Utah firm to study effects of cannabidiol on pain and anxiety

Utah firm to study effects of cannabidiol on pain and anxiety

Cannabidiol or CBD, one of the most active components in medical marijuana, is a chemical compound found naturally in many species of the cannabis plant. Its medicinal properties have intrigued people for a long time and has been used for centuries as a supplement to induce sleep, reduce pain and relieve anxiety. Now, Endo-C, a Springville-based research company, has started a study on CBD’s effects on pain and anxiety.

It is noteworthy here that the Utah legislature had passed the HB130 last year, allowing scientists to study marijuana for medical use without federal approval. “What we’re trying to do is get research done so we can have good information for doctors. We’re excited to go down this road and give doctors a legitimate alternative that isn’t as dangerous as opioids,” said Brad Daw, Utah representative who sponsored the bill.

It’s a personal cause for Endo-C founder Chris Cannon, whose daughter died of breast cancer. During her last days, Cannon’s daughter was in severe pain. It made the former congressman to look for alternative solutions after he realized that the traditional medications were not effective enough to bring relief. According to him, CBD showed great promise but at that time it was not legal in any form.

Knowing primary investigator

Dr. Steven Warren, the primary investigator for the CBD study says that one of the main reasons that prompted him to take up this study is that it’s getting difficult for him and his colleagues to find ongoing pain relief for a high number of patients.

The possible repercussions of using CBD are hidden from doctors. At the same time, they are very hesitant about prescribing opioids, which are very addictive and can lead to illegal drug use. Warren says that there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the CBD oil that is used in the Endo-C study. This is primarily for the reason that participants can experience pain-relieving benefits without the high.

The target of the study is to reach out and help those in need. According to senior officials of Endo-C, expansion to other states is in the pipeline because it is not only Utah that is struggling to provide options to chronic pain. But as of now, other states are struggling with medical and legislative communities to manage this issue, the company said.

Cannabis is addictive

Cannabis may have its share of benefits and can be of great help in providing relief in cases of chronic pain, sleep disorders and anxiety, but one should be aware of the fact that it’s a highly addictive substance with detrimental effects. In the light of the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana in several states across the U.S., experts believe that the country is doing a terrible disservice to the future generations by adopting a lax attitude toward the dangers of the drug.

Being a long-acting substance, pot is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing a user to several health hazards. Research shows that use of cannabis over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract. Also, marijuana addiction can cause anxiety and depression.

However, addiction to marijuana can be treated with timely medical interventions. If a loved one is suffering from addiction as well as a mental disorder, contact the Dual Diagnosis Helpline. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-981-6047 to get details about one of the finest dual diagnosis treatment centers near you. You can also chat online with one of our representatives to know about a dual diagnosis treatment facility in your vicinity.