February Astrological Forecast

 
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Your February Horoscope 

By Suzanne Gerber

ARIES (March 21–April 19): Practice your juggling skills! This month, career demands or a project of your own compete for time with family and friends. Luckily, you’ll have energy to burn. On the 3rd, Venus enters your professional arena for the rest of the month—at least work will be social and creative! Looking to recruit people to a cause or mission? Make your appeal near the new moon in Aquarius on the 4th.  

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): Get ready for an infusion of energy! On the 14th, action planet Mars zooms into your sign for six weeks. Move that project from the back burner to the front and don’t turn down the heat till it’s done. Looking for work inspiration? The Aquarius new moon on the 4th could trigger a new development in the coming weeks. Get out there and network like the pro you are.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): It’s a super-social month, with all the planets in your extroverted hemisphere. The first two weeks are great for exploring new venues, throwing parties or being a frequent guest. On the 14th, you might need to come in for a landing and recharge your batteries. A full Virgo supermoon on the 19th encourages time with close friends and family. Don’t forget to give your S.O. plenty of attention! 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Going somewhere? Travel, adventure and anything that expands your horizons is favored this month as the Sun and curious Mercury buzzsaw through that part of your chart. But block out alone-time with your favorite partner in crime during the Aquarius new moon on the 4th and the following two weeks. That’s prime canoodling time! Try to wrap up a professional project by the 14th, when your motivation dips. 

LEO (July 23–August 22): Make a personal issue top priority so you can wrap it up for once and for all. Your romantic life gets a shot in the arm during the Aquarius new moon on the 4th and the two weeks that follow. Single? Try some new approaches—and keep an open mind! Professional matters will dominate your calendar after the 14th, when motivated Mars returns to your house of work and prestige after a two-year hiatus. 

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): The year’s only Aquarius new moon on the 4th puts health and fitness front and center for at least two weeks. If you’re still paying the piper for holiday indulgences, hop back on the wellness wagon now. You’ll be happy you did once the Sun joins outgoing Mercury in your relationship sector on the 18th. Planning a getaway? Get serious when Mars revs into your travel zone on the 14th. 

LIBRA (September 23–October 22): Fairy tales can come true… especially during the Aquarius new moon (4th) and full moon (19th). For once you’ll be leading with your heart not your head, so enjoy the quixotic energy! But once the Sun joins analytical Mercury in your house of work, service and self-care, plant those Havaianas back on terra firma and take care of business—including your own wellbeing! 

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21): Do you really want to hibernate in sunny Florida?! It may be hard to coax you out this month, with the planets packed into your privacy hemisphere. But you don’t have to be a hermit! If you’ve wanted to show off a renovation or new décor, or need an excuse to cook up a storm, throw a party—or several! Single? Ask friends to bring other singles and turn up the Scorpio charm.

 SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21): When lucky Venus makes her annual visit to your money zone on the 3rd, you could get a surprise windfall or someone may finally repay a debt. Also possible: You might find the pièce de résistance you’ve been searching for. If you’ve got the funds, go ahead and splurge! (If not but you still really “need” it, finance it.) Starting on the 14th, focus on healing a physical or emotional ache.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): Your magnetism goes off the charts on the 3rd, when aesthetic Venus makes her annual visit to your sign. Been mulling a makeover—for your home or personal style? Start spending time on Pinterest or other home and fashion sites for inspiration. No need to rush, but be ready to “get your glam on” when excitable Mars blasts into your passion sector on the 14th for the first time in two years!

AQUARIUS (January–February 18): Ready for your close-up? The year’s only Aquarius new moon on the 4th inspires you to get serious about something you’ve been procrastinating on. Give yourself two more weeks to waffle—then pull the trigger! After the 18th, you can heal a riff with a sibling or friend—if you’re willing to let bygones be bygones. Feeling social? Start planning a fete for sometime after the 14th.

PISCES (February 18–March 20): Do something creative at work or in your love life the first two days of February, but then kick back and see how things play out. It’s a social month, though you may want to hide in your Fish tank during the introspective new moon on the 4th. If you’ve been nursing an emotional wound, take till the 19th, when a full supermoon in your relationship corner forces you to “deal.”

Suzanne Gerber (www.starsandstoneshealing.com) is a locally based intuitive astrologer, shamanic/energy practitioner and spiritual life coach. She works at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Gulf Gate on Friday afternoons on a drop-in basis and is available for private in-person and phone sessions by appointment. Or book her for your next “psychic party”!

 

January Astrological Forecast

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What the Stars Have in Store for You for January 2019
By Suzanne Gerber

ARIES (March 21–April 19): You’ll be firing on all cylinders with your passionate ruler, Mars, marching through your sign all month. This gives you all the energy and motivation you need to tackle a big project that got sidelined over the holidays. On the 6th, Uranus ends a five-month retrograde in your sign that might have thrown a few wrenches your way. Now you don’t have to duck: You can outrun Uranus and the competition!

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): No more procrastinating! Leap out of your comfort zone and into something you talk about but never get around to. With your house of adventure, travel and education on fire, those areas may take on a new urgency. You can do something transformative on the 11th—and if you need a little push, ask for it! The week of the 21st kicks off a great month for your career, especially any new initiatives.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): You may feel torn between enjoying an active social life and spending more time alone—in nature or with your partner. You can strengthen all kinds of significant relationships. For singles, it’s an excellent month for trying new approaches to meeting people, especially on the 6th and 11th. At work and socially, make a point of listening to people more. They might be feeling more sensitive than they’re letting on.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You’ll be as lonely as you want to be this month! With half the sky piled into your relationship zone in future-oriented Capricorn, you’re thinking about the long haul. Single? Discuss your goals with serious prospects, and don’t shy away from asking questions about their financial footing. Solid couples might enjoy renewing their vows or planning a “special-anniversary” trip for later in the year. This bodes well for business partnerships, too.

LEO (July 23–August 22): January is a time for rest, renewal and dealing with any health issues you’ve let slide. Feeling fit as a fiddle? You can get more competitive in sports or hobbies, or learn a healing technique to help others. Give yourself the gift of self-care with massages, acupuncture or whatever you’re drawn to. This is a great month to volunteer and offer your services—pro bono if you’re in a position to.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): You’re a practical earth sign, so even your “fun” needs to be somewhat practical—definitely not frivolous! But with a pileup of planets in your playful, creative and romantic zone all month, you might just break your own mold. Dating or spending quality time with your S.O. is priority number one, and the more active and artsy, the better. If you enjoy painting or doing crafts, make time for that too!

LIBRA (September 23–October 22): Home is where your heart is all month. If you’re ready to redecorate, renovate—or relocate—January presents some perfect opportunities. You’re not generally rash, yet now is a time to be extra future-minded. Make sure any changes will stand the test of time (not trendiness). Will a new home support “aging in place”? And make sure your partner is 100 percent in synch before you paint a single wall!

SCORPIO (October 23–November 21): Thinking and talking are great, but they aren’t doing! You’re ready to hit the gas on some personal goals, but “someone” might be more interested in discussing them than supporting you in actually working on them. Your co-ruler Mars is blasting ahead in trailblazing Aries, setting your mind is on fire! The trick is staying motivated even if you have to roll this out in phases.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21): Ever since your ruler, Jupiter, entered Sagittarius last November (for the first time in 12 years), you’ve felt like you could accomplish anything. And that’s true—with an asterisk. Now comes the “heavy lifting,” where you have to put in the elbow grease. Get that big dream into sharp focus, figure out the steps you have to take, make sure the funds are there, then put the pedal to the metal!

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19): You wait all year for “Capricorn season”: Now that it’s here, are you clear on your top few objectives? In addition to the Sun in your sign, there are at least three other planets turbo-charging your goals all month, with January 2nd and 11th being particularly galvanizing. You already know that slow and steady will win the race. Now you can add a “pedal-assist” to get you there even faster!

AQUARIUS (January–February 18): The thing about holidays is, sometimes you need another week to recover from them! This month, a team of planets are hunkered down in your R+R zone, urging you to decompress. You’re a social creature, but even you need your downtime. January offers the chance for just that. Walk on the beach, hike local preserves, garden, meditate. This way, your batteries will be fully recharged in time for lively “Aquarius season,” which begins on the 20th.

PISCES (February 18–March 20): Your network is your net worth! January is all about socializing—for fun and professional advancement. This is a boom time for your career or raising your profile in the community, whether for yourself or a cause you’re involved in. You could hit on a new income stream, possibly involving artistic pursuits. It’s a great time to travel or plan an epic trip for later in the year.

Suzanne Gerber (www.starsandstoneshealing.com) is a locally based intuitive astrologer, shamanic/energy practitioner and spiritual life coach. She works at Wild Ginger Apothecary on Friday afternoons from 12-5pm on a drop-in basis and is available for private in-person and phone sessions by appointment.


8 Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

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With the growing number of states across the country that have welcomed legislation making marijuana legal, both medically and recreationally, new products are being specifically tailored to the aging population. One such product, which comes in many forms, is Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD which can be delivered in multiple ways including oil vapor, topical cream, ingestible tinctures or edibles, is the non-psychoactive part found in marijuana. In layman terms, CBD delivers all of the benefits of marijuana without making the user high.  The positive effects that are brought on using CBD can be particularly welcoming to seniors.

Many seniors are not aware of how medical cannabis could improve their quality of life and how the stereotypical marijuana user and use has changed. Because CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant, seniors can take advantage of the medical benefits afforded by the extract without the head or body sensation often associated with marijuana. Additionally, seniors have the option of delivering CBD to their bodies in forms more familiar, rather than inhaling smoke. CBD is an oil extract and therefore can be added to things like topical gels, tinctures and edible products.

In many cases, these derivatives of cannabis can reduce or even replace the use of harmful and addictive prescription drugs. While this information is only now making its way into the mainstream, the natural consequence is, seniors drop their prejudices, face the reality and turn to the treatment of their minor and major age-related diseases using cannabis.

Here are 8 reasons why CBD should become a regular part of every seniors’ health routine as they age.

1.  Pain Relief

It has long been known that cannabis is a pain reliever to the same extent as, perhaps even better, prescription medication. For instance, clinical studies have proved that Marijuana is very effective in decreasing arthritis and nerve pain. Handmade, medical, boutique-style creams are the effective cure of different muscles and joint pains.

2.  Bone Health

Cannabis could provide a great need for the elderly as it relates to bone fragility. According to a study, cannabis use can help heal fractures and support healthier bones. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis can be very useful for patients with multiple sclerosis.

3.  Soothing Effects

Although CBD is known for its soothing effects on senior consumers, it promotes the feeling of energy and acts against inertia. This is because CBD strengthens cells in the human body and contributes to complete regeneration.

In addition, CBD is an antioxidant that promotes the sense of vigilance that can be disturbed by the presence of free radicals. A study shows that cannabidiol has stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

4.  Fights Glaucoma

There has been growing research that supports a link between cannabis and the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma, which is a neurodegenerative disease (the breakdown of neurons in the communication process from the brain to the body), affects the sight of individuals from an increase in pressure in the eye known as intraocular pressure (IoP). Going back decades, there is supporting evidence that cannabinoids can reduce IoP by up to 25%, however the required dosage of inhalation of full THC cannabis has posed a risk to some patients. However, due to the accompanying symptoms of glaucoma, CBD as a pain management product works well, and may have the added benefit of helping reduce pressure.

5.  Insomnia and Sleep Issues

The older we get, the more difficult it is to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep. During the deep sleep phases, our brain regenerates and is freed from toxic substances, which were produced by the body itself. Therefore, sleep quality is also of immense importance to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease or glaucoma. Frequently, elderly people are prescribed sleeping pills, which have a great potential for dependency and a wide range of unpleasant side effects. CBD can help in the extension of the deep sleep phase and the reduction of the lighter sleeping phases.

6.  Alternative to Prescription Medications

The number of seniors who use daily prescription drugs grows each year unnecessarily and continuously. Pharmaceutical companies present our government with one of the largest lobbying groups in the country, to promote the effectiveness and stability provided by their products. However, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous for its users, and can be responsible for organ damage, tissue damage, drug addiction and even death.

 In comparison, marijuana is a safe alternative to prescription drugs, coming with fewer side effects and lower addictive traits. This benefit is heightened with CBD and in fact has been used to combat addiction to prescription drugs. Neither deaths nor overdoses have been documented, which are related to marijuana.

7.  Stimulates Appetite

A general, dangerous health hazard among older citizens is the loss of appetite, which causes weight loss, tissue weakness, and mental issues. While marijuana has been extensively researched, and shown to improve the appetite of users, CBD likewise has proven to be a good appetite stimulant and thus helpful for seniors.

8.  Alzheimer’s and Dementia

An emerging trend that is being researched is could marijuana prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. According to multiple studies, cannabinoids, and by extension CBD, can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to this disease. This is triggered by a loss of inflammation of the brain and regeneration of damaged cells.

While the potential benefits of CBD use are well documented, it is recommended that you always consult your physician regarding the use of any substance. And, further be aware that the use and possession of marijuana or CBD is illegal in several states. For a comprehensive list of states in which marijuana is and is not legal click here

Source: Senior Directory

How Omega 3 Improves the Effectiveness of CBD

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Many people have heard about the benefits of CBD from their friends and family. As they become more curious, they will often conduct searches like, “Does CBD work?” In doing so, they are seeking a scientific explanation as to how this works. They also want independent confirmation that CBD does indeed produce the benefits they’ve heard about. In this blog post, we will give you a short overview of the endocannabinoid system and explain how omega 3 can help make CBD work more effectively.

CBD and other cannabinoids found in CBD oil interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This system consists of three basic components:
1. Specialized lipids produced naturally in a healthy human body which are similar to the cannabinoids found in CBD oil
2. Specialized receptors within the cell membranes of brain cells, immune system cells, and various internal organ cells.
3. Specialized enzymes that produce cannabinoids and or degrade them.

When you take CBD oil, CBD and cannabinoids in the oil interact with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system, just like cannabinoids synthesized naturally inside your body because the chemical structure is essentially the same. They may also be modulated in their action by the specialized enzymes that can break them down (degrade them). It is this interaction with your endocannabinoid system that allows the cannabinoids in CBD oil to perform their magic.

It turns out that omega 3 plays a very critical role in maintaining proper functioning of your endocannabinoid system. This cannot be overemphasized enough so pay very close attention to this message: if you do not get enough omega 3 in your diet or through supplementation, you will not receive as great a benefit from taking CBD oil!

Here are just a few of the ways omega 3 helps maintain your endocannabinoid system:
– Keeps the receptors healthy and functioning properly.
– Helps you grow more receptors when you need them.
– Helps repair receptors.
– Helps synthesize cannabinoids within the body. You need this even if you are supplementing with CBD oil!
– Helps keep your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio low. You need this to maintain healthy membranes that can support the receptors.
– Helps create one type of cannabinoid out of another type as needed.
– Helps create the enzymes needed to produce or degrade cannabinoids as needed to regulate the whole system.

An important experiment looking at the effects of too little omega 3 on the functioning of the endocannabinoid system in mice was published in Nature Neuroscience in January 2011. The paper was entitled, “Nutritional omega-3 deficiency abolishes endocannabinoid-mediated neuronal functions.” Here is the URL if you’d like to read about it:
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n3/abs/nn.2736.html

It is important to note that mice have a very similar endocannabinoid system to humans and all other mammals. Also, if you read this scientific paper, and others on this subject, it can get a little confusing because omega 3 is usually referred to as n-3 PUFAs. For clarity, PUFA stands for polyunsaturated fatty acid which is a type of lipid or simply a “fat.” So, just read n-3 PUFA as the code word for “omega 3.”  Much research in this area has been done in the last five to ten years. People who have a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system are sometimes said to have “Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome” or “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” and this is often brought on by poor nutrition, especially the lack of omega 3.

To get more omega 3 into your diet, eat more fish and seafood. Vegetarian sources like pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, and dark green leafy vegetables are also sources of omega 3 but nowhere near as good as fish and seafood. On days you do not eat fish or seafood, consider taking an omega 3 supplement to improve the effectiveness of CBD oil.

The next time you hear the question, “Does CBD work?” or you see this question posted online, please point them to this article as an introduction.

Source: Highland Pharms

PRESS: SNN Small Business Saturday

We had a great Small Business Saturday, with thanks to SNN for featuring Wild Ginger Apothecary in their “Local stores hoping for a busy Small Business Saturday” clip!

Local Businesses are hoping you saved some room in your wallet after Black Friday for Small Business Saturday. They’re offering special deals for people continuing their holiday shopping.

“They’ll be a special gift with every purchase,” Corinne Bates said. “No matter how large or small.”

“Lots of Small Business Saturday deals,” Nicole Leffler said. “We’ve got a number of CBD items on buy one get one, we’ve got 50% off a huge amount of Holiday Clearance.”

Corinne Bates, owner of Blind Dezign Décor and More, says small business offer more than the big box store or online retailers.

“You’re not going to get the customer service,” Bates said. “You’re missing out on that one on one interaction, the customer service, the little specialty items you’re just not going to find online. The locally made artisans that bring in this beautiful crafted stuff.”

Wild Ginger Apothecary Owner Nicole Leffler says shopping small helps them grow and hire more local employees.

“We have a community of health and wellness,” Leffler said. “So we’re supporting about 100 different practitioners, teachers, and staff members that come in and out of here during the period of a year.”

Store owners are hoping people go out and visit many of the area stores, especially ones they’ve never been to before.

Are you seeking Spiritual Answers?

Greetings WGA Friends!

Are you seeking Spiritual Answers?

From AnnMarie Touchette, Spiritual Life Coach

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Many of us right now, are going through some major shifts.
Changes are happening in our lives.
This is affecting every aspect through our mental, physical, emotional  & spiritual selves.

I am here to let you know, that this is all part of our transformation of consciousness, energizing us as we go into the 2020’s.

Now is the time to awaken and look within.
All of humanity is now going up the next level in our development.
We all volunteered and came to attend Earth School. Today many of us have become aware that we are “more” and science has validated this for us.

Every one of us is a Spiritual Being, and we were given these special gifts when we came into this dimension to be a Human Being.

We now know more about the AfterLife, we don’t die, we have graduated and returned “home”.
Everyone has an “inner gut feeling” this is our natural knowingness.  
It is our inner voice or Intuition.

You may be feeling challenged, right now.  I am here to assist you.

My name is Rev AnnMarie Touchette,I am a spiritual life coach and educator.
My life path /purpose is lead by our universal source, God, guides, etc.  
Through this spiritual guidance, I have recently relocated to Sarasota Florida, via Texas and New Orleans.

As a Life coach, I offer one on one coaching and I use numerology and the tarot cards as tools to connect to your highest energy. I will discuss with you about your past present giving you the possibilities for your future. I am here to better balance the events of your everyday life in a loving, positive and prosperous direction.  I use my sense of humor to brighten your day.

As a Medium I am also able to connect to the afterlife and give you information that validates your loved ones are indeed around and watching over you. I offer spirit galleries and table tipping séances.

For those seeking more information about Who you were, as a Hypnotherapist I offer Past Life Regressions sessions. I also offer classes on developing your natural intuition.

I am available at Wild Ginger Apothecary by appointment.

For questions comments or more information contact me at: 817-528-8841 / AnnMarieTouchette.com

PRESS: Style Magazine Health & Wellness

As seen in Sarasota Herald Tribune's Style Magazine: HEALTH & WELLNESS: Nicole Leffler, owner of Wild Ginger Apothecary

Wild Ginger Apothecary offers a vast array of alternative and natural beauty and health products. After almost 15 years in the industry, owner Nicole Leffler makes sure to offer cannabidiol (CBD) in many of them. Though it is a derivative of cannabis plants, CBD is not psychoactive, and, in fact, is legal in all 50 states and does not require a prescription. 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota; 941-312-5630; wildgingerapothecary.com.

What are cannabinoids and what are the benefits to humans?
Cannabis plants contain over 100 naturally active compounds called cannabinoids. The human body has a central regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that contributes to a variety of biological processes, establishing the body’s natural state of balance for the central regulatory system.

Why would one supplement with them?
Endocannabinoids interact with the body’s central regulatory system. They’re the cannabinoids our bodies can produce as needed. If we have a deficiency or imbalance, our system recognizes and responds to cannabinoids from external sources (phytocannabinoids) that can promote healing.

How do endocannabinoids accomplish this?
Basically, they bind to cannabinoid receptors in both the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. This is also true for “phytocannabinoids,” the naturally occurring compounds that include CBD.

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Both are cannabinoids; THC, however, is psychoactive and requires a medical marijuana license for use in Florida. CBD is the most abundant naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoid, totally legal in all 50 states.

What are some of the health benefits of CBD?
Research shows CBD has helped people with a host of conditions, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, chronic pain, inflammation, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. This compound supports feelings of relaxation, and can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood and sleep and increase mental clarity.

Do you also recommend CBD for pets?
Yes, and for the same reasons. It’s effective for pain relief in animals and reduces anxiety, which is especially helpful during thunderstorms! Older dogs can really benefit from a daily CBD dosage.

What’s a short list of your CBD products?
CBD offerings include everything from tinctures, capsules, edibles (chocolates, gummies, honey, tea, etc.), vape options, topicals (balms, oils, face care, lotions, etc.), and more. We offer more than 100 options of CBD products.

How can our readers learn more?
CBD educators are always available in the store. They offer free, one-on-one CBD consultations, with a focus on individual health needs.

Review: CBD + Mood

I began my CBD journey with a bottle of CBD Oil. I used the 1000mg at first, experimenting with different dosages throughout the initial trial, and am happy to report my experience was a very positive one.

The first time using CBD Oil was in the evening right before bed, and when I woke up the next morning I could tell something was different. The last few years I have struggled with depression that seemed to be most intense in the mornings. It was like a huge dark cloud was waiting for me as I woke up.

After using CBD Oil, I woke up and the cloud was gone. I was in a bit of disbelief at first - but as the day continued I really felt different.  I felt lighter, my thoughts were clearer and it was much easier to focus. As I have continued to use CBD Oil, the biggest thing that I am observing is that not only is the dark cloud gone, but emotionally I feel much stronger on a day to day basis. Where I used to feel stressed, weak or overwhelmed, I now have a renewed sense of peace and resilience.

After having such a remarkable experience with CBD Oil, I wanted to get a better idea of why I was feeling this shift, so I jumped in to the research. What I started to understand was that CBD supports the body by regulating the nervous system, and helps balance the different neurotransmitters that play a role in almost every system in the body. What I was experiencing started to make more sense. CBD is referred to a “smart” supplement because it seems to know how to bring balance where things are out of balance. 

Because I was having such positive results I asked my 15 year old son to try it and after a couple of days he reported that the anxiety that he was living with (and just thought was normal) had disappeared.

After these experiences I am wishing that I would have opened my mind to CBD much earlier. In the short time that I have been working with CBD Oil, my quality of life has definitely improved.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone whose looking for “smart” way to support their nervous system and bring more balance to their life.

Guest post by Wild Ginger Apothecary customer.

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

What does Pisces season have in store for YOU?

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From Suzanne Gerber, WGA's on-site Astrologer:

Dear Friends and Fellow Seekers,

Pisces season is upon us, helping us "close the books" on another zodiac year and start planting the seeds we want to sprout in the next one, which begins on March 20, aka the first day of Aries. Regardless of your sun sign, these next three-plus weeks are prime time for clearing house, letting go and moving on.

The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions yet bound together by an unbreakable cord. The Pisces among you innately understand that inner tug of war. But on a deeper level, as the last of the 12 signs, it also symbolizes the cycles of life and death—or really, birth and rebirth. (For what is "death" but transformation?)

Pisces rules the twelfth house of the zodiac wheel, where things dissolve and regenerate. Qualities we ascribe to this house and sign (and its ruler, nebulous Neptune) are endings, transitions, dreams, imagination, creativity, intuition, spontaneous healing, the divine, the mystical, the magical, the impossible. It's also associated with escape, addiction, fantasy, madness and secret enemies. See why so many find Pisces inscrutable!

I was taught and completely believe that all the signs have something to teach the rest of us. And I have learned at the feet of true Pisces masters! (There's a little astro-humor there, as Pisces rules the feet.) A short list of those teachers of mine includes my mother (double Pisces), my son (incalculably Pisces), four exes, and many super-close friends. These wise old souls have taught me to loosen up on my reins and let things flow; that manifesting doesn't happen by willful pushing; that we need to get out of our own way and align with greater forces; and when all those cosmic cherries line up, we hit the jackpot. For the record, not all of my Pisces teachers are aware of this curriculum. Sometimes we learn by watching others flounder—sorry, bad fish pun!

During these four weeks of introspection, rumination and catch and release, we are all invited to take spiritual inventory. What are you still trying to "reel in" to your life, what are you struggling to let go of? And—the real question—what's getting in your way? The other embossed invitation of Pisces season is to shift out of our manic, driven, goal- and self-oriented Western mindset and discover how it feels to feel our way through, as if we're wandering in pitch darkness. True, we might stumble. Yes, we might fall. But in the process, we may also stumble upon a way to fall into rhythm with our wiser selves. And by becoming entrained to a higher wisdom, we might finally figure out how the law of attraction really works.

Questions? Comments? Insights? I'd love to hear from you. And if you'd like your very own personal astrological consultation, just drop a line. (Drop a line: Get it??)

Nebulously yours,
Suzanne


Suzanne will be available for Astrology Readings Fridays and by appointment at Wild Ginger Apothecary: Studio + Lounge. To reserve a spot, call/text her at 917.748.4644 or email suzannegerber0@gmail.com.

Intuitive astrologer and energy healer Suzanne Gerber has been called “eerily accurate,” “insightful and transformational” and a “soul tuner.” By working with your birth chart and tuning into your energy field, she channels remarkably specific information about work, love, relationships, money, home, travel, health, life purpose and whatever else you’re curious about. As a “spiritual life coach,” Suzanne has helped thousands of people gain greater understanding of their talents, challenges and destiny over the past 33 years. A reading can provide insight, guidance and confirmation or help you navigate current roadblocks. But sometimes talking isn’t enough, and that’s where her training as a shamanic practitioner and Reiki/energy healer comes in. After she’s read your chart, Suzanne can cleanse and rebalance your chakras, locate and remove energetic blocks and cords, and perform traditional shamanic healings, like Illumination and Soul Retrieval. You can read more at her website, www.starsandstoneshealing.com.

Review: Curve CBD's Full Spectrum Oil

 
 
 


I was excited to try my sample of Curve CBD Full-Spectrum oil, and after using the product regularly for three weeks, I came to some very interesting conclusions!

I began my regular dosing of the oil on January 13th, and with only a couple of exceptions, used it each day in the morning as instructed. I didn’t change my exercise regimen during this time period, as I regularly practiced yoga and jogged in the mornings on a set schedule.  The oil is taken orally each morning, by holding it under your tongue for 15 to 20 seconds, and then swallowed for full effect.

As a general rule, I am a anxious person. Like many of us, I tend to worry about things that are beyond my control, and have trouble shutting down my mind at the end of the day, which leads to insomnia or poor quality of sleep.

Although I generally stay away from caffeine in large amounts, the anxiety makes me feel uneasy and jittery most working days, and I only feel relief on the weekends when I don’t have the usual triggers weighing on me.  After taking the CBD oil regularly for the last 3 weeks, I’ve discovered that there is a absolutely a pronounced difference in the way I feel.  The jitteriness has melted away, and I’ve felt at ease for the entire day.  My sleep is no longer disrupted, and I have been sleeping for a full 6 to 7 hours each night (which is about normal for me).

I have felt even bigger advantages when working out in the mornings. I’ve felt stronger, and have far fewer joint and muscle aches and pains since taking the oil. My running sessions have felt much more productive because my head feels clear, and I’ve been able to stay focused during my workout routines.  I seem to feel much less muscle soreness in my shoulders and wrists in the hours and days after each workout as well. The CBD oil has added a solid feeling of well-being on top of my daily routine, and made me feel positive about the experience. Additionally, my asthma, which usually plagues me during changes in the air or during exercise,
has felt much more in check since starting ingesting the product.

Not only did my workouts benefit, but my days at work have become much more productive and manageable since starting the oil. Situations that normally would challenge me and cause feelings of panic and anxiety seemed to come and go with ease, with much less mental strain. I have felt calm, and had the ability to slow down and think these situations through without letting them become toxic to my well-being. Even interactions with a certain coworker that normally ended in extreme anxiety didn’t bother me, and I was able to get out the words I needed to say to diffuse the situation and just let it go afterwards.

Lastly, the CBD oil had a significant positive impact on my anxiety induced by traveling, specifically flying on a plane. I suffer from fairly serious anxiety when on an airplane, especially during stressful moments such as takeoff and landings. While this is an issue that won’t dissipate completely, the oil definitely had a positive and welcome impact and lessened the amount of anxiety I was feeling when flying recently.

Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised at the difference Curve CBD oil has made in my daily life overthe last few weeks, and look forward to continuing use. I hope more people can have the opportunity to try the product like I did, and enjoy the benefits it can bring.

Guest post by Dana Gilbreath, Wild Ginger Apothecary customer & neighbor!

Curve CBD Full-Spectrum CBD Oil and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  

CBD Coffee: The Perfect Pair

3 Reasons Why CBD-Infused Coffee Is Amazing

Coffee and cannabis go together better than peanut butter and jelly. Recent research has found that caffeine and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound in the cannabis plant, may have some synergistic effects.

The study was conducted in zebrafish and found that long-term caffeine consumption protects against memory loss associated with extremely high doses of CBD (the benefits of isolated CBD seem to diminish the further you exceed your therapeutic dose range). 

While humans and zebrafish are two entirely different creatures, this perhaps suggests that caffeine might be a useful additive to consider in CBD therapies due their synergistic effect. And vice versa, you may benefit by splashing a little CBD into your daily caffeine dose.

Although research in humans is needed, the authors do mention that zebrafish have responses to CBD that are similar to other animal models.

So, what else can we say about this relationship between CBD and coffee?

1. CBD eases anxiety

Tired of having the jitters? CBD may be helpful for balancing out the sometimes overly stimulating effects of caffeine.

It is fairly well documented in preclinical literature that CBD is a potent anxiolytic.

Caffeine, on the other hand, can trigger anxiety attacks. Caffeine is a stressor that can trigger the release of the hormone adrenaline in the body.  Adrenaline is what triggers the fight or flight response, promoting stress and anxiety.  

CBD, however, may counteract some of these effects. CBD-infused coffee is stimulating without the edge.

CBD and caffeine both interact with adenosine in the body. Adenosine is a calming neurotransmitter that helps the body determine when it's time to stay awake and when you need more sleep. 

However, CBD and caffeine have opposite effects on this time clock chemical. Caffeine blocks the body from being able to feel the sedative effects of adenosine. With CBD, however, early research suggests that CBD may improve the body's response to adenosine. It seemingly does this by increasing the amount of calming adenosine available for the body to use.

This is why a little CBD can ease caffeine-induced nervousness. 

The anti-anxiety effects of CBD are quite powerful. In humans, British researchers have found that CBD is antipsychotic. In a phase 2 study of 88 patients with schizophrenia found that CBD successfully improved cognition and symptoms of the condition. In this case, CBD was used as an adjunctive therapy in treatment-resistant patients.

2. CBD is energizing and boosts mood

Early research has shown that low-dose CBD seems to have an energizing effect. This means that you can feel stimulated and awake with less overall caffeine. No need to order a second espresso or upsize your latte.

CBD also inspires an overall sense of positive well-being. Animal research suggests that the cannabinoid can boost mood, which can make waking up a little easier. 2016 rodent study found that CBD treatment caused a rapid increase in serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that is often regulated with antidepressants.

Cranky in the morning? A cup of joe can help. Coffee also has some mood-lifting properties. A  2011 studypublished in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who drank 3 cups of caffeinated coffee each day were 15 percent less likely to develop depression.

Combining the two? Seems like a great way to start the day. Not to mention, CBD is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, which can be helpful for those with morning time tension in the muscles and joints.

3. CBD and caffeine are both potent antioxidants

Both coffee and CBD are superfoods. Several compounds in coffee, including caffeine, are powerful antioxidants. Coffee is considered the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western Diet. Antioxidants protect cells and DNA from damage, which supports healing and offers protection against aging.

CBD is also a powerful antioxidant. In fact, the U.S. Government owns a patent (US6630507 B1) on “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants.” Cannabinoids like CBD are expected to be particularly helpful for recovery from major brain events like trauma or stroke.


We're thrilled to announce that our neighbors at The Clever Cup Coffee Shop now offer our Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD tincture as an add-on option to their delicious coffee beverages!  Ask for it next time you place an order!  Or pick up your own bottle at Wild Ginger Apothecary next time you're in, to make your own CBD Coffee right at home!

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Anatomical Empowerment

Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment Workshop

On January 27th, 2018 from 2-4 PM I’ll be offering a workshop entitled Yoga for Anatomical Empowerment at Wild Ginger Apothecary's Studio.  When I first chose the title for this workshop, I liked it because it had some oomph, it’s a series of strong words that (hopefully) invoke curiosity -- it has for me, at least!

In considering more deeply what I meant by this phrase, I’ve delved into a deeper analysis of what EMPOWERMENT really means. This is one of those buzzwords, especially in feminist and other alternative circles, that gets thrown around without a lot of definition.

So the analysis begins with what is POWER? According to Starhawk, a leader in contemporary discussions about power, there are three types of power : power-over -- linked to domination and control, power-from-within -- empowerment, and power-with -- the influence we wield among equals (from The Empowerment Manual). Power has been coveted, shared, stolen, abused and upheld in countless ways throughout history, taking each of these different forms across contexts, and having become a bit of dirty word. But power is just a kind of energy, able to be wielded for good, evil and everything in between.

The power I’m interested in talking about here is power-from-within, which yields a sense of being EMPOWERED. To me, this means having the confidence and agency to act based on your own needs, desires, ambitions and preferences. Power is taken away from us when we are unable to act in our own best interest - empowerment is having the courage to act.

Power comes from many different sources, but the sources I hope to share in this workshop are information and awareness. I believe that much of the power of yoga comes from this source - the more deeply present and aware we are, the more consciously we can move through our lives, the more we can connect to a sense of confidence and agency.

There are many layers of awareness, perhaps best seen through the koshas, or the framework for layers of self laid out by ancient yogis. We can be aware of our physical body, breath body, mental/emotional body, wisdom body and bliss body -- the more tuned in we are to each of these layers, the more presence we cultivate.

In this workshop, we will focus primarily on the physical body, anna maya kosha, a layer of self many of us in our culture have lost connection to. As our jobs keep us sitting down for hours at a time, the pressures of our work keep us in our head, we often overlook the POWER that can come from awareness and information offered by our bodies.

Not only will we examine our physical movement patterns, and what a personalized yoga practice might look like for each student, we will delve in to how to feels to listen so deeply to our bodies, we gain a deep sense of empowerment. Our bodies are a treasure trove of information and guidance, available at any and every moment. Come connect to your anatomy through this practice, and cultivate your internal sources of power.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

Stress and Relaxation

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We’ve all heard it a million times, chronic stress is unhealthy -- weight gain, inflammation, low energy, illness, and countless more symptoms are attributed to staying in a constantly hyper aroused, high cortisol state. The ill effects of our overbooked lives are no secret -- the phrase chronic stress is thrown around so often, the meaning is almost gone!

What do you think, feel or notice when the concept comes up - do you KNOW if you are chronically stressed? Do you feel able to do something about it? Do you know what stress feels like in your body? In your heart and mind? Does thinking about stress give you more stress?

What about relaxation? Do you have a clear idea of what relaxation FEELS like in your body, heart and mind? Can you imagine or feel that sense of release that comes when you let go of tension? What is the quality of thought or emotion when you’re in a relaxed state? How do you interact with the people around you? What is your relationship to creativity and expression?

Take a few moments to pause where you are, sit up tall and take a few deep breaths.What’s present for you here? Explore more deeply, and begin to notice the difference between stress and ease :

-Draw your shoulders up by your ears on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Make fists with the hands on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Draw navel toward spine, creating tension in the belly on an inhale, release all tension on the exhale
-Move through any other parts of your body you suspect may hold stress, inhaling to exacerbate and deeply experience that stress, exhaling to completely release

Pause for a few moments to feel the difference in your body, heart and mind -- are you surprised to notice that some part of your body was holding or gripping under your conscious awareness? What do you notice about your ability to be present after finding some release? What do you notice about the quality of thought and emotion now?

Decreasing stress levels doesn’t have to mean changing everything about your lifestyle -- it can be as simple as starting to notice the difference between stress and ease. Take a few seconds throughout the day to pause and notice where you’re holding tension in your body, to take a few deep breaths, and to let it all go. In those seconds, choose how you want to show up to your day - with presence, ease, kindness or whatever else.

The more often you experience a state of relaxation, the more deeply it gets patterned into your neurology, the more easily you will be able to tap into that feeling, no matter what you’re doing or where you are.

Of course, there are practices that can help cultivate that state -- regularly attending yoga classes, especially restorative and frequent massage can help make ease your default state.

Join Leah Van Winkle RYT-500 on January 20th from 2-4 PM at Wild Ginger Studio + Lounge for a Restorative Thai Mini Yoga Retreat, where you’ll learn to the difference between stress and ease, and drop deeply into states of surrender.

Leah Van Winkle is a Sarasota native, back for the winter from her home in Kentucky to share all that she has learned with the local yoga community! She has trained extensively in various styles of yoga at Kripalu Center in MA, The Om Place in Winchester, KY, and with teachers such as Doug Keller and Tom Myers, most of this training with a heavy focus on anatomy and the subtle details of alignment. Leah is also a professional Thai Bodyworker, trained with renowned teachers like Michael Sitzer, Noam Tyroler, and soon to train in the Soma Veda Lineage. Besides yoga, Leah loves outdoor adventure, delicious, nourishing food (especially ferments!), and learning as much as she can about whatever she can. Feel free to reach out with questions and clarifications about any of these offerings!

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Nia Classes at Wild Ginger Apothecary

Nia fitness at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Sarasota

Say yes to living well and join us for a fun Nia class! Nia is a blend of the dance, martial, and healing arts. Its philosophy is, “Through movement, we find health.”

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul.

We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.
Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Your first class with each teacher is ONLY $5! Drop-in rates following are $15 per class, or $60 per 6 pack.

Nia classes are offered:

Monday 9am with Robin
Tuesday 5:30pm with Robin
Wednesday 9am with Rebecca
Friday 9am with Rebecca
Sunday 10am with Rebecca
 


About Rebecca Holahan:
Rebecca is a Black Belt Nia Instructor.

Rebecca is a Dance and Drama Teacher at the Venice Theatre, through Venice Boys and Girls Club. She is also the Director of the Loveland Players {put on by the Loveland Center for Developmentally Challenged Adults in Venice, Florida}. For twenty-two years, The Loveland Players perform annually at Venice Theatre. The Loveland Players have performed internationally in the AACT World Festivals.

As an actor, Rebecca has been creative in the Arts for over 30 years. She strives inspire her students and actors to discover their unique gifts and talents. Recent productions include Metamorphosis, Becky’s New Car, Always Patsy Cline, Nickel and Dimed, and Rabbit Hole.

About Robin Phares: 
In 2004 I set out on a mission to find my passion and purpose. I discovered Nia. I knew from my very first class that I found exactly what I had been looking for. All of my life I have loved to dance and to think that I was able to put that to use at the age of 39 thrilled me with a capital T!! I received my whitebelt certification in 2005 and began teaching just 3 months later. I have added several classes to my schedule and am always looking for opportunities to share the JOY of Nia with all.

Sampling Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee: CBD Drops

The Discovery.
I watched as Nicole put 2 droppers full of the Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee Elderberry CBD tincture into a tiny sampling cup with a skeptical eye. Then I picked it up, tossed it in and let the sweet liquid sit under my tongue for a few seconds then swallowed. I shrugged and continued chatting away and perusing the new make up line Wild Ginger had just gotten in. Then I noticed it…I felt relaxed, not stoned, not sleepy; just really chill. I was incredulous. What sorcery was contained in this little bottle? (Pure CBD oil, distilled water, raw honey and ethanol and nothing more.)

I drove home without being the aggressive, speed limit ignoring, Boston raised menace I often am. I simply didn’t feel that overwhelming sense of urgency to be at my next destination, which is what usually instigates my less than admirable driving style. Upon arriving home, I set about to do some weekend chores when my 9 year old daughter started being a bit whiny, I reacted calmly. My 15 year old son stopped in his tracks and asked me why my “energy was different” (I kid you not; his exact words). I asked him what he meant to which he replied that he couldn’t quite explain it but that I seemed calmer than “normal”. I chuckled to myself.

Full disclosure, I always thought I needed the THC component to have any benefit from the CBD part. I have some chronic conditions that psychologically (Meniere’s Disease) and physically (autoimmune Graves Disease) cause anxiety and cannabis has been a life saver for me. For obvious practical reasons, however, it isn’t something I can use during the day. So I decided to see if this hemp derived, NON-THC containing CBD oil isolate would help me feel less anxious on the regular.

Finding the Sweet Spot.
I started my journey by finding the right dose for me. I found that starting the day with one dropper carried me through the morning and any errands that had to be done with less of the tension I usually hold in my neck and shoulders. The first few days I played with one dropper three times a day, evenly spaced and I was truly amazed at how relaxed my body felt. When confronted with tasks that would usually require a great deal of full body tension and apprehension; shopping in a large store like Publix or Costco, for example, I would take two full droppers. I discovered that doing so would make it much less of a white knuckle experience.

Bonus Features.
One of the most miraculous things about this tincture was it lessened the degree of obsessing over the “what ifs” that often plague my days. Meniere’s Disease (mentioned above) is a vestibular disease with no cure and very few successful treatments. Its hallmarks are tinnitus, loss of hearing over time and bouts of vertigo that can come on without warning. It is extremely difficult to cope with at times, especially when I don’t have distractions such as when my kids are at school and there are no errands or chores to keep me busy. A strict low sodium diet, good sleep and minimizing stress can go a long way to keeping attacks at bay so aside from the diet aspect, the CBD helped my stress level stay low and I found it helpful for sleep. It didn’t make me sleepy per se, but it slowed my “monkey mind” down a bit so falling to sleep was easier and I felt well rested.

What I Learned After 7 Days.
After a week of using the CBD oil tincture, the only conclusions I can draw are positive ones. I found so many areas of my daily life were improved; stress and anxiety reduced which helped me be more present, have better sleep and there are literally ZERO side effects. Many people reach for Xanax or Valium which are medications that can cause physical dependence and have a long list of side effects. I avoid them like the plague but living with anxiety is not fun and affects how you respond to everyone and everything around you. I am so thrilled that I gave this a try and plan to add it to my daily routine. I also found lots of research online about myriad other whole body benefits that CBD oil brings to the table.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to explore how CBD can benefit you. I promise that you wont be disappointed!

Guest post by Joelle Johns, former Wild Ginger Apothecary Yoga Instructor + regular Wild Ginger Apothecary Product Tester.

Siesta Key Sea Bee Dee CBD Tincture and other hemp-derived CBD products are in-stock now at Wild Ginger Apothecary. Visit us at 6557 Superior Avenue in the Gulf Gate Shopping Village. Feel free to email or call anytime at 941.312.5630.  
 

Buti Yoga in Sarasota

Buti Yoga is officially in Sarasota at Wild Ginger Apothecary with instructor Leila Carlson.

Buti Yoga workouts transform your BODY + SOUL with cardio-intensive bursts of tribal dance, primal movement + conditioning woven into a dynamic yoga practice. 

Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means "a cure that has been hidden or kept secret." We believe EVERY woman has the power to transform and heal her body from within. Buti Yoga focuses on activating the Spiral Structure of the core to engage the deep abdominal muscles and stimulate the endocrine system.

We're thrilled to welcome Leila and Buti Yoga to Wild Ginger.  Join her for weekly Buti Yoga classes - including Mommy & Me offerings!  Class schedule available below. 

CBD Arrives at Wild Ginger Apothecary

CBD Hemp Derived Cannabis CBD Isolate Cannabidiol at Wild Ginger Apothecary in Sarasota Florida by Mindful Medicinals

Wild Ginger Apothecary has recently started carrying Sarasota-based Mindful Medicinals products!  Stop by to try for yourself or join for a CBD information class in the lounge monthly.

The following information is from MM:

Our most frequently asked question is, “What is CBD?” Simply put, CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid naturally found in cannabis. What does that mean? Quite a lot actually.

Recently people have begun to discover the seemingly miraculous benefits of cannabis, specifically CBD. Unfortunately, too many people still believe cannabis, in all its forms, is illegal. Propaganda perpetrated by the US government along with major players in pharmaceuticals and commodities industries in the early twentieth century successfully fooled the status quo into believing cannabis was a dangerous drug. Nearly a century later, peer-reviewed science has proven that notion utterly and patently false.

The human body has an intricate endocannabinoid system (ECS) built with receptors throughout the brain, central nervous and circulatory systems as well as the gut, heart, kidneys, spleen, liver, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells and even the reproductive system. CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid accounting for up to 40% of the typical cannabis sativa plant. The last two decades have delivered countless studies showing the benefits of CBD in the limbic system (affecting memory, cognition and psychomotor performance) and the mesolimbic pathway directly relating to pain perception.

CBD is one of more than 100 active cannabinoid chemicals in the marijuana plant. Unlike the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce euphoria or intoxication. Cannabinoids have their effect mainly by interacting with specific receptors on cells in the brain and body: the CB1 receptor, found on neurons and glial cells in various parts of the brain, and the CB2 receptor, found mainly in the body’s immune system. The euphoric effects of THC are caused by its activation of CB1 receptors. CBD has a very low affinity for these receptors (100 fold less than THC) and when it binds it produces little to no effect. There is also growing evidence that CBD acts on other brain signaling systems, and that these actions may be important contributors to its therapeutic effects. []

CBD has several benefits including but not limited to

  • Anti-Depressant

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antipsychotic

  • Anti-Anxiety

  • Anti-Seizure

  • Neuroprotective Properties

  • Analgesic Effects

  • Nausea Relief

  • Anticonvulsant

  • Antitumoral

  • Antioxidant

  • Cardiovascular Health