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CBD is a non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant with enormous healing potential. Although CBD doesn’t make people feel high, it’s causing quite a buzz.
Medical patients swear by it. Researchers are intrigued by it. Government regulators are flustered by it. And investors are head over heels for it. But what exactly is CBD oil?
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CBD and THC are the power couple of cannabis therapeutics, interacting to amplify one another’s curative properties. CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while lessening THC’s psychoactivity.
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.
Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly 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.
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.
Is CBD safe?
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Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. 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. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
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.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been recently covered in the media, and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. What exactly is CBD? Why is it suddenly so popular?
Hemp: the newest addition to the world of small scale farming. Curious what all the buzz is about? What’s it like to grow this crop that is basically the same as cannabis… but legal? Join us to find out. We discuss Len’s spiritual approach to small scale hemp farming along with shifting community attitudes around cannabis and more.
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Many use cannabis to help manage their mental health. Dr. Jacob Vigil, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico and Director of the Medical Cannabis Research Fund, has dedicated his career to studying the intersection of cannabis and mental health. Learn how cannabis can help replace psychotropic medications.
CBD School provides user-centric education on cannabis and its utility. From medical cannabis to CBD-infused products such as edibles, oils, and concentrates, we discuss it all here. CBD School also hosts Q&A sessions with CBD professionals. Our primary aim is to educate the masses with practical information on the legality and uses of CBD and cannabis products.
In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Havens, an attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Jonathan has a unique background, he started his legal career with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and now specializes in providing legal advice to companies on how to navigate the complex and ever-changing cannabis, hemp, and CBD regulatory environment.
Tiffany Weir is an Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University where she specializes in understanding the role of microbes in ecosystem functioning, ranging from soils to processed food products to the human gut.