Month: June 2022

Do CBD Oils, Edibles and Capsules Work?

For those new to CBD, there may be a lot of questions if you’ve never tried it before. How often are you supposed to take it? How do you consume it? Can you take CBD on an empty stomach? We focus on CBD consumption in this article.

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CBD for Managing our Aging Bodies— Five Ways it Can Help 

Today, we’re taking a look into five of the significant ways that CBD could benefit senior citizens and their varying complications as we all age. Though it may not be the most traditional treatment method, studies demonstrate just how efficacious this all-natural cannabinoid can be for those over the age of 60. 

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What Is Beta-Caryophyllene?

Beta-caryophyllene falls into the category of terpenes: naturally occurring aromatic oils responsible for a plant’s distinct fragrance and flavour.

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5 Benefits of CBD Softgel Capsules

Before we can talk about the many benefits CBD capsules can bring, we establish what CBD exactly is so you’ll have a firm understanding of this special chemical compound and how it works within the body.

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Can CBD Help Veterans and First Responders with Anxiety and PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a distressing event. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, anxiety and panic attacks, hypervigilance, and feelings of guilt or shame.

It is an unfortunate reality that anxiety and PTSD is common among people who have served our country in the military, affecting up to 20% of veterans and first responders in a given year. Veterans who are suffering from PTSD are at increased risk of dying or by suicide or becoming homeless if they are not treated.

Fortunately, both anxiety and PTSD are treatable. But many traditional medications can be habit-forming or may have undesirable side-effects. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest into whether cannabis products, including CBD, might help treat the symptoms of PTSD. Current research is extremely promising, and clinical trials are currently underway to systematically evaluate the effects of CBD on PTSD. For now, many veterans swear by CBD as a treatment for their PTSD symptoms.

What Do Recent Studies About Veterans with PTSD Say?

Early research indicates that CBD is promising as a potential therapy for anxiety and PTSD.

A 2019 case series found that 10 of the 11 people with PTSD who were treated with CBD showed a decrease in symptom severity. In particular, patients reported that CBD helped reduce their nightmares.

A 2015 review concluded that CBD has “considerable potential” to treat anxiety disorder. A 2021 review further confirms this conclusion, saying that CBD is “a promising new agent in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders”.

A 2017 review found that CBD may be a possible therapeutic option for PTSD. According to the researchers, CBD may have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. Studies have shown that CBD may play a role in fear memory processing, which is related to PTSD. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are currently conducting a clinical trial on the use of CBD in PTSD. The results will reveal much more about the effects of CBD on PTSD, and hopefully increase access to CBD among veterans.

How Does CBD Work in the Body?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS)

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, subtly tipping the balance toward increased levels of naturally occurring cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is related to anxiety, fear memory, and habituation, all of which are relevant in PTSD. 

CBD inhibits an enzyme called FAAH, which is responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoid anandamide. When FAAH is inhibited, more anandamide sticks around in the body, causing relaxation, pain relief, anti-anxiety effects, and many other effects.

CBD may also have other effects such as increasing the sensitivity of serotonin receptors to naturally occurring serotonin.

CBD vs. THC for PTSD

Cannabis contains two major cannabinoids: THC and CBD. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the feeling of being “high”. CBD is non-psychoactive and plays a balancing role, reducing some of the side-effects of THC.

When it comes to PTSD, it’s extremely important to differentiate between THC and CBD. In addition to blissful and euphoric feelings, THC can have side-effects, paranoia, confusion, dizziness and drowsiness, especially if THC is ingested orally,. Despite these side effects, some PTSD patients benefit from some THC to help with sleep and to control vivid dreams and nightmares.

CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive, and has much gentler effects. It is well known for reducing some of the negative side-effects of THC, and has exhibited anti-anxiety and antipsychotic effects.

When it comes to medical cannabis, it makes sense to include CBD when treating a patient with PTSD with chronic anxiety.

CBD vs. Traditional Medications

PTSD is often treated with benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam. However, these medications can be habit-forming, can impair motor function and the ability to drive,  and are also not safe to mix with alcohol. Other medications such as antidepressant SSRIs (e.g. fluoxetine) may also have undesirable side-effects like nausea, headaches, or difficulty sleeping.

CBD is non-habit forming, does not impair motor function,  and it is not known to have any interaction with alcohol. This can make it a better choice for some people. CBD may cause mild side-effects at high doses, including nausea, fatigue and irritability, but this is uncommon. A 2020 review explains that CBD is well tolerated with mild, if any, side-effects.

Safe, Effective Treatment for Veterans with PTSD

It’s extremely important to find safe, effective treatment options for PTSD to help the men and women who have served their country in the military.

Early research indicates that CBD is a promising treatment option for PTSD, and many veterans swear by it. Future research will reveal more about the exciting link between CBD and PTSD, hopefully opening the door to a better treatment option for our veterans living with PTSD and chronic anxiety.

VESIsorb® Evidence for Rapid and Maximum BCP Absorption

Clinical Evidence: VESIsorb® is a safe and effective drug delivery pharmaceutical technology that can help  dramatically improve the bioavailability of poorly absorbed ingredients such as THC, CBD and terpenes (BCP). A specific clinical trial (among many trials conducted for VESIsorb® products) tested for improvement in BCP absorption and showed a 3.6 x increase in absorption (Cmax) and 2x faster (Tmax) than comparable CBD products without VESIsorb®. 

Clinical and Scientific Evidence References: 

Modinger, Yvonne et al, Enhanced Oral Bioavailability of β-Caryophyllene in Healthy Subjects Using the VESIsorb® Formulation Technology, a Novel Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery System (SEDDS) Molecules 2022, 27(9), 2860; 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9104399

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