What do lattes, smoothies, coconut oil and bath bombs have in common? They’re some of the products now being sold with cannabidiol—or, as you probably know it, CBD.
Chances are, you don’t have to try very hard to find CBD. But before trying out this latest trend, take some time to learn about it. Below are three things we know about CBD and three things left unanswered.
1. Even though it comes from the marijuana family, CBD does not give you a “high” feeling. No matter which form of it you use—edibles, oils, flavored water-soluble drops, topicals, vaping liquids, honey infusions, capsules or extracts—CBD is not intoxicating.
2. There is only one FDA-approved CBD drug on the market. Known as Epidiolex, it contains a purified form of CBD. The drug is used to treat seizures associated with certain types of childhood epilepsy and is available only with a prescription.
3. CBD is not regulated by the FDA. So, you can’t know for sure that the product you buy matches the dosage strength advertised.
What We Still Don’t Know
1. Is CBD safe? TBD. No CBD product (other than Epidiolex) has been proven to be safe or effective. So even though companies may advertise that their CBD can be used for a variety of medical and therapeutic purposes, these claims are unsubstantiated.
2. Does CBD reduce pain? Possibly. However, more research is still needed on this subject. Scientists are currently running trials to test if CBD and other cannabinoids can be used to treat various conditions.
3. Can CBD help cancer patients? Not sure. Some animal studies report that CBD and other cannabinoids may help reduce the size of certain cancer cells, but these results may not translate to humans.