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Dr Harrison Weisinger

Dr Harrison Weisinger, co-founder of Truth Origins, shares his insight into the role that CBD and other natural supplements play in slowing down the ageing process.

Adding Vitamin A to our routine, drinking more water, trying every cream under the sun – most of us have tried to reverse the effects of ageing at one time or another, most of the time with great expense and not much luck.

But there is one solution which is emerging to help us age better – CBD and associated supplements.

Dr Harrison Weisinger – or Dr Harry, as he is more commonly known – is a family doctor who has committed his life to improving human health and performance, with special interests in nutrition and longevity.

Along with his childhood best friend and business partner, Trent Scanlen, Dr Harry is a popular advocate of the use of CBD supplements for anti-ageing and many other purposes. The duo are so passionate, in fact, that they launched the Truth Supplements brand to share their knowledge and dedication to improving human health.

A sub-brand of Truth Supplements, Truth Naturals offers an array of 100 percent natural, organic CBD products, ranging from oils and sprays to gumdrops.

The pair have also developed the Truth Origins range –100 percent plant-based, immune-supporting supplements. The mission of the brand, they say, is simple: “To innovate and create natural solutions for people in search of optimal health and wellbeing.”

Dr Harry recently fronted a presentation on health optimisation, titled ‘How can we age better’, where he discussed how a variety of CBD products can affect our health and how we mature.

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In the webinar, Dr Harry declared that “life expectancy without drugs and supplements is closer to 30 years than 100 years of age” – but how exactly can CBD, and other supplements, have that much of an impact?

According to Dr Harry, the biggest problems we face today revolve around stress, anxiety and insomnia; pain, inflammation and chronic disease; and nutrient deficiencies – a proclamation which many of us would agree with.

By tackling each of these issues through its impact on receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), CBD could help us decrease the effect these factors have on how we age.

The ECS is thought to affect a range of psychological and physiological functions, including appetite, mood, immune function, pleasure and pain – and by interacting with the system, CBD can regulate these.

Prior research has shown that CBD usage can ease symptoms in chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and MS, as well as improving sleep quality.

In terms of its psychological effects, several studies have found that CBD can reduce stress and improve our overall quality of life  – both of which affect how we age physically, as well as mentally.

In a range of formats and with varying levels of potency, the Truth CBD supplements promise to tackle these issues with “guaranteed purity, transparency and efficacy”. Its Rest, Recover and Rise range, in particular, is made up of 100 percent natural, organically grown CBD to be used both at night and along with drinks through the day.

Another popular solution is the brand’s CBD oil, which has proven results in customers suffering from chronic back pain thanks to its rich hemp oil blend, which features no THC and won’t offer unpleasant ‘high’ feelings.

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The rest of the range targets ailments ranging from arthritis and vitamin deficiencies to insomnia, while also boosting the immune system.

By targeting these ‘problem areas’ and reducing our aches and pains, it’s likely that CBD can play a role in improving both our physical and mental health, which in turn will help us age better.

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Study shows potential benefits of CBG for skincare

CBG serum revealed improvements on irritated skin

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In what is thought to be a first of its kind clinical study, cannabigerol (CBG) demonstrated potential anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.

Biotechnology company, Willow Biosciences has announced the results of its peer-reviewed study on the benefits of CBG for skincare

The study involved 20 healthy male and female participants who had sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-induced irritation (a substance used in studies to imitate the symptoms of contact dermatitis).

The groups were given either a 0.1 per cent CBG serum or a placebo to apply topically over two weeks.

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The CBG serum revealed statistically significant improvements compared to the placebo group, especially for transepidermal water loss or redness.

Transepidermal water loss refers to water that passively evaporates through the skin and can be triggered by skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or rosacea. Although sometimes dry weather,  over-washing and exfoliating with harsh or perfumed soaps may cause it.

The study noted that bio-synthetically produced CBG may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and skin-repairing properties that would make it perfect for anti-ageing, slowing inflammation and boosting skin barrier functions.

Gene analysis of both CBG and CBD, when applied to a 3D human skin model, demonstrated that cannabigerol outperformed CBD by targeting collagen, elastin and hydration genes.

The researchers wrote:  “CBG’s broad range of in vitro and clinical skin health-promoting activities demonstrates its strong potential as a safe, effective ingredient for topical use and suggests there are areas where it may be more effective than CBD.”

In a statement, Willow’s CEO Trevor Peters said: “Willow’s FutureGrown CBG continues to exhibit great promise as an exciting new skincare ingredient. We are excited to share the results of our in vitro and clinical work with our stakeholders and proud to have it published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the first of its kind for CBG.”

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What is CBG?

Cannabigerol is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. It is sometimes referred to as ‘the mother of all cannabinoids’ because it is the precursor to CBD. Other cannabinoids are derived from cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), an acidic form of CBG.

There is very little CBG in plants, often as low as one per cent so it makes CBG more expensive than CBD products. CBD is much more available in plants at 20 to 25 per cent. CBG tends to be made from younger plants which contain a higher percentage. THC and CBD both begin life as CBGA before maturing and THC goes on to become CBN in older plants.

It is thought to work the same as CBD in that it interacts with our endocannabinoid system via receptors that are found all over the body. In particular, it may bind to the CB1 receptors in our nervous system or CB2 receptors in our immune system.

It is thought to potentially strengthen the function of anandamide which is a neurotransmitter that affects our pleasure and motivation. It also regulates appetite, sleep and pain relief.

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Does the endocannabinoid system have an effect on exercise euphoria?

What causes a runner’s high? Is it CBD, endorphins or our endocannabinoid systems?

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The euphoric feeling after exercise, often referred to as a ‘runner’s high’, is associated with a reduction in pain, stress and anxiety.

Research now links the runner’s high to our endocannabinoid system, suggesting that the exercise-induced endorphin release it was always attributed to, is not solely responsible.

But what is our endocannabinoid system? And how does it work? 

We examine endocannabinoids, endorphins and how CBD plays a part in balancing the body and exercise

What is the endocannabinoid system?

The endocannabinoid system is thought to regulate different functions in the body such as sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility. It is made up of receptors, enzymes and endocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoid receptors are found naturally all over the body. There are two major receptors called CB1 and CB2.

CB1 is usually found in the central nervous system, while CB2 is found in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids bind to the receptors to help with different problems such as pain. It is not fully understood how cannabinoids bind with receptors.

Endocannabinoids are actually naturally produced molecules that are similar to cannabinoids. So far, researchers have identified two key endocannabinoids: anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG).

Enzymes break down the endocannabinoids once they are no longer needed. The two major enzymes are fatty acid amide hydrolase, which breaks down AEA and monoacylglycerol acid lipase, which typically breaks down 2-AG.

What is the difference between endocannabinoids and endorphins?

Endorphins are chemicals released by the body in response to pain or exercise. They were traditionally associated with the euphoria felt after a run. However, endorphins cannot cross into the brain through the blood-brain barrier which exists to protect the brain from toxins and pathogens. 

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This is one of the reasons that scientists suspect it may not be the reason for the high. They may keep you from experiencing pain after a run.

How does CBD feature in all of this?

CBD interferes with the receptors found in the endocannabinoid system to help them balance the body. However, it is not fully understood how this happens.

CBD, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid found in the plant, does not bind the receptors. CBD may supplement the endocannabinoid system helping to regulate your system. The cannabinoids travel the receptor that has been stimulated and needs extra help to achieve a balance.  Depending on the dose and which receptor it is, CBD is thought to help anxiety, sleep problems, inflammation and pain.

This is why a lot of runners or athletes depend on CBD as part of their recovery routine after a strenuous workout. It may help to alleviate some of the muscle pain they endure during a run.

 

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Skin conditions and cannabis – survey finds support for use in acne, psoriasis and rosacea

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product.

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A new survey of over 500 adult patients in the US, has found widespread support for the use of cannabis products in skin disorders – although few have actually tried them.

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product, if recommended by a dermatologist, according to the survey, which was carried out by researchers at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

A further 73 percent of participants said they would be comfortable seeing a dermatologist who recommended cannabis-based products.

But only 18 per cent had used an over the counter cannabis product without a dermatologist’s recommendation. Of those who had seen a dermatologist, 15 per cent used an over the counter product and eight per cent used a medical cannabis product which required a Department of Health-approved card, per their dermatologist’s recommendations.

The most common indications which cannabis-based products were used for were acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

The global CBD skincare market is expected to increase to USD$1.7 billion by 2025 according to market. research company, Million Insights.

Lead author, Samuel Yeroushalmi, a fourth-year MD student at George Washington University. School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS), wanted to examine consumer attitudes to medical cannabis products in light of limited scientific data.

He commented: “MCPs [medical cannabis products], which are cannabis or cannabis-derived products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and/or cannabidiol, known as CBD, are more available now than they ever have been. However, data supporting use and information regarding product quality assurance is limited, particularly when it comes to dermatologic conditions.

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“We wanted to take a closer look at how patients both feel about and use MCPs as part of their treatment plans.”

The researchers concluded that consumers were in and are already using medical cannabis products, mostly for inflammatory skin conditions, and recommended more education for dermatologists.

Adam Friedman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at GW SMHS, said: “This study spotlights and provides supporting evidence that the skin care consumer is open to and interested in MCPs. Consumers and patients are already using MCPs to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, even without guidance from a dermatologist.

“While acceptance was high, there were clear barriers reported limiting use and uptake, such as patient skepticism and a lack of understanding. This mirrors data our group published regarding the dermatology health care practitioner’s perspective and fund of knowledge, underscoring the need for more research and education for both dermatologists and the public. The future should be bright for MCPs; we just need to show and disseminate the science.”

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