In addition to being a full time college student, I’m also working three jobs to support myself. The work I do is extremely rewarding, but some days the stress is just too much to bear. In the summer of 2018, I was diagnosed with moderate clinical depression, and my doctor suggested that I take a break from my heavy workload. But that was not an option for me.
I tried every antidepressant on the market, from Zoloft to Prozac. I tried every kind of talking therapy, meditation and yoga classes and even made dietary changes. Nothing worked and I felt hopeless. One day, a close friend of mine suggested that I try a dose of her CBD oil. Almost instantly, my anxiety was nearly gone and my brain was silent. A year later, I am the happiest I have ever been.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is “a phytocannabinoid derived from Cannabis species, which is devoid of psychoactive activity, with analgesic, anti-inflammatory activities.” Unlike marijuana, CBD does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive in the drug. Without THC, users experience a so-called “body high” without the psychological effects the drug can have.
In Idaho, CBD has made an unexpected appearance. Most recently, the new store The Honey Pot has opened within walking distance from Boise State’s campus.
With CBD readily available to Boise residents, many have questioned how the state allows businesses to sell CBD products if marijuana is still illegal. According to Idaho law, unless CBD oil contains 0% THC, is derived from one of five listed parts of the cannabis plant and is completely excluded from the Idaho Code’s definition of marijuana, it is a controlled substance. This means businesses can sell CBD products as long as they are within these guidelines.
The sale of CBD in Idaho is far too regulated. When using CBD, users do not experience the psychoactive effects they would with standard THC. If a substance does not get you high, why would the state regulate it as if it does?
CBD is commonly used as an alternative to treatment or medication for chronic pain, such as migraines. Yolanda Martinez, a senior secondary education and history major, spent years using Excedrin and other medications to treat migraines, nausea and vomiting, before switching to something more natural.
“I decided to try CBD because I was honestly pretty reliant on Excedrin for my migraines,” Martinez said. “Anytime I would feel one come on, I would not hesitate to take two. I felt scared because I thought maybe I was becoming reliant on them.”
After doing her own research, Martinez said she finally decided to try CBD for her pain and was instantly in awe of the relief.
“I feel so much happier after switching over and just overall healthier knowing I’m not putting that stuff in my body anymore,” Martinez said. “It’s important to find alternatives to help those who are physically in pain without creating a habit.”
Students like Martinez believe CBD can be beneficial to anyone struggling with any pain. Jaya Littlewing, a sophomore environmental studies major, began using CBD to treat her anxiety and soon found that it may be beneficial to anyone willing to try it.
“I believe CBD is very important for people who struggle with sleep, anxiety and mood,” Littlewing said. “It’s an all natural remedy from a plant that doesn’t require you to take hard prescription drugs that have a variety of side effects. I’m happy it’s getting more accepted and known throughout Idaho because it really can help so many people.”