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With its recent spike in popularity, it seems that the uses for CBD are countless. Ranging from pain management to beauty, this popular product has taken the world by a storm and CBD enthusiasts swear by its many uses and benefits. What may surprise you, however, is that CBD is also extremely beneficial when it comes to your oral health. We will discuss the incredible benefits of CBD for oral health in more detail below.

CBD is Antibacterial and Antimicrobial

We have discussed in the past the antibacterial properties of CBD that can aid your general health, but what about ingesting CBD, how does benefit your oral health?

Due to its antibacterial properties, CBD has been shown to reduce the bacteria that demineralizes teeth and is the primary culprit of cavity formation. CBD, by reducing the bacteria in your mouth, is able to prevent cavity formation to some degree. It is incredibly beneficial as an addition to your oral care routine.

CBD is Anti-inflammatory

Majority of diseases, including oral, are caused by inflammation in the body. As we discussed many times before, research shows that CBD is highly anti-inflammatory and reduces pain associated with chronic diseases as well as inflammation. If you are someone that struggles with oral diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis, or experience inflammation in the gums from flossing or eating certain foods, CBD could be a great pain management supplement. It can also reduce the inflammation overall and cause it to occur less frequently. CBD’s benefits for oral health rank high on the list of its usefulness for everyday use.

CBD Maintains Oral and Body Homeostasis

Many diseases often do not begin in just one area of the body, it is a combination of a multitude of factors acting together to create inflammation and pain. The mouth is oftentimes a great indicator of the body’s overall health and greatly contributes to the health and well-being of one’s body overall. By taking good care of the mouth, you are contributing to maintaining the homeostasis of the whole body and taking care of your overall health. The benefits of CBD for oral health are not limited to only treating oral conditions, but also acting as an aid to treat the whole body through the way of mouth.

How Should I Use CBD for Oral Health?

Using CBD for oral health would not be any different than using it for other reasons, with the exception of topical application. As oftentimes stated on the packaging, topical ointments should not be ingested, but rather applied to the body. If that is your favorite way of utilizing CBD it may be time for an upgrade to an oil or products specifically designed for oral health. A great example would be a CBD infused mouthwash or toothpaste. It is becoming more popular in the CBD market and a great incorporation into your existing oral health routine.

Reaping the benefits of CBD for oral health does not mean you need to change anything in your daily routine, rather replace a few products. Easy!

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Cannabis is rapidly becoming one of the most known substances that help individuals cope with mental health issues such as stress and anxiety. How exactly do our stress responses change in the presence of cannabis? Does cannabis actually relieve stress? This video considers the stress relieving effects of cannabis as it interacts with our body’s stress reaction system.

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Is It Safe to Use CBD While Pregnant?

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The use of CBD oil has been all the rage in recent years, thanks to its treatment and relief from a number of ailments including stress and pain. From lotions to beauty treatments, CBD therapeutic products are popping up everywhere. So it’s no surprise that pregnant mamas might reach for a CBD salve to help alleviate any of their uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms, like anxiety, nausea and sore feet.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid in the family of cannabinoids that can be found in marijuana.  Unlike THC — which is marijuana’s most active ingredient that leaves you feeling high — CBD is touted for its medicinal usage without leaving you feeling buzzed. “It is the sister that stays home and cleans the house, while the THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid, is the life of the party,” Dr. Mary Clifton, M.D., an NYC-based CBD and Cannabis expert, tells SheKnows.

Why Pregnant Women Might Want to Try it

“While there are pharmaceutical treatments for all these ailments, many health-conscious women want to use more natural treatments wherever possible. As a plant-based supplement, an increasing number of pregnant women are interested in CBD products,” Dr. Cheryl Bugailiskis, Cannabis Specialist at Heally, tells SheKnows.

The reasons are valid.

Clinical research has shown that CBD has demonstrated to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as insomnia.

However, says Bugailiskis, the use of CBD during pregnancy remains “controversial.”

Why it’s controversial

“The FDA released a warning in October 2019 cautioning against the use of cannabis products, including CBD, while pregnant,” says Bugailiskis. “While CBD research remains limited at this time, some animal studies have shown impairment of fetuses when CBD was used. Lack of regulation of CBD products is also a concern – while reputable providers offer quality products, less scrupulous ones have been found to sell products contaminated with harmful chemicals.”

According to Dr. Sarah Melancon, Ph.D, a sociologist and clinical sexologist, who has done extensive research on CBD, sexuality and pregnancy, CBD increases the signaling of the cannabinoid anandamide (AEA), and, as a result, has a dose-dependent effect on aspects related to reproduction, “which is cause for concern,” she says. Melancon says high levels of AEA are associated with miscarriage in humans, particularly in the first trimester. “On the other hand, low levels of AEA help with implantation and placenta development,” she says. “AEA levels stay low during pregnancy, rising during the third trimester of pregnancy 2-4x and are connected with labor onset.” According to Melancon women with preterm labor/birth have higher levels of AEA, and even among premature births, “those with the highest levels of AEA delivered fastest.”

Since CBD can elevate AEA levels, Melancon says using CBD during pregnancy has the potential to cause miscarriage in the first trimester, as well as increased risk of preterm labor and birth.

“This is especially concerning, because many women may be using CBD before they know they are pregnant, which may be contributing to miscarriages,” she says. “More research is needed, but at present a better-safe-than-sorry approach is warranted.”

Studies that are available regarding CBD and pregnancy include women who have chosen to use cannabis during their pregnancies. These studies “support that the use of cannabinoids result in intrauterine growth retardation  — stunting the growth of the unborn baby,” says Clifton.

“At this point, studies suggest that there is not only risk to the growth to the fetus in general, but also that early exposure to cannabinoids may impact the developing brain,” she says. “Pregnant women should avoid the use of cannabinoid formulations.” While the research on CBD has remained limited, according to Clifton, the studies done “are consistent that the growth of the baby is affected.”

What can pregnant women use instead?

“There are a number of things that stimulate and balance the tone of encodcannabinoid system (ECS),” says Clifton. “Pinene, for example, from pine trees or more commonly pine nuts or basil, is excellent for the ECS. Limonene from lemons and other citrus is also delicious and helpful.  Beta Caryophyllene and the extracts from black pepper support the tone of the ECS marvelously.” She recommends talking with your essential oils expert — as well as those at Boomer Natural Wellness — since they carry products “that support ECS tone without exposure to cannabinoids.”

Looking for something completely natural and safe? Bugailiski says that “many women swear by ginger tea or candies to alleviate nausea. Some herbal teas and natural supplements can help with insomnia, and therapy is always an excellent option for dealing with depression or anxiety.”

A version of this story was published March 2020.

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How CBD Can Help You Cope with the Pandemic

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Here’s How to Use CBD Safely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

While the current pandemic has caused many businesses, both small and large, to shut down, CBD products have received an unusually large amount of attention and an increase in sales volume. Although still not fully mainstream, CBD is growing increasingly popular during these difficult times as a coping method for many people.

There is a multitude of reasons behind stress during the Covid-19 pandemic, ranging from potential health problems to business shutdowns and job layoffs. Families are divided, businesses are struggling, and the public is living in fear as a whole. With the increase in anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues, CBD has become a focal point in their management. Even other areas of the world such as CBD Oil Costa Rica are taking leaps into the CBD realm to cope with the pandemic.

CBD and Stress

First, it is important that we clear some things up. CBD does not relieve stress and anxiety the way that THC in Cannabis, commonly known as Marijuana, does. CBD does not create a high feeling and does not have any psychoactive effects. CBD works by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. Increased levels of Cortisol can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. CBD works by lowering the levels of Cortisol in your blood, thus reducing the effects that stress is having on your brain and body.

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CBD has also been proven to increase the production of Serotonin in the brain, which works hand in hand with the lowering of Cortisol. CBD eases anxiety and creates a more relaxed state of mind, which is especially important in the current situation.

Surprisingly, a group that has particularly benefited from incorporating CBD into their daily routine has proven to be students, both high school and college. Northwestern University has reported that the trend of their students using CBD to manage the stress associated with their college workload has significantly increased during the course of the pandemic. The uncertainty of the job market post-graduation in combination with the stress of virtual learning is driving students to find alternatives to stress and anxiety management other than medication.

CBD and Health

Health is a trending topic during the pandemic, as expected more people are searching for ways to not only boost their immunity but also treat their current conditions in a more natural and safer way that does not compromise their immune system. CBD has become the go-to choice for many people struggling with epilepsy, due to its anti-convulsant properties, as well as those struggling with illnesses that are caused by the inflammation of the body, such as IBS and arthritis. CBD lowers inflammation in the body and affects your brain receptors that are responsible for managing pain. It is a great option for those that are struggling with chronic pain or migraines. There have not been many negative side-effects reported as a result of the use of CBD, although more studies are being conducted to ensure the safety of the treatment.

CBD has become even more popular during the course of the pandemic as it is a safe and effective way to help you deal with the increased stress while also working to manage ongoing conditions you may be suffering with. CBD is a natural option for those that have trouble dealing with the pressures that the Covid-19 pandemic creates.

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