Paul James

Paul James is a seasoned cannabis and CBD writer and expert. He is a mental health blogger who advocates CBD as a natural alternative to prescription medications. You can read more about this and other natural alternatives on his blog:"

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What are CBDa and THCa? - Explained!

As prohibition slowly comes to an end, our understanding of cannabinoids and how they affect the endocannabinoid system are becoming clearer. There are two cannabinoids which scientists have taken particular notice to - cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA).   Both of these are precursors to cannabidiol (CBD) and delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in the cannabis Sativa plant (as well as other cannabis strains) as acidic forms. Little is known of what these cannabinoids can do in and of themselves. Yet, more research is beginning to appear as to how CBDa and THCa may have therapeutic potential similar to the effects of cannabis found in other cannabinoids (such as cannabigerol acid [CBGa] or cannabinol [CBN]).   CBDa and THCa help develop a variety of major cannabinoids. Throughout this article, we’re offering a definitive guide into CBDa and THCa. In the end, we invite you to ask further questions.   What is CBDa? Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) is the cannabinoid precursor to cannabidiol (CBD) found in the raw cannabis plant. Through a process known as decarboxylation, when cannabis is heated or dries up, the compound turns from CBDa to CBD.¹ CBDa is non-psychoactive and is believed to have the following therapeutic benefits: Analgesic Anti-inflammatory Antibacterial Antioxidant Prevents cancer cells from spreading Reduces feelings of nausea and vomiting   CBDa works similarly to CBD in the sense that it doesn’t directly affect the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor in our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Rather, it inhibits COX-2 enzymes and produces 5-HT receptors which all play important roles in our ECS.²   Since it isn’t as popular as CBD, it’s rare you’ll find a product on the market containing isolated CBDa. However, you can give it a try by juicing raw cannabis plant and consuming. It should be noted, through juicing, you’ll obtain a full spectrum of cannabinoids besides CBDa.   What is THCa? Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) is the cannabinoid precursor to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in raw cannabis plants. Similarly to CBDa and CBD, THCa changes into THC through decarboxylation. When a cannabis bud is dried, the THCa develops into THC. However, since most marijuana (including medical cannabis) is smoked, THC is further released through the heating process associated with lighting a joint or bong hit.³   Also similarly to CBDa, the only real way to consume THCa is by juicing a raw cannabis plant. Many people are turning towards this form of consumption as it offers a whole new spectrum of therapeutic benefits not found in cannabis flowers. When it comes to THCa, there are no psychoactive effects and the benefits are believed to include: Anti-emetic Anti-inflammatory Anti-proliferative Antioxidant Antispasmodic Appetite stimulant Neuroprotectant Pain reliever   Research concerning THCa is very new and scientists still don’t have a complete understanding as to how it affects our ECS. THCa is believed to influence our 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptors, producing serotonin in our body. It’s also believed to inhibit COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes as well as boost concentrations of endocannabinoid 2-AG.?   What is CBDa and THCa Crystalline? If you’ve done research, you’ve probably come across the terms CBDa and THCa crystalline. These are ways to identify the way both cannabinoid molecules look on a microscopic level. Both CBDa and THCa look similar in this sense as they appear very much like snowflakes, compressed rock salt, or the tips of trichomes.   Furthermore, when CBDa and THCa are isolated to create products such as tinctures or topicals, they come out looking very crystallized. This crystallized form of the molecules is the purest you can find, with a potency of around 99.9%. This means, there’s none of the following in CBDa and THCa isolated products: Fats Flavonoids Lipids Terpenes Unfortunately, the process of getting CBDa and THCa into this crystallized form is both very complicated and kept highly secret. In other words, there are only so many people doing this and, in effect, it’s not viable for the average consumer to come across these isolated cannabinoids.   Still, we do know a little about the process.   How is CBDa and THCa Isolated? Since CBDa and THCa cannot be heated (or else they’ll turn into CBD and THC), the cannabis extract method works differently from decarboxylated methods, those currently well-known to the cannabis industry. It starts with a set of washes and separations that both isolate the cannabinoid and removes potential toxins (such as terpenes and flavonoids). The first of these washes are usually done through solvents as these are effective in purifying CBDa and THCa?   From there, the cannabinoids will be put through something known as “preparative chromatography”. This is used to separate molecules by passing them through different methods at various speeds. The last part of isolating THCa and CBDa removes the last bit of potential toxic particulars through solvents.   How to Consume CBDa and THCa As already mentioned, is CBDa or THCa is heated, the effects attached to those chemicals will no longer be active. Warning: If you heat up THCa, you’ll produce THC which causes the entourage effect of psychoactivity.   With that, one of the most popular forms of consumption is oral ingestions. You can take CBDa or THCa in a pill form or prepare it with food. However, if you do prepare it with food, keep in mind that you can’t heat the cannabinoid. A popular choice is mixing it with pesto as this is a cool condiment that goes great with a variety of dishes.   There are other ways to consume CBDa and THCa, such as placing it on the skin. However, you should be very careful when experimenting with other consumption methods as both cannabinoids are highly sensitive to heat. Even just leaving your crystallized CBDa and THCa in the sunlight too long can turn it into CBD and THC.   But more than anything, you’re lucky if you even have the opportunity to get crystalline cannabinoids. Both CBDa and THCa in their pure form are extremely rare and most cannabis connoisseurs will never get the opportunity to try them. Partly because there are so few cannabis products containing the phytocannabinoids.   If you’re really eager to try either CBDa or THCa, your best bet is finding someone with either a raw hemp or marijuana plant and juicing it. It should be noted, there are currently no known side effects for CBDa and THCa.   Your Questions Still have questionings concerning CBDa and THCa? We invite you to ask them in the comments section below. If you have any further knowledge or personal experience with these cannabinoids, we’d also love to hear from you.   Reference Sources ¹ PubChem: Cannabidiolic acid - C22H30O4 ² Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal: The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabinoids, and Pain ³ Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: Decarboxylation Study of Acidic Cannabinoids - Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: Affinity and Efficacy Studies of Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid A at Cannabinoid Receptors Types One and Two - CAT Scientific: THCA and CBDA - An Investigation Into The Realm of Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoids

8 months ago

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A Dive Into Sabaidee's Good Vibes CBD Oil

SabaiDee products stand out amongst other CBD products due to the company’s mission - for every product a customer purchases, SabaiDee plants a tree in an effort to combat climate change. This mission is a reflection of the virtue SabaiDee offers its customers - all-natural, high-quality hemp extract. The company hopes that by selling a million products, they’ll be able to plant a million trees!   SabaiDee CBD products found its roots in cannabidiol after seeing how poor practices were plaguing the CBD industry. The company holds a strong conviction for the well-being of their customers and their right to natural alternatives such as CBD. Throughout this review, we’re going to take a deeper look into one of SabaiDee’s most popular products, Good Vibes, and give you more information about the company as a whole.   Shop Good Vibes CBD - 15% Coupon - CBDNERDS   SabaiDee CBD Oil - Good Vibes - What You Get For $48.95 (current price listing) you can receive a bottle of SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract and coconut oil. Or, if you’re looking for a bundle, you can also select one of the following deals:   2-pack - $40.97 each ($81.94 total) 3-pack - $38.95 each ($116.85 total) 6-pack - $34.95 each ($209.70 total)   This 250mg CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC and is made for easy consumption for people seeking out a natural alternative. Though the government doesn’t make any claims determining the health benefits of CBD, science has found the following potential benefits of CBD oil:¹   Anti-inflammatory properties Antioxidant Relief from stress Chronic pain relief Inhibiting cancer cells Promoting bone growth Seizures and convulsions relief   It should be noted that some people experience side effects when taking CBD. If you believe you’re in need of a stronger CBD tincture for the sake of serious relief, SabaiDee also offers other Good Vibes CBD products, properly named:   Super Good Vibes - 1,000mg Mega Good Vibes - 2,500mg   The ingredients for SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract is as follows: Pure Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, MCT Oil from Coconut, Peppermint Oil   SabaiDee CBD Dosing Recommendation: SabaiDee recommends people use their Good Vibes product 1 to 3 times daily for the sake of combatting ailments. They also believe using Good Vibes in the morning is the most beneficial as you’ll find relief throughout the day. However, the right dose of CBD varies from person to person. It’s important to remember your body weight along with the intensity of your ailment play large roles in determining how much CBD you should take.   We suggest you experiment around with the dropper - starting small and working your way up. This will give you an idea of pure Good Vibes has an effect on you.     How Can SabaiDee Good Vibes Help You? Many professionals agree there are a number of health benefits within CBD due to the way it naturally works within our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is a naturally occurring system formed by retrograde neurotransmitters found throughout the body.² It’s responsible for a number of different functions, including (but not limited to):   Appetite Combatting diseases Energy balance Female reproduction Immune system Memory Mood (including stress response) Pain regulation Sleep regulation   When we intake CBD, it indirectly balances out our ECS. For example, let’s a part of our body is facing inflammation. This natural response occurred because our ECS signaled it to. When we take CBD, our ECS rebalances itself and, in turn, the CBD becomes an anti-inflammatory.³   Whenever you take SabaiDee’s Good Vibes pure hemp extract, you’re allowing your ECS to naturally rebalance itself. And this rebalance can help with a large list of ailments.   Overview of SabaiDee The unfortunate truth is the CBD industry is very unregulated compared to other industries. Therefore, a number of CBD companies have appeared offering their customers poor quality products that sometimes contain contaminants dangerous for consumption. SabaiDee is aware of this unfortunate situation and has made it their goal to become a company within the industry people can trust. On their “About” page, you’ll find 9 ways in which SabaiDee counteracts this situation. The following are 4 of the 9:   Being Transparent on Their Labels One of the biggest problems in the CBD industry is a lot of companies mislabel products for the sake of reeling in more customers. Not only is this practice unethical, but it can put the customer at risk as they don’t truly know what they’re getting. SabaiDee makes sure to tell you exactly what you’re getting with each product you purchase.   Misinformation The CBD industry is filled to the brim with misinformation. We could write a whole article on the lies news outlets and even CBD blogs spread about cannabis and CBD products, but we’ll save that for another time. SabaiDee is just as aware of this misinformation and has made a prominent effort at becoming a reliable source for facts.   Bad Lab Tests All reputable companies will have their CBD run through a third-party lab test in order to determine whether or not the cannabidiol is filled with contaminants dangerous to the consumer. Unfortunately, not every CBD company follows through with this practice. Furthermore, some go to third-party laboratories that have a bias to find good results. SabaiDee is not only against this but makes the extra effort to always provide its customers with high-quality CBD.   Fake Products It’s fairly uncommon to run across fake products, such as synthetic hemp, but newcomers to this industry may be fooled. SabaiDee not only desires to be a company CBD consumers can trust but one all newcomers can turn to.   We can safely say SabaiDee offers some of the best CBD oil on the market. To get an idea of what it’s like shopping with SabaiDee, the following is an overview of the company as a whole and what you can expect when you purchase from them:   Shopping Experience SabaiDee offers fast and free shipping across the United States with orders typically arriving within 5 to 7 days. You also have the ability to return products within 30 days and receive a full refund. Though, if you do decide to return, you’ll have to pay the shipping costs. SabaiDee is extremely committed to its customers and this shines true in their customer service. They offer around the clock customer care either through email or call. To top it all off, SabaiDee has made it their mission to give back to the environment. For every product purchased on their website, they’ll plant a tree to combat climate change. Their goal is to plant one million trees.   Third-Party Lab Testing All reputable CBD companies will be transparent about their third-party lab testings. This is a way for you as a customer to know exactly what’s in the CBD you’re purchasing. Through their “Transparency” page, SabaiDee offers lab reports from all their extractions. If you’ve recently purchased a product from them, you can check out the exact lab report for the CBD you’re consuming. These lab reports will inform you of:   The cannabidiol potency The terpene profile Whether or not the CBD contains harmful chemicals (i.e. pesticides, heavy metals)       Reference Sources ¹ NIDA: The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol ² PubMed: Endocannabinoid system: An overview of its potential in current medical practice. ³ HHS Public Access: Cannabinoids as novel anti-inflammatory drugs

6 months ago

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How to Read CBD Lab Results

As you start exploring the cannabidiol (CBD) industry, you’re going to notice the term “Lab Results” be thrown around quite a bit. These are detailed analyses of third-party test results for CBD products and are vital to deciphering a reputable CBD company from the one you shouldn’t trust.   To put it simply, lab results (sometimes referred to as Certificates of Analysis) inform you of what’s in and what isn’t in your hemp-extracted CBD.   If you ever plan to purchase CBD, it’s important to understand how to read these results. This article will inform you of all the basics when it comes to lab testings and give you a comprehension of why they’re vital to this industry.   The Importance of CBD Lab Results There’s no denying CBD has captured the eyes of mainstream media. More and more people are becoming interested in this natural medicine and, with that, more are giving it a try for themselves. However, most don’t realize the CBD industry is still very unregulated.   Currently, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only approves of one CBD pharmaceutical, known as Epidiolex. Every other product available on the market has not been approved nor regulated by the FDA. ¹   Still, due to the peek of interest, thousands of brands have flooded the market. Many of which don’t care for the consumer and are only in it to make a quick buck. In turn, this has also flooded the market with a number of poor-quality and sometimes dangerous products.   The good news is companies leading this industry are keen to this fraud. And they’re taking it under their own wing to make sure you’re aware of what’s in your CBD.   How Do Companies Rest the Quality Their CBD? Through lab reports, they offer you the knowledge of what’s inside your CBD. Everything from cannabinoid content to whether or not it contains any contaminants, such as heavy metals or pesticides.   Still, even with these lab results at your disposal, it can be difficult to understand the text. That’s why we’ve developed the following guide to help you equip yourself with everything you need to know when reading CBD lab results.   The Different Composition of CBD It’s fairly well-known that CBD comes from the cannabis Sativa plant known as hemp. However, what’s less discussed are the different compositions of CBD that can be extracted from hemp. ²   Currently, there are two important differences you should be aware of:   Full-Spectrum CBD - CBD that contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, fatty acids, and other compounds from the hemp-plant it was extracted from. Sometimes referred to as whole-plant CBD, whole-flower CBD, and CBD extract.   CBD Isolate - By processing the CBD further, laboratories are able to produce a crystalline substance that’s the purest form of CBD (usually, around 95%+ pure). Products labeled CBD isolate will only contain CBD and other additives added later in the process. These products also tend to be 100% THC free.   It’s important to note that no two hemp plants will grow the same. Therefore, their contents will slightly differ in terms of cannabinoids and terpenes.   By learning to read lab results, you’ll be able to pick apart these slight differences. In turn, this can benefit you as you’ll be able to look for cannabinoids and terpenes that can cater to your needs.   How to Read CBD Lab Results When a CBD company runs their product through a lab test, there are a number of different screenings that can be given. Admittedly, since CBD companies aren’t inclined to run through any of these screenings, they may pick and choose in accordance with their preferences.   The following are the most common screenings you’ll find within a CBD lab result:   Cannabinoid Profile A cannabinoid is a molecule derived from the cannabis plant. As of now, scientists have discovered over 100 cannabinoids. The two most famous are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Still, all cannabinoids do have therapeutic properties in humans.   A cannabinoid profile measures out how much of each cannabinoid can be found within the CBD product. In order to understand these various cannabinoids, it helps to do extra research on their therapeutic properties.   From cannabinoid content levels, you’ll be able to find: Potency - how much concentration of each cannabinoid is within the product (often measured as a percent of weight or mg/mL).   Non-Decarboxylated Raw Material - how much of a presence of acid forms to non-acid cannabinoid forms.   Spectrum - how much of each cannabinoid is within a product.   Referring back to the terms mentioned above, you can expect: Full-spectrum products to contain a variety of different cannabinoids with CBD being of the dominant cannabinoid.   Broad-spectrum products to contain a variety of different cannabinoid, but withholding THC - the cannabinoid that causes psychoactivity.   Isolate-based product - Containing only CBD and a bit of CBDV - the cannabinoid molecule CBD initially begins as.   Some products may label themselves as full or broad-spectrum, yet, only contain CBD isolate. This is usually because the hemp extract was tested rather than what was put into the final product.   Terpene Profile Terpenes are aromatic oils that are found in cannabis and come with their own set of therapeutic benefits. They can interact with certain cannabinoids and, in effect, produce further health benefits. For this reason, it also helps to do a bit of research on terpenes themselves.   All full and broad-spectrum CBD products will contain a terpene profile, even if the lab results don’t list them. When CBD is isolated, it is removed from its terpene profile.   However, you’ll sometimes run into CBD isolate products where terpenes were added in afterward. These products are sometimes referred to as “terpsolates”.   Heavy Metal Screening Hemp has the ability to soak up whatever’s in the soil around it. ³ Due to this behavior, the plant’s extract may have dangerous heavy metal contamination. For this reason, lab results should report whether or not their CBD product contains heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead.   Microbiology Screening Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of microbes, such as yeast, molds, E-coli, and salmonella.   Mycotoxin Screening Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of toxic substances such as fungus.   Pesticide Screening It’s important to make sure the hemp your CBD was extracted from was grown organically. An organic farm WILL NOT use pesticides as a means of yielding in more crops. Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of pesticides and grown only through organic methods in clean soil.   Solvent Residue Screening A common way to extract CBD is through various solvents. Unfortunately, these solvents sometimes leave behind a chemical residue which can be dangerous if consumed. Some companies test to make sure their CBD is free of this solvent residue.   CBD has the potential to help a lot of people. It’s unfortunate the government hasn’t completely woken up to this and, in turn, leaves the industry completely unregulated. Still, we’re lucky enough to have entrepreneurs take the responsibility into their own hands.   By using a third-party lab test (or certificate of analysis), we as the consumer are given the chance to know just what our CBD contains. If you’re new to this industry, it’s important to understand the value of this knowledge.   By having a comprehension of what’s in the cannabidiol itself, we are given the right to decide which companies will continue to prosper.     Reference Sources ¹ FDA: FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD) ² Harvard Medical School: Cannabidiol (CBD) - what we know and what we don’t ³ Springer 3 Biotech: Comparative assessment for hyperaccumulatory and phytoremediation capability of three wild weeds

4 months ago

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Is CBD Better With THC?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been praised for its therapeutic abilities. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, experiencing chronic pain, or are simply trying to ease inflammation, the amount of medical properties research has found within CBD is truly staggering. However, did you know, CBD actually works best when it’s consumed with other cannabinoids?   Cannabinoids - scientifically referred to as phytocannabinoids - are groups of closely related compounds that come from the cannabis plant, including CBD and THC. Most cannabinoids have been found to have medicinal properties, many of which are similar to one another.   For example, both CBD and THC have been found to ease chronic pain. Interestingly, they do so in different ways. THC binds itself to our CB1 receptors which, in turn, blocks pain receptors from entering the brain. Whereas CBD has a way of balancing out our endocannabinoid system which, in turn, eases pain receptors when there’s a large influx. ¹   As you can see, the combination of these two cannabinoids in and of themselves can do a whole lot for helping people with chronic pain. And this is only scratching the surface.   Throughout this article, we’re going to take a deeper look into why CBD is better with a little THC.   Misconceptions of THC Since CBD has found mainstream popularity, there’s been one major misconception when it comes to its relation with THC. It’s usually something along the lines of, “CBD is medicinal, THC is recreational.”   Part of this issue comes from cannabis farmers themselves. As the medicinal marijuana revolution was overtaking America, more and more growers were developing plants high in THC and low in CBD. This explains why nobody had even known what CBD was till ten years ago.   Project CBD, an organization founded in 2009, was well aware of this trend and believed it was discourteous towards medical cannabis patients. At that time, many were being told THC was the answer even though CBD had a long history of medicinal value. ² In fact, everyone was so set on THC that CBD was almost bred out of existence.   The thing is, there are two sides of the coin to this problem. On one hand, you have marijuana activists who praise THC’s psychoactivity and are pushing for cannabis with higher amounts of it. On the other, you have governmental institutions still pushing prohibition on the public, claiming cannabis to be a dangerous substance.   Both cases are only putting more spotlight on THC and completely ignoring all the other cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. And, most importantly, both sides aren’t revealing how those cannabinoids can have superior medicinal value when combined.   Why CBD is Better With THC Science has already shown that when people consume whole-plant (sometimes referred to as full-spectrum) cannabis preparations, there’s an “entourage effect” that enhances the medicinal values of cannabis. This is because of the complex relationship between various cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.   A few studies that shine a light on this phenomenon include:   The California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that the combination of THC and CBD creates more potent anti-tumor effects after being tested on brain cancer and breast cancer patients. These patients were also tested with single compounds (CBD or THC alone) and found that the combination had more inhibiting abilities. ³   In a 2010 study, researchers looked into how cannabis can inhibit pain in cancer patients. It was found that when THC and CBD were combined, it caused more pain relief than THC in and of itself. ?   The Journal of Psychopharmacology found that CBD has the ability to inhibit THC-related paranoid symptoms and hippocampal-dependent memory impairment. ?   The science is quite clear, CBD works better when it’s mixed with THC. However, we understand those looking to medicate with cannabis aren’t always looking to get stoned. And with that said, we believe there is a sweet spot for everyone.   Trying CBD and THC: Trial and Error Plenty out there love the high that comes along with marijuana. And hearing news that CBD works better with THC may just be another reason to light up a joint and enjoy the psychoactivity.   However, we understand that not everyone enjoys the marijuana high. Furthermore, we’re well aware that many of you out there may feel paranoid upon smoking cannabis and have even avoided using CBD products containing just traces of THC.   Still, if you’re willing, we guarantee you can find the sweet spot when it comes to THC and CBD. All it’s going to take is a little experimentation.   As we tell everyone with CBD products, start small and work your way up. And when we say small, we mean very small. Maybe as little as 1mg of THC a day. Though this may cause minor psychoactivity, the medicinal benefits over time can be enormous.   In the words of Project CBD: “The successful use of cannabis as a medicine depends to a great extent on managing its psychoactive properties. The goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich cannabis remedy with as much THC as a person is comfortable with… Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of THC can confer health benefits. Oral administration of a low dose of THC (1 mg/day) resulted in ‘significant inhibition of disease progression’ in an animal model of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to a 2005 report in Nature, which noted: ‘This effective dose is lower than the dose usually associated with psychotropic effects of THC.’” ?   At the end of the day, the real question is whether or not you even have legal access to THC. Unfortunately, it isn’t available everywhere and we’re not suggesting you break the law simply to give cannabis’s medicinal properties a try.   However, if you are lucky enough to live in a state that has legalized cannabis (or are able to obtain a legal medicinal cannabis card), we highly recommend you give THC and CBD a shot. Even if just for a short time.     Reference Sources ¹ Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: Cannabinoids in health and disease ² PubMed: Cannabidiol--antiepileptic drug comparisons and interactions in experimentally induced seizures in rats. ³ Project CBD: Cannabis and CBD For Cancer ? Iowa Medical Marijuana: Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of THC:CBD Extract... ? Sage Journals: Journal of Psychopharmacology: Cannabidiol inhibits THC-elicited paranoid symptoms... ? PubMed: Low dose oral cannabinoid therapy reduces progression of atherosclerosis in mice.

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How and When to Use CBD Muscle Cream [2020]

Recently, cannabidiol (CBD) skincare products have been garnering a lot of attention and companies are noticing. An influx of different CBD face moisturizers, muscle pain relievers, and even acne treatment products have hit the market.   How Does CBD Work With Muscle Creams? Well, recent studies have found that, when applied to the skin, CBD has a number of benefits aren’t matched to its typical oral administration. For example, CBD is an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties that can help diminish wrinkles.   Still, even with these other properties, CBD in topical form retains some of the traits we’ve all come to know and love about it. Most notably, it’s pain relief abilities.   If you struggle with muscle or joint pain (i.e. back pain), you may find that a CBD cream is what you’ve been in need of. Throughout this article, we’re going to give you a complete overview of CBD cream for muscle relief.   What is CBD Cream? CBD cream can be broadly defined as a type of CBD topical. In other words, a CBD product that is applied directly to the skin rather than ingested. People use CBD creams for a number of different therapeutic reasons as cannabidiol (along with other cannabinoids) have been found to have potential health benefits.   The reason for this is CBD has an influence on our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a biological system that is responsible for keeping a number of different functions of our body in balance, including memory, sleep, and pain response (just to name a few).   When ingested, CBD will influence our entire body through the ECS. However, when applied to the skin, CBD doesn’t affect our whole bodies. Rather, it directly affects the area we’ve applied the topical product to.   For example, if you’re struggling with back pain and apply CBD to that location of your body, the CBD will directly influence that area. This is because a CBD topical must work its way through the skin and into the bloodstream of the targeted area.   CBD creams come in a variety of different products, each of which has its own advantages. Part of the reason for this is CBD companies have formulated products that use other naturally beneficial ingredients, including menthol.    What Are the Benefits of Using CBD Cream? As of this time, the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has NOT approved CBD for any health benefits. However, this hasn’t stopped research from discovering a long list of potential therapeutic benefits a CBD topical can have.   The most notable is the fact that CBD has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, CBD has been found to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-swelling in test subjects.   When it comes to CBD topicals, CBD creams have been found to be some of the most popular products. This is particularly because they can be used for a number of different benefits, including skin care (i.e. moisturizing, anti-aging) and pain relief.   Generally speaking, there are two types of CBD muscle creams that have found a lot of popularity. These are:   Warming Products - Heating painful areas of the body will trigger blood flow to the area which helps reduce swelling and soreness.   Cooling Products - By usually incorporating menthol, CBD cooling products will provide your body with a chilling relief.   Ideally, when it comes to muscle soreness, you’ll want a CBD product that has both cooling and warming properties. The combination of the two can produce a lot of pain relief.     Choosing the Right CBD Cream If you see a CBD topical product that’s marketed towards athletes or fitness gurus - people who tend to feel muscle soreness more frequently than the rest of the population - then you’re on the right track. However, not all CBD muscle creams will be geared towards this audience.   For example, Quanta CBD has developed a 150mg muscle rub that’s marketed towards anyone who’s in need of pain relief. One of the benefits of this product is the fact that they use a list of all-natural anti-inflammatory ingredients, including arnica, turmeric, and ginger root oil (just to name a few).     When you’re trying to find the right CBD cream, it’s important to take a deeper look into these little details. You may find one company offers a list of ingredients that are better geared towards your desires.     CBD Cream Dosage Recommendation Finding the right dosage for a CBD cream is a lot easier than to do so with a typical CBD oil (sometimes referred to as a tincture). This is because there really are no dosage recommendations, you simply apply as needed.   When dosing yourself with a CBD cream, it’s important to keep in mind that a little bit can go a long way. You don’t need to overdo it with the amount of cream you place on your body - a small bit will do. You can compare dosing to how much you’d use of a pain relief cream that doesn’t have CBD in it.   In order for you to make the most of your CBD cream and avoid wasting any of it, there are a few key areas of the body that the CBD should be applied to. These include:   Elbows, knees, and other joints Soles of the feet and heels Neck and shoulders   You always want to apply the CBD cream to the area of your body that’s experiencing the most pain. However, if that area of the body is near one of those listed above, you may be able to save some cream by applying directly to those areas instead.   Different companies have different recommendations when it comes to how often you should use CBD muscle cream. Always check their recommendation before re-applying. However, if they don’t offer one or you find their suggestion isn’t helpful, you should re-apply CBD cream every 3 to 4 hours.     Additional thoughts on using CBD muscle salves CBD muscle cream is a great way to relieve various types of muscle and joint pain, including arthritis, muscle spasms, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia. With so many CBD topical products on the market, you have such a wide variety to choose from, your options may seem limitless.   It’s important to keep in mind that you should consult a doctor before using CBD if you’re using another medication to help with your pain. Though it’s uncommon, CBD has been found to negatively interact with certain medications.

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CBD For Pets: 2020 Guide, Benefits, and More!

It’s only natural for you to want the best for your pet’s health and wellbeing. This is why cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining so much popularity amongst pet owners.   Beyond their overall physical and mental health, pets also face the problem of unexpected illnesses - most of which come with aging. Though various prescription medications are readily available, many of these can lead to serious side effects.   CBD has the power to heal without the cost of any significant side effects. Pet owners who may have found themselves taking the cannabinoid are now seeing it’s magic work on their furry friends.   What Are CBD Pet Products? CBD has an almost identical effect on animals as it does in humans as we both have an endocannabinoid system (ECS). When we intake CBD, it has an indirect effect on our ECS and, in turn, we experience therapeutic benefits.   With that said, CBD pet products are very similar to human CBD products. There are usually only two major differences:   Strength - Since pets generally have less body weight than humans, the strength of CBD they require is also less.   Taste - Some pets might not be so prone to taking CBD oil or other edibles. For this reason, high-quality CBD companies have developed products that taste delicious to pets. Though these can vary, some common ones are bacon for dogs and tuna for cats.     Granted, you can technically give a human CBD product to your pet. However, we don’t recommend this there’s more risk in overdosing your pet with CBD. Though this doesn’t hold any fatal consequences, too much CBD can make your pet ill.     CBD For Dogs As mentioned, our pets hold an ECS which is why CBD has an effect on them. However, each animal’s ECS holds slight differences.   Take dogs for example. Within their cerebellum, they have a higher concentration of cannabinoid receptors type 1 (CB1). This means dogs are more sensitive to cannabinoids that directly affect CB1 receptors, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).   CBD doesn’t directly interact with CB1 receptors which means it’s safe for dogs to consume. However, some CBD products should be avoided as they may contain high levels of THC.    Even though THC may have medical benefits on animals, it’s generally better to avoid products containing a high concentration. It should be noted, only certain states (where marijuana is recreationally legal) will have CBD products that are high in THC.   The majority of CBD products will contain 0.3% or less THC within them. Products with this percentage are labeled as full-spectrum which means they make use of all the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. If you want to be extra safe about making sure your pup doesn’t consume any THC, your best bet is to purchase a broad-spectrum CBD product (THC is removed) or a CBD isolate (purely CBD and no other cannabinoid).   We recommend full-spectrum to achieve the best results. If you're looking for a safe CBD brand that offers full-spectrum pet CBD products you'll want to consider Honest Paws.     CBD For Cats Cats are similar to dogs in the sense that they have a higher sensitivity to THC. Currently, there is less information about CBD’s effects on cats in comparison to dogs. However, some cat owners have reported that it can help provide some relief for chronic kidney disease (CKD). If your cat has struggled with nausea, inflammation, or a lack of appetite, CBD also holds the potential to help.   Potential Medical Benefits Currently, the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve CBD for medical purposes in both humans and animals (with the exception of Epidiolex). With that said, there are no claims that CBD can provide you or your pet with any medical benefits.   However, research confirms that there’s a lot of potential health benefits when pets take CBD. In a survey developed by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), around 600 pet owners offered a response to how their pets were relieved from CBD’s effects. These included:   Alleviation from skin conditions Worry alleviation Decreased inflammation Decreased muscle spasms Decreased seizures Help with digestive tract issues Minor inhibition from cancerous cell growth Nervous system support Joint relief Prevention from nausea and vomiting Sleep assistance   Some studies have also been reported looking into specific diseases within pets. For example, one conducted by Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine had found that CBD helped alleviate pain in dogs struggle with osteoarthritis. In turn, this helped give them better mobility.   How to Choose the Right CBD Product With a quick Google search, you’re going to find there are a lot of CBD products out there geared towards pet care. These include, but aren’t limited to, CBD oils (tinctures), CBD sprays, CBD dog and cat treats, and CBD topicals.   As a pet owner, it’s in your best interest to purchase only the highest quality products for your pet. With that said, a bit of research on each company can go a long way in assuring you find this quality.   One way to know how reliable a company is is by seeing if they hold a certificate of analysis on their pet products. These are third-party laboratory test results that look into a number of aspects of the CBD, including its potency, its purity, its cannabinoid/terpene/flavonoids count, and whether or not it contains any contaminants, such as pesticides or heavy metals.   If your pet is currently on medication, we highly recommend you consult a veterinarian before dosing them with CBD. Though it’s rare, CBD does have the potential to negatively interact with certain medications. However, in most scenarios, the medication will inhibit the CBD, not giving your pets the full effect. Not to mention, some ingredients in CBD products (especially, those designed for humans) may not be healthy for your pets.   What to Look For When Shopping CBD For Pets When purchasing a pet CBD product, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for the following:   Absorption When CBD is extracted, it’s placed into an oil in order to be easily absorbed. The best oil for this is olive oil as it’s generally healthier and contains no saturated fats. However, another common oil for CBD to be mixed with is coconut oil. Since this oil is saturated fat, it may cause diarrhea and/or high cholesterol levels in pets.   Certificate of Analysis As we mentioned above, a company that is transparent about their certificate of analysis is giving you the opportunity to check out exactly what your pet is about to consume. If you need some guidance on how to read these lab reports, we invite you to check out our article, “How to Read CBD Lab Results.”   Extraction from Hemp It’s important to make sure the CBD you’re purchasing is extracted from hemp and NOT marijuana. Though these plants are similar in appearance, their genetic makeup is extremely different. Marijuana plants have high amounts of THC while hemp plants have high amounts of CBD. Hemp is also legal on a federal level as long as each plant contains less than 0.3% THC. This ensures the products you’re purchasing will not get your pet high. However, in states where marijuana is legal, you may find CBD products extracted from this type of cannabis.   Origin of the Hemp One unique aspect of the hemp plant is it’s extremely absorbent. This means it will accumulate all the elements from the soil it is grown in. This means, if the soil is contaminated, then the product will also hold that contamination. It’s important to assure the product you’re purchasing only uses organically grown hemp that contains no metal toxicities. It’s noteworthy to mention that some human products are dangerous for pets to consume. This is usually because these products contain additional ingredients that are safe in humans, but toxic in animals. Take xylitol as an example. It’s a sugar-free sweetener used in many human foods, but can be extremely dangerous for dogs to consume.   It’s important to also mention that there is a big difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil. Hemp seed oil does have some therapeutic benefits, such as providing your pet with a healthier coat and skin. However, there is no evidence to suggest that it offers any pain relief. Nor does it have anti-inflammatory properties.     Our CBD Pet Product Recommendations A lot of companies have taken it under their belt to offer CBD pet products alongside their human products. For the sake of our recommendations, we’re going to take a deeper look at companies that keep their focus on pets. Not only are these companies reputable in terms of their product quality but their main efforts are to provide your furry friends with better well-being.   Honest Paws (Our #1 Recommendation)   The core mission of Honest Paws is to put pet health first and they carry this out with their 100% full-spectrum CBD oil. You can purchase their Purity Hemp Oil in three different strengths; 125mg (for animals up to 25lbs), 250mg (for animals between 25 and 50lbs), and 500mg (for animals 50lbs or more). People who’ve used Honest Paws products claim their tinctures have helped pets improve uneasiness, epilepsy, seizures, joint and muscle problems, and fighting pain and inflammation.   LolaHemp  LolaHemp is a unique pet CBD company that has devised a number of products specifically for your pet. They offer special doses for smaller animals and uniquely crafted doses for larger ones. All their products are organic and assured to be pesticide and herbicide-free.   Heelr Heelr puts a focus on helping animals struggling with anxiety and physical issues, such as hip and joint pain. Their products are of some of the highest quality you can find and made completely from organic ingredients. They also make a strong effort to educate people on CBD and how it affects your pet.   King Kanine King Kanine provides customers with all-natural and non-synthetic products - all of which are tested independently by a third-party lab. King Kanine sets their focus on pets through CBD oils, CBD edibles (such as their King Kalm Crunch), and CBD topicals (such as their Calming Balm).   HolistaPet HolistaPet focuses on developing CBD oil for dogs and cats that includes 0% THC. Their products have helped pets fight inflammation, seizures, and other psychotic issues. We highly recommend their CBD pet treats as these are crafted to boost your pet’s immune system, improving on their overall health.  

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How to Make CBD Oil at Home

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been gaining mainstream popularity over the last few years due to its organic therapeutic properties. While there are many high-quality brands of CBD oil currently on the market, many have taken an interest in developing these tinctures themselves.   Making CBD oil at home isn't as difficult as you may think. Throughout this blog, we're going to give you two of the most popular (and easiest ways) to develop your own tinctures at home.   How Does CBD Oil Work? Before you make CBD oil, it's important to understand how it works within the brain and body. CBD is just one of over 100 active cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. Each cannabinoid has been found to provide their own health benefits - though, it's important to note that more research is required to truly understand this impact.   As of now, researchers have found that CBD oil may help with the following ailments:   Anxiety Cancer cell inhibition Depression Insomnia Muscle spasms Neurodegenerative disorders Pain management Psychosis Seizures   The reason CBD has such versatility when it comes to treating ailments is due to its connection with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is responsible for a number of different body and mind regulations, including:   Appetite Cardiovascular function Digestion Immune function Learning Memory Metabolism Mood Reproduction Sleep   Beyond this, the ECS is also responsible for responding to illnesses that enter the body. CBD has the ability to regulate our endocannabinoid system. When consumed, CBD indirectly balances our ECS back to normal levels. This is why it has so many different therapeutic benefits.   How to Make CBD Oil With an understanding of how CBD works within our bodies, talking about how to make CBD oil will become more clear. Keep in mind, many companies are developing different formulas for their tinctures using all-natural alternatives. The purpose of this is to directly impact certain ailments. For example, people looking to treat anxiety with CBD may also incorporate chamomile or ashwagandha.     The Oil Method The "Oil Method" is by far the safest way to extract CBD oil. All you need is a carrier oil - some popular choices are coconut and olive oil. By using this method, you can safely assure your final product will not have unwanted residues.   It's important to note, the quality of your CBD oil is highly determined by the cannabis you use. It's best to find a high-quality strain from a reputable supplier in order to make the most out of your DIY CBD oil experiments.   Here is a step-by-step guide for developing a tincture through the "Oil Method."   Choose which cannabis you'd like to use and pick out the buds, leaves, and stems. To ensure quality, you'll want to make sure your cannabis has gone through a decarboxylation process. If you're unsure how to do this, simply bake your buds and leaves at a temperature of 220°F for 90 to 100 minutes. This process will activate the beneficial chemicals within the plant.   Take your decarboxylated cannabis and grind it up. From there, you'll want to place it in a mason jar with your carrier oil. This is where you have the freedom to adjust the quantity of the oil in comparison to the cannabis. For stronger CBD oils, you'll want less of your carrier oil and for less potent CBD oils, you'll want more.   Once your mixture is finely mixed, you'll need to bring it to a boil. Make sure the lid of the mason jar is screwed securely so no steam or water makes its way into your mixture. To boil the mixture, you'll want to place a towel at the bottom of the pan with the mason jar on top. From there, you'll want to fill the pan with water. Once the water reaches 200°F (make sure you use a thermometer), you're in the clear.   Keep an eye on the pan, you don't want the water to evaporate. Once your oil mixture has simmered for three hours, turn off the stove and let it sit for another three hours.   Once you've completed this step, many recommend letting the oil mixture heat again for another three hours. From there, you'll want to let it sit overnight.   The following morning, your CBD oil will be ready for consumption. All you need to do is strain the oil mixture through a cheesecloth and place it in a cool, dark, and dry place.   The Alcohol Method Sometimes referred to as the "Ethonal Method," the "Alcohol Method" is just as easy as the "Oil Method" and just as safe. The following is a step-by-step guide on making your tinctures through this method.   Taking your ground cannabis and place it into a ceramic or glass bowl. Mix this with alcohol and stir for around 6 minutes. This will produce resin which you can extract with a wooden spoon.   Grab yourself a straining bag/sieve to filter out the solvent from the bowl. You'll want to make sure you squeeze as much of this extract out as possible.   Using a double boiler, you'll want to pour the extracted oil and heat it. Once bubbles start to arise, you'll want to let it simmer for about thirty minutes (make sure to use a very low flame). This process allows the alcohol to evaporate.   Once the alcohol is evaporated, mix the remaining oil and turn off the flame. You'll then want to let your mixture cool down.   From there, you can take this extract and store it into a bottle with a sealed lid in a cool, dark, and dry place.     Homemade CBD oil is slowly gaining popularity as people are starting to realize how easy it is and how much more affordable it is in comparison to buying CBD products. It makes take some trial and error before you effectively master your tincture, but once you do, you'll have knowledge that can last a lifetime.   Remember, it's vital for you to only find high-quality cannabis - either marijuana or hemp - to make your CBD oil. The quality of cannabis highly determines the quality of your final product. With that said, you may want to learn how to grow your own hemp in order to optimize specific strains. But that's a whole other process you'd have to look into.   We wish you the best of luck in developing your CBD oil and hope you too find the therapeutic benefits that have already come to help so many!

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