As CBD use skyrockets, consumers should know what they don’t know

As CBD use skyrockets, consumers should know what they don’t know

By StoryStudio 02/10/2020 2:26 PM
(BPT) – Before you reach into that jar of CBD gummies, or add some CBD oil to your bath, proceed carefully. Do you really know what’s in that “miracle cure” that you purchased online or at the health store for anxiety or your aching back?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a component of the cannabis plant lacking the “high” associated with marijuana, and right now products claiming to contain CBD are everywhere — from gummies to cocktails, ice cream to hand cream, and more. An estimated 64 million consumers, according to a January 2019 Consumer Reports survey, have tried products containing CBD in the past two years alone.

With widespread marketing that is largely unregulated, CBD purchased online or at stores is often promoted as a one-stop product for a range of potential health benefits, such as relieving stress, soothing aches and pains, reducing inflammation or improving sleep.

Interest in — and access to — CBD increased with the passage of the Farm Bill which removed CBD derived from hemp (a variety of cannabis that contains very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) from the list of controlled substances. Although CBD products are now available online or in many stores, health or medical claims made by the product manufacturers are still subject to regulation by the FDA to ensure consumer safety. Through all the current interest surrounding CBD one critical question remains: Are widely available CBD products safe and effective?
Separating fact from fiction

The contents and dosage of CBD products sold in retail stores or online are often unknown and not consistently, if at all, regulated. To navigate the current environment, consumers first need to understand that not all CBD products are equal:

  • FDA-approved drugs have been studied in a rigorous scientific process, including clinical trials to understand their safety profile and effectiveness for specific medical conditions. Non-FDA approved CBD products are not studied this way and there is no credible scientific evidence backing any medical claims made about these products.
  • To ensure consistency and quality, FDA-approved medications are tested and manufactured to meet strict federal regulations. Testing standards for non-FDA approved CBD products vary by state, with some requiring no testing. Because of the lack of testing standards, these products may not contain what their labels say.
  • Many believe that CBD is natural and therefore safe for general use — this is untrue. As demonstrated in controlled clinical trials, CBD can interact with other medicines or cause side effects. The use of CBD products should be monitored by a health care provider, such as your doctor.
  • Only FDA-approved CBD medicines are dispensed by pharmacies and covered by health insurance.

So, what’s the bottom line for the millions of people currently using CBD products? As the saying goes, the smart consumer is the wise consumer. The FDA approval process is considered by many to be the gold standard in the medical field and was put in place to protect patients. Taking unregulated CBD products that lack scientific evidence can pose health risks, particularly for very sick patients who may be looking for hope in these products, in part, because of unproven health claims.

You deserve to know what you’re taking.

It can be difficult to know if CBD products actually contain what they claim. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that almost 70% of all CBD products sold online did not contain the amount of CBD stated on the label — 42% contained a higher concentration of CBD than the label claimed, and 26% of the products contained less. Twenty percent included enough unlabeled THC to cause intoxication, especially in children. The FDA also evaluated some of these products and found that they did not contain the levels of CBD that they claimed. More studies and regulations are needed to ensure these products are safe for consumer use.

An important moment in the evolution of CBD occurred in June 2018 when the FDA approved Epidiolex® (cannabidiol) oral solution CV, the first prescription CBD medicine. Because it is a prescription, available in pharmacies just like any other FDA-approved medicine, it is legal throughout the entire U.S. when prescribed by a licensed health care professional. It is the only FDA-approved CBD product currently available.

“The approval of Epidiolex is historic not only for the long-awaited relief it provides patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two very difficult-to-treat epilepsies, but also for the parameters it has put in place for how a CBD medicine should be studied to understand its safety profile and efficacy,” said Justin Gover, CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals, plc, the company responsible for Epidiolex. “We hope that this opens the door for further well-controlled clinical studies of CBD in other medical conditions to achieve FDA approval and ensure patients are getting the medicines they deserve.”

To learn more, visit www.StraightFactsCBD.com. Epidiolex safety information can be found at www.Epidiolex.com. This sponsored article is presented by Brandpoint.

(BPT) – Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere, but how can you be sure of what you’re buying? Not all CBD products are created equal — including where they come from and how they are developed, tested, and approved for human use. Visit www.StraightFactsCBD.com to learn more.

(BPT) – Before you reach into that jar of CBD gummies, or add some CBD oil to your bath, proceed carefully. Do you really know what’s in that “miracle cure” that you ordered online for anxiety or purchased at the health store for your aching back?

CBD And Drug Tests

CBD and Drug Tests
Will CBD Lead To A Positive Drug Test?

Concern that CBD will lead to a positive drug test is always on our minds. There has been a growing use of the extract in the U.S. after the federal government approved its use for certain medications.

However, the trend has sparked concerns among Americans about CBD appearing in drug tests and making them test positive for cannabis. But a new study suggests CBD users or those taking medications with the extract may come clean.

CBD has lower amounts of THC, another chemical that gives marijuana its psychological effects and the “high” feeling. In 2018, lawmakers removed a decade-old ban on growing hemp in the country.

Licensed farmers can now grow the cannabis plant but should maintain its THC levels to less than 0.3 percent. Following the government’s decision, many manufacturers started to add CBD to their products, including oils, lotions, coffee and cookies.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently allowed the sale of the drug Epidiolex that contains the cannabis extract to treat seizures. CBD is also known for its effects that could help treat insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain, according to WebMD.

CBD And Drug Tests
To help the public understand how CBD will affect their health and daily life, researchers explored whether the extract would interact with drug screening tests. A new study showed that it is safe to take the drug and not worry about the results of drug tests.

CBD was found not to react to two commercial tests commonly used to detect marijuana use. The findings come from the analysis of cannabis chemicals CBD, CBN, cannabichromene and cannabigerol in urine samples of study participants.

However, researchers noted they used pure CBD for the tests. Many products to date use processed cannabis extracts that may have different effects.
“It would depend on the purity of the product,” said Robert Fitzgerald, a professor at the University of California.

A separate study in 2017 found that seven out of 10 cannabis-based products lack information on CBD amounts on the label. The researchers said a false-positive on a drug test may affect an individual’s work and health care.

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The Endocannabinoid System – All You Need To Know

The Endocannabinoid System – All You Need To Know Like all other mammals, humans have their own Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) inside their body which is responsible for a number of vital processes. In this article, we take a closer look at how our ECS works, and how it is able to interact with marijuana in order to produce positive results on our well-being so that you can have a better understanding of why cannabis can be so beneficial to human health. What Is The Endocannabinoid System? The Endocannabinoid System is actually named after cannabis. This is because cannabinoids – the substances which are found in the cannabis plant – were discovered before the endocannabinoid system was identified. The “cannabinoid” element of the ECS’s name clearly comes from the word “cannabis”, while the “endo” part of the word is an abbreviation of the word “endogenous”. This refers to natural production inside the body. Therefore, the ECS’s name means simply that we have cannabis-like substances occurring naturally inside our own bodies. There are three parts to the ECS. Endocannabinoids Receptors within the nervous system as well as around the body. Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids can bond with these receptors. Enzymes which break down the cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. The ECS isn’t just a natural component of the human body, it’s also a vital one. It is responsible for a number of key processes which help to regulate the way in which our bodies and minds work. Medical science has carried out considerable research into the function of the ECS and there is now plenty of evidence to show just how essential the ECS is to our well-being. Cannabinoids – An Overview Cannabinoids act as a chemical messenger within in the body. There are numerous cannabinoids however all fall within two distinct categories – Exogenous and Endogenous. Exogenous – exogenous cannabinoids originate outside the human body. They are found in the cannabis plant. The two best known are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). When they are consumed, they are able to interact with our endocannabinoid system producing both psychological and physical effects in the body. Endogenous – endogenous cannabinoids originate in the body itself. These are naturally produced by the human body. They interact with the cannabinoid receptors in order to regulate functions such as sleep, pain, appetite and mood. What Are Cannabinoid Receptors? The ECS or endocannabinoid system is a term which refers to a series of receptors in the cells which respond to specific agonists. There are two main cell receptors making up the endocannabinoid system. CB1 (or cannabinoid receptor 1) and CB2 (cannabinoid receptor 2) both respond to cannabinoids to produce a distinct effect in the body. CB1 – the CB1 receptors are distributed through the whole body, however most are found in our spinal cords and brains/ They’re concentrated in parts of the body associated with the behaviors on which they impact like the hypothalamus – essential for regulating appetite, and the amygdala – essential for emotional processing and memory. CB1 receptors are found in the nerve endings too. They act here to reduce pain sensations. CB2 – the CB2 receptors are found in our peripheral nervous system and immune cells. When they are activated they reduce inflammation which occurs in response to medical conditions and diseases. While CB1 receptors are mostly in our central nervous system, CB2 receptors can be most commonly found in our gastrointestinal tract, peripheral nervous system and immune cells. Research has proven that patients who have disorders like chronic pain conditions, arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease have a higher number of endocannabinoids. Also, tumor cells have been shown to have high numbers of cannabinoid receptors. What Are Endocannabinoids? The cannabinoids which are naturally produced in the body are known as endocannabinoids. These are created in the body with fatty acids like Omega-3. There are two major endocannabinoids which are now understood by experts. These are: Anandamide – this was the very first endocannabinoid to be discovered. Its name derives from “Ananda”, a Sanskrit word meaning “bliss.” It’s found in high concentrations around parts of the body which are distant from our brains. 2-AG (2-aeachidonoyl glycerol) – the highest concentrations of this endocannabinoid are found in the human brain. Both of thee endocannabinoids are “short-order” neurotransmitters. This means they can only be synthesized if there is a signal from the body to tell them they’re needed. These endocannabinoids are broken down rapidly by enzymes in the body like Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (known as FAAH) and Monoacylglycerol Lipase (MAGL) after they have been released. These aren’t the only endocannabinoids produced by the human body. Others have been discovered including Virodhamine, N-Arachidonoyl dopamine (or NADA) and Noladin Eth

Source: The Endocannabinoid System – All You Need To Know

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

What is CBD (short for Cannabidiol)?  Do you know?

Cannabidiol is one of many compounds found in cannabis. It is the most widely studied non-psychoactive compound. In order to know how cannabinoids work, it’s important to understand the three different types.  Photocannabinoids – naturally occurring, found in plants, such as cannabis. Endocannabinoids – produced by our bodies on their own. Synthetic cannabinoids – man-made, artificial compounds meant to mimic the effects of CBD and THC.

CBD Awareness

With all the chatter about CBD (the abbreviation for cannabidiol) it’s bound to make the otherwise non-indulgent individual just a bit curious. Along with the growing curiosity comes a lot of misinformation and confusion. Essence of You will help you become better informed about CBD.