CBD For PAIN And SLEEP
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol – one of the two major compounds in the marijuana plant.
Unlike THC, though, CBD doesn’t produce a euphoric “high” and it was legalized as a supplement in 2018 under the farm bill. However, CBD regulation is a little murky, and foods and beverages containing CBD are technically still illegal in some states.
CBD belongs to a class of compounds known as cannabinoids. There are 120 of them and they exist in many plants, not just the cannabis plant. This non-intoxicating compound has become majorly popular in the past year or so and can be found in everything from sunscreen to cocktails to coffee.
Some of the more outstanding CBD claims include that it helps fix leaky gut syndrome, can be used to treat multiple sclerosis, and can cure cancer.
As there are no human studies supporting those assertions, we’re going to move along to the more plausible, and clinically tested claims about CBD. As always, remember I stick to clinical research – that means it was performed on humans; animal studies do not rise to the level of evidence-based practice.
RESEARCH ON CBD For PAIN And SLEEP & Others
1. INTRACTABLE EPILEPSY
So first off, there is solid research supporting the use of CBD for at least one condition: intractable epilepsy – a condition where drugs are ineffective.
One study showed a 42% reduction in seizure frequency in children and adults taking 20 mg per kilogram of body weight per day for 28 days.
In fact, CBD is the key ingredient in the only cannabis-based drug approved by the FDA, Epidiolex.
2. ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Many studies have also looked at the effects of CBD on neurocognitive disorders such as anxiety and depression.
In one small study on adults with social anxiety disorder, a single 600 mg dose of CBD reduced anxiety and cognitive impairment on a simulated public speaking test.
In another study, a single 300 mg dose of CBD also reduced symptoms of anxiety during public speaking, but not a 100 or 900 mg dose, suggesting that too much or too little affects CBD’s efficacy against anxiety.
3. PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
Several studies have also shown that CBD may possess antipsychotic properties.
4. PAIN REDUCTION
Another common claim about CBD is that it has the ability to reduce pain – whether due to diseases like cancer and arthritis or under normal conditions like post-exercise muscle soreness.
Unfortunately, according to a recent review of 11 systematic reviews and observational studies, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that CBD is effective at reducing pain related to cancer or GI and rheumatic conditions and only limited evidence suggesting efficacy for neuropathic pain.
Studies have shown that while cannabinoids may increase one’s pain threshold, they do not decrease pain intensity.
Another understandably believable claim I’ve heard about CBD is that it can help improve sleep.
As someone who has trouble sleeping, I wish this was true, but unfortunately, research doesn’t entirely support this claim.
Some studies show that CBD has a mildly stimulating effect. Other research indicates that the dose determines the effect and suggests that while low-dose CBD promotes arousal, high dose CBD may increase total sleep time and decrease the number of nighttime wake-ups.
More research in this area is clearly needed.
[CREDIT: The above is extracted from https://www.whitneyerd.com/2019/07/cbd-oil-for-pain-anxiety-sleep-does-it-work.html]
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Is CBD Legal? Hemp-derived CBD products (with less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal on the federal level but are still illegal under some state laws. Marijuana-derived CBD products are illegal on the federal level but are legal under some state laws. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that nonprescription CBD products are not FDA-approved, and may be inaccurately labeled.
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