THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — CBD has been widely marketed as a cure-all for whatever ails you, and a new study finds many Americans are buying the sales pitch.
Researchers tracking a Reddit forum on CBD found many folks discussing use of cannabidiol to treat conditions for which there are proven, safe and effective medicines and therapies.
Forum participants said they were using CBD for mental and emotional problems, joint pain, sleep disturbances, neurological conditions, gastrointestinal issues and a host of other illnesses, researchers report Oct. 15 in JAMA Network Open.
The problem is, there’s no evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for these ailments.
“The [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] has only approved CBD for one rare childhood condition for epilepsy,” giving its stamp to a CBD medication called Epidiolex, said study co-author Erik Hendrickson, a research associate at the Center for Data Driven Health at the Qualcomm Institute at the University of California, San Diego. “It hasn’t gone under any other scientific scrutiny to see whether it’s effective for any other kind of conditions.”
But Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., doesn’t think there is cause for alarm just because people are reaching beyond conventional medicine to treat their health problems.
“This article is a valuable contribution because it simply observes the state of things, but to go a step further and say this is really bad because people aren’t doing what doctors want them to do is an opinion,