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If you believe everything you read on the internet, you will be excused for thinking that CBD is the new miracle drug. In recent days, CBD – a cannabis plant derivative – has been touted by many sites which claim that CBD cures all types of cancers and many other debilitating diseases. The truth is, while some of the claims can be substantiated, most of the claims are anecdotal at this point and do not have the research to back it up.
CBD is not the same as cannabis. CBD will not get you high. CBD does, however, come from the same plant as the chemical THC, a psychoactive compound responsible for the high you get when cannabis is smoked or ingested.
So CBD does come from cannabis but it is not the same as marijuana. CBD is available in capsules, vapes, topical creams, syrups, teas, gummies, tinctures and more and are designed to be used as a medication.
While the research is still in its infancy, there have been a few notable studies and trials done on CBD. The most important one to date was the successful use of CBD in treating epilepsy. Cannabis extracts have also shown results in the treatment of pain and inflammation, including diseases such as Crohn’s disease. Successful treatment of anxiety and depression has also been effective with the administration of CBD products. The research is still ongoing and further scientific proof will hopefully come to light to prove the claims that are currently only based on testimonials from users of CBD.
There are currently a number of animal studies underway, but clinical trials on humans are perhaps still a few years away. One of the issues involved is that humans do not react the same as mice in many instances and humans as individuals do not always have the same reactions to medications. A standard will need to be set in place with more information on the benefits and possible side effects for people with a wide variety of ailments.
Some side effects noted to date include changes in appetite and weight, fatigue and bowel irritation as well as interaction with prescription medications causing them to absorb too much or not work as required. Further studies in this regard are also needed.
CBD has been conclusively shown to reduce anxiety in animal and human trials, so it can be sold as an anxiolytic to help reduce anxiety. CBD has also found some success in treating nausea and vomiting as well as being an anti-oxidant and neuroprotective agent. CBD can be used in conjunction with other treatments to control various symptoms associated with serious diseases, but until the research has been finalized, it cannot be claimed as a cure.
CBD has been legalized in many places across the globe but there is only one CBD drug that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In June of this year, the FDA approved – for the very first time – a drug that contains CBD to treat some rare forms of epilepsy.
This is a serious breakthrough and many are hopeful that this may indicate that the tide is turning in the medical and scientific communities regarding cannabis and CBD.
It’s also important to keep in mind that, while, to date, no one has overdosed on cannabis products, some CBD products may contain traces of toxins or be of insufficient doses to accurately treat the condition it is being used for.
Your first step is to find out from the manufacturer where the product used is sourced from. This may also mean finding out where the oil supplier is purchasing their cannabis plants from to ensure you are not purchasing products contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, and toxins. If the company provides independent laboratory testing, it is more likely to be safe but you might want to have it tested yourself as well, at least on first purchase to verify the results discovered by their lab tests. If you find that your test results differs substantially from their lab results or what is printed on their labels and inserts, you might want to look at another supplier instead. This is especially true for cannabis products used for treating conditions such as epilepsy in children.
It is also extremely important to know the THC levels in the product as this can cause anxiety, paranoia and other detrimental side effects which are not expected when using CBD products.
While the research is ongoing at this point in time, CBD has mainly been found to alleviate specific symptoms related to physical and mental ailments. CBD has not been actively studied as a cure for serious diseases such as cancer, hypertension and heart disease at this point in time. CBD has proven effective in treating pain and inflammation, lowering blood pressure as well as reducing anxiety and depression symptoms. But to say that it cures any disease is not accurate. Comprehensive studies have been done on CBD’s potential to help fight inflammation which is at the root of many other illnesses. So, reducing inflammation may also reduce the onset of other diseases. Many digestive issues are tied to inflammation, so CBD may also have some success in treating the symptoms of ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
CBD has also proved effective in various studies for controlling chronic pain associated with many other ailments. Studies have been done to show that CBD may be able to prevent brain and nerve damage due to its neuro-protective properties which means it can help slow the progress and symptoms of various degenerative neurological diseases. In 2017 a study was done that showed CBD had some potential in treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. This same study also concluded that CBD actually makes some people feel more energized instead. This means that CBD should be taken at night for those that find it helpful in improving insomnia, while those that are energized by the product should take it in the morning to encourage a full day and a more restful sleep at night.
CBD may be used to treat the symptoms associated with many conditions, but until there are conclusive results from scientific trials, CBD cannot be sold as a cure-all.
CBD has been shown to have anti-tumor properties in research that has only been done on mice to date. CBD has not been established as a cure for cancer at this point in time. What CBD can, however, do is help with many of the negative side effects experienced with cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. CBD and other cannabis compounds can help with pain, inflammation, control of nausea and vomiting and even stimulate appetite in cancer patients. This helps alleviate some of the debilitating effects of going through cancer treatment and may help cancer patients remain stronger during treatment and recover faster once the cancer is in remission. So while it is not a cure for cancer, it can help improve well being during treatment.
So no, CBD is not a cure-all and has not been proven through research as being able to cure serious illnesses such as cancer, but CBD can most certainly help people with many negative side effects of treatments as well as many symptoms experienced from other diseases. Overall, CBD has minimal side effects, it is not psychoactive and will not make you high, and so far, no one has overdosed or died from CBD.
While there is a lot more to explore with regards to this compound and the research is still relatively limited, research may soon show more conclusive evidence of the efficacy of CBD in reducing the severity of many life-threatening illnesses.
Only time will tell.
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