GLOVERSVILLE — As a pharmacist licensed to practice here and in Japan, Kayoko Lomanto spoke about cannabidiol, also known as CBD — the non-psychoactive derivative of the hemp version of the cannabis plant — at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts on Saturday.
Legally it can’t be claimed that CBD can treat or prevent illnesses or injuries, although some people believe it helps with such problems as pain, insomnia and anxiety.
“I’m now kind of an advocate of CBD,” said Lomanto.
Although much research still needs to be done on CBD, she said it has been shown that the human body has endocannabinoid receptors and even produces some itself to keep the body in balance. She said the so-called “runner’s high,” an upbeat feeling runners get, has been shown to have an endocannabinoid connection.
Because there is “not much regulation” of CBD, “it’s like the Wild West out there,” she said.
Her talk was aimed at informing about CBD, which she herself sells at Drgnfly Botanicals, LLC.
She said CBD oils may also contain chemicals including terpenes — such as pinene, myrcene and linolvol — which may possibly work synergistically to enhance CBD’s effects.
Before people buy CBD, they should ask for a certificate of analysis, which means an outside laboratory has determined what is in the product.
“This provides some assurance of the quality of the product,” she said.
For example, someone could be selling just oil with no CBD in it, she added.
Lomanto told her audience to start using CBD at the lowest dose to see what effect it has and gradually increase it.
“You will know the sweet spot that works for you,” she said. Increasing the dose beyond that point can actually reduce CBD’s effect—more isn’t necessarily better, Lomanto said.
People should seek professional medical advice before taking CBD to determine if CBD would interact adversely with any medicine they are taking, or if they have a serious medical condition, she said. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people younger than 18 should avoid CBD because the effects on them have not been investigated, Lomanto said.
Lomanto will speak again at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Gloversville Public Library on East Fulton Street.