The cannabis compound cannabidiol, or CBD, continues to make headlines for its potential to treat health conditions ranging from anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and severe epilepsy. As the medical marijuana industry becomes a thriving, global community, CBD-based products can become more economical, safer and more accessible worldwide.
What Is CBD?
The most abundant compound in marijuana is THC, the ingredient responsible for marijuana’s famous “high.” But the next most common compound in cannabis is CBD — a non-psychoactive ingredient responsible for most of the healing benefits of cannabis.
Both THC and CBD act on the human body’s own extensive network of cannabinoid receptors called the endocannabinoid system. Because CBD affects receptors related to the immune system, the central nervous system, and the vagus nerve, studies reveal that it can promote healing, ease anxiety and even slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
Marijuana on the World Stage
As the United States struggles with legalizing cannabis in an era of stiff opposition by federal regulations, other countries are surging ahead on both the legal and commercial fronts. Marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes with a prescription in most developed countries, and in several, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Israel, it’s available legally to anyone.
Because they contain virtually no THC, CBD-based products are also widely sold online so that people in countries with more stringent restrictions can purchase them, even though local legalities still apply. The demand not only for more and safer products but also for more cannabis strains for research means that growers and manufacturers are seeking new ways and locations to produce it cheaply and in large quantities.
“Outsourcing” Marijuana Means More Profits
The Cannabis Sativa plant originated in India, as such, the plant grows best in warm clients. A versatile plant, marijuana can be grown either outside, in large greenhouses or growhouses.
To meet demand, cannabis producers and researchers are forming partnerships around the globe to encourage better access to quality plants and widespread production of marijuana.
As more and more research reveals new ways to use CBD and other cannabis products, marijuana, once despised as a gateway drug that turned users into hopeless stoners, has taken on a new legitimacy. Now, growers, manufacturers, and consumers are creating a new global cannabis community that can help CBD save lives — anywhere in the world.