Everything You Need to Know About CBD in 2021

CBD is an incredible product that is becoming increasingly popular all over the globe. From elite athletes to those with chronic health issues, you don’t have to look very hard to find someone who is relying on Cannabidiol (CBD) to help get them through their day. However, with the growing popularity of CBD, there comes an ever-growing number of questions regarding the compound, its uses, and its side effects.

At we try to put out as much information as possible regarding CBD, but with such a fast-moving industry there is always something new to learn, another study being conducted, or a new product being released. For those of you who are new to the CBD world, it can be a lot to take in.  What we want to do here is put together a quick primer on CBD in 2021 and the industry that surrounds it. 

While we won’t go into too much detail on each topic here, we will provide a myriad of sources for scientific studies as well as links to our more in-depth articles regarding each subject. By the end, you should have a much better idea of how CBD is used, why, and where the industry stands as of 2021.

In this article:

    • What Is Cannabidiol?
      • What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?
    • What Is CBD Used For?
      • Can Pets Use CBD?
    • What Are the Side Effects of CBD?
      • Has Anyone Died From Ingesting CBD Oil?
      • Is CBD Addictive?
    • What Are the Current Laws and Restrictions Around CBD?
    • How Common Is CBD Use?
      • CBD Usage by Age
      • CBD Usage by Method
    • What Is the State of the CBD Industry in 2021?

What Is Cannabidiol?

The first thing we should go over is just what Cannabidiol is. Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a highly active chemical found in the Cannabis plant. While CBD is just one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in Cannabis, it has a number of unique characteristics that make it stand out. Unlike the other active ingredients of Cannabis like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive. This lack of psychoactive properties means CBD will not get you “high,” though it still provides a wide array of other benefits, many of which we have only recently discovered.

CBD usage has grown exponentially in the last few years and it is only getting bigger. According to some estimates, roughly one in three Americans have used CBD, and one in seven adults actively use CBD products.

It is also important to note that CBD products today are taken directly from hemp plants. This is relevant since Cannabis plants are broken into two categories, hemp, and marijuana. Legally, hemp is defined as a Cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC. Hemp has much lower levels of THC and larger amounts of CBD. Though CBD can be derived from either variation of Cannabis, it being taken from Hemp allows it to be legal under federal law.

Hemp-derived CBD products are legal at the federal level, as long as they contain no more than 0.3% THC. 

Today there are tons of CBD products, ranging from natural smokable flowers to vape pen oils and topical creams. The way in which you utilize CBD will dictate the overall effect it has on your body and the speed at which it works.

What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?

While most CBD is sold as pure oil, full-spectrum CBD products contain other cannabinoids, terpenes, and compounds found in the hemp plant. While you may assume that these other products will dilute the potency of CBD, we are actually finding out that it is very much the opposite. By using CBD in conjunction with other elements of the hemp plant you can actually see better results for a variety of needs. The theory behind why this is, is referred to as the entourage effect. Simply put, cannabinoids, including CBD, seem to synergize with one another and this results in outcomes that are greater than what these compounds could provide on their own. What all this means is that full-spectrum CBD often provides stronger results.

For more information on full-spectrum CBD and the entourage effect, you can read our full article on the topic here.

What Is CBD Used For?

While many like to lump CBD in with other “miracle cures” constantly being pushed online that dubious evidence to back them, CBD is in a category all of its own. For one, CBD is not said to be a cure for anything, rather it is used to help alleviate a number of symptoms and to improve general wellness. Secondly, as of 2021  CBD actually can stand by a large amount of scientific evidence that provides evidence for its use and efficacy. We have even seen FDA approval for remedies utilizing CBD as their main active component.  For more information on the benefits of CBD, you can read our full article on the subject here.

These are some of the more commonly reported benefits of CBD usage:

According to SingleCare, the most common uses of CBD are for pain relief (64%), anxiety (49%), and insomnia (42%).

Can Pets Use CBD?

While there have yet to be any official studies conducted on the safety of giving CBD to your pets, there are a number of holistic veterinarians who have been recommending CBD for use with cats and dogs, though in very small doses and they have seen good results. The thought is that, since we share an endocannabinoid system with other mammals like cats and dogs, we will likely see similar results from usage.

We do know that CBD-rich hemp nutraceuticals seem to be safe in healthy adult dogs, and we have found evidence that CBD may be effective for fighting inflammation and relieving pain in pups. We have also seen studies that have shown that dogs given CBD in tandem with their seizure medication suffered less severely from seizures. 

For more information on CBD and dogs, you can read our full article on the topic here.

CBD oil is also generally considered safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects such as minor gastrointestinal issues and sleepiness. The biggest issue is simply getting the dosage correct, as cats and dogs need much less than a human and there has still been no official study around dosing.

What Are the Side Effects of CBD?

As with most potent medications, CBD has been found to have some minor side effects. Whether or not you experience any of these side effects will be dependent on your unique physiology, as well as the product you are taking. In many cases, side effects caused by CBD products come from the additives in the CBD product. For example, many CBD Oils are based in MCT oil, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

The most common side effects associated with CBD products include fatigue and malaise, and in rarer cases, diarrhea, rashes, and insomnia. Always check the ingredients of a CBD product to ensure it doesn’t contain a base or additive that you are reacting negatively to.

While the side effects of CBD are not serious, they can be annoying and disruptive for some. Also, keep in mind there is not much research around how CBD interacts with other medications. If you are actively taking any medications you will likely want to consult a healthcare provider before taking CBD.

Has Anyone Died From Ingesting CBD Oil?

As of 2021, there has been no documentation of any deaths linked directly to CBD Oil usage. It is worth noting that many vape CBD, and vaping, in general, has been linked to some lung issues and deaths.

Is CBD Addictive?

 A study from 2017 and a World Health Organization Review both found that CBD is not a risk for addictive abuse potential. While everyone responds to cannabinoids differently, there is little to no risk in becoming addicted to CBD. For more information on CBD and addiction, you can read our full article on the topic here.

What Are the Current Laws and Restrictions Around CBD?

While CBD derived from hemp is federally legal, there are a number of stipulations and state laws that make it difficult to give a simple answer regarding the legal status of many CBD-specific products. For example, while pure CBD oil is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, the FDA still maintains that CBD added to food items, such as gummies, is still prohibited -though this hasn’t stopped them from being sold across the country at record numbers. Currently, there is only a single FDA-approved CBD medication, Epidiolex. 

That lack of enforcement and clear guidelines has left many CBD products in a legal grey area.

State laws add another level of confusion. CBD is currently legal in most US states, though there are exceptions around how, and where they can be sold, and for what purposes. For example, a product must be approved by the FDA if it is to be bought and sold in South Dakota (which as we stated, makes its availability incredibly limited). You will need to look up your local laws regarding CBD to be sure of the current legality of a product in your area.

How Common Is CBD Use Today?

CBD usage is incredibly common and is only getting more popular. According to a SingleCare Survey,  and Gallup polling,  roughly 64% of Americans are familiar with CBD, and 33% of American adults have used CBD at least once. According to Consumer Reports,  64 million Americans have tried CBD in the last two years and one in five of those have said CBD has helped them supplement or replace a prescription or over-the-counter drugs. 36% of people use CBD in addition to a prescription.  Nearly half of people taking CBD have stopped taking most traditional medicines. Keep in mind some of those numbers are from 2017-2019 and are likely higher now.

According to the SingleCare Survey, CBD use is most common in people ages 18-34 with about 20% using it consistently. 11% of people ages 50-64 use CBD regularly, while 8% of people age 65 and older use CBD on a consistent basis.

According to the 2019 Consumer Reports study, roughly 40% of people get their CBD products from a  local dispensary, 34% get it from a retail store, while 27% get it from an online retailer. 12% get their CBD from other sources.

CBD Usage by Method

According to the same SingleCare survey, nearly half of CBD users prefer the basic oils and tinctures, lotions, and gummies. They also have some interesting insights regarding which products people are most interested in. They listed their results regarding product interest as follows:

  • 18% are interested in capsules/tablets
  • 18% are interested in topical sprays
  • 17% are interested in CBD-infused foods
  • 13% are interested in vaping products
  • 12% are interested in soap
  • 11% are interested in CBD-infused drinks
  • 9% are interested in CBD bath bombs and salts
  • 8% are interested in skincare products
  • 8% are interested in patches
  • 1% are interested in other CBD products

(According to a SingleCare Survey)

What Is the State of the CBD Industry in 2021?

As we touched on before, the CBD industry is expanding rapidly. CBD has gone from sales of roughly $170 million in 2016, to almost 3 billion dollars in 2020. Although there was a slight bump caused by the pandemic, by 2028, it is estimated that American CBD sales will reach as much as $13.4 billion, driven by the growing edible market. With more laws relaxing and more products hitting the shelves every day, we are unlikely to see the incredible growth of the CBD industry stop anytime soon.

  • According to Statista the states driving the largest number of sales are California, Florida, and New York.
  • According to Food Business News, the acres used to farm hemp more than tripled from 2017 to 2018 and continues to grow.
  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Web searches for CBD have more than doubled each year since 2017. We saw a 125% growth between 2016 and 2017, 160% between 2017 and 2018, and roughly 117.7% between 2018 and 2019.
  • 44% of consistent CBD users will spend about $20-$80 a month on CBD products. While 13% will spend more than $150 per month. 

Is It Time to Try CBD for Yourself?

Now that you understand the basics of CBD, it may just be time for you to try some products out for yourself! There is no shortage of ways to get CBD, and at we pride ourselves on offering some of the best-rated products on the market today. Take a look at many of the great items we have, or visit the other great articles on our blog to learn even more about CBD and other Cannabis products. 

At, we regularly cover the latest CBD news and information. Check back often for the latest updates on CBD, the science behind it, and the products it is featured in.


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