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CBD and Burns: Can CBD Oil Help Treat Burns?

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CBD for Burns

Burns are among the most common injuries at home and at work. Exposure of any part of your body to fire, extreme heat, or some chemicals can lead to damages, some of which are fatal. While some burns can be treated using medication (such as CBD oil), in most cases immediate treatment by doctors and healthcare professionals is required.

Types of Burns

Burns can be divided into several types, such as:

  • Thermal – You can suffer from this if you come in contact with anything hot. Usually, you can get this when your skin or any body part touch fire or flames; hot liquid or steam; and hot objects like irons, cooking pans, or heat-producing appliances.
  • Chemical – You can get a chemical burn if your body part comes in contact with harsh chemicals such as acids. Typical substances that cause this type of injury include ammonia, chlorine, bleach, battery acid, or harsh cleaners
  • Electrical – When your body comes in contact with a jolt of electric current, it can damage cause burning. The most common cause of an electrical burn takes place when your skin touches an extension cord, particularly when its insulation has worn out.
  • Friction – When your skin is repeatedly rubbed to another surface or scraped against a rough surface, it can cause this burn type.
  • Radiation – Exposure to high-energy radiation such as in the case of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy can sustain radiation burn.

Burns can also be classified according to the severity of the damage.

  • First-degree – The damage only affects the epidermis or the outer layer of the skin. Typically, these burns can be healed within a week.
  • Second-degree – The damage extends to the second layer of the skin or the dermis. In some cases, doctors use a skin grafting procedure for treatment.
  • Third-degree – This is the most severe type as the cells of both layers of the skin are destroyed, including the sweat glands, hair follicles, and other tissues. Skin grafting is required in this burn type to heal.

If you experience second-degree and third-degree burns, you should call for emergency treatment.

CBD Oil and Burns

You should take note that you can only treat first-degree burns. You should let doctors treat second-degree and third-degree burns to avoid further damaging your skin.

Cannabidiol has many healing properties beneficial for burn victims. Researchers have found that CBD oil helps provide pain relief. It can also reduce inflammation by suppressing the secretion of cortisol as well as lowering blood levels. Hence, this substance can help soothe the skin and relieve some of the irritation you experience from the burns.

CBD also has antimicrobial qualities. Researchers found that it is particularly useful in fighting against MRSA, one of the most harmful pathogens that affect wounds and burns. Applying CBD oil on the damaged area can protect them from infection while reducing the pain and swelling.

CBD also reduces the secretion of cortisol (the stress hormone) and lowers blood pressure. So, the substance can relieve pain and inflammation. It is also a powerful antidepressant that gives therapeutic effects without getting you high.

Moreover, high-quality CBD oil contains linalool and other types of terpenes — a class of beneficial compounds found in many plants. Scientists found that linalool has a pain-relieving property and can provide a cooling effect. These properties make CBD is highly effective in helping to treat first-degree burns.

You can apply CBD topicals like oil, ointment, or cream on the affected area. Take note that you can only do self-treatment if the burn is not severe. You can also take CBD orally through capsules, tinctures, and edibles to help relieve the pain.

Suffering from a burn requires immediate treatment to avoid infection, swelling and other complications. CBD has the amazing therapeutic powers like antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties for the successful treatment of first-level burns. But to ensure your injury will be cured, you need to consult your doctor.

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Demetrix Gains $50m in Series A Funding, Aims to Brew Cannabis

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Demetrix Funds to Brew Cannabis

Demetrix Inc. recently announced its successful foray into the Series A funding round. Following this, the company garnered $50 million, which the business states will be used for researching and producing synthetic cannabinoids in the market.

The Series A funding round was led by Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment group, together with Horizon Ventures, a Hong Kong-based firm. Based on the press release by the cannabis firm, Horizon Ventures also participated in the Series Seed round, contributing $11 million to the business.

Shaping the Future

Demetrix’s press release revealed that the global market for cannabinoids are slated to reach $100 billion comes 2029. Alongside the boom of this industry, Demetrix intends to “help the world benefit from nature’s rarest ingredients.”

Besides brewing, the startup is also looking to isolate the cannabinoids. The firm also looks to expand the business and commercialize its products in the future. With more than 100 cannabinoids being explored by the California-based startup, it believes that it can cater to different consumer product companies, including the pharmaceutical and supplement sector.

To achieve their goals, the California-based company reportedly intends to use baker’s yeast to yield a larger volume of cannabinoids. Through the company’s “industry-leading fermentation technology that accelerates the production of cannabinoid,” it hopes to shape the future of the field.

Continued Show of Support

Both Tuatara Capital and Horizon Ventures released statements revealing their promising futures by working with the cannabis firm. In the press release, Tuatara Capital partner, Marc Riiska shares that they believe Demetrix has what it takes to “consistently produce high purity, single cannabinoids in a process that easily scales to meet demands.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Zhang of Horizon Ventures state that “Demetrix is uniquely positioned to bring these compounds to market in a cost-efficient way.”

Industry Background

Demetrix chief executive officer Jeff Ubersax is planning to use technologies surrounding yeast genetics and biochemistry and applying this to cannabis. Although the business employs the same method of brewing beer, the fermentation process using the marijuana plant will produce synthetic cannabinoids instead.

While the company’s approach to making a larger volume of cannabinoids sounds promising, Tech Crunch notes the startup “has a long way to go before it becomes competitive with extracts from the marijuana plant.”

As of writing, the company has successfully raised a total of $61 million.

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Research Found Recreational Marijuana Users End Up Consuming the Plant as Medicine

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Recreational Marijuana

Many cannabis users who buy in Colorado adult-use cannabis dispensaries use the product as a medicine, a study revealed.

The study found that people who purchase items that are supposedly for fun have used them to treat specific health issues, like chronic pain and sleep disorders. The researchers led by Marcus Bachhuber of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said customers of adult-use cannabis usually end up consuming it for symptom relief.

The combined research team from the New York-based college and the University of Miami polled 1,000 customers in two Colorado dispensaries between August 2016 and October 2016. Around 65% of the respondents said they used marijuana for pain relief, while 74% reported using the plant to promote sleep.

The study was recently published in the “Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”

Potent Prescription Medicine Alternative

The respondents ended up using cannabis for medical reasons because of its potency. Many of the respondents who use marijuana for health reasons said that using the plant helped them to reduce the use of other medicines. More than two-thirds (82%) reported cutting or stopping their prescription medications.

Nearly 90% of those who purchased cannabis for pain relief said they had reduced or stopped taking opioid pain relievers. Meanwhile, 87% of users who use marijuana as a sleeping aid reported they minimized or halted their use of over-the-counter taking aids. Moreover, 83% of those taking medicine sleeping pills said cannabis helped cut down or stopped their use of these medications.

While the study has somehow shown the potency of cannabis for medical use, it has some limitations. Of the 1,000 study respondents, 90% were below the age of 50. Less than half (42%) of them were women while a little more than half (66%) were white.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) deputy director Paul Armentano backed the findings of the study. In a press release, he said that the study proved the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. He also acknowledged its possibility as an alternative medication to prescription medications, particularly opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die following an opioid overdose. The agency admitted that the abuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is a national crisis. Prescription opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78.5 billion a year and affects not only public health, but also impacts social and economic welfare.

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Minnesota Approved Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

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Minnesotta OK'd Medical Cannabis for Alzheimers

Starting July 1, all registered patients with Alzheimer’s disease can begin registering for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. This will enable them to purchase medical marijuana from the state’s two manufacturers starting August 1, the High Times reported.

The recent approval marked Alzheimer’s disease addition to the 14 conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana in Minnesota. This includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS, seizures (e.g. epilepsy), severe and persistent muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis), inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease), terminal illness, intractable pain, PTSD, Autism, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition approved by Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm among the seven new conditions proposed by a citizen’s review panel. Conditions that didn’t make the cut includes hepatitis C, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, panic disorder, psoriasis, and traumatic brain injury.

“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Health Commissioner Malcolm. “However, there is some evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep, and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Currently, there are more than 94, 000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s living in Minnesota, and 254, 000 people providing care for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

For the next 30 days, the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to be working in registering Alzheimer’s patients to the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the requirements included for a patient to obtain medical cannabis is for a licensed health care practitioner to certify that the patient indeed has the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that happens when plaques containing beta-amyloid develop in the brain. This leads to cognitive impairments, such as problems with one’s memory, thinking, and behaviour. As of today, there is still no available cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, various studies show that cannabis helps improve symptoms or slow the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

The recent move by Minnesota marked its entrance into the twelve U.S. states that have included Alzheimer’s disease in the list of their qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.

“I believe that advanced dementia patients with tremendous anxiety, restlessness, and pain will benefit,” wrote Dr. William Orr, a Minneapolis-based geriatric psychiatrist who supported the petition.

“Such patients are episodically distraught and become quickly angered and paranoid of staff trying to help them due to their confusion and inability to understand their circumstances,” he added.

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