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What You Need To Know About WelCel CBD Founder Dr. Lisa

Dr. Lisa Gardner, Top Doctor in the USA Creates Welcel, Voted Best CBD in 2020

For nearly twenty years, award-winning physician Dr. Lisa Gardner has helped patients find relief from pain, anxiety, and chronic illness. She’s seen firsthand the limitations of traditional medicine to address those struggles adequately. In many cases, the side effects of these medications can seem worse than the problem they’re intended to treat. 

With this in mind, Dr. Lisa began to seek out more holistic alternatives for her patients. Her research led to WelCel, a full-spectrum CBD hemp oil brand that is both physician and woman-owned. 

We recently sat down with Dr. Lisa to discuss her professional journey and pick her brain about all things CBD.

You’ve had such a long and successful career in medicine. You’re a surgically-trained, board-certified physician who’s racked up countless awards. Newsweek named you “Top Doctor in the Country” in 2011 and “Top Doctor in Texas” in 2010. As an OBGYN, you’ve specialized in reproductive health and hormone therapies for both women and men. What motivated you to research CBD and create WelCel?

Well, it’s certainly been a long and winding road. What we’ve created with WelCel is really the culmination of my two decades of practicing medicine and helping people feel their best. I’ve treated all kinds of problems in all kinds of people, and there were always more similarities than differences. Over time, you begin to see patterns emerge. 

It seemed like everyone struggled with some form of anxiety, depression, chronic pain, or some other lingering health issue that had to be managed carefully. 

In Western medicine, there’s a tendency to throw harsh prescriptions at problems that we don’t yet fully understand, and with little regard to the potential side effects and negative outcomes of those medications. 

This is something we’ve seen on a national-scale as people become more and more aware of the dangers of opioid addiction, which, up until recently, had been very freely prescribed by doctors. 

I knew there had to be another solution beyond just taking prescription pills for the rest of your life. Prescription pills are never a one-size-fits-all solution.

Now, of course, we understand the risks can often outweigh the benefits, and there are much healthier natural options for pain management. What planet Earth provides for us is far more powerful than what can be found at the bottom of any pill bottle.

I believe as both a physician and a product user that hemp CBD oil is the next evolution in healthy living. And now we’re at a point where there’s an abundance of scientific research that supports this.

Once you began working with CBD, when did you realize that what you were doing was really resonating with people?

About two years ago, my husband Trey and I opened Thrive Apothecary, the first physician-owned CBD shop in Fort Worth, Texas. In just three weeks of opening the doors, we sold through our entire inventory not once but twice! To me, that certainly felt like a clear sign that other people were interested in CBD therapy, and we were filling a real need. Public response was just overwhelming, not just in Fort Worth but everywhere. 

There was, in general, a lot of media buzz around CBD. This was in 2018 when the FDA had just approved CBD as a treatment for epilepsy. People were obviously very curious about its potential in treating their own conditions. 

What’s been the most rewarding aspect of your work with WelCel?

I see this as a continuation of what drove me to become a doctor in the first place—helping people live healthy, happy lives. And it’s so very humbling when our clients take the time to email or contact us on social media to say that WelCel has changed their life for the better. We see these types of responses on our social media channels every day! Patients tell us that they’re finally living their lives without pain, without anxiety. Or they’re finding success in using WelCel to care for loved ones who are managing health problems. 

The feedback we get from our patients always makes our day and motivates us to continue our research, and reminds us why we’re in this business to begin with. 

There’s so much CBD out there; what sets WelCel apart? What is the one thing you want people to know about CBD?

It’s so important to pay attention to quality! Just as you would inspect the ingredients before buying something at the supermarket, so should you read what’s included in the CBD you’re buying. 

In many ways, the CBD industry is still in its Wild West years. There are plenty of competing companies who take advantage of loose regulations to mislead, cut corners, and skimp on quality. You can see it very clearly in what info they choose to include or omit on the label. 

We looked over so many CBD producers’ lab reports in our research and were consistently underwhelmed with what we saw. We knew we wanted better for our patients. That’s why we developed a much cleaner formula and held it to the absolute highest standard. This stuff is going in our patients’ bodies, after all! The better the quality, the more effective it will be as a treatment. 

Something else that’s unique to WelCel is that we infuse our CBD with natural, healthy ingredients like ginger, turmeric, peppermint, and essential oils. These have been used in medicine throughout history around the world. Each has its own distinctive therapeutic properties. For example, turmeric naturally reduces inflammation and is known to enhance our mental clarity. Peppermint has long been used in many cultures as a pain-reliever and as a digestive aid. And everyone knows Ginger can soothe an upset stomach, but it’s also great for lowering our cholesterol.

What ingredients should someone avoid when it comes to their CBD products?

You absolutely want to steer clear of products that contain pesticides, heavy metals, molds, and mildews. If you’re unsure, check the COA (Certificate of Authority) for a look at detailed lab results that are specific to the product you’re buying. You can scan the QR code on the side of any WelCel product and immediately see the lab results for that particular item. Everything at WelCel is analytically tested by a third-party lab at a standard that is even higher than what’s required for medical cannabis, so you can be absolutely sure you’re getting a quality CBD oil.

Any reputable CBD company will provide this information to its customers. If they don’t, you have to ask yourself what it is they’re trying to hide about their product. 

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