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Williamsburg Pharmacist Urges Caution When Purchasing CBD Products

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WILLAMSBURG-As the use of CBD products continue to grow in popularity, a pharmacist with Williamsburg Drug Company recently discussed its uses during a lecture held at the Williamsburg Regional Library in downtown Williamsburg.

Dr. Jaime Reid, a pharmacist as well as a functional medicine practitioner with Williamsburg Drug Company, spoke Wednesday, June 29, about “CBD for Sleep, Pain, Inflammation, and Much More.” She explained that humans house an endocannabinoid system that runs throughout their bodies and that cannabinoids are referred to as anything that has an effect on the system.

“There are over 100 kinds of cannabinoids, and CBD and THC are the ones people hear of the most, with CBD and THC being the most common and the most marketed,” said Reid. She explained that CBD-dominant products, those derived from a hemp plant versus marijuana plant, are non-intoxicating and will not get a person “high.”

Over-the-counter CBD products have the therapeutic potential of providing pain and anti-inflammatory relief, assisting people who have trouble sleeping, with depression, and other health issues. Reid said it is paramount to choose a reputable brand.

“I’m sure you’ve seen CBD for sale at grocery stores and gas stations, and the marketing is very tricky,” said Reid. “The stuff is even advertised online, and can be really expensive, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a great product.”

Reid said it’s important to review the product’s certificate of analysis (COA) that depicts the ingredients within the product.

“With any product you purchase, you should have access to its certificate of analysis instantly,” said Reid. “All of our products, and a lot of products out there, have a QR code that you can scan with your phone to pull it up. It’s important that the amount of CBD advertised is in the COA and what’s just as important to look for is what’s not in the ingredients. Are there fungicides, pesticides, bacterial overgrowth?”

According to the FDA, 91 percent of all CBD products are “tainted.” Reid said the Williamsburg Drug Company sells Ananda Professional CBD and stands by its purity level. Williamsburg Drug Company’s pharmacists welcome customers for consultations to discuss the benefits of CBD and individualized dosing plans to achieve the cannabinoid’s full benefits.

Reid’s lecture was part of a free monthly lecture series that the Williamsburg Drug Company recently resumed after halting the programming during the height of the covid-19 pandemic.

“Our pharmacy is all about people being their healthiest,” said Williamsburg Drug Company owner Thomas “T.W.” Taylor. “Today’s medicine primarily treats sickness instead of providing a way to help people be their healthiest. Since pharmacists know all the vital chemical processes, and our bodies are a big chemical factory, we should step up and help people while they’re not feeling as good as they should, and that’s what we do.”

Deb Prosek, compounding pharmacist with Williamsburg Drug Company, will lead the next lecture in the series, which is about “Bio-Identical Hormones—Why They’re Important at Any Age” The lecture will be held from 3pm to 4pm on Wednesday, July 20, at Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St.

Williamsburg Drug Company has two locations, 240 McLaws Circle #147 and 1310 Jamestown Rd. For more information, visit the pharmacy’s website or Facebook page.

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