Natural Relief For Your Pet – Pets and CBD

Natural Relief For Your Pet – Pets and CBD

Have you heard of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) before? The ECS is a complex regulatory system that creates and maintains our body’s internal stability (homeostasis). It does so by adjusting the flow of neurotransmitters and regulating bodily functions including appetite, sleep, emotion and movement (just to name a few). And did you know that this impressive system is also found in our pets! 

Cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with the ECS and will either up-regulate or down-regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive processes. Cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) bind to these receptors. And since animals like your cats and dogs also have an endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can help regulate their system too! 

Is CBD safe for cats & dogs? 

CBD is generally well tolerated by pets with virtually no side effects. It is non-psychoactive so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting “high”. CBD can be a great natural alternative for animals who struggle with a variety of ailments like the ones listed below. It can also be a great daily addition to the care plan of older pets. 

Some potential benefits of CBD may include: 

  • Arthritis relief 
  • Joint and muscle pain 
  • Anxiety relief  
  • Skin Irritations 
  • Digestive upset relief  
  • Seizures and epilepsy 
  • Can help fight cancer 
  • Reduce chronic Inflammation  
  • Provide neurodegenerative disease protection 
  • Promotes cardiovascular health 

CBD Delivery Methods: 

There are a variety of different delivery methods available that provide their own unique benefits. They include the following: 

Topicals  Lotions, sprays and balms makes it easy to provide the properties of CBD directly to problem areas to help your pet live a happier life. These are best for localized pain and are relatively easy to apply. Topicals are great options for skin irritations, joint and muscle relief and relief from arthritis.  

Treats  CBD infused pet treats are easy to dose and administer. Ingesting CBD typically provides longer-lasting relief so your pet will reap the benefits of CBD for a longer duration of time. Some CBD treats also contain other healing ingredients that can provide additional benefits.  

Tinctures – These provide accurate dosing and can be added into your pets food, water or directly into their mouth.  Tinctures also tend to provide longerlasting relief.  

CannaMove with Pat

CannaMove with Pat

I’m sure you’ve heard the cliché line before, “everything’s connected”. Well, the endocannabinoid system is a major communication system within your body that has receptors spread throughout. Movement utilizes this system to tell your brain about where your body is in space. A lot of research on this system and its correlation with overall health is still anecdotal, but we do know a couple of things such as: 

1) Exercise increases your body’s productions of its own cannabinoids 

2) The majority of the canna receptors in your brain are located in the cerebellum and basal ganglia, the same places that control motor learning and movement. 

3) There is a lot of evidence showing similar effects of exercise and cannabis consumption. Including reducing stress and pain, while increasing mood and flow state. 

As an athlete one of the main reasons I love using cannabis is to aid recovery from exercise. Training (aka stretching, strength, and aerobic work) provides a host of adaptive benefits to numerous systems in the body including nervous, skeletal, muscle, respiratory, and circulatory. In my opinion, cannabinoid use in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle can help create a portal of enhanced introspection and creativity, ultimately leading to a stronger mind-body connection. 

Be sure to join us at any of our upcoming FREE Canna Move Mobility Classes! This class is focused on stretching and movement and is great for people of all skill levels. Stay tuned to our Trilogy workshop page for upcoming classes! 

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

Cannabidiol, or more popularly known as CBD, has been getting a lot of buzz in the health and wellness world. Everything from CBD tinctures, topicals and vape carts are now readily available. Those seeking natural relief from a variety of ailments have been able to do so with this therapeutic cannabinoid 

CBD is a cannabinoid that can be obtained from both hemp and cannabis plants. Depending on which variety of plant you are wanting to obtain CBD from, will determine whether you will need to be a registered medical cannabis patient or not. 

With CBD becoming more and more popular, there has also come more confusion. So, we’ve broken it down for you: 

 

First off, what is CBD? 

CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system and can provide relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia and depression (just to name a few). CBD is non-psychoactive and is well tolerated amongst many people even at high doses.  

 

What’s the difference between Hemp and Cannabis? 

Cannabis is a family of plants that includes sativa and indica species. And while cannabis that contains THC, often referred to as “Marijuana”, can be obtained from both indica and sativa species, Hemp is derived only from the cannabis sativa family.  Hemp contains <0.3% THC and is naturally high in CBD. Cannabis (or Marijuana) in contrast, typically contains higher amounts of THC and small amounts of CBD.  

Hemp and hemp-derived products are federally legal to obtain in the United States while the high THC cannabis and cannabis-derived products are not.  

  

Hemp derived CBD vs Cannabis derived CBD 

Like previously stated, CBD can be derived from both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD derived from hemp contains only CBD, while CBD derived from medical cannabis tends to contain secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other minor constituents to help produce a wide array of benefits. 

Since hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, it can be purchased from a variety of sources. Cannabis-derived CBD on the other hand, can only be purchased in Maryland through a medical dispensary.  

CBD derived from cannabis is for medical purposes and is highly regulated and must undergo rigorous testing and quality standards. CBD derived from hemp does not have these requirements.  

 

Do I need a medical card to obtain CBD? 

The short answer, no. If you want to purchase hemp-derived CBD then you do not need to be a medical cannabis patient. However, if you want to obtain CBD that has been derived from medical cannabis, then you will need to be a registered patient. 

Tips for Better Sleep

Tips for Better Sleep

We all know that getting adequate sleep is good for us; it’s a time for rest and repair. When we are sleep deprived, we can experience symptoms like foggy thinking, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, weight control issues, and the list goes on.  

Some of us experience straight up insomnia (the inability to fall asleep), while others may fall asleep just fine but find themselves waking up throughout the night. Both of these issues should be addressed as they can limit you from getting into deep and restorative sleep. 

Some factors that contribute to disturbed sleep include stress and anxiety, intake of stimulants (caffeine, sugar, processed foods), adrenal issues, pain, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and lack of exercise. So, to get to the root cause of your sleeplessness, it may be beneficially to explore what your cause/s may be and address them head on. 

Here are some tips to help you restore your sleep: 

Nutrition: 

Limit your intake of refined and processed foods. These foods can cause blood sugar issues which can impact your sleep. You want to opt for fiber-rich and slow burning carbohydrates foods like vegetables, grains, legumes and healthy fats to help sustain your blood sugar throughout the day and through bedtime. You also want to limit stimulating foods like caffeine and chocolate and avoid alcohol and heavy meals especially close to bedtime. 

 Lifestyle: 

About an hour before bedtime, you want to aim for little to no bright light or blue wave lighting (cell phones and computers). The decrease in light helps our brains to produce melatonin which is the sleep time hormone. You also want to make sure you are getting in regular exercise, as it can help you burn off excess energy which can help fatigue your body and help you get more restful sleep. Another lifestyle tip you may want to start including in your daily life is prioritizing stress-management. Many of us have a hard to falling and staying asleep simply due to the fact that we have too much on our minds.  

Alternative Medicine: 

Aromatherapy – Essential oils such as lavender, cedarwood and bergamot all tend to produce sedating effects. You can diffuse these into the air to create a relaxing environment. **Please note that some essential oils can be toxic to pets so please do your research beforehand.  

Acupuncture – Incorporating acupuncture into your wellness routine may be beneficial for your sleep. Acupuncture is said to help increase our natural melatonin production, ease anxiety and stress and can also provide pain relief.  

Cannabis – There are a variety of products and strains on the market that can help improve your sleep. Indica strains tend to produce a relaxing and sedating effect that could be great for evening relaxation. Look for strains that are high in myrcene, caryophyllene and terpinolene as these terpenes also tend to produce sedating effects. For long lasting relief, using tinctures and/or edibles could be a nice option as their effects can last up to 8+ hours. For those who do not want any psychoactive effects, CBD and CBN products could help do the trick as they both can produce relaxing and sedating effects with little to no impairment.

Cannabinoids 101

Cannabinoids 101

Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring active constituents found in the cannabis plant. These chemical compounds (think THC and CBD) interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within the body. Depending on what receptors the cannabinoids bind to within the ECS, can provide relief from an array of symptoms which include pain, anxiety, inflammation, nausea and insomnia (just to name a few).  

While THC and CBD tend to get the most notoriety, did you know that there are at least 100+ different cannabinoids? Each of these cannabinoids bind to different receptors and can produce a wide array of relief in various systems in the body including the immune, neurological and gastro-intestinal.  

Here are some of the different cannabinoids and their benefits:  

THC – This is the most abundant cannabinoid within cannabis and produces psychoactivity. It can help with pain relief, relieve muscle spasms, reduce nausea, increase appetite, and provide antioxidants. 

CBD – Non-psychoactive. It can help reduce anxiety, increase appetite, decrease occurrence of seizures, relax muscles, aid pain relief, reduce inflammation, and provide antioxidants. CBD is also an antagonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors within the ECS, which means it can be used to mitigate the psychoactive effects of THC. 

CBN – THC converts to CBN when oxidized. CBN has little to no intoxicating effects and is best known for its sedating effects. It can help relieve spasms and pain. CBN is also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticonvulsive.  

CBG – Non-psychoactive, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Can also stimulant bone growth and help to lower blood pressure. 

THCV – Can help to decrease seizures, suppress appetite, stimulant bone growth, and relieve anxiety. 

CBC – Non-intoxicating and can provide antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. Can help with pain and inflammation and stimulate bone growth. Can also help alleviate depression.  

THCa – Acidic form of THC. Non-psychoactive and can provide neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties. Can also help alleviate pain, insomnia and muscle spasms.  

CBDa – Acidic form of CBD. Non-psychoactive and has potential to help reduce inflammation, and act as an anti-nausea, analgesic and anticonvulsant.   

 

courtesy of leafly.com 

Consuming cannabis in its whole form can provide a variety of these different cannabinoids. This variety (along with terpenes, flavonoids and other constituents) is called the entourage effect. All these cannabis compounds can influence each other and produce synergistic effects; which is just one explanation as to why cannabis can aid in a bunch of different ailments.  

 As cannabis continues to expand and more research can be conducted, we are very excited to learn more about all these amazing chemical constituents and how they can benefit us.

Terpenes 101

Terpenes 101

Terpenes 101

 

While many cannabis users tend to focus primarily on the cannabis strain (whether is it an Indica and Sativa) and the cannabinoid ratio (THC and CBD), more focus in finally being put on the terpenes within cannabis.  

Terpenes are what give the flower its distinct aroma. Notes of citrus, musk and floral scents are all indicative of what terpenes are within the cannabis strain. Each terpene has its own unique profile and we are now learning that it also plays a pivotal role in the effects of cannabis. Research is finding that terpenes can modulate the effect of how THC and other cannabinoid work and can actually exhibit medicinal properties independent from the cannabinoids altogether.  

Just like aromatherapy, the aromatic compounds of lavender (or linalool) tend to produce sedating and relaxing effects, while citrus scents like lemon (aka limonene) tend to be more energizing and elevating. So, it makes sense that inhaling/ingesting these specific terpenes will produce their own unique effects. 

The terpenes within cannabis are secreted by the plants trichomes; the tiny mushroom-shaped hairs on cannabis. Here are some of the most common terpenes: 

 

 

So, while Indica and Sativa leaning strains are usually sought after for either daytime or evening use, it might be beneficial to start looking into terpene profiles as well. Strains high in myrcene and linalool can be great for evening use (as they are more sedating), while limonene and pinene can help with alertness and energy during the day time.

So, when in doubt, use your nose! The complexities and effects of the cannabis terpenes and how they contribute to a strain’s influence (a phenomenon known as the entourage effect) is just another reason as to why whole plant medicine is the way to go.