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What Are CBD Topicals?

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Summary:

CBD topicals are topical creams, salves, and ointments, that contain cannabidiol, a compound derived from cannabis. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is emerging as a popular wellness ingredient. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, kills pain, enhances circulation and regenerates cellular activity.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, CBD topicals, their benefits, different types of topicals, uses, how they work, and how to maximize their effectiveness.

What Are CBD Topicals?

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TheraJoy CBD Topicals

If you are suffering from aches and pains, and finding the typical sports creams aren’t cutting it anymore, then you might think painkillers are your only choice. I’d like to suggest another option altogether – CBD topicals.

CBD topicals are topical creams, salves, and ointments, that contain cannabidiol, a compound derived from cannabis. When applied, CBD is absorbed through the skin and interacts with the endocannabinoid system to produce its therapeutic effects. This all-natural ingredient has been shown to reduce chronic pain and inflammation, and you can reap the benefits of CBD without having to vaporize it or ingest it by mouth.

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Scientist Evaluating Cannabis Plant

What Is CBD?

According to USA Today:

CBD, one of the more than 100 chemicals in cannabis, is emerging as a popular wellness ingredient. The plant extract, often consumed as an oil under the tongue, is now the featured ingredient in high-end products including coconut oil, body lotion, face serum, olive oil, jam, bath scrub, cold-brew coffee, sports salve, lip balm, infused water, gummy snacks and dog treats.

Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol) won’t get you high, and it’s becoming so mainstream that even Coca-Cola may have interest in a CBD drink.

What is CBD? And why is the cannabis-derived ingredient on the rise for wellness products?

If you’d like to learn more information about CBD, you should continue your research by reading “What is Cannabidiol?“.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are safe, easy-to-use topical agents that can be directly applied to most areas of your skin to relieve a variety of problems. These problems include soreness, inflammation, and irritation.  Furthermore, CBD topicals don’t create the “high” effects associated with cannabis or THC. This makes them appealing to a much larger audience.

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Male Doctor

Benefits Of CBD Topicals

Topicals are applied right to trouble areas so that the CBD oil can work directly where it’s needed most. Ingesting CBD products orally causes CBD and other compounds to enter the blood stream, which elicits full-body effects and takes up to 2 hours or more before those effects are experienced. With CBD topicals, the healing compound and other hemp-derived nutrients are almost immediately absorbed directly through your skin, allowing them to be target the affected area for quicker and more focused effects.

The Topical Benefits of CBD

Different Types Of CBD Topicals

CBD topicals include creams, lotions, salves, balms, ointments, and oils that are infused with CBD. In this article we will focus on the most popular types, they include:

  • CBD Lotion or Cream
  • CBD Ointment
  • CBD Salve

You can identify the various types of CBD topicals by the consistency of the product. CBD lotions or CBD creams have a creamy viscous consistency. CBD ointments are the least viscous of the three CBD topicals and CBD salves, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are in the middle.

While your preference may vary, I recommend starting with a CBD salve with an organic coconut oil base. With a product like this, you can always “loosen” up the consistency with heat. This is one of the many reasons TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is made with organic coconut oil.

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Senior Woman Touching Face

What Are CBD Topicals Used For?

CBD contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, kills pain, enhances circulation and regenerates cellular activity. CBD topicals are a great way to apply CBD directly to your afflicted areas. You can also easily control the dose and reapply as needed. This means CBD topicals are great for a variety of conditions.

While not comprehensive, this list contains some of the most popular uses of CBD topicals:

  • Skin conditions: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes, fungal infections, dry skin, blisters, etc.
  • Localized joint pain, arthritis pain, inflammation muscle soreness, sprains and other mild injuries.
  • Faster healing of wounds, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nerve pain/sciatica
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Earaches
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Mental disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD)

CBD Ointment Gives You Instant Pain Relief, Here’s How

How Do CBD Topicals Work?

CBD topicals may be applied to the exterior of an affected area, such as a knee joint or a patch of inflamed skin.

The question is whether CBD can be absorbed through the skin (transdermally) or not. And if so, whether it provides meaningful pain relief. Fortunately, scientific researching animal models of human arthritis suggest the answer is yes.

Studies show that externally applied CBD preparations do, in fact, enter the tissues beneath the skin.

Furthermore, these CBD ointments provide pain relief in a predictable manner. In one such study, indications of pain and inflammation relief increased with increasing concentrations of CBD.

What Are CBD Topicals?

Using A CBD Topical

Using a CBD topical is as simple as applying a generous amount to the areas of your body where you feel discomfort or tension.

To maximize the effectiveness of your CBD topical, you should follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean and dry the area you wish to target with CBD treatment thoroughly
  2. Remember the CBD adage, always go “low and slow”. In this case, this means starting with a small amount of CBD product.
  3. Rub the CBD topical it into the affected areas using slow, medium-firm circles.
  4. Allow the CBD to penetrate the skin, applying additional CBD if needed.
  5. Most patients report a calming, fresh feeling on the area almost immediately, however it may be subtle.
  6. Re-apply as needed.

If you find yourself suffering from chronic or occasional muscle pain, tension, skin conditions, inflammation, or related problems and are looking for all-natural relief, you should try a CBD topical like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve. You won’t be disappointed. We guarantee it.

Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Senior Health And CBD

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Summary:

Seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of CBD users and with good reason. What is driving the senior health and CBD trend? CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. It’s also an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, how to avoid potential negative stigmas, CBD as a natural treatment option, and real-world examples of CBD use by seniors.

Senior Health And CBD

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“Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well.” – Carol Saline, Hadassah Magazine

Seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of CBD users and with good reason. The therapeutic benefits of CBD are manifold.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, as explained by Joseph Rosenblatt of Chiropractic Economics, is:

Due to its wide variety of medical benefits, CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, CBD oil can be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

As CBD oil is non-psychoactive, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that THC ingestion does. Therefore, the use of CBD in topical form is a useful alternative for those who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC and those who would like options besides the over-the-counter steroid-based creams typically used for arthritis, joint pain, and similar ailments. This is especially true for aging users, parents, or adults who are concerned about practical matters (like failing drug tests, for example).

The science behind the rise of CBD topicals

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“We see really great interest amongst seniors,” says Martin Lee, Project CBD

Here are just a few of the common ways seniors can benefit from CBD.

CBD is perfect for seniors because, to quote Carol Saline of Hadassah Magazine, “Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well.”

Avoiding The Medical Marijuana Stigma

One boundary that often needs to be overcome by patients considering CBD, is the negative stigmas associated with medical marijuana. To deal with this issue, we encourage all potential CBD patients to educate themselves and then share the knowledge. By becoming educated, you can become your own CBD advocate.

There is positive news on this front, we have found that this stigma has declined. This may be due in part to more and more states legalizing medical marijuana. Now more people are recognizing the medical benefits of cannabis, and “scare tactics” are being replaced with scientific evidence backing health and wellness claims.

A Natural Treatment Option

Can CBD really be used as a natural alternative treatment?

Mikhail Kogan, M.D. thinks so.

Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, has prescribed CBD for his patients since the compound was legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia in 2011. Kogan says cannabinoids are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.” He recommends placing a few drops of the oil under the tongue.

Boomers Fuel Boom in Popularity of CBD

This is in line with what Martin Lee, Director of Project CBD, is seeing. In a recent article, Martin Lee stated: “We see really great interest amongst seniors.”

Senior Health And CBD

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Senior Health and CBD in California

CBD is perfect for the 55 and older generation. Seniors nationwide are already taking the advice of Dr. Kogan and reaping the many health rewards of regular CBD use.

Senior Health And CBD In California

In California, it’s already helping Shirley Avedon and Joan Stammerjohn.

Shirley Avedon, 90, had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

“It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said.

So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.

Avedon, who doesn’t want to get high from anything she uses, picked up a topical cream on her first trip that was sold as a pain reliever. It contained cannabidiol, or CBD, but was formulated without THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.

On a sunny afternoon last August, a dozen women from Balfour Senior Living, in Louisville, Colorado, boarded a bus for a field trip to a marijuana dispensary. One used a walker, one was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and another wore a linen suit and jewelry. All were told to wear hats while walking from the bus to the dispensary door. “The sun is our enemy,” one said.

Joan Stammerjohn, who is eighty-four, said she’d joined the group because she’s had chronic pain in her legs, and has been on OxyContin for ten years. “I’d like to get off it,” she said. Others said they had ailments like arthritis or back pain, but didn’t want to disclose their names because they believe marijuana is still stigmatized. “We’re travelling incognito,” one said. “I’m excited. I came to open my mind—I want to know the latest things. I hope this won’t be in the paper, though. We’ll have a crowd coming to Balfour, thinking this is the coolest place.”

How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze

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Senior Health and CBD in Indiana

Senior Health And CBD In Indiana

In Indiana, it’s already helping Jim Rector.

With improved access to the substance, more Hoosier seniors are trying it to relieve pain or treat chronic illness. But it is still hard for the cannabis extract to shake off the stigma.

Carol Rector had heard about CBD and thought maybe it could help her husband.

Her husband, Jim Rector, is 74 year-old. He has diabetes, and Carol read that emerging evidence shows CBD can treat the chronic disease.

When Indiana legalized its use, Carol got it for Jim and told his doctor.

“He said let’s do an A1C, so they took his blood work and it came back perfect,” says Rector.

Jim also suffers from chronic pain related to bursitis, and Carol says his pain went from a 10 to a 5 in a few short days.

And it doesn’t only help Jim.

“It helps me because I see somebody who has hope now,” says Carol.

Hoosier Seniors And CBD: Stigma And Success

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Happy Senior in Orchard

CBD And You

If you are a senior and have been considering CBD, isn’t it time you took the leap? CBD is an all-natural, alternative treatment that is working for seniors just like you nationwide.

As a market leader in the CBD topical space, TheraJoy has been proudly manufacturing our complete line of CBD products in the United States for three years. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our product is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Safely Buy CBD Topicals

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Summary:

With literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person? Expanding upon a “step-by-step” guide written by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports, we focus on creating a safe strategy for purchasing CBD topicals.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, CBD topicals, and safely buying CBD topicals in just 7 steps.

Safely Buy CBD Topicals

In a world filled with artificial products, a major appeal of CBD-based products is the all-natural composition. However, with literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person?

Is CBD Legal?

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CBD Oil

Generally speaking, CBD is legal, provided it is derived from hemp and not from marijuana. The key difference is the THC content, hemp contains very low concentrations of THC (0.3% or less), and marijuana contains much higher concentrations (between 15% to 40%).

Yes, CBD is legal, however, it technically must come from hemp, and not marijuana. The FDA considers hemp oil and its derivatives, such as CBD, to be dietary supplements because they are made from industrial grade hemp plants, which is not to be confused with the medicine classification. Inside the United States, you can legally buy and consume CBD in any State of the Union, without the need for a medical prescription.

CBD Breakthroughs In Heart Disease

However, it is important to check your local laws, because there may be CBD specific prohibitions.

For more information on CBD, check out “CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education“.

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CBD Topicals

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are cannabis-infused balms, salves, lotions, and oils that you massage directly onto your skin.

[They] are infused with hemp oil rich in CBD (cannabidiol), a natural, non-psychoactive compound extracted from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of cannabis plants that helps keep your functions in balance and your performance at its best.

These active compounds of the CBD oil are absorbed through your skin, where they can interact with nearby receptors without ever reaching the bloodstream.

CBD hemp oil topicals also contain an array of other essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, to encourage health so you can function every day at your peak.

Like all CBD hemp oil products, CBD topicals are non-psychoactive, so you can take advantage of CBD’s balancing properties without concern that you’ll get high.

Why Use A CBD Topical?

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Safely Buy CBD Topicals

Safely Buy CBD Topicals In 7 Steps

The following “step-by-step” guide was based on work by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports; it’s a great starting point for our purposes.

  1. Decide Why You Want to Use CBD, and in What Form
  2. Consider How Much THC the Product Contains
  3. Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown
  4. Ask for Test Results
  5. Look for Products That List the CBD Amount
  6. Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean
  7. Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims

How to Shop for CBD

The 7 Steps

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The 7 Steps

Let’s break down each step and apply the logic for CBD topicals.

Step 1 – Decide Why You Want To Use CBD, And In What Form … CBD Topicals

As indicated by the title of this article, we will be focusing on CBD topicals. CBD topicals are a great way to directly apply the compound to your afflicted areas, regardless of condition. You can also easily control the amount applied and re-apply as needed to guarantee continuous relief.

Step 2 – Consider How Much THC the Product Contains, 0% Is Ideal

While you may live in a state that has decriminalized medical marijuana, the substance is still illegal federally. Due to this fact, we recommend only using products that contain 0% THC. Another added benefit, you’ll never have to worry about potential false positives on employment drug screens.

Step 3 – Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown

When it comes to hemp, where it comes from matters. Hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning the plant naturally draws potentially harmful toxins from the soil. Always make sure your hemp comes from a legal, all-natural source, and is free from harmful pesticides.

CBD can be tested. Just how much CBD is in the product you are using? How pure is it? Did you know? Today’s technology limits the purity of full-spectrum CBD to about 60%, while CBD isolate, like the one used in TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, can test up to 99% pure. Look for test results.

Step 4 – Ask for Test Results

If you aren’t familiar with your product’s COA, or certificate of analysis, now is the time to make yourself so. This document shows how a given product performed on tests checking for CBD and THC levels, as well as the presence of contaminants.

Did you know? For products made with CBD from hemp, even Colorado doesn’t require testing of the finished product. So any COA for those final products comes from testing the company arranged on its own.

Step 5 – Look for Products That List the CBD Amount

With CBD being all the rage these days, it shouldn’t be surprising that some less savory marketers are trying to take advantage of the temporary market confusion. Some products, that don’t even contain CBD, market themselves as “whole plant” or “full spectrum” hemp products. They will sometimes state they are rich in other compounds from the plant, such as various fatty acids. While it is possible that those other compounds can provide additional health benefits, that’s still uncertain. When in doubt, check the COA, so you can verify CBD content, and possibly even steer clear of the product altogether.

Step 6 – Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean

The CBD space comes with its own lexicon of terms. Terms used to describe CBD extraction methods, and CBD source. It’s important to know what the terms on your CBD product label mean, so you can properly understand it. Generally speaking, when it comes to extraction, we prefer to avoid solvents, and when it comes to CBD source, we prefer non-GMO, organic hemp from Switzerland.

Step 7 – Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims

CBD is amazing, and it has a number of well documented therapeutic uses which include being a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative. However, CBD is not a magical cure-all. Be wary of any company that markets their CBD product with sweeping and unrealistic health claims.

At TheraJoy, we are proudly a market leader in topical CBD productsTheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.

Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

 

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Have You Tried Vaping CBD?

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Summary:

Portable electronic vaporizers or “vape pens” are becoming increasingly popular because they are a convenient, discreet, and presumably benign way to administer cannabinoids like CBD.  Vaporizing CBD has many benefits, including increased bioavailability and the faster onset of the effects, but what if any are the risks? Do you know what you are actually inhaling when you are vaping CBD?

In this article, we discuss vaporizers, what CBD is and it’s benefits, and the benefits and risks of vaporizing CBD.

Have You Tried Vaping  CBD?

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Vape on Wood

Portable electronic vaporizers or “vape pens” are becoming increasingly popular because they are a convenient, discreet, and presumably benign way to administer cannabinoids like CBD. While convenient, what are the benefits of CBD vapes, and what are the risks? Do you know what you are actually inhaling?

Vaporizers

Vaporizers usually refer to two types of inhalers: e-liquid vaporizers or concentrate vaporizers, that being said, e-liquid vaporizers are the more common type.

The two different types of vaporizers:

  1. E-liquid Vaporizers: Also known as electronic vaporizers, e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-hookah, vape sticks, and vape pens, these devices vaporize a combination of CBD and base ingredient. Two ingredients commonly used as bases are propylene glycol (PEG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). A less common base is polyethylene terephthalate resin (PET). Vegetable glycerin is the preferred base, as it is the safest option. Some devices use pre-filled cartridges, while others use disposable coils and refillable tanks.
  2. Concentrate Vaporizers: These devices are designed to vaporize pure CBD concentrates that contain no added ingredients. Some use pre-filled cartridges, while others are designed for the concentrate to be put directly onto the device.

For the purpose of this article, we will be focused on e-liquid vaporizers.

What Is CBD?

According to Wikipedia, “Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. It was discovered in 1940 and initially thought not to be pharmaceutically active. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.”

For more information on CBD, check out “CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education“.

Benefits of CBD

Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

What is CBD?

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Doctor Reviewing Lung X-ray

Benefits of CBD Vaporization

One of the biggest benefits of CBD vaporization is the increased bioavailability when compared to other consumption methods, such as oils and topicals, another is the rapid onset of effects.

During vaporization, CBD enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream rather than passing through your gut and liver. This avoids the first-pass effect altogether, allowing nearly four times as much CBD to enter your circulation for a maximum bioavailability of roughly 50 to 60 percent. Essentially, this means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of CBD.

Not only that, but vaping will greatly decrease the amount of time it takes for the CBD in your body to become active, since you don’t have to wait for it to travel through your gut. By vaporizing a CBD e-liquid or high-CBD concentrate, you could potentially feel its effects 30 to 60 minutes faster. This makes vaping CBD an extremely efficient delivery method.

‘Should I Be Vaping CBD?’: Why Vaporization Works Better Than Ingestion

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Senior Man Vaping

How To Vape Safely

CBD by itself isn’t dangerous, but the base chemicals can be. As we indicated earlier, to ensure your safety, always use vegetable glycol, and avoid both propylene glycol and polyethylene terephthalate resin. If you can’t, make sure you vaporizer at lower voltages; we recommend staying below 4 volts to maintain lower vaporizing temperatures.

Of particular concern: Propylene glycol, a widely used chemical that is mixed with cannabis or hemp oil in many vape pen cartridges. A syrupy, thinning compound, propylene glycol is also the primary ingredient in a majority of nicotine-infused e-cigarette solutions. At high temperatures, propylene glycol converts into tiny polymers that can wreak havoc on lung tissue.

Scientists know a great deal about propylene glycol. It is found in a plethora of common household items—cosmetics, baby wipes, pharmaceuticals, pet food, antifreeze, etc. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada have deemed propylene glycol safe for human ingestion and topical application. But exposure by inhalation is another matter. Many things are safe to eat but dangerous to breathe.

‘Should I Be Vaping CBD?’: Why Vaporization Works Better Than Ingestion

To guarantee your safety, whenever you purchase CBD, always remember to research your vendor and only purchase from a company you can trust. For your next CBD topical purchase purchase, try TheraJoy. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland, and we’ve been proudly manufacturing our product in the United States for three years.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) And Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Summary:

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a medical disease that usually impacts adults over the age of 50. It causes a loss of vision in the macula (the center of the visual field) because of the damage that has occurred to the retina. The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may be experienced without any noticeable symptoms; however, a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision may be the first sign of the condition.

While multiple FDA treatments exist, there may be serious side effects associated with their use. Correlations have been cited between the healing power of CBD and the workings of age-related macular degeneration. Can CBD be used to treat age-related macular degeneration? Can CBD relieve the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration? In this article, we discuss age-related macular degeneration, it’s commons symptoms, common triggers, and conventional treatments. We will also discuss what CBD is, and treating age-related macular degeneration with cannabinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD) And Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Senior Woman Eye Close-Up

Age-related macular degeneration is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. While still early in the research, correlations have already been cited between the healing power of cannabidiol and the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and it’s symptoms.

What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a medical disease that usually impacts adults over the age of 50. It causes a loss of vision in the macula (the center of the visual field) because of the damage that has occurred to the retina.

There are two types of age-related macular degeneration:

  1. Dry AMD: This form develops from atrophy to the retinal pigment epithelial layer below the retina.
  2. Wet AMD: This form occurs due to abnormal blood vessel growth causing damaging and rapid vision loss if not treated.

Common Symptoms Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The early stages of age-related macular degeneration may be experienced without any noticeable symptoms; however, a gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision may be the first sign of the condition.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Changes in perception of color, in rare cases
  • Dark, blurry areas
  • Loss of central vision
  • Whiteout in the center of your vision
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Eye Test Concept

Common Triggers

Age-related macular degeneration may be an inherited condition. If a member of your family has been diagnosed with this condition, you may run a higher risk of developing the condition yourself.

Other triggers include:

  • Diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inactivity
  • Lighter eye color
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

Conventional Treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Currently, we have no cure for this disease. Available drugs like Lucentis and Avastin may be used to slow or prevent increased loss of vision. Injections made directly into the eye to slow down the slow of vision, using drugs like Macugen and Eylea, may also be done. While all FDA approved treatments, there may be serious side effects associated with their use.

Possible side effects include:

  • Bleeding (bloodshot eye) or discharge from the eye
  • Eye infections
  • Eye pain, redness
  • Flashes of light or floaters
  • Retinal detachment
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Swelling of the cornea
  • Vision problems

In addition to drugs, laser treatment is an option for some patients.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound in the Cannabis sativa plant or hemp plant with amazing therapeutic potential. While it is just one of many cannabinoids that have been identified in the Cannabis sativa plant, it is the second most common active ingredient.

Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Further evidence suggests that CBD is safe even at high doses.

What is CBD?

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Senior Receiving Eye Drops

Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Cannabinoids

While more research is still needed, correlations have been cited between the healing power of CBD and the workings of age-related macular degeneration.

In a ground-breaking Finnish study on glaucoma conducted in 2002 which was published in the journal Pharmacology & Therapeutics, researcher Tomi Järvinena and his team discovered that the eye area has cannabinoid receptors, making this intricately complicated area of the body also a part of the all-encompassing endocannabinoid system (which helps to balance and regulate all other body systems).

Cannabinoids have also been shown to inhibit VEGF growth.  The goal of administering the grueling injection of drugs directly into the eye for macular degeneration patients is because these drugs may the ability to stop the progression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, cannabinoids have also been shown to do the same thing, with little to no harsh side effects. A 2004 mouse model study of gliomas (brain tumors) conducted by researchers at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain found that cannabinoids inhibited VEGF pathways, thus slowing tumor growth in the mice. The same effect was also seen in two glioma patients as well.

Cannabinoids have been shown to help age-related macular degeneration symptoms in a number of ways including:

  • CBD is an anti-inflammatory for the retinal area
  • CBD is neuroprotective
  • CBD is anti-angiogenesis
  • CBD has anti-aging properties
  • CBD inhibits VEGF growth (vascular endothelial growth factor), the growth of new blood vessels
  • CBD lowers blood pressure
  • CBD protects retina cells
  • CBD reduces ocular pressure

For people dealing with age-related macular degeneration, cannabidiol may provide much-needed relief for many of the common symptoms; cannabinoids have also been shown to inhibit VEGF growth. For these reasons, I look forward to future research into the therapeutic use of CBD as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration.

To guarantee your safety, whenever you purchase CBD, always remember to research your vendor and only purchase from a company you can trust. For your next CBD topical purchase purchase, try TheraJoy. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland, and we’ve been proudly manufacturing our product in the United States for three years.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Is CBD Useful For Treating Osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a very common medical condition that afflicts at least 54 million people, and there are 3 million new cases in the United States each year. The condition causes bones to become weak and brittle. When osteoporosis occurs, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. All races are affected by osteoporosis, but white and Asian women, particularly older post-menopausal women, have the highest risk. CBD has been shown to improve bone metabolism and therefore help to replace old tissue with new tissue at a healthy rate, which is important for maintaining strong bones.

In this article, we discuss current treatments for osteoporosis, improving bone regeneration with CBD, and the scientific support for using CBD as a treatment for osteoporosis.

Is CBD Useful For Treating Osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a very common medical condition that afflicts at least 54 million people, and there are 3 million new cases in the United States each year. The condition causes bones to become weak and brittle, so brittle in fact that a fall or even mild stress can cause an unexpected fracture. It is common to have osteoporosis-related fractures in the hip, wrist or spine.

Your bones are constantly being broken down and replaced. When osteoporosis occurs, the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. All races are affected by osteoporosis, but white and Asian women, particularly older post-menopausal women, have the highest risk.

While treatments exist, osteoporosis can’t be cured. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise are useful tools to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

Current Osteoporosis Treatments

Bisphosphonates are currently the approved medications to prevent and treat osteoporosis.

At present, bisphosphonates are the approved medications to prevent and treat osteoporosis. To treat osteoporosis, those afflicted with osteoporosis have to suffer moderate to serious side effects of these drugs, which include esophageal inflammation, nausea, abnormal heart beat, and even bone damage of the jaw. Even if someone is ready to tolerate these side effects, apparently there are no treatment benefits in the long run. Yes, after five years or so, the patient runs the risk of developing brittle bones or related bone fracture, even if the patient is put on bisphosphonates treatment.

CBD Useful in Preventing Osteoporosis

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CBD Improves Bone Regeneration

Weakening bones is typically a symptom that is related to aging. In order to ensure adequate bone strength, new bone material must constantly replace old tissue over time. CBD has been shown to improve bone metabolism and therefore help to replace old tissue with new tissue at a healthy rate, which is important for maintaining strong bones.

Cannabinoid receptors are able to do this by blocking an enzyme that hinders bone-developing compounds, thereby lowering the risk of bone degeneration and disease such as osteoporosis.

Many people are already using the effects of CBD to treat a wide array of ailments to seek relief from their medical issues. Yet CBD can be much more than just a treatment. In addition to reducing the negative side effects of various ailments, CBD products can also be incorporated into a daily regimen in order to achieve and maintain overall health and well-being. By regularly using CBD on a daily basis, it can potentially ward off some of the most severe medical ailments affecting people today.

Using CBD as a Preventative Medicine

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Scientific Support For CBD And Osteoporosis

Multiple studies have been published supporting CBD as a potential therapeutic treatment for osteoporosis.

A study by Kogan et al. which was published in 2015, found that when rats were treated with CBD, the maximal load on the bones increased significantly. The team also found that CBD speeds up the process of fracture healing. A study by Bib and Zimmer, which was published in 2007, also showed that CBD excels when it comes to healing broken bones. Within eight weeks, the rodents in the study experienced faster healing in their femoral bone.

As this test involved a synthetic marijuana compound, we have to be wary of the results but it is still important because it is a preclinical study. It was conducted by Zimmer, Bib, and Melamed and published in 2009. In the study, the scientists found that CBD not only stopped bone loss, it also helped to prevent it.

CBD For Osteoporosis – [It Works]

Millions of people suffer from osteoporosis each day, and many are looking for an all-natural treatment option. While we can’t guarantee CBD will work for your particular pain, we can guarantee that TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an effective way to deliver CBD directly to the afflicted areas.

We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed, and we are always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We combine high doses of CBD with 100% coconut oil to create a product that is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education

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If you are new to CBD, or cannabidiol, and find yourself having questions, you’re not alone. CBD is an all-natural compound found in the cannabis plant. Scientists are rapidly discovering more and more about the rather amazing abilities of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and most of them have shown therapeutic value.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, U.S. Patent #6630507, CBD effects, medical conditions beings currently treated with CBD, how long does CBD stay in your system, when is the optimal time to take CBD, is CBD safe, and how to safely purchase CBD.

CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education

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If you are new to CBD, or cannabidiol, and find yourself having questions, you’re not alone. Anyone who has ever begun a new vitamin, supplement, or skin regime knows that the amount of time it takes to notice changes internally and externally will depend on numerous lifestyle factors. Many first time users will not know what to expect, while others will mistakenly anticipate huge changes right away.

What Is CBD?

CBD is an all-natural compound found in the cannabis plant with a multitude of well established therapeutic uses.

Scientists are rapidly discovering more and more about the rather amazing abilities of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Most of them have shown therapeutic value, as have the terpenes, which give the plant its distinct odors. There are over 125 terpenes and over 80 cannabinoids in cannabis and each strain has its own unique blend that create its distinct effects.

CBD is just one cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that block or stimulate endocannabinoid receptors. It’s known that other cannabinoids, such as THC, THCV, CBN and CBD, bind to CB1 and/or CB2 receptors, just as do the brain’s own naturally occurring cannabinoids – AEA and 2 AG.

Many of these cannabinoids have therapeutic value and CBD is no exception. It is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning it does not contribute to the euphoria associated with certain strains of cannabis. It is, however, psychoactive, because it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Unlike THC, CBD can be administered at relatively high doses without undesired psychological side effects.

CBD also has the effect of reducing the undesirable effects of high-THC cannabis, such as anxiety and paranoia, which allows a patient to ingest more THC, which has its own incredible medical effects. CBD is a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative.

A Primer About Cannabidiol And The Benefits Of CBD

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“Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants” Patent #6630507

While cannabis has been used medically for hundreds of years, dating back to ancient Asia, CBD wasn’t recognized medically until 2003.

First granted to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2003, Patent #507 was the result of a five-year attempt to obtain a patent co-authored by Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod and a group of NIH scientist. Titled “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants,” patent #507 acknowledges the medicinal value of cannabinoids (particularly CBD) for a wide variety of conditions.

In the patent, Axelrod describes CBD as a non-toxic, potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties that may protect the brain and nervous system from serious damage. In addition, Axelrod notes that patients using CBD have zero chance of overdosing as there was no demonstrated damage while taking “large, acute doses of 700mg CBD/day”.

The Significance Of The ‘507 Patent

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What Are The Effects Of CBD?

Cannabidiol is a documented:

  • Antiemetic (Reduces Nausea and Vomiting)
  • Anticonvulsant (Suppresses Seizures)
  • Anti-inflammatory (Mitigates Inflammatory Disorders)
  • Antitumoral (Fights Tumor and Cancer Cells)
  • Anxiolytic (Combats Anxiety and Depression)
  • Antioxidant (Tempers Neurodegenerative Disorders)
  • Antipsychotic (Mediates Psychotic Disorders)

CBD (Cannabidiol): The Complete Guide 2018

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Female Doctor with Senior

With such a long list of effects, CBD can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions.

CBD is currently being used to fight diseases that were previously thought untreatable. Chief amongst those diseases are:

  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epileptic Disorders
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lupus
  • Nausea
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
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How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

Before consuming a compound, it’s important to understand how long CBD will stay in your system.

The answer is CBD stays in your system for about 3-5 days, but the effects will only last about 3-4 hours.

In one Cannabidiol study you can find here, The patients were taking extremely high doses of 700 mg of CBD/day for 6 weeks. After they took extremely high doses for 6 weeks, the participants’ blood was tested for CBD after a week of not dosing, and it was found that it was completely gone. This is an extreme case of high dosing, and the CBD was out of their system after a week.

Therefore, for moderate to light users, the time that CBD oil will stay in your system is around 3-5 days, with a week being the absolute maximum. How long the CBD stays in your system also can depend on several factors such as weight and obviously usage, but it definitely won’t be any longer than a week. This goes for all Hemp CBD Products including edibles, Vape, Topical Cream etc.

How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?

When Should You Take CBD?

Is there a best time to use CBD? While certain conditions, such as insomnia, require timed consumption, in general, it’s more important to remember that CBD works best when taken on a regular basis. This means the best time is the most consistent one.

A common question among those new to cannabinoids is whether there’s an optimal time to take cannabidiol (CBD). Generally, the ideal time for taking CBD is when doing so best fits into you or your family’s routine so that you can be consistent with your servings.

With that said, there are some considerations that you may want to keep in mind as you create the CBD routine that works best for your schedule and health needs.

There is no perfect time of day to take CBD, but as you begin to incorporate the compound into your routine, you may notice that it causes certain effects that may make a certain time better than another. Some have reported awakening effects, so taking CBD first thing in the morning is relatively common among users. Others prefer to take CBD at lunch or in the early afternoon when their energy levels start to lag. Some, however, report feeling relaxed after taking CBD and prefer to take it in the evenings or before bed.

When’s the Best Time to Take CBD?

Is CBD Safe?

A major concern that is shared by all potential consumers – Is CBD safe?

All of the evidence so far indicates that CBD is unlikely to cause harm, but caution is still advised. Like any drug, you should consult a doctor before taking anything. Pelger says to be wary of allergies and drug interactions, especially if you’re taking statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that also interact with grapefruit juice.

WebMD warns pregnant women not to use CBD, citing the lack of reliable information. CBD is commonly given to children, including in experiments, because some parents see it as safer than other anxiety or behavioral drugs, like Adderall.

What Is CBD Oil and Why Do People Take It?

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Safely Purchasing CBD

Are you interested in trying cannabidiol for yourself? If you’d like to purchase CBD, then we recommend researching and identifying a reputable vendor with an established product offering.

For detailed help with CBD purchasing, we recommend our guide “CBD Buying 101: Safely Purchasing Cannabidiol“.

While there are already well documented therapeutic uses for CBD, the scientific community is still researching the compound and its use as a treatment option a variety of disorders. For many people, the best way to see if CBD will help them with their specific ailment is to simply try it for themselves. With a myriad of benefits and limited side effects, CBD is a great all-natural option for many conditions.

At TheraJoy, we are proudly the market leaders in topical CBDTheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Veterans, PTSD, and Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Summary:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) isn’t new and has been affecting our military for years. It was called “shell shock” during World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, and now it is estimated 20% of veterans, and active duty military, who have served since the Vietnam War have it. If that wasn’t enough, veterans also have a suicide rate 50% higher than the average on a national scale. CBD targets stress, anxiety, depression and many of the other mental symptoms attached with PTSD. Can CBD be used as a therapeutic treatment for PTSD?

In this article, we discuss what is PTSD, current PTSD treatments, symptoms of PTSD, recovering from PTSD, what is cannabidiol, CBD and PTSD, scientific support for CBD and PTSD, and the anecdotal support for CBD and PTSD.

Veterans, PTSD, and Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Military Veteran

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) isn’t new. It has been known by many names in the past, names like “shell shock” during World War I and “combat fatigue” after World War II, and it is having a very real impact on our armed services.

Veterans have a suicide rate 50% higher than the average on a national scale, and it is estimated that 20% of veterans, and active duty military, who have served since the Vietnam War have PTSD.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental condition that some people develop after a shocking, terrifying, or dangerous event. Due to the trauma, they are exposed to, our military personnel‎ experience PTSD at a high rate.

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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Military Silhouette

Current PTSD Treatments

While not the only treatment, PTSD is commonly treated with psychotherapy and strong medications.

Currently, PTSD is commonly treated with psychotherapy efforts that include exposure therapy, which exposes patients to trauma they experienced but in a safe way, cognitive restructuring, which helps patients make sense of the bad memories, and stress inoculation training, which teaches patients how to reduce their anxiety. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to help curtail feelings of sadness, anger, worry and numbness. These medications can sometimes have side effects like headache, nausea, sleeplessness or drowsiness, agitation and sexual problems.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Cannabinoids and CBD Research Overview

Symptoms of PTSD

  • Detachment
  • Emotionally numb
  • Exaggerated startle
  • Hypervigilance
  • Inability to control emotions, including sadness or anger
  • Inability to sleep
  • Recurring nightmares
  • Substance abuse
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Military Boots

Recovering From PTSD

“Recovering” means different things for different people. PTSD has a number of treatment options, and some can reduce or remove symptoms. Others patients find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. Remember, your symptoms don’t have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.

What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a natural compound derived from the hemp and cannabis plant.

It is one of the major cannabinoids besides THC, CBG, CBN and CBC found in hemp and cannabis plants. In contrast to THC, CBD is a barely psychoactive cannabinoid and many medicinal properties are attributed to it. Both by researchers and users.

However, the largest proportion of CBD or cannabidiol occurs in the plants as an acid in the form of CBDa. In addition to the main cannabinoids, there are about 90 other secondary cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis plants. Since CBD and THC account for the largest part, these are also the cannabinoids that have been best researched so far.

What is CBD? A Cannabinoid in Hemp & Cannabis

CBD And PTSD

Is it possible to get over post-traumatic stress disorder? While treatments exist, some people will argue if it ever goes away completely. Can cannabidiol help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder? Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. Your symptoms don’t have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.

The way in which CBD oil helps individuals with PTSD, is in a unique manner. The oil directly targets stress, anxiety, depression and many of the other mental symptoms attached with PTSD, and by lessening them, the physical symptoms also subside, since the two are deeply interconnected. Although triggers will still exist in everyday life, the cannabinoids found in CBD help to block the mood receptors that are triggered, promote sleep hormones, regulate stress hormones, block reconsolidation memory (flashbacks, etc.), and improve extinction learning (the reprogramming of the brain’s response in certain circumstances). All of what CBD does can be directly related to what is necessary for individuals with PTSD to experience some relief and lessening of symptoms.

5 Best CBD Oils for PTSD

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The Scientific Research

How does CBD help with PTSD? While the research is still limited, multiple studies on cannabinoids and PTSD have been published.

In a 2009-2011 study by Greer, Grob, and Halberstadt, for example, 80 patients were given marijuana for their PTSD, and the results indicated a 75% reduction in symptoms as per the Clinical Administered Post-traumatic Scale.

Another recent study, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, showed that CBD was an effective treatment for specific phobias and PTSD. The research team gave 10mg injections of CBD to rats that had been exposed to strong fear conditioning. Rats are prey animals that often exhibit a ‘freeze response’ when under attack, but when exposed to a traumatic condition some time after consuming the CBD, they exhibited a lower level of fear.

Preclinical evidence from a study by Blessing et al. in 2015 also stated that “CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety orders,” including PTSD which is recognized by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The study also determined that CBD is more effective when it is given acutely (as symptoms arise), instead of chronically.

CBD For PTSD (The Uprising Cure of 2018)

Anecdotal Evidence

The anecdotal evidence for CBD supports the latest science; consider the case of Roger Davidson:

“I served in the military for 2 years, and came back home from my deployment with a serious case of diagnosed PTSD. Although I speak with a therapist regularly, I also manage my PTSD by taking 30 mg daily doses of pure CBD oil. This incredible element helps me sleep better, in addition to decreasing my day to day sensitivities to outside triggers. CBD oil has made a profound difference in not only my life, but also the lives of my family surrounding me and my friends.”

5 Best CBD Oils for PTSD

At TheraJoy, we have been making CBD products in the US for three years, and are proudly a market leader in CBD topicalsTheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our products are always all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Will Using CBD Make Me Test Positive On A Drug Test?

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Many prospective CBD users are concerned about drug testing, including pre-employment drug-testing. While both CBD and THC comes from the same place, they are different substances and will react differently to drug tests. To test for marijuana use, a Cannabinoid Screen and Confirmation (Urine) may be used. Will CBD show up on a Cannabinoid Screen?

In this article, we discuss drug testing, pre-employment drug screening, marijuana-specific drug screening, what CBD is, CBD vs. THC, false positives with CBD, and 100% safe CBD products.

Will Using CBD Make Me Test Positive On A Drug Test?

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Many prospective CBD users are concerned about drug testing, including pre-employment drug-testing. They are concerned that prolonged use or heavy use of CBD products may test as a false positive on standard drug tests.

Drug Testing

What is drug testing?

A drug test looks for the presence of one or more illegal or prescription drugs in your urine, blood, saliva, hair, or sweat. Urine testing is the most common type of drug screening. The drugs most often tested for include:

  • Marijuana
  • Opioids, such as heroin, codeine, oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, and fentanyl
  • Amphetamines, including methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Steroids
  • Barbiturates, such as phenobarbital and secobarbital
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Drug Testing

Pre-employment Drug Screening

One of the most common types of drug testing is the pre-employment drug screen.

As part of the application process, job applicants may be required to be screened for drug and alcohol use. Depending on state law and company policy, employers may do this prior to making a job offer or as a contingency for an offer. Employees may be tested for drugs or alcohol in the workplace, where permitted by state law.

There are a variety of employment-related drug and alcohol tests used by employers. The types of drug tests that show the presence of drugs or alcohol include urine drug tests, blood drug tests, hair drug tests, breath alcohol tests, saliva drug screens, and sweat drug screens.

Things You Should Know About Pre-Employment Drug Testing

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Urine Sample

The “Marijuana” Drug Test

To test for marijuana use, a Cannabinoid Screen and Confirmation (Urine) may be used. This test is sometimes called a marijuana screen, drug abuse screening test, DAST, marijuana drug test (urine), or drug abuse test.

This is a two-part urine test to look for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana. The test can find out if THC or related chemicals from marijuana called metabolites are in your urine. The test is considered quite accurate. You may have to do the urine test in a healthcare provider’s office or with a technician present.

Cannabinoid Screen and Confirmation (Urine)

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Medical Technician

What Is CBD?

What is CBD or cannabidiol?

CBD oil is botanical oil made from the stalks and seeds of cannabis plants that are naturally abundant in CBD and low in THC, such as hemp. A specialized extraction process is used to yield highly concentrated CBD oil that also contains highly nutritious elements, including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, terpenes, chlorophyll, and amino acids.

CBD hemp oil is different from hemp oil found in most grocery and health food markets, which are likely created using hemp seed oil and contain only trace amounts of CBD. While nutritious, hemp seed products contain extremely low levels of CBD per weight, making them inadequate for those seeking CBD’s balancing effects.

As the demand for CBD hemp oil has grown over recent years, the market has responded by developing new types of CBD hemp oil products. There are now dozens of different types of CBD hemp oil products on the market. Pure CBD oil, which can be taken on its own, is now available as capsules, drops, tinctures, liquids, and even chewing gum.

For patients who are interested in avoiding even trace levels of THC found in most CBD hemp oil products, zero-THC CBD hemp oil products have recently become available in most major markets.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

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CBD Vs. THC

While both CBD and THC comes from the same place, they aren’t the same thing.

Despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD is a nonpsychoactive compound. That means it doesn’t produce the “high” associated with THC.

THC binds with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. It produces a high or sense of euphoria.

CBD binds very weakly, if at all, to CB1 receptors. In fact, it can interfere with the binding of THC and dampen the psychoactive effects.

CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?

False Positives With CBD

Fortunately, the urine drug screen for THC-COOH is known to have very little cross-reactivity to other cannabinoids that are not intoxicating, such as CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and others. This is good news for “normal” consumers of CBD/hemp oil.

That said, individuals using unusually large doses of a cannabinoid-rich hemp oil product (above 1000-2000 mg of hemp oil daily) could theoretically test positive during the initial urinary screen. Although very rare, the urine screen in these cases would likely represent a “false positive” due to other non-THC metabolites or compounds, which may cross-react with the immunoassay. When this is the case, the confirmatory GC/MS test would be negative, since CBD and other cannabinoids will not be detected by the more accurate (and specific) GC/MS screen.

Does Using CBD Hemp Oil Result in a Positive Drug Test for THC or Marijuana?

100% Safe CBD Products

To avoid any potential false positives with CBD products, we recommend using a CBD product with 0% THC content. Products like TheraJoy, which are made using CBD isolate, contain no THC. Without any THC, you can’t create the “false positive” condition, so you won’t fail a drug test.

At TheraJoy, we always use the finest quality ingredients in our line of CBD topical products. We use 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. TheraJoy offers purity you can trust, guaranteed. We are always organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. To maximize the benefits of our products make them part of your daily regime.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) For Chronic Neuropathic Pain

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Summary:

All pains are not equal. Doctors will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. But, pain is much more complex than that, and neuropathic pain is its own unique problem — chronic, annoying, and excruciating for some. Regardless of the cause, neuropathic pain comes from damaged nerves. Powerful medications are often used as a treatment, however, these drugs fail to work nearly half the time. Exciting scientific research is making the case for using CBD as nerve pain treatment.

In this article, we discuss chronic neuropathic pain, what causes chronic neuropathic pain, traditional treatments for neuropathic pain, CBD, and CBD as a treatment for chronic neuropathic pain.

Cannabidiol (CBD) For Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. If you suffer from chronic neuropathic pain, you know. You also know finding relief isn’t easy.

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Senior Woman in Pain

All pains are not equal. Doctors will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. But, pain is much more complex than that.

Neuropathic pain is its own unique problem — chronic, annoying, and excruciating for some. Often associated with diabetes, that’s not the only cause.

Nerve pain is not an ache, bruise, or muscular pain easily massaged or kneaded away. There is no sure cure, solution, or remedy. But, pain victims can find relief in several therapies, including that provided by CBD (cannabidiol).

CBD For Nerve Pain (Neuropathy): Everything You Need to Know

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Physiotherapist

What Causes Chronic Neuropathic Pain?

While some nerve pain conditions come from genetic disorders, many have other explanations:

  • Traumatic Injury: According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “The peripheral nerves comprise 43 pairs that branch off from the central nerves of the brain and spinal cord, and they supply sensation and motor function to the entire body. Injury to these fragile nerves can be minor or devastating and require expert diagnosis and management to restore optimal function.” The trauma may follow auto accidents, sports injuries, falls, and surgical procedures.
  • Repeated Stress: Repeated, awkward, or prolonged stress on muscle groups may inflame and damage movement in the elbow, wrist, or other joints. Such trauma may be caused by repetitive movements at work.
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders: Chronically high blood sugar levels signal the presence of diabetes mellitus. Most diabetics feel light pain that progresses to heavy pain as it progresses.
  • Vasculitis: Narrowed blood vessels will reduce oxygen flow to the nerves and cause further damage to nerve tissue. The inflamed blood vessels walls harden, thicken, and scar presenting cardio risk.
  • Autoimmune Disease: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjögren’s syndrome are common causes of peripheral neuropathy. As the diseases work differently to damage connective tissues, joints, and organs, they, directly and indirectly, damage nerve fibers or the sheathing surrounding them.
  • Cancer Tumors: Tumors, as well as the chemotherapy or radiation used to treat them, can cause extensive nerve damage and severe CIPN (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy).
  • Neuromas: Nerve tissue builds where a penetrating injury occurred from accident or surgery. These otherwise benign tumors can cause severe pain and additional damage. These neuromas may also develop along nerves in those suffering from the genetic disorders Neurofibromatosis I and II
  • Viruses: Epstein-Barr, West Nile, shingles, and herpes simplex are all viruses that attack nerve tissues causing pain. Lyme disease, diphtheria, and Hansen’s disease all attack peripheral nerves.

Other diseases and external environmental influences will contribute to peripheral neuropathy which registers across the range of pain perception.

CBD For Nerve Pain (Neuropathy): Everything You Need to Know

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Senior Hand Pain

Damaged Nerves

Regardless of the cause, neuropathic pain comes from damaged nerves.

Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different from pain messages that are carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue (for example, a fall, or cut, or arthritic knee). Neuropathic pain is treated by different medicines to those used for pain from damaged tissue.

Several products based on the cannabis plant have been suggested as treatment for pain, including neuropathic pain. These products include inhaled herbal cannabis, and various sprays or tablets containing active cannabis ingredients obtained from the plant, or made synthetically.

Some people with neuropathic pain claim that cannabis-based products are effective for them, and that is often highlighted in the media.

Cannabis products for adults with chronic neuropathic pain

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Taking Medication

Traditional Treatments For Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Powerful medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid painkillers, and antidepressants are often used to treat chronic neuropathic pain. However, these drugs fail to work nearly half the time.

In addition to the chronic pain and other symptoms of neuropathy, the treatment of this condition also poses a problem. Conventional treatments often involve anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid painkillers, antidepressants, and other powerful medications. Unfortunately, these drugs do not work for up to 42% of people with neuropathy. Additionally, many of the medications that are prescribed for people with neuropathy can carry risks of physical dependence, addiction, and a vast array of side effects. There is, however, a possibility that CBD might be worth trying for people with neuropathy.

Does Cannabidiol Help With Neuropathy?

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CBD Oil

What Is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound found in the help plant. It can be used in several different ways including, but not limited to, vaping, tinctures, capsules, and edibles. CBD has recently seen a surge in popularity due to the amazing therapeutic benefits the compound offers.

According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology:

CBD benefits including acting in some experimental models as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent, and is therefore a potential medicine for the treatment of neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, vomiting and nausea, anxiety and schizophrenia

What is CBD?

For more information on CBD, please refer to “What is Cannabidiol or CBD?“. For help with safely purchasing CBD, please refer to “CBD Buying 101: Safely Purchasing Cannabidiol“.

Treating Chronic Neuropathic Pain With CBD

The scientific explanation for using CBD as nerve pain treatment is pretty clear; our bodies naturally make chemicals we call endocannabinoids, which are involved in the whole-body system that controls various physiological processes (including appetite, immunity, inflammation and crucially here, pain sensation).

Endocannabinoids circulate via the bloodstream and cause their effect by binding to our cannabinoid receptors. Currently, we know about two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. The ones which are important with regard to nerve pain are our CB1 receptors. These are found in nerve endings and the brain, and have been linked to the origin of the pain sensation.

CBD works on the body by reducing the metabolic breakdown of endocannabinoids, which our bodies make naturally. By slowing this breakdown process, CBD indirectly increases the amount and activity of endocannabinoids at the CB1 and CB2 receptors. This in turn causes the pain sensation to alleviate, and sometimes even reverse.

CBD Oil for Nerve Pain (Does it Work?)

At TheraJoy, we have been making CBD products in the US for three years, and are proudly a market leader in CBD topicalsTheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our products are always all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.