New Findings Highlight CBD’s Therapeutic Potential ….

From our friends at ProjectCBD. This summary is loaded with the latest scientific findings with respect to CBD and cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, and other disorders.

During the last week of June, more than 400 scientists from 25 countries met in Montreal for the 27th annual symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). Several presentations and posters showcased new findings about cannabidiol (CBD), the non-euphoric component of the cannabis plant that is transforming the medical marijuana landscape. Read full article here.


Know your CBD’s

It’s been nearly a decade since we introduced one of the first Cannabidiol (CBD) rich strains grown by Lawrence Ringo to San Diego County. Back then, we couldn’t give it away. People would buy it and then call us a day or two later telling us it didn’t do anything for them. That’s because they were expecting the usual “high” effect that cannabis rich in THC will induce. As time went on, more and more people found the lingering effects of CBD use had decreased their pain, inflammation and anxiety. They reported an overall sense of calm, focus and wellness. In addition, those who tended toward paranoia with THC, found that it tempered the effects and made their cannabis use more enjoyable.

Fast forward to 2013 when Dr. Sanjay Gupta announced that he was wrong about cannabis and the societal stigma which surrounds it. This was quickly followed by the media coverage of little Charlotte Figi and her seizures and the cannabis strain, Charlotte’s Web, that was named for her. These events launched the CBD discussion and its merits began to be noticed and take hold. Namely that CBD was undoubtedly a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety remedy, without intoxicating effects.

Today, people are seeing mail and advertisements in all forms touting the benefits of CBD oils. The trouble is that not all CBD is equal and many people are spending hard-earned money on products with little medicinal value. Ultimately, as with anything we put into our bodies—and especially with products being marketed as CBD oil—it’s vital to know what exactly we are buying, where it’s coming from, and what’s in it.

To fully understand the benefits of CBD, it’s necessary to first recognize the difference between hemp oil, hemp and cannabis. As a society, we use the terms interchangeably, thinking they are one in the same. While they may look similar when growing, hemp and cannabis plants are quite different in their phytochemical composition.

Hemp oil is derived from seeds and/or stalks of the hemp plant.
Hemp or Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for making clothing, textiles, paper, biofuel and more. While it does contain CBD, it lacks the additional compounds found in cannabis.
Cannabis or Cannabis sativa/Cannabis indica is rich in cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes; CBD being just one of the naturally occurring compounds.

Hemp seed does not contain any of the compounds found in the hemp or cannabis plant. However, the seeds are very rich in omegas and proteins. From a nutritional perspective, studies have shown hemp seed to have outstanding value for our bodies. Molecule for molecule, Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana) is exactly the same. What’s important to consider when looking to use CBD for medicinal purposes, are the additional compounds found in cannabis. It is the combination of all compounds such as CBG, THC, CBC and terpenes like beta-caryophyllene that work synergistically to activate our body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This process is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.

Here’s a quick checklist to use when selecting products labelled CBD oil:

Is the main ingredient hemp seed oil or hemp oil? If yes, the product is a nutritional supplement and won’t necessarily help with your medical complaints. Recently a friend showed me a product she purchased online. The ingredients stated it contained 375 milligrams of hemp oil and 15 milligrams of CBD. While the CBD was hemp derived, there is nothing else in the capsules to fully activate the 15 milligrams of CBD.

Is the main ingredient Cannabidiol (CBD)? If yes, is it derived from hemp or cannabis? A challenge for consumers today is lack of transparency as to the origins of the hemp-derived CBD. Where and how the hemp is cultivated is critical. Hemp is used for phytoremediation because it absorbs contaminants and toxins from the soil. While this is fantastic for the planet, it’s not such a good thing when looking to put a derivative of the plant into your body. For the safest and healthiest product, look for CBD that is organically grown in the U.S.

If the CBD is cannabis derived, it will most likely have small levels of THC, terpenes or other cannabinoids listed on the label. You will need a medical marijuana recommendation to purchase these products due to Cannabis’s classification as a Schedule I substance. Again, look for products derived from organically grown cannabis.

What other ingredients are in the oil? Do you really need vegetable glycerin, sugars, polysorbates, sodium benzoate or other chemical ingredients if you are taking CBD to feel better or combat disease?

Finally, don’t confuse Cannabidiol with cannabinoids. All cannabis plants produce cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (CBD), being one of them. Many people say they want the medicinal kind of marijuana, not the kind that gets you high. All cannabis is medicinal, it is simply the levels of cannabinoids, how it is consumed, and how much of it is consumed that will dictate the level of “high” you may experience.

As you begin your CBD journey, read the labels, ask the tough questions, and just be aware of what is in it and how it makes you feel. Whether it’s hemp or cannabis derived CBD, when you find the product in the right ratio for you, the natural relief can be extraordinary.

*The DEA continues to debate the legality of CBD and several lawsuits are in process with large producers of hemp-derived CBD.

Maximizing CBD

Firefly recently did a nice roundup of experts in the field, including Jessica Peters, the founder of Moxie Meds–one of our favorite CBD rich tinctures– as well as Mary Lynn Mathre, founder of Patients Out Of Time, a personal hero of mine. This article is a nice review of how CBD works in our body and why we need the full plant for the maximum results. While CBD derived from hemp is exactly the same molecule for molecule with its counterpart from cannabis, the benefit is clearly maximized with cannabis derived CBD. It’s something we’ve been preaching for the past five years and it makes us smile to see how many people have been healed by adding CBD to their daily regime.

Ask a consultant for more information about CBD as a supplement on your next visit or call.

Read full article here.


A New Kind of RX-C Success: Cannabis and Pets

All vertebrates, from ascidians to humans, have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of receptors spread throughout the body. CB1 receptors are responsible for metabolizing THC and allowing the psychoactive effects of THC to be received. CB2 receptors are responsible for anti-inflammatory relief. They are found in immune cells and work to reduce inflammation.  In dogs, the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, but also appear in dogs’ salivary glands. Dogs possess a dense amount of CB1 receptors in their brain making them very sensitive to its intoxicating effects. While CB2 receptors are localized in canine skin, immune system, peripheral nervous system and some organs, such as the liver and kidneys.

Just like humans, proper dosing is important to ensure a pleasant experience. This can easily be achieved with a little patience and small, controlled amounts. We have been fortunate to have a retired veterinarian work with us to develop suggested dosing for pets.

In the last few years several of our members and staff have had amazing success:

Pika – Pit Bull mix, 13 years old – Internal cancerous polyp tumors began to inhibit Pika’s breathing and hip dysplasia made it difficult for her to move around. A 5-15mg dose of the CBD helped Pika’s breathing to ease and become more comfortable allowing her to get much needed rest, and it made it possible for her to move more freely. Pika lived happily and comfortably for 11 months longer than expected.

Bootsy –  Terrier mix,  5 years old – Severe anxiety caused by loud noises, mostly the bombings on Camp Pendelton and 4th of July. His owner sprayed  Care By Design 18:1 in his water (6 mg) and witnessed a marked improvement in his overall behavior.

Sammy – Weimareiner/Boxer mix, 10 years old – Cancer survivor of 4 years, underwent surgery to beat it. The muscles in the area where the surgery was performed twitched uncontrollably causing Sammy discomfort. She also used to experience tremors. Sammy is given 2 sprays of the Care by Design 8:1 tincture daily and she no longer experiences either complaint. If for some reason Sammy does not get her CBD, the twitching returns within a week.

Rusty – German Shepherd mix, 14 years old – Chronic pain and stiffness from arthritis throughout the body – Given 2mg of a Sensi Chew CBD Gold edible 2-3x daily, his ability to lay down and stand up improved noticeably. On particularly painful days a dose of 4mg would allow him to find a comfortable position to fall asleep and escape the pain for a few hours at a time.

Cotton – Malti Poo, 2 years old – Chronic digestive problems. Has many food allergies and even with a veterinarian prescribed diet, would throw up daily an hour after eating. Upon the first dose of Care By Design 18:1 (6 mg) Cotton’s vomiting ceased immediately. He now receives one spray in the morning and one in the evening and no longer has any digestive issues.

Whether it’s anxiety or chronic pain bothering your pet, CBD may help them get some rest and slow progress of their conditions. Give us a call today to ask about our newest pet specific product, HL CannaPetMedz Tincture.

Can CBD Undo the Anxious Side Effects of THC?

We hear from new members often that they worry about using THC products because they’ve had an experience in the past that was more intense than they would have liked. Many times this is caused by taking too large of a dose or simply having a sensitivity to a particular strain. We enjoy telling members they can utilize CBD as a way to calm some of the effects of THC. As this article says, “CBD balances the buzz and softens the euphoria or dysphoria THC sometimes provides.” Click below for the full article from Leafly. For the full article click here.

Cortney’s Corner: Mountain Temple 1:1 Wax

As a Cannabis Consultant, I have the opportunity to try new products often. To be honest, it’s rare that I don’t enjoy something cannabis related. Due to the fact I’ve had the chance to try so many products over the past few years, it is just as rare for me to rave about the effectiveness of a particular item.

At our Monthly Member Mingle in May we demonstrated “dabbing” and offered a brief introduction to the world of concentrates. This is a method of ingestion meant for those with higher tolerances who require fast relief. I consider myself to have a high tolerance and enjoy dabbing, but the high THC content tends to be a more intense cerebral effect than I can handle for daytime use. I like to feel uplifted, balanced and in control.

This particular day I had been hit with an infection the morning of a 10-hour shift. Essential oils and my 8:1 CBD spray made the day easier but just before the Mingle started I was beginning to feel weak. I was then offered to sample our Mountain Temple 1:1 CBD/THC wax from Brite Labs. I decided to give it a try in hopes of gaining some relief for the night ahead. I took one dose and immediately felt more focused, uplifted and pain free. The next 3 hours flew by with minimal pain and nausea.

Of course, by the end of the night I was exhausted, but I would not have been able to maintain my typical energy and enthusiasm while helping our members without having taken that dose. While I have my own criteria for products to meet, it is also helpful to test products among a group to compare experiences. After trying it again and discussing with fellow staff we all came to the conclusion that this wax is something special in terms of its ability to give you relief while maintaining clarity and providing a slight boost. This is the perfect wax to choose if you are curious about dabbing but worry about selecting something that is too strong.  I highly recommend this wax for those with increasing tolerances needing relief for complaints such as pain, anxiety and inflammation.

For an in depth explanation of concentrates and dabbing, join us at our next workshop. The “Flowers and Concentrates” workshop will be held on Sunday June 12th from 11:30am – 1:30pm, join us at the next RX-C Member Mingle on June 16 6pm-9pm or make an appointment for our showroom to ask questions and make selections 6 days a week.

Raw Cannabis Juice Now Available

Consuming raw cannabis juice from the fresh leaves is a non-psychoactive cannabis solution that leaves you feeling great!

Juicing and consuming raw cannabis leaves supports your natural Endocannabionid System (EC), a group of receptors that play a major role in regulating many of our bodies physiological processes including immune system, appetite and mood. Cannabinoids promote homeostatis at every level of biological life. Receptors are located in our brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells.

One of the primary cannabinoids in the leaf of the cannabis plant is Cannabichromene (CBC). CBC is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which means it does not get you high. However, like THC and CBD, CBC has natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. It is also antibacterial and its variant CBCa has been shown to be a powerful anti-fungal agent. Like CBD, Cannabichromene is both a bone stimulant and neurogenic compound, helping both body and mind. Perhaps its most important use is as an anti-proliferative, slowing tumor growth and combating cancer, just like CBD and THC. And recently CBC has also been shown to be 10x as powerful as CBD at reducing anxiety and stress.

Learn more and place your order here.

Iced Cannabis Tea

With the hottest days of the year upon us and so many summer activities to partake in, I’m always excited to find new, discreet and tasty ways to medicate. Personally, I’ve been using our cannabis infused herbal teas for months to alleviate anxiety and help with sleeping problems. I love our high CBD blends for the days I can’t seem to shake anxiety. Whether I wake up with the jitters or can’t calm my mind at night, a cup of tea gives me just enough of a calming sensation. It also provides me the ability to breath more deeply than I typically can when I wake up with anxious. Normally, I feel like there’s an elephant sitting on my chest and it takes hours, sometimes days to subside.

So there I was a few days ago, it was 7am and the hot sun was beaming into the house already. I’d had a rough day before and woke up with the previous days anxieties biting at my heels. The early heat made my typical tea ritual sound rather unappetizing so, I decided to try something new and see what our infused teas are like iced. I steeped my tea bag for 6-8 minutes like normal and then let it cool while I got ready for the day. When I returned I poured it over ice and was pleasantly surprised! I’ve been a lover of our Canna Cacao Tea for months already. I always describe it to members as a “full bodied flavor”. Over ice the sweetness is enhanced and all of the flavors really shine. After the first sip I knew I was onto something and I’ve been hooked since.

After such a discovery I couldn’t wait to share with everyone at the collective what I’d discovered. I learned that I was not the first to think of this nor was I the only diehard fan. Stories poured out from my fellow tea lovers about how they took the tea with them to the pool or the beach, or even in a bottle in their purse to be ingested before a nerve wracking meeting. It was then recommended that for an enhanced experience I can always add a medicated honey stick to relieve any pain the tea alone may not be strong enough to help. Suddenly I couldn’t wait to get my next headache to give this a try. And shortly after, the phrase “heal your head ache” become a saying among all of us tea and honey lovers at RX-C.

On top of that, there are some other exciting benefits of the organic herbs and spices accompanying cannabis in our teas. Listed below are just a few of the benefits to be experienced when using RX-C Tea.

  • Pu-erh leaf: Helps lower cholesterol, has antimutagenic and antimicrobial properties that help prevent tooth decay, and strengthens the immune system. Some experts even believe it helps to prevent cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
  • Lemongrass: Nutritionally, lemongrass is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins. It is also know for helping with digestion, arthritis pain, depression, reducing body odor, controls cholesterol levels and even fights cancer.
  • Rooibos: Rich in antioxidants and minerals, improves blood circulation and helps to settle an upset stomach.

In a world where we have to be our own advocate about what goes into our bodies, I’m so thankful to have relief from these natural products. Not only are they natural and have no side effects, but there are properties of each and every tea that have been chosen in particular to provide a more healthful, happy life. RX-C currently offers 7 flavors to choose from. If you’d like to activate the THC, some sort of fat soluble substance such as cream, coconut oil, etc may be added to the water. My personal favorite is a dash of almond milk. Let us know what you think of a cup of organic iced cannabis tea.


RX-C Teas are a great addition to any medicinal cannabis therapy. Placing dried cannabis in hot water will not activate THC so there is very little to no psychoactive effect. Patients who use this report a pleasant body high, diminished pain and anxiety, increased relaxation and overall feeling of well being.

Our trained Member Consultants are here to assist you. Please contact us with any questions or to request an in-home consult today.



Pets, Anxiety and Cannabis

Fourth of July is a time of celebration and loud noises. For many pets who already suffer from anxiety or are naturally high strung, this day can become extra stressful. Unlike people, pets can’t distinguish the booms and noise produced by fireworks.

The American Humane Association reports that July 5 is historically the busiest day of the year for animal shelters due to the number of pets that panicked and fled into the night.

There are many ways to keep your pets safe and happy this 4th of July. First and foremost, keep your pets indoors and stay with them if possible. If that doesn’t do the trick, consider a very low dose of cannabis.

We’ve had a number of members report a significant reduction in day to day anxiety with their dogs by giving them very small doses of tinctures or making their own “doggie edibles”.

  • Bootsy is another example. He is a terrier mix who has extreme separation anxiety and cringes at the bombing reverberations from Camp Pendleton. His owners started giving him a spray of our CBD 18:1 Tincture in his water and they have witnessed a marked improvement in his overall behavior.
  • Another member, rescued a German Shepherd mix who had severe anxiety. When she left the house, the dog would eat her furniture, the dog had serious social anxiety and wouldn’t leave her side when they went out. In an act of desperation, the member gave the shepherd a few drops of her CBD tincture in the water bowl. It was only a matter of hours before they saw improvement in her overall behavior. Today, she can be left at home without fear of destroying the house and she now enjoys her outings to dog beach and happily plays with the other dogs there.

And it’s not just anxiety that pets get relief from. Our own pit bull, Pika, who should have died last summer from her cancer, is still very happily alive due to the fact that we give her CBD every day.

There are many products out there targeted for pets. But as with any new product, always be aware of what you are getting. If you elect to try a pet specific solution, be sure to find out what the primary cannabinoid source is. There is a big difference between Hemp and Cannabis plants. Now that hemp derived CBD is deregulated, this is what we’re seeing in most of the products for pets. The thing to be aware of here is that often, the hemp is coming from Asia where there is use of dangerous and toxic pesticides.

A simple solution is to use one of our CBD tinctures. The 18:1 CBD Tincture comes in a 5ml spray bottle for just $30. You can spray this into your pets water dish or directly onto a treat.

The recommended dosing for dogs is 1mg CBD per 10 lbs.

Canna Cacao Chocolate-Coconut Delight

Have you tried one of our Medicated Organic Herbal Tea Blends? A top favorite among our members is the Canna Cacao Chocolate-Coconut Delight. This cannabis herbal tea blend is a unique mix of organic leaf Pu-erh with cocoa nibs and coconut, infused with 1 gram of our Clean Green Certified CBD shake, and makes for a smooth, robust, yet sweet flavor sensation with a mild hazlenut finish.