Even though researchers have only just begun testing the effects and safety of Cannabidiol (CBD), the market for CBD products is growing rapidly due to early research that suggests potentially life-changing benefits. However, because CBD is one of the compounds found in marijuana, there are also a lot of misconceptions regarding its properties and use. If you’re thinking about producing a CBD-infused product, this guide will tell you what you need to know before you decide to jump into this exciting new market.
CBD is not THC
While cannabis plants such as hemp and marijuana contain CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds, CBD and THC have very different properties.
THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive, and recent studies are beginning to show that it may have significant benefits for those suffering from chronic pain and other ailments.
In addition, CBD oils are made from hemp plants which legally must contain less than 0.3% THC according to the 2018 Farm Bill. They are not made from marijuana.
Laws Regarding CBD Products are in Flux
Although hemp is legal at the federal level, the state laws governing hemp, marijuana, and CBD products vary widely. There’s a lot of volatility in state laws because the new market for CBD products has been gaining a lot of attention. It’s essential that you have a solid understanding of your state laws before developing CBD products.
In addition, while the FDA recently approved a CBD product (Epidiolex) for treating two types of epilepsy, the FDA hasn’t approved any non-prescription CBD products. In May of 2019, the FDA held its first hearing about the safety and effectiveness of CBD. This hearing will have a huge impact on the future of CBD, as it signals the FDA’s interest in potentially regulating non-prescription CBD products.
Early Research on CBD Oil Shows Promising Benefits
Research into the benefits of CBD is still relatively new, but there are some promising studies on its usefulness in treating everything from chronic inflammation and anxiety disorders to Alzheimer’s Disease.
For instance, the Journal of Experimental Medicine published a study where the authors found significantly reduced pain and inflammation in rats and mice given CBD.
In a 2015 review published in Neurotherapeutics, the authors noted that CBD may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety in people with post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, along with others.
Researchers also found that CBD helps prevent social recognition deficits. This research was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and was the first to indicate that CBD can potentially slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
In addition, there has been preliminary research on CBD oil showing potential benefits in regard to smoking cessation, Type 1 Diabetes, acne, and cancer treatment.
Use of CBD Oil Doesn’t Come Without Risk
There’s an inherent risk of side effects whenever we put something in or on our bodies. Researchers have found the risk of dependency on CBD to be unlikely; however, there isn’t any long-term research to confirm this, yet.
What we do know about potential side effects comes from the FDA’s approval of Epidiolex. According to the FDA, during clinical trials, they noticed some symptoms related to the central nervous system, including lethargy, irritability, liver problems, reduced appetite, gastrointestinal issues, infections, rashes, reduced urination, and breathing problems. In addition, patient information indicates a risk of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts.
To understand the full effects of CBD, we need more research. Anyone considering the use of CBD products should talk with their doctor.
CBD-Infused Products are a Growing Opportunity
Despite the lack of safety data, more and more people are choosing to use CBD oil products to help alleviate chronic pain, sleep disorders, symptoms of diseases affecting the central nervous system, and more.
CBD products come in a variety of forms, including tinctures, capsules, pastes, and creams. Some of the most popular are edible CBD products, such as cookies, gummies, and chocolates. Innovative businesses are adding new products to the market all the time.
The burgeoning CBD oil market is an invitation to innovate. If you’re ready to bring your idea for a CBD-infused product to life, Hemp Labs of America is here to help you with the entire manufacturing process. We’re constantly conducting research for product formulation and advancement of CBD, so you can rely on our experts to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in the CBD industry. Contact us today to start manufacturing your CBD-infused products.