Episode 15

The Buzz Around CBD with Melissa Gibson


Have you been wondering what the buzz around CBD is all about? What is Hemp? Is it safe? Can it help us? My guest today is the founder of Hemp & Humanity, Melissa Gibson.

There is so much misinformation floating around about CBD today, Melissa is here to share with us some facts about it.

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 100 naturally occurring compounds that can be found in the hemp plant. Hemp is one variety of the cannabis plant that is distinguished by its lack of THC; by definition, hemp has less than three-tenths of one percent (.3%) of THC. While THC is the molecule responsible for feelings of euphoria, CBD does not have an intoxicating effect and cannot get you high. CBD is known as a phytocannabinoid, meaning it’s a cannabinoid that comes from plants. Our body generates its own type of cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids (endo meaning ‘within’) — the most prominent are 2AG and Anandamide.

Melissa is pulled towards sustainability because she spent years in a space where Social Enterprise was the focus.

Melissa talks a bit about what Social Enterprise is and why she was so drawn to it. She’s pulled towards sustainability because she spent years in a space where Social Enterprise was the focus. It meant she could do business and reflect a concern for the community in which she lived. She’s excited for the next generation of women coming through the Social Enterprise space. Now with new technologies, it’s possible to take things you’re passionate about and combine them with what you want to do professionally. If you’re just starting out, look out for the new educational programs springing up around the country! 

“Taking something like CBD is another way to self-heal in a time when we don’t want to overwhelm the healthcare system.” – Melissa Gibson, Founder of Hemp & Humanity

Melissa then walks us through an obstacle she faced and how she overcame it. When she first started her business, the plant itself wasn’t federally legal, but thanks to a gray area, she was able to keep up with the industry. To do that, her business educates and sells curated CBD products. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to use credit or debit-card purchasing. This made it incredibly hard to scale and grow. This forced her to rethink her business and take it to the people. She needed to be face to face with a customer where she could educate them and exchange cash. She got involved with local farmer’s markets and spoke with hundreds of people. She was able to give as much information as possible to empower that individual to make the choice for themselves. 

CBD has enabled Melissa to get relief from her multiple immune disorders, recover from athletic training, decrease arthritis pain, reduce anxiety. and maintain balance

CBD has enabled Melissa to get relief from her multiple immune disorders, recover from athletic training, decrease arthritis pain, reduce anxiety. and maintain balance. In October of 2017, after a year of regular use of the most highly effective CBD products, Melissa’s endocrinologist delivered the news that her Graves Diseases is headed toward remission. She feels the best she has in years and enjoys helping others to optimize their own health and wellbeing.

Some define good health simply to be: physiological homeostasis. Remember homeostasis from Science class? We learned about it in terms of body temperature and thermogenesis – one example of homeostasis. When we’re too cold, we shiver to warm up. When we’re too hot, we sweat to cool off. Basically, homeostasis refers to a dynamic system of balance and maintenance in our bodies. The main function of cannabinoids, whether they are endocannabinoids like 2AG and Anandamide, or phytocannabinoids like CBD, is to help create homeostasis. This is accomplished by engagement with what is called, The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the “Master Regulator” of other systems in our body. It is vital that our ECS is nourished, and CBD has been found to be an effective agent in this process.

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Corrine
Corrine
12 days ago

Fascinating interview. Thank you for taking the time to educate people about the healing properties of CBD.