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How to Read CBD Product Labels

April 12th, 2022 by Quinton Charles

How To Read CBD Labels

By op-ed Blogger Quinton Charles


When we go grocery shopping, it is fairly easy to figure out what is in the food that we buy. That is because the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to list various things on food labels, such as calories, fat, and carbohydrates. This standardized system helps us determine whether we should buy something or not.

Unlike food, however, CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. If you’re like the millions of Americans who are interested in CBD for its health and wellness benefits, you may be overwhelmed by trying to figure out what to buy. There isn’t a standard label for CBD products, so as you shop, you might find yourself scratching your head, wondering what exactly an aerial plant part is, or what the total CBD amount is per serving.

These labels can be confusing, but by breaking down the most common terms found on CBD products, you can shop like a pro. Below, we outline what you need to know about CBD so that you can learn how to read CBD labels.

Step One: CBD Basics

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds, known as cannabinoids, are believed to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. Another well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you feel high or stoned.

When purchasing CBD, it is important to understand the difference between CBD and THC. Both hemp (from which CBD is extracted) and marijuana are cannabis plants. The main distinction between the two is the level of THC. Under U.S. law, hemp plants can contain no more than 0.3% THC, while marijuana plants (where legal) may contain up to 30% THC.

This distinction is important, both for understanding what CBD is, and for choosing the product that is right for you. As long as the CBD product is made from industrial hemp grown in the United States, it will contain no more than trace amounts of CBD. If you purchase CBD that is made from marijuana (which is legal in some U.S. states), it may contain higher levels of THC.

Step Two: Isolates, Full Spectrum, and Broad Spectrum

When you are shopping for a CBD product, you will have three basic options: CBD isolates, full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD. Understanding what each of these terms means is critical to purchasing the product that you want.

Full spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including both CBD and THC, as well as the beneficial terpenes and flavonoids contained in the plant. Choosing full spectrum CBD allows you to take advantage of the entourage effect, which is a boost in the beneficial properties of CBD that comes from the combination of all of these components. While full spectrum CBD contains THC, it will be at trace amounts — 0.3% or less — as long as it is made from industrial hemp.

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full spectrum CBD, except that the THC has been removed. In this way, you can get all of the benefits of the entourage effect, without any THC. This is a good choice for anyone who is worried about the (unlikely) possibility that CBD may trigger a false positive for marijuana on a drug test.

Finally, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. It only contains CBD – not any other cannabinoids. It may also be referred to as 0% THC. It is tasteless and odorless and may be preferred if you want to ensure that you don’t get any THC with your CBD.

If you’d like to learn more, we have a great article here comparing full-spectrum and isolated CBD.

Step Three: CBD Concentration

One of the most confusing aspects of CBD labeling is figuring out exactly how much CBD you are getting per serving. There are two numbers that you will typically see on a bottle of CBD oil: the amount of oil in the bottle (milliliter, or mL) and the amount of CBD in the container (expressed as milligrams, or mg).

Most often, the amount of CBD is described as the total mg of CBD for the entire bottle or package. For CBD oils, you can look at the number of mg per mL to determine CBD concentration. If the mg/mL is not listed on the package, you can do the math yourself to figure it out.

For example, a 15mL bottle of Mary’s Nutritionals The Remedy CBD Oil Tincture contains 500 mg of CBD per bottle. This works out to 33.33 mg/mL of CBD (500 mg divided by 15 mL). A standard-sized dropper produces approximately 20 drops per mL, which works out to approximately 2 mg of CBD per drop.

Some products don’t list the total amount of CBD per bottle or package and instead list the serving size. Charlotte’s Web Hemp CBD Extract has 7 mg of CBD per serving for a 30 mL/ 1 fluid ounce bottle. Two droppers full of this product equals 1 mL of CBD oil, and 7 mg of CBD. Multiplying 7 times 30 brings you to 200 mg of CBD per bottle, or approximately 7 mg/mL.

In this way, you can figure out the concentration of CBD in a particular product. This can help ensure that you don’t waste your money on an expensive CBD product that actually has fairly low levels of CBD.

Step Four: The Ingredients List

CBD products often have other ingredients so that they are easier to consume. For example, a CBD edible or oil may contain a natural or artificial flavoring. While CBD doesn’t taste bad, its earthy or grassy flavor isn’t everyone’s favorite, which is why flavoring is important to a lot of people.

CBD oils typically contain a carrier oil, such as cold pressed hemp seed oil, MCT oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil. These oils help your body absorb the CBD and also work to stabilize and preserve the CBD. You can check the ingredients list to see what type of carrier oil is used in a particular product and choose one that you prefer.

You may also see terms like “aerial plant parts” or hemp extract. These terms have to do with how the CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, as well as ever-changing laws and regulations on hemp in the United States.

The CBD that is legal under federal law is extracted from the hemp plant. The only parts of the hemp plant that contain CBD are the stem, stalks, leaves, and flowers — not the seeds. “Aerial plant parts” are the parts of the hemp plant that grow above the ground, and the parts of the plant that contain CBD.

Importantly, if a product is listed as being made from hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, or Cannabis sativa seeds, it probably doesn’t contain CBD. While hemp seed oil may be used as a carrier oil, it doesn’t have CBD. Be wary of any products that don’t mention cannabidiol, hemp extract, or the hemp plant parts.

Step Five: Independent Testing

As noted above, the FDA does not regulate CBD in the United States. This can make it incredibly difficult to know what you are getting. One way to ensure that you are buying a safe, high-quality product is by only purchasing CBD that has been independently tested.

Reputable CBD products will come with a Certificate of Analysis or COA. This COA means that it has been tested by a third-party laboratory. You can access the COA by visiting the manufacturer’s website and entering the code found on the product, or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone.

These lab results contain three important categories of information. First, it will disclose the CBD and THC concentrations of a particular product. You can check to make sure that you are actually getting what you are paying for, in terms of CBD concentration, and that you aren’t getting THC that you don’t want.

Second, the COA will show you the cannabinoid profile of the product if you are purchasing full or broad-spectrum CBD. This list will include other cannabinoids that are in the product, such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN).

Third, the results will show the presence of other substances in the product, including heavy metals and pesticides. By reviewing this information, you will be able to tell if there are any contaminants in the product, and if so, if it is within safe levels.

Still Confused? We Can Help.

There is a lot of promising research on the wellness benefits of CBD. While the science of CBD is still in its early stages, many people are ready to give it a try and see how it can help boost their health. If you find yourself interested in trying CBD but unsure of how to read a CBD label or even where to start, we are here to help.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors, and we cannot diagnose or treat any condition. What we can offer is our experience and insight on CBD, along with the latest research on what CBD may be able to do for you. If you have questions about CBD or simply need assistance shopping, contact us today by pressing the live chat button, calling (888) 772-7875 toll-free or filling out our online contact form.


Meet The Family – GWL Staff

January 5th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

Green Wellness CBD

Green Wellness

Green Wellness started as a one woman operation and quickly grew, but we are still small when it comes to our staffing. Did you realize that there are only 3 of us on staff that manage product, shipping, marketing, customer service and so much more?  As I am sure you are aware, when a business is small they often do a better job of servicing their customers. We are so proud of Green Wellness and the ways in which we provide education, quality products, and customer service. In fact, our customer reviews reflect our excellence. That being said, only being a 3 person operation can also be challenging when there are so many things to get done in a day! I am one of those individuals that makes sure your products are shipped in a timely fashion and that you are satisfied with your experience. My Name is Cara Oorbeck. This week we thought maybe you would like to hear about myself and some of my top picks! So here it goes…

All About Cara

I have always been described as a passionate and energetic woman. I love spending time with my family and close friends. I am passionate about my husband, my kids, and my 7 pets (over half of which are rescues, pictured above). I love spending time at home with the people and fur babies that I love most. I also enjoy painting, reading and gardening in my spare time. Actually, planting flowers and growing plants is one of my favorite things to do in life! Gardening and growing plants in general gives me an incredible sense of peace and joy in life.

My Job With Green Wellness

I started working for GWL after selling my own business of 10 years. I needed a change in my life and I answered a Facebook add for Green Wellness. Needless to say, the interview went well and it was an immediate match! I have now been with GWL for 3.5 years and I love it. I am always continuing to learn about the benefits of hemp and specifically CBD and cannabinoids. I love to see how peoples’ quality of life improves daily by hemp. It is so exciting to watch customers thrive!

After a few years and a lot of CBD gummies eaten, CBD capsules and CBD oils taken, my family has also applied many CBD lotions and salves. Like, all of them. We have also given CBD dog treats and CBD dog products to our slew of animals. My family and I have definitely compiled a list of what we believe are some of the best CBD products on the market. I thought I would share them with our customers, maybe you will love them as much as I do!

 My Favorites From Green Wellness

Endoca Pomada de Cáñamo CBDMedterra cbd gummiesHemp Oil Softgels

Endoca Salve: If I could only purchase one product from GWL, I think it would be my Endoca CBD Salve. I use this CBD topical salve for everything imaginable. Neck ache, muscle aches, psoriasis on my knees and ankles, rashes, mild burns, bruises, cuts, scarring, poison ivy, bug bites and even my dogs hot spots. This lovely salve is a household favorite at the Oorbeck’s!

Entourage Softgels:

I have been an avid skier most of my life. I coached ski racing, instructed ski and snow boarding for 10 years, and spent a lot of time beating up my body on a plethora of hills. Entourage softgels are my go to daily full spectrum soft gel to help me manage the residual pain of playing for so long. I take two (15 mg) soft gels every day before I go to bed. They help me with my aches and pains, as well as my sleep. I have been using this product on and off since I started at GWL and I always go back to Entourage. It is a favorite amongst my family and friends as well.

Medterra Calm CBD Gummies:

I do struggle with some PTSD and mood issues. So, on top of my daily full spectrum softgel I also take an isolate gummy for anxiety and stress. I like the Medterra calm gummies and most of the time that is what I use, however if I am having a sleepy day I will take the alert gummy instead. My 16 year old daughter, Olivia, struggles with sleep and recovery from sports and she swears by the Medterra sleep gummies. With 0 THC I don’t even think twice about giving my daughter CBD daily for anxiety and rest. As a family, we really do utilize this entire gummy line.

Creamed HoneyCreamed Honey: 

I love this stuff. It is so good to spread on toast or anything for that matter. It is yummy and good for you as well! Made from bees close to my home town in Michigan it is delicious! Although there is no CBD in this honey, that doesn’t take away from the beauty of adding this guy to your life. You should really give it a try.

My Favorites From Grow Green Wellness

Like I mentioned earlier, I love plants and gardening. My family jokes that we will have no space left in or around our house because I keep bringing home new plants! I just can’t help myself from finding plants who need a little love to grow or new plants I am excited to have  So when we started talking about adding a grow/garden business to Green Wellness I was so excited!

Clonex Rooting Gel

When it comes to cloning some of my plants I absolutely always use Clonex Rooting Gel. This rooting hormone gel is a must and one of the leaders in the market for a rooting gel. It remains in contact with the plant stem by coating the stem and providing essential hormones your baby plant needs! This fosters more and healthier

Smart Pot Fabric Pots

Smart Pots are a fabric pot that I have just discovered but I am quickly switching household and garden pots to them. Smart pot fabric pots come in a variety of different sizes(I like the 3 or 5 gal fabric planter for house plants). What I love most about theses fabric pots is the self pruning that happens when you use them. This means the air reaches the roots and the plant self prunes itself so you do not get plants that are root bound! If you like plants check them out they are cost effective, reusable, and easy to use and move around.

Dakine 420 Nutrient Line

The Dakine 420 nutrient line is an absolute favorite of mine. I use these nutrients for all of my plants, indoor and outdoor. It has even replaced Miracle Grow for me! It is easy, and provides everything your plants need to grow big and strong no matter what you are growing. It is also concentrated so a little goes a long way! You can see some of my results in one of my gardens to the left.

Click and Grow

If you are interested in home gardening or indoor gardening this is a indoor garden kit system you will love. It is like a Keurig coffee pod system for plants. Put the unit on you counter or a shelf, put the individual Click and grow pods in the unit, pour the water into the reservoir and plug it in. It is an all in one system with a grow light, water reservoir, timer and even different plant refills. You can get anything from mini indoor vegetable garden, herb gardens and even flowers! These are amazing and your sure love it.

Now You Know Cara

Now that you know a little bit more about me and a little bit more about the products I use, you can gain insight into who I am and who we are here at Green Wellness. From softgels to gummies, to salves, to gardening supplies; Green Wellness has taken a larger place in my life and I am forever grateful. The way I help my family heal has changed and the way I help my plants heal has changed irrevocably and for the better.

CBD Oil Dosage Guide

November 20th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

How Much CBD Should You Take?

We are NOT  doctors and we do not prescribe

If you’re into health and wellness, you have probably heard about CBD. This compound – found in the cannabis plant – is developing quite a reputation for how it may benefit humans and animals alike. But finding a CBD Oil Dosage guide can be impossible.  So lets start from the beginning. First it is important to understand that we are not doctors and we do not prescribe here at Green Wellness Life. We often get asked what “dosage” someone should take?  In the CBD industry we refer to this as serving size NOT dose.  That’s the short answer.

The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:

1 – Doctors cannot prescribe (only recommend) cannabinoids, because there’s no recommended daily allowance (RDA) or universal dose for all people.

2 – Most medical schools never cover CBD/cannabidiol therapy in their pharmacology courses (the drug curriculum revolves primarily around substances that can be patented).

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

A good place to start is  to look at the recommended serving on the lab tested bottle or box that your product came in. Usually, it will have an amount, typically in drops for oils (one of the more common types of CBD products on the market), that is supposed to elicit the desired effect. Most starting serving sizes on bottles begins between 10 and 15 mg.  That’s a great mid-range place to start.  We usually recommend people start at that 10-15 mg and work up, only if they need to.  Many people do really well at a low serving size and don’t need to step it up.  It generally takes between 5 to 7 days for the full effect of CBD to be felt. If the desired effect is not felt we recommend increasing the serving size by doubling the amount for another 5 to 7 days. Keep adjusting, as needed, allowing your body that 5 days or so to adjust between changes.

One size does not fit all

The more complicated, extensive answer regarding serving sizes can depend on many factors including your body chemistry, other supplements you’re taking, etc. This is one of the reasons that, even with the current wave of states legalizing medical marijuana, many physicians are hesitant to prescribe cannabinoids like CBD. Other reasons include:

There is no one-size-fits-all serving size recommendation for CBD. Since one’s serving size is based on highly variable factors, since it is not that simple a CBD user is going to have to do a bit of extra work. Now, don’t panic, I’m not assigning a science fair project (no need to buy posterboard and baking soda for a cool, but labor-intensive paper mache volcano). Just like when determining if something in your diet is bothering you, all you’re going to need is a small notebook and a pen. Track those servings and how you’re feeling for at least a week so that you can see the patterns. Don’t let the leg work discourage you.  The goal is to find those results that you’re looking for with the minimum amount of any supplement. “At the end of the day, the majority of CBD users will take a daily dose between 10 and 75 mg, with fairly effective results.”

If you were to google search “how much CBD should I take?” you will find varying responses. I found one website conveniently recommends starting at “25mg of CBD, taken twice daily.” If it does not produce the desired effects, they recommend “ increasing the amount of CBD you take every 3-4 weeks by 25mg until you attain symptom relief (inversely, decrease by 25mg if symptoms worsen.

Another site states “Considering the endless amount of variables that are at play, it would be naive to dish out some random number (say 25 mg oral CBD taken twice daily), and say that that amount will be effective for everyone.” Yikes, I know it seems like everybody is saying different things and it can be confusing!  That is why we at Green Wellness Life recommend starting small and increasing over time until you are seeing the benefits that you’re looking for.  This can also keep your cost down because you may not need a lot of CBD to see results. So, we know we’re a broken record here, but start with that 10mg-15mg and hang with it for 5 to 7 days.  Double the serving size next week, ONLY IF YOU HAVE TO, and continue to step it up until you see the desired effect.

Can I become tolerant of CBD?

This is a good rule for starting out, but what about tolerance over time? Will I become more tolerant of CBD as I continue to use it, lessening its efficacy? Once again, there is no easy answer to these questions as there is not enough current research available to definitively say whether or not tolerance builds up in all cases; while one person experiences an increase in tolerance, requiring more CBD over time to elicit the same response, another may never need to increase the amount that they’re taking.  There are three main types of tolerance, which can occur in reaction to prescription drugs and other supplements, such as CBD:

  • Cellular level: (Pharmacodynamic tolerance) where receptors become desensitized through constant interaction or there is a reduction in receptor density.
  • Metabolic level: (Pharmacokinetic tolerance) Affects the process of metabolizing a drug or substance, it results in less amounts of a substance reaching the site it affects. Metabolic or pharmacokinetic tolerance is most evident with oral ingestion.
  • Behavioral level: Where the individual becomes used to substance-induced impairment with repeated use. Behavioral tolerance is seen with the use of certain psychoactive drugs.

The World Health Organization has found in a 2017 peer review that “ no tolerance was observed at any of the doses of CBD administered.” There will be more studies, that shed light on the exact effects of CBD, and these studies will include analysis of tolerance. Right now, there is no documented evidence of CBD tolerances being built up in the body. This might change, or not reflect one’s personal experiences. The recommendation that I gave earlier, that each person should watch their own progress over time (break out that notebook!) and make adjustments based on personal experience is the best that we can offer at this time. And, of course, as always, everything should be used in moderation.

CBD products vary significantly in the amount of CBD per serving. So let’s take a look at the most popular types of CBD products and explain how you can figure out how much to take of each capsule, oil, or gummy.

Why Should I Take CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of more than 60 naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike THC – another well-known cannabinoid – CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high or stoned.

While the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages, scientists believe that it works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies.

A number of studies have found that CBD may be effective in:

While this research is promising, the science on CBD is still developing. While there are a number of potential benefits to taking CBD, only you can decide if you should take it. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything to your diet, including CBD.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

In 2018, the United States legalized the production of hemp, a type of cannabis that contains high levels of CBD and other beneficial compounds. While CBD is now legal in the U.S., CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, there are no official recommended serving sizes for CBD.

This leaves consumers to rely on manufacturer recommendations and their own research to figure out the right amount of CBD to take. The proper serving size will vary by person based on a number of factors, including your body weight, the benefits you’re looking to receive, your unique body chemistry, and the concentration of CBD in each drop, pill, capsule, or edible.

Before you start taking CBD, talk to your doctor about an appropriate serving size, and any possible interactions with any medications that you may be taking. If your doctor advises you on how much CBD to use, follow their recommendation. Otherwise, you will need to figure out the serving size that works best for you and your body.

While CBD is generally considered to be safe and effective, you should always start with a small serving size of 10 to 15 milligrams (mg) and gradually increase it by 5 to 10 mg each week, keeping track of how much CBD you are taking and how it makes you feel. When you find a serving size that seems to work for you, you can continue taking that amount.

Understanding CBD Serving Sizes

Whether your doctor gives you a recommended serving size or you start with a small serving of CBD to figure out what helps you the most, the amount that you take will depend on what product you are using. Each CBD product has its own recommended serving size based on its concentration of CBD. This means that you have to pay close attention to the label to make sure that you are taking the correct amount.

There are five main types of CBD products: (1) oils or tinctures; (2) capsules or pills; (3) edibles; (4) vape cartridges; and (5) topicals. Most of these products will list two numbers on the package: amount of CBD in the product as a whole, and amount of CBD per serving size. While both numbers are important, when it comes to determining serving size, you should focus on the amount of CBD per serving (per capsule, drop, or gummy).

Below, we’ll break down the CBD serving size for the various oils, capsules, and edibles that we offer in our store. These numbers can help you determine which product is right for you.

Oils and Tinctures

CBD oils can be purchased as either a raw oil extract or as a tincture. A tincture will have a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, along with the CBD oil. Each of these products will have a different concentration of CBD:

When taking a CBD oil, it is important to keep in mind that most standard droppers contain 1 mL of liquid. Check the package to determine if the serving size is an entire dropperful – 1 mL – or a single drop. Some CBD oils come with droppers with lines to show half, quarter, and other measures of CBD oil to help you get the proper serving size.

CBD Capsules or Pills

The amount of CBD in CBD capsules can vary significantly by brand and product:

As you can see, the serving size for each individual product varies significantly, from 5 mg per capsule to as much as 50 mg per capsule.

CBD Edibles

As with oils and capsules, the amount of CBD in each edible will vary considerably by product:

You will want to choose a product with a serving size that allows you to begin with a lower level of CBD and gradually increase it over time.

The amount of CBD you’ll want to take will also vary depending on the extraction level of the product. Isolate CBD products will require a larger intake when compared to full spectrum CBD products, because isolate products won’t produce the entourage effect. Typically, you’ll need 4 to 10 times the amount of a full spectrum product to receive the same benefits with an isolate CBD product.

Ready to Try CBD? We’re Here to Help.

After reading up on the potential benefits of CBD, you may be ready to give it a shot. Deciding what to buy is the next step – which can be difficult when there are so many new terms to understand. At Green Wellness Life, we are happy to assist you with finding a CBD product that is right for you. Our online CBD shop contains a wide variety of CBD oil products to choose from.

Because we aren’t doctors, and we cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition. What we can do is offer the latest scientific research and our own experience to guide you in purchasing a CBD product. If you’d like to learn more or get help, press the live chat button, call us between 9:00 and 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, at 1-888-772-7875, or simply fill out our online contact form.



Managing Pain: How One of Ours Does it

August 23rd, 2021 by Quinton Charles

Managing Pain

By Op-ed Blogger, Quinton Charles & Hannah Laing

Posted August 23rd, 2021

Are you living in pain?

We at Green Wellness Life are aware that a lot of our customers (and a lot of people in general!) live with daily pain. We also know how isolating it can be to be in a room full of people living their lives without having to constantly manage their pain levels. One of our staff members, Hannah Laing, is 19 years old.  She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 15 and Fibromyalgia at 18. The following interview is an attempt to offer insight into how Hannah and many others function while living in pain.



Quinton: So Hannah, tell us a little about the pain that you deal with.

Hannah: Because I suffer from Fibromyalgia, my pain often comes in flairs. Some days I’ll wake up a little stiff, but it’s still manageable. Other days I’ll wake up hurting and throw up. Those are the days that I can’t (and don’t even want to) work up the energy to get out of bed. That’s how bad the pain can be. I find that, sometimes, my body just shuts down and I’ll sleep for twenty to thirty hours without being able to keep my eyes open, no matter how hard I try. As you can imagine, having to sleep a day away every once in a while makes being a young human extremely difficult. What I wasn’t prepared for was the mental aspect of living with pain. I thought I was going crazy; I’m too young to be this uncomfortable in my own body and doctors rarely took my concerns seriously because I looked so healthy and was young!

Q: I can’t imagine how difficult that is. Was it always this bad? Read the rest of this entry »

Put A Patch On It! CBD Patch Options

February 7th, 2021 by Hannah Laing


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
    • 60mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 3
    • $29.99
    • Up to 24 hour use
  • Mary’s Nutritionals Elite Hemp Oil Transdermal Patches
    • 20mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 1
    • $16.99
    • Up to 12 hour use
  • Pure Ratios: CBD Patch
    • 40mg CBD per Patch – Pack of 1
    • $17.99
    • 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!


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