CBD Oil for Acne: What You Need to Know


This article by Kim Torres was originally published on SundayScaries.


Although you probably remember learning about mitochondria and the Cold War back in high school, there’s one lesson we all wish we’d learned then: that leaving our teen years behind does not necessarily mean being acne-free.

While most of us hoped that our breakouts would be the least of our worries after our prom photos were taken and our dorm rooms were moved into, the reality is: It is completely normal (and unfortunately common) for people to get acne well into their twenties, thirties, and beyond.

If you still struggle with blackheads and zits, it may be weighing down your self-esteem. Of course, no one should feel embarrassed or insecure about acne, but for many of us, we would still prefer to enjoy clear skin.

You may have tried over-the-counter drugstore products, do-it-yourself face masks from the internet, or even dermatologist-prescribed medications to treat your acne. If nothing has been successful so far, there is one potential new solution that you might not be aware of—CBD oil.


What Is CBD?

You might not be familiar with CBD, CBD products, or hemp oil. If you are, you might be thinking, “Hey, that is just marijuana, right?” You may also be thinking, “How will that help me with my skin?”

Yes, cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from hemp—it comes from the cannabis plant—but CBD is not the same as THC. THC is the chemical that makes you high when you smoke or consume marijuana. This means that even if you wanted to get high or buzzed from CBD, it will not happen. It simply does not have the same effect as THC.

However, research shows that there may be a number of medical benefits associated with CBD. Compared to a lot of other products on the market, CBD is just starting to receive the attention from researchers that it deserves, but so far studies are showing CBD can be an effective treatment for anxiety and seizures.


CBD and Skin Care

It is important to understand that skin health is one of the many things that are influenced by our endocannabinoid system (to keep the scientific language to a minimum, this is the same bodily system that cannabis products, including CBD and THC, interact with). Our endocannabinoid system is the reason why cannabis products can influence so many aspects of our health, and why people experience such a broad range of results when using them.

So, it makes sense that CBD products can affect the general health of our skin and even treat acne. In fact, CBD is now being used in more and more beauty products. So far, research has suggested that cannabidiol oil can influence our skin health in two distinct ways: reducing inflammation and regulating oil production.


Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is a leading symptom of acne—it is the reason why, even under a thick layer of foundation, your zit will remain red and obviously visible. By reducing inflammation, you can reduce the appearance of acne and speed the healing process.

So far, research has pointed to CBD as having an anti-inflammatory effect, which could improve the health of your skin.


Regulating Oil Production

Although inflammation is an all too common symptom of acne, oil production is the actual underlying cause. Sebum, which is produced in the sebaceous glands, is a naturally occurring oil used to lubricate your skin. But…when it is over-produced, your pores end up clogged and a break-out erupts. You end up with oily skin and clogged pores through dead skin cells.

Studies are starting to show that CBD can be used to not only manage the unpleasant symptoms of acne but address the root causes as well through regulating the glands that produce sebum. This can help keep your pores clean and reduce acne without drying out your skin.


Other Skin Care Tips

When it comes to dealing with acne, there are a lot of different factors at play. Some people are genetically more likely to break out while others mainly notice acne appear with lifestyle changes, such as a poor diet or stress. Likewise, some people will notice acne primarily during puberty, while others will battle with it well into adulthood.

Whether or not you think CBD is right for you, there are other actions you can incorporate into your lifestyle to prevent acne and heal breakouts, including:

  • Avoid over washing your face: although it may be tempting, washing more than twice a day can be damaging to your skin in the long run
  • If you wear makeup, remember to remove it before going to bed
  • Try to cut greasy, heavily processed foods from your diet
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Do not forget to moisturize, but choose an oil-free product
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day
  • Wash your pillowcases often and keep your phone screen clean
  • Talk to a dermatologist if your current routine is not working and your acne is severe


How to Use CBD for Acne

If you are interested in using CBD for acne, you might be wondering the best way to start taking it. You might even be wondering if it is safe and legal.

The good news is that CBD is a safe product that millions of people are already using worldwide—and as it does not contain THC, it is legal in all fifty states.

As mentioned before, more research on CBD is underway than ever before. So far, studies have been focusing on it being taken orally or transdermally (directly on the skin) when it comes to acne treatment.  For this reason, it is up to you. You might want to start by taking a tincture or edible product to see if you notice an improvement.

You can also purchase skin care products that contain CBD or purchase a tincture and create your own home treatments (in the long run, this option might save you money and ensure you know exactly what ingredients are in your skin care products).

Ultimately, the choice is yours—whether you wish to use it as a face wash or take it orally, the only thing you have to lose is your pesky acne.

CBD Oil for Dogs with Cancer


This article by Jennifer was originally published on FOMO Bones.


They say the hardest thing about having a dog is saying goodbye to them far too soon. Most pet owners dote on their pooches as if they were children but are always subconsciously aware that, on average, a dog will only live to be around 12 years old—if they are in good health.

Sadly, even as loving pet parents, we cannot protect our loved ones from diseases like cancer or arthritis. In fact, often cancer in dogs is usually not detected until it is at a stage where it is already spreading to other parts of the body and causing Fido a fair amount of discomfort. Fortunately, cannabis-based medicines, such as medical cannabis, hemp seed oil, and especially CBD oil are becoming popular treatment options for dogs and cats suffering from chronic pain, seizures, and even cancer.


How CBD Oil Works: The Science

While we have only really become aware of the potential benefits of cannabis during the past couple of years, cannabis, cannabis oil, and hemp oil have been used for centuries to successfully treat symptoms of certain illnesses. Its oil is incredibly powerful and, as more states are moving to legalize the herb, more research is being conducted to prove its efficacy in fighting cancer cells. When most people think of cannabis, they automatically think of stoners getting high—and this is where it’s necessary to understand exactly how CBD oil works.

The first and most important point to understand is that CBD oil is formulated in a specific way to eliminate the psychoactive effects of the THC compound. This means that you won’t have to worry about your precious pooch turning into a zombie. The cannabinoids in the oil are the all-important component here, as they contain all the rich, therapeutic, and healing medicinal benefits. While a very small amount of THC is usually necessary to allow the oil to work to its full potential, oils that are rich in CBD balance out the THC, meaning that it does not produce a woozy or “stoned” feeling.


CBD Oil as a Cancer Treatment

While there is still a fair amount of research to be done to pinpoint exactly how CBD works to improve the symptoms of cancer in the human body, there is already existing research that proves how it can kill tumors and cancerous cells in animals.

In 2009, Spanish researchers from a reputable university published a research paper along with results that demonstrated how THC (one of the two key components found in CBD oil) successfully eliminated brain cancer in mice. What it actually did was cause the cancerous cells to essentially destroy themselves resulting in the existing tumors shrinking substantially. The same was true in human patients—except only CBD was administered, and it was equally as effective at treating cancer.

CBD can also stop metastasis, which is when cancer starts spreading into the bloodstream and usually indicates that the final stages of the disease are near.

There is currently no clinical research that demonstrates exactly how CBD works to treat cancer in dogs, but there are enough compelling evidence and testimonials from pet owners who have used the oil to indicate that it could work better and faster than traditional pharmaceutical treatments.


How Can CBD Oil Help Dogs with Cancer?

Here are some benefits of CBD oil for dogs with cancer:

  • It increases appetite. As our dogs can’t tell us what they are feeling, when they feel low, they usually avoid food like the plague. While this can be normal if it only lasts a day or two, when it comes to cancer, most dogs will not feel hungry, which, in turn, weakens their strength and immune system. Giving your dog CBD oil will increase their appetite and help them maintain a normal eating and drinking routine.
  • It offers pain relief. Cancer is, unfortunately, a disease that is accompanied by pain, especially if the tumors are in the legs or stomach. Our pups can’t just reach for a painkiller whenever they need it but instead will show pain by whimpering and whining. One of the greatest benefits of giving your pooch CBD oil is that it can offer a substantial amount of relief from the pain they are experiencing.
  • It reduces inflammation. CBD is also used to effectively manage the symptoms of arthritis—aching joints, stiffness, etc. Cancer also manifests the same symptoms when it is found present in dogs, so the oil will allow your pet to live a more comfortable and agile life.
  • It inhibits tumor growth. CBD has been known to shrink tumors as per the research we pointed out above. Daily administration of the oil can also stop cancer from spreading to other parts of the body and possibly eliminate it altogether.
  • It helps insomnia. Insomnia isn’t just a human ailment; our dogs can suffer from sleepless nights, too! The therapeutic properties of good quality CBD oil can help relax your dog, so he has the strength to participate in normal, dog-like activity during the day.


Final Thoughts

Traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can often cause your pooch to experience terrible side effects that prevent him from living out the rest of his days comfortably. While there are few vets who would condone CBD oil as a sole method of treatment this early on in the stages of its research, almost all reputable veterinary clinics will agree that it can only add complimentary benefits to existing treatments.

Many humans take CBD oil daily—even if they are in good health—as a kind of precursor to any illness that might manifest in the future. With a good quality product that is organic and pure, you might just find that CBD oil is the elixir of life that you have been searching for to extend your time with your beloved pet for as long as possible.


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 owner.


CBD Oil for Sleep: Top Tips for Success


This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.


For many people who struggle with insomnia, a natural remedy that actually works seems a pipe dream that doesn’t exist. If you have tossed and turned for several nights in a row and drank your bodyweight in chamomile tea to no avail, you will be all too familiar with the anguish I am referring too. Worst of all, the more you think about how much you want to sleep, the less likely it is to happen. This is due to underlying anxiety and stress of what could happen tomorrow if you don’t sleep, which causes many people to lose themselves in a mental turmoil of catastrophizing.

With traditional sleep aids like benzodiazepines being highly addictive and thus accompanied by nasty withdrawal symptoms and side effects, most people tend to steer clear of sleeping tablets and instead trawl the Internet for hours, desperately searching for home remedies that actually work. And while it is true that certain teas and natural pills can be effective in some cases, in the most severe cases of insomnia, they aren’t.

Fortunately, there is now a solution that is reliable, effective, and extremely efficient to help you fall asleep, get a good night’s rest, and break that sleep-wake cycle. And, best of all, it won’t break the bank.


Introducing CBD Oil for a Better Night’s Sleep

Though they contain THC, cannabis-based products, including marijuana, have already been proven to help reduce the symptoms of serious diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. And, as the world wakes up to a new and natural approach to combating illness, more research is being funded into the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil to treat everyday ailments like insomnia. So far, existing research indicates that CBD oil is capable of helping you sleep better and the more frequently you take it, the better the long-term effects will be. If you are just starting out on your CBD journey, or you simply want to learn more about how it can help combat the effects of insomnia, we have prepared seven tips to help you sleep better at night, as well as how to figure out the correct dosage to ensure a decent night’s sleep and improve your overall sleep quality.


Take Your CBD Oil Earlier in the Day

Unlike traditional prescription sleeping pills, CBD should not be taken just before you want to go to sleep. It is not a question of instant gratification, but rather taking an appropriate dose a few hours before bed so that your endocannabinoid system can absorb all of the benefits of the oil and get to work in a timely manner. One of the main reasons we recommend CBD, such as hemp CBD oil, for sleep disorders, is that if you take it regularly, it is capable of adapting and balancing the hormones and chemicals in your body responsible for ensuring a good night’s sleep. This means that you don’t have to worry about missing a dose (on occasion), as its half-life is considerably longer than that of benzodiazepines.


Consistency Is Key

Like with THC products and cannabis, while you can experience the benefits of CBD oil almost instantly, it is important to be consistent with your daily doses in order to experience the maximum benefits of this potent, all-natural sleep aid. As we mentioned above, CBD oil works to efficiently and effectively treat a multitude of different conditions and it could be that your lack of sleep is actually a result of an underlying issue like fear, worry, or anxiety. You will need to find the appropriate dose through trial and error, which shouldn’t take long for you to pinpoint if you keep up with your daily ingestion of the tincture.


Set the Scene

A mind is a brilliant tool and if we learn to control it, it will be our greatest ally. If you have struggled with insomnia for several years, then it is important to let go of any expectations you might have. We tend to forget just how powerful our subconscious mind can be, so when you start taking CBD oil try to limit your expectations. If you take your drops and you are convinced that it isn’t going to work, you won’t allow yourself to succumb to the effects, and you may subconsciously try and negate the relaxing vibe that you are actually feeling deep down. Always approach CBD with an open mind and know that it will not harm you in any way.


Find the Right Dosage

If you have been battling issues like insomnia, pain, or anxiety for as long as you can remember, and you have yet to find something that actually works to relieve the negative symptoms, then CBD oil could be the solution. While you might be extremely excited to experience the beneficial effects that everyone talks about, you don’t necessarily need to take the highest dose of CBD oil available. Whilst the precise recommended dose of CBD proportionate to your bodyweight has yet to be pinpointed, experts usually recommend that you should start with a lower dosage and gradually increase the amount you take until you reach the point where you notice it working. It is also worth noting that it is virtually impossible to overdose on CBD oil and as it is a completely non-addictive substance, you don’t need to worry about the potentially harmful side effects that exist with other medications when you suddenly increase or lower your dosage. It is a case of trial and error but, as a guideline, the Mayo Clinic recommends a dose of 40–160 mg of CBD consumed orally each day. While you are trying to figure out your ideal dose of CBD oil, you will want to factor in a few things:

  • How bad your insomnia actually is
  • How much you weigh
  • Your tolerance to CBD
  • The cause of your sleep disorder (if known)

Once you have a clearer idea of what you are setting yourself up to tackle, you can better prepare yourself for success.


Final Thoughts

If you are trying CBD for the first time, you could find it helpful to keep a note of your daily experiences and the dose you took while you are trying to calculate the ideal dosage to meet your needs. This will allow you to hone in on what works for you and more importantly, what feels best for you so you can implement a long-term strategy based on personal facts. There is plenty of information on the subject of CBD and insomnia online, but always try to learn from reputable and legitimate articles and medical journals. You can also try talking to a licensed medical professional, who is experienced in prescribing CBD for sleep disorders as well as researching the most appropriate strain to combat your specific issues. Finally, most reputable online dispensaries will offer you the opportunity to buy smaller bottles of CBD oil so you can try them out before committing to ordering larger sizes or quantities. Regardless of how long it takes for you to get your dosage right, you will see an improvement in your sleep patterns even when taking a lower dose than what is ideal for you.


CBD Oil and Antidepressants for Your Pup


This article by Jennifer was originally published on FOMO Bones.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common illnesses that usually come about as a result of some kind of trauma. Just as humans suffer from depression, dogs do too! With all the horror stories of puppy mills and animal cruelty that flood our newsfeeds on social media every day, more people are opting to rescue a dog that has been abandoned or mistreated in some way. And while many of us absolutely advocate the popular slogan “adopt, don’t shop,” it’s surprising how many pet owners fail to realize that their new rescue pup is going to struggle to regain its trust in humans and that they will likely have abandonment issues, as well as separation anxiety and potential post-traumatic stress disorder.


Can Dogs Get Depressed?                        

The short answer is unequivocally “yes.” A dog can absolutely experience symptoms of depression that are a result of a traumatic event, a death in the family (be it a human or their canine companion), or even a result of extreme boredom. However, depression in dogs doesn’t have to be related to abandonment or a traumatic past; many dogs that have been raised in loving families can experience depression that often stems from fear.


What Are the Symptoms of Depression in Dogs?

There are a few telltale signs to look out for if you suspect your pup could be depressed:

  • They seem withdrawn
  • They have lower energy levels
  • They exhibit a lack of interest in activities or things that they normally enjoy
  • Their eating habits have changed
  • They have difficulty sleeping

Normally, depression related to a specific event like a death in the family can be cured with time and lots of reassurance and attention. In extreme cases, however, withdrawn depressive behavior will persist in your pup and this is when you need to do something about it.


How to Treat Depression in Dogs

It is true that there are certain anti-depressants which have been approved for use in veterinary medicine. If a vet is convinced that your dog is depressed and that he could be at risk of harming himself, they will likely suggest an anti-depressant. However, anti-depressants work differently in dogs. They don’t act as happy pills, but rather take the edge off the anxiety and potentially harmful compulsive behaviors that put your dog at risk of injury. The downside of giving your dog anti-depressants is that many of the commonly used pharmaceuticals are accompanied by negative side effects that could be even more harmful in the long term.

Science is a wonderful thing and as more people are moving away from the use of prescription medications when possible, more natural products are emerging into the market that are not only safe but can potentially be equally as effective as antidepressants!


Introducing CBD Oil to Treat Depression in Dogs

Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand when it comes to dogs, as depression is often manifested through anxious behavior. If left untreated, canine anxiety can lead to destructive behavior, which can be harmful if your pup is acting out by chewing and swallowing household items or obsessively licking his own paws. As with hemp oil, cannabis, medical marijuana, and other CBD products, CBD oil may be an ideal solution to effectively getting your pup’s anxiety under control so he can live a happy life free of depression and suffering.

Here are some of the ways that CBD hemp oil for dogs can effectively eliminate symptoms of anxiety and depression in your canine companion:

  • It helps regulate serotonin: Both humans and pets need high levels of serotonin in order to regulate their emotions and feel content, calm, and happy. When serotonin levels are low, your pup may be more prone to anxiety and depression
  • CBD has a calming effect: Thanks to its healing therapeutic properties, CBD will have a calming effect on your dog, which may improve his mood and allow him to sleep better
  • It stimulates appetite: One of the major signs of depression is a dramatic change in eating habits for both humans and dogs. When a dog is feeling depressed, he is likely to under eat. A few drops of CBD oil each day can help stimulate Fido’s appetite so that he can rediscover his passion for food
  • CBD oil aids sleep: A tired dog usually means a grumpy dog. CBD oil can help your dog sleep better and restore his energy levels

Aside from the above benefits of CBD, it also has the following qualities:

  • It works quickly
  • Based on clinical trials, CBD oil may also treat underlying problems like pain and nausea
  • It is 100-percent plant-based and non-toxic oil
  • There are no harmful side effects
  • It is not addictive, so you won’t have to worry about your pup having withdrawal symptoms
  • It is affordable and highly effective

So, when all the above is taken into account, it really isn’t surprising that CBD-based products are the go-to medicines for thousands of dog owners and holistic vets worldwide.


How to Choose the Best CBD Oil for Your Dog

Good quality CBD oil will be an invaluable addition to your medicine cabinet, providing you select the right product. As one of the millions of caring pet parents out there, always make sure that the product you are buying comes from a reputable source and that it is rich in CBD vs. THC. You also want to check that the product you are buying is 100-percent organic and not chemically processed or diluted. Choosing a full spectrum oil is going to increase its efficacy and you want to administer the correct dosage to your pup depending on their weight and size. Understand that you cannot give your pup “too much” oil, but it is always better to start with smaller doses and gradually build them up until you start seeing noticeable results in your dog’s temperament. Finally, be sure that the product you decide to buy has not been extracted using chemicals, as these can be toxic and harmful to your pets.


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.


Life as an Entrepreneur: How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety and Stress Management


This article first appeared on SundayScaries.


There are so many benefits of being your own boss. Whether you get to curl up at home and work in the comfort of your pajamas or get the thrill of running your own store, the life of an entrepreneur is more often than not a rewarding one.

However, it can also come with its fair share of stress and anxiety. After all, when you have no boss or superiors to take the bulk of the responsibility for missteps, you find yourself taking on high-stakes situations without anyone to help you out.

Sometimes, anxiety can feel like a never-ending, incurable curse. As soon as you finally get past a major project, something else comes up that you immediately need to start chipping away at. It can feel like there is no relief or real solution, and you may even wonder if a career as an entrepreneur was truly worth it.

Well, please know that your career is worth the challenges, and there are steps you can take to manage your stress and overcome anxiety. One safe, legal, and effective option can be cannabidiol oil (CBD oil).

Sure, you might be thinking that smoking up before a big meeting with new clients could impact your performance or make your anxiety worse, but CBD is not the same as THC cannabis products. Okay, so they both come from the cannabis plant, as does marijuana, though the effects of CBD are totally different. THC is a psychoactive chemical that affects your brain function and makes you feel high, whereas high-quality CBD products will actually have little to no traces of THC, meaning getting high is an impossibility. In fact, your morning cup of coffee will have stronger psychoactive effects than even a strong dosage of CBD.

For years, research into CBD was minimal, in part because people wanted to know more about how THC worked more so than CBD. Now that research is starting to pick up, studies are showing positive results associated with CBD, including helping to relieve anxiety, stress, and insomnia.

In fact, CBD is already known to aid a multitude of mental and physical illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, Dravet syndrome, and is a natural anti-inflammatory. So why can’t it help relieve chronic stress and the symptoms of anxiety?


How Stress and Anxiety Impact Your Daily Life

Our public understanding of mental health has historically been subpar, to say the least. Although we now know that over 40 million Americans have a mental illness, there was a time not long ago when many of the most common psychiatric disorders did not have a name or an effective treatment.

Now, we are starting to understand the ways in which our emotional well-being influences other aspects of our physical health. Even if you have not been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or any other mental illness, it does not mean that great amounts of stress and pressure will not put a strain on your relationships, your work performance, and your health. Here are just a few ways in which stress and anxiety have very real impacts on our lives:

  • Sleep patterns, including insomnia and nightmares
  • Irritability and depression
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Problems with memory and attention
  • Breathing problems
  • Muscle pains and aches
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive health problems similar to symptoms of IBS
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Loss of libido
  • Higher likelihood of poor coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse, self-harm, and a poor diet

Many of these symptoms can not only impact our personal lives but can have a direct impact on our career as well. It’s hard to make a good impression on new clients when we are constantly crabby or trailing off mid-sentence because our focus is poor. It can be hard to have a productive work day when we are battling fatigue and a bout of digestive troubles.


How CBD Can Help

Everyone experiences anxiety and stress differently, so everyone has a different treatment that is right for them. While some people might benefit from a prescription medication or behavioral therapy, other people might feel more comfortable pursuing holistic, all-natural options. Although CBD might not be the right treatment for everyone, research has shown that CBD can help with anxiety and stress in a number of ways, including:

  • Stress Management: Numerous studies have shown that CBD can increase emotional resilience, reduce feelings of anxiety, improve learning, and boost your mood. This, in turn, could also treat some of the nastier symptoms of stress, such as headaches and indigestion
  • Sleep Quality: Sleep is an essential element of our health. Anxiety and stress can make it harder for us to fall asleep and stay asleep and, in turn, a poor sleep schedule can make our anxiety worse, causing a vicious cycle. As entrepreneurs, we sometimes tend to make our sleep patterns worse with unhealthy habits, such as taking our work home with us, spending too much time on screens before bed, or sleeping and working at irregular hours. Studies have shown that by improving your sleep schedule, CBD can have a tangible impact on your stress levels
  • Energy Boosting: On top of helping with your sleep, CBD is also known to improve your energy and wakefulness throughout the day, which can help you stay productive and avoid the pile-up of responsibilities that lead to stress in the first place

If stress and anxiety have been impacting your life, you should remember that you are not alone. Millions of Americans struggle every year with an anxiety disorder, and all of us can relate to the feelings of being stressed and overworked. Even if you take CBD to alleviate stress, it is important to take care of yourself by making such lifestyle changes as a healthy diet, consistent sleep schedule, and time for leisure and unwinding.

You should also speak to your doctor if you believe that you might have an anxiety disorder. Together, you can create a treatment plan that might include CBD as well as therapy, medications, and/or lifestyle changes. Ultimately, your career should be one of the joys in your life. With the right support, it does not have to be a source of unnecessary stress. Whether you go for CBD vape, CBD gummies, or a CBD tincture, the effects of CBD are there for all to see.

CBD Oil Benefits for Skin: What the Beauty Industry Says about It


This article first appeared on SundayScaries.

Sometimes it can be hard to keep up with cosmetic and skincare trends. Is activated charcoal truly the miracle solution it’s marketed as? Will coconut oil change your life? Is a product with seaweed truly worth paying an extra ten bucks for?

If you have been swayed into buying a pricey cosmetic solution that did not deliver the promised results, you may be hesitant to jump onto any more skincare bandwagons.

However, what if there were products on the market backed by actual scientific research?

See, it can be challenging to get an in-depth perspective on how effective your everyday skincare products are. Ultimately, there is minimal demand for scientific research into how soft cocoa butter can make your skin or which natural extracts can reduce the look of scars and stretch marks.

However, there is one natural product that has been getting more attention than ever from the scientific community: Cannabidiol (CBD). Though hemp oil, cannabis oil, and marijuana, all come from the cannabis plant, pure CBD and CBD products have absolutely no THC and therefore cannot make you high. Instead, CBD is often used for a wide range of medicinal and wellness purposes: blood pressure, eczema pain relief (including chronic pain), certain types of skin cancer, Dravet syndrome, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease are just a few areas where patients benefit from CBD oil and its derivatives.

Evidence has touted it as a potential treatment for epilepsy and mental illness, but can it help you with your skin? The beauty industry seems to think so, considering CBD is quickly becoming one of the most popular ingredients in both high-end and affordable drugstore-brand products.


CBD and Science

Before you find out what the beauty industry is saying about CBD, it’s important to understand what the scientific community is saying about it. Although it’s ultimately up to you and your doctor what you consume, and every person will respond differently to CBD, research has suggested there are three main benefits to CBD when it comes to skin care: reducing inflammation, regulating oil production, and helping with stress management.



Inflammation is one of those broad terms that can impact every aspect of your health. When a clogged pore is inflamed, the end result is a nasty, noticeable zit that draws attention in any conversation.

But inflammation is also a key issue when it comes to aging. According to evidence, inflammation is a primary cause of the visible and unpleasant signs of aging, and CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Oil Production

Acne occurs when our pores get clogged with an oil called sebum. On its own, sebum is a good thing—it keeps our face lubricated and our skin should have a healthy amount. However, people prone to breakouts tend to produce too much sebum, and this leaves clogged pores and unsightly blemishes.

Recent research is suggesting that CBD can actually help the glands that produce sebum to better regulate the oil that we produce, in turn helping prevent oily, acne-ridden skin.

Stress Management

Stress is a lightning rod for acne and signs of aging. During the busiest times in our life, we tend to notice more frequent breakouts and, as time goes on, we tend to display our daily stress through wrinkles and creases in our face.

Although we have many options to handle stress (including behavioral therapy, daily exercise, and cutting out activities, obligations, and people that increase stress) not all of them are easily available. After all, we might believe that quitting our jobs and moving to a tropical island is just what we need to reduce stress, but that is not exactly possible for all of us.

Research is still underway on the full spectrum of benefits that CBD offers, but studies that have been done so far point to it as being a tool to battle stress and anxiety and promote healthy sleep, which, in turn, can leave your skin healthier than ever.

What the Beauty Industry Thinks

The beauty industry has seemed to take the recent research into CBD in great strides, as it is becoming a mega-popular ingredient in both make-up and skin cleansing. The proof is in the pudding: both the popular drugstore brands you use every day and high-end brands used by celebrities and professional make-up artists are using CBD as a core ingredient.

Even Vogue—yes, Vogue—is touting the benefits of CBD. When the world’s most prevalent fashion and beauty magazine is taking CBD seriously, you know that there is a good reason for it.

Overall, if CBD-infused cosmetics and skincare products are something you want to try, you will not struggle to find products within your price range and your area. In coming months and years, we predict that CBD will be a leading beauty trend, and it will be hard to avoid a moisturizing face mask or daily cleanser without it in the ingredients list. However, there is an easier way.

Making Your Own Beauty Products

If the last thing you want is to spend another $30 on a beauty product that will collect dust in your bathroom caddy, there is a solution: simply make your own products.

Creating your own beauty products from scratch might seem daunting at first but the truth is that high-quality skincare products are already using natural ingredients available at your local supermarket, and DIY recipes can be found scattered across the Internet.

In fact, some of the research cited above has suggested that the benefits of CBD were reaped both when it was applied to the skin and taken orally, meaning simply ingesting CBD every day can lead to an improvement in your skin, no other ingredients needed.

If you are unsure how to filter through the many brands offering CBD-infused products right now, consider starting with the purchase of a tincture. You can take this on your own orally and, if you do not see an improvement, start using it as a face wash or adding it to DIY recipes. At the end of the day, with or without expensive brand name products, your skin will thank you for taking action. From dealing with pain to skincare, CBD products are slowly but surely starting to lead the way.

CBD for Dog Anxiety Symptoms (Shaking and Panting)


 This article by Jennifer was originally published on FOMO Bones.

If you have ever suffered from an anxiety attack, you will understand exactly how horrific it can be at the time. While you struggle to breathe or focus, you usually find it in you to vocalize your need for help, so just imagine how much worse it would be if you couldn’t even ask anyone for help. Unfortunately, dogs that suffer from anxiety have to go through exactly that each time they feel nervous. Whether it is separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or one of many other anxiety disorders, they feel completely panicked but are unable to tell us—the pet owners—what is wrong and what they need. Fortunately, canine anxiety will often manifest itself through symptoms that usually include shaking, panting, and whining, which is what alerts us to help them overcome their disorder.

Stress and anxiety can be really tough to deal with and there aren’t many options available to both dogs and humans that offer relief without some form of negative side effects. This is one of the main reasons that people are turning to CBD oil as a remedy for these times of crisis—both for personal use and for their furry friends.

A dog’s anxiety can be triggered by a number of things, many of which you can figure out in advance so that you can better prepare yourself for an episode of panic (fireworks, thunderstorms, etc.). In addition, CBD oil, hemp oil, and many other CBD products are packed with loads of other benefits for your dog aside from treating his presenting anxiety.


How Does CBD Work for Dog Anxiety?

The benefits of CBD are slowly starting to show up in studies and it is fast becoming one of the most important aids to combat the symptoms that a dog experiences when he is feeling stressed or anxious. It is especially well regarded as a pain reliever for chronic pain and an anti-inflammatory agent when used to treat common problems like arthritis.

CBD is one of two crucial elements found present in a cannabis plant that is compounded into oil for medical use. CBD itself has less than 0.3 percent of THC when properly extracted, which is important to know as anything over that amount could be toxic for dogs. CBD works to cure anxiety in dogs via their natural endocannabinoid system to trigger parts of the central nervous system responsible for dealing with feelings of panic and fear. Through the same process, CBD triggers the release of serotonin in the brain, which, in turn, will calm your pooch down and free him from feelings of anxiety.


It Will also Tackle Other Problems

Many often hail CBD as a miracle oil because it can also be used to treat a range of other problems that could also be contributing to your furry friend’s anxiety levels. Many medical professionals—both for humans and animals—now advocate the use of medical marijuana, including CBD oil, as it produces excellent results in a short space of time compared to other traditional medications. The best part is, there are zero side effects. There have been both scientific research papers and patient testimonials emerging in recent times that back the efficacy of medical marijuana to treat ailments such as:

  • Seizures
  • Cancer treatment and prevention
  • Pain relief
  • Arthritis and similar problems
  • Insomnia
  • Depression


Using CBD as a Preventive Measure

Cannabis-based medicine has been used for thousands of years, way before it took its rightful place in the public spotlight. It is one of the few medicines on the planet that is not accompanied by any harmful side effects and it is virtually impossible to overdose on. It is for this reason that people are now turning to a daily dose of CBD for themselves and their pets, even if they are in perfect health. Many users of medical marijuana have reported that it contributes to their overall mood, positive frame of mind, and allows them to relax properly. Because our dogs can fall ill suddenly, all loving dog parents want to do everything possible to prevent unforeseen illnesses and as CBD oil’s popularity increases, it is widely used as preventive medicine for pretty much every sickness in existence.


What Does Research Say?

Without delving into complicated scientific jargon, there is already a substantial amount of evidence that highlights CBD’s ability to treat illness in both animals and humans. There is still more testing to be done, especially with regards to CBD as a primary form of mainstream treatment rather than a complimentary supplement. However, the future is looking bright for cannabis-based products as more countries and states are legalizing its use and commercial manufacturing operations.


Final Thoughts

If your dog has been suffering from anxiety for a while and you are finding yourself lost with regards to finding a product that will actually work without harming your dog, then you have nothing to lose by giving CBD a try. A good quality oil will be processed in a way that ensures it is entirely chemical free and pure. If you are worried about dosages, don’t be. There is currently no specific amount that you should be administering to your dog, which is another indicator that it really is safe to use. The reason for this is that a) you can’t overdose on CBD and b) it is still considered to be an experimental homeopathic medicine, which needs further research. You should always start with a lower dosage and gradually increase this dose if you don’t notice an improvement in your dog’s temperament. The taste can often be somewhat revolting, as reputable manufacturers will often use omega-3 as the carrier oil. So, unless your dog loves fish, you might want to consider mixing the oil into his food. Finally, you should consult your vet before using CBD oil to treat any kind of illness or disorder in your dog, just to be on the safe side.


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.


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.



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.

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