6 Meaningful Christmas Gifts for 2019

girl offering a wrapped gift

You know the drill. Your kiddo sees a toy. They want to have it. They need to have it. You secretly oblige in anticipation of Christmas. Morning comes. They tear through the wrapping paper so that shards of confetti fills the room. As paper flies everywhere, you see the smile on their faces. It’s exactly what they hoped for (insert excited shrieks)! And then weeks pass, maybe even just days, and that new toy they had to have is of no interest to them at all. Rather than storing unwanted toys in the closet this year, give the children on your list meaningful memories instead. Here are six connection-based gift ideas for ages two and up that we love for the holidays and all year long.

Big Life Journal (Ages 7+)

Big Life Journal for Kids helps children develop strong growth mindset skills through inspiring stories, colorful illustrations and engaging guided activities. Children discover how to believe in themselves and face challenges with confidence. They learn that mistakes are opportunities to grow and that they can achieve anything when they're persistent!

Big Life Journal

Why we love it: If you are a parent, grandparent, sibling, relative or friend, you can participate by being a child's  Journal Buddy. Spend quality time sharing, growing and connecting. Some of our inside favs include a gratitude scavenger hunt and the “Follow Your Heart” poem. And they have a special teen edition too!  

Silly Street Board Game (Age 4+)

Silly Street makes character builder games and toys that support cognitive learning and life skills. Silly Street Board Game helps to build qualities of confidence, creativity, empathy, adaptability, and grit.

Silly Street Board Game

Why we love it: This fun family game is pure silliness, just as the name implies. We love creating the board (yes, it’s a fun puzzle). Each card instructs you and your co-players to do fun, goofy tasks. This game gets the family thinking and moving. Be prepared for a good belly laugh!  

GoZen! (Age 5 to 15)

Feeling good is a skill! GoZen! uses animated videos to teach skills of resilience and well-being. Imaginative games, workbooks, cartoons, and quizzes help enrich this unique experience.  Why we love it: This innovative and interactive tool helps break down life’s big skills into bite-sized pieces for kids. It talks about sometimes complex things like feelings, stress and more in ways children understand! The animated characters help children learn to better understand what is going on inside of them using all of their senses and can be used with or without an adult.

Barefoot Books Mind and Body Set (Ages 4+)

This gift set includes two empowering practices that can be shared with children and adults alike. Yoga Pretzels includes 50 yoga activities and Mindful Kids includes 50 mindfulness practices that encourage kindness, focus and calming skills. These fun, powerful tools help build strength from the inside out to support all-around wellness.

Barefoot Books: Yoga Pretzels and Mindful KIds

Why we love it: Yoga pretzels is a great way to get moving (and laughing) with your favorite kiddo. The partner poses and movements are a fun way to build connection as well as inner strength and confidence.  We love Mindful Kids for its whimsical illustrations and easy to follow practices for cultivating focus, love, and stillness --- helpful for silencing the mind before bedtime. Some of our inside favorites are Sharp Eyes, Mountain Rising and Open Ears.  

Kids Cook Real Food (Age 2 - 13+)

This family-friendly cooking opportunity is a multimedia online course designed to help adults (yes you mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, etc) teach children how to cook. The courses are set up for a span of ages, from tots to teens, by offering beginner, intermediate and advanced level meals.

mom teaching her daughter to cook

Why we love it: This is such an amazing opportunity to spend time with your child and co-create meals from the heart. The recipes use real food from scratch, without the processed stuff. The Recipe Book is packed with recipes the whole family can enjoy. Food allergy? No problem. The course provides many substitutions for special diets. The focus of the course is less about the recipes and more about spending time together to learn, create and connect.

Generation Mindful’s Time-In-Toolkit and SnuggleBuddies

Ok, since connection is our jam, we would be a bit remiss if we didn't mention two favorites from our own community -- the Time-In-Toolkit and SnuggleBuddies. The Time-In-ToolKit is a step-by-step guide for nurturing social and emotional skills in children through mindfulness, child-led play, and positive discipline. This ToolKit includes PeaceMakers mindfulness cards and other playful activities that make learning about emotions fun, moving families and classrooms away from time-outs to Time-Ins! Generation Mindful Time-In-Toolkit The SunggleBuddies plush toy collection helps children name and share their feelings in daily playful ways, decreasing meltdowns and helping children feel safe. There are 7 different animals to choose from. Each plush comes with four mood emojis in a back pocket and a laminated feelings poster, calendar/journal. Generation Mindful SnuggleBuddies Why we love it The Toolkit’s superpower is in its Calming Corner, a space you create with your child (you too grandparents)! Together, you have the opportunity to design the space, choose calming tools and toys and further connection through naming and taming big emotions. Bonus, siblings love it too. We love the SnuggleBuddies because they are cuddly, relatable and engaging. The emojis make it easy for even young kids to share what they are feeling inside. The SnuggleBuddies are also great for military families and/or any family who has members living in different households/countries etc. PRO TIP: Grab a SnuggleBuddies and facetime your loved ones! This plush will get your child thinking and talking about their day. ----------------

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Which Is Better: Smoking Or Vaping?

Crazed Marijuana Vaping (e-Cigarette) Trend The vaping craze took the world by storm and caused a lot of fuss! It is one of the hippest trends and many people have started to use e-cigarettes instead of the traditional tobacco ones. The same thing goes with cannabis usage, as many users have walked away from traditionally [...]

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Breaching a Sex Agreement

When you have a sexual agreement in place which stipulates specific days for intimacy, you need to factor in the issue of breach. Something that happens quite often with couples, particularly those that have been together for a long time, is the lack of being in the mood. This can happen for various reasons such as being ill, having had a long, hard day and being tired from it, or simply having something troubling on the brain. Most of the time, it is better to try to get in the mood unless you are clearly sick

This can happen to any couple, and certainly doesn’t need to be the end of your arrangement. However, you do need to be prepared in the event that you or your partner cannot comply with the agreement. If sex is about the furthest thing from your mind and you truly cannot manage to get excited about it, there is another way to handle things so that your partner doesn’t end up with hurt feelings to go along with his or her frustration.

What is it?

It is called issuing a Rain Check. You have most likely heard the phrase “May I take a Rain Check?” many times. You may have even used it yourself on occasion. In this situation, you will be offering your partner a Rain Check for sexual favors at another time since you aren’t up to having sex when he or she wishes to engage in an encounter. These Rain Checks can be in the form of a homemade coupon book.

The terms

Now, before getting into how you will create these Rain Checks, it should also be noted that they can also be used as special occasion gifts or simply I Love You gifts, not just when you renege on your deal. Just make sure that you explain fully that these can be cashed in whenever the partner receiving them wishes to do so. That means, except in the most dire and unique of circumstances, that you cannot say no when you are presented with one of these Rain Check coupons.

Some creative ideas

As for creating them, all you need is a pen, paper and scissors or a computer and a printer. Then you can either write or type your coupons. You can offer such things as A Full Body Massage with or without a Happy Ending (Receiver’s choice), A Blow Job in the Shower (of anywhere else he/she wants to have one), Watch a Porn Movie Together, Tease Me for an Hour Until I Reach Orgasm, Buy a New Toy for Me, Tie Me Up and Have Your Way with Me, or anything you know that your partner enjoys. Remember that these Rain Check coupons have no expiration date. That means that if your partner presents you with one of these even a year from the time you gave them, then you must honor it.

These little Rain Check books can be a lot of fun to make and they also show just how much you care about your partner. Any time that you put forth that much effort into a gift for your lover, it will be appreciated even more. You can also bet that your partner is going to tuck that little nugget away someplace safe and sound to be pulled out when he or she feels like playing.  Use it to keep the excitement going in your relationship and you will be amazed at just how much it will do to enhance your quality time together. You may want to use it as part of your Marriage Sex Contract or you may just want to do this for no reason other than you just want some spontaneity in your life.

If you are on the receiving end of one of these rain checks, remember to be patient with your partner. The fact that they’ve signed or entered into a sexual arrangement with you shows just how much you mean to them. You may be pleasantly surprised once you cash in that coupon.

If the breach is ongoing, you may need to renegotiate the terms of your agreement. Sit down with your partner and talk it over. He/she may be going through some rough times and you may need to even put your arrangement on hold. The key is to keep the lines of communication open in a loving way. If there are relationship issues, don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

“Bedazzling Safely: Nipple and Genital Piercing After the Fact”

Piercing is a hobby that provides an entirely new realm of expression and bodily adornment, dating back for decades. People have grown a tender affection for the art of embedding such jewelry unto the body, in various positions as well. The most popular of this kind is the earlobe piercing, and ones scattered around. Following were facial piercings upon the nose, and some lip or tongue. However, in modern times some seek to specially adorne body extremities of unconventional sorts. However, when tended poorly, piercings and jewelry upon genitalia and nipples can often lead to malicious infections and ailments. How does one prevent such unlucky occurrences when seeking to express themselves?

Aftercare for such precariously placed piercings can be delicate, as infections of these regions lead to terribly uncomfortable consequences. The art of self care for these expressions begins with the first rule of tending to any sort of wound: clean and let it be. Especially when regarding genitalia piercings. Refraining from sex until the wound heals is most effective, and speeds along the process of healing the most. However, if push comes to shove, protection of some sort, even with a monogamous partner is necessary in order to protect the wound from agitation, irritation, or otherwise. Protection is usually in the form of condoms that cover the pierced area, and otherwise. Agitated movement of the pierced area is detrimental to the healing process of piercings, no matter the part.

Washes are a common mode of sterilization and treatment for wounds, including that of typical cuts, bruises, lesions, or otherwise. There is no difference here, as piercing is the art of safe wounding in order to adorn with jewelry on the body. The best sort of rinses are sea salt and saline solutions, as these are able to sterilize the area and clean the wound, without being too strong such as soap. Prevent infections, without irritation or aggravation, no? Another tip, provided by Infinite Body Piercing Incorporated, is the use of saline rinse during urination whenever one pierces around or through the urethra for the first few days. This is a stellar treatment to reduce uncomfortable or even painful feelings of the piercing during this period of healing and time.

The last step, while you let the wound heal in its own time without irritation, and the regular application of saline or sea salt rinses, is the acknowledgement that bruises and bleeding are normal. It may seem like a sign of wrong procedure when sudden bruises or bleeding occurs in the first few days after piercing, but this is not the case and is actually perfectly normal. Be prepared for this to happen, as the body requires time to adjust and recover from this procedure, and regrow itself accordingly. If you are highly adverse to possible bruising and bleeding, consider whether piercing is right for you, and recognize that these effects are only temporary.

Piercings are a wonderful expression of self, interests, or otherwise. They are a useful too in order to accompany one’s attire and overall presentation. But, health and safety are the most important factors in any procedure such as this. Be wary, and take care of your body if you choose to make use of piercings.

Has technology become an integral part of your life?

It is a simple dependency that has been a concern throughout each generation, and each age of ingenuity and design, however is a highlighted discussion within the modern age of 2019. But the real concern is the implementation of such things in normal life, with such vast potential to drown into a technology-riddled stupor. Is modern advancement healthy?

The use of tools and technology has been historically for the purposes of making life more efficient, convenient, and leads to a more advanced way of life. The use of labor was dramatically changed with the invention of the wheel, allowing more people to prioritize on other actions or activities, eventually leading to inventions and modern life as we know it. The point of technology today as not changed. The smartphone, as an example, is the culmination of thousands of years of research and development, integrated in order to streamline the means of living of the individual, and allow them the reference of nearly the summation of human knowledge at one’s fingertips. It allows us to prioritize the important things, such as finishing projects and assignments without needing to devote hours to search for the information needed, or wait weeks for a communication with someone to be sent and responded to. It is a certain development gaining momentum, and holds limitless potential to better improve the efficiency of the human life by leaps and bounds.

But this advancement bears a certain burden, or price of conscious. There is a constant fear to be absorbed within the infinite landfill of information, entertainment, and conflict within the realms opened through such technology. It is easy to lose touch with reality, and instead prefer the stagnant comfort offered by technological advancements. But the true fear involved with the development of technology falls within the realms of complete disaster. How will one be able to cope with life when the technology is stripped away, and left with naught but there own devices in order to live? The rise of the information era has led to a severe decline in the manufacturing or handyman capabilities of the average individual, and lacking in ability to live from day to day without the connection to technology, even for simply just social connection. The familial conversation between one another can sputter, die out, and decay from the simple act of everyone proceeding to connect with the internet. If such a heavy toll, and such risk, what is the key in order to maintain your ‘unplugged’ way of life in a modern era, driven by the next big invention?

Relieve DepressionSimply this: moderation. Generation Z and the Millennial Generation have a distinct advantage when it comes to the advancement of this technology by being entirely raised within the Information age, or at least mostly brought into it. With this experience, they are capable of determining an appropriate limit to the effects of technology upon their lives, as well as whether or not they choose to become dependant on such devices. The ‘plague of technology’, and the ‘zombification’ resulting from wonderful devices comes not from the intentionless tools themselves, but from the will of the user. It is you that sets your limits, and you that determines whether or not technology controls your life.

Has technology become an integral part of your life?

It is a simple dependency that has been a concern throughout each generation, and each age of ingenuity and design, however is a highlighted discussion within the modern age of 2019. But the real concern is the implementation of such things in normal life, with such vast potential to drown into a technology-riddled stupor. Is modern advancement healthy?

The use of tools and technology has been historically for the purposes of making life more efficient, convenient, and leads to a more advanced way of life. The use of labor was dramatically changed with the invention of the wheel, allowing more people to prioritize on other actions or activities, eventually leading to inventions and modern life as we know it. The point of technology today as not changed. The smartphone, as an example, is the culmination of thousands of years of research and development, integrated in order to streamline the means of living of the individual, and allow them the reference of nearly the summation of human knowledge at one’s fingertips. It allows us to prioritize the important things, such as finishing projects and assignments without needing to devote hours to search for the information needed, or wait weeks for a communication with someone to be sent and responded to. It is a certain development gaining momentum, and holds limitless potential to better improve the efficiency of the human life by leaps and bounds.

But this advancement bears a certain burden, or price of conscious. There is a constant fear to be absorbed within the infinite landfill of information, entertainment, and conflict within the realms opened through such technology. It is easy to lose touch with reality, and instead prefer the stagnant comfort offered by technological advancements. But the true fear involved with the development of technology falls within the realms of complete disaster. How will one be able to cope with life when the technology is stripped away, and left with naught but there own devices in order to live? The rise of the information era has led to a severe decline in the manufacturing or handyman capabilities of the average individual, and lacking in ability to live from day to day without the connection to technology, even for simply just social connection. The familial conversation between one another can sputter, die out, and decay from the simple act of everyone proceeding to connect with the internet. If such a heavy toll, and such risk, what is the key in order to maintain your ‘unplugged’ way of life in a modern era, driven by the next big invention?

Relieve DepressionSimply this: moderation. Generation Z and the Millennial Generation have a distinct advantage when it comes to the advancement of this technology by being entirely raised within the Information age, or at least mostly brought into it. With this experience, they are capable of determining an appropriate limit to the effects of technology upon their lives, as well as whether or not they choose to become dependant on such devices. The ‘plague of technology’, and the ‘zombification’ resulting from wonderful devices comes not from the intentionless tools themselves, but from the will of the user. It is you that sets your limits, and you that determines whether or not technology controls your life.

Resolve and Change

There is an undeniable power of the human spirit which can propel one through lifetimes of influence throughout the world. It is one that, no matter the trials, tribulations, or tragedy that it endures throughout life, it still perseveres, and grows as a result. From experiences of all sorts, we grow and change, rising all the while out of will and a desire to develop. But to overcome the trials of life, to become a brighter, bolder spirit, you must learn to change.

This lesson is not a new phrase. It is a means of life that has been internalized by the human race since as far as memory reaches: to live you must adapt and change. Within the confines of a safe, comfortable space, one is able to live contently, however cannot grow and surpass limits until the barrier is broken, and the outside is experienced. When the world changes dramatically, from a change of technology, age, or otherwise, one must change themselves in order to find enjoyment or happiness in the new world as a result.

But change is difficult, painful, and most of the time feels excruciatingly unfair or frustrating. Growing and changing as a person is necessary, but takes initiative and determination. There is much to be gained in the act of changing one’s own life, however a difficult first step is necessary. When making a change in your life, whether in your own routine, or a dramatic shift, the first step is to resolve yourself to make that change. Resolution is a fickle term, so allow me to explain how it pertains to this. Resolve in the face of change is an acknowledgment of the transition, and the taking of responsibility for the shift. It will be hard, it will be uncomfortable, but nevertheless it is your responsibility in order to undergo the growth necessary in order to move forward. Resolve yourself to finish the job, and you will eventually succeed; it is assured.

The most difficult part of change, however, comes with the maintenance of your resolution. It comes with the integrity of your change, the constancy of your decision. A change is only worth as much as you are willing to put forth the effort. There will come a time until it becomes second nature, however even then you must devote yourself to the thought, and to muster through the conflict that will arise from it. It is during this phase, in which you must remain steadfast, that change has the greatest chance of failure. Keep going, keep fighting, and you will succeed.

You will succeed in your efforts. Time may drag, and the troubles may only grow, however eventually the change will succeed depending on your resolve. Such is the essence of adaptation: time and effort. It can happen any time, anywhere, and the only one who can do it is you. You have the power to wake up one morning and totally change your life. You have the power to surpass being stuck in one place, in one job, in one time. You have the power to change.

CBD For Traumatic Brain Injury

Treating Brain Injury With CBD Becomes Reality

Traumatic Brain Injury (or TBI) is just what it sounds like neurological damage caused by an impact injury to the head. Those living with TBI often have a significantly reduced quality of life. The results can even be deadly.

As research into the benefits of Cannabidiol (or CBD) expands, so does the speculation into just how many conditions may be improved with its use. The evidence so far shows that CBD has neuroprotective effects. Could these effects include reducing the impact of damages caused by TBI?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a versatile and powerful anti-inflammatory cannabinoid with few to no side effects. The number of conditions it can be used to treat increases daily with the release of new scientific information. One severe condition CBD is beginning to be a treatment for TBI.

TBI can occur in any person who suffers from brain trauma and is often a debilitating and life-altering condition with no true cure.

 

What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Any blow to the head can be worrisome and for good reason. As with any bodily injury, a cascade of reactions occurs in the brain after a substantial blow. These include inflammation, swelling, and immune activation.

While this is a typical and helpful series of reactions for an injury such as a broken bone, that’s not the case within the brain. After a head injury, this series of events can cause additional neurological damage. Without room to expand, swelling within the brain can restrict blood flow to critical areas of the organ.

The death of brain cells can follow. Common TBI patients are military veterans, football players and car crash survivors. The effects of TBI can be long-lasting and debilitating and may involve physical, emotional, social, and behavioral symptoms.

These effects are often life changing. Depression and anxiety are common results, as well as cognitive decline and reduced motor function. Some TBI patients with severe symptoms experience seizures. Currently, conventional medicine is greatly lacking in effective methods to treat or reverse the symptoms of TBI.

Many protocols have been attempted, but none have proven to supply reliable, long term results.

 

Scientific Evidence Supports CBD May Treat

While there is yet no known cure for traumatic brain injury, there is some scientific evidence that suggests CBD may be able to reduce some of the damaging side effects of TBI including neuroinflammation and neurological impairments.

A study released by Frontiers in Pharmacology found that “As such, the endocannabinoid system possesses potential drugable receptor and enzyme targets for the treatment of diverse TBI pathology.” The Frontiers in Pharmacology study is promising in showing that the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS) is key in treating traumatic brain injury.

There also several studies that show CBD (in combination with THC) have neuroprotective qualities, meaning that regular consumption of cannabinoids can make the brain more likely to absorb the impact of brain trauma without the lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury.

The body of research available on TBI is increasing regularly. Many studies point to the ECS as an important player in the development of psychological, physical, and behavioral effects following TBI. Specifically, CBD use changes the balance of function within the ECS.

And research shows that in the case of TBI, that balance shifts towards the better. More research is needed to establish specific protocols that can be accessed and prescribed by mainstream medicine. In the meantime, though, individual cases are shining an upbeat light on the prognosis of the condition.

 

NFL May Consider CBD Treatments

The National Football League (or NFL) has been embroiled in controversy over their misdiagnosing and mishandling of concussions leading to life-harming side effects. The NFL recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit with former players who allege the NFL did not accurately diagnose or treat concussions.

The players also allege that teams allowed, or forced in some cases, players to remain in games after they had clearly suffered a concussion. The settlement became final and effective on January 7, 2017 and has already paid out claims worth $657,320,496 according to the official settlement website.

To combat concussions, which will always occur as a result of playing the game of football, the NFL has implemented several rule changes and has made valuable alterations to helmets. In addition, “The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed for the first time to cooperate in studying the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players,” according to the Washington Post.

This would be a huge step forward for the league, which has banned players for consuming cannabis for years. Though they won’t necessarily be studying cannabis to treat brain injury, the fact that the NFL and NFLPA are studying cannabis’ effectiveness at all is a positive development that will hopefully lead to more cannabis and CBD studies in the future.

 

Anecdotal Support Of CBD Brain Injury Treatments

Scientific evidence takes years to be studied and released. The substance being studied, CBD in this case, must be tested vigorously before a conclusion can be derived.

However, while studies take time, there is anecdotal evidence from people who believe cannabis has been helpful in treating brain injury.

CBD has the potential to make life worth living for some of the many whose lives have been permanently altered by traumatic brain injury. The scientific evidence is promising, and the anecdotal evidence is irrefutable.

It will take time to fully understand CBD’s brain healing properties, but it must be studied further.

Let us know what you think.

 

Cuddle Therapy

What is it that you think of when you hear the term ‘cuddling’? Do you think of romantic excitement? Perhaps a warm feeling of security, safety, or contentment. It is probable that some would think of the term as strange, alien, or uncomfortable. But beyond that, what is cuddling?

The act of cuddling, when examined through a literal and secular viewpoint, is the physical, soothing contact between one and another. You can cuddle another person, a pet, an inanimate object, whatever soothes you the most, or a combination of it. There is, however, a certain emotional aspect to cuddling. When one ‘cuddles’ in a soothing way, the act usually generates a sort of inexplicable feeling. A natural comfort, or I could say a sort of contentment. But rather than just an emotional benefit, cuddling provides numerous little quirks and bonuses to those who do so happily.

The most physically visible effect of cuddling regularly, for the sake of enjoyment and contentment, is seen within the balance of a few different chemicals. An article byVanessa Van Edwards, written for the Science of People, explains these three in conjunctions. The main three effects upon hormones within the body are an increase in oxytocin, a reduction in serotonin, and an increase in dopamine. Strange words, so allow me a little of your time to explain.

Oxytocin is a hormone within the body researchers have been frantically researching for the past 20 years upon it’s beneficial effects to the human instinct of social interaction and ‘love’ when administered as a treatment. So far, researchers have concluded the chemical is a major influence upon someone’s proclivity to being social, to forming a bond, as well as the ability to pick up on social cues. Serotonin is a certain chemical that many would appreciate having less, however is still a necessary part of the psyche. Serotonin allows us to form anxious responses, and feel stress in times of… well… stress. Dopamine, a powerful substance, is responsible for pleasure; satisfaction of the self. When you generally feel a sense of having fun, you feel a release of dopamine. It is exciting, but too much for a harmful substance can form a dependance, also known as an addiction. It is best to obtain increases in dopamine through healthy activities such as exercise, cuddling, hobbies, etc.

Do not be ashamed of the desire to cuddle, even when an adult. Cuddling promotes safety, well-being, and good health for all, and even newborns or sick children. It aids in recovery, and helps mental health. When one inhibits the desire for contact, it suppresses these feelings into pent-up stress. This is no different than when told to ‘suck it up’, or denied the ability to release emotion. There is no shame to be had in the relieving contact with another, or another comfortable entity, for it is healing and allows you to perform your absolute best.

4 Scientifically-Based Benefits Of CBD

1. CBD Can Relieve Chronic Pain

Did you know that the use of marijuana for pain dates back as far as 3000 years ago? However, the exact components responsible for its pain-relieving effect have just been discovered a few years ago. CBD is one of these compounds.

Our body is composed of a specialized system known as the Endocannabinoid System (or ECS). This system regulates various body functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, and immune system response. The human body produces endocannabinoids (neurotransmitters) that naturally bind to cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.

According to studies, CBD may help remedy chronic pain by either, interacting with neurotransmitters, reducing inflammation, or impacting the normal functioning of endocannabinoid receptors. Several studies have shown that a combination of THC and CBD can help treat pain in multiple sclerosis and arthritis patients.

In a study involving 47 multiple sclerosis patients, it was discovered that those who received Sativex (a combination of CBD and THC) experienced considerable improvement in walking, muscle spasms and pain as compared to those who received a placebo.

In another study involving people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, it was discovered that Sativex helped improve sleep quality, pain at rest, and in the movement for all the 58 participants.

 

2. CBD Helps Reduce Anxiety And Depression Symptoms

According to the World Health Organization (or WHO), more than 300 million people suffer from depression. According to WHO, more than 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Further, WHO states that depression is the largest single contributor to disability across the globe. Anxiety disorders are the sixth-largest contributor to disability.

These simple statistics show that anxiety and depression are common medical disorders. You should therefore not feel alone since, as you have seen, more than 300 million people have gone through the same or similar things that you are experiencing right now.

Although most people still rely on pharmaceutical drugs to deal with these conditions, some of these drugs are not only ineffective but may also have severe side effects or lead to substance abuse. It is for this reason that most people have opted to take relief in medical marijuana.

A group of 24 people suffering from social anxiety disorder was either given a placebo or 600 mg of CBD just before a public speaking test. It was discovered that the group that received CBD experienced less discomfort, cognitive impairment, and anxiety in their speech performance than their counterparts who received a placebo.

Several animal studies have also shown CBD to have antidepressant properties. Researchers credit these properties of CBD to its ability to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating social behavior and mood changes.

 

3. CBD May Help Reduce Acne

According to research, more than 9.4% of the global population suffers from acne. This is a skin condition that can be caused by several factors such as underlying inflammation, bacteria, genetics, and over secretion of sebum.

Researchers believe that due to its ability to reduce sebum secretion and its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may help treat acne. According to a study on the effects of CBD on human sebocytes, it was discovered that the compound helped prevent the secretion of excessive sebum.

It was also discovered that the compound inhibited the activation of pro-acne agents such as inflammatory cytokines. Scientific research has highlighted the antifungal and antibacterial effects of the cannabis plant. It is believed that these properties may help reduce or prevent infections from pollutants or dirt on the skin.

Although the initial findings are promising, more study is still needed to verify the effectiveness of CBD as a natural remedy for acne.

 

4. CBD May Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms

We can never talk about the health benefits of CBD without mentioning its effects on cancer symptoms. It is still too early to make claims about CBD for cancer, but preliminary findings show that the compound can help alleviate the side effects of various treatments associated with cancer treatments.

Another way through which CBD can help cancer patients is through its pain-relieving properties. Both cancer and its treatment can lead to severe pain, mainly due to the inflammation, nerve injury, or pressure on internal organs. Too much pain can become resistant to powerful pain relievers such as opioids.

A study was conducted to find out the effect of both THC and CBD on cancer-patients who could not react to the standard pain-reducing techniques. It was discovered that those who received a combination of both THC and CBD experienced improved symptoms than those who were treated with THC only.

By indirectly acting on CB2 receptors, CBD may help reduce inflammation, hence reducing the pain. Another common effect of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy is nausea and vomiting. Although you can always use pharmaceutical drugs to treat these symptoms, some of these drugs are ineffective hence prompting people to seek alternatives such as CBD.

In a study involving 16 people undergoing chemo, it was discovered that a combination of both THC and CBD helped reduce chemo-related vomiting and nausea better than the standard treatments alone. Some animal and test-tube studies show that CBD may have anti-cancer properties.

In one of the test-tube studies, concentrated CBD helped castigate the death of cancerous breast cells in human. In another study, CBD was seen to inhibit the growth and spread of aggressive cancerous breast cells in mice. However, more studies and research are needed.

If you are a cancer patient and planning to use CBD for the symptoms, it is crucial that you talk with your doctor first as he will be able to advise you appropriately. Other health benefits of CBD include improved heart health, a remedy against arthritis, muscles spasms, Crohn’s disease, etc.

Indeed, CBD can benefit human health in different ways. Pet owners are also turning to CBD for the health and well-being of their dogs and other pets. Whatever you use CBD for, make sure to follow the right dosage instructions, this compound is, after all, a drug like any other.

Seek professional advice if you have concerns about side effects of adding CBD and finding the right dosage to your treatment plan.

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