Isn't CBD Safe? How Can I Explain to My Mom It Is Not Marijuana?

Published: January 21, 2021
Dear TeenHealthFX,
isn't CBD safe? My mom thinks I am going to get high and that is not true. How can I explain to her that CBD is not the same as marijuana?
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Dear Isn't CBD Safe? How Can I Explain to My Mom It Is Not Marijuana?,

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains that cannabidiol (CBD) is a single compound in the hemp or marijuana plant and each plant contains many compounds. This includes Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the addictive substance in the plants that cause hallucinations and other negative side effects. As a result, CBD itself is not the same as marijuana.

There are reports that CBD can help reduce anxiety, give a sense of calmness and help inflammation. However, since CBD is relatively new, there is no hard evidence on its effectiveness and the health claims people make. Currently, there is only one FDA drug approved for a severe form of epilepsy (seizure disorder) that contains CBD and can only be prescribed by a doctor.

We strongly recommend talking to a medical professional before taking CBD. Many companies have begun adding it to their products and it is sold in many stores. However, it is important to be careful where you buy these products and be an educated consumer. Since it is not regulated, products can contain a very high amount of CBD which can be dangerous. Taking too much CBD in one time can cause liver damage, digestive issues, or sleepiness. Keep in mind that just because it is sold in a store does not mean it is safe for everyone.

Lastly, it is also important to be aware if CBD is legal where you live. CBD with .3% or less THC is legal on a federal level, however some states still consider it to be illegal. You can check your state here.

Signed: TeenHealthFX