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Education Key When Buying CBD Products
By Kevin Brown

There’s been a lot in the news lately about cannabidiol products, also known as CBDs, and the information is often confusing, especially since its over-the-counter use is fairly new in Pennsylvania. While this legal, naturally occurring constituent of the hemp plant has many beneficial medical uses, it’s important for consumers to become educated about where to buy it and how to best use it.

“Unlike THC, which is found in marijuana, CBD products are not psychoactive; they don’t get you high,” explained Sue Schropp, RPh, owner of The Medicine Shoppe in Latrobe, which carries CBD products. “CBDs can be used to help relieve pain, both systemically or locally, for example, applying it to a knee; as well as to reduce anxiety and depression. It can also help with spasms, like those caused by Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, and also help with inflammation and pain from fibromyalgia.”

Perhaps even more important is that CBD products may also decrease a person’s dependence on pain pills so that they take fewer per day, which may help lessen the effects of the opioid crisis.

“People purchase CBD balm on the Internet, but they’ve basically bought garbage for $30. We’ve researched all of our products and carry the highest grades available.”

Studies have shown that CBDs can also help with skin problems, such as psoriasis and acne, and can even be used to help calm animals, who may have anxiety caused by loud noises or separation anxiety.

But like any medication, consumers need to know where their products come from, what forms are available, and how best to use them.

“A word of caution: when you’re purchasing CBD products, especially over the Internet, you need to find out how that product is extracted,” said Schropp. “A lot of places use solvents, which are not good for you; reputable companies use ethanol or carbon dioxide. You also want to make sure that the company uses the whole plant, that the THC levels are less than .3 percent, and that they use third-party lab testing.”

The Medicine Shoppe in Latrobe works with two U.S.-based companies, Ananda Hemp and Can-Tek Labs, to make sure that the products that people are buying are legal and safe, and do what they are advertised to do.

“People purchase CBD balm on the Internet, but they’ve basically bought garbage for $30,” said Schropp. “We’ve researched all of our products, and carry the highest grades available.”

The Medicine Shoppe carries a wide variety of products, including tinctures, balms, capsules, massage oils, skin lotions and pet products. It also stocks a product similar to vitamin water and will soon be adding gummy bears to its inventory.

“We offer one on one consultation,” said Schropp. “There are a lot of different grades of product, and you want to start out low and gradually increase the dosage until you reach the strength that helps you.

“This also ensures that the CBDs won’t interfere with any medications they’re taking,” she added. “You can’t take CBDs with any kind of immunosuppressive drug, like those used by transplant patients, and CBDs may also react with blood thinners like Coumadin, Warfarin and Xarelto, as well as high doses of statins and other drugs.”

While CBDs can be beneficial for many people, education is key in finding a safe product that works.

For more information, visit The Medicine Shoppe in Latrobe at 709 Ligonier Street, call
1-877-938-7493 or visit https://latrobe.medicineshoppe.com

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