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22 Health & Wellness 1 day ago / Caledon, Ontario

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22 Health & Wellness 1 week ago / Caledon, Ontario

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Former FDA Head Hints Feds Should Regulate Marijuana To Protect Public Health | Marijuana Moment

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The former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week that conflicting state and federal marijuana laws have created an oversight gap that is exacerbating an outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries, and he indicated that federal regulations may be necessary to resolve the issue.

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  • From 22

    BEST article i have read to date on this topic..

  • From Janelle Simone

    he makes extremely valid points. I hope the federal govt. make a move in the right direction so that all these products on the market can be federally regulated and protect the interest of the public.

Cannabis Wiki Health & Wellness 2 weeks ago / London, Ontario


Are there any cannabis products for helping with social anxiety?

Most of us knows how it feels to be socially awkward, whether its feeling uncomfortable in a room full of people or getting sweaty upon making a presentation or even clammed up in a social situation. Well, what if we help to ease that discomfort? Research is proving that cannabis is effective for relieving anxiety, and with the correct strain, you'll be able to show up and show out in a room full of people.

For the full guide and more, check out Cannabis Wiki.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Super important topic!

Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 3 weeks ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Katree Saunders: A Cannabis Industry Professional Talks

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She's Heading To D.C. To Speak!

Katree Darriel Saunders of Las Vegas has an intense story that would take a book to truly tell. She treats a plethora of health issues with medicinal cannabis and has been featured in multiple publications for her advocacy and lobbying work for patient rights with Americans for Safe Access and NORML. Many patients have a history like hers that includes being tricked into going jail by a deceptive DEA agent – literally incarcerated for possession of a small amount of hash and cannabis. That Nevada sting operation cost her several months of her life - behind bars. In her past she gained momentum at first as a patients rights advocate way back in 2010 when she volunteered for ‘Organizing America’ – a political event in which President Obama spoke about healthcare reform. After being chosen to be on stage and being sat behind him, she shook his hand and had a brief exchange with the president in which Saunders said “We needed to talk about medical patient’s rights.’” She states her responded with “We’re not prosecuting.”

A beyond exciting occurrence for someone who’s been behind bars for possessing the plant – an ability to confront the president about the freedom for all to use what many of us already do on a daily basis. Even though the state of Nevada has made it difficult for her to work, she still is going at it and on her way to Washington DC in days to speak on patients behalf at the NORML conference and congressional lobby day. “I’ve worked in the Industry for years, but now the state doesn’t want to allow a felon to hold a cannabis card or be in the industry. With the new legalization laws across the nation expunging records, patients like myself need freedom. It’s not easy to work in the industry as it is, there’s many false hopes and promises unfulfilled. I have my share of good stories and also bad experiences.”

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(Saunders in 2010 in her meet and greet with President Obama, which was covered by C-Span)

As a patient she’s very complex and has quite the detailed history. I did a brief interview that goes much further into the why and hows of her medicinal cannabis journey. She was featured in Vegas Cannabis Magazine as a veteran of the industry with extensive knowledge in helping patients learn about the synergistic relationship of cannabinoids, terpenes, and cannabis products. James Priest of Emerald Magazine did an entire story on her called “My Bust” that’s very interesting, it’s pertaining to the Sting operation that she was caught up in. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Katree at conferences in Las Vegas, she speaks at local events and more – as well as making waves across social media in regards to patient access, rights, and more. Let’s have a look at how she responded to my own questions for her about her personal use of cannabis and CBD…

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How did you find out about medicinal cannabis or CBD? “I started using cannabis at 16 after a slip and fall at work at McDonald’s and hurting my back. I didn’t find out about CBD until about 2008- 2009 and then started using that too. Cannabis was what helped me get off opioids and benzo’s, it keeps me off of pharmaceuticals.”

What are you treating, can you tell me how the health issue effects you?

“I’m treating fibromyalgia, chronic pain, nerve damage, carpal tunnel, and ruptured disc in my back and neck – spondylosis . As well, I have Hidradenitis suppurativa, PTSD , anxiety from being a prisoner of war. My health issues affect me severely every day. I need foot surgery as I walk on a broken foot that never healed – part of the injuries I sustained in a motor vehicle accident back when I was pre trial. My doctor ended up dying and I had to find a new doctor and get all new medical records. They want to take bone from my hip to fix my foot. Cannabis helps with the chronic pain and neuropathy issues.”

How do you use/consume medicinal cannabis? “I use cannabis flower smoked and vaped, topical products of all types, cannabis oils ingested with specific terpenes that help with pain and inflammation. I look for strains or oils high in a-pinene, myrcene, bisabolol, and linalool. I use all the cannabinoids I can. Especially THC, CBN, CBG, CBC, and of course CBD. They all help the situation – they ease my pain and reduce swelling. When I was working I was using over 4 grams of THC Cannabis oil a week and about 1000 mg of CBD. I make a lot of my own medicine with the magical butter machine. I’d like to thank Garyn from there!”

What type of reaction do you get from friends and family about using Cannabis? “At first people just thought that I was trying to get high, but after CBD got legal people understand now. It’s medicine and I’m using it for pain relief so it’s not as bad as it once was – now they all call me for advice!”

Did you take pharmaceutical medications – if so, has cannabis decreased this? “I am five years pill free from opiates and benzo’s due to medical cannabis, it replaced the pills.”

What else would you like to share about your journey? “As a patient, It’s hard at times to fit into the cannabis industry and keep a positive outlook. The culture of the corporations can be good but there’s many vultures as well. Knowing that the plant didn’t do anything wrong and it shouldn’t be illegal helps me get through it – patients need to talk and those that can should be voices for others. Not all have the right reasons for being in the cannabis industry and some of us are doing it to heal from much more than our illnesses. I’ve had issues in the past in trying to further myself, but I believe many have. I’m just trying to help the community and hope that the industry follows the patients lead.”

What advice would you give to those considering trying out plant medicine like this, but waiting to get more information? “Your body has an Endocannabinoid system that works synergistic with the cannabinoids found in the plant as well as specific terpenes (that come from the plant) to help with pain and inflammation. There’s so much the plant’s medicine can do for people beyond that, education goes along way.”

How is your life now after you’ve discovered how to heal/treat yourself differently. Has your activity level increased? “I can now enjoy my life and my children a lot more and the pain hasn’t subsided but it’s manageable due to cannabis for a much longer extended time relief than opiates and benzo’s every did. Being happy and positive about the future is priceless and cannabis gives me my life back to do so. Being able to teach others about cannabis education and the health benefits is healing in itself.”

What myth about Cannabis do you believe needs to be squashed? “That is a harmful substance, it’s a beautiful plant from God that is here to nourish us just as we need nourishment for our other organs. Our cannabinoid receptors, CB one and two, need to be nourished as well by the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.”

If you could send a message, any message, to the world – what would it be? “We need to end federal cannabis prohibition so people can have safe access to this life giving plant. Give cannabis a chance – it’ll bring your body back into homeostasis without the horrible side effects of pharmaceutical medication. God gave us an Endocannabinoid system that should be nourished and the cannabis plant does that synergistically speaking.”

Have your kids benefited from your use of Cannabis, has it enabled you as a Mom? "It allows me to be a better parent, without my health I'm not able to care for them as well, this would go for anyone treating an illness. My son Josiah uses CBD for migraines - he's almost 13. My oldest Ian is 19, and Azariah is 7, my kids are aware mom uses natural medicine. They all benefit from their mom having the freedom to use the plant instead of pills."

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Reading the links in this story gives one a mini series of the life of a cannabis patient that gets caught with a small amount of it in a state with very strict laws. Since legalization many have been waiting for changes in their state that includes the release of people in prison for convictions like hers as well as expunging of past criminal records related to cannabis possession or even growing it. Many are like Katree are waiting for this to be done federally so that people across America have the ability to speak out. You can contact her on Facebook or LinkedIn if you’d like to help her in the lobbying endeavors or are looking for someone to represent your company in the industry.

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient. Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center. But, most of all, Genevieve’s Daddy https://www.mikesmedicines.com/medical-marijuana/the-cannabis-love-story/

Cover photo credit: Michael W. Rogers

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  • From BahaqueenM

    quite a story!

BahaqueenM Health & Wellness 3 weeks ago / Ontario

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CBD Infused Activewear Sets A New Luxury Trend By Acabada

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    whoa - this technology is crazy!

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    Amazing

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Janelle Simone Health & Wellness 1 month ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Some great ideas! https://thehighblog.com/practicing-self-care-with-cannabis

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8 Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care with Cannabis - The High Blog

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Exercising self-care with cannabis can really amp up your relaxation and zen time. Read on for 8 easy routines you can try at home today! Self-care has become a trending topic for good reason. Neglecting our own minds and bodies can do a number on our overall health.

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22 Health & Wellness 2 months ago / Caledon, Ontario

https://www.420intel.com/articles/2019/07/16/why-cbd-water-may-not-be-legitimate

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Why CBD water may not be legitimate

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What Is CBD Water? Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound extracted from the cannabis plant, can be incredibly useful for a number of conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to chronic pain, inflammation and many others. We've got tinctures, oils, fresh CBD flower, edibles, infused pastries and lattes, and of course: water.

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  • From 22

    Excellent article with good and logical intel... ✅✅

  • From Janelle Simone

    Very enlightening, I noticed some of the same issues with hair products. I've seen an increase of many claiming to be Cannabis this or that, but when you look at the ingredient list the amount of cannabis included is virtually non-existant and thus vastly limiting any benefits of the plant.

    • From 22

      Buyers beware and get the correct facts

Janelle Simone Health & Wellness 3 months ago / Scarborough, Ontario

I love reading articles like this because I'm meeting more and more senior citizens who've said they've gotten their life back by switching to cannabis. It's great to see that more of them are advocating for a greater quality of life as they age. https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-culture/how-cannabis-can-help-older-generations-work-longer-and-boost-their-well-being

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How cannabis can help older generations work longer and boost their well-being

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Out of all drugs, cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal/illicit drug by both young and old adults Out of all drugs, cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal/illicit drug by both young and old adults.

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    It's so true!

  • From 22

    Yep..

Janelle Simone Health & Wellness 3 months ago / Scarborough, Ontario

I've some chatter on here about using cannabis as a part of your work out routine. So I tried it out this week. I vaped prior to my workout and this gave me increased energy I definitely felt like I could keep going which was great. I also vaped after the fact which I was told should help with muscle recovery, and I did notice I didn't get as sore as I normally would. So its a thumbs up for me!

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    I tried this too and had a great workout

Janelle Simone Health & Wellness 3 months ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Consumer habits reflect the survey’s findings; one of the fastest-growing groups of cannabis consumers is adults over 50. https://www.thegrowthop.com/cannabis-health/quality-of-life-is-improved-cannabis-smoking-seniors-say

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Seniors who consumed cannabis in past year reported improved overall health and less pain Seniors who use cannabis are having a better time. At least, that's what science says. Survey data published in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine from researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine reveals seniors who reported having consumed cannabis within the past 12 months believed that it improved their quality of life.

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Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 3 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


How Cannabis Treats My PTSD

Every Memorial Day weekend the same series of events, mostly during sleep, occur that surround the life altering wreck on the racetrack back in 1995. PTSD is the acronym of the weekend to beat ~ I got this. I’m plagued with nightmares that lead up to this date, last night I qualified for the big Sunday race in my dreams as it wasn’t a nightmare.. not yet. Normally that’s reserved for tonight. This year? I’m writing about it instead of holding it in. That's one of the biggest problems for those of us that fight this - internalization of our feelings as for the most part the outside world can't see this problem by looking at us and often will dismiss it as something that we should have 'already gotten over' - likely the worse words to use towards or about someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We don't need to 'get over it', we need to work through it which is why I'm typing right now when I'd rather not be. Let's face it - going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.

PTSD can happen to anyone and it's important to understand it's not a sign of weakness, those I know that are survivors and fight this show me their strength. There's a number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop this and almost all are not under that person's control. For example, if you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop PTSD - maybe you could have avoided the situation or event that caused this, but it's likely something we never planned on happening. In my case there was a known risk. But, How do we live with this? How do we get others to be aware of what we're going through - especially during 'trigger moments' - or like this weekend for me - trigger days. For others it could be the anniversary of just about anything or the reminder of it. For me since I've worked through my problems on my own for the most part - it's the Cannabis Plant that changes my life and allows me to get by. Before I started ingesting oils and extracts from the plant I would often end up hospitalized over Memorial Day weekend as the combination of PTSD and Epilepsy generally means the patient is going to seize. Without cannabis ingested and inhaled, today would be much harder than it is. The plant allows me to refocus, relax, and move out of the anxiety that can literally paralyze a person with memories of the past trauma flooding their mind. Cannabis extracts cause this racing mind to put on the brakes - and literally stop the wreck from mentally recurring in my sleep or even waking hours.

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Today I can make two choices - one would be to continue down the path I go every year on Memorial Day weekend, the other is to stop and consider the fact I'm alive, I can walk again, talk again, see again, I'm free of the pharmaceutical opioids that were started heavily after the wreck, I have my life back. Figuring out what to do with it and how to live it can be a challenge while fighting anxiety, depression, and other effects of PTSD. I believe it's very important for people that are coping with this to have people to talk to. Sometimes It seems like people want to dismiss it, compare it, or to minimize the symptoms, for the patient with this going on that's not good. Today I felt the best way to really talk about this was to write about it. Even if nobody ever read this it's a release that's necessary. I can't count the number of times I've woken in the middle of sleep and realized I'm not on the racetrack - and other times when I've woken in a hospital bed to realize the same thing while I examining my body for injuries from grand mal seizures. As it is PTSD can cause psycho-motor seizures in some cases, but when you add an Epilepsy diagnosis to it - it's like pouring fuel on a fire.

For me it's THC and it's brother or sister CBN that do the most for me, but I won't discount CBD as long as I don't take very high of a dose. Everyone is different and with me I find that CBD alone will make me edgy vs. calm - especially if it's made with Isolate. But when I have the right combination of THC with a tad of CBD and along with CBN I get a very calm feeling that allows my mind to slow down and relax. As it is I already think quickly, speak likely too fast, and type too much - so this combo is an awesome one on any given day. Perfect for replacing opioids, stopping seizures, controlling PTSD, and keeping cancer in remission while also fighting chronic pain. The list is so long of what my own continually changing cannabinoid medicine protocol does for me, the reason it has to be a fluctuating protocol is due to the number of issues being addressed.

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For example, this weekend I'll be dosing very high with THC during the day. 10:1 and 20:1 (Whole plant Cannabis) THC:CBD with CBN used separately in the afternoon and evenings to build up the ability to sleep through the race that continues in mind mind after the eyes close. Because CBD does have an uplifting effect on me that's what I'm using more in the morning as it allows me to escape depression that comes after a night of racing and wrecking in my sleep and the anxiety of the knowledge it can and does happen. It's all a matter of knowing ourselves, our bodies, and how Cannabinoids/The Plant will work for us. This is a trial and error type of creation when it comes to protocols, the necessity to change a protocol is easy to spot - it's not working right. With doctors and pharmaceuticals we see the limitations they have right away when comparing the plant to pills. It's way harder to 'dial in' a protocol of pharmaceuticals that will work in my opinion for most people with PTSD, so the issue once again is access for all patients.

We can live a better life and make it through times of trouble if we have the right supports. Sometimes that means people willing to listen and help you and it definitely means the right medicinal support. Many will choose western medicine or natural without thinking "I'll use both" and integrating the use of cannabis and extracts into their healthcare. I do this purposely although I'd rather not when it comes to PTSD as I literally don't want to talk about it with a doctor that's given me a short time slot to see them in. I also don't want to talk to a psychiatrist that quickly prescribes pills I don't need or psychologists that will see me so little that it has no benefit. But I do want my medical file documented and have had 2 pharmaceuticals removed over the years of using cannabis that both were prescribed for 'Severe PTSD & Anxiety" with medical records now indicating the use of cannabis and cbd oil instead of them. Sometimes Integrating your cannabis medicine into your other treatments get tricky - but I don't make my goal of it all to be right in debates with doctors, The goal has always been to get the medication list to show cannabis and extract use as the pharmaceutical use diminishes.

We can overcome the symptoms of PTSD - whether it's the use of cannabinoid medicine or another support system - hang in there because life gets better. If you're suffering from this - stay strong and stay bold, be your own hero. Remember that the more you speak out about this the more you are listened to and the better you'll feel inside. For me it doesn't matter if not one person reads this as I wrote this article for my own well being knowing it likely could help others.

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient, Founder - Global Cannabinoid Research Center. And, most of all, Genevieve's Daddy ~

https://www.mikesmedicines.com/medical-marijuana/the-cannabis-love-story/


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Cannabis Wiki Health & Wellness 2 weeks ago / London, Ontario


Are there any cannabis products for helping with social anxiety?

Most of us knows how it feels to be socially awkward, whether its feeling uncomfortable in a room full of people or getting sweaty upon making a presentation or even clammed up in a social situation. Well, what if we help to ease that discomfort? Research is proving that cannabis is effective for relieving anxiety, and with the correct strain, you'll be able to show up and show out in a room full of people.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Super important topic!

Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 3 weeks ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Katree Saunders: A Cannabis Industry Professional Talks

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She's Heading To D.C. To Speak!

Katree Darriel Saunders of Las Vegas has an intense story that would take a book to truly tell. She treats a plethora of health issues with medicinal cannabis and has been featured in multiple publications for her advocacy and lobbying work for patient rights with Americans for Safe Access and NORML. Many patients have a history like hers that includes being tricked into going jail by a deceptive DEA agent – literally incarcerated for possession of a small amount of hash and cannabis. That Nevada sting operation cost her several months of her life - behind bars. In her past she gained momentum at first as a patients rights advocate way back in 2010 when she volunteered for ‘Organizing America’ – a political event in which President Obama spoke about healthcare reform. After being chosen to be on stage and being sat behind him, she shook his hand and had a brief exchange with the president in which Saunders said “We needed to talk about medical patient’s rights.’” She states her responded with “We’re not prosecuting.”

A beyond exciting occurrence for someone who’s been behind bars for possessing the plant – an ability to confront the president about the freedom for all to use what many of us already do on a daily basis. Even though the state of Nevada has made it difficult for her to work, she still is going at it and on her way to Washington DC in days to speak on patients behalf at the NORML conference and congressional lobby day. “I’ve worked in the Industry for years, but now the state doesn’t want to allow a felon to hold a cannabis card or be in the industry. With the new legalization laws across the nation expunging records, patients like myself need freedom. It’s not easy to work in the industry as it is, there’s many false hopes and promises unfulfilled. I have my share of good stories and also bad experiences.”

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(Saunders in 2010 in her meet and greet with President Obama, which was covered by C-Span)

As a patient she’s very complex and has quite the detailed history. I did a brief interview that goes much further into the why and hows of her medicinal cannabis journey. She was featured in Vegas Cannabis Magazine as a veteran of the industry with extensive knowledge in helping patients learn about the synergistic relationship of cannabinoids, terpenes, and cannabis products. James Priest of Emerald Magazine did an entire story on her called “My Bust” that’s very interesting, it’s pertaining to the Sting operation that she was caught up in. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Katree at conferences in Las Vegas, she speaks at local events and more – as well as making waves across social media in regards to patient access, rights, and more. Let’s have a look at how she responded to my own questions for her about her personal use of cannabis and CBD…

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How did you find out about medicinal cannabis or CBD? “I started using cannabis at 16 after a slip and fall at work at McDonald’s and hurting my back. I didn’t find out about CBD until about 2008- 2009 and then started using that too. Cannabis was what helped me get off opioids and benzo’s, it keeps me off of pharmaceuticals.”

What are you treating, can you tell me how the health issue effects you?

“I’m treating fibromyalgia, chronic pain, nerve damage, carpal tunnel, and ruptured disc in my back and neck – spondylosis . As well, I have Hidradenitis suppurativa, PTSD , anxiety from being a prisoner of war. My health issues affect me severely every day. I need foot surgery as I walk on a broken foot that never healed – part of the injuries I sustained in a motor vehicle accident back when I was pre trial. My doctor ended up dying and I had to find a new doctor and get all new medical records. They want to take bone from my hip to fix my foot. Cannabis helps with the chronic pain and neuropathy issues.”

How do you use/consume medicinal cannabis? “I use cannabis flower smoked and vaped, topical products of all types, cannabis oils ingested with specific terpenes that help with pain and inflammation. I look for strains or oils high in a-pinene, myrcene, bisabolol, and linalool. I use all the cannabinoids I can. Especially THC, CBN, CBG, CBC, and of course CBD. They all help the situation – they ease my pain and reduce swelling. When I was working I was using over 4 grams of THC Cannabis oil a week and about 1000 mg of CBD. I make a lot of my own medicine with the magical butter machine. I’d like to thank Garyn from there!”

What type of reaction do you get from friends and family about using Cannabis? “At first people just thought that I was trying to get high, but after CBD got legal people understand now. It’s medicine and I’m using it for pain relief so it’s not as bad as it once was – now they all call me for advice!”

Did you take pharmaceutical medications – if so, has cannabis decreased this? “I am five years pill free from opiates and benzo’s due to medical cannabis, it replaced the pills.”

What else would you like to share about your journey? “As a patient, It’s hard at times to fit into the cannabis industry and keep a positive outlook. The culture of the corporations can be good but there’s many vultures as well. Knowing that the plant didn’t do anything wrong and it shouldn’t be illegal helps me get through it – patients need to talk and those that can should be voices for others. Not all have the right reasons for being in the cannabis industry and some of us are doing it to heal from much more than our illnesses. I’ve had issues in the past in trying to further myself, but I believe many have. I’m just trying to help the community and hope that the industry follows the patients lead.”

What advice would you give to those considering trying out plant medicine like this, but waiting to get more information? “Your body has an Endocannabinoid system that works synergistic with the cannabinoids found in the plant as well as specific terpenes (that come from the plant) to help with pain and inflammation. There’s so much the plant’s medicine can do for people beyond that, education goes along way.”

How is your life now after you’ve discovered how to heal/treat yourself differently. Has your activity level increased? “I can now enjoy my life and my children a lot more and the pain hasn’t subsided but it’s manageable due to cannabis for a much longer extended time relief than opiates and benzo’s every did. Being happy and positive about the future is priceless and cannabis gives me my life back to do so. Being able to teach others about cannabis education and the health benefits is healing in itself.”

What myth about Cannabis do you believe needs to be squashed? “That is a harmful substance, it’s a beautiful plant from God that is here to nourish us just as we need nourishment for our other organs. Our cannabinoid receptors, CB one and two, need to be nourished as well by the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.”

If you could send a message, any message, to the world – what would it be? “We need to end federal cannabis prohibition so people can have safe access to this life giving plant. Give cannabis a chance – it’ll bring your body back into homeostasis without the horrible side effects of pharmaceutical medication. God gave us an Endocannabinoid system that should be nourished and the cannabis plant does that synergistically speaking.”

Have your kids benefited from your use of Cannabis, has it enabled you as a Mom? "It allows me to be a better parent, without my health I'm not able to care for them as well, this would go for anyone treating an illness. My son Josiah uses CBD for migraines - he's almost 13. My oldest Ian is 19, and Azariah is 7, my kids are aware mom uses natural medicine. They all benefit from their mom having the freedom to use the plant instead of pills."

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Reading the links in this story gives one a mini series of the life of a cannabis patient that gets caught with a small amount of it in a state with very strict laws. Since legalization many have been waiting for changes in their state that includes the release of people in prison for convictions like hers as well as expunging of past criminal records related to cannabis possession or even growing it. Many are like Katree are waiting for this to be done federally so that people across America have the ability to speak out. You can contact her on Facebook or LinkedIn if you’d like to help her in the lobbying endeavors or are looking for someone to represent your company in the industry.

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient. Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center. But, most of all, Genevieve’s Daddy https://www.mikesmedicines.com/medical-marijuana/the-cannabis-love-story/

Cover photo credit: Michael W. Rogers

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    quite a story!

Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 3 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


How Cannabis Treats My PTSD

Every Memorial Day weekend the same series of events, mostly during sleep, occur that surround the life altering wreck on the racetrack back in 1995. PTSD is the acronym of the weekend to beat ~ I got this. I’m plagued with nightmares that lead up to this date, last night I qualified for the big Sunday race in my dreams as it wasn’t a nightmare.. not yet. Normally that’s reserved for tonight. This year? I’m writing about it instead of holding it in. That's one of the biggest problems for those of us that fight this - internalization of our feelings as for the most part the outside world can't see this problem by looking at us and often will dismiss it as something that we should have 'already gotten over' - likely the worse words to use towards or about someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We don't need to 'get over it', we need to work through it which is why I'm typing right now when I'd rather not be. Let's face it - going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.

PTSD can happen to anyone and it's important to understand it's not a sign of weakness, those I know that are survivors and fight this show me their strength. There's a number of factors can increase the chance that someone will develop this and almost all are not under that person's control. For example, if you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop PTSD - maybe you could have avoided the situation or event that caused this, but it's likely something we never planned on happening. In my case there was a known risk. But, How do we live with this? How do we get others to be aware of what we're going through - especially during 'trigger moments' - or like this weekend for me - trigger days. For others it could be the anniversary of just about anything or the reminder of it. For me since I've worked through my problems on my own for the most part - it's the Cannabis Plant that changes my life and allows me to get by. Before I started ingesting oils and extracts from the plant I would often end up hospitalized over Memorial Day weekend as the combination of PTSD and Epilepsy generally means the patient is going to seize. Without cannabis ingested and inhaled, today would be much harder than it is. The plant allows me to refocus, relax, and move out of the anxiety that can literally paralyze a person with memories of the past trauma flooding their mind. Cannabis extracts cause this racing mind to put on the brakes - and literally stop the wreck from mentally recurring in my sleep or even waking hours.

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Today I can make two choices - one would be to continue down the path I go every year on Memorial Day weekend, the other is to stop and consider the fact I'm alive, I can walk again, talk again, see again, I'm free of the pharmaceutical opioids that were started heavily after the wreck, I have my life back. Figuring out what to do with it and how to live it can be a challenge while fighting anxiety, depression, and other effects of PTSD. I believe it's very important for people that are coping with this to have people to talk to. Sometimes It seems like people want to dismiss it, compare it, or to minimize the symptoms, for the patient with this going on that's not good. Today I felt the best way to really talk about this was to write about it. Even if nobody ever read this it's a release that's necessary. I can't count the number of times I've woken in the middle of sleep and realized I'm not on the racetrack - and other times when I've woken in a hospital bed to realize the same thing while I examining my body for injuries from grand mal seizures. As it is PTSD can cause psycho-motor seizures in some cases, but when you add an Epilepsy diagnosis to it - it's like pouring fuel on a fire.

For me it's THC and it's brother or sister CBN that do the most for me, but I won't discount CBD as long as I don't take very high of a dose. Everyone is different and with me I find that CBD alone will make me edgy vs. calm - especially if it's made with Isolate. But when I have the right combination of THC with a tad of CBD and along with CBN I get a very calm feeling that allows my mind to slow down and relax. As it is I already think quickly, speak likely too fast, and type too much - so this combo is an awesome one on any given day. Perfect for replacing opioids, stopping seizures, controlling PTSD, and keeping cancer in remission while also fighting chronic pain. The list is so long of what my own continually changing cannabinoid medicine protocol does for me, the reason it has to be a fluctuating protocol is due to the number of issues being addressed.

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For example, this weekend I'll be dosing very high with THC during the day. 10:1 and 20:1 (Whole plant Cannabis) THC:CBD with CBN used separately in the afternoon and evenings to build up the ability to sleep through the race that continues in mind mind after the eyes close. Because CBD does have an uplifting effect on me that's what I'm using more in the morning as it allows me to escape depression that comes after a night of racing and wrecking in my sleep and the anxiety of the knowledge it can and does happen. It's all a matter of knowing ourselves, our bodies, and how Cannabinoids/The Plant will work for us. This is a trial and error type of creation when it comes to protocols, the necessity to change a protocol is easy to spot - it's not working right. With doctors and pharmaceuticals we see the limitations they have right away when comparing the plant to pills. It's way harder to 'dial in' a protocol of pharmaceuticals that will work in my opinion for most people with PTSD, so the issue once again is access for all patients.

We can live a better life and make it through times of trouble if we have the right supports. Sometimes that means people willing to listen and help you and it definitely means the right medicinal support. Many will choose western medicine or natural without thinking "I'll use both" and integrating the use of cannabis and extracts into their healthcare. I do this purposely although I'd rather not when it comes to PTSD as I literally don't want to talk about it with a doctor that's given me a short time slot to see them in. I also don't want to talk to a psychiatrist that quickly prescribes pills I don't need or psychologists that will see me so little that it has no benefit. But I do want my medical file documented and have had 2 pharmaceuticals removed over the years of using cannabis that both were prescribed for 'Severe PTSD & Anxiety" with medical records now indicating the use of cannabis and cbd oil instead of them. Sometimes Integrating your cannabis medicine into your other treatments get tricky - but I don't make my goal of it all to be right in debates with doctors, The goal has always been to get the medication list to show cannabis and extract use as the pharmaceutical use diminishes.

We can overcome the symptoms of PTSD - whether it's the use of cannabinoid medicine or another support system - hang in there because life gets better. If you're suffering from this - stay strong and stay bold, be your own hero. Remember that the more you speak out about this the more you are listened to and the better you'll feel inside. For me it doesn't matter if not one person reads this as I wrote this article for my own well being knowing it likely could help others.

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient, Founder - Global Cannabinoid Research Center. And, most of all, Genevieve's Daddy ~

https://www.mikesmedicines.com/medical-marijuana/the-cannabis-love-story/


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JADEO Health & Wellness 6 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The BEST Of Cannabis Spring Break travel

West Coast Cannabis spring break travel

Spring break has long been associated with beaches, booze, and bikinis in iconic destinations like Daytona Beach or Cabo San Lucas. But, what if tacos and tequila are not your thing? With March destination travel in mind, the team at JADEO wanted to take a closer look at cannabis friendly places Canadians can travel to this time of year to get away. While the world is still a complicated maze of permissions around medical travelers, the cluster of recreational states from California to the Pacific Northwest makes us want to fly west and follow the sun. Below we explore a few special places to check out along the cannabis trail of the West Coast.

Vancouver Island

Toted as the “Hawaii of Canada, Vancouver Island is known for its milder winters and early springs, with daffodil and crocus sightings as early as January. An hour ferry ride from Vancouver, the heart of “the island” would arguably be the Cowichan, known for majestic forests, crystal clear lakes, slow food, it’s beautiful bay, and the home of the first female-focused cannabis magazine The Her(b) Life. We wanted to highlight this stunning region because there are more sunshine hours in the Cowichan than anywhere else in B.C. In fact, the Cowichan means land warmed by the sun in the Coast Salish First Nation language. This region of Vancouver Island has the country’s warmest mean year-round temperature and is said to be Canada’s only Mediterranean climatic zone.

Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.
Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island.

Across the island - along the western coast, Tofino attracts surfers from around the globe and conjures up ideas of VW vans and adventurous nature lovers with it’s Canadian West Coast lifestyle. Tofino is a perfect place for outdoor exploration, ocean, and cozy lodges. In contrast, Victoria is a busy little city a few hours south, on the southernmost tip of the island. The capital of B.C. attracts millions of tourists a year, many from cruise ships heading to or from Alaska. A great place to visit on a west coast getaway, Victoria boasts a plethora of dispensaries in its downtown core where visitors can purchase flower and follow along a guide known as the “weed walk,” by Hotel Zed. This a cannabis-friendly motel just north of the downtown core and promotes getting high exploring Victoria. Want to trip-hop over to Washington state? Small hovercrafts and ferries leave Victoria’s downtown harbour almost hourly heading to its sister city, Seattle.

Southern California

While the entire state boasts attractive places to visit with dispensaries aplenty, we wanted to feature the sunniest part of the state for a winter getaway. With cannabis available recreationally across California, there is no need to get a medical license or bring it in from outside the state (remember it is illegal to fly outside of Canada with cannabis). Since Southern California spans from Santa Barbara to San Diego, there are hundreds of tourist attractions from Hollywood to Disneyworld to the San Diego Zoo. In recent years, places that are lesser known have been coming into greater popularity, like Ojai, a small city north of Los Angeles that offers travelers a quieter place to getaway to, attracting bohemian millennials with its art galleries and new age shops.

Malibu, California

Malibu, California

Then there are places like Malibu or Palm Springs which offer more upscale accommodations with local dispensaries making posh pot accessible to tourists. Various portfolios of products such as oils, tinctures, resins, consumables, and strains have entered into the marketplace to offer a wide range of selection to tourists as well as locals. With the current state of legalization creating harsh restrictions on huge categories of products available in Canada, this type of variation and availability in California makes for a huge draw for the canna-tourist.

Oregon

A much-loved region for viticulture and homegrown, Oregon has become known as a hot destination for cannabis travel since the state legalized in 2014. Home to dozens of dispensaries and Instagram famous brands like @ladiesofparadise, cannabis have helped to put Portland on the map for travelers looking for cannabis experiences. Also, home to our recent Women in Cannabis Wednesday, Savina Fierro, Portland has been breaking the stigma and trailblazing with destination travel designed around this new scene.

A few favourites include Portland’s Japanese Gardens, the inner city hiking trails of Mount Tabor, Living Room Theaters, the legendary Voodoo Donuts, Pittock Mansion and the Portland Saturday Market.

Porland, Oregon
Porland, Oregon

Want to book somewhere special? The Jupiter boutique hotel in Portland made our worldwide list of canna-getaways for offering the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon. This optional add on to your stay includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis.

Hawaii

Hawaii and has made news as of recent for relaxing laws for medical cannabis patients visiting as tourists. While in Hawaii, patients can now pay a fee to be able to use their cannabis prescriptions to obtain the plant safely and legally for medical purposes.

This round up of beautiful and fun destinations is sure to guarantee you an amazing spring break!

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    So cool to see how cannabis and tourism are becoming the perfect pair!

JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


How Manual Labour Affects Your Sleep

Regular exercise is associated with better sleep, so it’s natural to assume that physically demanding jobs might also enhance the sleep experience. It turns out, however, that compared to those who have low-activity jobs (working at a call center or as a computer programmer, for example), people who perform manual labor for a living (construction workers, farmers, and others) have a higher prevalence of sleep disturbances. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to combat the unique sleep challenges of manual labor and make sure your sleep is sound.

Why Manual Labor Sometimes Equals Less Sleep

The fact that physical jobs are correlated with more sleep disturbances may be because manual labor can lead to musculoskeletal pain, which can make it tough to relax enough to fall asleep. It’s also possible that some higher-activity jobs, like being a firefighter, can be stressful, and greater stress has been linked with difficulty falling and staying asleep.

Why Sleep Matters

Healthy sleep is very important for your health and for your productivity on the job. You need sleep in order to feel energized during the day, and to decrease the chance of health conditions such as heart disease and weight gain.

How to Make Sure Your Sleep Is Sound

Though it is unlikely that you can choose your hours around your sleep schedule, you can maximize the quantity and quality of sleep that you do get. Talk with your doctor about strategies that could lead to improved sleep. For example, activities that reduce stress levels—such as relaxation exercises , meditating, cannabis, or winding down at night with a bath and good book—could help you fall asleep faster and get more hours of sleep.

Source: The National Sleep Foundation

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JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Beyond CPAP: Could Medical Cannabis Treat Sleep Apnea?

Source: Sleep Review: The Journal For Sleep Specialists
By Lisa Spear

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a molecule found in cannabis that is commonly known for its psychoactive properties, could be a viable therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, but research in this area is still in its infancy.

The Minnesota Department of Health approved medical cannabis for the treatment of sleep apnea last year. This means that in August the first sleep apnea patients were able to obtain medical cannabis under state law, though it remains classified as an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic on the federal level. While some providers feel the state’s decision is a step in the right direction, it has ignited a debate among sleep medicine physicians about whether there is enough evidence of the plant’s effectiveness to recommend its use for patient populations.

Not long after the department’s announcement, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) came forward with a statement against the use of medical cannabis for sleep apnea.¹ “We do not have enough data to tell us if it is OK to use it at this point,” says Kannan Ramar, MBBS, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In a brief, the Minnesota Department of Health cited recent research, including a clinical trial on dronabinol, synthetic THC that has been used for years to prevent nausea in chemotherapy patients.² The medication was a new approach to the treatment of sleep apnea because it targeted the brain instead of the physical problem of collapsing airways. This reflects the new idea that sleep apnea is not just a physical problem but may be caused by several factors, including poor regulation of the upper airway muscles by the brain. The study from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Northwestern Medicine was published in the journal SLEEP in 2017.³

Dronabinol had positive outcomes in some subjects, possibly by increasing airway muscle tone. After six weeks of treatment, patients experienced fewer episodes of shallow breathing and apneas throughout the night. The primary outcome was that dronabinol decreased the severity of the disorder (as assessed by the apnea-hypopnea index) by 33% of the pretreatment value, on average among all subjects.

The researchers think that dronabinol works by binding to cannabinoid receptors on the nerves that regulate the upper airway muscles. This inhibits activation of the vagus nerve, which increases muscle activity to stop airway collapse during sleep, says the principal investigator of the study, David Carley, PhD, a professor of biobehavioral health sciences, medicine, and bioengineering at UIC.

He cautions that while this work could lead to new treatments for sleep apnea, the promising results of the study do not apply directly to the cannabis plant in its natural form—since dronabinol was studied in isolation. Any reference to his research to justify the approval of medical cannabis is taking his work out of context, Carley says, since cannabis plants contain over a hundred biologically active molecules that interact with one another.

The drug dronabinol contains just one biologically active molecule. Further research is needed to fully understand how other molecules found in cannabis plants might impact patients with sleep apnea, says Carley.

“I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be or couldn’t be therapeutic; I’m saying that we don’t have any data on that yet,” he says. “There is a lot more work that needs to be done.”

Research manager in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Medical Cannabis, Thomas Arneson, MD, MPH, agrees. The former Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, made the decision to give sleep apnea patients the freedom to try medical cannabis to see if it works for them on an individual basis, but patients should still use caution, says Arneson.

“If you choose to use some cannabis products, bear in mind, that there is very little research evidence that shows that it works, and if you do use it make sure to check back in with your healthcare provider to make sure it is working for you,” he says.

In the dronabinol study, the researchers found significant improvement in the objective measures of severity of obstructive sleep apnea compared to the participants who took placebos. The subjects’ breathing during sleep and daytime alertness improved. These are positive signals that dronabinol, at least, potentially has a therapeutic, positive effect in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, says Carley.

A drug that treats the cause of sleep apnea could one day give patients more options to manage their condition. “The CPAP device targets the physical problem but not the cause,” says co-lead author Phyllis Zee, MD, in a release. “The drug targets the brain and nerves that regulate the upper airway muscles. It alters the neurotransmitters from the brain that communicate with the muscles. Better understanding of this will help us develop more effective and personalized treatments for sleep apnea.”

New cannabis therapies for sleep apnea are already on the horizon. Nasal respiratory and sleep technology company Rhinomed recently announced that it is partnering with the medical cannabis company Columbia Care to develop a product that can be administered through the nose with a nasal stent during sleep. The investigational cannabis product would treat several qualifying conditions, including obstructive sleep apnea.

“It is administered almost like a dermal patch, but inside the nose. What we can do is we can deliver a very set amount over a set period of time,” says Michael Johnson, CEO of Rhinomed. “And because it is going directly into the blood, into your circulatory system, we can actually use a much lower amount to achieve a clinical outcome than if you were to swallow it.”

This could offer an alternative to CPAP therapy. “That’s really interesting to us because certainly compliance rates with CPAP are under 40%. It’s an expensive therapy, patients don’t really like it, and yet there’s been no innovation in the sector for a long time,” says Johnson. “Here is an opportunity, potentially, to create a whole new mode of therapy that actually doesn’t treat the symptom of sleep apnea, but actually goes to ask the question: What is the underlying cause, what is the underlying reason why people have apnea?”

References

1. Ramar K, Rosen IM, Kirsch DB, et al. Medical Cannabis and the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Position Statement. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Apr 15;14(4):679-81.

2. Minnesota Department of Health. Issue Brief on Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 2017 Sept. Available at www.health.state.mn.us/topics/cannabis/rulemaking/sleepapneabrief.pdf.

3. Carley DW, Prasad B, Reid KJ, et al. Pharmacotherapy of apnea by cannabimimetic enhancement, the PACE clinical trial: effects of dronabinol in obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep. 2018 Jan 1;41(1).

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JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Why Lack Of Sleep Is Bad For Your Health

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health?

One in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.

It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.

How much sleep do we need?

Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.

As a general rule, if you wake up tired and spend the day longing for a chance to have a nap, it's likely that you're not getting enough sleep.

A variety of factors can cause poor sleep, including health conditions such as sleep apnoea. But in most cases, it's due to bad sleeping habits.

What happens if I don't sleep?

Everyone's experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night's sleep.

An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won't harm your health.

After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You'll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

If it continues, lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Here are 7 ways in which a good night's sleep can boost your health:

1. Sleep boosts immunity

If you seem to catch every cold and flu that's going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you're less able to fend off bugs.

2. Sleep can slim you

Sleeping less may mean you put on weight! Studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a day tend to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get 7 hours of slumber.

It's believed to be because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone).

3. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing

Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it's not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than 6 hours a night.

4. Sleep prevents diabetes

Studies have suggested that people who usually sleep less than 5 hours a night have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

It seems that missing out on deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes by changing the way the body processes glucose, which the body uses for energy.

5. Sleep increases sex drive

Men and women who don't get enough quality sleep have lower libidos and less of an interest in sex, research suggests.

Men who suffer from sleep apnoea – a disorder in which breathing difficulties lead to interrupted sleep – also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.

6. Sleep wards off heart disease

Long-standing sleep deprivation seems to be associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.

7. Sleep increases fertility

Difficulty conceiving a baby has been claimed as one of the effects of sleep deprivation, in both men and women. Apparently, regular sleep disruptions can cause trouble conceiving by reducing the secretion of reproductive hormones.

How to catch up on lost sleep

If you don't get enough sleep, there's only one way to compensate – getting more sleep.

It won't happen with a single early night. If you've had months of restricted sleep, you'll have built up a significant sleep debt, so expect recovery to take several weeks.

Starting on a weekend, try to add on an extra hour or 2 of sleep a night. The way to do this is to go to bed when you're tired, and allow your body to wake you in the morning (no alarm clocks allowed!).

Expect to sleep for upwards of 10 hours a night at first. After a while, the amount of time you sleep will gradually decrease to a normal level.

Don't rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up. They may boost your energy and concentration temporarily, but can disrupt your sleep patterns even further in the long term.

Source: National Health Service UK

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JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Can CBD Help You Sleep Better? How CBD Treats Insomnia (VIDEO)

We love the way Thomas DeLauer discusses CBD and sleep, and breaks down how CBD treats sleep disorders like insomnia.

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JADEO makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability with respect to any content contained within the video.

JADEO urges you to consult with a qualified physician for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment plans with respect to your medical condition(s) and/or wellness goals.

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    Good info...

JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


11 Tips For Healthy Sleep

Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good sleep hygiene. In an effort to achieve good sleep hygiene and get a good nights rest, try to maintain following sleep practices on a consistent basis:

1. Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends.

This helps to regulate your body's clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.

2. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.

A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.

3. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.

Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can't fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.

4. Exercise daily.

Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.

5. Evaluate your room.

Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool –between 60 and 67 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes a bed partner's sleep disruptions such as snoring. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, "white noise" machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.

6. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.

Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up

7. Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms.

Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check.

8. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.

Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.

9. Wind down.

Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. For some people, using an electronic device such as a laptop can make it hard to fall asleep, because the particular type of light emanating from the screens of these devices is activating to the brain. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid electronics before bed or in the middle of the night.

10. If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for sleep and sex to strengthen the association between bed and sleep. If you associate a particular activity or item with anxiety about sleeping, omit it from your bedtime routine.

11. If you’re still having trouble sleeping

Don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or to find a sleep professional. You may also benefit from recording your sleep in a Sleep Diary to help you better evaluate common patterns or issues you may see with your sleep or sleeping habits.

Source: The National Sleep Foundation

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  • From Burge

    Wow, this is great. I need to follow some of these...

    • From Janelle Simone

      Agreed!

JADEO Health & Wellness 7 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Science Of Smell In A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep hygiene is a concept that is getting more attention in recent years, something that can play a key role for insomnia sufferers in getting a good night’s sleep. As we all know, getting a good night’s sleep is key to being able to focus during the day, so we wanted to do a deeper dive into the nuances of herbal medicine to support JADEO readers on their quest for deep, therapeutic rest!

Sleep experts typically recommend creating a soothing sleep environment devoid of electronic distractions, avoiding caffeine and other stimulants in the hours before bed, and establishing a nighttime routine. These habits can all help you achieve that sought after well-rested feeling in the morning.

Our recent deep dive into cannabinoids for sleep illuminated the role of CBN, a little-known cannabinoid with medically identified sedative effects. Because a good night’s rest is so important for overall health and healing, we wanted to explore further and look at what other herbal therapies go hand in hand with cannabis for sleep?

Best Terpenes For A Calming, Sedating Effect


The tweet from Green Relief is true! Scientists are working to demystify the effects of terpenes on properties of cannabis, and as they uncover more of the connection between the scent profiles and powers of the plant, we can use their findings to select the best weed strains for sleep.

First, you may be wondering - what are terpenes?

Terpenes can be defined as “any of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees” and can be found in the same glands that produce THC and CBD.

Female cannabis plants, especially, produce trichomes (the small fuzzy and crystal-like) hairs found on buds, which produce THC, CBD, flavonoids, and terpenes.

Terpenes, not only give your smoke its aroma and colour, but terpenes are also known to have a variety of medicinal attributes that are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and can benefit people suffering from the likes of asthma, depression, chronic pain, and much more.

While we are discovering that a range of terpenes are good for anxiety or nervousness, one particular terpene, called myrcene, is known to have a sedating effect which is helpful to induce sleep. Also found in mangos, lemongrass and thyme - it’s benefits include pain reduction, relief from inflammation and antioxidant properties.

Best Essential Oils For Sleep + Relaxation

As mentioned, the terpenes in cannabis are found in the essential oils of many other plants. Many of these plants have had traditional medicinal uses for hundreds of years. Some of these traditional medicinal uses include calming or sleep-inducing effects. Some of the popular favourites are found in lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, neroli, and cedarwood.

Best Herbal Teas or Tinctures For Sleep

Not surprisingly using many of the same herbs in teas and tinctures can also help lull you to sleep. In addition to common herbs lavender and chamomile, we suggest strong herbs that may not have as pleasing aromatic profiles, such as passionflower, valerian or hops to help knock you out. Both infusing herbs as a tea or taking them orally as a potent extraction (tincture) are wonderful ways to use the power of natural medicine to guide the body to a restful state. Combining the powers of herbal medicine with optimal sleep hygiene practices should send you well on your way to restful zzzs.


Remember to always consult a medical professional before starting any new health care regimen.

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JADEO Health & Wellness 8 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Cannabis And Sleep: Is CBD And/Or THC The Answer To Your Sleep Woes?

It’s an issue that affects us all; quality and duration of sleep. Whether you’re a busy 9-5er, a relaxed retiree or anywhere in between, it can be hard to get your recommended seven hours a day. While humans have been using puffs of Indica's to help lull into a bedtime slumber for thousands of years, new medical research is beginning to back that adding cannabis as a sleep aid has the potential to help with any short-term sleep troubles.

While we know certain strains of cannabis can be used as a sedative and sleep agent, the jury is still out on what formulation uniquely treats difficulty sleeping. THC and CBD have alternating effects on sleep depending on dosage. Anecdotal and research evidence hasn’t given us great guidelines on exact measured milligram levels, although a 1:1 mixture of both has been shown to have maximum sleep benefit in people suffering from chronic pain, according to a 2017 review on the role of cannabinoids in sleep disorders.

Less Isn't Always More

Based on the research that has been done so far, there is counter-intuitive information that shows you can be fooled by common assumptions around cannabis and sleep. For example, high dose CBD has been shown to help with sleep, but low dose CBD has been shown to have stimulant effects. Studies in both humans and mice which administered lower doses of CBD demonstrated increased wakefulness. Another study of medical cannabis users found that users treating insomnia were more likely to use high dose CBD strains. More research needs to be done on exact dosing, but these insights can bring medical cannabis consumers the insight needed to use CBD effectively for a good night's sleep.

Know Your Cannabinoids

Researcher Dr. Evan Russo identified sedative effects in the cannabinoid known as cannabinol (CBN), which is found in smokable flower in increasing concentrations over time through the oxidation of THC. She argues that the sativa and indica designations are useless, and recommends focusing on cannabinoid content instead - promoting the quest for higher levels of CBN in a strain designated for sleep.

Watch Your Tolerance

Sleep latency is a key benefit of cannabis for sleep, meaning it can help you fall asleep more quickly, and stay asleep longer. Short-term cannabis use can help you fall asleep faster, but for some people, that’s not always the case. Some early studies point to the development of tolerance to the sedative effects in some people who report long-term cannabis usage.

Practice Makes Perfect?

Different modes of ingestion yield different effects, so consider trying an oil and a flower vape while you test out what works best for you. We know that in general, ingesting cannabis orally has a prolonged, body-high effect that is uneven in onset, while inhaling cannabis has a more immediate and pronounced impact on your body. Personalized treatment for sleep, as with any condition, is the best way to achieve optimal results.

So, does cannabis improve or cure sleep deficiencies? The verdict is still officially out on that as more research needs to be done. However, current research does prove it can provide some relief to a number of individuals.

Remember to always consult a medical professional before starting any new health care regimen.

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    It helps me sleep for sure!

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JADEO Health & Wellness 8 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Cannabis And Fitness: The Real Deal

The stoner stereotype is slowly being blazed away as a new image of cannabis is emerging, one which can be linked to an active, healthy life. JADEO wanted to explore the relationship between cannabis and fitness for our readers so we took a look at what the research says and new, emerging best practice trends.

Remembering that the role of the endocannabinoid system is to achieve homeostasis and balance, it makes perfect sense that cannabis would be used as a natural health and wellness tool, but the stigmas around cannabis use may make us second guess it’s place in fitness. In fact, it can provide energy, endurance, pain relief from a sports injury, and can speed up muscle recovery. When using cannabis for its medicinal properties, it’s important to remember that it’s best consumed in conjunction with exercise, clean food, proper rest, meditation and self-care.

Cannabis and Sports Medicine

As we develop a new understanding of cannabis and health, we should consider the shift it has undergone in sports-related industries. The old and new attitudes of cannabis’ place in sports medicine reflect this shift, asking us to consider why athletes use it?

Once on the “prohibited list” of the The World Anti-Doping Agency, cannabidiol (CBD) was removed from the list in 2018 as a response to current scientific knowledge citing CBD’s benefits for pain and anxiety and the input of various stakeholders. As the leader in establishing standards for athletes regarding the use of performance-enhancing substances during competition, the lift of a 14-year long ban on any form of cannabis in competitive sports is paving the way for many professional athletes to acknowledge cannabis use in their career.

Cannabis can offer athletes relief from chronic and acute pain without subjecting them to the liver toxicity of anti-inflammatory meds or the addiction of opiate pain relievers. We now see the celebrity of athletes who are public about their use of cannabis helping to remove the negative stigmas associated with its use in sports. In fact, the NFL has publicly stated that cannabis for pain management deserves further research because it works so well anecdotally. NBA players have publicly stated that more than 80 percent of current players use cannabis for relief. NFL players have quoted stats around 89 percent.

With this kind of known presence in professional sports, we see how industry can shift common perception and invite cannabis into the wellbeing of professional athletes and give way for it in the fitness space. As we’ve transitioned into legalization, we’ve seen more sports aligned brands bring cannabis into the picture. For those of us who are not high-performance athletes, are we able to reap the same benefits? What can it offer the average individual who is looking to be active and mindful of their wellbeing?

Cannabis for Energy + focus

One of cannabis’ powerful effects is in heightening senses, but the high associated with the plant can be somewhat of a deterrent when wanting to be active and clear minded. So if you’re wondering how you can enhance your exercise routines with cannabis but not get high, the secret is in microdosing. That’s right, microdosing is defined by consuming a small, measured dose of cannabis at separate intervals that allows you to keep a sustained effect. Some athletes microdose pre-workout to bring a state of relaxation and focus to their training routine without getting high. In this relaxed mental state, anxiety and negative thinking recede and limitations are reduced, aiding at getting in “the zone.”

Many Canadians thoughtfully consume cannabis leading up to a workout with the intention of improving the overall experience. Cannabis is known to enhance the mind/body/nature connection, often providing us with a boost of inspiration which can help with our motivation before and during a workout. The most common applications would be low dose cannabis oil drops under the tongue or vaporizing a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a flower vaporizer.

Taking this approach requires the cannabis user to see cannabis as an enabler, and to thoughtfully choose strains that will boost energy and bring focus. People will usually choose a Sativa strain before a workout while relying on an Indica-dominant strain for more low-impact activities like yoga.

Cannabis for pain relief + muscle recovery

Further cannabis dosing helps reduce the inflammation and associated pain with sports injuries or soreness, after your workout. Since cannabis is a known analgesic, it is great for pain relief. This therapeutic benefit can be of assistance with muscle recovery and CBD, which is present in some ratio with THC in each strain is able to reduce inflammation.

Although they are not yet available in the legal space in Canada, cannabis topicals are known to offer powerful help to ease sore muscles. More and more individuals are googling for simple directions on how to make their own cannabis topicals at home and finding relief in balms and salves containing cannabis.

Properties of cannabis, when applied topically, target inflammation in that area and have been dramatically effective in helping me reduce muscle recovery times. Cannabis topicals are not known to induce a high so they are an excellent way for an athlete to introduce the natural benefits of cannabis into their life.

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