CBD Oil (Cannabis Oil) Use On The Rise In Cullman County

The use of CBD Oil is becoming increasingly popular among Cullman County residents who seek an alternative method of managing things like epilepsy, pain, inflammation, and other wellness challenges.

Across the United States, people are taking (or applying) cannabidiol to treat a variety of symptoms. As you can imagine, its use is controversial. Most of the confusion concerns what CBD oil is, and its effects on the human body.

Cannabidiol (CBD) products containing the compound are now legal in many American states where marijuana is not.

Alabama is a partially CBD LEGAL state:

On April 1, 2014, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed SB 174 – known as ‘Carly’s Law‘ – which allows an affirmative defense against prosecution for CBD possession by people suffering from a debilitating epileptic condition. The law states that “a prescription for the possession or use of cannabidiol (CBD) as authorized by this act shall be provided exclusively by the UAB [the University of Alabama at Birmingham] Department for a debilitating epileptic condition.” Since marijuana is illegal under federal laws, doctors are not allowed to write “prescriptions” for it. The states that have legalized medical marijuana allow doctors to “recommend” it.

On May 4, 2016, Governor Bentley signed HB 61 into law. Known as ‘Leni’s Law‘, the bill provides an affirmative defense for possession of CBD oil “for specified debilitating conditions that produce seizures.”

In June 2018, the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of epilepsy.

In the report below, we will attempt to explain what CBD is, its purported health benefits, how to use it, and potential risks.

WHAT IS CBD OIL?

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant.

Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration levels and uses of these oils vary.

IS CBD MARIJUANA?

CBD oil is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the most active ingredient in marijuana.

Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, and these compounds have different effects.

THC creates a mind-altering ‘high’ when it is broken down by heat and introduced into the body. The ‘high’ results from smoking marijuana or using it in cooking, for example.

Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. Non-psychoactive means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it.

However, CBD does appear to produce significant changes in the body; some research suggests that it has medical benefits.

The least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp, contains most of the CBD used medicinally. Though hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa, the two are very different.

Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to contain high levels of THC and other compounds that interested them, often because the compounds produced a smell or had another effect on the plant’s flowers.

Hemp farmers, on the other hand, have rarely modified the plant. These hemp plants are used to create CBD oil.

HOW CBD OIL WORKS

All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to specific receptors.

The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. It also has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.

CB1 receptors are located throughout the body, but many are in the brain.

The CB1 receptors in the brain deal with coordination and movement, pain, emotions, and mood, thinking, appetite, and memories, among other factors. THC attaches to these receptors.

CB2 receptors are more common in the immune system. They affect inflammation and pain.

Researchers once believed that CBD attached to these CB2 receptors, but it now appears that CBD does not attach directly to either receptor. Instead, it seems to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.

PURPORTED CBD HEALTH BENEFITS

Because of the way that CBD acts in the body, it has many potential benefits, natural pain relief, and anti-inflammatory properties being among them.

People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain.

Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative.

Authors of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats.

The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could constitute a new treatment for chronic pain.

Quitting Smoking – Drug Withdrawals

Some promising evidence suggests that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine.

A similar review, published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders.

The researchers noted that CBD reduced some symptoms associated with substance use disorders. These included anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia.

More research is necessary, but these findings suggest that CBD may help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Epilepsy

After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) as a therapy for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures.

In the U.S., a doctor can prescribe Epidiolex to treat: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a condition that appears between the ages of 3 and 5 years and involves different kinds of seizures, and Dravet syndrome (DS), a rare genetic condition that seems in the first year of life and includes frequent, fever-related seizures.

The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are difficult to control with other types of medication.

The FDA specified that doctors could not prescribe Epidiolex for children younger than two years old. A physician or pharmacist will determine the right dosage based on body weight.

Researchers are studying the effects of CBD on various neuropsychiatric disorders as well.

Authors of a 2014 review noted that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy.

Studies suggest that CBD may also treat many complications linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases.

Another study, published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, found that CBD may produce effects similar to those of certain antipsychotic drugs and that the compound may provide a safe and effective treatment for people with schizophrenia.

Fighting Cancer

Some researchers have found that CBD may prove to combat cancer.

Authors of a review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found evidence that CBD significantly helped to prevent the spread of cancer.

In addition, the researchers noted that the compound tends to suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote their destruction.

The authors pointed out that CBD has low levels of toxicity and called for further research into its potential as an accompaniment to standard cancer treatments.

Anxiety Disorders

Doctors often advise people with chronic anxiety to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify feelings of anxiousness and paranoia.

However, authors of a review from Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may help to reduce anxiety in people with certain related disorders.

According to the review, CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions such as:

• post-traumatic stress disorder
• general anxiety disorder
• panic disorder
• social anxiety disorder
• obsessive-compulsive disorder

The authors noted that current treatments for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects, which can cause some people to stop taking them.

No further definitive evidence currently links CBD to adverse effects, and the authors called for further studies of the compound as a treatment for anxiety.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes results from inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas.

Research published in 2016 by Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease this inflammation in the pancreas. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes.

A paper presented in the same year in Lisbon, Portugal, suggested that CBD may reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the development of type 1 diabetes.

Acne

Acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body.

A 2014 study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sebum is an oily substance, and overproduction can cause acne.

CBD could become a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficit in participants.

This means that CBD could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to keep the ability to recognize the faces of people that they know.

This is the first evidence that CBD may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Legality

There is an ever-changing number of states that do not necessarily consider marijuana to be legal but have laws directly related to CBD oil. The following information is accurate as of May 8, 2018, but the laws change frequently.

Anyone considering CBD oil should speak with a local healthcare provider. They can provide information about safe CBD sources and local laws surrounding usage.

The above information was reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT.

For an even more detailed exploration of this subject by Medical News Today, please see: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317221.php

 

CBD Oil (Cannabis Oil) Use On The Rise In Cullman County

Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

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