Here’s What Doctors Really Think Of CBD Oil
As mainstream as it may be becoming, cannabis continues to be a controversial subject. However, it is gaining more acknowledgement for its supposed health benefits, especially those from one of its key compounds known as cannabidiol (CBD). While CBD doesn’t have the brain-altering properties of its counterpart delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), new research shows that it does have some perks, including the ability to reduce pain, chronic inflammation, and skin issues like acne. And, these days, you’ll find it in everything from massage oils and face creams to lube. So, since CBD is now being marketed to us for a number of reasons — both physical and mental — we asked doctors from wide-ranging fields what they really thought of the stuff. Their answers just might surprise you!
“Although CBD by itself still has questionable legal status because of federal laws, it is readily available in hemp oil. While I hesitate to jump into this political quagmire, we have had such incredible feedback from people getting relief from CBD oil that I feel the need to add my opinion. The bottom line is that it’s a very helpful tool, and with the oils available now, you don’t have to get high to experience pain relief. Quality control is critical, though, as the amounts of these active oils vary dramatically from form to form.” – Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, an internist who specializes in fibromyalgia and pain
“Many of my patients have reported that CBD has helped reduce feelings of anxiety, making them feel more relaxed and calmer. They are less likely to report panic symptoms or dramatic shifts in mood, and they say that it helps reduce difficulty initiating sleep. Having worked for 14 years in addiction and substance abuse, CBD has been a great alternative for patients who don’t want to use cannabis with the THC effects. In addition, some report a decrease in urges to use their drug of choice since the CBD reduces their overall anxiety, and triggers to relapse are often experienced as intense tension and anxiety.” – Jessica Nicolosi, PsyD, a NYC-based clinical psychologist at Prana Wellness in NY.
“CBD oil has been shown to reduce the production of oil in the skin and decrease skin inflammation, which is particularly beneficial for acne. All products with medicinal properties should be given under the care of a dermatologist, especially naturally-derived plant oils as they are difficult to extract and the extraction of these oils can vary widely by the manufacturer. Naturally-derived oils also can be very potent allergens and thus should be monitored carefully.” – Lily Talakoub, MD, dermatologist at McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center.
“As a chiropractor, I have found great success with CBD for many patients. Sleep, anxiety, and acute and chronic inflammatory conditions seem to be responding well to the supplementation of CBD oil. My husband is actually an orthopedic surgeon, and he has also seen great results with his patients post operatively. Still, it is important to keep in mind that not all CBD is created equal, and products can have additives and undesirable ingredients that can lessen the efficacy of the CBD oil. Quality is key.” – Brooke Van Kirk, DC, chiropractic physician at Action Physical Therapy in Boynton, FL
“Topical cannabinoid therapy is a valid approach that has shown tremendous promise for the treatment of certain skin indications. Currently, at Mary's Nutritionals and Mary's Whole Pet, we offer a handful of CBD-infused topicals: Muscle Freeze (mainly used post workout), Compound (for more serious relief), Transdermal Relief Cream (for chronic issues), and Massage Oil (as a daily moisturizer). We also offer a transdermal patch, sublingual tincture, capsules, and more. The various delivery methods give people options and can turn CBD into a daily lifestyle event.” – Jeremy Riggle, PhD, Chief Operating Scientist at Mary's Nutritionals and Mary's Whole Pet
“While many, if not most, of the treatments using CBD oil have only a few studies backing up claims, there is one treatment that has quite a bit of research proving it efficacy. Evidence shows that using CBD oil to treat epilepsy can lessen symptoms and help treat this disease. In fact, the FDA recently approved a CBD-based medication to treat two forms of childhood epilepsy. While other uses of CBD oil may bring benefit to some, right now the research is scant, and the benefits are mostly anecdotal. I do think continued research in uses of CBD oil may discover some legitimate uses for this compound, with inflammation being an area I think may show some promise. But until more research is done, it’s hard for me to recommend its use for that purpose.” – Roger Adams, PhD, personal trainer, doctor of nutrition, and owner of eatrightfitness
Medical Marijuana Approved for Anxiety Disorder in Pennsylvania
Medical Marijuana Approved for Anxiety Disorder in Pennsylvania
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute medical marijuana cards evaluations at 5 locations in Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Newtown Bucks County, Chester Springs, Lancaster and Camp Hill, PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Health added anxiety disorders to its list of approved medical conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program. This change went in to effect as of July 20th 2019 and has been well received by patients in Pennsylvania.
Medical Marijuana Card Doctor Evaluations are available at the Sanctuary Wellness Institute. Our doctor will evaluate your condition and is authorized to issue your card. We have offices in Philadelphia, Newtown, Chester Springs, Lancaster and Camp Hill.
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Medical Marijuana and Anxiety
Medical marijuana is used in the treatment of a wide array of diseases such as chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, depression, diabetes, glaucoma, migraines, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.
Alongside legalization, comes increased research surrounding medical marijuana’s efficacy as a medicine. More and more people are turning to medical marijuana in hopes of relieving or managing anxiety. Research in this area is still sparse, although there are some anecdotal and scientific reports of medical marijuana relieving symptoms of anxiety and stress.
The global medical marijuana market is expected to reach a value of US$44.4 billion by 2024, with a predicted growth of 22.9 percent between 2019-2024 (1). Twenty-six countries and thirty-six states in the USA have now legalized medical marijuana; these numbers will only continue to rise.
What Is Anxiety?
There are different forms of anxiety disorders. These include social, phobic, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Diagnostic criteria and symptoms for each anxiety disorder differ. The WHO’s International Classification of Diseases note symptoms of:
- Apprehensive thoughts, worrying about the future, difficulty concentrating and feeling on edge.
- Motor tension, trembling, inability to relax, tension headaches, and restless fidgeting.
- Autonomic overactivity, lightheadedness, tachypnoea or tachycardia, sweating, dizziness, dry mouth.
The prevalence of anxiety disorders globally ranges from 2.5 to 7 percent by country. There is estimated to be about 284 million people globally who experienced an anxiety disorder (2).
Typical Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Treatment for anxiety disorders depends on the form and individual preferences, but it is usually treated with medication and therapy.
Doctors typically recommend stress management techniques. Stress management is achieved by organizing timetables, relaxation techniques like yoga, exercise, meditation, breathing techniques and writing down positive and negative thoughts. Counseling is also offered with trained mental health professionals.
Medications can help control the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. Although most come with nasty side effects such as weight gain, drowsiness, nausea, sexual dysfunction and can be addictive. Cessation of some medications can also cause withdrawal symptoms.
The Endocannabinoid System And Anxiety
The modulation of the endocannabinoid system through the ingestion of medical marijuana influences a range of functions in the body, including those associated with anxiety.
Endocannabinoids are lipids produced naturally by the body and act as a neurotransmitter. These lipids activate CB1 and CB2 receptors in areas of the brain known to affect behavioral and emotional reactions, learning, memory, homeostasis and decision making.
Researchers have previously examined the role of CB1 receptors and discovered they play a key role in anxiety. They found deficiencies in natural cannabinoids result in an increased risk for the development of post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression. Supplementing this signaling system with low-doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the active compounds in medical marijuana – helped to reduced symptoms of anxiety and increase patients resilience to stress (3).
Evidence For Medical Marijuana Relieving Anxiety
The interactions between the endocannabinoids system and anxiety disorders are not fully understood. More research is needed into whether medical marijuana is a suitable treatment for anxiety disorders.
During a recent study of 72 adults at a large mental health clinic in Colorado, researchers administered 25mg of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD in the participants. The researchers found that 79.2 percent of the participants reported improvements in their symptoms of stress and anxiety (4).
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric response to traumatic events. Evidence is mounting that cannabinoids might play a role in helping to decrease fear in people with this anxiety disorder, as well as have antidepressant effects (5). Some studies have reported a greater than 75 percent reduction of symptom scores following medical marijuana therapy (6).
Best Marijuana Strains For Anxiety
To properly treat anxiety, it’s important to use a medical marijuana strain with an appropriate ratio of CBD to THC. Although cannabis can decrease anxiety, in some people, excess THC consumption can exacerbate it due to the psychoactive effects of the plant.
THC is the compound which gives the psychoactive effect cannabis is most well known for. Consumed alone or in a higher ratio to CBD, THC can trigger the area of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, which can induce fear and anxiety.
CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, meaning a user does not experience a “high” or any onset of euphoria after ingestion. CBD works antagonistically with THC, diminishing its psychoactive effects. In this sense, opting for strains with a higher or equal ratio of CBD to THC helps alleviate any anxiety giving properties of THC. CBD also has antipsychotic properties.
Medical marijuana has the potential for treating symptoms of anxiety. However, more research is needed in the area. The strain that works best will depend on the person using it. According to most anecdotes and scientific reports, CBD heavy strains tend to be best for reducing anxiety. Further research exploring the relationship between THC and CBD ratios is important so that doctors are able to effectively prescribe different strains to patients based on their needs.
Medical Marijuana Specialist
Medical marijuana is now legal in many states, and patients are taking advantage of its many benefits. At Wyckoff Wellness Center in Wyckoff, New Jersey, experienced doctor Michael Gentile, MD, uses a unique approach to psychiatric treatment that may include medical marijuana. If you’re interested in learning about the benefits, schedule an appointment today.
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Medical Marijuana Q & A
What is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana refers to cannabis and its associated compounds, which are used to treat specific afflictions. Dr. Gentile may choose a particular strain of cannabis for you, depending upon what he is treating.
There are many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Each of these compounds can have various impacts on your body and brain.
THC is the most known cannabinoid, and it causes the high you feel when ingesting marijuana. CBD is another well-known cannabinoid that is increasingly being used to treat anxiety and other disorders. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
Is medical marijuana legal?
In New Jersey, medical marijuana is a legitimate way to treat certain qualifying conditions. These include anxiety, addiction, chronic pain, epilepsy, migraines, PTSD, Tourette’s, and many more.
Medical marijuana is not legal in every state, and each state has its restrictions and regulations about what conditions qualify for use. If you have questions about New Jersey’s laws surrounding medical marijuana, get in touch with Wyckoff Wellness Center.
What conditions does medical marijuana treat?
Medical marijuana is used to treat many different conditions and disorders. It’s been known to treat more severe conditions, like Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.
It can also help with mental health conditions, such as anxiety and PTSD. It’s also prescribed for cancer patients to relieve symptoms from chemotherapy.
Cannabinoids impact each body differently, so every patient may not have the same experience when taking medical marijuana. This notion is why different forms of the drug may be tried out and replaced as needed, as discussed with your doctor at Wyckoff Wellness Center.
How can I take medical marijuana?
There are a few ways to ingest medical marijuana. These include:
- Eating (edibles)
- Applying it to your skin (oils or lotions)
- Using it under the tongue (tincture)
Does medical marijuana have side effects?
P eople experience different reactions to medical cannabis. Common side effects include:
- Low blood pressure
- Increased heartbeat
- Dizziness or hallucinations
- Bloodshot eyes and dry mouth
You may not experience these side effects, depending on your dose and the way you ingest medical marijuana. Speak to Dr. Gentile today, and he helps you find the plan that works best for you. Call or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.