CBD Infused Drinks?

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The next best thing to hit the market? What is a CBD infused drink? It can be water, juice, pop, tea, coffee or anything else that a company decides they can put it in. So is it good for you? My understanding is that the amount per serving (eg. one drink) is probably about 2-5 mg of CBD. A normal amount of beneficial CBD/day is about 15 mg for most people. That being said, you would need to drink 3-7 infused drinks per day. That is not totally unreasonable.

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So what is cannabidiol (CBD)? First of all it is the non-psychotropic part of the cannabis plant. It can help with chronic pain, help reduce anxiety and inflammation. So, is it a bad thing or good thing to put it in a drink? Research shows that lipid based nanoparticles may be better absorbed by your body so you want to know that the company producing these products is using this technology.

CBD is a very unstable compound and requires protection from light to preserve the medicinal products. Bottles of water sitting on shelves in clear containers would quickly degrade the medicinal benefits. Exposure to air also degrades it, so as soon as you open the bottle it starts to degrade. It is also very expensive.

So, I would suggest saving your money and buy a good quality oil, edible or vape your CBD oil to get all of the benefits. So don’t buy into the newest craze, but do your research and get “all” of the benefits of a properly packaged CBD product.

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Sleep-most refreshing activity

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” is familiar to most of us. However, it seems that as we age, sleeping solid and restfully becomes less of a feat we can accomplish. Maybe because of responsibilities that are on our mind about work and family? Also, sometimes women in menopause will have hot flashes or insomnia that disrupt their rest at night. Sometimes medications can cause insomnia or if you work shift work your body becomes unable to regulate itself because of constantly changing sleeping times.

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I know one thing for sure. If you get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night, your productivity at work or home will increase, you will feel mentally sharper and more focused and your overall mood will be happier. Also, when you get plenty of uninterrupted sleep your body has a chance to fix itself in areas where you may be physically having challenges. Your immune system will be stronger and your cortisol levels will be more able to remain normal.

How do you manage to get yourself back into this state? Some people use melatonin and it will help them sleep better. Others choose to try products such as CBD full spectrum hemp oil or cannabis oils. You can also seek out using medical cannabis if it is legal in your country. You can use high CBD medical cannabis and it will not only help you sleep, but it may help with other medical conditions such as anxiety. Ask your doctor and if they do not know, then ask to be referred to a medical cannabis clinic where the doctors are trained in use of medical cannabis for many physical and mental ailments.

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I hope this helps you to get back to “sleeping like a baby”!

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Neuropathy

Neuropathy is simply put-nerve pain. If you have ever suffered from this type of pain perhaps you have diabetes, autoimmune disease or something else causing nerve damage. It can cause tingling, numbness, burning or crawling sensations in your body and it can literally “get on your nerves”. It can disrupt your sleep, cause you to drop things (from numbness) or make you stumble when you walk. The amount of energy that it seems to take to keep your nerves humming can actually make you feel fatigued.

Controlling this type of pain with pain medications is what most people try first. They may use Tylenol or ibuprofen or stronger pain meds such as tegretol, gabapentin or lyrica. These drugs can have side effects which are unpleasant. Also, some prescription drugs may become an addiction problem for some people.

Neuropathic pain is one of the hardest types of pain to treat. An alternative to treating this type of pain is to use medical cannabis. High CBD cannabis may help with inflammation, however you may require a “small” amount of THC in order to control this type of pain (THC products are best taken with an equal or greater amount of CBD and consume only at bedtime). Always remember to take very small amounts of CBD/THC containing products and start low (eg. 0.25 ml for 3-5 days and add 0.1 ml every 3 days until you find relief from the pain. It may take a few weeks to get to the correct doseage. There should be little to no psychoactive effects if done correctly. You may have to try different mixtures of cannabis oils to find what works for you. Work with your doctor or cannabis clinic to find the ultimate product.

Cannabis can be smoked, vaped, eaten or taken as an oil. I always feel that the oils are best and easiest to control the exact amount you wish to consume.

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Breath of Life-Oxygen

Do you take breathing for granted? Most of us do. Many people do not have that luxury and eventually it can rob you of your oxygen and your life. So sad and such a miserable and uncomfortable way to live.

Some people have lung disease such as asthma that can be controlled with medications such as Ventolin and steroids while others have more serious conditions such as lung cancer, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sometimes these conditions can leave you “chained” to an oxygen tank 24 hours a day and greatly restricts your life and limits doing even ordinary tasks such as housework and other chores.

Don’t take your breathing for granted. If you smoke cigarettes either cut back or quit. Smoking cannabis is probably also not the best idea, but the THC and CBD found in cannabis and put into either an oil (preferred) or edible form can possibly help with breathing by dialing down inflammation and phlegm production. It may be worth a try?

Cannabis Oil for COPD

Lydia K. RN

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More research is needed into the promise of cannabis oil for COPD. Patients report improvement of symptoms.

Medical cannabis research is a hot topic around the globe, but still not much is understood about the link between cannabis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers are digging deep into the science of cannabis oil for COPD to find the role that the herb could play in the stopping the development and progression of this terrible disease.

The COPD foundation defines COPD as: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases. including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory (non-reversible) asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.” Common symptoms include: wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, persistent coughing, and pain in the chest.

COPD is progressive and there is currently no cure. However, a patient can take a number of measures to control symptoms, slow progression and live a more comfortable life.

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Do People Need To Worry About Cannabis Smoke Damaging Lungs?

In the US, medical cannabis is legal in several states and patients use it in the treatment of chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer and HIV/AIDS symptoms among others. However, there is also a rising concern over the effects of smoking cannabis on patients with pulmonary disease. Does cannabis improve or exacerbate symptoms?

THC is known to be a powerful bronchodilator and is effective in the treatment of lung disease, such as asthma.  It also reduces the symptoms associated with COPD. Smoking it, though? Not recommended. While cannabis and tobacco smoke are not equally carcinogenic, combusting any organic material results in the production of  oxidized hydrocarbons, which can be damaging to delicate lung tissues. Many experts have cautioned against smoking cannabis, especially for people already suffering from COPD.

A study conducted by David Geffen School of Medicine indeed concluded that “smoking cannabis by itself can lead to respiratory symptoms because of injurious effects of the smoke on larger airways.” It also found, however, that smoking cannabis does not lead to the development of COPD.

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Is Cannabis Able to Treat COPD?

Managing COPD calls for symptom control and preserving lung function. The symptoms of COPD usually come from airway inflammation and swelling that makes breathing difficult. Conventional, FDA-approved, treatment for COPD includes the use of corticosteroids and other anti-inflammatory agents.

As much as these medications are effective, patients using them may have to grapple with severe side effects such as weight gain, blood sugar imbalance, tolerance, and a decline in sex drive.

Recently, medical research has zeroed in on cannabis as an effective anti inflammatory agent. The compounds in cannabis that are responsible for these therapeutic benefits are called cannabinoids, specifically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids can also boost the immune system, providing anti microbial action, pain relief and phlegm reduction, all which will be beneficial for COPD patients.

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How Should You Take Cannabis Medicine When You Have COPD?

The good news about cannabis medicine is that there are many ways of getting your medicine. You can try a THC inhaler for acute symptoms of inflammation and cannabis oil to help with daily symptom relief. Alternatively, edibles can be a delicious way to heal, including cookies, gummies, hard candies, and suckers.

Speak to your physician about how cannabis can support your current COPD treatments.

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Opiod Epidemic

People everywhere are talking about the opiod epidemic. How did we get to where so many people are dying or being crippled in a catatonic state after becoming addicted to opiods? Opiods latch on to areas of the brain which control pain and emotions and increases the feel good hormone called dopamine (produces feeling of euphoria). As your brain gets used to this feeling, it requires more and more of drug to get the same level of pain control or feel good emotion which eventually leads to dependence and later addiction.

Some people innocently start down this road not realizing that the opiod drug (fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine etc.) prescribed to them by a medical doctor for pain can have this unfortunate possibility.

So what can be done to help or prevent this from occurring? Well, medical cannabis is something that may be used instead of these highly addictive drugs for pain control. As well, it is thought that if you are addicted to opiods, using medical cannabis you may be able to get you off of these drugs or at least reduce the amount taken. We are not talking about cannabis with high THC and thus psychoactive side effects, but high CBD cannabis which may be effective for chronic pain.

Do your due diligence (DD) whenever you are about to take a prescription drug. ALWAYS READ THE PACKAGE INSERT provided with your medication. Be aware of any side effects and talk to your pharmacist or doctor about your concerns.

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AGING WITH GRACE

Baby boomers are the predominant age group right now and they want to enjoy life to it’s fullest. It seems that around age 50 we start to experience more aches and pains and sometimes notice a deterioration of our memory. Sometimes these things can be related to illnesses such as arthritis and dementia or alzeimers. Who wants any of this? When you catch a cold or virus it takes you a long while to kick back. Some people experience high cholesterol and heart issues or stroke. None of this is good news.

I fully believe that if we watch our diet a little more closely (less sugar and more vegetable/fruit or whole foods) then we will be healthier in all aspects. We also need to get a good nights sleep (7-8 hours is recommended). It seems the more we age, the more likely we are to develop insomnia (staying awake at night or finding yourself staring at the clock at 2 a.m.).

A high CBD and low THC medical cannabis is a good way to get a good night sleep. Generally a minimal amount of the product will cause you to sleep much better. If you have pain from arthritis which seems worse at night, it can help that as well. Check your prescriptions you are on and make sure insomnia is not one of the side effects.

What is cannabis?

Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada last year (2018) people have a lot of questions. First of all cannabis simply refers to either hemp or marijuana. Both contain different amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (psychoactive part). There are low THC and high CBD available species. That is what I will focus on.

There is a lot of information to be given out and understanding it can get complicated. I will be concentrating on giving you the best, yet simplest information to benefit your health.

The one thing I want you to get from this is to open your mind and understanding and truly learn something. We have all been raised in a world of pharmaceuticals and our first line of action when in pain or sick is to reach for such products (eg. Tylenol for a headache and pharmaceutical pain killers if the pain is more chronic and intense such as arthritis and knee pain). However, over time the side effects from such products can actually make you sicker and sometimes barely manage the pain or get you addicted. Well, high CBD oil, low THC (<1%) in the form of cannabis can actually reduce inflammation and thus pain. Side effects are minimal to none.

This is available in the form of medicinal cannabis and is available through either your medical doctor or cannabis clinics in countries where this is legal. You can be referred by your family physician or you can fill out a self-referral and have the clinic obtain your records from your doctor.

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