By Causenta Wellness
Before we can get to Dr. Tom’s opinion on this so-called miracle cure, let’s unpack what exactly CBD is. Its official name is cannabidiol, and it recently has gained popularity as a natural remedy for many common ailments.
CBD stores are popping up around the country with more and more states legalizing the compound, which is one of more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant.
It’s Not What You’re Thinking
CBD is different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. THC causes the sensation of getting “high” that is typically associated with marijuana.
CBD is not psychoactive like its relative THC, which makes it a good option for individuals who are looking for relief from chronic pain, anxiety, and other health issues without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD oils are made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
The oil can be ingested via tincture, which is basically using a medicine dropper to put a dose of CBD oil under the tongue.
Some people prefer vaping the CBD oil; topical applications and edibles such as CBD gummies are also available.
What Are People Using It For?
There is a lot of talk in the marketplace and on various podcasts about CBD oils and their use as alternative treatments for common ailments such as:
- Anxiety and depression
- Heart disease
- Side effects from chemotherapy drugs, such as neuropathy
But Does It Work?
The challenge is that the only studies that have been conducted are on mice in a laboratory.
And, while these types of studies are used as the first trial methodology for many medical studies, until tests are conducted on people, it is difficult to know the real efficacy of CBD oil as treatment for these various health concerns.
Where’s The Data?
“CBD is expensive,” says Dr. Tom Incledon, Founder & CEO of Causenta, “especially for something that isn’t proven to work for a specific condition.
“I have a lot of CBD oil companies calling me and trying to get me to buy their products for use at Causenta. I always ask them: Do you have any data?
“They end up getting mad at me and hanging up, but I am a scientist and need to see data before I am willing to offer something to my patients as a potential treatment.”
Neuropathy And Pain
Neuropathy is a tingling and numbness mostly in the hands and feet that feels like intense burning or pain over time.
It can be caused by diabetes or chemotherapy because both conditions can lead to damage in the nervous system.
Neuropathy is used to describe the symptoms when the nervous system fills in the signals that the brain isn’t receiving because the disease or drugs to treat a disease have disrupted the normal flow. >
Adding More Medications To The Mix
Typically, neuropathy is managed with more medications. “The problem with this strategy is that you end up having to add more medication to counteract the pain,” says Incledon.
“And, if opioids are chosen to manage the neuropathy, the patient is not actually being relieved of the pain, they are just being medicated so that they don’t care they are in pain.”
How Will CBD Oil Affect You?
He also notes that “the challenge with CBD oil is that it is one-size-fits-all. It’s not standardized in the U.S. right now, so you do not about the quality or if a certain CBD product is better for one specific condition or another.
“Specifically, for neuropathy, there is no current data behind the use of CBD oil for this issue. And, in general, one-size-fits-all treatments are not very effective.
“There are approximately 22,000 genes in the human body and no two people are the same physically, emotionally, or mentally. You must take that into account when looking at anything new that comes on the market.”
What Are Some Alternatives For Pain Management?
Don’t worry, just because CBD oil may not be an effective treatment for neuropathy, that does not mean you have to take additional medications. There are alternative therapies such as red-light therapy that Incledon notes have data to back up its effectiveness.
“What’s nice about red-light therapy is that you are repairing damage to the nerves,” says Incledon. “You are not just masking symptoms as is the case with opioid use.”
Healing From The Inside
At Causenta, there are a number of these light therapies available that Incledon and his team recommend trying before resorting to CBD oils or medications like opioids.
The state-of-the-art technology tools we employ all have various uses that can help patients feel a reduction in pain and inflammation because they work to heal cells from the inside.
Several of our red and infrared laser systems and other technologies can help individuals dealing with the symptoms of neuropathy.
One Of Our Favorites Pain Relievers
One of Incledon’s top choices for neuropathy is the laser system by Chattanooga Group. This state-of-the-art laser helps to reduce pain caused by neuropathy in the body.
The non-invasive and pain-free machine can be customized before each treatment; the technician will set up the laser’s controls based on specific parameters for a patient’s needs during that session to best alleviate their symptoms and bring healing.
As They Say: “If It’s Too Good To Be True …”
Every decade or so there is a new “miracle cure” that everyone talks about. CBD oil is the treatment du jour, but just because you read about it on the internet or hear something on the radio, doesn’t make it true.
Incledon cautions individuals, especially those battling cancer or struggling with chronic pain to do your research and understand your options before jumping to CBD oil or another unproven treatment.
“I hate to see people wasting valuable and limited resources like time and money on something that is likely not going to help them,” says Incledon. “Call us and at least let us give you some recommendations. We want to see people getting back to a high quality of life in a short time.”
Talk To Us About Your Options
If you are seeking alternative treatment for chronic pain, symptoms of neuropathy, anxiety, or other conditions that you have heard CBD oils can treat, contact our expert team today.
During your initial 30-minute consultation, we will learn more about your health concerns and give you recommendations that will help you actualize results. We believe in scientifically proven treatment methods and are committed to helping our patients feel their best.