Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandy-HeadshotHi 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 & 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


Growing Hemp in the USA

November 13th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Growing Hemp

Hemp is one of the most widely misunderstood compounds in our day-to-day lives. However, many people have the common misconception that marijuana and hemp are the same herbs. Although hemp is a cannabis plant, it should not be confused with marijuana or weed as there are many differences between the two. Some of the most profound differences between hemp and marijuana are mentioned below:

Genetics

The very first difference between hemp and marijuana is they have different genetics.Cannabis is believed to be the oldest domesticated crop that has not changed throughout the span of time. Hemp is derived from plants which have been bred with other plants for industrial and medical uses. Marijuana on the other hand has historically been bred primarily for its psychoactive effects.

THC Content

The psychoactive effects of marijuana are induced by the THC content present in the plant.All of these marijuana plants have a very high content of THC. While CBD or hemp has limited or no THC content which is exactly why there are no psychoactive effects of this plant. At the same time both marijuana and hemp have CBD content but the latter does not have enough THC content to produce a high. Furthermore, CBD actually reduces the psychoactive effects of THC which further enunciates the fact that these are two different compounds.

Cultivation Techniques

Another prominent difference between hemp and CBD is the fact both are grown for different uses. Marijuana is almost exclusively cultivated for its psychoactive effects and its medical applications, while CBD is cultivated for an array of different reasons, including everything from medical uses to skin care to manufacturing hemp concrete and fabric. Marijuana is normally grown indoors under controlled temperatures to achieve the maximum THC while, hemp is grown outdoors to increase its yield and quality of the crop.

Legal status

Each state has different rules and regulations that govern both hemp and marijuana. Previously, both marijuana and hemp were classified as schedule 1 drugs but since society has changed its perspective about these plants, a lot has changed. Now twenty states in America have legalized medical marijuana and have rescheduled their drug classifications, in all of these states it is completely legal to grow and sell medical marijuana and hemp.

Marijuana cultivation is only limited to the states that have legalized the plant, while on the other hand it is completely legal to cultivate hemp in fourteen states of America. The reason why it has been legalized all around is due to the array of profound benefits that hemp provides. Furthermore, the laws that govern vary from each state for example in some states it is legal to grow hemp for personal use while it is legal to grow hemp for commercial or industrial purposes.

What are the current legal parameters of cultivating hemp?

The rules and regulation that govern this aspect of the society is changing every year as the benefits of hemp have now been clinically proven. Previously the subject of hemp sparked great controversy in America as each state has its own perspective on hemp and its applications.

Currently, it is completely legal to cultivate hemp seeds in fourteen different states; each state has their own statues that regulate the sale and what happens to that hemp after it’s planted. Furthermore, there are over thirteen states that are introducing industrial hemp growing programs and seven states have already established industrial hemp programs. States which have completely legalized the cultivation of hemp are as follows:

  • CA – California
  • CO – Colorado
  • IN – Indiana
  • KY – Kentucky
  • MA – Massachusetts
  • MO – Missouri
  • ND – North Dakota
  • OR – Oregon
  • SC – South Carolina
  • TN – Tennessee
  • VT – Vermont
  • VA – Virginia
  • NC – North Carolina
  • WV – West Virginia

At the same time, all of the states mentioned above have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while there are other states which have legalized the cultivation of both marijuana and hemp with legal restrictions. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently announced that another fourteen states have started developing policies to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp seeds.

One thing is for sure down the line every state will have to accept the fact that growing hemp on american soil will actually help the society as a whole.


Spotlight on Charlotte’s Web

November 3rd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a cannabidiol cultivator which was developed back in 2011 as a family-owned business. The name Charlotte actually comes from a specific case study on girl who was suffering from dravet syndrome, a condition which induces severe epilepsy. This brave girl had to live with her condition for years on end as doctors from all around the world could not help her find relief.

However, in June 2011 her parents decided to try medical marijuana as they were running out of options. She started consuming CBD and doctors noted incredible progress.

Her story was an inspiration for many, especially the Stanley brothers who coined the name Charlotte’s Web to help raise awareness! The Stanley Brothers now y cultivate CBD genetics in Colorado from both industrial hemp and medical marijuana plants. Their industrial hemp products are fully federally legal and are able to be shipped all over the country.

CBD is accepted all around the world as a holistic way to treat a variety of different conditions. The publicity created by Charlotte’s Web has served to increase awareness on the benefits of CBD from industrial hemp. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed as after they created a foothold in the market, many different states started changing their perspective about CBD.

Charlotte’s Web has an extensive array of products that are offered at extremely affordable prices as this business actually wants to help people,They want people to live healthier and fuller lives, they want to help treat people that cannot find relief from conventional medicine. They are driven by principles that extend far beyond what people would normally conceive, and they have a goal of contributing to the sustainability of different communities that they serve.

Their social responsibility pledge is the driving force behind the incredible foothold that they have in the market as they have integrated with the Realm of Caring Foundation. A portion of every product sold is pledged to the Realm of caring foundation in order to advance education, research and ultimately compassion for individuals all around the world who are suffering from chronic health conditions. It is apparent the Stanley brothers have instilled their own personal values in their business model in order to become the standard bearer in the industrial hemp CBD market today.


How does CBD help Athletes?

October 27th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Athletes

Athletes are always looking for different ways to ensure that their bodies are operating at their optimum level. It seems that cannabis and sports has become nearly synonymous with each other as society is slowly changing its perception regarding hemp and medical marijuana.

CBD is considered to be one of the most beneficial compounds present in cannabis and when sourced from legal industrial hemp, it is legal in every state present in America. These strains either have no or very limited THC and have an array of medical applications which have fueled the outcry that CBD deserves more targeted research in order to understand this compound and its impact on the human body. Despite the prejudices, many athletes have been using CBD to provide themselves with a dynamic competitive edge. Athletes put their bodies on the line and have to deal with an insane amount of pressure and stress; this not only deteriorates their health but also hampers their mindset. The physical and therapeutic benefits of CBD have provided every athlete with a safe and healthy manner to treat a variety of sports induced conditions.

CBD is on its way to becoming a prerequisite supplement for every athlete. This is exactly why WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) has recently announced that CBD will no longer be a banned substance in 2018. This has been hailed as a step in the right direction as athletes were being denied the profound benefits that hemp provides.

How exactly does CBD help athletes?

The driving force behind WADA’S decision to legalize CBD is due to the array of benefits that hemp provides to athletes. Some of the most prominent benefits of consuming CBD for athletes are as follows:

Protection of different organs
The first and arguably one of the most profound benefits of consuming CBD for athletes is the fact that it may offer protection to the brain, heart and lungs. Research shows that CBD may induce neuroprotective effects in the brain which is the perfect solution for the brain during and after an injury. Currently this is one of the most widely researched aspect of CBD.

Treating nausea
This may come as a shock to many but CBD actually has anti-emetic effects which are the perfect solution for athletes who are suffering from post or after training nausea. If that’s not enough there are numerous studies out there which have proved that CBD may actually be more effective than other medicine such as Dramamine.

Reduction of muscle spasms
Athletes put their muscles under intense pressure on a daily basis and this constant pressure induces muscle spasms, muscle trauma and even nerve damage. CBD can be used both topically and internally to provide benefits to the muscle layer in an athlete’s body.

Better sleeping patterns
Every athlete understands just how important it is to sleep as this is the time the body starts to heal any kind of injuries. At the same time without proper sleep, athletes will not be able to function at their optimum level. Instead of using sleeping tablets that could develop an addiction, these athletes can easily get better sleeping patterns by consuming CBD due to its relaxing effect.

Inflammation
Post or after training inflammation is one of the most disabling conditions for an athlete as it hampers their training regime for a sustained period of time. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that inhibits cell proliferation and suppresses cytokine production. It also induces t regulatory cells which are known as tregs. Inflammation was one of the first areas of research on CBD in the 1990’s. Athletes who are suffering from both mild and severe inflammation may see a benefit from CBD.

Pain
Every athlete understands that pain comes part and parcel with their lifestyle, whether this pain is induced by trauma or simply by intense training. When it comes to pain, there are many athletes out there who are using strong pain killers which slowly deteriorate their health and also have a negative effect on their cognition. Instead of going down that road, an athlete may choose to try CBD as a natural alternative.


Hemp for pets!

October 19th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

hemp for pets

Typically found in the northern hemisphere, hemp is considered a member of the cannabis sativa species. It is specifically cultivated for a variety of products, some of which have value for both humans and our animal companions. Most people hear the word hemp and automatically relate this oil to marijuana. While the plants are of the same species, they have different uses and benefits. It’s our hope that people will take the time to understand that difference and the potential benefit for our furry friends and give hemp a chance!

How it works?

Hemp seed oil has cemented its position in the pet industry due to its staggering nutritional value; this compound is packed with omega three fatty acids, omega six fatty acids, antioxidants and a high degree of protein. Dogs are primarily carnivorous animals, which means that their diet requires a high concentration of protein for them to live a healthy life. The nutritional mixture of hemp is the perfect solution for inflammation and providing the required diet that will ensure your pet is healthy from any aspect.

Hemp contains a higher concentration of cannabidiol (CBD), which can be beneficial as a neutralizer in all mammals. This compound goes to receptor points in our bodies and tries to bring them back to a point of homeostasis. This supplemental source of protein helps our canine friends in various ways, making it a healthy dietary supplement.

Why it’s helpful?

Holistic vets have reported many different cases where CBD and hemp seed oil have helped dogs in a variety of different ways. Firstly, it has been clinically proven that hemp seed oil can help improve a dog’s fur coat by accentuating its beauty and giving it a lavish feel. Hemp is packed with a variety of nutrients that will not only improve your dog’s health from the inside, but also from the outside!

There are many articles and research studies out there on the benefits of hemp for pets, specifically the neutralizing benefit of CBD.

Some of the most profound benefits of CBD for dogs are mentioned below:

CBD is not a psychoactive
The very first benefit of CBD is the fact that it is not psychoactive meaning that consuming this compound will not change your dog’s personality.

CBD may be used to treat dogs with cancer
There are many studies which have shown that CBD can actually stunt the growth of cancer cells and also expedites the rate of tumor cell deaths. Basically, CBD strengthens the immune system and may block the ability of cancer cells to produce energy and inhibits glioma cell growth. With that being said, we would never want to claim that hemp will CURE anything, but it’s definitely worth researching.

CBD can be used for separation anxiety and noise phobias
Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety and may find that CBD can reduce that anxiety level and help calm them.

CBD may be used to treat epilepsy and seizures
Recently a survey was conducted and the findings stated that approximately 5% of dogs suffer from different forms of seizures. In most cases these dogs are prescribed pharmaceuticals that might help treat the condition but could have adverse side-effects on internal organs. CBD on the other hand may be used to treat both epilepsy and seizures without those concerning side-effects. If your dog is on medication currently, we would always recommend speaking with your veterinarian before making a change.

How to choose the right CBD oil for your dog

Choosing the right CBD oil can be quite difficult due to the sheer amount of options available in the market today. We carry pet products from four different manufacturers that we believe to be top of the line.

Therabis

These come a size-specific, pre-measured powder that is added to your dog’s food. There are three varieties that contain added ingredients that are beneficial for specific conditions:

The pre-measured pouches make serving size a breeze. These are a great option for dogs that will eat all of their food in one sitting. If they tend to just nibble, it will be difficult to determine how much of the supplement they are consuming.

Treatibles

These are a grain-free treat that also comes in two sizes/strength option. It’s a terrific choice if you’re looking for a limited ingredient option and/or just want to give your dog the occasional hemp supplement.

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Tasty Drops

Tasty Drops are a human-grade tincture. You can just add a few drops to your dog’s food daily. This is my personal preference as my dog is a bit of a diva and will only eat a few bites of food at a time, so I never know how much of the Therabis she gets. I find the few drops of Tasty Drops really helps with her crate anxiety.

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True Hemp

Like the Therabis, True Hemp comes in three varieties that contain beneficial added ingredients.

These are a great hemp-seed oil based nutritional supplement. They do not contain CBD.


The Difference Between CBD Hemp Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

October 4th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

hemp seed oil

CBD Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed oil are similar in many ways. However, if you are a consumer, it is essential to know that there are crucial differences between both products. It is very easy to be confused by the terms marijuana oil, cannabis oil or hemp oil as the terms are very often, interchangeably and incorrectly used.

What is hemp seed oil?

As the name implies, hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds. This is usually done via a process known as “cold-press”. Hemp seed oil can be extracted from all variations of the cannabis plant. However, only industrial hemp is utilized for the production of this oil. The reason for this is that industrial hemp is especially grown for its stalk and seed.

Uses and benefits of hemp seed oil:

  • Hemp seed oil is used as a substitute for various cooking oils including olive oil. It is also used in salad dressings.
  • Hemp seed oil has natural moisturizing properties, which means that you can apply it on your skin after taking a shower.
  • Hemp seed oil is the base for many types of plastic and can serve as an alternative for petroleum.
  • Like other vegetable oils, it is a fuel source of bio-diesel.
  • Hemp seed oil is also used for the production of paints which are environment friendly.
  • Hemp seed oil is an important component in a lot of soaps, lotions and other skin care products. This is because hemp seed oil has a lot of omega 3 and omega 6 acids which are crucial for the health of your skin.
  • Hemp seed oil is an excellent tonic for your hair. This is because hemp seed oil is rich in ceramides. Ceramides help in preventing the loss of excess moisture. As a result, hemp seed oil can highly improve the moisture content in your hair.
  • Hemp seed oil can also help in boosting your immune system. This is because the oil contains fatty acids, which help in the production of endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids maintain the health of your body’s immune system.
  • Hemp seed oil contains linolic acid which also contributes towards decreasing the amount of bad cholesterol and preventing the build-up of saturated fats in your arteries.

What is CBD Hemp oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is an extracted, naturally occurring compound from hemp and other plant variants of cannabis. CBD oil and other phytocannabinoids are extracted from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant. In some cases, flowers are also used for extraction. CBD oil has become a highly popular product in the nutritional and health product industries. There is a great deal of research indicating that there are many health benefits that come from the neutralizing effect of CBD.

In its naturally occurring form, CBD is a paste that can be green or blue. When filtered, it becomes a gold gel. This paste or gel can be combined with a carrier oil (like hemp seed or MCT oil) and flavors may be added. This end result is a tincture, or oral vitamin supplement. Just for extra confusion– that tincture is also referred to as hemp oil.

The difference

So the question is what is the primary difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, apart from that separate parts of the plant are used in their production?

The difference in both products arises from the difference in the quantity of CBD and other phytocannabinoids present and the purpose for which the oil is being used. Hemp seed oil has high content of omega 3 and omega 6 acids and very low quantity of CBD (the ratio is 25 parts per million or even less). The quantity of CBD and other phytocannabinoids in Hemp CBD oil on the other hand can widely vary, ranging from 2% to 99.9%. This is dependent on the purity, product and source of the extract.


What is raw CBD?

September 23rd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

raw CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) became extremely popular after it successfully contained an epilepsy attack on national television in the US. Ever since then, the compound has been the subject of much research and scientific investigation with the purpose of evaluating the potential benefits of this compound.

But what exactly is CBD? This blog post goes on to provide an overview of CBD, its purported benefits and the difference between raw and processed CBD.

What is CBD?

There are two components of the cannabis plant that are widely popular. One is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the other is Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is well known because of its psychoactive effects through the consumption of marijuana. The popularity of CBD is much more recent in terms of the health benefits that it has exhibited. CBD is not psychoactive at all. It is a relaxant, amongst other things, without any intoxicating effects. We can’t make claims, of course, but pre-clinical trials that have taken place over the last 40 years have shown that CBD may be used as an:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectant
  • Analgesic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anti-tumoral agent

How does CBD work?

Bear with me – we’re talking science for the rest of this. CBD works by activating cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. The compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system whose receptors are distributed all around the body. The receptors that CBD interacts with are the serotonin, adenosine and vanilloid receptors. For example, there is a receptor called TRPV-1 which is responsible for inflammation, perception of pain and body temperature. CBD interacts with this receptor to mediate pain and inflammation. Interaction with the adenosine receptors causes the anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects that CBD is known for. CBD in higher concentration causes the activation of the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor which subsequently results in anti-depressant effects.

CBD is also capable of blocking the signaling of the CPR55 receptor. This results in decreasing the current level of bone re-absorption and proliferation of cancer cells. CPR55 is present in large quantities within the brain and is associated with controlling blood pressure and bone density.

What is Raw CBD Oil (CBDa)?

Raw CBD oil has not been heated or filtered. Because of this, it contains another phytocannabinoid, CBDa, in addition to the CBD. Once the oil is heated, the CBDa, which is simply the acidic form of CBD, is converted to traditional CBD.

CBDa is a highly elusive compound and is far less commonly found in cannabis. This is mainly because CBDa can easily convert to CBD in the presence of heat. Therefore, scientists are investigating ways in which its properties can be examined in greater detail without it converting into CBD.

How is CBDa formed?

All cannabinoids are derived from CBGa which is cannabigerolic acid-which is the cannabinoid of the stem cells of the plant. The base CBGa compound forms all the cannabinoid compounds which are present in the cannabis plant after several processes. CBGa is initially broken down into the component cannabinoids which are acidic in nature. These are mainly CBGa and THCa. It is from these acidic variants that the other cannabinoids are created. CBD and THC are formed through the decarboxylation of their respective acidic compounds. Decarboxylation is a fancy way to say heated. It is the process in which the presence of heat causes the molecular structure of the acidic cannabinoid to change. Stay with me.

What does CBDa do?

CBDa has been found to have a natural for link to the endocannabinoid system of the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the promotion of homeostasis within the body and is responsible for a variety of functions. These functions include immune response, sleep, appetite and the maintenance of an overall healthy balanced system.

What are the benefits of Raw CBD (CBDa)

The primary benefit of raw CBD seem to be in the long-term effects on health. While activated cannabinoids may offer immediate relief from problematic symptoms, raw cannabinoids have shown that they may be more effective in treating chronic health conditions such as cancer, inflammation and even insomnia.

In addition, there is a growing body of research that indicates that CBDa may actually bind pain receptors. So we know that CBD will help with inflammation based pain, but CBDa may also help with non-inflammation based pain. This information makes a lot of sense to those of you that are whole plant advocates out there. We want to focus on whole foods, and this plant is a part of that. Let’s keep is as close to the plant growing in the ground – just as Mother Nature intended.


Domestic vs Imported CBD

September 20th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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Introduction

Before we begin the discussion about imported versus domestic CBD, there are a number of things that need to be clarified. Cannabidiol (‘CBD’) is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. The plant contains many cannabinoids, but the two most popular compounds are tetrahydrocannabinol (‘THC’) and cannabidiol (‘CBD’).

Having said this, there are variations in the cannabis plant itself. One variant contains a high amount of THC and a low amount of CBD. This variant is known as marijuana, popular for its recreational use. The other variant contains a high amount of CBD and a low amount of THC. This is known as industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp is used to make innumerable products like paper, clothing, textiles, supplements and even foods and supplements like the ones on this website. Now let’s talk about how we can legally obtain it.

Imported CBD / Hemp

The US is the biggest importer of hemp in the world. The total hemp imports of the US amount to approximately $300 million, with the composition of the imports being between materials for raw hemp and hemp products for commercial use. The biggest exporters of hemp to the US are Canada, Europe and China.

The rule is that hemp and hemp or CBD oil can be imported legally if the composition contains less than 0.3% THC. The oil can then used to make food, makeup, skincare, and supplements. All hemp and CBD oil is not the same. The hemp plant has a highly absorbent stalk which soaks up nutrients and everything else that is present in the soil in which it has grown. This can very possibly include heavy metals, pesticides and other materials that are harmful for your body. It has been observed that there tends to be more of these materials in hemp that is imported from nations which are non-European.

There are some variants of the hemp plant that do not have that much CBD content. Others, on the other hand, are full of it. Given that there are no laws that restrict hemp on the basis of the CBD content available in it, CBD strength does not affect the legality of the hemp that is imported.

Domestic CBD / Hemp

It is ironic that, given the extremely high amounts of hemp that the US imports, there is a constant debate between the state and federal governments regarding growing hemp on US territory.

Prior to the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, it was illegal to grow hemp on US soil, without permission from the DEA. The Farm Bill allowed a number of states to relax their laws regarding the production of cannabis. There may still be strict limitations on the usage of the products manufactured. In some states, They can either only be used for conducting research or can be only sold within the boundaries of that state.

Conclusion

Our nation is making a change in attitudes toward hemp and CBD. It’s happening slowly, but it is happening. The fact that we can now legally product hemp on US soil is evidence of that. When looking to purchase CBD oil, you need to ensure that retailer you are purchasing from, is importing the oil from a reputable source or selling products that are grown legally under the Agricultural Act of 2014.


CBD – How do I get started?

September 12th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

best cbd oil

Are you doing a research online and finding it difficult to decide what, where and how you can buy the best CBD oil for your future needs? You are at the right place! Take a quick read through this post to make sure that you’re making a well-informed decision.

CBD in a nutshell:

CBD is one of the more than 60 compounds that is naturally occurring in hemp and marijuana. It’s non-psychoactive and works as a neutralizer in the endocannabinoid system that all of us (and our furry pets!) have. Neutral means different things in different areas of the body. The top three areas of study for CBD benefits initially were focused on anxiety, inflammation, and nausea. You can get CBD in many different forms – cbd edibles, cbd raw oils, cbd e-liquid, cbd topicals, etc. The compound is the same in all of them so the one you choose is really based on your personal preferences as well as the serving size that you’re looking for.

What should I look for in a CBD oil product?

1) Is the product lab tested?

The best CBD oils are lab tested. The company that made the product should be able to present to you the most recent laboratory test results for the product. And, at the very least, the laboratory test results should state the amounts of the cannabinoids (THC and CBD) in the product.There’s generally a 10% margin of error on these tests, so that’s something to keep in mind. It’s also great to see heavy metals and pesticide test information. Hemp is a really porous plant, so the soil it’s grown in can impact the extracted CBD. You want to know that all the stuff you want in your CBD supplement is there – and all the stuff you don’t want is not.

2) How was the CBD extracted?
Many times the CBD is extracted in a hydrocarbon like butane which can be harmful to your health. So, you definitely want to know how the oil was extracted.

3) Where is it coming from?
CBD has to come from hemp, rather than marijuana, in order to be sold across the United States. There are two ways that CBD from hemp can be legally sold in the US. The first is to import hemp extract from seeds and stalks that contains less than .3% THC into the United States. All of our initial manufacturers that we carried followed that route, but the second option, domestic hemp, is becoming much more prevalent. Domestically grown hemp extract is legal under the 2014 US Farm Bill as one of a number of nutrition and agricultural programs. The laws on who can grow and how they can grow it varies between states, but the .3% THC limit remains the same.

4) What else is in the CBD?
Take a look at the ingredient lists. Some products, like our tubed raw oils, only contain hemp extract. Others, like our topicals and dog treats, contain a variety of other ingredients intended to thin out the CBD extract, make it taste better, or even intended to work in conjunction with it.

5) Can it be called something else?
Yes, yes it can. There was a push about a year ago to get away from the word cannabidiol or CBD. As a result, you’ll see that many manufacturers moved to phrases like “phytocannabinoid extract,” “phytocannabinoid blend” or “hemp oil extract” used instead. If there’s a mg stated on the bottle, it’s likely CBD. You should always check with the company you’re buying from to be sure.

You’ll find a wide range of products on our website such as CBD tinctures, CBD edibles and CBD capsules. We have lots of options, from organic to vegan, gluten-free and kosher. We carry products from multiple manufacturers in the hopes that we can be your “one stop shop” for any CBD needs. As always, if you’re not happy with your purchase – for whatever reason – simply reach out. We will work with you to find a better fit.


How does CBD work in your body?

August 29th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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The human body is a complex machine, and the way it interacts with any compound, including Cannabidiol (CBD) can be even more so. We’ve only known about the system in our body that cannabinoids are part of since the 1990’s so there is definitely so much more to learn! Nonetheless, here some of the basic science we do know.

CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of over 60 compounds found in hemp and marijuana. It’s the second most prevalent compound (second only to THC) in cannabis. CBD belongs to a class of molecules called phyto-cannabinoids and isnon-psychoactive.This is the part of the plant that keeps you healthy, not high.

So how does CBD actually work in our body?

When someone takes CBD, the compound goes into your system and to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of receptors throughout the body and brain.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a very interesting and varied role within the body. At its most basic, the endocannabinoid system is a huge network of cannabinoid receptors which are spread through the body. The human endocannabinoid system releases cannabinoids that interact with receptors found in virtually all of the tissues in our bodies. You can also take in phyto-cannabinoids (CBD) in addition to those compounds that your body produces to help boost this system. The role of the endocannabinoid system is to bring balance to our tissues, including the heart, digestive, endocrine, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems. In short, it’s working to keep you in neutral. Neutral means different things in different areas of your body, which is possibly one of the very best things about the compound – it can have a different impact on different receptors in your body.

Tell me more about these receptors:

Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the human body embedded in the cell membranes that are responsible for regulating multiple processes that we experience daily including mood, appetite, memory and pain sensation. When they’re activated, it can be by naturally occurring endocannabinoids, as well as by the phyto-cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis. There are two major cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2 (Researchers speculate there may be a third cannabinoid receptor waiting to be discovered.) CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system but also sparsely populate other parts of our bodies. CB2 receptors are mostly in the peripheral organs especially cells associated with the immune system.

With this endocannabinoid system in place, it seems that we are biologically designed to make use of the cannabis plant. If you’d like to learn more about the ECS, check out our previous blog: what is the endocannabinoid system

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Is Vaping CBD oil right for you?

August 16th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

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Vaping CBD oil can be one of the most effective ways to include cannabidiol (CBD) into your daily routine. CBD is one of many natural compounds found in the hemp plant, known collectively as cannabinoids. It is a natural organic non-psychoactive cannabinoid currently showing promising results as a natural “neutralizer” in studies all around the world.

Can I Vape CBD oil?

Yes you can! Vaping CBD oil won’t bring negative consequences to your body, as long as you are ingesting a quality product and you use it responsibly.

Vaping CBD oil is a great option if you want to feel the effects faster. When you take the CBD in through your pulmonary system, the compound is able to go straight from your lungs to your blood system.This process allows the CBD to bypass your digestive tract, allowing up to four times as much CBD to enter your system, delivering maximum effects. Essentially, this means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of CBD.

Personally, I’ve never been a smoker. The idea of inhaling CBD was not appealing to me, but once I tried it I could really see the benefits. I take a cbd tincture as part of my daily vitamin routine, but if I have a headache or I am anxious about something or I’m just having a less than awesome day, CBD e-liquid is my go-to!

Can you get high from Vaping CBD oil?

No, you won’t get high vaping CBD oil. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, but THC is the cannabinoid that gets you “high” or “stoned.” CBD is not psychoactive like THC, meaning it won’t get you “high”.

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