The Use (and controversy) of CBD oil


I was asked by one of our local news affiliates to do a segment on CBD oil.    Did I back it?  Does it work?  What’s the deal with it?

It took a little thinking.    There’s not a simple stance on this I’m willing to take.    I think it can be effective for treatment of certain issues.  I think there are some inherent problems that need to be addressed as well.  Well – Half a day later – Here’s my approach…

Cannabidiol (CBD) is just  one of nearly 100 cannaboids found in the cannabis plant.

It is extracted and mixed into a variety of products which share the CBD oil monicker


CBD has gained incredible popularity over the last 6 months for use as a medical supplement.  It seems to have tons of “goodwill”, opinion and “public reputation.” and less true university backed research.    In my opinion it could be a good treatment option for certain conditions.


Why is it so controversial?


Two reasons:    


  1. It comes from the marijuana plant and carries a stigma because of that
  2. It is so new (not enough clinical research) and there are so many different products, brands and suggested uses.


A little about the product.


There isn’t one type of CBD being used.


It can be in powder form, oil (in a medicine dropper), topical creams, and other forms.


  1. There is a HUGE stigma associated with this product (marijuana) and because of that there is a HUGE gray area as far as legalities and suggested use.


  1. Still in the early stages of use.   Because of this there are way too many claims on health and action.   There just isn’t enough information out yet and manufacturers are reeling out as much as they can to maximize profits.   If one group has a finding, there is nothing to keep all manufacturers from saying “clinical evidence states….”
    1. So use caution
      1. The products arent all the same
      2. It’s not a miracle product

      3) It is an NCAA banned substance as the tests currently used cannot determine the  difference between the drug (with THC) vs the oil alone

THIS is WHY I suggest using CAUTION..


I can’t tell you if your employer’s drug tests would show a positive


  1.      c) it’s legal to sell at this time but we won’t use it on a client clinically because of   

 these rules


2) Comes in many forms

Powders, pills, oil with dropper, creams, shakes etc.

So you can take it in through the skin, orally and sublingually

The dosage is based on how much of the CBD is in each serving


3) THC is removed

This is the psychoactive component (getting high) of the plant and is removed so the CBD oil is different than the drug.  Again,, it is all so new the testing may not be able to tell the difference. Aside from that – how do I know? I have to take their word for it.  It’s the same problems we have with Olympians that say the vitamins they were taking had steroids in them and set off a false positive test.



Use caution.    

No one can tell you what your companies policy is except your company

(some companies test THC, some test marijuana) talk to your HR.

The use of CBD oil is growing exponentially across the US right now and because of that the standard for the product as a whole are in question.

If you are going to try CBD, talk to your employers and find a product that has been deemed safe and effective first.  


This is why I was so against the use of this product clinically despite claims of success.


My take.


CBD is safe and in my opinion effective, but because of the early stages and the explosion of products across the country it is difficult to determine which products are superior.  

CBD oil has a million claims.  Like any product, there is no “miracle pill”

It seems to work best with inflammation issues, pain, joint and muscle pain and neurological issues.

Claims of decrease in vomiting, cancer treatment, psychosis, depression etc need further research at the university level.

Policy will change and product will become more regulated as time passes and the popularity continues to grow.

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