How Cannabis Works in the Body – The Miracle Plant

How cannabis works after its ingested into our bodies

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how cannabis works, you’ve come to the right place. 

We’re going to give you an accessible overview of cannabis — its history and how it helps us to cope with pain, anxiety, inflammation, and more.

And don’t worry: If you’re anything like me and got bad grades in science, we’ll keep it simple (we’ll only use two big words)! 

A Brief History of Cannabis

Cannabis is a hardy, sun-loving plant which grows almost everywhere in the world, and various cultures have used it for both medicinal and non-medicinal purposes for centuries. 

There is some evidence that it was used medicinally as early as 400 A.D.

Before the arrival of steam-powered ships, cannabis plants were a source of hemp for sails and rope. And prior to the Industrial Revolution, hemp was a major source of clothes and paper.      

From the 1850s to the 1930s, cannabis was popular throughout Europe and the US, and various products were promoted for their pain-relieving qualities.

But the Federal Controlled Substances Act (1970) made the entire plant illegal in the US, with other countries like Canada following suit. (Source

Of course, it was mainly the plant’s ability to intoxicate the user when ingested that became the focus of the US government.

Driven underground, cannabis came to be closely associated with the “stoner culture,” so many of its practical and medicinal uses were more or less forgotten by mainstream society.

But lucky for us, attitudes are changing, and cannabis is once again gaining the respect it deserves. 

How does cannabis work in the body?

The body is a complex network of receptors and activators.

To understand how cannabis works in the body, you’ll need to know about the system in the body that it works with: the endocannabinoid (en-do-can-ab-in-oid) system.

Phytocannabinoids (fi-toe-can-ab-in-oids) are natural compounds found in the cannabis plant which work together with the endocannabinoid system to regulate our bodies’ systems related to basic functions like eating, sleeping, and relaxing. 

The endocannabinoid system was really only “discovered” in the latter part of the 20th Century; it is highly complex and remains mysterious in many ways.

But scientists believe that deficiencies in this system are at least partly to blame for illnesses including migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, MS, Parkinson’s, motion sickness, and various mental health disorders. (Source)

How cannabis works after its ingested into our bodies

Endocannabinoid Receptors and Transmitters

To understand how cannabis works, you should first understand that the endocannabinoid system is made up of receptors located in cells throughout the body, including: 

  • The nervous system 
  • Internal organs 
  • Glands 
  • Connective tissues  

Transmitters are specialized molecules generated by the body in response to disease and injury. 

The transmitters travel to these receptor sites, which in turn activate the brain and nervous system, telling them to follow with the appropriate response. 

This entire process is a complex communication system which helps us to essentially detect harm and keep us healthy.  

With the help of the endocannabinoid system, our brains, nervous systems, and organs are constantly playing key roles in restoring equilibrium. 

Phytocannabinoids

Understanding how cannabis works also depends on getting a clear picture of the substances in the plant itself. 

Phytocannabinoids (fi-toe-can-ab-in-oids) are natural compounds found in the cannabis plant which work together with the endocannabinoid system to regulate our bodies’ systems related to basic functions like eating, sleeping, and relaxing.

Phytocannabinoids act as transmitter molecules, and essentially mimic the endocannabinoids we produce in our bodies. 

They travel to receptor sites and bind with receptors. Like endocannabinoids, they are messengers that tell our bodies it is time to take action. 

Cannabis Helps the Body Heal   

Endocannabinoids break down after they have delivered their message, but researchers believe that phytocannabinoids stay active for longer. 

This suggests that phytocannabinoids might super-charge the body’s natural defence systems, keeping it on high alert in the fight against disease and pain. 

Endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids work as signals which “tell” the body to initiate the healing process. 

This might mean telling the body to release antibodies, start cell regeneration, reduce inflammation, and so on. 

Phytocannabinoids appear to reinforce the endocannabinoids produced by our bodies, and to supplement those endocannabinoids in the event they are not doing their job.

Keep Learning About Cannabis and CBD 

At Budtanicals, we emphasize there has not been enough clinical testing of medicinal cannabis – researchers have only scratched the surface in their deeper understanding of why it does what it does. 

But research has been ongoing for over 100 years, so we know enough to understand that it’s generally safe.

We hope this information helps you understand how cannabis works — follow our blog to discover more details about the benefits of medicinal cannabis. 

Click here to check out our quality products, and here to contact us directly. 

If you would like more information on dosing and a comparison of our product lines, feel free to send any questions to sales@budtanicals.ca!    

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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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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. 

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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?

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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

My Day Starts Backwards: I Wake Up Tired and Go to Bed Wide Awake : (

Morning comes and you feel like you haven’t had any sleep? Mind going like crazy when you’re trying to get to sleep? Cranky all day because you didn’t get enough quality shuteye?

Statistics Canada’s 2017 survey (find it here) reported that “… 43 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women in the 18 to 64 age group reported trouble going to sleep or staying asleep “sometimes/most of the time/all of the time.” 

Conversations with your friends and co-workers probably confirm that Canadians are sleep deprived. This state of affairs is linked to a number of “…adverse health outcomes, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, …depression, irritability, and reduced well-being.” It’s also linked to increased traffic collisions and lost on-the-job productivity.

I don’t know that any of us still count sheep. Probably not. But there are lots of strategies for getting to sleep, and for staying asleep. Meditation, deep-breathing, relaxing sounds, and avoiding alcohol, spicy foods, strenuous exercise, etc., before bedtime, are some of the recommendations from the experts. And then of course, there’s the pharmaceutical approach. A doctor’s prescription will get you a chemical intervention which, while getting you to sleep, comes with potential side effects and possible addiction.

Ultimately, not enough quality sleep, especially the deep sleep referred to as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep comes down to the amount of stress and anxiety in our lives. Logic would tell us that reducing stress is the best way to increase the quality of sleep. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.  

Enter CBD (cannabidiol), one of the two key ingredients in the cannabis plant. This biological compound is showing great promise. Interestingly, knowledge of the benefits of CBD isn’t anything particularly new. In fact, according to an article in Consumer Reports, “People have been turning to cannabis for its possible health benefits for a long, long time. Its ability to help people, for example, is mentioned in the Atharvaveda, a Hindu text that dates back to around 1500 B.C., and its use for inducing sleep is described in a 1200 A.D. Chinese medical text.”

The interesting finding is that CBD treats any anxiety that’s underlying the cause of insomnia. Some recent studies, according to an article in the online HuffPost,”… point to CBD’s ability to interact with … serotonin receptors and GABA receptors in the brain…Serotonin plays an important role in mood and anxiety, and GABA is known as the main ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter, meaning it calms excess activity in the brain and promotes relaxation.”

The information isn’t conclusive, and CBD as a sleep-aid might not work for everyone. But the evidence to date is very encouraging. So, if your mind is racing at bedtime, or you wake up during the night and you’re going 100 miles an hour, try CBD and put on the brakes. You deserve a good night’s sleep.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

Capsules? Tinctures? Phoenix Tears? Which is Best?

A good question! The answer is that one is not necessarily better than the other. Here’s a quick comparison.

Capsules

Capsules come in measured doses, e.g., 10mg, 20mg, 30mg per capsule, etc. This means the dose doesn’t have to be measured. Simply put the
capsule in your mouth and swallow. Capsules also provide flexibility. For example, if you bought 10mg capsules but feel you need 20 milligrams, take two capsules at one time, rather than one.

Tinctures

Tinctures come with calibrated droppers. The label will say how many millilitres (ml) of oil are in a full dropper. It will also tell you how many milligrams (mg) of medicinal cannabis, i.e., CBD and/or THC, are in a dropper. This allows you to measure out what you want, which could be a portion of a dropper, or more than one full dropper.

Tinctures aren’t as convenient as capsules in that every dose must be measured. However, the medicinal cannabis can be put directly on the mucous membrane under the tongue. This allows it to go directly into the bloodstream. Capsules on the other hand, go through the stomach to be metabolized before entering the bloodstream. This process takes longer than the mucous membrane route.

Phoenix Tears

Phoenix Tears are more concentrated versions of tinctures. They also come with a calibrated dispenser; a syringe as opposed to a dropper. The syringe is more awkward to use as it pretty much takes two hands to accurately measure the desired amount. Our recommendation is to measure onto a spoon. From there, it can be swallowed, or placed under the tongue.

Carrier Oils

Capsules, tinctures, and Phoenix Tears come in carrier oils. Budtanicals’ capsules are made with coconut oil, also known as MCT oil. Our tinctures are made with grapeseed oil. Phoenix Tears use hemp oil. These are all approved food-grade oils found in many household kitchens.

There is no underlying reason why one product is made with one oil, and another made with a different oil. Some consumers though, might prefer one oil over another, or might even have an allergy to a particular oil. The carrier oil might therefore be an important consideration for some consumers. Other things to consider are: taste, and concentration, and shelf life.

Taste – with capsules, this isn’t an issue because they’re swallowed whole and the oil isn’t tasted. With tinctures and Phoenix Tears, the oil will likely be tasted. This can be disguised by taking the product with food.

Concentration– refers to the number of milligrams of medicinal cannabis per millilitre of oil. A higher concentration means fewer millilitres of oil are required to get a desired number of milligrams of CBD or THC. As mentioned, Phoenix Tears have a higher concentration than tinctures. Fewer drops of a Phoenix Tear are required to get the desired dose of CBD or THC.

The number of millilitres is listed on the labels for tinctures and Phoenix Tears. Individual capsules have a high ratio of medicinal cannabis to oil. For this reason, the millilitres of oil aren’t usually listed on the capsule container.

Shelf Life – All oral medicinal cannabis products should be kept away from heat; preferably refrigerated. This keeps the carrier oil from going bad. However, even if the oil goes bad, the medicinal ingredients should still retain their potency. Budtanicals products have a shelf life up to two years from the time they are made.

We hope this information helps you better understand the range of products Budtanicals offers. If you have any questions, contact us through our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/budtanicals/), or at sales@budtanicals.ca.

Patrick and the Staff at Budtanicals

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