#CBD has suddenly become a buzzworthy way to deal with all sorts of ailments, but reports of its effectiveness often depend on who you talk to
BY LAUREN EVANS
In the last year, #CBD products have been popping up everywhere: You’ve probably seen #CBD oil as a suggested ingredient in cocktails, or maybe a coworker has passed you some CBD gummies. (Heck, even CVS is going to start carrying CBD products.)
#CBD has suddenly become a buzzworthy way to deal with all sorts of ailments — including pain — but really, there hasn’t been a whole lot of peer-reviewed studies to back up that claim. (That hasn’t stopped people from using it though if the hundreds of reviews we read are any indication.)
Despite the lack of data, curiosity around CBD has grown. Just check out this chart tracking the uptick in the U.S. searches for “#CBDoil” on Google over the last five years:
#CBD is available in many, many forms, but for those who don’t want to fuss around with lotions or bath bombs, oils are the way to go. #CBD, which stands for #cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants. The oil is made by extracting #CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with something called a carrier oil, usually coconut or hemp seed oil. One way of ingesting the oil is through vaping, but another is simply by dropping a bit under your tongue. (Buyer beware: #CBD oils for vaping and those meant to be taken sublingually are usually two different things. Make sure to carefully read the description of any oils you buy to find out how it’s meant to be consumed.)
People claim that #CBD has helped them with all sorts of things, including pain management, but we can’t stress enough that there just hasn’t been enough research to back this up. That hasn’t stopped people from linking the two, though. Mashable surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers via Google Surveys between Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, 2019 and found that around 35% of people surveyed would consider using #CBD oil for pain management. We know it helps some people who suffer from certain epileptic seizures — the FDA has approved a prescription drug called Epidiolex to do just that — but whether it can treat , #inflammation, or #pain often depends on who you talk to.
So we ventured out into the ol’ internet in search of people who’ve favorably reviewed #CBD products while looking to relieve pain. Here’s what we found: