CBD & the Immune System

The immune system is one of the most important systems of the body. It’s the main defense against infections, diseases, and other health issues. There are many factors that both positively and negatively affect the immune system. For example, not getting enough sleep, not eating well, and not getting enough physical activity can cause poor immune function. If you want to ensure your immune system is functioning optimally, you’ll need to eat right, make sure you’re getting enough the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals, have a properly regulated sleep schedule, and decrease your stress levels. There are many supplements that you can use to balance your body, but there seems to be one leads the pack when it comes to boosting immune function: CBD.

Understanding the Endocannabinoid System and the Immune System
There are many different autoimmune conditions that affect body function, but even people with high functioning immune systems can benefit from supplements. Boosting immune health helps prevent disease and sickness, and hopefully will lead to a long and happy life. Since the immune system and our endocannabinoid system are intertwined, it makes a great deal of sense to use CBD for preventative measures.
Whether it’s flu season or you just want to make sure your body is fighting against all of the daily chemicals and pollutants that we come into contact with, you can take a small dose of CBD to reap different health benefits. One of the functions in the body is to act as an immuno-cannabinoid modulator, meaning there are molecules within the endocannabinoid system that signal various responses in the immune system.

How CBD Affects the Immune System
While research has been conducted for years about how the immune system works, scientists and doctors are still uncovering new information, and unfortunately, the endocannabinoid system is something that we understand even less about. We are still discovering new cannabinoids, and we are just now learning about how they affect the immune system and body. While we understand that CBD can influence how our immune system works, we can’t always predict what will happen when it does. Currently, the body utilizes two different methods of finding and destroying dangerous pathogens by way of our immune system:
• Cell-Mediation Immunity: T-Cells in the body look for foreign antigens and bring on a method of killing these foreign antigens.
• Humoral Immunity: The B-cells in the body create various antibodies as a way to find and destroy pathogens that are a threat.

CBD and Autoimmune Diseases
When our body experiences incorrect autoimmune responses, cannabinoids can be beneficial. They have the potential for treating and preventing a variety of autoimmune issues including issues such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. While some minor research has been done on this topic, future research may help determine the role that CBD supplementation has on these molecular pathways. It is already known that CBD can decrease inflammation in the body. Many autoimmune conditions are known to cause inflammation in the body. This supplementation of CBD would help with conditions that are affected by inflammation. CBD can also stimulate the endocannabinoid system in a way that promotes the regeneration of nerve cells.

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“THYROID” Thyroid Support Herbal Extract $23.00

Uses: Do you struggle with an underactive or overactive thyroid? This herbal blend helps address the symptoms of underactive thyroid, balance thyroid hormone levels, and promote a speedy and healthy metabolism.

Ashwagandha Root: this herb is an adaptogen and modulates hormone balances in the body. Helping with hormonal balance will assist with an underactive or overactive thyroid. It helps calm anxiety which is a common symptom of thyroid dysfunction. Inflammation impairs thyroid hormone output and inhibits the ability of your hormones to bind effectively to receptors. The anti inflammatory properties in this herb will help protect the cell membranes so your energy can improve.

Schisandra Berry: this berry can improve mental performance when an underactive thyroid hampers the though process.

Gotu Kola: this herb is known to enhance cognitive performance and circulation.

Eleuthero Root: this herb helps reduce stress levels. It can help with imbalanced cortisol levels.

Licorice Root: this herb helps increase levels of cortisol which helps the body cope with stress. It stimulate the production of this hormone in the thyroid gland.

Turmeric Root: the antioxidant properties in this herb can help counteract oxidative stress in the body. it also has immunomodulatory activity which regulates immune responses.

Lemon Balm: this herb slows pituitary function which lowers the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. It can resotre normal levels of thyroid function.

Ingredients: Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera), Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis), Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus), Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Turmeric Root (Curcuma longa), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Non GMO Vegetable Glycerin, Filtered Water.

“TERMINATE” Adult Parasite and Candida Cleanse Herbal Extract $23.00

Uses: This blend is packed with the most potent anti parasitical herbs to take care of any unwanted parasites or overgrowth in your body.

Wormwood is used to eliminate intestinal worms, especially roundworms and pinworms. It is a great herb to kill bacteria and fungi.

Black Walnut: this is one of nature’s most powerful disease fighters. The Husk is an incredible anti candida solution. It contains an active ingredient known as juglone, which is a very effective antifungal. It has high proportions of natural tannins which destroy parasites, yeast, and fungus.

Cat’s Claw Bark: this plant contains alkaloids that strengthen your white blood cells, allowing them to attack foreign invaders such as candida, as well as other fungi, viruses and bacteria. The antioxidant properties are effective at combating free radicals found in the bloodstream.

Pau D’ Arco: this bark has beta-lapachone present which inhibits the enzymes in virus cells. The virus is no longer able to take control over the reproductive processes of the cell, so it can neither replicate itself or infect other cells. Due to its antioxidant effects it helps the body fight candida.

Cascara Sagrada: this herb stimulates wavelike contractions of the large intestine. It has been used to expel parasites through these wavelike actions in the lower intestines. It also has antiviral properties.

Garlic: known to slow and kill more than 60 types of fungi and 20 types of bacteria, as well as some of the most potent viruses know to humans. It is also known for killing parasites, controlling secondary fungal infections, detoxifying while gently stimulating elimination, and has antioxidant properties to protect against oxidation resulting for parasite toxins.

Ingredients: Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Black Walnut Hull (Juglans nigra), Wild Harvested Cat’s Claw Bark, Wild Harvested Pau D’ Arco Bark, Wild Harvested Cascara Sagrada Bark, Garlic (Allium sativum), Alcohol, Filtered Water

“RESTORE” Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Detox Herbal Extract $23.00

Uses:This herbal extract is to help aid in detoxing after vaccine and pharmaceutical drugs are used. The recipe is packed full of high quality herbs to help assist the body is expelling toxins and aid in trying restore the body. Vaccine residues and chemical by-products can remain in the blood for years after vaccination. Cleansing the blood itself is very crucial for a system-wide detoxification of the body. Addressing heavy metals is another important part of detoxing against vaccines.

Dandelion Root & Leaf: this potent lipotropic herb that helps flush fat deposits from the liver to prevent chronic liver congestion. Dandelion root also helps improve the function of the pancreas, stomach, and spleen due to its diuretic properties. Dandelion leaf helps the liver and gallbladder filter out toxins, purifies the blood, stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins through the urine, and assists with cell metabolism.

Oregon Grape Root: this herb stimulates the liver and gall bladder, and increases production and secretion of bile. It also promotes digestion and elimination of toxin congestion in the body.

Yellow Dock Root: this herb helps with poor fat absorption and liver congestion. This blood purifying herb helps cleanse the blood by removing waste products from the system. It is also a liver cleanser and does so by stimulating bile flow. Increased bile flow equals increased elimination of toxins. Yellow dock root also contains anthraquinones and anthraquinone glycosides, which give it a cleansing laxative effect. It not only improves elimination of wastes out of the body, but also reduces bowel inflammation.

Cilantro Leaf: this plant can accelerate the excretion of mercury and aluminum from the body. It has a molecular bond that binds to heavy metals and pulls them from the body.

Oregano Leaf: this herb has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic effects, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. It contains much manganese, calcium, iron, vitamin K, fiber, and also a variety of other organic compounds. The leaves are magnificent for detoxifying the body and can also help the liver function and to accelerate spending toxin.

Orange Peel: this is a great source of vitamin c. Vitamin C can reduce the damage caused by heavy metal toxicity by acting as an antioxidant. It helps neutralize the toxins that remain in the body after vaccines or using conventional medications.

Red Clover Blossoms: this is known as a detoxifying herb and is traditionally used a blood purifier. It works with the circulatory and lymphatic system eliminating toxins from the blood stream.

Burdock Root: this herb is an anti-inflammatory that also stimulates digestion. This powerful blood purifier has been used for centuries to cleanse the blood and increase elimination of wastes. This root eliminates long-term impurities from the blood quickly through its action on the liver and kidneys. Burdock root is also said to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system.

Raw Garlic: contains a unique class of compounds that contain sulfhydryl groups, which capture and remove mercury and other heavy metals from vital organs and cell tissue. It is also a great source of sulfur, an element that builds glutathione.

Ingredients: Dandelion Root & Leaf (Taraxacum officinale)*, Oregon Grape Root (Berberis aquifolium)*, Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)*, Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus)*, Cilantro Leaf (Coriandrum sativum)*, Oregano Leaf (Origanum onites)* , Orange Peel (Citrus sinensis)*, Red Clover Blossoms (Trifolium pratense)*, Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)*, Raw Garlic (Allium sativum)*, Non GMO Vegetable Glycerin, Filtered Water

“YEAST BE GONE” Anti Fungal Salve $17.00

Uses: Olive oil infused with anti-fungal herbs and essential oils to heal fungal or yeast infections, athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and skin ulcers.

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Leaf(Olea europaea), Wildcrafted Pau D Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa), Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis), Calendula Flowers(Calendula officinalis), Garlic, Beeswax, Tea Tree EO, Lavender EO.

“BREATHE BABY BREATHE” Childrens Vapour Rub Salve $17.00

Uses:Is your little one stuffy and having a hard time to breathe. Feel safe with rubbing this baby safe formula on your sweet babies chest. This formula is packed with high quality herbs to help open up the airways. The essential oils are at a .5% dilution safe for babies. The salve comes in a 2oz amber jar.

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spearmint Leaf (Mentha spicata),Thyme Leaf (Thymus vulgaris),Lavender (Lavandula x intermedia), Beeswax, Spruce EO, Sweet Orange EO

“HERBAL C” Vitamin C Powder $20.00

Uses:Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for preventing colds and other viruses and for helping the body detoxify and heal. Without it we lose our teeth, get skin sores, catch viruses, and eventually die. One would think that store bought vitamin C would offer enough vitamin C benefits, but that’s not proving true. Store bought vitamin C, created in the lab, is synthesized from GM corn syrup, through a complicated chemical process. Once it’s completed the corn syrup becomes ascorbic acid, a white crystalline chemical. While it is called vitamin C, scientists are finding out that our bodies don’t process it in the same way as the natural vitamin C that occurs in fruits and vegetables. For our bodies to process it efficiently we need the flavonoids in real food. This Vitamin C Powder can be used as is by being added to smoothies or drinks. You can also add some maple syrup or honey and make little “pills.”

Your body uses vitamin C to:
Repair tissue
Grow
Make collagen to repair and grow skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
Heal wounds
Repair bones and teeth
Boost your immune system and ward off colds and viruses
Maintain healthy gums and teeth
Improve your vision
Reduce inflammation and pain
Heal burns
Balance blood sugar
Support the elimination of toxins
Low levels of vitamin C contribute to:
Gum inflammation
Rough, dry scaly skin
Bruising easily
Nosebleeds
Frequent illness
High blood pressure
Gall bladder disease
Stroke
Heart problems
Hardening of the arteries
Plaque build up in the arteries and heart
Scurvy

Ingredients: Acerola Berry (Malpighia emarginata) , Rosehip (Rosa spp.), Amla (Phyllanthus emblica)

Policy changes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19



CBD & COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Differences Between Bacteria and Viruses

Although bacteria and viruses are both too small to be seen without a microscope, they’re as different as giraffes and goldfish.

Bacteria are relatively complex, single-celled creatures, many with a rigid wall, and a thin, rubbery membrane surrounding the fluid inside the cell. They can reproduce on their own. Fossilized records show that bacteria have existed for about 3.5 billion years, and bacteria can survive in different environments, including extreme heat and cold, radioactive waste, and the human body.

Most bacteria are harmless, and some actually help by digesting food, destroying disease-causing microbes, fighting cancer cells, and providing essential nutrients. Fewer than 1% of bacteria cause diseases in people.

Viruses are tinier: the largest of them are smaller than the smallest bacteria. All they have is a protein coat and a core of genetic material, either RNA or DNA. Unlike bacteria, viruses can’t survive without a host. They can only reproduce by attaching themselves to cells. In most cases, they reprogram the cells to make new viruses until the cells burst and die. In other cases, they turn normal cells into malignant or cancerous cells.

Also unlike bacteria, most viruses do cause disease, and they’re quite specific about the cells they attack. For example, certain viruses attack cells in the liver, respiratory system, or blood. In some cases, viruses target bacteria.

How COVID-19  Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

CBD for Illness

While CBD is no penicillin, some doctors now believe the cannabinoid can be used to combat cold symptoms as a supplement. CBD could help reduce body aches and fever. That’s because of interleukins, a glycoprotein responsible for immune system regulation. CBD can impact your body’s production of interleukins, therefore bolstering the immune system.

CBD, a known anti-inflammatory, can lower inflammation and irritation caused by a sore throat. In a similar manner, CBD can open nasal and sinus passageways, helping those with a stuffy nose breathe easier. The best tactic, however, is to combine CBD use with another superfood like turmeric to boost anti-inflammatory effects.

By the way, this idea of CBD being a cure to cold and flu symptoms isn’t necessarily new. Robert Melamede, who previously served as the chair of the biology department at the University of Colorado Boulder, claimed 10 years ago that scientists should focus on treating cold and flu symptoms with cannabis.

“Contemporary antiviral medical technology is currently inadequate to meet the world’s immediate challenges,” Melamede said. “We believe that cannabis extract-based medicines can reduce influenza deaths.”

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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.