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Effects of CBD to Your Body After Consumption

Stacey Wellington



CBD Effects

Fitness gurus and experts are actually turning to CBD or cannabidiol for its powerful healing properties that can ease symptoms linked to pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, anxiety, muscle soreness and other skin conditions. Although some are still exploring the options available in the market, the idea is there that this active compound derived from marijuana hemp actually works.

In America alone, there are flock of people visiting different states that grow marijuana and sell products infused with this plant. In medical tourism, there’s an increase of people visiting Colorado, California and Maine. These states are actively producing and growing top-quality weed for medical and recreational use.

Despite the popularity of CBD, there’s still a big chunk of the population that haven’t heard or tried this compound. For first-time users, here’s a guide on what your body can experience after consuming cannabidiol of any variants:

CBD Effects  – Medical Perspective

Shift in Mood

Cannabidiol interacts with many receptors in the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). These receptors are found in the bones, skin, GI and other organs. The ECS is body’s master regulatory system, which regulates sleep, mood, appetite, memory and pain-sensation.

Once CBD is consumed or applied to certain areas in the body, one can immediately feel a shift in the mood. Cannabidiol relaxes a person, therefore, symptoms linked to anxiety and depression can be relieved, including the palpitation of the heart. Some doctors even recommend the use of CBD as alternative for anti-depressant drugs prescribed by psychotherapists.

Cannabidiol’s ability to balance the function of the endocannabinoid system promote good mood, stress-free feeling that would benefit those with chronic stress and anxiety conditions.

Reduce Pain and Swelling

For the most part, CBD shows significant results for inflammation and pain. In fact, some athletes are permitted to use this compound to help muscle soreness heal faster. Athletes are known to put a lot of stress into their bodies because of intense training and practice. To improve their endurance and recover after each training, some consume or use topical CBD products.

Pharmaceuticals like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium promotes health hazards if taken daily. Therefore, cannabidiol serves as a natural medication to let muscles and bones heal faster from injuries and pain.

In terms of inflammation, there are studies that show how CBD help reduce swelling due to some infections. This is commonly observed with acne in the face. Once CBD oil is applied, the inflammation is lessened significantly.

Improve Concentration

Pure CBD promote focus by allowing more serotonin to flow in the brain, similar to the serotonin retake inhibitor (SSRI). The increase to this chemical leads to less anxiety and more focus. In addition, CBD also helps improve symptoms related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Helps Cure Insomnia

Because your mind can be calmed and body starts to relax, it will be easier to fall asleep. By incorporating cannabidiol to your night routine, insomnia can be put to bed without you noticing. Some products to try are CBD oil, capsules, vape and other variants.

Drinks infused with CBD are also popular these days, in the form of water or juices. Before sleeping, drink these beverages to stay relaxed in a few hours.

Overall, effects vary depending on how the body reacts to the compound. It’s also important to note that dosing must be lower at first as you’re introducing something new to your system. Increase dosage later once you already know the effect in your body. Also remember to talk to your doctor first before trying all sorts of alternatives.

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

Jordan Webber



Columbia Care Cannabis Credit Card

Columbia Care announced the launch of its National Credit program with its CNC Card.

The medical marijuana company licensed to operate in the U.S. and 15 jurisdictions in the European Union said the launch of the card follows a successful test run in New York in the second half of 2018. The introduction of the card led to an 18% increase in the number of in-store purchases. Moreover, the card also helped boost repeat visits and home delivery orders.

With the card, people in the U.S. can now get a credit card for buying medical cannabis.

From New York, the Columbia Care will offer the program to its Delaware and Pennsylvania markets. Later, the company’s Illinois and Arizona customers can apply for the card. The firm aims to expand the reach of its program to all its locations by the end of 2019.

Cannabis Credit Card

Available initially only at Columbia Care dispensaries, the firm is looking into opportunities for expanding the availability of the card across the country through targeted partnerships.

Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, said the firm aims on expanding the cannabis market in the country. Through the launching of the first cannabis credit card in the country, the company allows consumers and participants in the industry to purchase cannabis products.

He also said the card would act as a starting point of the company’s nationwide growth initiatives, including home delivery, the launching of an e-commerce site, and automatic fulfillment.

In addition to having a tool for an electronic form of payment, CNC cardholders can also be eligible for other benefits including discounts, cash back affinity programs, educational seminars, privileged access to new products and other exclusive offers.

Cannabis Banking Gaining Steam

Aside from having a cannabis credit card, medical marijuana customers may also enjoy the benefits of banking. Earlier this month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that kicks off a three-year pilot program wherein cannabis firms could use an online system in sending and receiving digital currency.

Last month, the California State Senate passed a bill allowing financial institutions to offer products and services dedicated to cannabis financial transactions.

If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation, around 900 bank branches in the state would be allowed to handle cannabis cash, California Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg said.

The federal government is also working on protecting legitimate cannabis financial transactions. Earlier this month, a U.S. House committee approved a bill that includes a provision that would safeguard banks serving legal marijuana businesses from getting penalized by federal financial regulators.

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Church of England Backs Medical Cannabis Use and Investment

Stacey Wellington



Church of England Cannabis Investments

The Church of England (CofE) has recently given the green light on the use of medical marijuana and cannabis investment.

The investment arm of CofE, the Church Commissioners of England, said it would lift its self-imposed ban on investing in medical cannabis. This reversal takes place at a time when many significant investment funds remain steadfast on so-called “sin stocks” or companies operating in industries facing legal uncertainties.

The CofE investment arm, which manages the church’s £12.6 billion ($16 billion) portfolios, had previously enforced an investment exclusion policy on cannabis. So far, it has not yet invested in companies related to the sector, Church Commissioners head of responsible investment, Edward Mason, said.

Mason said the change in CofE’s stand comes after it has made a distinction between recreational and medical cannabis. After realizing the potency of the plant’s medicinal properties, the church is content with its proper use for therapeutic reasons.

The UK government legalized medicinal cannabis in October 2018. However, only a fraction of British patients received a medical cannabis prescription, citing difficulty in persuading specialists about marijuana as a right medical option as a primary reason. Other reasons include the problems dispensaries face in obtaining licenses for cannabis-based products as well as the trouble in transporting them once they arrive in the country.

The Duality of Marijuana as an Investment

Like the Church Commissioners of England, other ethical investors are also starting to recognise the dual nature of marijuana as an investment. KLP Fund, an Oslo-based firm with $80 billion in assets, has recently sold its stocks in recreational cannabis. But it retains its stakes in medicinal marijuana

The AP Funds in Sweden also recommended the exclusion of recreational marijuana from its $180-billion portfolio. Like KLP, it said, it will still invest in medical marijuana companies. The Swedish fund referred to the recent guidance of the UN on both ethical investment and narcotics.

The CofE said it will not invest in companies that get more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. This rate is the threshold the company uses for the majority of its other ethical exclusions, including tobacco, gambling, pornography, and lenders charging at high interests.

The UK’s church is known for publicly voicing its positions in ethical investment issues. It considers factors such as morality, environmental impact, corporate governance, and social good. It the past, the church has challenged ExxonMobil and Glencore by pressuring executives to improve their policies related to environment preservation.

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VA Restricts Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana

Jordan Webber



VA's Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are having difficulty accessing medical marijuana for their medical conditions, says US News. The department has policies in place preventing doctors from prescribing medical cannabis to retired military personnel.

The VA has taken this move because of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance. The policy applies even in medical facilities in states with legal medical marijuana. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal cannabis, 10 of which allows recreational use of the plant.

Marijuana laws in these states allow medicinal application for chronic pain, spasms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just to name a few. However, Lt. Col. Doug Distaso of the Air Force has not been able to access the plant for therapeutic purposes due to VA’s restrictions. Instead, Distaso was prescribed a ‘drug cocktail’ which causes him to undergo a ‘medicated stupor.’

Aside from Distaso, there are thousands of veterans experiencing chronic pain and treated using opioids. Moreover, these military personnel also retire from service with PTSD. Reports show that there are at least 20 deaths through suicide recorded every day.

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), the Schedule I list is composed of drugs, substances, and chemicals that have nor currently accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is listed along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

The US News reports that the VA has only created two opportunities to discuss cannabis for veteran patients when they request information.

Meanwhile, veteran groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are calling for reforms to VA’s systems. These groups also promote cannabis for pain management and mental health illnesses. They also recognize the plant’s potential to address the opioid epidemic.


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