Cannabidiol for Oral Health: A New Promising Therapeutical Tool in Dentistry

Int J Mol Sci. 2023 Jun 2;24(11):9693. doi: 10.3390/ijms24119693.


The medical use of cannabis has a very long history. Although many substances called cannabinoids are present in cannabis, Δ9tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) are the three main cannabinoids that are most present and described. CBD itself is not responsible for the psychotropic effects of cannabis, since it does not produce the typical behavioral effects associated with the consumption of this drug. CBD has recently gained growing attention in modern society and seems to be increasingly explored in dentistry. Several subjective findings suggest some therapeutic effects of CBD that are strongly supported by research evidence. However, there is a plethora of data regarding CBD's mechanism of action and therapeutic potential, which are in many cases contradictory. We will first provide an overview of the scientific evidence on the molecular mechanism of CBD's action. Furthermore, we will map the recent developments regarding the possible oral benefits of CBD. In summary, we will highlight CBD's promising biological features for its application in dentistry, despite exiting patents that suggest the current compositions for oral care as the main interest of the industry.

Keywords: CBD; cannabinoids; dental medicine; patents; pharmacology; plants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cannabidiol* / pharmacology
  • Cannabidiol* / therapeutic use
  • Cannabinoids* / pharmacology
  • Cannabinoids* / therapeutic use
  • Cannabinol
  • Cannabis*
  • Dentistry
  • Dronabinol
  • Hallucinogens*
  • Oral Health


  • Cannabidiol
  • Dronabinol
  • Cannabinoids
  • Cannabinol
  • Hallucinogens

Grants and funding

This research received no external funding.