How Does CBD Work?
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How Does CBD Work?

Have you seen CBD products on store shelves? Has a family member regaled you with stories of how the CBD gummies they take have all but removed their knee pain? Does your local health spa offer CBD oils for healing? If so, then you may be curious as to whether CBD really works.

By all accounts at this point, it appears that CBD (cannabidiol) does have pain relief qualities, and it is generally safe. In this piece, we are going to talk a little about the ways in which CBD might work to help people’s lives, and whether it is safe, so you can decide whether CBD is the right solution for you.

The Health Benefits of CBD

Given that CBD is the latest trend in health and wellness solutions out there, you may have heard a lot of claims about the many effects of CBD. For example, there are claims that CBD will help those who suffer from ailments ranging from arthritis to cancer. To be clear, there is still a lot doctors do not know about CBD. So, you should always consult with your physician before trying CBD yourself. That said, it appears that CBD has positive benefits for many people.

First and foremost, there is one medication that contains CBD that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That drug is called Epidiolex. For those who suffer from certain epilepsy syndromes that do not respond to anti-seizure medications, Epidiolex has been shown to minimize the number of seizures or eliminate them altogether.

In addition, CBD is commonly used to address anxiety and insomnia. Some studies suggest that CBD has a beneficial impact in helping people both get to sleep and stay asleep.

Finally, CBD may offer relief for those who are suffering from chronic pain. Studies are beginning to emerge that show applying CBD to the skin could help reduce pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Apparently, CBD is able to inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are often the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.

As noted earlier, however, there is still little in the way of scientific research to back up the claims of the benefits from CBD. Physicians and scientists are still looking for more evidence to support the claims made about CBD’s effectiveness. Yet, the information about CBD so far appears very promising.

Is CBD Safe?

Generally speaking, CBD appears to be safe. According to the World Health Organization, there is no potential for humans to become dependent on, or abuse, CBD. Also, the WHO notes that to date “there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Moreover, even though CBD is a component of the cannabis plant, which ultimately becomes marijuana, there is no evidence that CBD causes you to get intoxicated, or “high” in any way. (Marijuana gets you “high” because of the other major component of cannabis – THC).

While some CBD users have complained of nausea, fatigue, or irritability after using CBD, the biggest safety concern for CBD at this point is that it is largely used in dietary supplements, and the FDA does not regulate dietary supplements. Thus, you cannot be certain whether the dose of CBD on the label is accurate, or whether the recommended dose is appropriate for your particular medical condition.

To conclude, the science is still out on just how effective CBD is. Yet, people have claimed to experience pain reduction for conditions like arthritis, anxiety, and insomnia. Also, one FDA-approved drug that contains CBD is helpful for those suffering from epilepsy. So, if you decide to try CBD, it could really help your quality of life. Just make sure that you talk to your doctor about it first.