Podcast Episode 160: CBD & Cannabis: Stigma vs. Science – Janice Bissex

Sep 28, 2020

Cannabis: A Long History of Science and Stigma

Until you or someone you love finds relief using cannabis or CBD you will probably not understand the power of this medicinal plant.”

According to a 2019 Gallup survey, 1 in 7 Americans said they personally use CBD-containing products, citing relief from pain (40%), anxiety (20%), insomnia (18%) and arthritis (8%) as their top reasons for using it. As more people turn to cannabis and CBD for their medicinal properties, it’s important to learn about the history and the science behind these products in order to better understand the myths and stigma surrounding them.

Tune into this episode to learn about:

  • Cannabinoids, cannabis, and CBD
  • History of use and origins of stigma
  • Myths and misinformation
  • What conditions may be alleviated
  • How to find a quality product
  • Various modes of administration
  • Dosing considerations
  • Potential nutrient or medication interactions
  • Legal and regulatory issues

Many people find relief from anxiety, pain, insomnia, depression, IBD/IBS, and other debilitation conditions using CBD – but it is not a miracle cure.”

Janice Bissex MS, RDN, FAND

Janice Newell Bissex is a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and cookbook author.

After her dad found relief from his pain using medical cannabis it became Janice’s mission to help others suffering from pain, anxiety, insomnia, autoimmune diseases, IBD/IBS, and other debilitating conditions find relief with CBD and cannabis.

She completed training and attained certification from Holistic Cannabis Academy and Green Flower, as well as the University of Vermont end of life doula program. Janice now advises clients on access, proper cannabinoid ratios, dosing, best consumption methods, and cooking with cannabis at Jannabis Wellness. She is a Professor of cannabis therapy at John Patrick University School of Nutritional Health. Janice partnered with a Colorado manufacturer of organically-grown medicinal grade hemp to provide phytocannabinoid-rich hemp CBD products for her clients under her Jannabis Wellness label.

A 2015 recipient of the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Janice has authored five books, including Simple Guide to CBD: Fact, Fiction, and a Path Forward, Color and Eat the Alphabet: Healthy Eating from A to Z and No Whine with Dinner.

A mom of two grown daughters, Janice lives outside of Boston with her husband and miniature dachshund, Ella. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, travel, yoga, and cooking and hosting events in her studio kitchen.


Do your research and only buy CBD from reputable companies since there are a lot of poor quality products being sold.”


Janice Bissex: Website | FAQs | Research & Resources | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram

Cannabidiol: Navigating the Evidence – article in ADCES in Practice (ADCES members can log in and read the article online or in their hard copy)

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Related Episodes:

The Meal Makeover Moms – Sound Bites Podcast episode #13 with Janice Bissex and Liz Weiss



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Music by Dave Birk

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