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With CBD showing up in just about every consumer product these days – from cosmetics to bath balms to fizzy drinks – claiming to remove every stress and cure disease, how do you even begin to know if it works, what might be good for you, or where to find it? 

Like with any decision about your health it’s important to forget the hype and start with number one — yourself.

In learning the ABCs of CBD remember: A stands for ALL ABOUT YOU. Whether you want to treat pain or stress, internal or external discomfort, choosing the best product depends on identifying the condition you want to treat, the kinds of medicine you are comfortable taking.

B means you need to LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. How do you feel? Where does it hurt? What are you doing now to alleviate that discomfort? And after switching to a CBD regimen it’s important to listen to how your body responds, because everyone’s endocannibinoid system is different.

C is to MAKE A COMMITMENT. The effects of CBD can be profound but they are subtle. If you want to try CBD for any reason it’s important to commit to using it for at least a month; to listen to your body and adjust your dosage along the way; then at the end of that period stop, look, listen, and see how you feel. 

Another thing you’ll want to consider is the dosage. Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique; our best advice is to start low and go slow. Begin with a lower dosage and slowly increase the amount of CBD you’re consuming until you achieve the desired effect.

Whether you want to soothe sore muscles after a session of Vinyasa yoga, or drift off to sleep more easily, CBD’s phytocannabinoids can help by stimulating your body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation, pain, stress and anxiety.

Here are several products from Sagely, a women-owned CBD company founded in 2015 by Kerrigan Behrens and Kaley Nichol. Their Relief & Recovery products have been in our medicine cabinets for years.

Pain keeps you from doing the things you love. And cannabis and Sagely Naturals have been shown to alleviate pain, in a natural and non-toxic way.”

— Kerrigan Behrens, Co-Founder, Sagely Naturals

If you want to learn more about why CBD works and how phytocannibinoids affect the human endocannibionoid system, you might want to read Shira Adler’s alternatively humorous and hard hitting ABCs of CBD, “a practical, educational, and comprehensive guide answering all the things you’ve ever wanted to know about cannabinoids, but were afraid to ask.”

,Other good reads are A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better and Mary Jane: the Complete Marijuana Handbook for Woman.  

The New York Times Magazine feature Can CBD Really Do All That? is also excellent, and for the scientific angle check out our post on the human endocannibinoid system and the Bulgarian-Israili scientist Dr. Rafael Mechoulam who first isolated THC and CBD. 

Wherever you begin your CBD experience remember the ABCs of CBD, start low and go slow!

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