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What Are Some Of Our Favorite Pet Products?

October 18th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

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GWL Group PicPosted October 18th, 2019

by the GWL Team

Too Many Furry Friends?

Between the three women in the office, we have 7 cats, 5 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, 1 bearded dragon and 1 fish.  There used to be 2 fish, but we had a sad sad day last month at the Palmer house. RIP, Princess. So, I guess you could say we love pets.  We know that mammals all share the same endocannabinoid system, and we hear awesome stories every week about CBD helping those furry family members. Let’s dive into some of our favorites for a pet product review this week:

Brandy

My dog Lilly is a 6 year old labradoodle.  No one has told her, though, so she’s firmly convinced that she’s still a pup – complete with short attention span and all.  When she was actually a puppy, we dealt with severe separation anxiety. She was destructive when we left her home alone, and when we crated her, she would actually injure her face trying to chew her way out of the crate.  Neither of us felt good about that situation and I started her on daily Purfurred Drops for Pets. We saw some improvement within about a week – by the end of week two, she was much less anxious. We gave her the Purfurred drops for pet every day for about 9 months and then I ran out and missed a couple days. (Much like the cobbler’s son having no shoes, I sometimes forget CBD)  I then decided to be intentional about stopping the CBD to see the impact on her anxiety. Quite frankly, there was none. I think that those anxious behaviours were no longer habit, so she didn’t need the daily CBD any more. We still gave her treats during storms or before we hosted events, but that was about it with no behavioral lapse.

Spooky LillyFast forward a few years to this past summer and our family underwent a major change by moving to a new home.  We moved in June, and Lilly initially handled it well. Likely this credit is owed to her human brother and sister who were home on summer break.  When they headed back to school in August, her anxiety and anxious (destructive) behaviors re-emerged with a vengeance and we went back to daily CBD oil.  She’s larger, so I wanted to move away from the Purfurred into a higher strength option. Lilly is just shy of 50 lbs and pretty active, so I split her daily serving in half and give it to her a.m. and p.m. on her food.  She likes the oily base and goes right for it like a treat. We started with an isolate tincture from Select (now Social CBD) in the Peanut Butter flavor. While she really liked the taste and would come running when she saw the bottle, I was giving her a dropper (25 mg) daily and still seeing some breakthrough behaviors.  My next move was to Bluebird. Bluebird Companion Oil is a full-spectrum oil that contains cannabinoids, hemp seed oil, and not a thing more. It’s a 2 oz bottle and I started with ½ dropper a.m. and p.m. for Lilly. That’s only about 16mg daily – less than the Select that I started with, but we know that we tend to need less when using a full-spectrum versus an isolate tincture.  It’s got a strong, earthy scent as well, so I was a little concerned with how well Lilly would take to it. She’s a bit of a diva! In short, she loves it. There has been no hesitation – she still loves that oil base and will eat it right away. We’re not seeing those anxious or destructive behaviors at all – she’s been able to settle comfortably into our new home. Finally. I have had some issues with the bottle sealing with a bit of annoying leakage, but otherwise, this has been a great fit for us. For the record, Cara and her pack of dogs are also huge Bluebird fans.  We may have done “paper-rock-scissors” to decide who got to write about it. I won!

Cara

My pets make me smile and laugh every day no matter what the circumstances.  They mean a lot to me, and because of this, I make sure I take good care of them.  One of the ways I do this is through regular CBD. All of my pets get CBD for varying reasons.  I have tried many different products. I love my Bluebird Companion CBD but Brandy stole it. No worries, though, there are a couple of other go-to pet products at my house as well.

Luna

We are pretty regular animal rescuers at my house – which is how we ended up with a total of 7 furry family members. One of these beautiful beasts is new to our pack. Luna is a Great White Pyrenees who came to us a mess from a bad backyard breeding situation.  She has had considerable skin issues and we have been trying just about everything. One of the products I have been using to soothe her itchy skin is our Panacea Canine Restore balm.   I have been applying under her arms and on her belly where she is itchy and inflamed. It has been helping to reduce the inflammation and to aid in her discomfort and scratching. We think her issues are food allergy-related at this point.  While we work to narrow down the source, the Panacea balm and internal CBD are helping to tone it down for her. I know that the Panacea balm is clean enough to eat, so I’m comfortable using it as a tool to soothe that nasty itch for our Luna. Rizzo Pet

Another popular pick in our house is the Treatibles Pet Chews.  We have another rescue named Rizzo. He is a pit bull mix from an abusive background and he is so anxious.  The poor guy needs puppy Xanax for his neuroses. Because we are committed to natural solutions, he gets CBD pet treats instead.  He takes daily CBD but when we have visitors, Rizzo gets an additional treat. We have found this product to be easy and convenient and he likes them.  We love Treatibles and our home is never without them. Even my picky girl Molly likes them – but only the Blueberry flavor. She prefers Koi Chews. She is a princess!

Hannah: Pet Product Review

I grew up in a house full of fur, but when I moved out on my own I had a very clearly cat shaped hole in my heart. This past summer I adopted a Sleeping Junokitten from Quinton’s friend (thanks Amon) and now Juno is the center of my world. When I first heard that we were tasked with reviewing some of our pet products, I was initially concerned about Juno’s age. She is only a little more than 3 months old and I did not want to introduce her to something that could inhibit her development. I did some research and found nothing regarding the inability to process CBD so long as her endocannabinoid system is fully developed. There are definitely less CBD options on the market for cats than dogs.  We do see products marketed for both.  One thing to keep in mind there is that cats are true carnivores and may have difficulty digesting some of the more common base oils used in CBD tinctures, like MCT oil.  While some kitties can handle it just fine, others may have tummy trouble. We recommend sticking to a fish or olive oil base for cat tinctures, just to be on the safe side.  Since my little furry monster is very treat motivated, I opted for the HolistaPet cat treats. I give her half a treat (each treat has 2mgs of CBD) before I leave in the morning.  The differences were minute at first, but after about 10 days there was undeniable change.

Playing Juno PetOne of the first things that I noticed changed was Juno’s sneezing. She used to sneeze a few times a day and as obnoxiously adorable as that is, kitty allergies are no fun. Since taking 1mg of CBD each day she has stopped sneezing almost entirely. I am conflicted with excitement for her lack of allergies and disappointment that I won’t hear a small angel sneezing as she roams around my apartment anymore. However, the main benefit that I, along with my 3 other roommates, saw was Juno’s demeanor. She hasn’t lost her spunk and still chases her tail like her life depends on it, but she just doesn’t seem as on edge all the time. She used to get spooked by the slightest of movement. One time all I did was walk past her while she lounged on the couch and she startled so badly that she fell off the couch. It didn’t matter if it was a cabinet closing, a door swinging, or the blinds being drawn, she would get spooked. Now she seems less anxious about her environment and can freely enjoy lounging and tail chasing like a kitten should. Juno may not suffer from severe anxiety or arthritis, but she does have a better quality of life when taking CBD than when not. I can’t imagine my life without her, so if using scissors to cut up half a cat treat in the morning can make her world better, I will do so for the rest of my days.

Your Turn!

Taco Cat PetNow that you know all about our furry friends and how we incorporate CBD into their lives, it’s your turn to see what CBD addition you want to add to your critter’s routine. Also, don’t miss out on our spooky trick or Treatibles giveaway with pet purchases next week. Please feel free to email us videos with you and your pets enjoying CBD as much as our furry friends do!


Social the new Select CBD?

October 10th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Posted September 15th, 2019

Social CBD

By Op ed Blogger  Quinton Charles

Quinton

What’s the deal?

Recently, one of our very favorite brands underwent a name change. I know, it’s a bit of a shock. So who is this mysterious company, shifting names? It’s Select! Or, it used to be. They are now operating under the name “Social CBD.” But what is happening to Select? Don’t worry, I’ll get to that.

Why “Social?”

As stated by Social themselves, “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.”

What about my drops (or capsules)?

Almost nothing is changing, thankfully. Their products will still come in that refreshingly teal bottle, with a friendly “S” over their company name. We will continue to carry all of our old Select CBD products, just under a slightly different name. So if you’re browsing on our store, search “Social” and not “Select” to find what you’re looking for.

So why the change?

The main reason that Sentia Wellness (the company that owns the Social CBD product line) is rebranding Select as Social CBD is due to their decision to make Social CBD a THC-free line. Select was running into difficulties because they carried both THC and non-THC products under the same name. In states where THC was illegal (but hemp and CBD are legal nationwide) they were having problems selling their products and spreading awareness about who they were and what their mission was. Social CBD products are committing to being a THC-free line.  They want Social to be a brand that is confidently embraced by athletes and families, alike. Ensuring a 0 THC content can absolutely aid in that mission. Social CBD may be the perfect product for anyone who is looking for CBD products but isn’t wanting the additional traces of THC that can sometimes be present.

Anything new?

Broad Spectrum CBD Drop

As I was looking through Social’s website to see what the changes entailed, I started to notice that they were doubling down on their commitment to broad spectrum CBD products. The one that particularly caught my eye was the Meyer Lemon drops (any regular readers will know my predilection for citrus). You can imagine my joy at learning that we carry this product! Social seems dedicated to delivering high-quality, potent products at an affordable price. We’ve talked about broad spectrum before. It’s the cannabinoid base that includes the 80+ compounds that occur naturally in Hemp, less the THC compound. Everything else growing in that plant in the ground makes it into the bottle.

Social is also launching CBD patches and topical creams, including a foot cream that we’re testing right now.  We love topical CBD as it gets to work quickly, soothing muscles and joints. We’re excited to be able to share these new products with you!

Test results

Just as before, Social is going to provide information about the specific batch of CBD that your product is made with. All you have to do is go to their website, click the “test results” tab above the main menu bar, and enter the identification for your batch that is found on your product box.

I actually tested it with one of mine and was fascinated by the process when I saw how much CBD was actually in my batch. But I was confused about one acronym: LoQ. I did some research and found that LoQ stands for “Limit of Quantitation.” I then had to do further research to find out what that was. According to the National Institute of Health, LoQ “ is the lowest concentration at which the analyte can not only be reliably detected but at which some predefined goals for bias and imprecision are met.” Now this time in English. LoQ means that whatever is being marked as LoQ on the test results is at the lowest amount detectable that satisfies the analysis. What’s most interesting is that the laboratory can set their own LoQ, based on their equipment capability. Social CBD’s testing is performed at Pixis Labs, which is an ISO certified facility that tests food and municipal drinking water as well. Pixis started as an environmental soil testing laboratory and has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Their LoQ is .003%. That is an incredibly small quantity, giving us confidence that what they say is in that bottle is there and what we want to exclude (that THC) is missing!

Rest Gel Capsules

What we think:

I’ve already been singing Social’s praise through most of this blog (and I’ve done so in a few reviews before), but I’m not alone in being happy to see this rebranding. We at Green Wellness love Social’s products. Well, we love Select’s products (but they’re the same now!). We have tried them and written our opinions about them before. So why are we happy to see Select become Social CBD? Because we recognize how difficult it can be to deal with regulation on what is classified as hemp versus what is classified as cannabis, and we are always supporting public access to safe, clean, and THC-free supplements. In many ways, we see our mission as similar to that of Social, and we couldn’t support them more if we tried.

Change is good.

So what’s the takeaway? Social CBD, despite the new name, has the same colors, the same products, and the same commitment to quality at an affordable price. Even before the rebranding, many of their products were already THC-free. Now they are focusing on becoming a THC-free line of products. For the majority of you reading this, there will be little if any, noticeable change. I bet that some people wouldn’t have evenSocial CBD Patch noticed the change without having had it pointed out to them (I know that I would be counted in their numbers). This rebranding is a way for Social CBD to be able to achieve their goals and ultimately help you. We’re excited to see what’s next and we’re always here to answer any questions you may have along the journey!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2556583/


Highlight Reel: Discovering MedTerra

October 4th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Discovering MedTerra

QuintonPosted October 4th, 2019

By Op-Ed blogger Quinton Charles

Who is MedTerra?

The time has finally come to take a look at one of my favorite companies that we carry: MedTerra!

So who is MedTerra? They are a company headquartered in Irvine, California that was founded with the mission to provide CBD products to people who need them, at an affordable price. It’s always nice to see that companies, like MedTerra, are committed to more than just a profit; they want to help people and educate them as well. This lines up with our commitment as well!

MedTerra: Product Quality

MedTerra’s products are grown and processed in Kentucky, which is a state known for growing hemp in the United States. They are proud to state that all of their products are grown and extracted in “accordance within the strict guidelines of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.”  A part of that state’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which regulates who can grow hemp and how they can process it, they are adamant about doing things the right way. MedTerra also is committed to the safety of their customers; each and every product that leaves the facility must be third-party tested to ensure consistency and quality. Read the rest of this entry »


What does this label say? Reading CBD labels

September 12th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Posted September 15th, 2019

By op-ed Blogger Quinton CharlesReading CBD Labels

Quinton

Hemp, Hemp Oil, or CBD?

Many of you, especially those who have tried more than one of our CBD products, may have noticed something about product ingredients: they don’t all say the same thing! What is a phytocannabinoid? Why do some bottles say aerial plant parts? How much is a serving? Who played Tetris on my bottle? Why are these labels so different? AAAAAAAAAAHHH.

Don’t worry; I’m going to help sort all of this out. Read the rest of this entry »


Tincture Review —– August 30, 2019

August 30th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

CBD Tincture Review

GWL Team

By GWL Team 

Posted August 30th, 2019

Another Review?

yep, it’s time for another product review! This time, we tried out tinctures for a month to see what our feelings were about various products that we offer. While we weren’t able to try every tincture, we were able to cover most of the major brands that we carry. These are our personal opinions on the tinctures that we tried, and what we liked (or didn’t like) about each one. If any of these sounds like a good fit for you, feel free to ask us questions about our experiences, by reaching out via social media.  You can also try one of them on your own!

Quinton:

I was told that I had to review a tincture for this upcoming blog, and my usual tincture (Select Peppermint 1000mg) had run out. Seizing this opportunity to try something new, I started the Koi Naturals Broad Spectrum 1000mg in the orange flavor. Now, keep in mind, this wasn’t my first exposure to Koi’s products; I had used Koi before (both their gummies and their vape liquids) and had found that I enjoyed their flavor and potency.

Quinton Holding Koi Tincture

So why their broad spectrum? And why orange? Well, I knew that I had to stay at around the same daily amount of CBD (coming from a 1000mg bottle), so I opted for the 1000mg option of Koi. With my undergraduate career almost over, I know that I’ll be entering the working world soon, and I may face the dreaded drug test (I hate peeing into cups.) With this in mind, I knew that I had to get something that was potent, but didn’t have the THC in it. That’s where the broad spectrum came in. Now, as a brief aside, we have talked about the differences between full spectrum, broad spectrum, and isolates in other articles. Isolates and broad spectrum products do not contain any THC and are drug test friendly. However, full spectrum CBD products do contain small amounts of THC. My advice, if you’re worried about drug tests, choose products that don’t have THC in them (such as the Koi tincture I used). So what about orange? If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you’ll know that I always rave about citrus flavors. I can’t explain my love for citrus. As a kid, I ate lemons like they were oranges and oranges like they were… well, really good oranges. Luckily, I’m not too sour of a person nowadays.

I can hear all the readers in my head now: “get on with it! What about the tincture review? Tell us about the product!” Alright, alright, I’ll stop telling my stories. When I started the tincture, I knew that not a lot was going to change. I had been taking tinctures before this point. Why? Because they’re easy, quick, and I’ve found that they help with my mood more than any other CBD supplement. And the Koi? It fit into my schedule without any hiccups. In a few ways, I actually prefer it to the Select Drops that I had been taking. The orange flavor was nice, it went down smooth, and it didn’t leave any oily residue (which I find sometimes would happen with the Select.)  There was no hempy aftertaste, and it did its intended job. Well done, Koi.

All in all, I would say that I’m a Koi convert. I’ll probably keep using the Koi tincture, and I’ll probably order another when I finish my current bottle. It’s a little more expensive than the Select, but I think that it’s worth it due to my preference for taste and the quality that I found it has.

Brandy:

I’m a big fan of tinctures in theory, especially for someone new to CBD. There are a couple primary reasons for my adoration.  First it takes less time to see benefits and Second there is more flexibility when increasing or decreasing serving size.  However the speed factor is important for the first week when starting CBD. Dropping that oil under the tongue and holding it for that 30-60 seconds to allow absorption time is awesome, but ceases to become a factor once you’ve been taking CBD consistently for any length of time. That’s because the CBD will build up and store in your fat cells to continually work for you. It’s pretty much my favorite part of my fat cells! The serving size flexibility is, in my opinion, even more important. We don’t all need the same amount of CBD to thrive. I repeat – we don’t all need the same amount. I have customers doing well on 5 mg/day and others seeing success with 150 mg. That best serving size really depends on what benefits you’re looking for, and how quickly your body metabolizes different compounds, among other factors. Tinctures are the easiest way to take just a little more or a little less to find YOUR best fit. Which isn’t the same as your mom’s or your neighbor’s.  I’m a broken record, I know.

With all the plusses in the tincture column, why would I take anything else? Well, quite frankly, I’m a little lazy. Now that I know my best serving size, I take a daily softgel. When I’m not trying all kinds of different new products, that is.  I like the Select Boost capsule – 33.3mg CBD + Yerba Mate and Moringa. As that’s my current fave, it made sense to take the Select tincture for this review.  I went with the Unflavored version, which contains just two ingredients – MCT (Fractionated Coconut) Oil and CBD Isolate. I take CBD primarily for mood stabilization with a little inflammation relief just for funsies, so isolate is a good fit for me.

Brandy holding Select Tincture

It was a cinch to take the same serving size. I am able to take – 33.3 mg of CBD by  taking 1 ml/30 drops(that is one full dropper-full) of the Select CBD Unflavored tincture. Their dropper tops are marked, so measurement is easy.  I did find that pressing and releasing the bulb top did not consistently get me 1ml of oil. I had to play with it a bit to get it to a full 1 ml – that was a bit of a hassle. I then dropped the oil under my tongue, and I have to tell you, it really is an unflavored product.  The oil tastes like nothing, which kind of weirded me out. On the plus side, no flavored burps. But, still, weird oily nothingness. I took the drops for a week in place of my standard soft-gel and I did not notice any impact to my mood or inflammation level, which is a good thing. I’m definitely seeing consistent benefit among the Select line of products. I did find that I missed the energy “boost” from my normal soft-gels. Those help me on that long afternoon stretch between lunch and collecting kids from school and making dinner. (Apparently meals define my daily clock.) So, I’ll be going back to my soft-gels. I do like the Select CBD Drops. I would definitely take them in the future – but I’d stick with a flavor option.

Hannah:

Endoca Raw Hemp Oil Drops

I’m the team member that lives with chronic pain, so I got to try two different tinctures.  Lucky! I went with Raw options – Endoca Raw 1500mg Drops and the Tasty Drops 1000mg. I have been taking CBD for several months now and my go-to product is the Endoca Raw 50mg capsules, but I had never tried the tincture before. I’m not going to lie, this new delivery method was a bit of a shock to me. I had become so accustomed to taking a flavorless capsule I forgot that hemp has a pretty earthy taste. After a few days I had become accustomed to the switch in my routine, and it was as if nothing had changed. It was easy to count the number of drops under my tongue in the mirror and with a glass of water at the ready, I felt invincible. With regards to the relief I found, I noticed no difference in the amount of relief I found. I have become pretty accustomed to the increase in energy and dulling of my Fibromyaglia and Rheumatoid Arthritis pain, so I was thankful nothing changed.

Hannah holding tasty dropsI had never tried Tasty Drops before, despite my deep commitment to raw CBD products. I was excited to try a flavored version of a slightly “grass and dirt” flavor. I chose the spearmint because I like to take my CBD in the morning. I was surprised by how different the flavor profile was compared to the Endoca drops and would absolutely recommend the Tasty Drops if the flavor profile of the Endoca is bothersome. The spearmint was subtle, but the stevia made the oil an overall more enjoyable experience. I didn’t feel quite so desperate for a chaser after swallowing the oil. I had a slightly harder time measuring my typical 50mg serving size because it’s less concentrated, so I require a dropper and ¼  and I found it slightly cumbersome to get to that 1⁄4 mark line. Nonetheless, I was able to take the amount that I needed and was able to receive the same relief that I normally find from 50mgs of CBD from a raw product.

If you’re on a budget, the Endoca Raw drops are going to be a better option, as they are a little less expensive than the Tasty Drops per milligrams of CBD. The Tasty Drops are $99.99 for 1000mgs of CBD and the Endoca Raw drops are $129 for 1500mgs of CBD. Of course, if you don’t love the natural, earthy option that Endoca Raw offers, and can afford the Tasty Drops, definitely give it a try.

Cara:

I have been hearing about Entourage Wholeflower tincture and its benefits for sleep for a while now. Although I have tasted all the products that we sell and I am pretty familiar with each product high & low points, I have not necessarily tried every product for a solid block of time.  When we were looking at tincture reviews, this is the product I truly wanted to try. I have informed many customers that this is one of the products we see the best results for sleep but I sure found out first hand that this was also true for me.

Cara holding EntourageI normally take a 30 mg of a full spectrum product daily for pain and mood stabilization. When starting with Wholeflower, I took 5 drops nightly (30 mg.)  The first night I fell fast asleep quickly and slept like a baby. I credited exhaustion more than product & continued to track throughout the week. Every night without fail I took my five drops and crashed quickly, within an hour. There was something about this product and my body that had me quickly snoring soundly! Being the cynic that I am I decided to put the product to the test & took it at 10 am in the morning during a work day. Guess what…It still worked!  I did not fall asleep at my desk but sure was drowsy, and pretty sorry about my decision the rest of the work day.

I will say the product was somewhat helpful for my old shoulder injury pain but I did not see the same benefits as I do with a raw CBDA products. The other downside for me was the taste. This product was by far the strongest tasting tincture I have encountered. I can live with it but the after taste lingers and I truly would need to wash it down with something if I were going to continue to take it.  Belch. All in all I thought the product had some great benefits and a good price point especially if sleep is your main goal, but you don’t want an additive like melatonin.

Your Turn!

Now that you’ve gotten a little taste of what we tasted, we encourage you to give us your feedback! Have a tincture that we didn’t cover that you enjoyed or one that you want us to review for you? Reach out and let us know! We love hearing from our customer family, and, as always, we hope that you keep in touch.


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