CBD In Our HIstory; Nothing To Be Afraid Of!

April 5th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD In Our HIstory

By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp? In History?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding the history of hemp. This lack of information has led to a fear of hemp and a misunderstanding of the role that it played in our past. I often find myself in conversations with people who have no idea how central hemp was (and is!) to human medicine, clothing, and industry. Being a bit of a history nerd, I love the history of hemp because it is a rich history that spans thousands of years and all cultures. I’ll tell you a bit about it.

​Ancient Hemp

We often think of hemp and CBD products as modern amenities, but, in fact, they have been used for almost as long as we have been farming. For example, around eight thousand years ago, the Chinese first started using hemp in medicines. However, despite this early use, it wasn’t until 2737 BCE that we find written evidence of hemp as medicine. Emperor Shen-Nung, a mythical leader of the Chinese people in their earliest days, is purported to have developed topical hemp oils and teas to aid in pain relief. His findings are found in the first editions of the Pen Ts’ao Ching, an ancient medical text that is among the first to mention hemp as a remedy for illness.Later on, Hua Tuo, a Han dynasty physician, was the first person on record to use cannabis as an anesthetic… in the second century! He noted that this plant can also aid in the treatment of blood clots, tapeworms, and hair loss. Even the ancient Romans noted the benefits of hemp. Around 77 AD, Pliny the Elder, a famous Roman historian and writer, noted how helpful hemp was for the extraction of insects from ears and for pain relief.

Hemp As Medicine

Europe in the Middle Ages and after, saw hemp used to treat tumors and coughs — as well as recreationally. By the sixteenth century, hemp was one of the main crops grown in England. In 1533, Henry VIII commanded farmers to grow hemp or face a fine! It was also used to supply fibers for supplies on British ships, such as sails and rope for the rigging.

Hemp In The Americas

When Europeans came across the Atlantic to colonize the new world, they found that many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas already were cultivating hemp, a plant that they knew from their homes back in Europe. As the American colonies grew, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow Indian hemp. By the early 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail if they weren’t growing hemp on their land! In fact, along with whiskey and other goods, hemp could be used as legal tender (and even could be used to pay one’s taxes).

​Henry Ford and Hemp Fuels

In 1896 Rudolph Diesel had produced his famous engine. Like many others, Diesel assumed that the diesel engine would be powered by a variety of fuels, especially vegetable and seed oils. I am fro Michigan and so is Green Wellness Life so we wanted to throw in a bit of Michigan history! Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company, seeing the potential of biomass fuels, operated a successful biomass conversion plant producing hemp fuel at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl acetate and creosote, fundamental ingredients for modern industry.

Things Change

As other industries started to grow, they began to compete with hemp for control of various markets, such as paper, cloth and fibers, oils and fuels. This is when both the law and the public began to turn against hemp. I’ll talk about this more in part 2 of this history, but remember, hemp has been with us since the start of civilization. No need to be afraid of this incredible crop! Its uses are endless!!!Koi soft chews

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Terpenes…What is a terpene?

March 29th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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Terpene

What is a terpene?

by Op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Spring is coming and so are some of the smells and colors we love most! Like spring smells, cannabis products can have different smells depending on the strain and “flavor?” That unique smell is often the product of what are known as “terpenes.” In addition to oils such as CBD and THC, cannabis plants produce another oil; this oil is terpene. Terpenes are aromatic compounds produced by nearly all forms of life. In plants, they are responsible for scent and color. Flowers often have the highest terpene content, which is why they have the strongest scent and often the most unique and vibrant colors.

Effects of terpenes when combined with CBD

So, beyond flavor or aroma, why should you care about terpenes? Because terpenes also can have a direct effect on how CBD affects you. Some promote relaxation and stress-relief, while others promote focus and acuity.  The benefit of terpenes in conjunction with cannibinoids can multiply the benefits your body can experience.

Some of the powerful terpenes and their benefits

  • Linalool, for example, is believed to be relaxing whereas limonene elevates mood.
  • Beta-caryophyllene, is found in many strains of Cannabis, as well as in oregano and black pepper, among other herbs. It is notable as a protector of the stomach lining and also as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Beta-caryophyllene also binds to the CB2 receptors on T-Cells and Macrophages in the immune system , enabling them to more effectively combat illness.  It is the only terpene known to bind directly to cannabinoid receptors in the human body. This property is one of the reasons that green vegetables are so healthy for the digestive system and overall immune health.

Common Terpenes in Hemp

Some terpenes commonly found in cannabis products are Pinene, Myrcene, and Limonene.

  • Pinene emits a pine-like scent (hence the name) and is reported to be anti-inflammatory.
  • Myrcene has an earthy, herbal odor and is often found in mango and thyme outside of cannabis. It has a relaxing effect.
  • Limonene is citrus-like in aroma, as it is often found in citrus rinds. It has found use most often as a mood-elevator and has been found to relieve anxiety.

Making sure terpenes are in my CBD

So how do I know if these amazing, healthy, beneficial terpenes are in my CBD products? Well, you’re going to want to look for products that are labeled or known as “full spectrum.” But what is “full spectrum?” It refers to how the CBD oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant maintains all of its cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients; nothing is left out, so all of the terpenes are present (along with their benefits!). Most companies will publish 3rd party lab reports on their batches of CBD, which will include information on how they extracted the CBD from the hemp. One of the best processes that can be used to retain all of the terpenes in the oil is Supercritical CO2 Extraction. Supercritical CO2 is a fully recyclable, non-toxic, eco-friendly form of carbon dioxide, that’s held at a very specific temperature and pressure to keep it in a liquid state, as it passes through the plants. After extraction, the CO2 gasses off entirely from the oil, leaving only plant materials and no residual solvents behind.

Raw CBDA has terpenes

This CO2 method is most common for “full spectrum” products, and is preferred for its lack of residue and the quality of the end product. Most products are very clear about whether or not they are “full spectrum,” and that is what you should look for if you want the full benefits of terpenes. It is key to note that some full spectrum products are also considered “Raw” products.  All raw products are considered full spectrum and will also have the benefits of the plant terpenes. Raw means that the the product has some of the “raw” or unheated/cold processed plant matter  This part of the plant has it’s own benefits. Often people take a raw product for chronic pain and inflammation.

 

A doctors advice should be sought before using any supplemental dietary products.  The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Oils and Capsules and drops oh my!

March 22nd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Oils and capsules

How much CBD should I take?

I’ve written about CBD and the aging process before, though only focusing on ailments common in aging bodies. I want to discuss something that could present a problem to anyone using CBD: dosage or as we know it in the CBD industry serving size. Often, I hear that people are unsure of what amount of CBD that they should take for this or that. Maybe they want to “supplement their mood”, try to “fix their insomnia”, or attempt to “lessen the effects of the natural process of age,” or any number of other issues that people choose to try CBD.  In most cases, we find people are unsure where to start in terms of serving size for CBD.

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

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BlueBird Botanicals…Why We Love Them!

March 15th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

bluebird botanicals
By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Who is BlueBird Botanical?

At Green Wellness Life, we love the manufacturers we partner with and we are very proud of the products we carry. So much so that we wanted you to know a little more about some of our brands!

Quality in Farming

Bluebird Botanicals, of Louisville, Colorado, is a company that prides itself on both the quality of their CBD products, and their environmental consciousness. In particular, they have three points that all of their products conform to: quality in farming, quality in CBD extraction, and quality in manufacturing. They pride themselves on locally sourcing from Colorado farms, many of which are USDA Organic, and ensuring that their hemp is bred specifically for CBD and terpene content. This local sourcing allows them to closely monitor their product quality, and have a minimal carbon footprint, enabling them to stay true to their environmental mission (and to deliver high-quality products to their customers).

Quality in CBD Extraction

Bluebird Botanicals also stays true to their mission to deliver clean, quality products to their customers while remaining environmentally friendly by extracting their CBD from cannabis flowers and buds using both alcohol and CO2 extraction systems, which differ slightly in regards to how the cannabis flowers react to the process (don’t worry, I’ll cover all of this in a later blog).

Manufacturing

Their manufacturing standards are high, claiming on their website that “Bluebird’s final products are made in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). We test every batch using third party labs before delivering to your front door,”. This uncompromising attentiveness to product quality assures customers that they will receive only the finest CBD products from Bluebird.

Knowing what is in our products can be daunting.

As many readers know by now, I hold information in high regard. I think that it is absolutely key to know what you are putting in your body, what it does, and whether or not it is safe.  It is important to know whether or not a product is contaminated with substances that your body does not naturally produce, or your body will reject. I’ve often found myself frustrated with the lack of clear information about foods and supplements that I find in the local grocery store, especially when comparing two similar products.

Like me, I am sure you have asked similar questions like “is this, better than this or “didn’t I read somewhere that this is bad for me?”  How about “What does this long, complex word mean? or “How can I know that this won’t make me sick?” These and many more are the types of questions that run through my head.  There have been many times when I get home, I have had the daunting task of trying to find information on what I have just purchased. Information which is often spread all over the internet. Since I don’t feel like a research project every time I need multivitamins or cereal, I give up and resign myself to hoping that whatever I purchased is safe enough.

CBD & Full Disclosure

Bluebird Botanicals, unlike so many companies, gives full disclosure of all their test results for each batch, along with helpful tips, ingredients, and reviews. These batches are all compiled into a single, easily searched database on their website, and are arranged by date. Even if you aren’t keen to look through the test results (they can be a bit technical), it is reassuring that this company is willing to offer those to the public for oversight; I don’t know of many companies that do that. Period. For our customers security of mind it is our commitment at Green Wellness Life to not only check these test results regularly but to also never sell anything we would not take our selves or give to our families.  We do not post all our products test results on line as the test results of products change with every batch.  However these test results are available for our customers to request at any time!

Bluebird Botanicals committed to fighting for good hemp

This is also a company that is committed to fighting for hemp in the United States. Over the past two years, the founder, Brandon Beatty, and the Bluebird Botanicals team have been heavily involved with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. This is an organization that Green Wellness life not only believes in but also supports as well. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a 501(c)(4) non-profit lobbying organization consisting of dozens of hemp companies and the industry’s major national grassroots organizations. Their mission includes focused lobbying efforts in state capitals to fully legalize hemp and hemp-derived products, facilitating information exchange with law enforcement and federal agency officials, and continued long-term legislative advocacy on other major policy issues.

We look forward to following the progress of this great company, and appreciate the work that they are doing to expand the rights of citizens both in accessing hemp products, and informing consumers about the products that we use.


CBD & Sleep

February 26th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD & Sleep

We have been talking about a variety of concerns over the last few weeks. One question we get all the time is “will this help me sleep?” So we thought we would tackle it in a blog!

There seems to be a common misconception that CBD acts as a sleep-inducing depressant, that it puts you to sleep. This is unsupported by current research literature. Many CBD products are marketed to help increase alertness and reduce daytime drowsiness, so how can CBD help you sleep? While it seems counter-intuitive (and in some ways, it is), current studies support the use of CBD to facilitate healthy sleep but only in certain circumstances. I cannot stress enough that CBD is not a cure-all that will give a full rest to whoever uses it. Read the rest of this entry »


CBD & Neurological Disorders

February 22nd, 2019 by Brandy Palmer

Neurological Disorders

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed

Many People Are Suffering Neurological Disorders

Of the one billion people affected by neurological disorders worldwide, 50 million suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer and other dementias. Due to this prevalence of neurological disorders, which affect individuals from all genders, races, and socio-economic classes, it is no wonder that a lot of attention is placed on claims that CBD can lessen the severity of, or even remove the symptoms of some of these disorders.

My aim with this article is to offer as much information as I can to anyone who personally suffers, or has a loved one who suffers, under the symptoms of a neurological disorder. While I cannot claim that CBD will cure anyone’s illness, or that it will even mitigate their pain, I can claim to have done my research, and that I offer only the information which I believe are relevant to anyone seeking alternatives to treatment plans that may have not worked for them in the past.

CBD & Epilepsy

One of the most commonly cited examples of CBD having a positive effect is in relation to epilepsy in patients. Not only has CBD been found statistically to reduce the severity of seizures in some patients, but it has also been found to reduce the frequency of seizures in some studies. These findings have led to the first FDA-approved drug with CBD as an active ingredient; the drug is intended for use as a treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.

CBD & Parkinsons

For patients with Parkinson’s, CBD granted significant improvements in motor abilities, rigidity, pain, and other symptoms along with a decrease in psychotic attributes The study, conducted on mice, found that there was an overall decrease in the expression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and a slower rate of disease progression when the subject mice were treated with CBD. Obviously, there’s still a long way to go from mice to humans, but the initial findings are exciting.

CBD & Multiple Sclerosis

Culture testing has also proved that CBD reverses inflammatory responses and might successfully protect patients from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. For example, Sativex, a pharmaceutical containing a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, has been used to treat Multiple Sclerosis with varying degrees of success. As the National Institute of Health states: “In some trials, THC:CBD spray significantly reduced neuropathic pain, spasticity, muscle spasms and sleep disturbances. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in trials were dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, feeling of intoxication and a bad taste. Long-term safety and the potential for dependence, abuse, misuse and diversion are unknown,”

The National Institute of Health also stated that “Results from randomized, controlled trials have reported a reduction in the severity of symptoms associated with spasticity, leading to a better ability to perform daily activities and an improved perception of patients and their carers regarding functional status. These are highly encouraging findings that provide some much-needed optimism for the treatment of this disabling and often painful symptom of MS,”

CBD & The Nervous System

While Sativex is a prescription medicine, the effect that the CBD has on the nervous system may be replicated with similar CBD use, though this is not yet proven. There is much research that still needs to be done on the effects of CBD on neurological disorders, and new studies are constantly published, especially now that universities are less restricted in their ability to cultivate and experiment with Cannabis strains. Already, the market has FDA-approved CBD medications to treat neurological disorders, and there is no doubt in my mind that the FDA will approve other, non-prescriptive, CBD products that will enable many people, with varying levels of severity in their afflictions, to seek and find a solution.  Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later, for us and for our loved ones living with neurological disorders.

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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

Soft Chews for Dog
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 behavior 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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