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Harvested Chaga mushrooms surrounded by powdered extracts and primitive tools
Functional mushroomsChaga Mushrooms: Risk Factors & 3 Potential Side EffectsChaga is a non-hallucinogenic functional mushroom that promises a wide range of benefits. However, it also poses a risk of potential side effects, especially in certain people. Adverse Reactions From Chaga Mushrooms 1. Chaga Mushrooms May Cause Dangerous Hypoglycemia One of the widespread benefits of Chaga mushrooms is that they might benefit diabetes and heart disease. Research has shown that Chaga mushrooms can lower blood sugar levels as well as cholesterol levels. Although this suggests that Chaga mushrooms might be beneficial for diabetes, it also poses a risk of dangerous hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if taken with prescription diabetes medication. 2. Chaga Mushrooms May Interfere With Blood Clotting Studies have shown that Chaga mushrooms exhibit inhibitory activity on blood platelets, specialised cells responsible for blood clots. This might be beneficial in improving blood pressure, as well as lowering the risk of pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), but it could also pose a risk for individuals with bleeding disorders. Additionally, regular intake of Chaga mushrooms could result in easier and more frequent bleeding and bruising. 3. Chaga Mushrooms May Harm Your Kidneys When discussing the potential side effects of various functional mushroom types, the topic of liver and kidney disease often comes into question. While most species of functional mushrooms seem to pose no risk of liver or kidney damage if taken regularly for less than a year, the same is not necessarily true for Chaga mushrooms. A study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science found that Chaga mushrooms contain higher oxalate levels than other functional mushrooms, a derivative of oxalic acid. Excess consumption of oxalates has been linked to an increased risk of gout, kidney stones, and even chronic kidney disease. Who Is at Risk for Chaga Mushroom Side Effects? While side effects are not commonly reported from Chaga mushroom teas, drops, powders, or extracts, they are not unheard of. That being said, several individuals are more at risk for developing these side effects than others, such as: Those with bleeding disorders Due to the potential for Chaga mushrooms to reduce blood clotting, those with bleeding disorders could react negatively. Those expecting surgery soon Bleeding is a frequent problem during surgery, which can be exacerbated if your body's blood-clotting mechanism is compromised. Those with mushroom or mould allergies Since Chaga mushrooms are a species of fungus, individuals with preexisting allergies will likely react negatively to Chaga. New and expecting mothers Although Chaga mushrooms appear relatively safe, absolutely no studies have looked at the risk of side effects to unborn and breastfeeding babies. It is unknown if you can drink Chaga tea while pregnant and if it is safe while breastfeeding. As such, it is strongly advised that new and expecting mothers stay on the safe side by avoiding Chaga altogether. Chaga Mushrooms and Autoimmune Diseases Chaga mushrooms are known to benefit the immune system, which, in theory, might be a potential risk for those with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, in which your immune system perceives healthy cells as dangerous and attacks them anyway. However, emerging research suggests that many functional mushrooms are immunomodulatory instead of immunostimulatory, which could actually benefit autoimmune diseases. Essentially, it means that more research is needed and that individuals with autoimmune diseases should proceed with caution and consult medical professionals before using Chaga. How Much Chaga Is Too Much? Unfortunately, there is no strict set of guidelines to determine what the optimal dosage of Chaga is. As such, it is important to adhere to the recommendations listed on the product. Most scientific studies use amounts of less than 5g taken daily, though some experts recommend not exceeding 3.6g/day. Are Chaga Mushrooms FDA Approved? Caution should always be exercised when deciding to use Chaga mushroom elixirs due to the potential side effects, especially because Chaga mushrooms are not approved by the FDA. As such, there are no recommended doses and precautions, which stresses the necessity of always purchasing from a reputable source and monitoring yourself closely for any emerging side effects. Additionally, you should learn how to tell if your Chaga has gone bad. Since it is a mushroom, it will go mouldy if exposed to moisture and will typically look like it is covered in confectioners sugar, as well as giving off a foul rotting odour. Do not consume bad Chaga mushrooms.
Harvested Lion's Mane mushroom in a wicker basket
Functional mushroomsHow to Eat Lion’s Mane MushroomsNative to regions in North America, Asia, and Europe, Lion's Mane mushrooms (Hericium Erinaceus) have been used for thousands of years as a traditional medicine believed to have an incredible variety of therapeutic and pharmaceutical benefits. In fact, they have become so popular in Western medicine that they can now be purchased as dried powders and supplements in pill form or concentrated extracts. However, you can still purchase the whole mushrooms, both dried and raw, and they can be incorporated into a number of different consumables. And so, as to the question of "can you eat Lion's Mane mushrooms?" the answer is yes, absolutely, and here's how. How to Consume Dried Lion's Mane Mushrooms Probably the most popular form of purchasing traditional medicine aside from supplements, dehydrated Lion's Mane mushrooms (whole or powdered) can be incorporated into beverages and other foods. Although you can swallow the dried Lion's Mane mushrooms like you would a supplement, they won't be as tasty as the fresh mushrooms. But, if you aren't intending on cooking with them, here are some things you can do instead: Make Lion's Mane Mushroom Tea Simmer 2-5 grams (depending on the desired strength) of dried Lion's Mane mushrooms in 2-3 cups of water on the stove for 15-20 minutes until sufficiently steeped.Remove mushrooms and dispose of them as you see fit.Add 1 or 2 teabags as desired.Flavour with spices such as cinnamon, chai, or nutmeg.Steep for a further 5-10 minutes.Strain and drink hot with honey or lemon (if desired) or iced as a refreshing and healthy summer drink. » Consume lion's mane without the hassle with our natural drops Drink Lion's Mane Coffee Lion's Mane is most commonly sold to the public in dehydrated powder form that has a pretty neutral taste to it. This means that by simply adding a few scoops to your morning coffee, smoothie, or any other beverage, you will reap all the benefits without altering the taste. » Spice up your coffee with our lion's mane infused drops for relaxation Can You Cook Lion's Mane Mushrooms? The short answer to this question is yes. You can definitely cook with Lion's Mane. In fact, you should cook the mushrooms, and here's why: Some people might assume that cooking Lion's Mane mushrooms could destroy the valuable nutrients and render them useless, similar to how cannabidiol (CBD) reacts under extreme heat, but this isn't true. Cooking the mushrooms breaks down their chitin, the primary constituent of their cell walls. Doing this actually allows your body to get to all the nutrients inside the mushroom that would otherwise be more difficult to absorb, as well as improving the fibrous and woody texture. Unlike other functional mushrooms, Lion's Mane has quite a pleasant taste (some say it has a seafood-like flavour similar to lobster). This means that they can be used in a variety of recipes, either as a substitute to regular white-button mushrooms or as a hearty addition. If you can find the fresh and raw mushrooms, by all means, do so, but you can also use the dried mushrooms as they will absorb the moisture from your cooking, or add a few scoops of the powder into soups and stews. How Long Do Lion's Mane Mushrooms Last? Since they are a fungus, like all other mushrooms, raw and fresh Lion's Mane will typically last about a week, as long as you keep them refrigerated and don't expose them to moisture. Unless you're planning on washing them and then cooking them right after. On the other hand, dried mushrooms could keep up to a year if stored in an air-tight container away from moisture. Yellow marks on Lion's Mane mushrooms don't indicate that they're bad, as yellow is simply a sign of maturation. While they should be harvested before this stage, as this is when they would typically produce spores, a little yellow on your Lion's mane is nothing to worry about and is still edible. When the mushrooms have gone bad, they'll be anything from slimy to excessively wrinkly, covered in dark spots, or smell rotten. If you're unsure, best not to eat them. Is Lion’s Mane Better Cooked or Raw? As a final thought on this traditional medicine, there really is no "best way to eat them." You'll experience the benefits of Lion's Mane mushrooms no matter what way you choose to consume them. At the end of the day, it comes down to a factor of personal choice and availability. » Cannabotech combines lion's mane with other fungi and natural remedies
Cordyceps Militaris harvested and resting on wooden spoon and plate
Functional mushroomsCordyceps Militaris: Risk Factors & 5 Potential Side EffectsCordyceps militaris is a species of fungi that, like many other mushrooms, has been gaining popularity as an effective traditional medicine. It is often referenced for its supposed ability to treat several health conditions ranging from chronic respiratory disorders to organ disorders and even for low libido. However, not many people seem to talk about the potential risks or side effects of Cordyceps mushrooms. And, while they appear to be safe for regular consumption, what possible side effects are there? 1. Cordyceps May Cause Hypoglycemia A study published on The National Center for Biotechnology Information found that fruiting bodies of Cordyceps lowered blood-glucose levels in rats that suffered from high-fat diet-induced diabetes. This result comes with its host of positives and negatives as it suggests a potential natural remedy for diabetes in the future and a likely weight loss side effect of Cordyceps. However, it also means that diabetics who are already on medications to reduce blood sugar levels could experience hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar) if they use Cordyceps. This can lead to several symptoms, such as confusion, heart palpitations, and anxiety. 2. Cordyceps May Decrease Blood Clotting Similar to the potential positive and negative effects of Cordyceps and blood sugar, some studies have noted the potential antiplatelet effect of these mushrooms. Essentially, this means that Cordyceps can reduce the ability of your blood to clot. While this could be beneficial for those at risk for acute pulmonary embolisms (blood clots and blockages in the arteries of the lungs) and other clotting-related disorders like heart attacks, it could be dangerous in those who are already on blood-thinning medication. The combination of blood-thinners and Cordyceps might lead to increased bruising and bleeding. 3. Cordyceps May Cause Gastrointestinal Problems Although this risk is still rare, the most commonly reported side effect of Cordyceps is gastrointestinal problems. The chance of this side effect is reportedly low in normal and healthy individuals, but it suggests that Cordyceps could cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach. 4. Cordyceps May Increase Myelogenous Cancer Precursors One of the significant proclaimed benefits of Cordyceps is its anti-tumour properties and ability to enhance the efficacy of cancer treatments. However, somewhat contrarily, experts warn against using this fungus to combat one specific type of cancer: myelogenous leukemia. This type of cancer is uncommon and begins in the bone marrow, the birthplace of stem cells and progenitor cells. In short, it originates from a mutated chromosome that causes too many white blood cells to grow and then refuse to die as they should. This leads to a build-up of diseased, cancerous cells that can damage the bone marrow. Cordyceps has been associated with the growth of progenitor cells in some studies, and so could potentially increase the effect and progression of myelogenous cancer. 5. Cordyceps May Worsen Autoimmune Diseases Cordyceps is often touted for its potential immune-boosting capabilities, as is the case with many functional mushrooms. This is a substantial benefit in most cases, but it can also be dangerous for certain individuals who suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Lupus. An autoimmune disease causes an overactive immune system that is unable to differentiate healthy cells from dangerous cells. In the case of RA, the immune cells attack the healthy tissue inside the joints. Since Cordyceps can activate the immune system, it can be dangerous when taken with an autoimmune disease. Who Is at Risk for Cordyceps Side Effects? To summarise the above factors, those who should be immediately wary of taking Cordyceps are those who: Take medications that reduce blood sugar levels.Are on blood thinners, or who have bleeding disorders.Are expecting surgery soon.Have mushroom or mould allergies. Cordyceps is a fungus, and so individuals could be at risk for allergic reactions.Suffer from myelogenous cancers.Suffer from autoimmune diseases. Aside from that, there isn't much research on the safety of Cordyceps in pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, and so these groups should exercise caution and avoid such fungi. Is Cordyceps Militaris Safe? Although this article may be fear-inspiring, all the listed side effects are extreme examples of severe and unusual cases. In fact, it is commonly believed and understood that Cordyceps fruiting bodies, dried extracts, and tinctures are safe when taken every day for up to a year. Additionally, the benefits seem to outweigh the cons. What is not a common side effect of cordyceps is sleep problems if taken at night or before bed, and they won't cause anxiety either. If you have any concerns, it is recommended that you consult with a doctor first. However, so long as you aren't one of the individuals who are notably at risk for the side effects of Cordyceps, it is likely safe for the average person.
Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis sitting dried in a bowl and steeping in water as tea
Functional mushroomsCordyceps Sinensis vs Cordyceps MilitarisCordyceps is a type of functional mushroom that seems to promise many health benefits. However, many people aren't aware that there are hundreds of different species of this one type of mushroom. This article will discuss the similarities and differences of the 2 most widely used variants: Cordyceps sinensis and Cordyceps militaris. Both species of Cordyceps can be available in the form of tinctures, supplements, and fruiting bodies and seem to present the same degree of benefits whether taken before bed or in the morning. Cordyceps Sinensis vs Militaris: Comparing the Benefits The two species of Cordyceps are so similar in properties that they share many of the same uses and benefits. However, there are some differences in chemical composition, and thus they do present slightly different degrees of similar benefits. The main difference between Cordyceps sinensis fungus and Cordyceps militaris is in the concentrations of 2 compounds: adenosine and cordycepin. Studies have shown that Cordyceps sinensis contains more adenosine than Cordyceps militaris, but no cordycepin. Unfortunately, not many studies have looked at the comparative differences between the benefits of these 2 mushrooms. However, what the existing science on Cordyceps mushrooms has looked at are the following benefits: 1. Cordyceps May Have Antioxidative Properties Both Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis display antioxidative properties, though to varying degrees and for different types of oxidative stress, according to research. The study found that Cordyceps militaris present a greater inhibitory effect on liposome peroxidation, a process that contributes to cell degradation, alterations in cell signaling, protein and DNA damage, and cytotoxicity. However, the same study concluded that Cordyceps sinensis was better at inhibiting protein oxidation than Cordyceps militaris, which effectively prevents neurogenerative disorders like Alzheimer's. 2. Cordyceps May Have Anti-Diabetic Properties Both Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis exhibit hypoglycemic properties (lowering of blood sugar), which could be effective in the treatment of diabetes. However, research has shown that Cordyceps militaris has more potent hypoglycemic effects than Cordyceps sinensis. 3. Cordyceps May Help Treat Respiratory Illnesses and Autoimmune Diseases Current research has shown that both Cordyceps militaris and Cordyceps sinensis can alleviate symptoms of respiratory illnesses, but the listed study showed that neither of the two mushroom species is better than the other. The same is true for the relationship between Cordyceps species and autoimmune diseases. According to research, both species of Cordyceps were effective in treating autoimmune diseases, but for different reasons. 4. Cordyceps Militaris Contains Cordycepin The above-listed study also concluded that, although the two species of Cordyceps are very similar, only Cordyceps militaris contains the biological compound called Cordycepin. This suggests that Cordyceps militaris will present stronger benefits than Cordyceps sinensis with regards to the following properties: Anti-fungalImmunomodulatoryAnti-agingAntiviralHepato-protectiveHypo-sexualityAnd more This information was obtained from a study on the benefits of cordycepin, and so it is important to remember that more research is needed to conclusively determine which Cordyceps species will have a stronger effect on their other reported benefits. Cordyceps Sinensis vs Militaris: Comparing the Side Effects For the most part, both species of Cordyceps appear to have a relatively low risk of side effects when consumed up to a year, and that neither seems to have a higher risk than the other. Individuals who have mushroom or mould allergies should be extra careful as Cordyceps, often called the caterpillar fungus, will likely trigger an allergic reaction. Cordyceps Sinensis vs Militaris: Comparing the Differences Aside from the listed benefits, there are some other differences between both species of Cordyceps. Firstly, Cordyceps sinensis is much rarer and more difficult to grow. This wild species is found only in the Himalayan mountains of the Tibetan Plateau region and propagates through parasitic methods via ghost moth larva. As such, it is costly and difficult to obtain. Cordyceps militaris, on the other hand, is grown in labs using mycelial extracts planted on grain or wood. Although it presents many of the same benefits as Cordyceps sinensis (and more in some cases), it is far easier to produce and far cheaper to purchase. Which Cordyceps Species Should You Purchase? To conclude this article definitively, it appears that there simply isn't enough reasoning to purchase Cordyceps sinensis supplements or fruiting bodies over Cordyceps militaris, unless you have more money than you know what to do with. Aside from the similarities in benefits, Cordyceps militaris contains cordycepin, a compound with numerous health benefits, and is a fraction of the cost of Cordyceps sinensis.
Cordyceps militaris growing naturally in the wild surrounded by other greenery
Functional mushroomsHow to Take Cordyceps: Products, Dosage, and Best Time of DayWith the rising popularity of functional mushrooms in Western medicine, more and more companies are developing different ways of consuming them. Currently, you can purchase functional mushrooms fresh, powdered, in capsule form, in tinctures, and more. So, which form is the best, and how should you take it? Different Ways to Consume Cordyceps Mushrooms and Their Dosages Despite the fact that there are various forms of Cordyceps mushrooms that you can utilise, the dosages don't really vary between them. This isn't to say that they shouldn't, it is simply an analysis of the fact that there have not been any studies specifically on the effects of Cordyceps at different dosages. The only evidence on this topic is that most scientific studies done on Cordyceps and its extracts used dosages of between 1,000mg and 3,000mg/day, though they have been tested at up to 6,000mg as well. Cordyceps Extracts As for the recommended dosages of refined Cordyceps extracts, they should be listed on the product, and they can come in any of the following forms: 1. Cordyceps drops To extract beneficial compounds from cordyceps mushrooms, hot water and alcohol are commonly used to create a concentrated liquid. This method preserves and concentrates active compounds like cordycepin and adenosine, which can be added to drinks or taken directly for health benefits. Boost Drops by Cannabotech combine CBD with cordyceps extract to enhance respiratory function, energy, endurance, and immune system function. Made for maximum bioavailability, enjoy daily for overall wellness. Key product features: 3000mg functional mushroom blend including Cordyceps MilitarisInfused with pharmaceutical-grade CBD oilRecommended dosage: 10 sublingual drops, twice a day 2. Cordyceps supplements To make powder extract from cordyceps mushrooms, they are first dried and ground into powder. The powder is soaked in hot water or alcohol to extract beneficial compounds, then filtered and concentrated into a powdered extract. Purification steps like CO2 extraction or enzyme-assisted extraction may also be used. The resulting extract can be used in various products. Immunity Support Tablets by Cannabotech are a daily supplement formulated to boost immune function and overall health. They contain a blend of natural ingredients, including Cordyceps extract and Vitamin C. Key product features: 54,000g functional mushroom mix including Cordyceps MilitarisInfused with pharmaceutical-grade CBD oilRecommended dosage: 1 tablet, twice a day Raw and Fresh Cordyceps Although more difficult to find than extracts you are still able to purchase whole fruiting bodies of this fungus. No matter how you choose to prepare them, it's important to remember that in order to get the benefits of mushrooms, you need to break down the outer layer of chitin first using heat. As such, here are the popular ways of using fresh Cordyceps: 1. Steeped in tea The benefits and simplicity of Cordyceps tea have been widely utilised by many traditional medical practitioners throughout history. Simply boil a dosage of Cordyceps in water for a few minutes, then lower temperature to simmering and continue steeping for another 15 minutes. Extract the fruiting bodies, save them for cooking or dispose of them, add honey and other tea spices to taste, and then enjoy. 2. Cooked in food Like regular mushrooms, Cordyceps can be enjoyed cooked into a meal of your choice. Some popular options are pastas and soups. What Is the Best Time of Day to Take Cordyceps? Although Cordyceps can be taken at night, there is much debate over the efficacy of taking it then instead of in the morning. One of the major benefits that this mushroom offers is a boost to athletic performance, essentially improving your daytime functioning. This suggests that Cordyceps is better taken in the morning for an energizing boost to your day. How Long Does It Take To Feel the Effect of Cordyceps There isn't a concrete answer as to how long it takes for Cordyceps to work since everyone is different. It's important to understand that these mushrooms are fundamentally different from many pharmaceutical drugs. Take analgesics (painkillers), like paracetamol, for example. After ingestion, the drug takes less than an hour to travel through your bloodstream to directly block pain receptors in your brain. The same is true for many anti-inflammatory drugs, sleeping tablets, stimulants (like caffeine), and more. Functional mushrooms do not operate in the same manner. While many mushrooms offer a surprising number of benefits, they need to accumulate over time. If you're looking for a fast solution to your insomnia problem, popping a few Cordyceps supplements at night before bed won't help. This means that, although it's advised by many to take Cordyceps in the morning, perhaps with a cup of coffee, it won't matter much in the long term. Even though Cordyceps can seemingly improve the efficiency of your blood carrying oxygen to your muscles, it doesn't mean there's necessarily an optimum time to take it before a workout. How Often Should You Take Cordyceps? Since the benefits of Cordyceps compound over time, it's advised that you take it regularly (once a day) in order to get the most out of it. However, it's important that you understand the lack of research on the safety of these mushrooms for an extended period of time. There are many studies that show their benefits after regular use for a few weeks, but there are currently no studies that look at the safety of taking Cordyceps for over a year. The most there is to go on, by deduction of the existing research, is that regular dosing of Cordyceps appears to be safe up to a year of consumption. Can You Take Cordyceps Together With Other Mushrooms? Unfortunately, there is much debate surrounding this topic. Some researchers claim that taking different functional mushrooms together can be risky or potentially reduce the efficacy of each of them. However, others claim that taking them together can compound the benefits and potentially alleviate the adverse reactions. Here at Cannabotech, our research has shown as that you can take Cordyceps together with other mushrooms, as long as the quantities are aligned. Most of our products contain a unique blend of several functional mushrooms and CBD oil, also known as our M²CBD formula. An Introduction To Cannabotech's Products Our unique M²CBD formula has been adapted to provide you with different levels of support to different parts of your body. For example, should you be an athlete who wants to relax after a workout, our Unwind Drops contain a blend of functional mushrooms - including Cordyceps - and CBD oil to help support your muscles. If you wish for a stronger dosage, we have Unwind Tablets that can be taken alone, or alongside the Unwind Drops to help your body really unwind, ready for the next training session. Plus, you can even use the Unwind Muscle Rub to help your muscles relax from the outside-in. Each of our Unwind products contain a similar formula, but each one comes in different forms (a tincture, tablet, and liquid). Furthermore, they come in different strengths. In general, tablets contain a double-strength dosage of our M²CBD formula compared to the tinctures. Explore our website to discover the wonders of functional mushrooms and CBD oil when combined together.
Man hunched over while in bed and rubbing sore ankle and leg bones
Bone healthAching Leg Bones at Night? Here’s What Your Body Is Telling YouLower leg aches could be due to several reasons apart from a bone-related issue. If you only occasionally experience the aching (such as at night), you may not need to worry. However, if pain persists or is accompanied by additional symptoms like swelling, numbness, difficulty walking, or fever, it may be necessary to consult a medical practitioner. Causes of Pain in Your Leg Bones Trauma Trauma can lead to a fracture of the lower leg bones, leading to severe pain and discomfort.Osteoporosis With osteoporosis, bone density reduces gradually, leading to weaker bones that can cause pain and increase the risk of fractures.Arthritis Arthritis results in degenerative joint changes and causes pain, inflammation, and redness.Disease Diseases like cancer, Paget’s disease, and osteomyelitis can all cause pain in the leg bones. If your bone pain worsens over time, is a constant dull throbbing, or is accompanied by intense swelling and inflammation, you should consult a doctor immediately.Poor nutrition Inadequate intake of nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus may lead to bone disorders like osteoporosis, rickets, and osteomalacia, leading to bone pain. Why Do Your Leg Bones Hurt More at Night? Activity during the day You may be distracted from your pain if you are typically very active. By the time you settle in for the night, the pain may show up with full force.Reduced blood flow Blood flow to the leg decreases when lying down, leading to more pain, especially with an underlying pathological condition like peripheral artery disease (PAD). With PAD, the pain isn’t just worse at night but whenever you lie down.Hormonal changes Changes in hormonal levels can affect pain perception, leading to increased pain at night.Tumour A tumour compresses the structures around it and may worsen when lying down.Infections During sleep, the body’s natural recovery process begins. Where there is an infection, this can result in higher inflammation levels that exacerbate pain in the evening. How to Tell if Your Leg Bone Pain Is Serious Since mild bone pain can be a sign of something more severe, it can be hard to know when your bone pain is a sign of something more dangerous. Consider consulting your doctor if you experience the following signs and symptoms: Persistence Bone pain that does not improve with rest or worsens over time may point to an underlying condition.Inflammation When bone pain is accompanied by inflammation, it may be a sign of an infection, a fracture, or even cancer. Severity Bone pain that affects your ability to perform your activities of daily living is not something to gloss over.History of trauma Bone pain following a traumatic incident, like a car accident or severe fall, may suggest a fracture.Age Conditions like osteoporosis are often age-related and need to be paid attention to when there is bone pain.Weight loss and fatigue Bone pain accompanied by weight loss and perpetual fatigue may be a sign of malignancy and should warrant immediate consultation with a medical doctor. Home Remedies to Relieve Bone Pain in Your Legs RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) can relieve pain and swellingNon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofenLow-impact exercises and stretching can strengthen the leg muscles and take some pressure off your bonesMassage can improve blood flow to the painful area and accelerate healingCertain dietary changes incorporating the best foods for bone health, such as calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium, along with anti-inflammatory food like fatty fish, berries, and nuts should bring some pain reliefHeat therapy can be used carefully (where there is no infection or suspicion of malignancy) » Need a great massage oil? Try our Bliss Oil or Unwind Muscle Rub Bone Pain Should Not Be Taken Lightly While home treatments are helpful, persistently painful bones are not a positive sign and should not be taken lightly. If your pain doesn't subside soon, whether attempting home remedies or not, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible for a personalised treatment based on the severity of your condition.
A woman holding her knee due to pain, signaled by a red light on her knee, with an image of her knee's xray next to it
Functional mushrooms5 Functional Mushrooms to Help With Chronic Joint Pain—and How to Use ThemChronic joint pain can be caused by a variety of conditions including autoimmune diseases, consequences of aging, accidents causing mechanical damage, and non-inflammatory (usually age-related) arthritis (osteoarthritis). Functional mushrooms may have a variety of health benefits including immune support, decreasing inflammation, helping to balance blood sugar, increase nerve growth factor (leading to a healthier brain and nervous system), decreasing pain, and increasing energy. (1)(2)(3)(4). Finding a treatment that will reduce chronic joint pain to a manageable level is not an easy task, and many of the pharmaceutical medications carry a high risk of unwanted side effects. Adjunct treatments may make it far easier to manage ongoing pain, and functional mushrooms have shown promise in this area. That being said, keep reading to discover the five best functional mushrooms for relieving chronic joint pain. What Is Chronic Joint Pain? Joint pain is defined as "chronic" if it lasts more than 12 weeks. It can affect a few joints, all the joints in the body, or even move through a variety of joints (e.g. affecting different joints on different days). Causes include: FibromyalgiaRheumatoid, psoriatic, and osteoarthritisEhler-Danois syndromeSystemic lupusOther autoimmune diseases 1. Reishi Reishi mushrooms may help to combat pain through two avenues: Reducing inflammation (5)Balancing the gut microbiome (6) Additionally, Reishi mushrooms can be extremely beneficial for improving sleep quality, which can indirectly reduce pain levels. How to Use Reishi Mushroom Reishi mushrooms are usually made into tea or tincture, but can also be taken as a supplement. Their thick woody texture makes them unsuitable for eating in most circumstances. » Learn more: Health Benefits and Side Effects of Reishi Mushrooms 2. Lion's Mane . Inflammation is often a factor in chronic joint pain and research demonstrates that lowering overall inflammation tends to alleviate pain and other symptoms. Additionally, some chronic joint pain is a result of neuropathic pain (pain caused by nervous system issues) instead of actual joint issues. Since Lion's Mane appears to promote nerve growth factor, it could reduce the effects of neuropathic pain. How to Use Lion's Mane Lion's Mane is often eaten due to its pleasant taste, but it can also be brewed into a tea or taken as a tincture or supplement capsule/powder. » Learn more: The Benefits of Lion's Mane and the Side Effects of Lion's Mane 3. Cordyceps Research suggests that the effects of Cordyceps on inflammation are not just remedial but also preventative (7), which could be beneficial for autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and Crohn's disease. As such, Cordyceps may help to inhibit inflammation build-up as well as reduce existing inflammation, which could help to reduce pain. How to Use Cordyceps There are many ways to use Cordyceps. It can be taken as a powder in food, eaten in its natural state, or even as a tincture, tea, or supplement. It has an umami flavour with sweet nutty undertones that many regard as pleasant, making it a suitable choice for cooking or even to give a health and taste boost to cereals and smoothies. » Learn more: Benefits of Cordyceps 4. Chaga an integral part of managing chronic joint pain. How to Use Chaga Like Reishi, Chaga tastes bitter and has a woody fibrous texture that makes it unpleasant in foods. Instead, it can be mixed in powder form in coffee or tea without detracting too much from the taste. It can also be taken in tincture or supplement form. » Learn more: Benefits of Chaga and Side Effects of Chaga 5. King Trumpet King Trumpet mushrooms are the largest member of the Oyster mushroom family. It has high levels of ergothioneine, a substance that gives it extreme antioxidant properties that may be beneficial in reducing chronic joint pain (8). How to Use King Trumpet Belonging to the Oyster mushroom family, King trumpet mushrooms can be a great addition to your daily cooking, though they can also be powdered for combining with smoothies or hot drinks, and even taken in tincture or supplement form. Mix Your Mushrooms for the Best Results Chronic joint pain is often due to inflammatory causes, making it more difficult to treat effectively. Based on current research, functional mushrooms seem to offer numerous benefits when dealing with inflammation. However, if you're struggling to decide which is the best, then you need not worry as there's nothing stopping you from mixing them and getting the specific benefits of each. Read our M2CBD formula for more info. As always, it is best to consult a doctor if you are unsure which ones to incorporate and at what dosages. This is especially true if you are taking conventional medications as it is essential to ensure there are no detrimental interactions and that the treatments add to each other rather than reduce their efficacy. » Ready to start your well-being journey? Browse our store for the best products catered to your needs.
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Cbd discussionsTaking CBD Oil Sublingually (Under the Tongue): Guide, Safety, and BenefitsSublingual application is the process of placing a substance under your tongue. This allows it sufficient time to diffuse through the surrounding tissue and into the bloodstream, which differs from regular oral consumption. This article will discuss all you need to know about using CBD oil sublingually, the benefits, how-to, safety, side effects, as well as some product recommendations. How to Correctly Administer CBD Oil Under the Tongue Though the method of taking CBD sublingually is very specific, it's also incredibly easy. Note that the substance must be held under the tongue as different areas of the mouth have different types of cells that might not be permeable enough for diffusion into the bloodstream. CBD oil needs to be put under the tongue and held for at least 60 seconds to allow sufficient time for the molecules to diffuse across the epithelial cells. This method remains the same regardless of the dosage or the form (oils or tinctures). There is no correct dosage or best time of day to do this as it varies depending on the person and condition being treated, but it stands to reason that higher doses might require more time to diffuse into the bloodstream. When taking higher doses, hold the CBD under your tongue for up to 2 minutes without swallowing to ensure complete absorption. Additionally, it's advised not to take the CBD during or directly after a meal as some of the oil may absorb into the food particles and not into the bloodstream. How Often Should You Take CBD Oil Sublingually? Although it varies, most individuals take CBD oil sublingually once or twice a day, either in the morning or a few hours before bed. Bear in mind you can also take it both in the morning and in the evening, and that you are not limited to these times. However, figuring out how often you should take CBD oil depends on the individual and relates to various factors such as body weight and the severity of the condition. Take Back Control Naturally Whether you're looking to unwind after a long day, manage stress, or improve your sleep quality, Relax Drops by Cannabotech may be just what you need. Contains pharmaceutical-grade CBD oilPacked with 3 types of functional mushroomsNo psychoactive ingredients, 0% THC The Relax Drops are designed to provide a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind, thanks to their unique blend of natural ingredients and high-quality CBD oil. Benefits of Taking CBD Oil Sublingually Here are some of the biggest benefits of administering CBD oil under the tongue: Increased Bioavailability: Since sublingual application bypasses the metabolic process of digestion, far less of the raw CBD is lost. The term bioavailability refers to how much of a substance can be utilised by the body and differs depending on the method. As for CBD products, the only method with higher bioavailability than sublingual is inhalation.Faster to Take Effect: Similarly to increased bioavailability, bypassing the slow digestion process means that the effects of CBD tinctures taken sublingually can be experienced much faster. Whereas it can take upwards of 30 minutes to benefit from oral consumption of CBD, taking CBD oil sublingually can yield results in only a few minutes.Ease of Use: Not having to prepare the product or inhale smoke and vapour makes sublingual application easier. Just place a few drops under your tongue, don't swallow for a few minutes, and let your body do the rest. Is Holding CBD Oil Under the Tongue Safe? CBD is generally understood to be relatively safe compared to most substances. Taking CBD oil sublingually doesn't increase the risk of any CBD-related side effects compared to oral consumption. Let's take a look at some commonly asked questions: What Happens if You Accidentally Swallow CBD Oil? Accidentally swallowing CBD oil won't pose any risks to your body. However, once you swallow the substance, you are no longer taking it sublingually. Instead, you are consuming it, which means that it will have to be metabolised through your digestive system before your body can utilise it. Although this isn't dangerous, it does mean decreased bioavailability and slower onset of effects. Should You Take CBD With Food or an Empty Stomach? Since sublingual application bypasses the digestive system entirely, there's no need to worry about taking it with food or on an empty stomach. Neither will change the results. Can You Drink Water After Applying CBD Oil Under the Tongue? After the total time is up, the process is complete, and the CBD has diffused into your bloodstream. Drinking water or eating food now won't prevent the CBD from working, so you are free to do as you please. However, you might want to give it a few more minutes before drinking any water just to ensure that your body manages to absorb as much CBD as possible. Side Effects of Taking CBD Orally and Sublingually Aside from the general side effects of CBD, the potential side effects related to sublingual application are mild and uncommon, though some people have reported the following: Slight numbness under the tongueAversion to the texture of CBD oilAversion to the taste of CBD tinctures Sublingual CBD Myths Busted Despite the low risk of mild side effects associated with CBD, there are some unfactual claims about certain supposed side effects that simply aren't true. The most popular ones are: "CBD stains your teeth" This myth comes from the associations between smoking and stained teeth. Make no mistake, smoking tobacco products and cannabis alike will definitely stain your teeth over time, but simply putting a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue will not turn your teeth yellow. "CBD makes your breath smell" This myth likely also comes from the associations between smoking and bad breath or potentially from the relatively unpleasant taste of CBD oil. However, bad breath is caused by odour-producing bacteria in the mouth. On the other hand, CBD has antibacterial properties that can actually aid bad breath. If you're still worried about the potential effect of CBD oil on your dental hygiene, simply take it before bed or in the morning and brush your teeth afterwards, as this will not impact the effectiveness of the product. The Sublingual Route: Taking CBD Oil Under the Tongue is Safe and Effective Taking CBD tinctures sublingually is far more advantageous than oral consumption of tablets or oils. With its higher bioavailability and speed while not presenting any higher risk of side effects, sublingual application is one of the best and most effective ways of taking CBD. However, before including CBD in your lifestyle, you should consult your doctor, especially if you are on other medications.
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Mental issuesThe Effects of Sativa and Indica on Anxiety, Depression, and ADHDOne of the oldest debates among cannabis and CBD users alike is the difference in the effects of Sativa and Indica strains. Common questions like "is Sativa an upper or downer?" often surface, and many individuals will claim that the science of these differences is concrete. However, what they don't realise is that the effects of different CBD strains are far more complicated than simply "Sativa causes X, therefore Indica causes Y." This article will look at the effects most commonly attributed to Sativa and Indica strains of CBD, as well as why the notion of these differences is problematic. Traditional Concepts of the Effects of Sativa and Indica When people discuss the general effects of Sativa and Indica, they don't address the subtle differences between the various substrains. However, it can still be beneficial to understand the most commonly associated characteristics of the two primary strains. Effects of Sativa and Indica on Mood and Body When people ask the question of "How does Indica make you feel?" what they're really interested in is how true the most common belief of Indica exhibiting a relaxing effect is. Individuals associate Indica strains with a greater impact on your body, helping you remain calm and relaxed. As such, people often ask a related question of "Will Sativa keep me awake?" The reason for this is the association between Indica making people feel relaxed, therefore being concerned that Sativa will do the opposite. This strain is most often associated with an uplifting feeling that's good for fighting somnolence and fatigue. Effects of Sativa and Indica on Anxiety Studies have shown that cannabis can potentially exacerbate certain mental disorders, particularly owing to conditions of anxiety when introducing high-THC strains. Conversely, studies have also suggested that CBD may exhibit anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects. With this information in mind, traditional concepts of CBD strains would suggest that Indica would be good for anxiety, while Sativa would not. However, even full-spectrum CBD products that have the highest allocation of THC in the UK (<0.2%) should not have enough THC to exacerbate any anxiety disorders. If you want to stay on the safe side, however, opt for broad-spectrum or CBD isolates that contain no THC at all. Effects of Sativa and Indica on Depression By traditional standards, both Sativa and Indica strains could be good for depression. The uplifting effects of Sativa could help improve mood, whereas the calming and relaxing effects could reduce the extremities of depression. Effects of Sativa and Indica on ADHD This is similar to the concept of the effects of these strains on depression. Individuals claim that Indica strains can help reduce physical agitation, restlessness, and anxiety associated with ADHD. In contrast, others claim that Sativa strains could help improve the attention span by stimulating the brain. Why Traditional Concepts of Sativa and Indica are Problematic Chemical Differences in Sativa and Indica Plants Typically, when discussing the differences between the components of Sativa and Indica strains, individuals tend to look purely at the ratios of the two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD. Characteristically speaking, Sativa strains often contain a higher THC: CBD ratio, whereas Indica strains often contain a higher CBD: THC ratio. Already, you can begin to see why this is problematic when discussing the differences in CBD products that don't actually contain THC. What this method of assessing strains lacks is the presence of all the other components in the cannabis plant. Aside from almost a hundred other cannabinoids, there are also varying numbers and concentrations of terpenes and flavonoids that all present different effects. Even two different Indica strains can have totally different concentrations of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids that exhibit notable differences in effects. Rarely Discussed Cannabinoids Matter Aside from the beneficial properties of CBD and THC, there are a number of other cannabinoids that are just as beneficial. For example, cannabigerol (CBG) on its own has been noted by researchers to have potentially beneficial effects on anxiety and depression due to exhibiting a calming and relaxing effect similar to traditional conceptions of Indica strains. Terpenes Matter Terpenes are not just responsible for the way the plant smells and tastes. In fact, with over a hundred different terpenes found in cannabis, they can be as important in defining the specific effects of various strains as CBD and THC. For example, limonene, a terpene commonly found in citrus and often used in aromatherapy, is associated with an energising effect that stimulates the production of serotonin, similar to traditional concepts of Sativa strains. Conclusion: What Does This Mean for You? All of this information doesn't necessarily mean that traditional concepts of Sativa and Indica strains are strictly a bad thing. On the contrary, most reputable CBD companies already know and understand these differences and merely use these traditional labels to make it easier for the consumer to make informed decisions. Chemical compositions of refined CBD products like oils and e-juices will vary only slightly and most often be classed into 3 main categories: Full-spectrum products contain the most cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.Broad-spectrum products have strictly no THC and fewer components.Isolates contain strictly CBD and nothing else. In fact, it is usually the raw CBD flowers that will contain the most diverse variations in chemical composition. What this means for you is that you should always make sure that the source of your CBD products is reputable and can provide third-party lab results proving the composition of all the important components. Additionally, if you are looking for specific effects to help certain conditions, reputable and educated CBD companies will have products with a certain chemical composition that is more specific than simply "Indica vs. Sativa" to give specific effects. Often, they will be able to provide you with the effect you are looking for that will be more specific than simplistic Indica or Sativa labels. It's also important to remember that people react differently to certain substances, and so you may have to go through some trial and error to find what specific product works best for you. » Take a look at Cannabotech's CBD based products for variety of conditions