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New York Health Inspectors are Looking for CBD Products at Eateries

The CBD craze continues going strong. And in New York City, as well as other cities across the country, CBD products are starting to show up in restaurants, bars, cafes, coffee shops, and pretty much anywhere that sells food. Yet despite the ubiquity of CBD and CBD-infused foods and drinks, many law enforcement and public health agencies remain deeply confused and uncertain about the legal status of CBD. The latest example of this comes from the New York Department of Health. Specifically, the DOH has now announced that it will start cracking down on businesses selling CBD foods and drinks. Cracking Down on CBD Products Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was going to shutting down the sale of CBD-infused products in New York City. However, this initial a...

The Best Exercises to Prevent Falls

A large review of studies confirms that exercise can be a good way to help reduce the frequency of falls in the elderly. The analysis, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 108 randomized controlled trials with more than 23,000 participants. Their average age was 76, and 77 percent were women. As controls, the trials used either educational information about fall prevention, or no intervention at all. The researchers found high-quality evidence that exercise reduces the rate of falls by 23 percent, and the number of people who fall by 15 percent. Five studies suggested that exercise reduced the number of falls involving serious injury, though there were not enough cases to draw statistically significant conclusions. Exercises that required standing up rather than si...

CBD Could Be Part Of The Next Wave Of Antidepressants

One of the latest trends in the ever-evolving world of marijuana is the therapeutic use of the plant’s non-intoxicating compound cannabidiol (CBD). People are leaning on this cannabis and hemp derived substance as a trapdoor from a variety of conditions from anxiety to chronic pain. Some folks even argue that CBD is excellent at snuffing out the symptoms of depression. And if the results of a new study carry any weight on the subject, it would seem that science concurs. Researchers at the University of Sao Paolo publishedtheir findings in the latest medical journal Molecular Neurobiology, which shows that CBD has proven successful as an antidepressant in mice. Not only was the substance effective at alleviating this disorder, but scientists also say the effects were long-lasting ...

5 Ways To Take CBD

With the recent rise in popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) and the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, numerous CBD products have hit store shelves across the U.S.. The sheer quantity of CBD products now available can be overwhelming. At the smoke shop where I work, some of the most frequent questions are about the differences between the different forms of CBD, dosages and their effects. This information is paramount when it comes to getting the most out of your CBD, so here are some tips to help you navigate through several of the most popular ways to take CBD and the nuances that separate them and their effects. Tinctures CBD tinctures are made by steeping cannabis flower or isolate in high-proof grain alcohol and then slightly heating the mix...

10 Medical Treatments Seniors Should Avoid (Or Question)

  It’s crucial to ask questions, get second opinions if necessary and stay informed, as advocates for our parents and senior loved ones. The Consumer Reports and the “Choosing Wisely” initiative created resources for caregivers and physicians to engage in important conversations about the overuse of medical procedures that provide little benefit and in some cases harm, to seniors. Recently, the “Choosing Wisely” campaign released an additional 18 procedures to question, highlighting potentially unnecessary treatments provided to seniors in the United States. Learn more about these tests. Medical Treatments Seniors Should Avoid (Or Question) The “Choosing Wisely” campaign compiled a list of the top treatments that may do seniors more harm than good, which includes: 1. Benzodiazepines f...

CBD Water: Trendy or Here to Stay?

Water infused with CBD is a hot item right now, with more and more brands on the market developing their own nanotechnology to manufacture CBD drinks and get them onto shelves. But price points are well-above average: CBD Living Water, for example, retails for $10.00 for a 16.9 oz bottle of water with 25 mg of “nano-CBD”, while the same brand’s 25-mg gel capsules cost around $4.00 each (the same dosage for 40% of the price). CBD water manufacturers contend that the bioavailability of CBD tied to water molecules is significantly higher than that of capsule or edible products, meaning that lower dosage is required to achieve the same levels of analgesic or relaxing effects. But as debate remains over how effective high-bioavailability CBD actually is, these pricey,low-dosage beve...

Struggling Pumpkin Farmers Turn to the Cannabis Industry

For many people living in Half Moon Bay, California, the city is the “pumpkin capital of the world.” Even so, growing pumpkins and selling them for a couple months each year may not be enough activity to support the local economy. That’s why the city is looking at expanding cannabis cultivation in the area. Now, if a new measure passes next month, pumpkin farmers would be able to make a smooth transition to also growing weed. Pumpkin Farming to Cannabis Farming In November, Half Moon Bay residents will vote on a series of local proposals. Several of them have to do with legal marijuana. For starters, there’s Measure AA. This one introduces a new tax on everything related to the legal cannabis industry. That includes cultivation, production, and point of sale. Then there’s Measure GG. This ...

5 Tips For Talking To Your Doctor About Marijuana

Are you one of nearly 200 million Americans living in one of the 29 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have a medical marijuana program? As more states climb aboard the cannabis treatment train, more Americans are starting to have the conversation with their doctors about marijuana and whether it is right for them. Here are five tips to consider when discussing marijuana with your doctor: 1. Honesty Is The Best Policy Don’t be coy. Don’t underestimate your use. Just shoot straight and provide the most accurate information you can. Remember, 29 state governments say cannabis is LEGAL. You are certainly allowed to have a frank chat with your doctor about your body and what you want to put in it. The conversation may become uncomfortable, but be clear and direct. A good doctor is an ...

Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July with Cannabis

  Cannabis and the 4th of July are a great combination. Lighting up on our nation’s Independence Day is certainly symbolic, but it’s also great when combined with lounging, enjoying the outdoors, hanging out with friends or just watching some fireworks. Adding cannabis to this mix can be done with ease in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. This list takes into account not only if cannabis is legal in the area, but how entrenched cannabis is in the local scene. Nevada recently legalized cannabis, and enjoying it in that state is legal, but dispensaries are thin on the ground and local law enforcement is still playing catch-up with the new legislation. For folks hoping to fly into Las Vegas and expect the cannabis scene to be as entrenched as San Francisco’s, they should...

Top 10 CBD Strains to Look Out for in 2018

Most of the press is preoccupied with the advance of recreational use. It appears that’s where the economy will find its big bucks. But, medical marijuana may be the place to put your money. It’s available in more than half the states, and it has the support of more people. Medical marijuana also offers the “high road,” so to speak, because who can dismiss its felt health benefits. So, remembering those support the calming, soothing, and palliative care attributed to CBD, you might look at the top 10 CBD strains making news. Top 10 CBD strains to look out for in 2018 #1 — Dinamed CBD by Dinafem is the first purely therapeutic strains. They claim little or no measurable THC. So, without psychoactive pleasure, it might serve better as an oil than a smoke. Its heritage belongs to CBD-rich Dan...

Older Americans Use Marijuana 20 Times More Often Than 30 Years Ago

Older Americans use marijuana 20 times more often than 30 years ago A new study showed that older Americans use far more cannabis than 30 years ago. This is especially true compared to other, younger age groups, some of whom have even seen a decline in marijuana use.   The study was conducted by researchers William Kerr, Camilla Lui and Yu Ye, who conducted research using data from thirty years of surveys from more than 40,000 respondents who revealed whether they used cannabis in the last year.   The increase in cannabis consumption among the oldest photo by WashingtonPost   Researchers have found a significant increase in marijuana consumption among people aged 50 to 59 and 60+. Americans in these two age groups were 20 times more likely to consume marijuana than 30 years ...

How To Use CBD Oil For Psoriasis, Eczema, and Other Skin Conditions

New trials are underway at the University of Colorado investigating CBD oil for psoriasis and eczema. CBD Oil is already gaining popularity among patients with these skin conditions, especially among those who find steroids ineffective. Let’s dive into the research to see what we know so far. What is Eczema? Eczema can refer to many skin conditions, all of which are characterized by dry and itchy skin. About 10 percent of Americans have some form of eczema, which is over 30 million people. Itchy, inflamed, and irritated skin accompanied by a red rash is common on the face, behind the knees, inside the elbows, and on the hands and feet, especially in children. Scratching makes skin worse, it becomes raw, sensitive, and swollen. Doctors believe eczema is caused by an overreaction of immune c...

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