Dr. Oz recently posted an update on CBD oil, which he immediately differentiated from marijuana. Unlike marijuana, CBD contains just CBD and not THC. Also interestingly, Dr. Sanjay Gupta provided his “predictions for the future of the oil” in the post.
After delving into what CBD is, FDA approval, and possession of CBD, the post provides readers with what they “should know from a doctor’s perspective.”
Most notably, Dr. Gupta provides into the phenomenon that states where CBD has been legalized have seen a “noticeable decline” in prescription rates for opioids. This is significant, given the notoriety of the opioid epidemic. According to Brooke Alpert, a cannabis practitioner and editor-at-large of CBD Snapshot,
“There’s a lot of research showing that marijuana can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and that when opioid use is necessary, using it together with marijuana has a better benefit for pain reduction and withdrawal symptoms. I’m happy to see doctors beginning to recommend CBD before jumping to their prescription pad for pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, and more.”
Even then, the FDA hearing on May 31, 2019, highlighted concern as to the absence of scientific evidence. At this point, anecdotal evidence as to how CBD has helped people isn’t enough. During the hearing, regulators required information and data on how companies develop dosage recommendations for various purposes and individuals, the health benefits of CBD, and what occurs when people use CBD.