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StaffStaffMarch 5, 2021
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Editors Note: This has been republished from the Green Market Report.

Many non-contagious ailments cause millions of deaths worldwide. Unfortunately, tobacco addiction stands among the top triggers of such diseases. Each year, over seven million people die of tobacco-related complications. In the US alone, more than 40 million adults have a nicotine addiction. Worse yet, tobacco addiction therapies don’t seem to be efficient, for the most part.

Smoking cessation drugs don’t bring assured results in the long run. But there is a promising solution to this problem. CBD (cannabidiol) is an active ingredient derived from the hemp plant and widely used for medical purposes today. So can it cope with tobacco addiction? How to quit smoking cigarettes with the help of CBD oil? Read further to find all this out.

Is CBD Addictive?

As most of us know, smoking marijuana leads to addiction. Is CBD addictive then? In reality, it’s not. Cannabidiol belongs to non-toxic cannabis ingredients and doesn’t alter your brain function. Therefore, you can’t develop a CBD addiction. Additionally, cannabidiol can alleviate the psychoactive effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main active ingredient of recreational marijuana.

How CBD Helps You Quit Smoking

1. CBD Battles Tobacco Withdrawal Symptoms

Nicotine is as addictive as hard drugs like cocaine. That’s why it’s so hard to quit smoking. Once you try to cease this deadly habit, you will face an almost impenetrable barrier of withdrawal symptoms. It’s not just the urge for another cigarette. Tobacco withdrawal develops within several days and involves headaches, increased appetite and irritability, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and depression. 

The worst part is that you may feel this nightmare for weeks. If it was easy to withstand this period, smoking would not become a global concern.

So how can CBD help you overcome nicotine addiction? The matter is that CBD regulates the sleep/wake cycle, pain, mood, and satiety. It combats headaches, promotes restful sleep, and regulates blood pressure. Given that, CBD can relieve some physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, helping you get through this period without much struggle.

2. CBD Cigarettes Can Ease Tobacco Cravings

You pull out a cigarette from the pack, light it, and take a peaceful, long, and warm puff. You have been doing this for years, day after day. Stopping this is unimaginable: this ritual is engraved in your mind. It’s a part of your identity. But you could try a CBD cigarette instead of a regular one if you feel a desperate urge to smoke. It can become your first step toward overcoming tobacco addiction. By smoking the best CBD cigarettes, you no longer receive nicotine, which is much healthier. Additionally, CBD prevents most nicotine withdrawal symptoms from devastating your body and mind.

Therefore, you can preserve the smoking habit while replacing regular cigarettes with a much healthier alternative. It’s much easier to quit smoking this way than just bring a sudden drastic change to your routine.

3. CBD Helps You Relax

Cannabidiol has evident, well-studied anxiolytic properties. Both animal and human studies show that CBD reduces anxiety equally to diazepam, a common sedative drug. For instance, CBD brings relief to people with public speaking anxiety. Also, cannabidiol shows immense efficiency against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

All in all, it’s a powerful stress-relieving supplement that will help you cope with panic attacks and depression resulting from smoking cessation.

4. CBD Reduces Cigarette Consumption

Researchers revealed a direct dependence between CBD intake and cigarette consumption. Thus, a 2013 study showed that tobacco-dependent individuals reduced cigarette consumption by an impressive 40% while taking CBD. Furthermore, CBD minimizes the pleasure of smoking cigarettes. In other words, nicotine won’t give you that pleasure if you take CBD.

A recent study has shown that smokers who took CBD felt less motivated to smoke cigarettes.

Under this trial, 30 smokers took 800 mg of CBD after overnight cigarette abstinence. The participants reported that they felt less pleasure from watching other people smoking. In other words, it was easier for the participants to ignore cigarette stimuli.

As for cigarette cravings and withdrawal, there was no significant difference between CBD and placebo treatment whatsoever.

However, researchers investigated short smoking abstinence periods (11 hours). It’s an insufficient time for the most physical nicotine withdrawal symptoms to occur. It might be a possible reason for such observations on CBD efficiency against tobacco withdrawal within this study.

How to Take CBD for Tobacco Addiction

So, as we’ve found out, CBD helps you quit smoking. But how to take cannabidiol to overcome nicotine addiction? Here’s a step-by-step guide: 

Choose High-Quality Products

There is one rule you should always follow: buy CBD cigarettes, tinctures, vape oils, and other products from reliable and reputable brands. For this, you have to check:

  • The THC content in each product. It must be less than 0.3%.
  • The hemp source. Prioritize brands with in-house hemp fields in the US or Western Europe.
  • Certifications and drug tests. It’s always better to choose certified products that meet the US hemp cultivation standards and undergo regular third-party lab tests.

Adjust CBD Doses Gradually

‘How much CBD should I take to combat my tobacco addiction?’, you may ask. The accurate dosage depends on your metabolism, weight, and the intensity of cigarette withdrawal complications like headaches, poor sleep, high blood pressure, etc.

Thus, you should consult your practitioner to decide on the initial dose and increase it slowly for better results. You can start with 12-15 mg of CBD per day to see how your body reacts to cannabidiol. If such a dose works fine for you, you can begin taking more CBD to reduce salience of cigarette stimuli.

The Bottom Line

CBD can become a viable solution for cigarette quitters. First, cannabidiol fights several tobacco withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and high blood pressure. Second, it helps you ignore cigarette cues. Third, CBD cigarettes can become a temporary healthy alternative to regular cigarettes on your way to smoking cessation.

Finally, CBD reduces stress, helping you cope with the emotional pressure. Given that, CBD is your option to break the suffocating chains of addiction and breathe freely in all senses of this word.


StaffStaffNovember 30, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

It is perfectly fine not to know where to start when it comes to buying CBD products online. As CBD has recently gained popularity across the globe, most people aren’t quite aware of the market yet. Over the past decade, many new companies and brands have come into existence that manufactures and sell CBD products and is managing to grow exponentially. 

Today, a simple search on the internet will expose you to hundreds of brands that sell CBD products. If you are a first-time buyer, it is natural for you to find it challenging to locate a trustworthy company to source your CBD products. 

In order to make the search easier for you, we are going to list the top brands in the market where you can expect to find quality CBD products that offer therapeutic benefits, suiting your individual needs. 

 

  1. Green Garden Gold 

 

Green Garden Gold is a company that was founded in 2014. Headquartered in Texas, the company sources its raw materials from Colorado. The brand specializes in hemp oil extracts in the form of oral drops and tinctures, but you can also find options in CBD edibles, isolates, pain creams, and capsules. Additionally, the company is also famous for products that target weight loss, beauty, skincare, and pets. 

With GMP certification, you can expect the products to be of top-quality. Even after ordering your product, you will be able to return it within 30 days with a full refund. 

 

  1. Endoca CBD 

 

Specializing in hemp oil extracts, Endoca CBD is a reputed company that’s headquartered in Europe. However, the satellite and facilities offices are located in the United States. Established in 2006, the company sources its raw materials from Scandinavia. 

Their journey started with manufacturing hemp oil drops, but they also manufacture a variety of CBD products, ranging from skin balms, crystals capsules, chewing gums, creams to capsules. 

 

  1. Green Gorilla 

 

Green Gorilla came into existence in the year 2013, when the company sourced its raw materials from Denmark. Recently, they have expanded and growing their own hemp plants. 

Though specializing in pure CBD oil, you can expect to find a plethora of options on CBD topicals and whole plan CBD oils. Additionally, some of the products Green Gorilla produces are also meant for horse and pet care. 

With every batch the company produces, a Certificate of Analysis will be posted on the website. It allows users and buyers to refer to them whenever they want to verify the quality of the CBD products online. 

 

  1. Bluebird Botanicals 

 

If you are looking for one of the top CBD brands of today, Bluebird Botanicals will be there on the list. Awarded as #1 Hemp CBD Company in 2016, you can expect the quality of products and services to be the best. 

The company was founded in 2012, with its headquarters in Colorado. The brand specializes in Hemp and CBD Concentrated Extracts. You will find the products in two strength levels – 1500 mg and 25 mg. Additionally, the brand also produces hemp capsules, isolates, vaporizers, and CBD for pets. 

 

  1. Plus CBD Oil 

 

If you are looking for a company specializing in CBD oil sprays and drops, this European-certified brand is the one for you. Plus CBD oil was launched in 2014, which primarily focuses on CBD capsules, sprays, and drops. With a strength level that ranges from 1 mg to 3 mg, these products are known to be perfect for beginners. 

Over the years, the company also started manufacturing CBD soft gels, balms, applicators, gummies, etc. All of these products come in higher strength levels and potencies. 

The company currently has two headquarters—one in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the other in San Diego, California. 

 

  1. Green Roads CBD 

 

In the last two decades, Green Roads is supplying CBD products and ruling over the online market. After sourcing their raw materials from Colorado, the brand creates unique formulae for every product. Headquartered in Florida, the company offers a supply of various CBD products, such as oils, edibles, syrups, capsules, terpenes, creams, concentrates, and daily doses. 

 

  1. Hempworx 

 

When it comes to the youngest CBD brands in the market, Hempworx is one on the top portion of the list. Though it is one of the youngest names, the company has become quite successful in supplying awesome CBD products. 

Despite specializing in CBD Hemp Oil Herbal Drops, the company offers several other products that come in the form of CBD pet treats, icy pain creams, collagen creams, and anti-aging creams. 

 

  1. Diamond CBD 

 

The company made a formal appearance in 2016 and managed to spread love in the community in a very short span. It has a significant presence on both online and media platforms, which is the reason why you will see many renowned personalities and celebrities using their products. 

With a wide range of options in CBD products, you can expect to find CBD drinks, vape oils, edibles, creams, and dabs at their online portal. 

 

Closing Thoughts 

 

Though many other companies have a good reputation in manufacturing and selling CBD products, these are the eight brands that topped our list. As a beginner, you will not be disappointed if you shop from their portals to get the most out of CBD.  

 


StaffStaffNovember 23, 2020
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Canopy Growth Corporation  (NASDAQ: CGC) and its medical division, Spectrum Therapeutics, have completed and published a new study on the long-term effects of cannabidiol (CBD), specifically focusing on toxicity and lifespan effects of CBD in the preclinical model C. elegans. The study was conducted in partnership with NemaLife Inc. and is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research journal.

“Despite widespread use of CBD, no life-long toxicity studies had been conducted to date to determine the impact – or potential impact – of long-term exposure to CBD,” shared Hunter Land, Senior Director of Translational and Discovery Science at Canopy Growth. “These results serve as the only CBD life-long exposure data in an in vivo model to date, and the absence of long-term toxicity gives us the evidence we need as an industry to continue researching the potential health benefits for the broader application of CBD.”

Study Results

Acute and long-term exposure studies of CBD at physiologically relevant concentrations were studied in the worm model Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) on the basis that 60-80% of their genes are shared with humans, and their comparatively short lifespan of 2-3 weeks makes such studies feasible. In the C. elegans model, which is recognized as a valid model for this kind of research, CBD did not demonstrate any degree of acute or life-long toxicity or related liabilities at physiological concentrations. Instead, CBD extended the mean lifespan up to 18% and increased late-stage life activity by up to 206% compared to the untreated controls within the study.

The company said the study was commissioned to evaluate the solubility, stability, acute toxicity, thermotolerance, and effects on the lifespan of CBD in C. elegans as part of Canopy Growth’s ongoing commitment to providing the data required to support and influence public policy through research. To the best of the Canopy’s knowledge, this study represents the first long-term toxicity and lifespan research regarding the effects of chronic exposure to cannabidiol – one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis.

While further research into the life-long use of CBD should be carried out in mammalian models, the C. elegans model indicates a lack of long-term toxicity at physiologically relevant concentrations. Canopy Growth and its medical division Spectrum Therapeutics continue to advance a range of research initiatives aimed at furthering the understanding of – and unleashing – the full potential of cannabis.

 

 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 30, 2020
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Company: Harbor Hemp Company

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What Makes This Brand Unique: If you haven’t yet heard of Harbor Hemp Company, it’s high time you got in on this family-run health and wellness CBD brand.

Based in Connecticut, Harbor Hemp is among the most health and eco-conscious CBD purveyors in the country. Using only industrial hemp grown in the US, Harbor Hemp CBD is lab tested twice and manufactured at a Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certified facility in Connecticut.

If you’ve read our previous reviews of Harbor Hemp, you’re familiar with the sheer variety of products this company offers. From sports creams to lab-tested tinctures, it’s no surprise they’re among the brands pioneering CBD-infused beverages.

Calm Seas CBD-Infused Seltzer Review

We had the opportunity to sample Harbor Hemp Company’s Calm Seas CBD-infused seltzer, and we were not disappointed.

This beverage came to us discreetly packaged in a perfectly-sized brown box. Sure enough, the cans themselves were professionally styled to match the running theme across all Harbor Hemp products: a red, white, and blue label depicting a stylized scenic coastline and the watchful eye of a lighthouse.

It’s no wonder that they named this seltzer Calm Seas. In line with their overall New England-style branding, this beverage is designed inside and out to elicit a total sense of mind-body harmony.

True to their mission to offer the highest quality CBD in healthful consumable forms, Harbor Hemp includes only 4 ingredients in their seltzer: water, 26mg CBD extract, natural black cherry flavor, and citric acid.

We considered this product to be a positive alternative to alcohol. After all, the 16-ounce cans and red, white, and blue color scheme do remind one of a PBR tallboy.

However, it’s so much better than that. Instead of cracking open a beer at the end of a long day, we opted for Calm Seas. The desired end result is achieved: a totally relaxing summer evening enjoying a beverage on the front porch.

The side effects of alcohol are skillfully avoided. With 0% THC, you’ll experience no intoxication or hangover. Instead, you’ll get the hydration you slacked on throughout the day.

And no offense to the diehard fans, but we are happy to announce that Calms Seas tastes worlds better than a beer.

The black cherry flavor is light with a slightly citric tang. Citric acid is a natural preservative and may aid your body in the absorption of water. There is absolutely no hemp scent or flavor to this beverage.

Overall, this beverage is an amazing alternative to an alcoholic nightcap. It’s also great to sip on throughout the day. Whenever you need to de-stress, Calm Seas will bathe you in a feeling of wellness.


StaffStaffJuly 15, 2020
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Studies have shown CBD to target and affect cancer cells differently than normal healthy cells. Cannabis has been shown to prevent tumor growth, trigger cell death, prevent the formation of blood vessels that feed the tumor, and inhibit the metastasis of cancer from one part of the body to another. 

Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets.

Ardolino believes that Full Spectrum CBD will help the quality of life of the animal, especially while going through chemotherapy. Whether it’s nausea, pain, or insomnia, she suggests using this natural medicine will help your pet live comfortably. 

She cites a study published in 2018 that found that CBD inhibits the growth of cancerous cells in mice with pancreatic and bladder cancer. Not only did CBD inhibit cancer cell growth, but it also proved to prevent future cancerous growths in the mice treated with CBD. The conclusion of this study noted that CBD could be a viable option to treat cancer in both humans and animals. Additional research concluded that “The antiproliferative and apoptotic effects produced by some of these pharmacological probes [CBD] reveal that the endocannabinoid system is a promising new target for the development of novel chemotherapeutics to treat cancer.

Anxiety

“Whether it’s general anxiety, noise anxiety, or separation anxiety, Full Spectrum CBD is an incredible way to keep your pet anxiety-free, as opposed to something like Benadryl, which can put a strain on a dog’s liver and kidneys,” said Ardolino. “Unfortunately, anxiety due to things like thunderstorms and fireworks can lead to much more serious issues. In recent years, multiple reports have surfaced of older dogs and even puppies suffering heart attacks which lead to their death during fireworks displays. Additionally, during these noisy celebrations, there are increased incidents of dogs running through sliding glass doors or running away. In fact, more dogs are lost on July 4 and January 1 than any other days of the year.”

Dosing

Since many CBD companies are limited in what they can say on websites and labels, dosing causes great confusion with pet owners. “I suggest starting with 9-12mg and increase if needed. For situational anxiety like storms, you should see a difference within 15 minutes,” said Ardolino. “If you’re not seeing results, give more. For general anxiety, it should be given daily. Adjust the dose as needed until you find what works.”

Ardolino went on to explain that research shows that CBD works by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. CBD binds to one of your brain’s receptors called CB1. Within the brain, CBD can mimic serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors. Often called the ‘happy’ chemical, these serotonin receptors are responsible for emotional balance. 

Allergies

She added, “CBD and the other compounds found in a full-spectrum hemp extract are best known for their ability to bring the body’s systems into homeostasis. That’s just a fancy way of describing a state of balance. 

There are tons of cannabinoid receptors throughout the organs that control our pet’s immune systems. Instead of completely turning off the immune responses, like Apoquel does, CBD increases communication between cells in the immune system, encouraging a more moderate and targeted response to allergy symptoms. “

Seizures

“If your dog is prone to seizures, your veterinarian may prescribe phenobarbital (PB) and potassium bromide (KBr or K-BroVet Potassium Bromide). However, these medications may have negative side effects and can cause further liver damage, which is why many pet parents are turning to full spectrum hemp extract (CBD oil),” she said.

CBD has been used by humans to treat seizures for years. In fact, in 2003, the U.S. government patented CBD as a neuroprotectant (despite the U.S. prohibition on cannabis). Because of the rise of hemp-derived CBD for pets, studies focusing on the effects of CBD on seizures in dogs is being studied now more than ever.

She suggested these blogs for ailments that she sees a lot of dogs suffering from and benefiting from the medicine most.

 

Cushings- https://cbddoghealth.com/can-cbd-help-a-dog-with-cushings-disease/

 

IVDD- https://cbddoghealth.com/can-cbd-help-ivdd-in-dogs/

 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 9, 2020
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Company: Radio

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Radio is an up-and-coming wellness-centered lifestyle brand. For Radio, CBD is but one element of a well-rounded supplement of organic herbs and extracts. Their ultimate goal is to make CBD and other natural ingredients more accessible and consumable (read: tastier!) for all.

The packaging design stands out first and foremost: elegant yet electric. Across all Radio’s products, the cardboard box housing the goodness inside looks like a box that would hold an old amplifier vacuum tube or DIY electronics component. It’s even sealed with copper-colored tape emulating the circuit board of an old school radio.

We can only speculate as to their intention, but based on their desire to incorporate nature into your system, it feels clear: the design lets consumers know that their powerful products seamlessly sync up with your body’s natural processes.

Radio products are manufactured in sunny Southern California. Radio has a clear focus on high quality, organic ingredients with 0% THC (see their lab results for each lot here); tastier, more digestible wellness products; and accessibility via payment plans and discreet shipping and packaging.

We sampled two products designed to support your body’s energy production and your brain’s concentration. Let’s jump in and see how these products performed.

Lazer Focus CBD Tincture: Full Spectrum CBD Oil (500mg) Review

In an effort to find a non-narcotic focus enhancer, we decided to give Radio’s Lazer Focus CBD tincture a try. Lazer Focus is a CBD tincture with 0.0% THC. In other words, it won’t give you that distracted, lethargic feeling of a marijuana high.

Instead, you’ll find this tincture is chock full of organic herbal extracts believed to improve concentration and boost energy. Mood-elevating citrus, black pepper, hops, pine, and jasmine perk you up before work. Lab-tested hemp oil extract balances this energizing concoction with calming terpenes, CBD, and flavonoids.

The result? Lazer Focus, of course! Just 1-2ml doses of Lazer Focus helped our team de-stress and tune in. Matched with the invigorating flavor of orange and hibiscus, this tincture is sure to turn your lights on.

In fact, this product helped us realize many of our internal distractions come from stress. How can we do our best work with the weight of the world on our minds? To make matters worse, stimulants like controlled ADHD medications and caffeine often worsen our stress. Lazer Focus eases us into a productive flow without any anxiety or crash.

After an extensive trial and evaluation of Radio’s Lazer Focus, we’d certainly recommend it for efficacy, innovation, and taste.

Foresight Capsules Review

Foresight capsules is a supplement packed with vitamins that boost energy and encourage focus. A vibrant blend of organic herbs and nootropics, these cognitive enhancing capsules are designed to gently promote mental focus and concentration.

Radio recommends taking two capsules per day, and we are inclined to agree. This dose packs 4,000% Daily Value of vitamin B12, the vitamin responsible for energy production at the cellular level. You’ll also benefit from 500% DV of vitamin D3, which many American adults are deficient in.

But the secret sauce is in the nootropics – a term referring to supplements that enhance mental function. Herbal nootropics in this blend include bacopa, alpinia galanga, ashwagandha, alpha-GPC, L-theanine, and black pepper extract. All of these natural herbs and vitamins are supposed to have mood lifting and cognitive enhancing effects.

Foresight capsules are ideal for those of us looking to perform our best at work, home, and play. Subtle yet meaningful, these capsules are a fantastic alternative to addicted stimulants without the painful side effects.


StaffStaffJune 30, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post.

Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, is a psychoactive drug derived from the Cannabis plant. As you probably already know, Marijuana is mostly used recreationally but is being researched on more and more every day to be used as medicine. The effects of marijuana can be felt from smoking it, vaporizing it, putting it in food, or using it as an extract. 

In almost all countries, it is considered an illegal substance. In fact, it is actually only legal within four countries and 11 states of the U.S with 33 states allowing it for medicinal use.Cannabis can provide medical uses which lies within the chemicals found in it, these chemicals are called cannabinoids. There are two main cannabinoids, which are THC and CBD. The focus will be on CBD but it’s good to know the differences between the two cannabinoids and what the benefits are.

THC and CBD

On the molecular level, THC and CBD have the exact same structure but the difference is how the atoms themselves are laid out. The differing arrangements have vastly different effects on your body while also being chemically similar to your body’s endocannabinoids. The chemical similarity allows interaction between the cannabinoids and your cannabinoid receptors.

The main difference between THC and CBD is psychoactivity or how much the chemical affects the mind. THC is very psychoactive and therefore gives the “high” that THC is known for. CBD is the opposite of this as it is not at all psychoactive. It can actually even disrupt the connection of THC to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain which ends up weakening how much THC affects the brain.

 As for use in medicine goes, THC and CBD offer many of the same benefits. But the main difference between the two is that THC offers a sense of euphoria while CBD does not. As for side-effects, CBD has minimal effects, even in large doses. The same cannot be said for THC but its side-effects are still mild. It also should be noted that neither compound is fatal. However, THC can affect the growth of the mind in children and teenagers.

CBD and CBD Oil

CBD stands for cannabidiol and as mentioned, is the second most prevalent component of marijuana. Despite that, it is also directly derived from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of cannabis. And to reiterate, CBD is not a psychoactive chemical and therefore will not cause a “high.” According to the World Health Organization, it shows no indication of having abuse or dependency potential.

In the United States, its exact legal status isn’t definite, all 50 states have legalized CBD under certain restrictions while the federal government carries CBD in the same class as marijuana. In 2015, the FDA eased restrictions on it allowing researchers to conduct trials on it. The government’s position on CBD is confusing but CBD is readily available online without the need for a license.

One form that CBD can be acquired in is as an extract known as CBD oil. This oil is said to have wide-ranging medical benefits from aiding in seizures to helping with anxiety. And while there certainly is not enough evidence to say without a doubt this is all true, there still is some truth in the claims. 

Anxiety

A promising benefit found in early research of CBD is its capacity to aid in mental health such as reducing the effects of both anxiety and depression. It’s unclear how CBD directly affects the brain by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors but it is generally thought to alter serotonin signals. This is important because serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that plays a role in mental health.

Serotonin is a chemical naturally produced in the body and has a wide range of functions. Serotonin can be referred to as the happy chemical due to how it contributes to your wellbeing and general happiness. In addition to that, it also helps to regulate the body’s sleep cycle and the body’s circadian rhythm.

Having low levels of serotonin is associated with those who have depression and having low enough serotonin can lead to anxiety. However, the association between serotonin levels and depression is unclear. The question being whether serotonin levels cause depression or if depression causes serotonin levels to drop.

Despite that, anxiety is generally treated with SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors but SSRIs are only available by prescription. It’s possible that CBD can do what SSRIs can without the nasty side-effects of prescription medicine. However, since the research in the field isn’t thorough enough, nothing is definitive. 

As just mentioned, there isn’t enough research in the field to make any definitive statements. What is definitive, however, is that there is some correlation to CBD usage and the reduction of anxiety. This is shown by a study that stated those with a social anxiety disorder who received CBD had overall reduced anxiety levels as compared to those who received a placebo.

The more research that is done on CBD, the more benefits and side-effects that can be found from it. And the more research that is done can also fine-tune the benefits that are already known. Essentially making it possible to decide the dosage specific to a particular patient with more accuracy in turn making CBD more effective without the need to deal with severe side-effects. 

CBD and Medicine

While CBD has the potential to treat a wide range of illnesses and ailments, one concerning aspect of it is how it interacts with other medications. An epilepsy study observed heightened blood levels of those on anti-epileptic drugs while also being on CBD. What this means is that changes in dosage will need to be made if both medications are used in tandem. It also raises the question of if CBD is safe to use with other medications no matter the dosage.

CBD and Anxiety

Overall, CBD is a new medicine that is being researched on more and more with each passing day. The effects that CBD has will be more understood as well as how to properly utilize it. Currently, there is a correlation between CBD usage and a reduction in anxiety. It’s probable that CBD affects serotonin levels thus reducing the effects of anxiety without having severe side-effects, consequently, potentially it is better than current SSRIs.


StaffStaffJune 25, 2020
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Reprinted with permission from AmericanMarijuana.org.

Should you consider CBD for pain relief? Studies upon studies on CBD’s effectiveness against pain relief has been put on the tables. Even though most of them came up with positive results, there still are a few studies that concluded otherwise, claiming that studies still ARE NOT enough.

In this study, AmericanMarijuana looks at 1,453 Americans that use CBD for pain relief to see how well it performed compared to opioid. Specifically, we’ll look at its effectiveness, advantages, potential downsides, and practitioner’s perception towards the application of CBD for pain relief.

Demographics

How is CBD Used in Pain Management?

  • 60% of CBD consumers use it to treat Chronic pain, followed by Migraine pain (34%), Arthritis pain (28%), and Cancer treatment pain (3%).
  • Smoking/Vaping is the most common CBD administration method with 41%, followed by Topical (32%), Tincture/Oil (31%), Edibles (27%), Capsules (26%), Sublingual (9%).
  • 55% of participants don’t use THC for pain relief.

CBD Efficiency in Pain Relief

  • 53% CBD consumers use it as their ONLY pain relief medication.
  • 32% don’t feel any tolerance to CBD despite long-time consumption.
  • 44% NEVER experience any side effects.

CBD vs Opioids

Among 259 participants who regularly used opioids before CBD:

Opioids Usage Changes after Using CBD

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Major takeaways:

97% use fewer opioids after using CBD. Among them:

  • 15% entirely quit opioids to use ONLY CBD for pain relief.
  • 70% has tried other medications to replace opioids but ending up rely mostly on CBD to treat pain.

Opioids Withdrawal Symptoms after Using CBD

They ended/eased before using CBD

15%
They eased, but it has nothing to do with CBD use

37%
They eased. Thanks to CBD

36%
They didn’t ease after CBD use

3%
Didn’t have any opioid withdrawal symptoms

7%

Major takeaways:

  • 73% said that their opioid withdrawal symptoms eased after they used CBD. Half of them believe it thanks to CBD effects.
  • Only 3% didn’t see opioids withdrawal symptoms relieved after using CBD.

Can CBD Replace Opioids?

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Marjor takeaways:

  • 84% believe CBD can replace opioid.

The biggest advantage of CBD compared to opioids

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Marjor takeaways:

The two biggest advantages of CBD compared to opioids are:

  • CBD has fewer/less dangerous side effects (36%).
  • CBD is not addictive (35%).

Perception of Practitioners on CBD for Pain Relief

Major takeaways:

  • 44% of CBD consumers’ practitioner support using CBD for pain relief while only 9% are against it.
  • Surprisingly, 31% of CBD consumers don’t tell their practitioners about their CBD use for pain.

Experts’ comments:

One potentially concerning finding from the study was that ” 31% of CBD consumers don’t tell their practitioners about their CBD use for pain.” I would stress to anyone who is interested in using CBD that they need to disclose it to their physicians. Many people do not realize that there is a high potential for drug-drug interactions with CBD and many common prescription and OTC medications.

Tory R. Spindle, Ph.D

Experts’ comments

I would say that overall, these findings are consistent with other recent surveys that have also shown people are commonly using CBD to treat pain and that they report it is effective. This study suggests that what we now need is controlled research to understand CBD’s pain-relieving effects (there is surprisingly very little research published in this area on humans). Without controlled studies, it is difficult to know whether some people experience benefits from CBD due to expectancy effects. For example, they may have heard from a friend that CBD helps with pain and they then have an expectation it will help them (this is often referred to as the placebo effect). Controlled research will also help to determine if there are certain CBD doses that are more effective than others, routes of administration, etc.

Tory R. Spindle, Ph.D – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Our lab has been doing research on cannabinoids for over 20 years. Our studies on CBD have shown that it is highly effective against autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. In fact, based on our studies, FDA has approved the use of CBD to treat autoimmune hepatitis as an orphan drug. Because inflammation also causes pain, it is likely that CBD-mediated suppression of pain may result from its anti-inflammatory properties

Prakash Nagarkatti, Ph.D – Vice President for Research, University of South Carolina

It is important for readers to understand the limitations of observational, cross-sectional, survey-based research such as this — particularly when the survey is only distributed to people who fit a certain pre-set criteria (here, people who already use CBD for pain relief). An individual’s belief that a drug treats certain symptoms is different from clinical, placebo-controlled evidence that the drug is actually effective. While these results may tell readers what a certain group of survey-takers thin about CBD, readers should not accept these results as evidence that CBD is effective as pain relief or will help them replace opioids — at least until more robust evidence is available.

Theodore L. Caputi, BS – Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland

The relationship between cannabis use and opioid use/mortality is still somewhat debated in the scientific literature, with most research focused on comparing states where marijuana is legal, with those where it’s not. Most of those comparisons seem to show a positive effect; that states with more relaxed marijuana laws have lower rates of opioid abuse. There’s also some debate around exactly which components of cannabis are most useful for pain relief, with different reports suggesting that both THC and CBD may help relieve pain. That your survey respondents clearly find CBD helpful for managing their pain helps to fill in another piece of this puzzle, and as a whole it’s a very encouraging set of results.

Matthew Wall, Ph.D – Senior Imaging Scientist, Imperial College London

This study demonstrates some of the benefit that consumers are finding with with CBD for pain. In our work, we found benefit for anxiety that was prompt and without significant side effects. We need more studies to clarify all of these findings, but the basic science and early clinical findings support a strong signal that echoes the relief indicated in this survey.

Scott Shannon, MD – American Holistic Medical Association

Information is vital. Heightened by the breadth of the opioid crisis, it strictly benefits us to learn about the efficacy and drawbacks of alternative forms of pain management. With additional information and evidence, we can make better choices in treatment.

Rhet Smith – Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Methodology

We launched the survey on MTurk. To make sure the participants are U.S weed smokers, we do two things:

  1. Set qualifications to ensure that participants are located only in the U.S.
  2. Set a qualifying question at the beginning of the survey. In this case, the qualifying question is “Do you use CBD for pain relief?”, those who answered “No” will be disqualified and can not complete the survey.
We also have an attention-check question in the middle of the survey to ensure participants do not randomly answer the survey.

Because the survey relies on self-reporting, issues such as telescoping and exaggeration can influence responses. Please also be advised that this survey’s results do not reflect our opinions.

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Dwight K. BlakeWritten by:Dwight K. Blake

Dwight was a Mental Health counselor at Long Island Psychotherapy & Counseling in Westbury, New York for more than 15 years. He believes that CBD is the prime solution to this mental illness and more– with proper research, medical acknowledgment, and application.

Through his work at AmericanMarijuana, together with the rest of the team, he wishes to provide everyone with genuine results and high-quality product reviews for everyone to enjoy for free.

 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueJune 22, 2020
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6min00

Product Review: The Clear CBD

I received the Apothecary gift basket in the mail from The Clear CBD. From the minute you open the box, you can appreciate the time and thought that went into packaging the product. It is presented in a cute, wooden basket and it had decorative nesting for the products to rest in. In the bundle, I received a 750 mg CBD tincture, a CBD balm, chapstick, a nighttime CBD capsule with melatonin, and a daytime CBD capsule with caffeine. 

The gift basket retails at $165.92, but it looks like right now the website has it listed for $129.99.

The Tincture

The CBD oil tincture is packaged in a nice, minimalist looking box. Even with its minimal packaging, it is still really pretty. 

The oil itself is almost clear, which is usually indicative of a high-quality product. There isn’t any added flavor, so it is a mild and nutty taste that stems directly from the hemp and the MCT oil. 

The oil itself works very well. I felt very relaxed after taking it. I give my kids CBD oil as well and I definitely noticed it works for them. This is definitely my favorite product out of the entire gift basket, I was really impressed with it. 

The Chapstick

The packaging is minimal but again, very pretty. I appreciate that the lid extends all the way down the tube, unlike a lot of chapsticks where the lid unscrews only at the top. It makes the lid easier to keep track of and not a choking hazard for my children, so that is really nice.

The chapstick was really nice on the lips, but I did notice I had to frequently reapply. It has a minty taste, which is nice because it is a quick and easy way for a midday refresher. I probably wouldn’t repurchase, but then again I don’t really use chapstick anyway. 

The ingredients are really nice though if you are someone who is interested in natural ingredients only. Aside from CBD, it has coconut oil, peppermint oil, limonene (which is cool), beeswax, and unrefined organic shea butter. 

The Nighttime Capsules

I like the packaging of these capsules. I like the darkness of it so it is easy to quickly recognize which one is for nighttime. The capsules are also black which is cool. 

I personally didn’t notice much of a difference in my sleep taking these, but my husband says they are amazing and helped his sleep so much. I also wake up frequently anyway because I have a six-month old baby that still needs me in the middle of the night. They helped my husband though and that is definitely a win in my book. I’d definitely repurchase if he felt he needed them. 

The Daytime Capsules

The packaging is really nice. It is nice and airy, and the white capsules and white packaging make it easy to determine it is your daytime capsule. 

I am going to be honest – these didn’t really work for my husband and me. We don’t like to energize with caffeine anyway, so maybe that’s why. However, it may work for you. The evening capsules worked for my husband, so everyone is different.

CBD Salve

The salve is in a tin package, typical for CBD salves. 

The salve was definitely one of my husband’s favorite products. He had a severe neck injury last year and he uses CBD salves to combat his pain. He said it worked really well for him and he would definitely purchase it again. The salve contains 500 mg of CBD. 

Overall, I think the brand is really great and has a lot of awesome products. The tincture is definitely my favorite product. While some of them may have not been right for me, I am sure other people have great things to say. 

 


StaffStaffJune 10, 2020
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9min00

A recent study by the peer-reviewed CBD educational platform LeafReport.com found that a majority of CBD products tested had CBD levels within 10 percent of what was stated on the label. Of the 37 CBD products tested, 27 (73 percent) contained a CBD amount that was within 90–110 percent of the amount advertised by the company, according to the independent investigation by LeafReport. However, the report’s analysts warn that 13 percent of products failed containing more or less than 30 percent of labeled CBD amounts.

“These findings suggest that the CBD industry is becoming more mature and transparent, resulting in accurate, higher quality products,” explained Noa Gans, Head of Product at LeafReport.com. This level of accuracy is consistent with emerging standards suggested by medical cannabis industry specialists. Meanwhile, only five products had CBD levels that were vastly different (40 percent higher or lower) than the label, one of which contained only six percent of the CBD indicated on the label.

The LeafReport study, conducted by Canalysis Laboratories, an independent cannabis testing lab in Las Vegas, Nevada, also found that most CBD products (84 percent) contained more CBD rather than less, suggesting that companies are taking care to ensure that customers get their money’s worth. Tests also showed that many of the products had notable levels of minor cannabinoids, which contribute to the beneficial effects of CBD.

The results of the study found that:

  • 73 percent of products received an A rating, indicating that CBD levels were within 10 percent of the labeled amount;

  • 11 percent received a B rating within 20 percent of the labeled amount;

  • 3 percent received a C rating within 30 percent of the labeled amount;

  • 13 percent received an F rating, indicating that the tested amount varied by more or less than 30 percent of the labeled claim.

Products made by popular, reputable brands had the best results, whereas those offered by lesser-known companies performed worse. “Our findings also confirm that it’s a smart choice to buy from reputable, leading CBD brands rather than cheaper, unverified companies,” according to Gans.

The complete report can be viewed on the LeafReport website.



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