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What is Delta-8?

Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that has become popular because of its similarity to THC, the main compound in cannabis that gets you high, causing euphoria, happiness, sedation, symptom relief, and much more. Large amounts of THC are found in most cannabis strains.

The similarities between the two cannabinoids lie in their chemical structures and their names. THC’s scientific name is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-9 THC, or just delta-9. Delta-8 is short for delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC can cause effects like regular delta-9 THC—but they will be much less potent.

Delta-8 and delta-9 are both forms of THC. In common usage when people refer to THC they are talking about delta-9 THC. (In this article, when we use the term “THC” without a modifier, we are referring to delta-9 THC.)

Currently, the legality of delta-8 is hazy. It can be extracted from either hemp or cannabis. Because of the 2018 farm bill, hemp can be legally grown and used for extractions all over the United States, making delta-8 legal in states where delta-9 THC is illegal—sometimes.

Nearly all delta-8 THC on the market today is manufactured from hemp-derived CBD, which makes it, in theory at least, part of a federally legal chain of origin.

People in states where THC is illegal crave cannabis products and are now looking to delta-8 because it may be legal in their state, even though it is less potent than regular THC. Many extractors are ramping up delta-8 production to meet this new demand and shipping it all over the US.

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Delta-8 vs. delta-9 THC: What is the difference?

Delta-8, like delta-9 (regular THC), binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system, which causes you to feel high. Chemically, delta-8 and delta-9 are similar in that they both have a double bond in their structures. This double bond is thought to produce the intoxicating effects that make you feel high.

The two THCs are chemically different in the placement of the double bond. Both cannabinoids have a chain of carbon atoms, but delta-8 has the double bond on the eighth carbon, whereas delta-9 has it on the ninth.

Delta-8 binds to the endocannabinoid system in a slightly different fashion because of the location of its double bond. This is what is thought to make delta-8 much less potent than regular THC. However, more research needs to be done on delta-8 and how it interacts with the body.

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Will delta-8 get you high?

Delta-8 will get you high, albeit not as high as common delta-9 THC. For those living in states where cannabis is illegal, delta-8 may be a legal way to experience some THC-like effects from cannabis.

Some consumers may even prefer cannabis products that are not as strong as common THC, even if they can legally obtain THC products. THC can cause negative effects for some, bringing on anxiety or paranoia. Delta-8 may offer a smoother, milder high.

Effects of delta 8

Delta-8 consumers report many of the same effects as THC, such as mild euphoria, happiness, uplifting feelings, and relief from some symptoms such as pain, although the compound is much less potent. Delta-8 can also help with insomnia.

Side effects may be like those of THC, including dry mouth, red eyes, getting the munchies, short-term memory, paranoia, or anxiety. It is important to note that delta-8 has not been studied extensively and more research is needed on the effects it has on the mind and body.

Delta-8 vs. CBD

Delta-8 has more similarities to THC (delta-9) than CBD, both in its chemical structure and because it gets you high. Delta-8 THC binds to the body’s endocannabinoid system more like delta-9 THC. CBD does not bind as readily to the endocannabinoid system, making it non-intoxicating, although CBD can offer medicinal benefits for the consumer.

If you are looking for effects like THC but with a reduced potency, delta-8 may be for you. If you seek relief from certain symptoms and do not want to get intoxicated, you may want to try a CBD product.

How to dose delta 8

For most people, especially moderate or experienced consumers, delta-8 will feel much weaker than regular THC. If you are new to cannabis, delta-8 could affect you strongly—it depends on your body chemistry.

To give a sense of delta-8’s potency relative to THC, delta-8 edible producers commonly measure and dose their gummies at more than twice the strength of THC gummies:

THC gummies often come in 10mg gummies—people may take half a gummy or a full gummy for a dose, either 5mg or a full 10mg.

Delta-8 gummies often come in 25mg gummies—so half of one would be 12.5mg, and a full gummy is 25mg.

In creating these standard gummies, producers are calculating that delta-8 is less than half as strong as regular THC, so a 25mg delta-8 gummy might equate to the effects of a 10mg THC gummy.

Again, it’s important to note that very little research has been done on delta 8. We do not know much about how strong its effects are, and how it affects the body. As with any cannabis product, the chemical profile of the cannabis, your body’s chemistry, your tolerance level, your set and setting, and the amount you take all affect how you will feel.

It is always recommended to take a little bit at first and then wait for the onset of effects before taking more. The consumption method will affect how quickly you feel those effects. If you’re vaping delta-8, you should feel the effects within ten minutes or less; if taking edibles, wait at least an hour or two before taking more.

Few state laws specifically address delta-8 THC at this time. Most state laws that pertain to marijuana or cannabis use language that covers marijuana, cannabis, THC, CBD, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. There are 11 states where delta-8 is believed to be illegal according to state law.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has, in a proposed rule, indirectly classified delta-8 THC as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would make it federally illegal. That rule is not yet final.

Delta-8 THC is commonly sourced from hemp, not cannabis, which is why it is currently sold in many states where cannabis is illegal. To be more specific, nearly all delta-8 THC currently on the market is derived from CBD extracted from federally legal hemp.

This can be a little confusing because hemp is, technically, a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. When we talk about “cannabis,” though, we are commonly referring to cannabis plants with THC content of 0.3% or higher. 

The 2018 farm bill, a federal act passed by Congress, legalized hemp in the United States. That act defines hemp as: “All derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent.” This language makes delta-8 legal because it does not contain any delta-9 THC.

However, some states have chosen not to adopt this specific language of the farm bill in their own state laws, making delta-8 illegal in certain states. Producers and retailers of delta-8 sell only to states that have laws mirroring the farm bill’s language. Even then, some producers may only sell to certain states based on their own interpretation of a state’s laws.

Additionally, in August 2020, the DEA released an Interim Final Rule (IFR), a document meant to update and confirm the differences between hemp and cannabis. That interim rule said: “All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain Schedule I controlled substances,” which would make delta-8 illegal because it is a tetrahydrocannabinol that is extracted, or synthetically derived.

So, whether the farm bill’s language stands, which outlaws’ plants with more than 0.3% delta-9 THC, or the new IFR language is adopted, which bans all tetrahydrocannabinols, will determine the fate of delta-8. The DEA’s IFR is open for review until October 2021, and until then, delta-8’s federal legality remains hazy.

How is delta-8 made?

Delta-8 is found in trace amounts in cannabis and hemp plants, and as hemp is legal to grow anywhere in the US and more readily available, the cannabinoid is often sourced from that.

Commonly, CBD is extracted from hemp and refined into an isolate, and then CBD isolate is synthesized into delta 8. As such, delta-8 requires more processing and is more expensive to make than CBD, but this increased production cost is balanced out by the high demand for it.

How to find good, safe delta 8

As delta-8 is relatively new to the market, it may be challenging to find products that are what they say they are and contain delta-8. When shopping for delta-8 products, check out a producer’s website to see if they have information on how they source and create their products.

Quality, tested products usually have a QR code or batch number on the box that allows you to look up test results on the producer’s website. Stay away from products that are not tested or have questionable test results, as you will not know if they even contain delta 8, and they could potentially contain harmful substances.

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Menopause Symptoms CBD Could Help

Unfortunately, you may have discovered that the medical system is often woefully unprepared to deal with the symptoms of menopause. Previous generations of women were so quiet about “the change” that the medical system is only just now waking up to the needs of peri- and post-menopausal women. So, like many others, you may be turning to traditional herbal medicines – like CBD oil – for support, because our great- great-grandmothers were probably on to something.

Most of us never seriously consider menopause until we find ourselves on its doorstep — woefully unprepared to deal with its many symptoms. Some of us might not even recognize these symptoms during the early stages of perimenopause. But the sooner we notice and proactively respond to the changes happening within our bodies, the better our future health.

Cannabis & Hemp for Menopause

Menopause is one of the top three reasons women use therapeutic cannabis products — menstruation and sex are the other two. The good reputation that hemp and cannabis-derived CBD oils are gaining for treating peri- and post-menopausal symptoms isn’t based just on testimonials — scientific research also indicates how cannabidiol (CBD) could be useful for:

Aches & joint pain

Mood swings or depression

Weight gain / diabetes

Hot flashes

Genitourinary syndrome (vaginal dryness, atrophy and bladder control problems)

Osteoporosis

Sleep disruptions / insomnia

Memory loss

In this article, we’ll explore how menopause triggers inflammation and brain chemistry changes — which are at the root of most of these symptoms — and how CBD and other interventions could help.

More than Estrogen: A Sea of Changes

You’re probably familiar with the estrogen story by now: women are born with millions of immature eggs in their ovaries. Starting at puberty, our bodies are pumped full of estrogen every time an egg matures — approximately once a month. However, over the years, our supply of eggs dwindles. And once all our eggs are gone, our periods stop and the estrogen bursts go away, triggering menopause.

But in reality, menopause is not so clear-cut. For years before the menopause (a period called the perimenopause), our estrogen levels swing unpredictably high or low before the final plunge. And it’s not just estrogen that goes on a roller-coaster ride — a full supporting cast of hormones that (more-or-less) kept our bodies operating smoothly over the years also begin rebelling.

Controlled by these hormones, countless molecules in our bodies also increase or decrease. Our brain neurochemistry changes. Our bodies ramp up production of inflammatory molecules. From brain function to fat accumulation to bone reabsorption — menopause changes the inner workings of our bodies. And each woman’s experience of menopause will be unique.

Menopausal Symptoms: Causes & Support

If menopause has left you feeling like the medical system doesn’t understand your needs, you’re probably right. Scientists are still uncovering why and how our bodies change during menopause.

Much of the information in this article is at the cutting edge of menopause research, and may have never been explained to you by your doctor — but we believe that the more you understand about your symptoms, the easier it will be for you to find support.

Here are some of the most widespread issues women face during menopause:

Aches & Joint Pain

What’s going on: Does your body hurt more than it used to? Don’t be so quick to blame it on age – without estrogen, our bodies produce higher levels of inflammatory molecules (specifically, tumor necrosis factor, or TNFα). This means arthritis symptoms could skyrocket during menopause. More than 60% of women aged 40 to 64 suffer from pain in their muscles and joints.

How CBD could help: It is more important than ever to reduce inflammation in your body during menopause. Cannabidiol has proven anti-inflammatory properties. In mice, CBD is anti-arthritic, protects joints against inflammatory damage, and lowers levels of inflammatory TNFα. Low-impact exercise and dietary changes are also excellent resources in a fight against inflammation.

Mood Swings & Depression

What’s going on: It’s not unusual for women to experience anxiety or depression during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone influence the activity of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain — which directly affect mood. As levels of these hormones become erratic and eventually plummet, your neurochemistry will change.

How CBD could help: If you’re emotionally distressed, you should seek the support of a medical professional. They might suggest therapeutic or pharmaceutical solutions. If you supplement your treatment with CBD oil, it turns out that CBD activates serotonin receptors, similar to the anti-anxiety drug buspirone. (For more on this topic, read our articles about the different ways that CBD could help anxiety or depression.)

Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

What’s going on: Hot flashes and night sweats are frequently joked about, but in reality they’re no laughing matter. They disrupt our sleep and daily routines, which can reduce the quality of our lives. These “vasomotor” symptoms are caused by altered neurochemistry in the hypothalamus — your body’s thermostat control. In other words, your body’s cooling system — blood vessel dilation & sweat response — gets switched on way too easily. When tested in the lab, women who suffer from hot flashes are triggered when their body temperatures increase by only 1.5 degrees, whereas other women’s bodies don’t switch on the cooling system unless their temperatures increase almost 3 degrees.

How CBD could help: Because hot flashes have a neurochemical basis, some SSRIs and antidepressants can help relieve hot flashes. Although there aren’t studies that have specifically tested CBD for hot flashes, its influence on the body’s serotonin system could be one reason why some women swear by CBD for this symptom. Other treatments like therapy, hypnosis and relaxation techniques that calm the nervous system can also influence your neurochemistry and help reduce hot flashes.

Weight Gain & Diabetes

What’s going on: Hormones shape our bodies on so many levels, including controlling our metabolism. Without estrogen, our bodies burn fewer calories — even while sleeping — and we also burn less fat during exercise. Even if you cut calories and maintain a stable weight throughout menopause, the ongoing hormonal shift tells your body to trade in lean muscle mass for abdominal fat. And this pattern of fat storage unfortunately raises your predisposition to insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

How CBD could help: Population studies have found that adults who use cannabis products have lower insulin levels and smaller waist circumferences. Cannabidiol could contribute by switching on genes for healthy metabolism (through the PPAR-γ receptor). CBD also helps buffer the activity of natural endocannabinoids, including 2-AG, which is linked to insulin resistance and ramped up during menopause.

Genitourinal Syndrome (Vaginal Dryness, Atrophy & Bladder Control)

What’s going on: Sexual health and bladder control after menopause might seem like two separate subjects, but they are so intimately related that they are now lumped into a single medical condition. Estrogen helps keep blood flowing to the pelvic region, delivering fresh oxygen to the tissues of the urinary tract and sexual organs — keeping things elastic and healthy. Once menopause arrives, women should give their pelvis some extra love and attention to keep up the blood flow. (For more on this topic, read our article on sexual health after menopause.)

How CBD could help: Along with regular sexual activity, a topical lubricant that contains cannabinoids like CBD or THC — which are both potent vasodilators — can increase blood flow to the pelvic region. This keeps tissues healthy while also moisturizing the vaginal canal. Topical CBD can also fight inflammation, relax muscles and calm pain-perceiving nerves in the vulva and vagina, making CBD-infused lube and suppositories one of women’s best companions through menopause.

Osteoporosis

What’s going on: Our bodies constantly move calcium and other minerals into — and out of — bones. As we enter perimenopause, the net result is often bone resorption (where more bone is taken away than is added), lowering bone density and increasing our risk for fractures. We’ve all heard about the importance of dietary calcium and exercise for preventing osteoporosis, but new research suggests that inflammation from arthritis or other conditions might be one of the biggest causes of bone resorption. Inflammatory TNFα is particularly adept at telling your body to increase bone resorption.

How CBD could help: The same anti-inflammatory features that make CBD oil a popular remedy for arthritic symptoms might also prove useful for bone health. In rats with periodontitis, CBD lowers TNFα levels and prevents oral bone loss. However, human evidence for this application is lacking, and we encourage you to use every medical resource available if you’ve been diagnosed with low bone density. Resistance exercise also decreases TNFα levels, which may explain why exercise can help prevent bone loss.

Sleep Disturbances

What’s going on: Many peri- and post-menopausal women have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. And sleep deprivation can really wear a person down — triggering fatigue and a full spectrum of other health issues. Menopause might disrupt your sleep a number of different ways, including through night sweats and increased anxiety or depression. You’ll need to identify the biggest hurdles between you and a good night’s sleep before you can troubleshoot the best solutions. Track your sleep or ask your doctor about a sleep study if you need help.

How CBD could help: People of all genders and ages report that CBD formulations help them get restorative sleep. Whether or not CBD could help you get a better night’s sleep depends on the source of your disruptions. CBD’s influence on neurochemistry and anxiety could help improve sleep for women experiencing insomnia or disruptive night sweats.

Memory Loss

What’s going on: It’s tempting to blame memory loss on age, but even younger women who go through surgical menopause can experience rapid memory loss. The brain region responsible for memory, learning and emotion, the hippocampus, is a hotbed of synaptic plasticity. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone encourage neurons in the hippocampus to form new connections, and our memories might suffer without these hormones.

How CBD could help: Scientists are actively investigating CBD for encouraging synaptic plasticity and neuroprotection, particularly in the hippocampus. However, there is not yet solid evidence for its recommendation, and there are many other ways you can protect this important brain region. If you want to improve your memory, check out 9 ways to naturally rewire your hippocampus.

Self-Directed Care for Menopause

Now, more than ever, is an important time to observe the changes happening within your body and life. Be honest with yourself and others about how much support you need.

Estrogen and progesterone shouldered a lot of responsibilities within your body, and CBD should only be one of many resources that help you through (and beyond) menopause.

Resource:

https://www.foriawellness.com/blogs/learn/8-menopause-symptoms-cbd-could-help

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How CBD Promotes Brain Cell Growth in Humans

The biological system of the human body is absolutely amazing. The organic ensemble of fibers, nerve endings, tissues, and whatnot are so complicated and in the right situation, is completely capable of restoring itself. Most of it is due to the endocannabinoid system present in each and every mammal on the planet. The brain forms also part of this equation and the adult brain can produce new neurons. This process is called neurogenesis.

Neurogenesis mostly takes part in two parts of the brain. It takes place in the subventricular Zone (SVZ) and the subgranular zone (SGZ). Neurogenesis is vitally important in the adult brain as it regulates mood, brain health, and learning. Some psychiatric disorders are believed to be related to impaired neurogenesis.

Brain Injury and Damage spark Healing

Whenever the brain gets injured by either a serious accident or small bumps, the Neuro Stem and Progenitor Cells (NSPC) are influenced by several internal and external aspects. The rate of how fast healing will take place is controlled by these factors. Things like lineage differentiation, proliferation, maturation, migration, and survival are subject to these controls. When these aspects are clearly understood, more effective therapeutic ways and medications could be on the table to speed up the healing process. The brain is always doing its part and will always tempt to speed healing along. Understanding how to contribute is what researchers are working on non- stop.

Where does the Endocannabinoid System come in?

The endocannabinoid system with its own cannabinoid molecules and receptors are found all over the body. They are found in the brain as well as the immune system. They are also present in organs, skin, and tissues of your body. In any injury, the endocannabinoid system ignites the production of endocannabinoids and receptors to aid in the healing process. Therefore, it is concluded that the endocannabinoid system also helps with neural regeneration. In certain scientific tests, where the CB1 receptors of mice were blocked, neurogenesis significantly reduced. The tests were confirmed in vitro when neural cells, growth, and division of neuro progenitor cells were constrained when the CB1 and CB2 receptors were blocked.

Since the legalization of Cannabis, more studies were done on the role of cannabinoids in neurogenesis due to the multiplicity of neuro-modulatory functions. The CB1 and CB2 receptors regulate adult neurogenesis by intervening at specific neurogenic phases. When CB1 and CB2 receptors were activated by specific agonists, it regulates cell proliferation, maturation, and neural differentiation. There is definite interaction between the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factors (BDNF) and endocannabinoid signaling. The interaction triggers a release of endocannabinoids at cortical excitatory synapsis. This means that the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids derived from cannabis work together with the BDNF to fine-tune neurogenesis.

CBD Speeds Neurogenesis Up

Cannabidiol or CBD has a positive effect on neurogenesis. Brain damage provoked by stress and anxiety benefits from CBD as it reduces neurogenesis. Because CBD is taken in small amounts, the effect it not immediately. There are high levels of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain where Neuron progenitor cells are found and where neuron growth and differentiation are promoted. The enzymes helping the endocannabinoid arachidonoylglecerol (2-AG), are also in this part of the brain. It is just another confirmation that the endocannabinoid system is part of neurogenesis. Both the cannabinoid receptors are involved and when the signaling pathways are activated by the cannabinoids, it motivates the neuron progenitor cells to grow and divide.

Cannabinoids Maintain Cellular Health

When there is sufficient growth of neuron progenitor cells, they migrate to the different parts of the brain. This is called differentiation. They change into the type of cell the brain needs at the time. Cannabinoids are intricate in this process as well. When differentiation is complete, the CB receptors remain there. Their role is to signal if the cell must live, should receive cell maintenance, or should be subjected to programmed cell death.

An interesting finding is that the cannabinoid-induced effects upon cell proliferation and neuronal differentiation depend a hundred percent on the presence of BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factors). This means that there exists a BDNF-endocannabinoid feedback loop. This is how the processes are regulated. The BDNF regulates neural sensitivity to the endocannabinoid system through positive feedback. This is important for the regulation of neuronal survival. The BDFN is also involved in actions mediated by cannabinoids against excitotoxicity. (the pathological process where nerve cells are damaged or killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters) This is specifically important in synaptic transmission, plasticity, and various behavioral outputs.

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Why Using High Quality CBD Is Important?

CBD is now more popular than it ever has been before due to its numerous uses and natural health effects. As a result of this popularity, the demand for CBD is rising. For you as someone who is interested in CBD, it’s important to know that not all CBD products are the same. The recent rise in demand has led to a lot of new brands entering the market with some of them offering substandard products. This article will help you understand why using High Quality CBD is key if you want to achieve the intended results.

Low quality CBD

For CBD to be top quality, caution should be taken right from the farm to the processing of the oil. Most of the CBD companies out there pushing out low quality products are hungry to make quick profits. Some of them grow their hemp in pesticide contaminated farms. This results in the CBD oil containing trace elements of chemicals from the pesticides used. When it comes to the extraction of the oil, most of these companies resort to using harsh chemicals to achieve a faster and cheaper results. These chemicals include butane, ethanol and hexane and end up leaving toxic traces in the oil. The pesticide and extraction chemicals may adversely affect you and that’s why using High Quality CBD oil is important.

Here are some of the side effects of low quality CBD:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness

Long time use of poor quality CBD will make these side effects even more severe.

High Quality CBD 

As mentioned earlier, you can only get High Quality CBD if all the steps leading to the final product are done excellently. High Quality CBD is a totally natural and safe product and does not lead to any “highs”. This is because it doesn’t affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain in any way. The “high” feeling is caused by THC which is not present High Quality CBD. So the rumors you have been hearing are totally unfounded.

In fact there are some health benefits of using High Quality CBD. Generally, it has been known to make some disease symptoms more manageable and this is why using High Quality CBD is important. These include:

  • Reducing vomiting and nausea
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Reduces anxiety and depression

When CBD is used in dog treats, it helps reduce pain or anxiety making your canine friend much more relaxed.

What makes High Quality CBD?

When buying CBD, research is very important to make sure that you get the best quality possible. Do not just go and pick any CBD, ensure that you do some background research about the company and the store making or selling the specific product. Take your time to do the research and come up with a conclusive analysis. Make sure that CBD you want to purchase is:

Extracted from superior hemp

Superior farming practices lead to superior hemp. Hemp should be cultivated in chemical free farm. This means that inorganic pesticides and fertilizer should be kept at bay. The best hemp can be cultivated using organic manure and organic pesticides. This means that the hemp won’t be exposed to any chemicals and thus it won’t absorb any chemicals.

It’s also important that the hemp be optimally matured before it’s picked for harvesting. CBD from too young or too old hemp will definitely not be the best. Some companies pushing out low quality CBD harvest their hemp from the farm while not fully matured in order to maximize their profits. Make sure you research this.

Subjected to a clean extraction process

In contrast to low quality CBD, which uses solvent chemicals to extract the oil, High Quality CBD is subjected to a clean CO2 extraction process. The CO2 process is very clean and does not expose the oil to any contamination. This extraction process requires qualified lab technicians and a well-equipped lab for it to be successful. So do your research to find out about the facilities and manpower behind them. For this reason, cheap means poor quality and impurities.  

To add on that, if the price of the CBD is too low to justify the cost of production, that’s another red flag. Paying for well qualified technicians and putting up a good lab is expensive. Remember a good manufacturer is in business to provide a superior product that works. Shy away from the cheap products for your health and safety.

Certificate of Analysis or the COA is another important aspect of High Quality CBD. All CBD manufactures should be performing 3rd party COA in order to show you as a consumer how much CBD is in the product, to show the amount of THC in the product (which should be non-detectable), and to display that the product does not have any pesticides or metals.

FDA Lab

Some CBD companies go the extra step and have their CBD formulated in a FDA approved Lab. To be honest, this credential is very hard to find and only occur in the High Quality CBD products in the USA. If you are able to find products that have the FDA lab, know that these products are held to a higher standard that than any other CBD on the market. CBD MED is one of the only CBD stores in the United States that sells products formulated in a FDA Lab.

Well packaged

Chemicals are not the only causes of poor quality CBD. High Quality CBD can degrade to poor quality if it’s packaged poorly. High Quality CBD is always packed in an airtight and darkened container. This prevents the CBD from getting exposed to air and sunlight, which may lead to the CBD product’s degradation. This good packaging also prolongs the shelf life of the CBD and thus you can use the bottle for longer and still get high quality oil. This will save you from throwing away half empty bottles due to degradation and therefore saving you money in the long run.

You may encounter CBD packed in other forms like capsules, tinctures or even topicals. Despite the different packaging, the CBD should still be free from air or sunlight. Remember to check the best before date and manufacture date before you purchase your CBD. The best quality CBD is one that is closest to the manufacturing date. Avoid the ones that are close to their best before date because poor storage might have caused the CBD to go bad earlier than expected.

Bottom line

Using High Quality CBD is important as it helps you avoid all the side effects associated with poor quality CBD. Moreover, you can rest assured that you are going to get the best results possible from the High Quality CBD. This is because High Quality CBD has high potency levels due to its purity as compared to the low quality CBD that’s impure. Feel free to stop by the store or go to the CBD MED website to learn about all the High Quality CBD products available.

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Fatty Foods Increase CBD Absorption, Finds New Research

In 2018 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed its stamp of approval on oral capsules of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures. However, nobody quite knew at the time what effect food would have on its absorption.

CBD is the second-largest active ingredient in the extract of the cannabis plant. It is always found in all forms of marijuana used medically. However, medical CBD is obtained not from the cannabis plant but from the hemp plant, which is closely related to it. The difference between CBD and other cannabis compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is that it does not produce euphoria, or a “high.” As such, the WHO states that CBD does not have the potential to cause addiction, dependence or drug abuse, and as such, does not cause any public health problems when used in the pure state.

CBD has been legalized in all US states and is available for clinical research. Its health effects are still being studied, but as of now, its strongest medical benefit is in stopping seizures in many childhood epilepsy syndromes which resist all other forms of treatment. In fact, a CBD-containing drug has recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A new University of Minnesota study looked at the change in the rate of CBD absorption in epilepsy patients after eating fatty foods. This type of knowledge about how drugs are absorbed and metabolized in the body is known as drug pharmacokinetics.

In the current study, the CBD was administered as oral capsules. The concentration of CBD was measured in a population of patients with refractory focal epilepsy who were on capsules containing CBD of 99% purity. These patients had intractable seizures four or more times a month, not responding to first- and second-line therapy.

The measurements were taken after giving the purified CBD capsules, first on an empty stomach and then after a standardized breakfast containing high-fat foods, like a breakfast burrito. The breakfast supplied 840-860 calories. Each measurement was taken between 0 and 72 hours after the dose was administered, using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry methods.

Measurements were completed on eight patients, and yielded results that showed a striking change in CBD absorption following the intake of fatty food. Ingesting CBD along with high-fat food increases the amount of CBD in the body by a factor of four, while blood CBD levels go up 14-fold, both in comparison to fasting controls.

The study also established that the use of capsules was superior to that of liquids in a study of pharmacokinetics, as it allowed for more precise determination of blood and body concentrations following absorption. It is also more typical of the actual mode of use in the patient community.

Researcher Angela Birnbaum says, “The type of food can make a large difference in the amount of CBD that gets absorbed into the body.” One practical implication is that the absorption of CBD can be easily improved by taking the capsules along with a fatty meal, which would mean a reduction in the number of capsules required for each dose. On the other hand, it also means that the same dose of oral CBD in capsule form could expose different patients to quite different amounts of the drug depending on the type of food ingested at the same time.

Another researcher, Ilo Leppik, says, “Increases in the amount of the CBD dose being absorbed into the body can also lead to lower medication costs.” The key take-home points therefore are that CBD absorption increases when taking CBD with foods high in fat content; but despite this increase in CBD absorption, thinking and memory remain clear.

The findings of the current study could be a boon to epilepsy physicians who strive to achieve and maintain a steady effective concentration of the anti-seizure medication in the patient’s blood. For one, it allows them to significantly reduce the dosage while maintaining an adequate blood level. Secondly, patients can adjust their eating patterns to optimize the effect of CBD on their seizure activity.

Birnbaum says, “This study shows that CBD concentrations could vary significantly if patients take it differently, sometimes with or without food.”

The study was published in the journal Epilepsia on June 27, 2019.

Journal reference:

Birnbaum, AK, Karanam, A, Marino, SE, et al. Food effect on pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol oral capsules in adult patients with refractory epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2019; 60: 1586– 1592. https://doi.org/10.1111/epi.16093, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/epi.16093

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CBD Oil for Dogs: Helping Canines Live a Healthier Life

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As we approach the 4th of July, CBD oil for dogs has become a household favorite for many dog owners. This is because CBD oil for dogs may relieve anxiety in dogs that are disturbed by loud noises such as fireworks. It is also very common for puppies to take CBD oil for dogs to help them with separation anxiety. Apart from helping cope with anxiety, CBD oil for dogs is also used to treat several medical conditions as well as for preventative care. Here we will cover everything you need to know about CBD oil and how it can help your dog live better and healthier life!

 What is CBD oil for Dogs?

Cannabidiol, more notably referred to as CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBD is unique in its own way because it is completely non-psychoactive. This means that unlike the notorious cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have the ability to get you high. CBD has been in popular demand over the last several years for providing people of all ages (and now dogs) with various health benefits.

Companies like CBD MED produce CBD for dogs which may serve as natural alternatives to medications that treat symptoms of a host of conditions and diseases. More often than not, dogs get prescribed medication that may be difficult to administer or may induce negative side effects. However, because CBD for dogs is all-natural, it does not produce harmful side effects. And because CBD for dogs is either bottled in an easy to use tincture or served as tasty dog treats, administering CBD to your dog very easy.

CBD for Dogs

How Much CBD Does My Dog Need?

CBD is usually given to dogs orally, but it’s imperative to know the correct dosage for your pet.

Dosages vary by the size of the dog and its specific condition. CBD for dogs contains no THC, so if taken responsibly, there should be no risks for your pet. It is always recommended to talk to a veterinarian before giving CBD to your pet.

Choosing the Best CBD for Dogs

Because of growing demand for more innovative ways to give CBD to pets, there are now many new CBD-infused products made exclusively for canines. With the variety of delicious CBD oils and treats curated to man’s best friend’s taste buds, you won’t ever have to stress about your dog not taking his medicine again!

Before giving CBD to your pet, it is important to know the product’s ingredients. Several companies use imported goods that may not go through the adequate regulatory procedures as we aby with in the United States. Because of this, it is suggested that you ensure you purchase products from a trusted distributor or vendor.

CBD oil for Dogs

 CBD Med is a reputable distributor that performs third-party lab tests on all their CBD products for dogs, so you know exactly what is in your pet’s products. CBD Med oils for dogs are high-end tinctures and oral drops infused with delicious bacon or chicken flavor. Their mouthwatering tinctures release a smoky, sizzling scent and a savory flavor that’s enhanced for a dose of meaty tastiness that dogs love. In addition, CBD Med offers organic CBD Dog treats.

Here are some important things to consider when deciding where to buy your dog’s CBD:

Where is their hemp cultivated?

You want to make sure that the hemp is grown in the US to avoid any regulatory issues.

How is the CBD extracted?

Some companies use butane and harmful chemicals to extract their CBD, resulting in possible toxic residue in the products.

Make sure your CBD is organic

If it is not organic, chances are that is contains pesticides and other harmful chemicals that you don’t want to give your dog.

Request the lab analysis

Ask the company for the lab analysis for their CBD. That will tell you the exact amount of everything that is in your CBD product.

Here are some of the conditions that vets and dog owners are saying can be improved with CBD:

CBD Oil for Dogs Anxiety

Anxiety is a condition that affects many dogs. Anxiety can be triggered from fear, separation, and even aging. There are many things that can cause dogs to feel anxious due to fear. Noise phobia goes hand-in-hand with anxiety as some dogs become extremely scared when they heard a loud noise. Examples of these loud noises include, screaming, slamming of doors, car engines, and fireworks.

Dogs suffer from separation anxiety, (particularly puppies) when they are left alone or separated from their owners. Aging can also take a toll on many dogs and cause them to feel anxious. CBD oil for dogs can have a positive effect on reducing your dog’s anxiety, and the best part is that it does it in a completely natural way.

CBD for Dogs Pain & Inflammation

Another benefit that CBD for dogs can have on your pet is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from both acute and chronic pains which cause an immense amount of discomfort. This may cause dogs to have trouble walking or prevent them from doing their everyday activities with ease. If this occurs, it can also cause feelings of anxiety.

CBD for dogs works to reduce inflammation which in return causes pain levels to deteriorate. We all want our pets to be active and healthy. Pain and inflammation can affect dogs tremendously, but with the help of CBD oil for pets, dogs and other animals alike can be one step closer to living pain free!

CBD Oil for Dogs Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a devastating condition for both dogs and owners alike. Watching your furry companion break into an epileptic seizure is one of the most distressing feelings a pet owner can experience. Synthetic treatments to control seizures in dogs can also bring along unwanted side effects. The American Society of Epilepsy has stated that CBD has shown very promising results in studies that have been conducted on its effectiveness to control epileptic seizures.

CBD oil for dogs works with their body’s endocannabinoid system which regulates the mood and physiology in mammals such as humans and dogs. Research indicates that when CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body, conditions such as epilepsy may be controlled. This is great news for pet owners seeking to find a safer alternative for treating their dog’s seizures.

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Is CBD the Right Choice for Your Pet?

If you decide to seek CBD treatment for your pet, it is recommended that you keep record of how your pet is behaving before, during, and after treatment. CBD reacts differently for each dog, so you need to observe how your pet reacts to the CBD to know whether to reduce or increase the dosage.

In the end, CBD treatment for dogs has shown promise for a better natural health solution. Extending the benefits of CBD to pets is one of the best ways to increase their quality of life. Sometimes life can be ruff, but with CBD it doesn’t have to be.

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CBD and Fitness

To understand how CBD is believed to impact workouts, it’s important to recognize what CBD is. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of more than 100 compounds called cannabinoids contained in cannabis. Similar in structure to endocannabinoids, which the body naturally produces (and may be responsible for runner’s high), cannabinoids are most well-known for their help with decreasing depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, not all of cannabis’s cannabinoids cause a psychoactive effect or “high,” CBD counteracts these effects and may trigger multiple health benefits. The most intriguing advantage for exercisers is reduced inflammation.

“Any workout, especially a rigorous one, causes microscopic damage to the body’s muscles and tissues”, explains Dr. Alan Beyer, sports medicine doctor and executive medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in California. “It’s this inflammation that triggers the body’s repair processes, allowing tissues to grow back stronger and fitter. However, too much inflammation left unchecked can contribute to excessive muscle damage and poor workout results. Inflammation is also a hallmark of exercise injuries including strains and sprains”, he says.

For this reason, exercisers commonly integrate anti-inflammatory measures – such as eating antioxidant-containing foods and taking ice baths – into their workout routines to aid the workout process. They may also try to curb achy muscles and joints through the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen.

While studies currently debate exactly when exercisers should try to curb inflammation and when they should just let the body recover on its own, they also suggest that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. For example, a 2018 review published in Frontiers in Neurology concluded that CBD is an effective way of improving pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis since it reduces inflammation.

“CBD for exercise-induced inflammation is absolutely the next big area we need to explore,” says Thorsten Rudroff, an exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and the Frontiers in Neurology study co-author. “However, most of what we know about CBD and exercise is based on anecdotal reports,” he says. “There’s basically no research on the topic. We need to investigate CBD’s effects on inflammatory biomarkers [compounds like C-reactive protein in the body that occur with inflammation] in athletes and exercise recovery.”

He explains that he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of older adults and collegiate and professional athletes consuming CBD edibles and oils. By taking them immediately after exercise, they aim to recover quickly and effectively. Some believe that CBD reduces the body’s tendency to break down tissues and promotes muscle growth.

Meanwhile, Beyer posits that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He often recommends that his patients apply CBD salves to the injured area.

“CBD penetrates transdermally to reduce inflammation in the injured tissues,” Beyer explains, noting that overuse of NSAIDs, especially in conjunction with exercise, can damage the kidneys. For example, in a 2017 Emergency Medical Journal studying ultramarathoners, those who took ibuprofen every four hours during a 50-mile race were about 18 percent more likely to finish the race with acute kidney damage.

While some people are looking into the research, others are experiencing the effects of CBD first hand. Workout enthusiast are interested on how this supplement can help on a regular basis.

CBD is quickly becoming a vital part of many workout routines. In capsule or oil form, CBD is an important part of any holistic health and wellness routine. Whether you’re a professional athlete, amateur jogger or busy mom, this beneficial supplement made from hemp can help. Whatever style of fitness regimen you prefer, muscle development and muscle recovery play key roles in overall health and wellbeing.

Since the World Anti-Doping Agency lifted its ban on CBD, many fitness professionals and athletes use CBD as the staple for their high-performance fitness regimens to build muscle and boost stamina. CBD can do a lot of ‘good’ for the human body. That being said, it’s important to use the highest quality CBD from natural hemp oil, from a CBD supplier you can trust. Bargain priced “CBD” products frequently contain very little CBD content by volume. If you’re going to buy CBD oil, be sure it is 100% premium and pure from hemp.

CATABOLIC HORMONES PLAY A KEY ROLE IN BUILDING MUSCLE

Catabolic hormones are those in the body which cause a breakdown of muscle tissue. For athletes and others with the goal of increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone, reducing the levels of catabolic hormones, such as cortisol, is imperative.

Cortisol is a hormone that reduces protein synthesis and actively prevents tissue growth. Excessive cortisol levels are usually the culprit when those who work out diligently fail to achieve the muscle building results they expected from their rigorous fitness routines.

A woman seen from behind holding a weight on her shoulders. Some top athletes are now working out with CBD. CBD oil can reduce the effects of anxiety and promote more restful sleep, all of which promote a better workout.

Some top athletes are now working out with CBD. CBD oil can reduce the effects of anxiety and promote more restful sleep, all of which promote a better workout.

The key to understanding cortisol’s negative effect on muscle-building is to recognize that cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day. The hormone is secreted by the adrenal gland. Cortisol levels are usually higher in the morning, decreasing throughout the day, and at their lowest at night. This explains why muscle recovery happens most efficiently while we sleep.

Of course, cortisol does provide some important benefits, or the body wouldn’t produce it. Cortisol is instrumental in the liver, helping to remove toxins from the body. Cortisol has other roles in the immune system regulating blood sugar levels, and enhancing short-term memory. At natural levels, cortisol is quite beneficial and CBD oil can help maintain a healthy cortisol balance.

CBD’s ANTI-CATABOLIC PROPERTIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

From research done on the Endocannabinoid System, we know that CBD oil consumed engages CB2 receptors in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, the control centers of the Endocannabinoid System responsible for regulating sleep and mood. Nearly 25 percent of Americans struggle to achievedeep REM sleep. However, with the support of CBD, regular deep REM sleep can be achieved to augment protein synthesis for building muscle tissue at the most optimum time when growth inhibiting cortisol levels are at a minimum. This is one indirect way CBD helps to manage cortisol levels.

A preliminary study published in September by the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research suggests CBD works directly with the Endocannabinoid System to interfere with cortisol secretion as reported by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, where subjects experienced a significant decrease in cortisol levels in their blood. This means that CBD can slow the breakdown of muscle mass and help athletes to build more muscle.

We know about CBD’s calming anti-anxiety and mood-regulating effects when working in natural harmony with our Endocannabinoid Systems. It’s easy to see how CBD’s multiple and very beneficial therapeutic effects, and its direct anti-catabolic action all combine to keep cortisol at the properly balanced levels to benefit our systems.

WHY HIGH-STRESS WORKOUTS AND OTHER STIMULANTS MAY BOOST CORTISOL LEVELS

Increasing levels of the hormone testosterone with intense periods of weight lifting is the well-known mechanism for building muscle mass, but the level of cortisol which also increases during an intense workout has the exact opposite effect.

Cortisol levels rise significantly in response to stress no matter what time of day or what the situation. That’s why the fitness community calls cortisol “the stress hormone.” An intense heavy workout routine is a source of physical stress. That’s in addition to the unavoidable day-to-day environmental stresses everyone experiences.

High intensity workouts can actually produce harmful stress hormones in the body. Working out with CBD may counteract some of these negative effects of intense exercise.

When cortisol levels soar in response to extreme workout stress, the high amount of the catabolic hormone can cause high blood pressure, lower bone density, and eat up muscle tissue negating the positive benefits of the workout. In the worst-case scenario, unregulated cortisol can cause the physical condition to nosedive. That’s the exact opposite result of what your fitness regimen is trying to achieve.

This is (unfortunately) similar to the effect that caffeine causes. It has been demonstrated that as little as 2-3 cups of coffee per day can cause cortisol levels to rise. However, CBD oil’s natural stimulating effects provide all the energy-boosting benefits without the jitters while maintaining cortisol at beneficial levels.

Pre- and post-workout CBD oil supplements can balance cortisol levels to let you optimize results from your workout time. But, as always with CBD, there is good news and more good news.

CBD BOOSTS STAMINA AND HELPS YOU ‘FIRE ON ALL CYLINDERS’

Stamina is something that each person desires for their workout or work day.

The most understood feeling of stamina is what we all know as the “runner’s high” that you can get from any long-form workout. For years, endorphins have gotten the credit for maintaining stamina through long, cardio-focused workouts. However, recent research has shown that the endocannabinoid system is the true generator of the legendary “runner’s high.” Findings show that it’s the rush of anandamide, the natural endocannabinoid compound regulated by CBD via the Endocannabinoid System, which deserves the credit for the sudden onset of the euphoric, pain-free, calm sensation.

Now within a CBD-optimized homeostasis where you are “firing on all cylinders,” stamina and energy levels are improved, breathing is well-regulated, and CBD’s anti-inflammatory action keeps muscles cramp-free while balancing dopamine at proper levels to promote smooth movement and balance. Some scientists refer to this homeostasis as “the Goldilocks Zone.” It’s that state in which mind, body, and spirit function together and everything is “just right.”

CBD BOOSTS STAMINA BY REGULATING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

The last key to building muscle and boosting stamina is maintenance of our blood sugar levels. Contrary to common belief, we can do this through more ways than just a balanced diet.

A runner is crouched on the starting line, ready to race on a track. Using CBD oil can actually boost stamina, which is just one of several benefits of working out with CBD.

Using CBD oil can actually boost stamina, which is just one of several benefits of working out with CBD.

Chronic inflammation has long been established as a cause of insulin resistance resulting in Type 2 diabetes. As reported by Diabetes.co.uk, the immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism and heart function all also appear to prospectively benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.

When blood sugar is regulated, less insulin is present and therefore less fat is stored. When less fat is stored, your body works in an anti-catabolic mode to help produce more muscle.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE WORKING OUT WITH CBD

CBD oil’s anti-catabolic properties are making it the most recommended supplement in fitness regimens where increasing muscle mass is a primary goal. CBD’s additional benefits for runners, yoga enthusiasts, professional athletes and more in the health and wellness world strongly suggests that this is not a fad, but a supplement that is becoming the norm. More and more people are beginning to second-guess western medicine and are looking for a more natural way to help fight disease and pain – and CBD is increasingly the answer.

CBD can be ingested in capsule form, oil form or topically as a cream. CBD creams and salves also have a place in the fitness industry for topical inflammation, pain relief and flexibility – three things that are key to a safe and successful workout. It’s important for each fitness enthusiast to research the different ways to leverage CBD’s benefits and test dosages to see what works best for your body. The future is bright with CBD.

Stop by CBD MED in Baytown today to discuss your fitness and health goals with one of our professional staff members. We are here to help educate and provide information about the health benefits of CBD.

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CBD Oil for Diabetes

Exploring the facts

Diabetes is a disease wherein the body has trouble regulating the level of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. In healthy individuals, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which works to transport glucose molecules across cell membranes and into cells for energy production.

In diabetics, depending on whether they suffer from the Type 1 or Type 2 form of the disease, the body is either unable to produce insulin, or it’s unable to use it in a way that’s sufficient enough to maintain glucose at a healthy level in the bloodstream. Irregular or unstable glucose levels can cause a huge array of serious, life-threatening conditions, which we talk about in detail in this article.

In regard to CBD oil for diabetes, there are two main things to consider in order to determine the degree of viability that the drug may have on the increasingly-prevalent disease:

MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS WHEN USING CBD OIL FOR DIABETES

WHAT TO CONSIDER?

In what ways (if any), does CBD work to improve either the function and/or production of insulin?

In what ways might CBD work to alleviate the spectrum of side effects caused by irregular blood sugar levels?

Here, in the hopes of shedding some light on why CBD oil for diabetes has gained such popularity among patients and physicians alike, we talk about recent research publications that have directly addressed both of these questions.

Before Discussing CBD for Diabetes, What Even is the Disease?

To elaborate on the rudimentary processes explained in the introduction, diabetes is a disease wherein the body is unable to properly transfer the glucose from food into energy sources for cells.

And of course, without energy sources, the body’s cells (which are responsible for every functional mechanism of life) will be unable to carry out the requisite pathways needed to survive.

“Without blood glucose regulation, cells are unable to carry out requisite pathways needed for survival. Can CBD help to reverse the adverse physiological effects of diabetes?”

In the case of Type 1 diabetics (who only make up about 5% of the diabetic population), the body is no longer able to produce insulin, which is the key hormone needed to transfer glucose molecules from the bloodstream into cells. This is generally due to an autoimmune attack on the pancreas – the organ responsible for the production of insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually arises in children or young adults who contract a pancreas-attacking virus, and other than perhaps a genetic predisposition, there are not many specific risk factors.

Type 2 diabetes is a more complex form of the disease wherein the body still produces insulin, but it either doesn’t produce enough of it, or the cells become resistant to its physiological pathways. Either way, the resulting effect is similar to that of Type 1 diabetes, wherein the underlying issue is a general inability to control blood glucose.

Also, Type 2 diabetes is a far more prevalent form of the disease; it is estimated to affect over 400 million people worldwide, or between 90 and 95% of the total diabetic population.

Additionally, far more risk factors are associated with Type 2 diabetes than there are with Type 1. Several of the most prominent of these factors include:

DIABETES RISK FACTORS:

Weight (obesity increases risk greatly)

High sugar diets (combined with inactivity)

Family history and genetics

Ethnicity (African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are especially susceptible, though the reason is unknown)

 Age (people over 45 are far more likely to develop diabetes)

Conventional Treatment Methods for Diabetes (CBD Not Included)

In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, an inability for glucose to be absorbed into the body’s cells results in it building up to dangerously high levels in the bloodstream. This results in the severe, potentially life-threatening symptoms that are most often associated with the disease. Some of these symptoms include:

Heart and blood vessel disease

Nerve damage

Stroke

Kidney disease

Vision problems

In short, there aren’t many areas of the body that go unaffected by the physiological detriments of diabetes, and unless the disease is monitored closely on a daily basis, the average diabetic will have a lifespan between 10 and 15 years shorter than the average person’s.

Fortunately, conventional medications have gotten to the point where diabetics – if they keep track of their glucose levels rigorously and maintain an appropriate diet – can lead a rather normal lifestyle.

Since they can’t produce it on their own, most Type 1 diabetics are prescribed insulin either in the form of shots that they have to self-administer, or in the form of a pump which automatically monitors blood glucose and injects the hormone as needed.

While these forms of treatment are state of the art, they’re by no means 100% effective; even the most responsible of diabetics can find it difficult to avoid the dangerous consequences of irregular glucose levels.

“Even state-of-the-art diabetes treatments are not 100% effective in maintaining healthy blood glucose. How might CBD compare to conventional treatment options?”

Not to mention, without top of the line health insurance, treatments like insulin pumps are far too expensive for the average individual to consider. Most, in fact, are resorted to pricking blood from their finger to monitor sugar levels, and self-administering insulin shots through hypodermic needles.

In the case of Type 2 diabetes, individuals who are able to get by without having to take insulin shots will most likely be prescribed a pharmaceutical drug like Metformin or Avandia, which aid in the ability to properly regulate glucose.

However, as is far too common with these kinds of prescription meds, a range of severe side effects is often produced, as is a monthly medical bill that can be as cumbersome as the side effects themselves.

This is why many diabetics in recent years have been more than willing to try alternative treatment options like CBD oil. Even if CBD can replace just one of their prescription medications – or even reduce the requisite doses – it’s generally more than worth it.

Not to mention, the general improvement in quality of life for some diabetics that have added CBD to their treatment regimen has been, to put it quite simply, pretty miraculous.

CBD Oil for Diabetes: What the Research has Shown

CBD Oil for Diabetes

As we mentioned earlier, in the world of medicine, anecdotal evidence can only go so far. Regardless of the fact that many diabetics use CBD oil every day of their lives to help manage their condition, most physicians are wary to recommend it as a treatment because they can’t point to the exact physiological reasons as to why it’s beneficial.

Fortunately, along with its potential to help with cancer-related symptoms and nervous disorders, CBD for diabetes has been a pretty well-researched area of medical cannabis.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a research scientist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, points to the fact that naturally-occurring CBD receptors occur throughout the human body – from the brain and nervous tissues to organs, endocrine glands, and immune cells.

And one of the organs where he’s found the receptors to be highly prevalent? The pancreas.

“Naturally-occurring CBD receptors occur throughout the human body: in the brain, nervous system, and crucially for sufferers of diabetes – in the islet cells of the pancreas.”

In fact, endocannabinoid receptors (namely CB-1 receptors) have been found specifically in the organ’s islet cells – the exact location where insulin is produced. What’s more, it’s been suggested that the stimulus of these receptors in the islet cells may have links to insulin production.

Now, regardless of how intriguing the research is, we are by no means sitting here and saying that endocannabinoid receptors are directly responsible for the production of insulin, or that CBD is a cure for diabetes in any way shape or form. While it’s possible that the receptors may play a crucial role in the production of insulin, much more research needs to be done in order to pinpoint the physiological mechanisms and exact chemical pathways that are responsible for doing so.

We will say, though, that preliminary studies on CBD for diabetes have been so promising that it’s led to the American Journal of Medicine’s Dr. Joseph Alpert to call on the DEA and the National Institute of Health (NIH) for increased funding and collaboration on continued research.

Moreover, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has gone so far as to suggest that endocannabinoids may be “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health,” based on their central role in regulating homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to maintain normative operating conditions in spite of harmful stimuli.

Can CBD Help Treat Underlying Symptoms of Diabetes?

What’s been even more concrete than research on CBD’s potential role in insulin production, though, has been research on the compound’s ability to help treat and prevent common medical conditions associated with diabetes.

One of the most prominent factors associated with the development of insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes is chronic inflammation related to obesity. The excessive presence of fatty tissue in obese Type 2 diabetics drastically limits the efficiency of glucose metabolism, which in turn results in high levels of sugar building up in the bloodstream. The specific anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, however, have long been known to directly combat glucose metabolic disorders and improve overall metabolism.

“It is possible that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be able to provide side-effect free therapy for both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes patients.”

Nerve damage is another condition commonly associated with diabetes. In many instances, diabetics will have limited sensation in their lower extremities, and in severe cases, amputations of the leg(s) are often necessary. This is due to a lack of sufficient blood flow, which eventually results in the breakdown of tissue and the increased risk for infection. CBD, in turn, is a federally patented neuroprotectant and has been shown to reduce infarcts (areas of dead tissue due to lack of blood flow) by up to 30%.

Likewise, there have been dozens of other publications that have shown great promise in the role of CBD as a treatment for diabetes, including studies on retinopathy (a disorder of the eyes) and diabetic cardiovascular dysfunction.

In short, the medical potential and therapeutic benefits of CBD oil for diabetes is nothing short of phenomenal; many diabetics use it every day to treat the disease and improve their overall quality of life, and thousands more will continue to do so in the future in light of increased research and improved information.

Lastly, on a side note, it’s important to point out that CBD oil will not get you high – unlike whole plant marijuana, it contains hardly any THC, which is the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive properties of the drug.

CBD Oil, Diabetes, and Harvard Health

In January 2018, Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Peter Grinspoon referenced a Healthline article that reviewed the potential for cannabis to decrease insulin resistance and improve blood sugar.

“Harvard Health researchers have discovered that marijuana use may be able to decrease insulin resistance, and improve overall blood sugar levels.”

In the article, which was the first of its kind to “investigate the relationship between marijuana, glucose, and insulin resistance,” it was pointed out that cannabis use can directly help regulate blood sugar levels, waist size, and body mass index — three factors that are crucial to both the prevention and control of Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.

The study, which reviewed data from 4,657 patients over a 5-year period, determined a “significant link between the regular use of marijuana and better blood sugar control,” and also noted that consistent cannabis users displayed:

A 16% reduction in fasting insulin levels

A 17% decrease in insulin resistance levels

Increased levels of HDL-C

Smaller overall waist circumference (an implication of reduced instances of obesity)

Final Thoughts on CBD, Diabetes, and Future Treatment Options

CBD oils can range in terms of their overall concentrations of the active cannabinoid; in other words, not all tinctures are the same, and different dosages will likely be required depending on the specific oil that you end up using (although the proper dosage should always be labeled on the bottle).

“Researchers concluded that a ‘significant link’ exists between the regular use of cannabis and better blood sugar levels.”

Likewise, CBD oil is no guaranteed solution for all diabetics; while some patients have found it highly therapeutic, it will ultimately be more effective for some individuals than it is for others. As is always the case, it’s important to do your own research, and if possible, speak with a professional about some possible tinctures that may be appropriate for you and your specific condition.

If you have questions or need more information, please shoot us an email or a phone call. In addition, please stop by our CBD Shop at 4607 Highway 146, Suite A in Baytown, Texas.

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CBD Can Help You Quit Smoking, According to Studies

Discover why more smokers are turning to CBD for help.

If there’s one piece of advice that most cigarette smokers will give non-smokers, it’s “Don’t start smoking.”

As any smoker will tell you, quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do and can feel nearly impossible at times.

The numbers bear this out. According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of all smokers will try to quit in any given year. Only 6% will succeed in their attempt.

Most smokers who are able to quit, require multiple attempts throughout their lifetime before quitting permanently.

Even with these odds, cigarette smokers and other tobacco users shouldn’t give up hope.

Quitting smoking has countless long-term health benefits that pay off within hours and in the years to come. Giving up tobacco can extend your life expectancy by up to a decade.

There are a number of treatments for quitting tobacco products, from nicotine replacement therapies (patches, gum, and lozenges) that allow you to wean yourself off gradually to prescription drugs like Chantix.

While these treatments are better for your health than smoking, they still come with drawbacks. Prescription drugs can be expensive and have negative side effects. Nicotine replacement therapies only swap one craving for another and can end up being hard to quit.

However, there’s good news for those hoping to quit nicotine for their New Year’s Resolution.

A growing field of research as well as anecdotal accounts are beginning to show that CBD may also be an effective treatment for nicotine addiction.

Why Are Cigarettes So Hard To Quit?

Tobacco kills more than 7 million people per year, according to the WHO.

Nicotine, like other addictive drugs, forms a physical dependence by reprogramming the synaptic receptors in the brain. The nicotine molecule causes a surge of dopamine in the reward centers of the brain, leading to a sense of euphoria.

However, over time the molecule changes the dopamine and other neurochemical receptors to only accept nicotine, meaning consuming the drug is the only way to release dopamine.

When a tobacco user tries to quit, the brain can no longer make the same amount of dopamine. This leads to withdrawal symptoms, the list of which is long and includes: anxiety, depression, weight gain, headaches, problems concentrating, drowsiness or trouble sleeping, and feeling tense, restless, or irritable.

Symptoms of withdrawal can begin as little as 2 hours from a smoker’s last cigarette and can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months. The severity and duration of withdrawal depend on a number of factors that include how long someone used nicotine as well as their genetics.

And it looks like CBD may have a positive impact on that withdrawal process…

CBD Reduces Cigarette Consumption, According to Study

In 2013, researchers from University College London published results from a randomized double placebo controlled study with 24 people who wanted to quit smoking. Each person received an inhaler with instructions to use it every time they felt an urge to smoke.

After one week participants who received a placebo inhaler reported no change in the amount of cigarettes smoked, while participants with the CBD inhaler reported a combined 40% reduction in cigarettes.

The research concluded:

These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.

And it’s not just cigarettes. Scientists are finding that CBD could have widespread application for many substance addictions including cocaine and opioids.

Of course, tobacco is the big one here.

In 2015 researchers out of the University of Montreal published a review of all the current data on CBD as an intervention for addictive behavior, concluding:

The dreadful burden of substance-use disorder worldwide, combined with the clear need for new medication in the addiction field, justifies the requirement of further studies to evaluate the potential of CBD as a new intervention for addictive behaviors.

CBD and Withdrawal Symptoms

CBD’s role as an addiction treatment makes even more sense when you consider some of its other medical benefits.

One of those benefits is stress relief. Consuming CBD can help people who are trying to quit smoking by reducing the severity of the stress, tension, anxiety, and irritability associated with withdrawal that would normally have them buying another pack to relieve.

Additionally, the inflammation-relieving properties of CBD can also help reduce the associated headaches and body pain that nicotine withdrawal can cause in smokers. Without aching through the day, it’s much easier to concentrate and there’s less reason to reach for a smoke.

Finally, CBD can also help with the sleep disturbances caused by nicotine withdrawal. Studies have shown that increased doses of CBD can improve deep sleep cycles while smaller dosages improve wakefulness and alertness.

CBD Restores Brain Chemistry

It turns out CBD may also help prevent relapse.Furthermore, researchers are beginning to find evidence that CBD may even prevent relapse by repairing the brain’s chemistry.

As stated above, addiction to nicotine and other substances permanently alters the brain’s synapses, preventing them from releasing neurotransmitters like dopamine unless those chemicals are present. Preliminary studies have shown that CBD can return these receptors to their pre-addiction state.

In another study from the Scripps Research Institute on cocaine and alcohol-addicted rats, those administered CBD gel were not only less likely to relapse, but also less prone to display stress-induced or drug-seeking behavior. This was observed for up to five months after all traces of CBD were no longer in their systems.

It’s Never Too Late To Quit Smoking and CBD May Help

The health benefits of quitting smoking, and really all tobacco products, cannot be overstated no matter how many times you’ve tried.

While quitting smoking remains one of the hardest things to do, CBD may provide that edge that you need to finally give up your nicotine habit.

With the number of available CBD products growing every day, from oils to edibles to vapes, there’s no time like the present to make quitting your New Year’s Resolution, or whatever time of year it is when you decide to stop.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about Fantastic, High Quality CBD products available online or in store.   

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Not All CBD is Created Equal

All CBD is not created equal, so it’s extremely important to be an educated consumer. The demand for cannabidiol (CBD) oil products is quickly growing as more people become familiar with the natural health effects and uses of CBD. While you explore the available CBD hemp oil products, keep in mind that not all CBD oils are the same. As the market expands and more products hit the market, it’s more important than ever that you find a trusted source for high-quality CBD oil. As hemp-based CBD products are now legal in many countries, there are many retailers who boast high-end tinctures and infusions, but quality does vary.

With CBD hemp oil being classified as a natural product and dietary supplement, rigorous testing practices are not required by regulators. The methods used to manufacture CBD oil directly affect the safety and quality of products you might buy. That’s why it’s important that you do research to get your CBD products from manufacturers that you can trust.

There are numerous global sources of hemp and each variety has its own set of characteristics, including its CBD content. High-quality CBD oil products are derived from hemp that is naturally abundant in CBD and cultivated using strict safety standards.

CBD Extraction

CBD can be extracted from both the hemp and cannabis plants, although hemp-based products are the only available products being sold outside of a Licensed Producer (LP).

CBD extraction is an expensive and complicated process, with the three main avenues for extraction being CO2, ethanol extraction, and nanotechnology.

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extraction looks like a crazy science experiment. Hemp plants are exposed to different temperatures and pressures to isolate CBD and other cannabinoids such as terpenes and flavonoids. The set-up for this type of extraction is budget-busting, as it requires expensive equipment and a large space for set-up.

The results of CO2 extraction produce isolated cannabinoids, such as CBD, with 90% efficacy. This is not a good method for full-spectrum or large-volume production.

Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol extraction involves submerging the hemp plant in high grade ethanol, which extracts a full-spectrum of cannabinoids, including terpenes and flavonoids. Ethanol extraction is less expensive and is widely used for large scale production of full-spectrum CBD products.

CBD Nanotechnology

A few CBD companies are using a proprietary extraction method utilizing nanotechnology. This process involves a unique extraction process that reduces CBD into small nano-sized droplets.

CBD produced via nanotechnology is highly bioavailable, with the body absorbing up to 90 percent of the CBD, compared to only 10-15 percent for CBD products manufactured without using nanotechnology.

Lab Testing

It is important that the hemp and CBD Oil undergo rigorous 3rd party lab testing in order to identify the presence of bacteria and any other unwanted elements. It is important to verify that independent lab testing is conducted to inspect oil to make sure it has the ideal concentration of cannabinoids, including CBD.

Ideally, labs should be inspecting for any presence of the following unwanted elements:

•             Mold

•             Mildew

•             Fungus

•             Yeast

•             E.coli

•             Salmonella

•             Mycotoxins

•             Heavy metals

•             Residual solvents

Packaged for Clarity and Preservation

CBD hemp oil products should be packaged to optimally preserve the cannabinoids and other natural constituents of the CBD hemp oil. This helps slow CBD oil’s expiration, and protects it from degradation caused by exposure to air, light, and heat.

Along with an accurate, complete listing of ingredients, product labels should provide information on standard serving sizes and storage recommendations so your CBD oil doesn’t expire or spoil too quickly.

The Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is defined as multiple cannabinoids working together to create an enhanced effect. Therefore, full-spectrum CBD products that include terpenes and flavonoids are expected to work better from an overall health perspective. Including a full spectrum of cannabinoids ensures that the CBD product is better absorbed and acts on all receptors in the endocannabinoid system. However, isolated CBD products may be better suited to managing specific symptoms related to a disease process, such as ticks found in Tourette’s.

Use of CBD Products

The saying “to each their own” is very appropriate in this instance. There are a wide range of CBD products on the market including tinctures, oils, topicals, gummies, water and other infused edibles.

An individual needs to search for the product that is best suited to them. CBD MED provides a wide array of products and incorporates nanotechnology to aid in absorption.

CBD Med offers capsules that are a great choice for consumers who are on the go. They provide easy, consistent dosing and can be added into an already established vitamin regimen.

CBD oil offers the ability to tailor the dosage to the user’s needs. If CBD is being used to manage pain, oil is a great solution, as the dosage can be adjusted according to pain level throughout the day.

CBD topicals offer the ability to externally assist the body with pain, skin irritations, and other ailments. This is a great solution to target certain areas of the body.

CBD water is a great health and wellness product as it keeps the consumer hydrated while providing beneficial amounts of CBD to maintain overall health. The use of nanotechnology improves the bioavailability and absorption of CBD and will help a consumer achieve maximum benefit.

TYPES OF HIGH QUALITY CBD OIL PRODUCTS AVAILABLE

Recognizing the importance of finding a high-quality CBD hemp oil product that meets your lifestyle, wellness needs, and financial considerations, CBD MED offers a wide variety of products that range in price and potency.

We offer an array of products to choose from, including pure CBD oils, CBD capsules, CBD tinctures or liquids, and CBD topicals.

Whether you’re looking for the greatest CBD concentration or value taste and convenience, you’ll be able to find a CBD oil product that works best for you

If you still have any questions feel free to stop by CBD Med in Baytown, TX or send us an email at info@gocbdmed.com. At CBD MED, our goal is to provide the Highest Quality CBD Products in Texas and Beyond.