Resources and Support for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness, and Chemical Injuries in Canada

MCS-CanadianSources Support Group

MCS-CanadianSources is a support, information and resource exchange for those living and coping with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), or Chemical Injury (CI). We also discuss invisible illnesses as they relate to chemical sensitivities, for example: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Asthma, and Allergies.

Since January 2001, we have offered support to Canadians dealing with the challenges of living and coping with MCS/EI/CI. Although our focus is Canadian, our membership base is worldwide. We also welcome significant others, family, friends, medical professionals and other parties interested in the issues and challenges we face.

Locating products within Canada is often a trying experience and purchasing out of the country can be an added financial burden due to unfavourable currency exchange rates, the added costs of duty, and often unaffordable shipping costs. As well, according to the Environmental Illness Society of Canada, in 1999 the US had 1200 EI physicians while Canada had 25. Locating these products and services and accessing them can be a difficult challenge and so we share our knowledge with each other so that all may benefit.

Can you get high CBD levels in Canada?

Researchers at the University of Toronto did a study comparing the levels of CBD in two Canadian provinces, comparing the highest with the lowest. According to the researchers, there is no real proof that CBD can reduce the risks of some medical conditions.

However, CBD can be very useful in the treatment of some serious medical conditions, including depression, seizures, and chronic pain, as well as other symptoms related to severe medical conditions. Two of the conditions that were positively associated with CBD consumption were arthritis and Parkinson's disease. There are currently clinical trials underway to test the effects of CBD on Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the University of Toronto did conduct a survey of participants to determine if three cups of CBD coffee per day could relieve patients' nausea associated with chemotherapy.

According to the researchers, CBD can be beneficial for people who want to quit smoking, as it can reduce cravings. However, they recommend that coffee is taken only in moderation, as it could increase the potential for addiction. They also advise against taking CBD with any other pharmaceutical medications, as there are possible interactions.

The University of Toronto researchers found that CBD significantly reduced the anxious state associated with depression, anxiety, and fatigue, without increasing the feelings of pain or discomfort. In addition, CBD significantly reduced the physical twitching associated with migraine headaches. The benefits of CBD are similar to that of other non-caffeinated beverages, and thus it is believed that CBD may have similar health benefits similar to that of coffee without the negative side effects.

So, is there any evidence that combining CBD coffee with oil is helpful for treating serious medical conditions, or easing symptoms? Dr. Robin Marcus, a medical professor at the University of California-Davis, has recently completed a study on the effects of two different oils on patients with Crohn's disease (a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the intestines), and he believes that both oils can help treat the disease. Specifically, he suggested that combination of CBD oil and olive oil (a main constituent of coconut oil) could reduce abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and inflammation, while reducing the frequency of flare-ups.

Joining the discussion about CBD oil comes Hector Price, a world-renowned alternative health specialist and author. He is currently testing two different oils, one of which is CBD and the other is a bioflavonoid from an Asian herb called Koji. In Price's tests, both oils had significant effects on children with Crohn's disease and arthritis: the patients improved in both conditions when given the treatment together, while the bioflavonoid oil was most effective in children. Further studies are underway, but until these studies are complete, Price cautions that he recommends that patients with Crohn's or arthritis do not start taking CBD coffee at home. This is because further tests are needed to determine if the combination of CBD oil and jojoba oil is actually as effective as the manufacturer's claims.

It is important to remember that combining CBD coffee with other herbal remedies is not a good idea, because the combination of ingredients may counteract the effects of the CBD. For instance, aspirin and ibuprofen are commonly taken with prescription pain killers, but they may also interact with the CBD in coffee. Another possible problem comes from mixing CBD with grapefruit, lemon balm, or any other citrus-based tea. Many people do not drink enough water each day, and they will develop serious dehydration when mixing CBD with beverages like cocoa, green tea, or iced tea. Drinking enough water can help to flush out the CBD and the other herbal remedies may counteract the effects of the CBD in coffee.

As with most forms of alternative medicine, the benefits of CBD and hemp oil came from their natural origin - organic food. By drinking organic coffee each day, you can feel more energetic and alert without worrying about the effects of CBD. And it is important to remember that anyone can drink CBD coffee if they want to - even though it does contain a small amount of CBD. The main consideration when choosing CBD over coffee is the amount of active ingredient. Look for an all-natural product, especially one that offers a high percentage of CBD.

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