What is CBD?
By now, you’ve probably seen an ad or two featuring Cannabidiol or CBD-related products, or at the very least heard of the recent ‘green rush’ that has sent entrepreneurs and investors into a frenzy of marijuana cultivation.
But what exactly is CBD and why is everyone so excited about it?
CBD, similar to THC, is an extract of marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive — in other words, it does not get you “stoned” or “high.”
The compound CBD is extracted from marijuana to create oils and other products that are used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. This new supplement has captured the attention of all with health advantages for you, your children, parents, grandparents, and even pet animals.
Benefits of CBD
CBD oils and products provide a whole slew of medicinal benefits, and it is no wonder the cannabis industry is bustling to meet consumer demands.
One of the many potential benefits of CBD is that the compound helps with inflammation and acts as a natural pain remedy.
And there is evidence to back it up: A study featured in the Journal of Experimental Medicine discovered that CBD reduced inflammation and pain in rats and mice. As a result, many people are switching over to CBD to fight pain naturally and without the use of synthetic drugs.
CBD has even been shown to aid in the cessation of drug habits. One study found that smokers who use an inhaler with CBD smoked fewer cigarettes and did not crave additional nicotine; another study found that it may be helpful in combating opioid addiction.
That’s not all.
The compound has also been studied for its use in battling cancer.
A review in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explains that CBD appears to wall cancer cells from disseminating to other areas of the body and completely taking over certain cancerous areas. It also shows that CBD often mitigates the multiplication of cancer cells and causes the death of these cells. Researchers also claim that it may help in cancer treatment since it is low in toxicity.
Additional potential benefits for CBD-related products include its use for anxiety disorders, epilepsy, schizophrenia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses — it is even suspected to help with acne.
The Growing CBD Industry
Due to its reported health benefits and potential to greatly improve the human condition, CBD-related businesses are materializing all over North America.
The demand for CBD supplements has multiplied recently, revealing a unique opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs to make CBD profitable.
Kevin Peithman, CEO of GrowEnclsoures, a modular construction company specializing in cannabis extraction labs, remarked that “CBD oil is the one of the fastest growing health supplements on the shelves today. It’s already a $100 million industry. And it’s expected to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020.”
America is finally waking up to the potential health properties of CBD. Consumers and patients alike have become aware of the alternative medicines available; in addition, the study of CBD by researchers and scientists is increasing rapidly, revealing the benefits and potential uses of the supplement.