Giving Your Pet a ‘Higher’ Quality of Life – How CBD Oil Can Aid with Animals’ Medical Conditions

Giving Your Pet a ‘Higher’ Quality of Life – How CBD Oil Can Aid with Animals’ Medical Conditions

If you own a pet, chances are these furry friends play an integral part in your life. It’s no wonder then that many pet owners consider their fur babies part of their families. We care deeply for our pets, and strive to keep them on top of their physical (did someone say, “walk?”) and mental health. If your pet is suffering from daily anxiety, don’t be surprised or worried to hear your veterinarian recommend a medical cannabis product such as CBD oil. Pet parents should take note that this is a safe and natural alternative, proven to help treat or lessen your pet’s troublesome symptoms and associated behaviors.

Integrating CBD into your pet’s diet is as simple as slipping a couple of drops of oil into Kevin’s food bowl.

Animals have feelings.

Are you often puzzled by your pet exhibiting extreme stress related to things such as thunderstorms or fireworks, car rides, meeting new people or pets, or being left alone for a couple of hours? Just like people, pets often become accustomed to routines and their environment. A disruption of their owner’s work schedules, such as a longer time away from home, or vacations, may cause depression and anxiety. Animals are also believed to go through complex emotions such as grieving when faced with the loss of their owner or fellow household pet. Certain feelings will pass with time, and they will move on. However, it is more likely we will seek to relieve anxiety in our pets if this represents a constant daily battle for both owner and pet.

This is where CBD oil comes in – a natural, low-risk substance extracted from the cannabis plant that is just as safe for your pet as it is for you. The oil is often administered orally to dogs, meaning it can be added to meals based on a veterinarian’s recommendation. CBD, or ‘cannabidiol’ is a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis plant. This is not to be confused with THC, the compound derived from the same plant which causes the ‘high’ feeling sought after by recreational cannabis users. CBD is non-psychoactive and rather produces a ‘body high’, meaning it offers all the benefits without altering mind function. People using CBD products report feelings of calm and relaxation, often leading to an improved overall mood and sleep quality. Translated into dog terms, your pet may begin to show less nervous behaviors such as whimpering, pacing, panting, aggression, and separation anxiety. Pets with more severe medical conditions such as chronic pain, seizures, and inflammation, may also be treated with products containing CBD.

The ability of the CBD compound to naturally soothe and calm anxiety doesn’t mean its use is free of caution. Cats and dogs have cannabinoid receptors in the brain just as humans do, but in different amounts. Dogs specifically are very sensitive to THC, so make sure you aren’t ‘self-medicating’ your pet with the wrong cannabis product. Research is currently being conducted to help standardize CBD oil dosages, as there are currently no definitive guidelines. A holistic veterinarian will be able to determine which product and how much is necessary for the physiology (breed, size, age) of your pet.

Many pet parents are beginning to treat their pet’s anxiety or medical conditions with the natural power of CBD oil. As a result, CBD dog (and other pet) treats are starting to flood into the marketplace. Paws up for CBD oil!

CBD Oil: A Dose a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

CBD Oil: A Dose a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

We’ve all heard of it, we’ve talked about it, maybe we’ve even tried it. But do we truly understand it?

With so many advocates touting CBD’s ability to treat a diverse range of ailments, it’s natural to be curious about this all-natural, supposedly miracle drug that has torpedoed its way into the 21st century. However, even with its growing popularity, so many of us are still sitting on the outskirts of this bandwagon wondering, “CBD what?”

So, let’s break it down and answer some of your most pressing CBD questions.

What is CBD?

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of the 104 chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. CBD, however, does not produce any sort of high or intoxication. The fact that CBD is non-psychoactive has made it an increasingly appealing option for people looking for relief from a variety of physical and mental health conditions without the mind-altering effects that can often result from marijuana or pharmaceutical drugs.

What is THC?

Its impossible to talk about CBD without mentioning its more popular cannabinoid cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike CBD, THC’s psychoactive properties have made it the cooler kid on the block for those searching for that feeling of ‘high’ or intoxication that is associated with marijuana.

Interestingly enough, CBD and THC actually share the exact same chemical composition. It’s the arrangement of ONE single atom that differentiates these two from one another (see image below). This slight rearrangement makes a world of difference in how the cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid systems to produce effects on our minds and bodies.

What is CBD be used for?

CBD has been praised for its ability to treat a wide variety of health issues. A few of its most common uses include:

1. Anxiety and Stress: One of the most common uses of CBD has been to address anxiety and insomnia. Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD eases the mind and body into a state of balance by interacting with several of the body’s receptors that are known to regulate fear and anxiety.

2. Pain and Inflammation: CBD has also become a popular alternative for people searching for relief from chronic pain, especially when applied topically with a lotion or cream.

3. Exercise: CBD is quickly becoming a vital part of many workout routines. From professional athletes to amateur joggers to occasional yogis, this compound has been found to aid in relaxation, muscle development, muscle recovery, and increased energy levels.

With the tremendous amount of research currently going into the fields of marijuana, CBD, and THC, many doctors have started turning towards prescribing these products to their patients – and the results have been pretty positive!

While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when CBD flooded into mainstream society, it’s clear to see what all the hype is about. So with CBD popping up all over the place, the question arises: Is this truly the dawning of a miracle elixir? Could CBD be the cure-all to the never-ending stream of ailments and diseases we’ve been fighting for centuries?

The History of Cannabis: Shady Past, Bright Future?

The History of Cannabis: Shady Past, Bright Future?

Cannabis is finally beginning to receive the recognition it deserves in modern society. With its recent legalization in Canada, we’ve come so far in recognizing cannabis for all of its positive potential in health and wellness. This leap towards changing the culture of cannabis, however, is occurring after decades of devising strict laws and overseeing unmerited prohibition to criminalize a plant whose benefits and uses are seemingly endless. Historically, why was the focus to ban cannabis worldwide? Where did we take the turn, and has cannabis been serving a false imprisonment all this time?

The term “Cannabis” is a catch-all phrase for a family of plants including many different plant species. This includes Cannabis sativa sativa and Cannabis sativa indica, the two commonly used strains for both recreational and medicinal purposes. It is these strains, and their compounds called cannabinoids (i.e. THC, CBD) that are making headlines in today’s news. Wild hemp, Cannabis sativa ruderalis contains low amount of cannabinoids, and is often crossed with other strains to obtain hearty, weather-resistant plants that can be used for construction of materials for clothes, ropes, and paper to name a few.

Looking back in history, one can say that the Cannabis sativa family used to have a far better reputation and was a highly respected plant due to its many uses. Building materials, medicine, and recreation… What could go wrong?

Cannabis has been used worldwide for millennia as an agricultural crop, pest repellant, building material, fuel, and medicine. The first historical findings of cultivation date back to China at about 5000 BC, although some point to cannabis being grown by humans as early as 10, 000 BC. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung provides the first record of cannabis being successfully used as medicine to relieve pain and arthritis about 4, 500 years ago. Given its high potential and the countless scientific studies done on cannabis since Emperor Shen Nung first applied it to an achy muscle, how and why did develop such a bad reputation?

The last 150 years were a quick downward spiral for cannabis. Like a fallen star, cannabis had all its shine and glimmer taken away thanks to propaganda instilling fear in North American citizens, and big businesses conspiring with governments to kick cannabis out of the industrial playing field. It began when the first Hispanic immigrants crossing the US border with cannabis around 1910. This population, often of lower class and involved in criminal offenses. As such, the use of cannabis became affiliated with poverty, crime, and there was no going back. At the same time, big manufacturing companies jumped on the opportunity to push cannabis out of paper production, which was the norm at the time, to instead use wood and oil. This has partially been the cause for declining natural habitats such as forests, and pollution of water resources. Hemp requires less chemical processing (in turn less water), and is lighter and more durable than wood. Globally, a lot has changed for cannabis, although many of

its industrial and environmental benefits are not common knowledge compared to its recreational and medicinal uses.

North America, specifically the United States, is where the fight against cannabis began. It is in a way ironic that today, the US and Canadian governments are adopting total legalization (Canada) and partial legalization (Alaska, California, Maine, and Colorado). In most US States, cannabis is legal for medicinal uses. Gone are the days when its main association was with criminal activities. Today, cannabis is being researched for its incredible medicinal uses, such as anti-inflammatory benefits, reducing anxiety/depression, nausea and vomiting, and severity of muscle spasms/seizures. Retailers are booming with endless products that allow safe consumption of cannabis products in forms such as oils, topical treatments (creams, ointments), nasal spray, edibles, and vaporizer liquids to name a few.

As a result of better information and more available access, cannabis has secured its place in public discussion and is shedding much of its taboo. It is evident that the public and governments worldwide accept the medicinal properties of cannabis and no longer insist on classifying it as a drug. The benefits are too impressive to ignore, and once again it seems that cannabis is regaining its place on the pedestal.

The Missing Link: CBD and The Art of Meditation

The Missing Link: CBD and The Art of Meditation

Meditation is a powerful practice.

I’m sure we’ve all heard of the many benefits that meditation can have on our bodies and minds. I’m also pretty sure that many of you have tried downloading a meditation app or two in an attempt to achieve some inner balance. Just one attempt at meditation can prove how tremendously difficult it is for us to tune out the outside world and barricade our constantly flowing stream of thoughts from entering our consciousness.

Are you trying to incorporate meditation into your daily life, but seem to be hitting a road block when it comes to slowing down both mentally and physically?

Our modern fast-paced lives with their endless to-do-lists, e-mails, text messages, and notifications leave many of us too over-stimulated to reap the rewards of this amazing practice. This is why many yoga ad meditation doers are beginning to consider adding CBD their practice. CBD allows our bodies and minds to slow down enough to be able to tap into the limitless benefits associated with meditation.

Cannabis and meditation have been linked for thousands of years for both religious and ceremonial practices. Despite its place in ancient tradition, meditation has only recently become wide-spread in North America, in part thanks to the popularity of yoga as well as scientific research revealing its countless benefits for mental health. Through focus and breath, one can begin to witness and understand the behavior of the mind. This fully personal, non-judgmental experience helps us drop into ourselves and appreciate the magic and uniqueness of our bodies and minds and their amazing connection. Using CBD products for meditation is a safe and effective stepping stone towards reaping these amazing benefits. CBD can help to deepen a meditation session or yoga practice by relaxing muscles, easing anxiety, slowing the heart rate, and allowing the practitioner to drop into each movement more easily.

CBD, or ‘cannabidiol’ is a natural compound of the cannabis plant which is non-psychoactive. CBD use creates what is known as a ‘body high’ without the mind-altering effects of marijuana. This has led to its research and application for use in medicine and recreation. When consumed, CBD follows the same neuro-chemical pathway (involving a specific serotonin receptor) that is experienced while meditating. Both CBD and meditation act to balance serotonin levels which results in an elevated state of calmness, relaxation, improved mood and lowered blood pressure.

Take your time and be patient.

Meditation is a ‘practice’ and therefore it is an ongoing process. Don’t expect to achieve ‘spiritual enlightenment’ after your first attempt. Rather, expect a dose of CBD before meditation to help prepare and ‘loosen’ the body and mind to more easily maintain a relaxed state. This can strengthen your meditation practice by improving focus and even building up confidence to plunge into deeper mental states. In time, CBD can help make regular meditation something you look forward to. Eventually, you will begin to appreciate the physical and mental benefits this practice will provide, and these will become incorporated into your life even when you are not meditating.

At first, you must work to adapt to the stillness and calmness that comes with meditation, and the more you make it part of your life, the more it will begin to adapt to you