Over the last couple of months, I have really started to take some interest in CBD oil. I was always kind of skeptical and unaware of what it was, but the more I dug, the more I have started to fall in love with what CBD can do! So I am going to pose a few questions I had and questions different people have asked me, so hopefully you can learn more about it and how it can help you or someone you know.
Q: What is CBD?
A: CBD is the shorthand for cannibidiol. It is a non-intoxicant compound found in the cannabis sativa plant with many therapeutic benefits, with case reports of helping people with chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more.
Q: Is CBD legal?
A: This is a common question and concern. Currently CBD is legal for consumption in 45 states, and legal to purchase in 32 without a prescription. In Texas, it is legal to purchase as long as there is less than 1% of THC in the oil. What makes the legality of CBD confusing is that any cannabis plant is technically illegal under federal law, but many states have legalized marijuana and/or hemp. The majority of CBD oils sold within the US are derived from hemp, which has no psychoactive properties. Currently this a federal vs. state issue, but as long as CBD oil does not cross state lines, it is not a problem in the states where it is legal.
Q: What is the difference between CBD and THC?
A: Both CBD and THC are found in cannabis plants. They are very similar in their chemical makeup, but CBD has no psychoactive properties (aka it cannot get you high). Both have clinically proven benefits and work well together, but many people want the benefit without the high, which is what makes CBD so appealing.
Q: What is CBD good for?
A: Clinical research has shown that CBD has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities. If you suffer from inflammatory diseases, anxiety, headaches, joint issues, and much more, it probably could be beneficial. There are some small side effects, especially if you on other medication, so always make sure you talk with your health-care provider if you are on medication. You can read more about medication interactions here.
The neuro-generative and neuroprotective properties of CBD have also shown to be a good therapy for concussions and TBI, both as preventative and rehabilitative.
Q: Can I pass a drug test while taking CBD?
A: If the company is a reputable source that takes care of their product, in theory yes. However, there can be trace amount of THC within CBD oil that, over a long period of time, may trigger a positive drug test. Reports show you usually have to be taking 1,000 to 2,000 mg daily to have that much (whereas the recommended dosages are usually in the 15-35mg), but it is still a possibility. Topical CBD analgesics do not enter the bloodstream, so if you just use a cream, you are not at risk of failing a drug test.
WADA has just recently moved CBD to an accepted substance, and the NCAA is following suit and is reported to be lifting the ban on CBD. NFL and NBA still have a ban, whereas the MLB and NHL do not test for cannabis.
If you play a sport with a governing body or are drug tested for your sport or work, contact your governing board prior to beginning an ingested CBD regiment. You can also read more about the chemistry behind CBD oils and drug testing here.
Q: How is CBD consumed?
A: There are a few different applications of CBD oil. The first is orally--taking the oil straight. Some people put a few drops under their tongue or you can buy it in capsules (or make your own capsules). You can apply it topically--many are mixed with other types of oils that are good for your skin or analgesics (such as menthol and camphor). Some people also use the oil in a vape pen, especially for problems such as anxiety, although I personally do not recommend inhaling any foreign substance that is not prescribed.
Q: Where can I purchase CBD products? Do I need a medical exemption?
A: Within the state of Texas, as long as the THC content is <1%, you can purchase CBD products without a prescription. Certain brands only sell directly to healthcare providers, such as CBD Clinics. We will begin selling specific CBD products within our office this week, and some are products that the general public cannot directly order. It is important to know where you are buying your CBD products from--both from the producer and the seller. We will be selling products derived from hemp and primarily using companies such as CBD Clinics and Charlotte's Web.
Feel free to ask myself or our clinic any questions you may have on CBD oil and products!