Love Your Heart

Published 2/1/2018

“Love is the virtue that makes all of the rules purposeful”. This line from my Pastor’s sermon a couple of weeks ago made a lot of sense. When we follow rules, it helps to ask “why” sometimes. Endeavor to keep love in your reasoning, because it makes some rules easier to follow. Our world has mixed messages about medical cannabis, but love leads to compassion…and we ALL need that!

February is our month of love, so love others, and yourself! Do what you can to improve your health, and help others do the same. Become educated about all of the options on the table, learning traditional and holistic ways to heal.

February is also heart month in medicine. We must protect our cardiovascular system to keep ticking, so I thought I’d leave a few notes on cannabis and heart health. The good news is that you can control your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, exercise, and not smoke tobacco. Easier said than done, right?

Cannabidiol, or CBD may also help, though definitive research is still lagging. However, preclinical studies show CBD is a vasorelaxant, which helps lower blood pressure. We guide folks to check BP’s when beginning a treatment plan. CBD can protect against damage from inflammation and high blood sugars so that is helpful for challenged immune systems and those with diabetes. We do know that CBD is a neuroprotectant and antioxidant. In fact, the US government has a patent on this very fact; USA Patent on CBD so we know that part’s endorsed.

THC has been studied more for its risks than its benefits. Cannabis can be dangerous and smoking anything can increase risk of vasospasms and MI, or heart attack within the first 2 hours of smoking. Using low THC strains is helpful to reduce risk as well as to keep anxiety down, which can feel scary. Most clients today do not smoke anything, and low doses of THC by tincture or micro dosed edibles can be much easier to handle. Be smart in caring for your body and remember to take the lowest dose possible to gain favor and limit harm.

Be kind and gentle to yourself and others, and not just in February!

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you or anyone you love.

Best always, Elisabeth Mack and Holistic Caring


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