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“This is a very hard game of whack-a-mole where these companies set up websites, they promote these free trial offers and then they shut them down and open a new website with a new brand and a new name, all selling these CBD products, pills, and oils,” Oglesby aid.

Taking a free offer to try CBD oil could leave your wallet in pain.

You only get 14 days to cancel but the shipment and charges take a month to show up, which is past the cancellation period.

The offer, of course, isn’t actually free. It’s part of a scam, and it happens right here in Southwest Florida.

Now, there’s a problem. You’ve signed up for a subscription service without even knowing it.

Bryan Oglesby is with the Better Business Bureau and he says many people have tried to shut down these scammers.

CBD oil is supposed to help with things like pain. The issue is that it can be pretty pricey.

With respect to safety and adverse effects, topical products may be safer than ingested ones as the common side effects of somnolence and diarrhea are more common in users ingesting the product. It should be used with caution in patients taking anti-seizure medications. Any patient who is taking multiple medications should be aware of potential for drug-drug interactions and should seek the advice of a knowledgeable pharmacist or physician.

CBD oil is only starting to be robustly studied. Currently PubMed lists only 22 completed clinicals trials of CBD, for a wide range of conditions, such as anxiety, psychosis, movement disorders, PTSD, palliative care uses, substance use disorders, as well as diabetes, Crohn’s, ocular HTN, fatty liver disease, chronic pain. The studies to date have all been small and of low (and very low) quality. Current evidence shows it may provide some relief of anxiety, psychosis, sleep, PTSD, and substance use disorders, but the effect size is small and the results to date are less than overwhelming. Looking forward however, a search of clinicaltrials.gov in October 2019, showed 164 human clinical interventional trials are currently registered and underway for the above listed and many other conditions, most of them for pain or inflammation.

Cannabidiol (CBD): Since December 2018, you have seen it sold in gas stations, shopping mall kiosks, video stores and countless other places. What is behind this CBD explosion, and what are we to think about it?

Uses for CBD

CBD has received FDA approval under the trade name Epidiolex for two less common pediatric seizure disorders (Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastault). Several other studies of CBD have shown laboratory action against pain receptors and have demonstrated potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It works also on pathways related to anxiety and sleep. Two rat studies have shown that topical application of CBD oil over inflamed joints reduced both inflammatory cytokines and pain associated behaviors. For these reasons and for other suspected mechanisms, the sale and marketing of CBD is booming.

THC is a psychoactive substance, which works specifically on CB1 and CB2 receptors and is structurally similar to the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide. It is a Schedule I controlled substance.

Other than the prescription form Epidiolex, CBD is not FDA approved for any clinical uses and is considered a dietary or herbal product. Therefore, there is no regulation of its extraction from hemp nor its formulation into it various forms, which include oils for ingestion (tincture and capsules), topical balms and formulations for vaping. An alarming 2017 study in JAMA showed that only 30% of the CBD preparations available online were accurately labelled as to how much CBD they contained. The other 70% were divided equally between those that were under-labeled and those over-labeled. Even more alarming, however, was that 21% contained THC — many with enough THC to cause a positive urine drug screen for marijuana. The presence of heavy metals and pesticides in less quality preparations have also been noted.

So, while CBD is widely available over the counter, the quality of these unregulated projects is a concern. It is important to know where and how the hemp was raised, if the preparations are tested by an independent lab for consistency of dose and purity from contaminants. Also, considering current epidemic of vaping induced lung injury having some association with THC and CBD oils, vaping or inhaling of CBD should be avoided.

More than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety, according to a survey of 5,000 people. Does it help?

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What is CBD?

CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).

Earlier research found fewer than a third of 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. Some users of CBD have also failed drug tests when the product contained more THC than indicated.

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