It appears that stomach acid can convert CBD to THC at low levels according to a study in the journal Forensic Toxicology. This has implications for patients and marijuana consumers who consume CBD edibles and must take drug tests for work. It also poses potential problems for DUI’s for folks using “CBD only” edibles.
I have previously told my patients that it was OK to take CBD products orally and that these would not cause a positive on a urinalysis. This can no longer be assumed. This data could have big repercussions for product development for CBD products in the marijuana industry. One of the biggest areas I see would be in the development of CBD transdermal patches as this method of delivery should not convert the CBD to THC.
Addendum: This conversion has been reproduced from another study from the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: “Gastric fluid without enzymes converts CBD into the psychoactive components D9-THC and D8-THC, which suggests that the oral route of administration may in-crease the potential for psychomimetic adverse effects from CBD.” Clearly more research is needed to see if this may be clinically significant.
Click the link above to access PDF slides pertaining to my cannabis talk for the Hemp and Health Expo at the Trac Center in Pasco, WA. on Saturday, November 14th. Topics discussed include how the toxicity of conventional pain drugs compares with cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, how to use synergy in plant medicine to maximize the use of medical cannabis, as well as sections on cannabis and pain and neurological disorders. A YouTube video will be recorded and posted later as well.
Click the link above to access PDF slides pertaining to my cannabis talk for the Seattle Dystonia Support Group at Evergreen Hospital. Topics discussed include how the toxicity of conventional pain drugs compares with cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, how to use synergy in plant medicine to maximize the use of medical cannabis, as well as sections on cannabis and pain and neurological disorders. A YouTube video will be recorded and posted later as well.
The word “immune suppression” scares patients and its use is a form of anti-cannabis propaganda. The key thing to understand about cannabis is that it is an immune modulator, and NOT an immune suppressant. Most cannabis shifts the immune system surveillance away from fighting bacteria, while at the same time stimulating the body’s ability to fight cancer, viruses, and auto-immune disease. The latter are much more important in the case of chronic disease from which most patients suffer.
Patients everywhere should have the right to access the best medicine for their illness. As of now, 20 states now have medical cannabis laws for patients who need safe non-toxic cannabis for their health conditions.
This video highlights the inspirational story of Gary Cooper, an MS patient. His story, more than all of the scientific evidence referenced above makes a compelling case for the use of low-toxic medical cannabis.
Gary states about cannabis: “It takes away my discomfort, it enhances my very being.”