But what about my hemp-derived CBD products?
The best piece of advice for someone considering the use of CBD to help pull them from the trenches of a serious medical condition is to consult with their family physician, oncologist or other specialists to ensure they are not putting their well-being or life at risk.
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Drugs are only completely removed from the market “when its risks outweigh its benefits,” according to the FDA. So, what is deemed safe for public consumption today could end up wreaking havoc on them in the future. Perhaps this is the reason that the latest Gallup poll shows that only 44 percent of the public believes the agency is doing an excellent job. A lot of Americans simply do not trust the FDA to provide them with the truth about medicine.
A study published in 2017 found that nearly a third of all FDA-approved drugs from 2001 to 2010 were later flagged for a safety threat.
Although the FDA is presently gathering data from health professionals, cannabis industry representatives and patients in hopes of learning more about how CBD might be used to combat (or even cure) the various blights to civil society, as for now, “there are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD,” the agency wrote.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
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The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits
Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been recently covered in the media, and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. What exactly is CBD? Why is it suddenly so popular?