(WKRG/ CBS News) — Breanna Arrington spends her life being active. She is an actor and a personal trainer, so when she recently injured a muscle in her hip, it was a major setback.
“An injury will not only not allow me to do my job, but also… some of me dies,” said Arrington.
Physical therapy did not help, so a few months ago she turned to massages using cream infused with CBD, and she quickly saw results.
“I’m here twice a month, and I’m back to doing the things that I love to do,” said Arrington.
The compound is derived from cannabis but does not contain THC, the chemical that creates the sensation of being “high”. Advocates believe it may be the answer for all kinds of health problems.
“CBD is great for relieving inflammation and pain, and it’s also good for relaxation and reduction of anxiety and stress,” said Demetri Travlos, a massage therapist at Chillhouse.
CBD is popping up in drinks, snacks and cosmetics, but experts say it is happening faster than science can keep up. “We are still at the beginning of trying to understand what CBD does in the body,” said Dr. Margaret Haney, a researcher at Columbia University Medical Center.
Haney is recognized internationally for her research on cannabis, but while she is excited about CBD’s potential, she insists right now there is little evidence to support its medical claims.
“We don’t know as scientists if it gets absorbed, how it’s acting, what dose one needs, so there are so many unanswered questions,” said Haney. “I need placebo-controlled evidence to be convinced.”
Arrington believes the results she has seen are convincing enough. “It works great for me,” she said. “If I feel better I’m going to take that as a win.”
Products made with CBD are not currently regulated by the FDA.
A quick Internet search shows CBD massages are available in Mobile and Pensacola.