From the Parish Nurse…..

Article from the Parish Nurse
Dear Church Family,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope this year is full of happy moments, health, and blessings for all of you! I am not going to do my usual write up about diet and exercise. That DOES NOT mean you don’t have to diet and exercise! I think you all know by now what you should be doing, and if not, call me and I’ll tell you!!!

I wanted to talk about our latest “wonder drug” CBD. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical found in marijuana. It is different from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical that causes the “high” when smoking marijuana. There is a lot of hype that CBD cures everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. After talking to a friend who had unpleasant results from using CBD, I decided to look on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. They are not encouraging people to take CBD until much more testing is done.  The FDA has only approved one CBD product to treat rare forms of epilepsy.

The FDA’s research presently shows that CBD can: cause liver damage, react with other drugs (particularly blood thinners), cause male reproductive toxicity, cause changes in mood with increased irritability and agitation, cause stomach pain and upset, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and decreased alertness. Not exactly what you would expect from a wonder drug!!! The FDA has also found some of the CBD preparations on the market not only give false claims of curing certain conditions, they have been found to contain pesticides, heavy metals, and THC.

There is some research showing promise with chronic pain control for cancer. Research also has shown that CBD reacts in bad ways with some chemotherapeutic drugs. My advice would be to stay away from CBD until the FDA has come to a conclusion that it is safe, how much (what dosage) is safe, and what it legitimately is found to help/cure.

CBD is marketed as a dietary supplement. The FDA does not presently regulate dietary supplements. As a result, a wide array of doses and additives can be in these supplements. Do not take CBD without discussing it with your doctor and doing a little research yourself. It may end up with some very legitimate uses, but having a proper dose and knowing potential harmful side effects is crucial.
If you have any further input on this topic or would like further information, please call me!

God Bless, Beth