Medical experts are saying “Buyer Beware” over a trendy, but unregulated treatment for pain.
CBD products are exploding in popularity, and you can now find them in many tobacco shops and stand-alone ‘CBD stores.’
The non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana is being marketed all over in products like oils, creams and edibles.
Advocates praise Cannabidiol, or CBD as a treatment for pain, inflammation, anxiety, and epilepsy.
Steve Dye says he used to have a hard time sleeping before he started using CBD.
“I would just get up in the middle of the night, unable to go back to sleep,” said Dye. “It (CBD) helps me sleep, it relieves all anxiety.”
CBD products have little to no THC, the compound in marijuana that gets you high.
Doctors say the concern is that many CBD products on the shelves of stores like tobacco shops are not regulated by the FDA.
“They are supposed to have less than 0.3 in terms of its percentage of THC,” said Dr. Sunil Joshi with the Duval County Medical Society Foundation. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the case.”
While Dr. Joshi believes there’s potentially medicinal value in CBD, consumers should have a “buyer beware” mentality.
“You have to ask a lot of questions, see how you feel after you use a particular product,” he said. “If anything’s going on from a mental standpoint, you might want to question how much of the drug is really in there.”
Florida poison control centers treated 29 people because of CBD products last year. Four of those patients were in local counties.
© 2020 Cox Media Group