Dr. Larry McCleary, an advisor to CBD manufacturer Boomer Natural Wellness, said the medical community is “all over the map” on these products, but they’re gaining acceptance.
“Doctors who are willing to experiment and guide their patients through it have, by and large, been favorably impressed with two things: the benefits that it provides to patients and the relative lack of toxicity,” McCleary said.
The growth engine was the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. “That’s a game-changer,” Dunayer says. “Growing hemp is now legal on a federal level.” Jay Hartenbach, CEO of Medterra CBD, said farmers have responded by ramping up hemp production. That could help drive down prices for CBD products, which are more expensive than traditional over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.
“It seems that mainstream America is now onboard and at least receptive to CBD,” Hartenbach says. “We’re getting legitimacy for a relatively new industry.”
HOW CBD WORKS
– The endocannabinoid system regulates much of the human body, from the brain to the organs to the immune system. Its job is to promote homeostasis — i.e., maintain equilibrium or stability, which in this context is a feeling of emotional calm and physical comfort.
– The system has two types of cannabinoid receptors: CB1, found mainly in the nervous system, and CB2, found in the immune system. The body is constantly creating cannabinoids and their receptors.
– Sometimes, the body needs help generating sufficient cannabinoids. Enter cannabidiol, or CBD. Researchers believe CBD enhances cannabinoid activity, promoting better physical, mental and emotional health.
– Given the extensive nature of the endocannabinoid system, CBD has been linked to many benefits, including sharper mental focus, better sleep and reduced inflammation. CBD supporters tout it as a better alternative to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals because it’s all-natural, non-habit-forming, and has no reported side effects to date.