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Things to do in West Michigan in the Summer

June 24th, 2022 by Hannah Laing

Summer in West Michigan

Summer Shenanigans

West Michigan has so much to offer, but when summertime comes around, it can sometimes be hard to think of things to do. We only get a few months to properly enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather and it’s important to make every day count because no one wants to waste that precious sunshine time. Wherever you are in the world, if you are near us here in Grand Rapids, I’m happy to divulge my secrets for summer fun. With such a short window, we want to help you find things to do in West Michigan in the summer!

Take a Hike!

If you are anything like me, then you enjoy spending time in nature. I absolutely love going on hikes and you can almost bet your life on the fact that if I have a day off at Green Wellness during the summer, I am in the woods. Since I have spent my time in so many different woods around the West Michigan area, I can narrow my recommendations to a few places. If you want to explore all of my favorite, you should read my blog on hikes, otherwise I would highly recommend checking out either Lamoreaux Park or Ken-O-Sha Park.

Lamoreaux is my favorite place to go for a quick 1.5 mile hike with the main loop having one side adjacent to Grand River and the other half is through the beautiful woods. I often go off trail to look at the gorgeous flora and fauna that often feels like they’re jumping out at you. Each time I go to this park, I feel like I am stepping into a land unforgotten. Who doesn’t want that for a summertime adventure?

Another really good place to go, especially if you have a family, is Ken-O-Sha Park. If you’re intentional about the time of year you go, you can see the salmon mating in the Plaster Creek. There is also a play structure for kids to enjoy and a wooden horn that you can sit in to hear the sounds or the running water more loudly. Both are truly beautiful West Michigan options when trying to think of something fun to do on a gorgeous summer day.

Don’t Forget the Gardens!

Walking outside and enjoying nature doesn’t have to be done wearing hiking boots and the Fredrick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a phenomenal option. If you are from Grand Rapids, there is no way you haven’t been here, even if just for a concert, but that doesn’t diminish the beauty of a visit here. If you have children, there are so many fun family oriented things to do, including a storytelling garden, a curiosity courtyard, and interactive water elements for those really hot days.

There is so much to do if you don’t have children, too. If you are a plant lover, you will likely see flora that you have never even heard of either the different climate rooms or in the giant gardens outside. If you just like art, there are many historic and wonderous sculptures that you can check out. I have never had a bad visit to Fredrick Meijer Gardens. I have never brought a guest who wasn’t instantly amazed. If you want to make a summer memory, I would recommend checking out the Fredrick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

What about a Movie?

Another great option for a beautiful summer’s night is to check out the Getty Drive-In movie theater in West Michigan, or whatever drive in theater is closest to you. If you haven’t spent an evening in the back of your car with pillows and blankets watching a movie on a giant screen, you are missing out. For the cost of a ticket, $12 for an adult at the Getty Drive-In theater, you get to watch two movies instead of just one, so it feels like you’re saving money by going to a drive in.

There are a four really large screens that show different back to back features that you can choose to watch from and the movie pairings often go really well together. For this theater the movies being shown are released week after week so you never feel like you’ve seen all that the theater has to offer. The Getty Drive-In theater in particular has a phenomenal concessions stand so you can still enjoy all of the snacks that are essential to any traditional movie theater experience. I really like the privacy that watching a movie in your own car offers. It’s almost like you have the theater to yourself. I cannot stress enough how fun of a summer activity this really is!

Don’t Forget a Snack!

Summertime snacks are also a quintessential part of any summer experience. Luckily in West Michigan we are fortunate to have access to a ton of farmer’s markets that can offer access to some of the most fresh and delicious home grown products. From local honey to fresh fruit, I have never left a farmer’s market disappointed or empty handed. It is always deeply rewarding knowing that I am supporting local businesses and the people in my community. Supporting farmer’s markets is a great way to help the economy, support those around you, and uplift your community.

The West Michigan farmer’s market that is at Cherry street here in Grand Rapids also usually has live music from local musicians so you even get a show with your food adventure. It is rare to see the market up and running without someone playing a beautiful song on the guitar or hearing a singer serenade you as you walk by. I can also sometimes find art from local artists, like prints of paintings, and some of my favorite jewelry has been purchased at farmer’s markets. I have a ring that I found at a market years ago that I wear weekly and I cannot imagine my life without it at this point. If you’re stomach is grumbling during these gorgeous sunshine times, check out the farmer’s market.

Keep us posted!

If you’re in West Michigan, let us know which, if any, of our fun things to do in the summer that you try. We would love to hear about your experience at the sculpture garden or what movie you saw at the drive in theater! You can reach out to us at 616-275-1039 locally or 888-772-7875 toll free and by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com.

 


Best CBD Oil For Pets

May 17th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

Best CBD for Pets 2022Best CBD Oil For Pets

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

What Is CBD?

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

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

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

In all cases, it’s important to only give your pet lab tested products.  You need to know that your CBD is free of contaminants. Additionally, you want confidence in the amount that you’re giving your furry family member and you need to know that what you think is in that bottle is actually there.  Rest assured that everything GWL carries is lab tested.  If you want to learn more about that, take a look at our recent article on unraveling lab reports.

How do I give my pet CBD oil?

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

Pet CBD Side Effects

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

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

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

1. Most Cost-Effective Pet CBD

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

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

2. Our favorite CBD for an older dog

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

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

3. Our favorite CBD for larger pets

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

4. Our favorite CBD for anxious Dogs

Martha Stewart Treats

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

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

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

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

5. Our Favorite CBD for Picky Pets

Koi Dog Treats

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

incredible help to us with Rizzo.

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

Treatibles CBD Cat Chews

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

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

GWL Pet Products

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

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

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

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

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

 


Our Authors: GWL Team + Cannabis Nurse

April 15th, 2022 by gotetra

Our Authors + Cannabis Nurse

Our Authors

Lashonda W. Broom 

Holistic Cannabis NurseHolistic Cannabis Nurse 

RN, HHP 

Lashonda Broom is a holistic cannabis nurse and consultant and holistic health practitioner. She specializes in holistic health and wellness and cannabis education with safe access for patients through state’s medicinal cannabis programs. Lashonda consults patients across the country on cannabis use, access and helping them find ways to afford their cannabis medicine. She is passionate about the well being of her patients as well as advocacy for individuals who are living with HIV through her nonprofit movement #KnowUrStatus. The movement encourages global testing and awareness. Part of Lashonda’s mission is to show how healthcare can work to the benefit of the patient when used in collaboration with holistic modalities. 

Education 

  • Nicholls State University-Thibodaux, LA: Health and Sciences degree in Nursing 

Certifications 

  • Registered Nurse 
  • Holistic Health Practitioner 
  • Herbalist 
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification 
  • Meditation Teacher 
  • HIV Testing Counselor

Professional Accomplishments 

  • Founder of a Holistic Center Inc- 501c3 nonprofit holistic center
  • Chapter Founder and Leader for the American Holistic Nurses Association Bayou Region of Southeast Louisiana 
  • Founder of #KnowUrStatus 
  • Advisory Board Member for Cannabis Nurses of Color 
  • Certified CPR/First Aid Instructor-10 years 

Affiliations 

Hannah Laing

Hannah has been working in the hemp industry and at Green Wellness Life for 3 years. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2017 and received a second Fibromyalgia diagnosis in late 2018. She is the third generation in her family to struggle with managing Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, with both of her parents being disabled. Not many humans are as well acquainted with the sustained difficulty of managing chronic illnesses, especially at such a young age.

The Grand Valley State University student is currently studying health communications with a biomedical ethics minor and is dedicated to educating and promoting health and wellness. She has attended 3 different universities and studied across the country medicine, journalism, and is almost done earning a bachelor of science degree. She has been a published author since 2011 for both her poetry and many op-ed pieces. Moreover, she worked as a TEDx event organizer for 2 years, was a Future Problem Solvers coach for 2 years, and has first hand experience shadowing both physical therapists and chiropractors.

Cara Oorbeck

Cara is on staff and assists with the day to day administration at GWL. Cara has been writing and public speaking for the past 20 years. Before Cara started at Green Wellness, she owned her own business for 10 years and had a 50+ person staff that she managed. She has a degree in political science from Grand Valley State University and has a deep passion for learning. Cara also loves gardening and growing things, which you can see when you enter the store.

Cara is also passionate about animals and  has rescued both cats and dogs. Cara has had the privilege of watching many people experience the benefits of hemp based products and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge of hemp and CBD any chance she gets. All of her pets are the resident taste testers when it comes to pet CBD and they have benefitted immensely from it, which has brought a lot of peace to the household. When Cara is not working at GWL she is enjoying her family and 7 rescue animals.

Brandy Palmer

After years in banking and manufacturing management, Brandy went to work for a hemp manufacturer in West Michigan. What was intended to be a fun summer gig turned into a passion for hemp. Brandy founded GWL in 2015 and is still excited every day to share that passion. Brandy has Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Management from Grand Valley State University. Go Lakers! Her journey as an entrepreneur has been featured in Revue magazine and on investcourier.com, among others. When she’s not talking hemp, you can find her playing chauffer to her two kids or cuddling at home with her husband, Jim, and their 4 (yes, 4) cats.

 


Hiking Trails Near Grand Rapids

April 9th, 2022 by Hannah Laing

Hiking Trails Near Grand Rapids

Moving To Grand Rapids

When searching “hiking trails near me,” it can be overwhelming all of the parks and trails that come up, especially in Grand Rapids. There are so many parks and little pockets of wilderness that beg to be explored. I know when I first moved here I was desperate for some time surrounded by trees as I had never lived in a big city before. I definitely made the mistake of showing up to Millennium Park with my hiking boots and walking stick. I was expecting a dirt hiking trail and if you haven’t been to the paved and manicured Millennium Park, it is absolutely gorgeous, but not the wilderness excursion I had in mind.

How I Started Hiking

I grew up in a small town that had a lot of woods that I deeply enjoyed exploring as both a child and an adult. One of my favorite pastimes was walking through that old woods, building forts from the fallen branches and foliage, and trying to find a new spot I had not explored before. After years of my own games amongst the trees, I found that I depended on my time in solitude with nature for both my mental and physical health.

It sounds simple, going for a walk, but the benefits that hiking has brought to my life are deep and complex. I am a grade A hiking fan, so when I moved to a city for the first time in my life I felt like a fish out of water. Without my contemplative weekly woods hikes, I found myself being more anxious and high strung. Thus my commitment to find a new woods to explore began and through my own journey I found some pretty amazing spots. I weirdly almost don’t want to name a few because of how hidden they are, but that’s just the “only child” syndrome in me. Check out my top 5 hiking spots!

Top 5 Hiking Trails Near Grand Rapids

It took me three years to find the best hiking trails, so here are the top 5:

Number One: Lamoreaux Park

Lamoreaux Park is easily my favorite slice of woods and hiking trail. There is a 1.5 mile loop that is both riverside and wooden. You can hike the loop or explore Mother Nature, where you can expect to find some hidden gems. This is the park that I find the most seashells for art projects, take the most pictures, and I have even followed a deer trail or two. This park is my go-to when I need some mental peace of I want to move my body and get out of my head.

Number Two: Provin Trails

If you are looking to both go for a hike and eat a snack of picnic, Provin is the place for you. Scattered throughout the woods there are little lean to forts that are perfect for a private rest between hiking. Moreover, there is a little sand dune in the middle of the park that is beyond fun to roll down, though I warn you that coming back up is far harder than going down. You can

Number Three: Ball Perkins Park

If you want to go for a hike/walk with water views, Ball Perkins Park is a great choice. This is a straight trail, 1.3 miles, instead of a loop and a more leisurely hike. The path is predominately gravel and somewhat narrow with absolutely stunning views. If you like watching water, something I have done since I was little, you won’t be disappointed as there are great lookouts to enjoy the views. You can often see someone walking their dog on this trail so if your furry friend also needs a walk, don’t hesitate to bring them along for the ride.

Number Four: Ken-O-Sha Park

Ken-O-Sha Park is a great option if you are looking for a more family oriented and accessible park, this paved trail has something for everyone. You can both explore the wilderness and play a game of basketball or baseball. There is also a picnic area that is great for a mid hike lunch. If you have younger kids, they may also really enjoy the playground in between smelling the wildflowers. My absolute favorite experience when walking through Ken-O-Sha park was when I walked across the bridge, went right and followed the path nearest to the river to see the salmon mating in mid May. There were 10s if not 100s of salmon flopping about the river and it felt like a nature documentary unfolding before my eyes. It was an experience that I will remember for many more years to come.

Number Five: Millennium Park

Although Millennium Park did not offer the strictly wilderness experience that I initially was searching for, it is undeniable how lovely this park is. This extremely large park has something for everyone, any time of year. Whether it is going for a swim, hiking through the woods, or even cross country skiing in the winter, this is an amazing place to be. You can even rent kayaks and canoes for a water adventure! Every time I visit Millennium Park, I am pleasantly surprised.

Happy Hiking!

Now that you know some of my favorite hiking trails, hopefully if you are in the Grand Rapids area you feel inspired to go for a hike. Hiking trails are not all the same and every time I put on my boots, I know that a lovely few hours are ahead of me. Even when I deviate from the trail and get lost, something that has happened more times than I want to admit, it has been nothing short of lovely at each of these hiking trails.

Please feel free to share your hiking experiences, your favorite hiking trials, or any special spots in Grand Rapids with us! You can find us on social media or email us  at support@greenwellnesslife.com your favorite hiking trails. I assure you, I will appreciate challenging my top 5 favorites. Happy hiking!


Kratom vs CBD: Comparison and What to Know

February 23rd, 2022 by Lashonda Broom

CBD Vs Kratom

Cannabis Nurse Medical Reviewer, Lashonda Broom
RN & HHP

The widespread and growing popularity of CBD has sparked interest in other natural herbal supplements to support a healthier lifestyle. Kratom in particular has piqued the interest of some for its similarities to cannabis. Yet, despite producing similar effects, the two plants are starkly different.  Let’s discuss Kratom vs CBD.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a plant that has been used by indigenous populations in Southeast Asia for centuries. Kratom is in the same plant family as coffee. It is a member of the flowering plant species, Rubiaceae. However, Kratom does more than help you stay awake. Kratom is a versatile herb that is believed to provide many different benefits.

Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)

Kratom’s leaves are dried and crushed to form a powder which is then converted into paste, pills, and capsules, etc. for multiple purposes. The southeast Asian herb is known for its stimulant properties. It started as a recreational drug, but now it is used for many medicinal purposes. Unlike CBD, the plant is intoxicating.

Kratom FAQs

How does Kratom Work?

Kratom is composed of two compounds, mitragynine and 7-a-hydroxymitragynine. These compounds interact with opioid receptors to produce effects of sedation, pleasure, and even pain relief. When taken in small amounts, those that consume kratom report increased energy and alertness, rather than sedation.

Is Kratom an Opioid?

Though Kratom interacts with the opioid receptors in the body, it isn’t technically an opioid. Kratom interacts with opioid receptors differently when compared to opioids. Kratom does not overstimulate the receptors, which results in a less intense high with a similar opioid sensation.

Is Kratom Addictive?

Like other compounds that produce an opioid-like effect, kratom can be addictive and a dependency can be developed. Over time, withdrawal of regular kratom consumption can cause withdrawal symptoms. Those who have experienced withdrawal symptoms have reported:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Hostility
  • Aggression

The risks associated with kratom have been found to be more mild when compared to opioids, but there are still risks involved. There have been deaths attributed to the use of kratom. However, those who have died were consuming other substances as well, so it’s unclear if kratom was entirely to blame. Nevertheless, kratom is best approached with caution.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (also knows as the CBD) is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. It is a naturally occurring substance that is extracted and used in a wide array of products ranging from topical creams to edible gummies and tinctures. Unlike THC, which is another popular cannabis compound, CBD is not intoxicating and won’t produce a high. The effects of CBD will differ from person to person, but CBD is generally known for bringing the body back to a neutral state.

How Does CBD Work?

The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is composed of numerous receptors. The endocannabinoid system is regarded as one of the most important physiological systems in the human body. The system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis for our digestive, immune, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. The ECS is believed to play a role in things like appetite, sleep cycle and more. Being a part of the body’s reception, they exist majorly in the CNS (Central Nervous System).

While it was originally believed that CBD attached itself to the cannabinoid receptors in the body, it’s now believed that CBD indirectly influences the endocannabinoid system. CBD inhibits the breakdown of anandamide, which is known as the bliss molecule. The increased concentration of anandamide in the body can have a positive effect on the ECS. CBD also binds to the TRVP-1 receptors, which are responsible for regulating body temperature, inflammation, and pain.

While there are many touted uses for CBD, a study conducted by Brightfield found that CBD is primarily purchased to help with anxiety, sleep problems, and joint pain/inflammation. Researchers have also found that the endocannabinoid system exists in more than just humans. It’s believed there are benefits to CBD for pet healthcare as well.

CBD Oil vs Kratom

Similarities

  • CBD and Kratom are both compounds extracted from plants which are used for health benefits.
  • Both have been used to relieve symptoms related to anxiety and depression.
  • CBD and Kratom are edible herbs. They can be directly consumed or used in mixed forms. The most popular way to consume CBD oil is by tincture (serums and sprays). As for Kratom, the compound is often consumed via Kratom tea.

Differences

CBD Kratom
Not intoxicating Kratom contains a high amount of psychotropic ingredients which makes it quite addictive.
CBD interacts with the ECS of the body.  Kratom stimulates the opioid receptors of the body.
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant which contains around 120 cannabinoids. Kratom contains alkaloids (25) 
Well recognized studies have found CBD to have stress relieving properties for anxiety Kratom’s stress-relieving properties are based on narratives that have not yet been verified by scientific research
CBD Does not disrupt sleeping schedule and appetite. Psychoactive substances in Kratom might cause interrupted sleep and reduced hunger.
You cannot overdose on CBD. Overdosing on Kratom is possible, especially when combined with other intoxicants. 

Legality

CBD is legal across the country. As of the time of this writing, Kratom remains unregulated and is illegal in 9 states.

Side Effects

Primary side effects of taking too much CBD are nausea and drowsiness. Large doses of kratom can cause many side effects, including aggression, hallucinations, and trouble breathing. Long-term use has been linked with dependence and withdrawal symptoms similar to other opioids.

Which One is Better?

In terms of risks, benefits, legalization and side effects, CBD wins over kratom by a long shot. CBD has been examined in many different medical studies for over a decade. Kratom is still widely unstudied by the scientific community. Moreover, hemp is regulated by the federal government, which helps to ensure that the CBD products you consume are safe for consumption, especially when you buy from a reputable company.

Kratom or CBD for Anxiety?

Preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.  There are few other natural supplements that even come close to the reliability of CBD for anxiety. Kratom only offers mild anti-anxiety benefits and only in higher doses.  The lower dose range is more stimulating and can actually cause anxiety in some individuals.

A typical starting serving for CBD would be 10-25mg daily.  Consistency is key with any supplement and best results will be found when taking it 1-2x daily. In a 2018 study, it was reported that up to 5 grams of kratom powder taken up to 3x daily was adequate to experience effects.  In both cases, starting small and working up as needed would be the recommendation.

Kratom or CBD for Sleep?

There are many different causes for insomnia.  In higher servings, CBD can act as a sedative, helping to induce sleep.  In smaller servings, CBD can help achieve a more restful sleep by calming that central nervous system that encompasses the ECS.  While Kratom is a sedative, it’s also a stimulant.  Getting the serving wrong could actually amp up that insomnia. For sleep, in Kratom vs CBD, we would advise sticking to CBD.

Kratom or CBD for Pain?

CBD works through the endocannabinoid system to regulate the volume of pain signals heading to the brain.  CBD does not block pain completely, but can assist in reducing that severity.  Kratom works very differently.  It activates the opioid receptors located in the spinal cord and brain to block signals from ever making it to the brain.  In that way, it is likely more effective than CBD, but it’s important to consider side effects.

This bears the question of using the two together – can CBD and kratom be used together? What would that result be? A 2021 study by the University of Colorado Boulder has shown that the two can have a synergistic effect when taken together, but there is definitely much more research needed to determine the safety and long term impact.

Interested In Trying CBD?

If you’re interested in trying CBD, Green Wellness Life does offer a wide range of CBD products through our online store. We take great pride in only offering products backed by research. All of our products have been independently lab tested for safety.

We are not doctors at Green Wellness Life. We can’t treat, diagnose, or prescribe any ailments. We report on the latest bodies of scientific research in addition to providing feedback from our CBD customers. If you have questions related to Green Wellness Life, CBD, or CBD products, we’re more than happy to help. Feel free to submit a contact form or call us at (888) 772-7875.


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