CBD Oil… Hype, Harm, or Heck Yay! Part III


Watch video 1 here.

Watch video 2 here.


The Summary of CBD So Far…

In Part I of my CBD (cannabidiol) series, I reviewed its rise in popularity and how it is being praised as a “miracle elixir” throughout the whole nation. I cautioned about anything being deemed as a healing “panacea.” I warned that although this herbal “darling” of the moment can be very effective, one should not let this drown out the fact that adverse effects can also occur. For this reason, I pointed out some initial precautions to consider when assessing if taking this ancient extract of cannabis would be in one’s best interest. The summary of these concepts can be found in video 1 here.

In Part II, I covered the history of the cannabis plant, of which CBD and marijuana are derived, and its legal and medical regulations. These concepts are important to understand for a few reasons. The first is the most obvious, this knowledge will prevent your imprisonment. Furthermore, if you understand that cannabis has medical legitimacy, you will not be dissuaded by media overhype or unfounded scare tactics. You can watch the summary of the cannabis timeline in video 2 here.

Now, in this video based on Part III of my series, I clarify the difference between CBD, hemp, and marijuana. I also summarize the current medical applications and research on this compound. Finally,  I give a sneak preview of what’s coming up for other applications of CBD along with some additional information that is not covered in the article.

After watching this 13-minute video, you will have learned:

  • The difference between CBD, hemp, and marijuana is based on different chemical compounds present. This is similar to how constituents differ in essential oils based on their chemotype, which is influenced by a variety of environmental factors. (If you really want to get geeky on taxonomy, you can read this article.)
  • How the story of a child popularized the use of CBD, especially for children with seizure disorders.
  • A reiteration of my precaution that when anything has a positive effect, it can also have unintended ones.
  • How CBD had been studied prior to the recent popularization, especially in the area of balancing out the psychoactive effects of the THC content in marijuana. (I said cannabidiol, not marijuana, I misspoke…oops!).
  • The current FDA approval of a CBD medication for seizure disorders, its current schedule category for abuse potential, and a review of its potential side effects.
  • My slip of the tongue that revealed other effects of CBD when used in combination with THC that I will be detailing in an upcoming post.
  • A potential mechanism for CBD oil on calming the brain.
  • The growing market of CBD oil.
  • The differing legal status between isolated CBD extracts and hemp extracts.
  • The importance of using clinical trials for determining mechanisms of actions, side effects, and standardizing safe dosages.

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Please note, unless stated on my BreakFree Medicine website, there is no endorsement of any CBD or associated products. I have been notified that one company has reposted one of my CBD videos with a link to their product without proper permission. I have currently asked them to remove the association and am investigating my next actions.


This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.