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Library of Medical Professionals and CBD Flower

Medical professionals and CBD flower are two phrases being talked about as the health benefits their patients are growing for pain, seizures, anxiety and many other conditions. There are clinical trial going on as that is the only way the medical profession “sanctions” a substance. For those of us in the hemp community do not need convincing CBD hemp flower works, but it is interesting to see how engaged the medical profession has become.

Medical Professionals and CBD Flower – Mayo Clinic Doctor says:

What are the benefits of CBD — and is it safe to use?

By Brent A. Bauer, M.D.

“A prescription cannabidiol (CBD) oil is considered an effective anti-seizure medication. However, further research is needed to determine CBD’s other benefits and safety.  ……… The usual CBD formulation is oil, but CBD is also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule. Food, drinks and beauty products are among the many CBD-infused products available online.

“Currently, the only CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex. It’s approved to treat two types of epilepsy. Aside from Epidiolex, state laws on the use of CBD vary. While CBD is being studied as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and anxiety, research supporting the drug’s benefits is still limited.

Mayo Clinic Doctor continues……:

“CBD use also carries some risks. Though it’s often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you’re taking, such as blood thinners ……

A recent study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than labeled. ……..If you plan to use products containing CBD, talk to your doctor.”

Medical Professionals and CBD Flower – Baylor University Medical Center, Jennifer Clay Cather, MD and J. Christian Cather, MD says:

“Emerging research and clinical data are demonstrating potential benefits of cannabidiol for multiple medical conditions. …… [Medical Professionals] are building their medical knowledge as the evaluation of CBD continues and the risks and benefits of CBD.

“As of April 2020, 629 clinical trials registered ….. to investigate cannabidiol (CBD). Because CBD has been marketed as a supplement or alternative medicine rather than through pharmaceutical research and development, it has come into the medical arena with little oversight from FDA.

“Cannabinoids are the chemical messengers for the endocannabinoid system.   While many different cannabinoids exist, they all fall under two categories: exogenous or endogenous. Exogenous cannabinoids are either plant based or synthetic, while endogenous cannabinoids are produced naturally by the human body.”

Medical Professionals and CBD Flower — Northwestern Medicine says:

While also derived from the hemp plant, hemp oil is different from CBD oil. “There is a specific difference between CBD oil and hemp oil,” explains Integrative Medicine Specialist Melinda R. Ring, MD, executive director of Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. “Hemp oil comes from the seeds and contains very little CBD oil. Meanwhile, CBD oil or extract has a variable amount extracted from the flowers or seeds.” For that reason, she strongly suggests reading labels carefully.

……..Additional Benefits…..

“The benefits include a couple very rare types of seizures,” says Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Northwestern Medicine James G. Adams, MD. …….. To date, the most significant research supports the use of CBD oil for those who experience seizures. Epidiolex, a CBD oral solution, approved by the FDA in 2018, treats people with one of two rare forms of epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndrome.

“Scientists believe CBD oil helps suppress seizures by slowing down messages sent to the brain, changing calcium levels in brain cells and decreasing inflammation in the brain.  Animal studies indicate some other potential uses for CBD oil. Research shows that dogs using CBD oil for osteoarthritis are more active [with] less pain. This suggests there [is] a human application for pain and inflammation treatment. Other applications include managing Anxiety, PTSD and cancer side effects.

Northwestern Medicine continues…..:

“Due to its inhibitory effect, CBD oil may help manage triggers for cravings and anxiety in people who use heroin. ……. women using CBD oil experienced reduced cravings in drug-abstinent individuals. In a short-term study of 42 patients taking CBD oil reported reduced cravings for up to one week after their dose of CBD.  Dr. Ring says the findings are significant, suggesting that CBD oil could be a powerful tool in helping individuals seeking help for addiction.”

“…….. It’s important to talk to your medical provider before beginning to use CBD oil, because it can interact with other medications you may be taking. Dr. Ring also advises looking at labels carefully and buying quality products. The lack of regulation means anything online [is] easily compromised, and quality varies widely. She suggests that you “read the reviews to ensure it [is] tested, the ingredients verified and [without] contaminants.”

If you want more information on all things CBD, read other posts here on our blog.

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Sharon has been writing her heart out since she was 10 years of age when she wrote up a story about a 3,000 acre forest fire she and her family witnessed. In 1995 when she found herself divorced with a 3-year-old daughter, Ruth, she decided to try writing for money. She carved a niche in the Continuing Education market and for the next 20 plus years she wrote courses for C.E. providers all over the United States. Blogging is now her new love. Particularly suited to writing about CBD because for two years she was crippled with osteoarthritis in her ankles and feet until someone introduced her to CBD. Today she walks and bikes because of this natural compound of CBD.

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