Is CBD oil as effective as advertised?

Posted 23rd August 2019 by Dwight K. Blake
CBD is the new product in the market today that has gained popularity for the past years. Many people have heard about it due to the enticing advertisements in various media platforms and positive claims for anxiety, sleep problems, or chronic pain.

However, it does not come inexpensive. If it costs $40 or less, chances are, the pain-relieving cannabinoid is not in its pure, extracted form. But if you are going to spend your hard-earned money on a CBD product, is there any guarantee about its effectiveness in treating common ailments?

 

In most parts of the United States, you can legally purchase CBD or cannabidiol. It is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plant and hemp. Contrary to the common misconception about CBD, it does not cause intoxication or euphoria. Depending on who’s talking about it, it is either a cure for every illness or only better than a placebo.

 

What are the Known Benefits of CBD Oil?

To date, there is little scientific evidence behind the medical benefits of CBD oil. It has been a subject of skepticisms due to the limited studies to support the claim that it can help treat several symptoms. Many people tout CBD as a magic elixir that serves as a cure-all product available in dog treats, pharmaceutical drugs, and bath bombs, to name a few.

 

  • CBD for treating seizure disorders like epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unanimously recommended the approval of the purified CBD-infused medication, Epidiolex, to treat rare forms of childhood seizure syndromes. The significant evidence to support the claim has driven the FDA to approve a new drug. However, they remind the patients taking anti-epileptic drugs alongside CBD medications should decrease their dosage to avoid the side effects.

 

  • CBD has anti-tumor properties

Although there are no large-scale clinical trials that investigate the use of CBD as a treatment for cancer, it can help manage the symptoms. How? Based on previous shreds of evidence, experts believed that the use of CBD has the potential to fight against cancer.

 

  • CBD eases menstruation

For women who have experienced menstruation at its worst, the PMS symptoms do not only ruin one’s mood; they can also experience nausea, depression, bloating, and migraines. While there is limited research done on CBD as a pain reliever for menstrual cramps, the anecdotal pieces of evidence of customer testimonials are quite impressive. It can lessen the pain of cramping and manage the emotional response of women.

 

  • CBD is possibly effective for multiple sclerosis (MS)

In multiple sclerosis, the immune system damages the myelin or the protective coat around nerve fibers, which leaves scars behind. These patches cause the central nervous system to send mixed signals to the brain that leads to different kinds of symptoms. Some early studies have suggested that using CBD spray under the tongue can help alleviate multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, including spasticity, central pain, and frequent urination.

 
  • CBD may reduce symptoms of PTSD

Some people who have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have either witnessed or experienced a traumatic event in the past, such as a personal assault or a severe accident. The traditional treatment for the condition is psychotherapy or the “talking cure,” which addresses the root cause of the symptoms and helps the patient walk through the process of the event. Meanwhile, some practitioners have considered CBD use as an alternative treatment to psychotherapy since it can treat stress tolerance, nightmares, and emotional regulation and lessen the effects of triggers.

 

How to Use CBD Oil for Common Symptoms

While there are many misconceptions about CBD oil, giving credits to the science behind the compound and anecdotal experiences is only the first step towards acceptance. Now that you have seen the possibilities and proven value of using CBD oil for treating chronic pain, anxiety, and other common symptoms, it is time to understand how to use the compound.

There are four common ways of using CBD oil – orally, sublingual, inhalation, and transdermal. Although these methods are all cannabidiol, our body absorbs it in very different ways. For instance, CBD pills use the oral administration method. It means that you consume it orally, and the digestive tract will absorb the CBD. Meanwhile, if you want to achieve greater absorption, the best option is to gear towards the use of CBD-infused e-liquids for vaping. Although it interacts with the lungs, it is the most effective way of CBD intake.

 

Takeaway: Is it Effective?

While many studies have suggested CBD oil as a treatment to pain or anxiety, more research is necessary to prove its positive claims. However, the product has been on top of some people’s CBD-compound-to-try list since it lacks the intoxicating effect and has a lower potential for side effects compared to other over-the-counter medications. However, the government does not regulate CBD for several conditions. It is essential to seek help from medical practitioners about the dosage to avoid any unwanted side effects in the long run. So if you are considering using it the first time, you should take into account that understanding cannabidiol can help overcome the stigma associated with the product.

 

References:

https://americanmarijuana.org/best-cbd-oil/

https://www.planetofthevapes.co.uk/news/health-studies/2019-08-12_everything-they-needed-to-know.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-wide-wide-world-psychology/201405/more-study-needed-possible-role-pot-in-psychotherapy

 

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 Dwight K. Blake
Before AmericanMarijuana, Dwight was a Mental Health counselor at Long Island Psychotherapy & Counseling in Westbury, New York for more than 15 years. He helped patients dealing with mental health problems, such as grief, depression, and anxiety.