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Cannabinoids- What They Are and How They Effect You

Cannabinoids. The new up and coming word that you have probably heard when looking into the new Hemp laws the United States has approved December 2018, called the 2018 Farm Bill. Find my previous article about Marijuana & Hemp where I discuss this in a little more detail. One of the biggest discoveries, I believe, is the fact that our body naturally produces cannabinoids via our cannabinoid receptors in our EndoCannabinoid System (ECS)! Yes, you have Cannabinoids in your body. “We have them (ECS receptors) in our brains, eyes, reproductive systems, immune systems, but we likely have them in other places, as well,” (Rosad0, 2019). The only way you can even receive cannabinoids into your body is via the Cannabis plant, and most people today are cannabinoid deficient.

“So, Morgan, why do I need cannabinoids in my body? I lived this long without them. What is the big deal?” You may ask. Well, let’s get into it. What are cannabinoids, what are they responsible for, and what do they do?

Cannabinoids are the compounds that make up the Cannabis plants; Hemp and Marijuana. They come in many different names, and scientists believe we still have many yet to discover. Every plant strain, the decarboxylation process it is put through via manufacturer, and extraction methods will produce different quantities of different cannabinoids and terpene profiles. That is also why I tell people using CBD and cannabis, in general, is a very personal experience. Everyone has different body chemistry, different cannabinoids they are deficient in, and different way our bodies are wired. So not all CBD is created equal. Also if the company has higher levels of heavy metals, microbials, pesticides, or residual solvents; that can also effect people in different ways (article on that coming soon!)

Cannabinoids have been proven to have these following properties and what they each have been shown to help with:

*CBGA (Cannabigerolic Acid)– Antibiotic

*CBG (Cannabigerol) – Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic

***CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)– Anti-inflammatory, Helps Combata Dry Skin, observe to be cytostatic in leukemic cells (Robbins,2019).

*CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)– Antibiotic

***CBDV (Cannabidivarin)– Reduces frequency and Severity of Seizures; reduces/eliminates nausea; Anti-inflammatory; beneficial in the treatment of pain and mood disorders; Provides symptom relief for Crohn’s, seizures, HIV/AIDS, and Multiple Sclerosis (CRESCOLabs, 2010).

*CBC (Cannabichromene)– Antibiotic, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, (weak) Analgesic

**CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)- Assuming it has similar properties to CBC Possible Appetite Suppressant, Anandamide (AEA) reuptake inhibitor, Anti-inflammatory, Antidepressant, Antibiotic, Analgesic, Antifungal (Rosado, 2019).

*CBD (Cannabidiol)– Anxiolytic, Antipsychotic, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Anti-emetic, Antifungal, Anticonvulsant, Antidepressant, and more we are still discovering.

*CBN (cannbinol)– Sedative Antibiotic, Anticonvulsant, Anti-inflammatory, and more.

***THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)– Non psychoactive compound in raw form, Once decarboxylated (applied heat via smoking or vaping) it turns to THC, shows promise in treating epilepsy, anti-inflammatory, reduce Nausea, and more (Devitt-Lee, 2017).

*THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol)- Psychoactive compound from decarboxylation of THCA, Euphoriant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiemetic, Antipruritic, Bronchodilator, Sedative/Energy Increase (depends on strain), Appetite enhancer/Suppressant (depends on strain) and more.

*THCV (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabivarin)- Analgesic, Euphoriant, Anti-convulsant

So let’s talk about the most common word seen throughout all of these different cannabinoids, Anti-inflammatory is one major one that stands out. According to many recent studies, Inflammation causes a number of medical problems that could be easily treated with some nature’s own cannibinoids, instead of a pleathra of pills to keep track of for multiple issues that all may be linked right back to inflammation. Crazy right? Well, how does inflammation effect our bodies?

Amanda MacMillan with Health.com wrote “13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health” this January (https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20898778,00.html) and explains it this way, “In a healthy situation, inflammation serves as a good friend to our body,” says Mansour Mohamadzadeh, PhD, director of the Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology at the University of Florida.” “But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be totally directed against us.” This type of harmful, chronic inflammation can have a number of causes, including a virus or bacteria, an autoimmune disorder, sugary and fatty foods, or the way you handle stress. Here are a few ways it can affect your health, both short-term and long.”

When your body isn’t fighting a wound or a virus or anything else harmful to you, it should shut the anti-inflammation off. But, in some people, this is not always the case. Some people experience Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Ulcerative Colitis and Chron’s disease, when the immune cells attack the digestive tract, so having help with anti-inflammation could help in this instance. Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis experience problems with inflammation of the joints with painful and stiff joints as symptoms. Inflammation is also linked to heart disease in people with chronic inflammation. (MacMillan, 2019).

 So you can see how inflammation is interconnected to many different symptoms that many experience everyday. If the entire Cannabis plant, basically, is an anti-inflammatory and we can only receive that nutrient from cannabis, then it seems to be a no brainer as to why including cannabis products in your daily diet would be a good strategy for long term and overall health.

It has been a common theme to want a CBD only product in terms of drug testing for employers. This is why Hemp CBD is making such a name for itself because it naturally only has .03% of THC or less. You need at least 7% THC to feel any psychoactive effects and is the least likely to appear in urine. Most employment agencies have a “second hand smoke” level of THC they set for their standards, and I believe that is why Hemp CBD companies can claim that it is safe for people who need to take drug tests. But check with your employer’s standards of levels allowed if you are worried. Remember, Always do your own research. Don’t trust anything anyone writes, including me! Just read all you can and make your own educated guess and decision on the matter. That is what I do!

However, the real benefits will be seen from a full spectrum oil. That is a tincture or oil that has all of the cannabinoids that strain has in it. Including different Terpenes (the science-y word for a compound that gives fruits and flowers their smells and tastes) and those even have medicinal benefits, much like essential oils are used for today. That will be another article though! There are also products called RSO/RSHO that is a very concentrated form of cannabis oil and is an ENTIRE PLANT extract. Many say this is the best way to get the most out of a cannabis plant because you get all of the cannabinoids from the stalk, leaves, and flowers. You also only start dosing with the size of a grain of rice. So small amounts and work up to larger doses. I usually would get people coming to buy from the dispensary I worked at (when we visited Washington a few months I got to dive right into the industry!) who had cancer or other chronic illnesses who would use this. But people with common colds and who just wanted a boost of cannabinoids would purchase this, much like taking a high dose of vitamin C or something comparable because of all of the antibiotic properties. A Full spectrum oil or tincture will be a lot of cannabinoids, just not as concentrated like it’s syrupy counterpart RSO/RSHO.

Although we are still studying the benefits and effects Cannabis has our bodies, having as many cannabinoids in one vial is better than just the CBD. But having JUST CBD is still more beneficial than many of the pills prescribed today, with no reported negative side effects, if dosed correctly. Because we are all different, the more we learn about the different cannabinoids the more we will be able to distinctively tell people which strain/product is best for their specific body and cannabinoid receptors.

Stay Tuned for another article on CB1 and CB2 receptors in your body!

References

*Substance. (2014 July 27). “Cannabinoid Breakdown”. https://www.substancemarket.com/cannabinoid-breakdown/

**Jikomes, Nick. (No Date). Leafly. “List of Major Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Effects”. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/list-major-cannabinoids-cannabis-effects.

*** Robbins, Curt. (2019 February 6). Cannabis Aficionado. “CBGV: The Cannabinoid that Increases the Effects of Medical Marijuana. https://cannabisaficionado.com/cbgv/.

*** CRESCOLabs. (2010). “CBDV”. https://www.crescolabs.com/cannabinoids/cbdv/.

***Rosado, Joseph, M.D. (2019 January 30). Marijuana Doctors. “Cannabichromevarin (CBCV)”. https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/resources/cannabinoids/cannabichromevarin-cbcv/

*** Devitt-Lee, Adrain. (2017 May 31). Project CBD. “Dosing THCA: Less is More”. https://www.projectcbd.org/medicine/dosing-thca-less-more.

MacMilan, Amanda. (2019 January 28). Health. “13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health. https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20898778,00.html

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CANNAB.A.B.E.’s Super Scientific Ranking Structure

We are on the ground floor of figuring out which companies are really the best at providing quality and inexpensive CBD oil for people to use. People choose to use Cannabis and CBD products to get away from the harsh chemicals and pesticides of big pharma and are usually searching or a more natural method to help with their health. Because the industry is so new, I have found many companies that say they have high quality products to only find they have never tested their products or did little testing to prove it is in fact HIGH QUALITY.

Our definition of High Quality is the demand that products and isolates are TESTED for Cannabinoid Profile & Potency, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Microbials. We also prefer companies who conduct TRIPLE LAB TESTING from 3rd PARTY Labs. We believe the company should be honest, have easy access to testing results, and efficiently communicate with it’s current and potential customers. We developed a ranking system to use so that you may see why we give certain companies certain stars.

I promise to do my best in giving the most recent information I am given on specific products and companies and that all I do provide has been thoroughly researched. I allow the companies to contact me if they have new testing and I will update accordingly. I also promise to provide any contact information I have on the companies and the labs they used to test.

At the end of each company/product review, I will give my overall ranking based on the results from their above ranking.

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Homeschool-Growing Our Classroom

My husband and I have been thinking of homeschooling for a while. I was slightly against it because I thought that my kids would be these weird social outcasts…terrible stereotypes! So, after my third grader came home (We will call her Razzy, 8) and started looking, acting, and feeling burned out, I knew we had a problem. My daughter is smart. Some parents claim this, but she really is 🙂 She plays with Circuit Board Kits for kids (b/c Santa only brings educational stuff to our house now), microscopes, and helps with the many “Life & Science” projects we have on the homestead. She has great ideas when we are building things and has proven herself a regular Macgyver. This year I slowly watched her go from the girl that loved school and learning to the “I like school, but please don’t make me do anything school related”. She takes a little longer to get math than other kids, but still manages to make good grades. The public school flies through so many different aspects of Math, English, Science, and Reading and only cover it an inch deep. Well, any gardener knows you need AT LEAST 6″ of soil for good roots. Soooo after many days and nights of research, reading blogs, watching videos on you tube of other homeschool moms, reading Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks book (still reading too!), giving both girls (We will call the other Mayhem:), 5 in Pre-K) assessments so I know their learning styles (I had some idea, but i never dove into it like i have recently) with many different online tests they have….I finally decided that homeschool is best for us. I want my kids to love learning. If Razzy has a 5th grade Science Level and a 3rd Grade Math level, then I want to foster that. I don’t want to push her to pass a test. I don’tt want her to have fear of failing or making a mistake. As adults if we make a mistake we do it again, we research, we learn. It is REAL LIFE. Not LIFE that schools have made us believe to be true.

I grew up in a Private School until 6th grade, then moved to public school. Not to brag, but I was pretty smart coming from a private school, who taught a grade ahead. I was terrified to make bad grades though and I don’t really remember anything I learned other than how to write correctly, take good notes, understanding Algebra, and basic science ( I even took Calculus and Geometry and did not really get it until we began to build things on our homestead..then it clicked like oh ok!). I sucked at fractions until I started cooking more at home a couple of years ago when I was laid off and had time. Sad I know. But my husband was public school only with average grades, very street smart, and his awesomeness as an Army Sgt. gave him the professionalism, motivation, integrity, and discipline that we practice today. He was always awesome..they just amplified it to Hero Awesome 🙂 (love you babe). We both graduated college with Bachelors degrees, and I can still write and research like a mad fool! But living on a homestead has given us practical knowledge and helped us apply so many things to what we are doing to live sustainably. I did not realize the eclectic mix I would have!! So after my research the decision was a no brainer really.

I have found groups that do field trips, park days, skate days, and other awesomeness so my kids can meet with other homeschoolers. I found some cool classes with Legos that are once a week so my girls can use Science and Technology in a fun creative way! I cried when I found this too…I know emotional mom! But I was so excited that I will finally have control over my kids education. We always are very hands on with our kids school work and school functions…I just never had the confidence to think that I could be in charge of their education. Simply put I was terrified!! What if my 5 year old never learns to read..MY FAULT! So it is time I take responsibility as a parent. If I have problems with this, I can change it. Of course in Texas the homeschool laws are super awesome!! So I can teach anyway I want. I am not going all hippie or anything, but I will do it how I like it. I don’t want grades. I want, did you get it? No? Let’s do it again. Did you get it? Yes? Let’s keep moving! or Let’s go on a bike ride and name the trees, birds, plants we see. Let’s go take care of the chickens and make sure everyone is feeling well. Let’s go build a chicken tractor and you can measure for me. Let’s go to Lego class. Let’s have class outside. Sounds awesome right? Hell yeah!  I am looking into the Charlotte Mason and Unit Study method for those of you who know what I am talking about!

Of course, I will keep records..I have to be organized or I will feel like nothing is done! And some of the programs I am picking are computer based which will track progress for me. I am blindly figuring this out, but we are now a “Do IT YOURSELF FAMILY” and we can do anything! I want my kids to know that too!

Anyway, here is my mix of things I have gathered from thrift stores, goodwill book stores, walmart clearance, and other things I have found in my house to start building our classroom! We have a loft upstairs that has a couch and literally nothing else. It was going to be a movie room or game room…but really see no point and have not touched it in 2 years! I still have to add shelves where our TV bump out is, hang up a dry erase board ( I don’t have to but Mayhem, is a kinesthetic learner and I feel writing on a big board will help her out!), hang up some cool stuff, gather more supplies for curriculum, and get a table and chairs…but I have until July/August so I am acquiring things as I go. I wanted to do this the minute I was done researching..but at the same time this is an adjustment for all of us. SO I figured we would let them finish out the year, and start beginning August or late July…whenever we were ready. That is right..it is up to me!

The classroom so far! I figured I would leave the couch and papason chair for a reading corner or if they wanted to sit there with their laptops for some of the curriculum to make it comfy.

Some supplies! I want more storage with drawers..and something I Can place on the floor.
Some supplies! I want more storage with drawers..and something I Can place on the floor.

I have a large piece of plexiglass I think I may hang instead of a dry erase..not sure yet. But I plan on putting the table in this area too…or find a secretary type desk that I can put two chairs to..As my hub says, the world is my oyster:)

Here are some good websites for Texas Homeschool Info…and of course bing or google makes this all easy too!

http://www.thsc.org/

http://www.homeschoolingintexas.com/

http://homeschoolcentral.com/support/texas_homeschool.htm

Yahoo! has some groups for homeschoolers as well.

Learning Without Limits is a great one!

Comment or contact me if you are in the same process and maybe we can help each other! I will continue to post updates to our class and our journey into this madness! Toodles!