Hype or Hope? How CBD is Breaking Into the Mainstream
The 21st Century Panacea?
Are you hyped about CBD? If not then you should be!
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s an abundant chemical in the cannabis plant. Unlike pot however, it won’t make you stoned, but instead provides a much different experience. And it’s legal in all 50 states.
In this article we’re going to discuss whether the hype about CBD is justified, the real benefits of CBD, and how you can try CBD in your area.
Why CBD is Hitting the Mainstream?
You may or may not have seen that recent episode on Dr. Oz, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta commenting on CBD “I think there is a legitimate medicine here” and “we’re talking about something that could really help people.”
Dr. Sanjay isn’t the only medical professional who’s embracing CBD. The National Institute of Health’s database contains about 150 studies into CBD for treating different conditions, from infantile spasms to Parkinson’s disease. The positive results of this research have even led to the FDA approving a cannabidiol-based drug known as Epidiolex for treating severe forms of Epilepsy.
Even the government is getting onboard with CBD as a medical solution.
Talk of CBD has also traversed outside academia and into popular culture. Pop singer Mandy Moore before the Golden Globes told Coveteur that she was going to try CBD oil to relieve the pain she experienced from wearing high heels. Singer Willie Nelson created a line of CBD infused coffee beans.
A headline in Glamour magazine read “I replaced my entire beauty routine with only CBD products.”
Finally, it’s not just the youth that are excited about CBD. Many baby boomers today are struggling finding affordable medical solutions for their pains and ailments. CBD serves as an effective treatment for pain and arthritis.
But Why CBD? (Benefits)
The benefits of CBD go beyond just pain relief. CBD users also claim that it helps with other ailments such as inflammation, acne, insomnia, PTSD and even cancer.
But CBD is also breaking into the mainstream, beyond natural healing. Why? Because CBD also treats anxiety and depression, the two conditions that are most affecting the younger generation. That’s right.
In an age of terrorism, political instability and polarization, economic uncertainty, and artificial intelligence about to take over many industries, will CBD come just in time to save the day and help us all get along?
According to Chris Yang, a molecular biologist turned chef, CBD can allow you to “become more engaged with your neighbors, talk more freely, and meet more people you dine with”. Many restaurants have already realized this and are now serving CBD dinners. CBD is flavorless; its only purpose is to serve as a social lubricant, just like wine but without the hangover. In fact, it can actually relieve hangovers. What’s more, it doesn’t increase drastically increase appetite like marijuana can.
Finally, CBD creates a body “high”, not a stoned high. According to Gabe Kennedy, founder of a CBD start-up in New York, he describes CBD effects like this: “Physically, it’s like taking a warm bath, melting the tension away. It is balancing; a leveling, smoothing sensation in the body mostly, and an evenness of attention in the mind.”
How To Find CBD Near You
CBD is starting to appear in everything. From ice cream to dog treats, it’s becoming easier and easier to find.
Right now, however, CBD is most common in the health and beauty industries. You can find pretty much any beauty product with CBD, from shampoos to mascaras to moisturizers and body creams. This is probably because of how widespread aromatherapy has become and the mistrust of traditional institutions like Big Pharma.
Many bars offering CBD drinks are also cropping up. One such bar owner Zsolt Csconka puts it like this: “You can maintain a conversation and know what you are saying. After two or three drinks, you’ll be able to go to the gym the next day.”
Finally, check your local area for CBD themed restaurants. And if you’re traveling you can even look for CBD themed hotels! The James New York-Nomad hotel, for example, offers a room-service CBD tasting menu offering CBD-infused meatballs.