Why I don’t like this bandwagon behaviour

  • Amazing, I’ve been to a lot of trade shows but I’ve never seen anything quite like this health revolution
  • Why the USA is changing its mind about this drug
  • Try this if you suffer chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and insomnia…

Ever been to a trade show?

If not, imagine a massive room full of stalls and displays, with all kinds of wonderful prototypes, new products and innovations, all vying for your attention.

Think Santa Claus’s grotto, but on a gigantic scale, where all the presents are good for you (but fewer elves).

It’s one of my favourite aspects of writing The Good Life Letter.

I go to lots of health, fitness and nutrition shows, where I can browse for hours, talking to the people behind some of the brilliant products I eventually introduce to you (if they’re any good, of course).

Believe me, since I began writing this email service well over a decade ago, I’ve seen it all.

From medicinal teas, seaweed powders and raw honeys to pulsed electromagnetic field therapy mats and SAD therapy light boxes.

Because I’m such a regular at these events, year after year, I tend to notice trends.

Sometimes it’s a new superfood or ingredient that’s become trendy, so it goes into almost anything.

I’m never entirely sure about that kind of bandwagon behaviour – feels sometimes like it’s crowbarring an ingredient into something just to sell it, and not because it’s more beneficial.

However, sometimes there’s a genuine breakthrough, an innovation that comes from either new scientific knowledge, or a change in laws and regulations.

These ones can be genuinely revolutionary.

And I don’t think there’s been a greater natural health revolution in the past ten years than the one that’s happening now with cannabis products.

An extraordinary sea change in attitude, that could benefit us all

You see, as little as 5 years back, there weren’t really many people touting cannabis-related products that I can recall.

Any who did would be seen as wacky outsiders – after all, there was no way laws and attitudes would allow businesses like that to take off.

But that’s all changed…

As I’ve revealed in previous Good Life letters, scientists have shown that our bodies make chemicals known as ‘endocannabinoids’, which are similar in structure to the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.  These act on the same brain receptors as cannabis.

And this gives them extraordinary benefits.

Cannabinoids, also known as CBDs, are now known to help ease “chronic pain, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, dementia, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis and insomnia”.

I put those ailments in speech marks because these aren’t cherry picked pieces of hearsay… they are the exact words of Dr O’Sullivan, an associate professor at Nottingham University, who has been studying cannabis for more than 15 years.

So he knows what he’s talking about.

And it’s expert opinions like his which are shifting the debate, even in the States.

Why the USA is changing its mind about this drug

See, over in the States, the federal government lists marijuana as a ‘Schedule I drug’. That means they view it like heroin, LSD, or ecstasy… and will punish users and dealers accordingly.

But it’s the THC in marijuana that gets people high and which leads to its illegal status. (Though a reasonable person might wonder why that doesn’t apply to alcohol.)

However, CBD is different…

It’s derived from cannabis but unlike THC, it doesn’t get you high. Which makes it hard for governments to ban, especially when people are reporting such wondrous results from using it.

This is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved an anti-seizure drug for children which contains CBD.

It’s also why the National Football League (NFL) is now thinking about allowing its players to use CBD for pain management instead of opioids.

This is just the beginning of a shift in attitude.

A quarter of a million people are now using CBD to tackle a wide range of problems including pain, anxiety and insomnia. That’s only going to grow in the coming years.

This is why lots of companies are marketing CBD products at the trade shows I go to.

The downside, of course, is this…

With the good, comes the “not so good”

While there are brilliant, bold and passionate people creating genuinely beneficial CBD products there are some companies just cashing in with products that don’t really have the quality or the CBD punch to make them worth it.

So if you’re interested in trying it, don’t just get any CBD product and judge the effects on that basis.

For a start, take a look at this page, where you’ll see my recommended source: Click here to read about our recommended CBD Oil

If it gives you encouragement, back in the Spring I told you about one of my readers who regularly uses this form of CBD oil.

She wrote recently to say, “I still take CBD oil, I am learning to garden and digging and bending with a replacement hip does cause aches and pains.”

That’s wonderful to hear, as we think this kind of pain is something lots of our readers have and why we recommend trying it out, at least once.

My reader also has this extra advice, based on her experiences…

“I do know about pain having endured bone grinding on bone for a large part of six years. My favourite relief is wheat packs for heat, and folded frozen hand or tea towels for cold relief (wet the towel and freeze it or more than one).”

As always, if you have stories, tips, remedies and ideas to share, please get in touch.

Yours as ever

Ray Collins