With greater focus on health, wellness and immunity in the world right now we’ve been getting a lot of questions from customers and potential customers about the various methods of taking CBD and the recommended dosages of each method. To help answer these questions, we want to provide a brief outline of Therapist Preferred’s products.
First, let’s briefly discuss what Cannabidoil (CBD) is to better frame the discussion. CBD is a compound that is naturally produced by the cannabis plant and the oil is widely available in various formats throughout the world.
The body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that is activated by endocannabinoids produced naturally by the body. Science has shown that the ECS also responds to external cannabinoids, like CBD, to produce a variety of positive benefits.
CBD oil is primarily extracted from the Cannabis Sativa (hemp) plant, the taller and more fibrous cousin of the Cannabis Indica plant. Cannabis Indica produces large amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and thus is cultivated for marijuana. While legalized in many states for recreational and/or medical use, Cannabis Indica is classified as a controlled substance by the Federal government.
And just to be clear, hemp is NOT marijuana. In order to be legally cultivated through the 2018 Farm Bill, there must be less than .3% THC. The CBD oil in Therapist Preferred’s products are made from PCR hemp which is a CBD rich strain containing up to 10x the concentration of generic industrial hemp and no discernible amounts of THC. You can check out the 3rd party lab results on all of our products here.
While CBD products are widely distributed, the Federal Drug Administration has not broadly opined on the medical uses, so we can’t, and will not make any medical claims about our products. You should always speak to a licensed medical professional before taking any new products.
For the further discussion of methods and dosages for CBD below, we will focus on just the methods that Therapist Preferred carries- capsules, gummies, tinctures, topicals and yes, even dog treats.
Soft Gel Capsules
There are many reasons people prefer taking soft gel capsules over the other available options including the fact that you will always know the exact dosage. Our capsules are small, tasteless and odorless making them easy to take by most people either at home or on the go.
We have two different Soft Gel Capsules, both with 25mg of our premium CBD per soft gel with the only difference being Melatonin.
CBD Soft Gels for Everyday Wellness – As the name suggests, these easy to swallow, water soluble capsules are for everyday use as part of your overall regimen. We recommend taking 1-2 soft gels daily at a consistent time period (i.e. morning, nighttime). Customers commonly start with one initially and add a second if needed.
CBD Soft Gels with Melatonin for Sleep: These capsules contain the same premium formula as the Wellness Capsules with the added benefit of 1mg of Melatonin. Therefore, they are intended for nighttime use only. We recommend taking 1-2 of these capsules 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime for a more restful sleep. Many people take these capsules prior to a long flight as a replacement for prescription sleep aids. (Note- make sure the plane is in the air first; last summer I made the mistake of taking the soft gel right after boarding an overnight flight, only to have the flight canceled!)
Both soft gel capsule products come in a bottle of 30.
We are excited to have recently released a new formula for our gummies with 30 per bottle. These cube shaped gummies combine a delicious green apple flavor with 10mg of premium CBD in each one and lightly coated with organic cane sugar. Made with clean ingredients, our gummies are vegan, gluten free and of course, THC Free.
As mentioned, each gummy contains 10mg of CBD so we recommend 1-3 per day. The cubes can be easily cut in half to allow you add in increments of 5mg to find the right balance for you.
Using a dropper to place CBD oil under the tongue is commonly referred to as taking it “sublingually”. The sublingual gland is a vein under the tongue that allows for rapid absorption into the bloodstream so it is amongst the most popular delivery methods.
Our Mint Flavored Tincture uses olive oil as the carrier oil creating a refreshing combination without the “earthy” after-taste often associated with this delivery method.
Each bottle contains approximately 30 servings (a full dropper) with 15mg of premium CBD per dropper. We recommend starting with 1 dropper daily- morning or night and the beauty of a tincture is that you can easily take more or less. People often drop CBD oil into their daily morning beverages (coffee, tea, smoothie, etc) although doing so will generally bypass the sublingual vein, making it slightly less effective.
For many people, their introduction to the world of CBD is through a topical product like a cream, a balm or a salve designed to treat your body “locally”.
At Therapist Preferred, we currently only carry creams as our research and development process has showed us that CBD creams provide the best combination of rapid absorption and ease of use. Unlike salves, CBD creams are made with water so they generally absorb better with little to no residue.
Therapist Preferred currently carries two CBD cream products coming in different sizes and concentrations.
First, our best selling CBD Sports Cream which comes in an easy to use 4oz pump bottle. Each bottle contains 200mg of our premium CBD with a calming combination of menthol, camphor, peppermint, lavender and other essential oils. This cream rubs in easily and won’t stain your clothing. We recommend using a “nickel” size amount of cream 2-3 times a day on the areas you are looking to treat.
Our other cream is our new “on the go” Unscented Cream which has proven to be very popular already. This cream is highly concentrated with 250mg of CBD in a 1oz air pump. We know many people are scent averse or have strong allergies to essential oils, so this cream is a perfect alternative. Given the concentration, using a “dime” size amount 2-3 times a day should work well.
CBD is safe for pets and works in the same way as it does for humans in conjunction with the body’s naturally producing Endocannabinoid system.
Our CBD Dog Treats combine 2mg of our premium CBD with a vet-formulated beef flavored bite sized treat in a bag of 30 treats. As a general rule, we recommend 1 treat for every 25lbs and those dogs under 15lbs should take a half a treat.
Hopefully this has answered the questions that may have brought you to this page. If you have additional questions or want to set up a phone consultation to determine the right products for you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Brett Ehrlich is a sports marketing executive turned CBD entrepreneur as the co-founder of Therapist Preferred. Currently on the road to recovery after recent knee surgery, Brett takes a daily CBD Softgel and applies the CBD Cream topical 2-3 times a day to his knee so he can get back to his super active lifestyle including golf, tennis, basketball, indoor cycling, running and squash.
Read the Therapist Preferred story here.
Working in the health care industry has been quite a rewarding experience for me over the past 19 years. Meeting and getting to know so many wonderful people has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve been fortunate to have met and been mentored by many of the best manual medicine minds of today.
Implementing a biomechanics and functional approach to diagnosis and treatment has led me to where I currently stand professionally with my own clinic, SCORE with PT in Rye, New York. I am always striving for excellence and to explore new options to implement in my practice to best serve my patients.
Being a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) has allowed me to meet all types of people. I have had the honor of treating everyone from weekend warriors to professional athletes in all areas of the sports world. One thing they all have in common is the necessity for a speedy recovery from an injury and quality of life. As a therapist, the best tool in my arsenal is listening to a patient’s needs. Besides providing palliative care, and a program to take home, I wanted to offer more.
Our rehabilitative field is continually changing as is the world around us! One hot topic in the field of physical therapy over the last year has been, “Does CBD have a place in physical therapy clinics?” First of all, great question, but I think we should begin by first explaining “What is CBD and how does it work?”
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the molecules that is found in the cannabis plant. Our body has its own endocannabinoid system (ECS) which some say is responsible for homeostasis (equilibrium in our body). Our ECS is comprised of CB1 receptors present throughout the body (many are in the brain) and CB2 receptors which are more common in the immune system. CBD seems to direct the body to utilize more of its own cannabinoids, rather than attach to the receptors itself.
Many of my patients have utilized various CBD products in conjunction with the manual therapy I provide, so I do believe that CBD can play a key role in delivering homeostasis.
It is important to note that CBD will not replace any medicine that has been prescribed by your physician. You should always speak to your physician regarding the possible benefits and side effects of taking CBD or any supplements.
If you do consider taking CBD as a complement to physical therapy or your overall wellness regimen, you will likely find that all CBD brands are not created equal. When choosing a CBD brand, you want to look for certain qualities in the product. Brands that are transparent about their ingredients, process of oil extraction and third party lab testing should be atop your list of potential options.
Our brand, Therapist Preferred is THC free, gluten free and proudly made in the USA with industry leading nanotechnology. Our products contain no metals, no harsh chemicals, and are farm bill compliant. All of our products are third party lab tested and the results of each batch we craft can be seen by scanning the QR code on each of our products. We are a brand FOR active people, BY active people and we use all of our products ourselves.
Therapist Preferred offers a variety of CBD delivery methods. Everything from an easy to use cream, to a natural sleep aid. We even have dog treats to calm your family pup! What is most important is that our customers love our product. They trust our company and reorder time and time again. Our best advertising is truly our happy customers who tell their family and friends about their love of Therapist Preferred CBD products.
There is one way to find out if CBD products work for you…try it today! Besides our cream, capsules with melatonin and dog treats that I referenced above, we also carry a mint tincture, green apple flavored gummies, and everyday wellness capsules. We are continuing to add new products (including a new travel size, super concentrated unscented cream) so follow us on social media (@ThrpstPreferred) and sign up for our mailing list here.
We at Therapist Preferred want to thank our loyal customers and look forward to those of you that want to join our family in the future!
About the Author:
Doug Geller is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and co-founder of Therapist Preferred. He leads an active lifestyle which includes playing soccer and basketball. You will always find him on an epic peloton ride and/or run as he is an avid exercise enthusiast. To support his needs as an athlete, he utilizes Therapist Preferred’s sports cream daily for muscle recovery and soft gel capsules for everyday wellness!
Read the Therapist Preferred story here.
I’m pretty sure I’ll remember the food-related events of December 31, 2018, for years to come as they led me to an overall mind and body transformation in 2019 that I’m confident will continue in 2020 and beyond.
Our family was spending New Year’s Eve in the Berkshires, an idyllic region in Western Massachusetts around 2 hours from our home in Westchester County, NY.
We stopped at the Great Barrington Bagel Company for lunch and I salivated over my order of a Hot Pastrami sandwich on an Everything Bagel. For some unknown reason, we allowed our then 8-year-old twin daughters to each order the same sandwich. To no one’s surprise, they both ate less than half of their sandwich in more time than it took me to finish my complete sandwich. Then “rock bottom” happened- I proceeded to eat the remaining half of both of their bagel sandwiches.
That evening, after a New Year’s Eve meal of a bacon cheeseburger and fries, my wife and I sat down for a late-night drink after the kids went to bed. Over a bourbon, I simply declared, “I need to make some changes to my eating.” Now I don’t think anyone would have looked at me at the time and thought I was overweight, but I had just had separate shoulder and elbow surgeries that fall so I wasn’t participating in my normal activities and I had definitely let myself go a bit.
Long story short, the changes to my life that I started on New Year’s Day 2019 made a dramatic impact. Not only did I lose almost 20 lbs and maintained that weight loss throughout the year, but in my 40’s I feel better than ever before.
I’m not suggesting that these results will be the same for everyone, but below are four key changes I made that could help you in 2020:
- Changing My Breakfast Routine– For as long as I can remember, I consumed multiple bowls of cereal for breakfast every morning. They were generally “healthy” cereal brands (Kashi, Barbara’s, Whole Foods 365, etc.) but I always combined at least 2 different cereals in my trough sized bowl. Now, virtually every single day in 2019 I eat a moderate portion of Siggi’s 0% Milkfat Vanilla Yogurt with blueberries and granola. The 15g of protein keeps me satisfied until lunch and there is no temptation to keep adding more cereal to soak up all of the leftover milk.
- Adding Cycling to My Workout Schedule– As mentioned, my surgeries in the fall of 2018 left me unable to play basketball or racquet sports last winter, so after years of resisting my wife’s overtures to get me to try spin classes, I finally climbed aboard the Peloton at my gym in January to see what the hype was about. I was quickly hooked. My competitive fire was instantly lit as I tried various Peloton instructors (primarily Jennifer Jacobs at first and now a combination of Robin Arzon, Ally Love & Olivia Amato) and managed 120+ rides in my first year. I’m not suggesting that you need to go out and buy a Peloton, but if you can add some sort of consistent cycle training to your workout routine, you will likely notice the benefits.
- Less Beer, More “Claw”– Cutting out the occasional weekday beer with dinner or the one last beer during a night out was definitely a point of emphasis as I started my changes last winter. Thankfully this coincided with the “Golden Age of Spiked Seltzer” and I now had a bevy of refreshing, 100 calories options especially Truly & White Claw. Yeah, maybe not the manliest drink to order when out, but at home, it hits the spot and really helped eliminate those empty calories. Tequila with club soda and a splash of grapefruit juice is another great option to either make at home or order out.
- Taking A Daily Dose of CBD– Aside from a daily Zyrtec pill that I’m afraid to stop taking, I’ve never relied on any vitamins or supplements. When Doug & I were working on the business plan for Therapist Preferred last winter, I started experimenting with daily CBD delivery methods including capsules, gummies, and tinctures. Ultimately, I felt that the impact from most methods was relatively similar, but the most important factor was taking something. On days when I didn’t take any CBD, I noticed I was less energetic and focused. I personally find that our Therapist Preferred Softgel capsules provide the best results but I often use the Gummies or Tincture (in my coffee) for a change of pace. With the overall changes I made to my diet and my workouts in 2019, I’m confident that my daily CBD use was a big contributing factor to my recovery and wellness.
One year later, I’ll admit to still sometimes finishing my daughters’ half-eaten chicken fingers or having a beer after a long day, but the changes I made to my life mean I don’t have the guilt afterward. If you are looking to make changes in your own life, go ahead and try some of these “hacks” out or come up with a few of your own. After all, it’s all about what works best for you and your life.
Here’s to a Happy & Healthy 2020 for you and yours!
About the Author
Brett Ehrlich is a sports marketing executive turned CBD entrepreneur as the co-founder of Therapist Preferred. To support his super active lifestyle including golf, tennis, basketball, Peloton, running, and squash, Brett takes a daily CBD Softgel and applies the CBD Cream topical 2-3 times a day to his arms & legs. He can be reached at email@example.com with questions you may have about CBD in general or Therapist Preferred.
Read the Therapist Preferred story here.
Now that you’ve survived “Black Friday” and are finished getting inundated with “Cyber Monday” offers, it’s time to take stock of the gifts that you still need to secure on your list between now and whatever December holiday(s) you celebrate.
There are up to 6 less shopping days than normal based on the late Thanksgiving, so let’s not waste any time identifying some options for various hard to please people on your list.
For the Golf Obsessed: Vice Golf
Golfers love to be trendsetters using the newest equipment to add distance, accuracy (or neither) to their game. Vice Golf has come on strong over the last couple of years with their edgy marketing persona, bright colored balls, and recognizable script font but more importantly with their high quality, premium golf balls at a very affordable price. They have a great online tool to help select the best balls based on swing speed, handicap, and goals or you can order the “selected pack” so your golfer can try them all out. They also have some cool apparel and golf accessories that are sure to draw attention.
For the Neat Freak: iRobot Roomba
YouTube is filled with adorable & funny videos of pets either petrified of or obsessed with Roombas, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7hu67Bk5bA Beyond the entertainment value, they flat out work wonders on all surfaces. With increased “robot vacuum” competition, the prices have come down a long way in recent years for this industry-leading brand so now is a great time to buy one.
For the Lip Balm Aficionado: Mind Flight Natural Skin Care
This new company formulates and handcrafts small batch, natural body, and skincare products. Most importantly, all of their products are free of parabens, gluten, dairy, preservatives and chemicals and come in awesome aromatic flavors. I already bought this useful “Bag of Balms” to use as stocking stuffers for the lip balm obsessed on my list.
For those with Achy Feet: Belmint Heated Shiatsu Foot Massager
I enjoy an occasional foot massage but don’t love a stranger messing with my feet. Problem solved- this sleek looking electric foot massager from Belmint targets pressure points with an air compression system that is 20% better than the competition. As the cold temps arrive in much of the country, the warming option is like hot chocolate for your feet- adding warmth and increasing blood circulation to relax your muscles.
For Those Who Need a Sock Game Makeover: Neon Bandits
Neon Bandits are versatile socks that blend performance with style. Their socks are meant to be worn while working out or hanging out. Additionally, Neon Bandits are knit-in, meaning that the colors will not fade with multiple washes and the socks structure will not change with multiple wears. Keep your eyes on the @ThrpstPreferred social feed in 2020- we NEED some custom TP logo socks ASAP.
For the Bourbon Lover: Williams Sonoma Round Ice Cube Molds
I received these ice molds a couple of years ago as a gift and I’m obsessed with them. Keeps the bourbon at the perfect temperature to sip and stays solid for the usual re-fill. The only problem is that when I use them with guests, they enjoy the bourbon so much, I keep running through bottles. Speaking of bourbon- check out this “Bourbon” made with hemp seed from the Sono 1420 Distillery in CT: https://www.sono1420.com/two-whiskeys (They ship to over half the country).
For the World Traveler: Globe Trekkers Mini Cork Globe
People who travel generally love to talk about all of their amazing travel and tell you how many places they’ve visited. This tabletop, mini cork globe will become an instant conversation piece in any room that allows them to easily track their globetrotting through colored pins. Give them this gift and you won’t have to sit through another long photo slide show!
For the Fitness Focused: Therapist Preferred CBD
As a company founded by two athletes who start most conversations talking about their most recent Peloton outputs, we take pride in carrying premium CBD products for those who lead a healthy, active lifestyle. When looking for gifts, I definitely recommend our CBD Cream for application to the areas that may need it PLUS one of the daily wellness products: Softgel Capsules, Tincture or Gummies, depending on what you think they would prefer to take.
Hopefully, that gives you some fresh ideas to complete your holiday shopping.
No need to stress- the holidays are the time to spend quality time with friends and family, get some much-needed rest and re-charge for the new year. If they don’t appreciate your gifts, well, there’s always next year!
About the Author
Brett Ehrlich is a sports marketing executive turned CBD entrepreneur as the co-founder of Therapist Preferred. To support his super active lifestyle including golf, tennis, basketball, Peloton, running, and squash, Brett takes a daily CBD Softgel and applies the CBD Cream topical 2-3 times a day to his arms & legs.
As Cannabinoid (CBD) continues to become more popular and more mainstream,
one of the most frequent questions from consumers is about trust and
Honestly, before doing my extensive research and product testing to join the CBD
industry as a brand builder and CBD advocate, I didn’t fully realize how confusing
the information continues to be for consumers.
To help determine the right brand for you, here are a few key considerations that
you should be thinking about to feel comfortable with your purchase decision.
Do the values of the brand you are considering match your own?
Now I’m not suggesting that you need to fill out an on-line dating survey to get
matched with the “perfect” CBD brand for you, but part of the trust factor is
knowing who is ultimately standing behind the product.
One reason I love the CBD industry so much is that seemingly every brand has an
interesting and meaningful origin story- and we’ve met so many amazing people
who are truly in it for the “right” reasons; to help improve people’s lives. They all
actively use the products themselves too. Even though they are our competitors,
we still root for their success as we want the “good guys” to survive so we can
collectively drive the bad seeds out.
At Therapist Preferred, we proudly feature “our story” on our website as we want
our customers to get to know us, what we believe in from a health & wellness
standpoint and why we decided to start our company. This makes us accountable
every single day and keeps us focused on consistently providing the most bio-
available, effective premium products that we use daily as well.
If a brand you are considering doesn’t convey authenticity and accountability, it’s
best to move along. There are plenty of reputable options in the marketplace and
social media can help you identify the brand(s) that resonate most to you.
Gas Stations Are For Gas & Snacks….Period!
When is the last time you stopped by the gas station to pick up fresh food for an
important occasion? You don’t need to answer that question, I will assume the
answer is never.
Yet it’s amazing how many people get tempted at gas and convenience stores to
buy CBD products just because the product was positioned close to the counter
and the price is cheap. Of course it’s cheap- many of these products are mass
produced with ingredients from parts unknown with just a hemp leaf on the
bottle to lure people in.
Where and how you buy your CBD matters. When I drive around my community
in Westchester, NY, I cringe when I see giant window signs or flags outside of
stores (usually in a strip mall on a busy road) that say “CBD Sold Here”. CBD
should not be an impulse buy; it should be something that you research to make
sure that you are taking the right products for your health and wellness goals,
with the highest quality ingredients and the most effective delivery methods
(capsules, tinctures, topicals, gummies, etc).
Therapist Preferred products are currently available in the New York area in select
specialty pharmacies and retail locations, physical therapy clinics as well as
nationally through our online store with free delivery for all orders over $75.
Does the Brand Provide Independent Lab Results?
As a consumer, it is absolutely essential that you have access to independent lab
results for any CBD products you are considering. Understanding exactly what’s
contained in the Certificate of Analysis isn’t always easy, but there are a few
elements that are vital:
Is the lab accredited by the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO)? This accreditation ensures that the lab meets the standards as set by
a industry leading governing body. The lab report and/or a quick search of
the ISO website should tell you if the lab is accredited.
Do the ingredients match the labels and the marketing? The lab reports can
tell you what’s in the product but just as importantly it can tell you what’s
NOT in it. If a brand is positioning themselves as having ingredients that are
free of contaminants, metal and/or THC, the lab report will be able to prove
it. Check to make sure that the product is both conforming and compliant
on all of those factors. You also want to ensure that the amount of CBD
certified in the report matches what the product is supposed to have.
Are all products tested or just a “random” sampling? Let’s be honest, lab
testing costs money and some manufacturers would prefer not to spend
the money to test every batch of product so they just post general results
for certain products. At Therapist Preferred, we believe that every product
with our name on it needs to be verified so every batch is tested separately.
Where can you find the lab results? Some companies bury the lab results
section on their website so they can say they make it available but they
don’t really want you to see it. The leading & most trustworthy companies
will prominently feature their Lab Results on the website as well as on their
packaging. All Therapist Preferred products have a QR code on our labels
bringing you directly to MyCBDTest.com where you can put in the batch #
found on all products to access the complete report.
Now, hopefully you will feel a lot more confident when evaluating the best CBD
brand options for you. In the spirit of trust and authenticity- feel free to email me
at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime with questions you may have about CBD
in general or Therapist Preferred.
About the Author
Brett Ehrlich is a sports marketing executive turned CBD entrepreneur as the co-
founder of Therapist Preferred. To support his super active lifestyle including
golf, tennis, basketball, Peloton, running and squash, Brett takes a daily CBD
Softgel and applies the CBD Cream topical 2-3 times a day to his arms and legs.
Read the Therapist Preferred story here.