CBD Basics

Reasons CBD Might Not Be Working for You

January 11th, 2021 by David Kranker

Reasons CBD Is Not Working

In recent years, CBD – or cannabidiol – has become incredibly popular. This naturally-occurring compound is derived from the hemp plant, and may boost your health in a number of ways. While the research on CBD is still developing, scientists have linked CBD to a host of benefits. But, what if you have taken CBD, and aren’t seeing any benefits? Is it all just a bunch of hype?

There are a number of reasons why CBD might not be working for you. Before giving up on CBD entirely, read through our list of why you may not be experiencing the benefits of CBD – and what you can do about it.

You Aren’t Taking Enough

It can be hard to find the right serving size of CBD. What works for one person may not be right for another person. That can make it tricky to land on the serving size that will give you the benefits that you seek.

We recommend consulting with your doctor before starting CBD. They might be able to give you an idea of how much you should take each day. If they don’t, you should start with a small serving size and gradually increase it over time. Keep track of the amount that you take and how it makes you feel to better understand what works your body.

Many people find that CBD is most beneficial when it has a chance to build up in your body. This allows your body to have a consistent level of CBD, which can help the body maintain homeostasis, or balance. Again, because each person’s body chemistry is different, adjust your serving size and keep careful notes to figure out what helps you feel your best.

You Need a Different Type of CBD

CBD comes in a variety of formulations. If you aren’t feeling the effects of the CBD that you are taking, it may be that you simply need to try a different delivery method.

There are five broad options for taking CBD: tinctures or oils, topical products (like creams and salves), vape oils, CBD capsules, and edibles (such as gummies). Generally, taking a tincture under your tongue (sublingually) allows you to get the quickest results because the CBD can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. By comparison, when you eat an edible, the product goes through your digestive system and it can take longer to feel an effect.

If you have been eating CBD gummies or smoking a CBD vape, it may be time to consider a different delivery method – like placing a drop of CBD oil directly under your tongue. Alternatively, if you have localized pain, your best bet may be to use a topical cream, salve, or balm to apply the CBD exactly where you need it. The staff at Green Wellness Life can help to recommend a product that will meet your needs.

The CBD You Are Using Isn’t High Quality

While there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to CBD, it isn’t always easy to know what you’re getting when you purchase a CBD product. Because CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is all too easy to buy a scam product. If you’ve been taking CBD and don’t think that it is doing anything, it may be because the product you are using contains little to no CBD.

Labeling accuracy is a big problem in the CBD marketplace. According to one study, just 31% of CBD products studied actually contained the amount of CBD advertised. That means that there is a very high likelihood that the CBD product that you are using doesn’t have nearly as much CBD as it claims.

You can avoid this problem by only purchasing high-quality CBD from reputable sources. In particular, you should only purchase CBD that has been independently tested by a third party laboratory. The company should make those lab results available online for your review. If they don’t, avoid buying their CBD.

You Haven’t Given It Enough Time to Work

With all of the excitement about CBD in the health and wellness world, you may think that your world will change the first time that you try it. When it doesn’t, you’ll probably be disappointed – and want to quit taking it.

The important thing to remember is that while CBD has a lot of great properties, it isn’t a miracle cure. If you have been suffering from chronic pain for years, you probably won’t get instant relief the minute you place a drop of CBD oil under your tongue. Instead, it often takes time to build up in your system before you feel relief.

While many prescription medications may work immediately, they often come with a range of nasty side effects (like the addictiveness of prescription painkillers) that CBD doesn’t have. Give your body time to build up a level of CBD before deciding that it doesn’t work. You may find that you notice a difference after taking CBD consistently for a few weeks or even months.

It Isn’t For You

While the early research into potential benefits of CBD is promising, that doesn’t mean that CBD is right for everyone. CBD works by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. However, scientists don’t know exactly how CBD interacts with the ECS – or why each person’s system is slightly different.

An individual’s experience with CBD is based on factors such as their metabolism, body chemistry, and even their genetics. Just like with any other supplement, what works for one person may not be right for another person.

Spend some time experimenting with brands, products and serving sizes to see if you experience benefits from CBD. If it doesn’t, you can move onto something else with the knowledge that you gave CBD a shot – and that it just may not work for some people.

Want to Try CBD? We’re Here to Help.

While there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to CBD, taking it isn’t as simple as opening up a pill bottle. As with other natural products, it may take some time and patience to figure out what serving size, type, and brand of CBD works best for your unique body chemistry. At Green Wellness Life, we’ll walk you through the process and give you recommendations for CBD products that fit your needs.

While we aren’t doctors and can’t diagnose or treat any medical conditions, we can offer you our extensive experience with CBD. Our CBD products have all been independently tested for CBD and accurate labeling.

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.

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How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?

November 17th, 2020 by David Kranker

How does CBD make you feel

CBD, or cannabidiol, seems to be everywhere these days. Since the production of industrial hemp became legal in the United States, CBD products – which are made from hemp – have become incredibly popular. It’s hard to walk into a pharmacy, boutique or even a big box store without seeing advertisements for CBD products.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding CBD and how it is different from marijuana. There are also a lot of CBD scams out there, making false or overblown claims about what CBD can do. It is little wonder that so many people have questions about what CBD is, how it works, and whether it will make them feel high or stoned.

CBD will not make you feel intoxicated. However, depending on how you use it, CBD oil may help you feel good in other ways, such as by reducing your anxiety or helping you get a better night’s sleep. Below, we outline the latest research on CBD and give you our take on how CBD oil will make you feel.

How CBD Works: What We Know

CBD is one of at least 100 naturally occurring active compounds found in the Cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high.

While the research is still early, scientists believe that CBD works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, ECS. The ECS is a complex system that has three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.

Endocannabinoids are made by our bodies. They are similar to cannabinoids like CBD, but are produced by the body instead of being found in a plant. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids as needed to help regulate internal functions.

Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors are found in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids can bind to both types of receptors, with a different effect based on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid binds to it.

Finally, enzymes break down endocannabinoids once they have performed their function. Together, these three components work to regulate a number of processes within the body, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Metabolism
  • Appetite and digestion
  • Mood
  • Learning and memory
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep
  • Cardiovascular system function
  • Motor control
  • Liver function
  • Reproductive system function
  • Bone remodeling and growth
  • Skin and nerve function
  • Stress

Each of these things contributes to homeostasis within our bodies, or balance. For example, if you hurt your back, your body may release endocannabinoids to bind to CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain and to bind with CB2 receptors in immune cells to signal that your body is experiencing inflammation. In this way, the ECS works to maintain the stability of our internal environments.

Experts are not entirely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS. While THC can bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors, scientists do not believe that CBD does this. Instead, CBD may work to prevent enzymes from breaking down endocannabinoids so that they can have a greater effect on the body, or even to bind to a receptor that has not been discovered yet.

Another theory is that CBD can address clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), which is the idea that low levels of endocannabinoids can contribute to the development of certain medical or mental health conditions. A 2016 review found that CECD may explain why some people develop conditions that don’t have a clear underlying cause, like migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

While the science is still developing on how CBD affects the ECS, we do know that it can help to address the symptoms of a number of conditions, including pain and inflammation, anxiety and depression, acne, seizures, high blood pressure, and substance abuse disorder. If you have one of these conditions or another medical or mental health issue, be sure to check with your doctor about the possible benefits of CBD and whether it may interact with any of your medications.

How Will CBD Oil Make Me Feel?

CBD oil affects people in different ways. In particular, the serving size of CBD that you take and the way that you take it can change the way that it makes you feel.

Generally, if you take too little CBD oil, you may not feel anything at all. However, if you take a more appropriate serving size, then you may feel relaxed and calm. Some people who use CBD oil describe feeling like their stress levels have dropped when they take it.

While CBD may help you go to sleep, it won’t make you feel drowsy. CBD oil can help with insomnia, but it doesn’t do so by sedating you. Instead, it may address the root causes of your sleeplessness, like anxiety and pain.

By interacting with the ECS system in our bodies, CBD may help us maintain a state of homeostasis or balance. As a result, we may feel better overall without being able to pinpoint exactly how it makes us feel.

Keep in mind that CBD oil tends to have a slow and subtle effect. You may not notice a change right away, unlike the experience you may have taking prescription medications or even using marijuana. Over time, you may start to notice that you feel more calm, or that your health and wellness is improving overall.

So CBD Won’t Make Me Feel High?

CBD oil will not make you feel high or stoned. While CBD is produced from the same family of plants as marijuana (cannabis), by law, it can contain no more than 0.3% THC in the United States. By contrast, marijuana products may contain up to 30% THC.

CBD is not psychoactive, so it will not interact with your body in the same way that THC does to produce a feeling of intoxication. While taking a larger serving size of CBD may make you feel uplifted or give you a sense of wellbeing, you will not feel high because the level of THC is so low in CBD oil made from industrial hemp grown in the United States.

If you are concerned about feeling high when taking CBD oil, you can also choose to purchase a 0% THC product. Make sure to purchase a product that has been independently tested by a third party laboratory so that you can verify the quality and contents of the oil that you choose.

Want to Learn More about CBD? We’re Here to Help.

If you’re like many Americans, you may be curious about how CBD oil can help you – but overwhelmed by sorting through the information and products. At Green Wellness Life, we are committed to sharing our knowledge of CBD with others so that they can improve their wellbeing – naturally. All of our CBD products are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States, and have been tested by a third party laboratory.

Our passion is achieving better health and wellness through CBD products. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest CBD research so that you can make an informed decision for yourself about using CBD. To learn more or for help picking a CBD product, contact us today at (888) 772-7875 (9 am – 4 pm EST, Monday to Friday), or fill out our online contact form.

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What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?

October 22nd, 2020 by David Kranker

What CBD Tastes Like

If you’re like most people, you have heard of the benefits of CBD. Preliminary scientific research has shown that CBD may help with a variety of physical and mental health conditions. Perhaps you’re ready to hop on the CBD bandwagon…but have some questions first.

A common question that many people ask about CBD oil is what exactly it tastes like. After all, many of us are familiar with the pungent odor of marijuana, and CBD is made from the same family of plants. So before you buy CBD oil, you may want to make sure that it’ll taste good.

CBD is often described as having a grassy or earthy flavor. While many people enjoy the taste of CBD, others find it off-putting. Fortunately, there are ways that you can mask the flavor of CBD while still enjoying its benefits.

How is CBD Oil Made?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. In the United States, CBD is often made from hemp, which is a part of the cannabis family. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp in the U.S. Industrial hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC, which is the psychoactive component found in marijuana. Read the rest of this entry »


What Are the Side Effects of CBD Oil?

October 14th, 2020 by David Kranker

Side Effects Of CBD Oil

If you have spent any time in the health and wellness sphere, you have probably heard about CBD. This natural compound found in the cannabis plant has gained quite a reputation for boosting wellbeing in a number of ways. Yet all of the hype surrounding CBD may sound too good to be true, leaving you wondering if there are any downsides to taking CBD.

Scientific research on CBD is still emerging, but has largely been positive. While CBD has fewer side effects than most prescription medications and is considered to be safe, some people may experience mild side effects when consuming CBD oil — like dry mouth and fatigue. Because CBD may also interact with certain prescription drugs, it is important to talk with your doctor before taking it.

Below, we have outlined the current research on CBD, including its potential side effects. If you’re curious to try CBD oil for yourself, reach out to us to learn more.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of hundreds of naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. Another well-known cannabinoid is THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD will not make you feel high or stoned.

CBD oil is made by extracting the compound from the cannabis plant. It is then diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Depending on the type of CBD oil that you purchase, there may be a number of other beneficial nutrients and compounds found in the oil, such as terpenes. Together, these compounds produce what is known as the entourage effect.

CBD typically contains little or no THC. In the United States, hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC. When you purchase CBD oil made from American-grown hemp, it will contain 0.3% or lower THC. You can also choose to buy CBD oil that is THC-free.

There are a number of health and wellness benefits associated with CBD. In recent years, scientists have performed a number of studies on CBD. While this research is still in its preliminary stages, the early results are promising.

Based on these studies, CBD may be able to:

Keep in mind that this research is still developing. Consult with your doctor about using CBD before taking it or adding anything to your health and wellness regimes.

Does CBD Oil Have Any Side Effects?

Having read about the benefits of CBD, you might be wondering if there are any downsides to taking it. CBD is generally considered safe, and is well-tolerated by most people. However, some people may still experience mild side effects when taking CBD oil.

In a 2017 review, scientists noted that CBD has a favorable safety profile, and fewer side effects compared to other treatments for conditions such as epilepsy and mental health issues. However, a small number of participants in the studies review reported diarrhea, changes in appetite and/or weight, and fatigue or tiredness. It may also cause dry mouth.

Importantly, these potential side effects are typically much less serious than those associated with traditional medications. For example, drugs used to treat anxiety and depression may cause agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, drowsiness, and headaches. Some of these medications — such as benzodiazepines for anxiety — can also be addictive. In comparison, the side effects that some people may experience with CBD are relatively minor.

CBD oil may also interact with certain prescription medications, which may cause unwanted side effects. If you take a medication that has a “grapefruit warning,” CBD may affect how this drug is metabolized by your body. Before taking CBD or any supplement, you should talk to your doctor about how it may affect you, particularly in relation to any medicines that you may be taking.

In some cases, people who use CBD may experience side effects because of additives or impurities in the product. While CBD is widely available over-the-counter, both in stores and online, these products are not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, it can be difficult to know what you are actually getting when you purchase a CBD product.

To safeguard against these issues, only purchase high quality CBD oil that has been independently tested by a third party laboratory. A trustworthy company will make these test results available online, so that you can review the CBD concentration and the presence of additives and impurities for yourself. If a company that sells CBD products doesn’t provide this information, steer clear of it.

Similarly, you should look for CBD that was extracted from industrial hemp grown in the United States. The production of hemp is tightly regulated in the U.S., which means that CBD made from hemp grown here is more likely to be of a higher quality than hemp grown elsewhere, such as China.

If you do experience unpleasant side effects while taking CBD, stop taking it. You should then talk to your doctor about these side effects, and whether they could be attributed to something else.

Interested in Trying CBD? We Can Help.

For most people, CBD oil is safe and effective, with few side effects — especially when compared to most traditional pharmaceutical drugs. If you’re considering trying CBD oil, we can help. At Green Wellness Life, our team is dedicated to helping people select a CBD product that meets their unique needs.

While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition, we can provide you with the latest research on CBD to help you make an informed decision. We only sell products on our online CBD shop that are made from hemp grown in the U.S. and that have been independently tested. To learn more or for help with any questions, reach out to us at (888) 772-7875 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, or email us at any time.

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What Nutrients Are in CBD Oil?

September 29th, 2020 by David Kranker

Nutrients In CBD Oil

If you’re like many people, you have heard a lot about the benefits of CBD. What you may not have heard about is how other compounds found in CBD oil can also boost your health.

CBD is extracted from the stalks, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant. Like other plants, hemp contains a variety of minerals, nutrients, and phytochemicals. Each of these chemicals may bolster the effects of CBD — producing something known as the entourage effect.

To understand how this works, you first need to learn about CBD — what it is, how it is extracted, and what nutrients are also found in this oil. Read on to learn the basics, before making a decision about whether (and what kind of) CBD is right for you.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. There are more than 60 of these compounds, known as cannabinoids, in cannabis. Another well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the psychoactive component of marijuana.

Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, to produce a variety of effects. Research has shown that CBD may help to neutralize the system and provide a variety of benefits:

While research on the benefits of CBD is still in its early stages, early results are promising.

CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a genus of plants that has three species: indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Hemp is a sativa species of cannabis, while cannabis can be any of the three species.

In the United States, CBD is predominantly made from industrial hemp, which is a type of cannabis. By law, this hemp can contain no more than .03% THC. In some states where marijuana is legal, you may be able to purchase CBD that is made from cannabis. This CBD may contain greater than .03% THC.

The extraction process can take several forms, including using carbon dioxide, liquid solvents, steam, or an oil infusion. Each of these methods separates the CBD from the plant material, leaving behind a CBD oil. The purity and concentration of the CBD oil may vary based on the extraction method used.

What Nutrients Are Found in CBD Oil?

After CBD is extracted, the result is known as a “full spectrum” CBD oil (unless isolate CBD is extracted via the cold CO2 method). This means that other cannabinoids are present in the oil beyond CBD, including CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), CBDV (cannabidivarin), and THC.

Beyond cannabinoids, full spectrum CBD oils contain other nutrients and beneficial elements, including terpenes and amino acids. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that are made by many plants, including hemp. Depending on the plant that the CBD was extracted from, different terpenes can be found in CBD oil, giving it a unique scent.

Terpenes may also have beneficial properties. The terpene caryophyllene has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. The terpene linalool may reverse some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Terpenes may also boost mood or have other effects, much like essential oils.

CBD also contains all 20 amino acids, which are organic compounds that your body needs to grow and function properly. 9 amino acids are classified as essential, and cannot be made by the body. Instead, these amino acids must be obtained through diet.

In addition to amino acids and terpenes, CBD oil contains a number of minerals and nutrients. They include:

  • Thiamine (vitamin B1)
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
  • Folate (vitamin B9)
  • Vitamin E
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

CBD also contains healthy fats, such as Omega 6 fatty acid.

There are three forms of CBD oil: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum CBD extracts contain all of the phytochemicals that naturally occur in the plant. Broad spectrum contains all of these phytochemicals, minus the THC (0% THC). Finally, CBD isolate only contains CBD. Both full and broad spectrum CBD offer something known as the entourage effect.

What Is the Entourage Effect?

Taking full spectrum CBD oil may produce something known as the entourage effect. This is a theory that when all of the compounds in cannabis work together, they produce a better effect as compared to when they are taken alone, or in isolation.

A number of studies have found that the entourage effect is real and can produce substantial benefits. In a 2011 review, scientists found that taking terpenes and phytocannabinoids together may help relieve pain, anxiety and inflammation, and may alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy, cancer, and even fungal infections.

Other studies have found that certain flavonoids and terpenes — present in CBD — may have both neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. By taking a full or broad spectrum CBD product, you may be able to take advantage of both these effects as well as the benefits of CBD itself.

More research is needed on how these compounds may work together to produce a better result for people who use CBD. While there may be substantial benefits to taking a full or broad spectrum CBD, there are reasons to avoid these products — such as if you want to avoid consuming any THC. In these situations, a CBD isolate may be the best choice for you.

How to Buy High Quality CBD Oil

If you would like to take advantage of the potential health and wellness benefits of CBD, you may be curious about how to buy a good brand that will work for you. After all, CBD oil is available almost everywhere now. How can you know that you are getting what you are paying for with CBD?

The answer lies in only buying CBD products that have been tested by a third party laboratory, with results available for your review. At Green Wellness Life, we only offer CBD oils that are independently tested and that are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States. You can rest assured that when you buy a product from our site, you are getting the highest quality CBD available.

We aren’t doctors, and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition. We can offer you the latest research and information for you to make an informed decision about using CBD. To learn more, reach out to us today by pressing the live chat button, calling (888) 772-7875 , or emailing us at any time.

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