2018 CBD Product Information & Reviews

Vape Basics— Dec 6, 2019

December 6th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Vape Basics

Vaping For The Fastest Results?

CBD is changing is becoming a very popular health supplement that is changing many people’s lives with a variety of chronic conditions. Almost as varied as the reasons people use CBD oil, are the ways it can be taken. However, vaping CBD oil is one of the most popular ways people choose to take it. For many of us vaping CBD is a bit overwhelming. Sometimes the act itself feels a bit like smoking, especially for those of us who do not or have never smoked. It is important to make the distinction right away. Vaping CBD is not the same as smoking or vaping nicotine. The benefits of vaping CBD can be life changing for some people. There are many instances where those struggling with different conditions like anxiety, seizures, chronic pain are not able to wait 30 minutes for an edible like a gummy or a mint to take effect. CBD e-liquid or vape oil, which is derived from cannabis though it lacks the components of marijuana that gives users a “high”, is used by people as a quick and health conscious solution to difficult and chronic conditions. So let’s talk e-liquid/vape.

What Does It Mean to Vape CBD?

Vaping describes the process of heating CBD oil or CBD e-liquid to the point where it becomes a vapor (typically using a battery-operated vaporizer), which is then inhaled.  The user usually inhales 1 to 3 times (this is not like vaping nicotine where the user is continuously inhaling the nicotine for the desired effect). The reason this provides the fastest results, is that the CBD is absorbed through your lungs, directly into your bloodstream. As a result, you begin to feel the effects of the oil almost immediately (generally no more than 15 minutes.)

Comparing Vape & Other Methods

When comparing this to other forms of taking CBD oil there is a huge difference, especially for those struggling with some serious chronic issues.

  • Eating CBD in edible forms: capsules, gummies, chocolate, gum, mints and drinking requires the body to go through digestion before it can absorb the oil. This can take anywhere between 20 minutes, and a full hour depending on metabolism,  stomach content,  and other factors. koi cbd tropical gummies
  • Sublingually: by spraying or dropping directly under the tongue.  This method is quick but still outside of the 5 to 10 minute expectation one gets from vaping. It is important to note that taking CBD internally whether by tincture or capsule is a great long-term effect but it can take time for this to work and for our bodies to utilize the CBD.  We tell people one should give this method at least two weeks to begin to see long-term changes in symptoms. Consistency and a daily regimen of taking CBD can help to alleviate long-term symptoms and conditions but the best CBD is the one you take every day!
  • Topicals: Salves, lotions, oils and patches put directly on the skin is a quick method as well but can take just as long as eating/ingesting CBD, if not longer, depending on Endoca Hemp Salve location, the user’s skin health, the amount used, and other factors. Topicals are amazing in treating a specific location and can be very useful when targeting skin issues, specific pain, burns, acne, etc.  As a general rule, they are much shorter acting – lasting 2 to 4 hours.

More CBD With Vaping?

While quicker absorption is perhaps the best reason to vape CBD oil rather than taking it another way, it’s not the only reason people have turned to vaporizers. The term called bio availability is one of the key reasons.  What does this mean?  Bioavailability means the amount of absorption and rate/time it takes for the CBD to reach the bloodstream. When you put CBD oil into your body, not all of it will reach your bloodstream and actually affect you. For example, the bioavailability of eating CBD oil is roughly 15 percent. This means that when you eat it, only about 15 percent of the CBD oil that you put into your body will reach your bloodstream.

The reason eating CBD oil has such a low return when eaten, is that it has to go through so many of your body’s filtration systems (namely your gut and your liver). These systems work to screen out the CBD before it can affect you. In order to get the effects you want orally you’re not only waiting longer, but you also need to take more of the oil than you otherwise might.

In contrast, when vaping CBD oil the bioavailability is between  35% and 50%.  When you inhale the vapor, it goes straight to your lungs, and from your lungs into your bloodstream. It’s the difference between taking a highway that goes straight from point A to point B, and going through a lot of stop-and-go traffic along the back roads. You’ll still reach your destination, eventually, but when you go directly you use a lot less fuel to get there, and you get there a lot faster than if you’d taken the more roundabout route.

Health Risks and Side Effects

A small percentage of users are allergic or later develop allergies to some of the chemicals and materials used in vapes. The two main ingredients that are being heavily discussed when referring to e-liquids are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Users with sensitivities to propylene glycol may notice sinus irritation, nausea or a headache upon use. Individuals with more severe allergies can break out in hives, develop swelling or have difficulty breathing. Lucky for us, this chemical is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it would be nearly impossible to not realize you have an allergy to one of them before you started vaping. It’s found in cosmetics, hair products, food, drinks, cigarettes, medicine and many more products and is recognized as generally safe by the FDA. The other ingredient referenced is vegetable glycerin.  Allergies to vegetable glycerin are very rare and are more likely caused by an allergy to the plant oil the vegetable glycerin was derived from. A third common ingredient is MCT or coconut oil, which is becoming really prevalent in many food supplements and as as a supplement in and of itself.

Getting Started

If you are new to the e-liquid(vape) world a great place to start would be our Select disposable e-liquid pen.  It is offered in three flavors…Lemon, Spearmint and Lavender and it allows you to try vaping without committing to purchasing and learning about all of the equipment necessary. It is simple and all you do is open the package and inhale!

Both are reasonable prices and easy to use but you will need to purchase e-liquid with the pen and the e-liquid will need to be added to the device.

Select CBD Disposable E-liquid Pen Kit

Other Options include our Rubi e-liquid Pen and our All in One e-liquid Pen


Our Aging Pets and CBD — Nov 30, 2018

November 30th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Aging Pets and CBD

By Cara Oorbeck,  Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

My dog is getting old!

If you are anything like me as a pet owner, the onset of age in our pets causes worry and sadness.  We all know our pets do not live as long as we do but it is disheartening to see a formerly happy, active, and playful dog want to stay on his bed all day or watch him suffer in pain. Old age and the arthritis that often comes with it is a progressive, debilitating condition that is very common in senior pets, those over age 6-7 years. Larger dogs are most prone to health problems related to arthritis. What animal owners see when their pets begin to suffer from arthritis is an expression of pain, irritability and depression, limping or favoring a leg or paw, trouble getting up and down stairs or into cars, and less interest in walking, playing, or usual activities.

Vets have a number of treatment options to treat arthritis and the associated pain and anxiety. These include medications similar to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications humans also take for arthritis, though formulated specifically for dogs. These medications do help, but the degree they can control pain and debility is limited. Vets can also recommend orthopedic devices, such as raised food and water bowls or a higher bed. These treatments are designed to ease pain and reduce inflammation, but they do not stop the progression of the disease. Other supplements are recommended by vets to improve the inflammatory nature of arthritis, such as omega fatty acids and glucosamine chondroitin.  However many of these options fall short as our pets age!

Can CBD Help Our Aging Pet?

Some research regarding CBD and our aging dog was published by Cornell University, suggesting that CBD can help control pain and the associated anxiety in senior pets with arthritis, as well as maintain and improve mobility. The groundbreaking study looked at the way CBD in various preparations is absorbed in the dog’s body, and the various pharmacology-related issues such as half-life, blood levels, and first-pass metabolism. These pharmacokinetic parameters were necessary so the study could be sure the dogs were getting CBD in a usable form, and that it was staying in the blood stream long enough for a clinical effect to be observed.  The study was a double blind crossover model, which means the dogs were randomly chosen to get either the CBD preparation or a placebo for a number of weeks, and then the groups were switched, so each dog had both time with a placebo and time with the CBD. Results were evaluated by both owner’s reports of pain, activity, and behavior, and objective measurements in the vet clinic, such as gait analysis and the amount of pressure dogs were willing to put on a painful leg measure by a pressure plate.

While there have been clinical impressions by vets and anecdotal reports by dog owners for some time suggesting that CBD in dogs can improve symptoms of pain, inflammation, and anxiety, this was the first scientific study done using rigorous criteria evaluating CBD in dogs. The results were statistically significant for improved movement and decreased pain, both signs that the progressive, inflammatory nature of arthritis was improved by the CBD supplement.

How do I get my pet to take it?

Some of our pets are picky and getting them to take the CBD is challenging. Researchers tried a number of different delivery models and formulations and found that an oil carrier such as olive oil helped the CBD to be absorbed by the dogs better. Pet tinctures have carrier oils making the bioavailability of the CBD more effective in our pets.  Some effective tinctures have flavorings like peanut butter or bacon. There are also treats with CBD in them. It is important that pets take CBD daily in order for it to be effective.

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How much do I give?

Knowing how much to give your dog is challenging. The vets in the Cornell study found that there is a narrow window in which the CBD is effective. Not enough, and the supplement doesn’t work. Too much, and the kidneys get rid of the extra as waste. Giving more doesn’t always seem to be more effective. This compound works by bringing the system back into balance. It only corrects back to normal. Giving more doesn’t improve effectiveness. Following the rule of 1 to 5 mg for every 10 pounds will help guide you.  Start small and increase according to symptom reduction in your pet.

Other uses for CBD in dogs?

CBD has been used by vets to treat dogs with various seizure disorders, and research being conducted at Colorado State University has shown that CBD is effective as an adjunct to standard medical treatments. This is important research, as standard medical therapy for seizure disorders is not as effective as hoped, and these dogs suffer a poor quality of life. Clinical impressions by vets and anecdotal reports by pet owners have also suggested CBD can be useful for anxiety and other types of pain, including pain from cancer. Research studies are being planned to study the effectiveness, serving size, and formulations of CBD to treat anxiety and pain in dogs.

How is research being funded?

While we are seeing the first good scientific studies looking at CBD in pets, and clinical impressions and anecdotal reports have suggested a use for CBD in dogs and cats with cancer pain and anxiety, the difficulties in getting this research approved and funded are significant. There is a discrepancy between federal and state law regarding hemp farming and processing; in addition, how the CBD is classified is the subject of significant confusion. Most federal funding for pet research into uses for CBD is limited, and state universities have limited ability to develop scientifically rigorous studies without support. But market pressures, and pressures from both vets working in the field and pet owners may help encourage more research into the best formulations, serving sizes, and uses for CBD in dogs.

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Happy Holiday Sale Nov 22, 2018

November 22nd, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Big Sale Blog

Happy Holidays from all of us at Green Wellness Life!

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Picky Pups; CBD and our dogs — Oct 12, 2018

October 12th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

Picky Pups

This is Molly my Great Dane. She is 3 years old and she is a Picky Pup. When I started working at Green Wellness Life, I quickly became aware of the health benefits CBD can have for our pets, both dogs and cats. CBD can neutralize health issues for our dogs in the same way that it can for humans. Anxiety and inflammation are the two that we hear most often, but there are lots of other benefits as well, especially for our aging furry companions (or non-furry companions like Brandy’s sphynx cats!)

How does CBD work in our Pets

When I learned that CBD works in our animals the same way it does humans, I decided to begin giving it to my pets.  That is right all 6 of my animals, three dogs and three cats (I am an animal lover and rescuer). It is amazing to me that both dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system that is almost identical to that of humans.  The Endocannabinoid system works the same way in our pets as it does in our body. It consists of a system of neurotransmitters that works to balance and maintain normal functions in the body. CBD works to manage the receptors in the central nervous system and helps to balance out symptoms that our pets are experiencing, bringing our furry friends back to normal in no time.

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Make Room for Something New by Cara Oorbeck! — Sep 14, 2018

September 14th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Make Room

By Cara Oorbeck …Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

Summer is officially over in our house and so is our laid-back lifestyle. Or should I say my daughters’ laid-back lifestyle.  School started and we are making room in our life for MORE! More activities, more responsibilities, more obligations, and more stress.  Whew.  The other addition to our life is more routine. More routine and less freedom seems to help our family in making healthier decisions. Not only are we adding busyness to our life; but we are also adding some things that will help us to be more healthy. This is where Green Wellness Life is helping us! I am new around here…and definitely new to CBD.  I have been on staff a couple of months and I am learning and trying CBD in many forms for the first time. With that being said, I am excited about the health benefits my family and I are seeing!

Adding Something New…

These products are really impacting how we feel, how our skin looks and much more. One of these products is a full spectrum CBD tincture to my daily regimen.  I am trying Plus CBD 500 mg peppermint tincture. At first I did not think it was making a difference. I was Convinced (capital C) it was not doing anything. I took this product for over a month and then I stopped taking it for several days. It was at this point when I realized it had changed how I was feeling. My old shoulder injury wasn’t aching all day long. My knees were not as sore every day and I was sleeping more soundly most nights. In fact, I was able to stop taking my nightly sleep prescription medications completely.   I know that CBD affects people differently…our bodies all react differently and so not everyone will experience the same things I do with CBD but for me it has been really exciting.

It Takes Time…

Seeing the benefits of CBD takes time. The change for me was not immediate and it was not drastic. It started to slowly impact me in a very positive way. If you’re not taking CBD daily this may be something you want to think about making room for. In what ways are you getting your CBD daily? Some of us take CBD every day for its daily benefits including combatting pain, alleviating inflammation, reducing anxiety, mood stabilization, regulating sleep patterns, ADHD/mind clarity, and balancing the different branches of our immune system.  If you want more info on the different ways CBD can affect different conditions, take a peek at projectcbd.org.  While they are medical marijuana proponents (versus hemp), they have a boatload of great research on CBD.

So Many Benefits…

CBD has so many benefits and can add to our lives and our health. Why not give it a try?! If taking a tincture (liquid oil taken under your tongue) or a daily cbd capsules seems overwhelming, don’t hesitate to call us in the office or chat with us online.  We love to walk with you and explore new options for your lifestyle and your specific needs.

I am so excited to share more of the products I have been adding to my life this month as we discuss making room!  They are making a real difference to us!  Check in and see all the cool things we are talking about.  You may decide to add a little something cool yourself.

Please feel free to comment and ask about a specific product and we’ll try to talk about your needs and questions in our blogs!


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