Whether we’re talking about how our CBD products might aid with back pain or ADHD, at Curaleaf Hemp, we always spotlight the fact that our opinions are no substitute for medical advice. We also recognize that more research needs to be done in order for the FDA and the medical community to fully endorse CBD as an effective treatment for chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and digestive issues.
Until then, CBD is a lot like chicken soup.
What do we mean by that? Well, you don’t need the FDA to tell you that chicken soup is a trusted home remedy. You just know. Maybe your parents fed you chicken soup when you weren’t feeling well or your grandparents gave it to you to help you stay healthy. You may have had a co-worker tell you chicken soup is her go-to super food or read on Facebook that the heat of chicken soup can help clear your sinuses. There’s no concrete scientific evidence to support any of these benefits but we accept them because people we trust tell us they exist.
That’s the situation CBD is in right now – there are lots of powerful testimonials, endorsements and case studies out there but there are also a lot of exaggerations and aggressive claims. As an educated consumer, you want information you can trust so you can make the best decision for you. While we wait for science to provide definitive proof, here are some facts and unbiased opinions to help you understand the potential benefits of CBD.
1. Senior citizens are seeing results from CBD
For generations, grandmothers have touted chicken soup as a cure for the common cold and the ultimate preventive medicine. Will they do the same for CBD? Quite possibly. Forbes magazine recently reported on a study of 1,000 senior citizens over the age of 54 who tried CBD for health-related reasons. An incredible 51% of the people in the survey claimed CBD improved their quality of life by improving the quality of their sleep and reducing the symptoms of chronic pain and arthritis pain. AARP also shared some encouraging stories and endorsements from medical professionals on the effectiveness of CBD for senior citizens. If CBD can help grandmas feel better, it’s just a matter of time before the whole world knows.
2. CBD is gaining acceptance within the medical community
We trust doctors to provide us with information we can believe and follow. Celebrity doctors like Dr. Oz have provided some much-needed facts about how CBD works and its potential benefits but no one has had a bigger impact on the credibility of CBD than a 5-year old girl named Charlotte. When she was just three months old, Charlotte Figi had her first unexplainable seizure which was eventually diagnosed as Dravet Syndrome. After trying every treatment imaginable, Charlotte’s parents turned to CBD out of pure desperation. Thanks to two daily doses of CBD, Charlotte went from having over 300 epileptic seizures per week to 2-3 seizures per month almost solely in her sleep. Charlotte can walk, feed herself and even ride her bicycle. In the process, she’s shined the brightest light yet on the real benefits of CBD and made a lot of doctors recognize the power of CBD.
3. Athletes and celebrities are endorsing the benefits of CBD
Athletes have to be extremely careful about what they put in their bodies and celebrities can’t afford to jeopardize their reputations. Whether you like them or not, the actions of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Golderg, Morgan Freeman and Michael J. Fox and athletes like NFL player Derrick Morgan, golfer Bubba Watson and MMA fighter Nate Diaz matter. All of these individuals have publicly stated that CBD has improved the quality of their lives. Again, you may not care what a golfer has to say, but you have to respect the fact that Bubba Watson is so convinced CBD works, he’s willing to put his other endorsements and the loyalty of his fans on the line to inspire others to experience the same benefits.
4. CBD is all over social media
You can’t believe everything you read on social media but it’s still a tremendous source of ideas, advice and experiences. According to a recent article in Inc. magazine, 84% of people trust online reviews as much as friends. The 174,000 members of the CBD Oil Users Facebook Group are constantly sharing their experiences and unsolicited opinions about how CBD oil has changed their lives. Unlike product reviews that can be planted, Facebook user groups give you the ability to ask follow up questions of community members so you can judge the sincerity and credibility of their answers for yourself.
5. Reputable publications are reporting on the benefits of CBD
If you’re wary of the opinions/experiences of celebrities and strangers, do your own research and check out what the media has to say. From Washington Post reporter who described how his mood has been significantly elevated while offering some honest comments about the need for more research to the Medical News Today article that states: cannabinoids, such as CBD, could offer helpful new treatments for people with chronic pain – there’s a lot of testing and learning going on about CBD. Chances are, your favorite lifestyle publication or local newspaper has written about CBD as well.
Is CBD the new chicken soup capable of helping people who are battling chronic pain, dealing with anxiety, struggling with insomnia or just plain feeling overwhelmed? Only you can say for sure. Wherever you choose to find the information you need about CBD’s safety and effectiveness, we hope this post helps you make a decision you feel good about.