CBD or cannabidiol is widely touted for its medical benefits as it is an anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive substance. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and seizures in epilepsy. It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of acute pain, chronic aches, muscle inflammation, injury, and life-threatening diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Tourette.
These cannabis products can be easily found at brick and mortar shops as well as online websites. Cannabis exhibitions are also organized where brands put up pop up shops and consumers can learn about cannabis-based products and try some of them.
One of the biggest cannabis exhibitions is The Cannabis Expo, which takes place from November 28 to December 1 in Joburg.
There are a lot of use cases of cannabis-based products where cancer patients used CBD oil to relieve their pain caused due to chemotherapy. CBD oil is also known to significantly reduce seizures in epileptic children.
The only approved cannabis-based medicine by the US Food and Drug Administration is Eipdiolex, an oral solution used to reduce seizures. Epidiolex is specifically prescribed to patients who suffer from two rare and severe forms of epilepsy- Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome.
Since CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, it doesn’t make you high.
Many celebrities and athletes swear by CBD oil that has helped them relieve stress and muscle pain. In fact, the celebrity couple Nicky and Lee-Anne van der Walt are soon launching their range of premium CBD oil, Dr. Swiss.
Nicky says that both their fathers have been ill for quite some time and after trying several different treatments, the couple turned to CBD oil to help with the pain. The experience with CBD has been great for them.
With the stigma diminishing around cannabis-based products, and their personal experience with it, the couple thought of looking into high-quality, THC-free, CBD products to the South African market.
THC is the psychoactive substance found in marijuana that gets users high when they smoke weed or have a joint. It tends to produce hallucinations and a euphoria-like feeling that can alter the mental chemical balance and make you high. It can cause permanent damage to your health if used in high potency for a prolonged time.
Since there has been a stigma around marijuana for so many decades, it is not a cakewalk to convince people to see the good part about it i.e CBD. While reefer is definitely not prescribed to children, a bit of CBD oil could do wonders.
Lee-Anne says both her daughters use CBD oil and they understand its benefits. The celeb couple might even launch a children’s range of CBD products in their new venture. Their goal is to create a product that is safe for the entire family, says Lee-Anne.
Nicky added that they’re not into the business of selling other CBD products like gummy bears. They just want to offer premium quality, pure CBD oil.
While CBD is effective and a potent substance that could do miracles, it isn’t perfect. There is a long way to go when it comes to cannabis-based products in terms of research. Van der Walts believes that CBD oil has all sorts of healing properties that could help a wide range of people.
Nothing is a cure-all drug, but if used properly and taken correctly, there are so many amazing benefits that you can get from CBD, explained Nicky. He further added that if used in a pure state, there are actually zero adverse effects of CBD.
The Van der Walts couple is among the latest to join the “cannabis revolution”, an event that started after hemp legalization in December last year. The federal government removed Hemp from the list of controlled substances under the Farm Bill act and legalized hemp for consumer use.
Hemp is a Cannabis Sativa plant that is used to derive cannabidiol or CBD. Since then, it has garnered people’s trust and can be easily found in regular homes. Right from gummy bears to pizzas, oils to creams, cocktails to beer, CBD is used in an array of products. Some people like to add CBD oil in salads, burger, and even their regular protein drinks.
However, it is recommended to buy CBD products only from licensed and verified brands that have clinically tested, third-party approved products. Higher concentrations of THC chemicals can lead to hallucinations and make you high. Also, the legal limit for THC per unit is 0.3% which means if your product has anything more than it will be considered illegal and may result in a positive drug test.