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CBD USE GAINING POPULARITY
“It calms him enough to focus,” she
says. “It's not a perfect fix but it has
helped so much with his depression
and anxiety. For me, it is a savior. I
haven’t had a full-blown migraine in
six months now.”
According to a 2013 study published
in the British Journal of Clinical
Pharmacology, CBD can act as an
antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic
and antipsychotic, helping to treat a
number of health conditions, including
inflammation, epilepsy, oxidative
injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety
and schizophrenia. It has even been
found to help pets: A recent study by
Cornell University College of Veterinary
Medicine suggests 2 mg/kg of
CBD oil administered twice daily can
help increase comfort and activity in
dogs with osteoarthritis.
CBD works with the endocannabinoid
system to achieve balance in
“The endocannabinoid system is the
largest regulatory system in our
body,” explains Craig Zaffe, CEO of
CBD Oils of Long Island and ACD
Health and Wellness in Huntington.
“We have CBD 1 receptors in our
brain and nervous system and CBD
2 receptors in our organs and skin
that naturally secrete natural cannabinoids.
As we get older, we become
deficient in the natural production of
cannabinoids. That’s where inflammation
and disease start.”
Phytocannabinoids such as CBD
help restore the endocannabinoid
system. Dr. Amir Herman of East
Northport-based Natural Pain Solutions
says the bulk of his patients
turn to CBD to relieve pain, anxiety,
headaches, and improve sleep.
“It helps them to relax,” he says, noting
that CBD also works on the central
nervous system. Patients with nerve
pain have reported less numbness and
tingling. “It has a calming effect on
young patients with ADD and ADHD.”
While CBD has shown to be relatively
safe, Dr. Herman says it’s certainly
not free from side effects.
“There are absolutely people who
developed issues with vaping CBD …
irritation to their throat and lungs,
coughing,” he says.
Reported side effects also include
tiredness, dizziness, light-headedness
or stomach discomfort. The greatest
challenge to administering CBD is that
there’s not yet an “established standardization
of dose,” says Dr. Herman.
“You have to slowly titrate, increase
the dose,” he says. “It could take anywhere
between two weeks and two
months before they get their optimal
benefit or know that it’s not for them.”
“Recommendations and dosages vary
from patient to patient and whether
a condition is acute or chronic,” adds
Dr. Joy Moy, physician of acupuncture
and owner of Joy of Acupuncture in
Huntington. When considering CBD,
Dr. Moy says to "pay attention to the
quality of the CBD that is harvested
and extracted and whether or not it
has been backed up independently or
tested by third-party labs."
Identify a healthcare provider with
competent knowledge of CBD, she
advises. Dr. Moy says that bloodwork
results on her patients who used CBD
sublingual drops revealed lower overall
body inflammation. A 91-year-old
patient with a severely arthritic ankle
who used CBD cream twice a day for
two weeks no longer relies on his cane.
Results may vary.
“Recommendations and dosages vary from
patient to patient,” says Dr. Joy Moy.
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