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6 Tips To Keep Your Stress Levels Low

This past year has been… interesting, to say the least. Despite all the changes that have happened over the course of the past twelve months, one thing has remained both certain and constant- and that is our icky little friend, stress. 

 

Stress not only impacts our mental well-being, but it can physically impact our bodies as well. Have you ever noticed that your neck hurts a bit more after a particularly difficult Zoom meeting, or that your sleep has suffered due to your mind racing after a whirlwind of a day? Have you noticed a constant sense of feeling on-edge or unwarranted fatigue throughout the day? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re not alone- and if you haven’t yet, you should probably get some CBD! 

 

While many of our members have connected with the Dosage Support team to go over how to increase the efficacy of their CBD, there is only so much the CBD itself can do to keep your stress levels low through high-stress times. When it comes to managing stress and getting good sleep, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is just as important as following a daily, consistent CBD routine. 

 

Not sure where to start? The Dosage Support team has your back with a beginner’s guide to supporting CBD!

 

Spend some time outside

6 tips to keep your stress levels lowNot only has sunshine been shown to improve mood, getting at least 15 minutes of outdoor time a day can help regulate your Circadian Rhythm, which is our body’s biological clock. I always start out my morning with a small, ½ dropper dose (5mg/0.5mL) and take a walk to grab some coffee!

 

 

Listen to music that makes you smile

Not only can music affect your mood, but there are studies to support that music can also help increase focus. Take a listen to our EQ Dance Break Playlist curated by EQ staff! Whether your music makes you get up and dance or helps you get through the flood of morning emails, it’s a win! Pair your jam session with some Drops or your Energizing Roller to make the most of the little moments that make you smile. 

 

Move your body at least once a day

6 tips to keep your stress levels lowIf you’re like the Dosage Support team, you spend most of the day on your computer, which can lead to stiffness, sore eyes, headaches- you name it, we’ve got it. Getting up and moving your body, even just a short walk around the block can be a great way to combat not only the physical stress of working from home but the mental strain as well. Follow up your movement with a little Relief Cream to help with recovery! 

 

Find time to connect with your support system

Especially during this time of isolation, getting the human connections we need can be difficult. Connecting with those we love, along with mental health professionals, is incredibly important for processing the stress that we face every day and creating lasting bonds through empathy and understanding. Staying connected as a team while working remotely has helped the entire Dosage Support team feel our best. 

 

Create new connections

6 tips to keep your stress levels lowWhile this is obviously a bit difficult to do in person these days, the internet is full of incredible support groups for individuals facing any and all stressors you could imagine. Want to chat about CBD?  All of our monthly CBD subscribers have access to join our exclusive private MyEQ Community Facebook Group!  This is an awesome space where we connect with other members and talk about all things CBD. 

 

Use a meditation app

And while you’re at it, pair your meditation session with some Daily Drops. Meditation is a great way to learn how to slow down your thoughts, and using CBD to help improve focus and combat stress at a molecular level can take that experience to the next level. As a company that values and promotes balance, our entire team has recently started to use the Calm app! 

 

Already tried these tricks and eager for more? Book a Dosage Appointment with one of our Dosage Specialists, or email [email protected]. Feel free to email in your own tips and tricks, too! 

 

CBD Routines for Sexual Health

So many things can throw a wrench in our ability to cultivate a healthy relationship to sex. Things like internalizing negative messages about our bodies & sex, plus chronic stress can lead to unfulfilling sexual experiences. One of the first steps to addressing these roadblocks is reframing sex as a form of self-care – starting with self-pleasure. There’s no one-size-fits-all definition of self-pleasure; it is yours and yours alone. Landing on your personal definition means exploring and learning how to pleasure your own body. And be with your own body without judgment. You could go dancing, take a virtual fitness class you love, play a sport, or flaunt your favorite outfit or jewelry (even if it’s just around the house or on your daily walk).

 

In addition to giving yourself permission and enjoying a physical activity that enhances how you feel in your body, adding CBD to your daily routine can also be helpful. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that higher concentrations of cannabinoids in women’s systems were significantly associated with sexual arousal. 

 

Ready to add CBD to your pleasure-enhancing wellness protocol? Below, our Dosage Specialists recommend the best product routine and top tips for your sexual health. 

 

CBD routines for sexual health

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Recommended Routine:

Daily Drops

Take 1/2 Dropper to 1 full dropper of our Daily Drops in the evening so you feel more relaxed and in a better mood prior to sexual activity. This can also help with any stress or anxiety you may have that could hinder your ability to relax with your partner. 

 

Dynamic Roller Duo

Apply the calming roller ball to your pulse points and just behind the ear for additional help with winding down and taking the edge off. 

Balancing Bath Bombs

If sexual activity is anticipated, run yourself a warm bath with one of our balancing bath bombs to help relax your muscles and get you into a calmer state of mind. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your bath to stay hydrated 

 

 

Pro Tips: 

  1. Drink plenty of water and follow your regular CBD routine throughout the day to manage stress.
  2. Consider using our CBD Bath Bombs with your partner before sexual activity.
  3. Cannabinoids, like CBD, have been shown to heighten sensations such as touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing. 
  4. Other things you can do in addition to consistent CBD…
    1. Herbal yoni steams
    2. Meditation
    3. Stretching through yoga targeted for your pelvic floor regularly 
    4. Adding fresh okra into your diet – herbal supplements like Maca root powder or Kacip Fatima are beneficial but Maca root can also increase appetite so you want to be careful with that one if you aren’t looking for added weight gain

 

For additional recommendations and tips from our Dosage Specialists, we offer unlimited Dosage Support through email or phone with every Equilibria purchase. Our Dosage Specialists are here to help guide and educate you to create a healthy, balanced CBD routine.

CBD Routines for Menopausal Health

As women, our bodies go through various different reproductive life cycles, menopause being one of them. While we believe it’s important to embrace and talk more openly about this life stage to help eliminate the stigma around it, we also know that the symptoms that come along with menopause wreak havoc on our bodies. From hot flashes, drenching night sweats, sleep disturbances to decreased sexual drive, and painful sexual intercourse, it’s essential to have products in your corner to help fight discomfort and offer up powerful relief.

 

Fortunately, many of the symptoms that women with menopause are seeking to alleviate have been studied with CBD and cannabis, and the research shows that they both have an impact on neurotransmitters within our body—including our skin, reproductive organs, and central nervous system—with the help of our endocannabinoid system. This means that CBD and cannabis are known for helping women experiencing chronic stress, sleep, discomfort, fatigue, nausea, and sexual function.

 

CBD Routines for Menopausal Health

 

Here, our Dosage Specialists have crafted routine recommendations along with best practices to help make this life stage more bearable.

CBD routines for menopausal health

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Recommended Routine

CBD Routines for Menopausal Health | daily soft gelsDaily Softgels

Start with one 10mg Regular Strength Softgel after breakfast with a healthy fat, then take another after dinner also with a healthy fat. Increase to our 25mg Extra Strength Softgel after several weeks on 10mg for more support if needed. We always recommend discussing with a Dosage Specialist first to make sure extra strength products are right for you.

 

Daily DropsCBD Routines for Menopausal Health | daily drops

Start with our 300mg Regular Strength Daily Drops, take ¼ dropper (2.5mg/0.25mL) to ½ dropper (5mg/0.50mL) Regular Strength Drops spaced out throughout the day as needed. 

For more support, increase to ¼ dropper (12.5mg/0.25mL) to ½ dropper (25mg/0.50mL) of our Extra Strength Drops for more support if needed (discuss with a Dosage Specialist first). 

Take a ½ dropper (5mg/0.50mL) of Regular Strength Drops as needed for night sweats.

Research suggests small, spaced doses work better than larger, single doses, so a combination of Daily Softgels and Daily Drops or a routine of just one or the other product spaced throughout the day is recommended. 

 

equilibria Relief CreamRelief Cream

Apply to soles of feet at bedtime for hot flashes, on stiff or achy joints and other bodily aches and discomfort as needed. Relief Cream doesn’t enter the bloodstream the same way CBD does when it is ingested, which means you can apply Relief Cream as needed.

equilibria Daily Treatment OilDaily Treatment Oil

Apply to your face and body on dry, coarse, or uneven skin. You can also add a pump of Daily Treatment Oil to your favorite moisturizer of choice to give your skin an extra boost of hydration.

 

Premium CBD for Women Mindful Mineral SoakMindful Mineral Soak

Indulge in a restoring mineral salt bath to relax and destress, and help reduce inflammation. Combining CBD with aromatherapy and heat can do wonders for discomfort, inducing sleep, quieting our mind, and lifting our mood. Draw a hot bath and pour 1 scoop of the Mindful Mineral Soak into the bath. Soak in the bath for at least half an hour. 

 

5 Pro Tips for Additional Relief

  1. Journal your symptoms and reactions to products to notice trends over time.
  2. Small, spaced doses are more effective than large, single doses. Either take small doses of Daily Drops (¼ droppers to ½ droppers) spaced throughout the day or take one Daily Softgel after breakfast and after dinner with a healthy fat for a slow, steady release throughout the day and night.
  3. Keep a bottle of Daily Drops on your nightstand for night sweats.
  4. Keep a bottle of Daily Drops with you in your purse or in your car’s glove department so you’re ready to calm hot flashes whenever or wherever they occur.
  5. Try using our Roller Duo on wrists, inner elbows, temples, and neck to uplift your mood and cool day-time hot flashes.

As always, we recommend consulting with our Dosage Specialists to help you determine what products are best for your unique needs. With every EQ purchase, you receive free dosage consultations, through email or phone. No up-selling, just education, and personalization of your routine.

CBD Routines for Period Health

Backaches. Cramps. Headaches. Bloating. Nausea. All the not-so-fun symptoms that come along with your period. They leave you feeling uncomfortable and even bedridden with unbearable discomfort for some. When symptoms pop up you need trusted, go-to products that will bring you relief month after month. While you may already use CBD for stress relief, better sleep, and unwinding at night – what if we told you that Full-Spectrum CBD can also be a powerful tool to help relieve menstruation discomfort? 

 

CBD Routines for Period Health

 

Since THC is powerful in relieving discomfort and CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, they work together to decrease the hormone-like substance that causes inflammation (goodbye headaches & muscle aches!). CBD and THC also work to decrease cortisol levels, a hormone that is released when our bodies are stressed mentally or physically. Increased cortisol leads to increased bloating, stress, and discomfort. So, using CBD can lead to decreased discomfort overall during your period and throughout the menstruation cycle.

 

Below, our Dosage Specialists weigh in on best products to use for symptomatic relief, best practices, and top tips to make that time of the month more bearable. 

 

CBD Routines for Period Health

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Recommended Routine:

Relief Cream

At the onset of physical symptoms from your period, apply Relief Cream to areas of physical discomfort like temples, lower abdomen, and lower back. Use a pea-sized amount on each area that is affected. Apply more if you are finding no improvements after about 30 minutes! You may want to apply every 4 hours if the discomfort persists throughout the day. 

Daily Drops

Take an episodic dose of the Daily Drops at the onset of physical discomfort such as cramps, headaches/migraines, or if you’re feeling extra on edge. Start with a ½ Dropper (5mg/0.5mL) and wait 20-30 minutes to see how you feel. If you notice no relief or improvement, you could try a 1/4 Dropper (2.5mg/0.25mL). We want to go low and slow, giving you the ability to increase your dose in small increments for greater precision. 

Daily Softgels

For consistent, gentle support to help regulate hormones and, over time, lessen the intensity of PMS symptoms or menstrual cycle symptoms, consider a Daily Softgel after eating a healthy fat. Softgels provide extended coverage throughout your day if you tend to be busy throughout the daytime with work/on-the-go.

Premium CBD for Women Mindful Mineral SoakMindful Mineral Soak

Combining CBD with aromatherapy and heat can do wonders for period discomfort, inducing sleep, quieting our mind, and lifting our mood. Draw a hot bath and pour 1 scoop of the Mindful Mineral Soak into the bath. Soak in the bath for at least half an hour. This could allow your skin to absorb the warmth and CBD to help soothe your discomfort. It’s important to focus on taking care of yourself when you need it most! 

 

5 Pro Tips for Additional Relief:

  1. Whether you experience more discomfort leading into your period or during your menstrual cycle, adjust your CBD routine at that time to add more support. Add a ¼ -½ dropper dose (regular strength) to your regular daily dose or consider doubling up on your Softgels (regular strength) if you currently take your Softgel after dinner for stronger support overnight.
  2. For period cramps, apply relief cream to the abdomen and lower back followed by a heating pad for further support. In addition, take a warm bath using our Mindful Mineral Soak for an extra layer of self-care.
  3. If you typically need to take 3-4 Advil several times a day for debilitating period cramps, you may be a better candidate for our Extra Strength Drops
  4. Take a short walk. Exercise can increase blood flow and boost your endorphins and we know that is a good thing when we can feel moody, tired, or off balance.
  5. Reach for your Dynamic Roller Duo if you experience headaches or migraines. Apply on pressure points, such as on the temples at the start of a headache, or along the neck and back for tension.

 

We understand every woman’s period is different. As always, we recommend consulting with our Dosage Specialists to help you determine what products are best for your unique needs. With every EQ purchase, you receive free dosage consultations, through email or phone. No up-selling, just education, and personalization of your routine.

CBD and Hormonal Health

Hormonal health issues can seem like an overwhelming topic, often played off or brushed under the rug, yet so many women silently suffer from them. As a cannabis nurse, who also happens to be a proud feminist, one of my passions is to help women learn how to utilize CBD and cannabis to alleviate the issues they face. 

 

Hormonal health issues include menopause symptoms, weight loss & gain, flares of chronic discomfort, disturbed sleep, emotional distress, discomfort during sex, decreased libido, and uncomfortable menstruation. Many women don’t feel comfortable bringing these issues up with their healthcare providers at all. Some women who do take the step report that they are quickly dismissed and left with no guidance about what to do. This gap in both knowledge and empathy for women suffering from uncomfortable chronic hormone-related disorders is what drives my passion to be an advocate for women, participate in nursing research, and encourage them to try CBD and cannabis to help with many of these symptoms. 

 

Prior to prohibition and the 20th century, whole-plant cannabis (and therefore CBD as well as other cannabinoids) was used frequently as medicine for sexual health, menstrual discomfort, and even during childbirth. Could you imagine giving birth after smoking cannabis or drinking cannabis tea? Cannabis was first used as a medicine in China where it was added to the pharmacopeia in 2727 BC and used for a multitude of ailments including disorders of the female reproductive system. It was subsequently used throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and it eventually spread to Europe and the Americas. In Europe, during the middle ages, cannabis was used frequently by doctors and midwives. In fact, in the 1300s the Catholic Church became so upset by its frequent use in women that it began accusing women who used or provided cannabis to be witches. (I would have DEFINITELY been burned as a witch). The accusation was that women/witches would smoke cannabis under a full moon to have flagrant sexual intercourse…looking at this through the lens of history the reason for this accusation probably had a lot to do with women having agency over their bodies and enjoying sexual relations. Additionally, cannabis was also being utilized and enjoyed by Muslims as medicine around this time, which happened to coincide with the Crusades – adding a political angle to the sexist one.

CBD and Hormonal Health

So, seeing as how CBD and cannabis have been used for thousands of years to treat female reproductive and hormonal issues, can we expect to get relief for things like uncomfortable menstrual cycle symptoms and endometriosis? Is there any science that supports this practice? 

 

Let’s get into the research.

 

Not surprisingly, the number of studies lags far behind what there should be for this important issue affecting so many. There are some weak studies from the 80s where scientists assert that there is an interaction between cannabis and hormones – but the lack of details or understanding of the mechanism leaves a lot to be desired. More recent publications have done better – demonstrating complex interactions between the ECS (Endocannabinoid system) and the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, as well as an intricate balance in the communication between the ECS and hormones.  

 

A study from 2019 that looked at what happened to women’s menstrual cycles that used cannabis and tobacco showed a shortened luteal phase (the week in between ovulation and your period – where the egg has been released and fertilization could occur). Now a caveat – this study was flawed. The group studied was small, the participants used both cannabis AND tobacco, and the menstrual periods and cannabis use were all self-reported. 

 

CBD and hormonal health

Image of Menstruation Cycle with Estrogen and Progesterone changes. 

Photo Credit: Northeastern Reproductive Medicine

 

Because most of these studies were conducted with self-reported cannabis use, specific/individual cannabinoids have not been studied. Also many were conducted with unregulated cannabis that may have had other additives or were grown in poor conditions. Since cannabis is a porous plant, are the menstrual cycle changes due to the cannabis itself or from chemicals from the soil or other additives added to the product later? Our ecosystem, food, birth control, and pharmaceuticals are full of endocrine disruptors from many other sources, so we need more information.

 

But what about Uterine Pain? Endometriosis? Cramps? Can CBD help?

 

Well, the answer is most likely “yes.” Since the endocannabinoid system is part of the central nervous system, it works in conjunction with neurotransmitters and hormonal regulation – there is research that proves CB1 plays a role in hormonal regulation (Hillard, C.J. 2015). Hormones don’t work on just our reproductive organs; they literally regulate and modulate our bodies’ response to nearly everything, as does the endocannabinoid system. Hormones regulate our heart rate and blood pressure, affect how much we eat, our stress responses, sex drive, and how our brain works day in and day out. When you break it down, if it sounds like all humans are a hormonal, chemical, puddle of saltwater… you’d be right. It doesn’t take much to throw off this delicate balance – and when it’s off you feel bloating, pain, emotional stress, increased menstruation symptoms, fatigue, and a whole list of uncomfortable side effects. 

 

So how can cannabis and CBD help?

THC is a powerful analgesic and CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Together they work as a COX-2 inhibitor which works by decreasing prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance that causes inflammation. This is also how NSAIDs like Ibuprofen work, but with more side effects than CBD (Takada S. et al 2008). CBD and THC also decrease cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when our bodies are stressed mentally or physically. Increased cortisol leads to increased bloating, stress, and discomfort. Using CBD could mean decreased discomfort overall during your period or throughout the menstruation cycle.

 

There are many more studies to unpack and research to expand on. Continue to look out for more on this topic from me. In the literature, CBD and cannabis have many effects on serotonin receptors, insulin, oxytocin, neurotransmitters, and hormones. As usual, it is clear that we need more studies on the interplay between women’s health, CBD, and cannabis to fully figure out how these products can assist with our hormonal health. In the meantime, there’s strong evidence to support that using CBD is likely to decrease your menstrual cramps, bloating, and stress. Read more here about how to discuss cannabis and CBD use with your health care providers, and what to do if they are not supportive.

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

 

 

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What Research Says About CBD and Covid Related Symptoms

2020 was supposed to be THE year for cannabis. More states fully legalized cannabis (including my home state of Illinois). And progress was made in numerous others on some form of law allowing increased access. The CBD market was growing—it was being infused into cocktails, beauty treatments, food, and so much more. Then, the COVID pandemic suddenly hit and everything changed forcing everyone to adjust to a new normal. 

 

The history of cannabis has been a story of fear, misunderstanding, and regulation that prevents it from being properly studied. Things were finally starting to change. But then the COVID pandemic caused a lot of the momentum to stop in its tracks—the economy, socializing, and even educational conferences and research came to a halt. However, what could have been a huge negative—setting research on cannabinoids back even farther—turned out to be an advantage for CBD and cannabis. COVID is a novel virus, which basically means that in January 2020 no one knew anything about it. Doctors and scientists were trying and testing anything and everything until something stuck. A few things did show promise such as an antiviral drug, Vitamin D supplementation, anticoagulation meds to prevent blood clots and strokes, proning (think tummy time for adults)…and even CBD.

 

Now, if anyone tells you that CBD (or any other substance for that matter…okay, other than the vaccine) can cure,  prevent, or protect you from COVID, then they are either lying or drastically misinformed. However, there is some good evidence out there to suggest that CBD and cannabis may have a role in the treatment of COVID and the alleviation of associated symptoms.

 

What Research Says About CBD Alleviating Covid Related Symptoms

 

What do we know so far? There are multiple ongoing studies to see if CBD can be implemented as a way to help control COVID symptoms.

 

Well, in the early 2000s scientists did studies that showed cannabis to be a very potent anti-inflammatory that helps decrease inflammation, perhaps more than NSAIDs (e.g. Ibuprofen/Motrin, Naproxen/Aleve) or even steroids (e.g. Prednisone). More research is needed, but the following passage is very promising regarding utilizing CBD to control inflammatory processes: “several studies showed that cannabinoids downregulate cytokine and chemokine production and, in some models, upregulate T-regulatory cells (Tregs) as a mechanism to suppress inflammatory responses.” (Nagarrkatti et al 2009) 

 

To translate the above statement, it’s very possible that cannabis can play a role in decreasing inflammation. When does inflammation strike? Often. Inflammation happens in our body in little injuries like a pulled muscle to chronic autoimmune diseases to scary new novel viruses such as COVID. 

 

The anti-inflammatory effects of various cannabinoids have been shown time and time again in studies.

This means that CBD may prove to be useful for controlling symptoms or preventing worsening of the disease process in viral illnesses such as COVID, where the most severe cases are due to an uncontrolled inflammatory response in the body (you may have heard reference to the cytokine storm in very extreme cases of COVID). Some studies have shown that cannabinoids can affect the expression of proteins on the surface of cells (like ACE-2 receptors) that the virus binds to in order to get inside cells.

 

So the hypothesis is: Could CBD cause cells to have fewer proteins on the surface that the virus needs to get inside, making it more difficult for the virus to reproduce itself and spread?

 

One study looking at just this effect stated:

“The extracts of our most successful novel high-CBD C. Sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the prevention/treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy.” (Wang et al 2020)  

 

So again, while there is no cure for COVID, we finally have hope for effective prevention in the form of a vaccine. But until that vaccine makes its way to most, we are still going to be dealing with COVID in our lives. If you or a family member is diagnosed with COVID19, then continuing to use softgels or tinctures are likely safe. And possibly even helpful in controlling symptoms. As usual check with your doctor, pharmacist, or cannabis nurse regarding drug-drug interactions. 

 

CBD won’t protect you or stop you from catching COVID. But the studies are promising that it MAY prevent or decrease some of the worse symptoms such as a cytokine storm, ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), and help with symptoms of pain due to increased inflammation. As with everything in the cannabis world, more research is needed. However, the information is leaning positive for concurrent COVID treatment and for post-COVID survivors in the long haul as we learn more about after-effects.

 

Sources:

Nagarkatti, P., Pandey, R., Rieder, S. A., Hegde, V. L., & Nagarkatti, M. (2009). Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs. Future medicinal chemistry, 1(7), 1333-1349.

Onaivi, E. S., & Sharma, V. (2020). Cannabis for COVID-19: can cannabinoids quell the cytokine storm?.

Rizzo, M. D., Henriquez, J. E., Blevins, L. K., Bach, A., Crawford, R. B., & Kaminski, N. E. (2020). Targeting Cannabinoid Receptor 2 on Peripheral Leukocytes to Attenuate Inflammatory Mechanisms Implicated in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, 1-14.

Wang, B., Kovalchuk, A., Li, D., Rodriguez-Juarez, R., Ilnytskyy, Y., Kovalchuk, I., & Kovalchuk, O. (2020). In search of preventive strategies: novel high-CBD Cannabis sativa extracts modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 gateway tissues. Aging (Albany, NY Online).

 

About Rebecca Abraham:

Rebecca AbrahamEducating ourselves about CBD and the products we put in our bodies can feel overwhelming at times. That’s why Acute on Chronic and Equilibria are working hard to keep it simple and straightforward.

Acute on Chronic founder and President, Rebecca Abraham BSN, RN, is a certified cannabis nurse. From a single assessment to ongoing support, Acute on Chronic provides support for all your cannabis questions as you investigate and become comfortable with it as alternative care. Follow Rebecca onFacebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and reach out for an initial consultation.

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