Controversial CBD

Aly Gad , Reporter

Cannabidoil or CBD has been growing in popularity in the past year, but with popularity comes controversy.

Most people are uninformed about CBD, others are uneasy about the lack of regulation in the industry.

CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinoil, or THC, are the two leading chemicals in marijuana. THC is what gets you high, while CBD has all the positive effects of weed, minus the intoxicating chemicals.

Because of the legal complications with marijuana, the Food and Drug Administration has decided to keep it’s hands off of the CBD industry for the time being.

The most promising effects of CBD are treating epilepsy, treating anxiety, and having anti-inflammatory qualities.

CBD has also been shown to have anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, and antioxidant purposes, as well as being a significant sleep aid.

As of right now, CBD is legal worldwide. Contrary to it’s legality, it is still widely untrusted because of its close resemblance to THC.

As medical marijuana is a common and legal thing that’s being used across the country, there really is no reason not to put an arm and a leg into research for CBD.

If the FDA steps in to help fund research and regulate the manufacturing of CBD, it would be much safer and trustworthy.

Because of the lack of regulation, manufacturers can put whatever they want in CBD and sell it to people with a vague label. A 2017 study shows that nearly 7 of 10 CBD products don’t contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label.

Studies done on CBD also have raised some concern about the oil’s interaction with other prescription drugs.

There has been research done to show that when CBD is given to a patient trying to help cure their seizures, it had strange effects when mixed with the patients prescription seizure medicine they were already taking.

CBD, like any other prescription drug, isn’t something you can take without doing your own research. CBD effects everyone differently, positively and negatively.

Many things have slowed the production of safe, trustworthy CBD oil. In the FDA’s eyes CBD is still a drug, so it cannot be sold as a dietary supplement in food or drinks.

It has been proved that CBD works better when paired with THC, though that’s stil illegal in many states, and overall illegal for patients under the age of 21.

One of the tests with the most promising results are in the schizophrenia field. Last year , test results showed that patients who were given 1,000 mg of cannabidoil in addition to their regular antipsychotic medications experienced fewer hallucinations compared to those on a placebo.

Another successful case was of an 11 year old boy who was dying from severe epilepsy, hadn’t had any seizures for 300 days since being prescribed cannabis oil.

In current news, CBD oil is still barely regulated and untouched by the government. Steps need to be taken in order to properly, and safely, manufacture this life changing medication.