You may notice that everywhere you look you see cannabidiol (CBD) marketed in a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pet food, and other animal health products. This oil is a derivative of the marijuana plant and promises to cure a whole host of ailments. Some of these include: Chronic pain, anxiety, depression, joint pain, fibromyalgia and the list goes on.
Lets look at the facts.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), CBD oil is currently not a regulated product. This means that manufacturers could add substances to the oil. The additives could make the product cheaper or even dangerous if used without physician supervision. There are many locations to obtain CBD oil including private entrepreneurs which have been known to provide the product, as well.
As of July 2019, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has only approved one type of CBD oil.
Epidiolex, for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Otherwise, the FDA warns consumers that CBD oil products are not approved for the prevention, treatment, or cure of any disease.
In the setting of chronic pain, more scientific research is needed to study the risks and benefits of CBD oil. Please speak with your physician prior to using any CBD products.
Emily Walker, CRNP