CBD: Controversy and Necessity
I recently read an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Rita Rubin MA regarding CBD and the controversy surrounding its use.
This article discussed the current debates surrounding this very powerful and safe herb.
Read my thoughts from a medical doctor’s perspective as I summarize the research.
Because CBD was lumped in with THC (marijuana) when the drug laws of the 1970s took place, it has remained out of reach of most providers and patients. Only now can people take this herb and benefit from it; although for thousands of years its benefits for the body and overall wellness have been known.
In fact, the article I read mentions that CBD had surpassed turmeric in 2018 as the most sold supplement in the USA.
The only real two controversies with CBD are the following:
- At this time, the public sometimes buys products that are not actually CBD derived from industrial hemp plants. That is, there are counterfeits on the market or mislabeled products.
- And secondly, some companies and individuals make medical claims about CBD that the FDA frowns upon.
As a major phytocannabinoid, CBD is considered to have a wide scope of potential medical application. Coupled with it’s lack of side effects, particularly the lack of psychoactivity and non interference with psychomotor learning and psychological factors, CBD has the potential to:
CBD has been shown in various clinical trials to have few if any, harmful side effects – especially when compared to pharmaceuticals developed to address conditions CBD was being tested for.
This is an enormous amount of CBD to take in one sitting – especially in isolate form, which means that it was pure CBD, undiluted by other terpenes and cannabinoid extractions found in the industrial hemp plant. In my opinion, the side-effects of this particular trial cannot be attached to full or broad-spectrum hemp oils that happen to have CBD.
Learn more about how CBD interacts with your body to exert its anti-inflammatory and balancing effects by reading our blog: What is CBD?
It is also worth keeping in mind that anti-inflammatory medications and Tylenol also cause elevations in liver enzymes – and these are over-the-counter medications, easily accessible to the public.
What is true for sure is that CBD is processed by certain enzymes in the liver. If you are taking other medications processed by the same enzymes, you should take care and seek the advice of your physician before adding CBD into the mix.
That being said, it takes a very large dose for the liver to be overwhelmed. The participants with the most elevation of liver enzymes were typically on other liver-metabolized seizure medications.
At this time, as with all supplements and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, it is up to the consumer to determine dosage amount, risk, and other factors related to consumption. Recent studies have shown that many vitamins and supplements are not actually what they are labeled to be – and many CBD products are no exception.
A California testing company recently tested products on the market and found that only 3 of 20 were what they were supposed to be. Therefore, it is important that the product be made in an FDA-registered factory and be tested at an FDA-certified testing facility. The regulatory environment around CBD/hemp is very robust and it is almost impossible to produce THC or put out a false product when the rules are followed. Usually, CBD bought at gas stations and inexpensive CBD is not what it is supposed to be. Making quality CBD and testing it is very cost-prohibitive.
As with all supplements, the FDA takes action against false claims. Most of the complaints around CBD stem from companies stating that their products can cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, and other maladies.
At this time there are thousands of articles and research studies showing the very strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, pro-immunotherapeutic and other beneficial aspects of this herb; however, making a claim about a disease is not allowed unless one has finished the $50 – $100 million FDA process to do so.
It is up to the companies to change the labeling and marketing to make sure that this natural medicine remains available to the public.
The NIH has recently awarded $3 million in grants to study the effects of CBD. However, the real money for studies will need to come from the public and/or corporations.
Right now, the FDA is exerting control of this natural medicine by way of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. Because Epidiolex captured an FDA-approval for its isolate of CBD, the FDA feels that CBD cannot also be a supplement.
In other words, if a company secures FDA approval for a natural product, then it is no longer considered natural by the FDA. The FDA does not want any company mixing CBD with food (although this is rampant in California and other states) or stating it is a ‘dietary supplement’.
It is legal to produce CBD for consumption for persons as a support for inflammation, oxidation and other symptoms – which is what I offer on our Well Theory site
When purchasing and using CBD products, you should keep a couple of things in mind: you should not take large doses, and you should buy it from a reputable source that has proof of testing from a 3rd party lab. While CBD is not going to cure any disease; it will support the body’s endocannabinoid system and improve a lot of uncomfortable symptoms.
Each of our Well Theory products is FDA-registered and has been tested in a 3rd party lab for your peace of mind. For steady + natural results, choose Well Theory and start living well today.
Dr. Meredith Warner
About the author
Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran. She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.
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