The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill triggered a CBD boom that has been massive! Consider that in the year 2017, the total sales from hemp-derived CBD were $190 million. Since that time, the CBD market has greatly expanded with it being legally accepted across all the 50 states in the United States. The total sales of CBD for 2020 are now projected to hit $2.1 billion.
What is driving this consumer fascination with CBD and more importantly, what exactly is it and how can you use it?
What is CBD?
CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol, one of the hundreds of chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant. There is another chemical compound found in cannabis that you may be more familiar with, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychosomatic compound that provides the “high” feeling commonly associated with marijuana.
However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. As a result, CBD does not give psychoactive sensations (aka feeling “high”) to users.
The compound CBD is already naturally produced in your body and works with your endocannabinoid system or ECS, a highly specialized, signaling system that maintains balance and stability to the body.
The ECS dictates things like immunity, mood, sleep, pain, etc. and when there is an imbalance of CBD, disorders like insomnia, muscle inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, and other disorders can develop.
There is a lot of research being conducted around the world to study how the ECS functions and how plant-based cannabinoids such as hemp-derived CBD can restore balance to the ECS.
Why use it?
The human body produces similar substances to CBD (called endogenous cannabinoids). Therefore, CBD oil is actually a chemical compound associated with a number of positive effects on the body, such as:
How to use it?
There are four common ways to take CBD: orally, sublingually, topically and by inhaling it. Which method you choose depends on personal preference and how quickly you need the CBD to take effect. CBD is absorbed in the body differently with each method, so it’s important to carefully weigh which method will provide you with the most benefit.
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Are there any side effects?
The side effects of using CBD are minimal. According to the World Health Organization, or WHO, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.“
Assuming that there are no negative interactions with any of your current medications and the CBD product being used is legitimate and of high quality, using CBD for its many benefits will outweigh the side effects.
Is CBD legal?
The federal law in America states that CBD grown from hemp and that contain less than 0.3% THC are legal for cultivation, transportation and sale in the US. However, the individual states have the final say on what happens within their borders, meaning that every state in the US has a different legislation.
Where should I buy CBD?
You can find numerous CBD products in your local stores, pharmacies and online.
The most important aspect of finding a reputable brand is doing your own research. Make sure to thorougly educate yourself about a company and the processes used to make their products. Look for companies and brands that are transparent about how they produce their CBD, from farm to extraction.
You will want to search for companies that use best practices in cultivating their hemp and ensuring that no metals, pesticides or contaminants are in the soil or plant before it is used for CBD extraction.
Be smart and don’t fall for outlandish marketing claims for any product. CBD is a wonderful thing but it’s not a cure all for everything and every disease. Stay clear of brands or companies that make such promises.