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Cannabis-based products are one of the most attractive segments within the legal marijuana industry and we expect it to see continued growth for years to come.
One of the primary growth drivers of this market has been cannabidiol (CBD), an herbal extract with groundbreaking properties which has made it a beneficial daily supplement around the world.
We have highlighted five areas of opportunity for CBD-based products based on studies, research, and company developments.
Regulates Sleep: Helps Balance the Nervous System
Millions of people suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia and cannabis may be one of the best natural treatments available on the market. In 2006, a study determined that cannabidiol (CBD) may have an impact on the sleep mechanism of rats.
Research has also shown that CBD may help with REM sleep, an essential phase of the sleep process. REM sleep plays an important role in maintaining physical health and studies have found CBD to be effective in regulating REM sleep alteration that is induced by anxiety in rats.
Cannabidiol is a natural compound that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for all the homeostatic functions of the body. CBD is an effective anti-inflammatory and helps regulate balance in the human body.
Stress is one of the primary reasons for sleep disorders and studies have found that CBD fights helps explain why CBD is also employed as an anti-anxiety treatment.
Energy: An Unexpected Source
When people hear the term cannabis, one of the last things they think about is energy supplement. While this connotation might be true, the relationship is not. Recent studies have determined that CBD can help boost energy levels by strengthening individual body cells and making sure that the cells are always in good condition.
Although many people do not know the difference between CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are significant. Studies suggest that CBD has the opposite effect of THC as it promotes alertness and can help boost energy levels.
In 2004, a study found that CBD appeared to possess properties that both increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the residual sedative activity of THC.
Libido: CBD Enhances Sexual Performance
Sex and cannabis…now this is a hot topic.
Cannabis has a long history as an aphrodisiac and clinical research has found cannabinoids to be effective for everything from unwinding muscle tension to releasing social and sexual anxiety. In addition to helping neutralize physical discomfort, many people have said that cannabinoids are great for enhancing sensation and uplifting mood.
FORIA is a Colorado company capitalizing on the CBD market by manufacturing and selling infused sensual oils. The company is levered to a burgeoning opportunity within the CBD market and its initial product, FORIA Pleasure, was the world’s first THC-infused sensual oil. Thousands have used FORIA products and have reported enhanced pleasure experiences as well as profound relief from menstrual discomfort.
We are favorable on this vertical within the CBD market and believe that it exemplifies the diverse nature of this market. There are not a lot of companies focused on this opportunity within the CBD market, and that also makes it an attractive one to watch.
Helps with Recovery: Supports Healthy Energy and Stamina
Do you have a hard time waking up and being productive after a long night?
Do you ever wake up with a feeling of nausea and vomiting?
Did you know that CBD may be your solution?
CBD has anti-nausea properties that help suppress the feeling of nausea and vomiting. If you often face the feeling that you need to vomit and it is not because of anything specific, then this could be your most appropriate remedy.
Not only will CBD help you feel better but it also has been found to help protect the liver and kidneys from damage caused by consuming too much alcohol. CBD does this by preventing the accumulation of fats and lipids in the liver that lead to problems (i.e. cirrhosis).
Enhances Focus: Promotes Mental Clarity, Focus and Memory
Anxiety is an emotional feeling that affects people in very different ways.
If it is left untreated, anxiety can become unbearable, especially since it is typically related to something that matters to you most. CBD has been found to be an effective treatment for anxiety and has been shown to improve focus.
CBD has been found to be helpful in the calming of nerves and provides relief for feelings of paranoia and anxiety. CBD also helps reduce intense stress and panic.
Many people are incorporating CBD products (i.e. capsules, topicals, sprays, transdermal patches) into their daily routine and utilize it as a dietary supplement. We expect to see continued growth within this part of the CBD industry and are favorable on this trend.