New, unresearched supplements have enormous wiggle room in regards to suggesting potential health benefits. While companies cannot claim any positive health benefit of a particular supplement without immediately putting a target on themselves for the government, they sure as hell can suggest them with selective, vague vocabulary.
The FDA does not regulate supplements so it would only make sense that there would be loopholes such as this. Unfortunately, this also makes it possible for any entity to make a low-risk/high-payout wager.
This turns into what you see today.
There’s a lot going on so I understand if you have no clue what the hell CBD is. What I do know is you are familiar with this acronym because you see it at least once during each day. CBD has become so popular that it’s right next to many registers at gas stations. This popularity has increased for two reasons: 1. CBD is being labeled as a one size fits all for anxiety to even depression. If you want to feel “better” it’s simple, just pay that $40 for the white/black box with the cool, colorful logo on it. 2. Since Covid, unemployment, 2020 Election, etc have made us all feel unsettled, one size fits all is becoming an easier and easier sell.
I’m going to cut to the chase. If you ever want to know if something does or doesn’t do what it claims it does, google examine.com and type in the supplement, or google “supplement’s name meta-analysis.”
Any one study can yield any possible result. So whenever you see a commercial showing you pictures and graphs claiming a study validates their 30 second consuming of your time, know that the claim is bullshit and the evidence is severely lacking because they have to magnify one study. Any popular supplement gets loads of research overtime, believe it or not and that’s why typing in “meta-analysis” is key.
What happens when you do that for CBD? You might be duped so hold on.
The first article that comes up mentions cannabinoids as pain reducers. The meta-analysis of that seems to warrant the claim of using cannabinoids as potential alternatives to relieve pain in lieu of addictive pain medications.
So…CBD does work right?
Cannabinoids is a broad category that includes Marijuana that has THC. CBD is 1 of 20 cannabinoids, but since no one likes reading and there’s wiggle room, you can just lump cannabinoids and CBD in an article and just mesh the two together. CBD gets credit for positive health benefits for merely being in a family of 20. So no, CBD does not alleviate pain. At least it hasn’t been proven in any study of CBD by itself. So any claims made by companies, magazines, or your friends about it curing their pain or anxiety are dubious. These are almost certainly placebo effect.
There is one positive aspect that has been founded studying CBD alone, however!
It has been shown to lower the onset of falling asleep.
You can look it up yourself. “CBD (1-20 cannabinoids) meta-analysis sleep onset”
Fine…I’ll put the link at the bottom.
I have trouble falling asleep myself, but I’m not paying $40 for a box of this bull crap and it’s sad there aren’t more articles like this about it. People really do hate reading…and love quick fixes.
Use that $40 for your tank!