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CBD Tolerance? Here are 3 Easy Signs to Look For

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CBD Tolerance

As the legalizations of CBD oil continue to rise in various states and countries, more and more individuals are jumping on this trend. While most people are simply looking for better alternatives compared to traditional joint smoking, other people are turning to CBD hemp oil not only to help them relax but also to help relieve chronic pain and illnesses. Apart from treating pain, taking in this miracle oil can do wonders for your system and your overall well-being, addressing anxiety, stress, tension, and other similar concerns.

Unlike THC, no clinical trials regarding CBD tolerance has not been observed yet. Some avid enthusiasts and fanatics of this plant tend to worry about building tolerance to CBD. Beginners who are just starting out in the field normally express their concerns about building immunity to this wonder herb. This may just be a valid concern especially as there are reports of epilepsy patients show signs of tolerance to CBD-infused oil.

If you are wondering whether or not you were developing a tolerance towards this beloved product, here are three signs you need to look out for:

CBD Tolerance Signs

  • Your Usual CBD Dosage Has Minimal Effects

One of the most tell-tale signs that your body has been building tolerance for this cannabinoid is that your usual dose is not just cutting it. Studies show that using these cannabinoids can lessen their efficacy over time, particularly when used for pain management. Such effects were prevalent in cases where epilepsy and seizures were studied.

If you have been taking a specific amount or dosage per day to treat your pain or other existing conditions, chances are you might be experiencing a decrease in its effectiveness despite continued use.

  • You Find Yourself Increasing Your Consumption

CBD Tolerance

Another sure sign that your current intake isn’t working for your needs or the type of lifestyle you have is that you are finding yourself increasing your consumption every single day. At times, you may not even notice this gradual increase in consumption. These changes can take weeks, months, or even years to take noticeable effects.

This usually goes hand in hand with the first sign. Because your usual dosage does not give the effect you have come to expect, you try to increase the amount you ingest. So, if you notice yourself doing this, you might be experiencing some signs of tolerance.

  •  You Feel the Need to Explore Other Products

Because the product and amount you usually consume fail to give you the effect you expect, the next thing some people do is to explore other products to find ones that will satisfy their needs. If you are used to taking CBD tablets and you find yourself trying out, say, tinctures and even joints, you may be developing tolerance to the cannabinoid.

Resetting Your System

If you think you are developing tolerance to this wonderful cannabinoid, then you are surely looking for ways to reset your system. The best thing to do this is to take a break. You can refrain from taking CBD-infused products for around 48 hours as it is the estimated time it takes to flush the compound out of your system. This gives your endocannabinoid system a refreshing start. However, if you are using these products to treat your debilitating conditions and symptoms, make sure to consult a doctor before cutting down your consumption.

Now that you know what signs to look out for to see if you are becoming tolerant to CBD, you can take steps to reset your system and enjoy your usual dosage once more. Just make sure to get help from your physician or your trusted cannabis expert and you are good to go.

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

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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

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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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