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Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric CBD Tonic

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Based on the Ayurvedic recipe for “Golden Milk”, this tea combines turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, honey, and CBD to provide relief from inflammation, arthritis, sore muscles, hangover, and a range of other maladies.

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Turmeric has long been used in South Asia for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

On the Japanese island of Okinawa – where the population has one of the longest average lifespans – turmeric tea is a staple of daily life. In India, turmeric was first used in food and was then discovered to have a range of medicinal benefits – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory detoxifying.

It has also been shown to prevent and reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s,[1] and is currently being studied for its anti-cancer effects.

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Curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that makes it yellow and gives it spice, is what science attributes many of its healing properties. In order for your body to absorb the curcumin, it is paired with both a fat and with black pepper.

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Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, has been shown to increase the bioavailability of otherwise hard to absorb curcumin by 2000%.[2] Without the piperine, curcumin is metabolized in the liver and intestinal wall. When I make this tonic, I either add in or leave out black pepper based on how I feel.

If I want my liver and intestinal wall to receive the benefits – maybe after a large rich meal or one too many glasses of wine – I leave the pepper out.

If I want relief from joint or muscle pain or want my entire body to reap the effects, I add pepper in. Fat also assist with absorption,[3] hence coconut oil which has its own host of benefits.

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Ginger, another powerful root with a big reputation, has been shown time and time again to have strong anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects of pharmaceuticals[4] as well as anti-oxidative and anti-cancer effects.[5], It has also long been used to soothe the digestive system.

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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is an important medicinal cannabinoid that produces no “high.” CBD relieves pain and anxiety, and research has shown it to have antibacterial, anti-convulsive, anti-carcinogenic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ischemic, antispasmodic, antipsychotic, anti-insomnia and neuroprotection properties.

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Mix all of this together with a spoonful of honey and you have a delicious health tonic that can be used for specific ailments or as an everyday preventative medicine.

Ingredients

  • ½ to 1 inch of turmeric root (or a tsp of turmeric powder)
  • ½ to 1 inch of ginger root
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup of your favorite milk (almond or hemp is delicious!)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 tsp honey
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • Drops of high CBD tincture

How-To

Warm the milk. Add all other ingredients to a blender. Combine in your favorite mug and enjoy!

Alternately, all ingredients can be blended together cool and served over ice.

This can be made in a larger batch and store in your refrigerator for several days or you can combine all ingredients, aside from milk and water, into a paste that you keep for up to a week adding to hot water and milk when you want a cup. Adjust the honey, pepper, ginger, and turmeric depending on your flavor preferences – whether you like things spicy or sweet – and drink to good health.

High CBD Tinctures

All of these high CBD tinctures are currently available from GetSava.com.

  • 20:1 High CBD Tincture by Treatwell

    350_42c9729346d04e3c63b4bce64869bd4f4e7e5ed9_fitThis extremely high quality tincture is made from top shelf flowers only to provide the widest spectrum of useful cannabinoids and terpenes possible. This tincture is non-psychoactive and targets neurological issues. Patients have found this tincture useful for anxiety, migraines, cerebral palsy, depression, menstrual cramps, muscle soreness, epilepsy, mild arthritis, parkinson’s and restless leg syndrome.

  • 3:1 Recover Tincture by Moxie Meds

    350_8c8efec2b45adff638a11a5d6458505ac93632d9_fitRecover 4:1 Tincture minimizes stress and tension, levels out emotional swings, and reduces inflammation all with little to no psychoactivity. Formulated for women by women, Moxie Med tinctures combine MCT oil and full cannabis plant extract to provide the best possible medications for menstrual cramps, hormone-related stress, menopausal symptoms, and other reproductive concerns.

  • 3:1 CBD Tincture by TreatWell

    450_fbe2bda6df8cbe6086b0633de88ee2c4b285bf61_fitThis extremely high quality tincture is made from top shelf flowers only to provide the widest spectrum of useful cannabinoids and terpenes possible. This tincture is low to non-psychoactive and targets auto-immune conditions. Patients have found this tincture useful for IBS, crohn’s disease/colitis, mild inflammation and pain relief, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.

References

[1] Mishra S, and Palanivelu K. The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer’s disease: An overview. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2008 Jan-Mar; 11(1): 13–19. DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.40220

[2] Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998 May;64(4):353-6.

[3] Sahdeo P, Tyagi AK, Aggarwal BB. Recent Developments in Delivery, Bioavailability, Absorption and Metabolism of Curcumin: the Golden Pigment from Golden Spice. Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jan; 46(1): 2–18. DOI: 10.4143/crt.2014.46.1.2

[4] Grzanna R, Lindmark L, Frondoza CG. Ginger–an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. J Med Food. 2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.

[5] Mashhadi NS, Ghiasvand, R, Gholamreza A, Hariri M, Darvishi, and Mofid MR. Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr; 4(Suppl 1): S36–S42.

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A CB2 Activating Cannabinoid is the New Potential Weapon Against Horrific Parasites

This article was originally published on CannabisHealthIndex.com.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitical infection spread by sandflies. It is a significant health problem all over the world. Hundreds of millions of people (as well as animals) in nearly 100 tropical, sub-tropical, and Southern European countries are at risk. Occasional occurrences in the U.S. have been reported from the southern states of Texas and Oklahoma.

It is estimated that more than 10 million people are currently suffering from the disease, and new infection rates are in the 2 million range. Making the situation worse, global warming trends have led to the spread of sandfly territory.

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The disease appears in three distinct forms. Cutaneous leishmaniasis causes open skin sores at the bite site which may spread. The mucosal form produces ulcer formation on mucus membranes such as the mouth, nose, or throat. And, finally the worst form, visceral leishmaniasis affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow for example. The third form can be fatal.

Once bitten by an infected sandfly, symptoms of the cutaneous form usually appear with a few weeks to a few months while the visceral version may take years. It may start just like the formation of a pimple that eventually opens and form sores on the skin. Sores tend to stay open and spread. Sores that do heal leave an ugly build-up of scar tissue in its place.

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When sores stay open, they appear similar to a crater with a rugged edge at the circumference. Pain can vary from mild to severe. Lymph nodes tend to be swollen near the ulcer sites. Fever is common. Another key indicator is a very enlarged spleen.

Confirmation of suspected leishmaniasis occurs by taking a careful patient history including past travels and by laboratory blood tests. Infected patients tend to have low red, white, and platelet counts. Furthermore, the parasite can be detected in a drop of blood under the microscope.

Typical prevention measures include bite prevention (mosquito nets, sprays, window screens), sandfly abatement programs using pesticides, healthy water management infrastructures, education and support to high-risk populations.

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The population at most risk are poor people with chronic poor nutrition and suppressed immunity, those living in or near deforested regions, rural areas, and those with no or little access to sanitation or health care. Like many blood-borne diseases it may also be spread through sharing needles and from a mother to a fetus.

Pharmaceutical treatment of infected humans relies on pentavalent antimonials, amphotericin B, or pentamidine which are expensive and carry the risk of severe adverse reactions. In addition, the parasite is quickly developing a resistance to these drugs.

In trying to address the urgent need for new, safe, effective, and affordable remedies against leishmaniasis, two teams investigated novel compounds found in numerous plants including cannabis.

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One team of researchers from Havanna, Cuba, Vienna, Austria, and Alabama, U.S. examined the effects of three biologically active ingredients against the parasite. In this experiment, scientists used the terpenoid carvacrol, the CB2 activating cannabinoid caryophellene (as an oxide), and the terpene ascaridole in varying combinations to determine their effectiveness against leishmaniasis.[1]

Results showed that in both the laboratory phase as well as the animal study (mice), a ratio of 1:4 of ascaridole and carvacrol respectively was the best combination resulting in significant benefits in both the laboratory and the animal phase of the experiment.

The other team from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil conducted a laboratory experiment on various natural compounds which suggests that the CB2 activating beta-caryophellene constitutes a safe and attractive molecule against leishmaniasis.

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Furthermore, the Brazilian researchers indicated that oils standardized for their beta-caryophellene content could provide an affordable treatment for leishmaniasis in areas where the disease is endemic.[2]

The Cannabis Health Index already documents the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids for 129 chronic conditions and stubborn symptoms. With the results from research studies such as these…the sky is the limit.

[1] Jacinta Pastor, Marley García, Silvia Steinbauer, William N. Setzer, Ramón Scull, Lars Gille, Lianet Monzote. Combinations of ascaridole, carvacrol, and caryophyllene oxide against Leishmania. Acta Tropica 145 (2015) 31–38.

[2] Soares DC, Portella NA, Ramos MF, Siani AC, Saraiva EM. Trans-β-Caryophyllene: An Effective Antileishmanial Compound Found in Commercial Copaiba Oil (Copaifera spp.). Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:761323.

Uwe Blesching is a medical journalist and regular contributor in the fields of cannabinoid science, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, and more. Blesching earned his PhD from the Western Institute for Social Research. Much of the information from his most recent book, The Cannabis Health Index, has been made available on Cannabis Reports as well.

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Pain Killers: Short-Term Benefit vs. Long-Term Detriment to Your Soul

This article was originally published on CannabisHealthIndex.com.

In March 2016, I published an article on this blog entitled “May the Force Be With You: The Dark Side of Pharmaceuticals and the Green Light of Cannabis.” The article focused on a Finnish study (2015) conducted on 959 convicted murderers to examine the hypothesis that pharmaceutical antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytics may have caused an increase in suicides and committed murders by the patients who take them.[1]

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However, study results showed that the risk of committing murder with the use of antidepressants increased only slightly (little more with the use of antipsychotics). What was unexpected and surprising was a significant increase of murders under the influence of pain medications (opioid, non-opioid) and benzodiazepines.

In addition, another double-blind placebo controlled study from Ohio State University (2016) researchers discovered that the common pain killer acetaminophen (taken by a quarter of the U.S. population) didn’t just stop pain but killed empathy as well.[2]

Assistant Professor Baldwin Way at Ohio State University (source)

Assistant Professor Baldwin Way at Ohio State University (source)

Without empathy for another persons pain behavior can more easily become antisocial, sociopathic, and even psychopathic.

Based on these studies and the research I have done for the book “The Cannabis Health Index,” pain, especially chronic pain (the type that just won’t go away, or returns in different forms) tends to have a potent mind-body component to it.

While wanting to end physical pain is understandable and necessary, suppressing or repressing physical pain without actually healing the mental, emotional, or spiritual roots is merely a bandaid approach to dealing with chronic issues.

The original injury may have resulted in a deep betrayal or humiliation that cut into the depth of the psyche. Perhaps it was torn open by a sense of profound separation from the source of all life (by whatever definition you hold dear). Or maybe it occurred after seeing something, or even doing something, that took away part of your humanity, something that separated you from your core, your soul, or spirit.

These pains often lodge deep in specific spots or seem to wander about like ghosts from one area of the body to another. Other times people may be so hurt that they want to get rid of the experience of pain so much so that they are inflicting it on others in futile attempts to be free of it themselves.

Although taking pain killers to deal with chronic pain in the body may help in the moment (and we all need that band-aid sometimes), it will not work in the long-run. If the underlying issues are not dealt with, pain may return with a vengeance.

For complete healing, not just managing symptoms, changes need to happen on all levels.

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The problem with pharmaceutical pain medications (opioid, non-opioid) and benzodiazepines alike is that they designed to numb our experience rather than to reveal underlying causes.

Now, let’s contrast that with the cannabis-experience. What are researchers reporting here?

One study examining the effects of Medial Marijuana Legalization (MML) on murder rates following legalization (2014) revealed a drop in homicides, rape, as well as other violent crimes in general.[3]

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Furthermore, as early as 1970 a researcher noted that the cannabis-experience enhances empathy, connection, and insight which would contribute to reductions in violent crime.[4]

Based on these findings it would appear that cannabis, unlike pharmaceutical pain medications, can at once function as an ally that melts away our stress while inducing deep relaxation. It can act as a friend that holds our hand and makes otherwise intolerable emotional material acceptable, and as a therapist that opens the door to deeper healing by offering new perspectives and healthier choices.

[1] Tiihonen J, Lehti M, Aaltonen M, et al. Psychotropic drugs and homicide: A prospective cohort study from Finland. World Psychiatry. 2015;14(2):245-247.

[2] Jennifer Crocker and Baldwin M. Way. From Painkiller to Empathy Killer: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) Reduces Empathy for Pain. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci (2016)

[3] Robert G. Morris, Michael TenEyck, J. C. Barnes, Tomislav V. Kovandzic. The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime: Evidence from State Panel Data, 1990-2006. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92816.

[4] Tart, Charles T. Marijuana Intoxication: Common ExperiencesNature, Vol 226(5247), May 1970, 701-704.

Uwe Blesching is a medical journalist and regular contributor in the fields of cannabinoid science, mind-body medicine, phytopharmacology, and more. Blesching earned his PhD from the Western Institute for Social Research. Much of the information from his most recent book, The Cannabis Health Index, has been made available on Cannabis Reports as well.

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