In the past decade, cannabis has become one of the most talked-about and debated topics worldwide. With its legalization in several states in the US, many other countries are also taking notice of the potential of this plant and its derivatives.
As we move into 2023, we are expected to see even more trends in cannabis. Here, we will explore some of the top trends we expect to see in the cannabis industry over the coming year.
Increased Accessibility and Regulation
One of the most significant changes we will see in the cannabis industry over the next few years is increased accessibility. With more and more states and countries legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes, more people can access it easily. As more states and countries legalize cannabis, there is a growing demand for regulated products that meet safety and quality standards and accessibility.
This trend will continue as more states and countries adopt similar regulations, ensuring that cannabis products are safe and reliable for consumers. As of 2023, over twenty states have fully legalized recreational cannabis, and many more will follow!
In addition, the cannabis industry is also growing more diverse. More options are opening up to the average buyer; anything is within their grasp if they seek it out, from CBD gummies to high-THC concentrates. And with technological advances, consumers can easily buy products online and deliver them to their doorstep.
Cannabis as a Health Aid
While some people use cannabis for its psychoactive properties, others use it to manage various medical conditions. From chronic pain to anxiety and depression, many people are turning to cannabis to find relief.
As more research is conducted into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, we are likely to see an even more comprehensive range of conditions treated with cannabis products. Some of the latest studies have shown that CBD may help treat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders.
Another trend that we can expect to see over the coming years is the growing social acceptance of cannabis. While it is still illegal in many places, more and more people are speaking out in favor of legalization and decriminalizing possession.
As social attitudes change, there will be more support for research into the health benefits of cannabis, and we may see a shift towards more open conversations about its use. This could help to reduce stigma and provide greater access to those who need it most.
Innovation and Advancements
Finally, as the cannabis industry grows, we will likely see more innovations and advancements. From new strains of cannabis to more efficient extraction methods, the industry is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
The Newest Trend: Microdosing CBD
Beyond the apparent advancements in accessibility, regulation, and acceptance, specific trends have taken off for cannabis in a medicinal sense, too. People are looking for more natural ways to improve their physical and mental well-being, and microdosing has become a hot topic in the wellness community.
So what exactly is microdosing cannabis and CBD, and how does it work? Microdosing involves taking small, controlled amounts of cannabis or CBD over a period of time. The goal is to achieve the desired benefits without experiencing the psychoactive effects of THC. By taking small doses, individuals can achieve a level of relief from symptoms such as pain, anxiety, and insomnia without feeling the “high” associated with larger doses.
Microdosing is particularly popular among people who suffer from chronic pain or mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. According to a study published in the Journal of Pain, microdosing THC was more effective than placebo in reducing chronic pain in patients with neuropathic pain.
Similarly, research suggests that microdosing CBD can help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. A 2019 study published in the Permanente Journal found that CBD improved anxiety and sleep scores in patients with anxiety-related disorders.
Out of the Dark Ages
The medicinal benefits of cannabis far outweigh any prejudice that was concocted during the years of anti-marijuana ads and fears. Today, we can look towards the future and watch the growing developments and trends of cannabis change. The next step in decriminalizing cannabis lies within the communities that wish to free themselves from the hold of old laws.
At The Alchemist’s Kitchen, we hope to spread awareness and education on all things cannabis. Be sure to check out our Eventbrite for new classes and cannabis-related events. Don’t stop there! We also offer various CBD and cannabis products, YouTube videos, and more, so stay tuned on all fronts for the next trends in cannabis!