By Ruston Taylor, PharmD, Sr. Director-Pharmacy
It’s estimated that one in five Americans live with chronic pain. In the past, many people would turn to prescriptions or over-the-counter pain products for relief. Now, cannabidiol, or CBD, is becoming more acceptable as a natural solution to dealing with various conditions including chronic pain and in some cases, illness.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. It does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana. CBD is already available in hundreds of products. It is most often sold in oils, capsules, gummies, topical lotions or sprays.
Various scientific and clinical studies have shown that CBD products could benefit patients suffering from a wide range of conditions. A study from the European Journal of Pain found that applying CBD on the skin could lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics found evidence to support using CBD products as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, as well as post-traumatic stress.
There is no set dosage for CBD products since one person may require a higher dose than another. Everyone is different. Many feel the effects of CBD the first time they use it but others have to let it build up in their bodies to get the full health effects. Journaling your experiences with CBD can help you to determine what amount works best for you.
According to the Mayo Clinic, CBD products appear to be generally well tolerated by most people. However, there are some potential side effects. Common symptoms can include: dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, diarrhea and drowsiness. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using products containing CBD.
Many patients have asked Legacy Providers and Pharmacists about the health and wellness benefits of CBD. We now offer an assortment of CBD products available for purchase for patients and in some cases their pets. Stop in Legacy’s Fifth Ward or Montrose Pharmacies to speak with one of our Pharmacists about the potential benefits of CBD for your specific health and wellness goals. You can also view the product listing and order form here.