CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical found in cannabis that has been shown to have medical benefits. CBD can be beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety, nausea, chronic pain, and other conditions.In recent years, there has been an increasing number of products available that contain CBD. This makes it easy for people to live with the substance. Some of the products available include tinctures, capsules, food items, and even suppositories. However, one of the most common forms of the substance is oil. The varieties available make it easy to access and use this natural remedy. Here are the five trends in the CBD universe for 2022.
1. CBD Beverages
CBD beverages are becoming increasingly popular as a way to consume CBD. There are many different CBD beverages available, and each offers its own unique benefits. Some CBD beverages are designed to be consumed independently. Some can be added to your favorite beverage.
Some of the most popular CBD beverages include CBD coffee, CBD water, CBD tea, and CBD cocktails. The main advantage of CBD-infused drinks is that they provide a convenient way to consume CBD. It can be easily mixed with other beverages, and they are available in various flavors. These drinks also provide a convenient way to dose CBD since the amount of the compound in each drink can be controlled. This makes it easy to adjust the dose depending on the individual’s needs.
2. Research Goes Wide and Deep
CBD products have exploded in recent years, with proponents touting its various benefits. Despite this, there is still much unknown about CBD, including the long-term effects of its use.
The compound has several potential health benefits. Some research indicates that it could help treat anxiety, epilepsy, and chronic pain. Despite this potential, it is still a relatively new and understudied compound. Much more research is needed before any firm conclusions about its efficacy.
Thankfully, this year, one can expect more and more scientific papers to be published on CBD, shedding more light on the compound. Researchers also aim at more randomized and placebo-controlled trials. Such trials will follow participants for a few months. For example, drug companies OBX and Radicle Science have already announced their plans for a large-scale blinded RCT.
3. Supply Chains are Stabilizing
The supply chains for CBD are stabilizing in 2022. Because there is an increasing global demand for CBD products, the industry is becoming more sophisticated. Manufacturers are investing in new technologies and production methods. This is to improve the quality and consistency of their CBD products.
Retailers are also becoming more knowledgeable about CBD and are stocking a wider variety of products. This combination of factors will likely result in a more reliable and consistent supply of CBD products in 2022.
In 2022, the CBD supply chain is likely to be more efficient, with better quality control and fewer delays. This will ensure that customers receive high-quality CBD products quickly and reliably. The improved supply chain may also help keep prices down, making CBD more affordable for everyone.
4. Competition Stiffens
The CBD industry is proliferating, and competition for market share is increasing with that growth. The entry of companies like Clever Leaves into the US consumer CBD market proves that the industry is evolving.
This increased competition is causing companies to focus on differentiation to attract consumers. Many companies focus on branding and product labeling to make their products appear more credible.
The manufacturers are vying for shelf space in dispensaries and online retailers. They use aggressive marketing tactics to distinguish their products from the competition.
The high demand for CBD products also means that retailers can charge a premium. But as the market matures and more competitors enter the market, prices are likely to drop.
5. The Road to a Regulated Market Begins
CBD is currently unregulated in most countries. However, there is growing interest in regulating CBD to ensure its quality and safety. Several countries are now beginning to regulate CBD, including Canada, Japan, and Australia.
As far as the US is concerned, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act has just been passed by the US House of Representatives. For the uninitiated, the act would decriminalize and deschedule cannabis. The bill would also allow for interstate commerce of CBD products.
The act is supported by organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the US Hemp Roundtable.
When writing this article, the UK has regulated the public sale of orally-administered legal CBD. Not to mention that it is the first country in the world to do so. Under the new regulations, the stores in UK constituent countries can continue to have more than 3,500 products.