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.

Edibles: How Do They Work?

The primary psychoactive chemical in cannabis is THC, a cannabinoid. However, when these leaves are left raw and are un-aged, the cannabinoid found in them is THCA, which isn’t psychoactive at all. THCA only becomes THC — the stuff that gets you high — after it’s aged or, most effectively, exposed to heat. It’s a process called decarboxylation.

When looked at solely from the perspective of biochemical composition, raw cannabis leaves are excellent sources of certain vitamins, minerals and fiber. If that sounds surprising, keep in mind that even though they get you stoned, they are still green leafy plants. Raw cannabis is high in:

-Vitamin K (Essential for blood clotting) -Vitamin C (Essential for immune systems) -Iron (Essentialforbloodoxygenation) -Calcium (Essential for bones)

-Folate (Essential for DNA repair)
More specifically, cannabis is super high in fiber. So, if yourdietislacking,itcouldbethe answer.

Antioxidants are essential to our bodies because they protect us from stress and other damage, as well as against things like blood vessel disease and cancer. They’re also our body’s only defense against “free radicals,” which are highly reactive molecules that can wreak havoc on our bodies over time.

Cannabis, whether raw or cooked, is chockfull of antioxidants that our bodies need. So, whether you’re infusing weed into brownies or juicing raw leaves — you’re going to get the stuff you need.

Edibles aren’t particularly useful for sudden relief because they can take 90 minutes before they s tart having an effect, and unpredictable bouts of it. However, if you know when to anticipate them—for things like menstrual cramps, after chemotherapy, etc.—consuming marijuana is an excellent way to curb nausea, stomach pains and more.

People who ingest cannabis often experience a more intense and longer lasting full-body high than people who smoke it. You can experience a high that typically lasts one to two hours (while smoking). So, if you’re smoking medical marijuana for pain relief, cooking with it won’t just help locate and neutralize the pain you’re suffering from, but it’ll also provide more relief and for a longer duration of time.

A known fact is that you can’t really get all the benefits from smoking because it’s close to impossible to smoke a clinical level of the needed cannabinoids.However, when made into highly concentrated oils, you can get the recommended dosage in just a drop or two.

Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Strains: What Is The Difference?

 

  There are over 1000 different strains of cannabis that have evolved over that last several decades with constant new developments thanks to the wonderful breeders trying to increase the quality and targeting specific issues someone may have. These strains are commonly divided into 3 main categories: Sativa, Indica and Hybrids. It is important for someone using cannabis for medical purposes to know the difference between them to better treat or help with symptoms of specific ailments or conditions.

  Let’s start with Cannabis Sativa. Sativa strains generally originate in the equatorial regions for example: Thailand, Southern India, Jamaica and Mexico to name a few. The Sativa plants grow to be quite large in size, about 8-15 feet, and they require more light and do take longer to grow and mature compared to the Indica plant. Commonly the colour of the plant are a lighter shade of green, with buds growing along the length of the branches. Typically the buds weigh less than the Indica due to lower density, and normally take anywhere from 60-90 days to fully flower. The leaves on the Sativa plant are long and thin and contain lower CBD and higher THC amounts. Sativas are know to give the feelings of being “High” or having a head high. It is considered to give increased energy, productivity, and alertness. Sativas are helpful with treating Anxiety and Depression, Chronic pain, ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mood swings, Stress Relief, Concentration, Creativity and increases Serotonin. Typically a Sativa is consumed during the day.

  Next let’s talk about Cannabis Indica. Most varieties or strains of Indica come from Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern India, Tibet, Nepal and so on. Indica plants are smaller in size, about 2-6 feet in height and bush like. The leaves are wide and thick and contain higher CBD and lower THC that the Sativa. The buds are dense and heavily fragrant, growing in clusters around the nodes of the stems and branches with short spaces in between clusters. The Indica plant is deeper in colour and typically takes 45-60 days to fully flower which is much sooner than the Sativa. The Indica strain is know for the feeling of being “Stoned” or giving a full body high, which is why this strain is considered a night time Cannabis. This strain helps with  treatments of Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Sleep Apnea, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, PMS, Epilepsy, Inflammation, Anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD and Panic Disorders, Insomnia, Nausea, Physical and Mental pain, and Headaches. It increases relaxation and dopamine making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep and help increases appetite.

  Hybrid plants are a combination of two different strains of cannabis that theoretically possess the most beneficial medical properties of both strains. Normally breeders cross two strains in an attempt to deliver the best possible benefits to specific needs. Breeders can choose to combine Indica and Sativa together, or two Indicas and 2 Sativas together. When a strain displayed the name Indica Dominant or Sativa  Dominant, it means the Hybrid contains contains more of one parents traits than the other. The look and traits of the plant are all dependant on the strains combined.  Often the strains are labeled with a sativa/indica ratio like 60/40 Sat/Ind, other times only a percentage eg. 70% Indica and 80% SativaSativa Dominant Hybrids give a cerebral high with relaxing body effects along with the medical and mental relief. Even Hybrids are the ideal strain for people seeking a perfect blend between body and head high.  Indica Dominant Hybrid provide a full body pain relief with relaxing head high. Recommended for night time to sleep or day time for minor pain. It is a great choice for people suffering from autoimmune diseases and depression.

Cannabis Ruderalis is another species of cannabis whose potential benefits have only begun to be explored. This species of cannabis grows wild in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, so it is accustomed to colder weather. Ruderalis plants contain lower percentages of THC, but are frequently cross-bred with Sativa strains to produce plants that grow short like Ruderalis, and can bear the weather of outdoor grows up north where Sativa strains can not usually flourish. These Hybrids are known as auto-flowering strains, because of the short flowering period that Ruderalis carries with it 2-3 weeks after germination. The strains are typically more resistant to insect infestation and disease pressures, and are thought to have high CBD content. The whole life span of these plants can be as short as 7 weeks long, and are relatively simple to grow, which has made them more popular among home growers.

How THC Works In The Body

 

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound found in cannabis that gives you the feeling of being “high”. There are multiple different strains of cannabis, and each one will give you a different sensation or feeling.

THC has many medical benefits such as: PTSD, Neuropathic and Chronic pain, Insomnia, Nausea, Inflammation, Arthritis, Migraines, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, Sleep Apnea, and Appetite loss to name a few.

There are many different ways of taking THC products, like edibles, tinctures, and even topical treatments, however the most common way is to smoke it. Vaporizers heat cannabis to vaporize its active ingredients without burning, which makes an inhalable alternative to smoking. When cannabis is ingested, it enters the stomach and the blood there absorbs it. It then travels to the liver and from there to the rest of the body. THC is absorbed slower this way in comparison to smoking, the levels of THC are lower however the effects last longer. When cannabis is inhaled, it goes directly into your lungs where it is absorbed into your bloodstream which goes to your brain and then to the rest of your body. It is the quickest way to get the THC into your bloodstream.

The purpose of your lungs are to take in oxygen and remove carbon dioxide as a waste product, this process is called “gas exchange”. Lungs are a pair of spongy air filled organs located on either side of your chest or thorax. The windpipe, or trachea, conducts air that has been inhaled into the lungs through it tubular branches called bronchi. The bronchi is divided into smaller and smaller bronchioles that finally become microscopic. The air then travels the the Alveoli. These alveoli line the lungs by the millions, this is where the “gas exchange” happens. The surface area of the alveoli is greater than the skin which makes it easy for THC to enter the bloodstream. Lungs absorb smoke within seconds of it being inhaled.

The brain tells your systems to resist foreign substances, but since cannabinoids have a place in the brains working, it allows them to enter. THC typically reaches the brain seconds after inhalation and begins to work right away. Neurons are the cells that process information in the brain. Chemicals called neurotransmitters allow neurons to communicate with each other, they fill the gap, or synapse between two neurons and bind to protein receptors which allows areas in the body and brain to be turned off. Some neurons have thousands of receptors that are specific to particular neurotransmitters. Chemicals like THC, can copy or block actions of neurotransmitters and interfere with normal functions. Short-term memory, coordination, learning and problem solving are all areas of which your brain’s cannabinoid receptors can affect both physically and mentally. Anandamide are neurotransmitters that activate the cannabinoid receptors. Like THC, anandamide is a cannabinoid, however its one your body makes. THC copy’s actions of the cannabinoid receptors and activates neurons which causes effects on the body and mind

 When THC binds to the receptors, it leads to deep relaxation reducing nerve pain and muscle spasms , reduced pain and inflammation, and boosts your appetite. THC can cause some side effects including sedation, dizziness, dry mouth, short term memory loss and increased heart rate. Anxiety and paranoia are commonly reported however when THC and CBD are consumed together, These side effects are much smaller or not experienced at all.

How CBD and THC Can Help With Your Arthritis

 

  Arthritis affects 1 in 5 Canadians everyday. The two most common kind of arthritis are:

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): a disease where a persons body attacks their joints, causing inflammation. it commonly affects the hands and feet amd leads to painful, swollen and stiff joints

Osteoarthritis (OA): a degenerative disease that affects joint, cartilage and bones causing paint and stiffness, most commonly in the hips, knees and thumb joints.

  CBD affects your immune system, which naturally makes it helpful for an autoimmune conditions like RA. Studies published in the Journal Rheumatology from DR. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that CB2 receptors are found in unusually high levels in the joint tissue or arthritis patients. The use of cannabis is shown to fight inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of the CB2 receptors.

  But it’s not just CBD that can lend a helping hand. “Chronic pain is a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, and when it comes to chronic pain, we have 9,000 patient years of data showing that THC [the active ingredient in cannabis] effectively treats it,” says Jahan Marcu, PhD, the Chief Scientific Officer for Americans for Safe Access, an organization devoted to the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic use. “Cannabinoids stop the transmission of pain and decrease inflammation, and that’s very important for people with joint issues.” On a basic level, THC is anti-inflammatory and analgesic (it kills pain), and it’s also known to reduce the anxiety and depression that goes with diseases (especially ailments that are cause a loss of mobility like rheumatoid arthritis). Have you ever read about how smoking weed can cause seizure patients to relax? Based on similar physiological principles, people with chronic pain and stiff joints may find that their body naturally loosens when using marijuana.

  Essentially, all of these scientific studies support one of the key principles of medicinal marijuana: that both non-psychoactive CBD and psychoactive THC work wonders for those suffering from joint pain.

  People have been using marijuana as a source of pain relief for thousands of years. Gooey Rabinski, an aptly named author considering he writes about that sweet Mary-Jane, writes, “Until the dawn of the 20th century, pot—albeit in tincture form, not smoked—was the primary form of pain killer in the United States. One hundred years ago, if a young girl skinned her knee, she was given a marijuana tincture, not an orange and white Bayer aspirin.”

  THC is omnipresent, but CBD has been historically more difficult to come across. However, in the contemporary golden age of cannabis culture, CBD is readily available to be vaped, smoked, applied topically, or taken as a tincture.

  One thing’s for sure: for those suffering from chronic pain in their joints, a little bit of chronic can go a long way. Give CBD a shot, you might love the effects. We rely on CBD after every ski day, backpacking trip, and workout—there’s just nothing better from a natural pain relief and relaxation standpoint.

Differences Between THC and CBD

      

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidoil (CBD) are two types of cannabinoids found naturally in the resin of the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Both of these substances interact with the cannabinoid receptors found in the human body, but the effects brought on by these compounds couldn’t be more opposite. For this reason, CBD is used more often for medical treatments then THC. THC is found in the cannabis plant which is a flower plant of three species, Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis. CBD is found in both cannabis and hemp plants. The hemp plant only shows traces of THC, small traces of THC is needed to activate the CBD oil in your body.

  CBD has the same chemical formula as THC however the atoms are arranged slightly different. This slight difference caused the THC to create a psychoactive affect, While CBD lacks that as an influence. CBD accounts for up to 40%of cannabis extracts. Its plentiful nature, coupled with its failure to produce a “High” effect, make it a strong running mate for medical proposes. Some effects of CBD can be a decrease in anxiety and a decrease in inflammation, relief from convolutions and nausea, and a reduction of psychoactive symptoms. Studies have shown CBD can help with lowering feelings of depression and social anxiety, side effects of cancer treatment like nausea and increased appetite and reducing psychotic symptoms that come with Schizophrenia.

  THC is the main psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, or the primary agent responsible for creating the feeling of being “high”. This compound works by imitating the effects of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced naturally by the human body to help modulate sleeping and eating habits as well as the perception of pain. Effects of THC can be the feeling of relaxation, fatigue, reduced aggression, hunger, and the altered sense of sight, smell and hearing. Research shows that THC may help in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis by improving spasticity and bladder function while reducing spasms and central pain, alleviates symptoms and stimulates appetite and eating.

  Taking CBD and THC both topically and internally is a healthy, natural and safe way to reduce the toxic load of chemicals you are putting into your body. Your body absorbs everything you put on your skin and what you ingest. Take a second next time you put on A535, for example- after the gym for pain, and read the ingredients. The chemicals absorb into your liver which can actually cause liver failure. Nobody wants to live with pain of any kind. Here at Organa we want to make sure you have the right educated information in choosing the best THC and CBD products, to help you get through your day to day activities without pumping your body full of pain medications. Simply call or email us with any questions you may have.