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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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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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What is anxiety? What are its symptoms?

Anxiety is a sense of unease about how the future will unfold. It’s coupled with a sense that we can’t control events that affect us in negative ways. Feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and powerless are specific reactions to anxiety. These feelings can lead to sweating, racing thoughts, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Over longer periods of time, we can experience loss of sleep, mental confusion, indigestion, and other unhealthy physiological responses.

Anxiety comes into our lives in many ways. It can be a nagging sensation, or it can be an acute, crushing emotional weight. Regardless of its scope, it impacts day-to-day functions and in worse-case scenarios, adversely affects our longer-term mental and possibly, our physical health.

Sometimes, the source of our anxiety might be manageable. Sometimes the causes are well beyond our ability to influence or shape outcomes. The Coronavirus pandemic is just such a scenario. It was something that some scientists predicted, but wasn’t on the radar for the general population. It has brought a tsunami of confusion and suffering. For some, admittedly, it’s an inconvenience; but for those whose lives have been upended, the day after today, and the days after that, look grim.

A recent article (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/months-isolation-mental-health-covid-1.5521649) said “…social isolation could lead to a range of mental health issues as people face the prospect of living under the current COVID-19 restrictions for months.” We’re all asking, “What will we do?” Will things ever be the same?”

The pandemic is unusual in its scope. Ultimately however, challenges big or small, will always present themselves. Our quality of life depends upon how we cope with these challenges, and our ability to manage anxiety. How do we do that? How do we find peace amidst turmoil?

Coping with Anxiety

Many times, the best alternative is intervention by mental health professionals. Fortunately, anxiety management is not new. Many approaches to control and mitigation have been developed. These techniques can become part of our daily routines. Examples are mindfulness practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Other practices are autosuggestion, aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, and deep-breathing exercises, to name a few.

Finding Relief with CBD

And then there’s cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psycho-active ingredient in medicinal cannabis. Although clinical testing is lagging far behind the legalization of cannabis, CBD is nevertheless showing strong evidence that it significantly reduces anxiety. In fact, among all the conditions and ailments that CBD benefits, reducing anxiety seems to be particularly noteworthy.

Although only recently legalized in Canada, CBD has a history, dating back thousands of years, of treating a range of medical conditions, including anxiety. CBD is a natural biological compound. It is extracted from marijuana or hemp plants, and is believed to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions. 

CBD has no side effects and is easy to use. Lune Wellness offers high-quality, accurately formulated CBD in three formats: capsules, tinctures, and Phoenix Tears. A comparison of the three can be found at here.

If you’re new to medicinal cannabis, start with a small dose of a product with only CBD in it. After 3 days, gradually increase the dose until a benefit is felt. Follow this pattern until an increase in the dose doesn’t provide any greater benefit. At this point, the optimum dose will have been realized.

The future for CBD is very promising. There’s every confidence clinical testing will confirm what people are saying about it. In the meantime, the need to manage anxiety has never been greater and CBD can play a key role in any coping strategy.

If you have any questions, lease contact us at team@lunewellness.ca. We’re happy to help.

The Staff at Lune Wellness

CBD: The Future is Promising

As clinical testing continues, we expect more and more results will show that CBD products are both safe and effective for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety. 

Indeed, the need to manage anxiety has never been greater and CBD can play a role in a healthy routine focused on relaxation and stress reduction. 

If you want help understanding which CBD products could help ease pain, inflammation, and anxiety, we’re here to help.

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Is CBD for Real?

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About 12 years ago, some close friends bought into a multi-level marketing program to sell a health-related beverage. My wife and I were among the first they approached to also come on board. The claims were that the product would invigorate the body, stave off disease, and greatly enhance your quality of life. But we didn’t have the interest or drive and our involvement was short-lived.

It turns out the company was also short-lived; it is no longer in business and its “miracle product” is no longer available. Was it due to mismanagement or some flaw in the way the program was set up? Perhaps. More likely, the product wasn’t everything its promoters claimed it to be. Otherwise, it would have been around for the long run. It was a flash in the pan, as they say. Will we be saying the same thing about CBD in five years?

Today, CBD, like our unnamed product, has a groundswell of people who profess its merits. At Budtanicals, we regularly hear from customers that CBD has helped with a wide range of ailments. CBD consumers cite wonderful results, especially in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and pain management. Here are some of the comments we’ve received:

  • I just wanted to say how much the CBD has helped me with my anxiety.
  • Great product. Has helped me through chronic sciatic pain.  
  • As an ultra endurance cyclist and trail runner I can tell you I know when something addresses inflammation.
  • These are excellent cannabis medical products. They are proven to be really effective for pain control, inflammation, sleep.

The accolades pour in. Not just to Budtanicals but wherever people share health-related information. And of course, the amazing thing about CBD is that it has no significant side effects (unlike THC, its cannabis cousin, it won’t get you stoned. You can take it and still function normally). How many pharmaceuticals can make that claim? Too often, the upside of a medication comes with tag-along symptoms that make us wonder if the bark isn’t worse than the bite. 

But there’s lots of scepticism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some sources are saying it’s a fad (see this New York Times article). With CBD being added to lifestyle products such as skin care creams, and recreational products such as beverages, it’s no wonder that some question CBD as a “serious” medicinal treatment.

We at Budtanicals believe in the product and we remain focused on CBD for its medicinal benefits. We’re confident it will revolutionize health care, particularly pain management, which compromises the quality of so many lives and keeps people from activities they enjoy. Additionally, we’ll gradually see more research to help take the guesswork out of dosing. We think the future of CBD is very bright and that the science will prove out what people are saying about CBD.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

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Can CBD Treat ____________?

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I recently received a question from a customer who asked about CBD for her father. Her question was: is it good for high cholesterol?

My answer was that I didn’t think so; or at least I have never heard that it is. So, the next thing was to look online. Sure enough, a number of articles came up. They all suggested that CBD can reduce LDL cholesterol, i.e., (“bad” cholesterol, as opposed to HDL or “good” cholesterol).

For example, this article asked “Is CBD a better alternative (than statins) for lowering cholesterol? The author’s concluding thought is:

Although research into this issue is very much in its infancy, it is possible that CBD could ultimately assist with the symptoms of several cardiovascular conditions. Its effect on our endocannabinoid system (ECS) cannot be underestimated, and once researchers have greater license to explore the effects of CBD on the human body, they could make some very exciting discoveries.

The feedback we get at Budtanicals indicates medicinal cannabis is particularly effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and any pain related to inflammation, especially as it relates to connective tissue disorders. These latter disorders include arthritis and fibromyalgia.

However, as a result of the customer’s inquiry, and upon looking beyond the obvious, the range of conditions that can benefit from CBD seems much wider and diverse. I had assumed I was familiar with all of the conditions that might respond, but such is not the case. 

If you think CBD might be helpful in treating a condition, do some research. There’s lots of information available online. Also, a book I’ve found informative is CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Lienow and Julia Birnbaum ( North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA, 2017).

Be cautious though. As implied in the quote above, medicinal cannabis hasn’t been legal, and as a result, there’s been little research. And what research has been done, isn’t necessarily conclusive. Research is in its infancy, and hopefully, with legalization in Canada, more extensive study will be forthcoming.

Also be skeptical about claims. Particularly if the author of an article sells medicinal cannabis. The aim of a lot of people that tout the benefits of medicinal cannabis is mostly to make money.

Having said that, the more I read, the more I feel confident that CBD will prove out what people say about it: that it is a natural way to treat a number of ailments, without the side effects that come with a lot of pharmaceutical products.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals