cbd today showDecember 15, 2021
Since then, the task of regulating CBD products has fallen on the Food and Drug Administration, but so far the agency has not done so.
CBD has exploded in popularity over the last year, with countless numbers of people trying it as a sleep aid or relief for pain and anxiety. One concern is, there’s been no guidance on how to use CBD, or cannabidiol, safely.
The recommendations are an attempt to provide some kind of clarity for CBD usage, despite a lack of scientific evidence proving that it works to treat pain.
“The guidelines are not saying, ‘you should try this.’ They’re saying, ‘if you want to try, here’s how you should do it,'” said Boehnke.
“It was important to acknowledge the public’s interest, and put out some guidelines on the state of the science,” said Kevin Boehnke, a research investigator who works in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. Boehnke helped develop and write the guidelines for the Arthritis Foundation.
Arthritis Foundation offers guidelines for CBD use.
The group makes it clear that patients should not abandon arthritis medications already prescribed by doctors.
That’s one reason why on Tuesday, the Arthritis Foundation released guidelines for people who want to try CBD — the first such guidance on using the cannabis-derived ingredient from any major patient advocacy group.
CBD products became widely available after Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018, which removed hemp from the controlled substance list. By itself, CBD does not cause a “high.” (Marijuana’s psychoactive effects instead come from a different compound, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.)
The result has been a public frenzy around CBD products, which are marketed and sold with a variety of health claims, including relief for pain, insomnia and stress. Those assertions caught the attention of those suffering from arthritis, a condition for which there is no cure.
The FDA has tested various products and found that many didn’t have the amount of CBD they had advertised, and has often sent warning letters to companies that make unfounded health claims.
CBD is everywhere lately — in skin care, coffee and even pet treats. But is it really all it’s hyped up to be?
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“But you need studies to really be able to give us knowledge about how much CBD each day someone should take for their particular illness, and how it might interact with other medications they take,” she said. “That’s what you get with a clinical trial.”
You’re probably already familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another compound found in the cannabis plant and its main psychoactive component. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it’s not what gets you stoned. It’s also different from medical marijuana, which has been shown to reduce pain.
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It may also be beneficial for arthritis. Last fall the Arthritis Foundation became the first major health organization to release guidelines for the use of CBD.
Interest continues to grow. Last year, the federal government pledged $3 billion to research CBD.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may even help treat acne.
Currently the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product, a prescription drug called Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. In July, the FDA expanded what the drug is approved to treat, saying it can also be used for seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex.
Advocates say CBD, or cannabidiol, which comes from hemp and marijuana, can help with anxiety, pain relief and provide a slew of other benefits. And while many experts agree that CBD has potential, there are still a lot of unknowns.
“I do believe that cannabidiol has potential, absolutely,” Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told TODAY. Hurd’s research suggests CBD can may have positive effects on opioid addicts.
The law depends on where you live, and whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp. Marijuana is trickier because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, although states have their own swiftly changing laws. Some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, while others have legalized medical marijuana. Still others have introduced CBD-specific legislation.
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.
Most of the products claim to ease pain and anxiety. But whether or not these products actually contain the amount of CBD they advertise is up for debate, since they’re not approved by the FDA.
Advocates believe there are many potential health benefits, but clinicians say more research needs to be done.
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In addition to treating epilepsy, research has shown CBD may help reduce anxiety for people who have schizophrenia or psychosis, or who are addicted to opiates.
CBD can be taken orally or applied topically, depending on the product. There are lots of options out there, from gummies and softgels that supposedly ease anxiety to calming bath soaks, creams and oils — and even beer.
Celebrities are also getting in on the craze. Martha Stewart recently released a line of CBD wellness products. Rob Gronkowski has one, too.
“This is such a complicated and murky issue,” said Dr. Roshini Raj, an associate professor at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. “With this Farm Bill passing, hemp-derived CBD products are legal, technically. However, the FDA still hasn’t approved it in food and beverages, so it’s still very complicated.”