Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 ‘phytocannabinoids’ contained in marijuana and is the second most abundant individual substance in the plant. Of course, THC is more abundant, but it is also an intoxicant, which keeps it from entering the mainstream conversation on wellness. CBD oil has been exploding the market for the past few years and has been projected to top $20 billion in less than five years. While there is some room for CBD in traditional medicine, it seems that by and large, it is the OTC (over-the-counter) health market that has witnessed the bulk of social transformation. Of all the dosage forms, the oromucosal (oral spray) form is particularly interesting compared to other more common methods of use.
Over the last decade, there have been several anecdotes about the effects of CBD and its healing powers, but few of the results have been thoroughly studied. Recently, there has been a notable uptick in professional observations, including a study showing its effectiveness in treating traditional drug-resistant conditions. CBD has reportedly helped with;
AnxietyAlzheimer’sBipolar disorderCancerDepression Epilepsy Generalized pain disordersInsomniaNauseaPTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
This list is non-comprehensive but highlights the versatility of the substance.
Proper studies are emerging more frequently but are still considered a bit of a rarity compared to the rigorous testing that traditional drugs undergo. Despite the relatively low number of available studies, many of them solidly support much of the anecdotal reports. One report on CBD efficacy reports a 43.9% median reduction in seizure frequency for CBD patients during a clinical trial. The same report showed an unflattering, but obvious enough, increase in adverse effects (diarrhea, vomiting, etc) for the CBD patients compared to the controlled placebo group. It is noteworthy that participants of the study may have received forms other than oral sprays and studies are still being conducted to determine the efficacy of the varied intake methods.
The second major factor of over-the-counter product efficacy is a phenomenon known as “The Entourage Effect.” This observed change in potency is due to an increased quantity of components found in marijuana. Claims state that the varied components interact with the body in multiple ways, cooperatively to reach the desired effect. This may also include the presence of THC and bring product legality into question; it is important to be mindful of THC content in all CBD products.
CBD users have a wide array of dosage forms to consider; capsules, ointments, aerosols, oils, and more. Oral sprays are simply one more among several administration routes. Sprays are praised for their simplicity of use and also benefit from a shorter half-life compared to other forms. Oromucosal sprays of cannabidiol reported half-lives between 84 minutes and 11 hours. Compare this figure to the 24-hour half-life of IV administration or the 31-hour of inhalation methods and it’s a clear winner for anyone seeking acute use.
CBD oral spray products are available online from multiple retailers. Anyone looking to purchase online may seek advice from a local industry professional that may offer consultation services or recommendations.