CBD products are growing in popularity
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Doctors are recommending it and many people are self-prescribing it.
CBD products are becoming more popular.
Lori Ascencio is 41 years old. She suffers from full body pain. She said she's tried everything to stop the pain.
"It started making me feel like I was hit by a bus. I was unable to get up out of bed," Ascencio said.
About three months ago, Ascencio started taking CBD oil.
"I'm able to get up out of bed and function like I used to and it's a product that works, and it's a product that is drug free,” Ascencio said.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from marijuana, but it's not the ingredient that gets you high – that's THC.
CBD is believed to have medical benefits. Some studies show it helps with epilepsy. But CBD is heavily unregulated. Last year, the FDA sent letters to five manufacturers because products didn't have the levels of CBD they claimed.
"We're very concerned about that and I think that's one of the biggest issues that people have to be aware of when they buy CBD – is to make sure it's reputable," Gary Lowe said.
Gary Lowe is the co-founder and manufacture of Aponi BioBotanica.
They sell topical products and oil.
"We have products in all 50 states, and even in 25 different counties," Lowe said.
Lowe says his customers range from veterans to mothers.
"People who might take a CBD-based product and ingest it and say, “Well, I don't feel anything, so I don’t think it’s working,’” Lowe said. “But that's the point, you're not supposed to feel anything, you’re supposed to not feel high, but most importantly, you're not supposed to feel pain."
That pain is what causes people like Ascencio to try CBD and despite the unknown, she says it's worth it.
"There are so many people who are afraid to try it. You will not test dirty and it doesn't give you any kind of side effect where you're impaired in anyway," Ascencio said.
Lowe recommends you talk to your doctor before using the product. Doctors say some side effects may include drowsiness if you take large doses.