The CBD movement and what it means for investors
The cannabis industry is an emerging “sunshine” industry whose growth, unfortunately, is being stalled by legislative restrictions. Majority of countries in the world have legal restrictions whether it be on the cultivation, transport, sale, and use of cannabis. While some enforce stricter rules, others adopt laws that are not being implemented well. In the United States, regulations on marijuana vary across its 50 states.
It is worthy to note, however, that luxury products such as spices and silk were once banned in the market, as well. Early investors and believers of these products eventually became the wealthiest bunch in Europe when the use of spices and silk was fully liberalized. The same goes with Bitcoin whose early bird miners are today’s millionaires — but that cryptocurrency prices are subject to erratic movements is a different story altogether.
The bottom line is: it’s best to invest in developing industries perceived to have a potential for long-term growth even if it is saddled with regulatory hurdles. This strategy may apply to cannabis stocks investing. Because many countries still consider marijuana trade as illicit, several consumers in these areas are shifting to legally-regulated cannabis products such as cannabidiol (CBD).
Investing in cannabidiol
More brokers are looking toward the direction of CBD when it comes to stock market investing. The world now sees many health benefits derived from CBD and researchers are hard-pressed on shedding more light on the cannabis compound. As compared to how CBD was perceived a decade ago, the world is now taking a more welcoming tone.
The reason why it’s worth investing in CBD stocks is simple; as compared to other stocks, it still hasn’t matured and it hasn’t reached its maximum potential for growth. Its young stage is exciting more investors as states have begun to dabble with legalizing its recreational use.
The rising number of states that are moving to legalize its use means that more people are willing to get on board and they want to get involved before the stocks hit the ceiling. As more states begin to accept CBD, demand for cannabis will grow. Even pending developments at the legislature, the demand for CBD is poised to rise as businesses that sell the product have also grown in number in recent years.
In the midst of a fast-emerging cannabis market, PotNetwork Holding, Inc. (OTCMKTS: POTN) has managed to maintain its place as one of the leaders in the CBD revolution. PotNetwork Holding is a publicly traded company that conducts research and development focused on marijuana and hemp-related products.
Through its subsidiary, Diamond CBD, Inc., the company has helped boost awareness of the health benefits of CBD products as it aims to profile and identify the distinct properties of high-quality hemp extracts of cannabinoids and other natural molecules found in hemp.
The firm sells products from over 10,000 stores in the US. Its CBD products — ranging from edibles, drinks, oils, dabs, creams, and vapes, among others — are legal across all 50 US states.
It’s hard to predict exactly what the future lies for CBD but its progress in recent years is assuring that CBD is not only here to stay; it’s also here to revolutionize the world of medicine.
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What is CBD ? A Guide Behind The Growing CBD Movement!
If you don’t know what CBD is, or if maybe you’ve heard about it but don’t fully understand it, then you’re with the majority of people. Especially with-in the United States.
In this article we’ll break down where the cannabis compound CBD comes from & how it interacts with the body.
Learn why CBD is now legal in the Olympics & why everyone from Kim Kardashian to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Masters is now taking CBD. Is the popular rise of CBD more than just a trend?
Ok, What Is CBD? Is CBD Legal? & How Does CBD Affect My Body?
CBD was made federally legal in all of the United States with the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today multiple medical benefits of CBD are being researched and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world.
Cannabidiol (called CBD for short) is one of 113 naturally occurring compounds in the cannabis pant. These cannabis compounds are known as Cannabinoids.
The Man function of a Cannabinoid is to interact with receptors in the body that are located both the Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS) & the Serotonergic Systems. Both of these systems are part of our Nervous Systems.
It’s important to know that There are 2 Main Types of Cannabinoids:
– Phyto-Cannabinoids: Phyto – (think plant). These are the group of 113 compounds that are naturally produced in the cannabis plant
– Endo-Cannabinoids: Endo – (Think with-in or internal). These are a group of compounds naturally produced within the human body.
Side Note: The most abundant & most ‘famous’ Phyto-Cannabinoids are THC & CBD. Both are similar compounds & both are made completely from the organic molecules Carbon, Hydrogen & Oxygen. Although similar, THC & CBD are quite different with their effect on the body.
The biggest difference, CBD won’t get you high. CBD is non-psycho-active which means no “high” feeling. Just calm & relaxed. Some people are actually taking CBD after having too much THC in order to reduce the “high”.
The Endo-Cannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors that is part of both the central & peripheral nervous systems in humans & in all mammals. This network of receptors is responsible for maintaining homeostasis with-in the body.
If you’re not familiar, homeostasis is a state of equilibrium or balance. Similar to your car, your body doesn’t want its temperature to be too hot or too cold, its blood sugar levels too high or too low & it’s tire pressure on one side to be off balance, ect, ect.
Specifically, the endo-cannabinoid system (ECS) plays a critical part in regulating a range of bodily processes that affect us every day, such as our mood, our energy level, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, pain experience, stress, appetite, and more.
Typically endo-cannabinoids naturally produced by the body interact internally with the endo-cannabinoid system. However, when CBD is ingested, as a phyto-cannabinoid, CBD naturally fits into the endo-cannabinoid receptors like a key or like Cinderella’s foot into a glass slipper.
There are 2 Main Types of Endo-Cannabinoid Receptors: (Think of these receptors as the lock which the “CBD key” fits.)
– Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1 Receptors): CB1 receptors are located in both the peripheral &the central nervous systems mainly in the brain and spinal cord.
– Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2 Receptors): CB2 receptors are most commonly located in the peripheral nervous system & the various parts of the immune system, including the skin cells and internal organs.
– There are also multiple other receptors that interact with the endo- cannabinoid system. Right now there is research being done on a receptor in the Hippocampus region of the brain & a receptor known as GPR55 in the Cerebellum region of the brain. Both receptors interact with cannabinoids & are competing for the prestigious title of the CB3 Receptor.
The GPR55 receptors mentioned above help control bone density, blood pressure & has been linked to promoting cancer cell growth. The fact that CBD works as an antagonist (which is scientific language for blockage) to the GPR55 receptors, may explain CBD’s beneficial role in osteoporosis and lowering high blood pressure & may also explain why some claim that CBD helps reduce cancer growth & related symptoms.
The Serotonergic System is a system of serotonin receptors also known as 5-HT receptors which are also located with-in the central nervous system of humans & other mammals.
The main function of serotonin is to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, & sexual desire. Low serotonin levels have also been linked to depression.
Current research concludes that CBD, by activating 5-HT1A receptors, can affect the body’s responses to reduce stress. This finding increases the likeliness that CBD can help treat disorders such as depression and PTSD.
Similar to the 5-HT serotonin receptors & the CB1 & CB2 Endo–Cannabinoid Receptors….TRPV1 receptors also play a crucial role in the nervous system & are also affected by CBD.
TRPV1 receptors are involved in regulating pain, body temperature, and inflammation.
Bottom Line Summary: CBD is a compound from the cannabis plant that doesn’t get you ‘high’ & interacts with your nervous system in a few different ways which can improve both mental & physical health to varying degrees. Yes it’s legal in all 50 states.
What’s the Difference Between CBD, Hemp, Marijuana & Cannabis.
The family tree chart to the side is the easiest explanation, but see a more detailed explanation below.
Cannabis is a term that includes the whole family of both marijuana and hemp plants. Marijuana & Hemp both come from the same plant species known as Cannabis. Both Marijuana & Hemp contain CBD & THC cannabinoids.
Hemp is sub-species strain of the cannabis plant that was specifically bred to produce fiber for clothing and other materials, such as oils and seeds. Hemp contains an abundance of CBD & contains a minimal amount of THC. So it can’t get you high. Legally hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC to qualify as legal industrial hemp.
Marijuana is also a sub-species of the cannabis pant. Marijuana contains CBD & a higher concentration of THC cannabinoids than hemp. CBD that comes from marijuana plants must also contain less than 0.3% THC to be legally sold in the United States.
As expland above above CBD is a phyto-cannabinoids & can come from either Hemp or Marijuana plants. CBD has no psycho-active properties & is being studied for numerous medical benefits.
THC is also a phyto-cannabinoid that (although contained in small amounts in the hemp plant) comes primarily if not exclusively from the Marijuana plant. THC has psycho-active properties & is also being studies for multiple health benefits.
Bottom Line Summary: They’re all cannabis…. Marijuana has THC hemp does not. Both marijuana & hemp have CBD. THC will get you high, CBD will not. Both CBD & THC are being studied for numerous medical benefits.
What Are The Proven Health Benefits of CBD? Is CBD The New “Snake Oil”?
The concept of “snake oil” has been around for over 100 years & is a term basically meaning a fraudulent, bullshit or phony product with no medical value. ‘Snake oil’ was advertised as a cure all in the western world & ended up being nothing more than mineral oil. CBD however, is vastly different.
CBD is a proven medically beneficial substance & has already been cleared by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of seizures & epilepsy. More studies are underway which are promising in treating a variety of other conditions.
Many people are seeking alternative medications to pharmaceuticals that come with harsh side effects. Everyone is sick of the “fast talking” at the end of drug commercials giving the long list of side effects.
By tapping into how we function biologically on a deep level, CBD is far ahead of manufactured pharmaceuticals as it is already naturally engineered to interact with our body’s Endo-Cannabinoid System with minimal to no side effects.
Extensive scientific research and mounting anecdotal testimonials from patients and physicians highlight CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including (but not limited to):
– Pain & Inflammation (Including Joint Pain & arthritis) – Daniel Clauw, MD, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an expert in chronic pain says “A recent trial study by Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc which has yet to be published yet showed CBD alone was effective in [the treatment of] knee arthritis, and it appears as though it is very safe,”
– Anxiety & Depression (Including PTSD) – According to a study by NYU School of Medicine, human studies support findings in early research, and also suggest that CBD has anxiety reducing effects and an excellent safety profile.
– Sleep & Insomnia– CBD may work better for anxiety than sleep. There’s more evidence for CBD’s ability to ease your anxiety than to help you fall asleep, although helping you relax can definitely help you sleep, too.
– Skin disease (Including acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis) – According to National Eczema.org Full Spectrum CBD can help treat both the symptoms and underlying factors that contribute to both eczema and psoriasis.
– Headaches – Dr. Bradley Katz, co-founder of Axon Optics and neuro-ophthalmologist says that “As we understand more about migraines, its triggers, and underlying causes, I think the outlook for natural treatments is very positive. Cannabis oil for migraine could turn out to be one of those treatments that can help people get relief without relying so heavily on traditional painkillers.”
– Weight Loss – To be 100% clear, we’re of the belief that to lose weight effectively, there is no replacement for exercise, hard work & a healthy diet. However, Researchers that support CBD for weight loss also claim that it converts white, or “bad,” fat into brown fat, which helps the body burn calories. A medical study in 2016 actually supports this claim. The researchers found that CBD plays multiple roles in how the body interacts with fat.
– Epilepsy – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of CBD to treat epilepsy.
– Alcoholism & Addiction – Recently the University of London studied the effects between CBD and quitting Smoking. Patients using a CBD inhaler smoked 40% less cigarettes compared to the test group that was using a placebo.
– Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) – A study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology linked cannabinoids to a large reduction in brain cell death after a traumatic head injury. When CBD is ingested, our natural Endo-Cannabinoid receptors are activated to protect the brain against traumatic impact to the head.
– Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – David Garlit who has MS & writes for multiplesclerosis.net says, “When I take it (CBD) every day, my body is much better off. Less pain, less spasticity, and less fatigue. Hard to believe, even for me. This is one of the few things I’ve taken where I’ve had multiple people come up and asked me if anything changed, because they can see that I am out more and I am more active. I’ve been using this for close to eight months now and I can honestly say it’s made a huge difference in my life.”
– Autism– In a recent study, 80% of autistic children’s parents who participated in the study reported a decrease in problematic behavior, with 62% percent reporting that their child’s behavior improved significantly.
– Cancer Cell Growth – This is a bold claim, so to be clear, here’s the American Cancer Society’s current position “The Society’s advocacy has not taken a position on marijuana for medical purposes because of the need for more scientific research.”
A recent study in 2019 researching the GRP55 receptor (as discussed above) discovered that “CBD in a clinically relevant pancreatic cancer model improved survival outcomes when combined with gemcitabine. Clinical studies on the utility of cannabinoids in the treatment of pancreatic cancer are lacking and urgently needed. “
Bottom Line Summary: CBD is definitely the real deal for a variety of treatments but more medical studies are needed & are underway.
Does CBD Come With Any Side Effects? What Are The Side Effects?
The side effects studied from CBD have been few and far between. There have definitely been a few reported side effects but the number of people affect has been minimal.
– Dry Mouth: Dry mouth is sometimes associated with CBD due to the endo-cannabinoid system’s reduction of saliva production. Fortunately, it’s easily manageable by hydrating with fluids before, during and after your CBD consumption. In general, it is important to remember to drink enough water daily, so staying hydrated carries clear advantages for a variety of reasons.
– Small Drop in Blood Pressure: Some studies have shown that higher doses of CBD have caused a small drop in blood pressure. So those taking medication for low blood pressure, consult with your doctor before consuming CBD products.
– Drowsiness: CBD effects everyone a little bit differently. In very high doses, some people have reported feeling drowsy after taking CBD.
Some Thoughts From People Using CBD
“After a tough day on the golf course, I want to be able to get better sleep and let the inflammation in my body go down” “I’m a believer in it [and] I’ve been using it” – Bubba Watson (Professional golfer who’s not Tiger Woods)
“CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety. It has all the benefits of marijuana without the high,”
– Jennifer Aniston (Actress that somehow stopped aging)
“These type of medications should [be] … allowed in sports as an alternative to pain pills and other issues athletes deal with on a day to day basis,”
– Paul Pierce (Future Hall of Fame NBA player from Boston Celtics)
“If there is anything working with CBD oil as shown in me, it’s that there is always hope, even for the hopeless” – Michael J. Fox (Actor)
“I wish I knew about it (CBD) back when I played, because I would’ve been all over it. – David Wells (Retired Pitcher for the NY Yankees & World Series Champion)
“Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with CBD everything” “This is not an ad” – Kim Kardashian (Famous For No Reason)
What Else Do I Need To Know Before I Buy or Order CBD?
There’s a ton of CBD products for sale these days & there’s a lot of CBD companies making straight up false, exaggerated or un-substantiated claims… So here’s some basic knowledge you definitely should know & be equipped with before you purchase any CBD products.
There Are Two Basic Categories of CBD:
– Full Spectrum CBD – Contains CBD, but also contains trace amounts of other cannabinoids including THC (but under the legal limit of 0.3% THC.) If you get drug tested, although unlikely, it is possible to test positive due to the trace amounts of THC
– CBD Isolate – Only contains the CBD cannabinoid molecule by itself. CBD Isolate is extracted from the full spectrum plant
– Broad Spectrum CBD – This is a 3rd & less common type of CBD. Broad Spectrum CBD contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids but with all THC removed.
Due to what’s known as the ‘Entourage Effect’ studies have shown that Full Spectrum CBD is medically more effective than CBD Isolate.
The “Entourage Effect” can best be explained as “the synergy created by the trace amounts of all cannabinoids working together”
Bottom Line Summary: If you don’t get drug tested, full spectrum is a better product, however CBD isolate is still effective, just not as effective as full spectrum. Broad spectrum lies in the middle.
There Are Four Basic Ways to Ingest CBD:
– CBD Topical Creams, Salves , Balms or Lotions –Topical ointments get applied directly to the skin. Usually takes 30-60 min to take effect. Best for skin conditions or localized pain/inflammation
– CBD Oil – An oil that comes in a small tincture bottle & is ingested sublingually (under the tongue). Usually takes 30-60 minutes to take effect. Works well for all conditions – CBD Vape Pens – CBD oil concentrate which comes in either a disposable vape pen or as vape oil which can be used in a refillable vape pen. Inhaling CBD in vape form takes effect almost instantly. Works best for anxiety.
– CBD Gummies / Edibles – Gummies & other CBD edibles are becoming quite popular. Like CBD oil, Gummies are also ingested orally & typically take 30-60 min to take effect. Works well for all conditions
Unless you’re treating a topical condition or a specific spot treatment, It is entirely up to your preference on how you feel comfortable ingesting CBD.
Where Can I Buy or Order CBD From?
There are lots of pop-up CBD stores online, local “head shops” & even gas stations selling CBD oil, but definitely be wary & make sure you’re buying quality brands with proven lab results & proven customer record. If lab results are not available, be wary.
In order to help readers find top quality CBD, at United States CBD.org we’ve vetted & partnered with top CBD brands across the United States. We compare CBD products based on unit prices, CBD quality, & consumer feedback in order to help our readers find the best CBD products that provide them with the best overall value.
We’re motivated & inspired by the heartwarming stories people & their loved ones around the world that have used cannabis & its medical benefits to achieve a better quality of life with-out any long term side effect associated with pharmaceuticals.
Our goal is to create global awareness to the many natural benefits of the cannabis plant. Please help us with our goal by spreading the word & by sharing on social media. You never know who you could potentially have a positive effect on.
All CBD products we represent are:
– Manufactured in the United States
– Quality full spectrum CBD w. proven lab test results
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CBD has already been approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy & is gaining in popularity across the globe for a variety of conditions. Real people (& pets) are currently using CBD & are seeing real results. Having said that, there is much more scientific & medical research needed before the FDA can approve CBD for treatments in addition to seizures/epilepsy.
With those studies underway & with both new & old research on cannabis coming to light the public perception of cannabis is starting to change &is currently at an all-time “high” (sorry for the bad pun, couldn’t resist). You may have heard the term “knowledge is power” & with medical cannabis knowledge becoming available, power is being shifted away from Big Pharma Companies & back to the hands of the people.
We see CBD as more than just a trend & we’re not alone. The World-Anti-Doping-Agency (WADA) has just allowed Olympic athletes to start using CBD as a natural alternative to pain & anti-inflammatory meds. WADA also increased the legal limit of THC allowable. Many pro sports leagues including the NHL, MLB & PGA are allowing players to use CBD & the NFL & NBA are not too far behind.
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