CBD: Hype, Placebo Effect or Scientifically Proven Benefits? 

More than ever people are wondering about CBD products. Friends are raving about it, family members swear by it but you may have tried a few types already just to feel nothing - or what's worse, maybe the product gave you an upset stomach, nausea or the jitters. Jackie Potter knows about this all to well - which is why she built a business as a CBD coach and CBD expert. Read more about the history of JPotter Health and its founder, Jackie Potter, on the About page.

Jackie Potter's Affinity for Science

Jackie had read various studies emerging in the scientific community that showed substantial promise about the health benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids when she was confronted with an opportunity to sell a particular line of CBD oil. Coming from a scientific background meant if she were to get behind the idea of CBD being more than hype and providing true health benefits - above the proven benefits of the placebo effect, she would have to do her own research.

Scientific Background: Research & Development

Jackie's previous scientific background included laboratory experience as well as research experience including writing and funding for cancer research projects, examining and understanding the function of the P53 gene and its connection to cancer growth, assisting in developing an injectable bio epoxy that strengthens into bone-like material upon hardening as well as working as a metallurgy technologist for a large manufacturer.

Difficulty Vetting Out CBD Information

While evaluating existing CBD research,  investigating medical journals and analyzing anecdotal evidence, Jackie realized - if someone with experience in the scientific community was working so hard to sift through the data regarding CBD, how could the average consumer know where to start in choosing a CBD product?  The more she learned about CBD, the endocannabinoid system, other cannabinoids, terpenes, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD isolate, tinctures, topicals, absorption rate....  the more questions she had. So what would this process feel like to a typical grandmother with arthritis, or a mom struggling with her child's anxiety?

Jackie Potter's CBD Education

After thorough investigation, Jackie determined that TMCIGlobal , a recommendation from the Ohio State Medical Marijuana Program, and Healer, led by Dr. Dustin Sulak, were the best resources to obtain scientific, doctor-developed knowledge about cannabis, its health benefits and best dosage guidelines for maximum efficacy.

She has earned certificates from TMCI Global Institute, endorsed by the Ohio State Medical Marijuana Program, in three courses to date:

  • Endocannabinoid System,
  • Cannabinoids and Neuropathic Pain
  • Endocannabinoids in Circulation and Psychopathology

As well as four different certifications from Dr Sulak, DO., an internist who specializes in the cannabis industry. Some of the boards he is active with and writes for are NORML, National Cannabis Industry Association and he has started and is still actively writing programs for Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

  •  The Medical Cannabis Healer Certification Program
  •  Dosage Protocols and Methodologies
  •  CBD Training
  • Pet Awareness and Animal Dosage

Accredited Education from The Medical Cannabis Institute

Jackie Potter has also completed several courses from The Medical Cannabis Institute, or TMCI. TMCIGlobal provides online medical education for healthcare professionals who want to learn about medical cannabis and its potential clinical application.

Certified Hemp CBD Advisor


Jackie Potter has continued her education and has added certifications as they became available. She has just completed cannabis certifications from the Ohio State Medical Association which allow her to identify qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. Jackie Also holds a holistic nutritional coaching certification that has to be renewed annually. The nutritional coaching certification allows her to work with adaptogens and nootropics for added benefits.

In order to obtain her Healer Certified designation Jackie completed the following curriculum and continues to educate herself to maintain Healer Certified status and stay up-to-date on the newest research regarding all cannabinoid medicine:

Healer Certified
  • The Endocannabinoid System
  • The Pharmacology of Cannabis
  • All about Terpenes
  • Potential Therapeutic Effects
  • The Adverse Effects of Cannabis
  • Dosage Forms of Medical Cannabis
  • Understanding Dosing and Absorption
  • Drug Interactions and Consumer Safety
  • Substance Use Disorders and Intoxication
  • Cannabis Dosing Principles
  • Dose-Response Effects and the Therapeutic Window
  • Combining THC, CBD and Choosing Strains
  • Treatment Strategies
  • Benefits of Psychoactivity
  • Non-Psychoactive Strategies
  • General Guidelines for Patient Types
  • Condition-Specific Treatments and Example Cases
  • Fostering Healing without Practicing Medicine
From the Ohio State Medical Assoc.
  • CBD in Clinical Care
  • Medical Marijuana Course
  • Understanding and Identifying Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana
CHNC - Certification Holistic Nutrition Coach

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