Before last year, I received a gig for writing on CBD hemp oil from one of the many emerging hemp oil firms. I was more than elated to write about this highly raved oil.
The topics offered to me were CBD for ADHD, behavioral problems, CBD for opiate withdrawal, CBD for addiction, CBD for Sleep, CBD for concussions, and CBD topical cream for pain and arthritis.
After going through the pros and cons I choose the relatively safe topic – topical cream for pain and arthritis.
When I started going through research publications, I found impressive postulations on effectiveness of CBD in treating arthritic pain.
However, the findings came with a caveat – merits further investigation.
Furthermore, most of the findings were based on testing on animals. If at all conducted on humans, there were no reports on long term studies.
This made me skeptical so, I declined the offer.
I’m glad for doing that; because last time I checked their product promotion page, they have recommended their customers to take the dose used in animal studies, for arthritic pain (Unbelievable!).
What you need to know – the doses used in laboratory settings to test the efficacy of a compound for an ailment are much higher. You never know what may happen if you consume dose used in animal clinical trials.
Unless and until federal bodies such as FDA (Food drug and administration) approves a compound and its dosage for mitigating, curing or treating an ailment, it cannot be marketed as treatment or cure.
Fast forward to present day: FDA approves Epidiolex® (cannabidiol, or CBD) for the treatment of two severe childhood seizure disorders, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
When federal bodies approve a drug for an ailment, the drug literature details –
route of administration (oral, parenteral, rectal, etc..),
form (tablet, capsule, syrup, drops, topical, etc..),
antidote in poisoning cases,
interaction with food, interaction with other drugs etc..
Most importantly, the drug passes the purity test and hence, with no likelihood of adverse reactions due to the other possible contaminants.
What you need to know before you gulp down herbal hemp CBD oil supplements:
The quantity of a compound named THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) present in cannabis plant separates hemp from marijuana. THC, the psychoactive compound causes the intoxicant effect associated with marijuana.
Hemp and marijuana plants contain another important cannabinoid: CBD. Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, while marijuana produces more THC than CBD.
Compound filed for investigation as a drug for an ailment cannot be sold as dietary supplement.
Therefore the hemp CBD oil was replaced with hemp extracts oil in most of the outlets and online stores.
Yet, the trouble still lies in the unregulated content of CBD and THC in oils and extracts. You can for yourself check on FDA website the warning letters issued to a hell lot of companies for the contents and claims on their hemp oil supplements.
In addition, there have been reports of psychological and gastrointestinal effects due to consumption of hemp oil high in THC.
Even if no immediate effects observed, gradual accumulation of THC increases the likelihood of addiction towards other prescription opium drugs
Your takeaways before you jump on the hemp bandwagon:
If CBD is what you are looking for in natural treatments as well as if you are savvy with what you consume then you better wait till FDA perhaps makes it available as over the counter medication.
If at all it gets approved to be sold as over the counter in retail stores, you can be rest assured as you will know the dosage, ingredients and all the necessary precautions.
Next best option is using top quality hemp extracts oil for external application rather than taking internally.
As for the supplements, fish oil still takes the top spot for safe and natural adjuvant for arthritis and joint pains.