The world of CBD, or cannabidiol, is a complex and often confusing one. In episode 49 of the Real Food Stories podcast, I had the privilege of sitting down with Inesa Ponomariovaite, the founder of Nesa’s Hemp. Inesa embarked on a personal journey into the CBD industry after her mother was diagnosed with cancer, turning a tragic event into a relentless pursuit of a natural health solution.
Inesa’s mission was to create the purest CBD-A oil, a product derived from the hemp plant, renowned for its healing properties. The process of creating CBD-A is unique, preserving all the healing compounds of the hemp plant, and offering a promising alternative health solution for conditions ranging from inflammation to anxiety to chronic pain.
Clearing Up The CBD Confusion
In our conversation, Inesa navigated us through the often unregulated landscape of the cannabis industry. She explained the differences between hemp and cannabis plants, and the varying levels of THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. What emerged from our discussion was an alarming truth about the lack of industry regulation, and the controversial practices of the pharmaceutical industry, such as patenting CBD for epilepsy treatment.
CBD-A, a lesser-known but potentially more powerful compound than CBD, was another topic we delved into. Inesa provided insightful advice on how to find the right dose of CBD-A, the importance of taking it consistently to engage the body’s cannabinoid system, and how to ensure the quality of the product you’re buying.
In a world where the luck of the draw approach is all too common, finding reliable information about CBD and its potential benefits can be a challenge. One of the key takeaways from my conversation with Inesa was the power of CBD-A as a natural health solution.
I Tried CBD, Here’s What Happened
Part of the reason for interviewing people in the supplement industry is to get to the bottom of the claims about what they are selling. Supplements are wholly unregulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and companies have been known to often make wild claims about the benefits. But after talking to Inesa and looking at her research I decided to try her CBD oil for two months, I focused on one area of my body, my hip joints, that had been feeling very achy lately (help menopause joint issues!).
After a month of dedicated CBD doses, I did have to admit that my hip joints had felt the best they had in a while. My pain in my hips had reduced by about 75%. I was really surprised by this and still have a heavy dose of skepticism. I believe that a lot of pain goes hand in hand with stress levels and at the time my stress levels were relatively low. Even though I was mindful of this, I want to believe that the CBD did help me.
Despite all this, CBD oil is a financial commitment, so I would think that most people would want some solid evidence to keep purchasing it. Interestingly enough I tried to purchase more from Inesa and they are having website issues and backorders so I have not been able to get more. As a result, my hip pain has slowly started coming back (but so have my stress levels, go figure!).
The CBD Takeaway
Despite the challenges and high stakes, Inesa remains a passionate advocate for CBD. I found her journey to be a testament to the power of determination, and her mission to create a pure and effective product is an inspiring story of resilience and perseverance. But can CBD oil cure the world of all that ails us? I think that remains to be seen, but in the meantime, I will be ordering another bottle of CBD.