CBD Oil: Is it harmful or helpful for medical purposes?

By Alyssa Daniels
Sports Editor

On March 21, 2018, Cannabidiol (CBD oil) became legal in the state of Indiana. CBD oil is not like marijuana; it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is the cousin of the marijuana plant, according to Harvard Health Publishing. The oil does not give you the “high” that marijuana does. It’s mainly used to help those with various medical conditions. It can also help people with insomnia.

Indy Hemp 3 CBD Marketplace, sells CBD oils in many different ways for people to use it. Their website advertises oils, CBD vapes, CBD for pets, CBD edibles, inhaler, hemp extracts and many more things. Employee Lori Brooks has been working at this business since March of 2018. She currently uses CBD shampoo and CBD pain cream for herself. She has also gotten her mother to use oil for her cancer rather than using chemotherapy and she is currently in remission.

Brooks provided some examples on what CBD may be able to help with.

“It is used for treating/relieving pain/chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, anxiety, depression, PTSD, can relieve cancer related symptoms, can reduce acne, used in treatment of Neurological Disorders such as Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. [It] could benefit in heart health, diabetes, ADHD, seizures and many other conditions,” Brooks said.

Even though Brooks gave a list of what CBD can help with the FDA has only approved treatment for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. According to Medical News Today without FDA approval it’s difficult to know whether a product contains safe or effective level of CBD.

Although users report benefits, some medical professionals express concern.

Gloria Fritsch is a nurse practitioner at Riley Hospital for Children and she would not prescribe CBD to anyone.

Fritsch explained the duties of a nurse and why she knows CBD is not helpful for anyone to use.

“There are many speculations that CBD oil helps with seizures, anxiety, headache and inflammation. However, there is no documentation of this and no research about these effects. This is all spread by word of mouth and by claims of the people selling the product (who are out to make a profit). CBD oil is unregulated and can be whatever the person making it wants it to have in it. No two batches or brands are the same,” Fritsch said.

Although there may be some benefits to CBD, there is no research or documentation stating that using it is healthy for people.

Senior Cloe Ellis’ mother, Courtney Edwards, uses CBD to help alleviate her anxiety and depression. She is on some anti-anxiety medications to help with panic attacks. She chose to use a vape with CBD in it and she hasn’t had a panic attack since.

Edwards has been suffering from anxiety and depression for a long time and she has found that CBD oil is the only relief that has helped her.

“Any natural remedy to help reduce stress is beneficial; I have been a long time sufferer of anxiety/depression and aside from taking a prescription everyday for the rest of my life; CBD oil is the only other over the counter relief I have found that has helped,” Edwards said, “I have tried several different blends of vitamins, herbal remedies, other oils like lavender or eucalyptus, nothing worked.”

According to Timothy Welty on an article off of WebMD, CBD could be harming the liver. There are studies that prove it has increased peoples liver enzymes.

“About 10 percent of people taking CBD in studies had increases in liver enzymes, which would indicate possible liver damage. About two to three percent of individuals taking CBD actually had to discontinue because their liver enzymes went so high it was of concern to the people running the study,” Welty said.

Although some people have had some positive effects to using CBD oil, there is no guarantee that it is safe.

People who are considering using CBD need to be careful and research before buying CBD products.

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