CBD oil is super hot right now, but what does the science say? What are the legalities? What, if any, human clinical research has been done on it? What exactly is it supposed to DO?
CBD Oil Review.
If you are intrigued by CBD, but don’t want to be suckered into anything, this episode is a must listen.
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The 4 main areas CBD oil (and other forms) is used for are
Every month, people search the following things on Google.com:
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cbd vape oil 40,500
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and just for fun there’s also…
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Suppliers have been trying to get me to add it to my product line for years. The shows are full of CBD suppliers, it’s a craze for sure.
Some of the top products currently on the market include:
Hemp extract gummies with melatonin for sleep.
Apothecanna Extra Strength Relieving Creme
Hemp oil capsules for creating a calm, relaxed feeling
Oil infused coffee
Bath bomb with charged crystals and essential oils
Lulu’s hemp oil chocolate
CBD tincture for pets with cod-liver oil and omega 3 fatty acids.
What does the science tell us?
Examine.com just released a major report:
It has 119 references and studies in it!
-what is CBD? There are two cannabinoids in Cannabis, THC, the product that potheads smoke to get high, and CBD.
-Supposed health benefits include anxiety, pain, inflammation, cancer, epilepsy, and many other ailments.
-The FDA has only approved one CBD product TOTAL so far during this whole craze: Epidiolex, for 2 rare types of epilepsy.
-Short term animal studies have been done, but it’s understood in the scientific community that mice have a stronger reaction to CBD than humans, so human clinicals are really important.
-There are currently 190 clinical trials going on, so it’s an area to watch.
-Legality. For sure the CBD must contain less than .3% THC. The farm act of 2018 legalized hemp, the source of CBD.
-Some estimates are that 7% of US adults have already used some form of CBD.
-In December of 2018 though, the FDA stated that CBD cannot be marketed as a supplement without FDA approval, but in April of 2019, the FDA was taking public comments to formulate a revised position
-Currently, non-pharmaceutical CBD is technically only legal under very specific conditions, such as when the source hemp was produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill, and by a licensed grower. Complicating matters further: the DEA and individual states can have different legal perspectives on CBD. Clarification on CBD legality should come within the first half of 2019.
-Side effects of CBD are typically relatively minor, including fatigue, decreased appetite, and diarrhea.
-The long-term use of isolated CBD isn’t well researched in humans, so potential harms may be possible. For example, CBD and cannabis in general has been touted as a potential cancer treatment, yet certain cancer types could theoretically worsen from CBD-induced receptor activation (in this study, colon cancer).
-Despite this, CBD appears to be much safer than many other treatments aimed at chronic pain and anxiety, as well as drugs used for recreational use. In fact, the World Health Organization concluded in a review: “to date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD”
-There’s a big catch though! CBD often seems to work better with THC (basically, in the typically consumed or inhaled form of medical cannabis, rather than as isolated CBD). This is often referred to as the “entourage effect” – that a single ingredient might, maybe do a little something, but you need the whole crew of compounds in the plant to have full efficacy.
-CBD products, save for the pharmaceutical Epidiolex, are not regulated. So batches often vary in potency. Not only that, but some products have pretty much only CBD in them, and others have various other cannabinoids (you’ll see “whole plant extract” and “single compound extracts” on shelves). Yet others have more than the allowed percentage of THC included. High-fat and high-calorie meals lead to much higher CBD concentrations, which adds another wrinkle.
Bottom line on CBD oil and related CBD products
Currently, it’s very easy for supplement sellers to throw together a “CBD” product in cool packaging and make a fortune.
If you have no pressing need for CBD then don’t waste your money.
Be patient and wait for the research to be done.
If you have a real, pressing need, such as cancer, or a child with autism, or other significant condition, then it may make sense to discuss that with your doctor and see if they have any inside intel or leads on the correct type, amount, and form of CBD that would be appropriate for you.
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