CBD oil is on the rise (video story included)

Use of Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is on the rise. The popularity and availability have skyrocketed this past year. Part of the reason is passage of the U.S. Farm Bill in 2018, which legalized industrial hemp. Also contributing: legalization of medical and recreational cannabis at the state level.

Many people are looking for an herbal remedy to deal with their health issues. They would rather not rely on pharmaceuticals that sometimes have harsh side effects. CBD has been shown to help with many conditions including chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and depression.

CBD is abundant in the cannabis plant. Unlike its more famous cannabinoid cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not make the user high. Vitamin Associate Suzanne Kirby tells us more. “Most people understand that it’s not something that is going to get them high. What we have they don’t allow more than 0.3 percent of the THC and even at that you’re not going to experience a high.”

The plant extract, which is often consumed as an oil under the tongue, is now sold in pills, topical lotions, edibles, and even dog treats.

One dog owner uses CBD oil for a Standard Poodle that suffers from anxiety. “The changes that I saw in him were that he was calmer, he was easier to be around,” she says. “I have small children and he was always knocking the kids down and it would make it so much easier to have something that would help him relax and he was more pleasurable to be around.”

The market for CBD products will continue to grow. It is projected CBD sales in the United States will surpass $20 billion by 2024.

Haley Richards is a passionate journalist. Currently, she is a sports intern for WSVN Channel 7 News. Her goal is to be a sideline reporter for Fox Sports or ESPN in the near future.