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An article from Consumer Reports stated that almost 80% of Americans say they have trouble sleeping at least once a week, according to a recent nationally representative Consumer Report survey of 1267 U.S. adults. They also found that many existing treatments, particularly prescription and over-the-counter drugs, are often not very effective and are risky as well.

Joseph Maroon, M.D., a clinical professor and neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who has researched the effect of cannabis on the brain, says that CBD has properties that could help some people sleep better, especially those who suffer from anxiety.

Research hints that CBD may also affect sleep directly, by interacting with receptors in the brain that govern the body’s daily sleep/wake cycles.


In a 2019 study conducted by Scott Shannon, MD, Nicole Lewis, ND, and Shannon Hughes, PhD of 72 adults found that 66.7% of those studied had improved sleep after using CBD. In addition, anxiety rates decreased in 79% of those studied. Since anxiety can cause one to lose sleep, the reduction of anxiety is important.


CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep”


As we always state, we need more research to give a definitive answer about CBD and insomnia. Yet, the research we do have seems to indicate that the use of CBD can help people fall asleep and stay asleep. Anecdotal evidence is extremely promising as many people using CBD have reported better sleep. There is enough evidence to encourage the use of CBD for insomnia, especially since it has no severe side effects like those of prescription medication.


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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 17.3 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017. That is approximately 7.1% of the adult population. Major depressive disorder is more prevalent in women.

One could assume that these numbers represent those who have sought help with their depression. There are probably many more who suffer through depression alone and without help.


There is some promising news from science on the efficacy of CBD for depression. Unfortunately, most of the research has been done on animals and not on humans.

The studies have used chemical markers for indication of efficacy, which could easily translate to humans.  This is good news and we should view it with optimism. We have seen anecdotal evidence in humans indicating the use of CBD for depression and with little or no side effects from using CBD, we can, without reservation recommend trying CBD.


A study in 2018 indicates how fast the CBD acted in suppressing the chemicals associated with depression. In fact, the CBD acted much faster than the conventional treatment.

We can see from the study that there is a great deal of optimism for the use of CBD in the treatment of depression.

However, as we have stated multiple times before in this blog, there is a need for further studies, especially in humans to allow us to say definitively that CBD is the answer to helping people with depression. The results of many studies are promising and if I had to venture a guess, I would say we will see that CBD will become the major treatment for depression in the years to come.


This article will explore the reasons people are not using CBD. We will look at general reasons why there are those who choose not to use CBD. As I am out talking to people about CBD and its many uses, I occasionally come across someone who has not heard of CBD and has no idea what it can do. This group of people are a minority and I would expect that as they learn of its benefits, they will use it in the same proportion as the general populace that has an understanding of CBD and the miracle it can be.


When I say ignorance, I’m speaking of a lack of knowledge and not about a general attitude. Too many people have bought into the myth and misunderstand that CBD will get you high or that it is not legal. In Idaho a product that contains any THC, (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that is psychoactive and gives the user the high attributed to marijuana, is illegal. Since the CBD in Idaho contains no THC, it can’t get the user high. In fact, the CBD products on the market in the United States contain only .3% THC and that small amount will not get anyone high. CBD is legal and won’t get anyone high.


Fear is a strong emotion and when something is new, there is a few who will not try it because of fear. This reason is a subset of ignorance since there is a plethora of information about CBD and its many benefits and its remarkable lack of serious side effects. A quick jump onto the Internet will give hundreds of studies and reports that exclaim the benefit of using CBD. All one has to do is spend a little time researching and they can dispel any fear or reluctance they may have about trying CBD.


I wonder if religion could also hold some back. I say that because I think there are some who believe using something they see as an illicit drug is sinful. I believe we have addressed that in stating that CBD is legal and can be sold and possessed without penalty.  Again, it is the fear of getting high or using something that is immoral, if not illegal. This is a silly argument and one that I suspect few will put forth. Yet, there are some who will use it as a reason to not try CBD.


This is probably one of the biggest and is related to the ignorance reason. Too few people know about CBD and what it can do to help them in their ailments. As we have stated many times in this blog, CBD can help in so many conditions and ailments that there are few people who can’t benefit from using it. The challenge is getting the information out to them in a manner that helps them to understand that it is legal, moral, and not some snake oil product that claims to cure everything from baldness to toe fungus. My prediction is that within the next two to five years, CBD will be mainstream, and the majority of the adult population will have discovered its benefits.

Of course there is one segment of the population that will not use CBD and that is those who are lucky enough to not need it. I suppose I can add to that statement – YET. I suspect that sometime in one’s life, they will have the occasion to need what CBD can provide.  


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CBD has been shown to aid in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. CBD is an effective treatment because all mammals have the endocannabinoid system, and, as we have stated before in this blog, CBD reacts with this system to help it reach homeostasis, or balance. The CBD reacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are all over the body, humans and dogs. The interaction of CBD with these receptors, gives your dog pain relief as well as help in reducing the inflammation. This study was performed to test CBD on dogs with pain from arthritis. Eighty percent of the dogs showed improvement in their pain and mobility, as measured by two veterinary resources — the canine brief pain inventory and the Hudson activity scale.


From a story on the Science Daily web page:

Promising and exciting. Those are the words used by Dr. Stephanie McGrath to describe findings from a pilot study to assess the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, for dogs with epilepsy.

McGrath, a neurologist at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, led a small study with 16 pet dogs to assess the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency.

Based on her research, McGrath found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.

“It’s really exciting that perhaps we can start looking at CBD in the future as an alternative to existing anticonvulsive drugs,” Doctor McGrath stated.


“I wanted to try CBD products for two reasons. 1. I have a 15-year-old Border Collie with painful arthritis. 2. I suffer from chronic insomnia. I had read that CBD products helped both conditions. I bought the CBD dog treats and could see a difference within 3 days. Now my dog’s quality of life has greatly improved.”

As a note, the CBD helped her insomnia as well.


We can recommend CBD for your dog to help reduce inflammation and pain and help your dog have a better quality of life as they age.


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Recently the Federal judicial panel sent two federal opioid lawsuits back to federal courts in Oklahoma and California where they began. This was done to streamline the cases that are among the 2,700 cases now pending in federal court in Ohio.


The lawsuits are brought by local governments, Native American tribes, hospitals and unions.  The Defendants in the cases are various manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies. The Cherokee Nation is one of the plaintiffs in Oklahoma and they are looking forward to bringing closure to the case and healing for their tribe members. Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said, “We think this will be an important case for all Indian tribes.”

John Cote, spokesman for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated, “San Francisco is facing a drug addiction crisis on its streets. Our office is going to ensure that these defendants are held accountable for their roles in the opioids epidemic and take steps to address and abate the community crisis it has caused.”


The Cherokee Nation lawsuit names CVS, Walgreen’s, Walmart, and drug distributors. The San Francisco lawsuit names Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceuticals and more than three dozen other companies. Prior to the Oklahoma trial against Johnson & Johnson, Purdue and Teva were dropped from the lawsuit and agreed to a $355 million settlement with the state.


As we have stated previously on this blog, CBD can help with opioid dependency, aiding people in their fight to stop the addiction. In addition, CBD can help with pain reduction and, in many cases, allow people to stop taking opioids for pain abatement. We are not suggesting that everyone stop taking their pain medication, but only that there are alternative remedies to be explored with their doctor or health care provider. Whatever the case, CBD can be a viable alternative and an aid to stop opioid addiction.    


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Recently we were asked if CBD would be helpful for those with Multiple Sclerosis, (MS).

I found a study written by Thorsten Rudroff and Jacob Sosnoff. I will include the link to the study at the end of this post. They describe MS as, “ Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide. The symptoms of MS are highly varied but frequently include pain, muscle spasticity, fatigue, inflammation, and depression. These symptoms often lead to reduced physical activity, negatively impact functional mobility, and have a detrimental impact on patients’ quality of life.”

They also state that, “Although recent years have seen significant advances in disease modifying therapy, none of the current treatments halts or cures MS related symptoms. As a consequence, many people with MS (PwMS) look for alternative and complementary therapies such as cannabis.”


As we know, CBD can reduce inflammation and help with pain management. The study suggested that the use of CBD will reduce fatigue, pain, inflammation, depression, and spasticity (a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted. This contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and can interfere with normal movement, speech and gait. Spasticity is usually caused by damage to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement.) By reducing these symptoms for people with MS, CBD may help with their mobility. Of course, more research is needed.


In a web-based survey, which was hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, found that 66% of PwMS (people with MS) currently use cannabis for symptom treatment. Furthermore, a study from Canada found that approximately 50% of PwMS would consider the usage of cannabis if the legal status is clear and scientific evidence is available. CBD is, of course, a cannabis plant and can help with the symptoms of MS.


Opioids have some serious side effects including, physical dependence, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, tolerance, constipation, and respiratory depression. Physical dependence and addiction are clinical concerns that may prevent accurate prescribing and in turn insufficient pain management.

A recent epidemiological study by Piper et al. showed that among people that frequently used opioids, over three-quarters (77%) indicated that they reduced their use since they started cannabis. Approximately two-thirds of patients decreased their use of antianxiety (72%), migraine (67%), and sleep (65%) drugs following medical cannabis which significantly exceeded the reduction in antidepressants or alcohol use. Complete or part replacement of these drugs by specific cannabis products should definitely be the long-term goal.

The study suggests that people with MS are hesitant to use cannabis because of the social stigma associated with marijuana and the high that comes from THC. They suggest the use of CBD to eliminate these negative aspects of treatment.

CBD can be a safe and reliable way to manage the symptoms of MS.  

2018 study on CBD and MS.


This is another one of the uses of CBD that requires more study and research. The existing research is very promising for a variety of uses for CBD for skin care. In a recent article on the web page, ‘Everyday Health’, by Jessica Migala, she quoted Dr. Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health in Aurora, “The body has two CBD receptors(that we know of): CB1 and CB2. When applied to the skin, CBD interacts with these two receptors to turn down the inflammatory response. This happens by decreasing the interleukins, which are chemicals that are like the immune system’s fire alarm that calls the fire department in an emergency. CBD may decrease the loudness of that fire alarm.”

 Mona Gohara, MD, a dermatologist in Hamden, Connecticut, and associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University states, “I recommend generally using a medication to put out the fire, and then using CBD to clean up the carnage.” She likes using the CBD in inflammatory skin diseases as they are fizzling out.


Findings from an article published in 2014 in the Journal of clinical Investigation and a study published in September 2016 in Experimental Dermatology would indicate that CBD influences the production of Sebum and has an anti-inflammatory component. Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, MD, and a board-certified dermatologist echoes these same findings. She also points to recent preliminary research presented in June 2019, which found topical CBD may help kill a range of gram-positive bacteria. We have discussed the antibacterial properties of CBD in a previous post. This particular bacterium is one cause of acne.


 CBD contains two fatty acids, Omega 6 and Omega 3, that help stimulate the production of collagen. This prevents excessive water loss and helps keep your skin hydrated, thus making it look better. In addition, CBD is an anti-inflammatory that helps to keep your skin looking better. It can reduce the redness and wrinkling that can come with age. CBD helps keep your skin healthy and, in that way, helps it look its best.


With the existing research and studies, we can get a good idea of the efficacy of CBD and skin health. A healthy skin will look better and will have fewer wrinkles and inconsistencies of color, rendering a better look. There are many skin care products on the market that have CBD as a major ingredient. As always, we recommend you as the buyer to ensure the product has the advertised amount of CBD and that the other ingredients are beneficial for skin health.  


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Once you have decided to try CBD, you are faced with a decision as to where to buy the product. There are many outlets that sell CBD, including gas stations, individuals, online, or a health food store. The fact there are so many places to buy CBD, can make finding the right place rather difficult.


One idea is to stick to the places that specialize in CBD. In this way you can ensure you are getting the correct information about the product and how to use it. The places that specialize in CBD can direct you to the product that will best suit your specific situation and can advise you on what to expect from the product. They can answer questions such as, should you use a topical or a product that is systemic? Or, which would better suit your particular condition or ailment?


A friend of mine called me and asked if I had a topical product. I answered that I did but quizzed him about what he was trying to accomplish. After talking with him for a few minutes, I determined a tincture would be the better product for him. He explained he had already tried a tincture and that it had not worked for him. As we talked further, I discovered he had purchased a product that had little CBD in it. In fact, it was mostly hemp oil, which is good for the skin, but will not work the same as CBD oil. He had purchased the product from a door to door salesman who really didn’t know what he was selling. Such is the case often when CBD is purchased from places or individuals who really don’t know enough about the product to be helpful.


The previous story illustrates why it is so important to visit with the specialist who can help you find the right product and to insure you are getting what you are paying for. As we have stated before in this blog, always ask to see the Certificate of Analysis (COA) which will list all the elements in the product and will have the exact amount of CBD that the product contains. The specialists will always have COA’s for each product they offer. In addition, they will be knowledgeable about their products and can help you find the best one to suit you and all your needs. 


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We hear so many claims of what CBD can do that we often have to stop, take a breath and rely on actual research to determine the efficacy of CBD and the claims surrounding it.

As to whether or not it reduces cholesterol, there is no definitive evidence to indicate that it does. However, having said that, I do have to mention that CBD does aid in promoting a healthy heart.


According to an article on the web page Healthline, “CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties may be able to reduce risk factors that can lead to heart disease, like high blood pressure. It may also be able to reduce the risk of related conditions, like stroke. In a 2017 study, healthy human volunteers were subjected to stress and then given a dose of CBD. The CBD lowered their blood pressure, as compared to volunteers given a placebo. However, non-stressed individuals saw no such improvement.”

Heart disease increases the risk of stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. An ischemic stroke happens when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain.

A 2010 review found that CBD may help protect stroke patients from brain damage and even aid recovery by boosting brain function.

It is important to note that the findings of studies on stroke recovery were on animals and that we need more research on the effect of CBD on human stroke patients.

A 2016 study showed that CBD may reduce autoimmune myocarditis. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are important for a healthy heart. Myocarditis is inflammation in the heart which creates a condition where the heart can not pump properly. Since CBD in effective in reducing inflammation, it can help with myocarditis.

The study also found that CBD reduces oxidative stress, which is a condition related to inflammation.


CBD can help us keep a healthy heart; however, it is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced, healthy diet, exercise, a good night’s sleep, and a reduction of stress. CBD can help with some of these but is not a panacea.


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Recently we had a customer come into the store and ask about CBD and its effect on Lupus. Since CBD is effective in helping to reduce inflammation and aiding in pain reduction, we suggested the customer try it. Subsequently to that occasion, I have been researching the efficacy of CBD on Lupus symptoms. Here is what I have found so far.


From a web site entitled ‘Lupus Corner’, we have, “Studies on cannabis have found potential for using CBD oil as a way to reduce lupus symptoms. Many of these studies are conducted with small numbers of participants or rely on anecdotal reports. However, the research is beginning to paint a compelling picture regarding the efficacy of CBD.

A 2010 review published by the HHS government agency details the effects that cannabinoids have on the body. CBD goes directly to the immune cells and cause weak or damaged cells to die off. They also suppress T-cell responses, a major source of inflammation. This weakens the immune response, protecting cells from being attacked by the overactive immune systems of people with lupus. A 2015 report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that looks specifically at multiple sclerosis implies that CBD may also directly protect nerve cells from autoimmune damage.” Later in that article they stated, “There are many clinical trials in the works on how CBD oil might help with inflammation. For now, though, we have a plant extract with a high potential to help and a low potential for habit formation and side effects. As interest and funding increases for using CBD oil to treat autoimmune disease, this evidence will come.”


Janeen Qadri Board Member – Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York, has a degree in health sciences that she uses on a daily basis. She stated, “I thoroughly research it, speak to professionals in the field, and use CBD and cannabis myself. Cannabis education is one of my passions!” She continues, “Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural game-changer for anyone suffering from chronic inflammation, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, and even cancer. Lupus sufferers find cannabis and CBD to work a million times better than any other medication and there are no side effects that will hurt us.”


Well, actually, we don’t really have a conclusion on the efficacy of CBD on lupus. Without the actual research to give us a definitive answer, we are left to anecdotal evidence and some studies that can report on the ability of CBD to reduce inflammation and aid in pain reduction. We can extrapolate the evidence from those studies that CBD will have a positive effect on the symptoms of lupus. We can find a plethora of anecdotal evidence indicating that CBD has a positive effect on the symptoms of lupus, however, the best course to take if you have lupus is to talk with your doctor about taking CBD. If the two of you are comfortable with trying it, then give it a try and see how it works for you.  Since there are no serious side effects from using CBD, it will be worth trying.