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

CBD & Cold Sores

What are cold sores?

Cold sores (sometimes referred to as fever blisters) are clusters of small blisters filled with clear fluid. These patches happen most commonly in and around the mouth, but in some rare cases have been known to appear in the nose or on the eyes. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex 1 Virus (HSV-1)

When the blisters pop, the liquid oozes and dries into a layer of crust. While not particularly dangerous, they’re highly contagious, itchy and sensitive. It is also common for sufferers to feel tires, weak or lethargic during an outbreak. Not to mention, because they occur on the face, it can make patients quite self-conscious.

CBD, a natural cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, can treat cold sores once they develop and limit future occurrences. CBD can’t cure the virus, but it can make it easier to manage.

How can CBD treat cold sores?

You may never have considered CBD as an option for treating something like a cold sore, but it contains properties that address the main symptoms of a cold sore outbreak: pain and inflammation.

A study in 2009 concluded CBD is effective at promoting new healthy cell growth as well as fighting the pain and inflammation that are often present during the healing process.

How can CBD prevent cold sores?

On a longer-term scale, CBD can also help prevent future cold sore outbreaks. The key to CBD’s success is its immune system boosting effects. A properly functioning immune system can fight off active HSV-1 cells, and therefore impede future cold sore outbreaks, better than an embattled immune system can.

Besides a compromised immune system, there’s one other common cold sore trigger that CBD can help reduce: Stress. For many people suffering from reoccurring cold sores, stress can be a major instigator, luckily CBD has that one covered as well!

To keep your immune system strong and stress at a manageable level, adding CBD to your daily routine is your best bet.

 

 

For treating cold sores, we recommend:

CBD Infused Lip Balm

For preventing cold sores, we recommend:

CBD Infused Human Tincture – 30ml or 50ml

 

Which Organa CBD Bath Bomb is best for you?

We have 3 different and amazing CBD Infused Bath Bombs available, but which should you choose? While all 3 contain CBD and therefore will provide all the benefits of CBD, they each have added ingredients which makes them each especially beneficial for certain things. Keep reading to find out how to choose your CBD bath bomb!

 

Purple Haze

This Bath Bomb is perfect for those looking to rejuvenate or moisturize their skin. The purple yam in this bath bomb helps target wrinkles and cellulite and will make your skin look better than ever!

Rose & Mint

This bath bomb brings total relaxation! The Rose and Peppermint help ease anxiety and stress. This bath bomb is also the best choice for when dealing with nausea or a migraine.

Blue Dream

This bath bomb is tailored to help treat oily skin and acne with ingredients such as cornstarch. If you are suffering from a breakout, grab yourself a blue dream bath bomb!

 

CBD & Bipolar Disorders

What are Bipolar Disorders?

Bipolar disorders cause marked changes in a person’s mood, behavior, energy levels, and function. As with many disorders, there is a spectrum to the severity of symptoms in bipolar patients. Those living with a bipolar disorder experience extreme, intense emotional states, referred to as mood episodes. Due to the complexity of the condition, bipolar disorder often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as depression. Episodes of extreme emotion can be classified as manic, hypomanic or depressive.

Manic Episodes

A manic episode is a period where a person has higher energy than normal. They can seem high-spirited, happy, or irritable. During a manic episode, a person may develop temporary insomnia, have racing thoughts or engage in dangerous/unplanned behaviors. A manic mood episode may be severe enough to cause problems with work, family, social relationships and interfere with responsible behavior. Manic episodes in some cases also progress to paranoia, delusions or psychosis.

Hypomanic Episodes

Symptoms of hypomanic episodes are very similar to those of manic episodes, except less severe. Hypomania does not cause as many potential problems as mania, and a person living with hypomania is typically still able to function in everyday life.

Major Depressive Episodes

A depressive episode is classified as a time period where a person has lost interest in activities they previously enjoyed, experiences feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, numbness or guilt. During a depressive episode, a person may experience extreme fatigue and sleep disturbances. Concentration levels or decision-making processes may be impaired. Some may have increased thoughts of suicide or death.

 

How can CBD help treat bipolar disorder?

CBD has been proven to inhibit serotonin reuptake in rats, which shows it repairs abnormalities in CB1 receptors that inhibit release in mice. If CBD does the same in human brains, it could provide an alternative treatment for the depressive episodes of bipolar disorders.

A clinical trial found CBD reduces abnormal brain function in regions associated with psychosis, implying it may have therapeutic effects on symptoms associated with the manic phase of bipolar as well.

Since CBD is showing promising evidence with regulating both depressive and manic symptoms, it is an amazing alternative to help treat individuals who do not react well to lithium and/or other conventional treatments for bipolar disorders.

Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

What is Cayenne Pepper?

Cayenne Peppers are a moderately hot chili pepper used mainly to flavor dishes, but also for its health benefits. Cayenne pepper actually increases blood flow to your skin, bringing with it oxygen and many essential nutrients. Below are three skin conditions that can be treated with cayenne pepper.

  1. Acne

While there are many genetic factors involved with acne, it is also caused by our diet and lifestyle. Acne is caused by blocked skin pores that then cause backed-up bacteria to grow and cause non-inflammatory acne (whiteheads and blackheads) or inflammatory acne (papules and pustules). Cayenne pepper helps to stimulate the blood flow and open clogged pores.

  1. Poison ivy

The active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, will help relieve the itching and dryness caused by poison ivy. The heat from the cayenne pepper will stimulate endorphins, which will ease the pain and help prevent you from scratching and spreading the oil from the poison ivy.

  1. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is marked by flaky, irritated skin. It often creates scaly patches that appear most often on your elbows, knees and scalp. Psoriasis is a reoccurring condition that is

 

 

Try our CBD Infused Heat Salve which contains Cayenne Pepper!

Benefits of St. Johns Wort

What is St. Johns Wort?

Well known in both naturopathic and medical communities, St. John’s Wort is a flowering shrub like plant that possesses a laundry list of benefits with a surprisingly safe herbal makeup. For medicinal use, its leaves are most often dried and used for its healing qualities while its yellow flowers are used to make St. John’s Wort oil and tea.

 

  1. Regulates Hormones

St. John’s Wort influences many hormones, but it’s primarily known to help regulate common female hormones as well as stress hormones. It’s especially effective in decreasing levels of cortisol (the “stress” hormone).

  1. Reduces Inflammation

Antioxidants in St. John’s Wort decrease inflammation, making it a practical option for those suffering with aches and pains as well as skin conditions that cause inflammation.

  1. Speeds Healing

St. John’s Wort has been used to treat diabetic foot ulcers along with other lesions. It may also help decrease the appearance of scars when used topically.

  1. Treats Small Wounds

When applied to the skin, St. John’s Wort treats burns and scrapes by boosting blood flow to the affected area. When in creams it helps keep open wounds clean by killing microorganisms. It has also been known to help sooth sensitive skin.

  1. Improves Skin Quality

Topical application of St. John’s Wort has shown to hydrate skin with its natural oils. Consistent application will firm up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

 

 

Make sure to try our CBD Infused Heat Salve which contains St. Johns Wort!