Martina Ferret knew what she needed to alleviate the pounding in her head and flashes of light in her eyes cause by migraines. She just couldn’t find it.
Ferret had discovered CBD oil 10 years ago when she lived in California. She just couldn't find it when she moved to Stuart five years ago.
CBD, the cannabidiol oil chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, is a non-narcotic component found in two different cannabis plants: hemp and marijuana. The hemp plant has less than 0.3 percent of the mind-altering chemical THC, compared with the marijuana plant, whose greater THC content causes the sensation of being high.
CBD products on the market today tend to be derived from hemp. CBD is sold over the counter in health-food stores, specialty stores and grocery stores to treat conditions such as anxiety and inflammation without a doctor’s recommendation, as is required for medical marijuana.
With the passage by Congress of the 2014 Farm Bill and state legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, CBD oil now can be found in gummy bears, creams and even pet treats.
Purchasing products containing CBD requires no prescription because the products lack enough of THC to cause the "high effect" associated with marijuana.
“My migraines are not cured, but I take a drop or two of the oil and it is enough to knock the pain down to where I can work and still function like a normal person,” Ferret said.
Emily and Chad Christianson in August opened CBD of Jensen Beach, 2761 N.W. Federal Highway, after discovering the health benefit for treating Emily’s pain following the birth of their fifth child. The store has the feel of an upscale doctor’s office with its glossy hardwood-look tile floors, glass shelves advertising products and a seating area designed like a doctor’s waiting room.
“For the things people are looking for — pain relief or anti-inflammation or help with anxiety — you don’t need the THC,” said Chad Christianson, who last year moved with his family from Springfield, Missouri, to Stuart to open the store.
Jennifer Martinez, manager of Nutrition World, 101 U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce, said her business has grown 15 percent since she began selling CBD oil in July 2017.
“Our customers represent people from all walks of life,” Martinez said. “We have moms who use it for their kid’s anxiety, we have people who have PTSD or anxiety. We have people who are in chronic pain who don’t want to use the opioids.”
Revenue from the CBD industry is anticipated to reach $3 billion nationally by 2021, according to the marijuana research firm Greenwave Advisors.
CBD oil differs from medical marijuana in that there is no oversight of over-the-counter products. The Federal Food and Drug Administration regulates products containing CBD the same way it regulates dietary supplements. Last year, it sent warnings to manufacturers of CBD-related products after some companies claimed — without proof — claimed their products could prevent the spread of cancer and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Still, while the growing use of of CBD products is helping change public perception of medical marijuana, there is inadequate regulation to make sure consumers are buying products that contains enough CBD oil to help with their ailments, according to a Washington, D.C., marijuana-advocacy group.
Misleading products hurt efforts to show the health benefits of all cannabis — hemp and marijuana — according to Paul Armentano, deputy executive director of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Stronger regulations would help consumers get legitimately beneficial products, he said.
“Unfortunately, (consumers) can’t determine which products are real because we are talking about an industry that is largely unregulated,” Armentano said. “There is a lack of standardization of products where the good actors are intermingling with the bad actors. It is very difficult for consumers to know the difference.”
by Keona Gardner
Post time: Dec-04-2018