CBD Oil: Does the Science Support the Hype?

Nutrition Diva interviews Registered Dietitian and Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Janice Bissex, to explore the evidence to support CBD oil for relief of pain, insomnia, and anxiety.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
2-minute read
Episode #521

There is a lot of buzz these days about CBD, a product that's derived from the cannabis (or marijuana) plant. CBD is not the same as medical (or recreational) marijuana. It won't get you high. But it does have a variety of effects in the body and brain. It's used both topically and as a dietary supplement to treat conditions including pain, inflammationanxiety, and insomnia

Many of you have written with questions about CBD oil and, to tell you the truth, I had a lot of questions myself. So, I invited someone with expertise in this subject to help us sort through the claims: Janice Bissex is a Registered Dietition/Nutritionist as well as a Holistic Cannabis Practioner.

Up until a couple of years ago, Janice was the co-host of the long-running Meal Makeover Moms podcast. But she recently shifted her practice from family nutrition to counseling patients and health practitioners on the use of medical marijuana and CBD. 

Unlike medical marijuana, CBD is not a regulated substance and does not have the intoxicating effects associated with marijuana. It's sold over the counter as a dietary supplementbut misperceptions about its uses and effects abound. 

In this fact-filled interview, Janice explains:

  • Exactly what CBD is (and isn't)
  • Which receptors in our brains and tissues are affected by CBD
  • How CBD works to relieve pain and inflammation
  • How CBD can alleviate anxiety
  • The types of insomnia most likely to respond favorably to CBD
  • Potential benefits of CBD in autism
  • The evidence to support its efficacy
  • Who should and shouldn't consider trying CBD
  • What to look for when buying CBD products
  • Safety, dosing, and drug interactions
  • The state of regulation and oversight of CBD products
  • Arguments for and against CBD use

Click on the audio player to hear the entire interview.

For more information, Janice's website is Jannabiswellness.com. You can connect with Janis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.