CBD oil and other CBD products are everywhere these days and it seems like we can’t even go a few hours without overhearing someone ranting about the glorious benefits of CBD and hemp/hemp oil and how wonderfully it has affected their life—it cured their chronic pain, got rid of their anxiety, and it has a million health benefits, I am sure you have heard at some point. Sure, people can be a little dramatic or exaggerate the benefits that a product has had on their life, but when it comes to cannabidiol (CBD) and its potent ability to soothe a wide variety of physical and emotional ailments, more people are queuing up to give it a try and experience the benefits for themselves.
There is only one problem with CBD oil and that is the taste. While some of us actually quite like the earthy taste of a hemp plant, the majority of users of CBD products think it tastes utterly vile. And while it doesn’t need to be taken in large quantities and you can avoid overloading your taste buds by dropping a tincture under your tongue, many people are looking for a more pleasant tasting alternative.
Introducing CBD Gummies
Gummy bears and jelly tots bring back fond memories of our childhood, so it didn’t take long before someone would create CBD-infused gummies. They are exactly what they say on the tin: delicious gummy sweets that are infused with all of the goodness and positive therapeutic effects of CBD. More CBD and THC fans are turning to the gummies instead of the CBD tincture in order to avoid the hempy taste the oil provides and they are equally as effective as the CBD is slowly absorbed through the tissue in your mouth’s lining, right into your bloodstream. There is also something soothing about sucking on a sweet while deep in concentration at work or binge-watching your favorite show.
And as the popularity of CBD gummies—also known as CBD gummy bears or cannabidiol gummies—increases, there are sadly certain companies popping up all over the Internet who create cheap products—they are inexpensive to buy but also lacking in quality. In light of this, and in order to help you get the most bang for your buck, here is what to look for in a superior quality brand of CBD gummies.
Research the Brand Thoroughly
In order for CBD edibles to be effective and beneficial to you, you want to spend a decent amount of time ensuring that the brand you are purchasing from is reputable. What makes a gummy effective is obviously the concentration and purity of CBD present and this is a result of the CBD extraction process being performed under the right conditions. A reputable brand will always provide information on their extraction process and how their gummies are made—even if you cannot see the information immediately visible on their website, drop them an email and they should be able to answer your questions.
Find out Which Strain Has Been Used
Those in the know about medical marijuana and CBD will be aware of the fact that different strains of the plant will be more suited to treat particular ailments. For example, there are some strains that focus more on reducing inflammation and pain, while others are highly recommended for treating conditions like insomnia and anxiety. You also want to check where the plant has been grown and ensure that the seeds used to grow the plant are of the highest quality and have passed a form of quality control.
Organic and GMO-Free CBD Gummies
If you want to experience the maximum benefits that CBD gummies can provide you with, then make sure the product you are buying is entirely organic and pesticide-free. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, then understandably you will want to select a brand that does not use animal-based gelatin in order to uphold your personal beliefs. Another factor to consider is dietary requirements; try to choose a gummy brand that uses only organic sugars, natural flavors, and no chemical nasties.
Third-Party Testing Of CBD Gummies
Anyone can buy some weed and try to make their own oil and/or edibles at home and then sell them online and furthermore, not all legitimate brands will use third-party lab testing to confirm the quality and content of their products. A trustworthy CBD brand will always make it known that they use third-party lab testing on each batch of their products and they should be able to provide lab certificates on request of the customer. If you find that you are struggling to obtain this information from your brand of choice, it might be time to start looking for a more transparent and trustworthy provider!
Just as there are different strengths of CBD oil, the same is true of gummies. If you want to get the best value for money then you should make sure that you are using the correct potency for your needs and the packaging of the product you purchase should clearly display the potency of the gummies, which will inform you exactly how many milligrams of CBD are present in each gummy sweet.
A good quality CBD gummy brand is not going to be cheap—but it also doesn’t have to be extortionately priced, either. Most reputable CBD brands are slightly more expensive than others due to the fact that they have invested a ton of money into the production process ensuring that their customers get the best quality product on the market. If you think that the pricing of a particular brand’s gummies is too good to be true, it probably is. Therefore, bear in mind that pricing plays a role in the quality of a product.
Finally, one of the best ways to select a good product is to do your research. There is plenty of information on reputable websites that can give you further insight into a particular brand and you will also find several reliable forums on social media that you can use to find out about other peoples’ experiences of taking a particular brand of gummies.
This article is originally published at SundayScaries.
Like with medical marijuana, the wonderful world of CBD can be slightly overwhelming for a newbie and with the mainstream media going crazy for its health benefits, more and more companies are popping up selling a variety of different CBD products, such as CBD vape, the vape pen, capsules, CBD gummies, and other CBD edibles, CBD isolate, a CBD tincture or two, and even CBD dog treats. With so much information (and misinformation) flying around the Internet and through word of mouth, many of those who are curious about experiencing the benefits of nature’s miracle supplement are finding themselves confused about what to take and when.
So, in a bid to clarify things and debunk some myths about CBD, or cannabidiol oil, along with the potential effects and benefits of CBD, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to get started with buying CBD for the first time. Looking to buy CBD? Read on.
Not All CBD Oil Is Created Equal
The very first thing you need to understand in order to get started with making a CBD purchase is that not all oils will be effective and the effects of CBD will differ. The rise in popularity with regards to CBD products means that every day, new CBD companies are popping up left, right, and center and, unfortunately, many of them offer poor quality oils at extortionate prices. You should always look for the following criteria before making a decision about which brand to purchase.
Buying a full spectrum oil means that you will also be able to enjoy all of the benefits from the whole plant and not just the isolated cannabinoid compound.
Don’t Be a Penny Pincher
Absolutely everyone loves a bargain in life and, most often, if someone knows they can get away with cutting corners to save money to buy CBD oil in tincture form, they will! This is absolutely fine when it comes to superficial products, but not when it comes to a product that we ingest into our bodies. Trying to save money by buying CBD oil that is way cheaper than other brands is pretty much the same as setting fire to the total amount you will be paying. Producing a pure, full spectrum CBD oil that is extracted in the purest way is expensive, which is why many of the reputable CBD manufacturers charge a higher price for their products. If you purchase premium quality oil from a reputable vendor, you might pay a higher price, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that the positive benefits are in sight.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Each and every one of us has a completely unique endocannabinoid system and the efficacy of a particular dose of CBD depends on the following factors:
This means that two drops of CBD oil might work really well for some people, but won’t even touch the sides with others. As it stands, the dosage is one of the biggest hurdles that cause new CBD users to become frustrated or give up in favor of pharmaceuticals. Before purchasing CBD oil, consider how serious your symptoms are and how you usually respond to medication. If you usually need a higher dose to feel an effect, then you might need to gradually increase your dose of CBD to several drops each day, in which case buying a bigger sized bottle could end up saving you money in the long run.
Do Your Research
And, by that, we mean Google should become your best friend until you make a decision about which CBD oil to purchase. A simple search of “most reputable CBD companies in your area” should produce a list of rated and reviewed companies. And the great thing about the Internet is that you cannot hide from it. This means that a genuine company will have received reputable reviews and a company offering poor products will also be ousted. A good quality CBD brand will have received media praise as well as recommendations from users online.
If in Doubt, Ask!
2019 has seen a rise in small businesses, especially within the CBD industry. Many of the companies offering CBD oil online will happily take the time to clear up any questions you might have and the better websites will offer an in-depth FAQ section.
Check the THC Levels
One of the common myths about CBD oil is that it will get you high. This is categorically not true and here’s why:
The Cannabis or hemp plant is made up of hundreds of compounds, the two primary ones being CBD and THC. THC is the compound that gets you high and it is only found in incredibly limited quantities in full spectrum oil. Legally, there cannot be more than 0.3% THC in CBD oil and this tiny amount will not produce any psychoactive effects when combined with CBD. If you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized, then it is possible that some dispensaries will sell oils containing a higher amount of THC. If in doubt, always check before making a purchase and, in any case, this information should be prominent on the packing of the product you want to buy.
The power of word of mouth goes a long way, especially when it comes to “hot topics” like CBD. Thanks to the Internet and public forums, scam artists are quickly exposed. In turn, good products will receive praise from consumers, media outlets, and, of course, social media. Spending some time browsing the Internet for CBD oil recommendations makes navigating the confusion you might be experiencing much easier and on finding a brand you feel confident about, a quick Google search on their company name will reveal everything you need to know about their products.
This article is originally published at SundayScaries.
There are approximately 113 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from cannabis, and those that have been studied exhibit a variety of effects 1. In the marketplace, we have access to about six: THC, CBD, THCa, CBDa, CBN, and CBG. As technology improves and companies mature, new products featuring additional cannabinoids are beginning to become available, including products with delta-8 THC, THCv, and CBC. This blog will focus on CBG.
There is little research exploring the effects of CBG—research is currently limited to in vitro (tests done in test tubes, culture dishes, or anywhere outside of a living organism) and in rodent models—there exists no clinical research in humans. One reason that so little research exists is that CBG is not typically found in high concentrations in dried or cured cannabis plants, except in industrial hemp varieties 2.
The data that is available suggests that CBG might be effective at treating the following conditions:
A study published in 20133 stated that CBG has anti-inflammatory properties and that it could be considered as a treatment for patients suffering from intestinal bowel disease.
A 2009 study4 demonstrated that CBG might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of glaucoma as it might increase fluid drainage and decrease pressure in the eye.
In a study completed in early 20155 CBG demonstrated neuroprotective effects in mice with Huntington’s disease (it protects and preserves the nerves of the brain from injury, disease, and degeneration). There is currently no effective treatment for Huntington’s disease. CBG might also provide neuroprotection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stroke patients.
A study from 20146 demonstrated that CBG inhibited the progression of colon cancer in mice7 and another study8 suggested that CBG might also help protect from prostate cancer. A very old study9 done on mice suggested that CBG might be effective at treating skin melanoma cells.
A study10 done in vitro suggested that CBG was the most effective cannabinoid for treating bladder dysfunctions because it decreased bladder contractions.
CBG has been shown to increase appetite in two rat-based studies conducted by researchers at the University of Reading (UK) in 201611 and 201712.
Dr. Bonni Goldstein has suggested that CBG can decrease anxiety and muscle tension, and appears to have antidepressant and some modest antifungal properties.
CBG might be a treatment for sexual dysfunction in men. Of course, reasons for sexual dysfunction are complex, and the current research is very limited. Additionally, our patients have reported success when using CBG to help treat anxiety, migraines, mild pain, and hot flashes.
Overall, CBG is very safe. It has no impairing effects, no toxic dose, no withdrawal effects, and no risk of addiction. CBG can be a safe option for use in pediatric and geriatric populations and in patients with a history of psychosis or schizophrenia.
Reprinted via MH Blog 2019
There are approximately 113 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from cannabis, and those that have been studied exhibit a variety of effects(1). In the marketplace, we have access to about six: THC, CBD, THCa, CBDa, CBN, and CBG. As technology improves and companies mature, new products featuring additional cannabinoids are beginning to become available, including products with delta-8 THC, THCv, and CBC.
The cannabinoids that have the suffix –a are called acidic cannabinoids. When acidic cannabinoids are exposed to heat or to prolonged light, they convert to an activatedcannabinoid. For example, THCa and CBDa are acidic cannabinoids, while THC and CBD are activated cannabinoids. This conversion process is called decarboxylation. Why should you care about decarboxylation? Because—while there are some overlapping therapeutic properties—some of the acidic forms of cannabinoids can have very different effects than their activated counterparts.
There is currently limited scientific information on the pharmacology and toxicology of the acidic cannabinoids. This blog will focus on CBDa, and the data that is available suggests that CBDa might be effective at treating the following conditions:
Nausea and Vomiting
A 20112 and a 20133 study both demonstrated that CBDa reduces vomiting and nausea (in fact, these studies—both done in rat models—suggested that CBDa was more effective than CBD in controlling nausea and vomiting). CBDa is also effective at treating anticipatory nausea and vomiting, which is a condition of psychological nausea and vomiting and is believed to be a learned response to chemotherapy4.
To date, there are no completed human or animal studies to test whether CBDa is a treatment for inflammatory conditions. However, research in cell cultures demonstrates that CBDa is a COX-2 inhibitor and might have similar effects as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin, which are often prescribed for inflammatory pain.
Long-term and heavy use of NSAIDS, however, can lead to stomach ulcers, kidney damage, high blood pressure, and headaches, mostly because many NSAIDS are both COX-2 and COX-1 inhibitors. Cox-1 inhibitors also reduce inflammation, but data suggests that COX-1 inhibitors decrease the protective mucus lining of the stomach, causing stomach problems, intestinal bleeding, and ulcers. CBDa is not a COX-1 inhibitor.
COX-2 activity is involved not only in inflammatory processes but also in the metastasis—or spreading—of cancer cells. Research suggests that the regular consumption of COX inhibitors might lower the rates of cancer, especially for colorectal cancer5. Research suggests that CBDa, as a COX-2 inhibitor, might reduce cancer cell proliferation, promote the natural death of diseased cells, and reduce the blood supply required for tumor growth6.
For example, a study publish in 2012 demonstrated that CBDa inhibits migration of a specific type of invasive breast cancer cell7, preventing these cancer cells from growing and dividing. And a study published in 20148 demonstrated that CBDa slowed down the spread of cancerous cells, which is especially critical in breast cancer, where metastases are responsible for 90% of breast cancer-related deaths9.
Of course, like all cannabinoids, CBDa can have side effects, though they are generally well-tolerated and dose-dependent. And, again, there exists limited scientific information on the pharmacology and toxicology of CBDa. However, based on patient feedback—and assumptions about the similarities that CBDa shares with CBD—we can expect CBDa to have side effects that include anxiety, jitteriness, diarrhea, and increased heart rate, and decreased appetite. Also, CBDa can inhibit or potentiate other medications.
Some patients find relief by juicing raw cannabis flowers that are high in CBDa. Patients can also find CBDa in tinctures and oils, which they can consume orally or use topically. Finally, there are some products that contain CBDa isolates, which means that they product was processed to remove all other cannabinoids. As with all acidic cannabinoids, it’s a good idea to keep CBDa refrigerated to prevent it from converting into an activated cannabinoid.
Many patients find that CBDa can be a potent natural pain reliever without the risk of ulcers or kidney damage. Radicle Health patients have reported that CBDa reduces inflammation, pain, and fatigue, and other patients have reported improvement with ADHD and with cognition. Also, CBDa does not cause the type of euphoria associated with THC, so patients can use CBDa during the day without any impairing side effects. As always, ensure that you work with a cannabis healthcare professional to determine which cannabinoids and which products are right for your condition or disease.
2“The effects of cannabidiolic acid and cannabidiol on contractility of the gastrointestinal tract of Suncus murinus,” Archives of Pharmacal Research, 2011, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21975813
3“Cannabidiolic acid prevents vomiting in Suncus murinus and nausea-induced behaviour in rats by enhancing 5-HT1A receptor activation,” British Journal of Pharmacology, 2013 Mar; 168(6): 1456–1470, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3596650/
4“A comparison of cannabidiolic acid with other treatments for anticipatory nausea using a rat model of contextually elicited conditioned gaping,” Psychopharmacology, August 2014, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24595502
How does CBD work?
In the last 30 years, Research on the effects cannabis on the human body led to the discovery of the ECS, or endocannabinoid system. CBD is a cannabinoid. The ECS is a complex system of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body, but mainly in the immune and nervous systems. The ECS plays a role in communicating with, and regulating virtually every system and organ in the body. A healthy ECS enables Homeostasis, which is when our cells, organs, and physiological systems are in balance and working properly. CBD works extremely efficiently with the ECS to help maintain that homeostasis and balance across the different systems of our body. CBD helps the body heal and balance itself.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBD has been proven to have enormous medicinal and therapeutic potential. There are no negative side effects associated with taking CBD. Unlike its notorious cousin THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not get you “high” or leave you feeling “stoned”. From chronic pain to anxiety/depression and many things in between-CBD is helping a rapidly growing number of people find safe, natural, effective relief*. The medicinal benefits of taking CBD are nearly identical to those of medical marijuana, with the added benefit of not having to be high every time you take your medicine. Yes, you read that correctly! CBD provides virtually the same medical benefits as marijuana with no “high”! CBD provides real true Help without the High or negative side effects of other medications*.
Cliff Atwell, B.S., D.C.