What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a lesser-known ancestor of the cannabis Sativa plant; Its more well-known brother, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in potion that captures users’ “high.” With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally – or for rituals – around 750 BCE, although there are other estimates.
Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive, and may or may not be CBD, which is debatable. THC can increase anxiety; It is not clear what effect, if any, CBD is having in reducing it. THC can lead to addiction and craving; CBD is being studied to help those recovering.
Cannabis that contains 0.3 percent or less THC is cannabis. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under federal law, it also protected the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of products derived from cannabis.
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What are the claims?
CBD has been purported to provide relief from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of the popularity of CBD is that it claims to be “nonpsychoactive” and that consumers can derive health benefits from the plant without the high (or midnight pizza munchies).
Just as cannabis plants are growing all over America, so is marketing. From oils and nasal sprays to lollipops and suppositories, there seems to be no holy place for CBD. Brad Ingram, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said of all the wild uses of CBD, “It’s the monster that has taken over the room.” He is leading a clinical trial of giving CBD to children and adolescents with drug-resistant epilepsy.
Does CBD Work?
Most people have now heard of cannabinoid oil, commonly known as CBD. However, not everyone knows how it works. Some older men and women perceive CBD as having hallucinogenic effects such as ‘pot’ or ‘weed’. This causes a negative stigma. CBD has virtually no THC, which means there is absolutely no hallucinogenic effect. It’s totally different. But there was still a problem with CBD on the market…
Although there are existing companies selling CBD, the type of CBD is not powerful enough to produce real, life-changing results. Dr. Phil and I hired a team of 10 well-known doctors and scientists to find a solution to this problem. And what they found was 10 times better than we imagined.
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Does CBD Help Anxiety and PTSD?
For students with generalized social anxiety, a conversation of four minutes with minimal preparation time can be debilitating. Yet a small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD reduced nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.
However, a double-blind study found that healthy volunteers who were given CBD had little or no change in their emotional response to unpleasant images or words compared to a placebo group. “If it is a calming drug, it should alter its responses to stimuli,” said study co-author and professor at the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Harriet de Wit. “But this did not happen.”
Does CBD Help with Sleep and Depression?
Stuck in the wee hours of the night, watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; One of the side effects of the Epidiolex trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to co-author Mr. McKillop of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. “If you’re looking for new treatments for sleep, this could be a clue,” he said.
But he cautions that side effects could be due to interactions with other medications the child was taking to control seizures. So far, there has not been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.
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