From the title, you can already assume what this article is going to be about. And it’s true; we’re not kidding around. This is definitely where the health world is heading. Most importantly, this is not a craze or fad. This is something that has been long-awaited in the health industry and it is here to stay.
You’ve probably already seen it spreading quickly all around you, with CBD popping up at stores like CVS and with coffee shops and bars offering it as an add-in to lattes and drinks. Even Ben and Jerry’s is excited to made CBD infused ice cream! CBD, the non psychedelic chemical compound in cannabis, is sweeping the nation, and the world, at an amazing rate.
But, we’re not talking about just CBD. You see, CBD is just 1 of the over 144 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant with amazing benefits. There’s plenty of cannabis-based products on the market today. The two most common cannabinoids are CBD and THC, but their difference is quite important to understand. When most people hear the word cannabis, they relate it to getting “high” or “stoned.” One of the reasons for this is that there’s a huge misunderstanding when it comes to defining different cannabis terms and this is often the reason why people are resistant to trying cannabis-based products.
So first, let’s briefly talk THC. Many products include the cannabinoid THC, which is the most commonly known chemical compound in cannabis that has psychedelic effects as well as many health benefits. Some strains of cannabis contain a lot of THC and, therefore, are used in certain products. There are lotions, creams, edibles, food, air fresheners, gum, coffee, and even bacon with THC in it! People use these THC products for medical purposes as an alternative to smoking.
CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. We extract CBD from a cannabis (hemp) plant by using CO2 supercritical extraction. Specific strains, such as CBD, are NOT categorized as a drug in the EU and many other countries. Due to the multiple health applications, these products are becoming more recognized for this. It’s extracted from a hemp plant and hemp seeds have almost zero THC. The amount is under the legal limit of 0.2% THC, which doesn’t categorize it as a drug. The amount of THC in hemp is dramatically less than other strains of cannabis. Hemp and marijuana are DIFFERENT THINGS.
These are 2 important facts:
1. Cannabis contains hundreds of different compounds and cannabinoids that have different effects.
2. CBD, unlike THC, does NOT get you “high.”
So, more importantly, why are these products becoming so popular?! The answer is simple: it works.
CBD and many other cannabis-based compounds help both humans and animals with various conditions and gives them a chance for a healthier, happier life. The cannabinoids attach to endocannabinoid receptors in our body, which react with the chemicals in our body and help promote homeostasis. The effects certain cannabinoids have, can affect a person’s memory, pain, mood, pleasure, etc. The cannabiniod receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. Since this system works to promote and maintain homeostasis (or balance) in the body, CBD works to maintain this equilibrium due to it’s direct interaction with the [endocannabinoid] system.
The healthcare industry is surely taking notice of this. Recreational and medical use has increased dramatically due to the realization that cannabis has “super power effects” on our health and wellness. This has led to legalization’s and regulations of medical cannabis as well. With almost no side effects, medical cannabis products are successfully treating some of the most common and even toughest health issues. Cannabis-based products are an amazing alternative for pain and symptom relief. Cannabis products have even been linked to helping reduce cancerous tumors, epileptic seizures, and rare skin diseases.
“Marijuana is fast losing its reputation as a grungy, pothead gateway drug, rebranding itself as modern, premium and artisanal – all thanks to the global legalization drive.” – Meredith Taylor, OilPrice
The medical cannabis industry has exploded due to the legal recognition and increased medical applications of the plant itself. But, there are a few things that are hindering the growth of this multi-billion-dollar industry from fear of taking down Big Pharma, lack of funding, and strict federal issues. Cannabis advocates are working endlessly to legalize the plant in many countries around the world. Today, we see that there has been so much progress with regulation and research in this industry. There is little doubt that in the near future, cannabis and its extracts will be legal world-wide. But until that happens, help us spread the word!