Cannabidiol (CBD): Since December 2018, you have seen it sold in gas stations, shopping mall kiosks, video stores and countless other places. What is behind this CBD explosion, and what are we to think about it?
With respect to safety and adverse effects, topical products may be safer than ingested ones as the common side effects of somnolence and diarrhea are more common in users ingesting the product. It should be used with caution in patients taking anti-seizure medications. Any patient who is taking multiple medications should be aware of potential for drug-drug interactions and should seek the advice of a knowledgeable pharmacist or physician.
What is hemp? How is it different from marijuana?
CBD oil is only starting to be robustly studied. Currently PubMed lists only 22 completed clinicals trials of CBD, for a wide range of conditions, such as anxiety, psychosis, movement disorders, PTSD, palliative care uses, substance use disorders, as well as diabetes, Crohn’s, ocular HTN, fatty liver disease, chronic pain. The studies to date have all been small and of low (and very low) quality. Current evidence shows it may provide some relief of anxiety, psychosis, sleep, PTSD, and substance use disorders, but the effect size is small and the results to date are less than overwhelming. Looking forward however, a search of clinicaltrials.gov in October 2019, showed 164 human clinical interventional trials are currently registered and underway for the above listed and many other conditions, most of them for pain or inflammation.
Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill by a wide majority across party lines and, in December 2018, President Trump signed this bill into Law. This bill removed hemp and hemp products containing less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as well as CBD that is derived from such hemp from Schedule I classification. Prior to that, in December 2017, a proclamation from WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, “In its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” These two events have contributed to a surge of retail sales of CBD related products.
THC is a psychoactive substance, which works specifically on CB1 and CB2 receptors and is structurally similar to the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide. It is a Schedule I controlled substance.
Bryan Oglesby is with the Better Business Bureau and he says many people have tried to shut down these scammers.
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The offer, of course, isn’t actually free. It’s part of a scam, and it happens right here in Southwest Florida.
You only get 14 days to cancel but the shipment and charges take a month to show up, which is past the cancellation period.
“This is a very hard game of whack-a-mole where these companies set up websites, they promote these free trial offers and then they shut them down and open a new website with a new brand and a new name, all selling these CBD products, pills, and oils,” Oglesby aid.
CBD oil is supposed to help with things like pain. The issue is that it can be pretty pricey.
To get your free sample you are asked to give your credit card number to cover shipping costs. Usually, shipping is just a few bucks. But, then you discover that they are signing you up for a trial membership.