Ask Dr. Annie K: Cannabis Oil

Love+Medicine Cannabis
I looked up cannabis oils on Amazon and I’m not sure which one to get.
I’m hoping you could give me some recommendations.
– Anonymous

Love+Medicine

Dear Reader,

CBD, medicinal cannabidiol, may be the biggest revolution in medicine in years.  This topic definitely will be discussed in more detail in a future post.

CBD is the part of hemp that has healing properties but does not get you high. Of all the many reasons that people use CBD today, pain is the most common.

This is no substitute for checking with your personal doctor about starting CBD. Your medical history and current medications may influence dosing. CBD dosing is not one size fits all, it requires some fine tuning. Less is more when it comes to CBD.

Regarding brands, I am most familiar with Charlotte’s Web (CW). I did not see it on Amazon. I have no monetary connections to this company. These are my most recent CBD purchases:

CW is sold at Community Pharmacy and at CrossFit100 in Glendale, Wisconsin. I spoke with the kickass owner of CrossFit, Marcela, who has had great success with CBD for inflammation and pain.

For localized issues such as knee or wrist pain, I would recommend a topical cream or balm rather than an oil, tincture or edible. Marcela will offer a $5 discount for my Love+Medicine readers . Hemp will now be legally grown in Wisconsin starting next year, which hopefully will lower prices.

I am not familiar with the CBD sold on Amazon. I recommend reading the reviews and looking for something 100% pure and organic.

I hope this helps, CBD is a really hot right now. We doctors we are scrambling to keep up to date and knowledgeable about this potentially life changing treatment.

If you need more personal detailed information, email me at annekoplinmd@gmail.com

 

ARE YOUR EARS RINGING?

There is a common superstition that ringing in your ear means someone is talking about you.

Unfortunately for many people, the ringing is due to a condition called tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus), from the Latin tinnire “to ring or tinkle”. It is the experience of noise or ringing in the ear and it affects about 1in 5 people. Tinnitus may be transient but for many it is a chronic, very bothersome condition.

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Ask Dr. Annie K: Being There for a Friend

A dear friend of mine lost her father a year ago and consistently brings him up in conservation. It’s hard when she goes on and on about how great he was and how she lost six significant males in her life within one year. My dad passed away ten years ago and I haven’t had one male in my family I could ever count on. My dad was, to put it lightly, a horrible person for the things he did to my mom and family. Every time my friend brings up her dad, it hits a dark sour spot for me. I’ve tried to talk to her about finding a way to find peace with what happened, but everyone handles things in their own time and in different ways. Is it insensitive of me to tell her that I don’t want to hear it so much? It’s ok when she would bring it up every now and then, but it’s very consistent now. I want to be a good friend and be there so I keep my mouth shut, and suppress my own personal feelings. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!
– Anonymous Reader

Love+Medicine

Thank you for this thought-provoking question. It is so hard to see a friend in pain. 

My initial thought is that you need to just listen. There is no time limit on grief and it sounds like the hurt gets reenacted every time another man leaves her. Her psyche isn’t given the chance to heal. Part of being a good friend is to listen to her for as long as she needs you to. We all need to listen more and advise less. While we are wracking our brains trying to give the best answers, all people really want is to be heard. 

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Ask Dr. Annie K: Transition In Parenting

My 11-year-old said (more like yelled,) “Stop telling me what to do!” Wait a second. Isn’t that basically my job to tell him what to do? Any words of wisdom on the transition in parenting, from constantly telling our kids what to do to letting them figure things out on their own?
– Anonymous Reader

Love+Medicine

Transition in parenting, hmm. Let me begin by saying I am not a child psychiatrist so this is not my area of expertise. But I have basic concepts that I believe in and think they would work here.

I also consulted with one of my favorite 11 year olds, to get a take on the situation from a child’s perspective.

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The Paradox of Water

Ask Dr. Annie K: Why is water so important in life?

Water is full of contradictions. It’s soft, yet strong. It appears still, yet it is constantly in motion. It can be silent or loud. It can be solid, liquid, or vapor. It can be salty or sweet. It can be scary and dangerous but also comforting and purifying. It allows us to both observe its beauty and use it to cleanse.

By being exposed to water, we are witnessing the movement and flow of life. It takes away our delusions of control. For people who see things black and white, water can be confronting. They may prefer to admire it from a distance rather than get close. Water reminds us that we don’t need to label ourselves.  We are capable of adjusting to the opposite forces of nature. Fighting the current can sink you, floating can save your life.

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