Hemp and CBD products is a billion-dollar industry with many people claiming it helps them with chronic pain and illnesses.
It’s one of the hottest trends emerging in the growing cannabis industry – CBD.
Many people claiming it offers medical benefits without getting high.
Do a quick search online and you’ll find several CBD items, but the cannabis product is also going mainstream with CVS Pharmacy selling products containing hemp-derived CBD oil, as well as Carl’s Jr. – known for its famous star, it’s also rolling out a cheeseburger infused with CBD.
Right now, it’s only been offered in Colorado.
Tony Caudle is the manager of Valley Pure located in Woodlake.
“CBD has been around here for a long time, and the benefits of it are long lasting,” Caudle said.
His cannabis business has taken off with clients seeking not only marijuana – but also CBD products – from beverages to oils and creams to candy.
“You see a lot of people who come in who just have the minor aches and pains of everyday life. They’re getting older. They want something just to take it away. They try the Advil; the Tylenol things that don’t work. Why not try something healthy that’s organic and your body produces right?”
For Rianna Carpenter, it’s part of the routine she uses to start her day.
“You can’t beat something that doesn’t give you bad side effects,” she said.
Just a couple drops in her cup of coffee and she starts her day.
While in the marines, Carpenter was diagnosed with severe anxiety.
She was not allowed to take CBD while she was still active in the service, so she ended taking medication that was prescribed by a doctor.
“I felt kind of mellow – kind of relaxed. Couldn’t get sad – couldn’t get mad – just in the middle. And people say it’s just zombie-like to be on medication like that, and I really felt just there. I couldn’t feel emotion,” Carpenter said.
She wanted to find another route to cope with her illness.
“I was kind of nervous to try it because, you know, the misconception was it’s going to get you high. I didn’t want to get high,” Carpenter said.
The farm bill which was passed by Congress, removing hemp from the Controlled Substances Act because it had such low levels of THC, opened a whole new market in the cannabis industry.
A medical expert at Community Regional Medical Center says “Don’t be your own doctor; talk to your primary care physician before trying CBD oils.”
But Dr. Rais Vohra, medical director of the Poison Control Center, says he hasn’t seen problems with people using CBD products.
Vohra says CBD will not appear on a drug test.
“CBD oil is derived from the same plant that THC and marijuana is derived from – the same from medical marijuana or recreational marijuana. The CBD itself, the CBD oil is not the same compound that gets people intoxicated or high, but it seems to have some effect and some benefits in chronic pain conditions,” he said.
Vohra says CBD also has some medical benefits when it comes to vomiting, nausea and muscle spasm, although there’s no research on the long term use of CBD products.
The doctor says to let the results speak for themselves.
“I would advise people if you are going to try it, make a commitment to yourself that you’re not going to take it every single day if you don’t need it, and really pay attention to your body,” Vohra said.
For Carpenter, the stigma of taking CBD is gone.
“It’s a healthy habit now,” she said. “It’s a way of life.”
And CBD experts recommend people who are interested in trying CBD to do their research before buying the product.