By now, many of our customers are familiar with the products that come in Social CBD’s bright, friendly packaging, and many of our customers even swear by their gummies or tinctures. Whether you love them or you’ve never heard of them, I’m happy to give a 100% honest review of Social CBD and the products that we carry.
So who is Social CBD? Some may know Social CBD as Select CBD. Back in 2019 Select CBD split their brand into two names. Their Marijuana based products stayed with the name Select and their hemp based products were rebranded to their current name Social. This rebrand occurred as Sentia Wellness, the parent company of Social. The decision was made in order to separate their THC-free products from the rest of their product line. Those THC-free products are the same products we are carrying today that are being sold under the brand of Social CBD. All of these products are considered either Isolates(Just CBD) or Broad Spectrum(CBD and some of the other cannabinoids but 0 THC).
Social, the company stated fairly early on that:
“when it comes to calling ourselves Social CBD, we believe in sparking a movement around better self-care and greater health and it starts with the right conversations. From education, connection, and making hemp products widely available, we aim to break through the myths and shed light on the truths. We want false narratives around Hemp and misleading or poor quality products to be challenged, we want loved ones to be informed, and so much more.”
Sparking a movement is a tall order, but I certainly think that Social is trying their best to educate people, make hemp products widely available, and bring more information to the often-chaotic world of CBD regulations and sales. While they are far from perfect (and using just one source of information is never recommended), I often find myself reading through their blogs to glean more information about the world of CBD. Read the rest of this entry »
We are incredibly excited to launch a new product line in our store! Papa & Barkley is an awesome brand that we have been trying out as a team. We loved it so much we decided to make it available to our customers. So why am excited about it?
Who Is Papa & Barkley?
Many of our customers know that at Green Wellness Life we love our pets. It is safe to say we are super passionate about our furry family members. So as we started to research the Papa & Barkley brand we, fell in love with their story…especially me! I have a little bit in common with Papa & Barkley! Papa & Barkley started in a crock pot with an attempt to make a CBD balm that could help Adam’s (inventor & owner) father and his pit bull Barkley’s pain. Both of these are near and dear to my heart as I own a rescue pit-bull(pictured to the right)and my father lives with me part time! That’s all I needed to know to already love them, but, okay we’ll try the products.
Like me, others in the office began to fall in love with the Papa & Barkley brand (Brandy, Hannah & David) not just because of their love for animals and family, but also because they are committed to creating and providing products that are in the “cleanest form” possible. Their US farmers are committed to organic growing practices and quality hemp in order to create amazing products. Boy can you see the quality when using their products for your health! I have been taking the tinctures for both my pets and myself for a month and I love them. So do my precious pups!!!
Papa & Barkley Extraction Process
Papa and Barkley believe in pure products, so you can bet that they do not use solvents or harsh chemicals in their manufacturing. Instead they use both of the methods listed and explained below. So when you are taking a Papa & Barkley product you can be assured that you are taking the best!
Fresh-Pressed Rosin Process: pressing cannabis between two heated metal plates.
Not only are they serious about clean hemp, but they are also serious about testing throughout the manufacturing process in order to make sure all of the hemp they use to manufacture their products is also free of pesticides and heavy metals. They also independently lab test their products and provide Certificates of Analysis for every batch of hemp which means all of their products are quality products that you can rest assured are safe for your family… both human and fur babies!
Now About the Products!
CBD Repair & Releaf Cream:
Brandy loves this stuff….so much so that I was not given the option to weigh in! She wouldn’t share her sample, saying “I love it and we are going to sell it!” Since she decided to sell it, I have used it and I love it as well–she was right (and she loves it when I say that)!!! The Papa and Barkley CBD Repair Cream is formulated for the face and neck and is a whopping 450 mg of CBD per 1 fl oz. The formula is great for skin conditions like acne, exczema, rosacea and anti-aging. It can help with inflammation, redness and dryness. Made with fresh-pressed Hemp Rosin, Squalane, and Jojoba combined with aromatic terpenes, this botanical cream is ideal for topical repair and hydration. It’s airy, light, and spreads smoothly on skin to keep your face feeling flawless. In my humble opinion it has a small downside. When you first apply it has a small earthy/hempy smell. However, once it is applied it soaks in very quickly and the scent does not linger. This was something I was able to overlook due to the other amazing qualities of the product!
Releaf CBD Balm (in two different size variations):
We try a lot of topicals and when we say a lot, we mean A LOT! So to get us to carry another topical is a feat. We are picky about texture and efficacy. The consistency of this balm is a nice creamy texture that absorbs quickly. The balm features a natural blend of beeswax, and several healing essential oils. It is thoughtfully-made with coconut oil and nourishing organic essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender which provide a soothing scent. This balm is activated with a warmth in the tissue, followed by a cooling sensation that alleviates discomfort and keeps you feeling good for several hours. You can soothe your muscles and joints with the Papa & Barkley Releaf CBD Balm and we love it! It’s a nice, thick salve that will penetrate deep into the muscles and joints. It comes in both a 15 ml and 50 ml jar with either 180 mg or 600 mg. A little will go a long way, check it out!
The Papa & Barkley Releaf CBD Drops are made using whole plant infusion process, which allows your body to metabolize the cannabinoids faster. I started using these for myself and my fur babies last month. Although I am not a ginger fan I appreciate the flavor. I also immediately found the efficacy of the drops to be spot on for some of my minor daily pain issues. As an avid skier & snowboarder I have beat up my knees and body as well as I have some old injuries that often flare. These Releaf CBD Drops come with a measured dropper for precise servings, making it easy to find your individually preferred potency, and I have found them to be very effective for my aches and pains. Plus, it’s formulated from the whole plant without chemicals or solvents, resulting in a rich natural flavor. I am enjoying them and appreciate delicious lemongrass ginger flavor. These are quickly becoming one of my new go to products.
You Get To Be Excited, Too! Get A Free Gift With Purchase!
Because we are so excited about our new partnership and all the new products we love, we thought we would share some of our excitement with our customers! Any order over $100.00 will receive all 3 free sample products (while supplies last).
Can we ask a favor? The amazing thing about Papa & Barkley is that they have many amazing products that we could potentially carry and we may need help deciding what to onboard. We love your feedback, so please let us know what you think of the samples! We hope you love them!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
Transdermal: 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.
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.” 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.
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 the 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:
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.
By Op-ed Bloggers Quinton Charles and Hannah Laing
Posted January 6th, 2020
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.
One 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
Staying 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
If 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 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
As 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
One 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
Because 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
I’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
A 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
More 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!
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.