Happy 420! Special 2019 Edition: Latin America




…and stay on top of the latest buzz on medicinal cannabis legalization in Latin America.

April 20 is an international cultural day when the pro-cannabis community traditionally gets together to express its thoughts on the legalization of cannabis in all its forms.

The term 420 has been used since about 1971, both referring to the date (April 20) and the time of day (4:20pm), as code for cannabis. It has been since adopted by the pro cannabis community, and is now used to bring attention to the issues of legalization and medicinal use.

A new dawn…

The end of the decade is bringing with it a new dawn for cannabis as a medicine. It is slowly but steadily transforming into a scientifically recognized medicinal substance and leaving its social stigma behind.

Currently, a lot of countries around the world are debating the possibility of legalizing cannabis for medicinal or recreational use, while some have already moved past the issue.

This new, worldwide debate has opened the doors for a new market full of possibilities since, until recently, cannabis was solely monopolized by the illegal market and violent criminal groups, which caused the quality of the products to be unsupervised and poor. However, legal cannabis would bring with it regulation and standards which would prevent quality issues that can cause negative health consequences (such as mold or chemicals in the plant making consumers sick).

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Cannabis and CBD in Latin America

Latin America has become an important player in the recent journey of worldwide cannabis legalization. Several Latam countries have taken steps, in recent years, to legalize and produce hemp and different cannabis strains for medicinal purposes, and they are expected to soon become extremely competitive in the international market of processed derivatives, like oils, creams, sprays, and all the different presentations currently available.

It is predicted that by 2028, medicinal cannabis will account for two thirds of the regional total value of the cannabis market, because production is about 80% cheaper than in the US, Canada or Europe.

There are currently more than 40 licensed cannabis producers in Latin America. Some countries, however, seem to be more ahead than others. For example, up until December of 2018, Colombia accounted for 44% of the world production quota.

The estimated total market value of cannabis in Latin America is 9.8 billion USD, and legal sales within the region are expected to rise to 12.7 billion by 2028.

Canada is currently the strongest market for cannabis, since it has fully legalized cannabis use for both medicinal and recreational purposes, and Canadian companies have invested more than 100 million dollars in Colombia for growing purposes. This means Colombia is positioning itself to become one of the largest cannabis exporters in the world.

Legalization

In Latin America, legalization has vast differences from country to country, which comes to show how culture varies from one to another, even if they are thought to be very similar.

The Latin American countries where medicinal cannabis is legal are:

Some insight into the most cannabis-relevant Latin American Countries

Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay became the first, and so far only, Latin American nation to legalize adult cannabis consumption. Only registered Uruguayans are allowed to purchase cannabis, and it can only be sold by authorized pharmacies.

In 2014 it was made legal to grow up to 6 plants at home.

Brazil

Brazil has the highest cannabis consumption in Latin America.

In 2015, CBD was transferred from the list of prohibited substances to the list of controlled substances, and is now fully covered by the health care system. However, authorizations for the import of cannabis oils are individually evaluated for compassionate use, which means it’s only for patients whose condition is resistant to all other treatments available.

Mexico

Mexico has a history of conservative policies regarding cannabis; but in 2015, special access to CBD Oil was granted to a little girl, and in 2018, the country finally made it legal to grow for private personal use, and declared the prohibition unconstitutional, which suggests that legalization of non medical use will come in 2019.

Chile

Chile has the highest consumption rates per capita in Latin America. And, interestingly, out of all Latin American countries, it has the longest history with successful hemp cultivation for fiber, so the have a lot of experience on good growing practices and know the plant well.

Panama

In Panama, cannabis is still illegal, even medicinal. In 2016 a “legalization” bill passed, but regulation is pending. Only personal dose is allowed, and there are exceptional sanitary permits.

This year, the national assembly is due to vote on bill 595, which legalizes medicinal consumption, but prohibits domestic cultivation.

Like Panama, some Countries around the world have this strange phenomenon, where regulation is pending. Colombia had this issue in 1986, when a law was passed, which allowed regulation, but the regulations took a couple of decades to arrive.

Colombia

Colombia has quickly become one of the strongest countries when it comes to cannabis cultivation. And, at the moment, it’s the only one aggressively promoting cannabis exports.

It has several conditions that favor it in this particular industry, like:

  • A variety of climates.
  • 12 hour day/night cycle, which allows for year round outdoor cultivation.
  • Long culture of exportation.
  • Central location, which is good for commerce.
  • Fertile soil.
  • Existing legislation.
  • The government’s commitment.

In 2018, Colombia was granted a growing quota equivalent to 44% of the world production authorized by the International Narcotics Control Board.

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Legalization

Colombia had an interesting journey. Though legalization technically happened in 1986, the country’s issues with drug trafficking and violence prevented further regulation, which caused cannabis to still be treated as illegal. It took several years before any other legal disposition was made concerning cannabis. The timeline is as follows:

February, 1986: Colombia legalized manufacture, export, sales, medical and scientific use of cannabis. However, due to the lack of regulation, production could not be initiated.

1994: Consumption was decriminalized.

2009: The Constitution is modified, criminalizing possession and consumption, except with medical prescription.

2012: Possession is decriminalized (up to 20gr).

June, 2015: Home cultivation of up to 20 plants is decriminalized.

December, 2015: Cannabis is legalized for medical and scientific purposes.

May, 2016: The Ministry of Health defined licensing requirements for production and manufacture of cannabis derivatives.

June, 2016: The first manufacturing license was issued to a large-scale cannabis corporation.

July, 2016: Law 1797 established a regulatory framework for medical and scientific use of cannabis.

April, 2017: Decree 613 amended law 1787, ensuring government support for small growers, distinguishing between psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabis, and creating regulations for seeds.

At the moment, Colombia is the only latinamerican country that distinguishes between psychoactive and non psychoactive medical cannabis. Psychoactive cannabis is only permitted in its processed form (oils, pills, and different topical presentations), but not as flowers or dried plants. Cannabis-based medication (like Sativex) is only available with a medical prescription, and can only be distributed in government authorized pharmacies.

Since November 2018, several cannabis licenses have been granted:

  • 19 for use of seeds
  • 62 for psychoactive cannabis cultivation
  • 89 for hemp cultivation
  • 73 entities were granted licenses for psychoactive cannabis derivative manufacturing (68 for export, 64 for domestic use and 28 for scientific research)

Colombia aims to grow as a cannabis derivative exporter, starting with the regional market before expanding to other countries, like Canada.

Foreign operators are welcome in the Colombian cannabis industry, and residency requirements have not been established, though the company must at least have a local branch or independent company within the territory, and is expected to comply with the local tax regulation.

At the moment, several major Canadian cannabis companies are already involved in Colombia. And the government has now granted benefits to small and medium growers, which benefit the country’s growing economy.

According to BBC Mundo, “Colombia has the best conditions in Latin America for investing in the [medical] marijuana industry.” And Canadian analyst, Michael McCune, a member of the Canadian lobbying group called iTrust Cannabis, said, “We see Colombia as a global leader in the cannabis industry, with enormous production and export capacity.”

This is an important view, since Colombia and Canada are currently the two main leaders of the cannabis market.

Colombia’s economy is slowly being reborn from the ashes of the conflict that has plagued it for decades. And it’s interesting to see how cannabis is one of the industries that has begun to take shape after the illegal drug-fueled conflict. Not to mention that the economic development brought by it is reaching some of the most conflict-affected areas of the country, like Valle del Cauca and Magdalena.

It’s perfect timing, since the government is questioning itself on how it can generate rural development without relying on hydrocarbons, which are now an unstable market. And by 2025, Colombia’s cannabis exports are predicted to exceed those of coal, while Procolombia also believes that the country is capable of quickly capturing one fifth of the cannabis market in the next few years.

The Change….

The punitive approach to cannabis in Latin America and the rest of the world is changing steadily due to the increasing number of patients who have been successfully treated with it; and that change will only be accelerated by the fact that the World Health Organization has recommended its rescheduling as a controlled substance. This encourages a debate between the medical and scientific world and those who still feel that it is necessary to maintain the punitive approach towards cannabis.

Each Latin American country has its own regulations, which vary depending on their individual culture and history. These regulations have different implications for companies that wish to enter the country’s economy or expand in it.

The two most commonly used business models for this industry in Latin America are:

  • Vertically integrated operations (a license-holder is allowed to produce, process, sell, and export their product).
  • Corporate model for agriculture (small and medium-sized producers sell their harvest to a company that processes, packages, and distributes the product).

This is something the region needs. An estimated 4.5 million Colombians and 60 million Latin Americans suffer from cancer, MS, or epilepsy. The region is in need of better, less harmful treatments that can help people have a better quality of life.

What will legalization bring to the table?

Legalization is a game changer. It brings with it regulations that keep products in check and set a standard for quality and good practices. It stops being a business lead by criminal organizations that take advantage of the low standards and becomes a market pushed forward by doctors, scientists and serious entrepreneurs who know how to provide good service and quality products.

It also opens the doors wider for medical and scientific studies, trials and research that will allow us to look into new treatments and even cures for devastating illnesses.  

Vicente Fox, board member of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. and former president of Mexico, believes that moving from prohibition to legalization is a good thing. It takes money and power away from violent, illegal organizations and gives it to entrepreneurs, farmers, the legal side of economy; it generates jobs, medical and scientific research, and accelerates development.

Though public opinion is quickly shifting and people are now less fearful than they have ever been about cannabis, this particular industry needs to be more careful than others. Every company needs to be on its best behaviour because one mistake can ruin everything. The cannabis industry hasn’t yet established credibility, so it is up to the new companies to do so.

If everything goes well, people will understand that there’s a big difference between an industry run by criminals and an industry run by doctors, experts, and farmers.

There seems to be a misconception about cannabis being an extremely harmful drug, but this is nothing more than a misconception, which will, in time, hopefully change.

“I have never heard of anyone dying from cannabis; on the other hand, billions have perished from alcohol, sugar excess, and cigarettes.” Vicente Fox

For it to work…

For this industry to succeed, different factors need to come into play.

  • The collaboration between different countries will surely bring the best of two worlds together, and result in a product that has outstanding quality and good manufacturing practices.
  • Operational costs must be maintained low for Latam countries to become competitive and maintain that competitiveness when others begin exporting.
  • Brands need to stand out globally and have exceptional quality and good practices.
  • It is important for companies to understand and adapt to the individual regulations in the countries they have chosen to work in, in order to avoid unnecessary legal issues.
  • t’s important to maintain supply, since demand can jump unexpectedly.
  • It is also necessary to stimulate home grown market and inform people on good home growing practices in order to avoid widespread health issues.
  • Cannaturism is also a broad opportunity for Latin Amercan countries while legalization moves forward.

2020s?

There’s a lot of hope for the 2020s! It’s the beginning of a new era for medicine, science, and society. A new era for less prohibition and more regulation in order to ensure quality and good practices in the marketing of cannabis products.

If regulations continue to advance, the next decade will possibly bring with it better medical treatments for painful, debilitating illnesses and a significant improvement in mood disorders, anxiety and depression.

Having a legal cannabis market will also serve as a strong blow to violent organizations that take advantage of circumstances and are not interested in the community’s well-being. They have caused a lot of harm to individuals and entire counties. So taking away some of their power, is bound to be a positive change…

Happy 420!

And here’s to a new era.   

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Endocannabinoid Deficiency Fibromyalgia: Is CBD the Answer?

Fibromyalgia has plagued the lives of many, both physically and emotionally. It causes disability and depression, making people feel isolated and unproductive. However, its cause, just like that of many other conditions, remains a mystery to sufferers and doctors… Could science be close to figuring it out?

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious illness that causes sufferers to feel pain in their body for no apparent reason. It is more prevalent in women, and it is currently the most common rheumatology diagnosis in the United States.

Often, people who suffer from it are dismissed as being over dramatic, or some claim their pain to be psychosomatic, which is why the diagnosis is fairly new, compared to other conditions.

However, in recent years, studies have shown that fibromyalgia is, in fact, a very real medical condition that not only causes unnecessary pain signals to be sent to the brain, but also alters the pain threshold, making people a lot more sensitive to these signals, which is referred to as  hyperalgesia.

In sufferers, fibromyalgia causes stress, anxiety, feelings of guilt, isolation, and even disability. It is part of a group of conditions referred to as subjective pain syndromes, which are difficult to identify, since there are no objective, observable signs and they are often resistant to medical treatment. It is characterized by painful trigger points, mostly in the shoulders and neck, that limit physical activity and generate frustration.

It is associated closely with depression and anxiety, but it isn’t clear if one causes the other or if they coexist because they have the same origin.

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Endocannabinoid Deficiency?

In our bodies, the endocannabinoid system, or ECS, has two basic tasks:

  1. Balance feelings of well-being
  2. Stimulating the body to heal from injury or illness

This system reacts to endocannabinoids (cannabinoids that are naturally produced by our bodies), which interact with it and keep it running as it should.

Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome, CECD, happens when the concentration of these endocannabinoids, called anandamide and 2-AG, are lower than normal. This is a very new discovery, the initial theory having been proposed in 2001, and subsequent studies have backed it up.

Slowly, scientists and doctors are catching on to how this affects us, and have been shocked to discover that the effects are a lot broader and more significant than previously thought.

The origin of the theory came from the fact that many brain disorders are related to neurotransmitter deficiencies, so it was concluded that, considering its main function, chronic endocannabinoid deficiency should result in alterations in the sensations of pain, system imbalance and inflammation, since the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in those.

Conditions whose cause has been unknown for centuries now have a little ray of sunshine. Low levels of anandamide have been reported in people suffering from a number of illnesses whose cause was eluding the medical community.

If endocannabinoid deficiency proves to be the cause, these illnesses will now have better, more effective treatments that will make them more manageable, and they will be less likely to cause disability and depression.

Endocannabinoid Deficiency Fibromyalgia, Migraine, PTSD and IBS

Some of the conditions that have been observed to concur with clinical endocannabinoid deficiency are: fibromyalgia, migraines, PTSD and IBS, among others.

These three conditions have certain common characteristics:

  • Heightened sensitivity to pain, or hyperalgesia, which has been observed to be associated with endocannabinoid hypo-function (decreased function of the ECS).
  • Are accompanied by anxiety and depression
  • Have been labeled as psychosomatic
  • They coexist in the majority of cases, which suggests the same cause

Recently, it was discovered that people who suffer from fibromyalgia have a distinct deficiency of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which our body is supposed to produce naturally. Anandamide generates feelings of well-being and, in high amounts, can cause euphoria. However, if its concentration is too low, it has shown to have incredibly negative effects physically and emotionally.

When looking further into the issue, other illnesses were associated with this deficiency, which was officially named “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome,” or CECD. And the main conditions it has been related to often overlap, supporting the theory that it is the possible cause.

Endocannabinoid Deficiency Fibromyalgia: Is CBD the Answer?

If anandamide deficiency proves to be the cause of some or all cases of fibromyalgia, there is a lot of hope for a successful treatment to be developed and standardized in the near future.

CBD is a phytocannabinoid, a cannabinoid that is produced in plants, which stimulates CB2 receptors, the same type of receptors that react to anandamide and cause feelings of wellness and pain relief. Theoretically speaking, CBD should be able to replace anandamide in people who have low concentrations of it, until eventually the body is able to regulate its production.

Interestingly, in a specific study, CBD showed an improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms that highly surpassed those of the usual medications prescribed for this condition (like duloxetine and milnacipran).  

In fibromyalgia and other CECD related conditions, cannabinoid treatment, mainly CBD treatment, has shown improved sleep, pain relief, and other benefits that support the influence of the deficiency in the symptoms.

In a few trials, THC was studied as a possible treatment, but the results were not as significant as the ones showed for CBD and whole plant cannabis, which showed decreased pain and stiffness almost immediately, as well as improvement in sleep and reduced anxiety.

The use of cannabis-based epilepsy medication, Sativex also proved to be highly effective for pain, which proves that CBD oil for fibromyalgia is the best option.

What is the cause of endocannabinoid deficiency fibromyalgia?

Humans have an optimal level of endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG) in the body, which interact with endocannabinoid receptors. When endocannabinoid function is lower than normal,a series of conditions will necessarily follow, such as:

  • Digestive issues
  • Mood alterations
  • Sleep alterations
  • General well-being will be disrupted

It is still unknown why these lower endocannabinoid levels occur, but the CED theory suggests that the cause could be genetic or congenital, or might even be acquired after a significant injury or illness that alters the balance of the endocannabinoid production.

Other illnesses that have been linked to CECD

The ones mentioned above are not the only conditions that seem to be linked to clinical endocannabinoid deficiency. Others that are being evaluated for their possible relation to CECD are:

  • Neonatal failure to thrive
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Infantile colic
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Repetitive, unexplained miscarriages
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar disorder

These are just a few, though there are many others that could be part of this list.

Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency is new, but very important discovery being studied currently that could help us understand different conditions that have mostly been a complete mystery to us.

It seems almost obvious when you think about illnesses being caused by the body being unbalanced. A lot of people have spoken about CBD oil and fibromyalgia. However, we are so used to having external causes to our ailments, that we have failed to see what was right under our noses.

Our bodies have lost balance, so we need to return it to them in order to be healthier and feel better. Hopefully CBD treatments are standardized and recognized as valid methods of improving the quality of life of those who suffer from fibromyalgia and have seen their lives altered by it.

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10 CBD Clinical Trials You Might not Know About

…and their importance in today’s health needs!

For the first time ever, we can say that several medical trials are being carried out to determine the benefits of CBD, and even THC, for humans.

A few years ago, these components were only considered for terminal patients, but now their many benefits are being explored for their possible applications in treatments of different conditions, both for children and adults. Furthermore, they are no longer being looked into as a last resort for terminal patients, but as a first option for conditions like epilepsy, autism, asthma, and even for cancer itself, not just for its symptoms.

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Some CBD clinical trials and studies of immense importance that have been or are being carried out, are:

1. CBD for Epilepsy

It’s no wonder, epilepsy is getting the most attention when it comes to CBD clinical trials, since, over the past decade, there have been countless cases of epilepsy patients who have benefited from CBD oil.

This study, carried out by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the UM School of Pharmacy, aims to determine the benefits and safety of a CBD based medication for children with severe forms of epilepsy. And, though this trial still treats CBD as a last resort, qualifying it as “compassionate care”, it will be an amazing contribution for the medical community.

Ole Miss has an interesting history with cannabis. It was the first authorized cannabis grower for scientific research purposes, though the FDA recently opened up the possibility for other growers to become authorized. Since this is still a controlled substance, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) oversees the production and gives out the authorizations every year.

Why did CBD Clinical trials for epilepsy take so long to occur?

In most cases of severe epileptic disorders, the children who suffer from it usually don’t survive long enough to become adults. The goal with treatment is usually to prolong life expectancy and to maintain life skills (speaking, walking, eating) for as long as possible.

Though cannabis and CBD in particular have been shown to do wonders for these children, the social stigma and legal implications of giving it to minors have put a lot of pressure on parents and health professionals, and limit their options.

2. CBD for Asthma

Asthma is an allergic, inflammatory condition that affects the airways, and more than 26 million people in the U.S. suffer from it.

Together with the Hebrew University, an Israeli company is developing a cannabis based treatment for asthma that will benefit both children and adults. The researchers decided to look into CBD due to its well known anti inflammatory properties, though it might also have an effect on the allergic reaction itself, via the immune system. The idea with this research is to develop a supplement in tablet or inhaler form, that will be accessible to everyone.

Cases of severe asthma have been labeled as an “unmet clinical needs” by the World Health Organization, since it is usually treated with corticosteroids, which some people are resistant to, and from 1990 to 2015, the number of asthma cases doubled, which generates the need for better treatments, preferably natural ones that don’t produce harmful side effects. This is where CBD comes in.

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3. Movement Disorders

At the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California San Diego, a CBD trial will be carried out this year to establish possible beneficial effects of cannabis in a common movement disorder known as essential tremor (ET), which is characterized by involuntary shaking. However, if the results are positive, it is likely to have beneficial effects on all disorders of this type. This trial will focus on CBD and will include a low dose of THC.

Movement disorders, like essential tremor, Parkinson’s, dystonia, among others, affect around 42 million people in the U.S. They alter daily life and are extremely likely to cause anxiety and depression; so CBD shows promise as a treatment for people who suffer from this type of conditions, though so far research has been leaning particularly towards Parkinson’s, since it is so debilitating.

4. CBD for MS

Studies show that CBD reduces symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, such as fatigue, pain, inflammation, depression and spasticity, while increasing mobility.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the protective layers of the nerve fibers and spinal cord, causing failures in the nervous system’s communication to the brain. It can cause numbness, electric shock sensation, and mobility issues, among several other symptoms that significantly affect life and cause disability.

A trial was conducted in 2005, which demonstrated cannabis’ effectiveness at treating pain in patients suffering from MS, and a specific trial was carried out in order to compare the efficacy of two cannabis based medications for MS.

The positive results in these trials are probably due to the role of the endocannabinoid system in multiple sclerosis, which has been established by scientific studies.

5. Endometriosis

CBD is being looked into for its possible ability to treat endometriosis, an illness that affects about 180 million women in the world, and occurs when the lining of the uterus grows in other places around the pelvis, ovaries, or Fallopian tubes.

A new lab in Israel, set up by Israeli doctors with the purpose of carrying out medical research about cannabis’ medicinal properties, will begin an intensive study about the way CBD can benefit patients who suffer from endometriosis, since CBD has been proven to regulate the immune system, even preventing the spread of the disease.

The doctors commented on the current information there is about this particular illness, and stated that a lot more research is needed in order to understand how cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system relate to it.

6. CBD Clinical trials for Anorexia

The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research of UCSD has been pushing medical research forward, which is good news for everyone whose health could be benefited by CBD.

They will soo launch a trial that specifically looks into the effect of CBD in Adult Anorexia Nervosa, for which there is currently no proven medical treatment.

Cannabis has been observed to aid with anorexia for its appetite enhancing properties, and most of the effect has been attributed to THC. However, CBD shows significant promise in this area, since it not only targets appetite, but also helps reduce anxiety and depression, which are the core of eating disorders.

7. CBD for Early Psychosis

Though cannabis is usually not recommended for schizophrenia or psychosis in general, CBD on its own has shown anti psychotic properties.

A trial will begin in order to determine if the component can reduce symptoms and improve cognitive function in patients with early psychosis. It will also look into the biological response to stress, and the effect of CBD in eating behavior, which is altered by anti psychotic medication.

8. CBD Clinical Trials for Anxiety

An extensive clinical study that was carried out in 2015, evaluated CBD’s anxiolytic properties and its effect on anxiety related disorders. It was determined that CBD shows a broad range of potential relevant to the treatment of different symptoms of anxiety disorders, and has the advantage of not producing detrimental side effects even at higher doses.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and around 40 million adults are affected by them. However, less than 40% of sufferers are receiving treatment for them.

In the past decades, CBD’s beneficial effects in neuropsychiatric disorders has been observed by the medical community through anecdotal evidence and scientific studies, which brings a lot of hope for the development of a successful medical cannabis-based treatment for these conditions.

9. CBD Clinical Trials for Chronic Pain

CBD has shown great promise for pain management, but specifically for chronic pain, it could even be considered a breakthrough.

This current study is examining the effects of both CBD and THC on chronic pain in adults (18-50 yrs.) and it’s related symptoms, and aims to compare the effects of different doses of THC/CBD, in order to determine the best combination. Hopefully this will shed more light on the individual and combined effects of these two cannabinoids.

Chronic pain sufferers develop depression, anxiety and are constantly troubled by inflammation. CBD has the potential of treating all of these issues with little to no side effects, which would allow chronic pain sufferers to have more active lives and care for themselves a lot better.

10. CBD Clinical Trials for Fibromyalgia

A medical study in 2016, suggested that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could be the cause of chronic pain disorders and other illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, which shows the most evidence of having relation to this issue.

Significantly lower levels of endocannabinoids like anandamide in cerebrospinal fluid were seen in patients suffering from chronic pain. However, several CBD trials for fibromyalgia are still needed in order to determine its benefits, which could be several, since a common treatment for the condition are antidepressants, and it is currently known that CBD and antidepressants share some of their benefits, though work in a completely different way.

This trial showed that most patients experienced reduction of pain and stiffness in as little as two hours after they consumed the cannabis solution. And the beneficial effects were much higher in the ones taking the real cannabis than the control group.

The results concluded that cannabis is much more effective than the different prescription meds currently being indicated for fibromyalgia. Though it’s clear that it requires standardization and regulation for it to be as effective as possible.

Prospects for the future…

Thanks to all these medical studies and trials, we’re finally beginning to learn about the different benefits and possibilities that CBD and cannabis have when it comes to our health and well-being.

The world is currently dealing with an increasing number of medical conditions that are no longer deadly, but that affect quality of life significantly, since they reduce people’s ability to care for themselves and lead a full life.

CBD is showing a lot of promise in medical terms for the near future, not just for adults, but for children who suffer from debilitating conditions. So we’ll see…  

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CBD Oil for Autism: Does it Work?

April is world autism awareness month, and every year has brought with it more progress in terms of knowledge, representation and new treatments for those who live with autism.  

This campaign aims to raise both awareness and funding for medical research in hopes of discovering new treatment options, like CBD, or possible ways of preventing this disorder by identifying risks factors more clearly, which are thought to be a mix of genetic and environmental conditions.

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Hopefully, now that worldwide cannabis legalization is looming above us, it serves as an opportunity to contribute to the different treatments that are currently available for autistic children and adults.

What is Autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurobehavioral disorder with a wide spectrum of severity.

Characteristically, those who suffer from autism, have impaired social, communication, and language skills; and it is generally characterized by rigid, repetitive behaviors and movements.

Around 1% of children in the US are diagnosed with some form of autism: 1 in every 37 boys, and 1 in every 151 girls. Though it is more likely to be diagnosed in boys than girls, that gender gap is beginning to diminish, since there is more awareness of how it can manifest differently in girls.

In 2014, it was estimated that more than 3.5 million people in the US live with autism spectrum disorder. The diagnosis of the disorder is increasing quickly, but it is thought to be more due to awareness and better diagnosis criteria, rather than due to an “epidemic” many fear.

Complications…

Around 30% of cases of autism are accompanied by seizures and epileptic disorders, which makes them harder to manage. And the condition may also be complicated by learning disabilities and other disorders, both neurological and physiological.

Adulthood comes with a whole new set of challenges for patients, even those with high functioning autism. For instance, around 35% of young adults with autism haven’t had a job or received further education after high school.

Fortunately, there is constantly more information and scientific research being carried out that could help people and families better cope with this disorder. For example, currently, the University of North Carolina is working on a study that will establish a way of determining if a baby will eventually grow to be diagnosed with autism.

This particular study will allow children to receive therapy and treatment in an early stage, which is likely to result in a better prognosis. Currently, by looking at a brain scan, autism can be predicted and, so far, 8 out of 10 predictions are accurate.

CBD Oil for Kids with Autism

Though at the moment it might seem a little controversial, these past few years, doctors and parents have been turning to cannabis, specifically CBD, in hopes of improving the quality of life of children with autism.

CBD shows promise as a treatment for behavioral symptoms, including violent outbursts, hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors, and hypersensitivity to physical contact; not to mention it can do a lot for autism that is accompanied by epilepsy, reducing seizures and cognitive decline.

Because traditional treatments are limited, parents have begun exploring alternative treatments such as CBD, and some are beginning to see it as a first option, even before any other medications are tried.

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Clinical Trials…

In 2016, Israeli doctors began carrying out a medical trial with 120 low-to-medium functioning autistic children and young adults, in order to evaluate the behavioral effects CBD could have on their condition.

The supplements that were used were completely free of THC, since the purpose of the study was to determine the properties of CBD alone, and THC still comes with a lot of legal, social and medical baggage that they weren’t prepared to deal with.

During this trial, some patients who were 100% non communicative, started speaking after being given CBD.

At the end of this year, 2019, The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego, will be launching a trial with the aim of looking into CBDs effects on severe forms of autism in children.

Why does CBD Oil for autism work?

It has been theorized that the reason CBD reduces self harming behavior in autistic children, is that it improves their communication skills, reducing the frustration that they feel when they’re unable to express ideas and feelings.

Parents have reported a significant improvement in behavior and mood alterations when using CBD Oils or Sprays. It suddenly becomes less stressful and risky to have people over, and it becomes easier to show affection and communicate in a clear way.

A lot of parents report more eye contact, less anxiety at being in an educational setting, and even openness to accepting new foods, which is often an issue.

Also, since epilepsy is a common issue with severe forms of autism, the benefit doubles. Parents use CBD oil for autism and epilepsy, and it has shown a lot of effectiveness, since CBD is better known for its anti-seizure properties and is now being used for epilepsy in children and in adults. This means it can potentially improve the lives of those who suffer from both conditions significantly.

Though doctors know of the many benefits it provides, they want to know exactly how CBD works and why it improves autism symptoms before they “go wild” and prescribe it to every kid that comes to their office. However, there are some who have already begun recommending and prescribing the component.

CBD Oil for High Functioning Autism

Since autism is a spectrum disorder, it varies in severity and need for support. A lot of autistic children grow up to be fully functioning adults. However, they still have difficulties with social interactions, depression and anxiety.

Even for high functioning autism, and what was formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome, CBD oil has been known to help with social anxiety, which is prevalent for those who suffer from the disorder; depression; and even helps reduce repetitive movements.

Autism and the CB2 Receptor

In 2013, a study was conducted in order to identify physiological differences between autistic and non autistic children, in hopes that the origin of the condition could be targeted and life skills improved.

It was discovered that there is a significant difference between autistic and non autistic children when it comes to CB2 receptors.

CB2 receptors, one of the two types of receptors that conform the endocannabinoid system, respond to CBD. The component stimulates them and balances different systems and functions.

Hopefully, in the near future we manage to figure out what exactly is affected when a child suffers from autism, and how CBD targets that alteration.

CBD Oil Dosage for Autism

When it comes to dosage, it is extremely important to consult with a healthcare professional and take into account the child’s age, weight and condition.

Generally speaking, the initial dosage is the same as the one normally used for childhood epilepsy, which is 1mg per kilogram, 3 times a day.

Starting from there, the dosage can be slowly increased until positive changes are seen. Though, again, medical supervision is advised.  

So, is CBD Oil for Autism a Good Idea?

If you compare CBD to medication like Risperdal, which is often given to patients, there really is no question that CBD is the better option.

Psychiatric medication often causes significant side effects that can harm the body and mind permanently, while CBD causes virtually none, and it’s completely natural.

Parents, experts and patients themselves don’t report any negatives when it comes to CBD oil for autism. Probably the only issue they’ve expressed is having trouble finding the product.

Just like it occurs with epilepsy patients, CBD usually allows autistic children to lower the dosage of other medications they’re taking, or to stop taking them completely.

Healthwise, CBD is a really good option. However, Child Protective Services is still an issue parents sometimes have to deal with, since it’s not yet a recognized treatment. So, legally, when it comes to minors, it’s still a very delicate territory and parents should be well informed before making the decision to give their child CBD supplements.

Here’s to CBD being standardized as a medical treatment!

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CBD for Insomnia: How CBD can Help You Get a Good Night’s Rest…

How CBD can Help You Get a Good Night’s Rest…

How many times have you stared at the ceiling, shifted around and flipped the pillow over in an effort to fall asleep, only to find yourself, 3 hours later, thinking about everything you need to do that week and being annoyed at not getting enough rest?

Yes, me too. So here’s how CBD, along with some other small changes, can help you sleep a lot better and defeat insomnia…

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Why can’t we sleep?

Insomnia can have a few different causes and triggers. It is believed by the medical community that, generally, insomnia is a result of anxiety and an overactive mind. Those who can’t sleep, often spend hours on end thinking and rethinking their choices, day, month, life… It’s an endless cycle, since we can always find something new to think about.

All this thinking doesn’t allow us to tune out and go to sleep.

However, there are other possible causes for it, like chronic pain, which can cause people to have a really hard time falling asleep when it’s intense enough.

Chronic vs. Acute Insomnia

Insomnia isn’t necessarily a constant. Sometimes people who don’t usually have trouble sleeping, could experience a period of time during which sleep seems impossible. This is usually due to an isolated incident, like a traumatic or emotion-filled event, an illness, or even a heavy meal. Yes, eating too much before bed can cause insomnia.

But for those who suffer from insomnia in a more permanent way, for those who have spent months or years staring at the ceiling, being annoyed, insomnia becomes a debilitating and life altering issue that affects them emotionally and physically.

The Game Plan

Up until a few years ago, I suffered from severe insomnia. It took me hours to fall asleep in the first place, only to end up waking up three or four times during the night. I hardly slept, and I am now aware of the fact that a lot of people have this same issue…

Some opt for the “easy” solution of taking sleeping pills, which is dangerous, and only covers up the problem, rather than helping you solve it.

Sleeping pills don’t help treat anxiety, stress or the overactive mind; they just cause somnolence and knock you out. Of course, it does need to be said, not all sleeping pills knock you out, but still, they don’t tackle the real issue head on.

Perhaps it’s better to try other, more natural methods first…

CBD for Insomnia: can it really help?

It can… But not in the way you might think.

CBD does not have sedative properties like THC does, so it’s not going to knock you out as soon as you swallow a few drops.

Basically, what CBD does is reduce stress, anxiety and tension throughout the day, leaving the mind ready to rest and contributing to the body’s repairing and healing process, helping the brain maintain a deeper sleep throughout the night.

When using CBD for sleep it’s better to take it during the day in regular intervals, stopping 2 hours before you’re planning on going to bed. This way, your body and mind will be relaxed and ready for bed.

Overtime, this routine will be assimilated by your body, until the time comes when you don’t even need help sleeping. Habits are strong, so just like your brain becomes used to insomnia, it can become used to sleeping well. Think of it as training your brain.

What is the CBD dosage for insomnia?

Dosage is something everyone needs to be really careful about when it comes to CBD.

Every person is different physically, mentally and emotionally, so what works for some might not be enough, or might be too much for others. So please don’t assume that the dosage that worked well for someone you know is the one that you have to start with.

As is commonly said in the world of CBD, you need to “start low, grow slow”, plus pay close attention to your body, in order to find the dosage that’s perfect for you and your unique situation.

Biphasic Effect

CBD is a component that has a very sensitive and noticeable biphasic effect. This means that its effects vary depending on the dosage. If the dosage is too low, it will have no effect, if it’s just right it will significantly help reduce the targeted symptoms and cause a sensation of well-being; however, if the dosage is too high, it will likely worsen the symptoms it was meant to eliminate.

This is why, when it comes to CBD for sleep, we need to be extremely careful with the dosage, or it is likely to cause even more insomnia, particularly if you take large amounts too soon before bedtime.

Does marijuana help you sleep?

Most people think of sleep when they think of marijuana because it’s very common for consumers to fall asleep soon after ingesting it. However, this sedative effect is not due to CBD. Then, how does marijuana affect sleep?

THC is the component in recreational or medicinal marijuana that is responsible for the sedative properties. It has the potential to knock you out in about an hour.

Some people swear by some strains more than others as effective sleep aids, however we need to remember that even within the same strain, the concentration of THC and CBD in plants can vary. So a strain that worked for you in the past might not work today because the particular plant the flowers came from is lower in THC or CBD. It’s almost a lottery, really, so it’s better to stick to supplements if you want to obtain a more accurate dosage of specific components.

And, though some people enjoy the effects of THC, it’s not very functional and doesn’t stimulate the habit forming routine of clearing the mind and going to sleep. Plus, THC also has the risk of causing unpleasant effects, like anxiety and paranoia, at least in some people, which would make sleeping even more difficult than it already was.

Unless THC is a tried-and-approved method for yourself, we don’t recommend using it for the first time with the object in mind of targeting insomnia. It’s not worth the risk. Try CBD first, and go about it slowly and consciously and you will likely find what works and what doesn’t work for you.

What else can I do?

In order to attack insomnia from every possible angle, you could make some small, yet powerful, tweaks to your day. This way, you’re facing the issue from different angles and covering your bases.

Some of these changes can be:

  • Stick to a regular sleeping schedule! That way your brain will get used to what is considered “bedtime”.
  • Avoid daytime naps until your schedule has normalized. They can throw your sleep cycle off and keep you awake when you’re not supposed to be.
  • Develop a specific, relaxing bedtime routine, like washing your face, meditating, or stretching.
  • Don’t watch TV, use a computer, tablet, phone, or other electronics (including games) after you’ve gone to bed; this is sure to activate your brain and keep it from going into rest mode.
  • Keep your bedroom organized and comfortable; this will cause you to feel more relaxed and less overwhelmed.
  • Don’t eat anything right before bed, or drink stimulating drinks after 3pm. Making the body digest something while your trying to sleep is not a good idea.
  • Cut down on sugar and heavy food, your stomach could be the one keeping you up at night while trying to process what you put into it.
  • Meditate! It’s amazing for clearing your mind and reducing anxious thoughts and stress. I personally believe that a little CBD oil during the day paired with a bedtime meditation session can put you to sleep in a heartbeat. Though it takes a little practice.

Is sleep really important?

In short, YES.

Not sleeping enough, or sleeping badly, can have several negative effects on your health and mood, such as exhaustion, stress, irritability, memory problems, depression, and can even cause you to be more propense to falls or accidents.

When you don’t sleep well, you feel groggy, dizzy and clumsy, not to mention your body didn’t get the chance to fully recover from all the activity, which could cause your immune system to be weakened, so you’ll be more likely to get sick.

And, honestly, it feels horrible when you don’t get enough sleep, so why do we even wonder?

So…

So give CBD and these tips a go! Who knows, you might be taking a step towards leaving insomnia behind. And, believe me, it feels amazing to no longer say “I didn’t sleep well last night” almost every morning.

Remember “start slow, grow slow” and pay attention to what works for you.

Sleep tight!

CBD Oil for sleep: what you need to know

You have probably heard that adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per day. And you have also thought… no way. Well, it’s true! And this post is going to serve as a digital and eye-opening slap in the face. Furthermore, if you are suffering from insomnia and you have given up on counting sheep, we are going to tell you why you should try CBD oil for sleep. And, if you don’t suffer from any sleeping disorder, well you should just keep reading anyway if you want to have better sleep at night (hope that wasn’t too aggressive).

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Lack of sleep, or an interrupted cycle, is a serious health problem in the United States. According to the Sleep Apnea American Association, sleep related problems affect 50 to 70 million americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. Over 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep “at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night”.

Above all, people who sleep less than 7 hours per day are more likely to become obese, physically inactive and chronic smokers, than people who sleep 7 hours or more. Another interesting fact is that adults who sleep less than the recommended 7 hours are more likely to report chronic health conditions like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and depression.

But fear not, our devoted readers, for today we give you a possible solution: CBD. But before, let’s first check some studies that suggest a concerning and alarming correlation between lack of sleep and an increase in chronic pain symptoms.

The Correlation Between Lack of Sleep and Pain

Sleeping six hours or more, is not just so you can get up for work and be able to function. There is sufficient literature that relates lack of sleep and pain.

In a 2008 study, researchers wanted to prove that pain and sleep are bi-directionally connected. During the study, participants were monitored daily for sleeping hours and pain symptoms during the day. In 78% of the cases, subjects slept between 6 and 9 hours, and reported daily pain as “mild frequent”. However, when subjects reported less than 6 hours of sleep, their pain symptoms the next morning where stronger. “Results suggested that hours of reported sleep on the previous night was a highly significant predictor of the current day’s pain frequency”, researchers concluded.

On the other hand, other studies proved how people who sleep more tend to have less pain sensitivity. A study conducted in 2012 showed data to support that after subjects who had sleeping problems were subjected to a 10 hour sleep routine during four days, experienced a considerable reduction on their pain sensitivity.

An interesting research evaluated whether partial sleep loss altered endogenous pain inhibition in any way, and spontaneous pain in women. In total, 32 healthy women were studied during a 7 night period. The tests consisted in randomly awaking some of the women during sleep time. After conducting the test and later examining the data, they found that women who had more hours of sleep showed reduction in pain. This findings suggest a possible role of sleep disturbance in chronic pain.

Finally, an alarming study was conducted on 2015 with female nurses who worked long shifts at hospitals. It turns out that work-related stress and sleep deficiency increases the risk of having diabetes, heart disease and stroke (cardiometabolic risk).

Still think that lack of sleep is harmless?

CBD oil for sleep

Ethan Russo, cannabis leading scientist, led a clinical trial to see the effects of the cannabis pharmaceutical drug, Sativex, on pain and sleep. He discovered that CBD and THC improved sleeping conditions in patients suffering from neuropathic pain and in some symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Russo also found that Sativex improved sleeping parameters in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain, intractable cancer pain and rheumatoid arthritis. If CBD and THC can help patients with chronic pain sleep, it could be a breakthrough in their quality of life.

Another study conducted in adult male rats showed evidence to support that CBD can increase percentage of sleep during daytime. The group of mice that were given 10 and 40 mg/kg of CBD increased the total percentage of sleep compared with the placebo group. Also, the group injected with 40mg/kg showed an increased REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep latency. Researchers concluded that “the systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time, in addition to increasing sleep latency in the light period of the day of administration”. For patients suffering from chronic pain, CBD could be a good treatment for them to sleep during daytime.

Contrarily, there are other studies that suggest that CBD has a more alerting effect, and that it can actually counterpart the sedative effect produced by THC:

“fifteen milligrams thc would appear to be sedative, while 15 mg cbd appears to have alerting properties as it increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the residual sedative activity of 15 mg thc”.

But how much CBD oil for sleep? Mind your dose

This doesn’t necessarily mean that if you try CBD oil for sleep it will work the other way around and keep you up all night. CBD oil can reduce anxiety, helps deal with stress and facilitates relaxation. This is why many people have found that CBD oil is one of the best choices for sleep. It won’t knock you out like THC, but it will get you in a more relaxed state.

Healthspan Medical Director Dr Sarah Brewer, told Net Doctor why she recommends and uses CBD oil for sleep:  

“It is proven to be particularly helpful for sleep disorders in people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Anecdotally, ever since I started taking CBD at night I have enjoyed really deep sleep and also feel more relaxed”.

A lot of patients are using cannabis infused edibles for sleep. although they take longer to have effects on the body, at the same time its effect is way more potent. Patients have reported sleeping for longer periods of time when consuming edibles.

However, the issue with edibles is dosing. It is very hard to control how much cannabinoids you are ingesting. That’s why it is better, or more recommended, to try CBD oil for sleep instead. Because of cannabis biphasic effect, it is recommended to start at low doses and grow from there. As Project CBD says, “Start low, grow slow”. Always remember that less is more.

We know this all sounds very interesting. And to make it even more awesome, we’ve picked the 3 best cannabis strains for sleep (based on Leafly) and the best 3 CBD oils for sleep (according to Cannainsider).

3 Best Cannabis Strains for Sleep

Grandaddy Purple

This indica dominant strain produces a relaxed and sleepy effect. It can also help with stress and insomnia. You will taste grape, berry and sweet flavor when trying this strain. “Pain is powerless against GP. So is nausea, anxiety, annoyance and insomnia. This strain would probably set you back to good after drinking 32 cups of coffee and getting hit by a bus”, wrote a user about this strain.

God’s Gift

This is also an indica dominant strain. You will also be able to taste the grape and sweet undertones, just like Grandaddy Purple, but with a little earthy flavor. This is one of the best strains to help you deal with insomnia and stress. “I went to bed with no struggle with a clear mind. I feel great today with no care of what ailed me yesterday”, said a review of the strain.

Afghan Kush

“Imagine a very large, fluffy cloud enveloping your body. Then add weights to your eyelids. Be prepared to feel an undeniable need to eat anything you see…and then somehow find yourself in your bed paralyzed. Do not smoke this if you are not prepared to sleep”. This review by a Leafly user pretty much sums it up. Pain, stress and insomnia are all gone when trying this strain.

We hope this was helpful!

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10 Things You Must Know about CBD

Cannabis has at least 113 different cannabinoids – but the only one on the tip of everyone’s tongue is CBD. This beneficial compound can be derived from hemp and made into an oil. With the development of CBD oil, many people started to discover its amazing mental and physical health benefits. To this day, organic CBD oil continues to amaze those who are using it – or paying attention to the all the newly discovered benefits. You can decide if CBD pure oil from hemp is right for you by learning the 10 following facts about this awesome compound:

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1. CBD is a Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Compound

CBD oil comes from the leaves and stalks of the cannabis plant. The type of plant used is usually hemp, as it is not as strictly regulated as marijuana. Despite its origins, CBD does not have any of the psychoactive properties found in THC. Instead, this compound promotes calm, relaxed feelings without the high. When ingested, the CBD compounds bind to the receptors that control the chemicals in the brain. Its impact on brain activity helps CBD control your mental and physical health symptoms

2.  Studies Have Proven the Pain Management Benefits of CBD Oil

Through many different studies, scientific research has shown us how well organic CBD oil controls pain. The positive results from these studies have pushed the FDA to approve CBD treatments for certain health conditions. CBD medications are used to control pain caused by serious health conditions. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Organic CBD oil can provide the same benefits without all the extra processing.

3.  CBD Oil Can Help Manage Mental Health Conditions

Researchers have found that CBD can help deal with mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.  With a small dose of CBD, participants with social anxiety were much less anxious than normal during public speaking. With CBD, depression symptoms decrease as well. This is especially true for the physical ways anxiety and depression manifest. Symptoms like sleeping difficulties and nausea are reduced or eliminated with a single dose of pure CBD oil.

4.  CBD Oil Helps Prevent Relapse

CBD oil promises to change the addiction recovery field by reducing the risk of drug and alcohol relapse. In a recent study, participants only received one dose of CBD every day for a week. Despite the low dose and short duration, they were able to resist relapse for five full months afterward. A reduction in addict-like characteristics were virtually eliminated as well. The lasting effects of organic CBD oil helped these people stop having strong cravings for drugs and alcohol. As a result, they were able to better focus on recovery.

5.  Negative Side Effects of CBD Oil are Minimal

As with any substance you put in your body, CBD pure oil does have minimal side effects to consider. Although they are minor, common CBD side effects include dry mouth, dizziness and drowsiness. You will need to weigh the pros and cons to determine if the benefits of CBD oil outweigh the risks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should never consume CBD oil. The substance has the chance of passing through the mother’s body to the child.

6.  CBD Oil is Not Likely to Cause a Positive Drug Test

Modern drug tests are only looking for substances that have mind-altering effects. When it comes to cannabis, drug tests are only looking for THC, not CBD. Organic CBD oil from hemp only contains a max of 0.3 percent THC, which is likely undetectable on these tests. While taking organic CBD oil, you likely do not need to worry about failing any drug tests.

7.  You Cannot Actually Get High from CBD Oil

Although it is a compound of cannabis, CBD cannot get you high. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high that can disrupt your thought patterns. Instead, the CBD pure oil helps the body by controlling pain, relieving nausea and more.  When taking the right dose of organic CBD oil, you will never feel high or any other mental impairments that could derail your day.

8.  There are No Addictive Properties in CBD Oil

CBD oil does not have any addictive properties to consider. This substance has been cleared of causing addiction by a World Health Organization study. As a result, there is little to no risk of creating dependence or abuse, even after ingesting CBD daily for a long period of time. CBD does not cause cravings nor withdrawal symptoms, if stopped.

9.  CBD Oil Has Nothing to Do with Weed

Although they both come from the cannabis family of plants, marijuana and hemp have very little in common. As a result, pure CBD oil does not have anything to do with marijuana. Instead, organic CBD oil comes from the hemp plant to harness the power of this substance without loading up on the THC content. Weed and CBD remain worlds apart when using hemp for the extraction process.

10. Organic CBD Oil from Hemp Provides the Best Results

When organic CBD oil is derived from the hemp plant, it offers the greatest benefits and poses a minimal risk of side effects. The organic oil goes through the extraction process to isolate the CBD, which helps to purify the oil mixture. The lack of THC in CBD pure oil keeps this substance legal to own and consume in many, but not all, areas. New laws on the books promise to put the federal legalization of hemp products, including CBD oil, at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Buy CBD Pure Oil Today to Start Your Journey Toward Complete Wellness

Organic CBD oil offers therapeutic benefits for mental and physical health conditions without causing you to feel high or out of it. Make sure you always have CBD oil in your medicine cabinet by acquiring some from your favorite online retailer. Whether you suffer a bout of anxiety or a spike in your pain levels, organic CBD oil from hemp can give you the support you need to get through it all.

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Painkillers vs CBD. What is the best alternative for pain relief?

Pain is something most people deal with from time to time. But if chronic pain keeps you from living a healthy, happy life, you’ll want to get relief.

While it’s easy to swallow a pill to get pain relief, it may not be the best option for long-term use. Read on to learn how pain killer drugs work and why many people are turning to CBD oil for pain.

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Types of Painkiller Drugs

Painkillers, also called analgesics, are classified into several different categories. There are two main types of painkiller drugs you can buy without a doctor’s prescription. These include acetaminophen, commonly known as Tylenol, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) are examples of NSAIDs.

Opioids are much stronger pain relievers that your doctor must prescribe for you. You’ll pick up the medicine at a pharmacy and will need to have it refilled by the pharmacist when you run out. Common opioid medications include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, oxycodone and methadone. Brand names include Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and others.

How do Painkiller Drugs Work?

Pain relievers work with your body’s nervous system to stop your brain from generating the feeling of pain. You have millions of nerve endings in your skin and tissues. Nerves allow your body to communicate with your brain. When you are injured, these nerves tells your brain where the pain is located in your body and what it feels like.

Painkiller drugs keep the nerves from telling your brain about the pain. Opioids and non-prescription drugs work similarly, but opioids also trigger the pleasure centers of your brain. That’s why these drugs are only used to treat severe pain.

Long-Term Side Effects

While painkiller drugs are an effective way to stop pain, they do come with side effects. For example, NSAIDs can be extremely hard on your stomach and kidneys. Some also cause heart damage. Prolonged use of these drugs can lead to ulcers, bleeding in your gut, or kidney failure.  Tylenol can cause liver damage, especially when taken in high doses or mixed with alcohol.

Opioids are also quite dangerous to take for chronic pain relief. At low doses, opioids can make you feel sleepy or dizzy. At higher doses, they can slow your heart rate and breathing rate, leading to death. Since these drugs not only kill pain but also boost feelings of pleasure, many people become addicted to them. When people are addicted, they take the drug in higher doses, often leading to overdose and death. In 2017, 72,000 people in the United States died from drug overdose.

CBD Oil for Pain Relief

To avoid the dangerous side effects that come with traditional painkillers, many people are using CBD oil for pain management. Extracted from marijuana or hemp plants, the oil contains only trace amounts of THC, the component that makes people feel “high.” Additionally, non-toxic CBD oil does not affect the same brain receptors as THC.

Your body regulates a variety of bodily functions including:

  • Appetite
  • Sleep
  • Pain and Immune system response

Taking CBD oil helps your body regulate these functions naturally.  Pure CBD oil helps reduce pain, inflammation and anxiety, while improving sleep and appetite.

In fact, multiple studies have confirmed the effects of cannabis-based medicine for pain relief. A NCBI study at the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in the United Kingdom found “a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was significantly suppressed following…treatment.” The study used a cannabis-based medication to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Another study of patients with migraine headaches points to the active ingredients in CBD oil as a way to treat these debilitating headaches.

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CBD Side Effects

Along with treating pain naturally, CBD oil doesn’t come with any of the side effects of prescription or over-the-counter painkillers. Unlike NSAIDS and acetaminophen, CBD oil will not damage your other systems. And, unlike opioids, there’s no chance of becoming addicted. So if you’re looking for a safe, effective way to relieve pain, CBD is a good option.

You don’t need a prescription to buy pure CBD oil, and it’s easy to buy hemp-based CBD online, regardless of where you live. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of pure organic hemp oil and browse our catalog of products to find the best CBD oil for pain.

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5 Easy Tips to Prevent Diabetes

Even though there are more than 400 million people who suffer from diabetes, it is an illness that, in 80% of cases, can easily be prevented. How? A healthier lifestyle.

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In 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 14th as World Diabetes Day. According to the UN, diabetes is the major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.

Every year, this date gives awareness to people all around the world about a disease that affects more than 400 million people. This means that 8.5% of the population suffers from diabetes. November 14th works as a wake up call to have better and healthier habits.

Out of those 400 million people with diabetes, 360.000.000 have type 2 diabetes. And, according to the American Diabetes Association, 80% of those 360 million could’ve been avoided. This means that almost 290 million people could’ve prevented this disease.

In this World Diabetes Day, we give 5 tips to prevent type 2 diabetes. And trust us when we say this: it’s not that hard.

So keep reading!

What is diabetes?

Before we get into the tips, it’s better to understand what diabetes is. In the most general concept, diabetes occurs when there is too much sugar or glucose in the bloodstream. It is also important to know what insulin is and what its function is in the human body.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It’s main function is to get carbohydrates present in the food we eat and transform it into sugar (glucose) for energy for our body. Insulin levels should also be balanced in order to prevent blood sugar levels from getting too low, which is called hypoglycemia. It also keeps blood sugar levels from getting to high (hyperglycemia). This occurs when the body cannot produce any or enough insulin.

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s briefly explain type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs because of an autoimmune reaction. The immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin. For this reason, the body produces too little or no insulin at all.

Research on this subject say it is a result of several factors, both internal and external. It could be a genetic condition, or it could also be produced by environmental conditions such as viral infections, toxins or even and irregular diet.

Type 2 Diabetes

Different from type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is not produced by an issue in the immune system. Type 2 diabetes occurs because the body is not able to respond to or doesn’t produce enough insulin.

This type of diabetes is most common in older adults, but is progressively increasing in children, adolescents and young adults due to obesity, physical inactivity and poor diet.

5 tips to prevent diabetes

Like we said before, type 2 diabetes can easily be prevented. How? By having a healthy lifestyle. Here are 5 tips to prevent diabetes:

1. Veggies, fruits and whole grains: your new best palls

A healthy diet is the first thing you should have in mind if you want to prevent diabetes. You should always include vegetables and fruits in your daily diet.

But most importantly, doctors always recommend whole grains. Try eating brown rice instead of white rice. Oats are also really good for preventing diabetes because they contains beta-glucan, which is a fiber with the awesome power of lowering cholesterol levels. Also, give quinoa a chance! It’s a pretty complete protein and it’s also really easy to cook.

Another good thing to do is to avoid sugary drinks. Instead try drinking more water. Coffee and tea are really good for preventing diabetes. But please don’t add any sugar or milk. Please don’t!

Finally, limit red and definitely avoid processed meats like bacon. We know it’s hard to resist that bacon smell in the morning, but there are a bunch of healthier alternatives.

  1. Keep that body moving!

A good diet is very important, but you shouldn’t stop there. Regular exercise is as important as eating healthy food. Obesity is one of the most common causes of type 2 diabetes. Being overweight can increase 20 to 40 times your chances of diabetes. On the other hand, reducing 7%-10% of your current body fat can reduce the risk in half.

Body fat can increase the body’s resistance to insulin, which can easily lead to diabetes.

So try to exercise at least 3 days a week, for 30 to 45 minutes. This will keep your body weight in control, reduce blood glucose levels and improve blood pressure and cholesterol. Win, win, win.

  1. Quit smoking!

According to Harvard University, smokers are “roughly 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers, and heavy smokers have an even higher risk”. And if you already embrace tips 1 and 2, smoking doesn’t really go with your current lifestyle.

  1. A drink a day keeps the doctors away. Really?!

Yes, but don’t rush to the nearest bar yet. Studies indicate that a “moderate amounts of alcohol can increase the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells”. But what is considered “moderate amounts of alcohol”? According to these studies, up to a drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. This decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes. But if you’re not a drinker there’s no reason to begin.

However, if you do have your drinks from time to time, don’t exceed. Higher amounts of alcohol definitely increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  1. But… don’t keep the doctor too far away

Even if you have a healthy diet and exercise every day, a visit to the doctor two times a year won’t hurt you. Check your blood glucose, pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. If you have accomplished all of the tips above, this one won’t be hard at all.

Diabetes can be prevented

According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), in the 2017 report, North America and the Caribbean is one of the regions with the highest number of people with diabetes (46 million).

Although China is the country with the most adults diagnosed with diabetes, United States is the country with the most number of children and adolescents diagnosed with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes can be avoided. And as you can see, it’s not that hard to do it. Eating healthier and regular exercise are not that hard to accomplish. And taking into account that 80% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented, it’s worth it.

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