Herbalists are generally trained in the traditional uses of plants as medicine. Scientific study is also used for guidance. It is my belief that we learn from both our personal experience and from others. There is another aspect of learning that uses intuition, or an inner voice. Many herbalists develop a relationship with a plant…

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Lavender (Lavander officianlis) has peer reviewed research describing a decrease in blood brain barrier permeability in rats, 100-200mg per kg per day IP (1). It provides neuroprotection, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety benefit. It may be helpful in mild pain and depression. Oral  doses  using  alcohol tinctures or oil infusions were preferred over topical application or…

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It is important to consider what is meant by “Sativa” and “Indica” cannabis. Sativa can be defined by the plant structure ( a tall, narrow leaf plant originating in warm, humid regions or the psychoactive effect which is uplifting and stimulating. Indica can be defined by its structure a shorter, bushy wide leaf plant originating…

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THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that some people consider a beneficial effect. Many people consider this an unwanted effect. THC does have some other benefits such pain relief, appetite stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and neuroprotective. CBD is the cannabinoid that is most associated with medical treatment and has those benefits, is not psychoactive. It also…

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I have chosen Nevada as a model for creating a testing safety reference guide. Nevada appears to have  the most comprehensive requirements for laboratory testing and accreditation. Testing includes:  moisture content, potency analysis, terpene analysis, foreign matter inspection, microbial screening, heavy metal screening, and pesticide residue analysis. Laboratory accreditation requirements include: following a minimum of…

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