People have used cannabidiol (CBD) oil since the 1970’s to treat different illnesses. It has been shown to help with a number of conditions, such as seizures, epilepsy, cancer, inflammation, degenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, mania, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and several other mental health problems. The question of course is does CBD oil work? It has become one of the hottest topics in the alternative health world. What we are finding out is that CBD may work very well, but there are some potential side effects as well.
While clinical studies are still ongoing, many anecdotal reports suggest that CBD oils may reduce anxiety for those on the autism spectrum and even decrease aggressive behaviors, self-destructive behaviors, and/or anxiety surrounding social interactions. Recent reports also indicate CBD can help children with multiple co-occurring epilepsy’s. As far back as 2020, some parents of children who were diagnosed with a severe form of ADHD have begun to use CBD oil to help their children cope with the symptoms of the disorder. So far, it seems to be an effective treatment for ADHD. In the short term it may help patients control their behavioral problems and in the long term CBD may provide additional benefit.
While CBD is in some ways the wonder drug of our age, there are some serious limitations when taking it on a regular basis. First, clinical trials conducted in China showed little to no benefit in reducing the patient’s seizure symptoms. Also, there are currently clinical trials testing CBD as a painkiller. Many scientific studies, however, are showing benefits in the areas of arthritis and depression. So far, the CBD does not seem to function in any way like a drug would, so it is unclear if the oil products are actually helping the person to achieve a state of relaxation or tranquility.
The second area in which Cbd oil is being tested is that of medical marijuana. Many people who are diagnosed with a certain condition to use medical marijuana in order to alleviate their symptoms. So far, it appears that the ingredients in the cannabis plant are very helpful for people with those symptoms. However, because CBD is not yet available in vapor form, it has been hard to research the effects of this natural substance in reducing the symptoms of medical marijuana use. The results thus far have been less than stellar.
But regardless of the scientific studies conducted, CBD is being used more as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals. For instance, in the state of Florida, CBD oil is being offered in a spray called cannabidiol and marketed under many different brand names. So far, the cost of the spray is a fraction of the cost of medical marijuana, which has a street value of approximately $500 per ounce. So not only are CBD oils being used by Florida residents who are seeking medical benefits, but also by individuals who simply want to get high-quality, natural healing with little or no fuss and also save some money.
The next question that should be asked is whether or not CBD oil is going to interact with any medications traditionally used to treat anxiety and depression. In many cases, there will not be any side effects at all with the higher dosage. However, lower dosages may cause some uncomfortable side effects, including hallucinations and dizziness. So, it’s a good idea to start out with lower dosages and see how your body reacts before you move to larger doses.