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Hemp & CBD: How Science Is Surpassing The Snake Oil Stereotype

Promising hope of relieving all of life’s ailments, from physical to mental health, consumers are constantly challenged to seek out and understand the latest industry standards. Not to mention the hype and distraction of the latest health and wellness scams. The truth is, put simply, some formulas fraud the long list of benefits derived from hemp and CBD use, making the safety and efficiency of public CBD and hemp use major topics of today. Being behind the scenes of the industry, identifying these fraudulent formulas seems simple. Unfortunately, with the power of PR and marketing pushing consumers to purchase “the best on the market” it’s actually quite easy for prospect users to fall victim to manipulation. In order to truly legitimize, or discredit CBD and hemp products we have executed...

Can CBD Help Seniors Manage Chronic Back Pain?

Back pain is the kind of condition that can affect your whole day. From the moment you open your eyes and feel the sharp sting when trying to get out of bed all the way until your day is done and you have finally gotten back to bed. Chronic back pain affects all members of the adult population, causing a significant decrease in life enjoyment and quality. Up to 50% of Americans experience back pain each year. Some experts estimate that 80% of the population will experience back pain sometime in their lives. Even though most cases of back pain are self- limiting and don’t last over a couple of weeks, some do become chronic. Chronic back pain (in seniors) decreases function increases the incidence of depression, creates kinesiophobia (fear of movement), and may worsen other chronic diseases ...

Cannabis & Dementia: New Study Explores Pot’s Potential for Treatment

A groundbreaking study is set to begin in Australia to determine if cannabis can improve the quality of life of those suffering from dementia. Cannabis & Dementia: New Study Explores Pot’s Potential for Treatment A groundbreaking study is set to begin in Australia to determine if cannabis can improve the quality of life of those suffering from dementia. By Bill Weinberg Published on October 8, 2019   In the decades since the medical marijuana movement began in earnest in the 1970s, cannabis has been anecdotally touted as an effective treatment for a variety of illnesses, including those impacting brain function, such as seizures, anxiety and depression. However, peer-reviewed research into the plant’s benefits remained stunted thanks to federal cannabis prohibition. But in recent ...

How to Use CBD to Quit Smoking

Studies have shown CBD to have potential in helping people quit smoking cigarettes. May 30, 2018 Written by Michelle Janikian Supermarkets in Switzerland are selling high-CBD flower, known as “marijuana lite,” next to cigarettes as a relaxing tobacco alternative. Meanwhile, in the UK, two recent studies have shown CBD to have potential in helping people quit smoking cigarettes. But how does this work? Can you use any old CBD to quit smoking? Let’s take a close look at the research to see how you can use CBD to quit smoking cigarettes. CBD to Quit Smoking: What The Research Says In the past few years, there have been two very interesting studies on CBD to quit smoking, both performed by the University College London. The first study, published in 2013, gave 12 dependent smokers a CBD inhale...

7 Reasons CBD Oil Will Be Huge In 2020

CBD oil has seen a vast increase in popularity over the last few years, slowly infiltrating modern society as a remarkable natural supplement. By now, most people appear to have at least some idea about what CBD oil is; some are even able to tell you some of its uses. This increased awareness has changed the entire CBD market; some predictions state it could reach $20 billion by 2024. There is increasing evidence suggesting that CBD oil could become a mainstream product that is used throughout the U.S. and internationally as early as next year, in 2020. Although some people are skeptical, the multiple changes to our society and the CBD oil industry as a whole have made this prediction a strong possibility. If you think we are premature with our predictions, read through the reasons we have...

Upside-Down Lemon Sponge Cake With Lemon-Maple Butter

By: YOTAM OTTOLENGHI Warm desserts are the quintessential Christmas treat. This one is made even more special with the charred lemon slices, which give it just the right amount of sharpness to cut through all the sweetness. Be sure to take the butter for the cake out of the refrigerator well in advance, as it needs to be fully softened at room temperature before you make the batter. This cake also reheats quite well; just give it a quick steam to warm through or pop individual portions into the microwave in a sealed, heat-proof bowl. YIELD8 servings TIME1 3/4 hours INGREDIENTS FOR THE SPONGE CAKE: 3 medium lemons ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons/165 milliliters maple syrup 1 vanilla bean (pod) 1 ¾ cups/225 grams all-purpose (plain) flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup/225 g...

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...