CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a "high." According to a report from the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.
How is cannabidiol different from marijuana?
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Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
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.
The definition of therapeutic benefit encompasses traditional western medical treatments as well as other non-traditional remedies. A treatment may be considered to have therapeutic benefit if it enhances an individual's physical or mental well-being.
A treatment may be of therapeutic benefit whether or not it is classified as a medical or insured treatment. In fact, many therapeutic measures may not be covered by an individual's health insurance plan yet still have a positive effect on the individual's well-being. Creating art, indulging in self-care, and other meditative activities are often considered to be therapeutic.
A therapeutic benefit is a benefit or effect obtained as a result of treatment. The term therapeutic defines any action or method used for the treatment of diseases or disorders. Thus, a therapeutic benefit is a positive result that occurs as a result of a method used to treat a disease or disorder.
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Therapeutic benefits may sometimes be referred to as therapeutic effects.
It may sometimes be important to categorize a specific therapeutic method of treatment as a medical treatment or not in order to comply with federal workplace recording laws. For example, a therapeutic exercise or physical therapy provided on the worksite to address a workplace injury may be considered medical treatment under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recordkeeping guidelines.
The overall response rate was 94%. The mean age was 49.3 years and the median age was 51. No data was collected on sex or race/ethnicity. Almost all respondents (97%) used medical cannabis primarily for relief of chronic pain.
A universal pain scale was used to assess pain before and after treatment (0 = no pain, 10 = worst pain ever). Open-ended questions were asked to ascertain the following:
While the relative safety of cannabis as medication is easily established, the degree of efficacy is still being established. The reported pain relief by patients in this survey is enormous. One reason for this is that patients were already self-selected for success: they had already tried cannabis and found that it worked for them. For this sample, the benefits of cannabis outweighed any negative effects. The study design may therefore lend itself to over-estimating the benefits and under-estimating the negative side-effects if extrapolated to the general population.
“Does medical cannabis help you with any other problems? If so, what?”
According to the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain afflicts 116 million Americans and costs the nation over $600 billion every year in medical treatment and lost productivity. 1 Chronic pain is a devastating disease that frequently leads to major depression and even suicide. 2 Unfortunately, the therapeutic options for chronic pain are limited and extremely risky.