“I need vitamins to
help with my workout recovery. Do you have anything to help me sleep at night?
I have restless legs, can CBD help me? I heard it can ease my arthritis
symptoms. Is that true?
How has CBD become such an alternative health craze?
That’s a good question, especially since CBD hasn’t been approved by the FDA, even though it has been endorsed by the World Health Organization. As a matter of fact, in a 2017 report by the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, the WHO said “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. That’s reassuring considering the fact that businesses, large and small, are restricted in what they can say about what CBD can do for you.
You may hear companies make claims that they can fix your health problems. They may say things like, “CBD can prevent conditions like diabetes or Alzheimer’s.” The US Hemp Roundtable, which describes itself as ‘a coalition of dozens of leading companies and organizations committed to safe hemp and CBD products’, applauded the FDA for calling out CBD companies who are breaking the law with deceptive marketing practices. However, they disapproved of the FDA saying that CBD isn’t ‘generally regarded as safe’. That certainly seems at odds with the statements of the WHO.
In the United States, a
company being FDA compliant IS generally regarded as safe if you want to continue
to survive. So, how has CBD become such an alternative health craze in the face
of all the hype surrounding its rise?
In short, people who use CBD are self-reporting. They are the one’s making a vast array of claims and reports. These glowing reviews can probably be safely described by companies as relief from the symptoms of ‘x,y, or z’. It is frustrating to see someone experience a life changing result from the use of your product, and NOT be allowed to tell others about it. The upside though, is their relief and happiness and the satisfaction that you’ve been a positive part of their life. When you are looking for a CBD product, either for the first time or for a resupply for your regimen, look for the businesses that care, because they are looking out for you and for the industry they represent.
This joint relationship between the consumer and proprietor is the real reason CBD has become such an alternative health craze in the US.