3 Facts about Cannabis that may surprise you

Since adult use of cannabis passed in 2018 in CA, and hospitals and clinics are restricting the prescribing rates of opiods,  I get tons of questions about using cannabis for medical purposes.  Let’s review some facts you should know before beginning.

  • It’s the cannabinoid THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in cannabis that is responsible for the high feeling, but other cannabinoids like CBG, or CBN or even the CBD/THC acids can confer healing to the body. Terpenes, the aromatic aspects of the cannabis plant can also help decrease inflammation. Terpenes are essentially essential oils found naturally in the plant and we already know how potent EO's can be. This adds an extra punch to your cannabis medicine. 
  • CBD, or cannabidiol, does not confer a high, rather this cannabinoid modulates the high effect of THC. Hemp contains less potent amounts of CBD, therefore will not get you high, and hemp oil is highly unregulated. So you must be careful on where you get your supply. Ask for certificates of quality and whether the batches are tested for fungicides and herbicides.
  • You should inquire and ask about strains with the appropriate ratio to get the kind of medicine  you want delivered to your body.  Ex) strains with higher amounts of CBD than THC are less likely to get you high. Most dispensaries have this information on hand. They will also have information about terpene profiles.

Many chronic health issues have inflammation as an underlying cause and the right combination  and dose of cannabis can be a healing haven for your body.  No budtender or cannabis specialist can ever predict how your body will respond since we are all genetically different and will respond differently to each plant.  Your best bet is Microdosing (taking a small amount of cannabis) and find what works best for you. Start low and go slow with your dosing and of course keep track of how you feel.

Overworking may cause early onset demetia

Or at least make you feel that way.

You may notice, after a hard day of intense focus and pressure, you may find yourself a bit absent minded.

Chronic stress elevates levels of glucocorticoid stress hormones, can suppresses the production of new neurons in the hippocampus, impairing memory. Your hippocampus is critical to memory because it is one of few areas in the brain that can actually grow when stimulated by new memory or events-even as an adult. Kind of like stem cells. 

Short term stress makes us sharp, focused and alert, but chronic + sustained exposure to stress is an insult to the Hippocampus and can dampen recall, increase forgetfulness or even lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.  All the ingredients to make you think you are headed towards dementia.

Improve your hippocampal/memory performance with nootropics.  These nutrients love, love, love to support the brain and nerve function. My favorite is good old fashion plant based fats and loads of it. 

You may have heard of Omega 3's, but may have no clue what it does. This nutrient literally restructures your nerve cells so they communicate more effectively.  This means you'll be able to think clearly, be more focused and squeeze a bit more juice for when you need it most.

Natural Dermatology- Sun & Skin cancer

Prevention 101: Post summer skin protection and restoration!

As the summer season wraps up, I can't help but to relish in the information from my skintastic seminars.  It was a life saver!  For those of you who could not make it- i'll share some snippets.

Again-The basics: Know your risks!

Skin types: There are 5 types. The more fair and freckled you are (type 1), the more susceptible you are to burn easily. Darker skin Type (3/4/5)  will burn in twice the amount of time. Restoring sunburned skin for each skin type is a bit different.

Type 1/2 will need more intensive support with a broader spectrum of antioxidants- combining topical, food and supplement.

Your best bet? Combine powerful antioxidants internally and on the skin as they work together to deliver more synergistic protection! 

Top "Love Your Skin" Nutrients:

  • Vitamin A, C, E, D
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • CoQ10
  • Sulfur as table salt or MSM
  • Liposomal Glutathione

Dosages vary based upon your overall health condition, skin type and quantity of antioxidants your body has used this summer!  Schedule some time with me if you'd like a more personalized prescription!