What Does 420 Mean For CBD?

CBD Can. Be. Demystified.

Diets come and go, fashion changes in the blink of an eye, and even true love often fades quickly. One trend, however, that is sure to endure is the use of CBD oil in the natural products industry. With this in mind, the term 420 just might take on new meaning. Typically, the phrase is synonymous with marijuana smoking at 4:20 pm on April 20th each year. There is a great deal of momentum in the purchase of CBD products for anxiety, pain, cancer recovery, and even pet health. Expo West®, The Natural Products Trade Show, in Anaheim experienced record amounts of vendors marketing CBD products in 2019. CBD (can·na·bi·di·ol), has taken its place center stage in the exploding health craze, and research predicts it will remain in the spotlight as an adored protagonist, indefinitely.

What is CBD?

An article published by Dr. Peter Grinspoon in Harvard Health states, “CBD is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”* It is important to recognize that CBD products should still be upheld to the highest of GMP(Good Manufacturing Practices) standards. Consumers will want to be reassured of the purity and quality when they make a purchase.

Health Benefits of CBD

CBD from hemp is used for many health applications ranging from anxiety to pain management

Should You Try CBD?

Well that’s a personal question, literally. I can say there are a plethora of success stories, albeit anecdotal, sharing the good news of CBD for various conditions. Clinical, peer reviewed studies still need to be done in depth and are underway for many certified products. Personally, I have used a roll on Hemp CBD product for my swollen elbow with great results, and I remain open minded about its potential to reduce symptoms and promote healing both mentally and physically.

While my personal stance on 420 and the use of recreational marijuana remains on the conservative spectrum, as a health educator I am open minded about the clinical and medical benefits of Cannabis. Medicine and nutrition often exist on parallel planes, narrowly missing the opportunity to converge for the sake of integrative healing. I am inspired by the possibilities that exist to bring these two industries together, to share the spotlight. The CBD movement just may be the solution to bridge the gap between them.

As a final note, please remember to always consult your physician if you are considering CBD as an option for any health condition you may have.