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CBD Oil vs. Pharmaceutical Medicine: Which Is Best? 
July 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Outreach Health and Wellness

As more and more states decriminalize marijuana and its associated products, CBD oil benefits have been making headlines. CBD is a chemical derived from the marijuana and hemp plants and can help people with a variety of health conditions, without the mind-altering effects of THC. Under the current law here in Maryland, marijuana and THC products are legal only for patients with medical prescriptions, but because CBD doesn't get people high, it is legal to use without a prescription. 

So, what are the CBD oil benefits, and how does it compare to traditional medications? Allow us to explain. 

CBD Oil Benefits 

Researchers tout CBD oil for its ability to alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and reduce the frequency of muscle spasms or seizures. Unlike pharmaceutical medications, side effects tend to be minimal or nonexistent for most people. While some people may experience dry mouth, drowsiness or mild dizziness, the effect is usually short-lived. One of the biggest CBD oil benefits, though, is that it has little to no potential for addiction and may even be able to help people battle addictions to other substances. 

Potential Drawbacks 

Of course, nothing comes without drawbacks, and CBD oil is no exception. Currently, the CBD oil industry is largely unregulated, so there is really no way to be certain that a product actually contains the dosage stated on the package. Many of the claims of CBD oil benefits have not yet been proven but merely suggested, so there is no guarantee that it will have the desired effect. It is also possible for CBD products derived from marijuana plants to contain trace amounts of THC, though CBD derived from hemp does not have this risk. 

Pharmaceutical Medicine Benefits 

With pharmaceutical medications, everything is regulated tightly by the FDA, so you can have confidence that you are getting exactly the right dosage. Pharmaceuticals also have to go through extensive research and testing before being released to the public. This lets you know that the medication will have the desired effect for most people. 

Potential Drawbacks 

With the opioid crisis making so many headlines in recent years, it is impossible to deny the risks associated with many pharmaceutical medicines. Many medications come with a high potential for addiction. As patients take medications over time, they can also build up a tolerance, requiring them to take even more to get the same effect. This drastically increases the risk of overdose, possibly resulting in death if not treated quickly. 

Which Is Right for You? 

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. While many people have great success with pharmaceutical medicines, that is not the case for everyone. The same goes for CBD oil. The next time you visit your doctor, don't be afraid to ask questions about CBD oil benefits. Your physician can help you decide whether CBD might be a viable option to help you with a medical condition or any negative symptoms you are experiencing. 

Here at Outreach Health and Wellness, we are proud to help our patients achieve optimal health through a holistic approach. We consider all aspects of a person's health and well-being, not just their symptoms. This way, we can make the best possible recommendations. 

If you are interested in learning more about CBD oil benefits and medicinal marijuana, we welcome you to get in touch with us. We'll help you get a medical recommendation from a licensed physician so you have the ability to explore all of your treatment options, not just those that follow the traditional pharmaceutical route. Reach out to us today to get started.