Fashion | by Luann Conlon

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Whether or not to introduce CBD into your wellness routine is a complex question with an air of mystery. In the hopes of providing a bit of first-hand experience, I, along with two others, tested a variety of formats and products – all of which are available right here in the Capital Region.
Let’s get a couple of disclaimers out of the way. I am not a licensed medical anything, just a curious woman who experiences periodic ailments that CBD advocates claim to address. Also, as with any new supplement, please consult your physician if you decide to try CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol (can·na·bid·i·ol.) Cannabinoids are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body and the hemp plant. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid present in hemp and has enormous therapeutic potential. Research on the plant led to the discovery of a complex cell-signaling system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that is present in all mammals, including humans. The ECS includes, among other elements, receptors called CB₁ (brain and nervous system), and CB₂ (immune system) that bind to compounds known as endocannabinoids. The CBD stimulates CB₁ and CB₂ receptors, which may provide relief for many ailments.
Advocates claim that CBD reduces inflammation and assists with pain management of chronic pain, relief from sleep disorders, migraines, and stomach issues.
How to CBD
CBD comes in just about every type of distribution method, but I have to say that not all CBDs are created equal. CBD comes in oils and creams designed for both the body and face, as well as sticks, tinctures, roll-ons, and even lip gloss…yes, lip glosses are now touting the use of CBD! It’s everywhere (with virtually no regulation), so buyer beware. One thing to look for when selecting a product is that it is “third-party lab tested,” ensuring that, at the very least, the potency is what the manufacturer claims.
I, my husband, and a gym friend all have been using local CBD for the past several weeks for different ailments, and the overwhelming response was that it reduced pain on the affected areas.
My husband has major back issues and has been using a CBD cream from RAD Soap Company called Relief. After a few days of applying it twice a day, he has experienced a marked reduction in his discomfort. My gym friend also applied the Relief cream to her rotator cuff, and it reduced the pain in her shoulder area. We also tried the Full Spectrum Hemp Extract tincture in a 750mg strength. You can find the RadCBD product line at their shop in Stuyvesant Plaza, via their website, and some local farmers markets.
I experience pain and discomfort in my knees and shoulder. I work out most days and feel hindered by this chronic pain. I tried the Sunsoil CBD oil in a tincture format and a Charlotte’s Web cream, both from Honest Weight Food Co-op. After swallowing the recommended Sunsoil dosage, I experienced reduced overall discomfort. I applied the cream topically to my shoulder area, and the pain subsided, as long as I remembered to apply the cream. To learn more or to try Sunsoil or Charlotte’s Web lines of CBD products, visit Honest Weight online or in person.
The third set of products I tried was from another local producer, Gnome Serum, located in Johnsonville. I used the Timeless serum that claims anti-aging properties. In addition to the hemp-derived CBD, it also has great antioxidants such as turmeric, and L-Ascorbic acid, plus hyaluronic acid to keep in the moisture. I experienced tighter skin, which I liked. I also really liked their Joints & Bones Cream with arnica, among other natural oils and extracts. Arnica has been known to soothe aches, pains, and bruises. Learn more or find a local stockist at gnomeserum.com.
Dollars, Scents, and Taste
The taste of the ingestible CBD products varied; some had a strong nutty flavor, and others such as Sunsoil had a chocolate mint flavoring that made it much easier to go down. The taste lasts less than a minute, and ingestibles may provide a faster absorption rate. The creams vary in their scents, depending on added fragrance and additional relief-promoting ingredients. Find one that you enjoy.
The cost of CBD products start at $30 and go up based on strength, brand, and other ingredients. Depending on the volume, where and how often you apply it, it can last a while. I used only a quarter size on my husband’s back and half that amount on my shoulder, so it doesn’t take much to feel results.
The Bottom Line
Would I use CBD regularly? From my experience, I have to say “yes.” In my testing, I was not regimented in using it every day. When I missed a day or two, my discomfort in my shoulder returned. A lot of people have asked if the products made us feel fuzzy or weird? We didn’t experience that, but each person has different sensitivities to any product. If you decide to try a CBD product, as with any new item, start small and work your way up. Listen to your body and watch for reactions, both negative and positive.
Hopefully, this article helped answer some of your questions concerning CBD and gives you some local options to check out and try.
Luann is a lifelong curator of fashion and enjoys researching the latest trends and tips for all of our Capital Region Living readers. You can reach her at luann@crlmag.com.
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