ABCs of CBD: Increase your knowledge of cannabidiol

CBD News Blog – Signs screaming “CBD Sold Here” have popped up like weeds. Also abundant are the ills cannabidiol is purported to treat: anxiety, depression, insomnia, acne, pain.

David K. Becker, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., FAAP, an integrative pediatrician at Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, fields questions from families about using CBD for those conditions and more. But instead of launching into a review of the evidence, he poses some questions of his own: What have you heard? What have you tried?

“If I just start quoting literature, making statements about what we know and don’t know, that may or may not be in line with what their questions are, what their experience is, and it could turn some people off,” said Dr. Becker, who also is co-medical director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and a member of the AAP Section on Integrative Medicine Executive Committee. “For some people, they just welcome that information, and that’s actually all they want. But I don’t know that ahead of time.”

Yet, Dr. Becker is sure many pediatricians would appreciate information on CBD, including its physiologic effects, risks and benefits. He aims to provide  these details during a session titled “Advising Families on Cannabidiol: A Primer on How to Cool Off a Hot Topic,” which is available via the virtual platform through Jan. 31, 2021.

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