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CBG Better Than CBD?

CBG Better Than CBD?

Many researchers and patients alike are now claiming that CBG could be even more powerful than CBD, in some cases.

CBG (short for Cannabigerol) is a cannabinoid found within the Cannabis Sativa species and is formed and converted from CBGa.

What’s interesting is that CBGa can also convert into CBD and THC, which is much more common.

Due to this, CBG is one of the more difficult compounds to obtain within varying cultivars or strains. 

CBG better than CBD

But, what can CBG actually do?

Through our research, CBG has a lot of benefits that can aid your body and overall wellness such as:

  • Protects healthy cells from cancer growth
     
  • Antibacterial properties for drug-resistant bacteria
     
  • Anti-inflammatory properties especially found within the digestive system and tract
     
  • Reduces, and in some cases, eliminates muscle contractions, especially within the bladder supporting avoiding bladder dysfunction 
     
  • Vasodilator (open/dilate blood vessels) within the eye, helping to relieve intraocular pressure
     
  • Neuroprotectant, helping to reduce nerve cell degeneration in the brain
     
  • Supports moderate appetite stimulus and much more!

While the ruling isn’t out on CBD or CBG being better, whole-plant will always be better.

Because CBG and CBD not only have powerfully helpful qualities on their own but even greater results together!

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This article is from thesacredplant.com. I have found them to be reliable with their research.

I am currently doing research on the whole plant myself by adding it to smoothies. I have found that my the feeling in my body is calm. I don’t feel high just at peace!

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Using CBD for Your Beloved Pet

The Do’s and Dont’s of Using
CBD For Your Beloved Pet

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CBD for your beloved pet

In our community, we are no longer strangers to the fact that cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and the many molecules found in the sacred plant are genuinely beneficial to our health. 

But what about our other family members? Our pets!

Continued research is always the aim. However, the information we have so far has been greatly promising. Beyond that, real-life people are having success with their pet counterparts! 

Today, we’re taking the time to break down what the research has to say, and share some do’s and don’ts in using the sacred plant for our beloved pet family members.

What To DO

  • Choose the best administration option for your pet that allows for the greatest potential absorption. 

While in humans, we have a range of ways we can utilize the sacred plant for its benefits, a “CSU study showed orally administered CBD was absorbed better than CBD applied transdermally, although transdermal application does show significant absorption.”

Due to oral ingestion showing to be more absorbent than topicals, the commonly advocated way to share with your pet is through a treat form, such as kibble, or rather through an oil or similar application. 

  • Consider it as a tool for overall wellness!

With more and more patients wanting to include their family pet on a wellness protocol alongside their own, it is no wonder why many have turned their sites towards the sacred plant in hopes of what it may offer.

In a study sharing the impact of CBD, there was a noteworthy response showing “while the placebo group and the low CBD group showed no improvement, by the end of the one month period, the group of dogs who took higher doses of CBD or used CBD in a liposomal formulation saw significant improvement in their mobility and quality of life.”

This particular research observed canines that had osteoarthritis, yet was able to show that “almost every dog saw significant improvement in their conditions, in regards to reduced pain and increased ability to move around. And the dogs seemed happier and were able to do more.”

Additionally shared by another researcher, “for clinicians who have incorporated CBD into their treatment plans, it is proving to be a useful adjunct in managing many common pet ailments, especially in geriatric pets.”

  • Take into consideration your pet’s current health.

Research has shared that an animal’s weight, medical history, and current medical protocol will impact how much or how little is needed or how well CBD may work for their needs.

Most specifically, understanding any potential drug to drug interaction. Research and experts share “the list of affected drugs includes, but is not limited to, certain anti-seizure medications and several classes of antibiotics and cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs. 

So it is critically important for people to seek the advice of their human or pet health professional before using these substances on themselves or their animals. Anecdotally, dosing with cannabinoids has not been found to alter phenobarbital serum levels”.

What NOT to DO

  • Give too high of a dose!

Research looking at dogs, in this particular case, “reported to have a higher number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain compared with humans and it has been suggested that they may be more susceptible to the toxic effects than are humans.”

Due to this, keeping doses at a minimum will allow for potential benefits without putting your pet in harm’s way.

Another composite of a few studies indicated an average dosing scale that they have witnessed to be a good place to work up to (know as titrating up) or use as an average indicator:

      • Micro Dose (0.1 mg/kg): Anxiety, fear, stress, behavioral issues, mild pain, muscle tension
      • Medium Dose (0.2 – 0.5 mg/kg): Osteoarthritis, moderate pain, muscle spasms
      • High dose (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) — moderate to severe pain, neurogenic pain, degenerative myelopathy, tremors, idiopathic epilepsy, diabetes regulation, IBD
      • Ultra Dose (1.0-5.0 mg/kg) — refractory epilepsy, anti-neoplastic, refractory pain, hospice care
  • Use a dominant THC formulated or highly concentrated product.

Luckily this piece of information is becoming more commonly known. As we briefly mentioned above, there are a higher number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain of canines that cause a higher potential of intoxication.

Research further emphasizes that they have a “high number of CB1 receptors in their cerebellum, making them highly susceptible to THC effects — a big health risk for dogs that accidentally ingest their human’s medical or recreational marijuana “edibles” or bud.

While THC is not toxic to dogs, subsequent severe ataxia and dissociation make them susceptible to secondary dangers, such as falling or aspiration pneumonia.”

  • Give them your human product. 

While we have plenty of similarities to our animal friends, there are ultimately various ways we are also very different. 

One of these differences is the way our digestion process works compared to that of our pets. Many of the oils, additives, and more common human-based applications are not digestible or absorbent in their systems. 

For instance, the common carrier oil in many human-based oil applications is MCT oil. While MCT oil can benefit the overall energy and mental health of dogs, it can also cause digestive irritation, allergic reaction, and further cause digestion issues at higher doses.

Due to these potential adversities, most vets prefer creating products utilizing easily absorbed and more beneficial carrier oils, such as cod liver oil or salmon oil. 

  • Get an isolated/distillate CBD product. 

As with the thousands of research papers, articles, studies, and more, it is clear that the whole plant can offer a great deal more than that of any isolate.

It improves results overall through the entourage effect (the synergy that occurs between the molecules found in the sacred plant) and brings about side benefits while eliminating the potential for adverse side effects. 

Sources

I thought you would like to see the research on CBD and pets. With Angel, my cat, she is on 3.33 mg of CBD in organic hemp seed oil and it is doing amazing things for her kidneys and hyperthyroidism. I put one dropper full on her food twice a day and she eats. I have given all my cats the CBD and have no issues eating it. When we grew the plants last year in the house, we had to keep them from eating the plants while they were growing. I think there is something to be said about CBD and animals!

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Cannabis Varieties

Cannabis Varieties

Sativa – tall, long thin serrated leaves, widely spaced branches are typically used for daytime use since they can cause energizing feelings. They are also loved for their ability to increase ones mood, as well as help tap into the creative part of the brain. Sativa also decreases depression and provides relief from headaches, ease feelings of nausea, and helps those who are having trouble eating due to a decrease in appetite.

Indica – short, bushy, faster to finish growing than Sativa. They are known as relaxants and, therefore, are commonly used at night as a sleep aid. Indicas also cause a decrease in anxiety, helps handle and alleviate chronic pain and inflammation, and assist with relief from intraocular pressure for those with glaucoma.

Ruderalis – not as commonly found as sativa and indica. Grows naturally outdoors in cold climates in many areas of the world.

Hybrids – are the most commonly found type today in North America. Hybrids are crosses between indica and sativa strains, and sometime ruderalis as well.

Cannabis oil and leaf

Male vs Female

Unpollinated female marijuana plants produce the most potent buds.  You can start telling the cannabis plant sex as early as pre-flowering which takes place between then fourth and sixth week of vegetative growth.

Pre-flowers will develop at the area where the leaf stems grow at the main stem. They are know as “internodes”.

When trying to produce an unpollinated female cannibis (sin semilla) buds for smoking, if there is a male plant in the grown room, it will pollinate the female plants and the females will then start producing seeds instead of THC full buds.

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The Many Uses for Cannabis

The Many Uses of Cannabis

Its stalks and seeds are used to make paper, rope, food, oils, fabrics and clothing.

The leaves and flowers of cannabis are commonly used for relief in the following forms:

      • Medicinal
      • Therapeutic
      • Spiritual

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CBD is non-psychoactive and has been found to provide relief from:

    • anxiety
    • inflammation
    • convulsions
    • nausea and vomiting
    • loss of appetite

Cannabinol has some psychoactive effects although much less than THC.

Cannabichromene has a calming effect and helps people who suffer from chronic pain.

Cannabigerol (CBG) helps lower intraocular pressure, provides a calming effect, and is mainly found in strains of cannabis with a low amount of THC.

CBDG along with CBD is being widely studied currently for its ability to help counteract the spreading of cancerous tumors.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is currently being used in clinical trials for relief for those inflicted with Type 2 diabetes.

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And Then Came Shadow

And Then Came Shadow

CBD & Shadow

During this process, I got Shadow, a six-week-old kitten. A very cool little cat. When he was seven months old (March 2020), we had to rush him to the hospital because he suddenly started panting and was obviously in extreme distress. He was immediately put on oxygen due to fluid in his lungs. After multiple tests, he was diagnosed with leukemia and lymphoma. The tumor was throughout his lungs and pushing up against his heart and trachea. I was devastated. I was going to fight for his life since he hadn’t giving up yet. After a couple of days of IV antibiotics, his lung capacity had improved enough that we could bring him home, but he was a long way from being a well.

The biggest kicker of this is that my vet x-rayed him in December 2019 when he was neutered and found nothing. Yet three months later the lymphoma encompassed his entire chest cavity. There is no way it wasn’t there three months before. He was born with this condition. It was hidden from all of us until March 14th (my birthday). 

Along with his medication, we started giving him CBD isolate in organic hemp seed oil to see if we could reduce the tumor. I started on a low dose and increased it over the next few days. Shadow, the cat, was given 150 mg of CBD in hemp oil orally twice a day.

After the first dose we gave him, all the water he was carrying around left his body! I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, within about 4-6 hours, the fluid returned. What I learned was that Shadow willingly took the CBD. He liked it. It brought him comfort and induced his appetite. 

I am very sad to report Shadow did not make it. He was drowning in his body fluids and suffocating as well. Unfortunately, he was so sick before he became symptomatic that we just didn’t have time to treat him before his suffering became extreme. It is very sad that this amazing kitten, so full of love and joy, had been taken away from us so soon. Had I known earlier about his condition, I would have started this treatment sooner and maybe he would still be alive today. 

I am even more committed to helping animals after this. No owner should have put an animal down before its time. We started growing the plant so Shadow would get more nutrients from the plant to reduce the lymphoma (and that plan is still in the works as well as moving to broad-spectrum CBD besides of the isolates). I know in my heart I could have saved him if we had more time. But I could not watch him suffocate. He had the best last hour of his life by being outside in the sunshine with blue skies in the spring. He pushed himself to play one last time and then we said good-bye.

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