CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of the Cannabis Sativa plant. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.
You might be concerned that CBD oil might get you high since it’s a marijuana-related product. The short answer is “no,” it will not. CBD oil contains cannabidiol, but not THC. THC is the compound that produces the “high” in marijuana.
You can find CBD everywhere, all over the United States, though its exact legal status is not clear. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and mostly has to do with if the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana plants. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with different restrictions, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it does not enforce it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD clinical trials. People obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The legality of CBD has changed through the years, as the Farm Bill made the hemp crop legal which made CBD difficult to prohibit.
CBD oil does have possible side effects. These include:
CBD can increase the level of coumadin, a blood thinner and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood just as a grapefruit juice does. All of the possible drug interactions haven’t been tested yet, but anti-seizure medication and blood thinners shouldn’t be combined with CBD oil. CBD oil can also raise liver enzymes, which suggests the possibility that the liver is being stressed.
Overall, CBD oil is quite safe and is not addictive. Most of the possible side effects are quite mild.
Chemotherapy: CBD oil may reduce nausea, vomiting, and pain in those receiving chemotherapy treatment. Many people with cancer claim the treatment is worse than the cancer itself. CBD oil may make the cure for cancer a lot more tolerable.
Pain relief: Records show that Cannabis Sativa has been used to treat pain for nearly 5,000 years. CBD is one of the primary components of the Cannabis Sativa plant that soothes pain. CBD oil has been found to reduce pain in several studies. Given that many traditional pain medications have many negative side effects and are addictive, CBD oil is very attractive for treating chronic pain.
Hypertension: One study showed that CBD oil lowers blood pressure and may reduce the likelihood of stroke and heart attack.
Anxiety relief: CBD oil has been found to be effective in treating anxiety. This is great news, because CBD oil isn’t addictive. Many anxiety medications are addictive and often produce undesirable side effects, such as insomnia, agitation, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction.
Acne reduction: The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD oil are believed to be responsible for the reduction of acne in regular consumers of CBD oil. It’s also believed that CBD oil reduces sebum production.
Diabetes and cancer: Studies in animals suggest that CBD oil could be effective in treating and preventing both cancer and diabetes. This benefit, however, is still being researched. Tumors grow more slowly, and cancer spreads throughout the body more slowly in rats that are given CBD oil. CBD oil also reduces the incidence of diabetes in rats by over 50% when CBD oil is ingested.
One of the issues with CBD oil is dosing and consistency. CBD oil production is largely unregulated. One manufacturer’s product might have significantly more or less CBD than another’s. A product from the same manufacturer might have consistency issues from one batch to the next. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other unknown elements.
Some CBD manufacturers have come under government investigation for claims such as CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be proven to be an option for managing chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Without high-quality evidence in human clinical trials, we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor, if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.