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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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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!

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If You Suffer from Arthritis, Here’s Good News

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According to the Arthritis Society of Canada:

  • One of every 5 Canadians lives with arthritis
  • Arthritis is Canada’s most common chronic health condition
  • It affects people of all ages, including children
  • Arthritis is painful and debilitating

About Arthritis

There are more than 100 kinds of arthritis and related conditions. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most well-known types. Fibromyalgia, gout, and lupus are other common forms of the disease. 

Osteoarthritis happens when the cushions (cartilage) between bones break down. Joints can get painful, swollen and hard to move. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck. It can happen at any age, but usually starts in our 50’s and affects women more than men. 

Rheumatoid arthritis causes pain as a result of swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hand and feet. 

With any kind of arthritis, the individual experiences pain which is often severe. Loss of mobility is also a side effect which in turn can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments associated with less-active lifestyles. 

There is no cure for arthritis and those afflicted can only manage their symptoms with varying degrees of success. But now, medicinal cannabis is giving hope to arthritis patients.  

Arthritis and CBD

The Arthritis Foundation, a US non-profit that advocates on behalf of arthritis sufferers, says this on its website:

Managing the chronic pain of arthritis every day can be a major balancing act. Those suffering from arthritis are desperate to find ways to decrease pain and improve sleep and their overall ability to function. Today, it’s common for people with arthritis to be asked: “Have you tried CBD for your arthritis pain?”

The Arthritis Foundation did a survey (no date identified) to gather information on how many arthritis patients are using CBD and why they are using it. Over 2,600 people responded. While not large enough to be statistically valid, the survey provided valuable insight into attitudes towards CBD in the treatment of arthritic conditions.  

Here are some things the survey found:

  • 79% of those surveyed are using CBD, have used it in the past, or are considering using it.
  • The primary reason for using CBD is to relieve pain (94%). 
  • Several respondents indicated CBD products seem less addictive than opioids; a few said they have also used CBD to help wean off opioids following joint replacement surgery.
  • Over 30% said it provided relief from morning stiffness.
  • 71% reported improvement in their ability to sleep.
  • Over 30% said CBD helped relieve symptoms of fatigue.
  • Of those surveyed, 62% use a liquid form of CBD and 55% use a topical product applied to their joints.

Like the Arthritis Foundation in the US, the Arthritis Society of Canada (www.arthritis.ca) plays a key role in advocating on behalf of Canadians with arthritis. It’s Position Paper (October, 2018) states:

The Arthritis Society is committed to ensuring that government decision makers have a clear understanding of the impact of medicinal cannabis on patients and that public policy is shaped to support individuals living with arthritis.

The Arthritis Society of Canada recognizes medicinal cannabis as a “potential alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for the treatment of chronic pain and other symptoms of arthritis.” The Position Paper goes on to say, “There is growing evidence for the use of cannabis to treat a variety of medical symptoms.” It adds however, that there are “considerable gaps” in the research into medicinal cannabis and its impacts on arthritis. 

Thinking About CBD for Arthritis?

If you’ve been thinking about taking CBD for arthritis, be assured that the information to date is very supportive. Yes, the science isn’t quite there yet. But the evidence is strong. And the two most trusted agencies in North America that advocate on behalf of arthritis patients are cautiously optimistic.

Because it doesn’t have any psychoactive side effects, it’s best to start with an oral CBD product; no THC.  Start with a small dose and gradually increase it until a benefit is felt. Follow this pattern until an increase in the dosage doesn’t provide any greater benefit. At this point, the optimum dose will have been realized. 

Complement the oral medication with a topical product. In this case, you can choose one with THC in it because THC applied topically won’t get you high.

Lune Wellness is very excited about the future of medicinal cannabis. We eagerly await the research that will confirm what many arthritis sufferers already know.

We’re Here to Help

If you’re looking for help choosing a CBD product for arthritis, we’d be happy to answer your questions.

Click here to explore our quality products, or send an email to support@lunewellness.ca.

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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