CBD & Alcoholism

Alcoholism refers to a condition in which individuals are unable to manage their drinking habits. They will be unable to control their urge to drink and once they start drinking, they will find it hard to stop. There is an endless list of reasons for why someone starts drinking. But, as soon as their drinking habits spiral out of control, they are hugely at risk of developing alcoholism. Alcoholism is not one of those diseases that produce clear visible symptoms. The disease quietly brews within the individual and many times people do not even realize that they have developed an alcohol dependency. Individuals suffering from alcoholism can act violently towards their family members. Whilst, short-term effects of alcoholism including, slowed reflexes and restlessness can be treated, the longer-term effects are detrimental. From just one problem, alcoholism, you could be facing extremely high risks of brain diseases, liver disease, heart problems, and cancer. This article will be exploring the effects of CBD when mixed with alcohol and how CBD could potentially help treat alcoholism. But first, let’s take a brief look at what CBD is.

Benefits of CBD For Alcoholism

1. CBD May Prevent the Development of Fatty Livers

Alcohol can cause the fats taken in from our diets to accumulate in our livers. Fat accumulation in the liver can disrupt liver function and induce inflammation which, can eventually lead to liver diseases known as hepatic steatosis. Scientists agree that alcohol induces steatosis by increasing oxidative stress in the liver. So, to treat this condition a robust antioxidant agent is needed. CBD is a stronger antioxidant that vitamin C and vitamin E. Mouse studies have confirmed that the antioxidant properties of CBD can significantly reduce oxidative stress levels of the liver. CBD can free the liver from oxidative stress. Furthermore, in alcohol-induced steatosis, alcohol is found to prevent autophagy. Autophagy is naturally used in humans to clear away damaged cells. It is needed to promote the production of new cells and tissue regeneration. Autophagy maintains a well-functioning liver by canceling out any abnormal activity. But alcohol prevents autophagy from working as normal. Several mouse studies have reiterated that CBD can increase autophagy. The lowered levels of autophagy in individuals with alcoholism may be brought back to normal using CBD. A mouse model showed that CBD could reverse the damage in alcohol-induced steatosis and thus, improve symptoms.

2. CBD May Protect from Liver Injury

You must have wondered why people have different alcohol tolerance levels. The most obvious answer is – environment. The more a person drinks, the better the tolerance they build. Yes, this is true but, it is not the complete answer. Some people are in fact ‘genetically blessed’. Their genes code for more efficient varieties of the enzymes that are used to break down alcohol in the body. So, the alcohol is cleared away faster, they do not feel as intoxicated and thus, they can keep drinking. Alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the liver. These enzymes are produced according to the instructions in our DNA. Alcohol activates the immune system to release pro-inflammatory chemicals. This leads to increased inflammation and oxidative stress in the liver. White blood cells (e.g. neutrophils) invade the liver and can cause alcohol-induced liver injury. In the early 1980’s, cell culture studies had already found CBD to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. Scientists concluded that CBD was a robust immunosuppressive. It can protect from liver injury by suppressing pro-inflammatory responses and tuning down oxidative stress. CBD exerts its anti-inflammatory effects by binding to the receptors of the endocannabinoid signaling system in humans. This system is essential to regulate homeostasis in humans i.e. housekeeping of the body. Endocannabinoid receptors are found on immune system cells. So, the effects of CBD can be felt by the immune system cells and they can be ordered to produce fewer pro-inflammatory responses. In mouse models for alcohol-induced liver injury, CBD neutralized oxidative species and suppressed pro-inflammatory responses. In addition, CBD prevented neutrophils from entering the liver. Collectively, this brought down the levels of alcohol-induced liver injury.

3. CBD May Reduce Blood Alcohol Levels

Bad or good, marijuana has always been a key area of research for scientists. First, they isolated the psycho-stimulating chemical of marijuana, THC, and later, CBD. Little did they know at the time that CBD would go on to become one of the most desirable phytochemicals in the pharmaceutical industry. Only 3 human trials have been done to investigate the safety and efficiency of CBD in helping to manage the symptoms of alcoholism. Of the 3, the most famous study is the one that found CBD to reduce blood alcohol levels when CBD and the alcoholic beverage were consumed together. The trial leaders found that consuming just alcohol led to impaired motor activity in the participants. However, participants taking alcohol + CBD had lower blood alcohol levels than those taking just alcohol. The mechanism by which CBD may lower blood alcohol levels is still unclear. But most scientists agree that CBD would somehow be influencing the absorption of alcohol into the blood from the stomach and intestines. Additionally, as CBD is known to disrupt the liver metabolization of drugs, it is highly likely that CBD would be doing the same with alcohol as alcohol too is broken down by the liver.

4. CBD Can Help Protect from Brain Damage

The harmful effects of alcohol on the brain can be clearly felt in patients battling with alcoholism. Alcohol kills brain cells. This leads to behavioral and cognitive impairment. The morning after a night out you may find it difficult to recall what all happened during the night. This is because the high levels of alcohol in your body at the time prevented memory formation. The areas of your brain more susceptible to alcohol are those that are responsible for: problem-solving, attention, learning, memory and behavior control. There are clear visual signs in the brains of people with the alcoholism of long-term permanent deficits. The antioxidant activity provided by CBD can help fight the toxicity caused by alcohol and thus, protect brain cells from being damaged. Generally, mouse studies for alcoholism use oral CBD supplements. A group of scientists decided to do something different and used CBD gels instead. They found that there was a dose-dependent improvement in brain damage of alcoholic mouse models. Higher doses led to a reduction in neurodegeneration by up to 50% in certain brain parts. Gels have an important advantage over oral supplements; patients are more likely to use gels i.e. there will be greater patient compliance. Alzheimer’s disease is also symbolic of extensive brain damage. Instead of alcohol, there is a certain protein inflicting toxicity upon brain cells and causing them to die. Cell culture studies showed that CBD can protect brain cells from damage by that protein.

5. CBD May Help with Alcohol Addictions

CBD has not yet been directly tested on addictions related to alcohol in humans. But clinical trials have shown that CBD can curb addictive behaviors related to a variety of drugs including opioids and marijuana. Scientists agree that CBD’s beneficial effects in drug addictions can also be applied to alcohol. In a 2013 trial, participants consuming CBD were smoking less cigarettes per day than those on the placebo. Cigarette cravings had reduced from day 1 and CBD treatment helped lower anxiety also. Mouse studies have been done to understand the effects of CBD on attraction to alcohol. Multiple studies confirmed that CBD reduced motivation to consume alcohol and could help prevent alcohol relapse. Alcohol relapse occurs when a person returns to drinking alcohol after a period of sustained sobriety. At present, naltrexone is regularly used to manage alcohol dependence in alcoholism. A mouse study found that using CBD alongside naltrexone produces stronger effects than using either drug alone. Combination of drugs are generally more preferred as the individual dosage of each drug can be reduced. As a result, the dose-dependent side effects of each drug can be minimized. By reducing side effects, the overall efficiency of a drug climbs up.

CBD & Hair Health

CBD for dry scalp

Who likes having a dry, itchy scalp? Feeling like you’ll never get relief from the persistent itch until your next shampoo, most of us have been there. Beyond scalp conditions, seasonal changes can also contribute to dry, inflamed scalps. And since we’re constantly being told that a happy scalp means happy hair, by that logic, keeping your scalp happy should be the answer to healthy hair right? Using CBD for hair may be the ultimate treatment for your horribly itchy scalp. As previously mentioned, the fatty acids will help to moisturize your hair shaft, but in addition to that the properties in CBD can actually connect to receptors that reduce inflammation on the scalp. Using CBD shampoo for example can improve dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and itchy, flaky scalp. Hallelujah!

CBD for hair growth

Regular use of CBD for hair will have your hair growing like crazy. The reason is that CBD contains fatty acids like Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9. It has been proven that when used on your hair these fatty acids lock in moisture and seal the cuticle. When they are absorbed by the scalp, they help to promote and stimulate hair growth.

CBD for hair loss

Losing your hair can be an unfortunate, but also a natural part of life. Whether it’s because of hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, health-related illnesses, stress, over processed hair, or other underlying reasons understandably, this can be a sensitive subject for many women (and men). The good news is that using CBD for hair loss has been shown to be effective in helping to stimulate hair growth. Since CBD has also been shown to increase blood circulation, using CBD for hair loss is effective because when used on hair follicles it delivers nutrients right to the source, which can decrease harmful toxins and stimulate hair growth. Using CBD for hair loss is also effective because it suppresses inflammation, which can promote a healthier environment for hair to grow on the scalp. While, reaching as far as the sebaceous glands, which lubricate the hair with oil, further helping to enhance hair growth.

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CBD for Sunburns

What is a sunburn?
A sunburn is the skin’s reaction to ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays cause damage to the skin; a sunburn occurs when the body sends inflammatory cells to the site of the damage in an attempt to heal, guard the skin against further damage, and motivate the human to get out of the sun. Sunburns are a delayed response, and will appear sometime after the sun exposure that caused them. Peak redness will appear 12–24 hours after exposure. Sunburn symptoms are generally limited to redness, peeling skin, and pain, but can include nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills in some cases. There are two types of UV rays that reach earth from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA rays have a longer wavelength and penetrate the skin more deeply, while UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and only penetrate the skin superficially. UVB rays are what cause sunburns, though UVA rays contribute to skin ageing and cancer risk. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure to choose one with broad-spectrum protection that guards against both.

Can CBD help treat a sunburn?
According to research, CBD has previously exhibited traits that could be of use to those suffering sunburn. Examples include anti-inflammatory, which targets the main mechanism of sunburn-related pain; antibacterial, which is useful since burned skin is especially susceptible to infection; antioxidant, which is useful in fighting free radicals. CBD is also believed to elevate anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid involved in several biological processes.

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CBD Dalgona (frothed) Coffee

CBD Dalgona (frothed) Coffee:

Ingredients:

-1 tbsp Organa Instant Coffee

-1 tsp sugar (I used organic cane sugar, but most granulated sugars or sugar-free “sugars” will work)

-1 tbsp + 1 tsp water

Directions:

-Add all ingredients to bowl

-With quick and consistent whipping motions, mix with whisk until mixture becomes frothy and stiff. (about 2-5 mins)

                                                   OR

-With electric hand mixer, mix on high speed until mixture becomes frothy and stiff. 

-With the help of a small rubber spatula, pour all of the frothed coffee into the glass of iced milk of choice.

-Garnish with preferred toppings.

-Enjoy!

Can CBD help you quit smoking cigarettes?

There are tens of millions of Americans who smoke cigarettes and millions of others who are suffering from smoking-related diseases. It is not easy to quit smoking and those stuck in the throes of nicotine addiction are often looking for all the help they can get.

Increasingly, research suggests that CBD may be able to help people quit cigarettes where previous methods have failed.

If you’re looking to kick your nicotine habit, here’s what you need to know about how CBD could help you!

How CBD Helps People Quit Smoking

Nicotine addiction is the number one reason cigarette smokers struggle to quit. The Centre for disease control and prevention has determined that more people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other drug.  What’s more, the research suggests nicotine may be just as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

A study in 2013 tested the efficacy of inhaled CBD on smokers who wanted to quit cigarettes. The study lasted a week and included 24 test subjects. Half the group was given CBD, and the other a placebo; when the test subjects felt the urge to have a cigarette, they were told to use the CBD or placebo inhalant provided to them first. In the end, the results were encouraging: The 12 participants who received CBD reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked by about 40%, while the placebo group saw no reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked.

CBD is becoming well-known for its potential in the treatment of a wide variety of health conditions and diseases. When it comes to cigarettes, many smokers are triggered by stressful situations. If this sounds like you, CBD could be a much healthier alternative for managing stress.

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction with CBD 

The cycle of addiction can impact an individual in a number of different ways. Beyond triggers in the environment, addiction is impacted by both emotional and cellular memory.

The brain has a natural desire to create links. Anyone who has tried to quit smoking will know all too well that during that first coffee of the day, or perhaps after a meal, the desire to have a cigarette suddenly amplifies as the brain connects that activity to the action of smoking. Breaking this chain of learned memories and reinforced behaviours can be a long process, and is one which adds another hurdle to quitting cigarettes.

Encouragingly, there is evidence to suggest CBD may be able to help loosen the grip of these habitual triggers.

A study done in 2017 on rats found that CBD disrupted the process of forming and reinforcing a preference for a specific environment based on its ties to addictive substances (in the study’s case, cocaine and morphine). The study concluded with remarks on the significant “therapeutic potential” of CBD in breaking the cycle of addiction and relapse where reliance on drugs was shown to be contextual, tied to certain memories, environments, or situations. So when it comes to quitting nicotine, CBD oil may help reduce the addictive associations formed between cigarettes and certain situations in which you’d habitually smoke.

While initially quitting cigarettes can take an enormous amount of effort and self-control, continuing to stay away from smoking can be equally as challenging. While there’s yet to be studies on CBD effect on nicotine addiction specifically, ongoing research is producing promising results as far as using CBD to stave off relapses. Of note, a 2018 study on rats addicted to alcohol found that “CBD attenuated context-induced and stress-induced drug seeking without tolerance, sedative effects, or interference with normal motivated behaviour.” With these results in mind, CBD may help you manage the urge to reach for a cigarette in especially triggering or stressful situations.

CBD for Nicotine Withdrawal

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness. Nicotine triggers a release of serotonin, which translates to the feelings of calmness and contentment associated with cigarette smoking. However, in between—and while quitting—cigarettes, nicotine withdrawal starts to set in and the decreased levels of serotonin in your brain can result in decreased energy, moodiness, anxiety, and depression. This is when you start to crave that next smoke.

CBD can activate the brain’s 5-HT1A receptor, which boosts the availability of serotonin  in a similar way to selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. CBD is also being researched as a potential aid in managing depression.

More than just elevating mood, CBD can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of quitting cigarettes. Because of its anti inflammatory abilities, CBD may be able to reduce the headaches and other aches and pains associated with giving up nicotine.

Finally, people who find it difficult to go to sleep at night without a cigarette may find it easier to fall asleep with CBD. CBD has been found to help people reach and maintain restful sleep without the unwanted effects often associated with prescription sleep aids. And for those who need a cigarette to get moving in the morning, you’ll be relieved to hear that CBD, when taken in small doses, can have an energizing effect.

What Is the Best Method of taking CBD to Help People Quit Nicotine?

There are a few different delivery formats available for administering CBD. In general, they will all be effective but when it comes to quitting cigarettes, some will be better than others.

When using CBD oil to quit smoking, the best delivery method may be a CBD vape. Part of what makes it so difficult to quit smoking is the reinforced habitual nature of it. The ritual of smoking being able to step outside and bringing the cigarette to your lips is a big part of what makes cigarettes pleasurable and difficult to give up. CBD vapes provide a way to ease out of nicotine addiction without having to break the physical habit of smoking.

People looking to stop all smoking-related behaviours may find CBD tinctures are the answer to sudden cravings. While drops do not take effect as quickly as vaping, they are still relatively quick to provide relief. The CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the thin skin under the tongue, bypassing the digestive system and going to work typically within 30 minutes to an hour. What’s more, the effects of CBD drops can last for hours, meaning you likely will only need one or two doses in a day. CBD drops come in small, portable bottles making it easy to redose when needed.

Other CBD products like edibles and capsules can also be incorporated into your daily routine to reap the potential anti-inflammatory, serotonin-boosting benefits of CBD. Because these ingestion methods have to be metabolized through the digestive tract, they can take up to an hour to work, but the effects can last most of the day, meaning they will work in the background, subtly helping the brain and body maintain homeostasis.

 

 

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Can CBD replace Opioids for pain relief?

What are the benefits of using CBD for pain relief?

Research suggests that CBD may have several properties that can control acute and chronic pain, as well as a range of related symptoms. Although there is still a lot to learn about its potential therapeutic applications, CBD may provide pain-relief benefits including:

  1. Fighting inflammation

When you are injured, your immune system reacts by causing inflammation that helps your body heal. But in some cases, inflammation can become chronic. Although ibuprofen is a popular over-the-counter medication that can be used to control pain and reduce inflammation, it can cause side effects that may harm your liver and kidneys after prolonged use, Research suggests that CBD can provide inflammation relief with few or zero side effects.

  1. Relaxing tense muscles

Some injuries or chronic conditions cause your muscles to become tight, which then causes pain. CBD can help to relieve soreness caused by strained muscles or health conditions such as fibromyalgia. 

  1. Relieving anxiety and depression

In a 2017 report, the World Health Organization acknowledged that CBD might offer a range of therapeutic benefits for people who have anxiety disorders. Studies also suggest that CBD may have similar effects on the brain as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are medications that are commonly used to treat depression. Because anxiety and depression are often associated with chronic pain, CBD may be able to help people who have these co-occurring conditions find relief.

  1. Promoting a regular sleep cycle

Sleep is critical to your body’s ability to heal, but chronic pain may prevent you from getting the rest you need. CBD produces a calming effect by changing the activity of cells throughout your brain and body, which can help to promote relaxation and encourage sleep.

 

Anecdotal evidence surrounding CBD for pain relief

In addition to research findings, anecdotal evidence for the pain-relieving properties of CBD is strong. Many people who have health conditions that cause chronic pain, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, back pain, and other conditions, have reported decreased pain and inflammation after using CBD.

But CBD has also shown strong anecdotal support for treatment of chronic and acute pain related to sports injuries. In 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued a statement saying it removed CBD from its 2018 list of prohibited substances. Several former professional athletes have gone public about turning to CBD for pain relief.

For example, in an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reporter Lori Nickel describes how Cullen Jenkins, a former NFL player, turned to CBD to help manage chronic pain and insomnia associated with injuries sustained during his football career.

 

Research on CBD for pain relief

Research suggests that CBD may be beneficial to help control chronic and acute pain. But so far, most of the research on CBD and pain has been based on animal studies. In one study, applying CBD to the skin of rats with arthritis decreased joint swelling and improved limb posture.

However, studies also show encouraging results about the effectiveness of CBD for pain management in humans. A 2008 review of CBD studies conducted during the past 20 years suggested that “the future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed.

 

Could CBD be an alternative to Opioids?

With the use and abuse of opioids reaching epidemic proportions, doctors and patients alike are looking for alternatives to the use of these medications for chronic and acute pain. Researchers and medical professionals are hopeful that cannabidiol, or CBD, may offer a solution to this national crisis, providing pain relief without the dangers of addiction and overdose.

CBD is a cannabinoid molecule produced by cannabis. Unlike THC, which is the most common cannabinoid, CBD is non-intoxicating and non-addictive.

 

The risks of Opioids

Many adults are prescribed opioids to manage pain. For some patients, pain relief is essential to being able to function normally, but opioid medications usually do little more than mask symptoms and control pain for a short time.

More importantly, with long-term use, opioid painkillers can lead to addiction, which can have devastating effects on addicts and their families. Even when they are used for a short time, prescription opioids may cause side effects that make it difficult — or even unsafe —to perform daily activities. Side effects of prescription opioids may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sleepiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

Taking opioid prescription painkillers, which include drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Norco, also can put you at risk for dangerous drug interactions and overdose. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2016, more than 46 Americans died every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.

New study about cannabis and Covid-19

Scientists are rapidly searching for ways to reduce the threat of COVID-19 and they are beginning to turn to the cannabis industry.

Covid-19, which has kept many of us at home on our couches for the past several months, doesn’t yet have a cure or a vaccine. But researchers in Alberta, Canada have found that our nation’s favorite plant might hold the secret weapon to curb the spread of the virus.

The study was published on Preprints, an online platform dedicated to getting research out there, and while it has yet to be peer-reviewed, the preliminary findings are very intriguing to say the least.

Researchers at the University of Lethbridge looked at over 400 Health Canada-approved THC- and CBD-dominant strains, and found that 13 of them—particularly sativa strains with high CBD content can down-regulate the protein receptor ACE2, which is targeted by the coronavirus in the mouth, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and elsewhere in the body.

In other words, because some cannabis strains can interact with the same receptors COVID-19 would, consuming them may reduce your chances of contracting the virus. And not in an insignificant way: the study suggests some strains were able to reduce virus receptor activity by up to 73%.

Keep in mind that the study has yet to be peer-reviewed which is a critical step in the validation process, and that scientists haven’t even tested the process on humans.

The existing research was performed on artificial 3D models that mimic body parts, like airways and intestinal tissues. At this point, there is no way of knowing with certainty whether these strains of cannabis that worked on the 3D models would act the same way on real humans.

Researchers do point out that these strains, especially when taken as an easy-to-consume oral product such as an oil or mouth spray, could be used as part of a prevention plan to help limit the spread of infection. So, it is by no means a vaccine, but it could help with protection yourself.

“The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Igor Kovalchuk. “Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”

 

Link to study:

preprints202004.0315.v1 (1)

Benefits of Dandelion

Dandelion are a family of flowering plants that grow in many parts of the world. They are also known as Taraxacum spp., though Taraxacum officinale is the most common species. You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. However, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion is revered for their wide array of medicinal benefits. For centuries, they have been used to treat many different physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders. Here are 13 potential health benefits of dandelion, and what science has to say about them.

 

  1. Highly Nutritious

In terms of nutritional content, the dandelion patch in your backyard can join the rankings with the rest of your vegetable garden. From root to flower, dandelions are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. What is more, dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract. Dandelion root is often dried and consumed as a tea but can also be eaten in its whole form.

 

  1. Contains Potent Antioxidants

Dandelions are full of potent antioxidants, which may explain why this plant has such broad applications. Antioxidants are molecules that help neutralize the negative effects of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are a product of normal metabolism but can be very destructive. The presence of too many free radicals contributes to disease development and accelerated aging. Therefore, antioxidants are essential for keeping your body healthy. Dandelion contain high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress. They are also rich in another category of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are found in the highest concentration in the flower but are present in the roots, leaves and stems as well.

 

  1. May Help Fight Inflammation

Dandelion may be effective in reducing inflammation caused by disease due to the presence of various bioactive compounds like polyphenols. Inflammation is one of your body’s natural responses to injury or illness. Over time, excessive inflammation can lead to permanent damage to your body’s tissues and DNA. Some test-tube studies have revealed significantly reduced inflammation markers in cells treated with dandelion compounds. A study in mice with artificially induced inflammatory lung disease showed a significant reduction of lung inflammation in those animals that received dandelion. Ultimately, more research is needed to clearly define dandelion’s role in reducing inflammation in humans.

 

  1. May Help Blood Sugar Control

Chicoric and chlorogenic acid are two bioactive compounds in dandelion. They are found in all parts of the plant and may help reduce blood sugar. Test-tube and animal studies show that these compounds can improve insulin secretion from the pancreas while simultaneously improving the absorption of glucose (sugar) in muscle tissue. This process leads to improved insulin sensitivity and reduced blood sugar levels.  In some animal studies, chicoric and chlorogenic acid limited the digestion of starchy carbohydrate foods, which may also contribute to dandelion’s potential ability to reduce blood sugar. While these early study results are encouraging, more research is needed to determine if dandelion work the same way in humans.

 

  1. May Reduce Cholesterol

Some of the bioactive compounds in dandelion may lower cholesterol, which may decrease heart disease risk. One animal study resulted in dramatically reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels in mice that were treated with dandelion extract. A rabbit study evaluated the impact of adding dandelion roots and leaves to a high-cholesterol diet. Rabbits that received dandelion had noticeably reduced cholesterol levels. Though these outcomes are intriguing, more research is needed to determine dandelion’s potential effects on cholesterol in humans.

 

  1. May Lower Blood Pressure

Some people claim that dandelion may reduce blood pressure, but supporting evidence is limited. Traditional herbal medicine practices use dandelion for their diuretic effect based on the belief that this can detoxify certain organs. In Western medicine, diuretic medications are used to rid the body of excess fluid, which can lead to lowered blood pressure. One human study found dandelion to be an effective diuretic. However, this study was done over a short period and involved only 17 people. Dandelion contain potassium, a mineral associated with lowered blood pressure in those with previously elevated levels. Thus, dandelion may have an indirect effect on blood pressure due to their potassium content. It is important to keep in mind that this effect is not unique to dandelion but applies to any potassium rich food consumed as part of a healthy diet.

 

  1. May Promote a Healthy Liver

Animal studies have found that dandelion have a protective effect on liver tissue in the presence of toxic substances and stress. One study revealed significant protection of liver tissue in mice exposed to toxic levels of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Researchers attributed this finding to dandelion’s antioxidant content. Other animal studies have shown that dandelion extract may reduce levels of excess fat stored in the liver and protect against oxidative stress in liver tissue. However, the same results should not be expected in humans due to differences in human and animal metabolism. Further research is needed to determine how dandelion impact liver health in humans.

 

  1. May Aid Weight Loss

Some research indicates that dandelion and their bioactive components may support weight loss and maintenance, though the data is not entirely conclusive. Some researchers theorize that dandelion’s ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption may lead to weight loss. However, this notion has yet to be scientifically proven. One study in mice showed weight loss associated with dandelion supplementation, though it should be noted that this was an accidental finding and not the focus of the study. Another study in obese mice revealed that chlorogenic acid, a compound found in dandelion, was able to reduce body weight and levels of some fat-storage hormones. Yet again, this research did not specifically evaluate dandelion’s role in weight loss and obesity prevention. More focused, human-based research is needed to determine a clear cause-and-effect relationship between dandelion and weight management.

 

  1. May Fight Cancer

Perhaps one of the most intriguing health claims of dandelion is their potential to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in many different organ systems. One test-tube study revealed significantly reduced growth of cancerous cells that were treated with dandelion leaf extract. However, extracts from dandelion flower or root did not lead to the same result. Other test-tube studies have shown that dandelion root extract has the capacity to dramatically slow the growth of cancer cells in liver, colon and pancreatic tissue. These findings are encouraging, but more research is fundamental to fully understand how dandelion may be useful in treating or preventing cancer in humans.

 

  1. May Support Healthy Digestion and Treat Constipation

Traditional herbal medicine utilizes dandelion to treat constipation and other symptoms of impaired digestion. Some early research seems to support these claims. One animal study revealed a significant increase in the rates of stomach contractions and emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine in rats who were treated with dandelion extract. Additionally, dandelion root is a rich source of the prebiotic fiber inulin. Research indicates that inulin has a strong capacity to reduce constipation and increase intestinal movement.

 

  1. May Boost Your Immune System

Some research indicates that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your body’s ability to fight infection. Several test-tube studies found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate. Research also indicates that some of the active compounds in dandelion protect against various harmful bacteria. Ultimately, more research is needed to draw definitive conclusions about dandelion’s ability to fight viral and bacterial infection in humans.

 

  1. May Be a Useful Skincare Treatment

Animal and test-tube research indicate that dandelion may protect against skin damage from sunlight, aging and acne. In one study, dandelion leaf and flower extracts protected against skin damage when applied just prior to or immediately after exposure to UVB radiation (sunlight). Interestingly, dandelion root was not effective in the same way. One of the characteristics of aging skin is a decrease in the production of healthy, new skin cells. One test-tube study showed that dandelion root extract increased the generation of new skin cells, which could slow the aging process. Additional research indicates that dandelion extract may reduce skin inflammation and irritation while also increasing hydration and collagen production. This may be useful in preventing and treating certain types of acne.

 

  1. May Support Healthy Bones

Very little research has been conducted on dandelion’s effect on bone health, though some of its individual nutritional components contribute to the maintenance of strong, healthy bones. Dandelion greens are a good source of calcium and vitamin K — both of which are associated with the prevention of bone loss. Inulin, a fiber found in dandelion root, may also support healthy bones through improved digestion and the promotion of healthy gut bacteria.

 

 

 

Products containing Dandelion:

Organa CBD products to help with Stress

A lot of us are feeling more stress than usual during these uncertain times. Here are some products we recommend to help you de-stress and relax. You deserve it!

  1. CBD Infused Human Tincture
  2. CBD Infused Gummy Candies
  3. CBD Infused Bath Salts
  4. CBD Vape Pens
  5. CBD Bath Bombs

 

Benefits of Wormwood

What is Wormwood?

Wormwood is an herb that is prized for its distinctive aroma, herbaceous flavor, and purported health benefits. While native to Europe, it grows readily across various climates, including parts of Asia, Africa, South America, and the United States. It has velvety white or greenish-silver stems, yellow-green leaves, and bulbous flowers that are bright or pale yellow. All parts of the plant have been used in traditional medicinal practices for hundreds of years.

 

What are the benefits of Wormwood?

  1. May alleviate pain

Wormwood has long been sought for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. For example, this herb may help relieve osteoarthritis, a painful condition resulting from joint inflammation. In a 4-week study in 90 adults with knee osteoarthritis, applying a 3% wormwood skin ointment 3 times daily helped improve both pain levels and physical function. All the same, it didn’t reduce stiffness. It should be noted that the plant itself should never be directly applied to the skin, as its compounds are too concentrated and can result in painful burns. Currently, there’s not enough research to determine whether teas or extracts of wormwood also reduce pain.

  1. May fight parasitic infections

Wormwood has been used to treat intestinal worms as far back as Ancient Egypt. This parasite-fighting property is attributed to thujone. Yet, the evidence for this specific application is largely anecdotal. Notably, animal and test-tube studies indicate that the herb may fight tapeworms and other parasites — though this research may not apply to humans.

  1. Boasts antioxidant properties

Besides thujone, another notable wormwood compound is chamazulene. It acts as an antioxidant and is most concentrated in the essential oils of the plant’s pre-flowering stage. Antioxidants like chamazulene may combat oxidative stress in your body, which is associated with cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and other ailments.

  1. May fight inflammation

Artemisinin, another plant compound found in wormwood, may help fight inflammation in your body. Prolonged inflammation is associated with several chronic diseases. Artemisinin is thought to inhibit cytokines, which are proteins secreted by your immune system that promote inflammation. Studies suggest that wormwood may help relieve Crohn’s Disease, which is characterized by inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Its symptoms may include diarrhea, fatigue, abdominal cramps, and other digestive issues. In one study in 40 adults with this condition, those taking a 500-mg wormwood supplement 3 times daily had fewer symptoms and a reduced need for steroids after 8 weeks, compared with those in a placebo group.

 

 

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