Let’s start by discussing what CBD oil is. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of
104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis or marijuana plant and it is non-intoxicating so the euphoric effects associated with tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, another chemical compound associated with marijuana. However, some CBD oils also contain THC. Ask questions and read labels, never assume. Shop at stores with a knowledgeable staff such as Meli Lips.
There is a growing body of evidence that indicates CBD oil can be an effective treatment for epilepsy. Recently a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously recommended approval of a CBD based medication, Epidiolex, as a treatment for two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. “That’s really the only area where the evidence has risen to the point where the FDA has said this is acceptable to approve a new drug,” said Timothy Welty, chair of the department of clinical sciences at Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Des Moines, Iowa.
For the rest of CBD’s potential uses, scientific evidence is lacking for a firm confirmation. This is not to say that CBD oil is a fad, something marketed by snake oil salesman at medicine shows. It simply means that to reach a conclusion that will pass muster with the FDA will require mote time and more testing before they will make a firm conclusion.
The next most promising use of CBD oil is as an anti-inflammatory medication, including the treatment of acne. To date most official studies have been done with animals but scientists have cautiously noted CDB used to relieve issues associated with inflammation show promise. In numerous unofficial studies, test subjects that used this oil to treat a range of maladies including anxiety, depression, muscle pain, and irritable bowel syndrome showed improvement. It has also been tested on people suffering from mental conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s but these were inconclusive.
In China, the Institute of Digestive Disease, in 2013, conducted a study in which it was noted that mice injected with CBD showed a marked anti-inflammatory response. A study at the University of Naples in Italy showed similar results. This study also noted a reduction in intestinal inflammation.
There are a number of other purported benefits of CBD oil. The endocannabinoid system (ECS), is involved in the regulation of a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, and pain response. Studies, again officially inconclusive, indicate that CBD oil reduces chronic pain
by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity. Approved for clinical use in several countries, an oral spray called Sativex, a combination of THC and CBD, is used to address the pain related to multiple sclerosis.
CBD oil has also shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety. In one clinical study, two dozen people with intense social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group given CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment or discomfort in their speech performance in comparison to the group given placebos.
Another potential use for CBD oil is in regard to the reduction of symptoms related to cancer and the side effects of its treatment; nausea, vomiting and pain. In a clinical study that looked at the effects of CBD and THC in more than 175 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication, those treated with an extract containing both chemical compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain.
CBD oil is not a miracle drug. However, increasingly evidence indicates that it can be used to treat a multitude of issues including the lowering of blood pressure, to reduce morphine dependence as well as heroin-seeking behavior, and even diabetes. If you would like more information about CBD oil and its potential benefits, stop by Mel Lips today and talk with a professional.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America.