It seems like cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere these days. But what do we know about this natural compound, and what do we still have to learn? Our St. Petersburg medical marijuana physician explains below.

Common Uses for CBD

CBD is a compound extracted from hemp or cannabis that is frequently employed as part of herbal therapy. It is sold in the form of gels, oils, extracts, gummies, and more. CBD is most used commonly used among patients with debilitating medical conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Inflammation

The FDA approved a prescription medication containing CBD in 2018. The medication, called Epidiolex, is used to treat rate form of epilepsy and is not currently approved for the conditions listed above.

CBD Medical Studies

Research on CBD is somewhat limited. However, the studies that we have today are promising. Current evidence indicates that CBD has significant potential in terms of its therapeutic effects.

One study on human cells found that CBD cream can have anti-inflammatory properties. Another study concluded that it could be a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Research supports other benefits of CBD as well.

For some time, laws surrounding cannabis and cannabis derivatives were a roadblock to medical studies. We should see more large-scale clinical trials to demonstrate the advantages of CBD as cannabis-related laws evolve.

Unsubstantiated Claims

Some CBD manufacturers have made wild and unsubstantiated claims about their products. It is important to be aware of what CBD can and cannot do, as well as the issues with CBD marketing. CBD is not a pharmacologic therapy, although pharmaceutical companies are working in that direction. The FDA is also working to evaluate regulatory policies related to cannabis. It is always a good idea to talk to a medical provider before beginning to use CBD.

Key Takeaways

There is still a lot to learn about CBD. But what we do understand is that it is a natural herbal therapy worth discussing with a medical marijuana physician.

Call us at 727-209-5470 to schedule your initial medical evaluation with our Florida Board of Health-certified physician Lora L. Brown, MD. Access Marijuana RX (AMRX) serves St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.

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