Studies are ongoing, but there is evidence that CBD may be effective in reducing anxiety, chronic (long-term) pain like back pain, and insomnia or trouble sleeping.
An animal study found transdermal CBD lessened the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
What Are the Medical Uses of CBD?
Because it is so widely available and recommended for so many problems, it must be used carefully and purchased from reliable sources.
CAUTION: Since CBD may cause tiredness or drowsiness, people should be very careful when driving, using tools or other equipment, or performing other risky activities.
CBD oil may be used both ways.
Remember, because CBD oils are largely unregulated, there is no guarantee that a product is either safe or effective.
Meredith Bull, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a private practice in Los Angeles, California.
Many of these interactions are mild and require no adjustment to treatment. Others may require a drug substitution or the separation of doses by several hours.
What to Look For
CBD’s exact mechanism of action is unclear. Unlike THC, CBD has a relatively low affinity for cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These are the molecules to which THC binds to elicit its psychoactive effects.
Here is just some of what the current evidence says.
As CBD grows in popularity, so does the research on it but there are currently few clinical studies on the effects of CBD oil. As such, some of these claims are better supported by studies than others.
CBD oil may also increase liver enzymes (a marker of liver inflammation). People with liver disease should use CBD oil with caution, ideally under the care of a doctor who can regularly check blood liver enzyme levels.