The cannabid­i­ol (CBD) mar­ket in the Unit­ed States has tak­en off like a rock­et. Some pro­jec­tions have this mar­ket reach­ing $16 bil­lion by 2025. After years of singing its prais­es for treat­ing, albeit ille­gal­ly, a myr­i­ad of health issues, sup­port­ers of cannabis have seen an uptick of main­stream sup­port in the last 2 years with the legal­iza­tion of this herb in many states. The exact truth about its ben­e­fits is still under review. Let’s dive a lit­tle deep­er into this trend­ing topic.

HISTORY & STATISTICS

The first use of cannabis can be traced back as far as 500 BC as a Chi­nese phar­ma­copeia. Made from the hemp plant, CBD does not pro­duce the hal­lu­cino­genic after­ef­fects of its pop­u­lar cousin, tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC) derived from the same plant. In fact, CBD must con­tain less than 0.3% THC. In 2018, Pres­i­dent Trump signed the Farm Bill which allowed farm­ers to legal­ly grow hemp. Since this vic­to­ry, the CBD mar­ket has def­i­nite­ly been amped up and its use has become so com­mon­place in our soci­ety that you can find a CBD store (or two or ten) in every city.

  • More than 60% of users claim CBD is being used to treat their anxiety.
  • Oth­er wide­spread uses for CBD are for depres­sion, sleep dis­or­ders, and PTSD.
  • In 2018, the FDA approved the first CBD prod­uct, called Epid­i­olex, to treat those with rare seizure dis­or­ders Lennox-Gas­taut syn­drome and Dravet syndrome.

FACTS

Users of CBD speak to its ben­e­fits in treat­ing anx­i­ety issues. With its wide­spread avail­abil­i­ty, con­sumers can find it in lotions, baked goods, and even make­up.  Because of this preva­lence in the mar­ket­place, the FDA and FTC are quick to squash claims that are unfound­ed in tri­als. Here are the facts:

  • CBD can come in vary­ing meth­ods of delivery. 
    • Tinc­tures: con­cen­trat­ed herbal extracts sus­pend­ed in alco­hol or vinegar
    • Oint­ments
    • Vap­ing oils
    • Oil: extracts from seeds or flow­ers or stems of hemp put in a base oil to aid absorption
  • The exact amount that can safe­ly be used in a day is unknown.
  • Side-effects include: drowsi­ness, diges­tive issues such as diar­rhea, and irritability

FICTION

There is only one FDA approved use of CBD and that is for rare cas­es of epilep­sy. So, when you see health claims for oth­er than that use, they can be false.

  • NOT proven to be a treat­ment for cancer
  • NOT with­out con­se­quences. Seri­ous side-effects can cause seri­ous dam­age to your health.
  • NOT proven to bat­tle COVID-19.

The use of CBD def­i­nite­ly has its sup­port­ers and detrac­tors. When mak­ing a deci­sion about its use, it is help­ful to weigh the pros and cons and seek the truth. One thing is for sure—CBD is a swift­ly grow­ing mar­ket with high demand.