Cannabidiol As A Novel Therapeutic Strategy For Oral Inflammatory Diseases: A Review Of Current Knowledge And Future Perspectives

The high frequency and painful profile of inflammatory oral lesions and the lack of an effective drug protocol for their management stimulate the search for pharmacological alternatives for the treatment of these conditions. Cannabidiol is the major non-psychotropic constituent of Cannabis sativa, receiving lately scientific interest because of its potential in the treatment of inflammatory disorders such as asthma, colitis and arthritis. There is little published in the current literature about the use of cannabidiol in oral health. Among its many protective functions, the ability to attenuate inflammation through the modulation of cytokines and its antiedema and analgesic effects may be important features in the treatment of oral lesions. In this review, we suggest that cannabidiol can be useful in the management of oral inflammatory disorders.

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CBD for Pain: Is Cannabidiol a Natural Alternative to Opioid Drugs?

The increased dependence upon opioid medications to treat pain has become alarming given the potential to grow dependent upon and overdose on these medications. More than 130 individuals die every day due to opioid overdose.1 This includes prescription opioid pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. In 2017, more than 47 000 people in the U.S. died from overdosing on one of these medications.1 This has created what has been commonly termed “the opioid crisis.”

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The Need for a Common Language

As the demand for all things Cannabis, hemp, and cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded in recent years, it’s sometimes increasingly hard to tell what’s what in an ever-crowded marketplace. If your patient walks into your office and says “I’m taking hemp CBD” or I’m taking “CBD oil,” how do you actually know what this is? And the other terms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, natural extract…if you are wanting to understand what is actually being ingested or make a recommendation of a product to take, it’s currently not at all a straight-forward proposition.

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