Despite Health Benefits Of CBD, Questions Remain On Safety And Legality

CBD

In a recent article Dr. Ahmed Zayed provided an authoritative breakdown on the benefits and uses of CBD oil.

As far as worldwide consumers are concerned: the most important fact that arises time and again is that there is a clear difference between the strains of cannabis containing THC and CBD.

It is also CBD that is associated with more health benefits and much less adverse effects.

In very traditional communities people still grapple with moral issues – which is understandable, since only a few years ago, blanket bans were in place on cannabis. Therefore, the moral compass guided folks in the direction that taking anything illegal was immoral.

But as research changed the world and knowledge were shared, people also became aware of positive outcomes associated with the use of CBD.

Hence what remains today, are largely questions concerning the safety and legality of CBD.

Legality in different parts of the world

As far as US consumers are concerned, there is still this big question on legality – because many states moved to legalize the use of cannabis, but at a federal level it is not yet approved. Then, there are still countries in the Middle East and Asia where it is completely illegal and users may face heavy penalties.

The result of recent advancement in legislation as described here has led to a booming international market for CBD related products and a moderately accelerating home market in the US.

Where do we stand on safety?

Where do we Stand

There is no doubt millions of people who are now using CBD products to fight back against the symptoms of various diseases.

Online retailers in the US are literally listing close to a hundred product variants of CBD products. To date, there has been remarkably little complaints and safety concerns.

On the contrary: more people coming forward reporting positive results that backs prominent research on CBD.[1]

Until such time more research demonstrates the contrary or patient reports become less positive, it would seem that products that strictly contain CBD, without THC and other substances, are gaining a reputation for being safe.

However, there is some additional guidance that will help you stay on the safe side when using CBD:

The value of a Doctors’ recommendation

Firstly: You should ask a Doctor familiar with the use of CBD oil and related products – who is also familiar with your health condition.

Not only will they know if you’re on the right track, but they will also be in a position to make a specific recommendation of a trusted CBD brand that does not contain undesirable substances.

Following this, it is up to the patient not to deviate and try to find cheaper look-alike products.

Awareness of local CBD retailers and issues in the market

Awareness

Secondly, you should know that recently, in the state of Florida, health inspectors raided a local retailer (not an online CBD dealer) who had CBD on display in their shelves.

The products were tested and found to contain other unlawful substances, in addition to CBD. By being aware of such issues in your area – and by not deviating from the Doctors’ advice, such products can be avoided altogether.

Dose according to the purpose

Thirdly, always dose according to purpose, as guided by a medical professional.

Your Doctor will help you understand what dosage is required.

Where it is consumed for medical purposes and not for recreation, it is essential not to play around with the dosage size on your own So do not deviate.

The following is by no means a guideline you should follow, but rather an overview of the information available to date: Examples of common dosage sizes with CBD include chronic pain, administered at 2.5-20mg for up to 1 month.

For epilepsy, between 200 and 300mg is administered for 4.5 months. With Huntington’s disease and related movement problems, patients take 10mg/kg for 6 weeks. With insomnia and other sleep disorders, they consume 40-160mg. In cases of MS (Multiple sclerosis), patients typically take a more adverse combination of 2.5-120mg THC-CBD for less than 15 weeks.

Be safe on the road

Safe

Perhaps the most important side-effect to be aware of is drowsiness which affect your ability to drive after consumption. This is not only for your own safety but also for that of others, so this is critical. Since each product is absorbed differently – and come in different dosages, some will render you unable to drive for longer.

Typically, fast-acting CBD capsules, as well as oils, may only affect you for up to 30 minutes, with CBD edibles affecting you for up to an hour.

On the other hand, topicals that are applied to the skin may affect you for as little as 10 minutes. Just because it is lawful to consume CBD in some states, it does not mean it is lawful to drive “under the influence” – much like with alcohol and prescription medication.

Conclusion

To stay legal means that you understand the law in each country or state that you travel to and not traveling with CBD in your possession to a different location.

To stay safe means that you do not self-administer without asking your Doctor. It also means following various other guidelines including road safety and dosage limits according to the purpose for which CBD is consumed.

With any form of consumption, being considerate to others is important. If you use CBD vape for example, always ask others around you if they are at ease with your actions.

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This Article Has Been Published on September 7, 2018 and Last Modified on October 4, 2018

Adriaan Brits is a key influencer in the health sector. He owns Healthy New Age Magazine and helps medical professionals and the public connect on key issues that are often overlooked by governments around the world. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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