If you told cannabis advocates three years ago, that in 2020, a product derived from cannabis was going to be in the majority of medicine cabinets around the United States, they would have slapped you silly. But now in 2018, It’s they who should be slapped because CBD oil has hit the mainstream in a way many didn’t think possible — even those that dislike marijuana are using it.

It’s fascinating how many different kinds of people are interested in taking CBD. Conservatives, liberals, blacks, whites, pet lovers, and pet haters it doesn’t matter. How has something from cannabis become so universally loved?

The reason is pretty simple; CBD is helping both people and pets with their medical conditions while simultaneously providing a low-side safety profile. As well, hemp CBD does not cause a high like marijuana nor is there a risk of addiction.

A few brief reasons CBD’s popularity is rapidly growing:

  • CBD benefits are multifaceted and can help with a plethora of medical conditions from anxiety to inflammation to seizures to preventive health.
  • Many that suffer with anxiety love CBD because it’s their over-the-counter anxiety medication.
  • Others use it in tandem with their prescription medication to lower its dosage.
  • It treats rare forms of epilepsy that stand up to the best anticonvulsants rendering them useless.
  • With the creation of CBD Gold, CBD’s quality is rapidly increasing as it removes non-beneficial plant material like chlorophyll that creates a strong bitter flavor that both people and pets have issues with.

The Birth of CBD

The first true CBD oil was birthed in 2011 when the Stanley Brothers crossbreed marijuana strains with industrial hemp strains resulting in low-THC & high-CBD marijuana strains. Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis, but hemp strains originated out of Europe and naturally contain low levels of THC. You can read more about the difference between hemp and cannabis.

THC is just one of many therapeutic agents in cannabis plants which are known as cannabinoids and terpenes, However, unlike them, THC is the sole culprit in producing the high associated with marijuana.

After several further cross-breedings, the Stanley Brothers produced a cannabis plant that couldn’t get you high in anyway. However, while it lacked a high — giving it the name “Hippie’s Disappointment” — it still produced many of the therapeutic effects contributed to medical marijuana (relief from anxiety, nausea, reduced inflammation, and management over seizures).

Management over seizures is where CBD first gain attention and where it still banks much of its popularity on. Hitherto to 2011, marijuana itself was gaining traction because it could successfully manage rare forms of epilepsy where nothing else worked. While well-tolerated by adults with developed brains, there are real concerns about THC’s effects on a developing brain.

This left children with these rare forms of epilepsy at the grips of the disease with no light in sight. That was until our low-THC & high-CBD marijuana strain came along and gave one little girl hope when she was on her deathbed.

Charlotte’s Story

Charlotte Figi started having seizures before she wasn’t even a year old — this lead to her diagnosis of a rare and “untreatable” form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. By the time she was age five, Charlotte’s life was at a complete halt with hundreds of seizures a week

Desperate to save their child, Charlotte’s parents heard how cannabis helped a young boy manage his Dravet syndrome and took a chance with medical marijuana strain that was lowish in THC. While considered medical, this strain had enough THC to produce a mild high. The first time she took the oil extracted from this marijuana strain, her seizures disappeared for a week after having them every day for several years.

This lead her parents in search for a company that could supply them with cannabis extract on a long-term basis, and this is when they meet the Stanley Brothers.

Charlotte’s story, first seen in a CNN documentary in 2013 and was blasted all over the news. This birthed Charlotte’s Web, the first CBD oil, and the start of CBD’s rapid growth in popularity.

How CBD Oil Popularity is Changing in 2018

In just a few short years, CBD has sprung up from seemingly nowhere and enter into what feels like everyone’s vocabulary. And while fads spring up out of nowhere all of the time, they don’t have a legal issue by being associated with marijuana. As well, they die as fast as they spring up — CBD is steadily gaining more attention with each new year. If anything it’s just getting started as 2018 is looking to be the year that erases the last barriers holding CBD back.

FDA Approves First CBD Oil

In 2018, the FDA has finally approved the first CBD medication. Other alternative medications such as probiotics, homeopathy, and aromatherapy have been around for longer, but many have not been regulated or approved by the FDA. And this isn’t all that CBD is seeing in this year alone.

Colorado Veterinary Clinical Trials

In late 2017, the first small-scale veterinary clinical study took place out of Colorado State University. While the sample size in this study was small, the results were promising and lead to additional and larger studies taking place in 2018. The finding in these studies are slowly coming out, but look very promising. As well, if you live in Colorado, your dog can participate in the studies.

A Clear Distinction Between Hemp and Marijuana

Perhaps, the most notable thing to happen to CBD products this year is the Hemp Act of 2018. CBD products exist in a weird legal grey area federally. Under the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, States were granted the ability to start pilot programs that allow the cultivation and sale of products derived from industrial hemp as long as they have 0.3% THC or less.

The DEA has tried to contest this and made some ground, but they were mostly overruled. This legal grey area doesn’t concern those buying it, but it makes it tricky for farmers looking for loans and researchers wanting to perform clinical trials.

Introduced by Republican Mitch McConnell, the Hemp Act is now attached to the 2018 Farm Bill (also known as the Agricultural Act) which is almost guaranteed to pass — a new one is voted on every five years.

After that, there isn’t really anything holding CBD back.

Why More and More Pet Owners Are Giving Their Pets CBD Oil

Without a doubt, most pet owners are giving their pets CBD oil because they are seeing and hearing how it’s helping so many people and pets to the same degree. Some people take it for themselves, feel better with it, then find out their dog can benefit in the exact same way.

There aren’t many medications that we can share with our pets without worrying about new or more severe side effects. CBD mimics self-produced cannabinoids that act on receptors all mammals use to regulate and ensure that both physiological and cognitive function are operating as should. Besides differences in weight resulting in higher dosages for humans, there isn’t any other notable difference.

CBD is Becoming More Popular by the day Thanks to the Evidence

It normal to be suspicious of the claims made about CBD. So many are touting it as a miracle drug, but CBD has real challenges ahead of it. Once the 2018 Farm Bill passes, the clinical studies will start popping up in droves, and here we will see undeniable proof of CBD’s ability and inability to treat different medical conditions.

However, many pet owners aren’t wanting for this to happen. For them there is mountains of evidence, and feel that all these future studies will do is prove what they already know — so let’s look at their evidence.

CBD’s Safety

There are concerns about CBD’s safety and its interaction with liver enzymes that metabolize some pharmaceutical drugs. Besides that CBD displays a fantastic low side effect profile, that even the World Health Organization has made statements about. Read more about cbd drug interactions.

As well, there is no lethal or even unsafe dosage of CBD — too much can make you or your dog tired. That’s about it. This is without a doubt one of the big reasons is gaining a lot of attention.

There are many anecdotal reports of people using CBD to manage their anxiety without any side effects where they struggled with common anxiety medication. This kind of talk is seen across many medical conditions. Speaking of . . .

Medical Conditions CBD Helps With

The truth is CBD does help with a lot of medical conditions. We’ve seen this in anecdotal reports that go on for days, in numerous trials, and we know how CBD oil works in the body. We know that CBD helps with many medical conditions because it activates multiple regulatory receptors in the body, some of these make up the Endocannabinoid system which plays a key role in homeostasis.

Is CBD a miracle cure? For some like Charlotte Figi, it is without a doubt. As well, some pet owners swear by it and there isn’t a reason to doubt their claims. However, it’s impossible to know if CBD will be a miracle cure for your pet. Most likely it won’t be, but it may definitely help them out in ways that they need. In rare cases, the most that usually happens is CBD just doesn’t work for some people and pets.

Choosing The Right CBD

With CBD’s increasing popularity and association with marijuana, there are now numerous different CBD products out there. It will leave you with a headache going through all of them. This article isn’t going to go into heavy detail on what you should and shouldn’t buy, but it will gloss over them and give you links to learn more.

  1. Full Spectrum Hemp CBD — Sometimes called whole plant cannabidiol extract. This is what you always want for your dog and most likely you.
  2. Gold Hemp CBD — This takes the extract above and boils it at different temperatures isolating the cannabinoids, terpenes, sugars, and chlorophyll from each other. The cannabinoids and terpenes can then be reintroduced for a more potent oil with a much better flavor profile. As long as cannabinoids and terpenes have all be reintroduced, this oil is currently the best CBD available.
  3. CBD Isolate — Just cannabidiol (CBD) by itself. Was once thought to be the best, but without the other cannabinoids it’s poorly absorbed and doesn’t work near as well for many compared to full spectrum/whole plant. Works better for a rare few than full spectrum, but dosage issue makes it inappropriate for dogs.
  4. Raw CBD — Not well understood yet — has potential but the concept flies a bit in the face of conventional thinking on how cannabinoids and terpenes work.

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