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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
.

 Image: Doen

Image: Doen

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.

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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

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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)
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Your Tincture is 100% active based with no hidden blended oils to cut it’s purity or efficacy. 
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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
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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
 
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Everyone deserves to feel their best.

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