Homemade Healthy Gummie Candies

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Make your own “healthier” gummy candies. Recipe calls for 1/2 cup of any fruit juice (real juice such as orange or grape juice), 2 packets of gelatin (eg.Knox) or 2 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons of honey. Add any healthy options such as 1 tablespoon of organic turmeric or ginger and 1 teaspoon of chlorella powder or a few servings of CBD oil (1 serving is approximently 15 mg which is 0.75 ml of a 20% CBD oil). Heat over low heat until dissolved (about 1-2 minutes) and pour into silicone molds. Refrigerate until set. Can be kept at room temperature for about 5 days. These are meant for adult consumption only if you are adding supplements. You can roll the candies in cinnamon if you even more health benefits such as maybe helping with blood sugar control.

May help with inflammation or anxiety.

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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.

Dementia/Alzeimers

What do you do when your memory suddenly or slowly starts to fade away and familiar things seem to be forgotten? Sometimes we can find out what the triggers are and at other times they remain a mystery.

I had a problem with my memory every since I got a flu-like illness last January. I had chills, fever, fatigue and worst of all, I started to be very forgetful and even remembering familiar things like driving to the doctors office or a store that I would frequent would cause me to struggle to remember the roads that would take me there. Despite seeing several doctors, no one has actually been able to give me a concrete diagnosis as to why this has happened. After several months now, I seem to be very slowly regaining some of my longer term memory, but my short term is still just not there. I am hoping that given time, I will return to my normal abilities of being able to multi-task and take in several pieces of information without forgetting them as quick as they are given to me. In the meantime, here are some things that you may want to research and try to see if it can help.

Pau D’arco can be drank as a tea and it can kill candida (frequent cause of brain fog), especially if you have been on antibiotics. Some researchers believe candida can cross brain-blood barrier and others think it cannot. Camu camu is an antioxidant that contains 50 times more vitamin C then an orange. Dragon’s blood (Sangre de drago) is good for inflammation. Guayusa can help give you a clear, sharp memory.

John Easterling (Olivia Newton-John’s) husband has created a supplement you might want to try that contains these ingredients. It is called “Ageless Brain” by Organixx.

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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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