Here's what you need to know about CBD

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I'm calling it: 2018 is officially the year of CBD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, (there's still a couple weeks) CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of the predominantly active phytochemicals in cannabis (though not the psychoactive phytochemical—that’s THC). Research and devotees alike say that CBD helps with anxiety, depression, sleep, stress, chronic pain, epilepsy, PTSD, joint pain and inflammation, just to name a few, and the market is rife with CBD-everything (for better or for worse: CBD mascara/shampoo/hot sauce are just a few of the puzzling ones).

In my practice, I’ve found that CBD—tincture or capsule, please—is most helpful for anxiety and PMS/period pain. It’s highly important (pun intended, though CBD alone won’t get you high!) to both find a good supplier and to take it daily at a low/moderate dose. Try taking it for at least 30 days as you would any supplement to really reap the full bennies. 

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Humans are born with an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that interacts with the body’s naturally-occurring cannabinoids (the brain makes them, and they’re found in breastmilk). Cannabidiol (CBD) is an anti-inflammatory compound. If you’re stressed out, extra anxious or have high levels of pain/inflammation, you could benefit from supplementing. 

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Side effects are generally mild and only rarely noticeable, but may include anxiety (ironic, I know), dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, GI upset, etc. CBD may interact with other medications, boosting blood levels of benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, blood thinners and others. As always, it’s important to speak with your doc before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you’re taking other meds. 

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Hemp-derived CBD is legal to purchase and use in all 50 states. Marijuana-derived CBD is legal with a prescription in MD and 45 other states. What's the difference? Basically, marijuana-derived CBD may have a tiny amount of THC present. Read more here. 

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There’s no research surrounding usage of CBD during pregnancy/breastfeeding (and it’s unlikely that there will be—very few tests are performed on moms and babies), but anecdotally, many women have used CBD during both and had no noticeable negative repercussions (and many positive ones!).  Here's a helpful overview, but in the end, it’s really up to you. (I personally don't take it while breastfeeding.) More questions? Contact me. 

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There’s no research surrounding usage of CBD during pregnancy/breastfeeding (and it’s unlikely that there will be—very few tests are performed on moms and babies), but anecdotally, many women have used CBD during both and had no noticeable negative repercussions (and many positive ones!).  Here's a helpful overview, but in the end, it’s really up to you. (I personally don't take it while breastfeeding.) More questions? Contact me. 

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An easy way to start out with CBD? Stir the oil into your morning cuppa,  or brew up a pot of CBD-infused beans. Here are a few different takes for further reading: 

  • CBD Coffee Is the Wellness World's New Favorite Drink (Bon Appetit)

  • True Story: CBD-Infused Coffee Has Changed My Life for the Better (The Thirty)

  • Does CBD in Coffee Really Do Anything? (The Cut)

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Maybe a mint julep is more your speed? Whip up some CBD cocktails for a blissed-out holiday (via Goop).

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Here's the comprehensive list of 2019's predicted wellness trends (MindBodyGreen)

  • Perpetuate your procrastination tendencies by reading this article on why we procrastinate... (The Atlantic)

  • On solo sex as self-care (The Maudern)

  • A woke guide to cannabis, for the curious (The Thirty)

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