You’d think the question, “Is CBD legal?” would be answerable with a simple yes or no. It hasn’t been, and while it’s getting easier to answer that question, it’s still not cut-and-dried (nor is the question of whether or not CBD oil can result in a positive drug test).
Still, a lot of people don’t really understand what CBD oil is or how it works, and it tends to be wrapped up in the controversy over medical marijuana. That can make people hesitant to try it. There’s also a lot of confusion over whether it’s legal—but there are also some positive changes on that subject.
Finally, while anecdotal evidence certainly isn’t scientific proof of anything, we have an abundance of it from people with fibromyalgia who say CBD helps them, and you can bet that when patients who have hard-to-treat conditions tell their doctors something works, it piques their interest.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” which comes from the cannabis plant. Yes, the cannabis plant is where we get marijuana. However, CBD oil doesn’t have any psychoactive properties, which means it doesn’t get you high.
As for the scientific motivations behind further study, consider that CBD is believed to help relieve:
These effects are possible but require more study, according to the World Health Organization:
As of mid-2018, CBD oil is not FDA-approved for any conditions. Research in the United States is in the early stages, though, since for decades, legal restrictions made it extremely difficult to study the medical benefits of marijuana or any of its components. We may see applications submitted to the agency as research continues to move forward.
Cannabidiol is a compound derived from marijuana. CBD can’t get you high, as it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) like marijuana. Only a small percentage of people feel euphoric effects similar to those of marijuana.
Alternative treatments for FM include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, physical therapy, aromatherapy, and chiropractic sessions.
Getting a good night’s sleep often provides pain relief. Here are some ways to make sure you sleep well.
There are a variety of ways to use CBD. Smoking or vaping brings immediate pain relief that lasts up to three hours. People with respiratory issues shouldn’t intake CBD this way.
So far, the FDA has approved three medicines for FM. They are Lyrica, Savella, and Cymbalta.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain, exhaustion, poor sleep quality, and cognitive difficulties that sufferers often experience as brain fog. It is a contentious condition, with medical experts often disagreeing about what constitutes a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and some debating its existence at all.
While there is a still a need for larger randomized trials, Habib, a rheumatologist in Netanya, Israel, believes that the research is promising and that it is worth trying medicinal cannabis for fibromyalgia soon after diagnosis, rather than considering it as an option when opioids fail.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain, exhaustion, poor sleep quality, and cognitive difficulties that sufferers often experience as brain fog. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
There is also a solid body of evidence that indicates CBD may alleviate certain symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, such as pain, sleep disruptions, anxiety, and depression.
Liptan also notes that the extent to which patients experience relief varies from patient to patient. Some notice only a mild improvement in their pain, while others notice significant pain relief. While cautious not to depict CBD oil as a panacea, Liptan emphasizes that CBD oil represents a safe form of pain relief for fibromyalgia and that it is definitely worth consideration as a treatment.