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CBD and THC Can Help Treat Insomnia

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Many adults in the US are undergoing sleep problems. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40 percent of adults are likely to experience insomnia in their future. Recent research is showing that cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of insomnia. The co-administration of CBD and THC has been found to induce sleep. It is important to note that CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, meaning you do not feel the “high.” THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that can induce the feeling of being “high.” 

A study published in 2004 stated that the administration of THC increased the duration of slow-wave sleep in participants of the study. Slow-wave sleep is defined as the deepest part of your sleep of non REM sleep. These participants were administered 5 or 15 mg of CBD with the same doses of THC. When consuming higher levels of THC, however, research shows that this reduces REM sleep. REM sleep is when dreams are most prevalent. Therefore, higher strains of THC can be beneficial for those with PTSD because less REM sleep could contribute to fewer nightmares. Since REM sleep is decreased, the amount of time spent in deep sleep increases. 

It is also important to note the different strains of marijuana that can contribute to treating your insomnia. The indica strain has soothing and relaxing properties, while the sativa strain increases feelings of excitement and energy. There is a hybrid version of these two strains as well. Talk to your doctor to learn more about how using CBD and THC can improve your sleep. 

Sources: 

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15118485
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/medical-marijuana/cannabis-for-sleeping#science-says
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18313952
  4. https://www.nature.com/subjects/slow-wave-sleep

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The Health Benefits of Live Cultures in Yogurt

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Yogurt is gaining prominence as a new superfood and for a good reason. It is known to help prevent osteoporosis, aid digestion, and relieves irritable bowel syndrome. What is special about yogurt is the various live cultures that keep the intestines healthy, thus contributing to gastrointestinal health. Here is a summary of the importance of different types of bacteria present in yogurt: 

In short, eating yogurt into your diet can be beneficial for your digestion and overall health. Let us know in the comments if you eat yogurt on a daily basis and have seen tangible benefits. 

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  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295714.php
  2. https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpgi.00005.2011
  3. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/80/2/245/4690304
  4. https://www.water-for-health.co.uk/our-blog/2017/11/the-health-benefits-of-streptococcus-thermophilus/
  5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323364.php

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Medical Cannabis and Autism

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Autism is exceptionally prevalent worldwide, especially among children. Autistic children experienced behavioral outbreaks, communication blocks, and stress. Cannabis-based treatments are rapidly emerging as a safer, well-tolerated option to combat some of the autistic symptoms. In previous studies, researchers had administered Dronabinol, which is a THC based drug. They found reductions in hyperactivity, irritability, and lethargy. Another study demonstrated that the administration of Dronabinol reduced self-destructive behavior in a group of 10 adolescents. 

The mechanism of cannabis in affecting autistic patients is not understood entirely. However, research hypothesizes that GABA and glutamate action can limit the dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system. Other research studies have suggested that cannabis can enhance the release of oxytocin and vasopressin. These are hormones that can contribute to increased processing of social information

A recent study aims to analyze the efficacy and safety of cannabis-based treatments on young autistic patients. The results of the study demonstrated that compliance of the treatment is high, with 85% of participants completing the treatment. The side effects of the treatments included restlessness, which was present in 6.6% of the patients. These side effects were easy to manage, which potentially contributes to the high efficacy of the treatment. About 80% of participants reported significant or moderate improvement in their symptoms. 

While cannabis seems to impact autistic behavioral systems positively, there is more research needed on the subject. Let us know in the comments if cannabis has alleviated autistic symptoms in anyone you know! 

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  1. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-37570-y

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CBD Can Reduce Effects of Arthritis

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Currently, 50 million people have arthritis. According to the CDC, the number of people diagnosed with arthritis is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030. The traditional arthritis treatment includes injecting fusion proteins that release cytokine tumor necrosis factor α. While effective in treating arthritis, cytokine tumor necrosis factor α has severe side effects, including inflammation and the suppression of the immune system. Researchers are, therefore, investigating treatments involving CBD that reduce the side effects. 

In the study, researchers had a sample of 54 rats, of which 21 rats served as the control group. The remaining rats contracted arthritis through an adjuvant-induced injection. After the third day of the induction of monoarthritis, the CBD gel was administered to the group of 23 rats. Researchers measured the inflammation on the joint of the rats. 

Upon analyzing the data, researchers determined that the topical application of CBD gel reduced inflammation and hypersensitivity. CBD also reduced the pain associated with joint inflammation. The lower dosage of CBD were also more effective in alleviating the side effects compared to higher dosages. The takeaway point from this study is that transdermal injections of CBD have strong therapeutic effects in rats. Therefore, topical application of CBD can help humans relieve arthritis symptoms. 

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

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