Two Healthy Smoothie Recipes

We all know the advantages of making shakes as a meal supplement when you don’t have the time or want to cook. Here are two recipes that you may enjoy. I don’t have official names for them, but since I got the recipe from my friend “Toph” I’ll simply use his nickname for the shakes. 

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Is CBD Addictive?

CBD use by itself does not appear to be addictive. Because CBD does not produce intoxicating effects, may be the reason that CBD, by itself, doesn’t appear to have addiction-related properties. Current scientific evidence does suggest that heavy cannabis use may increase the risk of dependence in some people. However, CBD does not have psychoactive effects unlike its cousin, delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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CBD and Sleep

Many people are benefiting from CBD as a recovery aid from the aches and pains that can accompany an active lifestyle. In addition to pain relief from reduced inflammation, a good night's rest is also essential for recovery. The cannabis plant has long been used for medical purposes and some studies are demonstrating that CBD may also be an effective sleep aid.

What current research suggests:

In the last decade, growing public interest in the benefits of marijuana, and CBD in particular, has encouraged researchers to study its effects. Early studies indicate that CBD may support sleep. One investigation found that, compared with a placebo, CBD increased sleep duration.

Typically, cortisol levels peak in the morning. Conversely, people with insomnia may have high cortisol levels at night which may negatively affect sleep.

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New to CBD… where to start?

The other day I was taking my bike off the rack in my garage when my neighbor came up and inquired about CBD. We both ride, and my neighbor still plays hoops regularly. Anyway, he inquired about CBD balms, and asked me what he should try? I asked him, “What kind of results are you looking for with the balm?”

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Cannabis, an amazing multipurpose plant.

Cannabis is part of the plant family Cannabaceae. This small family consists of flowering plants that likely originated within the Northern Hemisphere's temperate regions, but has evolved and spread worldwide. Besides cannabis, the Cannabaceae family includes two hop species, whose female flowers are used for making beer. The leaves of hop plants share their palmate (finger-shaped) form with cannabis. This might begin to explain the rapid growth of microbreweries designing craft beers and entrepreneurs in the hemp industry growing towards all-natural remedies.

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Making the grade. What is a CBD Certificate of Analysis (COA) and why does it matter for consumer safety?

A Certificate of Analysis or “COA” is a report card that provides valuable information about the quality and make-up of a product’s hemp contents. A “COA” is just as crucial for the customer as it is for responsible CBD companies. But, why is it so important to the consumer?

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CBD Dosage

Optimizing therapeutic cannabis use can be a challenge – for doctors as well as patients. Most physicians never learned about cannabis in medical school. According to a 2017 survey, few feel they are qualified to counsel patients about dosage, CBD: THC ratios, different modes of administration, and potential side effects. "Dosing cannabis is unlike any therapeutic agent to which I was exposed in my medical training," says Dustin Sulak, D.O., the director of Integra Health, which serves patients at offices in Maine and Massachusetts. 

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Which Type of CBD Product Should I Take?

Cannabis and its extracts, like CBD oil, can be consumed in an astounding number of ways. Most options fall into a few general categories, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. You’ll experience different effects if you use CBD-rich flower; swallow a gelcap, drop CBD oil under your tongue, or apply topically. Everybody processes cannabis and cannabinoids a little differently. The diversity of human experience means that finding your ideal form of cannabis consumption may take some experimentation.

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Enjoying outside responsibly while protecting those around you during social distancing.

NOTE: These suggestions for exercising outdoors during coronavirus are that only: suggestions. Always check with your state and local government orders before traveling anywhere during the COVID-19 outbreak, even a park in the next neighborhood over.

With U.S. residents under orders to stay at home to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19, people are asking if it’s OK to go outside for activities like hiking, running or biking? In many cases, public health officials say the answer is yes—as long as you’re not sick, adhere to local orders, practice social distancing and common sense. Mandatory stay-at-home orders often allow exceptions for engaging in activities outdoors, generally close to home, like walking your dog, riding a bike or going on a run. Whatever you do outside, practice social distancing, which means keep at least 6 feet away from others to avoid contracting or spreading the virus, the CDC says.

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Popular CBD Myths

From folks making wild claims (for or against) CBD to start-ups frivolously hawking CBD products in one form or another, it seems that everywhere you turn the subject of CBD is at the forefront. Like any wildly popular trend or burgeoning industry, misinformation (whether intentional or accidental) — can lead to misunderstanding. The following are a few to the myths that we’ve encountered during our journey with CBD.

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