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The best CBD Christmas gifts

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Provacan have a range of CBD products which will make the perfect gift this Christmas

2020 has been a stressful year, and 2021 is looking to be just as eventful. Help your friends and loved ones slip into the new year by pampering them with all-natural CBD creams, oils, gummies, and vape products, writes Christine Dantz.

No matter what year, everyone can use a little daily self-care to help them unwind at the end of the day.

CBD and Arnica

After an intense workout session, massaging the IMPACT CBD Heating Arnica Balm is the perfect treat for your body. The all-natural sports supplement with 300mg of a pure CBD isolate is THC-free and an excellent option for the fitness enthusiast in your life. For even better results, pair IMPACT CBD Heating Arnica Balm with IMPACT’s Cooling Power Balm

Body-Soothing Skin Cream

CBD topicals are the ultimate holiday gift. Your skin is your largest organ. To keep it happy, you need to treat it right by keeping it clean, moist, and protecting it from the sun. HuGG CBD skin creams are one way to meet your skin’s needs. The CBD-infused moisturiser contains a rich formula of pure CBD, olive oil, lavender oil, sunflower oil, and wild rose oil.

Yummy CBD Gummies

CBD creams aren’t the only way to enjoy the popular hemp extract. Many consumers love popping the delicious supplements daily with yummy fruit-flavoured CBD gummies. Add Provacan CBD Gummies to your holiday list for anyone who needs fat-free, vegan-friendly edibles made with all-natural flavouring.

CBD Oil with 0%THC

There’s no denying that CBD topicals and gummies are a hot Christmas gift this year. But there are other ways to use the hemp extract. For example, IMPACT CBD Oil is available in two strengths, 4% and 16%. Surprise the athlete in your life with the vegan-friendly CBD oil in their stocking. Each 1600mg bottle includes 16% CBD oil and over 16% total cannabinoid content. Made in the UK, the hemp extract is manufactured according to ISO/GMP standards – This means that what is written on the label is exactly what you are getting inside the bottle.

Chill with a CBD VapePod

Vaping is a great idea for the experienced or new CBD user in your family. The Provacan VapePod is the most advanced vape device. It has two formulas, the Provacan Day Terpene CBD VapePod is specially formulated for daytime use and contains 55% CBD. Unlike other brands vape products, it doesn’t include PG (propylene glycol) or VG (vegetable glycerin). For the best results, add a Provacan Night Terpene CBD VapePod to your cart, too.

Selfcare with Massaging Body Oil

A massage is, by far, one of the best ways to indulge. While getting out and seeing a masseuse is the better option, it’s a service that’s out of reach for many. The next best thing is HuGG Massaging Body Oil with 50mg of a CBD isolate. The soothing oil is a blend of sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and lavender essential oil.

Pamper Your Hair with CBD Shampoo

Too often, people overlook haircare. Surprise your bestie this season with IMPACT CBD Shampoo and help them spoil their hair with the irresistible feel of hemp-infused hair care products. Each bottle includes 200mg of an ultra-pure CBD isolate and is enriched with vitamin F and essential fatty acids. The paraben and sulfate-free formula is ideal for daily use to help your hair feel great after a workout or before heading out for the day.

Soak the Day Away

Who doesn’t love unwinding in a hot bath on a cold winters’ night? Provacan CBD Bath Salts offer immediate relaxation and rejuvenation with an all-natural blend of Dead Sea and Himalayan Salts. Give the gift of bliss this Christmas and turn a tough day into a distant memory.  Add Provacan’s high-quality CBD formula mixed with ancient salts and potent essential oils, including sweet orange, ginger root, and coconut oil to your holiday gift list.

Pop Mint CBD Lozenges to Start the Day

IMPACT Full-spectrum CBD lozenges are easy to use and ideal for the vegan in your life. With a refreshing taste, they offer accurate dosing and long-lasting results as they slowly dissolve under the tongue. The all-natural supplement is also sugar-free, making it an excellent option for anyone ringing in the new year with a new, healthier diet.

CBD is the perfect holiday gift. Treat your friends and family to organic CBD topicals, VapePods, and delicious edibles this year. Oh, don’t forget to add a product or two from Impact, HuGG, and Provacan to your stocking, too. 2020’s been rough. It’s okay to pamper yourself.

Written By: Christine Dantz

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NFL to explore effects of CBD in players with chronic pain

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The NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee wants to find alternative treatments to manage player's chronic pain

America’s National Football League (NFL) is looking into how cannabis and CBD can help in managing player’s chronic pain.

The league and player’s association (NFLPA) made a formal request for information to researchers on “pain management alternatives to opioids” earlier this month.

In an official statement, the NFL-NFLPA Pain Management Committee (PMC) said it is working to “improve player health through evidence-based treatment of acute and chronic pain” and to “facilitate research to better understand and improve potential alternative treatments.”

The NFL is seeking out qualified researchers who could lead studies into pain management and athletic performance in its players.

Areas of investigation include the potential therapeutic role of medications and “non-pharmacological interventions” that are considered to be alternatives to opioids in routine pain management of NFL players, including, but not limited to, cannabinoids such as CBD.

The committee also wants to explore the cannabis or cannabinoids on athletic performance in NFL players.

The PMC was formed in 2019 as part of the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement with the goal of benefitting the health and safety of NFL players through education and research.

Last year it conducted two informational forums on CBD to learn about the current state of CBD science and manufacturing in the US, as part of its aim to find alternatives to opioids in the pain management of players.

Respondents to the request are expected to have experience conducting controlled, experimental studies in the relevant areas and should be affiliated with institutions or companies that meet state, federal, and IRB requirements.

However the NFL is not committing to funding any specific studies at this stage, and instead wants to seek out qualified scientists who can assist with future research projects.

CBD is not currently listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List and, as a result, is permitted for use in sport.

However, all other cannabinoids such as cannabis, marijuana and THC are prohibited in competition due to the receptors activated in the brain which cause a ‘high’.

A 2018 review assessed the impact CBD has on relieving chronic pain. The review examined a number of studies, concluding that CBD was effective in overall pain management and didn’t cause any other negative side effects.

In addition, it has been suggested that CBD can speed recovery and fight fatigue – welcome news for athletes suffering from long-term or recurring injuries.

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How can CBD help arthritis?

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In a Canadian study, nine out of 10 patients said CBD was effective in managing their pain

In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other, similar conditions that affect the joints – and many are turning to CBD products to ease their pain and discomfort.

With an ever-expanding range of drinks, gummies and edibles on thee market CBD could be seen as something aimed at the younger generation.

However, there is a growing body of research that suggests CBD can also be of great use for the older members of the population – and one condition in particular.

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint, and while it can affect people of all ages, it is more likely to begin when people are in their 40s and 50s, worsening with age.

A Canadian study from 2020 found that up to one in five patients who consulted an orthopedic surgeon for chronic musculoskeletal pain were using a cannabis product to treat them, with the express aim of reducing pain.

The researchers also found that interest in the compound was high, with two thirds of non-users curious to try a cannabis product to treat their muscle and joint pain.

Furthermore, those patients already using CBD had generally positive experiences using the products. Nine out of 10 said it was effective in managing their pain, and four in 10 said it decreased their reliance on other pain medications. Nearly 6 in 10 said cannabis products were more effective than other drugs.

Such findings corroborate what we already know about CBD; thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, early research into its use as a treatment for acute and chronic pain is promising.

A 2016 study found that transdermal cannabidiol has potential for reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis without any noticeable side effects.

Cannabis-based medicines can help manage the pain of arthritis by rebalancing the body’s natural endocannabinoid pain-processing system and soothing inflamed body tissues.

There are two primary ways of taking a CBD supplement; topically or orally.

In the case of arthritis, a cream or ointment containing CBD would be rubbed into the affected area. Topical products may also include common over-the-counter ingredients such as menthol, capsaicin or camphor, which could make it difficult to determine if any positive effect is due to the CBD or another ingredient.

There are a number of ways to take CBD orally, from gummies, snacks and drinks to tinctures and capsules – although gummies are discouraged in households with children, due to their similarity with sweets.

However, all work in largely the same way, being absorbed through the digestive tract. However, it is worth noting that absorption can be slow and dosing is tricky due to the delayed onset of effect (one to two hours), unknown effects of stomach acids, recent meals and other factors.

Whichever method you choose, it is always a good idea to check with your medical practitioner first, as CBD, although it is natural, may interact with other treatments, such as prescription medications.

However, for those looking for an alternative to prescribed drugs, with fewer side effects, CBD could well prove to be the answer.

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9 out of 10 readers have self-medicated with cannabis

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Nine out of 10 Cannabis Health readers have consumed cannabis for medical purposes without a prescription – and almost all said they found it to be more effective than conventional medicines.

 

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been asking for your views on social media to delve deeper into how people are consuming cannabis.

As expected, the proportion of our readers who self-medicate with cannabis was high, but the results also demonstrate the perceived effectiveness of cannabis in comparison with traditional medication, highlighting a need for wider access to safe cannabis based medicines.

Self-medicating

Despite the law around medical cannabis changing over two years ago, gaining a prescription can still be challenging, particularly on the NHS.

This has forced a lot of patients to take matters into their own hands.

According to research, as many as 1.4 million Brits are self-medicating with cannabis, equivalent to just over two percent of the country’s population.

Studies from the US have backed this up, with one suggesting that as many as a third of teenagers with a chronic health condition have taken it upon themselves to manage their symptoms with cannabis.

We asked our readers if they were self-medicating to treat a health condition, with the results confirming that almost 94 percent of people said they were.

On top of this, a further five percent said they were not currently, but were open to the idea.

Just over one percent said they weren’t self-medicating due to the stigma attached, however no one responded that the law was a factor in this. 

Effectiveness of self-medicating 

 

Anecdotal evidence and some early studies suggest that cannabis can ease symptoms of some chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, where other, more conventional medicines have failed.

There is also promise in the potential of cannabis to relieve some mental health conditions, with some saying it has provided huge relief for disorders such as PTSD.

Ninety five percent of Cannabis Health readers polled said they found cannabis extremely effective at relieving symptoms. 

In addition no one said they had found it ineffective when it comes to treating their condition.

The remaining five percent said they found it to have a similar effect as their conventional treatments. 

Route to administration 

How patients consume cannabis can have an impact on its effectiveness, as well as how quickly it kicks in.

With such high numbers both self-medicating and reporting positive effects, we wanted to discover the common consumption methods.

Smoking the flower is the traditional method of consuming cannabis and often viewed as the one which can provide the most relief.

However, even though it has been seen to be less harmful than tobacco, smoking can still lead to a number of other health issues and is note recommended by health professionals.

Despite this, it remained the most popular choice among Cannabis Health readers, with just over a third saying this is how they consume cannabis.

The modern alternative to this is vaping, which was the second most common route to administration among Cannabis Health readers.

Around a third of readers said this was their preferred consumption method.

Some professionals argue this is the healthiest way for consumption, with clinics recommending vaping cannabis flower, but more research is needed in this area.

One method which has few negative effects is the use of oils or tinctures.

This is typically how CBD is consumed, with 21 percent of readers saying this was their preferred method.

Self-medicating alongside conventional medicines

The NHS says it is unlikely that many people in the UK will be able to gain access to a medical cannabis prescription.

Despite this, many patients have chosen to self-medicate with cannabis either alongside or often in the place of conventional therapies. 

The majority of readers agreed with this, with 55 percent saying they no longer use conventional medicines in favour of cannabis.

A further 22 percent said they would only use their conventional medicines if they did not have access to cannabis and the remainder said that they still consume cannabis alongside conventional medication.

Want to get involved? Cannabis Health will be running a number of polls over on our social media pages, to find out more about your views on CBD and cannabis for medical and wellbeing purposes.

Follow @CannabisHnews on Twitter and @Cannabishealthmag on Instagram and keep an eye out.

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