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Healthy Aging with Cannabis

September is Healthy Aging month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine, “We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new.’ Why not think about the positive aspects of aging instead of the stereotypes and the negative aspects?” Activities for the observed month are designed to encourage individuals to rejuvenate and focus on positive measures that impact areas of physical, social, financial, and mental wellness. 


While working to improve your daily health, natural changes may happen in the body with age that one may want to focus on so you can get to feeling your best. These changes include skin damage from sun exposure, loss of physical strength and muscle mass, and changes in sleep patterns, energy levels, and appetite. In addition, chronic diseases become more prevalent as we age. These include heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s, among others. Here we will discuss further potential benefits that adding cannabis to your routine may bring to potentially help combat some of the more common changes and diagnoses that occur with aging. 


Skin Health


There is a continuous need to seek more efficient, safer, and widely available methods to treat medical conditions, skin pathology included. 


Of the cannabinoids researched to date for skin health, cannabidiol (CBD) is a widespread ingredient in skin care products formulated as body oils, moisturizers, salves, lotions, and balms. Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and potentially cannabinol (CBN), may also be responsible for skin benefits such as reducing cytokine production and oxidative stress. Additionally, cannabigerol (CBG) has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that may add benefit to our skin health. 


Hyperpigmentation can take place as a result of melasma, sun exposure, imbalanced hormone levels, or skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, or psoriasis. CBD has been quoted through research as a powerful antioxidant. Studies have also shown that CBD may help to hydrate dry and irritated skin. The combination of the ability to defend against free radicals and oxidative stress as well as increase moisture, may help to improve discoloration of the skin.


Muscle Mass


A study published in the Frontiers in Public Health examined the exercise habits of over 600 cannabis users. Surprisingly, the study found that cannabis users reported higher levels of weekly exercise compared to non-users. This unexpected correlation suggests that cannabis might play a role in motivating individuals to stay active.


There is indication that cannabis users experienced greater feelings of positive affect, tranquility, and enjoyment during exercise compared to non-users. This suggests that cannabis may enhance the overall exercise experience, making workouts more enjoyable and potentially leading to increased adherence.


Sleep and Energy


In normal aging, the serotonin system shows reduced receptor binding and losses in related functions, such as sleep and its quality. Cannabis Sativa is often used for improved sleep and relaxation, attributed to Indian hemp in the nineteenth century. 


For starters, hemp seeds contain a vitamin B6 content that can trigger the conversion of our body’s tryptophan into serotonin, which can then be converted to melatonin. 


CBD has been researched for its therapeutic potential for sleep disorders through limiting symptoms that may keep us awake at night but also may contribute to an increase in sleep duration and depth, as well as decrease in the anxiety responses induced by sleep disturbance. 


In comparison to CBD, THC has shown in studies as having an effect on mental and physical sedation, even in low amounts. THC also has positive therapeutic benefits that may lead to better sleep.


Cannabinoids CBD, THC, and CBN have been lightly studied for their effects in balancing melatonin production. Cannabinoids are also being studied to better understand the complementary relationship they have with melatonin. Data published in 2022 suggest that a CBD-melatonin formula could be competitive with synthetic-hypnotic drugs (i.e. Ambien, Unisom). The antioxidant activity of melatonin that benefits the brain network coupled with the pain reduction and anti-anxiety effects of CBD promoted a balanced sensation of wellbeing during sleep. 


A qualitative analysis published in 2022 paid close attention to the notable quality of life improvements attributed to medicinal cannabis use. The two overarching categories were “enhanced well-being” and “improved daily functioning”. Enhanced well-being includes feelings such as regaining a sense of hope, enjoying family life, and laughing more often. An adult from the study with Lyme Disease was quoted saying, “People such as myself are able to become productive and valued members of society again when we can have the quality of life improved so simply.” 




The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays a role with our appetite control – from the suppression of appetite to counter over-consumption to the treatment of conditions that involve reduced appetite and weight loss. This is why cannabinoid receptor antagonists (such as CBD) may manage obesity while agonists (such as THC) may be a therapy option for anorexia. 


Unwanted weight gain may be attributed to poor sleep, lack of physical activity, and nutrition. Therefore the approach to combating this may be a combination of lifestyle changes. 


Cannabinoid therapy may be a part of the equation for its potential to support our overall health and wellbeing. Research points towards cannabinoids as strong candidates for antioxidant, preventative, and recovery benefits. In addition, cannabinoids may decrease stress levels, improve sleep, and benefit metabolic syndrome


Cardiovascular Diseases


CBD has been researched for the many ways it may benefit our heart health, some of the most notable therapeutic actions of the molecule are the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some cardiovascular conditions and diseases that are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress are diabetes, cardiomyopathy, stroke, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. The therapeutic potentials of CBD are why it is being considered in research for the prevention and treatment of these conditions and diseases. In addition, CBD has particularly gained momentum because it does not appear to have effects on resting blood pressure or heart rate, rather it has shown in vivo to reduce the cardiovascular response to various stress types. 




Researchers examined the effects of cannabis on glucose regulation and insulin secretion, publishing findings in August of 2023. From this publication, a meta-analysis of 7 studies containing 11 surveys and 4 cohorts revealed that the odds of developing type 2 diabetes in individuals exposed to cannabis was 0.48 times lower than those without cannabis exposure. 


The ECS plays an important role in modulating metabolism and appetite. CBD may help the browning of white adipose tissue (the process of burning fat in the body) and promote lipid metabolism. This may help with the weight gain often associated with irregular menstrual cycles and menopause. Sometimes, this weight gain may lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Being that Type 2 Diabetes is an inflammatory condition, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, as well as their ability to prohibit oxidative stress, could help to be a preventative measure. There is also research to show promise of CBD and THCV in reducing insulin resistance and moderating blood sugars. 




Cannabinoids are commonly investigated as pain-relieving agents, but in recent years more evidence has accumulated on their potential immunomodulatory effect, supported by results in animal models of certain rheumatic diseases. While results that demonstrate the same effect in humans are lacking, cannabinoids and cannabis remain potential options to alleviate the pain associated with rheumatic diseases, as they were shown as safe and causing little to no adverse effects. 


We know through research that CBD has a wide spectrum of biological activity, including anti-inflammatory activity. This is why its activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases whose development is associated with inflammation has been tested. In addition, CBD creates a physiological response with several inflammatory mediator receptors within us. These are known as the PPARy, GPR, and Adenosine A2A Receptors. 


The anti-inflammatory contributions of THC are also extensively studied, showing PGE-2 synthesis, decreased platelet aggregation, and stimulation of lipoxygenase, all actions related to reducing inflammation. THC has 20 times the anti-inflammatory potency of aspirin and twice that of hydrocortisone. 


Neurodegenerative Diseases 


A recently published study showed the first attempt in which significant focus has been imparted on all three aspects of cognition: memory consolidation, learning, and retrieval. 

Modern studies have shown that cannabis has numerous beneficial effects in neurodegenerative disorders of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, Huntington’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Reports have also shown that cannabis possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, and anti-schizophrenic effects. 


Oral administration of CBD, in one study, improved the cerebral blood flow to the hippocampus and regions associated with memory advancement, indicating improved overall memory function, and building the case to perform further studies with CBD for neurological impairments.


Finding Support


There is a lot to consider when starting cannabinoid therapy but, as always, a Realm of Caring care specialist is here to help with free one-on-one support to answer your questions. Contact us today by calling (719) 347-5400 or by emailing

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The CannaMom & Dad’s Back-to-School Guide

Leaves are changing colors, and parents all around the country are gearing up for the much-anticipated back to school season. This can be an exciting but often hectic time of year for parents and guardians! For those who are cannabis advocates, and either use it themselves or administer it to their children, this can be its own unique experience to navigate, specifically with the surrounding stigma. 


One of the most misunderstood aspects of being a CannaMom or Dad is when either parent or child consume cannabis. With laws and regulations constantly changing, plus outdated stereotypes due to lack of understanding, this can feel all the more overwhelming when you mix in places of education and other parents and their children.


Whether you’re here to simply learn more about this topic or are a parent seeking further reassurance, we’re here to help break down the ins and outs of going back to school as a CannaMom or Dad so you can do so with confidence.


Navigating Back-to-School Stress with Cannabis


As a parent, this time of year can feel exceptionally hard to manage. Parents who choose to use cannabis may do so for a variety of reasons unique to their needs, including:


  • Stress Relief: The juggling act of school schedules, extracurricular activities, and daily household duties can be overwhelming. Cannabis can help to unwind and reduce stress, making it easier to tackle responsibilities.


  • Pain Management: Many moms deal with chronic pain, whether from past injuries, childbirth, or the physical demands of parenting. Cannabis’ pain-relieving properties can provide much-needed relief.


  • Creativity and Relaxation: Cannabis can enhance creativity and help to find moments of relaxation amid the busy school year. It can also foster deeper connections with our children and partners.


De-stigmatizing Canna Parents


The stigma surrounding CannaMom and Dads is a persistent challenge. Many still associate cannabis use with irresponsible parenting or illicit behavior, when this is absolutely not the case. It’s time to challenge these stereotypes and recognize that CannaMom and Dads are just like any other parents, but with a unique approach to self-care and wellness. Whether you are doing so for yourself, or a loved one, here are ways you can challenge the stigma:


  • Education: We must start with education—understanding the science behind cannabis, differentiating between CBD and THC and other cannabinoids, and recognizing their respective benefits and responsible use.


  • Open Conversations: Parents who consume cannabis should feel comfortable discussing their choices with friends, family, and healthcare professionals. By sharing our experiences and insights, we can help normalize these conversations.


  • Advocate for Regulation: Advocating for sensible cannabis legalization and regulation is essential. A regulated market ensures product quality and safety, making it easier for CannaMom and Dads to access reliable cannabis products.


CBD for Children


CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that may offer numerous therapeutic benefits for kids, including:


  • Anxiety Relief: Starting a new school year can be overwhelming for children. CBD can help reduce anxiety, allowing them to face the challenges of school with more confidence.


  • Focus and Concentration: Some children struggle with attention and focus in the classroom. CBD may aid in improving these aspects, enabling them to engage more effectively with their studies.


  • Pain Relief: For kids dealing with chronic pain, CBD can provide relief, allowing them to participate fully in school activities.


  • Seizure Control: For children with epilepsy or who suffer from seizures, CBD can be a vital piece of their medical treatment. 


Whether a child is a medical cannabis patient is up to the parent to decide. For those parents who do require it, we understand what a big responsibility it is to advocate for your children. If you are currently navigating how to administer your child’s medicine throughout the school day, we are here to help.


On-Campus Administration 


Back to school for students who are medical cannabis patients can be a challenging time if their medicine is taken throughout the day. Under most state laws, a medical cannabis card or recommendation for pediatrics does not permit the use of medical cannabis on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school activity unless the county or district has adopted a policy permitting the use.


There are few exceptions in states such as Colorado. In 2021, legislation passed that required school boards to implement policies which would allow possession and self-administration of non smokable medicinal cannabis if prescribed by a licensed health practitioner. However, there are stipulations to these rulings. For example, in Colorado, districts are not required to adopt this policy if the school district loses, or will lose, federal funding as a result of implementing the requirement.


As it stands, along with Colorado, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Washington have passed similar measures to allow medicinal cannabis use on school grounds. If your child is a medical cannabis patient, it is always best to check in with your school district on their cannabis policy. If you find that their dose needs to be adjusted, a Realm of Caring care specialist is just a phone call away to assist. 


Embracing Differences


As the back-to-school season unfolds, we encourage you to remember that CannaMom and Dads are ordinary parents with unique self-care choices. They are just as wonderful parents as any other, who simply believe in the benefits of cannabinoids for their children and for themselves, while still being committed to responsible use. It is possible for a healthy balance between parenthood and cannabis consumption to be maintained! 

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CBD Ban in California

State Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry introduced California Assembly Bill 420 (AB420) with a goal to redefine terms, ensure raw hemp extract follows Federal hemp guidelines, and eliminate the sale of hemp products with synthetic or synthetically derived cannabinoids (cannabinoids not found in nature in meaningful quantities).


Unfortunately, amendments have been added to use this bill as a vehicle to impose THC limits on hemp-derived CBD products that would effectively remove access to full spectrum and broad spectrum products. Amendments would set a package limit of 5 servings per package and a total THC limit of 0.001 mg/g for hemp products.


Please fill out the below form to urge Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry to block these amendments and to share this action item with friends, family, associates and social media contacts in California. Time is of the essence, as the legislature resumed taking action on this bill after the Labor Day holiday.


Patient voices are the most impactful. If eliminating full spectrum and broad spectrum purchasing in California would affect you or a loved one, please consider taking this advocacy effort to protect the safe and responsible CBD product companies.


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Please PROTECT CALIFORNIA's Hemp Industry and Consumers by blocking efforts to impose excessive packaging and THC limits on hemp products as stated in section 111922 of AB 420. Amendments include a package limit of 5 servings per package and a total THC limit of 0.001 mg/g for hemp products. This would eliminate access to broad and full spectrum hemp products in California, which your constituents rely on for their livelihood.
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Most Effective CBD

When starting out with cannabinoid therapy, you might find yourself Googling “fastest”, “strongest”, or “most effective” cannabidiol (CBD). While you may get many results for the multitude of products available, it will soon become difficult to sort through the promotional material and find the one that might work best for you


Unfortunately, CBD therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are several factors to consider when starting out such as ailment, desired outcome, age, taste or administration preferences, current medications, and more. Even with all of the variables involved, finding success with CBD can be possible and Realm of Caring is here to help you get there. 


How to find what is right for you:


Consider the ailment you are looking to address


We may have several ailments happening at once that we would like to see alleviated with CBD. When beginning a cannabinoid therapy routine, it can be beneficial to ask the question “what will success look like to me?” For example, if the cause of your restless sleep is joint pain then you might consider improved sleep to be one success and consistent pain relief another. These benchmarks can provide indication that you are on the right path but also give insight to if an increase or decrease might be necessary. 


Journaling can add a great benefit to your therapy, so you can jot down dose changes, product changes, and improvements along the way. Remember, your cannabinoid therapy journey is about finding what works best for you, journaling is one more tool to ensure your experience is as unique as you are. 


Read your labels


With a lack of FDA oversight, it is up to the consumer to check on the accuracy of CBD labels. This involves an extra step, but is worth it to ensure that you are using a safe and quality product. CBD labels should include how much CBD the product contains (typically in milligrams), as well as the carrier oil, other cannabinoids, supplements, terpenes, and/or flavoring. One way to verify the concentration of listed ingredients is to check it with a certificate of analysis (COA). Each quality company should be able to provide you a COA for the product you purchase, that is verified by a third party lab. 


Look at the concentration of cannabinoids other than CBD


While additional cannabinoids can be listed directly on the label of the product you are purchasing, the cannabis plant has hundreds of minor cannabinoids that may be in your product. Each cannabinoid has potential benefits and works synergistically with the star of the show, CBD. To figure out the list of other cannabinoids that are detected, look back to that COA. If you were finding success with one product and then switched to another and were not achieving the same results, you might find that one had a higher/lower concentration of a specific cannabinoid other than CBD. For example your product could yield a higher percentage of CBG or CBN


Understand what non-cannabis ingredients are added


Many CBD products will have 2-3 ingredients such as: hemp oil, a carrier oil, and (occasionally) a natural flavoring. However, you may recall advertisements for CBD products that promote “best for sleep” or “best for pain”. Typically, these claims can be made if: a. Research supports the claim for the specific product or b. The product includes an ingredient, other than CBD, a carrier oil and a natural flavoring, that has been researched to affect the normal functioning of the body in that way. 


For example, if a CBD product is labeled for sleep, then it may include Melatonin, L-theanine, or Valerian Root. CBD has researched sleep benefits of its own, but may work synergistically with these added ingredients for an additional boost. Before purchasing, understand what ingredients have been added and if those are right for you. 


Figure out your dose


As with any therapy, effective dosing varies widely by individual and condition. Figuring out your dose can help set you up for success and help you determine how much you will be spending. Given the varied prices of CBD, a certain cost may make you feel as if you are getting a “good deal”, however understanding how much you may be starting out with provides a better indication of what you will be spending. Comparing CBD product costs is just like comparing cereal boxes at the grocery store. But instead of looking at cost per ounce, you’ll be looking at cost per milligram (mg). 


Your dose may vary depending on your age, condition, and medications you are taking.  When looking to CBD for medical conditions, we always recommend speaking with a healthcare professional. However, to help you understand what to consider before purchasing or how to talk to your doctor about CBD, contact a Realm of Caring Care Specialist for free one-on-one support by emailing or calling (719) 347-5400. 


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Could Implementing Medicinal Cannabis programs mean lower health insurance costs?

Studies on the long-term impacts of medicinal cannabis policies on healthcare costs and potential, individual healthcare savings have recently emerged. Where initially there were concerns about cannabis legalization leading to an increase in medical expenses, we are actually witnessing a decrease in medical expenses – ranging from decreased prescription use to lessened need for treatment facilities. 


Here we explore some of the researched ways medical savings are taking place when cannabis is legalized for medicinal use. 


Less ER visits and hospital admissions


The key finding of a 2020 published study, including 1,276 participants, was that medicinal cannabis use was associated with more positive ratings of health and quality of life, assessed across multiple domains. The group of individuals from this study who initiated cannabis use after their first study showed improvement in their health. The group of individuals using cannabis who stopped using cannabis showed diminished health. 


From this study, in addition to 14% of cannabis users reporting less use of current prescription medication, 39% reported less past-month Emergency Room (ER) visits, and 46% reported less hospital admissions. 


Reducing occurrences of substance use disorders


There is a longstanding debate that cannabis use complements use of hard drugs. However, one 2015 study showed no evidence that cocaine and heroin use increases with cannabis use. Instead, in states with medicinal cannabis laws, there was a 20% decrease in treatment for heroin use disorders and no change in treatment for cocaine use disorders following implementation.


A 2022 published study used a longitudinal, co-twin control design in 4043 twins. The tested the effect of cannabis legalization on outcomes of interest and whether legalization interacts with established vulnerability factors (age, sex, or externalizing psychopathology). They found that while legalization was associated with increased cannabis use that it was not associated with cannabis use disorder. Additionally and most notably, the authors found a decrease in alcohol use disorder symptoms and no changes in alcohol or illicit substance consumption.  


Decreased need for mental health treatments


Literature on the effects of expanding cannabis legislation on mental health treatment is scarce. There is evidence to point to decreased prescriptions for antidepressants and sedatives among the elderly and, more recently, research to show a decrease in the number of mental health treatment admissions. Data collected from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) illustrate the correlation between states who have passed recreational cannabis laws and a clear, immediate, statistically significant decrease in total admissions. Due to limitations, it is difficult to identify the exact mechanisms leading to a decline in seeking mental health treatment; therefore it is recommended that future studies examine outcomes of improved mental health, self-medication, or other factors. 


Type 2 Diabetes Intervention


Diabetes is among the most expensive chronic conditions in the United States, where $1 out of every $4 of healthcare costs is spent on caring for individuals with diabetes. That total annual cost comes to about $327 billion per year, with an estimated cost among medicare beneficiaries who are 65 and older at $5,876 per person, per year. 


Researchers examined the effects of cannabis on glucose regulation and insulin secretion, publishing findings in August of 2023. From this publication, a meta-analysis of 7 studies containing 11 surveys and 4 cohorts revealed that the odds of developing type 2 diabetes in individuals exposed to cannabis was 0.48 times lower than those without cannabis exposure. 


While interventions for chronic conditions are important to reduce the number of individuals affected, and cannabis is being realized as a beneficial intervention, it is recommended that more studies be conducted to increase levels of evidence.


Lower health insurer premiums in the individual market


Implementing medicinal cannabis laws may have a direct effect on individual market health insurance premiums – for both cannabis users and non-users given the nature of insurance pooling. A 2023 published study looked at state-level private health insurer data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 2010-2021. Specifically, researchers were looking at the changes to health insurance premiums after a state adopted a medicinal cannabis policy. 


The authors “provide evidence that although the effect does not begin until seven years post-medical cannabis law implementation, there is a significant and sizable reduction in health insurance premiums” (Cook et al., 2023). A conservative statistical analysis predicts a reduction in annual premiums of $1,663 per individual. When considering the number of individuals enrolled in an individual health insurance market across legalized states – the resulting estimate in annual savings is approximately $9.6 billion. 


Finding Support


Evidence is spreading across the healthcare sector that cannabis has many health benefits. However, one thing that may be challenging is finding a product or dose that is right for you and your specific circumstance. This is where Realm of Caring steps in to support with free one-on-one guidance. Reach our dedicated and knowledgeable care team by calling (719)347-5400 or emailing Quality of life matters, we are here to help. 

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Cannabis & Exercise: What the Research Says

In recent years, the intersection of cannabis and exercise has sparked significant interest among researchers and health enthusiasts alike. With the growing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis, more people are exploring its potential benefits, especially in conjunction with physical activity. Contrary to outdated stereotypes, emerging research suggests that cannabis consumption may be associated with increased physical activity, reduced pain levels, and enhanced positive emotions during exercise. 


Cannabis and Physical Activity: A Surprising Connection


Traditionally, stigma has created a stereotypical image of a cannabis user, i.e. couch-lock and sedentary behavior. However, recent studies have challenged this perception, revealing that cannabis consumers are more inclined to engage in physical activity than previously thought.


A study published in the Frontiers in Public Health journal (2019) examined the exercise habits of over 600 cannabis users. Surprisingly, the study found that cannabis users reported higher levels of weekly exercise compared to non-users. This unexpected correlation suggests that cannabis might play a role in motivating individuals to stay active.


Pain Management and Exercise: A Dual Approach


One of the most promising aspects of cannabis use in conjunction with exercise is its potential to alleviate pain. Both cannabis and exercise have been independently shown to reduce pain levels, making them a potentially powerful combination for those dealing with chronic pain conditions.


Research published in the National Library of Medicine (2019) and the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal (2023) explored the impact of cannabis use on pain perception before and after exercise. The studies observed that cannabis users reported lower pain levels after engaging in physical activity compared to non-users. This suggests that cannabis could act synergistically with exercise, offering enhanced pain relief and potentially allowing individuals to push through discomfort during workouts.


Elevated Positive Affect and Enjoyment


The role of positive affect, tranquility, and enjoyment during exercise cannot be underestimated. These emotional states can significantly impact our motivation to work out and our overall satisfaction with the activity.


Diving further into the 2019 study results mentioned above, there is indication that cannabis users experienced greater feelings of positive affect, tranquility, and enjoyment during exercise compared to non-users. This suggests that cannabis may enhance the overall exercise experience, making workouts more enjoyable and potentially leading to increased adherence.


Next Steps


While the emerging studies are promising, it’s important to approach the combination of cannabis and exercise by keeping in mind that further research is still needed. Individual responses to cannabis vary widely, and factors such as dosage, strain, and method of consumption can influence outcomes. 


Before incorporating cannabis into your exercise routine, we always recommend speaking with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications that may interact with cannabis. However, if you are in need of support while on your journey we are here to help. From product selection to dosing guidance – we are here every step of the way. Send as an email to, call us at 719-347-5400 or chat with us at


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CBD Benefits for Liver Function

Cannabidiol (CBD), extracted from Cannabis Sativa, has been well-researched for its many benefits and is quickly becoming a favorable therapeutic option as adverse effects are limited, it does not cause psychoactive effects, and it lacks abuse potential. Included in the growing list of well-studied benefits, are the pharmacological properties of CBD that may protect the liver. This is due, in part, to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. 


Here we will discuss CBD’s potential role in restoring liver function, in alleviating liver injuries in alcoholics, and as an anti-cancer therapy. 


Restoring liver function


CBD is being more closely looked at for benefits in individuals suffering from hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a syndrome observed in those with end-stage liver disease and exacerbated by inflammatory responses. Given the novel anti-inflammatory and non-intoxicating properties of CBD, it makes it a promising treatment for HE. 


For one study in particular, researchers injected mice with acute liver injury, which raised their levels of ammonia, bilirubin, and liver enzymes after administration. CBD partially restored all of the indices induced by the injection to normal levels, therefore restoring liver function. For the control animals who did not receive injections, CBD had no effect on any of the liver-associated levels. 


Alleviating liver injuries in alcoholics


Alcohol abuse and high-fat diet-induced liver diseases are among the most prevalent chronic liver diseases as well as the leading reason for liver transplantation around the world. Inflammation has an important role in the formation and progression of liver damage that may be induced by either alcohol or a high-fat diet. 


Published research in 2021 looked to CBD to further study its ability to alleviate liver injuries induced by ethanol plus high-fat cholesterol diets, a model simulating heavy alcohol drinkers in a Western diet. This study took place over a span of 8 weeks with mice liver injury models. 


Results found that CBD ameliorated steatohepatitis (liver inflammation and damage caused by a buildup of fat in the liver), alleviated oxidative stress, decreased hepatic inflammation, prevented key activations responsible for the development of liver diseases, and attenuated liver inflammatory responses. 


Anti-hepatocellular carcinoma potentials


Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents over 85% of primary liver cancers. Liver cancer is the 5th most common cancer in men and 9th most common for women worldwide. It is estimated that 70% of liver cancers may be prevented. 


Researchers sought to understand the efficacy of Cannabis sativa, specifically an extract with major components delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD, and cannabinol (CBN) with percentages at 16.26%, 14.98%, and 13.486% respectively. Clinical trials and observational studies have, for many years, shown the safety of cannabis administration in the treatment of therapies. Therefore researchers in this study wanted to build upon that anti-cancer knowledge. 


The cannabis sativa extract increased the activity of antioxidant enzymes, ameliorated lipid peroxidation, displayed anti-angiogenic potential, lead to apoptosis, and demonstrated anti-inflammatory benefits. 




While benefits are being realized in regards to understanding CBD as a protectant of liver function, more research is needed, especially in the arena of CBD use in combination with pharmaceuticals. As with any therapy, effective dosing varies widely by individual and condition. When looking to cannabis for medical conditions, we always recommend speaking with a healthcare professional. However, if you are in need of support while on your journey, the care team at Realm of Caring is here to help! Send an email to, call at 719-347-5400 or schedule an appointment.

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The Importance of the Hemp Plant

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”

Thomas Jefferson


The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, excluded hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. By removing hemp from the statutory definition of marijuana, hemp products are now allowed to be transferred across state lines when purchased in a state where it was lawfully produced. The majority of cannabidiol (CBD) products that are available to purchase, are hemp-derived. This means that the CBD oil is produced from a hemp plant rather than a marijuana plant. The difference between the two will be discussed here, but first, what is hemp?


Hemp is of the Cannabis genus, specifically the Cannabis Sativa species. Its uses date back for over 10,000 years across many different cultures for purposes ranging from pottery making to medicinal and food sources. The reason why this Farm Bill was needed in the United States was because industrial hemp became looped in as a part of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, strictly regulating the cultivation, production, and sales of all forms of cannabis. Although hemp has low quantities of the intoxicating cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the industrial crop became criminalized. There are theories that hemp was included in this ban so those in positions of power could protect their own interests in the synthetic fiber and tree-made paper industry. The 1937 Act eventually led to the hemp farm ban in 1970 along with the passing of the Controlled Substances Act to label hemp as a Schedule 1 drug. To date, while hemp has been removed by the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”. 


For decades, advocates and activists have been championing the benefits of hemp for its multitude of uses. From Jack Herer’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes published in 1985 to Charlotte Figi’s remarkable story presented in Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary, Weed, in 2013; the capabilities of the plant are becoming more widely known. 


From the long history of uses across several cultures, here are just eight of the facts we would like to share with you about hemp: 


  1. Hemp played a prominent role in United States history


Hemp arrived in Colonial America along with the Puritans. The seeds were stored with the intention of planting, and the ropes and sails of the Mayflower were made with hemp fiber. Once they arrived in America, the colonies were required by British law to grow hemp and it soon became a staple in the expanding economy. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp on their farms. Hemp played an important role up until the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, where heavy taxes were imposed on farmers, physicians, and pharmacists for growing, prescribing, and selling cannabis products.  


During World War II there was a “Hemp for Victory” campaign due to a shortage of fibers necessary to make ropes, shoelaces, and parachute webbing. Although hemp was illegal in America at this time, a propaganda film was made to persuade farmers to grow hemp instead of maize for the war efforts. Hemp was once again prohibited with the end of the war.


  1. Hemp seeds are a superfood


One might say that hemp seeds have the ability to offer total nutrition for the body. They contain high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and are a great source of protein in that they provide all nine essential amino acids. Hemp seeds also have an assortment of minerals and vitamins such as magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B, and the well-researched antioxidant – vitamin E.  It also has something else that sets it apart from most superfoods we know of today. One of those omega-6 fatty acids hemp seeds contain is known as gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is also found in breast milk. This vast nutritional profile may benefit as a neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, and immune and heart health regulator.


Hemp seeds can also be made into flour, oil, or milk. The many capabilities of the seed arguably gives it potential to address malnutrition and food shortages in the world. 


  1. Hemp may improve the environment it is grown in


The hemp plant is able to consume four times as much CO2 as trees do from the environment, in the process known as carbon sequestration. The root has a lot to offer as well. The deep root allows the plant to reach nutrients left behind by previous plants as well as find deep water sources. This ability of the roots not only benefits the plant but the surrounding soil. It loosens the soil, therefore encouraging plant growth afterward, as well as holds the soil together to reduce erosion. 


The potential of hemp plants to remove toxins from the soil where it is being grown is being studied as well. In fact, hemp is being grown in the surrounding areas of Chernobyl to assist in removing caesium (a radio-nuclide left over from the devastating 1986 explosion) from the soil. This process is called phytoremediation, where plants may be used to decontaminate soil of high concentrations of contaminants, such as heavy metals, by the plants’ ability to accumulate them in their plant tissue. Although there are many plant species with this ability, hemp has an advantage due to its superior tolerance, root system, and biomass. 


  1. Hemp could easily replace what trees produce


On average, the amount of paper produced by 2-4 acres of trees in a year can be accomplished in one acre of hemp. The paper manufactured from hemp pulp is able to be recycled several more times than paper manufactured from wood pulp, and the fiberboard that can be produced from hemp is reportedly stronger and lighter than wood. 

As documented in 2012, about 521 million acres are reserved in the United States for timber harvesting, which will primarily produce wood for lumber and construction materials. Harvesting takes place when the tree reaches a large enough diameter. This process can take, on average, 10-20 years depending on the tree species. In contrast, hemp plants for pulp and fiber are ready for harvest in 60-120 days. 


  1. Growing hemp requires a lot less resources than growing cotton


The water footprint to produce one pound of cotton is approximately 1,320 gallons whereas the water footprint required to produce one pound of usable hemp fiber is about 255 gallons. Considering that it only takes low to moderate amounts of water to effectively grow hemp plants, it is able to be successfully grown in all 50 states and across many climates. 

Just as with trees, utilizing hemp plants may save on acreage as well. Case studies show that while about 1,190 pounds of cotton fiber can be produced per acre; 2,645 pounds of hemp fiber can be produced per acre. While cotton fabric may be softer (due to the fibers quickly and easily breaking down), hemp fabric tends to be stronger, longer lasting (due to the fibers taking longer to break down), and more insulating. 


  1. Protein from hemp seeds is more nutritious than most protein sources


In our second point, we discussed hemp seeds as a great source of protein, however there is more to add to this point! Hemp seed protein can be used to produce milk, butter, cheese, salad dressings, tofu, veggie burgers, ice cream, and more. Hemp flour can make pasta, bread, and other baked goods. 

While in comparison to other foods that are high in protein, it may seem that hemp seeds are not that superior at about 10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons. However, what sets them apart is the lack of trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme, which breaks down proteins we ingest within the small intestine, making the amino acids and other nutrients available to the body. Trypsin inhibitors block this function. Meaning, if you are eating a high protein food that contains them, not all of that protein is being broken down and digested. The fact that hemp seeds do not contain these inhibitors, means that all of the protein taken in becomes available to the body. Soybeans and legumes are among the several protein-rich foods that contain trypsin inhibitors, although the amount is able to be reduced by means of heating. 


  1. Hemp and marijuana are not the same


Hemp belongs to the Cannabis Sativa species only. Marijuana, on the other hand, can be of either the Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica species. The most basic of differences between the two is that hemp will contain less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana is typically grown to encourage the development of trichomes, which are glands on the flowers of the plant where THC is concentrated. These female plants are kept separate from the male plants to avoid fertilization, as fertilized cannabis flowers may produce lower THC. 


CBD can come from hemp or marijuana plants – regardless of the plant, the compound that is CBD remains the same in molecular structure. All hemp-derived CBD products are what will be available to purchase over the counter or be shipped state to state and to most countries. Marijuana-derived CBD will only be available to purchase in a state that supports recreational use or a medical marijuana program, as it will contain more than 0.3% THC.  


If what you are looking for is a federally legal product that contains low THC, high CBD, and is full-spectrum, in that it contains all of the natural cannabinoids of the plant, a hemp-derived CBD product would be the way to go. 


  1. Hemp is a versatile natural resource, with more to offer than almost any other


In addition to the capability of being a source of fiber for ropes, nutrition, paper, and a cotton replacement, hemp seed oil could be used to produce fuel, laundry detergent, natural wood finish, and much more. For example, hemp cellulose may be used to produce hemp durable and biodegradable plastic. In 1941 Henry Ford famously showcased a car made from soybean and hemp plastics, gloating that it was lighter than steel and could withstand ten times the impact. 


How is that possible; that hemp fibers are stronger than steel? It comes down to tensile strength and compression strength. Hemp fibers have greater tensile strength, meaning it may handle more tension before it is permanently deformed. For example: the weight endurance a rope can hold before it tears. The weakest hemp fiber needs more pressure to break than the weakest variation of steel. Hemp has the capacity to hold double the weight. Compression strength is how much damage an object can endure before it loses the capacity to mend itself. Hemp has six times the ability of steel to not bend with pressure.


For these very good reasons, we celebrate the wrongly criminalized hemp plant. It has the potential to play many important roles, thus education and awareness of its capabilities is paramount. If you have any questions about what was discussed here, or wish to find out more, refer to the Hemp Week educational campaign or contact a Realm of Caring Care Specialist at