The warm summer months are ripe with festive holidays. Memorial Day. Juneteenth. The Fourth of July. National CBD Day.
What’s that? You haven’t heard of National CBD Day? Have you been living under a rock?
Just kidding. August 8, 2022 will be the fifth annual celebration of National CBD Day, so it’s not surprising if you haven’t heard of it. Five years ago, you probably hadn’t even heard of CBD, right?
So let’s dive into the story of National CBD Day: how it came to be, what it aims to accomplish, and how we all can celebrate it.
The First National CBD Day
The PR problem surrounding cannabis products and the history of CBD is nothing new. Advocated by hippies and dropouts, the once-common crop became a potent symbol in the culture war.
That made it a bit tough for CBD, a cannabis product that’s both benign and non-intoxicating, to get a lot of attention. So back in 2018, we at cbdMD wanted to raise CBD awareness among the general public. At the time, CBD was starting to make waves in states that allowed it. But cannabis products were still illegal on the federal level.
The 2018 Farm Bill that would change all that was in the works, though. In anticipation, we applied to the good folks at National Day Calendar to name August 8 the first National CBD Day, and they agreed.
In December of 2018, the Farm Bill became law, and all hemp products became federally legal. And then things blew up.
CBD Hits the Big Time
CBD sales boomed the following year, reaching billions of dollars total, and suddenly the once-obscure cannabinoid seemed to be everywhere. As a result, National CBD Day 2019 was much more than an inaugural holiday.
Cannabis news sites covered it, and even mainstream publications like Newsweek and Forbes got in on the action. Many of our fellow CBD vendors made use of the attention to promote exclusive sales and discounts. CBD is even being recognized for its calming and sleep-promoting effects.
So it’s probably safe to say that CBD awareness has risen since the time of hippies. But there’s more to it than that.
Thanks to global events, 2020 proved to be somewhat more challenging for the industry. Although different market researchers have rather different estimates for total CBD sales – a hazard of a highly fragmented industry with a fair number of gray-market players – they all agree that sales grew in 2020 but at a slower rate than the inaugural pace set in 2019.
The fact that people take CBD to stay calm made it popular in a year that brought a lot of new worries. But the explosion of new players in 2019 lowered prices and set up the industry for a winnowing. And that makes National CBD Day more important than ever.
There’s Still Plenty of Work to Do
Many fly-by-night CBD companies dragged the industry’s reputation down by making outrageous (and illegal) claims and selling substandard products.
Although most Americans have now heard of CBD, that doesn’t mean everything they’ve heard is true. There are still lots of myths floating around the Internet that need to be corrected with CBD facts. People still want to know how to buy CBD that’s high-quality and honestly marketed. That’s why we’ve made CBD education one of the chief goals of our website.
People still have lots of questions about how to use CBD: when to take it, how much to use, and what are the best products for what purposes. And as of late, especially about all things Delta 9 THC – which has increasingly positive effects when partnered with CBD. That’s another part of CBD education that we strive to fulfill.
Following our blog is a great way to learn about all things CBD. Recent posts have answered burning questions such as “Is Delta 9 Legal?” “Do People Prefer Delta 8 or Delta 9?” “What’s the Difference Between CBD Gummies?” and the age-old “How to Use CBD for Beginners?” We’ve also got great tips for pets!
Waiting for the Feds
We also want to keep pressing the cause because we need more clarity about what we don’t yet know. Though the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp-derived CBD legal, regulations on the making and marketing of CBD are still incredibly confusing. We need to keep pushing federal and state agencies to rationalize the laws for better safety and access.
Things have improved on the legal front since the first National CBD Day, especially at the state level. Over the past few years many states have begun to legalize CBD and/or cannabis in general. Unfortunately, the clear regulatory frameworks various federal health agencies were signaling back in 2019 have been slow in coming.
In the end, though, government bodies like the Food and Drug Administration won’t respond to public pressure alone. They need scientific research to support the safety and benefits of CBD. That’s another reason we keep banging the drum – as exciting as much of the early research is, we need bigger, better studies to maximize CBD benefits for all.
How Can You Celebrate National CBD Day 2022?
If you just want to chill with your favorite CBD beverage or baked confection, that’s totally fine. But if you’re on fire for CBD, there’s so much more you can do!
- Watch this space for education, information, and our special promotions on our premium CBD products. Signing up for our email list at the foot of this page will alert you instantly to the latest specials and info.
- Try a new CBD product. We’re always coming up with new ones! This year especially has seen a boom in CBD products. Did you know that we now have full spectrum CBD gummies, tinctures, and softgels? Or that you can now get Delta 9 THC gummies and microdose capsules?
- Check out the best CBD gummies of 2022 including our new line of wellness gummies: immunity boosting, calming, sleep-aid, and ACV for your gut health! CBD gummies are a great way to get started because they’re yummy and convenient to take with you on the go.
- Contact your local legislators to tell them about how you want to keep CBD legal, available, and safe.
- Spread the word! Leave reviews on our site, or tag us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with your favorite CBD experiences and recipes.
Let’s make National CBD Day 2022 even bigger than last year!
Originally written by: Amy Reeves