Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and CBD oil containing products have become the new “thing” that people claim can help with all types of ailments from seizures to sleeplessness, anxiety, inflammation and many more.
All medications in the US, whether they are found in a pharmacy, a discount store, or the medicine aisle of your local grocery store, are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications. Unfortunately, since CBD oils and CBD oil containing products are not considered medications, they are not federally regulated; just like dietary supplements, homeopathic agents, and herbal products. And, since they are not federally regulated, they have no requirements for quality, efficacy and even safety. There is also the potential of possible contamination during the growing, production, packaging, labeling or even storing and shipping process that adds an additional layer of concern.
Even though CBD oil is marketed as legal, in reality it is not that simple. Since CBD oil can be extracted from either the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, their legal status is usually questionable. Hemp derived oils are currently legal in most states since they claim not to contain THC (the chemical that makes marijuana illegal) and thus does not cause the “high”. Marijuana derived oils are usually only legal in some states where other marijuana containing products are also legal.
Since there is not yet enough scientific evidence to justify their effectiveness or safety, it is essential that proper precautions are taken when purchasing CBD oil or any other CBD containing product and that any adverse effects are reported immediately. It is also important to discuss their use with your physician since there is a possibility that they can cause adverse reactions when mixed with certain medications. If you or someone you know has an adverse reaction to a CBD oil or CBD containing product, please do not hesitate to contact the Texas Poison Center Network for help at 1-800-222-1222. They have certified nurses and pharmacists answering the phones 24/7 to help with any question or poison emergency.
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