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Pharmacy School Brain Washed Me! A primer on CBD oil.

Ever wonder why things work? Read further to help understand how CBD oil works and how it may help you.

Most people are curious about CBD and the benefits that it can bring to their specific issue. Usually, when asked about CBD oil I can get by with stating how it is working for other patients that have tried CBD oil. More or less a patient testimonial. If I am ever asked “why does it work,” my answer can get a bit involved. As a pharmacist, I am curious about the question of “how it works”.

I have been brainwashed

I will never regret the years spent studying medications during my 4 years in pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. But I will say that I was trained to understand “How” medications work. To many health care professionals we make an assumption that I have found to be wrong in many situations. One situation is assuming that a product like CBD oil does not have enough proof to validate a recommendation.
What I mean by this, is that pharmacists are trained to look at medical literature to determine if the medication has a proper medical study. This validation often requires an article published in medical journals such as JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association), Lancet, NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) etc.

If a medication has been studied and an article has validated it, then usually a pharmaceutical company is selling this medication. If you ask most pharmacist, physicians and nurse practitioners they will say that all it takes for their recommendation is the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) approval and a pharmaceutical company producing the medication.

My “Brain Washed” statement is related to this thinking that if there is not a pharmaceutical company selling the medication, then it must not have enough evidence for me to recommend the medication. Therefore a product like CBD oil is not something that I am going to recommend.

Flip the page

Over the last 20 years practicing as a pharmacist and meeting unique needs of patients I have an appreciation for non-pharmaceutical company products. CBD oil is a plant based product (Hemp plant). It is not considered a medication by the FDA. Interestingly enough there are many plant based medications that require a prescription that have been used for a hundred years that we accept and prescribe for patients every day. To be completely transparent, most medications over the last 100 years have been developed by manipulating the specific chemicals that are found in plants that people have been using for 100’s of years to treat their medical needs.

CBD oil is made up of several cannabanoids. Through recent research we now know that the human body has places that these molecules fit called receptors. When the cannabanoid contacts a receptor in the body it causes a reaction. The reaction leads to the benefit of the cannabanoids.
Note: This is also the exact way medications work.

This lead me to question, “where are the places where Cannabanoid receptors are located in the body?” Here is a list:

  • Brain
  • Lungs
  • Heart and Blood Vessels
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Reproductive system
  • Colon
  • Bones
  • Muscles

Ok, so now that I know where the receptors are located, my next question is, “How does CBD oil work in these areas of the body?” Over the next several weeks I will discuss each area where CBD oil works. Today I will focus on the Brain.

The effects of CBD oil on the brain

CBD oil functions like a “dimmer switch” for brain cells. CBD oil limits the amount of dopamine that gets released. This limitation of dopamine affects how messages are sent, received and processed by each brain cell. Dopamine is involved in some parts of the brain as an excitatory neurotransmitter. When CBD limits the affects of Dopamine then the brain is not “excited”. This is the benefit that provides relief from anxiety or nervousness as well as insomnia or the inability to sleep. Below is a link to a video that provides a quick overview of CBD and the brain.

If you are interested in purchasing CBD oil stop in to the pharmacy or Click Here to order online.

If you have questions, send me a note in the comments below. Next time I will discuss CBD and the effects on the immune system.

Results are in for CBD oil

I am excited to report to you the benefits that individuals have experienced when taking Ananda Professional CBD oil. Read further to find out if CBD oil is worth a try.

Ananda Professional 20 mg/ml CBD oil

About 6 months ago, I added Ananda Professional CBD oil to the line of products at Regel Pharmalab. Prior to bringing this product to our pharmacy, I was skeptical and did not have confidence in recommending CBD oil. Since that time, I have educated myself and found this product to have benefits in several areas of medicine. The areas I have the most confidence in recommending are pain, anxiety and sleep.

At first, my recommendation was mostly directed toward patients that have trouble sleeping. To test this, my wife (Summer Regel, Pharm.D.) and I started taking 10 mg at bedtime and within 7 days we both noticed we were sleeping better. Our observation is that we were able to achieve a deeper, more restful sleep.

Here are a few other comments others have made regarding sleep:
Lori S. – “Sleep is much improved and I even noticed that I have less cramping during my monthly cycle.”
Christina M. – “I am sleeping better and I noticed that my leg pain is improved as well”
Janice P. – “My sleep is so much better and I am also getting pain relief from my back pain.”
Susan N. – “I am now able to sleep 3 hours straight without waking up!”

As you can see, several patients are seeing an improvement in sleep. Did you also notice how many patients indicated they are feeling relief from pain?

If you haven’t heard, pain medications are under a lot of analysis. The phrase you may hear on the news is “The Opioid Epidemic”. Physicians are looking for alternatives to reduce pain without using or adding addictive pain medications. After studying this subject, I am coming around to the idea that CBD oil may be an answer for some patients. Here are a few things I found:

  • The Journal of Pain concluded that patients with chronic pain who take opiates may be able to reduce the amount of opiates needed if CBD is added to the treatment.
  • The Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that using cannabinoids reduced the need for medications to treat anxiety, depression, sleep, and migraines.
  • The Journal of Experimental Medicine indicates that cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting 3 glycine receptors.
  • The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine reported that cannabinoid therapy may play a role in reducing opioid intake. (Or, reduce the amount of pain medication required to control pain)

Most patients tell me they would love to be able to stop taking their pain medications. The problem is, many other medication options don’t work. As you can see from these medical reports, we now have something that is worth a try.

My recommendation on CBD oil for pain is a “work in progress” but I would not hesitate to recommend a one month trial for any of the following conditions.

  • Migraines
  • Low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pain related to gout
  • Neuropathy (numbness/tingling)
  • Menstrual cramping

Do you have questions about CBD oil? Want me to compare your CBD oil to Ananda Professional? Comment below and I will follow up with you.

Is it time for you to try Ananda Professional CBD oil? If so, click here to order.

Have you checked your CBD oil quality. How about purity?

Have you noticed all the different companies that are selling CBD oil products?  I have customers buying it from Vape shops, Bike shops, Pyramid marketing programs.  There are a lot of choices.  So which product is right for you?

After many questions about CBD oil I decided to try to find out which product is the best.  Honestly, I struggled to find a company that was willing to provide a C of A (Certificate of Analysis).  This report gives us a picture of the potency of the product.  Without this report you really don’t know what you are getting.  The other question that came up was “does the company test for contaminants?” There are reports of some CBD oils having contaminants like pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and possibly bacteria.

The only company that I found that was willing to provide this information was Ananda Professionals.  I have the capability to look up the lot number from the bottle you purchase and look up the reports to show you what is in the bottle.  Ananda Professionals has their products sent off to be tested.  Below are two reports from one of the most recent lot numbers that we have in stock now.

It is easy for companies to mislead clients with their labeling

The biggest problem regarding labeling is that companies mislead their customers when it comes to the CBD dosage on their bottles. A transparent company’s CBD milligram(mg) strength is reflective of the actual active CBD in that particular product. If a bottle says 100mg of CBD, then that products should contain 100mg of active CBD. However, a lot of companies currently on the market will list the mg dosage of their CBD hemp oil without publishing the strength of their active CBD.

For example, let’s say Company A’s CBD Oil is says 100 mg on the bottle.  As you read the bottle or you ask the company for the details you find out that only 30% of the 100mg is active CBD.   That product actually only has 30MG of active CBD in it. This happens a lot in this industry and buyers need to beware when they buy CBD oil.

These are the things that I look for in every product that we make and order at Regel Pharmalab.  Let us be your CBD oil expert.

5 reasons to try CBD oil

It is finally here!!  A Quality CBD oil you can trust

I hope you have come to expect the highest quality from the products we offer at the most affordable price.  We may not be the first to jump on the latest product and the reason why is quality.  Every ingredient and every product at Regel Pharmalab is hand picked by our staff to ensure quality.  This is usually not a big issue…until CBD oil came up.

Recently we decided to bring in a CBD oil product.  My colleagues in other parts of the country have been telling me about the success their patients are having with CBD oil.   Patients with pain, anxiety and sleep problems were on the top of the list.  The experts that I have talked with are saying that 80% of patients are improving when taking a high quality CBD oil.

I set out to find quality that I can trust at a reasonable price.  There are reports that some CBD oil have very little active ingredients, may contain pesticides, and others contain heavy metals.  I reviewed several companies and found Ananda Professional CBD oil.  This company met every qualification that I require.  I am proud to partner with a company that values quality.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is a mixture of cannabanoids.  These molecules are extracted from the hemp plant.  In our body we have a system called the endocannabanoid system.  This system is activated by a molecule that your body makes called anandamide.  The ingredients that are found in CBD oil can replace anandamide and activate the endocannabanoid system.  Activating this system can effect:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestion
  • Immune Function
  • Mood
  • Pain
  • Sleep

This system regulates a lot of other systems in the body.  We are still learning what benefits CBD oils can offer.

Is CBD oil worth a try?

I am recommending Ananda Professional CBD oil for patients with:

  1. Pain (Arthritis, Inflammation)
  2. Anxiety
  3. Sleep
  4. Fibromyalgia
  5. Seizures
Most medications do not have drug interactations with Ananda CBD oil.  Please send me your list of medications and I will analyze them before you start taking CBD oil.
The most common side effects are dry mouth and drowsiness and these are very rare.

Who is your CBD oil expert?  I want to be your guide to success with CBD oil.  We have the expertise and a quality product you can trust.  Give me a call (901) 757-9434 or email for questions.

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