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Holiday Stress & Cannabis

The holiday season is notorious for being a stressful time. High expectations of numerous holiday gatherings, family visits, gift giving, and travel can lead to 62% of people considering the holidays stressful, as stated by Healthline.

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays burn you down.

Cannabis, alongside a healthy lifestyle, can be a powerful tool for stress relief.

From getting a better night’s sleep to tasty cannabis teas, here are 4 ways cannabis can relieve holiday stress.

Sleep

Stress doesn’t only impact our waking lives; it also impacts our sleep.

Sleep deprivation and stress go hand in hand. Sleep deprivation is associated with a number of negative effects on our health like reduced immunity, brain fog, weight gain, lower energy levels, and you guessed it – more stress!

THC is shown to be a safe and effective sleep aid. To get the most benefits of cannabis for sleep assitance, consider keeping a sleep journal to keep track of what’s working and what’s not (dosage amount, strain variety, consumption method, etc.).

Also consider cannabis products high in the cannabinoid CBN, which is noted for its sedative properties.

Hot Tea for Healing

What’s better than sipping on a hot, soothing cup of tea during the holiday hustle?

Teas are known to be rich in antioxidants, have less caffeine than coffee, promote weight loss, and boost your immune system. Add the option of CBD infused tea and we’ve doubled the benefits. 

When you drink cannabis tea, your body receives an instant dose of cannabinoids like THC and CBD to help alleviate stress, pain and inflammation.

Meditation and Medication

When the world keeps spinning and spinning faster during the Holiday season, taking a moment to pause and breathe can be a huge relief. Meditation and mindfulness can bring us back to focus and calm our inner spinning. Combined with mindful cannabis consumption; the health benefits of each practice are amplified.

Cannabis Foods – Nutritious and Calming

The holidays are synonymous with food. And if you’re feeling stressed…

The desire to grab a sugar-loaded dessert can be all too tempting.We dive in and found ourselves in full force emotional eating.  One way to combat emotional eating is by nourishing our body with the right foods.

Cannabis is a superfood with tremendous nutritional value.

When we feel full, satisfied, and energized – we’re less likely to be tempted by nutritionally empty treats.

Cannabis infused cuisine has evolved well beyond the days of baked brownies. You can juice raw cannabis to absorb raw cannabinoids (also non-psychoactive) or incorporate cannabis infused coconut oil into your favorite dishes and bake a delicious calming dessert. 

To get through this Holiday Season, be mindful and stay focused in a healthy and natural way. Cheers to enjoying more and stressing less.

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The Benefits of Cannabis for PTSD

After a traumatic event or experience, some individuals are left to relive that trauma in their memories and in their unconscious responses to everyday encounters. Post traumatic stress is experienced by a large population of individuals and is usually dealt with my treating it’s symptoms. We have a way to help with anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping. But what about the underlying cause of the traumatic impression repeated in the brain?

Early research suggests that patients with PTSD have a deficiency of endocannabinoids, which may prevent them from extinguishing the memories of the trauma.

The body has a large neurotransmitter network that is highly compatible and receptive to cannabis compounds. This network is called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). In healthy individuals, the human body naturally produces cannabis-like compounds called endocannabinoids.

Rather than simply manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, cannabis has the ability to patch the connection within the ECS. It activates the cannabinoid receptors and helps those suffering let go of the traumatic memories. By activating CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout this core system, cannabinoids could prompt the system to produce neurotransmitters that helps promote happiness, pleasure, and memory.

The early science suggests that cannabis may have a transformative impact on those stuck in reliving traumatic memories. Cannabinoids like CBD can help empower the body’s endocannabinoid system and promote quality sleep, prevent traumatic memories from arising, and establish physical and emotional wellbeing allowing patients to regain hold of their lives.While the research continues, it is always vital to work with a trusted medical professional familiar with cannabis and in managing PTSD.

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Anxiety and Cannabis

What makes Cannabis help with anxiety for some and heighten it for others? Knowing the details of the cannabis you are using will help steer you into being helped rather than heighten with anxiety.

What to Know

There are two strains of Cannabis to be familiar with:

THC strains are known to produce the euphoric high associated with cannabis. While some find THC’s intoxicating effects to be relaxing, others may be sensitive to them and find that they actually worsen the anxiousness.

CBD strains are highly recommended for anxiety relief. These strains lack the psychotropic components of THC.

The next component to factor in for anxiety reduction are the terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds in cannabis that give each strain a unique scent and possibly, to some extent, effects. Some terpenes might promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others potentially promote focus and acuity.

Common cannabis terpenes are represented by different colors, which you can explore in this guide.

Getting the right blend of THC, CBD, and anxiety-busting terpenes is key to having a positive experience with cannabis.

Other Considerations for Anxiety Busting

Control your consumption and take it slow. There are a lot of ways to consume cannabis, but edibles are highly popular and readily available. This method especially takes time. Don’t over eat and wait it out. The medicine needs to circulate through the digestive process for full effect.

Know what you are using. Educate yourself and talk with a knowledgeable professional. Not all strains are created equal. It pays to know the details.

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Edibles: Trick or Treat

Edibles: Trick or Treat

Are edibles Trick or Treat? We’ve all heard the movie reference of the “special brownies”, but today, thanks to advances in the cannabis culinary arts and the emergence of distillate, you can find a wide selection of high-quality baked goods, brownie mixes, beverages, cooking oil, and treats such as CBD mints and THC gummies that provide the desired effects of cannabis. Edible forms of cannabis, including food products, lozenges, and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects.

How to use and abuse these treats.

Many of us new to cannabis-infused foods fall victim to the same mistake: we eat too much. Edibles are a great choice when consumed responsibly; they’re potent and body-focused, meaning they’re perfect for people who suffer from pain, nausea, or lack of appetite.

Rule 1 – Give it time. Ingesting cannabis infused foods needs to metabolized through liver. This process takes time. So consuming an entire pack of infused mints may not be the best idea because you may not feel the effects for an hour or so. Metabolism of each person is different so you and your spouse may feel the effects at different times.

Rule 2 – More is not better. Ingesting too much cannabis can mean that what was once a pleasant evening can turn into a pretty bad time.

Some of the negative side effects of high-dose edible cannabis products include:

  • Paranoia and anxiety
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Skewed sense of time
  • Slowed movement
  • Red eyes
  • Dry mouth

Eating the entire cannabis-infused cookie may seem like a good idea, but many times a single product may actually be considered two or more doses. If you do experience too high of a dose, don’t panic. Calmly and safely wait it out.

Dosing recommendations:

Rule 3 – Not All products are created equally.  Keep in mind that these products are not FDA regulated. So dosing in one will likely not be the same as another. Be informed. Look for products that clearly label and package their items. Support companies that have taken the initiative to create clearly labeled, quality packaging for their products, as they’re taking extra steps to ensure their products are consistent, safe, and honest.

Treats

When you venture in to shop Cannabis Edibles remember that the best experience and outcomes will come from you being an informed consumer and the product knowledge you have. Eat responsibly and for good health.

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CBD and Breast Cancer

The world of Cannabidiol (CBD) and how it relates to healing of illnesses is at the forefront of continuous research. When it comes to cancer, researchers and advocates hope that more understanding and legalization will lead to life changing health results.

Currently, CBD may help people with cancer manage some symptoms of the disease as well as side effects of treatment. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation can produce a multitude of side effects, such as nausea and loss of appetite, which can lead to weight loss.

CBD has been proven effective in aiding and limiting these side effects. CBD also has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties that can aid in the stress and anxiety experienced by patients in treatment.

As of now there is no FDA approved CBD product for treating cancer. However, there are two marijuana-based drugs have been approved to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. Dronabinol (Marinol) comes in capsule form and contains THC. Nabilone (Cesamet) is an oral synthetic cannabinoid that acts similar to THC.

If you’re considering using medical marijuana, talk to us. Learn about how and what would be beneficial. The cure may not be here yet but there is more to the cancer battle that can be positively impacted by medical marijuana and knowledge of good practices.

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Cannabis vs Traditional Depression Medication

Cannabis vs Traditional Depression Medication

According to the American Psychology Association, the number of Americans treated with antidepressants has increased by 64% from 1999 to 2014. That means there are millions of Americans fighting depression and the side-effects of the medications that are supposed to alleviate depression. 

We are essentially trading one struggle for another. But what if we had less struggle all around?

People are now searching for alternatives to antidepressants. One antidepressant alternative gaining popularity is the use of cannabis. Here’s why. . .

Faster response time

When using cannabis, patients can begin to feel relief from their depression almost immediately. In contrast, antidepressants need to be taken for a week or two before they start feeling better.

Stopping, Starting and Withdrawal

Antidepressants are notorious for their withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, mood swings, dizziness, and more.

Cannabis has minimal symptoms when stopping or decreasing use. 

This means that when patients are able to effectively manage their depression, they may have an easier time stopping cannabis use or taking breaks.

Fewer Side Effects

The potential side effects of antidepressants run the gamut. Including weight gain, gastrointestinal problems, shakiness, excessive sweating, headaches and more. Cannabis comes with fewer side effects and can actually relieve the symptoms listed above.

The use of cannabis is opening doors to treating depression in a way that isn’t laden with life derailing side effects. It could be the path to feeling lighter and better all around.

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Cannabis Root Medicinal Powers

Like a lot of plants, the makeup of the plant can all hold different properties, potencies and purpose. Flowers and seeds aren’t the only parts that hold the magic. 

The roots of the cannabis plant has a long history of medical use stretching back back to 2700 BC. One of the first mentions of the medical use of cannabis root was by the Roman historian in the 17th century, who wrote that boiling the plant roots could create a liquid that could alleviate joint stiffness, gout, and related illnesses. After this time, herbalists and physicians were utilizing cannabis root to treat fever, arthritis, hard tumors. Despite the long history of cannabis root medicinal properties, we have largely ignored its powerful impacts in our current cannabis research resurgence. 

 

Anti-Cancer Properties

It is reported that chemicals within the roots may play a role in protecting the liver and colon. A compound called friedelin when isolated from the roots is considered to be a free radical scavenger with protective properties.

Other compounds isolated from the roots of the cannabis plant named pentacyclic triterpene ketones are associated with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.

The cannabis root has been linked to apoptosis, the phenomenon where cells stop growing, and of halting the growth of colon cancer cells in laboratory studies. 

 

Nutrient Rich

Cannabis roots also contain small amounts of choline. Choline is a macronutrient that is involved in numerous biological processes, including nerve function, boosting energy levels, and brain development.

Cannabis root can be infused into creating a restorative tea or into a tincture. It has also been made into a balms and pastes to heal wounds, burns, rashes, and hemorrhaging. 

The Cannabis plant is proving to us that it holds a great deal of history, uses, and medicinal properties. 

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Opioids, Overdoses and Medical Marijuana

Opioids, Overdoses and Medical Marijuana

In the past two decades, the number of drug prescriptions has increased by 85 percent. According to a nationally representative Consumer Reports, more than half of us are regularly taking prescription medications. With that increase and reliance on FDA approved drugs also comes an increase in dangerous addictions and cases of overdose.

In 2013, an estimated 128,000+ prescription drug takers died from adverse drug reactions.

This means that even though casualties from heart attacks, cancer and HIV are seeing a decline, the death rate is on the rise partly because of drug overdoses. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, the national overdose deaths involving opioids went from 8,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017. 

Most Used and Abused

Of course, only you and your medical professional can discuss and decide on the medications that are right for you and your health needs. But what is the most prominently prescribed medication out there right now?

Opioid Painkillers. 

The opioid epidemic is well-publicized by the media and is the stuff of national debates, yet opioid painkillers are among the top 25 most prescribed drugs. It is estimated that the epidemic, kills an estimated 130 Americans every day. 

To restate this, 130 people die in the US every day from a legal and overly prescribed medication. The cycle of abuse is strong within this class of medications. Chronic pain is the most prominent cause of being prescribed opioids, especially OxyContin.

The Medical Marijuana Comparison

Some argue that increased access to cannabis could reduce this devastating toll of opioid abuse. Part of their reasoning? An article published in JAMA Internal Medicine reported lower opioid overdose death rates in states with laws supporting medical marijuana use. 

However, since these studies were conducted there have been more investigation into the correlation between opioid-related deaths and states supporting medical marijuana. The new research finds that the trend has reversed in recent years, with those states now seeing increased deaths. The study’s authors suggest the initial results may now only prove to be loosely related. If nothinging else, the correlation and changes in the legal landscape should push more studies to occur.

Medical Marijuana as the Alternative

A study at Depaul and Rush universities reported that participants said marijuana worked faster to relieve their pain than other prescription medication and had fewer side effects.

Most commonly, marijuana is used as an alternative to opioids but patients also reported cutting down on other medications. Cannabis is showing strong properties in being an alternative to many medications. Check out our Components of Cannabis article to learn more and see the possibilities. 

 

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WHAT IS CBD?

WHAT IS CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a natural occurring molecule compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is only one, of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and create its robust therapeutic profile.

CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t have a strong effect on cognitive brain activity and doesn’t cause the “high” associated with marijuana. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound that creates the “high” that is typically associated with the plants use history. These two are the most notable and studied cannabinoid compounds of the plant but every variety of the cannabis family produces cannabinoids, including hemp.

HOW IT WORKS

The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own and has two receptors for cannabinoids, called the CB1 receptors and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain and central nervous system. CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs and associated with the immune system. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. Discovery of this system has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. 

CBD and THC impact us by mimicking and augmenting these compounds in our bodies. They match, enhance and heal dysfunction of endocannabinoid system.

OPTIMIZING USE

Figuring out how to optimize the therapeutic use of cannabis is the driving force behind the debates, research and hype surrounding medical marijuana that’s been unfolding in recent years. It’s no longer a matter of debating whether cannabis has merit as an herbal medication – today the key challenge is discerning how to utilize cannabis for maximum therapeutic benefit.

Most health professionals know little and are still learning about CBD and cannabis therapeutics. Most lack a sufficient expertise to adequately counsel patients on use, dosage, risk and benefits. Luckily there are a few medical professionals who are filling the gap and leading the charge to focus on CBD therapeutics. 

Find your answers and a consultant with Cannaleaf Health

 

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