Lotion. Beer. Water. Kombucha. Lately, nearly everything you can buy to use or consume seems to have versions with CBD added. And despite the confusion around its legality on a national scale, the cannabis compound’s popularity continues to grow.
It’s a “CBD oil boom” as Dr. Mehmet Oz is calling it. The favorite doctor of stay-at-home moms brought cannabidiol into the mainstream television spotlight with a segment on his show Tuesday.
After he intros the “boom,” a previously-filmed segment with investigator Mara Schiavocampo outlines the very basics of CBD, its popularity on the internet and how it relates to marijuana.
When we come back to his studio, noted cannabis proponent and fellow TV doc Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits down with Oz. They go over the differences in THC and CBD, and later invite Dr. Todd Cooperman to discuss the average price per dose and average milligrams of CBD in certain products.
What they find isn’t surprising to most of followers of the issue. A massive TV wall in the studio displays a graphic showing the amount of CBD in the nine products they tested can range from 2 to 22 milligrams.
“If you need hundreds of milligrams for it to do anything, two milligrams isn’t going to do anything and people are paying a lot of money for it,” Gupta says.
The average price per dose can range from 80 cents to $4.50, Oz notes. Some good news? They didn’t find any THC or heavy metals in those products.
After this, the three docs stand around discussing the confusion around labeling, and Oz stokes a little fear into the hearts of his viewers.
“Folks, if you don’t understand something these days, it’s because they don’t want you to understand it,” he warns. Perhaps a little heavy handed for something as relatively harmless as CBD and hemp oil.
In response, Gupta says that regulation will force manufacturers to list real CBD levels and ingredients and have to stand by it, something that’s helped the cannabis industry in states that have enacted legalization. In closing, Oz agrees that CBD “could work” but that there’s a problem with access to the compound.
The show veers just shy of really supporting CBD treatment for conditions that it could benefit, but the basic CBD 101 education is aimed at the main daytime TV demographic of women aged 25-54. And while medical marijuana is already outrageously popular among U.S. voters, if Oz’s viewers end up supporting CBD—and broader marijuana reform—in big numbers, they could play a huge role in voting out prohibition.
How Marijuana Ruined Ronald Reagan’s Valentine’s Day
It was 38 years ago that marijuana soured an otherwise lovely Valentine’s Day for President Ronald Reagan.
What started as a serene evening—spent swapping gifts and kisses with his wife, Nancy—quickly devolved into a nightmare when the two settled in to watch the comedy film “9 to 5” starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton.
The movie was “funny,” Reagan wrote in a diary entry on February 14, 1981. But “one scene made me mad,” he steamed.
“A truly funny scene if the 3 gals had played getting drunk but no they had to get stoned on pot,” the Gipper, clearly more of a sipper than a toker, wrote.
“It was an endorsement of Pot smoking for any young person who sees the picture.”
Reagan had made his views on cannabis clear earlier, during his 1980 campaign, when he said marijuana was “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States.”
His wife later took up that torch and led the “Just Say No” campaign, which discouraged young people from experimenting with drugs by promoting sensationalized depictions of their effects.
And while that Valentine’s Day in 1981 was spoiled by the giggling trio of ladies smoking Maui Wowie in “9 to 5,” the Reagans went on to enjoy many more holidays together in drug-free matrimony.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives.
Maury Povich Smoked A Marijuana Strain Named After His Wife, Journalist Connie Chung
Maury Povich, host of one of America’s most popular and longest-running daytime TV talk shows, said on Thursday that he doesn’t regularly roll blunts at home, but he has smoked a marijuana strain named after his wife, the journalist Connie Chung.
Povich, in an appearance on the radio program Sway’s Universe, said that his spouse first heard about the Chung-branded cannabis variety from comedian Lewis Black, who was “doing a story on various marijuana as they became legal, I think, in the state of Washington.”
“Lewis called up my wife and said, ‘Connie, do you know that there is a strain of grass called the Connie Chung?'” Povich recounted. “You know we had to try that.”
So the couple traveled to Washington and indulged for themselves.
“It’s so legal, it’s like nothing.”
Also in the radio interview, Povich implied that smoking cannabis as a substitute makes it easier to smoke fewer cigarettes, which he eventually quit. And he talked about how he knew “a lot of athletes over the years” who used cannabis medicinally, and questioned why sports leagues don’t allow players to consume marijuana.
Chung herself got a kick out of her namesake strain and even gifted a sample of it to Andy Cohen on an episode of his Watch What Happens Live show last year.
“I’m very easy to grow, I require less attention and care, and I give good yield,” Chung said. “I’m perfect for daytime use when facing deadlines, need to be alert and imaginative.”
Photo courtesy of Sway’s Universe.
Mike Tyson And Joe Rogan Swap Stories About Psychedelics And Marijuana
Former boxer Mike Tyson had a mind-blowing discussion with Joe Rogan about tripping on psychedelics and smoking marijuana on Thursday.
“I like who I am when I smoke. You know what I mean?” Tyson said in an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “Without weed I don’t like who I am sometimes. That’s just real.”
“It makes me nicer,” he said. “It calms me down.”
Check out the video of Mike Tyson and Joe Rogan discussing drugs below:
Beyond cannabis, the two discussed using 5-MeO-DMT, a tryptamine that is found in the venom of a certain toad species, among other places in nature.
“I smoked this medicine—drug—whatever you want to call it, and I’ve never been the same,” Tyson said. “I look at life differently. I look at people differently.”
“The experience I can’t even express, really. Almost like dying and being reborn.”
Rogan said he had similar experiences with the drug.
“That’s what it felt like to me, too,” he said. “You stop existing.”
“It’s inconceivable,” Tyson added. “I just don’t have the words to explain it.”
Tyson, who is now an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry and has his own marijuana-focused podcast, said he’s been smoking weed since he was 10 years old.
Photo courtesy of Joe Rogan Experience.