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Curious about CBD Oil and how it can help with your health issues?

VIDA is excited to announce we are now offering a complete line of CBD products at our office!

Since CBD does not cause psychoactive effects, it is an excellent option for people seeking the benefits of cannabis products without the high or breaking federal law. 

CBD oil is emerging into many mainstream health avenues. It’s unheard of for one herbal compound to have so many powerful medical properties that cover such a wide range of physiological ailments. So much so, that researchers dove into the study of cannabis with a fervor.

This aggressive research uncovered a previously undiscovered communication system in our human body which regulates an entire spectrum of our physiology and mood. It was named the endocannabinoid system (ECS) after the plant (cannabis) that led to its discovery. Scientists discovered that our body produces and relies on a substance very similar to the cannabinoids which were isolated from the cannabis plant.

Endogenous Cannabinoids: Produced by cells in the human body. There are two major endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).
Exogenous Cannabinoids: Produced outside of the body and capable of binding to and activating cannabinoid receptors. Phyto cannabinoids are produced by plants like the cannabis plant and are a natural source of these chemical messengers. There are more than 100 identified cannabinoid receptors to cannabis and hemp plants, each with different properties and effects on the body.

NOTE: Both hemp and cannabis are Cannabis Sativa. However, hemp is cultivated with low THC content.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body, including the brain, essential organs such as the liver and intestines, connective tissues, and immune cells. Research is proving that the endocannabinoids are a bridge between the body and the brain and are constantly maintaining our body’s balance at a cellular level.
Even though our body naturally produces cannabinoids, sometimes it may not be functioning adequately and can benefit from the addition of external support.

Our endocannabinoid system can get off kilter because of stress, toxins and poor diet. The use of CBD oil can get us back on track.

What are some of the disorders treated with CBD? Oh, let me count the ways!
Anxiety and Depression – CBD oil is thought to stimulate (ECS) serotonin receptors in a way that can positively increase serotonin levels and improve mental health.
Epilepsy – Some of the most heartwarming accounts of CBD oil are those where parents have seen their children reduce or eliminate their seizures after beginning a CBD regimen.
Intestinal Inflammation – CBD may activate receptors and increase movement through the digestive tract, thereby preventing constipation.
Pain – Studies show that CBD oil reduces chronic pain by impacting ECS receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters.
Nausea – CBD triggers 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A (5-HT1A) that reduces the sensation of nausea.
Parkinson’s disease – As early as the 1800s physicians experimented with a Cannabis tincture and discovered it eased tremors in Parkinson’s patients. The research stalled after the criminalization of marijuana. However, the game is back on now, and the endocannabinoid system is associated with dopamine which can be regulated with CBD. The result for many Parkinson’s patients is reduced tremors, reduced pain, and better sleep.
• Anxiety in our pets- The Pet CBD product (King Kalm) utilizes high omega-3 krill and hemp oils to relax your dog or cat in situations such as a thunderstorm or an airline flight. Omega-3s are an important element in the diets companion pets. Essential oils have been shown to have a positive correlation to animal health.

CBD and Cancer – A 2014 government study states, “Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth…may be able to kill cancer cells.”

Stay tuned as researchers scramble to prove or disprove this theory.

What are terpenes?
Terpenes can be found in a variety of plants other than cannabis. These compounds determine the aroma, scent and color of a plant. They are best described as aromatic molecules. Cannabis has between 80-100 varieties of terpenes. They coexist with the herb just like THC and CBD, but they are not psychoactive. They assist the cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream in a process known as the “entourage effect.”

Are there side effects from CBD oil?
Reported side effects have been minimal but do include tiredness or dizziness. Also, with hundreds of brands of CBD oil exploding on the market, make sure you use a reliable brand. Purity and source do matter. After much research, our office found a reputable CBD oil vendor and we now carry their line of products in our office for our patients to try. Please ask Dr. George about it if you are interested.

Looking towards the future

Cannabinoid-based medicine is progressing with the production of hemp-derived CBD e-liquid, CBD oil, CBD gummy bears and CBD creams which are used by millions of Americans. As more reliable clinical studies surface we may see cannabis go mainstream.

Tip from Dr. G. – Hemp plants have very little (less than 0.3%) of THC and are a much better source of CBD than marijuana plants. This means CBD oil is non-psychoactive, and you won’t get the high associated with cannabis use. In addition, you don’t have to worry if your job drug-tests you as the hemp plants don’t have measurable amounts of THC. Make sure and be mindful of the manufacturing process and the quality of your source.

Carolyn S. George, MD, the founder and owner of VIDA Integrative Medicine, is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare by identifying and addressing the root causes of illness through an approach called Functional and Integrative Medicine. Her functional medical approach helps her find answers so she can treat the root cause of disease instead of just treating the symptoms. She works closely with her patients to explore their health and identify areas of improvement with both traditional medicine as well as nutritional support to maximize their health and well being. Dr. George is board certified in Urgent Care Medicine (ABUCM) receiving her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Manitoba. She received her post-graduate training in Toronto at St. Mary’s Hospital and has practiced in both the United States and Canada. Dr. George has spent over 25 years working in the area of Emergency and Urgent care medicine where she observed the long-term consequences of poor lifestyle choices, oversight in management, inadequate patient education and difficult to treat conditions. She realized that her expertise and passion could make a real impact on her patient’s health before irreversible damage has occurred. Since then she has focused exclusively on applying a whole system approach of functional and integrative medicine to her practice. Dr. George believes strongly that patients make better choices about their health when they understand all the relevant factors that lead to their disease.
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