Cannabidiol (CBD Oil)
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant which is also more commonly known as marijuana. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a purified form of CBD oil (under the brand name Epidiolex) which is prescribed to treat epilepsy. Unlike delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other main component of marijuana, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, hence, it does not alter an individual’s mental state. Studies have shown that CBD can treat chronic pain, may help prevent withdrawal symptoms of those who want to quit smoking, treat certain neurological symptoms and disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease, may help fight cancer, and treat acne. The most common side effects include fatigue, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. Particularly, the side effects of Epidiolex include liver, gastrointestinal, and breathing problems, lethargy, irritability, rashes, reduced urination, and mood changes.