Facts and Myths About CBD Oil for Pain Treatment

There’s a whole lot of information about CBD oil available, but the problem is, not all of it is reliable. Myths abound, and sometimes it’s difficult to know what’s myth and what’s fact.

Myth: Using CBD is the same as smoking pot

CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s a type of cannabinoid. Until fairly recently, more was known about another cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the compound in marijuana that creates a high.

CBD, however, does not result in a mind-altering state. For example, the Food and Drug Administration has recommended pharmaceutical-grade CBD for the treatment of some forms of epilepsy.

Fact: The research is lacking.

In some areas, and for some applications, such as a treatment for epilepsy, more studies are needed before we know enough about CBD to understand whether, how, and under what circumstances CBD is an effective treatment.

Research is still in the early stages, but right now, CBD oil as a treatment for chronic pain appears to have some promise. Studies in animals show that CBD oil can reduce pain and inflammation, but there aren’t enough studies involving humans. It may prove to be a good alternative to opioids for some people.

Myth: There are no side effects to CBD oil

It’s true that CBD doesn’t pose significant risks, but side effects are possible. You may feel nausea, be irritable, or experience sleep disturbances.

Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using CBD oil are extremely rare, especially compared to other types of pain relievers such as opioids.

Fact: CBD oil is unregulated

One of the issues with CBD oil right now is that it isn’t regulated by the FDA or any other regulatory body. Basically anyone can sell it and say whatever they want about it.

Myth: CBD is only legal where medicinal marijuana is legal

Right now, states differ on the legal status of CBD. In some states marijuana is legal for either medicinal or recreational use, and some states have laws relating specifically to CBD. The laws change frequently.

Another difference at the state level is that in some places, other treatments must have failed, and the concentration of CBD may make a difference in whether the oil is legal or not. To say that the legality of CBD is confusing is an understatement!

For example, in Florida, CBD oil that doesn’t contain THC is legal.

When you consider the various myths and facts related to CBD, it’s difficult to reach any real conclusions. Whether or not you choose to use it for pain relief depends on many factors. There’s little risk associated with CBD oil, but there also isn’t much evidence to support it -- yet.

If you’d like to learn more about CBD as a treatment for chronic pain, book an appointment for a consultation with one of the providers at South Lake Pain Institute. We’re happy to discuss your specific situation and make treatment recommendations.

Booking an appointment is easy. You can book online or by phone, and we’ll help you explore your pain treatment options.

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