(This is the transcript from WCBM Radio Dr. Gonzalez’s weekly 4-minute radio spot “DrG’s Corner” June 14th, 2020)
Gary Stien: “Welcome Dr. Gonzalez! DrG! It is great to have you on each week. You know, we need to find a theme song for the DrG’s Corner! If you don’t come up with one, we will and you never know what we might pick for you! So, let’s get to it….I understand you get questions all the time about CBD oil and you have a list of the most common questions you get asked as a physician who takes care of so many different kinds of debilitating conditions.”
Dr. Gonzalez: “Thank you! And yes, I will come p with some sort of DrG’s Corner theme jingle by next week!….Ok, as you know patients bring questions to their doctors all the time. They read something on the internet; they hear something from their 3rd cousin dogs mother’s owner (laughs…) and brings that question to the dr. Right? When it comes to CBD oil I get questions every day. SO, I have put together the top 5 questions I get asked as a physician about CBD oil:”
#1…What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. CBD is a NON-intoxicationg component and is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of the cannabis plant. There are over 100 known CBD molecules and a very important point is that your own body makes CBD molecules. “You naturally have CBD in your body!
#2…How does CBD work?
What is very important to understand is that you have in your body a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is part of your nervous system, immune system and endocrine system. It signals and manages many different parts of human health including mood, pain, circadian rhythm of sleep and hormone production, how you react to inflammation, and your brain health. You have CBD receptors NATURALLY throughout your body and brain that the CBD molecule regulates.
#3…Is CBD legal?
CBD derived from the hemp plant that contains less than 0.3% THC , the molecule that causes the high from marijuana, is federally legal…. States regulate,….. with varying degrees of restriction,….. but as of now, in Maryland CBD is legal. There are only 3 states as of the beginning of the year that CBD is not legal (Nebraska, Idaho, and S. Dakota. Because of the disconnect between state and federal discussion on CBD there is confusion. BUT in MD there is no confusion..CBD is legal.
#4…Does CBD react with other medications?
“SO of course the underlying question to this question is CBD oil safe to use?….Remember what I said earlier that CBD is found naturally in your body. When CBD is properly sourced with independent testing then yes, it is 100% safe. CBD can change the way certain meds work like blood thinners, cancer medications, heart medications, antidepressants. If you are on any of these types of medications or any medication at all I HIGHLY recommend speaking to a physician knowledgeable in the use of CBD and your medication.
#5…Will CBD work for my…….Now insert the problem you are trying to solve.
“This is a trick question. It is like asking me ‘will ibuprofen work for my headache,’ or ‘will this antibiotic fix my infection?’…… Physicians guide our recommendations based on medical and scientific studies, the practical use of the studies and treatments, and our experience when we make recommendations. There are multiple studies that show CBD being useful for many conditions……and I have found great success in 100s if not 1000s of my patients using CBD oil. Sure, like other medications, I have had some patients tell me they notice nothing ….and I have had others tell me CBD is a miracle, just like the patient last week I had with chronic back pain. Most people fall under the category of CBD helping them with their condition in some noticeable way. SO yes, CBD will more than likely help the condition I recommend it for and….. just as important….. be safe.”
SO that’s it I hope that helped!!
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