Viewpoint: Evidence for CBD oil as a miracle cure-all ‘isn’t impressive at all’

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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is everywhere and seemingly in everything these days. It’s touted as a panacea for a massive range of illnesses and conditions, and even recommended as a daily supplement to help one smooth out the rough edges of life. CBD is one of the many chemical compounds called cannabinoids that is isolated from cannabis (marijuana). 

I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that overall, the evidence for CBD oil isn’t impressive at all. There is something “there” for sure – CBD oil has pharmacological and drug-like effects. But the enormous enthusiasm is backed by very weak evidence, and the efficacy is well-established only for a few circumstances. 

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Whether or not CBD is useful for treating chronic pain is unclear. When you have a licensed, regulated and quality controlled product, it’s probably safer than opiates, but there’s a lack of evidence to substantiate the grandiose claims made about the ability of CBD to be an effective pain control medication.

Every era has its preferred panacea, and CBD is what’s hot today. Indiscriminate and uncontrolled use may be what some consumers want, but it won’t answer questions about efficacy, long-term effects, or safety.

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