Aug 17 2020 10:22 AM
Aug 17 2020 10:22 AM
Owing to the swelling popularity of CBD, we wouldn’t be surprised if you come across the substance on the ingredients list of innumerable products starting from chocolates, gummies, tea and oils to sparkling water, face masks and hair gels. The reason why CBD has been able to successfully bombard the market with its charm is that people have to come to know about its life-altering properties which are not only rare but also expensive as well.
For the uninitiated, CBD or, cannabidiol is similar to the cannabis plant which grows to become marijuana. Nevertheless, the THC compound, which is known to create the high when introduced in one’s system, is missing in CBD. This implies that if you consume edibles or, medicines that contain traces of CBD, you will not lose your senses altogether which happens to be the most common stigma associated with the cannabis plant.
The introduction of technology
The biggest problem with edible CBD at the moment is that it is introduced to the human body in an inefficacious manner because of which, most of it flushes down through urine. Nonetheless, this is where the role of technology comes into play. After thoroughly analyzing the glitches, several companies are capitalizing on freshly-devised delivery methods like medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). MCTs are simple methods that offer rich texture to the edibles they are used on but, only promise limited delivery of CBD. Innumerable studies have shown that these approaches of binding CBD with drugs and edibles are way more effective than the conventional industry standards, at least, as far as the amount of CBD entering the bloodstream is concerned.
Apart from this, technological advancements have also propagated the concept of water-soluble CBD. These products, if manufactured suitably, can reduce the costs of the common oil-soluble items available in the market by a decent fraction. As per surveys, more and more vendors are welcoming the idea of replacing the oil-based products with their water-compatible counterparts and justifiably so. For instance, a handful of studies have revealed that in the case of oil-based CBD, only 4% of the actual substance seeps into our bloodstream. Along with this, some manufacturing labels are also trying to increase the scope of bioavailability which will precisely calculate the portion of CBD entering our bloodstream and the part of which that is rendering an active effect.
The science behind this progress
On entering our bodies, the CBD binds itself with the endocannabinoid system which is a highly complex structure and is meant to regulate a lot of important functions of the brain and the rest of the body. Several problematic areas pertaining to our mood, appetite, sleep, energy, pain, and memory can be soothed be, therefore, soothed by CBD. For those of you who might not know, people have accepted that applying CBD cream and oil over sore muscles or, consuming CBD has helped them combat with flinching pain and unforeseen mood swings. Although the respite is temporary, health experts think that if CBD-based products are used over a long period (under a physician's supervision), you can be reprieved from a string of agonizing ailments including asthma, arthritis, depression, allergies and the like.
How is this changing the landscape of the medical sector?
To evade the veil of dishonor that had for so long encumbered CBD, and place itself as a viable alternative in the medical sector, will inevitably require a lot of time and hard work. Wellness products that go inside our bodies should be backed by authentic and most importantly, significant claims. The fact that so many doctors, scientists, and researchers have come out in support of CBD and its health benefits, cannot be overlooked here.
You’ll be startled to know that in the recent past, CBD proved beneficial in treating a patient with epilepsy who, from a very young age, had to endure frequent seizures. This is from where the ball started rolling towards CBD’s favor. Furthermore, studies have affirmed that mild doses of CBD can even reduce the addiction and restlessness caused by salient drug cues which is a massive development in this scenario.
What lies in the future?
Different countries are dealing with this approach of including CBD in edibles and medicines distinctly. The European Commission, for example, permitted the use of CBD in “novel foods”. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) operating in the USA have only approved of a single CBD treatment, namely Epidiolex for epileptics.
The silver lining is that technological and scientific growths are creating a shift in the realms of cannabis and CBD which, in turn, infers that more illnesses can be cured with this easily-available and affordable substance.