The cannabis industry is growing at a fast rate, and many experts believe that it will continue to do so. There have many projections as to how big this industry could get; some say it could worth billions in just a few years.
There are already many cannabis-based products on the market such as oils, tincture, gummies, sprays, tablets, and edibles. Many business analysts think that as the industry grows, more products would be introduced to the market. Already there are cannabis-infused drinks. Many big-name beverage companies such as Coke Cola, Pepsi, and many others have reportedly started producing cannabis-infused drinks.
The change in perspective on cannabis is impressive. This plant went from being one of the most persecuted by governments across the world, to becoming a booming industry worth billions of dollars. The cannabis plant has also become reputed for its useful medicinal abilities. Many countries in the east and other parts of the world have long traditions of using cannabis as medicine. In this article, we will examine what has led to the shift in the way western countries view the cannabis plant. We will also consider some of the many benefits that many western scientists have discovered that cannabis possesses.
The first thing to consider is that there are different types of cannabis. Although governments are changing their policies on cannabis, there are still against the recreational use of marijuana. However, their position on the use of other varieties of the plant has changed. To better understand this, we have to delve into the many components of the cannabis plant and what makes them different.
Researchers have discovered that there are many components in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids. There are an estimated 400 cannabinoids in the cannabis sativa plant. However, very few have been studied. Cannabidiol or CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC are arguably the most studied of the 400 cannabinoids in this plant. CBD and THC have similar chemical structures and they both have healing abilities, but they affect the body differently. CBD has been described as a non-toxic and non-psychoactive compound, while THC is the main compound in the marijuana plant that gives people the euphoric feeling of being ‘high.’
A large percentage of the studies into cannabis has focused on CBD. Western scientist seems to favor the use of CBD because it does not have any mind-altering effect. CBD has been shown to be able to provide relief for a host of diseases such as anxiety, insomnia, seizures caused by epilepsy, Parkinson’s diseases, chronic pain, cancer, inflammation, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
The many research into CBD has discovered that it is beneficial because of its ability to work with the body endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a complex biological system that controls vital functions such as sleep, mood, appetite, the perception of pain, and many others. CBD interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system to produce its healing effects.