You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past decade to not have heard of Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The world renowned neurosurgeon and widely respected medical reporter has weighed in on everything from the Affordable Care Act to popular diet trends, and just about everything in between. Recently, Dr. Gupta began a documentary series for CNN that takes a deep dive into the cannabis industry.
A few weeks ago, he released the latest installment: Weed 5: The CBD Craze. In this episode, Dr. Gupta attended the World CBD Expo, at which he briefly examines several of the seemingly endless CBD products on the market and openly marvels at how common and popular cannabidiol has become over the past several years.
As CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Gupta cited several statistics surrounding the CBD craze, including the fact that two out of three Americans know what cannabidiol is and one in seven actively use it. He even discusses some of the more unfamiliar components of the CBD industry, such as the legal and fiscal side of things.
Perhaps most noteworthy, however, was Dr. Gupta’s take on some of the controversies surrounding the CBD industry.
Dr. Gupta pointed out that while CBD itself is generally safe and effective, there is still a certain degree of risk involved, particularly in terms of some of the unscrupulous companies that are putting out products that are not only ineffective, but potentially dangerous.
“Because CBD is not regulated, the products are not required to go through safety testing or even prove they are authentic,” Dr. Gupta says.
To investigate further, Dr. Gupta met with Jay Jenkins, a teen who was hospitalized after using a tainted CBD product called “YOLO.” That same product was also the cause of several other people having to be hospitalized in Salt Lake City, UT. Lab tests revealed that YOLO didn’t actual contain any CBD at all, but rather a dangerous synthetic cannabinoid.
The biggest hurdle the CBD industry is facing right now, according to Dr. Gupta, is a lack of regulation. As an example, in one study revealed that out of 84 CBD products tested, more than three quarters of them were found to be mislabeled.
Clearly there needs to be stronger standards applied here. In the meantime, consumers should be aware that the industry is de-regulated and take appropriate precautions when choosing a CBD product. How? Dr. Gupta advises that people should carefully read the ingredients label and buy from a source they can trust.
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