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Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 with CBD [VIDEO]

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CBD Anxiety

The disruption and the loss of normalcy stemming from the pandemic are very powerful anxiety inducers. Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be a useful tool in helping people achieve a more calm and healthy mental and physical state. Find out more.

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Rachel Feinstein Helps Make Insanely Easy CBD Brownies [VIDEO]

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Rich, chewy, and decadent — these luscious CBD-infused brownies is the quintessential CBD treat. Plus, it is so easy to make! Watch this video to find out the recipe.

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How CBD Can Spice Up Your Sex Life

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How CBD Can Spice Up Your Sex Life

The legalization of cannabis and the demand for cannabidiol has greatly impacted the horizon, especially for those in the landscape looking to improve their bedroom game. It also helps that CBD products are free from psychoactive components, making it a game-changing option for people who do not want to have their state of mind altered.

With this boom, it is not so surprising to see the abundance of CBD topical products on the market. Besides the usual creams, many of these items are now being marketed and geared towards improving the sex life and overall sexual wellness and intimacy of couples. Given this explosion of products, it can be surprising to some that these CBD oil items have a barrage of applications in the bedroom.

Individuals looking to improve their performance in the bedroom and elevate the mood can turn to cannabidiol in times of need. While this compound is usually associated with treating a host of other afflictions, such as chronic pain management, inflammation, and even skin conditions, many people remain unaware of its benefits for sex and libido.

The Science Behind CBD and Sex

How CBD Can Spice Up Your Sex Life

The human body is home to its very own endocannabinoid system with is cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are present not just in the reproductive organs of the body, but also in the very sexual tissues. When ingested, cannabidiol can activate these receptors and stimulate the system accordingly.

Once the receptors of the said system are activated and engaged, the body responds in several ways. These include being an anti-inflammatory product as well as a means to prevent convulsions.

Ways Cannabidiol Affects Libido

Sexual pleasure and libido can be affected by a number of factors. These include pain, anxiety, and other psychological conditions. Taking in cannabidiol can help provide relief from these symptoms, and by extension, aid in reducing anxiety and pain.

In doing so, CBD can not only calm the muscles and ease the stress and anxiety that a person is feeling, but it can also provide a feeling of warmth and relaxation. When this happens, this may prove effective in boosting the libido and sexual involvement of the person in question.

With the capacity of CBD products to reduce pain, experts in the field believe that women who suffer from dyspareunia, otherwise known as a disorder for painful sex, can help women enjoy their time in the bedroom. There are also some studies that show that it can aid in the treatment of erectile dysfunction among men by relaxing the blood vessels and promoting blood flow.

Taken together, this can lead to a willingness to participate in sexual activities and have more pleasure when being touch, both of which can greatly affect their experience and orgasmic abilities of both men and women.

CBD Products to Use in the Bedroom

Cannabidiol’s reach in the bedroom alone has reached new heights. With this, it is certainly possible that more couples and individuals alike can explore the benefits it can offer and bring some excitement and aid in their sex life.

For one, individuals who suffer from poor lubrication may take lubricants made with CBD. Not only can this help with pain management and inflammation, but this also tends to promote heightened sensitivity and increased stimulation of the body’s lubrication.

Others who seek to pleasure themselves and their partners may otherwise turn to massage lotions. Topical CBD oil products are great for heightening sensual pleasures, especially with constant touching and massaging involved.

Making sex more exciting is even possible through consuming edibles. The very act of feeding each other can already be seen as an act of intimacy. Partnered with CBD-infused chocolate or treats that are believed to have aphrodisiac-like qualities, it can definitely make for some good time in the bedroom.

The Bottom Line

There is no one way to make CBD work for you and your partner. With these aforementioned options, couples and individuals can incorporate cannabidiol into their sex life in different ways.

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How to Get the Perfect Dosage with Cannabis Products

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No one talked about cannabis dosage back in the day since it was in relatively short supply, and few dealers knew the THC content or genetics of what they sold. Now, with the legal cannabis business booming, access to cannabis products is at an all-time high, and consumers can enjoy the benefits of knowing what is in their weed. Understanding how to dose your cannabis correctly can help you to feel your best while getting the maximum effects and benefits from the weed you consume. 

Common Problems with Cannabis Dosing

Even now, with commercial cannabis products marked with nutritional and chemical composition, few people know how much cannabis they should be using – or how to even figure that out in the first place. There are several common problems people face when they begin trying to research cannabis dosing. Knowing how many flowers you can smoke versus how many milligrams of edibles gets confusing. Since brands have little consistency between their products, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. 

Further, tolerance comes into play since some cannabis users find that they need far more than others to feel the effects. Differences in THC tolerance may be, in part, due to incorrect dosage, considering over-using cannabis can affect how an individual experiences THC in the future. Finding the proper dosage for you can help regulate tolerance and even save money by giving you more control over how much you consume. 

What Is a Proper Cannabis Dose?

If you want to know your dose and start managing how much cannabis you use, you can follow some basic guidelines. In general, with all cannabis products, the key is starting low and going slow. Start with a low dose of whatever you are taking, whether it be smoking a single hit from a one-hitter or enjoying a low dose of 2 mg. edible. By starting low, you’ll be able to tell how those low doses affect you and can increase your dose accordingly to satisfy your body’s needs. 

Edibles

Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis, but knowing how much to take can intimidate novice stoners. THC edibles are among the easiest types of cannabis products to dose since commercial edibles list their exact THC content right on the packaging. For example, THC Malt Balls from Punch Edibles are carefully formulated to have 10 mg per piece, allowing you to take the same dose every time reliably.

To find your dose, start by taking 1-2.5 mg edibles, then waiting a few hours to see how you feel. The waiting period is critical – most edible overdoses happen because people don’t wait and think they need more. Here is a standard THC edible dosing guide: 

  • 1 – 2.5 mg. edibles: Microdose, great for beginners
  • 5 – 10 mg. edibles: Mild pain relief, mild relaxation
  • 15 – 20 mg. edibles: Recreational dose, moderate pain relief, mild euphoria, mild impairment, good for sleep
  • 25 – 50 mg. edibles: Strong euphoric effects, impaired coordination, strong pain relief, best for experienced users and individuals with issues absorbing cannabis edibles
  • 60 – 100+ mg. edibles: Best for individuals with high tolerance, or individuals living with chronic pain or inflammation

Flower

The OG method of getting high, smoking flower remains the most popular method of consuming cannabis, partly due to how quickly smoking flower gives the body access to THC. Unfortunately, knowing exactly how many THC milligrams you consume per gram of dry buds is difficult since each strain (and each crop) varies slightly in content. A significant amount of the cannabinoid is burned off in the process of smoking or vaping. In general, follow these guidelines for dosing flower: 

  • 1/16 g. flower: Standard one-hitter capacity, great for beginners, low dose
  • 1/4 g. flower: Standard bowl, good for moderate or occasional smokers, mild pain relief, mild relaxation
  • 1/2 g. flower: Standard joint, good for experienced and regular smokers, mild euphoria, moderate pain relief
  • 1 g. flower: Strong euphoric effects, impaired coordination, strong pain relief, best for experienced users
  • 2+ g. flower: Best for individuals with a high tolerance, or individuals living with chronic pain or inflammation

Extracts

Cannabis extracts are vaporized, delivering the strong effects of pure suspended THC as quickly as smoking the bud. Cannabis extracts come in different potencies, so be sure to check how strong yours is before you begin testing to find your dose. Most commercial extracts sell in .5g and 1g cartridges. The products will list their THC content so you can determine how many milligrams you’ll get with each puff. 

Because extracts have a higher THC content than cannabis flower, fewer puffs will deliver more THC. An individual with low tolerance to THC may be able to take a single hit from a vape and enjoy the full effects of the product. Others with higher tolerance could smoke up to .5g a day, with some individuals experiencing chronic pain smoking up to 1g, though this is on the extreme high end.

Can You Overdose on Cannabis?

It’s impossible to ‘overdose’ on cannabis in the way we think of overdosing – meaning consuming too much cannabis alone is not enough to kill a human. While an overdose of cannabis won’t end in death, it can alter mood, cause adverse emotional reactions, trigger paranoia, cause heart palpitations, or even induce vomiting. For people with low THC tolerance, overdosing on cannabis can be stressful and unpleasant and should be avoided. 

Someone experiencing a cannabis overdose may feel sweaty, cold, clammy, nauseous, anxious, paranoid, or confused. In these cases, the symptoms often disappear on their own as the high diminishes, but it can take several hours to come down from the experience’s peak. To avoid overdosing, experiment to find out how much cannabis your body enjoys. Start slow, then gradually increase how much you take until you feel like you have reached your desired effects. 

Should you accidentally overdose on cannabis, be sure to find a comfortable environment in which to wait for the effects to wear off. If you are experiencing paranoia or anxiety, talk to a friend, family member, or loved one to help orientate yourself. Try enjoying a relaxing hobby like watching TV, doing some artwork, or playing a game. Remember to stay hydrated and to ask for help if your symptoms become worse. 

Final Thoughts

While there are few risks involved in consuming cannabis, knowing how much to take is still essential if you want to get the most out of the experience. Everyone is different, and our unique tolerance levels reflect that. But, once you know your dose, having a great time with cannabis is easy. Whether you prefer bud, edibles, extracts, or anything else, you can find your perfect cannabis dose with a bit of experimentation and patience. Once you find that sweet spot, you’ll feel confident knowing that you have complete control of your cannabis experience. 

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