With all the publicity it’s been receiving, cannabidiol (CBD) is something more and more of your patients will be asking about. If you’ve been wondering if you can respond to their questions, while the Massachusetts Board of Registry of Chiropractors has not ruled on CBD yet, it has ruled that Chiropractors may offer dietary and nutritional advice; given that hemp-derived CBD oil has been classified as a dietary supplement, you should be able to respond, as a professional, with information and advice about CBD use.

Here are facts you can share with your patients:

  • CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, a compound found in both hemp and marijuana strains of cannabis.
  • CBD works to prevent the breakdown of the body’s own naturally occurring endocannabinoids, which regulate pain and other brain functions.
  • With the 2014 Farm Act, hemp-derived CBD is legal in the U.S., and with both medical and recreational cannabis legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-derived CBD is legal here as well.
  • While CBD is derived from cannabis plants, you don’t need to purchase it at a cannabis dispensary—it’s sold online and in local health food stores as a dietary supplement.
  • CBD can be taken orally (tablet, tincture and edibles), vaped, or applied topically as a salve.
  • CBD is commonly used to help with pain relief, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
  • There’s still limited research on its effectiveness, but studies in Europe on animals have demonstrated its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and in a recent U.S. survey, 36% of CBD users reported it treated their medical condition “very well by itself”.
  • CBD is not psychoactive—it doesn’t create a euphoric state.
  • CBD is not addictive. Recent studies suggest its use may actually help reduce opioid dependency and overdosing.
  • CBD is not detected by drug tests.
  • The most common side effect is fatigue; some users have reported appetite loss and diarrhea.

Sources: Massachusetts Board of Registry of Chiropractors; Harvard Health Publishing “Cannabidiol (CBD): What We Know and What We Don’t”; Medical News Today “Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil”; Science Daily “Cannabis Pain Relief without the High”; Nation of Change “Various Studies Continue to Confirm Cannabis Use Reduces Opioid Use and Abuse”