5 Things To Know About CBD

November 20, 2019

CBD is everywhere, on every store shelf (even gas stations), in drinks, lotions, skincare, you name it. How much do you really know about it and is it for you? I’m here to break it down with my personal experience, what what exactly CBD is, and how it works.

I’m choosing to share this post pre-holiday because one of the benefits of CBD is helping with sleep. Do you lose sleep this time of year because of the “to-do” list running through your head? Read on to learn more and see how CBD might be able to help.


My Personal Experience

I first started exploring CBD last winter because I was reading about the benefits constantly in health news and my father in law started growing it legally (his hemp is the featured image). I went to the Charlotte CBD store and talked at length to the people working there. There were A LOT of options and I was getting different answers from everyone that worked there. That did not make me feel like I was getting the right product for me.

I started researching and found a practitioner only company, ECS Therapeutics. I felt much more comfortable with the research they gave me. They provide training and webinars so practitioners are well informed on the research and we can share that research with our clients.

Here are the reasons I choose to take and sell ECS products:

  • The ECS products are rigorously test to ensure they are potent, pure, and safe.
  • The whole hemp plants is organically grown and non-GMO and they do not use harmful solvents for extraction.
  • The extracts are blended with organic hemp oil that is cold pressed from hemp seeds.
  • In addition to their own testing in the lab, every batch of their products is third-party tested by and independent lab.
  • Their products are only sold through health care practitioners so there is no middle man and you know you are getting a fair price and fresh product.

Why I choose to take CBD:

I take a .75 ml dose before bed each night. I put it under my tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds for better absorption. When taking it, I fall asleep faster, I am able to get back to sleep quickly if I wake in the middle of the night, and I wake up feeling refreshed and not tired. I’ve also noticed an improvement in my joints and well as muscle soreness after tough workouts.

If you are interested in CBD, and would like to know more, please email me at carolynshallett@mac.com or text 917-3314700 and I can answer your questions and help you place an order for the right product for you.

CBD 101: 5 Common Questions Answered

What exactly is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol. CBD is intended to support the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a complex molecular signaling system that is located in the brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous system.The ECS constantly monitors your body and systems for signs of trouble or imbalance. Because the ECS is so broad across the body, it supports the balance in many important areas including stress response, brain health, digestive health, skin health, bone health, reproductive health and metabolic function. All things we all care so much for balance and longevity!

Will I feel a “euphoric” effect when I take CBD?

No. A full spectrum CBD oil can only contain <0.3% THC for it to be legally sold. The higher amounts of THC found in marajunana (different plant species) is what gives the “high.” CBD hooks onto different receptors in the brain so not to cause that effect. CB1 receptors (present in the brain and nervous system) and CB2 receptors present in the immune system and peripheral organs.

What does Full Spectrum CBD mean?

Hemp contains dozens of cannabinoids in addition to hundreds of other beneficial phytochemical such as terpenes, vitamins, trace minerals, polyphenol antioxidants, flavonoids and essential fatty acids.

A full spectrum CBD products will have a more comprehensive nutritional effect so it is really important you look for that and not an isolate.  A full spectrum product will interact with receptors it needs to in order to support balance in the body. This is why a full spectrum CBD product can help with everything from anxiety, sleep, chronic and acute pain, digestive disorders, and metabolic function. Scientist are now even doing studies on the terpenes so they can specifically find the ones that help in each area.

Are all CBD products the same?

NO! I cannot stress this enough. There is no regulation on CBD products at the moment. Anyone can grow it, extract it, and make products from it and it is completely legal. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that almost 70% of CBD products are mislabeled. The other problem is, depending where it is grown, the soil could contain heavy metals and high traces of pesticides.  It is very important that you pick a CBD product that has been third-party tested and verified for it’s claims.

How much should I take and what does the dosing mean?

The amount will vary for each individual depending on metabolism, health factors, and how your CB receptors are clustered in your body. I always recommend starting with a low does and gradually increasing as needed. When a product is labeled 500mg that means that the entire bottle contains 500mg of CBD and a single 1 ml dose will contain 16.7 mg of CBD. CBD is meant to be taken as a supplement so it is something you need to take everyday to see the effects. This is another reason to work with someone when starting CBD. You will not see results from having it occasionally or having it added to a drink or smoothie.

Please email me carolynshallett@mac.com or text 917-331-4700 if you would like to discuss some CBD options for you. 

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The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.

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