National CBD Day
Also known as
National Cannabidiol Day
annually on August 8th (since 2018)
cbdMD on August 7th, 2018
National CBD Day was founded by cbdMD, a consumer cannabidiol brand. They encourage everyone to participate in the day by researching which CBD is right for them and which CBD companies offer full transparency. They also created the day—as well as National Hemp Day—"to bring awareness to the benefits hemp-derived CBD brings to a multitude of people each year."
A cannabis plant produces between 100 and 140 different types of chemicals called cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that comes from the hemp plant, one type of cannabis. Some CBD is also found in the marijuana plant, another variety of cannabis. CBD is the second most prevalent chemical in cannabis. THC, which is psychoactive, is the most prevalent component of cannabis. Marijuana flowers contain around 10% to 35% THC, while hemp only has about 0.3%.
The properties of the hemp plant have been used since ancient times. CBD is now used for health and wellness, particularly as a sleep aid, as a pain reliever, and to alleviate anxiety. It can be purchased over the counter or online in a number of forms, such as a tincture, as a topical such as a cream, as something to be ingested like a pill or gummies, as something to smoke or vape, or even as a patch. Research is still taking place regarding the efficacy of CBD, but there have been some promising studies and testimonies, and some indication that it decreases anxiety and improves sleep quality. But there has been much marketing and hype around CBD, and the science is still coming in—much is still unknown about CBD's effectiveness, and not enough studies have been completed.
CBD also currently lacks oversight. The FDA hasn't developed regulations for it, there is no way of knowing exactly how much of it is in a product, claims are put on labels without accountability, and the proper dosage of it is not yet known. Still, more people have become interested in it in recent years. This rise began in 2008 when hemp was legalized in all states and CBD was removed from the controlled substances list. The main aim of this legislation was to open the market up for hemp, so it could be used for the manufacture of products such as paper and textiles, but it also helped spur the demand for CBD.
How to Observe
Observe the day by researching which CBD is right for you and which brands offer transparency about the cannabinoid. You could look into cbdMD, the brand that started National CBD Day, or read about some of the best CBD oil brands. Of course, the best way to observe the day is to take CBD in some form.