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Vaping High-CBD Cannabis Strains for Pain Relief

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A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has demonstrated the rise in vaping, with over 9 million adults in the U.S. using vaping devices on a regular basis. Cannabis consumers make up a large portion of these people. Since vaping is non-toxic and ensures efficient delivery of cannabinoids, is there any wonder why vaping is taking the cannabis community by storm?

It’s not just recreational vaping that’s happening, either. More medical marijuana patients than ever before are picking up their portable vaping tools to inhale the pure, potent Cannabidiol-rich vapor in a discreet (and often delicious) way.

Have you been thinking about vaping Cannabidiol (CBD)? If so, you would benefit from learning more about why this method of medical cannabis consumption is so highly recommended.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)One of hundreds of active cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, CBD is a cannabis compound with a plethora of medical benefits. Unlike the psychoactive compound, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce feelings of euphoria. Instead, it provides relief from muscle spasms, seizures, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation and even psychosis!

Clinical and scientific research is continuously happening to ascertain the potential of CBD as a medical treatment. Nonetheless, the studies that already exist have spotlighted this cannabis compound as a useful ingredient in treating widespread medical conditions, including arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), schizophrenia, arthritis, chronic pain, diabetes, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The amazing cannabinoid is even being used to treat antibiotic-resistant infections.

How does vaping work?

Since there are a few different compartments that make up a vaporizer, such as the heating chamber, battery and oil cartridge, you could be fooled into thinking that vaping is quite a tricky task. It is, however, quite the opposite.

Vapes can be carried in the palm of your hand and carried on the move. They will be designed with a button, of which you press for the release of vapor from the mouthpiece.

The atomizer is what heats the liquid, which is also known as e-juice or CBD oil. Once heated to boiling point, the oil turns into a vapor. (This is what you will inhale when you use a vape to get your daily dose of medical CBD.)

What are the major benefits of vaping CBD?

A small bottle of CBD oil could go a long way when it is used in a vaporizer, especially if the CBD content is high. As a result, this will save you money. You could also save your lungs a lot of damage by vaping, because the vapor is non-toxic.

The same cannot be said for cigarette smoke, which contains thousands of different chemicals. For this reason, a lot of smokers turn to vaping as a way of reducing the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

Pain treatments also tend to work a lot faster when cannabis is consumed by means of inhalation.

Which cannabis strains are high in CBD?

The options really are endless for anyone who is searching for high-CBD cannabis strains. New strains are being crossbred all of the time, so you could even diversify your medication routine by mixing up your choice of CBD oils!

It would take a long time to write down all of the CBD cannabis strains out there, so let’s focus on some of the tastiest and most medically beneficial ones, shall we? Here they are:

  • AC/DC – With an impressive CBD to THC ratio of 20:1 and a flavor that merges sweetness with earthy undertones, this pain, tension and anxiety-reliever could work wonders as a treatment for the described ailments.
  • Ringo’s Gift – Named after Lawrence Ringo, the founder of SoHum Seeds, this CBD-rich cannabis strain is a blend between the genetics of Harle-Tsu and AC/DC. The CBD to THC ratio is 24:1, therefore the effects are non-psychoactive.
  • Harlequin – Another option is this sativa-dominant strain, which has a CBD to THC ratio of 5:2. It will make activities more enjoyable and treat your medical symptoms effectively.
  • Sweet and Sour Widow – A strain with a balanced CBD to THC ratio of 1:1, this strain will leave you feeling slightly euphoric, without making you feel that intense high commonly associated with THC-rich strains.

Can I vape THC too?

You sure can. In fact, most people do. Examples of the THC-rich strains you can vape include Tutankhamun AKA King Tut, Bruce Banner #3, Blissful Wizard, Gorilla Glue, Girl Scout Cookies and Tickle Kush.

What are the alternatives to vaping?

If you don’t want to inhale CBD-rich cannabis strains with a vaporizer, you can smoke, dab or even bong it. This method is known as combustion and although it may not be as kind on the lungs as vaping, it is highly effective. Alternatively, depending on your particular ailment(s), you can use topicals (such as lotions and balms) or oral and sublingual products (such as infused edibles, drinks, tinctures and capsules.)

Where can I find a high-CBD strain?

Inside San Francisco marijuana dispensaries is where you will find the best-quality CBD-rich strains. A licensed dispensary, such as The Green Cross, will stock a medley of medical marijuana products and supplies. From vapes and cartridges to oils, capsules and buds, you can get everything you’ll ever need to dose-up when you step foot inside a dispensary. Don’t forget to ask the budtender for advice about what’s featured on the menu!

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Tips for Smoking Marijuana and Staying Healthy

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Unfortunately, many people think that people who smoke pot don’t care about their health. The truth is, there are many facts about dope that people may not know. The fact that smokers care about their health is one of them.

Whether you’re just getting into smoking pot or you have been doing it for years, there is always something you can do to make your habit a little healthier. Here are a few tips that will allow you to enjoy smoking more while worrying less about your health.

Use a Vaporizer

When you think of vaporizers, tobacco vaporizers likely come to mind. They have been shown to be healthier for tobacco smoke, but it turns out, they are healthier for weed as well.

There are quite a few reasons to vaporize marijuana, but one of the most convincing is the fact that it can make it safer to smoke. That’s because:

  • The vaporizer heats the marijuana at a lower temperature, allowing you to inhale the vapor without burning up and inhaling any of its harmful byproducts.
  • Vaporized cannabis can remove 95 percent of the smoke that is inhaled. That’s important because it’s the smoke that can cause the majority of health problems.
  • Some studies have suggested that vaporizing can increase anti-inflammatory terpenoids that protect the lungs from irritation.

Screen Your Pipes and Joints

Vaporizing isn’t for everyone. If you prefer the old-fashioned methods of using a pipe or a joint, you are putting your health at a greater risk, but you can limit that risk by using a screen.

Natural rolling papers and pipe screens can help filter out the hot, ashy particles that get inhaled. It’s these particles that cause irritation and tar build-up in the lungs.

Consider a Water Pipe or Bong

Water pipes and bubblers can be quite effective at reducing the negative health effects of smoking weed. That’s because they use water to cool down the smoke before you inhale it into your throat and lungs, reducing the amount of plant resin in the smoke.

The water also catches more ash and weed particles than other methods. However, it won’t catch it all. Reduce ash and resin even further by looking for larger pieces that maximize the distance between you and the flame. Ice can also help.

Don’t Mix Your Marijuana With Tobacco

Did you know that some studies have shown that regular cannabis users are just as likely to get lung cancer as the average person? That’s in stark contrast to tobacco smokers, who have a greater risk of suffering from cancer and other medical problems.

Because of this fact, it’s not a good idea to mix marijuana with tobacco. It’s much worse for your health than just smoking the marijuana alone.

Any time you inhale something, be it the smoke from weed, tobacco, or a campfire, it can be hazardous to your lungs. But, there’s always something you can do to lessen your chances of experiencing a health problem. With these tips, you will be able to make your weed smoking habit as safe and healthy as possible.

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Essential Oils For Sleep Support

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For many, sleep does not come easy. Some may take home the stresses of work life, others dwell on daily anxieties that keep them up at night, and some may simply struggle with general insomnia. Whatever the reason, a lack of sleep can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. Going without sleep can increase your chances of becoming irritable, depressed, anxious, and even sick. Your immune system needs rest to stay strong and healthy, and while nothing can replace a visit to your doctor, there are some budget-friendly ways to combat those things that keep you up at night.

The Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from natural plant elements such as bark, leaves, flowers, etc. These oils have been used for centuries to aid in a variety of physical and mental ailments, including insomnia. While most essential oils are versatile and their healing experiences are fluid and can differ according to each user’s particular ailment, there are a few that have been shown to aid in a restful mind and sound slumber.

Because each oil may hold a different experience for each user, it is important to try a variety and find the one that works best for your particular needs. Here are some of the best essential oils that work to support a good night’s sleep.


We all know about lavender. It is the most widely used essential oil out there and has a plethora of benefits. Lavender is commonly known for its anti-anxiety effect. Not only does it have a soothing aroma, but studies have also shown that lavender has similar effects on anxiety as some comparable medication. Another study showed that lavender has positive effects as a sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia.

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Roman Chamomile

Chamomile tea has long been labeled as a “sleepy-time” beverage. It is so because of its calming, soothing, and relaxing qualities. When used as aromatherapy, it has been shown to ease feelings of anxiety and support sleep quality.


The oil from vetiver comes from the root of the plant, giving it a rich and earthy smell. It is potent and may be mixed with a carrier oil or lighter oil such as lavender or chamomile. Vetiver is said to hold the benefit of “shutting off the brain,” and soothing the mind. If you are someone who can’t turn off your to-do list every night before bed, vetiver may be a good choice for you.

Bergamot Essential Oil


Bergamot is another potent yet pleasant aroma that mixes well with lavender. You can find bergamot in earl grey teas and perfumes. It has a complimentary to many other aromas – experimentation is encouraged. Bergamot is a citrus fruit and holds the unique ability to be bright and calming at the same time. Bergamot is best used via aromatherapy, not topically, as it causes photosensitivity that may worsen sunburns. This oil has been said to clear the mind and promote a sense of peace and calm.


Cedarwood is another earthy, woodsy scent, and has been shown to support healthy pineal gland function, which naturally produces melatonin. Cedarwood also blends well with lavender and provides a calming environment.

While there are many more essential oils that can provide similar relief and effects, these are some of the most tried and true. It never hurts to do your research and find what is best for you. Everyone is unique in his or her sleep needs and insomnia is a serious beast to be tamed. Hopefully, these five oils will get you started in your quest for a natural and healthy good night’s sleep.


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What to Know About Taking Uber to Doctors’ Appointments

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For many people, it’s difficult to make it to scheduled doctors’ appointments, because of poor health, a lack of transportation or the inconvenience they face.

For example, people who use public transportation for doctors and health-related appointments may find that it takes long periods of time during rush hours, causing them to be late or miss their appointments, or it could take them nearly an entire day to make it to an appointment without private transportation.

Doctors’ Appointments

When people are missing appointments because they aren’t able to get there, it can be problematic for their health, and it’s something a lot of doctors and healthcare providers are looking to address through the use of rideshare services.

Uber rates aren’t as expensive as a lot of people think either, and they’re often less than the cost of a cab.

The following are some things to know about using Uber and other rideshare services to get to medical appointments.

You Can Schedule Ahead

For people without access to private transportation, they may think Uber or another rideshare service could be just as inconvenient as public transportation, but they don’t realize these apps do allow people to schedule ahead.

schedule a rideJust as an example, with Uber you can schedule a ride up to 30 days in advance through the app.

You can choose your pickup date, time, location and destination and you’ll also receive an estimate for the fare at that time.


While it varies depending on your location and your insurance, some plans are working on addressing the transportation problem and are covering the cost of rideshare services for people using them to go to medical appointments.

It is even covered by Medicaid in some instances, so it’s something worth looking into.

As an example, for patients who use Medicaid, the cost of transportation for non-emergency medical visits is covered, but it does depend on the rules of your state.


The idea of using Uber or another rideshare service as a way to transport patients to appointments has caught on so much that a lot of hospitals and medical organizations around the country are starting to incorporate it into their service offerings.

For example, according to The Atlantic, MedStar Health which has hospitals in Maryland, started a partnership with Uber recently. Through the partnership, MedStar Health patients can access Uber through the hospital’s website, and even create appointment reminders.

For Medicaid patients without the Uber app, it’s possible to call the hospital’s patient advocates, and they’ll arrange the rides for them.

There’s a lot of other systems and organizations around the country who are considering doing the same thing.

Mutually Beneficial

Finally, for patients who miss their appointments because of a lack of transportation, the downsides are pretty apparent. Transportation is a major barrier to healthcare, and it can be difficult for people to manage their health without a way to get to appointments, particularly if they have chronic conditions.

There is a benefit for medical organizations as well, however, because they can help their patients keep up with their care and also avoid the lost revenue associated with missed appointments.

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5 Great Stocking Stuffers for Healthy Teeth

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Christmas, Christmas time is here! Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? Maybe you still don’t know what to get! No worries! A periodontist in Fairfax put together this wonderful list of awesome dental related stocking stuffers that are easy to find and needed by all.

  1. Fun Tooth Brushes

Pick up a toothbrush that has your child’s favorite character on it – like Spongebob or Minions! You can even find tooth brushes that play a tune for the length of time that your child should be brushing their teeth. These will make brushing their teeth so much more fun!

  1. Flavored Toothpaste

Fun flavors of toothpaste will make your kids want to brush their teeth right then and there. Flavors like watermelon and bubblegum are sure to enhance tooth brushing time. Of course, be careful giving yummy flavors to toddlers because if they swallow too much of it they could get sick.

  1. Dino Flossers

How much more fun will flossing your teeth be with dinosaur flossers? These flossers by Johnson&Johnson can be found at many retailers, including Wal-Mart.

Great Stocking Stuffers for Healthy Teeth

  1. Sugarless Chewing Gum

What kid doesn’t like to chew gum? For healthy teeth, pick up some sugarless chewing gum with xylitol in a yummy mint flavor to help fill those stockings. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that helps the mouth keep a neutral pH level, prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth.

  1. Mouth Wash

There are tons of great kids’ mouth washes to choose from. Find some that have fun characters on them or have fun flavors like cotton candy, bubble gum, or blue raspberry. These are sure to appeal to your younger children and will motivate them clean their mouths more often, providing extra protection for those sensitive baby teeth.

Make dental hygiene more fun with some or all of these wonderful stocking stuffers this year.

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