As cannabidiol (CBD) becomes more mainstream, many companies are developing wellness products that go beyond our initial expectations of what a CBD product can be. By mixing CBD with other all-natural ingredients, we can optimize the health benefits of the hemp plant—sometimes in innovative ways that haven’t been explored before.
The peak interest in this probably has to do with the fact that CBD is believed to help with so many different types of ailments. You can Google search “CBD” and any health condition and you’re bound to come across either a study or self-report about how it helps. So why is CBD able to garner such favorable effects for such a broad spectrum of health conditions?
This largely has to do with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is responsible for a number of daily functions, such as our mood, immune response, communication between cells, appetite, memory and so much more. With such responsibility, it’s natural we have a desire to make sure our ECS is always in balance.
Obviously, we can’t always maintain this homeostasis naturally. However, CBD can. Scientists still don’t understand all of the complexities of how CBD works with the ECS, but they theorize that it indirectly balances out the endocannabinoid system, which could be useful for several reasons. In turn, causing the seemingly infinite number of medical benefits it has so far shown.
With this knowledge, many brands are stepping up their CBD game and developing products that implement other all-natural alternatives to further promote specific therapeutic effects.
For example, Medterra has recently developed a wellness line that offers CBD Eye Health Capsules for eye health, containing compounds such as Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD, as well as some lesser-known cannabinoids cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabidivarin (CBDV) and terpenes that are released via liposomal delivery. Besides the company’s proprietary CBD extract, they use goji berry, bilberry and ginkgo—all of which are natural herbs found to promote various aspects of eye health. Medterra also offers gummies, topicals and elixirs with similar compounds including CBD.
Companies offering toothpaste, suppositories, sensual oils, nail polish and other products also contain the healing benefits of CBD. Impression Healthcare, for instance, will supply its CBD-infused toothpaste for a clinical periodontitis treatment trial. In a study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research, researchers reported that CBD-infused mouthwash was equally effective at killing certain plaque-related oral bacteria as chlorhexidine, an active ingredient in prescription mouthwashes.
While the cannabis industry has capitalized on medicinal properties of THC, it doesn’t have the benefit of being non-psychoactive. This distinction makes a huge difference to many out there and opens them up to the CBD market.
It’s likely that many products will eventually come out targeting specific ailments—from standards like anxiety to more specifics like acne. Just like the rest of the alternative supplement industry, we should expect to see CBD slapped into just about anything.
The beauty of this is we’ll gain access to a number of products that incorporate CBD with other all-natural ingredients to alleviate specific concerns. With that, cannabis will slowly merge into the mainstream and with enough time, the idea that such a medicine had ever been prohibited will become a distant memory.