Cannabidiol, or CBD Lube as it is commonly known, is a new phytochemical compound found in industrial hemp in 1940. It constitutes up to 40 percent of the whole plant’s weight and is one of the seven identified natural CBD’s. This article will discuss the benefits and possible disadvantages of CBD for those seeking an alternative to marijuana, or even an alternative for those who are already using this plant for certain medical symptoms.
Cannabidiol has been found to have many positive characteristics, and has shown great promise in treating some forms of childhood epilepsy. However, there has been little high-quality evidence to support the efficacy of cannabidiol in supporting the treatment of chronic pain in humans. One of the reasons why this substance may not be useful for the treatment of pain is that it has a very low affinity for the delta opioid system. In contrast to other compounds that act on this system, cannabidiol does not potentiate or inhibit the function of this neurotransmitter. If anything, cannabidiol does seem to reduce the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter affected by neuropathic pain. For this reason, it has been used in a recent study for the treatment of nausea associated with chemotherapy.
The United States federal government has not approved the use of cannabidiol in the treatment of any disease or condition, although the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved the use of a synthetic form of CBD called CBD gum for the treatment of nausea associated with cancer. As discussed above, much of the evidence regarding the benefits of CBD for the treatment of pain comes from the observation that it has sedative (emotional) properties. The chief benefit of CBD, and of course, of cannabis in general, are the “buzz” it generates with users and the fact that most people smoking only a little cannabis don’t seem to become addicted to it. This may be because the active ingredients of cannabis, particularly THC, are all-natural, unlike CBD which is man-made from chemical means.
When the United States government announced the intention of legalising the use of CBD for chronic pain in 2021, many people celebrated. However, the euphoria soon wore off when the details of the new legislation were disclosed. According to the American Medical Association, the only known benefit of cannabidiol came from the reduction of the appetite caused by high levels of fat in the diet, but the reduction was temporary. In addition, cannabidiol can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects, such as seizures and loss of consciousness, especially when it is administered through the mouth. The FDA has not approved any of these side effects, either.
People also began to question whether CBD would help them lose weight if they did not have an appetite suppressant such as an appetite suppressant. In tests so far, the answer has been a resounding ‘no’. In tests on animals, CBD has produced no signs of appetite suppression, although it has produced a reduction in food intake (not an appetite suppressant, per se). To put it another way, the CBD does not trick the body into thinking it is not hungry. If someone wants to eat less, they simply need to eat less; that’s it, nothing more.
In addition, people also questioned CBD’s ability to reduce the cravings people feel when they try to quit using heroin, cocaine or alcohol. In tests on animals, CBD made no difference in the amount of drug intake, even when the highest doses of the drug were given. These tests showed that CBD does not make people feel a need to self-medicate with the substances, which is why high doses of CBD are not recommended as treatment for heroin or alcohol use. If you take CBD as directed, it will not make you want to drink, but it will not make you want to have an accident in the car, either.