CBD & You

By: Megan Landean, M. Ed.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). It is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant, so it does not cause a “high.”

The government’s stance on CBD is unclear, but the FDA has eased up on their regulations so that researchers can explore its potential benefits. It was initially used for children with severe epilepsy- they found it significantly reduced episodes or stopped them from having seizures altogether.

CBD is mostly used to help with anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. It can be found in coffee, drops, gummies, sprays, topicals, and more. You can consume it or have it incorporated into your massage. If you have not tried it yourself and are considering it, here are some things to know:

#1: Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of CBD, and does not approve of the use of CBD, unless prescribed to treat those with epilepsy. However, this does not mean that CBD is illegal. In the state of Ohio, it is legal to possess products that contain CBD in them. However, individual companies can still have rules against its use. It’s important to check with your HR department before considering the use of CBD products.

#2: CBD’s popularity is still in its infancy. Scientists are creating new studies all the time to determine the potential health benefits and adverse effects of regular CBD use. Early results are showing a significant positive trend for the treatment of multiple anxiety disorders (Blessing et al., 2015). There is also evidence that CBD spray helps reduce chronic pain in individuals (Serpell et al., 2014). Long-term use studies are still being conducted, but so far, the overall outcomes have been positive.

#3: You can buy CBD products from just about anywhere nowadays- even at certain pet stores for your furry friend! Before buying a product, make sure that it is sealed and has undergone lab testing to ensure that it is under the legal THC limit of 0.3%.

CBD has the potential to become a natural form of healing for many people. Unlike most over the counter or prescribed medications, there so far have been few adverse health effects found when taking CBD. If more research proves that CBD aids in all these different ways, the process of healing may look very different in the next 5-10 years.

Sources and more information: Harvard University, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, OH Dispensaries, Health