Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a popular supplement that has shown promise as a treatment for a range of conditions. From discomfort to emotional upset, a number of concerns have shown potential response to CBD treatment. Due to its recent legalization and lack of regulation in the CBD marketplace, its efficacy as a treatment has not yet been medically proven. Most of the beneficial claims provided by users have not been evaluated by the FDA and are therefore not considered medically viable.
The CBD extract-derived drug Epidiolex, however, is a proven CBD-derived treatment for unusual convulsive disorders. After three randomized, double-blind clinical trials, Epidiolex was approved by the FDA to treat rare seizure disorders in patients two years or older.
Many users claim that CBD is effective for treating sleeplessness. One of the side effects of Epidiolex is drowsiness, which suggests that CBD may be a helpful sleep aid.
Clinical trials are underway, but many are hopeful that CBD could be an effective alternative to conventional pharmaceutical medications. The medications currently used can cause a number of undesirable side effects. Some can even lead to user dependence. While yet medically unproven, CBD does not show signs of creating dependency in users. In fact, our bodies naturally produce CBD as a stress response, so we cannot become dependent upon it.
Another possible use for CBD is managing discomfort and irritation. Many users report that CBD oil, taken sublingually, can help ease discomfort, as well as soothe tenderness. CBD ointment, applied topically, may also be used to relieve discomfort, and anecdotal evidence suggests that this has been helpful for many users.
CBD is regarded as generally safe, but like any treatment, it may cause side effects in some people.
Side effects that have been observed in clinical studies include:
Like any other treatment or supplement, you should consult with your doctor before you start using CBD oil, especially if you take any conventional medications or other supplements. Similar to grapefruit, CBD interferes with cytochromes P450 (CYPs), which affects the metabolism of some medications.
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