CBD What Doctors Are Saying

What Are Doctors Saying About “CBD”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD oil is safe – Most doctors give at least some credence to guidance by the WHO. In 2018 the WHO affirmed that CBD is safe, and it is well-tolerated by humans and animals. They also found it is not associated with any negative public health effects. There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for several other medical conditions. 

Unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not cause intoxicating effects – CBD produces no ‘high effect’ and is legal at the Federal level in the US by the 2018 Farm Bill. Only three states have not made CBD legal at the state level (Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota). Federal law defines CBD as products containing less than 0.3% THC. Research shows that THC levels – upward of 20% – produce psychoactive effects. It’s important to note that not all CBD products are completely THC free. Broad-spectrum and isolate CBD products have, what labs call, no traceable amounts of CBD, while full-spectrum CBD Oil can contain trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). 

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.

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