The Benefits of CBD: Fact or Fiction?

CBD productsWith the recent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, the cannabis industry has been booming. CBD or cannabidiol products haven’t only been used for recreation, but many believe that these oils, gummies and topicals may serve as natural remedies for the fol:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Anxiety
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Acne

Additionally, many individuals have confidence that CBD products may help those who suffer from autism or other neurobehavioral disorders, easing hypersensitivities to things, such as light and sound.

But, do they work?

Unfortunately, many are unaware that CBD products have not been scientifically proven to aid any of the above symptoms. In fact, CBD isn’t yet a fully FDA-approved product, and the FDA is fighting back against those companies that advertise products that are unauthorized.

Consumers often think it’s formally regulated and that all products are quality checked prior to selling. Because of this, the products available for purchase may not be 100% CBD or could be inconsistent.

Additionally, some CBD products may contain higher levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than others. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that causes the “high” feeling after use. Thus, the more THC in a CBD product, the more likely it is for an individual who doesn’t use marijuana to test positive on a drug screening. Keep in mind that medical marijuana and CBD products aren’t valid explanations for a positive screening.

As always, it’s vital to properly research any remedy or medication prior to usage. Remember to talk with your doctor to help find the best options for your health and wellness.

Join the conversation: Have you or someone you know tried CBD products? For what? Have they helped? Feel free to post your answers anonymously.

  8 comments for “The Benefits of CBD: Fact or Fiction?

  1. January 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    This article definitely helped me realize that CBD is more than just the stuff that people argue about at family dinners. Most people think that CBD is just marijuana which it definitely isn’t. But I didn’t know how beneficial it is to use it and potentially replace all the pain medications I’ve been taking.

    I’ve had arthritis for a while and it is absolutely painful. It ruins the entire day the moment I wake up and there’s nothing I can do about it besides taking my pain medication. I really think CBD will replace my medications that have been ruining my liver for years.

    Thanks for the article.

  2. October 6, 2020 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for sharing information. keep sharing

  3. August 14, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for helping me understand the benefits of CBD. Lately, I’ve been having chronic shoulder pain, which is why I’m looking for a remedy. Good thing I found your blog and knew that CBD helps alleviate the pain. Hopefully, I can find a wholesale distributor online. However, in case I find one, I’ll make sure to consult it with a doctor to see if it’s safe to use.

  4. October 25, 2019 at 11:44 am


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  5. Anonymous
    September 5, 2019 at 7:44 am

    It’s true, CBD hasn’t been scientifically proven to aid any of the above symptoms. It also hasn’t been scientifically proven not to aid these symptoms. There is much anecdotal evidence that CBD does help. Anecdotal evidence is still evidence. Our wonderful government policies and prejudices don’t allow for legitimate testing. Until its effectiveness is proven either way, sick people will do whatever it takes to find relief. If that relief is found with CBD then God Bless Cannabis.

  6. Deb
    September 4, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I know many people who have experienced relief from pain due to arthritis and inflammation, as well as other ailments. Unfortunately, all CBD products are not created equal. It is important to make sure the CBD you has a certificate of analysis. This tells you how much CBD is in the product and ensures that the amount is consistent. It is also important to note, that not all CBD contains THC (the psychoactive component) so it shows great promise for those who cannot or do not want THC in their system. Hopefully, the FDA will issue regulations and guidance so that consumers can make and educated decision on which product/brand is right for them.

  7. Anonymous
    September 4, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I will admit I wonder about the CBD products because I have arthritis in my neck and back and knees but I’m also concerned if its at all helpful. I hear from friends I know that use the oil and swear by it, say they sleep better, pain is diminished, etc.

    • Juile
      September 20, 2019 at 7:50 am

      I have tried CBD oil for my chronic low back pain duet to arthritis and spinal stenosis and I find it does not help me. I have also tried CBD for sleep and anxiety and although it does not help with sleep, it does help with anxiety within minutes.

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