Using CBD

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in hemp plants. CBD’s benefits are numerous, making it a popular supplement. Cannabidiol is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant. THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. This allows users to experience the balancing effects of CBD, without the psychoactive “high” of THC.

CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. Like an acrobat on a highwire, as the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.

The endocannabinoid system is found in all mammals and is made up of millions of cannabinoid receptor sites located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system (CB1 receptors) and immune system (CB2 receptors) that act in neural communication. The endocannabinoid system is one of the most important regulatory systems in the human body, but most people do very little to support the health of this system, because cannabinoids have not been part of the average diet. CBD and THC both interact with the body through the endocannabinoid system, a vital signaling system responsible for regulating a wide array of functions, some of which include:

  • Pain
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Immune response
  • Sleep
  • Cycles of cellular life and death

First and foremost, CBD will not cause you to experience a euphoric effect, or “high.” It is completely non-psychoactive. This means that unlike THC, supplementing with CBD oil will not adversely affect your sensory awareness, perception, consciousness, reaction time or behavior. There have been some reports of CBD oil effects like dry mouth, low blood pressure, and drowsiness. A research review investigating CBD and CBD oil side effects and safety found that it had no adverse physiological effect on the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Body temperature
  • Glucose levels
  • pH levels
  • Red blood cell volume
  • Vomiting action
  • Body temperature
  • Potassium and sodium levels
  • Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream
  • Time it takes for food to leave stomach and travel through the intestines

Studies have shown that cannabis has neuroprotective effects, and in turn supports the health of the brain and spinal cord and helps in the treatment of a variety of central nervous system disorders. The cannabinoids found in cannabis, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have shown they effectively protect neurons and astrocytes from damage, modulate inflammatory reaction and assist in neuroregeneration (Kubajewska & Constantinescu, 2010) (Croxford, et al., 2008).

Cannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system, which plays a significant regulatory role in health and disease (Di Marzo, Bifulco & De Petrocellis, 2004). The upregulation of the endocannabinoid system has shown to reduce the severity of symptoms like neuropathic pain and muscle spasms and slow the progression of central nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and others (Di Marzo, Bifulco & De Petrocellis, 2004).

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Cannabinoids slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the production of beta-amyloid proteins, considered the key contributor to the disease’s progression. They also protect brain cells from the deleterious effects of amyloid-beta, reduces inflammation, and supports the brain’s repair process by enhancing the birth of new cells (Currias, et al., 2016).

Antipsychotic effects: Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms.

Anti-tumor effects: In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer.

Anxiety & Depression: common mental health disorders that can have devastating impacts on health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache. What’s more, medications like benzodiazepines can be addictive and may lead to substance abuse.

In one study, 24 people with social anxiety disorder received either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo before a public speaking test. The group that received the CBD had significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, compared to the placebo group. CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. CBD has also shown antidepressant-like effects in several animal studies. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.

Cancer Relief: may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain. One study looked at the effects of CBD and THC in 177 people with cancer-related pain who did not experience relief from pain medication. Those treated with an extract containing both compounds experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received only THC extract.

CBD may also help reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, which are among the most common chemotherapy-related side effects for those with cancer. Though there are drugs that help with these distressing symptoms, they are sometimes ineffective, leading some people to seek alternatives. A study of 16 people undergoing chemotherapy found that a one-to-one combination of CBD and THC administered via mouth spray reduced chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting better than standard treatment alone.

Some test-tube and animal studies have even shown that CBD may have anticancer properties. For example, one test-tube study found that concentrated CBD induced cell death in human breast cancer cells. Another study showed that CBD inhibited the spread of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice. However, these are test-tube and animal studies, so they can only suggest what might work in people. More studies in humans are needed before conclusions can be made.

Diabetes prevention: In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation.

Dystonia: Cannabinoids reduces the involuntary muscle contractions, indicating they could be beneficial for symptoms associated with dystonia (Baker, et al., 2000).

Epilepsy: Cannabinoids have been shown to effectively and significantly decrease the frequency of seizures (Wallace, Martin & DeLorenzo, 2002).

Fibromyalgia: Studies have found that cannabis is effective at improving sleep disruption, pain, depression, joint stiffness, anxiety, physical function and quality of life in individuals with fibromyalgia (de Souza Nascimento, et al., 2013).

Hypertension: Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is linked to higher risks of a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and metabolic syndrome.

Studies indicate that CBD may be a natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure. One recent study treated 10 healthy men with one dose of 600 mg of CBD oil and found it reduced resting blood pressure, compared to a placebo. The same study also gave the men stress tests that normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than normal in response to these tests.

Lupus: Cannabis reduces inflammation, thus potentially offering therapeutic benefit to those with lupus, and can reduce pain associated with the disorder (Clayton, Marshall, Bountra & O’Shaughnessy, 2002).

Migraines: Through activation of the cannabinoid receptors, cannabis inhibits the pain response caused by migraines (Akerman, Holland, Lasalandra & Goardsby, 2013) (Greco, et al., 2014).

Multiple Sclerosis: Cannabis reduces pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and helps slow the disease’s progression (Baker, et al., 2000). One animal study found that cannabinoids reduced damage to myelin caused from inflammation, thereby providing neuroprotection (Pryce, et al., 2003).

Pain Relief: Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters. CBD, especially in combination with THC, may be effective in reducing pain associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Parkinson’s Disease: Cannabis’ neuroprotective effects and ability to encourage cell health reduces the progression of Parkinson’s disease (Zeissler, et al., 2016). It has also shown to help manage the tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, motor disability and impairments, sleep problems and pain associated with the disorder (Lotan, Treves, Roditi & Djaldetti, 2014).

Substance abuse treatment: CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior.

Tourette Syndrome: Cannabis safely reduces the frequency of tics caused by Tourette syndrome (Muller-Vahl, 2013).

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Starting CBD Supplements

Although CBD is generally considered safe, it can cause adverse reactions like diarrhea and fatigue in some people. It may also interfere with certain medications. Consult with your physician or pharmacist prior to supplementing CBD. When starting any new supplement routine, it is suggested you start low and go slow. Once you determine the CBD levels you’d like to achieve each day, start below that number and work your way up, increasing your serving size every few days. When you hit your predetermined daily serving size, you can decide if you’d like to continue increasing or stay where you are. This will help you dial in the daily CBD serving that works best for you. There is no one ideal CBD dosage, and with time, you will learn how your body reacts to a CBD supplement.

It can take a couple of minutes to a couple of hours after use for the effects of CBD to fully appear, depending on serving size and method of application, among other factors that affect the rate of absorption by the body. This can make taking CBD oil and answering, “How much CBD should I take” a difficult task without a blanket answer. CBD, like all cannabinoids, can also build up in the body and cause an increase in cannabinoid receptors, making the endocannabinoid system more active and more sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids. This is one more reason to make sure you are supplementing your system with CBD daily.

CBD is safe and non-toxic for humans, even at high amounts. The research review suggests that controlled CBD administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and in animals. According to the research team, “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.” This level of daily CBD intake is far greater than what is present in the suggested servings for our products. CBD also doesn’t affect regions of the brain that control critical functions like breathing or heartbeat, so there is no danger of CBD overdose, even with very large servings.

Microdosing CBD is a consumption technique that involves taking small servings of CBD supplements throughout the day. Rather than consuming a full day’s serving of CBD at one time, that serving is broken into smaller sizes and taken several times. Let’s say that you have been taking a single serving of 25 mg of CBD one time in the morning with breakfast. With microdosing, you might break up that one 25 mg of CBD into five separate 5 mg CBD servings that you take when you wake, during lunch, in the afternoon, with dinner, and before you go to bed.

The technique of microdosing can be applied to nearly all types of CBD supplements. Many consumers have found that CBD tinctures and oils work well for microdosing because they make it easier to measure out exact serving sizes. Because it’s convenient, portable, and discreet, vaping CBD is also commonly used for microdosing. This small serving CBD consumption strategy has grown in popularity in recent years, as many consumers have found greater natural benefits by maintaining stable CBD levels in their systems. The optimal dose of CBD for microdosing is different for everyone. Everyone responds differently to CBD oil supplements, and how CBD affects you is influenced by liver metabolism, body fat percentage, genetics, personal tolerance levels, and more.

When figuring out the right serving size of CBD for you, the key is to start low and go slow. It is recommended that you begin with a small serving size, monitor how you feel, and increase your intake gradually as needed. Discovering your personal ideal CBD microdose may take a bit of self-experimentation. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you figure out your optimal microdosing dose:

  1. Begin by taking 1 milligram of CBD.
  2. Over the next hour, monitor how you feel. While hemp CBD oil is non-intoxicating, we’ve heard from some of our CBD oil users that they feel a sensation of “increased relaxation” or “soothing calmness.” Others have reported experiencing slight “awakening” or “energizing” effects.
  3. If after an hour you’ve felt no effect at all, you may want to increase your serving by 1 milligram. Again, monitor how you feel.
  4. Stick with the same microdosing routine for three to five days, monitoring your overall wellbeing during the day and your sleep habits at night. Some of our customers have said they don’t particularly feel any type of sensation immediately after taking their CBD oil supplements but notice that with regular use they experience an “overall sense of better energy every day” and “improved sleep patterns at night.”

Through this process, you’ll be able to determine the ideal CBD microdose for you. Generally, consumers have found that their ideal dose falls somewhere between 1 and 10 milligrams of CBD.

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Myrrh Resin Oil

Myrrh Resin Oil (Commiphora myrrha)

Myrrh is a sap-like substance (resin) that comes out of cuts in the bark of trees that are members of the Commiphora species. Myrrh is familiar to many as one of the traditional resinous gifts mentioned in the Bible. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional healing therapies and in religious ceremonies. Its amber scent creates a warm, calming environment. Myrrh is often used during meditation to create a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere.

Myrrh is commonly used for indigestion, ulcers, colds, cough, asthma, lung congestion, arthritis pain, cancer, leprosy, spasms, and syphilis. It is also used as a stimulant and to increase menstrual flow. Applied directly to the mouth for soreness and swelling, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loose teeth, canker sores, bad breath, and chapped lips. It is also used topically for hemorrhoids, bedsores, wounds, abrasions, and boils.

Blending: Frankincense, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandal Wood, Tea Tree, and Thyme essential oil blend well with this oil.

Benefits of Using Myrrh

Anti-Cancer & Antioxidant Benefits: researchers found that myrrh was able to reduce the proliferation or replication of human cancer cells. They found that myrrh inhibited growth in eight different types of cancer cells, specifically gynecological cancers. Although further research is needed to determine exactly how to use myrrh for cancer treatment, this initial research is promising. As a strong antioxidant it helps prevent cellular oxidation which thus helps to prevent cancer and tumor formation. Studies have shown that its benefits are improved when combined with Frankincense.

Anti-Catarrhal Properties: This property of myrrh essential oil relieves you of excess mucus and phlegm and troubles associated with mucus deposition like congestion, breathing trouble, heaviness in chest, and cough.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Myrrh essential oil sedates inflammation in various tissues in case of fever or viral infections. It also treats indigestion resulting from consumption of spicy food and protects the circulatory system from toxins.

Astringent Properties: Myrrh essential oil is an astringent, which means that it strengthens the gums and muscles, intestines, and other internal organs, and smoothens the skin. It also strengthens the grip of hair roots, thereby preventing hair loss. One more serious aspect of this astringent property is that it stops hemorrhaging in wounds. When this astringency makes the blood vessels contract and checks the flow of blood, it can stop you from losing too much blood when wounded.

Improves Digestion: This essential oil helps relieve you of those gases which often result in embarrassing situations in public. Myrrh oil is beneficial for the all-around health of your stomach.

Improve Thyroid Function: If you suffer from hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland), you may be looking for natural ways to boost the function of your thyroid, which helps manage metabolism, and when not working properly can cause fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, dry skin, and hair loss. Myrrh essential oil is ideal to help supplement your thyroid medication to get your thyroid hormone levels back up to normal.

Increases Perspiration: Myrrh essential oil increases perspiration and removes toxins, extra salt, and excess water from your body. Sweating also cleans the skin pores and helps harmful gases like nitrogen escape.

Inhibits Microbial Growth & Prevents Infection: Myrrh essential oil does not allow microbes to grow or infect your system. It can be used to prevent many problems occurring due to microbial infections such as fever, food poisoning, cough and cold, mumps, measles, pox, and infection of wounds. Myrrh essential oil acts as a fungicide as well. It can be used both internally and externally to fight fungal infections. It has no adverse side effects, unlike other antibiotics, such as weakening of liver or digestive malfunction.

Protects Overall Health: As a tonic, myrrh oil tones up all the systems and organs in the body, giving them strength and protection from premature aging and infection. Helps protects wounds from infections and heals them quickly. Myrrh oil strengthens and activates the immune system and keeps the body protected from infections.

Relieves Spasms: It provides relief from unwanted contractions or spasms and therefore eases cramps, aches, and muscle pain.

Skin Health: Myrrh can help maintain healthy skin by soothing chapped or cracked patches. It is commonly added to skin care products to help with moisturizing and for fragrance. Ancient Egyptians used it to prevent aging and maintain healthy skin. A research study in 2010 discovered that topical application of myrrh oil helped elevate white blood cells around skin wounds, leading to faster healing.

Stimulates Blood Circulation: This powerful essential oil stimulates blood circulation and ensures a proper supply of oxygen to the tissues. This is good for attaining a proper metabolic rate as well as for boosting the immune system. Increasing the blood flow to all the parts of the body helps in staying healthy.

Stimulates the Nervous System: Myrrh essential oil stimulates thoughts, blood circulation, digestion, nervous activity, and excretion. It stimulates the pumping action of the heart, secretion of digestive juices and bile into the stomach, and keeps you alert and active by stimulating the brain and the nervous system.

Treat Diseases of the Mouth and Gums: Because it has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, myrrh essential oil is great for soothing sores of the mouth and for treating gingivitis (gum inflammation). Myrrh also relieves toothaches and freshens the breath. You can add a drop or two of myrrh essential oil to your mouthwash or toothpaste for its freshening and healing benefits.

Other Benefits: This oil is highly valued in aromatherapy as a sedative, antidepressant, and as a promoter of spiritual feelings. It takes care of uterine health and stimulates that organ, helps fade away scars and spots, pyorrhea, diarrhea, and skin diseases such as eczema, ringworm, and itches. It is also an emmenagogue which means that it normalizes menstruation and relieves associated symptoms like mood swings and hormonal imbalances.

Side Effects of Using Myrrh

Myrrh seems safe for most people when used in small amounts. It can cause some side effects such as skin rash if applied directly to the skin, and diarrhea if taken by mouth. Large doses may be UNSAFE. Amounts greater than 2-4 grams can cause kidney irritation and heart rate changes.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking myrrh by mouth during pregnancy is UNSAFE and should be avoided. Myrrh can stimulate the uterus and might cause a miscarriage. There isn’t enough information to rate the safety of using myrrh on the skin during pregnancy, so until more is known, it’s best to avoid this use. Breast-feeding mothers should also avoid using myrrh. Not enough is known about the safety of using myrrh when breast-feeding.

Diabetes: Myrrh might lower blood sugar. There is a concern that if it is used along with medications that lower blood sugar, blood sugar might drop too low. If you use myrrh as well as medications for diabetes, monitor your blood sugar carefully.

Fever: Myrrh might make a fever worse. Use with caution.

Heart problems: Large amounts of myrrh can affect heart rate. If you have a heart condition, get your healthcare provider’s advice before starting myrrh.

Surgery: Since myrrh might affect blood glucose levels, there is a concern that it might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using myrrh at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Systemic inflammation: If you have systemic inflammation, use myrrh with caution, since it might make this condition worse.

Uterine bleeding: Myrrh seems to be able to stimulate uterine bleeding, which is why some women use it to start their menstrual periods. If you have a uterine bleeding condition, use myrrh with caution, since it might make this condition worse.

Prescription Medication Interactions

Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with MYRRH: Myrrh might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking myrrh along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.<br><nb>Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with MYRRH: Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Taking myrrh might decrease how well warfarin (Coumadin) works to slow blood clotting. This could increase the chance of blood clotting.

 Recipes

Thyroid Support Oil

Ingredients:

3 drops myrrh EO

3 drops clove EO

3 drops lemongrass EO

2 drops frankincense EO

2 drops peppermint EO

fractionated coconut oil

Directions:

Combine the five essential oils listed above in a 10 ml glass bottle with a rollerball top.

Top with fractionated (liquid) coconut oil.

Apply to the neck in the area of the thyroid gland and on the appropriate reflexology points on the soles of the feet to boost thyroid function with hypothyroidism (low thyroid).

 

Poison Ivy Relief Balm

Ingredients:

12 drops lavender essential oil

6 drops myrrh essential oil

30 ml carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, almond, etc.)

Directions:

Combine the two essential oils in a glass bottle.

Add the carrier oil.

Apply to poison ivy rash to sooth itching and irritation.

 

Oil Blend for Minimizing Scars and Stretch Marks

Ingredients:

5 drops myrrh EO

10 drops helichrysum EO

4 drops patchouli EO

6 drops lavender EO

8 drops lemongrass EO

Directions:

Add 1 ounce of your favorite carrier oil to a small dropper bottle.

Add each of the essential oils listed above one at a time.

Roll the bottle between your hands after adding each oil to incorporate it fully.

Apply oil to scars or stretch marks to minimize their feel and appearance.

 

Nail Strengthener

Ingredients:

15 drops myrrh essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

2 vitamin E capsules

1 oz. (approximately) carrier oil (e.g., fractionated coconut, almond, jojoba, avocado, etc.)

Directions:

Add the myrrh and lavender essential oils to a small dropper bottle.

Open the vitamin E capsules and empty them into the bottle.

Top the mixture with the carrier oil.

Place the lid on the bottle, and shake to combine the ingredients.

Apply to nails regularly with a cotton swab or small brush to make them stronger and healthier looking.

 

Royal Egyptian Perfume

Ingredients:

7 drops myrrh EO

9 drops patchouli EO

7 drops cedarwood EO

9 drops amber EO

9 drops rose EO

5 drops vanilla EO

7 drops frankincense EO

1 cup (approximately) almond oil

Directions:

Add the essential oils to an 8-ounce glass bottle.

Top with almond oil to fill.

Roll the bottle gently to blend the ingredients.

Set the bottle aside for 3-4 weeks in a dark place for the aroma intensity to increase.

Apply to pulse points for an exotic scent.

 

References:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-570/myrrh

https://draxe.com/myrrh-oil/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-myrrh-essential-oil.html

https://essentialoilsanctuary.com/8-myrrh-essential-oil-benefits-uses-plus-9-recipes-application-tips/