CBD & Diverticulitis

What is Diverticulitis?
Many people form small pouches in their intestines called diverticula. Diverticula do not cause harm on their own, but they can get infected. When you have an infection in your diverticula, you have diverticulitis, which causes uncomfortable symptoms.
Diverticulitis can have a fast or slow onset of symptoms. The infection causes pain in the lower-left abdomen for many patients. A patient with diverticulitis can also experience diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, nausea or fever. Patients who have chronic diverticulitis sometimes have mental health symptoms because of the added stress that comes with the condition.
The severity of diverticulitis varies by case. When you have mild diverticulitis, you may need antibiotics, a liquid diet and over-the-counter painkillers. Complicated diverticulitis can cause colon damage and needs professional care. You can use CBD to relieve some of the symptoms of any degree of the condition.

How can CBD help treat Diverticulitis?
CBD reduces pain and inflammation to relieve the symptoms of diverticulitis. Instead of attaching to receptors like most cannabinoids, CBD boosts other parts of the system. It blocks FAAH, a fatty acid that breaks down the endocannabinoid anandamide. The ECS creates anandamide to regulate mood and the pain response.
When CBD blocks FAAH, your body can increase its anandamide levels. The higher amount of anandamide reduces the amount of pro-inflammatory cells in your immune system. When it reaches your diverticula, it attaches to the receptors on them to mitigate their immune response. While scientists don’t understand the full reason, CBD also decreases bowel motility, relieving diarrhea symptoms.
Some cases of diverticulitis develop as a side effect of painkillers. If you have recurring cases of diverticulitis caused by your medication, CBD can help. CBD can act as a supplement or replacement for painkillers that cause diverticulitis. Since it reduces inflammation, it also addresses the pain caused by the inflammatory response. The anandamide preserved by CBD regulates pain signals, lowering their severity.


Products we recommend for Diverticulitis:

CBD Infused Human Tincture (30ml or 50ml)

PMS Pain Pack

Skin Conditions that can be treated with CBD

1. Eczema
It has been suggested that treating the endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids such as CBD could help skin conditions like eczema by reducing inflammation and relieving dry skin. Because cannabinoid receptors are also present in the nervous system, CBD can also help to soothe eczema symptoms such as itching and pain. Cannabinoids such as CBD have also been shown to have antimicrobial properties, meaning that if you have infected eczema, or if you have eczema combined with a yeast infection, CBD could help.

2. Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease where skin cells grow and divide at an accelerated rate. Patches of dry skin start appearing on the skin as a result of this division and they are usually red with a silver outline but can also be pink or brown in colour. Psoriasis is a disease that doesn’t have a cure yet, but various therapies do exist to mitigate its symptoms. A lot can be done to alleviate the symptoms by adjusting your lifestyle, maintaining a balanced diet and with moderate exposure to the sun. CBD cannabinoid is also becoming an increasingly popular natural remedy for psoriasis outbreaks and several studies have shown the effect it has on decelerating skin cell division. CBD cannabinoid also has anti-inflammatory properties which additionally soothe psoriasis conditions.

3. Rosacea
Interestingly, anxiety is one of the suspected triggers of rosacea, so the calming effects of CBD may offer a way to temper these stress levels and reduce rosacea symptoms. Likewise, the immune system is also suspected of playing a part in causing this skin condition. It is thought that microscopic mites found on the surface of the skin, and a type of bacteria in the gut known as helicobacter pylori, trigger the immune system to expand blood vessels and cause swelling and redness beneath the surface of the skin. The well-documented anti-inflammatory effects of CBD will help to combat these symptoms, as well as reduce the associated pain.

4. Acne
Acne and skin impurities are not exclusive to teenagers, they often occur in adulthood as well. Most commonly the causes of adult acne are hormonal imbalances, stress, an unhealthy diet and improper skin care. Their formation is caused by an increased secretion of sebum (tallow) and the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. Sebum normally plays an important role in skin protection, but when the skin produces too much of it, it can also cause unwanted acne. Our fight against acne can take place on multiple levels – with a healthy diet, regular cleansing of dead skin cells, avoiding stress and regular physical activity. Of course, proper skin care that balances the skin and brings it to a healthy and radiant state is crucial. And CBD cannabinoid is undoubtedly an active ingredient which, when it comes to acne skin care, is very promising. Why is CBD a great ally in the fight against acne?
– Clinical studies have shown that the CBD molecule reduces the formation of sebum in the sebaceous glands, which is highly desired in acne-prone skin care, as the formation of sebum is the most common culprit of acne.

– CBD carries out complex anti-inflammatory and antibacterial actions demonstrated also in many other experimental studies on diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Red acne (not blackheads) are the result of inflammatory skin changes that CBD cannabinoid can successfully calm down.

5. Dermatitis
Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease that most commonly occurs in children. About 10% of children under the age of 6 are affected. Dermatitis is more common in cold months and is characterized by red, itchy rashes. If you visit your doctor with a case of dermatitis, they will almost always prescribe treatment with corticosteroid creams. Such creams are effective in relieving the symptoms, but unfortunately, they also have a lot of negative side effects on the skin and body. Often, when the treatment with corticosteroids is completed, the original problem returns.
CBD cannabinoid has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and body. Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory disease, so CBD has a positive effect on it. CBD is all the more effective because our skin has its own endocannabinoid system onto which CBD can bind itself directly when it’s in the form of an ointment. This way it has a quick and targeted effect on the problem, calming the skin and restoring its balance. CBD also soothes itchiness and redness, two of the more prominent problems of atopic dermatitis.

Products we recommend for skin conditions:

CBD Infused Human Tincture (30ml or 50ml)

CBD Infused Lotion

CBD Infused Bath Salts

CBD Infused Bath Bombs

CBD Infused Soap

Benefits of Organa CBD Vitamin Capsules

Organa CBD Vitamin capsules are a great way to get your dose of CBD, keep reading to find out some of the amazing benefits of these CBD Vitamin Capsules!

1. Capsules are discrete

Sometimes discretion is necessary when consuming CBD products in public spaces but capsules are easy to hide and indistinguishable from any other vitamin capsule.

2. Source of Vitamins and Nutrients

Thanks to Spirulina, these capsules contain a multitude of vitamins and nutrients that we humans need. Spirulina gives these capsules Protein, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese and Potassium! Keeping your bodies need for these vitamins and nutrients satisfied will improve your overall health and energy levels.

3. High dose of CBD

These capsules contain 50mg of CBD each which is a pretty hefty dose. CBD will help fight pain and inflammation while also treating your mental health by easing anxiety and helping regulate your sleep schedule. Due to the higher dose of CBD, we recommend starting with 1 every second day and increasing to once a day if necessary.

4. Extra pain relief

On top of the pain relief provided by CBD, these capsules also provide added pain relief thanks to Willow Bark (the active ingredient in willow bark is the main component of aspirin). So if pain relief is what you are looking for, these capsules are for you!

Benefits of Willowbark vs Aspirin

What is Willow Bark?
Willow bark, the bark of several varieties of willow tree, has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever. The active ingredient in the bark is salicin, which is used to make aspirin.
Some people use willow bark as an alternative to aspirin, particularly those that experience chronic headaches or back pain who do not want to be taking aspirin so regularly. Willow bark is also used in some products to aid weight loss.
It comes from the branches of 2-3 year old willow trees. Willow trees and shrubs grow all over the world, except for Australia and Antarctica. The white willow and black willow are two of the most common willows whose bark are used medicinally.

Are there any Side Effects?
When taken in normal doses, willow bark does not have negative side effects. The salicin in willow bark converts to salicylic acid. This makes it gentler on your stomach than lab-created aspirin. Excessive amounts of willow bark, however, still can cause stomach issues.

Who shouldn’t take Willow Bark?
There are some people who should not use willow bark. If you have an allergy to aspirin, it’s possible to have a reaction to willow bark as well. Willow bark can also interact with certain medications, like blood thinners and beta-blockers.
Children and adolescents up to the age of 16 are generally discouraged from taking willow bark for any reason. This is because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome, a rare condition that causes brain and liver damage.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women are also discouraged from taking any medication that contains salicylates.
People with gastric ulcers should be especially careful with willow bark, in the same way that they would be cautious with aspirin, because too much could cause stomach issues.

Organa products containing Willow Bark:

CBD Infused 50ml Human Tincture

CBD Infused Dog Tinctures

CBD Infused Horse Tincture

CBD Vitamin Capsules

CBD Infused Paw Balm

CBD Infused Tattoo Aftercare

Benefits of Spirulina

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae. Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy from sunlight via a process called photosynthesis. Spirulina was consumed by the ancient Aztecs but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space for use by astronauts. Listed below are some of the amazing benefits of Spirulina.

1. Extremely High Content of Many Nutrients

This tiny alga is packed with nutrients. A single tablespoon of dried spirulina powder contains:
Protein: 4 grams
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
Copper: 21% of the RDA
Iron: 11% of the RDA
• It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese
In addition, the same amount holds only 20 calories and 1.7 grams of digestible carbs. Gram for gram, spirulina may be the single most nutritious edible substance on the planet.

2. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Oxidative damage can harm your DNA and cells. This damage can cause chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer and other diseases. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. Its main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color. Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

3. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death. Many risk factors are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Spirulina positively impacts many of these factors. For example, it can lower total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising “good” HDL cholesterol.

4. May Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Some evidence suggests that spirulina has anti-cancer properties. Research in animals indicates that it can reduce cancer occurrence and tumor size. Spirulina’s effects on oral cancer has been particularly well studied.
One study examined 87 people from India with precancerous lesions — called oral submucous fibrosis (OSMF) — in the mouth. Among those who took 1 gram of spirulina per day for one year, 45% saw their lesions disappear — compared to only 7% in the control group. When these people stopped taking spirulina, almost half of them redeveloped lesions in the following year.

5. Reduces Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a main driver of many serious diseases, including heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. While 1 gram of spirulina is ineffective, a dose of 4.5 grams per day has been shown to reduce blood pressure in individuals with normal levels. This reduction is thought to be driven by an increased production of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule that helps your blood vessels relax and dilate.

6. Improves Allergy Symptoms

Allergic rhinitis is characterized by inflammation in your nasal passageways. It is triggered by environmental allergens, such as pollen, animal hair or even wheat dust. Spirulina is a popular alternative treatment for symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and there is evidence that it can be effective. In one study in 127 people with allergic rhinitis, 2 grams per day dramatically reduced symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching.

7. May Be Effective Against Anemia

There are many different forms of anemia. The most common one is characterized by a reduction in hemoglobin or red blood cells in your blood.
In a study in 40 older people with a history of anemia, spirulina supplements increased the hemoglobin content of red blood cells and improved immune function. Keep in mind that this is just one study. More research is needed before any recommendations can be made.

8. Improves Muscle Strength and Endurance

Exercise-induced oxidative damage is a major contributor to muscle fatigue. Certain plant foods have antioxidant properties that can help athletes and physically active individuals minimize this damage. Spirulina appears beneficial, as some studies pointed to improved muscle strength and endurance. In two studies, spirulina enhanced endurance, significantly increasing the time it took for people to become fatigued.

9. May Aid with Blood Sugar Control

Animal studies link spirulina to significantly lower blood sugar levels. In some cases, it has outperformed popular diabetes drugs, including Metformin. There is also some evidence that spirulina can be effective in humans.
In a two-month study in 25 people with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of spirulina per day led to an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels. HbA1c, a marker for long-term blood sugar levels, decreased from 9% to 8%, which is substantial. Studies estimate that a 1% reduction in this marker can lower the risk of diabetes-related death by 21%. However, this study was small and short in duration. More studies are necessary.

Check out our BRAND NEW Organa CBD Vitamin Capsules containing Spirulina!

CBD & Essential Tremor

What is Essential Tremor?
Essential tremor is the most common neurological movement disorder in the United States, affecting about 1% of the population and up to 5% of people over the age of 65. Tremors most commonly affect certain parts of the body, including the hands, head, voice, and legs. The lower body is not normally affected.
This nervous system disorder is often confused with Parkinson’s disorder because they both involve involuntary shaking, especially of the hands. The shaking often occurs when doing simple tasks, like drinking from a glass or tying shoelaces. Some cases are more severe than others, but in general the disorder usually worsens over time.
ET is most often found in people over 40 and is thought to be caused by a genetic mutation. It is not a life-threatening condition and is only disabling when it becomes severe. However, it does make it difficult for those with the disorder to do some everyday tasks.

How can CBD help treat essential tremor?
Researchers conducting studies seem optimistic about CBD’s future in the medical world, specifically when it comes to treating essential tremors.
The University of California San Diego has been leading the charge on ET research. University researchers from the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research are in the process of conducting some of the first controlled trials testing the effectiveness of cannabis in treating ET. They plan to have results by 2021.
Dr. Fatta Nahab, a neurologist at UC San Diego Health said, “if found to be effective, CBD would not only serve as an exciting new addition to the limited treatment options currently available for patients with ET, but it might also provide scientists with new insights on essential tremor.”
Although no conclusive evidence currently exists about CBD supplements and ET, CBD has been proven effective in treating the very similar Parkinson’s disorder. The ball has begun rolling on research, keep an eye out as new studies emerge and our understanding of how to treat the disorder develops.

CBD for Insomnia

Can CBD help treat Insomnia?
To understand whether CBD can improve sleep, we first must understand what causes poor sleep.
Many things can cause poor sleep. According to Mayo Clinic, insomnia can be triggered by:
• mental health disorders
• certain medications
• physical conditions
• caffeine
• environmental factors
While research on CBD is still in its infancy, research is suggesting that CBD can help treat anxiety.
A study published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and/or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25mg of CBD each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
Pain, which may also cause sleep problems, can be helped by CBD as well. A 2018 study noted that there’s quite a bit of evidence to support the claim that CBD soothes pain. The authors note that by reducing chronic pain, CBD can improve sleep.
Other research tells us that CBD affects the sleep cycle. Research from 2014 examined four patients with Parkinson’s disease. It found that CBD improved the symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), a disorder in which a person acts out their dreams. RBD is associated with poor sleep and nightmares.
Grogginess, another symptom of insomnia, might also be affected by CBD. A study done in 2014 found that CBD could have the potential to promote wakefulness, based on both human and animal research. The researchers did note they weren’t sure exactly how or why CBD promoted wakefulness.

Final thoughts:
Even studies that conclude CBD can treat insomnia aren’t always able to say why this effect occurs. Most of the above-mentioned studies state that we need more research on CBD before we fully understand why it affects our sleep.
Many researchers believe that CBD improves sleep because it tackles the root causes of insomnia. As more research is done on CBD, we’ll learn more about why and how it can help us sleep.

Products we recommend for insomnia:
CBD Only Vape Pen

CBD Human Tincture

CBD Gummy Candies

CBD for Nausea

What Is Nausea?
Nausea is best described as an unpleasant sensation of unease or discomfort in the stomach. If you have sudden nausea, your stomach feels queasy, and you have an urge to vomit. Depending on the cause, the sensation can pass quickly or last for hours.
It is a non-specific symptom with many potential causes. You can experience nausea due to stomach infection, virus, or motion sickness. Sometimes it is caused by a more serious bodily function, such as spinal fluid, or something involving the abdominal organs. The symptom will pass by itself or else it may be a sign of a more serious underlying illness.
Conditions related to your central nervous system that can induce nausea:
• Meningitis
• Head trauma
• Brain tumors
• Stroke
• Migraine headaches
Conditions related to your digestive tract that can induce nausea:
• Pancreatitis
• Constipation
• Kidney disease
• GERD
• Hepatitis

How does CBD treat nausea:
The brain, the digestive system, and the nervous system are all involved when we feel nauseous. As things stand, the medical field knows more about the physiology of vomiting than nausea. As a result, there are more effective treatments for those who throw up as part of feeling nauseous.
It appears as if one of the ways to control symptoms involves focusing on specific receptors in the brain and the digestive tract. Most importantly, the receptors that produce and bind with a neurotransmitter called serotonin.
CBD oil could work for nausea because it interacts with receptors that release serotonin. In small doses, CBD oil for nausea could prove useful in managing nausea and vomiting. There is also evidence that CBD eases anxiety. As a result, calmer patients are better able to handle the unwanted nauseous feeling.

CBD & Anxiety

Anxiety related disorders affect a huge portion of our population – 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older.
CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties. Administered as needed, it is completely safe, well-tolerated, and may be beneficial to treat a number of anxiety related disorders, including;

 Panic Disorders
 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
 Social Phobia
 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
 Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
 Mild to Moderate Depression

The Research:

Brazilian researchers conducted a small double-blind study of patients afflicted with generalized social anxiety. After consuming CBD, participants reported a significant decrease in anxiety. Researchers validated patients’ subjective reports by performing brain scans showing cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect.

In another small study, researchers had patients suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder perform a simulated public speaking test. Participants reported significantly less anxiety, findings supported by objective anxiety indicators like heart rate and blood pressure.

Researchers concluded, “[CBD] significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance,” whereas the placebo group experienced “higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, [and] discomfort.”

How to take CBD for anxiety:

The best option for those looking to treat anxiety with CBD is a CBD Tincture taken daily. Tinctures give you the option to perfect your dose, split up your dose, or add an extra dose whenever you need! Effects from a tincture that is absorbed sublingually will begin within 2 minutes making it a good option for panic disorders.

Another very beneficial way of ingesting CBD for those with anxiety is CBD vapes. Vapes are very portable making them great for on the go! Some also find the process of vaping itself to be relaxing which can be an added benefit.

Reasons to treat your elderly dog with CBD

  1. Improve Cognitive Function

CBD possesses the ability to support normal cellular function and promote healthy aging through mitochondrial support. CBD is currently being studied for its apparent antipsychotic, anti-nausea, and anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. The anti-inflammatory benefits may offer the most benefit to the brain and aging.

 

  1. Treats Aches & Pains

CBD oil naturally helps reduce inflammation in all parts of the body. The same endocannabinoid receptors that work together to relieve anxiety also target areas in the body experiencing pain. Many holistic veterinarians recommend CBD oil to elderly dogs suffering from joint pain. While it isn’t a cure for all joint issues, it can ease the inflammation caused by worn down cartilage, and it helps dogs feel better and stay active in their old age.

 

  1. Decreases Anxiety

The life of a senior dog might not seem stressful, but many pups suffer from different kinds of situational and behavioral anxiety. CBD oil targets the endocannabinoid system to help the body balance emotions. The endocannabinoid system is the same in all mammals. It’s comprised of spaced-out receptors that communicate to keep the body balanced. CBD oil works to initiate chemical transmissions between receptors that help the dog feel calm in times of stress. Pet owners use it for dogs with separation anxiety, phobias, and general anxiety.

 

  1. Increase Appetite & Fight Nausea

Food and nutrients are essential for a healthy aging dog, and a good diet is especially important if your dog is battling a serious illness. They need food to give their body the strength to fight back, but many health conditions shut down their appetite. When they can’t eat, they become weak and are even more vulnerable to whatever kind of damage their illness may be causing. CBD works to counter this effect by stimulating appetite. Whether it’s nausea or a general weariness that’s keeping the dog from eating, CBD triggers hunger. When the dog eats without feeling sick and vomiting the food back up, they absorb much-needed nutrients to help their body stay strong and healthy.

 

Final Thoughts

Using CBD oil to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being for your dog is something more and more people are catching on to. There’s still a lot we don’t know, but initial studies on humans show incredibly promising potential.

 

 

Organa CBD Dog Tinctures:

Original Dog Tincture

Alaskan Salmon Dog Tincture