The ABCs of CBD

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Season 1, Episode 19 Guest: Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND

Have you ever wanted to learn the ABCs of CBD? Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such as CBD is a cure-all for cancer or COVID-19, which it is not. More research is needed but CBD may prove to be a helpful, relatively non-toxic option for managing certain conditions including anxiety, insomnia, seizure disorders and chronic pain.

Who should use CBD, how should you procure it and how much should you take?

Learn all about the risks, benefits and scientific evidence that support the role of CBD in health. Join Kathleen and registered dietitian Janice Bissex, a holistic cannabis practitioner, and Program Director of Cannabinoid Medical Sciences at John Patrick University School of Integrative & Functional Medicine. Janice is also an author of Simple Guide to CBD: Fact, Fiction, and a Path Forward.

Key Messages on the ABCs of CBD:

  1. CBD and THC are cousins but serve vastly different purposes. CBD is not intoxicating. Marijuana contains THC and is psychoactive. Legally, CBD products can only contain 0.03% THC.
  2. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor to make sure that it won’t affect any other medicines you take.
  3. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce or stop seizures. Epidiolex, which contains CBD, is the first cannabis-derived medicine approved by the FDA.
  4. Buyer beware, since CBD is not regulated so purchase from a reputable source and request a certificate of analysis.
  5. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential” and is considered safe.
  6. CBD is a plant that contains over 100 ingredients including health promoting terpines, cannabinoids, hemp, flavonoids and more.

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND

Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RDN, FAND is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and cookbook author.

After her dad found relief from his pain using medical cannabis it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief with CBD and cannabis. 

She completed training and attained certification from Holistic Cannabis Academy and Green Flower Institute, as well as the University of Vermont end of life doula program. Janice now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness. She partnered with a Colorado manufacturer of organically-grown medicinal grade hemp to provide phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD products for her clients under her Jannabis Wellness label.

As Program Director of Cannabinoid Medical Sciences and professor of cannabis therapy at John Patrick University School of Integrative & Functional Medicine Janice’s goal is to educate health professionals on the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoid therapy.

Janice spent much of her career creating recipes and educating families about healthy cooking and eating at Meal Makeover Moms and Janice Cooks. A 2015 recipient of the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Janice has authored five books, including Simple Guide to CBD: Fact, Fiction, and a Path Forward and Color and Eat the Alphabet: Healthy Eating from A to Z.

Janice writes for several magazines including CRx Magazine and Today’s Dietitian. She enjoys working with her clients to help them find relief with cannabinoid therapy and is a frequent speaker at conferences and guest on radio shows and podcasts.

Janice is past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and past chair of the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A mom of two grown daughters, Janice lives outside of Boston with her husband and miniature dachshund, Ella. She enjoys kayaking, pickleball, hiking, travel, yoga, and cooking and hosting events in her demo kitchen.

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