Arthritis Foundation Guidelines on CBD

The purported pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabis plant have been claimed for millenia. Indigenous to Asia, archaeologists have found evidence of cannabis use for both its medicinal and recreational properties across the continent dating back to 8000BC. 

 

Research into the effects and benefits of CBD and other products derived from the Cannabis plant are still in their infancy, and despite the overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence there is still very little scientific conclusions about the health benefits of the plant. Studies in animals have suggested that CBD is beneficial in relieving pain and inflammation, but these have not been validated in human studies. 

 

Despite this, the Arthritis Foundation has recently issued new guidance on CBD for adult arthritis patients, citing the group as one of the biggest buyers of CBD worldwide.   

 

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint or joints. According to the NHS more than 10 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis, with the two most common types of arthritis being Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although it is often associated with old age, arthritis can affect people of all ages including children. 

 

As one of the world’s largest organisations representing those suffering from arthritis, the USA-based Arthritis Foundation welcomes “new treatment options because no single drug, supplement or therapy works for everyone.” and says “The more options available, the likelier it is that more people will benefit.” while urging the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expedite their studies into CBD products. 

 

 The key takeaways from the Arthritis Foundation’s guidance on CBD are:

  • CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety, but there have been no rigorous clinical studies in people with arthritis to confirm this.
  • While no major safety issues have been found with CBD when taken in moderate doses, potential drug interactions have been identified.
  • CBD should never be used to replace disease-modifying drugs that help prevent permanent joint damage in inflammatory types of arthritis.

 

The full statement can be found here

 

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that all our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

 

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job. 

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How Anxiety Effects the Brain

The NHS describes anxiety as a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.” Anxiety affects all of us at one time or another, for example before an exam or job interview, and everyone has different triggers for their anxiety. 

Feeling anxious on occasion in stressful or worrisome situations is completely normal, however, anxiety can become a problem when people struggle to control their worries and it begins to affect their day to day life. 

Anxiety can occur alone, known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or as a symptom of other conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, and phobias. 

 

UK-based mental health charity Mind list anxiety as the most common mental health condition in the country, with 5.6% of the population suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and 7.8% suffering from mixed Anxiety and Depression. 

Research conducted in 2013 found that women were more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with anxiety, and 7.2% of children aged 5-19 years old had suffered an anxiety disorder. 

 

There is still relatively little known about the mechanics of anxiety, until recently, scientists believed that the hub of anxiety in the brain was the amygdala, and that an over-active or hyperactive amygdala was the cause of anxiety disorders. But it is now understood that anxiety is a network across different areas of the brain and no single part of the brain drives anxiety.

 

One of the most common treatments for anxiety is the prescribing of a type of antidepressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that carries signals between brain cell, after carrying the message to the cells serotonin is usually reabsorbed by the nerve cells – known as reuptake. SSRIs work by inhibiting serotonin reuptake by the nerve cells, so there is more serotonin in the brain to carry more messages around the nerve cells. 

Although it would be far too reductive to claim that anxiety and depression are caused by low levels of serotonin, elevated serotonin levels help to relieve symptoms of both conditions and make patients more responsive to other treatments such as therapy. 

 

SSRIs, and other types of antidepressant medications, can however have some negative side effects including nausea, dizziness, insomnia, stomach problems, and can even exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and depression, and in extreme cases lead to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Medical researchers Eos Scientific found earlier this year that these negative side effects were some of the main reasons that sufferers were reluctant to seek help or take medication for mental health conditions. 

 

Those suffering from mental health conditions make up a large section of CBD users, finding it to be an effective alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals used to treat anxiety and depression. 

 

CBD affects the brain in a different way to serotonin and antidepressant medications. Where SSRIs work primarily on the central nervous system, controlling how nerve cells absorb serotonin, CBD affects the Endocannabinoid System – one of the human body’s major organ systems with receptors throughout the body.  

 

The Endocannabinoid System was discovered only 30 years ago and is responsible for regulating the body and maintaining homeostasis. Essentially, the Endocannabinoid System is the body’s internal balancing mechanism, and regulates many of our daily functions including mood, mental health, appetite, metabolism, inflammation, pain sensitivity, sleep, memory, and immunity. 

 

Unlike the body’s other organ systems the Endocannabinoid System is not an isolated structure, but rather a system with receptor sites throughout the body and on every major organ. This complex system of receptors – CB-1 and CB-2, actually has more receptors than all other neuromodulatory receptors combined. 

 

CB-1 receptors are expressed most densely in the central nervous system and are responsible for mediating the effects of cannabinoids in the brain, as well as cell regulation. CB-2 receptors are found most commonly in the immune system as well as peripheral nerve cells, and are responsible for managing perception and relief from pain. 

 

Different cannabinoids work on the Endocannabinoid System in different ways. Some cannabinoids, such as THC found in Marijuana, trigger the receptors and produce as different reactions – for example the ‘high’ associated with Marijuana use. 

 

CBD, however, doesn’t actually trigger the receptors in the same way as other cannabinoids. Instead, CBD attaches itself to the receptors and modifies them to enhance the way other cannabinoids bind to them and trigger them, including cannabinoids produced by the human body like Anandamide. These enhanced receptors boost the levels of cannabinoids in the Endocannabinoid System by helping the receptors to absorb more of the body’s own cannabinoids, which in turn help the Endocannabinoid System to better maintain homeostasis and promote a sense of balance throughout the body. 

 

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that all our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

 

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job. 

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Opioid Painkiller Addiction Awareness Day

Many substances can be addictive, but opioid painkiller addiction is one of the most talked about in the media today. In the USA it has been deemed an epidemic, and there have been fresh warnings this week that the UK is dangerously close to suffering a similar epidemic


Opioid Painkiller Addiction Awareness Day (OPAAD) aims to raise awareness of addiction, reduce stigma and help sign post people to where they can get help. Misconceptions and myths still surround addiction, which can prevent sufferers from seeking treatment or even recognising symptoms of addiction in themselves or loved ones. 

 

Opioids are a family of medicines usually prescribed to treat chronic or long term pain for which over-the-counter painkillers are too weak, as well as for short term use to treat pain following surgery and other medical procedures. Opioids are synthetic substances which act on the body’s opioid receptors to produce the ‘morphine’ effect found in opiates, which are natural substances found in the poppy plant. 

 

Addiction is defined as being physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance or activity. Common addictions include medication or prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol, caffeine, gambling, and exercise. 

 

Addiction is often misunderstood as being about ‘chasing a high’, be that the high of intoxication caused by alcohol and drugs, or the high caused by a flood of endorphins such as dopamine, released by the brain following exercise or winning when gambling.
However, while chasing highs is undoubtedly a large part of addiction, the brain also begins to associate times, places, people and experiences with an addictive substance or activity, therefore the substance or activity becomes a part of your routine, a habit. 

For example, if you routinely come home from work stressed and have an alcoholic drink to relax and chill out, your brain begins to rely on alcohol as a way to deal with other stressful situations as well. Your brain also begins to associate the time and place with drinking – at home after finishing work – develops the habit of having a drink when you come in from work, stressed or not.

 

Opioid medication is typically prescribed for severe or long term pain that weaker, over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are not strong enough to treat. They are also often prescribed short term following surgery or medical procedures which cause severe pain. Opioids are classed as narcotics and come in various forms including pills, soluble tablets, liquid medicine and injections. 

 

Opioids and narcotics work by attaching themselves to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, reducing, or blocking completely, the pain signals being sent around the body and boosting feelings of pleasure. However, the very thing that makes these drugs an effective treatment for severe pain is also what makes them dangerous and addictive. When taken as prescribed, one of the most common side effects of opioid painkillers is drowsiness, as they slow down your breathing and heart rate, and lower your blood pressure. However, when taken more often than prescribed or in larger doses, opioid painkillers can slow down your heart rate too much eventually leading to death. 

 

In reducing pain signals in the body, opioids also create what is often described as a feeling of 

euphoric high, offering temporary relief from anxiety or depression or just a feeling of well-being and happiness. While this is a welcome relief for chronic pain sufferers, it can lead to dependency on and high tolerance to the opioid, with patients needing stronger doses to achieve the same level of pain relief, or explore other methods of pain management. 

 

In worst cases it is this euphoric high that can lead to addiction, and some patients are more at risk than others. 

 

There are many risk factors associated with substance addiction and abuse, one of which is pre-existing mental health problems. Chronic pain often has no obvious cause or diagnosis and therefore is frequently accompanied by feelings of anxiety or depression due to the impact it has on the patient’s life and lack of answers about their condition. Patients who suffer mental health problems are more at risk of developing an addiction to opioids, exceeding dosage, or turning to stronger illicit drugs than patients who do not have mental health problems. The highs and heightened pleasure associated with opioids also help lift patients temporarily out of depression or anxiety. 

 

This is not to say that everyone prescribed opioid painkillers who also has mental health problems will go on to become an addict or abuse stronger illegal opioids –  far from it – but it is something doctors should be taking more seriously according to those working with recovering addicts. Advocates claim it is a multi-faceted issue and that socioeconomic issues also contributing to the risk of addiction, with prescription rates highest in more deprived areas with high unemployment, and that doctors need to do more to check on vulnerable patients at risk of developing an addiction. 

 

The risk of dependency, addiction, and other negative side effects associated with opioid painkillers have led many to seek alternative ways to manage their pain. 

 

An increasing number of patients are turning to CBD to help them deal with severe and long term pain. While opioids work on the opioid receptors to block pain signals in the nervous system, CBD works on receptors in the Endocannabinoid System to maintain homeostasis and promote a sense of balance within the body. 

 

The Endocannabinoid System is the body’s internal balancing mechanism, responsible for maintaining a long list of bodily functions including pain sensitivity, inflammation, stress responses, immunity, sleep and mood. Cannabinoids are produced by the human body which trigger receptors in the Endocannabinoid System to maintain balance in the body. CBD does not trigger these receptors but rather manipulates them to help absorb more of the body’s natural cannabinoids. In turn this helps the body to better manage your responses to pain and inflammation, as well as maintaining positive mental health. 

 

Its use as an alternative to opioid painkillers for managing pain is not the only thing CBD has the potential to offer when it comes to addictive painkillers. 

 

Studies are now being conducted into how CBD could help to treat addiction, offering an alternative to the likes of methadone – access to which is usually much tighter regulated than access to opioid painkillers. There is still a lot of stigma attached to methadone treatment, with many associating it with heroin addiction, but CBD does not have the same stigma and is much easier to access than prescription only methadone. 

 

A small double blind study conducted in the USA found that CBD reduced cravings and anxiety in former heroin users when presented with triggers for heroin use, compared to the placebo group. The study consisted of just 42 participants, all former heroin users, and the research team are now working towards a larger study to develop CBD based treatments for opioid addiction. 

 

Many believe that they have to hit rock bottom before seeking help for opioid dependency or addiction, but that is not the case. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with opioid use, or are worried about your current pain management plan, contact your doctor to discuss other options.

 

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

 

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job. 

 

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More Than Just a Headache

Migraines are the most common and disabling neurological disorder in the UK, affecting 1 in 7 people, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.

 

Each September the Migraine Awareness Trust use this week to “raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma.”

 

As with most invisible illnesses, many people still don’t understand the complexity and severity of Migraines, simply brushing them off as nothing more than a bad headache. Whilst almost all of us have experienced painful headaches, whether overtired, stressed, hungover, or dehydrated, headaches have nothing on Migraines. 

 

While most headaches have a cause, such as those listed above, and can easily be treated with over the counter medication, home remedies, or a healthy meal and good night’s sleep, Migraines are much more complex and debilitating. 

Unlike headaches, which tend to last a few hours, Migraines typically last up to 72 hours, and while most people can still function with a headache, those suffering from Migraines are rendered unable to leave the house. As well as the debilitating head pain, symptoms include sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, sickness, dizziness, fatigue, stomach pains, and difficulty concentrating. 

 

Migraines have a number of causes as therefore a whole range of treatment options. Causes can be emotional – depression, anxiety; physical – exhaustion, low-blood pressure; dietary – dehydration, caffeine; Environmental – changes in atmosphere, bright lights; and certain medicines. Changes in diet, lifestyle or surroundings can help temper the pain and other symptoms of Migraines, but there is no cure or foolproof preventative treatment for Migraines. Over the counter and prescription pain medications can also help relieve the pain associated with Migraines, along with anti-sickness tablets and alternative treatments such as acupuncture.

 

In lieu of formal scientific research into CBD as a treatment for Migraines, all we have to go on is anecdotal evidence from sufferers who have tried it. Like most other chronic pain conditions, traditional treatments for Migraines mostly involve pain killing medicines such as paracetamol based medicines and anti-inflammatories. Therefore there have been reports of CBD helping to relieve Migraine pain, as CBD helps the body’s Endocannabinoid System to maintain a sense of balance and manage the body’s sensitivity to pain. 

 

More scientific studies are either currently under way or planned for the next few years to examine the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids such as THC in the treatment of Migraines.

 

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that all our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

 

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job. 

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#Organics CBD Partner with Purity Health, Beauty & Well Being

From High Street beauty stores to high end boutique spas and salons, CBD has become one of the biggest beauty trends of 2019. It’s in our skincare, our haircare, our manicures and our make-up, so obviously, we wanted to be a part of it!

We partnered up with Kerry and Purity Health, Beauty & Well Being in Fochabers, Moray, Scotland to introduce #Organics CBD Massages to the industry. 

Together with Kerry, we developed a massage oil combining our 100% THC free CBD oil with the organic essential and carrier oils Kerry usually uses for her treatments. 

Kerry launched CBD massages at Purity Health, Beauty & Well Being last month and the feedback has been great, with one client saying:

“Had a CBD massage with Kerry two days ago after a long run which would normally leave my legs feeling slightly achy for the next couple of days. I have had absolutely no pain and had one of the best night’s sleep ever in a very long time. Will definitely be undertaking this again.”

 

And it’s not just runners who’ve been feeling the benefit of Kerry’s CBD massages, she’s also been able to help those suffering from chronic pain conditions as well: 

“One of my clients has Fibromyalgia and has felt a difference in her pain since her massage and also taking the oil now and isn’t feeling as sore or as tired as she did normally.”

 

As well as helping her clients with pain management and relief, Kerry says all her clients have reported better quality of sleep after having a CBD massage:

“Everyone has reported a really good nights’ sleep after a massage and a reduction in tenderness after my massages – I am brutal at times with pressure but my clients want this!”

 

All in all it’s been a great first month of CBD massages for Kerry and her clients.

“All positive reports, I couldn’t be happier to provide this service to my clients!” 

For more information about Kerry’s CBD massages and other treatments offered at Purity Health, Beauty & Well Being check out their social media.

 

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that all our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

 

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job. 

 

Grown in nature, defined by science. #Organics

 

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A Quick Guide to CBD for Pets

It feels like every day we’re seeing people taking pampering their pets to a new level, from expensive food to pushing small dogs around in a pram, and sending their pets to day spas. 

But, the latest thing is definitely something we can get behind –  CBD for pets. And there’s lots of options out there: infused pet food, gummies and other treats, specialist oils, air diffusers and even pet beds infused with CBD. 

But how does CBD affect our pets?

Much like human beings, other mammals have an Endocannabinoid System which performs the same function as it does for ourselves, it helps regulate the body and promote a sense of balance. Our pet’s Endocannabinoid System helps to regulate their mood and their sensitivity to pain amongst other things, which has lead to pet owners using CBD to treat anxiety, arthritis and other pain issues, seizures, stress, and nausea. 

What’s more, CBD is completely safe for pets as there are no known side effects for mammals, compared to the myriad of potential side effects of other treatments. 

Like with us humans, working out the CBD dosage for your pets can take a little bit of figuring out. It is best to start off with one or two drops of oil twice a day, if you’re feeling brave try putting it under your pet’s tongue, as we would take it, or if that’s not possible add the drops to their food. 

Still not convinced?
Here’s a few words from Josh, who started giving his Australian Terrier-Cross, Haplo, CBD after he had become anxious and stressed out following a family move from Scotland to California. 

“CBD really helps Haplo. In situations where he’d usually be super stressed out and anxiety, instead he’s mellow. He’ll still play and be sociable but he just isn’t as bothered by noises and such. He used to be really nervous around other dogs, but now he’s a lot more relaxed when we’re out walking, he’s still a little nervous but at least now we feel confident that he’ll be okay when we see other dogs.”

The information above is intended as a guide only, #Organics recommend you carry out your own research before you giving CBD to your pets and always take to your vet before changing your pets’ treatment.

As leaders in the UK CBD industry, #Organics work in collaboration with expert farmers, chemists, technicians, and professors to bring high-quality products to the market. This means that all our products are 100% organic, non-GMO, ethically sourced, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition, all products and processes are fully compliant with UK regulatory bodies.

All #Organics products are 100% THC free, meaning they are safe, legal to use in the UK and won’t get you high. In January 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from their list of banned substances. So, no matter what you do, whether you’re an athlete or an accountant, #Organics products won’t show up on a drugs test or negatively affect your job.

Grown in nature, defined by science. #Organics

 

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Third Party Testing

Hashtag Organics CBD is rigorously tested throughout the entire supply chain but that isnt enough to satisfy our quality standard. We also require a third-party, independent analysis to prove that out products contain what is listed on the label, are free of adulteration and meet the most stringent quality requirements.

Third Party Testing

Hashtag Organics CBD is rigorously tested throughout the entire supply chain but that isnt enough to satisfy our quality standard. We also require a third-party, independent analysis to prove that out products contain what is listed on the label, are free of adulteration and meet the most stringent quality requirements.

Our Promise

We strive to always offer accurate and objective information about CBD. We encourage the positive growth of the hemp industry while providing up-to-date information concering this plant. Our goal is to fight the spread of misinformation concerning CBD. We are committed to never exaggerating any scientific data on this subject, and we encourage others in the industry and online to follow our example.

Our Promise

We strive to always offer accurate and objective information about CBD. We encourage the positive growth of the hemp industry while providing up-to-date information concering this plant. Our goal is to fight the spread of misinformation concerning CBD. We are committed to never exaggerating any scientific data on this subject, and we encourage others in the industry and online to follow our example.

Hashtag Organics Ltd | Kyle House | Glasgow G22 7XS | Email: info@hashtagorganics.co.uk | Tel: 0141 255 1868

Hashtag Organics Ltd | Kyle House | Glasgow G22 7XS
Email: info@hashtagorganics.co.uk | Tel: 0141 255 1868

Food and Drug Administration Disclosure. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always check with your doctor or physician before starting a new dietary supplement programme. All Hashtag Organics products contain 0% THC.

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