TIPS FOR SAFER Cannabidol use

Now that gummies, creams and oils with cannabidiol (CBD) are available, many older adults are wondering about using them to help with their pain, inflammation or a variety of other conditions. Consider the following:

1 CBD is one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.

2 It’s not psychoactive like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or marijuana, so CBD doesn’t create a “high” or state of euphoria.

3 Certified dispensaries test products to certify the amount and quality, and are therefore the best place to buy from. Look for organic formulations.

4 Doctors and pharmacists usually discourage any form of smoking.

5 Start low and go slow. Incrementally increase the dose following your doctor’s advice.

6 Medication interactions with CBD oil can occur with calcium-channel blockers, blood thinners, steroids and HIV antivirals. Talk to your pharmacist for advice on potential interactions.

7 Health professional advice is suggested before you start exploring.

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