CBD oils have been gaining lots of attention lately for being natural products with effectiveness in medical conditions. Cannabidiol, more commonly known as "CBD," holds a bad reputation because of its association with marijuana. Research has shown that by itself, it can be helpful for people with diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's. We discussed CBD and related topics with SIMEDHealth's Interventional Pain Management physician Dr. Robert Guskiewicz

CBD is a natural compound of the cannabis sativa species of plants. Dr. Guskiewicz reports, through research, scientists have found many positive uses for it, including helping some patients with neuromuscular disease, chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety. There are suggestions it may also prevent the breakdown of body chemicals which affects mood, discomfort, and mental functioning. 

Cannabidiol comes in many forms, from gels to tablets. Each type can provide different strength options. Many sold over-the-counter, or online have meager percentages of it. Everyone is different, and the strength and form to achieve the desired benefits or to stimulate an undesired effect will differ from person to person. 

The cannabis sativa plant was bred over thousands of years for different purposes. "Hemp" plants, where CBD is primarily harvested from, are members of this species and are typically referred to as those with less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC"), whereas marijuana plants have a THC content of 0.3% or higher. There are many other compounds in these plants by THC is the primary psychoactive component, and is what gives people the "high."

CBD is a different compound than THC and it offsets some of the effects of THC. Some believe the molecules are most effective when used in combination with one another. The amount of THC required to enhance the beneficial effects of CBD without activating the psychoactive properties are different for different people, and research is ongoing to try and define the best combinations. 

CBD and THC can affect how the body processes medications, therefore Dr. Guskiewicz emphasizes the importance of discussing the use of either product with a health care provider. 

Dr. Guskiewicz sees patients in SIMEDHealth's Interventional Pain Management clinic in Gainesville. Click here to schedule an appointment with him or one of the other physicians comfortable in discussing CBD and THC.