CBD oil is now widely embraced by people who hope to relieve pain and anxiety, among other uses. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits therapeutic claims about cannabidiol, CBD products are now legal and available. But how do you choose a good CBD oil?
CBD is one of many compounds found in hemp plants containing less than 0.3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, low-THC hemp was removed from the Controlled Substance Act, and CBD can be marketed freely.
However, since most CBD products cannot make specific health claims, it is important for users to scrutinize labels and advertising claims. Therefore, the safety, purity, and origin of the products you choose are paramount. It is important to ask your dentist or health care provider for recommendations. Overall, the best way to choose a safe brand of CBD oil is to look for:
- Brands made from 100 percent USDA-certified organic hemp. That means the plant has not been contaminated by pesticides.
- Industrial hemp grown in the USA, where growth conditions are regulated.
- Undiluted 100 percent CBD. Flavoring agents do not affect efficacy.
- Brands tested for purity by a reputable, unbiased, third-party laboratory.
How CBD Oil May Help Dental Anxiety
Once you have chosen a brand you feel is safe, you can explore a plethora of uses for cannabidiol (CBD). There are some studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest it can help ease anxiety, such as fear of going to the dentist. About one-third of the population experiences some level of dental phobia.
CBD is believed to help calm an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for anxiety and reaction to pain. That means it may help lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and soothe stomach problems and anxiety. It may also improve sleep quality by reducing stress and inflammation. In this way, CBD may be helpful in easing symptoms of a jaw condition known as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Patients have also reported CBD oil eases dental pain by reducing inflammation, helping muscles relax, and supporting the body’s healing responses.
CBD oil is also used in cases of severe, chronic anxiety, such as PTSD, as well as in blood sugar control. The FDA has approved its use in high doses for management of seizures.
If you are considering using CBD oil to overcome dental anxiety or to ease pain, talk to our dental team first. We can give you recommendations on brands, dosages, and ways to take it. Call Emerald Health Advocates and schedule an appointment today.
Emerald Health Advocates
Phone: (240) 477-8158
Laytonsville, MD 20882