Exploring the Benefits and Stigma of CBD with Dr. Alex Capano

Sports Pharmacy Podcast

Jun 30 2023 • 34 mins

In this episode of the Sports Pharmacy Podcast, host Dr. H is joined by Dr. Alex Capano, a PhD in cannabinoid studies, to discuss the benefits and stigma surrounding CBD (cannabidiol). Dr. Alex shares her journey from neuroscience and chemistry studies to becoming a family nurse practitioner and eventually specializing in cannabis medicinally.

The conversation delves into the importance of studying cannabis, destigmatizing its use, and providing patients with alternative therapeutic options to potentially harmful substances. Dr. H opens up about his personal connection to opioid alternatives, highlighting the need for better pain management solutions, especially in the world of sports.

Dr. Alex emphasizes the responsible use of opiates when necessary but also highlights the potential of CBD and other cannabinoids in managing pain, particularly among athletes dealing with post-game pain or playing while injured. They discuss the experiences of professional athletes and the challenges they face in finding safe alternatives to manage pain and recover from injuries.

The episode also addresses the negative stigma associated with CBD and cannabis, tracing its roots back to historical events like the Vietnam War and racial discrimination. Dr. Alex stresses the importance of education and honest conversations to challenge the stigma and promote open-mindedness.

Dr. H and Dr. Alex touch on the differences between cannabis and hemp plants and the legal definitions surrounding them. They clarify the distinction between hemp and marijuana, highlighting the varying levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that determine the legal status of the plants.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Alex provides insights into vetting CBD products for patients, acknowledging the lack of regulation in the industry. She encourages seeking guidance from pharmacists who are well-versed in CBD and can provide reliable information and recommendations.

To conclude the episode, Dr. H and Dr. Alex engage in a light-hearted discussion about Philadelphia's iconic food scene, including the best places to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak.

Tune in to this enlightening episode as Dr. H and Dr. Alex dive deep into the world of CBD, sharing valuable insights and debunking common misconceptions surrounding this powerful compound.

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