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What to Know Before You Try CBD Oil for Pain Relief

Prevention featured HSS anesthesiologist and director of Pain Management Seth A. Waldman, MD, in an article about cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative treatment for pain relief.  

According to the article, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CBD to treat two severe forms of epilepsy.

"Cannabidiol is generally well-tolerated, which gives it a distinct advantage over other medications currently available for pain, including (and especially) opioids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant medications," Dr. Waldman explained.

He added that CBD oil is worth trying for neurological pain, but cautioned to try only one new treatment at a time.

"Start low and go slow. That is, begin with the lowest dose, used once daily, and if tolerated and necessary, the dose could be increased slowly and deliberately. It is more difficult to gauge the effects of a new treatment if it is used irregularly," Dr. Waldman noted.

Read the full article at prevention.com.

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