Trouble Getting to Sleep? You May Want to Try CBD for Insomnia.

Have you ever thought about trying CBD for insomnia?

If you struggle with racing thoughts, groggy mornings, a mid-afternoon urge to doze off, or general trouble getting a full night’s sleep, you may be suffering from insomnia.

Sleep problems are all-too-common for Canadian adults: According to the CBC, about 30% of Canadians suffer from some form of sleep disorder, a general description which includes insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome, amongst others.

Older people tend to experience insomnia more severely, and it’s possible that 50% of seniors struggle with it.

If your days tend to run on in a backward way, where you wake up cranky and end up “too” awake, you could be facing serious health consequences.

The good news is that you may find CBD (cannabidiol) to be a natural and gentle sleep aid.

Insomnia Symptoms and Causes

Insomnia is a general term that refers to a general lack of sleep — either you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep on a regular basis.

Most of us have experienced this now and again, but if this happens regularly, it can seriously affect your well-being.

Symptoms can include:

  • Waking up too early
  • Falling asleep too late
  • Waking during the night
  • Waking feeling less rested than you should
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Concentration problems

Causes of insomnia can include stress, late-night eating, mental health problems, caffeine and medications

If you are worried about not getting enough shuteye and you’ve not determined the cause, it’s important to get checked by a doctor.

If you’re thinking of trying CBD for insomnia, you’ll likely find it will help with your anxiety as well.

The Consequences of Insomnia

If you’ve ruled out serious health issues such as sleep apnea and have made some changes to your sleep habits, but are still suffering, there may be a core cause: stress and anxiety.

Stress can both cause and exacerbate insomnia, to the point where you end up in a vicious cycle of staying stressed out into the night, being unable to sleep, and the resulting lack of sleep only puts more strain on your body’s systems.

If left unchecked, a prolonged lack of sleep can lead to serious problems, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Traffic accidents
  • Lack of productivity

Insomnia sufferers should certainly try relaxation routines which include meditation and deep breathing before bed.

Ensuring that you have a well-ventilated, clean, and dark sleeping area free of electronics is another must for improving your sleep.

A doctor’s prescription will get you a chemical intervention that, while getting you to sleep, comes with potential side effects and possible addiction.

If you have tried prescription medications for sleeping and you are interested in a natural alternative, you may want to consider CBD for insomnia.

CBD for Insomnia: Does it really work?

You’ve probably already heard that CBD (cannabidiol), one of the two key ingredients in the cannabis plant, may offer relief from anxiety and insomnia.

Although there’s evidence that cannabis products have been used for centuries,
we’re only now really discovering how it helps the body find relief from a myriad of disorders.

A 2019 study which followed the sleep habits of 72 adults who experienced sleep problems and anxiety showed positive results after taking CBD regularly showed promise, with around 79 percent claiming they felt less anxiety and about 66 percent saying they slept better

Other research suggests that cannabidiol may improve REM sleep specifically.

Some recent studies, as summarized in this HuffPost article, suggest that CBD interacts with serotonin (the “happiness” hormone) and GABA, and that’s how it helps to relieve anxiety.

Solving your insomnia usually requires more than just popping a pill — you’ll no doubt want to take a holistic approach to get your 7-8 hours of shuteye a night.

But trying CBD for insomnia can be a part of your treatment.

Why not try CBD for insomnia?

If your mind is racing at bedtime, or you wake up during the night and you’re going 100 miles an hour, CBD could help you put on the brakes — after all, you deserve a good night’s sleep!

Our experts can offer you advice on our various CBD products, which you can try at a small dose and then work your way up to find the right dose for you.

Please let us know how we can help you get your life back into balance, get a good night’s rest, and feel better in the morning.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at sales@budtanicals.ca with your questions!

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This article was originally published in 2019, but has been updated just for you in 2020!

Canadians Living With Chronic Pain Find Relief With CBD

The Impact of Chronic Pain on Canadians

Do you suffer from chronic pain?

A recent informal customer survey asked people why they use medical cannabis. 

71% of our survey respondents use medical cannabis to treat pain, and 24% of these people specifically identified arthritis or arthritic conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia) as the cause of their pain.

Here’s some data on chronic pain in Canada, and why it’s so important to fight for new solutions.

What is chronic pain?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH): 

“…pain is regarded as chronic when it lasts or recurs for more than 3 to 6 months.”

It affects about 20% of individuals around the world and has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease. 

According to a June 2019 Canadian Pain Task Force Report, one in five Canadians live with chronic pain, and about half of these people have been living with the illness for ten years or more. 

The report also confirms: 

  • Chronic pain worsens with age but also affects kids and teenagers
  • One in three Canadians over 65 has some form of chronic pain
  • More females than males experience chronic pain 

The Costs of Chronic Pain 

To the extent that chronic pain reduces a person’s quality of life, it also impedes their ability to participate in work, education, relationships, and communities. 

A few major health issues Canadians face in the wake of this illness include: 

  • A reduction in overall productivity
  • A burden on our health care systems
  • Emotional health problems 
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Sleep problems 
  • Cognitive impairment 

Chronic pain in our society costs us too much, especially considering that there are natural forms of relief that are still not yet widely available. 

If the estimated cost of chronic pain is an estimated $60 billion annually, Canadians need to keep seeking alternative solutions. 

What are we doing for chronic pain management?

With the elderly population continuing to grow, costs of living going up, and health care facing increasingly tight budgets, it’s clear that there needs to be considerable focus put towards chronic pain management.

The authors of the aforementioned report see pharmaceuticals as a core component of pain treatment, but should be used as “part of an overall multidisciplinary pain management plan that also incorporates psychological, physical, and self-management dimensions.”

This position is consistent with Western medicine’s approach to pain management. 

To manage pain, usually, our first step is reaching for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (NSAIDs).

This reliance on over-the-counter products is nurtured and reinforced by millions of dollars spent annually on advertising by pharmaceutical companies.

The next level of pain relief is prescription products.

Unfortunately, almost all of these products, prescription, and non-prescription, have very significant side effects when used over a long period, including mood swings, loss of bone density, organ damage, and addiction. 

Could the cure be worse than the disease? 

Moving Beyond Pharmaceuticals

Medicinal cannabis contains no additives and no synthetics. Side effects are rare, and the ones that we know about are manageable. 

The two main compounds in the cannabis plant are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)

CBD reduces inflammation, which is the cause of many pain symptoms. THC reduces pain by disconnecting signals within the brain that connect physical sensations from emotional sensations. 

Medicinal cannabis products can contain CBD exclusively, THC exclusively, or some combination of the two ingredients.

People who use medicinal cannabis to treat chronic pain have recognized its tremendous potential. 

Even organizations such as the Arthritis Society and the Arthritis Foundation are cautiously optimistic and support further research that can bring medicinal cannabis into mainstream health care. 

Yet, the research needed to make medicinal cannabis widely available is still lacking. 

Why are we not, as a society, acting with a sense of urgency, especially in light of the fact that the Government of Canada has legalized medicinal cannabis? 

Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations granted legal access to cannabis for individuals with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses in 2001—that was 18 years ago!

We need more information on how cannabis works with the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

We also need more information on products and dosing to suit individual needs. 

It can take many, many years to conduct clinical trials, and valuable time is being lost. Given the scope of pain within the general population, there seems to be little urgency, let alone any momentum to push forward on the research front.

Would you try cannabis for chronic pain? 

Budtanicals remains convinced that in the long term, medicinal cannabis research will prove what the anecdotal information is telling us. 

If you’ve been thinking about taking medicinal cannabis to treat pain, we recommend starting with an oral CBD product that does not contain THC.  

Simply start with a small dose and gradually increase it until you feel a benefit, then stay at that dose. 

Topical products can also work to reduce chronic pain which is at or just below skin level. We suggest using THC-based products for this purpose because they will be more effective. 

(Note: Neither of these options will get you “high”!) 

If you have any questions, contact us at sales@budtanicals.ca—we’re eager to help!

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If You Suffer from Arthritis, Here’s Good News

Can CBD help those who suffer from arthritis?

About one of every 5 Canadians suffers from arthritis, a painful disease that can be difficult to treat.   

More and more people are turning to CBD for relief of pain and inflammation, and results so far are positive. 

Although these are mostly informal surveys rather than scientific studies, most of the evidence is overwhelmingly positive. 

Read on to learn more about CBD and arthritis. 

About Arthritis  

Arthritis is generally characterized by the pain and swelling that occurs due to cartilage between the bones wearing down. 

There are some 100 different forms of arthritis, including: 

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout 
  • Lupus 

Osteoarthritis affects any area of the body and can strike at any age, but is much more common in people over 50. 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is caused when the immune system (the body’s defense system) doesn’t work properly. RA causes pain and swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hands and feet. 

People who suffer from arthritis experience pain which can come and go, and can range from mild to severe.  

Loss of mobility is another side effect of pain, which can be attributed to and contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes for those who are less active. 

Medicinal Cannabis for Arthritis

“Managing the chronic pain of arthritis every day can be a major balancing act. Those suffering from arthritis are desperate to find ways to decrease pain and improve sleep and their overall ability to function.” The Arthritis Foundation

There is no cure for arthritis. Those who are afflicted have learned to manage the symptoms with varying degrees of success, for instance, through an anti-inflammatory diet.   

But medicinal cannabis offers hope to millions who suffer from arthritis.  

A survey by The Arthritis Foundation collected information about arthritis patients. 

Over 2,600 people responded to the survey, offering important insights into attitudes towards CBD in the treatment of arthritic conditions.  

 Some results from the survey

  • The main reason people use CBD is for pain relief 
  • The majority of respondents (79%) have used CBD or are using it for arthritis 
  • CBD products seem less addictive than opioids
  • CBD products could reduce the potential for opioid addiction for those who have had  joint replacement surgery
  • 30% of people claimed it helped them to relieve morning stiffness
  • 71% said they slept better
  • Over 30% said CBD reduced fatigue
  • Of those surveyed, 62% use a liquid form of CBD and 55% use a topical product applied to their joints.

We also conducted a recent informal survey with our customers, where we asked respondents to identify what condition was being treated. 

To no one’s surprise, one of the most common ailments was arthritis.

Arthritis Research: What does science say?

In addition to the Arthritis Foundation’s awareness of CBD as a treatment for arthritis, the 

Foundation is a vocal advocate for research and has urged the US FDA to expedite the study and regulation of CBD products. 

The Arthritis Foundation’s stance is all the more remarkable given that CBD remains on the list of prohibited substances in the US. 

The illegality of CBD at the Federal level is a significant deterrent to research in the US. But CBD is legal in Canada.

Should we be well on our way in researching the effectiveness of CBD in the treatment of arthritis?

Canada’s Arthritis Society plays a key role in advocating on behalf of Canadians who suffer from arthritis. 

A striking difference in the Arthritis Society’s approach is that while the Arthritis Foundation seems to focus on CBD, the Arthritis Society uses the term “medicinal cannabis”. As such, it makes no distinction between CBD and THC.

The Arthritis Society recognizes medicinal cannabis as a “potential alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for the treatment of chronic pain and other symptoms of arthritis.” 

The Position Paper confirms that there is a growing body of evidence for treating medical symptoms with cannabis, but that there remain “considerable gaps” in the research into medicinal cannabis and its impacts on arthritis. 

Thinking about CBD for arthritis? Here’s what to do…

If you’ve been thinking about taking CBD for arthritis, information to date is very supportive– even if the science isn’t quite there yet, there’s clearly plenty of anecdotal evidence out there.  

The two most trusted agencies in North America that advocate on behalf of arthritis patients are cautiously optimistic.

We recommend starting with an oral CBD product without THC. Start with a small dose and gradually increase it until a benefit is felt.

You may want to complement the oral medication with a topical product. In this case, you can choose one with THC, because THC applied topically won’t get you high.

We’re Here to Help 

Budtanicals is excited about the future of medicinal cannabis, and we eagerly await the research that will confirm what many arthritis patients already know.

If you’re looking for help choosing a CBD product for arthritis, we’d be happy to answer your questions.

Click here to learn about our quality products, or send an email to sales@budtanicals.ca

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Thinking of Trying CBD? Here’s Some Important Advice!

How to find the best CBD advice and products

If you’ve been wanting to try CBD but are hesitant because you don’t feel you know enough about it, you’re not alone.

Today, it’s easier than ever to find CBD advice online.  

The problem is that a lot of the information out there is misleading, if not inaccurate. 

Trying to get the facts on CBD can be confusing and frustrating, but we’re here to help you make good decisions!

Why is it so hard to find solid CBD advice? 

One of the reasons for the lack of sound information on CBD is that THC and CBD, the two main ingredients in medicinal cannabis, weren’t legal for general use by the public in Canada until October 2018.

But with this recent change in law, more funding is expected to be directed to clinical testing.

In the future, we expect to learn much more about what medicinal cannabis products are best suited for treating particular conditions and ailments. 

With more testing, we’ll also learn more details about dosing — that is, how much of any particular product to take, how to take it, and when to take it.

How much do we know about CBD?

When it comes to sound CBD advice, we’ll be honest: we’re mostly working with anecdotal information — in other words, what people say about medicinal cannabis based on their experience with it. 

At this point in time, there is a lack of clinical research globally. But health professionals remain confident that such products are gentle and effective for most people. 

The wonderful thing, whether you read it in the news media, social media, or talk to people who have used it, is that people’s experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. 

Our understanding of how medicinal cannabis works is in its infancy. Nevertheless, cannabis has a long track record of providing safe and effective relief from an array of medical conditions. So we’ve got it covered.

Medicinal Cannabis is a Natural Product 

Unlike many of today’s refined pharmaceuticals, cannabis is not refined or in any way synthetic product. 

It’s extracted from plants that have been providing medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Records of its use date back to prehistoric times. 

Our understanding of how medicinal cannabis works is in its infancy. Nevertheless, cannabis has a long track record of providing safe and effective relief from an array of medical conditions.  

CBD has no known side effects especially when compared to some of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed 

Unlike THC, it won’t get you high.

Getting a buzz from medicinal cannabis might not be a problem for you, particularly if you take it at bedtime. 

But some people aren’t comfortable with the feeling and experience acute anxiety, paranoia, and other side effects. 

Try CBD Without THC

CBD has a solid track record and is known to help relieve the symptoms of a broad range of ailments including inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.

But some products contain THC in varying amounts. 

Why risk the possible side effects of THC when CBD will probably be all you need? 

If you’re new to using cannabis products for therapeutic reasons, taking 5-10 mg of a CBD product 2 to 3 times a day is a good place to start. 

Stay with that for 2 -3 days and monitor the results. Gradually increase the dose as necessary until you start to feel the benefits.

By gradually increasing your dose, you’ll get a feel for the optimal dosage to find relief.   

If you find that CBD without THC doesn’t work for you, then it might be time to gradually introduce products containing THC. 

Budtanicals offers several blends that combine small amounts of THC with CBD.

Dosage: More Isn’t Always Better  

One of the most important aspects of CBD advice to note is that consuming “more” at any one time won’t necessarily offer more in the way of health benefits.   

The real challenge is finding the correct dose for your specific situation and health needs. 

This always requires consistency and perseverance. 

We suspect that some people turn away and give up on medicinal cannabis because they didn’t feel any immediate benefits. 

But the underlying reason may well have been that their dosing was inconsistent. 

For instance, if you take 10 mg one day and then forget to take it the next, you’re not as likely to see the benefits as if you took the same dose every day for the week. 

Taking notes of your dosages, that is how much you took, and when you took it, as well as how you were feeling at the time, is a great way to manage your dosing.  

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The Future of CBD is Promising

At Budtanicals, we believe strongly in the power of medicinal cannabis.

The research will ultimately confirm what our experience tells us. It will open the door to a better understanding of how to manage the symptoms associated with many ailments. 

In particular, it will be a remarkable step forward in managing pain relief free from the harmful side effects of so many of the modern pharmaceuticals we’ve come to rely on. 

That’s why we follow the latest research closely and make an effort to bring you the most updated and accurate information about CBD’s medical applications. 

Buy From a Trusted Source

Budtanicals is a trusted manufacturer and retailer of medicinal cannabis products. We offer a wide range of products to suit your health needs. Our products are accurately formulated and competitively priced, and we offer free shipping on orders over $100 to anywhere in Canada.  

Our knowledgeable staff is here to offer outstanding service and straightforward advice. Learn more about us and send us your questions by clicking here!   

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How to Manage Anxiety with CBD

Have you been feeling a sense of dread, unease or uncertainty about the future? If you are, you’re not alone. 

Anxiety is something that we all face at one time or another and is a feeling of things being out of control. 

It’s natural to want to know what will happen in the future, we want to believe we have control, we want things to be predictable and stable. 

But with the recent pandemic, we can safely guess that almost all of us have experienced feelings of anxiety lately. 

The good news is that, although there is no way to control world events, we can control how we take care of ourselves. 

There are several simple steps that you can take in the comfort of your own home which will help to minimize the effects of anxiety. Read on to learn more! 

Symptoms of Anxiety 

Have you ever had your stomach flip-flop before a job interview? Or sat by the phone waiting to hear back about important medical results? 

It’s natural to feel stress and anxiety in some situations where we don’t know the outcome. 

But some of us are more naturally prone to anxiety than others, carrying around that feeling of being “on edge” almost all the time. 

Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:  

  • Heart palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling overwhelmed 
  • Feeling isolated 
  • Sweating 
  • Racing thoughts 
  • Dizziness 

Serious anxiety will impact day-to-day life if not addressed, and in worst-case scenarios, can adversely affect our longer-term mental and physical health. 

If the latter, it can lead to insomnia, confusion, stomach problems and more severe problems like high blood pressure. 

If you’ve had these feelings consistently over time, and you have not yet seen a medical professional about it, it’s important to do so as soon as possible. 

And you can consider turning to some natural solutions to help you as well. 

Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety can feel like a nagging, subtle sense of dread, or it can be an acute, crushing emotional weight. 

Sometimes, the source of our anxiety is manageable; other times, its causes are completely out of our control  — like the Coronavirus pandemic.

Though scientists knew we were due for a serious pandemic, most of the population had no idea, and then when it hit it brought a tsunami of confusion and suffering. 

For some it’s little more than an inconvenience; but for those whose lives have been upended, the days ahead look grim. 

And as this CBC article suggests, the isolation alone can exacerbate existing mental health issues for vulnerable populations.   

Recognize What Is In Your Control 

The pandemic is unusual in its scope, but ultimately we will always face challenges that are out of our control. 

Our quality of life depends upon how we respond to and cope with these challenges, and for many, that means having solid routines in place to reduce anxiety. 

How do we find peace amidst turmoil?

First off, anyone experiencing serious depression, anxiety or other mental health issues should be treated professionally. (Budtanicals contributes a portion of monthly sales to the Canadian Mental Health Association). 

Beyond that, there are many things that we can do to mitigate and lower anxiety levels, using techniques that can become part of our daily routines. 

Here are a few examples: 

  • Mindfulness practice 
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Autosuggestion
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation 
  • Yoga
  • Deep-breathing exercises
  • Weighted blankets

Incorporating one or more of these into your daily routine is bound to bring at least some relief from anxiety. 

How to Take CBD for Anxiety

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive ingredient in medicinal cannabis. It offers users feelings of relaxation but without the “high” associated with THC.

CBD is a natural biological compound extracted from marijuana or hemp plants and is believed to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone, and neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions.

Research suggests that CBD may help to reduce anxiety.  

CBD is so far considered to be non-addictive, and side effects are rare. 

However, if you think that you might want to try CBD for anxiety or other health problems, check with your doctor, especially if you are taking any prescription drugs, to ensure that the two won’t interact.             

We recommend that you start with a small dose and take note of how you feel. If after two days you don’t notice any relief, gradually increase the dose. Follow this pattern until an increase in the dose doesn’t provide any greater benefit. 

At this point, the optimum dose will have been realized. 

Not sure which product to start with? Check out our comparison chart to help you decide between three formats: capsules, tinctures, and Phoenix Tears. 

How to Manage Anxiety with CBD

CBD: The Future is Promising

As clinical testing continues, we expect more and more results will show that CBD products are both safe and effective for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety. 

Indeed, the need to manage anxiety has never been greater and CBD can play a role in a healthy routine focused on relaxation and stress reduction. 

If you want help understanding which CBD products could help ease pain, inflammation, and anxiety, we’re here to help.

Fill out our online form or send us an email today!

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THC? Or CBD? Pros and Cons

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of two key ingredients used to formulate medicinal cannabis products. The other is THC (tetrahydocannabinol). Both of these biological compounds are extracted from marijuana plants (but also from hemp plants; more on this in another post). Both have shown significant benefits in the treatment of a wide range of medical ailments.

THC is the ingredient that gets you high. Obviously, getting high as a side effect might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If taken during the day, it can seriously impact the motor skills you need to function, e.g., driving your car. And if you have a job that requires regular drug-testing, any amount of THC in your body needs to be avoided.

Other considerations:

  • Some people don’t react well to THC in that, even in moderate doses, it can bring on anxiety or paranoia.
  • Additionally, THC can come from different strains of marijuana with each strain having different effects on your mood. The Indica strain tends to have a relaxing, and in some cases, sedating effect. It can calm, but also make you drowsy. Sativa, on the other hand, tends to be stimulating. THC can also come from hybrid plants that contain genetics from both Indica and Sativa. The mood effect of hybrid strains varies, depending upon the proportions of Indica and Sativa in the hybrid plants.
  • There is a final consideration that’s a very real one for may households: products with THC must be kept away from children and pets. This is a particular concern when the THC is in the form of edibles, i.e., baked goods and candy.

The amazing thing about CBD is that it has no known side effects. It won’t get you high. It won’t impair your motor skills. You won’t build a resistance to it. And although one shouldn’t be too casual about letting it get into the hands of children and pets, it won’t cause any harm in the event that they take any of it.

Given the positive attributes of CBD and the many drawbacks of THC, the lesson might be that if you are trying medicinal cannabis for the first time, start with a product that is just CBD (with no THC in it). Chances are that once you’ve landed on the right dose, it will provide the benefit you’re looking for (see Medicinal Cannabis Primer, https://budtanicals.ca/7065/ for information on dosing).  

As we’ve said many times, what we know about medicinal cannabis (THC and CBD) is based solely on what people say about how it has helped them. There has been little-to-no clinical testing. Hopefully, with legalization, more testing will follow. We expect it will confirm all the great things people are saying about medicinal cannabis.

Patrick and the staff at Budtanicals

Can I Take CBD Across the Border???

Recent stories have highlighted Canadians who got into trouble with US border authorities. They were caught carrying CBD. As a result, they were denied entry and could possibly face a lifetime ban.

It’s widely understood by Canadians that you cannot take marijuana into the US. What’s not so well known, is that CBD is also prohibited.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active compound in marijuana and the reason why marijuana gets you high. CBD (cannabidiol) doesn’t get you high and has no known side effects. So, why the concern with CBD?

Well, that’s a good question. Probably simply because THC and CBD both come from the marijuana plant. Regardless of the reason, the bottom line is US federal regulations make no distinction between THC and CBD. In the eyes of the law, they’re the same.

Some of us might also be aware that CBD can be extracted from hemp plants (this is where Budtanicals’ CBD comes from). In fact, both marijuana and hemp are members of the cannabis family. However, regardless of what plant it comes from, CBD cannot be taken into the US.  

Canadian media haven’t helped the situation. The folks who bring us the news have focused on marijuana and the psycho-active effects of THC. Anyone who has followed the stories will be aware that marijuana, or any product made from marijuana, e.g., edibles, has THC in it. But the media has given little coverage to CBD and it’s no surprise the public isn’t as knowledgeable about CBD or where it comes from.

But THC and CBD are legal in lots of US states you say? Doesn’t that mean it’s OK to cross from Canada into a border state, like Washington, if it’s legal there? The answer is again… “No”. The government with jurisdiction over the International border is the US federal government and federal rules apply to anyone crossing into the US.

Here’s a quick story to close our session. A friend of mine took his car to his mechanic for a once-over before heading to the US. His mechanic found a bottle of CBD tincture in his glove box. My friend had forgotten about it! Chances are he would have sailed through customs with no problem. But the risk would still be there. And it’s a risk with pretty severe consequences. The lesson: if you’ve been using a THC or CBD product, make sure it’s not knowingly, or unknowingly, on your person, in your luggage, or in your vehicle.

Happy trails!

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

CBD for Pets – Health Care for Best Friends

Household pets are our friends. We form strong bonds with them. They’re important to our mental health and give back so much more than we ask of them. Given the role they play in our lives, we hate to see them in discomfort or pain.

As you might be aware, CBD is getting a lot of attention in the treatment of human ailments. The exciting news is that CBD is also showing very positive signs in the treatment of a wide-range of pet-related conditions including anxiety, epilepsy, and arthritis.

However, as we’ve said in previous articles, there hasn’t been enough clinical testing of medicinal cannabis. This goes for humans and animals. And, as with humans, there are many variables that impact the effectiveness of any product when treating a dog or cat. These include age, weight, the specifics of the condition being treated, etc.

The upside is that that CBD isn’t known to have any significant side effects in animals, so there shouldn’t be any risk in administering more than required. Nevertheless, it’s wise to err on the downside, and start with a small dose. This initial dose can be gradually increased to arrive at the amount that gives optimum benefit. With an animal, this means observing external signs, i.e., behaviour and body language, appetite, etc.

Where to start? Felines and smaller to medium dogs can start with one dose of 5mg in the morning for 3 days, and then increased to 10 mg and so on until the animal starts to show signs of relief. The tincture fluid can be put on food, or on a treat held in the hand until the animal licks up all the ingredients.

We can’t emphasize enough that finding the optimum dose requires trial and error. This can take a fair amount of patience, noting that it may also take time for the CBD to build up in the animal’s system.

Veterinarians are in an awkward position because their professional associations haven’t recognized the medicinal benefits of CBD. Although many veterinarians have heard about the benefits of CBD, they’re not legally able to prescribe it. This will only come when there’s enough clinical science to back up the growing evidence. In the meantime, we’re on own when it comes to dosing CBD for our pets.

In closing, please be aware that THC, the other principal cannabis compound, should not be given to pets as it can produce adverse effects, e.g., paranoia and anxiety. For those who wish to administer CBD to their pets, the cannabis product should be free of THC. Budtanicals Pet Care products are made exclusively with hemp-extracted CBD isolate. They’re THC-free and easy to administer.

We wish you well in nursing your pet back to good health!

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

Is CBD for Real?

How to find the best CBD advice and produc

About 12 years ago, some close friends bought into a multi-level marketing program to sell a health-related beverage. My wife and I were among the first they approached to also come on board. The claims were that the product would invigorate the body, stave off disease, and greatly enhance your quality of life. But we didn’t have the interest or drive and our involvement was short-lived.

It turns out the company was also short-lived; it is no longer in business and its “miracle product” is no longer available. Was it due to mismanagement or some flaw in the way the program was set up? Perhaps. More likely, the product wasn’t everything its promoters claimed it to be. Otherwise, it would have been around for the long run. It was a flash in the pan, as they say. Will we be saying the same thing about CBD in five years?

Today, CBD, like our unnamed product, has a groundswell of people who profess its merits. At Budtanicals, we regularly hear from customers that CBD has helped with a wide range of ailments. CBD consumers cite wonderful results, especially in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, and pain management. Here are some of the comments we’ve received:

  • I just wanted to say how much the CBD has helped me with my anxiety.
  • Great product. Has helped me through chronic sciatic pain.  
  • As an ultra endurance cyclist and trail runner I can tell you I know when something addresses inflammation.
  • These are excellent cannabis medical products. They are proven to be really effective for pain control, inflammation, sleep.

The accolades pour in. Not just to Budtanicals but wherever people share health-related information. And of course, the amazing thing about CBD is that it has no significant side effects (unlike THC, its cannabis cousin, it won’t get you stoned. You can take it and still function normally). How many pharmaceuticals can make that claim? Too often, the upside of a medication comes with tag-along symptoms that make us wonder if the bark isn’t worse than the bite. 

But there’s lots of scepticism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some sources are saying it’s a fad (see this New York Times article). With CBD being added to lifestyle products such as skin care creams, and recreational products such as beverages, it’s no wonder that some question CBD as a “serious” medicinal treatment.

We at Budtanicals believe in the product and we remain focused on CBD for its medicinal benefits. We’re confident it will revolutionize health care, particularly pain management, which compromises the quality of so many lives and keeps people from activities they enjoy. Additionally, we’ll gradually see more research to help take the guesswork out of dosing. We think the future of CBD is very bright and that the science will prove out what people are saying about CBD.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

Can CBD Treat ____________?

I recently received a question from a customer who asked about CBD for her father. Her question was: is it good for high cholesterol?

My answer was that I didn’t think so; or at least I have never heard that it is. So, the next thing was to look online. Sure enough, a number of articles came up. They all suggested that CBD can reduce LDL cholesterol, i.e., (“bad” cholesterol, as opposed to HDL or “good” cholesterol).

For example, this article asked “Is CBD a better alternative (than statins) for lowering cholesterol? The author’s concluding thought is:

Although research into this issue is very much in its infancy, it is possible that CBD could ultimately assist with the symptoms of several cardiovascular conditions. Its effect on our endocannabinoid system (ECS) cannot be underestimated, and once researchers have greater license to explore the effects of CBD on the human body, they could make some very exciting discoveries.

The feedback we get at Budtanicals indicates medicinal cannabis is particularly effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and any pain related to inflammation, especially as it relates to connective tissue disorders. These latter disorders include arthritis and fibromyalgia.

However, as a result of the customer’s inquiry, and upon looking beyond the obvious, the range of conditions that can benefit from CBD seems much wider and diverse. I had assumed I was familiar with all of the conditions that might respond, but such is not the case. 

If you think CBD might be helpful in treating a condition, do some research. There’s lots of information available online. Also, a book I’ve found informative is CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis by Leonard Lienow and Julia Birnbaum ( North Atlantic Books, Berkeley CA, 2017).

Be cautious though. As implied in the quote above, medicinal cannabis hasn’t been legal, and as a result, there’s been little research. And what research has been done, isn’t necessarily conclusive. Research is in its infancy, and hopefully, with legalization in Canada, more extensive study will be forthcoming.

Also be skeptical about claims. Particularly if the author of an article sells medicinal cannabis. The aim of a lot of people that tout the benefits of medicinal cannabis is mostly to make money.

Having said that, the more I read, the more I feel confident that CBD will prove out what people say about it: that it is a natural way to treat a number of ailments, without the side effects that come with a lot of pharmaceutical products.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals