An introduction to the ‘wonder plant’ behind CBD

Cannabis 101: CBD vs THC

A column by Dr. Pierre Milot, PhD.

Hi everyone and welcome to my new column on Cannabis.

Sometimes referred to as Dr. PierreCBD by fellow citizens and neighbours that know me professionally, I am a huge fan of everything called Cannabis (Marijuana) and CBD from hemp ‘the wonder plant.’ I think that these magnificently odd-looking wonders of nature are the most proficient, resilient, productive, efficient, sometimes life-saving and surely joy-giving on the planet.

It can be used medicinally as much as recreationally and for those who decides to get involved in any aspect of the Cannabis industry, from marketing to selling or growing and counselling, will soon discover that it is a golden opportunity.

In effect, according to Statistic Canada, monthly sales of Cannabis just recently surpassed $100-million in sales. I have no stats for total yearly sales or sales projections yet for Canada, but in the USA, sales are expected to grow from half a billion dollars in 2018 to $1.8 billion USD in 2022. So, figure it out: No wonder there is a such a huge rush to get into the field while the wave is still cresting.

Did you know that before 1937, the year of the Marijuana prohibition, American doctors had already handed out more than three million prescriptions for medical cannabis?

Did you know also that marijuana was smuggled into the US in massive amounts by people fleeing the 1931 Mexican Revolution thus flooding the American market? The drug was then so abundantly available and overused in certain ‘milieu’ that it quickly built up a bad reputation and soon became associated with the bad elements of society and, believe it or not, ‘Jazz’. This could explain back then the resistance from the public to that type of music.

There is so much to be said about Cannabis and Hemp that it would take months to even come close to cover what needs to be said about those wonderful plants. I will of course take care of that in subsequent articles in Nation Valley News.

In my next column, I will start by covering how I came across Cannabis and relay my own positive experience with CBD and how it literally changed my life for the better. I will of course also cover extensively and in layman terms what is Cannabis and what is Hemp, where they come from and their medical applications. Thanks to the magic of digital publishing, I will also be able to add visual aids to my presentations, making them more exciting and efficient in helping you increase your knowledge of the subject.

For those of you who already had a brush with Cannabis know that it can be extremely confusing to try to make heads and tail and differentiate CBD from THC, Cannabis from Hemp, Cannabis from Marijuana, what can make you ‘high’ from what can heal you. CBD for instance will never make you ‘high,’ but THC will.
 This field is growing at such an alarming speed that people like me who read just about everything that is published on the subject can hardly maintain the beat. So, I will do my best to keep you up to date with current information and the latest developments.

I encourage you to email me any questions you might have on Cannabis, request more explanations or share a success story with other readers at: drpierremilot@mail.com

I’m very excited to pass along my knowledge to you and answer your questions. It will be a fun ride for me and I hope it will be one for you too.

Talk to you soon.

Dr. Pierre Milot, PhD., is a Certified Medical Cannabis Counsellor
 and resident of Winchester, Ontario.

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