Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis plants that has been gaining popularity in recent years due to its potential therapeutic benefits. While CBD is not yet approved by the FDA for medical use, it is available in many forms, including oils, tinctures, and edibles. But what is the prescription name for CBD oil? The only FDA-approved prescription form of CBD oil is Epidiolex. This oral solution is used to treat two types of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
It is important to note that Epidiolex is the only FDA-approved form of CBD oil and that other forms of CBD oil are not approved for medical use. When considering using CBD oil for medical purposes, it is important to be aware of potential drug interactions. CBD can interact with certain medications, such as clobazam, eslicarbazepine, rufinamide, topiramate, zonisamide, brivaracetam, everolimus, tacrolimus, methadone, carbamazepine, sirolimus, stiripentol, lithium, tamoxifen, caffeine, citalopram and more. Taking higher doses of CBD can also increase lithium levels in the body and increase the risk of lithium toxicity.
It is also important to be aware that the content versus label claims on products containing cannabidiol (CBD) obtained at points of sale may vary. A recent study of 84 CBD products purchased online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than the labeling. Therefore, it is important to obtain products from a reputable manufacturer. In addition to drug interactions and varying content versus label claims on products containing cannabidiol (CBD), it is also important to be aware that state laws regarding the use of CBD vary. Currently, 33 states have legalized the use of CBD for medical purposes and 10 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. When considering using CBD oil for medical purposes it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure safety and efficacy.
It is also important to be aware of potential drug interactions and varying content versus label claims on products containing cannabidiol (CBD).