According to the FDA, Biota Biosciences claimed that their CBD injectable was an all-natural, side-effect free pain reliever.
CBD can enter your bloodstream directly with an intravenous injection. It can achieve 100% bioavailability. One study found that a 20mg dose of intravenous CBD had significantly greater bioavailability than smoked CBD, but it also had a shorter half-life (1). That means CBD doesn’t stay in your body as long when you inject it. Smoked CBD registered a half-life of 31 hours while intravenous CBD registered a 24-hour half-life.
After receiving the letter in April, Biota Biosciences immediately agreed to pull the questionable products from the shelves. The firm wrote: “We would like to convey that the executive and management team at Biota Biosciences take full responsibility for these observations and understand the gravity of the risk to consumers by posting these unapproved claims…”
The cannabidiol (CBD) market is constantly shifting, with new products constantly bursting onto the scene or being pulled off of shelves. For now, injectable CBD is in the latter group. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a letter pressuring a company to stop selling its line of CBD injectables, citing “serious risk of harm to users because they are delivered directly into the bloodstream and bypass many of the body’s natural defenses…”
There’s a reason why the company was interested in injectable CBD rather than an oil or tincture. CBD works by affecting your body’s endocannabinoid system. To do this, it needs to first enter your bloodstream and remain there long enough to reach your tissues and organs. The term “bioavailability” refers to how much of the compound can be accessed by your body.
It’s worth noting that the benefits of CBD were first discovered by doctors in the US (where cannabis is legal) with feedback from patients stating that CBD was helping with their anxiety.
In a nutshell, CBD delivery via injection offers higher concentrations, compared to other alternatives. Company founder Bianca Estelle explains: “Having followed and acutely analysed the popularity of CBD over the last few years, I am thrilled to be able to apply my knowledge and experience to offer the first and only CBD injection here in London. Many clients will benefit from the properties of CBD in a highly concentrated, injectable format and the research and development that we have taken to launch this has been worth the wait.”
An introduction to CBD
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is an active ingredient derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana (cannabis) plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in marijuana, CBD doesn’t cause intoxication or a high and is therefore safe for use. In fact, there has been evidence to show that it can treat the symptoms of epilepsy but in recent times, its more widely adopted for its general health and wellness benefits.
Whilst research is still in its infancy, CBD products are endorsed by many to aid pain, alleviate stress and anxiety, promote healthy sleep patterns and more.
Bianca Estelle, founder of Vitamin Injections London
Currently, the most common treatments are via tincture, where you put the liquid under the tongue in order to absorb it into the system. Also, medical marijuana use was legal and through CBD-infused food, which is one of the most discrete ways of consuming it.
The most common benefits reported are:
So, what is the future of CBD shots? There’s enough evidence out there that it seems like widespread availability and approval of them is imminent. In some places, the treatment is already available and incredibly popular with those who experienced the benefits of CBD firsthand.
How Is CBD Administered?
For those supplements which the body does not easily absorb, the liver metabolizes a significant part of it which makes it go to waste. However, in some other cases, the compound has little staying power within the body and sees expelling too fast to be of use. This is why, unless you are drastically short on a certain Vitamin, those Vitamin packets tend to have minimal benefits. This is because only a small percentage of the vitamin in that supplement ever gets to remain in you for use.
First of all, an important clarification: we are talking about CBD injections using syringes. Shots as in what you get from a doctor, nurse, or medical professional. We are not talking about a CBD “shot,” as some would call taking a shot of liquor infused with CBD.
Intravenous delivery of CBD through injection or through the saline bag is a treatment option available. However, this is not an over-the-counter type of product, but you would rather need to go to a qualified professional to administer this. This method does involve syringe/needle injection as well.
This is part of the reason for such a high interest in a CBD shot treatment. Tinctures or CBD-infused food apparently have a good effect on so many people. Thus, what’s the potential of getting a CBD shot as a readily available option? It’s an intriguing treatment possibility, to say the least.