#SWAAYthenarrative
BETA
Close

Health Benefits of Marijuana Tea [CBD Oil For Sleep]

Health

Most people who use marijuana for its recreational and/or medicinal properties consume it via the traditional ways – smoking, vaping, or eating it in the form of edibles. nowadays, it's also more common to consume marijuana through CBD oil for insomnia and other purposes. While marijuana tea is a lot less common, it's a much healthier alternative to smoking, and brings other unique benefits as we'll describe in this post.


What is Marijuana Tea?

Marijuana tea is made from the cannabis plant, and its key benefits are derived from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) content in the plant. THC ideally binds to the pain receptors in the brain, which makes it a natural pain reliever, and offers other therapeutic benefits.

Plus, marijuana tea lets you enjoy your marijuana without the known risks associated with smoking it. It is therefore a perfect solution for patients who suffer from conditions that affect their throat, lungs, mouth, or have other respiratory problems. It can also enhance the effect of CBD Oil for sleep and other conditions.

Taking a quick look at the historical profile of marijuana tea, it's quite evident that this is far from an invention. A number of ancient cultures would consume brews infused with marijuana for the anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Marijuana tea was used as a treatment for all kinds of conditions, including epilepsy, and during childbirth to offer relief from headaches and nausea.

Benefits of Marijuana Tea

1. Pain relief

Marijuana is a known powerful analgesic and has been in use for centuries to treat painful conditions like muscle pains, arthritis, and other chronic illnesses. The active compounds in cannabis have been shown to bind to various receptors in the central nervous system where they can block pain effectively.

The good thing about how cannabis works to relieve pain is that it does so without the negative side effects associated with the conventional pain killer medications. For instance, marijuana is not as addictive as morphine, codeine, and oxycontin, and there's no any dose-related fatality ever recorded from using marijuana.

Medical experts are increasingly agreeing that cannabis is an effective and safe way to alleviate pain and manage painful conditions like migraines, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc. Cannabis infused tea is quite a great delivery method considering that when marijuana is absorbed through the digestive tract, it has much longer lasting and holistic effects.

2. Marijuana Tea has a Neuroprotective Effect

Previously, the Drug War hysteria tried to link the use of marijuana with brain damage and memory problems. However, the evidence is contrary. Recent studies have found out that marijuana seems to produce a neuroprotective effect. Precisely, THC appears to block or slow down the production of beta-amyloid proteins. These proteins are widely thought to be the predecessors of Alzheimer's.

And while the research has, until now been performed on animals only, the preliminary results suggest that cannabis helped mice perform much better at certain memory tasks. Now, it's being speculated that cannabis might be helpful in opening new doors for the prevention of cognitive decline.

3. Promotes Digestive Health

When cannabis is smoked or vaped, the active compounds shoot straight into the bloodstream and the brain. This is why the effects are normally felt immediately, usually after one or two hits. However, the brain isn't the only organ that can be affected by cannabis. The endocannabinoid receptors are spread out all over the body, including the digestive tract.

Upon taking marijuana tea, the active compounds of marijuana can provide instant relief from many digestive problems, from constipation to diarrhea, to acid reflux. And just as different ancient cultures did when they needed relief for digestive troubles, you can use marijuana tea to reap these beneficial properties as well.

4. Helps with Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Anxiety and depression are caused by many factors. The persistent trigger of our "fight or flight" response, neuronal inflammation, or a neurotransmitters deficiency may impact mood. Fortunately, cannabinoids can help with these major factors that contribute to depression and anxiety.

Cannabis infused tea is great for people prone to increased anxiety. The tea makes for a less psychoactive and more mellow high in comparison to smoking cannabis. The relaxing effects of the tea will also last much longer.

5. Alleviates Sleep Disorders

Marijuana can serve as an effective sedative, based on the kind of marijuana you take, this probably explains the recent popularity of CBD oil for insomnia. The sleep-inducing effect is ideal for people suffering from continually disrupted sleep or insomnia. With a good cup of marijuana tea, you can go back to a restful, uninterrupted sleep and you will wake up feeling refreshed.

6. Eases the symptoms of Nausea

While nausea can be really uncomfortable, it's actually one of the natural defense mechanisms of our bodies. It helps the body fight toxic substances. However, if nausea becomes chronic, it can be problematic. For example, people undergoing chemotherapy experience nausea quite regularly.

Fortunately, THC has been shown to relieve nausea and stimulate appetite. Marijuana tea essentially helps you reap the anti-nausea effect of THC and is easy on your gut. As a bonus, marijuana tea may increase your appetite in the process.

Our newsletter that womansplains the week
5min read
Business

My Untold Story Of Inventing the Sports Bra And How it Changed the World (And Me)

Following are excerpts from "Unleash the Girls, The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)" By Lisa Z. Lindahl


There is an idea that has popped up everywhere from Chaos Theory to Science Fiction and New Age memes known popularly as the "Butterfly Effect." Simply put, it is the notion that one very small thing—the movement of a butterfly's wing say, or the ripple in a lake caused by a pebble being thrown into it—can cause tremendous effect far away: the butterfly's wing a tornado, the ripple a large wave on a distant shore. Cause and effect, does it have limits? The field of physics is telling us that it takes only observation to bring a thing into being. We cannot consider these areas of investigation and not acknowledge that everything—everything—is in relationship in some way or another with everything else.

So, it is evident to me that commerce of any kind is, also, just about relationships. It all boils down, on every level to this simplicity. While we usually think of relationships as occurring between people—it is far more than that.

I used to teach a course in entrepreneurship specifically for women in The Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. I made this concept of relationship and its importance central in how I taught the marketing thought process. I would stress that for a product or service to be successful, it had to meet a perceived need. There is a need, and it wants to be met; or it may be thought of as a problem to be solved. Or there may be an existing solution that is less than adequate.

For example: In my universe as a runner there already were a plethora of bras available, but they were inadequate for my purpose. The relationship between my breasts, my running body, and my bra was creating discomfort and distraction. A new solution had to be found, the relationship occurring when all these things came together had to be fixed. Utilizing this point of view, one sees a set of issues that need to be addressed—they are in relationship with each other and their environment in a way that needs to be changed, adjusted.

Nowhere is this viewpoint truer than in business, as we enter into more and more relationships with people to address all the needs of the organization. Whether designing a product or a service or communicating with others about it—we are in relationship. And meanwhile, how about maintaining a healthy relationship with ourselves? All the issues we know about stress in the workplace can boil down to an internal balancing act around our relationships: to the work itself, to those we work with, to home life, friends and lovers. So quickly those ripples can become waves.

Because Jogbra was growing so quickly, relationships were being discovered, created, ending, expanding and changing at a pace that makes my head spin to recall. And truly challenged my spirit. Not to mention how I handled dealing with my seizure disorder.

"My Lifelong Partner"

Let me tell you a bit about my old friend, Epilepsy. Having Epilepsy does not make any sort of money-making endeavor easy or reliable, yet it is my other "partner" in life. Husbands and business partners have come and gone, but Epilepsy has always been with me. It was my first experience of having a "shadow teacher."

While a child who isn't feeling she has power over her world may have a tantrum, as we grow older, most of us find other more subtle ways to express our powerfulness or powerlessness. We adapt, learn coping mechanisms, how to persuade, manipulate, or capitulate when necessary. These tools, these learned adaptations, give a sense of control. They make us feel more in charge of our destiny. As a result, our maturing self generally feels indestructible, immortal. Life is a long, golden road of futures for the young.

This was not the case for me. I learned very early on when I started having seizures that I was not fully in charge of the world, my world, specifically of my body. There are many different types of epileptic seizures. Often a person with the illness may have more than one type. That has been the case for me. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy—with a seizure type now referred to as "Absence seizures"—when I was four years old. I have seen neurologists and taken medications ever since. As often happens, the condition worsened when I entered puberty and I started having convulsions as well—what most people think of when they think of epileptic seizures. The clinical name is generalized "Tonic-clonic" seizures.

In such a seizure the entire brain is involved, rather like an electrical circuit that has gone out as a result of a power surge. I lose consciousness, my whole body becomes rigid, the muscles start jerking uncontrollably, and I fall. Tonic-clonic seizures, also known as "grand mal" seizures, may or may not be preceded by an aura, a type of perceptual disturbance, which for me can act as a warning of what is coming. The seizure usually only lasts for a few minutes, but I feel its draining effects for a day or two afterwards. Although I would prefer to sleep all day after such a physically and emotionally taxing event, I have often just gotten up off the floor and, within hours, gone back to work. It was necessary sometimes, though definitely not medically advised. I'm fond of saying that having a grand mal seizure is rather like being struck by a Mack truck and living to tell the tale.

Having Epilepsy has forced me to be dependent on others throughout my life. While we are all dependent upon others to some degree—independent, interdependent, dependent—in my case a deep level of dependency was decreed and ingrained very early on. This enforced dependency did not sit well with my native self. I bucked and rebelled. At the same time, a part of me also feared the next fall, the next post-convulsive fugue. And so I recognized, I acquiesced to the need to depend on others.

The silver lining of having Epilepsy is that it has introduced me to and taught me a bit about the nature of being powerless—and experiencing betrayal. I could not trust that my body would always operate as it should. Routinely, it suddenly quits. I experience this as betrayal by my brain and body. It results in my complete powerlessness throughout the convulsion. Not to mention an inconvenient interruption of any activities or plans I might have made.

Hence, I am the recipient of two important life lessons—and I was blessed to have this very specific and graphic experience at a young age. It made me observant and reflective, giving me the opportunity to consider what/where/who "I" was. I knew I was not "just" my body, or even my brain.

So, who or what did that leave? Who, what am I? Much has been written about trauma, and about near-death experiences, both of which seizures have been classified or described as. I won't delve into that here except to say that experiencing recurrent seizures and the attendant altered states of consciousness that sometimes accompany an episode (the euphemism for a seizure) changes one. It deeply affects you. It is both illuminating and frightening. It opens you up in some ways and can close you way down in others. For me it made it easy to consider the possibility of other ways to perceive, of other realms. And as an adult I became interested in quantum physics, where Science is pushing and challenging our long-held perceptual assumptions. Me, who was poor in math and disinterested in Science while in school! So if not merely body and brain, who am I? Spirit. And with Epilepsy's tutelage, I was encouraged to question, seek, try to understand what lies beyond.

Living with Epilepsy has also given me great strength. In realizing the futile nature of trying to have "power over" Epilepsy, I developed a deep well of "power within"—that inner strength that comes in the acceptance of that which one cannot change—and looking beyond it.

Through my experience building the business of Jogbra with the unique lens afforded me by my Epilepsy partner, I came to understand more fully the nature of power and what it means to be truly powerful.

Specifically, that having power and exercising it is not simply a manifestation of the ego. It need not be "power-tripping." It is how I wield my power that matters, making the all-important distinction between creating a situation of power over, power with, or empowering and having and creating strength in oneself and others.

Being powerful is a big responsibility.

To put all this another way: do I choose to create situations in which I am able to wield power over others? Or do I choose to empower others, sharing my strengths with them, while nurturing their strengths as well? The first is not true power. It is control. The second I believe to be the essence of true and positive power: strength. And integral to creating a more harmonious world, oh by the way.

While this may be apparent, even basic to others, it was an "aha!" moment for me. Too often in the years ahead I would give away my power and question my own strengths,. Time and again, however, my inner strength, my shadow teacher's gift, helped me survive and thrive until I could take responsibility for and embrace more fully my own power.

© Lisa Z. Lindahl 2019