CBD Should Be An Integral Part of Any Self-Care Regimen

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Let’s be honest, millennials know how to live in this modern technological world because they grew up not knowing anything else. Gen-Xers, on the other hand, are quietly busy creating those products and companies that we all use and rely on today (Google, Amazon, and YouTube). Finally, Boomers have amassed a mountain of wealth due to the strong foundations and institutions they laid down for all of us to benefit from. But all 3 generations have embraced technology to help them with one very important life aspect: self-care.

Self-care is not a new concept. Humans have stressed the importance of following self-care procedures for centuries. Additionally, the medical community has been pushing it for decades, especially for heart-failure patients. However, technology, and especially the rise of apps, has made self-care more engaging and interactive.

Obviously, eating well and getting lots of rest are the basics, but we also see supplements being used to enhance a self-care regimen. For example, Cannabidiol (CBD), a very powerful cannabinoid from the cannabis and hemp plants, is well known and documented to bring the body into homeostasis; meaning it should be an integral part of any self-care regimen.

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What is Self Care?

Self-care is the act of taking care of oneself through carefully planned and conscious decision making. It is self-explanatory, and you’d think everyone does it, however, that is not the case. We all have a family member or friend that just can’t stop eating red meat, even though they know their heart can’t handle it. Or, those individuals that can’t kick a habit, even though it has gotten them into so much trouble over the years.

Millennials grew up with the Internet and social media. Knowledge is power, and they are proof of it. From blogs and online documentaries to podcasts and live-streams, information is spread across the globe in seconds. And millennials are taking advantage of this knowledge to improve their lives. There are many popular self-care apps that guide their users to a better life. It’s like having a life-coach always beside you and guiding you. But before we get into that, let’s find out and understand the important role CBD can play in enhancing self-care.

What is CBD?

If you haven’t heard by now, CBD has taken the country by storm. Especially after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized the use and cultivation of hemp at a national level. CBD can be extracted from hemp, meaning it is now legal in all 50 states, however, there are some restrictions from the FDA about including it in food products.

So what is the craze regarding CBD? Is it a scam or a fad? According to scientific journals and retail customers, CBD absolutely works and is not a fad. But maybe it is a placebo? That’s another negative, because CBD works at the molecular level, signaling your cells into homeostasis. But how does it do that? Because all invertebrates have an endocannabinoid system, which acts like a biological messaging system; one for the brain/central nervous system (CBR1), and one for the immune system (CBR2).

Scientists discovered the endocannabinoid system when they were researching why THC, the hallucinogenic compound found in cannabis, has the effect it does on its users. Over the years, CBD (and other cannabinoids) were discovered. And although THC only targeted the brain/central nervous system (CBR1), CBD was found to target both CBR1 and the immune system (CBR2). Why is this significant? Because CBD is such a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has been proven that most diseases, mental and physical, are caused by chronic inflammation. So, the administration of CBD counteracts the effects of most diseases. The icing on the cake is that CBD is not a hallucinogenic and will not get you high.

As you can see, CBD can improve a person’s well-being and health, therefore improving the quality of their lives. CBD should be an integral part of any self-care regimen.

How Can CBD Enhance Self-Care?

CBD and self-care go hand-in-hand. The use of CBD will greatly benefit any well-followed self-care plan. Returning to the self-care apps that people are using, the top 3 are Calm, Headspace and 10% Happier.

CBD Allows You To Meditate Better

The apps just mentioned are all meditation apps that remind then guide their users through meditation sessions. But just imagine if you add CBD to that routine. Using CBD 30-45 minutes before meditation will bring the body into homeostasis quickly, meaning a more effective use of your time.

CBD Allows You to Excercise Better

There are countless exercise apps that remind and guide their users through exercise sessions. Users can monitor their weight, their calories, and how much they burned. The hardest aspect of exercise is recovery. Some people recover faster than others, but if you are someone that takes longer to recover, then you are more prone to injury when attempting to exercise on a normal schedule.

CBD is on the rise with athletes because consumers of CBD have attested that it decreases their recovery time dramatically.

CBD Allows You to Sleep Better

Many people suffer from the inability to sleep for long periods of time or suffer from the inability to fall asleep quickly. There are many reasons for this, but it is usually because of anxiety and the mind racing. CBD has an amazing calming effect on the brain and is very popular with people that suffer from anxiety. It naturally signals your body to relax, allowing you to sleep better.

There are many apps out there that monitor our sleep because having a good night sleep means you will be in a better mood the next day, and ready to conquer the world!

CBD Allows You to Build Confidence

Emotional intelligence is what helps you excel in the workplace. It’s the ability to control your emotions and react critically to certain situations. Therefore, being of calm mind and free of anxious thoughts, you will be able to deal better with circumstances, which in turn boosts your confidence levels.

CBD helps calm the mind for so many individuals. What first brought CBD to the mainstream was its use for epilepsy in children. Today, there is still no known cure for epilepsy, however, CBD is able to stop epilepsy attacks. So much so that FDA approved Epidiolex last year, which is a CBD isolate for administration in children with the disease. CBD is not a fad.

CBD Allows You to Socialize Better

We are a social species, whether we are introverts or extroverts, we all need some sort of social interaction. The better interactions we have, i.e. the better we perform in social situations, the better we feel about ourselves, which enhances our self-care. What is the number one cause for underperforming or not performing at all? Self-doubt. Where does that come from? Anxiety. No need to repeat, but CBD kicks anxiety in the butt.

We hope it is clear now why CBD should be an integral part of any self-care regimen. It is able to enhance any self-care plan by multiples compared to not using it. This digital age can be at times hectic, but it also gives us tools to counteract the “always on” life we are all leading. Adding CBD into the mix allows us to calm our minds and body even more.

CBD can be taken through many different delivery methods. Visit the shop and purchase the best CBD products verified from 3rd party laboratories. The CBD Online Store is the destination for all your CBD needs. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for CBD this Thanksgiving

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We really take for granted the age we live in; this age of convenience. We shop online, get free delivery, and find the answer to any question in the blink of an eye. We communicate with loved ones thousands of miles away and watch 360-degree videos of visits to Antarctica. Every day we hear about new scientific discoveries and advancements that propel humanity to the stars.  But, do we ever stop and be thankful? Thankful for this civilization of abundance and convenience?

What we should really be thankful for is the ability to enjoy the healing properties of an ancient plant making a come back from prohibition: cannabis/hemp, or more specifically, cannabidiol (CBD). This Thanksgiving, let’s celebrate these 5 reasons to be thankful for CBD.

Thankful for CBD Healing Epilepsy

For many years, Epilepsy in children has been a mystery. In fact, there has not been any modern treatment that is able to help stop epileptic episodes from happening. However, CBD has always been shown to stop most episodes from ever occurring. If it wasn’t for this healing power of CBD, mother’s pushing for its legalization, and empathizing politicians, we would have never seen the legalization of medical cannabis in this country –or the world. For that reason, we are thankful for CBD healing Epilepsy.

Thankful for CBD Easing Anxiety

Anxiety is another ailment that modern medicine is not able to fix without bad side-effects. Take for example the “fine print” we see and hear in pharmaceutical commercials on TV and Radio. Who wants to risk any of that? CBD is shown to naturally help ease the effects of anxiety. It has been the subject of many scientific studies, available in official scientific journals, which we have shown here. For that, we are thankful for CBD easing anxiety for many individuals.

Thankful for CBD Healing our Pets

For many years, our pets shared our access to modern medicine. And for the most part, they benefitted greatly. But they are vulnerable to pharmaceuticals for the same reasons that we are and are prone to the same (or worse) side-effects. There is a reason why we are so close to our pets. For one thing, we share many of the same genes. We also share the Endocannabinoid System (ES). This same system is why CBD and other cannabinoids work naturally with our bodies. For more information on CBD and the ES, read more here. And to give your pet the gift of healing, shop here for these CBD Pet Treats.

Thankful for CBD Healing Psoriasis/Eczema

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, so it only makes sense to try and use it on skin inflammations such as psoriasis and eczema. Although we haven’t seen any scientific studies done as of yet, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence seen from everyday people. These individuals report that their psoriasis is gone after 6 weeks of applying a CBD infused skin cream, such as this CBD Topical Balm.

Thankful for CBD Speeding Up Athletic Recovery

The sports industry is always trying to take advantage of modern techniques to increase speed, agility, and strength. Athletes are extremely competitive and love to win. So, if that win is in the form of a pill or shake, they are taking it.

CBD is a very powerful anti-inflammatory, and athletes are reporting that it does wonders for post-workout muscle recovery. No wonder that there is an entire industry now growing with CBD infused shakes and pills to help speed up recovery. For that reason, we are thankful for CBD speeding up athletic recovery. If you want the purest most potent CBD Capsules, check out these ones in the store. This one from Sweat CBD was designed with recovery in mind. Check it out here.

There are many other reasons to be thankful for CBD, but we found the above to be the most prevalent. This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the activists and politicians working to decriminalize and legalize a plant that has been with us for centuries. And be thankful to the researchers and scientists progressing the healing effects of cannabinoids, such as CBD. Be thankful that we live in a country that laws are changed because of the will of the voters. And for that, we are thankful to the American people. Happy Thanksgiving 2018!

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Disclaimer: This article does not give any medical advice, but is communicating general publicly available knowledge about cannabidiol (CBD). Always consult your doctor before stopping, changing, or altering your daily medical regimen. 

Unbelievable! CBD Can Heal These 5 Illnesses

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So when the hype dies down, will the cannabidiol (CBD) market still be booming? Absolutely. That is because there is serious and sound scientific research currently underway. Just recently, the FDA approved Epidiolex, which is made of pure CBD, and recommended that the DEA reclassify the pharmaceutical to Schedule V instead of Schedule I. That is an obvious sign of where the industry is going.

All of this hard work done by grassroots activists; and now big pharma steps in to take the glory. But let’s not be bitter about this, because at the end of the day we want to give people the gift of healing. CBD in conjunction with other cannabinoids can do just that.

There are many scientific research projects focusing on the medicinal benefits of CBD. Here are 5 illnesses CBD can heal.

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There is a silver lining regarding the Epidiolex approval. Epidiolex is purified CBD, while products sold in stores like the CBD Online Store are CBD rich extracts with full spectrum cannabinoids. A new research report, which was released last month (September 2018), states that there are more benefits to CBD rich extracts over purified CBD products for the treatment of epilepsy. I am assuming, one is patentable (refined), and one is not (full spectrum cannabinoids). Nonetheless, it looks like the market will remain open for competition.

The results of efficacy in the studied population suggest that treatment with CBD-based products significantly reduces seizure frequency, even for this otherwise treatment-resistant population. According to the analysis of “reported improvement,” which means, any improvement reported in the selected papers, almost 2/3 of the patients had an observed reduction in seizure frequency (399/622, 64%), with individual studies rate ranging between 37 and 89% (Table 2; Figure 2). Notably, 6 out of 11 studies showed over 80% of the patients reporting improvement. There was a higher number of patients reporting improvement after using CBD-rich Cannabis extracts (318/447, 71%) than those treated with purified CBD (81/223, 36%), with valid statistical significance (p < 0.0001).

The authors of the report also concluded that “Apparently, CBD-rich Cannabis extracts are more potent and have a better safety profile (but not higher efficacy) than products with purified CBD.” So, there you have it, the products in our store are more beneficial, and likely cheaper than isolates.

CBD and Schizophrenia

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder that is debilitating. People diagnosed with schizophrenia may seem to others to have lost touch with reality and suffer from many hallucinations and delusions. In a study published in December of 2017,

After 6 weeks of treatment, compared with the placebo group, the CBD group had lower levels of positive psychotic symptoms (PANSS: treatment difference=−1.4, 95% CI=−2.5, −0.2) and were more likely to have been rated as improved (CGI-I: treatment difference=−0.5, 95% CI=−0.8, −0.1) and as not severely unwell (CGI-S: treatment difference=−0.3, 95% CI=−0.5, 0.0) by the treating clinician.

The authors of the report also concluded that “These findings suggest that CBD has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia. As CBD’s effects do not appear to depend on dopamine receptor antagonism, this agent may represent a new class of treatment for the disorder.”

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CBD and Anxiety

Everyone goes through some sort of anxiety in life, but some people have severe anxiety which can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening. There have been many pharmaceuticals on the market, such as Zoloft, but they always have side-effects and create more problems. A holistic approach to anxiety is welcomed, and research is showing that CBD can help.  A study published in March of 2017 stated,

Studies show that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety via 5-HT1A and (indirect) cannabinoid receptor activation in paradigms assessing innate responses to threat. There is also accumulating evidence from animal studies investigating the effects of cannabidiol on fear memory processing indicating that it reduces learned fear in paradigms that are translationally relevant to phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cannabidiol does so by reducing fear expression acutely and by disrupting fear memory reconsolidation and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear. Recent studies have also begun to elucidate the effects of cannabidiol on drug memory expression using paradigms with translational relevance to addiction. The findings suggest that cannabidiol reduces the expression of drug memories acutely and by disrupting their reconsolidation. Here, we review the literature demonstrating the anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol before focusing on studies investigating its effects on various fear and drug memory processes. Understanding how cannabidiol regulates emotion and emotional memory processing may eventually lead to its use as a treatment for anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.

Many people have reported immediate effects of CBD in regards to reducing anxiety. The rule is that the more severe the symptoms, the higher the dosage that is needed. Is there any other compound that can claim such overarching healing of many different ailmentsExosomes and microvesicles (EMV)?

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Cancer is a terrible disease that affects many families. Despite years of research, science is unable to find a complete cure. However, CBD is showing to be a promising compound in the fight against cancer. Some cancer cells emit what science calls Exosomes and microvesicles (EMV). Apparently, EMVs renders these cancer cells immune to chemotherapy. A recent study shows that CBD inhibits EMV release in cancer, making the cells more sensitive to chemotherapy. An excerpt of the abstract states,

Cannabidiol (CBD), a phytocannabinoid derived from Cannabis sativa, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and displays anti-proliferative activity. Here we report a novel role for CBD as a potent inhibitor of EMV release from three cancer cell lines: prostate cancer (PC3), hepatocellular carcinoma (HEPG2) and breast adenocarcinoma (MDA-MB-231). CBD significantly reduced exosome release in all three cancer cell lines, and also significantly, albeit more variably, inhibited microvesicle release. The EMV modulating effects of CBD were found to be dose dependent (1 and 5 μM) and cancer cell type specific. Moreover, we provide evidence that this may be associated with changes in mitochondrial function, including modulation of STAT3 and prohibitin expression, and that CBD can be used to sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy. We suggest that the known anti-cancer effects of CBD may partly be due to the regulatory effects on EMV biogenesis, and thus CBD poses as a novel and safe modulator of EMV-mediated pathological events.

Cannabidiol is truly amazing. It’s no wonder that the industry is projected to be worth $2.1 billion by 2020.

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CBD and Arthritis

Upon reaching old age, many individuals suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), which is a degenerative disease affecting joints. Symptoms include extreme pain and discomfort, and there has been a recent study on rats suffering from OA. The abstract of the study states,

In end-stage OA, CBD dose-dependently decreased joint afferent firing rate, and increased withdrawal threshold and weight bearing (P < 0.0001; n = 8). Acute, transient joint inflammation was reduced by local CBD treatment (P < 0.0001; n = 6). Prophylactic administration of CBD prevented the development of MIA-induced joint pain at later time points (P < 0.0001; n = 8), and was also found to be neuroprotective (P < 0.05; n = 6-8). The data presented here indicate that local administration of CBD blocked OA pain. Prophylactic CBD treatment prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in these OA joints. These findings suggest that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating OA joint neuropathic pain.

This is excellent news for sufferers of OA pain. Yes, the medicinal benefits of CBD are unbelievable. But even more incredible is that the federal government still classifies CBD as a Schedule I drug despite all this therapeutic evidence, or is it?

**Update: Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is not federally legal, which includes the extraction of hemp-based CBD. However, the FDA will still regulate CBD that is injected in food.**

More studies are being done to find out how else to use CBD for its potent anti-inflammatory effects. One thing is for sure though, CBD-rich extracts work better than CBD isolates, meaning the whole plant is needed for maximum therapeutic benefits.

The CBD Online Store is committed to increasing awareness of the medicinal benefits of CBD. All of our CBD products have been vetted by us and are verified for purity and potency by 3rd party laboratories.