In the Past Year CBD has Become a Popular form of Natural Medicine

A bottle of CBD oil, commonly applied on the skin. Photo by Creative Commons.

A bottle of CBD oil, commonly applied on the skin. Photo by Creative Commons.

Written by Annie Gilbert

Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is a legal, non-intoxicating extract sourced from marijuana plants that can come in many different forms such as gummies or a lotion. Since its legalization in all 50 states in 2018, CBD oil has become a major craze, with some critics raving over it and others questioning its effects.

While the Marijuana plant is often associated with getting “high,” CBD it does not have any Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, meaning that while CBD is sourced from the marijuana plant, it does not have the ability to give off a high. So, what makes this product so popular is its apparent ability to help with anxiety, inflammation, and many other health issues.

Of its many benefits CBD is also said to: reduce chronic pain, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, help reduce acne, and improve heart health. What makes CBD more preferred over prescriptions is its natural way of dealing with common illnesses versus using prescriptions filled with chemicals. Many of these benefits are due to the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Along with that, CBD has even been found to help those suffering with two rare cases of epilepsy. For those with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a condition that consists of different kinds of seizures, and Dravet Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes fever-related seizures within the first year of life in children, CBD can be extremely beneficial. These conditions are difficult to treat so patients can be approved of the use of Epidiolex which is another form of CBD to treat their seizures. Although both of these conditions affect young children the FDA stated that doctors cannot prescribe Epidiolex to children under the age of two.

However, while CBD may appear to be perfectly harmless due to its lack of THC, there are some negative concerns with the oil as well. Small studies have concluded that for the most part many adults are able to take wide raged amounts of CBD with no side effects, but others may experience drowsiness, diarrhea, and change in weight or appetite. Due to the recent nationwide legalization and a lack of evidence, there is not much to say on CBD’s long term effects or its effect on kids.

The use for this product is very controversial and in some states, you still need a prescription to own it. In addition, there are regulations regarding CBD so it’s important to consult with a doctor if you are considering trying it. Especially because there are recommended dosages based on a person’s weight or reason for use.