Cannabis has traditionally been a plant-associated mainly with just one of its compounds, THC. THC is the psychoactive ingredient cultivated to high levels in some strains of the cannabis plant and responsible for the intoxicating ‘high’ that cannabis has previously been famed for. However, there are several other compounds which can be extracted from alternative strains of the plant which are non-psychoactive and could offer a potential gold-mine of health benefits.
Recently much hype and excitement have been building around CBD; another chemical compound found in cannabis. Hemp, a particular strain of the Cannabis plant, contains higher levels of CBD and only trace amounts of THC. CBD is non-psychoactive, and there is growing enthusiasm around its possible health-boosting properties.
What do we know about CBD?
While there are no FDA approved medicines made from CBD apart from Epidiolex, anecdotally, it has been touted for its possible anti-inflammatory properties and as an effective pain reliever. There has been some suggestion that it may be useful in treating pain to a variety of conditions, including multiple sclerosis and arthritis. CBD may also be of use in alleviating anxiety and sleeplessness. The possible benefits of CBD to these conditions remains an aspect of on-going research into its effective and safe use. CBD, like anything, may have side effects, and it is essential to do your research and investigate any possible interactions between CBD and medication you are using.
Scientific research lags behind anecdotal evidence, so hard and fast claims cannot be made as to CBDs ability to ‘cure’ or alleviate particular illnesses. However, there is a wealth of health and beauty brands which have been persuaded of its brilliance and, increasingly, CBD products are hitting the shelves offering an endless list of potential benefits. It’s not just the independent, ‘alternative’ or ‘hippy’ stores either. CBD is going mainstream as more and more businesses rush to incorporate CBD into a variety of beauty and wellness products. From products for ingestion such as beverages, capsules, oils, and even gummy bears, to products strictly for external use such as bath salts, eye serums and sleep masks, the list just goes on.
Thinking of joining the revolution?
If your business is hoping to join the CBD revolution and looking for bulk CBD seeds to grow, you will want to find a seed which has been cultivated with high levels of CBD for extraction and with 0.3% or less THC to ensure that you are compliant with legal guidelines. Depending on where you are in the world, check your local laws as they may differ with regards to cultivating plants for CBD at home or in business.
If you’re considering incorporating CBD into your life in one way or another, be sure to do your research. If you do make the jump, you’ll find yourself in the company of CBD devotees such as Seth Rogan, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow to name but a few. It might seem like a fad, but CBD products don’t look like they’re going away any time soon. In fact, they’re seeing an explosion in popularity. The options for different ways of adding CBD into your routine are growing fast, and the sky seems to be the limit.