• According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases around 5 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia. About 85% of these people are women, although men can develop it as well. Fibromyalgia is idiopathic, meaning it’s unknown what causes it. Common symptoms include morning stiffness, painful menstrual periods, tingling in the hands or feet, headaches, insomnia, and memory issues (sometimes called “fibro fog”). A study from 2011 explains how cannabinoids can be used to potentially treat some of these symptoms. It states that they work synergistically with...

  • Pain is something we can all relate to. We have all probably experienced pain at some point in our life. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, almost 24 million Americans experience “a lot of pain”, while approximately 126 million adults (55.7% of the population) reported some type of pain in the 3 months prior to the survey. Those are pretty staggering numbers. In a study from 2015, Cannabidiol (CBD) was tested to see if it showed synergistic effects (a greater effect when combined with another agent, then...

  • Inflammation is a signal to the body - like a 911 call.  The body sends immune cells to signal what is wrong and what to do.  This stimulates cytokines - irritating substances in the body that can cause redness, swelling, heat and pain.  The healing process is what is supposed to happen - but if this signaling in the body is chronic - it can become a continual inflammatory cycle that never turns off.  This can lead to debilitating pain, inflammatory diseases, skin problems, and even death. Now the goal...

  •   Cannabinoids, like the non-psychotropic CBD (Cannabidiol - cannot get the user “high”) have been researched for decades for their wide ranging applications for health and wellness.  From immune system disorders, to neurodegenerative disorders, to cancer - cannabinoids like CBD have been shown to have effects on a human’s Endocannabinoid System. How can CBD work for so many different ailments?  You will see the wide range of applications from a simple Google search - or a search of the National Institutes of Health Website.  Anxiety, Skin Issues, Inflammation, Pain Management...

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  • One of the best advocates for the power of CBD (Cannabidiol), a non-psychotropic cannabinoid that can be found in cannabis/hemp, are players in the National Football Leage (NFL).  The athletes who participate in this sport are well aware of the need for non-addictive, natural plant-based medicines that do not have the drastic and negative side-effects that often come with opiates.  From The Cannabist: “Cannabis has been proven to be effective for managing pain, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has held a patent since 2003 that suggests...

  • Non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD (Cannabidiol) are getting some press in the National Football League (NFL).   The dangers of opioid addition and the abuse of these types of synthesized prescription drugs are allowing non-psychoactive cannabinoids from hemp/cannabis to get a seat at the table (or, maybe better said, a place on the bench).   From Forbes: CBD has so little of a psychoactive effect that federal law does not qualify it as marijuana. CBD oil has been used to treat many diseases; from acne, to diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia,...

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  • In “Fibromyalgia News Today”, author Robin Dix mentions anecdotal evidence from others that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD may help people with pain: “I have a few fibro friends who swear by CBD oil. It does not contain THC. That’s what causes a euphoric high. My understanding is that it helps not only with pain, but also with sleep. It can be smoked or taken in a hemp capsule. I have not tried it, but definitely would be open to it.” Human’s Endocannabinoid System, which regulates many immune system functions and...

  • If you love football, you know how the fun of the game is accompanied by a sometimes dangerous risk of injuries and long-term side effects.  Millions of Americans gather around for a football game - more and more of us are learning about how this rough sport can take a toll on the human body and brain. Jake Plummer, a former Bronco, has become an outspoken proponent of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD - which are legal in all 50 States when sourced from hemp.  He has spoken to his own...

  •   The Endocannabinoid System (or ECS for short) is responsible for modulating our body’s immune system, inflammation, pain, and things that affect our daily life, like sleep, appetite, and mood. The discovery of this system showed that most mammals have a vast network of receptors that are responsive to cannabinoids - these receptors are in the brain, central nervous system, and immune system. Receptors on our cells act like tiny locks on the surface of the cells (not all cells have all receptors and there are thousands of receptors on...