“We are not advocating everyone pick up CBD oil, but if you are a Christian, you need to be knowledgeable and not throw the baby out with the bathwater”
By Anisha DhimanJuly 15, 2019 Comments
“For the faith-based community, the biggest question when it comes to cannabis remains: ‘Will it get me high? Because if it will, I am staying far, far away from it?’” says Natalie Gillespie, editor
–in –chief of God’s Greenery, an online education resource for canna-curious Christians.
With a focus on faith and fact-based information, it’s this challenging question the team tackles head-on. After all, “if you could use a few drops of oil daily from a plant God created to keep your child alive, would you? If it had far fewer side effects than her current medicine and did not alter her personality or get her high, why wouldn’t you?” Gillespie reasons on the site.
God’s Greenery focuses on real stories, narratives related to scripture and commentary, research and regulations, church and lifestyle, etc., with topics ranging from “Top 10 Scriptures that Could Give Christians a Thumbs-Up for CBD” to “CBD Mythbusters: 5 Common Myths.” Launched in Nov. 2018, the platform falls under the umbrella of the media company Miraculo Inc.
Cannabidiol, short for CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause a high upon consumption. CBD is known for its therapeutic properties.
“We are not advocating everyone pick up CBD oil. But if you are a Christian, you need to be literate and knowledgeable about its effect and not just try to throw the baby out with the bathwater, or be afraid to talk about it,” says Florida-based Gillespie, who joined God’s Greenery team this past January. “When I was asked to be the editor, I had no experience with CBD. Even though I knew that I didn’t want my teenagers using marijuana recreationally, I didn’t know the difference. With my new role, I set out on a path to get educated,” she says.
Some of the other team members are based in Texas, Canada, and Ireland. “We are truly a global team,” quips Gillespie, adding that the field is now wide open for story submissions. “Just this week, I had a high school student submitting articles to me. We are working on it together to get it ready for the site,” she adds.
On why she has an open mind about cannabis, Gillespie writes on her site: “I am approaching a time of life where my hormones are changing and my emotions are all over the place. My husband has been suffering from some inflammation or autoimmune issues, including psoriasis. My teens have acne, and one struggles with PTSD from early childhood trauma. One of my adopted daughters has a seizure disorder. Another has anxiety and sensory issues. Budding research and personal stories show all of these conditions may see improvement with the help of CBD products.”
With an insatiable passion for learning new things and over 20 years of journalism experience, Gillespie says the rewarding part of her job has been exploring how cannabis aligns with her faith. “I love to learn and love to research… I love to help others learn and put it out there, and say, ‘Hey! Here’s what I found. What are you learning? Let’s talk about it, let’s examine it in God’s light’,” she says.
As for the future, Gillespie is looking forward to spreading the word. “I am excited to blog on different mom sites, even some of the big church-type ones, magazines… I want to see some of our content get to other places and I would like to see the site grow with other writers, stories. My priority is to find personal testimonies as well as stay on the cutting-edge of research and good, solid truthful medical research that comes down the pipe.”
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