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Cannabidiol, simply known as CBD, is one of the most popular compounds found in cannabis. Given its famed medicinal qualities, cannabis researchers, experts, and consumers have every reason to celebrate this non-psychoactive compound that is more beneficial than harmful to the human body.
There are a few more reasons as to why the compound is getting increasingly trendy, as more researchers swing to action as they examine its benefits.
For some people, CBD is a miracle, while for others, it's nothing short of life-changing. Everywhere you look, most people are full of praise for this compound, famed for its anti-inflammatory and seizure-reducing qualities.
What most people do not know is that CBD can also be harmful to some people. Before you buy into the CBD craze, put down that CBD-infused beverage and read this.
Myth: CBD is the only...
Cannabis is legal in Canada, but there’s a clause that prohibits Canadians from leaving the country’s borders with a stash of weed.
Picture this: You’re travelling from Toronto to Vancouver with a stash of weed to contain your medical condition, or for recreation. But a problem crops up in the skies; the plane you’re travelling in hits headwinds and is diverted to the nearest airport, which happens to be in the US.
There’s no doubt that you’ll have to wait for long, so you need to disembark and check into customs. What do you do with your stash, considering that Canadians aren’t legally allowed to cross their borders while in possession of cannabis?
Believe it or not, this scenario played out recently in Air Canada’s flight AC125, en-route to Vancouver, from Toronto. Due to a mechanical hitch, the...
With the legalization of cannabis, edibles are becoming quite popular in Canada. In fact, they are expected to make up half of the cannabis industry. This means that as more months go by, you’ll be more likely to find edibles in your cupboard, your friend’s home or even your parent’s drawers.
The increased consumption of edibles might be fun to those looking at reducing their smoking habits or those that are curious about edibles, but it can turn into an unpleasant experience when you overeat edibles.
Dr. Jenna Vallerani, the CEO of the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education explains that while you can always have an extra serving of edibles, you will not be able to reverse what you’ve already consumed.
Dr. Jenna confirms that it’s unlikely that you’ll die of a cannabis overdose but you...
Cannabis edibles, including capsules, food products, and lozenges, are known for their long-lasting effects that are considered safe. Yet, these products are also known to produce unpleasant side effects and symptoms similar to an overdose. So, what determines whether the effects will be pleasant or not? The dose.
The following chart shows the typical effects of cannabis edibles at different doses. That said, there are many other factors that need to be taken into account before choosing your ideal dosage. You can read about them below.
The right dose varies between individuals
No single person has the same internal physiology as another person, that’s why different people react differently to the same medication. For cannabis, the factors that determine your right dose include; the sensitivity of the endocannabinoid system, gastrointestinal factors, and the previous history of cannabis. From...
Marijuana is known for its many medicinal benefits. Most people who use skin care products made from marijuana swear by it, claiming the skincare products are hydrating to their skin and lips. They also say that marijuana-based beauty products have anti-inflammatory properties. At the same time, beauty experts claim that cannabis-infused beauty products have medical properties and could heal skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dry scalp.
Despite the claims, most publicly available information on the effects of cannabis-infused skincare products is largely anecdotal. However, according to two recent studies, there might be some truth to these claims. Clinical research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology shows that, indeed, beauty care products made from cannabis have anti-aging properties. The two studies also show these...
As legal cannabis celebrates its first anniversary, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses says that it has faced many stumbling blocks in its effort to educate employers about the effects of cannabis.
The organization recently released the results of their study that looked at the issue of legal marijuana. The study was conducted over a span of one year. According to the results, legal cannabis affected Manitoba members marginally, as 10% of them reported they had a cannabis-related incident in the last one year.
According to Jonathan Alward, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs in Manitoba, most members were looking at cannabis awareness and the tools available to them in order to prevent cannabis-related incidences. He said that in the event an employee is intoxicated with weed, this ceases from being the employee's problem but a workplace safety...
As Canada celebrates a year of legal cannabis, you’ll be surprised to learn that few buyers, sellers, and government regulators know about the cannabis plant’s chemistry or its effects.
Take for instance the local cannabis store. All stores, whether regulated or not, have a typical setup of many jars labeled as indica, sativa or hybrid. Sellers describe sativa as energizing, while indicas are said to be good for relaxation. They tell the buyers that hybrids deliver effects that are in between those of indicas and sativas as hybrids are a mix of these two. But few buyers know that high levels of either THC or CBD can greatly alter these effects. Government retailers also have this kind of information on their websites. And licensed cultivators haven’t been left behind. The beauty of this is that buyers...
What’s the most effective way of taking CBD to relieve period pain?
Most people who use CBD for their period pain often ask this question. According to Dr. Harry Baxter, the vagina is the best way of administering CBD to relieve period pain. Baxter knows a thing or two about CBD and period pains. He’s the head of research for Daye, a startup that’s making CBD infused tampons. The female-owned firm sells its standard naked tampons alongside the CBD infused ones.
Dr. Baxter says that substances that are administered through the vaginal mucosa are then supplied by the blood to the vagina, ovaries, and uterus, instead of getting into the body’s bloodstream.
CBD-infused tampons have 150mg of CBD, aimed at delivering muscle-relaxing relief. The founder of the firm Valentina Milanova says that she has toyed with the idea...
Did you know that inadequate sleep affects your food consumption? A new study shows that lack of enough shut-eye could affect your food choices. The study, published in eLife, was conducted on 25 participants and examined how neural pathways could make inadequate sleep to affect food consumption.
The study is a collaborative work of Dr. Timothy Verstynen and Dr. Christian Buchel from Carnegie Mellon and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf respectively. Their study showed that the level of molecules regulating snack cravings in marijuana consumers was high in the systems of people who had at least four hours of sleep, instead of the recommended eight.
In the study, researchers put participants to sleep for six to nine days every day for seven days and examined their brain function and behavior in several subjects after getting the recommended amount...
There’s a piece of common advice among cannabis consumers; “if you consume a tad too much THC, you can counteract it with some CBD.” This advice has been popular in cannabis consuming groups for a long time, but how true is it actually?
The short answer is yes, you can actually counteract the THC high with a dose of CBD. However, like with any other drugs, the efficacy of this will depend on a number of factors. These include; biology and genetics, the THC/CBD dose ratio, the type of CBD product that you use, and the intensity of anxiety.
CBD has been found to have some medicinal qualities that ease anxiety, regardless of whether it was induced by THC or other factors.
The relationship between THC and CBD
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD is a proven anti-anxiety drug. The...