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CBD Lifestyle

DIY CBD

November 16th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Why should you try it yourself?

More than ever, there are great reasons for wanting to manufacture CBD products at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are cooped up, on tight budgets, and just plain bored. DIY projects are all the rage right now, from woodworking to sourdough bread. Why not CBD?

First, there is the cost factor. We all know that CBD products aren’t always the cheapest option when it comes to our health, but that shouldn’t stop us from enjoying their amazing benefits! In fact, one of the biggest perks that comes with almost any DIY project is that the cost seems to be a fraction of purchasing it from a store or online. No need to pay shipping costs or the extra price of labor when it’s just you, working in your kitchen!

The second benefit is something that does away with one of the most  constant ailments known to man: boredom! I’ve found myself near-begging for projects some days, as I cannot go out and as my office has migrated temporarily to my living room. Have an afternoon? How about we skip the Netflix this evening and make some fragrant, luscious balms? Or, maybe a fun, moisturizing soap? The possibilities are (near) endless!

This third benefit is something that underpins entire companies: customization. As you likely know, CBD needs are different for everyone, and sometimes it is difficult to find a product that has just what you need. Or, maybe you were able to find the right amount of CBD, but weren’t crazy about the flavor? Making your own CBD products, while taking a little time, allows you to have full control over how much CBD, what flavor or scent, and the medium of conveyance. And if you find that what you’ve made is enjoyable and effective, feel free to share it with friends and family!

Learn the How-To: 

Now that we have gone over some of the best reasons (but surely not all!) for making some CBD products at home, let’s actually learn how to make them! 

I’m going to cover how to make three basic CBD products, which can be endlessly modified to suit your needs. While these don’t comprise the entirety of potential recipes, I think that the knowledge of how to make CBD oil, CBD soap, and CBD gummies are an ideal starting point from which one could explore further, should one be so inclined. Plus, CBD oil is going to be the base for almost every recipe one could come across, so we should probably start with that!

How to make CBD oil:

As this is your base, it is crucial for almost all CBD recipes (unless you use CBD oil that has already been processed). So how do you start to make it?

The first step in the process of making CBD oil is to source high quality hemp flower. It is crucial that it be high quality, and that you are able to find test results for the plant itself. As I’ve mentioned many times before, cannabis is a plant that takes toxins out of the ground and air. If you are using a flower that comes from an untested plant, you will have no idea whether or not your flower contains large amounts of toxins. Not good! 

Hemp flower (that has test results) is very easy to source from online sources, and you can easily order it and have it delivered to your front door! Another thing to keep in mind when ordering is that the higher the level of CBD contained in the hemp flower, the more potent your oil will be. Please note, that the resulting oil will be a full spectrum oil, there will be trace amounts of THC in the oil, but nowhere enough to feel any resulting “high”. Keep in mind, marijuana generally has a THC level of 15-20%, whereas hemp is below 0.3%.

The second step is one of the most simple steps: choose a carrier oil! This can be coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or any other oil that you would like to use.

Our third step is the decarboxylation of the hemp. In order to activate the CBD in the hemp and to experience all of its benefits, it needs to be heated through vaporization, cooking, or smoking so that decarboxylation occurs. After the process activates it, CBD is available to be used within the body. You will be using your Instant Pot (or any other brand of pressure cooker) for the “decarbing” process.

  1. Take a mason jar, place a 1/2 ounce of hemp inside and hand tighten the lid. You will need to break up the flower into smaller pieces before putting it in the jar. 
  2. Place two cups of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot and then place the filled jar inside. Secure the lid. 
  3. Use the Pressure Cook button on a normal pressure level and process for 30 minutes. After the time is up, manually release the pressure and open the lid after it has finished releasing. When you remove the jar after the cook time, you will notice a difference in color, the green material that went in will now look more brown. CAUTION: The jar will be hot!
  4. Our next step is to carefully remove the lid from the jar and add 1 cup of your selected carrier oil. Give it a quick stir and make sure that all of the flower is covered by oil. Add a little extra oil to cover the flower if needed. Hand tighten the lid back on the jar and put it back into the same water bath that was used before in the previous step. 
  5. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and use the Pressure Cook button again, but this time adjust the time to 40 minutes. After the time is complete, manually release the pressure and open the lid. 
  6. Carefully remove your jar from the Instant Pot and remove the lid. Notice the beautiful color of the oil! During this step, you want to carefully strain the mixture through cheesecloth to try to capture all of the little bits of hemp. Use a spatula to get the remaining hemp out of the jar and then gently press on the hemp to push the remaining oil through.

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you have your very own, homemade CBD oil! This can be used like CBD oil that you would order, or can be used to make other recipes (like the ones I’m going to talk about next). 

 

Homemade CBD Gummies

Edibles are always a popular option for getting an extra boost of CBD throughout the day. I love taking one to help me sleep at night, or sometimes in the afternoon for a little more CBD! Taking into consideration this love of edibles, I am sure that learning how to make your very own CBD gummies will be rewarding (and tasty!). 

You are going to need a few ingredients for these gummies: 

  • 1 pack (or ½ a cup) of gelatin
  • 1 ½ cups of fruit juice in your choice of flavor
  • A bottle of CBD oil tincture (or homemade CBD oil)
  • A tablespoon of sugar or sweetener

You will also need a saucepan, a silicone mold (or something to pour the gummy mixture into for it to solidify), and a whisk. 

  1. pour your fruit juice into the pan and heat it at a moderate heat (you don’t want it to boil). Next, add your sweetener. You can use sugar, honey or other sweeteners such as Splenda.
  2. Stir gently and wait for the mixture to heat up without boiling. Now, slowly add your gelatin and stir it until the gelatin has dissolved completely. After this, add your CBD oil. Usually, around 24 drops should be enough. You’ll need to stir the tincture in fast for it to mix well. Alternatively, you can wait and add a few drops of CBD oil to your gummy molds.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, you can pour the mixture out into your silicone molds. You can buy these in stores or online in many different shapes, such as basic square molds or gummy bear molds. Now, refrigerate your molds and give them time to harden. Once they’ve solidified, your CBD Gummies are ready to enjoy!

 

Homemade CBD Soap

Homemade soaps are always a fun way to introduce unique colors, ingredients, and scents to a bathroom or shower. All of the unique, hand-made soaps that you find at farmer’s markets use a process called “saponification” to create colorful, fragrant, and moisturizing soaps. Saponification (after sapo, Latin for soap) occurs when a solution of lye combines with oils and creates a chemical reaction that breaks the oils down into chains of fatty acids. Heating the lye and oil solution evaporates the water molecules, turning the solution into a solid form, producing bar soap. 

Though CBD is known to evaporate under high heat, you won’t have to worry about this when it comes to making your CBD soap. CBD tends to lose its potency at around 300 degrees, but soaps only need to be heated up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Knowing that the CBD won’t evaporate, we need to gauge how much CBD we should use. One easy way to measure is to determine how much CBD you want in a single bar, and then multiply that by the number of bars that you are planning on making. 

You will need some ingredients at equipment before we begin: 

  • 10 ounces coconut oil
  • 5 ounces cocoa butter
  • 5 ounces shea butter
  • 5 ounces castor oil
  • 5 ounces avocado oil
  • 11.9 ounces filtered water
  • 4.1 ounces lye
  • 1 ounce lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
  • Desired amount of CBD oil (ideally water-soluble)

And also equipment: 

  • Soap mold 
  • Stainless steel pot 
  • Stainless steel spoon 
  • Plastic spatula 
  • Hand mixer or stick blender 
  • Old plastic container (for your lye) 
  • Thermometer (a cheap candy thermometer will work just fine) 
  • Towels to incubate your mold 
  • Protection gear like gloves, goggles, and mask

 

Since this recipe incorporates lye, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you use protective gear for your eyes and hands. 

  1. Combine your coconut, cocoa butter, shea butter, castor, avocado, and CBD oils in a large stainless steel pot. Heat them together on low until they are melted. Stir frequently with your stainless steel spoon and make sure they are combined well. Use your thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In your plastic container, add your filtered water and then slowly pour your lye into the water (if you pour the water into the lye, the solution can explode). Stir them together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined. This solution will heat up when you combine them, so set this aside after stirring to get it to cool down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (use your thermometer to keep track of this).
  3. When both mixtures—oils and lye water—are around 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye water into your pot of oils. Blend them together with a hand mixer or stick blender for about two to three minutes or until combined well. 
  4. Add your essential oil to the mixture and stir. 
  5. Using your spatula, pour the mixture into your soap molds.
  6. Using your towels, cover and insulate your molds for 24 hours. 
  7. After 24 hours, remove your soap from the molds, cut them, and let them cure for four to six weeks (turn them occasionally to ensure all sides dry out). 

Note: Be very careful handling and mixing the lye; it’s extremely caustic and can cause severe damage if it stays on your skin. It’s recommended that you do this step outside and wear your goggles, mask, and gloves while doing this. Be sure to hold your breath/avoid breathing in the fumes.

 

If you prefer to make soap without having to worry about using lye (maybe you have kids or pets around and don’t want to risk it), here is a recipe that only uses a few ingredients and tools. You will need:

  • 1 pound of melt-and-pour soap base of your choice (goat milk, aloe, and honey are a few popular choices)
  • A heated or butcher’s knife
  • A microwave
  • Spoon or spatula for mixing
  • Soap molds 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Chop the soap base up into one to two inch cubes.
  2. Heat the soap base cubes in the microwave in short bursts until most of it has melted. Stir them frequently in between the heating sessions. 
  3. When most of the soap has melted, stir in your CBD oil and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Add in your optional fragrances/essential oil, colorants, and herbs. Mix until well combined. 
  5. Pour the solution into your molds, and let them harden completely.

After either of these two processes, you should have some fabulous CBD soap ready to brighten up your bathroom and make that skin look moisturized and healthy!

 

Try it out!

Now you have three great recipe ideas for trying out at home. Maybe these can spice up your CBD use or give you something new to learn while quarantining! Make sure to follow the recipes, stay safe (where applicable), and enjoy your creations. 

As always, feel free to reach out to us on social media, email us, give us a call, or stop in at our new storefront. We would love to hear how your homemade CBD turned out!


The Environmental Benefits of Hemp

October 26th, 2020 by Quinton Charles

QuintonBy Quinton Charles, Op-ed blogger

With an ever increasing concern about climate change, we are all doing our best to positively impact our environment. There are lots of ways someone can help protect Earth like recycling, reducing water waste, using renewable energy, investing in energy efficient appliances, and much more. These aren’t new concepts, hopefully, but what may be new to you is the use of hemp to promote ecological sustainability and help the environment! If you are looking to do your part every day (or support companies that do), hemp is a fantastic way to do so. How, you ask? Let’s dive into the science behind hemp’s ability to do the Earth good.

Hemp’s Impact On Soil Quality

While most people are aware that plants are necessary for the creation of oxygen and sustaining ecosystems, not as many are aware of the vital role that soil plays in that process, and how hemp can restore soil. Because hemp is so porous, the plant fiber works like a sponge and will actually suck up heavy metals and pollutants from the soil.  

The health of that soil determines what plants can grow and whether those plants are able to  produce oxygen by converting carbon dioxide. Low-quality soil is not typically able to grow plants that are beneficial to human and ecological health, so hemp’s ability to clean up that soil can be a huge benefit. Read the rest of this entry »


CBD Deals On Groupon: Are They Safe?

October 8th, 2020 by Brandy Palmer

Brandy Selfie By Brandelle Palmer GWL Founder/Owner

Like many of you, I love to check out Groupon.  It can be a great way to score a deal and try a new restaurant or fun activity.  But is it a great place to buy CBD? That was the question we wanted to answer.  We were so interested that we made a video of our findings. Complete with poorly trained (is there any other kind?) cats moseying in and out of the frame.  You’d rather read about it? You’re a person after my own heart. So let’s dive in! 

Intro to CBD

If you’re new to CBD, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.  I’m impressed that you’re still reading, so let’s talk that through.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of more than 100 compounds found in both hemp and marijuana plants.  CBD and THC (the compound that is psychotropic) occur in higher percentages than many of the other compounds(cannabinoids), so we know the most about them.  However, we’re learning more about those minor cannabinoids every day.  For now though, CBD is a pretty big deal.  The global market is expected to exceed $2.1 billion dollars this year.  That’s a lot of people finding benefits.  Read the rest of this entry »


CBD Scams & Signs of a CBD Scam Company

September 28th, 2020 by David Kranker

Online CBD Scams

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely interested in CBD, and want to take advantage of the potential health and wellness benefits. Whether you want to use CBD to alleviate anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation, or for any other reason, you might be wondering how exactly to pick a safe, high quality CBD product. It often seems like CBD is everywhere, from your local pharmacy and gas station to big box stores or online retailers. Brandy(Green Wellness Life Founder & Owner) even saw it in a local thrift store this week.

In 2018, the Farm Bill legalized the growth and sale of hemp in the United States. This led to an explosion in the number of CBD products on the market, as companies could now buy hemp and use it to make CBD. However, while the production of hemp is tightly regulated, the manufacture and sale of CBD is definitely not.

For consumers, this raises an important question: how can you avoid a CBD scam? If the market is unregulated, then how can you know that what you are getting is actually CBD — or if there is even any CBD in the product? Below, we outline what you need to know about CBD, and how you can avoid a CBD scam.

What Is a CBD Scam?

There are a number of ways that a company might engage in a CBD scam. The most obvious way is to sell a product that contains less than the amount of promised CBD, or perhaps no CBD at all. In other words, you’re paying good money for something that won’t help you.

Along the same lines, you may be purchasing a product that wasn’t tested for harmful chemicals or impurities. Hemp is very porous. If it is grown in contaminated soil, you can end up with a contaminated CBD product. Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD, you can’t rely on the government to make sure that what you are getting is safe or that you are getting what you paid for in a CBD product.

There are a number of other types of CBD scams, used by companies that are hoping to cash in on the CBD boom — at your expense. There are five scams in particular that you should watch out for when shopping for CBD.

Scam #1: “Free” CBD

Free Trial Of CBD

Be wary of companies that promise you a free bottle of CBD if you just pay the shipping costs. This sounds like a great deal, but is almost always a scam. The way it works is simple: you put in your credit card to pay for shipping. When you check out, you might not notice that you are agreeing to pay a certain amount each month (such as $90) for a CBD “subscription.”

It then becomes incredibly difficult to cancel your subscription, so you are suddenly on the hook for hundreds of dollars worth of CBD that you never wanted. In many cases, the CBD that these companies send you, is of incredibly poor quality. You are then stuck trying to figure out how to get out of this scam.

Typically, the companies make it hard to even find contact information for them, let alone to actually get in contact with them. You may then need to file a “fraud chargeback” through your credit card company or seek help with a consumer protection unit at your state attorney general’s office.

Are subscriptions always scams? Heck no. I get my cleaning supplies and my vitamins on a monthly subscription. In both cases, though, they were very clear about the subscription terms and they are both reputable companies. They also notify me a week before my order ships every month so I can change or cancel as needed. It’s a company that shocks you with reorders and then aren’t available by phone that you need to be concerned with.

Scam #2: Claims that Are Just Too Good to Be True

CBD For Heart Disease Scam

We know that CBD has a lot of potential to help with a variety of mental and physical ailments, from anxiety to seizures. Yet the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages. While scientists believe that CBD can benefit humans (and animals!) in a variety of ways, more research is needed to figure out exactly how it works, and how it can help us.

Some companies take advantage of promising research on CBD to make claims that are completely false, or misleading at best. These claims may be related to the quality, potency, or benefits of their products. These tactics can be considered a scam because these companies are essentially lying or exaggerating to get you to buy their product.

CBD With No Side Effects

For example, a company may claim that its CBD oil has a 100% absorption rate — something that simply isn’t possible for any CBD oil. They may also claim that their CBD can cure specific conditions, such as cancer, when the science doesn’t back it up. In some cases, they may claim that their product contains a certain amount of CBD — which likely isn’t possible because the cost of the product is too low. Just like your mom told you, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Scam #3: Multi-Level Marketing CBD Companies

Multi-Level Marketing CBD Scam

Multi-level marketing (MLM) companies have a long history in the United States. In some cases, they’re great. Nearly every kitchen gadget I own was purchased through a MLM. The salespeople don’t always make money from selling products, but sometimes from getting others to become salespeople. The people who sign up to work for MLM companies may even lose money, often after being forced to buy hundreds or thousands of dollars in product or to pay for expensive training.

MLM CBD companies can scam both salespeople and consumers alike. The products sold by these businesses may not be of high quality. Many of these companies are typically not focused on making and selling the best CBD products. Instead, they are looking for ways to get more “ambassadors” on board. These individuals then buy up the stock, which fuels the company’s bottom line. If these salespeople do sell CBD, it is usually to their loved ones, who may not be as discerning as they would be if they were buying from a stranger.

For the people who are brought in as sales representatives or ambassadors, selling MLM CBD can be a financial disaster. They may be required to buy a certain amount of product each month. In many cases, the company won’t buy it back when they cannot sell it. We don’t mean to insinuate that all MLMs are scams – they aren’t. Just be sure that the company you’re working with is both knowledgeable and reputable.

Scam #4: Copycat Brands

While CBD is a relative newcomer on the national market, there are a number of brands that have operated for years in states where marijuana is legal. A copycat scam occurs when a company takes the name and branding of an established CBD company in order to trick people into buying products from their website instead. For example, they may set up a website that is a common misspelling of a popular brand. We’ve even had many sites steal the content on our site. We always know, because they’ll leave our links, videos or brand name up, which we can find.

In some cases, these copycat companies will simply take your credit card information and charge you for CBD that is never delivered. Other times, the company will deliver CBD, but it is incredibly poor quality — or it may not even be CBD at all.

Copycat CBD companies rely on the trust that has been built up by a reputable CBD company. When customers search for a particular brand, they may mistakenly click on the copycat’s website. They are then tricked into buying low quality CBD, or signing up for a CBD subscription. When they try to contact the company, they may find that there isn’t a phone number or an email — so getting a refund or cancelling a subscription becomes next to impossible.

Scam #5: CBD Products Listed On Large Marketplaces Like Amazon, Ebay, & Etsy

Hemp Seed Oil On Amazon

We’ve talked about this before with our post on why you can’t buy CBD oil on Amazon. Amazon and other major online marketplaces like Ebay have policies that ban selling CBD products on their platform. Even with these restrictions in place, retailers have found a way to list CBD products on the marketplaces under hemp oil instead of CBD oil.

To an unsuspecting consumer, CBD oil and hemp seed oil might appear to be the same thing. After all, CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant. However, when CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, it is extracted from the whole plant. Hemp seeds, while nutritious, contain insignificant amounts of CBD. Therefore, oil extracted from hemp seeds contains very little CBD. When every product is listed as a hemp oil product on Amazon, you may not be able to distinguish a product made with CBD oil from a product made with hemp seed oil.

There may be some honest products on these marketplaces, but many are scams. Buying CBD in these marketplaces is like taking a shot in the dark, because you don’t know who you’re buying from or what you’re buying. There are boatloads of copycats out there and it’s common for these products to contain no CBD at all and without any posted lab results, you’ll have no way of knowing if the products you’re purchasing are safe. Therefore, it’s best to avoid these marketplaces altogether for now.

Signs of a CBD Scam

So how can you tell if a CBD company is a scam? There are a few signs to look out for when you are shopping for CBD.

“Free trials” of CBD are a red flag. While reputable companies may offer free samples, they won’t offer a free bottle of CBD oil in exchange for shipping costs or subscriptions. If you are interested in trying CBD, opt for paying for a small bottle or package from a well-known company.

If a company doesn’t have contact information on its website — or if the contact information is hidden — it may be a sign that the company is running a CBD scam. A business that stands behind its products should make its contact information readily available. If you’re just not sure, give them a call or send over an email to see if you receive a response from a real human.

Certain marketing terms can be a sign of a CBD scam. This includes phrases such as:

  • Purest CBD: the word pure is also not regulated. There are specific terms that describe “pure” CBD, like CBD isolate.
  • No side effects: anything that you consume or use has the potential for side effects, including CBD. Products also affect people differently, so no one can guarantee that someone will not experience any side effects. While CBD generally has few side effects, that isn’t the same as “no” side effects.
  • CBD Can Cure X: outlandish claims, such as that CBD can cure heart disease, aren’t just misleading — they are also illegal.

Additionally, watch for anything odd or abnormal on the website itself. Perhaps the site has a different domain — like .net instead of .com — or an extra letter, dot, or dash. An unusual checkout process that is different from the standard may also be a red flag. For example, if you don’t have credit card payment method options are asked to instead send a check or pay in Bitcoin, it is likely a sign that the company is a scam.

Avoiding CBD Scams

The best way to avoid CBD scams is to understand how to buy safe, high quality CBD. There are several ways to identify this type of product.

First, only buy CBD that has been independently tested. These third party laboratory results should be available for you to review online so that you can review the CBD content and whether the product contains any other chemicals. If a website or company does not make these results available, avoid them at all costs.

Second, check out the price of the CBD per mg. CBD products typically cost between 0.5 and .20 cents per mg. The price typically increases for higher quality and certain types of items, such as edibles and patches. If a CBD product has a far lower price per mg than similar items elsewhere, it could be because the company is not selling high quality products.

Third, look for the source of the hemp used to make the CBD. You should only buy CBD that was made from industrial hemp grown in the United States or Europe. This will not only ensure the safety of the product, but that it has 0.3% THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana) or lower.

Fourth, check out the company itself. Does it have reviews available? Is its return policy on the website? Is its contact information readily available? If not, then you probably want to avoid this company.

Green Wellness Life: A Company You Can Trust

In the world of CBD, it can be hard to know which companies and brands are trustworthy. At Green Wellness Life, we only offer the highest quality CBD products, each of which has been tested by a third party laboratory for quality and purity. All of the products that we offer are made from hemp grown in the United States.

Our team is passionate about CBD, and we are here to help. We are available via phone at (888) 772-7875 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday. You can also contact us online at any time.

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CBD for Cramps

September 4th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Cramps

As anyone who gets a period can tell you, periods aren’t fun. Physical symptoms of menstruation can include tender breasts, bloating, muscle aches and joint pain, headaches, acne, and cramping.

For 10% of people who menstruate, cramps can be particularly debilitating. They can be so bad that a person can’t get out of bed or go about their daily lives. The most common ways to treat these cramps include taking an anti-inflammatory medication, going on birth control, and using hot water bottles or heating pads to alleviate pain and inflammation.

However, there may be a better option. While additional research is needed, CBD may be helpful for reducing the pain, inflammation and other symptoms associated with menstrual cramps. Below, we outline the emerging science on the issue — and offer purchasing tips if you decide to try CBD.

What Causes Cramps?

Menstrual cramps — or dysmenorrhea — involve pain in the lower abdomen, typically occurring just before and during a menstrual period. The severity of these cramps can vary significantly, with some people in so much pain that they cannot continue their normal activities.

Symptoms of menstrual cramps may include:

  • A constant dull ache
  • Pain that radiates from the abdomen to the lower back and thighs
  • A throbbing or cramping pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain that starts 1 to 3 days before a period, and subsides with 2 to 3 days
  • Nausea
  • Loose stools
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

These cramps may be caused by the normal process of menstruation, as the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Prostaglandins trigger these contractions. This hormone-like substance is also linked to pain and inflammation, and may both promote and resolve inflammation to help the body achieve homeostasis, or balance. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe cramps.

Beyond a typical menstrual cycle, cramps may be caused by conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cervical stenosis. All of these conditions are associated with pain and inflammation in the abdomen and pelvic region.

Traditionally, menstrual cramps are treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve. A prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) may also be used. Hormonal birth control can also help to alleviate the severity of cramps for some people.

Each of these treatment options carry significant side effects. NSAIDs are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and may cause serious stomach and bowel issues, including ulcers and bleeding. Common side effects of these anti-inflammatory medications include heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and/or constipation, vomiting, stomach pain, and feeling bloated.

Hormonal birth control also carries an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, along with blood clots, gallbladder disease, liver tumors, cancer of the reproductive organs, and elevated triglycerides and pancreatitis. People who take hormonal birth control may also experience weight gain, spotting, nausea or upset stomach, mood changes, breast tenderness, and melasma (darkening of the skin).

Can CBD Really Help with Cramps?

CBD (cannabidiol) is a type of naturally-occuring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Another well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component found in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a feeling of being high or stoned.

Research on how CBD affects the human body is still in its preliminary stages. However, scientists believe that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body, and has been linked to a number of processes, including:

  • Digestion
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Reproductive system function
  • Skin and nerve function
  • Learning and memory
  • Metabolism

Scientific studies have found that CBD may promote health and wellness by interacting with one or more of the three components of the ECS: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. This may include relieving pain and inflammation when the ECS is triggered by painful conditions such as menstrual cramps. A recent study found that CBD may help to alleviate chronic pain and reduce inflammation by affecting ECS receptor activity.

According to a 2018 review of research performed over a 43 year period, CBD is effective at relieving multiple types of pain, including pain associated with cancer, nerve damage, and fibromyalgia. Researchers concluded that CBD can help with pain management without the negative side effects associated with traditional treatments.

A 2016 study of rats with arthritis found that CBD gel applied topically helped to reduce both pain and inflammation in affected joints. Other studies involving rats found that CBD is effective in relieving pain at surgical incision sites and chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

CBD may also help people who experience other symptoms with their menstrual cramps. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. For anyone whose digestive system is affected by menstrual cramps, CBD may be helpful.

While research on this issue is still developing, CBD may also inhibit the production of prostaglandins. The cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme system is the major pathway for certain acids to be converted into prostaglandins. CBD may selectively inhibit COX-2 activity, which may affect prostaglandin production — and reduce menstrual cramping.

Thinking about CBD for Cramps? Here’s What to Look for in a CBD Product.

Since the production of hemp was legalized in the United States through the 2018 Farm Bill, the market for CBD has exploded. In many ways, this is a positive development, as it makes CBD more readily available to people throughout the country. Unfortunately, because CBD products are not regulated by the FDA, it can be hard to know what you are getting when you pick up a bottle of oil or edibles at your local pharmacy or big box store.

There are ways that you can make sure that you are buying a safe, effective product. First, when shopping for CBD, look for products that have been independently tested by third party laboratories. Most reputable CBD product manufacturers will post these results on their websites, so that you know exactly what you are buying.

Second, look for CBD products made from hemp grown in the United States or Europe. The growth and production of hemp is heavily regulated in the U.S., and must contain no more than 0.3% THC. If a CBD product is made from hemp that has been produced in China or another country, it is harder to ensure the quality of the product.

Third, review the ingredients list for the CBD product that you are considering. Many CBD products contain additives, such as oils and flavorings. The quality of those additives is critical to the overall quality (and shelf life) of the CBD product.

If you have questions about a product, how it was made, or what it contains, reach out to the store for help. A representative should be able to assist you and answer any questions about a particular product. If they can’t or won’t work with you, then you may want to shop at another retailer.

Recommended CBD Products For Cramps

If this is your first exposure to CBD, you may not know where to start or which products would be best suited to help with cramps. We’ve put together recommendations below based on both our own experiences and customer testimonials.

Hemplucid Water Soluble CBD Tincture

Hemplucid Water Soluble CBD TinctureHemplucid’s CBD water soluble tincture is known for their rapid onset and potency. In a water soluble the Cannabinoids(CBD) have been broken down into very tiny particles which enable them to be more easily and quickly absorbed. Because of this easy absorption and fast acting ability we refer to watersoluble as a booster making them great for quick pain relief and contain 1,000mg of full spectrum CBD per bottle. The drops can also be mixed into your favorite beverages to provide more flavor, because the tincture is water soluble.

cbdMD CBD Bath Bombs

cbdMD CBD Bath BombsIt’s no secret that the application of heat is a good way to get cramping muscles to relax. Hot baths can help to increase blood flow, which in turn eases muscle cramping. When you combine a hot bath with the soothing effects of CBD, you get a true recipe for relief and relaxation. The bath bombs from cbdMD contain 100mg of premium broad spectrum CBD with no artificial dyes or preservatives.

 

Lazarus Naturals CBD Massage Oil

CBD Massage OilIt may seem counterintuitive to use a topical oil for pain that is internal, but CBD massage oil will work its way into your system through the receptors in your skin. Lazarus CBD massage oils provide a great way to earn relief from cramps while also unwinding and relaxing. Each bottle contains 200mg of full spectrum hemp extract along with jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil. You can slowly massage the oil into your skin to allow the oil to penetrate the skin and underlying tissue.

Buy High Quality CBD from Green Wellness Life

If you are interested in using CBD to manage the symptoms of menstrual cramps, Green Wellness Life is a great place to start. While we aren’t doctors and can’t diagnose or treat any medical condition, we can provide you with scientific research to help you make a decision. We can also offer insight into the best CBD products on the market for your needs.

Every product that we sell has been independently tested, and is made from industrial hemp grown in the U.S. You can use our product finder to choose a product, or reach out to us with any questions or to get help picking an item. We are available by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 888-772-7875, or via email. Our team has significant knowledge about CBD, and is excited to help customers learn more about the best products for them.

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