CBD

Anxiety & Depression. Using CBD for a Happy Go Lucky Life!

Hi!   Get a little anxiety from time to time?  Who doesn't! Living with it daily, is a problem.

I'm staying outside the spiritual and mindfulness  self assessment path on this post - and strictly focusing on the healing benefits of the medicinal plant world that we rely on and share a rich existence with.  

General Anxiety an depression is at all ages and ranges, and has put mental health awareness on the rise.  

Life events, work stressors to menopause hormonal shifts easily effects our brains activity level - in which holds us back from living life at it's best. 

I recently ran across some stressful U.S. statistics:

  • 48% of people say stress and anxiety has a negative effect on their life and work.
  • 78% experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73% experience psychological symptoms.
  • 48% say stress has increased for them in the last 5 years.

if you’re one of those people, cannabinoid medicine
might be able to help you
.

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What Is CBD, and How Does It Work?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found exclusively in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. Because of its increasing evidence of its numerous health benefits. One benefit seen from many of our CBD users, is the experience of less anxiety.

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Getting Happy - Go - Lucky.     
How tho?  

Experts believe that it reduces anxiety by influencing what’s going on in your brain. Your brain is an astoundingly complex system that controls every interaction in your body.  Every thought and feeling you have is the result of its billions of nerve cells and chemicals, which are constantly interacting together.

Usually, all these chemical reactions go smoothly and you feel happy and healthy, but sometimes the chemicals cause feelings that you don’t want, like anxiety. Experts believe that when this happens, CBD can be used to change the chemistry in your brain and throughout your body, and get things running smoothly again.

Those who had taken cbd experienced significantly less anxiety and discomfort than those who received the placebo.

Evidence: The anecdotal evidence on CBD is abundant, which has brought many men and women to a fork in the road of choosing CBD a try for their anxiety

Receptor Systems in the Brain

>> The brain contains large numbers of highly specialized cells called neurons.

>> Each neuron connects to many others through structures called synapses.

>> These are sites where one neuron communicates to another by releasing chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters.

A neuron’s sensitivity to a specific neurotransmitter depends on whether or not it contains a receptor that “fits” that transmitter.  If a neuron contains receptors that match a particular neurotransmitter, then it can respond directly to that transmitter. All neurons contain multiple neurotransmitter receptors, allowing them to respond to some neurotransmitters but not others.

Plant Medicine & Receptors

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Brain receptors are not only sensitive to neurotransmitters produced naturally within the brain, like dopamine or serotonin, but also chemical messengers produced outside the body, such as plant cannabinoids like THC or CBD.

So when you ingest an edible or tonic, the components travel through your bloodstream, and enter your brain. Once they arrive, these plant-derived compounds influence brain activity by interacting with receptors on neurons. But they don’t interact with all neurons, just the ones that have the appropriate receptors.

CBD and the Receptor Systems [and the misconceptions]

Although it is a cannabinoid, CBD does not directly interact with the two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).  Instead, it affects signaling through CB1 and CB2 receptors indirectly. This partly explains why, in contrast to THC, CBD is non-intoxicating. In addition to its indirect influence on the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD can increase levels of the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down.

Even more intriguing: CBD also influences many non-cannabinoid receptor systems in the brain, interacting with receptors sensitive to a variety of drugs and neurotransmitters.  

CBD & Opioids

These include opioid receptors, known for their role in pain regulation. Opioid receptors are the key targets of pharmaceutical pain killers and drugs of abuse such as morphine, heroin, and fentanyl.

CBD can also interact with dopamine receptors, which play a crucial role in regulating many aspects of behavior and cognition, including motivation and reward-seeking behavior.

This raises the intriguing possibility that CBD’s ability to influence either opioid or dopamine receptors may underlie its ability to dampen drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, effects directly relevant to the treatment of addiction.

CBD and a Happy Serotonin System

CBD’s ability to target a specific serotonin receptor, the serotonin 1A receptor, is associated with a remarkable range of therapeutic possibilities.

Professor Roger Pertwee, a pharmacologist from the University of Aberdeen, spoke with Leafly about this aspect of CBD biology.

“It’s apparent ability to enhance the activation of serotonin 1A receptors supports the possibility that it could be used to ameliorate disorders that include: opioid dependence, neuropathic pain, depression and anxiety disorders, nausea and vomiting (e.g. from chemotherapy), and negative symptoms of schizophrenia,” he said. “One big unanswered question is what the human clinical relevance and importance of each of these potential therapeutic uses of CBD, identified solely by examining data from non-human preclinical research, actually is.”

CBD Partnering with Complex Pharmacology

Understanding CBD’s neurological effects is a complicated business, because of the wide variety of receptors with which it interacts.  But that complexity may be the key to its promise as a therapeutic agent.

Motivational disorders like addiction and anxiety are themselves highly complex; they arise from incompletely understood causes that span multiple receptor systems and neural networks in the brain. CBD’s complex, multi-target effects may therefore be crucial to its potential for aiding the treatment of such disorders. Over the coming years, researchers will continue to further understand this complexity and uncover the full scope of CBD’s therapeutic potential.

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So How Do I Use It?

Unfortunately, since CBD hasn’t been officially approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for anxiety, there are no official guidelines on how to use it if you decide to do so. Most experts recommend starting with a low dose, and working your way up slowly, taking note of how it makes you feel. Everybody reacts differently to CBD

Studies state 300-600mg per day brings relief.  

A lot of people do seem to be finding their own sweet spot. In a 2017 survey of 2,400 people from the medicinal cannabis community, researchers found that the majority use CBD products, and the most common medical condition they are using it for is anxiety.

Most of the CBD-users in this study reported that CBD works very well, with 42 percent saying that they have actually stopped using traditional medications now that they use CBD. Great news!

As noted, research validates that starting with 300-600mg can benefit the user. From my experience, this is good starting place to begin building on your specific needs.  Most likely, the body's not just experiencing "anxiety." Theres a root origin that intertwines a myriad of physiological and mental symptoms together.  So in conclusion, as an adaptogen like compound, the receptors feed what is most deficient first.  

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.What About the Risks?

The good news is that despite the lack of FDA approval, people commonly take CBD for anxiety and a wide range of other health and wellness benefits, and negative side effects don’t seem to be too common.

Many people prefer CBD—clinically tested or not—to other common anti-anxiety drugs since these other options can cause some fairly unpleasant side effects; things like confusion, muscle weakness, and vomiting. Anti-anxiety medications can also be very addictive. In one 2017 review researchers conclude that the potential side effects of CBD are generally much more tolerable than those from alternative medications.

Here are eight lifestyle antidotes to be aware of when addressing anxiety and stress:

Keep your relationships strong. You may have 1,000 Facebook Friends and 500 LinkedIn connections, but do you have at least a few close relationships with people who care about you and whom you trust? These are people where you have regular interactions in more than 140 character sound-bites: where you speak about what’s really going on with you and find support and encouragement.

Resolve conflicts quickly. Do you have unresolved relationship tension that’s causing stress? Are you holding a grudge? Maybe it’s time to deal with these and move on. Trying to avoid relationship challenges is usually more draining long-term than having that difficult but needed conversation now.

Don’t worry. Worrying is stressful. It saps energy, life, creativity and resilience. We all worry; the key is not getting stuck there. There are several ways out:

Ask for help. One way out of worry may involve asking a boss, mentor or co-worker for advice or for a hand in getting something done. Or maybe you find yourself taking too long to complete a task because you’re over-analyzing it. If so, collaborate with a “doer” to help you get to decision and action. Delegate. Pray. Or all of the above.

Be thankful. It is amazing how remembering to be grateful can positively shift perspective and reduce worry and stress. How might you develop and maintain an attitude of gratitude?

Stay positive. With bad news, difficult circumstances, Debbie Downers and Doug and Wendy Whiners all around us, focusing intentionally on the good can be like swimming upstream. Get time with positive people. And mix inspirational reading and reflection into your day so your thought life and attitude isn’t governed purely by your intake of news and entertainment.

Do what’s important. Some of us are addicted to busyness; and it’s easy to get busy with stuff that’s not really important. Clarifying what is important and where we really want to say “yes” makes it easier to say “no” to distractions that just wind up creating more stress.

Take care of yourself. Find an exercise routine that works for you. Eat well. Get the rest you need. These habits make a huge difference when it comes to increasing your energy and preventing and coping with stress.

 

Resource: https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/what-does-cbd-do

CBD and Breast Cancer [and what research says]

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There’s a lot of research out there and it can be overwhelming!   I'm devoted to providing validated research that crystalizes clarity for you to get the information you need to help you and your family live healthier lives.

As you read through, I encourage you to frame this information with gratitude of the present knowledge we have available and the options from both the natural realms - and western medicine opportunities at hand when it comes to addressing cancer.   There is certainly no cure all - but as self advocates, knowledge is king ( ok...queen)!

CBD & Breast Cancer

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. The great news is that many researchers have found evidence that CBD may be able to slow the progression of invasive breast cancer, which will affect approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women at some point in their lives.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the stalks, seeds, and flowers of cannabis plants like hemp. 

After breast cancer is identified and diagnosed, the efforts move towards inhibiting the  spread of the cancerous tumor. When reaching beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes, it’s considered advanced, or metastatic.  

The great news is that studies over the recent years suggest that CBD may help inhibit metastasis in breast cancer cells. In 2014, researchers from the California Pacific Medical Research Center found that CBD appears to inhibit the Id-1 and Akt genes, which have been known to play a role in tumor growth.  Study: CBD Kills Breast Cancer Cells 

Here’s an excerpt from this study conducted by the  American Association for Cancer Research 

“It suggests that cannabinoid-based medicines may be useful for the treatment of most breast tumor subtypes, stating that “these compounds exert anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic [cell-killing], anti-migratory and anti-invasive actions in a wide spectrum of cancer cells in culture.” 

 

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With a 1 in 8 stat, we all know a family who has been affected by breast cancer.   My hope is that whether we have a chronic or threatening disease, we shift to preventative care by using CBD as part of our self-care routines on a daily basis. 

The United States government has been resistant to recognizing the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids, but has now recently declared in agreement that it has medicinal benefits by creating a pharmaceutical synthetic form of CBD.  Cannabinoids vs. Cancer  

From the TOP - DOWN.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, updated its website to acknowledge the benefits of cannabinoids as a “treatment for people with cancer-related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment.”

In short, the NCI describes CBD as potentially benefiting those with breast cancer in two separate capacities:

  • CBD has demonstrated anti-cancer properties
  • CBD can help patients manage symptoms related to cancer treatments

In Depth: The Findings of CBD’s Anti-Breast Cancer Properties

In its overview on cannabinoid research, the NCI highlights the findings of studies suggesting CBD is potentially beneficial for fighting and inhibiting the spread of breast cancer.

These anti-cancer effects may be related to CBD’s influence over the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2receptors, as one study confirmed that CB1 and CB2 receptors are potential targets in breast cancer. However, an in vitro study looking at the effect of CBD on breast cancer found that the compound effectively “induced programmed cell death, independent of the CB1, CB2, or vanilloid receptors.”

In that in vivo study, CBD was able to inhibit the survival of breast cancer cells by inducing apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death. The higher concentration of CBD administered, the greater the anti-breast cancer effects were. At the same time, CBD had little effect on normal breast cells.

The NCI points out that other preclinical studies have found evidence of CBD’s anti-tumor effects in breast cancer. CBD has also shown to increase the uptake of traditional anti-cancer drugs to improve their efficacy for inducing apoptosis of cancer cells, according to the findings.

 “The potential benefits of medicinal [cannabinoids] for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep,” according to the NCI page.

Studies have found CBD to reduce nausea and vomiting caused by common cancer treatments like chemotherapy. In several animal models, the compound has also shown to have anxiolytic properties to reduce anxiety and regulate mood.

“CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anxiolytic activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC,” reads the NCI page.

Other Groundbreaking Findings About Cannabinoids

The benefits from daily use of CBD are without bounds.  Attitudes toward cannabis are shifting as credible medical research efforts continue to reveal the plant’s exciting therapeutic potential.

Ample studies over the past decade, medical research has made intriguing discoveries about cannabis and its therapeutic effects. Studies have shown that medical cannabis:

  • can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
  • reduces the debilitating seizures caused by epilepsy 
  • reduces spasms experienced by those with multiple sclerosis 
  • minimizes the neurological damage caused by spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries
  • can boost bone density and assist in healing.

 OVERCOME FEAR WITH KNOWLEDGE

In conclusion, OVERCOME FEAR WITH KNOWLEDGE and share with friends and family.  Remain updated on the available resources to help you make an informed decision.

We've listened to the many questions people have raised, and have worked diligently to supply a comprehensive cannabinoid education and purchasable phyto-cannabinoids natural and organic medicinal tincture options for you to explore and experience.

Learn how cannabinoids naturally interacts with the body’s systems, and become clear on the quality versus confusion of the array of products available. If you decide cannabinoids are right for you, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have - I'm happy to help!  

This loving plant is here to stay, and while its not the "cure all," it's synergistic value it brings to the formulated components that surround it, bring extreme bioavailability and benefits to those that believe in it.  

All my love -  Kassandra 


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Questions [and answers] to All Your Burning Questions About CBD

Hi there!    CBD Curious?

If you're just getting started on your exploration of Hemp and the growing industry of CBD enhanced products, this this is a great guide on the basics and how it can possibly help what ails YOU.

Canna-pedia | Topics to explore

  • What is CBD?
  • The difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
  • Cannabinoids and the EndoCannaboid system.
  • The Entourage Effect - Always necessary?
  • Are CBD and Hemp Oil Supplements Legal?
  • Where is Hemp grown and cultivated?
  • The difference between CBD Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed Oil.
  • Is it important to use CBD from organic Hemp?
  • Is CBD Legal?
  • The various ways to take CBD.
  • Finding the right dosage of CBD.
  • What is CBD good for treating? What conditions should I use it for?
  • Is CBD Hemp oil safe to use in Children?
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WHAT IS CBD AND CBD OIL?

Cannabidiol is a phytocannaboid, a phytochemical that is found in the Cannabis sativaplant. There are many plants and naturally occurring substances that produce CBD. The human body produces CBD as well. CBD supplements are derived from the Hemp plant and may come in the form of isolated CBD or CBD Hemp full spectrum plant oils.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?

Hemp and Marijuana are both cultivated from the Cannabis sativa plant. Industrial Hemp is cultivated from Cannabis sativa. Hemp is bred to be taller and has fibrous stalks. It has minute traces of THC and is high in CBD oils and other phytochemicals. According to the US laws, Hemp must contain less than .3% THC. Our Evoq product line contains 0% THC and organically derived.   

Marijuana may be from either Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica. It is cultivated for its flowering buds and is a smaller plant. It is high in THC, which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes you feel “high”. Marijuana is used for recreational and medical purposes to induce a state of Euphoria and help with pain. Most of these affects are due to the high THC content.

CBD is in both Marijuana and Hemp. However, the CBD is much higher in Hemp, and is why Evoq formulates with safe, toxic tagalong FREE industrial hemp.  Plus, Hemp has more phytonutrients and phytochemicals that promote health and well-being.

CANNABINOIDS AND THE ENDOCANNABOID SYSTEM

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Cannabidiol, CBD, is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in Cannabis. It is one of the major phytocannabinoids, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. CBD and the other Cannabinoids interact with a system known as the Endocannboid system.

The Endocannaboid system is a biological system found in the nervous systems of all mammals. It is made up of endocannabinoids, which are fat based neurotransmitters, cannabinoid receptors, and receptor proteins. The ECS helps to regulate many functions in the human body including:

  • Motor function
  • Appetite
  • Sleep
  • Mood and Wellbeing
  • Hormones
  • Metabolism
  • Immune function
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Fertility
  • Pain sensation

The Human body produces cannabinoids and has receptors for them throughout the whole body. There are 2 main types of Cannabinoid receptors in the Nervous system. The CBD1 receptors are in the central nervous system composed of the brain and spinal cord. The CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system and organs.

THC reacts with the CB1 receptors and that is what gives Marijuana is psychoactive affects. Hemp, which has predominantly non-THC cannabinoids such as CBD, CBN and other phytochemicals has a nutritive effect on the ECS and helps to regulate function of mood, inflammation, immunity, sleep, hormones, metabolism, nervous system and appetite.

WHAT IS THE ENTOURAGE EFFECT?   

The use of full spectrum Hemp oil supplements as the source of CBD is often ideal as it promotes what is known as the Entourage Effect, but there is a caveat.  Isolate is incredibly useful and powerful due to it's consistency and synergy when used with other key components (herbs, extracts, stem cells, etc) in a thoughtful formula.   The key here is that CBD is enhanced, and enhances other beneficial extracts in a formula.  

Full spectrum oils have a variety of nutrients and phytochemicals which work synergistically to enhance the benefits of each other. Some of the nutritional components in Hemp supplements include:

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Glycosides
  • Vitamins such as A, C, B-1, B-2, B-6, D
  • Phytosterols
  • Minerals such as zinc, magnesium, Iron and calcium
  • Proteins and amino acids
  • Terpenes
  • Flavonoids and other Anti-oxidants

The Entourage effect means that the whole plant use allows the compounds in the plant to work synergistically with each other and magnify the therapeutic benefits of the individual compounds. This is a concept common in many herbal traditions and is believed to be why plants have less negative side effects when used in whole form than as isolated compounds.

When the CBD Hemp oil supplements are unadulterated, organic and NON-GMO, they provide a wonderful full spectrum food supplement that nourishes the ECS of the body.

ARE CBD AND HEMP OIL SUPPLEMENTS LEGAL?

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CBD Oil Supplements derived from Industrial Hemp are legal as long as they contain no THC or less than .3% THC. CBD oils from Marijuana are a regulated substance and are only legal in states that allow medical marijuana with a prescription or have legalized recreationaL use.

CBD Hemp oil supplements coming from Industrial Hemp are legal to use and buy in all 50 states. CBD from Marijuana is subject to state laws relating to medical and recreational Marijuana use.

WHERE IS HEMP GROWN AND CULTIVATED?

Most industrial Hemp is cultivated in Northern Europe and Spain. In recent years, there has been a boom in Hemp cultivation in the United States, but heeds with caution.

Beware especially when stating"organic" on soil thats only been cleared for 2 years.  Many parts of the EU have been regulated for years, and when choosing a supplier in the US or outside the US, all standards apply to making sure they pass every lab test with verification.  Evoq provides a seed to sail documentation system that creates transparency at every level of extraction.  
 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBD HEMP OIL AND HEMP SEED OIL?

Hemp seed oils come from cold pressed hemp seeds. They do not have CBD in them. However, they are rich in essential fatty acids and other nutrients. CBD Hemp oil extracts come from Supercritical CO2 extraction of the Hemp Stalks. The CBD Hemp oils are rich in CBD and other phytonutrients.
 

 CBD FROM ORGANIC HEMP

 It is essential to use only CBD Hemp supplements derived from Organic Non-GMO Hemp. The CBD is an oil and the oils of plants are storage centers for toxins and chemicals. Whenever supplementing with any oils, it is essential to only use products from plants grown with organic and Non- GMO methods.
 

 THE WAYS TO TAKE CBD HEMP OIL SUPPLEMENTS.

There are variety of ways to get CBD Hemp Oil into your health and well-being regime:

  • Pills and Capsules
  • Tinctures and Oil droppers
  • Liquids for food and smoothies
  • Beauty Products
  • Topical creams
  • Vaporizers
  • Chewable snacks

WHAT DOSAGE OF CBD SHOULD I TAKE?

It is best to start with lower doses and work your way up. There are various options for different concentrations of CBD. There have not been adverse reactions reported with CBD supplements. Remember, CBD is naturally occurring in the human body. It is always best to use full spectrum Hemp extracts as a food supplement.

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WHAT CONDITIONS SHOULD I USE IT FOR?

Decades of research indicate that cannabinoids like CBD interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, a complex system that contributes to a variety of biological processes like inflammation responses, relaxation, sleeping, and appetite. By linking with the two main types of cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, which are found on cells throughout the body, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, helping it in the regulation of homeostasis — the body’s natural state of balance.

The FDA does not allow the suggestion of CBD oils as a treatment for any diseases. I encourage you to do your own research on CBD for conditions that you are interested in. However, I feel that CBD Hemp supplementation should be looked as a food supplement that supports our ECS and promotes well-being and balance.

The exciting research on CBD has opened up a new window into the ECS and its interaction with our Immune systems, nervous systems, and endocrine systems. This is only the beginning of a new field of research and discovery on healing.

IS CBD HEMP OIL SAFE TO USE IN CHILDREN?

CBD Hemp oil supplements are safe to use in all age groups and demographics. It is a food supplement.

 

 

RSVP | EATING + DOSING FOR ENERGY

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Event:  EATING & DOSING FOR ENERGY

Date: AUGUST 22nd  @ Beauty Ecology

Time: 7pm


JOIN our HAPPY HOUR where real women that prioritize their health and research the $h*t out of subject matters share tips you can benefit from.  

A highly sought after workshop previously taught in New York City that's scientifically validated - so you're FEELING GOOD - and at your disposal. 

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A non fanatical approach for real women.

EATING + DOSING FOR ENERGY

BE is gladly hosting Steph Jensen, an Eating for Energy Coach, in this unique workshop where she’ll share the foundations of eating for energy.

Walk away with the basics of eating for sustained energy throughout the day so that you can be highly productive and still have energy left over for family, socializing, or getting to the gym at the end of a full day.

You’ll capture:

  • what foods to skip to avoid brain fog and think more clearly

  • the most common habits harmful to energy levels

  • easy strategies so you can feel great and perform at your highest level

  • the number one technique to boost your energy and productivity (instead of hitting a wall at 3 PM).



At #BE we believe (pretty sure you do too) that in order to look good, you gotta feel good first! 

We know that if we FEEL GOOD, without force - we naturally experience more joy, are energized and dangit - we look good!   

Right?  It's a progression thing......

It’s why Beauty Ecology is a ONE STOP SHOP for health and wellness  products, in which ride right alongside all our Evoq Beauty hair, makeup and skin care essentials. 

It’s also why we prioritize community and connection by hosting wellness events to bring out inner “ah-ha’s” and solidified information to capture along our transforming journeys. 

 Let’s just call it active, informative and experiential self care. 🙂 

So... wanna know how to HACK YOUR ENERGY  + BLISS GENES?

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More About Steph

Steph is an Eating for Energy Coach that helps people increase energy levels and get unhooked from sugar so that they can have fewer cravings, feel energized throughout the day, and function at their peak, bringing more ease and alignment into their lives.

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BONUS!   How CBD can help to improve your mood, energy and more.

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In short, I’ll (Kassandra) give a introduction about Hemp Whole Plant Medicine (CBD)  pharmacology and how it influences a wide variety of receptor systems in body and brain that helps in controlling anxiety, addiction, depression, and improve energy levels and fight mood swings.

Claim your seat … they're limited!  
Email hello@beautyecology.com for any questions.


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Don’t miss how the top health hacks on energizing nourishment and nutrition and how your endocannabinoid system and phytocannabinoids may bring you energy and complete calm - at the same time.  

XO Kassandra

 

The Top Questions on Cannabis & Your Skin

Hola!

It’s no surprise that Cannabidiol (CBD) is showing up everywhere. Our CBD patrons at Beauty Ecology are returning with heart warming feedback on how it’s helped them in a variety of ways.

Proof from scientific studies validate the relief of symptoms from depression, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and so much more.

The question eventually arises, how does it work? How are all of these people all of the sudden getting better?  We’re now discovering solutions to ancient old problems and the inner workings of the endocannabinoid system.

CBD Debrief
The endocannabinoid system works by utilizing certain receptors that are found all over the body. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Each of them has their own role to play in the endocannabinoid system, and each receptor is vital to homeostasis.

The old stigma in the way of how to consume cannabis is to simply smoke it. Cannabis can bless the mind and body in a variety of ways, such as; tinctures, oils, capsules, edibles, infused beverages, suppositories, lotions, and balms.

To make sure you know the difference of how cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid and endocrine system, today I’m giving you insights about using cannabis topically on the skin.

Here’s the bank of answers I pulled from what is commonly questioned!

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Q. Do THC and CBD get absorbed into the skin?

A. YES. Both THC and CBD are lipophilic, or fat-loving, with molecular weights below 400. That means these cannabinoids are absorbable through skin.

The skin’s cannabinoids affect all compartments of the skin by acting on various cell types and contribute to the skin’s healthy physiological function.

In depth, when activation of cannabinoid receptors  (CB1 or CB2) are engaged, these functions of epidermal cells are modified – whether through proliferation, differentiation or apoptosis (cell death) – which are all important processes for the healthy physical defense of the body.  

On Skin Conditions

CB2 receptors are very active in the skin. Symptoms of a malfunctioning endocannabinoid system can result in dermal issues like eczema and psoriasis. How’s it heal?

  1. CB2 helps replenish old skin cells, it heals damaged ones, and throws out the dead ones. It also reduced inflammation, which is a prominent symptom of skin disease.

  2. CB2 receptors are underneath the epidermis, so by applying topical CBD, the pain receptors are dulled, which can help with painful conditions.

Q: When absorbed into the skin, does it translate into the bloodstream?

A: YES, however the amount absorbed depends on several factors, such as the type of topical ( cream or balm),  combined ingredients in the topical, dermal thickness, and where it’s applied.
 

It’s important to seek out products that are free from synthetics and a lot of “fillers” that simply drives down price - and its benefits.

Q: Can you get high from a topical containing THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis?

A: Possibly, but doubtful.  You’d have to be swimming in it to feel the psychotropic effects of THC.

Q: What’s the difference between topicals and patches?

A: The primary difference between topicals and patches is that topicals provide immediate release of the cannabinoid, while patches are designed for slow release over a period of time.

Patches are often used when individuals require continual delivery of the product, such as with chronic pain.

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 JUST THE TIPS (and the skin benefits of cannabis bud)

  1. An extra source of vitamins — We all know it’s hard to consume foods rich in all the nutrients our bodies need to be healthy. By adding CBD infused products to your skincare regime, you have one less thing to worry about knowing that your skin is getting all the Vitamin E and C it needs to protect it from any sun damage and make sure it stays firm and tight for longer. It also has Vitamin A and D, which thanks to their regenerative qualities can undo years of dry and flaky skin.

  2. No more breakouts — Regularly applying hemp CBD oil to your skin provides it with healthy fatty acids, which are often found to be lacking in people with acne. Plus, it has antibacterial properties which treat infection (a major contributor to acne). But that’s not all! Fatty acids also protect and strengthen your skin’s outer layer resulting in fresher younger looking skin.

  3. Fool your skin about your age — What if you could trick your cells into thinking they were 10 years younger? According to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology cannabinoid receptors in the brain, that form part of the endocannabinoid system, which interact with CBD to increase our body’s natural ability to grow new skin cells. What does this all mean? CBD boosts your body’s regenerative process and actually encourages younger skin.

  4. Stop itching   — CBD has been linked to help with conditions as severe as eczema. Instead of using cortisone for your next rash, consider the natural alternative of CBD which can battle dermatitis while hydrating your skin and eliminating dryness… Anyone who has experienced a New England winter knows how persistent and itchy dry skin can be!

  5. Moisture — hydration, hydration, hydration: the dermatologist’s mantra. Thanks to omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, cannabinoid oil is nature’s most effective moisturizer.

  6. If you have other skin conditions — although this is still pretty groundbreaking research, CBD oil has been used to help treat or help relieve symptoms from psoriasis, eczema, allergies, and even skin cancer, with successful results

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Want to FULLY EXPERIENCE HOW IT WORK?

Here, you can really see how impactful CBD is on our endocrine system (skin).  Take a SCROLL through this skin + cannabis experience! http://www.phytecs.com/tour-the-ecs/the-ecs-in-skin/

Want to try it for yourself?  Give your skin a boost with a shot of our Organic Cannabidiol topical skin remedy. 

 Evoq CBD + GLA Skin Oil

 

Thanks for following along!  Xo Kassandra

Mellow Yellow Coconut Milk Recipe

This incredible nourishing recipe can be used in a myriad of ways.  Drink it straight up or pour over a fresh batch of sautéed veggies and chicken! 

Star Ingredient Benefits: 

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Currently being studied for its anti-cancer effects and reverse effects of Alzheimer's

Curcumin: A compound in turmeric that makes it bright yellow and gives it spice. Increased absorption when combined with fat and black pepper.

Piperine: A compound found in black pepper, which increases the bioavailability of otherwise hard to absorb curcumin

Ginger: A powerful root with strong anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-oxidative and anti-cancer effects. Also aids in soothing the digestive system.

Evoq 300MG Cannabidiol: CBD, a medicinal cannabinoid that produces no “high.” CBD relieves pain and anxiety and research has shown it to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protection properties.  Completely THC Free. 

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 5 mins

Yields: 2 servings


Mellow Yellow Coconut Milk Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp CBD coconut oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 cups unsweetend coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric, peeled
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

 

 


Directions

1  Whisk together the CBD oil and honey until combined. Set aside.

2  Heat coconut milk, ginger, turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon in a small pot over medium heat.

3  Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and cool.

4  Once cool, strain liquid and stir in CBD honey. Serve warm or pour over ice.

** Set a good vibe intention and delight in the nourishments of self care - your intentions are pure. **

xo   Kassandra

 

*NEW* CBD + CBG HARMONIC RE-LEAF TINCTURE

GROUND DOWN & RISE UP with our NEW POTENT 1000 MG CBD + CBG Full Spectrum Tincture!

I am SO ecstatic to reveal the LAUNCH of our medicinal CBD + CBG concentrate!

Not only does it provide the benefit of two cannabinoids, but it also is brimming FULL of healing TERPENES!   

WHY WOULD YOU DOSE 1000MG vs OUR 300MG? 

THE FULL BENNY! 

1000 MG CBD + CBG HARMONIC RE-LEAF TINCTURE
 
Nutritional Supplement Facts:
Serving Size  12ml (4 drops)
Serving Per Bottle: Approx. 60
 
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Cannabidiol (CBD) 8MG
Cannabigerol (CBG) 8MG

 

Full Plant and Nutritional Organic Ingredients:
GRAS food grade oil extracts, (citrus blend, peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon), Cannabidiol (CBD), Oleic Acid, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Primrose Oil, Lecithin, USP grade natural plant Terpenes (b-caryophyllene, trans b-ocimene, d-limonene, b-pinene)
Directions:   Take 2 Drops AM | PM and additional drops around intense times of extra needed relief!  Store in a cool dark place; shake well before each use.
 
Extreme Purity
Your Tincture is 100% active based with no hidden blended oils to cut it’s purity or efficacy. 
No alcohol. No sugar. No diluting fillers.
Non-GMO, 100% vegetarian and gluten free. 
No heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents.
Full spectrum. This means all naturally occurring elements, terpenes and phytochemicals found in the full plant are present.
 

What it is:
This full spectrum Naturopathic healer includes CBD and CBG extract.  Brimming full of cannabinoids, cannabinoid acids, phytocannabinoids, and terpenes. The dual activated CBD and CBG provides a powerful medicinal dose to rapidly be absorbed under the tongue for faster relief.  Significantly different from most CBD on the market, we build a powerful synergistic combination of terpenes to 10x your healing experience. Perfect for Mobile Use or Travel
 
CBD + CBG Sublingual Benefits:
Fast Acting and Long Lasting Relief.
Neurologic Formula
Stimulates Neurogenesis-Regeneration of Brain cells
Reduces Inflammation & Anxiety.
Minimizes Muscle Spasticity, Tension, & Pain
Provides a Concentrated, Precise, and Discreet Dose.
 
Cannabinoids and the Entourage Effect
CBD and CBG are believed to have synergetic properties, meaning they are more effective together than they are alone. This phenomenon is known as the entourage effect. It helps explain why isolated CBD extracts are not as effective as full spectrum medicine.
 
Terpenes
Terpenes provide the distinctive therapeutic benefits by each profilet, as well as providing an important role in the overall entourage effect.

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Why Full Spectrum CBD?
Full Spectrum CBD oils incorporate an assortment of cannabinoids that occur naturally in industrial hemp. New studies declare that Full Spectrum CBD Oil benefits benefit the body 10 fold by providing the body with an “entourage” effect  by including all the compounds which work together synergistically, increasing the medicinal value.
 
Natural + Organic Ingredients:
Gras Food Grade Oil Extracts of Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Cinnamon, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Oleic Acid, Avocado Oil, Coco Oil, Primrose Oil, Usp Grade Natural Plant Terpendes Of A-pinene, B-caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene, Ocimene, D3 Carene, Eucalyptol
Consumer Safety Seal & Cannabis Transparency Standards Certified – contains only pure, lab-tested, full spectrum CBD and CBG oil.
 

Key Natural Ingredients:
Cannabigerol (CBG)
A non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is believed to block the psychoactive effects of THC. CBG has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia, anti-proliferative, bone stimulant, and neurogenic (promotes growth of new brain cells) effects.

 
Cannabidiol (CBD) 

CBD is the main non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. CBD has a wide range of therapeutic uses and is found throughout the seeds, stalk, and flowers of cannabis plants — including hemp and marijuana. Unlike many of the 100+ cannabinoids that we are currently aware of, cannabidiol naturally occurs in significant quantities in cannabis, so it is easily extracted from the plant in the form of cannabis oil.

Analgesic
Antibacterial
Anti-diabetic (reduces blood sugar)
Antidepressant
Anti-epileptic
Anti-inflammatory
Reduces the risk of artery blockage
Helps psoriasis
Antioxidant
Bone stimulant
Immunosuppressive
Neuroprotective
 

Black Cumin Oil
Has three potent phytochemicals: thymoquinone (TQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ) and thymol. It’s also rich in beta sitosterol, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorus. The three phytochemicals and active ingredients carry the potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, and medicinal properties.

 Key Terpenes

Delta 3 Carene
Known for it’s powerful anti-inflammatory, brain and bone regenerative attributes!


Anti-Inflammatory:  A strong anti-inflammatory allowing relief for helping fibromyalgia, arthritis, autoimmune issues and various other health conditions that result from systemic inflammation.
Speedy Bone Healing:  Can be very effective in promoting the speedy healing of bones. Researchers are thus optimistic that Carene could be used in the future for the treatment of various bone-related conditions such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis and help older adults where the bones often have a hard time fully mending on their own.
Sedative: It helps in slowing down brain function in case of insomnia. This means that delta 3 carene can be used as a depressant for the central nervous system.
Anti-Fungal: Been shown to be an effective anti-fungal treatment.  
Memory Stimulation:  Found to increase memory retention and stimulate memory.
 
Eucalyptol
Eucalyptol is primarily useful in the treatment of pain and inflammation, but it can also serve as an antifungal and insecticide.  In 2000, scientists studied the effects of eucalyptol and concluded that it had the potential to act as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. Several years later, two studies confirmed these beliefs by proving that eucalyptol was useful in the treatment of rhinosinusitis (sinus inflammation) and colitis (colonic inflammation). Scientists continued to test the anti-inflammatory benefits of eucalyptol and, in 2013, another study concluded that this terpene could also be used to treat pancreatitis. Eucalyptol's anti-inflammatory properties could help treat Alzheimer's disease by reducing neuroinflammation in addition to reducing inflammation throughout the body.

Analgesic – Relieves pain.
Antibacterial – Slows bacterial growth.
Anti-Fungal – Inhibits the growth of fungus.
Anti-Inflammatory – Reduces inflammation systemically.
Anti-Proliferative – Inhibits cancer cell growth.
Antioxidant – Prevents the damage of oxidation to other molecules in the body
 
Myrcene
Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene and is found in most varieties of cannabis. Myrcene concentration dictates whether a strain will have an Indica or Sativa effect. Strains containing over 0.5% of myrcene produce a more sedative high, while strains containing less than 0.5% myrcene have an energizing effect. Myrcene is also present in thyme, hops, lemongrass, and citrus.

Helps ease pain
Decreases inflammation
Relaxes muscles
Aids in rest and sleep
 
Limonene
Limonene is a dominant terpene in strains with a pronounced Sativa effect. It is also found in the rinds of citrus fruits. Limonene aids in the absorption of other terpenes through the skin and mucous membranes, and has been used to treat anxiety and depression.
 
Fights tumors
Fights bacterial infections
Helps stimulates the immune system
relieves depression and anxiety
Helps gastric reflux and ulcers
 
Pinene
Pinene accounts for cannabis’ familiar odor, often associated with pine trees and turpentine. It’s the most common naturally occurring terpenoid and acts as both an anti-inflammatory and a bronchodilator.

Helps dilate the bronchial tube
Reduce inflammation
Kills bacteria
Increase cognitive function
 
Beta-Caryophyllene
β Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (CB2). Caryophyllene oxide takes part in the defence system of plants and is the only terpene known to interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) via cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2).  It produces high anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.  
 
Analgaesic – pain relief
Anti-bacterial – Slows bacterial growth
Anti-depressant – Relieves symptoms of depression
Anti-fungal – Caryophyllene and Cannabichromene (CBC) join in defence against fungi and caryophyllene oxide has shown clinical effectiveness against certain fungal infections
Anti-inflammatory on two levels, one is blocking prostaglandins’ inflammatory pathway (also occurs with myrcene and pinene), the other is as a CB2 agonist
Antioxidant – Prevents oxidation damage to other molecules in the body
Anti-proliferative – Inhibits cancer cell growth
Anxiolytic – Helps relieves anxiety
Gastric protection effects
Neuroprotective – Slows damage to the nervous system and brain.
 
Ocimene  
In nature this terpene acts as part of the plants defenses and possesses antifungal properties. 

Antiviral
Antifungal
Antiseptic
Decongestant
Antibacterial
 
Evoq's Extreme Purity
Seed to Sale Transparency Batches
No alcohol. No sugar. No diluting fillers.
Non-GMO, 100% vegetarian and gluten free.
No heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents that can be found in other products.  


**ORGANICALLY SOURCED: Professionally lab-extracted from the leaves and stems of organic industrial hemp plants, grown in organic soil, with consistent potency and therapeutic benefits galore. A whole-plant extract containing a full spectrum of naturally occurring synergistic cannabinoids and terpenes.

Grounded down and rise up while you explore the natural world of plants and healthier life.  

Everyone deserves to feel their best.

xo Kassandra

Is Cannabis (CBD) Safe with Other Medications?

Are you currently thinking about taking CBD, but too nervous to because you're on a medication?   This subject matter comes up a lot, so I thought I'd break it down quickly to bring clarity to the nuances of CBD and drug interactions. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 80 phytocannabinoids, or chemical compounds, produced by the cannabis plant.  Starting off, Cannabidiol (CBD) itself has no dangerous interactions with other drugs you may be taking.

The breakdown of CBD and Drug interactions is all in the PATHWAY.

How?   Lets dig in!

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Just How Safe is CBD Oil?

Hemp’s cannabidiol continues to be one of the safest alternative therapies on the market. In a review published in 2017, entitled “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol,” a Clinical Data author asserted: "In general CBD is the most commonly reported side effects that are relatively rare and mild.   

Comparably to the laundry list of drug symptoms - CBD has a short list of that few experience such as feeling tired or changes in appetite. Everyone has various levels of sensitivities, let alone the importance of making sure you’re buying high quality CBD!

How Does Your Body Metabolize CBD?

It’s important to understand how the human body processes CBD.   Essentially, our body breaks CBD down through metabolization, just like other oral drugs by entering the digestive tract.  Here, they absorbs through the stomach lining into the hepatic portal system. This system is a vital system of veins connecting the stomach to the liver, and also acts as one of the body’s filter systems.

Once CBD enters the liver, it soaks up the P450 enzyme processing capability, inhibiting its ability to break down any other hepatically metabolized drugs. The cytochrome P450-complex enzyme becomes entirely preoccupied with processing CBD, with little to no room to break down other compounds also awaiting metabolization.

While the P450 enzyme interact with CBD, the body virtually stops processing any other pharmaceuticals with the same metabolic pathway. Interestingly, it's not the only P450 inhibitor to worry about.

Grapefruit Too?

Yup, something as natural and nourishing as a grapefruit comes with a similar warning about possible drug interaction. Physicians have long advised their patients to steer clear of grapefruit when taking certain medications.

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If you do wish to pursue CBD as a co-therapy to other drugs, consider seeking medical advice and adjust dosages of any medications only on the recommendation of a doctor.

On the FLIP side, there is also a positive benefit to CBD hemp oil interaction with the P450 enzyme. Once we can make it proven through more robust studies, patients may be able to reduce their dose of other medications if CBD substantially increases the expected potency.

What Drugs Could CBD Interact With?

All drugs mainly metabolized by the liver pose a risk for adverse CBD drug interaction. Considering that 60 percent of clinically prescribed medication is metabolized in the liver via the P450 enzyme, it's not feasible to list them all here. Some of the most common types of medications which may trigger CBD hemp oil interactions include:

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  • HIV Antivirals

  • Steroids

  • Benzodiazepines

  • Antihistamines

  • Calcium Channel Blockers

  • Fentanyl

  • Macrolide Antibiotics

 


Cannabidiol (CBD) itself has no dangerous interactions, but it may interact with other drugs you may be taking according to medical journals.   Here's a list of possible drug interactions.

Let’s review again.  Simply put…

When taking a dose of CBD, your body’s P450 enzymes will be temporarily inactive.   When enzymes are inactive, it becomes much harder for your body to process almost every drug out there.

This means:

Taking lots of CBD will greatly increase the effects of any prescriptions drugs on your body. As they cannot be processed, the drugs will just stay in your body instead of being digested as they should.

The Good & Bad

The good side is that there may be a possibility reduce the amount of powerful prescription medications you take (speak to your physician before beginning or stopping medication). Regardless of what you take, it’s always best to put less artificial drugs into your body.

The bad side is just that you need to be careful. If you are taking CBD make sure to talk to a medical professional, and reduce the amount of prescription drugs you are taking.

So if you’re uber nervous, before adjusting any current prescriptions, or deciding to use CBD in conjunction with other drugs, always speak to a qualified medical professional.

From experience, many of my clients have been able to significantly lower the dosages of drugs they are using for a variety of ailments and symptoms.  This is the entire reason why CBD can benefit many - with the hope of reducing our use of drugs for everything from anxiety, insomnia, pain and headaches.

Making sure you’re purchasing very high quality CBD is a WHOLE OTHER SUBJECT.

Till next time!  Email me with any questions or concerns!  Hello@beautyecology.com

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