CBD Edible Oil: Food Infusion

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

When it comes to consuming CBD, there are several different options to fit your individual needs. A few of the more popular CBD methods are vaping, smoking, and ingesting edibles. But one of the up and coming methods of consuming CBD is CBD edible oil. And with cannabis becoming legal in more and more areas, it is now easier than ever to get your hands on some.

While CBD edible oil is extremely versatile and can be used in just about anything you can think of, it is becoming increasingly popular in cooking and even making your very own edibles. Now comes the big question: Should you purchase your edibles and food pre-made, or should you buy your own CBD oil and infuse it into foods yourself? While buying foods with CBD oil already infused is much easier, it definitely isn’t nearly as fun. That’s why infusing CBD edible oil into foods yourself is the way to go.

To make sure that you are using your CBD oil safely in your cooking, here are some pointers that will help you create an amazing experience and have the absolute best results possible.

 

Always Purchase Your CBD Oil from a Reliable Source

When you are ready to go shopping for your CBD oil, the most important thing you can do is research who or where you are buying it. You always want to make sure that you are only purchasing your CBD oil from someone who is not just reliable, but also has many positive reviews and a solid reputation in the market. While you can easily do a Google search to find a seller near you, many of these sellers may not be offering a pure, high quality, tested product.

It is always best to take a few extra minutes to research several different brands and sources. You want to keep an eye out for things like:

  • Where it is originally sourced
  • What the extraction method of the oil is
  • It’s bioavailability (this is essentially the proportion that enters the body and is able to have some type of effect)
  • Any type of greenwashing tactics (this is when the seller lies to you about the benefits of the product or any environmental practices)

Once you have done your research and have found a high-quality CBD edible oil to use with your edibles and other foods, it’s time to get started. While it sounds like a great idea to jump in with both feet and start using CBD oil in everything, it’s actually not a good idea at all.

There are a couple of factors at play including the taste of your food or edibles, as well as how you react after ingesting the food or edibles. That is why it is best to follow these simple tips.

 

Get Familiar with Your Ingredients

If you want to start cooking with CBD oils, you should first understand the ingredients you plan on using and how the two may mix. A good way to start is to use recipes that use a fat or oil-based ingredient. Something like butter is a perfect way to get your feet wet when it comes to cooking with CBD oils.

It is easy to mix the two and will help you learn about infusing food with CBD oil. However, if you are cooking food without a fat or oil ingredient, this obviously won’t work. While you can infuse CBD oil with other ingredients, try to stay away from things that are water-based.

 

Always Start Off with a Test Batch

Like any new ingredient, you should always use a smaller amount of CBD oil initially. You should also only make a smaller amount of the food you are planning to make. This way you will be able to see how the infused food affects you, as well as how it tastes. Once you have found out what the effects are going to be and how the taste is altered, you can then tweak the amounts of CBD oil being used. After this, you can start making larger quantities of your food and know exactly what the end results are going to be.

 

Always Keep an Eye on the Temperature

One important step in cooking with CBD oil is the cooking temperature of your food. Now, keep in mind that CBD oil will start to evaporate at about 320 degrees. This means that cooking foods at a temperature of 400 degrees is not a good idea, as it will burn off all of the CBD oils.

So, when you are looking for a recipe to use, be sure to check the cooking temperature the food needs in order to be consumed safely. This will ensure that any CBD oils that were used will not evaporate and still be there after your food has finished cooking. As a rule of thumb, the lower the temperature you cook your food at, the greater the amount of CBD oil that will be present when it has finished.

 

Always Store Your CBD Oil Infused Food Correctly

While the more experienced will usually be more aware of how to store their CBD oil infused foods, if you are new to cooking with CBD oils you probably don’t know that it is both heat and light sensitive. This means that when it comes time to store your CBD infused foods, you should take extra precaution to make sure and avoid issues such as the taste of your food changing or the CBD evaporating or becoming less effective. The best way to avoid any of these issues is always to be sure and store your edibles in a cool, dark place.

When it comes to using CBD oils with cooking, it can be a great experience that helps to make you feel better, as well as tastes great. If you do decide to try your hand at cooking with CBD oils, be sure to always use your common sense, and it will surely be one a great experience.

Separation Anxiety Tactics for 6 Dog Breeds

 

This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.

Separation anxiety is something that every dog owner will likely have to go through at some point. And while it isn’t breed specific, there are some breeds that seem to be more prone to suffering from separation anxiety according to recent studies. Just as some breeds can be more likely to have stubborn temperaments or develop ailments like hip dysplasia, some seem to be prone to developing worse separation anxiety than others.

 

What Is Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety in dogs is basically an extreme version of missing you, and it is often accompanied by destructive behaviors like chewing, urinating in the house, or even escape tactics like trying to break the door down or bolting out the yard through a minuscule hole in the fence. The exact cause of separation anxiety in dogs hasn’t been pinpointed, but if your dog is among the breeds that are very people-orientated or he is a rescue pup that has been through abandonment, then it makes sense that he will be anxious when you are away from him as, ultimately, how will he know when you are coming back?

If you are considering adopting a puppy, or you have a particular breed in mind that you want to add to your family, then there are separation anxiety tactics for dogs that you need to adhere to. There are six breeds, in particular, that are prone to separation anxiety and fear, as well as stress, and require mental stimulation or it could have behavioral issues, such as destructive behavior or similar behavior modification. Failing to plan is planning to fail, so make sure that you are fully prepared to deal with separation anxiety before you bring a new pet into the family.

 

Labradors

Many dog owners all around the world hail Labradors as the best family pet. Their temperaments are usually docile and they are known for their strong familial bonds, especially with children. Due to the fact that they love nothing more than to be at their human’s side, a Labrador can often be prone to separation anxiety. They often start demonstrating signs of separation anxiety from a young age and due to their size, as they grow their behavior can become destructive when left alone.

 

Hungarian Vizsla

This stunning breed of dog was originally bred for hunting purposes and they form such a strong bond with their owners that they are known as “Velcro dogs” that are permanently glued to your side. A Vizsla is a high-energy dog, so daily exercise is an absolute must, in order to prevent continuous whining and howling and power chewing that often happens when they are left on their own.

 

Pitbull Terrier

Pitbull and Staffordshire bull terriers have unfortunately been given a very unfair reputation as highly aggressive dogs due to owner exploitation. This is simply not true, as they are naturally very loving and human orientated and they are prone to severe separation anxiety when they are forced to be apart from their owners. It is true that they are powerful dogs and can be destructive when their separation anxiety causes them to act out, which is why many owners of this breed choose to crate them when they are left alone.

 

German Shepherd

When you imagine a strong and noble German shepherd, you probably wouldn’t think that they would be prone to anxiety. In fact, they are one of the primary breeds that experiences separation anxiety due to their loyalty and pack mentality. They often see their humans as their pack leader (one of the many reasons they are frequently used as police dogs) and when they are left alone, they feel as if their whole world is falling apart.

 

Bichon Frise

These cute little lap dogs usually have big separation anxiety problems and issues with behavior as a result. The Bichon Frise was bred with the sole purpose of being a companion to its human counterpart, so while they are happy being snuggled up on their owner’s laps, panic sets in when they are left alone. Fortunately, there is only so much destruction a little dog can cause, but negative behavior associated with separation anxiety still needs to be dealt with, as they could cause themselves harm.

 

Border Collie

This herding breed is one of the most highly regarded working dogs today. They are always up for a challenge, they learn quickly and they never seem to run out of energy. Mental and physical stimulation is of prime importance when it comes to this specific breed because, should they get bored, they can become destructive and prone to separation anxiety. Border Collies see pet owners as their leaders, which is why many farmers are always seen with their loyal companion at their side and, ironically, this loyalty can also be their biggest shortcoming as they can’t cope with being left alone for extended periods of time—even short periods at first can prove to be a challenge.

 

How to Ease the Symptoms of Separation Anxiety in Your Dog

Sometimes, a dog will have a valid reason for extreme bouts of separation anxiety. Either they have been abandoned in the past, they have been separated from their mother too young, or they simply just don’t like to be on their own, and the dog’s behavior is apparent. Sometimes, however, there is no explanation for it. Whatever the cause of your pup’s anxiety, you can take certain steps to minimize their “pain” by ensuring that they are well socialized, well exercised, and distracted with treats or toys. CBD oil is an effective, natural way to minimize symptoms of anxiety in dogs and many “destructive dog” parents have had excellent results from it.

Crate training can also be a good option for larger breeds, as can doggy daycare. If you feel that your dog’s separation anxiety tactics are getting out of hand, then it is time to start exploring your options and our advice would be to start giving your pup a daily dose of high quality, organic CBD oil to calm them and get them in the right frame of mind for further training that you can undertake to prevent anxiety related issues.

 


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 Edibles vs. Vaping: The Facts You Need to Know

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

Like with marijuana, if you have never used CBD before, then it’s important to understand your options for ingestion before you rush out to buy particular products. While CBD oil has proven to be incredibly effective at relieving a plethora of issues, including anxiety, stress, and insomnia, many people are also now turning to CBD edibles and vaping CBD oil. If either of these methods appeals to you, then read on to find out all of the facts you need to know before deciding whether to purchase CBD edibles or CBD vape oil. While consumption methods ultimately come down to personal preference, both vaping and eating CBD will deliver a similar level of symptom relief. You will feel uplifted, relaxed, and calm—regardless of which method you choose—each method can affect the body and mind in different ways.

 

Vaping CBD

Many people choose to purchase CBD products as a means to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Often, they are not looking for a way to get high. Smoking cannabis is not really an option when we are focusing on the healing qualities of CBD or cannabis oil, as you will only really notice the psychotropic effects of the THC in buds. It can also be extremely harsh on your lungs, which is why consumers are now purchasing CBD-dominant vape oil. Vaping CBD is one of the quickest methods of feeling the effects of the healing herb and vaping is also permitted in the majority of public places in the United States.

 

How Do You Vape CBD?

Vape pens, or MODS as they are commonly referred to, gradually heat up the CBD infused oil to a certain temperature. When the ideal temperature is reached, you inhale the vapor into your lungs and the cannabinoids are then able to permeate through your lungs directly into your bloodstream. Vaping CBD is much kinder on the lungs than smoking is, as the device will only ever heat up enough to produce a soothing vapor. When you vape CBD oil or cannabis oil you can expect to feel the effects pretty much right away.

 

CBD Edibles

CBD infused edibles can take up to three hours to work at full capacity, but the advantage is that the effects wear off much slower than those caused by vaping CBD. If you are searching for long-lasting relief for insomnia, pain, or anxiety, then consuming a CBD infused product could be the best method for you. Additionally, if you consume an edible CBD treat, your digestive system will also benefit. CBD edibles can reduce nausea, soothe intestinal inflammation, and also provide your body with additional nutrients that it needs to function properly.

 

Why Do CBD Edibles Take Longer to Work?

As we mentioned above, your lungs provide a direct entryway into the bloodstream for CBD oil, which is why the effects of vaping are almost instantaneous. When you consume a CBD-infused edible, your liver needs to metabolize all of the contents first, which is why you usually only feel the effects a couple of hours later. That said, for many, it is worth the wait, as they prefer to enjoy longer lasting effects after consuming a singular dose per day and they also report the effects are more intense than those of CBD vape.

 

What Kind of CBD Edibles Can You Buy?

The sky is the limit when it comes to CBD edibles. You can buy cannabis-infused gummies, chocolates, juice—pretty much everything you can think of—all infused with deliciously therapeutic CBD. Most people complain about the taste of CBD oil, which is why more manufacturers are making edibles that taste just like the gummy bears you would eat as a kid! If you are a vegan, rest assured that many of the better companies also make vegan options like these!

The other amazing benefit of CBD edibles is that they are freely available online. The exact regulations on CBD oil are still unclear to a degree and they vary from state to state. With online shopping becoming an increasingly popular purchasing option for many CBD users across the country, many reputable providers will ship to different parts of the US after you buy a product online. The edibles that are sold online are derived from hemp. Technically, cannabis and hemp are the same plants, but when people refer to cannabis, they are talking about the particular types of hemp plants that produce “buds” containing THC. Hemp is grown for its strong fibers and nutritional seeds and in the US, cannabis containing less than 0.3 percent of THC is considered to be hemp. This is the reason why you can find CBD edibles online, as they are technically made from hemp.

 

Final Thoughts

Everyone who consumes CBD will have their preferred method of doing so. Learning about the different available options of consuming CBD will help you make an informed decision about the option you would like to proceed with. If you are prescribed medical cannabis, or you are simply interested in improving your overall health by using CBD, then you can try both vaping and edibles and see which method provides you with the most relief from your symptoms. Regardless of the choice you make, both options are entirely safe and you can never have too much of them. Just start slowly and play around with dosage until you find an amount that works perfectly for you.

 

5 Best Herbal Remedies for Anxiety

 

This article was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

It’s not uncommon for you to hear that people suffer from anxiety. In fact, there’s a good chance you know someone who suffers from it. But do you really know what it is? Anxiety is considered an uneasy feeling that is accompanied by both concern and worry, most of the time about some upcoming situation or event. Many of these instances are also filled with great uncertainty, as well.

Now, the upcoming events don’t have to be a big thing. People with anxiety can start having symptoms from a wide range of events, from studying for a test to visiting a new place. Anything can bring on anxiety if you have it.

If you have an anxiety disorder, then you know firsthand that it can persist in your everyday life. You can start feeling anxious to such an extent that it affects your relationships, overall well-being, and even your work.

Similar to most other disorders, there are several different types of anxiety, including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Panic disorder

Each type of anxiety has its own debilitating symptoms that are slightly different from other types. Since there are so many different types of anxiety, it is a very common disorder that affects almost one-third of adults at one point or another in their life.

If you have one form or another of anxiety, there are several herbal remedies for anxiety that may help alleviate your symptoms. These herbal remedies have been studied specifically in regard to treating anxiety, so have been extensively researched. Remember to always do your own research and consult your doctor before trying any new herbal supplement or remedy.

 

Passion Flower

Clinical trials have shown that passion flower may be able to help with anxiety. Since passion flower is usually mixed with other herbs in most commercial products and supplements, it is difficult to distinguish the particular qualities of the herb. As long as you take it as directed, passion flower is considered to be safe; however, there have been studies founding that it can also cause dizziness, confusion, and drowsiness.

 

Kava

While initial studies were very promising and showed great benefits in anxiety treatment, later reports claimed that kava had the potential to cause serious damage to the liver. These reports, while they have been questioned, have caused the FDA to put out warnings about dietary supplements that contain kava. If you do decide to try kava to help with your anxiety, be sure to use caution and get your doctor involved to monitor any side effects.

 

Valerian

Studies have shown that Valerian users reported a lower amount of stress and anxiety than those who did not use it. Valerian is also considered to be safe if you follow the dosage guidelines. It can, however, cause some minor side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches.

 

Lavender

You may already know that lavender is popular in aromatherapy, but it is also popular as an oral supplement. This is because lavender will help you to reduce your anxiety. While the evidence about this is somewhat limited, side effects of taking oral lavender have been known to include headaches and constipation. On top of that, it can also increase your appetite.

 

Marijuana

Marijuana for the treatment of anxiety is one of the most common reasons that people use it. This is because studies have shown evidence that marijuana can be extremely effective for treating anxiety disorders, no matter what the type. In fact, using cannabis to treat anxiety was first recorded in the year 1563. Garcia de Orta, a Portuguese physician, stated that it would remove all cares and worries from anxiety sufferers. He described marijuana as helping to calm and relax you, and may even put you in a hypnotic state.

If being used to treat anxiety for almost 500 years wasn’t enough, long-term users of marijuana have reported that they have noticed reduced levels of anxiety and stress and an increase in relaxation. Studies have also been done to confirm what many throughout the years have claimed. In 2014, a study from Vanderbilt University discovered that regularly smoking marijuana can potentially increase a naturally occurring chemical in the brain known as endocannabinoids, which become reduced during times of extra stress. While this is not definitively proven, researchers have a theory that this reduction in endocannabinoids is one of the major causes of anxiety.

Finally, marijuana is not only safer and more effective in treating anxiety than traditional anxiety medicines, but it can also help you get off any prescribed anxiety medicines, most of which normally have some extreme side effects like dizziness, internal bleeding, and even rectal bleeding. When you are looking for the best herbal remedies for anxiety, remember that herbal supplements are not regulated or monitored by the FDA. This means that some company’s quality may be a little lower than what is led to believe.

If you are thinking about using an herbal remedy to help treat your anxiety, be sure to speak with your doctor prior to starting. While there are many different herbal remedies available to help you treat anxiety, you should always be sure to do your research on them before testing them out. This way you’ll be safe and will limit any potentially hazardous side effects that may be caused by your new herbal remedies for anxiety.

How CBD Oil for Arthritis in Dogs Works

 

This article by Jennifer was originally published on FOMO Bones.

 

The sometimes cruel nature of life’s natural aging process can also affect our canine companions. They are prone to contracting some of the same illnesses we do in old age. Ailments such as arthritis that make simple tasks painfully unbearable are equally prevalent in senior dogs and cats, which is why pet owners need to take certain steps to soothe their aches and pains in their final years.

As they age, dogs may start to suffer from one of the many diseases that can take hold in us—the pet parents—too, such as cancer, chronic pain, and arthritis. Canine arthritis, just like human arthritis, gets worse when our pups are exposed to cold, wet weather or when they gain weight or overexert themselves. Certain breeds are more susceptible to hip, joint, and bone disorders, but every breed of dog can develop arthritis as they age.

 

What are the Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs?

Unlike real children, our canine kids can’t tell us when something is up. And when they are experiencing pain, we have to pay attention to the subtle hints and visual cues that our dog cunningly gives us. If you notice any of the following symptoms, then your dog may have arthritis:

  • Staggering or problems when walking
  • Changing positions very slowly accompanied by groaning or whining
  • Stiffness when getting up or lying down
  • Reluctant to go on walks
  • A strong aversion to stairs
  • Spending more time sleeping than usual
  • Panting or whimpering

If you start noticing any of the above symptoms taking place on a daily basis, then you need to visit your vet right away to start treatment. Arthritis is a degenerative disease, so delaying action is not an option.

 

The Main Issue with Traditional Arthritis Treatments

Upon visiting your vet and confirming that your dog has arthritis, you will at first be relieved to hear that anti-inflammatory painkillers will most likely be prescribed. “Great!” I hear you say. Sadly, there is some bad news. The majority of mainstream pharmaceuticals used to treat joint pain and bone disorders are accompanied by some pretty horrendous side effects including:

  • Incontinence
  • Loose stools or diarrhea
  • Seeming spaced out
  • Clumsiness and lack of spatial awareness
  • Irritated skin or allergies
  • Yellowing of the eyes which can indicate liver problems
  • Vomiting and weight loss
  • Dehydration and restlessness
  • Stomach ulcers

Most importantly, many of the common medications used to treat canine arthritis can potentially damage your dog’s internal organs, which opens a whole other range of health issues.

This is exactly the reason why the majority of doggy parents are reluctant to give their precious pooches pharmaceuticals that could potentially jeopardize their health along with making them miserable.

Thankfully, if you are among the people who are searching for a natural, gentle, yet incredibly effective remedy to treat your four-legged friend’s arthritis, there is now an option capable of treating the symptoms of arthritis in dogs.

 

Using CBD Oil to Treat Arthritis in Dogs

Like the increasing popularity of such products as hemp oil, marijuana, hemp seed oil, and medical cannabis, cannabis oil is fast becoming the number one natural remedy for treating almost any issue that you can think of, even arthritis. During recent years, several studies on the efficacy of CBD oil and the healing benefits of the cannabis plant have been published, as well as hundreds of thousands of testimonials from patients who have been helped by this powerful elixir. As people are waking up to the fact that natural, non-toxic products can be even more potent than pharmaceuticals, CBD products are being legalized all around the world for the use of pain relief and more. More research is being performed and even the notoriously strict FDA has approved the use of CBD-rich products to successfully treat disease and illness symptoms.

Using CBD oil for medicinal purposes has been scientifically proven to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints and protect joints from further damage. Further still, CBD products do not contain THC, the psychoactive element found in cannabis. The key to overcoming debilitating illnesses, such as arthritis, in your dog is to ensure that the pain is manageable enough for him to still be able to do light movement and exercise. Not only will this improve his mood, but it will also prevent your pet from gaining weight through lack of exercise.

 

How Does it Work?

To explain it in simple terms, CBD for pets works through triggering sensors in the natural endocannabinoid system present in vertebrates. These sensors then convey a message to the brain to relieve pain and activate the other internal systems necessary to combat illness and inflammation.

 

How to Give CBD Oil to Your Arthritic Dog

You can administer CBD to companion animals in a variety of different ways, with the most popular being CBD tincture or oil. Pet-approved oil will likely have omega-3 present, which is going to give your dog added health benefits. If your dog is relatively chilled out, then you can use a syringe to give him a few drops in his mouth. If he is not so keen on the taste and refuses to take it, then you can mix it into his meals to disguise the taste.

If your dog has your sneaky medicine-giving tactics figured out, then CBD-infused dog treats are equally effective, and they taste good (to your dog, at least). You could also try rubbing CBD balm onto your dog’s skin but bear in mind that it will take longer to work, as it needs to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin.

 

How Much CBD Oil Should You Give Your Dog?

Dosage will depend on a few factors, such as the size and weight of your dog. Obviously, it also depends on how advanced his arthritis is. If you are using CBD as a complementary treatment to pharmaceutical medication, then always run your intention past your vet for approval before getting started.

As a rule of thumb, you should start with a smaller dose of CBD oil and increase if necessary. There is currently no firm decision on the correct dosage of CBD oil since research is still in its early stages. So, you will need to be consistent and vigilant by increasing the dosage slowly and gradually until you can see a visible improvement in your dog’s symptoms.

 

Final Thoughts

While arthritis is classified as a degenerative disease, CBD may slow further joint damage and treat future pain. It also has the added benefit of treating other issues, including insomnia, anxiety, and seizures. Basically, there is no downside to giving your dog CBD oil, especially if he is getting old. That said, CBD is a medicine and should be treated as such. Make sure that you are consistent with your timings and dosage and if your dog is improving, then don’t stop giving him the tincture; keep administering the same dosage and watch its goodness manifest!

 


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.


 

Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety Relief

 

This article was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

If you have ever experienced a panic attack or a sudden wave of anxiety, then you know exactly how miserable they can be. Your heart starts to pound a little harder, your breathing becomes a little shallower, the butterflies start fluttering in your stomach, and all you want to do is curl up in a ball or just simply get out of wherever you are.

While it may seem that you are the only person that this happens to, you aren’t. In fact, many people suffer from anxiety attacks on a daily basis, and it is extremely common. Luckily, there are some breathing exercises for anxiety relief that can help you deal with the situation, and even help prevent it from occurring altogether.

If you have ever had an experience that left you with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety, fear or even dread, you have experienced an anxiety attack. There is good news, however. Anxiety attacks, also referred to as panic attacks, can be treated and even prevented.

 

What Causes an Anxiety Attack?

Anxiety attacks are the result of over worrying or concern. When there is something that really concerns you—or that you’re afraid of—it will cause your body’s stress response to start a series of events that affect your endocrine and nervous systems. Your body’s reaction to this response is what dictates the strength of the anxiety attack. The higher your concern or worry is, the greater the anxiety attack.

Anxiety is a tricky thing as it keeps trying to convince you that you are in some type of danger, even though you are actually in no danger at all. And while it can feel as though you are having a heart attack if your anxiety gets severe enough, the chest pain that you feel is from you not being able to breathe properly, which tightens your chest. This is exactly why you need to practice proper breathing exercises for anxiety relief.

 

Why Breathe for Anxiety?

Amit Ray said it best: “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” If you want to be able to take control of your anxiety and control yourself when an anxiety attack strikes, you must train yourself to breathe correctly. By harnessing the power of better breathing, you are forcing your mind to focus on while relaxing your nervous system.

Doing so means that you will be able to calm yourself down and lessen the strength and amounts of your anxiety attacks.

Here are a few benefits of doing breathing exercises for anxiety relief:

  • It is instantly effective
  • It is extremely simple to do
  • It works on a physiological level that will automatically start to slow your heart rate
  • It calms down all your body systems
  • It can be done anywhere
  • It is free to do

 

Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety Relief

While there is no shortage of breathing techniques that will help you to lessen and prevent your anxiety, it is best to try several of them out and see which one you like the best.

 

CO2 Re-breathing

CO2 re-breathing is a breathing technique that allows you to rebalance your levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This is especially effective if you have been hyperventilating. While it won’t necessarily completely stop an anxiety attack, it will help to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

With CO2 re-breathing, what you want to do is either use a paper bag or cup both of your hands over your mouth. You then start to breathe into the bag or your hands slowly. Be sure to use deep, regular breaths and continue doing so for about five to ten breaths.

 

Relaxation Through Deep Breathing

While relaxation deep breathing to help you relax isn’t going to stop an anxiety attack from occurring, it is very effective for reducing high-stress situations that could lead to an attack. By the time you get to your tenth breath, you will have more than likely become much calmer and more comfortable.

To maximize relaxation through deep breathing, you will want to sit down in a comfortable position with your back straight and your arms at your sides or in your lap—whichever one is more comfortable for you. You then take a deep breath in through your nose for a count of five. Hold this breath for two to three seconds, then exhale slowly out of your mouth for about six to seven seconds. You want to breathe out as if you were going to whistle. Now repeat this ten times.

 

Equal Breathing “Sama Vritti”

If you have ever had trouble falling asleep, you have more than likely tried to count sheep. This works the same way. It will help to interrupt the racing thoughts going through your mind or whatever it is that is keeping you from relaxing. It also helps to calm your nervous system and get you to redirect your focus.

To get started, you must first find a comfortable meditative pose. Start to inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four. Repeat this ten times. As soon as you start to feel more comfortable, try to extend the inhaled and exhaled breath for counts of six to eight.

When you try using the best breathing exercises for anxiety relief, you can tell that they are working if you start to feel calmer. When you start to feel an anxiety attack coming on, by stopping what you are doing and immediately going into these breathing exercises for anxiety relief, you will help yourself to overcome the symptoms and even prevent an anxiety attack altogether.

Just remember that incorporating breathing exercises for anxiety relief is in no way a cure for anxiety, but rather a tool to help you prevent and overcome the symptoms of anxiety if you should need to.

 

Pet Industry Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

 
This article by Jordan was originally published on FOMO Bones.

Every year, we see a new collection of pet trends flooding social media, local pet stores, and the Global Pet Expo—and 2019 is certainly no different. We’re seeing a ton of new age ideas that are going to completely change the way you and your pet live your daily lives. From new mobile apps to new dog food formulas, you’re sure to be amazing (and excited) at what 2019 pet trends have to offer. Even pet services, such as grooming, pet sitting, and veterinary care are in on the act and offering more and more new and exciting products.

 

More Technology

Technology is a huge part of everyone’s lives today and companies are utilizing this to sell more of their must-have, new age products to dog owners and pet parents in general. Some of the products you might see in 2019 include:

  • Pet Health Apps: It is easy to stay up-to-date with your pet’s health when you have an app on your phone helping you every step of the way. These apps will ensure your pet is in top-notch condition and provide insight on things you can do to help your pet grow bigger and stronger. Some apps will also hook up to webcams, allowing you to easily check on your dog throughout the day.
  • Automatic pet feeders: Not your typical automatic pet feeder, though. These are connected to an app so you can feed your dog when you’re not at home without worrying he might be overeating.
  • Mobile vet clinics: Don’t want to visit your veterinarian if you don’t absolutely have to? I’m sure your dog will love hearing that there will be digital applications for vets in 2019. This means no horrible visits to the vet that end in an anxious, uneasy dog that is afraid to go for a ride in the car again.

 

Tear-Free Vet Visits*

Many pets aren’t fond of visiting the vet (and oftentimes, it can be stressful for pet parents as well). In some cases—especially with pets rescued from abusive situations and/or neglectful owners—visiting animal clinics can cause severe anxiety. But, veterinarians and their assistants take measures to ensure every visit is an enjoyable one.

First and foremost, they want to alleviate the anxiety by offering plenty of positive reinforcement during the visit while also providing treats and goodies. Another thing they want to do is create new rooms throughout the office, including a separate waiting room for dogs and cats so there’s no fighting while waiting. They also want to provide dogs only and cats only exam rooms so smells don’t rile them up anymore. Lastly, calming pheromones may also be used to help release any stress or anxiety that the pet is having. This is a huge positive for both pets and their owners!

 

Food Delivery Services

Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub…do I really need to go on?

In this day and age, we expect to have our food delivered to us. So, why wouldn’t we want the same for our dogs? In 2019 will see the introduction of a food delivery service for dogs as well. With healthy, nutritious food being delivered directly to your door, there is really no excuse to not provide your dog with the best. It makes everything so much easier on everyone’s part, and your dog will be delighted to have a treat delivered to him every so often.

And speaking of pet food, another trend you might see in 2019 is better food. It seems like pet owners are less interested in brand names and prices these days. They would much rather purchase nutritious food to keep their pup healthy and strong for many years to come. This means that more companies are making pet foods that are loaded up with real ingredients that make your dog (and their belly) happy.

 

Stress-Reducing Food

Dogs can suffer from anxiety for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, the stress trigger is obvious and other times we haven’t a clue why our dog is all the sudden behaving oddly and riddled with anxiety. To combat this stress and anxiety, we are seeing an increase in pet food and treats that contain calming ingredients, such as probiotics and CBD oils.

These products are starting to pop up on the shelves everywhere, including FOMO Bones which have become a huge hit recently. FOMO Bones, much like other products you may start to see on the shelves in pet stores, are geared toward making dogs feel at ease. That means no more jittery pup, no more doggy struggling with anxiety—just the happy dog that you know and love.

 

Eating Like Adults

People will always say not to give food off your plate to your dog, but why? Yes, it’s true some of these foods are harmful; however, there is a long list of foods that are perfectly fine for your pup.** This is why more and more people are starting to give their dog exactly what they are eating, especially if they are following an organic diet filled with plenty of lean meat, fruits, and vegetables.

 

Conclusion

Excited for 2019 pet trends? We don’t blame you! There are truly some amazing things we get to look forward to—and your dog will be happy too. Just imagine how your puppy will act with a belly full of nutritious food with stress-relieving properties? How about a visit to the vet that isn’t a disaster? These things—and more—are just moments away.

 

*This section is not intended to be a blanket statement inclusive of all pets and all animal clinics/veterinary services.

**Giving pets food “off your plate” can encourage bad behavior, such as begging and, in severe cases, food aggression.

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.

 

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