250 – Is CBD Oil a Drug or Nutrient? Or Both? – My Interview with Dr. Hector Lopez

The difference between medical CBD and consumer CBD.

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Dr. Hector LopezThere is a great deal of excitement over CBD Oil. With good reason. It’s safe and effective for everyday use by consumers and it has properties that can be exploited pharmaceutically. In fact there is ongoing clinical research using CBD for serious health conditions. In this interview with Dr. Hector Lopez, we will explore the difference between the drug development and research and the consumer applications of CBD.

We will look at the research being done by GW Pharma, who is developing a very high potency application of CBD for  Dravet’s Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. We will compare that to the consumer products produced by CV Sciences. So here we have two high quality reputable companies creating CBD products for two different purposes and two different markets. They should be able to coexist. 

Doctor’s and researchers need to study the medical model. Otherwise how will we know if very high potency CBD can improve serious health challenges? But research such as this should not preclude consumer products from being available for helping to support the ECS. (endocannabinoid system). It is important to remember that hemp based products have been used for thousands of years. Consumers should have access to safe and effective CBD. Consumers do not need medically high doses of CBD to have a beneficial effect on the ECS.

This is not the first time and won’t be the last that natural products have been the source of medical drugs. We have omega-3 rich fish as food, fish oil as supplement and fish oil as a medically prescribed drug. There are many examples of plants to drugs. They can and do coexist in the market place and they serve distinctive needs. Consumer based CBD oil is available in many forms and concentrations. CV Sciences has 3 CBD products that are different from one another. We’ll discuss those differences with Dr. Lopez. CV Sciences is one of the rare companies producing CBD for the consumer market that has a strong safety profile and a commitment to the responsible applications of CBD. They have set the highest bar for a consumer based company. Just remember that consumer based CBD products from different companies are not the same as those from CV Sciences. Make sure your CBD comes from a company you can trust. You should expect transparency as well as quality from every company. You can learn more about CV Sciences CBD by listening to some of our previous interviews. We have looked at CBD from various angles and you can gain perspective by listening.

Stay tuned for future interviews exploring many aspects of this interesting and intriguing plant extract. The story of CBD’s growth is nothing short of astounding. It is a product that has gained wide consumer interest and use. Consumer demand is continuing to grow and CBD Oil is widely available. The question is “Will this continue to be the case?” We may face a turf war between competing factions. Consumers and the companies who serve them are joined in the movement to protect consumer access to safe, effective and pure CBD. Your access to CBD can be at risk from DEA, FDA, big pharma, and anti-drug coalitions. These forces have a stake in the CBD as drug mentality. Let’s make sure they don’t prevail. 

Three Consumer Forms of CBD from CV Sciences Plus CBD Oil:

  • RAW – Raw is a total plant CO2 extraction from agricultural hemp. It is comprised of cannbidiolic acid or CBDA, that is produced directly in the plant and contains many beneficial properties distinct from CBD. Raw offers the fullest spectrum of naturally-occurring hemp co-factors. Made from raw hemp extract. Potency is 5 mg. of CBDA/CBD per capsule.
  • CBD Capsules – GREEN – Green CBD is different from Raw. It is a complex phytocannabinoid matrix featuring cannabidiol from agricultural hemp. This is a convenient way for consumers to get a regular daily dose. Potency is 10 mg. of CBD per capsule.
  • CBD Capsules – GOLD – Potency is 15 mg. per capsule.

As a consumer you can choose a raw product that has a full spectrum of naturally occurring compounds or you can choose products concentrated for CBD. They are both viable choices. You can experiment and see what works best for you. Of course if you are under medical care, discuss this with your health care provider prior to starting any new nutritional product including CBD.

Consumer CBD products are not drugs, they are natural plant compounds that nourish the body’s own endocannabinoid system. The fact that these plant compounds benefit human health should come at no surprise. What is a shame is that safe and natural compounds from agricultural hemp should be difficult for consumers to get. Many consumers and companies like CV Sciences are working hard to protect your access to safe and effective CBD. Be ready to lend you voice should it come to that. 

About Dr. Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR
Dr. Lopez is a Medical and Scientific Advisory Board Member for CV Sciences. He is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Hector L. Lopez Jr. MD is recognized as an active researcher, speaker, author, and clinician who integrates nutrition, exercise science, sports and musculoskeletal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism into his private practice with patients, his work with recreational and elite athletes, and through his public educational initiative. He is the Chief Medical Officer and a principal of the Center for Applied Health Sciences. Dr. Lopez Jr. is a highly regarded consultant to professional athletes and the nutritional supplement industry as product developer, researcher, and writer.

Dr. Hector L. Lopez Jr. is a Co-founder of Supplement Safety Solutions– a Nutravigilance / Dietary Medical Monitoring consulting company, and is President of Pensara Consulting-Innovative Medical Fitness Solutions, where he aspires to seamlessly integrate the fields of fitness and medicine to benefit the health,wellness and quality of life of everyday people.







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