Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 American states, and in the District of Columbia. Therefore, patients who are suffering from chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, or several other diseases can try products which contain cannabidiol (CBD), and their condition can seriously improve. However, if they order these products online, they might get fooled.
CBD is the non-psychoactive component present in cannabis, which can be really effective in treating a series of conditions. Since the component doesn’t make patients feel high, it’s perfectly safe to take. However, products containing an extract of the substance are not always what they seem, especially if ordered from the internet.
Most CBD products from the internet are mislabeled
Researchers started a study on such products which people can purchase online, and the results weren’t that positive. The study in question looked at 84 medicine and other products containing CBD extract, commercialized online by 31 companies. From all these, only 31 percent contained the compound in the quantity stated on the label.
The others either had less or more CBD, or other components which weren’t mentioned on the label. Among these others, there was THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the other main component of marijuana which has a psychoactive effect.
A faulty dose of CBD can lead to serious side effects
Therefore, researchers felt the need to warn both medical marijuana producers and consumers about the situation. Those who sell such products need a better control of quality, as well as stronger regulations, so that patients should get the exact amount of CBD they need.
If the dose is faulty, people might not get enough CBD, leading to the medical cannabis being ineffective. However, the other possible situation is even worse. If they get more of the substance than they actually need, they might suffer severe side effects which put their health in danger. This study has been published in the JAMA journal.
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