Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind

The Mental Health Benefits of CBD

October 13, 2021 Calm, Cool and Connected Season 1 Episode 92
Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind
The Mental Health Benefits of CBD
Show Notes Transcript

The 411 on CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the naturally derived parts of the cannabis plant.

Ben Riley from Cativa CBD joins us on this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected to help answer questions, and straighten out common misconceptions about CBD.

Key Takeaways from Liz’s 1-on-1 with Ben:

• Hear about Ben’s background and his personal story with CBD 
• Find out more about Cativa CBD
• Learn: what exactly is CBD?
• Hear some of the most common misconceptions about CBD
• Find out the mental health benefits of using CBD

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Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: hello and welcome to calm. Cool. And connected. I'm your host, Dr. Elizabeth Bedrick. Well, let's come into worry about teens abusing alcohol and illegal substances. Something that parents often don't consider is the rising teens abusing over the counter medication. The rise in this activity is likely due to how easy and inexpensive it really is to acquire these substances as well as how much social media is promoting it [00:01:00] and really providing ideas to our teams on how to use these substances to get.

This is a really serious concern and something to consider if you're raising adolescents. So here to talk with us today about this rising concern, is it the team from Chesapeake integrated behavioral healthcare? So today we have Danielle Collins, facto licensed program supervisor. We have Kristin Martin certified prevention specialist and Michelle Morgan Jackson, also a certified prevention specialist.

So hi guys. Welcome to the show. Good 

Kristen: morning. Good morning. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: You guys here. So before we get started Kristen, can you share with us a little bit about Chesapeake integrated behavioral health care? Like what are the services you guys provide? And tell us a little bit about your. 

Kristen: Well, the prevention program provides free resources and a wide variety 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: of the 

Kristen: pop-up.

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: I would see things like 

Kristen: drug abuse, [00:02:00] suicide, coping skills, different mental health disorders. We're kind of the informational piece of the Chesapeake integrated behavioral health care. I also kind of call us the one-stop shop. You can get telehealth. We have a pharmacy on site, licensed therapists and groups.

So. Can provide all of our services under one roof, which is really convenient, especially during these days where COVID is an issue and travel and finances can be a problem for people. So we really want to reach as many people as we possibly can. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: Wow. Okay. So you guys are, I mean, you provide lots of services and.

It sounds like really a lot of informative information to the community. Yeah. Okay, great. So Michelle, let's start by discussing when we think about this concern of over the counter substances what are some of these commonly abused products and what are some of the trends with this right now? 

Michelle: Well, well, what you're seeing right now is.

Wanting [00:03:00] to youth ages, 12 to 17, half misuse cough medicine to get high. And one in four teenagers know someone who has abused an over-the-counter medicine. Now generally over the counter medicine are safe and effective if prescribed by your primary care physician. And of course follow the instructions of the.

Now, one of the medication in particular that we are really concerned about when, as it relates to the over-the-counter medication or one that's containing the dextromethorphan D X M the active ingredients found in majority of these over the counter cough and flu medicine. And this types of drug misuse is particular concerning even the easy access to half of these products.

And believe in, of course, the myth that, you know, it provides a safe high. Though, as it relates to some common, they're more than over a hundred of over-the-counter medication containing DXM and a few of them for tip of my head, you'd say, well, Robitussin is one, Sudafed is [00:04:00] another NyQuil. And of course, oftentimes we miss the overlook caffeine, which you can find in the energy drink that most of our teenagers have been drinking.

So these are just a few examples of what missing. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: And when you say that there's this thought that it's safe and it's really not. What are some of those? What are some of the risk factors of that? What, what are we seeing happening when these substances are being 

Michelle: abused? Well, for the most part, when these substances are being used, you'll find that you see a teenager, they have like dilated pupils, slurred speech, there's confusion.

Sometimes there may be changes in their behaviors whether there's changes in friends, physical activities, and sometimes their parents. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: Okay. Okay. So Kristen, let's talk about how can we keep our home safe? So we know that these products are so easy to acquire and we know that they are relatively inexpensive.

And so this creates [00:05:00] such a bigger risk factor around these products. What are some steps that parents can do to keep their home safe? 

Kristen: So one of the major issues is not being stored properly. So you want to make sure it's in a high of cabinet. Part of our initiative is to provide lock boxes to the public to make sure their medication is locked up.

So it's something really important for parents to remember. You want to make sure you check the expiration. That's an easy way to stay safe in your household. So it's recommended that every six months you go through all the medications and just to alleviate how many medications, cause it can pile up really easily, especially with over-the-counter medications.

It's like, okay, well we want to have a couple on hand with kids, but you want to make sure you discard those expired medications. Another thing that's really important. The holidays are coming up. People are going to have people in their homes that usually aren't there. It's super, super important to make sure that even your guests have their medications in a higher place, not on the floor.

You don't want kids, [00:06:00] especially, you know, kids who were crawling or walking or even pets to get into those medications in people's suitcases. And also another thing that, you know, we've all been guilty of at some point or another when we were kids or now that we're parents is make sure that you use the correct dosage.

It's really easy to think. Okay. One teaspoon, I'm going to use a household spoon. Don't do that. You want to make sure that you utilize whatever measuring device came with the medication and it can get kind of annoying, especially with kids. Cause they pile up those little plastic cups are kind of all over the place, but you want to make sure that you use the.

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: Okay. Absolutely. Yeah. And that's an interesting point that you make about building up the products, because I'm even thinking about through COVID, you know, over the last couple of years, a lot of us were really stocking up, you know, out of fear of there and not being available. And so that, yeah, that's a great point that it's been probably a lot more accessible to kids than.

Yeah. Okay. [00:07:00] So Danielle, what are some warning signs of abuse? So how can we be aware of potentially this is a concern we need to look at. 

Danyell: Okay. What we notice is that there's changes in mood or behavior you know, outside of the norm kind of teen, you know, experience. So you may notice that maybe there's changes in their appetite or sleep.

Maybe they're isolating, maybe you notice that they're being more secretive than other times they may have a loss of interest or participation in things that they once enjoyed doing. You might notice irritability. And you know, if you're wondering whether or not they're intoxicated, that could look different depending on what they've taken in or how much there could be erratic behaviors, you could notice that they're lethargic, which that would be concerning.

There are pupils could be dilated. So, you know, as a parent, I would just, I would just encourage parents to trust their gut, you know, keep those senses [00:08:00] open, you know, pay attention. Start these conversations, you know, at a young age when things are good you know, just kind of like a casual conversation.

But certainly if you're concerned, I think, you know, sitting down with your team and letting them know I'm worried about you, I've noticed that, you know, you've been isolating and I noticed that you're not playing basketball with Johnny anymore. Tell me what's going on. I'm here to support you. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: Yeah, those open conversations are crucial and creating a safety the environment of the home being a safe place where those conversations can take place and to Christine's earlier point even about using the correct measuring tools, role modeling that for your children, I'm sure is also something that you talk with parents about is what is the example they're saying?


Danyell: that's a great point. And I think, you know, I can't encourage parents enough to start young. You know, there's appropriate ways to have these conversations with toddlers, you know, younger children and then [00:09:00] working into the teen years and then you're providing a safe space for your teenager to come to you.

When there may be concerns. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: And so was a lot of the work that you guys do spreading awareness around this. Do you do a lot of work with parents directly of really this psycho-education piece around. 

Danyell: We offer 'em a lot of presentations and trainings to the community to increase awareness regarding this topic and many others.

And our CIB H prevention website contains all of that information. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: Okay, great. So yes. And Kristen, can you tell us where listeners can find out more about you guys and more about the services that you provide? 

Kristen: So if you go to our website, which is CIB H, we have a calendar, we have a lot of amazing resources for parents and for kids, we have some, even some COVID stuff on there because it's still an issue right now.

So it's really important not to forget about that. And I also wanted to mention the poison control [00:10:00] hotline, because sometimes you may be at the point of an emergency, and this is not the time to talk is the time to react to a crisis situation and the poison control hotline. 8 0 0 2 2 2 1 2 2 2. And you can also chat with them [email protected]


Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: is great information. Thank you so much, Kristin. And this is such an important topic because as I mentioned in the introduction, a lot of parents are keeping their eye out for alcohol or for illegal substances, but this is something, a rising trend that is happening. So in your home right now, so information, thank you guys all so much for being.

Thank you for having us. 

Kristen: Thank you for having us. Thank you. 

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick: And thank you all for tuning into this episode of calm, cooling, connected. Please make sure to find us on Facebook and Instagram, and also make sure to write rate and subscribe to our podcast so that others can discover our content as well.

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