The Healing Properties of Medical Cannabis Oil?

Background: What is CBD?

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical occurring naturally in the cannabis plant.
  • Cannabis contains many different chemicals, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive, intoxicating properties.
  • CBD does not have intoxicating properties.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

What is CBD used for?

  • CBD oil (oil containing CBD extracts) is marketed and sold for use treating a variety of health and medical ailments, including chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation.
  • CBD is not approved by the FDA for any of these uses.
  • The FDA recently approved a commercially produced CBD oil (Epidiolex) for use in treating seizures in children with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

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How is it used?

  • CBD is available as an oil or powder. Oil can be mixed with foods or beverages. For example, many coffee shops now offer CBD-infused coffee drinks. Other products include CBD-infused alcoholic spirits, lotions, bath bombs, candies, and dog biscuits.
  • CBD may also be taken in capsule form or as an oral spray.
  • CBD powder can be used to make creams or gels for use directly on the skin, such as for arthritis pain.

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What do we know about CBD for pain?

  • Most studies have been performed using mice or rats rather than humans.
  • A large study (2012) published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine showed that CBD helped reduce inflammation and chronic pain in mice and rats.
  • More recently (2017), another study found that CBD may be helpful in reducing joint pain in osteoarthritis.
  • There is currently not enough research to conclusively determine whether CBD is an effective pain treatment in humans.

Is it safe?

  • While we do not know yet whether CBD is an effective treatment for pain, studies have suggested that there is little risk of harm at doses recommended by most producers.
  • There are many different commercial CBD oil products available, and the amount of CBD in them may vary by manufacturer and lot.
  • Side effects of CBD can include: drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and nausea.
  • Clinical trials have not found any indication of physical dependence.
  • CBD is legal in many US states, but not all of them. Before buying and using CBD products, know the laws in your local area.

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  • CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.
  • CBD is produced and marketed for a variety of medical uses including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and smoking cessation.
  • Though there is hope that CBD may be effective for the treatment of chronic pain, there is not yet sufficient medical research to support its use for these medical problems.
  • The FDA has approved a CBD product (Epidiolex) for use only in treatment of seizures in children with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.
  • The sale and use of CBD is legal in some, but not all, states.
  • Common side effects of CBD are relatively mild when used at recommended doses and there appears to be little risk of physical dependence.
  • More studies are needed to determine the effectiveness and safety of CBD for the treatment of chronic pain.

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Dr. Charles Scott – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident- New York Presbyterian Hospital

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