Women’s Health & CBD

Are CBD products beneficial for women’s health?

I continue to hear friends, family members, and co-workers talking about the newest medical fad sweeping across the nation, CBD.  Consistently being asked for my opinion and advice, I decided to write an article to create some clarification about the facts.

Previous civilizations from various areas around the world have noted these health benefits for ages.

CBD products are sold around the world, and the popularity of the product is growing because many people feel that the product has helped to improve their lives. The effects of the cannabis plant are not new; the plant has been used for centuries for various reasons. However, with today’s excitement about a weed, it’s become prevalent because many people claim the product helps with specific health conditions that include pain, stiffness, mood swings, and insomnia. Previous civilizations from various areas around the world have noted these health benefits for ages. One of the most written about cultures with the use of cannabis is that of the ancient Chinese. These documented scripts include notations of benefits for female health issues. Of course, there is no real proof, and concerns related to translation are always raised, but continued research is indicating that the cannabis plant was used in many aspects of ancient civilizations for medical benefits.

What do women need to consider before purchasing CBD?

Firstly, women need to understand that CBD is likely to be classified as a natural health alternative method of treatment or the latest fad because Big Pharma, most doctors, insurance companies, and politicians have not yet figured out the financial advantages of supporting CBD products.

Secondly, it’s critical to know that CBD might be illegal in your state and that the police could come knocking on your door. The state of Texas considers CBD products to be illegal, and the good ol’ boys don’t have a problem telling women how to treat their medical conditions.

Thirdly, understanding the research on CBD products is critical. There will be research that supports and rejects claims about the cannabis plant made doctors, patients, and industries. Because of the amount of research available for review, it can easily be found, but remember that studies are only tools to use to continue your search for answers.

What do women who have used CBD products think?

Women claim that CDB has helped with a variety of health issues. The list includes

  • Breast tenderness
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Bloating
  • Extreme Tiredness or Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Cravings
  • Menstrual syndrome (PMS).

What are some of the health issues that research indicates CBD can help?

  • inflammation
  • neuropathic pain
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • cancer pain

What does the government think?

As with everything in American lives, the government has to give its stamp of approval.  Politicians and government agencies are slowly moving forward with a variety of issues surrounding the cannabis plant. In June 2018, the FDA approved the prescription drug Epidiolex, made from CBD oil, for treating epilepsy.  The review process continues with the FDA, and a hearing has been set for May 31st to review if CBD should be legalized and allowed to be used in food and drink products.   If the government agency authorizes CBD to be legal, the cannabis plant will become a new part of everyone’s life and be regulated for safety.  However, CVS, Amazon, and Walgreens have already decided that the product makes money, so even if the FDA chooses not to legalize CBD, you will still be able to buy the product and use it as you see fit.

My concerns

My biggest concern right now with CBD products is the production process.  I’ve heard horror stories and have read about manufacturers of CBD products not using quality cannabis, using inappropriate ingredients, and mislabeling or not labeling the products.  The stories from a conference I attended included finding traces of toxic chemicals such as pesticides and heavy metals like lead or arsenic in CBD products.

I would suggest that every product that women are considering buying has proof of ingredients and a label to verify that the product comes from a tested batch from a highly reputable test facility. If a seller insists that the product is safe but doesn’t disclose the information, buy from someone else.

Secondly, using products that have not been tested and labeled correctly could result in an employment drug failure, which results in women being fired or not hired.

Why be selective in choosing products? In 2018, one of the largest manufacturers of CBD, known for its safety, found itself being accused of having dangerous substances contained within its products. As the conversation related to CBD products changes (it’s weekly) and new products are created, I will continue to evaluate the industry; stay connected with me.

Are there risks in using CBD?

Life is full of risks. As with any medical treatment, device, or advice, it’s 100% women’s choice to decide their health care needs.

Dr. Jacqueline B. Lang
Dr. Jacqueline B. Langhttps://www.drjacquelinelang.com/
Dr. Jacqueline Lang, MBA, MPA, MSED has 20+ years of leadership experience in a variety of industries (manufacturing, services, politics, and education). Her career has been within Fortune 50, 500, 1000 and private organizations across the U.S. and in higher education. As well as a U.S. Congressional Campaign Manager. Along with serving in the United States Army Reserves. She currently divides her time as a Business Professor & Small Business Owner in the Cannabis Industry. #Entrepreneurship - #e-commerce - #educator - #BoardMember.
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