It’s more accurate to say that 20 mg of CBD oil in your coffee has never been proven to do much of anything, and related research indicates that’s probably way too low of a dose to have any measurable effect. “If you use a tiny amount of psilocybin, it still does something,” says Blessing. Ingesting — think CBD lattes, edibles, or just a drop of oil on the tongue — is likely much less effective than inhaling, says Blessing.
There are those that say they do but provide no information on what the labs found or which labs tested their products. “Not all CBD on the market is created equal, and there is really a lack of understanding about even what cannabis is, let alone CBD,” says Melany Dobson, the chief administrative officer of Hudson Hemp. This is a weird Wild West time for CBD, and these companies are doing their best.
Regardless, the fact that CBD has drug interactions should indicate that it is, at least sometimes, in some doses, actually doing something. Your bodega guy, who’s selling a little jar of CBD oil right next to the Dentyne Ice gum, almost certainly isn’t doing the same.
Researchers like Blessing are legitimately excited about CBD. It shows real promise in treating previously intractable disorders like schizophrenia, and without the destructive side effects of existing drugs.
I have no way of knowing, of course, but I doubt there was very much CBD in that particular product. There also are CBD-rich strains of marijuana that can be smoked or vaped, as well as CBD-rich ointments and other preparations. Another thing that’s inspired me is that there’s a lot of misinformation online about what CBD oil is, what it’s used for and its legality. Over the past few months, I’ve read about others’ experiences with using CBD oil for fibromyalgia, and I decided I wanted to try it. My experience with CBD oil is what inspired this post (but more about that hemp oil later).
These products are from places like Xi’an Lyphar Biotech Co. There are big companies and small companies, companies that provide elaborate chemical charts and companies that have no online presence at all. There are companies that run their goods — either as raw materials or as consumer-stage final products — through lab tests.
When CBD-containing oil is ingested, it wants to join the other fat in your body; most of the CBD taken this way will just stay in that fat, inert and never getting to the brain. When inhaled, CBD bypasses the digestive system, which wants to store fat. Anyone who tells you anything definitive about what CBD — or THC, for that matter — does to your body is lying. What the coffee shop is selling is CBD-infused lattes; CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It cost $9 and tasted like a latte with that hint of marijuana herbiness you get from a weed cookie.
Google research informed me I would not get high but would be calmer, less anxious, maybe a little sleepy. But just because CBD won’t get you high, that doesn’t mean it has no side effects or potential uses.
“If you’re taking Prozac or some other medication, you really need to think carefully about what you’re doing, because it can harm you, and you should talk to your doctor about it,” says Blessing. Blessing does note that while the drug interactions are potentially very serious, the doses in consumer CBD products are so low that the risk is likely minimal.
A potentially larger problem than dosage is the lack of accountability and dearth of information about the ingredients found in most CBD products sold across the country. (It was not found to have an effect.) As such, it wouldn’t be fair to say that 5 or even 20 mg of CBD oil in your coffee is proven to do nothing; that hasn’t been proven.