For more than eight decades, it was illegal to grow hemp, much less study the effects of its products on human subjects. Although hemp lacks the psychotropic compound of its cannabis cousin marijuana, both plants were banned by the federal government in 1937 and lumped in along with heroin and cocaine in 1970.
That all changed in late 2018 when the same U.S. government—hoping to provide agricultural states with an additional cash crop—legalized industrial hemp. The shift also gave a tacit green light to hemp byproducts such as cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which millions of consumers have used to find relief of chronic pain, anxiety, sleep problems and other disorders.
And with issues of legality finally swept away, scientists were at last freed to dig into the impacts of hemp products on the human body. Although research is still catching up to the anecdotal claims, many have about CBD’s therapeutic effects, dozens upon dozens of studies are either in the works or being planned to see just how much CBD helps with a variety of health issues.
Several of those studies focus on Parkinson’s Disease. This neurological disorder affects the cells that control the body’s movement and can manifest itself in tremors, stiff muscles and lack of balance. With April being Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month, there is hope that responsibly-sourced, high-quality CBD like the kind produced by Nature’s Highway can become a healthy, natural alternative for those battling the disease.