Dr. Stan Headley, natural health consultant for Cypress Pharmacy

CBD oil is popping up in everything, from coffee to make-up to dog treats, and available seemingly everywhere, from the grocery store to the street corner. More than 1,500 new CBD products have come to the market in the last three years, according to the National Products Association in Washington, D.C.

Is it any wonder that consumers are confused?

There’s a big difference between CBD as a trend and CBD oil as an important new supplement with positive therapeutic results. Because CBD is currently unregulated, some so-called CBD products have little to no CBD in them.

The Food and Drug Administration evaluated CBD products in 2015 and 2016 and found that 22 out of 24 products did not have the levels of CBD advertised on their label. Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017 showed 70% of CBD products do no match their label. The safety and efficacy of CBD products has become a prevalent concern, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began hearings at the end of May on how to assess CBD products and regulate the industry.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is the ingredient in marijuana and hemp thought to have medicinal benefits. Hemp is a plant that has been used for centuries by many cultures for healing, and unlike marijuana, hemp-derived oil offers a unique ration of cannabinoids that are non-euphoric. In other words, hemp-derived CBD will not make you high. As a result, this form of CBD oil is available over the counter without a medical marijuana card.

The benefits of CBD use relates to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), made up of receptors that act as messengers to give your body specific directions in regulating anxiety, appetite/hunger, depression, immune function, memory, mood, motor control, pain, pleasure and reward, reproduction and fertility, sleep and temperature. Endocannabinoids are the chemical messengers that tell your body to get these processes moving.

If your body does not produce enough endocannabinoids or cannot regulate them properly, you are susceptible to illnesses. External sources like CBD can help to balance and maintain the ECS by binding to receptors, providing therapeutic benefits as well as helping regenerate cells and brain function.

The effects of CBD oil are not instant. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different, and it can take up to several weeks for CBD to work.

The amount of CBD oil in a product will have a direct effect on its efficacy, and the methods used to manufacture CBD oil impact the safety and quality of products you might buy. When used properly, cannabinoids can be as effective as prescription medications with fewer side effects.

Just because something is labeled as containing hemp doesn’t mean it includes CBD oil. Hemp seeds contain extremely low levels of CBD. Hemp seed products can be a great source of nutrition, but they are often inadequate for creating CBD benefits. Look for products that specifically list the level of CBD instead of terms like “hemp concentrate” or “hemp extract.”

Hemp plants are bioaccumulators, which means they pull contaminants found in soil. Plants could be grown with the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizer, therefore it’s key to check that products have been tested for heavy metals, mold, mildew, fungus, yeast, bacteria and other harmful materials.

It’s more important than ever to find a trusted source for high-quality CBD oil. Cypress Pharmacy offers products by Ananda Hemp and PlusCBD Oil, which are tested to ensure quality and consistency. You can get a certificate of analysis on company websites for each product created by a third-party lab that shows active cannabinoids, as well as any chemicals or other ingredients.

Available CBD products include tinctures, gel caps and topical creams, as well as bliss oil to elevate the senses and enhance intimacy. Pet-friendly CBD products are also available.

Still have questions? Cypress Pharmacy will host a free Seminar Saturday on July 13 that dives into the world of CBD. Join us for comprehensive discussions on the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil and how to use it. The free public seminar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at Cypress Pharmacy, 9451 Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers.

About the Author

Dr. Stan Headley is recognized as a leading authority in functional and natural wellness. As Cypress Pharmacy’s natural health consultant, Headley offers nutritional and lifestyle counseling, supplement recommendations, micronutrient testing and educational seminars, emphasizing options for those with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. To learn more, visit www.CypressPharmacy.com or call 239-481-7322.

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