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What I Lost By Starting CBD and MMJ

Starting CBD and MMJ

Starting CBD and MMJ

Starting CBD and MMJ

Starting CBD and MMJ

So many people have asked me questions about CBD, Hemp, Medical Marijuana – what works, what doesn’t, what I recommend… so many questions. And the other day, it dawned on me that I have never talked about my life, my health issues, and what led me to the CalmLife Journey. So, today, I want to share it with all of you.

For me, falling asleep was never an issue.  However, as I got older, I started waking up frequently during the middle of the night, and, unbeknownst to me, I was grinding my teeth during the night… which resulted in morning headaches. Severe, debilitating headaches that would take me out of my game for a few hours in the morning (something I just could not afford).

I had heard that marijuana/hemp could help, but honestly, I didn’t think it was right for me. That said, and given that it was available in my home state, I thought I would check it out. I mean, I thought, why not, what did I have to lose? Actually, I lost a lot!

Starting CBD and MMJ

The Process

Before I get into what I lost by starting CBD and MMJ, let me take you through the process of how easy the whole thing was. First, I got my card, and then, I picked up some medical marijuana at a local Dispensary. I started consuming (vaping) right before bed, and found out that it relaxed me even more; remember, falling asleep quickly was never a problem – it was staying asleep that was one of my issues. But the very first night I tried MMJ, I experienced calmness, plus a little of that euphoric feeling, that put me to sleep fast, and I was able to sleep longer without interruption.  The very first night. I was amazed when I woke up the next day; not only did I feel refreshed and rested like never before, I had NO headache! It had been years since I had felt so energetic and revived in the morning. Now, I can honestly say that I usually make it through the night, with NO headaches in the morning!

I had finally lost that exhausted, migraine-filled morning feel. Was it all because of the MMJ? Well, I’m not doing anything else differently, so I’m going to say, “Yes.” 

That said, I need to add that MMJ works differently for everyone; so finding the right THC/CBD ratio/strain and amount of dose is important. But I am hopeful, my story will motivate you to find out what works for you, so you can gain the same benefits I have.   

Another thing I want to mention in my story was how CBD affected me.  Again, it’s different for everyone. But I find that when I take CBD, it gives me a nice mellow feeling (without getting me high) and I find that incidences of me being sore (from sleeping the wrong way, chilling in a bad position, or just plain ole getting old) is little to none! 

In fact, one day recently, I threw out my back, and it was so painful, that I had to support myself when going from sitting to standing up.  A few years ago, I had done the same thing; it took me about 6 months to recover, so I was really scared this would take me out of commission the same way. I could not afford to deal with that pain again for 6 months.

So, knowing what I know about CBD and pain relief, this time I increased the mgs of my CBD, and a few days later I was feeling much better. I was shocked, given the experience last time, and how much better I felt this time, with the CBD. 

So, was it definitely the CBD that helped?  I don’t know. That said, when my family and friends ask me for help with any time of pain, I always recommend CBD, and I know for sure,  I will always continue to use it based on what I have seen and felt in my own life.

I hope my story of both MMJ and CBD has inspired you to look further in your own life, for a more natural alternative. My advice? If you are having migraines or headaches, can’t sleep, can’t stay asleep, or if you have back or other joint pain, let us help you find the right product, or combination of products, to help you.

Educating you on the benefits of CBD and MMJ, finding the right kind of product(s), and helping you to understand how much CBD and/or THC may work for you, is our specialty.

Making your options more accessible and affordable, is our mission.

Let us know how we can help you with your own CalmLife Journey. We are here for you!

And, if you have a story to share, on WHAT YOU LOST taking CBD and MMJ (pain, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, weight, or other), we’d love for you to share your story with us!

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You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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CBD and Weight Loss? Yes! Learn How!

CBD and Weight Loss

CBD and Weight Loss – Mind and Body Improvements “weighs in”.

CBD and Weight Loss

CBD and Weight Loss – Its All About Reducing Stress

There are many strategies to losing weight; eating healthy, reducing sugar and fat intake, incorporating a more active lifestyle such as walking, weight lifting, yoga, etc.

But did you know one of the best, most successful ways to shed those pounds around the middle, is by reducing stress? Stress relief is not just a powerful tool for overall health and wellness; effective stress release helps to reduce that terrible, fat-inducing, fat-storing hormone called Cortisol.  And one of the best ways to potentially reduce Cortisol, is with CBD.

Metabolism and Cortisol

A healthy person’s level of cortisol, the primary stress hormone, rises and falls in a 24-hour cycle; it increases as the sun rises, and drops to its lowest levels a few hours after midnight. However, this ebb and flow is negatively affected by an increase in stress — either acute or chronic. Recent Studies from The National Institute of Health, report that CBD might be able to decrease cortisol levels by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, thus helping your metabolism’s natural rhythm. Additionally, adding CBD to your pre-workout routine might positively impact your energy levels and metabolic fire, helping to reduce fat.

This graphic helps illustrate the schematic representation of the endocannabinoid system and its effect on weight loss

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CBD and Weightloss

CBD May Reduce Appetite*

CBD and Weight Loss

It’s all about the CB1 receptors. It’s true, that people who smoke cannabis tend to feel more hungry than usual, due to the THC activating CB1 Receptors, and possibly causing increased appetite. But, the CBD in cannabis m`ay actually do the opposite, by blocking CB1 receptors, and influencing other hormones to help reduce the appetite and prevent overeating.

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CBD May Help Convert Fat*

CBD and Weight Loss

There are two types of fat in our body, good fat and bad fat. When accumulated in excess, bad fat is related to chronic illness, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Good fat actually serves a purpose in generating heat by burning calories. A person at a healthy weight, tends to have more good fat than bad fat, and CBD may even help convert bad fat to good fat, resulting in more weight loss.

CBD and Weightloss

CBD May Help Metabolism*

CBD for Weight Loss

CBD not only stimulates the proteins and genes that play a role in increasing the breakdown of fat, but it can also boost the number and activity of the mitochondria, thus amplifying the body’s ability to burn stored calories and fat throughout the day.

CBD and Weightloss

CBD May Help Metabolic Disorders*

CBD for Weight Loss

The over-activation of the CB1 receptors in the fatty tissue, could contribute to obesity and metabolic risks. CB1 receptors become over-activate by stress and increased Cortisol levels. CBD helps to block off the CB1 receptors, by reducing stress, and thus reducing Cortisol levels. A chain reaction of sorts. Thus, CBD may help to reduce metabolic disorders, just by helping to reduce stress.

* These statements have not been approved by the FDA. It is best to speak with your doctor before beginning any new supplements, dietary change or exercise to lose weight

In people with obesity or problems with losing weight (especially with extra pounds around the waist), CB1 receptors become more widespread in fatty tissue. The recent study shows some evidence that CBD may help people lose weight, and/or help prevent metabolic disorders.

Now, we can’t promise….

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CBD and Weightloss

…but it is an established medical fact, that by reducing cortisol, you will reduce stress, and thus have an easier time shedding those pounds. And CBD may be your trusted partner in reducing stress and anxiety. 

CBD and Weight Loss

In fact, studies show that cannabis works with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body (yep…back to those receptors again) to regulate our emotional well being as well as regulation of homeostasis and even help with general pain. All of which will help in losing weight.

For more information on CBD and Anxiety, and What Does Science Tell Us, click here to read more.

Ready to start reducing stress…
and your waistline?

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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Reduce Your Use, Saving the TP

Reduce Your Use

Everyone is trying to make more environmentally conscious decisions these days; however, very few people consider how much paper waste they are literally flushing down the toilet every single day. It’s easy to let toilet paper use get out of control, and whether you are trying to save money or save the environment, you will definitely want to implement a few tips that can help you and the whole household reduce how much is used. Now, with the Coronavirus pandemic, stores across the country cannot keep toilet paper in stock so now its time to learn how to reduce your use so you can keep toilet paper on hand longer while we ride this virus out in the United States.

Consider the tips below. They can help you reduce your use of toilet paper in your own household.

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High-Quality Toilet Paper

You should begin by making sure you are choosing high-quality toilet paper. It should be at least two-ply and preferably close to four-ply. That’s because it will last longer and will be much more absorbent. While it may seem cheaper to buy the low-quality rolls, they just won’t last as long and you will spend much more money replenishing than you actually realize.

Reduce Your Use

Always Fold

Make sure everyone in your household understands they should always fold the toilet tissue when they use it. Many people tend to wad it up, but this provides less surface area and requires more paper. By folding, you are given more surface area for actual use and you will be able to get by without using so much.

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Don’t Leave Out Extra Rolls

Many people leave several rolls of toilet paper in their bathroom as backups, however, this is not as good of an idea as it seems. This could be encouraging you and other members of the household to be more wasteful since so much toilet paper is readily available. Instead, keep the extra rolls stored away in a closet and do not leave them out within sight in the bathroom. If you feel you must leave a backup, limit to only one roll.

Replenish the TP

Create a Replenishment Schedule

Depending on the number of people in your household, decide how often you will be replacing the toilet paper in the bathroom. Ideally, you should be able to limit it to twice a week. Let everyone in your household know that the paper will only be replaced on certain days. This will force them to use the toilet paper more sparingly.

Learn Discipline

Finally, you need to learn how to be disciplined and teach the other members of the household to be disciplined as well. Usually, three or four squares of paper, if you have purchased high-quality types, will suffice. There is no need for more than that. You may have to explain “reduce your use” to smaller children.

We are aware of how odd this subject is and how strange the times are that we are living in. One would never have given this much thought to toilet paper prior to the Coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing shortages most all of us are experiencing. Someday, when the terrible wounds of this pandemic have healed some, many will be able to look back upon this time and find humor in some of the things we have experienced. Moving forward, you will never take a roll of toilet paper for granted again.

In the meantime, if you have considered trying CBD products to help with some of the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have you covered there too.

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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What Doctors Say About CBD

What Doctors Say About CBD

What Doctors Say About CBD

Chances are, you have probably heard a lot about CBD. That’s because this chemical compound, derived from the hemp cannabis plant, has now been legalized almost everywhere in the United States. People everywhere are beginning to realize its possible medicinal benefits.

The medical community has utilized the products of the marijuana plant in different ways over the years to help reduce pain and inflammation, as well as to give patients the calming effects of the marijuana plant. Now that CBD is legalized in so many places, doctors have more freedom to recommend CBD for patients who would benefit from its qualities.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered about 30 years ago, but the medical community did not yet understand the significance of their discovery back then. It is a chemical reaction that acts in a similar way to the hormone system of the body. The ECS is how CBD interacts with our bodies.

What Doctors Say About CBD and How it Works So Well for Some

CBD creates natural homeostasis in the body by working through the ECS. This is the most significant aspect of CBD’s medicinal qualities. Unlike the pure marijuana plant that contains the psychoactive component of THC (the ingredient that gets you “high”), CBD contains none of this element. So there is no risk of harmful effects due to THC such as a delay in judgment or affected behaviors that can be associated with THC.

What doctors say about CBD is that it is key to understand that there are natural receptors in our bodies and knowing how CBD interacts with these receptors, we begin to understand the benefits of CBD.

Doctors noted that the research being done on CBD is exciting for the medical community due to the various number of benefits from CBD and the possible help it offers for epilepsy as well as pain relief, stress reduction, and the anti-inflammatory ingredients.

What Doctors Say About CBD and Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety and social anxiety disorder are neuroses that affect a large number of people today. CBD has been found to possibly increase the level of confidence and lower the level of pervasive social anxiety, especially in subjects who were open to the idea of its effectiveness. Some patients were given a placebo, and there was no apparent effect among these patients when compared to the CBD group that had a noticeable change in their levels of anxiety in this particular study. The results suggest that CBD may reduce anxiety in people suffering from chronic SAD (social anxiety disorder) or other depressive or anxiety-based disorders when given in appropriate amounts. The medicinal explanation for this is that CBD seems to act on the limbic and paralimbic brain areas by connecting the brain receptors and creating a positive emotive effect in many people. ( Department of Neurosciences and Behavior, Division of Psychiatry )

What Doctors Say About CBD and How CBD May Help You

If you are on the fence about using CBD, we encourage you to do your research to discover the opinions of other medical professionals who use CBD for their patients. While the research is still relatively new, many medical professionals state that they believe CBD helps their patients in ways that traditional medicine, treatments, or surgical techniques cannot do by using the body’s natural Endocannabinoid system to give it the boost it needs to create a balance or “homeostasis” in the body.

Because CBD contains none of the harmful effects of THC like those that are found in “weed,” or marijuana, you will not get any “high” off of CBD. Instead, CBD is derived from the part of the plant that focuses on feeding the ECS receptors in various parts of your body. For many people, this results in improved physical symptoms, and it may produce the pain relief and other positive effects that you are looking for.

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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Stop Claiming CBD Can Cure Coronavirus

Stop Claiming CBD Can Cure Coronavirus

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have taken enforcement action against a former NFL player’s CBD company over unsubstantiated claims that its products can be used to cure or prevent coronavirus. In short, they demand the company Stop Claiming CBD Can Cure Coronavirus.

The agencies sent a warning letter demanding that the business cease making the claims, remove them from any marketing material and advise FDA on steps taken to correct the issue within 48 hours. Failure to comply can result in “legal action, including, without limitation, seizure and injunction,” the letter states.

The enforcement action came one day after the former player said that he would actually welcome federal moves against his company and use it as a public relations opportunity to expose the government for suppressing the “truth” about the medical potential of cannabis.

In the letter, officials from FDA and FTC said the agencies have “determined that your website offers cannabidiol (CBD) products for sale in the United States and that these products are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people.” Because the products are not authorized for such use, this marketing is in violation of both FDA and FTC regulations.

“FDA is taking urgent measures to protect consumers from certain products that, without approval or authorization by FDA, claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people,” the agencies wrote. “As described below, you sell products that are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people. We request that you take immediate action to cease the sale of such unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.”

The summary of the company’s logic is that because cannabinoids like CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating the immune system, taking CBD products can prevent and treat COVID-19. He’s received ample pushback from legalization advocates and prohibitionists alike, who say peddling these claims without clinical evidence to back them up is irresponsible and dangerous to patients.

FDA made clear that, as of now, the coronavirus is not clinically proven to be among those conditions that cannabis can cure.

The government letter goes on to say that it is unlawful “to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made.”

“For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist for the products identified above,” it states. “Thus, any coronavirus-related prevention or treatment claims regarding such products are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. You must immediately cease making all such claims.”

Here at Mind and Body Improvements, we would concur that any company making these claims should stop claiming CBD can cure Coronavirus. Because CBD interacts with each person differently, no such claim can be made at this time. CBD interacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system, the process which can produce different results for different people. If you currently take CBD and have experienced symptom relief for your ailments, its reasonable to continue to do so, but we would never claim that taking CBD will protect you from the currently mostly unknown Coronavirus.

As a health and wellness company, we are 100% committed to doing our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Shop with confidence knowing that we only supply the highest quality CBD products and are going above-and-beyond to be responsible when it comes to shipping your items.

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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Coronavirus Update at Mind & Body Improvements

Coronavirus Update at Mind & Body Improvements

Coronavirus Update at Mind & Body Improvements

Here at Mind and Body Improvements, we make it our mission to go above and beyond to serve our customers with the most up-to-date information on everything CBD. Our Coronavirus Update at Mind & Body Improvements is that we will continue to do so and will also be continuing regular shipments in the same super-fast way we have always done.

All CBD orders are shipped within 24-48 hours and this will not change while we navigate the Coronvirus pandemic. We have made it possible for all Mind and Body Improvements employees to work remotely from their homes so as to conform to the current CDC guidance for social-distancing. At this time, there are no cases of symptoms or positive Covid-19 test results for any of our employees. All of our employees have committed to staying in their homes outside of only necessary trips for food or absolutely necessary services. Our employees practice rigorous hand-washing and hygiene before handling any customer order and have committed to hand and face washing each time prior to the handling of any of our products being shipped to our customers.

As a health and wellness company, we are 100% committed to doing our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Shop with confidence knowing that we only supply the highest quality CBD products and are going above-and-beyond to be responsible when it comes to shipping your items.

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers. If there is a particular product you may be looking for, please feel free to tell us right away and we will look into finding the best option to add to our already robust selection.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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CBD and Coronavirus

CBD and Coronavirus

CBD and Coronavirus

A question we have been getting a lot lately is about CBD and coronavirus. People want to know if CBD may affect the contraction or recovery from coronavirus. In a pandemic environment, this is a logical question that we aim to answer.

People are wondering if CBD can help boost the immune system against getting COVID-19 in the first place, and if you do get it, can CBD help patients recover more quickly? Since CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, should people worry about it given the recent warnings about ibuprofen (also an anti-inflammatory) use with Coronavirus?

All great questions.

CBD and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are no known studies showing that CBD has any effect on the coronavirus. All across social media, some CBD companies are claiming wild immunity boosts with CBD. Some are even claiming immunity against all viruses, including CBD and Coronavirus.

The short answer to this is simple. Coronavirus is a BRAND NEW, never-seen-before virus. So, any claims by any company pushing any product are patently false and should be taken lightly. This is because there is little information about Coronavirus as a whole, let alone the long-term effects of any therapy on the virus. It is irresponsible and downright bogus to claim otherwise. As a nation, we are all scared of this unknown virus, and adding false-claims for miracle cures does nothing to help that.

There are real-world, clinically studied positive results for many ailments by using CBD. CBD and Coronavirus effects simply are not yet known at this time.

Plant medicines like CBD do so many amazing things that there is no need to stretch the truth or make claims that cannot be backed up, at least not currently.

So, how can we support our immune systems?

Probably the best way we can support our immunity is avoiding alcohol, staying active while we stay home and taking up a simple relaxation or meditation practice to decrease stress hormones. Eating a diet rich in micronutrients, zinc, vitamin C, flavonoids, and getting good sleep are all good things to start now if you haven’t already.

If you are currently using CBD to help with symptom-relief and have found success with it, we presently have no reason to believe that it will have any negative effect on getting or recovering from Coronavirus. Having said that, purchasing CBD specifically to combat Coronavirus has no known correlation at this time. In other words, continued administration of your successful use of CBD should be fine, but we aren’t suggesting you purchase CBD specifically in an effort to treat Coronavirus, as it is not known yet if there are any specific Coronavirus treatment properties with CBD. Only time will tell as studies on Coronavirus persist.

Even if you do everything ‘right’ you may still end up getting coronavirus, but the good news is that most people not in high risk groups will have a mild illness course and recoup at home. Some carriers may not even have any symptoms at all or even know they had it, which is why social distancing is so important, since asymptomatic transmission rates are thought to be quite high with coronavirus.

You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements. We continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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CBD and Immunity

CBD and Immunity

CBD and Immunity – Does CBD Help or Hurt the Immune System?

CBD can reduce inflammation by suppressing the immune system, but new research indicates it could also bolster immunity as well. This can be confusing to most folks, so let’s investigate CBD and immunity.

One of the most complicated things to understand about CBD is its impact on the immune system. Is it positive or negative? Will CBD strengthen or weaken your immune system?

There really is no one simple answer to the effects of CBD and immunity. Technically CBD can do both, depending on the autoimmune condition in question. Here’s what you need to know to understand CBD and Immunity

Effects to Our Immune Systems – CBD and Immunity

To understand whether or not CBD can strengthen or weaken the immune system, it is important to understand the basics. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a significant role in regulating a wide range of bodily functions and systems, including the immune system.

The immune system, when functioning properly, is what keeps humans healthy and enables the body to fight disease and infection. In healthy immune systems, inflammation is a normal and effective response to bodily threats. In individuals with poorly functioning immune systems, an inflammatory response is triggered in a way that can result in persistent inflammation that often leads to chronic pain in other conditions. Current research points to chronic inflammation as being a common factor in many diseases.

CBD may be able to alleviate this inflammation, allowing your immune system to function better and allowing you to feel better.

Within the ECS, there is one particular receptor that plays a key role in regulating inflammatory immune responses: cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). CBD helps to inhibit the CB2 receptor, which then helps regulate inflammation in the body.

Cytokines are proteins released by immune cells when the body experiences stress or trauma. These proteins play a role in inflammation in the body. Research has shown that cannabinoids like CBD can disrupt the release of cytokines so effectively that CBD may even prevent inflammation before it starts.

CBD can also affect the immune system by inhibiting adenosine. With this, the amount of adenosine in the brain is increased, making the receptors react in such a way that reduces inflammation throughout the body.

Today, it may seem like all the benefits of CBD oil are the result of cannabidiol’s ability to suppress the immune system. However, there is now evidence that CBD oil, in some instances, strengthen the immune system to produce other benefits. Whether CBD and immunity will react positively or negatively will depend heavily on your personal health. Let’s break it down.

CBD and Immunity Suppression

CBD may play a big role in managing autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases include conditions with varied effects and symptoms, but they all have one thing in common: a hyperactive immune system. Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the immune system overreacting to non-threatening internal events, leading to an attack against perfectly healthy cells within the body. The inflammation that results can cause stiffness, pain, and in some cases, internal organ and tissue damage.

.Traditionally, medications used to treat autoimmune conditions are immunosuppressive; essentially they work to shut down the immune system. Unfortunately, shutting off the immune system can create additional problems because it leaves individuals even more susceptible to infection and illness.

CBD could be a great middle-ground option for those with autoimmune conditions because it suppresses very specific parts of the immune system without completely turning it off. Also, cannabidiol is naturally occurring and similar to the endocannabinoids produced in the body, making it potentially a gentler treatment option than certain prescription pharmaceuticals.

CBD and Immunity Strengthening

A weakened immune system is not able to adequately defend the body and fend off infection as it should. As mentioned above, CBD oil has been found to work as an effective immune suppressor, which is why it’s used to treat inflammation. So how exactly can CBD oil both suppress and strengthen your immune system? While the answer to this question is still being researched and sought out, promising progress has been made.

In studies examining CBD’s effect on cancer sufferers, a condition in which the immune system is greatly diminished, results have shown that individuals are better able to fight infection when taking CBD.

In one such study, it was found that cannabinoids taken in high doses prompted the body to kill cancer cells through a process known as apoptosis. The findings are huge considering cancer cells are defined by their ability to avoid apoptosis, which allows them to multiply and spread throughout the body. While the specifics of how cannabinoids elicit this reaction are still being researched, it’s encouraging to know CBD may be able to deter cancerous cells when the immune system cannot.

According to the research so far, CBD can address autoimmune disorders by calming a hyperactive immune system and strengthening a compromised one. Ultimately, CBD oil may help your body find the balance it needs to function at an optimal level.

It’s important to talk to your doctor before you start supplementing with CBD. While CBD has little to no known side effects, it can interact with some commonly prescribed medications.

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You can find CBD options here at Mind and Body Improvements, we continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

Interested in trying Medical Marijuana too (not for pets of course)? Visit our industry expert partner CalmEffect and learn about GETTING YOUR CARD.

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CBD for Dogs, Does It Work?

CBD for Dogs

CBD for Dogs

Most of us would do just about anything for our furry best friends, especially when they are in pain. Unfortunately, because they cannot speak to us, we have to play a guessing game, which can cost a small fortune in diagnoses and treatments. Maybe that is why so many people are turning to natural remedies like CBD for dogs.

You have likely heard about people using CBD for dogs as CBD is a low-risk and highly-effective option that covers a wide range of common dog ailments.

What Is CBD?

As the legalization of cannabis spreads throughout the United States, the term CBD has become common to most people. So, what is CBD? The cannabis (marijuana) plant contains over 100 various cannabinoids that interact with the body in many different ways. You may be more knowledgeable about THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the compound responsible for the “high” effect of cannabis.

Unlike THC, CBD (cannabidiol) does not produce this high. It does, however, stimulate the chemicals in the brain through the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). By reacting with receptors through the body’s ECS, CBD can create homeostasis that promotes natural well-being.

How Does CBD for Dogs Work

Dogs may be smaller than humans but they also have an ECS throughout their bodies. CBD works in a similar way, releasing chemicals from cannabis to create a potentially balanced state. While there is no formal research on the effects of CBD on dogs, given their similar brain function, human studies can be used in their absence.

CBD for Dogs Benefits and Treatments

The range of treatment options for dogs is as vast as the spectrum of ailments that dogs can suffer from. CBD can be used to calm anxiety symptoms, reduce chronic pain, and treat epileptic seizures. It is also great for senior dogs who are in pain from inflammation and/or arthritis or who have cancer. CBD is highly anti-inflammatory and can even be used to treat nausea. Additionally, as an overall health supplement, CBD can be used to encourage a healthy heart and activate good gut bacteria, leading to a healthy digestive and immune system.

How to Give Your Dog CBD

There are many CBD products just for pets. This is great news because dosages are lower and they are categorized by the weight of your dog. Dog treats infused with CBD make an especially tasty and discrete way to get your dog to take their CBD medicine.

Side Effects and Dangers

The main concern when it comes to CBD for dogs is the level of THC. High levels of THC can be toxic to your dog. Be sure to buy from a reputable seller and always look at third-party lab tests to ensure the THC is minimal. To be legal CBD, the THC must be at or below .3 percent. Side effects of real CBD are minimal and only occur when improperly dosed. They may include dry mouth, dizziness, and lethargy.

Getting Started

You can find CBD for dogs here at Mind and Body Improvements, we continue to add options on a regular basis after we get an assurance of robust quality control processes from manufacturers.

If you have more questions or concerns, you can speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s issues and get their professional opinion if trying CBD might be right for them.

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Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad-Spectrum CBD. What does it mean and why is it important for you to understand?

When shopping for CBD, you’ve probably come across products labeled as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate. What do they mean and how are they different? In short, they are used to define which type of CBD is used in a product. Each type presents important factors to consider, and understanding the difference is essential for every CBD user.

Within the Cannabis plant, there is a classification of compounds known as cannabinoids. Among these are CBD and THC, along with over a hundred others which scientists have discovered naturally occur within different Cannabis strains.

In 1995, researchers discovered that, by interacting with receptors in the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), cannabinoids like CBD could deliver unique health benefits to the body. It was later discovered that each cannabinoid could affect the body differently.

To create a CBD product, the cannabinoid content is extracted from the Cannabis plant. During this process, other compounds found within the plant are also extracted, including terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. Depending on the strain and classification used for extraction, the composition and cannabinoid profile will differ. The contents of the refined extract are what determines if the CBD extract is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate.

What is Broad Spectrum CBD?

Broad-spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate. Like Full Spectrum CBD, the other compounds found within the plant are preserved in the extract; however, like CBD Isolate, THC is completely removed. Because Broad Spectrum CBD contains multiple cannabinoids, it can deliver the enhanced benefits of the “entourage effect,” without the risk of psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD that has been extracted from the cannabis plant along with all other compounds and cannabinoids, except THC.

PROS

It offers the full benefits of the cannabis plant otherwise known as the entourage effect.

No risk of psychoactive effects.

CONS

Less availability (we have you covered)

Stronger flavor and odor.

Best For:
Individuals with conditions that CBD isolates alone could not alleviate.
Individuals with sensitivity to THC.
Individuals living in states that have strict THC-laws.
First-time users that are hesitant about THC.

For most, Broad-Spectrum CBD may be the best choice as it delivers the full benefits of the Cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects of THC. Mind and Body Improvements has a fill line of broad-spectrum CBD for you to choose from.

Still Have Questions? Reach out today.

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