To the editor:
An article published recently by Dr. Rudy Kachmann titled, â€śLegalizing CBD Oil Opens Door to Worse,â€ť has caught my attention. As a person who is open minded about CBD oil and have started research on the subject matter, I was shocked to read such biased and unfounded information from a doctor.
The difference between CBD and THC is the psychoactive component. And anyone with a general knowledge of chemistry knows that when extracting one compound from another, there is a certain percentage of error. If bought from a licensed business, THC levels are a mere .3 percent or less. This is not a cause for alarm, and the percentage is so low, it does not register on a drug test.
We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. I, myself, have known quite a few friends who have become addicted to opioids after being prescribed by a doctor. These are FDA regulated. For many people addicted to opioids, this is a gateway to heroine use, which many people have died from. Are we to trust pharmaceutical companies? Even our over the counter pain remedies such as Tylenol have warnings all over the labels.
In my opinion, CBD oil legalization has made doctorsâ€™ and the pharmaceutical companyâ€™s greedy hands sweat a bit. CBD oil, and even THC, has an array of beneficial uses with no life threatening side effects. It may even help end our opioid crisis. When people have a choice between legalized alcohol and cigarettes, I would rather see people choose CBD oil instead. Do the research, have an open mind, and see for yourself. Let us move forward.
Sonia J. Stauffer