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CBD Oil and Sleep – How Stress Is Affecting You More Than You Know

CBD Oil and Sleep – How Stress Is Affecting You More Than You Know

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It’s 3:02 am. You’re wide awake again for the third night in a row, desperate to get any sort of relief.

You’ve drank the chamomile tea, avoided the mysterious “blue light” from all of your electronics, you may even have gone so far as taking melatonin, or another sleep aid. But you’re still having troubles staying asleep.

Why does this happen? And is there anything out there that can help?

There is actually, and it’s a relatively new player on the scene. Meet Cannabidiol(CBD). If it does what the research says it does, it may just be what you need to finally get a good nights sleep.

CBD is one of the over 100 cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. All around the world right now, there is extensive research taking place on CBD and its possible health benefits, and some of what scientists are discovering has far reaching impacts upon the medical community.

It is also one of the most studied cannabinoids, and right there with it is Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC). You know this as the thing that gets you high when you ingest it, but it is also an incredibly important compound in the cannabis plant that has a number of its own benefits.

The reason that CBD has people so interested is the vast number of claims that people have come forth with detailing how CBD has helped with all sorts of disorders. This is due to the way that CBD interacts in the body.

All of us have an Endocannabinoid System, in which cannabinoids bind to their specific receptors. The most studied and talked about, THC and CBD, bind to the receptors CB-1 and CB-2. These are located all throughout the body, brain, and central nervous system. The Endocannabinoid System plays a major part in regulating our bodies, and keeping them in homeostasis, which is a balance within the body.

When any one of these parts is out of sync with the rest, it can have a big impact on how we function in day to day life. If you’ve been following along with the blog for the past while then you’ve likely read about the effect that CBD can have on our Endocrine System and the hormones that it produces. If you haven’t you can check it out here.

You may be wondering what all of this explanation has to do with CBD oil and sleep, but just trust me on this one. It has EVERYTHING to do with it.

Before we get into how exactly CBD can help you sleep, let’s look at the factors that are causing these restless nights in the first place.

Stress, Stress, Stress….And More Stress

“Life was so much simpler back then…”

You may have heard this a time or two from older people talking about the “good old days”. While it may have been, those days came with its own downfalls. Generation through generation, there has always been stress to deal with, and always will be, that’s just a fact of life.

Why does it seem like it’s everywhere now though?

Statistics show that work and finances are the number one causes of stress in the world today, but there is all sorts of other stress impacting our lives, and ultimately our health.

The pressure to perform, be it in the workplace, in school, and for many youths, on social media, has brought us to a point in our lives where the amounts of stress we are dealing with don’t even seem so bad anymore. It’s just gotten so commonplace that we all feel like it is normal now.

I’ve got news for you. It isn’t normal.

Our bodies are amazing things. Many of the reactions that happen within are involuntarily, and in response to something, be it internal or external. Our body’s natural reaction to stress is to produce the hormone cortisol. This hormone is secreted by the adrenal glands, and fuels the fight or flight instinct that we have. It plays an important role in regulating our immune systems, and also our metabolism. It works to help control your moods, fear, motivation, and much more.

Too much cortisol in the body can have a number of detrimental effects. It can cause lack of sex drive and irregular periods in women, cause you to gain weight and have digestive issues, increase your risk of heart disease, and has been shown to be linked with anxiety and depression disorders.

Cortisol works in the body to increase your blood sugar, regulate your blood pressure, and manages how your body uses and stores fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

It also controls your circadian rythym(sleep/wake cycle).

This last point in particular is important to remember.

Not Getting Enough Sleep? Join The Club

You don’t feel good? Get more sleep. You’re grouchy? Get more sleep. You’re getting sick often? Get more sleep.

Seeing a trend yet? There’s a reason behind it. More than 1/3 of us don’t get the recommended amount of sleep a night, and it’s starting to take it’s toll.

Sleep is weird. You close your eyes and your mind drifts somewhere far away, to be filled with either very pleasant, or very unpleasant images. Scientists don’t fully understand sleep, but there are a few things that they are most definitely in agreement on.

Sleep is necessary for the body and brain to properly repair itself. It is crucial in helping the immune system function at the level it is supposed to, and also helps the brain to form new pathways and connections. Without the proper amount of sleep every night, you may have a harder time concentrating, or retaining the information you are taking in.

According to the information we have available, adults should be getting at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night, children and teens even more. The reality is, most of us don’t even come close to that.

Not getting enough sleep can take a serious toll on a person, both mentally and physically. Sleep deprivation is no joke, and comes with some pretty awful consequences:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other disorders
  • Clumsiness
  • Low sex drive
  • Inability to concentrate and difficulty learning
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Weight gain, and increased carbohydrate cravings
  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased anxiety and depression

These are just a few of the possible effects that a lack of sleep can have on you, there are many more.

Cortisol has a direct impact on our sleep cycles, as mentioned above. It is a necessary hormone that is responsible for waking us up and making us feel alert throughout the day, and as it decreases, makes us feel more tired.

In a normal person, cortisol levels are at their highest in the morning, and gradually reduce until later that evening, when your ready for bed. But when your stress levels are high, and your body is producing more cortisol than it needs, it can make it difficult to nod off. You may also find that you have difficulty staying asleep, and wake up multiple times in the night.

The longer that you’re in this state, the more cortisol your body is producing, which leads to even less sleep. It’s a vicious cycle that can be extremely hard to break, and hugely contributes to many anxiety and depression disorders.

The Effects Of CBD Oil On Cortisol

CBD and THC work within our Endocannabinoid System, which affects our Endocrine System. The Endocrine System is made up of all of the hormone producing glands in our bodies.

There are a high number of cannabinoid receptors located in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which are the main glands that oversee the production of hormones.

As detailed in this study, CBD oil can have a direct effect on cortisol levels in the body. Once CBD was administered, cortisol levels dropped significantly. By taking CBD you can lower your levels of this hormone, and ultimately get a better sleep.

CBD can also raise the levels of melatonin in your body, which is another hormone that is necessary for healthy sleep. Melatonin production amps up in the dark, and decreases in the light, which is why it is recommended to avoid electronics and other forms of light at night before bed

Don’t Underestimate The Other Important Cannabinoid…THC

CBD has been getting all of the attention lately, and for good reason, but THC also has a part to play in all of this as well.  Anandamide is a cannabinoid that our bodies naturally produce, and is commonly referred to as the “Bliss Molecule”. It is directly related to the level of happiness that you experience.

It has anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties, helps to stop cancer cells from reproducing, and is synthesized in parts of the brain that control memory, moods, motivation, appetite, and more.

Anandamide breaks down fairly quickly in the body, and a lack of it can cause a few different issues, many of them having to do with mood and memory. THC closely mimics this natural cannabinoid in the body, and studies have shown that it doesn’t take much to achieve results from it.

Using a Full Spectrum CBD oil, which has traces of THC in it, can naturally boost up the levels of Anandamide in your body, making you feel happier and less stressed. 

Less stress = Better sleep.

Do Your Research Before Buying

You may be getting excited after reading on the different ways that CBD oil can help with sleep, and want to rush out to the nearest store and buy some, but there are a few different things you need to know before you do so.

The CBD industry is currently unregulated, so you need to look at companies that have third party testing available. All organic products are a must as well, as you don’t want any toxins or pesticides hiding in it. How it is extracted is also going to have an effect on the quality of the end product as well. You can check out the full list of here.

As stated, Full Spectrum oil contains traces of THC. Broad Spectrum oil and CBD Isolates do not contain this, and may not work as well for sleep and anxiety issues. Due to the slight possibility of a fail on a drug test, however, Full Spectrum can not be taken by everyone. Broad Spectrum oil is the next best choice in this case.

CBD also comes in many different forms, not just oil. There are capsules, CBD vape juice, gummies, topicals, even transdermal patches. Take some time in looking at different products, and make sure to read up on the bio-availability of each method.

The price points for companies can vary widely, and some have much better deals than others. Check out this post for information on some of the best names in the industry, as well as coupon codes to save you even more. Click here for great Canadian options!

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

How has using CBD oil affected your sleep? Is it helping? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!

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We Know About The Benefits, But What Are The CBD Oil Side Effects?

We Know About The Benefits, But What Are The CBD Oil Side Effects?

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If you’ve been following the news surrounding CBD oil for the past year, you’re probably aware by now of the many health benefits that it can carry. What isn’t talked about a lot are what the CBD oil side effects are.

While there isn’t a lot of them, and the majority are very minor and more of a nuisance than anything, there are still some things to watch out for when you first start taking it.


What Is CBD?

First things first. For those of you that have been living under a rock, here is a quick overview on what CBD actually is.

In every person there exists an Endocannabinoid System, in which there are many cannabinoid receptors. Cannabidiol(CBD), and Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), are among the two most studied, and their receptors are called CB-1 and CB-2.

CBD is not psychoactive, and does not produce a “high”, whereas THC does. Most of the CBD oil you can buy is hemp derived, and comes from the industrial hemp plant. This plant is part of the cannabis family, and is closely related to marijuana. The biggest difference between the two? Hemp is naturally very low in THC and high in CBD, while in marijuana it is the exact opposite.

Another cool fact for you – CBD actually works to combat the psychoactive effects of THC in the body, by blocking the receptor that THC binds with!

The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System and the effect that it has on the human body is fairly recent. It’s believed to have a major impact upon many other systems within, and how they operate. Our bodies normally produce its own cannabinoids, and with more research being done in the area, its now thought that an endocannabinoid deficiency may be linked to a number of disorders.

CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-fungal properties, and comes packed with essential vitamins and nutrients.

There are a few different types of CBD available. Full Spectrum, which contains everything in the hemp plant, including traces of THC. Broad Spectrum, which contains most of the things within the plant, but has the THC removed, and CBD Isolate. This one is 99.9% pure CBD and nothing more. Full Spectrum oil carries many benefits over Broad Spectrum or Isolate alone.


Now that those details are out of the way, on to what you came for….

As mentioned above, CBD doesn’t come with a lot of side effects. CBD is generally regarded as safe to take by EVERYONE, young or old. It may interact with some medications though, so be sure to talk to your doctor before starting it if you are currently on any meds.

Below is a list of some of the common side effects that you may experience with CBD oil or other CBD products.

  • Dry Mouth – Also known as cotton mouth, this is something that is also commonly experienced in people who ingest marijuana. Make sure to stay well hydrated if you’re consuming CBD, and that will go a long way towards preventing your mouth from becoming the Sahara Desert.
  • Lowered Blood Pressure – Definitely something to watch out for, CBD has been shown through research to have an effect on blood pressure. Lightheadedness or dizziness is a common sign of this. If you are on medication to help lower or regulate your blood pressure, it is crucial that you speak with a doctor before adding in CBD of any kind to your daily routine.
  • Drowsiness – This is kind of a strange one, because CBD can also have the effect of making you more alert. Whatever the cause may be, if you’re one of the people who experiencing this, a lower dose may be more appropriate, and its best not to engage in any activities that require you to be highly alert, such as operating heavy equipment or machinery.
  • Reduced Appetite – While you may have gotten excited to read that, it is a concern for some who struggle to keep weight on. CBD has an inhibitory effect on the appetite, so you may find you aren’t reaching for those snacks quite so often.
  • Headache – CBD has some research behind it showing it as a possibly effective treatment for migraines, but in some it can cause mild headaches. A high dose is generally responsible for this, though it can occur at lower doses.
  • Nausea – Some brands of unflavored CBD taste downright nasty, so this isn’t a surprising effect. It can also be the way that you’re ingesting it that is causing it. If you’re finding that you can’t stomach swallowing the straight oil, switch to another ingestion method such as vaping, capsules, or edibles that are better tasting.
  • Diarrhea – Another common side effect when first starting out, this generally runs its course as your body adapts to the CBD

To CBD Or Not To CBD?

Again, a lot of these side effects, if you experience any at all, are going to be very mild. Most people report zero negative side effects.

When first starting out with CBD, it is always recommended that you go slow. For one thing, the dose that you take is going to be different from the dose your friend may take. Your condition may be more or less severe, or you may be taking it in a different form, which affects the bioavailability rate(more on that here).

It’s all about finding the dose that works for you, and you won’t know if a small amount will work just as good as a larger amount if you don’t start out at a lower dose.

For another, starting out at a higher dose increases the likelihood that you will experience some negative side effects from the CBD oil. Your body needs time to adjust to the cannabinoids that you are introducing to your system, and for some this can take up to a few weeks. The best way to take CBD is to be consistent with it, and increase slowly only if you need to.

To minimize the chances of these side effects, its also important to know exactly what is in your CBD oil. When you are out there searching for an oil, choose a company that has its products tested by a third party lab to ensure the CBD content, and also any possible toxins or contaminants that may be hiding within.

The possible health benefits of CBD greatly outweigh the side effects, and it’s up to you to factor in the pros and cons and decide if it is worth it.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

 

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CBD Oil In Canada – Legalities, International Shipping Problems, And Where To Buy Locally

CBD Oil In Canada – Legalities, International Shipping Problems, And Where To Buy Locally

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Canada legalized marijuana on October 17th, 2018. Canadians across the nation rejoiced, and started lining up at the dispensaries that had just opened up. The joy was short-lived, however, as most quickly ran out of product.

While that situation has more or less rectified itself over the past 8 months, we are facing the same issue with CBD oil in Canada right now. CBD is currently treated the same way here as marijuana is, and only available through a licensed provider. Like the fiasco we experienced with “legal weed”, it is also in very short supply as customers rush to buy as soon as it hits the shelves.

When the Canadian government legalized marijuana, they made a statement that said that other cannabis products such as edibles and concentrates would be legalized approximately one year after marijuana was. What remains to be seen is exactly what kind of rules and regulations they are going to attach to these products.

Cannabidiol(CBD) is one of the many compounds of the cannabis plant that has recently taken the world by storm. With claims that it can help with multiple different diseases and disorders, it has been a product that everyone wants to get their hands on and try out for themselves. CBD is available in a number of different ways. Gummies, skin care, vape juices, and lotions are just some of the things that are available online and in some stores.

Unfortunately for a great number of people, and not just in Canada but the rest of the world as well, CBD oil is not cheap, legal, or easily accessible.

CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce any sort of “high” or “stoned” feeling when consumed. Tetrahydrocannibinol(THC) is another of the compounds in the cannabis plant that is responsible for that.

Most of the legal CBD available comes strictly from the industrial hemp plant(part of the cannabis family, alongside marijuana). Hemp is naturally very high in CBD content, while being extremely low in THC.

So why then are we facing such legal issues over it? If it doesn’t get you high, and comes with all sorts of benefits attached to it, why do we have to wait so long? Why are there people being arrested for it across the globe?


If Cannabis Has So Many Benefits, Why Was It Made Illegal In The First Place?

Marijuana wasn’t always illegal. All across the globe, and in many cultures, cannabis goes back a long way as a medical treatment.

Egyptians, Chinese, Middle Easterns, Greeks, and many more used the plant in all sorts of ways. Some of the most popular uses for it was as a painkiller and anesthetic. From 2900BC to present times, you’ll find references to marijuana, and the various ways that it has been used.

Canada was one of the first countries to criminalize marijuana. This happened in 1923, and the United States wouldn’t follow suit until 1937.

Before 1923 in Canada, doctors were able to prescribe marijuana for all sorts of reasons, and it was legal to sell in pharmacies and drugstores as long as it was labeled properly and regulated.

That all changed when the prime minister at the time, William Lyon Mackenzie, added marijuana, along with heroin and codeine, to the schedule of restricted drugs. It took its place among the other restricted drugs that included cocaine, morphine, and opium.

Why did this happen? Early on in the 1920s, one woman, Emily Murphy, wrote a series of articles detailing how opium use was ruining Canadian youths. Opium at the time was a big problem, and the Canadian government was working to prevent more Chinese immigrants from entering Canada and bringing in more of the drug.

Going on to suggest that young women who were hooked on drugs would sleep with these Chinese and give birth to “mixed race” babies, her articles were one of the things that led to the increased drug awareness in the public and the anti-drug movement that followed.

The exact reason that marijuana was added to the list is not known, and very few records exist on the matter. Murphy also wrote a book on the subject, The Black Candle. The book only had a small section in it for marijuana, and mostly centered on the opium and cocaine problems that Canada was facing at the time.

Nevertheless, the articles, along with the book, had the effect of causing panic in many. Her views were such that marijuana caused people to become “raving maniacs” and they “are liable to kill or indulge in any sort of violence.”

For 40+ years it would remain an immoral, illegal drug that was looked down on with disdain and disgust.


Enter the 60’s

The 60s were a turbulent time, not just for Canada but for our neighbors to the south as well. In the USA the threat of nuclear war and the assassination of J.F.K. were just one of the reasons thought to be behind the rising popularity of marijuana. The nation was stressed, and using marijuana was just one of the ways to relieve these feelings, and relax a little.

At that time there were also many who were taking part in anti-establishment and anti-government movements. With marijuana being highly illegal, toking up was seen as just another way to stick it to the man.

Whatever the reason, marijuana became hugely popular and was used by many, regardless of race, age, gender, or social status.

It didn’t stop at just smoking it. Anywhere you looked you could see the pot leaf on clothing, backpacks, spray painted on buildings. It became more than just a way to get high, it became a symbol of a revolution.

It would be another almost 60 years before it was legalized for recreational use, but before that it was legalized for medicinal purposes.


Slow Progress… But Progress Nonetheless

Medical marijuana became legal in Canada in 2001. It was available only by prescription, and only for the most extreme conditions. Some of these included MS, spinal cord injury or disease, HIV/AIDS related problems, severe arthritis pain, and epilepsy.

People who were able to access this were originally restricted to homegrown marijuana, or straight from Health Canada, but this changed in 2013, and the program and regulations were remanded to reflect a more traditional system.

When elected in 2015, Justin Trudeau made some pretty substantial promises when it came to marijuana. Releasing a 106-page report to the public in December 2016, it detailed various recommendations when it came to the legalization of the plant.

It was to remain controlled, and only available through licensed providers, and grown only from those with licenses as well. New laws, with stricter enforcement and penalties were to come into play regarding the sale to minors, impaired driving, and those selling with no license to do so.

The new laws came into effect on October 17, 2018, and marijuana in Canada was legalized for recreational use.

There are many that state that Trudeau’s promise for legalization during his campaign for prime minister was the deciding factor that won him the election. An unprecedented amount of youth turned out to vote, and the numbers suggest that it wasn’t coincidental.

CBD oil in Canada still remains in the same class as marijuana, in that it can only come from a licensed provider. The laws surrounding this are set to change at some point later on this year, but it remains unclear as to just what those laws and regulations will entail. One thing is certain, much stricter policies on it are going to be enforced.

While one can obtain CBD from sources other than these licensed providers, the industry is currently not regulated at all. There are plenty of companies out there that jumped on the CBD bandwagon, and are producing products that are not organic, and as this report details, contain no CBD at all. Always ensure that you’re doing your research and following these guidelines before you buy.


Many CBD Companies Are Backing Away

Up until recently, quite a few of the most popular names in the CBD industry were available in Canada. This has become more of a challenge as Canadian border security has more strictly started enforcing the laws.

With packages being seized, or sitting in limbo, it has led to a lot of tension for many of these companies shipping here, and ultimately to the decision to suspend shipping to Canada indefinitely.

Unfortunately for those up north, this doesn’t leave a lot of options.

Upon speaking with a few of these companies, I’m told that as soon as the laws surrounding CBD up here change, along with border regulations, shipping here will resume. While that’s great news, we still don’t have an answer as to when that will be, and with the massive CBD shortage that’s happening right now with the licensed providers, people in Canada are struggling to obtain it.


Where Can I Buy CBD Oil In Canada?

This brings us to our next subject, and one that will provide a spark of hope for some Canadians.

Since starting this whole process of educating myself and then others about the benefits of CBD and the impact that it can have on our health, I have been constantly searching for companies that follow only the best growing and manufacturing guidelines. I’ve come across many so far, but the majority of these companies are either USA based, with the exception of a few other international companies.

The one area that Canada is seriously behind in is the number of companies that are producing quality CBD products. The US definitely has us beat on this one, and we have a lot of catching up to do. There have been very few that have come up thus far that follow the criteria on which you should be basing your decision to buy on, but there was one that caught my eye in particular:

CBD OIL CANADA

Based out of British Columbia, CBD Oil Canada is a premium online dispensary that offers a wide variety of CBD products.

From here you can get CBD oil, topicals, edibles and gummies, vape products, CBD for pets, and much more. Being that they are a dispensary they also offer marijuana and THC infused products as well. As well as offering Full Spectrum products, they also have THC Free options available for purchase.

This is a unique company to order from in the sense that it is not just one company, but have several available on the site. All the testing for the products is available upon request, and while this isn’t the most ideal and is something that should be listed on the site, they respond quickly and provide the information in a timely manner.

CBD Oil Canada ships nationwide, and only in Canada. They offer same day express post shipping, free on all orders over $150, $15 for orders under $150. The method of payment used is either Bitcoin or Interac E-Transfer, making it ideal for anyone here who only has a bank account and not a credit card. Shipping is extremely fast, and 2 days is the most common, although it can take up to 4.

For anyone looking to buy CBD products within Canada, this is definitely the number one option.

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You can also check out their sister site, Blue+Yellow, for some awesome deals and other products. Blue+Yellow has many of the same attributes as CBD Oil Canada, but they offer free shipping on orders over $90, and some other perks of being a member.

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One of the biggest challenges I’ve come across so far has been finding a Canadian company that offers an awesome skin care line. A lot of them offer topicals that you can use anywhere on the body, and come in different creams and salves that you can rub on, but I’ve been looking in particular for facial CBD products. This is an area that this company has been working on, and I’m very excited to try them out. Since starting to use CBD facial products in January the change in my skin has been drastic, and I won’t be going back to ordinary cleanser and moisturizer anytime soon!

Mellow is  based out of British Columbia, and has a little bit of everything to offer, including bath bombs, vape supplies, oils, isolates, and topicals. They also offer free expedited shipping over $150 to anywhere in Canada, and back all of their products up with a 30 day money back satisfaction guarantee. Their prices are also very affordable, which is nice for anyone on a budget.  When it comes to how expensive this stuff can be, if you can save a little buying it, that makes it a win in my book.

They offer Full Spectrum oils and products, as well as THC free, and are releasing a pet CBD line this week, so you and your furry friend are covered. Upon speaking with the company I’ve learned that they have plans to expand the skin care line, and will also be releasing some new and exciting products in the upcoming months, so stay tuned for updates!

Their customer service thus far has been extremely responsive, and they come with all of the testing required to back up their products and their guarantee that you will love them.

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There are still a few international companies that are delivering to Canada, but with the legal situation being what it is right now, and many backing away, you’re taking a big risk as to if it’s even going to arrive if you do decide to order from outside the country.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on the laws surrounding CBD in Canada in the upcoming months, as well as continuing to search for more awesome Canadian companies to put the spotlight on.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

 

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CBD Oil And Eczema – Can It Really Make A Difference?

CBD Oil And Eczema – Can It Really Make A Difference?

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An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from eczema. It’s unsightly, itchy, painful, and can seriously damage a person’s self-esteem. It can take form in a number of different ways, like blisters or extremely dry, flaky skin. Infection is common, because of how itchy it can get, and the constant scratching it takes to get any sort of relief.

Perhaps worst of all, no one treatment for it will work for everyone. There are hundreds of different ways to treat it, and a like number of eczema products on the market today. Sadly, for a lot of people these simply do not work. Steroids are often prescribed to try to control it, but these come with some dangerous long term side effects, and can’t be taken continuously for too long.

CBD oil has slowly started to emerge as a possible treatment for eczema, and if you know a little about the Endocannabinoid System it’s not hard to see why. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and contains a number of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors, which are what Cannabidiol(CBD), and Tetrahydrocannibinol(THC) bind to.

CBD has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory, has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, and Full Spectrum CBD oil comes loaded with a number of other really beneficial vitamins and nutrients that are great for the skin.

Before we get into how CBD oil can help you get a handle on your eczema, let’s take a look at what eczema really is.


                                                                              What is Eczema?

This is a complicated question. Eczema isn’t just one size fits all, but rather a collection of different types of skin disorders. Some people are born with it, others develop it as children, and still others(like me), are affected much later in life.

Eczema is described as a condition where the skin becomes dry, red, and inflamed, most times with no obvious external cause. This isn’t always the case though, some eczema is experienced by contact with an irritant, such as laundry soap, some foods, and other environmental factors.

Some of the different types of eczema include:

Atopic

This type of eczema causes skin to become red, dry, and itchy. It can be hereditary, and is a chronic condition that causes continual flare-ups. The itch associated with this type of eczema can be extremely severe, and can cause the skin to become inflamed from scratching. Red or gray patches, along with tiny raised bumps are common, which can break open and scab over when scratched. This is one that is heavily influenced by the environment, and a number of things can cause a flare, such as dander, pollen, humidity, soaps, dust mites, and more.


Contact Dermatitis

A red, itchy rash, this type occurs when coming into frequent contact with a common irritant. It can also happen as a reaction to something you’re allergic to. It’s commonly known as occupational skin disease, and the occupations most likely to be affected are nurses, construction workers, cleaners, chefs, hairdressers, and metal workers. Contact dermatitis mostly affects the hands and face.

 


Adult Seborrhoeic

Most often experienced on the scalp and face, this type of eczema can produce large, scaly patches which can be red, itchy, and irritated. The exact cause is not known, but thought to be the result of an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. In infants, it is known as cradle cap. This condition is a common cause of dandruff, and can spread to other parts of the body as well, though this is not the usual case.

 


Discoid

As the name suggests, this takes form in disc shaped circles. Starting out as bumpy patches, they quickly begin to weep and ooze, and can be very itchy and become infected. Constant dry skin is thought to be one cause of it, but like many of the different forms that eczema takes, the exact cause is not known.

 


Pompholyx

Also known as dyshidrotic eczema, this causes extremely itchy fluid filled blisters, and is generally found on the hands and feet. When the blisters pop the skin dries out and can become very scaly, and can take a long time to heal. Deep cracks and fissures in the skin can occur, and be very red and painful. People who have this form of eczema most often have a family history of atopic eczema.

 


Asteatotic

Mostly affecting those 60 years or older, it’s thought that the loss of skin oils, over cleansing, constant exposure to very hot water, and vigorous friction(such as from a towel), can all attribute to this type. It appears as large areas of dry, itchy, cracked skin, looking a lot like scales. Other types of eczema and constant dry skin can also lead to this condition. Generally affecting the legs, in some cases it can spread to back or arms.


As you can see, having any form of eczema can be a nightmare to deal with. Because the cause for these conditions is not known, treatment options will vary widely.

Topical steroids are one of the treatments that is most often prescribed by doctors. They are powerful anti-inflammatories that are applied to the skin and usually work to fix the problem very quickly. Because steroids only treat the symptoms, and not the root cause, once the steroid treatment is stopped, the symptoms generally return.

Topical steroids can only be used for short periods of time, and can cause a number of problems if overused. They suppress the immune system, and if used too long or too often can thin the skin, cause stretch marks, enlarge blood vessels, make one more easily bruise, and cause forms of rosacea and psoriasis.

Oral steroids, such as Prednisone, are prescribed in some extreme cases of eczema. The side effects and risks of this kind of treatment for a longer period of time are not good, and can include bone loss, increased risk of heart disease, weight gain, “moon face”, growth retardation in children, glaucoma, and different mental health issues like depression, mood swings, insomnia, and psychotic episodes.

Your skin can become dependent on steroids. Topical Steroid Withdrawal(TSW) is a condition that can happen when one uses steroids too frequently, or for a long time. Upon stopping the steroid treatment one can experience an intensely itchy, red, inflamed rash, which can be dry or weepy, smooth or bumpy. This takes stronger and more frequent applications of steroids to control, and causes a vicious cycle within your skin.


So Where Does CBD Oil Fit Into All Of This?

CBD is one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and is the most studied cannabinoid alongside THC. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the “high” that you experience upon ingesting it. CBD is not psychoactive, and has none of those mind altering effects.

The hemp plant, which is where the majority of the world’s CBD oil comes from, is very high in CBD, while being extremely low in THC. This makes it ideal for medical use, unlike the marijuana plant, which is much, much higher in THC content.

Both of these cannabinoids work within our Endocannabinoid System, which is located all throughout the body. They bind to CB-1 and CB-2 receptors that are located within the system. You can learn more about the Endocannabinoid System here.

While there aren’t a lot of studies that are backing the use of CBD oil for eczema, there are more and more reports of people using it with great success.

CBD has a great number of things in it that can help to treat the symptoms of eczema, and is regarded as generally safe for everyone to take. It does have some interactions with certain medications, however, and if you are currently taking any it is best to talk to your doctor before starting CBD.

Let’s look at the different ways that CBD can help:

Potent anti-inflammatory – CBD is widely known for its ability to reduce inflammation. All the different types of eczema listed above can cause the skin to become inflamed, and treating it with CBD oil can have a great effect on the appearance and condition of your skin.

Can help to reduce itching and pain – CBD receptors are located all throughout the nervous system, and have properties that can help to reduce the itch and pain associated with eczema

Anti-microbial – CBD has a number of anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, so if you’re suffering from a type of eczema that is weepy, or becomes infected easily, it can help to reduce the bacteria that is causing the reaction.

Moisturizing – Most forms of eczema cause the skin to become very dry, and it can be hard to keep moisture in. Full Spectrum CBD oil comes loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, some of which are crucial to your skin health. When used regularly it can help keep skin moisturized, which is one of the biggest challenges when dealing with eczema.


What Is The Most Effective Way To Take CBD For Eczema?

The answer is both! Using CBD oil either orally or topically each has its own set of benefits attached to it. By combining the two methods, you are treating eczema inside and out.

There are a number of ways that you can take CBD, this post goes over some of the different delivery methods available.

The most common method to use is a sublingual oil. This type will come in a bottle with a dropper attached to the lid, and you use it by placing the oil under your tongue. It bypasses the digestive system this way, and gets absorbed by the blood vessels and sublingual glands that are located there. You hold the oil under the tongue for 30-60 seconds and then swallow.

There are a number of CBD topicals available as well, and several companies have come out with specific CBD skin care lines. This company offers topicals that includes CBD shampoo and conditioner, so if you’re suffering from eczema that is affecting your scalp(seborrheoic), this can be one way of treating it externally.

CBD topicals can come in many different forms, such as balms, salves, creams or lotions, ointments, and much more. You can choose one that will suit your needs, or alternatively you can add a sublingual oil into any lotion that you are currently using. This is a method that is highly effective, and one that I used myself, and can save a lot of money as it can be used orally as well.

If you’re planning on mixing a CBD oil into your lotion, it’s important to remember to get one that is completely unflavored. Many companies offer oils that are flavored to mask the taste, which can be off-putting to some. Any of these flavors can irritate the skin further, and should be avoided.


So Which CBD Oil Is Right For Me?

Before you can choose a CBD oil, you need to know about the different kinds:

Full Spectrum – This contains every possible beneficial element of the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC. While the amount of THC is extremely low, it can in some cases cause a fail on a drug test. While this is not the norm, and usually requires an intake of 1000mg or more CBD oil per day(extremely high!), it is something you need to aware of, and can happen at lower intakes as well. THC has its own benefits attached to it, and you can read about those here. All the terpenes and vitamins are left intact, and this is the best option for anyone to take, regardless of what you are taking it for.

Broad Spectrum – This is Full Spectrum oil that has had the THC removed, and leaves mostly everything else intact. Some companies remove some of the terpenes, waxes, and other things as well. All the components within the plant work to provide an “Entourage Effect”, where the different parts work together, and boost each other to provide more relief than just any one part alone. Full Spectrum is your best option for this, and Broad Spectrum is your next best option.

CBD Isolate – This is form of CBD that is just that, CBD and nothing more. It is completely THC free, but also doesn’t contain any of the other benefits that Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum have. Some companies may add in terpenes and other things to their final product, depending on what condition they are specifically targeting.

Always make sure the company you choose is 100% organic and has third party testing available on their site, ideally batch by batch testing. You can look over the full list of guidelines to follow when choosing an oil here.

When first starting out with CBD, it’s important to start at a low dose, and slowly increase. Each person is different in terms of what dosage is going to work best for them, and you need to find the right dose that is going to work for you personally.

Ready to get started? All the companies on this list have been chosen for the quality and effectiveness of their products, and their dedication to providing their customers with only the best possible CBD products.

 

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

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What Is In CBD Oil? Don’t Miss Out On These Amazing Benefits For Your Health And Skin

What Is In CBD Oil? Don’t Miss Out On These Amazing Benefits For Your Health And Skin

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Cannabidiol(CBD) is just one of the many cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant, and it works by binding to specific receptors within our body’s Endocannabinoid System.

It’s not to be confused with the more well-known Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), which is the part of the plant that produces a “high” when ingested. CBD can come from either the marijuana plant or the hemp plant, most commonly the latter as it is naturally low in THC and high in CBD.

Full Spectrum CBD oil is what we are going to be focusing on in this article, and we’ll go over the benefits of taking it orally as well as using it topically.

CBD oil is non psychoactive, and does not cause any sort of mind altering effects. It is, however, a potent anti-inflammatory, has anti-aging properties, is packed with a ton of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, and is safe to use on even the most sensitive skin.

These types of benefits make it seem like a no brainer when it comes to adding CBD to your daily routine, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? What is in CBD oil? Let’s break it down and see just why you might want to hit that add to cart button.


Vitamins C, B, and D

Ok, that headline was a little cheesy, I couldn’t help myself.

Briefly mentioned above, cannabis is a great source of a few different vitamins and minerals. Each one of these plays a part in healthy skin, and has benefits for the rest of your body as well, not just the exterior.

Vitamin D

One of the most important vitamins, most of us don’t get enough of it daily. Vitamin D can be obtained either through food or exposure to the sun. It supports the immune system, strong bones, and overall health. Vitamin D deficiency can cause a wide range of issues in the body, and it is especially true when it comes to our skin.

Because it plays such an important role in how our immune and digestive systems function, a lack of it can cause serious skin issues. With the skin being the body’s largest organ, any problems that arise within can expose itself through your skin.

Vitamin D can help fight some diseases, such as MS and heart disease, and may also reduce your risk of getting the flu. Some studies have shown that taken alongside a calcium supplement it can have an inhibitory effect on the appetite, which may aid in weight loss.

Another big benefit is the possible reduced risk of depression. Studies have shown a link between lower levels of vitamin D and depression, and supplementing with this vitamin could definitely improve your mood.

CBD oil and hemp seed oil are great sources of vitamin D, and there are some companies that fortify their oils even further with it.

 

Vitamin A

Another very powerful anti-oxidant, vitamin A has some really great benefits when it comes to your skin. It helps boost the immune system, aids in the reproductive system, and plays a central role in your vision health. It also helps the heart, lungs, and kidneys function properly.

From controlling sebum production, to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, this is one vitamin that you don’t want to pass on if your goal is healthy skin. It is essential for eyesight, may reduce risk of some cancers, helps to keep moisture in your skin, and is essential for repairing tissues.

A deficiency in this vitamin can cause hyperpigmentation, age spots, acne, and more. You can get more vitamin A through your diet, and by adding in foods like some organ meats, dairy products, salmon, and some fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A is also available as a supplement, and is found in anti-aging products across the world.

Vitamin A is found mainly in hemp seeds, so choosing a hemp seed oil based product will increase the available levels of this vitamin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is great for the skin. It’s an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties, and is widely used in cosmetic and beauty products worldwide. Supplements of this vitamin may improve the immune system, can reduce inflammation, may reduce the risk of heart disease, and more.

In skin care it is used topically, and is a fantastic moisturizer. Because of this, it can reduce itching in the skin by preventing it from drying out, and can be extremely useful for someone suffering from certain skin disorders, such as eczema.

Vitamin E may prevent and minimize scarring, promotes wound healing, and may help to prevent skin cancer.

You can get more vitamin E in your diet from a number of sources, including nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables, and fortified cereals. Cannabis is a great source of vitamin E.

 

Vitamin C

This is one vitamin that is incredibly important for your body. It is involved in large number of crucial bodily functions, and is necessary for the growth and repair of all the tissues in your body.

Interestingly enough, the body does not produce vitamin C, nor does it store it, which means that all of it needs to come from outside sources. A severe deficiency of this can lead to scurvy, which can cause anemia, exhaustion, gum disease, sore joints, and skin problems.

Vitamin C can be obtained through many foods, such as fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, or by taking a supplement. Without sufficient amounts of vitamin C, the body is unable to produce or effectively use collagen.

Collagen gives your skin its strength and structure, and you naturally make less of it as you age, which leads to wrinkling and other skin issues. Smoking, excess sun exposure, and high sugar intake can all reduce the amount of collagen in your skin.

 

B Complex

 

An assortment of B vitamins make up this complex. They include B1, B2, B3, and B6. Together, these vitamins can provide a range of benefits for your body and skin.

  • B1 – Boosts the immune system, and aids in proper digestion
  • B2 – Helps to create red blood cells, and research shows it can be useful in fighting migraines and some blood disorders
  • B3 – Helps your body to produce certain stress and sex related hormones, and can be useful in fighting certain diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • B6 – Produces various neurotransmitters, and helps to regulate your body’s circadian rhythm, and can also help regulate your mood. Studies have shown that when taken with calcium, it can provide relief from PMS symptoms.

These vitamins help to keep your body functioning the way it should, and CBD oil is full of them. They help to fight infection, are beneficial for proper brain and nerve function, help with energy levels, and so much more. Not having enough of these vitamins can cause a variety of health issues.

You can get your daily dose of these vitamins through supplementation, and they are found in many different foods.

Bring On Those Minerals

Alongside all of those awesome vitamins, CBD oil has a number of important minerals and nutrients to bring to the table. Each one of these comes with unique benefits:

Zinc – This mineral is important for healthy immune system function, and a lack of it can make a person more susceptible to illness and disease. It has been shown to have an effect on learning and memory, can help treat the common cold, aids in wound healing, can help to fight acne, and may have an effect on ADHD.

Iron – All of the cells in our bodies contain iron, but it is mostly found within our red blood cells. Iron is essential for immune system function, helps with energy levels, prevents anemia, improves concentration and focus, and can help with getting a better sleep.

Potassium – This mineral regulates the balance of fluids in our bodies, and controls the electrical functions in our heart and other muscles. It’s also important for bone strength, reduces the risk of stroke, and lowers blood pressure. Most adults do not meet the recommended daily potassium requirements, which is 4700mg.

Calcium – Widely known for its benefits in strong and healthy bones and teeth, calcium is also responsible for muscle contraction and blood clotting. It is also not easily absorbed without vitamin D present, so a lack of D can cause calcium related issues in the body. Further studies need to be conducted, but some suggest that calcium may play a part in regulating blood sugar, diabetes, and may help to fight cancer.

Selenium – Another important anti-oxidant, this is commonly taken as a supplement as only trace amounts are found in foods. Essential in metabolism and thyroid function, it can also fight cancer, may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering inflammation, and may help reduce symptoms of asthma.

 

Magnesium – This is responsible for over 300 different functions in the body, and a deficiency of magnesium has been linked to a number of diseases and disorders. Magnesium can help reduce the risk of diabetes, is important for bone and heart health, can help fight migraines, ease PMS symptoms, and relieve anxiety.

Phosphorus – This helps keep your bones healthy and strong, helps provide energy, balance other vitamins and minerals in the body, grows and maintains new tissue, and much more. Most people get enough phosphorus through diet alone, but some conditions such as diabetes or alcoholism, along with some medications, can drop the levels in your body.

Manganese – This mineral is one that is important for normal brain and nervous system function, as well as many of the body’s enzyme functions. We can store up to 20mg of it, and it is something that we need to obtain from outside sources, such as food or supplements. Manganese may help reduce the risk of disease, helps to reduce inflammation, may regulate blood sugar, and helps metabolize other minerals and vitamins. In addition, it has the ability to bind with neurotransmitters, and increase the speed of electrical connections, possibly improving brain function.

Flavonoids– These compounds occur naturally in plants, and are powerful, yet less known, antioxidants. Flavonoids not only help fight against free radicals, but have amazing benefits that extend to protecting your brain, and reducing your risk of certain cancers. Some flavonoids have antihistamine, antimicrobial, and mood and memory enhancing properties, and CBD is loaded with them.

Terpenes – This what gives cannabis its scent and flavor. Terpenes have also been shown to be antioxidants, and can reduce inflammation

Beta Carotene – This is turned into vitamin A in our bodies, and is also an antioxidant. Some research has shown that it may slow cognitive decline, keep our lungs healthy as we age, and as mentioned above in the form of vitamin A, has amazing skin benefits.

Bet you didn’t know all that was hiding in your CBD oil!


 

Small Changes, Big Impact

Full Spectrum CBD oil has all possible beneficial parts extracted from the plant, and will always be the superior option to go with when choosing which one to buy.

With all the amazing benefits that CBD oil has surrounding it, is no wonder it is being referred to as the new “miracle drug” While I won’t go so far as completely agreeing with that statement, the possible effects that these essential vitamins and nutrients have can’t be ignored, and the mountains of research that backs this up more than speaks for itself.

Before going off to search for a CBD oil, make sure you brush up on what to look for and the different delivery methods available.

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Not from the US or UK? You can check out other recommendations for CBD companies here, there is a few that deliver internationally!

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

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Cannabis Allergy – Signs And Symptoms

Cannabis Allergy – Signs And Symptoms

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Just like anything else in this world you can develop an allergy to, cannabis is no different. An estimated 50 million people just in the United States alone suffer from some form of allergy or another.

Allergies are your body’s over-reaction to any foreign substance that it deems harmful. When you come in contact with something you are allergic to, your body produces a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This interacts with the allergen and causes an allergic reaction.

While a cannabis allergy isn’t something that is commonly talked about or well-known, there have been more and more reports on it in the past few years.

Allergies are something that you can either be born with, or develop over time. Interestingly enough, they are also something that can be eliminated in some cases through exposure therapy.

With the rise in popularity of CBD oil, and legalization of marijuana in more countries around the globe, make sure you are aware of the possibility of an allergic reaction happening, what it may look like, and how to treat it.


Common Allergies

There are many, many things that one might be allergic to. Some of the ones that are seen most often include:

  • Medicine – antibiotics, aspirin, muscle relaxers, NSAID’s, chemotherapy drugs
  • Food – peanuts, strawberries, eggs, milk, shellfish, wheat
  • Insects – bees, wasps, mosquitoes, dust mites
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Animals – pet dander, urine, saliva
  • Pollen/Environmental – flowers, trees, plants, grass, dust, sunlight

Allergies are considered a chronic disease, which is something that occurs frequently or lasts a long time.

When I was a child I was allergic to Tylenol, or rather the acetaminophen that was in it. The reactions that I would get from it included extremely itchy eyes, nose, throat, and ears, and my throat would swell up slightly.

While it was uncomfortable for me, it wasn’t life threatening, and this was one allergy that I was able to overcome through exposure during my childhood and teens. Nowadays when I take Tylenol, the only effect that I sometimes get is a very slightly itchy throat. This is one(very unscientific) example of an allergy being reduced through exposure therapy.

I also developed an allergy to the sun when I was 19, despite having grown up by the beach and spending my entire life outside in the sun. This is something that I’m still dealing with to this day, and I’m 34 now. Definitely puts a bit of a damper on some of the outdoor activities that I enjoy during the warm months, like fishing and softball. Even with massive amounts of sunscreen and protective clothing I will still break out into itchy hives that at some points take weeks to clear up.

Allergies can be extremely frustrating to deal with, especially when it is something that interferes with your day to day life. Antihistamines can be taken in some cases to alleviate allergy symptoms, but can cause some unwanted side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. There are some non-drowsy formulas available, and studies have shown them to be just as effective as the older, more sedating formulas.


Common Allergy Symptoms

Allergic reactions tend to take form in the respiratory system, as well as producing multiple skin issues. These effects can range from mild to severe, and can be life threatening in some cases. Some of the effects that you may see or feel when experiencing an allergic reaction are:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, watery eyes, itchy nose, mouth/throat, ears
  • Shortness of breath or tight chest, closing or swelling of throat
  • Swelling, localized or all over
  • Hives or other skin rash
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

There are ways to test if you are possibly allergic to something. These are generally performed in office by a licensed doctor or medical professional. There are skin tests, where a small amount of the possible allergen is placed on the skin and then poked or scratched into it to determine whether or not there is a reaction, or blood testing.

A severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis, and can be life threatening. Symptoms of this include swelling of the throat or mouth, difficulty breathing, blue skin or lips, or losing consciousness. Reactions of this type need immediate medical attention.


What A Cannabis Allergy Can Look Like

Common allergy skin test

An allergy of this sort can manifest in any of the typical symptoms listed above. Very few cases dealing with cannabis and anaphylaxis have been reported, but there have been some, mainly occurring when ingesting hemp seeds.

If you suspect that you may be allergic to cannabis, similar skin testing would be performed by an allergist, by preparing a mixture of the leaves, buds, flowers etc. and then poking a small amount into the skin.

A very small study was published that may establish a possible link between cannabis and other allergies. It suggests that one may be more likely to develop a cannabis allergy if they are allergic to animal dander, different types of molds, some plants, or dust mites.

More research is needed in this area in order to confirm this possible link.


What Causes A Reaction To Cannabis?

As studies have shown, there are a few different causes for an allergic reaction to cannabis.

The pollen that cannabis produces has been shown in some cases to cause an allergic reaction, and people with a sensitivity to this are also more likely to have a reaction from the pollen of other plants and flowers.

Another common cause for an allergic reaction to cannabis is mold. When stored for longer periods of time, or in less than ideal or damp conditions, cannabis can definitely grow mold on it. Some people who experience a reaction may not be reacting to the cannabis itself, but rather the mold that comes along with it.

The proteins in cannabis are very much alike those in some other foods, such as peaches, tomatoes, bananas, almonds, eggplant, grapefruit, and more. People who are already allergic to these food items may also experience an allergic reaction when consuming cannabis.

You can also develop a cannabis allergy by ingesting too much cannabis over a long period of time. Frequent prolonged use of cannabis can lead to Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome(CHS). This is a condition where one experiences repeated vomiting, sometimes very severe. This can happen to anyone regardless of how often or not they use it.


What CBD Products Could Cause A Reaction?

CBD is mainly produced from hemp, which is low in THC, but high in CBD. The opposite is true for marijuana, which is high in THC, but low in CBD. They both come from the same family of plants, cannabis, and either plant has the possibility of causing an allergic reaction.

CBD is widely available in a number of different forms, such as oils, edibles, vape products, and topicals. Any one of these, whether consumed orally or applied topically, can cause a reaction.

When starting on CBD for the first time, make sure you begin at a very low dose, and watch carefully for any signs that your body may be reacting negatively.

Choosing a product that goes through extensive testing for purity, and is 100% organic and grown with no harmful pesticides or toxins will always be your best choice, especially when it comes to anyone who is sensitive to mold.

Always choose a company that specifically tests for these toxins and other unwanted possible contaminants. There are plenty of companies out there that only test for cannabinoid content, and nothing more, and these are definitely ones you want to avoid.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

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CBD Oil And Hormones – The Effects On The Endocrine System And Women’s Health

CBD Oil And Hormones – The Effects On The Endocrine System And Women’s Health

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CBD oil has a number of great benefits attached to it. Research has shown that it can help with anxiety, reduce seizure activity, treat certain skin disorders, and even help fight cancer in some cases. This is only a few the different disorders that CBD is currently being used for.

It has become especially popular with women, who are using it to treat a number of specific issues, such as PMS, cramps, menopause symptoms, and hormonal imbalance.

But how does it work, and what effect is CBD having on our hormones?

Cannabidiol(CBD) is one of the many cannabinoids present in the marijuana and industrial hemp plants, and is one of the two most studied cannabinoids, alongside Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC).

These cannabinoids work within the body’s Endocannabinoid System, by binding to a vast network of receptors that are located all over the body. These compounds work to help reduce inflammation and maintain homeostasis, among other things.

The majority of the CBD oil that is on the market comes from the industrial hemp plant, as it is naturally very low in THC, which is the compound present that produces a “high”. The hemp plant is also much higher in CBD content than the marijuana plant, which makes it ideal to use when it comes to making CBD oil.

When talking about CBD oil and hormones, you need to have an understanding of the Endocrine System, the different glands that are contained within, and the effects that hormones have on our bodies. The Endocannabinoid system plays a central role in regulating numerous systems in the body, including the Endocrine System.


The Endocrine System

Made up of all the glands in your body that produce hormones, the Endocrine System serves as a messenger system. It is responsible for hormone production and regulation, telling them where to go, and what to do when they get there.

When the Endocrine System is functioning at a high level, everything runs smoothly. When it’s not, it can lead to serious health complications. It maintains many important bodily functions such as respiration, metabolism, reproduction, motor function, sexual development, and growth, and even a slight change can have a big impact on your health.

Hypothalamus

Located near the base of the brain, the hypothalamus is a small gland with a big job. It works very closely with the pituitary gland, and is responsible for telling it to start or stop producing hormones.

It has a part in controlling appetite, sexual behavior, emotional response, regulation of body temperature, sleep cycles, and more.

When an issue arises in the body, signals are sent to the hypothalamus, which in turn responds by releasing hormones to the pituitary glands, whose role is to direct most of the other glands.

Pituitary

Another very important part of the system, the pituitary gland is located directly below the hypothalamus. This gland secretes growth hormone, prolactin(helps make milk in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers), follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone(known as the gonadotropins). In males this stimulates sperm production, in females egg production, and in their respective sexes stimulates the production of sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone.

The pituitary gland receives hormones from the hypothalamus, which responds by releasing its own hormones and activating or inhibiting the other glands and/or organs in the system. It is often referred to as the master gland because of the control it has on the rest of the glands in the system.

Pineal

The only hormone that the pineal gland secretes is melatonin. This hormone is responsible for regulating your circadian rhythm, known as your body’s internal clock. This hormone is what signals you to feel tired or alert at certain times in the day.

Light exposure stops the production of melatonin, while darkness triggers it. It’s part of the reason that night shift workers who are naturally exposed to more light during a 24-hour cycle can have more issues with sleep patterns, and other health issues.

An interesting fact about melatonin is that it blocks the secretion of the gonadotropins, which are the hormones that regulate the function of the ovaries and testes. Simply put, too much or too little melatonin can have negative effects on the reproductive system, which in turn can effect the rest of the system.

Thyroid

This gland is directly in charge of your body’s metabolism, and the hormones that it makes determines the speed at which your metabolism runs. Your metabolism is how your body uses the energy it receives. Depending on the hormones that your thyroid is or isn’t producing, you can have a slower or faster metabolism. A slower metabolism can cause some to gain weight faster, and have lower energy levels.

The thyroid produces two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3), and Thyroxine (T4). Too much or too little of these hormones can cause two opposite conditions, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism – This is when your thyroid produces too much of the T3 and T4 hormones. It can cause people to have anxiety, nervousness, excess sweating or higher temperature, hair loss, hyperactivity, and missed or light periods in women.

Hypothyroidism – This is when your thyroid produces too little of the T3 and T4 hormones. People with this condition can experience fatigue, depression, trouble sleeping, dry skin, joint pain, and prolonged heavy bleeding in women.

Parathyroid

This is a set of four glands located behind the thyroid gland. While the names are similar, the functions are different. The parathyroid releases parathyroid hormone (PTH), which is in charge of how much calcium in the blood.

Calcium is widely known for its importance in strong bones, and overall bone health. It also has effects on the nervous system, and is used for energy in muscles.

Too much PTH in the system can cause kidney stones, and also cause people to feel depressed, lacking energy, and can even impact memory function.

Too little of this hormone can cause bone and teeth issues, muscle spasms, cataracts, headaches, heart problems, as well as mental health issues.

Thymus

This is an important gland that is located right behind your sternum. It is unique in the fact that it is only active until you finish going through puberty, after which it starts to shrink and slowly be replaced by fatty tissue.

It is responsible for producing T-lymphocytes, or T cells, by way of Thymosin, the hormone it releases. These are white blood cells that help to fight infection, and protects against auto-immunity. Auto-immune disorders occur when the body attacks healthy parts of itself for no reason, and the thymus produces all the body’s T cells by the time you reach puberty.

Adrenals

This gland releases a few different hormones: aldosterone, adrenalin, and cortisol. It also affects a number of things within your body, such as metabolism, sex hormones, the body’s reaction to stress, and blood pressure.

The hormone adrenalin causes the fight or flight response. When scared or stressed out, it releases a flood of hormones, which can lead to increased heart rate, energy surges, increased blood pressure, and better concentration.

An overactive adrenal gland can cause various unwanted effects on the body. In a case like this, one can experience anxiety, depression, sleep issues, increased risk of heart disease, and more.

Aldosterone helps to regulate salt and water levels, and is important in relation to blood pressure. Too little of this hormone can cause excess salt and water loss, which leads to dehydration and low blood pressure.

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. Cortisol has many functions within the body, is an anti-inflammatory, stimulates glucose production, fuels your fight or flight instinct, boosts energy, and plays a key role in how your metabolism functions.

Too much however, can have negative effects on the system.

Pancreas

The pancreas is located in the abdomen, and is part of both the digestive system and the endocrine system. It produces enzymes that aid in the breakdown of food, as well as producing insulin and glucagon, which regulate blood sugar. Proper function of this gland is crucial to the functioning of the brain, heart, and kidneys.

Insulin lowers blood sugar, while glucagon raises it. The two work together to maintain proper blood sugar levels in the body. One common disease that is directly impacted by this is diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in where one can not produce enough insulin because the body is attacking the pancreas. People with this type of diabetes are generally insulin dependent, and will require injections of it their entire lives.

Type 2 diabetes is where the body either can’t produce enough insulin, or can not properly use what it does. This type is most commonly developed later in life, and can sometimes be managed with diet and exercise alone.

Ovaries(women only)

The ovaries release two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These work together to ensure the proper development of the female body, as well as trigger menstruation and regulate fertility.

The ovaries release one egg per month in preparation for fertilization, sometimes more. Women are born with a finite number of eggs. Once these eggs are gone, menstruation ceases in women, and the levels of these hormones dramatically decrease. This in turn can cause a wide variety of issues in women, and is when women enter what is known as menopause.

Menopause is something that occurs in women either naturally, as they stop releasing eggs, or forced, such as having a hysterectomy. A full hysterectomy is when a woman has had all the female organs removed, including the ovaries. This can be due to many reasons; cancer, PCOS, or other factors can play a role in the decision to have this surgery.

Despite being a natural process that all women go through, this decline in hormones can cause a variety of severe symptoms in many that are going through menopause. Some of the common ones are hot flashes, increased heart rate and anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, depression, mood swings, urinary problems, decline in cognitive function(brain fog), hair loss, and more.

Hormone supplements can be prescribed to help alleviate these symptoms, but also come with some side effects and risks to them, and can not be taken by everyone.

Testes(men only)

The testes in men secrete testosterone, which aid in the physical development in males. This hormone is also responsible for maintaining libido, sperm production, bone health and density, and muscle mass.

A decline or lack of this hormone can cause different issues, such as low sex drive, hair loss, and a lowered sperm count.


As you can see, the hormones that are produced by the endocrine system help our bodies to function the way they are supposed to. When any one of them are out of whack, either by producing too much or too little, it can throw everything off balance and create a wide variety of issues in the body.

Age, stress levels, genetics, and even outside environmental elements can all play a role in how your endocrine system is functioning


What Hormones Do CBD Have An Effect On?

The body’s Endocannabinoid System is located virtually everywhere, and is closely intertwined with the other systems in our bodies. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are known as the hypothyroid-pituitary-gonadotropin axis (HPG axis), and a large concentration CB-1 and CB-2 receptors are located in this region, as well as in the ovaries and testes.

With these glands being responsible for the release of the gonadotropins, CBD is thought to have a big impact on the HPG axis, and greatly affect the hormones that are produced within.

While these hormones play a central part in a healthy reproductive system, they also impact the body in other ways. An endocannabinoid deficiency is though to be one reason for the early onset of menopause.

CBD and Cortisol

As mentioned above, cortisol is the stress releasing hormone. The more stressed out you are, the more cortisol is your body. Chronic, elevated levels of cortisol in the body are linked to hypertension, high blood sugar, suppressed immune function, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and bone loss.

Cortisol regulates the fight or flight instinct, and by reducing the levels of this hormone, it shifts its priorities away from that, and instead aids the metabolism and immune system.

Studies have shown that CBD directly affects the secretion of cortisol. By reducing the level of cortisol in your body, symptoms such as weight gain, anxiety, and mood swings may be reduced.

CBD and Insulin

Insulin aids in blood sugar regulation, as well as glucagon. When there is not enough insulin to control blood sugar, it can lead to severe damage to nerves, blood vessels, and certain organs. Having the correct blood sugar levels is crucial to healthy brain and organ function.

It is still somewhat unclear on exactly how CBD affects insulin(or if it does), but it does have a profound anti-inflammatory effect on the body. A link exists between pancreatitis, which is a chronically inflamed pancreas, and insulin production.

A study on mice with acute pancreatitis has shown CBD to greatly reduce inflammation in that area, which leads us to believe that insulin production would be improved as well. More research definitely needs to be done in this area.

CBD and Melatonin

Produced in the pineal gland, melatonin is the hormone in charge of or sleep-wake cycles. Too little of this can lead to sleep issues, or insomnia.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to a lot of serious issues. Lowered immune system function, increased risk of heart disease, increased insulin production which can lead to type 2 diabetes, decreased cognitive function, increased risk of respiratory disease, and impact on sex hormones are just some of the effects that a chronic lack of sleep can have.

Tryptophan is an amino acid that turns into niacin, a B vitamin, when used by the body. Tryptophan is the “sleepy ingredient” in turkey, and is found in other common foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, fish, and more. Inflammation can directly impact tryptophan cells, and CBD helps in that area. By decreasing inflammation in these cells and having more tryptophan available, the pineal gland is able to more effectively produce and use melatonin.

The availability of tryptophan has an impact on serotonin synthesis in the brain, and CBD can aid in this area as well. 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT(serotonin) is a chemical that also helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, as well as playing a role in appetite, mood and social behavior, motor and cognitive function, and sexual desire. Commonly called the “happy” chemical, a deficiency in serotonin has been linked to depression and a number of other mental disorders.

Some sleep issues can be directly linked to stress levels in the body. By lowering cortisol, and increasing levels of melatonin and serotonin, CBD can help you to get a better sleep, and diminish the effects of inflammation and stress-induced conditions within the body.

While it is mainly known to aid in sleep, melatonin is being shown through research to possibly help protect against heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and migraines.

Melatonin and Estrogen

Here’s where things get pretty interesting. Melatonin has shown to have a direct inhibiting effect on several reproductive hormones. It has been shown through multiple studies to directly affect estrogen’s tendency to stimulate cell growth, and can play a role in fighting some sex-hormone causing cancers. High levels of estrogen in particular have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

When looking at breast cancer in particular, some of these studies have shown that women night shift workers, who are naturally exposed to more light, and consequently produce less melatonin, have breast cancer rates that are 60% higher than normal. 60%!!!

This number is huge. You can see when looking at this just how important of a role and impact sleep has on the body. 1 in 3 adults in the US alone are not getting the recommended amount of sleep every night.

Melatonin directly inhibits the production and synthesis of estrogen, as well as having an impact on the activation of estrogen receptors. It plays a direct role in the timing and release of female sexual hormones, which dictate menstruation and egg release from the ovaries.

Hormone replacement therapy(HRT), is commonly prescribed for women who are in menopause, to boost levels of declining female sex hormones. Because CBD may cause an increase in melatonin production, you should speak to a doctor if you plan on taking the two together. As melatonin is an estrogen inhibitor, it can reduce the effectiveness of HRT.

There is also an increased risk of developing breast cancer with some HRT’s, and genetics can play a factor in this. It is usually not recommended for women who have a history of breast cancer in their family.

Different Ways CBD Can Help With Hormonal Imbalance

Because the Endocannabinoid System has receptors located all throughout the brain and body, and has a direct influence on the endocrine system, it can provide relief in many different areas for women who are suffering with a hormonal imbalance. Many who are going through menopause deal with a great number of symptoms due to fluctuating hormones, such as:

Hot Flashes – Highly concentrated areas of CB-1 and CB-2 receptors are located in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands have functions in regulating temperature in the body, and supplementing with cannabinoids may help to ease the frequency and intensity of these temperature changes.

AnxietyCBD and THC work in the body to boost levels of its own cannabinoid, Anandamide, to ease anxiety symptoms. They also work to reduce the level of stress hormone, cortisol. Less stress, less anxiety.

Depression – Lower levels of melatonin and serotonin in the brain can lead to depression, and CBD plays a major role in helping the body to naturally produce more of these key hormones.

Insomnia – Sleep deprivation and insomnia are common menopausal symptoms, and can influence and exaggerate other symptoms. By increasing the levels of melatonin that your body produces, as well as lowering cortisol, CBD can help you get a better nights sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation has far-reaching, long term negative effects on the body, and should be taken very seriously.

 

High Blood Pressure – Fluctuating levels of hormones can cause higher blood pressure, and studies have shown that CBD has the possible potential to lower it

PMS – A result of widely fluctuating hormones before and during menstruation, CBD can help to fight inflammation, relieve cramping, and regulate mood swings.

Digestive Issues – CBD has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, as well as providing nausea relief.

Dry skin – Lower levels of certain hormones can wreak havoc on our skin as we get older. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and contains numerous cannabinoid receptors. Hemp is full of a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients, and is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have huge benefits for the skin. It also has anti-aging properties, and can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as preventing signs of aging.

Weight Gain – Hormones have a direct impact on our metabolisms, and this runs even truer for those in menopause. With estrogen levels decreasing, your body naturally burns less fat, and your metabolism slows down. Studies have shown that cannabis users have a smaller waist size, and generally lower insulin levels. With the potential to reduce inflammation in the pancreas, and possibly lower and stabilize insulin production, CBD oil may be able to aid in weight loss.

Vaginal Atrophy – Topical use of CBD and THC has shown to be beneficial in this area as they are both vasodilators. This means that they dilate, or open up blood vessels in the region, which increases blood flow and sensation. Used topically it can also provide localized relief from pain and inflammation, as well as relaxing muscles.

Memory Loss and Brain Fog – Many women experience what is commonly known as “brain fog” when they enter peri-menopause or menopause. Estrogen and progesterone encourage neurons in the brain to form new connections, and a sudden lack of these hormones can have an impact on how your brain functions. This can cause memory loss, confusion, and emotional instability. Studies have shown that CBD is a powerful neuroprotector, and can be used as a supplement for healthy brain function.


 

 

Is CBD Right For Choice For You?

The Endocannabinoid System is not fully understood yet. We do know that it has a profound effect on other systems in the body, and the Endocrine System is just one of them. When you’re deciding on whether or not to take CBD it is important that you look at all factors before starting it.

As shown, CBD oil can definitely have an impact on our hormones, and how our bodies function as a whole. This is especially important to know when it comes to your health, especially for women, and the choices you make when it comes to using HRT and CBD together to replace and regulate the hormones you lose over time.

Your personal medical history, medications, lifestyle choices, genetics, and other factors will all come into play when it comes to using CBD to treat any disease or disorder, and it is always recommended that you speak with your doctor before adding CBD to your daily regime.

While the stigma behind cannabis is slowly disappearing as more information emerges, there are still many in the medical field that won’t even bother looking in to it until more information becomes available, so don’t be surprised if you hit a wall when you bring up the subject. The best thing you can do for yourself is extensive research on the subject so you can make an informed decision on whether CBD is the right choice for you.

Done the research and want to know where you can get quality CBD oil? Check out this post for information on some of the best products available on the market today.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

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CBD Oil Reviews – CBD Pure

CBD Oil Reviews – CBD Pure

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Today we are going to be taking a look into CBD Pure. The company is based out of Colorado, and is where their hemp is sourced from as well. They use certified organic-standards industrial hemp to make their products, which is a major factor when it comes to the purity of a product.

The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator, which means it has the ability to suck up any toxins, chemicals, or heavy metals from the ground that it is grown in. Organically grown hemp uses zero pesticides or other harmful chemicals during the growing stage, and it is extremely important that you choose a company that employs completely organic methods when it comes to their products.

In terms of purity and quality, this company has excellent standards, and they use the CO2 extraction method when it comes to their CBD. CO2 extraction is widely considered the safest and most environmentally friendly extraction method for CBD. It is also the most expensive. Companies that use this method(quite a few of them), also have products that will cost slightly more. The process is 100% solvent and chemical free, and by choosing a company that uses this method you can be sure that the product is of upmost purity.

CBD Pure only has a few products for sale unfortunately, CBD oil and CBD capsules. It would be awesome to see these guys expand their product range in the future. Don’t let the small range of their products get you down! In terms of quality and effectiveness, this is one company that is top-notch, and offers a money back guarantee that is above and beyond what you’re going to find ANYWHERE in the industry(more on this below)

Let’s take a look at their products.


CBD Pure Oil

The CBD oil from this company comes in three different strengths, and offer big discounts if you order more than one bottle at a time.

100 mg bottle

  • 1 month supply – $29.99
  • 3 month supply – $69.99 – works out to be $23.33 per bottle
  • 6 month supply – $124.99 – works out to be $20.83 per bottle

300 mg bottle

  • 1 month supply – $54.99
  • 3 month supply – $129.99 – works out to be $43.33 per bottle
  • 6 month supply – $219.99 – works out to be $36.67 per bottle

600 mg bottle

  • 1 month supply – $79.99
  • 3 month supply – $199.99 – works out to be $66.66 per bottle
  • 6 month supply – $339.99 – works out to be $56.67 per bottle

As you can see for yourself, when you buy in bigger quantities from CBD Pure, the savings can add up big time.

I ordered the 600mg oil to try out, and can definitely vouch for it in terms of pain and anxiety relief. The taste is similar to other unflavored oils on the market, having an earthy, slightly marijuana-ish flavor, but it isn’t as overwhelming as some I’ve tried. It also doesn’t leave a lingering aftertaste, which I’ve found to be more present with flavored oils.

As someone who suffers from eczema, I’ve been mixing my CBD oil into lotion and applying it to my skin topically as well as taking it orally. It mixes well with most lotions(I’ve tried it with several), and moisturizes well. For those who don’t know me, I developed eczema after having Essure put in and then surgically removed. CBD has been the one thing that has worked for my eczema, I can’t recommend it enough.

Being that my skin is in a really good state from previous continuous use of other CBD oil, I can’t say for sure about CBD Pure’s effectiveness for treating eczema, but I never experienced any irritation or flare-ups while I was using it, which is a great sign. With the quality and purity of their products, I would expect similar results to what I’ve experienced already with other CBD oils.

In terms of the pain and anxiety that I deal with, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 600mg oil I was taking from this company was having the same effects as the 1000mg oil that I was using directly before I started on this one. For this fact alone they get two thumbs up from me.

I’m a big fan of sublingual oils because they start working very quickly, approximately 20 minutes after you take them. This oil didn’t disappoint in that aspect either, I could feel my back pain start to diminish right around that 20 minute mark, and was definitely feeling the anxiety relief. I am always a bit more nervous when trying out a different oil, because I know how effective a good oil can be, and how awful it feels when it doesn’t work. The science behind this is pretty cool to read about, if you want to learn more click here.

CBD Pure Capsules

I only ordered the CBD oil to try out, so I can’t personally speak to the effectiveness of the capsules, but if the CBD oil that I tried from them is any indication, this is also going to be a great product to try out.

CBD capsules are a great choice to go with if you have an aversion to the taste of a sublingual oil(some people really don’t like it, even the flavored kinds). They have a lower bioavailability rate, which is the rate and degree that your body absorbs CBD, and also impacts the amount of CBD you’re actually getting in your body. You can read more about CBD bioavailability here.

Capsules can also be good for the fact that you know exactly how much CBD you are getting in one serving, there is no guessing game when it comes to measuring out drops for a sublingual oil/

They only have one option for the strength of the capsules. It comes with 30 capsules, each at 25mg of CBD per, for a total of 750mg CBD in the bottle

  • 1 month supply – $99.99
  • 3 month supply – $249.99 – works out to be $83.33 per bottle
  • 6 month supply – $419.99 – works out to be $69.99 per bottle

These kinds of deals are unreal. If you go for the 6-month supply, you are saving $30 per bottle! There are a few companies that are offering really good bundle packages, and this one is very close to the top in how much you can save if you buy more at one time.

CBD products also stay fresh for a long time, anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on how you store them. It should always be kept in a cool, dark place, away from sunlight.

The Best Money Back Guarantee This Industry Has To Offer

Seriously, this is truly what sets this company apart from the rest. CBD Pure is so confident that their products will work for you, that they back it up with a no questions asked 90 day money back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied, for ANY reason, you can return the product for a full refund within that 90 days.

3 months to use their CBD products. 3 months! There might be another company out there that has this kind of guarantee, but I haven’t found it yet. The majority of companies offer conditional return policies, which apply only to unopened, unused product, and generally come with a restocking fee.

You will be taking no chances when it comes to purchasing from this company, and they guarantee it.

Why Choose CBD Pure?

Well if I haven’t convinced you yet that this is one company you do NOT want to pass on, I don’t think there’s anything left that I can say that will.

The quality, affordability, and outstanding money back guarantee all work to give this company a solid 5 out of 5. Well, make that a 4.8 out of 5. The only con that CBD Pure has is its limited product range, which I’m hoping they will expand in the future.

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Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

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Anxiety And Depression – How Can CBD Oil Help?

Anxiety And Depression – How Can CBD Oil Help?

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A sense of dread. A racing heartbeat. Feeling nervous or tense for no reason. These are just some of the symptoms that people who suffer from the many anxiety disorders out there go through every day.

While some anxiety in a person’s life is normal, even healthy, being in a constant state of anxiety can have serious negative effects on your life, and your health.

An estimated 40 million people in the United States alone are suffering from anxiety, and the number is on the rise. The actual amount being treated for it is only a mere 37%.

For someone who doesn’t go through what these people do, it can be hard to understand it. When you’re on the outside looking in you may think that the person is just worrying needlessly, but it can be an absolute nightmare to deal with on a day to day basis.

Depression tends to go hand in hand with anxiety. Nearly half of all people who suffer from depression also suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder.

According to adaa.org, the leading cause of disability worldwide is depression. This is a huge issue that millions are dealing with around the globe.

So can CBD oil help with anxiety and depression? The answer to this lies within the Endocannabinoid System, but before we get there, let’s understand these two disorders a little better.


A Closer Look At Anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be incredibly complex, and can stem from many factors.

  • Genetics – Well researched, it has been shown that if anxiety runs in your family, you are more likely to suffer from it as well
  • Stress or other environmental influences – Work, school, or home life can have a big impact on anxiety disorders and how they develop.
  • Trauma – Some people have their anxiety triggered by a major negative event in their lives, such as abuse, an accident, or someone they love passing away.
  • Drugs and alcohol – misuse of either of these substances can cause anxiety, or make it worse
  • Medication side effects – Some prescription medications can make anxiety worse
  • Health issues – Going through an unexpected illness can have serious effects on your mental health, and is a big trigger for anxiety

There are many causes for anxiety, and what affects one person may not affect another the same way.

Women are twice as likely to develop an anxiety disorder than men, and at an earlier age. Scientists believe it is a result of different brain chemistry in women that is the cause for this, and certain hormone sensitivity plays a role.

Some people develop anxiety at a very young age, while with others it doesn’t manifest until they are much older.

Some common symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Feelings of doom, dread, fear, or panic for no reason
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Hyperventilation
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Unable to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Constantly worrying about health
  • Restlessness, or constant urge to move
  • Difficulty focusing

Not all anxiety is the same. As there are numerous causes and symptoms of anxiety, there are also a number of different disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) – People suffering from this disorder experience anxiety over a lot of things. Tending to think the worst of any situation, they will oftentimes build things up in their head, and imagine the worst possible outcome. Affecting approximately 6.8 million adults in the US, this is a very common disorder, and is diagnosed when experiencing symptoms more often than they are not.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder – This type of anxiety disorder presents itself with a fear of being in uncomfortable social situations, such as getting together with people they don’t know, or having to give a speech. For some, even a simple trip to the grocery store can induce anxiety. Social anxiety can cause extreme self consciousness, and make people want to avoid others, or unknown situations, at any cost.
  • Panic Disorder – This disorder causes extreme fear and stress in the individual experiencing it, and is often debilitating. Panic disorder can cause many unwanted physical side effects.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) – Usually caused by an extreme event in an individual’s life, this can cause unwanted flashbacks to the triggering event, nightmares, constant uncontrollable thoughts, and an urge to avoid any situation that may cause an episode.

 

These are just a few of the ways in which anxiety can rear its head. There are many, many more anxiety disorders.

It’s important to realize that people who are suffering from anxiety do not have any control over it. If it were just as easy as telling yourself to get over it, we wouldn’t be dealing with such a widespread issue.

Anxiety is highly treatable, and is usually managed with the help of prescription medications. Unfortunately, a lot of these meds may cause negative side effects, such as addiction, memory loss, drowsiness, sleep issues, sexual problems, and weight gain.

For some, the side effects are worse than the actual disorder.


A Closer Look At Depression

Depression has been said to be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain, but it is actually much more complex than that.

Like anxiety, there are multiple different causes for it. Some of them, like genetics, stress, and outside triggering events, are similar to the causes for anxiety, and the two are well intertwined.

Research into depression has revealed three key areas in which the brain is affected by the disorder.

  • Hippocampus – The hippocampus has a main role in memory and recollection. Studies have shown that the hippocampus is smaller in depressed people, and that constant stress slows and impairs the growth of nerve cells in this region
  • Amygdala – The amygdala is associated with all sorts of emotions; anger, arousal, fear, sorrow etc. Damage to the amygdala can directly affect memory and emotions. This damage can occur in different ways, such as physical damage or a chemical imbalance. The size of the amygdala is directly related to aggression levels in subjects.
  • Thalamus – The thalamus relays sensory information to the cerebral cortex, which is responsible for thinking, learning, speech, and behavior. It also has a direct effect on sleep patterns and alertness.

All three of these areas of the brain are closely intertwined. How the nerves work in these regions, how many nerve endings are present, and the ability to produce new growth have a direct impact when dealing with depression.

Anti-depressants can work to increase the number of neurotransmitters in the brain, and “fill the gap” in the paths along which these transmitters travel. Research is being done to see whether medications that directly involve repairing and strengthening these pathways can have an effect on depression.

Some common symptoms of depression are:

  • Loss of energy
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Anger
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Appetite changes
  • Feelings of extreme sadness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyed
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Suicidal or “dark” thoughts

Hormones also play a direct role in depression, and women are more likely than men to be affected. Because depression is so closely related to chemical imbalance, it is highly treatable with medications. In the same way as with anxiety meds though, some of these can have long term negative effects to them as well.


How CBD Can Play A Huge Role In Treating Both Disorders

Cannabidiol(CBD), and tetrahydrocannibinol(THC), are two of the over 100 cannabinoids that are present within the marijuana and hemp plants.

These cannabinoids work by binding to certain receptors that are located all throughout the body, in the Endocannabinoid System. CBD binds to CB-2 receptors, which are concentrated mainly in the immune, spleen, and gastrointestinal systems within the body. THC binds to CB-1 receptors, which are located mainly in the brain, lungs, nervous system, and kidneys.

Both of these cannabinoids can be used when looking to treat anxiety and depression.

The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for maintaining a whole host of bodily functions, some of which include mood, memory, appetite, motor function, sleep, reproduction system, and much more.

The human body naturally produces its own cannabinoids as well. The most studied one, Anandamide, has been called the “bliss molecule”, and is responsible for regulating mood and happiness. Having an endocannabinoid deficiency can directly impact the way you feel and function in your life. Adding in Full Spectrum CBD can play a big part in boosting the bodies own cannabinoids.

Inflammation, while once though to be a beneficial part of healing, and which is the bodies natural reaction to injury, is now thought to be linked to a vast number of diseases and disorders, including anxiety and depression.

CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, and has shown great results in treating a wide number of anxiety and depression disorders. It has been shown to stimulate brain receptors and help regulate the system, and is highly adaptable in regard to adjusting what it needs to in order to bring your body back into homeostasis, or balance within the body.

One important thing to remember here is that this process of bringing the body back into homeostasis, or correcting a chemical imbalance, is not instantaneous. Many people who start taking CBD oil expect the results to happen immediately, but it takes time for the system to adapt, and make the necessary changes within itself to provide relief.

For people that are expecting these quick results, and are not experiencing them, often give up and stop taking it believing that it is doing them no good. While some do experience immediate relief, it can take upwards of a month in some cases for the effects to start being noticeable.


What Effects Can Anxiety And Depression Have On Health?

These disorders can have a huge effect on your mental and physical well-being. Dealing with a constant amount of stress in your life has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal issues, and mental illness.

Going back to the fact that only 37% of people are currently seeking treatment for this, it is crucial that you reach out for help for the sake of your long term health.

Both of these disorders can be managed, regardless of if you want to do it naturally, or by medication. Please talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you believe you are suffering from either anxiety or depression.


How Much CBD Do I Need To Take?

This answer is going to be different for everyone. No one person’s chemical makeup is the same, and the dosage will vary widely from one to the next.

There are many different strengths available on the market today, ranging from very small(25mg), to very large(5000mg). A good rule of thumb to follow when first adding in CBD, is to start out at a very low dose, and increase from there depending on how your body is reacting to it.

You want to listen to your body, and not increase too fast, as the CBD can take some time to build up in the system. That being said, using too low of a dose can have no effect at all, and using too high of a dose can have some negative effects.

While the vast majority of people experience no side effects whatsoever, there are a few to watch out for, especially if you are just starting it:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness

Again, these are things to watch for, but CBD has been shown to be extremely well tolerated in humans, even at very high doses.

It’s all about finding the right dose that is going to effectively work for you. The only way to do this is to experiment with different amounts.

There are many ways that you can take CBD, such as taking a sublingual oil, vaping it, gummies, or other edibles and capsules. Choose the one that is going to best for your lifestyle, and be sure to read up on the bioavailability rate for each.

CBD has also been shown to interact with some medications, mainly ones that are processed in the liver. Be sure to talk to your doctor before adding it into your routine if you are on any medications currently.


Treating Anxiety And Depression Naturally

Many factors come into play when deciding on whether or not to treat these disorders with CBD oil.

It is up to you to weigh the pros and cons of medications vs. natural approaches. There is still much that is unknown about the Endocannabinoid System, and the role that the cannabis plant has in treating disease, but promising research has already been done in these areas, and more is being conducted every day.

Much in the same way that some medications work for one person and not the next, it can be said for CBD as well. The only way you’ll know is to try it for yourself.

Before deciding on what CBD oil to buy, make sure you are educated on what to look for, and that you choose companies that are focused on high quality, organic products. Not all CBD is created or extracted the same way, and in order to make an informed decision, you need to do your research beforehand.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

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What Is The Best Way To Take CBD Oil?- A Look At The Different Ingestion Methods

What Is The Best Way To Take CBD Oil?- A Look At The Different Ingestion Methods

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You’ve heard of CBD oil, and how it can benefit you, and now you turn to trusty old Google to find a product. And here’s where it gets confusing. An overwhelming amount of products pop up, and it’s available in ways that you probably hadn’t even thought of yet.

So what is the best way to take CBD oil?

Well, that’s going to depend on you, and the condition you are using it for.

There are several ways that you can take CBD, and we will go over each one so you can decide on what is going to be your best option.

For the people who are just learning about CBD oil and how it can help them, here is a quick breakdown for you.

Cannabidiol(CBD) is one of the over 100 cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis or industrial hemp plant. This cannabinoid works within the Endocannabinoid System to provide relief from numerous diseases and disorders, some of which are:

  • Inflammation
  • Skin disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • MS
  • IBS
  • Fibromayalgia
  • Menopause symptoms
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • And much, much more!

An incredible amount of research is being done on the subject around the globe right now.

There are different types of CBD available as well.

  • Full Spectrum – This has absolutely every possible beneficial part that the plant has to offer in it, including small amounts of THC, as well as terpenes and vitamins
  • Broad Spectrum – This has the majority of the terpenes and vitamins still present, but the THC and some other things are have been removed
  • CBD Isolate – 99.9% pure CBD, this has only that and nothing more

It is incredibly important to know which kind you are taking. For people who are drug tested through work or another organization, Full Spectrum oil can cause a fail. Even though the amount of THC that it contains is very small, and comes with no chance of feeling ‘high’ from it, it can still be detected.

For this reason also you need to make sure the company that you decide to order from has third party independent testing and lab reports easily accessible on their site. This is the ONLY way you are going to know what is actually in your CBD oil.

For people who are not drug tested, a Full Spectrum product is always going to be your best option, regardless of what you are taking it for. Having that little bit of THC in there, as well as all the other beneficial stuff, produces an “Entourage Effect”, where all the parts work together to boost each other, and provide greater relief than just any one part alone.

Now on to what you came for, the many different ways you can ingest CBD!

Bioavailability – What’s That?

It’s important to understand bioavailability when it comes to CBD. This is the rate and degree at which the CBD is absorbed into the body.

When you take CBD orally, which is the easiest and most popular method, the CBD gets broken down and metabolized by the liver, digestive tract, lungs, and blood.

The amount of CBD you are actually receiving is reduced after these processes occur, so you may think that you are getting the full mg amount you are taking, but you’re actually not.

Different delivery methods are going to produce different results, and is going to matter in terms of how much actual CBD you are getting.

Some of the different ways you can take CBD have way better bioavailability rates than others, so don’t be scared to play around with different ingestion methods!

Sublingual

The most popular way(so far) to take CBD oil is sublingually, or under the tongue.

CBD oils, or tinctures, comes in small bottles that are normally equipped with a dropper so you can easily measure out one drop at a time. You place the oil under the tongue, place your tongue down, and hold it there for about a minute and then swallow.

Using this method, the CBD gets absorbed by the blood vessels and sublingual glands that are present underneath the tongue. By taking it this way you are mostly bypassing the digestive system, and the first pass through the liver.

Sublingual delivery is pretty fast, with the effects being felt after about 20 minutes.

With sublingual ingestion, the bioavailablity has been reported to be 12%-35%. Taking it by this method offers long-lasting effects, approximately 4-6 hours.

With this long of an effect, it is easy to see why this is the most popular way to take CBD oil. It can be taken multiple times a day, and is extremely well tolerated, even in high doses.

There are several types of CBD sublinguals, such as oil, lozenges, sprays and concentrates, and they come in a wide variety of flavors. Be aware that some brands definitely taste better than others

Edibles

This is another way that you can take CBD. There are several products out there with regard to edibles, the most popular one being gummies. Others include hard candies, chocolate, beverages, and more.

These products are chewed up and then swallowed, and are an option for people who do not like the taste of CBD oil, or for children who struggle with taking the oil sublingually.

This method of taking CBD has a low bioavailability rate, 6%-15%. When consumed this way the CBD tends to collect in the fatty cells, and is slowly released throughout the day. Because it collects like this, if you take it consistently it will build up in your body over time and can be a good option for people suffering from chronic pain, as it is constantly being released by the cells.

Edibles can take up to two hours to take effect, so for somebody who is looking for quick relief this may not be the best option for them.

Capsules

This method comes in the form of pills, or oil filled capsules that you swallow. Much like edibles, it has a low bioavailability rate, 6%-15%.

It also works in the same way as it collects in the fatty cells, and has the advantage of having zero taste whatsoever as you don’t chew them before swallowing.

Capsules can also take up to two hours to feel the effects from it.

It’s good to remember that just because a certain method has a low bioavailability rate it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a viable option. Choosing a product with a higher rate may not always be cost effective in the long run.

Vaping

This method involves inhaling CBD with a vaporizer. This can be with a disposable or refillable vape pen, or other vape device. To get started with this method, you can either visit a local vape store, or shop online for a device. Many companies offer vape setups that come with everything you need to get started, including CBD e-liquid.

*IMPORTANT* CBD e-liquid is NOT CBD oil!!! You would not vape straight CBD oil, it was not designed for this. If you are considering vaping CBD, you must get the proper product in order to do so. Failure to follow these instructions could cause serious harm!

Vaping CBD has a very high bioavailability rate, estimated at 35%-55%.

By directly entering the lungs, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, and the effects from this method are felt almost immediately, within minutes.

The effects of vaping CBD last around 2-3 hours. This method has the shortest effect time, but the best bioavailability rate.

There are also tons of options for CBD e-liquid, and comes in may different flavors, strengths, and types. Some companies offer liquid that is tasteless, and can be added to any juice you currently own.

The long term effects of vaping in general are not known or well studied as of yet, it is up to you to decide whether this is the best option for you or not.

Vaping CBD can also be used alongside another method, for example, you can take a sublingual or edible product, which has a longer effect time, and use a vape as a “top up”, for immediate relief.

Topically

This method is available in several forms, including creams, balms, lip chap, beauty products, etc.

CBD taken in this form does not enter the bloodstream, which is great to know for anyone who is drug tested, as Full Spectrum topical products will include THC.

CBD topicals can be used to treat numerous ailments, as the skin contains many cannabinoid receptors. It can offer localized pain relief when applied directly to the area, or can be used to treat conditions such as eczema, or psoriasis.

More and more companies are coming out with topical products. When looking at the products, try to get one that has a higher concentration of CBD, as CBD applied in this manner has an extremely low bioavailability rate. CBD used in this manner needs to be applied liberally.

CBD Suppositories

Research into the bioavailabilty rates of this method are low, but there are claims that it can be up to 70%!

This is also one of the methods that is quite rare, but can provide very effective relief. It enters the body and blood stream through veins that are located in the anus.

This method is usually considered when all other options have been deemed unavailable for whatever reason. One example of this may be for a person who has IBS, and has difficulty processing CBD when taken orally.

By ingesting it this way it does not enter the digestive tract at all. There are some companies that offer vaginal as well as rectal suppositories, and there are claims that these methods can provide very localized relief, such as from cramps, pelvic pain, etc.

Unfortunately there is no real research to back this up just yet, but it is something that is being studied right now.

Which One Should I Choose?

When looking at the hundreds of products available, you need to do the research into the different kinds that are available, and weigh the pros and cons of each.

Looking for something that will provide immediate relief? Vaping will be your best option.

Looking for a long-lasting effect? Your choice here is going to be a sublingual oil.

Can’t stomach the taste of either of those methods? Try out the many edibles or capsules that are available on the market.

Regardless of what method you choose, always make sure you are looking at the lab reports and testing that are done by third party companies. This is to ensure that you are getting the amount of CBD in your products that they are claiming, and also that is doesn’t come tainted by heavy metals or toxins. Fully organic is the only way to go when it comes to CBD products.

Until next time, happy CBD’ing!

Mallory – CBD Handle

Which method are you taking? I’d love to hear how it is working for you, make sure to leave a comment below!

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