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How to incorporate CBD into your Valentine’s Day celebrations

Could CBD help you get into the mood for love?

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Valentines Day: Can CBD help? Two flowers and a pink candle

Whether you are single or coupled up for Valentine’s day this year, here are some of the ways to incorporate CBD into your celebrations.

CBD may be able to help in a number of different ways from relaxation, to reducing anxiety, boosting the blood flow and libido. There are a lot of different ways to take CBD but what are the best options for incorporating it into your Valentine’s Day celebrations?

Here are some of our best romantic suggestions

Valentines day: A CBD candle

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It might sound strange to absorb CBD this way but hear us out!

A study from 2017 found that people who smelled CBD-infused essential oils reported a decrease in blood pressure, while they felt more energised and relaxed. It is worth noting this was an extremely small study of only five people.

It does make sense though as cannabis contains different terpenes. Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds in plants that cause smell and taste. Different terpenes can have an effect on our sense of smell such as usually pine or cloves when we feel ill to clear our nasal passages.

Candles also help us to feel relaxed and can make a house feel like home. Some of the candles can also be used as massage oils afterwards giving you the added bonus of warm CBD to add to any aches or pains. They are normally not made from wax making them safe to use but also kinder to the environment.

CBD massage lotion

Massage lotions are a great way to get a little bit of CBD in your evening routine. Topicals offer a way to potentially relieve pain directly in the affected external area. Not only that but when we are touched, a signal is sent to our brain, which then starts the release of oxytocin which is also referred to as the love hormone.  Serotonin and Dopamine, the happy hormones are also released making us feel better.

We can put a lot of stress on our muscles throughout the day. The soreness can happen if you change your workout routine or start a new exercise programme or occasional sleep in a different position.

This causes microscopic damage to muscle fibres. It can last up to three to five days after your workout which can be alarming. CBD may help by soothing muscle pain and reducing the inflammation around the damage. A study on CBD and joint pain found that daily doses may help to reduce the pain. The study focused on rats with arthritis and the CBD treatment was applied as a gel.

Chocolate

Chocolate can be a great place to start when it comes to romantic edible ideas. If you choose your chocolate carefully then it could even have health benefits.

Selecting dark chocolate over milk can provide the body with an excellent source of fibre, minerals and anti-oxidants. It also has a great supply of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. Our bodies continue to break down and absorb nutrients into our system. This process creates damage often referred to as free radical damage. Anti-oxidants help to destroy any free radical molecules before they create this damage.

Anti-oxidants are key for male sexual health as they may help to reduce erectile dysfunction in men and improve sperm quality.

CBD and dark chocolate are both great sources of antioxidants. There are lots of different options of CBD chocolate available and the options are endless for ways to try it. Adding a sprinkle to desserts, cooking, baking or even just enjoying a box in front of Netflix.

CBD and valentines day: A romantic bath for two...or one

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A long hot bath after a stressful day at work can be great for resetting your serotonin levels.

CBD may be able to make your bath a little bit more relaxing by reducing stress and anxiety levels. It is available in lots of different products from salts to bath bombs.

CBD is thought to interact with the receptors in the brain potentially sending signals to the neurotransmitter, serotonin. There is still a lot of research needed in this area to understand how the two interact.

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for your mental health and lower levels are sometimes associated with depression or anxiety. A study examining the effect of CBD on people with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) found that it may help to reduce anxiety. Participants in this study were given 400 mg of CBD or a placebo. The researchers reported that those in the group given the CBD recorded lower levels of anxiety.

Choosing different terpenes can also help. Terpenes are the active aromatic molecules found in plants that cause smell and taste. Most people associate them with cannabis plants as they are high in concentration.

Linalool which is often found in lavender may also reduce anxiety. A study revealed that inhaled linalool may reduce anxiety, aggressiveness and increase social interaction. It showed anti-anxiety properties in light or dark tests. In higher doses of linalool, the mice showed decreased aggressiveness and increased social interaction leading researchers to conclude that linalool essential oils may help with relaxation and decreased anxiety.

If you need any more convincing to take a long hot bath then it could also help with blood flow. It can make it more oxygenated by allowing you to breathe deeper and slower when you are inhaling the steam. Adding the terpene pinene found in rosemary can boost this benefit too by helping you to clean your airways.

Cocktails

First dates can be nerve-wracking. CBD may be able to help any pre-date nerves or post-Covid anxiety.

Anxiety attacks when we are out of the house can happen really quickly with no warning. Some of the early signs of a panic attack include sweating, shaking, an increasing sense of danger and a pounding heart rate. If you don’t feel comfortable popping a capsule at the dinner table or oil at an after-party then there are plenty of other discreet options. CBD gummies, edibles and vapes are all very discreet options that can be popped into a bag without anyone needing to know what they are.

Even if it’s not a first-date situation, CBD can be easily added to drinks as an alcohol alternative or for added relaxation. There are lots of non-alcoholic options or water-soluble CBD products that can be added to a large margarita.

Why water soluble? Oil floats on the top of most drinks. CBD does not mix with water very well as it tends to prefer fats which is why it is far easier to use in cooking. Water-soluble CBD manages to avoid this meaning there is no oily residue.

CBD experiences 

There are a number of different locations around the world that offer different events or packages that include CBD. Some examples include CBD cafes for a nice lunch, restaurants for dinner, hotel packages for a good nights sleep or even spa retreats.

Here are five UK based options

  • The Rosewood Hotel in London has launched two spa and room packages which are also available in other locations.
  • Not feeling up to an overnight stay? The Hempist in East Sussex has a full menu of hemp-infused vegan lunch options.
  • Fancy heading for a Valentine’s day spa treat? Glow bar in London offers its signature ‘High Vibe‘ 60 minutes facial massage with crystals and CBD. CBD patches can also be added to the experience for an extra £2.
  • If you are outside of London then head to NiniSpa in Manchester. Its signature facial massage includes relaxation techniques from around the world including CBD.
  • Grassroots CBD and LA Perfection offer a relaxing facial treatment in their spa in Oxford. It uses Grassroots products combined with dermaplaning and LED technology to cleanse, tone and rejuvenate the skin.

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CBD lubricant

Although there is not a lot of research on how cannabinoids interact with the ECS, it is thought they interact to activate different receptors.

According to a 2009 article published in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, researchers have found ECS receptors in the sexual reproductive organs, such as the testicles and the vagina. These are also present in the brain.

In a survey of 1,000 Americans by CBD information website, Remedy Review, 68 per cent who used CBD for sex reported feeling more relaxed and felt it improved their sexual experience. A further 44 per cent of those surveyed found CBD useful enough to replace what they are currently using.

CBD lubes may help with pain or anxiety during sex. It’s important to use a water-based oil that is safe for internal use and is condom-safe.

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Fair Trials and Last Prisoner Project seek to launch global cannabis justice project

Fair Trials’ Global CEO Norman L. Reimer to discuss the project at Cannabis Europa Conference in London on June 29.

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A new initiative from Fair Trials and the Last Prisoner Project aims to redress the harm caused by cannabis prohibition and to secure relief for those in prison for cannabis-related convictions.

The criminal justice reform NGO, Fair Trials hopes that the industry will support its work in countries across the globe where cannabis laws are being liberalised. Through collaboration with local partners in appropriate jurisdictions, the Fair Trials project will identify people in need of legal assistance, and recruit, train and match volunteer lawyers to take on their cases.

Fair Trials has enlisted the help of the Last Prisoner Project, a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis sector.

More and more jurisdictions are allowing adults to use and distribute medical and recreational cannabis. But after decades of prohibition, countless people remain behind bars or continue to suffer the collateral consequences of a cannabis conviction.

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“The injustice of cannabis prohibition has resulted in millions of people worldwide serving time in prison or being saddled with a cannabis conviction, which brings with it a lifetime of harmful consequences, ranging from education and employment opportunities to immigration status and parental rights,” said Fair Trials Global CEO, Norman L Reimer.

“Of course, these harmful effects of prohibition not only impact the individuals charged, but also their families and communities. And those effects have been borne disproportionately by minorities, communities of colour, and the socio-economically disadvantaged. Legalising cannabis alone does not equal justice. Together, we must address the ongoing harms of past prohibition and leave no cannabis prisoner behind.”

The project will be modelled on the US Cannabis Justice Initiative, a collaborative effort between the cannabis industry and volunteer lawyers in the United States. When Norman Reimer was the Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), he partnered with the Last Prisoner Project to establish the initiative.

“Key to the success of the initiative has been generous donations from legal cannabis companies and consumers nationwide,” said Last Prisoner Project Co-Founder Steve DeAngelo. “Fair Trials, with its global reach as the world’s criminal justice watchdog, is uniquely positioned to build and house the infrastructure that’s going to be needed.”

Tomorrow (29 June), Norman Reimer will address the Cannabis Europa Conference discussing the project. Mr Reimer will be part of a panel entitled ‘Leave No Cannabis Prisoner Behind,’ and will be joined on that panel by Mary Bailey, Managing Director at the Last Prisoner Project; Dr. Laura Garius, Policy Lead at Release; and Denzel Uba, an individual impacted by criminal cannabis prohibition.

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TOWIE star Amy Childs launches CBD range in honour of Jorja Foundation

The product range sees a portion of the proceeds going to the Jorja Foundation.

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TOWIE star Amy Childs launched her new CBD range this week, with a star-studded event that shone a spotlight on the story of six-year-old Jorja Emerson.

Amy Childs was joined by former Love Islanders, Amy Hart and Cara Delahoyde-Massey, alongside her  co-stars, Frankie Essex, Tom Skinner, Carina Lepore, Saffron Lempriere and Mark Ferris, for a heart-warming event celebrating the launch of her new CBD Infused beauty range, Jorja Botanicals.

The signature collection sees a portion of the proceeds going to the Jorja Foundation, which was set up in honour of six-year-old medical cannabis patient, Jorja Emerson.

The event saw The Only Way Is Essex star Frankie Essex, break down in tears as she heard Jorja’s story. Frankie, who gave birth to twins four weeks ago, wiped her eyes when Robin Emerson, Jorja’s father, showed videos of the life-threatening seizures his daughter was suffering before they discovered medical cannabis

Love Island star, Amy Hart has since taken to Instagram to spread the word about the latest political campaign that sees Childs and Emerson petitioning to make medical cannabis more widely available on the NHS

The Jorja Botanicals range was inspired by Jorja, who was diagnosed with a rare chromosome abnormality called 1q43q44 deletion, which has a side effect of life-threatening seizures. Her illness resulted in her being admitted to intensive care on two separate occasions, where Robin was told that she may not make it.

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TOWIE stars joined Amy Childs for the launch of her new CBD range

To save his daughter’s life, Emerson knew that he had to dig deep and find a treatment that would not only help Jorja but ultimately go on to help others.

At the time it was still illegal to prescribe cannabis in the UK. Emerson joined the campaign to see medical cannabis legalised in the UK in November 2018, and Jorja’s was among the first children to be legally prescribed medicinal cannabis.

In 2021 he went on to create the Jorja Foundation – a charity set up to help other families and children going through the same battles that Robin had to face.

The Jorja Foundation’s core principles are to fund special needs equipment that is not funded through the health system, fund family counselling, private appointments and tests when a second opinion is needed, as well s cannabis-based treatment for children in the UK and to continue to campaign and educate for wider NHS access in the UK for cannabis-based medications.  

Childs commented: “When I saw Robin & Jorja’s story on social media it broke my heart.

As a mum, I couldn’t imagine the pain of being told to take my child home to say goodbye to them. I love that Robin has fought for Jorja & is now helping other families with the Jorja Foundation. 

“I’m so happy that I can help the foundation by being the Creative Director of Jorja Botanicals. We have created some beautiful products for the whole family to enjoy. We will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to the foundation so that we can help as many families as possible. ”

 Emerson added: “ This is the fruition of a lot of hard work over many months and I am extremely proud to launch what is the first family brand in this category. In the coming weeks, we will also be launching a ‘parent’ focused cosmetic range in partnership with our creative director Amy Childs and our premium line of tincture oils.”

 

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South Africa launches first trial of cannabis for chronic pain

The study will test whether cannabis can replace opioids in the management of chronic pain.

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South Africa’s first cannabis trial has launched after initial results “show promise” for the treatment as a replacement for opioids.

The Pharma Ethics Observational Study is led by Biodata, a subsidiary of Labat Africa, and will test whether cannabis can replace opioids in the management of chronic pain.

The study will involve 1,000 participants who have been taking opioids for pain management for at least three months and are prepared to switch to cannabis as an alternative.

Biodata is the brainchild of Dr Shiksha Gallow, a cannabis clinician and the principal investigator in the trial which took over 18 months to get official clearance.

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Dr Gallow said the trial is set to be ground-breaking as South Africa’s first real-world study of medical cannabis. Researchers predict that it will provide much-needed insight into the link between cannabis genetics and patient outcomes.

Dr Gallow told Cannabiz Africa: “We are currently recruiting patients, and data-capturing all the questionnaires and feedback from the patients for the live Study. It has been fairly slow. However, more options have been introduced, as suggested by the patients in the pilot study.

“The pilot results of the study were very promising, as it showed 98 per cent of the patients have some sort of pain relief from the cannabis.

“We were able to wean these patients off their opioid treatment. In the pilot group of patients below the age of 55, it was shown this group preferred to smoke cannabis and patients older than 55 years preferred oil. The patients who smoked the cannabis had relief almost immediately, while the oil took some time to alleviate their pain.”

“Once we reach the sample size required and all of the relevant data has been collated, the results of the study will be published. We have currently renewed this study for another year, due to the initial slow uptake of research participants.”

Patients can apply to be research participants through the Biodata website.

Labat is expanding its footprint over the next few months with the introduction of CannAfrica kiosks in major shopping malls.

The company believes these will be the “ideal locations for physical sign-up points for the study”.

Labat said the kiosks will also serve as Biodata dispensaries and is engaging with a number of vape stores to do the same, although these would have to be subject to South African Health Products Regulatory Authority’s pharma-ethics requirements.

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