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Study Reveals CBD Can Help People Quit Cigarettes

New research out of Britain reveals that marijuana maintains a chemical that can help fight cigarette addiction. Researchers at the University College London published an article last month in the journal Addictive Behaviors that found that a non-psychoactive chemical in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), given via inhaler could significantly reduce the number of cigarettes consumed by smokers that wanted to quit. The Study – One way could be how CBD affects memories, or cues, that hold the desire to smoke. “We found that CBD seems to reduce the salience of cues. It also can reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called ‘reconsolidation,’ which is where when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, it is rendered vulnerable to destruction.” While prev...

Best Vape Pens for Seniors

Best Vape Pens for Seniors   While many seniors are turning to cannabis for pain relief and as a substitute for medication, one of their biggest hesitations is that smoking flower can be harmful to your lungs. While it’s definitely better than tobacco smoke, there are still some negative side effects. This is why many seniors are turning to vaping instead. Here are some of the best vape pen solutions for seniors, so that they can get the relief they need without compromising the rest of their health.   The Pax Pen This pen is sleek and stealthy, the perfect fit for a senior not looking to flaunt that they have cannabis. The pens all come in subtle designs, and usually one doesn’t even have to press a button to get them to work. High Times ranks them as one of the best pens on the...

Washington State Leaders are “Not Messing Around,” Considering their Legal Options Against Sessions “Crackdown” on Cannabis

Washington State Leaders are “Not Messing Around,” Considering their Legal Options Against Sessions “Crackdown” on Cannabis   “We always knew this was possible,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “We’re not messing around.” Last week something the cannabis industry has been on edge about for months finally happened. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the memos that served as Obama-era federal policies on marijuana laws – giving U.S. attorney’s the green light to prosecute marijuana related cases as they see fit, regardless of state laws. Previously, if a business was compliant with state law, the federal government was taking a hands-off approach. Sessions has been out for the cannabis industry since taking his seat as the Attorney General last year. However, after ...

5 Surprising Uses for CBD Oil

5 Surprising Uses for CBD Oil   The numerous possible benefits of CBD, or cannabidiol, are no longer a secret. Over half of the United States has legalized medical marijuana – and some of those states only allow CBD based products. The reason? It’s shown to be beneficial to patients with any of several medical conditions – and it doesn’t get the user “high” like THC, which makes doctors more likely to recommend it, especially for children. The most commonly associated with CBD are epilepsy, arthritis, anxiety and depression. A study run by European company G.W. Pharmaceuticals is in their final phase of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved clinical trials for a product called Epidiolex (a CBD based medication), have proven its efficiency in treating rare forms of epilepsy. Anot...

Studies Suggest CBD Provides Fast-Acting Relief from Anxiety

Studies Suggest CBD Provides Fast-Acting Relief from Anxiety   Around 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety-related disorder. An estimated 3.3 million Americans and around 350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Worse, for many, these conditions go together to create a miserable and anxious existence that can make it hard to go through day-to-day life and hold it all together. In response, Big Pharma has created a slew of prescription medications to try and manage the problem. Some of the most well-known medications being Valium, Xanax, Zoloft, Prozac, Klonopin, Paxil, and Celexa are all examples of anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications. Unfortunately, these medications can take weeks – or even months – before they build up enough in your syste...

Does CBD Have Side Effects?

Does CBD Have Side Effects? One of the reasons that CBD is so popular and has gained interest as a medicine in the eyes of federal administrations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is because it has virtually no side effects. The main reason that cannabis is disregarded by many healthcare professionals still is because of the “high” associated with it’s use. While it may be beneficial to some, there are others who want the medicinal benefits without the added “intoxication” that follows. To avoid this, many doctors will recommend patients turn to CBD oil, or CBD based medicines. Unlike THC (the cannabinoid in cannabis that is responsible for making the user feel “high”), cannabidiol does not create those feelings and will not lead to side effects like sensory awareness, paranoia,...

World Health Organization Rules CBD should Not be Schedule I

World Health Organization Rules CBD should Not be Schedule I   For years, activists have been fighting in many countries to get cannabis rescheduled or de-scheduled, so that it is no longer considered a dangerous substance. While many are still reluctant to do this, there has been some progress made on rescheduling CBD, the non-psychoactive component in cannabis. Recently, the World Health Organization ruled that CBD should no longer be considered a Schedule I drug.   According to High Times, the WHO has officially ruled that CBD is not schedule I. Their review of the substance revealed that CBD has medical value because it treats epilepsy, and that there is little potential for addiction or abuse, since it is not a psychoactive substance. As of now, they have decided that it is ...

California’s First Crop of Legal Crop Could be Tainted

California’s First Crop of Legal Crop Could be Tainted Ever since California first voted to legalize cannabis recreationally, the entire country has been holding their breath with anticipation. However, it now appears that the first crop of legal cannabis available for sale could be tainted. According to Civlized Life , there is a six-month grace period before the new laws about cannabis testing will go into effect. Therefore, some are worried that the gap before recreational regulations exist will allow cultivators to slip tainted products onto the shelves without facing any repercussions. “Patients with impaired immune systems are routinely advised to avoid exposure to plants and certain raw foods because of the risk of infection from soil-dwelling organisms,” George Thompson III, associ...

The Best Cannabis Moments of 2017

It has been a wild and rocky year. Trump and Jeff Sessions don’t exactly spell out a bright future for the cannabis community, but despite all odds, there have been some great moments this year. More places than ever are moving towards legalized cannabis, or at least medical acceptance, and the industry has made some really cool advances. Here are some of the best moments so far from 2017.   November 2017 Elections Sure, this was an election that brought us Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, and in general an administration that isn’t too friendly to cannabis But surprisingly, it was also the best election yet when it comes to legalization. Standing Akimbo Denver  relates that, among many victories, Denver voted to allow public consumption spots, New Jersey elected a pro-cannabis governo...

World Health Organization Report Lauds CBD as a Safe and Effective Medicine

The United Nations’ health agency is convinced that cannabis’ non-psychoactive wonder chemical has significant benefits for epilepsy patients, despite its Schedule I banned status in the U.S.   A preliminary report from the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) is giving international credence to the validity of medical marijuana, confirming the beneficial healing effects and lack of danger associated with cannabidiol, or CBD. According to the Independent, the WHO report — presented by the agency’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence — calls for a separation of substance restrictions between CBD-only products and their THC-laden psychoactive counterparts. “CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials,” the WHO report’s authors co...

The Best Strains for Seniors

The Best Strains for Seniors It’s no secret that the elderly are turning to cannabis as relief for pain, an alternative to medication, a sleep aid, or to just plain relax and enjoy the golden years. But what strains are best for seniors to use? Here is a list of some of the top strains for senior citizens to experiment with in order to get relief. White Widow According to Have a Heart Dispensary, White Widow is one of the best strains to try for energy and creativity. If fatigue is an issue, this is a great one to use during the day. It’s also perfect for full-body relaxation with an alert and clear mind. Harlequin This is another great strain for staying alert and on top of things, perfect for getting errands done and staying clear-headed while managing pain, instead of popping pills that...

Insurance Can Be Up To Five Times Higher For Medical Marijuana Patients

Health insurance is daunting enough as it is. But does consuming cannabis play a part in your premiums? Here’s what we know. Cannabis consumers continue to suffer for their lifestyle choices—even when buying insurance. Marijuana sales taxes have risen in states with legalized marijuana and insurance can be up to five times higher for pot smokers. But why should insurance companies expect pot smokers to pay more for the same services as their non-pot smoking counterparts? Higher Prices for Higher People Depending on your provider, a policy can be up to five times higher for cannabis users. Certain companies will treat anyone that consumes medical or recreational marijuana like cigarette smokers. The reason insurance companies charge cigarette smokers much more than their non-smoking counter...