While 1 in 7 American adults use CBD products, rules surrounding its inclusion in food items and dietary supplements are still in progress. To make further conclusions about the compound’s effectiveness in relieving pain, the U.S. government will spend $3 million in research.
Recently, nine research grants were announced for work on CBD—but not THC. It’s important to note the difference, as THC is the mind-altering ingredient in cannabis that people misconceive as cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.
The science behind CBD’s abilities is strongest for chronic pain, the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. However, more research is needed to back the compound’s power.
Dr. David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (which is funding research), tells “the science is lagging behind the public use and interest. We’re doing our best to catch up here.”
As reported earlier, Senator Majory Leader Mitch McConnell is pressing the FDA to speed up its establishment of creating clear rules and regulations for CBD. With more studies comes more knowledge. More knowledge will help iron out confusion and most likely verify the compound’s agency in easing chronic pain, among its many other health benefits.
A grant recipient from the University of California, San Francisco Dr. Judith Hellman shares “it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to [better understand pain and find more ways to treat it]”. Finding new, healthy ways to treat pain also provides hope for those who experience it daily.
One of the grant projects will scan the brains of human volunteers who experience lower back pain to see how CBD extract, mixed with chocolate pudding, affects pain-signaling pathways. Half of these subjects will get pudding without CBD. This will be the control group.
The NCCIH claimed that two more human studies could be funded in a second round of grant awards.
We look forward to seeing what science has to offer. But until then, we must wait and watch for more concrete regulation. In the meantime, take a look at our capabilities and we can discuss what this could all mean for your business potential.
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