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July 2018

Greetings from Synergy Wellness, your source for organically grown, artisanally crafted, small batch, medicinal cannabis products.


Featuring our newest tincture, Synergy Tsu, its benefits for you!
Synergy Tsu: Indica/Sativa CBD hybrid 24:1 CBD:THC
Phenotype of Canna Tsu (aka Canna Sue) with higher CBD:THC ratio.

Synergy Tsu , a higher CBD phenotype of Canna Tsu, originally developed by Lawrence Ringo of SoHum Seeds (Southern Humboldt Seed Company) is the result of crossbreeding Cannatonic and Tsunami parents. It is a favorite of many returning patients because of its medicinal effectiveness. Cannatonic’s popular and complex compounds, unveiled in an indica dominance that is tempered by Sour Tsunami’s sativa dominant soothing qualities, results in uplifting clarity. Overall, it offers some of the best CBD-hybrid options.

Synergy Tsu has many medicinal applications which include treatment of conditions needing higher CBD ratios, such as pain, stress, Chron’s disease, ALS, inflammation, anxiety and cancer. It can be effectively used in an extract form for skin conditions, beauty products and anti-aging cremes. Its high beta-Mycerene content helps with sleep problems and has a relaxing effect. 1

Notably: Synergy Tsu contains a high proportion of an often overlooked cannabinoid,CBDV ( Cannabibvarin ), recently garnering increased attention for its ability to interact with pain receptors in the body, studies of CBDV indicate it is likely Neuroprotective, Anti-emetic, Anti-epileptic, promotes bone growth and regeneration. Other properties remain to be investigated.

In 2014, the Endocannabinoid Research Group in Italy published  a study  in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Examining the effect of cannabinoids in the treatment of epilepsy and found that both CBD and CBDv play multiple roles in helping reduce and modulate seizure activity. Reported the study’s researchers:

“CBDv reduced both epileptiform burst amplitude and duration.” 2

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1 ” CBD a Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis: Healing Without the High”
by Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum; Forward by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD
2 https://www.massroots.com/learn/what-is-cbdv-cannabidivarin/

 


Research Participants Sought: Synergy Wellness is a founding member of MCRCM, the Medicinal Cannabis Research Consortium of Marin. This is a fairly new research group that includes Michael Moskowitz, MD,MPH, AnandaMedicine and the Bay Area Pain Clinic, George Bianchini, M.C. Pharma, Bill Heriot, Lipomix and Leonard Leinow, Synergy Wellness. We have begun a research project to explore the properties of CBDV. This research will ultimately take the form of a clinical trial. We are interviewing subjects for our research project, to help study the medicinal effects of CBDV. If you would like to participate in our study, please contact us: Research@SynergyCBD.com . We are particularly interested if you have neurological or epileptic disorders or imbalances.


CBD a Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis:
Healing Without the High
by Leonard Leinow & Juliana Birnbaum
Forward by Michael H. Moskowitz, MD

“Medical Cannabis is revolutionizing the practice of medicine in America. On the forefront of that revolution is ‘CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medical Cannabis’, a must-read for health care practitioners and patients alike.” – Joel Samuels, MD

Order your copy today!

317 Pages ~ US $21.95 / $28.99 CAN


These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.

Help make CBD legal

The DEA recently added a new category for cannabis concentrates. In that announcement, it made clarification statements that all cannabis plants and products, including CBD and industrial hemp, are Schedule 1 substances. FYI, Schedule 1 substances include heroin and other substances that have no medicinal value plus have tendencies to be addictive with high abuse.

Feedback from our 4,000 members has shown CBD has no psychoactive effect, has zero potential for abuse or addiction and has proven medicinal value, even saving lives.  On the average, our members have been able to reduce opioid intake by 60% within 3 weeks, on their way to ending all opioid use.  As you can imagine, pharmaceutical companies are not happy about this.

Yesterday, a family thanked us for providing CBD medicine that saved the life of their 4 year old son with intractable epilepsy. Four times he almost died requiring visits to the ER because he stopped breathing. Today, with our CBD medicine, his seizures have stopped. We hear stories like this every day. It touches our heart and this is why we are here. We know for a fact that CBD does have very effective medicinal value.


For about one year now, I have been predicting that President Barak Obama would take CBD off the DEA Schedule 1 classification before he left office, January 17, 2017.  Now, there is a petition to him to do exactly that.  FYI, I usually do not get involved in political or legal causes, however, I think we can have an impact and possibly make a difference.  You can help make this happen.
To sign petition, Click Here

In addition, if you want to get CBD medicine for your family, that is organic, pure and safe, we offer two avenues:

1) Become a member of Synergy Wellness Collective. This requires a doctors recommendation and that you sign a membership application Here.  We are offering a 10% discount for CBD only products (24:1) for the next 2 weeks, ending 1/21/17.   SynergyCBD.com

2) Purchase from our sister website Healing Essence CBD. No doctors recommendation is needed and there is an online shopping cart. It has only CBD (24:1) oil based tinctures that are available in 3 flavors. First time users can receive a 10% discount. HealingEssenceCBD.com.

Spring 2016Newsletter

Spring is the most vibrant season in West Marin.  There is new growth on the hills with lush green grass sprinkled with golden poppy and purple lupine flowers. It is my favorite time of year.

  Marin wild flowersWe continue to be busy at Synergy Wellness. As news of CBD spreads, so does awareness that Synergy Wellness provides the best handcrafted locally-grown and organic CBD products. We are truly artisanal, taking care of every detail to produce the best quality natural products possible. Many new members enrolled, in both February and March. Thank you for telling your friends.
 
Clinical Trials for seizures using CBD
GW Pharmaceutical in the UK has been performing some clinical trials on a product called Epidiolex, which is made from an extract of a cannabis plant high in CBD. This is not a synthetic product, rather it is a whole plant extract that has a 24:1 CBD:THC ratio, much the same as our ACDC strain. This is very exciting news and an answer to the many people who say that “there is no evidence, no clinical trial” to prove CBD works. Below is a graph of results for the UK based clinical trial of pediatric patients with Dravets and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome that are non-responsive to other pharmaceutical treatment. 52% of the patients had an 80% decrease in seizures, 32% had a decrease of 25 – 75% in seizures and 0% had an increase in seizures.

Titrating Dose
ProjectCBD.org
has posted an important conversation between Bonni Goldstein, MD and Martin Lee. Bonni is one of the most respected medical doctors prescribing CBD for epileptic children and cancer patients. I like her approach on finding the right dose by starting low and titrating up. It’s very informative.
 
The Healer Within
We believe that each individual has a Healer within their own self. There is a guidance system built into each of us for the purpose of healing and bringing us into a natural state of balance and harmony. With practice, each one of us can improve our intuition and listening ability to help with our healing process. This is important when choosing a strain or titrating the dose for our CBD medicines. It also helps deciding which food and supplements we need, as well as deciding which situations will reduce stress and anxiety. Often, during a consultation, we try to help empower your own Healer Within. Tim O’ Shay discusses this in The Doctor Within.

Endocannabinoid System
The Endocannabinoid System is the natural interior mechanism that facilitates the bodies use of cannabinoids. The human body comes pre-wired for the use of cannabis. There are receptors (CB1 & CB2) that trigger channels to open allowing the flow of an endocannabinoid substance called “Anandamide”. Raphael Mechoulam, named his newly discovered substance Anandamide after the Sanskrit word “Ananda” meaning Joy. Greg Gerdeman talks about the Endocannabinoid System and how it works.
 
Reducing Opioid Medication.
Our network of medical doctors has reported that their patients have been able to significantly reduce their use of opiate based medication after introducing our cannabis products into their protocol. A research project in Michigan confirms our clients experience, that after 3-4 weeks use of medical cannabis, they were able to decrease their prescription drugs by 64%, decrease the side effects and improve their quality of life. We have found best results with our 4:1 CBD:THC ratio tinctures. For more information, read here.  

Product Item Numbers
Recently at Synergy Wellness, we have established an ordering system for products. We now have an item number for each product that you can use to order. Please see the current price list and order using the Item Number. This should help eliminate confusion on product identification and reduce errors in ordering. All tinctures listed on our price list are now in stock.
 

September 2015 Newsletter

The summer has been good to us, and to our plants, although the drought and fires in nearby counties have done great damage to thousands of people, including many of our friends.  We send our prayers and best wishes to those who are suffering and those who have sustained great loss.

This coming autumn season is about thankfulness, completion and harvest. Over the coming three to six weeks, we will begin our fall harvest. Different strains mature at different times – and the high-CBD strains used medically, are the last to mature. If you grow ACDC or Valentine, be patient ­– they need to ripen further. We use a microscope to examine the trichomes, and we wait until we see 30 to 40% amber color before we harvest.

CBD for Pain
I recently had an elective surgery on the rotator cuff of my left shoulder. When I left the hospital, Kaiser gave me a bottle of oxycodone for the pain. I elected to use CBD instead.  I am now 6 weeks post-operation. I was able to complete the healing journey without using narcotics. I did use ibuprofen once, the first night, thinking I would need it to help me sleep. It turned out that CBD and ice was much better for controlling the swelling than the ibuprofen.

Here’s how I medicated myself:  I used a tinctures of ACDC, 4:1 Indica blend and canna sue. I supplemented this with a vape pen of the 4:1, as recent research sited the 4:1 CBD:THC ratio as being the best for pain.  I always use my intuition to decide what and how much to use.  The combo helped tremendously, and I was able to get through the first 4 weeks much easier than I expected. CBD is anti-inflammatory, and it enables the body to heal itself in many ways. For more information, read this article on the Endocannabinoid System of the brain – the primary vehicle for the body’s response to CBD and other cannabinoids. After all, the use of cannabis for pain is one of the oldest medicines and was first prescribed in China over 5,000 years ago for cramps and pain.

CBD round chart

The holistic view indicates that the body is capable of healing itself. The body is intelligent. The body’s healing system is in communication with all cells, tissues, and organs. It also communicates with our mind, emotions and spirit.  Health and wholeness is not static – it’s a constantly shifting dynamic, balancing and re-balancing in a synergistic way, with everything working together. Pain is a signal, a clear message that’s saying, “Hey, I need some attention here!  Something is out of balance.  Send some love this way and get this taken care of!”

Pain pills, such as opiates, act as a mask on top of the pain, interfering with the body’s intelligent communication system.   It breaks the communication link and causes pain receptors to not function properly. The problem still exists, but we cannot hear the signals.  They may provide some comfort, but they don’t necessarily help with the job of healing that the body is trying to do. Certainly, there are unwanted side effects.

CBD-rich cannabis takes the sharp edge off the pain, which allows us to process the signals and deal with them. Secondly, through the endocannabinoid system, communication is enhanced between the affected problem area and the rest of the system. This opens the path for the body’s natural healing process to take place.

Because the brain and mind are intimately intertwined, our words can have a powerful impact. When you use the word “pain”, for example, you have placed whatever you are feeling into a box and labeled the box “pain.”  Once it is in the box, it’s hard to get it out.

Here’s a technique that will keep you out of the pain box. Instead of labeling what you’re experiencing as “pain,” keep your mind open and observe the actual sensation, as it is, without labeling it.  This allows the information from the nervous system to come through to your attention. It also allows the sensation to change, lighten up, or dissolve completely. Describe the sensation just as it is, in physical terms, and continue to observe it and describe it as it changes (i.e. throbbing, sharp, red hot) 

As you continue to observe and describe the sensation, it will inevitably change, lighten up, or disappear completely.  You are allowing the information to come through just-as-it-is, rather than putting it in a box and trying to ignore it or push it away. Chinese medicine says that if “chi,” or life energy, is flowing, then healing is happening. You can say the same thing about information circulating in the nervous system.  In his book, Whole Body Intelligence, Steve Sisgold gives more insight into this phenomenon. And if you’d like to be guided through this amazing clearing process, check out the iPhone app,iClearIt,” in which a video coach guides you through the process, step-by-step. 

Increased Potency

We recently increased the potency of both our ACDC tincture and infused oil products. We raised the potency from 13 mg/ml to 17 mg/ml. Now the one ounce bottle has 500 mg CBD and the two ounce bottle has 1,000 mg CBD.

Feedback
We always look forward to hearing from you. What are you experiencing?  How can we support you? Please call anytime at 415-488-4885 or email us at info@synergycbd.com. Our goal is to get back to you within 24 hours during the business week (we’re closed on weekends). Also, we need your testimonial. If you have a story to share, please send us a short email. We will post it on our website:  www.synergycbd.com

Please Contact Us for information. We are available for consultations to help educate, select the best protocol and figure out the appropriate dose. We have 7 years of feedback from our clients and this knowledge may help shorten your CBD journey to health. 

You have our best wishes for health, wholeness, and balance in your life.

Love and Blessings,

Summer 2015 Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying your summertime. A good time to be outdoors in nature. Mother nature promotes healing, reduces stress and gives one a feeling of calm and relaxation. 

There has been much in the news about Cannabidiol (CBD) lately. While CBD does promote healing on many levels, we believe that CBD inspires the body to heal itself, both on a cellular micro level and overall body macro level. It inspires and enables health, balance and vitality. At the same time, it reduces stress and inflammation. It is a neuro-protector, helping eliminate seizures. It also inhibits the growth of cancer cells. 

We believe that your body has an inherent healing capacity built into the system. Part of this is the endocannabinoid system, CBD triggers the endocannabinoid to wake up and come alive. 

The fact that your body is replete with cannabinoid receptors, key to so many biological functions, is why there’s such enormous medical potential for cannabis. CBD may be the most potent and beneficial of the cannabinoids, particularly for tamping down an overactive immune system, as is the case with autoimmune disease. CBD also has antipsychotic properties but does not get you high.

The endocannabinoid system was first discovered by Rafael Mechoulam, an Israeli scientist. He also was the first person to identify CBD, THC, and many of the other 85 known cannabinoids (CBN, CBC, CBG, THCa, CBDa, etc). Mechoulam has become known as the grandfather of cannabis. A very interesting documentary of his life, titled “The Scientist” can be seen here

Trichome micro 3

This is a picture of magnified trichomes.  These are the resin glands on the cannabis flowers. They contain the CBD medicine, together with the THC and other cannabinoids.

For many raised and living within a Western model to health and wellness, it is easy to overlook other systems’ medical perspectives. Rasayana and Ayurveda are two Vedic (pre-Hindu) sciences of lengthening the lifespan and the wellness of life, respectively. Rasayana literally translates as the Path (āyana) of essence (rasa), while Ayurveda is a popular form of Indian medicine still practiced to this day. Together, they offer a point of contrast to a Western approach that focuses upon illness and disease only after it manifests in the body.

If we assume an Eastern approach and view the body’s natural state as health, then illness occurs when the body has become out of balance and more susceptible. It focuses upon maintaining optimal wellness, to keep the body healthy and prevent illness. In this way, medicine is intended to inspire the body to heal and rebalance itself rather than healing the body directly. Cannabis, referenced heavily in Vedic texts, is thought to be an ingredient in Soma. The sacred elixer, Soma, was used ceremonially to increase vitality and intelligence and to prolong life. Our intention at Synergy Wellness is that cannabis be an offering to inspire your body to rebalance and heal.

Latest Research
Bone Healing –
Recent news on CBD includes use on healing bone fractures. Again from Israel, Dr. Yankel Gabet and Itai Bab have discovered that using CBD (without THC) will speed up the recovery of broken bones and that the healed broken bones will be stronger than the original bones, preventing future breaking. 

Social Anxiety – Studies show that CBD is very good for social anxiety. As little as one dose drastically reduced anxiety levels, cognitive impairment and fear of public speaking, eliminating thoughts of negative self-evaluation. After taking CBD, MRI scans showed increased activity in the limbic and paralimbic portions of the brain, linked to anxiety.

CBD & NIH – The National Institute of Health (NIH) has acknowledged that CBD does have positive effects for Anti-seizure, Neuro-protective, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic (pain relief), Anti-Tumor, Anti-Cancer, Anti-Psychotic, Anti-Anxiety and treatment of substance use disorders. The US Government is actually Funding Studies on many of these applications of CBD, including cancer, epilepsy and psychiatric disorders.

Immune System – There is evidence that boosting the immune system will greatly help your treatment of many diseases, including cancer, seizures as well as general health. Turkey Tail mushroomsTumericCordyceps, Reishi and Shiitaki mushrooms are all very beneficial in boosting the immune system.

Please Contact Us for information. We are available for consultations to help educate, select the best protocol and figure out the appropriate dose. We have 7 years of feedback from our clients and this knowledge may help shorten your CBD journey to health. Shipping is available to our members.
   
Love and Blessings,

Leonard

Spring 2015 Newsletter

Greetings,

Spring is here in full glory with its many flowering blossoms and warm days. This is my favorite time of year, where creativity and regrowth abound in nature.

Here at Synergy Wellness we have some new products we are very excited about. We have been making some very concentrated oils using carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction method. This is generally accepted as the healthiest processing method.

Why CO2?

Generally, using cannabis oil is more healthful than smoking flowers. But many cannabis oils use toxic substances in the extraction process. Butane, the most common solvent, is a known cause of cancer and best not ingested. Alcohol, while not quite as unhealthy, produces a dark green final product and chlorophyll has a harsh taste.

Using carbon dioxide (CO2), a naturally occurring element, has many benefits. The process allows terpenes of the cannabis strain to remain intact while preserving a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. Terpenes themselves have healthful qualities. For example, Beta Caryophyllene, a common cannabis terpene, has anti-inflammatory properties and is also found in turmeric and cumin. Every strain has a unique profile of terpenes and cannabinoids that interact, creating specific health effects upon the body.

Every step in creating Synergy CBD products exudes intention and care, especially compared to most commercial CO2 industrial hemp CBD oil. Many commercial oils are made from hemp grown in China. One risks pesticide bioaccumulation, as toxins become more potent when consumed at concentrated levels. Industrial hemp oil is always made from stems and seeds.  The CBD content is usually 12-18%. Compare it to our CO2 oil, which is hand crafted in small batches, is made from high-grade organically–grown fully matured cannabis flowers and buds (no seeds or stems) and contains 72% CBD. The complete cannabinoid profile is maintained intact without the chlorophyll or natural wax.

           20150424 leonard report ACDC resin.pptx

This is the certificate from the lab test

We are offering CO2 oil both as a filled vaporizer cartridge, as well as the oil in individual applicator containers. No, the syringe is not to be injected. Rather it offers a method of managing and dispensing the oil, because the oil is sticky and difficult to manage. Syringes make them easier to handle. We have four different ratios of CBD:THC available because people have different medical conditions and different personal preferences. 

       24:1 CBD:THC      725 mg CBD  +  30 mg THC           

       7:1   CBD:THC       550 mg CBD  +  77 mg THC   

       4:1   CBD:THC       500 mg CBD + 125 mg THC  

       1:1   CBD:THC       325 mg CBD + 325 mg THC

Please check our product offering webpage and our Price List webpage for more details. Compare these numbers to other products in the market. I believe there is nothing close to it in purity, potency and price.

           

When would someone use CO2 oil versus the tinctures? Here are the pros and cons. If someone needs large doses (3-4 ml of tincture / dose of tincture is often recommended for cancer), the CO2 oil becomes a more economical to access higher levels of CBD. However, be aware that the CO2 oil is far more difficult to manage. It is sticky and messy and often gets all over everything, resulting in product being waisted. 

However, if someone requires lower doses of tincture (.5-1.5 ml = 10-30 drops), it is much easier to measure the tinctures and olive oil based products. Functionally, it is impossible to accurately measure small amounts of CO2 oil. For low doses, one can count the drops of olive oil or tincture.

How to Use?

As mentioned, the oil is very thick and viscous. Even though it is called an oil, it is more like a tar or sticky paste. Heating it lowers the viscosity making it runny and cooling increases viscosity. If you want to get small amounts out, use it in a cooler state. It can be put it in capsules, suppositories, smeared on the gums, put in food, smoked as dabs or applied topically. The taste is very intense and most people prefer to cover it up. It will not dissolve in water and for cleanup, use alcohol or acetone. Each 3 gram syringe comes with a dispensing needle for loading capsules. 

 

Plants:

Spring time is planting time. We have lots of Live Plants, mostly ACDC clones and a few small teens available. There is a limited supply of a few other strains also, including some high thc sativa and indica plants. These must be picked up in person at our collective in Woodacre. No shipping. Please call our office to schedule a pick-up 415-488-4885 or send an email to:   info@synergycbd.com.  Remember, you must be a member to buy clones:     
Membership Application
 Form.

 New Formulas

In collaboration with Pine Street Clinic and Michael Broffman, Synergy Wellness has made two special formulas that are now available.

These are general formulas designed to cover a wide range of use. They have been formulated to offset the side effects from chronic persistent usage of cannabis in a medical setting. 

They have these specific properties: 

Formula 1 mildly generates lung & kidney yin, stimulate digestive enzymes, mild detoxify and strengthen brain & neurological functions.

Formula 1  contains:   High CBD Indica, Noni, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Dandelion, Passion Flower, Marshmellow, Milk Thistle 

Formula 2  Strengthens yang, increases Qi, stimulates the immune system and strengthens blood

Formula 2 contains:   Balanced CBD/THC Sativa, Moringa, Astragalus, Cordyseps, Nettle, Tulsi, Meadowsweet, Echinacea 

Other offerings:

       Tinctures:   Synergy Wellness Tinctures
       Flowers:  CBD,   Sativa,   Indica
       Vaporizer:  Synergy Wellness vaporizer-pens
       We have a few dog biscuits available that have ACDC added. 

Other News

       CBD-rich Cannabis vs. Single-molecule CBD  Martin Lee, Project CBD.

       NIH admits Cannabis has anti-cancer medicinal effects

       Sanjay Gupta’s Weed 3 CNN Documentary

       US Senate considering rescheduling Cannabis

To better inform yourself as consumer, we invite you to ask how a product is processed and what you are getting. Stay healthy and wise!

Namasté,

Leonard

ACDC Testimonial for Epilepsy

My son was diagnosed with Epilepsy at 9 months old and had been having seizures since he was 4 months old. At first, the seizures resembled reflux and lasted a few seconds. The seizures became progressively worse over time, despite trying several medications, the ketogenic diet, and combinations of medication.  His quality of life began to deteriorate and his development started regressing. He had developed a few different seizure types and was having 20 to 30 seizures each day. Some of the seizures lasted 4 or 5 minutes. Some were brief, but extremely violent, causing him injuries. Sometimes, he would stop breathing and turn blue. We’ve learned how to administer rescue meds and made several trips to the ER as well. It was a traumatic experience to see our son slowly slipping away into a haze of seizures, medication, and hospital trips . We heard stories of cannabis for treatment of seizures and started our journey. We had a difficult time sorting through all of the products that claim to be ‘high CBD’. We were referred to Synergy Wellness by a group of parents that were using it successfully. We are giving him the ACDC olive oil tincture since January 2014. On May 18th, he had a seizure free day. When he had seizures, they were less intense. The last 52 days have been seizure free. More importantly – he is laughing, playing on his own, developing, babbling, and living. We are in the process of weaning the last medication. His therapists (OT/PT/Speech) are amazed at the recent progress.

We are so grateful for the commitment that Denise and Leonard have for helping children with seizures. Epilepsy had taken our entire family hostage and now we are starting to reclaim our lives.