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How Long Do The Effects Of CBD Last?

February 12th, 2020 by David Kranker

how long do the effects of cbd last

CBD oil or cannabidiol oil offers something very sought-after: relief. Whether that relief is relief from pain, stress, anxiety, or a number of different other conditions, CBD product users have claimed that CBD offers health benefits and therapeutic relief in many different forms. Like any product with such benefits, the most common question asked is: “How long will the effects last?”

There really is no single answer for this question, as the duration of the effects CBD provides depends on a number of different factors. Below you’ll find the various factors that affect duration along with general timelines depending on certain variables.

What Do the Effects of CBD Feel Like?

In order to understand if you’re feeling the effects of CBD, it’s important to first know what the effects of CBD are supposed to feel like. Ultimately, the effects of CBD will differ from user to user, but CBD generally produces a calm and relaxed feeling. Many benefits can be realized with consistent use of CBD.

Hemp based CBD products don’t typically contain much THC (.3% or less), so the effects are more subtle without the distinct high that THC produces. Effects can also be easier to feel and recognize depending on the use. Endocannabinoid pathways can take days and even weeks to establish but once established the effects of CBD can often be felt quickly. For instance those utilizing CBD for inflammatory pain have reported feeling the effects of CBD in as little as 30 mins from intake. When CBD is used for things like anxiety or stress, it can be harder to recognize the effects. Still, many can attest to a feeling of calming after taking a CBD product.

The Influence of Delivery Method on the Duration of Effects

There are a number of factors that influence the duration of effects realized with CBD intake, but the largest factor is the method of delivery. Each method of delivery has its own timing for both onset and length of duration for effects. The methods below are organized in order of longest duration to shortest duration.

CBD Oil Transdermal Patches

CBD Patch Effect Length

Patches are the longest lasting method of delivery. Transdermal patches can last anywhere from 24 to 96 hours. Certain patches can also be designed to release CBD at certain time intervals over the lifespan of the patch to prolong the effects. Patches like the Pure Ratios CBD patch have a time release built in to last four days. On the flip side, the onset time for patches can also be slower than other delivery methods. In certain cases, the effects of CBD may not be felt until hours after patch application. The absorption rate can be impacted by the amount of hair on the skin or the amount of fatty tissue under the skin.

Interested in transdermal patches? Browse our selection of popular CBD patch products.

CBD Oil Capsules

CBD capsules effect length

The effects induced by CBD oil capsules typically last 12 to 24 hours. CBD oil capsules are run through the digestive system to the liver where the molecules are metabolized by various enzymes. Due to the length of the digestive process, it can take some time for the effects to become apparent. On average, it can take up to an hour for the effects of CBD capsules to kick in.

Interested in oil capsules? Browse our selection of popular CBD capsule products.

CBD Edibles

CBD edibles effect length

Edibles come in many different forms; from chocolates to gummies and hard candy. Like capsules, edibles are also passed through the digestive system to the liver. Edibles work similarly to capsules in that they can last 12 to 24 hours and can take up to an hour after consumption for the effects to be realized.

Interested in edibles? Browse our selection of popular CBD edible products.

CBD Oil Tinctures or Drops

CBD tinctures effect length

Tinctures use a mixture of alcohol and water to extract compounds from a plant. CBD oil tinctures are usually packaged in glass bottles with a dropper to conveniently control serving size. The effects of tinctures can also typically last 12 to 24 hours.

Tinctures are applied under the tongue, and in doing so the application method bypasses the digestive system. Because the digestive system is bypassed, the effects produced by tinctures can hit faster. The onset time for tinctures is usually within 30 minutes.

Interested in tinctures? Browse our selection of popular CBD tincture products.

CBD Oil Topicals

CBD topicals effect length

CBD oil topicals are the second longest lasting method of delivery. The effects induced by topicals typically last five hours or more.  CBD topicals include creams, lotions, balms, and salves that are applied directly to the skin. Because topicals are applied to the skin, it can take time for the substances to be absorbed through the skin. The effects of CBD topicals can be felt within 15 to 20 minutes, but it can also take up to two hours to feel the effects.

Interested in topicals? Browse our selection of popular CBD topical products.

CBD Boosters

CBD boosters effect length

Boosters include edible items like mints, chewing gum, and tablets, as well as, vape juice, vape oils, and e-liquid. Boosters work the quickest, but also have the shortest duration time. The effects of CBD boosters typically last anywhere from two to four hours. The onset of effects for boosters is within minutes, because these products bypass the digestive system and are directly absorbed through your cheeks or lungs.

Interested in CBD boosters? Browse our selection of popular CBD boosters.

Other Factors That Affect How Long Effects Last

While delivery method plays the largest role in effect duration, it isn’t the only factor affecting duration. In fact, there are four additional factors that also play a considerable role in affecting the duration of CBD effects.

Serving Size

It likely goes without saying that the larger the serving size is, the longer CBD will remain in your system and the longer you will feel the effects of CBD. If you’re looking for a longer-lasting effect, it isn’t recommended that you start with a large serving size off the bat.

We recommend beginning with the lowest recommended serving size listed on the product that you’re using and then increasing from there if needed. Until you know how CBD will impact you, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and take things slow.

Frequency of Use

With many different substances, the body can build up a tolerance over time so that the effects of a substance are reduced. This typically isn’t the case with CBD. In fact, some have reported experiencing a reverse tolerance, where repeat use has required an increasingly smaller serving size to produce the desired effects over time.

Body Weight

CBD is fat-soluble and as such, is stored in the body’s fat cells. As with any fat-soluble substance, weight plays an important role in the rate of metabolization. Those who have less fat won’t store as much CBD and therefore will process the CBD much faster (leading to a reduction in the duration of the effects). On the other hand, those with a higher body fat percentage will likely experience a longer duration in the effects as it takes time for the body to process the CBD stored in the fat.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle and body weight can often go hand-in-hand, as those with less fat are typically more active. A more active lifestyle can lead to a higher metabolism, which can again result in the CBD being processed faster. Those with more active lifestyles may experience a shorter duration in the length of the effects.

Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

It’s possible you may have searched for how long the effects of CBD last due to a concern that CBD use would show up on a work drug test. It’s important to note that just because you don’t feel the effects of CBD doesn’t mean the substance has left your body entirely. Those currently seeking employment or those being onboarded for employment may have fear because CBD is derived from cannabis. While it is possible to fail a drug test with CBD use, it’s highly unlikely.

This is actually a topic we cover in greater depth in our blog on drug tests while using CBD. Any product that has more than the recommended allowance of 0.3% THC could potentially cause you to fail a drug test. However, most CBD products contain THC levels that are below the recommended allowance.

When CBD is taken in excess, it can return a false positive during an initial urine screening, because other non-THC metabolites can trigger the immunoassay response. Excess CBD intake can also cause a buildup of THC in the body to trigger a positive result for a drug test.

If you’re using CBD products frequently and you’re going to be subjected to a drug test at work, it’s in your best interest to ensure you’re taking high-quality, lab tested CBD products (like the products sold by Green Wellness Life. These products are more likely to contain low levels of THC and there will also be a lab proven reading on product contents for you to review.

The Green Wellness Life Team is Here to Help

Our primary goal at Green Wellness Life is to provide those searching for answers with the education they need to find the right CBD solution. If you’re unsure about what kind of CBD product is best for you or how you should be using a particular product to see the best results, our team is always available to answer questions and point you in the right direction.

We are not doctors. We can’t diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any ailments. That being said, we can still offer help based on our experiences and the feedback we’ve received from our customers. Contact Green Wellness Life today by calling (888) 772-7875 or filling out a contact form to have your questions answered promptly.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5922297/

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881110379283

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf


Put A Patch On It!

February 7th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Patches

Hannah and Quintonby Op-ed blogger Quinton Charles & Hannah Laing

What’s the deal with CBD patches?

As many of you know, there are seemingly endless ways of getting your CBD. There are edibles, tinctures, boosters, soft-gels, extracts and, wait for it….. PATCHES! Before being tasked to write this blog, I had never tried a CBD patch before. I knew that we carried them, and was curious about how they worked, but I had not taken it upon myself to actually try one.  So as a newbie to patches, here’s my take:

Technical terms

Let’s talk terminology.  This blog is going to go easy on the technical terms and definitions, but there are a few key terms that you will need to know about transdermal patches, which can be used as a carrier for everything from vitamins to CBD.

Social CBD Patch 180mg 3 PackTransdermal: trans=across or traverse; dermal=skin. Transdermal patches usually adhere to three main designs:

Reservoir patch: In the reservoir-type design, the active ingredient is held in a small compartment between a semi-permeable barrier and the adhesive. The reservoir-type design has a separate layer that has a liquid compartment that is separated by the adhesive layer.

Matrix  patch: The matrix design is distinguished by the active ingredient as a semisolid, and it is dispersed without the aid of a membrane layer.

Drug-in-Adhesive (DIA) design: The DIA design incorporates the active ingredient into the adhesive that attaches to the skin. The DIA technique is considered the most efficient and state-of-the-art method.

 How Does it Actually Work on the skin?

How it works: Transdermal patches are typically made up of four different elements: a backing, an adhesive, a release liner, and the active ingredient. Once the transdermal patch adheres to skin, there is a controlled release of the substance inside the patch. Usually, the release is dictated by the semi-permeable membrane or the temperature of the skin that induces a slow melt of the drug for absorption. The drug is then released into the tissue, bloodstream and/or the circulatory system.

Now in English: Ever have ravioli? Imagine a patch looks like a ravioli (in some ways it does). The ravioli (patch) has CBD inside and one side of the ravioli (patch) is designed to melt if it gets warm. If you put the ravioli (patch) on your arm one side will melt (due to your body heat).  As the ravioli (patch) the CBD makes its way into your skin and to the rest of your body by way of your bloodstream and heart. Just don’t try to eat a CBD patch with marinara sauce.

The Upsides

Patches can be a great booster when you know you’ve overdone it. Many of you know first hand, the struggle that comes from your body saying “no” and your heart saying “yes.” CBD patches It’s hard to balance life when you know your body needs to rest, but  you want to finish something you’re working on around the house, complete one more errand or  grab dinner after a long day. For those times when you want to power through an evening or combat the pain that comes from an air pressure change, patches can be a real help.

Depending on the patch, you can avoid the hassle of having to re-apply a salve every 2-6 hours.  You also receive continuous relief for anywhere from 24 to 96 hours with patches! The area of relief will be larger than the patch – we just tell customers to get it in the right “hemisphere” of your body.  This can save you the inconvenience of having to excuse yourself to rub some green stuff everywhere it hurts.

The Downsides

Unfortunately there are some downsides to CBD patches. Some people can find skin irritation on areas of the skin that are more sensitive. Skin thickness varies from person to person and by area of the body.  As a result,placing a patch on one part of Pure Ratios CBD Patch Illustrationthe body may be less effective than another due to how much CBD winds up in fat cells (and not in the bloodstream).

Another issue that can be  a downside is subscription billing.  Because patches have a predetermined use time(for instance 7 patches can last 7 days), whereas a tincture will last a different number of days for each person.  This depends on the serving size for each person and how precise the drops are measured.  Many of these patch companies offer subscription billing and sometimes it is hard to tell until after you have purchased them. This locks customers into monthly billing that can be a hassle to cancel.  Here at Green Wellness Life we do not offer subscription billing as we never want to make any unwanted charges.

Oh, and if you have arm hair (like I do), taking the patch off can be unpleasant! You’ll want to steer clear of areas that have hair.

What’s the difference between a patch and a lotion or salve?

This is a common question I get when I bring up CBD patches. If a patch just administers CBD through the skin, how is it different from any other topical? It is and is not different from topicals, all at the same time. Patches and topicals get CBD into the body the same way – through your skin.  What is different is the size of the CBD molecule and how it is metered.

Unlike a lotion or salve, a patch applies a consistent amount of CBD to the skin over time. Not only is the amount constant, but it can more accurately be measured. Each patch is labeled with the CBD content, which is unlike just putting a dollop of CBD ointment on your skin. This allows for CBD intake to be constant if one uses the patch, avoiding an increased tolerance and less efficacy in use.  Additionally, that molecule is smaller, allowing it to cross into the bloodstream in a way that a lotion or salve cannot. They’re stopped at the tissue barrier.

What CBD patches do we carry?

I was fortunate enough to try our 60mg Social CBD patch, and found that I liked both the quality and amount of CBD that it offered. However, we do offer more than just the Social patch. The Social patch is an isolate and the other two patches we carry are full spectrum products. Here is a list of the patches that we carry:

  • Social (formerly Select) CBD Patch
    • 20mg/60mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 3
    • $20.99/$29.99
    • Up to 24 hour use
  • Mary’s Nutritionals Elite Hemp Oil Transdermal Patches
    • 10mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 1
    • $10.00
    • Up to 12 hour use
  • Pure Ratios: CBD Patch
    • 40mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 1 / Pack of 5
    • $18.00/$75.00
    • Up to 96 Hour Usage

What I have  found in writing this article is that patches really can be beneficial in many ways for many people.  They can be applied on wrists, knees, feet, backs, necks or anywhere you hurt.  They can be very helpful with injuries, chronic pain, nerve pain, headaches and more.  If you have not tried a patch to date I would recommend purchasing one and putting it in your medicine cabinet for the next time your pain is a little more than you can take.  They can really be a life saver when you need to keep moving but your body says NO!

We are offering a coupon code for $2.00 of any single patch. 

Use code trypatch2 through the end of February.

Sources

  • https://files.alfresco.mjh.group/alfresco_images/pharma/2014/08/22/a50aec24-9082-4d08-b2e8-3d6f91d914a7/article-59304.pdf

Highlight Reel: Discovering New Products

January 6th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

New Products
Hannah & Quinton

By Op-ed Bloggers Quinton Charles and Hannah Laing

Posted January 6th, 2020

What’s New?

A new year offers a blank slate, new beginnings, and new products galore! This year we have onboarded a large array of different products that vary from pet products to topicals to capsules to edibles. Each product offering a new and unique way to include CBD in you and your loved ones’ lives.

Bluebird Lotions

Bluebird CBD LotionOne of the new products that we have brought into the new year with us is a series of three lotions by Bluebird Botanicals. There’s the Hemp Sport CBD Lotion, the Hemp Essential CBD Lotion, and the Hemp Silk CBD Lotion. Each lotion offers 1250+ mgs of CBD per tube and it’s full-spectrum CBD to boot. The Hemp Sport version offers a unique heating and cooling dual-action sensation with like ingredients like ginger, arnica, and wild mint. The Hemp Essential CBD Lotion offers a much more basic restorative lotion for those dry skin patches. The coconut oil-infused lotion has an earthy, natural scent that is quite pleasant. Finally, the Hemp Silk CBD Lotion has a jojoba and coconut oil base with ingredients like hemp, rosemary, lavender, geranium, and coconut making the lotion have a rather delightful scent.

Entourage Hemp Salves

New Products Entourage SalveStaying in the topical category, we also brought on two nifty topicals by Entourage. The Soothing Salve and the Healing Balm both have 150mgs of full-spectrum CBD per 0.5oz tin. What makes these salves especially appealing, besides their fast-absorbing consistency, is the affordable price point. Both salves are $17.95 and have rich ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, and much more.

Endoca 120ct Raw Capsules

New Products Endoca Raw CapsuleIf you have been reading our blogs for a while now, you will know that I, Hannah, suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia despite my young age. I have been a large proponent for the Endoca Raw capsules as they have immensely helped me manage my pain and this year Endoca released a value count bottle of their 10mg raw capsules. You can receive a 4 month supply of capsules for a little less than the cost of 3 months. Who doesn’t want to save a few bucks in 2020?

Social CBD Patches

Social CBD PatchSocial CBD has been one of our most popular brands for quite some time now, so it seemed only right to include more of their products in the new year. Social CBD released a patch this past year that has been a very useful addition to our collection. The CBD isolate based patch offers either 20mgs or 60mgs of CBD over a 24 hour period. There are 3 patches per pack and range from $20.99 for the 20mg patches and $29.99 for the 60mg patches. The patches themselves are now transparent as opposed to the previous tan color to intentionally offer discrete relief for all skin colors. The patches are sweat and water-resistant and yet still easy to peel off after a long day. These have definitely been a useful addition to combat my afternoon headaches.

Social CBD Muscle Balm Stick

Social Muscle BalmAs I said, Social CBD has been popular. They released a new topical in a stick that has been a personal favorite of mine. The easy no-mess stick application offers 400mgs of CBD isolate with a delightful lavender scent. If you do not LOVE lavender, then this product is not for you. If you’re like me and you could douse yourself in the fragrance, then you will love this balm as much as I do. I find that the stick is extremely helpful when my neck and shoulders are stiff. Ingredients like menthol and arnica are very appreciated by my often aching muscles.

Honest Paws Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil

New Products Honest Paws CBD BlenOne great new product that we now carry for pets is the Honest Paws Peanut Butter. I have yet to find a pet (especially a dog) that doesn’t like peanut butter! The Honest Paws peanut butter is a CBD blend with around 15mg of CBD with each serving and a delicious taste to boot. In order to verify that the peanut butter is as good as we claim, we had one of our employees, Cara, taste it. Guess what? It’s as delicious for humans as it is for pets (but I think your dog would want you to save it all for them).

If you’re not looking to buy a whole jar, but like your pet to have the opportunity to try the peanut butter, we also offer smaller packets of the Honest Paws Peanut Butter that are individual servings

Treatibles Sweet Potato Chews

New Products: Taters Sweet PotatoBecause it wasn’t enough to add one great pet product to our lineup, we added another: the Treatibles Sweet Potato Chews. None of our team has had the luxury of testing these out, but our pets have. Here’s what they said:

  • Molly: Woof Woof, woof woof woof.
  • Ajax: Bark woof, woof bark bark woof.
  • Luna: *emphatic smiling and licking of lips*

In all seriousness, these are splendid treats for your pet. Each treat contains 3mg of organic, full-spectrum hemp oil that is bound to help out your pet. My dog loves them, and I know that they help.

WYLD Sparkling Water

WYLD CBD Sparkling WaterI’m excited to tell you about these sparkling waters because, in all of the products I have tried, these may just be the most fun. We carry 4 flavors: blackberry, blood orange, lemon, and raspberry. Each can has 25mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract and NO THC, which means that you won’t have to worry about a drug test in the future returning positive for THC. There are only 2gs of sugar per can so if you’re focusing on your health for this new year, you can rest assured that these are a low sugar alternative to many pops. I’m also a huge fan of the packaging on these waters, I often find myself staring at the art when the can is on my desk at work.

Entourage Hemp Wholeflower CBD Tincture

Entourage WholeflowerA lot of our customers take their daily CBD in tincture form (I’m currently one of them!). Tinctures are potent, simple, and effective ways of fulfilling your CBD needs. Guess what? We have new tinctures! Now, I wouldn’t recommend the Entourage 1250mg tincture to anyone. This specific tincture is meant for people who have a need for a potent tincture. This small tincture bottle has 1250mg of CBD in only 10mL. Wow. That means each serving contains a little over 60mg of CBD (62.5mg, to be exact). This certainly isn’t a starter tincture. If you have a need for that much CBD (due to tolerance or exigency), then you should know that we now have a tincture meant for you!

Social Broad Spectrum CBD Drops

Social CBD Meyer LemonMore tinctures over here! We now are carrying a broad spectrum tincture from Social CBD (formerly Select). I’ve always been a fan of Social CBD. The tinctures on my desk are (almost) all Social CBD tinctures, and I now have our newest product from their line of broad-spectrum tinctures. Lemon-flavored, containing 750mg total of broad-spectrum hemp oil (with 30mL per serving), this tincture does what previous tinctures could not: give me all the components within the plant. All those cannabinoids, terpenes, and fatty acid chains work together in my body to create a synergistic jam session known as the “entourage effect.” I’ve written about it before in a previous blog, but it essentially is when all those elements of the plant work in a complementary way to benefit your body’s cells and the endocannabinoid system. Bring on the broad spectrum!

Your Turn!

Now that you know a little bit more about some of our new products, hopefully, you can find a good fit for your CBD needs in 2020.


CBD Topical Review

December 13th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

CBD Topical Review

GWL TeamBy the GWL team

Another Review?

You betcha! This time we each tried a different cbd topical to see what we thought of our hot sellers. Although we weren’t able to give all of our topicals the time of day but  we did try a wide variety in order to help you find a good fit for yourself. These cbd topical reviews are all of our own personal opinions and experiences.  We are not doctors or and  we all have different problem areas we attempt to find relief from. Hopefully you will be able to relate to one of our reviewers, but if you have any further questions about our opinion or experiences with a topical please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Quinton:

Healing BalmHello everyone! I have been using Entourage Hemp Healing Balm over the last few weeks.

First, the little tin that it comes in…. I know, it seems insane to talk about this, but I have always appreciated good design in how a product is encased. The tin is a lot smaller than I first assumed from our website’s photo; it’s maybe one or two inches in diameter (definitely pocket sized!). The twist off cap was nice, as one of my biggest complaints with tins of balm is that they either get stuck due to the balm accumulating and drying on the sides or that the top slips off when I don’t want it to. With the twist-on/twist-off lid, I don’t have to deal with either issue.

Now, on to the actual hemp itself. Not unpleasant at all to smell, it has a very earthy scent; if I had to compare it to something, I would say that it’s like a mixture of hemp and sandalwood. Texture was also good, not too slimy. I didn’t have any trouble applying it or getting a nice amount on the end of my finger to lather on somewhere.

Unlike some of the other products that I use (like the other topicals), this balm is intended to be used on small injuries on the skin or soreness. In the last couple of weeks, I had two tests for the balm: blisters that formed on my feet after walking for too long in tight, constricting dress shoes, and some nicks on my neck from shaving. On my blisters, I found that the balm was very effective, and definitely sped up the recovery process (I am a frequent runner, so I know all too well the lifespan of a blister); I just added it to the area on my foot where there was a blister, put a sock over it, and went about my day. In my experience, applying it twice daily (after I woke up and before bed) was the most effective method. As for the nicks on my neck, I found that the balm was also helpful, but I’m not sure if it was absolutely necessary in my case. The cuts were small, so I wasn’t able to perfectly gauge if my recovery was expedited by my use of the balm. However, I will say that it did relieve some of the sting that typically is the consequence of a cut received during shaving.

Overall, the balm was useful and I will definitely be using it for other minor issues that I run into in the future. I think that it is a vital part of any CBD assortment that one is to have, especially if one is using CBD to help out with wellness or recovery and you  cannot beat the price.

Hannah: CBD Topical Review

CBD Topical Review: Heat ReliefIf you have been following our blogs for a while now, you will know that despite my young age I suffer from severe chronic pain. There’s nothing like a few good old fashioned autoimmune disorders to really put you to the test as far as pain tolerance goes. Since working at GWL I have not gone a day without using a topical to help manage my pain. I typically gravitate towards the Endoca Hemp Salve, which Cara has affectionately coined the Jesus Cream, but for this CBD Topical review I decided to try a topical with a heated sensation. I have some shifting disks in my neck that are currently pinching a nerve and I thought that the Green Roads CBD Roll-On Heat Relief would be an interesting way to loosen up my neck. After just the first application I knew that this was much stronger than the Icy Hot that I had relied on previously. The burning sensation was intense, but after the initial shock of “BURNINGGGGG” I felt my muscles relax in a way that I don’t get to feel very often. The tightness was slowly subsiding and as I rubbed the liquid into my neck I noticed I had more mobility in my neck. I could actually turn my head and reach my chin to my shoulder, that’s a major win in my book. Throughout the course of the month I applied the roll-on every morning and throughout the day if I was noticing some extra tightness. The muscle relief lasted me a few hours, but the heated aspect wore off much quicker and by the end of the month I still had product left  despite my liberal applications. Overall, I can safely say that this topical will be incorporated into my daily routine.

Cara:

Endoca Hemp SalveI love, love, love the Endoca Salve. I lovingly coined it “Jesus” cream about a year ago. Packing a whopping 750 mg per 1 oz it comes in as our strongest salve per ounce.  The price seems high at $64.00 per 1 oz but after you try it you will see that it is worth the price!

I started using it for Psoriasis on me knees and found that I was able to stop using my steroid cream. I would put a small amount on my Psoriasis patches daily and soon I found my itchy patches cleared up. When I would stop using the salve, it would come right back.  Sooo…Funny Story, because the ingredients are incredibly natural I began trying it on anything and everything. I have found for myself it works great for achy knees or hands, rashes, small burns, and dry skin. I even made my husband try it for his poison ivy and he was hooked. If you have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding the father sprays windex on every skin issue to alleviate it! In our house we laugh because Endoca Salve has become our Windex! So whether you think Jesus or Ghandi, Mari Curie or Nicholas Tesla are miraculous…any one of these or many other figures can be used in your house when describing Endoca (maybe a bit of an exaggeration…LOL)! If you don’t believe us, try it yourself. We would love to hear what you think?

CBD Topical Review: Hemp Wipped body ButterNow for the sister product, Endoca Body Butter. The container is 3.38 oz and a butter like consistency with 1500 mgs of CBD. So obviously, not quite a strong as the salve and definitely not as thick, but the smell in my opinion is heavenly. I have found it is not as effective for pain when I use it  but it is still as effective for my skin issues. It is another one of my favorites. It is always in my house and I definitely use it regularly. Both products are truly awesome but they also have a bit of a price tag. I have found their efficacy is worth the few extra dollars as have many of our customers. These two products are definitely a fan favorite and you really can’t go wrong with either.

Brandy:

So now you’ve heard about our favorite lotions and salves (oh my!)  Let’s chat about the other option to absorb CBD through our largest organ, our skin. That option is a CBD patch. The first transdermal patch was actually approved by the FDA in 1979 to deliver a drug that helped with motion sickness.  While the FDA has not approved any CBD patches, they do approve of the delivery method. So that’s a start, anyhow. A patch is basically a large piece of sticky plastic that’s infused with CBD that you can stick anywhere on your body.  Many people like to stick them in venous areas. We also tell people to get them in the right hemisphere – if pain is upper body, apply the patch there. If it’s lower back, feet or ankles, applying to the low back is generally a great fit. Patches can also help with headaches or migraines if applied to neck area and we have seen some benefits for people with feet nephropathy by cutting a patch in half and applying to tops of feet.

Patches are known for a few benefits :

  • Rapid absorption
  • Slow delivery
  • Discrete delivery

Unlike a thick lotion or salve, the patch won’t feel oily. Some of our patches (looking at you, Pure Ratios) have an extended release component that will ensure that the patches keep working over a 3-4 day stretch. Others continue to release CBD for 12-24 hours.

Here are our patch options :

  • Social CBD – 20mg or 60mg patch containing isolated CBD, 12-24 hour time frame

    Social CBD Patch Pack 3

    • Pros
      • Great fit for someone that needs a 0 THC product
      • Strongest mgs
    • Cons
      • Larger patch size
      • Isolate-based CBD may not always be as effective for pain as a full-spectrum (whole plant) option
  • Mary’s Nutritionals – 10mg full-spectrum patch, 8-12 hour time frame

    Mary's Nutritionals CBD Patches

    • Pros
      • Least likelihood of irritation from material
      • Small patch footprint
    • Cons
      • Higher cost per day than other options
  • Pure Ratios – 40mg full-spectrum patch, 36-48 hour time frame

    CBD patches

    • Pros
      • Time release makes it longest lasting option
      • Small patch footprint
    • Cons
      • Longer time frame makes it a poor fit for people with sensitive skin

Of this list, Pure Ratios is definitely the top seller.  We’ve got people that use them as a CBD booster for muscle aches and pains or swelling (like me) and others that use these patches as their only source of CBD.  I really like the “set it and forget it mentality.” Patches provide a great jump into topical CBD and they’re also a baby step for people who want to try CBD, but are a little bit nervous about trying a new internal supplement. If that describes you, maybe a patch or another topical is a great start!

Now you!

Hopefully after hearing our experiences with these different topicals, you have a better idea as to what is going to be a good fit for you. We look forward to hearing all about your experiences and hopefully we can all find a little relief together.


Highlight Reel: Discovering Colorado Hemp Honey

November 11th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Colorado Hemp Honey

QuintonPosted November 15, 2019

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles 

Who is Colorado Hemp Honey?

Colorado Hemp Honey was born in 2015. It was a marriage of the organic, natural honey that Nick French had been harvesting as Frangiosa Farms, and hemp, of which he had heard the benefits. Colorado Hemp Honey of Frangiosa Farms has been committed to high quality, organic honey that contains essential oils and full-spectrum hemp. And it isn’t just their company’s commitment to quality that ensures that their products are tasty and helpful; their whole staff is driven and dedicated to building a sustainable company that is able to connect people to bees and ensure the health of both. Pretty great, right?

Who is in charge?

Still operated by the founder, Nick French, and his wife, Ali, Colorado Hemp Honey maintains its initial vision: combining the benefits of organic honey with the benefits of hemp.

Nick isn’t just about selling honey, though. As a beekeeper, Nick cares greatly for the health of the bees and their hives by focusing on natural and sustainable beekeeping practices that maintain colonies without the use of chemicals. He also created Adopt a Honeybee, which is a donations-based program that helps safely shepherd bees and establish new bee colonies. These donations also go towards education for new beekeepers.

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