CBD is everywhere and apparently in everything nowadays. It is touted as a cure all for a wide variety of conditions and illnesses, and even recommended as an everyday supplement to help alleviate stresses and worries of life. CBD is isolated from cannabis and it is one of the plant’s many chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and it is available in variety of forms, e.g. CBD chocolate, tinctures, vapes, etc. It is sold everywhere from pharmacies to pet stores to country markets. However, just like most cure all products, the hype for CBD beats the evidence.
Do CBD Edibles “Work”?
CBD edibles are a preferred way to consume CBD to alleviate a number of symptoms. However, overall, there is a lack of evidence suggesting that they are a cure all. While there are certainly positive effects of consuming CBD for a variety of conditions, CBD has drug-like and pharmacological effects. And more research is required to fully determine the positive effects that CBD edibles like CBD chocolate, gummies, treats, etc. have in certain circumstances. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome have been established as responsive to CBD. Apart from this, there are studies but a lack of solid evidence for CBD’s effectiveness for Parkinson’s disease as well as various anxiety disorders, insomnia, schizophrenia, and movement disorders.
Whether or not CBD edibles are useful for treating chronic pain is also unclear. While CBD is safe to use as a pain relief treatment, particularly when you have a quality-controlled, regulated, and licensed product, more research is required to fully establish that it is an effective pain control medication. For serious conditions like cancer, there’s a lack of evidence that suggests that CBD edibles are effective.
Just like other substances that have pharmacological effects, CBD oil and cannabinoids also have side effects. CBD edibles can interfere with the effects of many prescription medications due to their effects on certain liver enzymes. Levels can be lowered or raised depending on the drug, so anyone that takes prescription drugs must understand the risks of CBD interactions with their medication before proceeding.
As compared to THC, CBD seems to have a better side effect profile. However, the lack of robust study makes any analysis of side effects a challenge. Sleepiness, agitation/irritability, and anger/aggression have been reported with some CBD products, so they should be expected with CBD edibles.
Conclusion: CBD Edibles Are Not a Cure All
Every era has its preferred cure all, and nowadays it’s CBD. Uncontrolled and indiscriminate use may be what some consumers want, but it won’t answer questions about the safety, long-term effects, and overall effectiveness. While there are hundreds of researches being performed to determine whether or not CBD edibles are a cure all, we won’t be getting the answers anytime soon. At the moment, it’s important for CBD consumers to be able to trust what’s on the label. Some jurisdictions are taking steps to make sure that consumers can at least have some confidence in what they are purchasing. Time will tell if their enthusiasm and confidence in CBD is justified.