Spray Away Arthritis, Depression, and Anxiety with the MediPen

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or even arthritis? If so then you know that the medications used to treat these conditions come with many dangerous side effects. These side effects are different for everyone and some can be rather severe. When it comes to treating these conditions, what would you say if I told you they’re working on a way to spray away these problems? Well, this is just what’s happening at an NHS facility in Cardiff.

Studies that have focused on CBD research have become more common over the past few years. Thanks to the information being learned by doctors and scientists, people are starting to finally see the benefits that cannabis has to offer beyond recreational smoking. This cannabis-based spray which does not contain THC is in the works to help treat conditions including anxiety, arthritis, and depression. In an essence, you would be able to spray away these problems. It may sound like a magical potion, but this is very much a reality. Patients around the world are finding a multitude of benefits from consuming CBD.

Approximately 2 years ago a cannabis-based drug was approved in Wales, making them the first UK Nation to legalize access to this cannabis-based drug, but only to those with multiple sclerosis. The new drug does not contain THC and has no psychoactive effects associated with it. Instead, it contains CBD or cannabidiol. It is vaporized in an electronic pen device that looks much like an e-cigarette called MediPen. The MediPen will be available for sales online for as little as £50 and is available in 17 different flavors total. All cannabis plants utilized in the CBD product within the MediPen are grown in the Netherlands to the highest of quality, and bred specifically for a maximum CBD content.

When it comes to cannabis and cannabis-based drug research in the United Kingdom, it is not an area that is taken lightly. Both Cardiff and Vale University Health Board are intensely studying the effects of cannabidiol but have very strict guidelines and stringent processes in surrounding how these studies are conducted. MediPen aims to help change the perception the public has towards cannabis by working hand-in-hand conducting tests with the assistance of the NHS. By focusing on CBD and the amazing amount of health attributes associated with it, companies in the UK just may have a way one day for you to spray away arthritis, anxiety or depression.

STONER SMOOTHIES

Stoner Smoothies

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie recipes, altered to make your cannabis experience fresh, frozen, or drinkable. These will only really work if you use coconut oil-based cannabutter, since cream or dairy butter would be pretty nasty. It will incorporate best softened but not melted, and added in as scoops.

Extras: plant protein powder, mushroom powder blends, tea pollen, chia seeds, flax seeds

Each recipe should make either 1 large smoothie, or fill two 16 oz glasses.

THE RAW CBD (Choco-Banana-Dank)

2 or more tbs raw cacao powder

2 bananas

half an avocado

1 tbs almond butter

maple syrup or 2 pitted dates to sweeten

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tbs CBD oil

2 tbs canna-oil

soy, almond, or other nut milk

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. This smoothie is thick, very filling, and very chocolatey depending on how much cacao powder you add. For an easier drink, add more milk. You could also swap cinnamon for nutmeg, or protein powder, some lucuma powder, or another favorite add-in.

CBD (cannabidiol), for those unfamiliar, is one of the non psychoactive cannabinoids found in cannabis. From the Bluebird Botanicals website, where you can learn all about and purchase various CBD oils:

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of agricultural hemp. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid in hemp/cannabis, and is commonly used as a food supplement to support general wellness.† Our CBD products are made from the highest quality, EU-certified hemp cultivars, which are grown in pristine soil in select European locations. Our CBD oils are constantly analyzed for their potency and purity from potential contaminants.”

Because it’s hemp-derived, the sale of CBD in the US is 100% legal, and Bluebird Botanicals ships anywhere in the US. In an upcoming review, I’ll speak more in-depth about BBB and a few of their products, as well as my experience in taking CBD oil.

But for now, a few benefits to consuming CBD:

-It contains essential amino acids, B, D, and E vitamins, and loads of trace minerals

-Improves flexibility, hair, skin & nails with essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6 (note: the ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 in Americans is 10:1 or even 30:1 –way too high. Both work to produce anti-inflammatory proteins, but a 1:1 balance is needed to synthesize properly and effectively. Up your O3 intake with flaxseed [milled/ground/oil], chia seeds, walnuts, marine algae-based sources, or hemp oil.)

-Contains terpenes and flavonoids, which very basically affect smell and taste receptors.

Terpenes work both with taste and aroma in the plant or organic matter–in cannabis, they create the diverse perfume/scent profiles of each strain. Flavonoids give plants their pigmentation and in some cases, inhibit plant disease and infection, reduce inflammation and cholesterol, and have anti-cancer properties. Red, blue, purple, and yellow foods all contain anti-oxidants and most all foods contain flavonoids, and increasing consumption of color-rich foods like berries or dark chocolate could yield great benefit.

STRAWBERRY BANANA BLITZ

1 cup strawberries

2 bananas

1/2 cup dark or tart cherries

1/2 raspberries

1 or 2 cups orange or apple juice

2 tbs canna-oil

A puckered take on a sweet favorite. Blend together, use all fresh fruit for high fiber and store-bought consistency, or use frozen fruit for a smoothie more thick and slushy-like.

RAINBOW DREAM

cherries

raspberries

mango

orange juice

pineapple

banana

kale

honeydew melon

blueberries

blackberries

2 tbs canna-oil

Use apple or orange juice, since milk might cause some interesting flavor interaction. The basic idea is to include 1-2 fruits/veg of each color. In fact, the more colors in food in a day you can consume, the better! Like I said in the CBD smoothie recipe, richer colors means richer benefits. And, if you can, source organically & cruelty free.

A combination of fresh/frozen is best. You can make frozen fruit out of fresh fruit–just wash, slice, and lay out on wax paper & a baking sheet or silicone mat in the freezer until solid. Store chunks of fruit in tupperware or plastic bags. To make adding kale to smoothies way easier, do something similar–wash and cut up some fresh kale, let freeze in small piles or pack into an empty ice cube tray, then store once frozen.

COCONUT KALE AÇAI

kale

frozen açai berries or puree

full-fat coconut milk

coconut water

frozen mixed berries

canna-oil

For this smoothie, I’d recommend using some frozen kale, unless you’ve got a high-powered blender that can cut up leafy greens well. Otherwise blend 1/2 can coconut milk, 2 chunks of kale, a cup of açai berries or a puree packet, a handful of frozen mixed berries, canna-oil and coconut water as needed for desired consistency.

Sambazon ™ do 4 packs of frozen açai berry puree, sweetened or unsweetened. Fresh berries are harder to find unless you’ve got a bangin’ farmer’s market or specialty shops, so hit up the frozen section on your next food trip and see what they’ve got.

image credit: thestonerscookbook.com