Have you, your family or your friends considered the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a sleep aid or to reduce anxiety? The use of CBD oil in various areas of health care has increased in recent years, yet what about the use of CBD oil in dentistry? Here's more about what CBD oil is, how it differs from other products in its field and whether it has been approved for dental use.
What Is CBD Oil?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the cannabis plant is grown in several varieties and is a source of more than 500 compounds. One class of chemical compounds, called cannabinoids, interact with the human nervous system. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of these cannabinoids and is responsible for the plant's psychoactive effects. CBD is another cannabinoid compound found in the plant, but unlike THC, it is non-psychotropic.
After CBD is extracted from specific plant parts, it's mixed with various oils or alcohols and made into lotions, topical gels, sprays, capsules or edibles.
Uses of CBD Oil
The ADA states that CBD oil is used by individuals with the intent to relieve symptoms of the following conditions:
However, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that consumers should be cautious when purchasing and using CBD products, as there are currently no consistent regulations for these products, and many actually may not contain CBD.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is only one CBD product that is FDA-approved, which is a prescription drug to treat two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. Since there are many products on the market touting unproven medical claims and manufactured with unknown quality controls, it's important to do your research and review all the possible effects thoroughly before trying any product.
Ultimately, as of now, there is no FDA-approved use for CBD oil in dentistry.
Possible Side Effects of CBD Products
The FDA cautions consumers about the potential side effects of taking CBD, including liver injury and side effects relating to CBD's interactions with other drugs. According to Harvard Medical School, CBD can also lead to fatigue, nausea, irritability and increased levels of the blood thinner coumadin. CBD products on the market may contain additional elements, and as they are considered unregulated, it's difficult to know for sure what these products actually contain.
The Opinion of Dental Professionals
It may be tempting to try a product that claims to possess so many health benefits, but it's wise to remain cautious. If either you or a family member uses products containing CBD oil before, during or after a dental procedure, please inform your dental professional. There is no clear evidence that reports consistent results linking CBD oil in dentistry with the ability to relieve oral pain or dental anxiety. Additional research needs to be conducted on the subject, and the best advice is to always follow the medication instructions given by your individual dental professional.