Opinion

Boomers, Trump and CBD Oil: The headline that never happened before

While it may take one to know one, productive old farts are increasing in numbers.

That’s because boomers like me are planning on working into their traditional retirement years and beyond.

If we can have the oldest president we’ve ever had, why can’t we have old writers enjoying similar success stories and prominence?

There are a lot of old farts who are healthy. But, time is against them and their ability to maintain good health in a fashion assuring productivity during their golden years.

That is, unless they have a president who is sympathetic to the plight of old farts in general. And one who can help speed up processes that allow access for all to safe, new forms of accepted medical treatment.

The rich enjoy the best health care available by virtue of their having financial resources to pay for care by specialists, practitioners and surgeons (whose services typically are beyond the means and reach of average joes).

So where does that leave the rest of us?

We need some help.

We also need some consideration.

And we most definitely need thinking that is outside the box with respect to alternative medicine and healing beyond the scope of traditional, Big Pharma-influenced western medicine.

Pharmaceuticals go through rigorous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study and testing for safety and efficacy before being approved.

The problem with drugs is the number of side effects they contain. It would be one thing if the side effects of any one drug were the same for anyone.

But, when you can have side effects for pharmaceuticals ranging from mild rash to suicidal thoughts, I believe now more than ever is the time for alternative healing routes and methodology offering less worrisome concerns over side effects and overall use.

The case for Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil

CBD oil is new enough that my copy of Microsoft Word 2016 does not recognize it. So, I added it to Word’s dictionary.

One thing that is not so new is the overwhelming anecdotal evidence that points towards CBD oil’s effectiveness for a host of conditions including Anxiety, PTSD, Epilepsy, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Insomnia and Cancer.

Like my copy of MS Word including Cannabidiol oil as legitimate words, so should the FDA endeavor to study all of CBD oil’s potential health benefits so as to legitimize its capacity for healing.

The CBD oil industry is booming. The companies producing CBD oil products cannot make medical claims about their CBD oil products. Additionally, it is my understanding they cannot be marketed as dietary supplements.

Capacity to move forward

The numbers of people set to retire in the coming years has the potential to cave an already vulnerable healthcare delivery system in the United States.

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Prot...

English: Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, there must be a replacement plan that will improve upon what the ACA already provides.

It should be a no-brainer to enable the safe, legal regulation of a meteorically-growing CBD oil industry on a national level.

People are going to avail themselves of medical treatment no matter the political landscape.

Rich, poor or middle class (and when faced with health issues)–all demographics will seek out what holds promise for their overall well-being.

It would be a shame if people suffer health setbacks in the least and fatalities in the extreme because of our inability to advance the needle on establishing the status of CBD oil as an approved, safely regulated and viable medical treatment.

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