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What Are CBN, CBG, and CBDA?

January 17th, 2021 by Hannah Laing



QuintonBy Quinton Charles, Op-Ed Blogger

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.

Broad Spectrum CBD Product Reviews

January 5th, 2021 by Hannah Laing

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By: The GWL Team

What Does Broad Spectrum Mean?

There is a lot of jargon in the CBD world and it can easily become confusing. Luckily, we are always here to clear some things up. When I first started learning about CBD I didn’t know that there are 3 different types of CBD products: Isolate, Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum.

  • An Isolate product has only the CBD cannabinoid present
  • A Full Spectrum product has all 120+ cannabinoids present
  • A Broad Spectrum product meets somewhere in the middle

A Broad Spectrum product will always have the THC and the THC variants removed, but there are a lot of other cannabinoids and plant matter that may or may not be present. To be considered a Broad Spectrum, however, there needs to be at least another cannabinoid present, besides CBD. We carry all 3 types of CBD products in tinctures, capsules, edibles, and even boosters. Broad Spectrum products may be a great fit for those looking to find the benefits that other cannabinoids may offer but cannot have those trace amounts of THC. All of us in the GWL team utilize Broad Spectrum products for one reason or another. Below are our reviews of some Broad Spectrum products that we use and carry.

Brandy Reviews WYLD Gummies:

WYLD CBD GummiesThe Broad Spectrum product that I took a look at for this article are the WYLD gummies. WYLD offers four gummy flavors – Blackberry, Huckleberry, Lemon & Raspberry. Here at GWL, we carry the Lemon and Raspberry, but we’ve found all four options to be delish. They’re vegan and gluten-free, which is huge. They are pectin based, therefore less likely to melt in the heat than gelatin. Pectin also makes them a different consistency than a gelatin base. They remind me more of a gummy vitamin than a gummy candy. They’re a nice strength – 25 mg per gummy – and a rectangle shape, which makes them easy to cut in half if you want to start smaller. Those are all good things. Now on to the less good. The quantity per bottle is 20. That’s annoying as you’ll need 2 bottles to cover a month if taking a full serving size. Effectivity is another area to consider. I take CBD for mood more than pain. I find a serving of about 30mg daily to be a good fit for me and I go back and forth between products as we are always trying something new. With that said, I did find that I needed to take 2 of the gummies rather than just one. 1 ½ may have done the trick, but I was a little lazy and just went 2. I wasn’t sleeping as well with one and noticed that my neck and shoulders were twinging more. My team also said I was crabby – we’ll take that with a grain of salt. Why would I need a little more? Let’s talk about that. 

In the world of CBD, Broad Spectrum is middle ground, so this end product should give you full-spectrum benefits without the THC. But, does it? In my experience, that’s a firm “maybe.” The processing to separate and extract plant material removes the end result from that plant in the ground and we have found, time and time again that the whole plant works best for people living with pain. Can you get there without the THC? We believe that you can, but you’ll likely have to take a higher serving size – maybe even 2-4 times as much – making it an expensive option. 

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Cara Reviews Koi Tinctures:

When I first started working for Green Wellness Life I knew nothing about CBD and cannabinoids. As I began to learn and experiment with different products I met the KOI representative at a trade show. I immediately loved the flavor, brand and the quality of the product. I started taking it daily and saw marked improvement with mood and with an old shoulder injury. The KOI Broad Spectrum orange tincture was my go to tincture for close to a year. It comes in several great flavor options including lemon lime, strawberry, orange and spearmint. With many different strength options starting at 500mg, 1000mg and 2000mgs all in 1fl ounce bottles so  you can’t complain about cannabinoid strength per bottle! It is easy to take and one of the most delicious tinctures I have tasted with strength options for many different user needs. If you are committed to a 0 THC product, Koi is a great choice. 

I have since graduated to a full spectrum tincture with all of the cannabinoids including the .3% THC. I have found the full spectrum (I am not using KOI personally any longer) to be much more beneficial for my aging body and many old ski injuries. However, KOI Broad Spectrum Tincture is still the tincture I recommend when someone is looking for a great flavored, 0 THC option; especially when someone is looking for assistance with pain and inflammation. It is reasonably priced, tastes great and one of my favorite Broad Spectrum products to this date. 

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David Reviews Lift Sleep Drops:

Lift CBD Sleep dropsI had the pleasure of being able to review Lift CBD’s Calming Honey Sleep Drops. Before getting into the product itself, I want to start my review with the brand. Lift has developed a very modern and clean brand that is evident with their logo, and carries over into all of their packaging. I know they say not to choose a book based on its cover, but one of the things that initially attracted me to Lift products was their branding and design. The beauty of the packaging drew me in, but it was the quality of the product that really sold me.

Some people aren’t keen on the taste of CBD, which can often be described as earthy in nature. Even with flavored tinctures, you can sometimes pick up on that earthy flavor, which may not be for everyone. However, Lift’s Sleep Drops are infused with honey – making them very sweet. I really enjoy the taste of this tincture and it’s something I look forward to taking, which makes all the difference.

Lift recommends taking the sleep tincture about 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep. The claim for the product was that the combination of melatonin, CBD, CBN, and vitamin B6 would help me get to sleep faster. I followed the instructions on the package and found that their claims were valid. Just a few minutes after my head hit the pillow every night I could feel myself drifting off to sleep. There was no restless tossing and turning before bed while using the drops. Another unexpected benefit I found was that the drops seemed to keep me sleeping longer. I rent out an extra bedroom in my house via Airbnb. For the past few months I’ve had a long-term renter here who wakes up at 6am for work. I normally don’t have to wake up until 7am, but my renter’s schedule had me up at 6am every morning. Boo. While taking the Lift Drops, I noticed I was no longer waking up at 6am and starting sleeping all the way through to my alarm, which was nice.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Lift Sleep Drops. The taste is wonderful, the product does exactly what it said it would do (keep in mind that CBD reacts differently in everyone’s bodies), and the value that you’re getting for the price is fantastic. Two thumbs up.

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Hannah Reviews Green Roads Roll-On

CBD Roll-On Heat ReliefIf you have chatted with me or read anything I’ve written in the past, you know I struggle with what I like to call “Big Boy” pain. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia have caused a disk or two in my neck to slip and on X-rays there appears to be a damaged nerve. Essentially, I wish I didn’t have a neck sometimes. Seeing as that a neck is useful when checking a blind spot while driving, adorning pretty necklaces, and oh I don’t know looking directions other than forward, finding a way to live with this neck pain is essential for me. I take CBD every day and do yoga, which has made astronomical changes in my pain management journey, but sometimes that alone isn’t enough. For something location specific, like my neck, and not just all over pain, I find that topicals really help me.

There are a surprising number of things to consider with topicals. Does the topical leave a residue that will get in my hair? How long does the relief last? What is the ease of application? Does it smell? Do I need to wash my hands after application? Is there a temperature element? Question after question, I searched for my topical soulmate and found that in the Green Roads Heat Relief Roll-On. This 750mg heated roll-on, since the first day I tried it, can be found in both my nightstand and hiking bag, at all times. The unscented roll-on is really easy to apply on my neck and doesn’t require much maintenance. The milky liquid absorbs quickly into the skin and, personally, the tighter my muscles are the more it burns my neck.

Whenever struggling with a bout of neck pain, I find that there just isn’t another product that we carry that I grab as often. Don’t get me wrong, you can use this topical on areas other than your neck, I just simply love the convenience and the heated element. The heat really loosens my tightened muscles and gives me a distraction from the pain with a heated sensation. Also, because it’s a 3oz bottle, I find that a bottle lasts me long time compared to some of the other daily topicals I use, like the Endoca Salve. Though the burn that I love so dearly doesn’t last me typically more than 15 minutes, I find that I can find pain relief for about 4-5 hours. For a girl who regrets having a neck on a semi-regular basis, 4-5 hours of a pain free neck feels more divine than one might imagine. I’m a fan.

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Quinton Reviews Koi Softgels:

Koi CBD SoftgelsIn many previous blogs, I have praised the use of softgels and capsules. The reasons are simple: serving control and ease of use. I’ll spare you from having to read a long explanation of why I prefer softgels (since I am sure that I will do so many more times in future blogs). However, I will mention that this preference was a significant factor in my decision to sample and review Koi’s Broad Spectrum softgels this week. 

Each one of the softgels packs a potent 25mg of CBD, but (unfortunately) is not vegan. I am not vegan, myself, but I know that this can be a problem for some of our customers. If you are, don’t worry! We offer plenty of other, vegan-friendly options for Broad Spectrum CBD. 

So why did I choose to talk about this product? There were plenty of other Broad Spectrum products to choose from. What is so special about this one? Like many people, I get stressed. This stress contributes to my anxiety. Rather than live with a perpetually-raised blood pressure and worry about every little thing that life throws at me, I choose to take a softgel that has helped me to manage my anxiety in the past. I have not experienced any unpleasant taste or gas that can sometimes occur as the result of taking a supplement, and I find that I feel more relaxed and can sleep better at night when taking it! I keep coming back to Koi because it fulfills my needs, and that is all that I look for in a Broad Spectrum supplement.

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Happy to help!

Hopefully, you gained a little bit of insight into broad spectrum products, how we use them, and how broad spectrum could be a good option for your CBD needs. We always are seeking to help our customers discover new CBD products, new ideas, and new knowledge. 

With this in mind, feel free to call us toll-free at (888) 772-7875, stop in at our new storefront, send us an email, or message us on social media. We would love to chat about CBD, your needs, what brought you to CBD, and how we can help you live a more positive and fulfilling life. Thanks again!

Plus CBD Review

November 8th, 2020 by Hannah Laing


By Quinton Charles, Op-ed blogger

Who are they?

It’s time for another review. As per usual, I took some time to explore Plus CBD’s website to see if anything really stood out that I could bring to your attention. Unfortunately, there was not much written about the company’s story, so I was forced to deduce their values and goals from how they present their products and the information that they share. And I’ve got news.

They’re one of the good ones. Plus CBD logo

Like many other CBD brands, Plus CBD is big on third-party testing and increasing transparency when it comes to customer knowledge of their products. It is a point of pride for Plus CBD that all of their products sport a QR code that links to batch testing results for that specific product. In an industry like CBD, this is huge. 

But why is it such a big deal that Plus CBD is prioritizing testing and access to results? It has to do with how cannabis, as a plant, works. Some plants are better than others at cleaning the environment and healing mother nature. Cannabis is one of these superhero plants, as it soaks up large amounts of toxins from the soil and the air. While this is normally a good thing, problems can arise when a plant that has “cleaned up” an area is processed for commercial use. All of those toxins could wind up in you!

So how can this be avoided? By doing exactly what Plus CBD is: labeling and pushing for transparency. And they aren’t acting alone in doing this. Plus CBD is recognized by and has the approval of the US Hemp Authority, which is an organization founded with the purpose of recognizing CBD companies that operate safely, engage in third-party testing, and are committed to increasing the reliability of hemp products. 

As a part of this focus on transparency and customer awareness, Plus CBD also regularly publishes new blogs and videos discussing new developments in cannabis and our understanding of its uses, and also attempts to answer common questions that people often have about CBD. 

I think that these are all commendable in a company, and I look forward to reading more of their blogs in the future. Definitely give their website a look if you have the time. 

Plus CBD Products

I can praise a company’s website, commitment to safety and reliability, and their transparency all day, but that won’t help you decide what suits your needs best, will it? I love knowing that a company’s CBD is safe, but I also love knowing what product is best for my needs.

We carry five Plus CBD products:

Plus CBD Maximum Strength Formula Softgels Review

Plus CBD Maximum Strength 50mg SoftgelsI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, capsules are perfect for when you know how much CBD you need and want to stay consistent. Droppers can become messy and inaccurate, which is a big problem if you need to stay consistent with the amount of CBD you are intaking. Your body can build up a tolerance, so it is important to not wildly fluctuate the amount of CBD that it is getting. 

Plus CBD’s max strength softgels are useful for keeping consistent, and are also full-spectrum. Why point this out? Because, unlike an isolate, a full-spectrum product is going to give you the benefits of all the plant matter, CBD, terpenes, and all the other goodies contained in a cannabis plant. This is as close to nature as it gets, from the plant to you. And, with 50mg per capsule (of full-spectrum CBD, too), I am certain that it will meet your needs.

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Plus CBD Gold Formula Skin Serum Review

Skin SerumThis one is a little different. I’ve covered lotions in the past (there are a lot of great options!), but this is a serum. Typically, you would use the serum to hydrate just like a lotion, but would apply less. This is because the serum is a very simple mixture of oils and CBD. 

I regularly get dry areas on my face during the winter, and I have found that this serum is one of the best ways to counter this problem. Unlike lotions, which are great but don’t seem to last all day, adding a little oil to the affected area helps me not crack and flake (gross, I know). 

This serum contains 50mg of CBD per bottle, so don’t expect to get too much CBD from it, but it is enough for what it is meant to do. It doesn’t feel as oily as you think it would on the skin, and the lavender scent is pleasant and subtle. 

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Plus CBD Hemp Oil Spray Review

Pluscbd oil evoo hemp oil spray cafe mochaThis is a fun one. CBD Spray! In many ways, this is similar to breath freshener spray. It smells like peppermint (or cafe mocha, if you prefer that option to peppermint), you spray it in your mouth from a small bottle, and it’s easily carried in a small bag or pocket. 

The bottle has 500mg of CBD total, which comes out to about 3mg per spray. It’s another full-spectrum, so you are getting all of the plant goodies along with the CBD!

I have found that this product is best used as a booster. Whenever you need a little more CBD, or just want some minty breath, it is a perfect product to pull out of a jacket pocket or a purse. I wouldn’t recommend use for anything more than a booster, though (who wants to spray that much?).

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Plus CBD CBD & CBDa Softgels Review

raw softgelsThis is a little different from the other softgels. It’s technically full-spectrum, but it also contains CBDa. What is CBDa, you say? CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) is the precursor to CBD. CBDa, when it undergoes heat and processing, turns into CBD. The raw plant (contained in this product) contains large amounts of CBDa. 

Another cool fact is that CBDa has been shown to decrease inflammation in clinical studies due to how CBDa interacts with the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. I’ll spare you the academic paper, but COX-2 basically increases and causes inflammation in the body, and CBDa actively blocks this enzyme. Pretty cool, right?

Because of this difference in ingredients, these softgels are only 5mg per capsule (a total of 300mg per bottle). Don’t be deceived by this small number, though. The CBDa more than makes up for the lower serving of CBD. 

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Plus CBD Gold Softgels Review

Plus CBD Full Spectrum 15mg SoftgelThis last product is pretty straightforward. There are 60 capsules, totaling 900mg of CBD (or 15mg of CBD per capsule), and they are full-spectrum, giving you the benefits of the whole plant. 

At 15mg of CBD per capsule, this is a good option for people who need a stable serving of CBD, but don’t want the much larger 50mg serving. 

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Happy to help

Hopefully, you gained a little bit of insight into how cannabis plants work, what CBDa is, and how Plus CBD could be a good option for your CBD needs. We always are seeking to help our customers discover new CBD products, new ideas, and new knowledge. 

With this in mind, feel free to call us at (888) 772-7875, stop in at our new storefront, send us an email, or message us on social media. We would love to chat about CBD, your needs, what brought you to CBD, and how we can help you live a more positive and fulfilling life. Thanks again!

Our Favorite Full Spectrum Products

October 19th, 2020 by Hannah Laing


There are different ways to process hemp and depending on how the hemp is processed, that product may be either an isolate, broad spectrum, or full spectrum. We have written on the differences between these types of products before, but you may not know what our favorite full spectrum products are in the office. Each of us took some time to pick out and review what we love and maybe don’t about our go-to full spectrum products!

Brandy’s Papa & Barkley Releaf Cream & Body Oil Review

Here at GWL, we try a LOT of CBD.  We have our tried and true favorites and it can be rather difficult to convince us to learn to love something new.  So, I’m as surprised as you are that I’m writing about a product line that we’ve only carried since May.  It’s true, though, Papa & Barkley has become an instant staple in my skincare routine.  

Did you know that CBD is great for your skin?  The US Government does – they’ve had a patent on CBD as an antioxidant since 2003.   I’m using the Releaf Repair Cream and the Releaf Body Oil daily. Papa and Barkley CBD Relief Body Oil It’s a switch for me to use an oil on my body and lotion on my face after doing the opposite for years, but I’m loving it. We’re currently in that weird mid-season shift from fall into winter here in Michigan, and this new skincare routine is handling it with ease.  I wasn’t overly oily in the summer but I’m not getting the facial tightness that dropping Mid Western temps bring, either.  I’m also seeing a real improvement in my normally red, ruddy cheeks.  The Releaf Body Oil is doing its job keeping my dry elbows and knees at bay as well, and it works wonders on sore feet at the end of the day.  I really enjoy the tingle from the peppermint oil addition as well and neither product has a strong fragrance, which I really appreciate.  

While these options aren’t going to help with mood stabilization or those aches and pains that you may be looking for from a whole plant option, they’ve absolutely helped me neutralize my skin and keep things calm and comfortable.  Your skin matters, too! It’s the largest organ in your body, after all.  Give it a try!

Cara’s Lazarus Naturals Full Spectrum Capsule Review

Cara OutsideLazarus is one of my favorite CBD companies. Why, you ask?  I love the fact that Lazarus Naturals is committed to CBD  accessibility for everyone.  What, you mean anyone could afford CBD?  Yes,  that is their commitment. Affordable and accessible CBD! You can see that commitment in their CBD product pricing.  At GWl we have some amazing products and companies that l believe in and love. However, Lazarus Naturals not only offers quality products but they are oftentimes at a fraction of the price.  So when we decided to try their full spectrum capsules, I was the first one to snag a bottle. Full Spectrum CBD Capsules

I am here to say they did not disappoint.  At 50 mg a capsule in a 40 count bottle you can’t beat the price for a high strength capsule.  That is 2000 mgs total for $69.99.  I love the ease of one capsule a day for all my CBD needs.  It assisted me with my shoulder and knee pain and for my aches and pains was comparable to some of our higher quality brands.  My only complaint would be the capsule form.  They are a bit big!  I felt as if I was taking a horse pill, so if swallowing large capsules is an issue, this may not be a great option.    For those looking to save a buck and dont mind a large capsule it is a great deal.  I will say I do not believe them to be comparable to any raw CBD-A product so keep that in mind.

David’s Bluebird Botanicals Tincture Review

I had the pleasure of being able to review Bluebird’s full tincture line with their hemp extract sample pack. The pack includes their Classic, Complete, and Signature blends. The Classic tincture contains CO2 hemp extract emulsified in organic hemp seed oil. Complete and Signature, both come with some additional beneficial ingredients. The Complete blend contains both decarboxylated CBD and non-decarboxylated CBDa along with naturally occurring terpenes while signature CO2 hemp extract, frankincense extract, black cumin, and cold-pressed hemp seed oil.

In terms of effects, these all seemed to offer similar benefits, but the degrees to which those benefits were offered did vary for me. I am a cat owner. While I love my cat, she does give me allergic reactions on a pretty regular basis. Prior to starting this trial I had another bad flare up of allergies. Immediately upon starting to take the tinctures, the allergies subsided.  All three of the tinctures kept my allergies at bay.

As a perfectionist, I tend to be someone who struggles with anxiety and self-inflicted stress in the office. When the work I perform isn’t flawless or the results I achieve aren’t what I expected, I will focus on shortcomings, which makes performing other tasks for the rest of the day difficult and increases my stress levels. All three tinctures helped to bring me a sense of calm and stabilize my mood. Had I not been taking these tinctures, last month would have been more anxiety inducing than the month prior.

I also wanted to test the tinctures for their ability to help with pain and inflammation. I purposely scheduled a few nights where I limited my sleep to induce headaches the next day. I had 3 different nights with self-induced headaches so that I could test them all. All three three tinctures reduced the headache to a degree. None of them completely eliminated the headache, but there definitely was some relief. Signature performed the best for me, reducing the headache to a level that was barely noticeable. Complete also did a really good job of minimizing the pain followed by Classic.  I think my headaches could have been completely eliminated had I taken larger amounts of each tincture. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is unique and CBD will affect every body differently. So, your experience with these tinctures could be different from mine.

I liked the Bluebird Botanicals Sample packflavor of Classic. It had more of that rosemary oil taste that hemp seed oil tastes like to me. Signature and Complete were both much stronger in taste. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it. It definitely had more of that earthy raw plant taste and I’m guessing that’s the extra terpenes and higher concentration of CBD in those. I would rank Classic as my first choice because it had a taste I enjoyed that I’d like taking on a daily basis. At the end of the day, finding something you’d enjoy using on a daily basis is the most important factor when deciding on a CBD product. The Signature blend would be second for me, because it seemed to be the strongest and that benefit does outweigh the flavor to a degree and then complete would be last on my list, because it wasn’t as strong as Signature for me and still had a taste that wasn’t exactly up my alley.

Hannah’s Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Tincture Review

If you have read anything I’ve written in the past, you won’t be surprised to read that I’m going to be reviewing the Endoca Raw tincture. The higher strength of the Endoca Raw products, the tincture and the capsules, have both been my go-to CBD products pretty much since I started working at Green Wellness Life. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia so I take CBD to help with pain, inflammation, bruising, nausea, my energy level, and general mood stabilization. It took me a couple of months to find the product that works best for me, but once I did I’ve never gone back. I take 10 drops of Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Dropsthe Endoca Raw 1500mg tincture every morning immediately followed by a glass of water because of the strong taste.

What I like most about this product is that Endoca doesn’t heat its product to clean and filter it so all of the acidic tails are left intact. Those acidic tails, making CBD, CBDa, and other cannabinoids alike, can be really beneficial for nausea and inflammation. I can very clearly notice a difference in the relief I receive from a raw product compared to a traditional full spectrum product. With the same serving size between the two, personally, the raw seems to address my pain more effectively. I would and have recommended Endoca Raw to pretty much anyone who struggles with chronic pain, inflammation, and nausea like I do. 

Quinton’s Method Organics CBD Beverage Drops Review


I’m not typically a large fan of additives to drinking water. It isn’t the taste that gets me. I don’t mind the occasional splash of lemon or lime, but such an addition feels unnecessary. When I was asked to test out Method Organics’ CBD Beverage Drops this month, I was a bit skeptical. My desire was to review it honestly while recognizing my bias against drink additives in my water. 

As these drops are meant for adding to a drink, I wouldn’t be taking them any other way than within my tea or water. There was no way to get around it.

With tea, I was pleasantly surprised. There was very little hemp taste that could be off-putting, and the drops seemed to have diffused easily. Unlike when people use tinctures as a drink additive, there was no oily residue clinging to the sides of the cup. Method Organics CBD Beverage Drops

Next, I added it to my water. This, for me, was the true test of the drops. I almost exclusively drink water from a water bottle that I carry everywhere that I go. Like many other drink additives, the drops mixed into the water with no problem. There was a small hempy taste, but the overall flavor was refreshing. The only problem that I saw with the drops in my bottle was a small aftertaste that remained until I washed the bottle (not significant enough of an issue to dissuade me from future use). 

Overall, I would recommend the Method Drops to anyone who wants an easy way to get a CBD boost in a cup of tea or in their water. We sell them in two sizes: 500mg and 1000mg of CBD, so you won’t find it difficult to get your daily CBD supplement from a serving. 

Will I continue using them? Probably, but nothing beats plain water.

Your Turn

Now that you know a little bit more about what full spectrum products we love and how we use them, it’s your turn. Try what full spectrum products you think would benefit your life and let us know if you love them as much as we do. We guarantee all of our products, so you aren’t stuck with anything, and we love hearing your feedback! Please feel free to reach out via email at support@greenwellnesslife.com, via live chat,  or by phone at 888-772-7875. We are in the office from 9am to 4pm EST Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, we are open from 9am to noon.

Mary’s Nutritionals Brand Review

October 13th, 2020 by Hannah Laing


By Quinton Charles, Op-ed blogger

Who is Mary’s Nutritionals?

As part of our ongoing commitment to bring you information about CBD and other hemp-derived products, I was asked to review Mary’s CBD brand and tell you everything relevant there is to know about them! 

For starters, I can tell you without a shred of doubt that this is one of the most unique CBD brands that I have researched. On my initial visit to their website, I was expecting (and was met with) the typical CBD homepage: crisp, well-taken photos of products, a signup line for an email newsletter, some links to learn about CBD, and a few streamlines to buy popular products. Sidestepping all of this, I went right for their “about” tab. Met with a little corporate-speak, I scroll down. 

Well, this is different. f

A manifesto? For a CBD company? I had seen mission statements galore, goals and feel-good statements, but never a manifesto. The word seemed strong, powerful, even, for a CBD company to use. Then I read it. A handful of sentences, punchy and short. These weren’t the words of a CEO, a satisfied customer, or a quirky hemp farmer. Here, on the web page before me, were words that claimed to be CBD itself. I’ll repost them here because the power of a sentence cannot be expressed with words beyond that sentence.

“I’ve been around since the beginning, and it’s time to set the record straight. For thousands of years, I’ve nurtured humanity. Helping shape consciousness, develop culture, and heal bodies. Your elders and your ancestors all revered me as Healer. They knew the truth.”

It had made an impression on me. I was hooked. Scrolling further, I came to familiar territory: a mission statement, with three goals. 

  1. An alternative to medicine, not alternative medicine
  2. Distilling the wisdom of plants to help people reach the full potential of their bodies, minds, and lives
  3. Maximizing the benefits of natural plant nutrients with clean delivery methods

While it is difficult to judge their success in these, they led me to a page that discussed the science behind Mary’s and how they want to be different from other CBD companies. 

The Science Behind Mary’s Nutritionals Products

Mary’s takes a different approach to CBD products. As one of their main goals is to create products that bring the most CBD to the bloodstream, they focus on transdermal products. What does this mean? Transdermal products are products like lotion, salves, or anything else that is applied to the skin. As Mary’s states on their website: “Research shows that transdermal delivery is the most effective method of delivering cannabis to the body, as it directly enters the bloodstream. When cannabis is smoked or eaten, patients may lose up to 70 percent of it to air vaporization, metabolism, and stomach acid, which is inefficient and makes accurate dosing difficult. Mary’s transdermal products are so effective that the dosing of a standard 10mg patch may be equivalent to that of an 80mg edible.” I was unable to find any sources of research that they mention on their website, but I would be interested in reviewing the science further. I think that these are interesting claims and that Mary’s business certainly operates in a manner consistent with their belief in this science. 

Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Products

As I’ve said before, any company is only as good as its product line. Mary’s has espoused transdermal CBD, and, as a result, most of my attention went into researching their much-loved CBD patch.

Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Topicals

Mary's Nutritionals CBD PatchesMary’s CBD patch is one of their touted products (see above), so it makes sense that we would offer it to our customers. But what do you need to know about it before you make a purchase? The most important detail (for any product) is going to be the amount of CBD within it. If your body is used to 30mg in a serving and you switch to a product with only 5mg of CBD per serving, you’re only going to be getting ⅙ of the total CBD that your body has been using normally. That’s not gonna work!

So what about this Mary’s patch? Each patch contains 10mg of full-spectrum CBD, which takes from around 8-12 hours to completely dispense into the body when used. The patches are sold individually, so there is the option to use more than one patch at a time if needed. This single-patch sale is also useful if you are not sure how much you need, and want to start with only 10mg; the option always exists to add another patch. These patches can also be cut in half (or even quartered), though doing so may reduce your measuring of milligrams to guesswork. Another convenient detail is that the patches are latex-free and hypoallergenic, so those with latex (or other) allergies need not worry about a reaction to the patch’s material.

Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Tinctures

The Remedy CBD Oil TinctureWhile it isn’t as strong as their patch (which, according to Mary’s science, is as strong as they come), we also carry a Mary’s CBD tincture, called “Remedy.” It’s a cinnamon-flavored, full-spectrum CBD oil tincture. Each bottle contains 500mg, with 2mg per 1 measured drop. This is ideal for those who do not need too much CBD, or for those looking to supplement their normal CBD intake with a small, measurable serving that can be scaled up or down depending on need (take a look at our blog dealing with boosters if you are searching for more products with this in mind). 

I wouldn’t recommend it to someone needing a larger supplement of CBD daily, as the relatively small serving size would be depleted quickly. Mary’s stands behind their patch enough to claim its superiority in some cases, so if you are looking for a stronger CBD product, definitely go for the patch and not the tincture. If you are looking for that small, controllable serving, however, go for the tincture!

Mary’s Nutritionals CBD Pet Products

Tails Hemp Extract BalmPets, like people, have an endocannabinoid system. As this system operates just like our own, so does it also benefit from supplementary CBD! We carry two of Mary’s pet products; one of these products is a topical, and the other is a tincture. 

Mary’s Nutritionals CBD pet topical is a hemp extract balm with 75mg of CBD in a 1.1 oz tube. Reasonably sized, it is a great option for any rashes, irritation, or skin issues that your pet may struggle with. One common use that I’ve heard for pet topicals like this is on areas of a pet that recently underwent surgery. The hair in that area is shaved, there may be stitches or scarring, and a little CBD can be helpful. If using the balm for this type of area on a pet, make sure to be careful and gentle in application. Hopefully, your pet will receive as much a benefit as you would from a CBD balm!

Tails Hemp Extract TinctureOur second pet product from Mary’s is a CBD pet tincture, which comes in two sizes:

  • 300mg bottle = 10mg per 1ml dropper
  • 900mg bottle = 30mg per 1ml dropper

Both options are bacon flavored, so I hope your furry friend enjoys breakfast! 

In all seriousness, though, these two size options enable a pet owner to gauge the proper amount of CBD required to see results in their pet. Have a larger dog that always seems to need more CBD? The 900mg bottle might be a better fit. Have an adorable little kitty that just needs some help with anxiety? The 300mg bottle might be best. You know the needs of your pets better than we do. 

Thank you for reading!

I truly hope that you enjoyed learning about Mary’s CBD as much as I did. We at Green Wellness Life are always eager to share what we have learned (and are learning each and every day!) with you. As always, feel free to message us on social media, press the live chat button, send us an email, call us at (888) 772-7875, or stop by our store if you have any questions, concerns, or are looking to learn more and chat about how CBD could help you!

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