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One Short, Brisk Walk a Day May Prevent Arthritis

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Less than 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can help prevent disability in people with arthritis pain in their knee, hip, ankle or foot, researchers report. Just one hour a week of brisk physical activity “is less than 10 minutes a day for people to maintain their independence. It’s very doable,” said lead study author Dorothy Dunlop. She’s a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “This minimum threshold may motivate inactive older adults to begin their path toward a physically active lifestyle with the wide range of health benefits promoted by physical activity,” Dunlop added in a university news release. She and her team analyzed four yea...

Going Postal: USPS Provides Guidance On Mailing Hemp-CBD

Recently the United States Post Office (“USPS”) issued an advisory on “Acceptance Criteria for Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil and Products Containing CBD.” Those criteria are as follows: 1. A signed self certification statement, subject to the False Statements Act (18 U.S.C. § 1001). Statements must be printed on the mailer’s own letterhead, must be signed by the mailer, and must include the text “I certify that all information furnished in this letter and supporting documents are accurate, truthful, and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information or omits information relating to this certification may be subject to criminal and/or civil penalties, including fines and imprisonment.” This first prong is straight forward. The mailer must include a sworn statement ...

Marijuana, Hemp, CBD Oil: Which of These is Legal & Where in the U.S.?

Despite all the breakthrough in medicine and numerous scientific evidence that cannabis has vast potential in curing various disease, the US laws are still baffling and do not allow all cannabis-related products to be produced or consumed freely. Bearing in mind the recent discussions, approvals and prohibitions, it is no wonder one can get rather confused about what is legal and what can get you in jail. For this reason, let’s demystify the rules about marijuana, hemp, and CBD oil.   Let’s start with the good news first. In December 2018, president Trump has finally signed the agriculture bill which has made hemp production legal in all states. Hemp is actually the stem of the plant and has plenty of industrial purposes. Traditionally, its fibers have been used for making textiles, p...

Levi’s New Line of Hemp Clothing Reduces Water Waste

Despite hemp’s long history as a material used to manufacture textiles and fabrics, modern garment producers have yet to embrace cannabis-based clothing. The reason, if you ask the biggest companies in the industry, has been feel. Hemp may be great for producing industrial fabrics, they say, but as a wearable, its coarseness is a problem. And especially for consumers used to the touch and feel of cotton. But Levi Strauss & Co. are about to spark a paradigm shift. The company says it has created a new line of clothing made with hemp that “feels just like cotton,” yet uses a fraction of the water required to cultivate cotton. Levi’s New Hemp Jeans Feel Just Like Cotton But Use 30 Percent Less Water Levi Strauss & Co. say they’ve developed a technique that solves the problem of rough,...

Walgreens Going Greener with New Cannabis-Infused Products

Not to be outdone by CVS, a direct competitor is putting the “green” in Walgreens. Walgreens announced this week that it would be stocking 1,500 stores in nine states with CBD-infused products such as sprays, patches, balms and creams, although the company has not yet specified which specific brands or items it will carry. The products will be restricted to Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vermont, as these states have legalized medical cannabis. “Marijuana has been used to relieve pain, digestive and psychological disorders for more than 3,000 years—but the efficacy, safety and legality of the drug are still widely debated,” Walgreens notes in an official blog post. “Research on the health benefits of marijuana is ongoing, but curren...

National Poll Finds 61 Percent of Americans in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

Despite the fact that many conservatives continue to rail against marijuana, support for legalizing weed continues to grow across the nation. According to a new survey, there are now more Americans who support legalization than ever before. And importantly, that support is growing across all demographics and political affiliations. This massive wave of support comes as more and more states continue legalizing medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, or both. Similarly, the rapidly growing support for legalization could become an important factor in the upcoming 2020 presidential race. New Survey, New High in Public Support The new data comes from the most recent General Social Survey (GSS). As reported by Business Insider, the GSS has been keeping tabs on popular opin...

Study: Older Marijuana Users Are More Productive

Research conducted in states where marijuana is legal found that users aged 51 and older experienced a significant reduction of pain and an increase in their work productivity. The study, conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Temple University, looked into the effects of marijuana legalization in labor and work environments. The research had a particular focus on older adults,  a sector that is often ignored in most medical marijuana studies and who could theoretically reap the majority of benefits of medical marijuana treatments. The survey was conducted in over 100,000 patients over the age of 51 who qualified for medical marijuana programs. Subjects reported a 4.8 percent decrease in pain and a 6.6 percent increase in “excellent health.” Researchers co...

Cannabidiol 101: Why Isn’t CBD Intoxicating?

Since the non-intoxicating compound in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), hit the mainstream a few years ago, with its ability to provide relief from a variety of health conditions from chronic pain to seizures, now it seems that everyone wants in on the remedy. In a lot of ways, CBD has become a socially acceptable way for the zombies of popular culture to consume marijuana without being considered a stoner — this in spite of the fact that it is a derivative of the cannabis plant, a substance the federal government still considers a no-no. But how is it that this part of the plant doesn’t come with the high typically associated with weed? Well, that’s all science, baby. It was back in 1992 when scientists learned that the human body was equipped with what is called the Endocannabinoid system, ...

Getting CBD into Pharmacies: Wellness Education Automatically Key to Partnership

Amplicare, a software automation provider for pharmacies, and Ananda Professional are teaming up to bolster pharmacy access to CBD and wellness education through automation software. “The new software will enable pharmacists to identify patients who can benefit from an Ananda Professional product and help facilitate CBD education to those patients,” notes a press release from the hemp-derived, CBD manufacturer exclusively serving independent pharmacies. Citing information from Statista, the statement notes that CBD sales grew from just over US$100 million in 2014 to US$500 million in 2018. “The growth of the market indicates consumer interest in the natural product, which the companies believe pharmacies are well-placed to take a leadership position in providing,” it adds. U...

Six Mainstream Businesses Betting on CBD

CBD has been called the “next gold rush” so many times, it’s starting to lose it’s impact. Still, the numbers don’t lie, and everything suggests that CBD wellness products are here to stay. Although reading about CBD is awesome, all of this progress won’t truly hit you until you stumble upon a cannabis-laced product while conducting your regular shopping. And the more cannabis is embraced across America, the more this is likely to happen to people with all sorts of backgrounds. To prove it, here are 6 commercial and well-respected businesses that are making their moves on the CBD industry (you know CBD is mainstream when Walmart is considering carrying it). Sephora CBD and hemp oil are huge within the beauty industry, with dozens of small companies gaining traction and popularity than...

Four Delicious CBD Smoothie Recipes to Blend Up This Week

You probably already love them for the energy, protein, and nutrients they provide. Well, after hearing about the latest smoothie ingredient superstar—CBD—you’re going to be tempted to kick start your blender into overdrive.Getty Images/iStockphoto Smoothies may already be your current go-to breakfast in the morning, or post-workout refuel in the evening. You probably already love them for the energy, protein, and nutrients they provide. Well, after hearing about the latest smoothie ingredient superstar—CBD—you’re going to be tempted to kick start your blender into overdrive. Some of the benefits of adding CBD oil to your smoothies may include: soothe pain ease anxiety reduce inflammation recover from exercise Mint Chocolate Chip CBD Smoothie When you think smoothie, you might automaticall...

Over 800 CVS Stores Will Start Carrying CBD Products

CVS stores in eight U.S. states will begin carrying CBD topicals this week, according to information released on Wednesday from Curaleaf Holdings Inc. The company announced a deal to sell products with CBD derived from hemp at 800 CVS stores during an earnings conference call with investors. CVS is the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. with nearly 10,000 locations. A CVS spokesman confirmed in an email to MarketWatch that the company was entering the CBD market and began selling creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions, and salves last week. “We have partnered with CBD product manufacturers that are complying with applicable laws and that meet CVS’s high standards for quality,” the spokesman said. CVS stores in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, ...