Cannabis. Yes, that’s the word. Cannabis.
What do you think about when you read that word? Do you think about getting high? Do you get a certain image in your mind of people smoking marijuana? Or maybe feeling out of control and “spacey”?
Does that word conjure up images of hippies, or of teenagers skipping class to go smoke outside under the bleachers? Maybe it does.
Now, here’s another word. Clear your mind. Get rid of those images of joints and swirly music and rainbows…
Cannabinoid. What does that word mean to you?
If you aren’t sure what it means, you are not alone. The majority of disseminated or known information about marijuana is of THC and its effects on the body and brain. We know that many people when asked about cannabis will talk about how its something that they tried as a teenager, or something that made them feel “funny” and “silly”. Even worse, we know that for the most part information about cannabis has been negative and based on perspective from a legal or political viewpoint. Basically, cannabis has had a bad rap for years.
Today however, we see that things are changing and as those changes happen more research and scientific studies are taking place. What is being found out is astounding and very hopeful from a medical standpoint.
So, let’s talk about cannabinoids. What are they?
Quite simply, they are chemical compounds given off by the flowers of the cannabis plant that reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety, and gastrointestinal discomfort. Our bodies all naturally produce similar chemical compounds called endo-cannabinods that exist in our endocannabinoid system which help us feel healthy and strong. But often, our bodies are continually fighting off so many things every day that we don’t have quite enough of these wonderful compounds present in our systems to efficiently and effectively to keep us running at our peak level of performance.
This is where cannabinoids come in and save the day. Cannabis produces over eighty different known cannabinoids; the two that we hear the most about are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)
and CBD (cannabidiol).
What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?
THC is the one that can make you feel “high” or euphoric. Not only that, but it also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tremor, and anti-spasmodic effects. It also has been proven to have appetite stimulating properties as well, which benefits those people who suffer from severe loss of appetite due to physical or mental illness or disease. (You’ve heard of someone developing a severe case of “the munchies”, right? Well, that is the THC talking, telling your body that it’s hungry).
CBD is the one that helps you feel better and by reducing pain or anxiety, but without the high. CBDs are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant and anti-convulsant and properties. Studies have also shown that CBDs aid in regulation of the immune system, helping the body to either form new white blood cells or fight off free radicals hoping to hitch a ride in the immune system. In addition to these these wonderful things, CBDs are also neuroprotectants, which help to maintain or rebuild the central nervous system.
Who Uses CBD’s?
There are many people who have come to know and rely upon the benefits of CBD-based products.
- Those with chronic pain due to an illness or disease such as Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or Alzheimer’s, who report that their condition makes it hard to move or function on a daily basis, CBDs help make things more manageable and even more functional.
- Athletes who experience inflammation and sore and tired muscles and joints, and would like to find alternatives to the traditional regimen of painkillers and aspirin use CBDs to help keep them pain-free and in top shape.
- People who suffer from augmented levels of anxiety or depression use CBDs to help squelch some of those negative energies so that they can move forward with their days in a more positive light. Those affected by PTSD or Schizophrenia have reported that cannabis has saved them from unwanted feelings or fear or apprehension that can be so severe it causes them to miss out on their lives.
- Insomniacs, or those who have an extremely hard time sleeping, causing them to have reported drastic improvement in their sleep patterns and cycles when taking CBDs on a regular basis.
- Those who live with gastrointestinal issues which reduce or stunt their appetite, making it hard for them to get any nutrition into their bodies, thereby weakening them and causing even more issues, have reported overwhelming success treating their conditions with CBDs. Suddenly they are experiencing feelings of hunger that can be satiated by food without painful after-effects.
- Those people living with various forms of addiction have reported a reduction in the need to “use” their drug of choice when taking CBDs on a regular basis, noting that they didn’t experience symptoms of withdrawal.
- People who have skin problems such as acne, dermatitis, or eczema noted that a regular regimen of a topical application of CBD oil improved their skin. Since cannabis has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and hemp seed oil contains high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, it makes sense to see so many people reporting a drastic improvement in the look and feel of their skin.
- People who experience seizures, as well as other disorders that affect the nervous system have reported an overwhelming reduction in the frequency and duration of each episode when using CBDs on a regular basis.
As public opinion changes about this incredible plant, science is beginning to work with these fascinating compounds to harness their amazing healing properties. Cultivators are working to create new strains of marijuana that have high CBD levels which can then be used by medical marijuana patients to effectively combat their pain or anxiety.
How Do I Use CBD’s? Do I Have to Smoke Them?
The answer to that question is simple; no way. As more and more awareness is raised and a discussion continues to take place regarding the benefits of CBDs, scientists, cultivators and dispensaries and working together to create new and exciting products that deliver a specific and metered dose of CBD without needing to be smoked at all.
So what is the method of delivery, you ask? CBD oil is the answer. This oil is made from high-CBD and very low-THC concentrations of cannabis, extracted from the marijuana plant and distilled. There are a number of ways to then ingest CBDs. Here are just a few:
- Mouth sprays
- Topical creams
Here at Betty Khronic, we strive to seek optimal balance of physiological and mental health, and to do so naturally. We believe that it is possible to harness the power of plants to help each one of us live a life that is full, physical, and free. With all of that in mind, we created the first ever all-natural cannabis energy bar that is organic, completely GMO-free, raw, and vegan. We use six ingredients, and six ingredients only to form some of the most delicious energy bars on the planet!
- The base of the energy bars is the 100% organic, virgin, cold-pressed cannabis infused coconut oil. Coconut oil is known to contain high levels of unique and healthy fats which are beneficial to our overall health and performance, so we knew that this must be the oil we used in our product. Cannabinoids also are very attracted to the chemical make-up of coconut oil and bond easily to it, which makes it an incredible vehicle for cannabis.
- We use raw cocoa that are rich in antioxidants to give an overall rich flavor that we all crave.
- We use raw tree nuts, which are full of protein and other minerals for a boost of consistent and long-lasting energy.
- Raw pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are the next ingredient. Pepitas are well-known to have vitamins in them that help protect from damaging free radicals that roam around in the body and threaten to take away precious oxygen from your cells.
- Raw chia seeds are another ingredient in our cannabis energy bars. Chia seeds are a superfood, packed with proteins, fiber, omega fatty acids and other nutrients. It only made sense to include these powerhouse providers in our delicious bars.
- Raw dates are the last component in our product. Dates provide an alternative to sugar, adding a natural sweet flavor to any recipe. Rather than use more traditionally and widely-used sweeteners like cane sugar which don’t give offer any nutritional value and actually can be quite bad for your body, dates are a natural and very beneficial way to sweeten anything.
As you can see, we’ve created a product that is good for you in every way. Limited and carefully chosen ingredients make for a delicious and beneficial experience for your taste buds, your body, and your mind. Here at Betty Khronic, our goal is to raise the bar higher. If you are a canna-productive individual who is looking for optimum performance and will not settle for anything less than all-natural and organic products, try our cannabis energy bars today and experience the amazing power of plants.