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Intermittent Fasting and CBD – A Guide

Stacey Wellington

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Intermittent Fasting

Many people around the world lead sedentary lives, with most of these individuals having 9 to 5 jobs. To keep themselves sane and motivated throughout the working day, most people tend to snack and eat small meals throughout their shift. Combined with the sedentary lifestyle, these unhealthy snacking habits can lead to unwanted weight gain.

Rise of Intermittent Fasting

To combat weight gain, people have taken great lengths to diet and even to decrease their meal and calorie intake. Some individuals have also taken to trying fad diets that often resulted in gaining back the weight as soon as they lose it.                                                                                                                                                                    Today, one of the more popular alternatives to these fad diets is intermittent fasting (IF). Compared to other types of diet, intermittent fasting is actually akin to a lifestyle change. Apart from losing weight, practitioners of this plan can also experience wonders that help their bodies become healthier over time, such as lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer. IF can also promote heart health and brain function.

In a nutshell, you can practice IF by having a 6 to 8-hour window for eating. Within this period, you can eat up to two to three meals. You also have the option to skip a meal entirely if you still feel full.

Under this program, doctors and other medical practitioners advise dieters to steer clear of sugar and complex carbohydrates. Should you wish to try this program out for yourself, you would do well to eat more fruits and vegetables. Combined with the use of pure cannabidiol oil, you are certainly on your way to leading a healthy life.

CBD Oil – Is It Advisable to Use?

Many individuals have misconceptions surrounding the use of CBD oil while doing an intermittent fast. As a matter of fact, people think that they are more likely to eat than the usual and indulge their cravings when taking in pure cannabidiol. So, unless you are purchasing marijuana and pick products that are high in THC, you are safe from getting munchies.

Studies show that taking in cannabis can result in a smaller waist circumference. Aside from normally being used to treat pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, this can also address disorders such as nervous eating.

Taking CBD oil while on an intermittent fast can also boost fat oxidation within the body, thereby affecting the ability to burn more calories and imrove metabolism.

Incorporating CBD Oil During Intermittent Fasting

If you intend to incorporate CBD oil during your foray into intermittent fasting, fret not. There are literally hundreds of ways you could do this, particularly adding this in your food. You can even take CBD oil pills if you want.

Below are some ways you can use this during the fast:

  • Coffee

Not a fan of solid food so early in your day? Take your daily cup of joe black and add CBD hemp oil to the mix. CBD coffee will perk you right up as you start your day. However, if you want to break your fast, make sure to add the works as well – sugar alternatives, heavy cream, and even a sprinkling of cinnamon. This will tide you over until your first (or next) meal.

  • Bagel with Lox

Eating healthy is essential in ensuring that you get proper nutrition despite eating within a limited timeframe. A good option that’s light and filling is eating a bagel with lox. Made with some salmon gravlax, this is perfect with some cream cheese on the side.

To make this, you would need granulated sugar, dill, peppercorns, lemon, vodka, and your CBD oil. You can also ditch the bread and eat this as is.

Want a new way to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle? Take note of how the combination of intermittent fasting and the use of CBD hemp oil can change your life.

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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

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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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