Who Can Take CBD Oil?
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an important Pre Review Report on Cannabidiol (CBD). The report was conducted by the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. It was the first attempt of the committee to offer an informative review regarding CBD use. General findings from the review stated several potential positive impacts of CBD on people and animals. https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf
The WHO study mentioned that studies have not found many of the negative effects in CBD that are often associated with THC. Concerns related to toxicology, adverse reactions, dependence, and abuse potential all appear to be extremely minimal or non-existent among CBD consumers. More importantly, the review also cited other studies showing how CBD could provide therapeutic benefits to people fighting 17 different diseases. This list includes the following:
- Alzheimers’ disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Huntington’s disease
- Hypoxia-ischemia injury
- Inflammatory diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflammatory bowel and Crohn’s diseases
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Diabetic complications.
Millions of people in the United States suffer a great deal of pain and discomfort every year thanks to the diseases mentioned above. For this reason, there is little wonder why CBD oil is rapidly becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. The growth is fueled by 3 general groups of consumers.
CBD Oil for Adults
In January 2019, Consumer Reports surveyed a nationally representative group of over 4,000 Americans to learn more about current rates of CBD consumption (https://www.consumerreports.org/cbd/cbd-goes-mainstream/). The survey group is just one small portion of the estimated 64 million people in the United States believed to have tried CBD oil in the previous 24 months. This means that roughly 26% of Americans have tried CBD at least one time in just the last past 2 years. The majority of these early adopters, 40% to be exact, are between the ages of 18-29 but it is interesting to note that 15% are 65 and up.
Overall, most adults cite one of four main reasons for their consumption of CBD products. The most popular reason adults begin using CBD is in order to reduce stress or anxiety and relax. Nearly a quarter of adults believe they are using CBD oil to help with joint pain. The remaining 20 percent is split between people who use CBD oil to achieve better sleep or those who are simply taking it for fun or recreation purposes.
CBD Oil for Children
As the list of benefits for CBD oil use increased, more parents began to wonder if it is a safe and effective alternative for children to use. Parents of children under the age of 18 list advantages for CBD oil such as the fact that it is a natural product, with non-psychoactive properties, that is easily digested and processed by the body (https://cbdoilreview.org/cbd-cannabidiol/is-cbd-oil-safe-for-children/). These benefits made CBD oil enticing for families facing high medical costs while fighting chemotherapy, seizures, or ADHD.
Many consumers are often surprised to learn hemp-based CBD oil is legal and available for minors to use in the United States. While minors are legally able to also purchase CBD oil in stores, this is not always allowed by businesses. When sold in stores, the business has the right to chose to only sell CBD products to people age 18 and older.
CBD Oil for Pets
It is also legal to give CBD oil to pets. In fact, all animals have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Therefore, it is believed animals likely experience similar benefits to humans when taking CBD (https://medium.com/randy-s-club/7-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-endocannabinoid-system-35e264c802bc).
Many Green Remedy customers report trying CBD for themselves before offering it to their pets. One great example of this can be seen in this recent Green Remedy Success Story (link to GR success story about Duke). Fortunately, Green Remedy now offers a special bacon flavor product. It is specially formulated for animals like dogs and cats. The bacon flavor is unique and provides animals with a taste they will love!
Similar to humans, it is imperative to find the correct amount of CBD oil to administer to pets. Unfortunately, this might be a little more challenging with animals that are unable to provide communication about the effects they are experiencing. Pet parents interested in starting a CBD regimen with their animals should also consult with a trusted veterinarian beforehand, especially if the CBD oil is meant to treat a health-related issue.