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CBD Topical for Pain Relief—A Review

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CBD for Pain Relief

Bothered by the intense muscle pressure and joint aches? If you’re living an active lifestyle and does weights every so often, you really don’t need to endure the soreness. Feel relieved by applying a decent amount of topical CBD to soothe muscles and joints. Wondering how this works? Here’s everything you need to know about the goodness of cannabidiol:

Why Go for CBD for Pain Relief?

Cannabidiol or CBD is an active compound found in marijuana. It interacts with the endocrine system, which regulates your mood, appetite, sleep and sex functions. CBD is absorbed through the bloodstream and from there, you can instantly feel a shift in your mood.

Some people may choose CBD oil as this is the more popular choice. Although some prefer this, others aren’t really comfortable in taking it because of taste preferences and other factors. With topical CBD, the application is easy because all you need is to rub the product to target areas. It’s hassle-free, very easy to apply and definitely safe.

What are CBD Topicals For?

Topicals infused with cannabidiol can come in the form of lotion or creams, oils and serums and salves.

  • Lotions and creams- Moisturizes the skin, keeping it cool and nourished.
  • Oils and serums- Has restorative properties and with a thinner layer for moisture.
  • Salves- Soothes the skin and alleviate pain brought by burns, stings and itchiness.

Topicals also come with different natural ingredients that are proven to give skin a glowing and youthful appearance. Hence, you don’t only manage pain but also benefit from other ingredients.

For instance, some CBD topicals have Aloe Vera for the soothing effect, Shea butter for moisture and Avocado or Almond butter for making the skin flawless smooth.

Best Topical CBD to Buy

Now that the benefits of cannabidiol are explained, the next thing to know is what CBD products to buy to get your money’s worth. Here are some of the best in the list:

Kushly Topical CBD

If you’re after the instant relief with a cooling sensation, this one’s a top contender. Simply apply to target areas and get unbelievably good results. One bottle contains 600mg of cannabidiol and retails for only $80. It has no-oil consistency and formula for those who don’t like the stickiness of oils.

Endoca Hemp Whipped Butter

Here’s something to use when you feel pain all over. It’s almost medicinal because of the fast result that’s why it’s a best-seller. With every application, you can get a subtle smell of chocolate and fruity scent, which is totally amazing.

One container has 1,500mg, which is stronger compared to other products. It retails for $82 but can last up to a month or two, depending on the amount of use.

PureKana’s CBD Ointment

Another holy grail when it comes to pain relief is this $80 tub containing 600mg of cannabidiol. It contains a wide range of natural ingredients that are not harsh to the skin. The CBD used for this product is derived from the premium hemp oil grown in Colorado.

Upon application to the sore part of the body, you can instantly feel relief within minutes.

Imbue Botanicals Embody Premium CBD Lotion

Want a long-lasting soothing effect with moisturizing effect? Get your hands on this product for a non-greasy and exceptional formula made for the vitality of the skin and body. One bottle contains approximately 400mg of CBD and retails for only $69.

Say goodbye to muscle fatigue and soreness. Make sure to get the best cannabidiol topicals for proven results. It’s also recommended that you consult with your doctor if the pain is consistent and doesn’t go away easily.

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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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