CBD & IBS

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition involving recurrent abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation. It’s often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. About 10 to 15% of people have IBS.

Should you try CBD for IBS?

IBS can be difficult to treat, if standard treatments such as probiotics, dietary changes, and reducing stress have not been successful in treating your symptoms, CBD is a great thing to try next.

While there’s no specific study to confirm whether CBD is an effective treatment for IBS, it is completely natural and safe, meaning there’s no physical harm in trying it.

What we know about CBD and IBS:

If you’re unfamiliar with your body’s endocannabinoid system, it’s a vital team of naturally occurring molecules and receptors that work together to regulate countless aspects of your health. The active molecules in cannabis plants (like THC & CBD) can modulate this natural system.

Within your digestive tract, the endocannabinoid system is an essential part of regulating your speed of digestion and pain sensation. Natural genetic differences in this system make certain people more susceptible to IBS. Many different parts of the endocannabinoid system have been linked to different symptoms in IBS patients. For instance, low levels of the little-known endocannabinoid, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is linked to frequent IBS cramps.

The endocannabinoid system was named after the therapeutic molecules found in the cannabis plant because they affect this system. Unsurprisingly, many people report that hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD oil relieves their IBS symptoms. CBD’s full impact on the endocannabinoid system is still being studied, but it can help regulate your natural levels of endocannabinoids.

CBD & Hair Health

What Causes Hair and Scalp Issues?

Your hair starts growing in the root of your follicle. This root is made up of cells and proteins that promote hair growth. Blood vessels supply the root with food for your scalp. As your hair is pushed through your skin, it passes an oil gland that adds oil to your hair. Because hair follicles don’t all grow hair at the same time, you will lose approximately 50-100 hairs per day. After a hair falls out, this follicle will take a break and not immediately re grow a new hair. Oiliness, dandruff, and scalp irritation are the main contributors to thinning, dry, and gray hair. This is because it hinders the productivity of your hair follicles by weakening them and clogging them up.

How can CBD help?

CBD can help keep your hair from falling out as well as promote regrowth because it makes your hair follicles healthier and stronger. Here’s how it works:

Vitamin E

CBD is known to condition your scalp and your hair. Together Vitamin-E and the fatty acids in CBD oil can work as an emollient meaning that they stop water loss while offering a softening effect on your hair. Vitamin E helps to get rid of dandruff that clogs your hair follicles especially the oily, waxy, and dry kind.

Fatty Acids

The fatty acids in CBD promote growth. This is because fatty acids are proteins much like what the roots of our follicle produce. These fatty acids help feed the follicle and allow the hair to continue growing.

Omega Vitamins

CBD has omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9 which improve scalp tissue. The stronger your scalp tissue is, the faster follicles expand and grow.

Linolenic and Gamma Linolenic acid

These acids help sustain normal hair growth. This means that instead of your hair stopping growing after a few months, CBD will help it grow for longer amounts of time.

Pigment Cells

Because CBD contains fatty acids and Linolenic acid and Gamma Linolenic acid, it helps keep cells healthy. These acids are food for your scalp cells. As you use CBD oil on your hair and scalp, cells are strengthened including pigment cells within the hair follicle preventing the destruction of pigment cells, therefore preventing greying.

Normalizes Your Scalp

Things like straightening your hair, blow drying your hair, washing, and even putting hairspray in your hair all throw the balance of oils on your scalp off. The things we do to our scalp and hair daily can wreak havoc on our hair follicles thus contributing to an increase in hair loss, dandruff and greying.

CBD has been known to add to hair growth in several different ways. The reason for better hair growth is the content of omega-9, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid. These ingredients are very important when it comes to cleansing hair and stimulating hair growth.  They help to balance your body’s natural scalp oils and keep dandruff production down. They also help to add strength, prevent breakage and keep hair from going gray.

It doesn’t matter if you dye your hair or are always teasing it.  No matter how much heat you apply to your hair, or how many times you brush it, CBD can keep your hair extremely healthy and keep it from breaking, causing fewer split ends and frizziness.

 

Products we recommend:

Organa CBD Infused Shampoo – $25.00

Organa CBD Conditioner – $25

Organa CBD Human Tincture – $60(30ml) or $85(50ml)

CBD & Eczema

What is Eczema?
Eczema, in simple terms, is inflammation of the skin. Inflammation is a natural response by your immune system when it is exposed to injury or infection. It occurs when your body is working hard to expel a foreign substance and offers a certain level of protection throughout the healing process. However, sometimes your immune system overreacts and causes inflammation when it is not necessary. This inflammation can occur in any part of the body, but when it affects the skin, eczema is the result.

There are many different varieties of eczema, which each have slightly different triggers and symptoms. However, the thing that all of them share is that they all have inflammation as their root cause. This inflammation causes the skin to become itchy, red, sore, and dry.
It is unknown exactly what causes eczema, but it appears to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Many people find that their eczema gets worse when they eat certain foods, come into contact with certain chemicals, or undergo a lot of stress.

CBD for Skin Health
There is not much research out there specifically regarding CBD for the treatment of eczema, but there is plenty of research that shows CBD to be beneficial for the skin.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and forms a protective barrier between your vital organs and the outside world. It is continuously exposed to environmental irritants and toxins, not to mention ever-changing weather conditions. This means that it can be very prone to inflammation, especially in individuals with a genetic tendency towards eczema.
Scientists have recently discovered that your skin contains cannabinoid receptors. These are receptors which bind with endogenous cannabinoids produced by your body or phyto-cannabinoids which come from the cannabis plant.

These receptors are an essential element of the endocannabinoid system, a system which is now known to be directly involved in allergic inflammation. Studies on rodents have shown that animals lacking these cannabinoid receptors have an increased allergic response. This finding is supported by a further study which found that dogs with atopic dermatitis had increased immune reactivity at cannabinoid receptors compared to their healthy counterparts.

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.

How to Use CBD for Eczema

CBD is naturally found in cannabis plants, but it is often used medicinally in the form of extracts, oils, or topical creams.
Taking CBD tincture sublingually is one of the best ways to take CBD due to the high absorption rate with this method. If you have eczema alongside another inflammatory condition or even some anxiety you need to tackle, you may be able to kill two birds with one stone with Organa CBD Human Tincture.

Topical CBD creams are another great way to relieve inflammation and discomfort and can be applied directly to where they are needed most. Organa CBD Lotion also contains coconut and lavender oil to aid in the soothing of the skin.

IS CBD Safe for Children with Eczema?
If your child has eczema and you are wondering whether CBD is safe for kids, then the answer is yes, but with caution. If you are using CBD for children, you will want to avoid any products that contain a detectable amount of the psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC. Organa CBD Lotion and CBD Salve are completely THC free and safe for children!

CBD for Eczema: Final Thoughts
Eczema is an extremely common and distressing skin condition. It can be challenging to treat effectively, as conventional therapies may cause side effects and only offer short-term relief.
Although there is no doubt that more research is required, it looks like CBD could provide a natural solution for eczema by reducing inflammation, itching, and pain.
Have you tried our CBD Lotion, Salve or Tincture for eczema? Help others with this irritating condition by sharing your experience with CBD in the comments!

CBD & Migraines

Will CBD help with my migraines?

You’re one of many people to wonder about this. And the short answer is, potentially yes. While a simply trying it yourself is the best way to find out how CBD oil affects you, studies have shown promising results when evaluating cannabis for its effects on chronic pain and inflammation.

To date, cannabis oil has not been studied in its isolated state specifically for migraine. However, cannabis combined with THC has shown promise for migraine relief in clinical study. There are many reports of positive results from migraineurs who have used CBD to treat their condition. Many say that it helps to ease migraine pain, and even shorten attacks.

Using CBD to treat headaches is not new. As an ancient natural remedy, cannabis has been used for thousands of years to treat certain types of headaches. But while we await documented studies on CBD and its specific effects on migraine, many sufferers are trying it for themselves, compiling plenty of personal success stories

Some relevant studies:

Authors of a study from 2012 suggest that CBD oil can help to relieve some types of chronic pain. However, the study did not relate specifically to headaches or migraines.

Results of a 2016 study indicate that medical marijuana may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. This research was not specific to CBD oil. More research is needed to determine what dosage and formulation are most effective.

Authors of a 2009 study found evidence to suggest that cannabis compounds may treat chronic pain in people who have been taking opioids for long periods and want to reduce use.

CBD & Cerebral Palsy

Rather than refer to a single condition, cerebral palsy (CP) relates to a group of medical issues that impact coordination and movement. It is a lifelong condition that is caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during, or soon after birth. It often occurs when the brain doesn’t develop properly in the womb. However, some children are affected by cerebral palsy because their brain is damaged during or soon after birth.

Causes of cerebral palsy include:

  • Meningitis.
  • A serious head injury.
  • The child’s mother catching an infection during the pregnancy.
  • The brain not getting enough oxygen for a short period during a difficult birth.
  • Reduces blood and oxygen supply to the brain.
  • Bleeding in the baby’s brain.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability. 1 in 323 American children have been identified with the condition. At present, there is no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are a few interesting studies which suggest that CBD could potentially reduce the symptoms of the condition

How Could CBD Help Cerebral Palsy?

CBD enhances the endocannabinoid system by increasing its ability to retain anandamide. When you take CBD, it blocks FAAH, a fatty acid that breaks down anandamide. As a result, you have more of the compound in your body to manage symptoms such as pain. Anandamide has a similar structure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but it does not cause the “high” associated with THC. Our bodies use it to regulate mood, pain sensation and other functions.

Taking CBD also activates receptors for serotonin, vanilloid and adenosine. These compounds control your mood, pain signals and sleep-wake cycle. They improve cerebral palsy symptoms like pain, sleep issues, anxiety and depression.

While we will look at the most important studies on the topic below, it is important to note that there is a lack of hard evidence that links CBD to an improvement in CP symptoms. However, researchers have come up with several theories on how CBD could provide relief for people suffering from cerebral palsy.

Reduced Pain

CP patients with rigid, locked muscles are in severe pain most of the time. A 2016 study by Barth Wilsey, published in the Journal of Pain, found that cannabis users with a spinal cord injury felt less pain after using the herb.

Spasticity

A 2012 clinical trial by Jody Corey-Bloom, published in CMAJ, was conducted at the San Diego School of Medicine. The study involved giving 30 multiple sclerosis patients a placebo or cannabis. Those who used the cannabis experienced a 33% reduction in spasticity compared to MS patients who consumed the placebo. There were also noticeable reductions in perceived muscle-related pain.

Seizures

Up to 50% of kids with CP suffer from subsequent seizure disorders. However, CBD is fast gaining a reputation for being able to reduce the number of seizures associated with conditions such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome.

Important Studies on the Impact of CBD on Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy has a significant impact on the child and his/her family. While up to 10,000 babies are born with the condition annually, as many as 1,500 are not diagnosed until they go to school. Almost half of children with CP are unable to walk independently and parents are desperate for a solution. At present, the total lifetime care costs to look after a child with cerebral palsy is $1 million. Small wonder then that parents are keen to find out more about what CBD can do for their kids.

Luba Blumkin performed one of the most relevant studies into CBD’s effects on CP with the aid of a marijuana supplier called Tikun Olam. The 2017 study, which was conducted by the Wolfson Medical Center near Israel’s capital, Tel Aviv, analyzed the effect of CBD on 36 children (aged 1-17) with cerebral palsy.

According to Blumkin, the study focused on kids with the highest level of motor disorders. Such children also have associated problems such as painful bowel movements and problems chewing and swallowing. The pain gets worse over time and results in sleeping difficulties. After analyzing the children for two months to ensure their conditions were stable, the team gave the kids CBD oil three times a day via a feeding tube or orally.

Within four months, there was a noticeable improvement in their condition. Blumkin states that the biggest positive change was in their motor function. Other benefits included decreased pain and an improvement in bowel movements and sleep. All of the participants in the study continued taking their existing medication along with the oil.

The Wolfson Medical Center study was extremely important because, up until that point, there was relatively little data on CBD’s effect on cerebral palsy. A survey study* by Adam Hirsh et al., published in the March 2012 edition of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, found that marijuana provided the best relief for CP patients when compared to several other medications. However, only 5% of the sample group had ever used the drug for pain.

Final Thoughts on CBD & Cerebral Palsy

Overall, there is a suggestion that CBD could have medical benefits for individuals with cerebral palsy. It could help with symptoms including spasticity, sleep disturbance, and pain. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound of cannabis and is legal.

An increasing number of people living with cerebral palsy claim that CBD has made a significant positive impact. Terri Aghast was born with CP and underwent dozens of surgeries. She spent 12 years in braces and was also wheelchair-bound on several occasions. After using CBD for the first time, she could see the difference in how she walked, and felt the difference throughout her body. Of course, we can’t guarantee that you will have a similar experience because CBD affects everyone differently, but its something that’s definitely worth a shot for those with cerebral palsy.

CBD+THC and the Herpes Simplex Virus

The Herpes Simplex Virus(HSV) is a widespread virus that can cause ailments such as cold sores, genital herpes, chickenpox and mono. Studies have shown 50%-90% of the population carry either HSV 1 or HSV 2 and as of today it remains incurable. HSV is a retrovirus which means it is able to lay dormant in your body without detection from your immune system. It does this by inserting itself into your DNA. Even though there is no permanent cure, there are ways to suppress the unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms include; swollen lymph nodes, flu like symptoms, headaches, blisters, inflammation, redness, cracked skin, itching and pain.

CBD can help with ALL of these symptoms. CBD is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory. A study by the London school of Pharmacology showed CBD has great capability to fend off foreign pathogens in the body. Applying CBD topically to sores will help decrease redness, itching, pain and cracking skin. Ingesting CBD through tincture, capsule or edible is also beneficial to HSV symptoms, helping with pain, enlarged lymph nodes, headaches and also just getting rid of the general blah feeling that comes with an outbreak.

THC does not suppress the detectable symptoms of HSV but since the first study by the University of South Florida in 1991 many more studies have confirmed that THC lowered the ability of the virus to cause an outbreak by 80%. THC inhibits HSV by targeting the ORF50 protein which is essential for HSV to come out of its dormant state. So while THC does not decrease symptoms during an outbreak, regular use can drastically decrease the frequency of outbreaks.

CBD & Eating Disorders (Anorexia)

According to the Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), a staggering 30 million people across the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. This statistic applies to all ages, race, and genders, although it is mostly seen in females.

The statistics surrounding anorexia from there do not get any better, and in fact, they are pretty horrifying, with eating disorders holding the highest mortality rates of any other mental illness, it stands to reason that people are now looking to potential alternative treatments for the disease.

CBD can help to treat the worst symptoms of anorexia without causing toxicity, or any other feelings of loss of control that can come with marijuana.

The researchers discovered that CB1 agonists – the scientific term to describe anything that helps trigger the receptor – possess orexigenic effects, which enhance appetite as well as increasing the actual rewarding value of food. It’s important to remember that a person suffering from anorexia doesn’t just not want to eat food, but they lose the positive association we have when we eat food that nourishes us.

When it comes down to it, both CBD and cannabis as a whole can be incredibly effective treatments for anorexia and other eating disorders. However, that being said there are many areas where CBD comes out on top, from psychoactive THC through to affordability and efficacy in the treatment of symptoms.

**THC while being used to combat many of the side effects of anorexia can have a detrimental impact on anxiety, if the individual is already suffering. While it can ease anxiety and depression, it can also make matters worse.**

CBD & Arthritis

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 wont get you high. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid with the legendary power of producing euphoric sensations, Cannabidiol CBD is inert.

  • CBD derived for the HEMP plant(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, it’s 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 amount of THC (0.3% or less per bottle/package).

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in the brain and immune system. Researchers found that when CBD enters the body it can attach to CB2 receptors. Scientists believe CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they recieve, helping reduce inflammation and pain. CB2 also plays a role in your immune system, attacking the tissue in your joints. This relationship tp the immune system could explain why CBD oil works well for Arthritis. In addition, CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects could also help slow down or stop the progression of RA/OA, which causes permanent damage to your joints over time. These effects also reduce several other inflammation-related RA/OA symptoms.

  • CBD relieves inflammation and joint pain
  • CBD slows the progression of joint damage
  • Cannabis-research firm, Brightfield Group, surveyed 2,400 users. This dramatic study found widespread satisfaction with CBD among regular consumers, and even revealed that 42% of those surveyed had given up pharmaceutical drugs in favour of CBD.
  • CBD oil helped reduce inflammatory pain in rats, highlighting that cannabinoid receptors are involved in joint nociception and may be advantages for the treatment of inflammatory pain.
  • A research review published in the European Journal of Neuroscience noted that increasing evidence from preclinical studies supports the therapeutic value of cannabinoids for osteoarthritis management.
  • A study published in the European Journal of Pain found that topical CBD application had therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related inflammation and behaviours.

 

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CBD & Fibromyalgia

Research for Fibromyalgia
General CBD research is in its infancy, so research on CBD for fibromyalgia could be considered embryonic. We just don’t have much to go on right now. A 2016 survey of the literature concluded that there’s not enough evidence to recommend any cannabis-based treatments for fibromyalgia or other rheumatic conditions.

However, this topic is likely to get a lot of future attention, for several reasons.

First, we have a pain epidemic in the U.S., and fibromyalgia is a major contributor to that. Current treatments just aren’t good enough for most of us, so there’s an enormous financial incentive to find something that’s better at relieving our pain and other symptoms.

Second, we have an opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in this country. Numerous studies have demonstrated that when a state legalizes marijuana, the number of opioid prescriptions drops. That’s good news for doctors looking for safer pain treatments, law enforcement agencies struggling to control the tide of illegal opioid use, and lawmakers looking for solutions to the opioid problem.

Third, CBD oil is believed to be effective against pain and inflammation, and, in its pure form, it’s generally regarded as safe.

Fourth, while anecdotal evidence certainly isn’t scientific proof of anything, we have an abundance of it from people with fibromyalgia who say CBD helps them, and you can bet that when patients who have hard-to-treat conditions tell their doctors something works, it piques their interest.

As for the scientific motivations behind further study, consider that CBD is believed to help relieve:

– Pain
– Insomnia
– Anxiety

When it comes to fibromyalgia symptoms, those three are significant.

A 2017 paper published in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets suggested CBD as a possible way to diminish the activity of brain cells called glia, which leads to central sensitization. That’s a major feature of fibromyalgia and other central sensitivity syndromes such as chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraine.

Fibromyalgia also involves something called endocannabinoid deficiency. That’s the system that deals with your body’s natural endocannabinoids as well as cannabis products that you may take in. That makes cannabis products a promising treatment.

A 2016 review published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research found evidence that CBD is effective in migraine and irritable bowel syndrome, which are related to fibromyalgia. It also stated that some cannabis-based treatments appeared effective for fibromyalgia. The authors stated that CBD is often preferable to patients due to the high and other effects associated with THC.

Several studies have suggested that CBD can fight inflammation. Fibromyalgia isn’t currently classified as an inflammatory condition, but research suggests that at least some cases may involve inflammation of a body-wide web of connective tissue called the fascia. If that’s accurate, it could be one more reason CBD should be considered.

SOURCE: https://www.verywellhealth.com/cbd-oil-for-fibromyalgia-4165993

 

CBD and Acid Reflux

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Have you ever experienced heartburn after finishing a meal or eating spicy food? Have you ever felt heartburn or chest pain at all? Currently, 1 in 10 Americans experience GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), which is most closely linked to the symptoms of heartburn. GERD and its symptoms, such as heartburn, can be painful and uncomfortable. Although pharmaceutical drugs are often used to treat GERD, cannabidiol is slowly emerging as a way to help treat this disease safely and effectively.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease refers to the stomach and esophagus and the return of the contents back up to the esophagus. In normal digestion, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and closes to prevent food and stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. GERD, then, occurs when the LES is weak or inappropriately relaxes allowing the contents of the stomach to flow up into the esophagus. The “heartburn” is the discomfort experienced by the reflux of stomach content to the esophagus. Normally, the treatment is prescription medication or over-the-counter drugs. However, many prescriptions cause adverse side effects. Fortunately, CBD and cannabinoids can be used to combat GERD symptoms.

CBD Oil for GERD & Acid Reflux

Just as everybody has a lower esophageal sphincter, and potential to experience GERD, each body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS has many known functions including memory, sensations, pain perception, anti-secretory effects, etc. One of the most particular symptoms that CBD helps to regulate is the secretion of gastric acids to the esophagus. By reacting with the endocannabinoid system, CBD has the power to greatly reduce the secretion of the acids that cause the actual burn when it comes to the heartburn symptoms of GERD. Beyond this, CBD and the ECS help to mitigate inflammation and mucosal damage in GERD, as well as lower esophageal relaxation, helping to prevent the severity of GERD, or stop it before effects begin to take place.

 

These are just a few examples of how CBD reacts to the gastric acid and intestinal secretions when it comes to GERD. CBD also has positive effects on other factors of the body that contribute to acid reflux and heartburn. CBD has the power to act as an anti-inflammatory to reduce esophageal discomfort and decreases the motility, or the ability for fluids to move around, in the esophagus and the gut which is the direct cause of the acid reflux. With decreased mobility and the reduction in inflammation, the main discomforting symptoms of GERD are treated.

 

If you experience heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, try observing the foods you eat because they may be worsening GERD symptoms, especially caffeine and alcohol. However, above all else, CBD plays an essential role in treating GERD and its symptoms. If you’re interested in trying CBD, it’s suggested to consume it orally or sublingually with capsules or tinctures to prevent further irritation from occurring.

Source: https://kononaturals.com/cbd-oil-for-acid-reflux/