The CBD industry is already well on its way to becoming the nutraceutical industry's next big thing. Current projections indicate that the American market will be worth $20 billion by 2020 and will reach $22 billion by 2022. While hemp/CBD is not classified as a dietary supplement, its exclusion from Schedule 1 and the mounting evidence around its health benefits are enough for manufacturers, brand owners, and consumers at large to make a note of it.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally-occurring compound found in plants, that belongs to a family of compounds called cannabinoids or more specifically, phytocannabinoids (phyto here meaning plant). Common plants that contain phytocannabinoids include hemp, oregano, and basil.
CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike THC and is known to have a calming effect on our body that helps in relieving stress and anxiety.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD can be consumed, inhaled, or can be topically applied. It enters the body and interacts with a network of receptors that form the Endocannabinoids System (ECS). These receptors bond naturally with cannabinoids like CBD to offer relief for an array of conditions like stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
The Health Benefits That CBD Offers
Now that we know how CBD interacts with the body, we can dive into its health benefits:
CBD & Stress Management
Regular exposure to stressful situations can cause a lot of health issues right from high blood pressure, depression, anxiety to other more severe health conditions.
CBD interacts with the ECS receptors and improves cognitive functions to calm the mind and make it alert. This ensures that the brain responds to stressful situations effectively and that the stress cycle is negated.
CBD & Muscle Relaxation
Muscle contraction occurs due to chemical messengers that originate in the Central Nervous System (CNS). These messengers reach the muscles and compel them to contract painfully.
CBD slows the release of these messengers and increases the body’s supply of endocannabinoids, which:
- Act as muscle relaxants
- Reduce spasticity, a condition in which the muscles continuously contract
Addressing Anxiety with CBD
As CBD interacts with CB1 (Cannabinoid receptor type 1) that are distributed in the brain and central nervous system, it is known to be effective for anxiety-related disorders.
In a recent study, a sample of patients with complaints of anxiety and poor sleep were asked to try CBD. It was observed that within the first month 79.2% patients’ anxiety scores reduced and continued to decrease over the period of the trial.
According to research, 25 mg. of phytocannabinoids daily has been shown to calm stress and stress-induced anxiety.
Though more clinical trials are required, it is safe to conclude that CBD does have a positive effect and can be an effective remedy for anxiety disorders.
CBD for Addressing Sleep-Related Disorders
Anyone that has experienced insomnia or a related sleep disorder in his or her lifetime knows it can be downright frustrating. The most common ways for addressing these issues in the past have included lifestyle changes, exercising, reducing caffeine, and better stress management. Supplements or medications are also prescribed to deal with the symptoms, however, they have their set of side effects.
Sleep deprivation, something that disrupts the endocannabinoid system, can be handled with the positive effect of CBD on the sleep patterns - it calms the nervous system and positively interacts with the ECS.
Other benefits include the fact that with THC less than 0.3%, CBD is non-psychoactive, and there is no fear of it turning into a habit. The calming effect ensures that people sleep better and wake up refreshed as against the groggy effect which patients on sedatives feel.
Limited Side Effects
Though numerous studies on CBD have shown that it is extremely safe and has minimal known side effects, there has been some evidence of risk with this otherwise well-tolerated therapy:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Possible interactions with medications like blood thinners, beta blockers, etc. due to CBD’s inhibitive effect on the liver’s Cytochrome P-450 System (this metabolizes all drugs that are ingested)
It is important to note that there have been zero deaths associated with CBD and patients seem to handle it well normally, even in higher dosages.
On an average 15 to 25 mg of CBD is recommended; however, even high dosages of CBD have hardly shown any negative effects.
A review published in the Current Drug Safety journal shows that CBD has no adverse effects on psychological parameters including blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, gastrointestinal transit, etc.
While more research is being completed to understand the complete potential of CBD, you need to keep abreast with the latest research and see how it can be used to create a high-quality product that will address a specific health need for your audience.
According to an article by Gene Bruno, Professor of Nutraceutical Sciences at Huntington College, published in Total Health Magazine, almost one-third adults report that stress negatively impacts their physical and mental health - and 42% report feelings of being nervous or anxious.
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About the Author: Gene Bruno
Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG) - With decades of experience working along side healthcare professionals and natural product retailers, developing innovative nutraceutical formulations, and working with academic institutions, Gene has cultivated a truly unique and impressive catalog of nutraceutical knowledge and insights.