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It’s hard to go anywhere nowadays without hearing about the benefits of cannabidiol (can-ab-id-EYE-all), aka CBD (and often CBD oil).

It’s all over the Internet, celebrities are endorsing it left and right, and it’s made its way into everything from lattes to sports drinks to sex lube (seriously).

Sales of CBD are already thought to be north of $350 million per year, and some analysts are predicting that number will surpass $1 billion by 2020.

Proponents say this is fantastic.

While CBD is a drug that comes from the same plant as marijuana, it doesn’t get you high, doesn’t have to be inhaled (no lung damage), and it’s kinda-sorta legal (more on that in a moment).

Purported benefits include alleviating anxiety, addiction, and epilepsy, accelerating post-workout recovery, curing chronic pain and even cancer, and helping with many other psychological and physiological conditions and ailments.

Some people even go so far as to say that CBD has healing properties that’ll help you live a generally healthier and happier life.

It also taps into the desire to indulge in social taboos (drug use, in this case), making it even more appealing to young people in particular.

On the other hand, CBD isn’t without detractors who claim that it’s an unproven, understudied, and potentially dangerous new health fad.

According to the naysayers, at best CBD isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and at worst regular use can lead to major long-term health complications.

Who’s right?

Well, the surprising and disturbing answer is we don’t really know.

As you’ll learn in this podcast, parsing the research on CBD is about as easy as combing your hair with a broom and in the end, you’re left with far more questions than answers.

The short story on CBD is that although it may have some benefits, it’s being wildly overhyped and oversold and it most certainly poses some serious health risks.

Let’s kick the discussion off by first exploring what CBD is.

5:43 – What is CBD?
8:29 – How does our endocannabinoid system function?
11:08 – What are the benefits of CBD?
18:31 – Does CBD reduce chronic pain?
22:59 – Does CBD help with epilepsy?
27:23 – Does CBD help curb drug addiction?
30:32 – Does CBD help curb nicotine addiction?
31:59 – Does CBD help fight cancer?
33:11 – Can you get high from CBD?
36:09 – Is CBD safe?
38:02 – Is CBD legal?
39:15 – What are alternatives to CBD?

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48 Responses

  1. finally! i thought i was the only one on the planet that got zero relief from cbd oil. spent 80 bucks a vial for months on various recommended, "authentic", oils. it Never worked.

  2. My wife bought me some CBD oil so I can try to sleep better. It didn’t really seem to work for that but it did work on my anxiety ,which I did not even know it could do.. So I’m going to say it’s not a complete scam!

  3. Smoking the flowers you feel the benefits. The strains with 20% CBD or over are ya best bet. As for the oils they are a complete waste of money. The flowers can be expensive if you are greedy like me.

  4. It doesnt do anything its literally just vegetable oil…. people are making a killing off this bullshit that literally doesn't do anything. I wish i was smart enough to come up with this genius scam it’s only vegetable oil and you can make a killing selling this garbage and everyone wants to believe they are eating magical lollipops.

  5. Thanks so much for this video. I have been in unbearable pain for the last 2 years and couldn't understand why CBD oil did nothing for me other than decrease my bank account and did not like the high experienced using products 'high' in THC, which also did nothing for my pain. Lately I began suspecting this was a modern day 'tulip' scam …

  6. Mike, I'm so glad you did a podcast on CBD.

    I KNEW there was too much aggressive overhype of this product. Thanks to you I know now many "CBD" products contain ZERO if not a TINY amount of the active ingredient, canniboid. Also, there is a certain dosage one needs to take to lower anxiety. That dosage makes CBD prohibitively expensive. There is also very little to NO quality control of this product. What am absolute scam!

    The last thing this country needs is another unregulated drug. It sounds like CBD is the new Neurontin. That was a drug that a pharmaceutical company used to push as effective for seizures, pain, you name it. At least, that drug was made in a drug. CBD has no quality controls.

  7. Well Mr Scientist, it helped me quit smoking tobacco in less than two weeks. The use of CBD, helped me to overcome my cervical, my sleeping problems, and my anxiety. You are the scam.

  8. The dosage is the problem, you couldn't take a pill of ground up broccoli and expect to get all the health benefits and vitamins broccoli has to offer the same can be said for cbd oil.

  9. I haven't listened to the entire thing yet, but I think the placebo aspect may play a big role into the effects of CBD oil. It's very influential and unique, in it's own right.

    If everyone swears to you that cbd oil helps you relax, build muscle, feel less stressed, raise your metabolism, cures cancer, answers the meaning of life, knows where god is, then your body will react accordingly to your beliefs.

    I'm still doing research for my own decision, and it's great to find a voice on the other side of the aisle that isn't raving about how it cured their grandmother's 300 health concerns.

  10. True there's some b.s products out there however the real products are very effective and work wonders. My brother in law has epilepsy and experiences seizures 4-8 times a week every since he's been on CBd (oils/edibles) for a year he's dramatically reduced his seizures to once (if that) every other week.

    Its helped with his anxiety and his quality of life has improved over the last year. So with this video I'm totally not sure on how it doesn't have medical benefits like you claim.

  11. I have yet to finish this video, but the title totally turned me off, though it did catch my interest which is your goal. There are definitely some CBD scams out there, but there are also several high-quality products which are truly worth their value. I know because I have reaped the benefits. I gain nothing by telling people this, either. For those who believe it to be a placebo effect, I can understand why you would think that, but seeing as I have tried prescription medications as well as several natural remedies for my depression with little to no success, I would think that placebo effect would have kicked in a long time ago. When you've gone through years of severe depression and nothing has helped, you start to believe that nothing is going to work and you go into anything with little to no expectation of success. Fortunately, this is the one thing that has worked best for me. It has not, on the other hand, yet helped my physical pain or anxiety. I mean, if I'm going to let the placebo effect take over, you'd think it would be all-inclusive, ESPECIALLY when the reason my doctor suggested this in the first place was NOT for depression but to alleviate pain from my endometriosis. Go figure. Anyway, I have not suffered any ill-effects and am actually far safer by taking CBD consistently. Think what you will.

  12. My buddy gave me CBD oil to ease my nerves before the wedding. I don't know if it calmed me down a bit, probably not. However it's greatest effect is healing my dreadful eczema and psorasis in my thighs and legs. I somehow went 3 full days not feeling itchy or scratching my legs. It's very scaly, oozes yellow pus, and burns. I wrap it and wear mitts to not stratch, it gets worse at night. I been to 5 dermatologists, tried several prescription creams. There's a shot to the butt that works but makes me piss green fluid or there's CBD oil. Even it seems like a very powerful placebo, I buy it anyways. I respect other peoples opinions and I'm still skeptical, but as long as my legs don't itch and burn it's cool with me.

  13. If you're using this for anxiety, chances are you really don't have true anxiety that requires medication. So many people today claim anxiety when in reality they are just experiencing normal human emotions. Life isn't always smiles and happiness.

  14. Its a total scam and so many snake-oil salesmen are trying to cash in on the craze while they can. Quite honestly, the only CBD cheerleaders are all the potheads who want to legalize smoking weed.

  15. More n more clinical studies show that CBD specially when used without THC and Terps etc gets quite useless cause your body adapts to it after 6months. This is very common when using isolates. The only way to get constant medication effect is by using CBD And THC in equal doses. There is no way around.

  16. You really think something discovered in the 40s now suddenly cures cancer?no it doesn't. If big pharma / the government saw this as so ethi g that would reduce their profits they would have gotten rid of it a long time ago. Why it wont cure cancer…… cancer is a mutation of our own cells. Everyone on this planet have different DNA, hormones, blood, where the cancer is …. this list can go on. It will not cure cancer. Absolutely try it for pain ect. But do not think it will cure cancer because it wont.
    600000 people die every day from cancer and that is going up, the stories we hear that it did apparently cure is less than the same amount of people who go into spontaneous remission.
    Honestly it's a marketing scam offering people false hope. My mother died of cancer and I looked for everything and I mean everything……. I've known 7 people on it (just me ..1 person) they have all passed and it did nothing

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