Anxiety

Beneficial Supplements for Kids of All Ages

August heralds back to school for most kids, and while you begin to get back into the school routine, it’s a great time to begin a supplement regimen for your kids. Below are several different supplement ideas that may be helpful to think for the kids in your life.

MULTIVITAMINS
Multivitamins are important for filling in gaps in the diet, particularly for picky eaters or kids on the go due to sports or activities who do not always have the best of diets. We have a great selection of all natural multis for kids at the store.

PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are Important for the immune system and proper digestion. Probiotic use has been researched with children and has been found to dramatically reduce the amount of respiratory infections children contract (in research, probiotic use reduced respiratory infections by 30%). We have probiotic capsules for older kids, but also a variety of chewable probiotics for younger children.

OMEGA 3S 
Omega 3 fatty acids are crucial for brain function in children. Omega 3s are not produced in the body and must be obtained through foods. If a child is not eating fatty fish or flaxseeds on a regular basis (multiple times a week), it is likely that they are deficient in omega 3s. Omega 3 fatty acids in children have been linked to fewer behavior and attention problems, and have even been in a recent study showing benefits for helping struggling children learning to read when compared with those who took a placebo. Most kids are not getting enough omega 3s through their diet, so supplementation with omega 3s meant for kids can make a real difference in proper brain functioning.
 
OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS IF NEEDED

STRESS AND ANXIETY
Many children of all ages suffer from stress and anxiety at school. We recommend theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, which helps to produce a calm, focused state. Theanine reduces anxiety without feeling tired, drugged, or “out of it”. Theanine is effective whether it is used every day or only occasionally, and can help sensitive kids have an easier time of it. Theanine is safe for kids and adults of all ages. Also, for high school and college students, we also would recommend trying one of our THC-free CBD gummies, which can be very helpful for reducing stress and anxiety. Stop by the store so we can help you find the right product for your child.

EXTRA IMMUNE HELP
Probiotics are extremely helpful for the immune system, though we do have a number of other immune boosting supplements meant for children which are helpful for both keeping kids healthy, but also helping them to get better faster if they do happen to get sick, since classrooms (particularly in younger grades) are an absolute cesspool of germs.

CALCIUM
Depending on a child’s diet, calcium supplements may be a good idea. Research has found that the majority of children aged 9 to 13 years are calcium deficient. Only about 12% of girls and 17% of boys consumed the recommended daily amount of calcium. For older teens, 42% of boys and only 10% of girls consumed enough calcium daily. Supplements are a simple way to ensure that kids have the proper amounts of calcium needed for healthy bones and are available in chewable forms for kids.

 

Here are a few other articles from our website which may also be beneficial. Please stop by the store so we can help you choose the right supplements for your kids.

  

Preventative Immune Health for Kids and Adults

Improving Children’s Concentration in School

A Helpful Tip: Chewable Gummy Vitamins for Kid’s Lunches

 

DIY Preventative Essential Oil Lice Spray for Hair

Fish Oil + Lutein for Kids to Protect the Eyes from Electronic Devices

 

Common Questions About CBD

CBD has become so popular lately, and we’ve received many questions about it, so I wanted to address some of those here. CBD is a great supplement with many different benefits, the most common of which are its benefits to helping with pain reduction and anxiety, though benefits are also being researched for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, depression, insomnia, and many more.

Is CBD the same as marijuana?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a plant extract known as a phytocannabinoid that is found in both marijuana and hemp. Hemp derived CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning that it won’t make you feel “high” or out of it, but it can be of benefit to many people since it is very effective for treating pain (from all causes) and anxiety. Hemp derived CBD is now legal in all 50 states since the 2018 US Farm Bill was put into effect.

Does CBD contain THC? My job requires drug testing.

THC is the compound in marijuana that confers the “high” that the plant is known for. Even though hemp based CBD is not made from marijuana, hemp plants naturally do have trace amounts of THC. To be sold legally in the United States, CBD from hemp cannot contain more than .3% THC. That amount isn’t enough for a person to feel a “high”, but it may be enough to show up on a drug test. If a person is consuming CBD with any amount of THC in it, there is no way to be certain that they won’t have a problem if they needed a drug test for whatever reason.

That being said, there is CBD available that is guaranteed to contain zero THC. At Pass Health Foods we have many CBD products available that contain no THC. If this is an important issue for you, be sure that the CBD you’re using does not contain any THC. Small amounts of THC in a CBD product does not mean that it’s a bad product necessarily, but it is important to know exactly what you’re taking. For example, CBD extracts known as “whole plant” extracts will almost always contain CBD because it is a natural part of the hemp plant, even though it is in small amounts.

There was a television news story just recently about a woman who lost her job because she was taking a CBD product that contained small amounts of THC, which just reiterates the importance of knowing exactly what you’re taking. Personally, I feel like using a zero-THC product is a good decision, since it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Is CBD regulated by the FDA?

Natural products and supplements, like CBD, are regulated by the FDA differently than prescription drugs. CBD is approved as an ingredient to be sold, but individual bottles and products are not specifically tested by the FDA. Because of this, it’s even more important to make sure you’re getting a reputable product sold by a reputable store. When it comes down to it, anyone could put something in a bottle and say it’s CBD. If people started to get sick from taking it, the FDA would probably step in, but otherwise, there would be no way to know that that specific product was fake (other than it not working). In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 70 percent of CBD sold online did not match the concentrations printed on the labels.

One of the ways to protect yourself against issues of quality when it comes to CBD is to look for brands that do something called “third party testing”, which means that they formulate their product but then send it away to be tested by a laboratory not connected to their brand to confirm the ingredients and that what it says on the label is really true. Every CBD product we carry at Pass Health Foods is third party tested to confirm potency and purity.

What is the best way to take CBD?

CBD is available in many different forms from liquids, gummies, and pills to even foods and drinks infused with CBD. The very best way to take CBD is in a liquid extract; the reason is that CBD is difficult for the body to absorb, and liquids are able to be absorbed so much better. When you take a liquid CBD supplement, it’s recommended that you put it under your tongue for about a minute (longer is even better, but you don’t need to be ridiculous about it). Holding the CBD in your mouth helps the CBD to begin to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the soft tissues in the mouth (similar to if you’ve ever taken a sublingual vitamin). After holding it under your tongue, swish it around your mouth (further enhancing absorption) before swallowing it.

Taking CBD in this way allows your body to absorb it the best it possibly can. Also, liquids are fast acting, with the benefits generally being felt within 20 minutes, which can be extremely helpful is you need relief right away. Gummies are convenient especially for on the go or for people who can’t take liquids for whatever reason, and can be effective, but I would definitely say that liquids are best when it comes to CBD.

Many people worry that a liquid will taste terrible, and to be honest, some do. I’ve tried many different brands of CBD and some are absolutely awful tasting, which can make it difficult to take on a regular basis. The difference in taste from brand to brand comes from a variety of factors, including what carrier oil it’s mixed with and if it’s a whole plant extract, which can be more bitter tasting.

We have several extremely high quality CBD liquids at the store that are great tasting without any bitterness or awfulness. The CBD we most recommend is by a company called Green Gorilla, which I believe has the cleanest, best quality CBD around. They’re USDA Certified Organic (which is incredibly rare when it comes to CBD) and do third party testing on each batch of CBD they make. They also make really nice tasting CBD liquids, making them easy to take.

How much CBD should I take?

First, I’d like to explain about how CBD is sold in regards to potency, since it’s unlike any other supplement. For example, if you wanted to buy Vitamin C, it would say 500mg on the bottle whether it had 30 pills or 500. CBD is not that way, it is measured by how much is in the entire bottle, which can often be confusing. What really matters is the strength of CBD per serving, which varies. We carry CBD in a variety of strengths, the most common being 10 or 20 milligrams of CBD per serving. A 10 milligram dose is on the low side, but can often be enough for someone just experiencing mild pain or anxiety. For people experiencing more severe issues, often a low dose isn’t enough.

The amount of CBD needed for each person if different, depending on the problems they’re experiencing in addition to their individual physiological makeup. In our experience, most people have good results with a 20mg. dose of CBD, though we do have a number of people who use higher amounts to help with more extreme pain. CBD is very safe to take, even in extremely high doses, though there’s no sense in taking a higher dose if a low dose does the trick. That is another nice thing about liquids, with a liquid it is very easy to lower or raise the amount of CBD you take at one time, and also that the benefit is felt quickly, so it is easy to determine if you may need more to help with your individual needs.

I’ve written about some of the more common questions above, but please stop in the store if you have any other questions that we could help you with. Also, all of our health articles are archived on our website at passhealthfoods.com, including many different ones on CBD, its benefits, and how it works. We also have copies available at the store of a wide variety of articles on CBD, so feel free to stop in for more information at 7228 W. College Drive in Palos Heights.

Other articles on our website:

The Science of CBD: How it Works, and Why

CBD: An Overview

CBD: An Overview

At Pass Health Foods, we are extremely knowledgeable about CBD and its many benefits. We’ve written many articles on CBD about different aspects of its benefits as well as just additional information about CBD itself and how it works.

We wanted to have a place to put links to all our CBD articles for easy reference. Please see the links below for specific articles, and as always, please feel free to stop by the store for further, individualized attention.

What is CBD

The Many Benefits of Hemp Derived CBD Oil

Why Certified Organic CBD is So Important

Our CBD Product Recommendations

Natural Help for Anxiety: CBD and Theanine

CBD for Pets: Natural Pet Care

See a collection of the CBD Products we have available at the store at the link below. We offer both local delivery as well as shipping anywhere in the continental US. Call the store at 708-448-9114 if you would like to place an order and have it shipped. The product listing below is not a complete listing of the CBD products we carry, but is a collection of our top selling and most recommended CBD products.

CBD Product Catalog

Our CBD Product Recommendations

I know I’ve written about CBD numerous times now, so I hope I don’t sound like a broken record. This article on our website has a good overview of information about CBD: CBD Spotlight.

New research is coming out all the time on the many benefits of hemp derived CBD. CBD or cannabidiol, is a beneficial compound naturally found in both hemp and medical marijuana. The CBD found in hemp is a legal alternative to medical marijuana that has impressive benefits for pain (from all causes), anxiety, and a long list of other issues from epilepsy to neurodegenerative diseases, and more, without the “high” that comes from marijuana.

We have so many people who have come back to the store saying what a difference they’ve seen after taking CBD. I would say that it’s one supplement more than any other where people have gone out of their way to come back to tell us how great it is and how much it has helped them, both for pain and anxiety, and even sleep.

The interesting thing is that we even have people who’s doctors have prescribed them medical marijuana who prefer to take our CBD, since they don’t want to feel “out of it” or “high”, but need pain relief so they can function in their everyday lives. It’s important to make sure you’re getting a quality product, however, since now it seems like everyone and their brother is selling CBD, and they’re not always reputable companies. There’s even a tobacco store by my house that it always advertising how they have CBD, and I just laugh to myself, thinking how that would probably be the last place I’d recommend if a person was looking for CBD.

My favorite brand of CBD is from the brand Green Gorilla, which specializes in fast absorbing liquid CBD (you can read more about Green Gorilla on our website). As much as I love that type of CBD, I wanted to highlight a few other types and brands of CBD that we would also recommend, for people who prefer not take liquid CBD.

The first I’m excited about are brand new CBD gummies by Green Gorilla. They have been working on making an entirely organic gummy with zero THC for a while, and as I type this they’ve promised that the gummies should be ready any day now. CBD in gummies (they look like little gummy bears) are a great alternative way to take CBD that’s especially handy for effective pain or anxiety relief on the go, whenever it’s needed.

Even though I’d generally recommend liquid CBD first, it’s not really practical when you’re out and about. CBD gummies are also helpful for use in the office or even at school for stressful situations or anxiety since they just look like candy (and you won’t have to explain to other people what you’re taking). We have a number of customers who have used our CBD gummies for their high school students suffering from anxiety at school who have seen a real difference for their kids in coping and just having an easier time of it.

Social anxiety has become extremely common among school age children and teenagers, affecting both mental health and wellbeing. CBD is safe for both children and adults and can help to make life easier by helping a person to feel more calm without the feeling of being drugged or “out of it” that is common with many pharmaceuticals for anxiety.

CBD gummies are also very effective for pain, and we have quite a few customers who like how convenient they are, and pleasant tasting. One type we’ve carried for a while now, CBD gummies by CBD Living, is a favorite of one of the parents of a college student who works at the store. She is a cancer survivor with rheumatoid arthritis and loves the gummies by CBD Living in particular, saying how much they help with the pain she experiences. She says that CBD works better than her prescription RA medicine and works very well to reduce swelling.

Something else new we have at the store this month, and something a little different when it comes to CBD, are new CBD infused flavored olive oils. These oils are made by a local company (we always like to support local businesses) called True Horizons that have made a CBD oil that can be used on foods or even cooked with, without losing any of the benefits of the CBD oil. Even better, these CBD infused oils are made with organic ingredients and premium olive oil and have been independently tested to ensure they contain zero THC. I’ve been using their lemon flavored CBD olive oil, and it’s really nice on salad or to sautee veggies. We also have several other flavors at the store including basil, rosemary, and garlic.

Last, I wanted to mention our CBD blends by Irwin Naturals. We brought them in a couple months ago and are now hearing back fantastic reviews from our customers who have been using them. The unique thing about these Irwin CBD blends is that they’ve taken herbal blends that they’ve formulated that we’ve had at the store for a while now, blends that have been shown to work really well on their own, and then have added CBD to them, which only increases their benefits and effectiveness.

My favorite is their CBD + Power to Sleep. Their original Power to Sleep is a supplement I personally have used and loved for a long time, so I was excited when they came out with this new blend adding CBD to an already effective formula. I’ve tried it and I feel like they’ve made a great product even better. I’m not the only one who likes it- we’ve heard amazing testimonials back from customers who have tried it for helping to combat insomnia, who’ve found that it really does work.

One customer in particular, a wonderful lady who is always trying to do everything she can to help her family, has a husband who has been dealing with awful sleep problems- to the point that he was actually taking a prescription of Xanax plus a dose of Nyquill every night to help him sleep!  She started giving him our new CBD + Power to Sleep after we recommended it for how well it worked for sleep. She said that from the first night she gave it to him, he has slept better than he had in ages. The first time he tried it he woke up the next morning after sleeping a full eight hours saying, “What did you give me?!”   It really does work. If you have trouble sleeping, I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.

Irwin has several other effective CBD blends, but I’ll just mention one more- their CBD + Sunny Mood. Sunny Mood is a great herbal formula for boosting mood and helping with mild depression. It’s a supplement that my family has personal experience with on how well it works- my husband used it a little over a year ago after he had a death of a close family member at a time when he was already having stressful issues at work. He felt like taking the Sunny Mood made a huge difference and definitely helped him to cope with things a little better. The addition of CBD to a formula like this that already works amazingly makes a great blend even better, since CBD works so well for stress and anxiety.

We have a lot of choices when it comes to CBD at the store, and are very careful about what products we decide to carry, making sure to carry only those CBD products we feel are truly the “best of the best”. New research has found that only about 30 percent of commercial CBD products are accurately labeled. That just shows why it’s so important to buy CBD from a reputable store with trusted brands.

We’ve been working with several of our CBD companies to be able to have many of our CBD on sale during the month of April. All of our Green Gorilla Organic CBD products, our True Horizons CBD Infused Olive Oils, and our Irwin Naturals CBD Blends will be on sale this April for 20% off. CBD is something that rarely goes on sale (unfortunately) so be sure to take advantage of this great deal! 

The Many Benefits of Hemp Derived CBD Oil

Q: I have been hearing a lot about CBD oil lately, that it’s an alternative to medical marijuana that can help with pain. I’m interested in it, but wanted to find out more before I tried it.

A: CBD oil has been gaining in popularity lately, so I’m happy to explain more about it! CBD is a non-prescription, legal alternative to medical marijuana. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is a compound found in both marijuana and hemp plants, which has been found to be extremely effective for pain relief, anxiety, and a number of other disorders.

The difference between marijuana and hemp plants (also known as “industrial hemp”) is the amount of THC the plants contain. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes one to feel intoxicated or “high”. Research into cannabis and hemp plants, however, has found other substances (of which CBD is the most well researched) that provide a variety of medicinal effects without the “high” from conventional marijuana.

Research on cannabinoids (the medicinal extracts found in marijuana and hemp plants) had a breakthrough when it was found that humans actually had cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. This system of receptors is known as the endocannabinoid system, which accounts for the many benefits that are seen when people begin taking CBD oil. These receptors work to confer the benefits of CBD oil throughout the body, not just in the brain, but with benefits that extend to our musculoskeletal tissues, the central nervous system, the immune system, and more.

CBD is best known for its ability to reduce pain from a variety of causes. CBD has shown impressive benefits for reducing inflammation throughout the body, and research has also found that it also works to regulate pain through compounds in the brain that actually help to reduce the amount of pain a person feels. We have a large group of customers who have been taking our organic CBD oil for pain relief that have had very impressive results. CBD can significantly improve the quality of life for people dealing with chronic pain issues.

The second most common reason that people take our CBD oil is for anxiety. There have been numerous very positive studies on CBD and its benefit for reducing anxiety, as well as helping to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Several published studies have also reported the benefits of CBD for a number of different mood and emotional disorders. CBD has even been found to be beneficial in people who have not had success with conventional treatments for anxiety and depression.

New research is coming out all the time with even more benefits for CBD. CBD has been found to aid in cancer treatment and can help to reduce tumor growth in several different types of cancers. Preliminary research has even found that CBD may help with drug resistant tumor cells.

Another study even found that CBD can help with quitting smoking, helping to reduce the desire to smoke. Other research has suggested that CBD may help with Alzheimer’s disease by beneficially interfering with neurodegenerative pathways as well as having neuroprotective effects on the brain. Further research has also found benefits of CBD for diabetes, stroke, COPD, and more.

Even though hemp does not cause the “high” that marijuana does, the amount of THC found in CBD products can vary, since it is legal for hemp extracts to contain as much as .3% THC. That amount isn’t enough to cause a person to feel “high”, but it may be enough to cause problems with a drug test. The certified organic CBD oil from Green Gorilla that we carry at Pass Health Foods contains absolutely zero THC, so there is absolutely no problem with drug testing, even if you were to consume an entire bottle at a time. We have a number of customers who have been using our Green Gorilla CBD oil who regularly undergo drug testing (police officers and fire fighters for example) who haven’t had any problems with their drug tests.

CBD oils on the market range widely in quality, potency, and effectiveness. Conventionally grown CBD from hemp can also contain a large amount of toxins because hemp is naturally a “bio-accumulator” plant, which means that it draws toxins from the soil. There have also been a number of recent cases of fake, adulterated, and synthetic CBD being sold in stores, so it’s even more important to make sure you’re buying a quality product that contains pure, authentic CBD oil.

Because of this, we’ve been very careful in the types of CBD oil that we’ve decided to carry in the store, and have chosen the brand Green Gorilla, a high quality CBD extract consisting of entirely organic ingredients that is also USDA certified organic (there are many CBD oils on the market that say they have organic ingredients, but few that have actually been certified by the USDA).

All About Curcumin and Why It's So Great

I wanted to write about curcumin again. It has become incredibly popular for helping with reducing pain and inflammation in the body- and rightly so- it really does work. New research is coming out all the time confirming its many benefits, which go far beyond just pain relief.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, has been said by many to be “the most anti-inflammatory herb on the planet”. It is difficult for the body to absorb, however, and in the past, people needed to consume mass amounts of the strongly pigmented yellow spice to be able to get enough of that beneficial extract, curcumin, to make a difference. I love eating turmeric (turmeric is the yellow spice used in many curries), but ground turmeric root is generally only 4% curcumin, so supplements are the best answer if you’re looking to get the benefits reported again and again in the scientific studies.

Even supplemental extracts of turmeric or curcumin can be difficult for the body to absorb, which is why there are very specific forms that we recommend. The company Solgar has a branded extract that they use which has been scientifically documented to be one hundred and eighty-five times better absorbed than standard curcumin extracts. If you’re interested, you can search go to our website for more information and the links to the study, or go to PubMed.gov, since I fully agree that it almost sounds too good to be true. 

We are all about science at Pass Health Foods. Sometimes I think people have the idea that natural products, vitamins, and herbs are a bunch of “hippie nonsense”, but in our store, the products we recommend are scientifically backed by research. There are times when conventional pharmaceuticals are necessary, but if you can find natural products that legitimately work, without the side effects of conventional medicines, it can be a wonderful thing.

So, back to curcumin: studies have shown again and again its benefit for pain relief, finding it equal to commercially available pain medications and NSAID drugs, but without the strain those medicines have on the liver. Ibuprofen and other drugs definitely do help with pain, but they are not meant to be taken over and over again on a daily basis. Curcumin is a great alternative, which rather than being hard on the liver, it can actually help with liver function.
In addition to pain relief, curcumin supplements have also been shown in research to have impressive results for reducing anxiety and depression, one study even found curcumin supplementation to be as effective as a prescription drug for depression, but without the side effects.

New research has also introduced curcumin as a possible aid to weight loss. One thirty day study followed people who were already on a diet and exercise regimen. They found an increased percentage of weight loss in the group who took curcumin, but even more than that was the reduction of body fat percentage for the people who took curcumin vs. the placebo group. Over thirty days the group who used diet and exercise alone had a .70% reduction in total body fat loss, but the group who used curcumin had an average of 8.43% reduction in body fat!

Curcumin supplementation has also been linked to a reduction in several types of cancers. In the past, the poor absorption of curcumin supplements was a problem for showing results in human studies, but now with newly formulated extracts like Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin, which have significantly increased the body’s ability to absorb the nutrient, that is changing. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit cancer cells, prevent tumor formation, as well as slow cancer progression, and can be a helpful adjunct to traditional cancer therapies (though as with everything, be sure to inform your physician of any natural products you are taking, especially during cancer treatment).

So to sum up, while curcumin is best known for reducing joint pain and inflammation, it has many other scientifically documented benefits. Not all turmeric or curcumin supplements are equal in how well they are absorbed, so at this time, the only curcumin product we truly recommend is Solgar’s Full Spectrum Curcumin, for the simple reason that it has been shown to be so much better absorbed than any other. Since it’s a product we recommend so highly, we were able to work out a deal with the company to be able to offer 25% off on our Solgar curcumin on an everyday basis at Pass Health Foods. Stop by the store for more information, we’d love to help you further.
  

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Natural Supplements for Anxiety

Q: I have a lot of anxiety.  I think I always have, but it seems to have gotten worse lately.  When I need to give presentations at work I am just full of dread.  I’ve also noticed feeling more anxious when different social engagements come up and I’ve actually been making up excuses to get out of them, even with friends.  I don’t really want to take a prescription, but I really hate feeling this way.  Is there anything natural that can help?

A: General anxiety disorder and social anxiety is extremely common.  Sometimes medications can be beneficial, but trying natural options first is a good idea.  There are a number of natural products that can work very well for helping to reduce anxiety and stress.

The first I’d mention is theanine- theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that can be very helpful for anxiety.  Theanine helps to encourage alpha brain waves, which are associated with a calm, relaxed state.  It can be taken every day without a problem if needed, but is also effective if used only occasionally when you know you’re going into a stressful situation.  All of us at Pass Health Foods use theanine at one time or another.  It’s a great supplement that helps to “take the edge off”.   

The standard dose for adults with anxiety is 200-400mg of theanine once or twice a day.  It’s a nice supplement because while it does help to reduce anxiety, it does not cause tiredness, so it can be used during the day without a problem.   Interestingly, theanine is also known to help with increasing focus.  We have our Jarrow brand theanine on everyday sale at the store since it’s a supplement we love so much.

Another idea for anxiety, especially when dealing with more extreme issues, is CBD oil. CBD is an extract from the hemp plant which has similar chemical and health properties to the THC (the psychoactive extract in marijuana known for its “high”) in cannabis, but without the mind-altering effects.

CBD is best known for its benefits for pain relief, but there are also numerous very positive studies on its benefits for reducing anxiety, as well as helping to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Many published studies have reported benefits of CBD for a number of different mood and emotional disorders- CBD has even been found to be beneficial for people who have not had success with conventional treatments for anxiety and depression.

CBD extract is present in both marijuana and hemp plants.  In Illinois, medical marijuana and all extracts from the cannabis plant are illegal for use without a prescription. Because of this regulation, the CBD oil we have available is sourced from the hemp plant. CBD oil ranges vastly in quality, potency, and effectiveness. Conventionally grown CBD from hemp can also have a large amount of toxins in it because hemp is naturally a “bio-accumulator” plant, which means that it draws toxins from the soil.

Because of this, we’ve been very careful in the types of CBD oil that we’ve decided to carry in the store, and have chosen the brand Green Gorilla, a high quality CBD extract consisting of entirely organic ingredients. 

Also, I wanted to say that our CBD oil is completely safe for drug testing.  Since it is source from the hemp plant, the amount of THC (the compound in marijuana that shows up on a drug test) in our Green Gorilla CBD is 0.003%, so there is absolutely no worry about any problems with a drug test (which I can’t say is the case with all CBD oils on the market).

 

What is CBD?

CBD is an extract from the hemp plant which has similar chemical and health properties to the THC (the psychoactive extract of the plant known for its “high”) in marijuana, but without the mind altering effects.

THC from medicinal marijuana and CBD from hemp have been shown to have similar benefits for pain relief and help with anxiety (including PTSD) as well as very impressive results with seizure disorders in children (especially drug-resistant epilepsy). CBD has also shown neuroprotective effects for degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more.

CBD oil is probably best known for its benefits for pain relief, like medicinal marijuana, especially for people who have unsuccessful results with conventional pain medication. In one large-scale survey by Project CBD participants who had used both high THC medical marijuana and CBD extract from cannabis and reported that there were no significant outcomes in pain relief between THC and CBD.

In America, medical marijuana and all extracts from the cannabis plant are illegal for use without a prescription. Because of this regulation, CBD oil available in America is sourced from the hemp plant. CBD oil ranges vastly in quality, potency, and effectiveness. Conventionally grown CBD from hemp can also have a large amount of toxins in it because hemp is naturally a “bio-accumulator” plant, which means that it draws toxins from the soil.

Because of this, we’ve been careful in the types of CBD oil that we’ve decided to carry in the store, and have chosen the brand Green Gorilla, a high-quality CBD extract consisting of entirely organic ingredients. We have it in two strengths, a 150mg product which is considered a daily dose for overall health, and then a higher 600mg product which is what is recommended for acute issues and pain relief.

We would very much recommend trying our new CBD oil from Green Gorilla. Also, its fast acting- results of the 600mg dose are usually seen within 20 minutes for pain relief. Last, I wanted to say that our CBD oil is completely safe for drug testing, since there is absolutely zero THC (the compound in marijuana that shows up on a drug test) in our Green Gorilla CBD oil, so there is absolutely no worry about any problems with a drug test (which I can’t say is the case with all CBD oils on the market).

Two Fantastic Natural Mood Boosters

With the dark days of December upon us, I wanted to write about two supplements from Irwin Naturals that can really help with improving mood and easing the stress of the holidays.

The first is 5-HTP Extra. 5-HTP is a supplement that helps to boost serotonin in the brain (serotonin is the “feel good” neurotransmitter. Antidepressants like Prozac work in a similar way, which is why it’s important not to mix 5-HTP supplements with prescription antidepressants. Irwin’s 5-HTP Extra is nice because it combines 5-HTP with theanine, an amino acid that’s great for reducing anxiety as well as lemon balm and rhodiola, which work very well for reducing stress. 5-HTP extra is great for people suffering from depression along with stress and anxiety. My husband has used it and found it really helped with reducing stress and anxious thoughts. He was having a lot of stress and difficult things happening in his life (a death of a close family member and other issues), and thought it really helped; in fact, he didn’t realize how much it was helping until his bottle ran out. He said it helped him to feel much less “panicky about things”.

The other supplement I’d recommend is Irwin’s Sunny Mood. It’s a supplement I actually wrote about last December (‘tis the season, I guess), so see this article for more information on the specific ingredients in the supplement and how they work. My husband started taking Sunny Mood after trying the 5-HTP extra. Of the two, he prefers Sunny Mood. He really says he thinks him feel better and more positive. One might even say that it helps to encourage a “sunnier mood”. If you’re having a difficult time with the darker days of winter and need a mood boost, I’d really recommend giving Irwin Natural’s Sunny Mood a try. 

Both supplements are wonderful and effective. The main difference between the two is that the 5-HTP Extra helps to boost serotonin (similar to the ways that a number of different prescription antidepressants work). Sunny Mood is also effective for mild depression and really does help to encourage a more positive mood. 

Jarrow's New Theanine Gummies: For Relaxation on the Go

I wanted to mention a brand new product that we’ve found: Jarrow’s new Theanine Gummies. If you’ve been a subscriber of our newsletter for a while, you know that we are crazy about theanine at Pass Health Foods. It’s an amino acid found in small amounts in green tea that works very well for stress and anxiety, without making you tired. All of us at the store take it at one time or another. It’s great because while it can be taken on a regular basis for anxiety, it doesn’t need to be; it can be taken only a needed during a stressful time or before a stressful situation and still be effective. It's also great for sleep, since even though it doesn't make you feel tired, it helps to reduce anxious thoughts, which can lead to an easier time falling and staying asleep.

Our new Jarrow gummies are fantastic because first, they are delicious, so they’re easy for both kids and adults to take. Second, they’re wonderful for taking on the go since they don’t need to be taken with water- they’re perfect to keep in a purse or bag if needed. They’re also nice for people that have problems with swallowing or would just rather not be bothered with swallowing a pill and having to find a glass of water.

We are offering them for 20% off as an everyday deal, so they work out to be $18.99 a bottle. They’re also gelatin free, so they’re suitable for vegetarian diets, plus, they aren’t sticky gummies if that’s at all descriptive. I feel like some gummy vitamins stick to my teeth, but not so with these. I would absolutely recommend giving them a try. For more information on theanine, see our website here for an index of our many past articles on the benefits of theanine.