As a pharmacist with over 15years of experience and an avid researcher of natural remedies,I am incredibly passionate about an herbal approach to daily life. Feeling nourished, having energy, getting a good night’s sleep and feeling your best will put a big smile on your face and glow on your skin. I am constantly amazed by the magnificent benefits found in powerful plantsofferings. I have many plants that are near and dear to my heart. One of these magnificent plants that created an eruption of excitement in the last years is Hemp. There are lots of historical referral and sources about the use of marijuana as medicine, however fewer references about the variety of cannabis: Hemp. Hemp naturally contains larger amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) then marijuana, which is believed to offer many health benefits without marijuana’s THC -induced “High”.

We are all multitaskers, constantly in a hurry, paying less and less attention to our sleep deprivation and nutrition standards.  Along with immense exposure to all the electronics the world out there can offer which causes constant stimulation. Chronic deprivation of sleep is widespread, along with depression, anxiety and just simply being overwhelmed; and let’s not forget about debilitating headaches and migraines.  All of these circumstances negatively impact the function of our endocannabinoid system (ECS). When this paramount system can’t do its proper job, all the mental, emotional and bodily maladies come together and possibly stay for very long time.Here is where it gets interestingregarding this amazing plant -Hemp!Scientists were able to isolate a vast number of organic molecules from the cannabis plant called phytochemicals (“phyto” means “ plant”) and by researching and studying their affects discovered a network of receptors, enzymes, and biochemical pathways involved in producing and using the human body’s own form of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids (“endo” means “ originating within the body”). The two main receptors of the human endocannabinoid system are CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are most common receptors in our central nervous system (moderators of memory, mood, motor function, perception of pain) and CB2 receptors are most often found in the peripheral tissues and cells of the immune system (moderators of inflammation and immune response to pathogens).

ThePhytocannabinoid CBD does not directly prompt either receptor, alternatively, it changes the receptor’s ability to bind to cannabinoids. Besides that, CBD influences other types of receptors, as well as enhances the natural levels of endocannabinoids by occupying certain enzymes. Because of this astonishing ability, the Hemp CBD oil can be consumed to boost the endocannabinoid system when it does not make enough endocannabinoids of its own.  It is believed that when a person consumes CBD, it interacts with endocannabinoid system receptors throughout the human bodyby directing the body to use more of its cannabinoids, thus, alleviating bodily maladies such as inflammation, depression and anxiety, sleep deprivations and many more. This multi-target plant oil is believed to be a health restorer forthe above conditions.

People consider taking CBD oil to help ease and improve conditions such as chronic pain, depression and anxiety, sleep deprivations, stress and many more. Pain from inflammation can affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become a chronic condition that interferes with a normal quality of life. It is believed that CBD has long been known to have anti-inflammatory effects on the human body by modulating the endocannabinoid system and disrupting the production of cytokines, which are proteins secreted by immune cells that trigger inflammation. One of the most prevailing conditions I receive questions all the time about arthritis causing sore joints, stiffness and muscle weakness. Several other conditions I am asked multiple times a day about, are questions regarding the back pain along with headaches and migraine discomfort.  The pain associated with these conditions can be debilitating and many people don’t want to rely on conventional painkillers.  Fortunately, there is a natural remedy for chronic pain sufferers that they are directing theirattention to – CBD oil. Delivery systems that are used for inflammation containing CBD oil are capsules, sublingual tinctures, edibles, concentrates, drops or sprays. Also, CBD topicals such as balms, salves, patches for skin, lotions are said to be helpful to use to manage the muscle and joint concerns.

Depression, anxiety and stress are yet other conditions that I’ve been asked lots of question by   sufferers. It’s a very demanding world out there. Stressful demanding jobs, unstable relationships and many other stressors can produce chronic stress overkill that drain every organ in our body. It certainly exacerbates disorders that may exist, and without a doubt, triggers new ones. High-stressed lifestyle can  cause lots of unpleasant conditions such as unhealthy eating, sleeping problems and depression. Chronic stress has been shown to reshape and decrease endocannabinoid well-balanced functioning. When taking internally CBD products, it’s been said that CBD together with certain other hemp plant chemicals called terpenes, may help boost endocannabinoid function. Also, some say that CBD may help to reduce anxiety associated with stress in people with certain related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder and others.  The delivery systems for ingestible are capsules, sublingual concentrates, sprays, edibles (used for long-term stress reduction). Also, topicals like salves, balms, lotions and oils can be used to massage into the skin for relaxation and for pinpoint targeting (exactly where is hurts).

Last but definitely not least, I receive lots and lots of questions as to what to do to have a good night sleep. Insomnia, the inability to sleep, affects millions of Americans, woman more than men. Sleep is how we restore, remember, heal, immunity is built, and so much more. In 2018, the American Sleep Association disclosed that as many as 70 million Americans suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep disruption and sleep apnea. The consequence of sleep deprivation is devastating to our body. It affects quality of life and threatens our health. Lack of sleep can increase infections, depressions, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It is said that as a sleep aid, CBD reinforces and supports endocannabinoid receptors to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, menopausal night sweats as well as frequent urination from an enlarged prostate. Nothing feels better that getting a good night’s sleep and feeling your best the next day looking happy with glowing skin. A good night’s sleep will also make us very effective at getting things done each day. The delivery system are capsules, sublingual tinctures, isolates, edibles. Also, topicals it is said can promote sleep used as salves, balms, lotions, and massage oils. The oils can be massaged into temples to promote a relaxed state.

CBD has been the subject of a lot of discussion and research over the past few years. Before trying CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about an appropriate delivery system and dosage and of course any potential risks and side effects. Be sure to mention and discuss with your health care provider all the medications and herbal supplements that you are taking, so they may asses and assist with an optimal outcome. Many medications do interact with CBD therefore it’s imperative for your health care provider to know your medication and supplements profile.  If your doctor or pharmacist do recommend CBD for you and tell you how much to use, stick to their recommendation. It is said thatthere are very few known side effects associated with taking CBD, however, they may include diarrhea, appetite changes and fatigue.

It’s beneficial to remember that there’s still a lot about CBD that we don’t know. While there isn’t conclusive data to support CBD oil as the multi-targeted all plant remedy for lots of health concerns, some researchers agree that it has a lot of potential.  As the cannabis industry grows, researchers will likely conduct more studies on cannabis, including marijuana and hemp, and its derivatives.

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