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While cannabis (marijuana) remains a federal DEA Schedule 1 controlled substance, research has resulted in development and marketing of medications which are synthetic prescription cannabinoid products.
Cities, municipalities, employers, landlords, and universities may have special policies about the use of marijuana. Use on any federal land, national park or monument is illegal. Be sure to check all rules before use.
What happens if I overdose?
Long term effects of heavy use can include:
In June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD) from GW Pharmaceuticals. Epidiolex is an oral solution for patients two years and older to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome — two severe forms of seizures that begin in childhood.
Epidiolex is the first FDA-approved treatment in the U.S. that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana and the first treatment for Dravet syndrome. In April 2020 the DEA notified the manufacturer GW Pharma that it no longer considers Epidiolex a controlled substance (was previously a C-V controlled substance) under the Federal Controlled Substance Act.
Effects of cannabis (marijuana) include:
There are also studies of oral, topical, and inhaled CBD for use in many other conditions including: dystonia (movement disorder), Fragile X syndrome (rare genetic disorder), graft-versus-host disease (bone marrow transplant rejection), multiple sclerosis (MS), opioid withdrawal, schizophrenia, and smoking cessation. CBD is also used to alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms, but there are some studies that advise against it.
There are many other medicines that should not be taken with CBD. Doing so may increase the effects of those medicines. As an example, taking CBD with medicines that cause drowsiness may cause the person to be even more sleepy.
Types of CBD
Many studies of CBD, including its side effects, are in their early stages. Most people tolerate CBD well.
The body also produces natural cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids act on cannabinoid receptors.
As stated above, CBD is in a class of chemicals called cannabinoids. Because it comes from a plant, it is called a phytocannabinoid.