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GWL Staff Favorite Isolate CBD Products

July 7th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck
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Green Wellness Life Zero THC Staff Favorite

At Green Wellness Life, we are CBD whole plant advocates. You may know these products as Full Spectrum CBD products,  So if you come in looking for condition specific help, we will more than likely direct you to our full spectrum products (this includes the whole plant with all the cannabinoids from the hemp plant including trace amounts of .03%THC).  However, our staff also recognizes that broad spectrum and isolate products can be incredibly beneficial for some specific things as well as both are processed to remove the trace amounts  of THC.

Here are the differences:

  • Isolate: the only cannabinoid left in the product is CBD.
  • Broad Spectrum: some of the cannabinoids in the product are removed, including the trace amounts of THC, while some of the other cannabinoids like CBG or CBN are left.

So with that being said, we want to talk about some of our Staff’s favorite isolate products and why we love them!

Cara OorbeckCara Oorbeck—Operations Guru @ GWL

The dog you see in the picture to the right is my sweet rescue, Rizzo (Named after the baseball player for the cubs, thank you to my husband who is a fan!). We love our little buddy but he is a ball of anxious energy and it only gets worse when he is stressed. This happens with visitors, animals or humans walking by, loud noises including if we raise our voice for any reason, and even when there is anything stressful on the T.V. or radio.

MedTerra Calming CBD Chews Salmon FlavorThat is where the Medterra CBD Calming Soft Chews come in! We have seen a significant reduction in anxiety and stress by giving Rizzo the Medterra soft chews daily. The soft chew is 10 mg, and we recommend 1-2mg per 10lbs of body weight for an animal, so we started by splitting it in half and giving it to him daily. After a week we found we needed to increase him to 1 chew daily. He is about 40 pounds. He loves the bacon flavor and the added ingredients of valerian root, chamomile and L-tryptophan also benefit him when dealing with his anxiety. I also give him half a chew before we have company or before he goes to the groomer. I really do love this product and so does Rizzo. We have really seen a marked improvement with his anxiety. I also love the price point $29.99 for 300 mg. You really cannot beat it!

Hannah Laing—Operations & Media Management @ GWL

I have been a long standing Endoca fan, some may even go so far to say cheerleader. I have found that 50mgs of either the Endoca Raw tincture or capsules has made a significant difference in my pain management routine. That doesn’t mean that Endoca checks all of my boxes for benefits from CBD. With all of the anxiety and stress that has accompanied everyday life, I have recently found that I like to add an isolate into my routine, along with my daily full spectrum. By adding an isolate along with my Endoca, I am noticing better relief for some of the anxiety that has come with life this last year. 

Through trial and error, I have enjoyed taking an isolate gummy and the gummy verses the softgel or tincture has inspired me to take it daily. I found my perfect match in the MedTerra Keep Calm 25Medterra cbd gummies mg CBD gummies. This is one of our best selling gummies and there is no doubt why.  With the added ingredients of L-Thanine  & Turmeric it not only helps my nerves but can also act as an added bonus for my inflamation with the turmeric.

The Medterra Keep Calm Gummies are available in both 25 and 50 mgs per gummy as well as a sleep gummy that I have also found to be helpful. I’m also on a budget as a young person attending college so I was more than happy when I saw that my favorite gummies cost $39.99. Either way, these yummy gummies are an affordable and fun way to take your daily CBD. 

 

QuintonQuinton Charles— Op-Ed Blogger

As gyms start to reopen, a lot of us are dealing with soreness following a great workout (as we attempt to get rid of those quarantine pounds!). Even if you don’t hit the gym regularly, you may still feel sore; whether that soreness is the result of physical exertion or is a chronic issue, I might have something to help. 

Each of us was asked to review one 0 THC product so I chose an isolate product I already enjoy. So what is an isolate? Simply put, it is a hemp-derived product that only contains the CBD of the hemp, and nothing else. This means that it is great for those looking to use CBD while wishing to avoid any trace amounts of THC that may be in a full-spectrum product or any of the other Cannabinoids. 

I really enjoy the Social CBD Muscle Balm Stick. This muscle rub from Social CBD (hence why I mentioned the soreness)works very well for me. The soreness the day after the gym? Taken care of,Muscle Balm Stick with only a few rubs a day (and with a nice lavender scent, too). I definitely putting this topical on my shelf as a regular. There are no downsides to the muscle rub, either. Normally, I find at least one thing wrong with every product that I review. Not this one. The texture of the balm is good, not too sticky (when applied properly and rubbed in), the scent is pleasant and not overpowering, and the relief I receive from daily use is surprising, when considering it is not a full spectrum product. It is also 400 mg and can be purchased for a reasonable price $34.99. I highly recommend the Muscle Balm to anyone who is dealing with daily muscle pain and sports recovery.

 

David Kranker HeadshotDavid Kranker— Op-Ed Blogger-GWL SEO & Marketing 

I had the pleasure of being able to try and review the Hemp Lucid CBD Beverage Drops.  The drops are available in both isolate and full spectrum drops  and contain an emulsifier that allows them to be mixed into any beverage making them a fast acting product, also known as nano CBD. This product fit my lifestyle perfectly, because I start every morning with a smoothie (orange juice, banana, pineapple, and spinach). I was able to add the drops to my smoothie every morning to start the day with a boost of CBD. I added a full dropper each morning which is about 33mg of CBD.

CBD is known for having a strong, earthy flavor. However, I found that adding the beverage drops to my smoothie really didn’t change the flavor of the smoothie. If you’re someone who doesn’t particularly like the taste of CBD oil, these drops may be a really good option for you. I got to really test the power of the drops last week. We had an issue with the website that was really stressing me out. I added the beverage drops to a glass of apple cider and drank the glass to see how well the drops would help me cope with the stress and anxiety I was experiencing. I found they did do a good job of providing the sense of calm I needed. I was able to clear my head and we did end up getting the website issue resolved.
The beverage drops have a rapid onset, so they get to work fast, and we do consider them a fast acting  product or a water soluble . The effects will typically fade faster than a typical oil-based tincture would. The drops are really best for when you need a boost of CBD. Ultimately, I really enjoyed the beverage drops and I would definitely recommend them. If you have a beverage routine like me, you’ll be able to easily work these drops into your routine. They’re also great to have around when you want a fast boost of CBD.

Brandelle Palmer, Founder and Owner of GWL

I know we say it regularly, but here at GWL we really do try ALOT of CBD. Gummies, Inhalers, Lotions, Chocolate – even a bracelet once. You name it, we’ve tried it. Through all of these trials and adventures, Social CBD is a brand that I find myself coming back to time and time again. This is a review on isolate and broad spectrum based products and those are the only types of products that Social CBD line.  Clearing out those other ingredients seems to make an easier path for mood stabilization. That’s the benefit that I’m generally looking for from CBD. While I do have the general aches and pains that come with being a 42 year old human (How is it that I hurt my neck sleeping? Seriously – just sleeping causes injury these days?) ISocial (Antes Select!) Capsulas de Gel CBD Potenciador don’t live with chronic pain. Thank goodness for that. I do struggle with a balanced mood and energy level. Michigan winters don’t help the situation, so I find myself turning to the Social CBD Boost. It’s a 33.3mg strength softgel. Again, it’s an isolate – 0 THC. Social makes a Rest, Recover, and a Boost blend. Boost contains yerba mate and moringa in addition to that CBD. If you’re not familiar with those “bonus herbs,” yerba mate is a naturally caffeinated leaf from a holly tree native to the rainforest. It’s most often consumed as a tea. https://guayaki.com/why-yerba-mate/

The moringa tree is native to North India and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Magnesium. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-benefits-of-moringa-oleifera#

The combination of these two is intended to provide some energy for the day along with those neutralizing benefits that we love from CBD. 

But does it work? For me, it does. I take my CBD mid-morning. I don’t take anything on an empty stomach because I’ve got a notoriously weak digestive system, so I want to make sure I’ve had breakfast. I’m also done with my allotted 2 cups of coffee by then. Within about an hour, I do feel a burst of energy. It’s not always noticeable on a daily basis, but when I stop the Boost to try something new and different, I notice when I come back to it. My husband, who struggles with both mood and inflammation, takes this as well – he marries it with a Full Spectrum Softgel from Entourage. It’s a higher serving of daily CBD than some of us need, but it’s his best fit. Let us know how we can help you find your own best fit – we’re here to help!

 


CBD 101 A Beginner’s Guide To CBD

March 12th, 2022 by Lashonda Broom

 

CBD 101 BlogCo-authors  Lashonda Broom & Cara Oorbeck(GWL Staff )

 Lashonda Broom, RN & HHP                       Cara Oorbeck, GWL Staff
Cannabis Nurse Medical Reviewer,

Cannabinoids, or compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants, are definitely a popular topic these days.  So what’s all the fuss about? What are these compounds and how do they work? How do I take them and how much do I take? And most importantly, what will it help me with? 

Whew, that’s a lot of questions. Let’s start with our bodies and the system that these compounds interact with. It is often assumed that the benefits derived from CBD and other cannabinoids are a result of introducing some substance not already found in the body to your system. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Let’s talk it through. 

What is CBD?

Before diving into how cannabinoids interact with the body, it’s first important to have an understanding of what CBD is. CBD is a natural essential oil that is rich in nutrients and one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Scientists are still researching cannabinoids and there may be more we haven’t yet identified. 

CBD can be found in all of the different types of cannabis plants, but it is more prominent in hemp plants where it makes up about 40% of the cannabinoids extracted from the plant. CBD is not psychoactive like THC, so it will not produce any kind of high. 

What is the ECS…Endocannabinoid System?

The Endocannabinoid System or “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 human body (as well as other mammals) 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. These cannabinoids promote homeostasis (balance) at every level of biological life. 

What do Cannabinoids do?

The function of cannabinoids in your body (regardless of whether they are naturally produced by your body or from a plant) 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.

While your body uses the endocannabinoids produced internally, it also reacts to phytocannabinoids from sources like cannabis and hemp. This is where CBD and other plant-based cannabinoid oils come in.

Endocannabinoid Receptors CB1 and CB2

The ECS is composed of 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 – maintaining that balance. 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.

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. One criteria that is important for everyone is quality. It’s important to make sure that you’re taking a product free of harmful contaminants. Additionally, you want to make sure that what you think is actually in that bottle is really there. You can only do that through a lab test.  Your takeaway for CBD 101 is to make sure that you’re taking a lab tested product. If you want to learn more about that, take a look at our article on unraveling lab reports.

Next up, let’s take a look at the different forms of CBD: What is the difference between them? Who would use which version, and why?

Is CBD all that I want from the plant?

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.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil: A Rainbow of Compounds

Despite its fame, CBD is not the only major compound found in cannabis sativa. There are a range of other compounds that make up the plant. When we are talking about all of those compounds together, we use the term “full spectrum.” This is just another way to say “whole plant”. A full spectrum CBD oil means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the cannabinoids that are naturally occurring as active ingredients in your product. 

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.

  • 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. That THC level 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 (whole plant) product, but the THC was isolated and removed. These products will usually specify 0 THC.
  •  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.
  • CBG (Cannabigerol) – Interestingly, CBG has been shown to stimulate growth of new brain cells and bone growth. These unusual properties make it a fascinating compound for researchers to study.
  • 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 many 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. We have often seen excellent results for people living with inflammatory pain. 

It’s important to keep in mind that unless clearly stated to be a 0% THC product, full spectrum products will likely contain a trace amount of THC. That legal limit, if coming from hemp, is 0.3%.  While it’s not likely that quantity would cause you to fail a THC drug test, it is possible. 

CBD Isolate

In a product made with a CBD Isolate, only one cannabis 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 the CBD oil.

For one, maybe they’re only interested in specific CBD oil impact. If a customer 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 people might feel uncomfortable with even trace amounts of THC. In this case, an isolate CBD is a perfect solution. 

Others may actually be allergic or have had bad reactions to other cannabinoids or plant matter. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice.  Additionally, we have seen excellent results with isolate CBD for people looking for help with mood stabilization.  The other cannabinoids and plant matter aren’t usually as necessary to see a benefit there. 

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. There is a growing body of information that is talking about the benefits of raw or CBDA having a greater effect on people living with chronic pain. There is also a patent pending by GW Pharmaceuticals using CBDA in conjunction with CBD for anxiety and psychotic disorders.

Product Options

Now that you understand the way that the ECS works and the different processing types of products that come from cannabis plants, let’s talk about products. In short, CBD and it’s fellow compounds can come in pretty much any package type that you’re interested in – from chocolate to bath bombs to hemp flower. 

Pricing will vary but will be based on total milligrams of active ingredients per container.  When you see a 300mg lotion, that means that there are 300mg of cannabinoids in that whole bottle – not in each amount that you put on your skin.  You’ll see the same thing on a tincture, bottle of gummies, etc.  Those package sizes can vary as well.  Some are much more concentrated than others, so you may have the same amount of cannabinoids (your active ingredient) and a similar price point in a tiny 10ml bottle and a large 2oz bottle.  When you’re product shopping, you will want to look at that total strength per package as well as how much you’re going to take every day. 

We break it down into three main product categories – let’s talk them through: 

1) Topicals

These cover anything that you’re applying to your skin.  

  • Benefits in 15-30 minutes.  
  • The downside is that it won’t last as long – usually 4-6 hours.  
  • Topicals are a great fit when you’re dealing with a skin issue or are looking for inflammation relief at that site.  
  • Topicals won’t generally get into your bloodstream (with the exception of some CBD patch molecules that are small enough to do so).  
  • Intended to provide relief to the muscle, joint, and skin tissue.  
  • You can definitely use a topical along with a booster and a daily supplement. 
  • Use them where it hurts – when it hurts. Consistency isn’t key here.  

2) Boosters

Boosters avoid the digestive system to get to work quickly. 

  • Benefits in 15-30 minutes.
  • Like a topical, they get to work and then dissipate within 4-6 hours.  
  • Absorbed through your cheek or taken in through your lungs.  
  • The intent is to provide a bit of extra CBD on a day when you need it.
  • Use them as needed – consistency isn’t critical.  
  • As they are quick to leave your system, we wouldn’t recommend a booster as your only source of CBD and other cannabinoids. 

3) Daily Supplements

If you’re only going to take one type of cannabinoid, we would ask that you make it a daily supplement.  You’ll ingest these – and they come in all kinds of forms: 

Raw Oil

This is the plant extract in its most natural form – it’s likely been filtered 1 or more times and will taste grassy and earthy. Your serving size will be measured in paste quantity. We use the term “grains of rice.” Raw Oils will always be Full Spectrum. 

  • Pros: No additives, Flexible Serving Size
  • Cons: Difficult to Measure/Take, Earthy Flavor

Tincture

This is a liquid that you place under your tongue. It starts with the raw oil, but has a carrier oil and possibly flavoring added to it. Serving size will be measured in drops or dropperfulls. Tinctures can be Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Isolated CBD. 

  • Pros: Flexible Serving Size, Added Flavoring, Quick Sublingual Absorption 
  • Cons: Can be Difficult to keep Serving Size Consistent

Capsules/Softgels

Capsules and Softgels are encapsulated tincture.  Serving size will be measured in capsules. 

  • Pros: Consistent Serving Size
  • Cons: Lack of Flexibility in Serving Size

Edibles (Gummies, Candies or Chocolate)

These options take a raw oil or an isolated CBD powder and add it into a gummy, candy or chocolate recipe. Raw Oils taste earthy, so full spectrum edibles are harder to come by than more filtered options. Serving size would be measured per piece. 

  • Pros: Easy to take
  • Cons: Lack of Flexibility in Serving Size, Priciest Option

How Much Do I Take?

Our goal is always to see the best possible results with a minimal amount of stuff in your system.  We talk in terms of serving size rather than “dose” because CBD is considered a food supplement – not a drug. In our experience, most people see benefit between 15-50mg daily.  We do have customers that do well with 5mg daily, and others who need 100mg, but 15-50mg taken consistently is the standard. 

We know that when you’re hurting, it’s always tempting to take a high serving to feel better.  We encourage you to step away from that and start small.  Some people do very well with a small amount of CBD to get their body back into neutral. We all want to be that person! Start there and work up if you need to. CBD supplements are intended to work over time – not instantly.  Don’t jump your serving up on a bad day – that’s what boosters are for.  If you’re not consistent in your serving size, you may not see the benefits that you are hoping for.

Getting Started

If you’re new to CBD, here’s how we recommend getting started: 

  • Day 1-5: Start with 10-15mg daily
    • Be consistent with the time of day that you take it. Raw CBD can be energizing, so we recommend morning. 
    • Any supplements that are sleep aids should be taken 30-60 minutes before bed. 
    • We always encourage you to take CBD on a full stomach.
  • Day 6-10: If you aren’t seeing the benefits you’re looking for, double your daily serving to 20-30 mg. 
    • Stay consistent
  • Day 11+: As long as you are seeing some benefit, stay the course. 
    • You can continue to increase your serving as needed, giving your body a couple days to adjust
    • You’ve got cannabinoids in your system, so your adjustment time will be quicker
    • If you’re not sure if you are seeing benefits, stop taking it for 3-5 days. That’s enough time for you to see if there was a difference for your system. 

We love starting with a tincture (liquid) because that serving size is so flexible, but if you’re more comfortable with a gummy or a softgel, go with that! The best CBD for you is the one that you will take every day. I’ll say it again: The best CBD for you is the one that you will take every day

No One Size Fits All

Whatever your choice when it comes to CBD, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of your options, in both product type and serving size. What your body needs may change. Every system is unique. We know it’s hard to hear, but there truly is no one size fits all. At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you are most comfortable with and see the greatest benefit from. 

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