CBD And Your Health: From Safety To Treating Specific Ailments

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The use of CBD is no more a new thing as far as human health is concerned. It has gradually become more and more popular in recent times among many individuals as an alternative to many pills and drugs we take to take care of our health. This explains we have so many types and variants of CBD products under many brands such as FranklyCBD and many more. 

In this post, we will take a detailed look at safety concerns about CBD as well as the specific ailments it has been proven to treat.

How safe is CBD?

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Although CBD oil is established as an effective medication against seizures and other health conditions, it is believed that further research is required to determine the safety of its use. CBD is found in marijuana, but it does not have THC which is a psychoactive ingredient also found in marijuana that gets people high. While the most common formulation of CBD is oil, it can also be used in several other forms like a vaporized liquid, an extract as well as an oil-based capsule. Also, it is very common to see food, drums, and even beauty products infused with CBD and they are all effective in their ways.

As it stands, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the prescription CBD oil known as Epidiolex. Notably, Epidiolex is for the treatment of two kinds of epilepsy. Apart from this, the state laws governing the use of CBD vary from one place to another.

 Just like almost every other thing in life, using CBD is associated with certain risks. However, they are only a few. Some of these risks are dry mouth, reduced appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, and drowsiness. Besides, CBD can interact with some other medications that you are taking which may lead to side effects. A good example of such medications is blood thinner. 

You should note that it is not advisable to take CBD products without taking proper caution though it has a good reputation for being safe. To ensure you are safe while using this product, you may want to consult your doctor.

What are some specific ailments that CBD can treat?

Apart from the general fact that CBD can reduce pain, there are some specific ailments that studies have shown can be dealt with by taking CBD. Some of these ailments are highlighted below:

Epilepsy

According to the reports of Epilepsy Anecdotal reports, CBD has been used as a treatment for epilepsy since dozens of years ago. Interestingly, we have a good number of thorough scientific studies that support this fact. In the New England Journal of Medicine published May 2018, a study showed that CBD is very effective when it comes to reducing the number of seizures suffered by people with a type of epilepsy known as Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). 

Similarly, in the same 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an oral CBD formulation for both LGS and another kind of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.

Cancer symptoms

Another specific ailment that CBD has been proven to treat is cancer symptoms. The use of CBD as a treatment for cancer has been mainly focused on reducing vomiting and nausea associated with radiation treatments and chemotherapy. There are two particular types of CBD that the FDA has approved for this and they are Creamer (nabilone) and Marinol (dronabinol). Besides, another recent research has shown that cannabinoid drugs can also help to slow down the rate at which cancer cells grow.

Addiction

Addiction is another specific ailment that studies and research have shown can be combatted with CBD. Interestingly, CBD itself is classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I substance, meaning that it is illegal in a lot of places in the US. It fights addiction to a wide range of substances including opioids, cocaine as well as tobacco and alcohol. There are lots of preclinical studies that have lent credence to this fact. For instance, in June 2017, a study was published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research that indicating that CBD might be an effective alternative to opioids as pain therapy.

Diabetes

Although there are several more ailments that CBD can treat, we will be ending our list here due to limited time with diabetes. Indeed, CBD is proven to be very useful in fighting against diabetes and many studies have also established this. One of such studies was published in the American Journal of Pathology, February 2012, suggesting that CBD could contribute immensely to the improvement of outcomes for diabetic individuals. Observational have revealed that people that take marijuana have measures of insulin resistance as well as lower fasting insulin levels.

In a nutshell, CBD is generally safe for you for treating a wide range of ailments. However, you are advised to visit your doctor before using any CBD product with another medication.

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