The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) is increasing as an organic treatment option for issues such as anxiety, chronic pain, and side effects from other medications. There are also parents who reported that CBD oil has helped their kids with seizure disorders and autism. Yet is it really wise to give it a try? Is it even legal?
Below are some facts you need to know before trying it out.
CBD oil is obtained from a cannabis plant, yet it is not the same as medical (or recreational) marijuana. It also has no THC content, a marijuana compound that gets users high. CBD is not addictive and is usually taken in liquid form and placed under the tongue, as a cream or gel capsule. You may likewise mix it with your food.
CBD is believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of receptors involved in maintaining balance or homeostasis. The receptors are found in various body parts, including the brain, the main reason why it’s thought to aid in treating various conditions.
The most recent research conducted on the compound is its therapeutic benefits in treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders. According to the chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Chief of Medical Toxicology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Jennifer Lowry, MD, empirical evidence supporting its effectiveness remains limited, and is mainly anecdotal for other conditions. Registered dietician Janice Bissex, who turned up a holistic cannabis practitioner after witnessing how the plant has helped her father relieved from pain, explained that one limiting factor why it is not well-researched yet is the fact that cannabis remains under Schedule 1 drug classification in the U.S.
Ms. Bissex works with several clients who have experienced favorable outcomes with CBD oil, yet cautioned that the compound does not work for every individual every time. For those considering to give CBD oil a try to help their kids, she advised that parents must first find somebody who is an expert on the topic to consult with while noting that the compound may interact with some particular medicines, in some cases. She added that parents may need to broaden their search as there are a lot of physicians who are not well-informed in CBD use for several conditions among kids. Pediatric neurologists, she said, can be more knowledgeable regarding it. This suggests that searching for an expert on cannabis like Ms. Bissex is likewise a consideration to take into account before determining the right dosage which may vary for each individual.
Dry mouth and drowsiness are the most usual adverse side effects of CBD, yet they often last only for a few weeks.
Considering the cost involved in plant growing and oil extraction, CBD oil can be really pricey. Currently, it is not yet regulated by the Food and Drug Administration so consumers need to take extra caution. Ms. Bissex advised consumers to choose items which have been tested independently, so they get the assurance that they have the right CBD amount as these manufacturers claimed.
Dr. Lowry, meanwhile, suggested on looking for the product’s THC content (if there are any) prior to providing it to a child. She noted that several regulations limit THC content to 0.9%. The pediatrician who does not personally suggest CBD considering the lack of data on its effectiveness and safety yet said she would go as low THC content as possible.
With regards to the legality of CBD, the topic remains quite unclear. The states which have allowed the use of CBD include Georgia, Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Wyoming, and Wisconsin. The states which have legalized recreational marijuana are California, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Vermont, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. Several states have also allowed hemp-derived CBD oil, but not its marijuana counterpart.