The Ultimate Guide To Educating Patients About CBD Oil

While CBD oil becomes more well-known and commonplace, patients are walking into healthcare practices asking a lot of questions about CBD as a treatment. As a practitioner, you want to be prepared to answer your patients’ questions about CBD oil as effectively and comprehensively as possible, while giving them the most accurate and approved information.

Below, we’ll go through some of the most common questions about CBD oil that patients are asking practitioners, so you can prepare your responses in advance. We’ve focused on choreographing the most inclusive responses in the most succinct way, so you can give them basic info without taking up too much time in-office. We also recommend you have materials or references to bring home with them to learn more on their own.

Feel free to use this guide as a cheat sheet when talking to your patients too!

 

What is CBD oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis, both marijuana and hemp plants. It’s extracted from the plant and paired with a carrier oil, like hemp seed oil or coconut oil. CBD oil from hemp is completely legal, but marijuana CBD is only legal in certain states.

CBD is not the same as THC. THC is another cannabinoid found in marijuana, and this is the psychoactive compound that gives the “high” feeling. Hemp plants have very little THC content, usually less than 0.3%, so you shouldn’t have this same response.

Learn more about the ins and outs of CBD oil here.

 

How does CBD oil work?

The human body has the immune system, nervous system, autonomic system, endocrine system, and the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a full-body network of cannabinoid receptors that plays a role in maintaining the homeostasis of the body. Our body naturally makes cannabinoids that control this system, but we can supplement this with CBD.

The cannabinoids in CBD oil interact with the cannabinoid receptors in this system to activate different processes, like anti-inflammation, hormone regulation, enhanced immunity, and more.

 

Is CBD oil legal?

Currently, marijuana is still federally illegal. In states where medical and/or recreational marijuana use is legal, CBD derived from marijuana may also be legal.

As of December 2018 with the passing of the Farm Bill, hemp plants are considered federally as an agricultural product. This means any hemp-derived products, including hemp-derived CBD oil, is legal in all states.

Keep in mind, though, that the FDA has not yet approved CBD oil as an effective treatment or solution for medical ailments. There is only one oral CBD solution approved by the FDA for a rare form of epilepsy.

 

Can I use CBD oil without a prescription?

You don’t need a prescription for CBD oil. You can buy hemp-derived CBD oil over the counter in almost every state. CBD oil is not the same as medical marijuana.

However, you’ll usually want to start a CBD regimen under the guidance of a doctor or healthcare professional to ensure it doesn’t interact with any current medications or conditions.

 

Will CBD oil get me high?

Nope! THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives you that high or stoned response. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, so you won’t have that same sort of response unless there is a concentration of THC in your CBD oil (like in marijuana-derived CBD). In fact, some studies consider that CBD may moderate the psychoactive effects of THC.

Choose hemp-derived CBD oil to minimize the intake of THC.

Read: Will CBD Oil Get Me High?

 

Is CBD oil addictive?

No. There is no proof that CBD oil is addictive, and there’s no evidence that it can cause an overdose. In fact, some research shows that CBD may be a potential intervention method for addictive behaviors.  

However, there are mental effects of addiction as well. You can get addicted to exercise or certain foods if you believe in its effects enough. So it’s important to see CBD oil as an awesome solution, but not the end-all-be-all of health.

 

What are the uses of CBD oil?

Different patients use CBD for a number of different medical uses. Some people claim it is effective for anxiety, pain management, sleep, and others. It’s also possibly effective for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, seizures, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

For a more inclusive look at the benefits of CBD oil, and the research that shows these benefits, check out this article

 

Are the benefits of CBD oil proven?

There are a number of studies and reviews that demonstrate CBD’s medical benefits.  However, the research on CBD oil is still in its infancy. A lot of studies still need to be done to “prove” that it’s an effective treatment. It’s important to do your own research to determine for yourself if you’d like to try CBD for your ailments.

 

Is CBD oil safe for me?

(This is where your expertise as their medical professional comes in. You’ll want to look at the patient’s medical and personal history to see if CBD oil is a safe possibility for their use.)

We recommend not using CBD oil for patients who:

  • Have a history of drug or alcohol abuse/addiction/overdose
  • Take prescriptions for anxiety
  • Drink a lot of coffee (as CBD and coffee may block the effects of one another)
  • Take drugs that affect blood sugar levels, like diabetic medications
  • Take blood pressure medication
  • Take blood thinning medication
  • Have a prescription for opioids or sedatives

Some people metabolize cannabidiol differently based on their enzyme system and endocannabinoid system. So start small and see how your body reacts.

This is not a comprehensive list of medications and interactions. Each patient has their own unique needs. Look at their chart individually to determine if CBD oil is safe for them.

 

How do I use CBD oil?

If your patient wants to try CBD oil, you can help direct them to safe and easy ways to try it out. CBD oil has a lot of different uses, like vaping, tinctures, capsules, edibles, and rubs. We typically recommend ingesting the oil directly, if it’s made for consumption, or applying it directly on to the skin.

7 Point Naturals hemp-derived CBD oil is used for both topical and ingested use. Our CO2 extraction oil is 99%+ pure CBD, carried in 100% pure coconut MCT oil. This makes it super-healthy for application or consumption.

We offer different dosage options as well, so patients can start smaller (about 300 mg) and see what dosing works for them.

 

Where can I find CBD oil?  

A lot of patients are concerned about finding the right healthy and beneficial CBD oil. This is a great opportunity to direct them to 7 Point Naturals. Our sole mission is to provide high-quality hemp-derived CBD oil that’s pressed, packaged, and sold in a healthy and beneficial way. Our customers (and your patients) are looking for more holistic ways to find relief, and that’s what 7 Point Naturals offers. We’d love to join you and your patients on a journey of healing. Reach out to us directly to partner with us and offer the highest quality CBD oil to your patients. We look forward to hearing from you, partnering with you, and bringing more people to the high level of health that CBD oil can offer!