Is CBD safe for kids??

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Is CBD safe for kids?? This is a huge topic especially for those parents with sick children and are at their wits end on what to try. Have a little read from the article I found on puregreen living and decide for yourself

Is It Safe?

CBD oil has been gaining lots of attention when it comes to helping children with autism, sensory processing disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, epilepsy and more, and there are many studies, as well as scientific evidence showing that CBD oil can be of benefit for various kinds of health issues affecting children.

Many sites document successful experiments in treating children using CBD Oil. Although more research still needs to be done, findings so far indicate that CBD is safe for children.

Children are actually exposed to external sources of cannabinoids quite frequently, even as early as birth through their mother’s breast milk which is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, and which assists with infant development. So cannabinoids are not new to the body system of a child, and it has had a huge role to play in child development.

CBD oil is known to assist the body in creating more of its own cannabinoids which in turn aid the body in operating properly. We should note that CBD is a form of Cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. It’s different from another Cannabinoid known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the ingredient that gives that high or stoned feeling when ingested.

Since there are no psychoactive properties in a true CBD hemp oil, children are not at risk of getting that “high” feeling associated with cannabis products heavy in the cannabinoid cousin THC. So you don’t have to worry about your children experiencing that high feeling, should you use CBD oil on them.

Existing CBD Use On Children

CBD oil has been used for children with health issues. In countries like the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, the United Kingdom and Ireland, success stories involving administering CBD oil for kids abound.

One of them is the famous story of Charlotte Figi who was given CBD oil to help calm her seizures. Charlotte was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a condition which causes seizures and paralysis in the body.  She was experiencing more than 300 epileptic seizures every week and she could neither move, talk nor eat on her own. When doctors ran out of solutions, her mother purchased CBD Oil at a local marijuana dispensary, and this totally changed their lives.

Charlotte’s seizures fell to fewer than one episode per week, and she stayed virtually seizure free throughout the entire first week of treatment. Due to the success in calming her seizures, the cannabis strain was named in her honor and it’s often used to treat chronic pain, anxieties, seizures, and stress among both children and adults.

Another is the story of Katelyn Lambert in Australia, whose grandfather was so thrilled by the effectiveness of CBD oil in lowering his granddaughter’s seizures that he donated $34 million (Aus) to medical cannabis research.

Then there’s the story of Ava Barry in Ireland, who like Charlotte was also diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. She had already been sent home by doctors, who had told her parents that there was nothing else they could do.  But her parents wouldn’t give up, and after researching on the internet, they started giving Ava CBD oil, which reduced her seizures by over 80%. Apart from the notable reduction in seizures, Ava’s parents also saw a noticeable improvement in her overall well being and cognitive ability.  “she was standing up straighter” her mother says. “She was making more eye contact and the next thing, in a family joke, Ava was giggling just like the other kids. She had never laughed like that before.

Final Thoughts

As of now, since research has not proven otherwise, there is absolutely no harm in administering CBD oil to children who really need it. It has been said to be completely safe as it doesn’t cause stunted growth either physically or mentally.

Studies have shown that CBD is a safe alternative for children who need medication. This was made official by the World Health Organization in December 2017 after conducting extensive research. The WHO stated that it found no adverse risks in using CBD, and proclaimed it as of “relatively low toxicity” and having “a good safety profile”.

For parents of sick children with seizures and other related disorders who seem to have run out of solutions and medications, CBD Oil drop is worth a try.

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Your Past does Not Define You

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Your PAST doesn’t define you.
What you do NOW defines you!

If you study the habits and traits of highly successful people, and the average or unsuccessful it is impossible not to see clear differences in their habits and thinking…
One of the biggest differences lie in THINKING and LIVING in the PAST, or planning into the FUTURE.

The majority, and by that i mean the average and underachieving among us, think PRIMARILY in the past.

“this is what happened to me, and if this didn’t happen to me i would be where i want to be today”
“i should have done this in the past, and now it’s too late”
“this person wronged me in the past, and that’s why I’m not where i want to be”

 

Living in the moment is not always easy. Sometimes our thoughts are overwhelmed by regrets about past events or anxiety about the future, which can make it hard to enjoy the present. If you are having a hard time living in the moment, there are some simple strategies that may help. There are little things that you can do throughout your day, such as creating a mindfulness cue, learning to meditate, and performing random acts of kindness

The successful one however thinks ONLY in THE NOW and into the FUTURE
THEY SET GOALS INTO THE FUTURE. Clear targets to push them forward… To light their fire within and give them PASSION for living.
THEY VISUALIZE THE RESULTS coming to reality into the future…

They see the FUTURE reward, not the initial struggle to bring it to life.
NOT ‘what i have to go through to get there’ but ‘How will i feel when i get there’!
And the only way to get to the future, to the big reward, is to have powerful action in the NOW. In this powerful present moment.

All successful people know that each positive and productive present moment leads to a positive and successful FUTURE moment.

Use your past as fuel to take you wherever you need to go!
If you ever look back, make sure it is only to DRIVE YOU FORWARD!

Don’t blame others for YOUR situation. Rely on YOURSELF to create a new situation.

Your FUTURE starts TODAY not tomorrow. Plan now, live now!

Don’t let your PAST define YOUR FUTURE!
Don’t you dare let PAST failures get in the way of your FUTURE success!

 

It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. The only thing that matters is what you are going to do RIGHT NOW! What are you going to do right now?!

 

A great article about living in the moment  –

http://paidtoexist.com/how-to-live-fully-in-the-present/

 

Why is it so Confusing Buying CBD?

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Shopping for CBD Oil can be quite a confusing experience. Brands use overly vague language on their sites, like “CBD helps with homeostasis” or “daily wellness”. You’ll find it extremely hard to find what benefits hemp extracts actually offer. They won’t tell you how much CBD to take (or what’s even recommended). Most sites don’t even use the term CBD on their pages because they could get in trouble. Rather, you’ll find substitute terms, such as Hemp ExtractHemp Oil, or even Phytocannabinoid Oil being used.

WHY BRANDS CAN’T PROMOTE

What is interesting is that even though the government holds  a patent ( the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to approve CBD as a drug. The FDA’s inflexibility and the overall social stigma around cannabis continues to inhibit the research around CBD oil. That’s why when you visit any brand that sells CBD products, you’ll notice a disclaimer stating:

“These statements are not health claims, the FDA has not evaluated these claims. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

 

One of the more confusing aspects of shopping for CBD oil is when you have to choose from the different types of CBD products and their dosage. There’s a range of different types of hemp extract products available on the market: tinctures, capsules, concentrates, sprays, and even topicals.

On top of that, CBD companies offer their hemp oils in varying doses. For example, you’ll find bottles labeled as 100mg, 300mg, all the way to 1000+mg. It’s easy to assume the more milligrams, the stronger the CBD oil. Yet, how do you know what is the appropriate amount for your condition?

Sadly, CBD brands cannot make recommendations on what concentration customers should take. This is caused by liability issues since CBD has not been approved by the FDA as a drug. That’s why you’ll find common advice such as “We recommend you do your own research before deciding which concentration to buy”.

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you believe in the benefits of hemp extract, these barriers shouldn’t stop your from trying out CBD products. Although it might be confusing at first, we encourage you to do your own research to learn more about hemp extracts.

Only time will tell if the US government will loosen its restriction around cannabis. Only then will more research and definitive science behind phytocannabinoids come about. Unfortunately, we can’t be sure that day will come anytime soon since big pharmaceutical companies continue to lobby hard against the legalization of cannabis.

In the meantime, our best advice is for you to do your own research before deciding which brand, which type of product, and which concentration to buy

Truly amazing People have One thing in common

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I love watching inspirational people that are successful in their chosen field, whatever that may be.  Some of my Fave people to listen to and read about are the likes of Jim Rhon, Tom Bilyea, Joe Rogan, Joe Dispenza, Bruce Lipton…Oh the list can go on and on…Oh and of course Tony Robbins….plus I’ve missed like a gazillion..

 

But what I’m talking about is the one thing that really successful people do and that is – They all get up early and create their day.  I don’t mean they write a list of all the things that needs to be done and off they pop.  I mean they all have their own rituals to make sure they are in a state of mind that will set them up for the rest of the day.

Gratitude

Meditation

Exercise

Visualization

Incantations

They make the time to really focus on their inner emotional well being first thing in the morning in their own unique ways.

I have been practicing my own morning routine for the last few years and tweaked it here and there.  I absolutely love my time in the morning, it is my most fave time to create and really be myself and tune into the frequency that I want to emit for the day.

I practice energy healing so my morning routine would be different to those who are wanting to achieve other goals. But I really like Tony Robbins morning routine so I incorporate what he does after my self healing and yoga routine.  This helps my physical body for when I am with clients working on massage etc.  My morning routine helps to remind me of all I have and all I am grateful for.  When you are in a blessed state and you focus your energy on all the things that you are truly grateful for then more of those things will come your way in the most unexpected of ways.

So develop your own morning routine, Turn off your phone and get up an hour earlier and focus all your intention on what you want to create in your life and how you want to feel.

Happy Days.xx

 

 

Can Massage Really help with my Mental health??

Massage Therapy

Massage has a huge number of benefits to ALL the systems of the body. By massaging and relaxing the muscles there is a domino effect to all the other systems of the body. We also bring about a relaxation that brings the body into homeostasis, a place of balance where the body can repair and renew.

Researchers at Taiwan’s E-Da Hospital and College of Medicine reviewed 17 scientific studies involving 786 people. The findings showed massage had many positive benefits for people experiencing depression and led to a reduction in symptoms. At Japan’s Kyushu University, a team of experts found facial massage soothed participants’ physiological distress. They concluded that massage activated participants’ sympathetic nervous system, reducing their anxiety and improving their mood.

The Muscular System

The muscles are the most obvious part of the body to benefit from massage.

Through over use and also through stress (due to the fight and flight response) the muscles can stay in a contracted state, causing imbalance in the body. Tight muscles will pull posture out of alignment and can constrict blood flow.

Massaging Muscles will:

1)         Increase flexibility by stretching and relaxing the muscle and encouraging it to return back to its’ normal relaxed length.

2)    Remove waste products. When muscles work, they burn oxygen and glucose and produce lactic acid. This can build up in the muscles and add to muscle soreness. Think of it as sticky honey getting in between the muscle fibres.

 

3)         Reduce the formation of adhesions. Through overuse and wear and tear, microscopic tears occur in the muscle fibres. These if not treated will be replaced by inelastic, scar tissue which is very inflexible. We can work into muscles to reduce their formation.

 

4)        Improve muscle tone.  Healthy muscles are in a constant state of contraction and relaxation, invisible and we are unable to feel it. In someone who is inactive, bed ridden or paralyzed, they will have poor or no muscle tone. Massage can improve the tone of the muscles of the inactive.

5)         Reduce cramps. We can increase the flexibility and tone of the muscle and reduce waste products within the muscle, which may reduce cramps. We can also massage the muscle with care during a cramp to reduce the duration of it.

 

The Skeletal System

 

1)         Improves posture.  Once the muscles are relaxed and lengthened, posture will improve. Poor posture will impact on the other systems of the body. For example rounded shoulders and tight pectorals and a slumped posture will prevent the lungs from expanding fully.

 

2)         Improves mobility.  In some one with a poor range of movement within their joints, massage and passive movements can ease the joint and improve the range of movement. This is due to a warming up of the synovial fluid within the joint making it more fluid and less viscous. Movement causes a release of fresh synovial fluid into the joint, where the joint may have been quite dry, causing friction and pain.

 

3)         Release of red blood cells from the bone marrow.  An indirect result of massage is to cause a release of red blood cells from bone marrow, which can only enhance health and energy as they carry life giving oxygen.

 

4)        Increases circulation of blood to the bones.

 

The Cardio-vascular System

 

1)         Massage encourages blood flow to the extremities, organs and superficial blood vessels. We have enough capillaries in our body if lined up end to end to go around the world not once but twice!! Yet we only have 5-6 litres of blood. Whenever possible therefore, we apply firm effleurage to push blood into superficial capillaries. This is often noticeable on the skin where particularly on white skin a redness may be seen.

 

2)         Improves the venous return.  Blood has to work against gravity to return from the extremities back to the heart. Whenever possible, particularly on the limbs, we massage towards the heart to assist the return of venous blood. (blood carried in the veins).

 

3)         Lowers blood pressure.  By massaging we can have two positive effects on blood pressure. Firstly we help the client relax and their heart rate (number of times the heart beats in a minute), decreases. As blood pressure is measured by gauging the pressure exerted on the artery wall, each time blood passes through the artery, fewer beats per minute will automatically reduce blood pressure.

 

Secondly, tight muscles create a resistance to blood flow, (known as peripheral resistance), which leads to an increase in blood pressure. I liken this to a garden hose where the tap is switched on, but someone puts their foot on the watering end. Eventually, such pressure will build up at the tap end, that the hose may fly off the tap. Tight muscles are very difficult for blood to flow through and pressure builds up back at the heart. Relaxed muscles will therefore reduce blood pressure.

 

The Respiratory System

1)         Encourages deep breathing.  When people are stressed they breathe rapidly and shallowly, not inspiring enough life giving oxygen and not breathing out enough carbon dioxide, which can make the blood acidic. Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which slows and deepens breathing. Improved posture will also make breathing deeper.

2)         Stimulates the intercostal muscles.  The intercostal muscles attached to the ribs when contracted, pull on the ribs, which expand the lungs to cause inspiration. We can improve the condition and tone of these muscles.

3)         Improves gaseous exchange.  In the lungs and at cellular level throughout the body, there is an exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide. This will be stimulated by massage.

The Lymphatic System

1)         Massage assists with the drainage of lymph from the cells to the lymph nodes. It improves the circulation of lymph and the removal of toxins from the cells.

 

2)         Boosts immunity.  Massage stimulates the production of lymphocytes (antibodies) which give us immunity. Also by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, immunity is stimulated.

 

3)         Reduces oedema (swelling).  A pooling of lymph due for example to injury or inactivity, can be reduced by careful effleurage towards the lymph nodes.

The Nervous System

1)         Stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.  This has the effect of slowing down the systems of the body, (except digestion) and encouraging the body to repair and renew. It also switches on immunity.

 

2)         Creates in-nervation.  By squeezing into muscles we may impede the nerve message to the muscle for a fraction of a second. If the message is saying “be tight”, we may break this message and cause the muscle to relax.

 

3)         Improves transmission of nerve impulses.  The overall stimulating effect of massage will stimulate the neurons, (nerve cells), improving the efficiency of the transmission of messages.

 

4)        Pain control.  We have different nerve receptors to take different messages back to the brain. Some of these messages travel quicker than others. Pleasurable messages travel quicker than painful ones. We can therefore mask pain by giving a pleasurable massage. This phenomenon is known as the pain gate control theory. Heat works in a similar way. If people are unwell and in pain they may not sleep well. By reducing their pain for a while, we may improve the quality of their sleep, which will have a positive impact on their health.

 

5)         Psychologically:

– Massage gives us a feeling of well being. Research has shown that babies who are not given loving touch may wither and even die.

– It allows us to switch off, unwind and be at peace for a while.

– Stilling the body and calming the mind allows us to get in touch with our spiritual side.

 

The Endocrine System

 

1)         By balancing the body, and bringing it back to a state of homeostasis, the release of hormones may become more balanced.

 

2)         Relaxation and massage counteracts the negative effects of adrenaline, the hormone released to cause the fight and flight response.

 

3)         Production of endorphins. The body’s natural opiates, to give us a high feeling.

 

4)        Production of oxytocin, which is associated with breast feeding mothers, but is actually released by everyone and gives us a nurturing and loving feeling. It will be released by the massage therapist as well as the recipient of the massage.

The Reproductive System

1)        Balances the release of reproductive hormones.

2)         Relaxes people and has a role in enhancing love making, fertility etc.

The Urinary System

1)             Improves elimination of urine.

The Digestive System

1)  Due to the stress response, our digestion systems can be upset or switched off. Massage will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system to switch digestion back on.

2)         The mechanical action of massage conducted in a clockwise direction will stimulate and assist the process of digestion and peristalsis. (The muscular squeezing of food along the intestines, by the intestinal walls.)

3)         Massage speeds up the elimination of waste products from the body, reducing their toxicity and alleviating constipation.

The Skin

1)         Massage increases the blood supply, which carries nutrients to the skin and may be seen as a redness (erythema).

2)         Massage can have an exfoliating effect and removes dead skin cells.

3)         The skin will be fed with the nutrients in the oils.  The oil goes directly into the blood stream and feeds all the organs of the body.

4)        Improves the condition of the skin.

5)         Can reduce cellulite with diet and exercise.

6)        Improves the elasticity of the skin, particularly scarred skin.

Overall, massage gives the client a better body awareness, the first key to taking greater responsibility for their health and well being.

Where can I get CBD Oil?

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Where can I get CBD oil?

CBD is becoming readily available in health stores. Earlier this year, CBD oil launched at Holland & Barrett, starting at £19.99

However, Professor McGuire says it’s easy to get confused about what exactly it is that you’re buying. “The products sold in health stores often contain very small amounts of CBD, and may also be mixed with other compounds derived from cannabis.

“There is little evidence that these products have beneficial effects. In contrast, the CBD that has been found to be effective in clinical trials is pure CBD, and has a much higher dose.”

What percentage of CBD should I look for?

This will depend on what you’re looking to get from the oil.

The CBD oils sold in Holland & Barrett and other health stores contain up to 5% CBD. This can be beneficial when used as a health supplement.

Other oils available online contain up to 20% CBD – the most famous being ‘Charlotte’s Web’. Many claims have been made that products like these can alleviate mild to moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.

Here are 4 standards to look for when purchasing CBD medical hemp oil.

1. Extraction Methods

To obtain CBD-rich oil, you need to extract it from the cannabis plant. There are a handful of methods used, but typically this isn’t something customers know to ask about.

Not surprisingly, many companies use cheap methods that involve nasty toxic solvents such as propane, hexane, pentane, and butane, which are flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum. Do you really want to consume this, especially if you are ill?

“Cannabis oil made with neurotoxic solvents like butane and hexane may leave unsafe residues that compromise immune function and impede healing,” explainsConstance Finley, founder and CEO of Constance Therapeutics.

Beware of companies who try to convince you that using a hydrocarbon method stays the most true to the plant. Butane is illegal for a reason.

“Butane extraction is cheap and efficient but is toxic to make and use,” adds cannabis and medicinal plant expert Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham. “Inhalation of butane residue can cause cardiac and respiratory problems.”

Some industry insiders argue that organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol, which is a grain alcohol, is optimal and eliminates certain toxins and residues in the raw plant material itself. But others say that while this extraction method yields a high amount of cannabinoids and is GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) for human consumption, it destroys the plant’s waxes, leading to a less potent oil.

Conversely, to preserve most of the plant’s trichromes – these are the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids – look for Supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 extraction. This method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. While this method is more expensive and involves complex equipment and expertise, it ensures quality.

“The CBD oil obtained through supercritical extraction is a full-spectrum cannabinoid-rich product,” says Elizabeth Moriarty, Clinical Herbalist and Formulator at Luminary Medicine Company. “This method also produces a cleaner taste, and meanwhile, mycotoxins cannot survive this process.”

It’s also eco-friendly and non-flammable, creating a safer laboratory and manufacturing environment, as well as better product control, says Gabriel Ettenson, licensed physical therapist and general manager of Elixinol, an organic Hemp CBD Oil company.

Finally, olive oil or coconut oil can also be used to extract cannabis oil. According to Dr. Arno Hazekamp, director of phytochemical research at Bedrocan BV, which supplies medical cannabis for the Dutch Health Ministry, this method is both safe and inexpensive. “You won’t blow yourself up making cannabis-infused olive oil.”

With that said, cannabis-infused olive oil — whether CBD-rich or THC-dominant — is perishable and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

2. Sourcing

The quality of CBD oil is really based on its source; where was it grown, how was it grown, and what is the species of cannabis (e.g., sativa, ruderalis, or indica).

“The soil, climate, plants growing on the farm next door, the flowers in the farmer’s garden, etc. are all reflected in the final essence of the plant,” says Finley.

The main reason why hemp’s cultivation environment is so important is because the cannabis plant is a “hyperaccumulator,” meaning it easily absorbs contaminants from the soil while it grows. In fact, it’s used in bioremediation, a cost-effective plant-based approach to clean the environment of toxic heavy metals and organic pollutants.

“This is sadly why industrial hemp grown in non-food grade conditions is falsely being sold as CBD medicine over the internet,” says Finley.

So if the soil is polluted with heavy metals, then that plant will likely contain high levels of lead or mercury. According to Frias, there have been instances where children have almost died taking hemp extracts that were high in lead.

Essentially, “those companies have given the rest of the CBD industry a black eye because they were more interested in profiting off the sick instead of creating a quality product and testing it.”

Look for brands who source their cannabinoids from organic-certified, hemp-grown farms in pristine regions of Europe. “The German regulatory system is strict and enforced, providing confidence in the superiority of their harvest, processes, and extraction quality,” adds Moriarity. wordswag_1530913339399-1010449129.png

Meanwhile, independent testing by accredited laboratories with globally accepted analytical methods ensures the organic extract is intact from pesticides, heavy metals, or microbiological contaminants. And reputable CBD companies have lab results from independent labs available on their websites, this can also be used as an indicator for consumers about what companies are providing high-quality CBD.

When it comes to the “best” genotype, it really depends upon what one is hoping to treat or effect.

3. Bioavailability

Unfortunately, there have been instances where products claiming to have CBD in them tested at zero percent in a lab attempting to verify the results. In fact, in 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested products and fined companies that did not include any CBD despite reports. This also gives the industry a proverbial black eye.

So let’s say you are dealing with a product that contains CBD, the amount that actually enters the body and central nervous system is still a gray territory. In food products, cannabinoids are subject to degradation and reduced bioavailability, depending on overall formulation/delivery.

“The industry is pushing for more research here, as these studies on cannabis are relatively very new,” explains Joe Santucci of  Solstice, a commercial cannabis production company. “CBD can be an amazing, but a very expensive solution for those that need it, so maximizing bioavailability is going to be essential to lower the cost for people.

“In terms of ingestion, the general consensus is that sublingual (under the tongue) and/or rectal delivery provide the highest levels of bioavailability,” says Ettenson. Some believe that vaping also produces high bioavailability as well. “Topical and ingestion (through soft gels for example) have lower levels of absorption,” says Gabriel.

If you are vaporizing CBD-dominant strains of cannabis, bioavailability is through the alveoli, tiny sacs in the lungs, clarifies Kilham. If you are taking CBD strain capsules, he suggests eating some fat or oil, like a handful of nuts or some full-fat yogurt, to improve absorption and bioavailability. Cannabinoids are fat-loving molecules. They are taken up readily into the small intestine with a bit of dietary fat.

“The need for enhanced bioavailability of the CBD phytonutrient is paramount”, adds Moriarity, “but tricky to accomplish without synthetic chemicals.” Most CBD products do not offer any bioavailability optimization, so 90 percent of the CBD is lost to first-pass effect, a phenomenon of drug metabolism whereby the concentration of a drug is greatly reduced before it reaches systemic circulation.

Meanwhile, the products that do engage in optimization efforts “are generally using a synthetic chemical soup of solvents, surfactants, and emulsifiers — none of which must be disclosed on the label since they are characterized as ‘processing aids,’” says Moriarty, who co-formulated our Superior cannabinoid oil, the market’s leading solution.

The formulation, however, offers optimized delivery via mucosal membrane permeability in tandem with precision production/formulation methods. Her company, HERBOLOGIE, reduces the particle size of the cannabinoids and immerses them in a matrix of exclusively natural ingredients that work synergistically to enhance absorption through oral membranes. When cannabinoids are transported through membranes and directly into the bloodstream, the phytonutrients are delivered more quickly, and crucially, avoiding first-pass degradation in the liver.

“We know the manufacturing process can also influence bioavailability,” says Ettison. “For example, reducing the size of the CBD compound through the use of liposomes improves absorption and bioavailability.”

“When purchasing a CBD product, keep in mind that a transparent company’s CBD milligram (mg) strength is reflective of the actual active CBD in that particular product,” states Farias. “If a bottle says 250 mg of CBD, then that product should contain 250 mg of actual active CBD. However, a lot of companies currently in the market will list the mg dosage of their CBD hemp oil without publishing the strength of their actual active CBD.”

Ideally, look for CBD products that proportionately offer 4 or more parts CBD to 1 part THC, for maximum relief and minimal or no storage issues.

4. Greenwashing Tactics

Upon investigation there are companies that engage in the use of “window dressing.” For example, one popular brand brags that they use the superfood moringa. This of course lures people in. But keep in mind that for added antioxidant benefit, you would need to ingest 7.5 g (7,500 mg) within the context of a meal or beverage. The entire 30 ml bottle of said brand contains 33.3 mg; so at the recommended dose of 1 ml daily, the daily dose of moringa would only be 1.11 mg.

“The truth is that the gray zone of medicinal cannabis invites lots of shady characters into the burgeoning industry,” says Finley. “A lack of critical thinking, quality business practices, transparency about products and plants, all have been part of the black market.”

“When the conditions are “primed” in these four areas,  you set a high standard of quality for the whole plant efficacy, and CBD can provide outstanding health benefits for longevity and wellness in high grade medicinals used for health repair,” says Cherie Arnold, Founder and CEO of MediQI Energetics.

Look for products that are sold legally, with full transparency.

My Anxiety Tool Box

Rewiring the Brain

Tools to overcome anxiety

 

First you must understand the very basic of how the mind works.  The Conscious and Sub Conscious Mind. 

Conscious Mind

This is the mind that teaches you a new skill.  Let’s say for example Driving a Car.  First you learn to look in the mirrors, how to work the clutch, the gears, the signals and you learn the rules of the road.  You have so much to think about, so you are fully engaged with the conscious mind.  Once you have been driving a while you soon don’t have to think about driving, you may find you drive to work and don’t even know how you got there.  So how is your mind able to think about other things, such as what your having for tea or where your going out after work whilst your driving?? Your subconscious mind has taken over and has driven you to work.  The subconscious mind is in control 95% of your day.  So what other programme ‘s have been set into the subconscious mind?? 

Anxiety? When you think a thought and pop an emotion behind it, it gets stored into your subconscious mind.  Lets repeatedly think anxious thought and hey presto…You now have an anxiety disorder?  This then leads to avoiding certain situations as that feeling is just too overwhelming to even want to put yourself in that position. 

The brain is naturally there to protect you, but when you become anxious over everything, the brain goes into fight or flight.  It is simply doing its job. 

Okay so that’s all well and good, but how the heck do we reprogramme it.  Well the same way you programmed it for anxiety.  Repeat, Repeat, Repeat the positive emotion until it is stored into your subconscious brain.  How do we do this?? I have a few techniques that I use myself and find that these work.  This takes time and practice and lots of patience and a lot of kindness towards yourself.  You will have bad days…but just as long as you keep on practicing the techniques then these bad days will be less and less, and you can begin to enjoy your life again.

 

Techniques

First and most importantly is BREATHING – So Navy Seals practice a lot of mindful training in order to remain calm in the most dangerous of situations.  We are not Navy Seals and are  not faced with war but in our mind we might as well be.  Practice this technique DAILY – and when your anxiety goes up then you will have this in your TOOL BOX to pull out and help you remain calm

Tool Kit 1

Box BREATHING

Box breathing is a technique used to calm yourself down with a simple 4 second rotation of breathing in, holding your breath, breathing out, holding your breath, and repeating.

Also known as Navy SEAL breathing technique, or tactical breathing, it’s a surprisingly simple and effective way to help regain calm and control of your thoughts when under stress.

https://quietkit.com/box-breathing/  – This is a site that will help you with this technique

Tool Box 2 – 54321 (Mel Robbins)

Technique 2 – Anxiety and Excitement are very similar, they just have different thoughts but produce the same feelings.  So this next technique is going to teach you to quickly interrupt anxiety in its tracks and pop in a new emotion. 

As soon as you feel anxiety, you say to yourself or out loud CHANGE 5,4,3,2,1 and really amplify that good emotion.  This interrupts the neural pathways in the brain and installs a new better emotion

Tool Box 3 – Self Talk

Self-Talk – So Vital.  Being aware of what you say to yourself daily is so important.  Start of by keeping a thought journal so you are aware of the thoughts that are on repeat.  We then need new self-talk.  Pick an affirmation and repeat this with a strong loving emotion behind it. 

Mine is – I am strong, I am calm.  I also have a few people that I imagine whilst I say these, and this helps me to feel like if they can do it then so can I. 

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Books I found very useful – Dr Joe Dispenza – Breaking the habit of being yourself.    Mindfulness books – mindfulness-guide-for-the-frazzled.

Mindfulness Meditation is so important, so the nervous system can relax, and we can have a few moments out of living in our head.  There is a lot on YouTube to listen to or there is a Headspace app which is very good.

CBD Oil is amazing for helping the mind to relax and helping you sleep.

Essential oils are also very good for anxiety – Lavender or geranium etc

Diet is extremely important.  Caffeine, Sugar and Gluten can all cause us to have anxiety.  Make sure you are not deficient in certain vitamins and minerals as well.  Magnesium deficiency or anaemia can cause the same symptoms as anxiety.

 

**Note – I am not a medical doctor or counsellor.   I am a holistic therapist and a person who has suffered many years with anxiety and I know what works for me and a lot of my clients. 

 

 

Groundbreaking Medical Study Reveals Cannabis Treats ADHD Better Than Ritalin

CBD Safe for Kids?

A groundbreaking new medical study may have determined that cannabis treats ADHD symptoms better than conventional medicines, like Ritalin and Adderall.
A small sample of 30 patients with ADHD took part in a study to demonstrate the ways in which cannabis treatments can affect their symptoms. These patients said they were having limited success with Ritalin and Adderall. After their cannabis treatment, all 30 patients reported a significant improvement in their concentration levels and their quality of sleep, and 22 of the 30 patients have stopped using ritalin/adderall since

 

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ADHD cannot be prevented or cured but spotting it early and having a good treatment can significantly diminish the symptoms.

“Cannabis appears to treat ADD and ADHD by increasing the availability of dopamine,” said cannabinoidologist, Dr. David Bearman. “This then has the same effect but is a different mechanism of action than stimulants like Ritalin and dexedrine amphetamine, which act by binding to the dopamine and interfering with the metabolic breakdown of dopamine.”

If the key to higher concentration levels and better sleep is more dopamine then cannabis use can be combined with many other natural dopamine heightening activities to further decrease ADHD symptoms.

 

 

Research Studies into Reflexology

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Impact of Reflexology on the Workplace Danish Study 1 A reflexologist was hired by a Scandinavian airline’s cargo department to improve staff morale and reduce sick leave for its 60 employees, resulting in monthly savings of US$3,300. This is what their employees said:

“Our work is done through computers and people spending many hours in a chair doing their work, resulting in aching shoulders and back. Since we employed our reflexologist we have experienced a substantial decrease of people being ill and away from work. It has had a physical and psychological effect. There is a much better atmosphere in the department, because the employees feel there is something being done about their problems. Before staff used to stay at home, now we see them go to work anyway because they know they can get a treatment and feel better.” (Research has been published and undertaken by the FDZ – the Danish Reflexology Association)

Danish Study 2 The Odense Postal District employed a reflexologist for 3 years to deal with employee stress. Two hundred and thirty five employees participated resulting in a 25% fall in sick leave, saving £110,000 and 170 employees reported a good impact on their health. (Research has been published and undertaken by the FDZ – the Danish Reflexology Association)

Danish Study 3 A reflexologist was employed for 6 months. 52 employees (all women) were treated for various ailments. Sick leave fell by 65.9% 97.5% had a positive effect on their primary problem 77.5% had a positive effect on their secondary problem They had a 27.5% reduction in medication. (Research has been published and undertaken by the FDZ – the Danish Reflexology Association)

Headaches and Migraines
The National Board of Health Study, Denmark This widescale study was commissioned in Denmark since there were 729,000 lost workdays in 1994 from migraines. The results showed that 19% of headache sufferers stopped taking medication following reflexology work. They found that reflexology treatments had a beneficial effect on patients suffering from migraine and tension headaches.

The study was conducted at the Department of Social Pharmacy, The Royal Danish School of Pharmacy in co-operation with 5 reflexology associations. 220 patients participated. The majority had moderate to severe symptoms: 90% had taken prescribed medication for their headaches one month prior to the study (81% was acetvlsalicyclic acid and paracetamol taken twice a week, with 72% of stronger medication taken fortnightly); with 36% experiencing side effects from the medicines. 34% had taken medication for other non-headache ailments.

3 months after completing the reflexology treatments, the results were:

16% had been cured 65% had reduced symptoms 19% reported that they had been able to stop all medication taken before the study. Those participants who continued with reflexology sessions after the six-month period reported the greatest probability for cure. Those who had headaches for the shortest period prior to the study reported the greatest relief after the study. One thing the researchers noticed that may have affected the study was that once receiving reflexology, many of the participants seemed to make lifestyle changes that reflected how they looked at their headaches. Prior to receiving reflexology, patients looked at their headaches as something separate from themselves over which they had no control. After working with a reflexologist, they seemed to understand the mind-body connection to their headache and how it could be controlled through the integration of the mind and body. It appeared that the reflexology practitioner became a catalyst for initiating the learning process and inspiring personal development in the patient. (Brendstrup, Eva and Launs‾, Laila, “Headache and Reflexological Treatment,” The Council Concerning Alternative Treatment, The National Board of Health, Denmark, 1997)

 
Reflexology was found to be as effective in the treatment of headaches as medication (flunarizine), without its side-effects. It was concluded that the reflexology treatment may be classified as an alternative non-pharmacological therapeutic treatment that would be particularly appropriate to those patients that were unable to follow pharmacological treatment. (Lafuente A et al (1990). Effekt der Reflex zonenbehandlung am FuB bezuglich der prophylaktischen Behandlung mit Flunarizin bei an Cephalea-Kopfschmerzen leidenden Patieten.Erfahrungsheilkunde. 39, 713-715.)

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Chinese Study A Chinese study of 26 patients, 9 men and 17 women, from 19 to 43 years of age showed that after one session of foot reflexology, 13 of the participants considered themselves symptom free, and 1 reported symptoms relieved. After two sessions, 6 considered themselves to be cured and 1 reported to be symptom free. After three sessions, 2 participants said they were cured and 3 stated their symptoms were unchanged. The conclusion of this study was that reflexology is a safe, economic therapy.
Gynaecological Problems • Pre-menstrual syndrome • Various gynaecological disorders • Menopausal Symptoms • Amenorrhea • Male Impotence • Dymenstruation/(painful periods) • Hypermenorrhea/(excessive uterine bleeding)

Diabetes
Chinese Study 1 32 cases of type II diabetes mellitus were randomly divided into 2 groups. One group was treated with conventional Western Medicine hypoglycemic agent and reflexology, the other group with the same medicine only (WM).

After daily treatments over 30 days, fasting blood glucose levels, platelet aggregation, length and wet weight of the thrombus, senility symptom scores and serum lipid peroxide (LPO) were greatly reduced in the reflexology group (P,0.05-0.01), while no significant change was observed in the WM group.

The study suggested that reflexology was an effective treatment for type II diabetes mellitis. (Wang, X. M., “Type II diabetes mellitus with foot reflexotherapy,” Chuang Koh Chuang Hsi I Chief Ho Teas Chi, Beijing , Vol. 13, Sept. 1993, pp 536-538)

Chinese Study 2 22 cases with non-insulin dependent diabetes were split into 2 groups. The patients of both groups had taken hypoglycemic agents for a long time. Reflexology was provided daily for 30 days. Results: The indexes of the scores of senility, thrombocyte aggregation rates (TAR), the length and wet weights of thrombosis in vitro, and the serum oxidative lipids were measured to judge curative effect.

The results were so positive that the researchers recommend that further research using larger numbers of patients in controlled clinical trials into the effectiveness of reflexology in alleviating pain, nausea and anxiety in the management of these symptoms by the family at home is warranted. (Foot Massage: A nursing intervention to modify the distressing symptoms of pain and nausea in patients hospitalized with cancer,” Grealish, L. Lomasney, A., Whiteman, B., Cancer Nurse 2000, June;23(3):237-43 (On-line review: “Reflexology Used for Cancer Patients,” Internet Health Library, October 11, 2000)

Cancer (Quality of life) Results: 100% of the reflexology group benefited from an improvement in quality of life: appearance, appetite, breathing, communication (doctors), communication (family), communication (nurses), concentration, constipation, diarrhoea, fear of future, isolation, micturition, mobility, mood, nausea, pain, sleep and tiredness. An improvement in all components of the quality of life scale was reported in the reflexology group compared to 67. 5 in the placebo group. This study suggests that the provision of reflexology for palliative patients within the general setting could be beneficial. Not only did the patients in this study enjoy the intervention, they were also ‘relaxed,’ comforted’ and achieved relief from some of their symptoms. (Hodgson, H. “Does reflexology impact on cancer patients’ quality of life?,” Nursing Standard, 14, 31, p. 33-38)

Cancer (Anxiety and pain) Results: Foot reflexology alleviated anxiety and pain for 23 patients with breast and lung cancer. Researchers noted a significant decrease in anxiety for patients diagnosed with breast or lung cancer and a significant decrease in pain for patients with breast cancer. “This has important implications for nursing practice as both professionals and lay people can be taught reflexology. Reflexology is a simple technique for human touch which can be performed anywhere, requires no special equipment, is non-invasive and does not interfere with patients’ privacy.” (Stephenson, N. L., Weinrich, S. P. and Tavakoli, A. S., “The effects of foot reflexology on anxiety and pain in patients with breast and lung cancer,” OncolNursForum 2000, Jan.-Feb.;27(1):67-72)

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Reflexology – Does it REALLY work??

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Hell Yes….and not just because I am a reflexologist either but the only reason I became one was because it helped me with horrific Migraines every month.  Hormonal Migraines from my teens just debilitated me for a day or two each month and the pills doctors prescribed put me off taking medication again as the side effects out weighed the pain.

So I turned to Reflexology and the rest is as they say History.

What exactly is it??

There are reflex points in the feet, hands and ears link to the body’s organs, glands and  systems. When these reflex points are massaged, the body’s own self-healing begins. For example, massage of the big toe, which is linked through the energy channels to the head, can activate the body’s own healing processes to help alleviate or prevent headache. WOOHOO

foot reflexology map

 

The holistic definition of a ‘disease’ is an imbalance or a blockage in the body. So if a therapist finds sensitivity or tension in one spot of the feet or hands, it indicates an imbalance within the part of the body related to that area. Once we remove this blockage and allow the energy to flow freely, the symptoms may disappear and the body will return to a healthy and balanced state. I would not call it a medical treatment and it is not a cure in itself  – healing is something only the body can do. Rather, reflexology facilitates, helps and supports the body to heal itself. It should always be considered as a supplementary to formal medical advice and treatment for serious conditions.

 

Reflexology in the foot is the most popular treatment. I think this is because feet are normally more responsive than the palms of the hands and being larger, they make the reflex points easier to identify and the skin is more sensitive there because it’s usually covered by shoes.

BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY

While there are many people who believe in the potential benefits of reflexology, there are also controversial opinions about it. Some scientists say it doesn’t work at all, while others think the opposite. It’s still neither well-documented nor researched. However, there have been several recent studies which have reported benefits and you can find links to them at the end of this article.

 

Some of the potential benefits of reflexology are:

 

Stimulation of the nervous system:

Reflexology can stimulate over 7,000 different nervous endings within a single session. As we get older and our bodies age, our nerve endings become less sensitive and reflexology can improve their function and reaction. It also opens and clears out neural pathways around the body. These pathways are like muscles and keeping them toned and active improves the connections between nerve endings and the brain.

 

Internal organ stimulation:

When you press specific pressure points, the internal organs to which they are connected through the nerve endings and meridians/energy channels are stimulated.  This means they can work more effectively.

 

Immune system improving: 

By pressing on specific pressure points, specific glands such as the tonsils, thyroid, thymus, spleen and liver are stimulated. This helps improve and balance the immune and lymphatic systems.

 

Decreasing Blood Pressure:

Blood pressure can be reduced by massaging the main hypertension reflex points relating to the  kidney/adrenal gland, lungs, head, liver, solar plex(us)  and heart.

Kidneys can’t excrete EXCESS sodium and this can cause fluid retention (edema) and raised blood pressure. The adrenal gland is known as a fight-or-flight (stress) producer. So by massaging the adrenal reflex point, it can help bring down stress levels and lower the blood pressure.

The renin-angiotensin system is a hormone system which regulates blood pressure and fluid balance. When it is overactive, it can cause a vasoconstriction and retention which can lead to hypertension. Massaging the liver reflex leads to vasodilation (dilation of the blood vessels) and a lowering of blood pressure.

The solar plexus is often called the abdominal brain, or the second brain. It is closely related to the digestive system.  In massaging the reflex point for the solar plexus, the digestive system is stimulated and helped to work better.

Lungs are responsible for the renin-angiotensin system and oxygenation of the blood. A massage of the lungs reflex points helps to lower the blood pressure.

An overactive nervous system leads to an increase in the stress responses and elevated adrenalin. Using pressure on the head/brain reflex point can help to decrease stress levels.

Proper functioning of the heart valves is very important for it to do its work of pumping blood through the body.   To keep the cardiovascular system toned and balanced, it’s really important to stimulate the heart reflex point.

 

Stimulating Digestive System:

Our body gets all the enzymes, vitamins, minerals it needs through good food and the proper working of our digestive system. By pressing and stimulating reflex points related to bowel and the digestive system, including the teeth, jaw, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and  small and big intestines,  the overall system is helped to work properly and in its turn, keeps us healthy.

 

Boosted Energy Levels:

By stimulating the working of different organs and systems, reflexology can increase metabolism, blood circulation and detoxification. It can help bring the body back into balance and boost energy levels.

 

Increased Circulation:

Massaging of the reflex points opens blocked areas of the body, which can improve circulation so the blood, bringing nutrients and oxygen, can circulate more effectively. This means more oxygen reaches vital organs, optimizing their functioning and further increasing metabolism.

 

Relaxation and Better Sleep:

Reflexology can open neural pathways which can lead to a more relaxed body. Because reflexology reduces stress level, it induces a state of calmness throughout your body and mind. Because of this, reflexology is commonly used to cure insomnia. It can be a very troubling condition to suffer, but with reflexology, body and mind can relax and return to their normal rhythms.

 

Stress, Depression and Anxiety Reduction:

A hormone called serotonin is released by neurons in the brain and promotes the state of happiness. Low levels of the hormone may result in stress and depression. A simple massage of your toes may enhance the production of the hormone. Other glands like the adrenal, hypothalamic, pineal and pituitary can be stimulated at their reflex points in the feet and may bring relief to some conditions. Reflexology can also be very effective in alleviating anxiety.

 

Detoxification:

Toxins can accumulate within our body because of our rushed modern life style, combined with bad quality food and a stressful environment. Reflexology can help improve the urinary system and bladder function to more effectively eliminate toxins and other foreign substances and may help protect the body from various diseases and health conditions.

 

Pains and Aches Relieving and Reduction:

Reflexology is commonly used as a method of a pain reduction for migraines, headaches, neck pain or backaches by relieving the tension in muscles that often lead to these conditions. Headaches caused by stress can also be relieved through reflexology by helping reduce the psychological causes which often manifest themselves in physical symptoms.

 

Speed Healing:

The combination of increased nerve stimulation, improved circulation and a more balanced metabolism leads to faster cells re-growth, quicker wound healing and a much faster recovery.

 

Cancer Side Effects Cure:

There is no scientific confirmation that reflexology may directly cure cancer. However, it has been known to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It improves patients’ sleep, reduces digestive problems and vomiting and anxiety. It stimulates antioxidant productivity because it improves blood circulation and clears neural pathways. So it can help to destroy cancer cells and slow down the cancer spreading.

 

Pregnancy state, labour and postpartum easing:

Scientific studies have shown that reflexology can help balance the hormonal and emotional states during pregnancy and can help ease anxiety. Additionally it can help with other pregnancy conditions, such as general aches and pains, anaemia, haemorrhoids, sleeplessness, morning sickness, digestive problems and heartburn. Reflexology is also very popular to help shorten the period of labour and as a natural analgesic. However, it should only be used when the baby is ready to arrive and not before! And after the birth, reflexology can help the body recover faster and reduce postpartum depression.

 

Reduction of PMS and Menopause Symptoms:

Some Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as irritability, dysmenorrhoea, bloating, headaches, cramping, skin blemishes, breast tenderness, fluid retention, fatigue, insomnia and mood swings may be reduced by daily reflexology massage. It is also very useful for reducing menopausal symptoms like stress, depression, anxiety and hot flushes. 

In both cases, it focuses particularly on reflex points that influence the endocrine and reproductive systems. The glands and organs within these systems are responsible for hormone production and distribution. We concentrate on the pituitary, thyroid, hypothalamus, adrenal, ovaries and additionally on the kidneys and ureters areas.

This is to help eliminate toxins or excess fluids and to regulate and balance the hormone production and glandular functions of the body. As reflexology additionally calms the central nervous system, sleep disturbances can also be alleviated and emotional problems like anxiety, stress and depression can be reduced.

 

Good for your Feet:

Reflexology keeps your feet healthier. It stimulates the muscles, reduces inflammation, stiffness and pain in the ankles and heels, releases tension and eases tiredness. It helps to keep your feet free from problems such as achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and toenail fungus. It keeps your ankles and feet flexible and strong.

 

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