Oils (and Disorders)
Cannabidiol or CBD which is derived from the cannabis plant has no psychoactive properties itself, unlike the better known cannabinoid THC.
But with its possibly multi-healing properties, many people, especially those with severe illnesses such as psychosis, epilepsy, chronic pain or other neurological disorders, have been drawn towards it. This is also the case for people with illnesses of which we know less about, such as fibromyalgia, where currently, the only medicine available has strong and sometimes lethal side effects.
When you see people close to you with an illness such as fibromyalgia, constantly trying to better understand their disorder, and searching for information that could give them hope of a possible cure, then you can do nothing else but hope with them that something such as CBD could be the answer : a plant based solution with very mild side effects and no addiction risk, which in many cases is a huge problem. And a problem that pharmaceutical companies are profiting from. But unfortunately, when so much money and marketing is involved, then you cannot help but be a bit sceptic.
With the enormous growth in the market of CBD, estimated at $20 Billion by 2024 just in the U.S., then we are also seeing an enormous choice in how it can be consumed or taken. Ranging from power smoothies, lollypops, gummy bears to bed sheets infused with CBD and yes, even CBD tampons. But does it really work or is this just another new trend ?
Most medical experts quickly disregard the possibility that many of these products work with perhaps the exception of products where CBD is the main ingredient such as CBD oils. However, clinical trials use much higher doses then what is available for us to buy, at an already steep price that not all can afford. And because of the varying quality of the oils, it is hard to say how much CBD you actually get.
The reality is that we do not have enough evidence to know if these small doses work, though many consumers are claiming positive effects. In a way, having little knowledge also means we have yet to discover the full potential of CBD which is exciting. So far, the tests created have had very positive results. With new studies of this cannabinoid and with larger scale trials then hopefully, we will soon have more definite proof on what CBD can actually do, and with that, hopefully cure.
“The brain is about a symphony and CBD can bring the entire symphony into harmony.” Yasmin Hurd, neuroscientist – The New York Times