Is CBD oil safe, effective? – WGAL Susquehanna Valley Pa.

CBD oil seems to be everywhere — on shelves at pharmacies, specialty stores and many other places.Products flooded the market after the 2018 farm bill removed hemp and its derivatives as controlled substances. ‘You just feel better’CBD Supply MD Penn recently opened in York. Retired Baltimore police Officer Steve Tilson sells liquid for under the tongue, topicals and other products. He opened the store after using CBD for back pain and giving it to his 12-year-old Great Dane.”We gave it to her, and she started running around like she was a puppy again. I was, like, ‘Wow.’ You can’t put your finger on why you feel better, you just feel better,” Tilson said.CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract of hemp. The cannabis plant doesn’t contain THC, the ingredient that causes a high. CBD is touted for everything from pain and inflammation to anxiety.”It really didn’t feel like it did anything other than I could just be myself and just relax,” said Nancy McGeehan, of Lancaster.Pharmacologist says CBD oil could be riskyThe Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate CBD oil. The agency has issued some guidance — makers aren’t permitted to label it for medicinal purposes. But many products do have labels with health-related claims.”It is the wild west, in a sense,” said Dr. Kent Vrana, Ph.D., a pharmacologist at Penn State College of Medicine.Vrana said there’s evidence CBD may be beneficial for pain and inflammation, but it hasn’t been tested in a controlled trial and could be risky.”It is drug-like, and so if we’re not careful, and you’re taking other medications, for instance, it might either interfere or enhance their effects,” Vrana said.Deb Lintner, of Lancaster, is convinced the salve she buys at SaveMart in Lancaster works.”I use it on my back because I have back pain. It’s mainly arthritis, but it does help,” she said.There’s no recommended dose for CBD oil. It’s trial and error.The cost of the products runs from around $20 to several hundred dollars. FDA to hold hearingThe FDA will hold a hearing May 31 to give the public and others a chance to comment about their experience with CBD products and whether the products should be further regulated.The FDA has issued warnings to three companies for making unsubstantiated medical claims about CBD.The Penn State College of Medicine is planning to conduct studies on CBD oil and medical marijuana.

CBD oil seems to be everywhere — on shelves at pharmacies, specialty stores and many other places.

Products flooded the market after the 2018 farm bill removed hemp and its derivatives as controlled substances.

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‘You just feel better’

CBD Supply MD Penn recently opened in York. Retired Baltimore police Officer Steve Tilson sells liquid for under the tongue, topicals and other products. He opened the store after using CBD for back pain and giving it to his 12-year-old Great Dane.

“We gave it to her, and she started running around like she was a puppy again. I was, like, ‘Wow.’ You can’t put your finger on why you feel better, you just feel better,” Tilson said.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract of hemp. The cannabis plant doesn’t contain THC, the ingredient that causes a high. CBD is touted for everything from pain and inflammation to anxiety.

“It really didn’t feel like it did anything other than I could just be myself and just relax,” said Nancy McGeehan, of Lancaster.

Pharmacologist says CBD oil could be risky

The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate CBD oil. The agency has issued some guidance — makers aren’t permitted to label it for medicinal purposes. But many products do have labels with health-related claims.

“It is the wild west, in a sense,” said Dr. Kent Vrana, Ph.D., a pharmacologist at Penn State College of Medicine.

Vrana said there’s evidence CBD may be beneficial for pain and inflammation, but it hasn’t been tested in a controlled trial and could be risky.

“It is drug-like, and so if we’re not careful, and you’re taking other medications, for instance, it might either interfere or enhance their effects,” Vrana said.

Deb Lintner, of Lancaster, is convinced the salve she buys at SaveMart in Lancaster works.

“I use it on my back because I have back pain. It’s mainly arthritis, but it does help,” she said.

There’s no recommended dose for CBD oil. It’s trial and error.

The cost of the products runs from around $20 to several hundred dollars.

FDA to hold hearing

The FDA will hold a hearing May 31 to give the public and others a chance to comment about their experience with CBD products and whether the products should be further regulated.

The FDA has issued warnings to three companies for making unsubstantiated medical claims about CBD.

The Penn State College of Medicine is planning to conduct studies on CBD oil and medical marijuana.

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