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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


Part 2 Why is CBD so controversial?

April 10th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Why is CBD so controversial

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp’s Competition

If you take CBD or are even interested in trying it you have probably had at least one person make a joke or question you about hemp.  In this day and age almost no one knows that hemp has a rich history that has not always been riddled with questions and implications. As a matter of fact, hemp has not always been taboo.  Surprising, huh? In fact, it was not until the start of the 20th century, that hemp’s use as a medicine declined due to increased use of opiates and the development of the modern syringe needle. At that same time, petroleum oils also began to replace hemp for use as fuel and as the base of other products. Boo. Let’s learn more.

The “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

Hemp was fully legal to grow, sell, and use until 1937. This changed when Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and Representative Robert L. Doughton introduced a House bill that would essentially criminalize the cultivation, use, and sale of hemp by requiring anyone to have permission from Congress in the form of a tax stamp to engage in the above activities.

So Why Criminalize?

Anslinger had expressed a concern that an increased number of people were using marijuana recreationally in the United States, and claimed that hemp and marijuana were the same plants (which we know to be blatantly untrue.)  There were also growing political pressures from large industries to transition from hemp to other materials that were more profitable to new businesses. At the time, hemp was used as a cheap substitute for wood-based paper, and was often used in newspapers. Randolph Hearst, the famed American newspaper owner, had large holdings and investments in the lumber industry and wanted to see his competition for a paper source done away with. Several other industry leaders, such as the Du Pont family, of chemical and materials fame, had recently been supporting their new fabric, nylon, which was competing with hemp in the fabrics market. In their eyes, hemp had to go!

The First Convicts

The law effectively banning hemp went into effect on October 1, 1937. One day later, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Samuel R. Caldwell was arrested for the sale of cannabis to a Mr. Moses Baca (who was arrested for possession). Mr. Caldwell was sentenced to pay a fine of one thousand dollars and to serve four years of hard labor in prison. These two men were the first individuals convicted of a cannabis-related charge in U.S. history.

Overturn of “1937”

In 1969, a U.S. Supreme Court case, Leary v. United States, found that the “Marihuana Act,” originally passed in 1937, was unconstitutional, as it required self-incrimination, which was in direct violation of the 5th amendment of the United States Constitution. This resulted in a very brief period of time during which cannabis was decriminalized.

 Illegal Again

One year after Leary v. United States, in 1970, the “Controlled Substances Act” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, and criminalized cannabis plants by scheduling them with other, far more dangerous, drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Some Progress

It wasn’t until 1996 that California legalized the use of cannabis products, including medical-grade marijuana, for treatment of HIV/AIDS and certain cancers. Shortly thereafter, Canada, which had taken a similar policy to the United States, legalized medical use of cannabis. However, restrictions federally still applied and research was rare on cannabis use to treat certain conditions. It was not until 2014 that a  Farm Bill Legitimized Hemp growth for Industrial Hemp research. This allowed Hemp to be grown and used instead of importing it, allowing for the change of direction in what used to be illegal.  We were on our way!

Legalization of Hemp Cultivation

The industry began to grow and companies began looking to produce and sell CBD.  Although one had to be growing for research purposes companies were beginning to make and sell CBD products for their neutralizing benefits. The industry began to take off but it was not until 2018, that for the first time since 1937, industrial-scale cultivation of hemp was legislatively legal. The 2018 Farm Bill decriminalized the industrial growing of hemp and opened the market to all sorts of hemp products. This has led to enormous growth in the CBD oil market and hemp fibers market. While there still is a lot of work to be done to fully recognize the benefits of hemp and all of its uses in the modern world, it is nice to look back and see that the trend is onward and upwards for hemp!

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CBD In Our HIstory; Nothing To Be Afraid Of!

April 5th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD In Our HIstory

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp? In History?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the history of hemp. This lack of information has led to a fear of hemp and a misunderstanding of the role that it played in our past. I often find myself in conversations with people who have no idea how central hemp was (and is!) to human medicine, clothing, and industry. Being a bit of a history nerd, I love the history of hemp because it is a rich history that spans thousands of years and all cultures. I’ll tell you a bit about it.

​Ancient Hemp

We often think of hemp and CBD products as modern amenities, but, in fact, they have been used for almost as long as we have been farming. For example, around eight thousand years ago, the Chinese first started using hemp in medicines. However, despite this early use, it wasn’t until 2737 BCE that we find written evidence of hemp as medicine. Emperor Shen-Nung, a mythical leader of the Chinese people in their earliest days, is purported to have developed topical hemp oils and teas to aid in pain relief. His findings are found in the first editions of the Pen Ts’ao Ching, an ancient medical text that is among the first to mention hemp as a remedy for illness.Later on, Hua Tuo, a Han dynasty physician, was the first person on record to use cannabis as an anesthetic… in the second century! He noted that this plant can also aid in the treatment of blood clots, tapeworms, and hair loss. Even the ancient Romans noted the benefits of hemp. Around 77 AD, Pliny the Elder, a famous Roman historian and writer, noted how helpful hemp was for the extraction of insects from ears and for pain relief.

Hemp As Medicine

Europe in the Middle Ages and after, saw hemp used to treat tumors and coughs — as well as recreationally. By the sixteenth century, hemp was one of the main crops grown in England. In 1533, Henry VIII commanded farmers to grow hemp or face a fine! It was also used to supply fibers for supplies on British ships, such as sails and rope for the rigging.

Hemp In The Americas

When Europeans came across the Atlantic to colonize the new world, they found that many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas already were cultivating hemp, a plant that they knew from their homes back in Europe. As the American colonies grew, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! In fact, along with whiskey and other goods, hemp could be used as legal tender (and even could be used to pay one’s taxes).

​Henry Ford and Hemp Fuels

In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine. Like many others, Diesel assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. I am fro Michigan and so is Green Wellness Life so we wanted to throw in a bit of Michigan history! Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company, seeing the potential of biomass fuels, operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry.

Things Change

As other industries started to grow, they began to compete with hemp for control of various markets, such as paper, cloth and fibers, oils and fuels. This is when both the law and the public began to turn against hemp. I’ll talk about this more in part 2 of this history, but remember, hemp has been with us since the start of civilization. No need to be afraid of this incredible crop! Its uses are endless!!!Koi soft chews

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Terpenes…What is a terpene?

March 29th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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Terpene

What is a terpene?

by Op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Spring is coming and so are some of the smells and colors we love most! Like spring smells, cannabis products can have different smells depending on the strain and “flavor?” That unique smell is often the product of what are known as “terpenes.” In addition to oils such as CBD and THC, cannabis plants produce another oil; this oil is terpene. Terpenes are aromatic compounds produced by nearly all forms of life. In plants, they are responsible for scent and color. Flowers often have the highest terpene content, which is why they have the strongest scent and often the most unique and vibrant colors.

Effects of terpenes when combined with CBD

So, beyond flavor or aroma, why should you care about terpenes? Because terpenes also can have a direct effect on how CBD affects you. Some promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.  The benefit of terpenes in conjunction with cannibinoids can multiply the benefits your body can experience.

Some of the powerful terpenes and their benefits

  • Linalool, for example, is believed to be relaxing whereas limonene elevates mood.
  • Beta-caryophyllene, is found in many strains of Cannabis, as well as in oregano and black pepper, among other herbs. It is notable as a protector of the stomach lining and also as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Beta-caryophyllene also binds to the CB2 receptors on T-Cells and Macrophages in the immune system , enabling them to more effectively combat illness.  It is the only terpene known to bind directly to cannabinoid receptors in the human body. This property is one of the reasons that green vegetables are so healthy for the digestive system and overall immune health.

Common Terpenes in Hemp

Some terpenes commonly found in cannabis products are Pinene, Myrcene, and Limonene.

  • Pinene emits a pine-like scent (hence the name) and is reported to be anti-inflammatory.
  • Myrcene has an earthy, herbal odor and is often found in mango and thyme outside of cannabis. It has a relaxing effect.
  • Limonene is citrus-like in aroma, as it is often found in citrus rinds. It has found use most often as a mood-elevator and has been found to relieve anxiety.

Making sure terpenes are in my CBD

So how do I know if these amazing, healthy, beneficial terpenes are in my CBD products? Well, you’re going to want to look for products that are labeled or known as “full spectrum.” But what is “full spectrum?” It refers to how the CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant maintains all of its cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients; nothing is left out, so all of the terpenes are present (along with their benefits!). Most companies will publish 3rd party lab reports on their batches of CBD, which will include information on how they extracted the CBD from the hemp. One of the best processes that can be used to retain all of the terpenes in the oil is Supercritical CO2 Extraction. Supercritical CO2 is a fully recyclable, non-toxic, eco-friendly form of carbon dioxide, that’s held at a very specific temperature and pressure to keep it in a liquid state, as it passes through the plants. After extraction, the CO2 gasses off entirely from the oil, leaving only plant materials and no residual solvents behind.

Raw CBDA has terpenes

This CO2 method is most common for “full spectrum” products, and is preferred for its lack of residue and the quality of the end product. Most products are very clear about whether or not they are “full spectrum,” and that is what you should look for if you want the full benefits of terpenes. It is key to note that some full spectrum products are also considered “Raw” products.  All raw products are considered full spectrum and will also have the benefits of the plant terpenes. Raw means that the the product has some of the “raw” or unheated/cold processed plant matter  This part of the plant has it’s own benefits. Often people take a raw product for chronic pain and inflammation.

 

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CBD & Neurological Disorders

February 22nd, 2019 by Brandy Palmer

Neurological Disorders

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed

Many People Are Suffering Neurological Disorders

Of the one billion people affected by neurological disorders worldwide, 50 million suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer and other dementias. Due to this prevalence of neurological disorders, which affect individuals from all genders, races, and socio-economic classes, it is no wonder that a lot of attention is placed on claims that CBD can lessen the severity of, or even remove the symptoms of some of these disorders.

My aim with this article is to offer as much information as I can to anyone who personally suffers, or has a loved one who suffers, under the symptoms of a neurological disorder. While I cannot claim that CBD will cure anyone’s illness, or that it will even mitigate their pain, I can claim to have done my research, and that I offer only the information which I believe are relevant to anyone seeking alternatives to treatment plans that may have not worked for them in the past.

CBD & Epilepsy

One of the most commonly cited examples of CBD having a positive effect is in relation to epilepsy in patients. Not only has CBD been found statistically to reduce the severity of seizures in some patients, but it has also been found to reduce the frequency of seizures in some studies. These findings have led to the first FDA-approved drug with CBD as an active ingredient; the drug is intended for use as a treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.

CBD & Parkinsons

For patients with Parkinson’s, CBD granted significant improvements in motor abilities, rigidity, pain, and other symptoms along with a decrease in psychotic attributes The study, conducted on mice, found that there was an overall decrease in the expression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and a slower rate of disease progression when the subject mice were treated with CBD. Obviously, there’s still a long way to go from mice to humans, but the initial findings are exciting.

CBD & Multiple Sclerosis

Culture testing has also proved that CBD reverses inflammatory responses and might successfully protect patients from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. For example, Sativex, a pharmaceutical containing a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, has been used to treat Multiple Sclerosis with varying degrees of success. As the National Institute of Health states: “In some trials, THC:CBD spray significantly reduced neuropathic pain, spasticity, muscle spasms and sleep disturbances. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in trials were dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, feeling of intoxication and a bad taste. Long-term safety and the potential for dependence, abuse, misuse and diversion are unknown,”

The National Institute of Health also stated that “Results from randomized, controlled trials have reported a reduction in the severity of symptoms associated with spasticity, leading to a better ability to perform daily activities and an improved perception of patients and their carers regarding functional status. These are highly encouraging findings that provide some much-needed optimism for the treatment of this disabling and often painful symptom of MS,”

CBD & The Nervous System

While Sativex is a prescription medicine, the effect that the CBD has on the nervous system may be replicated with similar CBD use, though this is not yet proven. There is much research that still needs to be done on the effects of CBD on neurological disorders, and new studies are constantly published, especially now that universities are less restricted in their ability to cultivate and experiment with Cannabis strains. Already, the market has FDA-approved CBD medications to treat neurological disorders, and there is no doubt in my mind that the FDA will approve other, non-prescriptive, CBD products that will enable many people, with varying levels of severity in their afflictions, to seek and find a solution.  Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later, for us and for our loved ones living with neurological disorders.

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Hemp Can Benefit Our Kids

January 30th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Hemp Can Benefit

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Today we are talking about kids. All of us at Green Wellness Life are parents. We value our children above all things and believe all children are incredibly precious, as we are sure you do. It is because of the high value we place on the lives of young people that we want to tell you, that by no means do we believe CBD is a fix for childhood issues. It is important that before you try any new supplement, you consult your child’s doctors and specialists. With that being said we do want to talk a little about the different CBD products that could benefit your children.

How safe is CBD?

The first concern that every parent has, and rightfully should have, is whether or not CBD is safe for children or young adults to consume. They assume that CBD is a drug, and is thus unsafe for children. Even if they are cognizant of the safety of CBD products for adults, there is still a nagging concern that what is good for an adult may not be best-suited for a developing body. This concern is completely reasonable, and I hope to assuage some fears about CBD use with regards to children.

There aren’t many studies on CBD and its effects on different ages, unfortunately. This dearth is due to the restrictions that were once placed on researching hemp-derived products. Luckily, we do have a study conducted by an Oxford scientist who found that “Cannabis is a safer drug than aspirin and can be used long-term without serious side effects” While this study did focus on THC, a separate chemical found in the cannabis plant, CBD is also derived from the same plant. The Oxford author’s study concluded that cannabis is safer than aspirin, which many people give to their children for simple headaches. Again consult your doctor before using CBD on a child.

CBD is not going to calm active children…They are active and should be!

People who have children, at some point, have felt that life would be much easier if they could calm their child down and reduce their energy levels. I’ve heard both friends who have children and my own parents talk about how difficult younger children can be. Unfortunately, I cannot say that CBD will calm down your children enough to afford you the extra rest or quiet time that you would like to have; however, there have been some studies that show CBD oil having a positive effect in individuals that have complications such as epilepsy, attention issues, and social inhibitions, dry skin issues, and mood issues.

CBD and Childhood Epilepsy

While CBD may not settle down kids who are on a sugar high, running around the house, it has been found to reduce the severity of epilepsy, including in children. In fact, the FDC approved the first CBD based drug on the market, Epidiolex, a little less than one year ago. While many children are fortunate enough to never need such a drug, those who do need it, are able to get it from a doctor.

There is more and more research and information indicating the benefits of CBD in many areas. Much of the studies are still in infancy stages. This is new science – we are learning more every day. However, the possible benefits in areas like mood stabilization are really exciting. I have linked all of the conditions discussed in with testing that has been done and we recommend you research and study as well. We can never be too careful with our kids! Depression, Schizophrenia and many other mood disorders are studied here.) Other areas of study include: ADHD, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from Trauma, Autism and skin issues like eczema.

Mood and ADD/ADHD

CBD can have a calming and focusing effect on the mind. A large number of modern US children are diagnosed with mood disorders and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and mood disorders. Many of the medications that are used for mood and ADHD can have harmful side effects. Often what parents are searching for is a more natural solution to a problem.

Research has been conducted on the effects of CBD in minds that are excited and exhibit symptoms similar to those of ADD/ADHD, and the results have been promising. The research found that rats treated with MK-801- (0.3 mg/kg) displayed reduced social investigative behavior, hyperactivity as well as reduced attention span. MK-801- is a primary neurotransmitter in the brain, which is responsible for decreased mental focus and performance. The research also found that pretreatment with the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (3 mg/kg) not only normalised social investigative behavior but also increased it beyond control levels . This research points to the possibility that CBD, when used properly, could serve as a natural treatment for both mental focus and sociability.

Skin Issues

There are limited available studies on skin and CBD but more and more is being done to determine its effects. Here is a great resources on numerous studies published…happy reading! There is a lot of anecdotal information out there regarding skin issues and the benefits of CBD. We are finding that for eczema and psoriasis that the stronger milligram salves and lotions are more effective.

Doing what is best

All parents want what is best for their child, especially when it comes to their child’s health. While I cannot claim that any CBD product will cure any child’s issues I believe it is worth a conversation with your children’s doctors and specialist to see if they are open to trying it.


CBD Is Everywhere, Helping You Choose

January 23rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Is Everywhere

By Brandy Palmer Founder and Owner of Green wellness Life

BrandyWhen I started working in the hemp industry 4 years ago, it was a whole new world for me.  I could name maybe 5 uses for hemp – and none of them had anything to do with balance in our bodies. The CBD industry at that time was still new. I definitely couldn’t spell cannabidiol and my family and friends hassled me with a lot of pot jokes!  Fast forward to 2019 and it seems that CBD is becoming a common household item. It’s everywhere – from your inbox (seriously – I have three emails TODAY inviting me to participate in CBD studies, from companies I can’t pronounce) and Facebook feed, to your local discount shoe store and hair salon. That is awesome and challenging all at the same time. This is a compound that we are putting in and on our bodies. Many of the people hawking CBD today don’t know a thing about it. This is bad for both the people that are buying and selling it. CBD can be confusing especially for someone trying to find the best choice for their unique system and circumstances. Here’s hoping that this article can help you to know what to look for when buying CBD.

Time in the Industry

New companies that manufacture CBD products are popping up daily. The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow and produce a multitude of products with hemp in the United States. This bill also came with a number of restrictions. These restrictions created some barriers for manufacturers. Many of these restrictions were effectively wiped out with the 2018 Farm Bill update, and the floodgates are effectively opening. Some of these new companies offer great products; However we also know that in the US 1 in 3 businesses will fail in the first year. They may have an awesome product, but marketing and managing a team is an entirely different animal to tame. There’s nothing worse than coming to rely on a product for your family and then learning that it’s no longer an option for you! I’m still pretty angry at TGI Friday’s for getting rid of their grilled vegetable sandwich and there was significantly less at stake there, than on the CBD I take daily. So make sure that the company you’re buying from has been in business for a little while.

Product Knowledge

There are a lot of areas that I am not knowledgeable about. Ask me about computers or why your car engine is making a funny sound, and I’ll stare at you blankly. Ask me about CBD, though, and I know some things. You need that knowledge if you’re new to hemp and the compounds it’s made up of.  It’s great to start with a company that you heard about from friends or family, but your needs may be unique from theirs. It is key to call that company and ask them questions. You’ll know pretty quickly if they know what they are talking about or NOT! If it’s the latter, steer clear! You need an knowledgeable company to help you to be an educated consumer.

There’s a tanning salon in my town that’s selling CBD. They have big posters in their window and a cutesy display on their counter. I went in and asked some questions and knew in about 1 minute that the adorable girl working had NO CLUE what she was selling. That’s not only bad business, it’s likely a turn off to people who will try products. It is easy to take CBD but when you do not know which kind or how much you need to take and how to increase in order to see results you can easily get frustrated and deduce that you saw no results…“CBD doesn’t work!” Make sure that the company you’re working with knows the product.

Avoiding Medical Claims

I know I’m a broken record here, but there really is no “one size fits all” with CBD. Can I promise it will heal your <insert problem here>? No, I can’t. No one can. If they promise a specific medical result, that’s not only unethical – it’s potentially predatory. Many people see a real benefit from CBD, once they have determined the right product and serving size and are taking it consistently. “Many” doesn’t mean everyone. I’ve told people directly that I don’t think that they will see what they are looking for from CBD, which is not an easy thing to say. I’ve also told people that I thought they would see a real benefit and they didn’t. At the end of the day, every system is unique and each person will see varying results with CBD. If the company that you are working with tells you anything other than that, find a new company.

Customer Service

As the CBD market grows, it can be easy to find multiple companies selling the same products.  When that happens, the key difference will be the service. Look for customer reviews and check out their return policy. If your initial choice isn’t a great fit, make sure that the company you’re working with will, at a minimum, swap it out for another product. Be sure to ask if all sales are individual or if you’re signing up for a monthly subscription program? There’s certainly nothing wrong with subscriptions – I get my vitamins like clockwork and that’s pretty convenient; but they can get us into trouble sometimes. I like those meal subscription services. They do pile up quickly and I tend to forget to cancel a week. This results in lots and lots of cooking and freezing meals. Oops. Make sure that you have some flexibility and are fully aware of the cost if you do go the subscription route.

Product Options

I like to buy as many products as I can from one source. I blame Amazon for spoiling me, but it’s reality. If I can find one source I trust, I stick with them. The same should be true for CBD. I give cannabidiol to my dog and two cats, my son, and my husband. We use a variety of products from tincture to e-liquid and salves and there is a real value in being able to get them from one place. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to CBD, so when a company has a variety of options, it means that I have a better chance of finding my best fit without having to look to another source.

Clear Labeling & Descriptions

CBD is one of the more than 80 different compounds in hemp and marijuana plants. Many CBD products that you buy contain all of those compounds, while others are strictly the isolated CBD. You should know that from a clear label and product description. We go into greater detail in another blog…see more. The amount of CBD in a product should not be a guessing game. While some manufacturers do call it different things (Hemp Extract, Phytocannabinoid Blend, Phytocannabinoid Rich Oil to name a few,) you should always see the total milligrams of that active CBD on the product label.  You should also know that test data is available and be able receive that detail when you ask for it. That test data will show you that what you want is in there, and what you want to avoid (think high THC, pesticides, heavy metals) is not present. If the label and description aren’t clear, and you can’t get the detail you need from Customer Service, take a pass.

Cost

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true here to a point.  You want to be looking at the cost per milligram of CBD. That cost per milligram will be higher on things like gummies and chocolate because of the other ingredients. Some manufacturers have a perceived brand value and will charge more per milligram, but you should otherwise see fairly close pricing for the same type of CBD. It’s important to compare apples to apples – a CBD isolate product will not be the same cost as a full-spectrum, but if you’re looking at two 1000 mg bottles of full-spectrum tincture (even if those bottles are different sizes!), they should be fairly close in price.  If not, ask why and steer clear of both overpriced and under priced products.

These are exciting times, where we as consumers have more access to information than anyone who came before us.  We can take control of our own health and well-being and that of our families. Was it Spiderman that said “With great power comes great responsibility?” I may have my superheroes mixed up, but you get the point. Making smart choices about what we put in and on our bodies is definitely a great responsibility – here’s hoping that this article has helped lift that burden, if even a little bit.

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