Why Does CBD See More Usage than THC in Natural Supplements?

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are natural compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. Chemically, the configurations of both THC and CBD are the same, but both have very different effects on the human body. THC is psychoactive, meaning that it can give users a buzz or high when ingested as the composition breaks down in the human body. CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is not a psychoactive.

Regarding marijuana or cannabis, most people’s first thought is stoners—young people who talk slowly and don’t pay attention and can’t retain any knowledge. To be fair, while some cannabis users do seek out the mind-altering effects, there are those who also use it for its medicinal properties. In recent years, studies have shown compounds within this centuries-old cultivated plant to be beneficial. As stated previously, there are two main compounds of Cannabis sativa on which researchers are focusing most of their studies: THC and CBD.

 

THC: What Is It?

THC is often billed as the “bad” compound of the two. This is, in part, due to the psychoactive impact it has on the brain. Although people say that it alters users state of mind, it does have several medicinal benefits too. According to an article from the American Cancer Association, THC can help treat nausea and vomiting (studied in relation to use in chemo patients) and nerve pain. Furthermore, it’s pain dampening properties may decrease the risk of opioid dependence.

 

CBD: What Is It?

In recent years, CBD has gotten more attention than THC. Since CBD does not have a psychoactive element, it can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms while allowing the user to function normally. CBD is billed to have a number of medicinal benefits and can aid a multitude of different conditions, including anxiety, minor aches and pains, and seizures.

 

Why Are More Companies Turning to CBD over THC?

In the US, marijuana and THC are clearly listed as a controlled substance under federal law. While more and more states pass their own laws allowing marijuana use on medical grounds, some states now allow recreational marijuana and THC use.

Because CBD is not named on the list of controlled substances, it is legal provided that it is derived from hemp and not marijuana. In the UK, CBD is actually legal and CBD oils and cannabis plant medicines are available across the counter and at high street stores and pharmacies. The only regulation on this is that the THC level in the product has to be below 0.2 percent, as many researchers believe that the THC content at this level does not have a psychoactive effect on the user.

 

How Else Can CBD Hemp Seed Oil Help?

A common problem that nearly every teenager (and some adults) go through is acne. It is a problem that can affect people’s confidence and, in extreme cases, can affect the body’s immune system. A recent study shows that CBD helped delay activity in the sebaceous glands which, when clogged, creates acne.

Another medical benefit of CBD can be seen in cancer-related treatments, which are often grueling, painful, and often leave patients feeling stressed, aching, and in pain. CBD oil has been proven to help counteract these symptoms. And, being a natural substance, many people prefer this to chemical pain relief. CBD has also been shown to increase the expiry of tumor cells in colon cancer and leukemia.

CBD oil is relatively new and, like all new products on the market, needs to have more research into it. Likely there are more medicinal benefits to be exposed. For now, the best thing to do if you are looking into trying the various health benefits of CBD oil is going to your doctor to discuss correct dosages and ensure it will benefit you in the best possible way.

 

 

 

6 Signs of Separation Anxiety in Dogs

 

This article by Jennifer was originally published on FOMO Bones.

 

Most dog owners will have experienced that feeling of guilt when leaving their four-legged friend alone even for just a short amount of time. While it is completely natural for dogs to miss us and want us to come home as soon as possible, some dogs suffer severe cases of separation anxiety on a different level. Not only does this make going out on our own somewhat of a chore, but it can also cause your dog problems—not to mention your couch, shoes, table…the list goes on. Fortunately, there is now a completely natural way to ease separation anxiety and reduce the symptoms of anxiety in dogs using CBD treats.

If you are a new dog owner, keep an eye out for these seven signs of canine separation anxiety so you can manage their nervous demeanor before it becomes too severe.

 

Your Dog Suddenly Learns to Sing

Well, not quite. One of the primary signs of severe separation anxiety and distress in dogs is excessive howling or barking, as well as destructive chewing. While all dogs feel sad when they see their parents walk out the door, howling and/or scratching at the door trying to desperately follow you is a red flag that you need to take notice of.

 

You Come Home to An Accident

If your dog is already potty trained and provided you are meeting their bathroom needs and taking them out frequently, they shouldn’t feel the need to pee inside. Understandably, if you are gone for hours and hours, then an accident here and there is bound to happen. However, if you are normally only gone for an hour or two and you always come home to a pee or poop on your white sheepskin carpet, then something is definitely up. This is a common symptom of separation anxiety in dogs and we suggest consulting a dog behaviorist or professional dog trainer for further advice, treatment, and possible medication.

 

Destruction and Devastation

The strongest warning sign of separation anxiety and distress—and without a doubt one of the worst—is destructive behavior while you are out, even for short periods. If you regularly come home to find your furniture chewed up and your shoes destroyed, it won’t be hard to pinpoint the culprit. Many dog owners choose to crate train their dogs and they still often come home to find that Fido has broken free and destroyed his crate and everything around it.

 

Frantic Panting

Dog lovers will all agree that fireworks and thunderstorms are two things that the world could do without when it comes to the effects they can have on dogs. Think back to the last time you snuggled up by the fire with a glass of red wine in hand, all ready to settle in for the night to the sound of thunder… and then your dog just completely freaked out, panting excessively, hiding, crying—all of the things a pet parent never wants to see! The same is true with many dogs when they experience separation anxiety; they start panting like crazy usually just as they see you putting your shoes on to leave.

 

Pacing

Another sign of anxiety in dogs can be repetitive pacing in the same pattern. Your dog might sometimes do this when you are home. However, if you notice that your pooch is frequently pacing more often than normal, you need to address it.

 

Clingy Behavior

There is a saying about dogs that goes something like this: “you will never pee alone again!” This is definitely true for the majority of us dog lovers and is usually completely normal behavior. What isn’t normal is if your dog suddenly starts being ultra-clingy and possessive. While almost every dog wants to be by our side, most do have a small degree of independence at times. This can be something as simple as laying by the side of the bed instead of on it (and on top of you!) or in their own bed while you are sitting on the couch. A major telltale sign of separation anxiety is if they have to be on top of you all the time or they start barking or crying.

If you’re realizing that your dog has separation anxiety, here are a few pointers to try and soothe them so you can leave the house with a clear conscience and not worry about leaving them alone in the future.

  • Speak to a dog trainer about crate training and overcoming problem behavior
  • Start by leaving them alone for just 15 minutes before returning and increase the time gradually so they know you are coming home
  • Consult your vet to rule out any underlying health issues
  • Ensure they get plenty of exercise every day
  • Make sure they have their own “safe” place to comfort them
  • Try leaving an item of your clothing in their bed while you are out

The above list is quite basic and, of course, there is no guarantee that any of those things will work and if your dog’s separation anxiety is getting worse, then keep reading.

 

Using CBD to Treat Anxiety in Dogs

Fortunately, if your pup is experiencing separation anxiety for long periods and you have tried everything under the sun but nothing works, there is a solution—and a downright effective one at that! Along with mental stimulation, CBD treats are a tasty way to curb your dog’s separation anxiety. It has been proven that giving your dog a treat as a part of positive reinforcement can hugely strengthen your already rock-solid bond while also giving him an all-natural, therapeutic way to ease his nerves and anxiety. CBD oil has been proven to treat a wide range of emotional and physical ailments. These natural and completely organic CBD dog treats are worth checking out, as thousands of dog owners around the globe are tuning into the fact that CBD dog treats actually work when nothing else seems to.

 


Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She’s pretty sure she was a Great Dane in her past life, but her team at FOMO pegs her as more of a Labrador. Regardless of her breed, she’s a dog enthusiast with 15 years’ experience training dogs and owners.


 

Menopause and Anxiety

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

In addition to the physical symptoms associated with menopause, the process of your body changing can also wreak havoc on your mental and emotional health. One of the primary symptoms women report during menopause is anxiety. This is likely caused by hormonal changes in conjunction with an emotional response to aging. Regardless of what’s causing the anxiety, there’s no denying it can be burdensome.

But there’s good news: there are ways to curb menopausal anxiety. An overall healthy lifestyle can be one of the most powerful tools for relieving menopause symptoms, but that isn’t always enough. For some women, additional treatment is needed to combat the symptoms of menopause, especially anxiety.

 

Menopause (Alternate Title: “That Shit is Rough”)

Menopause might seem like a simple transition—though some women might welcome the relief of not having to worry about pregnancy, cramps, pain, bleeding, mood swings, etc.—but it can be extremely difficult for some women.

The negative aspects of menopause can be debilitating. Women experience hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, fatigue, mood swings, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms can last for months or years, including before, during, and after menopause.

In many cases, when women struggle with menopause symptoms that are severe, a doctor will recommend medication or hormone treatment. For instance, if a woman is feeling depressed during menopause, her doctor might recommend an antidepressant. If she’s unable to sleep, she might be prescribed a sleep aid. Since many symptoms of menopause are caused by fluctuations in hormone levels, doctors might recommend hormone treatments. Although there are safe and effective hormone therapies, additional negative side effects and risks are also involved.

 

Menopausal Anxiety

It’s probably safe to say that many of the medications and therapies available to treat menopause symptoms come with their own baggage, especially considering the time it takes to get dosages correct. Simply trying to address these symptoms can cause additional anxiety. Nearly everyone experiences some degree of anxiety from time to time and, in many cases, anxiety is a tool that helps us recognize a dangerous situation. Anxiety related to menopause, however, does not serve as a warning signal for danger. It can interfere with your daily life and make it difficult to function. Symptoms of menopausal anxiety might include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nervous energy

It’s easy to see why living with anxiety for a prolonged period of time can make life miserable—especially if the anxiety is paired with any other symptoms related to menopause.

 

Treating Menopausal Anxiety with CBD

As you may (or may not) know, CBD works on the endocannabinoid system—a group of cannabinoid receptors—which is believed to play a role in such functions as:

  • Mood regulation
  • Sleep
  • Memory
  • Reproductive system
  • Temperature regulation

According to an article in Medical Wellness Today, “Menopause seems to disrupt the endocannabinoid system, and there are cannabinoid receptors throughout the reproductive system, so it is possible that CBD oil could reduce some of the symptoms relating to menopause.” CBD oil also works on serotonin receptors in the brain. These receptors play a major role in anxiety and when CBD binds to the receptors it produces an anti-anxiety and antidepressant effect.

Taking small doses of CBD oil for several days and gradually increasing the dosage has been shown to help ease anxiety. Most people are able to tolerate CBD oil and find relief from their symptoms in just a few days. Some people experience relief immediately.

If you are struggling with menopausal anxiety and other treatment hasn’t worked, or you’re concerned about the side effects linked to other treatments, CBD oil might be right for you.

Tips for Treating Insomnia in Dogs

 

This article by Jennifer is originally published on FOMO Bones.

If you think insomnia is solely a human issue, then you might be surprised to hear that it is not. Dogs (and even cats) can suffer from sleepless nights. Remarkably, many of the reasons that humans suffer from insomnia apply to dogs.

Insomnia typically manifests in dogs as they age or because of a behavioral problem, such as separation anxiety or depression. The odd sleepless night can be completely normal, especially as dogs seem to spend a large part of the day snoozing. However, if you notice that your dog doesn’t seem to be sleeping properly for days on end, then it is something you want to address as soon as possible.

 

Why Does Your Dog Have Problems Sleeping?

As mentioned above, your dog’s insomnia could be triggered by many things. Understandably, if your dog isn’t well or is in pain, then it makes sense that he is having trouble sleeping. And, as your dog isn’t able to tell you what’s wrong, insomnia in dogs can be an indication of an underlying issue—one of the most common being arthritis or an injury that might not be immediately apparent. Stress and anxiety will also contribute to the lack of sleep in dogs. Therefore, if your dog seems to be in perfect health physically, it is likely there is an emotional issue is keeping him up at night.

If you’ve recently moved or have only just adopted your dog and brought him home, you may need to give them time to settle into their surroundings so they can fully relax. Don’t forget that a dog’s hearing is especially sensitive, so any unfamiliar noise can cause them to remain alert and guarded.

Canine insomnia can also result from lack of exercise, which is especially poignant in high-energy dogs. Their pent-up energy can easily convert into frustration and anxiety that prevents them from being able to sleep.

Regardless of the cause of your dog’s insomnia, sleep is essential to all living beings, so here are some tips to help your dog have a good night’s sleep.

 

Implement an Exercise Routine

As dogs lead relatively simple lives, their goals are not very complex. They look forward to mealtime, playtime and, of course, walkies! When you think about how often you walk your dog from this point of view, you can understand just how important exercise is for them. It’s something they will crave all day until it happens. This is exactly why implementing a daily routine can help you get your dog’s insomnia under control. If they know they will be going for a walk every morning, theoretically, any anxiety or stress related to lack of exercise should cease almost right away. If your dog is suffering from arthritis or is very elderly, you could replace physical exercise with mental exercise, like a game of seek and find or fetch.

 

Supplement Their Diet

Certain natural supplements can be invaluable when it comes to treating insomnia in dogs. Many people choose to add a few drops of rescue remedy to their dog’s meal or even feed heavier carbs, such as potatoes, along with their usual meal in the evening. Feeding time can also play a part in preventing your dog from being able to sleep, as they too can suffer from indigestion. Most people prefer to feed their dogs twice daily—in the morning and in the late afternoon.

 

CBD Oil

CBD oil or treats are an excellent way to help your dog sleep. Cannabis-based products have been proven to manage anxiety and stress symptoms effectively, and it will also treat any underlying pain, such as arthritis, that could be keeping your dog awake. CBD oil is fast becoming the most popular remedy on the market regarding natural treatment for a huge variety of ailments both in animals and humans. If you decide to give your dog CBD oil, then you need to ensure that you are administering the correct dosage daily and allow enough time for the cannabinoids to be absorbed into your dog’s bloodstream via the natural digestive process. If your dog is a fussy eater, then you might want to consider cannabis-infused treats instead. They are equally effective and more palatable than the oil itself.

 

Provide a Calm Home Environment

If you have ever had an argument in front of your dog, then you will know exactly what effect this can have on him. Dogs will always pick up on emotions and they are highly affected by loud noise or tension. If your dog is having trouble sleeping, you can provide some relief by ensuring that the space they sleep in is calm and safe. Their bed should be inviting and comfortable, so if your dog suffers from arthritis you could consider investing in an orthopedic dog bed to make them more comfortable—and, of course, give them lots of soothing strokes and reassurance in the lead up to bedtime.

 

Final Thoughts

Usually, insomnia in dogs isn’t any more serious than it is in humans. However, you should always consult your veterinarian if your dog is exhibiting any unusual behavior that could indicate something more sinister. For example, crying during the night or struggling to get up and down is a clear indication of pain. Such symptoms as bedwetting, excessive panting, and constant pacing should also warrant a trip to the vet. When it comes to your pets, it is always better to be safe than sorry. So, if you are in doubt, make sure you get a professional opinion to put your mind at rest.

 


Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She’s pretty sure she was a Great Dane in her past life, but her team at FOMO pegs her as more of a Labrador. Regardless of her breed, she’s a dog enthusiast with 15 years’ experience training dogs and owners.


 

Can CBD Oil Cause Headaches?

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published on SundayScaries.

Like with cannabis itself, CBD oil has become one of the most talked-about natural remedies in recent years. It has been known to help alleviate symptom severity with mental health issues, such as PTSD, and illnesses like multiple sclerosis. It has also been shown to help relieve pain and migraine severity. People want to know more about the effects of CBD; they want to know how it can be used to help them and if there are side effects. One of the biggest concerns about CBD oil is whether it will cause headaches or a migraine—one of the things it is supposed to help.

What do you need to know about CBD oil, and how it can help you?

 

What Is CBD Oil?

First, it’s important to understand what CBD oil is and what it is not.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. Hemp is a plant that is associated with marijuana, but when grown and processed differently it produces a variety of different products.

CBD oil is made from hemp plants that contain low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. There are similarities to medical marijuana, but medical marijuana comes from plants that contain high levels of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient. There are thousands of varieties of hemp, and what is used to make CBD oil is different than hemp that contains high levels of psychoactive ingredients. CBD hemp contains zero to trace amounts of THC, so you don’t need to be concerned about whether CBD will “get you high” or produce any of the effects you’d experience when using marijuana.

Hemp oil and CBD products can be sold and delivered throughout the United States and are not considered contraband or an illegal drug.

 

Why Is CBD Oil Considered Effective?

CBD oil is touted as being able to help with a variety of health concerns. It interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system. This is the body’s system for regulating homeostasis and helps a person feel balanced. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in appetite, sleep, mood, hormone regulation, pain, and immunity. Many people find that supplementing with CBD oil enhances their body’s natural ability to deal with these things.

To date, CBD has been the subject of more than 20,000 medical studies examining how its use can improve health. It has been shown to be effective for treating anxiety, depression, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer, and cancer treatment side effects, memory loss, immunity, sleep disorders, chronic pain, spasticity, and menstrual symptoms.


*Note from RJ: If you enjoy the science behind how CBD and marijuana affect the endocannabinoid system, check out the research published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.


What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

Like anything we use, some people experience side effects when incorporating CBD oil into their wellness and self-care routines. These side effects are typically mild, but if you are experiencing side effects, it might be an indication that the product is not right for you. This is the case with all-natural health remedies and supplements. If there is a problem, you can consider sampling other brands, as there is a variety of different methods for manufacturing and producing CBD oil out there and some are better than others.

It should be noted that feeling “high” or experiencing euphoria or any psychoactive effects of CBD is never a side effect of using the product. CBD oil does not contain THC or at least does not contain an amount of THC high enough to produce this effect. It will not affect perception, consciousness, sensory awareness, or anything associated with using drugs.

The most common side effects experienced by CBD users include a drop in blood pressure, dry mouth, sedation, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Most agree that these symptoms occur when dosing is an issue—someone takes too high a dose of CBD too soon and their body isn’t able to process the introduction of the substance gradually. Ideally, you’ll give yourself time to adjust to CBD by starting with a small dose and slowly increasing it over days or weeks. High doses of CBD are not believed to be toxic, but they can counteract the positive benefits you’re seeking.

According to at least one study investigating CBD side effects, there is no reason to believe it has any negative impact on:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Body temperature
  • Glucose levels
  • pH levels
  • Oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange between the lungs and bloodstream
  • Red blood cell volume
  • Digestive system
  • Potassium and sodium levels

When it did affect any part of the body connected with any of these factors, it was in a positive manner.

 

Is It Possible to Be Allergic to CBD Oil?

Though it has not been proven that an allergic reaction to CBD is out of the realm of possibilities, no medical studies have shown any link between an allergic reaction and CBD. The same is true for headaches and CBD; CBD is not believed to be linked to headaches or migraines.

The is also true for other unpleasant side effects, including changes in appetite, weight, and diarrhea. Put simply, should you develop a horrible migraine following taking a dose of CBD, it is likely to be coincidental.

In addition to carefully introducing CBD to your body, it’s also important to use a high-quality oil you can trust. In most cases, when someone experiences a negative side effect after using CBD oil, it’s due to an issue of purity. Essentially, they are not taking what they think they are taking. Like all-natural health supplements, CBD oil needs to come from a reliable brand and it’s up to the consumers to educate themselves properly before trying CBD oil.

 

What should you consider when shopping for CBD oil?

  • Purity and safety: CBD oil should be guaranteed free of lead and mercury and other contaminants. Products imported from overseas sometimes contain only trace amounts of CBD oil and are actually nothing but fillers.
  • Testing: CBD oil should be tested by a third party to ensure quality and potency. Third-party testing also helps to identify microbial contamination and whether or not the product contains any harmful chemical fertilizers.
  • Labeling: Regulations concerning product labeling are not very stringent when it comes to CBD and other natural products, so it’s important to do your research. Companies should be transparent about what is in their product even though they are not required to be by the government yet. Proper labeling should include the product’s name, the manufacturer’s name, and a list of the content in the product.

 


 

4 Steps to Treat Canine Separation Anxiety

 

This article by Jennifer was originally published at FOMO Bones.

 

As a dog owner, dealing with canine separation anxiety and distress can sound like a daunting task. When you become a dog parent, you never think about the potential behavioral issues that might arise. The thought of having a dog that struggles with anxiety might even seem slightly absurd. The reality is: At one point or another during doggy parenthood, you are going to have to deal with some issues, and one of the most common is learning how to correctly and effectively treat separation anxiety.

Just like raising a child, everyone has different styles of parenting when it comes to their dog’s behavior. Some people prefer to crate train their dogs to get them used to being in a safe place while their human is away, while others believe that separation anxiety is due to a lack of mental stimulation or exercise. Despite the differences in doggy parenting styles, when it comes to treating severe separation anxiety, distress, and behavioral problems, everyone has one thing in common: The desire to overcome it.

Here are four steps to help your dog to overcome separation anxiety so you can feel completely at ease when you leave them home alone.

 

STEP 1: Decide on a Strategy and Method

The very first thing you need to do is to determine when your dog’s unusual behavior or distress increases (i.e. is it right about the time you are getting ready to go out?). This is so you can pinpoint if your pup is acting out due to separation anxiety or if there is something else going on. If you are concerned, then you should contact your vet and schedule a check-up. Once you have been given the all clear, it’s time to create a strategy that you feel comfortable with. The most important thing to account for when it comes to treating separation anxiety in dogs is that you must be consistent, and you need to have patience. You won’t necessarily see an improvement overnight but stick with it and, before too long, things will get better.

 

STEP 2: Create a Safe Place

As humans, when we feel alone or panicked we may seek refuge in our safe place. Some people will retreat to their man caves for long periods while others will seek comfort in their favorite chair, and many people instantly start to feel better when they are snuggled up in bed with their favorite pajamas on. If your dog doesn’t currently have her own bed, feeding area, or toys, then she may feel unsettled. To create a safe space for your pup, find a cozy and warm corner where you can set down a few blankets that have your scent on them to reassure her when you aren’t there. Many people are massive advocates of crate training, as it not only keeps your dogs out of trouble when unsupervised, it can actually be beneficial for their safety. If you do choose to look into crate training, please make sure that you seek professional guidance to ensure you do it right, or it could backfire.

 

Step 3: Natural CBD Treats

Cannabinoid-based products are appearing in media headlines every day thanks to therapeutic capabilities. With so many people starting to take CBD oil to alleviate a range of illnesses and issues, it’s no wonder CBD dog treats have also become extremely popular over recent years. The healing treats have been proven to significantly decrease the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs, as well as having a range of positive benefits such as:

  • Reduces nervous or hyperactive behavior
  • Treats epilepsy and seizures*
  • Relieves pain*
  • Effectively treats arthritis*
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Promotes organ health

 

Step 4: Doggie Cinema

Many dog owners report that their dog is less anxious and displays fewer problem behaviors, such as destructive chewing, when left alone if they have some background noise to keep them company. And while it might sound a little ridiculous, leaving the TV or radio on while your dog is alone can help her to feel less alone. The next time you are getting ready for a night out, try putting on a movie to distract and entertain your dog, allowing you to enjoy your evening without the fear of coming home to chaos and destruction.

 

Final Thoughts

Helping your dog overcome separation anxiety is not only going to allow your dog to have a well-balanced approach to life, but it will also benefit you as an owner. And if you want to successfully treat separation anxiety for good, then it is important to create a routine and stick to it. The good thing about natural remedies like CBD treats is that they can be used alone or in conjunction with any other method you choose. CBD is pretty much the only natural remedy that will allow you to see positive improvements fast, and the fact that there are so many other benefits means that your dog’s overall health will improve.

Separation anxiety in dogs will progressively get worse over time, which is why it is so important to take action as soon as you notice that something is awry. And as responsible dog owners, we should always approach the methods we choose with love and care, as changes won’t happen overnight. Patience and persistence is a key factor in ensuring that you are reinforcing a bond with your dog that is based on discipline and trust.

 

*Medical disclaimer: Clinical studies and research for these claims have not been provided. Please speak to your vet if your pet is having medical issues.


About the Author: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She’s pretty sure she was a Great Dane in her past life, but her team at FOMO pegs her as more of a Labrador. Regardless of her breed, she’s a dog enthusiast with 15 years’ experience training dogs and owners.

 


 

The 8 CBD Strains You Should Know

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

While many people enjoy the high they get from smoking THC-heavy marijuana strains from the cannabis plant, there are also an increasing number of people suffering from different ailments and illness, such as pain relief for chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, seizures, and so on that are beginning to turn to marijuana thanks to its potent medicinal effects. So, if you are among the thousands of people who want to give cannabis-based products a try in order to alleviate negative symptoms you are suffering, and you don’t want to experience the psychoactive effects of THC, then you will be pleased to know there are now an increasing number of cannabis strains reaching the market that have a higher concentration of CBD levels.

If you are new to medical marijuana or other strains from the same plant, then it can be overwhelming to figure out which CBD-rich strain, or sativa, is going to work the best for your needs. In this article, we will be recommending the top eight CBD strains that you should be aware of (without the effects of THC) along with some pointers of what each strain is most suitable for.

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is quickly becoming a fixture in many people’s medicine bag. This is due to the fact that one small bottle of CBD oil is capable of treating a massive variety of problems. Got anxiety? Take CBD oil or other CBD products. Migraines? Again, take CBD oil… the list of ailments that cannabidiol can treat is increasing each day as new medical research comes to light.

 

What to Look for When Choosing a CBD Strain

If you suffer from continuous panic attacks and anxiety—which is usually accompanied by a load of unnecessary stress—or you suffer from chronic pain or migraines, then you can rest assured that you are not alone. Many people in the United States and around the world have managed to find lasting relief from their mental and physical problems by turning to CBD. Cannabinoids and cannabis sativa are completely natural, completely legal (in some states) and also, entirely safe. In fact, overdosing on CBD oil is virtually impossible.

The increasing demand in the modern market for high-quality cannabis-based products has, however, highlighted a few difficulties that potential customers face when they are trying to select the best product for their particular needs. And while there is a ton of information online about all the different types of CBD oils and strains, if you are a newbie it can be super easy to get confused.

When you begin shopping around for the best CBD oil, you must take into account that not all of the strains you come across will have the same effect. For example, starting with a lighter strain might seem to be the best idea, but often that is just simply too weak to offer lasting and powerful benefits. Everyone’s body will react slightly differently to CBD and you might need to experiment a bit to ensure you get the desired results.

In light of everything we have mentioned above, it’s time to take a look at the best CBD-dominant strains that are available on the market today to help you make your decision.

 

  1. Dancehall:
    This upbeat and slightly buzzy strain is designed to give you a positive vibe and allow your creative mind to work to its full capacity. The ratio of CBD:THC is almost 20:1, so don’t expect any euphoric highs from this strain. You can take Dancehall without worrying about getting distracted or a fuzzy head, especially important if you are sensitive to THC.
  2. ACDC:
    Named after the famous rock band, ACDC has made the top of our list thanks to its ability to combat all forms of anxiety. If you are susceptible to the side effects often produced by THC, then ACDC is perfect for you. You can enjoy all the desirable effects of cannabis, such as relaxation and mood elevation; yet still maintain a clear head.
  3. Suzy Q:
    Another CBD-dominant strain on our list with only a sliver of THC in it is the beloved Suzy Q. This mellow strain won’t give you any high, but its mild effects will allow you to free yourself from anxiety and mental blocks that can often stand in the way of productivity.
  4. Ringo’s Gift:
    This strain has been named after the pioneer of CBD oil: Lawrence Ringo. On taking Ringo’s Gift, you can allow yourself to be enveloped in a sense of well-being accompanied by a sense of relief. If you suffer from pains or stress, then this strain will take the edge off without making you paranoid or euphoric.
  5. Charlotte’s Web:
    Don’t be fooled by the placement of this strain on our list. Charlotte’s Web was the very first CBD-rich strain that actually got serious media attention thanks to its potent treatment abilities. Its stellar reputation comes after it proved to be successful in treating epilepsy and many consumers use it for other conditions, such as pain and inflammation, as well as anxiety. It is a very high-quality strain, as it is manufactured by CW Pharmaceuticals, based in Colorado.
  6. Remedy:
    An appropriate name for a wonderful strain! Remedy has a high content of CBD that will help you to gently relax while remaining mentally alert. It is best suited to those who just want to experience the opportunity to ease their aches and pains while being able to chill out a bit.
  7. Sour Tsunami:
    A household staple among CBD strains high in CBD, Sour Tsunami only produces around two percent of THC. This prolific strain will allow you to reap all the medicinal benefits without experiencing a high. It is stocked widely in dispensaries across the country and it is ideal for newbies looking to quell their pain and anxiety.
  8. Hawaiian Dream:
    If you have figured out that you would get the most benefit out of a strain that contains both CBD and THC, then put on your Hula skirt and enjoy Hawaiian Dream. The THC content in this strain is approximately five percent and the CBD present can reach 10 percent in some products. The tropical flavor of this beloved strain will allow you to experience a mild euphoria perfect for switching off after a stressful week at work!

 

So, here you have a list that will hopefully give you more clarity as to the strain of CBD you should choose when starting out on your medical marijuana journey.

 


 

Pet Hacks: Five Tips for a Stress-free Roadtrip

 

 

This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.

Time to hit the road? Far from setting off into the sunset and enjoying a relaxing journey, traveling with a dog can be a fur-raising experience.

Fear peeing, puking, and pooing; shaking, barking, whining and whimpering. Yeah, safe to say that hitting route 66 quickly turns into the road trip from hell when accompanied by your nervy canine. So, what can you do about it? Let’s work through our top waggly-tail tips.

 

Plan well ahead for accommodation

We don’t know why, but not everyone is a huge fan of dogs (between you and me—they don’t know what they’re missing). Anyway, dogs are pretty much a no-go for many motels and hotels, so you’ll need to do a little legwork before you set off.

This page lists pet-friendly hotels in the US, and allows you to search by date as well as book online. Easy peasy.

 

Make a list (check it twice, thrice, four times) and pack in good time

Packing for a smooth trip starts with getting organized and packing your bag at least the day before. Here’s a list of things to pop into your case for your pooch:

  • Dog food
  • Treats
  • Dog crate
  • Food/water bowls
  • Dog harness/seat belt buckle
  • Leashes
  • Up-to-date vaccine records (this will be required when entering Canada, as well as for staying at some accommodation)
  • Poo bags
  • Lint roller (for attempting to tackle that in-car dog hair)

 

Go for walkies beforehand

A long walk will pay off big time before your journey (at least double the usual daily walk should do nicely). Give him a small treat or two once he’s home, but avoid feeding him his usual meal (a full belly is a sure-fire way to bring about car sickness).

Dogs can easily (and happily) go for a day without food, just so long as they have plenty of water to hand.

 

Safety first

When it’s time to set off, be sure to safely secure your dog with a seat buckle or place him in a good quality crate (don’t be tempted to let him hang his head out of the window – as this can lead to some pretty nasty eye injuries).

You should also make sure that he’s easily identifiable (at least through a collar tag and microchip). Ideally, however, you should go one step further, and fit him with a dog tracker (there are some great—and inexpensive—options out there that work with your smartphone – such as the Paw Tracker; Gibi Pet Locator and Link AKC Smart Dog Collar).

Finally, think about the weather. If it’s the midst of summer and your car is air-conditioning free you should plan to avoid traveling during the hottest times of the day.

 

Top up your gas at quiet stations

If possible, try to stop off for gas and toilet breaks at stations outside of built-up urban areas, as it’ll be more likely that you’ll discover a grassy space (which can encourage a reluctant pooch to open his bladder!).

 

Take a pitstop for a mid-way walk

Try to split your journey up every couple of hours or so with a 15-minute walk. This may take some planning, but it shouldn’t be too challenging to discover a nice walk just a short way off most main highways.

 

Pop in a CBD bone or two into your pouch’s packing

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s derived from all-natural, 3rd party tested hemp (e.g. it won’t make your canine stoned – it’ll simply calm their nerves and get them travel-ready).

CBD bones are made for everything from the terrors of fireworks to taking a road trip or plane ride.

FOMO bones team CBD with a formidable team of valerian root, chamomile and passion flower for one all-natural canine calmer.


 

About the Author: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She’s pretty sure she was a Great Dane in her past life, but her team at FOMO pegs her as more of a Labrador. Regardless of her breed, she’s a dog enthusiast with 15 years’ experience training dogs and owners.

 


 

CBD Gummies for Hangover Anxiety

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published at SundayScaries.

Anxiety can happen to everyone at some point or another. For some people, becoming anxious may just happen rarely in unusual circumstances. For others, however, it can be a more consistent and progressive issue. Most of us, or at least the ones reading this post, have experienced a hangover at some stage. A very delicate head, a restless stomach, zero energy, and a thirst that just can’t be quenched are just a few hangover symptoms. But when hangover anxiety kicks in, it’s a whole other ball game. Below, we are looking into what causes hangover anxiety and how you can use CBD gummies to help with it.

 

What Is Hangover Anxiety?

First of all, hangover anxiety doesn’t just happen to those who are already diagnosed with anxiety. Hangover anxiety can happen to absolutely anyone, though not everyone will even be aware of what it is. Our body produces a natural chemical called serotonin that is responsible for regulating our emotions. Alcohol causes the level of serotonin to spike which is why a person’s mood can be all over the place when they drink. Ever seen your friends get over the top passionate about everything in life when they drink? Or perhaps they collapse on the floor bawling their eyes out because they lost their straw and now they think that they are losing everyone in their lives? Well, that is all thanks to the major increase in serotonin levels caused by excessive drinking.

Alcohol stays in the system for a while after you feel sober, but due to the large rise of serotonin when drinking the alcohol, it comes crashing back down again, packs its bags, and heads off for some alone time. The process of fluctuating serotonin levels is what can cause an intensified feeling of anxiousness or even depression. Now, you would think that since it is referred to as hangover anxiety that it comes once you have sobered up, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, anxiety can be heightened at the time of consuming alcohol. It simply just depends. For people who are clinically diagnosed with anxiety, the typical side effects of a hangover can trigger anxiety. The nauseous feeling can lead to health anxiety resulting in a panic.

 

CBD for a Hangover

Lately, CBD products have been popping up everywhere and, by the looks of it, this will continue at a rapid rate. Organizations and scientists are now investing more in researching and studying the effects of CBD as it has so far shown very positive results in treating a number of health conditions. Cannabis helps to alleviate chronic pain and the same can be said for CBD. Three of the most common reasons behind using CBD are to help combat depression, anxiety, and pain. CBD products are available in all sorts of forms, but the most popular is CBD oil and CBD gummies.

The fascinating thing about CBD is its potential to interact with the body’s receptors. There is strong evidence to suggest that when CBD is introduced into our system, it locates certain receptors and calms them down, meaning that they begin to stop signaling to the brain that we are in pain or are panicking. And the best bit: It can do this without getting you high. As you are probably aware, CBD is a specific compound known as cannabinoid that is derived from a particular strain of cannabis plant. THC is also a cannabinoid compound. However, THC is what is responsible for getting you high. CBD, on the other hand, has the ability to calm and uplift without providing the high.

Using CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are quite literally exactly as you would expect. Gummy sweets that contain CBD. They are an easier way to ingest CBD and especially beneficial for those that dislike the taste of CBD oil, vape pens, or sprays. Really, though, why would you want to swallow an earthy-tasting oil when you can just eat really cool gummy candies? Just above, we talked about how CBD can help with a hangover and anxiety. CBD gummies are just another way to introduce CBD into the system in order to start getting those potential benefits.

They have also been known to help you get a decent night’s sleep. The feelings of anxiety usually increase at night when you are trying to sleep as you aren’t really concentrating on anything. The brain starts to play games and before you know it, 4am has arrived, and you haven’t had a wink of sleep. Lack of sleep then causes anxiety levels to rise, and suddenly you are stuck in a vicious cycle.

You take CBD gummies in the same way that you eat any other candy. The gummy version of CBD tends to take longer to start working than the oil does. In around 20 minutes they should begin to start releasing their powers. The amount that you eat depends on the strength of the CBD along with your own condition. There will, or should, always be consumption instructions inside the packaging to help you find the right amount for you.

Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies for Anxiety

If you have been searching for CBD gummies then look no further than Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies for Anxiety. Their products are all lab tested and contain no THC whatsoever. Their CBD gummies recipe is formulated with D3 and B12 vitamins along with the highest quality of full spectrum CBD. For all of you beautiful vegans out there, Sunday Scaries also has Vegan AF Gummies for Anxiety that work just as well as their standard line. If you are a renowned CBD enthusiast, then check out their subscription packages to make sure that you never run low on your CBD stash again. It is the remedy that makes anxiety not so scary.

Hangovers and anxiety are nasty enough on their own, and when the two are combined, it can feel like one of the biggest battles yet. But, where there is CBD, there is hope. So, make use of nature’s magic and tell that hangover anxiety where to go.

 


 

Easy CBD Lotion Recipe for Muscle Aches and Pains

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

Using cannabis for such medical purposes as pain relief, especially chronic pain, and arthritis, sore muscles, and general pain and inflammation is trending massively all around the world right now and not just among the alternative health nuts. CBD oil has already penetrated the mainstream market, and last year saw the industry progress in leaps and bounds. While the most common form of experiencing the therapeutic benefits of the marijuana plant is taking CBD oil orally, more people suffering from aches, pains, and skin conditions are using CBD-infused topical creams.

CBD salve is convenient to keep to hand when you need quick relief from localized pain, like achy joints and muscles, and you can use as much or as little as you like. The wonderful thing about using a homemade healing lotion is that you can play around with different strengths and scents to ensure pain relief, and you won’t have to worry about running out and waiting for your next order to be delivered. Many people have had great success following the recipe that I will be sharing with you—it is very effective, easy to make, and, most importantly, cost-effective.

 

Do Topical Lotions Work as Well as CBD Oil?

CBD-rich salves, balms, and creams aren’t absorbed into the bloodstream, but rather into subcutaneous tissue via pores in the skin. From the balm or topical cream form, the powerful cannabinoids are then able to interact with the relevant receptors found in the skin’s nerve fibers as a great pain management system that will help combat muscle soreness. While the majority of people who use CBD to treat issues like anxiety and insomnia find that oral ingestion is the most effective method, a topical salve is proven to provide fast relief for localized pain and works almost instantaneously. CBD lotion is known to offer relief from problems like:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Inflammation
  • Eczema
  • Blotchy skin
  • Back pain

And, thanks to all of the rich proteins, vitamins, and fatty acid found present in CBD oil, our skin will be eternally grateful for this added nourishment.

 

How Much CBD Oil Should You Put in Your Homemade Lotion?

Due to insufficient research on specific dosage, a general rule of thumb is to use your intuition to decide how much CBD you need to add into your recipe mixture. After doing some research on commercial, high-quality pain reliever products that can be found online, it seems that the typical amount of CBD oil found present in topical creams is approximately 100 mg CBD for every 30 ml of finished product. It is worth noting that you cannot overdo it, so feel free to use as much CBD oil as you like—or simply play around with measures until you create a formula that works for your particular needs. If you suffer from a severe skin ailment or pain, then you can increase the amount of CBD oil you put into your balm to as much as 500 mg per 30 ml.

 

A word of advice before you get started:

You should really endeavor to make sure that the CBD oil you will use for making a homemade lotion is of the highest quality. Trying to cut corners by saving a few bucks on purchasing an unreputable product will likely result in your time being wasted and, while your skin might still improve, chances are your pain will not. Concentration is key, so always look for the purest organic oil you can find.

 

Selecting a Good Carrier Oil for Your Salve

The liberating thing about DIY remedies is that you can tailor them to be just how you like them to rid those achy muscles. What’s more, you will have a whole load of freedom with regards to selecting a carrier oil for your homemade lotion, as you can pretty much use whatever you have on hand at home. Many people like to use hemp seed oil to reap the maximum benefits of the plant’s goodness, but others find the smell too pungent and earthy and use organic coconut oil or avocado oil instead. You can also add vitamin E oil into your concoction, as it is rich in antioxidants and also increases the shelf life of your product, should you prefer not to keep it refrigerated.

Don’t feel that you need to conform, however—a lot of people use plain old olive oil for simplicity, but this can result in quite a runny finished product. If you wanted a lotion that is “meatier,” then you could consider adding in some beeswax to firm it up a bit.

 

Creating Your Homemade CBD Lotion

This process couldn’t be easier, so just follow the steps and make sure that you cook it on low heat. This is possibly the most important thing you need to worry about in order to produce an effective topical ointment.

  • Once you have measured out how much lotion you want to make, melt your coconut oil (or carrier oil of choice) on low heat slowly
  • Stir in the desired amount of CBD oil
  • If you want a firmer salve, melt a couple of inches (or a handful of pellets) of beeswax in a separate pot and allow it to become fluid
  • When the wax has melted completely, slowly add in your oil mixture making sure to stir to avoid any clumps
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container (preferably glass as it doesn’t have the nasty toxins found in plastic) and pop in the fridge

Now, here’s the only slightly complex part of the whole thing. As your mixture cools, it will solidify somewhat (especially if you have used coconut oil.) However, if your gut tells you that it will still end up being too runny, then you can add more beeswax until you obtain the consistency that you desire.

 

Adding Scent to Your Lotion

Personally, I tend to like the natural earthy smell given off by the combination of coconut oil and CBD oil. However, there are many others who prefer to add essential oils to their lotion mixture to make it even dreamier. For example, lavender oil could be a great choice if you want to relax, and it is also known to have a soothing effect on the skin. Alternatively, you could add in some eucalyptus to pack an extra punch and clear your sinuses. To be perfectly honest, you can use any kind of chemical-free scent that appeals to you. There is no wrong or right here—your lotion, your choice! Just make sure you stir in any scents or essential oils once your concoction has fully cooled to ensure its full potency.

 

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