CBD Oil: What’s the Story?

By Jeff Howard

Photo by Jillian Clark

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about CBD oil, but I wasn’t clear on what it was, where it came from or anything about it. Being in the healthcare industry, I wanted to find out more, so I started asking questions of our members at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center. I was surprised to learn that a number of them are using it to help with different medical conditions.

First, let me explain what CBD oil is: It’s a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Until recently, the best-known compound in cannabis was THC, which is the most active ingredient in marijuana. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive (I hope this puts your mind at rest).

There are tons of different products available with CBD oil in them, but what I was most interested in is the CBD oil topical creams that help with pain and soreness.  To learn more, a good friend of mine put me in contact with Stephanie Curran, the founder of Biolief, a company that produces CBD oil products.

What’s the history of CBD and Biolief?

“Through our travels and meetings with some of the top CBD companies and attorneys in the country, we noticed one thing – everyone was using the same extraction method,” Stephanie said. “Because of our network, we were blessed to have been put in contact with the gentleman who owns the patent on the cold-pressed extraction method as it pertains to hemp and cannabinoids. He had been doing biological extraction in some capacity for over 10 years and was backed by some of the top physicians in the country. We knew this was the way to go. The clinical research done by the father of CBD – Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a Hebrew University professor and organic chemist with six decades of research on cannabis – has laid the foundation for us to all be able to say with confidence that this is exactly what the world needs.

“Hemp has been used as a dietary supplement and as an agricultural commodity for thousands of years. Mechoulam’s research – an extensive collection that includes roughly 400 scientific articles cited nearly 100,000 times – is credited for the discovery of the endocannabinoid system and the isolation, determination of chemical composition and structure and synthesis of the major cannabinoids – notably cannabidiol (CBD), delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabigerol (CBG). We are barely scratching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we can use this plant to help heal.”

How is it used?

“One of the easiest and safest ways to utilize CBD is through topical application – topical creams and oils that have been infused with the essence of the CBD flower – much like using various essential oils,” Stephanie said. “The topicals are applied to the skin and are not absorbed into the bloodstream, but are (among) one of the most effective ways to use CBD.”

According to a 2013 review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, studies have found CBD to reduce nausea and vomiting, suppress seizure activity, combat inflammatory disorder, reduce skin irritation, improve mood and more.

“The testimonials of how many we have helped is our greatest accomplishment,” Stephanie said. “On the business front, we have collaborative partnerships with hundreds of doctors offices, wellness clinics and spas. Securing the relationship with Oasis Spa located in (Baptist Health) Milestone Wellness Center is yet another great accomplishment. We are also working with a franchise of 250 spas and some national retailers. Continuing to grow and help many more is our main goal.”

To see for myself, I reached out to Jennifer Romero, director of the Oasis Spa located inside Milestone. With the help of our massage therapist, we then tried the CBD oil topical cream on members. The results were amazing and the relief immediate. We have now included it in our spa menu, ranging from massage to targeted relief, and have it available for clients to purchase. For more information, visit biolief.com and baptistmilestone.com. VT

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