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The Difference Between CBD & THC

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Compounds of marijuana simplified

Marijuana, hemp, cannabis, cannabinoids, CBD, THC… It can get a bit confusing if you don’t know what is what. The world of cannabis isn’t as complicated as you might think. We’re here to give you a rundown on the ins and outs of cannabis, starting with cannabinoids.

What are Cannabinoids?

First, we have to start off with what cannabinoids are. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that can be found in plants or in our bodies as neurotransmitters. Cannabis is a plant that contains many different types of cannabinoids. These can interact with your endocannabinoid system and have varying effects, some can make you feel high and others can make you feel relaxed.

The endocannabinoid system is a system in our body that is composed of endocannabinoids which are naturally made by our body. When cannabinoids enter our system, they bond with our endocannabinoid receptors which send signals to our body to react in different ways. The active and most well-known cannabinoids are CBD and THC.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that is found in cannabis. This particular cannabinoid can make you feel relaxed, help relieve anxiety, and reduce inflammation, all without making you feel high. This is why there are products that contain CBD but don’t give you the same high feeling as smoking or ingesting cannabis products. It’s used in oils, creams, drinks, and more.

What is THC?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, on the other hand, is the cannabinoid that makes you feel high. It can also help relieve pain, anxiety, and insomnia. It is a psychoactive compound so it can cause varying effects on the brain. It’s good to stay aware and be more careful when taking THC, especially if it’s your first time.

Both cannabinoids can be helpful on their own, but the combination of THC and CBD in cannabis provides the best results. There are different types of cannabis that have higher or lower amounts of each cannabinoid. This is where the terms marijuana and hemp come from.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a type of cannabis that has a higher level of THC in it rather than CBD. There are various strains of marijuana, like Sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains. Marijuana has been outlawed in the United States for years. It is only legal in a few states, including California.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is on the other end of the spectrum; it has higher amounts of CBD. If it does have THC, it is usually in very small amounts (less than 0.3 percent). However, hemp oil is NOT the same thing as CBD oil. Hemp needs to be grown in a clean and controlled environment in order to be considered safe. CBD still isn’t regulated by the FDA so you should be careful what type of hemp products you are purchasing.

And that is the world of cannabis! Now that everything has been broken down, we hope it is easier to understand the differences between all the terminology.
Cannabis has many positive effects and benefits

Cannabis Effects and Benefits

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The Benefits Are Endless

The interest has grown in cannabis since it has become legal in California and other states. Cannabis is now being sold recreationally and medically in the state of California. Anyone that is over the age of twenty-one has access to this plant. Research on the health benefits of cannabis is continuously growing. Here are five benefits of using cannabis:

1)      Chronic pain treatment

Cannabis can reduce chronic pain and improve the quality of life for those that suffer with it. Cannabis has cannabinoids which have been linked to the reduction of chronic pain. According to a patient survey on the therapeutic effects of cannabis, the average reported pain relief was sixty-four percent relative decrease in pain.

2)      Reduces nausea

CBD, a cannabinoid found in cannabis that doesn’t get you high, showed promise in alleviating nausea. Nausea can be caused by many things because it is a symptom. It’s your body telling you that something is wrong through your nervous system. Since cannabis interacts with our cannabinoid receptors and alters the signals in our brain, it could help block nauseous sensations.

3)      Improves sleep outcomes

THC, a cannabinoid found in cannabis, is known for inducing sleep. In a 2008 study, it was found that it reduces the amount of REM sleep you get, which means reducing dreams and potentially nightmares. If taken moderately and properly, cannabis could be used to help alleviate insomnia and improve quality of sleep.

4)      Stress and anxiety relief

Cannabis can help reduce stress and anxiety as well. Even though cannabis is known to induce anxiety, if used moderately and in the right way, it can help alleviate anxiety. In a patient survey conducted in Hawaii, fifty percent of respondents reported relief from stress and anxiety.

5)      Helps with ADHD/ADD

Cannabis might also help with ADHD by increase the availability of dopamine in the brain. ADHD is caused by a shortage of dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to memory and attention. The medications that are normally used to treat ADHD/ADD stimulate the production of dopamine, but they also interfere with the breakdown of it. Cannabis might be able to provide a way to treat ADHD/ADD without the adverse side effects if administered properly.

References

de Sola Llopis, S, Miguelez-Pan, M, Peña-Cassanova, J, Poudevida, S, Farré, M, Pacifici, R, Böhm, P, Abanades, S, Verdejo-Garcia, A, Zuccaro, P, de la Torre, R (2008 a). Cognitive performance in recreational ecstasy polydrug users: a two-year follow-up study. Journal of Psychopharmacology 22, 498–510.

Webb, C. W., & Webb, S. M. (2014). Therapeutic benefits of cannabis: a patient survey. Hawai’i journal of medicine & public health : a journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health73(4), 109–111.
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Does Massage Boost the Immune System?

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Activate Your Immune System

A new study conducted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, suggests that massage therapy can do more than just relax your muscles and help you feel better. It might also benefit your immune system since they found that people who get a massage show changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response.

According to the results of the study, massage may have caused a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and an increased number of lymphocytes, one of the three types of white blood cells. White blood cells are important in helping the body fight off infections and sickness. They play a large role in our immune system and keeping us healthy.

There has been more research on the effect of massage therapy on the immune system. Research shows that massage therapy may reduce anxiety, depressed mood, and anger as well. It may also increase dopamine and serotonin levels, based on a study conducted on breast cancer patients. These two hormones help with elevated moods and levels of happiness and satisfaction.

Lymphatic Drainage and its Benefits

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle, painless massage technique that stimulates the drainage of the lymph to the lymph nodes activating the body’s natural functions and is an essential part of your immune system. The lymph is a colorless fluid that bathes every cell in the body. The lymph is circulated by massage and physical exercise.  Many tissues depend on the lymph to provide nutrients and to carry off wastes. If the lymph does not circulate, the tissues suffocate while stewing in their own acidic waste products like uric acid and lactic acid. This can increase the chance of developing illnesses such as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a result of a toxic lymph system, which is now one of the most rapidly growing cancers in the United States.

Getting a lymphatic drainage helps:

·         Activate the immune system: by stimulating the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system, invasive toxins in the body are pushed towards the lymph nodes where they can be analyzed and destroyed.

·         Reduce levels of cortisol (the hormone of stress): cortisol is reduced when you receive a lymphatic drainage massage. As a result, you will feel immense relaxation as well.
·         Relieve pain: poor circulation can cause pain and swelling from excess fluid stored in wrong areas around the body. When the lymph nodes are activated and decongested the pain and swelling disappear.

These are benefits that affect not only the body, but also the mind. A lymphatic drainage treatment along with other healthy habits, helps you against seasonal viruses and allows you to feel more relaxed and healthier. That’s why it’s so important to keep your lymph system healthy.

Between 2017 and 2018, 19 percent of American adults received at least one massage according to the American Massage Therapy Association. The report states that most adults that went to get a massage got one because they wanted to relax or for health and wellness reasons. So, pampering yourself once in a while can also really help you build a stronger immune system.

Massage therapy is a growing industry with research on its benefits continuously being conducted. It’s a craft that people need to be trained in so they can help improve the lives of others.

If you are interested in learning more about massage therapy or becoming a massage therapist, click here to learn more about our programs and our massage school in San Diego.

References

American Massage Therapy Association. (2018) Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/infocenter/economic_industry-fact-sheet.html

Mark Hyman Rapaport, Pamela Schettler, and Catherine Bresee. (2010) The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1079-1088.

Hernandezreif, M. (2004). Breast Cancer Patients Have Improved Immune And Neuroendocrine Functions Following Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 45-52.
Cupping is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese with evidence dating back to Egyptians, Arabs, and the middle ages.

What is Cupping or Cupping Therapy?

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Cupping Therapy: An Ancient Healing Technique Still Present in the Modern Day

The Suction Cups (Bá Guàn 拔罐 in Chinese), is an ancient technique that comes from traditional Chinese medicine, cupping therapy basically consists in using suction cups that adhere to the skin at specific points by the vacuum that is created within them.

There is evidence that not only the Chinese used it but also the Egyptians, Arabs, Greeks and in Europe during the Middle Ages, they were built of bamboo, glass, clay, bronze. Today they are usually made of glass or plastic.

Suction cup massage and other application methods

Although formerly cupping suckers could be ceramic, clay or bamboo, nowadays they are made of glass or plastic (with or without valve). In glass, this vacuum is obtained following the traditional method: by lighting a piece of cotton inside it to perform the combustion of oxygen and thus generate the vacuum once the suction cup is placed on the skin. The professional can resort to different methods of application with their manipulation, according to the objectives of the treatment:

 

  • To free the body of toxins that circulate in the blood and lymph. This type of massage requires previously applying oil on the skin to easily slide the suction cup, which is usually plastic.
  • Application and rapid extraction or flash cupping: this method is usually done with glass suction cups and is recommended to apply specifically on the back, for purposes of pulmonary decongestion. It is based on the placement of a suction cup for 2 or 3 seconds on a specific point and its withdrawal with a rapid movement. The process is repeated until the tour of the entire area to be treated is completed.
  • Fixed suction cup or retained cupping: This technique is recommended to treat organic reflex areas at their reflex points in the back and also for the treatment of the points of maximum pain, the so-called trigger points, usually caused by severe contractures and structural blockages. It consists of leaving the suction cups on the skin for a few minutes, at specific points determined.
  • Suction cup bleeding or needing cupping: it is a recommended method to reduce tension in highly inflamed or congested areas of the body through a slight blood draw. The skin is gently punctured to then place the fixed suction cup until the body releases the necessary amount.(Al-Bedah, 2019)

 

Muscle, energy and circulatory benefits

The experience of professionals who apply cupping and that of the patients themselves who undergo it allows us to say that the application of this therapy entails numerous health benefits of various kinds, sometimes in a preventive and another rehabilitative manner. Among them, the following:

  • Increased blood and lymphatic circulation.
  • Decreased pain.
  • Detoxification of impurities.
  • Work on contractures.
  • Work at the energy level.
  • Stimulation of metabolism and defenses.
  • Relaxing, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
  • Debugging and myofascial release.
  • Strengthening tendons.
  • Improvement in disorders of the digestive system.
  • Reduction of allergy symptoms and chronic fatigue.
  • Evacuation of retained liquids.
  • Improvement in the absorption of edema. (Castro, 2018)

 

Role in sport and scientific evidence of cupping

After a cupping session, also known as cupping therapy, it is possible to reduce muscle pain and fatigue, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery. Hence, many high-performance athletes, such as athletes and Olympic swimmers, often use this technique to recover their physical condition quickly when they are in competition. In addition to resorting to it to eliminate contractures and prevent injuries.

A recent study on cupping, New is the well-forgotten old: The use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine ensures that there is initial scientific evidence on its effectiveness in reducing musculoskeletal pain. There are also works that underpin the validity of cupping therapy for back pain by stopping inflammatory processes. And postulates that recommend it when it comes to the autonomic nervous system and reduces pain. Now, it is true that new scientific papers are needed that provide more light on their real clinical and therapeutic effects. (Rozenfeld & Kalichman, 2015)

From the point of view of Western medicine, it is necessary to continue researching about this therapy and its scientific evidence. In this sense, professionals of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommend research aimed at standardizing protocols, types of suction cups, number of sessions and frequencies, etc. On the other hand, as it is an alternative therapy, the placebo effect may be at the origin of its benefits, since there are not enough studies to verify the number of benefits attributed to it.

What risks can the application of Cupping or suction cups have?

In the hands of an expert professional, the use of suction cups is a simple and meticulous job, without risk to the patient, who in turn will begin to feel the improvements he was looking for. However, it is advisable to convey security and confidence at all times, explain slightly what will be the method to be applied, tell you that you may feel some discomfort and warn you about the reddish appearance of the skin after the session. Normally, it shows circular welts or purple spots, the product of suction and blood flow congestion. But in a few days, these bruises disappear naturally.

Bibliography

Al-Bedah. (2019). The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine.

Castro. (2018). Cupping therapy and chronic back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. Elsevier.

Rozenfeld & Kalichman. (2015). New is the well-forgotten old: The use of dry cupping in musculoskeletal medicine. Beër Sjeva: Elsevier.

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8 Types of Massage

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Which Type of Massage Best Suits Your Needs?

There are over 80 types of massage and each one of them with its own unique characteristics and benefits. Being aware of the different kinds of massage techniques is important to help you choose the right massage technique for your body.

From helping with stress relief, injury recovery, to pain management, here are the main types of massage you can probably find near you:

1- Swedish massage

Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who:

are new to massage
have a lot of tension
are sensitive to touch

It can help release knots in the muscles, and it is a great choice for people who want to fully relax. The massage therapist moves the sheet properly to uncover only areas that they actively work on, like feet, back, legs, arms and head.

The massage therapist will use a combination of:

kneading
long, flowing strokes in the direction of the heart
vibration and tapping
passive joint movement techniques
deep circular motions

2- Hot stone massage

If you have muscle pain and tension or who simply want to relax, this type of therapeutic massage is very similar to Swedish massage, but the massage therapist uses heated stones instead of or in addition to their hands. Hot stone massage:

Eases muscle tension
improves blood flow
alleviates pain
promotes relaxation
relieves stress

During a hot stone massage, heated stones are placed on different areas around your whole body. Your therapist may hold a stone as they massage different parts of your body using Swedish massage techniques using gentle pressure. Sometimes cold stones are used as well.

3.Aromatherapy massage

Aromatherapy massages are good for people who want to have an emotional healing component to their massage. This kind of massage can help:

boost your mood
reduce stress and anxiety
reduce symptoms of depression
relieve muscle tension
relieve pain

Aromatherapy massages combine soft, gentle pressure with the use of essential oils. The massage therapist will usually decide which essential oils to use, but you can let them know if you have a preference. Essential oils are diluted before being applied to the skin.

4. Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than a Swedish massage. It’s good for chronic muscle problems, like soreness, injury, or imbalance. It can help relieve tight muscles, chronic muscle pain, and anxiety.

The massage therapist uses slow strokes and deep finger pressure during the massage to relieve tension from the deepest layers of muscles and connective tissues. This technique is a little bit more intense, but shouldn’t feel painful.

5. Sports massage

Sports massage is used to treat repetitive use injury to a muscle, that people normally get from playing sports. It also helps with the prevention of sports injuries. You may also use sports massage to increase flexibility and performance. Additionally, sports massage can be used to relieve pain, anxiety, and muscle tension.

A sports massage can be done as a full-body massage or the massage therapist may focus on the specific parts of the body that need the most attention. Deep pressure massage may be alternated with soothing strokes.

6. Cupping Therapy

Cupping is an alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction and increase blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This technique helps relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. The cups can be manipulated to help release fascial restrictions in the soft tissue.

7. Trigger point massage

Trigger point massages are suited for people with injuries, chronic pain, or a specific issue or condition. Sometimes areas of tightness in the muscle tissues, known as trigger points, can cause pain in other parts of the body. By focusing on relieving trigger points, this kind of massage can help reduce pain.

Trigger point massage uses broader, flowing strokes that are gentle and relaxing combined with stronger, deeper pressure. The massage includes work on the entire body, however, the therapist may focus on specific areas of the body that may need release.

8. Prenatal massage

Prenatal massage helps reduce pregnancy body aches, reduce stress, and ease muscle tension. It can be done at any time during pregnancy, however, women are advised not to have them in the first three months due to the risk of miscarriage.

Prenatal massage uses mild pressure and the therapist focuses on areas such as lower back, hips, and legs. During the massage, women lie on their side with pillows placed around them for support and comfort. If women report pain in their calves or other parts of the legs, they should see a doctor before getting a massage.

 

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10 Healthy Christmas Dish Ideas to End the Year Right

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Get Ready to Enjoy Eating Healthy During the Holidays!

 

The winter season is upon us and Christmas is right around the corner. It’s a time for giving, love, and FOOD.  Holiday meals don’t always have to leave you feeling like you’re going to fall into a food coma. Here are 10 Healthy Christmas dish ideas and recipes that you could try this season!

1)      Lemony Herb Roast Chicken

Need a main course dish? Chicken is a classic. Using herbs as the flavor can help enhance the dish while keeping it healthy for your holiday dinner.

2)      Roasted Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help with brain function. On top of that, it tastes pretty delicious when roasted in some good ol’ zest.

3)      Cauliflower “Couscous”

If you’re trying to avoid carbohydrates this Christmas, this cauliflower “couscous” is a great alternative! It has all the flavors of couscous without the actual couscous.

4)      Brussel Sprouts with Pickled Shallots and Hazelnuts

Brussel sprouts are high in fiber, vitamins, and more! Why not add them to your Christmas spread this year? This simple recipe will make the perfect side dish.

5)      Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes? Healthy? Well, what a happy surprise, mashed potatoes can be healthier than you think. Check our Sugar-Free Mom’s recipe that uses very little butter to make a healthy version of this classic dish.

6)      Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Whether you need a solid side dish or want a light main course, these tasty green beans work great. And they only take 15 minutes to make!

7)      Green Bean Casserole & Garlic Mushrooms

This recipe pulls a vegan twist on a classic holiday dish! This is a great option for those that are vegan or vegetarian.

8)      White Bean Vegan Mashed Potatoes

To continue the trend, here’s another vegan twist on an oldie but a goodie. Mashed “potatoes” without the potatoes!

9)      Rosemary Stuffed Mushrooms

If you need an appetizer, this dish is great! These mushrooms are stuffed with a cashew-based mix instead of cheese. It’s another vegan option for those that need it!

10)   Radiance Fruit Salad

Fruits are a great source of vitamins and can be just as tasty as any other dessert. Instead of opting for a cake or pie, you can make this fruit salad! It is filled with a variety of fruits that can be swapped out depending on availability.

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Is CBD a Miracle Drug?

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What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a drug that dates back thousands of years. Currently, scientists and doctors around the world are testing and confirming the therapeutic properties of CBD. A safe and non-addictive substance, CBD is one of the more than one hundred “Phytocannabinoids”, which are exclusive to cannabis and give the plant its robust therapeutic profile.
CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active Phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the psych activity for which cannabis is famous. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “high” or intoxicated. This is because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.
CBD can really decrease or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on the amount of each compound consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without psych activity, or with less very little of it.
The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent and non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an attractive treatment option for those who are cautious when trying cannabis for the first time. (World Health Organization, 2017)

CBD: the multiple molecules

Many people are looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals with severe side effects: medicine is more in tune with natural processes. By taking advantage of how we function biologically at a deep level, CBD can provide relief for chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, depression, and many other conditions.
Extensive scientific research largely sponsored by the US government, and the growing anecdotal accounts of patients and doctors, highlight the potential of CBD as a treatment for a wide range of diseases, including (but not limited to):
– Autoimmune diseases (inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis)
– Neurological conditions (Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Huntington’s chorea, stroke, traumatic brain injury)
– Metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity)
– Neuropsychiatric disease (autism, ADHD, posttraumatic stress disorder, alcoholism)
– Gut disorders (colitis, Crohn’s disease)
– Cardiovascular dysfunction (atherosclerosis, arrhythmia)
– Skin disease (acne, dermatitis, psoriasis).
CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective effects and its anti-cancer properties are being investigated in several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. A 2010 brain cancer study by California scientists found that CBD “increases the inhibitory effects of THC on the proliferation and survival of human glioblastoma cells.” This means that CBD makes THC even more potent as an anticancer substance. Also, in 2010, German researchers reported that CBD stimulates neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells, in adult mammals. (Russo, 2008)

How does CBD work?

CBD and THC interact with our bodies in various ways. One of the main ways they impact us is by mimicking and increasing the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids,” named for their similarity to the compounds found in the cannabis plant. These “endocannabinoids” are part of a regulatory system called “endocannabinoid system”
The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has significantly improved our understanding of health and disease. It has important implications for almost all areas of medical science and helps explain how and why CBD and THC are such versatile compounds, and why cannabis is a plant that greatly alters mood, despite its illegal status
The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a wide range of physiological processes that affect our daily experience: our mood, our energy level, our intestinal strength, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism. , how we experience pain, stress, hunger and more.
What happens if the endocannabinoid system does not work properly? What are the consequences of an overactive or poorly chronic endocannabinoid system?
In a word, the disease.
Cutting-edge science has shown that the endocannabinoid system is deregulated in almost all pathological conditions. Therefore, it is logical to think that “the modulation of the activity of the endocannabinoid system can have a therapeutic potential in almost all diseases that affect humans”, as suggested by Pal Pacher and George Kunos, scientists from the National Institute of Health ( NIH) from the USA UU., In a 2014 publication.
By modulating the endocannabinoid system and improving the tone of the endocannabinoid, the CBD and THC can slow or, in some cases, stop the progression of the disease. (Project CBD, 2019)

CBD pharmaceutical

There is much enthusiasm for the healing potential of CBD, with good reason.
But it was not until June 25, 2018, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized cannabidiol as a real medication by approving Epidiolex, a near-pure CBD pharmaceutical formulation, as a treatment for two serious pediatric seizure disorders, Lennox- Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
This was the first time since the time of madness of the devil’s lettuce 80 years ago, when “marijuana” became a crime instead of a cure, that the federal government had officially approved a cannabis-derived product.
In response to the FDA’s historic decision, the Drug Control Administration (DEA) announced in September 2018 that it had removed Epidiolex from the classification of List I, a category reserved for dangerous drugs with no medical value.
Henceforth, Epidiolex would be considered a drug in List V, the least dangerous designation under the Controlled Substances Act.
But the DEA kept cannabis and CBD itself in Annex I as an illegal narcotic. In the world, according to Uncle Sam, the pharmaceutical CBD is officially the only good cannabinoid, while the rest of the plant remains an “evil” herb.
Given the reputation of CBD as a popular artisanal remedy, one might think that Epidiolex would draw much attention off-label. After all, doctors often prescribe pharmaceutical products that are not on the label to treat conditions that were not the real focus of clinical trials. But the expensive price tag for Epidiolex (over $ 30,000 a year) excludes the prescription of the tag, as well as affordable access for tens of millions of Americans without health insurance.

CBD OIL

For those who cannot obtain pharmaceutical CBD, there are numerous online stores, community markets, coffee shops, health clubs, chiropractic offices, luxury boutiques and service stations that sell various products derived from hemp-derived CBD resin, including the isolates of pure CBD comparable in chemicals.
Epidiolex makeup.
CBD oil products and flowers with different levels of THC and CBD are also available for smoking or vaporizing in cannabis dispensaries in states that have legalized the herb for therapeutic use.
In response to massive consumer demand, a huge unregulated market for products derived from CBD resin reached a critical mass in 2018. A sudden increase in consumer interest in all things CBD was suddenly noteworthy with hosts of praise from athletes, movie stars, soccer moms and parents of desperately ill children.
CBD oil has been promoted as a cure for the sick and as a preventive for health, a multi-use palliative for both pets and people of all ages.
But along with a growing awareness of cannabidiol as a potential health aid, there has also been a proliferation of misconceptions about CBD and cannabis therapeutics. (FDA, 2019)

The challenge of CBD

CBD is a molecule, not a miracle. Many people could benefit significantly from legal access to a wide range of cannabis remedies, not just products with low THC content or without THC. CBD alone can’t always do the trick. There is convincing evidence that the CBD works best in combination with THC and the full spectrum of other cannabis components.
Discovering how to optimize the therapeutic use of cannabis is the driving force behind the great laboratory experiment in democracy known as medical marijuana that has been developed the state by state and country by country in recent years.
The arrival of potent cannabis oil concentrates, CBD-rich non-toxic products and innovative smoke-free delivery systems has transformed the therapeutic landscape and changed the public conversation about cannabis.
It is no longer about discussing whether cannabis has merit as an herbal medicine; Today, the key challenge is to discern how to use cannabis to obtain a maximum therapeutic benefit. Given their low-risk profile, many people are using CBD as a complementary therapy to their existing treatment plans.
But most health professionals know little about CBD or cannabis therapeutics and lack enough experience to properly advise patients regarding dosage, modes of administration, CBD / THC synergies and any risk factor, including interactions with other medications.
Instead, the responsibility has been in a community of self-sufficient patients, support families and a few pioneer doctors who have learned a lot through trial and error and shared information on how to navigate the promising pathways of cannabis therapy.
Instead, the responsibility has been in a community of self-sufficient patients, support families and a few pioneer doctors who have learned a lot through trial and error and shared information on how to navigate the promising pathways of cannabis therapy. (Tietjen, 2019)

Bibliography

Project CBD. (2019, 12 09). Science. Retrieved from www.projectcbd.org: https://www.projectcbd.org/science/how-cbd-works

Russo. (2008). Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain. Vashon: PMC.

World Health Organization. (2017). CANNABIDIOL (CBD) . Geneva: ECDD.

4 Reasons to Be Vegan

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Thinking of Going Vegan?

Following a vegan diet brings many health benefits. Vegan people have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared to people who eat meat. Studies have also shown that vegan people have a lower risk of cancer associated with our diet. They also have lower levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat on average. Although there are numerous benefits, there are also some aspects that must be taken into account to prosper.

Calories, protein, and fats

It is important for people who are trying to eat a vegan diet to include some foods high in calories and protein in order to feel satisfied.
Simply eliminating animal products from a common American diet will leave you with practically low-calorie foods such as salads, vegetables, and fruits. Eating only these foods can make you feel very hungry and weak, it will also leave you thinking that vegan eating is a very big challenge.
While severe protein deficiency is not something to worry about, not eating some high-protein foods can leave you craving animal products. Legumes (beans, peanuts, peas, lentils, soybeans), seitan and quinoa are the best sources of protein for vegans and vegans. Include some portions of these foods a day, including at each meal.
A very low-fat diet can improve people’s health in the short term, especially if they have high cholesterol levels, but it may not be ideal in the long term. If you are avoiding all the added fats and start craving products of animal origin, it may be time to increase vegetable fats. People tend to consider animal products as “protein,” especially meat, but they are mostly 50% fat.
In unusual cases, some vegans and vegans may not be consuming enough fats and calories to produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones (which are produced from cholesterol). Two studies have shown that these people have the same amount of sex hormones, but one report showed that vegan women have lower levels of estrogen.
Other reports provide evidence that low cholesterol cases can be a problem for those who lead this lifestyle. In these cases, increasing saturated fats, such as coconut oil, may improve some symptoms (such as increased libido or regulation of the menstrual cycle).
Even though the study is still preliminary, it seems that some people do not have genetics that work with a high carb diet. For such people, an eco-Atkins diet, high in vegetable protein such as soy meat, legumes, and seitan, might be a better option.
Lastly, if you have cravings for animal products, it may be because you have a strong preference for the taste of glutamate, known as umami. Some foods rich in umami are miso, tamari, ripe tomatoes, nutritional yeast, mushrooms, olives, balsamic vinegar, dried mushrooms, and sauerkraut. Roasting, caramelizing, browning and roasting increase the umami.

Four (important) reasons to be vegan

1. It’s good for the planet

Scientists say we should eat less meat immediately and change the way we manage the land to stop the climate crisis.
A report on climate change published by United Nations scientists in August said that eating less meat and reducing food waste could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and benefit our health and the environment.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which published the report, says that humans affect approximately 70% of the ice-free land on Earth, and the panel previously concluded that changing our diets could contribute 20% of the effort needed to prevent the global temperature rises by 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
Meat consumption is a major contributor to global warming: according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), agriculture is responsible for approximately a quarter of the world’s direct greenhouse gas emissions from mankind, and livestock contributes with approximately 14.5%.
Animal husbandry for food requires many resources and requires the production of food and fertilizers that produce greenhouse gases, not to mention methane that comes from cows.
Livestock also requires that the land be cleared: according to WWF, about 17% of the Amazon rainforest has been lost in the last 50 years, and most of the losses are due to the conversion of the forest to livestock.
Beef and soybeans are the main contributors to global deforestation, while the production of meat, dairy, poultry, and shellfish also contributes to habitat loss and water use, says WWF.

2. It could be good for your health

Many people adopt a vegan diet because of its health benefits. Following a plant-based diet may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, a study published in July suggested.
“We found that the consumption of plant-based diets was associated with, on average, a 23% reduction in diabetes risk,” said Dr. Qi Sun, associate professor in the Nutrition Department at Harvard TH School of Public Health Chan in Boston and lead author of the article published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
Meanwhile, another study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that sticking to a generally plant-based diet or a diet that includes more plant foods than animal foods could be associated with a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and up to 25 % less risk of premature death.

3. Animal welfare

Some people choose to be vegan for reasons of animal welfare: according to the animal rights organization of the United Kingdom Animal Aid, becoming a vegan “is one of the best things you can do to help end animal cruelty.”
Some refrain from eating meat because they disagree with the killing of animals. They may choose to adopt a completely vegan diet because they believe that the conditions in which animals are maintained to produce popular foods, such as meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and honey, contribute to the suffering of creatures.

4. Being vegan is easier than ever

Veganism may have once been seen as a hard-to-satisfy diet, but now restaurants offer vegan dishes and supermarkets are packed with plant-based alternatives in developed countries around the world. Those who still crave a quick meal are receiving answers to their prayers.
KFC launched a vegan hamburger in the United Kingdom in June, McDonald’s began offering meatless hamburgers in Germany, and in the US. In the US, Burger King announced that it was expanding the distribution of its popular meatless Impossible Whopper hamburger to 100 locations in the San Francisco Bay area.
Retail sales of plant-based foods in the United States have grown 11% over the past year, according to a July report by the Plant-Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports businesses’ vegetable origin. Barclays investment bank predicts that the alternative meat sector could reach around $ 140 billion in sales over the next decade, capturing approximately 10% of the global meat industry.

Is the vegan diet healthy for children?

The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium recommended that children, adolescents, pregnant women, and nursing mothers do not follow a vegan diet. Vitamins, including essential ingredients such as D and B12, calcium or even trace elements and essential nutrients for proper development are “absent from this diet,” according to MD. Casimir.
Isabelle Thiebaut, the co-author of the medical concept and president of a European organization for dietitians, said it is important to explain to parents about “weight loss and psychomotor delays, malnutrition, anemia” and other possible nutritional deficiencies caused by a vegan diet for children. If parents do not follow the new recommendation, children who continue a vegan diet should receive regular supplements, medical follow-up and blood tests, according to the academy.
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5 Benefits of Cannabis

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How This Medicinal Crop Can Help

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in California back in the latter half of 2016, more and more people have opened up to the idea of utilizing this ancient herb to bring relief from both mild and more serious health symptoms.
While there is significant research regarding the efficacy of medical marijuana and cannabis used as a healing crop, further studies need to be conducted in order for scientists – and in turn consumers – to better grasp the full extent of this plant’s abilities.
Not all people are keen, however, about turning towards marijuana for solutions. This crop has been highly stigmatized for decades, but with recent developments in legalization, cannabis is seeming like an even more viable option.
Currently, 33 states along with Washington D.C., recognize and allow the consumption of medical marijuana, and 11 states plus Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis recreationally. Considering that even 20 years ago the atmosphere surrounding cannabis was significantly different, we’d say this is massive progress.
While all individuals might not decide cannabis is their cup of tea, some doctors, particularly those with more alternative or holistic approaches, are implementing cannabis and its uses into their practices.
For those who reside in states where cannabis is legal either medically or recreationally, it may be worthwhile communicating with your doctor or certified health practitioner about adding medical marijuana into your treatment and symptom management plan.
While we are NOT stating that marijuana can treat or cure any of the following conditions, this article presents five potential benefits of cannabis along with what some research is saying.
But first, what is the makeup of the cannabis crop?

Better Understanding the Cannabis Crop

The cannabis plant said to carry medicinal properties and sold at dispensaries throughout the United States, is derived from the female species of a crop within the Cannabis genus. It is made up of colas, or collections of flower buds, which are then further broken down into individual buds. For cannabis crops that produce flower buds that are consumable and have the psychoactive properties typically linked with marijuana, there is a presence of trichomes, the resinous crystals that coat the buds of the plant.
Trichomes possess organic chemical compounds that give cannabis its altering properties. These organic chemical compounds are classified as either cannabinoids or terpenes. There are numerous terpenes existent in this world, and they can be found amongst many plants outside of just the cannabis crop. This compound is what gives each cannabis crop its distinct flavor and aroma.
Cannabinoids, on the other hand, are responsible for the typical effects cannabis normally has. These compounds are classified as major chemical ingredients of the marijuana plant, but it is one cannabinoid in particular that causes cannabis to be psychoactive. This cannabinoid is known as THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
For those who desire stronger intoxicating effects from their cannabis, the presence of a higher quantity of THC will typically produce that desired impact. The second most common cannabinoid present in the cannabis crop is CBD or cannabidiol.
CBD has become immensely popular over the course of the past few years, typically being sold in an extracted sublingual tincture. CBD does not possess intoxicating effects on its own, which is why CBD products without the presence of certain quantities of THC won’t get you “high”. Due to its lack of intoxicating qualities, many individuals prefer cannabis strains with higher CBD contents and lower THC contents, but this preference varies greatly from person to person.

5 Benefits of the Cannabis Crop

Now that you have learned some of the basics about the composition of the cannabis crop, let’s dive into five benefits of the plant.

1. It lessens and regulates seizures

While it is not cannabis specifically that is known for its properties of seizure reduction but actually one of its cannabinoids, CBD, there are cannabis strains available on the market with higher ratios of cannabidiol.
For those who intend to turn towards CBD for its anticonvulsant properties, a high dosage CBD oil tincture may be selected, preferably one that is organic and thoroughly lab tested for impurities.
Though the use of cannabis for seizures has been widely debated, an FDA approved drug called Epidiolex, which is derived from cannabidiol (CBD), is prescribed for the treatment of two types of epilepsy; Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

2. Helps with pain management

Many individuals opt for the use of cannabis to help with pain management, an option that does seem to be backed up by some scientific studies.
Ethan B Russo, for example, in the journal Pain Medicine states, “Acute reaction to dosing often produced a “sigh of relief” associated with pain abatement. This was accompanied by improvement in mood, a degree of relaxation, and a sense that while the pain might still be present, even unabated in intensity in some instances, rather it became tolerable…”
Additionally, many studies related to the efficacy of CBD specifically for the treatment of pain, are available to gain a deeper insight and understanding into how cannabidiol, a vital component of marijuana, does manage pain. A number of studies can be found here on the ProjectCBD database.

3. It might be able to aid in weight loss. 

Recently, various news sites began reporting on cannabis’s weight loss potential. As it turns out, some scientists have connected the cannabinoid THC (the one that also gets you “high”) with its ability to aid in weight loss.
Tom Clark, a researcher at Indiana University South Bend examined the results of seventeen studies involving nearly 156,000 people, discovering that those who consumed cannabis were lighter in weight than those who did not, with a 7 percent lower BMI, on average.
For those who aim to lose weight, cannabis might just be the option to turn towards.

4. Potentially stimulates appetite for a greater balance.

For those enduring the debilitating effects of a chronic illness or other serious condition, appetite loss is often an accompanying and unpleasant symptom.
Researchers studying cannabis’ effects on appetite stimulation, discovered that the plant has great potential for creating a more balanced state. Experts at Washington State University found that rats dosed with a specialized cannabis vapor possessed certain regions of the brain that shifted into a “hungry” mode, and they discovered that cannabis is able to turn eating behavior “on and off” in the body.
While it was already well known by many that cannabis could stimulate appetite potentially, this study provided greater insight into the ways in which it does so, allowing us to better understand marijuana and its connection with the inner biological world.

5. Potentially helps to manage ADD/ADHD. 

 
ADD/ADHD can be a challenging and at times can carry debilitating symptoms along with it. While there are many medications available meant to help balance the symptoms and create a greater structure for those who struggle with focus, productivity, and more, not everyone sees eye-to-eye with the consumption of such medicines. For this reason, natural alternatives are often a more suitable option for some.
Cannabis, along with one of its extracted cannabinoids, CBD, has the potential to help manage symptoms of ADD and ADHD, according to science.
In an article written about ADD/ADHD and its relationship to cannabis, Leafly reports “Dr. David Bearman, a figurehead of cannabis research, has studied the relationship between the cannabinoid system and ADHD and discovered potential therapeutic value as cannabinoids interact with the brain’s dopamine management systems.”
Additionally, ProjectCBD cites around ten other studies that dive into cannabis’ efficacy for the management of ADD/ADHD.
While more research is needed, the evidence that does seem to be appearing looks promising.

Final Thoughts on the 5 Benefits of Cannabis

While certainly we are not including all the available research for each of these categories, we hope this article has been able to provide you with a foundation for a few of the benefits of cannabis.
In the past decade primarily, many holistic health practitioners have begun included cannabis therapies into their practices.
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Our passionate and dedicated educators work hard to prepare their students for fulfilling careers in holistic health, tailoring each course to meet each individuals’ needs.
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Relieve Back Pain Through Massage

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What causes back pain?

Most people will experience back pain at least once in their life. Although this pain or discomfort can occur anywhere in the back, the most commonly affected area is the lumbar region. This is because it supports most of the body’s weight.
Lumbago is the second reason why Americans go to the health care provider. Lumbago refers to pain that is felt in the lumbar region. You may also have a stiff back, decreased movement of the lumbar region and difficulty standing straight. You will usually feel back pain first after lifting a heavy object, suddenly moving, sitting in a position for a long time, or suffering an injury or accident. Acute lumbago is most often caused by a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments that support the back. The pain can be caused by muscle spasms or strain or tear in muscles and ligaments and it can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Does dehydration influence back pain?

The intervertebral discs have an outer part that is strong but flexible and a gelatinous inner part, formed mostly of water. Daily activities dehydrate the disc and hydrate again at night while we sleep and lie. The outer ring absorbs 25% of the body weight and the inner part 75%. When there is an absence of water, the inner part becomes dehydrated and is not able to absorb the shock of the weight properly and causes the outer part to do this work stressing its structural integrity, causing protrusions and disc herniations over time.
Back pain can be a sign of lack of water in the spinal discs that are the shock absorbers that support the weight of the body. These discomforts should be treated by increasing the amount of water to drink. Tragedy: Not recognizing back pain as a symptom of dehydration in the joints and treating it with analgesics, massage, acupuncture and eventually surgery. Over time this will cause osteoporosis when the cartilage cells in the joints eventually die and cause a deformation of the spine, which will lead to the physical inability of the lower limbs.
Dehydration can cause muscle pain, headache, lethargy and drowsiness, nausea and tingling in the extremities. Our body is largely water, just losing 2% can cause a headache, since it can appear by not drinking enough water during the day. In addition to headache with the loss of 2%, it can also reduce memory, have concentration problems, general fatigue, so it would also cause back pain.

How to relieve back pain with only breathing?

It is a simple and practical technique that can help you reduce back pain and, therefore, can be considered as a method to achieve relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety or simply reduce back pain. The key is to properly maintain proper posture during inspiration and expiration.
The exercise consists of lying down, sitting or, just standing but with a straight back trying to maintain the neutral positions of our body. The human body has a “transverse abdomen” muscle (a kind of girdle that lines from the spine to the dawn line, the one below the belly button). It is a very important muscle for lumbopelvic balance and, consequently, for the entire spine. Its main function is to stabilize our posture to protect the lower back and also acts by compressing the viscera of the abdomen. It is an intrinsic muscle of the spine and it is also an exhaling muscle which means that it can be detected when the air is expelled. The importance of exhaling all the air is that the transverse has to contract as much as possible. The contraction exercises of the mentioned muscle are a good basis to protect the lower back. In some people with low back pain, alterations in these reflex mechanisms and different breathing patterns (from those of healthy people) have been found in efforts. Training and coordination of the inspiratory musculature (diaphragm and deep abdominals) could help improve back pain. Breathing is, therefore, among others, an exercise against back pain.
In addition, good and adequate training of our respiratory capacity will improve the mobility, flexibility, and stability of our spine. After a period of adaptation to training, with the consequent increase in tidal volume and respiratory rate during physical activity there will be an increase in expiratory time, which benefits us, because increases in inspiratory time mean a sustained contraction of the diaphragm and other inspiratory muscles, while a reduction in expiratory time would mean less rest and recovery for these inspirers and therefore higher energy cost of ventilation and early fatigue on the inspirers.

Ayurvedic Massage

Developed in India as part of an ancient medicine system that emerged more than 3,000 years ago, Ayurvedic massage focuses on specific energy points within the body and uses essential oils to help relieve stress and maximize relaxation. Massage therapists can also use tuning forks, which vibrate at particular frequencies and can help release tension. Ayurvedic massage is different from many other techniques since the patient is seen as a complete person. Massage is not only physical: it also relieves the emotional burden that leads to the tension that accumulates in the first place.

Deep tissue massage

This last technique is self-explanatory. Advocates believe that by using a lot of sustained pressure, they can reach areas under the skin where pain and discomfort originate. While traditional massage uses light to moderate pressure and focuses on the level of the skin, deep tissue may be momentarily uncomfortable as the massage therapist enters the muscular area, but it can help a lot in the long run.

Conclusion

Finally, it is important to note that, unlike many other medical conditions, the experience of pain in the lower back tends to be different for many people. For example, two people may have exactly the same condition, but for one it is disabling and for the other, it is just a nuisance. In fact, for most people, an abnormality of the spine (such as disc degeneration that can be seen through an MRI) is painless. In addition, there are other factors – psychological, emotional and economic – that often contribute and influence a person’s experience with their pain in the lower back.