The buzz around CBD continues to grow as hemp deregulation spreads across the country. Stories of the benefits of CBD for a bedridden child or an autistic individual has inspired hope in those parents looking for an alternative remedy. Yet, ironically, when you try to actually look up the benefits of this chemical, it’s quite impossible to find. It seems like a lot of people are writing about how promising it is. But everyone is tiptoeing around the actual question. What does it actually do for you?
So is it a hoax? Is CBD the modern day snake oil?
From our research, we can confidently say that CBD is definitely not a fraud. Too many doctors, researchers, and even personal testimonials backing its performance have come out to deny the benefits of CBD.
“His quality of life now is a 1000X better than when he was on pharmaceuticals.” – CNN special report, WEED
So then, why such lack of transparency? With all the technology that exists today, why don’t we know more about CBD? We’ll dig into that a bit later, but let’s first start off with why there’s so much hope and hype behind this chemical.
WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS ABOUT CBD
The media continues to fuel the momentum behind CBD, as reports continue to pour out that praise and proclaim the benefits of CBD. Here are just a few examples:
- “For the first time in a decade, he is living like a normal boy.” – Wired
- “Immediately after starting the cannabis oil, Ryan went into his longest remission ever” – Fox 17
- “Cannabis oil cures boy of cancer after doctors gave him 48 hours to live” – Green Rush Daily
- “Charlotte is largely seizure-free and able to walk, talk and feed herself after taking oil infused with a special pot strain” – CBS
- “Dog owners use CBD oil to treat pain, nausea, anxiety” – Fox 10
- “Her son went from self-harming behavior like banging his head to being able to ride a bike. “ – Forbes
Even with all these miracle stories, all these stories do conclude with inconclusive remarks and some skepticism. This ambiguity definitely doesn’t help the customers who are looking to CBD as a potential cure. They’re asked thinking What are its actual benefits? How does it work? Why don’t we know more about it?
WHY THERE’S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY BEHIND CBD
This lack of transparency can be boiled down to a couple reasons that are all intertwined. First, what’s holding everything back is the taboo against cannabis (“marijuana”) that continues to exist in our society. We still hear amazingly exaggerated horror stories of what marijuana can do to us. The Reefer Madness that started back in the 1930s hasn’t gone away. This recent video of Gary Johnson faking a heart attack because of a ludicrous claim against marijuana is just one example.
This taboo, which started around the same time that the US government outlawed cannabis, continues to slow down the progress for medical research around CBD. The FDA and DEA refuse to change their stance on cannabis, which is quite odd considering the US government holds onto a patent that highlights the benefits of CBD. Ultimately, all of this taboo and restrictions have inhibited extensive research around CBD and all the other cannabinoids in cannabis. (Cannabis is known to have 85+ different cannabinoids, many of them potentially having health benefits)
Due to the inconclusive research, it’s hard for any CBD brand to claim any actual benefits for their products. Objectively claiming a certain benefit without approval by the FDA is not only ethically wrong, but it could also lead to legal trouble for these companies.
WHAT PRELIMINARY RESEARCH TELLS US: CBD HEMP OIL BENEFITS
It is true that more research needs to be done to conclusively state these findings as actual benefits of CBD. However, all of these initial results have very promising and powerful implications. Many of these could replace synthetic drugs that have flooded the market and allow patients and customers to use a natural plant as a remedy.
But then again, maybe that’s the exact reason why progress has been so slow… approval of CBD as a legitimate supplement and drug would be a significant blow to big pharmaceutical companies. Just a food for thought.