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CBD Has Gone to the Dogs

CBD for Pets

Researchers have finally executed a strong study on the efficacy of CBD (cannabidiol) on Canines. Previously, the studies and the vast amount of anecdotal evidence supporting cannabinoid (derived from the industrial hemp plant) health in pets was limited.  The study, published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, detailed canine testing with Osteoarthritis. Essentially, like humans, there is Arthritis in Dogs but is there a way to improve their health with CBD? In the recent study, the dogs were tested to see whether CBD would aid in the lessening of discomfort and inflammation of canines.

Dogs and Humans get osteoarthritis. If you’ve heard of it before, but aren’t quite sure what it is, the good people at the Mayo Clinic describe “Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, knees, hips and spine.” With dogs, it’s very similar. Keep in mind that it is a degenerative joint disease. It results in chronic joint inflammation, and in many cases, pain and discomfort, that can potentially be crippling to a dog.

Arthritis in Dogs: Your Trusted Pet

If your favorite canine friend has been recently diagnosed with arthritis, then you may have better hope thanks to the light shed on the new canine arthritis ECS (endocannabinoid system study). Even if you’re hoping to prevent or significantly daily your pet’s possible fight with the inflammation and discomfort from arthritis, knowing more about natural health opportunities.

As pet owners, we often look to the expertise of veterinarians to keep our canine family members safe and healthy. Many veterinarians are not current with new and existing research on Cannabinoids and canine health. Those animal health practitioners who stay abreast of both natural and pharmacological support for better health are more likely to provide more detailed advice on pet health as associated with cannabinoids. With many veterinarians, they’ll continue the thread of “there’s just not enough research out there to warrant giving your pet cannabinoids or CBD” simply because it removes them from the liability of recommending CBD for any treatment. This is why it’s very beneficial to do your own homework with regard to the health and care for your pets PLUS speak to your trusted vet. This way you can compare what you’ve learned to what you’re hearing and you’re able to ask far more educated questions.

The study in question, “Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs”, offers showed a significant decrease in pain and increase in activity with CBD oil. This study followed on a well-cited earlier pilot study, “Characterization of endocannabinoids and related acylethanolamides in the synovial fluid of dogs with osteoarthritis”. In both studies, it was shown that the introduction of relatively small doses of CBD to a dog results in both significant improvement of health disposition. One key point made in both studies: Compelling evidence suggests an active role of the Endocannabinoid System in the treatment of Osteoarthritis in dogs.

We read through the recent study and compared their recommendations to earlier studies. It’s notable that a larger selection of ECS and Canine Health have become available in recent years as the overall interest in hemp has increased as more anecdotal evidence has been presented. Earlier recommendation on dosing pets CBD have been varied but the average seems to be about a dose of 2 mg/kg of CBD twice daily can help increase comfort and activity in dogs with osteoarthritis. If you’re worried about your 15 lb pet Fox Terrier, then you’d dose your pup 13.6mg two times a day. This dosing was shown to boost the overall health significantly.

These recommended levels have been offered by many veterinarians who have adapted the phytocanabinoid supplementation for dogs. Many veterinarians recommend either a brand sold by the practice or one which they have a linkage to – for example, a brand carried by a nearby pharmacy. In most cases, this is a solid recommendation and the product presented by the veterinarian not only would be helpful for the canine in questions, but it’s likely the easiest product to locate for the consumer. When a product recommendation is received, well-established and trusted Hemp resources like the Carolina Hemp Hut can provide high impact and often less expensive alternatives or perhaps even the exact products (at less expense) that are recommended by veterinarians. We’re on your side when it’s time to fight the discomfort associated with Arthritis in Dogswith your family pet.

The recent study was sponsored by a grant from a cannabinoid manufacturer, ElleVet Sciences, of Portland, Maine. The study referenced the collection of supporting anecdotal evidence that there is definitely a linkage with Hemp/CBD to better joint health.

Pets can find CBD beneficial to improving quality of life
Medium Sized Pets can find CBD beneficial to improving quality of life
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Natural Health

Natural Health smoothies

I’m sure you’ve heard the old definition of insanity often attributed to Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

The real definition of insanity is “the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.”

This is really boiled down to “Madness” when you consider what insanity really is. Is it madness to keep doing the same things for your health and expect your body to suddenly become “healthier”?

Most people don’t change their health practices at all unless they have a life changing event. A life changing event could be the death of a loved one from some health concern, it could be a dire diagnosis of Cardiovascular disease or Cancer, or it could be a warning of pre-diabetes. It’s still shocking that many people don’t make any changes to their lives EVEN WHEN they get news of some health issue that NEEDS ATTENTION.

Too many of us abdicate or give up our responsibility for self-care. We trust a doctor to give us a pill that will “cure”.

Think about yourself right now, have you accepted the word from a trusted medical authority and received a dire prognosis and a prescription? Then visited the pharmacy and got the prescription filled, went home, and started following the prescription without doing ANYTHING ELSE to adjust your health or your life.

Einstein Definition of Insanity

Natural Health vs Modern Medicine

Doctors ARE trusted authorities and you should take advice from them. But, doctors don’t necessarily cover the spectrum of health solutions. There’s an old adage which goes “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” What happens when you give a doctor another tool other than a hammer?

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to investigate what health concerns we face most and what things can be done for each without the use of prescriptions and surgeries. This won’t be in any way an insult to the medical profession. Instead, it’s more of a life instruction. Natural Health really starts with YOU making your OWN decisions about YOUR LIFE.

I’m not a trained medical professional. Other than being the son of a doctor and the former husband of a doctor, my medical training consists of helping others in medical school study internal medicine and a little gross anatomy. Of course, I’ve read copiously from many medical studies and journals to learn more about what makes things tick. I trust the advice of learned associates who are medically trained. Plus, I educate from my life experiences.

I’ve been trained under the Ziglar Legacy program as well as the Choose to Win program stemming from the great motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar. I’ve discovered where the positive outlook and goal setting instruments taught within those really shape a more positive outcome with health – when you believe you can do it.

Success for you may just begin right now with identifying your own health problem.

Now’s the time you figure out what you want out of your own life and health. Take a moment and write down what your particular health issue is. If it’s weight, write it down on its own sheet of paper. If it’s Cancer, do the same. If you have others, identify those as well on their own sheet.

In my next article, I’m going to give you the next steps to finding better health success leveraging what a doctor may tell you AND natural health.  Meanwhile, be honest with yourself and take the time to identify the health problem(s) which you may face.

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What are Flavinoids?

What are the flavinoids in Hemp

Why Flavinoids anyway?

Full spectrum CBD users may be familiar with the “Entourage Effect”, where a variety of compounds found in hemp and cannabis work in concert to regulate our endocannabinoid system.  Having a healthy endocannabinoid system helps our bodies maintain homeostasis.

You may already be familiar with two of these compounds, cannabinoids and  terpenes but you may not be familiar with flavonoids.

Flavinoid: It's Pronounced, "Flay Vin Oid"

Flavonoids are plant pigments that protect plants from harmful UV rays and help regulate plant cells.  There are over 6000 flavonoids known to exist in nature, with hemp and cannabis containing approximately 20. The most common of these are beta-sitosterol, which is known for being anti-inflammatory.  Research shows that beta-sitosterol’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great choice for treating issues ranging from enlarged prostate and prostate infections to skin allergies and psoriasis. Beta-sitosterol is most commonly used in heart disease and high cholesterol medications, helping limit the amount of cholesterol that enters the body.

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Hemp Flower Cigarettes with CBD

hemp flower enthusiasts turning to Hemp Cigarettes in droves due to the more healthy link of Cannabinoids within hemp. People come to us looking for alternatives to their tobacco products.

What's up with Hemp Cigarettes?

There's been a lot of discussion lately on how bad cigarettes with tobacco are and new discussions on hemp flower cigarettes. We're finding hemp flower enthusiasts turning to Hemp Cigarettes in droves due to the more healthy link of Cannabinoids within hemp. People come to us looking for alternatives to their tobacco products.

You don't need a degree in rocket science to know right away that traditional tobacco cigarette smoking is not the best choice for good health. Lung cancer, emphysema and other dire health conditions are possible with tobacco. Hemp has a different aspect when it comes to working with you for your health.  In fact, they're a reasonable alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Hemp Cigarettes offer a great alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes

Hemp Flower and Lung Health

It's not a good idea for the most part to inhale any smoke. Your lungs are pretty amazing organs and people should consider keeping them clean for as long as possible. That's why so many parenting groups and advocates will warn parents and children to steer clear of cigarettes (especially tobacco) in general. Inhaled products such as vaping and similar are also suspect when it comes to how our lungs react.

Your lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Although CBD and Cannabinoids are present in Hemp Cigarettes, the fact is that smoking itself is still a primary factor in damaging lung health for many.

A Reasonable Alternative to Tobacco Cigarettes

Investigators at the University of New South Wales assessed the relationship between cannabis, tobacco, and combined cannabis-tobacco use and various health outcomes in 350 subjects age 40 and older.

It was discovered that the health impact compared to the benefit of the cannabinoids was not nearly as bad as when you compare cigarette smoking and its impact on health. To make the entire summary very short: Smoking harms, but hemp helps while it has some harm.

One of the key takeaways from this study and others is that hemp cigarettes, when smoked INSTEAD of tobacco products help smokers reduce their addiction to nicotine while boosting the response from the endocannabinoid system in the body.

If you're going to Smoke, consider Cannabinoids in Hemp

It's just like with food products, if you're going to over-eat, it's better to over-eat apples and oranges rather than Fritos and Big Macs. While too much of a good thing is not a good thing, having something that's beneficial while you're engaged in something that is potentially self-harming, may be better overall for some. When smoking hemp or taking hemp products (not hemp oil but hemp oil extracts which contain CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenoids and more), you're going to be adding compounds which have been shown to work within the body to improve health and reduce discomfort.

Why Hemp?

Many smokers are switching to hemp cigarettes since Hemp has an enjoyable taste while still providing an option to easing tobacco addiction.

A Selection of our Popular Hemp Cigarettes from Carolina Hemp Hut

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A Great Source for your CBD Medical Info

CBD Products under Scrutiny by Researchers

Isn't CBD Oil just Another Form of "Snake Oil"?

It's amazing how many people have been deeply conditioned to believe that all things hemp are illegal and/or bad for you. Our government, for years, stood by the premise that hemp products are not helpful for us and they're not legal. When this set of laws got a "comeuppance" with the last Farm Bill, we saw a steady rise in acceptance of Hemp Extract and related products. Mainly it's due to the very clear understanding of many that CBD does HELP.

It's a good thing to do some basic research and learn that CBD is being studied as a potential "official" treatment for maladies as diverse as schizophrenia, insomnia and cancer. We've heard reports of people with conditions such as autism, PTSD, overall anxiety and others are ALSO successful with the use of CBD and Hemp Oil.

We love highlighting one study associated with PTSD coordinated by Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine. She's coordinated a study of CBD as an effective treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other related illnesses.

One aspect of CBD that has been underscored in a number of studies is that it's not easy to find the "overdose" point with CBD. A general result from taking too much CBD has been general malaise or short term GI distress. But this is typically found only with extreme dosing (greater than 3000mg at a dose for example).

As a handy resource for you and your friends, please consider sharing the handy database for the National Institutes of Health database. With this database, you can find more than 150 of studies involving CBD as a treatment for many different health situations.

You'll be pleased to learn that even our government has proven that CBD and Hemp Oil are effective in helping eliminate discomfort for so many people. Use the recent approval of Epidiolex by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved drug that contains a purified drug substance derived from marijuana. It is also the first FDA approval of a drug for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome.

Plus, if you're worried about addiction and related problems, Administration of a therapeutic dose of CBD (750 mg) showed significantly low abuse potential in a highly sensitive population of polydrug users. So far, other studies show little to no addiction among Cannabidiol users.

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Will CBD Help with Anxiety?

It's acknowledged that Speaking In Public is one of the most common fears behind death and dying. If you were asked to go to the front of an auditorium and present information about a product or service your company is offering, you'd likely feel a wave of nervousness.

This is very common.

You may find that CBD does work and has been shown to help reduce anxiety. This could hold true for things such as:

  • Test Anxiety
  • Deal Negotiations
  • Public Speaking
  • Agoraphobia

As researchers continue their journey to determine the benefits and the drawbacks of compounds such as CBD, we will continue to report on it.