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Anonymous from Chicago 5/26/20

Hello Anonymous from Chicago,

First of all I want to congratulate you on taking the first step to quitting smoking!

Unfortunately, nicotine addiction is still very common and even socially acceptable in some cultures. A smoker's brain is filled with nicotine receptors that are eagerly waiting for the next incoming nicotine. When the nicotine gets in the receptors dopamine is released which gives you a "feel-good" sensation. Quitting can be hard but not impossible!

There are many natural remedies that can help you quit smoking and give you the mindset you need to go through the process. A very popular one is acupuncture, it is a very effective and safe method that might help you. Ginseng is an herb that would work very well when combined with acupuncture. This herbal remedy has been shown to prevent the nicotine-induced release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, in other words the "feel-good" feeling I’ve mentioned.

CBD and CBG can be a powerful addition to your smoking cessation tools. A recent study has shown that CBD affects the smoker’s response to cues about smoking. Cannabinoids can act on the "feel-good" sensation memory pathway by triggering responses in the body’s own natural cannabinoid receptor system, The Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Additionally, CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Studies suggest that it plays an important role in restoring balance to many of the body’s systems, including the brain chemistry that causes mood disorders like anxiety and depression that can contribute to addiction. CBD Vape pens can be a good delivery method as it's similar to smoking.

I recommend you to combine 2 or more of these natural remedies, be consistent, and keep a strong mindset. You can do it!

Good luck!!

Anna M. 5/19/20

Dear Anna, 

I am sorry to hear about your health issues. Fibromyalgia is actually a common medical condition that affects as many as 4 million Americans. The symptoms can vary but the most common and noticeable are chronic pain, fatigue, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. 

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in Cannabis and Hemp. CBD and CBG are not psychoactive. CBD and CBG are known to activate and increase serotonin levels which play an important role in pain management, body temperature, and inflammation. Recent studies suggest that CBG may provide pain-relieving benefits and it may be even more effective than CBD or THC. 

I recommend following your physician recommendations with a combination of natural remedies that can help alleviate some of the symptoms. 

Some of the home remedies you can do is having a healthy and clean diet with whole natural foods and avoiding processed ingredients. Acupuncture may be another therapy worth trying. This ancient Chinese traditional medicine has shown to offer some benefits for people with fibromyalgia improving pain and stiffness. Yoga might be another great remedy as gently activates the body helping joint and muscle soreness. 

I hope this answers your questions. Take care, Anna.

Karen S. 5/4/20

Dear Karen,

I totally understand his skepticism, I hear this all the time. One of my missions is to end the negative stigma surrounding cannabis-derived products. Please assure him that CBD is a different cannabinoid than THC and Hemp products will not get him high. Civilizations for thousands of years have relied on the natural medicinal qualities of Hemp to help with many things. Proper sleep cycles are among the most well-known benefits of using CBD. Additionally, poor sleep can cause irritability and stress, which leads to many health problems. Healthy sleep can enhance well-being and allows the body to function properly.

With that been said, I suggest that you start the conversation with something he is familiar with. For example, the digestive system. Just like the digestive system, we have another system that helps regulate our body’s functions. It is called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system helps our bodies maintain proper functions like mood, sleep, and pain. The system is called “Endocannabinoid” because it functions using millions of cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. Our bodies are designed to operate using CBD and other cannabinoids found in the hemp plant!

Approach the topic naturally and explain that our bodies are biologically made to receive these molecules from nature. The ECS is so efficient that it knows exactly where the body needs “balancing” and administers the cannabinoids properly. In your husband’s case, if his sleep cycle is out of whack, it will work to regulate that, without altering other functions in his body. This is all proven by science!

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