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Can CBD counter too much THC or alcohol?

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Getting pleasantly couch-locked is one thing, right? But with THC — flower, concentrates or edibles — it’s easy to go too far, and suddenly get the feeling that things are definitely not OK.

When you’re in that state, you can tell yourself it’s only a matter of time till it wears off. But still, being more wrecked than you want can make you anxious, paranoid, and massively uncomfortable. And who needs that?

Likewise, overdo it with alcohol, and you’re going to pay an awful price. Maybe you get a little tipsy on a Friday night, then it seems like crazy fun to let it rip and pound a few more drinks and the next thing you know you have an excruciating Saturday-into-Sunday hangover. It’s usually more physical than psychological (unless you can’t remember the embarrassing things you did/said). But besides the throbbing headache, it hurts to lose hours of your day stranded in a place of general misery.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to help avoid the suck of both of these scenarios. Non-psychotropic cannabidiol (CBD) may help mitigate the state of being too high, and it may protect your brain from the toxic effects of too much alcohol.

Your endocannabinoid system

Let’s start with a little science: Everything with a backbone has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS governs mood, memory, sleep and appetite, and helps us maintain homeostasis. While we naturally secrete our own cannabinoids, the semi-magical resinous cannabis plant produces an abundance of these compounds, for which we have receptors in our brains and bodies. Among the 113 known cannabinoids is CBD. In simple terms, CBD blocks THC from binding with the receptors in your brain, therefore putting a damper on the high you get from consuming cannabis.

Clinical trials involving cannabis are still hard to come by in the U.S., so ask your friends or your bud-tender about their experiences with THC and CBD. Odds are you’ll get some anecdotal evidence on how CBD seems to even out the effects of too much of a good thing.

Wait, they got rats drunk?

What about alcohol? We know that it’s quite literally a poison that can cause damage to your brain with chronic use over time. In a 2013 study, researchers at the University of Kentucky showed that giving rats CBD could reduce alcohol-induced neurodegeneration by almost 50 percent. From that study:

Excessive alcohol consumption, characteristic of alcohol use disorders, results in neurodegeneration and behavioral and cognitive impairments that are hypothesized to contribute to the chronic and relapsing nature of alcoholism. Therefore, the current study aimed to advance the preclinical development of transdermal delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration.

We’re not party rodents though. Many of us are social drinkers, more concerned about what happens when we consume too many beers or cocktails (jello shots, anyone?) in one night. So the crucial question we wish someone would research is: Can CBD actually help ward off a hangover?

Ask your friends about CBD

Again, because our government makes it nearly impossible to conduct research, no one can definitively claim (yet) that CBD prevents hangovers. And again, talk to your friends who use CBD. If they are also social drinkers, they will likely have some experience in having one too many. Maybe they can tell you if taking some CBD before or after a night of drinking helped them avoid unnecessary suffering.

Because whether we’re talking about THC, alcohol or CBD, that’s what it’s all about, right? In an ideal world we would all realize that moderation in all things is the wisest course. But in reality, we all sometimes seek to change our state, de-stress and have some fun through mild intoxication. Occasionally it tips over into, not gonna lie, extreme intoxication. And that can hurt. A lot.

When you know of an organic, plant-based way to reduce needless suffering — and it happens to be backed by about 40,000 years of human experience and experimentation — how many clinical studies do you really need?

Should you want to try CBD for these purposes, as with anything you put into your body, choose the best​-quality CBD you can find. Elixinol has top-quality organic CBD in capsule form, as well as the X-Pen for sublingual delivery, both delivering 15 milligrams of CBD. Elixinol also has the new Respira tincture, which can be taken orally or by vaping. If you’ve already taken CBD for these purposes, please share your experience in the comments!

Why your dog needs CBD

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How careful are you about the nutrients and chemicals you put in your body? How about your dog’s?

You and your dog may have more in common that you realize. Like you, your dog has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Every mammal, in fact, has receptors in its body for cannabinoids —  chemical compounds that are found in hemp. When they interact with the ECS, these non-psychoactive compounds help govern the body’s  appetite, sleep, mood and memory.

More than that, the ECS and cannabinoids are involved in how we fight inflammation, the culprit in many diseases. Cannabidiol (CBD) has also shown anti-cancer properties that improve survivability for canines, as well as humans.

CBD also facilitates two-way communication among the systems in your body. Prior to the discovery of the ECS in the 1990s, scientists didn’t believe that this type of communication was even possible. Today they believe it may be the key that enables the ECS to keep the body in a balanced state of homeostasis.    

You can see why supplementation with CBD can be such a healthful advantage. It’s not about getting high, it’s about staying maintaining good health, for your dog as well as for you. That’s why Elixinol carries the complete line of Pet Releaf Edibites, powered by pure, organic, hemp-derived CBD from Elixinol.

Formulated by a veterinarian especially for dogs, each Pet Releaf treat contains been 1 and 1.5 milligrams of CBD, in flavors your dog will love, including:

  • Carob Coconut
  • Peanut Butter Banana
  • Kale and Carrot
  • Blueberry Cranberry

If you’re committed to taking great care of your dog, try Pet Releaf Edibites as a special treat or a daily supplement. Your dog will thank you!

 

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and How It Works

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Named after the marijuana plant Cannabis sativa, the Endocannabinoid system is a communication system between the brain and the human body, with a strong impact on a series of functions from feelings and mood to pain perception and movement.

endocannabinoid systemThe endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, and depending on their location, they exert a different action on the organism.

Some receptors are found in the brain, others in glands and other in immune cells, the main role of these receptors being to maintain the body’s internal equilibrium, or homeostasis. Read More