Consumers are rightly sceptical about synthetic products. Now, as the CBD industry flourishes, we are seeing the emergence of synthetic CBD. But are there reasons to be concerned, or is synthetic CBD perfectly safe? Whichever, the community has a right to know.

The CBD phenomenon that has swept the medical marijuana community shows no signs of slowing down. But with the immense popularity that the all-encompassing cannabinoid is enjoying, questions and new issues have arisen.

Financial resources are being ploughed into the research and development of synthetic CBD products, and other synthetic cannabinoids for that matter. Various organizations have looked into making their own synthetic cannabinoids, and some have even been endorsed as prescribed medicine by the FDA.

Synthetic cannabinoids have received plenty of bad publicity because of dangerous recreational synthetics such as “spice”. Spice was made illegal in the United States in 2014 following multiple deaths and health complications from its use, but other variations have emerged since.

The FDA has, oddly, been more open to synthetic cannabinoids than natural cannabinoids, with selective prescription drugs, including Marinol, even receiving FDA approval. However, Marinol, a synthetic THC, is lumbered with both minor and serious side effects. Confusion, sleepiness and dizziness are common after taking Marinol, but the drug can also cause low-blood pressure and fainting. If it’s a choice between natural THC from marijuana and Marinol, marijuana still wins out every time.

The potential of synthetic CBD

The prognosis for synthetic CBD seems to be more positive, with several studies involving synthetic CBD and mice producing encouraging results. But there are yet to be any human trials with synthetic CBD, and no companies are selling the substance as yet.

When combined with fluoride and bromide, synthetic CBD proved an effective anticonvulsant in mice, according to one study. But while the possibilities of synthetic CBD in animal models look promising, until synthetic CBD is thoroughly tested and proven with clinical human trials, we cannot concretely ascertain how useful or dangerous it is.

Medicating with whole-plant CBD

But in reality, whether synthetic CBD is dangerous or not is kind of moot. While it would be great to know more about it, natural CBD is readily available and is a more than sufficient medication.

Whole-plant CBD is becoming increasingly popular as an even more effective treatment than isolated CBD. Studies are showing how CBD promotes a healthy endocannabinoid system, and the molecule is an excellent alternative to prescription drugs for a range of physical and mental conditions.