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/

CBD and Cardiovascular Health

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Cannabinoids and Blood Pressure

Until recently, evidence has been (more or less) inconclusive, with findings going both ways. These studies, however, had been investigating cannabis flower with no control for strain, cannabinoid profile, or means of ingestion.

Different cannabinoids have different effects and attenuate the endocannabinoid system in different directions. It’s well known, for example, that THC and CBD have inverse effects to a degree.

Finally, one recent study, which specifically investigated whether CBD reduces blood pressure in human trials, put a rest to the controversy: “Our data show that a single dose of CBD reduces resting blood pressure and the blood pressure response to stress.”

Cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease

These findings build upon previous research that shows CBD is a vasodilator, which means it makes your arteries and blood vessels wider, allowing for greater blood flow with less pressure. There is a growing body of medical research showing that CBD’s neuroprotective effects are beneficial for cardiovascular diseases, especially in recovery from stroke and heart attack.

This study sheds light on one of the stickier areas within medical cannabis research: its effect on the cardiovascular system. Most investigations looking at long-term cannabis smokers find cardiovascular damage and attribute it to cannabis. Because this study utilized ingested CBD, they were able to separate the effects of smoking and the effects of the cannabinoid.

The negative effects, it turned out, were due more to the smoking than the cannabis itself.

How CBD Reduces Blood Pressure

Now, this is still a long way away from CBD being an effective treatment for cardiovascular diseases like hypertension. Serious conditions have many factors at play—lifestyle, diet, genetics, life circumstances, etc.—and taking some CBD oil isn’t necessarily going to make it all better. There are no magic pills to fix these things, despite what your friendly neighborhood pharmaceutical company would like you to believe.

While it may not be a cure for hypertension, cannabis does provide a natural, safe remedy for people to help manage their stress and blood pressure.

To minimize cardiovascular damage, you may want to consider an oral dose, through a CBD edible, tincture, or even pure CBD oil. However, if you’re set on smoking flower, reputable high CBD strains like Harlequin, Critical Mass, and Blue Shark may be helpful.

 

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CBD and Epilepsy/Seizures

 

There has been a lot of talk in the media about the use of cannabis products in the treatment of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. This has generated a lot of interest as well as confusion over the different forms of cannabis that are being discussed, their legality and their safety.

Medical cannabis has anticonvulsant properties. The cannabis plant contains 85 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The most commonly known is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but most of the anticonvulsant properties come from a cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD).Our cannabidiol products contain virtually no THC (0.3%).

The cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of refractory epilepsy for some patients with Dravet and Lennox Gastaut syndromes, tuberous sclerosis and infantile spasms.

For many who have used CBD oil, the treatment has provided relief when nothing else could. About two thirds of epilepsy patients will be responsive to the first or second medicine given for epilepsy. However, once an epilepsy patient has taken two different medicines without relief, the odds that a third medication will work are less than 1 percent. That leaves other options, such as special diets, surgeries—or CBD oil!

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.

CBD and 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 and Depression

 Depression can be a predisposed condition (something you were born with) or brought on by an unfortunate event or trauma. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of depression are often the same: feeling sad, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite, trouble sleeping, loss of energy, feeling worthless, and difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions. ​

​ Two of the neurotransmitters affected during depression are serotonin and dopamine. Because levels of serotonin and dopamine are affected by things like diet, exercise, mental state, and stress levels, research supports the idea that some depressed people have reduced serotonin and dopamine transmission. This is where the use of CBD products can come into play.​

​ Unlike THC, the cannabinoid associated with causing marijuana’s “high effect,” CBD has a different, more indirect interaction with these cell receptors. At the same time, CBD has the unique ability to directly interact with other cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. Thus, when ingested, CBD influences brain activity and one byproduct is the release of serotonin and dopamine throughout the body. ​

​ Research shows that CBD oil causes receptor 5-HT1A, which releases serotonin, to fire more effectively. This increases serotonin production and stabilizes its presence in the body. ​Low levels of serotonin production can lead to depression. Using CBD oil can result in the production of more serotonin to help ease this disease.​

CBD and Skin Conditions

Balms, salves, and lotions made with CBD oil are used by thousands for all types of skin conditions, including daily skin care. Common Skin conditions include:​

    • Atopic dermatitis

 

    • Contact dermatitis

 

    • Rosacea

 

    • Psoriasis

 

    • Eczema

 

  • Chronic Pruritus

​ Of these skin conditions, there is one physiological process that seems to worsen them — inflammation.​ Although inflammation is our body’s natural defense against pathogens and irritants, this valuable defense can also turn against us, that’s where CBD comes into play. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory compound and the cannibanoid receptors play a role in modulating sensations like itching, pain, temperature and more.​

​ Topical CBD isn’t just for the skin conditions mentioned above. CBD’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects also work well for general pain caused by muscle injuries, joint pain caused by arthritis, and skin irritations. Topical CBD is also good for burns and infections, or simply healthier and younger looking skin.​

 Consult with a doctor to make sure you’re not allergic to Cannabis, and see if using topical CBD is right for you.​

CBD and PTSD

We all have natural Levels of anandamide,  This is the substance found naturally in your body that helps you “cope” emotionally. It relieves the effects of any stressful situation by temporarily putting you in a state of “bliss”.​

It has been determined that anandamide is at a considerably lower level in patients that are experiencing PTSD. It has also been known for a considerable amount of time that THC, which is a high percentage component of cannabis, has a built-in capacity to trigger the same receptors that are activated by anandamide.​

When experiencing PTSD, both CBD and THC can help you cope by putting you in that same “state of bliss” that is naturally created by anandamide. We can therefore safely assume that the utilization of Cannabis may be considered as a treatment against PTSD in order to deal with a shortage of anandamide.​

The consumption of CBD can have a drastic impact on the reduction of anxiety among people who are suffering from PTSD. A huge benefit of using CBD is that CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive action, so it can be used daily at work or while driving. CBD helps treat PTSD in a very different manner to THC. Indeed, PTSD patients all have far lower levels of endocannabinoids, along with higher CB1 receptor densities. Normally, the CB1 receptor deactivates any traumatic memories you may have so you basically ‘forget.’ If you have an endocannabinoid deficiency, on the other hand, you will suffer from chronic anxiety, impaired fear distinction, and other issues associated with PTSD. Cannabinoids act on the two receptors, CB1 and CB2, and helps them regain normal function.​

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.