With the legalization of hemp in the US, the market has burgeoned with a surge in CBD products ranging from edible items to cosmetic and health care products. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) too produces cannabinoids, known as endocannbinoids which promotes homeostasis by regulating a wide range of functions, including motor skills, mood, appetite, and sleep. With age, however, the ECS produces fewer endocannabinoids and hence replenishing endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids like CBD can restore balance to the body. CBD oil products are used to treat insomnia as CBD induces sleepiness and tranquility, treats anxiety disorders, epilepsy and diabetes. CBD oil products can be consumed in different forms such as ingested capsules and food products, vaporizing, tinctures and topical creams.
A cautionary approach to CBD oil products
Researchers caution buyers that even when the market is flooding with CBD oil products, consumers should think carefully before investing in cannabis. Clinicians point out that there have been few worthwhile human studies on the safety and efficacy of CBD products. While every claim made about the usefulness of CBD oil products might not be baseless fads, yet till today, researchers allege, no rigorous safety studies have been conducted on the full spectrum of CBD oil compounds obtained from the hemp plant.
Further, the Farm Bill passed last year in the US legalizes the sale of hemp products and does not mandate that these products undergo clinical evaluations before release into the market. It allows all hemp products containing less than 0.3 per cent THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis) to enjoy legal protection under the new law. Only one CBD product, known as Epidolex, has earned the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so far. Hence, one must exercise caution before investing in cannabis.
Further, hemp is a bioaccumulator and absorbs toxins like pesticides from the atmosphere, which can end up resulting in CBD substances being detrimental to people’s health. Hence before investing in cannabis business, one must ensure that it practices organic growing methods, uses legitimate extraction techniques, and has its products tested for purity and potency through third-party labs.
Apart from these loopholes in examination of CBD products, in many parts of the world the CBD industry often takes its customers for a ride. Lab test reports undertaken by several researchers has indicated that more than half of the most popular CBD oils sold do not contain the level of CBD promised on the label.
Although it is no news that CBD products induces good sleep and relaxes one’s mood, but before blindly reposing faith on the benefits of CBD products, one must engage a cautionary approach. One thing is for certain though; decades of pointless prohibition based on moral arguments have prevented proper medical research that could have aided in providing a clear perspective on the pros and cons of resorting to CBD products for medicinal, recreational and other healthcare benefits.