Cannabidiol (CBD), a molecule found in the agricultural hemp plant, has ignited a movement in health and wellness. Once shunned for its ties to recreational cannabis, CBD now gets featured prominently in the health section of grocery stores. Gummies, capsules, powders, beverages, gel caps—you name it, there’s a product of it infused with CBD. These supplements containing CBD-rich hemp extracts are widely used to balance the body’s endocannabinoid system.
What is a Dietary Supplement?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a dietary supplement is defined as a “product taken by mouth that contains a dietary ingredient intended to supplement the diet.” The dietary ingredients may include minerals, vitamins, herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids and more. A dietary supplement can also be an extract or a concentrate and they come in a variety of forms for easy ingestion.
That definition of a dietary supplement was created by the US Congress in the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. These regulations still define the industry for products designated to improve one’s health and well-being.
Up until the 2014 Farm Bill, the only place most people would find products containing CBD was in a medical cannabis dispensary. Because of this, many people did not know about CBD and even if they wanted to try it, it would be difficult to access. However, for those early adopters, the effects of cannabis extracts rich in CBD were transformative, and many began to share this newfound health-hack. Once people realized that these CBD oil products were a way to harness the power of cannabis without the intoxicating effects, the demand soared and the CBD evolution began.
CV Sciences, Inc. (formerly known as CannaVest) led as a pioneer in the CBD movement. Starting out with CBD-rich hemp extracts in 2012, CV Sciences recognized the need for quality CBD products. In 2014, they launched their top-selling CBD supplement brand, PlusCBD™ Oil. CV Sciences began creating and distributing industrial hemp-derived CBD products to allow everyone access to this new health wonder. In the early days, the most common way to take CBD was in a tincture or an oil. As CBD became more well-known and accepted as a dietary supplement, more types of CBD products became available. Now, PlusCBD™ Oil has one of the largest selections of CBD-rich hemp extract products to fit everyone’s needs.
How Can a CBD Supplement Help You?
It is important to note that dietary supplements are very different from pharmaceutical drugs and prescription medications. A drug is used to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. A supplement is not intended to cure disease, treat any symptoms, or conditions. Like other well known-supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, fish oil, and turmeric, CBD-rich hemp extracts are to help maintain balance in a healthy body.
Each and every one of us possesses an endocannabinoid system. We produce our own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, and they help us to maintain balance in many of our physiological functions. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system to enhance wellness. In addition to the CBD molecule, PlusCBD™ products are rich in fatty acids, terpenes, the minor cannabinoids, vitamin E, and plant sterols.
Research studies have been performed looking for the benefits of taking CBD-rich hemp extracts as a supplement. CV Sciences and the Center for Applied Health Sciences (CAHS) recently completed a groundbreaking clinical study the PlusCBD™ Gold Oil in healthy peole. In a double-blind human study, researchers found that one capsule of our Gold Formula helped participants to sleep better, lose weight, and even feel more enjoyment from life. However, more research must be done before these results can be confirmed conclusively.
Many of the people who have tried PlusCBD™ Oil have described feeling both more clear-headed and content. CBD rich-hemp extracts can help you to balance your endocannabinoid system and to support your overall health. However, results can vary from person to person, and it’s always important to do your research and speak with your health care provider before taking any new supplements.