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Natural science has evolved significantly and has influenced the development of both homeopathic and holistic medicines. Patients with a spectrum of conditions, including pain management, can benefit greatly from homeopathic treatment methods. For centuries, it has been a trusted source for many seeking treatment and relief that does not yield dangerous side effects.

Natural science is becoming more integrated into patient treatment journeys as both holistic and homeopathic treatment methods have grown in popularity. Both can address psychosocial needs, can be more affordable, and reduces the risk of side effects that could come with conventional medication alone. While conventional medicine has its role in medical treatment, complementing it with homeopathy or holistic medicines can help create a balanced treatment that addresses a patient’s condition and provides effective results.

We’ve collected information resources on natural science, homeopathy and holistic medicine that can serve as a guide to understanding these areas better.

Why the Source of Your CBD Matters

The origin of the CBD in your products is important, both in terms of how the hemp is farmed and how it’s processed. Harmful additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers and heavy metals can undermine both the quality and safety of CBD.  

Using products from manufacturers who don’t care about how and where their CBD is sourced can undermine the reputation of your practice and potentially endanger the wellbeing of your patients. 

Because hemp is a hyper-accumulator, it readily absorbs everything, which is why high safety and quality standards need to be employed to protect your patients. Without proper safeguards, hemp plants can contain traces of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and heavy metals as well as highly inconsistent THC levels.  

Ensuring that the CBD in your products is ethically sourced, tested for quality, and that the hemp is grown in compliance with the Agricultural Act of 2018, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill, are all factors to take into consideration when purchasing CBD products. 

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Breaking Down FDA Reviews

As more people become interested in pursuing holistic medicine and alternative medicine in their treatment plans, the attention on medical cannabis has grown substantially. While some industries and companies dread FDA priority reviews and FDA panel reviews, there is no reason to worry. The FDA exists to protect consumers as a science-based regulatory agency. The scrutiny the FDA applies through FDA priority and panel reviews is a sign that they recognize the science behind natural science products and want to make them more accessible and safe for consumers.

FDA priority reviews and FDA panel reviews are important because they can curb a lot of the “wild west” behavior that occurs in unregulated markets. A strict review process ensures that natural science products are held to the highest standard for consumer safety.

The FDA is continuing to review cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds as part of the ongoing FDA Analgesic Monograph review process. This refers to the rules the FDA has put forward when it comes to the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter (OTC) agents. As more consumers opt for natural and OTC pain relief products, the FDA is determined to ensure products are regulated correctly and patients are not duped by false claims. 

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The FDA’s First Public Hearing on CBD

The first FDA hearing on CBD on May 31, 2019 highlighted the promise of natural science as a viable alternative medicine option.

Individuals from academia, agriculture, public safety, and retail, as well as consumers, patients, and healthcare advocates shared information and insights on hemp, hemp-derived products and how it should be regulated. There was also an ever-present debate over strict oversight versus less regulation, but that debate is likely to continue. 

The goal of these hearings was to build a regulatory framework for CBD consumer products. 

For the FDA, the reticence to authorize the use of CBD as an active ingredient stems from the lack of empirical data.  However, the FDA panel review encouraged others to submit data, suggesting that the door is still very much open for natural science and holistic healthcare products, like CBD.

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How CBD Works With the Body

To really understand why CBD has become a mainstay of natural science, it’s important to look at how CBD actually works within the body. 

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex, cell-signaling system containing receptors located throughout the body.  The ECS has 4 key elements: cannabinoid receptors(the main ones being CB1 and CB2), endogenous cannabinoids, enzymes that lead to cannabinoid synthesis or degradation, and cannabinoid antagonists.

Cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors work together like a lock and key to have effects on the body.  While the body naturally produces cannabinoids to maintain normal bodily functions, the body can also respond to cannabinoids from plants, such as cannabis.

The most common cannabis cannabinoids are THC and CBD, however both interact with cannabinoid receptors differently. While THC binds to both CB1 and CB2, CBD partially blocks these receptors. Therefore, the body responds differently to CBD than THC–by blocking the key cannabinoid receptors (and the fact that legal CBD is derived from hemp), the body does not respond with any psychoactive side effects. 

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CBD and the Skin

Cannabinoids have not only been linked to homeostasis in the body, but research also suggests that they are key components of the skin’s health and balance. And this being the case means that natural science, including natural pain relief, could see major leaps and bounds. 

  • CB1 and CB2 receptors and other aspects of the ECS are found in nearly all cell types in the skin including epidermal keratinocytes, melanocytes, mast cells, fibroblasts, sweat gland cells, sebaceous glands in addition to hair follicles.   
  • Endocannabinoid molecules, including anandamide (AEA) aka the “bliss molecule” and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), an ester formed from the omega-6 fatty acids, are also involved in the skin. 

Phytocannabinoids like CBD signal cannabinoid receptors, which activate processes that promote a healthy skin barrier. For starters, CBD has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress on the skin. For this reason, CBD is becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in topical formulations.  

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The Magic of Jojoba Oil

Natural science and natural products encompass a broad range of remedies and ingredients. These include non-toxic and oftentimes, plant-based ingredients, to soothe and relieve ailments. These include skin-soothing emollients, like jojoba oil, an oil that comes from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis, a small bush that grows in hot, dry climates.  

Naturally-derived oils such as jojoba oil are used to soothe and moisturize the skin and can be found in topical products, including those of CBD CLINIC. Jojoba seed oil also enhances the absorption of active pharmaceutical ingredients and can also extend the shelf life of products. 

CBD CLINIC partners with Jojoba Desert, an Israeli company located in the Negev desert that is committed to sustainable growing practices and greening the desert. Jojoba Desert is a responsible leader in ethical business and makes 100% cold-pressed jojoba oil for the use in topical products and cosmetics.

Jojoba oil can help increase “dermal permeation” (i.e. skin absorption) due to its lipophilicity. Simply put, the chemical compounds in jojoba oil are able to dissolve in fats, oils, lipids, and solvents – this is what makes it so effective as an ingredient in natural science products, such as pain relief products.  

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CBD for Professionals: What you Need to Know

CBD has become a mainstay in holistic medicine, particularly since it’s federal legalization by the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD products can be a beneficial ingredient included in topical products for holistic health practitioners.  But as more CBD products are released into the market, it’s important to remember that not all CBD products are created equal. For clinics and practices looking to offer high-quality products for pain relief and pain management as alternative medicine, there are some factors that can help differentiate products.

When evaluating CBD products, some considerations include: Are the products manufactured in a federally audited facility? Is third-party testing conducted to ensure the product’s quality and consistency? Furthermore, how are products packaged? 

All of these questions are vital when considering which products to use in your practice.

CBD is a naturally-derived remedy that can provide positive results and is a great choice for those looking to incorporate natural science into their practices. However, it’s important to remember that CBD products need to be thoroughly vetted for quality and safety.  

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CBD Overdosing And What You Need To Know

Safety is a primary concern when it comes to which pain-relief products you use in your practice. And as we continue to learn more about natural science and its benefits, it’s also important to look at the negatives that might be associated with natural science. 

Because of CBD’s association with marijuana, people may be hesitant to use products containing CBD, and may even worry about the possibility of overdosing.  However, when utilizing topical products with CBD, there is no need to worry about any THC interaction. All legal CBD products on the market are derived from hemp, and contain trace amounts, 0.3% or less, THC. 

Additionally, a fatal overdose due to marijuana and THC is incredibly unlikely, but not impossible. Reports have highlighted cases where individuals have been hospitalized for the over-use of cannabis, but these are associated with THC. 

Generally, reports and studies have shown that CBD on its own is unlikely to be lethal, but it is possible that it may cause problems if the user has other health conditions,

When considering natural science for a holistic healthcare approach, asking patients about preexisting health conditions is extremely important. If patients have any underlying conditions, encourage them to consult a specialist before designing a holistic healthcare plan for them based on natural science products such as CBD. 

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CBD Products And Drug Testing

Drug testing is conducted for the detection of THC i.e. the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. Tests can be done in a variety of ways, including via urine, saliva, hair, and blood. Urine tests are the most common drug testing method as this is the primary way that THC is eliminated from the body. 

Because saliva tests are quick and non-invasive, these are also quite common. However, unlike urine, saliva can be a bit tricky, as there needs to be enough oral fluid to test and that’s not always possible. Plus, increases in the production of saliva because of food can affect the concentration of THC and disrupt the results. 

It is important to note that THC tests exist, but there are no CBD tests because of its lack of psychoactive effects. CBD products are great for those seeking alternative medicine and natural science treatment as there is minimal risk involved. 

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