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These days, CBD seems to be everywhere, receiving widespread media coverage and appearing in a diverse range of consumer products. Thanks to recent developments from companies like Imbue Botanicals and Perio Protect, you can even add oral health products to the list of goods for sale containing CBD. But what exactly is CBD, why has it become such a hot item, and what role does it play in the future of dentistry?
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is one of over 100 biologically active chemical compounds, or cannabinoids, found in cannabis, a type of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family. When most people think of cannabis, they think of marijuana and its associated “high”—the psychoactive effects caused by smoking or ingesting the plant. However, this high is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, another compound found in cannabis. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, and, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO), "in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” Additionally, WHO states that “to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
Hemp vs Marijuana
Most products you’ll find on the market that contain CBD are derived from cannabis called hemp. While, scientifically speaking, marijuana and hemp are the same plants, legally, there’s a distinction: industrial hemp and related products can only come from a plant that contains 0.3% THC or less; plants with greater amounts of THC receive marijuana classification. Since 2018’s Farm Bill federally legalized hemp, the market for hemp-derived CBD products has begun to boom—in 2020, CBD sales in the U.S. totaled a massive $4.6 billion, and, according to one expert projection, this market could reach $20 billion by the year 2024.
Health Benefits of CBD
The remarkable rise of CBD can be directly attributed to the wealth of potential health benefits that the compound can offer. Though CBD has only been available to the public for several years, its therapeutic uses have been studied for decades: research suggests that CBD may help treat conditions as varied as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, addiction, and inflammation. CBD is also believed to possess antimicrobial abilities, a quality that, combined with reported anti-inflammatory properties, has profound implications for oral health—CBD may inhibit plaque formation, reduce the metabolic activity of existing biofilms, and enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics on harmful oral bacteria. In turn, we are now seeing the appearance of CBD oral health products designed for daily, at-home treatment of gum disease and caries prevention.
Introducing the CBD Dental Product Line from Imbue Botanicals, Perio Protect and QNT
For over 10 years, dental professionals have relied on the innovative Perio Protect Method—a homecare treatment option whereby custom trays are used to deliver antibacterial 1.7% hydrogen peroxide gel below the gumline—to help patients find relief from periodontal disease. Now, Perio Protect has partnered with Imbue Botanicals and a renowned compounding pharmacist to create a comprehensive line of all-natural, fluoride- and alcohol-free CBD oral health products.
Like all Imbue Botanicals clinical grade CBD products, new mint CBD Toothpaste and CBD Mouthwash are made with organic Colorado-grown hemp. These products are also vegan, free of GMOs and pesticides, and “Full Spectrum,” meaning they are precisely formulated to maximize CBD potency and health benefits, and contain a full cadre of other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes. Imbue Botanicals likewise performs some of the most extensive product quality testing in the industry—all products are batch tested by independent laboratories before shipping to ensure quality and consistency. Perio Protect and Imbue Botanicals’ CBD Toothpaste and Mouthwash contain only the finest, natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, so patients can expect powerful yet gentle cleaning that leaves mouths feeling fresh and healthy.
While there is still much to learn about CBD, the development of products like Perio Protect’s CBD Toothpaste and CBD Mouthwash marks an exciting step forward in daily dental care, one that presents a promising solution for patients seeking an all-natural way to achieve better oral health. To learn more about these and other great products from Imbue Botanicals, visit their website. For more information on Perio Protect, visit their website.