by Dr. Shannon Connolly
If you have been treated by me, I may have asked “Have you heard of CBD?” Some people immediately light up and say, “Yes, I have.” Others look at me with complete confusion! So here’s an attempt to clarify and explain exactly what CBD is, what it does, and what it is used for.
What does CBD stand for and what is it??
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a type of cannabinoid. This compound is most commonly found in marijuana or its close cousin, hemp. The most popular cannabinoid most of us know is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the major active component of marijuana and what gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. However, marijuana is typically made up of 40% of the non-psychoactive CBD.
Most cannabinoids are produced naturally by the body, in order to regulate a collection of cell receptors and molecules located in brain, organs, connective tissue, glands, and immune cells. The overall goal of this system is to maintain homeostasis, or balance within the body.
Since these receptors are located within almost every part of our body, they are absolutely vital for optimal health. They play a significant role in operating functions such as:
- immune function
Is CBD legal?
Yes! And as we have seen, CBD is gaining popularity every day. Despite laws regulating domestic production, hemp-derived products such as food, clothing, and supplements have been and remain legal to purchase and use in all 50 states. It is legal to ship hemp-derived CBD oil to all 50 states. A medical card, prescription, or ID are not necessary.
What conditions do people use CBD for?
Slowly, as CBD and its association to marijuana has become more socially accepted, research has increased exponentially on the major health benefits of CBD. CBD, in a nutshell, acts as a therapeutic agent in your endocannabinoid system, which constantly works to get your body into a place of homeostasis. As it is already naturally is produced by the body, the consumption of CBD provides additional regulatory molecules to keep your body in homeostasis. With all the external environmental and social/emotional stresses in life, this can be an additional tool to keep your internal biology in balance.
To simplify, there are numerous already known uses for CBD and the list is continuously growing! The most recognized are as follows:
- reduce pain and inflammation
- reduce anxiety
- fight cancer
- reduce nausea
- treat seizures and other neurological disorders
- promote cardiovascular health
- and more!
Clearly, CBD can help with almost everything. It has been labeled an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent. Essentially, CBD is magical! Cannabinoids have a vital role in almost every physiological function in our body so it makes sense that this compound has such universal applications.
Where can I get it?
In compliance with Federal Law and the Farm Bill of 2016, CBD extracted from industrial hemp can be “transported, processed and sold” nationwide. Therefore, consumers are able to purchase CBD products without needing a medical marijuana card and without living in a state where cannabis products are sold.
But be aware: Not all CBD products are made equal. CBD is not approved by the FDA so companies are not required to state how much, if any, CBD is in their product. It is important to remember when buying a CBD product:
- Find out where the hemp or marijuana came from
- Price does not determine quality
- Not all extraction methods are safe. Safe solvents only!
What are the other ingredients? Look for organic, natural substances such as coconut oil, essential oils, and beeswax.
There is still much to learn about this special compound, but recent studies have shown promising results on the potential effects of CBD on our physiology. CBD is a superior alternative to many pharmaceuticals that can have more severe side effects such as narcotics/opiates, anxiolytics, and antidepressants.
If you have questions, or would like to talk about CBD as it relates to your health profile, feel free to talk to your Core Therapies provider.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Open House last month. It was a wonderful day filled with conversations about cutting-edge technologies and common sense health advice.
October is “Inflammation Month” in our office with workshops and demonstrations taking place all month to discuss topics related to inflammation…causes, treatment and even how to find it before a major problem presents itself. Read on to hear about the specific events being held during the coming weeks and sign up to join us!
This month, we’re also offering a very special series of Yoga classes for beginners, experienced practitioners and couples. John Levis, one of the wonderful yoga instructors at Core Therapies, will be leading these sessions which appear on our website calendar along with the complete schedule of classes and events. You can view the calendar here. For more details and to RSVP for John’s sessions, read below.
The Core Therapies Team
Inflammation: Friend or Foe
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7-8:30PM
Presented by Dr. Noémie Long
We’ve all heard that inflammation is bad, but what is it? By the end of the hour you’ll own the answer to that question. We’ll talk about what it is and foods you can eat to help you fight off inflammation, pain and fatigue. RSVP at our Event Page here. No charge to attend.
Reducing Chronic Pain and Inflammation with Non-Invasive Whole Body PhotoBioModulation Therapy (PBMT)
Saturday, October 13th, 2-4PM
Presented by John Allen Mollenhauer, founder of Regenus Center
What is PBMT? How does it compare to other solutions, why should you take advantage of it and what can you expect from your sessions? RSVP for this complimentary workshop by calling the Regenus Center at (862) 295-1620 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Thermography to Identify Inflammation Before It Becomes a Problem
Tuesday, October 30th, 7-8:30PM
Presented by Holistic Health Counselor Lisa Mack
Thermography was one of the most popular demos at our recent Open House, so we’re very pleased to have Lisa Mack returning so soon to hold a workshop. Lisa, who does thermography screenings at Core Therapies on the first Tuesday of each month, will tell you all about this radiation-free screening procedure and then conduct demos on participants. RSVP at our Event page here.
Yoga For Those Who Can’t Touch Their Toes! An Introduction to Yoga, Beginners Workshop
Wednesday, October 10th
There are many styles and intensity levels of yoga as its popularity has exploded in this country over the last ten years. Not all yoga practices are equal and not all styles of yoga are for everyone. Learning the basics of an alignment-based yoga practice is critical for a therapeutic foundation and optimal well-being. We will learn basic techniques of breathing and alignment that can be applied in any posture, on or off the mat. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, but if you practice, you can be.
Thai Yoga Bodywork Partners Workshop
Sunday, October 14th, 4-7PM
Fee: $60 each/$110 per couple
Thai Yoga Bodywork is a dynamic combination of myofascial stretching, joint mobilization, acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Learn simple techniques that you can use on your partner and have your partner use on you. A partner is not required for the workshop, we can pair you up with someone, or you will be paired with the instructor for optimal bliss!
Align Your Spine
Wednesday, October 24th, 6-8PM
Learn how the benefits of a good alignment-based yoga practice can help free your back from discomfort and pain. Beginners welcome! In this workshop you will learn:
- Specific techniques of alignment in order to bring your body into optimal alignment in any yoga posture
- Specific postures that will support overall optimal alignment in your spine
- Develop a simple and effective home practice to maintain optimal well being
- Learn habits that will improve your overall posture throughout the day
To register for these yoga classes, please contact John Levis at email@example.com or (973) 216-0844.
Wednesday, October 3rd, 7-9PM
Preregistration is required; $25 investment
RSVP by calling the office at (973)240-7251
Have a hard time deciding what’s “healthy” in a supermarket? Confused when reading labels? Want to feed your family healthier food, but not sure how to do that? Join Nutritionist LuAnn Peters for an eye-opening walk through Trader Joe’s in Florham Park. Sign up now by calling the office at (973) 240-7251…space is limited!
Thursday, October 18th, 7-10PM
Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Night School is a mind control technique developed from the work of Patrick Collard and his early studies with Jose Silva (the Silva Mind Control Technique). Tonight we’ll explore a brief introduction to this basic brain science and follow up with some fun and basic techniques to help you retrain, rewire and begin to love your brain all over again!
Featured Recipe: Raspberry Apple Crisp
- 3 organic pink lady apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 cup frozen organic raspberries
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup oats (pure oats are naturally gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup organic brown, coconut, or date sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Mix together first four ingredients and transfer to an 8 x 8 baking dish.
- In small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly.
- Sprinkle topping over the apple and raspberry mixture.
- Bake for about 30 minutes until apples are soft and topping is golden brown
Family Days: Bring an immediate family member for their initial chiropractic visit and it’s on us! “Family Days” are our way of saying thank you for sharing your family with ours.
Thermography: Thermography is offered in our office on the first Tuesday of every month by appointment only. Call Lisa Mack at (609) 618-6545 to schedule and visit her website for additional information.
Welcome to the newest members of the Core Therapies Family…beautiful babies Quinn, Orly and Fiona!
Spinal Decompression Therapy Comes to Core Therapies
by Dr. Matt McGowan
At Core Therapies, we are always looking to offer the most beneficial therapy to our patients. One of the growing concerns for our patient population is for the well being of those suffering from acute or sub acute disc injuries. Often times there is little to be done for someone in an acute flare up of a disc injury other than rest and often times patients end up being prescribed pain killers or muscle relaxers. But the unfortunate downside to these highly addictive substances has been well documented and I wanted to find a better solution for our patients. I went looking for another treatment alternative for our patients in serious discomfort. Spinal Decompression Therapy is not new, however the advances that have been made in both the machines themselves as well as the art of using the machines made it an obvious solution for us. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to effectively treat disabling lower back and neck pain, associated radiating leg and arm pain, as well as
headaches. Decompression Therapy effectively enhances the healing process and often renders effective and amazing pain relief that enables most patients to return to a more active lifestyle. Recently both Dr. Meagan and have become certified in the Kennedy Decompression Technique and are proud to announce that we will have a Kennedy Neuroflex Decompression table in at Core Therapies later this month.
Conditions that have been shown to benefit from Decompression Therapy include:
Protruding Disc (Bulge or Herniation)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative joint disease
Spinal Nerve Root impingement
Spinal hypo mobility
If you’d like to know more, visit the Decompression Therapy page on our website. To find out whether this might be a good addition to your treatment plan, please reach out to our office or email me at email@example.com.
Baby’s First Adjustment
by Dr. Melissa Sonners
One of the greatest honors of my career is when a mom hands me her baby and asks me to check them. You may be surprised to hear that a baby would be checked and seen by a chiropractor, but after a bit of information it makes much more sense. Whether it’s caused by a malposition in the womb, a long labor, or birth interventions such as forceps, vacuum or cesarean sections, babies often experience misalignments just as adults do. All three of our children were checked within hours of their births. An adjustment on a baby is very soft and gentle. The amount of pressure used is the same amount you would use to check for ripeness in a tomato. Their bodies are very pure and don’t need much input to self correct. Most birth providers “assist” the baby out of the birth canal or abdomen (in case of cesarean section) by pulling on the head and neck to help get the shoulders out. This creates a lot of pull and pressure on the tendons and ligaments of the neck, jaw and shoulders. This can cause torsion of the baby’s neck leading to torticollis in some cases or avoidance of turning the head to one side which can cause flat spots on the head, difficulty latching on one or both sides in breastfed babies or a weak suck reflex. Prolonged labors can also cause disturbances in the cranial bones (the
bones of the skull) which can affect the shape of the baby’s head as well as the ability to latch properly, creating a comfortable breastfeeding relationship for mom and baby. Many lactation consultants now refer to pediatric-certified chiropractors recognizing how beneficial chiropractic care can be in any breastfeeding issues. Often babies need just a few sessions to clear out any interference caused in the womb or during the birthing process. Some parents choose to continue to have their babies checked throughout the first year as a way to be sure that all developmental milestones and neurological reflexes are occurring as they should. Many use chiropractic care for their kids as a natural way to support their immune systems and help with ear infections. For more information about this, click here. We are gratified to watch so many of the babies and young children in our office grow into healthy young adults. As always, we are here to answer any questions you may have about how we can help you and your family achieve optimal health.