To CBD or Not To CBD: that is the question

Jun 12 2019

To CBD or Not To CBD: that is the question

CBD shops are popping up like weeds (see what we did there) across the country. People all over the United States are ready to quit popping prescription pills that mask pain, anxiety and other ailments without delivering lasting improvements. Thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD extracted from pure hemp is legal for use in the States. CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant without THC.

While any substance can lend itself to abuse, a 2017 study from the World Health Organization claims: “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

But is CBD for you? Read on for a CBD FAQ and Talk to Your Doctor: CBD or Not CBD

CBD FAQ

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in cannabis plants. Unlike the other major cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means the user is unlikely to get “high”.

Do you get high from taking CBD?

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid: it does not produce a high like marijuana (THC).

Is CBD Legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC) in the United States and removed various derivatives of hemp, including CBD, from the purview of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Controlled Substances Act.

Does CBD interact with other medications?

Consult your health provider prior to taking CBD. CBD may impact the metabolization process of certain medications.

Can CBD convert to THC in a person’s stomach, thereby causing a “high”?

The World Health Organization studied CBD in 2017 and stated: “Simulated gastric fluid does not exactly replicate physiological conditions in the stomach [and] spontaneous conversation of CBD to delta-9-THC has not been demonstrated in humans undergoing CBD treatment.”

Do drug tests look for CBD?

Drug tests look for THC, not specifically for CBD. Even if the amount of THC is very small as in CBD (which does not allow for a presence of THC higher than 0.3%), a drug test failure can occur. Caution must be taken with drug tests and CBD.

Interesting…But CBD, is it for me?

Before trying CBD, check in with your Doctor to make sure that you use CBD in a way that works best for your mind and body. It’s likely that your Doctor is aware of the growth of CBD as a popular supplement. Ask your Doctor about CBD to and if it’s appropriate to integrate CBD into your healthy lifestyle.

Talk to Your Doctor: CBD or Not CBD

1-Never Mind the Stigma

Doctors are well-educated in a wide array of treatments: their job is to support you on your journey to a healthier life. If you believe that CBD could improve your mental or physical health, never mind the stigma and start the conversation with your Doctor. Doctors are not there to judge you.

2-Be Prepared

Research CBD and how it’s been used to support the specific health concerns you have. Detail the health concerns you hope to address by taking CBD. Share how each concern impacts your daily life. Your doctor should appreciate this direct approach and may better support your needs by making suggestions for how you may improve your health (CBD or not).

3-Ask About CBD Drug Interactions

If you take medication of any kind, it is essential to ask your Doctor how it may interact with CBD.

4-Be Prepared (for your Doctor to say: don’t do it)

CBD is a recent phenomenon, but its administration is still so similar to substances you’ve left behind. It may be too soon in your recovery for CBD, but it’s worth doing the research and talking to your Doctor about it.

References

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf