Does CBD Oil Help With Anxiety? What You Need To Know!

At Hybrid Health, we’re passionate about the benefits of our high-quality CBD oil. CBD oil has a huge number of healthful benefits – but one of its best qualities is its potential to help treat anxiety. Let’s dig into the topic of CBD oil and anxiety treatment now.

Can CBD Oil Really Help With Anxiety?

The answer is, in most cases, “yes!” CBD oil has been scientifically proven to be an effective treatment for anxiety, and anxiety-related issues. There have been multiple studies suggesting this.

A 2010 study suggested that CBD oil could help individuals who were suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). In the study, brain scans of study subjects revealed that CBD oil changed the blood flow in the sectors of their brain that are known to correspond with anxiety.

The largest study, a systematic review published in 2015, showed that CBD oil had huge potential for treating numerous forms of anxiety, including PTSD, OCD, panic disorders, and generalized anxiety disorders. Research on CBD oil is ongoing, but among many researchers it is medically accepted as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

How Does CBD Oil Treat Anxiety?

CBD oil treats anxiety by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. It’s suggested that CBD cannabinoids have the ability to bond to stress receptors and other neurons in the brain, inhibiting their activity – and thereby reducing the effects of negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, and even depression.

For many, this makes CBD oil a viable alternative to traditional pharmaceutical cures like SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), which can have a variety of negative side effects.

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See how our products may help you deal with your anxiety problems – without the nasty side effects of prescription medication!

News From North Carolina’s Hemp Industry

Hemp is the non-psychoactive part of Cannabis Sativa L., possessing less than 0.3% THC; it is not used as a recreational drug, nor is it psychoactive. Hemp production is on the rise in North Carolina, thanks to a pilot program legalizing the crop that finally took off earlier this year.  Former tobacco farmer, Jay Foushee in Person County refers to hemp as “Carolina Gold.”   In June, Mr. Foushee planted what he believes to be the first hemp plants in NC, and thanks to the pilot program, has plans to continue growing.  The plants are due to be harvested this month, thanks to The Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79).

Help for Hemp from NC Legislature

In 2014, the state officially passed a bill allowing the industrial production of hemp.  Now in 2017, three years later, we’re starting to see action taken by The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission on behalf of local farmers. The bill was passed to allow growers and agricultural researchers to study the growth and cultivation of hemp.  In addition to this groundbreaking law, an additional bill was passed protecting state agencies, growers, and researchers from federal law enforcement interference.  (P.L. 113-235)

How The Law Affects North Carolina

Hemp is a high valued product, according to Canadian Hemp Industry officials.   The crop’s introduction to North Carolina is producing jobs across multiple industries, including research and agricultural, a ticket to boost the state’s economy.   If you are wondering how hemp production will affect you, read on.  What are the everyday uses of hemp?

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  • Hemp Oil Nutritional Supplements (CBD)
  • Bread/Granola/Protein Powder
  • Ink/Varnish/Fuel/Lubricant/Cosmetics
  • Animal Food/Flour

Hemp Stalk

  • Mulch/Animal Bedding/Concrete/Insulation
  • Rope/Cord/Netting/
  • Shoes/Bags/Clothes
  • Biofuel/Ethanol/
  • Paper Products i.e. Cardboard
  • Filters
  • Loss Containment Materials (Oil Industry)

Overall, the law passed allowing North Carolinians to grow and produce hemp is a win for consumers, business owners, and farmers.  The law will allow continued research and production of hemp, adding to the state’s economy and job growth.  For more information on hemp seed and hemp products, and how they can benefit you, please follow our blog.  If you are interested in CBD or hemp products, visit our shop online or call us at (919) 748-9394.

Sources:

http://www.ncagr.gov/hemp/

http://www.wral.com/person-county-farmers-testing-hemp-as-nc-s-next-cash-crop/16772284/

http://www.southeastfarmpress.com/planting/industrial-hemp-okd-north-carolina-farmers-few-conditions

https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/hemp-101-what-is-hemp-whats-it-used-for-and-why-is-it-illegal

 

CBD’s Increasing Use Among Athletes

Jake Plummer was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft.  He went on to play for the Denver Broncos as starting quarterback.   However, Plummer is not your typical retired pro-athlete; he’s also an activist.   He has been pushing the NFL to research the benefits of CBD oil for several years.  When interviewed by Fox Sports, here’s what Plummer had to say about the benefits he’s experienced from CBD Oil.

“I’m 41 and the Broncos need a new quarterback,” Plummer recently told co-host Zig Fracassi and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio that. “I’m not thinking about it but the thought crossed my mind because my body feels great after playing for 10 years in the league and being retired.

“I owe a lot of that to CBD and what it’s done for me.”

Source: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/jake-plummer-denver-broncos-marijuana-cbd-oil-benefits-cte-concussions-031616

CBD (cannabidiol) is the active ingredient in cannabis that aids the body with healing properties and pain management. It exists naturally in the Cannabis Sativa plant.  With some of the same wellness properties of naturally occurring THC, it has all and more of the advantages with no risk of psychoactive reaction.

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Due to the NFL’s and other major sports league’s stringent policies against any athlete’s use of unapproved painkillers, Jake Plummer has become a huge advocate for CBD use. In addition to yoga, regular chiropractic visits, and an overall healthy lifestyle, Plummer feels better than when he was an active quarterback in the NFL.  He states that the benefits received from CBD Oil are more vast (and safer) for relieving pain than the addictive painkillers given to athletes in the NFL.

Along with a few other retired NFL players, Plummer has dedicated time and money to researching the benefits of using cannabidiol for pain relief.   The awareness, and use, of these medicinal products is ever-increasing among athletes due to Plummer (and others’) advocacy.

The advantages of natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoids and the potential to aid patients with pain and other issues are numerous.   If you are interested in learning more about cannabidiol products, please feel free to contact Hybrid Health at customersupport@hybridhealth.us. Hybrid Health offers an array of organic hemp cannabidiol products at hybridhealth.us.

DISCLAIMER: THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASE. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

The Numerous Benefits of Naturally Grown Cannabis Not Found With the Synthetic Derivatives

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In recent years, there has been an increase in research regarding the benefits of cannabinoids which have been found to have therapeutic benefits without many of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical medications. Patients around the globe are finding success with the use of cannabinoids to aid with everything from relieving anxiety and insomnia to extinguishing pain to staving off nausea, often a side effect of chemotherapy drugs

Not all cannabinoids are the same, however. Before a patient decides that cannabinoids are right for them, they should do their research and know the facts, including the difference between synthetic and natural cannabinoids. Not produced the same, or processed the same way by the body, the presumption that they are interchangeable is wrong and can have disastrous effects. (Elixinol™)Hybrid Health's Hemp Products

CBD (cannabidiol) is the active ingredient in cannabis that aids the body with healing properties and pain management. It exists naturally in the Cannabis Sativa plant. It has been shown to have numerous benefits for the body, including being an anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, anti-anxiety, bone stimulant, antiemetic and analgesic. It has even been attributed to have positive effects on certain types of tumors. With some of the same wellness properties of naturally occurring THC, it has all and more of the advantages with no risk of psychoactive reaction.

Synthetic cannabinoids are not grown naturally; rather they are created in a laboratory. Enhancing their properties by altering the concentration of THC, they are more powerful than naturally grown Cannabis Sativa. There is no limit to the psychoactive effects that synthetic compounds can create. Although their potency can vary, in general, it is much more likely that someone will have a psychoactive aversion to synthetically produced cannabinoids.

Due to the limit of controlled potency and lack of upper limits, synthetic cannabinoids can be harmful, resulting in toxic side effects such as hallucinations, convulsions, and seizures. They can also lead to serious side effects such as ischemic stroke, which can result in permanent damage.

There is research to indicate that sustained exposure to synthetic cannabinoids can also lead to mental illness like schizophrenia. At a minimum, they are linked to paranoid-type thought well after the effects of euphoria have disappeared. Studies have also indicated that unlike plant-based cannabinoids like CBD, as many as two percent of those using synthetic cannabinoids require emergency medical attention.

The reason that patients react differently to synthetic cannabinoids versus their organic counterparts is that they act differently on the brain cell receptors. Because they are produced in a lab, and not naturally grown, they react in the body completely differently from the naturally grown plant compounds. Although studies are inconclusive, there is a suggestion that synthetic cannabinoids can result in tachycardia, hypertension, agitation, panic attacks, vomiting, myocardial infarction and, in extreme cases, psychoses.

Perhaps the biggest difference between natural and synthetic cannabinoids is in their addictive nature. Synthetic cannabinoids are labeled as psychoactive substances due to their mind-altering compounding. They come in various forms with differing potencies and compositions and with very little regulation which can result in dangerous consequences as listed above. Unlike natural non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD, they are turned into psychoactive substances in the body and are metabolized differently creating dependency. When withheld, withdrawal symptoms are not uncommon, which is highly different from naturally growing cannabinoids.

The advantages of natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoids and the potential to aid patients with pain and other issues are numerous. But, to reap the benefits, it is necessary that Cannabis Sativa is grown naturally, not chemically mimicked in a laboratory. To benefit from cannabinoids, it is best and safest to avoid the synthetic variety. Shop for the finest in organic hemp cannabidiol products at Hybrid Health today.

DISCLAIMER: THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASE. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Patients Benefit From Using CBD

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental disability associated with an individual experiencing an extremely traumatic event. Typically associated with veterans returning from war zones, it can affect anyone who has gone through a traumatic situation. Statistics indicate that as much as seven percent of Americans will suffer the effects of PTSD at some point in their life. Women are two times more likely to experience it than men.

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For most patients suffering the effects of PTSD, the standard treatment is a variety of prescription drugs. Everything from anti-depressants to anti-anxiety medications is the typical course to try to relieve the symptoms of the disorder. A “cocktail” of differing prescription drugs is usually coupled with years and countless numbers of counseling hours to try to reason through the experience, come to terms with it and find a way to help the patient survive the day to day.

New research is being focused on the advantages of cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), and how it works as an effective anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, bone stimulant, immunosuppressive, neuroprotective, anticonvulsant, antiemetic, antibacterial, anticancer and analgesic.

The biggest advantage that CBD offers is that it has no psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol Chart | CBD CapsulesBecause it is metabolized differently in the body, it allows the patient to maintain a “clearer” head than another well know cannabinoid, THC. That means that the patient can maintain a productive life while still reaping the many benefits afforded by CBD.

CBD is a cannabis compound found in hemp. CBD specifically affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are found in the tissues, organs and specifically the nerves. It not only helps to reduce inflammation, but it also aids in the communication between the nerves and cells, which affords pain relief for many sufferers without interfering with the ability to think, focus and function.

Until recently, cannabis was cultivated to reach the highest concentration of THC possible. But, that is quickly changing due to the discovery of the wondrous nature of CBD. For those looking for relief from the symptoms of PTSD while still maintaining a clear head and the ability to live a productive life, CBD may be the answer. To learn more about CBD products Contact Hybrid Health today.

Musings on HempX Asheville

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Last weekend, Hybrid Health was one of about fifteen vendors exhibiting at the 2nd Annual HempX Asheville (https://www.hempxasheville.com) held at Highland Brewing Company Asheville, North Carolina. While the focus of HempX is supporting the return of hemp agriculture to North Carolina and neighboring states like Kentucky, attention was paid to the many tangential industries that are hemp based, e.g. construction, fabric, paper, horticulture, and most near and dear to our hearts, hemp CBD oil (cannabidiol).

Growing Warriors (https://www.growingwarriors.org), an organization whose mission is “to equip, assist, and train our military veterans with the skills they need to produce high quality, naturally grown produce for their families, communities and country” was front and center at HempX.

Michael Lewis, farmer

Founder, Mike Lewis, is a spokesperson for hemp, vets and local farmers. We’re reminded by Mike and his organization that a product like hemp answers the need for work, income, and sustainable agriculture. Alongside the compelling narrative of hemp’s historical significance to the founding of these United States of America – both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were among the many founding fathers who grew hemp – and the passion to achieve hemp’s legalization at the federal level, it’s only a matter of time until the barriers fall.

We also were humbled by the stories shared by those whose lives have literally been saved by hemp CBD.

  1. There’s the couple with a child born with lissencephaly, commonly known as smooth brain, who suffered daily from seizure after seizure. They were told by doctors that their child wouldn’t make it past 3 or 4 years.  As any parents would do, they followed doctors’ recommendations to save their child’s life at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Big Pharma drugs worked up to a point, but when the drugs stopped working and they were told to “start making arrangements,” they refused to accept their child’s death sentence and turned to alternative therapies.  After several fruitless and frustrating attempts, they started treating with CBD oil.  While every day is still a struggle, the child is virtually seizure free, alive well beyond expectations of any doctor’s estimate, and a part of a loving family.
  1. Then there’s the story of the boy with Dravet Syndrome who suffered from sixty-plus seizures a day. Within a week of starting treatment with hemp CBD oil, his seizure frequency fell to one every few weeks and he is a thriving, active, playful boy.
  1. We also heard from a veteran with PTSD. He was prescribed anti-depressants that left him feeling sluggish, unable to work, and more worrisome, dependent.  Once he learned about CBD and substituted it for conventional drugs, he began to feel better emotionally, psychologically and physically.  He now has a job and is doing well.

These are just three anecdotes we heard at HempX among hundreds, if not thousands, of others that demonstrate the efficacy of hemp CBD oil for a host of conditions.  And with hemp’s removal from the list of controlled substances and return to the portfolio of crops that farmers can legally grow, the future is very bright indeed.

CBD Oil For Neurodegenerative Disease

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Those of us of a certain age (notice I say “us” as I’m definitely of a “certain age”) more and more frequently have mental lapses.  Is this a sign of neurodegenerative disease?

Does “why did I come into this room?”, or “where did I put my keys/wallet/phone, I just had them?” sound familiar?

woman-forgetful-fbWe also start to notice that we’re not quite as steady on our feet.  These are just some of the challenges of getting older, and many of us, even those younger than us 60-plusers, deal with this regularly.  So if this is just “normal” aging, why worry about it?  Two reasons:

  1. If these are just age-related declines, they still affect quality of life.  And why succumb to them without seeing if there’s a way to mitigate, or even improve, the situation?

2. These may be early symptoms of neurodegenerative disease (ND), like Alzheimer disease (AD), Parkinson disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  NDs represent one of the main causes of death in the industrialized world,  characterized by a loss of neurons in particular regions of the nervous system. It is believed that this nerve cell loss underlies the subsequent decline in cognitive and motor function that patients experience in these diseases.

As stated in an article by the National Institute of Health/PubMed: “Since, at present, there are few therapies for the wide range of neurodegenerative diseases, scientists are still in search of new therapeutic approaches to the problem. An early contribution of neuroprotective and antiinflammatory strategies for these disorders seems particularly desirable because isolated treatments cannot be effective. In this contest, marijuana derivatives have attracted special interest, although these compounds have always raised several practical and ethical problems for their potential abuse. Nevertheless, among Cannabiscompounds, cannabidiol (CBD), which lacks any unwanted psychotropic effect, may represent a very promising agent with the highest prospect for therapeutic use.

Research has determined CBD has, among other attributes, neuroprotective properties which recommend its inclusion in the prevention and treatment of NDs.

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Inflammation has also been identified as a contributor to NDs, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which is thought to be the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged people.  As a known anti-inflammatory, CBD has been shown to provide some control of MS symptoms.

While continued research is necessary, and ongoing, there is sufficient evidence that CBD may be a powerful tool in the fight against NDs.

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CBD Oil and Aging. Where’s the Hemp?

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While Granny and Gramps may not be the first ones that come to mind when we think of cannabis, research on hemp cbd oil for a number of aging issues is increasingly promising. Since hemp cbd oil, unlike that derived from its cousin, marijuana, contains only trace amounts of THC, less than .3%, it has no psychoactive effects, i.e. you cannot feel “high” from it. Therefore, it is ideal for those who have no, or prefer to have no, experience with the high associated with marijuana.

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Cannabinoids may slow brain aging

Researchers have been studying the effects of cannabis-related substances that make up the brain’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s possible that stimulating the brain’s cannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids (plant based cannabinoids) may trigger an antioxidant cleanse of damaged brain cells ultimately leading to a better functioning brain (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B).

Activation of cannabinoid receptors can also reduce brain inflammation in several different ways, which may in turn suppress some of the disease processes responsible for degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Given that Alzheimer’s already affects one in eight people over 65— and nearly half of those over 85—and there have been few successes at treating or preventing it so far, that would certainly be a welcome change.

Hemp CBD for Aging Skin

As we age, our skin loses elasticity – hence the wrinkles. Essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) are necessary for maintaining healthy skin, and hemp cbd oil is one of nature’s best sources for both, in addition to its abundance of vitamins and nutrients (vitamins E and C).

Whether as a balm for aching joints, a moisturizer for dry skin, or ingested for a more systemic approach to dry skin, hemp cbd oil should be considered an essential ingredient in maintaining healthy skin. A future, more detailed post about hemp cbd oil and skin care will address this in greater detail.

Soccer Moms and Hemp CBD Oil

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As parents with active children who play sports know, and soccer moms are particularly well versed in this, injuries are going to happen.  And while ice and a hug are great remedies, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain medications are usually part-and-parcel of a soccer mom’s bag of tricks.  These are considered safe and effective. However, aspirin and ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) can often cause stomach upset and acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) can, with long term use, contribute to damage of the liver.

Researchers are now rediscovering the anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties of cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil  While probably best known for its efficacy in treating severe forms of childhood epilepsy (see Charlotte’s Web), CBD oil, derived from hemp, has numerous other benefits, is one of nature’s most effective anti-inflammatories and has no known side effects.  Unlike its cousin, marijuana, hemp has virtually 0% THC, the compound associated with marijuana’s “high” making hemp CBD oil particularly useful for children.  Over the last several years, use of non-psychoactive hemp CBD oil has increased among retired professional athletes, most notably Jake Plummer, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Hemp CBD oil is available in many forms: tinctures, capsules, paste, gum, energy bars, teas, and the list keeps expanding.  Most potencies range from 3% to 15% CBD, and can go even higher.  While there is no prescribed serving size, manufacturers typically recommend starting with 3-5 mg (milligrams) per serving and tier up or down as you determine the most effective amount.

So the next time your aspiring Hamm or Messi is hurting, consider hemp CBD oil.  It can’t hurt, and it could very well help.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hybrid Health at customersupport@hybridhealth.us.

Hemp Cannabidiol (CBD) for Pain

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Because it is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance, there has been limited U.S.-based testing of hemp CBD oil for pain.  However, that has not prevented clinical testing in other countries. And it should come as no surprise that there has been considerable under-the-radar testing and anecdotal evidence of cannabis’s efficacy in treating pain, among athletes, veterans, cancer patients to name a few.  Hemp CBD oil is a natural, non-psychoactive alternative to opiates and has increasingly become a pain remedy of choice because it is effective and non-addictive.  We often tend to think that natural medicine is by default less effective and takes more time to work. But, CBD seems to deliver fast relief, and today many athletes use topical creams that contain CBD for the simple reason that it actually helps them manage pain and heal more quickly.

Cannabis is not only effective for treating pain and muscle spasticity, it has also been shown to help to heal broken bones.  According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, bones healed quicker, and were stronger and more resilient against a repeated fracture.

“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing. Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, that leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing,” said lead author, Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory.

According to a 2001 Canadian study, cannabis doesn’t affect internal organs and helps to control chronic pain while helping to regulate the endocrine system.  And while not widely known, the U.S. Government owns a patent on cannabinoids, which include CBD, as neuroprotectants and antioxidants.

Cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults such as stroke or trauma…” – United State Patent – 6630507

Obviously, more clinical research is needed to further determine and bear out the above.  With the passage of House Bill 525, which would make hemp legal at the federal level, this may be closer to becoming a reality.