10 Things to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking CBD

Mell Green
Written by Mell Green

CBD is booming in the medical sector, and with the continued approval of several FDA regulated CBD-based medications, doctors can now discuss options for prescribing CBD to their patients, as opposed to OTC’s. However, as it may be natural, CBD still interacts with your body and mind. If you’re thinking about obtaining medical CBD, you should ask your doctor these few questions beforehand.

  1. Is CBD legal to use medically?

The legality of purchasing and consuming cannabis’ CBD depends on where you live. However, your doctor should know the current state CBD laws and will be able to tell you where CBD is legal to use.

  1. What is the recommended method of consumption?

Whether applied topically, sublingually, or orally, like CBD edibles, a doctor can take your condition into consideration and enlighten you on the most effective methods of medical CBD consumption.

  1. Will CBD interfere with daily duties and/or other medications?

CBD may cause adverse interactions with other drugs, as it inhibits the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver, which are tasked with metabolizing drugs. To avoid unwelcoming side effects, or something more fatal, be transparent with your doctor about any current medications you’re taking.

  1. How do I determine the correct dosage of medical-grade CBD?

Everybody is different and, thus, will metabolize CBD differently. This may make dosing difficult but asking your doctor will help you learn more about your tolerance levels and how much CBD you actually need in order to experience relief.

  1. Can you tell me about its composition and where it comes from?

Not all CBD is not the same. A healthcare professional who specializes in writing recommendations for CBD patients will possess exceptional knowledge on the safety, quality, and potency of the product and guide you to medical-grade CBD, free of hazardous chemicals.

  1. Will CBD get me high?

CBD is commonly associated with high feeling psychoactive THC typically gives, but it’s legally mandated to contain less than 0.03% THC. Therefore, your doctor will tell you that you will not experience a high taking CBD.

  1. What’s the concentration of CBD in the product?

Concentrations of CBD products vary but usually, contain between 250 mg. to 1,000 mg. per fluid ounce to start. Unlike other inferior products, unverified and unregulated, the purity of medical CBD can be accurately verified by your doctor in a trustworthy manner.

  1. Does CBD cause any negative side effects or allergic reactions?

The effects of CBD are generally safe for all. The core product, hemp, is considered safe for consumption, as it typically does not cause any side effects. With that being said, your doctor will offer you options that won’t be detrimental to your health in any way.

  1. Will CBD show up in a drug test?

CBD contains low levels THC, so a person won’t be detected in a drug test. On the contrary, it’s believed that extremely high quantities could possibly trigger a test, however, a medical CBD prescription should overrule this without resulting in any negative consequences.

  1. What can CBD oil help with?

Research is in the preliminary stages, but CBD has addressed a number of conditions including but not limited to appetite loss, epilepsy, inflammation, insomnia, mood disorders, and chronic pain. Discuss your health condition with your doctor to help determine how medical CBD can help.

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About the author

Mell Green

Mell Green

Mell is a published writer and advocate of the legal cannabis movement who’s dedicated to all things wellness. You can catch her work in a number of publications including Plant People, Cannabis.info, and the Weed Blog. She’s a proud volunteer of the National Hemp Association and enjoys consuming cannabis medicinally and recreationally.

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