Have you heard about CBD oil and its many possible health benefits? Pioneer Health Center’s Gene and Mike Gresh recently spoke to Fox 61 about CBD oil and how it can help some patients, as well as what to look out for.
CBD is cannabidiol, a component of cannabis derived from hemp that doesn’t have much THC, so it won’t get you high. However, it does appear to have positive effects on pain relief, anxiety, depression, and sleep when taken topically or orally.
CBD was more or less legalized through the U.S. Farm Bill in 2018, which legalized the production of hemp, a species of cannabis that CBD can come from. Any product with CBD in it, including gummies, candies, salves, or creams, must contain less than 0.3 percent of THC. Manufacturers quickly jumped on the chance to make all sorts of products infused with it.
Unfortunately, because CBD is technically a dietary supplement and not a drug, this means that it’s not regulated particularly well. While there is some research that says CBD is good for pain and sleep, there are plenty of products that make inaccurate claims about their efficacy. For instance, a recent study of over 30 different products showed that two-thirds of them didn’t have the right amount of CBD to be effective.
But now that CBD has been legalized, there’s a greater chance that larger clinical studies will show the true benefits of CBD on a variety of conditions.
In the meantime, it’s best to work with a healthcare practitioner to find out if CBD oil in any form is right for you. Pioneer Health Center offers a number of CBD options for sleep, anxiety, and pain management. Our team can help you determine if CBD is right for you and find you the right way to add it to your healthcare regimen.
Check out this video of Gene and Mike’s interview, and hear the story of a patient who was able to quit taking over-the-counter medications thanks to CBD.