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Targeting Inflammation with CBD

  It is certainly clear that our most pervasive chronic conditions share a common feature in terms of their underlying cause. Whether we are talking about coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, or even Alzheimer’s disease, what current medical literature reveals is the powerful role that inflammation plays in these and other common conditions. Ultimately, the main issue with higher levels of inflammation that manifests as damage to tissue is the fact that when inflammation has been turned on, it increases the production of damaging free radicals, a situation we call oxidative stress. When oxidative stress is running rampant, damage occurs to our proteins, and fat, and even our DNA. Over the years there has been extensive research...

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Hemp is a plant with enormous potential for profits. Why isn’t it legal yet?

Instead of paying farmers subsidies to grow unprofitable crops, wouldn’t it make more sense to legalize hemp agriculture and unleash billions in profit potential? President Donald Trump recently announced that a multi-billion dollar financial aid plan for farmers would soon be coming down the pike. The subsidies for farmers are intended to help farmers who’ve been hit hard by new, retaliatory tariffs. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the three-part, $12 billion plan will help ensure that farmers and ranchers aren’t overly burdened by the Trump administration’s vigorous efforts to restore balance to the United States’ trade affairs. Keeping American farmers in business is a top priority, no doubt. But many are wondering why this administration hasn’t tried to shift focus onto...

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Where does CBD come from? Meet the parent..

by Kristina Etter Although THC and CBD often steal the limelight in the world of medical cannabis, there are many other cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant which play a role in the health and wellness benefits of cannabis. This cannabinoid in particular, cannabigerol (CBG, or CBGA in its acidic form), is my favorite of the lesser known cannabinoids. As the parent cannabinoid of THC and CBD, this non-psychoactive compound is usually found in very small amounts in most cannabis plants but is quite prevalent in hemp strains. First discovered and isolated in 1975, this tiny molecule carries a ton of potential. As a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBG produces none of the typical effects of cannabis, but CBG can kill...

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Are There Non-Cannabis Plants That Also Have Cannabinoids

A huge discovery was made in 1992 that has had a ripple effect on the way we look at plants and alternative remedies. Until cannabis was first (seriously) studied 50 years ago, we didn’t know about this vital system in the body. Amusingly, this means all of the terms surrounding this system are derived from the word “cannabis.” Everyone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with a duty to keep the body in a neutral state. The ECS is comprised of “cannabinoid receptors” attached to cells in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system to regulate many functions within the body. Thanks, Dad It wasn’t until Dr. Mechoulam, whose nickname “Father of Cannabis” is well deserved, sought to learn why cannabis affects...

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