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Can Magic Mushrooms Help with Depression?

Carissa Stevens

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The long been tagged as dangerous Substance 1 drug psilocybin found in the magic mushrooms yielded new insights following a psychedelic study conducted by King’s College London. Psychedelic mushrooms contained this active ingredient, which could safely be used to treat depression.

Offering hope to millions of patients suffering the deadly mental condition, the researchers claimed no serious adverse events were seen on the emotional function of the participants. What these people experienced are changes in sensory perception and positive mood alteration, common effects of psychedelic drugs.

For decades, the substance lay buried in the books, as the mainstream society in the 1960s labeled it as Substance 1. Even though there are pieces of evidence that suggest its effectivity in providing therapeutic effects, authorities completely shunned it away.

The resurgence of studies on psilocybin brought light to natural remedies for mental conditions like depression. For more than 30 years, anti-depressant is the only accepted medical treatment for mental health conditions, but these are costly. Additionally, these provide side effects including blunting of emotions.

Patients taking anti-depressants also experience withdrawal symptoms, which counter the effectivity of the drugs. Additionally, these treatments do not deal with the root cause of the mental condition.

Meanwhile, the psilocybin showed huge potential in treating depression, offering different and longer-lasting effects. The researchers claimed that after giving two doses of the active ingredient to the participants, they witnessed improvements in patient’s health. None of the patients required any traditional anti-depressants for the first five weeks after the series of tests.

Six months after the trial, patients have followed up to confirm many symptoms have stayed away. A patient testimony even claimed that no therapy helped him find the underlying cause of the mental disorder. But psilocybin provided the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle and changed things.

Oregon Introduces Nasal Spray

Silo Wellness is the first to develop a nasal spray with magic mushroom in Jamaica, where psilocybin is legal. The product is designed for microdosing, helping people ease depression and PTSD symptoms.

The spray passes the gut, which directly goes through the bloodstream and eventually to the liver for metabolizing. This consumption process prevents nausea, commonly associated when taking the active ingredient.

The Oregon-based company claims this new product helps people to have peace of mind when using the nasal spray. Instead of eating a handful of fungi, patients are easily put to ease knowing that the spray provides a gradual effect.

Psilocybin’s psychoactive component stimulates the receptors in the brain and increases the neuro activity to help heal trauma from physical and psychological events. Microdosing is the only thing that needs to be supervised, as high dosing results to the longer psychedelic trip.

Breakthrough Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted a breakthrough therapy for the psilocybin-based drug tested by the COMPASS Pathways. This accelerated study helps speed up the approval process of the proposed drug, providing a substantial improvement for patients suffering from mental disorders.

COMPASS Pathways released a statement claiming the effect of the active ingredient in the drug shakes up the brain, reboot, and then provide new connections to deactive the causes of depression.

The clinical trial takes more than 18 months to complete, and the company is working with the Heffter Research Institute to fund the study. The same institute used the active ingredient to former study at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and the University of California Los Angeles.

While there’s no approval yet to release the drug commercially, psilocybin is still considered illegal. The FDA has only approved the ingredient for drug trials for treating depression.

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Ache No More: How to Use CBD Oil for Pain Relief

Daniel King

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CBD Oil For Pain

Chronic pain sufferers have a new medication to consume — CBD oil.

In a study published in Health Affairs, chronic pain topped the list of the common reasons people give when they enroll in medical marijuana programs and start using CBD. Even though the survey did not find out whether CBD really provides relief, it proved what many researchers have been saying for years — the plant is a potent medication for different types of pain such as arthritis and joint pain.

CBD Products as Medicine

The cannabis plant family, which includes hemp, produce two compounds that benefit health: cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both these compounds work by communicating with the endocannabinoid system, a group of receptors in the body responsible for regulating various physiological processes such as digestion, feeling, pain, and sleep.

While researchers found that both are potent in providing pain relief, more doctors prescribe pure CBD oil to their patients because of minimal harmful effects. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effect — meaning it does not affect one’s mental state. Hence, doctors and other healthcare practitioners prescribe it to most of their patients because of its host of healing and anti-inflammatory properties without the fear of nasty side effects.

Aside from relieving pain, other CBD oil benefits include relief for anxiety and depression, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and even cancer.

CBD Hemp Oil for Pain

Cannabidiol comes from either marijuana or hemp. Most of what you buy from dispensaries came from hemp. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalizes the use of products derived from the plant, health experts believe the cannabidiol industry will boom further especially for patients.

CBD hemp oil relieves the pain from:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle cramps
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatism
  • Temporomandibular disorder (often referred to as TMJ)

Many patients with these conditions take prescription medicine for immediate relief. But since the rise of cannabidiol products in the market, many patients have shifted to a more natural and safer treatment for their sufferings.

How to Consume Cannabidiol

There are many ways to consume cannabidiol. You can apply ointments, balms, or lotions directly to the affected area. You can also try cannabidiol tinctures, edibles, vapes, and capsules. With tinctures, you can drop the substance under your tongue or place it in your food. You can also eat edibles like chocolate bars, gummies, tea, and coffee. Vapers can also buy CBD vape oil. Some patients supplement cannabidiol capsules along with their multivitamins.

In most cases, putting on cannabidiol on the localized areas of pain can provide more consistent levels of the substance with less minimal body processes. The body still needs to undergo a lengthy process if they consume the cannabis-derived compound through the mouth or lungs. But for chronic pain emanating inside the body, the Mayo Clinic recommends 2.5mg to 20mg of cannabidiol oil consumed orally every day.

Where to Buy CBD Oil

You can buy the best CBD oil in reputable dispensaries or online stores. One online retailer that sells various CBD products for inflammation and arthritis is Simple Garden CBD.

There are many kinds of cannabis/cbd oil, each with a unique mixture. Some brands contain THC, which can affect your mood if you consume beyond the recommended dosage. Hence, to ensure you are getting the right dosage, you may need to consult with your doctor or a cannabis expert but before buying. You should also ask for guidance from budtenders or store attendants especially if you purchase CBD or cannabis products for the first time.

Cannabidiol is a natural painkiller with minimal side effects, unlike prescription drugs. Consult your doctor now to find out which product works best for your condition.

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Why Do People Gravitate To the Pineapple Kush Strain of Cannabis?

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Ontario Cannabis Gardeners Form New Fall Tradition

With its legalization in certain states, Cannabis use is on the rise. Popularly known as marijuana, cannabis has become a popular product along with its other compounds such as CBD. While on here, we usually focus on the different aspects of CBD, we would like to touch base on the mother plant, explain the difference between its strains, and let you know what the most popular strain is. From our research, we have determined that Pineapple Kush is one of the top searched for strains. So why do people gravitate towards Pineapple Kush and what differentiates it from other strains?

What is a marijuana strain?

Whether you are a marijuana expert or not, you are probably familiar with the terms Sativa, Indica, or hybrid. Those are the three main distinguishers of marijuana that many of us have become familiar with in mainstream culture. Although a great starting point, research shows that there is not a great deal of consistency when examining different marijuana plants to be able to successfully classify them into just those three categories. The many differences have created many categories that cannabis could be placed into, and that is how strains were created.

Different strains create different effects on the mind and body, and that is how the plants are classified. Similarly, to how different breeds of dogs have different characteristics, and when you are picking out a breed you know what kind of dog to expect, the same works with marijuana. By doing research and determining what effect you are looking for, you can adjust your use to only that strain or something with a similar makeup.

What are the different strains?

Although there are hundreds of different types of strains of marijuana, they are identified by measuring the percentage of Sativa properties versus Indica properties. So what are these properties we speak of?

Sativa is probably one of the most popular strains of marijuana, it is known to create a “head buzz” meaning that you will not get that lethargic feeling you may have heard about. It is generally uplifting and stimulating, and perfect for daily use as it will not put you to sleep.

Indica, on the other hand, is a more relaxing and sedating type of strain. It will give you that body high, lethargic feeling that many of us heard about. It is best suited for evening use or sleep aid.

What is Pineapple Kush?

Pineapple Kush is one of our most requested strains of cannabis to be reviewed and its seeds can be purchased here. It has grown extremely popular and judging by our research, it is a great strain, to begin with. It has a slightly fruity flavor and scent, which is where the name comes in. It is an Indica strain with a slight Sativa influence, the approximate ratio is 80/20. It is a great strain for relaxing during the night times and it is highly potent. It will also ensure that you get deep and restful sleep if you are someone that struggles with insomnia or staying asleep. Many people prefer this strain for their nighttime use to any other alternatives.

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How To Use CBD For Alcohol Withdrawal [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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CBD For Alcohol Withdrawal

When it comes to battling Alcohol addiction, CBD may have an important role to play. CBD is useful in reducing the anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness that one experiences when undergoing post-acute withdrawal. It helps balance irregular functioning of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body.

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