannabinoids.
Both have their own pros and cons. CBD isolates are recommended for first-time users. This is because they have relatively low strength compared to full spectrum oils. The low strength also means less likelihood of experiencing side effects. Upon getting used to CBD isolates, a user should then upgrade to full spectrum CBD oils to experience the maximum therapeutic benefits of CBD oils.