CBD has received an enormous amount of attention lately. In fact, it seems not a day goes by without some mention of CBD on social media, the news, or elsewhere.

But what exactly has fueled this interest in CBD? In this article, we explore some of the main reasons CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years.

The Story Of Charlotte’s Web

Undoubtedly, one of the most influential catalysts leading to CBD’s rise in popularity was the release of a 2013 news report on “Charlotte’s Web.”

Charlotte’s Web is a potent CBD extract manufactured by the Stanley Brothers from Colorado, USA. It is named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl from Boulder, Colorado, who uses the oil for severe epileptic seizures.

Charlotte’s story first made headlines in 2013, after CNN published an in-depth report exploring the ameliorative potential of CBD, especially for seizures and tremors caused by severe forms of epilepsy like Dravet Syndrome.

This report shined a global spotlight not only on Charlotte and other children like her, but also on CBD specifically. Since its broadcast in 2013, countless other reports have further explored CBD, it’s chemical makeup, effects on the body, and therapeutic potential.

Increased Research

Another major factor influencing the rise of CBD is an increase in scientific research of cannabis and hemp plants.

While humans have used cannabis for thousands of years, it is only in the last few years that we’ve really begun understanding the plant, its many compounds, and the effects they can have on the human body.

For example, THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) was only isolated from the plant in 1964 (just over 50 years ago); human cannabinoid receptors and endogenous cannabinoids (like anandamide and 2-AG) were only discovered in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Ever since, a growing body of research has tried to better understand cannabis. This research has not only helped the general populace better understand the cannabis plant, it has built up a lot of awareness about specific compounds, such as CBD.

Legality And Accessibility

Legality is a big topic in the cannabis industry. “Legalize cannabis” campaigns have gained a lot of momentum across the world, which is another major reason CBD and other cannabinoids have become more widespread.

This is mainly because CBD, unlike THC, is less restricted in many countries. This is largely due to the fact that CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it doesn’t interfere with normal physical or psychological functioning.

In the US, for example, CBD products with less than 1% THC are completely legal and can be purchased online and shipped virtually all around the country.

The same is true in many European countries. In Switzerland, for example, products like hemp cigarettes containing 4mg of CBD can be purchased like regular cigarettes and tobacco products at supermarkets and kiosks.

The fact that CBD is less restricted than THC and other cannabinoids makes it much more appealing for consumers looking to use cannabis and hemp products. It also makes it much easier to ship and market these products, making them more accessible.

Increased Market Size

Another contributing factor to CBD’s boom is increased market size.

The cannabis industry, in general, is already experiencing massive growth. In the US, for example, it is estimated to be worth over USD $20 billion by 2020. But the demand for CBD products is especially high. The market for CBD-rich hemp and hemp-derived products is already valued at roughly USD $130 million according to a 2016 market estimate by Vote Hemp and the Hemp Business Journal.

The United States is seeing a big increase in CBD companies, offering everything from food supplements (like hemp seed), to products like CBD-rich tinctures, to cosmetics, body creams, lotions, and more.

In Europe, the demand for CBD is pegged at roughly €2 billion, according to research by nova-Institute and HempConsult, two German companies who researched the European market potential for non-psychoactive CBD products.

This growing market size directly stimulates the popularity of CBD. With more companies and products on the market, customers are being presented with more information about CBD and its many potential uses.

Increased Awareness

All of the factors we’ve discussed in this article so far (increased research, improved accessibility, and bigger market size) are significant on their own. However, together they work to generally increase awareness of CBD on a global scale.

The research into CBD, for example, is fueling countless media reports on new scientific studies exploring every aspect of this unique chemical.

Meanwhile, the fact that CBD is accessible and legal makes it easier for consumers to experiment with CBD products and try them out for themselves. The growing market potential also means that companies and other interested groups are putting together more information about CBD and making it regularly available.

And in today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever before to disseminate that information and reach a global audience. Through increased media attention and the rise of social media, people are coming into contact with CBD-related information on a daily basis, regardless of where they live.

CBD Is Extremely Versatile

Last, but not least, one of the main reasons CBD has become so popular is because of its versatility.

For some, it’s an important nutritional supplement; for others, a new addition to their health and beauty routine.

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CBD Oil is Catching the Attention of Veterinarians

Applying cannabis as a supplement for dogs, cats, and other furry friends is very much like it is with humans: not everybody is in agreement or on the same page.

CBD hemp oil (which contains virtually no THC) as a daily nutritional supplement still faces stigma and scrutiny from human doctors and veterinarians alike. This can be attributed to a handful of reasons, ranging from lack of research to a head-in-the-sand mindset regarding anything to do with marijuana.

However, just like human M.D.s, there are also several animal doctors and vets who not only accept CBD oil as a treatment for pets, they swear by it and often recommend it. Some pet owners aren’t waiting for the science or the law to catch up with what they see as a viable option for treating their pets’ illnesses or making them more comfortable.

In this entry, we’ll hear why some vets and pet owners support CBD for pets, and then you can make the decision about whether your animal friend could benefit from a daily serving of CBD.

Veterinary Medicine And Cannabis
Humans have used cannabis for quite some time. Some archeological sites have been discovered to show that cannabis was in use—even cultivated—for at least 10,000 years. Point being, even though CBD hemp oil is a relatively new addition to the cannabis world, hemp and humans have had a long and fruitful history.

Every day, more research and anecdotal evidence emerges about the benefits of taking a daily serving of CBD oil. Humans and mammals share the same type of homeostatic system within their bodies (more on that in just a bit), so naturally some forward-thinking vets believe that animals, including your Fido and kitty cat, can also benefit from CBD. You may be unfamiliar with what CBD oil is and how it works, so let’s do a quick review to get you up to speed.

What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is extracted from the stalks and seeds of hemp plants. CBD is short for Cannabidiol. It is one of over 85 cannabinoids presently found in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts. In other words, CBD oil will not get you high.

How CBD Interacts With Mammals
CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. As our environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to help keep us level.

The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals, and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system (CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) that act in neural communication.

It’s clear that the endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body, but most people do very little to support the health of this system, because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet. This same line of thinking also applies to your pet’s body!

What Aare The Benefits Of CBD Oil For Pets?
Although the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has no official stance or approval concerning CBD oil as a nutritional supplement, many vets and pets owners are convinced that CBD oil can be taken for as a supplement to help many conditions their animals experience.

The cannabinoid CBD interacts with the receptors in the body and can help modulate things like nausea, general health, and much more. There are also no life-threatening side effects with proper serving usage, and no damage to the kidney, liver, or GI tract.

As with any medication, pet owners should consult their veterinarian first before treating their dog with CBD oil. You may need to seek out a veterinarian who has experience with pets being treated with cannabis oil to discuss proper serving size and reputable manufacturers.

Note: Although CBD hemp oil is beneficial to health, CBDedication.com does not make any medical claims based on the products we sell and should not be used with the intention of curing, or improving an illness.

A few short weeks ago, HempMeds® Mexico President Raul Elizalde addressed the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) about CBD.

The Thirty-Ninth meeting of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence was a five-day event in November 2017. The meeting took place for the ECDD to explore changes to the international scheduling of 16 different substances, including cannabidiol (CBD).

 

HISTORIC DAY FOR HEMPMEDS® AND CBD

The day was monumental for CBD, as the decision by the special committee could significantly influence CBD’s legality around the world and potentially impact the health options of millions.

At an open session on November 6, 2017, Raul spoke before the international officials about CBD’s benefits and its lack of psychoactivity. He urged the special committee to lift CBD’s internationally regulated status by considering it non-psychoactive and classifying it a nutritional supplement.

During his presentation to the committee at the U.N., Raul spread CBD awareness by sharing the story of his daughter Grace, Raul and his family were the first to sue the Mexican government for the right to import CBD oil into Mexico. He also shared the experiences of other families with CBD, and presented the results of recent studies on children using CBD products in Mexico.

 

RAUL’S ROAD

Raul’s story and journey to Geneva drew quite a bit of attention. Here is a collection of some of media articles and write-ups about Raul’s history-making journey.

HighTimes online’s A.J. Harrington wrote an article about HempMeds and Raul’s reasons for being a CBD champion. “He (Raul) was instrumental in the legalization of medical cannabis in Mexico, and his company (HempMeds®) produces the only cannabis medicine currently allowed by the Mexican government.”  https://hightimes.com/news/united-nations-decide-fate-cbd/

The MMJ Observer’s Steven Russel wrote this blog on Monday, November 6th, where he notes that “Dr. Stuart Titus, the CEO of HempMeds®, expressed that they are excited and honored to speak to United Nations leaders on an international stage about Cannabidiol as a supplement intended to maintain and enhance the well-being of millions.” https://www.mmjobserver.com/medical-marijuana-inc-otcmktsmjna-hempmeds-gets-attention-of-united-nations/29078/

The Latin American Heritage Tribune contributed this piece, that perfectly sums up Raul’s reasons for becoming a voice for CBD: “The father of a girl with severe epilepsy whose case paved the way for the legalization of medical marijuana in Mexico will appear before the World Health Organization on Monday to defend the use of a cannabis-derived compound as a treatment for seizures.”   http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2445772&CategoryId=14091