During the pandemic we have seen a few stories in the news regarding CBD and covid.
Could CBD help people with covid? Let's go through some of what has been published so far.
Forbes has done several stories on CBD and covid.
In a story published July 15 2020 they speak about the benefits CBD could have for the lungs.
Now new evidence is adding support to the theory that cannabis derived CBD may help those suffering from the severe lung inflammation that occurs in more serious cases of COVID-19. The study from researchers at Augusta University in Georgia suggests that CBD may positively impact ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome - a dangerous symptom in COVID-19 caused by an overactive inflammatory response. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘cytokine storm’. The authors of the study explain that “currently, other than supportive measures, there is no definitive cure for ARDS, illustrating the urgent need for creative and effective therapeutic modalities to treat this complex condition.”
The research itself was performed on mice, who were first given a treatment called Poly(I:C) to artificially induce ARDS, with symptoms similar to what we see in severe COVID-19 patients. This created a cytokine storm, reduced the blood oxygen saturation by 10%, and even produced structural damages to the lungs in mice subjects. Then after the mice were experiencing the cytokine storm and coinciding respiratory distress, they were given CBD. And the results showed just how powerful CBD can be when treating ARDS. “These symptoms were totally or partially reversed and returned to the level and condition of the normal after treatment with CBD” the authors report.
“These symptoms were totally or partially reversed and returned
Researchers on the study say that CBD could play an immunotherapeutic role in treating severe respiratory viral infections like COVID-19, based on the present findings.
“The current data support the notion that the anti-inflammatory function of CBD may reduce cytokine storm and mitigate the effects of exaggerated inflammation,” they explain. They add that “considering all potential regulatory effects of CBD as well as the vast distribution of endocannabinoid system in the body, it is plausible that CBD may be used as a therapeutic candidate in the treatment of various inflammatory conditions including COVID-19 and other virus-induced ARDS.”
Another story from Forbes Jul 21, 2020 tells us that CBD and terpenes work well together for this. We speak a lot about the Entourage effect when we promote CBD Shifa Oils, as those are a combination of many cannabinoids and terpenes. And the combination seems to always perform better than just CBD alone.
But this study says that terpenes, compounds that provide the aroma and flavor in cannabis and many other plants, may lead to even better results than CBD alone, and might outperform conventional treatments like corticosteroids. Reports from the study show that a combination of CBD with terpenes was 2 times more effective at inhibiting cytokine activity than dexamethasone, a corticosteroid which a recent study found to be an effective treatment for Covid-19 cytokine storms.
Then in January 21, 2021 Forbes focused on a study on different cannabis strains for treatments. This also helped to reduce the specific type of inflammatory distress— “cytokine storm”—that precedes severe cases of acute respiratory distress due to Covid-19.
The strains used here had high THC and lesser amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids.
The study found cannabis may “tame” or reduce the severity of Covid-19. One of the main causes of severe Covid-19 that proceeds acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an influx of “pro-inflammatory cytokines,” which is also known as the “cytokine storm.” “Out of all cytokines, TNFα and IL-6 play crucial roles in cytokine storm pathogenesis and are likely responsible for the escalation in disease severity,” the study says. The treatment addition of cannabis extracts helps “curb inflammation and prevent fibrosis, and lead to disease remission.”
So it seems like cannabis components could yet again help fight another severe medical issue. All covid sufferers should be offered cannabinoid treatments.
CBD for senior citizens? Absolutely.
More and more senior citizens are now getting informed about all the benefits CBD can offer them. In countries where CBD has been easily accessed for some time now, we see that senior citizens are a vastly growing user group.
CBD users take CBD for a range of benefits. According to Gallup, 40 percent of people take CBD for pain. While 20 percent of people use CBD for anxiety, another 11 percent take CBD for insomnia. An estimated 8 percent of users take CBD for arthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and inflammation.
While pain, anxiety, insomnia and arthritis are the top four reasons why people say they take CBD. The following are some of the less common reasons why people use CBD:
Migraines and headaches.
Muscle spasms and soreness.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems.
Many wonder if CBD products will give a “stoned” effect like recreational cannabis. It does not. CBD is not psychoactive like THC, the most common cannabinoid amongst cannabis plants, responsible for the “stoned” effect. When making CBD products, plants with very low amounts of THC and high amounts of CBD are used. Legal CBD products either have very small amounts or no THC at all. We do recommend getting products that have more than just CBD, there are many other cannabinoids besides THC and CBD, and they all have benefits and work better together. It’s referred to as the Entourage Effect.
You can rub a CBD balm onto painful joints or use a CBD oil/tincture under your tongue. It is also possible to buy other CBD-based products like CBD infused liquids and CBD pills. The right administration method depends on what you want your CBD to treat. You can ask us if you have any questions.
Even more advantages of using CBD for Seniors
For a long time, many seniors were worried about taking CBD because of the stereotypes about marijuana users. Thankfully, the legalization of CBD has helped seniors discover the ways CBD can improve their quality of life.
One of the biggest advantages of using CBD is as mentioned pain relief. Clinical studies have shown that CBD is effective at reducing nerve and arthritis pain. In addition, CBD is significantly safer and less addictive than prescription drugs.
CBD is also known to have soothing effects, which can reduce anxiety and stress levels. Some studies also show that CBD can help increase bone strength. This is a useful quality for seniors since elderly individuals are more likely to develop a bone fracture. Cannabis and CBD are also beneficial for people who have multiple sclerosis.
Other studies show that CBD is useful at treating glaucoma, which is a kind of neurodegenerative disease. It normally affects your sight by increasing the pressure in your eye. Studies show that cannabinoids can reduce this pressure by up to 25 percent. CBD is also useful at reducing the pain that accompanies this pressure.
While older adults are less likely to enjoy a good night’s rest, they still need just as much sleep as younger adults. The brain needs sleep to regenerate and heal. CBD can improve your overall health, by improving sleep quality and reducing insomnia.
Is CBD the Right Choice for Me?
CBD has many health benefits and can help with a number of different conditions. The decision to take CBD or not depends entirely on your unique situation. If you have a condition that CBD can treat, you may want to try it and see if it helps. Our CBD Shifa Oils and products are of highest quality and are safe for everybody to use. Do contact us for advice and or if you have any questions.
Summer is here and it is time again that we think about diet , exercise so let us not forget the endocannabinoid system as well.
When it is working properly, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) keeps our appetite, satiety, and weight finely balanced. CB1 cannabinoid receptors in our brain are responsible for signaling that it’s time to eat when we need food, rousing our appetite and sharpening our sense of smell so food is extra rewarding. CB2 cannabinoid receptor activation, on the other hand, works to reduce food intake and prevent the buildup of body fat.
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Many have been worried about CBD and kidney health. Project CBD has investigated this and found that not only is it not damaging, but migjt actually be beneficial.
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Both marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize April 20 or 4/20 as a national holiday for cannabis culture, but few actually know how the date got chosen.
Some say “420” is code among police officers for “marijuana smoking in progress.” Some note 4/20 is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. And some go as far as to cite Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” because 12 multiplied by 35 equals 420. But, to put it bluntly, those rumors of the history behind how April 20, and 4/20, got associated with marijuana are false.
The most credible story traces 4/20 to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. This group — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.
read more here: Time.com
We at Shifa Shop take the Entourage Effect very seriously.
That is why we provide a broad specter of both cannabinoids and terpenes in our CBD products. And you will feel the difference
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whole plant extractions typically include CBD, THC, and more than 400 trace compounds. Many of these compounds interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.
It is important to consider the entourage effect (or lack thereof) when extrapolating data based on animal studies: 100 milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is not equivalent to 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant cannabis extract.
“Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical,” Dr. John McPartland notes, “and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”
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We here at Shifa-Shop has started a new blog called CBD Norway for our Norwegian clients. With updates and information in Norwegian, as there is very little reliable information in Norwegian online. since we are a Norwegian company with many years of experience within genetics and CBD, we see it as our duty to spred information where we can.
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CBD oil is a natural active ingredient derived from the Cannabis sativa industrial cannabis species. CBD cannabinoid has so many positive effects on the human body, we often joke that every person has at least one ailment CBD oil could help with. CBD is used to relieve insomnia and chronic pain, and to help relieve autoimmune diseases, anxiety and depression. It is also popular as a natural remedy against insomnia and as an additional boost for the immune system. Lately, the use of CBD oil for the skin has also been gaining a lot of attention. Because the skin has its own endocannabinoid system to which the CBD cannabinoid binds, it is effective in a wide range of skin problems. What skin problems does CBD work on best?
CBD and psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease where skin cells grow and divide at an accelerated rate. Eczema start appearing on the skin as a result of this division and they are usually red with a silver outline but can also be pink or brown in colour. Psoriasis is a disease that doesn’t have a cure yet, but various therapies do exist to mitigate its symptoms. A lot can be done to alleviate the symptoms by adjusting your lifestyle, maintaining a balanced diet and with moderate exposure to the sun. CBD cannabinoid is also becoming an increasingly popular natural remedy for psoriasis outbreaks and several studies have shown the effect it has on decelerating skin cell division. CBD cannabinoid also has anti-inflammatory properties which additionally soothe psoriasis conditions.
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What if I told you incorporating CBD into your athletic recovery plan for the New Year needs to be at the top of your Resolutions List?
CBD, the non-addictive, non-psychoactive gift from the cannabis plant doesn’t impair your mental cognition or get you high. In fact, it can improve your ability to focus and increase muscle recovery from over exertion or injury.
January 1st is the start of plans to be a new you. We all know getting in shape tops the list of resolutions. Meeting your goals requires a cocktail of adequate sleep (6-8 hours of sound shuteye), hydration, nutrition, consistency and recovery. After an intense workout, your muscles go through a recovery period and need nutrients to help them repair themselves. Recovery is the secret when it comes to reaching your goal.You can recover from a workout with the usual suspects like supplements, foam rolling, stretching and rest … and yes, CBD!
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As the cannabis industry continues to take root state by state, the House of Representatives voted in favor of removing marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The House voted Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which decriminalizes cannabis and clears the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill.
The MORE Act also creates pathways for ownership opportunities in the emerging industry, allows veterans to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from Veteran Affairs doctors, and establishes funding sources to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
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