“She was experimenting with CBD oil to relieve the pain from wearing high heels.” This quote from the New York Times needs explanation.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana (cannabis) that produces the feeling of being high. Cannabis and its derivatives without THC are now legal throughout the U.S., due to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a different but related chemical in cannabis. CBD does not produce the feeling of being high but can produce other effects. For example, Epidiolex is a CBD medication for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. The National Institutes of Health database lists hundreds of studies involving CBD.
Proponents claim that CBD treats ailments as diverse as inflammation, pain, acne, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Among beauty products alone, CBD can be found in blemish creams, massage oils, soaps, lip balms and body creams. CBD’s popularity is similar to the radium craze a century ago.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has two legal concerns regarding over-the-counter CBD products:
• Because such products have not been proven in clinical studies to be safe and effective (uniform strength and consistent delivery), they may not be marketed or promoted in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
• Federal law prohibits all active medication ingredients, including CBD, from being added to food. And CBD cannot be classified as a dietary supplement because of a technicality – its use in medication came first.