Updated: Jun 21, 2020
It didn't start with Marijuana and it sure doesn't seem to be stopping at it. The rate at which CBD has seen its popularity grow is unprecedented, like a new aged pop star that suddenly appeared out of thin air and is now a household name. Credited with reducing levels of anxiety, panic attacks, and even autism, this new drug has seen a steep rise in its stock in a very short span.
What Exactly is CBD?
CBD short for Cannabidiol is an extract of the popular cannabis plant, parent to other chemicals like marijuana. This sister chemical has been around for some time but has achieved mainstream popularity so to speak in recent years.
Available in the market in the form of Oil, vapes, tinctures, and gummies, this potent drug has been competing head to head with marijuana to be the new medical miracle. There isn't a lot of evidence to support the legitimacy of this newfound drug however the rise in popularity of this drug isn't completely unfounded.
Is the Hype Real?
A few months ago, CBD took over Beyonce in terms of popularity at least when it comes to Google searches (google trends). That in itself speaks volumes about its fan fair.
Joe Rogan frequently speaks about the use and benefits of tropical CBD, oral and CBD oil during his podcasts. An avid user, he is of the opinion that this drug helps him cope with anxiety and in relieving stress without actually making him high.
Not more than 1 year in the market and it is already every salesman's dream drug. The regulations on the drug are limited and word of mouth is pushing its gold chain.
Is CBD Illegal?
Not technically but in order to answer that accurately let's look back a bit. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC the main ingredient in weed, a solid competitor still for CBD is legal in most states of the country. The high concentration of THC is what distinguishes cannabis from hemp which is more or less the same thing.
After much controversy and fanfare, growing industrial hemp became legal by 2018. Most cannabinoids are birthed from hemp which makes it readily available everywhere.
Let's talk in legal terms, is it legal? Just because hemp is legal does it automatically make CBD too?
Well, in reality, the regulations just haven't kept up with the popularity of the drug and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't defined the quality standards, safety, who should be allowed to sell it and so forth.
In the eyes of FDA the drug can not be sold in the form of a dietary supplement or an additive in food products. Despite this, the abundance of this hemp extract is available in both these forms, in the form of CBD sodas, gummy bears and much more.
It will not swim in the gray waters for long, FDA has taken notice and will have to address this before long. In order to effectively regulate its use, the agency will revisit its stance on the legality of hemp and cannabinoids in general.
Why Doesn't FDA Take A Hard Stance, Yes or No to CBD?
Let's be fair to them here, there isn't a lot of actual scientific evidence to pass the ultimate judgment. There are a few hiccups that make an actual study difficult. For one, research on cannabis and its numerous extracts have been stagnant, even restricted in some cases.
It is also difficult for researchers to get funds for this kind of study.
Although the legal hemp production will assist in decoding the actual effects of the drug, the true difficulty lies in conducting clinical trials which can take many years to be absolutely conclusive. Without these trails determining the correct dosage and various other aspects of Cannabidiol will remain cloudy.
Many scientists claim that the drug truly does possess great potential in medical terms however it would take a decade at least to accurately ascertain the drug's abilities in helping alleviate anxiety, joint pains, and even autism. It does have a cautionary tone to it as well, without true evidence, it is still a rogue chemical.
How Long Has CBD been around, is there any scientific backing?
People have been experimenting with cannabinoids for a long time. A study back in 2002 solely focused on its pain-reducing properties. Small scale researches of a closed group have concluded that CBD does indeed help in reducing anxiety in select individuals.
The history of THC and cannabinoids as a whole goes further back and with some conclusive scientific backing too. 2017 proved to be of great importance when nationwide research credited cannabis in its help in reducing joint pains, anxiety levels and helping cancer patients in dealing with nausea.
Does America Need It?
The increase in the number of people who claim to have anxiety and stress is quite clear. It is also evident that there isn't a lot that people suffering from chronic ailments can do. Old age-induced joint aches, chemotherapy-induced nausea, stress and anxiety induced by other medical and financial burdens can not be ignored.
The majority of the people who go bankrupt claim medical issues, the increasing drawbacks of the healthcare system doesn't cater to many mental health issues.
Consumers who try CBD regularly claim that it also helps in inflammatory ailments, pains, anxiety, sclerosis, and numerous other chronic problems that usually do not get fixed. It is also marketed in this manner, to cater to these demands.
The ease, convenience and the need for this chemical have helped CBD sales a lot. It can be purchased for approximately $50 and trust me you will not have to look far to find a shop that sells it.
Not only can CBD be consumed orally, but you can also apply the oil on any part of your body. There are other ways to use it where you are not actually in contact with it at all, just putting it in a CBD case and using that for relief also works apparently.
With these unique methods of consumption, there seems to be something for everybody and without the hassle of availability or expense.
Where There is Drugs There Is Money
Many health supplements have found a home in America largely due to the lack of rigid regulations and delays in enforcing the already existing laws.
We all know that Big Pharma makes big profits at the expense of people. With mistrust in big pharmaceuticals, being attracted to a newly marketed, effective and somewhat unregulated drug was bound to happen.
Many people in need of drugs like CBD don't have access to medical care or their coverage simply doesn't consider their discomforts to be all that uncomfortable. Along with focused marketing and word of mouth CBD and other cannabinoids start to look really tempting.
Whether CBD does clear the FDA hurdle is yet to be seen, whether it really is a super chemical will take some time to affirm but one thing is for certain it is already making a lot of money for thousands across the country and will continue to do so for some time to come.