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September 10, 2017

CBD Hemp Oil Promising Treatment for Adverse Effects of HPV Vaccination, Study Finds


Hemp oil that’s rich in cannabidiol (CBD) may relieve symptoms and improve the life quality in those experiencing adverse effects related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, suggest findings in a new studypublished in the Israel Medical Association Journal.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. While HPV can be harmless and go away by itself, in some cases it can lead to cancer or genital warts. Because about 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year, the CDC encourages parents to vaccinate their children at age 11 or 12, before they’re susceptible to the sexually-transmitted disease.

While the HPV vaccine is effective at protecting from most of the cancers caused by HPV, in some cases the vaccine have serious side effects. A 2017 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) documented complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), dysautonomic syndrome, autonomic neuropathy, multiple system, and chronic fatigue as potential adverse effects of the vaccination.

New evidence suggests, however, that CBD hemp oil treatments may help in the cases that these adverse effects develop. In an open-label study, researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Medical School found that daily CBD hemp oil treatments caused “significant benefits in the physical component score, vitality and social role functioning” in 12 young females that had developed severe somatoform and dysautonomic syndrome following HPV vaccination. The CBD hemp oil also significantly reduced body pain. The study also found that the CBD hemp oil caused no significant differences in role limitations due to emotional functioning.

“This study demonstrated the safety and tolerability of CBD-rich hemp oil and the primary efficacy endpoint,” the researchers concluded.

Over a three-month period, the female subjects, who were between the ages of 12 and 24, were given sublingual CBD hemp oil drops, 25 mg/kg per day, supplemented by 2-5 mg/ml CBD once a week until a maximum dose of 150 mg/ml CBD per day was reached. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp.

Two patients did decide to withdraw from the study earlier as they experienced no benefit.

The researchers urged for blind clinical research to further investigate the efficacy of CBD hemp oil for adverse HPV vaccination effects.

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