What Are Some Good Sites Online to Get CBD Topicals?

Although seniors probably comprise the largest anti-marijuana age group, they are beginning to flock towards CBD. The non-intoxicating compound is used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and PTSD, among other things. Although studies are encouraging, further research is required to prove the efficacy of the compound.

While oils, tinctures, and edibles are flying off the shelves in Western Europe and North America, CBD topicals are gaining a more significant foothold in the industry. Normally, they come in the form of lotions and creams that you rub on a specific part of the body. Proponents of CBD topicals suggest they get to work quickly, and you could rapidly feel the positive effects. 

How Do You Use CBD Topicals?

According to a 2019 report from the Arthritis Foundation, almost 80% of surveyed arthritis patients had already used CBD or were planning to do so. Of those who used the cannabinoids for arthritis symptoms, 55% chose CBD topicals which they applied to the joints. 

The effectiveness of NSAIDs and OTC pharmaceutical drugs for such conditions is open for debate. However, it is a fact that a significant proportion of people are allergic to these forms of medication. In contrast, some seniors say they apply CBD cream, walk away, and realize that they feel no pain. 

For the most part, applying CBD topicals to the joints twice a day is often sufficient. Individuals with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema also prefer CBD lotions and creams.

Are CBD Topicals Effective?

CBD appears to have science on its side. Creams and lotions could help tackle inflammation or pain at a specific site on the body, such as your joints. They are absorbed through the skin and interact with cells near the surface. The cannabidiol doesn’t enter the bloodstream and isn’t designed to ‘cure’ a systemic problem. However, those who use it often claim a diminished level of pain and inflammation in a specific area.  

Unlike OTC pain relief products, CBD topicals don’t ‘mask’ pain or inflammation. The skin contains a high concentration of cannabinoid receptors, part of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). These CBD receptors are located throughout the body and are associated with immune function, memory, pain sensation, appetite, and much more.

A study by Philpott, O’Brien, and McDougall, published in the journal Pain in December 2017, looked at CBD’s effectiveness on pain and inflammation in rats. The team discovered that when rats with osteoarthritis received prophylactic treatment with CBD, they experienced a cessation of pain.

As promising as some of the research into CBD’s effects on pain is, recent reviews suggest that further studies are required. With the Farm Bill of 2018 legalizing the growth of industrial hemp in the United States, scientists can finally conduct detailed research into cannabidiol. 

Best Practices for Using CBD Topicals

  • Decide Where to Apply the Cream/Lotion: The actual site of the pain is potentially different from where you think it is. For instance, is it tension in your neck that is causing your migraine, or is it emanating from your head? If you want to use a CBD topical to address general pain, apply it to ‘sore’ spots such as the shoulders, soles of the feet, joints, or temples.

  • Thorough Cleanse the Site: Unless you had a bath or shower five seconds ago, there are bacteria and contaminants on your skin. Clean, and then dry the area where you intend to apply the compound.

  • Apply Liberally: Don’t be afraid to use lots of CBD cream on the site if necessary. Some users add a second or even a third dose! However, we recommend trying a small amount first to see how it affects you. 

  • Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands before AND after applying the CBD topical. Some products have added ingredients such as mint or citrus, which can sting the eyes.

  • Don’t Expect Miracles: Regardless of what you have read about the healing powers of CBD, the cannabinoid affects everyone differently. If you have had crippling arthritis for 15 years, don’t expect CBD to ‘cure’ it! In most cases, users report a reduction in pain; a sensation which takes a while to appear.

Where is the Best Place to Purchase CBD Topicals?

The industry as a whole has a problem with a lack of regulation. It is wise to invest in reputable brands such as Premium Jane?? known for producing high-quality CBD topicals. The best products include organic CBD taken from the raw plant material. Make sure the brand in question has third-party lab reports and a significant online presence with a professional-looking website.

Most sellers offer tubs containing 2-4 ounces of cream or lotion. While it doesn’t seem like a lot, it is normal for a 2-oz container to last over a month! When compared to expensive pharmaceutical products with questionable benefits, CBD topicals suddenly seem like excellent value for money! 

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Scorching weather helps uncover archeological sites around Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said on Wednesday.

Cropmarks – patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air – form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out, making this summer’s heatwave ideal for discovering such sites.

Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest.

“We’ve discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England’s history,” said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England.

“Each new site is interesting in itself, but the fact we’re finding so many sites over such a large area is filling in a lot of gaps in knowledge about how people lived and farmed and managed the landscape in the past,” he said.

The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them. While some may be significant enough to merit national protection from development, local authorities or farmers may be left to decide what to do at other sites.

“We’ll hopefully get the help of farmers to help protect some of these undesignated sites,” Grady said.

Writing by Hugh Lawson; Editing by Alison Williams

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Florida Sprouts 5 Medical Marijuana Cultivation Sites

Medical marijuana is beginning to take root in Central Florida –– and it’s about time.

After nearly a year of compromise and much legal wrangling in the Sunshine State, the Department of Health has finally designated the five nurseries allowed to produce and dispense a non-psychoactive form of medical marijuana. The long-overdue decision has finally pushed Florida’s reluctant politicians into implementing the 2014 voter approved legislation. Allowing for the cultivation, extraction, and distribution of low THC marijuana concentrates that are high in cannabidiol, or CBD.

Florida’s 2014 medical marijuana law initially passed as a means of helping patients suffering with epilepsy and life-threatening cases of advanced cancer. To qualify for the high-CBD marijuana recommendation, patients should apply to the Compassionate Use Registry once evaluated and diagnosed by a board-certified doctor.

Florida’s 5 New Medical Marijuana Cultivators

  • Costa Nursery Farms – Southeast Region.
  • Alpha Foliage – Southwest Region.
  • Knox Nursery – Central Region.
  • Hackney Nursery – Northwest Region.
  • Chestnut Hill Tree Farm – Northeast Region.

Florida’s sick and suffering were theoretically to already have access to the high-CBD strains beginning Jan. 1, when physicians that participated in special training were anticipated to start ordering their low-THC marijuana. Unfortunately, that timeline was pushed back due to complicated lawsuits and a judge’s assessment that rejected the Department of Health’s first attempt at fulfilling the will of the people… and the law.

Moving forward, new medical marijuana legislation is slowly making its way through the political process. Provided Florida’s House and Senate wake up and smell the cannabinoids, the passage of Florida’s newest legislation would expand the patient base by allowing for more medical conditions to be covered under the “right to try” state law.


Social Networking Sites May Help Smokers Kick the Habit

FRIDAY Oct. 18, 2013 — Smokers who turn to social networking sites focused on quitting smoking form strong supportive bonds with their like-minded peers, a new study reveals. And these cyber-connections boost the odds they’ll kick their habit.

The finding is based on survey responses from 252 registrants of health-centric websites.

“I found that people who join health-based social networking sites are able to quit smoking and abstain for longer periods of time because of the sense of community they build with other members,” said study author Joe Phua, an assistant professor in the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The study appeared online recently in the Journal of Communication.

To assess how online social networking might affect smoking cessation efforts, between 2009 and 2010 Phua focused on registered members at one of six health-focused portals, including iVillage, Why Quit and Inspire. None of the sites was sponsored by a drug manufacturer, and all included standard social media features, such as profiles, news feeds, message boards and “friend” links.

About seven in 10 of the network users were white, at an average age of roughly 40. As a whole, the group tended to be relatively affluent and well-educated.

Participants completed an online questionnaire about the amount of time they spent on the site and the degree to which each felt their attitudes, beliefs, sense of self and specific views on smoking were shared by other site members.

They also indicated the amount of social support they felt they got from other members, alongside informative, emotional and practical assistance. Finally, respondents ranked themselves in terms of their confidence about being able to snuff out their cigarettes for good.

On average, those surveyed spent nearly four hours a week on their respective sites, posting an average of six messages each week, Phua found.

Respondents said they had formed an average of 43 online friends among their fellow smokers, with some turning into real-world offline relationships.

Such site-sourced friendships seemed to boost users’ sense of empowerment with respect to their ability to stop smoking for good.

Phua concluded that web users had developed a tangible sense of belonging to a committed group, and — despite being virtual — such interactions were deemed to be meaningful as a motivating force to quit.

In turn, strong and trusting relationships were fostered, leading to the exchange of practical information and advice regarding the struggle surrounding quitting.

“Smoking is an addictive behavior and a chronic health problem,” Phua said. “And so I think many medical professionals don’t approach it as an urgent situation. Which means a lot of people find it difficult and expensive to get help from the medical community, particularly those in rural areas. But online sites are easy to access, cheap and a direct connection to a larger and credible community that offers strong social support for those wanting to quit.”

One health expert agreed that social networking for help in quitting is “definitely useful.”

“Within the health care system we know that social support helps, but it’s hard for physicians to think about how to orchestrate that,” said Dr. Scott Sherman, co-chief of the section on tobacco, alcohol and drug use at the NYU School of Medicine’s department of population health. “But social media seems like a perfect way to do that, and it gets people the help they need from outside the health care system in a very easy way.”

The bottom line: “If this motivates people to make more quit attempts and motivates them to stay quit, that’s a good thing,” said Sherman, also a senior investigator with the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System in New York City.

Cliff Lampe, an associate professor of information with the School of Information at the University of Michigan, concurred that some smokers benefit from cessation support beyond the health care system.

“Many smokers don’t see smoking cessation as a medical need,” Lampe said. “They view it as similar to getting more exercise or other habit changes … But they don’t always want to burden their friend. So seeking help from an online community, where someone like you is always paying attention to your needs, may make a lot more sense to many people than seeking help from a doctor.”

More information

For more on smoking cessation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted: October 2013

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Washington, DC Announces 6 Marijuana Cultivation Sites

?“Medical marijuana will soon be growing just blocks from the White House and Congress…”

A nearly 15-year fight in the nation’s capital to allow patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases to use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation has reached a crescendo, with the city naming six locations that will be allowed to grow medical marijuana legally under local law (including a company owned partly by celebrity talk show host Montel Williams).

The announcement, which is sure to agitate the Obama Administration and some in Congress, comes at a time when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice are waging an unprecedented war on medical marijuana patients and providers in numerous states.

The Department of Health for the District of Columbia announced the names of the applicants that have been approved for licenses to cultivate medical marijuana in the nation’s capital on Friday morning, bringing qualifying patients one step closer to being able to use cannabis to treat their conditions.

?After a series of delay, the Department of Health said that six applicants had best met the strict criteria set forth by the D.C. Council last year. These cultivation centers will be responsible for providing all the medical marijuana for the District and could begin production in less than a month.

“The mayor and council should be commended for moving forward with D.C.’s medical marijuana program, even though the Obama Administration has declared open season on medical patients and providers,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Medical marijuana will soon be growing just blocks from the White House and Congress — opponents of a compassionate marijuana policy need to realize that they’re on the losing side of history.”

“I am thrilled that the District of Columbia is one step closer to having the medical marijuana program available for those patients most in need,” said Dr. Mohammad Akhter, director of the D.C. Department of Health. “The selected applicants went through a rigorous process, and I am confident that these applicants are capable of ensuring patient and public safety, as they have met all the criteria defined in the program regulations.”

“This is a major step for patients that could benefit from this program toward finally finding relief,” said Dan Riffle, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Congress and the D.C. government have been delaying implementation since 1998, and it is good to see that patients will soon have access to their medicine.”

?”The medical marijuana program established in the District is a model of safety and effectiveness,” Riffle said. “Mayor Vincent Gray should be congratulated for listening to his constituents and serving the seriously ill patients of the District.”

D.C. voters first approved medical marijuana back in 1998, but Congress, with the Barr Amendment introduced by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.), blocked implementation of the ballot measure by prohibiting the District from enacting the law. That prohibition was repealed by Congress in 2009, and in 2010 the D.C. Council unanimously approved medical marijuana legislation, joining 16 states that allow patients to use cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.

The D.C. law allows up to 10 cultivation centers and eight medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the District. The exact locations of the medical marijuana dispensaries will be announced later this year.

Medical marijuana advocates are worried about how the Obama Administration will react. As a candidate for President, Obama said both that he supported the right of doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients, and that he would stop the federal government from wasting law enforcement resources on raiding, arresting and prosecuting people for medical marijuana, especially if they are complying with their state law.

?He followed through on this promise in his first year in the White House. The Justice Department issued guidance to U.S. Attorneys urging them not to waste resources prosecuting people for medical marijuana who are in compliance with their state laws.

In the last year, however, the Obama Administration has changed course. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has increased its raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. U.S. Attorneys have sent letters to landlords who rent office space to dispensaries, threatening to arrest them and seize their buildings under federal asset forfeiture laws.

The Treasury Department has threatened to prosecute banks that open checking or savings accounts for dispensaries. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has denied dispensaries the ordinary business expense deductions allowed for all other forms of business.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has said that any medical marijuana patient who possesses a firearm will get 10 years in federal prison. U.S. Attorneys have even sent letters to state legislators and governors, timed to influence state decision-making processes, declaring that they might arrest people in their state if they pass a medical marijuana law or expand existing medical marijuana laws.

Advocates worry that seriously ill patients will lack access to the medicine they need if the Obama Administration raids D.C.’s medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers. Unlike most medical marijuana states, D.C. law prohibits patients from cultivating their own marijuana.

D.C. also has the only medical marijuana law to make it a crime for a patient to possess marijuana not bought from a dispensary. If the Justice Department shuts down D.C.’s medical marijuana dispensaries and cancer, HIV/AIDS and other patients are forced to buy marijuana off the streets, they will face arrest, prosecution and incarceration for an entirely new charge created by the medical marijuana law — possessing the “wrong” marijuana!

“Given the Obama administration’s ongoing war on medical marijuana dispensaries, it is irresponsible of the D.C. Council not to allow patients to grow their own — and it’s outright cruel to subject them to jail time for obtaining their medicine from whatever source they can,” Piper said. “The D.C. Council should pass emergency legislation providing for a back-up plan in case the federal government shuts down local dispensaries.

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Boulder, CO Accidentally Discloses Secret Marijuana Grow Sites

?A map showing what were supposed to be the secret locations of 60 warehouses and other structures where medical marijuana is being grown in Boulder, Colorado has accidentally been made public by the city.Colorado state law prohibits local governments from disclosing the locations of “cultivation centers,” out of fear that would-be thieves might target the operations, reports Heath Urie at the Boulder Daily Camera.City officials claim an “oversight” led them to publish the map on the city’s website, bouldercolorado.gov, last week as part of an agenda briefing sent to the City Council. Shown on the formerly secret map are 60 cultivation centers, 45 dispensaries and 12 product manufacturing sites that have applied for medical marijuana business licenses.

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Virginia Police Ask Hunters To Report Marijuana Grow Sites

?Apparently unable to do their jobs unassisted, Virginia State Police are asking hunters to report “suspicious drug activity” and marijuana grow sites while hunting in the woods.The state police claim they destroyed more than 35,000 cannabis plants over the summer, with the assistance of federal, state and local law enforcement, reports WTVR.”The discovery and destruction of these illegal grows have played a significant role in preventing marijuana from reaching the streets and Virginia’s youth,” claimed Lt. Richard A. Childers of Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Drug Enforcement Section.

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