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  1. Fighting the Opioid Crisis with Cannabinoids

    Operation Opioid Reduction

    Pharmacies committed to fighting the opioid epidemic with cannabinoids

    One of the biggest public health crises facing America is substance-use disorders. Resulting in nearly 20,000 deaths a year - more deadly than gun violence - opioid use is one of the most troublesome.

    The consequences are profound, impacting individuals and families no matter where they live, how much they earn, or how old they are. And the impact is broad, affecting social services, the health care system, communities, and the economy. 

    The role of the pharmacist

    Pharmacists are opioids’ gatekeepers and stand between the patient and pain relief. Pharmacists, according to Wilson M. Compton, MD, MPE, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health, are in an advantageous position to help reduce the availability of prescription opioids. Being involved in the “frontlines of co-prescribing” positions pharmacists to engage in a collaborative care approach with the prescribing physician and the patient. Multiple national pharmacy organizations have advocated for the pharmacists' role in the opioid crisis. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) states, “Pharmacists have the unique knowledge, skills and responsibilities for assuming an important role in substance abuse prevention, education, and assistance. Pharmacists, as health care providers, should be actively involved in reducing the negative effects that substance abuse has on society, health systems and the pharmacy profession.”

    Graph shows Cannabinoids ease pain better than opioids

    Dept HHS - Opioid Epidemic Statistics

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    *Article excerpted from Ananda Professional

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  2. Ananda Professional In the News

    CYNTHIANA, Ky. — Ananda Professional, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ecofibre, recently announced the launch of a Cannabidiol (CBD) oil product line that’s available exclusively in U.S. independent pharmacies.

    “Pharmacists are considered the most trusted healthcare professional,” stated chief revenue officer Chuck Schneider, “They are often the first stop for patients and consumers seeking information about prescription and over-the-counter treatments. Most importantly, they are best equipped as they have an understanding of a patient’s therapy regiment.”The line includes for oral use, a 300ml and 600ml tincture and a 30 and 60 count, 15ml soft gel, as well as a 125mg salve for topical use.

    Added Ecofibre’s CEO Eric Wang, “Vertical integration and full control of the manufacturing process ensures federal compliancy. Ananda Professional adheres to the strict government guidelines outlined by section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill and we proudly guarantee this. Our product is also cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Processes) compliant, ensuring product consistency, purity and potency.”

    The company is also working to bridge the knowledge gap and confusion about what hemp-derived CBD is and isn’t.

    Both hemp and marijuana are members of the cannabis sativa family, but marijuana contains high levels of the psychoactive compound, THC. Hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC and high levels of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound with a vast array of therapeutic potential, the company stated.

    “The endocannabinoid system (ECS) present in all humans is responsible for a host of homeostasis activities, including immune response, inflammation, sleep/wake cycle regulation, and mood. ECS receptors are found extensively throughout the body; in the brain, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the reproductive system and more. CBD influences activity within the ECS, upregulating our endogenous neurotransmitters to promote a variety of therapeutic responses,” explained Ananda Professional’s medical director Alex Capano,

    Ananda Professional conducts free webinars to help educate pharmacists and their staff on the ECS, CBD’s safety and efficacy profile and how CBD helps patients suffering from pain, inflammation (arthritis), sleep disorders, anxiety and other conditions.

    The company noted that pharmacists and executives will have the opportunity to speak directly with Ananda Professional at Cardinal’s RBC conference in San Diego, June 26 to 30, and the National Community Pharmacy Association convention this October in Boston.

    https://www.drugstorenews.com/otc/ananda-professional-launches-new-cbd-oil-for-pharmacies/

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  3. Top 5 Best Superfoods of 2017

    Superfoods pack a powerful punch of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that are greatly needed for our bodies to function properly. Eating these superfoods can provide a wide range of benefits including preventing chronic diseases, prolonging life, sexual wellness, and proper hormonal function. The list below includes the top 5 best superfoods of 2017 that you need to start eating now!

     

    Maca root

     

     

    This root is grown in the high mountains of South America and is usually found in a powder form. Historically, the maca root has been believed to be a potent aphrodisiac and a fertility secret among the population in the Andes. This nutrient dense powerhouse boosts the immune system, balances hormones, increases energy levels, stamina, memory, and focus. Due to its ability to balance hormone levels it improves symptoms of PMS, menopause, and infertility. The easiest way to consume this superfood powder is to blend it in smoothies!

     

     

    Acai berries

     

    These delicious superfood berries are found in the Amazonian rainforest and have higher levels of antioxidants than blueberries! Having such high levels of antioxidants helps prevent cellular damage which lowers the risks of diseases and premature aging. The benefits of these berries include improving heart health, weight loss, skin health, boosting the immune system, increasing energy, libido, and mental function. These berries are usually blended and frozen into popular “acai bowls” which are typically topped with granola and fruit.

     

     

    Matcha Green Tea


    This nutrient rich tea is a staple of traditional Japanese culture. The tea leaves are steamed before being stone-ground into a very fine powder. It is easily recognizable by its brilliant bright green color. It is full of formidable antioxidants, phytonutrients, and amino acids. This combination, along with caffeine, boosts memory, concentration and energy levels without the jittery feeling you may get when drinking coffee.

     

     

    Kombucha


    Kombucha originated 2,000 years ago from China and is referred to as the “elixir of life”. It is a fermented black tea that is full of gut-healthy bacteria and probiotics. All of these probiotics help aid in digestion and keep your gut happy and healthy. A properly functioning digestive system leads to a stronger immune system, a rise in energy levels, weight loss, and likely cancer prevention.

     

     

    Camu Camu


    This Amazonian super berry has 60 times more Vitamin C than oranges, in fact, it is said to have more than any other food on earth! Because of its high level of Vitamin C it is a powerful boost for the immune system, liver health and leads the brain to produce serotonin, which enhances your mood. It is also shown to have a positive effect on slowing and improving the aging process. This berry has a very sour taste so it is usually found in a powder form and is added to smoothies.

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  4. The Science Behind Your Skin: How to Balance Your Skin pH

    We all spend a lot of time seeking balance in our lives: work-life balance, a balanced diet, a healthy bank account balance. But most of us never realize that we also need balance when it comes to our skin care. Specifically, we need skin care products and treatments that are pH balanced to maintain the health and normal function of our skin.

    To start, what is skin pH?

    First, let’s get a quick refresher on our long-ago science classes! The pH scale measures how acidic, neutral, or alkaline a substance is. A pH of 0 is extremely acidic, and 14 is extremely alkaline. Healthy skin has a pH of about 4.6-5.6, which is slightly acidic—about the same as black coffee, tomatoes, and bananas. This comes from what’s called the “acid mantle”, a thin protective layer that’s part of the skin’s natural barrier functions, made up of a mix of sebum with lactic and amino acids produced by sweat.

    skinph_compared to_common_food

    Now let's talk about how to improve our skin's pH

    Too often, when we think we’re taking care of our skin, we’re actually disrupting the acid mantle and leaving our skin open to dryness, breakouts, or even flare-ups of conditions like eczema or rosacea. It’s hardly our fault; skin pH was something we were probably never taught about, and we’re encouraged to do things like wash our hands regularly with soap. It’s a good hygiene habit, but ordinary hand soap has a pH of 10 or 11—very alkaline!

    So, what if you have a skin condition like eczema?

    Likewise, eczema patients are often encouraged to take baths using a diluted bleach solution. But bleach ranks a whopping 13 on the pH scale, the same as oven cleaner and just one step below liquid drain cleaner. Considering that eczema patients usually have a skin pH around 6 or 7 to begin with, you can see that bleach baths are only going to add to the problem.

    If you suffer from eczema, Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting, M.D., founder of CherylLeeMD Sensitive Skin Care, recommends using a dilution of vinegar (particularly apple cider vinegar) instead of bleach to treat symptoms and support the acidity of the skin barrier.

    You can also view our selection of  CherylLeeMD products for skin care that is carefully pH balanced, non-toxic, and free of the 88 most common allergens found in skin care.

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