Are CBD products effective?

OK, I know the verdict is still out on that question. The answer, also, depends on whom you ask. For people who will only try evidence-based treatments, the answer is no. Think FDA, government, you catch my drift. For many of the people who have tried it for various conditions, the answer is often yes.

Recently, CBD products have gotten more attention largely due to the effect it has on children with epilepsy. Even in conservative states (Florida and Georgia). Favorable results, some fantastically favorable, have garnered positive attention, softening the perspective of those who oppose CBD in any form. As a result, more people are willing to try CBD for medicinal purposes.

In fact, a recent survey, the largest to date, conducted by Brightfield Group and HelloMD, found that more women than men were likely to use CBD products for health issues. Once the women tried it, they were more likely to drop their traditional medications in favor of the CBD products.

The survey talked to 2,400 of HelloMD’s 150,000 community members about their CBD use. Findings showed that the most common reasons for using the products were “to treat insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain,” according to Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer of HelloMD.

CBD is the nonpsychoactive cousin to THC. Both have therapeutic properties, but THC, found in medical marijuana, is legal in only 29 states and the District of Columbia. That number is expanding, however, and there is potential for more studies to determine the efficacy of both products.

An interesting article about combining the two to create a more powerful product is found in this scientific paper: A Tale of Two Cannabinoids. For now, however, CBD can be more easily obtained by nearly anyone, and so it’s studied more often. As I’ve noted before, studies on CBD as medicine already show enough evidence to support that topical CBD products can:

  • Relieve pain   
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Ease neuropathic pain
  • Help reduce the effects of sunburn
  • Provide relief from psoriasis, dermatitis, and itching

Slowly but surely, the tide is turning when it comes to CBD. Fortunately, those who are willing to try the products are also willing to speak out and be heard. If you’ve tried CBD and want to report your findings, the FDA wants to know about your experience. Visit the website and tell your story.

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