So far, research suggests CBD is safe to consume in the short term. There have been studies that show digestive issues, drug interactions and abnormal liver function tests are common side effects with CBD.
Bottom line: current research is mixed and in many cases, it’s still too early to tell whether CBD is helpful in treating or managing these health conditions. As with anything, talk with your doctor before exploring the potential health benefits of CBD.
Comparing the different forms of CBD
Many CBD dispensaries boast about all the healthy benefits of CBD, but which are currently research backed?
CBD in combination with THC and other cannabinoids might be useful in treatment for appetite stimulation, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, intentional weight gain and cystic fibrosis. In conditions like Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis, there have been promising results showing decreases in inflammation during flair ups, but more research needs to be done in this area before drawing any conclusions.
Naturally, CBD contains a plethora of brain-boosting antioxidants and helpful anti-inflammatory properties. These goodies make CBD more likely to support brain health and reduce pain and inflammation in inflammatory conditions.
Other common side effects that were observed in the clinical trials of CBD drugs were decreased appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, insomnia or sleep disturbances, gait disturbance, and infections.
Because CBD is so freely available (along with the fact that it does not cause the mind-altering effects of marijuana) many people believe that CBD is a risk-free product. Consumers are using CBD products without medical supervision. They are also asking questions of their natural healthcare practitioners—including nutrition therapists. We answer some of those questions here.
Over the last couple of years, CBD has become a household word. CBD can be found in foods, supplements, cosmetic products, and even animal health products. You may have seen CBD products on the shelves of stores that range from 7-Eleven to Whole Foods Market.
What are the Health Benefits of CBD?
As of April of 2020, the following quotes were taken from the FDA website regarding the regulation of CBD:
The FDA-approved medications that contain CBD are indicated for specific types of seizure disorders (Epidiolex) and for pain associated with multiple sclerosis and cancer (Sativex). Consumer CBD products should not be making any disease-specific claims.
Without consistent oversight from the FDA, there are serious concerns about the quality of CBD products. The FDA claims that they have tested the chemical content of some consumer products and found they do not contain the levels of CBD that are claimed. Some products contain unsafe levels of pesticides, heavy metals or other contaminants.
Taking CBD rather than a whole-hemp extract is similar to taking beta-carotene instead of eating a carrot. CBD comes from hemp, but the whole plant contains more than a hundred related compounds. Many have suggested that a whole-hemp extract offers synergistic benefits that are greater than taking CBD alone.