Welcome to the blog at Coastal Green Wellness. Here will be where we come to keep you updated and informed on new things we have at the store, things we are doing in the area, or just new information we want to share with you. Please always feel free to give us a call at our store or email us anytime with questions or comments! We want your experience with us to be as comforting as possible.
Please direct any loved ones you know who may find benefits using CBD to our website if they are not in our area! We do ship and would love to share with them maybe the option of CBD.
Also, we love to receive stories on how CBD has helped you in your life! Always feel free to share with us your story!
-Crystal Walter Public Relations Specialist
January 8, 2018
Nicotine - There has been research done to find if CBD helps with nicotine addiction. Read this study below to see a study they did on people using CBD verses a placibo in stopping smoking nicotine.
The conclusion was, " In contrast, those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by ~40% during treatment. Results also indicated some maintenance of this effect at follow-up. These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration."
CBD is definitely an option for people trying to quit smoking. We would suggest a daily tincture as well as maybe starting off with a vape pen as well. The sublingual would give long all day affects and the vape pen would be great for spot control.
January 6, 2018
We are starting a blog post per week focusing on one condition or disease. We believe this will be a good way to really inform the community on the ways cannabis can help so many different conditions in so many different ways. All of our blog posts will be information gathered from clinical studies or research that we read. The main place we will be grabbing information from is ProjectCBD.org. This is a great site that we suggest all of you use. It is the best and easiest way to get real information on whatever you are curious about using cannabis.
This first week we are going into Addiction. Addiction is something that we know is very close to home for a lot of people. It is something that is not always wanted to talk about. Addiction can be a lot of different things and can happen to anyone.
Our first post is going to be based on an article read on ProjectCBD.org. It is titled, “America’s Opiate Crisis: How Medical Cannabis Can Help. Dr. Dustin Sulak states, “While America claims only 5 percent of the world’s population, we consume 80 percent of the world’s opioids. We’re using opioids far more than any other country-to the extent that some countries actually have trouble accessing opioids for important reasons like post-surgical or end-of-life treatment”. Another powerful statement he makes it, “In the United States, nearly 50 percent of people who take opioids for more than 30 days in the first year continue to use opioids for three years or longer”.
“Nearly 80 percent of heroin users in the United States reported using prescription opioids before initiating heroin use. And 45 percent of heroin users are currently addicted to prescription opioids. So this problem is largely starting in the doctor’s office.”
With opioids, your resistance goes up. You need more after time and the same amount is not doing anything for you anymore. “When a doctor is face-to-face with a chronic pain patient who says, “My pain is worse, the opioids aren’t working, I need more. If I don’t get them I’m not going to be able to go to work, I’m not going to be able to support my family, I’m not going to be able to function”- it’s hard for that clinical to say nom because they do not have another tool.”
Doctors in a lot of states with a medical program for cannabis are now able to suggest using cannabis along with their opioids. “Adding cannabis to opioids make the opioids safer. Cannabis can prevent opioid tolerance building and the need for dose escalation. Cannabis can treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. And cannabis is safer than other harm reduction options for people that are addicted or dependent on opioids.”
In “the American Academy of Neurology reported in 2014, an oral cannabis extract can be used to treat chronic neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis with the highest level of evidence. This is a very particular group of neurologists that rate their evidence on a scale from A to D, and they got category A evidence for the cannabis extract. There have been extensive scientific, randomized controlled trials showing that cannabis oil extract can effectively treat chronic pain.”
Opioid and cannabinoid receptors are both present in pain areas of the brain. Receptors can be thought of as keyholes. And when the drug- the cannabinoid or the opioid- comes in, it fits into the receptor and it has some effect on the cell, changing its physiology. Opioid and cannabinoid receptors are also both present in other areas of the brain that have to do with addiction and behavior. We know that these receptors talk to each other. And researchers have found that administering opioids and cannabis together results in a greater-than-addictive anti- pain effect.
A 2016 study surveyed 244 medical cannabis patients’ in Michigan, where medical cannabis use was associated with an overall 64 percent decrease in opioid use, a decrease in the number and side effects of other medications and a 45 percent improvement in quality of life. An Israeli study from the same year found that 44 percent of 176 opioid-using patients were able to discontinue opioid therapy entirely seven months after they began smoking cannabis or eating cannabis-infused cookies.
So, yes, cannabis can be used to replace opioids. But is it safe to use them together? Consider the ratio of the fatal dose to the effective dose of various medications. Heroin has a very narrow therapeutic index. If you were to take five times the dose of heroin that you can use to relieve pain, it could kill you. If you were to take 10 times the dose of alcohol that might get you a little bit relaxed, that dose could kill you. But there’s no lethal dose of cannabis. So, what happens when we use cannabis and opioids together? Well, the problem with using too many opioids is that they stimulate opioid receptors in the cardio-respiratory centers of the brain, which can be fatal. This is the part of the brain that controls your heart rate and your breathing. There are virtually no cannabinoid receptors present in these areas of the brain, whereas in the pain areas of the brain there’s a lot of cannabinoid and opioid interactions. This is key: By adding cannabinoids to opioids, we actually get a widening of the therapeutic index. The lethal dose stays the same, but the effective dose goes way down because cannabis potentiates the opiates. So now we’re playing in a much safer range.
In our state currently we do not have a medical program. What we do have is CBD. CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that offers an array of medical benefits. Most of the cannabis research done is with a high CBD cannabis strain.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction or dependency, suggest trying CBD. Always consult with your doctor or medical provider before making any changes to your health regimen. Never abruptly stop any medication, and always do research for yourself. We are just providing information that we have found easily to you.
All information from this specific blog post can be found in the link below! Please read their full article as well.
December 7, 2017
Todays story is about a beagle named Buddy Brock. Buddy will be 14 years old on January 4th. A little back story of Buddy is that he grew up in a home in Columbia, South Carolina with a family of five. Over the years, just like most families, they gave him food scraps and treats. He was always and still is a very spoiled and loved dog! His hunting nature gave him an eye for when times were easy to be a food snatcher and this caught up on him after awhile. Already having a short stature, Buddy became like most dogs, a little over weight. With this weight gain, Buddy became not as active. He was more motivated to steal food then to run and play in the yard anymore. As he got older, even going up the porch stairs became difficult. With seeing the quality of Buddy's life go down, his owner Joshua, looked into what he could do to help give his fur family member some help. With past vets prescribing harsh medicines, Joshua knew he needed something natural and nothing that would harm Buddy. This is when he came across CBD. Joshua gives Buddy CBD (puts the pet oil) on his food every day. Buddy, who would barely walk up the stairs, now was having more energy. He was starting to run around outside, come running to his food bowl, and even starting to lose weight! The difference in Buddy is so remarkable. Before he would barely go outside and now he goes hiking and on nice long walks! He travels in the car better and is not so anxious around people. CBD helped with the inflammation on his joints which made him uncomfortable to walk, with that relief, he was able to be more active. When he was able to be more active, he was able to lose weight. CBD gave buddy a new life and is back to his puppy like self, even at 14.
Consider CBD for your dog or cat if they are struggling with some of the similar things Buddy was.
december 4, 2017
Our doors are open this morning! We are located at 2954B Howard Ave Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577. We are the second shop in the row near King Street Grille!