The buzz around CBD has been huge, but do CBD Cannabidiol products really work to treat serious medical conditions? Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a key ingredient in many pharmaceutical drugs that treat epilepsy and nausea associated with cancer treatment, where there are pressing life and death consequences. However, much recent research has focused on CBD as an anti-ageing substance. Not only does CBD have medical potential, but it is believed to be a powerful antioxidant that may fight disease and ageing at the cellular level. Here are some interesting facts about this often-overlooked substance.
The Discovery of Cannabidiol Later Referred to as CBD
Cannabidiol was first discovered by a German doctor, who called it cannabidioloside. The name was later changed to cannabidiol and later used to refer to a chemical compound that contained CBD. Cannabidiol is actually a phytochemical, meaning it is made from plants. It is one of the 113 identified active compounds in cannabis plants and makes up about 40% of the total plant extract.
US FDA Approved 2 Clinical Trials in 2021
In 2021, the US FDA approved two clinical trials involving the use of CBD for treating seizure disorders and Parkinson's disease (PD). At that point, the company had not begun selling the product in pharmacies. At present, it is available as a dietary supplement in several countries. In the European Union, it is also licensed for use in certain therapeutic indications. There are no current plans to sell CBD as a prescription drug in the United States.
Can CBD Help Relieve Some Forms of Epilepsy?
Some believe CBD can help relieve the symptoms of some forms of epilepsy, including primary symptomatic seizure disorders like that of a child. While CBD is not believed to have any effect on spontaneous seizures, there are ongoing studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of using CBD in combination with traditional antiepileptic drugs (Amitriptyline and Cyproheptadine), which are commonly prescribed for people with epilepsy. One such study comparing CBD with a placebo in children with Focal Acute Epilepsy (FAPE) found that there was no difference between the two treatments in the proportion of children experiencing a seizure. However, the study did note that the researchers did not consider the potential effects of a number of potential side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs for patients diagnosed with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. One of the more common side effects of CBD is the loss of appetite.
No Conclusive Evidence that CBD Can Help the Onset of Schizophrenia, Bipolar or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
As of now, there is no conclusive evidence that CBD can help treat or prevent the onset of schizophrenia, bipolar or post-traumatic stress disorder. One study comparing the CBD with the high-quality alternative treatment gabapentin found that children in the placebo group who benefited from CBD had lower self-esteem and showed a small improvement in mood, but did not report an improvement in any other psychiatric outcomes. CBD is relatively new and the science behind how it works is not well understood. Children may react to CBD in different ways, and they should be monitored carefully by their medical professionals, especially since childhood is often a sensitive time for developing mental health. However, parents who suspect that their child may benefit from the benefits of CBD should speak with their paediatrician, and consider using CBD to treat symptoms of childhood anxiety and chronic pain.
FDA Warning to Pregnant or Breast-Feeding Women Not to Take CBD
In November of 2020, the FDA issued a safety warning about CBD, indicating that anyone pregnant or breastfeeding should not take CBD. The FDA also warned that children who are taking CBD should not take the medicine with neuroleptic drugs such as sedatives or antidepressants. If you believe that your child may have a serious reaction to CBD, notify your medical doctor or dentist immediately.
The safety of CBD has not been established by the FDA and it is not recommended by any government agency, organization or care provider. CBD is very cheap and parents are urged to discuss CBD with their children and decide together how to use it to best meet their children's needs.
So, should this article put you off buying and using CBD products?
It's your decision, but the author would like to point out that it is the duty of the US FDA to be ultra-cautious. As a national body, its primary function is to protect citizens from health risks, and in the absence of positive proof of the benefits of CBD products, it is bound to discourage their use.
Most, if not all, prescription medicines have side effects, but the FDA and other bodies globally support their use. The reason for that is that the benefits are considered to outweigh the side-effects.
Until the studies on CBD are completed and any side effects are known, warnings such as we have explained in this article are bound to continue, but that does not mean that people are not experiencing benefits from SBD based products. Nor does it mean that ultimately some, or all, CBD products won't eventually be found to be safe and be sold beside, or even replace, some current, medicines.
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