Can CBD Oil Cause Toxicity Or Damage?
As research continues to explore the vast potential of CBD for treating a multitude of medical and psychological conditions, many parents still wonder if CBD oil might be a safer alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for their ailing kids. Is CBD oil really safe for children? In most cases, it’s perfectly safe. The plant is derived from the same medicinal plant as THC – which is by far the most common psychoactive substance found in marijuana. Since CBD doesn’t produce the same powerful and immediate “high” that the psychoactive substance does, there’s no danger in using it in place of a prescription ADHD medication like Ritalin for children with ADHD.
CBD is only the second most highly concentrated component of the cannabis plant, behind THC, the primary chemical responsible for the plant’s sedative and stimulant effects. It is, however, three times more concentrated than a single dose of the pharmaceutical drug epidiolex. While CBD is believed to have similar health benefits as THC, including the reduction of seizure disorders among children and possibly improving mood, body fat and appetite control, clinical research shows that the health risks outweigh the rewards.
To date, the FDA has not approved any pharmaceutical product containing CBD. However, research shows that some people may benefit from lower doses of CBD. For people with certain medical conditions such as MS, epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, and other serious illnesses, it may be necessary to use higher doses of CBD than would be administered to others. For people taking certain medications and/or whose immune systems are compromised, it is best to avoid any type of CBD intake. If you have any questions about whether or not your dosage is appropriate, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or pharmacist and discuss the possible implications of taking CBD.
CBD-only oil has the same properties as a standard oil. The major difference lies in the amount of cannabidiol contained within the compound, which is significantly lower than that found in tetrahydrocannabinoids, or THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana. The CBD in these oils is believed to have less psychotropic (emotional) activity than THC. However, research indicates that long-term exposure to the psychoactive CBD can result in a withdrawal syndrome, which may resemble those experienced when using marijuana. Long-term users of CBD may display signs of paranoia and agitation, which may lead to mistakes during crucial drug administration, causing serious accidents.
Because of the lack of research showing whether or not CBD can interact with other drugs or medications, and because of its potential for abuse, sellers and retailers of CBD-only products are cautioned against relying solely on the safety of CBD as a recreational “energy” product. Some consumers have reported experiencing severe stomach problems and sleep disorders after drinking CBD-only beverages, although there is currently no evidence linking the CBD with these symptoms. In fact, most medical experts agree that there are no serious or debilitating side effects associated with consuming CBD, although this remains a subject for further study.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, has advised against the use of CBD as an unlicensed, unregulated supplement, citing the lack of rigorous, peer-reviewed research regarding the health benefits, potential side effects, or any adverse interactions between CBD and other medications or supplements. Despite this advice, there are many stores in Canada that sell oils that claim to contain only CBD, whereas most retailers in the United States and Europe sell both standardized cannabis and CBD. Therefore, when deciding on a CBD-only product, it is important to make sure that the oil contains only natural, therapeutic-grade cannabidiol.