I believe, the more you know, the better your wellness decisions will be. CBD oil and its possible benefits have created quite a buzz these days. People stop by the pharmacy several times a day with questions about CBD oil, so I wanted to share some of my research on the topic. After careful consideration and a visit to the Founder's Hemp facility in Asheboro, NC, Wellness Pharmacy is pleased to sell one of their products, Historical Remedy Hemp Flower Extract. This 250mg CBD tincture is available in either the original (without flavor) oil or with orange flavoring. Especially important to me; Historical Remedy provides Wellness Pharmacy a certificate analysis with every batch.
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of the hundreds of compounds found in the plant Cannabis sativa. CBD products are produced for many reasons.
Some people are using CBD oil to help mediate cancer, reduce anxiety, nausea or vomiting, and minimize seizures, pain, and inflammation. Some research shows it can even help improve mood. *It is important to note that the FDA does not approve CBD products for use as a drug product to treat or cure disease. However, initial testing, studies, and patient testimonials have been positive. For more information on the use of CBD click here.
CBD can be found in various products such as oils to ingest, oils to inhale and even face creams and shampoos.
You may know the plant, Cannabis sativa by such names as Hemp, Hashish, Marijuana, Weed, Mary Jane, Pot, Grass, and Herb, to name a few. CBD and THC are two common components of the plant, and their concentrations can vary from strain to strain of the plant. It is this variation in concentration for each compound in the plants that can make the final products unique. CBD oil producers use plants that are low in THC levels and higher in CBD. Limiting the THC concentration in a strain of the plant can result in a compound with no psychoactive or “high” effects.
In the United States, farming of Cannabis sativa is restricted to investigational or research use only (in other words, we cannot grow a plant in our backyard and produce CBD oil). If Cannabinoids or other Cannabis products come from Hemp grown by a US permitted farmer and processor under Section 7606 of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill and the appropriate state program implementing it, then it is legal. But, if not, then under the US DEA's position, it is not. CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC is legal. Because CBD is extracted from the flowers of Cannabis sativa by a variety of methods, the final concentrations of these compounds may vary, and independent lab testing is needed to verify or prove that the product is accurately described. CBD is a highly scrutinized substance in the US, and the FDA has seized products that claim to be CBD oil, but do not, in fact, contain CBD in the “CBD oil,” or the CBD oil contains levels of THC higher than allowed by law. There are studies underway evaluating the best ways to produce CBD products with consistent and measurable levels of CBD and THC, which are clinically reproducible. To learn more about those studies, click here.
CBD is often confused with THC, as both components are derived from the same plant. Consumers can buy hemp products, (a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species) and it is legal to possess parts of the plant, such as the hulled seeds or hemp oil, as these have acceptable low levels of THC. THC contains psychoactive properties (the ingredient associated with “getting high”).
CBD does not have psychoactive properties and is known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive activities. CBD and THC both interact in the body thru the “endocannabinoid system,” a signaling system in the body with effects on pain, appetite, mood, memory, immune response, sleep and cell lifecycle. THC has a high affinity for cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor. Activation of this receptor causes a feeling of happiness or pleasure, and the effects associated with THC or “feeling high”. CBD, on the other hand, has a zero to low affinity for CB1. In fact, it may block the action of THC at the receptor and is showing possible benefits for a person trying to stop using THC or Marijuana. Click here to read recent studies on THC
Side effects from CBD appear to be minimal or self-limiting; however, drug interactions are not yet well known. Further studies have indicated a possibility of decreased fertility in men. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129319).
Wellness Pharmacy carries CBD oil made by companies using the finest plant ingredients in their products. I encourage my patients to discuss the use of CBD oil with their healthcare provider before taking the product.
More information regarding CBD oil and its use can be found online in published journals and through PubMed, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/.
Additionally, more research can be found popping up all around the country as some universities have begun to offer medicinal plant degree programs, such as Northern Michigan University. https://www.nmu.edu/chemistry/why-medicinal-plant-chemistry
Please share your thoughts on the use of CBD oil below, we would love to learn more about your experiences.