Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found in industrial hemp plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, CBD does not produce a high. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the hallucinogenic effects. CBD is gaining popularity, but many people still do not know about it’s potential health benefits. It is believed CBD could help people with pain management, could reduce anxiety & depression, could alleviate cancer related symptoms, may reduce acne, might have neuroprotective properties, could benefit heart health, may reduce psychotic symptoms, may work as a substance abuse treatment, could have anti-tumor effects, and may prevent diabetes. Notice I said “could”, “may”, “might” for the health benefits of CBD. Some research has been done, but much more needs to be done to be conclusive about the aforementioned benefits. CBD can interact with certain medications, especially those with a “grapefruit warning”. It can also cause diarrhea, changes in appetite & weight, and fatigue. Due to lack of research, CBD should not be taken if you are pregnant or nursing. As with any supplements, it is always recommended you check with your healthcare provider before starting something new.
We are in no way advocating for or against the use of CBD, but we wanted to explore the potential benefits it has in the dental field. Gum disease is generally due to poor oral hygiene, but for those that suffer due to genetics, CBD can reduce pain and sensitivity. It is believed by adding CBD oil into your oral care routine, it might be possible to cut down on the bacteria that causes cavities. TMJ symptoms may also be relieved by CBD. It is interesting to think CBD could have so many positive effects on our dental health. CBD is now showing up in toothpaste. It has been in mostly holistic-type toothpastes, but just this month Colgate has announced they have acquired Hello Products and will be producing a line of toothpastes, mouthwashes and lip balms containing CBD…perhaps making it more mainstream? One last potential benefit of CBD is treating dental anxiety. It may help you relax while you are at the dentist. It is recommended you take the CBD 1 hour prior to your dental appointment to alleviate anxiety. You can take more after your appointment if you are still feeling anxious.
Lastly, it is important to mention CBD comes in many different forms. And this wouldn’t be a true dental blog if I didn’t point out the negative ramifications some of these forms can have on your teeth! We mentioned in an early blog, found HERE, the effects vaping has on your gums. The heat from the vapor can cause gum disease. CBD also comes in a variety of edibles. Sucking on any sort of candy is never good for your teeth, along with sticky items like gummies & honey sticks. If you decide to give CBD a try, we recommend sticking with capsules, tinctures or solubles.
It certainly will be interesting to see where the use of CBD takes us in the years to come!