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One of the effects of chronic cannabinoid use could be a more subdued response when faced with stressful situations, according to a new study published Psychopharmacology. Scientists from Washington State University found that when placed in a simulated stressful situation, those who regularly consume cannabinoids produce less cortisol, the body’s main stress hormone. 

When it comes to treating mental illnesses – especially depression – the options are unfortunately extremely limited. Most of the time pharmaceutical drugs can take weeks, if not months, before the patient notices a difference and oftentimes antidepressant medications are extremely addictive with a long list of potential side effects if you quit taking them suddenly. The worst part is that antidepressants only work for some people – at least 1 in 3 people with depression are unable to find relief through current antidepressant drugs.   

In today’s day and age, people are becoming more and more aware of the reactions going on inside their bodies and finding new methods of what they can do to be naturally healthy. A part of that is physical health and appearance, mainly weight loss. Through scientific studies and evidence, people are discovering new ways to facilitate weight loss through the introduction of different nutrients to their body. Recent studies show a correlation between CBD and natural weight loss through something called “fat browning”.     

Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in eight states, more people are finding themselves wondering what the law says about traveling with cannabis. Complicating matters, the TSA has issued somewhat vague guidelines about what is permissible and what isn’t. And most of the confusion has to do with the status, not of dried flower, but of oils and extracts. Take CBD oil, for example, some types of which are legal everywhere. Can you bring CBD oil on planes? For the most part, yes. And here’s why you might want to.   

Are you experiencing a difficulty falling asleep at night? If you are reading this, and if your answer to this question is “yes”, then you have stumbled onto the right website. Read on to find out how CBD could be the solution to your problem with insomnia.  

Exploring the healing benefits of CBD

Wondering if CBD for rheumatoid arthritis actually works? Well wonder no more, because it most certainly does. Keep on reading to find out why.

Newcomers to cannabidiol (CBD) oil are often curious as to what to expect when having the viscous oil for the first time. The two most common ways to take CBD oil are orally through the mouth, or sublingually, which means to place it under the tongue and allow its botanical compounds to diffuse into the blood through the mucous membrane. Whichever consumption method you choose, you’ll taste the flavor of the CBD oil.   

Hemp cream is a natural pain relief treatment that contains hemp oil. Hemp oil comes from the cannabis sativaplant, which has been used for over 3,000 years to treat a wide array of health problems such as wounds, burns and skin infections. It has also shown to be beneficial for the skin by protecting, moisturize and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

When scientists set out to study the effects that cannabis has on the brain, they made an exciting discovery. They discovered a system within the human body that had previously been relatively unknown. It became known as the Endocannabinoid System, taking its name both from the term cannabis and its active ingredients, cannabinoids.   

Whether you agree with it in principle or not, testing for illicit drug use is a reality for many workers in the United States. Drug testing is mandatory for federal employees, and although it isn’t required in the private sector, more employers are implementing some kind(s) of drug screening.   

The most prominent form of synovial joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA), is characterized by joint degeneration, pain, and in some patients, articular neuropathy.  Chronic pain associated with OA is a major concern for which there are few viable treatments. The first line therapy used to treat OA pain is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); however, withlong-term use their efficacy declines and they can lead to major adverse gastrointestinal and cardiovascular events.  Historically, OA has been classified as a non-inflammatory arthritis; however, there is now overwhelming evidence that synovitis can occur in response to pro inflammatory mediators being released into the joint. It is believed that this low-level inflammation contributes to degenerative changes that affect the entire joint leading to the development of peripheral sensitization and nociceptive pain . In addition to structural defects, there is growing evidence to suggest that approximately 30% of OA patients suffer from neuropathic pain. Thus, a therapeutic which can block inflammation, neuropathy, and pain is sorely needed The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important physiological role in the regulation of tissue inflammation and pain. A functional ECS has been demonstrated in the joints of animals and humans, which acts tonically to maintain joint homeostasis.

Last week saw the announcement that THCa, another molecule found in the cannabis plant, has neuroprotective effects. Apart from flying in the face of the belief that cannabis damages brain cells, why should we care whether something is neuroprotective or not?   

When talking about the therapeutic effects of CBD, it’s often the cannabinoid’s pain reducing ability that is mentioned. As headaches are the most common source of pain in the general population, it would make sense then that CBD could be an interesting therapeutic target.