It is a good idea to do your own research, and take advice from your primary care physician before making a decision about using products with CBD, including hemp flower. It is important to consider any bold health claims with skepticism. For example, the website of a fly by night company offering CBD oil as cure for aging, diabetes, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis – would not be a credible source of information. Generally speaking, the best sources are: a) Medical Doctors; b) Peer-reviewed studies published in legitimate scholarly journals; c) Official U.S. Government publications. Research articles written by scientists can be hard to understand without a medical or scientific background, and many of them are behind a paywall. Below is a short list of articles from the internet that are helpful in educating oneself about whether CBD has health benefits.
- Cannabidiol (CBD)-what we know and what we don’t, Harvard Health Blog, by Peter Grinspoon, M.D.
- Health Benefits of CBD, WebMD
- What are the benefits of CBD — and is it safe to use?, Mayo Clinic, by Brent A. Bauer, M.D.
- Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need To Know, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
- FTC Announces Crackdown on Deceptively Marketed CBD Products, Federal Trade Commission
- FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD), U.S. Food & Drug Administration
- What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
- Drugs (psychoactive): Cannabidiol (compound of cannabis), World Health Organization