Pill vs. Plant: America is saying, “not so fast” to prescription drugs Could CBD be the natural solution to your ailment?

  • 29 July, 2019

For the first time in over three decades the percentage of Americans using prescription drugs actually decreased. While still almost half of Americans take at least one prescription drug each day the latest data supports a new trend emerging.

In the midst of a culture that has historically popped pills at an alarming rate to combat our daily physical ailments, we are now seeing more and more people saying to the prescription pad, “not so fast.” This group of Americans is asking questions about the side-affects of prescription drugs and weighing their options accordingly. The result is more and more are now looking for safe and natural alternatives that do not pose the potential damaging side effects that many prescription drugs bring.

In the midst of this cultural shift, CBD products are fast becoming a popular choice. CBD or cannabidiol, is a compound found in all Cannabis plants. CBD is non-psychoactive (does not get you high) and effectively feeds the receptors in our brain, central nervous system and immune system promoting balance within our bodies. This is part of the cannabinoid system found within all of our bodies that was only discovered in the last 20 years and the research on how this system impacts our overall health continues to grow.

Sweet ReLeaf, the first CBD store in Northeast Georgia, opened in Clarkesville on March 1st and is quickly attracting a growing number of people in the community who are looking for a plant-based alternative to synthetic drugs. More and more Sweet Releaf is seeing repeat customers who are getting results by making a CBD product part of their daily life. Co-owner Bob Warren stated, “Our mission from the beginning has been to help people thrive, to help them live their best life. We believe that foundational to living your best life is living pain-free, enjoying the rejuvenating benefits of a good nights sleep, and living void of undue stress and anxiety.”

Lynne Warren, one of four co-owners of Sweet ReLeaf, remarked, “So many come into our store and say to me, please help me get off my pills. Many of them seem desperate as they are dealing with severe symptoms like pain. But they are equally troubled by the potential damaging side-affects to their liver or other vital organs that come with their medications. They just want a safe and natural option.”

Tracy Pato, another co-owner, added, “We never advise someone to stop taking a medication prescribed by their doctor. We make it our practice
to advise them to consult with their doctor before making any changes to their daily medication. But we are seeing an increase in patrons coming into our store at the recommendation of their physician. I think this is based on a greater understanding of CBD and the growing research behind these cannabinoid rich products. One of our goals at Sweet ReLeaf Sweet is to be leaders in educating our community about CBD.”

All of the products sold at Sweet ReLeaf are derived from a cannabis plant known as hemp. The hemp plant is recognized for its high concentration of CBD. Based on the 2018 farm bill products derived from hemp are legal to possess in all 50 states.

According to co-owner Rufino Pato, the 2018 farm bill was significant. Rufino said, “The new farm bill accomplished what was long overdue. This new legislation finally separated hemp derived products from marijuana; the result being that CBD products are no longer considered a controlled substance. We are excited to be pioneers as we introduce and educate our community on the benefits of CBD and hemp derived products.”

If you are among the many Americans dealing with daily pain, sleepless nights, an anxiety disorder or chronic inflammation we invite you to visit Sweet ReLeaf and learn more about CBD. Sweet ReLeaf offers a wide variety of CBD products including, tinctures, topicals, edibles, vapes and more. They even have products for your favorite pet. Sweet ReLeaf is just off the square in downtown Clarkesville and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

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