Medical marijuana is frequently prescribed to people with intractable (treatment-resistant) pain, including those with terminal cancer. There is some evidence that CBD contributes to this benefit.
CBD’s exact mechanism of action is unclear. Unlike THC, CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules to which THC binds to elicit its psychoactive effects.
Outside of these two disorders, CBD’s effectiveness in treating seizures is uncertain. Even with Epidiolex, it is uncertain whether the anti-seizure effects can be attributed to CBD or some other factor.
In addition, the stroke volume (the amount of blood remaining in the heart after a heartbeat) was significantly reduced, meaning that the heart was pumping more efficiently.
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Yes. Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products are legal and relatively easy to find in Oklahoma. In 2018, the Oklahoma legislature created the Oklahoma Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, following the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which legalized industrial hemp nationwide.
CBD products with less than .3% THC have been legal in Oklahoma since April 30, 2015, when Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 2154. This amendment specified that CBD extracted from hemp was exempt from the definition of marijuana so long as it contained less than .3% THC.
What is CBD?
While the 2018 Farm Bill did legalize hemp, its production, and the sale of any product derived from it, including CBD, is still highly regulated. The bill also allows some states to make their own rules for CBD cultivation and sale. States may also try to regulate CBD in food, beverages, dietary supplements, and other products while waiting for final FDA rules.
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis. After tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is the second-most abundant cannabinoid in the plant, and has many potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety and seizure-suppressant properties. CBD can be sourced from both marijuana plants and hemp plants, which are legal in most countries as they contain minuscule amounts of THC.
The FDA currently does not allow CBD-infused food, drinks, or dietary supplements to be sold, and has yet to reach a conclusion on how to regulate these types of hemp-derived CBD products. While the FDA slowly and cautiously approaches making new regulations for CBD products, poor-quality or falsely advertised products leave consumers at risk. It is illegal for products to make health-related claims like saying a product prevents, diagnoses, treats, or cures a disease. Reputable CBD producers may list suggested uses but beware of definite claims.