In June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a form of CBD (cannabidiol) as a treatment for people with two specific and rare types of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA is being very cautious about marijuana-derived pain-relieving substances, but CBD does not cause a person to feel “high” – rather, the psychoactive element is caused by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
New research shows that the proper application of CBD can bring about remarkable treatments for illnesses and pain. With a prescription, CBD is now available in the state of Florida, although it is still not legal at the federal level due to its lack of regulation in preventing high levels of THC.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a type of cannabinoid, and most people tend to link CBD to cannabis. But unlike cannabis, CBD is not intoxicating – it does not have the harmful THC chemical.
The human body itself produces endocannabinoids (ECS), which bind to the same brain receptors as do cannabis-derived substances. Endocannabinoid levels increase after a lot of heavy activity such as running, and this chemical has therefore been attributed to causing the “runner’s high.”
Can This Substance Treat Pain and Anxiety?
Recent studies show that CBD may interact with serotonin receptors in the body. These receptors help to manage the feelings of anxiety and pain.
CBD has been clinically documented as helping foster relaxation in the muscles and calmer breathing patterns. One study found that CBD helps to lessen anxiety caused by public speaking.
Is CBD Safe?
While the results of recent research appear promising, a word of caution must be noted. CBD is not yet entirely legal and is, therefore, risky. In one study, around 70% of all CBD products sold online contain CBD dosages which are either higher or lower than the reported amounts on their labels, so the labeling cannot be trusted.
Also, there is no streamlined way in which CBD is extracted that ensures its complete safety and efficacy. It is not yet well-regulated. Some doctors believe that CBD may just have a placebo effect and therefore no real impact on a patient’s biological state.
Medical Advice in South Florida
With all of the conflicting information and opinions regarding CBD and its potential pain treatment, it is best to see a doctor who is knowledgeable about the compound, the laws governing it, and the possible side effects of taking CBD.
Of course, medications can have different effects on different people. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you have a trusted physician who can guide you through the process and monitor how your body reacts to treatment.
If you are seeking medical advice for managing pain and anxiety, you can trust Dr. Ladynez Espinal of Lady’s Care Center. Dr. Espinal has a passion for women’s health care, and she has always remained abreast on cutting-edge advances in medicine.
Call our friendly and knowledgeable medical team at Lady’s Care Center today at (954) 538-1700 or contact us online. We can help you enjoy life with less pain and anxiety, so you feel like yourself again!