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If you think you are hearing about CBD a lot more often nowadays, you are not wrong. CBD is starting to receive the positive attention it deserves as more and more people consider using it to improve the quality of their life. But how do you know if you could benefit from CBD, and how do you find quality CBD products? This is the real challenge because so many people are new to CBD and there are new products hitting the market all the time.

Let us look at some of the ways you can evaluate your CBD options and find the right one for you.

Determine your goal for using CBD 

Before you get started, it is a good idea to think about what you want to achieve by using CBD. This is highly individual based on issues you experience and your wellness goals. For example, are you looking for help with anxiety and depression? Maybe you are interested in its relaxing and calming effects? Or maybe you need help with inflammation and pain management. Determining the benefits you want to get out of CBD will help you narrow down your search and find the product that works best for your needs.

Consider how often you need CBD

Once you know what your goals are, you also need to consider how often you need to use CBD. This is important because people struggle with consistency and may have trouble taking a tincture but could easily use creams or supplements. If you want to use CBD to help with sore, aching muscles due to overuse, you may only need it after strenuous exercise so a CBD cream is perfect. If you are trying to help chronic issues, you may need to take CBD daily which may best be achieved with a tincture. The good news is that even if you do not like how tinctures taste, but need to use it daily, you can always put it in your coffee or morning smoothie.

Look at CBD product options 

Now that you have a better idea of what your needs are, it is time to consider how to get them met. There are lots of CBD products on the market, with more hitting the scene every day. However, not all CBD products are the same and act in different ways based on the formulation. You can find CBD in all forms, from oils, pills, and infusions to coffee, gummies, and even lotions. It might take a bit of research, but it will be worth it to find the product that is the right fit for your goals and use preferences.

Why quality matters

Quality matters in CBD products just like it does for any other supplement you take to improve your health. CBD offers many benefits, but those may be lost on a low-quality product. Low quality products can contain fillers or certain herbal blends, which may not be up to standards, offer no benefits or even have negative reactions. Some products may not have a high enough concentration of CBD, which means you are wasting money and not benefiting. Your best bet is to look for natural CBD products that use third-party testing to ensure quality. 

CBD has many benefits to offer ranging from muscle and joint pain relief to helping with anxiety. As powerful as it is, you still need to understand how to assess your options to get the most from the CBD products you buy. To do this you must consider your wellness goals, determine which formulations you can be consistent with and understand how to compare quality. If you are still not sure, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and make suggestions on which types of products might best fit your goals.

  Categories : General  Posted by Natalie Stewart

CBD oil is beneficial no matter the season, but it can be especially helpful in the colder months. If you live in an area with harsh winters, or experience skin, muscle and joint issues in the winter, CBD may be the answer you have been looking for! Today we are going to talk about some of the ways CBD oil can benefit you during the long, cold winter just around the corner. 

Joint pain 

Do you experience joint pain that may get worse when the weather is cold? If so, you are not alone. Many people deal with increased joint pain during the winter. CBD oil may help reduce inflammation and the associated pain from it, including joint pain. In fact, a 2020 study showed that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory effects and can improve conditions related to inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Muscle aches

Muscle aches and pains are not specifically a winter problem, but some people find that they feel extra stiff and achy in the cold. The cold weather can result in tight muscles, muscle spasms, and decreased flexibility. You may also drink less in the winter, leading to dehydration which also takes a toll on muscles. CBD oil can reduce muscle pain, soothe joints, and allow you to move more, with less pain. 

Skin problems 

Does your skin get itchy, dry, and flaky in the winter? This is a very common issue that can be caused by exposure to cold, dehydration and as a result of spending lots of time indoors where the air is heated and dry. CBD oil, especially a soothing topical formula can reduce inflammation and provide much-needed moisture. 

How to take CBD oil in the winter

There are a variety of ways to use CBD oil, most popularly in a tincture or a topical formula. Each has benefits and may be better suited for specific issues. For example, if you are looking for relief for sore and achy muscles, you may want to massage the affected area with a topical CBD formula. Additionally, you may want to include a tincture to help fight inflammation from the inside. If you just need to calm down skin issues, topical CBD may be the answer. The key is consistency because nothing will help unless you are diligent in using it. And remember, it is important that you find high-quality, natural CBD oil products. Natural CBD extract is safe and far more effective than synthetic versions.

  Categories : General  Posted by Natalie Stewart

They say the first step to having a good day is having a good morning, but if getting up and going feels like an uphill battle, you are not alone. Lots of busy adults struggle with mornings but starting the day on a positive note is easier when you have a little help. Fortunately, CBD might be just the thing your morning is missing. 

CBD is known for its many incredible benefits that range from reducing inflammation to helping with pain management and anxiety. It is also easy to incorporate in your morning routine so that you start your day on the right foot. 

If you need some inspiration for your CBD routine here are some of the ways that CBD could enhance your morning. 

Consistency is key 

Before we get into it, there is one important thing to keep in mind. As you may already know, the secret to success with any routine is consistency and CBD is no different. Even the best products cannot perform perfectly when taken inconsistently. That is why it is important to create a daily routine by making changes you know you can stick to and give yourself time to adjust.

CBD in your coffee 

It is no secret that CBD has an uplifting and energizing effect. If your morning coffee isn’t quite doing the trick, try adding CBD to it. This easy and effective combo can give your morning the extra boost it needs. It also sets a great tone for the day.

CBD in your protein shake or smoothie

A protein shake or smoothie might already be a part of your morning and is the perfect delivery system for your daily dose of CBD. This is especially helpful for those that do not like taking pills or tinctures, but do not want to miss out on the benefits of CBD.

Add CBD to your morning shower routine 

If you like to start your day with a refreshing shower, it could be the perfect opportunity to use any topical CBD products like our Calm Balm or Muscle Gel. After a morning shower your skin is most able to effectively absorb the product. 

CBD before or after a workout 

CBD is a workout must-have for those that have active lifestyles. When taken either pre or post workout, CBD can boost your energy when taken orally or reduce muscle soreness when used as a topical. You will recover a bit quicker and feel more energetic.  There is no question about it, CBD can work wonders when you make it a part of your daily life. CBD can be adapted to fit any personal routine, improve your energy, reduce your pain, and help you live life to its fullest. Just remember to be consistent and you will quickly see why so many people are using CBD.

  Categories : General  Posted by Natalie Stewart

Some people are reluctant to try CBD oil because they are confused about what cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are and what they are not. While they are completely different compounds, it is easy to see where the confusion comes from since both relate to the cannabis plant. Though, these are distinct compounds that impact the body quite differently.

Today we are going to dispel myths and clear up the confusion about CBD and THC. 

What is cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol is commonly called CBD and can be found in oils, tinctures, creams, and other types of preparations. CBD occurs within the cannabis sativa industrial hemp plant, which has over a hundred distinct types of naturally occurring compounds. CBD is known to offer many benefits, including reducing inflammation, pain, and anxiety. CBD is non-psychoactive, so it does not produce any type of euphoria and cannot get you high. 

What is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active compound in marijuana that makes you “feel high.” It is a completely different chemical compound than CBD and does not impact the body the same way. While THC is known to have positive benefits, like reducing pain and improving sleep, it has a different impact on the body. 

How are CBD and THC different?

Part of the confusion between CBD and THC is because they are both related to cannabis. These compounds are just two of the hundreds of compounds found within the family of cannabis plants. Hemp is the least processed form of the cannabis plant, and its where CBD is found. So not only are they chemically different, but they are also derived from several types of cannabis plants.

For what can CBD be used?

There is ongoing and exciting research happening all the time regarding the uses of CBD. And although we still have things to learn, we know that CBD can help reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle soreness. We also know that it can help with anxiety, headaches, sleep issues and much more. Currently, the FDA has approved one CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, for the treatment of seizures. As research continues, we might very well see additional FDA approved medications from CBD.

As you can see, CBD is a powerful and natural compound that holds a lot of promise for helping people boost their quality of life. If you are curious about the topic, and want to learn more, you can always contact us with your questions. We also encourage people to do their own research. If you are not sure where to start, check out Project CBD.  This is a non-profit news source that can help you understand CBD better, including the benefits and science behind it.

  Categories : General  Posted by Natalie Stewart

The topic of CBD has made a lot of progress over the past few years, which is good news. Afterall, CBD offers many benefits ranging from pain relief to easing anxiety. But along with the increasing popularity of CBD has come plenty of confusion about exactly what it is, how it works and how it can help.

Today we are going to talk about CBD myths and facts so you can make informed decisions for your health and wellbeing. 

What is CBD?

Also known as Cannabidiol or hemp extract, CBD is a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis sativa industrial hemp plant. There are over one hundred compounds found in hemp, known as cannabinoids. CBD is in oils, creams, and other products to help relieve a range of issues. 

CBD Myths and facts

So exactly what are the top CBD myths and what is the truth behind them? There are quite a few myths, but we are going to focus on some of the most common we hear from the public.

Myth: CBD gets you high

Industrial Hemp oil contains CBD, the non-psychoactive compounds of the cannabis plant. Some CBD products can contain a trace amount (.3%) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but will not produce any euphoric effects with such a small percentage. Also, CBD inhibits the interaction of THC with receptors, which reduces the psychoactive effects of THC. So not only does CBD not get you high, but it also actually limits THC’s ability to create a high.

Myth: CBD has never been studied 

CBD has been a part of many scientific studies. While further research is needed, like it is for many things, CBD has been looked at closely by scientists around the world. In these studies, many of the positive benefits of CBD have been recorded. As with all medical research, even discovering benefits leads to a need for more detailed studies to understand the various mechanisms behind the effects being documented. Here are a few respected outlets with CBD research. We always encourage people to do their own research so they can make informed decisions.

Harvard study

National Library of Medicine
University Chicago Medicine

Project CBD

Myth: CBD is not approved for anything

Now, CBD is used in Epidiolex and Epidiolex itself is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This prescription drug used to treat two severe types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. It is the first FDA-approved drug containing CBD, and it is also the very first drug ever approved for the treatment of patients with Dravet syndrome. Read the FDA press release here.

Myth: Taking any CBD will make you fail a drug test 
Only full spectrum hemp-derived products may lead to issues with drug testing. This is because these specific types of products may contain trace amounts of THC of no more than 0.3 percent. This is a tiny amount that will not produce any type of high but could potentially show up in a drug test. We recommend Bloem isolate hemp extract products because they are THC free. CBD has been shown to help with many issues like muscle pain, joint pain, insomnia, inflammation, anxiety, to name a few. It is a crucial tool that many people use to improve the quality of life daily. For this reason, it is especially important to dispel the myths and understand the power CBD must help people live lives to their fullest. 

  Categories : General  Posted by Natalie Stewart