Can CBD Replace Ibuprofen? Research in Florida to Find Out
Green Point Research (GPR), a cannabis company from Florida, is launching an industrial hemp pilot project, together with Florida State University, that will focus on the economic impact, as well as the medical benefits of CBD (cannabidiol); particularly its analgesic properties.
The project will take place at three GPR farms in South, Central, and North Florida. The hemp pilot project aims to explore the economic viability of legalizing hemp in the state of Florida. It will also compare the company’s product — Satividol — and the most popular painkiller in the USA — ibuprofen. GPR markets Satividol as a natural remedy for chronic pain and inflammation, as well as anxiety and depression. The product is sold in the form of softgel capsules.
A 2016 study by the CDC determined that almost 50 million US adults suffer from chronic pain, whereas ibuprofen is the most commonly used medication for the treatment of all kinds of pain: starting from a mere toothache, back pain, muscle aches, and headaches, to menstrual cramps and even minor injuries. Although it has been proven more than effective in pain management, long-term use of ibuprofen is known to lead to liver damage and cardiovascular conditions, just like any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
David Hasenauer, CEO of Green Point Research and FSU alumnus, stated that the company is excited about this project, which he believes will have many benefits both for the development of the company and for the future growth of the cannabis industry.
The clinical trial is set to start in February. But first, GPR must obtain a permit and start growing hemp for the production of the capsules. At the moment, GPR grows their hemp in Colorado, then ships it to California for processing, and finally to Fort Lauderdale where it is stored and sold.
According to Hasenauer, another goal of this project will be to demonstrate the best practices for farmers who want to grow hemp themselves. The 450-acres pilot project will hopefully teach potential hemp growers about the requirements, strengths, and weaknesses of hemp farming in the state of Florida.