Cannabidiol or CBD Lube is the second most active phytochemical in marijuana. It is also the most studied, with tens of millions of dollars spent every year on research, and hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with various forms of cancer. The question asked many years ago “Do Cannabidiol drugs work?” The answer may be “Not yet” but that hasn’t stopped pharmaceutical companies from researching the possibilities.
Cannabidiol is actually a phytochemical found in 1940, which is one of the few to be scientifically proven. It is one of the many identified naturally occurring cannabinoids in marijuana and constitutes up to 40 % of the plant’s main extract. It has all of the same properties as THC (tetrahydrocannabidiol), including relieving the symptoms of nausea and vomiting when taken. But cannabidiol also seems to have some unique properties, including possibly more health-giving than cannabis itself.
The first indications that cannabidiol has medical benefits came about because of epilepsy, a disease where one’s seizures can cause severe and permanent damage to the brain. Many people suffering from this disease have tried other anti-seizure medication, only to have their symptoms cured temporarily, only to have it come back. Since cannabidiol has no physically addictive properties, many people with epilepsy were able to take it with a steady diet of medicine, and without having to worry about experiencing a “hit” or withdrawal. In fact, the majority of people who try cannabidiol for epilepsy go on to report that it is their most effective treatment, allowing them to lead normal and fulfilling lives.
The second major use for cannabidiol is in the treatment of cancer, particularly advanced-stage or “alliative” cancers. Although medical cannabis contains some small amounts of THC, which may help relieve some of the side effects of chemotherapy, it cannot take the place of CBD. For example, CBD significantly reduces the appetite of cancer patients, making it difficult to survive without nourishment, while other inflammatory drugs, such as hydrocodone, suppress appetite so that chemotherapy drugs must be taken orally. While both compounds have different effects, both are toxic to the liver and are ineffective against tumors that are not advanced.
The third major use for CBD is to treat anxiety and depression. It has been used in Europe for many years but has only recently begun to receive FDA approval for these uses. Two of the most common side effects of CBD are increased anxiety and insomnia. These side effects can be alleviated by reducing the number of CBD molecules in the body. This method, called Creon Capsules, was approved by the FDA in 2021 and is reported to be highly effective at relieving anxiety without ceasing the other medication in the patient’s routine.
In addition to the limited number of side effects associated with CBD, there are also no serious interactions with any other medications. In fact, there are numerous studies showing that CBD is safe and effective for treating a variety of ailments, including anxiety, depression, epilepsy, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and even epilepsy. The lack of toxicity makes it an ideal treatment for many patients. Even so, until CBD is proven beyond doubt in multiple sclerosis clinical trials, people with these diseases should still consult their doctor before starting a course of CBD treatment.