According to the Hemp Business Journal, in 2017 hemp-derived CBD sales in the United States reached a record $190 million. This makes hemp CBD the most popular category of hemp products sold; more popular than personal care products, foods, textiles, or industrial applications.
In recent years, CBD has quickly gone from relative obscurity to being widely-praised as a multi-purpose miracle cure. Are you having trouble sleeping? Feeling anxious? Does your dog have arthritis? There’s something that can help with that, say hemp advocates, and it’s CBD.
While it has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CBD is unofficially used by people all over the world, to treat a huge variety of medical conditions.
Not getting enough sleep is a common problem, and is linked with a number of health issues. Many people have found that CBD helps with insomnia and other sleep-related problems.
Some research studies indicate that CBD helps reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia. For example, one study showed that it reduced psychotic symptoms.
CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation. For instance, researchers used CBD gel to treat arthritis of the knee, and found that it reduced pain and other symptoms.
CBD can help reduce seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy. For some people, it’s the only treatment that works. While other uses of CBD remain unsanctioned by the FDA, the evidence that CBD works is so strong that the FDA has actually approved a prescription CBD medication. Epidiolex—the first-ever FDA approved CBD medication in the United States—was approved in 2018 for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy.
many more uses:
These are just a few of the ways that people are using CBD to improve their health. It is also used to treat Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, multiple sclerosis, nausea, pain, Parkinson’s, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
CBD is even used to treat health problems in pets. Most commonly: anxiety, arthritis, allergies, and digestive problems. It is generally well-tolerated in animals, however make sure you don’t give your pet anything that has a high level of THC, because THC can be extremely harmful to animals.
CBD is believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and to be very effective at repairing and protecting damaged skin. As a result, it has become popular as an anti-aging treatment.
The natural oils and fatty acids in hemp CBD oil are thought to work wonders on your skin and hair, and this substance is now being used in all kinds of beauty products including cleansers, lotions and oils, lip balms, bath products, cosmetics, and hair-care items.
skin disorders and irritations:
In addition to being effective as a general beauty aid, there is evidence that CBD can reduce specific skin irritations like acne, eczema, and inflammation.
Many people use CBD to manage stress and anxiety. A number of research studies support this use. According to a 2015 statement by Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, preclinical research shows that CBD can reduce stress. In one study of the stress associated with social anxiety disorder, participants were given either CBD or a placebo, then asked to make a speech. Those who had taken CBD experienced significantly less anxiety and discomfort than those who received the placebo.
While some people say they use CBD specifically to reduce high levels of anxiety or stress, others report that they take it just to feel a little more relaxed, and to wind down at the end of a busy day.
There is evidence that CBD may reduce the symptoms of PMS. PMS is related to fluctuating hormones, and researchers think that CBD can help by getting these hormones back in balance. There is also evidence that its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce PMS cramps.
negative side effects are rare:
Occasionally, CBD causes digestive upsets or mild mood changes. In addition, if you’re taking prescription medication, you should do some research on whether it could interact with your prescription. However, the majority of people don’t experience any negative side effects when they use CBD.
more gentle than most prescription medications:
Prescription medications can have harsh side effects like dizziness, fatigue, and diarrhea. In contrast, CBD doesn’t have any harsh effects. In 2017, researchers questioned 2,400 people from the medicinal cannabis community, and found that 42 percent of CBD users were so happy with CBD that they actually stopped using traditional medications after they started using CBD.
no evidence that CBD is addicting:
According to a 2017 World Health Organization report, there is no evidence that CBD use leads to dependence or abuse. In fact, there is evidence that it could actually help with dependence on other drugs. For example, a study of rats showed that CBD might help treat drug addiction.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult a physician should you have additional questions as to whether CBD is right for you.
Written By: Andrea C. Nakaya