When I bought my first bottle of CBD oil, I was afraid to tell anyone.
I am part of the ministry team at my church. I used to be the youth pastor. What will they say? What will they think? Will they accuse me of doing drugs? Should Christians even use CBD oil?
All these questions and more flooded my mind… so I kept quiet and silently started using this little bottle of oil that I had purchased.
From day one I noticed a difference.
I didn’t get high. I didn’t feel weird. I didn’t feel sick or jumpy or strange in any way.
I used to get like that. Jumpy and nervous and oddly feeling with a thumping heartbeat every time I tried to drink something labeled for “energy”. I remember the first and last time I tried Spark. I drank it at 6:00 am and at 10:00pm my heart still felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. I can’t (and won’t) drink energy drinks. This oil didn’t make me feel that way. It didn’t give me any jitters. It didn’t make me nauseous or make me feel out of it. I used to get like that too, when I had to take Benedryl, or even Nyquil, to sleep.
I didn’t have a headache. I was used to having headaches. All day long. Sometimes I would take five, or ten, ibuprofen just to get the headaches to stop and go away.
I slept through the nights and noticed that I just felt better overall. Even after some of the hardest gym workouts, I might be sore… but I didn’t hurt. I wasn’t in pain with my knees or my back.
But I also didn’t want to tell anybody.
I have learned a lot about CBD oil, hemp, and marijuana since buying that first bottle.
I’ve learned that plants are grown and bred to either produce low or high levels of THC. While marijuana plants are groomed to produce high levels of the chemical that gets you high, hemp plants are groomed to have very low levels of tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC).
I’ve learned that the cannabis plant has over one hundred different unique compounds that are good for your body and your body’s endocannabinoid system. These different compounds, terpenes, and phytonutrients are good for your overall health. Your body is actually built to respond to them.
I’ve learned that your body has receptors and neurotransmitters throughout it that are stimulated by CBD. Stimulating these transmitters reduces pain sensation, decreases inflammation, and promotes homeostasis. You have receptors in your central nervous system, your immune system, your gastrointestinal system, your metabolism, your hormones, your muscles, and your bones… all designed to respond to CBD.
So, instead of asking if Christians should use CBD oil… shouldn’t we be asking…
Why aren’t Christians using CBD oil?
God, who created our bodies and knows everything about us inside and out, also created a plant that can treat our bodies naturally and help keep it functioning properly and healthy, and we are afraid to use it?
Yes. I know people smoke marijuana and get high.
People also use money to buy alcohol and get drunk. They use television and movies to showcase porn. They use music to promote violence and hate. People get online and quote scriptures in the name of Jesus all while trying to shame someone else into submission or convert them to their beliefs.
You can take anything good and use it for evil. People have been doing it for centuries… basically since the beginning of time. Our sinful nature and lusts and wicked hearts have been sinning for thousands and thousands of years, taking the good things God gave us and using them to fulfill ourselves and our pleasures and our wants and our longings.
My walk with Jesus is ultimately my walk. As long as I am walking and talking with Him, I want to do so in the best health possible. I try to eat healthy, workout, sleep, and take care of myself… but as I get older, I have found that different things happen to our bodies that we can’t control. Our metabolisms slow down. We stop producing as much of some hormones. Things change. Some of us have other problems with anxieties or worry. We live in a society that is good at promoting fear and stress. There are chemical imbalances, chronic pains, and other issues that some of us fight… and if a plant will help us live a better life… then we shouldn’t shun away from it simply because someone else chose to use that plant in the wrong way. That would be like me refusing to own a computer simply because someone else uses their computer to watch porn, or refusing to ride in a car because someone else chose to drive their car over the speed limit and cause an accident.
I believe as followers of Jesus we set an example with everything we do and say. Our actions and our words and our lives may be the only Bible some people read. I would rather them see me use a natural, plant based solution that helps to keep me healthy than to see me live in constant pain, struggling physically and mentally and emotionally. I want to be healthy so I can do more with Him and for Him until He comes or He chooses to bring me home. I choose to take a vitamin and a dose of CBD every day, go to the gym, eat as well as I can, and spend time reading and praying. I choose what goes into my body just like I choose what goes into my mind.
I am not ashamed to say I love Jesus. I am also not ashamed to say I love my CBD oil and I am a proud promoter and supporter of its use. You can check out my site and the products I use at www.thrivewithoil.com.