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CBD and Your Immune System

March 24th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Immune System
Hannah

By Hannah Laing, Op-Ed Blogger

What can we do?

I’m sure I don’t have to explain why there is unnerving electricity in the air as we all venture into these uncharted territories together. Pandemics aside, although there are many circumstances beyond our control, there are some things within our realm of power. That’s where we should focus.

What does that have to do with CBD?

Immune System ScaledI’m sure when thinking about COVID-19 “hemp” is not the first word to come to your mind, but it’s one of mine. With a boom of CBD in the market, there is a plethora of misinformation out there. Hemp based products are not the magical potions that some ads would lead you to believe, but I do think that there are some relevant and less widely discussed potential benefits. What I find to be one of the most impactful reasons that I take 50mgs of the Endoca Raw tincture every morning is how cannabinoids can potentially aid our immune system.

If you haven’t had the chance to meet me you may not know that I, despite my young age, have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Having an autoimmune disorder, especially with the current global climate, is concerning at best but these are not new concerns. Autoimmune diseases, if you’re unfamiliar with the term (lucky duck) are diseases where your body’s normal defense system triggers abnormal inflammation. This leads to a compromised immune system as well as some good old fashioned chronic pain.  Read the rest of this entry »


Can CBD Help With A Hangover?

February 27th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Hangovers

Everyone has their own special remedy for a hangover. Some people swear by Pedialyte and Gatorade or cherry tomatoes with milk. Others prefer pickle juice or a greasy burger. We have no doubt your hangover cure of choice works well, but there may be an alternative remedy that might be even easier than trying to stomach cherry tomatoes with a glass of milk. Can CBD help alleviate hangover symptoms? In this post we’ll be exploring CBD as a potential remedy for hangovers.

Hangover: About & Causes

Hangovers are a collection of signs and symptoms that range from uncomfortable to downright painful depending on the person and the level of alcohol consumption among other factors. Everyone knows hangovers are caused by an over-consumption of alcohol, but not everyone knows how drinking leads to the symptoms experienced with a hangover.

Ethanol (the alcohol in your drink) is a toxic chemical for your body that acts as a diuretic. What this means is that alcohol inhibits the body’s release of a hormone called vasopressin. Vasopressin tells your kidneys to reabsorb water rather than flush it out through the bladder. When vasopressin release is suppressed, the kidneys release more water, which creates a dehydrating effect. Dehydration is the main culprit for many hangover symptoms, but other symptoms arise from the changes in the body as it works to eliminate the toxins as quickly as possible.

Hangover symptoms will disappear on their own, but can take up to 24 hours to do so. Symptoms can typically be eliminated faster with proper care and attention. Read the rest of this entry »


Cook With Love and CBD

February 13th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Valentines

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by op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Valentine’s is here!

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we shift our attention to expressing our affections to the people we care about.  You may even want to show yourself a bit of love.  Why not accomplish both of these tasks with the help of some CBD.  How in the world can I do that with CBD you ask?

With recipes, lets start with dinner: CBD-infused Penne Rosa

CBD-infused Penne RosaNormally, I like to focus on CBD in the form that it comes in, but (as much as we all love CBD!) I don’t think a lot of us would like to get a bottle of capsules or a tincture for Valentine’s Day. So, for this blog, I’m going to give you a couple recipes that are easy, yummy, and can include CBD to as well as a few fun gift ideas. 

A romantic dinner or a nice meal is always a good way to start an evening on Valentine’s Day. How about adding some CBD to it? 
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8 Reasons to Add CBD to Your Morning Routine

December 5th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

8 Reasons to Add CBD: Holidays

Hannah and QuintonBy Op-Ed Bloggers Quinton Charles and Hannah Laing

Posted December 6th

Why the holidays?

December is upon us, meaning snowy weather, holiday music, and stress galore. I think it is safe to say that no matter who you are, the holidays can be a stressful time. From preparing dinners to finding the perfect gift for that awkward family exchange to traveling to see relatives; there is a lot on everyone’s plate.

Why CBD?

By now, you’ve probably seen CBD in a local health and supplements store, heard about it from your friends, or seen it mentioned by an Instagram influencer; but maybe you still have questions. In past blogs I’ve discussed the many benefits of CBD, and how it can be a great addition to your daily life. But just in case you forgot, CBD is a cannabinoid that works with your endocannabinoid system to try and bring your body back to a neutral state, also known as homeostasis. This neutral state can look very different for different people with different systems, but the big three benefits we see are pain relief, stress relief/mood stabilization, and skin issue relief.  Now all you have to do is add it (if you haven’t already) to your routine. Read the rest of this entry »


Hemp in the Winter

November 22nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Hemp in the Winter

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Posted November 22nd

Almost December!

Depending on where you live in the U.S., it may or may not feel like winter. But one thing is certain: December is almost here, and we are entering that time of year when the days are shorter, colder, and all we want to do is stay in bed. I know, because I’m already feeling this way and it’s only November.

If the short, cold days weren’t reason enough to be glum, there is the air: dry and desiccating. It’s the time of year that lotion, lip balm, and other moisturizers become necessities. Need some help figuring out how hemp can make this winter a breeze (a warm one, we promise)? Look no further!

Whether it is mood stabilization, moisturizing, or a boost in energy levels, hemp can help you out this winter and I’m going to discuss how. Let’s dive in.

Keep that skin soft!

No one wants alligator skin (not even gators!). I know that I struggle with my skin drying out in the winter months, and I’ve found that lotions help. However, not all lotions are equal (and there are some that I swear by); some lotions work miracles, while others just feel slimy.CBD Silk Lotion

But why is some sort of moisturizer necessary? Great question. When winter comes along, humidity in the air drops (unless you live in a naturally dry region, in which the humidity is always low). Your skin, which normally relies on some water in the air to remain hydrated, loses that moisture to the air around it. This loss of moisture to the atmosphere is bad enough on its own, but can be coupled with dry skin that is the result of aging or excessive usage of soap.

So, what are some ways of combating this dryness? It may seem an uphill battle (and, in some ways, it is), but you can prevail! All it will take is some understanding of what products are designed to solve these issues and how CBD can help.

So what does CBD do for dry itchy skin?

Winter: Abinoid MoisturizerCBD helps to decrease inflation, as I talked about in a previous blog, but it also helps to keep the skin hydrated when used in topical form. “One reason CBD-infused skincare is more effective is because hemp molecules are extremely small, making the penetration into the skin far easier than most creams,” according to Dr. Andrew Kerklaan, president and founder of Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics[1].

I personally find that lotions, such as those from Empower and Abinoid, are the best for keeping my skin moisturized during the dry seasons (where I live, that’s all year). Not only do they help in keeping my skin from becoming too dry, but they also aid in combating that dreaded winter itch. I know I’m not the only one who notices that I have itchier skin in the winter. Luckily, CBD has been a great way to stop my not so welcome scratching habit. The restorative properties of CBD topicals I’ve found assist with the dryness, but the ability to reduce inflammation helps alleviate my itchiness.

Lip service

And what about all those chapped lips that occur during the wintertime? Don’t worry, there’s a solution to that as well. I like to use our hemp-based lip balm to keep my lips un-chapped. The nice thing about the lip balm that we carry is that it contains no petroleum whatsoever, so it’s better for the planet (and your skin).  While it does not contain CBD, it’s packed full of moisturizing hemp seed oil.

Feeling moody?

Don’t worry. Seasonal depression gets all of us at some point. As the days grow shorter and darker, it gets harder to get your necessary sunshine (and how is someone supposed to be sunny without any sunshine?!). What are you supposed to do when the sun isn’t out, and your mood won’t improve? I’ve found that CBD helps.

And it isn’t just me that thinks so. I’ve heard countless other anecdotes about how CBD has helped people to balance their mood, and there is some research indicating that it can, indeed, help. Authors of a review from 2018 also noted that many studies have shown the anti-stress and antidepressant activity of CBD in animal models. The compound exhibits a clear anti-stress effect after short- or long-term use. In certain tests, CBD acted as an antidepressant[2].

These findings aren’t conclusive, and I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice, but I can inform you about what has worked for me and what research has currently been done.

Running on empty…

Another common problem that I’ve noticed occurring in the wintertime is a lack of energy. You wake up, feel good, eat some breakfast, and by noon, Social CBD Boost Gel Capsulesyou’re too tired to do anything else. Caffeine might help, but it’s likely that you’ll crash later if you take that option. What else is there? Naps? I’m sure that we all wish we could take a midday nap, but, sadly, the workplace won’t allow it.

How about CBD?

That could work. Several types of research based on CBD showed that cannabinoid chemicals boost energy levels by strengthening individual body cells. CBD oil helps in regulating the normal energy by promoting wakefulness and ensuring that the body cells are in good condition throughout the day[3].

I’ve talked a little bit about how CBD has helped me and other people balance energy levels throughout the day in previous blogs, but I just wanted to reiterate it again here. I use CBD every morning to help me stay energized throughout the day. I particularly enjoy Social CBD’s Boost capsules. Some people might know them under their old name of Select CBD, but they recently underwent a name change. Either way, I find that these capsules are great for helping me remain energized throughout the day.

Get ready for winter!

No matter what problems you face during the winter, chances are that CBD can help to solve them! Whether you face dry skin, mood swings, or energy depletion, you can take solace in knowing that many other people with similar difficulties have found what they were looking for in CBD. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to catch up and chat, feel free to call us, message us, or email us!

Once again, thanks from us at Green Wellness!

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/katieshapiro/2018/12/13/how-cbd-infused-products-can-save-your-skin-this-winter/#45602fc06ce6

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324846.php#3

[3] https://www.redstormscientific.com/cbd-oil-help-improve-mood-energy/


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