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Healthy Hemp Helping Families: Nancy Russo

But, that’s not all.“That week, they were checking my aorta and they found lung cancer. Talk about a kick in the pants,” Nancy explains. Her spectrum of conditions are so vast she has to explain them to doctors.Nancy was an outdoor lover! Hiking, jet sking, boating, and gardening. But, as her EDS got worse, she found herself missing outings with her family and heading to the ER. “There are days when you truly cannot get out of bed because you know once those feet hit the floor, the pain goes from toes all the way up the spine.” Allergies and malabsorption rendered pain medications useless. Anxiety, insomnia, and loss appetite compounded Nancy’s health issues until she was in organ failure two years ago.“I was a bit surprised. Most doctors think that’s taboo saying, ‘Oh all our chemical medications will fix you’ kind of attitude.” Nancy ended up trying 2 different brands of CBD while living in California. She slept better and saw a difference in her joint pain. The true test-she could push a shopping cart again.Nancy + Healthy Hemp = Back in Action Nancy found Healthy Hemp while searching online for Charlotte’s Web. She noticed a quick change in her tremors, headaches, joint pain, and sleep. And, she’s back in action, playing with her grandkids.Nancy’s doctors noticed a difference!And, some friends have tried CBD with good results. “I have always believed God put these plants on the earth for our healing…The staff at Healthy Hemp are incredible. Always polite and very helpful on product information.  Tyler has been wonderful and I am very grateful for Healthy Hemp and CW for helping me live a little better.Nancy was a lucky winner of our Healthy Hemp phone accessory giveaway. We NEVER thought these fun phone accessories would actually help people, but Nancy has a hard time holding onto items like her phone. Thanks to the phone accessory, she’s got a grip again! Even her doctor noticed and got himself a Healthy Hemp one too!We can’t guarantee results like Nancy has experienced. But, we can share with you what other customers are saying about how much they love using Healthy Hemp products. Our customers are our number one resource!Since we are the distributors of these trusted products, we are very limited in what we can say and recommend. Fortunately for us, WE HAVE YOU! We use your input on a daily business to spread the word and continue on our mission to break negative stigmas about hemp products and the hemp industry.Great Service “As a repeat customer l appreciate the great service and fast shipping. Calls made to them were extremely helpful in deciding exactly which product to purchase. None better as far as l’m concerned.”     -Patrick R.CW HEMP + EXTRA LOVE “I was able to completely stop taking my epilepsy Rx thanks to CW Hemp+ Extra! It also helps with my chronic pain, migraines & anxiety! I can’t thank HealthyHemp enough!!!  I’m a Healthy Hemp customer for life!”     -Shannon D.CW Topical Gel Pen  Best topical pain reliever ever “I can’t tell you how many different topical pain creams to help my chronic pain but I can tell you that this will be the last. I will NEVER not have this stuff again; it’s too good. I have a bone disease that has made my joints basically fuse themselves and that has made pain control so difficult. I’m still on narcotics for overall functionality but CW and this particular product, has changed my life for good! I will say though, it would be great if the tube was clear and there was a dial so that you could tell when you’re getting low and need to reorder. It’s next to impossible to tell how much is left with the opaque plastic. But that is literally the only downside of this product. Thank you CW!!!”     -Annie G.+CBDoil Balm, A Game changer    “I’m a dental hygienist with chronic shoulder pain, my husband has chronic shoulder pain from an injury as well. I’ve tried it all. Cortisone shots, therapy, regular massage, acupuncture. This balm changed our lives. We couldn’t believe how fast this balm worked at relieving our pain. Serious game changer. We are now lifetime users will not leave home without it!”     -Sarah

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Could CBD Help?

CBD & Breast CancerWith those kinds of stats, we all know a family who has been affected by breast cancer. Healthy Hemp customers love telling us how they use CBD as part of their self-care routines when they are in a health crisis.There’s a lot of research out there and it can be overwhelming! We want to make it easier for you to get the information you need to help you and your family live healthy lives.Healthyhemp.com Click here for a beeline to a list of resources and articles about breast cancer right on our websiteStudy: CBD Kills Breast Cancer CellsHere’s an excerpt from this study conducted by the  American Association for Cancer Research “It suggests that cannabinoid-based medicines may be useful for the treatment of most breast tumor subtypes, stating that “these compounds exert anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic [cell-killing], anti-migratory and anti-invasive actions in a wide spectrum of cancer cells in culture.” Cannabinoids vs. Cancer  In this article learn, learn how CBD and cannabis might play a role in “apoptosis.” That’s a big word for how human cells die. Click to read what both Italian and Israeli researchers found.In this article read about Dr. Sean McAllister and his discoveries about using CBD in conjunction with breast cancer treatments. He said, “This compound offers the hope of a non-toxic therapy that could achieve the same results without any of the painful side effects.”Click Here to watch this video CBD Spray Vanilla        “I have breast cancer. I was told to try this for pain. It has been such a great help for me. I feel better and can now sleep at night. Thanks for making such a great product and making it available for me”    -Mary H.Hoping…          “I am new to this product. So, it’s hard to post an in-depth review. However, what I can tell you is that it does offer ‘hope’. Hope for my sister who has cancer. I’ve read various articles in regards to its help in fighting cancer. So, our fingers are crossed and our prayers are being said. The service from CW is wonderful. Much appreciated and we will continue ordering from here!”    -Sharon H.MS and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma “I started taking Everyday Advanced hemp oil by Charlotte’s Web a month ago and it has taken some of the chronic pain away. It gives me a wonderful night sleep and with bone cancer that is not an easy thing to do. Healthy Hemp is very good to work with.” -Dawn S.

Healthy Hemp Resources You Can Count On

Have you heard of the Realm of Caring?If you’re a Healthy Hemp customer, or social media follower, you’ve probably heard us talk a lot about The Realm of Caring. Maybe we’ve even recommended the you give them a call!  It’s an amazing non-profit organization working to advance research, education, and advocacy around the science of cannabis. At Healthy Hemp, we love telling our customers to check out RoC resources. They work directly with the folks from Charlotte’s Web and they’re our go-to for tough questions.“We improve lives through Research, Education, and Advocacy. By funding and conducting Research, we learn more about cannabis and its effects while legitimizing the therapy. Education empowers consumers to select the best products for their individual needs, and informs healthcare professionals about options for their patients. Through Advocacy, we spread the truth about cannabis and expand access to those in need.Here’s how RoC can help YOU!Dosing recommendations Talk to a specialist Explore their research Check out their FAQs here

Healthy Hemp helps you to be Informed!

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Healthy Hemp’s done the homework for you this week. The peeps behind PlusCBDOil are taking time to really examine how CBD oil can influence your endocannabinoid system and what that means for anxiety and depression. In this article, The Endocannabinoid System and CBD’s Role in Stress, Anxiety, and Fear Responses, the authors talk about several studies and how CBD is reducing the fight or flight response and other fear-based responses in both mice and humans in clinical trials.Need more info? Read this article from Herb. Learn about the role the human Endocannabinoid System plays in our nervous systems. And, hear how former UFC pro Bas Rutten is using CBD for physical and emotional pain.Sticking with this brand “I was surprised to notice that it lessened my pain and helped a little with anxiety. It wasn’t a super miracle that wiped out all pain and ailments but it certainly did make it manageable. I noticed the pain in my knees lessened to where I didn’t want to scream after bending down. I do think I could use a higher dose and so ill be trying the 500mg next. I did try another brand of CBD oil and it certainly didn’t compare as far as taste as well as benefits and seemed too chemically. Blah! I’ll stick with this brand!”   -DeannaFinally relief from stabbing pain! “The 35 mg. CBD capsules that I bought from you have helped greatly with my osteoarthritis! It has also lessened the pain from fibromyalgia on really bad days, and has eliminated it on regular days. I can’t thank you enough! I will definitely be a regular customer! Plus, I have to say your staff and service are friendly, knowledgeable, informative, and the delivery is very fast. Thank you just doesn’t seem to say enough. But, THANK YOU!!”  -JaneEven the Skeptic loves it! “I’ve noticed a huge change in my anxiety and lack of sleep. I’m finally sleeping through the night and it’s wonderful. I’ve also been able to manage my pain from a fall down wet stairs followed by a car accident two weeks later without any pain medications. Even my husband, who was a bit skeptical and hasn’t used the oil over the last few weeks, plans to start using it again after not sleeping so well again and his anxiety has kicked up again. Hint for using the mint flavored…. Follow it with some chocolate milk! We use the dark chocolate almond milk. So good!”  -Angela

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Healthy Hemp: We want be the positive change!

Forbes reported that the CBD market will grow to a $2.1 billion market in consumer sales by 2020 with $450 million of those sales coming from hemp-based sources. That’s a 700% increase from 2016. The industry is growing fast! And, Healthy Hemp is keeping up with the changes and working to bring you the latest innovations, products, and information.

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The Endocannabinoid System and CBD’s Role in Stress, Anxiety, and Fear Responses

*Article originally published by www.leafly.com and shared by Healthy Hemp, as an informational customer resource.This article is sponsored by PlusCBD Oil, a product line from CV Sciences (formerly CannaVest). CV Sciences is one of the leading suppliers and manufacturers of agricultural hemp-derived CBD bulk and finished products.
The biological mechanisms that control mood, anxiety, stress, fear, and other emotional behavior have been focused almost exclusively on the role of certain neurotransmitters called monoamines. While monoamines like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine play an important role in controlling mood and anxiety, the vast majority of drug-based therapies that target those “monoaminergic” systems are limited in their efficacy.More recently, research has begun to highlight other neurochemical systems, including cytokines, peptides, and bioactive lipids. By diving deeper into the science of bioactive lipids, we begin to unearth the potential role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in stress and fear responses.

The Endocannabinoid System’s Role in the Human Body

The ECS has been described as a complex physiologic network within the human body comprised of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). There are endogenous cannabinoid compounds such as anandamide and 2-AG, and their respective enzymes responsible for maintaining balance in the system by regulating the synthesis and breakdown of the active endocannabinoid compounds.Not surprisingly, cannabinoid receptors and the biochemical machinery necessary to synthesize and generate cannabinoids are present within areas of the brain known to control emotional behavior, mood, stress, and fear. These structures include the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, and periaqueductal gray (PAG) of the midbrain.

What Happens in the Brain When Cannabinoid Receptors are Activated?

Preclinical studies in mice have clearly shown that activation of cannabinoid receptors within the PAG via direct injection of anandamide reduces panic and anxiety behavior, or the “fight or flight” phenomenon. Other studies using a similar model in animals have shown decreased fear-avoidant and conditioned responses to pain or punishment.However, before we jump the gun and feel like we have fear, anxiety, and stress responses all figured out, it’s not as simple as activating receptors through cannabinoid administration. Other animal studies utilizing systemic injections of Δ9-THC (not directly into the PAG of the midbrain) have demonstrated mixed responses, eliciting either anxiogenic (promoting increased levels of anxiety) or anxiolytic (decreasing levels of anxiety).This bidirectional or paradoxical response appears to be dose-dependent, where lower doses seem to reduce stress, anxiety, and panic, while higher doses may promote increased feelings of stress, panic, and fear. These opposing effects are likely a result of the involvement of other neurotransmitter circuits within the brain that, when inhibited, actually create a hyper-excitable response of stress, anxiety, and fear.

Striking a Balance Within the Cannabinoid System

To illustrate what neuroscientists currently feel is happening, think of being in a car with the brake pedal and accelerator. When the cannabinoid system is functioning to decrease fear, stress, and panic, the foot is being taken off of the accelerator in the areas of PAG-midbrain centers.On the other hand, when dosing is too high, or there is an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system, whereby CB1 receptors are being over-activated in lieu of CB2, that’s like taking the foot off the brake pedal, thereby removing inhibition that was normally in place and allowing the engine to rev higher—increased fear, anxiety, and stress from activation of other circuits in the brain that are normally applying the brake.More recently, other preclinical research has demonstrated the important role of maintaining a healthy endocannabinoid system “tone” for improved stress resilience and reducing the residual post-traumatic anxiety, fear, and panic behaviors in mice that were chronically exposed to stress. Interestingly, the greater the exposure to stress, the greater the magnitude of the response to treatment (by improving the ECS and cannabinoid signaling).

Are Cannabinoid Compounds the “Gatekeepers” to Healthy Stress Levels?

One theory is that anadamide and 2-AG are acting as “gatekeepers” to keep the stress response and high emotional loads at bay and improving recovery to pre-stress levels once the stress burden is reduced to baseline. Moreover, there is evidence from preliminary human studies that disrupting endocannabinoid signaling and regulation has important impacts on the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis by increasing signs of anxiety and depression.There is an emerging role in the interplay between the immune system and the neuro-endocrine system, such that the field of psychoneuroimmunology has exploded with new basic and preclinical research over the past 5 years. The crosstalk between the immune system, cytokine signaling, and the nervous system influencing behavior, anxiety, and mood has been proposed by numerous preclinical studies. A number of recent studies have demonstrated a role of CB2 receptors classically associated with the immune system in anxiety and depression-related behavior in animal models and human clinical studies.In this context, it’s interesting to note that a balanced ECS appears to be pivotal to a healthy stress response and mitigating fear, anxiety, and panic that tend to accumulate with dysfunctional responses to stress.

CBD and Anxiety Reduction in Humans

A randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial in 15 humans demonstrated that up to 600 mg of CBD (cannabidiol) reduced measured anxiety compared to increased levels with a 10 mg dose of Δ9-THC. CBD appears to activate other receptors outside CB2, including 5HT1A and TRPV1, both of which are involved in the anxiolytic and mitigating panic/fear responses to stress.The totality of the best available scientific evidence points to the importance of balancing the tone of the endocannabinoid system for supporting a healthy stress response. This preclinical and emerging human clinical data support the use of a CBD-rich or CBD-overweighted extract of cannabis for modulating fear, anxiety, and a healthy stress response. 

CBD and Hemp article References:

Campos AC, Ferreira FR, Guimarães FS. Cannabidiol blocks long-lasting behavioral consequences of predator threat stress: possible involvement of 5HT1A receptors. J Psychiatr Res. 2012 Nov;46(11):1501-10.Campos AC, Guimarães FS. Evidence for a potential role for TRPV1 receptors in the dorsolateral periaqueductal gray in the attenuation of the anxiolytic effects of cannabinoids. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Nov 13;33(8):1517-21.Fusar-Poli P, Crippa JA, Bhattacharyya S, et al. Distinct effects of {delta}9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol on neural activation during emotional processing. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;66(1):95-105.Hill MN, Patel S. Translational evidence for the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in stress-related psychiatric illnesses. Biol Mood Anxiety Disord. 2013 Oct 22;3(1):19.Saito VM, Wotjak CT, Moreira FA. Pharmacological exploitation of the endocannabinoid system: new perspectives for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2010 May;32 Suppl 1:S7-14.Witkin JM, Tzavara ET, Nomikos GG. A role for cannabinoid CB1 receptors in mood and anxiety disorders. Behav Pharmacol. 2005 Sep;16(5-6):315-31.

Your Guide to Taking CW Hemp Products

*Healthy Hemp sharing this blog post originally published by CWHemp.com
 We’ve received remarkable feedback from so many CW customers who report positive results from using Charlotte’s Web products. If you’re just getting started or moving up to a different strength, you might not be getting your desired results yet because you haven’t found the perfect amount of CW for your individual needs. That can be frustrating. No one wants to feel like Goldilocks, bouncing between “too much” and “too little.” We want to help you find the amount that’s juuuust right – your CW sweet spot.Every person’s body and metabolic process is different. The effects of one drop for some could be the same as an entire dropper for others. While we have the highest level of quality controls in place to make sure that each bottle of CW Hemp is consistent, everyone’s body will metabolize the hemp extracts differently. That’s why we suggest a process for acclimating to CW Hemp that’s based on your own body’s responses.We know that people also take CW for many different and varied reasons —  from mood stabilization and recovery from exercise-induced inflammation to more serious issues — so one set of instructions does not fit all.Here is how to start in a way that gently gets you in the groove, whether it’s your first time using the products or you’re moving up to the next strength.

Before we get started

If you’re trying CW Hemp products for and suffer from issues outside of those promoted on the label, we suggest you speak to a health care professional or a trusted resource like a customer care specialist at The Realm of Caring(link  ) who can talk to you about your specific needs and give you personalized assistance.Video: More about The Realm of Caring

The Step-Up Method

Before you build up to the recommended serving size, you can start with less to gradually acclimate. Many of us at CW use a step-up method to get started or move to new strengths. Like we said, everybody is different, and even those in the CW family have to take the time to figure out what’s best for our individual needs.Start with ¼ a dropper daily for 7 days (or longer, if you want to move more slowly).If you know you are sensitive to supplements and over the counter drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen, consider starting with 4 drops.Take at a consistent time of day so it’s easier to notice effects.If you notice some results then — Eureka! — you’ve found your sweet spot. If not, then “step up” by either doubling this initial amount OR use the same amount but take 2 times a day. Either way, keep this pattern consistent for 7 days.Notice how you feel. Take note of any shifts mentally or physically.If you haven’t noticed any changes, step up to the next level. Double your nighttime serving for the next 7 days.Again, consistency is the best way to evaluate how it’s working.Continue increasing by doubling one of your servings each week until you reach your desired results. If you find yourself needing to exceed the recommended serving amount, that’s a good indication that it’s time to step up to a different strength.If you hit a point when you feel it’s too strong, take a “half step” down (ex. if you were using increments of 1/4 a dropper to move up, then reduce by only an 1/8 of a dropper). Now you’re narrowing in on the range, getting closer your sweet spot.If taking our Simply Hemp capsules, start with 1 capsule once a day, ideally at nighttime. Then increase to 1 capsule 2 times a day.Instead of doubling the amounts, like we did for liquid, add one capsule in the PM for a week, then add one capsule in the AM for a week, noticing changes along the way.How to find your perfect dose of CW Hemp oilOther Variables to ConsiderTime of day: We suggest starting at night. Many report that CW helps them get great sleep. This may not be the effect you notice at first but if great sleep is the result, all the better to be close to bedtime for your first few servings.Setting: While the world doesn’t slow down for our health needs (how great would it be if it did!), doing what you can to be in a relaxed place may be helpful in observing your personal health results. At home may be the best place to take your first couple of servings.If you “don’t feel anything,” don’t feel frustrated.  It just means that you haven’t found your ideal level yet. You can continue this process until you feel what’s right or move on to a higher concentration.Remember that if you’re starting with Everyday, you may be able to start with a larger initial serving, but if you’re starting out with Everyday Plus or Everyday Advanced, smaller increments to start may set you on your best path.CW Pro tip: For Everyday Plus users who feel they go through the bottle too quickly, consider a step up to Everyday Advanced.At a full 50 mg hemp extract per 0.6mL serving in our Everyday Advanced, users may find results with less than a full serving. Which means a 1 oz. bottle that gives you 50 servings may last much longer than expected while still helping you get great results.

Healthy Hemp Morning Boost Recipes

Morning Boost Smoothie  1 medium banana 6 strawberries 1 date Hand full of blueberries 1/2 cup ice 1 cup almond milk Handful kale or spinach (kids won’t notice the spinach at all!) Spoonful of peanut butter or PB powder 1mg CW Everyday Plus Chocolate MintWhirl it all in a blender and enjoy. For kids-be sure to get a thick straw or put it in one of your to-go coffee mugs to drink on the way to school.Morning Boost Coffee:  Got to get kids organized an out the door in the morning? Try a dropper of CW Hemp Chocolate Mint in your morning coffee for flavor and, maybe an extra dash of focus.

Healthy Hemp Helping Families: Kristen and Jackson

Healthy Hemp and Autism The latest estimate of autism prevalence—1 in 68—is up 30 percent from the 1 in 88 rate reported in 2008, and more than double the 1 in 150 rate in 2000. In fact, the trend has been steeply upward since the early 1990s, not only in the U.S. but globally. *www.scientificamerican.comCould all-natural Hemp Extracts supplements be something these families could really benefit from? You be the judge. We receive many reviews from customers that have family members with autism disorders and they all have the highest of hopes! In fact, we would love to introduce you to our very own Kristen Lux and her son, Jackson! Kristen has been a part of the Healthy Hemp team for a little over 5 months now, and she quickly witnessed how the hemp extract products were giving her son a better quality of life!Jackson’s mom, Kristen, is happy to report that her son is finding relief thanks to Healthy Hemp.But, it wasn’t always that way.When he was 3, Jackson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). His family saw other kids developing and hitting the usual milestones while Jackson was non-verbal. Before trying hemp extracts, his family struggled to coach 5 words out of him a day. He was anxious and had regular meltdowns; including self-harming behaviors and screaming from sensory overload.Kristen began researching ways to help Jackson cope. “The more research I did, the more I kept running into information on the benefits of hemp extracts. The Charlotte’s Web brand in particular.” She says Healthy Hemp was full of useful information and pointed her to resources like The Realm of Caring where she got proper dosing information.Now, Jackson is thriving!Kristen says, “His growth in the past 5 months has been so dramatic it is incredible. Jackson’s doctors and therapists are all amazed with the benefits of Charlotte’s Web and how well it is working for us!” Kristen encourages other families to research hemp extracts and understand how it they might benefit you, or someone you know. She says, “Don’t be afraid to asking all the questions that are running through your head about it! Better understanding was the first huge step for me.”Healthy Hemp is thrilled to see this little guy doing so well!

Healthy Hemp Helping Families: Baby James

Below is a story from Renee, a loyal Healthy Hemp customer and recently reached out to us on Facebook. Her beautiful infant son, James, was suffering from seizures and in hospice care. She says it’s thanks to CW Hemp that he’s now “a vibrant, happy guy!”“James Micheal Anthony Freed was born via C Section on January 16th, 2017 and wasn’t expected to take a breath or live very long even if he did. James has never done “what’s expected”. James has been diagnosed with several congenital brain malformations Holoprosencephaly (HPE), severe hydrocephaly (his head measured 19 inches at birth), Schizencephaly, and epilepsy. He had one other diagnosis which has since been changed thankfully. With HPE 96% of children are stillborn or don’t take a breath, only 3% make it to 6 months, and 1% to a year. With all these conditions they guaranteed us there was no hope.Fast forward…James took his breath and kept breathing, went through shunt placement like a champ, but as the fluid came off he began to seize. One of the first things I asked about was Charlotte’s web oil. I had read an article and seen an interview years before about Charlotte Figi and the oil that saved her. Unfortunately, at that time here in Indiana it wasn’t legal the doctors told me. So another doctor, a Neurologist, put us on a drug and sent us home on hospice. James has always been a fighter but, as the fluid came off and his temperature controlled, sight and hearing became better, but the seizures became worse. He would seize for hours barely coming out before going into it again. I called the neurologist thinking he would want to see him, but he would just up the meds he had put him on. He had decided James was a lost cause and wasn’t going to help. I’m not being cynical either… he told me he wasn’t going to try new meds or really control James seizures. He was just making him comfortable until he passed away…That was the last straw if no one was going to help my baby I would. Miraculously, the hemp act passed and I could purchase Charlotte’s Web legally. I searched online to find a reputable seller, and came across Healthy Hemp. I went to their frequently asked questions and their information pages and was impressed this was exactly what I was looking for. Our hospice nurse said go for it, can’t hurt. Our order came quickly and the day it came in we started giving it to him. I’d searched dosing charts for infants online (I found a chart from a letter sent to doctors in a state that has legalized prescribed medical used on children) and as his weight has increased we have upped the amount in small increments.(Renee gives James CW Hemp Everyday Olive Oil drops) Within days of starting him on the oil, the seizures became less frequent and significantly shorter (this has continued as he’s grown to the point that seizures are rare) his eyes were open more and he began to thrive. All of his doctors know, I’ve never hidden anything, but I have let them know that I won’t be taking him off it no matter what their opinion.James is 6 months old as of July 16th and shows no signs of dying anytime soon. In fact, he’s meeting milestones! About 3 weeks or so from starting the oil we were taken off hospice. James is happy, smart, funny and working hard to keep proving the doctors wrong. He interacts with his three older siblings and is a little bit spoiled. We just had a half birthday with him. I am beyond certain he would not be here without the hemp extracts… the seizures would have taken him.A lot of parents in our support groups are looking and are adding charlotte’s web not just for seizures but for muscle tone issues and agitation. I always recommend Healthy Hemp because I know it’s reputation and what they have done for us. Oh, and we fired that neurologist our new one thinks our choice of giving him Charlotte’s Web is great and supports our decision. If I had one piece of advice to share, it’s try it! Don’t listen to the people who call say it won’t help, do it and don’t let them talk you down.”  

How advocates are inspiring members of Congress to champion national CBD oil legalization

*Originally published by http://www.thecannabist.co/ Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound touted for its medicinal promise — but marijuana- and hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD and low in intoxicating THC are facing a future yet to be determined.The Cannabist’s special report “CBD, TBD” explores a regulatory and legal landscape pockmarked by federal-state conflicts, national drug policy, pioneering research efforts, and disparate avenues toward the compound’s full legalization. This is the second installment in an ongoing series.Part I – Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctor’s CBD advice and federal laws
Paige Figi continues to trumpet the medicinal benefits and potential of cannabidiol.The Colorado Springs-area mother credits a whole-plant hemp extract oil that’s rich in the cannabis compound better known as CBD with drastically reducing her daughter Charlotte’s seizures caused by Dravet syndrome, a type of epilepsy.“It was her golden ticket,” Paige Figi said of the CBD oil that has since been branded Charlotte’s Web.Figi doesn’t know if the hemp-derived extracts that have stabilized her daughter’s health for more than five years would do the same for those suffering from epilepsy and other ailments.But she thinks people deserve the opportunity to find out for themselves.Now Figi, founder and executive director of the Coalition for Access Now, a national nonprofit organization that lobbies on behalf of hemp and CBD legalization, has thrown her weight behind efforts in Congress to remove CBD — and plants rich in cannabidiol and low in intoxicating THC — from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).The Republican-sponsored legislation is the “quick fix” patients deserve, she said.

“These people have a case”

Earlier this spring, GOP lawmakers Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania revived a bicameral push from the 2015-16 congressional session that would remove CBD and “cannabidiol-rich plants” — defined as any parts of the Cannabis sativa L. plant with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent — from the definition of marijuana in the CSA.Perry is behind a measure called the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017 (House Bill 2273). Gardner introduced the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1008).In short, the bills would allow unfettered access to develop and research CBD extracts.Both legislators told The Cannabist that they were spurred to craft their respective bills after meeting with constituents who shared their personal experiences using the CBD oil to reduce instances of seizures.“When you hear from families that they could treat their child with this natural product … that’s life-changing,” Gardner said.Similar stories from families in Pennsylvania prompted a change of heart in Perry, who said he previously was a staunch opponent of anything remotely having to do with marijuana legalization.Perry talked with patients who use CBD, he dove into existing research into cannabinoids and even discussed CBD with the founders of Colorado-based CW Hemp, the company that makes Charlotte’s Web.“It seems to me that these people have a case, and I can’t see any reason not to be a supporter,” he said.The Pennsylvania congressman said he’s not interested in waiting 10 to 15 years for CBD to clear U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvals, noting that this legislation could present a faster track to research.“It’s a natural supplement,” Perry said.

Pumping the brakes

Kevin Sabet, co-founder of anti-marijuana legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), said he has “deep reservations” about the Perry-Gardner bills.If CBD were to be reclassified in the federal drug schedule, that should occur by the hands of the Food and Drug Administration’s eight-factor analysis, he said.“To do so by sweeping legislation, doesn’t make sense,” Sabet said.Sabet also criticized the recently proposed bicameral CARERS Act (Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, SB 1374 and HB 2920), which would allow for states to set their own medical marijuana policies and also prohibit federal law enforcement intervention.Sabet’s organization does not yet have a position on the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (SB 1276) introduced last month by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.The Feinstein-Grassley bill’s provisions include: requiring the attorney general to determine whether CBD should be listed as a controlled substance; allowing the possession of non-psychoactive components of marijuana solely for epilepsy treatment; allowing research on CBD to be conducted using a Schedule II registration; and creating a pathway for the commercial production of FDA-approved, marijuana-derived medications.Feinstein and Grassley could not be reached for comment.“As a rule, as a matter of principal, SAM does not oppose the development of CBD into a proper, FDA-approved medication,” Sabet said. “What we do oppose are efforts to circumvent the scientific process.”

‘A very gray area’

Domestic producers of CBD oil, frequently described and labeled as “hemp extract,” have built an industry on the foundation of a 2004 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on hemp foods that exempted parts of the cannabis plant — the stalk, fiber, sterilized seed and seed oil — from marijuana’s Schedule I status in the Controlled Substances Act.Hemp industry advocates argue that an amendment in the Agricultural Act of 2014, a.k.a. the Farm Bill, allowing states to create pilot programs for growing industrial hemp, further extracted hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.Bottles of CBD oil can be bought online with the click of a button, and dozens of states have adopted laws that allow doctors to recommend CBD-rich extracts for certain ailments.But DEA officials have said in recent months that CBD and other marijuana extracts always have been — and will remain — illegal.In March, the agency released a clarification on its stance and final rule notice for a new code for marijuana extracts. The DEA statement specifically addressed CBD substances made from products exempted from the Controlled Substances Act, notably hemp.DEA officials also were quick to note that they believe scientific literature showing, “it is not practical to produce extracts that contain more than trace amounts of cannabinoids using only the parts of the cannabis plant that are excluded from the CSA definition of marijuana.”Additionally, the agency left the door open for further legal interpretation with a footnote on hemp-derived substances:
Nor would such a product be included under drug code 7370 (tetrahydrocannabinols). See Hemp Industries Association v. DEA, 357 F.3d 1012 (9th Cir. 2004) (Hemp II). However, as the Ninth Circuit stated in Hemp II, “when Congress excluded from the definition of marijuana ‘mature stalks of such plant, fiber . . . , [and] oil or cake made from the seeds,’ it also made an exception to the exception, and included ‘resin extracted from’ the excepted parts of the plant in the definition of marijuana, despite the stalks and seed exception.”  Id. at 1018. Thus, if an extract of cannabinoids were produced using extracted resin from any part of the cannabis plant (including the parts excluded from the CSA definition of marijuana), such an extract would be included in the CSA definition of marijuana.
“No matter what the ‘Farm Bill’ says, and (no matter) what people believe the law is … (CBD) is in a very gray area,” Figi said.She wasn’t surprised to learn that a state-run facility in New York for people requiring long-term care had barred doctor-recommended CBD oil from being administered to an epilepsy patient. There also have been reports of CBD products being seized from store shelves in multiple states.Some organizations and institutions remain bound by the Controlled Substances Act, even in states like New York where medical marijuana is legal, Figi said.The current patchwork quilt of state laws and amendments to federal omnibus legislation have allowed limited access to CBD, she said, but they also created a perception of success that is detrimental to the greater cause of national legalization.“People have moved on from CBD,” she said. “They clamored for access and now that they have it … they’re moving on to (advocate for) medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.” 

Good Gut Health = Better Mental Health

Thank goodness mental health issues are no longer a taboo topic!

*originally published by CWHemp.com

At this point, if you haven’t personally had the joy of even mild anxiety or depression, you likely have a friend or loved one who’s experienced some mood issues. In fact, nearly seventeen percent of Americans are filling prescriptions for psychiatric drugs to treat these diagnoses, among others (1). Clearly, we have mental health on the mind.

One of the most interesting, reassuring and exciting developments in mental health is that potty talk has also lost its stigma with the discovery that our gut influences how we feel, and it’s not to be confused with gut stress after eating a spicy curry. Scientists now call our gastrointestinal tract our “2nd brain” (2) because while high-level reasoning and detailed thought processes are still handled by the brain brain, many of our ideas and feelings are dictated by the 30 feet organ running from the end of our esophagus to the anus.

This lengthy tract is where a network of 100 million neurons (2) carries information from the gut to our brain’s gray matter. Meaning, our enteric nervous system and gut microbiome (both science-y names for our GI tract) inform what goes on in our head. This has led scientists to reason that the source of anxiety and depression – in some cases—could be the war-torn lining of a gut that’s battled (among other things) over-the-counter and prescription drugs, everyday toxins in our environment, or low-quality, antagonistic foods (and not just the occasional spicy Indian dish).

Finding good solutions for matters of the mind has been tricky, with many turning to the long-term use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). These pills can come with side effects that may not be desirable, chief of which is the recent discovery that their medical formulations disrupt the lining of the gut. And if the gut is disrupted, so is our brain.  So yes, you read that correctly – the drugs many take for anxiety and depression could create symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Thankfully researchers have found many alternative and complementary ways to calm our mind – easy, daily changes for soothing the gut and a few other key areas of the body.

Foods

The Journal of Neuroscience noted, “changes to the gut microbiome can affect emotional behavior and related brain systems.”(3) Thankfully this works both ways – meaning that you can double down and add beneficial foods to bolster healthy bacteria in your gut, while also eliminating foods that cause the 2nd brain incite internal warfare. (And you do NOT want to get caught on that firing line.)

 Remove the bad – Gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, and alcohol may cause “neuropsychiatric disorders including major depression” according to a study in Biological Psychiatry (4). Decreasing intake of these foods can reduce the angst in your digestive system and mind. But don’t just take our word for it. Try a 30-day elimination diet to see what reactions, if any, these foods cause within your body.

Add the good – After removing the unfriendly foods, add some nourishing ones, supportive of a happy enteric nervous system, such as:

Prebiotic foods (foods that feed beneficial bacteria) – onions, bananas, onions, raw garlic, and fresh dandelion greens, to name a few.

Probiotic supplements or probiotic-dense foods – this includes sauerkraut, pickles, kefir and other fermented foods.

 Other positive ways to influence your mental health:

Supplements

Cannabidiol (CBD) – We bet you can guess our favorite way to boost gut health…cannabinoids! Non-psychoactive and non-addictive, cannabinoids have shown positive effects for anxiety and depressive behaviors. (5) And, Charlotte’s Web is better than CBD alone. It contains a full spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids and plant compounds missing in single isolate CBD versions. (Many believe that these compounds work together to heighten their positive effect. Scientists call this the Entourage Effect.) Our Charlotte’s Web Everyday Hemp is a specially formulated blend of cannabinoids, naturally occurring antioxidants, and neuroprotectants.

Omega 3s- The positive effects of eating fish twice a week or supplementing for similar levels with a high-quality fish oil high in omega-3s has scientists intrigued as they’ve seen repeated studies showing polyunsaturated fatty acids as a valuable addition to depression treatments, and a possible aid in lowering future risk of depression. (6) (7)

Vitamin D – This vitamin plays a massive role in our mood. “Increasingly vitamin D deficiency is being associated with a number of psychiatric conditions,” according to an Australian research study (8). Since “Vitamin D is a member of the superfamily of nuclear steroid transcription regulators…[it] exerts control over a large number of genes.”(9) And it’s these genes that “regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters that affect brain function and development.”(10) All of which is science talk to say- Vitamin D is a big player in the normal processes of our body, including mental health.

Physical Activity

Want to hear something awesome? Research studies show aerobic exercise being as effective in reducing depression as prescription medications.(11) This could be from supervised classes at the gym or at-home online sessions. …Suddenly Zumba class sounds a lot more appealing.

Whichever options you choose, we salute you and support you in caring for your — not one, but — two dynamic brains.

Have you experienced a correlation between your gut health and your mental health? Has taking CW seemed to improve digestion or food allergies? Tell us more!

References:

1. One in 6 Americans Take Antidepressants, Other Psychiatric Drugs: Study

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/one-6-americans-take-antidepressants-other-psychiatric-drugs-n695141

citing:

Adult Utilization of Psychiatric Drugs and Differences by Sex, Age, and Race

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2592697

2. Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-second-brain/

3. Gut Microbes and the Brain: Paradigm Shift in Neuroscience

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4228144/

4. Inflammation and its discontents: the role of cytokines in the pathophysiology of major depression.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19150053

5. Cannabidiol, neuroprotection and neuropsychiatric disorders

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292679412_Cannabidiol_neuroprotection_and_neuropsychiatric_disorders

6. Mayo Clinic.org: Depression

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/fish-oil-supplements/faq-20058143

7. Omega-3 fatty acids as treatments for mental illness: which disorder and which fatty acid?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17877810

8. Vitamin D, effects on brain development, adult brain function and the links between low levels of vitamin D and neuropsychiatric disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22796576

9. Vitamin D and the brain.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21872806

10. Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-breakthrough-depression-solution/201111/psychological-consequences-vitamin-d-deficiency

11. Exercise and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of major depressive disorder. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17846259