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How To Make Your Own CBD Cream

June 4th, 2021 by David Kranker

Make Your Own CBD Cream

CBD comes in all different types of products, from oils and tinctures to capsules, creams, salves, and even edibles. For topical relief of pain and certain skin conditions, topical CBD is a great option. You can buy a CBD cream directly from an online retailer like Green Wellness Life – or even make your own CBD cream with our DIY recipe.

There are a number of benefits to making your own CBD cream. It is often a cost effective way to enjoy the benefits of CBD. It also lets you customize your cream, adding scents that you like, using your preferred ingredients, and choosing a potency level that is right for you.

If you are interested in making CBD cream for yourself, read on to learn how – and where to buy the best CBD oil for all of your health and wellness needs.

Why Should I Use CBD Cream?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally-occurring compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC (which is more commonly associated with marijuana), CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is also legal under federal law, provided that it contains no more than 0.3% THC.

CBD is associated with a number of health and wellness benefits when ingested. When applied topically, it may also improve your well-being.

Specifically, studies have shown that applying CBD onto your skin can help to reduce arthritis-related pain and swelling. In 2020, a separate study determined that topical CBD reduces pain from nerve damage, Yet another study linked topical CBD to reduced jaw pain for people with specific disorders related to their jaws. CBD has also been shown to be beneficial in assisting with acne, psoriasis and eczema

This research isn’t surprising given that, when taken orally, CBD is known to alleviate pain and inflammation. It makes sense, then, that the same compound would produce similar benefits when applied directly onto the skin – where it can be absorbed into the affected area. For example, a person with ankle pain may apply a CBD cream to reduce pain and swelling on that ankle.

Of course, as with any supplement, it is important to talk to your doctor before using CBD cream. While CBD is generally considered safe and effective, with few side effects, it is possible that it may interact with certain prescription medicines. Your healthcare provider can advise you on using CBD cream, the right serving size, and whether it may interact with any of your medications.

DIY CBD Cream: A Basic Recipe

Given its healing properties, keeping a CBD-infused lotion, salve or balm on hand is a great way to handle acute or chronic pain. You can purchase already-made CBD creams – or even make your own. To do so, you will just need a few basic ingredients:

  • CBD oil or tincture
  • Shea or cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil of your choice

The first, and most important, ingredient is CBD oil. Green Wellness Life actually sells raw CBD oil extracts that you can use to make your cream. When making this recipe, you’ll want to choose the highest quality CBD oil that you can find. Remember: when you apply this cream onto your skin, it will be absorbed. You don’t want to use any ingredient that contains toxins or contaminants that could get into your system.

Shopping for CBD oil can be confusing, with tons of weird acronyms and terms. There are three basic types of CBD oil that you can buy: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. 

Full and broad spectrum contain all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, which can produce what is known as the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD contains a trace amount (no more than 0.3%) of THC, while broad spectrum CBD is THC-free. By contrast, CBD isolate only contains CBD, with no other compounds.

Once you have decided what type of CBD oil you want to buy, you should then check for two things: (1) where the hemp used to make it was grown; and (2) if it has been independently tested.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD products at this time. For this reason, you should only buy products that have been independently tested, with the lab results available for you to review. In this way, you will know that you are only getting what you want – and not getting anything that you don’t want.

All of our raw oil extracts at Green Wellness Life are independently lab tested for safety and made here in America. We do all the vetting for you, so that you don’t have to. 

Now that you have your CBD oil, it is time to get to work. In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will need a double boiler, measuring cups and spoons, a mixer or blender, a spoon, a spatula, and a glass container to store the cream.

Start by measuring out each of your ingredients. You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons (tsp) of CBD oil or tincture
  • ½ cup of shea or cocoa butter
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup of aloe vera gel

Next, fill the bottom of a double boiler with an inch or so of water, and heat the water over low to medium heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, don’t worry – just nestle a metal mixing bowl on top of the pot. 

Place the shea or cocoa butter and the coconut oil in the bowl or the top of the double boiler, and gently melt it, stirring frequently. Continue cooking and stirring until the butter and oil are completely melted and combined, with no lumps. Then remove the oils from the heat, and transfer them to a blender or mixing bowl.

Allow the oil mixture to cool for a minimum of one hour. If you need to, stir the oils and scrape down the sides of the bowl to allow them to cool further. 

Once the oils are cool, add the aloe vera gel, CBD oil, and a few drops of essential oil. Remember that you can always add more essential oil if the scent isn’t to your liking – but you can’t take it out if you add too much.

At this stage, you may also add two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin – a clear liquid made from soybean, palm, or coconut oil. If you can find it, vegetable glycerin can prevent the finished cream from hardening by adding moisture. You may also choose to add some vitamin E oil, which can extend the shelf life of the cream.

Finally, beat or blend all of the ingredients together until they have reached a whipped consistency. You can then transfer the finished product to your glass container. It will keep for 2 weeks without refrigeration; if you make more than you can use in that time period, you may want to store it in the refrigerator to preserve it.

If your CBD cream isn’t exactly how you want it, you may need to troubleshoot the recipe a bit. For example, if the cream is gritty, whip it for longer in the blender or mixer while adding more vegetable glycerin one tablespoon at a time. If it is too thick, add in some aloe vera gel while whipping the cream. If it is too thin, melt some more shea/cocoa butter and coconut oil, let it cool, and then blend it into the cream one tablespoon at a time until you have reached the desired consistency.

Finally, you can adjust the potency of the cream by adding more – or less – CBD oil.  Just be sure to blend the cream well each time that you add another ingredient.

The Green Wellness Life Difference

There are so many options out there for buying CBD products. At Green Wellness Life, we pride ourselves on being different.

We only sell products that are sourced from American grown industrial hemp, and that have been independently tested for quality. When you shop our online store, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting the highest quality products. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest research on CBD so you can make an informed decision for yourself. 

If you’d like to learn more about CBD or need help picking out a CBD product, give us a call anytime at 888-772-7875. You can also reach the Green Wellness Life team via email, or by pressing the live chat button. 

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What Is a Terpene?

May 21st, 2021 by David Kranker

What Is A Terpene?

If you have ever smelled a flower, used an essential oil, or taken a deep whiff of a Christmas tree, you have experienced terpenes. These oils are found in most forms of life, including plants. They are responsible for giving plants their aroma and color – and may have a host of beneficial properties as well.

Terpenes are found in all types of plants. The hemp plant – from which CBD is extracted – is bursting with more than 100 terpenes. Preliminary research indicates that many of the terpenes found in the hemp plant have an array of health benefits. Some promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.  

When taken in combination with CBD, these terpenes may enhance and even multiply the effects of the plant. If you’re interested in natural health, full or broad spectrum CBD products that are full of terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds may be a great choice for you.

Understanding Terpenes

Terpenes are naturally-occurring oils that are found in most forms of life, including plants and some animals. They play a critical role for plants, attracting pollinators or even repelling predators. Some terpenes even plan a protective role for plants, helping to repair damage or protecting them from infectious germs.

In plants, terpenes are responsible for both smell and color. For example, the strong smell of fresh rosemary is due to a high concentration of terpenes. Flowers have a particularly high level of terpenes, which is why they tend to have brighter colors and stronger smells compared to other plants.

Many terpenes are considered bioactive, which means that they may have an effect on the body. For some terpenes, such as those used for essential oils, the impact is based on how a particular scent makes us feel. Terpenes have also been used to develop medications, such as steroids, which are derivatives of the plant terpene squalene

Many of us already consume terpenes on a regular basis. Terpenes are widely used to flavor food and drink products. If you’re a beer drinker, then you probably drink terpenes, which influence both the aroma and flavor of hops.

The hemp plant – a species of cannabis – is known for its particularly high concentration of terpenes. This accounts for the pungent smell of both hemp and its “cousin,” marijuana. While both hemp and marijuana are high in terpenes, hemp (from which CBD is derived) has extremely low levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. As a result, you can obtain many of the same health and wellness benefits of CBD without feeling high or stoned (or worrying about failing a drug test).

Benefits of Terpenes

Scientists have identified hundreds of different terpenes. In the cannabis plant alone, there are over 100 different terpenes. While the research on terpenes is still developing, studies have shown that many terpenes can be incredibly beneficial to humans.

Scientists have extensively studied a number of terpenes, including:

  1. Myrcene: found in many plants, including wild thyme, hops, lemongrass, mango, cardamom, verbena and cannabis, myrcene has a pleasant earthy, fruity scent. Research has shown that this terpene may be used to improve glucose tolerance in diabetics, and may help to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis
  2. Linalool: a spicy, floral terpene that is found in over 200 plants, including hops, citrus fruits and lavender. Studies have demonstrated that it may have a sedative, antidepressant, and anticonvulsant effects. It is known to have a relaxing effect.
  3. Caryophyllene: also known as beta-caryophyllene, this compound is found in plants such as cloves, cannabis, rosemary, oregano, black pepper, and hops. Scientific studies have shown that this terpene may help to alleviate pain, inflammation, atherosclerosis, anxiety, and depression. It may also help to boost the effect of chemotherapy drugs.  It is the only terpene known to bind directly to cannabinoid receptors in the human body. This property is one of the reasons that green vegetables are so healthy for the digestive system and overall immune health.
  4. Limonene: extracted from the peels of citrus fruits, this oil has been shown to reduce both chronic and acute inflammation. It may also have antioxidant effects, may reduce the risk of cancer, and could boost heart health. Limonene is associated with an elevated mood.
  5. Pinene: found in the oils of many coniferous trees, including the pine tree, it is also abundant in cannabis and rosemary. This terpene may have antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antiallergic properties.

There is still much to discover about the potential benefits of terpenes. One thing is clear, however: consuming plants of all kinds can increase health and wellness, particularly when those plants are high in terpenes. 

Does CBD Contain Terpenes?

Both terpenes and CBD (cannabidiol) are found in the hemp plant. Through the extraction process, both compounds are removed from the stems, flowers, and stalks of hemp. The resulting oil contains terpenes, CBD and other cannabinoids, and flavonoids.

While there are more than 100 types of terpenes in the hemp plant, some of the most abundant terpenes include pinene, caryophyllene, linalool, limonene, and myrcene. When taken in combination with CBD, these terpenes may produce what is known as the entourage effect. Studies have shown that consuming CBD along with terpenes and flavonoids can enhance the beneficial effects of the CBD – enhancing the many existing benefits of CBD.

CBD products are placed into three broad categories: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD products contain all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant: cannabinoids (including CBD and trace amounts of THC), terpenes, along with flavonoids, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients. Full spectrum CBD products are as close as you can get to the hemp plant itself.

Some full spectrum CBD oils are also considered raw products.  All raw products are considered full spectrum and will also have the benefits of the plant terpenes. Raw means that the product has some of the raw or unheated/cold processed plant matter  This part of the plant has its own benefits, including reducing pain and inflammation. 

Although the amount of THC in full spectrum CBD is very low (0.3% or less, per U.S. law), if you want to avoid THC altogether, the best option for you may be broad spectrum CBD. These products contain all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants and phytonutrients found in full spectrum CBD – minus the THC. In this way, you can experience the entourage effect without ingesting any THC.

Finally, CBD isolate contains only CBD. All of the other compounds, including THC and terpenes, have been removed from CBD isolate products. While you will still experience the benefits of CBD with an isolate, you won’t get the entourage effect. 

Most reputable CBD companies will have their products tested by a third party laboratory. These lab reports – which you can view online – will contain data on what the CBD contains. They will also include information about the extraction process, which is important when you are looking to get all of the benefits of terpenes in addition to CBD.

One of the best processes that can be used to retain all of the terpenes in the oil is Supercritical CO2 Extraction. Supercritical CO2 is a fully recyclable, non-toxic, eco-friendly form of carbon dioxide. It is held at a very specific temperature and pressure to keep it in a liquid state as it passes through the hemp plant. After extraction, the CO2 gasses off entirely from the oil, leaving only plant materials and no residual solvents behind.This CO2 method is most common for full spectrum products, and is preferred for its lack of residue and the quality of the end product. 

Buying High Quality, Terpene-Filled CBD Online

Flavorful, aromatic terpenes can really boost the benefits of CBD. If you’re interested in trying a full or broad spectrum CBD product to try the entourage effect for yourself, we are here to help.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition. Instead, we offer the latest research and our own experience with CBD to help guide you as you purchase CBD. We only sell CBD that has been independently tested and that is made from industrial hemp grown right here in the United States.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 888-772-7875 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST), or fill out our online contact form for an after-hours appointment. You can also click the “chat” button to speak to someone!

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Hemp Around the World: The Globalization of Hemp

May 17th, 2021 by David Kranker

Hemp Uses Around The World

In 2018, the United States legalized the industrial production of hemp through the Farm Bill after virtually outlawing it with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Before this time, hemp was a legal and highly prized crop throughout the United States. Today, the U.S. is the third largest producer of hemp in the world. To be legal under federal law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).

While hemp has a complicated history in the U.S., it has long been used for a variety of purposes throughout the world. For example, the hemp plant has been cultivated in China for more than 6,000 years. Today, hemp is used in a variety of ways throughout the world, including right here in the United States.

From construction materials to biofuel, hemp is being used to make products, boost health and wellness, and even clean up the environment. Want to learn more? Keep reading to learn about the global uses of hemp.

What Countries Grow Hemp?

Hemp, a species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, can be grown in a number of environments. Ideally, hemp is grown in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral soil (ph 6.0 to 7.0). A hardy plant, hemp can be grown in a range of climates – which means that it can be grown almost anywhere in the world.

Hemp is currently grown in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Hemp-producing countries include:

  • China
  • Romania
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • United States
  • Lithuania
  • Germany
  • Malawi

These countries (and others) grow hemp for a variety of purposes, from fiber for rope and cloth to food products like hemp seed oil to CBD. Each country has its own laws regarding industrial hemp production, with some countries (like Ecuador) allowing hemp with as much as 1% THC to be cultivated, while others (like Lithuania) limiting THC content to 0.2%.

The global market for hemp is valued at $5.56 billion, and is projected to grow to as much as $27.72 billion by 2028. The top hemp-growing countries include:

  1. China
  2. Canada
  3. United States
  4. France
  5. Chile
  6. North Korea

Importantly, because of the different standards for growing hemp around the world, there are strict rules about importing hemp seeds and plants into the United States. While hemp products can be imported to the U.S., they may not comply with American laws and regulations surrounding hemp, such as THC content.

How Is Hemp Used Around the World?

Hemp was first cultivated during the Sung Dynasty in China, in around 500 AD, for use in making cloth or textiles. The plant was then exported to Europe around 1,200 BC, where it spread throughout the world. Pieces of hemp cloth have been found in archeological digs throughout the world, including in Mesopotamia (Iran and Iraq) dating back to 8,000 BC.

Hemp quickly became one of the most important crops in the world. In fact, hemp was so important in the United Kingdom that in 1535, King Henry VIII passed a law that required all homeowners to sow ¼ of an acre or be fined. In the United States, it was grown in nearly every state from Massachusetts to California.

Traditionally, hemp was used to make products such as:

  • Cloth
  • Fiber for rope
  • Paper
  • Natural medicines
  • Food
  • Printing ink
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Currency
  • Canvas

Today, scientists and entrepreneurs have found even more innovative uses for hemp, both in the United States and around the world.

For example, hemp is being used to clean contaminated soil. In places that have toxic or polluted soil, such as Chernobyl, the roots of the hemp plant can absorb harmful chemicals – making the land safer and potentially allowing other plants to flourish there again. This type of bioremediation is possible because hemp is such a resilient and hardy plant.

In other countries, such as the UK, hemp is being used as a form of biofuel. To make this fuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, the harvest hemp plant is shredded, heated with chemicals to release the cellulose, treated with enzymes and then fermented. The resulting environmentally-friendly fuel can be used just like biofuels made from corn or sugarcane.

Hemp is also being used to create a 100% biodegradable type of plastic. While hemp plastic isn’t new (Henry Ford designed a car made of hemp plastic in 1941), it is becoming more popular globally because this product is strong, versatile, nontoxic, and biodegradable.

In countries throughout the world, including the U.K., hempcrete – a composite material that can replace concrete – is becoming a popular building material. Made from a mix of hemp hurds and lime, sand or pozzolans, it can be used for construction and insulation. Hempcrete is easier to work with than concrete, and is ideal for most climates.

The recent rise in lumber prices has also spiked an interest in alternative sources for wood. Hemp wood is a revolutionary new building material. Hemp is cheaper and faster to grow than trees. One acre of hemp can produce the same amount of cellulose fiber as four acres of trees. This makes hemp a more affordable source for lumber. Hemp wood is better for interior building than exterior building, but it could still help to alleviate demand for lumber that is causing price spikes.

Another intriguing use of hemp has been developed in Canada, where hemp fibers were turned into carbon nanosheets, which can be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. This product can store energy better than traditional nanosheets, and costs far less at $500 per ton as opposed to $2,000 per gram. Hemp-based nanosheets could be used to power houses, cars, and other products.

Of course, hemp can still be used in many of the traditional ways. Hemp fiber is a great eco-friendly way to make clothes, as hemp does not require as much water to grow as cotton and is fast-growing. Clothing made from hemp is longer-lasting and often higher in quality than clothes made from synthetic fibers.

Hemp seeds and hemp oil continue to be used as a great source of nutrition for people and animals alike. With tons of vitamins and fatty acids, foods made using hemp seeds (sometimes referred to as hemp hearts) and hemp seed oil are highly nutritious. Hemp seeds are often found in bird seed mixes, and can also be used to supplement livestock feed.

One of the best uses for hemp continues to be as a source of cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally-occurring compound that has been linked with a number of health and wellness benefits. Once extracted from the hemp plant, CBD can be infused into oils, creams, lotions, or even added to edible products.

Hemp is a plant with nearly limitless potential. It is environmentally-friendly, highly nutritious, and can even help us clean up our soil. This plant hasn’t just played an important role in our past – it promises to be a major source of innovation in the future, both in the United States and around the world.

Interested in Adding Hemp to Your Diet? Start Here.

There is a lot to like about hemp – particularly when it comes to the potential health benefits of this plant and its compounds. If you want to give hemp a try, CBD products may be a great option for you.

When purchasing CBD, look for products that are made from hemp grown in the United States so that you can be sure that it will contain no more than 0.3% THC and be fully legal. Because hemp has the capacity to absorb harmful chemicals from the soil, it is also critical to only purchase CBD products that have been independently tested by a third party laboratory, with results available for your review. That way, you can check for the presence of contaminants as well as the levels of THC and CBD in the product.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition. Instead, we offer our own insight into CBD as well as the latest scientific research. We only sell CBD products made from American industrial hemp that have been independently tested for quality and purity.

Ready to get started? We’re here to help. Call at (888) 772-7875 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, or email us at any time for questions or simply to learn more about CBD.

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HB 5085: Veterinarians Can Now Discuss CBD with Pet Owners

May 6th, 2021 by David Kranker

HB 5085

CBD products have become increasingly popular in recent years — for humans and pets alike. Curious about the potential health and wellness benefits of CBD, many pet owners have turned to their veterinarians for advice on CBD. According to a recent survey, 63% of vets are asked about CBD oil for pets at least once a month and 52% of pet owners have tried CBD for pets because of a vet recommendation.

In many states, however, answering questions about CBD puts veterinarians in a legal gray area, as products derived from cannabis are subject to a complex web of state and federal laws. Thanks to a recently-enacted law in Michigan, HB 5085, vets can now consult with their clients about the use of CBD and THC for their pets without putting their license or livelihood in jeopardy.

HB 5085 is an important new law for veterinarians, pet owners and pets alike, as it allows pet owners to get accurate information and specific advice about CBD products that could boost their pets’ well-being. Below, we outline what this law says – and the reasons why you might ask about CBD on your next visit to the vet with your fur babies.

What Is HB 5085?

House Bill 5085 (HB 5085) is a 2019 bill sponsored by Michigan state Representatives Gregory Markkanen, Hank Vaupel, Douglas Wozniak and Sara Cambensy. First introduced in October 2019, it was approved by the Michigan House and Senate in 2020 and signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on December 29, 2020. The purpose of this bill, now known as Public Act 280 of 2020, is to allow veterinarians to consult with pet owners on the use of marijuana and CBD in certain situations.

The bill came about when an Upper Peninsula veterinarian, Dr. Kellie Holmstrom of Marquette, approached Rep. Markkanen about the challenges she has faced in her own practice. Her clients would often bring their pets in for a visit, and would ask questions about products that contain CBD oil and THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). Under the then existing laws, it was unclear whether Dr. Holmstrom and other vets could legally answer those questions.

WithHB 5085, Michigan state law now allows vets to provide insight and advice to pet owners about giving CBD and THC products to their pets. This may include advising clients on possible interactions with prescription medications, providing information about appropriate serving sizes, and even informing clients about how CBD and THC could help their pets. According to the bill’s legislative analysis, this law will allow veterinarians to become “a trusted source of information, in a marketplace with many competing and confusing claims,” which will benefit both pets’ health and their owners’ peace of mind.

Should I Ask My Veterinarian About CBD for My Dog or Cat?

Research on CBD, or cannabidiol, is still in its early stages. However, studies have shown that CBD may be helpful in reducing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, pain, cancer and arthritis in both humans and pets alike. For this reason, many pet owners are interested in learning more about this more natural way to improve their dogs and cats’ health and wellness.

Currently, there are no CBD products that have specifically been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in pets. This is unsurprising, as the FDA does not regulate CBD for use in humans at this time, with the exception of one prescription medication that contains CBD. However, the FDA does advise pet owners to talk to their veterinarian about appropriate supplement options for pets.

Importantly, while HB 5085 allows vets to talk to pet owners about both CBD and THC products, most CBD products on the market contain no more than a trace amount of CBD. That is because under federal law, hemp (from which CBD is extracted) can contain no more than 0.3% THC. In comparison, marijuana may have as much as 30% THC. If you are worried about giving your dog or cat something that could make them feel high or stoned, stick to CBD products produced from American-grown industrial hemp.

To date, only a few studies have been performed on pets regarding the use of CBD. A 2018 study found that 80% of dogs with osteoarthritis who were given CBD showed improvement in their pain and mobility. In 2019, researchers found that dogs who were given CBD along with anti-epilpetic medicines for seizures had significantly fewer seizures compared to the dogs that got a placebo instead of CBD.

These studies are promising, but keep in mind that they are still limited in scope. Similar research conducted on how CBD may help humans may be applicable to cats and dogs, given that CBD is thought to work by affecting the endocannabinoid system that all mammals have. However, until scientists perform more studies on how CBD specifically affects pets, your best option as a pet owner is to consult with your veterinarian about using CBD for your dog or cat.

If you do decide to give your pet CBD after talking with your vet, there are a number of options for administering it, including treats, oils, and creams. In 2018, researchers found that giving CBD oil to dogs with epilepsy was more effective than applying a CBD cream or giving the dogs a gel CBD capsule. Your veterinarian can help you decide whether CBD is appropriate for your dog or cat, the best way to give it to them, and the right serving size for their weight/size and condition.

Choosing a CBD Product for Your Pet

There are a lot of CBD products on the market, many of which make outlandish promises about potential benefits. Because the FDA does not regulate CBD products, it can be hard to know what to buy. If your vet doesn’t recommend a specific product, there are a few things to look for when shopping for CBD for your pet.

First, you should only buy a CBD product that has been independently tested and makes those laboratory results available online. You can review the product’s certificate of analysis (COA) to find the CBD and THC content of a given product and to make sure that it is free from pesticides and heavy metals. If a particular pet CBD product doesn’t offer a COA, steer clear.

Second, look for products that are made from hemp that is grown in the United States, which will ensure that it contains no more than 0.3% THC to comply with federal law. While THC is believed to be safe for dogs and cats in low doses, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) lists THC as a toxic substance for dogs and cats. If you want to avoid THC entirely, look for a product labeled as a broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate. These products may also be labeled 0% THC or THC free.

Green Wellness Life offers a number of independently tested CBD products for pets, each of which is made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Depending on your dog or cat’s specific needs, you may want to try:

No matter what product you give your dog or cat, carefully observe them to see how it affects them. While side effects with CBD are usually rare and tend to be very mild, watch for symptoms like excessive panting, lethargy, vomiting, and loss of balance. If you notice any of these issues, they may have consumed too much CBD.

At the same time, look for potential positive changes after administering CBD to your pet. For example, if you gave your dog CBD on the Fourth of July and he is calm during fireworks (when he would usually be panicking), the CBD is probably working to calm his anxiety. Similarly, if you give your cat CBD for arthritis and notice that she is running and jumping like she used to, you may be able to conclude that the CBD is working for them.

Buy Top Quality CBD Products for Your Pet

As a pet owner, you want what is best for your fluffy family members. For some pets, CBD may be a good way to improve certain health conditions or their quality of life. Under HB 5085, you can now talk directly to your pet’s veterinarian so that you can make an informed decision about whether CBD is right for them.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t medical professionals, and cannot diagnose or treat you OR your pets. What we can do is offer our own experience with CBD, along with the latest research on the possible benefits of CBD. If you’d like to learn more or need help shopping for a high quality, independently tested pet CBD product, give us a call at 1-888-772-7875, fill out our online contact form, or click the live chat button.

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy CBD Gummies on Amazon

April 16th, 2021 by David Kranker

CBD Gummies On Amazon

If you’re like most people, whenever you need something, you click over to Amazon. The online marketplace seems to have just about anything you could possibly want, and whatever you buy can usually be delivered to you in 24 to 48 hours. Yet Amazon doesn’t (and shouldn’t) necessarily carry everything – and that includes CBD gummies.

Although the United States has legalized the production of hemp, the natural compounds extracted from hemp – like cannabidiol (CBD) – aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Between FDA rules and state laws on how CBD can be marketed and packaged, selling CBD on an international global marketplace can be complex. It isn’t surprising, then, that Amazon forbids the sale of CBD products (including gummies) on its site.

Some companies have tried to get around this rule by selling CBD products that are labeled as “hemp” instead. Unfortunately, when buying hemp gummies or similar items on Amazon, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to know what you are getting. That’s why you shouldn’t buy CBD gummies on Amazon – and should instead rely on a trusted CBD-focused retailer like Green Wellness Life.

Current Law on CBD in the U.S.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp in the United States. Under this law, it is now legal for farmers to cultivate and grow the hemp plant, provided that the harvested hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes you feel high). This law effectively made hemp into an agricultural crop and removed it from the federal government’s list of controlled substances.

Before hemp was demonized in the early 1900s – largely due to racism against Mexican immigrants who used marijuana recreationally – it was an important crop throughout the United States. Hemp was used for the production of rope, sails, and clothing, and was even exchanged as legal tender in the colonies. Hemp continues to have a number of uses, including bioplastics, insulation, biofuel, and paints.

Hemp is also a food product. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, and a great source of essential fatty acids. Hemp oil, which is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, is also a nutritional superstar.

So why was hemp considered a controlled substance in the United States? Its inclusion on this list was largely due to the fact that the cannabis sativa plant produces both hemp and marijuana. When lawmakers sought to ban the use of recreational marijuana, they included hemp. For decades, this decision prevented Americans from reaping the many beneficial uses of hemp – including CBD products.

CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the stalks and leaves of the hemp plant that has a number of health and wellness benefits. While CBD won’t get you high or make you feel stoned, preliminary research has indicated that it can help with a number of conditions, from anxiety to chronic pain to insomnia.

Products derived from hemp – like CBD gummies – are legal in all 50 states, provided that they contain no more than 0.3% THC. While CBD products do not require FDA approval, this federal agency has specific guidelines about how CBD can be marketed. Specifically, the FDA and another agency, the Federal Trade Commission, have warned companies to not market CBD using unsubstantiated claims (a common tactic used by CBD scam companies).

Federal law also prohibits selling food that contains CBD. While the FDA is expected to soften its stance on CBD in food items, many manufacturers of CBD products are careful about how they package and market their edible products (like CBD gummies) to avoid violating the law.

The bottom line? The laws regarding CBD are both complex and evolving. With this in mind, it perhaps isn’t surprising that a mega retailer like Amazon has chosen to stay out of the CBD game entirely.

Does Amazon Sell CBD Gummies?

Amazon restricts the sale of certain products on its site for both legal and practical reasons. Its list of restricted products includes items like tobacco, live animals, and alcohol. Amazon’s policy also forbids the sale of dietary supplements that contain a controlled substance.

As noted above, CBD that is derived from American-grown hemp is not a controlled substance. While marijuana is still considered a controlled substance, hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC is not. Products made from hemp – like CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant – are not controlled substances.

Despite this reality, Amazon has chosen to ban the sale of CBD on its site. This decision is based more on practicalities than the law. With hundreds of thousands (or even millions!) of products available for sale, it is far easier for Amazon to avoid potential legal issues by forbidding the sale of CBD products.

Of course, many people view rules like this as more of a hoop to jump through than a strict limit. To get around this prohibition, sellers often market their CBD products in other ways. Most often, CBD products will be sold as hemp or hemp oil products on Amazon.

According to an investigation by the Washington Post, many of the hemp products sold on Amazon actually contain CBD. Its journalists purchased 13 separate products marketed on Amazon as hemp products, including “hemp gummies.” Independent testing found that 11 of these products contained CBD – and one had a small amount of THC. Neither CBD nor THC were listed as ingredients on Amazon.

So what does this mean for consumers? While you can technically purchase CBD gummies on Amazon, you will never know exactly what you are getting. Many CBD retailers are attempting to circumvent Amazon’s rules by changing their packaging or omitting ingredients like CBD on their listing.

This practice may allow them to sell on Amazon – but it leaves you in the dark when it comes to buying CBD gummies. When you click “buy now,” you have no real way of knowing if the product that you just bought will contain CBD at all. It also makes it incredibly difficult to determine exactly how much CBD you are getting per serving, if there is any THC present in the product, or if there are any impurities.

The upshot? Buying CBD gummies (or any CBD product) on Amazon isn’t a great idea. Instead, you should look for a site where you know that you’ll get safe, effective CBD gummies – without all of the subterfuge and hidden ingredients that you deal with on Amazon.

Where Can You Get Real, High Quality CBD Gummies Online?

Green Wellness Life sells a full range of CBD products, including CBD gummies. Our company is focused on CBD and related products. We work hard to stay on top of the ever-changing laws surrounding CBD – and to make sure that our customers are only getting the best CBD products.

All of our CBD items are made from CBD extracted from American-grown hemp. This means that our CBD contains (at most) a trace amount of THC, in accordance with federal law. You can also buy THC-free CBD gummies on our store – just look for broad spectrum or isolate on the label.

We only sell CBD products from manufacturers that independently test their products and make those lab results available online for you to review. Remember, CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. The only way to know for sure what you are getting when you buy CBD is to review these third party lab results. Because we care about your health and well-being, we exclusively stock products that have been independently tested.

Our CBD gummies collection includes such high-quality products as:

You’ll note that the word “CBD” appears right in the name of each of our products – and when you click on the link, you can see exactly how much CBD is in each package. We won’t ever hide the ingredients of our products. We are proud of what we sell, and want to help you find a CBD product that is right for you.

Buying CBD Gummies From a Trusted Source

We know that you have a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing CBD gummies online. At Green Wellness Life, we pride ourselves on our focus on the health and well-being of our customers. That is why we only sell CBD products that are made from American-grown hemp and that have been independently tested.

While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition, we can provide you with the latest scientific research on CBD as well as our own personal experience with the products that we sell. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST). You can also fill out our online contact form or hit the “live chat” button to reach out to us at any time.

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