CBD Usage and Your Pending Lawsuit
You’ve been feeling a bit lethargic lately. Your energy levels are low and your ability to concentrate and do daily tasks have declined. You wonder if the claims your friends have made about CBD will work for you in restoring your vitality. But instead of going to your doctor to see if CBD is right for you, you just go ahead and self-prescribe.
Hey why not, right? Your friends are getting good results, why wouldn’t you?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained widespread popularity to help ease symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain and a host of other conditions. Some users have even reported more stamina, agility and increased strength.
Unfortunately, for some users, it’s become the snake-oil substance of the 21st Century. People are buying into the claims. They want to feel better. Some want their mobility restored. Some want to feel younger. Some just want off the medications their doctors prescribed. Although they see CBD as a miracle cure, patients forget to tell their doctors about their extracurricular usage. That’s where problems arise.
Every person’s body metabolizes certain substances differently. So how your friend might respond to a substance may not be how you respond to it. When it comes to CBD, it’s crucial that you talk to your doctor about everything you are currently taking, such as; vitamins, supplements, prescription medications and even ointments and topical treatments.
Over the last few years with the rise of CBD usage we are seeing an influx of people who wish to sue their doctor, hospital or even pharmacist due to a cross reaction with their medication. The patient blamed the medical establishment but failed to reveal that they in fact were using a substance that interacted with their prescribed medication. In those cases, the pending claims get tossed and the patient although suffering from injuries caused from the interaction between medication and CBD gets sent home with no remedy and no lawsuit.
Why do we share this information about CBD with you?
We share it to give you an insight and an understanding as to what might happen when you take a substance without reporting that usage to your prescribing doctor. We share it in hopes of saving your life or the life of a friend or family member.
Drug interaction injuries should be easy to avoid. But, unfortunately, all too often we see situations where physicians and other medical care providers do not properly screen for potential interactions. Mixing the wrong drugs can lead to serious injury or death. These claims often involve pharmacy errors as well as doctor and nurse errors. The responsibility to protect patients from drug interaction error injuries, as well as over dose injuries, extends to every care provider. But when a patient doesn’t disclose usage of a product the onus of responsibility on the doctor diminishes and that responsibility falls on the patient.
Now if you told your doctor about your CBD usage and he/she prescribed a medication that then reacted in a way that caused injury you might then have a valid claim.
4 Recommendations To Consider When Trying CBD If Taking Medications
1) Talk to your doctor first.
2) Stop all medications (if safe to do so) before using CBD.
3) Have your doctor monitor your blood plasma levels to determine if CBD is safe for you.
4) Ask your doctor about CBD lotions, creams and salves as these typically don’t enter the bloodstream.
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