Benefiits of breaking a stigma of weed
CBD can have many health benefits, naturally improving our body’s own ability to heal itself.В But some people are still missing out because of its connection to cannabis. We’re here to bust the myths.
By Faith Richardson
Can you tell us a little bit about what Karma Coast offers?
We are a small dedicated team of passionate individuals who simply want to improve the lives of as many people as we can.В We are cannabinoid medicine specialists with expertise in health and wellbeing. We offer high-quality organic cannabis products alongside well-informed advice. Customers can have complimentary consultations, either at our Tynemouth clinic or worldwide over phone or video link. Full health checks are also available with our co-founder and director Magdalena who has over 20-yearsвЂ™ experience as a nutritionist.В
For anyone struggling to get past the stigma of вЂњweedвЂќ, how does CBD differ?
The first thing to know is that CBD will not get you вЂhighвЂ™. When we think of cannabis we generally think about marijuana or вЂweedвЂ™ as most people know it. Yet marijuana, or Cannabis Indica, is only one side of the species. Hemp or Cannabis Sativa L. is also part of the cannabis family and is actually more widely grown for many reasons worldwide than marijuana. Hemp, particularly hemp flowers, is where CBD or cannabidiol is most abundant.В
Think about cannabis as having two sides to the family – hemp and marijuana. On one side Marijuana creates much greater levels of THC (the bit that gets you high), and on the other side, hemp creates greater levels of CBD with almost no THC whatsoever (so no chance of getting high). ItвЂ™s CBD that offers the most medicinal benefits without any of the intoxicating properties of THC.В
What can CBD be used to treat/help with and how does it work?
The main conditions people come to see us at Karma Coast with are pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Having said that, we see people for a plethora of different conditions ranging from PTSD to psoriasis, digestion to sports injuries.
In short, CBD works by naturally improving our body’s own ability to heal itself.В В В В В В
Given the right conditions, our bodies are extremely efficient at healing themselves, though unfortunately, much of the time due to diet, stress, lack of sleep etc we arenвЂ™t well enough equipped to heal efficiently. CBD gently helps bring back the balance to our bodies and minds so that we create better conditions to be able to get on with the task of keeping us in tip-top shape.
Our bodies produce very similar compounds to CBD known as endocannabinoids or endogenous cannabinoids. These are part of an extremely important bodily system discovered in 1996 known as the endocannabinoid system or ECS for short. The ECS has its hand in all of our bodily systems like our immune, nervous and cardiovascular system, for example. You could compare the ECS to a conductor in an orchestra, keeping every other instrument (system) in time and in tune. It is for this reason that optimising our ECS with CBD can help treat a vast array of conditions. It simply aids the body in doing whatever itвЂ™s trying to do, better!
CBD has been known to be particularly useful for people with anxiety вЂ“ what products would you recommend to help reduce anxiety?
CBD can be very effective at combating anxiety. ItвЂ™s true that any of our products which are used internally will help manage anxiety, but The Karma Pen is the most efficient and fast-acting by far. We call it the вЂultimate rescue remedyвЂ™. The Karma Pen is a small inhaler vape pen the size of a biro that gets to work within 30 seconds. Not to be confused with the big walkie talkie like devices you see being sold in vape shops, the pen will deliver a swift concentrated dose of CBD in two to three puffs with a very mild vapour that is in no way comparable to the huge plumes of vapour we see coming from вЂvape rigsвЂ™ and the like.
The pen shouldn’t be likened to smoking in any way and can be used by anyone. The method of inhalation is purely used for its bioavailability – the amount in which your body can absorb. People of all ages are benefitting from the pen ranging from early teens (guardians permitting) to the elderly. ItвЂ™s an impressive and unique piece of kit imported from the US, specifically designed for thick concentrated cannabis oil. ItвЂ™s very popular because itвЂ™s portable, accessible and almost instantaneous in effect. ThereвЂ™s not even a button to press вЂ“ simply take a draw and thatвЂ™s it.
A lot of our clients use it alongside the oral drops or capsules as a top-up for those вЂwobbly momentsвЂ™, or when having episodes of, pain, insomnia or to aid with whatever condition they may be using CBD for.
Is it possible to over-do it with CBD products and how do you avoid that?
Cannabis, in general, is scientifically proven to be over 1000 times safer than anything you will find in a pharmacy. On the therapeutic scale, when looking at a substance, 1 measurement is given for an effective dose, then the score given is what you need to overdose. So, heroin or opiates score 3, alcohol scores 7, caffeine 100, and cannabis is over 1000. That is including THC. CBD is over 2000.
It is pretty much impossible to overdose on CBD. Having said that, it can be detrimental to the efficacy to go in all guns blazing with a high dose. ItвЂ™s best to introduce your body slowly over time to ensure you find your own optimal dose or вЂsweet spotвЂ™ as we call it in the industry. Of course, all cases are different, as is everybody, and we like to work closely with clients to achieve the best results possible.В В
Think CBD might be for you but not sure where to start? Karma Coast has given us their top picks of products to help you try it out for yourself.
Tinctures are long-lasting and are designed to be taken daily for all-day coverage. For customers wishing to take up to 20mg of CBD oil a day, this 10ml bottle will provide you with at least a 30 day supply. Karma Coast’sВ CBD oils are fully legal food supplements designed to be taken sublingually. Simply drop the required dose under your tongue and hold there for at least 60 seconds before swallowing.В
Soothe away aches and pains, help heal wounds, relieve headaches and rescue skin allergies with Karma Coast topical CBD balm. With 1000mg of organic full-spectrum CBD rich extract in each 30ml pot, this unique blend of essential oils, beeswax and coconut oil provide relief for targeted areas. Karma Coast has created the strongest CBD balm in the UK. This skin balm can reach through the epidermis deep into the muscles and joints to help ease pain and inflammation.
Think of the Karma Pen as the вЂњultimate rescue remedyвЂќ for the body and mind, its effects are almost instantaneous. Whether you need a quick top-up between tincture doses or capsules, or you simply require some rapid relief, this clever little device will deliver the goods immediately. ItвЂ™s simple to use too, just take two or three short one second draws from the mouthpiece. The pen creates a mild, smooth vapour thatвЂ™s barely noticeable, but at 52% CBD more concentrated than any other product out there. ItвЂ™s a unique piece of technology imported from the USA which gently evaporates our organic CBD extract for you to enjoy.
CBD can have many health benefits, improving our body's own ability to heal itself.В But some people are missing out because of its connection to cannabis.
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Breaking the stigma surrounding cannabis
Cannabis has long been a drug ingrained in American culture. The perception and stigma surrounding cannabis or “marijuana” from the time I was born to today has changed quite drastically.
My parents grew up with Cheech and Chong poking fun at the drug in their films, simultaneously while the US government scheduled cannabis in the same category as heroin and methamphetamines.
By the time I was a teenager, there was always this cultural idea that if you smoked cannabis, you were dumb or destined to be a failure that wasn’t going anywhere in life. The truth of the matter is you can be smart, can be a normal person and smoke cannabis. It is a monumentally beneficial plant that will not tank your life.
Medical marijuana opened the door to a world where the plant was viewed in a positive light. Now we’re in the midst of states around the country legalizing cannabis for recreational use. Still, there remains a stigma around the drug and those who use it, a position that is growing increasingly outdated.
“I have never been to one to really smoke weed just to smoke it,” said Fitchburg State sophomore Makenzie MacDonald. “However, I get really bad migraines quite often and the medicine I have taken for it is strong. I just don’t like the idea of relying on pills to relieve my pain, so over a year ago I tried smoking weed to see if it helped with the migraine, and I was pleasantly surprised. It helped tremendously, my migraines would be relieved right after I smoked and I just felt relaxed, my brain was less tensed and my head wasn’t throbbing.”
This type of benefit is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cannabis, with even more extreme cases finding benefit from its use. I’ve seen first hand with family members who have been diagnosed with cancer and gone through chemotherapy how cannabis can help them. Whether it be directly helping to fight cancer in the body or by helping to gain an appetite for food following treatment.
There are studies along with testimonies of thousands of people who cite how cannabis can help with anxiety, stress, Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, arthritis, PTSD treatment, blood pressure, physical pain, insomnia, and so on. Judging anyone for using the drug for these purposes or others is simply naive.
“I am never one to reject something if it had the capability of helping so many people and I think others need to realize that too sooner or later,” said MacDonald.
Opioids and pills in general are scary. That is dangerous stuff and yet you can get it prescribed from a hospital or from your doctor. Opioid addiction has run rampant in recent years because of its frequency as a painkiller and what it can do to your body. In many cases, cannabis can be used as an alternative for pills, offering relief without the troubling risk.
Even alcohol, the most commonly accepted drug in our culture today is much more dangerous and addictive than cannabis. Drunk driving accidents, liver and throat cancer are just a few of the problems that share a strong connection to alcohol abuse.
It is crazy to think there are parents who would rather their kid drink “like a normal college kid” and then scoff at the idea of smoking weed. Yet that is what our culture has hailed for decades as the societal norm.
Today, the remaining stigma toward cannabis may originate from misinformation. Jenna Phelps, a cannabis consumer who has worked in the cannabis industry for about two years says lack of information about the drug is a big reason behind lingering negativity. “I encourage individuals to ask any and all questions about cannabis. It is such a new product and industry that the more knowledge we share with each other, the more it will allow everyone a more enjoyable experience.”
Even the term “marijuana” itself is meant to stigmatize the drug, as Phelps alludes to, “There is still a large amount of stigma around cannabis, but it is being more openly accepted as society moves forward. In an effort to help break the stigma, I try to use the world cannabis, instead of marijuana as much as possible. The term marijuana was coined by the United States in the 1930’s to demonize the plant by associating that word with Mexican immigrants.”
Phelps also talked about one of the best discoveries to come from cannabis research, CBD. “I like to call it your next favorite vitamin,” says Phelps. “CBD has many different benefits, it can be used in pain management, assist with fighting anxiety, or be used as a sleep-aid. CBD connects to a different receptor than THC, and it is mostly non-psychoactive.” This makes it perfect for those who are looking to use it as medicine without the effect of getting high. “If an individual is looking to come off certain medications,” Phelps continues, “CBD is an excellent starting point to cannabis.”
For all its benefits, it is still a wonder why many still see the drug in a negative light. “Cannabis has the beautiful ability to act as an alternative to traditional, potentially harmful forms of medication,” said Phelps. “The plant also carries minimal addictive properties, which I see as a huge benefit compared to pharmaceutical drugs.”
“I find that those who bash on the plant based drug aren’t aware of the amazing benefits it has for many people,” said MacDonald, “and that the side effects are nothing near those of drugs prescribed by doctors. I usually let the negativity go because some people just aren’t one to evolve with the time, but the findings of marijuana now are impeccable, and I believe so much more positivity will come from it.”
Listen to the stories of those who have found cannabis helpful. Educate yourself on the benefits of the drug, only then can progress be made to rid our culture of the unfounded stigma around cannabis.
Cannabis has long been a drug ingrained in American culture. The perception and stigma surrounding cannabis or “marijuana” from the time I was born to today has changed quite drastically. My parents grew up with Cheech and Chong poking fun at the drug in their films, simultaneously while the US government scheduled cannabis in the same category as heroin and methamphetamines.