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Minor Cannabinoids

August 25th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Minor Cannabinoids

Minor Cannabinoids: What They Are and What to Know

Minor Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid wheel

When you think about hemp and marijuana plants, usually two compounds come to mind – THC and CBD. While those two major cannabinoids are the most well-known, they are far from the only compounds that are found in both hemp and marijuana. Would you like to learn more about what else is in these plants? Let’s jump in.

What Are Minor Cannabinoids?

Minor cannabinoids get their name not from their possible value to your health, but from the quantity in each plant.  They’re less abundant than THC and CBD but potentially even more important. At present, there are more than 120 compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants.  While the medicinal use of cannabis can be traced back thousands of years, this is still a new science and we are learning more about both the major and minor cannabinoids and their possibilities every day.

While this is far from a complete list, here are some cannabinoids that are considered minor that you may want to learn more about.

CBN

CBN, or cannabinol, is formed in a cannabis plant when THC is exposed to heat and light (oxidation.) This can occur naturally over time or can be sped up in a lab environment.  While CBN was initially THC, it’s important to note that CBN is not intoxicating – you won’t get high from it.

CBN has been shown to have sedative properties. Many products that are intended to assist with sleep will contain both CBN and CBD.  Studies show that CBN may also assist with pain relief when married to CBD.  You can find CBN, and many other minor cannabinoids, in all the same product forms as CBD – from oils to gummies and capsules.

CBG

CBG, or cannabigerol, is considered the “mother of all cannabinoids” because it serves as the precursor for all the other compounds. It is derived from young hemp or marijuana plants. As the plant grows, CBGA and CBG convert to other cannabinoids.  Just as CBD imitates endocannabinoids that occur naturally in our bodies, CBG will also bind and work to neutralize cells, bringing us to a level playing field.

CBG is non-intoxicating. It can make people feel energized and focused, rather than relaxed. This makes CBG popular among people searching for a cannabinoid to boost productivity.

CBDA MoleculeCBDA Molecule

CBDA

CBDA is probably our favorite minor cannabinoid here at Green Wellness Life.  CBDA is an acidic precursor to CBD. It is the compound in the plant that eventually becomes CBD with heat and time.  In our experience, CBDA is the most effective compound for dealing with persistent discomfort.  Non-human studies are backing this up, finding that greater benefit is found with much lower servings of CBDA than CBD.

Raw and heated cannabinoids interact with different receptors and enzymes in the body.  Raw options like CBDA may be less active in the brain, which means they are hyperactive in the body and gut.  That may be why people often report better or more sustained inflammation relief.

CBC

CBC , or cannabichromene, also stems from CBGA. It was discovered in the 1960s and is the third most prominent cannabinoid found in cannabis, after CBD and THC.  While we know that it works in conjunction with THC and CBD to keep our system neutral, we don’t know much more than that.  Research suggests that it is a potent anti-inflammatory and could be more beneficial than CBD in mood enhancement. CBC is non-intoxicating and one of many potentially beneficial minor cannabinoids.

THC-O

Many of us have never heard of THC-O.  That may be because it does not naturally occur in the plant in the ground. THC-O is the shortened name for THC-O-Acetate, also called ATHC. It can only be produced in a laboratory environment. Lab tests show that THC-O can be 300 percent stronger than regular THC.

THC-O is intoxicating. As such, it can only legally be purchased from a licensed dispensary, even in states where recreational marijuana is legal.  Use caution when purchasing this or any synthetic cannabinoid – it’s more likely a temporary trend than a natural compound with consistent benefits like CBD.

THC-V

THC-V, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a naturally occurring minor cannabinoid. It’s most commonly found in African Sativa marijuana. The jury is still out as to how intoxicating THC-V can be.  The buzz associated with THC-V, from the small amount of research available, appears to be clear-headed and stimulating, lasting about half as long as THC intoxication.  Some research shows that it is useful as an appetite suppressant and THC-V products are certainly gaining popularity in that area with fans calling it “skinny pot.”

Delta 8 THC

Delta-8 THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is an additional psychoactive cannabinoid. The natural amount of delta-8 THC that occurs in cannabis is very low. As such, additional chemicals are often used to convert other cannabinoids, like CBD, into delta-8.  Initially, it was sold over the counter as a legal marijuana alternative that provides less euphoria than THC but still provides relaxation along with potentially lessened negative side effects.

States have quickly caught on to the intoxicating nature of delta-8.  At the time of this article, 20 states have classified delta-8 as illegal or have restrictions on how it can be sold. As with THC-O, we would recommend using caution and only purchasing from a reputable source, as delta-8 may be synthetically made.

How Do Minor Cannabinoids Work?

Minor cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) just as CBD and THC do.  They bind to receptors that have a range of effects on everything from our brains to our gut and everything in between.  The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.  It works using compounds you create to promote homeostasis (balance) throughout your entire life.  When you take in major or minor cannabinoids, they bind to that system and get to work keeping you neutral.

The Entourage Effect

If you’ve heard the phrase ” the whole is more than the sum of its parts” then you already understand the entourage effect.  Put simply, many people find that cannabis plants work better when taken as a whole, made up of those 120+ compounds than broken apart into individual cannabinoids. That doesn’t mean that there is no value if you isolate and use CBD or CBN or even THC alone, but it does mean you may see a greater impact keeping them together.

Final Thoughts

There is still so much to learn about all of the minor cannabinoids working together in cannabis.  If you’re just getting started with cannabinoids. our CBD 101 is an excellent resource.  If you’d like to learn more, but have specific questions or prefer to chat with a human, we can do that, too. Reach out to us toll-free at 888-772-7875 or email us at support@greenwellnesslife.com. We look forward to chatting with you!


Quick Hemp Questions & Answers

June 22nd, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Hemp Questions and Answers

Quick Hemp Questions & Answers

We publish a weekly blog that answers regularly asked questions about the world of hemp. What’s that? You don’t receive our emails?  We can fix that – you’ll find a box to subscribe to our newsletter directly to the right if you’re reading this on a desktop computer or on the bottom of our main shop page.

We’ll also add those weekly hemp questions and answers to this article so that you have one source for all those quick asks! Ready? Let’s talk hemp.

Hemp Questions Covered:

Can CBD Go Bad?

What’s a CBD Booster?

Should I Take CBD in the Morning or at Night?

Does it Matter How I Take CBD?

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Can I Fail a Drug Test?

Can I Add CBD to My Coffee?

Should I Take CBD With Food?

Do I Need THC to Make my CBD Work?

What Does Full Spectrum Mean?

Can I Travel with CBD?

Can I Grow Hemp in the US?

Does CBD Work for Everyone?

How Can I Tell if my CBD is From Hemp or Marijuana?

 

Q: Can CBD Go Bad?

A: Sure – Sort Of.

While CBD (cannabidiol) can go bad, it’s more likely to degrade than spoil.  When that happens, the efficacy is reduced as the oil deteriorates.  The other ingredients, like stevia, essential oils, and cannabis oil can spoil and can also increase the rate at which the product deteriorates.

 If there is no expiration date on your package, a good rule of thumb is 18 months from the production date. When it hits that mark, toss it, or at least give it a good sniff to determine your comfort level.

 Always keep your CBD out of heat and direct sunlight.  If the product arrives to you from a hot mailbox, make sure it returns to room temperature before use.  You’re also welcome to store product in the fridge – it may keep a bit longer that way. Some manufacturers state that it can give you 6 more months of efficacy.

Q: What’s a CBD Booster?

A: A CBD supplement that will get to work quickly, but won’t store and keep working for you.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so that you can continue to see those benefits that you are looking for over a 24-hour period.

When you find that CBD is helping you achieve overall balance and wellness, you’re still going to have bad days. That’s just the world we live in, friend. When those painful or stressful days pop up, you may be tempted to double up on your CBD. We get it. It helps! Don’t do it.

If you occasionally increase that oil-based CBD, you risk building up your tolerance which will cause you to need more all the time. Our goal is for you to feel maximum benefits with minimal additives in your system.

That’s where a booster comes in. Boosters are absorbed through your cheeks or lungs so they can get to work quickly but won’t store and build up a tolerance. This fast-acting CBD comes in the form of gum, mints or even hemp flower for a “boost” when you need it.

Q: CBD – Morning or Night?

A: Yes.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so you want to take it at roughly the same time every day.

 CBD, when taken in an appropriate serving, does not usually make you sleepy. Some people do find that a whole plant option can make them drowsy, in which case we definitely say take it at night! If the CBD that you take isn’t a sleep product but makes you sleepy, it may be an indicator that you’re taking more than you need.

We carry CBD that is strictly for am or pm use, but that’s due to the other ingredients added. Many of us are looking for better sleep at night and those nighttime products may include CBN, chamomile, and even melatonin to help you get those zzz’s.

 On the other end of the spectrum are morning products with additives like B12 or moringa to help you with sustainable energy. Those are best taken in the morning or to combat that early afternoon slow down.

Q: Does it Matter How I Take CBD?

A: Nope, not really.

We know that we’re a broken record, but, consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving of any oil-based CBD that travels through your digestive system will bind to your lipids and keep working for you throughout the day. It will work the same way if that CBD is taken as a capsule, gummy or other edible, or liquid.

 Liquids may take a little less time to get to work if you pop them under your tongue. That sublingual absorption gives it a head start in your system. As long as you’re taking your supplement consistently, that time to efficacy isn’t usually a game changer.

We do like liquids when you’re getting started with a new CBD regimen, just because it’s easy to take a little more or less to find your best serving size. Once you know what serving works well in your system, you can definitely change it up.

 At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you will take consistently.

Q: How Much CBD Should I Take?

A: In our experience, people tend to find benefits somewhere between 15-75mg daily. Start small and work up until you find your best fit – then stay at that serving.

We always say that consistency is key with CBD. Your daily serving will bind to your lipids and keep working for you so that you can continue to see those benefits that you are looking for over a 24-hour period.

Start small – if you’re taking a full spectrum (whole plant) product, “small” means 10-15mg daily. If you’re taking an isolated CBD product, you may need a bit more – we would recommend starting at 25mg daily.

Hang out at that serving for 5 days. If you aren’t seeing benefit at that point, double up for the next 5 days. We want you to see benefits in that 10-day period.

 When you find that CBD is helping you achieve overall balance and wellness, you’re still going to have rough days. When those painful or stressful days pop up, you may be tempted to double up on your CBD. Don’t do it.

If you occasionally increase your oil, capsule, or gummy, you risk building up your tolerance which will cause you to need more all the time. Our goal is for you to feel maximum benefits with minimal additives in your system.

Needing a little more some days is not uncommon – try a fast-acting booster that won’t build up to help get you through it.

Q: Can I Fail A Drug Test?

A: Yes

While it’s not likely, it is possible to fail a drug test when taking a full-spectrum CBD product. “Full-spectrum” means that all the compounds in the plant growing in the ground end up in your box or bottle. That does include a small amount of THC. The legal limit, federally, is 0.3% of the harvested hemp on a dry weight basis.

If your job is on the line or if you want to avoid THC altogether for another reason, we would advise sticking to a broad-spectrum or an isolated CBD product.

Broad-spectrum products include all the natural compounds in the hemp plant except THC. Isolate CBD products are just that – the only active ingredient is CBD.

Either of those will be a safe option to avoid THC and the possibility of a failed drug test. 

Q: Can I Add CBD Oil to My Coffee?

A: No

We’ve all heard the adage that oil and water don’t mix. In this case, CBD is the oil and coffee or your beverage of choice (margarita, anyone?) is the water. The oil will likely pool on top of your beverage and could stick to your glass. Additionally, adding CBD oil to a hot beverage could degrade the compounds.

It is possible to buy a water-based CBD. These products have been converted by a process called nano emulsion that forces two typically incompatible substances (oil and our margarita) to mix.

We refer to water-soluble products as “boosters” because they get to work quickly but don’t have the staying power of your oil-based CBD favorite. They’re a great additive, but not ideal as your primary source of CBD.

Q: Should I Take CBD With Food?

A: Yes

I may be a bit biased on this topic, because I’m prone to stomach issues. Nausea and indigestion are common for me, especially when I’m taking supplements or prescription meds. If those are common for you, too, then you get it – take everything with food in your stomach!

CBD oil may not bother you, especially in a gummy or liquid form, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. There’s an added benefit in that any fat in your stomach will help you break down and digest CBD oil more quickly. CBD is a lipid and will bind to another lipid to get to work more quickly for you. There’s no downside to taking it with food.

Q: Do I Need THC (the Whole Plant) for CBD to Work?

A: Not Necessarily

CBD comes in three variations – full spectrum (whole plant), broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum is the only one of these that contain THC. That’s intentional, as many people are looking to avoid it – either because they don’t want the “high” or there are drug test concerns. We do find that full spectrum, or whole plant, products offer the best results for someone looking for benefits around inflammation or discomfort relief.

It is certainly possible to find those benefits from a broad spectrum or an isolated CBD product, but you’ll likely have to increase the starting serving size. We like to start between 10-15mg daily for a full spectrum (remember that consistency is key). When looking for pain relief from a 0 THC product, we would recommend starting at more like 25mg daily and increasing from there, as needed.

Q: What Does Full Spectrum Mean?

A: Whole Plant

Simply put, full-spectrum means that everything that is naturally occurring in that plant in the ground ends up in your box or bottle. That includes more than 100 different cannabinoids or compounds. CBD and THC are the two that we know the most about but are far from the only ones. This is a new science and we are learning more about its potential benefits every day.

It also includes plant matter and terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for that grassy, earthy flavor that is part of the hemp plant.

If you are someone who lives with a lot of outdoor allergies, that plant matter may be something to be mindful of. It is possible to have an allergy to hemp just as you could to any other grass or tree. If that’s a concern for you, trying a broad spectrum or isolated CBD product may be a better fit.

Q: Can I Travel with CBD?

A: Yes, within the US

If the question was limited to the United States, it’s a clear yes, as hemp is federally legal in this country. If you’re traveling out of the country, however, you would need to research those laws. Hemp is not fully legal in every country and if you’re not sure, leave it at home. You don’t want to risk breaking any laws.

While hemp is fully federally legal, marijuana is not (yet.) It’s a good idea to have a printed or electronic copy of any lab results for your CBD so that the THC content is not questioned. You also still have to follow TSA rules for liquid carry-on quantity (leave the 8-ounce bottle of hemp lotion in your checked bag or at home.) Some products are easier to travel with than others. I wouldn’t get on a plane without CBD patches for the sore back and knees that come with vacation or my CBD gum for any travel worries.

Q: Can I Grow Hemp?

A: Yes, within the US

In a nutshell, it is legal to grow industrial hemp (with not more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis) in the United States. The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp as fully federally legal and by 2021, every state had implemented a process by way of the USDA to allow for cultivation.

Growing your own hemp is as simple as growing any other herb or vegetable. You’ll need soil, water and plenty of sunshine. Hemp plants can get pretty big (think bamboo) so you’ll also need space for them. Hemp can be ready to harvest 4-6 months after planting.

Be sure to check into your state and local requirements before getting started as there may be an approval process in your area, as well as limits on plant quantity and location.

Q: Does CBD Work for Everyone?

A: Not Necessarily

All of us have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – that system is how CBD can travel and bind, working to keep all of us neutral. Additionally, our bodies all create endocannabinoids, which look a lot like CBD. So, we all have a system that is ready for CBD and other cannabinoids, but all of those systems are unique. Some respond more readily to CBD than others and that can mean a drastically different serving size. We have many customers that see benefits at 10mg daily and others need at least 100mg to find any benefit.

Additionally, while CBD works to keep your body in homeostasis, it’s not a “cure-all,” no matter what others claim. It also may not be a great fit if you’re taking certain prescription medications that require access to those same ECS receptors or take a heavy toll on your liver. While CBD and other cannabinoids can be a great help to many people, it isn’t a “cure everything” compound. If your CBD store is telling you something different, it may be time to find a new one!

Q: How Can I Tell if my CBD is from Hemp or Marijuana?

A: You Can’t.

Cannabidiol is the same compound, whether it comes from hemp or a marijuana plant. There are actually more than 100 known compounds found in both hemp and marijuana plants. And they’re the exact same compounds – they just occur in different quantities.

There are differences in the way that hemp and marijuana are grown. Hemp may be tall and reedy like bamboo, while marijuana is grown shorty and bushy to maximize buds. The legal difference is the amount of THC in the plant. In order for hemp products to be sold outside of a dispensary, they cannot contain more than .3% THC on a dry-weight basis. So, while differences do exist – the compounds themselves are the same.

Take a peek at that label for the THC content that is in your box or bottle. That’s what can tell you which plant your CBD came from.

Hemp Questions Answered

Now that you are an expert on hemp, it’s your turn to apply all of your knowledge to get the most out of your hemp products. We are always happy to answer any additional hemp questions you may have and you can reach out to us at 616-275-1039 locally or 888-772-7875 toll-free and by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com.


Unraveling Lab Reports – A How To Guide for CBD

June 14th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Unraveling Lab Reports for CBD Products

You’ll hear us say time and again that you should only purchase lab tested CBD products. In a 2017 study, The Journal of the American Medical Association found that as much as 70% of the CBD labels they tested were inaccurate. One way to protect yourself as a consumer is through lab results. But what does that mean? We’re here to help with this article on unraveling lab reports for CBD products.

What is a Lab Report?

Hemp is an industry that is sadly lacking in regulation. Manufacturers do not follow one set of standards for product packaging, labeling, or even serving sizes. Because of the lack of production standards, some hemp based products can be confusing to buy and consume. One way to make sure that you’re purchasing a safe, quality, product is to verify that there are lab reports made available to you.

Are There Differences?

Just as you’ll see differences in hemp products from manufacturer to manufacturer, you’ll see differences in lab reports. Some manufacturers make multi page documents available to you while others provide a quick summary. These will vary both by lab and by product.

Why Do I Care?

Hemp is a porous plant. If it’s planted in unhealthy soil, it will soak up those contaminants and possibly end up in your box or bottle. Additionally, you want to make sure that the active ingredients (CBD or other cannabinoids) that are in the package match the label. If they don’t, you could be taking a much different serving than you think you are. Essentially, the goal is to make sure that everything you want in your hemp product is there – and everything you don’t want (like those contaminants or even THC) are not present.

Lab Reports versus Certificates of Analysis

The phrase “lab report” or “lab test” may be used interchangeable with “certificate of analysis” (COA). In reality, though, the lab report is the full document and the COA is the shorter document that certifies those results (essentially the cliff notes version.) Often the COA is all that is made available to the public.

Why are Lab Reports Important for CBD Products?

Cannabinoid Content

There are more than 100 compounds, or cannabinoids, found in hemp plants. Those compounds make up the cannabinoid content. If you’re taking a tincture with 300mg of CBD and 0 THC on the label, the cannabinoid content is what you’re looking at to make sure that you’re getting what you paid for and also that you’re not taking more THC than you bargained for. A high THC hemp product is referred to as “hot” and they are definitely out there.

Contaminants Testing

When we’re talking about hemp, contaminants fall into the categories of pesticides, heavy metals, solvents and microbials. Pesticides used to grow the hemp, or microbials (bugs) that made it into the hemp stalks can leach into the soil and your bottle. Heavy metals from bad soil can also make it through, as can solvents if the hemp oil is not extracted safely. Each state has different allowable limits.

How Do I Read a Report?

Let’s start with definitions of all of the jargon that you’ll see on your report.

COA Vocabulary

  • Batch / Lot – A batch refers to the lot of product in your bottle or box. Products can have two batches – one would indicate the extracted hemp lot and the second would be the final oil in your box or bottle. You can find it printed on your packaging label or the bottom. You’ll want to match that number to the lab report or COA you’re looking at.

Lab Test Lot Detail Example

  • Analytes / Cannabinoids – cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis plants (marijuana or hemp) that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS.) At the time of this writing, more than 110 have been identified. CBD and THC are the most well-known of these. Analytes are a broader category that can refer to anything being studies or measured. It’s often used on lab test documents.
  • Heavy Metals – naturally occurring metallic elements in soil that can be dangerous in high concentrations.
  • LOD/ ND – these are interchangeable. LOD means less than the “limit of detection”. ND means “non detected.” In both cases, the phrase indicates that the compound was not detected in testing.
  • LOQ – “limit of quantitation.” You’ll see this phrase regularly – it means the lowest level at which the concentration of something can be detected. So, the compound is present, but it a quantity too low to define an exact amount.
  • Microbials – yeast and mold that can be present if moisture content in hemp is not optimal. Again, these limits and the actual microbials required to be tested vary between states. Colorado only requires that only three microbial tests are run on cannabis, but California requires 15.
  • Pesticides – any substances that prevent, destroy or repel insects, rodents or fungus are pesticides. A pesticide may also be any substance used to regulate plant growth, like a drying agent. Residual pesticides can be harmful to both human skin and internal organs.
  • Residual Solvents – extraction by-products found in processed cannabis and hemp that can present varied levels of human health risks.
  • Terpenes – aromatic compounds found in many plants. They are often used in essential oils and can provide specific benefits – as an example, limonene is what gives citrus fruit its’ bright smell and color. It’s used in flavoring and essential oils.lemonade drink mix

Just for the Math of It

The first thing that you’ll see on the lab report is usually that cannabinoid profile – how much of each compound was present in the sample tested. Do keep in mind that a test is just that – a sample. Using our gummy example able, the sample size was 5 gummies. Enough that they feel it to be a good representative of the whole. Any good lab will require at least double the amount that they need to test in case they see inconsistencies and want to re-test.

Some labs will quote in milligrams and others will quote in percentages. In this example, this is a 50mg strength soft gel capsule. The results column tells you that the test results came to 60.18 mg and how those broke down. There were 52.62mg of CBD and trace amounts of CBN, CBG, CBDV, CBC and THCV.

Cannabinoid Profile Example

This COA quotes in terms of percentages as well as ml, and it gives a quick chart on the other items tested, such as those pesticides and heavy metals. This is a lab test for a lotion, so they cannot provides results per serving. That’s where our math comes in. The CBD potency will reflect mg/g – concentration of cannabinoids per gram of product. You may also see mg/ml if measuring a liquid in milliliters. One gram and one milliliter are equal. They’re quoting 543.2 milligrams of cannabinoids in 30 ml (1 ounce.) We multiply that by 2 because this is a two ounce jar for a total of 1086.4 cannabinoids in this lot. The label states 1000mg.Lab Test Key

 

Here’s another lab example that does the math for you and tells you the stated label quantity.

If the product label states 0 THC, that’s something to check as well. While it’s not likely to fail a drug test from taking a full spectrum CBD product, it can happen. If your career is at risk or you want to avoid THC for other reasons, make sure to check the COA.

Lab Test Summary 0 THC

Solvents, Pesticides and Microbials – Oh My

When looking at Lab Report for these dirty possibilities, it’s a simpler task. This is where we want to see those LOQ, LOD and ND notations to tell us that they are not present. Lab reports will often tell you what that quantitative limit is, as well.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Here at Green Wellness, we are all about consumer education. You can always find lab results for the more than 20 different CBD and hemp brands that we carry here. Consider this to be another tool in your toolbox to assist you in finding a hemp product that can help you achieve the wellness that you’re looking for.

We are always happy to talk hemp! We try to publish relevant information on a regular basis – here’s a link to all of our recent articles. If you’d rather chat with a real live human to further your hemp education, we can do that, too! You can find us at 616-275-1039 locally or 888-772-7875 toll free and by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com


CBD Deals On Groupon: Are They Safe?

May 8th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Groupon and CBD Test

Brandy Selfie By Brandelle Palmer GWL Founder/Owner

Is buying CBD on Groupon a great value or a super bad idea?

Like many of you, I love to check out Groupon.  It can be a great way to score a deal and try a new restaurant or fun activity.  But is it a great place to buy CBD? That was the question we wanted to answer.  We were so interested that we made a video of our findings. Complete with poorly trained (is there any other kind?) cats moseying in and out of the frame.  You’d rather read about it? You’re a person after my own heart. So let’s dive in! 

Intro to CBD

If you’re new to CBD, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.  I’m impressed that you’re still reading, so let’s talk that through.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 compounds found in both hemp and marijuana plants.  CBD and THC (the compound that is psychotropic) occur in higher percentages than many of the other compounds(cannabinoids), so we know the most about them.  However, we’re learning more about those minor cannabinoids every day.  For now, though, CBD is a pretty big deal.  The global market exceeded $2.1 billion dollars in 2020.  That’s a lot of people finding benefits. Read the rest of this entry »


Medterra CBD Review

May 6th, 2022 by Brandy Palmer

Medterra CBD Review

Medterra CBD is one of many companies that formed after CBD (cannabidoil) became legal in the United States with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. How do Medterra CBD products stack up compared to other popular CBD brands? Read our full Medterra CBD review below to get our thoughts.

Medterra CBD Review Overview

Based in Irvine, California, Medterra has partnered with the Hemp Pilot Research program through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. As part of its commitment to supporting American farmers, Medterra sources its CBD from industrial hemp grown in Kentucky.

Medterra products are made with organic ingredients, and are certified by the US Hemp Authority. The hemp that Medterra uses is grown in accordance with strict regulatory standards.

Because Medterra extracts its CBD from American-grown hemp, customers can be assured that its products contain no more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. This trace amount of THC won’t make you feel high or stoned. Because some people choose to avoid THC altogether, Medterra also offers CBD products that are THC-free.

All of Medterra’s products are independently tested for quality, with the results available for your review directly on their website. This type of testing is incredibly important for CBD products, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD, at this time. By reviewing test results from third party laboratories, you can be sure that the product that you are buying contains exactly what it says – and doesn’t contain anything that you don’t want.

Green Wellness Life offers Medterra CBD products because we believe that they are high quality, safe and effective. Medterra CBD products also meet the requirements for any product that we sell: made from industrial hemp grown in the U.S., and independently tested with results available online. Medterra has quickly become one of the top 5 CBD brands that we carry and customers can’t seem to get enough!

Medterra offers a broad range of products, including edibles, oils and tinctures, softgels, capsules, and products for pets. Ready to learn more? Scroll to read more about the Medterra products that we offer in our online store.

Medterra Full Spectrum Gummies Review

Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Gummies

Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Gummies Overview

For many people, gummies are the best – and easiest – way to take CBD. Because CBD is derived from the hemp plant, it has a grassy or earthy flavor that some don’t enjoy. Medterra Full Spectrum CBD gummies allow you to reap the benefits of CBD with a pleasant taste.

These gummies are a full spectrum product, which means that they contain all of the beneficial compounds of the hemp plant, including trace amounts of THC. This may produce the entourage effect, which occurs when all of these compounds work together to produce even more benefits than CBD on its own.

Medterra CBD gummies come in two flavors:

  • Original Citrus, with 25 mg of CBD per serving; and
  • Deep Sleep – Berry, with 25 mg of CBD and 3 mg of melatonin per serving.

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In our experience, these gummies taste great – and work well. We have taken the original citrus gummies during the day, and found that they make us feel calmer and more relaxed. Taken at night, the deep sleep gummies help us get a restful night of sleep, without the tossing and turning that we often experience.

One of our staff members, Cara, has trouble turning off her brain at night. She reported that taking a Medterra Deep Sleep CBD gummy allowed her to relax her mind and drift off to sleep more quickly and to stay asleep through the night. She has quickly become a fan of these gummies – and says that she is sleeping better than ever!

Medterra gummies cost $59.99 for a 30 piece pack (750 mg total CBD in a package). They are a great choice if you want a quick, convenient and precise serving size. They’re gluten-free, vegan, and don’t contain high fructose corn syrup or gelatin.

Medterra CBD Gum Review

Medterra CBD Gum

Medterra CBD Gum Overview

Sometimes, you just need a little extra boost to get you through the day. That is where a product like Medterra’s CBD gum can come into play.

CBD gum isn’t meant to be used as a daily supplement. Instead, it can be used in addition to a daily capsule, tincture or gummy when you need it the most. Because the CBD doesn’t have to go through the digestive system, it is faster-acting than products like gummies – although its effects aren’t as long-lasting.

Medterra CBD gum comes in a mint flavor, and has 20 mg of CBD per piece of gum. There are 8 pieces of gum in a pack, which is offered for $11.99.

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When we pop a piece of this gum into our mouths, we have been pleasantly surprised at how good it tastes – and how quickly it works. In particular, we found that taking it helped us feel better when we had something bothering us – like a sore lower back or even a bad mood.

One of our customers reported suffering from knee problems. After talking to his doctor, he decided to take a daily CBD capsule to help reduce pain. When he has harder days – like when a storm is approaching or he has been on his feet a lot – he’ll chew Medterra CBD gum. The gum helps him deal with these more painful days, giving him a boost of CBD when he needs it most!

Medterra Hemp Gummies Review

Medterra Hemp CBD Gummies

Medterra Hemp CBD Gummies Overview

In addition to full spectrum CBD gummies, Medterra also offers a line of THC-free hemp CBD gummies. These gummies contain CBD isolate, which means that they only contain CBD, without any other compound (including THC).

The Medterra Hemp CBD Gummies come in four flavors, each of which has added ingredients to meet specific needs:

  • Sleep – Strawberry, with 25 mg of CBD and 3 mg of melatonin per serving;
  • Calm – Tropical, with 25 mg of CBD and 50 mg of L-theanine per serving;
  • Stay Alert – Citrus, with 25 mg of CBD per serving plus guarana, green tea and ginkgo biloba; and
  • Immune Boost – Elderberry, with 25 mg of CBD per serving plus 180% of your daily Vitamin C and 50% of your daily Zinc needs.

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The verdict? We love these CBD gummies. The lack of THC means that we don’t have to ever worry about failing a drug test. They’re easy to take, taste great, and offer the reassurance of knowing that you are getting exactly 25 mg of CBD per gummy – no more, no less.

Our team has found that the calm gummies allow us to relax without making us feel tired. In short, it produces a great, mellow feeling. During cold and flu season, we’ll often switch to the elderberry/immune boost formulation to give us the extra vitamins and minerals that can help us stave off sickness.

Medterra Ultra Broad Spectrum Capsules Review

Medterra Ultra Broad Spectrum Softgels

Medterra Ultra Broad Spectrum Softgels Overview

CBD edibles aren’t always the best choice for everyone. If you are looking for a higher amount of CBD per serving – while still avoiding the sometimes unpleasant taste of CBD oil – a softgel may be the way to go. Medterra CBD Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD Softgels are THC-free, but contain all of the other beneficial flavonoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant.

These softgels are tasteless and odorless, and super easy to swallow due to their smooth texture. Each softgel contains 50 mg of CBD, and no THC. The softgels are vegan, non-GMO, all-natural and pesticide-free.
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One of our customers suffers from lower back pain, which makes it hard for them to bend and difficult to fall asleep at night. They take a Medterra Ultra Broad Spectrum CBD softgel each morning. After taking it consistently for several weeks, they found that these softgels reduced their level of pain and allowed them to fall asleep more easily.

Medterra CBD Capsules Review

Medterra CBD Softgels

Medterra CBD Softgels Overview

If you’re interested in taking a CBD softgel, but want to avoid any compound other than CBD, then Medterra’s CBD softgels may be your best bet. These softgels contain 99.6% CBD isolate, giving you bang for your buck. They come in two serving sizes: 50 mg or 25 mg of CBD per softgel.

These softgels have the same benefits as other Medterra softgels: they’re tasteless and odorless, easy to swallow, vegan, and non-GMO. Instead of the MCT oil used in the Ulta Broad Spectrum softgels, these capsules suspend the CBD in fractionated coconut oil. They can be taken in the morning or at night.

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While most of our staff prefers to take a full or broad spectrum CBD product, we have found that these CBD isolate softgels are highly effective. Overall, when we follow a steady regime of taking these softgels, we find that we are more relaxed and sleep better. The softgels aren’t as fast-acting as something like a tincture – but when we take them consistently, we see great results.

Medterra Sleep Capsules Review

Medterra Good Night Liposomal CBD Sleep Capsules

Medterra Good Night Liposomal CBD Sleep Capsules Overview

Too many Americans – including us – struggle with insomnia. One solution that often works for us is the Medterra Good Night Liposomal CBD Sleep Capsules. These capsules are formulated with Medterra’s liposomal delivery system, which wraps 25 mg of CBD isolate and 3 mg of melatonin per serving with a blend of chamomile, passion flower, and gaba.

This liposomal delivery allows for 17x greater bioavailability and a 10x faster absorption in the gut. The end result is that these capsules work faster than other products, such as CBD gummies, and you can take less to get the same result.

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As part of their nightly routine, one of our team members takes a Good Night capsule with her chamomile tea. Chamomile is known for promoting deeper sleep, so the combination of the chamomile in the tea and in the capsule really helps them sleep soundly. They report that after struggling with a regular sleep pattern, these capsules help them get the rest that they need to be ready for the next day.

Medterra Immune Boost Drops

Medterra Hemp CBD Immune Boost Drops

Medterra Hemp CBD Immune Boost Drops Overview

With the current state of the world, we have all learned just how important it is to have a strong, healthy immune system. While no supplement can prevent the transmission of viruses or bacteria, having a strong immune system can keep your body strong. Enter: Medterra Hemp CBD Immune Boost Drops.

Made using 0% THC ultra broad spectrum CBD, these drops are loaded with superfood nutrition such as camu camu (a berry found in the Amazon that is chock full of Vitamin C), and sea buckthorn (also known as Siberian pineapple, it’s full of health fatty acids). It also contains the beneficial components of elderberry, echinacea, ginger root, ashwagandha, reishi mushroom and lemon balm.

These drops have a light citrus flavor and are taken by placing a drop or two under your tongue. Unlike capsules and gummies, you won’t necessarily get a precise serving size using these drops – but you can use the measurement markers on the dropper to determine how much to take. For example, if you want to take 25 mg of CBD, you will need to take a full dropper of the tincture (1 ml).
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We have found that the citrus flavoring helps to mask the taste of the CBD well, and the drops work quickly. We love the fact that these drops allow us to improve our immune system while delivering the benefits of CBD. It’s definitely a top choice for the fall and winter months for us – or whenever we want to ramp up our immune system!

Medterra CBD Oil Tincture

Medterra CBD Oil Tincture

Medterra CBD Oil Tincture Overview

There are a lot of good reasons to choose a CBD tincture. Unlike edibles and softgels, they don’t have to go through the digestive system – which means that you get faster relief. These tinctures often tend to be more cost effective than other forms of CBD, with a lower price per mg of CBD than other options. That is why we believe that the Medterra CBD Oil Tincture is a great way to take CBD.

This tincture is unflavored, and made with a CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD (so it is THC-free). The 3000 mg bottle has a larger dropper, offering 100 mg of CBD per 1ml dropperful. The 1000 mg bottle provides 33.3 mg of CBD per 1 ml dropperful. The CBD is suspended in MCT oil (fractionated coconut oil).

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While the taste of this oil can be a bit challenging, we like that it doesn’t have any additives. One of our team members deals with a lot of anxiety. She has found that taking a dropperful of this tincture regularly helps to keep her on a more even keel – and get better sleep! In her words, “I can feel my anxiety melt away when I hold it under my tongue.”

Medterra Full Spectrum Drops

Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Oil Drops

Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Oil Drops Overview

If you want to take a full spectrum CBD oil, then you might be interested in trying the Medterra Full Spectrum CBD Oil Drops. These drops contain up to 0.3% THC, along with all of the other beneficial compounds found in CBD. They’re vegan, organic, gluten free, and contain no high fructose corn syrup. These drops come in a citrus flavor, with 1500 mg of CBD per bottle.
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We have found that they are a great way to experience the entourage effect, where you get the benefit of consuming CBD, THC, flavonoids and terpenes together. Hannah particularly likes taking this tincture as most of the CBD oils that she takes for pain taste like grass and dirt. For a flavored full spectrum tincture, these drops taste delightful!

Medterra Cat & Dog Chews Review

Medterra CBD Calming Soft Chews for Cats & Dogs

Medterra CBD Calming Soft Chews For Cats & Dogs Overview

Did you know that CBD can also benefit your furry friends? All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, or ECS. CBD is thought to interact with the ECS and it may help to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions in both pets and humans.

That is why many pet parents have turned to CBD to help their dogs and cats feel calm, relaxed, and happy. Medterra CBD Calming Softchews for Cats and Dogs allow you to give your pet CBD easily (after consulting with your vet). The chews come in two flavors: bacon and salmon, and each chew contains 10 mg of CBD isolate (no THC).

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Our pup absolutely LOVES both the bacon and salmon flavors. As a rescue dog, he was often anxious about loud noises. We give him a bacon-flavored soft chew (his favorite) whenever a storm is in the forecast or when we know people will be setting off fireworks around the Fourth of July or other holidays. It helps him to stay chill (and NOT run and hide under the bed) on these occasions.

Medterra Dog & Cat Tincture Review

Medterra Pets CBD Tincture

Medterra Pets CBD Tincture Overview

For a more cost-effective CBD option for dogs, you may choose Medterra Pets CBD Tincture. Note that because this tincture contains MCT oil – which may upset your cat’s stomach – it is only recommended for dogs. It’s formulated with CBD isolate, so it’s THC-free.

This tincture comes in beef or chicken flavor, and delivers 300 ml of CBD per bottle. The flavoring is all natural.

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We have found that while dogs love the flavor of this tincture, it can be harder to give it to them and to get a precise serving size (compared to CBD soft chews). The trick is to either squirt a few drops directly into your dog’s mouth (which can be a challenge) or to put the tincture right onto their food or a treat and let it soak in a bit. With some practice, you’ll be able to administer a specific serving size easily.

Our dogs all enjoy the chicken flavor tincture, which we usually put on their food to make it easier to administer. One of our dogs is older, and has arthritis. Taking the CBD oil has seemed to reduce her stiffness and allowed her to run and play more like a puppy! We would definitely recommend this product.

Buy Medterra CBD from Green Wellness Life

We know that when it comes to CBD, you have a lot of options. That is why we offer our own experience with different CBD brands – to give you the information that you need to make the decision that is right for you about CBD. As with anything that you might add to your diet, be sure to consult with your doctor before taking CBD.

If you have questions about CBD or our own experiences with these products, reach out to us for help. Call us at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form. You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!


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