Tips for Buying CBD

Legal Hemp Products Are Welcome Tools for Treating Symptoms



In recent years there has been growing demand for products made with the oil or extract from CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is a chemical compound naturally occurring in cannabis and hemp — two plant iterations of the same species. Emerging research indicates that CBD reduces depression and anxiety and may be as effective as anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals and antidepressants on the market. Research also shows that CBD reduces pain, inflammation and epileptic seizures, and may help with addiction. 

CBD has a growing legion of fans, despite its high price tag. It takes a lot of hemp to produce a little CBD, and if the company is doing things right, the price also includes the cost of testing. Toxins in the soil are absorbed by growing hemp plants and concentrated during the CBD extraction process. So when it comes to CBD, organic hemp is preferred.

New York law requires that over-the-counter CBD products be derived from industrial hemp, which contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in CBD’s biological cousin, marijuana. The industry is not regulated, so in order to get safe, high-quality CBD, buy it from a trusted source so you’ll know what you’re getting.

Recently Natural Awakenings asked three local experts for their tips on shopping for CDB products.

Flying Off the Shelves

Nagi Wissa, a registered pharmacist and owner of Lake Mahopac Pharmacy, says CBD oil is a hot item these days. It’s so popular that he’s been out of stock for two months and is scrambling to get it back on the shelves.

“It’s a huge science now,” he says. “Everyone’s talking about it.”

He says the reason for its surging popularity is that it reduces pain and inflammation and eases cancer-related symptoms such as nausea.” His store sells CBD oils, creams and pills, none of which cause euphoric effects. The different formulations serve different purposes, he says.

“Depending on the ailment, when people come in, we make a suitable recommendation,” he says. “If someone has elbow pain, for example, we’d would steer them towards a cream.”

A Broad-Spectrum Treatment

Shira Adler, the local author of The ABCs of CBD: The Essential Guide for Parents (and regular folks too), says that because of its nature, CBD helps relieve a broad variety of symptoms.

“The endocannabinoid receptor system, which is how all mammals are wired to receive CBD and the rest of the cannabinoid family, creates homeostasis in the body,” she says. “The endocannabinoid system basically regulates all of our other systems. Since the underlying symptomology of every challenge, issue, ailment and state of disease is inflammation, if nothing else, consider CBD your best ally to address inflammation.”

As a CBD educator, advocate, and entrepreneur, Adler speaks locally and nationally about CBD and the hemp and cannabis industries from a holistic perspective. Through her business, Shira Synergy, she sells CBD oil and other products, which together form a holistic CBD wellness system. Her CBD tinctures range from 1,000 to 3,000 mg. per bottle. She also sells CBD Body Butter and Shira Synergy Aromatherapy Sprays, CBD-infused proprietary blends of essential oils (Clear, Center, Nurture, Inspire, Smile). “Many more products coming,” she says.

Right now, there are a few really good companies that sell CBD products, and many not-so-good ones, she notes, adding, “The fact is, not all CBD is equal, or even legal.” She recommends learning the basics before buying any CBD product.

In general, she says, you get what you pay for. “Sure, you can grab a lower-dose CBD product in a one-milliliter bottle (the standard size) of CBD for not a lot, but then you’re not getting a lot of CBD. It could be highly diluted, mixed with too high of the MCT (one of the usual carrier bases), or in a delivery method that doesn't really get into your system to do what CBD is designed to do to support your vibrant wellness.” 

A Happy Customer

Like many people who sell CBD products, Marcie Manfredonia Siciliano, owner of Custom Candle, in Bedford Hills, got into the CBD business because she was a happy customer. She had suffered from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, inflammation and anxiety for years, and felt she was running out of options, until the day she discovered CBD.

“From the moment I was introduced to CBD, it changed my quality of life drastically,” she says.  “The hype is real.” Now she sells CBD in her Bedford Hills store.

“There are many brands on the market, but the most well-known and sought-after companies manufacturing CBD products are Charlotte’s Web and Healthy Hemp,” she says. “The forms vary from liquid drops and edibles to creams, candles and diffusers.”

Custom Candle now carries a wide selection of CBD products, including gummies, edibles, creams, lotions, candles, diffusers and more.

What does the future of CBD look like?

“Where we are now … with CBD and the entire cannabis-hemp industry is just the beginning,” Adler says. 

Lake Mahopac Pharmacy (LakeMahopacPharmacy.com) is located at 559 Rte. 6, Mahopac, NY. Shira Adler (ShiraSynergy.com) can be reached at 888.392.5242, and her book, The ABCs of CBD, is available on Amazon. Custom Candle Co (CustomCandleCo.com) is located at 25 Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills, NY.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

News Briefs

Glycine Is Key to Anti-Inflammatory Supplement 

Glycine Is Key to Anti-Inflammatory Supplement 

“The four horsemen of the medical apocalypse—coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's—may be riding the same steed: inflammation.”
U-Pick Vegetables at Hilltop Hanover Farm

U-Pick Vegetables at Hilltop Hanover Farm

“It’s a great way to get your hands dirty and be a part of the farm-to-table community."
Tacos & Cones Now Open on Main Street in Pawling

Tacos & Cones Now Open on Main Street in Pawling

The shop will have a walk-up window and outdoor picnic tables where the community can gather.
nOMad’s Summer Series Brings Yoga Community Together

nOMad’s Summer Series Brings Yoga Community Together

Weekly through September 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon
Pollinator-Friendly Solar Bill Passes Unanimously

Pollinator-Friendly Solar Bill Passes Unanimously

The new bill represents an opportunity to advance solar energy while also addressing the threat of pollinator extinction, promoting the use of native plants and supporting local farmers.
Fable: From Farm to Table Launches Choice-Based CSA

Fable: From Farm to Table Launches Choice-Based CSA

This up-front purchase helps the farm invest in growing fresh, local, organic produce for the community.
NuSpecies Offers Free Consultations with Naturopathic Doctors

NuSpecies Offers Free Consultations with Naturopathic Doctors

“Over the last 12 years, we’ve helped thousands of people live better and longer.”
Monthly Forum Ties Holistic Practice, Community Outreach

Monthly Forum Ties Holistic Practice, Community Outreach

Participation is free, and donations are welcome.
Seasonal Supper at Space Features Local Food and Art

Seasonal Supper at Space Features Local Food and Art

July 21, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Space on Ryder Farm
New Festival Celebrates Natural Resources

New Festival Celebrates Natural Resources

August 4, from 4 to 9 p.m.
Soirée Supports Efforts to Prevent and Treat Dementia

Soirée Supports Efforts to Prevent and Treat Dementia

July 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Karma Road Yoga Opens in Briarcliff Manor

Karma Road Yoga Opens in Briarcliff Manor

With 10 certified teachers, it offers a broad menu of morning and evening classes, from Gentle Yogi Bliss to Karma Power.
Dr. Kaushik Announces Certification Courses in Ayurveda

Dr. Kaushik Announces Certification Courses in Ayurveda

The Ayurveda curriculum will consist of lectures, clinical practicum, self-study and case reports.
Community Invited to Free Movies in Poughkeepsie Park

Community Invited to Free Movies in Poughkeepsie Park

Each family-friendly event starts with music at 7 p.m., followed by a movie at sunset.
Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to New York City

Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to New York City

July 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harlem Valley Rail Ride Set for July 22

Riders can choose from several route lengths, from 23, 33, 45, 57, 72 and 80 miles, to two different 100-mile routes, all along low-traffic country roads.
Pilates Double Workshop Offered in Rhinebeck

Pilates Double Workshop Offered in Rhinebeck

July 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
CoachGlo Hosts Daylong Women’s Retreat

CoachGlo Hosts Daylong Women’s Retreat

August 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dragon Boat Race and Festival Returns July 21

Dragon Boat Race and Festival Returns July 21

At the Hudson River Rowing Association, in Poughkeepsie
Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Moves to Larger Venue

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival Moves to Larger Venue

July 6-8
Sweet Potato “Bread” Is Hot at BeWies

Sweet Potato “Bread” Is Hot at BeWies

Actually, it’s not bread—it’s roasted sweet potato slices.
Namastesis Yoga Studio Opens in Fishkill

Namastesis Yoga Studio Opens in Fishkill

“Whether someone is an experienced yoga practitioner or a first-time student, everyone is welcome at Namastesis.”
Chronic Symptoms Inspire CBD Start-Up

Chronic Symptoms Inspire CBD Start-Up

“I’m no doctor, but I’m passionate about this amazing healing aid that is plant-based, ecologically sound and perfectly safe and legal."
New Book Explains How Helping Wildlife Helps People

New Book Explains How Helping Wildlife Helps People

“Animals suffer as much as people, and helping them saves human lives and human suffering.”
Mindful Is the New Skinny Author Holds Book Signing

Mindful Is the New Skinny Author Holds Book Signing

June 26, at 7 p.m., at the Chappaqua Library
Famed Westchester Entrepreneur to Discuss “Tiny Business”

Famed Westchester Entrepreneur to Discuss “Tiny Business”

June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Beahive Beacon
Investment Fund Helps Beginning Sustainable Farmers

Investment Fund Helps Beginning Sustainable Farmers

The fund gives sustainable farmers secure land access through lease-to-own arrangements on farm properties in the states connected to the NYC metropolitan area (the NY Foodshed).
Philanthropist Mike Hoffman Announces New Scholarship

Philanthropist Mike Hoffman Announces New Scholarship

Hoffman’s company provides fundraising, management and social engagement strategy to corporations and nonprofit organizations.