CBD Products Gaining in Popularity for Treatment of Many Health Conditions
Apr 30, 2019 11:38AM
By Vanessa Orr
It seems that you can’t drive down the street without seeing a sign for CBD products. And while some people aren’t sure exactly what CBD is or how it can help, others swear by it, using it to decrease muscle pain, reduce stress and anxiety, lessen the effects of PTSD, and help with insomnia, among other things.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, has numerous health benefits. Unlike THC, another compound found in the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t have any mind-altering effects. It comes in many forms, including pills, liquids, tinctures and balms, and be found everywhere from health and wellness boutiques to vaping lounges and big-chain drug stores.
“I first started taking CBD for anxiety, and found that it really helped,” explained Tracy Rapport, the owner of Sage Farmacy in Aspinwall. “I started reading more about it, including studies and testimonials, and discovered that it had a lot more uses.”
Rapport opened Sage Farmacy four months ago, and she carries a range of health and wellness products, including CBD-infused products. “I spent a lot of time researching brands and getting things to try; then I handpicked the items that I wanted to sell in the store,” she explained.
While some people understand the difference between CBD products and THC, many others do not.
“A lot of education goes into what we do,” said Rapport of the legal product. “People read about CBD and see that it comes from marijuana, and they think that it will cause some kind of high or disorientation. The CBD that we sell comes from industrial hemp, which is related to marijuana, but there is low or no THC in the products.”
Rapport is adamant about not offering medical advice to her customers and instead refers them to their physicians, nutritionists or the website www.ProjectCBD.org for further information.
Depending on a person’s condition, he or she can use CBD in a variety of ways. Topicals, such as lotions and muscle rubs, can be used for arthritis and joint pain. Supplements can be taken every day like a vitamin for symptoms including anxiety and insomnia. According to Rapport, some athletes also take it to help in the restoration and repair of joints and muscles.
“Strangely enough, CBD has been found to help with conditions where no other medication has helped, like chronic pain, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and fibromyalgia,” she added.
While customers do not need a doctor’s prescription to buy CBD, Rapport always suggest that they speak with their doctors before considering any purchase. “People metabolize things differently, and no amount or product fits everyone,” she said.
She also cautions that consumers should make sure that they are buying products from a reliable source. “We are in a number of CBD user groups, and we do a ton of research before offering any products for sale,” she explained. “All of the products that we carry are made in the U.S. and undergo third-party testing.”
It’s important to read the labels, which should include the quantity of CBD or THC per dose, as well as verify that the product is free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants.
Sage Farmacy carries well-known brands including Charlotte’s Web, Lazarus Naturals, Mary’s Nutritionals and Relive Everyday, and the products can also be ordered online.
While many of the store’s customers come in after doing their own research, others find out through word-of-mouth, or a more unlikely source.
“People come in telling me that their kids told them to try it,” said Rapport.