CBD goes to Harvard: An Ivy League Analysis
A Diamond in the Rough
There’s been a lot of talk about CBD (Cannbidiol) lately. Some believe all the talk is mostly hype, there’s just as many people-if not more-who are coming out in support of CBD after experiencing one of its benefits. I say “one of its benefits” because CBD has been noted to have a myriad of benefits, including relief from pain, inflammation, and insomnia. (I can personally attest to that last one being true; as I’ve written in a previous article dealing with insomnia, a dose of CBD resulted in the most refreshing sleep I’ve had in recent memory.) Many are skeptical, because a list of positives that long almost sounds too good to be true…and we’ve all heard the old saying about that ad nauseum.
A recent Harvard University study sought to separate fact from fiction…and while there were some falsehoods that needed to be debunked, most of the information thought “too good be true” turned out to be simply “true”.
Take This, You’ll Feel Much Better Afterward
I’m going to take a page from the Quentin Tarantino book of storytelling and start this story at its first attention-grabbing point: Not only does Harvard’s study confirm the pain, anxiety, and insomnia relieving benefits of CBD, it goes on to reveal its medicinal potency is actually underrated. In fact, CBD has shown incredible promise as an antiseizure medication, as the excerpt below details:
“CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
Specifically, its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.”
Every Rose Has its Thorn
At this point, someone who isn’t completely informed on the subject would make a bad pun on Harvard not being ‘high” on CBD. What that misinformed person doesn’t realize is that CBD doesn’t have mind altering properties; THC does.
“Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.”
Let’s make one thing clear: If you’re currently taking medication, you absolutely need to get your doctor’s approval on any supplement, no matter the benefits. A responsible supplement company will say the same, and warn you of any adverse side effects it may have when it comes to medication interaction. But not all supplement companies are responsible, are they…? Some will only add enough of an essential ingredient/ingredients to a product to get away with marketing it as such, and use fillers and additives in order to cut costs and maximize profit.
In the case of CBD, it’s easy to get confused when you have three categories to deal with: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum and Isolate. The difference between the three is actually similar to what I just mentioned above: isolates can be diluted versions of CBD. Again, the reason companies do this is because they place profitability over quality; they’d rather make a quick buck by putting out an inferior product and cashing in on CBD’s popularity than building business by providing the highest possible quality product. That’s where Arete differs.
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Grinspoon, Peter. Cannabidiol (CBD): What We Know and What We Don’t. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476