August 29, 2019

CBD is the rage, but more research and science on safety and efficacy is needed

By Karl W Oestreich

HealthDay

"There are many intriguing findings in pre-clinical studies that suggest CBD and hemp oil have anti-inflammatory effects and may be helpful with improving sleep and anxiety," said Dr Brent Bauer, director of research for the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine programme. "But trials in humans are still limited, so it is too early to be definitive about efficacy and safety," he added in a Mayo Clinic news release. There are a growing number of reports of liver injury in patients who've used CBD products, Bauer noted.

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Context: Cannabidiol (CBD) oils and products have become increasingly popular with consumers as ways to find relief from aches and pains, anxiety, sleep disturbances and other chronic issues. But are these products safe, and are they helpful?

A review of the latest research, to be published in September in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, finds there's a growing body of preclinical and clinical evidence to suggest that CBD oils may hold promise for treating conditions such as chronic pain and opioid addiction. But few clinical studies on the safety and efficacy of CBD have been reported, and more research involving humans is needed before health care providers can say definitely that they're helpful and safe, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

"There are many intriguing findings in pre-clinical studies that suggest CBD and hemp oil have anti-inflammatory effects and may be helpful with improving sleep and anxiety," says Brent Bauer, M.D., an internist and director of research for the Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicineprogram. "But trials in humans are still limited, so it is too early to be definitive about efficacy and safety."

You can read more about the study on Mayo Clinic News Network.

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