CBD And Treating Asthma – Can It Help Me?

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that’s caused by inflammation of the airways with flare-ups that cause breathing problems like coughing and wheezing. And when you can’t catch your breath, it can be scary. Like so many conditions, there are differing levels of severity and some are more manageable than others. There are a variety of things that can irritate asthma – physical activities, pollen, dust, animal dander, and so on. The more irritants you’re exposed to (either type or quantity), the more severe a flare-up can be. While there are many treatment options, people are wondering if CBD can play a role in treating asthma.

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. CBD is also a bronchodilator, which means that it relaxes the muscle bands that tighten around your airways (think rescue inhaler). This lets your airways open and lets more air move in and out of your lungs, and when you’re fighting to breathe, all you really want is more air. There’s also research that indicates it may provide more neuroprotective benefits than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. 

CBD oil can also decrease hyperresponsiveness in your airways, which means that your lungs may become less sensitive to asthma triggers, which can also lead to fewer flare-ups and symptoms like coughing and wheezing. A 2019 study found that CBD decreased airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness in mice that were induced with allergic asthma. More research needs to be done on humans to determine whether or not CBD is an effective treatment for allergy-induced asthma, but we’re optimistically crossing our fingers. 

Incorporating CBD Into Your Treatment Regimen

You’re probably asking yourself, so how does it work? How do I take CBD for asthma? Our answer is just like you would for any other condition. Tinctures or gummies – whatever your preferred delivery method is. The nice thing about a tincture is that you can always incorporate it with your food or just drop it down the back of your throat and chase it with your favorite juice, coffee, or other beverage. If you prefer a gummy, that will work just fine as well. We find that taking CBD by mouth, rather than smoking or vaping CBD oil, is more effective, particularly for asthma because the smoke can irritate the airways. 

As always, you know your body best. You know how mild or severe your asthma is. We do NOT recommend replacing CBD with an existing treatment method, but it may be wise to supplement your existing treatment(s) with it, particularly if you’re looking for a natural way to treat this condition. 

As always, here are a few things we think you should consider before starting your CBD journey:

  • Speak to your health expert before starting a CBD regimen
  • Bring information on the specific product(s) you’re considering, including product description, strength and the recommended dosage amount (if listed)
  • Ask about possible interactions between CBD and any medications you’re taking
  • Take your weight, body mass, and metabolism into consideration – these determine how quickly you will metabolize the CBD
  • Check the potency of the CBD products you’re considering trying – stronger products mean you won’t have to take as much
  • Make sure the products are verified by a third-party lab
  • Record your response to each amount of CBD you take so you can make adjustments

To determine an appropriate dose, we recommend consulting our “CBD Dosing – How Do I Know How Much to Take?” post for where to begin. 

As always, we want you to live your happiest, healthiest life and if CBD can help you do that, then we’ve done our job. As always, consult your medical expert before trying anything new. We hope this information is helpful and we wish you good health. Still have questions? Ask us in the comments and we’ll do our best to find you the answer. 

CBD and Cancer Treatments: What You Need to Know

CBD oil is being used to treat many conditions – depression, anxiety, eating disorders – the list goes on. But what about for cancer patients? Well, we’re here to answer that question for you based on all of the information available at the time of this writing.

Never, never, never ever, ever, ever, give up by the national cancer institute on unsplash

Cancer is a complex condition and we’re still trying to figure out what causes it and how to cure it. It has many forms and this article will speak about cancer in general terms and not about specific types of cancer. There are different treatments for different types and even these treatments can wreak havoc on a person’s body.

If you’re new to the blog, let’s take a minute and talk about the difference between hemp and marijuana, because I’m sure you’re saying, “But people take marijuana for cancer treatment all the time!” Yes, this is true. Marijuana is used by many cancer patients to help treat the side effects of chemotherapy. But what if you’re in the situation where you can’t use marijuana because of the THC contained in it? Marijuana and hemp are both come from the cannabis sativa plant. They both contain cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These are the two most common and active ingredients.

There are two main differences between hemp and marijuana: 1. Hemp has far less THC than marijuana and 2. CBD is does not have any psychoactive agents, unlike THC. Because of the lack of psychoactive agents, CBD allows you to keep a clear head when you need it.

Now that we know that, let’s get to the nuts and bolts of this post. Can CBD cure cancer? At the time of this writing, no, there is no scientific evidence that CBD can cure cancer. You’re probably wondering what the point of this blog post is then. Well, CBD can, like marijuana, help ease the side effects of cancer treatments. This can be particularly beneficial if you want an all-natural alternative to another prescription being added to help counteract the side effects of your cancer treatment meds. Each person is different and each cancer treatment program is different, so we can’t definitively say that it will work. As always, there are factors to take into consideration and a little trial and error on your part is required.

We know that CBD has been proven to help alleviate nausea, vomiting, eating disorders, pain, neuropathy, anxiety and depression, and even insomnia. All or some of these symptoms can be present during cancer treatment. You know your body best – if CBD works well with CBD, there’s no reason to stop using it during your cancer treatment as an additional component to your treatment regime. If you haven’t used CBD before, there’s no reason why you can’t add it in.

Where do you start if you haven’t used CBD before? There are a few things we think you should consider before starting your CBD journey or increasing your dose:

  • Speak to your health expert before starting a CBD regimen
  • Do your research! Bring information on the specific product(s) you’re considering, including the product description, strength, and the recommended dosage amount (if listed)
  • Ask about possible interactions between CBD and the medications you’re currently taking or will be taking in conjunction with your cancer treatment
  • Take your weight, body mass, and metabolism into consideration – these determine how quickly you will metabolize the CBD
  • Check the potency of the CBD products you’re considering using – stronger products mean you won’t have such a high dosage
  • Make sure the products are verified by a third-party lab
  • Record your response to each amount of CBD you take so you can make adjustments

For additional information about finding the right dose, refer to our previous post called CBD Dosing – How Do I Know How Much to Take?

Because cancer medications can be different from other medications, I strongly recommend talking with your doctor before you incorporate it into your regimen because CBD can potentially inhibit the metabolization of certain drugs, so you want to make sure that this is not a concern.

The biggest takeaway I can give you from this is that we’re still learning a lot about CBD, the endocannabinoid system, and how CBD interacts with the body. Make sure you talk to your medical expert before using it to make sure it doesn’t inadvertently cause any problems. As always, I hope this information is helpful and I wish you good health.

Depression, Anxiety, and CBD – Can it Help?

If you suffer with depression and / or anxiety, you know that it’s not always an easy journey. Once you have a diagnosis, you may feel some relief because now you know what you’re dealing with. However, finding medication to treat either or both is not as straightforward as we’d like it to be. Everyone reacts differently to different medications and trying to get back to “normal” (whatever that is) can be difficult if you’re struggling with finding a medication that works for you. It can be expensive and time-consuming if you don’t find one that works quickly. 

While there are different types of depression and a wide variety of factors that cause depression, it basically boils down to prolonged stressful situations that lead us to depression and worsen anxiety in most cases. Stress comes in all types and sizes, so again, there’s no one stress fits all here, so to speak.

But there’s hope. The University of Buffalo has released new research that found that the endocannabinoid chemicals in the brain work the same way as the cannabinoids that you find in cannabis. So this reaction means you get an improved mood, which can help ease depression and anxiety. 

CBD And Your Body’s Stress Response

CBD is definitely growing in popularity as a way to deal with regular or even chronic stress. But you’re probably wondering how it works. It reduces your body’s sensitivity to stress and possibly eliminates the severe effects of anxiety and depression by promoting brain function and protecting your body from damage caused by stress. 

When you get nervous or anxious, your hypothalamus becomes less sensitive to cortisol. What is cortisol? It’s a hormone that regulates many processes throughout the body, but it plays an important part in helping the body respond to stress. So if your cortisol levels start to drop, you will need higher levels of cortisol to get a normal response. If your cortisol levels stay low too long, stress remains in the body for a longer period of time. CBD works with the hypothalamus to improve its sensitivity to cortisol and bring levels back to the normal range.

We all know that stress can cause damage to our bodies. When oxygen in our body splits into a single atom it’s missing an electron, which prefers to be in pairs. These unpaired electrons are called free radicals (which I’m sure you’ve heard of). These free radicals seek out other electrons so they can become a pair and in the process, they wreak havoc on our bodies, causing damage to cells, proteins, and even DNA. CBD is a powerful antioxidant and when you ingest it, it helps to counter the free radicals, which protects your body from damage. 

Studies have shown that CBD can help ease anxiety in patients with a generalized social anxiety disorder, which is a common form of anxiety that impacts a person’s social life (hello, global pandemic!). When CBD was used, the study found that it helped ease stress and calmed the brain’s response to this anxiety.

As always, before you start taking any CBD products, we recommend you:

  • Speak to your doctor
  • Bring information on the specific product(s) you’re considering using, including product description, strength, and the recommended dosage amount (if listed)
  • Ask about possible interactions between CBD and any medications you’re taking
  • Make sure the products are verified by a third-party lab

CBD Dosing – How Do I Know How Much to Take?

If you’re just starting CBD, you want to make sure you know how much to take. What happens if I take too much? Will it leave me feeling funny? What if I don’t take enough? Will it do anything? These are questions that we get all the time and we’re here to help you feel more comfortable figuring out the appropriate dose of CBD. 

The short answer is that everyone is different and as of right now, there isn’t a clear-cut answer. Some people find effectiveness at lower doses, while some find effectiveness at higher doses. Some feel the effects in a shorter amount of time, while others find that it takes longer. This has to do with how your body processes the CBD – your weight, metabolism, and body chemistry affects how quickly your body breaks down the product and gets it into your endocannabinoid system. Whether or not you take a liquid or solid form of CBD can also determine how quickly you feel the effects. Generally, liquid products, like tinctures, will absorb the quickest, while gummies, hard candies, or other forms of edibles will take longer for your body to process. 

Where Do I Begin?

This is a great question. First, let’s look at why you are  taking CBD. Is it for pain, like arthritis or post-workout recovery? If that’s the case, then a topical may be best for answer. If you’re taking it for an ongoing condition, like anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, etc., a tincture may be the right answer for you. This is because the tincture can be absorbed into your endocannabinoid system more quickly, allowing you to feel the effects faster. If you are looking for something to carry with you for an “as needed” basis or in case you have some unexpected anxiety while you’re out and about, gummies or throat lozenges may be the answer. These can be absorbed quickly and will allow you to feel the benefits quickly as well. 

Here are a few things we think you should consider before starting your CBD journey or increasing your dose:

  • Speak to your health expert before starting a CBD regimen
  • Bring information on the specific product(s) you’re considering, including product description, strength and the recommended dosage amount (if listed)
  • Ask about possible interactions between CBD and any medications you’re taking
  • Take your weight, body mass, and metabolism into consideration – these determine how quickly you will metabolize the CBD
  • Check the potency of the CBD products you’re considering trying – stronger products mean you won’t have to take as much
  • Make sure the products are verified by a third-party lab
  • Record your response to each amount of CBD you take so you can make adjustments

Next, you’ll need to work on determining the dose. Remember – using a high-quality product is important because it ensures there won’t be any unexpected side effects and that you’re getting the most benefit out of each dose. 

Let’s use our Keeping The Faith Tincture for an example. We recommend that customers start at 0.25ml and allow 90 minutes for complete activation. If after waiting 90 minutes you don’t notice a change (reduction in symptoms), take another 0.25ml and wait another 90 minutes. With a little trial and error, you’ll find the right dose for you. With our products, 1ml is one full squeeze of the dropper when using a tincture. Look at that amount, and then split it in quarters to find your starting dose. With a little practice, you’ll quickly find your ideal dose and frequency. 

What if I Take Too Much?

We understand that taking too much is a concern. No one wants to take too much of anything. The good news is that if you take too much, the side effects are not lethal. You may notice drowsiness, lethargy, upset stomach, diarrhea, or other disorienting side effects. Because of this, we recommend finding your baseline dose when you’re in a comfortable environment where you can be at ease. We recommend scheduling some self-care time  – maybe a quiet evening after work or a weekend day where you plan to relax at home would be a good time to start determining your ideal dose. 

How Long Does It Last?

This is another question we often get. Again, this can vary from person to person and this is why we recommend finding your baseline dose when you’re in a comfortable environment. Generally, the effects of CBD can be felt for 12-24 hours. You can adjust the frequency of your dose as you see fit. You know your body and how it works better than anyone else. 

As you know, we’re big fans of CBD and the benefits we’ve seen in our health. We hope this is a good starting point for you to begin your CBD journey. Still have questions? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

Can CBD Help Women With Endometriosis?

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is abnormal growth of cells that are similar to the ones in the lining of the womb. It affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, which adds up to approximately 176 million women worldwide. 

What causes endometriosis is still not completely understood. The endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and gathers around the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and bowel. The main problem with this condition is that the bleeding phase of a woman’s menstural cycle provides an exit for the blood; when the endrometrial cells grow, there is nowhere for them to go. This is what causes pain, inflammation, and even the formation of scar tissue. 

While the severity of the symptoms can vary from woman to woman, even in less severe cases, endometriosis can lead to infertility if left untreated. Getting treatment, however, can be challenging for many women. Endometriosis can be misdiagnosed or getting an accurate diagnosis can take time, and can consist of a great deal trial and error. 

Endometriosis can be a stubborn and tenacious condition. Even if scar tissue is surgically removed, it does not mean that the tissue will not regenerate. Unfortunately, it almost always returns, along with all of the other symptoms, including terrible pain.

How Can CBD Help?

Research shows that women are given sedatives more often than actual pain medication. It’s likely that this goes far back in history to when women were diagnosed with hysteria as far back as the Ancient Greeks. Crazy, right?

For so many women, then pain of endometriosis is unbearable and can be the most challenging aspect, because when you’re in pain, you can’t focus, you can’t accomplish what you need to, and you’re tired. Pain is EXHAUSTING.African American woman doubled over in pain

An online survey in Australia interviewed women from an endometriosis support group and found that cannabis and CBD oil were the most effective of all of the self-care techniques for endometriosis pain. Other self-care methods include breathing techniques, yoga, and stretching. 

For some, they may wonder if CBD made a difference in their pain levels, but some found that if they stopped taking CBD for a week, they realized how much more severe the pain was without CBD. This change encouraged them to return to their CBD regimen so that they could carry on with their daily routines. 

Reducing / Alleviating Pain and CBD

The reason patients find pain relief or reduction from CBD oil may be tie4d to the CBD’s activation of the TRPV1 vanilloid receptor. TRPV1 is a gated ion-channel that generally causes pain when it’s stimulated. So when CBD is introduced to these receptors, they no longer respond anymore and pain is no longer registered. Think of when you use a heating pad on your body. The soothing relief is a mild activation of the same TRPV1 receptors. CBD provides a stronger activation of these receptors.

CBD is also thought to slow or even prevent the spread of endometrial tissue because of how it reacts with the GPR18 receptor because cannabidiol was shown to be an antagonist of the GRP18 receptor, which means it should help prevent the abnormal spread of the endometrial tissue.

A bottle of CBD oil in an outdoor setting

Because this research is young, there are often more questions than answers and additional research needs to be done to have a more complete understanding of these reactions. While we don’t fully know CBD’s potential to halt cell migration in endometriosis, its effectiveness as a painkiller is a potent option appreciated by many who struggle with this condition.

*This information should not be used for diagnostic purposes. Please consult your doctor if you believe you could be suffering from endometriosis so that testing, diagnosis, and a treatment plan can be determined.

CBD and Eating Disorders

The facts are staggering in the United States. The National eating Disorders Association says approximately 20 million women and 10 million men will develop an eating disorder at some point in their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 25 percent of U.S. college students suffer from a variety of eating disorders. Many people don’t realize that eating disorders can be fatal which is additionally concerning.

When it comes to treatment, there’s no universally approved medical treatment because nothing has been proven to be effective. Physicians often provide a treatment plan for eating disorders that includes antidepressants for underlying mental health issues like depression or anxiety. 

Since CBD is becoming more accepted and studied for its full benefits, it’s currently being studied for its efficacy in treating eating disorders.Eating disorders word cloud

The Most Common Eating Disorders

The root cause of an eating disorder can vary from person to person, but let’s talk about the three most common eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder.

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by abnormal thinness and an extreme fear of gaining body weight. The sufferer usually has a distorted perception of weight and shape. People dealing with Anorexia generally restrict their diet to very dangerous levels, misuse laxatives, and exercise excessively. Frequently, they directly equate a thin body to their self-worth. People dealing with anorexia regularly continue losing weight even after their desired shape or weight has been achieved.

Bulimia Nervosa, most commonly referred to as Bulimia, is different from Anorexia. People dealing with Bulimia often maintain a normal weight, but they have an unhealthy attitude toward eating. Bulimics often eat large amounts of food and will often overeat. Afterwards, they purge themselves of the excess calories in harmful ways, such as misusing laxatives and weight loss supplements, self-induced vomiting, or strict dieting. Like Anorexia, Bulimia often has a lot to do with a distorted perception of weight and shape and they tend to tie their self-worth to their body shape. 

Binge Eating Disorder has to do with losing control of eating habits in the short-term. Usually, someone with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) will lose control at least twice per week for up to six months. Quite often, this happens with people of standard weight, but it opens the door for obesity to develop. Those with BED struggle with guilt and disgust, which are also tied to their binge eating. Food is often used to cope with their mental state and creates a vicious cycle. 

Medications and measuring tape photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash

Current Eating Disorder Treatments

Current treatment for eating disorders usually involves therapy, dietary plans, and antidepressants to treat the psychological aspects that often accompany these disorders. These treatments can happen at home or in clinical environments with others who struggle with eating disorders. However, the efficacy of these treatments have not shown to be effective enough to deal with the underlying mental health or the individual habits that drive the disorders. Other treatments include making lifestyle changes and including more social activities to boost confidence, but the success rates of these vary greatly from person to person. 

How Can CBD Help?

Now that we’re on the same page about what we mean by an eating disorder and how they’ve been treated for so long, you’re wondering how CBD can make a difference in treatment. 

CBD looks to be a very promising treatment. While additional research is currently being done on this topic, it appears to be promising because of CBD’s anti-stress and anti-inflammatory efficacy. CBD has been proven to be effective in treating anxiety, chronic pain, depression, inflammation and stress. CBD works directly with the endocannabinoid system, which is made up of receptors that are broken into two groups – CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and affect coordination, emotions, and mood. CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and influence inflammation and pain. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates human relationships with food and those people diagnosed with an eating disorder also have a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system. This means that their ECS is likely low-functioning or inactive. When CBD is introduced, it stimulates the ECS and can turn it from inactive or low-functioning to functioning again. This helps our bodies to stimulate the ECS to produce cannabinoids on its own and can correct the imbalances that have contributed to or caused the eating disorder. Because CBD also provides therapeutic help to the brain, it supports mental health by treating anxiety and/or depression that can accompany an eating disorder. CBD is also all-natural and does not cause addiction. It can also be incorporated into a person’s daily routine, and the evidence so far is very promising in helping those who struggle with eating disorders. 
If you’re interested in trying CBD or know someone who is, feel free to send any questions to us at info@shoptlcbd.com or visit our products page for more information.

Can CBD Help Manage Pain?

January 1, 2021

Pain can hit us at any time. Some people deal with it all of their lives from chronic conditions, while others deal with it as they near the end of their lives. For most of us, it becomes an ever-increasing issue. There are many questions that arise about the efficacy of CBD in managing pain. Between CBD becoming more accepted as a mainstream treatment and more and more people continuing to look for alternatives to opioids and narcotics to control pain, there are many questions about how to best manage pain while minimizing the side effects. 

CBD targets the serotonin, dopamine, and endocannabinoid receptors in our bodies to reduce the feelings of anxiety that very often accompany pain. The endocannabinoid system is thought to be directly related to pain regardless of its cause. This means that CBD has been found to be effective in treating osteoarthritis pain, neuropathic pain, and chronic back pain.

End-of-life Pain

If used in conjunction with narcotics, it can make the patient more alert and willing to partake in life, whereas before the person may have been more withdrawn because of the amount of pain they were in. Some people prefer to be in pain instead of being sleepy, but being in pain is very exhausting and because the CBD cannabinoids target pain and reduce or even eliminate pain, this can help people to be more present in their daily life. When someone is able to be present in their daily life, it means being able to spend more time with loved ones, making more memories together, which equates to a higher quality of life.

Often, as someone enters into end-of-life care, narcotics and benzodiazepines can be prescribed to help ease pain. These medications can also have some strong side effects and not everyone can tolerate them well. Using CBD in conjunction with these medications can reduce the side effects of these medications. On the other hand, it’s best to work with a medical professional on the dosage of CBD and opioid or other narcotic-based medications, as some people may experience either an increase or decrease in the potency of these medications. Like with all medications, not everyone will have the same reaction and working with a medical professional is ideal when other medications are involved.

Another benefit to using CBD is that there are no psychoactive effects on a person. That is to say, they don’t get high like someone who consumes THC does. CBD is considered a dietary supplement and can be used anytime during the day as needed. 

Choosing the Right Form of CBD

There are several factors to consider when deciding in what form you should take CBD. There are a variety available:

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Jump for Joy Pain Balm
  • Oil and tinctures
  • Edibles, like gummies or candies
  • Topical ointments and creams
  • Waxes
  • E-liquids
  • Capsules

When choosing the right form to manage pan, you should consider the level of pain. This is because different forms take longer to absorb into the body than others, and therefore take longer to activate – meaning it can take longer to get relief. Generally, edibles and capsules take the longest because they must be digested, whereas oils, tinctured, topicals and e-liquids will most likely provide faster relief, within minutes, because they are absorbed rather than digested. 

Topicals and ointments can be highly effective on specific pain because the cream or ointment can be applied directly to the area of discomfort. These can be effective for arthritis or other joint pain, but it is important to remember that it will not eliminate the pain – only provide relief for a period of time. 

Even though CBD is not able to cure pain, it can provide much needed relief without many of the side effects from other treatments. Pain comes in many forms and so do treatment options. CBD provides a natural, non-psychoactive alternative that is free of side-effects and continues to be a promising option in managing pain. 

2021 – A New Hope on the Horizon

December 22, 2020

2020 was the year no one expected. Things started out seemingly fine for most of us and then suddenly we’re living in the middle of history in a pandemic for the majority of the year. You’ve heard everyone say it all year long – these are unprecedented times – and they are, but what has this public health crisis taught us? What have you learned? I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned. 

2020 was the year I learned to slow down and even to pause for a while. I learned that amidst the darkness, there is still light. Sometimes you need to look for it, while other times you need to shine your light on others to help them through it. Other times still, you simply have to put your light out there in the hopes that the person who needs it will see it and let it guide them to where they need to be. This year was a year of extremes. There was great division, but there was also great togetherness. I saw people come together to help people they didn’t know, to help lift their voices higher so they can be in the spotlight. We all saw the medical community come together and work harder than they ever have before. We saw researchers, epidemiologists, virologists, and other members of the medical community come together to work quickly to create a safe, and effective vaccine to help get our arms around this virus that has become our entire lives this year. 

2020 was also the year I learned more about myself. I learned more about mental health and how important it is for everyone to have access to resources; I also learned how important self-care is – everything from naps to home spa days, coloring, and simply taking time to listen to music, podcasts, or whatever makes me happy and calm. We all learned how strong stress is in our lives and that we have to find positive ways to deal with it in order to be able to face each day when uncertainty is the main item on the daily agenda. I know that using my CBD has greatly helped me stay calm and helped to keep things more manageable, if that’s possible during the middle of a pandemic. 

We had to change so much about how we live our lives in order to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our community members safe. We had to stay apart so that we can come together again soon. I think we all have a deeper understanding for how important hugs are to our well-being. Learning to stay connected virtually has been another substantial lesson of this year. It may not be perfect, but we are so fortunate to have the technology that we do in order to stay connected, even if it’s not ideal. 

As the new year quickly approaches and uncertainty remains at the top of our daily agenda, a new year brings new hope – hope that we will be able to come together again soon and hug each other and do all of the things we love to do together instead of on a video call. There will still be challenges ahead, but my hope is that we’ll be better equipped to deal with them and we’ll begin to reshape what normal is for us and that this normal will lift us all up so that we’ll have healthier lives. 

To those of you who have supported us this year – thank you. We are grateful for your support and we look forward to continuing to support you not only this year, but in the years to come. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy new year – may it be filled with a multitude of blessings – none greater than we’ll be able to come back together in the new year. 

We wish you the best for 2021…

Jenna,

President of Product Development

Does CBD Help Against Coronavirus?

November 10, 2020

2020 has turned out to be anything but the year that we all expected. Sheltering in place, working and educating our kids from home…Nothing has gone to plan. As we continue to see cases of COVID-19 increase, we’re wondering what we can do to protect ourselves from contracting the virus ourselves.

The jury is out – more research needs to be done…

Can CBD Help Protect me from COVID-19?

The answer is not clear, unfortunately. More research is needed to find a more definitive answer, but scientists have discovered that CBD oil may increase levels of cytokine, a chemical that protects the lungs and other organs, which could ward off the worst effects of COVID-19.

Cytokine is a protein found in the immune cells and responds to inflammation and infection in our bodies. An overactive cytokine response has be found in serious cases of COVID-19, and when this happens, it can cause serious damage to the lungs and even cause death; however, apelin, a naturally occurring peptide, has been shown to reduce this response in laboratory models of another serious disease, adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

So how does this connect to CBD? New research has been published by scientists from the Dental College of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia, and in this research, it was shown that CBD oil has been shown to increase apelin levels. The research also showed that oxygen levels were increased and inflammation was reduced and overall lung damage caused by ARDS was reduced as well. In the ARDS models, levels of apelin in the blood dropped to almost zero, but when CBD was administered, these levels increased twenty-fold and nearly brought it back to a normal level.

Apelin acts as a key regulator to bring blood pressure back to normal levels and reduce inflammation. It is produced in the heart, brain, lungs, and blood and works in cooperation with the angiotensin-converting enzyme receptor, also known as ACE2, to control blood pressure. But as we’ve learned this year, the ACE2 receptor is how COVID-19 enters our cells and corrupts normal function.

COVID-19 disrupts the relationship between ACE2 and apelin, which stops blood vessels to relax and takes over cells to create more of the virus. Reduced levels of ACE2 seem to have an  effect on how apelin is produced and provides naturally occurring protection within the lungs and other organs affected by COVID-19.

Again, more research needs to be done to more fully understand the relationship between CBD and apelin production, but the work with ARDS indicates that CBD could provide some protection to the organs affected by COVID-19. 

Why CBD Isn’t More Common

October 1, 2020

I was reading recently about an elephant named Fredzia at the Warsaw Zoo going through serious stress and depression after the death of one of her longest partners.  She was acting strange and having eating issues.  The zookeepers decided to try CBD for her anxiety.  I was blown away by the fact that they considered this an “experimental treatment” – how can anyone not consider CBD to be a baseline go-to for stress and anxiety and a variety of other things these days.

But then I realized I shouldn’t be concerned, I should be happy.  Mainstream media may be years behind what we have known about the benefits of CBD but at least they are starting to catch up and with stories like this one about Fredzia, things will get more common soon.

Tionne