What's All The Fuss About CBD Oil?
CBD oil, a marijuana derivative, has been getting lots of attention because proponents claim it helps numerous conditions. But does it work, and is it safe?
Is CBD oil the answer to what ails you? This home remedy is made from cannabidiol, one of more than 80 chemicals found in cannabis plants. Fans claim that CBD oil can help everything from insomnia to pain management to epilepsy – without causing intoxication.
Marijuana and hemp are two varieties of the plant that contain cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD.
Does CBD Oil Work?
Most people want to know if CBD oil is a magic bullet for multiple ailments or just over-hyped snake oil. The answer: It depends.
Lack of scientific studies
Much of the evidence that supports CBD oil is anecdotal, which isn't as thorough or objective as scientific research. And while there have been lab and animal studies and even smaller studies with humans, there's insufficient evidence to determine whether or not CBD oil is effective. (See a list of conditions and the CBD oil research on them.)
For example, several animal studies suggest that CBD oil may help relieve anxiety, but whether the effect is the same in humans remains to be determined.
Approved for epilepsy treatment
The exception? Epilepsy treatment. The FDA recently approved a new drug, Epidiolex, made with purified CBD, to treat two severe and rare forms of epilepsy for people ages 2 and up.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
CBD oil can be made from either hemp or marijuana. The purchase of hemp-derived CBD oil that contains only a negligible amount of THC (the intoxicating compound that creates the "high") is legal across the United States.
However, the law varies from state to state regarding marijuana-derived CBD oil. Currently, Illinois residents can purchase marijuana-based CBD oil for medical use. In Indiana, anyone can buy it. But check with your doctor or pharmacist for the most up-to-date information.
Is CBD Oil Safe?
The primary concern about CBD oil is that it isn't regulated. There are no standards or oversight when it comes to manufacturing it, which means you won't know if the dosage is reliable from batch to batch or even the product's ingredients. It's a buyer beware situation that involves a level of risk. Recently 52 people in Utah became ill after using fake CBD oil.
Another consideration: CBD oil can negatively interact with other medications and supplements that you take. Real CBD oil may provide benefits for you – but talk to your doctor before taking CBD oil to avoid dangerous drug interactions.
Does CBD Oil Have Side Effects?
Side effects from using CBD oil include:
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
- Changes in appetite and weight
If you’re experiencing physical or emotional health problems, consider talking to a specialist who can help you find proven ways to address your condition. Search for a Franciscan Health doctor in your area today.
Learn More About CBD Oil Safety and Legal Use
- Medline Plus/U.S. National Library of Medicine – Cannabidiol
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration - FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy
- National Cancer Institute - Cannabis and Cannabinoids
- U.S. National Library of Medicine - An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the importance of conducting proper research to prove safe and effective medical uses for the active chemicals in marijuana and its components
- Chicago Sun Times – Cannibis 101
- Indy Star - CBD oil is now legal in Indiana after nearly a year of confusion
- The Times of Northwest Indiana - New Indiana law clarifies that CBD oil is legal for all Hoosiers to use
- National Conference of State Legislators – State Medical Marijuana Laws
- Law Offices of Andrew Weisburg – What is the legal status of CBD Oil in Illinois?