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Best CBD Oil For Pets

May 17th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

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I have been working for Green Wellness for the past four years and I have had the privilege of getting to know many of you and your stories. I have heard about how CBD has given you a better quality of life, assisted you with pain, or helped many of you with your anxiety and mood. Many of these stories have included how CBD has benefited your pets. I have heard of CBD benefitting pets with everything from CBD for dog arthritis, pet seizures, pet anxiety, to pet issues pets like hot spots, allergies. I love hearing the success stories and I personally have seen first hand how my four dogs and three cats have benefited from the use of daily CBD oil for pets. 

What Is CBD

First let’s talk about what CBD hemp oil for pets is and why it can be helpful to your pets. You see, all mammals share the same Endocannabinoid System (ECS.) That means that all of your family members – including the furry ones – can see benefits from cannabinoids like CBD. So what is CBD? CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in either the hemp or the marijuana plants. These compounds are actually called cannabinoids. In the hemp plant, CBD makes up more than 40 % of the cannabinoids. Because CBD is non psychoactive it makes it a great option for our pets health and well being.

CBD and many of the other cannabinoids that benefit our pets bodies act as a neutralizer or as a stabilizer for the body, assisting a human or pet’s body in returning to a neutral state or a state of homeostasis. This is why many people believe that CBD can be used to benefit a pet with pain and inflammation issues as well as anxiety, stress, seizures, fireworks and more. It is important to note that all CBD is not the same and finding the right CBD for your pets can be tricky. Let’s take a look at the different types of CBD. There are three main ways CBD is processed. 

  •  Full Spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the whole plant and all the plants compounds or cannabinoids are present.
  •  Broad spectrum CBD for pets which consists of the part of the plants compounds or cannabinoids while other compounds, cannabinoids and terpenes can be removed. Usually the cannabinoid that is mostly removed is THC..
  • Isolate CBD for pets which means everything from the plant has been removed and only the cannabinoid or compound CBD are present.

How do I give my pet CBD oil?

We always recommend starting with a small serving for pets and people. Begin with 1-2mg per 10lbs of pet body weight for the first 5-7 days. If enough benefit is not seen, we recommend doubling that serving for week two. Those gradual increases can continue, giving your pet’s body several days to adjust each time. Our goal is for them to see benefits within 2 to 3 weeks. While we know that our pets can’t talk, we can usually tell how they are feeling by their actions. If you are not seeing that these products are helping them, please reach out by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com or by phone toll free at 888-772-7875! We are here to help you and your pets on this journey.

Pet CBD Side Effects

One of the benefits of using CBD verses other pharmaceutical products prescribed by your pets veterinarian is the minimal side effects. CBD can cause some drowsiness or upset stomach if given without food. There is one more important concern that should be mentioned. The American Kennel Club described it as “The main concern with CBD is that it inhibits a chemical in the body called cytochrome P450 that is responsible for metabolizing most drugs. If a drug’s efficacy depends on its metabolized product, CBD could render it less effective. If a drug’s safety depends on it being cleared from the body within a certain time frame, CBD could cause it to build up to toxic levels. Never give your dog CBD without your veterinarian’s knowledge if your dog is taking other drugs.”

What are some of the best CBD oils for dogs and cats?

Part of my job is researching and trying CBD to bring into our store. That also means my family, including my pets try a lot of CBD. Here are a few of our favorites in our household. My fur babies definitely have some they love more than others! I have also included pictures so that you can meet the GWL taste testers.

1. Most Cost-Effective Pet CBD

The most cost effective CBD for pets is usually in a tincture format. Hemplucid Pets CBD Tincture with 300 mg per bottle is (formerly Roxy Pets CBD by Hemplucid) a formulated full-spectrum CBD tinctures that can be used with cats or dogs. Available in two great flavors including fish flavored CBD tincture and chicken CBD pet tincture your cats and dogs are sure to love it. Yum!

This is a delicious, nutritious addition to your cat or dog’s daily diet. It’s also the only fish oil based CBD product that we are aware of on the market today! I give this tincture to my feline babies shown above. I just add a little to Sophie, Bella and Miss Kitties food and we see a difference in joint mobility for our older cat Miss Kitty and calming for our busy cats that are sisters. With 300 mg per 30 ml/1 fl oz each, it is a great option for smaller pets or pets who do not need to take as much. Each dropperful has 10 mg.

2. Our favorite CBD for an older dog

Holistapet CBD Dog Treats are a favorite in our house. Lucy pictured above is our 16 year old schnauzer. That is right, 16!!! She takes her CBD daily and she is an incredibly active 16 year old dog (that is 112 years old in dog years!!). She is still playful and happy. She can even jump up on our couch, we truly see the difference when we do not give her Holistapet CBD Joint and Mobility dog treats. These treats are not only for joint mobility, with three different options to choose from they are definitely a fan favorite at our house! I have listed the three different options below and I am not the only one that loves these treats for dogs. They are also a leading brand in the CBD pet market.

  • Blueberry & sweet potato (Heart and Immune Care) – Formulated with blueberries, flaxseed and sweet potatoes to boost your pets immunity, strengthen cardiovascular health and promote healthy skin and coat.
  • Green apple & peanut butter (Stress Relief) – Enhanced with hemp, chamomile and L-theanine to help your dog maintain a calm energy and relaxed state of mind.
  • Pumpkin spice & cinnamon (Joint and Mobility Care) – Formulated with turmeric root and boswellia to increase strength in joints and reduce physical discomfort.

3. Our favorite CBD for larger pets

CBDfx CBD Pet Tincture is a must have in our house with a Great Dane. Due to Molly’s big size, (she is our big princess) weighing in at 140 pounds and measuring 6 foot 2 inches tall, she is not able to use just any CBD. The CBDfx CBD Broad Spectrum Pet Tincture increases the milligrams of the CBD boasting a whopping 1000 mg of CBD per 1 fl oz. The CBDfx Pet Tincture is uniquely formulated to be a great fit for your larger pets while giving you a 0 THC option, made from hemp. The tincture is a yummy bacon flavor that your fur baby is sure to love, just like our big girl Molly. This CBD pet oil is a great option for those larger pets who need a little more CBD. We give Molly 12-15 drops in her food once a day and we notice a difference in her joint pain and every day movement. Only the best for our princess!

4. Our favorite CBD for anxious Dogs

Martha Stewart Treats

In our house we are a sucker for a hurting animal. Rizzo, our little mutt, came to us from a very abusive and bad situation. We have had him for four years now and he is the most loving, quirky dog I have ever owned. He is also incredibly anxious. We have worked with him in helping him deal with his anxiety and to help him in feeling safe, but without his CBD he is a bundle of nerves. The difference we see in Rizzo when he takes his CBD and when he doesn’t is remarkable. He loves the Martha Stewart CBD dog chews. They smell delightful and are, in true Martha fashion, gourmet!

These CBD Soft Baked Calm Chews are available in a great tasting chicken and cranberry flavor and two different strengths. These treats combine quality CBD from Broad Spectrum hemp extract and chamomile for a calm, balanced pup.

  • Small to Medium: 5 to 35 pounds with 9mg CBD and 150 mg Chamomile per chew
  • Large: 36 to 110 pounds with 26 mg of CBD and 250 mg of Chamomile per chew

Rizzo gets one Calm chew daily and on some days when we have something going on or he gets real nervous, we also may put some of the Hemplucid CBD pet tincture in his food. This has been an incredible help to us with Rizzo.

5. Our Favorite CBD for Picky Pets

Koi Dog Treats

Molly is not only big but she is also our picky pet. Molly will not eat any of the other CBD treats. I cannot get her to even try some of the other treats, but the Koi CBD Soft Chew pet treats are by far Molly’s favorite! She simply inhales these treats! The only downfall to these treats is the cost. For bigger dogs they can get pretty expensive. Molly has to take 3 to 4 treats to get her daily serving size so it is not an option I use daily for Molly, but we do give her a treat every know and then! Each CBD Koi pet treats are 2mg per treat and even my cats love these treats. If you cannot get your pet to take CBD this is a possible option that may help.

incredible help to us with Rizzo.

6. Our Favorite CBD treat for Kitties or small dogs!

Treatibles CBD Cat Chews

Treatibles CBD Cat Soft Chews are delicious, soft, chewable and full of natural phytocannabinoids that is made just for cats. That’s right – no more dog treats for our kitties! We have searched far and wide to find soft treats that your furry feline will beg for and these get two paws up. Treatibles is another one of the leading CBD pet brands on the market and you can be rest assured your kitty is getting a quality treat with the best ingredients in their CBD treat. With 150 mg We think your kitty will love them, but we know that cats can be more finicky than their canine counterparts, so don’t worry you can try them out my miss kitty loves her treats but if your fur baby doesn’t we do have other options and a 30 day money back guarantee.

The GWL Favorites are only a small selection! Give us a call or email us for more info or other available CBD Pet products. 

GWL Pet Products

The products shown above are only a small selection. We have a variety of pet products beyond the products listed above and every one of them has been tried by each of our pet testers. If you do not feel any of these products will work for your pet, feel free to give us a call or email us and we will be happy to assist you in finding the right CBD pet product for your furry friends!

Does CBD Work for Dogs? – American Kennel Club (akc.org)

Frontiers | Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs | Veterinary Science (frontiersin.org)

CBD for Pets: What to Know About Benefits, Safety, and More – GoodRx

CBD 101 | A Beginner’s Guide To CBD | What You Need To Know (greenwellnesslife.com)

 


10 Best CBD Gummies of 2022

April 7th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

Best CBD Gummies

The 10 Best CBD Gummies of 2022

Research along with many of our clients are reporting that cannabis edibles (you may know them as CBD gummies), can benefit our lives in a variety of ways. However at Green Wellness Life we have tried a lot of CBD gummies and we are firm believers that not all CBD gummies are the same. As a matter of fact CBD gummies can differ based on ingredients, strength of gummy and the type of processing that the hemp plant the gummy is made from goes through.   Although research on CBD is fairly new and there is still a long way to go in determining how CBD enhances our living, one thing is for sure, it is here to stay! We talk to people everyday who are sharing their favorites and how it is enhancing their lives, so lets take a look at our top 10 CBD Gummy Picks of 2022.

First there are some basic questions we want to answer regarding CBD gummies and then we will get into the top 10 picks!

Some Common Questions about CBD Gummies

1.How long does it take for a CBD gummy to work?

When ingesting CBD edibles, most people do not start to see the full benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids(compounds similar to CBD in the hemp plant) for 5 to 7 days.  CBD must be taken daily to experience the full benefits.  Once you have been taking CBD for a week, you should start to see some of the benefits within an hour of ingesting CBD. Once you start experiencing benefits, we recommend staying at that serving size daily even on bad days.  If you increase your intake on bad days your body will begin to rely on more.  We do offer other products you can use as needed, that process in the body differently.  Check out our Fast Acting category for those CBD products.

2.How many CBD gummies can I take at one time?

We always recommend starting with a small serving size (10 to 15 mg) daily for 5 to 7 days.  If after 7 days you are not seeing a difference in your everyday activities, we recommend increasing by doubling.  You will do this daily for another 5 to 7 days and re-evaluate how your feeling.  CBD must be used in a daily routine for best results. Read more on serving sizes.

3.Can CBD Gummies get you high?

CBD gummies from hemp can only have trace amounts of CBD.  Meaning they cannot get you high.  However there are some questionable gummies that are being produced with delta 8.  These products can get you high and we do not sell them for this reason. Further there are concerns over variability in product formulations and product labeling, other cannabinoid and terpene content, and variable delta-8 THC concentrations as well as the manufacturing of Deta-8 often involves the  use of potentially harmful chemicals to create the concentrations.” It is important to make sure you know the source of you CBD . We recommend purchasing CBD from reputable sources.   

4. Are CBD gummies different from other CBD products?

The main difference between CBD gummies, CBD edibles and other CBD you take internally is the delivery mechanism.  CBD Gummies are made with the same plant matter that manufacturers make capsules or tinctures with. Once you start taking gummies for more than five days, your body stores the CBD and uses it as needed. 

5. Can I buy a cheap CBD gummy?

Our short answer is probably not, we caution people to be very careful of inexpensive CBD.  The industry is not regulated and companies can put just about anything into your gummies or CBD products.  Often cheap gummies can have a lot of inconsistencies in milligrams and the quality of the hemp.  Because we are taking CBD with our health in mind, going toward cheap brands or less than reputable brands can have harmful results.  It is also well known that CBD in gummies can be very inconsistent and some gummies have little to zero CBD in them.  Lastly CBD edibles can be made from synthetic CBD. We are strong proponents of whole plant CBD at Green Wellness!   This is why lab results should be available for any product you are taking and you should check them(or know your CBD source).  So with that being said let’s take a look at our favorites!

How did we choose our favorite CBD gummies?

  • Flavor
  • Consistency(Nobody Likes gross textures in their mouth!)
  • Price
  • Processing
  • Manufacturers Reputation
  • Independent Lab results are mandatory to make this list! 
  • Customer reviews
  • Every company listed below grows their hemp in the USA
  • Every CBD gummy below has up to date lab results listed on our website to be viewed.

Here are our top 10 favorite CBD gummies!

There is one for everyone!

 

Best Priced Gummy-Lazarus Natural CBD Gummies

 

Positives: Lazarus makes a quality CBD gummy with a great price point. But don’t let the price fool you, it is still packed with CBD goodness, quality hemp and a great taste! We also love that this gummy adds extra ingredients like Ashwaganda and L-Theanine as an added bonus to counteract anxiety and stress. If the price point is your concern,  Lazarus Gummies are for you. Many of our customers love this gummy and swear by its ability to help with pain and inflammation.

Negatives: Although we love this gummy, we have found that some of our customers say when looking for a full spectrum gummy it is not as effective as the Medterra full spectrum gummy.  This gummy also has a small earthy aftertaste that some people do not care for.

Features:The Lazarus full spectrum gummy has the best price point of all of our gummies without sacrificing quality.  Lazarus also includes Ashwagandha and L-theanine to assist with calm as well. This is a vegan CBD gummy. Many of our customers utilize this for pain, inflammation and mood.

Best CBD Gummy With A Reputation For Sleep – Medterra Full Spectrum Deep Sleep Gummy

Positives: Medterra Deep Sleep Gummy is packed with 25 mg of cannabinoids(including CBDA)and 3 mg of melatonin to help you get to sleep. This Gummy is as close as you will get to the plant in the ground, while still tasting good. There is a growing amount of research surrounding CBDA and it’s link to “inflammation and pain reduction.” Recently there has also been some research regarding the benefits in Covid prevention. This gummy really is a wonder! It is a favorite around our office and you can’t go wrong with any Medterra product. The brand is one of the leading brands on the market and their products are certified by the US Hemp Authority.

Negatives: It is a higher price point than some other gummies that are full spectrum, however it is the only gummy we have found with CBDA.  If cost is a factor, it is more cost effective to utilize a capsule or tincture with CBDA.  The sleep gummy has melatonin in it, and for some this is a negative.  

Features: Medterra Deep Sleep Full Spectrum Raw CBDa Gummy tastes good, and is available in two varieties, one for night-time and one for daytime. Many of our clients love this gummy for pain and inflammation as well as sleep and relaxation.

Best Gummy Our Customers Use For Calming & Stress- Medterra Calm Gummy

Positives: Medterra Calm CBD Gummy is one of our top selling zero THC gummies. Medterra Calm Gummy is offered in regular and advanced strength.  The Medterra Calm gummy’s Regular strength is 25 mg and the advanced strength CBD gummy packs a whopping 50 mg of CBD per gummy! Many of our clients who struggle with anxiety and stress choose this gummy over any other. Medterra utilizes CBD and other added ingredients that can also assist you with calm and anxiety.  

Negatives:  This is not my favorite tasting gummy but it is not bad.  Customers tell us this is not always great for pain, inflammation or condition specific issues as well.

Features: The Medterra Calm CBD Gummy is vegan friendly, has no artificial flavors, Gluten Free, 99% CBD, and has zero THC.   The Medterra Gummy line also offers a sleep and immune boost gummy as well that are equally as good!

Best Tasting Gummy – Martha Stewart CBD Gummies

Positives: Martha Stewart is known for having a fantastic taste and gourmet dishes.  In true Martha Stewart fashion these gummies are not just attractively packaged, but they are delightful!  No, really we have tasted a lot of CBD edibles over the years and I promise you Martha’s gummies are the best tasting gummies we have found.  Looking for a smaller serving size in a gummy, look no further.  Martha offers a 10 mg gummy, so you can take a little or a lot! They pack 10 mg’s of isolate CBD (0 THC!) in a delicious gourmet flavored gummy, so you can take or more than one, Martha says “she takes 3 to 4 a day!”Martha made sure we have some great options and we offer three amazing flavors, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

Negatives: If you are looking for a stronger serving size, the Martha Stewart gummies are probably not a good fit.  You would need to take 5 gummies in order to equal the serving of some of the other CBD gummies we have ranked!

Features: Martha Stewart’s Isolate CBD gummy comes in small serving sizes which allows you  to build on or stick to a small amount if you prefer. It is offered in  three great flavors and many of our clients love this gummy for mood and anxiety.

Best CBD Whole Plant Gummy with CBDA – Medterra Full Spectrum Gummy

Positives: Medterra Full Spectrum Gummy shown above in the sleep category wins in two categories and we are sure it deserves the two wins!  As we discussed above this gummy comes in day and night time varieties.  But wait there is something very unique about this gummy.  Unlike almost all full spectrum gummies on the market this gummy includes raw unheated plant matter known as CBDA. There is a lot of talk and research regarding CBDA being recognized for assistance with pain and inflammation.  So whether you want daytime or nighttime assistance, you can get it in one gummy! Unique is right, this Gummy is as close as you will get to the plant in the ground, while still tasting good and who doesn’t love the benefits of a plant!  Not only is there a growing amount of research surrounding CBDA and it’s link to “inflammation and pain reduction.” Recently there has also been some research regarding the benefits in Covid prevention. This gummy really is incredible and we know you will love it as much as we do!

Negatives: It is a higher price point than some other gummies that are full spectrum, however it is the only gummy we have found with CBDA.  If cost is a factor, it is more cost effective to utilize a capsule or tincture with CBDA.  The sleep gummy has melatonin in it, and for some this is a negative.  

Features: Medterra Deep Sleep Full Spectrum Raw CBDa Gummy tastes good, and is available in two varieties, one for night-time and one for daytime. Many of our clients love this gummy for pain and inflammation as well as sleep and relaxation.

The Best Gummy For After A Workout – Charlotte’s Web CBD Recovery Gummy 

Positives: Charlotte’s Web Recovery Gummies (Ginger Flavor) are specially formulated with a botanical blend of ginger, turmeric, and proprietary whole-plant hemp extract to support joint health and joint strength.  The extra ingredients make this a perfect gummy for an after workout treat!  They taste good and they support healthy joints and muscles. Each Charlotte’s Web Gummy has 5mg per gummy and 60 gummies per jar.  Charlotte’s Web is a giant in the CBD industry, and has been around for a long time perfecting their CBD.  It is an incredibly trustworthy company with a reputation for knowing and making some of the best CBD on the market.    

Negatives: Each gummy only has 5 mg in them, which means you would at least need to take 2 gummies a day to experience the benefits for recovery. Charlotte’s web pricing is competitive but they are definitely on the higher end of the pricing scale. 

 Features: The Charlotte’s Web Recovery Gummies are flavored with natural fruit juices and are  made without any additives or dyes.  These gummies are vegan friendly, have no artificial flavors and taste great. 

Best Sugar Free Gummy- Smokiez Isolate Sugar Free Gummy

Positives: Smokiez Sugar Free CBD Gummies are beautifully packaged and taste amazing!  You would never guess there is no sugar in them.  This gummy is offered in 25 mg per gummy with a total of 250 mg per package.  Although this can be inconvenient, it is not a deal breaker.  The price point is good, especially considering sugar free CBD gummies are hard to find. This gummy is new to us and will  be available within the week, so if we are sold out check back! With Zero THC in each gummy. Smokiez utilizes CBD and other added ingredients that can also assist you with calm.  

Negatives: The bag is sold with only 10 gummies to a bag, and in order to get a month’s supply you would need to purchase 3 bags.

Features: The Smokiez Sugar Free CBD Gummies are vegan friendly, have no artificial flavors, competitive pricing, and is gluten and dairy Free.  These flavorful nuggets have zero THC and many of our clients who struggle with mood and anxiety appreciate this gummy. Did we say they are super yummy as well!

Best Broad Spectrum Zero THC CBD Gummy – Wyld Full Spectrum

Positives: Wyld is a leader in the CBD & THC gummy industry. Wyld Gummies are sold all over the usa and they are known for their excellence in the industry.  We have been carrying Wyld CBD gummies for the past four years and they never go out of style. Wyld boasts zero THC while still including some of the other plant matter that many CBD consumers appreciate for stress, calm, pain and rest. Offering a variety of flavors in a 25 mg gummy, Wyld has checked off many boxes with this CBD gummy, including vegan friendly, made with real fruit and gluten free! 

The CBG gummy is one of their newest gummies and we are just starting to learn about CBG and its benefits to us. Wyld Specializes in a CBN and a CBG gummy.  These cannabinoids have a reputation for assisting with sleep(“CBN- is slowly gaining popularity for its potential benefits for sleep and pain management.” Some of our customers tell us it is helping with calm, nausea and other inflammation symptoms as well. Although there is therapeutic promise for the potentials of CBG, there is much more research to be completed and considered to better understand the complete utility of CBG.

Negatives: They are all so good it is hard to decide which CBD gummy to choose! Wyld also produces cannabis gummies from marijuana.  We do not carry the marijuana gummies but if you are searching for Wyld be careful to look for the CBD gummies! 

Features: The Wyld CBD Gummies are vegan friendly, zero THC and offers other cannabinoids like CBG & CBN that our customers say can be helpful with mood and pain.

Best Full Spectrum Gummy- Hemplucid Full Spectrum Gummy

Positives: A great tasting full spectrum gummy can be hard to find.  Hemplucid has outdone themselves with this one! Hemplucid is known for their clean hemp, grown in the USA.  Did we also tell you it is certified organic? Most CBD brands say they are all natural but few go through the process of being certified.  With Hemplucid you know you are getting a quality product! They are committed to growing and producing the best CBD products on the market and we at Green Wellness know their products are 100% quality all day long.  We hear all the time, “I have tried CBD and it did not work for me.”  Check out this Hemplucid Full Spectrum CBD gummy and you will be surprised at how much you will love the way it assists you in your everyday wellbeing. Our customers rave about this gummy and how it has helped them with everything from mood to pain. 

Negatives: The old saying you get what you pay for is true here. Hemplucid puts out some fantastic products but they are definitely at a higher price point than all of our other gummies.  We really do think they are worth it!

Features: Hemplucid Full Spectrum CBD Gummy is certified organic and made with all natural limited ingredients. Clients tell us they love this product for pain, condition specific issues and anxiety.

Best Overall CBD Gummy – – Wyld Full Spectrum

Positives: When I think of The Best I think of a gummy that almost everyone can use and Wyld gummies check off all of the boxes.  Wyld is a leader in the gummy industry and with zero THC anyone can take this gummy without worry. The great thing about this CBD edible is that it still includes some of the other cannabinoids and plant compounds making it helpful to our lives in a number of ways.  Many of our customers report using it for a variety of things including stress, pain, inflammation recovery and sleep to name some.  Offering a variety of flavors this 25 mg gummy is also vegan friendly and made with real fruit and gluten free!  You really cannot go wrong with this gummy.  We even have customers that use this with their kids and they report it is helping their kids with stress, autism spectrum and ADHD.

Negatives: They are all so good and it is hard to decide which CBD gummy to choose! Wyld also produces cannabis gummies from marijuana.  We do not carry the marijuana gummies but if you are searching for Wyld, be careful to look for the CBD gummies! 

Features: The Wyld Gummies are vegan friendly, zero THC and offer other cannabinoids like CBG & CBN that our customers say can be helpful with mood and pain. This really is the winner of our all around best gummies.  Even their price point is great and they offer it in two sizes. 20 and 40 counts.  This is a gummy you are going to want to try!

In conclusion CBD gummies are a fun way to get your daily CBD and there are plenty of options out there.  Although we are not doctors and do not diagnose, prescribe or treat we have many customer testimonials regarding the benefits of daily CBD gummies. Still not sure which one is right for you?  Please give us a call we are happy to assist you and all of our products are guaranteed!  We have been known to exchange one thing for another in order to make sure you are satisfied!  

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/5-things-know-about-delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol-delta-8-thc

https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/oregon-state-research-shows-hemp-compounds-prevent-coronavirus-entering-human-cells

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/cbd-cbn-what-is-difference

https://realmofcaring.org/cbg-researched-benefits/


What Are CBGA, and CBDA?

January 12th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

There is a study that was released recently by Oregon State University that discusses promising findings about the potential effects of CBDA & CBGA in blocking the cellular entry of sars-CoV-2 and other emerging variants.  According to the university, “Van Breemen and collaborators, including scientists at Oregon Health & Science University, found that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.

The compounds are cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, CBDA, and the spike protein is the same drug target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy. A drug target is any molecule critical to the process a disease follows, meaning its disruption can thwart infection or disease progression.

We at Green Wellness, want to make sure you know that these are currently just studies and much more research needs to take place before this can be said conclusively!  However we thought you may want to know a bit more about some of the minor raw cannabinoids and what products you can find these compounds in.  Not all CBD products have CBDA and CBGA in them.  Keep reading to learn more!

New acronyms?

While we typically associate cannabis with two cannabinoids (THC and CBD), there are dozens upon dozens of other, rarer, cannabinoids contained within each plant. So why don’t we hear more about these other chemical compounds? Their rarity. Most cannabis plants will contain only around 1% in mass of all the minor cannabinoids. In fact, this is why you don’t see isolates sold of CBN, CBDA, and CBG; they are too costly to isolate and sell at profit. 

But, despite their low concentrations in cannabis, they do have potential benefits to bodily wellness and their positive effects can be understood with a little reading and curiosity. Shall we delve deeper into three of the more common of these rare cannabinoids?

CBN: THC Transformed

Our first cannabinoid is CBN, which is a compound that arises when THC is subjected to high heat or light for long periods of time. This transformation is why cannabis with high levels of CBN has usually undergone oxidation or aging. It goes from being THC-9 (C21H30O2) to CBN (C21H26O2) by losing four Hydrogen molecules. 

But that sounds like a lot of confusing chemistry. What are the benefits of CBN and why should you care to know more about it? Before we continue to discuss the potential benefits and uses of CBN (in and out of the body), it needs to be understood that there is limited research on this compound. Only a handful of studies demonstrating CBN use in the human body have been published, and most current research focuses on its effects in mice (which, to these studies’ defense have remarkably similar nervous systems to humans. Who knew?)

The first use I want to focus on is the use of CBN as an antibacterial compound. In lab settings, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Researchers found it to be a potent antibacterial agent against these resistant strains. Perhaps in the future, we will see CBN used as a replacement for some antibiotic pairings. 

It may also have uses as a neuroprotectant. In one rodent study, researchers used CBN as a treatment for ALS and found that it was able to delay the onset of the condition. While further studies need to be conducted to determine if this effect is also seen in humans, these findings suggest that CBN may provide a powerful tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.

In other rodent studies, CBN increased the amount of food that rat subjects ate, suggesting that it could be an effective appetite stimulant. Since some avoid THC (another well-known appetite stimulant) due to its intoxicating effects, CBN could potentially offer an alternative for those seeking benefit without the high—but more research is needed.

Likely the most common recent application of this specific compound, however, has been to address those sleepless nights that I’m sure we are all too familiar with. CBN has long been associated with drowsiness. In the world of hemp and cannabis, there is a quote from Steep Hill, a cannabis laboratory, that is frequently used when describing CBN’s sedative effects. They claimed that the consumption of 2.5mgs to 5mgs pf CBN had the same level of sedation as a mild sedative, with a relaxed body sensation. More research is needed and Green Wellness does not diagnose, prescribe, or treat, but the potential sleep benefits are simply too good to ignore. With CBN sleep gummies, tinctures, and even capsules with higher levels of CBN, if interested there are lots of mechanisms to potentially benefit from the compound.

CBG: Decarboxylated CBGA

The CBG cannabinoid originally stems from CBGA. After undergoing an oxidation process, it becomes CBG, a compound that can directly interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body. 

One of the challenges of using CBG comes from the prohibitive cost of sourcing it. As a cannabis plant ages, more and more of the initial cannabinoids oxidize and turn into the common cannabinoids of CBD and THC. CBG, on the other hand, never comprises a significant proportion of the cannabinoids within a harvest of cannabis. 

This being said, despite the cost, difficulties of sourcing, and insufficient human research, CBG has been found to interact with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, having a strong affinity for the CB2 receptor. These receptors regulate physiological processes such as mood, pain response, and appetite. More research is needed, however, as CBG appears to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors differently than either THC or CBD, producing unique physiological effects.

While there’s an abundance of awareness around the major cannabinoids THC and CBD, less is known about CBG.  CBG shares some similarities with CBD: it seems to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. However, CBG also boasts its own unique set of properties, offering potential therapeutic benefits such as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and glaucoma in animal tests. I know I’m a broken record here, but, more research is needed (especially in humans). 

CBDA: CBD’s Precursor 

I think it is fair to say that, if you are a regular customer of ours, you know quite a good deal about CBD. Even if you don’t take it regularly, it seems that CBD has entered into the public consciousness these days (with many misunderstandings abounding). But where does CBD come from? The easy answer is the cannabis plant, which is mainly true. But were you aware that there is a chemical precursor to CBD? That precursor is CBDA. 

So how does CBDA become CBD? With heat and time. Think of CBDA as the “raw” form of CBD. In fact, a lot of people will take CBDA in capsules, tinctures, and topicals to get that raw form into their daily diet. We’ve definitely got more options for CBDA than CBG or CBN. Green Wellness carries many CBDA products with brands like Endoca, Plus CBD, Entourage CBD, and Hemplucid. But what are the benefits of this?

Your CB1 and CB2 receptors are the primary nodes in your body for actively making use of CBD, both that which you take as a supplement and that which is naturally produced within your body. CBDA doesn’t work in this way. Instead, CBDA interacts with the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. COX-2 enzymes are associated with inflammation after an injury or infection. By blocking COX-2 enzymes, CBDA can relieve inflammation and associated pain.

In one rodent study, scientists found CBDA affected levels of serotonin, a chemical produced by nerve cells to aid in signaling between cells. Serotonin is vital to core human functions like motor skills, sleeping, eating, digestion, and emotions. However, excess serotonin, which often is associated with stressors like chemotherapy, can cause nausea and vomiting. Vomiting can be controlled with medications, but nausea is harder to treat. But do not despair yet if you are a chemo patient! Scientists have demonstrated that CBDA can affect the body’s 5-HT serotonin-producing receptors, hinting at a potential use for CBDA as a medication for chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting (CINV) and other conditions that induce these symptoms. However, more research is needed.

We will keep you updated!

One recurrent theme throughout this blog was that more research was needed. While THC and CBD are gaining popularity, and the institutional barriers to research using these compounds are removed, it is important to keep in mind that there is a lot that is either not understood or is poorly understood about cannabis in relation to the human body. We will try to keep you up to date on relevant and recent research so that you can make informed decisions and purchases, and we always invite you to get in touch with us with any questions that you may have. 

As always, we hope that this was informative, and would love to hear from you on our social media accounts, our email, or on our phone lines. If you are ready to explore the world of CBD, give us a call at 888-772-7875, fill out an online contact form, or press the live chat button to speak with one of our experts.


Meet The Family – GWL Staff

January 5th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

Green Wellness CBD

Green Wellness

Green Wellness started as a one woman operation and quickly grew, but we are still small when it comes to our staffing. Did you realize that there are only 3 of us on staff that manage product, shipping, marketing, customer service and so much more?  As I am sure you are aware, when a business is small they often do a better job of servicing their customers. We are so proud of Green Wellness and the ways in which we provide education, quality products, and customer service. In fact, our customer reviews reflect our excellence. That being said, only being a 3 person operation can also be challenging when there are so many things to get done in a day! I am one of those individuals that makes sure your products are shipped in a timely fashion and that you are satisfied with your experience. My Name is Cara Oorbeck. This week we thought maybe you would like to hear about myself and some of my top picks! So here it goes…

All About Cara

I have always been described as a passionate and energetic woman. I love spending time with my family and close friends. I am passionate about my husband, my kids, and my 7 pets (over half of which are rescues, pictured above). I love spending time at home with the people and fur babies that I love most. I also enjoy painting, reading and gardening in my spare time. Actually, planting flowers and growing plants is one of my favorite things to do in life! Gardening and growing plants in general gives me an incredible sense of peace and joy in life.

My Job With Green Wellness

I started working for GWL after selling my own business of 10 years. I needed a change in my life and I answered a Facebook add for Green Wellness. Needless to say, the interview went well and it was an immediate match! I have now been with GWL for 3.5 years and I love it. I am always continuing to learn about the benefits of hemp and specifically CBD and cannabinoids. I love to see how peoples’ quality of life improves daily by hemp. It is so exciting to watch customers thrive!

After a few years and a lot of CBD gummies eaten, CBD capsules and CBD oils taken, my family has also applied many CBD lotions and salves. Like, all of them. We have also given CBD dog treats and CBD dog products to our slew of animals. My family and I have definitely compiled a list of what we believe are some of the best CBD products on the market. I thought I would share them with our customers, maybe you will love them as much as I do!

 My Favorites From Green Wellness

Endoca Pomada de Cáñamo CBDMedterra cbd gummiesHemp Oil Softgels

Endoca Salve: If I could only purchase one product from GWL, I think it would be my Endoca CBD Salve. I use this CBD topical salve for everything imaginable. Neck ache, muscle aches, psoriasis on my knees and ankles, rashes, mild burns, bruises, cuts, scarring, poison ivy, bug bites and even my dogs hot spots. This lovely salve is a household favorite at the Oorbeck’s!

Entourage Softgels:

I have been an avid skier most of my life. I coached ski racing, instructed ski and snow boarding for 10 years, and spent a lot of time beating up my body on a plethora of hills. Entourage softgels are my go to daily full spectrum soft gel to help me manage the residual pain of playing for so long. I take two (15 mg) soft gels every day before I go to bed. They help me with my aches and pains, as well as my sleep. I have been using this product on and off since I started at GWL and I always go back to Entourage. It is a favorite amongst my family and friends as well.

Medterra Calm CBD Gummies:

I do struggle with some PTSD and mood issues. So, on top of my daily full spectrum softgel I also take an isolate gummy for anxiety and stress. I like the Medterra calm gummies and most of the time that is what I use, however if I am having a sleepy day I will take the alert gummy instead. My 16 year old daughter, Olivia, struggles with sleep and recovery from sports and she swears by the Medterra sleep gummies. With 0 THC I don’t even think twice about giving my daughter CBD daily for anxiety and rest. As a family, we really do utilize this entire gummy line.

Creamed HoneyCreamed Honey: 

I love this stuff. It is so good to spread on toast or anything for that matter. It is yummy and good for you as well! Made from bees close to my home town in Michigan it is delicious! Although there is no CBD in this honey, that doesn’t take away from the beauty of adding this guy to your life. You should really give it a try.

My Favorites From Grow Green Wellness

Like I mentioned earlier, I love plants and gardening. My family jokes that we will have no space left in or around our house because I keep bringing home new plants! I just can’t help myself from finding plants who need a little love to grow or new plants I am excited to have  So when we started talking about adding a grow/garden business to Green Wellness I was so excited!

Clonex Rooting Gel

When it comes to cloning some of my plants I absolutely always use Clonex Rooting Gel. This rooting hormone gel is a must and one of the leaders in the market for a rooting gel. It remains in contact with the plant stem by coating the stem and providing essential hormones your baby plant needs! This fosters more and healthier

Smart Pot Fabric Pots

Smart Pots are a fabric pot that I have just discovered but I am quickly switching household and garden pots to them. Smart pot fabric pots come in a variety of different sizes(I like the 3 or 5 gal fabric planter for house plants). What I love most about theses fabric pots is the self pruning that happens when you use them. This means the air reaches the roots and the plant self prunes itself so you do not get plants that are root bound! If you like plants check them out they are cost effective, reusable, and easy to use and move around.

Dakine 420 Nutrient Line

The Dakine 420 nutrient line is an absolute favorite of mine. I use these nutrients for all of my plants, indoor and outdoor. It has even replaced Miracle Grow for me! It is easy, and provides everything your plants need to grow big and strong no matter what you are growing. It is also concentrated so a little goes a long way! You can see some of my results in one of my gardens to the left.

Click and Grow

If you are interested in home gardening or indoor gardening this is a indoor garden kit system you will love. It is like a Keurig coffee pod system for plants. Put the unit on you counter or a shelf, put the individual Click and grow pods in the unit, pour the water into the reservoir and plug it in. It is an all in one system with a grow light, water reservoir, timer and even different plant refills. You can get anything from mini indoor vegetable garden, herb gardens and even flowers! These are amazing and your sure love it.

Now You Know Cara

Now that you know a little bit more about me and a little bit more about the products I use, you can gain insight into who I am and who we are here at Green Wellness. From softgels to gummies, to salves, to gardening supplies; Green Wellness has taken a larger place in my life and I am forever grateful. The way I help my family heal has changed and the way I help my plants heal has changed irrevocably and for the better.


CBD Oil Dosage Guide

November 20th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

How Much CBD Should You Take?

We are NOT  doctors and we do not prescribe

If you’re into health and wellness, you have probably heard about CBD. This compound – found in the cannabis plant – is developing quite a reputation for how it may benefit humans and animals alike. But finding a CBD Oil Dosage guide can be impossible.  So lets start from the beginning. First it is important to understand that we are not doctors and we do not prescribe here at Green Wellness Life. We often get asked what “dosage” someone should take?  In the CBD industry we refer to this as serving size NOT dose.  That’s the short answer.  The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:

1 – Doctors cannot prescribe (only recommend) cannabinoids, because there’s no recommended daily allowance (RDA) or universal dose for all people.

2 – Most medical schools never cover CBD/cannabidiol therapy in their pharmacology courses (the drug curriculum revolves primarily around substances that can be patented).

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

A good place to start is  to look at the recommended serving on the bottle or box that your product came in. Usually, it will have an amount, typically in drops for oils (one of the more common types of CBD products on the market), that is supposed to elicit the desired effect. Most starting serving sizes on bottles begins between 10 and 15 mg.  That’s a great mid-range place to start.  We usually recommend people start at that 10-15 mg and work up, only if they need to.  Many people do really well at a low serving size and don’t need to step it up.  It generally takes between 5 to 7 days for the full effect of CBD to be felt. If the desired effect is not felt we recommend increasing the serving size by doubling the amount for another 5 to 7 days. Keep adjusting, as needed, allowing your body that 5 days or so to adjust between changes.

One size does not fit all

The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:

There is no one-size-fits-all serving size recommendation for CBD. Since one’s serving size is based on highly variable factors, since it is not that simple a CBD user is going to have to do a bit of extra work. Now, don’t panic, I’m not assigning a science fair project (no need to buy posterboard and baking soda for a cool, but labor-intensive paper mache volcano). Just like when determining if something in your diet is bothering you, all you’re going to need is a small notebook and a pen. Track those servings and how you’re feeling for at least a week so that you can see the patterns. Don’t let the leg work discourage you.  The goal is to find those results that you’re looking for with the minimum amount of any supplement. “At the end of the day, the majority of CBD users will take a daily dose between 10 and 75 mg, with fairly effective results.”

If you were to google search “how much CBD should I take?” you will find varying responses. I found one website conveniently recommends starting at “25mg of CBD, taken twice daily.” If it does not produce the desired effects, they recommend “ increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you attain symptom relief (inversely, decrease by 25mg if symptoms worsen.

Another site states “Considering the endless amount of variables that are at play, it would be naive to dish out some random number (say 25 mg oral CBD taken twice daily), and say that that amount will be effective for everyone.” Yikes, I know it seems like everybody is saying different things and it can be confusing!  That is why we at Green Wellness Life recommend starting small and increasing over time until you are seeing the benefits that you’re looking for.  This can also keep your cost down because you may not need a lot of CBD to see results. So, we know we’re a broken record here, but start with that 10mg-15mg and hang with it for 5 to 7 days.  Double the serving size next week, ONLY IF YOU HAVE TO, and continue to step it up until you see the desired effect.

Can I become tolerant of CBD?

This is a good rule for starting out, but what about tolerance over time? Will I become more tolerant of CBD as I continue to use it, lessening its efficacy? Once again, there is no easy answer to these questions as there is not enough current research available to definitively say whether or not tolerance builds up in all cases; while one person experiences an increase in tolerance, requiring more CBD over time to elicit the same response, another may never need to increase the amount that they’re taking.  There are three main types of tolerance, which can occur in reaction to prescription drugs and other supplements, such as CBD:

  • Cellular level: (Pharmacodynamic tolerance) where receptors become desensitized through constant interaction or there is a reduction in receptor density.
  • Metabolic level: (Pharmacokinetic tolerance) Affects the process of metabolizing a drug or substance, it results in less amounts of a substance reaching the site it affects. Metabolic or pharmacokinetic tolerance is most evident with oral ingestion.
  • Behavioral level: Where the individual becomes used to substance-induced impairment with repeated use. Behavioral tolerance is seen with the use of certain psychoactive drugs.

The World Health Organization has found in a 2017 peer review that “ no tolerance was observed at any of the doses of CBD administered.” There will be more studies, that shed light on the exact effects of CBD, and these studies will include analysis of tolerance. Right now, there is no documented evidence of CBD tolerances being built up in the body. This might change, or not reflect one’s personal experiences. The recommendation that I gave earlier, that each person should watch their own progress over time (break out that notebook!) and make adjustments based on personal experience is the best that we can offer at this time. And, of course, as always, everything should be used in moderation.

CBD products vary significantly in the amount of CBD per serving. So let’s take a look at the most popular types of CBD products and explain how you can figure out how much to take of each capsule, oil, or gummy.

Why Should I Take CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 60 naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike THC – another well-known cannabinoid – CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

While the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages, scientists believe that it works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies.

A number of studies have found that CBD may be effective in:

While this research is promising, the science on CBD is still developing. While there are a number of potential benefits to taking CBD, only you can decide if you should take it. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything to your diet, including CBD.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

In 2018, the United States legalized the production of hemp, a type of cannabis that contains high levels of CBD and other beneficial compounds. While CBD is now legal in the U.S., CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, there are no official recommended serving sizes for CBD.

This leaves consumers to rely on manufacturer recommendations and their own research to figure out the right amount of CBD to take. The proper serving size will vary by person based on a number of factors, including your body weight, the benefits you’re looking to receive, your unique body chemistry, and the concentration of CBD in each drop, pill, capsule, or edible.

Before you start taking CBD, talk to your doctor about an appropriate serving size, and any possible interactions with any medications that you may be taking. If your doctor advises you on how much CBD to use, follow their recommendation. Otherwise, you will need to figure out the serving size that works best for you and your body.

While CBD is generally considered to be safe and effective, you should always start with a small serving size of 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) and gradually increase it by 5 to 10 mg each week, keeping track of how much CBD you are taking and how it makes you feel. When you find a serving size that seems to work for you, you can continue taking that amount.

Understanding CBD Serving Sizes

Whether your doctor gives you a recommended serving size or you start with a small serving of CBD to figure out what helps you the most, the amount that you take will depend on what product you are using. Each CBD product has its own recommended serving size based on its concentration of CBD. This means that you have to pay close attention to the label to make sure that you are taking the correct amount.

There are five main types of CBD products: (1) oils or tinctures; (2) capsules or pills; (3) edibles; (4) vape cartridges; and (5) topicals. Most of these products will list two numbers on the package: amount of CBD in the product as a whole, and amount of CBD per serving size. While both numbers are important, when it comes to determining serving size, you should focus on the amount of CBD per serving (per capsule, drop, or gummy).

Below, we’ll break down the CBD serving size for the various oils, capsules, and edibles that we offer in our store. These numbers can help you determine which product is right for you.

Oils and Tinctures

CBD oils can be purchased as either a raw oil extract or as a tincture. A tincture will have a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, along with the CBD oil. Each of these products will have a different concentration of CBD:

When taking a CBD oil, it is important to keep in mind that most standard droppers contain 1 mL of liquid. Check the package to determine if the serving size is an entire dropperful – 1 mL – or a single drop. Some CBD oils come with droppers with lines to show half, quarter, and other measures of CBD oil to help you get the proper serving size.

CBD Capsules or Pills

The amount of CBD in CBD capsules can vary significantly by brand and product:

As you can see, the serving size for each individual product varies significantly, from 5 mg per capsule to as much as 50 mg per capsule.

CBD Edibles

As with oils and capsules, the amount of CBD in each edible will vary considerably by product:

You will want to choose a product with a serving size that allows you to begin with a lower level of CBD and gradually increase it over time.

The amount of CBD you’ll want to take will also vary depending on the extraction level of the product. Isolate CBD products will require a larger intake when compared to full spectrum CBD products, because isolate products won’t produce the entourage effect. Typically, you’ll need 4 to 10 times the amount of a full spectrum product to receive the same benefits with an isolate CBD product.

Ready to Try CBD? We’re Here to Help.

After reading up on the potential benefits of CBD, you may be ready to give it a shot. Deciding what to buy is the next step – which can be difficult when there are so many new terms to understand. At Green Wellness Life, we are happy to assist you with finding a CBD product that is right for you. Our online CBD shop contains a wide variety of CBD oil products to choose from.

Because we aren’t doctors, and we cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition. What we can do is offer the latest scientific research and our own experience to guide you in purchasing a CBD product. If you’d like to learn more or get help, press the live chat button, call us between 9:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at 1-888-772-7875, or simply fill out our online contact form.

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