What’s the CBD craze? Are there benefits?

Natalia Estrada, Editor

While perusing the aisles at the local corner store, there is a good chance that you have encountered various “CBD-infused” products, ranging from soda to lip balm.

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, and it has become a popular additive to a slew of consumer products.

CBD has existed for decades but it has just recently gained popularity because of various celebrities and some medical professionals that have begun promoting it as a cure for a variety of ailments. And there is now a booming industry of companies working to cash in on its potential health benefits. However, many of these health benefits are either over- blown and unproven.

The Eagle’s Eye is breaking down a few of the common questions that people have about CBD products.

What is it?

The cannabidiol or CBD is a compound derived directly from the hemp plant which is a cousin of the Marijuana plant. Even though it comes from this plant, by itself, it does produce a “high” in consumers. Proponents of CBD say the plant interacts works with receptors in the human brains which may produce medical benefits.

What are the benefits?

There are products that claim to be treatments for many nervous systems and immune systems like pain, anxiety, depression, stress, muscle spasms, digestive issues, acne, and skin ailments. One in three pet owners gives them to their dogs or cats and it has also been classified as a treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s.

What are the problems?

Some problems and concerns with CBD products are that it can increase blood pressure for taking extreme amounts of CBD, allergies and the most important is that the product has to be checked before consuming. There have been problems where more than a quarter of products contained less CBD than labeled. In addition, THC was found.

What products contain CBD?

-CBD Oils

-Candles, hemp flower

-Tropical cream, lotions, bath bombs

-Gummies, chocolate, candy, gum, food oils

-Water, juice, tea, coffee, and sodas

-CBD pet food and shampoos

Why is it so popular?

This product is so popular because they believe the claims of medical benefits that are touted by the producers of these products. Many famous celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Mandy Moore, and more have promoted these products and this helped to spread the word out about CBD. There are some doctors that believe there are benefits, but there is little evidence that actually proves the many claims that are made. Because the popularity of CBD products is increasing every year, many analysts think that consumer’s product sales are expected to surpass $1 billion by 2020.