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The scoop on CBD: Wellness Expert, Michele Fife walks through the benefits

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Like me, you may have been hearing a lot lately about CBD or Cannabidiol. I find that there is a lot of confusion about CBD, so I spoke to a number of resources on this subject, all experts in their field, to get the low down on CBD to share with you. First off, while CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant (marijuana), it does not have the psychotic effect that marijuana in its unaltered form does. CBD is a component of medical marijuana but CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.  The legal status of this compound is a bit confusing, as the Federal government still considers it in the same class schedule as marijuana but it is basically legal in all 50 states with some varied degrees of restrictions.

CBD has been shown to have many health benefits for a variety of conditions including: epilepsy (seizures), anxiety, arthritis, sleep disorders, inflammation, and pain management.  One set of studies showed the benefits of CBD for children who suffer from normally untreatable seizures either decreasing the frequency and duration of the seizures to a remission of seizures. CBD can help with reducing pain and inflammation and has a positive effect on the skin overall, and may help provide relief for pain, inflammation, and dry skin caused by acne, arthritis, inflammation, migraines, muscle and joint pain, neuropathy, psoriasis, and menstrual cramps

Although many products containing CBD are readily available both locally and online it is difficult to know exactly what kind of products you should be looking for. 

One of the first people I spoke with to help clarify things is a true educator in this field.  Cathleen Graham is known as the Cannabis Nurse.  She has more than 20 years experience in her field and beyond being a certified hospice and palliative care RN she also works for one of the nation’s largest hospice programs. She wholeheartedly believes in the potential and promise of health and healing through CBD. One of Cathleen’s biggest concerns is the lack of regulation for consumers. David, a local West Michigan caregiver, echoed a similar sentiment.  Both shared information with me in regards to products purchased online that were labeled with a percentage of CBD in them, but when tested by a lab were found to have less CDB than advertised – some even had none at all!  Cathleen the Cannabis Nurse says that while your best bet is to purchase these in a vitamin shop or health food store that you should still check the brand to make sure that independent lab results are available and also that the product is organic.  She also cautioned that CBD meds are not to be consumed within 2 hours of consumption of blood pressure meds, blood meds or grapefruit.  This is because CBD can increase the levels of the blood thinner coumadin in your blood, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.

With those guidelines in mind I was able to get my hands on a few product samples to try.  First up was Sacred Biology.  Sacred Biology is a women-owned and operated business that produces award-winning CBD-infused topical products made from organic, cruelty free ingredients and sold nationwide. They also feature their lab testing results on the website. I tried the Hemp Muscle Rub and the Hemp Healing Balm.  The muscle rub worked GREAT on a stiff neck and shoulder I was experiencing and truly provided almost immediate relief and lasted about 2.5 hours.  The skin balms works with your bodies natural healing properties and seems to accelerate the process.  I recommend both.  If you wear deodorant they also have a solution for that as the CBD is antibacterial thus works well to keep you odor free all day long. 

I talked about Sacred Biology with Katie Devoe, a co-founder and one of the owners of the company.  She and her business partners are on a mission to enhance lives and help to heal the masses by creating solutions that give people a higher quality of life.

Paradise (www.tasteparadise.com) is the original inventor of CBD hard candies. They produce edibles and tinctures with the “patient” in mind — with honesty and with assiduousness. Paradise founders are considered the industry’s edible experts, having been in business for over a decade by inventing the industry’s first infused hard candy. They have gained so much prominence and expertise that they private-label manufacture for many of the large CBD brands you see on the market today. Here is a link to all of their products: http://tasteparadise.com/buy-cbd-products-online/

Next up was Cannaisseur Brands. This company touts numerous awards including 2019 Nominee of Best new CBD product for the CBD soak. Their CBD Essential are lab-formulated and manufactured in Southern California, all of the products are quality assured and third party tested. Available in scented and unscented, all products are vegan, gluten, and cruelty free, with no chemicals or artificial additives. They are even packaged in BPA-free containers.  I tried their Bath Salts and Muscle Roll-On both with good results.  The bath salt experience was very nice and provided a bonus of a deep and sound sleep that evening – I highly recommend!  According to Sherri Maher, VP of Operations at Cannaisseur Brands, everyone can find some benefit from CBD use from MS patients to arthritis sufferers. 

Beyond just uses in the medicine cabinet, local masseuse Mindy Girolami, LMT uses CBD massage in her practice and feels that her clients benefit from the addition CBD. Her clients report that they feel better, calmer and again sleep better after a CBD massage.

If you are thinking of trying CBD products do your research and make sure that you are getting what you are buying.  To recap – CBD products DO NOT have a psychoactive effect but are calming to the central nervous system, induce relaxation and will help promote a more restful nights sleep.  There is also an upcoming seminar on CBD use and benefits at the Hudsonville Harvest Health on June 4th you can register for HERE —> CBD Seminar.

For further reading here is an excellent article from Harvard Medical School on what we know and what we don’t about this exciting natural remedy.

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