New Hero in Town - CBD Successfully Kills Bacteria

While in various parts of the world, there are still concerns whether or not we should legalize recreational cannabis, people been long using hemp to heal multiple pains and improve their life quality. However, we could probably count the years or decades back when hemp began living its actual glory days. Technological development helped scientists awaken public confidence in hemp, and now it is used in almost all sectors. Still, the most advanced here is the field of medicine and health. Medical scientists have long been using cannabis to treat various diseases, and quite recently, they reached an exciting achievement.

Many current illnesses ranging from flu to infections gets treated by prescribing antibiotics to the patients. Sadly, some bacteria have become drug-resistant throughout the years, forcing doctors to look for new ways to treat them. Here CBD steps in. 

One of the most recent research done by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and global leaders in pharmaceutical research Botanix Pharmaceuticals Limited has proven successful as CBD killed some dangerous bacteria. Both of the parties state that their collaboration allowed for the quicker research process, ensuring approval and use of the drug to treat patients as soon as possible. 

CBD, which is the main component of cannabis, surely killed bacteria that cause gonorrhoea, meningitis, and legionnaires. Specialists team mimicked a two-week patient treatment in laboratory models to see how bacteria mutated to resist CBD. Yet, findings revealed bacteria were less likely to do so.

Mentioned research paints a positive future for many patients and their relatives. Besides stopping bacterial growth, CBD can kill them, meaning that a new age for treatments has already begun and is nowhere near stopping anytime soon. We are proud of what already has been done and are impatiently waiting for more exciting achievements involving hemp and CBD.

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Based on the information provided by the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Australia. 

It's time for ECO!

Today is a great day, just as many others. But it’s a special day because we present a topic that’s a big interest for many of us, - cosmetics! For you and only, let us tell you a wee history, followed up by research and our observations…

 So, cosmetics. It has become a necessity and a big part of our daily routines for most of us, but it is not a modern invention, nevertheless! Humans have used various substances to alter their appearance or accentuate their features for at least 10,000 years, and possibly a lot longer. 

Women in Ancient Egypt used kohl, a substance containing powdered galena (lead sulphide—PbS) to darken their eyelids, and Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk to whiten and soften her skin...

 By 3000 B.C men and women in China had begun to stain their fingernails with colours according to their social class, while Greek women used poisonous lead carbonate (PbCO3) to achieve a pale complexion. Clays were ground into pastes for cosmetic use in traditional African societies and indigenous Australians still use a wide range of crushed rocks and minerals to create body paint for ceremonies and initiations.

Today, cosmetics are a big business. We use cosmetics to cleanse, perfume, protect and change the appearance of our bodies or to alter its odours. The market has bloomed to such an extent that not only are there different cosmetics for every part of the body, - there are different ones for different seasons too!

But before makeup is marketed to us, it is tested on animals. Do you ever wonder why is it so? Because the cosmetics we trust to make us beautiful are full of so many harmful chemicals. And despite that it makes us look good temporarily, in the end they are going to leave an ugly effect. Here are some of the most common side effects of the cosmetics that you apply without a second thought:

Dries our skin / makes it oily

Some foundations and powders tend to dry out your skin and make it look flaky and ashen. Such cosmetics can also cause cracks and fine wrinkles in your skin, which could cause infections to develop.

It ages our skin quicker                                 

The chemicals used in makeup contribute to the ageing of your skin because they dry out the natural oils and essential vitamins and minerals present in human skin. This causes your skin to lose its natural moisture and texture, and it starts to develop wrinkles and dry patches. Prolonged usage of makeup will make your skin look older than it is. And since it is almost impossible to get the youthful glow back, cosmetics marketers are launching products that help counter the effect of aging that has been cause by them.

It provokes allergies

Cosmetics such as deodorants and antiperspirants contain alcohol and can cause redness and irritation and itching which may eventually lead to pigmentation of skin. They also block your sweat glands and can lead to conditions like contact dermatitis and allergies. From rashes to inflammation, the wrong kind of cosmetic that is not compatible with your skin type can have a deep - rooted impact on your skin.

 Can cause cancer

The most threatening side effects of excessive use of cosmetics is skin cancer. Lipstick contains aluminum which may cause long term anemia and even glucose intolerance. Many products contain chemicals like zinc oxide and barium sulphate which are toxic and can result in organ failure, especially that of the kidney and liver. Cosmetics like body moisturizers can disturb the thyroid content of the body. Parabens, a preservative used heavily in cosmetics has been linked to causes of cancer.

What means organic?         

While most cosmetics are effective almost instantly, we can see that they are damaging in the ‘long run’. That’s our hint to better look for organic products full of natural remedies. Nevertheless, when natural can mean, “we use some natural ingredients,” and cruelty-free can mean “we still test our products on animals in China,” we have to know how to read a label, more now than ever.

One of the biggest misconceptions is the idea of natural versus organic and that they are interchangeable labels. A product can be natural and organic, but not all natural products are organic, or even 100 percent natural.

If the product is organic, that means it is made of 95 percent or more of organic ingredients derived from plant sources. All of ingredients were grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes, or petroleum-based fertilizers, which could be toxic to the environment.  Natural products are simply derived from natural sources without added synthetic compounds.

What are the benefits?

Everything Will Smell Better                                      

When ingredients are natural and organic, everything is naturally-scented. Your rose cream is made from real rose water and your essential oils are from the real plant, never an imitation. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to notice the difference between an imitation and a natural fragrance, and you’ll never want to switch back.

Your skin will be softer

Did you know that many drugstore and luxury brands add drying agents to products such as moisturizers, lip balm, and conditioner? If you actually want your products to moisturize, make sure they say “sulfate-free.”

Your skin might clear up

The reason this is a “might” is because everyone’s tolerance varies for different ingredients, both natural and unnatural. You might break out using only toxic makeup and switching to organic makeup might be your cure.

It’s better for your wallet (in the long run)

Anybody who’s ever switched from drugstore skin care to natural and organic skincare might be laughing out loud at the fact that the switch could be good for your wallet, but there is merit to this statement! The average consumer buys products from a variety of brands with prices that vary from a few euros to a couple hundred euros. If you replace your luxury, designer, or even spa brands with natural and organic brands, you are very likely to spend much less. Plus you may find that switching to organic and natural products improves your skin and simplifies your routine, meaning less money spent on other products as a ‘compensation’!

To summarize, yes, most cosmetics have their own unique way to make you feel or look good. But temporarily! Choosing organic (really, organic) products has a much more useful and rich purpose in the long run. If you are looking for a product to buy, think twice before you do it, and make sure you really need it. In case you are wondering of where to get a high quality, very well taken care of and preserved cosmetics, check our products. In our company, we use only all - natural and organic remedies to make sure no product has any unneeded ingredient just to make it look like it's better ‘coloured’ or scented. Please, take care of your health and let us help you!

Yours,

Biomedicanna

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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