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Does the Type of CBD I Take Matter?

July 18th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Synthetic

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Published 7/19/19

There Are Different Types of CBD?

I’m sure that by now you have run into different ingredient listings on your CBD. These names, like “Isolate,” and “Full Spectrum,” and maybe even “Synthetic,” could have made complete sense to you, or could have been no more than words. Maybe you didn’t even notice them. My job in these next few sections is to help you to understand what those words mean when they are on your CBD, and maybe help you make some informed decisions about your next purchases. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

First, I have to say that, yes, there are different types of CBD. The most common names that you will find are isolate and full-spectrum, but others, such as “Synthetic,” and “Broad-Spectrum,” are out there. Now, unlike in a lot of dietary supplements and health foods these days, those words actually mean something and are not just meant to be exotic or attractive. But not everyone calls them by the same name. And what are they?

Isolate

One of the most common forms of CBD that I come across is labeled “Isolate,” or “CBD Isolate.” In fact, the bottle on my desk right now (our exceptional Select CBD Drops, which are peppermint flavored) is an isolate.  It actually says “CBD Hemp Extract,” on the side. It’s in small lettering, so one could easily miss it, but it is important to know what that is. Bear with me for the science-y sounding words.

There are more than 80 cannabinoids, or compounds, found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate is simply telling you that the CBD has been isolated, and is the only one of those 80+ compounds that is included as an active ingredient in the product in your cabinet. It’s purified CBD that has been extracted from the hemp plant and separated from the other cannabinoids. Not too hard to remember, right?

A hemp plant contains lots of different parts (like CBD, THC & terpenes), and an isolate removes everything that isn’t the CBD oil from the mixture. This can be useful for people who are looking for pure CBD oil and want to ensure that their product does not contain even a trace amount of THC (which the hemp plant does, though it is only a trace amount of .3% or less on a dry weight basis.) There are CBD isolate products in nearly every category, from capsules to tinctures to e-liquids and edibles. Isolated CBD is flavorless. That fact and the lack of THC make it appealing to both consumers and manufacturers. We hear great results from customers looking for benefits like mood-stabilization and inflammation relief from CBD isolates.

Full-Spectrum

Another popular form of CBD is known as “Full-Spectrum.”  In my experience, these are some of the most advertised and lauded in the market. So why is that? I think that a lot of it has to do with the potency and “naturalness” of the product. In order to produce an isolate, the hemp plant has to be heavily processed – those additional natural compounds are stripped away. Full-Spectrum means that everything that grew in that plant in the ground has made it to the bottle on your shelf. Full-Spectrum CBD contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids [1], and fiber along with those cannabinoid compounds. When referring to CBD in the hemp plant, it’s important to understand that hemp contains a large number of cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compound is cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, manufacturers must decarboxylate the oil. The decarboxylation process heats and filters the oil, converting that natural CBDa into CBD. Wow. Let’s unpack that.

In full-spectrum CBD, you’re getting a lot of natural oils and compounds that you otherwise would lose in an “Isolate.” Many of these are just parts of the plant, such as chlorophyll and fiber, while some have a direct effect on your body and the CBD, such as terpenes (I wrote a blog a little while ago on terpenes. Check it out if you haven’t already!) A major result of this abundance of compounds is that full-spectrum CBD is less processed than an Isolate.  It’s heated and filtered, which can increase the concentration while retaining all that plant matter.  It’s often stated to be more potent than an isolate.  All these compounds(cannabinoids) working together creates a synergistic effect known as the “Entourage effect.”  That’s it. Pretty easy, right?

Many people report whole plant extract not only providing faster and better relief [2] , but the effects also lasting longer. This is why an increasing number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full-spectrum CBD oil as a rule.  Do keep in mind, though, that the trace amount of THC will remain in a full-spectrum extract as well.  If you’re subject to drug testing or have a sensitivity to THC, this may be something that you want to avoid.  We hear great feedback specific to full-spectrum products for customers living with chronic pain.

Broad-Spectrum

So we’ve covered isolate and full-spectrum. Another popular option is broad-spectrum. It’s sort of a hybrid if you will.  Rather than isolating and using only the CBD, it’s the THC that’s isolated and removed. This results in a 0 THC product that still retains the other compounds and plant matter. This is the newest option in processing methodology.  Some manufacturers are able to simply extract the THC, while others are separating all of the compounds to an isolated state and then adding them all back into the product on your shelf. We expect to see this option continue to grow in popularity.

A Word on “Organic”

In the United States – all products labeled “organic” should be derived from organically certified hemp grown in the United States. Hemp grown in the European Union (EU) is grown in accordance with EU standards, which can prove the lack of pesticides, mold, and heavy metals through current test results.  Hemp is a porous plant and it’s important to work with a company that lab tests to ensure that there are no harmful agents in the soil making it into that end product. This is less of a concern with a more processed CBD isolate that’s further removed from the plant growing in the ground.

Synthetic

This is the newest and most controversial form of CBD. Just like any other beneficial product that grows naturally, it’s human nature to try to make it better/faster/cheaper. How often, though, does better/faster/cheaper equal healthier?  Not often, in our opinion. We do not carry any synthetic CBD products on our website. But why? The short answer is simply that we don’t trust it. A lot of research points to CBD from the hemp plant as being healthier and more beneficial, yet the race is on for medical biotech companies to create a version of CBD that’s cooked in a lab rather than grown in a field.  Synthetic CBD (and synthetic pretty much anything) is lower cost and easier to mass-produce.  We don’t have to rely on pesky things like sunshine and rainfall. That certainly doesn’t make them better.

As a nation, we’re returning to whole foods and natural products. This is evident in the resurgence of farm to table restaurants. We firmly believe that this should hold true for supplements in our bodies as well. If you need documentation [3], leading international medical cannabis researchers in Israel have documented that CBD extracts made from the whole cannabis plant display superior medicinal properties compared to synthetic single-molecule cannabidiol (CBD.)

So if the plant-based is better for you, more potent and is the safer option, why wouldn’t we only offer natural CBD? Enough said. I’ll get off that soapbox now.

So what should I look for when buying?

We say it over and over again, but truly there is no one size fits all. If you need to avoid even a trace amount of THC, stick with an isolate or broad-spectrum. An isolate is also a great fit if you have concerns about plant terpene allergies.  If you’re looking for the most holistic option, definitely look to full-spectrum.  You’ll generally pay a little more per milligram of active ingredient, but you should be able to see a benefit with a lower serving size.  Keep in mind, though, that full-spectrum is the whole plant – including that trace amount of THC that naturally occurs in the hemp plant.

I would advise you to steer clear of any “Synthetic” CBD. There is still a lot to learn about it, and the research that we have points to it not being as safe or effective as natural CBD.

As always, we at Green Wellness Life are willing to help and answer any questions that you have. Shoot us an email, call, or message us on any of our social media accounts. We’re always here to help!

Resources

  1. https://www.marijuanabreak.com/what-are-flavonoids
  2. https://www.marijuanabreak.com/entourage-effect-thoroughly-explained
  3. https://www.endoca.com/blog/cbd-extract-vs-synthetic-cbd

Athletes Turning to CBD

July 3rd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Athletes Turning to CBD

Quinton

By op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Athletes use CBD?

While many people know of the beneficial effects of CBD, and use it daily, many are unaware that it can be immensely helpful for athletes. Now, I’m not talking about just Olympic-level athletes here. Anyone who leads an active life, or wants to start leading an active life, could benefit.

Anti-inflammatory properties

One of the main reasons that CBD is so complementary to exercise and why athletes are switching from other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) is CBD’s purported anti-inflammatory properties [1]. Several studies have even shown that CBD can effectively regulate swelling in some inflammatory and autoimmune diseases [2]. Swelling is a natural part of athletics, but to be able to neutralize that response can shorten recovery time.

So why the switch?

Chronic use of over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e. NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses greater health risk than previously known, and we are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses that kill tens of thousands of Americans annually. In such a landscape, athletes are rightly curious about and eager for cannabidiols’ (CBD) promises of pain relief and reduced inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs or opioids [3]. The option and availability of safe, alternative, and often affordable CBD is leading to many athletes switching over to CBD as a supplement to alleviate their pain.

Is it legal?

Wada Logo

I can already hear the question: “but what about anti-doping rules and rules against performance-enhancing drugs?” CBD is not prohibited under either. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition [4]. This means that, even if you’re a competitive athlete, you don’t have to worry about using CBD to treat those sore muscles!  It is key to look for CBD products that are THC free if you are having to undergo drug testing as it is possible to test positive for THC when using products that have that small percentage of THC in them.  This can either be an isolate or a Broad spectrum product.  We would recommend a broad spectrum over an isolate because it has more of the components present in the plant and can be beneficial with inflammation.CBDfx Gummies

CBD and running

Anyone who regularly reads these blogs knows that I like to talk about my active lifestyle in relation to how I use CBD. I thought that it would be pertinent to bring up what I know about CBD and how it relates to my running.

First, a fun fact that I love sharing is that your body already uses CBD when you run. Well, sort of. It uses a chemical known as “anandamide,” which is a part of your Endocannabinoid system. What this chemical does is induce a euphoria, also known as “runner’s high.”

So what happens when you take CBD? Well, While CBD doesn’t activate cannabinoid receptors in the brain (like the anandamide does), it has shown to moderately inhibit the degradation of anandamide by working against the enzyme responsible for breaking down the bliss molecule. This means a prolongation of the “runner’s high” that makes running such an enjoyable activity (at least for me) [5].

But that’s not why most people, most runners, use it. It all goes back to the anti-inflammatory properties. Running is constant stress on your joints, and that can lead to swelling if you’re not careful. I’ve found that, with my daily CBD supplements and proper stretching, I never suffer from swelling or pain in my joints after running. All I feel is that sweet burn and satisfaction of having sweat it out!

What should I do?Cedar Citrus

Take some CBD supplements and get out there! You don’t have to be sprinting around a track to benefit from the salutary effects of exercise. Take a bike ride, go for a swim, walk the dog, whatever you can do to get outside and move around is good enough. If you’re an athlete, know that there are other, better options than opioids and painkillers and that these options can manage inflammation and swelling, too. If you’re just trying to get or stay fit, or if you’re already a weekend warrior, look into trying out a CBD supplement. As always, keep an open mind and think about what I’ve offered as you search for what works best for you!

Resources

[1] https://www.outsideonline.com/2296261/athletes-ditching-ibuprofen-cbd-marijuana

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

[3] https://trainright.com/cbd-for-athletes-cannabidiol/

[4] https://trainright.com/cbd-for-athletes-cannabidiol/

[5] https://www.cbdschool.com/cbd-for-runners/


CBD and Skincare

June 21st, 2019 by Hannah Laing

CBD Skincare

 QuintonBy op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Talk Talk Talk…

I’ve heard much about CBD skincare products; what is their deal? Well, I think that I mentioned this before, but “Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents.” That means that CBD is helpful in combating inflammation in cells, which includes skin cells!

But what’s so bad about inflammation?

Okay, I can already hear some of you out there: “inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to damage or bacteria.” Correct, it is natural, but it isn’t supposed to last forever. Like all things, it’s only good in moderation. So, while inflammation is helpful, even beneficial to your skin in small amounts, it can occur too often, which can lead to wrinkles.

How does it lead to wrinkles?

Well, it doesn’t. At least, not directly. I’ll talk about how wrinkles form in a minute. Right now, what needs to be understood is that skin health is much more than trying to prevent wrinkles. I know that a lot of people just want to prevent wrinkles, even I do (I’m in my twenties), but healthy skin will do so much for you in the long run.

Inflammation causes problems like acne, rosacea, and general swelling. When you get sunburnt, your skin becomes inflamed. As you get older, your skin becomes less capable of dividing its cells, which means that fresh, new, and young skin cells become less numerous. These older skin cells also are less able to hold moisture, as glands called Sebaceous glands produce less oil over time . In men, only a minimal decrease is seen, often after age 80, while women gradually produce less oil after menopause. The general decrease in oil in your skin doesn’t seem so bad, but this can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness… and inflammation.

How can I avoid this?

Hemp Whipped Body Butter

There’s no real way to avoid these symptoms; they’re a normal part of aging. But you can mitigate their severity, and make conscious, healthy decisions that can keep your skin looking and feeling better, longer. For starters, ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN. I cannot stress this enough. I’m guilty of constantly going out without sunscreen, and I need to change that. When you have neglected sunscreen (like me), always try to soothe the skin and reduce the inflammation and burning as soon as you can. For this, I recommend using the Endoca whipped body butter that we offer. I find that it decreases both the pain and inflammation of my sunburns. And Science shows why this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”

Transform CBD Face Crème

You can also use a CBD-based moisturizer at the beginning of the day, and at the end. That’s what I do, and I find that it keeps my skin refreshed and without those pesky bits of dry skin that I would sometimes get before I regularly used CBD moisturizers. The Panacea Transform Natural face cream has been my go to moisturizer for the last few months.

And acne?

I struggled horribly with acne throughout high school, and even into college. I can’t help it; I have naturally oily skin. Because of my glut of oil, I can’t use any type of moisturizer that adds oil to your skin. Or so I thought. CBD oils in moisturizers have never given me any problems. I only have isolated pimples here and there when I eat too much sugar (diet is important for skin health, too!).

So What?

When thinking of the benefits of CBD, you probably didn’t think of avoiding wrinkles and sunspots. I know that my first thought is chronic pain and the elderly, but we know that that isn’t the whole story. Although skin care comprises diet, topical care, and environment; CBD skincare can be helpful in keeping up appearances. 😉


Summer is Here and so is CBD

June 14th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Summer

 QuintonBy Op-ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Summer is Here!

Finally, summer has arrived. Well, depending on where you live, it may have been here weeks ago. But don’t worry! There are all sorts of hemp-based products to have you feeling (and looking) good in the summer sun.

Thirsty?

Number one concern for most people during summer is staying hydrated. I often hike on the various nature trails near where I live. It is a great way to get away from the city for a while, but I often find that I have to carry water with me (that summer sun dehydrates quick!). So how can I both stay hydrated and take my CBD? With Hempdrinx! Just like other mix-in powders, Hempdrinx can easily be added to any bottle of water (like the one I often carry with me while hiking) and comes in convenient, single-serving packages. As for the flavor… I’m biased; I love orange almost as much as I love ginger, and the mix that we offer combines the two. I’m swooning.

Sunburn easily?

The problem with loving to hike is how it leads to my getting sunburnt on the trails. So how does hemp help me with this? A hat! I had never tried using any hemp clothing prior to three weeks ago, and I regret not having tried it sooner. It breathes so well, and shades my face!

While I’m talking about hemp clothing, I have to mention my t-shirt as well. I have to admit, I was skeptical. When I had thought of hemp clothing, I always thought of those baggy, itchy sweaters that stoners wear. Nevertheless, I got a t-shirt that was a 50/50 blend of organic cotton and hemp. Wow. I don’t think that my mind has been so drastically changed in my entire life. After receiving it in the mail, I wore it for 4 days straight (I’m not kidding; don’t ask about the smell).

And if I burn?

Man in Hemp Hat

So we don’t offer any CBD sunscreen (yet), but we do offer an Endoca body butter that I have been using both before I go out (with sunscreen added over-top) and to soothe any sunburns that I may acquire while at the beach or out on the trail! This latter use is what helped me relieve my sunburn after only a couple of days just 3 days ago (I got it while hiking, big surprise!).

 

My poor, tired feet

I find that, after long days outdoors, my feet are sore (even if I wear my Birkenstocks). Lately, I’ve been soaking them in a bath filled with our Empower soaking salts. They’re pretty good for rejuvenating my feet, keeping pesky blisters at bay, and keeping me moving when I have so much to do outdoors (seriously, I love summer weather).

Think of the furry children!

furry children

Summer wouldn’t be complete without our best friends (or fur babies, whichever suits you best). While I don’t have a dog anymore, I often find myself stopping to pet every German Shepherd and Husky in sight. I’ll regularly give treats to my friend’s dog, as well. But shouldn’t I treat the dogs in my life to CBD? Of course! That’s why I really like Treatibles dog treats (I’ve tasted them: not too shabby!), and, judging by the dogs’ reactions, they also do! But please enjoy the picture of one of the many fur-less babies to visit the office (thank you Brandy).

Who’s hungry?

I love snacks. Most people seem to also love snacks. CBD snacks? Yes, please. I had the pleasure of trying Weller Caramel Coconut Bites (which contain 25mg of CBD per package) and was impressed. It was the perfect bite-sized snack for a trip to the beach or a day spent sitting in the park with a nice book. A few cookies per package, it is small enough to carry in my back pocket and take anywhere I go. Here’s to more adventures with Weller Bites!

Go out and enjoy the summer!

No matter what CBD product you enjoy this summer, make sure to go out and take advantage of the great weather! Have fun, be safe, stay hydrated, maybe get a tan, and connect with mother nature in one of the best seasons that the year has to offer; we at Green Wellness Life hope for nothing more than for you to have the best summer that you could have.


Traveling with CBD and the TSA’s guidelines

June 7th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

TSA guidelines

 QuintonBy op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

What’s Happening?

You have probably heard the story of the woman who was arrested back in April at Disney World for having CBD oil in her purse at the park. Wait, we thought CBD was fully federally legal. Why did this happen? Well, “under Florida’s medical marijuana law, patients using CBD oil with over .3 percent or higher THC must be listed in the state’s medical marijuana registry.” The woman, arrested with her CBD oil, was tested by officials and found to have traces of marijuana in it, making it seem illegal. She has since been released and is suing for illegal detention. When asked, experts said those testing kits are frequently inaccurate, but the woman spent 12 hours in jail and was charged with possession of hashish.

What Does It Mean?

You have to be asking yourself, am I at risk? It is important to protect yourself. If the product you’re carrying with you contain less than 0.3% THC and contains CBD derived from hemp plants, then it is perfectly legal to carry it in any state.” It is also important to make sure that you have documentation on you when traveling that verifies your CBD is from a hemp plant, rather than marijuana, and has less than .3% THC.  We always recommend that you are able to access lab test results for any products taken. In most cases, you can now find those in a QR code right on the bottle. If not, they can be found on the manufacturer’s websites or by contacting the company that you purchased them from. At Green Wellness Life, we have all of our product lab test results available upon request.

Are There New Regulations?

As with most things, there are new regulations and there are some things that have not changed.  As per the TSA’s website, “Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including marijuana-based cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products. Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD are approved by the TSA and are fully federally legal as long as they were produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018. TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

Let’s Unpack That.

That’s a lot of info to take in. Let’s look at it closely. The statement, “violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products,” refers to those marijuana-based CBD products I mentioned in my last blog with too high a THC content. The TSA website later mentions “ legal… within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.” What this is saying is that CBD that is in-line with the Federal 2018 Farm Bill is fully legal to travel with. Also, keep in mind that TSA, while not searching for CBD or marijuana, will inspect and possibly alert law enforcement if they find anything derived from cannabis and deem it an illegal substance.

Annotation

What Can I Travel With?

Anything that is FDA approved and is hemp derived (at the time of this writing – this is exactly one product – the pharmaceutical Epidiolex, an anti-seizure drug) is safe to travel with. However, since most CBD products are not FDA regulated, they do not fall into this category. So what about those products that do not fall into the category of FDA regulated? It is best to travel with the product labels and details so that you can prove their CBD and THC content. Here is a copy from the TSA website regarding their policy.  This document along with the product labels and/or lab results should clarify what you are carrying and that it is a legal product.

TSA new regulation

My Advice:

If you’re traveling with CBD this summer, make sure that it’s clearly labeled and that you have the test detail to back it up.  While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any issues, knowing the law and having documentation is always a best practice. Like your mom always says – better safe than sorry!


Capsule Review

May 31st, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Capsule Review

 QuintonBy Op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

There is no better way to help others navigate the world of CBD than to maneuver the waters ourselves. Everyone at Green Wellness Life has tried many, if not all of our products. This is what some of us had to say about a few of the CBD capsules we carry:

 

Hannah’s Take Away

  • Endoca Raw: 50 mg capsules

Her Thoughts:

Hannah

Although I may look like the average teenage girl, I suffer from chronic pain. At only 16 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Soon after I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had avoided medication for as long as I could, but once I was given that dreaded Fibro diagnosis, I could no longer get by with just yoga and eating healthily. I was quickly started on Cymbalta and I  tried a bunch of different muscle relaxers. I can honestly say, it was not fun!

After the first few days, I noticed that I had significantly more energy in the morning than I typically do. After laying down for a full night my body tends to fight back against the standing position. After taking Endoca Raw I was walking around the office annoying Brandy and Cara.  However,  I will admit that I often have a post coffee burp that has a slight hemp aftertaste. This doesn’t bother me because I see so much benefit from taking it, but I can see how others would find it annoying. The Endoca Raw 50mg Capsules are a great fit for me and as a poor college kid, I can safely say that I will purchasing this product for many months to come.

Brandy’s Take Away:

  • Entourage Hemp : 15 mg full-spectrum capsule
  • Panacea Daily : 75 mg full-spectrum capsule
  • Select CBD Boost : 33.3 mg isolate capsule with moringa and yerba mate

Her Thoughts:

I am lucky in that I am not someone living with chronic pain. I find that CBD helps me with mood stabilization and it does cut down on the daily aches and pains that apparently come with being a woman in my 40’s.  Boo.  I’ve been taking daily CBD in some form or another for the past three years. I try LOTS of products so that “form” varies. As such, this capsule challenge was kind of perfect.

For about the past year, Entourage has been my go-to.  I was taking 1 (15 mg) capsule daily. I felt that balance I was looking for and didn’t feel like I needed to step it up. I like that Entourage focuses on the whole plant and keeps their processing really simple.  I did find that I had to take it with food or I would burp up that grassy, earthy, “hempy” flavor. Yuck.

My husband swears by the Panacea Daily 75 mg.  No hempy aftertaste and his ankles, knees, and feet, which have taken a lot of abuse, haven’t felt this good in years.  So I gave it a try. While there was no “high,” moving from the 15 to the 75 mg capsule definitely made me feel different.  I felt almost a body looseness and a little nauseous. I think that was my body’s way of telling me that I didn’t need quite that much.  I stuck with it for 5 days.

Select Boost was the last capsule I tried and my favorite.  This was my first consistent dive into a CBD product with added ingredients.  I have a low metabolism and not as much energy as I’d like, so I went with the boost capsule that contains yerba mate and moringa.  It’s mid-range in terms of strength, 33.3 mg per softgel. It’s also an isolate, meaning that it contains CBD but not the other naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant.  I’ve always been a whole-plant advocate, so I didn’t think that I’d love this one. Surprisingly, it works really well for me. I take one capsule in the morning. No hempy taste. I get a nice (ok, fine, it’s in the title) energy “boost.”  So much so that I can function on just one cup of coffee daily rather than two or three. I’ve seen a real improvement in my mood stabilization as well. This one has been a great fit for me!

Quinton’s Take Away

  • Charlotte’s Web: 15 mg hemp extract capsule
  • Plus CBD Oil: 15 mg full-spectrum hemp softgel

His Thoughts:

I’m a bit too young to deal with chronic aches or pains and I’m fortunate enough to not have any serious conditions, but due to a busy schedule, I often have difficulty sleeping and dealing with anxiety. I started taking CBD capsules and softgels around a year ago, and I believe in them enough to keep taking them.

I started taking the Plus CBD Oil 15 mg around a year ago, and have taken it since. It’s small, easy, doesn’t have a strong or off-putting aftertaste, and I find that taking one in the morning is perfect for relaxing my mind and helping me to stay calm and focused throughout the day. While taking them, for the year, I have not had any difficulty with the normal “hempy” burps or the flavor of the capsule; I find that I can even take them without a glass of something to drink, which is very useful for mornings when I’m in a rush (often because I’ve slept in!). I’ll probably be sticking with this one for a few more years to come!

I started taking another capsule, Charlotte’s Web 15 mg, about a month or two ago. I wasn’t crazy about the size of the capsule (it’s not large, but I do find that I need a glass of water to swallow it), and the taste of the capsule wasn’t the best. After I had taken it, it did have that effect on my stomach that caused hemp burps to bubble up every now and then… no thank you. The bottle recommended that I take one to two daily as a supplement, so I added it in at the end of my day, as the Plus CBD was already my morning CBD supplement. While I did find that I could sleep a little better, I’m still not able to get past the gassiness and the size/flavor of the capsule.  I guess I’m a softgel guy.

Cara’s Take Away

  • Natural Leaf: 25 mg broad spectrum soft gel
  • Bluebird 15 mg Full Spectrum soft gel

Her Thoughts:

Cara

Prior to working at GreenWellness, I had never tried CBD. I love it now.  As I age (I am now closer to 50 than 40 – shhh…), I am noticing more pain in my joints and other changes in my body which I need to attend to. This is where CBD comes in.

When we first on-boarded Natural Leaf broad spectrum soft gel, I tried it for a month. It was easy to swallow and very convenient. However, although it is a broad spectrum, I did not find the relief I was hoping for; my knee joints were good, but I have a significant old shoulder injury (snowboarding!)  I found that, although it impacted the pain a little, it was not completely gone; it still aches, especially on a bad day. I know others really like it but I seemed to have needed the .3% THC and saw a bit of a difference when I switched back to my regular tincture. All in all, I think it is a quality product that one would need to try to determine if it is a good fit for them.

One of my favorite brands is Bluebird, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed taking their full spectrum soft gel.   When I started taking the 15-milligram soft gel I began to notice a change in my discomfort level. It is 15 mg a soft gel and has 60 capsules per bottle and is priced at $75.00. It is easy to take, even though I personally take two capsules (30mg), I was pleasantly surprised by the relief I found in my shoulder.


The Science Behind Endocannabinoid Deficiencies

May 17th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Endocannabinoid Deficiencies

What Is It?

As we’ve discussed in earlier blogs, and you’ve likely seen in other placed on the web, your body has a system called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps to regulate the nervous system and its connection to the rest of the body. The Endocannabinoids (ECBD from now on) are lipids found in the endocannabinoid system, a group of neuromodulatory (meaning they regulate neurons in the brain and nervous system) lipids and receptors in the brain that are responsible for physical processes including pain sensation, appetite, and memory. Scientists and researchers have determined two primary endocannabinoid receptors in the body, known as CB1 and CB2. Others do of course exist, they are just less researched and less understood. This is still pretty young science. The CB1 receptor primarily regulates and affects the central nervous system (brain, kidneys, liver and lungs,) while the CB2 receptor is focused on the immune system and hematopoietic cells, which are cells that generate blood cells through a process known in the medical world as haematopoiesis.

In English, Please?

Yep, that was an absurd number of acronyms.  Think of your body like a small town with bunches of telephone lines or electric lines spreading out across the area. Those electric poles & wires are like your neurons and help to spread information or “power.” What the ECBD do in this system are to act like a lineman (someone who works on power lines and phone lines), cleaning up and maintaining the system. While they aren’t needed for the lines to operate, they make sure that it works smoothly.

Not Enough Linemen?

When there is a deficiency of ECBD in the body, the system is essentially lacking what it needs to operate smoothly. There are simply too few linemen. And what happens to all of the electric wires? They don’t function as they should. In the same way, when your neurons lack enough CBD, it can cause problems.

What Kind of Problems?

According to Dr. Ethan Russo, who conducted a study on the relationship between ECBD levels in the body and ailments, “migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.” Not just Russo’s study found this link. Another study, conducted around ten years after Russo’s, found that “underlying endocannabinoid deficiencies indeed play a role in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and a growing list of other medical conditions. Clinical experience is bearing this out.”

How Does It Happen?

Due to the lack of research on the topic, it is difficult to say. One explanation is that the body doesn’t produce enough ECBD on its own to supply its own needs. Normally it does, but, for whatever reason, some people may find that they do not have enough ECBD to satisfy their bodies’ needs. Since it is not stored in the body, but rather made upon demand when it is needed in the neurons, additional ECBD is needed from a different source when there is a shortage.

So Where Do The Extra Cannabinoids Come From?

Since CBD binds with the receptors that I mentioned before (just like ECBD produced in the body), it can come from an outside source, such as a cannabis plant. By using this outside CBD, there is the possibility that balance can be restored to the ECS.  Both are cannabinoids. Endo = of the body and Phyto = of a plant. So if your Endocannabinoids are not present, you can supplement with Phytocannabinoids like CBD.

How Sure Is This?

As this research is fairly new (the receptors of the ECS were only definitively proven to exist in the human body at the end of the 1980s), there are a lot of questions about the conclusions that some research has drawn. While there is a correlation between various physical ailments and a shortage of Endocannabinoids in the body, there have only been a few studies to look at this relationship. As it currently stands, the research in no way claims that these problems can be cured with CBD. Logically, it seems that CBD should help, but this is not concrete. We’re excited to see this new science progress with growing awareness about CBD and other phytocannabinoids. As always, there is plenty more room for additional research, and we at Green Wellness Life will try to keep you informed.

Resources:

www.dailyhealthpost.com/10669-cannabinoid-deficiency-chronic-health-conditions/  www.marijuanabreak.com/endocannabinoid
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15159679 
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24977967


Highlight Reel; Discovering The Panacea Brand

May 10th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Panacea

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

There are so many CBD choices out there and choosing the right product can be so difficult. Believe me, we know. That is why we at Green Wellness Life have decided to highlight our different manufacturers and products monthly.  So keep your eyes open for more product and brand highlights monthly!

Tell Me About The Company:

This week we are discussing one of our favorite Brands, Panacea. Panacea is a US-based company that sources all of their Hemp in the US. Their hemp is organically grown in Colorado and their commitment is to create cleaner, more pure products. They accomplish this feat through their specific extraction process. Unlike other manufacturers, this process does not break down and grind up the plant but instead maintains the whole integrity of the plant.

  • Product Quality: Panacea Life Sciences “was created with patients’ health and well being as our priority. Our mission is to bring together the best minds in business, science, medicine, research, finance, and agriculture to create a global platform for the reintroduction of Hemp-based therapeutics into the mainstream of healthcare.” From what I found by looking into them, they make good on this claim by focusing on data-driven product development without compromising on safety or quality.
  • Who’s In Charge? Panacea’s commitment to consumer safety and product quality starts at the top with a man named James Baumgartner, Ph.D. With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis (go Aggies!) and a Doctorate in biochemistry and pharmacology from Washington State University, I can think of fewer people more credentialed to lead a company that focuses on developing effective, safe products from CBD.
  • Test Results: Panacea has independent testing for all of their products and batches and they are available online for all of their customers. Transparency is important to them in maintaining high standards.
  • Price: Panacea products tend to have more full spectrum cannabinoids than average products which, makes it seem like they may be more expensive.  This is not necessarily the case –  you are just getting more milligrams. If you compare pricing on a milligram to milligram basis, it is a great price point for a truly quality product.  They may, however, not the best choice if you’re looking for a CBD isolate or $$ is your bottom line.

Panacea Products We Carry:

I’ve made a big hoopla about Panacea’s commitment to safe and natural ingredients and quality production, but what do they actually offer the consumer? They have many variations including:

  • Panacea Daily: 40 mg and 75 mg soft-gels
  • Panacea Daily  Fast Tabs:  These are a dissolvable lozenge intended to be taken, as needed, as a CBD booster.  They do not last as long in your body but they get to work quicker.
  • Panacea  PM Soft Gels 40 mg:  Full spectrum CBD & 5 MG of Melatonin: Designed for sleepless nights.
  • Panacea Transform Natural CBD Face Creme; 350 mg/50 ml jar. Cbd can be great for skin…we love this product.
  • Panacea Soothe CBD Salve: 125mg/.5 oz & 250 mg/1oz: To help soother soothe sore skin muscles and other skin issues. Will last 2 to 4 hours and is only tissue deep.
  • Panacea Canine Restore: 50 mg/.5 oz Helps with itchy skin, hot spots and sores on our family dog.

My Panacea Experience:

In preparation for this Blog, I was able to sample several Panacea products over the past few weeks, and I can say that I was impressed with everything I tried. I have written about a few of them.

Panacea: Topical and Skin Care

The Transform Natural skin cream, with about 350mg of CBD in a single jar, started my day. I would shower, shave, and then apply the cream. Now, it needs to be understood that I am not the type of person to lather all sorts of products onto my face. As my skin is naturally very oily, I am often put off by products that have high oil content, which leads me to usually forego their use entirely. In addition to this, I don’t love the feel of most creams or moisturizers; they leave a thin film on the skin, which I feel and immediately want to wipe off. Panacea’s Transform Natural did not have any of these qualities.  I was shocked! I had found a face cream that I could use that did not have too much oil, did not leave a filmy residue, and also had a pleasing scent. The jar itself had a unique dispensing mechanism that ensured that I did not use too much or waste any in the application. I simply had to press down on the dispenser and it would supply as much as I needed.

Fast CBD Tablets

Another product of Panacea’s that I was able to sample was their 35mg hemp oil fast CBD extract tablets.  These claim a higher bioavailability than a regular capsule and therefore will get to work faster in your system. The flip side to this is that they also leave your system quicker. Not lasting as long 23 to 4 hours. Panacea claims that this type of tablet ensures that more of the active ingredient enters your bloodstream than other forms, such as pills or patches. The way that it works is one takes the tablet sublingually (placed under the tongue,) and waits for it to fully dissolve before swallowing. I found that this was relatively simple, though it took some time for the tablet to fully dissolve. Something unique that I did notice about Panacea’s tablets was that they left a little aftertaste and the typical texture left over from dissolved tablets (a sort of sandy or grainy feeling) was absent. Overall it was a very clean, easy way to take my CBD in the morning but I can also see how someone may use these as needed for an extra boost of CBD on a bad day.

Is It A Panacea?

Seeing that I am 22 years old and I have no serious ailments, I am not a medical doctor, I have no idea the efficacy of Panacea’s products to treat anything. What I do know is that they offered two fantastic ways for me to take my CBD and that both of these were well-designed, clean, and satisfying. They have a great reputation and all of their independent test results I look forward to trying more of their products in the future!


Traveling With CBD

April 26th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Traveling With CBD

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Flying Is So Complicated With Liquids

First, I have to say, I get it. Flying is complicated. How many bottles of how little liquid can I bring? What about medications? Don’t even get me started on the differences in regulations between domestic and international flights! I’m going to try and guide you through all the information that I believe you need to fly both confidently and safely with CBD products.

It’s Just Like Anything Else

CBD is legal federally in the United States. The same regulations for other liquids apply to CBD oil or any other CBD products that you would bring. Keep in mind, there are different rules for carry-on bags than there are for checked bags. For checked bags, the sky is pretty much the limit (pun intended!). For carry-on bags, you’ll have to abide by the “3-1-1” rule outlined by the TSA: 3.4 ounces containers or smaller of any liquids, in a 1-quart bag, with a rule of 1 bag per person. Basically, you can fill a 1-quart bag with bottles that are not larger than 3.4 ounces, and you can only have one of these per traveller. There is an exception: medications, baby formula, and breast milk do not need to be limited to 3.4 ounces if they are of a reasonable amount, but they need to be declared at security checkpoints.

What About CBD?

Should the product you’re carrying with you contain less than 0.3% THC and contain CBD derived from the stem of hemp plants, then it should technically be perfectly legal to carry it to any state. Remember, do not travel with any products purchased from dispensaries, especially if you are unsure whether or not they contain THC above the o.3% threshold. Many CBD products that can be purchased from dispensaries contain slightly higher amounts of THC, which could land you in trouble. The reason that these products could land you in trouble is that they are marijuana-derived CBD, and not hemp-derived CBD.

What If Cannabis and Marijuana are Legal in My State?Don’t do it. Even if it is fully legal in your state, marijuana is illegal at federal level. Since the TSA is considered a federal agency, passing through security in an airport puts you in federal jurisdiction, where it is illegal. And don’t try to travel with any hemp plants, either. Even if they’re non-psychoactive, they could be misidentified as marijuana.

So What Should I do?

Travel like you normally would. Don’t exceed the liquid limit in your carry-on, declare larger containers of medicine or liquids if necessary, don’t carry anything through security that you don’t know for certain has below o.3% THC. For cautionary purposes, it is highly recommended to print out the product’s lab report and have it readily available during your flight just in case you need to verify the product’s cannabinoid content with airport security.

What About International Flights? Due to the differences in regulations from country to country, it is not a good idea to fly internationally with CBD, even if it is hemp-derived, and not marijuana-derived (containing no significant THC levels). You could be stuck in customs either going to the country, or returning. I just wouldn’t advise it.

My Experience

I flew from Michigan to California with several bottles of CBD oil and some CBD-infused gummy bears in my carry-on. I had no difficulty whatsoever at security when I followed the advice outlined above. Just be smart and you’ll get to where you’re going, CBD in hand (or bag).

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Farm Bill; So Whats New?

April 19th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Farm Bill Updates 2019
BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Since December…

Many of us are excited about the farm bill updates that was passed last December, in 2018 (and was signed in on the 20th), myself included. So what has happened? We know that it has legalized the industrial-scale growing of hemp, but what has been happening since then? On February 27, 2019, the AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) extended the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, which legalized production and research on hemp by universities or organizations/companies permitted by state departments of agriculture, by 12 months.

So What Does That Mean?

That means that, right now, the USDA is planning to issue regulations for the 2020 planting season and that current regulations are the same as before the 2018 bill passed. The 2018 Farm Bill provides that States, Tribes, and institutions of higher education, can continue operating under authorities of the 2014 Farm Bill. So right now, unless a state allows for a change, private companies need permission to grow hemp on a large scale.

Problem With Identification

One of the bigger problems that has been coming up more and more frequently is from police incorrectly identifying hemp grown for CBD as Marijuana. The police are just trying to do their job, but no one really knows how to fix the problem that the cousin plants are easily confused for one another. CBD is federally legal, as is hemp, but some truck drivers on interstate routes have been pulled over and sometimes arrested because police believed that they were transporting marijuana. Since the only way to distinguish the difference is by testing the THC content and most police are not equipped with the testing technology, they are unable to differentiate the legal from the illegal. Nothing has been passed, yet, but Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he is willing to work on legislation that would fix these “glitches” in the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hopefully, future legislation will fix these “glitches” and enable legal, cannabis business to proceed!

Proposals For Future Growing

Canopy Growth, a Canadian company and major hemp grower, recently acquired AgriNextUSA, an American hemp enterprise, and proposed creating Hemp Industrial Parks, such as the one previously announced in New York State. This super crop (hemp) could be “fast-tracked through a production cycle that would result in commercial applications for all parts of the plant, from root to tip. American farmers will benefit from a model that provides a single, regional destination for their hemp crops and connects them with the researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators whose ideas will turn their crops into new products and industries.” This development, waiting for next year’s planting season, could mean a large hemp crop, and, with it, lower prices on hemp products like CBD!

States? Or Federal?

As of right now, most legislation requires state approval and regulation of anyone growing cannabis; most regulation is up to in the individual states, not Federal law. For example, Georgia just passed a law allowing for up to six industrial cannabis growing licenses (which also includes strains with THC content, in addition to strains with higher CBD content). Since Federal policy is currently using the older rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, all states have to comply with the rule limiting industrial-scale production of hemp. The only way to implement the 2018 Farm Bill rules, which allow industrial-scale production, is for states to enact their own laws now before the Federal rules have been fully implemented (which should occur at the end of this year).

I Can’t Wait Any Longer?

While it may seem that progress is moving slower than many of us would like, the laws are out there and on the books. We need only to wait for the rules to be fully implemented by the USDA and then we will see nationwide cultivation of hemp, and all of the benefits, both financially and environmentally, that this will bring. I know I’m excited to see what the future will bring.

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Reference:

www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/04/12/usda-update-farm-bill-implementation-progress
www.foxbusiness.com/markets/mcconnell-willing-to-offer-hemp-bill-to-resolve-glitches.am
www.wabe.org/georgia-general-assembly-legalizes-in-state-medical-marijuana-cultivation
www.nifa.usda.gov/industrial-hemp
www.newcannabisventures.com/canopy-growth-extends-american-hemp-reach-with-acquisition