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Back pain, whether in your upper, lower or mid back, is debilitating. It can make even the most simple of tasks a struggle, so it’s something you want to tackle as quickly as possible if you suffer from it.

One thing that’s showing promise is CBD oils for back pain, with many people finding it helps ease their symptoms.

There are a number of other things you can do to help keep your back pain under control though. The Express recently shared some top stretches for those who have back problems to try at home.

The newspaper noted that it’s better to introduce gentle movement where you can if you suffer from back pain, because staying still is only likely to make it stiffer and therefore more painful when you do move.

Among the stretches suggested are lying on your back and bringing one knee into your chest, holding it for around five seconds, releasing and then repeating on the other side; as well as one-leg stands. These involve standing on one leg and bending your other foot up towards your bum. Hold the ankle of your bent leg and gently pull it in, stretching through your quad.

Mindbodygreen also recently shared some advice for helping with back pain. The stretches this publication recommends include a seated side stretch, a hamstring stretch while keeping your back extended, and a gentle rotational stretch or spinal twist.

Stretching regularly can be a great way to complement the CBD oil you’re taking, as well as any other activities you’re doing to keep your back healthy and supple.

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is being used by a growing number of people to help with everything from insomnia to chronic pain management.

For those suffering from degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) it has been suggested that CBD oil could help alleviate some of their symptoms. Net Doctor recently took a look at the scientific information out there to back up such claims.

Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed by specialist doctors in the UK to those suffering from MS in certain circumstances. It is typically used to help lessen the symptoms of spacticity and spasms. CBD oil differs from medicinal cannabis though because it doesn’t contain any of the psychoactive part of cannabis – THC.

A number of studies have been conducted looking at whether medicinal cannabis could be helpful in treating other symptoms of MS, including the frequent pain many of those with the condition suffer from.

The news provider noted that no scientific studies have yet been carried out into the efficacy of CBD alone, rather than cannabis products that contain both CBD and THC.

However, it did point out that an article in journal Frontiers in Neurology last year explored the idea that CBD oil has “the potential to offer positive pharmacological effects, given that it is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective”.

Speaking to the website, Janice Sykes, information officer at the MS Trust, said that there is some anecdotal evidence that CBD products help some MS sufferers, although others have reported having no positive benefits from taking it.

She advises anyone who wants to try using CBD oil to consult their doctor first, to make sure it won’t interfere with any medication they’re taking. It’s also a good idea to start a diary of your symptoms one to two weeks before you start using CBD products, so that you can measure any changes you experience.

It’s also advisable to do some reading around the effects hemp oil has on your body. Take a look at our blog which explains a bit more about how it all works.

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It’s widely acknowledged that modern life is stressful. When you add children into the mix, it can become even more difficult, especially if you already struggle with anxiety.

However, Market Watch recently reported on how some young parents in the US are turning to CBD to help them not only deal with the stresses and strains of raising a family, but also to ensure they remain present with their kids.

The news provider spoke to Jo Highland, who is a stay at home mum with two children. She explained that using CBD helps her to stay calm and juggle her parenting responsibilities with less stress.

She said that one of the reasons she likes using CBD is because it “doesn’t impair my ability to take care of my kids”, like other anti-anxiety medication can.

Mark Lewis, a 33 year old father of two, said that having a drop or two of CBD oil will take “the edge off after a long day so I can lay on the floor and be a present father”.

If you’re considering using CBD oil for anxiety and feel it could also help you to balance your parenting duties, you certainly won’t be alone.

There’s growing evidence that CBD oil can have a positive effect if you struggle with anxiety. A recent article for Net Doctor noted that there have been more than 30 pre-clinical studies all supporting the idea that CBD can reduce anxiety behaviours, although it’s still not fully understood how CBD has this effect.

That said, Dr Ware, who spoke to the news provider, explained that it’s understood that CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system.

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What are the different types of hemp products?

All our products are extracts from hemp plants, grown legally under licence as industrial hemp. The oil which results from the extraction process can be used as it is or converted into different forms. For use in a spray it will need to be diluted with a carrier oil to thin it down. It may be converted in to an e-liquid so it can be used in a vaporizer or e-cig.  It’s largely a matter or personal choice which hemp you use.  Experiment and find out what suits you best.

What is the best way to take hemp?

You can take hemp by swallowing it, by absorption through the mucus membranes in your mouth, by inhaling it or absorption through the skin. For many people the most convenient method will be in capsules just like vitamin or mineral supplements. A better way is to put a few drops under your tongue and hold it there for as long as you can so that at least some of it will be absorbed through the mucus membrane directly into your bloodstream. Inhaling hemp by vaporizing is a very effective method of ingestion.

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Cultivating For Hemp

Traditionally, hemp seeds have always been planted very close together. The result is a very tall plant which maximises the production of fibre and smothers any weed growth.

Hemp grown in this way can easily exceed 10 feet in height and at ground level the soil is beautifully conditioned for the next crop. There simply isn’t any undergrowth because light can’t reach through the hemp canopy. The soil is broken up by deep, vigorous roots and the plant naturally absorbs nitrogen from the air and fixes it in the soil.

While this is an ideal method of growing hemp for fibre, it isn’t good for producing the sort of resinous, oil-laden plants that are best for extracting. For this purpose it is better if the plants can be allowed more space to develop a heavy crop of flowers which, remaining unfertilised and seed-free, will develop trichomes, tiny little stalks which are the plant’s natural factories for production. Then, until maturity is reached, the more light and nutrients that can be absorbed, the more the trichomes will fill with oil.

So those growing for hemp oil will nurture each plant on an individual basis to get the most out of it. This is much closer to the techniques used for growing for its psychoactive and medicinal properties. In the EU, to be grown legally under licence as industrial hemp, the seeds used must be an EU approved seed type. These aren’t the best varieties for hemp as they were originally selected for fibre production. The varieties that seem to work the best are the shorter plants that were originally selected for producing hemp seed. Of course, the trick is to prevent them being fertilised so that seeds don’t form.

Hemp grown in this way can produce powerful odours which are more usually associated with psychoactive cannabis. In fact, the smell is nothing to do with the content, it comes from terpenes, compounds produced within the plant which contribute to the ‘entourage effect’ which is how the greatest benefit of hemp as a food supplement can be achieved. If you are taking hemp oil as an supplement for health and well being, it isn’t just the hemp that matters, it’s all the other cannabinoids present in the plant as well as terpenes and other compounds such as flavonoids.

More and more growers, interested in producing hemp oils are moving towards these more careful cultivation techniques. Hopefully, in the near future, new strains of hemp that are better suited to producing quality oils will be added to the EU approved list. In the meantime, you can be certain that the highest quality, best value hemp products come from The Alternative Hemp Company so why not stock up on our premium products today and begin your route to a good health and well being routine.

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What Effect Does Hemp Oil Have on Your Body?

Like other cannabinoids, hemp interacts with your body via your body’s endocannabinoid system which acts as a bridge between different receptors running from the brain to different parts of your body for the transportation of signals. Endocannabinoids are present in all mammalian species that helps in maintaining the health of the body by activating receptors that lead to conditions such as appetite, memory, mood, pain, emotions, immune response, temperature etc.

The amount of oil can have an effect on your receptors which can alter your bodily functions such as breathing, memorising, sleeping, feeling of pain, etc.

Much like endocannabinoids, hemp oil affects cannabinoid receptors to keep your body and its function in a state of equilibrium or homeostasis.

Our bodies system consists of two main receptors that are found in the brain, immune system, and central nervous system. These two receptors are (CB1) and (CB2). While CB1 is found in the brain and central nervous system, CB2 is found in immune system and spleen. Each cannabinoid receptor acts differently under the influence of different cannabinoids. Polypharmacological properties of hemp makes it highly useful in different medical conditions such as anxiety, inflammation, depression, ADHD, diabetes, cancer, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and other paediatric cases.

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How Is Oil Extracted?

The commonly used methods require simple equipment and some types of solvent. Such solvent can be a liquid solvent such as CO2 or an oil solvent. If you are beginning with a plant that contains the psychoactive compound as well, then the extraction process can be complex and you have to use professional equipment to separate the two compounds.

CO2 Extraction: Performed with the help of ‘closed loop extractor’ equipment under strictly maintained variables such as temperature and pressure, CO2 extraction method is considered much better than using a liquid solvent as the end product obtained is pure and involves minimal risk of contaminants. Since this is performed in a strictly controlled temperature and pressure, the method can also be used for extracting non-psychoactive oil.

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Hemp has suddenly shot to prominence and is being touted as a remedy for all manner of conditions.

One that hemp oil can be helpful for is insomnia, but what should you know before you start using  hemp oils to help you get to sleep?

Net Doctor recently spoke to Dr Sarah Brewer about how hemp oil can help those with insomnia, and how it should be used to help you get a good night’s sleep.

She explained that, although there needs to be more scientific research into this oil as a treatment for insomnia, early trials indicate that it can be beneficial in helping you sleep because of how it works with the endocannabinoid system within the body.

Dr Brewer noted that it’s not as simple as hemp oil making you drowsy. In fact, she revealed it can actually make you more alert, so why does it help those suffering from insomnia?

She explained that this oil is particularly good at reducing anxiety and stress, both of which can be causes of insomnia. By helping people feel less anxious or stressed, the oil enables them to get a good night’s sleep.

Dr Brewer did note, however, that if you’re taking any prescribed medication you should speak to your doctor before you start using the oil. This is because it can “slow the way some drugs are metabolised, so their blood level rises, which may lead to side effects”, she added.

There are various ways to take the oil, including by swallowing it in a capsule, by putting a couple of drops under your tongue, or by vaporizing it and inhaling it.

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Anyone who has to wear high heels on a regular basis will know the toll these shoes, however beautiful, can take on your feet… but there may well be a bit of light at the end of the painful toe tunnel in the form of hemp remedy oil.

We’ve just come across this article in the Sun, revealing that the glamorous Hollywood A listers who attended the recent Golden Globes awards made excellent use of this particular hemp product to help them stay on their feet during the night – and live to tell the tale afterwards.

E! style expert Zanna Roberts Rassi was quoted by the news source as saying: “One great trick that a lot of celebrities in LA use is hemp cream on their feet, because it numbs the pain.”

So there you have it – an excellent solution to the problem of numb, aching and sore feet. And let’s not forget the other added benefits of using hemp creams and oils. Studies have also shown that it can help reduce social anxiety and other phobias, as well as stress. It can also have an effect on PTSD and can normalise your heart rate, as well as helping you get to sleep if you struggle in that way.

Further research also shows that hemp oil can reduce artery blockages, stress-induced cardiovascular response and blood pressure, as well as potentially reducing cholesterol. So if you’re keen to start leading a healthier life, which the start of a new year is absolutely perfect for, why not give this product a try?

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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has suddenly shot to prominence and is being touted as a remedy for all manner of conditions.

One that CBD can be helpful for is insomnia, but what should you know before you start using CBD oils to help you get to sleep?

Net Doctor recently spoke to Dr Sarah Brewer about how CBD oil can help those with insomnia, and how it should be used to help you get a good night’s sleep.

She explained that, although there needs to be more scientific research into CBD as a treatment for insomnia, early trials indicate that it can be beneficial in helping you sleep because of how it works with the endocannabinoid system within the body.

Dr Brewer noted that it’s not as simple as CBD oil making you drowsy. In fact, she revealed it can actually make you more alert, so why does it help those suffering from insomnia?

She explained that CBD oil is particularly good at reducing anxiety and stress, both of which can be causes of insomnia. By helping people feel less anxious or stressed, the CBD oil enables them to get a good night’s sleep.

Dr Brewer did note, however, that if you’re taking any prescribed medication you should speak to your doctor before you start using CBD oil. This is because it can “slow the way some drugs are metabolised, so their blood level rises, which may lead to side effects”, she added.

There are various ways to take CBD, including by swallowing it in a capsule, by putting a couple of drops under your tongue, or by vaporizing it and inhaling it.

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