That’s Too Sweet! or How Bad is Bad Sugar?

Each of us is sometimes visited by the desire to taste something delicious. Even though the understanding of deliciousness may differ from person to person, most of the time this feeling involves chocolate, ice cream, candy or lollypops – anything that’s sweet! However, we must control ourselves when eating sweet and sugary products as they are harmful to our bodies. Trust us – it is not a myth created by cheeky parents to steal sweets from their kids and eat them alone while the little ones are fast asleep. As we believe you have tons of sweets left in your pantry after Halloween that wait their moment to be eaten, be careful about the sugar you are likely to consume in no time… You understood correctly – we dedicated this blog to draw the line between bad and good sugar!

Sugar Does Not Grow on Trees, or Does It?

Sugar nowadays has become a somewhat usual ingredient in every meal or snack that we eat. However, we do not use the same sugar throughout all of the dishes or drinks. As the sugar name may differ, the methods of their production process are different as well, but as white sugar is the most popular, we invite you to get to know its production from a much closer perspective. White refined sugar gets extracted from two types of plants – sugarcanes and sugar beets.

The first of two is grown in mostly warm climate zones as sugarcane plants cannot survive the frost. Besides, large amounts of water are necessary to grow as much sugarcanes as would produce enough sugar to meet the demand. Once sugarcane crops are harvested, the plants are chopped and milled to extract their juices, which are later heated to produce thick syrup. Despite the already lengthy process, the manufacturers still need to evaporate the excess water from the syrup to achieve sugar crystals. However, the sugar journey does not end here as brown-coloured sugar crystals still need to be bleached with chemical compounds to produce a well-known white product.

Regarding the sugar extraction from sugar beets, this process is less complicated than the previously explained one. Sugar beets are usually harvested in autumn and then transported to the sugar production factories. After sugar beet's roots are washed (they are grown in fertile soil, so this step is not to be missed) and sliced, they are mixed with several chemical solutions and go through the process of evaporation, which creates white sugar crystals – no further refining process is needed.

How We Consume Sugar?

The sugar we consume every day mostly is what is called added sugar; however, the real difference lies in where this sugar is added to and by whom. It is quite clear how much sugar we consume by adding it to our morning coffee or tea, but things get more trickier when we drink soft drinks or store-bought sweets and snacks. If we decide to look closely at the food labels, we will see sugar listed as carbohydrates. It is a correct statement; however, we are much more likely to consume high fructose corn syrup, which is made from corn starch and not the usual sugar. This sugar-like sweetener is one of the most popular ingredients that manufacturers use even though it is not far from being banned in the EU and other countries. As for today, high fructose corn syrup’s production is subject to strict quotas and restriction documents, but it does not change the fact that we are still consuming it without really knowing when exactly.

How Harmful Sugar Really Is?

Excessive sugar intake can result in poor skin health and high blood pressure. However, as we tend not to know when we consume it, we often attribute these features to other life issues and not our diets. The scale of the problem gets revealed when we look more closely at food portion sizes, their nutritional value, and take into account the opinion of professionals. Medical researchers and dietitians agree that adults should have no more than 30 grams of sugar a day – same as seven sugar cubes; for kids and toddlers, these numbers must be several times smaller to maintain healthy life. Despite the righteousness of medical suggestions, they are very hard to live by as almost every store-bought product is packed to the brim with bad sugar. Bad sugar has no nutritional value, causes tiredness and constant hungriness, weight gain, and excess belly fat, which could turn into severe obesity. Besides, limitless sugar consumption is the straightest way to diabetes and heart diseases, and sadly these sicknesses are increasingly diagnosed with younger people and kids.

Are We Doomed, or Are There Any Alternatives to Bad Sugar?

The question above is quite silly as the very name ‘bad sugar’ suggests that there is another side of a coin – good or natural sugars. There are a bunch of natural sweeteners, which are far from processed and can sometimes be obtained straight from the plant. Natural sugars come in the shape of vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, but what they have in common is providing essential nutrients, which keep us healthy and strong. Stevia is one of the best-known plant-based sweeteners, which, despite being sweet, is also linked to lowering blood pressure and insulin levels; however, one still has to refine it to turn it into a more usable form.

Besides stevia, there are several other natural sweeteners used worldwide, which are less harmful to our organisms when compared to actual white refined sugar. Molasses are made from the same sugarcane plants and sugar beets as regular sugar but are not refined and has a syrup-like thick consistency. Maple syrup is also one of nature’s best natural sweeteners. Even if this product is quite expensive in stores, one can easily make it at home as the process of making it is simple – one has to boil the sap of maple trees until it thickens. Next comes coconut sugar, which is very similar to regular white sugar everyone usually uses as it is high in calories.

Now it’s time for the best natural sweetener of all times – good old honey! Even though it is still sugar, organic honey is far safer and healthier to use than table sugar. Full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, honey is also that one product that is completely safe to use after its expiration date. The only thing that helps people separate natural honey from the fake one is its consistency, which crystalises after some time, but does not lose any healthy features.

Recipes with Natural Sugars

Keeping only natural sugars in your pantry does not mean you cannot pamper yourself with some casual yet super healthy sweets. However, most of the time, such natural sweets require to prepare in advance. Pick them, mix them, bake them, cut them, and only after that EAT THEM – we can guarantee that these recipes will be as sweet and healthy as they can be! Besides, we decided to turn the healthiness of our favourite treats up by a few notches and share only vegan-friendly recipe ideas. You can thank us later!

Granola. Mix oats, nuts, and seeds with some coconut oil and honey or maple syrup, and add your favourite dried fruits. Pour the mixture into a large cooking pan and spread evenly, bake until golden. Let the granola cool completely and cut into pieces and enjoy!

Green cocktails. Grab every vegetable and fruit that you can find nearby and put everything into a food processor. Add in some honey or maple syrup, add few drops of CBD Oil for that extra healthiness and let it mix!

Nature’s candy. Pick your favourite berries or cut fruits into bite-size pieces, place them evenly into a food dehydrator machine or onto a cooking pan, and use it accordingly. Dried fruits and berries are a great alternative to bad sugars themselves!

Ice Cream. Mix coconut milk, maple syrup, and tahini – sesame paste – in a food processor, blend them well and pour the mixture into an ice cream maker or spread evenly on a freezer-safe dish. Don’t forget to put some berries or fruits as toppings!

Gummy Candies. Blend apple juice, a little bit of agave or maple syrup and Agar-agar powder together, strain the mixture and bring it to simmer in a small saucepan. Let it cool for a bit, add few drops of CBD oil for that extra healthy kick and pour into gummy moulds. Freeze it, remove it and enjoy!

Here at Biomedicanna believe that we should live as healthy as possible, and this journey starts with cutting bad sugars out of our diets. Natural sugars and recipes are a great alternative to regular chocolate, candies, and other sugary bombs that we consume without even knowing that. Trust us - it is not that hard to feel energetic, strong, and healthy without using refined and processed sugar every day – you will not miss it!


10 Tips to Help You Survive the Autumn!

As we are saying farewell to summer, autumn is knocking on our doors, ready to enter and enrich our lives with a stunning palette of colour-changing leaves. Even though this situation may seem like coming straight out of fairy tale, heavy rains, strong winds, shorter, darker and colder days reveals the real face of the autumn season. Various illnesses and hardships follow the gloomy weather and threaten to mess up our lives even more. Only the ones who prepare for such challenges may resist them, but how to achieve that? Read carefully – we have prepared a lecture for you about immune system strengthening techniques, self-care, and, of course, pumpkins!

Tip No. 1 – Appropriate clothing

Autumn really gets onto our nerves as weather conditions often change every minute and an uncountable number of times throughout the day. The combination of umbrella and raincoat must become your new best friend this season. Water-resistant footwear will allow you to spend the autumn jumping in puddles like no big deal, the thicker jacket will protect from chilly winds, and soft scarf will keep you warm and cosy. Don’t blame the weather – there is nothing wrong with him, there are only wrong clothing choices!

Tip No. 2 – Skincare

The hot summer season has dried out our skin, which makes it even more vulnerable to cold autumn winds. Steer clear of this unpleasant feeling by using lip balms to avoid cracked and sore lips, regularly use moisturizing face masks to ensure skin hydration, and reward your hands with rich cream to protect them from skin irritation. Consider yourself lucky as we will soon offer you a new product from the skincare line to help you survive the autumn. More information to follow – don’t forget to take care of your skin while you wait!

Tip No. 3 – Relaxation

As autumn distresses often leads to depression, self-love is the best way to avoid it. Meditation is proved helpful as it reduces the levels of stress and anxiety. Of course, a little herbal nudge to your organism will not only help to have calmer thoughts but strengthen the immune system as well. However, our bodies can be as tired as our thoughts, but there is nothing a little home spa can’t fix! Incense, chill music, flower petals, hot foam bath, and massages from your loved one will comfort you during the darkest hours of autumn and inspire for new challenges.

Tip No. 4 – Home decoration

To prepare for autumn means to prepare not only our souls and bodies but also the environment around the home. Home décor does not mean hanging paper bat cut-outs or putting a carved pumpkin in every corner of your house even though Halloween is just around the corner. Sometimes little cinnamon, apples or vanilla-scented candle, thick blanket, lighted fireplace, or a bouquet of seasonal flowers is all that you need to surround yourself with pleasant autumn emotions.

Tip No. 5 – Hobbies

Today is the day to start thinking of how you will spend dark and cold autumn evenings. Self-care begins with quality time-spending techniques and smart ways to direct one’s attention further from seasonal distresses. Consider reading a book, watching a movie or TV series, handcrafting, doing crosswords, or any other kind of puzzles. Autumn is a perfect time to start getting ready for the summer bikini season – pay a visit to the gym once in a while!

Tip No. 6 – Food

The autumn is the season of harvesting everything that has grown in our gardens or forests throughout the summer. Many different foods add up to benefiting our organisms, so it would be a complete waste of products not to eat them or store them for winter. For example, pumpkins are considered full of nutrients that strengthen the immune system while including mushrooms in your daily diet increase bodies’ ability to fights various illnesses.

Tip No. 7 – Active lifestyle

It is easy to grow lazy when the rain is pouring down outside your room window. Regular activities such as jogging, hiking, cycling, or gymnastics contribute to one’s well-being and increase the chances to survive the autumn. We strongly recommend you going outside, enjoying the last bits of sun, exercising out in the fresh air, and appreciating the beauty of changing nature. As autumn comes only once a year, there is no better opportunity than celebrate it actively!

Tip No. 8 – Vitamins

Even though healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle are considered secrets to overall well-being, strong immune system, and autumn survival, sometimes that is not enough. Our bodies are not capable of producing certain kinds of vitamins; hence, their benefits are available only thanks to supplements. Beta-glucans are one of the smartest ways to strengthen the immune system and avoid moments when plans get messed by health problems caused by harsh weather. As beta-glucans have even more beneficial properties,  specialists advise using them throughout the whole year!

Tip No. 9 – Quality sleep

The autumn means coming back to school, work or university, thus saying sad goodbyes to happy summer holiday moments. Such time often results in higher stress and anxiety levels, which, in turn, negatively affects the whole body starting with memory and finishing with body motility capabilities. Besides that, self-care starts with a good night sleep, so quality rest must be everyone’s top priority this season.

Tip No. 10 – Daily routine

As autumn sometimes may cause a disbalance in lives and organisms, creating a daily routine helps people feel like true masters of their lives. Mobile calendars or cute little notebooks and planners ensure that one’s daily tasks get completed in time, and there is no chance left for autumn distresses to interfere with reaching every goal possible. You cannot imagine how much free time you have in a day to spend it for self-love and getting rid of autumn troubles!

We all are stronger together – the same applies to autumn survival as the chance of your triumph against this gloomy yet cosy season significantly increases once you involve as many tips as you can in your daily life. Conquering the autumn has never been so easy!


Take it easy! or Why should you have a rest day?

Human bodies are considered medical masterpieces keeping many secrets left undisclosed inside. No matter how accurate and well our organisms are usually working, they sometimes shut off. It does not happen out of the blue as our bodies get tired and desperately need quality rest. Why our bodies react like that? Why rest is so important? How to achieve absolute relaxation?

What happens to a tired body?

Fatigue is not only a physical but also a psychological phenomenon. Our bodies might lack energy for us to function due to many different things: sleep deprivation, busy work schedule, irresponsible lifestyle, stress, various illnesses, and mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, etc. What’s interesting is that long periods of laziness can also lead to extreme exhaustion!

You don’t need to have a medical degree to notice and recognize some of the effects of tiredness. Fatigue affects our skin as dark circles appear under eyes, skin becomes soggy, losses its elasticity and shininess, and we get cracked lips. It also negatively impacts our weight and eating habits; as metabolism slows down, hunger increases and the body starts searching for more energy, but for some fatigue might mean the complete loss of an appetite! Besides, tired people are more exposed to mood swings as they can laugh one minute and cry from sadness a few seconds later. It also gets harder for us to concentrate and memorize new information when suffering from exhaustion, so it takes a longer time to complete even the simplest tasks. 


Deteriorated mental and physical health is not only a cause but also a consequence of tiredness and exhaustion. It’s a never-ending cycle as fatigue increases the risk of depression, thus worsening the whole ‘feeling tired’ situation. It also adds up to a weak immune system, cold-like symptoms, muscle tension, and headache, so our bodies are genuinely telling us when they are feeling tired, - we have to listen.

What’s the value of relaxation?

As fatigue is conquering our lives and stress levels are getting too high, all we have to do is rest and spend some time in peace with ourselves. It might be impossible to plan a few minutes a day to focus on breathing or meditation, but it does have a crucial impact on our happiness. The endorphins and serotonin - ‘happy hormones’ – goes hand in hand with enjoyable sensations and fights stress. Serotonin also helps balance mood swings and sleeping schedule; it takes care of appetite and digestion, - relaxed body better absorbs nutrients from the food. Let’s not forget dopamine as this hormone is associated with proper memory functioning!

Even a few minutes of rest helps our bodies operate. For example, breathing exercise slows the heart rate and relieves tension; it allows our minds to clear and start thinking positively. As our brains relax and restart, it gets easier to concentrate, memorize, make decisions, and fight viruses – all at the same time!

Tips on helping you relax

As cliché as it might sound, it is necessary to find the way to relax that fits the best, although, some ideas are worth for everyone to try. 

We’ve already mentioned performing breathing exercises and meditating as both successfully reduce stress levels, help control anxiety, and promote self-awareness. There are many smartphone applications designed to help - press a few buttons, and you are good to go!

Other time-proven relaxation methods include visualization and muscle loosening exercises. The latter requires tightening and relaxing all one’s body muscles; it lowers blood pressure levels and reduces the body’s need for oxygen, thus reducing anxiety and fatigue. 

Visualization is all about positive and relaxing thoughts going through one’s mind; it encourages the person to focus on the details and enhances overall concentration. If you still find yourself struggling to relax, try using CBD drops – their use improves the quality of sleep and reduces anxiety – it might be all you need!

Reward yourself with something you truly enjoy doing after a long and stressful day; it might be reading a book, watching movie, eating out, or having a hot bubble bath. Relaxing is all about positive emotions and inner happiness!

CBD and the rest day

It all sounds exciting, but not every rest day leads up to a healthy and fatigue-free life; if you work from home and try to rest on the same sofa, it might not be as relaxing as your wish. Changing the environment helps, but it might be hard to achieve desired results due to the ongoing pandemic situation and international quarantine restrictions. 

Natural native surroundings offer the best possible ways to relax: why not try ‘restarting mind’ in the forest, by the lake or river? As scientists agree that any physical activity – walking, running, cycling, or swimming - can improve one’s health and reduce the risk to become ill, it also liberates one’s thoughts from stress and helps focus.  

Activities in the fresh air can relax one’s brain, but the body may not feel any signs of rest. In such situations, it is useful to have some CBD cosmetics on hand; silk balm will soothe insect bites, CBD glide gel will take care of sun-kissed sun, and a cooling gel will relieve muscle pain after an uncomfortable sleep in the tent. 

Fatigue can bring out many problems to the surface; it is necessary to prevent them in time. However, we might not always be one step ahead of them, so we must know how to deal with what they bring. Quality rest means loving yourself – who will take care of our bodies and minds if not us?

The ‘Magic’ of CBD

Throughout all kinds of centuries people believed in magic and knew that it was used both with good and bad intentions, to get different results, respectively. Just as the word magic itself being so broad, abstract and mysterious can really have multiple meanings, so the things that embody it can have the full variety of qualities: both beneficial and harmful, if used improperly. 

A very long time ago, there was someone who found a weird looking plant, and decided to ‘’give it a go’’. It is not clear how long it took for homo sapiens to realise the benefits of the plant and how to use it wisely (knowing that this has been researched up until now, with exciting observations being found each day), although one thing should have been strikingly obvious since the very beginning, -  there is something magical about this plant! The plant we now call Cannabis. 

,,- So where is the magic then?’’ you might ask. 

Let us tell you a story…

…Since Ancient times many cultures used cannabis to treat plenty of illnesses: 

Practitioners in China treated malaria, gout and menstrual symptoms, while in Medieval Ages cannabis was used particularly for pain, epilepsy, nausea and vomiting. In US it was prescribed for multitude of reasons for long time up until the 1970 when it was claimed illegal. 

That’s when apparently things went forward in terms of research, - people started to look for something more concrete, logical and trustful. Maybe for a bit safer word than magic…

The plant qualities have been researched for long time so now we have a clear idea of the various effects of it. 

Tests are being made, studies are done, scientific terms are given, so we feel informed, secure and have a full access to the knowledge that was being built up for such long time. 

What is the best about it?

What we know now is that cannabis plant contains more than 80 various chemicals called cannabinoids, from which the most important are two. As the mother nature likes dualities (good and bad, male and female, yin and yang), therefore in this case we’ll discuss two interesting elements as well, both being similar and very different from each other: THC and CBD. 

Both being magical in their own way, they trigger the central nervous system. But you have heard of THC already, most probably… While THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the ‘cheeky’ one which triggers the psychic (therefore is called psychoactive) and can get us ‘high’ by making our head spin, there is another element, CBD, or in other word, Cannabidiol. This is the ’good guy’ and our future’s saviour, wiser people might say!

How does the CBD work? 

The extract works with the specific body’s so - called endocannabinoid system, which regulates our most important processes of daily life: pain, mood, appetite, and memory. It works with the body’s natural system rather than being an unnatural or chemical substance, therefore there is no chance that body could reject it.

What about the benefits? 

CBD approaches a human nervous central system providing with an explicit goodness. It has a multiple, extraordinary beneficial qualities. CBD has been studied for its role in treating number of health issues:

Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.

Studies suggest that CBD may help people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders by reducing psychotic symptoms (36Trusted Source).

CBD has been shown to modify circuits in the brain related to drug addiction. In rats, CBD has been shown to reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior (37Trusted Source).

In test-tube and animal studies, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects. In animals, it has been shown to prevent the spread of breast, prostate, brain, colon and lung cancer

In diabetic mice, treatment with CBD reduced the incidence of diabetes by 56% and significantly reduced inflammation

Where does the magic comes from? 

The extract is sourced usually from hemp, which is naturally high in CBD, and fortunate for us, - we have various of ways to extract the oil by leaving it pure with all its benefits and ‘’goodies’’. The most important part of it is that CBD oil doesn’t have THC, or any sign of it, so it is perfectly suitable for people of any age, including children.

That’s the part or this beautiful plant that can be indeed called magical

Let’s make one thing clear straight away: the components that are in CBD oil won’t make you feel like you’re an Alice in the Wonderland,- the furniture around won’t be getting bigger and there won’t be any rabbit with a clock-watch jumping around you, hurrying you to meet a blue caterpillar. Most importantly, it will rather help you find that deserved wonderland in your very own body and mind.

OMG…! Is that CBG??!

CBG. After hearing or seeing these three letters for the first time, one could most probably imagine anything… It can sound as a shortened saying of a city in USA, a comics character (probably the evil one), or a name of a music band. For some, it could even sound as a condition of a serious illness. Imagine someone saying – ‘Today I had an appointment with my GP and got to know that I have too much CBG in my blood!’ Or else, the expression itself even sounds like ‘OMG’. But really, what does this all stand for? If you turn on a Google search engine on your computer and fill this in, it leads to several different acronyms, that are too interesting not to share. For your entertainment, there are the funniest ones:

CBG Corticosteroid Binding Globulin

CBG Chicago Botanic Garden

CBG Comic Book Guy (The Simpsons)

CBG Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (French: Bauxite Company of Guinea; Guinea)

CBG Crazy Boys Generation (band)

And many more… Among around a hundred of acronyms, the one on the 12th place of the list we get is ‘Cannabigerol’.

What is this? And why could this be important? 

Our topic will be focused on this (curiously sounding) term, which exclusively covers the whole article. First of, Cannabigerol is a substance that comes from a Cannabis plant. By now, most people familiar with cannabis have heard of such terms as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), and, of course, most people know their effects. But there are many, many more compounds in this. One of a lesser - known cannabinoids is called cannabigerol (CBG), and while (in most occasions) not present in large quantities, it is, nonetheless, worth learning about this one, - for number of reasons.

So, how is CBG made?

Because it is present in low levels (usually less than 1%) in most cannabis strains, just because of the quantity, CBG is considered one of a ‘minor’ cannabinoids. Cannabis plants naturally produce cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), the precursor to the three main cannabinoid lines: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), and cannabichromenic acid (CBCA).

If you’d be wondering how the CBG looks like (or how beautiful it is), here is an example:                                                                 

This picture resembles the molecule of CBG,- such an important substance, that has been found to act as a matter having a really high affinity,- Cannabigerol has been shown to relieve intraocular pressure, which may be of benefit in the treatment of glaucoma. It has been shown to improve a model of inflammatory bowel disease induced experimentally in mice. CBG can also affect positively the reactions in the brain, therefore can decrease anxiety and muscle tension.

CBG’s potential and medical benefits

CBG is not as much of a known substance, although lab-testing and research is being done on considering a possible high, very positive benefits for a human-kind today and in the future. This might be of a matter that we won’t imagine our lives without it soon, and I mean very soon: 

The human body’s built-in endocannabinoid system (ECS) works to keep the body in its balanced state. While there are specific details about how cannabinoids work, in general the endocannabinoid system performs different functions specific to each area of the body. The ECS is largely comprised of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that are believed to help regulate a variety of functions in humans including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, reproduction, and pain sensation. For example, at an injury site, the ECS can help regulate immune cells to limit inflammation. This means, that it serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being because it regulates key aspects of our biology.

Researches have been done

There are done some specific researches, and results for medicinal use are very promising:

Endocannabinoid receptors are prevalent in eye structures, and interestingly, CBG is thought to be particularly effective in treating glaucoma because it reduces intraocular pressure. It is a powerful vasodilator and has neuroprotective effects to boot.

In a recent 2015 study, CBG was shown to protect neurons in mice with Huntington’s disease, which is characterized by nerve cell degeneration in the brain.

CBG is showing great promise as a cancer fighter. Specifically, CBG was shown to block receptors that cause cancer cell growth. In one such study, it was shown to inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells in mice, thereby slowing colon cancer growth.

European research shows evidence that CBG is an effective antibacterial agent, particularly against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) microbial strains resistant to several classes of drugs. Since the 1950s, topical formulations of cannabis have been effective in skin infections, but researchers at the time were unaware of the plant’s chemical composition.

In a very recent 2017 study, researchers showed that a form of CBG was a very effective appetite stimulant in rats. This may lead to a novel non-psychotropic therapeutic option for cachexia, the muscle wasting and severe weight loss seen in late stage cancer and other diseases.

In a study that looked at the effects of five different cannabinoids on bladder contractions, CBG tested best at inhibiting muscle contractions, so it may be a future tool in preventing bladder dysfunction disorders.

Scientists are excited, so should we!  These initial CBG results are a path for the bright future. Scientists are promoting further research with CBG alone or in combination with other cannabinoids and use it in therapies for the treatment of multiple maladies. Because it is non-psychotropic, CBG has a promising wide range of potential applications not only for the problems mentioned above, but also as an analgesic, therapy for psoriasis, and effective antidepressant.

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1 word 10 letters, -Quarantine…

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

Such a weird and strange word. Quarantine. it is interesting enough that the definition and the word quarantine itself was first created in Venice, Italy in 1100’s and used just for a couple of times. Knowing nowadays situation, this fact is tremendously scary. Seems like the history itself is making a joke out of this invention. Maybe it would be better if there was no such word at all?

In this article we will talk about how the quarantine has affected our daily life and we will give you suggestions of how to cope with this situation that might have brought you a lot of anxiety, stress, and sleepless nights.

Today's current situation has tremendously changed the lives of many people. Today the quarantine is an international and unfortunately, very well-known definition, as most recently it has been used in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In such weird times it is understandable if for some people it already sounds like a death sentence, while for others it has a different personal meaning.

For some of us it's great - a lesser part of introverted, artistic people might be happy being at home having their time to do what they want… at last! While some of us take the time-off at home as a satisfying experience full of entertainment, books, and undiscovered talents in the kitchen whilst cooking new recipes, but for many of us quarantine feels especially stressful. Separation from loved ones, loss of freedom, loss of control, uncertainty over disease status and boredom can create dramatic effects. You may experience symptoms that can be easily identified as medical, psychological conditions: anxiety, depression, insomnia, isolation, compulsion, etc. All these ,,quarantine symptoms’’ are the result of this crucial, unnatural situation. It is extreme and unknown, therefore a lot of uncertainty arises in the eyes of great amount of people.

A recent research was made in Knox College, Illinois, where a psychologist, Frank McAndrew, stated clearly:

,,The enforced quarantine is particularly distressing. Being isolated gives one a sense of being at the mercy of other people and other uncontrollable forces such as an epidemic. This leads to a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty about the future that can be very unsettling”

And that is a fact… It is horrifying that a big part of society feels this way. The most important thing is to not be afraid and to look for ways that would help you or your loved one, your family, and friends.

In 2020 March, research by PhDr. Štěpán Vymětal was carried out to find out what techniques could help us find that needed balance and peace of mind during the quarantine. It states that there are some crucial factors:

  1. Planning and structuring your day, rational focus, and regime
  2. Being active (It sounds funny and rather controversial when being in isolation, but e.g.solving Sudoku is also an activity)
  3. Promoting good interpersonal relationships
  4. Healthy lifestyle
  5. Relaxation
  6. Positive thinking and calming down

It all concludes that making our way of living healthy, is the most important factor. During a time like this (i.e. quarantine), all the factors listed above might be hard to achieve without any additional or external help. Nevertheless, there are many helpful course-of-actions that can be found to ease your daily routine tremendously.

If you are stressed and anxious and have any doubts in terms of quarantine survival; if it has been an experience, full of anxiety and sleepless nights, you can help yourself and get the immunity for it. Among the bubble baths, Dalai Lama podcasts, yoga practice and meditation, one particular remedy used as an essential ingredient in your daily life might help you deal with this whole situation. A recently found, rapidly getting popular, and a must-have component – Cannabidiol.

Cannabidiol, in other words CBD, is one of 80 important active elements that are found in cannabis plant. It does not make you ‘’high’’ because it's extracted from the hemp plant, moreover it can easily be separated from the THC (psychoactive) compound. It has a full range of good qualities: it helps reducing pain and inflammation, managing insomnia, decreasing effects of anxiety, as well as preventing seizures.

One of the studies in 2010 found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress. Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to anxiety. In this study, cannabidiol not only made participants feel better, but also changed the way their brains responded to anxiety.

If you or your relatives struggle with insomnia, CBD could be the right choice. It interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system helps to regulate the most important processes in your life e.g. sleep patterns and appetite. If you suffer from insomnia, CBD can be an important and helpful part of your bedtime routine. Before taking sleeping aids, consider that medication may not be the answer, because most of the time, it's addictive in itself. In comparison to medications, CBD oil is a clever solution, as it has no intoxicating and addictive properties.

Another research in 2015 concluded that CBD oil is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety: social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. So, if your sleep problems are linked to anxiety and depression, CBD can be especially helpful and effective. Most importantly, CBD oil is extracted and filtered to make it pure and natural, by keeping all its benefits and raw materials.

The quarantine is the price we need to pay to live our normal daily lives later on. It's true, we cannot change what is beyond our control, but we can change ourselves and our perception of the situation. We might be feeling anxious, depressed, or even grumpy at times, but we can set up a to-
do-list from now on, learn a new recipe, and as Yoda says: ,,Do or Do Not’’, - if needed, do look for help. Do try the CBD oil because in the times like these, it is always clever to look for remedies that can help you feel better. And remember, we always have a full variety of activities to do and wonderful things to achieve and create. Now, we are given the best and most valuable thing in life, which is called Time. Let us use it and make the most out of it!

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