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

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.

 

Pacing

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

 

Clingy Behavior

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

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

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

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

 

Using CBD to Treat Anxiety in Dogs

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

 


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


 

Menopause and Anxiety

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Menopausal Anxiety

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

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

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

 

Treating Menopausal Anxiety with CBD

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

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

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

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

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

Tips for Treating Insomnia in Dogs

 

This article by Jennifer is originally published on FOMO Bones.

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

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

 

Why Does Your Dog Have Problems Sleeping?

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

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

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

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

 

Implement an Exercise Routine

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

 

Supplement Their Diet

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

 

CBD Oil

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

 

Provide a Calm Home Environment

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

 

Final Thoughts

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

 


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


 

Can CBD Oil Cause Headaches?

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published on SundayScaries.

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

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

 

What Is CBD Oil?

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

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

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

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

 

Why Is CBD Oil Considered Effective?

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

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


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


What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Is It Possible to Be Allergic to CBD Oil?

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

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

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

 

What should you consider when shopping for CBD oil?

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

 


 

4 Steps to Treat Canine Separation Anxiety

 

This article by Jennifer was originally published at FOMO Bones.

 

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

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

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

 

STEP 1: Decide on a Strategy and Method

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

 

STEP 2: Create a Safe Place

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

 

Step 3: Natural CBD Treats

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

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

 

Step 4: Doggie Cinema

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

 

Final Thoughts

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

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

 

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


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

 


 

The 8 CBD Strains You Should Know

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor was originally published on SundayScaries.

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

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

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

 

What to Look for When Choosing a CBD Strain

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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