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Marijuana Products May Ease Autism Symptoms Says Study

Sat, 07/18/2020 - 03:25

According to a new study published in the journal Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, marijuana-based products are associated with improvements in the symptoms of autistic patients who have self-injurious behaviors and co-morbid epilepsy. The study is titled Autism Spectrum Disorder and medical cannabis: Review & clinical experience.

For the study researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine conducted a study with children and young adults with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) who had consumed marijuana or hemp-based products. Researchers found that those with ASD-associated aggression saw a 60% improvements in symptoms following the marijuana treatment. Those diagnosed with both ASD and epilepsy saw a 91% seizure control improvement.

The study concludes by stating that “Based on our experience, cannabis-based products appear to hold promise for use in patients with ASD. The primary reasons for use in our patient population was treatment of aggressive (including self-injurious behaviors) and epilepsy. Patients were not using these products for core symptoms of ASD such as language and social development, so the response to therapy for core symptoms was not assessed in our patient population.”

According to a study published late last year in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the daily use of cannabidiol (CBD) is associated with the improvement of symptoms in adolescents related to autism spectrum disorder. The study concludes:”The findings presented here, taken together … indicate that CBD-enriched CE [cannabis extracts] yields positive effects in multiple autistic symptoms, without causing the typical side effects found in medicated ASD patients. Most patients in this study had improved symptoms even after supervised weaning of other neuropsychiatric drugs.”

The full abstract can be found below:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a multifactorial, pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder defined by the core symptoms of significant impairment in social interaction and communication as well as restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior. In addition to these core behaviors, persons with ASD frequently have associated non-core behavioral disturbance (i.e. self-injury, aggression), as well as several medical comorbidities. Currently, no effective treatment exists for the core symptoms of ASD. This review reports the available pre-clinical and clinical data regarding the use of cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) in the treatment of core symptoms, non-core symptoms and comorbidities associated with ASD. Additionally, we describe our clinical experience working with children and young adults with ASD who have used cannabis or CBD. At present, pre-clinical and clinical data suggest a potential for therapeutic benefit amongst some persons with ASD and that it is overall well tolerated. Further research is required to better identify patients who may benefit from treatment without adverse effects.

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Study: Marijuana Improves Short-Term Depression

Sat, 07/18/2020 - 03:23

According to a new study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, marijuana inhalation is associated with short-term reductions in depressive feelings. The study was epublished by the National Institute of Health, and is titled The effectiveness of cannabis flower for immediate relief from symptoms of depression.

For the study researchers examined the effects of marijuana inhalation on depressive feelings in 1,819 subjects over a one-month period. Study participants self-administered marijuana and reported symptom changes in real time on a mobile software application.

According to researchers “almost all patients in our sample [96 percent] experienced symptom relief from using cannabis to treat depression.. with an average symptom intensity reduction of –3.76 points on a zero-to-ten visual analogue scale.”

Marijuana varieties that were dominant in THC were used. Researchers reported “minimal evidence of serious side-effects in the short run,” though they acknowledged that prior studies have shown “mixed findings on the association between cannabis use and symptoms of depression, with unclear conclusions as to the direction of causality.”

They concluded: “Our results indicate that THC in particular is positively correlated with an immediate reduction in the intensity of depressive feelings. … Future research on cannabis and depression is needed, directly comparing the short- and long-term treatment effectiveness and side effect severity of cannabis use with conventional antidepressant treatment, in conjunction with conventional treatment approaches, and in the presence of clinically discouraged behaviors, such as alcohol consumption.”

The full abstract can be found below:

Objective: Scientific research on how consumption of whole, natural Cannabis flower affects low mood and behavioral motivations more generally is largely nonexistent, and few studies to date have measured how common and commercially available Cannabis flower used in vivo may affect the experience of “depression” in real-time. Methods: We observed 1,819 people who completed 5,876 cannabis self-administration sessions using the ReleafApp™ between 06/07/2016 and 07/08/2019, with the goal of measuring real-time effects of consuming Cannabis flower for treating symptoms of depression. Results: On average, 95.8% of users experienced symptom relief following consumption with an average symptom intensity reduction of –3.76 points on a 0-10 visual analogue scale (SD = 2.64, d = 1.71, p <.001). Symptom relief did not differ by labeled plant phenotypes (“C. indica,” “C. sativa,” or “hybrid”) or combustion method. Across cannabinoid levels, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels were the strongest independent predictors of symptom relief, while cannabidiol (CBD) levels, instead, were generally unrelated to real-time changes in symptom intensity levels. Cannabis use was associated with some negative side effects that correspond to increased depression (e.g. feeling unmotivated) in up to 20% of users, as well as positive side effects that correspond to decreased depression (e.g. feeling happy, optimistic, peaceful, or relaxed) in up to 64% of users. Conclusions: The findings suggest that, at least in the short term, the vast majority of patients that use cannabis experience antidepressant effects, although the magnitude of the effect and extent of side effect experiences vary with chemotypic properties of the plant.

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Beginner’s Guide to Using CBD Creams in Canada

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 15:24

It is almost impossible these days to avoid the wave that is CBD. It seems that everywhere you look, people are advertising some new product that contains cannabidiol which purports to be able to relieve one chronic symptom or another.

Since cannabis was legalized here in Canada a couple of years ago, CBD products have rapidly flooded the wellness and supplement markets, coming in a wide variety of forms which range from oils and capsules to vapes and even CBD beers and teas! Among this innovative array of new products are CBD topicals, including creams.

In this article, we will take you on a quick journey through the A-to-Z of CBD creams. Among other things, we will touch on CBD and its properties, the uses of CBD creams and how to make sure that the cream that you are buying is of good quality.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol is one of 113 compounds known as cannabinoids that are present in different quantities in the cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike its better-known cousin THC, the compound which is famous for causing the ‘high’ sensation reported by recreational users of cannabis, CBD has few or no psychoactive effects. However, this does not mean that it does not have a strong effect on the human body.

CBD is known to interact positively with the endocannabinoid system, a network of receptors and neurotransmitters which is a common feature of the anatomy of all mammals. This system is responsible for a wide range of bodily functions, including appetite, sleep, immune function, stress, memory, mood and pain. It is for this reason that CBD is rapidly gaining a reputation for its therapeutic properties in the treatment of a growing number of diseases and conditions.

Although research into the effectiveness of CBD treatments is still in its infancy, early studies have thrown up some very promising results. There is now evidence that it is effective at reducing the frequency of seizures for sufferers of certain forms of epilepsy, and the signs are that it may be capable of slowing down the advance of other progressive neurological diseases as well as relieving the more mundane symptoms of anxiety-related mental disorders.

CBD Topicals

One of the fastest-growing markets in CBD is the topicals market. The skin is the body’s largest organ and is absolutely crammed full of cannabinoid receptors. When applied to topically, CBD interacts with these receptors, producing powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.

CBD is also known to be a potent antioxidant, which makes it an excellent ingredient for facemasks, moisturizers and body lotions. In addition, CBD contains essential oils which make the products smell nice while also providing benefits of their own

The Uses of CBD Creams

The beneficial skincare properties of CBD have resulted in an increasing number of creams which contain the cannabinoid. You can now find CBD in balms, massage oil and much more. These products are often used by athletes to soothe injured muscles and ligaments and to relieve post-workout aches and pains.

Other than to manage pain, people are using CBD creams across Canada for many reasons. One is the ability to moisturize and hydrate dry areas of skin. While this is great news for people interested in cosmetics and looking good, a growing number of people are also finding that CBD creams can also help to alleviate the symptoms of chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Not only this but the antioxidant properties of CBD have been proven to reduce acne as well.

How Do I Know If a CBD Cream Is of Good Quality?

The effectiveness of CBD creams varies greatly depending on a variety of factors, such as the source, quality, and dosage. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that what you are buying is the real deal if you have never bought CBD cream before.

 

1. Check for Third-Party Lab Test Results

Before you buy any CBD product, you should also check to see whether the manufacturer provides a third-party lab test certificate. Not only is this to verify that your cream or other product contains the advertised levels of cannabinoids, but it also ensures that the CBD extract in the cream contains safe levels of heavy metals and zero pesticides.

2. Look for Full-Spectrum

The most effective CBD creams will be of the full-spectrum variety. This is because of a phenomenon known as the ‘entourage effect’ whereby cannabinoids like THC and CBD are known to be more potent when in the presence of the other cannabinoids and terpenes with which they occur naturally in the cannabis plant.

3. Look at Reviews

The market in CBD products is still relatively young. Brands are not yet subject to much government regulation, and this can mean that product quality can vary greatly. The best way to make sure that you are getting a good product is to do your research on review sites and Reddit before you buy.

The Final Word

If you suffer from aches and pains or skin imperfections, CBD creams are a great way of relieving symptoms and preventing outbreaks. There are more and more excellent products on the market. Finding the right cream for you is just a question of using some of the tips mentioned above!

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A History of Marijuana Use is Associated With Lower BMI in Those 60+, Says Study

Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:25

According to a newly released study those who are 60 years of age or older who have a history of marijuana use generally have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who do not have a history of marijuana use. Those with a history of marijuana use are also more likely to exercise regularly. All of this is according to a study published in the American Journal of Health and Behavior. The study is titled Exercise intervention outcomes with cannabis users and nonusers aged 60 and older.

For the study researchers studied differences in BMI as well as exercise patterns in 164 people: 28 of these were regular cannabis consumers, while 136 were matched controls who have not used marijuana. An 8-week exercise intervention trial was conducted.

According to the researchers: “Results of this analysis indicated that compared to older adult non-users, older adult cannabis users had lower BMI at the beginning of an exercise intervention study, engaged in more weekly exercise days during the intervention, and were engaging in more exercise-related activities at the conclusion of the intervention. Although preliminary, these findings suggest that it may be easier for older adults who endorse using cannabis to increase and maintain their exercise behavior, potentially because cannabis users have lower body weight than their non-using peers. At minimum, the evidence suggests that cannabis use does not hinder older adults’ ability to engage in physical activity, to participate in a supervised exercise program, or to increase their fitness as a result of physical activity.”

The study’s full abstract can be found below:

Objectives: Cannabis use is increasing among older adults. We examined whether cannabis use impacted results of an intervention to increase physical activity in sedentary adults aged 60 and over. Methods: We measured differences in body mass index (BMI), exercise behavior, and cardiovascular fitness between older adult cannabis users (N = 28) and nonusers (N = 136) participating in an exercise intervention trial. Results: BMI of cannabis users was significantly lower than non-users (p = .007). Cannabis users reported .70 more days of exercise on the Stanford 7-Day Physical Activity Recall than non-users at the 8-week timepoint (p = .068) and were 4.1 points higher on the exercise subscale of the Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors at 16-weeks (p = .045). Neither baseline nor post-intervention fitness differed by cannabis use status, and cardiovascular fitness improved after intervention in the full sample. Conclusion: These preliminary data suggest that current cannabis use status is not associated with a negative impact on fitness and efforts to increase exercise in sedentary older adults. Future studies should collect more detailed information on patterns and forms of cannabis use to understand their potential health effects for older adults.

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 7 Things to Know How Marijuana Affects Women

Sat, 07/11/2020 - 17:22

When you think of marijuana, the image of That ‘70s-Show smoke circle comes to mind. Just like in the sitcom, women are no strangers to passing one around at the end of a long day.

Even though modern entertainment paints men as predominant marijuana users, hundreds of women enjoy cannabis, too. With the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, women like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Natalie Portman have come forward about their love affair with weed.

It’s obvious that women reap the benefits of marijuana just like men, but could marijuana affect women differently? If you’re an avid smoker or looking to get your feet wet, there are 7 things you should know about marijuana for women.

1. Women are More Sensitive to Marijuana than Men

If you have shared a bowl with your guy pals, you may have noticed you are more sensitive to THC. Marijuana cannabinoids work with the endocannabinoid system in the body. The effects of weed can be stronger in women, especially if you are ovulating.

This is because CB1 Receptor Density changes with the fluctuation in sex hormones around the time of ovulation. This causes marijuana to be more easily absorbed into the body. But don’t worry, ovulation isn’t the only time you’re more sensitive to cannabis.

Estrogen can also lead to more sensitivity to marijuana, and women have plenty of that! The downside to this sensitivity is women tend to build a tolerance to marijuana faster than men. Studies show that women also have a higher likelihood of becoming dependent on weed with a higher risk of relapse when trying to quit.

Women also demonstrate higher signs of withdrawal symptoms in the form of irritability, lack of appetite, and poor sleep patterns. Keep this in mind when dabbling with marijuana and remember to smoke responsibly.

 

2. Marijuana Can Ease PMS Symptoms

The advancements in medical marijuana have led to a broader understanding of how marijuana affects women, more specifically how marijuana affects the menstrual cycle and PMS.

If you’re someone with a female anatomy then you’re no stranger to shedding your uterine lining every 28 days. Menstruation is usually accompanied by symptoms such as mood swings, cramps, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

Experiencing symptoms like this three to four days out of the month can really put a damper on your schedule. That’s why women have been using marijuana to treat PMS symptoms for centuries.

Now, research has proven cannabis has the ability to treat symptoms of PMS. Women most commonly use marijuana to relieve menstrual cramps. Cramps can occur in the days leading up to your period and throughout menstruation. Cramps are a result of hormones signaling to shed the uterine lining.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC,) the psychoactive component of marijuana can relax muscles and relieve period cramps. Marijuana can also help relieve PMS-related headaches. Paired with traditional over the counter pain relievers, marijuana can increase headache relief exponentially.

For women who suffer from extreme menstrual cramps, you can now order top quality marijuana seeds in 2020. That way you always have relief available.

3. Marijuana Can Ease Symptoms of Menopause

Just like PMS, menopause is a fact of life for those with female reproductive organs, and it’s no fun. Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing sex hormones and menstruation stops.

Menopause comes along with plenty of undesirable symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, anxiety, and depression. Menopause is a part of life, and there’s no cure. But you can treat the symptoms.

Marijuana was used to treat menopause in ancient history, and even though research around the effects of cannabis on menopause is new, there are promising results that reveal its benefits.

Marijuana has been found to help with one menopause symptom in particular: hot flashes. Anandamide is a cannabinoid found in marijuana that can regulate body temperature and relieve hot flashes.

Even though researchers have only scratched the surface on understanding the effects of marijuana on women, plenty of ladies can vouch for the benefits of weed. As interest grows in the medical use of cannabis, women have more resources at their disposal.

4. Marijuana Can Help You Sleep

Sleep trouble plagues over 50 million people across the world, women included. Instead of relying on prescription or over the counter sleep aids, women have started using marijuana to relax before bedtime.

THC has the ability to reduce stress, relax the body, and ease you into sleep. It can also reduce the amount of REM sleep, which leaves more time to enjoy the deep sleep portion of the sleep-wake cycle.

Occasional use of marijuana procured from reputed a cannabis dispensary can reset sleep cycles disrupted by jet lag or a busy schedule. But using too much marijuana could have the opposite effect. Balance is key when using cannabis as a sleep aid.

5. Marijuana Can Reduce Anxiety

Did you know that women are twice as likely to experience Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) than men? Anxiety is the leading illness in the United States.

Recently, women have been turning to weed to cope with anxiety, and there is proof to back up what some women have known for years.

A study from the University of Vanderbilt showed the presence of cannabinoid receptors in the area of the brain in charge of panic and anxiety. The cannabinoids from marijuana interact with these receptors to calm feelings of panic and stress.

6. Marijuana Can Increase Libido

The hidden taboo around marijuana and libido is coming to light. Giggling with your girlfriends about the effects of marijuana on your sex drive has started to trend. Now, the director of The Center of Sexual Health at Saint Louis University, Becky Lynn is studying how marijuana and libido interact.

Lynn suggests that weed does play a role in increasing women’s desire to do the deed. It revolves around the mind-body-connection. It’s no surprise that women’s sexual pleasure starts in the brain.

Weed decreases anxiety and relaxes the body. It also slows time perception and increases sensation. This is the recipe for the perfect aphrodisiac, and plenty of women have made marijuana a part of their sexy-time routine.

Women Have Used Marijuana Through Out History

Although the use of marijuana to treat symptoms associated with women seems fairly new, cannabis has been a staple for women throughout history. Even Queen Victoria used cannabis to help with PMS.

Since women are no stranger to marijuana throughout history, it’s no surprise that so many are now flocking to the herb for everything from anxiety to menopause. Now that marijuana is popular on the scene, researchers will be able to explore the relationship between women and cannabis to further understand its benefits.

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How Is Nicotine Measured In E-Liquid?

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 17:01

Nicotine is an addictive chemical that is one of the main components in tobacco, leading to addiction. As vapes are a popular substitute and alternative to cigarettes, atomized vape juice usually contains nicotine.

Vape juice doesn’t necessarily have to include nicotine in its chemical makeup, but many people do prefer the nicotine variant to the nicotine-free option. In this article, we’re going to discuss how nicotine is measured in vape juice.

Nicotine in Vape Juice

Nicotine is an addictive chemical, and if you’re not addicted to it, you shouldn’t try it. Nicotine addiction is pretty tough, and it is a severe health hazard. The prolonged consumption of nicotine could lead to a myriad of health issues.

Nicotine is added to vape juice and then atomized into aerosol through the vape pen. Depending on the amount of nicotine in the e-liquid itself – the effect it has on the consumer is going to differ. If you want more information, you can always ask experts in good vape shops such as go smoke free.

How Nicotine Is Measured

Each bottle of nicotine e-liquid has a percentage of nicotine stated on the package. The most common amount of nicotine is anywhere from 0.6% to 2.4%. Depending on your prior history with nicotine intake, you should consume varying amounts of nicotine.

The percentage listed on the packaging tells you that the amount of nicotine in your bottle is based on the overall bottle volume. For demonstration, if you have a one-litre bottle of vape juice and it has 0.6% nicotine, it would have 6ml of nicotine.

Keeping this in mind, if you have a 15ml bottle of vape juice (which is the most popular amount of vape juice sold), it’s going to have 0.09ml of nicotine. Since nicotine is mixed with the rest of the vaping liquid, every drop should have the same amount of nicotine overall, as long as the vape juice is fresh and non-oxidized.

Nicotine Oxidation

Depending on the freshness of your vape juice, the amount of nicotine is going to vary. Nicotine tends to oxidize when it’s exposed to oxygen. Oxidized nicotine could make you nauseous, and even throw up at the time.

After nicotine is overexposed to air, it will change the overall colour of your vape juice. Your vape juice is going to take on a darker colour. That is the best way to tell if your vape juice is stale.

Nicotine Absorption When Vaping

Nicotine absorption during vaping is similar to smoking cigarettes. The absorption rate isn’t set in stone, but you can get a general idea through the amount listed on the packaging. Different vape pens provide varying amounts of smoke, and they’re going to offer different amounts of nicotine.

Another thing that impacts the amount of nicotine that’s absorbed, is the amount you vape. Depending on how large of a hit you take, you’re going to ingest varying amounts of nicotine.

Some of the most prominent things that impact your nicotine absorption are:

  • Your vape pen device setup and sophistication
  • The inhalation amount and volume
  • Your age, weight, and gender
How to Find the Perfect Amount Of Nicotine?

Finding the perfect amount of nicotine for you is unique. Depending on your personal experience with nicotine, you’re going to require a different dosage.

If you’ve never ingested nicotine before but are looking to get into vaping, now is not the time to get into it.

It would be best if you vaped in moderation – and the key to vaping in moderation as a recovering smoker is optimal nicotine intake. Different people react differently to nicotine, and since the amount ingested depends on a multitude of factors, you’re going to need a different amount. Below, we’re going to discuss which dose might suit you depending on your prior experience with nicotine.

    • Non-smoker – You shouldn’t start ingesting nicotine
    • Dipper – 0.3%
    • Light smoker – 0.6% – 0.8%
    • Heavy smoker – 1.2% – 1.6%

If you want to stop smoking, you’re best off getting a proper dose of nicotine in your vape juice, and then progressively cutting it down. Will power alone is not likely going to accomplish cutting nicotine out of your life.

Final Thoughts

Nicotine isn’t anything to joke about. It’s a dangerous chemical, and if you can avoid it, you should. Vaping is a viable alternative to smoking and has helped people quit in the past. While vaping itself isn’t necessarily healthy, it’s far healthier than smoking.

Vaping nicotine filled e-liquid is going to help you rid yourself of nicotine. It’s best to consult an expert if you are not certain about the nicotine dosage.

 

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8 Small Health Changes That Can Make a Big Difference

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:57

Vincent Van Gogh once said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” When it comes to our health, truer words were never spoken!

Taking baby steps over giant leaps may even be more effective than diving in headfirst, and here’s why: small goals are attainable. That means you’re more likely to succeed when you attempt to conquer them, easing yourself in until you’re ready to make the big changes.

Small never means inconsequential, though, especially when it comes to your well-being. Here are some of the minor habit adjustments you can take, from taking CBD oil for sleep to jazzing up your flossing routine, that will add up to major ones over time.

1 Up Your Flossing Game

By now, you probably already know that the bacteria in your mouth may be responsible for more than just cavities and bad breath. In fact, more and more research points to a connection between gum disease and heart disease, which means forgetting to floss is a bigger deal than you thought it was. Get yourself motivated by investing in a water flosser or trying some tasty, flavored varieties.

 

2 Take CBD Oil for Sleep

Are you on the CBD train yet? There’s a reason why this hemp-derived compound has taken the world by storm, and it has to do with its high-potential health benefits. Unlike their psychoactive cousins, CBD products don’t give you a “high” feeling. Instead, they make you feel calm and comfy so you can drift off to sleep. CBD is also known to bring pain-relieving effects and support your ability to ward off depression.

3 Ban Alcohol on Weekdays

For some of us, it’s not the actual habits that need adjusting, but simply the scheduling and frequency. Consider placing some limits on when you do certain behaviors — drinking alcohol, eating full-sugar treats, etc. — and limiting yourself to these things only on weekends or certain days. This not only helps you cut down on your vices, but it also breaks the dependencies that keep you reaching for them in the first place. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and binge on the weekends to make up for it. Place limits on weekends, too! As they say, all things in moderation.

4 Pack Your Lunch

Packing your lunch is one of the simplest yet most revolutionary ways to enhance your health. The fact is that, if you’ve pre-planned healthy things to eat throughout the day, you’ll be a whole lot less likely to hit the vending machine, the office snack drawer or the worst of them all — the fast food drive-thru! If you’re not big on the full lunch pack, at least bring along some yogurt, cottage cheese or granola bars to prevent you from binging or resorting to unhealthy snacks during the day.

5 Weigh Yourself, But Not Every Day

Banning the scale is a good thing and a bad thing, depending on your circumstances. It can be bad because weight should never be treated as a sole or whole indicator of good health. On top of that, weight changes drastically, and it’s normal for the scale to fluctuate a few pounds throughout the day. With that said, your weight can be a partial indicator of your overall health, and it’s easy to measure at home. Just make sure not to weigh yourself more than once a week and even less than that if you notice it triggers eating issues or anxiety.

6 Cut the Soda for Good

Sugary beverages like soda should be treated as once-in-a-while treats, nothing more. Not only is soda extremely high in empty calories — that is, calories that don’t actually fill you up — but it’s also packed with tons of sugar that’s awful for your metabolism and heart health. Love carbonation? Try swapping soda with flavored sparkling water to keep some fizz in your life. Fizz = joy.

7 Shop After You Eat

Ever go to the grocery store on an empty stomach? Then you know how hard it is to resist piling the cart high with junk food. Those cookies, chips and premade foods from the deli just look so good when you’re starving. The thing is, they probably won’t look so great after you eat, and they certainly won’t help you reach your personal health goals. Only hit the grocery store after you’ve had a full meal.

8 Whenever Possible, Take the Long Way

Those of us who lead a sedentary lifestyle need to consciously put effort into getting extra exercise, so you want to do everything you can to avoid short-cutting or taking the easy route. If your options are the elevator or the stairs, always take the stairs. If given the opportunity, park as far from the door as you can. Walk to get lunch or groceries. Take a stroll to the neighborhood mailbox. All of these are super simple ways to boost the amount of physical exercise you get each day.

Prevention Is Everything

It’s true that small changes add up. Think of the way you care for your body like the way you care for your car — routine maintenance (prevention) helps avert major issues and breakdowns (diseases, chronic conditions, death). Flossing, wearing sunscreen and getting plenty of good-quality sleep are akin to tasks like putting air in your tires, getting an oil change or swapping out the windshield wipers. A little bit of maintenance will make your motor run for a whole lot longer, both literally and metaphorically!

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Medical Marijuana Likely Heading to Nebraska Ballot this November

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:59

According to a news report from the Associated Press, Nebraska voters will likely get to vote this November on initiatives to legalize medical marijuana and casino gambling after advocates for both announced Thursday that they have enough signatures to put them on the November ballot.

According to the AP, organizers of the Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana campaign said they’ve gathered 182,000 signatures. To qualify for the ballot, the campaign needed to turn in more than 121,000 valid signatures, representing more than 10% of the voters in the state. Campaign officials also needed to collect signatures from at least 5% of voters in at least 38 Nebraska counties.

“Today represents a huge step forward for thousands of Nebraskans who deserve compassion,” said state Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, who co-chaired the campaign committee. “We are confident that we’ve met the requirements for ballot qualification, and after seeing the outpouring of support for our petition, we’re even more confident that Nebraska’s voters will approve this initiative in November.”

Meanwhile, the pro-gambling group Keep the Money in Nebraska announced that it will submit 475,000 signatures for its three petitions to allow casino gambling at horse-racing tracks. One petition seeks to amend the state constitution to allow gambling, one would change state law to authorize and regulate the casinos, and the third would direct the tax revenue into a property tax credit fund and toward local governments. The constitutional amendment proposal garnered more than 205,000 signatures, while the two other gambling-related measures each received more than 135,000.

Supporters argue that Nebraska loses hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Iowa, which has numerous casinos set up along the Nebraska border.

“It’s time to stop looking foolish and keep the money in Nebraska,” said Bob Moser, president of the Nebraska Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, a leading backer of the petition drive.

Supporters of medical marijuana launched the campaign after Nebraska lawmakers repeatedly rejected similar measures to legalize and regulate the drug for people with medical conditions. Campaign officials gathered far more signatures than they needed because some are likely to be declared invalid.

Barry Rubin, a consultant who led the signature-gathering effort for the marijuana measure, said the petition campaign was a “herculean effort” because the campaign was hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. “The pandemic led to the cancellation of large public gatherings and prompted several ballot campaigns to temporarily halt their efforts. One petition drive that sought to lower property taxes suspended its campaign in April, blaming the pandemic.” Some leading conservatives in the state, including Gov. Pete Ricketts and former University of Nebraska athletics director Tom Osborne, “have voiced strong opposition to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use before federal regulators have approved it.”

All of the petitions “will go to the Nebraska secretary of state’s office, which will validate signatures and confirm which petition drives have qualified for the ballot. That announcement is expected in mid-August.”

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What Happens When You Get High

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 15:55

Whether you smoke, vape, eat, or drink your cannabis treats, there are many common effects experienced by many users. From those who always get cottonmouth to people who seem to get the munchies every time they’re high, there’s a reason behind every cannabis side effect you’ve experienced.

If you’re curious about what happens in your brain and body as you get high, read on for the most common reactions to getting high and why they’re happening to you.

Endocannabinoid Receptors

One of the most important discoveries about cannabis is that the cannabinoids within the plant can interact with your body in the same way as your natural endocannabinoid receptors. More than 100 unique cannabinoids have been discovered in marijuana plants, but the ones you’ve probably heard all about are THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

Your natural endocannabinoids are neurotransmitters that are made to bond with receptor proteins throughout the vertebrate central nervous system. Your central nervous system runs through the entire body and includes the brain. Any cannabinoid that enters your body through marijuana can bond with the receptor proteins in this system to produce a variety of effects.

Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth is a very common experience for people who enjoy cannabis. It includes an incredibly dry feeling in your mouth, but can also cause bits of spit and mucus along the roof of the mouth and can make the gums feel like cotton.

This effect happens when a cannabinoid (often THC) binds itself to one of the nervous system proteins in your submandibular glands. These are a pair of glands that are located on the floor of your mouth and produce 70% of your saliva. As the cannabinoid binds to this receptor, it stops receiving messages from the parasympathetic nervous system that controls how much saliva you create.

In many cases, dry mouth can mean you’re dehydrated, but this is not necessarily true when using cannabis. If your mouth feels increasingly dry after taking a hit, take small sips of water to minimize the sensation. Drinking too much water can be dangerous, so keep an eye on your liquid intake.

Increased Tolerance

Everyone has a different personal tolerance to THC and CBD, so there is no exact dose that affects everyone in exactly the same ways. Factors can include weight, gender, physical fitness, diet, and much more. Regardless of your natural tolerance, many people discover that the more they imbibe, the larger doses they have to consume to feel the same effects.

At some point, the protein receptors that interact with the natural neurotransmitters in your body and to those introduced by marijuana stop reacting to the cannabinoids flooding your system. One study found a 20% drop in receptor activity for a week. This increase in your body’s tolerance can be reset in just a few days of reduced marijuana use. This same study found that receptor activity increased to normal levels in as little as two days.

Increased Heart Rate

If you’ve noticed that your heart starts beating really fast after smoking or eating some cannabis, the reason lies with the CB1 receptor that affects your vascular system. As your vascular resistance drops and lowers your blood pressure, your body needs to increase its heart rate to compensate for the slower flow of blood. While your heart can beat anywhere from 50-70 times a minute in a normal resting state, cannabis use can increase this to 70-120 beats per minute.

For many, this is a very mild effect and not really noticeable, but if you feel your heart pumping that much harder during a session, it’s a good indication that you should reduce your dosage. Studies do show that cannabis use is not associated with heart disease and does not do any damage by speeding up your heart rate throughout your session.

The Munchies

Even people who have never even considered marijuana have probably heard of the munchies. One major side effect of cannabis is that it can make you feel very hungry. Have you ever felt that you could eat whole pizzas single-handedly? Maybe you’ve eaten mountains of mac and cheese during a munchies episode? This is also caused by the bond between receptors and cannabinoids.

Your cannabinoid receptors are linked to the POMC neurons that are located in the hypothalamus. These are what control your appetite and the release of ghrelin — the hormone in your stomach that tells your brain it’s time to find some food. When you use marijuana, the neurons and hormones are activated, and you’re suddenly hit with a case of the munchies.

The Giggles

Laughter and its relation to cannabis have been studied for over a decade and a significant amount of research on the topic does exist. Your giggles aren’t just in your head. While getting giggly with cannabis doesn’t happen to everyone, laughter is known to be contagious, so this side effect can affect you by association.

The biggest study on cannabis and laughter explored how cannabis affects the blood flow between the left temporal and right frontal lobes of your brain. Both of these areas are associated with laughter and both see increased blood flow during a “high”. Your giggles may not be directly associated with cannabinoids and receptors, but your blood flow is controlled by your vascular system that does have a CB1 receptor with which cannabinoids can bond.

Slow-Mo

The way that movies portray the slow-motion effect cannabis can have on your body is not entirely fiction. Because getting high alters blood flow to your brain, it’s possible to affect your body’s sense of time. The cerebellum, which regulates muscle activity, is in charge of how you measure and experience time. Because of the altered blood flow to this area, many people who consume cannabis overestimate time by as much as 25%. This distorted sense of time generally leads to relaxation and stress reduction.

Were there any cannabis side effects you didn’t see on this list? Join the discussion in the comments!

Author Bio

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and interest in pop culture, and writes about everything from fashion and business to wellness and fitness.

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Urine Drug Tests Are Effectively Adulterated by Household Cleaning Products, Finds Study

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 11:31

According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, urine samples adulterated by various household cleaning products will yield false negative results for cannabinoids and are undetectable by laboratory screening. The study, titled Effect of urine adulterants on commercial drug abuse screening test strip results, was first reported on by NORML.

For the study, researchers from Serbia adulterated drug-positive urine samples with minute amounts of household cleaning products. “The addition of several additives – including vinegar, lemon juice, bleach, and benzalkonium chloride (an antiseptic agent used in hand sanitizer) – yielded false positive results for cannabinoids on immunochromatographic strips tests.” The use of Visine eye drops did not alter the test results.

During the study urine reagent strips failed to identify the presence of three adulterants which were vinegar, lemon juice, and citric acid, Follow up pH testing did eventually reveal inconsistencies in the samples adulterated with lemon juice and citric acid. “By contrast, samples adulterated with vinegar consistently avoided laboratory detection.”

The study concludes by stating: “To the best of our knowledge, until this study of ours, no one has reported research data about household chemicals interfering with urine drug test results. … In terms of tampering, our study shows that UDST [urine drug screening tests] for cannabinoids are susceptible to urine adulterants, as [they] yielded six false negative results. … The most potent adulterant that barely changed the physiological properties of urine specimens and therefore escaped adulteration detection was vinegar. … Our findings raise concern about this issue of preventing urine tampering and call for better control at sampling, privacy concerns notwithstanding, and better sample validity tests.”

The study’s full abstract states:

Immunochromatographic strips for urine drug screening tests (UDSTs) are common and very suitable for drug abuse monitoring, but are also highly susceptible to adulterants kept in the household, which can significantly alter test results. The aim of this study was to see how some of these common adulterants affect UDST results in practice and whether they can be detected by sample validity tests with pH and URIT 11G test strips. To this end we added household chemicals (acids, alkalis, oxidizing agents, surfactants, and miscellaneous substances) to urine samples positive for amphetamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), tetrahydrocannabinol, heroin, cocaine, or benzodiazepines (diazepam or alprazolam) and tested them with one-component immunochromatographic UDST strips. The UDST for cocaine resisted adulteration the most, while the cannabis test produced the most false negative results. The most potent adulterant that barely changed the physiological properties of urine specimens and therefore escaped adulteration detection was vinegar. Besides lemon juice, it produced the most false negative test results. In conclusion, some urine adulterants, such as vinegar, could pass urine specimen validity test and remain undetected by laboratory testing. Our findings raise concern about this issue of preventing urine tampering and call for better control at sampling, privacy concerns notwithstanding, and better sample validity tests.

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THC is Effective in Mitigating Agitation in Those with Alzheimer’s, Finds Case Report

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:11

According to a new case report oral THC is associated with symptom mitigation and reduced prescription drug use in a patient with severe Alzheimer’s-induced dementia. The case report was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry and is titled Cannabinoid as beneficial replacement therapy for psychotropics to treat psychiatric symptoms in severe Alzheimer’s dementia: A clinical case report.

For the study researchers studied the use of synthetic, oral THC (dronabinol) in a female patient with severe Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They found that even low-doses of dronabinol was associated with reduced aggression and anxiety, as well as an overall improvement in the patient’s emotional state. In addition the patient wasable to reduce the use of psychopharmacological drugs.

“Our report underpins the need for randomized, controlled trials to explore the effect of cannabinoid receptor agonists on behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients in different stages of AD”, states the study. “Cannabinoids have a distinct pharmacologic profile that may offer an alternative pharmacologic approach to antipsychotics and sedatives for treating NPs (neuropsychiatric symptoms) in patients with AD. In addition, the beneficial effect on appetite and pain may significantly improve quality of life of AD-patients and their caregivers.”

The full abstract can be found below:

Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 17% of people aged 75–84. Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) such as delusions, agitation, anxiety, and hallucinations are present in up to 95% of patients in all stages of dementia. To date, any approved and effective pharmacological interventions for the treatment of NPS are still not available. We describe a clinical case of a female patient diagnosed with AD with continuous cognitive decline and dementia-related behavioral symptoms. Between 2008 and 2019, the patient was examined half-yearly at the memory clinic of the Medical University of Innsbruck. At each visit, cognitive state and pharmacological treatment were evaluated. In addition, NPs were assessed by using the neuropsychiatric inventory (NPI). In 2018, the patient progressed to severe AD stage and presented with progressive NPs (anxiety, suspected delusions, agitation, aggressive behavior, and suspected pain due to long immobility). Consequently, off-label treatment with low-dose dronabinol was initiated, which facilitated a reduction of psychopharmacological treatment from six to three psychotropics. At the same time, the patient’s emotional state improved, while disruptive behavior, aggression, and sedation decreased significantly. This case report underpins the need for randomized, controlled trials to explore the effect of cannabinoid receptor agonists on behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients with severe AD.

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Why Music Loves Marijuana: A Little Bit of History

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:45

Have you noticed that many musicians across a variety of music genres have one thing in common? Bob Marley, The Beatles, and Wiz Khalifa – Yeah, you guessed right…it’s cannabis.

Visit a concert or festival today and you would hardly miss the whiff of the smoke in the air. The way music and cannabis seem to follow each other makes one wonder if there is actually a relationship between them.

 

Is there really a connection between cannabis and music? If so, what is the connection? Is it detrimental to the music or the musician, or even both parties? 

After a bit of research, I found that a good number of the musicians that rely on cannabis for inspiration or a spark of creativity actually have good reports of the substance. But to be sure that this thing really works as well as testimonies claim that it does, some history and science research on the matter is in order.

Brief History of Cannabis and Music

Let’s look at what musicians of the past had to say about cannabis. These musicians are not just average musicians. They had huge followerships and their music appealed to many, which suggests that their listeners loved their songs. 

In the Beginning, There was Louis Armstrong… and Marijuana

The early 20th century saw the first recorded breakout of marijuana in America. This happened in Storyville in 1909, eight years after the birth of one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, Louis Armstrong. 

You can imagine what the boy grew into. In his biography, Louis testified that they “always looked at pot as a sort of medicine, a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor.”

That was where the earliest connections between cannabis and marijuana was established. Ernest Abel, a cannabis historian, said, “It was in these bordellos, where music provided the background and not the primary focus of attention, that marijuana became an integral part of the jazz era. 

Unlike booze, which dulled and incapacitated, marijuana enabled musicians whose job required them to play long into the night to forget their exhaustion. Moreover, the drug seemed to make their music sound more imaginative and unique, at least to those who played and listened while under its sensorial influence.” 

Marijuana became the musicians’ logo of that time, especially among the blacks and Mexicans. Music historian, Harry Shapiro, testified to this when he said, “In the early ’20s, marijuana, muggles, muta, gage, tea, reefer, grifa, Mary Warner, Mary Jane or rosa maria was known almost exclusively to musicians.” 

The white authorities quickly moved to discourage the spread of the “voodoo” music and the weed itself, but there wasn’t much they could do to stop pot from gaining popularity. 

That did not stop the authorities from banning it though. Louis was later caught smoking the illegal substance by the police and was taken to the station. He was received with an uncharacteristic warmness as the police officers themselves were fans of his music.

Marijuana and Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow

After finding his way to Harlem, the headquarters of the black community in America in the Roaring Twenties, Mezz was desperate for recognition. He had to compete with their local musicians if he was to be popular, but he found another way. 

He realized that the quality of weed that was sold at Harlem then was far inferior to what he was used to. And that was how he warmed himself to the heart of Harlem and brought his music along for the ride. He shared his first experience with weed in his biography, Really the Blues. 

“The first thing I noticed was that I began to hear my saxophone as if it was inside my head… Then I began to feel the vibrations of the reed much more pronounced against my lip and my head buzzed like a loudspeaker. I found I was slurring much better and putting just the right feeling into my phrases. I was really coming on. All the notes came easing out of my horn like they’d already been made up, greased and stuffed into the bell, so all I had to do was to blow a little and send them on their way, one right after the other, never missing, never behind time, all without an ounce of effort.”

The testimony of an expert on the effects of weed in the 1930s and 1940s, Dr. James Munch, had a correlation with Mezz’s statement. According to the expert, “Because the chief effect as far as they were concerned was that it lengthens the sense of time, and therefore they could get more grace beats into their music than they could if they simply followed the written copy… In other words, if you’re a musician, you’re going to play the thing the way it’s printed on a sheet. But if you’re using marijuana, you’re going to work in about twice as much music between the first note and the second note. That’s what made jazz musicians. The idea that they could jazz things up, liven them up, you see.”

There are drummers who also claim that marijuana simplifies making music with drums, and takes you to new realms where you are in tune with every stroke and beat.

 

The Beatles

The Fab Four were also known fans of pot. After Bob Dylan, who is known for his incoherent lyrics but widely appreciated music, introduced the Beatles to weed, the fab four could never get enough of it. 

From that time, the majority of the songs that the four composed were written under the influence of weed. Funny enough, these were the songs that propelled the boys to the peak of their career as a pop group at that time. 

John Lennon who was hanging with them at that time said, “The Beatles had gone beyond comprehension. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. We were well into marijuana and nobody could communicate with us, because we were just glazed eyes, giggling all the time.” 

A friend of Lennon’s, Lester Grinspoon, agreed with him on the goodness of cannabis. Grinspoon himself was a fan of the joint. He once revealed a conversations he had with Lennon where he told John how cannabis appeared to make it possible for me to ‘hear’ his music for the first time in much the same way that Allen Ginsberg had ‘seen’ Cezanne for the first time when he purposely smoked cannabis before setting out for the Museum of Modern Art. He could, with the help of marijuana, break through his incapacity to relate to Cezanne.

John was quick to reply that “I had experienced only one facet of what marijuana could do for music, that he thought it did wonders for composing and making music as well as listening to it.”

What Science Has to Say About Cannabis and Music

Anyone can perceive anything. You only have to be human to do so. That could explain the perceptions of these musicians of cannabis. But for these perceptions to be factual, science has to agree with them. That is why lots of studies have been carried out to see if these musicians’ perceptions of weed actually hold any water. 

Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, depending on what you think about this whole thing, many studies have proven some of the claims of cannabis users. According to these studies, getting high on cannabis hastens the perception of your “internal clock”, making the real-time pass more slowly. 

And when this happens, the musician may see their music in a new light, listen to it in greater detail, and make necessary adjustments. 

A professor of music, health, and the brain from Anglia Ruskin University, Jorg Fachner, said, “If you look into the literature on timing,” referring to a study that discovered that a 15-second interval was perceived to be widened to 16.7 seconds under the influence of cannabis, “it seems to be that the brain systems that are influenced by cannabinoids are producing a state of mind in which there seems to be a slower backward counting. And that means your timing units, the time frames that you are overseeing, seem to be enlarged. So those who are improvising seem to have a bit more time to foresee the melodic developments in improvisation and to fine grain the rhythmic patterns.”

Cannabis in the music of today

Since the 1900s, cannabis has transcended the boundaries of jazz music. It has made its way into many common music genres today. 

Some of these genres include reggae, pop, country, and hip hop. Contemporary artists, including Rihana, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and many others, have admitted at one time that they used recreational cannabis.

Conclusion

You might still have reservations when it comes to taking weed, and that’s okay. But if there is anything that this study and all the history are all pointing at, it is that there is a beneficial relationship between cannabis and music.

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Brief Nutritional Breakdown of Hemp Oil

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 13:35

With widespread discussion of legalization of cannabis on the rise, primarily for recreational use, the other benefits offered by the plant and the various compounds it produces are becoming more recognized.

Medicinal marijuana has been in use for quite some time. It’s not something that just anybody can qualify for, even if you do have a condition that could be greatly helped by weed, it can be challenging to acquire. 

Cannabis it is commonly used as a method of pain control for people with a variety of serious illnesses. Cancer patients are frequently given access to it in order to make enduring the misery of chemotherapy more manageable.

It’s also an effective way to relieve the symptoms and pains of things like endometriosis and Parkinson’s disease as well as to manage nausea and loss of appetite when associated with more serious problems.

The interesting thing about medicinal marijuana is the acknowledgment from the medical community that cannabis is not something that should be viewed as dangerous or detrimental to your well-being.

It’s used as a legitimate treatment and has undergone many safety tests. The general consensus is that it is safe and therefore looking at cannabis in other forms is worth our while.

One of those forms which has gain tremendous popularity is hemp oil. This is a compound that is derived from pressing hemp seeds and can be used in a number of ways. With that in mind, let’s have a look at the nutritional elements present in hemp oil:

Protein

The importance of protein is no great secret. It has a number of different functions in your body such as building muscle and tissue as well as developing various enzymes, antibodies, and hormones.

A complete protein is considered to be one that has every possible amino acid that our body can’t produce, of which there are nine, and has a high enough quantity of them with an appropriate ratio to meet our bodies’ needs. 

Hemp oil has all of these. The only food you’ll find more protein in is soybeans, but even they have certain disadvantages that hemp oil doesn’t have, the most notable of which is oligosaccharides, which tend to cause an upset stomach.

Using hemp oil as a part of your diet is guaranteed to give you that extra boost of protein. This doesn’t mean of course that you can use it as a substitute for other protein high foods such as eggs and meat but it will definitely enhance your protein intake.

Fatty Acids

Similar to the essential amino acids that we discussed above, essential fatty acids are the ones that are not produced by the body and can only be obtained through various foods and supplements.

We’re talking about things like omega-3 and omega-6, typically the type of thing that people can get over-the-counter tablets and supplements. A common source of omega-3 is fish oil, which a lot of people take in pill form.

They’re helpful in a lot of different ways. These essential fatty acids are excellent for your heart and can help to fend off heart disease as well as a variety of other cardiovascular problems. They’re also effective in preventing cancer and are good for infant development.

The big advantage of hemp oil when it pertains to essential fatty acids is the fact that it contains omega-3 and omega-6 in an optimal 3-1 ratio which is actually pretty rare. Because omega-6 is found in more foods, people tend to get too much of that and not enough omega-6.

But including hemp oil in your diet can help to shift that ratio in the opposite direction and ensure you’re not missing out on all of the benefits of omega-3.

Antioxidants

There are unstable atoms present in our bodies known as ‘free radicals’. This is probably not a term that you’ve heard before, but these particular atoms are responsible for many different serious diseases, as well as aging itself.

Now of course, these things can’t be avoided forever and the older you get the more free radicals there will be present in your system, but you can subdue them with antioxidants and avoid diseases on some level.

Hemp oil is high in antioxidants, most notably in the form of Vitamin E and carotene. There are numerous other beneficial minerals as well, including iron, magnesium, zinc calcium, and phosphorus.

In terms of increasing your vitamin and antioxidant count with hemp oil, you shouldn’t rely on it completely and should probably aim to use it in more a supplementary capacity. Meaning that you should ensure you’re getting a good chunk of your vitamins elsewhere and just enhancing it with hemp oil.

Health Trends has a lot of multivitamins on offer which can ensure you get a well-rounded and effective dose of all of the important nutrients you need and they have a good supply of options for both men and women

Calories

A single tablespoon of hemp oil is actually relatively high in calories, being about 130 in total. The reason for this is because of something known as polyunsaturated fat which accounts for about 95% of the total calories in that tablespoon.

These fats are quite beneficial for you because they offer a similar function to the fatty acids that we discussed earlier in that they help to lower your cholesterol as well as your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. 

To sum this up, hemp oil is actually packed to the gills with nutrients, and incorporating a single tablespoon of it into your diet every day will benefit you greatly in a number of different ways. 

Conclusion

As we continue to discover more uses for the cannabis plants to help improve our well-being, it is important to not forget the nutritional value of hemp oil as part of a daily lives. As we saw, this plant can provide many benefits for regular use in your diet.

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Can Weed Help You Win? How Cannabis Influences 5 Different Sports

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 15:26

A lot of athletes take weed. Far more than you know. But when you read that an athlete was suspended for failing a drug test on the news, it is easy to assume that all drugs are bad. To clear the air, two major drugs used by athletes are opioids and cannabis. 

While there are tons of studies that loudly proclaim the negative effects of these drugs, there are just as many that talk about the benefits of cannabis. Pot not only has recreational benefits, but it also has medicinal benefits. 

As a matter of fact, the marijuana industry has grown so much that companies that are involved in marijuana and its derivatives are popping up all around. These companies even have public stocks with tradable shares.

The ban on cannabis for recreational and medicinal use has been lifted in about 8 states in the United States, while some have lifted the ban on medicinal uses of the drug alone. 

In Canada, you can take your weed without fear of getting caught because it is completely legal. But the use of cannabis by athletes has been under a heavy cloud of debate for a long time. 

Many ex-pro athletes are calling for the rescinding of the ban on the use of weed during competitions. Why? Because most of them used this substance during their professional years and reaped its benefits. 

This then begs the question: can cannabis really help you win in sports? To answer this question, I will cut the b.s. and go straight to the point.

Can Cannabis Help You Win in Sports

Cannabis has both detrimental and beneficial effects on athletes. When athletes use cannabis, most of them use it for two main purposes: performance aids and recovery aids. 

It is important to mention that not all cannabis or its products are the same. Some kinds are better for performance enhancement alone, while some are better as recovery aids. 

The substance in weed that makes it effective as a recovery aid is Indica. The more the indica content, the stronger the recovery aiding effect of the weed. Indica has something called myrcene in it, which is a terpene. 

It is this myrcene that has high sedative and pain relief effects. While the Indica-dominant strain of weed is great for pain relief, it is not as good as a performance enhancer.

The other strain of weed that makes it more suitable for performance enhancement is the Sativa-dominant strain. This strain can help you attain top levels of focus and energy. 

Using this strain of cannabis is perfect for workout sessions. Athletes also use high CBD cannabis in lower doses for stimulation and clear-headedness.

What are the Benefits of Cannabis Ingestion in Athletes1. Cannabis Helps to Reduce Inflammation

Muscle and joint inflammation are common among athletes after intensive workout sessions. And studies have discovered that high CBD cannabis could help to ease the inflammation. 

In addition to that, researchers are looking to see if there is a way they could use the substance to treat autoimmune conditions, such as lupus, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease. There is no conclusive result on this yet, though.

An expert yoga instructor who is also the founder of Ganja Guru Yoga, Adam Brous, not only uses cannabis during sessions but also recommends it to his clients. He went ahead to recommend topicals and tinctures to athletes who want to take marijuana as an anti-inflammatory substance without getting high or smoking it. 

Another testifier of the anti-inflammatory benefits of high CBD cannabis is Jamie Feaster. He was a pro pole vaulter before becoming the current vice president of marketing at Eaze, a marijuana delivery startup. 

He said, “As an active athlete, it was a devastating injury and I was open to exploring alternative medicine solutions to help me heal. The CBD lotion really helped me understand the wellness benefits cannabis can provide. CBD is my favorite form, given that it typically delivers the best results when it comes to anti-inflammatory and healing properties.”

2. Helps Ease Pain and Soreness

Cannabis has consistently proven to be a capable pain reliever. Almost any kind of muscular pain can be cured by taking little doses of cannabis. To make things even better, Opioids, the alternative substance that some athletes use for this purpose, have a highly addictive effect. 

That is why cannabis is preferred of the two. A beneficiary of the pain-relieving effects of marijuana is Christopher Louie, who is the founder of Made-in-Xiaolin, a cannabis startup. 

Christopher said, “My passion for cannabis began when it replaced the opiates I was being prescribed for a gunshot wound I sustained in 2003. 

Since treating with cannabis I’ve learned that not only does it help with the physical pain, it helps me mentally—it has greatly increased my quality of life.”

3. Ease Muscle Spasms

Researches have also concluded that cannabis excels as a treatment for muscle spasms. NYU Langone Hospital chief of neurosurgery, Erich Anderer, explained that  “There have been studies in rodents showing some beneficial effect in muscle recovery and reduction of muscle spasm, presumably due to the anti-inflammatory properties the compound possesses.” 

However, he went ahead to mention that this research is only in the early stages. It has not been extensively conducted on humans. He continued on to say, “I don’t know any rats that do CrossFit, so more research needs to be done before we can recommend it for this use with any confidence. The problem is that right now there is no scientific evidence it works in humans.” 

4. Cannabis Improves Sleep

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is known to be a good sedative. According to some studies, it also helps to suppress dreams and minimize sleep apnea. 

This benefit makes it a capable recommendation for those suffering PTSD. Similarly, CBD has been found to ease a sleep disorder where people act out their dreams. 

This disorder is called REM sleep disorder. Rest, in the form of sleep, is highly beneficial to athletes, so you can see how cannabis becomes a hero in this situation.

Taking marijuana as a sedative, however, has some negative effects that are hard to ignore. A study showed that teenagers who had THC before they slept woke up feeling sleepier. And when they woke, they had impaired short-term memories. 

5. Cannabis is Safer Than Opioids

Opioids are also taken among athletes for pain-relieving purposes. But the benefits of pot far outweighs the benefits of opioids. Opioids can do the trick and offer short term pain relief, but it is nothing more than a trick. 

The long-term effects of the substance are horrible. Not only are they extremely addictive, but they could also ultimately lead to death. 

Marijuana, unlike opioids, is not as addictive. But to add to its lesser addiction risks, it has other remarkable uses, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory uses. 

Five Sports that Go Well With Cannabis

Cannabis has a lot of users among the fans and players of the following sports:

Basketball

Basketballers are prone to fatigue, muscle soreness, and pain. These are known areas of expertise of Cannabis. For this reason, many current and ex-pro basketball players are advocating for the use of cannabis without attracting punishments from the NBA. 

David Stern, a former NBA commissioner, has also endorsed the use of the substance. 

Cannabis received more support from the Executive Director of National Basketball Players Association (NPBA) when he said, “My own view is that there are substantial signs that support its efficacy and the value that it has for us, especially pain management. We’re in talks with the league to see where we can go with it.”

Football

Football and other sports that involve high impact contact are playgrounds for pain, muscle inflammation, muscle spasm, and more. Cannabis, when used in reasonable doses, can help ease these. 

Chris Kluwe, a popular ex-footballer said, in an interview with Leafy, that “Like a lot of other guys, I used cannabis during my playing career because it helps take quite a bit of the pain away. I’ve seen what happened with a lot of the older guys — in terms of the guys who played during the ’70s and ’80s.”

“They were hooked on pain pills, and we all saw how they turned out… In the locker room when guys used to talk about it, it wasn’t about, ‘I’m going to go get blazed and tear up the town.’ It was like, ‘Yeah I smoked a bit and passed out on the couch because I felt like crap after practice.’”

Running

Many runners often need performance enhancers, and they turn to cannabis for this. And after their races, they can also return to cannabis to help them recover faster. 

This may not be their everyday routine, but many who have tight training schedules often turn to cannabis for relief and enhancement.

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding involves constant muscle tearing, leading to inflammation. That is why many bodybuilders often turn to cannabis to help them focus during their workout session, sleep well, and reduce soreness. 

Even the former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is also a bodybuilder, is not left out of the cannabis rave.

Yoga

Yoga helps you to relax, focus, and meditate. Marijuana helps you to relax and focus. What better combination is there in sports if not this?

Negative Effects of Marijuana

While there are many positive uses of cannabis, its negative effects are too glaring to ignore. Cannabis increases heart rate, impairs short term memory, and slows you down by denting your reaction time. 

Other disadvantages include low motivation and weakened immune systems. Some other users of the substance reported other disadvantages, such as sleepiness the day after using it, paranoia and anxiety.

Conclusion

Cannabis used to be more popular among musicians, but it is now being tightly embraced by many athletes. A lot of research is still ongoing on the performance-enhancing effects of pot but it is well beyond doubt that the substance is a capable recovery aid.

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To What Extent Does Hemp Oil Help With Hair Loss

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 15:12

Despite the fact that we have made dozens of medical advancements in the last few hundred years and we can solve so many of our health issues and cure so many of the illnesses that used to mean unavoidable death for humans, we still haven’t cracked hair loss.

And it’s not for lack of trying. There are many ways to give the illusion that you’re not suffering from hair loss and, as we’ll be discussing below, there are of course some methods of slowing it down and some which seem to stop it entirely in select cases, but there is no bonafide cure.

If you start losing your hair, you are more than likely just going to have to accept that fact, like so many others have done before. Because the truth is, it’s really not something that will inhibit your life all that much.

Yes it is a bit of a blow to self-esteem. For men, most of whom will probably go bald at some point in their lives, losing your hair is considered a sign that you are getting old, despite the fact that it can happen at any age.

Some men start to go bald as early as in their 20s and there are even some unfortunate few out there who will lose their hair even earlier than that, as teenagers. It’s rare but it has been known to happen. 

And it’s a terrible feeling. To know that you’re body is taking this symbol of youth away from you before you’re ready to say goodbye to it. It’s also terrible that society has bred us to be so emotionally affected by something natural, but that’s a larger problem to fix.

There’s also this common misconception that hair loss only affects men and that’s unfortunately not the case at all. Women can be affected too. It’s not as common, but there are numerous reasons why it could happen.

And arguably, this is going to have a much more significant impact on a woman’s self-esteem because it is assumed that women don’t lose their hair. It’s a much more striking and noticeable indication of aging, even though it can happen at any point in your life.

So with the regrettable reality of the situation out of the way, let’s take a look at some of those things that may help keep your hair loss under control as you start to see signs of a problem.

While there isn’t a surefire cure, there are certainly some treatments which have had some success in certain cases. And you can be absolutely sure of one thing, keeping your hair healthy is never going to work against you.

This is where hemp oil comes in. A rising potential treatment for hair loss that has shown some promise over the last few years. For those unfamiliar with it:

What is Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, which is also known as CBD is a compound that is produced by the cannabis plant and is being used these days as a treatment for many different health related issues, both physical and mental.

The reputation of cannabis in general has changed a lot in the last decade. While it’s still technically illegal in many places, the fact that it’s not dangerous and that it has many benefits beyond just its recreational value is becoming ever clearer to us.

It’s being used quite effectively these days as a treatment for things like anxiety, depression and insomnia and has even shown to lessen the effects of epilepsy. And while those who claim that it can cure cancer are questionable, it can ease the symptoms in some cases.

The best way to use it when it comes to hair loss, is to rub it into your scalp, but you can also have a few teaspoons of it orally every day. There are certain specific effects it has which can be very beneficial to the health of your hair, let’s take a look at them:

Circulation

Something that happens to people as they get older is that they begin to produce less of a specific protein called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) which is important in the development of blood vessels.

The less VEGF you have, the worse your circulation which of course is a common problem in the elderly. And your hair follicles need consistent blood flow to survive. The better your circulation, the more chance you have of maintaining your hair.

Hemp oil is especially good for cerebral blood flow, meaning that the circulation in and around your scalp will be improved. So if you’re experiencing early hair loss this should help to slow it down. 

Reduced Inflammation

Inflammation is a scourge on your health. Typically it occurs as a response from your body to things like injury and infection, but it exposes the affected area to a myriad of different health problems, some of them serious.

It’s inflammation that leads to things like asthma, arthritis and even many different forms of cancer. The fact that it’s also bad for your hair is probably the least of your worries to be honest, but that is for sure one of the effects that it has. 

Inflammation around your scalp is quite common, it’s a very exposed area where your skin is quite thin, making it a place where you are likely to be exposed to irritation that could lead to inflammation and less healthy follicles.

Rubbing hemp oil into your scalp can help to clear up that inflammation and will settle the skin on your scalp, allowing your hair follicles to thrive. 

Pacifies Stress

We’ve discussed this a little bit above and it’s the most commonly cited benefit of hemp oil and really one of the major selling points of trying cannabis in general. It’s great for keeping you calm and allowing you to produce less cortisol.

Cortisol is commonly known as the stress hormone and it’s heavily linked to an awful lot of health issues, hair loss being one of them. It’s really no secret that stress is a big reason why some people’s hair falls out.

If it does nothing less, hemp oil can help you to relax and so this shouldn’t be one of the factors that contributes to your hair loss.

Other Methods

I’ve said this a couple of times already, and I’ll say it again because it’s an important thing for you to keep in mind. Hair loss does not really have a cure, what hemp oil will do is help to develop optimal conditions in your body to aid in maintaining as much of your hair as possible.

There are a number of other things you can try too. One method would be to give microneedling a try. This is a process through which you use a device known as a dermaroller to create tiny wounds in your scalp which will stimulate collagen production.

You can find a bit more information on that from HairGuard. Scalp massages have also been known to stimulate blood flow in your scalp which as we’ve mentioned, should boost your hair production.

And although the idea of a hair transplant has been rather dubious, there have been some advancements in it recently which make it more reliable and less invasive if you would like to try that route. 

Not necessarily ideal, definitely not for everyone and it can be expensive, but the option is definitely there for you.

Conclusion

To sum up, hair loss is a natural part of life and something that most of us will go through on some level, but if it is something that will make you lose some of your self-confidence, then you can try to prevent it. And there’s quite a few easy ways to fight hair loss, hemp oil quite possibly being the easiest. 

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Los Angeles Officials Look to Give Boost to Marijuana Market Which is Currently Ailing

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:53

According to a new report by the Associated Press, a Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday approved a series of changes to reset the city’s troubled legal marijuana market. This includes bolstering programs intended to help operators who suffered during the nation’s long-running war on drugs.

“Los Angeles was once seen as a potential showcase for the industry, but that has never squared with the reality on the street: illegal shops continue to flourish, while licensed companies complain that just about everything costs too much and takes too long when dealing with City Hall.” Meanwhile, “one of the expected pillars of the city’s legal system — programs to assist those working in the business who were arrested or imprisoned during the war on drugs, including many people of color— has been slow to take shape.”

The proposed revisions were greeted with a mix of applause and confusion. They ranged from minor moves, such as tweaking a definition to match language in state law, to potentially major ones, such as limiting delivery licenses until 2025 only to businesses that meet so-called social-equity benchmarks.

According to the AP, those programs are aimed at helping operators who were arrested or convicted of a marijuana-related offense and lower-income residents who live, or have lived, in neighborhoods marked by high marijuana arrest rates. The city’s top cannabis regulator, Cat Packer, called the changes urgent. She noted the industry and the city have been buffeted by the coronavirus crisis, an economic downturn and unrest over racial injustice. Meanwhile, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level and big banks typically refuse to do business with pot companies because of the legal conflict between state and federal law.

The intersection “between cannabis policy and racial injustice is clear to me,” Packer said. “Black and brown communities … have been disproportionately impacted, disproportionately policed, and we made a commitment to actively acknowledge those harms and address the harms of the drug war.”

Adam Spiker, executive director of the industry group Southern California Coalition, called the proposals a “mixed bag.” While well intended, he said placing an inflexible limit on who could qualify for a delivery license is “open to a lot of problems” since it could leave out longstanding operators deeply enmeshed in the industry.

“I think that creates more problems than solutions,” he said.

How the city issues licenses — and who gets them — has been at issue. In April, a lawsuit was filed against the city by license applicants claiming its process was flawed.

Other proposed changes approved by the Rules Committee would permit businesses to relocate while being licensed, clarify what employees are required to have background checks and streamline the application process.

Prior to the vote, the committee heard from a long line of industry officials and other speakers who alternately praised the proposals or depicted the city licensing system as dysfunctional.

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Study Finds Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Migraine Frequency

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:48

Those who consume marijuana through inhalation for extended periods of time are likely to report reductions in migraine frequency. This is according to a study published in the journal Brain Sciences, and first reported on by NORML. The measure was also published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

For the study researchers from Israel examined the impact of prolonged cannabis use (median treatment duration = three years) on the frequency of monthly migraine attacks.

“The majority of subjects (61 percent) in the cohort reported a greater than 50 percent reduction in monthly migraine attacks following the initiation of cannabis therapy”, states NORML. “Those patients who responded favorably to cannabis treatment also reported reducing their anti-migraine medication intake, particularly their use of opioids and tryptamine-based drugs.”

Authors concluded, “These findings indicate that MC results in long‐term reduction of migraine frequency in >60 percent of treated patients and is associated with less disability and lower anti-migraine medication intake.”

Prior research has reported “that subjects who frequently suffer from migraines possess significantly lower levels of endogenous cannabinoids as compared to matched controls.”

The study is titled “Migraine frequency decrease following prolonged medical cannabis treatment: A cross-sectional study”.

Below is the full abstract:

Background: Medical cannabis (MC) treatment for migraine is practically emerging, although sufficient clinical data are not available for this indication. This cross-sectional questionnaire-based study aimed to investigate the associations between phytocannabinoid treatment and migraine frequency.

Methods: Participants were migraine patients licensed for MC treatment. Data included self-reported questionnaires and MC treatment features. Patients were retrospectively classified as responders vs. non-responders (≥50% vs. <50% decrease in monthly migraine attacks frequency following MC treatment initiation, respectively). Comparative statistics evaluated differences between these two subgroups.

Results: A total of 145 patients (97 females, 67%) with a median MC treatment duration of three years were analyzed. Compared to non-responders, responders (n = 89, 61%) reported lower current migraine disability and lower negative impact, and lower rates of opioid and triptan consumption. Subgroup analysis demonstrated that responders consumed higher doses of the phytocannabinoid ms_373_15c and lower doses of the phytocannabinoid ms_331_18d (3.40 95% CI (1.10 to 12.00); p < 0.01 and 0.22 95% CI (0.05-0.72); p < 0.05, respectively).

Conclusions: These findings indicate that MC results in long-term reduction of migraine frequency in >60% of treated patients and is associated with less disability and lower antimigraine medication intake. They also point to the MC composition, which may be potentially efficacious in migraine patients.

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Ways That CBD Can Help With Liver Diseases – Great Insights to Know

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 17:06

The hype surrounding the use of CBD all over the world has been attributed to the fact that it is very potent. Scientists have done a great job of enlightening people with every new finding that they discover. Additionally, CBD does not have side effects since it is free of THC, a cannabinoid responsible for intoxicating the brain and giving people a euphoric feeling.

CBD has a close connection with the health of the liver. It has been found to boost its health by preventing or mitigating various liver illnesses. When people consume the compound, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are connected with the functionality of the liver.

Apart from the liver, CBD is also used to manage other health conditions such as cancer, arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety, and schizophrenia, just to mention a few. However, we will focus on its benefits on the liver for now. Without further ado, let us dive deep into great insights that you should know on how CBD helps in dealing with liver diseases.

How the Liver Works

The liver is a very active organ in the body. First, it is involved in the detoxification of the body. A couple of biological metabolisms of the body also occur in the liver. That is why a lot of medications, supplements, steroids, and alcohol take a toll on the liver. Furthermore, the organ plays a role in the production of digestive enzymes in the body.

The liver is prone to a plethora of illnesses such as hepatitis, cancer, cirrhosis, and many others. Current research shows that CBD oil or extract is medically used by doctors in the management of some of these diseases.

CBD for Liver Reperfusion Injury

Things can go south during liver surgery or transplant. An injury might occur or there is potential for rejection of the graft. This results in reperfusion injury that may escalate to ischemia. One of the major challenges is inflammation resulting from the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and the activation of leukocytes. Doctors also say that oxidative stress is a big challenge that faces them during liver surgery or transplant.

Luckily, CBD comes in handy as an exceptional anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant solution. Various researches conducted on rats have shown positive results and doctors say that it is now safe to use CBD on human beings for this reason. However, it is carefully administered to ensure that the patient in this condition benefits fully.

CBD for Hepatitis

Hepatitis, a viral illness of the liver, is fatal. The viruses are different and hepatitis A, B, and C viruses are common ones. The latter has no vaccine. Experts attribute any of them to intoxication from alcohol, drugs, and consuming contaminated food. There is a global outcry to find a solution for this viral infection of the liver and reduce fatalities.

Current research indicates that CBD can be used to mitigate hepatitis. Although it does not inhibit the replication of hepatitis B as it does to C, it is believed to kill the cells that carry the virus. But because CBD has anti-inflammation qualities, health experts claim that this eases the effect of any hepatitis virus on the liver.

It’s no wonder why people should have CBD in their house and take it regularly. If you want to try a dose of the best CBD flower buds, try this web-site. They also have other CBD products such as oil and concentrate.

CBD for Liver Fibrosis

If you have been an alcoholic for a long time, you have been damaging your liver over time. Alcohol can lead to an injury of the liver. In extreme cases, this leads to liver failure and eventually death.

CBD is considered to have therapeutic properties after several research studies on rats. This is how it works in this case – it kills the cells that produce excess collagen, which is responsible for fibrosis.

As such, doctors will use CBD alongside other drugs to mitigate this condition. When used appropriately, patients can start the recovery process, but they have to quit the use of alcohol to prevent further damage. This is a big breakthrough to stop deaths associated with fibrosis.

Prevention of Liver Cancer

Liver cancer is closely connected to a variety of illnesses that affect the liver. Illnesses such as fibrosis and hepatitis are common causes of cancer. They trigger cancerous cells in the organ that start to eat the good cells and grow out of proportion. As such, intoxication, medications, drugs, and alcohol can be agents that trigger liver cancer.

According to studies from various experts, CBD has been seen to inhibit the activation of cancerous cells in the liver. The fact that it lessens the effect of the other illnesses also reduces the possibility of getting cancer.

CBD for Hepatic Encephalopathy

This is the failure of the liver that results in a change in consciousness. It is typically caused by heavy intoxication in the blood that takes a toll on the liver. In extreme cases, patients go into a coma or even die. In mild cases, people’s movement and reflexes can be affected.

CBD has neuroprotective qualities that stop this condition from affecting the nervous system. Although the doctors have to deal with the blood intoxication, the stability of the patient is maintained. Doctors use pure CBD concentrate because it is more effective than the oil or other CBD-induced drugs. The good news is that it can be used alongside other medications meant to handle the same condition.

Are There Side Effects of CBD on the Liver?

There are currently no known major side effects of CBD on the liver, but doctors warn that if used for a long time, it might cause nausea and dry mouth. Change in appetite and fatigue are also attributed to the long-term use of CBD, but it is rare in most patients.

The good habit is to use an average of 800mg a day for the best results. If there is more needed, which is the case in some situations, a doctor will advise you. This is the best habit to avoid any other result that the main health goal, which is the health of your liver.

The Final Word

In summary, the liver plays a crucial role in detoxifying the body, but it is a sensitive organ that is exposed to numerous illnesses. Although it can be protected from harm, sometimes the worst happens. But as you can see from the above insights, there is hope in the usage of CBD as a cure.

 

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7 Natural Herbs You Can Take To Boost Your Energy

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 16:09

 

Our lives are too busy and tangled between several roles and there are plenty of things that require attention. Whether it’s meeting deadlines at work or performing deadlifts at the gym, many actions dissipate some amount of physical or mental energy. If energy loss is not restored on a day-to-day basis, it could lead to burnout or stress in the long run.

The diversity of everyday actions that also include more screen time than ever are all factors that cause body energy to exhaust. Many people are struggling with low energy levels, despite following healthy dieting and lifestyle habits. In such instances, some natural herbs work amazingly well. These herbs have many restorative properties that can increase the energy levels of the body with very little or no side-effects. Read on to learn about these amazing gifts of nature.

1.  Matcha Tea

If you are feeling low on energy, a cup of matcha green tea can lift your mood. With an extra amount of caffeine than your usual green tea, matcha tea can give you instant energy. Matcha does not work on a superficial level, as apart from alerting your mind, it also improves your brain function. The antioxidants in it can act as detoxing agents that reduce harmful free radicals in the body. Healthy bioactive compounds such as polyphenols along with the hydrating properties make matcha a perfect herb to your daily drinks.

2.  Kratom

Kratom leaves contain plenty of active compounds that give a euphoric effect. When used in the correct dosage it can help to boost energy.  Native to southeast Asian countries, kratom leaves are part of everyday tea connotations in local communities. But due to its high potency, many regions have stringent rules around its use. When used in appropriate quantities, it can act as a great stimulant, which can enhance vigilance and give a ‘high buzz.’ You can get lab-tested kratom capsules online in 2020 that really work to experience the results for yourself.

3.  Yerba Mate

Native to South America, yerba mate herb shows energetic properties. Rich in caffeine, this herb makes it a popular choice in many countries. Apart from uplifting your mood and energy levels, the vitamins and antioxidants in Yerba mate can benefit your overall health. You can prepare a concoction by steeping powdered yerba mate in hot water.

4.  Brahmi

The phytochemicals, bacosides, present in this perennial herb increases cognitive alertness, creativity, and agility. Brahmi is also known by the name of water hyssop. It has been a part of ancient ayurvedic medicine for improving memory and Alzheimer’s disease. One can easily purchase Brahmi powder online and infuse it in hot water to make a cup whenever the day feels tiring.

5.  Holy basil

Categorized as an adaptogen, holy basil can adapt to the conditions of the body. So, it can help manage physiological activities to manage various conditions. It can give you the right amount of stimulation and energy to waive off stress and bring a sense of balance. The best part about using holy basil is it works on a subtle level so you do not feel a sudden rise and crash. It helps in controlling blood sugar, hence it can result in better energy levels throughout the day. Apart from that, regular use of holy basil can also help in fighting infection and the flu.

6.  Alfalfa

Alfalfa has been grown in many parts of the world for feeding livestock. It was until recently that its medical benefits were realized. There are numerous minerals like vitamin K, folate, iron, and manganese present in alfalfa that support body functions and vitality. Many people powder the leaves and seeds of this herb to mix in their drinks. Alfalfa shows plenty of anti-oxidative properties that help fight free radicals and remove oxidative stress from the body.

It also helps in reducing cholesterol and managing metabolic activities and blood sugar levels. Its brimming flavonoids and alkaloids can help the body work efficiently.

7.  Rhodiola

Rhodiola herb is grown and cultivated in the cold mountain regions of Asia and Europe and shows amazing adaptogen properties. It helps in mitigating fatigue and increasing energy levels. It can reduce the amount of cortisol in our system and prevent energy dissipation as a result of fatigue. Unlike other herbs in this list,  Rhodiola does not provide for an instant fix but can work on deeper levels. So, it might take a few months to notice results. Nonetheless, Rhodiola shows amazing restorative and energy-boosting properties that are worth the wait.

The Bottom Line

Taking medicinal herbs to manage energy levels is better than other stimulants as they provide sustained energy. Your suitability to a particular herb depends upon several factors such as how your body responds to a particular herb, your internal makeup, and even the weather that surrounds you. Most are safe to use, but an expert can guide you through the right dosage and administration.

 

 

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6 Essential Facts About CBD You May Not Have Known About 

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 12:31

It seems like there is no stopping the CBD wave. From news and media to farmers’ markets and drug stores, CBD is taking the world by storm and for good reason. 

Cannabis CBD oil extracts in jars herb and leaves. Concept medical marijuana.

From anti-inflammatory properties to pain relief, there are plenty of benefits to using CBD even while the research on this cannabinoid is still in its infancy, relatively speaking. Now that more and more people are learning about some of the amazing health benefits that CBD offers, they have even advanced to providing CBD treatment to their pets. 

That said, there are still facts about CBD oil that many people up to this point are actually unaware of. If you are one of them, you can read on below to find out more. 

CBD Is Not Only Found in Marijuana 

One of the most commonly held misconceptions about CBD oil is that it can only be derived from the marijuana plant. However, the truth is that it can also be obtained from hemp. It is found in the seeds, leaves, flowers, and the stalks of the plant. 

CBD contains the cannabinoid in larger amounts compared to the marijuana plant. The latter also contains high THC or tetrahydrocannabinol which causes the “high” effect. On the other hand, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC making it an ideal source for CBD. 

You Get the Most Benefits From Full Spectrum CBD 

In what scientists have called the entourage effect, they discovered that the effects of CBD can be maximized when used together with all the other natural compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. 

Granted you can still get plenty of health benefits from taking a single isolated cannabinoid, however, you are better off consuming the CBD together with all the other accompanying cannabinoids, minerals, proteins, vitamins, chlorophyll that comes with it. 

This is why a full spectrum CBD product such as SUPA Naturals CBD is much better than isolated or broad-spectrum CBD. 

Different Cannabis Plant Strains 

Not all cannabis plants grow equal and some have higher quantities of CBD than others do. Through selective breeding, growers can now cross-breed different strains to produce a plant that has even higher levels of CBD. 

This is good news as it means more CBD oil can be produced efficiently while saving on space. Furthermore, it also means that users can get the right amount of CBD while also maintaining a straight head. 

scientist checking hemp plants in a weed greenhouse. Concept of herbal alternative medicine, cbd oil, pharmaceptical industry

 

Many More Cannabinoids in Cannabis 

The information given out through the media and the internet is that the cannabis plant has mainly two cannabinoids—CBD and THC. However, this is not entirely true. The cannabis plants contain over 100 different cannabinoids all of which could elicit different reactions in the body. This is because they all interact with the body’s nervous system. 

That said, CBD and THC are found in the highest quantities and it is these that the scientists focus their research on. 

CBD is Psychoactive 

Many sources of information may claim that CBD is nonpsychoactive. They mean to say that since CBD is different from THC, it doesn’t cause a high effect. 

However, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system causing it to release hormones that help balance out the body. This makes CBD psychoactive. 

A better description would be to say that CBD is non-intoxicating. This means that while it will interact with the brain, it will not cause a high effect. 

CBD Is the Same No-Matter the Source 

Some people may be reluctant to purchase CBD especially when they learn that the source is the marijuana plant. They may instead prefer CBD from the hemp plant. 

However, it is important to note that the body doesn’t really care about the source of CBD. This is because when you strip everything down to the molecular level, CBD is the same. 

A good example would be to compare vitamin C from oranges and lime. Regardless of where you get your vitamin C from, the body will treat it all the same. 

So the next time you are out shopping for CBD, just make sure it is a high-quality product instead. 

Final Thoughts 

So there you have it, 6 facts about CBD that you probably didn’t know about. From deriving the most benefits from a full spectrum CBD to the fact that CBD is the same regardless of whether it is obtained from the marijuana or Hemp plant. Now you are more informed for the next time you are shopping for your CBD. Please remember, however, that it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you are planning on trying out CBD for the first time.

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