ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Jesse Miller, a CBD oil spokesperson will be at the Ashtabula Towne Square on Feb. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., explaining what hemp is, and describing it’s health benefits.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical found in various strains of cannabis, including marijuana and hemp. CBD cannot get a user “high,” according to Miller and others, unlike THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
According to a pamphlet handed out by advocates, CBD oil can “help” any number of things, including anorexia, cancer, and super-bugs.
Miller is a health educator, who has been working in the natural products industry for 20 years, according to a press release announcing his visit. Miller is also the principle broker and educator at Moonshadow marketing.
One of Moonshadow Marketing’s clients, PlusCBD, is a large distributor of CBD oil products. PlusCBD makes no health claims concerning CBD oil, and only extoll it’s environmental benefits, and it’s distinctness from marijuana.
The one claim that Miller and other CBD advocates will make is that CBD oil helps the human body’s endocannabinoid system regulate itself. Proponents of CBD oil say the endocannabinoid system regulates every other system in the body.
Miller claims that CBD oil recharges the endocannabinoid system. That claim is difficult to substantiate. There is a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology suggests that the cannabidiol may alter a single receptor.
Regarding CBD oil, Leah Basch, physician’s assistant at University Hospitals, said “we’re not there yet.” She added that everyone should be careful about taking anything, even regular supplements, because they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. “People definitely need to be careful,” Basch said. “Talk to your healthcare provider.”
Both Miller and Maggie Frank, National Educator at PlusCBD Oil, suggest searching CBD on PubMed, a government database of medical studies.
However, a representative of PubMed said that finding a study on their website should be the beginning of a process. PubMed is a collection of journal articles, and they suggest reaching out to authors of studies, and searching other government websites for more information.
Additionally, Robert Pines of the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, part of the NIH that focuses on alternative medicine, said that they “do not recommend taking medical advice from a PubMed search.”
Many of the CBD-related studies on PubMed conclude by saying that more advanced, larger, and blinded studies are necessary.
“Anyone can make anything and claim it to do anything they want,” Basch said. “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”