Cannabidoil (CBD), an extract of the hemp plant used for medicinal purposes, has become quite popular. Many associate it with its recreational popular cousin marijuana, but speak to its medical benefits in potentially treating anxiety, movement disorders, pain and epilepsy. What has perplexed the public over the years as interest in CBD has grown is its relative safety. .
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report on CBD, stating that more research is necessary to provide a definitive answer, but reminded the public that it “has approved only one CBD product,” Epidiolex, which is used only to treat those with rare forms of Epilepsy.
The report states further that “CBD has the potential to harm you, and harm can happen even before you become aware of it. CBD can cause liver injury. CBD can affect the metabolism of other drugs.”
Users are warned, however, to be very aware of where they buy CBD products because not all claims are true nor are they safe.
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