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As recreational use of marijuana ramps up, entrepreneurs are trying their hand at cashing in on the green rush.
At the East Coast Cannabis Business Expo in midtown Manhattan, creative start-ups are finding new applications for cannabidiol—or CBD, for short—the cannabis compound that has medical properties.
That compound, CBD, should not be confused with another marijuana compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the component that causes users to get high.
Some unique ventures are focused on CBD-related, medical applications. One small business is targeting cannabis treatments for injured athletes; while another is focusing on cannabis products for pets.
San Diego-based HempMeds has developed cannabis pet food, treats and oils that help animals that may suffer from anxiety, digestive issues, seizures and more.
Rob Streisfeld, a consultant for HempMeds, says CBD is naturally found in the cannabis plant, and will not get your dogs and cats stoned.
"It's non-psychoactive, so it doesn't get your pets high," Streisfeld said."It does have tremendous benefits and potential to help with seizures, anxiety and all other benefits regarding neuro-protection."
KannaLife hopes its products will help treat degenerative brain diseases for patients—including professional athletes.
The medications are designed to help those with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, which is a degenerative brain ailment found in professional athletes, alongside Hepatic Encephalopathy or HE, which is a loss of brain function due to liver disease, according to Dean Petkanas, founder and chief executive of KannaLife.
Important Disclaimer: Discussion of "personal use" is strictly prohibited (please don't do it)
originally posted by: pheonix358
a reply to: CagliostroTheGreat
I am sorry, but, it will not be that easy.
For pets, sure, why not.
For humans, that is another matter requiring the permission of various government agencies and just advertising without your million dollar studies, clinical trials and all of the other fiery hoops you will have to jump through will land you in court.
Big Pharma will put every death defying roadblock in your path so much so that it will make your head spin.
We have seen what happens when professors in universities try and go against the wishes of the big pharmaceuticals ..... they get fired.
Don't expect anything too soon. It will always be 'fringe' medicine and will be fought tooth and nail.
Until of course, big pharma design it, patent it, make obscene profits from it and then you will go to jail for patent infringement.
It is a crime against humanity to make nature illegal and I feel for you... As a user who is medicating illegally, I understand all too well where you are coming from
originally posted by: Habit4ming
I have a fatal lung disease. I sooooo want to try CBD, hoping it will heal me. Buuuut, where I live it's illegal. It really makes me po'd that I would have to risk arrest and incarceration should I exercise MY RIGHT TO USE A PLANT TO ATTEMPT TO HEAL MYSELF--USING THIS PLANT IN MY BODY ONLY!! Whatever happened to no injury, no crime??
originally posted by: CagliostroTheGreatWithout it, I would be dead. No lie.