You may soon start seeing CBD products on shelves while you’re out shopping in your local supermarket as well as in online stores due to the rapidly growing demand for this amazing natural ‘super cure’. But what is the medical response to this? Will doctors and CBD Oil ever work hand in hand?
Well, it’s going to take a brave doctor to come out and back the use of CBD as an alternative to prescribed medicine and this is for a number of reasons. Without getting too political, the pharmaceutical industry is a billion dollar industry that relies on patients becoming ill. That may sound blunt but the more ill people there are the more medicines are sold. And the more medicines that are sold the richer these guys become.
Not only that but doctors have undergone years of studying and practice all revolving around man made pharmaceutical drugs, it is all they know and as such all they can recommend. Their response is pre-conditioned i.e. for ’x’ condition you must take ‘y’ medication. And as patients we are trained to listen to and believe what they are telling us.
But it is the things they don’t tell you that you should be really concerned about. The possible side effects of the particular medication they have prescribed. The long term harm caused by taking harsh drugs and the chances of our immune systems forgetting how to heal us naturally over time. The cons tend to outweigh the pros but we still happily swallow pill after pill.
The beauty of CBD Oil is that even if you are wary about taking it and sceptical about its benefits, the side effects are virtually non-existent. So other than the cost of the oil you have nothing to lose and no doctor should disagree with this point. Bu why not ask them?
The next time you visit your doctor instead of asking him or her “Should I take CBD oil?” change the way you ask it. Asking directly if you should be taking it will usually result in a “No, take these medicines instead!” because most doctors just don’t want to involve themselves in a topic they have not been trained in, and that’s understandable.
So change your question to “Is there any reason why I shouldn’t take CBD oil?”. This will now open up the conversation to any genuine reasons why your doctor thinks you should not be using CBD oil. As much as your doctor may not be an expert in CBD they will absolutely be aware of what it is, how it works and what it does.
This new conversation will allow you to make a fully informed decision and the outcome may possibly be that you stick with your prescribed medication and also include CBD into your regime with the intention of weaning yourself off the medicines altogether.
Dr. Aparna Iyer is a holistic and integrative board-certified psychiatrist in Frisco, Texas. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and here’s what she told mindbodygreen.com:
*”Recently a lot of patients have asked me about CBD oil, which seems to reflect a growing interest in CBD oil nationwide as a remedy for many different ailments. While many people have told me individually that they have gained a lot of personal pain/anxiety/depression/psychosis relief from the use of CBD oil, research is still ongoing and has not definitively determined either clear benefits or harm. There is definitely some interesting research that is being conducted on the treatment of psychosis with CBD oil. I am wary of recommending CBD oil at this point for these reasons and also because there has not been much regulation of the product, which is concerning when I want to make sure that my patients are getting a safe product.”
With all of the claims floating around today about cannabidiol (CBD), both research-based and anecdotal, it is essential that consumers know to include their doctor or medical professionals into the conversations they have about this wonderful extract.
Every person is unique, and each person’s body can react differently to various nutrients, chemicals, and drugs, including CBD. That is why before self-prescribing anything, even something all-natural like industrial hemp CBD, speaking with a medical professional about the benefits of CBD, how to use it, and for which ailments to use it are important conversations in which everyone should partake.
Another medical professional who was interviewed by mindbodygreen.com, Bindiya Gandhi, gave some very prescient advice when it comes to taking CBD for medical ailments:
*“Physicians recommend it for their chronic pain patients as well as fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. Studies have shown the use of CBD oil in mice reducing inflammation significantly. Physicians also recommend CBD oil in patients who want to quit smoking as well as decrease opioid usage. It seems to be the wonder drug everyone wants! You can inhale it, rub in on the skin, or put drops in your food. Talk to your doctor if this is a good alternative and to see if CBD is right for you.”
Of course, this is just a small sample of medical professionals. What your doctor has to say may vary from what these doctors or the medical community, in general, have to say about CBD. CBD is one of the more promising all-natural products out on the market today, but it is still important to follow the advice of medical professionals.
The crazy thing about it all is the way we have all been programmed over the years. Tell your friends and family that you are on a course of extremely strong medication which has numerous side-effects but the doctor has recommended and they will say “Oh, that’s great!”
Tell them that you are taking a natural plant extract with no side-effects and potentially amazing benefits and they look at you as if you have just told them you are a heroin addict!