Podcast: Brooke Alpert, Co-Founder of Daily Habit, on Creating the First Full-Spectrum CBD Powder, Incorporating CBD Into Her Nutritionist Practice, & the Personal Struggles That First Led Her to CBD
Brooke Alpert is a nationally recognized nutrition expert, a certified holistic cannabis practitioner, and the founder of Daily Habit, the first product that combines the effectiveness of full-spectrum CBD with the health benefits of MCT, all in a convenient dry powder (that also tastes delicious, which was a nice surprise when we got to try it).
Brooke’s husband was struggling with chronic pain, and they tried all kinds of medical interventions to no avail. Then they discovered CBD and things started to change. CBD is pretty hot right now and some of the claims can seem almost impossible, so it’s refreshing and reassuring to hear about the science behind why it actually works from a nutritionist’s point of view.
So relax and tune in while Brooke gives us the scoop on her story, the science of CBD, and more…
- How CBD has allowed Brooke’s husband to be there for more of the important moments in their daughter’s life
- Brooke’s personal experience with CBD: “When I take it, I have that chip off my shoulder”
- Discovering that CBD isn’t just a treatment for chronic issues – it’s a wellness supplement!
- Why CBD affects everyone differently
- How the stigma around CBD prevents more people from giving it a fair chance–ahem, Erica’s mom…
- Becoming a certified cannabis practitioner & introducing CBD into her private practice–we love that she’s been schooling her patients and they are actually getting on board!
- The difference between CBD and THC
- The polarizing field of nutrition and what dieticians are talking about behind closed doors
- Delicious ways you can incorporate Daily Habit into your routine
HERE’S WHAT WE ACTUALLY KNOW ABOUT CBD OIL AND ANXIETY
By TAMIM ALNUWEIRI, FEBRUARY 5, 2019
“Still, finding out what’s real and what’s false about CBD oil and anxiety can be difficult. To clear up some of the confusion, I spoke to Brooke Alpert, RD, a holistic cannabis practitioner, and Cayla Rosenblum, a healthcare informatics specialist at PotBotics, on the topic to see what experts know (and don’t) about the cannabidiol and mental health.
The first thing they both tell me is that should you have anxiety, you should always speak to a qualified medical and mental health professional before incorporating new supplements or products into your routine.”
CBD Beauty Products: What You Need to Know About Shopping the Budding Beauty Trend
By JACKIE FIELDS February 20, 2019 04:23 PM
“Without a doubt, the buzziest word in the beauty right now is CBD. Watch Kristen Bell’s Instagram Story before an awards show, and you might catch a glimpse of her slathering this CBD-infused cream on her feet before putting on her heels. Scroll through the high-end beauty buys at Neiman Marcus, and you might stumble upon serums containing the ingredient. But what is CBD – and why is it popping up in everything from moisturizer to bath bombs? We reached out to registered dietitian, holistic cannabis practitioner and founder of supplement Daily Habit CBD Brooke Alpert to answer all our burning questions.”
“1. What it is: Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a compound found in the cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) plant’s flowers, leaves and stem. Alpert clarifies that for beauty products, it’s sourced from hemp plants which contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (popularly referred to as THC), the compound capable of altering your mental state when ingested in larger quantities. Rest assured, these topical products are non-psychoactive, so will never result in a case of the munchies. Alpert adds that when in doubt, you can reach out to the company for a detailed analysis of ingredients: “Any brand that won’t share that isn’t being transparent.””
CBD Oil Is the ‘Wellness Vitamin’ Everyone Can Benefit From, Experts Say
By Nicole Catanese July 17, 2018
“First things first — what exactly is CBD? CBD oil, which is extracted from the hemp plant, stands for cannabidiol. “It’s the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant,” explains New York City-based nutritionist Brooke Alpert, who is currently becoming certified in holistic cannabis and launching Daily Habit, a line of CBD supplements in the fall. And, yes — it’s legal in all 50 states, with one caveat. “In order for it to be legal, it has to have 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or less,” notes Alpert.”
CBD on the menu: Cannabis extract showing up in cocktails, coffee and dessert
By Melissa Kravitz, August 20, 2018 6:51 PM
“CBD has wonderful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia and pain management benefits, and is incredibly safe and effective,” Upper East Side nutritionist Brooke Alpert says.”
“Consuming a good quality CBD can be a great addition to any healthy diet: The only caveat is that if you’re consuming an unhealthy food with CBD in it, it won’t undo the negative health effects from it,” says Alpert. “So a CBD soda, dessert or candy, while providing CBD, is still an unhealthy treat.”
Alpert recommends her clients start with 5 mg doses and work their way up to 10-15 mg, depending on the strain and quality of the product.”
THE ULTIMATE BEDTIME ROUTINE FOR DEEPER SLEEP—AND A MORE ENERGIZED A.M.
By ARDEN FANNING ANDREWS, AUGUST 6, 2018
“Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Diet Detox, fully believes in this ritual. “I love talking to clients about ‘sleep foreplay,’” she says. She recommends taking a magnesium supplement with a cup of Pukka’s Night Time tea. “It’s organic—and not bitter at all!”
“To drift away even faster, swap blue light for a wash of white noise.“Our hearing is used as an alarm system to protect us when we’re asleep—white noise can mask those sounds that wake us up,” Alpert says. She’s a sucker for the $1 White Noise App that actress Nina Dobrev recently touted, though the options are endless—oscillating fans, ocean waves, whale songs, cats purring. “What’s most important is to find what sound works best for you,” she says. Gentle sound of a spin bike whirring, anyone?”
Gwyneth Paltrow Drinks an Adaptogen Smoothie Every Day: Find Out Why
By Nicole Catanese September 21, 2018
“Celebs such as Olivia Wilde and Mandy Moore have embraced the adaptogen in the form of CBD oil. “It’s the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant,” Brooke Alpert, a New York City-based nutritionist and author of The Diet Detox told Us in July 2018. “In order for it to be legal, it has to have 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or less.”
“CBD is the most ideal and functional adaptogen out there,” Alpert, who is currently becoming certified in holistic cannabis and launching Daily Habit, a line of CBD supplements in the fall, explained to Us. “Our bodies are so out of whack, whether it’s stress, anxiety, athletic pain or inflammation that when we consume CBD, because it’s an adaptogen, it actually goes to where you need it to go.”
Recipe: CBD Golden Milk
It’s kind of cool to realize that you can actually help your body become more receptive to CBD. We all have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) throughout your body. It’s main goal is to utilize cannabinoids like CBD to help keep your body functioning at it’s best. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and exercise are all ways to keep your ECS at it’s optimal best. Even certain foods are beneficial to help maintain your ECS. Some of my favorites are: eggs, chia seeds, dark chocolate, green tea, turmeric and green leafy vegetables.
One of the best ways to use turmeric is to drink a Golden Milk. Adding some full-spectrum CBD, gives this drink it’s true superpowers!
Turmeric, one of the ingredients in Golden Milk, helps the body’s endocannabinoid receptors become more active to readily utilize the CBD in the drink. This is a perfect combination of anti-inflammatory benefits and a delicious beverage.
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
½ tsp dried turmeric
1 (½-inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
¼ tsp whole black peppercorns
1 serving CBD
*optional 1 tsp honey
In a small saucepan, whisk coconut milk, turmeric, ginger and peppercorns over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour mixture through a sieve into a mug, add in CBD and stir well. Enjoy immediately.
Have you had Golden Milk? Would you try it with CBD in it as well? Let me know in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My Personal Story with CBD
I’ve been a registered dietitian with my own private practice in NYC for over 12 years. One thing that I love about my field of work is that there is always more to learn. Whether its changing my views on fat and sugar or opening my mind to learn about the cannabis plant- I’m constantly evolving as a professional.
I never thought much about cannabis for the first 9 years in my career outside hemp seeds on top of my yogurt. Personally, I wasn’t into smoking pot as I didn’t enjoy the THC paranoid-feeling that I experienced.
When my husband Todd, was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease that prevents him from walking or standing any period of time, I used my nutrition knowledge to help. Working with his doctors, we tried major diet changes to see if it would offer him any relief. None did and that was a hard pill for me to swallow.
Around 3 years ago, I started hearing more information about CBD. Mainly for it’s incredible benefits with epilepsy, but also with pain. So I found a brand that seemed legit and had Todd start taking it in the beginning of the summer. I had him on a high dose on CBD from hemp, so the THC was minimal and he had no side effects. There weren’t any major noticeable differences at first but he kept taking it.
About a month in, we had bought our oldest daughter her first bike without training wheels. Anyone with kids knows what a physical job it is to teach a kid how to ride a bike and I assumed it would be mainly my responsibility because just the 2-block walk to the park was the most Todd could normally do. But when we got to the park, Todd said he could keep going. And going. And going until she was up and on her own. He was exhausted and hurting by the time we got back home, but we both could not believe what he was able to do.
Nothing else had changed aside from Todd taking CBD. So that prompted me to do some more research and the more I learned I was blown away. Learning that our bodies are wired with an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is meant to be utilizing the benefits of the cannabis plant was brand new to me- but it started making sense. Understanding the receptor sites on the ECS and how they help the body with pain, answered what happened with Todd and the bike.
I decided to go ahead and get some formal training on cannabis but especially to learn about CBD. Once I became a certified holistic cannabis practitioner, I was able to comfortably bring CBD into my private practice. I recommend full spectrum CBD made from organic hemp oil it to my clients who have anxiety, chronic pain, trouble sleeping and even the ones who just want to feel a little better.
Would you consider using CBD? I’ve been taking it regularly and I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt! Leave a comment below or email me at brooke@dailyhabitcbd with any questions about CBD.
Should CBD be in your skincare?
I’m getting asked a lot by my clients and the media about CBD in skincare. If it can do such great things for our body internally, then shouldn’t it be able to do equally great things when applied topically? The answer is YES.
The science and research behind CBD is really incredible and shows CBD potential for a wide range of conditions, from epilepsy to PTSD to anxiety and more. In my practice, I’ve recommended it to many patients with anxiety; especially the ones that tend to overeat when they’re having a hard time controlling their anxiety.
Because CBD is so well known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, that’s the big link into skincare and beauty products. There’s really interesting science showing its potential for acne and blemishes. A study in 2014 showed CBD could help with reducing oil production so that’s promising as an alternative to harsh anti-acne creams.
The anti-inflammatory properties make it very soothing for the skin so it’s great for dry skin, eczema or even with a sunburn. A bonus too because CBD can help pain, it can help alleviate some of the pain associated with sunburn too. Even better, most CBD is paired with some sort of fatty acid because it helps with internal absorption but it’s also beneficial for topical use.
Would you buy a skincare or beauty product with CBD in it? Leave a comment below or email me at brooke@dailyhabitcbd with any questions about CBD.