2018 Farm Bill: Hemp and CBD Prohibition Ends!

2018 Farm Bill: Hemp and CBD Prohibition Ends!

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December 20th, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, not a new piece of legislature, but an important one for multiple industries. Most important: the hemp industry. For decades, hemp (and CBD oil) have been listed as a Controlled Substance, lumping it alongside marijuana and other intoxicating substances. However, moving forward, hemp will be placed under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and thus will now be an agricultural commodity moving forward.

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This change will revolutionize the hemp industry, including CBD products, which had been living in a legal gray area for decades. Some regulations were eased with the 2014 Farm Bill, but it was still very difficult for CBD companies like us to follow the guidelines, as many were left up to interpretation.

With the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp farmers are going to have the ability to participate in USDA programs for certifications for competitive grants, therefore, will also be able to have certifications such as “organic” with the new law. This is something our industry truly needs as we have seen a flood of bad products entering the market in recent months.

The History of Hemp Prohibition

Hemp prohibition dates back to 1906, where many believe newspaper publisher William Randolph Hurst started the smear campaign against hemp. People believe that Hearst felt this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings, and thus his newspaper was used to share false facts around hemp. This helped lead to the misunderstanding that hemp and marijuana are the same, which they are not.

Ultimately, the charge for hemp and cannabis prohibition was led by Harry Anslinger, a government official who served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a supporter of prohibition and the criminalization of drugs and played a pivotal role in cannabis prohibition.

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The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was one of the first steps America made in the crackdown on hemp plants. The Tax Act of 1937 was eventually repealed by Leary v. United States in 1969.

In the next year, the Controlled Substances Act was passed, which the new 2018 Farm Bill successfully overrules. This was a replacement for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and placed hemp as a controlled substance.

CBD Oil and the 2018 Farm Bill

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is considered an agricultural product and will thus open the floodgates for research and development, not only with hemp but derivatives such as CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD oil will be studied now like never before. We are so excited to follow the latest research and bring that information to you as we get it.

At Made By Hemp, we will also be participating in our own research and development with CBD oil and hemp as bringing you the highest quality hemp oil products is the most important thing to us.

Highlights of The 2018 Farm Bill

If you would like to read the entire 807 page report be our guest, otherwise, below are the main points highlighted by attorney Jonathan Miller from Frost Brown Todd LLC:

“The era of hemp prohibition is over.  Hemp is now permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, no longer mistaken as a controlled substance, like marijuana.

  • By redefining hemp to include its “extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives,” Congress explicitly has removed popular hemp products — such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) — from the purview of the CSA. Accordingly, the Drug Enforcement Administration no longer has any possible claim to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products. This should give comfort to federally regulated institutions — banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites, and advertising platforms — to conduct commerce with the hemp and hemp product industry.
  • Hemp farmers now may finally access needed crop insurance and can fully participate in USDA programs for certification and competitive grants.
  • State and Tribal governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on hemp growth and the sale of hemp products – however, they cannot interfere with the interstate transport of hemp or hemp products. We are hopeful that local and state officials will follow Congress’ lead, as well as the statements and resolutions of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that declare, after intense scientific scrutiny, that CBD is safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive.
  • The FDA continues to exercise jurisdiction over the regulation of ingestible and topical hemp products.  We applaud the agency’s continued efforts to crack down on bad actors who undermine the industry through misguided marketing claims.  And while we are concerned about non-binding statements made by the FDA that have led some state and local officials to question the legality of the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD, we are hopeful that we can work with the agency to clarify that CBD – which their own scientists concluded has no abuse potential and does not pose a risk to public health – should not be withheld from Americans who count on it for their health and wellness.

SECTION BY SECTION

  • Section 7129 (p. 313): Includes hemp in USDA’s supplemental and alternative crops programs. Section 7501 (p. 338): Includes hemp in USDA’s critical agricultural materials programs.
  • Section 7605 (p. 347): Orders the USDA Secretary to prepare a report on the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program, and then repeals that program one year after the new permanent hemp program is created. Section 10113 (p. 429): The guts of the new permanent legalization regime:
  • Section 297A (p. 429) Defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including “derivatives,” “extracts” and “cannabinoids.”
  • Section 297B (p. 429) Empowers states and Tribes to submit plans to USDA to implement a permanent hemp growing program.  Requires information gathering, testing, and inspection procedures. The USDA Secretary must sign off on, or reject, the plan within 60 days, and consult with the Attorney General.  The Secretary can later audit state programs and work with the states to develop corrective action plans where there is noncompliance.
  • Section 297B(e)(p. 431): Orders states and Tribes to develop procedures to address violations, including corrective action in the case of negligence.
  • Section 297B(e)(3)(B) (p. 432): Individuals who commit drug felonies cannot participate in state or Tribal growth programs for 10 years following the date of their conviction.  However, participants in the 2014 Farm Bill pilot programs are grandfathered in to participate in permanent programs despite any prior felony committed.
  • Section 297C (p. 432): States and Tribes are required to maintain information on lands where hemp is grown and testing, enforcement and inspection procedures.  The USDA Secretary must collect such information to be accessible in real time to local, state and federal law enforcement.
  • Section 297D (p. 434): The USDA Secretary is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the program’s implementation.
  • Section 297D(c)(p. 434): Nothing in the new law affects the FDA’s authority under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act.
  • Section 10114 (p. 435): Nothing in the act prohibits the interstate commerce of hemp, nor can States or Tribes prohibit the transportation of hemp or hemp products through their territory.
  • Title XI (p. 439):  Hemp farmers are made eligible for crop insurance, and marketability requirements for the crop insurance program can be waived.
  • Section 12619 (p. 540): Hemp is removed from the definition of “marihuana,” and THC found in hemp is excluded from the definition of a controlled substance.”




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Three Easy Superfood Smoothies To Get Your Daily Dose Of Hemp Oil

Three Easy Superfood Smoothies To Get Your Daily Dose Of Hemp Oil

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A new way to take your CBD…

Smoothies are a great way to start your day off on the right foot. These recipes are packed with clean, healthy ingredients as well as some of our favorite superfoods. Read on for some simple recipes to jump start your day!

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1/2 dropper Spearmint flavored Tasty Drops (depending on serving size)

1 frozen banana

1/2 avocado

1/4-1/2 cup ice

1 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk

1-2 handfuls of spinach

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)

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Strawberry Dream:

1/2 dropper Berry flavored Tasty Drops (depending on serving size)

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk

1/4 cup ice

1 Tbsp almond butter

1 Tbsp ground flax seeds

2 tsp vanilla

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)

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Cacao Maca:

1/2 dropper Vanilla flavored Tasty Drops

1 frozen banana

2 Tbsp cacao or cocoa powder

1 tsp maca powder

1 Tbsp almond butter

1/4-1/2 cup ice

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)



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CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia: What You Need to Know

Over the past few years, we have come to understand that CBD has a wide range of therapeutic benefits, most notably for pain relief. Not only has research proven that CBD can cause metastasis in illnesses as serious as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain, it has also shown that other serious conditions such as Fibromyalgia that have unbearably painful side effects can also be managed through the use of CBD oil as a supplement to traditional medication.

Over 10 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia, which is a condition that causes chronic pain and, although there are plenty of traditional medications available to help manage the debilitating symptoms of the disease, many patients are put off by the negative side effects that often accompany prolonged use of prescription medications.

Here is everything you need to know with regards to taking CBD oil to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Science Backs Its Efficacy Up

While CBD is still a relatively novel treatment option for illness and still in the early stages of research and is derived from cannabis, science is already vouching for the power of CBD when used to treat chronic pain. A survey was conducted back in 2014 by the National Pain Foundation and of the 1,300 fibromyalgia patients, the vast majority reported that medical marijuana and CBD offered far more relief from the fibromyalgia pain than FDA-approved prescription medication.

CBD Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

One of the main reasons that CBD products such as CBD hemp oil have become so popular in recent times is due to the fact that it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties that help to overcome chronic pain.

CBD Oil for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

In 2014, a farm bill was passed that declared industrial hemp was to be made federally legal as the plant and all products derived from it contained less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant). This meant that CBD oil started to positively impact the alternative medicine market, as it does not require a prescription and is currently legal in all 50 states in the US.

While hundreds of thousands of patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia have found relief from the pain that they experience on a daily basis by using CBD oil, it is not a miracle cure by any means. The FDA does currently not approve it for medical use and this is due to the lack of clinical trials that have been performed on its use as a stand-alone medicine.

Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?

CBD oil has been researched enough to confirm that it is entirely safe to use in both animals and humans, thanks to its incredibly low toxicity levels. Traditional treatments for Fibromyalgia are renowned for having significant long-term effects on someone’s health, making CBD oil a much safer and risk-free treatment option for many.

CBD oil is also completely non-addictive, meaning that it is impossible to develop a dependency on the substance, unlike other tranquilizers and painkillers.

The Effects of CBD on Fibromyalgia

Due to the fact that CBD works by triggering the endocannabinoid system found present in all mammals, each individual is affected differently by a particular dose. A good quality tincture will offer some people almost instantaneous relief from their symptoms, while others might not notice its effect as quickly. What is absolutely true is that regular daily dosing is required in order to experience long-term relief and a period of trial and error is usually necessary to pinpoint your ideal daily dose.

Dosage Guidelines for Fibromyalgia

There are a variety of factors that will affect individual dosing of CBD. These include:

  • How it is consumed
  • A person’s bodyweight
  • The severity of symptoms
  • Metabolism

And because there is still not enough scientific research into exactly how much CBD oil should be taken for a specific ailment, the general rule of thumb when it comes to dosage is to start low and slow. Start by taking a couple of drops sublingually and increase until the desired effect is achieved.

Isolate vs. Full Spectrum Oil

There are two basic kinds of oil commonly available to buy including isolate and full spectrum. It is important to recognize the difference between the two so you can choose the right one for your needs.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate refers to hemp oil that has been processed in a way that removes every other compound apart from the actual cannabinoid: CBD. While this sounds perfect in theory, there are many other healing compounds in cannabis plant that synergistically work together with the CBD to give a tincture a potent therapeutic effect, as well as help alleviate pain.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

A full spectrum CBD oil will contain the full range of cannabinoids, including THC. It is thought that a small trace of THC can be necessary to effectively eliminate and heal traditional negative side effects associated with illnesses like Fibromyalgia.

Unless you are subjected to drug tests at work, then it is always advisable to purchase a full spectrum CBD oil in order to experience all of the healing benefits it can offer in a shorter amount of time to CBD isolate oil.

Final Thought CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia

As mentioned above, the FDA has yet to approve CBD oil for medicinal purposes. That said, it is a completely natural way to boost your body’s immune system and hopefully experience greater pain relief than you would through taking pharmaceuticals on their own. There is a huge amount of support groups online that can help you get a clearer understanding of how exactly CBD oil could be a wonderful addition to your existing treatment for Fibromyalgia.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.



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Pet Hacks: 5 Ways To Make Your Road Trip With Your Dog Stress-Free

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Time to hit the road? Far from setting off into the sunset and enjoying a relaxing journey, travelling with a dog can be a fur-raising experience.

Fear peeing, puking and pooing; shaking, barking, whining and whimpering. Yeah, safe to say that hitting route 66 quickly turns into the road trip from hell when accompanied by your nervy canine. So, what can you do about it? Let’s work through our top waggly-tail tips.H

Plan well ahead for accommodation

We don’t know why, but not everyone is a huge fan of dogs (between you and I – they don’t know what they’re missing). Anyway, dogs are pretty much a no-go for many motels and hotels, so you’ll need to do a little legwork before you set off.

This page lists pet-friendly hotels in the USA, and allows you to search by date as well as book online. Easy peasy.

Make a list (check it twice, thrice, four times) and pack in good time

Packing for a smooth trip starts with getting organized and packing your bag at least the day before. Here’s a list of things to pop into your case for your pooch:

  • Dog food
  • Treats
  • Dog crate
  • Food/water bowls
  • Dog harness/seat belt buckle
  • Leashes
  • Up-to-date vaccine records (this will be required when entering Canada, as well as for staying at some accommodation)
  • Poo bags
  • Lint roller (for attempting to tackle that in-car dog hair)

Go for walkies before hand

A long walk will pay off big time before your journey (at least double the usual daily walk should do nicely). Give him a small treat or two once he’s home, but avoid feeding him his usual meal (a full belly is a sure-fire way to bring about car sickness).

Dogs can easily (and happily) go for a day without food, just so long as they have plenty of water to hand.

Safety first

When it’s time to set off, be sure to safely secure your dog with a seat buckle or place him in a good quality crate (don’t be tempted to let him hang his head out of the window – as this can lead to some pretty nasty eye injuries).

You should also make sure that he’s easily identifiable (at least through a collar tag and microchip). Ideally however you should go one step further, and fit him with a dog tracker (there are some great – and inexpensive – options out there that work with your smartphone – such as the Paw Tracker; Gibi Pet Locator and Link AKC Smart Dog Collar).

Finally, think about the weather. If it’s the midst of summer and your car is air-conditioning free you should plan to avoid travelling during the hottest times of the day.

Top up your gas at quiet stations

If possible, try to stop off for gas and toilet breaks at stations outside of built-up urban areas, as it’ll be more likely that you’ll discover a grassy space (which can encourage a reluctant pooch to open his bladder!).

Take a pitstop for a mid-way walk

Try to split your journey up every couple of hours or so with a 15-minute walk. This may take some planning, but it shouldn’t be too challenging to discover a nice walk just a short way off most main highways.

Pop in a CBD bone or two into your pouch’s packing

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s derived from all-natural, 3rd party tested hemp (e.g. it won’t make your canine stoned – it’ll simply calm their nerves and get them travel-ready).

CBD bones are made for everything from the terrors of fireworks to taking a road trip or plane ride.

FOMO bones team CBD with a formidable team of valerian root, chamomile and passion flower for one all-natural canine calmer.

Pack up the suitcase, through in the dog basket, blanket and FOMO bone – we’re hitting the road!


This article by Jennifer is originally published at FOMO Bones.


Author bio: Jennifer is the voice behind the FOMO Bones blog. She's pretty sure in her past life, she was a Great Dane. However, we peg her as more of a labrador. Regardless of her breed, she's a dog enthusiast who has 15 years experience training dogs and owners.

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Does CBD Help with Anxiety? Five Fascinating Benefits of CBD for Anxiety

Unless you have the patience of a saint, it is likely that at one point or another you have felt like tearing your hair out due to a bout of stress. The pace of modern life can be far too hectic for us to deal with at times, but we seem to just bury our heads in the sand and carry on through the mental storm to get things done. Just like post-traumatic stress or a panic disorder, anxiety is a hideously unpredictable condition to have to deal with and a panic attack can arise out of the blue at any time—yet so many people in the world choose to ignore their body’s messages begging them to slow down and relax. If you find yourself nodding with familiarity, then it could be time to start looking into better coping mechanisms to help you control your episodes of stress and anxiety.

How Is Anxiety Treated?

Here’s the thing: one of the main reasons that people tend to just put up with feeling anxious as opposed to taking steps to overcome their suffocating emotions, is because they are just too busy to devote hours to changing their lifestyle to reduce stress levels. And the only quick fix for anxiety disorder that is traditionally prescribed by a physician is a benzodiazepine like Valium or Xanax. While it is true that these pharmaceuticals do provide almost instant relief from feelings of panic and stress, they are accompanied by harsh withdrawal symptoms and have a high addiction rate.

Fortunately, as medical advances and becomes more open to holistic remedies for health and wellness, natural supplements like cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD oil, and gummies which derive from the cannabis plant are becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages to help manage symptoms of anxiety and stress. In fact, it appears that CBD and anxiety go hand in hand.

Does CBD Help with Anxiety?

Anecdotal testimonies and some scientific research already suggest that the effects of CBD can help overcome feelings of anxiety and restore your emotional balance, as well as help alleviate chronic pain. Though more clinical trials need to be carried out, the signs are looking good. Many people who are already on the CBD oil bandwagon have had excellent results with daily use, especially when it comes to dealing with issues like insomnia which can be linked to an anxiety disorder.

As studies are still lacking on CBD oil for medicinal purposes, however, there is a long way to go in order to pinpoint:

  • How long it takes to combat anxiety and depression
  • If it definitely works
  • Precise dosage
  • Success rates

That said, it has already been proven that CBD oil for anxiety can safely be used as a supplement alongside the majority of traditional medications and any potential side effects are minimal.

There are so many benefits that CBD products bring to the table when it comes to the seemingly never-ending battle with anxiety and here are the most fascinating ones.

CBD Can Eliminate the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What many people don’t realize is that anxiety isn’t just an emotional condition—it can also have physical side effects. Have you ever noticed that during times of stress you get physically ill? Or you suddenly seem to be getting migraines and joint pain? This is because everything that is happening inside your mind is manifesting itself in your body so you will take notice that something is up. There are existing studies that demonstrate how CBD and other products derived from the cannabis plant like CBD gummies can positively affect the physical symptoms of anxiety and existing users have reported that not only do they feel calmer within themselves—they feel more energized, muscular pain goes away and they no longer feel the need to binge on junk food and caffeine to get them through the day.

CBD Is Believed to Heal Phobias

According to the British Pharmacological Society, CBD is thought to contribute to the reduction of learned fear responses and phobias, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other illnesses connected to mental health. When your endocannabinoid system is triggered by CBD, it will kick in to send signals that work to balance out anxiety and help you react to stressful situations in a calmer, clearer manner. If you have a phobia of snakes, this does not mean that you will be cuddling up with a six-foot Python anytime soon. However, it does mean that your panicked response to the sight of a snake will be greatly reduced and you will be able to process the experience in a more rational manner. Certain strains of CBD also work to boost confidence. Therefore, if public speaking is one of your phobias or you are a bit of a wallflower, a good quality CBD tincture will ease your symptoms and allow you to expose yourself to certain situations without having a panic attack.

Your Mood Will Greatly Improve

One of the primary reasons that we love CBD for anxiety is because it not only alleviates immediate symptoms of panic and anxiety, it also triggers receptors in your brain that will kick out more serotonin and hence improve your overall mood. Current CBD fans swear by their chosen elixir to enhance their mood and give them a more positive outlook, which ultimately results in beneficial outcomes in all areas of life.

Say Goodbye to Panic Attacks

Did you know that, in extreme cases, a panic attack could actually cause you to have a nervous breakdown—especially if you are experiencing them frequently? CBD levels out your automatic nervous system and reduces anxiety and if you take CBD just before or after a disturbing or traumatic event it can actually completely reset your nervous system. The existing tension you are experiencing will be relieved and your body will start to respond accordingly and regulate your emotions, restoring them to a healthy balance.

A New Outlook on Life

While it does sound a little cheesy, it seems that CBD use can result in a better quality of life overall. People who previously struggled with feeling depressed and not wanting to leave the house have found themselves feeling full of energy and much more motivated to get healthy and those who loathe going to the gym have discovered that they feel inspired to try a different kind of exercise.

There is no concrete evidence that your life will be better if you take CBD, but there sure is a lack of people talking about how their lives became worse after taking it. Almost every single report we have read or heard about in present times focuses on the fact that the entourage effect when taking CBD is strong and it positively influences a range of aspects of emotional, mental, and physical health. If we combine this with the fact that it’s an all-natural supplement with virtually non-existent harmful side effects, what’s not to love?

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.



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7 Keys to Increase Productivity


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We’ve all had those days when we feel like we are not accomplishing anything no matter how hard we work. Looming deadlines, increasing workload, multitasking and stress could all disrupt a person’s productivity. “Work smarter, not harder” has become a famous motto among the workforce. And this statement actually has merit. Sometimes, when we wear too many hats, take on too much work, instead of becoming more productive, our productivity actually decreases. So what can we do to increase our productivity?



1. Have a healthy breakfast… or skip it!

I don’t mean to confuse you, but there are studies showing that skipping the most important meal of the day can benefit various brain functions. Intermittent fasting has been gaining popularity lately, and there are scientific studies to back it up. However, if you want to give this a try, it is best to ask for a doctor or a nutritionist’s advice first. For anything to work, one has to have the know-how and the right motivation. On the other hand, if you are a huge fan of breakfast and could not possibly start a day without it, by all means, eat! Fuel your body with the right food. Make healthy choices.


2. Take that coffee break


Though it might be tempting to just keep plugging away at work and skip your breaks in order to meet your deadlines, it would not be a very good idea. You need to relax and take a breather. This will give your brain a much needed break and you a chance to walk around and enjoy a nice cup of joe, maybe even socialize with your other harried co-workers.


3. CBD Oil


Adderall has been making the rounds around colleges and even work places. However, if you prefer a more natural approach to boosting your concentration and productivity, why not give CBD oil a try. It has been known to increase alertness, help calm nerves, and boost your mood. CBD Oil has shown great benefits not only for humans but for pets as well. So when you find yourself stressed with your head all over the place, why not try popping a CBD gummy, or some tincture, or even straight up CBD oil to help ease your stress and calm your nerves. Unlike its addictive cousin, THC, CBD will not get you stoned or slow you down.


4. Don’t multitask


Multitasking is not something the human brain is built for. It has proven to cause loss of productivity. Doing too many things at once will take away your concentration from the crucial things that need doing. This will make your work prone to errors and cost you time that you were trying to save by multitasking in the first place. Do one thing at a time before moving on to the next task. This way you can ensure each task is accomplished properly. Try doing the tasks that take the least amount of time to accomplish first. This will get these tasks out of the way and allow you to focus on the more complicated ones.


5. Take exercise breaks


Isn’t it ironic that a post about being productive is talking about breaks a lot? That’s because taking breaks in between tasks is a good way resetting your brain and preparing it for the whole new task ahead. Exercising will send a rush of much needed oxygen to your brain and will help loosen your muscles that might have bunched up from getting the previous task done. Taking a brief walk, or a short stretch, will allow your brain to stop thinking about work and “breathe”. This will help bring your focus back to where it is supposed to be – your looming tasks.


6. Use tools


Using online tools or apps to track your work and tasks for the day is one easy way of getting your day organized. When you have your day organized, you won’t need to spend extra time trying to remember what to do next; you would already have it laid out for you. Most of these tools are free and can be linked to your personal or work email. Just make sure that the apps abide by your company rules and risk profile.


7. Say no to meetings


Meetings take time. And a lot of the time, these meetings are not even really necessary. If you have a lot of things to do, and someone schedules a meeting, try to find out if your presence is necessary in the meeting. Or if the items in the agenda could be discussed through email, that would be a better venue. You only get so many hours in a day, after all.

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CBD Oil: Anxiety Aid & Much More

This often misunderstood hemp extract may be a health miracle for many.

You’ve probably heard of—and wondered about—CBD (cannabidiol), a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mystery—and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. It comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant family as marijuana.

But it’s different. “CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin,” says Laura Hollingberry, founder and CEO of https://wowitloveithaveit.com , a marketing company that has done a lot of research into the CBD and hemp market. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC, the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects. The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years for building materials, textiles, and food products such as hemp seed and hemp oil—which is not the same as CBD oil (more on that later).

  1. It’s safe.

Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, meaning they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. Most contain miniscule amounts (less than 0.3 percent) and some are completely THC-free, Hollingberry says. CBD won’t impact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for children. In fact, CBD came to national prominence with the discovery of its ability to halt seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. And while both THC and CBD are considered phytocannabinoids, they interact with the body in very different ways. THC works by directly binding to cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, but instead interacts with the endocannabinoid system.

  1. It impacts a body system you probably didn’t know you had.

CBD works by interacting with the endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors that play a fundamental role in the function of the nervous and immune system. The human body produces its own endocannabinoids—the highest concentration is in mother’s milk. CBD works with the body’s own system, blocking or reducing the breakdown of naturally occurring endocannabinoids.

Did You Know?

Your body’s endocannabinoid system plays a key role in nervous and immune system function

  1. It’s not the same as hemp oil.

CBD oil is different from hemp oil and hemp seeds found in grocery and natural food stores. Hemp oil is derived only from hemp seeds, and does not contain appreciable amounts of cannabidiol; CBD products, on the other hand, are made from the whole plant, not just the seeds. There are thousands of varieties of hemp, and the cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of cannabidiol.

  1. It’s legal—sort of.

CBD is legal, but because of issues related to growing hemp, the production process exists in a regulatory gray area. Growing hemp in the U.S. for commercial purposes is prohibited, and is restricted to research and pilot projects. So hemp that’s used to make CBD products (as well as hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp clothing) in the United States is usually imported from other countries—primarily Eastern Europe, where hemp has been grown for the past 40 years. However, because “pilot project” is a loosely regulated concept, Colorado and other states are increasingly beginning to cultivate hemp. CBD, at any rate, is legal in all 50 states.

  1. It’s highly refined—in a good way.

The hemp extract used to make CBD oil comes from cultivars that are already higher in cannabidiol. To further concentrate the active components, that material goes through a solvent-free extraction process that involves CO or other methods, in a manner similar to the production of essential oils. The extracted oil is then tested for contaminants and toxins such as heavy metals, as well as for cannabinoid content.

  1. It really works.

Studies are proving the ability of CBD to stop seizures, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. “CBD has the potential to be the most important wellness ingredient in the last 50 years,” says Hollingberry. “CBD is important for nervous and immune function, and in the same way probiotics aren’t just for people suffering from digestive disorders, CBD is not just for sick or hurting people. It’s for anyone who wants to be proactive about their long-term health.”

How CBD Can Work for You

Epilepsy

Many studies (and reports from CBD users) have confirmed that CBD is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in both children and adults.

Arthritis

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, without side effects. It’s effective both orally and topically.

Cardiovascular health

A number of studies have shown that CBD can protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing damage caused by heart attacks and strokes.

Depression

CBD can exert antidepressant activities within minutes of consumption, possibly by impacting levels of serotonin, the brain’s feel-good chemical.

Anxiety

A number of studies show that CBD can treat a wide range of anxiety issues, including general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cancer

As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, CBD can reduce the risk of cancer, and can slow or halt tumor growth in existing cancers.

Dosage guidelines: Effective doses vary widely, based on severity of symptoms and the balance or tone of an individual’s endocannabinoid system. Generally, though, doses start at 5 mg and may go as high as 200 mg. Start small, and increase dosage gradually, dividing the total amount into multiple doses if that is effective, until you find what’s right for you.

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Survey: 68% of People Say CBD Improves Sex

But the majority of people have never thought to try it.

There is no shortage of products that people use, or at least try, to improve their sex lives. Enticing lingerie, pills, sex toys, handcuffs, you name it — the sex industry has something to suit everyone. But these “enhancements” often mean adding something new or introducing change that can feel uncomfortable. What if there was a simple, discrete way to have a better sexual experience without adding more to the mix? No liquid courage, no novel contraption, just you and your partner.

https://peachesandscreams.co.uk surveyed over 1,000 people and found that of those who have tried CBD for sexual purposes, 68% of people said it improved their sexual experience, and others said it helped them relax or improved their overall mood. With options ranging from CBD lube to edibles, there are plenty of available choices for you to find the best enhancement method for your preference with no intoxicating effects, so you can just sit back and enjoy a sensual experience. There’s no need to get brave and try something totally out-of-the-box, perhaps just an infused gummy bear is all it takes.

Using CBD for sex is safe, and satisfying.

CBD is fairly new to the sex landscape, but it’s a natural substance with a track record of aiding in relaxation. Although CBD sex products are not FDA approved, the World Health Organization says it’s a generally safe compound, both legally and physically. Right now, there are a slew of available CBD and THC infused sexual enhancement products, as well as several other lifestyle websites that promote CBD use across the web.

To learn if the added attention might translate into people using oils, vapes, sprays, or edibles in new and different ways, https://peachesandscreams.co.uk surveyed over 1,000 individuals to see who may be using CBD products to improve their sex life, and in what ways these products are being implemented. What https://peachesandscreams.co.uk found were a lot of people in need of better information about the potential of CBD for sex.

Most people don’t know that CBD is an option.

Have you ever considered using CBD to spice up things in the bedroom? If not, you’re not alone, it turns out that a lot of people haven’t.

During the research, https://peachesandscreams.co.uk found that 94% of our 1,000 respondents had never used CBD for sexual purposes. Although there is a lack of medical research to back up the claims of CBD, https://peachesandscreams.co.uk wanted to search for other reasons that could account for such a large portion of people that had never even considered using these products in the bedroom. https://peachesandscreams.co.uk started to ask themselves “Why are people not actively using CBD products for sex?”

https://peachesandscreams.co.uk found 96% of people that had never tried CBD for sexual purposes were not aware of its potential benefits. These results make it clear that there is not a lot of available information explaining the positive effects of CBD for sex. Dr. Laurie Mintz, a psychologist, tenured professor at the University of Florida, and author of Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasams Matter and How to Get It said “I don’t know if [CBD] is something I would recommend or not, because I haven’t done enough research, but I can say…I certainly don’t know of any reason that it would be harmful to people.”

In addition to these numbers, 53% of people said they didn’t know that CBD could be used for sex. These percentages indicate there is some hesitation to use CBD for sexual enhancement due to a lack of information about its effects, benefits, and risks.

So let’s talk about what no one else will, and discuss sex and CBD use, including how it can affect people with sexual anxiety, loss of libido, and other medical conditions that impede sexual activity.

Those who tried CBD say it works.

https://peachesandscreams.co.uk asked people that have used CBD for sex about their experience, in the hopes that https://peachesandscreams.co.uk could shed some light on how this compound plays a role in bedroom satisfaction. If you’re a part of the crowd that hasn’t tried CBD for sex, or even knew it was possible, maybe it’s time to take a closer look at what other people have to say about its effects on their sexual experiences.

In the surveys, https://peachesandscreams.co.uk found that 64% of people said that their mood was affected positively when they used CBD for sex. This could correlate to an increase in sexual desire, and an overall better experience due to an uplifted mood. After all, you’re more likely to orgasm when you have increased confidence and feel better about yourself, according to Woman’s Day.

In addition to improving mood, medical research studies have indicated that CBD can benefit people who suffer from anxiety. Our survey found 64% of people said they use CBD for sex as a way to relax. CBD can lessen feelings of performance anxiety and other insecurities, and lubrication products that include CBD provide added sensation that can make it easier to focus on your body during sex. Certified Somatica® sex and intimacy coach Xanet Pailet said “daily life stress, as well as anxiety related to performance, can kill your sex drive and create challenges in the bedroom. For women, orgasm happens at the intersection of high arousal and high relaxation, so the more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to experience pleasure.”

While CBD can help with anxiety symptoms and provide added stimulation, it also has other health advantages for females. According to WebMD, 43% of women experience some form of sexual dysfunction, ranging from painful vaginal muscle spasms to the inability to have orgasms at all. CBD can help with muscle relaxation, pain relief and inflammation, as recent studies have shown that cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory properties. This means that CBD poses an interesting offer to women who suffer from medical conditions that make sex difficult or less enjoyable, such as:

Endometriosis

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Trauma

Chronic pain

Muscle spasms

Prescription drugs for some of these conditions can have less than desirable side effects, like vaginal dryness and even bone loss according to Mayo Clinic. Although CBD is not a substitute for these medications, it has added potential to make sex a possible and pleasurable venture for women that may otherwise feel pain or discomfort during intercourse. Relationship expert and psychologist Antonia Hall further supported the use of CBD in the bedroom by saying “CBD can increase blood flow and has been shown to be especially helpful in menopausal women…[it can also] reduce pain, which might otherwise inhibit sexual desire. ”

Medical News Today also noted that CBD may be able to help women as they go through menopause. At a time in her life when a woman is suffering from hormonal changes that cause sleep, mood, and temperature irregularity, CBD may be able to stabilize these fluctuations. During menopause, women can also introduce CBD into their sex life, as it can reduce dryness and increase sensitivity—in a good way.

Although females can find great satisfaction from using CBD during sex, men can also find it useful in decreasing feelings of performance anxiety. According to a study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, erectile dysfunction currently affects 1 in 4 men under the age of 40 that are seeking treatment for this condition, and it’s possible that CBD may increase male arousal just at it improves libido in females.

Overall, 39% of people said that CBD use was extremely effective during sex, while another 28% said it was very effective. The efficacy of cannabidiol products may refer to the added sensations, or its ability to reduce anxiety, increase sex drive, elicit a positive mood, and relieve pain — it just depends on the person.

Most people took CBD gummies before sex.

For those looking to improve their sexual experiences through CBD consumption, the majority of people https://peachesandscreams.co.uk asked had chosen to eat CBD edibles — gummies were particularly popular since they are small, tasty and less intimidating to new comers. These products are easy to take and may have a more steady effect on your body, as they are metabolized slower than a tincture. Second to edibles was vaping methods, meaning that CBD was inhaled through the lungs.

Other options like lubricants and topical treatments were used less among https://peachesandscreams.co.uk respondents, although they offer perks of isolated stimulation to the application site. Foria—a company dedicated to natural enhancement products—even has a lube that doubles as an oral spray called “Awaken.” The founder of Foria, Mathew Gerson said, “Foria Awaken contains our proprietary extract of kava kava root (which stimulates the same receptors as THC), so you get analgesic qualities of the kava, paired with the CBD and other herbs that are interacting with the endocannabinoid system—all helping to soothe pain, and enhance the body’s natural arousal processes.”

Some people replaced prescriptions with CBD.

It is true that 68% of people in the survey said that CBD improved their sexual experience, regardless of their method of use. But CBD may affect everyone differently, and the way in which you use these products can also contribute to how it enhances your sex life. It’s important to personalize your experience. Choose a lube or topical application for added stimulation, or ingest edibles that may reduce anxiety symptoms for a less stressful, and all around more satisfying sexual encounter.

It’s also worth highlighting that 44% of people found CBD useful enough to replace an over the counter relaxant. Although https://peachesandscreams.co.uk do not promote the substitution of any prescription medications with CBD, unless instructed to do so by your doctor, it seems that these findings provide some support towards the health advantages of using CBD.


It’s important to note that regardless of the number of people that report CBD products having positive effects in their sex life, this may not be true for everyone. Sexual psychologist Dr. Mintz said it best, “I promote couples try anything they mutually agree upon that they want to experiment with. If they want to give [CBD] a try I don’t see any reason why not, but I would not promote it as a magic bullet.” With that being said, the risks associated with CBD use and sex are very low, but it’s still a good idea to run the idea by a trusted medical professional if you’re wary about trying CBD.

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Wonder Drug? Separating CBD Oil Fact From Fiction

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How to Take CBD Oil for Migraines

How to Take CBD Oil for Migraines

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Migraines are one of the worst common problems you can experience. They go above and beyond the pain levels of the standard stress-related headache and, worst of all, a migraine can last up to 72 hours. During this period, many people find it impossible to undertake even minor household tasks, so they are forced to lie down in a dark room feeling absolutely debilitated and awful.  

Painkillers can be a good solution to alleviating the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of migraine headaches temporarily, but many people are concerned about the potentially harmful side effects that accompany over the counter brands.

All is not lost, however. There is an excellent solution to overcoming migraines and it comes from a cannabis plant.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD is just one of the active compounds present in a marijuana plant. Over the past year alone, CBD products have risen to fame due to their powerful abilities to naturally treat an array of medical conditions—and that includes chronic migraines.

What Does Research Say about CBD Oil?

There is still limited research investigating the use of CBD and hemp oil to effectively treat research. This is mainly due to rules and regulations put in place around the legality of cannabis in each state and country, but the lab studies that have been performed suggest that CBD is capable of relieving all forms of acute pain and also chronic pain. Migraines included.

What Is the Best Way to Take CBD Oil to Alleviate Migraines?

While certain states in the US are still debating the use of medical cannabis and cannabis-based products as a mainstream way of treating illness, the cannabis plant has been used as an alternative medical tool for nearly 3000 years, according to the National Cancer Institute. Its use has largely been focused on pain management, reducing inflammation and also to manage neurological symptoms, which is good news for migraine sufferers.

Cannabis-based oil is mainly taken by vaping or ingesting it orally. Newcomers to the world of CBD may want to start by consuming by putting a few drops of it under their tongue, or even eating a CBD-infused sweet as potential side effects are reduced via this method.

If you are experiencing a severe headache or a migraine and you don’t have to leave the house, vaping the oil might be more beneficial as it will work quicker. When you vape CBD oil, the beneficial compounds will be delivered straight to your bloodstream via your lungs, offering migraine relief.

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

There aren’t currently any formal guidelines for how much CBD oil you should take if you are experiencing migraine attacks. However, several experts recommend using somewhere around 10–20 mg each day for treating severe and chronic pain, so could also work as migraine treatment.

When you take CBD oil for the first time, it is always advisable to start with a minute dose of the tincture and then work your way up. This will give your body time to adapt to the oil and also reduce the risk of any adverse reactions you might have.

Are There Any Risks or Side Effects Accompanying CBD Oil?

Generally speaking, the risks and side effects of CBD are incredibly minute. This is exactly why people are choosing cannabis-based products over addictive medications to treat their unbearable migraines and pain relief. If you are sensitive, in general, you could experience an upset stomach or feel drowsy. This will also depend on several other factors including the strain of cannabis you choose.

The effects of CBD can also be influenced by the way you ingest it. If you are not a smoker and you vape it, you might find you are susceptible to lung irritation. If you suffer from asthma or another type of lung disease, then vaping might not be the best course of action for you.

Will I Get High?

Pure CBD and CBD oils are derived from the cannabis plant, but not all oils are created equal. You can find some strains of CBD oil that contain only minor quantities of THC (the component of cannabis that makes you feel high when you smoke weed) and others that contain an almost equal balance of THC and CBD, in which case you might feel a gentle euphoria.

To make it easier for you to get your head around it, there are two types of CBD strains that are currently widely available for purchase.

  • CBD-dominant: Very limited amounts of THC or even none at all.
  • CBD-rich: Both CBD and THC are present in equal proportions.

There are no psychoactive properties in CBD oil, so even if you choose a product that contains just as much THC, the CBD component will counteract the effects of THC. So, if you don’t want to get high, but you want to benefit from medical marijuana- CBD could be an excellent choice for you.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Because of the fact that traditional cannabis contains psychoactive components, it remains illegal in many parts of the United States. That said, over the past couple of years, some states have legalized cannabis solely for medical purposes. Other states have gone ahead and legalized it completely. If you are lucky enough to live in a state where you can legally use marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, then you will also be able to access CBD oil.


This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

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Nine Tips For Better Sleep Hygiene (Get A Better Night’s Rest!)

Nine Tips For Better Sleep Hygiene (Get A Better Night’s Rest!)

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What Is Sleep Hygiene? Why Does it Matter?


Sleep hygiene is the series of routines, habits, and behaviors you partake in relation to your sleep. Unknowingly or not, each of us has our own rituals and behaviors which may impact our overall feeling of rest. Things like a 3 pm cup of coffee or sleeping in on the weekend to ‘catch up’ on sleep are examples of undesirable sleep hygiene behaviors.


Sleep hygiene is important because it can either improve or reduce the quality of sleep you are getting. A few simple tweaks can really improve the amount of sleep you are able to get – whether that is 6 hours or 9 hours.


This list is a holistic approach to improving your nighttime habits and is not a simple one-step solution.


1. Develop a night-time wind down routine

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This can include:

  • An Epsom salt bath
  • Stretching or yoga
  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Reading a book

Engaging in this series of behaviors will gradually signal to your body you are getting ready to go to sleep – and these behaviors will also aid in relaxing your mind and body.

2. Block out all light and noise


Darkness acts as a signal to your body it needs to prepare for sleep. If you aren’t able to completely control your circumstances, then things like a sleep mask and earplugs will ensure that you are able to block out as much light and noise as possible.


Alternatively, blackout curtains make a huge difference; also using masking tape to cover any small lights on chargers and cords.

3. Use a filter on electronics

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Blue light from electronics can mimic sunlight and throw off our body’s natural circadian rhythm. These kinds of devices can trick our bodies into thinking it is still light outside and we should, therefore, stay awake. Apps like f.lux  can be installed to block out the high frequency wavelengths that may interfere with sleep.

4. Be mindful of the temperature in the room


The ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the room dark will aid in maintaining a cooler temperature, and a fan can be positioned near the bed as well.

5. Aim to fall asleep and wake up at a similar time each night

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Waking up at a similar time will help strengthen your body’s natural circadian rhythm. Our bodies are designed to rise with the sun and sleep when it goes down – and sleeping in on weekends can throw this rhythm off.

The same goes for falling asleep at a similar time. You will find falling asleep will get easier as your body gets used to its new routine.

6. Move your body throughout the day


Being active throughout the day is beneficial for many reasons, but getting your heart rate up during the day may actually increase the length and quality of your sleep. As little as 10 minutes of walking or cycling on a daily basis is enough to reap these benefits when done on a consistent basis.

7. Stop caffeine at 12 pm


Our bodies are designed to have peak energy after waking up in the morning and should gradually drop throughout the day, ending in sleep at night. A stimulant like caffeine will cause an unnatural spike when consumed in the afternoon and may lead to a crash later in the day. Coffee and other stimulants are best when consumed in the first 30 minutes of waking up – when our bodies should be producing peak cortisol for the day!


Try to limit other substances like alcohol or chocolate to 4 hours before bedtime if possible.

8. Write down a to-do list


If you find it hard to fall asleep at night because your mind is racing with all of the things you need to finish tomorrow, take a minute to jot all of your thoughts down. Having a place to keep all of these thoughts is helpful because you won’t have to stress or worry about forgetting something – all of those thoughts will be waiting for you in the morning!

9. Worst case… use a supplement


A supplement is just that – an extra bonus to an already healthy lifestyle. If you are really struggling to fall asleep at night, things like melatonin or CBD oil can help get your body ready for sleep.


Of course, the goal is to be able to fall asleep without these products, but they can be particularly useful in the beginning when you are trying to get your body’s rhythm back on track.

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