Cannabidiol (CBD) is recognised as an eco-friendly food supplement, and several environmentalist research groups have been vocal when regarding its benefits, but what is the reasoning behind the claim it is eco-friendly, what are its benefits, and why are environmentally conscious consumers advocating it?
Before we go into how CBD is eco-friendly, let’s discuss its other beneficial effects. CBD is a compound of the cannabis plant, and although it is generally regarded as a new finding in pharmacology, it is more accurately a rediscovery, as different cultures have used high-CBD cannabis for centuries as a treatment for a variety of health issues. High-CBD Cannabis has been used throughout history for a variety of reasons, for example, Queen Victoria is said to have used it for her menstrual cramps. It seems that CBD has made a re-emergence in recent years and people have begun to share their experiences, stories and reasons for using it. However, what has changed in this re-emergence is that we have research and science to help explain and provide evidence on how the cannabinoid reacts with the human biological systems as well as its effects. With research continuously being released, the knowledge surrounding CBD’s effects- both biologically and environmentally- is consistently growing, as well as the acceptance of this phytocannabinoid. In the near future, we expect further definition and clarity into what the beneficial and therapeutic effects of CBD are.
When it comes to CBD there are several reasons that environmentalists advocate for it. The main reason it is good for the planet is that CBD doesn’t use a lot of harmful chemicals while being produced and manufactured, unlike traditional pharmaceuticals. The cannabis plant does not need fertiliser or a lot of water or pesticidal chemicals to grow, because of this, the plant’s environmental footprint is extremely low. The cannabis plant usually takes around four months to fully develop and can grow on most of the world’s continents (excluding Antarctica), and with it being a low-maintenance plant these characteristics all support the conclusion that although growing cannabis plants are not emission-free, it is extremely low compared to other non-organic farming practices.
CBD is perfect for the environmentally conscious person who is dedicated to sustainability. It has such a small environmental footprint, and as an alternative option to treat certain health conditions it has many therapeutic benefits that are backed by anecdotal and growing scientific and clinical research. However, when it comes to its impact on our planet, there is enough evidence to support the claim that the cannabis plants- sativa and indica, are beneficial to the environment, as well as products that are made from their properties, such as hemp and CBD products.