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What is The Best Way to Take CBD?

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A good question! The answer is that one is not necessarily better than the other. Here’s a quick comparison.

Capsules

Capsules come in measured doses, e.g., 10mg, 20mg, 30mg per capsule, etc. This means the dose doesn’t have to be measured. Simply put the
capsule in your mouth and swallow. Capsules also provide flexibility. For example, if you bought 10mg capsules but feel you need 20 milligrams, take two capsules at one time, rather than one.

Tinctures

Tinctures come with calibrated droppers. The label will say how many millilitres (ml) of oil are in a full dropper. It will also tell you how many milligrams (mg) of medicinal cannabis, i.e., CBD and/or THC, are in a dropper. This allows you to measure out what you want, which could be a portion of a dropper, or more than one full dropper.

Tinctures aren’t as convenient as capsules in that every dose must be measured. However, the medicinal cannabis can be put directly on the mucous membrane under the tongue. This allows it to go directly into the bloodstream. Capsules on the other hand, go through the stomach to be metabolized before entering the bloodstream. This process takes longer than the mucous membrane route.

Phoenix Tears

Phoenix Tears are more concentrated versions of tinctures. They also come with a calibrated dispenser; a syringe as opposed to a dropper. The syringe is more awkward to use as it pretty much takes two hands to accurately measure the desired amount. Our recommendation is to measure onto a spoon. From there, it can be swallowed, or placed under the tongue.

Carrier Oils

Capsules, tinctures, and Phoenix Tears come in carrier oils. Budtanicals’ capsules are made with coconut oil, also known as MCT oil. Our tinctures are made with grapeseed oil. Phoenix Tears use hemp oil. These are all approved food-grade oils found in many household kitchens.

There is no underlying reason why one product is made with one oil, and another made with a different oil. Some consumers though, might prefer one oil over another, or might even have an allergy to a particular oil. The carrier oil might therefore be an important consideration for some consumers. Other things to consider are: taste, and concentration, and shelf life.

Taste – with capsules, this isn’t an issue because they’re swallowed whole and the oil isn’t tasted. With tinctures and Phoenix Tears, the oil will likely be tasted. This can be disguised by taking the product with food.

Concentration– refers to the number of milligrams of medicinal cannabis per millilitre of oil. A higher concentration means fewer millilitres of oil are required to get a desired number of milligrams of CBD or THC. As mentioned, Phoenix Tears have a higher concentration than tinctures. Fewer drops of a Phoenix Tear are required to get the desired dose of CBD or THC.

The number of millilitres is listed on the labels for tinctures and Phoenix Tears. Individual capsules have a high ratio of medicinal cannabis to oil. For this reason, the millilitres of oil aren’t usually listed on the capsule container.

Shelf Life – All oral medicinal cannabis products should be kept away from heat; preferably refrigerated. This keeps the carrier oil from going bad. However, even if the oil goes bad, the medicinal ingredients should still retain their potency. Budtanicals products have a shelf life up to two years from the time they are made.

We hope this information helps you better understand the range of products Budtanicals offers. If you have any questions, contact us through our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/budtanicals/), or at sales@budtanicals.ca.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

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Can I Take CBD Across the Border???

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Recent stories have highlighted Canadians who got into trouble with US border authorities. They were caught carrying CBD. As a result, they were denied entry and could possibly face a lifetime ban.

It’s widely understood by Canadians that you cannot take marijuana into the US. What’s not so well known, is that CBD is also a banned substance.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active compound in marijuana and the reason why marijuana gets you high. As such, US federal authorities are concerned with THC’s ability to impair motor skills. CBD (cannabidiol) doesn’t get you high and has no known side effects. So, why the concern with CBD?

Well, that’s a good question. Probably simply because THC and CBD both come from the marijuana plant. Regardless of the reason, the bottom line is US federal regulations make no distinction between THC and CBD. In the eyes of the law, they’re the same.

Some of us might also be aware that CBD can be extracted from hemp plants (this is where Lune’s CBD comes from). In fact, both marijuana and hemp  are members of the cannabis family. However, regardless of what plant it comes from, CBD cannot be taken into the US from Canada.  

Canadian media haven’t helped the situation. The folks who bring us the news have focused on marijuana and the psycho-active effects of THC. Anyone who has followed the stories would probably be aware that marijuana, or any product made from marijuana, e.g. edibles, has THC in it. The media have given little coverage to CBD and it’s no surprise the public isn’t as knowledgeable about CBD or where it comes from.

CBD is in lots of recreational and lifestyle products in the US. Many people are under the illusion then, that it must be legal. But they’re wrong. Luckily for retailers in the US who sell CBD, and their customers, most law enforcement agencies have bigger fish to fry. All except the US Border Security. The people who run that show know the rules and they’re out to enforce them. So, don’t get caught with THC or CBD crossing the Canada/US border!

Here’s a quick story to close this session. A friend of mine took his car to his mechanic for a once-over before heading to the US. His mechanic found a bottle of CBD tincture in his glove box. My friend had forgotten about it! Chances are he would have sailed through customs with no problem. But the risk would still be there. And it’s a risk with pretty severe consequences. The lesson: if you’ve been using a THC or CBD product, make sure it’s not knowingly, or unknowingly on your person, in your luggage, or in your vehicle.

Happy trails!

Patrick and the Staff at Lune Wellness

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Is Medicinal Cannabis an Effective Treatment for PTSD?

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How effective is medicinal cannabis for PTSD?

Medical Cannabis products are increasingly being touted for their many medical benefits.

As their use becomes more acceptable across the globe, researchers are exploring the various ways in which they can offer relief to people who suffer from health problems including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and many more.

If you or someone you know suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), read on to learn more about how cannabis could help.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a complex and severe mental illness characterized by high levels of anxiety which occur periodically or constantly after a traumatic event.

Though it is commonly associated with military veterans, it can happen to anyone as a result of any type of trauma, including accidents, assaults, natural disasters, and childhood trauma.

Like many mental illnesses, PTSD shows up in different ways for different people. But common symptoms include:

  • Social impairment
  • Avoidance of things or people associated with the event 
  • Mood swings (e.g, anxiety, depression, anger)
  • Chronic pain
  • Overwhelming feelings of grief and/or shame
  • Recurring nightmares and flashbacks about the event
  • Suicidal behaviour 
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Emotional numbness and withdrawal
  • Headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • Physical symptoms related to anxiety (eg: high blood pressure) 

When these symptoms affect our ability to carry out daily functioning, make people lose sight of self-care, and impact relationships in our lives, they should seek out medical help immediately.

Alcohol and drug dependency are often co-occurring disorders alongside PTSD, and suicide or attempted suicide is sadly common.

For more information on PTSD and its symptoms, visit the CMHA website.

PTSD Treatment Options

Medical care including psychiatric support is essential for helping individuals cope with and, with time, hopefully, alleviate such symptoms.

CMHA recommends that people suffering from PTSD first approach their family doctor. From there, a PTSD sufferer can be referred to a specialist experienced with PTSD.

Treatments might be one or a combination of:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Support groups
  • Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication
  • Therapy and/or medication for comorbidities (associated conditions)

Medicinal marijuana for PTSD may also be an effective complementary therapy.

PTSD Treatment and Medicinal Cannabis

While pharmaceutical medications can play a role in the treatment of PTSD, they often come with undesirable side effects and in a worst-case scenario, can be addictive.

Because of these risks, some PTSD sufferers are turning to medicinal cannabis to help treat symptoms like anxiety and sleep disturbance.

A growing chorus of veterans and first responders use medicinal marijuana for PTSD.

While the evidence is far from conclusive and some studies are not supportive in their findings, most clinical studies are encouraging about medicinal cannabis in the treatment of PTSD.

Many consume medicinal cannabis for PTSD by smoking marijuana flowers (dried marijuana plant leaves).

But smoking marijuana, like cigarettes, can lead to lung damage, and people with asthma or other respiratory problems should be particularly cautious.

You Don’t Need to Smoke Marijuana to Find Relief from PTSD Symptoms

If you want to try medicinal cannabis for PTSD but don’t want to smoke marijuana, we have some good news. 

The two active components in medical cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are both useful in combating the symptoms such as flashbacks, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

Both of these are available in liquid formats, mainly capsules and tinctures.

Through genetic engineering, the amount of THC in flowers has greatly increased but is still nowhere close to the concentration of THC in distillate, which is typically almost 100%.

As such, only a small amount of oil is required to get the desired dose.

Capsules and tinctures make it easy to measure and manage the amount of THC being consumed. This is the opposite of smoking flowers where the amount of THC varies from plant to plant and among the various strains.

THC oils will still get you high and impair cognitive and motor functions, and in some people can exacerbate feelings such as paranoia and anxiety.

So if you are not familiar with THC-based marijuana products, you will want to be very careful with dosing…or you can try CBD.

CBD has no known side effects and will not get you high. It has shown tremendous promise in the treatment of arthritis and other pain-related conditions.

Studies on the effectiveness of CBD in treating PTSD are inconclusive. Nevertheless, there seem to be strong indications it might be as effective as THC.

We recommend starting with a small dose to gauge its initial effects, then slowly increasing the dose until you find the amount that gives optimum relief.

More information on dosing can be found here.

Hope for PTSD Sufferers

Living with PTSD will remain a challenge requiring an ongoing treatment plan. Medicinal cannabis offers hope as a complementary therapy.

Lune Wellness specializes in medicinal cannabis oils and tinctures, both THC and CBD, as well as blended formulations.

Learn more about our line of quality products here.

If you have comments or questions about this blog or about our products, please contact us at support@lunewellness.ca. We’re always eager to help.

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Trouble Getting to Sleep? You May Want to Try CBD for Insomnia.

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Morning comes and you feel like you haven’t had any sleep? Your mind is going like crazy when you hit the pillow? Cranky all day because you didn’t get enough quality shuteye?

A survey by Statistics Canada reported that “… 43 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women in the 18 to 64 age group reported trouble going to sleep or staying asleep “sometimes/most of the time/all of the time.” 

It’s a Fact: Canadians are Sleep-Deprived

The survey goes on to say that this state of affairs is linked to a number of “…adverse health outcomes, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, …depression, irritability, and reduced well-being.” According to this documentary, insomnia can negatively affect memory and the regulation of emotions. It is also linked to increased traffic collisions and lost on-the-job productivity. Experts tell us that getting a sound night’s sleep is the most important thing we can do for good overall health.

New research suggests insomniacs often feel more anxious than other people and that having interrupted sleep may be as harmful as missing sleep altogether. The biology of sleep is complex and not fully understood. Nevertheless, enough is known to make a solid case for the importance of sleep in maintaining good health.

What Are the Options for Getting a Good Sleep?

Not many of us probably count sheep anymore. But there are lots of strategies for getting to sleep, and for staying asleep. Meditation, deep-breathing, relaxing sounds, and avoiding alcohol, spicy foods, and strenuous exercise before bedtime, are some of the recommendations. And then of course, there is the pharmaceutical approach. A doctor’s prescription will get you a chemical intervention which, while getting you to sleep, comes with potential side effects and possible addiction.

Ultimately, not enough quality sleep, especially the deep sleep referred to as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep comes down to the amount of stress and anxiety in our lives. Logic would tell us that reducing stress is the best way to increase the quality of sleep. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.  

CBD for Insomnia: Does It Really Work?

Enter CBD (cannabidiol), one of the two key ingredients in the cannabis plant. This biological compound is showing great promise. Interestingly, knowledge of the benefits of CBD is not anything particularly new. In fact, according to an article in Consumer Reports, “People have been turning to cannabis for its possible health benefits for a long, long time. Its ability to help people, for example, is mentioned in the Atharvaveda, a Hindu text that dates back to around 1500 B.C., and its use for inducing sleep is described in a 1200 A.D. Chinese medical text.”

The interesting finding is that CBD treats any anxiety that’s underlying the cause of insomnia. Some recent studies, according to an article in the online HuffPost,”… point to CBD’s ability to interact with … serotonin receptors and GABA receptors in the brain…Serotonin plays an important role in mood and anxiety, and GABA is known as the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter, meaning it calms excess activity in the brain and promotes relaxation.”

Is CBD Right for You?

The research is not conclusive, and CBD as a sleep-aid might not work for everyone. But the evidence to date is very encouraging. So, if your mind is racing at bedtime, or you wake up during the night and you’re going 100 miles an hour, try CBD and put on the brakes. You deserve a good night’s sleep.

Try Lune Wellness CBD in capsule or tincture format. We can help you choose the right product and advise on dosing. Don’t hesitate to contact us at support@lunewellness.com.

 

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Canadians Living With Chronic Pain Find Relief With CBD

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Do you suffer from chronic pain?

A recent customer survey asked people why they use medical cannabis. 

71% of our survey respondents use medical cannabis to treat pain, and 24% of these people specifically identified arthritis or arthritic conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia) as the cause of their pain.

Here’s some data on chronic pain in Canada, and why it’s so important to fight for new solutions.

What is chronic pain?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH): 

“…pain is regarded as chronic when it lasts or recurs for more than 3 to 6 months.”

It affects about 20% of individuals around the world and has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease. 

According to a June 2019 Canadian Pain Task Force Report, one in five Canadians live with chronic pain, and about half of these people have been living with the illness for ten years or more. 

The report also confirms: 

  • Chronic pain worsens with age but also affects kids and teenagers
  • One in three Canadians over 65 has some form of chronic pain
  • More females than males experience chronic pain 

The Costs of Chronic Pain 

To the extent that chronic pain reduces a person’s quality of life, it also impedes their ability to participate in work, education, relationships, and communities. 

A few major health issues Canadians face in the wake of this illness include: 

  • A reduction in overall productivity
  • A burden on our health care systems
  • Emotional health problems 
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Sleep problems 
  • Cognitive impairment 

Chronic pain in our society costs us too much, especially considering that there are natural forms of relief that are still not yet widely available. 

If the estimated cost of chronic pain is an estimated $60 billion annually, Canadians need to keep seeking alternative solutions. 

What are we doing for chronic pain management?

With the elderly population continuing to grow, costs of living going up, and health care facing increasingly tight budgets, it’s clear that there needs to be considerable focus put towards chronic pain management.

The authors of the aforementioned report see pharmaceuticals as a core component of pain treatment, but should be used as “part of an overall multidisciplinary pain management plan that also incorporates psychological, physical, and self-management dimensions.”

This position is consistent with Western medicine’s approach to pain management. 

To manage pain, usually, our first step is reaching for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs).

This reliance on over-the-counter products is nurtured and reinforced by millions of dollars spent annually on advertising by pharmaceutical companies.

The next level of pain relief is prescription products.

Unfortunately, almost all of these products, prescription, and non-prescription, have very significant side effects when used over a long period, including mood swings, loss of bone density, organ damage, and addiction. 

Could the cure be worse than the disease? 

Moving Beyond Pharmaceuticals

Medicinal cannabis contains no additives and no synthetics. Side effects are rare, and the ones that we know about are manageable. 

The two main compounds in the cannabis plant are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)

CBD reduces inflammation, which is the cause of many pain symptoms. THC reduces pain by disconnecting signals within the brain that connect physical sensations from emotional sensations. 

Medicinal cannabis products can contain CBD exclusively, THC exclusively, or some combination of the two ingredients.

People who use medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain have recognized its tremendous potential. 

Even organizations such as the Arthritis Society and the Arthritis Foundation are cautiously optimistic and support further research that can bring medicinal cannabis into mainstream health care. 

Yet, the research needed to make medicinal cannabis widely available is still lacking. 

Why are we not, as a society, acting with a sense of urgency, especially in light of the fact that the Government of Canada has legalized medicinal cannabis? 

Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations granted legal access to cannabis for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses in 2001—that was 18 years ago!

We need more information on how cannabis works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

We also need more information on products and dosing to suit individual needs. 

It can take many, many years to conduct clinical trials, and valuable time is being lost. Given the scope of pain within the general population, there seems to be little urgency, let alone any momentum to push forward on the research front.

Would you try cannabis for chronic pain? 

Lune Wellness remains convinced that in the long term, medicinal cannabis research will prove what the anecdotal information is telling us. 

If you’ve been thinking about taking medicinal cannabis to treat pain, we recommend starting with an oral CBD product that does not contain THC.  

Simply start with a small dose and gradually increase it until you feel a benefit, then stay at that dose. 

Topical products can also work to reduce chronic pain which is at or just below skin level. We suggest using THC-based products for this purpose because they will be more effective. 

(Note: Neither of these options will get you “high”!) 

If you have any questions, contact us at support@lunewellness.ca—we’re eager to help!