Senior Medical Advisor of Elevate CBD, Dr. MK joins Midas Letter for an informative conversation concerning CBD an alternative to opiates and effective remedy for chronic pain. Dr. K is a Board-Certified Emergency Physician and has tiers in Bioengineering, Medicine, and Business from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University. At Elevate CBD, Dr. K works to teach the public on both the merits and protection of CBD. As an emergency physician, Dr. K witnesses opiote overdoses on every shift. This he believes is a few distance too many. Dr. K and James speak about a destiny where CBD will expectantly replace opiotes and become a more prominent element of the US pharmacopeia.
James West: I’m joined now via Dr. MK, who is the Senior Medical Advisor to Elevate CBD. Dr. K, welcome.
MK: Thanks so loads for having me.
James West: Yeah, sure. Dr. K, you have reasonably a deep clinical history with CBD, more so than most individuals I’ve ever talked to, and you are an recommend for CBD for chronic pain and as an opiate alternative.

Can you deliver me a background on how you got here to arrive at that sort of mindset?

MK: Absolutely. So I’m an emergency physician; I paintings in the Emergency Department, and here’s what I go to in the Emergency Department: I see opiate overdoses each and every single shift, some of them deadly. And so seeing that, it made me wonder, are there alternative, better remedies for pain?

We do have other remedies for pain, nonetheless unfortunately, a lot of them don’t work in certain groups. For example, we have anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or Aleve, however that can cause greater bleeding, it can cause complications in the gut, it can result in impaired blood pass with the flow to the kidneys.
We have matters like Tylenol, which most individuals don’t believe that mighty a pain reliever, even so that can also cause inflammation in the liver. So in exploring what are other opportunities, I turned into an expanding number of interested in CBD, and I became interested in it for lots of reasons, one of which is, even as I’ve noticed every form of overdose in the Emergency Department, adding even marijuana overdoses, fairly frequently, actually, if americans don’t have a tolerance or they unintentionally take a higher dose like an fit to be eaten – I have yet, a single time, to visit a CBD overdose.
Meanwhile, I’ve talked to loads, per chance hundreds of individuals at this point who swear by way of CBD has helped their pain. And when you combine all those people that have found benefit with the increasing quantity of analysis demonstrating a benefit, smartly then, that made me start to pay attention.
James West: Yeah, okay, interesting! There’s been a lot of analysis to indicate in areas wherein CBD is widely available, there’s a correlated reduce in the prevalence of death from opiate overdose. So, is that because CBD, in which it’s available, is appealing to people who could be having abuse complications with prescribed opiates?

MK: The manner I trust approximately it is this: no one wants to be based on opiates. No one desires to be addicted to opiates. The reason why it occurs is because, as I mentioned, we just haven’t had that many sensible therapeutic alternatives for acute or chronic pain. So what I trust we’re seeing is more and more americans are locating an alternative choice, CBD, which is enables with pain, partly via an anti-inflammatory mechanism – so a lot of people are also experiencing decreased inflammation, such as people with arthritis. And so, because they’re locating that choice, they don’t necessarily need to pass to what had turn into such a common remedy for pain, and that turned into opiates.
And so, with less use of opiates, yeah, I think we’re seeing less overdoses.
James West: Okay, so do you move to a future in which CBD replaces opiates for the remedy of pain, post-operative pain, inflammation-related pain?

Do you see it becoming a larger part of the US pharmacopeia over time?

MK: Well, with the proliferating quantity of research, I think we’re positively going to see that. Unfortunately, drugs has been a little slow on the uptake, partly because of the stigma around CBD. Because CBD can be derived from a couple different assets; one of those sources is marijuana. So a lot of people, whilst they pay attention CBD, they consider marijuana, and so they think, controlled substance. They accept as true with it will get them high; they think per chance they can become addicted to it. They agree with of it like a drug.
But CBD is no longer the factor of marijuana that reasons all those things.

CBD is a separate aspect, and it’s certainly found in other assets.

Part of the explanation why it’s felony in so many areas now, because it can also be derived from hemp. And the CBD derived from hemp is the accurate related as the CBD derived from marijuana, meaning, it has the actual related advantage.

So I think as a few of the stigma and misconception is going away, yeah, we’re going to begin to pass to this uptake in medicine.

Last week turned into the first time we saw a national fitness organization, the Arthritis Foundation, actually put checklist around CBD use, because they respect loads of thousands, possibly millions, of arthritis sufferers, are already taking and experiencing advantage from CBD; perchance it’s time to at least have a few checklist around the use, so this can be more programmatic in its prescription and use in cure.

James West: Sure. The FDA has began to hang hearings looking, seeking, consulting with the public, essentially, and other stakeholders in the hemp industry, and they’re attempting to, you know, arrive at a sort of policy towards CBD. Is there a risk to the current availability of CBD should the FDA make a decision that it needs to change into more of a regulated substance than it is now?

MK: While there’s at all times a theoretical chance, I don’t believe that’s going to happen, and the reason why why is, as I discussed, CBD can be arrived from different resources.

One is marijuana, and at the similar time as, you know, on the Federal level and in many states, marijuana is still regulated, no longer absolutely legal, hemp is absolutely criminal in all 50 states. And so I do not anticipate seeing better limit on the use of hemp-derived CBD. In fact, I believe as a lot of the misconception is going away about CBD and that it can be derived from hemp, and that it doesn’t come with all these outcomes like getting you high, I think we’re going to continue to have the legality in all 50 states like we do now, on the other hand I accept as true with we’ll also have, with that, greater use by manner of consumers, as well as greater prescription use via healthcare practitioners.
James West: Sure. And I’ve observed in the media that you’ve been a rather vocal proponent of CBD for use in treating pain associated with professional sports injuries, and in fact, I read a piece earlier where you were commenting on the participation of Rob Grankowski, the former superstar of the New England Patriots, as having change into an recommend for CBD. How does CBD play into the remedies for professional sports in which, if I’m now not mistaken, it’s still more or less a banned substance?

MK: So the one important thing to keep in mind is, it’s being used, CBD, very widely in expert sports.  As I mentioned, CBD derived from hemp is felony in all 50 states, and so ideally, that’s the classification that’s used; if it’s marijuana-derived, it’s still the comparable CBD substance. So it is being used, and I consider what athletes are finding is, it’s a higher alternative than a lot of the matters they were doing, because athletes were already experiencing pain, injury, inflammation. That was already, has always been the case. And they’ve been employing matters to deal with that.
I consider a few of the ones alternatives have been less than ideal. For example, taking injections of anti-inflammatories, which can lead to all the ones aspect effects that I discussed approximately bleeding and harm to the kidneys and gut. And so now, they’re finding this better anti inflammatory option without the ones aspect effects.

So element of the explanation why I’m an advocate, as you mentioned, is no longer because I’m asserting CBD brilliant/bad, I’m asserting, let’s compare it to the opportunities that people are already doing, which is opiates, anti-inflammatory injections, and there’s no doubt in my mind that CBD is a larger alternative in terms of the hazards it presents. It has a far lower possibility profile.
James West: All right. Well, that’s excellent input, Dr. K.

We’re going to leave it there for now. We’ll desire to come back to you soon. Thank you very a brilliant deal for joining us today.
MK: Thanks again for having me.