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The fight to legalize marijuana for both recreational and medical use has gone on for ages. Medical marijuana has become more accessible in the past few years. which is great news for the people who need it the most.
Cancer patients and their advocates have been at the forefront of this battle since marijuana has many benefits for those who are under treatment for cancer. In this post, we’re going to talk about marijuana and cancer. We will break down the health benefits of cannabinoids with a specific focus on THC and CBD.

What Are Cannabinoids?

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Cannabinoids are compounds found in marijuana plants. These compounds are what causes humans to react to the plant itself.

Although there are hundreds of different cannabinoids, there are two in particular that you’ve likely heard of, CBD and THC.

Since your body actually produces some cannabinoids naturally, it is equipped with the receptors for these compounds, which is why the body reacts to cannabis the way that it does.

THC is the compound in the cannabis plant that gets you high. It is not totally legal for recreational use in the United States, however many states sell it to patients with a prescription or medical marijuana card.

CBD, which is short for “cannabidiol,” is known for relieving stress, easing physical pain and regulating sleep cycles. CBD does not get you high.

Many pills, gels, tinctures and other manufactured cannabis products give you the option of choosing CBD, THC or both since they each provide a unique benefit and experience.

How Marijuana Helps Cancer Patients

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Before we dive into how marijuana benefits cancer patients, we must make it abundantly clear that we are not suggesting that weed is a cure to cancer. We are talking about how marijuana can be used to treat some of the side effects of cancer and its treatments.

Cannabis products are often used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea, vomiting and appetite stimulation.

THC is particularly helpful for appetite stimulation. Many people lose weight when they are very on chemo because they don’t have much of an appetite. Losing body mass can be dangerous for patients that are fighting to stay alive. Stimulating their appetites with THC can help them maintain or gain weight.

Symptoms vary between different types of cancer, but some cause pain. CBD, a natural pain reliever often considered a great alternative to pain killers since it is not addictive.

Some new studies suggest that CBD helps with neuropathy, which can be caused by cancerous tumors.

Aside from the relief of side effects, some doctors and scientists are hopeful they might find links between marijuana and cancer that is even more positive. Researchers are trying to learn if marijuana might slow the growth of cancer.

Conclusion

Access to marijuana is helpful to patients who are battling cancer. Especially those who are feeling the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

We welcome this plant’s increasing recognition for its true value. Escaping the societal confines that have kept it illegal for so many years.

If you are battling cancer, we recommend talking to your doctor to see how marijuana might help you.

You are finally ready to try a CBD product to help with what ails you. It seems like every other person you know has tried it and is using it with great success, but where do you start? For those interested in the medicinal value of cannabis, CBD Isolate is an extremely appealing form of the product. CBD does not need THC to be effective, which is why pharmaceutical companies are isolating it. If you are looking for a product rich in CBD with no THC, then CBD Isolate is a great way to go. CBD has been used to help with anxiety, pain, inflammation and epilepsy.

CBD Isolate is a crystalline solid or powder comprising pure CBD. Unlike the CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD products may legally contain up to 0.3% THC. It is possible for this trace amount to still show up on a drug test, but it will not cause any “high” related to THC. CBD Isolate is not a synthetic or lab-made cannabinoid, but a refined product extracted from the Hemp plant after all the plant’s material, waxes, chlorophyll and other compounds are removed.

CBD Isolate is extracted from cannabis plants, with no additional compounds included, while CBD Full Spectrum bundles together multiple chemical compounds to form what CBD manufacturers call the “Entourage Effect”.

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To start the CBD isolate process, you extract the compounds and other substances from the cannabis plant, including THC. This process leaves behind pure CBD in crystal form, which has no distinctive smell or taste. The crystals will then be ground into a powder for various forms of usage.

How CBD Isolate Effects the Body:

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Receptors in the human body, called endocannibinoids, produce their own cannabinoids which affect our appetite, mood, memory, inflammation levels and pain perception. Researchers believe that CBD does not attach directly to these receptors, but rather influences them in some way.

Research has shown that CBD can also influence non-cannabinoid receptors, such as the 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) serotonin receptor. Serotonin is a chemical that affects levels of anxiety, sleeplessness and depression. This could also explain why CBD seems to readily ease anxiety and pain.

Growing amount of scientific evidence shows CBD Isolate is also effective in assisting in the treatment of diabetes, chemotherapy side effects for cancer, Autism and ADHD. It can even aid in quitting smoking.

For Anxiety:

In a 2019 study, in a psychiatric clinic, researchers studied the charts of 72 adults who had sleeping problems and/or anxiety. After treatment with CBD, 67% saw improved sleep scores and 79% reported decreased anxiety. The research concluded that CBD appears to benefit people with anxiety disorders and is easily tolerated.

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For Pain & inflammation Relief:

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CBD Isolate may help inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, cancer pain, neuropathy, arthritis pain and chronic back pain. When it comes to extreme pain, research indicates that a full spectrum CBD product may be more effective in dealing with extreme pain. This is because the THC acts collaboratively with cannabinoids to boost the analgesic effects.

For Epilepsy:

CBD Isolate has shown to significantly help anti-seizure effects in epileptic patients. A 2017 study is offering hope to those with the condition. It cites strong evidence that CBD can improve seizure control with specific epilepsy syndromes. The American Epilepsy Society says CBD studies offer hope with the condition. Research is still underway and those with epilepsy should always consult with their health care provider about treatment options.

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See Your Physician First:

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It is possible for CBD to interact with some prescription or over-the-counter medications. There can be some contraindication with cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor and anti-depressants, such as Prozac. So, always consult with your health care provider before using CBD or other cannabis products.

Off to a Good Start!

CBD Isolate is a great way to explore if CBD is the right treatment for you. It has demonstrated a variety of benefits including anxiety, pain and inflammation relief. If there is any residual concern over trace amounts of THC, then CBD Isolate may be the wiser choice.

A restful night of sleep is different for everyone. Some of us may need a full 8 hours, while others may only need 3-4 hours. If you’re one of the 25% of Americans suffering from insomnia, then you may not be getting those full hours of rest. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Although it is relatively new on the block, many people use CBD oil as part of their daily routine. Some common uses for CBD are pain management, stress and sleep. Melatonin comes in natural and synthetic form. Originally derived from the pineal glands in animals, melatonin supplements are now mostly man-made. Regardless, melatonin has long been used to aid sleep.

Working together in harmony, both CBD Oil and melatonin can enhance your quality of sleep.

What is Melatonin?

The pineal glands take information from its environment through the sleep-wake cycle. Being a “hormone of darkness“, melatonin communicates by sending dark signals and nighttime information to the brain. It sends signals to influence the promotion of sleep, but not necessarily cause sleep.

Approximately two hours prior to a person’s bedtime, melatonin secretion starts to increase. As the sleep gates to dreamland open, and the drowsiness begins to creep in, so will your ability to fall asleep.

In a case of insomnia or jet lag, melatonin supplements can help raise melatonin levels by signaling the receptors in the body. Helping those having a tough time falling asleep, to take back control of their bedtime and enjoy a restful night of sleep.

How CBD Affect the Body?

The body’s biological system, known as the endocannabinoid system, involves a wide variety of processes. These include pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. This system of endogenous (“endo” meaning originating inside the body) neurotransmitters bind to cannabinoid receptors. When CBD enters the body, it reacts by stimulating these receptors.

The lipid built cannabinoid receptors are what allow CBD products to be fat-soluble. This is why you’ll find CBD infused with MCT oil (extracted from coconuts) or some other type of oil or fat base. The most common oil based products you may find at your local shop or online are CBD oil and CBD tincture.

Those suffering from insomnia, sometimes find relief when using CBD oil. Studies show CBD can help you fall and stay asleep, so you can use it daily before bed. And, according to the World Health Organization, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”.

Can You Mix CBD Oil and Melatonin Together?

Yes, you may use CBD oil and melatonin together. Combine these two supplements, which are already effective on their own, and you’ve almost guaranteed yourself a foolproof method of combating insomnia. All without the nasty side effects of traditional medication! Plus, both are safe and natural alternatives.

Did you know there’s a tastier way to fall asleep? If you didn’t, then try our colorful melatonin CBD gummy bears, lightly coated in sugar and infused with melatonin. PRO TIP: Try biting half or even a quarter of the gummy bear. Not only will that you save money, but it can last you 2x to 4x longer!

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A Word From Cali-Born Dreams:

The content in this article is not medical advice and you should always consult with your physician about any medical or mental health problems you may be experiencing.

News about vaping illnesses has spread like wildfire. Many of us are left wondering how safe, if at all, is vaping? Are you vaping CBD/THC products safely? Those e-liquid flavor seem innocent, but may be filled with highly toxic chemicals. Lab tests should be third party tested. We at Cali-Born Dreams are as concerned as you are with the disturbing news involving the CBD and cannabis industry. Even though we do not offer vaping products, we would like to offer some tips on how to stay safe when deciding what to buy. 

Purchase from Trusted Brands:

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We urge you to purchase only well-known brands from established vendors. Keep in mind, the Black Market has been very crafty in putting their bogus distillates into fake packaging that look exactly like popular brands. Which is why it is critical to buy from vendors you trust. Never hesitate to ask questions — especially when it comes to your health and your life!

Vape Products Containing Pure Distillate: 

In many of these unscrupulous cartridges on the market, we are finding Vitamin E Oil/Acetate, Propylene Glycol and other dangerous fillers, used as a diluent to “thicken” the CBD or THC distillate. These oils, when inhaled, disrupt the function of the fluid lining in the lungs. Over time, the lungs begin to fill with fatty deposits, and ultimately make it difficult to simply breathe. You should only vape products that contain pure distillate and organic terpenes.

Avoid Added Flavors:

A national survey found 80% of youngsters enjoyed vaping because it came in flavors they liked. Vaping products have long been marketed to cut down or completely stop smoking. With the addition of kid friendly flavors such as, “cherry, grape, apple, peach, and berry”, E-liquid sales have increased as well as “reversing decades of progress on youth smoking”.

The FDA also found some of these flavors to be “poisonous in high doses”.  Cinnamon flavored e-liquids contained cinnamaldehyde, a chemical that experts at the FDA called “highly toxic to human cells.” Some cotton candy and bubble gum flavors contained aldehydes, a class of chemicals that can cause airway constriction.

Therefore, it is incredibly important to be your own vigilante when it comes to your health and cannabis needs. Consider purchasing CBD and cannabis products from reputable companies. 

Lab Testing Results:

Lab results done via third-party testing and NOT done in-house, usually aren’t affiliated with the brand or manufacturer. Third-party lab testing private institutions, not affiliated with the brand or manufacturer. They test for the percentage of CBD, as well as pesticides, heavy metal and other impurities. Look for lab results, sometimes listed on the company’s website. In the case that it’s not, ask for the lab testing results. Be sure to confirm the results match the label on the product.

Talk to Your Doctor:

If you are taking prescription drugs, we urge you to talk with your doctor. While vaping pure distillate without any added flavor may seem harmless, we still recommend talking to your doctor to be certain it is not interfering with the effectiveness of any medication or causing any internal damage from ingredients not listed on the packaging. Also, if you are taking anti-depressants, please consult with your doctor first before starting a CBD regimen, as they may be contra-indicated. 

Providing You an Alternative Solution for A Healthier Lifestyle:

Since launching in 2015, we have been steadfast in bringing you a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle with our superior products. Our company ensures products are pure, consistent and test free of pesticides and heavy metals. We are non-GMO, USDA and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified. We are here to improve your health, never to hurt it.

Cali-Born Dreams is passionate about the benefits our CBD products provide. Constantly evolving, we are always creating products with the finest and purest ingredients. 

Your well-being and quality of life are what drive us to continue our mission. 

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