By James Ainsworth
There is a quiet revolution happening in American society regarding health, medical treatment and well-being. Its dimensions are staggering and yet in comparison to events happening in our national news media, these new changes are almost unnoticed or perhaps poorly understood at a national or mass level. Millions of people are discovering the extraordinary healing powers of CBD, cannabidiol, part of the powerful molecular ingredients in the hemp and cannabis plants.
According to a recent Gallup poll, one in every seven Americans has tried or is currently using CBD in one form or another. Rolling Stone magazine projects that the market for CBD will reach $22 billion by 2022. CBD is being used to treat ailments ranging from epilepsy, anxiety and depression to pain, inflammation and improving sleep. CBD is being used in topically in creams, lotions and salves and orally in oils, pills and tinctures, even in coffee, tea, juices and various food items. And while scientists are learning more about how the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system functions and how it affects health or illness, the science is lagging far behind the product boom.
The popularity and use of CBD is quite overwhelming and growing at an extraordinary, dizzying pace that is unprecedented and has no historic parallels in American society. NPR’s radio talk show 1A recently dedicated one of its broadcasts to covering the CBD phenomenon and the topic appears to be one of their most popular segments, judging from the wide array of call-ins and feedback they received. This 45-minute podcast is an excellent introduction to some of the overarching issues, questions and concerns about CBD and its potentials as it grows in popularity. The podcast is hosted by 1A’s Joshua Johnson, who moderates a panel discussion with Jayne O’Donnell, health policy reporter for USA Today; Ziva Cooper, research director for the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative; Laura Fuentes, a licensed pharmacist and co-founder of Green Roads CBD and Mandy Bloomingdale, a mother who uses CBD to treat her daughter’s severe epilepsy.
This highly informative discussion and covers some of the legal, social, medical and practical issues surrounding the growing use of CBD throughout our society. There are so many forms and products that on the market that use the label or term “CBD” that it is wise to invoke the age-old consumer warning, “buyer beware!” Just because a product is labeled CBD does not tell the buyer anything about the actual amounts or CBD or THC or other chemicals in the ingredients (or even if CBD is present at all). High quality products will have their ingredients verified and tested by independent labs and consumers should do their own research and examine productions for documentation verifying claims. Furthermore, the best quality CBD products will be organically-grown and only fresh, natural ingredients will be combined with the CBD. Buyers should also understand the varying quantities of CBD versus THC originating from hemp versus cannabis and associated legal issues as well as how CBD and THC quantities may effect their experience of a particular product. Finally, customers should be careful to start with a low dosage and to use CBD and to give their usage time to work out systemic effects. Every individual person’s body is unique and the symptoms and conditions being treated vary as well; the wrong dosage can lead to CBD not achieving its potential or desired results.
Serenity Remedies is independently tested and verified for its specific CBD content. Furthermore, only organic farming techniques and natural ingredients are used. Our customers always give Serenity Remedies strong testimonials and positive feedback about our products, especially in comparison to other CBD products that are on the market. Our intention is to make Serenity Remedies affordable as well as to ensure that our customers can explore their greatest health and healing potentials by producing authentic, high quality CBD products. We are confident in our offerings and we hope that as consumers educate themselves on CBD, they will be drawn to authentic products such as ours and can avoid so many of the scams, online marketing schemes and inferior products that are exploiting a lack of understanding in the general public.