Cannabidiol (or CBD) & OC-Spectrum Disorders


CBD For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (or OCD) is a long-lasting, often permanent, chronic condition that is characterized by repetitive, unwanted behaviors that can debilitate the normal life of a person.

OCD sufferers often have uncontrollable, recurring thoughts known as obsessions, that usually transfer into behaviors, or compulsions, that they feel until it reaches a point where it interferes with their daily lives. But let’s learn how Cannabis Chemistry helps…

OCD is related to (and often accompanied by) a host of other disorders with similar symptoms such as:

  • Trichotillomania
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Hoarding
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Skin Picking (or Excoriation Disorder)
  • Chronic Tic Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD)

These types of disorders are often referred to as OC-spectrum disorders because of their similarities to OCD, and the fact that some of them share the same symptoms. The specific cause of these disorders is not fully known, or completely understood, but they are often associated with stressful events in a person’s life.

Scientists and researchers generally agree that these conditions are related to functions in the human brain, but more research is needed to determine how much is inherent in a person’s genetics, or how much could be triggered by external factors such as extreme stress.

This research is extremely important, as one or more of these disorders will affect a large percentage of the population at some point in their lives. OCD symptoms typically begin to first manifest themselves in people at puberty.

Without therapeutic aid, they can often evolve throughout the life of the sufferer into more severe forms. These repetitive behaviors are sometimes referred to as rituals. Often patients do realize that their behavior is drastically different from others and are sometimes even willing to admit that they are doing unnecessary things.

However, once a patient has become accustomed to performing their rituals daily, it can be extremely difficult for them to stop. The reason for this is because OC-spectrum disorders are often based on anxiety. Many patients often have irrational fears that terrible things will happen if they do not perform these rituals.

After a patient has become accustomed to thinking this way, performing these rituals can bring them relief from anxiety, making it extremely difficult to stop. Consequently, people learn to accept these behaviors as a part of life, even though many realize that they actually impede them from normal living (take free Cannabis Chemistry training here).

Fortunately, there is hope as various treatments do exist for such conditions. Multiple studies have been conducted to establish the efficacy of CBD in improving the symptoms of OCD. One research study involved injecting rats with a compound is found in ecstasy drugs that induce OCD-like behaviors and panic attacks in mammals.

Upon the injection, the rats were placed in sand-filled cages with marbles. The rats started burying marbles almost immediately when they were placed in the cages. This behavior is an OCD-like effect that the compound causes. Next, the rats were administered with a form of liquid CBD, and their behavior changed almost immediately.

The rats stopped the marble-burying behavior and resumed their normal functions. This animal study shows how CBD can be used to potentially end anxiety-induced behavior and restore normal brain function. Although humans and animals are different, this study is important because rats and humans share a common physiology.

Since CBD has only recently been recognized as federally legal in the United States, more long-term human trials are needed to conclusively prove that CBD can be used as an effective treatment for OC-spectrum disorders. However, studies such as this one is promising to say the least.

Additionally, there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence from consumers who have tried CBD for their anxiety symptoms with incredible results.

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What Does a Healthy Lifestyle Really Mean?

Getting enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep has been linked to significant problems such as:

  • greater risk of depression and anxiety
  • increased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • impaired memory
  • reduced immune system functioning
  • weight gain
  • greater likelihood of accidents.

Are you getting enough rest? It has been suggested that most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep. Assessment:

  • Am I often tired?
  • Am I using caffeine to get through the day?
  • Do I sleep well?
  • Do I wake up refreshed?
  • Do I get drowsy while driving or watching TV?

How to improve your sleep:

  • Set a regular bedtime, your body craves consistency and you’re more likely to get enough sleep if you schedule rest like your other important tasks.
  • De-caffeinate yourself. Try to avoid coffee and colas starting six to eight hours before bed
  • De-stress yourself. Relax by taking a hot bath, meditating or envisioning a soothing scene. Turn off daytime worries by finishing any next-day preparations about an hour before bed.
  • Exercise can improve sleep in a lot of ways. Avoid exercising right before bed since exercise may make you more alert, stretching right before bed may be a good transition to sleep.
  • Make your bed a sleep haven, meaning no paying bills or writing reports in bed. If you remain alert after 15 minutes of trying to go to bed, it is recommended you get up until you feel more tired.

Proper Nutrition

Making eating healthy a part of daily life rather than following fad diets is the key to wellness. Try setting realistic goals and make small diet changes and walk every day.

  • Try baking, grilling or broiling meat rather than frying. Take the skin off before cooking chicken or turkey. Try to incorporate fish into your diet at least once a week.
  • Reduce extra fat. I can’t really get on board with no fat or low fat or margarine; however, moderation is key.
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables with your meals and as snaks.
  • Read nutritional labels of foods.
  • When you eat out, be aware of larger portion sizes.
  • Stay hydrated. Focus on water and beware of sweetened drinks that add lots of sugar and calories to your diet. This includes fruit juice, soda, sports and energy drinks, sweetened or flavored mild, and sweetened iced tea.
  • The majority of your purchases should be on the outside aisles of the supermarket.

Consistent exercise

  • Exercise controls weight. Any amount of activity is better than none. A small step is to just get more active through the day, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Consistency is the key.
  • Exercise combats health conditions and diseases such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis, and falls. It can also improve cognitive function and lowers the risk of death.
  • Exercise improves mood. It is one of the least utilized anti-depressants. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
  • Exercise boost energy.
  • Exercise promotes better sleep, just remember not too close to bedtime.
  • Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life.
  • Exercise can be fun, and social.

Taking care of your body and mind

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Everyone is going through something, so let’s be positive in our approach and leave the judgments when someone is struggling. See your counselor, learn better communication strategies and lets make our overall mental, emotional and physical health a priority.

Managing medications and doctor’s appointments

If you have questions or concerns, see your doctor. Not knowing, putting your head in the sand and avoiding a diagnosis that scares you will not make it better and it probably isn’t going away. It is natural to fear what you may find out, but I can guarantee you, catching something earlier is better.

Take your medications as prescribed. If you are looking to wean or come off your medications, do so with guidance from your doctor.

In case you need permission, it is ok to make your health and well being a priority. If you do not make the time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness.

Let’s walk together to health and harmony.

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Juice Recipe for the Common Cold (Wind Invasion)

The new school year has started, and so marks the beginning of cold and flu season. School has been in for several weeks, and almost immediately I were already sick.

Here is an easy juice recipe for the common cold (wind invasion in Chinese Medicine terms). The ingredients should be fresh. The ginger should be used with the peel on. After preparing, drink immediately as this formula will not keep.

1 orange, peeled
½ grapefruit, peeled
½ lemon peeled
½ pear
1 “ fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
¼ tsp ground red pepper (e.g. cayenne)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Set pepper and cinnamon aside.

Juice the remaining ingredients. Stir in the spices, drink immediately.

Climb under the covers.

This formula will make you sweat and may give you a runny nose as the toxins are expelled.

Although it can be made in a blender, it tends to come out a little chunky. If possible, this recipe is best made in a juicer.

Repeat every 6 hours as needed.