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Can CBD Block COVID-19 Infection?

CBD COVID-19 Study

Cannabis extracts (CBD) are showing potential in making people more resistant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), says an Alberta researcher leading a study.

After sifting through 400 cannabis strains, researchers at the University of Lethbridge are concentrating on about a dozen that show promising results.  In ensuring less fertile ground for the potentially lethal virus to take root, said biological scientist Dr. Igor Kovalchuk.

“A number of them have reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 percent, the chance of it getting in is much lower,” said Kovalchuk.

“If they can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.”

Employing cannabis Sativa strains over the past three months, the researcher said the effective balance between cannabis components THC and CBD — the latter more typically associated with medical use — is still unclear in blocking the novel coronavirus.

“It will take a long time to find what the active ingredient is — there may be many,” said Kovalchuk.  Kovalchuk Pathway RX is owned partly by Olds-based licensed cannabis producer Sundial Growers and partnered with Alberta cannabis researcher Swysh.

But it’s generally the anti-inflammatory properties of high-CBD content that have shown the most promise, he added.

“We focus more on the higher CBD because people can take higher doses and not be impaired,” said Kovalchuk.

Absence of Clinical Trials Remains a Barrier

The absence of clinical trials remains a barrier.  Funding from an increasingly cash-strapped cannabis industry isn’t there to fuel that, said Kovalchuk.

“We have clinicians who are willing to work with us but for a lot of companies in the cannabis business, it’s significant cash that they can’t afford,” he said.

The scientist emphasized the findings wouldn’t lead to a vaccine — something “less specific and precise” but nonetheless another possible weapon against COVID-19.

“The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD Sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy,” said Kovalchuk.

“Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”

Health Canada License

The study under Health Canada license using artificial human 3-D tissue models has been seeking ways to hinder the highly contagious novel coronavirus from finding a host in the lungs, intestines, and oral cavity.

If successful, the work could find practical medical use in the form of mouthwash, gargle, inhalants, or gel caps, said Kovalchuk.

“It would be cheaper for people and have a lot fewer side-effects,” he said.

Israeli Research

Israeli researchers have begun clinical trials of CBD as a treatment to repair cells damaged by COVID-19.  By using its anti-inflammatory abilities.

It’s thought CBD could enhance the traditional effect of steroids in such treatment of patients in life-threatening conditions.  It could also bolster the immune system.

Research Deserves Government Support

It’s the kind of research and his own that deserves government support in Canada.  Canada’s federal government has pledged $1.1 billion in funding for COVID-19 research said the University of Lethbridge scientist.

“Our work could have a huge influence — there aren’t many drugs that have the potential of reducing infection by 70 to 80 percent,” he said.

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Is CBD Safe For Kids?

Is CBD Safe For Kids?

CBD is everywhere, but is CBD safe for kids? From corner stores and bars to medical marijuana dispensaries, CBD is being offered for its reputed ability to relieve pain and make people feel better.

Though CBD — full name cannabidiol — is extracted from hemp, it doesn’t contain THC, the chemical in marijuana that has psychoactive effects, so it doesn’t make you feel high.

Available in the form of vaping, oils, lotions, cocktails, coffee, gummies — you name it — CBD has been touted as a treatment for complaints as far-reaching as chronic pain, cancer, migraines, anxiety, and ADHD. You know it’s gone mainstream when even Consumer Reports has issued guides on how to shop for CBD and tips for safe CBD use.

Not only are adults experimenting with CBD for whatever is bothering them, increasingly parents are turning to CBD to help their kids focus, sleep, calm down and more.

Popular use of CBD is blowing up, but more research is needed into its safety or its efficacy, especially in children. The first and only marijuana-derived drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Epidiolex, is used to treat a rare, severe form of epilepsy in patients two years of age and older. And since cannabis is in the early stages of legalization and regulation, there is a huge variety in the quality and dosage of products — risks associated with using products that have not been vetted by the FDA.

What do we know about CBD?

For millennia, hemp plants have been used for medicinal purposes around the world. In 1851 marijuana was classified by the United States Pharmacopeia as a viable medical compound used to treat conditions like epilepsy, migraines, and pain. But since marijuana and cannabis-related products were made illegal in the US in 1970, there has been a dearth of research about either marijuana or CBD. Its classification as a Schedule 1 drug made it nearly impossible to get federal funding to study cannabis.

Is CBD safe?

Last year the World Health Organization, acknowledging the explosion in “unsanctioned” medical uses of CBD, reviewed the evidence for its safety and effectiveness. The WHO report concluded that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” Any adverse effects could be a result of interactions between CBD and a patient’s existing medications, the WHO noted.

The report found no indication of potential abuse or dependence. “To date there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

As for effectiveness, the WHO noted that several clinical trials had shown effectiveness for epilepsy, adding: “There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions.”

CBD oil for anxiety

In 2015 a group of researchers led by Esther Blessing, Ph.D., of New York University, investigated the potential of CBD for treating anxiety. In a review of 49 studies, they found promising results and the need for more study.

The “preclinical” evidence (ie from animal studies) “conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders,” Dr. Blessing wrote. Those include generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and OCD.

The review notes that the promising preclinical results are also supported by human experimental findings, which also suggest “minimal sedative effects, and an excellent safety profile.” But these findings are based on putting healthy subjects in anxiety-producing situations and measuring the impact of CBD on the anxiety response. Further studies are required to establish treatment with CBD would have similar effects for those who struggle with chronic anxiety, as well as what the impact of extended CBD use may be.

“Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders,” Dr. Blessing concludes, “with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”

CBD and autism

A group of Israeli researchers have been exploring the use of CBD to reduce problem behaviors in children on the autism spectrum. A feasibility study involving 60 children found substantial improvement in behavioral outbreaks, anxiety and communication problems, as well as stress levels reported by parents.

The researchers, led by Dr. Adi Aran, director of the pediatric neurology unit at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, went on to do a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial with 150 participants with autism. In this trial, just completed but not yet analyzed, patients were treated CBD for three months.

Research boom

In the US, research has been given a boost by changing guidelines and laws. In 2015 the DEA eased some of the regulatory requirements that have made CBD, as a Schedule 1 substance, difficult to study. “Because CBD contains less than 1 percent THC and has shown some potential medicinal value, there is great interest in studying it for medical applications,” the DEA said in announcing the change.

And in approving the first CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, last year the FDA expressed enthusiasm for the research boom that is sure to come, paired with stern words for the flood of marketers of products claiming unsubstantiated health benefits.

“We’ll continue to support rigorous scientific research on the potential medical uses of marijuana-derived products and work with product developers who are interested in bringing patients safe and effective, high-quality products,” the FDA pledged. “But, at the same time, we are prepared to take action when we see the illegal marketing of CBD-containing products with serious, unproven medical claims.”

Concerns about CBD

  • Some brands are unreliable in delivering a consistent amount of CBD. They could have less or more than advertised, and most do not offer independent verification of active contents. Analysis of products for sale shows that many do not have the amount of CBD that they advertise. That’s why at GENESIS LIFE, we post our independent third party test lab sheets, so you can be confident of the amount of CBD in our products.
  • How much is absorbed? Very little is known about how much CBD is actually delivered to the brain in a given product. Various delivery systems — vaping, taking it orally, eating it in baked goods, etc. — have different rates of delivery. Even the oils that the CBD is dissolved in can result in varying effects. 
  • Some brands may contain things other than CBD, and they could be harmful. Lab testing — which provides information about CBD levels, THC levels (if any), and contaminants in the product — isn’t mandatory for CBD products in every state. That’s why at GENESIS LIFE, we provide our CoA (Certificate of Analysis) to make it easier to verify the safety of our products. Bootleg CBD may be connected to recent lung illnesses and deaths that have been attributed to vaping. The CDC and the American Medical Association recommend avoiding vaping entirely while the cause of these illnesses is determined.
  • CBD may be safe itself, but it may interact with other medications a child is taking, which are also metabolized in the liver.  That’s why we at GENESIS LIFE always recommend NOT taking CBD while on other medications.
  • Since CBD use — especially for kids — is a still so new, few people are familiar with dosing for children, so determining how much to give your child would be tricky. Clinical doses versus what you might find at a coffeehouse could vary dramatically.  At GENESIS LIFE, we recommend a reduced child dose based on the height and weight of the child. 
  • The legality of cannabis products and CBD is still murky. CBD derived from hemp is federally legal, while CBD derived from marijuana plants is subject to the legal status in each state — and remains federally illegal. Meanwhile, the FDA issued a statement making clear that products that contain CBD — even if they are derived from legal, commercial hemp — cannot claim to have therapeutic benefits or be sold as dietary supplements unless they have been approved by the FDA for that use.
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How much CBD per serving am I taking?

A common question we hear is, “how much CBD per serving am I getting?”.  If you are new to CBD Oil and the variety of different CBD products available, understanding how much CBD you’re actually taking per serving can be a bit confusing. In this video, we hope to clear up some of that confusion for you and allow you to determine your CBD per serving.


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Can CBD Really Do All That?

How one molecule from the cannabis plant
came to be seen as a therapeutic cure-all.

CBD Therapeutic Uses

This is one of the most comprehensive articles about CBD that we’ve come across. It takes you back to the beginnings and paints a nuance-filled narrative to where we are today.

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CBD Oil Benefits

CBD Oil benefits for health and wellness are discussed by one of our GENESIS LIFE founders.  Also discussed is the science behind CBD Oil.

Recent studies suggest that CBD oil can help play a role in the treatment of pain from arthritis.  Likewise, the science is pretty compelling. CBD is filled with beneficial cannabinoids that directly trigger receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).  The ECS system is a network of cannabinoid receptors that work to regulate all kinds of important functions in the body.

The ECS system plays an important role in our bodies.  Thus, some CBD oil benefits may include promoting mental wellness, influencing appetite, and facilitating nutrient transport.  Secondly, working with the immune system, it helps you deal with daily stress and works to regulate pain perception. When you take CBD, the cannabinoids travel to your CB2 receptor. The CB2 receptor gets a lot of attention because of its therapeutic potential and ability to help the human body manage pain.

For people struggling with arthritis, or severe inflammation and pain in the joints, CBD can be a game changer. In fact, research now suggests that CBD may be doing double-duty by helping to relieve pain and by causing the CB2 receptors to trigger the reduction of inflammation.

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Cannabidiol (CBD): How Often Should You Be Taking It?

How Does Cannabidiol (CBD) Work?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, works directly with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).  The ECS is a complex network of receptors responsible for some of the most vital biological processes. The ECS helps regulate sleep cycles, anxiety, mood, metabolism, and pain sensation, among other functions. Upon consumption, CBD interacts with ECS receptors located through our nervous and immune systems.  These ECS receptors act as “chemical messengers” that help improve how cells respond to stimuli affecting all these processes.

How Long Does It Take for Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) to Work?

There is no simple answer to this question. The amount of time it takes for CBD to take effect varies widely depending on what type of CBD products you use. It’s important to note that CBD still delivers the same benefits regardless of delivery method and time. Here are the most popular CBD products on the market today and how long each takes to begin working:
Sublingual Oils and Sprays: Sublingual formulas include oils, tinctures, sprays, and terpenes. Sublingual CBD oil is dropped under the tongue where it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Users typically begin to feel the effects of CBD within 5 to 15 minutes when using sublingual CBD products.
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Edibles: CBD edibles have become one of the most popular forms of CBD products thanks to their fun shapes and familiar taste. Although they are not always the most healthy choice due to the sugar found in most products. CBD infused or sprayed edibles include gummy bears, chocolates, and other popular candies. It can take up to one hour before users begin to feel the effects of edible CBD.

Smoking: One of the fastest-acting methods, CBD inhaled by smoking begins to take effect within the first 5 minutes. While smoking CBD is effective and provides fast relief, it may irritate the lungs if users are not used to smoking.

Vaping: Similarly to smoking, vaporizing delivers almost immediate results. This method is considered a healthier alternative to smoking since it produces vapor instead of smoke.

Capsules and Tablets: Like edibles, CBD capsules and tablets can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to take effect.

Topical Solutions: Unlike most CBD products, CBD topical formulas like pain balms target specific areas of the body. Topical CBD is absorbed directly into the skin upon application, but it can take 15 minutes to hours before the targeted area begins to benefit from CBD.

How to Dose Cannabidiol (CBD)

For the best results, users should take CBD daily. You can choose to stick to one delivery method like CBD oil or use a combination of products for a more diverse regimen. Either way, this will not alter how CBD affects your body unless you change the overall dosage. But how do you determine what CBD dosage is right for you in the first place?

If you are new to CBD, finding the right CBD dosage may prove to be a tricky task in the beginning. The best way to find the perfect daily dose of CBD is to start small and keep track of your body’s reactions for the first couple of days. Gradually increase the amount of CBD you take per day until you find the right dosage for your specific needs.

Another important aspect that needs to be taken into consideration is individual tolerance levels. For example, if you have been using CBD for years, your tolerance levels are more likely to be higher than that of a new user. Other factors that may influence your tolerance level are the frequency of use, gender, body mass index, and product potency.

Where To Buy Cannabidiol (CBD)

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and hemp-derived products are now legal at the federal level. As a result, Genesis Life CBD products now ship nationwide. Our collection of high-quality CBD products includes oils, capsules, balms, and dog treats. All Genesis Life products have been tested by an independent lab to ensure quality and safety.

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Hemp Derived CBD OIL TOP 4 MYTHS

There’s no denying the hype around hemp derived CBD Oil. Maybe you heard about it from a friend in the office or on your weekly trip to see the chiropractor. If you’re considering trying hemp derived CBD Oil for the first time, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Consequently, what may start out as a false fact can easily snowball into urban legend. Although life is much more fun with stories and urban legends, when taking a powerful whole-plant cannabinoid dietary supplement like CBD Oil, the truth is the only version you should know.

Hemp and Marijuana are the same plants? MYTH

This is probably the largest of myths. First, wrap your brain around this – they both come from the same plant species Cannabis sativa, hence, the confusion. Over the centuries, growers recognized the many beneficial characteristics of cannabis and bred the plant to separate out those traits. Hemp became an industrial crop while marijuana was propagated for its psychoactive properties.

CBD Oil Gets You High? MYTH

Think about someone related to you that couldn’t be more different from you. This is the case with hemp and marijuana. Even though they share genes and certain chemical compound properties, the big distinction is that hemp is superior in the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD).  Marijuana is greater in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The cannabidiol (CBD) in hemp is most recognized for its health and wellness properties; it’s the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana that gets you high.

CBD Oil Is Only Used For Epilepsy? MYTH

Little Charlotte Figi’s story, with Charlotte’s Web, has been told over again because of the massive impact it made. There’s a much bigger health and wellness story you might not be aware of yet. Premium CBD Oil has shown to provide incredible support to the Endocannabinoid system, which is vital for the overall balance of the immune system, sleep, digestive tract, cognitive function, and the nervous system.

Hemp Was Used To Clean The Soil in Chernobyl? TRUE! TRUE! TRUE!

This sounds like a crazy urban legend, but it couldn’t be truer. Hemp plants combined with new phytoremediation technology were used to clean contaminated soil in the area of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.  The results have been so remarkable that Japanese scientists have considered using the method for Fukushima. Unfortunately, the difficulty in obtaining licenses has proven difficult in using this miraculous plant.