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A Guide on Using CBD Oil to Cope with Burnout

Daniel King

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CBD Oil for Burnout

Numerous individuals around the world feel the need to break away from their work environment due to burnout. A professional can experience burnout in a variety of ways, often showing physical, mental, and emotional signs due to their workplace or stress related to their job. Apart from experiencing anxiety and even detachment, workers can also undergo physical pain such as muscle tension and headaches.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized burnout as an official medical condition. This is a disease which affects many people around the globe and today, it can now be considered as having a medical diagnosis.

Burnout happens when an individual experiences constant stress, resulting in high levels of cortisol. As an effect, the body encounters a challenging time in producing cortisol, therefore interfering with the body’s ability to address sleep, digestion, and other bodily functions.

Why Use CBD Oil

Individuals who are working in high-stress careers or environments may be experiencing signs of burnout or burnout in itself. In a study published in Open Access Government, studies show that millions of individuals around the globe experience stress and anxiety, with 36% of Brits expressing that they experience anxiety and depression as a result of their careers.

CBD hemp oil can greatly reduce symptoms associated with burnout as well as anxiety, stress, and depression. With pure cannabidiol directly affecting and working with the endocannabinoid system of users, it can help regulate bodily functions such as the mood and appetite among others.

Made without THC compounds, CBD hemp oil does not contain psychoactive components. Unlike its intoxicating counterpart, cannabidiol seeks to alleviate stress and improve mood as well as treat a host of other conditions. With anti-inflammatory properties, this is also found to ease pain.

There are numerous research data detailing the effects of CBD oil for anxiety, and while more studies need to be conducted, initial data show that using cannabis is indeed beneficial.

How to Use CBD Hemp Oil

If you are interested in taking in pure cannabidiol and seeing firsthand its enviable effects, you might want to experiment and find something that works for you. Below are some no-fuss ways you can incorporate this into your life to avoid burnout:

Take a Gummy Bear at Work

The cannabis industry takes pride in offering a wide range of CBD oil edibles on the market. From cookies, brownies, sour tapes, and gummy bears – the list is endless. To stay inconspicuous at work and steer clear from the prying eyes of your workmates, you might want to start out by eating a piece of gummy with a small dosage.

Even better, take your lunch break outside and eat your gummy bear right after. You’ll feel more relaxed after a short while.

Prepare a Delicious Meal

Prefer to make a delicious homecooked meal after coming home? An easy dish you can whip up after work is a cannabis-infused aglio olio pasta. While this usually calls for cannabutter, you can also use whatever CBD oil you have on hand.

All you need is to brown some garlic in some butter and olive oil, add some chili flakes, and a few drops of your cannabidiol. Toss in your pasta and garnish with some parsley and you’re all set.

Drink Cannabis-Infused Cocktails

Wash down the stressful week with a cold and refreshing cocktail. An easy drink to make is the Afterschool Special, featuring a heady blend of citrus flavors. To make this, you need Pommeau, simple syrup, grapefruit vermouth, grapefruit juice, and 12 milligrams of CBD oil. Shake these together and garnish with grapefruit.

With the help of CBD oil, you can help treat the symptoms of burnout. Better yet, you can use this product to prevent burnout.

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

Jordan Webber

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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

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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

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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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