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How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

How CBD Can Help with Panic Attacks and Anxiety

WHAT IS AN ANXIETY OR PANIC ATTACK?

An anxiety attack or a panic attack feels like a sudden intense fear accompanied by symptoms of, a racing heart, sweating, shortness of breath, tingling, and feelings of being out of control, to name a few.

THE CLINICAL DESCRIPTION

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, defines panic attacks as: A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.

The DSM-5 suggests there is a difference between anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

The differences are an anxiety attack has mild symptoms, is of short or long duration, and the symptoms come on gradually whereas a panic attack has intense symptoms, is short in duration, and symptoms come on suddenly.

DOES CBD REALLY HELP WITH PANIC ATTACKS?

A study was done on CBD and fear of public speaking, a fear that most people will admit is commonly accepted to increase anxiety. In this study, a single dose of 300 mg. CBD decreased anxiety in healthy test volunteers.

Another study showed that after 600 mg. of CBD, there was a significant reduction in anxiety during public speaking. These results have been encouraging, leading to further studies on the effects of CBD and panic disorders.

WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR MY PANIC ATTACK?

When you experience an anxiety or panic attack, it is a highly unpleasant experience, and having the right information, help, and support is important. The more resources you have and the more you learn about how to manage it, the better. CBD may play a role in relieving the symptoms for some, but it is not a cure and should not be your only tool for managing a panic attack.

If you have a medical condition, this can contribute to panic attacks either from the condition itself or the stress it places on the body. Always consult your health care professional on the best course of action before taking CBD.

Feeling better and managing stress can simply be a matter of practice. When you begin to recognize you are having an anxiety or panic attack, give your body a chance to calm down. Go to a quiet place, take some slow deep breaths, close your eyes and turn down the noise inside your head. You can listen to soft music or a guided meditation.

Decide that you will be better and that you are managing it well. Get in touch with your body by allowing the feeling to be present, then feel or imagine it is leaving your body in whatever way feels good or right to you. Know that you will make it through, and you are doing well.

Once it has passed, begin to change your focus; rather than focusing on the anxiety attacks that have occurred, journal your progress on how successfully you have overcome them. Write down what you did and the changes that took place. This can reinforce all the positive changes you are making.

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Humboldt County permanently bans hemp cultivation

Legendary California marijuana-growing region Humboldt permanently bans hemp cultivation

By Hemp Industry Daily staff

A renowned marijuana-growing county in northern California’s Emerald Triangle, Humboldt County, has permanently banned outdoor cultivation of low-THC hemp varieties.

The unanimous vote by the county Board of Supervisors last week comes after marijuana interests in the area argued that hemp could send male pollen onto higher-THC varieties and depress cannabinoid levels, the (Eureka) Times-Standard reported.

Humboldt County has had a temporary moratorium on outdoor hemp cultivation since 2018.

Ross Gordon, policy director for the Humboldt County Grower’s Alliance, told the county board of supervisors that the county’s hemp moratorium should be made permanent because of the “many risks that industrial hemp poses to the cannabis industry here.”

(California defines cannabis as only Cannabis sativa plants above 0.3% THC, excluding all low-THC varieties of the plant.)

Many California counties ban or limit hemp cultivation in order to reduce cross-pollination conflicts between marijuana and hemp growers. Humboldt is the first to make its ban permanent.

The vote sparked immediate dismay from the state’s hemp operators.

Humboldt County’s ban may be amended to allow noncommercial hemp research by colleges and universities, the county planner told the board of supervisors.

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Part 2 of the 4 part series

Part 2 of the 4 part series:

The Difference between

Marijuana and Hemp Plants

What is the difference between hemp oil and CBD?

The confusion and lack of awareness of what CBD is, what hemp oil is, what hemp products are, and what CBD products are have caused the industry many problems, and incorrect information for both the sellers and the consumers.

Cannabinol (CBD for short)

There are two classifications for the cannabis plant that produces CBD: hemp and marijuana.

CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

CBD is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant that provides potential wellness benefits

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant.

Hemp oil

Like CBD—Hemp seed oil will not get you high.

Hemp oil is made from cold-pressing the seeds of the hemp plant to extract the oil.

Hemp oil is NOT CBD. Hemp oil is a carrier oil. A carrier oil is used to mix with or dilute the essential oil ( in this case, CBD) to “carry” the oil to the body, either transdermal or internally.

When you purchase a CBD tincture-oil, you get CBD in a carrier oil, not a full bottle made up of and filled exclusively and entirely of CBD.

CBD tincture-oils are made from CBD, and the hemp (carrier) oil, extracted from the hemp seeds. CBD + Carrier Oil = Finished Product.

Other Types of Carrier Oils

A CBD tincture-oil product can have a carrier oil of hemp seed, MCT oil (coconut), avocado, olive oil, or other types of topical or ingestible oils.

CBD is NOT hemp oil, and hemp oil is not CBD. 

Visit the product page to learn more

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. The celebration of love, the deepest longing in the human heart. Our quest for a divine feeling of the blissfulness of love, caring, friendship, and understanding from and for others. Elusive, crazy, hypnotic, wild, exhilarating, etc. etc. etc. (you know the feeling) LOVE!

Perhaps most of us think of romantic love on Valentine’s day, and that closeness and intimacy is beyond compare and is indeed worth celebrating. But let’s stop to appreciate the many ways that love takes form. To glimpse what is beautiful in the world, to capture the mood of the sunset in our heart, to silently nurture our self by basking in the joys that delight us, to follow the path that enriches our life and brings ecstasy to our spirit, is also love. 

Last year was filled with pain, but at last, the flowers will bloom again, and our sad, lonely, quarantined existence will emerge victoriously. Victorious from the hatred, the violence, the injustice to be intoxicated by love, peace, hope, and dreams.

Love is transformative. It will instantly transform all that it touches. On this Valentine’s day, love everyone, the wise, the ignorant, friends, enemies because love is concealed in some and revealed in others. We must love. That is all there is.

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Part 1 of a 4 part series The Difference between Marijuana and Hemp Plants

Part 1 of a 4 part series:

The Difference between

Marijuana and Hemp Plants

What is the difference between a marijuana plant and a hemp plant?

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Marijuana and hemp are from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa.

As a simplified example, take our pets for instance— say you have a Labrador and a German Shepard, they are both canines but they are different breeds. It’s the same with Cannabis Sativa. Both marijuana and hemp are both Cannabis sativa.  However, both plants are genetically distinct forms of cannabis. This distinction is made by their chemical composition, various methods for cultivating and of course their use.

The Statutory Definition of Hemp

“The plant cannabis sativa L and any part of the plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not with a delta-9  tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis”. (section 297A of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA)).

The Statutory Definition of Marijuana

“All parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., weather growing or not; the seeds there of; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound manufacture, salt, derivative, next year, or preparation of such plant, it’s seeds or resin. Such term does not include them in short stocks of such plant, fiber produced from such stocks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, Manufacture, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stocks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of gemination.”  (21 U.S.C.802(16))

Will I get high from hemp?

Marijuana is bred for high levels of TCH found in the buds/flowers of the plant.

There is no threshold on the amount of THC in marijuana. Hemp must not contain more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis. The conclusion is the minuscule amount of  THC in hemp will not produce any psychoactive effects.  In other words, marijuana gets you high and hemp will not.

Size of the plants

Hemp plants are tall and leafy. Stalks are from 10-15 feet and 6-9 feet for seed

Marijuana plants are 4-8 feet for flower

Differences in their genetic makeup

The term industrial hemp dates back to the 1960s

and generally refers to cannabis varieties that are grown primarily as an agricultural crop, such as seeds and fiber and byproducts such as oil, seed cake, and hurds. Hemp is generally characterized by plants that are low in delta-9 THC, the dominant psychotrophic compound in Cannabis sativa. In addition to its low THC content, hemp generally has high levels of CBD, the primary non-psychotropic compound in Cannabis sativa.  

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CBD for Athletes: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

CBD for Athletes: What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol

Written by: Chris Carmichael
CEO/Head Coach of CTS

Athletes put a lot of stress on our bodies, to positive and negative effect. Training stress stimulates adaptation and increased performance, but physical trauma and prolonged wear and tear also lead to injuries and pain. Current methods of pain management are effective, but they’re also killing people. In search of improved sports recovery and safer pain relief, many people are asking about cannabidiol or CBD for athletes. Should you?

Chronic use of over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e. NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses greater health risk than previously known, and we are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses that kill tens of thousands of Americans annually. In such a landscape, athletes are rightly curious about and eager for cannabidiols’ (CBD) promises of pain relief and reduced inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs or opioids.

Are CBD products right for you? There’s a lot here to unpack and consider, so get comfortable and read on.

Yes. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition. (Here is the 2020 WADA Prohibited List.) The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) did the same, and they provide a “Marijuana FAQ” page to clarify the rules. There is an important caveat: ONLY CBD was removed from the prohibited list. The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, is still prohibited in competition, as are synthetic cannabinoids. The specific wording is: “All natural and synthetic cannabinoids are prohibited, e.g.: In cannabis (hashish, marijuana) and cannabis products. Natural and synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols (THCs). Synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of THC. Except: Cannabidiol.”

Interestingly, WADA set a urinary threshold of 150 nanograms per milliliter for THC, which is substantially more lenient than the previous limit of 15 nanograms per milliliter. The higher threshold is designed to lower the risk of an athlete testing positive due to casual use outside of competition. A USA Today article in 2016 quoted Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA as saying, “Our information suggests that many cases do not involve game or event-day consumption. The new threshold level is an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition.”

As for legality outside of sports, that’s a whole different matter. The federal, state, and local legality of cannabis and related products is constantly evolving. Check the laws in your area.

CBD Basics

Athletes can legally consume cannabidiol, but what is it, what does it do, and why would you use it?

To begin with, cannabinoids already exist in your body. Scientists have identified what they call the endocannibinoid system (ECS) that modulates the activity of neurons. (9) Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid found naturally in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, which is also found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive.

Beyond that, scientists understanding of how the ECS works and how CBD influences it is still evolving. For a long time, research in this area was hard to complete due to the legal status of marijuana. However, based on recent studies and 2018’s The Essentials of Pain Medicine, Fourth Ed., here are the basics (5).

Within your nervous system, two endocannabinoids (2-AG and EAE) are produced in postsynaptic neurons (downstream) and released into the synapse. They bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors on the presynaptic neuron (upstream) and act to inhibit the release of certain neurotransmitters. For instance when CBD is used to treat epilepsy, it may reduce seizure activity by – in part – reducing the buildup of glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter.

CB1 receptors are found throughout the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues. CB2 receptors are as well, but more of them are found in immune system tissues. CBD binding to CB1 receptors has a greater effect the central nervous system, and CBD binding to CB2 receptors has a greater effect on reducing inflammation.

The primary purpose of the ECS appears to be maintaining homeostasis, which it does by keeping neurotransmitter levels in check. Consuming CBD could be thought of as supplementing or increasing the activity of your body’s existing endocannabinoid system.

As an athlete you apply greater stress to your body, leading to pain and inflammation greater than what your endocannabinoid system can handle. Adding exogenous CBD may help this overloaded system get your neurotransmitters back under control and help athletes maintain homeostasis.

6 Benefits of CBD for Athletes

Relieve Pain

Studies have shown cannabis (mostly THC and far less CBD) is effective for reducing pain, including musculoskeletal pain from exercise, as well as stiff joints. (5) There is little research on CBD alone or a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. This is an area where anecdotal evidence and biological plausibility are the best we have until research catches up. Despite the lack of hard evidence, CBD does appear to relieve pain effectively for many athletes.

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CBD Isolate

CBD ISOLATE

CBD Isolate

CBD was first isolated in 1940 by Roger Adams, and the stereochemistry was identified by Raphael Mechoulam in 1963. CBD isolate is the purest, filtered form of CBD and CBD only.  CBD isolate is an alternative to a full-spectrum or a broad-spectrum CBD product. It may be of interest to you if you would like to try CBD without ingesting even small amounts of THC. CBD isolate has many wellness benefits. It has been reported to relieve anxiety, reduce stress, help with restful sleep, and reduce inflammation.

CBD Isolate or Full spectrum

Isolate or Full-Spectrum

CBD isolate has taken a back seat lately to the full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Because both the full and the broad-spectrum products contain all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant (minus the THC in broad-spectrum), they have been deemed more beneficial. This benefit has become known as the “entourage effect.” The entourage effect refers to the increased effectiveness of these products due to all the cannabinoids working synergistically. Therefore, it has become accepted that the full and broad-spectrum products are more effective than the isolate. But is it true?

The CBD isolate is much harder to manufacture; when the hemp plant undergoes the extraction process to remove cannabinoids, all of the plant’s compounds are extracted. This means, in order to isolate the CBD and separate it from any of the other compounds takes more work. The fact remains the CBD isolate is the purest and most potent form of CBD. It can contain up to 90% cannabidiol. There is absolutely no risk of any psychoactive effects, and therefore no way to test positive on a drug test. Keep in mind that the FDA approved drug Epidiolex is a nonsynthetic, a CBD oil isolate extracted directly from the cannabis plant, and only contains purified CBD

Isolate may be best for you if you have sensitivities to THC or any of the other cannabinoids. If you must undergo drug testing or if your state has strict THC laws.

The only way to know what works best for you is to experiment with both. Don’t assume the whole plant entourage effect is right for you. The only way to really know is to try each one and measure the effectiveness for yourself.

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Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. Early research is promising regarding the ability of CBD oil to help relieve anxiety.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t cause any feelings of intoxication or the “high” you may associate with cannabis.

Learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil for anxiety, and whether it could be a treatment option for you.

How CBD works

The human body has many different receptors. Receptors are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to your cells. They receive signals from different stimuli.

CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively.

The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety.

The conventional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as sertraline (Zoloft) or fluoxetine (Prozac). SSRIs are only available by prescription.

Some people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD instead of an SSRI. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

Research and Evidence

Several studies point to the potential benefits of CBD for anxiety

For generalized anxiety

For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats.

Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.

More research needs to be done, specifically on humans and GAD.

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For other forms of anxiety

CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.

In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.

Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

For other neurological disorders

CBD has also been studied in other neurological disorders

A 2017 literature review on CBD and psychiatric disorders concluded that there isn’t enough evidence to tout CBD as an effective treatment for depression.

The authors did find some evidence to suggest that CBD could help with anxiety disorders. However, these studies were uncontrolled. This means that the participants weren’t compared to a separate group (or “control”) that might have received a different treatment — or no treatment at all.

Based on their review, more human tests are needed to better understand how CBD works, what the ideal dosages should be, and if there are potential side effects or hazards.

2016 studyTrusted Source found that CBD can have antipsychotic effects in people with schizophrenia. Moreover, CBD doesn’t cause the significant debilitating side effects associated with some antipsychotic drugs.

Dosage

If you’re interested in trying CBD oil for your anxiety, talk to your doctor. They can help you figure out a starting dosage that’s right for you.

However, the nonprofit National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) does advise that very few commercially available products contain enough CBD to replicate the therapeutic effects seen in clinical trials.

In a 2018 study, male subjects received CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that an oral dose of 300 mg, administered 90 minutes before the test, was enough to significantly reduce the speakers’ anxiety.

Members of the placebo group and study subjects who received 150 mg saw little benefit. The same was true for subjects who received 600 mg.

The study only looked at 57 subjects, so it was small. More research, including studies that look at female subjects, is needed to determine the appropriate dosage for people with anxiety.

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CBD as a Therapeutic Option

CBD as a Therapeutic Option

We are beginning a love affair with CBD as a therapeutic option. The conversation is no longer about will medical marijuana work but how to use CBD for maximum therapeutic benefit.

Currently medical marijuana patients are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, arthritis, PTSD, brain injury, schizophrenia, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis,  and others . There are Academic studies underway now in the United States and elsewhere to learn about the effects of CBD on these and other ailments.

Preclinical research and clinical studies have shown that CBD can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s from brain cells. The current research studies are showing that CBD has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.

Which is better CBD or Marijuana?

Cannabidiol and THC interact synergistically. CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while lessening THC’s psychoactivity. CBD can also take the edge off the adverse effects caused by too much THC. The bottom line is CBD broadens the range of conditions treatable with cannabis, such as liver, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, which may be less responsive to THC-dominant remedies. CBD and THC both stimulate neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells, in adult mammals.

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A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

A Better Nights Sleep Starts with CBD

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According to the American Sleep Association:

Nearly 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, with 30% of adults experiencing short-term insomnia

About 10% of people have long-lasting insomnia

Almost 40% of people report accidentally falling asleep during the day

About 5% report falling asleep while driving

35% of people are getting less than the needed seven hours of sleep to maintain good health. 37% of people age 20-39 are reporting sleeping less, while 40% of people age 40–59 are getting very little sleep, and report waking up frequently during the night.

To address this, Americans have spent an estimated $41 billion on sleeping aids and drugs; this number is expected to jump to $52 billion by the end of 2020.

How can CBD help with insomnia?

Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid system plays a role in maintaining the circadian rhythms. Some research has shown that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep/wake cycle. 

CBD is has shown in some studies to reduce anxiety and pain, which can interfere with a good nights sleep. By helping with these underling issues it can contribute to a relaxing sound-sleep.

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