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
What is tolerance?
Before we talk about, “can you develop a tolerance to CBD” let’s go over what exactly tolerance is and how it happens. Tolerance is when over time your body requires a higher dose to achieve the same effect. Just as you can become tolerant to caffeine your body can become tolerant to many different things like alcohol. Your body is used to the substance, so you aren’t getting the same effects you are used to, leaving you feeling like you need more. Your brain and your liver are the ones to blame when it comes to building a tolerance to something. Tolerance happens because the receptors in your brain that are involved decrease as does their ability to bind efficiently. Your liver also must work harder to metabolize these substances each time you consume them.
The endocannabinoid system
To understand, “can you develop a tolerance to CBD” you need to understand a little bit about cannabidiol and the endocannabinoid system. The receptors that are affected when your body becomes tolerant to something are a part of the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system consists of receptors located all over the body and brain. The endocannabinoid system serves a vital purpose for our overall well-being. It regulates the body and essentially keeps everything “in check.” Cannabinoid receptors are on the surface of your cells. They transmit information and kick-start the appropriate response. Cannabinoids like CBD seem to affect the cannabinoid receptors called CB1 and CB2—giving you the incredible benefits CBD has to offer. But, when you overuse a substance like medication or alcohol, some of these receptors will not work efficiently causing you to become tolerant of the substance. What’s interesting is that CBD may not have this same effect.
CBD tolerance vs. THC tolerance
When so many people report easily building a tolerance to marijuana, you can see why the question “can you build a tolerance to CBD” comes up frequently. People who become tolerant of marijuana are not actually tolerant of CBD. They are tolerant of THC. After frequent use, people do seem to become tolerant of THC leaving them wanting to up their dosage. However, the research being done points to CBD not having the same effect as THC in this area either. Research seems to show that becoming tolerant of CBD is very unlikely.
It is exciting for people who desire the medicinal properties of CBD to know when asking, “can you build a tolerance to CBD” that how people react to THC and CBD are opposites. CBD has been known to have a reverse tolerance effect. This means that because of its reverse tolerance effects, CBD may cause you to feel like you need smaller and smaller doses over time while still receiving the same benefits. Natural chemical compounds found in hemp like CBD work closely with the endocannabinoid system by attaching themselves to the receptors. Over time, the compound THC will diminish the effectiveness of these receptors. However, CBD promotes activity in these receptors.
Here is a few bits of information for those who are trying to decide how much and in what way to dose your CBD:
1.Body Weight Plays a Factor
As with most supplements, the higher your body weight, the higher your dose of CBD should be. Try starting with 0.25mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight.
2.Increase your Dose Gradually
When you start taking CBD for the first time, start with a small dose and then work your way up if needed. Wait one week before increasing your dose as CBD builds up in your body and will take at least this long to be at full effect.
3.Method of Absorption
CBD is CBD no matter how you take it but the way you are absorbing it can change how fast you feel the effects, how targeted the effects are, the duration of the effects and how much is actually being absorbed. Tincture is widely known to have the highest absorption rate but there can be benefits to taking CBD in other forms. CBD edibles have the longest duration of effects due to the CBD slowly being released to your system as you digest the food. Topical products are the best for targeting a specific area like joint or muscle pain.
4.Time of Dosing
Taking CBD daily is amazing for your health and can keep many different ailments at bay, but to get the best effect for you, timing your dose right is essential. For example, if you are taking tincture for sleep, you would want to take it right before going to sleep because effects begin within 2 minutes but if you are taking an edible to sleep you will want to take it an hour in advance due to the longer period before effects begin with an edible. Another example would be if you were trying to treat daily chronic knee pain, with this situation it would be best to dose yourself in the morning and at night to give yourself 24 hour relief.
You do not have to take the exact same amount every day. While you should make sure you are consistently dosing it is completely okay to have days where you need to take more than others. Say you have a job interview today that you are extra anxious about, take an extra dose right before!
CBD unlike its sibling THC does not cause your body to build up a tolerance. This is because while THC binds directly to a certain receptor in your endocannabinoid system, CBD only causes receptors to either uptake or release more while not actually binding to them.
Overdosing on CBD is simply not possible. Taking a very large dose may cause you to be tired and feel a bit fuzzy but there is no risk at all of severe or permanently damaging effects.
Tolerance is a concept describing a subjects reduced reaction to a drug following repeated/prolonged use. It is commonly known that THC found in cannabis produces tolerance. When someone ingests THC it tightly binds to your CB1 receptors and overtime this will decrease the amount of available receptors therefore decreasing the effect of the drug.
Recent studies have shown that CBD actually has the opposite effect as THC and produces what is called reverse tolerance. This occurs because CBD increases the bodies natural production of endocannabinoids. Due to this reverse tolerance effect its actually probable you will need to lower your dose as time goes on. There are a few reasons why some people believe that have developed a tolerance when in-fact that is not the case. Changing the CBD product you use often may cause lowered results due to variance in potency or added ingredients. It is also possible to achieve CBD saturation which simply means your body is holding as much CBD as it physically can, if this occurs you simply need to take a day or 2 off and then everything will be back to normal.
The right dose can vary quite a bit from one situation to the next. Organa’s CBD hemp oil is used for anxiety, stress, arthritis, appetite, IBS, muscle spasms, seizures, neurological and digestive disorders, obsessions, past traumas, withdrawal, mood, Cancer, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Heart Disease, IDD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Disorders, Parkinson’s, MS, Auto Immune Disorders, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Eating Disorders, diabetes, antibiotic-resistant infections, alcoholism, SLEEP, Seizures, Strokes, memory and much more. During recovery from illness or surgery, CBD can stimulate the appetite and speed healing. Near the end of life, it can ease the pain and fear. CBD does all this by stimulating the endocannabinoid system. Everyone has different amounts of receptors so you may need to experiment to find the right amount and how often. Start with the recommended dose and expect to see results in 30 – 60 minutes, if not instantly. If there is no change after an hour, increase the dosage. For best results use daily.
To control pain, give every 8 hours or as needed. If pain relief is not effective a THC combination may be needed. For other uses, or to break unwanted behaviour patterns, give once or twice a day.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is Not Psychoactive
One of the most crucially important qualities of CBD is its lack of psycho-activity. In layperson’s terms, this means that cannabidiol won’t get you high. CBD derived from the HEMP plant (the male Cannabis plant) is completely LEGAL, where CBD derived from the Cannabis plant (the female/ bud producing plant) is currently still illegal in Canada. This will change as of Oct. 17 2018, where everything will be legalized for recreational sales, as per current government plans.
CBD derived from the HEMP plant (the male Cannabis plant) is completely LEGAL, where CBD derived from the Cannabis plant (the female/ bud producing plant) is currently still illegal in Canada. Technically speaking, its THC—the cannabinoid that gets you high—which is illicit. The rules governing hemp are quite different from the restrictions placed on cannabis. Organa possesses an active business license because all of our products contain the legal limit of THC .3% or less per bottle/ package.
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