Last October, a New York Times headline asked a question many people across the country have had on their minds: “Why Is CBD Everywhere?” CBD oil, scientifically known as cannabidiol oil, has been heavily marketed as a cure-all for everything from inflammation and chronic pain to anxiety and insomnia. For people with bleeding disorders, CBD oil may seem appealing to try. But what is it exactly, and how much evidence is there that it actually works?
In most states, CBD is legal as long as it is extracted from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant and it contains no THC (the 2018 federal farm bill legalized cultivation of hemp). You can check the laws in your state at the website of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
What is CBD oil?
Little research has been done into the health effects of CBD. However, more studies are underway, and health agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization agree more research is needed. In the US, just one prescription drug has been approved that contains CBD as its active ingredient: Epidiolex, which reduces seizures in people with two rare forms of epilepsy.
More broadly, general safety is a gray area when it comes to CBD oil. Production of CBD oil products is unregulated, so it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re getting. The US Food and Drug Administration tested several brands of CBD oil and says that “many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain.” Other research has found some CBD products contained levels of THC that could cause intoxication. In an exhaustive report on CBD oil, Consumer Reports magazine says it may be safer to buy CBD in states where medical and recreational use of cannabis is legal, as standards are likely to be stricter in these locations. Another tip is to look for CBD from producers who post the results of third-party testing of their products.
Unlike THC, CBD does not get you “stoned.” Some report that CBD’s effects include both physical and mental relaxation, reduced soreness and inflammation, and improved focus. However, some users say they don’t feel anything.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many active ingredients derived from the plant species Cannabis sativa. There are several strains of the Cannabis sativa plant, with the two most common being marijuana and hemp. Industrial hemp has a high percentage of the phytocannabinoid CBD and a very low concentration (less than 0.3%) of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive, mood-altering component associated with the “high” of marijuana. CBD is not associated with psychoactive effects and does not have the same risk of abuse or dependency. CBD is growing in popularity and was most recently approved by the FDA for very specific medical uses.
A growing body of evidence suggests that CBD has properties that can improve overall health and manage specific conditions. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which may be beneficial for arthritis and other pain. It is also shown to have effects on brain chemistry, which may be helpful for those suffering from depression, anxiety, or insomnia. Finally, early human studies suggest CBD could play a role in treating opioid addiction and other types of substance abuse.
The most common side effects reported with the use of CBD include appetite alteration, sleepiness, gastrointestinal disturbances/diarrhea, weight changes, fatigue, and nausea. Uncommon or rare adverse events include thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets), respiratory infections, and alteration of the liver enzymes.
On June 25, 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol), a highly purified pharmaceutical CBD formulation, as a treatment for seizures associated with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in patients aged 2 years and older. Epidolex is the first FDA-approved treatment for Dravet and is considered a significant advancement for this patient population. The exact mechanism of action for the treatment of seizure is unknown.
In December 2018, the Hemp Farming Act was signed into law in the United States. This act removed the Schedule I controlled-substance classification from hemp (THC less than 0.3%) and classified it as an agricultural product. CBD products derived from the industrial hemp plant are now available in all 50 states in many different formulations, and they are touted to treat a wide range of conditions from pain and inflammation to depression and epilepsy. CBD is available in oil, tincture, vaporization liquid, and pill forms and can be purchased both in stores and online. The Hemp Farming Act does not apply to products and formulations derived from the marijuana plant, which is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government.
I regularly take.cbd oil it does not reduce my platelets I just find it helps with bone pain and sleep and anxiety, been taking it for years
Firstly, what is CBD oil? and 15 is mighty low and dangerous. You could bleed out if you get a cut.
Thanks. I suffer from fibromyalgia and severe depression/ anxiety. Was using it for that. My platelets have been good for months then 6 weeks ago labs were 224. Being in CBD 1 month they dropped to 15.
Hi, I think you should check with your doctor what might be the cause of such a massive drop in your platelets. If hemp oil was the cause we would all be taking it.
Sorry for my confusion with Guys but advice remains the same. Whatever is causing it, your platelets are dangerously low and you risk a catastrophic bleed.