By: Simmone Park
Most people have heard of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD which stands for Cannabidiol is being discussed more and more each day in the Medical Marijuana (MMJ) space.
CBD, or cannabidiol, has been making headlines and is rapidly evoking a new thought process surrounding the debate on medicinal marijuana. Not only is CBD from industrial hemp legal in all 50 states in the U.S. and most countries, CBD provides health benefits yet is not psychoactive and thus does not get the user “high” like THC. A 2013 report published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology shows that positive medicinal benefits of CBD can include reducing nausea/vomiting, suppressing seizures, combating tumor and cancer cells and fighting psychosis, inflammation, anxiety, depression and neuro-degenerative disorders.
THC and CBD are often viewed interchangeably, due largely to a simple lack of education. One forward thinking entrepreneur and visionary, Joe Vargas, left his prominent role in the Las Vegas nightlife, entertainment and media after 10 years and has taken on this task with his parent company based in Las Vegas, Space Monkey LLC and began manufacturing and distributing CBD products in 2015. Mr. Vargas recognized the positive medicinal benefits of CBD, but more importantly, that CBD could act as a healthy alternative to “lean culture”, the huge 18-24 year old subsection of youth using prescription cough syrup to get a “high”. “Lean” refers to the potent mix of codeine and promethazine and is also known in pop culture as “drank” or “sizzurp”.
Mr. Vargas, armed with the knowledge of the positive benefits of CBD and ten years experience running successful businesses and having a large network, recognized the opportunity to effect change within the “lean culture” and decrease the prevalence of addiction, poisoning and in some severe cases, even death. Mr. Vargas said “With my knowledge of pop culture and the industry, I knew I couldn’t stop the youth from the ‘lean culture’. Instead of fighting, I simply created a healthier alternative to the dirty opiate syrup (codeine and promethazine) that is killing kids on our streets. It was a total “if you can’t beat them, join them” type situation. This is the first of many products to come that will provide a healthier alternative to pharmaceutical drugs while still making you feel good. I knew I could lead positive change with CBD and help people in the medicinal space and that is exactly what I will do”.
Mr. Vargas is forging ahead with his mission using the platform BuyLegalMeds.com and his first product, Cloud N9ne Syrup, hemp syrup infused with 99% pure organic CBD and all-natural herbs that you mix with your favorite beverage. Whether or not Mr. Vargas and his company will be successful in gaining widespread acceptance within the “lean culture” remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, his company has a lot of momentum and this is certainly a company and individual within the MMJ and CBD space to keep an eye on.
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