Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
Elon Musk usually seems quite sure of himself but had plenty of questions after the business magnate doubted the efficacy of “overhyped” CBD and Joe Rogan provided a defence of the cannabinoid’s reported benefits.
Appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience last week, Musk questioned whether or not CBD was “fake” in terms of claims about what it can do, according to Marijuana Moment.
To be fair, claims have been made about CBD’s curing abilities that have run the gamut from inflammation to cancer. “Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not,” notes a 2018 blog post by Harvard Medical School.
“We need more research but CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain,” wrote Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician who teaches medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that it “acknowledges the significant interest in [CBD’s] possibilities,” but notes some companies are marketing products in breach of current rules and in ways “that may put the health and safety of consumers at risk.”
To Musk’s suggestion that CBD “doesn’t do anything,” Rogan responded that it helps with inflammation and that not that much has to be taken to notice a positive impact.
“CBD works great for people with arthritis and people with sore muscles and things like that,” he said, according to Marijuana Moment. “CBD definitely works for that, but as far as like psychoactive effects, not much. It relieves anxiety for people,” he noted.
Further, the cannabinoid can help people with sleeping and “doesn’t get you high,” he said, adding that a cream with a mix of CBD and THC can also work for some people with muscle soreness, the publication reports.
Musk asked if people using creams and lotions “smell like weed all day,” to which Rogan noted that some may, but most don’t.