CBD-Infused Cannabis Milk Soothes Anxiety And Is Hitting Stores Soon

CBD-infused cannabis milk is both nourishing and tasty. Is this the new craze?

Credit: Rawligion

Credit: Rawligion

For a long time, green juice and green smoothies were considered to be the ‘peak’ of what one seeking to nourish their body could consume. While both offer numerous benefits, there’s a newly created beverage that is bound to become the populace’s favorite.

Whereas THC – the component in marijuana responsible for getting you ‘high’ – is illegal in most U.S. states, cannabidiol (CBD) is not. In fact, CBD oil is renowned for its many medicinal effects. One of the many chemical compounds found within cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive and has been proven in studies to benefit anxiety. Though science has not yet confirmed this, CBD is also reported to benefit one’s mood, sleep, pain, immune response, and hormone regulation. CBD is also widely used as a natural treatment for seizures.

Because CBD oil is even listed on the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s website as a potential ‘cure’ for cancer, the company Rawligion (based in London) included it in its new 100% organic hemp drink. The drink Relax consists of 100% organic hemp milk containing CBD, hemp seeds, cashews, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and water. Created by Michael Isted, a psychotherapist and development consultant for Rawligion, the drink is intended to help people feel calm and well-nourished.

Credit: Rawligion

Credit: Rawligion

Cannabidiol seeds do not get one high and are very nutrient-rich. Research shows that cannabis seeds contain a healthy 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (too many omega-6 fatty acids contribute to inflammation), as well as a rich source of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, and E. Additionally, the cannabis seed is a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids.

The drink, produced by Rawligion and LoveHemp – a UK-based CBD oil distributor, is expected to hit stores in the London area soon. Though the raw drink will not be distributed far and wide as of yet (it’s difficult to keep a live food drink of that quality fresh for long periods of time), this product might inspire others elsewhere to produce and market similar drinks. Who knows, you might even be able to make your own version

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Phylos Bioscience is working to keep marijuana from being corrupted by competing patents by making the plant’s genome publicly available.

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In August of last year, federal officials quietly made history by approving the first patent for a strain of marijuana containing large amounts of THC, its main psychoactive ingredient. Now, with marijuana legalization making huge advances following the US election, many have expressed that last year’s precedent has opened a veritable ‘can of worms’ that could allow massive seed companies like Monsanto to stomp out the competition via patents. The commercialization of marijuana could easily get out of hand in the coming months and years, as the industry’s profits are expected to top $6.7 billion this year despite being legal in only a handful of states. With legal marijuana access now a reality in 20% of the US after the events of this past week, that number is likely to only get bigger while equally likely to spur corporate interest in the industry.

However, an independent startup based in Portland is working to make marijuana’s genome publicly available to lessen the impact of patents and to protect the plant from corporate greed. Phylos Bioscience has launched an online interactive guide that not only maps the marijuana genome, but also its genetic evolution. The mapping of the plant’s evolution protects specific strains of marijuana that are currently part of the public domain from being patented by large biotech companies such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta. Over the last two years, Phylos Bioscience has collected a variety of sample from different marijuana strains, allowing the startup to sequence the DNA of each unique strain. They then developed a software program that allows that data to be easily visualized. The startup company is calling its pioneering, interactive guide ‘Galaxy.’ Galaxy allows users to view the hereditary sequences of each plant by following connections between a particular plant and its parents and/or offspring. Similar plants are placed close together while larger groups are color-coded into “tribes” based on their region of origin.

Phylos Bioscience’s Galaxy hopes to bring order to the marijuana industry, which is now making the transition to a public, commercial industry despite its beginnings underground. Carolyn White, Sales and Marketing Manager of the company, said that they hope to gather all available genetic data pertaining to marijuana to protect it. She said:

“Sample collection was a huge part of this process. One side was a collaboration with growers, dispensaries and labs to collect modern samples, and the other a process of hunting down ancient landrace strains from all over the world.”

Their search is soon to go mainstream as Phylos has launched a commercial sequencing product, known as “Phylos Genotype” that would enable anyone to send in a sample and have its genes mapped. The sample’s genetic data would then be added to the Galaxy database and the client would receive a detailed analysis of the sequenced data. Thank goodness someone had the foresight to protect this potent plant medicine from big business interests in such an accessible and creative way.

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The Powerful Benefits of Hemp Roots: The Hidden Part of Cannabis

Cannabis and Hemp (which is the more industrial version of Cannabis) have proven time and time again to be billion-dollar cash crops.

The States that have legalized their use have seen an astounding increase in tax revenue created by the plant.

We know it has at least 50,000 known uses, and we’ve been using Cannabis for many of those things since before we even started recording human history.

We know all about how to use it’s leaves, its fiber, leaves, flowers, oils, resins, etc.. But when it comes to the roots of the plant, they tend to get overlooked.

The first mention of hemp root as medicine can be found in the ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia, the Shen Nung Pên-ts’ao Ching, as early as the third millennium BCE.

It is stated that the juice of the root has diuretic properties, as well as being useful in assisting the cessation of hemorrhage after childbirth.

Beyond its use in medicine, various Chinese texts attest to the importance of hemp root in ‘gunpowder’ preparations — it is roasted and powdered, before being mixed with bamboo root, pine pitch and various other substances, and ignited.

There are several variations on the basic recipe, which result in incendiary powders, balls for catapults (which would ignite upon impact), smoke-powders and hand-grenades.

Elsewhere, it is stated that a paste made from the roots was used to relieve the pain of broken bones and surgical procedures.

The Roman historian Pliny wrote in his Natural Histories, published circa 77-79 CE, that hemp root boiled in water could be used to relieve stiffness in the joints, gout and related conditions.

He also noted that the root could be placed raw on burn wounds, but needed to be changed frequently to prevent drying out.

Later, between the 4th and 5th centuries (CE), the Gaulish chronicler Marcellus Empiricus recorded in his opus De Medicamentis that the root was wrapped around the right arm, ostensibly as a treatment for worms.

Azerbaijani manuscripts written between the 9th and the 18th centuries (CE) also attest to widespread usage of hemp root decoctions (boiled extracts) and bandages for their antiseptic and antipyretic (fever-reducing) properties, particularly in the treatment of abscesses, ulcers and toothaches.

Many herbals from the medieval and Early Modern periods have survived to the present, and references to hemp abound. Mentions of the root itself are few, but there are occasional notes.

The Italian herbalist, Andreas Matthioli, wrote in the Old German Neuw Krëuterbuch (ca. 1550) that poultices made from the water-soaked roots were effective against gout and arthritis, as well as ulcers of the soft tissues.

In 1564, Tabernaemontanus, another Italian herbalist, made similar notes.

A little more recently, early European settlers of the American continent brought many plants across the oceans with them, some of which were incorporated into the pharmacopeia of the indigenous peoples.

Hemp became particularly important, and the root was apparently used to treat inflammation, joint pain, gout and muscular atrophy.

By the later part of the 17th century, various herbals were recommending it, for the above purposes as well as to treat incontinence and venereal disease.

A 1985 book by Nancy Locke Doane, which claims to be compiled from the records of her settler grandmother Minnie Susan Decker, goes into the herbal hemp remedies used during this time in some detail.

In Europe, Culpeper’s Complete Herbal of 1653 described hemp root as being ‘a good remedy for a dry cough’, and also reported it to be effective against jaundice, colic, heavy bleeding, wasting of the tendons and various other complaints. He also mentions use of the fresh root-juice to treat burns.

In 1696, a German physician in the employ of the Dutch Crown, Georg Eberhard Rumpf, reported on the use of hemp root against gonorrhea in Indonesia.

The 1764 New English Dispensatory recommended boiled hemp root for inflammation of the skin, a treatment long used by the people of eastern Europe.

The ointment could also be used to reduce the size of tumors and break down deposits in the joints (such as those caused by gout).

In the mid-19th century, a German text written by a woman named Rath Schlosser mentioned a complicated recipe in which the ashes of burnt hemp root are made into lye (sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda), then used to wash the hair and head — which is first covered with honey, presumably to guard against skin irritation or indeed corrosion.

This treatment was believed to cause hair to regenerate — it is not clear if there is any basis for this, but their perceived effectiveness was certainly great enough that they were recorded for future generations.

Perhaps their effects were coincidental, or placebo, but research may well also find that there is some truth in the folklore.

Certainly traditional hemp root remedies have persisted in many countries — for example Argentina, where a 1960 study reported that the root-bark is collected in spring and boiled to make a tonic that eases dysentery and other gastrointestinal complaints.

In much of the world, the main methods of preparation have been remarkably consistent through time, as have the various complaints it is credited with helping.

The root is either applied raw, dried, boiled, soaked, roasted or occasionally reduced to ash. If boiled for a short time it can be drunk as a tea; if boiled for a longer time it reduces to a thick, dark extract resembling pitch or heavy oil.

If it is dried — or roasted — and ground it forms a powder that can be rendered into salves or poultices; soaking it (usually after deconstructing it into its long component fibers) can produce a soothing, moist bandage for inflamed, burned or irritated skin.

A handful of studies look at the composition of hemp root and its medical potential.

A 1971 study found that the roots contain terpenes — the fragrant resins for which Cannabis is widely known; these are the main constituents of the essential oils of many plants.

Some terpenes, are thought to have a humectant, expectorant effect, which may benefit those suffering from bronchial illnesses.

Friedelin is one terpene that has been definitely identified in hemp root, and has been independently found to be anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic in effect; epifriedelinol is another, present in many medicinal herbs — although its exact effect is unknown.

Other research has shown that the roots contain significant concentrations of alkaloids, including piperidine and pyrrolidine, which are highly important in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals; choline, a dietary amine that is essential for the integrity of cell membranes; and atropine — a powerful alkaloid, usually extracted from the belladonna (deadly nightshade) plant, which when used as eye-drops famously dilates the pupil.

When ingested as a supplement, atropine can reduce bronchial secretions, and relaxes the muscles and glands of the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the function of most of the internal organs.

It is thought to be helpful for correct function of the digestive system and kidneys, as well as sexual arousal.

Hemp root has also been found to contain other alkaloid groups known as phenolic amides and lignanamides, believed to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

There is some suggestion that two alkaloids present in hemp root, Cannabisativine and isoCannabisativine, adversely affect the central nervous system and are hepatotoxic (toxic to the liver).

However, some research points to the existence of spermidine in these alkaloids, which has anti-aging cellular properties and may also benefit those suffering from Type II diabetes.

Research into this has been limited, and it is unclear if there is an entirely safe method of ingesting hemp root extracts.

The pure, boiled extract should not be taken internally, although a tea boiled for less time, as previously stated, may have beneficial effects.

A 2008 study performed at Leiden University in the Netherlands, which processed hemp root with various different solvents to extract the active ingredients, found the resulting substance to be a mixture of lipids and sugars, with some other compounds mixed in.

Although they acknowledge that the procedure led to various constituents being destroyed, they did discover the presence of a glycoside, a type of organic molecule that can helped to eliminate poisons from the body by binding with them chemically and rendering them inactive.

The original hypothesis was that acetylcholine esterase inhibitors, which are often alkaloid, would be found in hemp root — THC itself is considered to be an important inhibitor in its own right, and the researchers believed that other similar compounds could be identified.

While results were inconclusive, there is potential for future studies to be undertaken, shedding further light on the issue.

For those who wish to experiment with making their own hemp root extract, there are recipes available online, or in some of the herbals mentioned previously.

One recent source describes breaking up the root-mass into small chunks, then placing it into a slow cooker with water and oil in a 3:1 ratio (e.g. six cups water, two cups oil — an effective way to dissolve the active ingredients in the oil without ‘frying’ them), and leaving it to simmer for 12-14 hours, making sure to add water if it begins to dry out.

The mixture is then strained and frozen; the oil is poured off the ice it rests upon and heated gently with beeswax until the desired room-temperature consistency is achieved.

It is also possible to experiment with various other ingredients, both during the initial boiling process — where leaves and barks such as sage or cinnamon could be added — and during the final mixing stages, where it would be more advisable to use extracts and essential oils.

This recipe is said to be highly effective at relieving muscle and joint pain, stiffness and spasticity when applied topically. Currently, there are very few hemp root products on the market.

One exception is Hemp-Eaze™, developed by Darcy Stoddard of the Tierra Sol Farm, a small initiative based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Hemp-Eaze™ is a range of organic creams, lotions and balms that are reported to reduce the symptoms of various conditions including eczema, psoriasis, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

As well as those products designed for topical application a bath soak is also available, helpful for general aches and pains, and very soothing.

There is also a spray for pets, which eases aches and pains, irritated skin and even conjunctivitis. The main ingredient in the Hemp-Eaze™ range is hemp root, but there are many other natural ingredients such as feverfew, hyssop and comfrey root.

For now, hemp root products are thin on the ground, but as research into the Cannabis plant continues apace, there will no doubt be others joining Hemp-Eaze™ in their efforts to bring this intriguing root the recognition it deserves.

There is definite consistency in the accounts of hemp root’s importance in herbalism, throughout history and in every corner of the globe.

Initial research has strongly suggested that a powerful medicine lurks below the soil that nourishes this beautiful plant, and we would be short-sighted to ignore its potential any longer.

There is a use for every other part of the Cannabis plant, and those uses have been exploited increasingly intensively in recent years.

Our knowledge of the medicinal properties of Cannabis is so great at this stage that it seems ludicrous that we have not explored the vast potential of the mysterious root a little more deeply.

By Lara Starr / Many thanks to Cannabis.info for all this amazing and highly useful information. Feature Picture: Prensa 420

Will Popular Marijuana Strains Become Like Fine Wines?

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By Steven Maxwell | Activist Post

I’m a recreational cannabis refugee. I moved to the Pacific Northwest to avoid the potential of being thrown in a cage for smoking a flower that makes my life better.

I’m old enough to remember when good marijuana was rare and called “kine buds.” Kine comes from Hawaiian pigeon speak for “the good kind.” Since Hawaii has had a long love affair with potentpakalolo (crazy smoke), with strains like Maui Waui becoming world famous, kine became universal slang for “the good weed” even for a teenager like me in the 1990s in Connecticut.

Brick weed of unknown origin was much more common in those days. As the legalization of cannabis expands, so does the knowledge of the best strains and their effects. Today brick weed is all but extinct in the United States while genetic strains of cannabis are becoming very sophisticated.

Crowd sourcing experiences may prove more accurate than clinical studies could ever be. Sites like Leafly and others have curated thousands of experiences about how different strains and doses of cannabis affect people. Although marijuana effects seem to be unique for each individual, much like various alcohol drinks are, some common traits are identifiable.

In a previous article, I described the general differences between sativa and indica strains. Sativa has a more energetic, heady and creative effect, while indica is more pain-relieving and sleep-inducing.

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But like fine wines, there are subtleties to consider.

Some strains are bred to maximize output of flowers with compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary mind-altering ingredient in cannabis. While other strains are bred to limit the THC and emphasize other beneficial compounds to help children cope with debilitating illnesses.Charlotte’s Web is a notable low-THC strain produced to reduce seizures in kids without getting them high.

Watch this brief clip of CNN’s special Weed about the people behind Charlotte’s web:

There are 5 major cannabinoids THC, CBD, CBN, CBC and CBG. Each strain of marijuana has a different composition of these cannabinoids in order to achieve different effects. Clever botanists then deliberately breed strains to optimize certain traits and features.

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Original genetic strains of cannabis are called Landraces. They are the Holy Grail for strain hunters and breeders who will go to great lengths to acquire them. The short film below follows cannabis breeding legend, Arjan Roskam, and his crew of strain hunters in Colombia to look for three of the country’s rarest types of weed, strains that have remained genetically pure for decades.

Landraces have been bred together to create some world-renowned strains like White Widow which is 60% South Indian indica and 40% Brazilian sativa and boasts 20-22% THC. The name White Widow refers to how the strain’s huge colas become snow covered with white crystal trichomes towards the end of their flowering period. White Widow has since spawned many other popular strains like White Russian, White Rhino, and Blue Widow.

Highly tailored cannabis strains are beginning to resemble fine wine whereby the richness is found in the varying scents, flavors, sensations, origin stories and growing method. Even name brands are beginning to take shape with celebrity brands leading the charge.

Music legend and longtime defender of marijuana, Willie Nelson, has launched a premium quality brand called Willie’s Reserve which sells multiple strains in elegant packaging. Will Willie’s Reserve White Widow become comparable to Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon?

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Blunt-smoking Snoop Dogg has gotten into the action with his brand Leafs By Snoop. Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge launched a cannabis-infused wine tincture “Private Reserve.”

What’s more, the day job of the current Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, who’s polling in double-digits against Clinton and Trump, is the president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc. The publicly traded company focuses on high-quality cannabis products and public policy.

With corporate green fever heating up, some people are worried that agriculture giants like Monsanto will bully their way into the market and create a mutant GMO weed to compete with organic and heirloom strains.

Ultimately, the competition in a legal recreational market will likely bring a rush of new kine buds. Move over wine snobs, make room for the cannabis connoisseurs.

Steven Maxwell writes for Activist Post. The article is open source and can be reproduced in full with attribution.

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Man Cures Bladder Cancer With Cannabis Oil And Essiac Tea After Refusing Chemo

by dailyhealthpost

On July 2012, at age 54, Trevor Smith was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with stage T2a bladder cancer. The cancer had spread to the inner part of the bladder muscles and his doctors were not optimistic.

In fact, they felt Trevor had at most, 2.5 years to live even if he accepted treatment and only 2, if he did not.

Harsh Treatment

And the treatment options were severe: remove his entire prostate, bladder and lymph nodes, as well as a part of his intestines in order to make a neobladder from them so that he could pass urine.

On top of that, he would also have to endure both chemotherapy and radiation.

While Trevor was never told about his supposed chances of survival, he was informed, however, that he would most surely be incontinent for up to a year and have to deal with reoccurring infections and would be impotent for the remainder of his life.

Looking For An Alternative

Trevor’s wife, Carol was not about to accept the treatment options the doctors were offering—or their life expectancy odds for that matter.

According to her post on Cure Your Own Cancer, she decided to do some research into the matter herself.

When she told the doctors that they wanted a little time to digest the situation and look into different treatment options and healing modalities, not surprisingly, they cautioned against it.

In fact, according to Carol, they became quite aggressive, advising her and her husband that they already had the date set and that waiting was only prolonging the inevitable.

“We felt like we were being railroaded into the surgery far too fast and we needed to slow it down a little so we could have time to digest everything,” she writes.

“Something was screaming at me to take some time before making this radical decision.”

Overcoming Your Worst Fear

For many cancer patients, this is not an uncommon scenario. The word cancer is huge. It invokes all kinds of emotions — mainly fear — and people become confused, which makes them turn to their doctors for guidance.

And when doctors see only one way to deal with cancer — the traditional surgery, drug and radiation way — it does not always bode well for the patient.

So, instead of letting their fear dictate their decisions, Carol and Trevor stood firm and found a naturopathic doctor who was open to looking at alternative treatments and guide them through the entire process including: monitoring their blood tests and helping them to correctly incorporate a new diet, add the necessary supplements and vitamins into Trevor’s treatment plan.

Taking a Natural Approach To Cancer

While Trevor continued to monitor his health using conventional tests such as MRIs and other scans to determine whether the alternative methods were working or not, he never lost faith in what he was doing.

1. Herbs and Supplements

One of the supplements Trevor began using was Essiac tea, named by Rene Caisse (“Caisse” spelt backwards), the Canadian nurse who discovered a natural herbal formula that she used to cure cancer in her clinic in Toronto, Ontario from 1934 to 1942.

Read: Essiac Tea is a Cancer Cure Big Pharma Does Not Want You to Know About

Trevor also started taking mega doses of vitamins C, D3, B17 and K2. He then added Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland to help build his immune system back so that his body could heal itself.

2. Dietary Changes

Along with supplements, Trevor’s diet also required substantial changes. To begin, he needed to completely eliminate sugar. He also needed to eliminate all dairy, white flour, and all processed food.

Today, Trevor only eats fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens and small amounts of chicken and fish.

3. Cannabis Oil

Eventually, about a year later, they began adding cannabis oil to his treatment.

Carol had watched the movie “Run from the Cure,” a documentary about medicinal hemp oil, but could not get any of it because of where they lived at the time, but as soon as they were able to get some, they eagerly added it to Trevor’s regime.

“It felt like I was going into the unknown, but the cannabis oil changed things for the better. When doctors told me I had gone into remission, I was lost for words,” Trevor said, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Cannabis oil is by no means a “new” alternative treatment, but it has definitely caused a lot of controversy (the Rick Simpson story).

Read: This is the Homemade Cannabis Oil Recipe that People are Using to Treat Cancer

Today, researchers for the US government now even claim that cannabinoids — the active ingredients in cannabis — can inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.

According to a health researcher on the US government’s Cancer.org website:

“Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.”

Free From Cancer

While studies continue to discover and debate the efficacy of cannabis oil, no one had to convince Trevor or Carol of its effect on his cancer. By the time Carol wrote her post in August 2014, Trevor was completely cancer-free (~19 months after his diagnosis).

 Trevor Smith, now free from his cancer, with Alyssia Sade’s book:

“[It] is shocking that we are led to believe that there is no cure for cancer; our story is living proof there is another way, and I am now consumed with only getting the word out that Cancer does not need to mean death,” Carol wrote in her post.