PHILADELPHIA (CBS) â€” There has been growing demand for products made from part of the marijuana plant to treat certain medical conditions.
There have been mixed reviews about CBD products and how well they work. Itâ€™s only FDA-approved for children with seizures but people are using it for all sorts of ailments.
CBD comes from hemp or marijuana plants, but contains little or no THC, so products wonâ€™t get you high.
Vicki Rae Thorne has fibromyalgia, PTSD and severe depression. After making diet and exercise changes, she started using CBD oil 10 months ago.
â€śI find my anxiety is highly reduced and my pain levels as wellâ€ť she said.
A 14-year-old girl has been using CBD capsules and gummies for a year. She and her mother agreed to speak if their identities were concealed.
The teen suffers from an autoimmune disease, causing obsessive compulsive disorder and separation anxiety. She missed 264 classes in one school year.
â€śSometimes I just like wouldnâ€™t get in the car, sometimes I would and weâ€™d pull up to the school building and I like, I wouldnâ€™t get out of the car, because like, I just couldnâ€™t,â€ť she said.
After CBD, the teen girl says she has been more socially active.
â€śI can hang out with my friends. I joined the debate team,â€ť she said.
â€śI really credit it with giving her life back,â€ť said the teenâ€™s mother.
A couple of small studies have shown CBD reduces seizures in children and the FDA just approved the first prescription drug for that purpose.
â€śCBD oil is not snake oil nor is it a miracle drug,â€ť said Dr. Melinda Ring of theÂ Northwestern Medicine Osher Center.
Dr. Ring says CBD can help with chronic pain issues.
â€śArthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and also in inflammatory or auto-immune issues, like Crohnâ€™s disease and multiple sclerosis,â€ť Ring said.
Some doctors feel there arenâ€™t enough long term studies on CBD and laws about it can be conflicting and confusing even in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Sales recently have skyrocketed.