Ask Dr. Frey: Your Questions Answered, Vol. 2
Dr. Kevin Frey is CBDistillery’s Medical Advisor and, as an internal medicine expert, sees significant potential benefits in the use of CBD.
He’s part of our mission to increase CBD education, so he’s offered to answer questions you may have about cannabinoid wellness!
Recently, Dr. Frey joined us on Instagram Live to answer some of your CBD curiosities. Check out his responses below.
Update, Oct. 2023: This piece was written while Dr. Frey was serving as CBDistillery’s Medical Advisor. He is no longer affiliated with the company.
Q. How long before surgery should I stop using CBD?
A. CBD can interact with certain medications used during surgery, such as anesthesia, and can increase the risk of bleeding. If you are considering using CBD products before surgery, it is important to talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can help you determine if CBD is right for you and can advise you on the best way to use it.
Q. Is Delta-8 THC safe to try?
A. Delta-8 THC is indeed a naturally occurring cannabinoid, but its natural concentration is typically too low to facilitate large-scale production and distribution of related products. Consequently, most Delta-8 THC found in the market is laboratory-synthesized through the conversion of CBD to Delta-8 THC.
It's worth noting that the majority of synthesized THC rarely achieves 100% purity, with most samples reaching around 80-82% purity levels. The chemical conversion process may generate other unidentified compounds, potentially other minor cannabinoids, that our current testing capabilities may not be able to detect. Given these considerations, I find it risky to endorse its use.
Q. Do CBD gummies affect the brain?
A. Yes, CBD gummies can affect the brain, mainly by impacting endogenous cannabinoid levels. CBD in any forms can do this, not just gummies.