Part 2 Why is CBD so controversial?

April 10th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Why is CBD so controversial

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp’s Competition

If you take CBD or are even interested in trying it you have probably had at least one person make a joke or question you about hemp.  In this day and age almost no one knows that hemp has a rich history that has not always been riddled with questions and implications. As a matter of fact, hemp has not always been taboo.  Surprising, huh? In fact, it was not until the start of the 20th century, that hemp’s use as a medicine declined due to increased use of opiates and the development of the modern syringe needle. At that same time, petroleum oils also began to replace hemp for use as fuel and as the base of other products. Boo. Let’s learn more.

The “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

Hemp was fully legal to grow, sell, and use until 1937. This changed when Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and Representative Robert L. Doughton introduced a House bill that would essentially criminalize the cultivation, use, and sale of hemp by requiring anyone to have permission from Congress in the form of a tax stamp to engage in the above activities.

So Why Criminalize?

Anslinger had expressed a concern that an increased number of people were using marijuana recreationally in the United States, and claimed that hemp and marijuana were the same plants (which we know to be blatantly untrue.)  There were also growing political pressures from large industries to transition from hemp to other materials that were more profitable to new businesses. At the time, hemp was used as a cheap substitute for wood-based paper, and was often used in newspapers. Randolph Hearst, the famed American newspaper owner, had large holdings and investments in the lumber industry and wanted to see his competition for a paper source done away with. Several other industry leaders, such as the Du Pont family, of chemical and materials fame, had recently been supporting their new fabric, nylon, which was competing with hemp in the fabrics market. In their eyes, hemp had to go!

The First Convicts

The law effectively banning hemp went into effect on October 1, 1937. One day later, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Samuel R. Caldwell was arrested for the sale of cannabis to a Mr. Moses Baca (who was arrested for possession). Mr. Caldwell was sentenced to pay a fine of one thousand dollars and to serve four years of hard labor in prison. These two men were the first individuals convicted of a cannabis-related charge in U.S. history.

Overturn of “1937”

In 1969, a U.S. Supreme Court case, Leary v. United States, found that the “Marihuana Act,” originally passed in 1937, was unconstitutional, as it required self-incrimination, which was in direct violation of the 5th amendment of the United States Constitution. This resulted in a very brief period of time during which cannabis was decriminalized.

 Illegal Again

One year after Leary v. United States, in 1970, the “Controlled Substances Act” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, and criminalized cannabis plants by scheduling them with other, far more dangerous, drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Some Progress

It wasn’t until 1996 that California legalized the use of cannabis products, including medical-grade marijuana, for treatment of HIV/AIDS and certain cancers. Shortly thereafter, Canada, which had taken a similar policy to the United States, legalized medical use of cannabis. However, restrictions federally still applied and research was rare on cannabis use to treat certain conditions. It was not until 2014 that a  Farm Bill Legitimized Hemp growth for Industrial Hemp research. This allowed Hemp to be grown and used instead of importing it, allowing for the change of direction in what used to be illegal.  We were on our way!

Legalization of Hemp Cultivation

The industry began to grow and companies began looking to produce and sell CBD.  Although one had to be growing for research purposes companies were beginning to make and sell CBD products for their neutralizing benefits. The industry began to take off but it was not until 2018, that for the first time since 1937, industrial-scale cultivation of hemp was legislatively legal. The 2018 Farm Bill decriminalized the industrial growing of hemp and opened the market to all sorts of hemp products. This has led to enormous growth in the CBD oil market and hemp fibers market. While there still is a lot of work to be done to fully recognize the benefits of hemp and all of its uses in the modern world, it is nice to look back and see that the trend is onward and upwards for hemp!

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Terpenes…What is a terpene?

March 29th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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Terpene

What is a terpene?

by Op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Spring is coming and so are some of the smells and colors we love most! Like spring smells, cannabis products can have different smells depending on the strain and “flavor?” That unique smell is often the product of what are known as “terpenes.” In addition to oils such as CBD and THC, cannabis plants produce another oil; this oil is terpene. Terpenes are aromatic compounds produced by nearly all forms of life. In plants, they are responsible for scent and color. Flowers often have the highest terpene content, which is why they have the strongest scent and often the most unique and vibrant colors.

Effects of terpenes when combined with CBD

So, beyond flavor or aroma, why should you care about terpenes? Because terpenes also can have a direct effect on how CBD affects you. Some promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.  The benefit of terpenes in conjunction with cannibinoids can multiply the benefits your body can experience.

Some of the powerful terpenes and their benefits

  • Linalool, for example, is believed to be relaxing whereas limonene elevates mood.
  • Beta-caryophyllene, is found in many strains of Cannabis, as well as in oregano and black pepper, among other herbs. It is notable as a protector of the stomach lining and also as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Beta-caryophyllene also binds to the CB2 receptors on T-Cells and Macrophages in the immune system , enabling them to more effectively combat illness.  It is the only terpene known to bind directly to cannabinoid receptors in the human body. This property is one of the reasons that green vegetables are so healthy for the digestive system and overall immune health.

Common Terpenes in Hemp

Some terpenes commonly found in cannabis products are Pinene, Myrcene, and Limonene.

  • Pinene emits a pine-like scent (hence the name) and is reported to be anti-inflammatory.
  • Myrcene has an earthy, herbal odor and is often found in mango and thyme outside of cannabis. It has a relaxing effect.
  • Limonene is citrus-like in aroma, as it is often found in citrus rinds. It has found use most often as a mood-elevator and has been found to relieve anxiety.

Making sure terpenes are in my CBD

So how do I know if these amazing, healthy, beneficial terpenes are in my CBD products? Well, you’re going to want to look for products that are labeled or known as “full spectrum.” But what is “full spectrum?” It refers to how the CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant maintains all of its cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients; nothing is left out, so all of the terpenes are present (along with their benefits!). Most companies will publish 3rd party lab reports on their batches of CBD, which will include information on how they extracted the CBD from the hemp. One of the best processes that can be used to retain all of the terpenes in the oil is Supercritical CO2 Extraction. Supercritical CO2 is a fully recyclable, non-toxic, eco-friendly form of carbon dioxide, that’s held at a very specific temperature and pressure to keep it in a liquid state, as it passes through the plants. After extraction, the CO2 gasses off entirely from the oil, leaving only plant materials and no residual solvents behind.

Raw CBDA has terpenes

This CO2 method is most common for “full spectrum” products, and is preferred for its lack of residue and the quality of the end product. Most products are very clear about whether or not they are “full spectrum,” and that is what you should look for if you want the full benefits of terpenes. It is key to note that some full spectrum products are also considered “Raw” products.  All raw products are considered full spectrum and will also have the benefits of the plant terpenes. Raw means that the the product has some of the “raw” or unheated/cold processed plant matter  This part of the plant has it’s own benefits. Often people take a raw product for chronic pain and inflammation.

 

A doctors advice should be sought before using any supplemental dietary products.  The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Oils and Capsules and drops oh my!

March 22nd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Oils and capsules

How much CBD should I take?

I’ve written about CBD and the aging process before, though only focusing on ailments common in aging bodies. I want to discuss something that could present a problem to anyone using CBD: dosage or as we know it in the CBD industry serving size. Often, I hear that people are unsure of what amount of CBD that they should take for this or that. Maybe they want to “supplement their mood”, try to “fix their insomnia”, or attempt to “lessen the effects of the natural process of age,” or any number of other issues that people choose to try CBD.  In most cases, we find people are unsure where to start in terms of serving size for CBD.

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

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BlueBird Botanicals…Why We Love Them!

March 15th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

bluebird botanicals
By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Who is BlueBird Botanical?

At Green Wellness Life, we love the manufacturers we partner with and we are very proud of the products we carry. So much so that we wanted you to know a little more about some of our brands!

Quality in Farming

Bluebird Botanicals, of Louisville, Colorado, is a company that prides itself on both the quality of their CBD products, and their environmental consciousness. In particular, they have three points that all of their products conform to: quality in farming, quality in CBD extraction, and quality in manufacturing. They pride themselves on locally sourcing from Colorado farms, many of which are USDA Organic, and ensuring that their hemp is bred specifically for CBD and terpene content. This local sourcing allows them to closely monitor their product quality, and have a minimal carbon footprint, enabling them to stay true to their environmental mission (and to deliver high-quality products to their customers). 

Quality in CBD Extraction

Bluebird Botanicals also stays true to their mission to deliver clean, quality products to their customers while remaining environmentally friendly by extracting their CBD from cannabis flowers and buds using both alcohol and CO2 extraction systems, which differ slightly in regards to how the cannabis flowers react to the process (don’t worry, I’ll cover all of this in a later blog).

Manufacturing

Their manufacturing standards are high, claiming on their website that “Bluebird’s final products are made in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). We test every batch using third party labs before delivering to your front door,”. This uncompromising attentiveness to product quality assures customers that they will receive only the finest CBD products from Bluebird.

Knowing what is in our products can be daunting.

As many readers know by now, I hold information in high regard. I think that it is absolutely key to know what you are putting in your body, what it does, and whether or not it is safe.  It is important to know whether or not a product is contaminated with substances that your body does not naturally produce, or your body will reject. I’ve often found myself frustrated with the lack of clear information about foods and supplements that I find in the local grocery store, especially when comparing two similar products. 

Like me, I am sure you have asked similar questions like “is this, better than this or “didn’t I read somewhere that this is bad for me?”  How about “What does this long, complex word mean? or “How can I know that this won’t make me sick?” These and many more are the types of questions that run through my head.  There have been many times when I get home, I have had the daunting task of trying to find information on what I have just purchased. Information which is often spread all over the internet. Since I don’t feel like a research project every time I need multivitamins or cereal, I give up and resign myself to hoping that whatever I purchased is safe enough.

CBD & Full Disclosure

Bluebird Botanicals, unlike so many companies, gives full disclosure of all their test results for each batch, along with helpful tips, ingredients, and reviews. These batches are all compiled into a single, easily searched database on their website, and are arranged by date. Even if you aren’t keen to look through the test results (they can be a bit technical), it is reassuring that this company is willing to offer those to the public for oversight; I don’t know of many companies that do that. Period. For our customers security of mind it is our commitment at Green Wellness Life to not only check these test results regularly but to also never sell anything we would not take our selves or give to our families.  We do not post all our products test results on line as the test results of products change with every batch.  However these test results are available for our customers to request at any time!

Bluebird Botanicals committed to fighting for good hemp

This is also a company that is committed to fighting for hemp in the United States. Over the past two years, the founder, Brandon Beatty, and the Bluebird Botanicals team have been heavily involved with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. This is an organization that Green Wellness life not only believes in but also supports as well. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a 501(c)(4) non-profit lobbying organization consisting of dozens of hemp companies and the industry’s major national grassroots organizations. Their mission includes focused lobbying efforts in state capitals to fully legalize hemp and hemp-derived products, facilitating information exchange with law enforcement and federal agency officials, and continued long-term legislative advocacy on other major policy issues.

We look forward to following the progress of this great company, and appreciate the work that they are doing to expand the rights of citizens both in accessing hemp products, and informing consumers about the products that we use.


CBD & Sleep

February 26th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD & Sleep

We have been talking about a variety of concerns over the last few weeks. One question we get all the time is “will this help me sleep?” So we thought we would tackle it in a blog!

There seems to be a common misconception that CBD acts as a sleep-inducing depressant, that it puts you to sleep. This is unsupported by current research literature. Many CBD products are marketed to help increase alertness and reduce daytime drowsiness, so how can CBD help you sleep? While it seems counter-intuitive (and in some ways, it is), current studies support the use of CBD to facilitate healthy sleep but only in certain circumstances. I cannot stress enough that CBD is not a cure-all that will give a full rest to whoever uses it. Read the rest of this entry »


New Product Education Videos!

August 9th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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One of the things we pride ourselves most in doing at Green Wellness Life is adding new, high-quality products to increase your choices as a customer!

However, we know that having such a wide range of options can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to tell the difference between products or learning how to use a new one. Sometimes the best way to learn this kind of information is to see it firsthand! That’s why we have a YouTube page dedicated to product education. Each of these videos is filmed by our wonderful founder and owner, Brandy Palmer, to help you put a face with the name.

If you have questions about how products look, taste, or function, then this page is the resource for you! Check out some of our most recent videos below.

All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen

First, the All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen is an amazing choice if you prefer vaping. Not only is it a high-quality product, but it can be used with every single e-liquid we have to offer, regardless of concentration or e-liquid base! However, with the adjustable voltage option and convenience of the product also comes a range of button-click combinations to hit the right setting for the right liquid.

Listen to Brandy explain these various settings in a quick and easy way, here:

Bluebird Botanicals

Another great product line we carry is the Bluebird Botanicals tinctures. This brand is a natural, organic option with a simple list of ingredients – no added flavoring or coloring! Within this product line, you have three main choices (with a variation in size and concentration):

  • Hemp Classic Oil
  • Hemp Complete Blend
  • Hemp Signature Blend

We believe that each option is an awesome one, but everyone’s individual needs are quite different, meaning that the right product for you might not be the same as the right product for someone else. That’s why we also offer a sample pack of each of these three options for you to try!

If you’d rather learn more about each first, Brandy’s here to help!

Plus CBD Oil Applicator

Our raw Plus CBD Oil is one of our more intimidating options, but it shouldn’t be! These applicators are surprisingly simple to use. Just turn the applicator until you here the right number of clicks, and the predetermined serving size is dispensed for you.

There are two of the raw oil applicators available – the Gold Formula and Total Plant Complex – both with the same easy applicator pen. If you want to learn more about the difference between the two or actually see and hear how the pen works, watch the video below!

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Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandelle PalmerHi there,

I expect that I am a lot like most of you reading this – I’m a wife and a mom. I’m busy working and raising my middle income family in a pretty conservative area in West Michigan. I have two kids (not the 2.4 that is the societal norm, but it’s pretty close) and a dog that likes to escape for walks with the labrador down the street. Oh, and I’m a hemp advocate.

Until about a year ago, I didn’t know much about hemp. Like many other people, the term “cannabis” just meant “weed” to me. Which, I smoked in college but hasn’t really been my thing for a while. I’ve been interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle for my family, assuming that it’s readily available and won’t cost us a billion dollars, but that’s about the extent of it. Then I took a part time Project Management position with a hemp company. Not because I was enthralled by the plant, but rather because I wanted to go part time to spend more time with those not quite 2.4 children. Once employed, I started to learn about the plant. And I fell in love.

Tinctures and EdiblesAs it turns out, cannabis is a plant genus that includes several species – including both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are the same in the same way that miniature poodles and wolves are the same. You can cross breed them, but you wouldn’t really consider them the same creature. I’m not opposed to marijuana and I do believe it should be legalized, but my love affair is not with that plant. There are medicinal benefits to the THC that is naturally occurring in a high quantity in marijuana plants, but, the bulk of the medicinal benefit comes from another compound – CBD. CBD occurs in low amounts in marijuana and much higher amounts in hemp. Hence the love.

I’ve done lots of research and there are some really exciting studies into CBD. Studies showing shrinking tumors, reduced anxiety, lowered joint pain, seizure free children. Impressive, right? More than that, I’m hearing stories from people. I’m hearing “thank you” and “amazing!” and “miracle!” Pretty cool. Now, the FDA has not done all of their homework or given a stamp of approval on CBD. And I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe, treat, or cure anything. But I’m seeing that this works. And it’s helping people. I want to be part of that. And I hope you do, too.

Thanks for reading, friends. I’d love to hear your stories and questions so we can continue this journey together. We’ll talk more soon.

Brandy


Farm Bill; So Whats New?

April 19th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Farm Bill Updates 2019
BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Since December…

Many of us are excited about the farm bill updates that was passed last December, in 2018 (and was signed in on the 20th), myself included. So what has happened? We know that it has legalized the industrial-scale growing of hemp, but what has been happening since then? On February 27, 2019, the AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) extended the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, which legalized production and research on hemp by universities or organizations/companies permitted by state departments of agriculture, by 12 months.

So What Does That Mean?

That means that, right now, the USDA is planning to issue regulations for the 2020 planting season and that current regulations are the same as before the 2018 bill passed. The 2018 Farm Bill provides that States, Tribes, and institutions of higher education, can continue operating under authorities of the 2014 Farm Bill. So right now, unless a state allows for a change, private companies need permission to grow hemp on a large scale.

Problem With Identification

One of the bigger problems that has been coming up more and more frequently is from police incorrectly identifying hemp grown for CBD as Marijuana. The police are just trying to do their job, but no one really knows how to fix the problem that the cousin plants are easily confused for one another. CBD is federally legal, as is hemp, but some truck drivers on interstate routes have been pulled over and sometimes arrested because police believed that they were transporting marijuana. Since the only way to distinguish the difference is by testing the THC content and most police are not equipped with the testing technology, they are unable to differentiate the legal from the illegal. Nothing has been passed, yet, but Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he is willing to work on legislation that would fix these “glitches” in the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hopefully, future legislation will fix these “glitches” and enable legal, cannabis business to proceed!

Proposals For Future Growing

Canopy Growth, a Canadian company and major hemp grower, recently acquired AgriNextUSA, an American hemp enterprise, and proposed creating Hemp Industrial Parks, such as the one previously announced in New York State. This super crop (hemp) could be “fast-tracked through a production cycle that would result in commercial applications for all parts of the plant, from root to tip. American farmers will benefit from a model that provides a single, regional destination for their hemp crops and connects them with the researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators whose ideas will turn their crops into new products and industries.” This development, waiting for next year’s planting season, could mean a large hemp crop, and, with it, lower prices on hemp products like CBD!

States? Or Federal?

As of right now, most legislation requires state approval and regulation of anyone growing cannabis; most regulation is up to in the individual states, not Federal law. For example, Georgia just passed a law allowing for up to six industrial cannabis growing licenses (which also includes strains with THC content, in addition to strains with higher CBD content). Since Federal policy is currently using the older rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, all states have to comply with the rule limiting industrial-scale production of hemp. The only way to implement the 2018 Farm Bill rules, which allow industrial-scale production, is for states to enact their own laws now before the Federal rules have been fully implemented (which should occur at the end of this year).

I Can’t Wait Any Longer?

While it may seem that progress is moving slower than many of us would like, the laws are out there and on the books. We need only to wait for the rules to be fully implemented by the USDA and then we will see nationwide cultivation of hemp, and all of the benefits, both financially and environmentally, that this will bring. I know I’m excited to see what the future will bring.

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Reference:

www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/04/12/usda-update-farm-bill-implementation-progress
www.foxbusiness.com/markets/mcconnell-willing-to-offer-hemp-bill-to-resolve-glitches.am
www.wabe.org/georgia-general-assembly-legalizes-in-state-medical-marijuana-cultivation
www.nifa.usda.gov/industrial-hemp
www.newcannabisventures.com/canopy-growth-extends-american-hemp-reach-with-acquisition


CBD In Our HIstory; Nothing To Be Afraid Of!

April 5th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD In Our HIstory

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp? In History?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the history of hemp. This lack of information has led to a fear of hemp and a misunderstanding of the role that it played in our past. I often find myself in conversations with people who have no idea how central hemp was (and is!) to human medicine, clothing, and industry. Being a bit of a history nerd, I love the history of hemp because it is a rich history that spans thousands of years and all cultures. I’ll tell you a bit about it.

​Ancient Hemp

We often think of hemp and CBD products as modern amenities, but, in fact, they have been used for almost as long as we have been farming. For example, around eight thousand years ago, the Chinese first started using hemp in medicines. However, despite this early use, it wasn’t until 2737 BCE that we find written evidence of hemp as medicine. Emperor Shen-Nung, a mythical leader of the Chinese people in their earliest days, is purported to have developed topical hemp oils and teas to aid in pain relief. His findings are found in the first editions of the Pen Ts’ao Ching, an ancient medical text that is among the first to mention hemp as a remedy for illness.Later on, Hua Tuo, a Han dynasty physician, was the first person on record to use cannabis as an anesthetic… in the second century! He noted that this plant can also aid in the treatment of blood clots, tapeworms, and hair loss. Even the ancient Romans noted the benefits of hemp. Around 77 AD, Pliny the Elder, a famous Roman historian and writer, noted how helpful hemp was for the extraction of insects from ears and for pain relief.

Hemp As Medicine

Europe in the Middle Ages and after, saw hemp used to treat tumors and coughs — as well as recreationally. By the sixteenth century, hemp was one of the main crops grown in England. In 1533, Henry VIII commanded farmers to grow hemp or face a fine! It was also used to supply fibers for supplies on British ships, such as sails and rope for the rigging.

Hemp In The Americas

When Europeans came across the Atlantic to colonize the new world, they found that many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas already were cultivating hemp, a plant that they knew from their homes back in Europe. As the American colonies grew, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! In fact, along with whiskey and other goods, hemp could be used as legal tender (and even could be used to pay one’s taxes).

​Henry Ford and Hemp Fuels

In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine. Like many others, Diesel assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. I am fro Michigan and so is Green Wellness Life so we wanted to throw in a bit of Michigan history! Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company, seeing the potential of biomass fuels, operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry.

Things Change

As other industries started to grow, they began to compete with hemp for control of various markets, such as paper, cloth and fibers, oils and fuels. This is when both the law and the public began to turn against hemp. I’ll talk about this more in part 2 of this history, but remember, hemp has been with us since the start of civilization. No need to be afraid of this incredible crop! Its uses are endless!!!Koi soft chews

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CBD & Neurological Disorders

February 22nd, 2019 by Brandy Palmer

Neurological Disorders

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed

Many People Are Suffering Neurological Disorders

Of the one billion people affected by neurological disorders worldwide, 50 million suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer and other dementias. Due to this prevalence of neurological disorders, which affect individuals from all genders, races, and socio-economic classes, it is no wonder that a lot of attention is placed on claims that CBD can lessen the severity of, or even remove the symptoms of some of these disorders.

My aim with this article is to offer as much information as I can to anyone who personally suffers, or has a loved one who suffers, under the symptoms of a neurological disorder. While I cannot claim that CBD will cure anyone’s illness, or that it will even mitigate their pain, I can claim to have done my research, and that I offer only the information which I believe are relevant to anyone seeking alternatives to treatment plans that may have not worked for them in the past.

CBD & Epilepsy

One of the most commonly cited examples of CBD having a positive effect is in relation to epilepsy in patients. Not only has CBD been found statistically to reduce the severity of seizures in some patients, but it has also been found to reduce the frequency of seizures in some studies. These findings have led to the first FDA-approved drug with CBD as an active ingredient; the drug is intended for use as a treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.

CBD & Parkinsons

For patients with Parkinson’s, CBD granted significant improvements in motor abilities, rigidity, pain, and other symptoms along with a decrease in psychotic attributes The study, conducted on mice, found that there was an overall decrease in the expression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and a slower rate of disease progression when the subject mice were treated with CBD. Obviously, there’s still a long way to go from mice to humans, but the initial findings are exciting.

CBD & Multiple Sclerosis

Culture testing has also proved that CBD reverses inflammatory responses and might successfully protect patients from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. For example, Sativex, a pharmaceutical containing a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, has been used to treat Multiple Sclerosis with varying degrees of success. As the National Institute of Health states: “In some trials, THC:CBD spray significantly reduced neuropathic pain, spasticity, muscle spasms and sleep disturbances. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in trials were dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, feeling of intoxication and a bad taste. Long-term safety and the potential for dependence, abuse, misuse and diversion are unknown,”

The National Institute of Health also stated that “Results from randomized, controlled trials have reported a reduction in the severity of symptoms associated with spasticity, leading to a better ability to perform daily activities and an improved perception of patients and their carers regarding functional status. These are highly encouraging findings that provide some much-needed optimism for the treatment of this disabling and often painful symptom of MS,”

CBD & The Nervous System

While Sativex is a prescription medicine, the effect that the CBD has on the nervous system may be replicated with similar CBD use, though this is not yet proven. There is much research that still needs to be done on the effects of CBD on neurological disorders, and new studies are constantly published, especially now that universities are less restricted in their ability to cultivate and experiment with Cannabis strains. Already, the market has FDA-approved CBD medications to treat neurological disorders, and there is no doubt in my mind that the FDA will approve other, non-prescriptive, CBD products that will enable many people, with varying levels of severity in their afflictions, to seek and find a solution.  Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later, for us and for our loved ones living with neurological disorders.

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The benefits of CBD for our pets

February 12th, 2019 by Nicole Skinner

CBD for our pets

By Quinton Charles Op -Ed Blogger

We love our pets

We as Americans, love our pets. We may even love them more than we love apple pie (I know that I prefer cherry) and rock-n-roll. I have no doubt that this love is the reason people go to great lengths to cure their pets of all ailments, no matter the price. While noble, it can lead to expenses far exceeding what one would expect to pay for any reasonable cure. Much to the chagrin of their owners, pets are usually not completely cured, which can lead to further costs and symptoms in the animal. While the benefits of CBD on pets has not been clinically proven, anecdotal evidence in support of the benefits of CBD for our pets is growing and you can read example after example from veterinarians, as well as pet owners, that illustrate the benefits of CBD use for pets.

Although I fully acknowledge that the types of pets that people own are as diverse as they could possibly be, I am narrowing this article to cats and dogs. In no way does this reflect any animosity towards other types of pets (I used to own a bird), but rather reflects the available information on the effects of CBD in pets.  This is a tricky subject to find information out there. However based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, it is believed that CBD is both safe in humans and animals. So Lets Talk Dogs!

CBD & Dogs

Soft Chews for Dog
I grew up with dogs and it seems that near everyone either has a dog, or knows someone with a dog. Though our dogs may seem unaffected to all illness, as they run around and wag their tails, they are affected by diet, climate, and mood as much as a human is.

There are two parts to caring for your dogs health, and they are very simple: what you can avoid, and what you can’t. For many ailments, such as canine obesity, poor mood, and lack of appetite, a simple change in diet, frequent play and walks, and changing food types can solve the problem. For more serious, chronic issues, sometimes additional help is needed, and this can come in the form of CBD. Some of the potential benefits of CBD in both dogs and cats can include reduction in anxiety, pain and inflammation, protects the nervous system, helps with epilepsy and seizures, and aids in a healthy heart and blood sugar levels.

One anecdote mentions an Australian veterinarian:

“A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis  that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back. A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved. These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaite. “They normally don’t get better.

So how does it work? CBD has similar effects in dogs as can be found in humans. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling, and I’ve talked in the past about how it can combat epilepsy. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your vet before using CBD.

CBD and Cats

Soft Chews for CatFor people who own cats, CBD can have similar benefits. Once again, this is based on anecdotal evidence, since, although there have been no scientific studies that specifically investigate the impact of cannabis on pets, Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian and owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, says that CBD oil is generally safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects to giving your cat CBD oil, including gastrointestinal upset(this is normally due to the specific carrier oil used, look for olive oil based tinctures for cats) It also can have some sedation affects depending on the cat, both of which can be relieved by discontinuing the use of the oil.  It is worth noting that while CBD oil and hemp are typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” says veterinarian Dr. Liza Guess.” 

Overall, pet owners should consult with their pet’s veterinarian before administering any CBD oil. Once the go-ahead has been given, you should be more than ready to give your pet a holistic treatment and, hopefully, a cure to whatever ailment besets them.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are passionate about our pets at Green Wellness Life!

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