Notice to CBD Industry: You Need to Speak Our Language to be Taken Seriously.

At a recent functional medicine conference I attended, CBD vendors were in attendance bringing the products to the healthcare providers. You want our support? Ok… but what the heck do your labels mean?? 3000, 500, 300? I’m not talking about the topicals, I’m taking about the products marketed as CBD to be taken orally. 

I believe the smoke and mirrors are to confuse the public regarding what exactly they are getting. “Full spectrum CBD”, vs “hemp derivative” vs “natural hemp oil” vs “hemp oil derivative” and more. The physician and consumer have to drill it down to figure out how much cannabidiol is actually in a dropperful, tablet, or gummy. Why is it so hard?? For some reason the CBD industry labels their products by how much is in the whole bottle, and not using the pharmaceutical nomenclature we are used to seeing – MG/ML or Mg per capsule. That’s like you going to the store to get Benadryl and the bottle saying “Benadryl 2500” on the front, instead of 25 mg tablets (with 100 tablets in this bottle). It’s asinine. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of data to support cannabidiol for health conditions ranging from anxiety to Alzheimer’s. If you do a quick pubmed search you will be surprised at all the studies out there on humans. I’m all about sticking to the science, however if you want our scientific backing to legitimize your medical self worth, then you need to speak our language The current CBD labeling is confusing and misleading to all of us. There needs to be an overhaul of the current unregulated nomenclature system. JUST TELL US THE MG/ML, OR MG PER CAPSULE. I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH IS IN THE BOTTLE, OR HOW BIG THE BOTTLE IS. And get rid of the ridiculous numbers on the front telling us how much is in a bottle. 

At the very minimum, the top 5 CBD companies need to make some changes … the rest will follow. Canopy Growth, Charlotte’s Web, cbdMD, KushCo, and GreenRoads that would be you. Our patients are asking, and we will recommend the products with the clearest labeling, transparent ingredient list, and third party testing analysis. Step up to the scientific community you want to be a part of and speak our language. 

Tayma Shaya MD

Tayma S. Shaya M.D. FAAFP is a Kuwaiti-American board certified family physician living and practicing in Sugar Land, Texas. She went to University of Texas at Austin to obtain a B.S. in Nutrition, received her medical degree of University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. After medical school, Dr. Shaya completed three years of Family Medicine training back in Houston at Southwest Memorial Hermann Family Medicine Residency, acting as a chief resident in her final year. After being employed for 14 years by hospital systems, Dr. Shaya became an entrepreneur opening her clinic Shaya Precision Health PLLC in January 2016. Practicing with authenticity and heart, Dr. Shaya is known for her diagnostic skills, down to earth personality, and pairing a holistic approach to an allopathically managed patients. An early adopter of virtual medicine, she has been able to extend the reach of her practice to an international audience. A lifetime learner, she is currently working on her functional medicine certification through Institute of Functional Medicine. In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and their combined 5 children, three cats and two dogs. In addition to travel, she is a voracious reader, sometimes tv binge watcher and volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every season in the Health Booth. For stress management, she loves working with leather to make personal use leather items, belts and accessories. She is passionate about prevention of physician burnout, and helping manage that vulnerability. You can learn more at http://www.shayahealth.com/, or follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/shayahealth/ 

  2 comments for “Notice to CBD Industry: You Need to Speak Our Language to be Taken Seriously.

  1. July 8, 2019 at 9:25 am

    CBD oil has become quite trendy with some dog owners. This past week I saw comments from owners using it to treat anxiety and stress over fireworks. The results seemed to vary between no effect at all to heavy sedation even with dogs of same breed, weight etc. Like the problem with parts of the food industry, lack of quality control means imprecise content.

  2. Russ
    July 8, 2019 at 6:47 am

    You give the CBD industry too much credit. There are no good studies to support 99% of the claims they make. They obfuscate on purpose. Data presented at FDA public hearing showed products have CBD levels from zero to 100x the state’s amount. Plus, many had contaminants

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