What Is CBD Oil?

It seems that everywhere you go someone is talking about CBD oil. My dog Lucy, got really sick last February and everyone told me about how wonderful it would be for her. It is now easy to get because it is being sold on every corner. It seems like people want this to be the miracle drug. Please do not get me wrong, I do believe that this natural herb absolutely has some wonderful healing properties to it. My concern is that people may not be getting the product they think they are getting. Please be careful who you buy it from and be sure its the real stuff. There is a lot of fraud with it. Since people are wanting so much to get well, there seems to be others who are taking advantage because this is such a sought after item. There is billions of dollars being made in the United States with CBD oil.

Kimberly Hickok is a reference editor with Live Science who wrote an article explaining what CBD oil is and if it really works.  The concentrated liquid extracts from marijuana plants are becoming more and more popular as alternate medicine, but the science isn’t there, according to Shutterstock.

Medical marijuana popularity is soaring, and with it a numerous number of consumers are seeking cannabis oils. The most one in demand is referred to as CBD oil.  Many of the on-line blogs and marketing materials claim that cannabis oils can cure whatever ails you, including cancer.  Limited research dos not suggest that this oil should take the place of conventional medicine, except in two rare forms of epilepsy.  It is then recommended only as a last resort treatment.  Their caution is because cannabis oil and other cannabis-based products are not regulated or tested for safety by the government or any other agency, making it difficult for consumers to know what they are actually getting.  It is similar to other herbal extracts and the chemicals in this oil depend on how the extract is made and what chemicals were in the plant to start with.

To put it in simple terms, cannabis oil is the concentrated liquid extract of the marijuana plant. Thousands of compounds are produced with cannabis plants but the most recognized belong to a class called cannabinoids.  The two most well-known are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

THC is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana and is what people are reaching for when looking for a product that gives them a high.  CBD isn’t known to cause psychoactive effects like THC and is attractive to those who want to avoid the high but want to reap the other benefits of CBD.

Those products not containing THC fall outside the scope of the US. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Controlled Substances Act, meaning CBD products are legal to sell and consume as long as they don’t have THC.  The CBD products are expected to be a $2.2 billion industry by 2020.

Physiological effects of cannabinoids can vary from person to person and it depends upon how they are consumed.  Predictability is a reason why the oil is a challenging candidate for developing it into a medicine.  It depends upon how long it takes to work and how long it stays in the system of each person and differs greatly.

People use cannabis oil as they claim it can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, even though there is lack of evidence to back these claims.  It has been promising for the use of cannabis treatment in those with certain forms of epilepsy.  The FDA-approved cannabis-based drug is Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution for treating two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

Keep in mind that little has been really understood about CBD until just recently, according to Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  He believes the research is on the upswing for cannabis and future studies could reveal more conditions that CBD may be helpful for and to also reveal some of the reasons why people say they use CBD oil are not supported by the science but are a placebo effect instead.

Buyers should be aware and well-educated about the material they are purchasing and the research out there.  Not all products on the shelf are the same as there are many different varieties.  Find a trusted source and do the research as to where the oil comes from, and how confident you can be that you know the exact percentages of the different cannabinoids in the product.  Do your due diligence on the product before purchasing.

Dr Fredda Branyon