Public demand for the use of medical products derived from the plant Cannabis sativa is increasing yet, until now, there has been a paucity of information available to medical doctors regarding its use. Many different conditions ranging from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, epileptic seizures, and nausea are described to benefit from treatment with medical marijuana or hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) oils. The use of CBD oils is popular because patients describe medical benefits without the ‘high’ of marijuana.

Many doctors, however, have concerns about whether CBD oils for medical use are legal, safe, and effective. Furthermore, they are largely unfamiliar with the products available. The Mayo Clinic in the U.S. has published a review for clinicians that summarizes the research conducted so far on these products, the legalities of recommending them, and how to choose a reliable product. The article was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

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