Does Exercise Really Help To Overcome Addiction

Does Exercise Really Help To Overcome Addiction

Do you find yourself wanting to do something and cannot get enough of, like playing a game on PS4 or eating doughnuts every day?

Do your friends or parents see that as an addiction? Well, it's most certainly not; addiction is an illness that needs to be treated like any other. It comes in many forms and shapes; gambling, obsessive sex, drugs, and alcohol are all types of addiction.

Addiction differs from a person to another how excessively involved, they are and which substance or behavior they're involved in. However, we're going to answer a frequently asked question about if exercise can help in beating addiction.

It's A Tough Journey

It is a hard, yet a brave decision for an addict to go through medical treatment in a hospital or an institution. For that reason, doctors usually suggest support-group treatments to help patients feel that they're not alone in their recovery journey.

Doctors at Valley Recovery Center figured out that medical care will not work alone since addiction is a serious illness that needs more than one method to be cured.

Medications and support groups have a critical role in the treatment process; however, it's been found that exercise too can be as important.

It's Been Proven

Researches and experiments performed on animals prove that exercise has a high effect on curing addiction. Some rats have been injected with substances like alcohol and morphine, and it's been found that those exercising on running wheels in their cages could dispense drugs more than those who didn’t exercise.

The same thing applies to humans; the patient who is keen on practicing any kind of sport has a faster treatment course than this who doesn’t practice at all.

Types of Exercises

When doctors or scientists suggest exercise for treating addiction, they don’t specify a certain type of activity that a patient has to do. Any physical activity a patient likes and can do is a perfect exercise.

A simple activity like walking can make a huge difference in a patient's life since it can help in fighting cravings. Yoga is one of the most suggested exercises as it is a fantastic way to ease anxiety and stress, and it puts the body in a meditative state that hinders relapse. Cardio exercises are also great since they help in restoring normal sleep patterns.

Why it is Important

An addicts' life revolves around the substance or the behavior they're addicted to, so when they decide to stop this addiction, they're left with a lot of spare time and nothing to do.

Exercises, however, give patients what they need to fill their time and not think about their addiction. The time consumed in getting ready, working out, and cleaning up after is enough to distract the addict. Exercising releases endorphins that are usually released by drugs in the body, which has pleasant effects physically and mentally.

Overcoming addiction could be the hardest thing in an addict's life. Therefore, there are various ways to deal with it to help to defeat it. No one can deny the importance of medications and support groups; however, it's been proven that exercise has a tremendous effect on surviving addiction. It doesn’t matter what kind of work out a patient can do as long as they involve their body in physical activity.

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Are You in a Codependent or Cocommitted Relationship?

Are You in a Codependent or Cocommitted Relationship?

Couples who play together, stay together, as the adage goes.

Usually, this phrase is used in talking about working out together, like when couples hit the gym or do a race together. I know a family that all does karate together, both doing classes, practicing and going to tournaments across the country together. They are also filling up their basement with trophies together. It’s fantastic to see how much they bond through this shared experience with each member of the family learning, growing and succeeding while the rest of the family cheers them on.

What is Codependency?

    • Codependence, when one person relies on the other for their identity, direction, and sense-of-self, can be common in relationships
    • Codependent relationships are one where one person is the lead actor, and the other follows, rather than mutually supporting and celebrating each other’s individual and the couple’s shared success
    • The path to breaking from this pattern lies in seeing what makes us individually happy, regardless of what anyone else may want, need or be doing
    • To find that happiness takes a willingness to ask ourselves a lot of questions, and dig deeper into the answers by asking “Why?”
    • Changing the dynamic together can give you the kind of fulfillment in your relationship you truly desire, even if you see getting there as impossible right now – you have nothing to lose by trying

Whatever “play” means in each context is less important than the fact that you’re doing something together, supporting each other. Building a sense of mutual support helps deepen the bond a couple has, which increases the likelihood that they don’t just stay together but stay happier together.

Sometimes, though, being together can be driven by one person in the couple depending on the other for their sense of self. That moves into the realm of codependency. While people who are codependent often stay together, it’s because they have to rather than because they freely want to. That is, without the person you are codependent on, you may feel like you wouldn’t or couldn’t go on.

Another way to think of it is that instead of being together, one is in front and one is tied behind them (perhaps they tied the rope themselves, and perhaps it was tied to them). This is actually a common, though hard to pin down, occurrence. Some estimate low-level codependency exists in up to 50% or more of relationships. That means you’re not alone if you believe you are in a codependent relationship. It also means not everyone faces it, so there is hope that you, too, can move past it.

Co-committed – A Better Way to Be

For neither person is this is a recipe for healthy, long-term, shared success. A better co-relationship is one where you’re co-committed. That applies to each other’s goals, but also to each other as human beings needing to thrive and grow individually. You hold each other up rather than standing on the other to get taller.

So what can you do if you find yourself in a codependent relationship? The specific actions depend on which side of the equation you’re on, but the overall theme is the same, and it centers around discovering what each of you really wishes for in life down at your core.

Building Your Own Identity for Your Independence

If you are relying on the other person for your sense of identity, self, and direction, recognizing that can be upsetting, destabilizing and confusing. It can also be enlightening and freeing to see the space to learn about yourself, your needs and who you really are. It is important to acknowledge the discomfort, but know that you are still standing and will grow stronger in finding yourself.

Instead of deriving your happiness from the other person, ask yourself what you enjoy doing, what you want in your life and ultimately, what makes you happy. The key is that the answer has to be about you in and of yourself. If your answers have to do with the other person, you haven’t gotten deep enough.

For example, if you say your definition of happiness is that your partner feels fulfilled and supported in life, you need to ask yourself, “Why?” Why does that make you happy? What is it about their happiness that gives you more happiness yourself? Keep asking questions like that until you are fulling speaking to your own needs.

Allowing The Codependent Person to Stand Strong

For the person being depended on, you may feel worried about your partner’s ability to stand on their own either out of compassion for them or out of a need for control of them. If it is out of compassion, dig into that feeling.

Why do you have that compassion for them?

Would helping them find their own strength give you even more compassion and love for them?

Would this make you feel happier?

Why?

If your reason is based on a desire for control (if you can even see this or admit this to yourself, which can be hard), why do you feel the need to control them?

Does it even have to do with them?

Usually, it stems from our own insecurity, trauma, and backstory driving our need for control in our lives or a sense of power over others. In that case, dig into those root causes, and try to see how, in fact, controlling them isn’t addressing your own pain. It’s like a band-aid on a wound. No matter how much you control someone or make them rely on you, if your reason for doing that is your own hurt, that control will never make you feel complete as a person yourself.

In fact, what you come to realize is that you, too, are dependent on them. That’s why the term is “codependent,” and not just “dependent.” Although you may not see it initially as the “stronger” one in the relationship, you depend on them as much as they depend on you – just in a different way.

Moving from Codependent to Co-Committed Together

What if you both contributed to each other’s growth? What if you both were there for each other? What if you both had moments you could step back and smile with what your partner had achieved? Doesn’t that sound better?

You may not see it as possible and maybe thinking in your head as you read this, “Yeah, right, Bryan, sounds great, but that’s never going to happen.” As long as you see it that way and don’t try, I guarantee you will be right.

But let me ask you this – if you don’t have this dynamic today, do you have anything to lose by trying?

Worst case scenario, nothing happens. Best case scenario, you move to a better relationship based on support together. That is, there’s only upside here.

Buddhist monk Thubten Chodron writes about the kind of relationship built on mutual happiness in her book, Open Heart Clear Mind, when she says,

“a kind heart is the essential cause of happiness…When we respect others and are considerate of their needs, opinions, and wishes, hostility evaporates. It takes two people to fight, and if we refuse to be one of them, there is no quarrel.”

So what kind of relationship do you want to have?

One where one of you is the lead actor and the other is merely an extra on set there to round out the scene for the lead?

Or do you want where you each star in your life together, supporting each other as you achieve greater things together and individually?

If the latter situation sounds better, you can learn more and dig into how to do that in my new book, The 50 75 100 Solution: Build Better Relationships.


Author bio: Bryan Falchuk

Bryan Falchuk is an author, speaker, and coach helping people change their lives. Bryan has also been a successful C-level executive. As a Certified Behavior Change Specialist, Bryan is the best-selling author of Do a Day and his latest best-selling book, The 50 75 100 Solution: Build Better Relationships. He speaks regularly on the subjects of motivation, culture, relationships and overcoming challenges, including several TEDx Talks. He has shared his message on over 150 podcasts and radio shows and has written for many top publications like Inc Magazine, the LA Times and Chicago Tribune. Bryan also hosts his own show, The Do a Day Podcast.


 

9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics 

9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics 

There’s a saying that “Any exercise is better than no exercise”, and while this may be true, not all exercises are made equal.

While we’re not going to go into the pros and cons of each different type of training, what we’ll look at today are 9 reasons why bodyweight training is so popular and effective.

In fact, it was one of the top fitness trends of 2019. This trend was the same the year before and will maintain its position for a long time to come.

9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics

1. Strengthens your muscles

For starters, bodyweight training is just as effective for developing muscular strength. You do not need barbells and dumbbells. Push-ups, squats, etc. and all their variations can be extremely challenging and strengthen your body immensely.

2. Builds lean muscle mass

A common mistake many people make is engaging in too much slow cardio. They jog endlessly on the treadmill and their bodies don’t really see much transformation because the cardio sessions do not build much muscle mass.

Bodyweight training, however, will not only sculpt and tone your body, but it will increase your muscle mass. Just take a look at the bodies of Olympic gymnasts. There are flexible, fit and sinewy… and it’s mostly from bodyweight training.

3. Increases speed

With bodyweight training, you can aim for speed. Doing push-ups, burpees, squats, mountain climbers, etc. fast can help you build speed.

You can’t achieve speed by doing bench presses or leg presses fast. You’ll just injure yourself. You need bodyweight training. In fact, guess what sprinting is?

It’s a form of bodyweight training too. You’re carrying your body and running at high speeds.

4. Builds muscular endurance

Have you ever wondered why the military makes the soldiers do countless push-ups, crunches and other bodyweight exercises?

They’re building muscular endurance in the troops. That’s why.

It may be a boost to one’s ego being able to bench press or deadlift more weight than the other members at the gym. But very often, these are just for a few reps before one is exhausted.

What happens when you need to do a ton of physical work over a long period of time? Very often, the gym rats will be gassed out because their muscles are strong but lack endurance.

Bodyweight training that involves tons of reps over and over will develop muscular endurance like no other.

5. Recruits more muscle fibers

Unlike weight training which has isolation movements to target specific muscle groups, most weight training uses compound movements.

So, you’ll be targeting several different muscle groups and recruiting more muscle fibers while you constantly work your core. This makes the exercises more efficient.

6. Aids in weight management

If you’re struggling to lose weight, bodyweight training is perfect for you. When done fast with minimal rest, it becomes a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). When done slowly, it’s resistance training.

Either way, you’ll be burning calories and it’s more effective than conventional cardio because it boosts your metabolism, burns fat and still helps to retain your precious lean muscle.

7. Builds an asymmetric body

There’s no denying the fact that the bodybuilding scene these days is replete with people who are freakishly big and have bellies that jut out from using growth hormones and so on. No longer is the goal of being aesthetically-pleasing, but it’s all about getting as big as you can.

Most people dislike this monstrous look. Bodyweight training will never make you a caricature of fitness. You’ll develop a muscular, lean body which is symmetric and pleasing to the eye. You’ll be strong and look great at the same time.

8. Lower chance of injury

You’ll be less likely to injure yourself with bodyweight training than you would with conventional weight training. With heavyweights, you might cause chronic injury if your form slips for a second.

Bodyweight training is a much safer protocol and a lot more forgiving.

9. Increases confidence and self-esteem

Confidence comes from knowing that you’re making progress and doing what you need to do. Since bodyweight training is convenient and can be done almost anywhere, you’ll be much more likely to do it and stick to the training program you’ve set for yourself.

It’s effective and will get you results within a couple of months. Once you’ve achieved the body you desire, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve achieved your goal. Your sense of self-esteem will increase by leaps and bounds.

If this isn’t enough reason to make bodyweight training a part of your life, nothing is. Get started today.


 

10 Essential Yet Easy Habits to Practice with Family

10 Essential Yet Easy Habits to Practice with Family

By developing good, proper habits, you and your family can minimize the risk of common health conditions, and live to a ripe, old age.

Regardless of what generation you belong to, there are some life hacks which can give you and your family enough energy to enjoy life to the fullest.

However, because lifestyle design has nowadays become such a booming industry, it can be difficult to nail down what habits are worth forming, and which ones are the most beneficial, especially when the entire family is getting involved.

Today, we’re going to share the essential top ten habits which are going to help you and your family live their best life. So, let’s jump straight into it!

#1 – Talk About Your Body Positively

Talk About Your Body Positively

The way you speak your inner dialogue, and how you relate to your body is the way your children are going to grow up and see themselves. Because of this, it is vital that we speak in a  kind and caring manner with ourselves so that our future children will inherit the same healthy habits.

Even if there are parts of your body you don't like, don’t forget to always focus on the things you love about your body. For instance, you can be thankful for the strength you have to lift your children and play with them.

#2 – Don’t Eat Too Many Packaged Foods

We’ve all been in the situation where we’ve grabbed a bag of chips or cereal box and just started eating straight out of it. In the long run, this habit might become a problem because it's close to impossible to portion your food when you're too hungry. Also, because of eating impulsively, you'll end up feeling guilty. What you could do instead of this to prevent you from overeating, is portion everything out. If you don't want your kids to pick up these habits from you, it's best to teach them early on how to eat and portion their food.

#3 – Eat Enough Fruit & Veg

The recommended daily dosage is five pieces of fruit and veg every single day, and it’s surprising how many families don’t manage to eat this amount. If you want to rip the benefits of healthy eating, you can start by simply having a piece of fruit with breakfast and then another one at lunch. After dinner, you can also eat another fruit. Regarding vegetables, you can add two types with your dinner, so you'll easily hit your five of day goal!  Extra fruits and veggies, which you can add, will also be incredibly beneficial to your well-being.

Eat Enough Fruit & Veg

#4 – Have a Meal as a Family Daily

It doesn't really matter which meal it is, as long as you eat it with your family. It's important for families to spend time together, and mealtime can become an incredible occasion to connect and communicate. To improve family relationships, simply chose one meal a day where you can all sit together and catch up on everything that’s been going on.

#5 – Let Kids Help you Out

When you're making dinner, it can be a good idea to get your children involved. If you let your kids help out, you can have more quality time together. Besides, if they help prepare the food, the chances to eat more vegetables are far more likely.

#6 – No Distractions in Family Times

After following the advice above, it is crucial to eat in a mindful manner when you're eating dinner as a family. Once sitting at a table, avoid using smartphones, tablets, computers or TVs. Let these distractions be something reserved after dinner when you can cuddle up on the sofa.

“Practice being mindful at the task at hand, rather than dividing your and your children’s attention up over different activities” shares Nina Smith, a health blogger for State of Writing and Eliteassignmenthelp.

No Distractions in Family Times

#7 – Put Your Marital Relationship First

As a parent in a relationship, it’s important you put your relationship with your partner first, even before the one you have with your children. Even if you have one date night a month or glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed, it's essential to spend some time together.

After all, the happier you and your partner are, the more joyful your entire family unit becomes. Focus on your relationship first, so you can further nurture and build your relationship with your kids.

#8 – Get Outside Together

It’s quite hard to stay angry, in a mood or upset when you’re walking around outside with your family. Also, it's good to make walking a weekly habit. Whether you chose to walk in your local park or your neighborhood, you need to make sure you and your family get enough fresh air.

Leave devices and electronics at home and really engage in actual conversation with your family members and enjoy the time you’re having together.

Get Outside Together

#9 – Play Games

“As we get older, we tend to forget how the world looks like through a child's eye, and we stop appreciating the simple things in life, like the ability to be playful. We have a lot to learn from kids, but we need to be willing to be with them first! My advice to you is to play games with them and connect on a deeper level,” explains Sarah Hardy, a lifestyle writer, and blogger at Academized and Bigassignments.

#10 – Be Open About Life

There many things which a lot of parents are afraid to share or don’t want to talk about to their kids. For instance, you can be the one to teach them about safety plans in case a natural disaster occurs (if you live in a prone area), fireworks, disease, drugs, sex, alcohol, and many other things.

However, if your children don’t learn about them from you, they’re going to find out some other way which might not be the best way. In the end, it would be beneficial for both you and your kids to be open about everything.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can optimize your family's level of well being. By introducing these simple and healthy habits that everyone can follow, I can assure you your life will get a lot easier. The more often you follow through with these habits, the easier they’ll get, so why not start today?

12 Mental Health Benefits of Marijuana You Should Know

12 Mental Health Benefits of Marijuana You Should Know

Cannabis, also called marijuana, is a substance, immensely popular for its recreational use not only among youth but also among the elderly ones.

In the United States, medical marijuana is legal in thirty-one states while recreational marijuana is legal in nine states only.

On June 25th, 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, a drug that contains an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat severe forms of epilepsy. Also, even before recent legislation changes, cannabis was already well-known for eliciting feelings of euphoria and providing instant relaxation.

In this article, we will talk only about the mental health benefits of cannabis, so let’s see some details concerning the benefits of using marijuana.

READ ALSO: Top 5 Physical Health Benefits of Using CBD Oil 

12 Mental Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Classified as schedule 1 drug, cannabis is illegal under U.S. federal law, but because it has its mental health benefits, many states have legalized it to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Read more to learn about the top 12 mental health benefits you can get from medical marijuana:

1. Treats insomnia.

10-15% of the total US population suffers from chronic insomnia, and marijuana is used nowadays to improve the quality of sleep of many Americans.

Another research held in 1973, found that (− )δ9 THC significantly decreases the amount of time taken to fall asleep in insomniacs who are physically healthy.

Also, a study from 2013 published in Frontiers of Psychology shows that cannabis also helps people to have better breathing while sleeping.

2. Reduces depression.

According to the WHO, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

Scientists at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions studied chronic stress and depression focusing on endocannabinoids, which are lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. This study further shows that chronic stress may suppress the production of endocannabinoids in the brain, which in return can cause depression.

As a result of using cannabis, endocannabinoids are restored to function, thus easing depression and acting as a mood stabilizer.

Reduces depression

3. Fights anxiety.

40 million adults in the United States have anxiety and other related disorders.

Studies show that CBD has anxiolytic properties, and it also improves anxiety-disorder symptoms.

A study indicates that CBD is effective in treating Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) because of its effects on limbic and paralimbic areas.

4. Treats Schizophrenia.

Listed as the top 15 causes of disability in the world schizophrenia affects over 7.5 million adults in the United States alone.

CBD is proved to be an effective antipsychotic medication, which doesn't affect appetite or metabolic rate (which is a common side-effect of other Schizophrenia medications).

5. Reduces post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7-8% of the total US population has PTSD; four percent of men and ten percent of women develop PTSD at some point in their lives.

One reason for PSTD is endocannabinoids deficiency, and medical marijuana helps in recovering the missing endocannabinoids, thus treating PTSD.

Researchers at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) found that PTSD patients usually have lower levels of anandamide, which endogenous cannabinoids have in their compound.

bipolar disorder

6. Treats bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is a mental condition linked to mood swings, which can be unpredictable and extreme, and it can affect the way you perform your daily activities.

For this mental disorder, administration of CBD comes with several medicinal effects and can be a potent mood booster due to the delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol it contains.

A study in 2016 found that people with bipolar disorder reported having better moods after consuming medical marijuana.

7. Treats opioid addiction.

According to a 2015 study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 33,000 deaths by overdose of opioid drugs occurred in the United States.

Having been used for pain management for decades marijuana helps opiate addicts prevent withdrawal and fight the cravings they experience when they’re coming off drugs.

A more recent study, “Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010,” also reported a 25 percent reduction in opiate overdose in the United States where marijuana was made legal.

8. Treats ADHD.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) affects 6-9% children and young adults in the world.

Studies show that cannabis improves impulse control, making cognitive decision-making more likely to occur, thus helping in reversing the ADHD symptoms.

In a study of 268 online discussion threads, 25% of people agreed with the fact that medical marijuana is useful for treating ADHD.

9. Treats Migraines.

Medical marijuana helps in treating migraine headaches and provides better results in comparison with other migraine medications.

In 2016, a retrospective analysis reviewed data of 121 adults with migraines who were recommended to use medical marijuana. The study reported a significant decrease in the frequency of migraine attacks from 10.4 to 4.6 a month.

10. Promotes relaxation.

promotes relaxation

Studies have found that a low dose of THC helps people relieve stress, whereas moderate to high dose boosts relaxation.

Also, many surveys show that “relaxation” is one of the main reasons why marijuana is so popular among millions of people in the world.

11. Regulates mood and emotions.

Cannabis strains help people focus more on work and improve their quality of life. Harlequin, Jack Herer, Laughing Buddha, Pineapple Express, and Blue Magoo are some of the strains that are well-known for their excellent antidepressant properties.

Studies reported that even low doses of marijuana could increase serotonin levels, thus improving the mood.

As stated in a study published in 2012, the endocannabinoid system activated by THC also helps in the processing of emotions, making this a proper remedy for those who have problems regulating their emotions.

12. Relieves obsessive thoughts.

Usually, obsessive or intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to repeat themselves, causing a lot of distress, fear, and anxiety.  These type of thoughts can create a psychological barrier by themselves and even though some stick around only for some days, others appear and disappear for weeks, month or even years. Because of their unpredictable nature, these thoughts are stress-fueled and create havoc in the hormonal system of the body.

Relieves obsessive thoughts

On the other hand, THC present in cannabis has a soothing effect that can help people reduce unwanted, recurring thoughts and obsessions.

Although there is a wide range of misconceptions regarding the health issues related to the marijuana use, it is a well-proven fact that marijuana is a harmless substance which can relax your body and mind.

In conclusion, consuming marijuana can be very helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and many other mental health conditions, but even though you can use it for medical purposes, you'll need a medical marijuana recommendation signed by a certified doctor in many US states.

Did marijuana help you improve the quality of your life, and if yes, how? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.


About the Author: James J Harper

James is a blogger by profession. He has been writing on medical marijuana for the last 7 years. Presently, he is writing for Medical Cannabis in Orange County & Online Medical Marijuana Card, Orange County, since 2015.

The A-to-Z Guide of CBD Oil: What, How, and Why

The A-to-Z Guide of CBD Oil: What, How, and Why

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, which is widely known as CBD, is the largest chemical compound in the hemp or cannabis plant. Considered an excellent remedy for many common ailments CBD's popularity is indeed on the rise.   However, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC), CBD oil doesn’t have any psychoactive properties.

If you ever wondered how people ‘get high, well, it’s the THC! Also associated with cannabis, or marijuana, THC is a primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp plant. But despite their similar chemical structures, CBD and THC don’t really affect the body in the same way. In fact, many studies have proven that CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects found in the THC.

Also, while CBD oil is found mainly in extractions, THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana. Made by soaking the hemp plant in a solvent, CBD is actually among the one hundred and four chemical compounds referred to as cannabinoids found in the hemp or cannabis plant.

However,  it’s the use of CBD oil that can alleviate many unwanted symptoms, and cure many modern illnesses like depression, anxiety, and stress. On the other hand, THC use can come with adverse psychological side effects. For this reason, CBD oil has become a necessity in the health and wellness industry.

CBD oil products

cannabis oil and hemp

CBD products are easy to distinguish, and they fall into three categories:

Full-spectrum

These are products that have their THC levels of less than 0.3%. The oil is transparent but also has some gold reflections in it. Also, because they are less refined than the crystalline isolate products, they contain a minimal level of THC. Due to the concentrations of THC in them, these CBD oils are great because of the resulting entourage effect.

The only disadvantages of this type of oil are the risk of failing a drug test that its use represents, and of course, the earthy taste. In case you don’t like this taste, you can flavor it according to your wishes.

Crystalline Isolates

These products do not have any THC, and they look like salt crystals. Since they don’t contain any THC, these products are tasteless, and you won't fail any drug test.

The main disadvantage of using these oils is that they lack the plants' nutrients so the product will not be as potent as you would like. To compensate, you’ll need to use more oil to feel its effects.

Unrefined full spectrum

These products have less than 0.3% THC, and they also have other components. The oil looks very thick, cloudy and dark. Because of the low levels of THC and the other components such as plant nutrients, cannabinoids, and omegas 3, 6, and 9 found in it, this oil is considered to be rich in nutrients. If the company that makes this product does not flavor this product appropriately, then it will have a very earthy and dark taste.

How the CBD works

Did you know that the human body produces its cannabinoids that work together with all the body systems?

Every vertebrate has an endocannabinoid system known as the ECS. Besides producing cannabinoids, just like the immune system and the nervous system, the ECS has specific functions. Cannabinoids regulate things like motor control, sleep, mood, pain perception, appetite, and memory.  Thus, ECS is basically in charge of regulating homeostasis in our bodies. But as we age, just like everything else in our bodies, the ECS wears out, and the inner equilibrium crumbles.

Diseases and injury also influence the function of the ECS. The sicker and older we get, fewer cannabinoids get produced, and as a result,  we end up cannabinoid deficient. Early one, we start getting cannabinoids from our mother's milk, and as grown-ups, we can actually outsource by using more often the hemp plant. As a result of plant-based cannabinoids use, your ECS will also become more stimulated, causing your body to be more in balance.

Can you overdose on CBD?

Medicinal Cannabis

When you are taking CBD oil in a pill or capsule, it’s the same as when you are eating fruits or drinking coffee; you can never have too much. You can never overdose from eating of too many fruits. The real problem comes up when you do not eat them enough, and the same goes for cannabinoids.

However, it is important to know how much CBD you are using especially in reference to the type of product that you are using. A good starting point is that you can decrease or increase the amount of CBD you are taking depending on how you are feeling.

In the same way that you are eating your vegetables approximately three times a day, try taking CBD after every meal. However, taking CBD doesn’t come with an exact prescription. You may find people who are suffering from insomnia who take one a day, before bedtime.

Some with chronic pain, on the other hand, may end up taking it up to five a day. Different bodies process nutrients differently, and because of this, you should start slow and find your own dosage.

Benefits of CBD oils

As a pain relief remedy

The most celebrated benefit of using CBD oil is its excellent analgesic effect. Because people used marijuana as a pain reliever for centuries, the news that CBD oil also works as a great pain reliever should not come with a shock. Numerous studies show that CBD reacts with the receptors in the immune and brain system in order to reduce any inflammation and alleviate any pain.

The ECS, also known as the endocannabinoid system, is a specialized system that is involved in regulating many functions of the body like sleep, appetite, and pain responses. Made up by neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoid which bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system, the EC is as an emerging target of pharmacotherapy.

Though the body produces its own cannabinoids, many studies actually show that CBD oil impact for the better neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors.

Research has also shown that CBD can offer immense pain relief without inducing any adverse side effects on the people using it. There is an oral spray in the market at the moment known as Sativex that contains restricted THC levels and CBD oil that is used to treat pain-related illnesses related to multiple sclerosis.

It has anti-seizure properties

Most seizures that affect most people happen because there is a dramatic fluctuation in the electrical activities inside the brain. Recently, research has shown that CBD oil has significant properties that counteract these interruptions when they happen thus reducing the seizures.

It fights anxiety

It fights anxiety

Depression and anxiety are very common in today's world, and they can have a devastating effect on a person's well-being and overall health. According to the WHO, World Health Organization, depression and issues related to anxiety are among the leading contributors to disability in the whole world.

Most of the time, depression and anxiety are treated with prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are proven to have numerous side effects that include agitation, headaches, insomnia, drowsiness and sexual dysfunction.

Unfortunately, medicines like benzodiazepines have addictive properties and can lead to substance abuse. Luckily, recent studies show that CBD can also assist in the therapy of a variety of mental health issues like anxiety.

Also, CBD oil has been safely used to treat anxiety and insomnia in children with post-traumatic stress disorder, and it has some antidepressant effects. These effects are set in motion by the CBD'S ability to act on specific brain receptors, which are related to the production of serotonin. Lastly, because serotonin regulates a person's social behavior and mood, CBD use can come with great benefits.

It helps in fighting cancer

CBD oil has been used in many ways when it comes to the treatment of cancer. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties CBD has compounds that have antitumor effects. CBD can also support the death of particular tumor cells, and it also helps in the reduction of the production of cancer cells in cancer patients.

Besides this, CBD helps in reducing the symptoms which are related to cancer while minimizing the side effects of the strong medicines used for chemotherapy. Symptoms like pain, nausea, and vomiting are some of the worst kinds of side effects that many cancer patients suffer through when they’re undergoing treatment. Although there are drugs that are specifically manufactured to combat these symptoms, none of them are as effective as the CBD oil.

It reduces the risk of diabetes

The benefits of using CBD oil for diabetes are not so popular, but CBD oil helps in reducing the risks associated with developing diabetes.

It helps in reducing acne

fight acne

More than nine percent of the entire population has suffered some form of acne at some point in their life. There is no specific cause of acne, but studies have shown that underlying inflammation, an oily secretion that was made by the sebaceous glands, bacteria, overproduction of sebum and genetics have been linked to its cause.

According to recent research studies, CBD oil can help treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, CBD oil can reduce the production of sebum by preventing the activation of ‘pro-acne' agents such as inflammatory cytokines, thus reducing instances of acne flare-ups.

It has neuroprotective properties

Studies have shown that CBD can act on the brain signaling system and the endocannabinoid system, which provides in return essential benefits to people who are suffering from neurological disorders.

Patients with disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy have shown significant improvement once they started using CBD oil. New on the market,  Sativex is an oral spray which has controlled levels of THC and CBD, and which alleviates neuropathic pain, muscle spasticity, and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Additionally, CBD has been proven to have antipsychotic properties. According to many studies, CBD can help people who are suffering from schizophrenia and most mental disorders by reducing the symptoms associated with their psychotic tendencies.

It benefits the health of the heart

Recent studies have shown that CBD oil has several benefits with regards to the circulatory and heart system. And one of the benefits includes its ability to reduce high blood pressure significantly. High blood pressure is a risk factor that is associated with a variety of health conditions like heart attack, metabolic syndrome and stroke.

CBD oil is an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure. Researchers believe that the anxiety-reducing and the stress relieving properties of the CBD oil are responsible for its capability in reducing high blood pressure.

Moreover, because of it's stress-reducing properties and its powerful antioxidants, CBD can help reduce the rates of cellular death and inflammation that occurs with heart diseases.

The 10 Most common questions asked about CBD oil

Whenever we do not have enough information about something, then we end up misinterpreting it and most of the time this where myths are born. It’s not surprising that CBD oil has some myths because not many people understand it. Some of the questions below are the most asked questions by people who are curious about CBD.

1) What is CBD oil?

CBD is an essential compound of hemp or cannabis, a plant that is known for its neuro-protectant, inflammatory and analgesic properties. Usually, CBS gets extracted from cannabis or marijuana by using a powerful, inflammable, and non-toxic component which is carbon dioxide.

2) Is CBD similar to marijuana?

Most of the time people see marijuana somehow being the same as hemp oil because it can relieve pain as quickly as marijuana does. However, cannabis has two different varieties that get differentiated concerning the cultivation process, chemical properties, and other uses. First one, being hemp,  gets cultivated for its natural oils, and is a great pain reliever. Many people also use it for fabrics and making rope, some as food. The second one, marijuana, is generally used for smoking, and it contains high levels of about 20% of the psychoactive ingredient known as THC. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC.

3) If I use CBD oil, will I feel intoxicated?

This question is the most popular when inquiring about CBD oil. CBD does not have any form of psychoactive components like there are in marijuana. Therefore, you will definitely not get or feel intoxicated when you are using CBD oil.

4) Is CBD oil safe to use?

The well-known and respectable companies that produce high-quality CBD oil ensure that their products reach the market only after it has undergone consistent testing. Since the core product of CBD is hemp, the hemp is being grown with a lot of precaution by avoiding all types of pesticides and chemicals.

Due to this factor, the plant is considered organic and exceptionally qualitative. Though CBD is very safe and has very minimal if not any side effects, it’s crucial to consult a qualified physician before purchasing any products.

5) How do you take CBD oil?

CBD comes in different forms too. If bought as pills,  they usually need to be placed under the tongue in order for them to dissolve more easily. Taken as capsules, they need to be swallowed like any other medicine. In case you want to use CBD on a specific part of the body and you want a strong effect then you can use CBD ointments. Also, CBD oil can be inhaled when taken in vapor form.

If you want to use it on a specific part of the body and you really want a concentrated effect, then you can use a CBD ointment. Also, CBD oil can be taken in vapor form when it’s inhaled.

6) What types of conditions does CBD help?

As discussed above, CBD has a lot of benefits, and it has been researched and proven to help in healing many diseases like asthma, inflammation, epilepsy, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, insomnia, and many others.

7) When you are using CBD will it show on a drug test?

Since most CBD oils are deficient in THC, you don't need to worry about not passing any random drug testing at home or in the workplace. This fact is especially true if the product you are using falls in the crystalline isolates category.

8) Is CBD oil available online?

The CBD oil, which works great as a pain reliever, can be purchased online. However, since not all states have legalized cannabis, without a proper medical urgency, you can’t buy CBD.

In order to ensure that no people overdose on CBD, these laws apply in different states.

9) How much does it cost?

The cost of CBD oils varies because of two factors: first, to the quantity, and second,  the potency. The compounds found in the oil play an important role in deciding how much the CBD oil will cost.

10) Is using CBD legal?

Compared to cannabis, CBD is legal in more states. Since CBD has very low THC, many countries want to legalize it due to its numerous benefits. Therefore, you will not be breaking the law if you plan on using it.

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