Testimonials

I have never posted testimonials from my clients, and now is the time! Over the years I have had many people give me feedback on the cannabis tinctures, both CBD and THC and the results they have seen with their health challenges.

CONDITIONS/TESTIMONIALS

Seizures

I've now been using Super High CBD Pianta Tinta since two days after I saw you on 4 March. I started with 5 drops on 6 March and on 9 March after consulting with Dr. XXXX, increased it to 10 drops (once a day, a couple hours before bedtime). As of last night she had me increase it to 15 drops. I'm adding it to a small amount of water in a spoon and trying to keep it sublingually and not swallow for as long as possible. I have on average 4-6 seizures a month and been on many medications which only put me in a zoombie state...I have been taking the SUPER High CBD tincture now for 2 1/2 months and have had only 1 seizure, and that is probably because I was sick at the time I had the one!. The CBD relaxes me before bed and I can fall asleep faster and am more functional in the morning. I take 5 drops in the am and 5-6 drops before bed.....Vallejo, CA

My dog has had many seizures due to a brain injury….only had one seizure since taking the CBD tincture….Barbara, Sierra Foothills

Usually I have what I describe as visual distortions with tightness of the head - these are auras actually. I tend toward a couple of those a day; they last just a few seconds. It seems in the last week those have decreased (I do write them down when they happen, otherwise they'd be very easy to forget about since they're brief). So I think your tincture is definitely helping....Walnut Creek, CA

I would like to refill my order of Super High CBD Tincture. FYI: I did not find much difference between your CBD tincture and the Charlotte’s Web, except their price/shipping (!) and that they flavor theirs with chocolate. I prefer yours, by far and, I have not had a seizure since, that I am aware of. I also like what this CBD does for my mood…..San Francisco, CA

Thank you for asking about how my daughter is doing. The first week she was taking 3 drops 3 times a day. She became very sleepy an hour after her medication the first week. Now, she has adjusted and is taking 6 drops 3 times a day. No more sleepiness, no redness in her eyes. She has had no seizure activity and does seem more relaxed. I hope to continue to slowly increase as the doctor advised. She did amazing in her physical therapy today! Any pain she has had is much better, too. 

 I am very satisfied and hopeful. Thank you for your product….Vanessa K.

 

I wanted to tell you I've tapered off from 8 Keppra a day to just four, over the course of about 6 months. Still taking 6 Lyrica a day. I don't notice any increase in auras, and now that things have slowed down after the holidays I can go one or two days with no auras at all….Walnut Creek, CA

 

Prostate Cancer

Member taking 10 drops per day, feels good more energy, urine smells like cannabis?

Cancer

Hi, dropping a line to let you know how I am doing.   Cancer marker in blood went from 283 down to 61,  pet scan showed cancer in fluid around right lung was almost gone and what little bit that is there is dormant, nothing changed in abdomen,  holding steady.  I still feel good.  Still taking CBD, but about a week ago I stopped taking the RSO.  The RSO was making me feel bad, made around my eyes swell up. I now take the CBD morning and night.  Drinking the essiac tea 2 times a day.  I had been drinking the tea about a month before I had the test done. I am hoping the tea and all the other stuff I am doing is what is making me beat the odds.  Also would like to think all the advice you have given me is making me feel good and keeping my cancer at bay.  Can't thank you enough.   Don't have to go back to doctor for 2 months, unless I take a turn for the worst, which that isn't going to happen.     L.R.

I received the RSO oil at 8:30 this morning after a sleepless night. I ingested tiny amount and slept from 9:30 to 2:30

I haven't slept that soundly in years. Yes, my wife thought I was dead….Sacramento,CA

 

Had blood work on the 5th  of this month.  Glucose was 111 and cancer marker went from 132 down to 79.  Had per scan yesterday and it showed my cancer hasn't changed….Lucy R.

 I'm soooo thrilled. My lesion is gone.  The kind of scary part of the treatment is the RSO appeared to eat the skin away, but it's gone & no scarring. 🏼….Deborah

 Elizabeth, I wanted to give you a quick up date my Dad's father in-law that has stage 4 cancer, made it back to the Philippines last week and will stay there.

 I wanted to thank you for being a part of this process of helping him get home….Brian C.

 The week we was evacuated i didn’t get to take CBD, turmeric and the rest of my vitimans.  I have wondered for a long time if the CBD and turmeric was actually doing me any good, i don’t have to wonder any more.  One week without them proved i need them.    Lucy

 

 Anxiety

It’s better than benzodiazepines. I had to rely on Clonazepam for those times when I know stress was inevitable. The CBD works better than Clonazepam. I used it on two recent trips that promised much stress and the CBD worked brilliantly. Calmness in social situations And...btw, it's SO good for social anxiety!!! I use it before parties, conferences, etc., situations where I would get somewhat anxious. And, it has given me the "guts" to book a trip to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia in the fall!!...Richmond, CA 

I have had frequent panic attacks for a long time and since starting on the CBD and relaxing tea they have decreased dramatically…Pacifica, CA

here's a short, interesting (I hope) story of CBD's effects on my anxiety. 

Two nights ago I had to stand up and give a 1 minute synopsis of the book I was currently pleasure-reading, as an ice-breaker-thing, to a roomful of 60 medical doctors and Ph.Ds. This was at a medical conference at Lake Tahoe. Things like this usually terrify me. I'm not a medical doctor, not a public speaker, not particularly well-spoken; but while "on" CBD, I calmly gave the synopsis without fear. I think it went well. Not only was I not nervous or apprehensive when I knew my moment was approaching, but I did not analyze my little public-speaking event after it was over throughout the rest of the night in my head with negative self-talk!!!!

Thank you for the important work you are doing. R.F.

I can think clearer... less anxiety...( like no need for any Valium ) I'm able to laugh more ( not a stoned laugh at everything laugh) just an enjoy my grand babies laugh. 

I don't know if I can contribute this to it but it seems if I add a few drops at night my nightmares are less and my dreams are happier... ( I have PTSD that I'm working through which came with horrid violent nightmares)

It seems to give me an overall feeling of well being. With no high !

Thank you again for all the work you do! 

I feel like I'm getting my life back ! You're a Godsend!....Amanda F.

 

I am really liking the tinctures, I especially like combining the CBD and THC for the relaxing effect. It has been helping lower anxiety, insomnia and back pain. My stomach/intestinal issues are slowly getting better as well, which seem to be largely stress related so I think it is contributing to my overall healing….aaron

 

So just a quick update for you...K. is still on 6 drops twice daily and seems to overall be feeling even a little bit more less anxious than before. They report feeling overall "Happier" than before! Some days they still experience the generalized anxiety but overall I think its been very helpful. They made it through all of the excitement of the Fourth and through the Conference this past weekend with only a little fallout ( which for us is HUGE!! ) Normally they get overstimulated during big, exciting events like these and cant manage the sensory overload. So thank you very very much and I look forward to them hopefully making even more progress as time goes on…E.F.

 

  Shingles

Knocked the Shingles out in about a week. I was using about 15 drops at night at the time sometimes a bit during the day as well and sleeping a lot. I'm down to 5 drops a night to help with sleep and it is helping…Vallejo, CA

 I use the high CBD tincture in the morning and that knocks out the itch.  I have been trying the oil at night for sleeping.  It helps.  I have been a lifelong bad sleeper, but the oil helps.  I also like the 50/50 at night….Oakland, CA

I have had shingles for the past month and have gone through my supply from a few weeks ago.  The good news is that the tinctures have been extremely effective and I have not had to use any narcotic pain medications and have only taken ibuprofen twice.   I am now getting near the end of the illness but I certainly don't want to run out.  Between the 2 products I was able to get some sleep at night and adequately manage the level of pain during the day.  I am very thankful for them! ….Elizabeth B.

Glaucoma

High CBD reduced my ocular pressure behind eyes...from 26 to 22 in one eye and stayed at 26 in other eye. As of 4/16/15, the pressure is down to 16 and 17…..San Francisco, CA

Pain

I just wanted to thank you for sending me that article from Dr. Bonni Goldstein regarding nerve related pain. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it helped! I’ve dealt with nerve pain since 1996 and have been poked and prodded and experimented on by doctors in an attempt to be free of the pain and get a good night’s sleep.  I’m not able to take pain medication (nor did I want to) so my only form of relief was wearing a TENS unit. During the day it wasn’t so bad but at night it got tricky. The gel pads and wires only stay in place if I lay very, very still and apparently that’s impossible for me to do. I always woke up multiple times per night with gel pads stuck to my face, my hair, or my husband. Since I’ve started using the proper combination of CBD and THC tinctures and following Dr. Goldstein’s recommendations I am now able to sleep through the night without my TENS unit! I do quite a bit of traveling every month and was not able to endure sitting in a car or riding on a plane without that ever-present TENS unit. But now I don’t even need it!  In fact, I don’t even remember where it is! Is the pain completely gone? No. But it’s at such a manageable level because of the CBD/THC tincture that I feel like I am living a normal life for the first time in more than 20 years. Thank you so much! ….Marge M.

I would also like to report that the high CBD balm you recommended is also fantastic for achy joints (my knees in particular) and muscles (my lower back). It works almost immediately and there is no overt sensation other than the virtual cessation of discomfort in those areas. Alas, the effect is not too long-lasting (a couple of blissful hours) but such is the nature of aging - pain becomes ever more abundant as our youth recedes in the rear view mirror"... Jonathan

It has helped with my pain.  I have stayed with the 10 drops a day.  I mainly use it at the end of the day.  It relaxes me as well and I can fall asleep faster with it….,Vallejo, CA

Anti-inflammatory properties. As an old-ish guy, I push my body farther than I should, so I know all about joint inflammation, and this helps. I have lots of Vicodin, but take it sparingly, if at all. But the CBD provides pain-relief that is just as good as Vicodin for me…Richmond, CA

I have been using the CBD drops daily with great results for a couple months now. I have worked up to 15 drops twice a day, morning and afternoon. I take them sub-lingually with juice. If I’m in pain and think it will affect my sleep, I take 10-15 drops of the 50/50 blend before bedtime. (I've noticed taking these during the day has made me feel a little hazy/sleepy/lethargic, so I use these exclusively at night). My main reason for taking the CBD drops was for my back and sciatic pain. Second to this is my ADD and stress levels. My overall pain level has been reduced. The pain is still there but it feels lessened and dulled. I also feel a better sense of overall calmness, I feel like the internal mind chatter and constant thoughts are calmed a bit as well……Vallejo, CA

I have been on the drops for almost a week now. I am up to 8 drops 3x's a day. I am finding that I am less and less stiff - especially in the AM, and requiring less pain meds.....Walnut creek, CA

I just wanted to check in with you and let you know how I'm doing. I hope that you and yours have been well and enjoying this beautiful season!

So, last week I took 3 drops twice daily and noticed some very subtle changes. The first thing I noticed was feeling very clear headed, fresh and alert. What a joy! My pain levels were the same (6 to 7 on a pain scale) but by Saturday, my range of motion in turning my head became slightly better. I said, "hey this is new!" I'm starting to enjoy better sleep too: natural, deep, and healing!

This week I have used 4 drops twice daily. Today, my pain levels are lower and my range of motion is greater. I feel a strong pressure still but the sharp pains are gone from my neck, shoulders, and the base of skull. My arm and hand are especially heavy/strained though but  they have felt different ever since my nerve block. I know it's very early still and I will absolutely keep going with the tincture. Thank you also for your recommendations on taking it too. It's been a delicious experience finding just the right one,hehe!
I think I'm right around the corner from finding "my dose". I have a very strong positive feeling that this is going to be my "It". My neck hasn't felt this boring and uneventful (like a neck should feel,lol) in a VERY long time! I will be sure to keep you posted and will be sure to ask you any question that may arise along the way. This is becoming my favorite part of this healing journey~

Please accept my sincere gratitude for you and your partners who make this medicine available. You are truly life savers….Benicia

I am so impressed with the effects of the tinctures I am using. I have so much less pain than I did before. I feel good every day, without fatigue! I seriously have not felt this good in over a year and probabIy longer. I am continuing to regain range of motion in my left shoulder, the one with the rotator cuff problems. It's simply amazing. I am happy and relaxed in spite of the recent diagnosis of breast cancer!......Forest Ranch, CA

I've been able to maintain a little better in coping with his schizophrenic behavior, better quality of sleep with my fibromyalgia.  I do however, also take as needed, a product called sleep essentials or L-tryptophan at night along with the 50/50. But basically, the 50/50 helps get better quality, deeper sleep which is a big deal with fibromyalgia. I'm not where I need to be but definitely on my way….Vallejo, CA

BTW, I stopped my daytime dose for about 10 days and then went back on it and immediately my shoulder made another leap toward recovery. Such great medicine!! I've been hoeing weeds and cleaning up the yard and getting stronger. Yay!....Forest Ranch, CA

I'm so happy I found you b/c I tried a few other places and everything was just too strong, gave me anxiety, etc.  I feel yours is very pure and truly medicinal and I have also been giving it to my Mom and she is SO thankful   However, every other cartridge I have gotten from you has been perfect in the sense of feeling "medicinal" and a perfect amount. Not as much anxiety and my Mom is even off her pain meds!!!  This makes me and her SO happy.  So, we are grateful for you and your work.

Thanks again,  T.S.

 

One side effect I never expected was that my left heel would hurt so much it would wake me but now there's no pain during the night at all.  That's a huge hooray!    S.S….Walnut Creek, CA

 

I had spinal surgery two months ago and have utilized the pain medication I ordered several months ago and it really helped, and a great alternative to the opioid based meds prescribed by the surgeon.  Many thank, Sam

 

PMR

I have been on the drops for almost a week now. I am up to 8 drops 3x's a day. I am finding that I am less and less stiff - especially in the AM, and requiring less pain meds….Walnut Creek, CA

Neurofibromatosis

Just wanted to let you know that things are going well for my daughter with the CBD tincture.  It seems to be helping.  She is sleeping better and her pain is getting better.  We are trying to wean her off of Lyrica (neuropathic pain drug), which would be a great thing….San Diego, CA

Muscle Spasms

"I just wanted to follow up with you as it has been almost three weeks since I visited you in Vallejo. As you may recall during our consultation, you mentioned that CBD was particularly effective in treating muscle spasms of various kinds and I was prompted to tell you about the clicking in my ear that I came to know was caused by muscle spasms in the inner ear. After using the high CBD tinctures that you recommended for 3-4 days I found that the clicking in my ear had completely dissipated! Furthermore, I recently took a break from using the tinctures and, sure enough, after a couple of days the clicking is starting up again. In fact it was the clicking that made me think to send you this followup email.  ;-)…Jonathan

The pain rub calmed the spasms in my coccyx area and I have no need for narcotics with that particular rub. I am using the RSO THC oil tid (3) times@ day cause my muscles and nerves were starting to continually have spasms. The RSO oil is the most effective medicine that I’ve tried. I sleep well my spasms settle down, it AWESOME!!!.....Lucerne, CA

Brain Fog

I can tell that the CBD is making a difference. It's very good at clearing away my morning brain fog. I'm using 15 drops in the morning after walking the dogs and before eating breakfast. I noticed that I have been getting to sleep later than normal and waking up earlier than normal. I added a 10 drop booster in the mid-morning which seemed to help.....Walnut Creek, CA

Parkinson ’s disease

The jury's still out re: beneficial effect. Tentative observation: my super-small illegible handwriting (micrographia, common in Parkinson's) seems to have improved. No improvement in other symptoms, including unwanted involuntary movements (dyskinesia)……Chico, CA

Chrons/Colitis

The tincture does appear to be helping with both my Crohn's and migraines. I think for me the two are connected so it is not surprising it is helping for both. Primarily, I notice that my bowel movements are better when I'm taking it. The migraine stuff is hard to track and I figured out recently that I grind my teeth at night and a mouth guard has been helping with the migraines so it is hard for me to isolate cause and effect but I will keep doing experiments and let you know…..San Francisco, CA

I am really liking the tinctures, I especially like combining the CBD and THC for the relaxing effect. It has been helping lower anxiety, insomnia and back pain. My stomach/intestinal issues are slowly getting better as well, which seem to be largely stress related so I think it is contributing to my overall healing….Aaron from Vallejo

Psoriasis/Skin Conditions

 In general I would say that the psoriasis is backing off everywhere, which is great.  Hard to know exactly what it is I’m doing differently that is contributing to the positive change, I suspect some of all of what I’m doing is making this go in a better direction.  Certainly diet has been a big factor, since my auto-immune issues (Crohn’s & psoriasis) are gut related.  But I feel that your tinctures are also part of the remedy.  I’ve used both the 50/50 and Super high CBD topically, mixing them in warmed oil (at different times hemp, argan, coconut) and applying them topically to my scalp.  I’ve probably done some version of this treatment 4 times since my initial purchase of the tinctures.

I’ve taken the tinctures orally two to four times a week since the initial purchase.  I’ve switched between the two tinctures without noticing a different reaction from one or the other. The dose is around 5 to 7 drops per dose in a small glass of water, usually in the evening, and usually just one dose per day…..San Francisco, CA

 

Just wanted to say that my skin is looking really good. I'm also taking a lot of things away that perhaps also caused the inflammation but I'm pleasantly surprised at the change. And I feel great, too. So, thank you. Check out this before and after picture! Along with the cbd I also have totally eliminated alcohol and anything else that seemed to be causing more inflammation. Can't believe these results! Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

 

Arachnoiditis

The pain rub calmed the spasms in my coccyx area and I have no need for narcotics with that particular rub. I am using the RSO THC oil tid (3) times@ day because my muscles and nerves were starting to continually have spasms. The RSO oil is the most effective medicine that I’ve tried. I sleep well my spasms settle down, it is AWESOME!!! I am now off of all prescription paid meds.....Lucerne, CA

SLEEP

I'm mainly using it at night just before bed. I sleep as well as I did before menopause.  Consistently too. Good stuff…..Forest Ranch, CA

Thx, Elizabeth.  Yes, I really feel a difference with the cbd.  The thc is also really helping my sleep.  I tried a couple other companies, but theirs didn't seem as clean?....Mill Valley, CA

At this point I'm using 17 drops of the CBD and 7 drops of the THC for sleep and getting about 5-6 hours of sleep a night which is so much better than the 2-4 I used to get.  It's given me so much more energy and blood pressure has improved as well as has the a-fib (noticeable).  This has changed the direction of my life so I thank you. S

As I mentioned to you before, CBD was a lifesaver for me. But when I combined it with THC the positive effects on my insomnia and pain relief were remarkable! As you know, I personally don't want the psycho-activity of THC, but when combined with CBD, the synergy is remarkable. I don't experience psycho-activity, just a peaceful, relaxed feeling. For me, this is not a day-time formula. I've tried both components separately. Indica THC (Granddaddy Purple tincture) was good for sleep, CBD (AC/DC tincture) was spectacular for daytime/evening anxiety-relief. But for me, used together, I get everything I need to have a normal, relaxing evening and I ease into sleep very well. I still use CBD alone for daytime use.

I am really liking the tinctures, I especially like combining the CBD and THC for the relaxing effect. It has been helping lower anxiety, insomnia and back pain. My stomach/intestinal issues are slowly getting better as well, which seem to be largely stress related so I think it is contributing to my overall healing….Aaron from Vallejo

 

Thanks for all you do for so many of us. Keep up the good work….Robert

Blood Pressure

The really positive on this is my blood pressure has dropped like a stone and my heart palpitations (a-fib) have just about stopped!  The cardiologist felt I would more than likely need a pacemaker pretty soon but now I believe this has pushed that off so I'm thrilled.  S.S….Walnut Creek CA

 

Fibromyalgia

Yes the fibromyalgia is the biggest issue I'm trying to treat. 

I have found the high CBD has helped with muscle pain and joint pain and stiffness. I use the THC at night because I hadn't slept through the night in years. 

I can go to sleep and am getting more hours in a row than before. It's taken some time to turn that around but it's really helped. It too helps with the pain. 

I really hope she at least tries it. I think I've tried pretty much every other med and this has helped me more than everything else I've tried. 

 

Migranes

My daughter has far less migraines and rarely has to take her medication anymore!....A.F.

 

I am happy to report that I had a migraine the past two evenings and your tincture helped me enough that I didn't have to take my migraine meds.  It also helped me fall asleep even while I was still in pain.  Both days I woke up completely migraine free and without the nasty hangover my migraine meds give me.  I am very hopeful.  Thank you so much!....Heather N.

 

Psychosis/Gender non-binary

I have all positive updates for you!

 XXX is doing extremely well! They feel strong, happy, more confident and able to communicate better. XXX recovers faster from breakthrough episodes and overall remains calmer and more in control during them. Their medical team has noticed a significant positive change in them since starting the CBD! We are starting to cut back on some of XXX other medications and will hopefully eliminate many of them all together very soon. 

 

They have chosen to take 2 classes on the high school campus and even like having lunch in the cafeteria where they see their peers! 

 

We are starting SOAR next week (a 2 year outpatient program for kids with psychosis). We have also decided to apply for a psychiatric service dog to help provide XXX with even more independence, comfort and confidence. We haven't heard back yet if we've been accepted so fingers crossed. 

 

This is my first time reordering medicine from you so please let me know what to do. 

I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for my family….E.F.

 

XXX is currently very stable and upbeat. Their symptoms are low again. They're sleeping well, active, goal orientated, back in school part time, happy, and are able to process through many of lifes challenges successfully.

The SOAR program is going well. They are so helpful! We're  really still just getting started though.XXX had a set back in the beginning of Oct. Their symptoms increased and became dangerous. They started following the voice commands. I couldn't manage it safely at home so they had to check into a facility to stabilze and readjust medications. We had to stop the CBD while in the hospital because the staff wasnt willing to give it. But as soon as XXX was back home we restarted it, with Dr.XXX blessing again btw,lol, because he has witnessed what a huge impact its had on XXX. 

Thank you for caring about XXX and being a part of their healing journey. ….E.F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing CD-1 Candida

Why is it called "Candida"? It was named after the founder of Medical Marijuana Genetics late mother and means "Bright Light" in latin. It is a cross between two dynamic high CBD strains, AC/DC and Harlequin.

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It has one of the highest CBD and lowest THC contents of any strains available. CBD levels are between 10.9% and 20.6% and THC levels never passing 1%! Fantastic news for people that do not want the uncomfortable effects of too much THC. The anti-psychotic capabilities of the higher levels of CBD outweigh the relatively small amounts of THC therefore making it non-psychoactive.

The medicinal benefits of this strain go on and on... It’s high CBD concentrations make it ideal for helping a wide variety of conditions ranging from epilepsy, pain, inflammation, PTSD, anxiety/depression, ADHD, autism, neurodegeneration, MS, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, cancer, arthritis and much more. It can be used for daytime or nighttime. It can also be suitable for dogs/cats.

The most consistent dosing can be achieved by using a tincture. Our whole plant tinctures are third party lab tested and therapeutic strength with between 500-600 mg CBD per 1 oz bottle.

Email us with any question you might have! 

Elizabeth @ Pianta Tinta

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What is CBD?? A Short Video to Enlighten!

New to Medical Cannabis? You're not sure what CBD is?  If you have anyone you know that would like this education, please feel free to pass it on!!  Here is a short video on CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, one of the many medicinal components of the cannabis plant and a major cannabinoid. Dr. Bonni Goldstein, Weedmaps and SC Labs put this together...good info!

THC and CBD for Medical and Recreational Users: What Are the Differences?

Whether you are a recreational or a medicinal cannabis user, you must have asked yourself this question at least once: what’s the difference between THC or CBD and which ratio should I go for when buying marijuana?

Both of these substances have their own benefits on our body and mind, always complementing each other.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are cannabinoids, the two most prevalent chemicals in marijuana and the ones responsible for its popularity. There are more than 100 cannabinoids found in our favorite herb, but these two have been studied the most for their medical benefits.

These chemicals have a very positive impact on the human body — a group of cellular receptors and transmitters forms our very own cannabinoid system, which is in turn responsible for regulating hundreds of different bodily processes, including pain regulation, appetite, mood and many more.

Today we’re checking out an infographic from Greencamp which provides all the information about these two cannabinoids you will ever need, as well as a quick THC:CBD ratio guide that you can use to make better smoking decisions. So, let’s take a look at all the differences between these two mind blowing cannabis chemicals.

CBD Misconceptions

It doesn’t get you high, but it’s causing quite a buzz among medical scientists and patients. The past year has seen a surge of interest in cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabis compound with significant therapeutic properties. Numerous commercial start-ups and internet retailers have jumped on the CBD bandwagon, touting CBD derived from industrial hemp as the next big thing, a miracle oil that can shrink tumors, quell seizures, and ease chronic pain—without making people feel “stoned.” But along with a growing awareness of cannabidiol as a potential health aid there has been a proliferation of misconceptions about CBD.

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Benefits of both CBD and THC

So far the most studied cannabinoids from the cannabis plant are CBD(cannabidiol) and THC(delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) What are phytocannabinoids? They are the group of chemical compounds that are specifically found in the cannabis plant. There are over 400 chemical compounds in this special plant and when you are using cannabis you are getting a mixture of all of these natural compounds that work together to balance each other. I wanted to list the benefits of both CBD and THC to give you an idea of the main effects they have on the body. The following lists are from Dr. Bonni Goldstein's new book, Cannabis Revealed, a book I would highly recommend reading as it has science, how to use cannabis, dosing and patient stories...a well rounded book!

CBD EFFECTS

  • NOT psychoactive - no "high" effects
  • Alerting in low doses
  • Reduces pain
  • Relaxes muscle spasms
  • Potent anti-inflammatory
  • Stops nausea/vomiting
  • Reduces anxiety & depression
  • Counters psychotic thoughts
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-convulsant
  • Neuro-protectant
  • Anti-tumor effects

THC EFFECTS

  • Psychoactive
  • Sedating/relaxing
  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces/stops nausea/vomiting
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Induces sleep
  • Reduces anxiety & depression
  • Reduces intraocular eye pressure
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Neuro-protectant
  • Anti-tumor effects

When CBD and THC are used independent of each other, many people of have found relief from a variety of ailments, but when they are used together, it is called "The Entourage Effect", meaning that the cannabinoids work better together than isolated from one another...an example that Dr. Goldstein gives in her book is both THC and CBD when taken separately, have pain relieving properties but there are studies that show CBD enhances pain relief when used together with THC, compared to using THC by itself.

I have had a few members that have been a bit frustrated when they didn't get the relief they wanted from chronic pain issues, but after they added a small amount of THC, the results were much better! If you keep the CBD dose higher than the THC many people do not get the "high" or psychoactive effects but still get the medicinal effects. Finding the right dose and the right combination for you does take a little time, so have fun and experiment with it!

 

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Cannabis-Revealed-m...

How does Cannabidiol (CBD) Work???

This article was originally published in O'Shaughnessy's Reader and reposted on the ProjectCBD website. Although some of it went over my head....I did get some interesting info from it. So give it a read and take what you can!!

Elizabeth - Pianta Tinta

Cannbidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, has generated significant interest among scientists and physicians in recent years—but how CBD exerts its therapeutic impact on a molecular level is still being sorted out. Cannabidiol is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. CBD acts through various receptor-independent channels and by binding with a number of non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels.

Here are some of the ways that CBD confers its therapeutic effects.

CBD and FAAH

Unlike psychoactive THC, CBD has little binding affinity to either the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD indirectly stimulates endogenous cannabinoid signaling by suppressing the enzyme fatty acid amide hydroxylase (FAAH)—the enzyme that breaks down anandamide, the first endocannabinoid discovered in the mammalian brain in 1992.

Whereas the cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis are considered “exogenous ligands” to the cannabinoid (CB) receptor family, anandamide is an “endogenous” cannabinoid ligand—meaning it binds to one or more cannabinoid receptors and is found naturally inside the mammalian brain and body. Anandamide favors the CB1 receptor, which is concentrated in the brain and central nervous system. Because FAAH is involved in the metabolic breakdown of anandamide, less FAAH means more anandamide remains present in the body for a longer duration. More anandamide means greater CB1 activation.

CBD enhances endocannabinoid tone by supressing FAAH.

By inhibiting the enzyme that metabolizes and degrades anandamide, CBD enhances the body’s innate protective endocannabinoid response. At the same time, CBD opposes the action of THC at the CB1 receptor, thereby muting the psychoactive effects of THC.

CBD also stimulates the release of 2-AG, another endocannabinoid that activates both CB1 and CB2 receptor. CB2 receptors are predominant in the peripheral nervous system and the immune system.

The Vanilloid Receptor

While CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors, it has been shown to directly interact with other “G-protein-coupled” receptors and ion channels to confer a therapeutic effect. CBD, for example, binds to the TRPV-1 receptor, which is known to mediate pain perception, inflammation and body temperature.

TRPV is the technical abbreviation for “transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V.” There are several dozen TRP receptor variants or subfamilies that mediate the effects of a wide range of medicinal herbs. 

Scientists also refer to TRPV-1 as the “vanilloid receptor,” named after the flavorful vanilla bean. Vanilla contains eugenol, an essential oil that has antiseptic and analgesic properties; it also helps to unclog blood vessels. Historically, the vanilla bean has been used as a folk cure for headaches.

CBD is a TRPV-1 “agonist” or stimulant. This is likely one of the reasons why CBD-rich cannabis is an effective treatment for neuropathic pain.

Capsaicin—the pungent compound in hot chili peppers—activates the TRVP-1 receptor. Anandamide, the endogenous cannabinoid, is also a TRPV-1 agonist.

The Serotonin Receptor

Jose Alexandre Crippa and his colleagues at the University of San Paulo in Brazil and at the King’s College in London have conducted pioneering research into CBD and the neural correlates of anxiety.

At high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an anti-depressant effect. This receptor is implicated in a range of biological and neurological processes, including (but not limited to) anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting.

5-HT1A is a member of the family of 5-HT receptors, which are activated by the neurotransmitter serotonin. Found in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, 5-HT receptors trigger various intracellular cascades of chemical messages to produce either an excitatory or inhibitory response, depending on the chemical context of the message.

CBD triggers an inhibitory response that slows down 5-HT1A signaling. In comparison, LSD, mescaline, magic mushrooms, and several other hallucinogenic drugs activate a different type of 5-HT receptor that produces an excitatory response.

The Adenosine Receptor

CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties may in part be attributable to its activation of the adenosine receptor. Adenosine receptors play significant roles in cardiovascular function, regulating myocardial oxygen consumption and coronary blood flow. The adenosine (A2A) receptor has broad anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body.

Adenosine receptors also play a significant role in the brain. They down-regulate the release of other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and glutamate.

GPR55

Whereas cannabidiol activates the TRPV-1 vanilloid receptor, the A2A adenosine receptor, and the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, some studies indicate that CBD functions as an antagonist that blocks, or deactivates, another G protein-coupled receptor known as GPR55.

GPR55 has been dubbed an “orphan receptor” because scientists are still not sure if it belongs to a larger family of receptors.

GPR55 is widely expressed in the brain, especially in the cerebellum. It is involved in modulating blood pressure and bone density, among other physiological processes.

GPR55 promotes osteoclast cell function, which facilitates bone reabsorption. Overactive GPR55 receptor signaling is associated with osteoporosis.

GPR55, when activated, also promotes cancer cell proliferation, according to 2010 study by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. This receptor is expressed in various types of cancer.

CBD is a GPR55 antagonist, as University of Aberdeen scientist Ruth Ross disclosed at the 2010 conference of the International Cannabinoid Research Society in Lund, Sweden.

By blocking GPR55 signaling, CBD may act to decrease both bone reabsorption and cancer cell proliferation.

PPARs

CBD also exerts an anti-cancer effect by activating PPARs [peroxisome proliferator activated receptors] that are situated on the surface of the cell's nucleus. Activation of the receptor known as PPAR-gamma has an anti-proliferative effect as well as an ability to induce tumor regression in human lung cancer cell lines.

PPAR-gamma activation degrades amyloid-beta plaque, a key molecule linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of the reasons why cannabidiol, a PPAR-gamma agonist, may be a useful remedy for Alzheimer’s patients.

PPAR receptors also regulate genes that are involved in energy homeostasis, lipid uptake, insulin sensitivity, and other metabolic functions. Diabetics, accordingly, may benefit from a CBD-rich treatment regimen.

CBD’s enzyme-mediated activation of the PPAR-alpha receptor may have antipsychotic effects. Polymorphisms or mutations in the gene encoding PPAR-alpha can result in deficient PPAR-alpha signaling, which has been linked to schizophrenia. PPAR-alpha activation is both anti-inflammatory and can decrease dopamine release, thereby minimizing schizophrenic symptoms.

Why Tinctures?

The natural occurring compounds found in plants are called phytochemicals and have been extracted using ethyl alcohol for use as medicinal remedies for a long, long time.  The ingredients in plants are highly soluble in alcohol and easily extracted, however cannabinoids are only significantly soluble in more concentrated ethanol solutions greater than 75% (150 proof) but ideally 190 proof should be used. With the 190 proof ethanol the cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids and other essential oils will be easily extracted.

Tinctures made with alcohol are generally better preserved than other types of tinctures due to the antibacterial nature of alcohol. They tend to be more stable and reliable over a long period of time with or without refrigeration. This lends itself to a very long shelf life. Another plus with using ethanol in our tinctures is that the alcohol when taken orally permeates the mucus membranes of the mouth and is delivered into the bloodstream. This is a much quicker delivery system than taking an edible and waiting for the digestive system and liver to break it down.

Pianta Tinta Interview

Our first interview!!

Cannabis as a Sleep Aid for Insomnia: An Interview with Pianta Tinta

October 30, 2015, By Pamela Hadfield, Co-Founder & Director of UX

Topics: Insomnia, Pain, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Muscle Spasms, Epilepsy

Tinctures are an easy-to-ingest way to administer marijuana.

Due its lack of psychoactivity and for its ability to effectively treat a variety of medical conditions, CBD (Cannabidiol) is the rising star among the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids. Pianta Tinta Collective, a new manufacturer within the cannabis marketplace, focuses on high CBD tinctures, oils and rubs ‘to enable others to live a higher quality of life.’ Their tinctures target insomnia and chronic pain as well as other common conditions people often face. Co-founders Elizabeth Knight and Dr. Kathy Acquistapace feel they have found their niche with a more medically oriented customer base and pride themselves on ongoing customer consultations with Dr. Acquistapace, the in-house Naturopath.

Pianta Tinta is also representative of the booming artisanal marketplace within California. Smaller product manufacturers often focus on sourcing the highest quality outdoor grown cannabis for unique offerings, such as CBD tinctures, that may or may not be found in your local dispensary. Elizabeth Knight took time to speak to us about Pianta Tinta and the growth of their business over the past year.

What was the inspiration for starting Pianta Tinta?

Pianta Tinta means ‘plant tincture’ in Italian. We chose that name because we focus on the cannabis plant as well as more natural modalities of healing. We founded our business based on Dr. Kathy Acquistapace’s research on CBD and the newly found applications for it as a medicine.

As a naturopath, Dr. Acquistapace was looking for more alternative natural medicines for her patient base. As she learned more and more about CBD, we became excited about the possibilities but also became aware of the lack of CBD alternatives in the market, especially within dispensaries.

As a business, we were most interested in entering the cannabis marketplace with products that were high CBD and very low THC. When you visit a dispensary as a first time medicinal marijuana patient, it is not that easy to find high CBD products. When a senior citizen enters a dispensary today they will most likely be presented with products that are very high in THC. Even a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC may be too much THC for a first time cannabis patient. Ultimately, we decided to make tinctures as this is a very easy way to ingest cannabis.

What high CBD cannabis strain do you favor for your product lines?

We work with ACDC as our favored strain. It is a hybrid strain that is bred to have very high CBD content and very low THC content. It is not the easiest strain to grow but we think it works very well for the high CBD products that we produce. Our grower grows the ACDC strain outdoors, in organic soil; he uses grow pots without the use of pesticides/fungicides which we feel is very important.

We also test our products at Steep Hill Halent and CW Analytical labs. We first test the ACDC flower to know the cannabinoid ratios, the terpene profiles and to make sure it is free of any microbes, fungus or molds. After we go through making the tinctures we test again to get the final cannabinoid content, which is what we print on our labels. We strive to represent our product as accurately as possible.

Other than the ACDC flower, what other ingredients do you put within your cannabis tinctures?

Our tinctures are very straightforward. All of our labels list the ingredients, which include the ACDC flower/leaves and ethyl alcohol. We do not flavor or put any additional chemicals in our products. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with very ‘clean’ products.

Are you targeting a particular segment of the population with your product line?

The people we want to reach represent a wide range of ages and demographics. We believe that we are able to reach these people because our products positively address a wide variety of symptoms that affect almost all age groups. We often find that senior citizens are looking for alternatives from a regime that is far too heavy with opioids, so they are open to trying cannabis as an alternative. We see that younger people are far too stressed out and can use some anxiety relief, which CBD is also good for. Our products are for anyone who is seeking to use marijuana medicinally, and to receive the benefit from CBD.

Do your products target specific medical conditions?

We are not able to make claims as we do not have any clinical studies to back these up. However, anecdotally we have seen great success across a variety of conditions including adults with seizure disorders. For instance, we had a patient, a man in his fifties, who was having 4-6 seizures a month, and since taking our Super High CBD tincture he has had a total of 5 seizures since January. That is a huge reduction of seizures and in addition he was able to drop many of his pharmaceutical medications.

We have also seen a lot of people who have chronic pain, whether that be arthritis, pain from previous injuries, general inflammation, etc. This topic of pain covers a wide swath of medical conditions and can encompass so much, but we have found that many people have found relief with our Super High CBD product. We also have members of our collective with cancer who have added our Super High CBD as well as our High THC tincture and oil to their treatment regime.

Since virtually all pharmaceutical products carry unwanted side effects, CBD offers the alternative of providing the positive benefits without the negative side effects.

On your website, I see that you are promoting a new high THC tincture for sleep. Is this tincture good for treating insomnia?

We recently produced a high THC tincture that we feel is particularly good at relieving insomnia. As we all know, insomnia can be difficult to overcome. Not everyone has insomnia for the same reasons. For instance, one person may not be sleeping because they have pain related to inflammation. If you bring the inflammation down with a high CBD product, they may be able to get a good night’s sleep every night. In other instances, a high THC tincture will help relax a person who struggles to get to sleep and also help them to stay asleep longer.

Our newest tincture contains a high percentage of THC and almost no CBD. THC tends to relax people, however everyone is different. Some people find that CBD may relax them and others may find that a combination of THC and CBD may be best for them. As we are all unique, we recommend that people try our new high THC tincture for their sleep issues and see if their sleep improves. Some people may find that it works well and others may find that adding CBD to the THC may work best for them. We suggest that a person starts with a small amount before bedtime and keep a sleep log. This way, they can find what works best for them based on their own body.

You offer members of your collective consultations with your in-house Naturopath. What should a patient expect to gain from a consultation?

Dr. Acquistapace is our Naturopath. She has over 25 years of healthcare experience and her focus is on alternative and natural healing. She works with people who are wanting to reach their highest level of heath and explains to them how Pianta Tinta tinctures can be a part of their health plan. At Pianta Tinta, she often works with people, many first timers to marijuana, to better understand cannabis and how to integrate it into their lives. She is also available to answer more general health questions as well.

People are often overwhelmed by the amount of information they are given, especially those new to cannabis, so Dr. Acquistapace is there to help guide and consult with people along the way. Our customer base is often looking for answers and wondering how medical marijuana interacts with their body and possibly with their existing medications. Dr. Acquistapace consults in 15-minute increments over the phone, over Skype and in-person. We want to be flexible based on the patients needs.

What general advice would you give to people that are new to cannabis?

Read your labels! A lot of products are mislabeled or misrepresent the medicine. This is especially true for many of the high CBD hemp-based products that are sold over the internet. Hemp is different from cannabis and the products made from it is sourced differently as well. Make sure that the products are lab tested and make sure you know how much of the medicinal cannabinoids CBD and THC is in the products. Ratios are popular but it does not tell you specifically how much cannabinoids are actually in the product. It is important to educate yourself or consult with someone who can give quality advice before ingesting your medicine. Also read the label for any additional harmful or unnecessary ingredients such as residual solvents like, butane, naphtha, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, dyes, artificial flavoring and fragrances.

How do you people find Pianta Tinta Tinctures?

We do not currently sell through storefront dispensaries. We have chosen to be a collective and produce and manufacture our own cannabis tinctures for our members. We are located in Vallejo and people pick up their products from us directly by appointment only. Before seeing us you will need to obtain your medical marijuana recommendation, which you can do through HelloMD. To obtain our products you must first go online to the Pianta Tinta website and fill out our short membership form, which requires a valid medical marijuana recommendation and photo ID. You can contact us to schedule an appointment or we are also able to deliver for a small additional fee.

By Pamela Hadfield, Co-Founder & Director of UX

Harvest time....

Flowering AC/DC strain

These are our AC/DC plants this month right before harvest..notice the little "crystals" on the leaves, these are trichomes, glistening translucent resin glands protruding from the buds, leaves, and just about everywhere else on the plant. The sticky coating of trichomes is home to the active ingredients in cannabis – the stuff that gets you high and has all the medical benefits – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. AC/DC has very little THC but very High in CBD!

 

AC/DC strain

 

The pistils on a female plant (in these photos, they are brown) are there to receive pollen from the male plant if it is available. When the plant flowers, the pistils start off a creamy color and as time goes on, they end up turning colors and dying. When they start turning brown, it is a time to watch closely in order to harvest it at it's peak. These plants contain very little THC, with a large amount of CBD (cannibidiol). The plants must go through a drying period for a couple of weeks before we can send it in for testing and start the tincture making process.

Photo of Trichomes


Trichomes act as an evolutionary shield, protecting the plant and its seeds from the dangers of its environment, allowing it to reproduce. These adhesive sprouts form a protective layer against offensive insects, preventing them from reaching the surface of the plant. The chemicals in the trichomes make cannabis less palatable to hungry animals and can inhibit the growth of some types of fungus. The resin also helps to insulate the plant from high wind and low humidity, and acts as a natural ‘sun-screen’ in protecting against UV-B light rays.

This article is from the online website ProjectCBD. It is important to know that even though CBD and THC are the top cannabinoids most people know about, there are many other compounds in the plant that work together and have healing properties......

Terpenes and the "Entourage Effect"

Most animal studies with cannabidiol utilize synthetic, single-molecule CBD produced by biochemical laboratories for research purposes. In contrast, whole plant extractions typically include CBD, THC, and more than 400 trace compounds. Many of these compounds interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect” that magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components—so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

It is important to consider the entourage effect (or lack thereof) when extrapolating data based on animal studies: 100 milligrams of synthetic single-molecule CBD is not equivalent to 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant cannabis extract.

“Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical,” Dr. John McPartland notes, “and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”

Terpenes

Consider the role of terpenes, for example. Terpenes are volatile aromatic molecules that evaporate easily and readily announce themselves to the nose. Various researchers have emphasized the pharmacological importance of terpenes, or terpenoids, which form the basis of aromatherapy, a popular holistic healing modality. Marijuana’s compelling fragrance and particular psychoactive flavor are determined by the predominate terpenes in a strain.

Around 200 terpenes have been found in cannabis, but only a few of these odiferous oily substances appear in amounts substantial enough to be noteworthy, or nose worthy, as it were. Among them are monoterpenes, diterpenes, and sesquiterpenes, which are characterized by the number of repeating units of a 5-carbon molecule called isoprene, the structural hallmark of all terpenoid compounds. The terpenes in marijuana have given the plant an enduring, evolutionary advantage. Pungent terpenoid oils repel insects and animal grazers; others prevent fungus.

Terpenes, it turns out, are healthy for people as well as plants. A September 2011 report by Dr. Ethan Russo in the British Journal of Pharmacology discussed the wide-ranging therapeutic attributes of terpenoids, which are typically lacking in “CBD-only” products.

Beta-caryophyllene, for example, is a sesquiterpene found in the essential oil of black pepper, oregano, and other edible herbs, as well as in various cannabis strains and in many green, leafy vegetables. It is gastro-protective, good for treating certain ulcers, and offers great promise as a therapeutic compound for inflammatory conditions and auto-immune disorders because it binds directly to the peripheral cannabinoid receptor known as “CB2.”

In 2008, the Swiss scientist Jürg Gertsch documented beta-caryophyllene’s binding affinity for the CB2 receptor and described it as “a dietary cannabinoid.” It is the only terpenoid known to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor. And it’s one of the reasons why green, leafy vegetables are so healthy to eat.

Terpenoids and cannabinoids both increase blood flow, enhance cortical activity, and kill respiratory pathogens, including MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that in recent years has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans. Dr. Russo’s article reports that cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

Marijuana’s bouquet of terpenes—that “riot of perfumes,” as the poet (and hashish-eater) Arthur Rimbaud once said—plays another important role. Terpenes and CBD buffer THC’s tricky psychoactivity. Cannabinoid-terpenoid interactions amplify the beneficial effects of cannabis while mitigating THC-induced anxiety.

The terpenoid profile can vary considerably from strain to strain. Patients who abandon a suitable strain for one with higher THC and/or CBD content may not get more relief if the terpenoid profile is significantly different. The nose knows: Choose a cannabis strain that smells good to you.