The benefits of CBD for our pets

February 12th, 2019 by Nicole Skinner

CBD for our pets

By Quinton Charles Op -Ed Blogger

We love our pets

We as Americans, love our pets. We may even love them more than we love apple pie (I know that I prefer cherry) and rock-n-roll. I have no doubt that this love is the reason people go to great lengths to cure their pets of all ailments, no matter the price. While noble, it can lead to expenses far exceeding what one would expect to pay for any reasonable cure. Much to the chagrin of their owners, pets are usually not completely cured, which can lead to further costs and symptoms in the animal. While the benefits of CBD on pets has not been clinically proven, anecdotal evidence in support of the benefits of CBD for our pets is growing and you can read example after example from veterinarians, as well as pet owners, that illustrate the benefits of CBD use for pets.

Although I fully acknowledge that the types of pets that people own are as diverse as they could possibly be, I am narrowing this article to cats and dogs. In no way does this reflect any animosity towards other types of pets (I used to own a bird), but rather reflects the available information on the effects of CBD in pets.  This is a tricky subject to find information out there. However based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, it is believed that CBD is both safe in humans and animals. So Lets Talk Dogs!

CBD & Dogs

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I grew up with dogs and it seems that near everyone either has a dog, or knows someone with a dog. Though our dogs may seem unaffected to all illness, as they run around and wag their tails, they are affected by diet, climate, and mood as much as a human is.

There are two parts to caring for your dogs health, and they are very simple: what you can avoid, and what you can’t. For many ailments, such as canine obesity, poor mood, and lack of appetite, a simple change in diet, frequent play and walks, and changing food types can solve the problem. For more serious, chronic issues, sometimes additional help is needed, and this can come in the form of CBD. Some of the potential benefits of CBD in both dogs and cats can include reduction in anxiety, pain and inflammation, protects the nervous system, helps with epilepsy and seizures, and aids in a healthy heart and blood sugar levels.

One anecdote mentions an Australian veterinarian:

“A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis  that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back. A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved. These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaite. “They normally don’t get better.

So how does it work? CBD has similar effects in dogs as can be found in humans. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling, and I’ve talked in the past about how it can combat epilepsy. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your vet before using CBD.

CBD and Cats

Soft Chews for CatFor people who own cats, CBD can have similar benefits. Once again, this is based on anecdotal evidence, since, although there have been no scientific studies that specifically investigate the impact of cannabis on pets, Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian and owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, says that CBD oil is generally safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects to giving your cat CBD oil, including gastrointestinal upset(this is normally due to the specific carrier oil used, look for olive oil based tinctures for cats) It also can have some sedation affects depending on the cat, both of which can be relieved by discontinuing the use of the oil.  It is worth noting that while CBD oil and hemp are typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” says veterinarian Dr. Liza Guess.” 

Overall, pet owners should consult with their pet’s veterinarian before administering any CBD oil. Once the go-ahead has been given, you should be more than ready to give your pet a holistic treatment and, hopefully, a cure to whatever ailment besets them.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are passionate about our pets at Green Wellness Life!

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February 7th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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Hemp Can Benefit Our Kids

January 30th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Hemp Can Benefit

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Today we are talking about kids. All of us at Green Wellness Life are parents. We value our children above all things and believe all children are incredibly precious, as we are sure you do. It is because of the high value we place on the lives of young people that we want to tell you, that by no means do we believe CBD is a fix for childhood issues. It is important that before you try any new supplement, you consult your child’s doctors and specialists. With that being said we do want to talk a little about the different CBD products that could benefit your children.

How safe is CBD?

The first concern that every parent has, and rightfully should have, is whether or not CBD is safe for children or young adults to consume. They assume that CBD is a drug, and is thus unsafe for children. Even if they are cognizant of the safety of CBD products for adults, there is still a nagging concern that what is good for an adult may not be best-suited for a developing body. This concern is completely reasonable, and I hope to assuage some fears about CBD use with regards to children.

There aren’t many studies on CBD and its effects on different ages, unfortunately. This dearth is due to the restrictions that were once placed on researching hemp-derived products. Luckily, we do have a study conducted by an Oxford scientist who found that “Cannabis is a safer drug than aspirin and can be used long-term without serious side effects” While this study did focus on THC, a separate chemical found in the cannabis plant, CBD is also derived from the same plant. The Oxford author’s study concluded that cannabis is safer than aspirin, which many people give to their children for simple headaches. Again consult your doctor before using CBD on a child.

CBD is not going to calm active children…They are active and should be!

People who have children, at some point, have felt that life would be much easier if they could calm their child down and reduce their energy levels. I’ve heard both friends who have children and my own parents talk about how difficult younger children can be. Unfortunately, I cannot say that CBD will calm down your children enough to afford you the extra rest or quiet time that you would like to have; however, there have been some studies that show CBD oil having a positive effect in individuals that have complications such as epilepsy, attention issues, and social inhibitions, dry skin issues, and mood issues.

CBD and Childhood Epilepsy

While CBD may not settle down kids who are on a sugar high, running around the house, it has been found to reduce the severity of epilepsy, including in children. In fact, the FDC approved the first CBD based drug on the market, Epidiolex, a little less than one year ago. While many children are fortunate enough to never need such a drug, those who do need it, are able to get it from a doctor.

There is more and more research and information indicating the benefits of CBD in many areas. Much of the studies are still in infancy stages. This is new science – we are learning more every day. However, the possible benefits in areas like mood stabilization are really exciting. I have linked all of the conditions discussed in with testing that has been done and we recommend you research and study as well. We can never be too careful with our kids! Depression, Schizophrenia and many other mood disorders are studied here.) Other areas of study include: ADHD, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from Trauma, Autism and skin issues like eczema.

Mood and ADD/ADHD

CBD can have a calming and focusing effect on the mind. A large number of modern US children are diagnosed with mood disorders and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and mood disorders. Many of the medications that are used for mood and ADHD can have harmful side effects. Often what parents are searching for is a more natural solution to a problem.

Research has been conducted on the effects of CBD in minds that are excited and exhibit symptoms similar to those of ADD/ADHD, and the results have been promising. The research found that rats treated with MK-801- (0.3 mg/kg) displayed reduced social investigative behavior, hyperactivity as well as reduced attention span. MK-801- is a primary neurotransmitter in the brain, which is responsible for decreased mental focus and performance. The research also found that pretreatment with the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (3 mg/kg) not only normalised social investigative behaviour but also increased it beyond control levels . This research points to the possibility that CBD, when used properly, could serve as a natural treatment for both mental focus and sociability.

Skin Issues

There are limited available studies on skin and CBD but more and more is being done to determine its effects. Here is a great resources on numerous studies published…happy reading! There is a lot of anecdotal information out there regarding skin issues and the benefits of CBD. We are finding that for eczema and psoriasis that the stronger milligram salves and lotions are more effective.

Doing what is best

All parents want what is best for their child, especially when it comes to their child’s health. While I cannot claim that any CBD product will cure any child’s issues I believe it is worth a conversation with your children’s doctors and specialist to see if they are open to trying it.


CBD Is Everywhere, Helping You Choose

January 23rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Is Everywhere

By Brandy Palmer Founder and Owner of Green wellness Life

BrandyWhen I started working in the hemp industry 4 years ago, it was a whole new world for me.  I could name maybe 5 uses for hemp – and none of them had anything to do with balance in our bodies. The CBD industry at that time was still new. I definitely couldn’t spell cannabidiol and my family and friends hassled me with a lot of pot jokes!  Fast forward to 2019 and it seems that CBD is becoming a common household item. It’s everywhere – from your inbox (seriously – I have three emails TODAY inviting me to participate in CBD studies, from companies I can’t pronounce) and Facebook feed, to your local discount shoe store and hair salon. That is awesome and challenging all at the same time. This is a compound that we are putting in and on our bodies. Many of the people hawking CBD today don’t know a thing about it. This is bad for both the people that are buying and selling it. CBD can be confusing especially for someone trying to find the best choice for their unique system and circumstances. Here’s hoping that this article can help you to know what to look for when buying CBD.

Time in the Industry

New companies that manufacture CBD products are popping up daily. The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow and produce a multitude of products with hemp in the United States. This bill also came with a number of restrictions. These restrictions created some barriers for manufacturers. Many of these restrictions were effectively wiped out with the 2018 Farm Bill update, and the floodgates are effectively opening. Some of these new companies offer great products; However we also know that in the US 1 in 3 businesses will fail in the first year. They may have an awesome product, but marketing and managing a team is an entirely different animal to tame. There’s nothing worse than coming to rely on a product for your family and then learning that it’s no longer an option for you! I’m still pretty angry at TGI Friday’s for getting rid of their grilled vegetable sandwich and there was significantly less at stake there, than on the CBD I take daily. So make sure that the company you’re buying from has been in business for a little while.

Product Knowledge

There are a lot of areas that I am not knowledgeable about. Ask me about computers or why your car engine is making a funny sound, and I’ll stare at you blankly. Ask me about CBD, though, and I know some things. You need that knowledge if you’re new to hemp and the compounds it’s made up of.  It’s great to start with a company that you heard about from friends or family, but your needs may be unique from theirs. It is key to call that company and ask them questions. You’ll know pretty quickly if they know what they are talking about or NOT! If it’s the latter, steer clear! You need an knowledgeable company to help you to be an educated consumer.

There’s a tanning salon in my town that’s selling CBD. They have big posters in their window and a cutesy display on their counter. I went in and asked some questions and knew in about 1 minute that the adorable girl working had NO CLUE what she was selling. That’s not only bad business, it’s likely a turn off to people who will try products. It is easy to take CBD but when you do not know which kind or how much you need to take and how to increase in order to see results you can easily get frustrated and deduce that you saw no results…“CBD doesn’t work!” Make sure that the company you’re working with knows the product.

Avoiding Medical Claims

I know I’m a broken record here, but there really is no “one size fits all” with CBD. Can I promise it will heal your <insert problem here>? No, I can’t. No one can. If they promise a specific medical result, that’s not only unethical – it’s potentially predatory. Many people see a real benefit from CBD, once they have determined the right product and serving size and are taking it consistently. “Many” doesn’t mean everyone. I’ve told people directly that I don’t think that they will see what they are looking for from CBD, which is not an easy thing to say. I’ve also told people that I thought they would see a real benefit and they didn’t. At the end of the day, every system is unique and each person will see varying results with CBD. If the company that you are working with tells you anything other than that, find a new company.

Customer Service

As the CBD market grows, it can be easy to find multiple companies selling the same products.  When that happens, the key difference will be the service. Look for customer reviews and check out their return policy. If your initial choice isn’t a great fit, make sure that the company you’re working with will, at a minimum, swap it out for another product. Be sure to ask if all sales are individual or if you’re signing up for a monthly subscription program? There’s certainly nothing wrong with subscriptions – I get my vitamins like clockwork and that’s pretty convenient; but they can get us into trouble sometimes. I like those meal subscription services. They do pile up quickly and I tend to forget to cancel a week. This results in lots and lots of cooking and freezing meals. Oops. Make sure that you have some flexibility and are fully aware of the cost if you do go the subscription route.

Product Options

I like to buy as many products as I can from one source. I blame Amazon for spoiling me, but it’s reality. If I can find one source I trust, I stick with them. The same should be true for CBD. I give cannabidiol to my dog and two cats, my son, and my husband. We use a variety of products from tincture to e-liquid and salves and there is a real value in being able to get them from one place. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to CBD, so when a company has a variety of options, it means that I have a better chance of finding my best fit without having to look to another source.

Clear Labeling & Descriptions

CBD is one of the more than 80 different compounds in hemp and marijuana plants. Many CBD products that you buy contain all of those compounds, while others are strictly the isolated CBD. You should know that from a clear label and product description. We go into greater detail in another blog…see more. The amount of CBD in a product should not be a guessing game. While some manufacturers do call it different things (Hemp Extract, Phytocannabinoid Blend, Phytocannabinoid Rich Oil to name a few,) you should always see the total milligrams of that active CBD on the product label.  You should also know that test data is available and be able receive that detail when you ask for it. That test data will show you that what you want is in there, and what you want to avoid (think high THC, pesticides, heavy metals) is not present. If the label and description aren’t clear, and you can’t get the detail you need from Customer Service, take a pass.

Cost

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true here to a point.  You want to be looking at the cost per milligram of CBD. That cost per milligram will be higher on things like gummies and chocolate because of the other ingredients. Some manufacturers have a perceived brand value and will charge more per milligram, but you should otherwise see fairly close pricing for the same type of CBD. It’s important to compare apples to apples – a CBD isolate product will not be the same cost as a full-spectrum, but if you’re looking at two 1000 mg bottles of full-spectrum tincture (even if those bottles are different sizes!), they should be fairly close in price.  If not, ask why and steer clear of both overpriced and under priced products.

These are exciting times, where we as consumers have more access to information than anyone who came before us.  We can take control of our own health and well-being and that of our families. Was it Spiderman that said “With great power comes great responsibility?” I may have my superheroes mixed up, but you get the point. Making smart choices about what we put in and on our bodies is definitely a great responsibility – here’s hoping that this article has helped lift that burden, if even a little bit.

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Endocannabinoid System

January 8th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Endocannabinoid System

by Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Most people who have watched the news regarding recent legislation (especially in Michigan) know that hemp can be legally cultivated industrially nation-wide, and they will likely also understand that there are a myriad of health benefits associated with CBD oil. While this understanding is good, it often assumes that the benefits derived from CBD are a result of introducing some substance not found in the body to your bodily system. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

What is the ECS…Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System, hereafter referred to as “ECS,” is a system that provides the body with many similar cannabinoids to those of hemp oil. Cannabinoids are complex chemical compounds that act on receptors in cells. The hemp plant produces over 100 different cannabinoids (or phytocannabinoids); the mammalian body also naturally produces cannabinoids (or endocannabinoids). This means that your body already uses cannabinoids for many of its functions, such as regulating mood, appetite, pain-sensation, and memory. It also plays a part in dealing with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, hypertension, obesity, glaucoma, and osteoporosis.

What do Cannabinoids do?

The function of cannabinoids in your body (regardless of whether they are from the ECS or CBD oil) is to act as receptors for cells. What these receptors do is act as conduits for messages from the brain to the cells. They are the “bridge” that enables your body to operate as it should. Because of this, they are essential for a healthy body, which includes memory, appetite, and mood.

Interestingly, your body, while it uses the endocannabinoids produced internally, also reacts to phytocannabinoids from sources like cannabis and hemp. This is where CBD oils come in.

Endocannabinoid Receptors CB1 and CB2

The ECS is comprised to two primary endocannabinoid receptors: CB1 (found predominantly in the brain, nervous system, and outlying organs and tissues) and CB2 (found predominantly in white blood cells, tonsils and spleen). Although CBD has low affinity for either of these receptors, it does interact with other nominal receptors with remarkable effects. For example, CBD activates the receptor GPR55, which has been shown to assist in treating pain and inflammation. CBD has also been shown as a partial agonist (which is a term referring to something that attaches to a cell receptor and causes an action to occur in that cell) to the 5-HT1A receptor, which may lead to cannabidiol’s anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and neuro-protective effects.

Why take daily CBD?

Because the ECS is involved in the body’s communication with its cells and their functions (including repairs), cannabinoids are crucial for the body’s constant repair of cells and their functions. When more cannabinoids are introduced to this delicate system, they can stimulate the cells into functioning as the brain directs them to, and can facilitate healing where the body’s own ECS has failed. In this, it is clear that when the ECS is failing to do its job, phytocannabinoids from CBD oils can “pick up the slack” and act as receptors for cells that were malfunctioning due to a lack of endocannabinoids. This makes CBD crucial for maintaining (or, in many cases, restoring) a healthy balance of receptors in the body.

While you’re healthy, CBD oil is not required to ensure that your cell receptors are functioning properly, as your ECS is most likely doing its job, and if you’re beset by chronic pain, problems with memory, appetite, or mood, there is the possibility that it is due to an imbalance in your ECS that is hindering your cells from properly receiving messages from your brain. In both cases, CBD oil is useful. If you’re already healthy, the extra CBD could either maintain that health, or boost your ECS’s efficacy in an area that maybe was not apparent to you. If you’re struggling with a particular health issue, first consult a physician, but consider CBD oil as a supplement that could boost your ECS and give your cells the boost that they may need.

If you visit the physician for any maladies that were mentioned in this article, bring up the idea of CBD oil as a possible treatment, and ask if it could be your ECS.


New Product Education Videos!

August 9th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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One of the things we pride ourselves most in doing at Green Wellness Life is adding new, high-quality products to increase your choices as a customer!

However, we know that having such a wide range of options can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to tell the difference between products or learning how to use a new one. Sometimes the best way to learn this kind of information is to see it firsthand! That’s why we have a YouTube page dedicated to product education. Each of these videos is filmed by our wonderful founder and owner, Brandy Palmer, to help you put a face with the name.

If you have questions about how products look, taste, or function, then this page is the resource for you! Check out some of our most recent videos below.

All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen

First, the All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen is an amazing choice if you prefer vaping. Not only is it a high-quality product, but it can be used with every single e-liquid we have to offer, regardless of concentration or e-liquid base! However, with the adjustable voltage option and convenience of the product also comes a range of button-click combinations to hit the right setting for the right liquid.

Listen to Brandy explain these various settings in a quick and easy way, here:

Bluebird Botanicals

Another great product line we carry is the Bluebird Botanicals tinctures. This brand is a natural, organic option with a simple list of ingredients – no added flavoring or coloring! Within this product line, you have three main choices (with a variation in size and concentration):

  • Hemp Classic Oil
  • Hemp Complete Blend
  • Hemp Signature Blend

We believe that each option is an awesome one, but everyone’s individual needs are quite different, meaning that the right product for you might not be the same as the right product for someone else. That’s why we also offer a sample pack of each of these three options for you to try!

If you’d rather learn more about each first, Brandy’s here to help!

Plus CBD Oil Applicator

Our raw Plus CBD Oil is one of our more intimidating options, but it shouldn’t be! These applicators are surprisingly simple to use. Just turn the applicator until you here the right number of clicks, and the predetermined serving size is dispensed for you.

There are two of the raw oil applicators available – the Gold Formula and Total Plant Complex – both with the same easy applicator pen. If you want to learn more about the difference between the two or actually see and hear how the pen works, watch the video below!

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Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandelle PalmerHi there,

I expect that I am a lot like most of you reading this – I’m a wife and a mom. I’m busy working and raising my middle income family in a pretty conservative area in West Michigan. I have two kids (not the 2.4 that is the societal norm, but it’s pretty close) and a dog that likes to escape for walks with the labrador down the street. Oh, and I’m a hemp advocate.

Until about a year ago, I didn’t know much about hemp. Like many other people, the term “cannabis” just meant “weed” to me. Which, I smoked in college but hasn’t really been my thing for a while. I’ve been interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle for my family, assuming that it’s readily available and won’t cost us a billion dollars, but that’s about the extent of it. Then I took a part time Project Management position with a hemp company. Not because I was enthralled by the plant, but rather because I wanted to go part time to spend more time with those not quite 2.4 children. Once employed, I started to learn about the plant. And I fell in love.

Tinctures and EdiblesAs it turns out, cannabis is a plant genus that includes several species – including both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are the same in the same way that miniature poodles and wolves are the same. You can cross breed them, but you wouldn’t really consider them the same creature. I’m not opposed to marijuana and I do believe it should be legalized, but my love affair is not with that plant. There are medicinal benefits to the THC that is naturally occurring in a high quantity in marijuana plants, but, the bulk of the medicinal benefit comes from another compound – CBD. CBD occurs in low amounts in marijuana and much higher amounts in hemp. Hence the love.

I’ve done lots of research and there are some really exciting studies into CBD. Studies showing shrinking tumors, reduced anxiety, lowered joint pain, seizure free children. Impressive, right? More than that, I’m hearing stories from people. I’m hearing “thank you” and “amazing!” and “miracle!” Pretty cool. Now, the FDA has not done all of their homework or given a stamp of approval on CBD. And I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe, treat, or cure anything. But I’m seeing that this works. And it’s helping people. I want to be part of that. And I hope you do, too.

Thanks for reading, friends. I’d love to hear your stories and questions so we can continue this journey together. We’ll talk more soon.

Brandy


Part 2 – Body in Balance (The Best CBD for you)

January 17th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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By Cara Oorbeck & Brandy Palmer – The Green Wellness Crew!

Isolate, Full Spectrum or Raw?

Finding the right CBD for your needs and body can be confusing. We answer customer questions all day long and we have found that there is no one size fits all. Each individual is different and finding the right fit for you can be confusing. So let’s take a look at the different forms of CBD: What is the difference between them? Who would use which version, and why?

What exactly is CBD, and where does it come from?

First of all, it’s important to understand that cannabidiol (CBD) is only one of the major compounds that are present in the cannabis plant – both hemp and marijuana. It happens to be one of the most studied compounds by scientists because of its powerful potential and the fact that it occurs in greater quantities in the plant than some of the other more than 80+ compounds. As evidence of its interest to scientists and researchers, CBD has been used in multiple pharmaceutical solutions. One of the most recent to be approved by the FDA is Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug used to treat childhood epilepsy.

Despite its fame, CBD is not the only major component in cannabis sativa. There are a range of other compounds that make up the plant, though CBD garners most mainstream attention these days.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil: A Rainbow of Compounds

This is a lot like it sounds: full spectrum CBD oil means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the cannabinoids found therein instead of just the CBD.

Full-spectrum is unique in that it can introduce the user to the possible positive effects of the other components of cannabis working together, often referred to as the entourage effect. Though there are many different cannabinoids in the plant, here are a few of the better-known ones included in full spectrum products.

1. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Full-spectrum CBD from the hemp plant does include trace amounts of THC, which is well-known as the psychoactive element of cannabis – or the part that makes you high. It’s can’t be more a .3% concentration when coming from a hemp plant, so it has no psychoactive effect. There is technology that is isolating the THC out of some full spectrum products making it what is now being referred to as a “broad spectrum.” This means that it started as a full spectrum, but the THC was isolated and removed from the other cannabinoids. These products will usually specify 0 THC. Examples of this are KOI Tincture and Natural Leaf softgels

2. CBN (Cannabinol)
This component of cannabis does not occur in as great a quantity, so we don’t know quite enough about it yet. What science is finding is exciting, though. Some early studies are showing that there may be real benefits for people struggling with sleep issues.

3. CBG (Cannabigerol)
Interestingly, CBG has been shown to stimulate growth of new brain cells and stimulates bone growth. These unusual properties make it a fascinating compound for researchers to study.

4. THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
THCV has a similar molecular structure to THC and is also psychoactive. Research is finding that it’s very similar to CBD as well, in working to balance and neutralize cells.

All of these compounds—and far more—interact in a full-spectrum product. Who would this form of CBD work for? A full-spectrum CBD oil would work great for someone who wants to work with all the elements of the cannabis plant for a holistic approach. It would be very useful for those who are interested in other compounds, like CBG and THCV, and their effects. It’s important to keep in mind that unless clearly stated to be a 0% THC product (ie broad spectrum,) full spectrum products will likely contain a trace amount of THC. That legal limit, if coming from hemp, is 0.3%.

CBD Isolate: Pure CBD Oil

In a CBD Isolate, only one compound is present—CBD. It’s been individually extracted from the plant without any of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or plant matter. Some might say that the isolate is missing some of the other compounds that make full-spectrum oil special. While this is true to an extent, there are plenty of reasons why someone might want just pure CBD oil.

For one, maybe they’re only interested in specific CBD oil effects. If a user has discovered that CBD works best alone to treat their particular disorder or ease their symptoms, then they would definitely want to stick with what works. Other users might feel uncomfortable with even trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC in full spectrum; in this case isolate CBD is a perfect solution.

Others may actually be allergic or have had bad reactions to other cannabinoids. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice to make sure he or she only consumes a product that’s pure with no trace of other compounds.

Raw CBDA-CBD

“Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a chemical compound found in the resin glands (trichomes) of raw cannabis plants.” In this case, raw means unheated and uncured. Many of the conditions that respond with CBD also respond well to CBDA but there is a growing body of information that is talking about the benefits of raw or CBDA having a greater affect on people living with chronic pain. There is also a patent pending by GW Parmaceuticals using CBDA in conjunction with CBD for anxiety and psychotic disorders.

Whatever your choice when it comes to CBD, it’s important to make sure you’re thinking with a comprehensive view of what you body needs at a given time. If you don’t have any allergies or issues with compounds in a full spectrum product, maybe compare its effects in your body to pure CBD isolate and see what makes you feel better. Every system is unique. We know it’s heard to hear, but there is no one size fits all. At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you will reap benefit from!


How is CBD Good For My Aging Body?

January 3rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck
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By Quinton Charles OP-ED Blogger

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Our Aging Bodies

A healthy body and mind are assets that every individual possesses, yet also assets that, if not properly maintained, can become burdensome. This is especially true during the aging process.

As an individual’s body ages, their cognitive performance decreases, their limbs and joints begin to ache as they lose their suppleness, and the heart, from years of a not-so-forgiving western diet, becomes beset with a number of problems including (but not limited to) cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, ischemia, and dilated arteries. In addition to all of this, anxiety and diabetes increasingly affect larger numbers of Americans each year.

Medicines Are Not Wonder Drugs

While there are various types of medicines on the market that can accomodate these complications (with varying degrees of success), they often have side-effects that mitigate their salutary effects. This is where CBD oil comes in.

I have to clarify now that CBD oil is not a panacea. It will not cure all ailments, or even guarantee the alleviation of severe pain. There are studies that have confirmed the benefits of CBD oil to one’s health, with particular focus given to anxiety, chronic pain, mood stabilization and many more, but as it is with all clinically-tested medicines and supplements, these do not assure success. However, what sellers of CBD oil products can claim is that the supplements that they sell will not have a slew of negative side-effects (save for if you have a hemp allergy or something similar), unlike many drugs on the market.

CBD And Our Aging Body

Now that I hope it is clear that I am not speaking about CBD as some wonder-drug, lets discuss some of the benefits of CBD. As I already mentioned, one of the major draws of CBD products are their ability to lessen the severity of pain:

Much more research is needed, but “Several studies have shown CBD to not only alleviate onset pain caused by arthritis, but to physiologically reverse its underlying causes (at least in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease). For acute treatment, both internal(sublingual capsules or tinctures and topical CBD creams and ointments have shown to be the most effective method.

This may offer a drastic increase in the quality of life afforded seniors. The opportunity to live, perhaps not without pain, but with less severe pain and arthritis, is not to be understated.

CBD And Our Bones

Another area of the body where the positive effects of CBD oil are demonstrated is in the bones. Osteoporosis is caused by a buildup of fat in the marrow compartments of one’s bones.

CBD regulates this buildup. In fact, several studies have shown how the cannabinoid prevents age-related osteoporosis and promotes bone health by regulating CB receptors within the bone marrow. CB receptors regulate pain and immune system functions within the bone marrow, decreasing the sensations of pain and the swelling of cells that would lead to osteoporosis. And it isn’t just in the bones that CBD regulates the breakdown of cells and limits cell aging. CBD has been known to have the same “anti-aging” effects on other organs of the body, including the liver, kidney, eyes, stomach, and even the skin. Cells of all organ and tissue types are prone to normal breakdown and degeneration over time, and cannabinoids have been known to prohibit degeneration by stimulating CB receptors within the respective cell membranes. These CB receptors have been found in virtually every cell and tissue type in the human body.

Finally, CBD benefits the brain, the most vital organ that any individual can possess. CBD is patented by the US Government for its role as a “neuroprotectant”. This means that it physiologically acts to reverse the effects of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. These diseases break down the myelin coating around nerve fibers in the brain, which decreases the speed at which the brain’s synapses can fire and connect, thus limiting the cognitive ability of a person due to their decreased speed and reactivity. CBD actively protects these myelin coatings and ensures that the brain does not age as rapidly and that it does not receive the same damage from diseases like those listed above.

While it may not be a cure-all, and there are things that CBD cannot do for the body, the lack of major side effects, the potential ability for CBD to replace other supplements, and the reported health benefits (as proven in studies) point towards CBD as a viable option for all those looking either to address specific issues, or just give their body an extra boost. As always, consult your doctor before replacing any medications or supplements with CBD products; however, know that it is a possible alternative that should be seriously considered.

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Give Hemp Products For Christmas!

December 17th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Hemp-Based Clothing and Durable Goods by

Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

As the United States House and Senate have just passed the previously discussed 2018 Farm Bill, domestic hemp producers are now cleared to produce hemp and hemp products on an industrial scale. At least they will be as soon as the President has signed off on it.  Hemp will become more widespread, and derived products should see an overall decrease in price on the market. Hemp and cotton create a combination that decreases sweat retained in the fabric and, consequently, results in an article of clothing that can be worn more often and does not require the near-constant cleaning that cotton fabrics do.Trucker Hat

So why is this important? Some of these hemp-based products poised to become both widespread and inexpensive are hemp-based clothing and similar durable goods. While the clothing that is made of hemp fibers can be almost any form of clothing currently produced using cotton, the other durable goods made of such fibers would include paper, rope, and non-wearable textiles (blankets, etc.). Each one of these products has a slightly different cost-benefit relationship, and I’ll elaborate on each independently.Christmas Sales

First, the most common, well-known, and most likely to be purchased by consumers (like you and me) is clothing made of hemp fibers. While not conspicuously differing from cotton-based clothing in appearance, hemp-based clothing has several distinguishing features that appeal to the users of other clothing types. The hemp-based cloth has no attachment to any other uses for hemp, and can easily move production to a different state  It also is environmentally friendly, with a negligible footprint. This “green” status is the result of hemp not requiring any pesticides or large amounts of water to grow, unlike cotton. In fact, hemp requires 50% less water than cotton. A consumer can feel at ease knowing that their purchase of a hemp-based shirt or pair of socks is decreasing the stress placed on the environment and that they are supporting companies whose operations are not severely detrimental to the Earth’s health.

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It isn’t just environmental impacts that purchasing hemp clothing has, however. There are some other features of hemp clothing that make it quite appealing. First, it breathes. Hemp fibers are porous and resistant to mold.   Hemp fibers are also very strong, which means that holes will be less likely to appear in the fabric over time, and the item will be able to be worn longer. This durability goes hand-in-hand with the fact that the hemp’s texture becomes softer after each wearing, increasing the overall comfort of the item while retaining its robustness. One of the only downsides to hemp is that it can be a bit more prone to wrinkling than cotton clothing. However, certain styles of hemp clothing and manufacture have been able to decrease the tendency for hemp clothing to wrinkle, effectively eliminating this shortcoming.

As of yet, a large amount of hemp-based clothing and other durable goods have yet to be mass produced by American firms. This is partially due to demand, but also can be attributed to the economic conditions that existed prior to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Even now, internationally produced hemp and hemp fibers were some of the most inexpensive available. It will eventually balance out with domestic producers able to source their hemp from American growers, leading to a decrease in the cost of hemp as compared with cotton

One place where hemp will gain traction is in recycled paper. The cost of directly replacing wood with hemp in the production of new paper is still too high to merit a change over to hemp, but the fibers have been found to be more cost effective to use in reinforcing and strengthening recycled paper, which is becoming a larger source of total paper produced. As regulations require more and more paper to be recycled, hemp is going to play an increasingly important role in recycled paper production.Colorado hemp honey ginger soothe

So while hemp paper may not be as exciting or widespread yet, textiles like blankets and clothing are becoming common and are seen as a viable alternative to cotton products due to their low environmental impact, superior durability, and their ability to become more comfortable the longer they are used. Hemp clothing will, no doubt, become a major use of hemp in the near future.

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CBD Market Is Rapidly Changing After Midterms

December 13th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Market

By Quinton Charles Op Ed Blogger

Election is changing the market on hemp

Recent law has changed in several states regarding the legality of cannabis. This all came on the heels of the recent election that also saw several legalizing states flip house, senate, and gubernatorial seats from Republican to Democrat.

On the ballot in Missouri and Utah, medical cannabis programs were approved (enabling people with medical conditions to have access to cannabis products containing, and not containing, THC), and, in Michigan, voters outright legalized cannabis (including variations containing THC). While the legalization of marijuana and THC containing strains of cannabis in no way affects the legality of CBD-based products, it does alter the market in one important way: an increase of the supply of cannabis on the market.  What also is stipulated in the legislation passed is that cannabis, of all varieties, can be legally cultivated in those states. This is closely tied to the US 2018 Farm Bill, which, if passed, will legalize the cultivation of cannabis on industrial levels.   Fingers crossed this is happening as your reading! This means more jobs, in fact it is one of the fastest growing industries for job openings. It will also impact availability and cost as some of these states get up and running.

Checking out the changes in different places

So let us look at different states, and what transpired in this most recent election. In Missouri, a state that, up until recently, had some of the harshest punitive laws regarding the possession and/or growing of cannabis in the country, legalized medical marijuana use and cannabis cultivation by individuals. This not only legalizes the conditional use of cannabis containing THC, but it also enables the growing of hemp for CBD purposes, as well as enables individuals to cultivate their own hemp for home use with exemption from punishment. The good news fr those of you living in states that still have not passed new laws is that it is likely that this development will lead to other, nearby states adopting similar laws once the negative perception of cannabis legalization abates.

In addition to Missouri, Utah, another state known for conservative laws regarding THC and CBD, voted to legalize cannabis along similar lines as those of the aforementioned state. This legalization would have similar effects as those that I mentioned regarding legalization in the state of Missouri. Individuals will be permitted to grow their own cannabis/hemp for home use, and both THC and CBD based products would be available to people with a qualifying medical condition.Koi Gummies 20 Pack

Finally, Michigan fully legalized the use, distribution, and cultivation of cannabis statewide. In addition to having similar effects as other states with less inclusive legalization (legalization of home growing, increased supply, etc.), the legalization, the result of a popularly-voted proposal (that still would require the confirmation of the legislature, hints at something else that I have not touched upon: popular demand for cannabis and/or hemp products. While marijuana (containing THC) and CBD-based products differ, they are often carried in dispensaries side-by-side and sold by businesses that specialize in cannabis-derived products. It is likely that, due to a support of legal marijuana in the state of Michigan, CBD goods will experience an uptick in sales and interest as people are no longer driven away by the erroneous assumption that CBD-based products are illegal.

There is another bill up for consideration in Texas, SB 90. This bill would enact similar standards and requirements for cannabis use and cultivation as those in Utah or Missouri. Currently, this seems likely to pass, and the city of Austin already is saturated in dispensaries and CBD selling establishments.

Finally

It needs to be noted that, while the legal status of marijuana and cannabis changed in these three states (and is proposed to change in a fourth), the legal status of CBD under federal law, has never been under any threat within the last decade. The laws that changed in states regarded cannabis with high THC levels not Hemp based products with .3% or less of THC; so, while the legalization affects the supply of cannabis plants within states, and perhaps increases the demand for similar, salutary products derived from hemp or cannabis, it does not affect the legal status of CBD itself. CBD will still be available to sell and ship throughout the  US when it is from a hemp plant and that level of THC is .3% or less.


Vape Basics

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, Spearment and Lavendar 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.

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