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LIVE WELL PODCAST | EP #45 - CBD and our endocannibinoid system with Kara Dowdell

Kara Downdell

CBD has created a lot of buzz in the wellness world recently. Is this just a trend or is there something to it?

Join myself and Functional Medicine practitioner Kara of Life Hub Center - Integrative Health + Functional Medicine for an educational seminar to learn everything you need to know about CBD and our endocannabinoid system.

Kara is a Functional Medicine Practitioner who utilizes systems biology and health coaching to help improve the health and lives of individuals suffering from autoimmune and chronic conditions. Diagnosed with Grave’s disease herself, she is passionate about helping people find real, sustainable health and tapping into their bodies own innate healing capacity.

Kara has over thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry. She earned her BS and MS in Healthcare from the University of Arizona and California State University respectively. After decades in corporate healthcare, Kara went on to pursue postgraduate studies from Duke University where she studied behavioral health and coaching methods in one of the world’s top integrative medicine programs. From there, Kara studied functional medicine in clinical practice from The Institute for Functional Medicine and The School of Applied Functional Medicine,

Recognizing the value in having different healing modalities to meet diverse client needs, Kara continually expands her knowledge base. She is a Certified Medical Cannabis Consultant educating people about the potential benefits of CBD and our endocannabinoid system. The goal of this interview is for you to really understand CBD, where it comes from, uses and benefits, potential contraindications and how to be an informed consumer if choosing to buy and use CBD products.


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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Intro

  • 0:54 Introducing Kara Dowdell of Life Hub Center - Integrative Health + Functional Medicine

    • Understanding CBD, what is it and where it comes from?

    • What are its uses and benefits?

    • Potential contra indications and how to become an informed consumer.

  • 4:10 Kara speaks about her functional medicine practice specializing in autoimmunity and chronic illnesses and how her interests in the potential benefits of CBD.

  • 7:35 The problem with CBD on the market today and how this plant-based alternative is different to other pain reliving products.

  • 9:06 What are cannabinoids and the 3 basic types of the cannabis plant.

  • 13:53 What does CBD actually mean?

    • How cannabinoids in plants relate to supporting our body to reach homeostasis.

  • 15:14 What is the endocannabinoid system and its recent discovery in the mid 90’s.

    • The endocannabinoid system and its regulation of hormones, blood tissue, digestion, and speed of healing.

  • 17:43 How natural cannabinoids are created in our system and how you know when these receptors are activated (hint: yoga practice bliss!)

  • 21:38 How do you know if your body is not producing enough endocannabinoids?

  • 33:00 How to assess the quality of your CBD products, and why it’s so important to check your source.

  • 41:45 “Start low then grow” how to determine the correct dosage for your unique endocannabinoid system.

  • 49:26 Outro

CBD and our endocannibinoid system with Kara Dowdell

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If we haven't met before, I'm Christina Tidwell, founder and owner of Live Well with Christina. I'm so excited that you're here and have begun to delve into your health and wellness journey! Here at Live Well we help people with autoimmune disease take control of their health through nutrition, lifestyle shifts and personal empowerment.  

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