Just over five years ago, CBD hemp products were legalized in the United States on the federal level, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. This new legislation meant that CBD hemp is no longer classified as an illegal substance like marijuana. As long as manufacturers only use hemp with ≤ 0.3 percent delta-9 THC, their products are technically legal in all 50 states.

However, just because the United States government changed their stance on CBD hemp doesn’t mean that every local government is on the same page. That’s why it’s important for CBD consumers to stay up-to-date with their local hemp laws when shopping for CBD products. 

The CBD industry has come a long way in just five short years, and with more research and countless testimonials, it stands to grow even larger over the next five years. But some industry experts are concerned that a lack of oversight from the FDA may be doing more harm than good. 

What Are the Benefits of CBD?

Research shows that CBD has a wide range of health benefits and that it can help with such physical conditions as chronic pain, inflammation, and perhaps even cancer. CBD has also been shown to help with nonphysical ailments, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.

CBD directly interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS.The ECS regulates a wide range of biological and physiological processes, such as pain management, inflammation, sleep, mood, digestion, just to name a few. In 2018, the FDA approved the first CBD-based prescription medication, Epidiolex, to treat rare forms of epilepsy.

What Does the CBD Industry Look Like Right Now?

As mentioned above, CBD has been federally legal in the United States since 2018. Hemp is no longer on the list of Controlled Substances, and hemp-derived CBD is accessible in most states. However, each legal legislation has the final say on which, if any, CBD products can be sold within their jurisdiction. For instance, while CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC is legal on a federal level, all CBD sold within the state of Idaho must be completely THC-free. 

In addition to legal inconsistencies across the country, there is also a lack of regulation in the CBD industry. Because the FDA does not recognize CBD as a dietary supplement, there is little-to-no oversight when it comes to what is actually in CBD products. That’s why Real Tested CBD is available to consumers as a resource for finding trustworthy, lab-tested CBD.

How Will the CBD Industry Grow Over the Next Five Years?

If the CBD industry continues to expand at the rate it has been, it has the potential to increase ten fold over the next five years. However, the FDA maintains that it needs more long-term studies on side effects and proper dosing. Because of this holdup, CBD can’t simply be added into conventional food and drink and then sold.

CBD brands currently need to be very careful about not marketing their products as conventional food and drink, or else risk violating the FDA’s rules. Should the FDA change their stance on CBD, many opportunities could open up for both manufacturers and retailers of CBD edibles.

Find CBD You Can Trust with Real Tested CBD!

With a lack of regulation in the CBD industry, finding manufacturers that are transparent about what’s in their products is vital. That’s why Real Tested CBD is here to help. Visit our website to see our picks for the best CBD edibles, oils, and topicals on the market today. Let Real Tested CBD be your trusted resource for discovering third-party lab tested CBD products!

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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