Cannabidiol (CBD) is a major cannabinoid found in the cannabis family of plants, especially the hemp plant. Therapeutic and medical products formulated using it are popular among users due to their lack of psychotropic effects and side-effects. So, people are using CBD products to treat common day ailments like headaches, muscle, and joint pains, minor wounds and burns, skin rashes and infections, etc. The purpose of this article is to investigate the regulatory challenges for CBD medicines, and shared below are details about it.
Bioavailability Of CBD Products
Bioavailability is the fraction of a fixed dose of a drug that is available to the bloodstream after consuming it. This factor is mainly determined by the method of intake, as well as the ingredients used along with the active ingredient, like excipient. Natural CBD is an oil-soluble compound. This means that mixing it with lipid-rich solvents like oil or fats increases its bioavailability and it directly affects the CBD benefits that are experienced by users when they use cannabidiol products.
The market for CBD products is growing rapidly, but only a few pharmaceutical CBD products are available due to limited clinical data about the efficacy of cannabidiol for treating ailments. Epidiolex is the only CBD derived pharmaceutical drug approved by the FDA. This drug is used for treating Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. These two diseases are forms of drug-resistant epilepsy. Also, the anticonvulsant effect of cannabidiol (CBD) is widely studied by scientists as well as drug manufacturers.
The selling of most cannabidiol (CBD) supplements and food products are illegal according to the FDA. Because of the rapid growth of the cannabidiol industry after 2018, this market is highly unregulated. The most widely observed regulation for CBD manufacturers is that legally available cannabidiol products should be made using hemp plant extracts that have less than 0.3% of the psychotropic THC. This minute quantity of THC will not produce any mind-altering effect when you consume cannabidiol health and wellness products. Finally, there is no standard regarding the dosage of CBD products; this creates confusion, especially for first-time users.
Surveys have shown that there are variations in cannabidiol concentration of CBD products from batch to batch, and this is a serious concern for quality assurance. Many CBD users are aware of this, and they are demanding more stringent regulations for the manufacturing of cannabidiol health and wellness products.
As more research is conducted to understand the therapeutic and medical effects of cannabidiol (CBD), legal authorities can come up with better regulations for cannabinol products.