CBD Oil or CBD Cream for Pain? Which is Better?

Pain is a wonderful thing!  While that may not sound like a rational statement, our body’s pain response is what saves us from potential life threatening circumstances. Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and to stop doing what is causing the pain.  There are various types of pain such as acute pain, chronic pain, inflammation and even psychological pain caused from physical pain, referred to as “psychogenic” pain, so the answer of which format is best… CBD oil or CBD cream for pain, isn’t quite as simple.

What is CBD?

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of 100+ chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.  While THC is the most famous cannabinoid for its intoxicating effects, CBD is gaining popularity for its health benefits and therapeutic properties.

CBD can be taken in any number of different formats such as oils, capsules, topicals, vapes and edibles. There is a growing list of medicinal benefits from taking CBD on a regular basis and some of the most popular reasons why people take CBD include anxiety, insomnia and pain relief.

In the article, we will focus on pain relief and discuss whether CBD oil or CBD cream is best for pain relief and inflammation.

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How Does CBD Help with Pain?

Our bodies have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that promote homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to maintain balance and function properly.  Our ECS acts sort of as a “control panel” for many different functions such as appetite, sleep patterns, immune function, cognitive and motor abilities, as well as pain sensitivity and inflammation response.

Unlike THC, which binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our ECS, CBD is actually an antagonist and has the opposite effect. CBD inhibits anandamide, a natural cannabinoid in our body that helps regulate pain and promotes a feeling of well-being.

Looking at the science, there is still some debate on how exactly CBD elicits analgesia (analgesia = absence of pain).  Other than interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system, there is also evidence that CBD may also affect areas outside of our ECS such as opioid, serotonin and other receptors involved in inflammatory pathways. CBD has also been shown to activate other receptor proteins, such as TRPV1, which is responsible for functions such as inflammation and pain awareness.

CBD, along with the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plant, is a growing trend among pain sufferers from a variety of conditions such as chronic pain, migraines, arthritis and other neurological or autoimmune disorders.  Studies have shown that plant cannabinoids (CBD and THC) are far more potent anti-inflammatory operators than NSAIDs.

CBD may not completely get rid of all pain like taking morphine would, but it may reduce it to a point where it’s tolerable, and thus eliminate the need to take harsh prescription drugs.

A Word on Opioids:
Opioids are extremely addictive, which has led many pain sufferers down a path of abuse. Prescriptions for opioids have soared in the US in the last two decades and incidents of opioid overdoses have tripled during that time. Statistics show that opioid addiction, overdose and deaths are at an all-time high in the United States.

CBD Oil vs CBD Cream For Pain

Using CBD Oil for Pain

CBD can be ingested into the bloodstream by using a tincture bottle containing CBD that is diluted in a carrier oil. The recommended method to use CBD from tinctures is to place the oil under your tongue and hold it there for some time to let it absorb through the sublingual capillaries.  The sublingual method is preferred as the CBD enters your bloodstream without having to go through the digestive system.

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CBD ingested internally will take a bit longer to absorb, but will have a longer lasting effect on the overall pain and inflammation functions in our ECS.

As far as how much CBD oil to take, CBD dosing will depend on several factors including body weight, metabolism, frequency of use, as well as the CBD quality. We always suggest starting with a low dose and gradually increase until pain relief is achieved.

Visit our free CBD dosage calculator for a good starting point.

Using Topical CBD Cream for Pain

There are various topical CBD products that can be very effective for targeted pain relief.  Topical CBD can be found in an oil-based salve or ointment, which tend to be thicker consistency, and will stay on the skin’s surface for a longer period of time.  A CBD cream or lotion, on the other hand, is water-based and will absorb better into the skin.

Both CBD creams and CBD salves can be infused with other botanicals or essential oils to complement the effectiveness of pain relief.

Rather than being ingested orally like CBD oil, topicals are applied directly and massaged to the specific area of pain, offering a concentrated amount of CBD in a relatively small area.  Topical CBD also avoids the first-pass metabolism effect from ingesting CBD oil and thus improves the CBD bioavailability.

Topical CBD products also minimizing any potential adverse effects some may experience with ingesting a higher dose of CBD oil due to potential side effects, or sensitivity to some carrier oils.

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Since topical CBD administration helps with localized pain, as opposed to chronic pain from conditions such as neurological disorders of autoimmune deficiencies, topical CBD is ideal for acute pain from arthritis, joint pain, muscular pain or dermatological conditions.

As for dosage, anecdotal evidence suggests that a low concentration of CBD is quite effective when applied topically vs ingested orally, so a little goes a long way.  Also, pain is extremely subjective, so it will also depend on the severity of pain and inflammation one is experiencing, and what exactly is causing the pain. For example, if you just broke a bone, CBD may not be of much help in alleviating the immediate pain until the fracture is set and you’re in the later stages of healing.

So Which is Best , CBD Oil or CBD Cream For Pain?

Both CBD oil and topical CBD can be very effective for pain relief. Ingesting CBD oil can work on the internal cells to provide relief while CBD creams can provide direct targeted relief to painful areas. CBD oil ingested orally may also help with other symptoms that someone in pain may be experience due to their condition such as anxiety, insomnia, etc.

There are proponents for both types of CBD formats for alleviating pain, but when combined together, a CBD oil and a topical CBD cream or salve can be a powerhouse for attacking pain and inflammation from the inside and out!

The Future of CBD Use for Pain

As of this article, it has only been slightly more than a year since CBD derived from hemp was de-classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 substance (unlike marijuana which is still federally illegal).  This means that there have been very limited studies on CBD and its effectiveness for pain.

With the shift in legislature in the US and other countries towards cannabis, new research, as well as anecdotal evidence, has been growing giving us a better understanding of how cannabis may provide therapeutic benefit. The relationship between cannabis and the human body is extremely complex and further research is required to fully comprehend its therapeutic benefits and safety profile. 

We at Tessera Naturals keep our thumb on the pulse for any breaking news and information that surfaces on the benefits and usage of hemp and its derivatives. Tessera Naturals provides the highest quality broad spectrum CBD products on the market and many customers have finally achieved much needed relief using our CBD cream for pain, made with all natural ingredients and no side effects. Our CBD oil tinctures are also a great way to get relief and achieve overall health and wellness for many ailments and conditions usually treated with harsh prescription medications.

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Key Takeaways

  • Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong that is causing pain.
  • CBD from hemp is a growing treatment for pain sufferers without the intoxicating effects of THC.
  • CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our endocannabinoid system to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • CBD oil can be ingested sublingually to provide pain relief from the inside while topical CBD can be applied to a targeted area to attack pain from the outside.
  • Both CBD oil and topical CBD cream for pain can be very effective, and when combined, they can be a powerful synergistic treatment.

What is Broad Spectrum CBD and Why We Chose It?

Due to the lack of regulation in the CBD industry, there are no official definitions when it comes to describing the various types of CBD oils on the market. Moreover, not all CBD companies are using terms correctly.  That being said, there is a growing list of generally accepted standard terminology as the industry develops. In this article, we explain what is broad spectrum CBD, and why we chose it for our product line.

First, Let’s Define the Terms

Cannabis

Cannabis is a plant that contains 113+ cannabinoids with each offering different health benefits.  Cannabis oil can be extracted from either the marijuana or hemp strain.

Marijuana

Marijuana is a strain of cannabis that has a high concentration of THC, the cannabinoid that gets you high.

Hemp

Hemp is a strain of cannabis that has a high concentration of CBD and very low levels of THC.  Both marijuana and hemp also contain trace amounts of the other minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, etc.

In order for a CBD product to be federally legal, it must be derived from hemp and contain no more than 0.3% THC.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full spectrum CBD oil refers to an extract that contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.  If the oil is extracted from hemp, the dominant cannabinoid will be CBD, but it will also contain small amounts of the other minor cannabinoids, as well as THC.

When various cannabinoids are present at the same time, they work more effectively than alone, and together they produce a synergistic benefit known as the entourage effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD

Broad spectrum CBD refers to an oil that starts as a full spectrum extract, but undergoes an additional step to remove the trace amounts of THC.  It still contains CBD and other minor cannabinoids, and still produces the entourage effect… The only missing piece is THC.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate refers to a product that only contains the singular compound CBD. CBD isolate does not produce the entourage effect since it does not contain any of the other minor cannabinoids, amino acids, or other beneficial compounds found in hemp.

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How is CBD Oil Extracted from Hemp?

Unrefined hemp extract contains everything extracted from the hemp plant, including the many cannabinoids, terpenes and amino acids, and also THC.

High quality CBD oil is extracted using either CO2 extraction or food-grade ethanol. After extraction, the crude CBD oil is then refined. The solvents are removed but the cannabinoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals are left intact, leaving a full spectrum extract.

To produce broad spectrum CBD, the full spectrum extract undergoes an additional step to remove the THC. Tessera Naturals’ process uses liquid chromatography to selectively isolate and remove the THC, leaving behind the other beneficial compounds that users want from a full spectrum product, but without the chance of ingesting any THC.

Why We Chose Broad Spectrum

Most CBD products on the market are full spectrum, which contains trace amounts of THC. While these trace amounts are not enough to make you high, we acknowledge that even micro-doses of THC has many reported health benefits.

Many people ask us, “Is broad spectrum better than full spectrum?” Our answer is no, they’re just different (albeit only slightly). We feel both are beneficial and neither is necessarily better than the other.

At the same time, we wanted to make sure that our CBD products were widely available to everyone. There are many people that want to take advantage of the health benefits of CBD, but do not want to ingest any THC for a variety of reasons.

Reasons People Avoid THC

Some people are super sensitive to THC and it can give them anxiety.  Reducing anxiety is one of the most popular reasons for using CBD, so any THC would be counterproductive. 

Others cannot ingest any amount of THC due to their jobs where they regularly get drug tested, such as public sector employees, healthcare professionals or law enforcement.

There are those that are just not interested in THC due to the stigma of marijuana, or they live in an area that has very strict THC laws.

Lastly, some people have said that full spectrum CBD oils have a very strong scent and flavor that they find unpleasant.  Our broad spectrum CBD oil has a very mild hemp flavor that some would describe as “earthy” and very pleasant.

For these reasons above, we felt that removing THC was a small trade-off in order to provide the benefits of CBD to as many people as possible, with just as much benefit, but without the potential legal risks or other “baggage” associated with THC.

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Will Broad Spectrum CBD Show Up On a Drug Test?

The short answer is no, you should not fail a drug test by taking broad spectrum CBD from Tessera Naturals as our products do not contain any THC.

That being said, some lab facilities test for a wide spectrum of cannabinoids, not just THC.  Therefore CBD and other cannabinoids may trigger a false positive on a drug test.

Also, some people may metabolize CBD differently and we’ve heard that patients who consume very high amounts of CBD (1,000+ mg of CBD per day) can trigger a false positive on a drug test as well.

A Word on CBD Isolate

As stated above, CBD isolate is a singular extracted compound that contains pure CBD only. CBD isolate may be best for individuals who are seeking a high dose of CBD, or for relief from conditions that only CBD can provide.

Other than those few, we feel that choosing CBD isolates to avoid THC is not as effective for overall health and wellness as broad spectrum CBD as it lacks the many benefits that the amazing hemp plant provides.

We believe that nature knows best and that it’s always best to consume products that contain raw ingredients as close to their natural unaltered state as possible.

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What You Need to Know When Buying Broad Spectrum CBD

If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of a full spectrum CBD product, but without the THC, then broad spectrum CBD is the way to go.

Note that many companies choose to define the types of CBD oil differently, some say full spectrum, some call it whole plant extract, we’ve also seen wide spectrum CBD, so it’s important for consumers to have enough knowledge and education to know exactly what is in the product.

Be careful of products that are labeled as THC-free full spectrum CBD. A product cannot be considered full spectrum if it’s missing one of its components. Either the “THC-free” claim is incorrect, or the company is using the “full spectrum” term incorrectly.

Whatever CBD product you purchase, you should also make sure the company can provide a certificate of analysis (COA).  These are independent 3rd party lab tests that verify the contents of the product, showing the potency of cannabinoids and terpenes, including whether there is any THC in the product or not.  Lab tests should also ensure that there are no dangerous contaminants such as pesticides or harsh chemicals.

Also, you should only buy CBD products from a reputable source, either a brick and mortar wellness/CBD store where there are representatives who can explain the products, or an online retailer that clearly explains what type of products they offer.  If you can’t get straight answers, we advise you to go elsewhere.

Beware of “home made” products that are not clearly labeled and may contain dangerous substances, or products that are labeled as hemp oil and contain little to no CBD.  Even professionally labeled products can be misleading or incorrect, such as the CBD oil on Amazon that are actually hemp oil and do not actually contain CBD. 

Not all CBD is created equal, which is why we advise that you don’t just pick up some cheap CBD from a gas station or your local vape shop.

Read 10 Things to Look For When Buying CBD.


Key Takeaways

  • There are 100+ natural compounds in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids, and when they work together, they produce the entourage effect.
  • The hemp strain contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis, including a high concentration of CBD and a trace amount of THC.
  • Full spectrum CBD includes the whole plant extract, including THC.
  • Broad spectrum CBD starts as a whole plant extract, then the THC is  completely removed.
  • CBD isolate contains only CBD and no other cannabinoids, terpenes or amino acids from hemp.
  • Broad spectrum provides the benefits of a full spectrum CBD (entourage effect), but without the THC.
  • Broad spectrum CBD should not cause you to fail a drug test, but this is not guaranteed.
  • Always read labels, review lab reports and make sure you’re purchasing high quality products from a reputable source.
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CBD and Weight Loss. Can CBD Help You Lose Weight?

Obesity is a significant issue in the United States and throughout the world, with the global percentage of overweight adults nearly tripling from 1975 to 2016, a period of just three decades. Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is therefore a top priority for many, which explains the overwhelming financial success of the weight loss industry. Does CBD have a place in the weight loss industry?

CBD and Weight Loss

CBD, the non-intoxicating constituent of cannabis, is already known to have several therapeutic properties, and increasing evidence suggests that it could possibly play a key role in promoting weight loss. In fact, many people have reported that they use CBD for this very reason, and some CBD products claim to be effective weight loss supplements, but is this really the case?

While CBD has potential to assist in a weight loss regimen, there are still some reservations to be had in this regard. It’s safe to say that CBD is not a miracle cure for weight loss, but it could certainly be a useful supplement for those looking to shed pounds and stay healthy. Keep reading to find out how CBD can affect weight loss.

The Endocannabinoid System’s Role in Weight Loss

The endocannabinoid system has a central role in regulating body weight, energy consumption, and appetite, all of which constitute a process known as “energy homeostasis”. Inhibiting CB1 and CB2 receptors has shown to decrease body weight by suppressing the appetite and lowering body fat mass, while activating them has the opposite effect.

Since CBD is a potential antagonist (inhibitor) of CB1 and CB2 receptors, its use could possibly sway the brain into a state of energy expenditure instead of intake. According to one study, CBD significantly reduced the amount of food consumed by rats, which consequently reduced body mass. The ECS is a viable therapeutic target because it influences both food intake and energy expenditure, both of which must be altered in order for weight loss to occur.

In addition, although it is not totally clear why, habitual marijuana users tend to have a lower average BMI (body mass index) compared to nonusers, and are less likely to be obese or overweight. This is somewhat surprising given that marijuana is known to stimulate appetite. While these results are not conclusive, they do suggest that something about marijuana and its constituents (particularly the cannabinoids) could contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.

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CBD’s Influence on Fat Cells

When discussing weight loss, there is an important distinction to be made between white fat cells and brown fat cells. White fat cells store excess calories, and commonly accumulates on the hips, stomach, and thighs. Having a lot of white fat cells on the body is generally considered to be unhealthy. On the other hand, brown fat cells actually burn energy instead of storing it, and play a vital role in weight loss. Brown fat cells have a very high concentration of mitochondria, which allows them to turn energy directly into heat. 

Evidence suggests that white fat is converted to brown fat (“fat browning”) through exercise, healthy sleep habits, and cold temperatures. CBD also comes into play by encouraging the conversion of “unhealthy” white fat cells into healthy brown fat cells. One study found that CBD elevates the number of genes and proteins responsible for producing brown fat, which in turn increases overall energy expenditure.

CBD Won’t Fix Unhealthy Eating Habits

Just like any other dieting supplement, using CBD alone does not guarantee weight loss. As mentioned before, weight loss only occurs when one’s energy intake is lower than their energy expenditure. CBD use might increase energy expenditure by encouraging fat cell browning, and decrease energy intake by suppressing appetite, but this means nothing if one’s lifestyle is not adjusted accordingly.

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Continuing to eat unhealthy foods and maintaining an unbalanced diet will ruin any potential weight loss effects that CBD may provide. However, when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and a good amount of exercise, CBD shows promise in influencing weight loss.

What to Look For in a Good CBD Oil

If you are considering using CBD to help with weight loss, it is extremely important to select a high quality product first. Some CBD oil products are downright scams, and these will typically contain paltry amounts of low-quality CBD, as well as many other harmful additives. Not only will this not provide enough CBD to produce a noticeable effect, it could also be potentially damaging to your health.

To ensure you get a good CBD product, carefully check that the labeling and/or product information is clearly outlined, confirm that the product has been tested and verified by a third party lab, and make sure the supplier of the hemp is listed and is a trustworthy and reputable source.

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New Study Shows High-Fat Foods Increase CBD Absorption and Bioavailability

As more research continues to emerge on cannabis and its effects on our bodies, the question of CBD absorption and effectiveness is also being studied in tandem.  As with any vitamin or supplement, it doesn’t matter how much you take if it’s not being absorbed and properly utilized by your body.

If you’re brand new to CBD, start by reading out Beginner’s Guide to CBD.

Many supplements and medications specify whether to take it with food or while fasted. The research on CBD is still in its infancy so there has not been a generally adopted principal on whether or not to take CBD with food when ingesting it orally.

CBD Absorption Rate

CBD is highly lipophilic, which means it is more soluble in fat than in aqueous solutions. For this reason, CBD is usually contained within a carrier oil (MCT oil, grape seed oil, hemp seed oil, etc.), which has been shown to provide some “protection” for the CBD and aid in its absorption rate while it travels through the digestive system.

Going one step further, a new study by the University of Minnesota tested whether consuming CBD on an empty stomach vs taking it with food has different effects in patients. 

The study also examined whether the type of food has any importance on CBD’s efficacy. The results show that CBD absorption is more effective and bioavailability increases when consumed with high fat meal.

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Methodology of measuring CBD Absorption Rate

The research team measured CBD concentrations in epileptic patients who took pure 99% CBD isolate capsules. One group took CBD on an empty stomach while a second group took CBD with a high fat (840-860 calories) breakfast.  Researchers drew blood after two weeks and compared the results, then the two groups switched and researchers continued to monitor the results.  

The Results

The study concluded that consuming CBD with high fat food increased the amount of CBD absorption in the body by 4X vs the group that took CBD while fasted, and the maximum amount recorded in the participants’ blood was 14X.

For patients with epilepsy, consistency is key, so patients should strive to take CBD in the same manner for each dose, not to cause variations in blood concentrations, which could make them more susceptible to seizures.

For the average consumer taking CBD for conditions such as pain, anxiety or insomnia, you may want to maximize its effectiveness by taking CBD with food, especially foods high in healthy fats, like olive oil and avocados.


Key Takeaways

  • CBD absorption is increased when it is taken with high fat foods.
  • By optimizing CBD absorption rate with high fat foods, you may be able to reduce the amount of CBD required to be effective, thus lowering the cost of taking CBD.
  • Try and be consistent with the way you take CBD (fasted or with high fat foods) in order to achieve consistent results.
  • We advise healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados, vs unhealthy fats such as fried foods and trans fats.

Is CBD Safe for Kids?

CBD (cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive constituent of cannabis, has been gaining widespread popularity due to its ability to provide several therapeutic benefits without causing intoxication. Numerous studies have arisen reporting on how CBD can be effective in treating various psychiatric conditions, and many of these studies involve conditions that predominantly afflict kids. The results of these studies, combined with anecdotal evidence from parents, suggests that kids may be equally able to enjoy CBD’s many benefits.

However, despite the promise that CBD has shown as a treatment method for children, a few lingering concerns remain about its safety, legality, and proper administration regarding kids. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about CBD’s use with children.

What is CBD?

CBD has been shown to exhibit a range of therapeutic properties that could be useful to kids, including anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, sedative, and analgesic effects. In addition, CBD is not psychoactive like its counterpart THC, which makes it much more viable as a form of treatment for kids.

CBD is available in the forms of oils and infused gummies, both of which will be the most appealing to kids. According to anecdotal evidence, CBD gummies have been used to calm hyperactive kids, and CBD oil has been purported to soothe teething infants. The typical dosage given to children ranges from 1-10 mg a day.

If you’re brand new to CBD, we suggest starting with our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.

What Does CBD Treat in Kids?

As mentioned before, CBD has many properties that make it a promising treatment method for various diseases, and it has proven especially helpful for certain conditions common among kids. For example, numerous studies have shown that CBD is extremely effective for children with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. In fact, the only FDA-approved CBD medication, Epidiolex, is a form of synthetic CBD that is prescribed for these very conditions.

Moreover, CBD has shown some promise in treating some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. Children with autism spectrum disorder commonly display anxiety, hyperactivity, sleep problems, and self-injury. Researchers and pediatricians have turned to CBD because it could potentially target multiple of these symptoms at once.

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In one study conducted with patients with autism spectrum disorder, CBD was effective in treating hyperactivity, sleep problems, and self-injury, but less effective in treating anxiety. Overall, improvement was recorded in 74.5% of cases. Other studies suggest that CBD-rich cannabis can mollify behavioral outbursts in children with autism spectrum disorder, which further implies that CBD has promise for treating this condition.

Lastly, since CBD has anti-anxiety and sedative properties, it could potentially be used to treat kids with anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), though there isn’t much scientific evidence to support this yet.

Is it Legal to Give CBD to Kids?

The legality of CBD has been a bit unclear due to its connection with marijuana; CBD is legal in most states, but THC and marijuana are specifically listed as Schedule I substances by the FDA. Marijuana and THC are legal in some states, but that is only for adults of the required age. If the trace levels of THC in a CBD product exceed the legal limits, it could be considered illegal to administer to a child. If THC is the main concern, it may be best to stick with a broad spectrum CBD or CBD isolate product, both of which do not contain any THC.

Therefore, it’s not always a clear matter in determining whether giving CBD to kids is legal or not. The only case in which it is clearly legal to give kids CBD is if it comes in the form of the FDA-approved Epidiolex. However, Epidiolex requires a prescription from a doctor, and is currently only approved for treating specific forms of epilepsy.

Is it Safe to Give Kids CBD?

Throughout the many studies on CBD conducted with children and adolescents, it was reported to be extremely safe and well-tolerated from a toxicity standpoint. However, there are still some concerns that need to be taken into consideration, especially when CBD is given to infants and younger children.

One of the main safety concerns regarding CBD for kids is how it may interact with other medications. While CBD itself is not toxic, it could possibly disrupt the metabolization of other drugs and cause them to reach toxic levels. For this reason, it is always recommended to consult with a pediatrician before giving a child CBD if they are currently taking other medications. CBD should not be substituted for prescribed medications without first getting approval from a doctor.

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In addition, it has been shown that CBD can have a number of adverse side effects. Some of the more common side effects include drowsiness, nausea, and loss of appetite. These adverse effects are more frequent with larger doses of CBD, and CBD gummies (which are more likely to be given to children) typically contain a high enough dosage to produce them. The quality of the CBD product also comes into play; if CBD is given to a child, it’s even more important that the product is all-natural, accurately labeled for CBD and THC concentrations, and free of any harmful additives.

Lastly, there are potentially serious concerns about giving CBD to kids under the age of two. Research on how CBD effects kids is relatively scarce, and it is even more so for younger children. Some CBD vendors suggest giving CBD oil to teething infants, but there is currently insufficient evidence to show that CBD is safe or even effective for children that young. Not even Epidiolex is recommended for children under the age of two, despite being approved by the FDA. Until more research emerges about the effects of CBD on infants, parents should be cautious about giving it to their young children.


Key Takeaways

  • CBD has shown promise in treating a number of conditions that effect kids, but there are concerns about its safety, legality, and proper administration.
  • Various studies have shown that CBD is effective for children with specific forms of epilepsy, and the FDA has approved the only CBD-based medication, Epidiolex, for this purpose.
  • CBD has shown some potential in treating symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders and ADHD, although more research is needed.
  • The legality sand safety regarding CBD for kids is murky and caution is advised. Parents should seek approval from a doctor before giving CBD to their kids.

5 Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seeds have a long history of being used as a food and medicine. In fact, the benefits of hemp seed oil outweighs many other seed and vegetable oils, and could possibly be the ideal essential oil for promoting good health.

Because of its rich and balanced composition of fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, hemp seed oil can benefit the skin, heart, and even the brain.

What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. Unrefined hemp seed oil typically has a dark green color due to the presence of chlorophyll, and has a grassy, nutty flavor. Refined hemp seed oil is clear and relatively flavorless. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw or cooked.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is not only rich in healthy fatty acids, but also has the perfect balance of them.  Below we discuss what makes hemp seed oil so special, as well as the direct benefits it can have on your health.

1. Hemp Seed Oil is Extremely Nutritious

Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 cannot be produced by humans, so having the proper amount in your diet is highly important, and something which hemp seed oil conveniently provides.

Besides amino acids, dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals, hemp seed oil is also a great source of plant-based protein with more than 25% of total calories from high-quality protein.

2. Heart and Brain Health

Diets high in polyunsaturated fat have been shown to promote good heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as helping prevent the formation of arterial blood clots. It is no surprise then, that in traditional Japanese and Mediterranean diets (which have a similar essential fatty acid ratio to that of hemp seed oil) there is a historically low incidence of coronary heart disease.

Hemp seeds also contain gamma-linolenic acid as well as Arginine which has both been shown to possess many heart health benefits.

Furthermore, hemp seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fats, which are essential in maintaining the healthy functioning of the central nervous system. Using hemp seed oil with meals will thus promote a healthy heart as well as a healthy brain.

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3. Hemp Seed oil is Good for Skin and Hair

Since polyunsaturated fats are also important for the skin, hemp seed oil has a wide range of potential applications when it comes to skin health. Evidence suggests that hemp seed oil can improve skin allergy symptoms, relieve inflammation, and promote healthy-looking skin when used on a regular basis.

One study in 2014 suggests that hemp seed oil is useful for treatment of various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne roseacea. The authors also suggest that hemp seed oil may strengthen the resistance to bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Hemp seed oil has also been connected with thicker, stronger hair.  Both Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are good for healthy hair and as we’ve already covered, hemp seed oil has plenty of both.  Many people around the globe use hemp seed oil to moisturize and strengthen hair, as well as stimulate hair growth.

4. Antioxidant and Antibacterial Properties

According to one study, cold pressed seed oils such as hemp seed oil contain very high levels of antioxidants. These natural antioxidants could potentially help prevent disease and promote overall good health. Moreover, unrefined hemp oil has displayed minor antibacterial properties.

5. Hemp Seed Oil is Safe and Sustainable

Like many other natural oils, hemp seed oil is completely non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Although its use may cause adverse reactions to some individuals, hemp seed oil is as safe to ingest as it is to apply to the skin topically, and poses no risk to the environment at large.

Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD Oil

As we’ve covered above, hemp seed oil is incredibly nutritious and has many benefits, but despite being derived from the same plant, hemp seed oil is very different than CBD oil. Hemp seed oil is produced solely from the seeds of the hemp plant, and not the flowers, leaves, or stalks. As a result, hemp seed oil lacks the many cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that are present in CBD oil.

Due to the individual benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes have on our endocannabinoid system as well as the entourage effect produced from CBD oil, there is a marked difference between the benefits of hemp seed oil and CBD oil.

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CBD oil has been shown to help with a variety of health related issues such as anxiety, pain relief, insomnia as well as other neurological and cognitive disorders, none of which hemp seed oil has any benefits for.

When purchasing hemp seed oil or CBD oil, make sure you read labels and understand the difference to really know what you’re buying.  Similarly, make sure you do your due diligence on buying high quality products from reputable sources in order to reap the benefits of either.

To learn more about CBD, read our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.


Key Takeaways

  • Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, plant-based proteins and nutritious vitamins and minerals.
  • Hemp seeds promote good heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as helping prevent blood clots.
  • Hemp seed oil has been shown to benefit healthy skin and hair when used orally, or as a topical.
  • Hemp seed oil may contain antioxidant and antibacterial properties and is completely safe and non toxic to humans and the environment.
  • Hemp seed oil is very different than CBD oil and does not contain the cannabinoids and terpenes present in CBD oil.

CBD for IBS and Gut Health

An optimally functioning digestive system is essential for good health, and will also help make life a lot more comfortable. Unfortunately, gastrointestinal disorders have a very high incidence rate in the United States, with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, inflammatory bowel diseases, and colon cancer affecting a large percentage of the population.

While traditional treatment methods do not provide a long term solution for intestinal disorders, CBD has shown a lot of promise as a treatment for IBS, and as a means of promoting general gut health. In this article, we’re going to go over the importance of the endocannabinoid system in the digestive system, as well as how CBD is ideal for targeting it.

If you’re brand new to CBD, we suggest starting with our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.

The Endocannabinoid System in the Gut

Endocannabinoid receptors have been shown to exist in all of the body’s organs, and research suggests that the endocannabinoid system within the digestive tract may play a vital role in its healthy functioning. It is believed that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) maintains homeostasis in the gut by controlling many important functions, including immune function, intestinal motility, and sensation.

Disruptions in the ECS could lead to the development of various intestinal disorders. In fact, studies indicate that the levels of endocannabinoids and CB receptors are altered (either above or below the normal amount) in patients with intestinal diseases such as IBS. While it is still unknown as to why low or elevated cannabinoid levels affect the digestive system, researchers estimate that it could be partly due to a cannabinoid deficiency.

In particular, the ECS has been implicated in the development of IBS, colitis, inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease, and colorectal cancer. If this preliminary evidence is accurate, then the ECS could be instrumental in devising treatment plans for disorders that affect so many in the population.

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Using CBD for IBS and Gut Health

Historically, cannabis has been used by up to 50% of patients with intestinal disorders to alleviate their symptoms. Cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and CBG have been reported to ease pain and hypersensitivity in the bowels, as well as regulating gut motility. CBD has been identified as the most promising cannabinoid for IBS and gut health because of its non-psychoactive nature and strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory functions.

In one study, cannabis use by Crohn’s disease patients lowered the severity of their symptoms and reduced the need for other medicines, such as steroids.

CBD could also potentially be used in the treatment of colon cancer, as preliminary studies involving its use have shown to reduce the number of cancerous tumors and suppress malignant cell growth. Furthermore, abnormal ECS regulation leads to faster progression of various cancer cells, which implies that using CBD could help prevent colon cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

Lastly, CBD’s therapeutic properties can indirectly lead to a healthier digestive system. Stress and anxiety are strongly correlated with gastrointestinal issues, and CBD is capable of addressing both of these causations. CBD is known to exhibit anti-anxiety and calming, sedative effects, which will in turn reduce the chances of experiencing intestinal discomfort.

The Future of CBD and Gut Health Research

While research is still in its early stages, CBD could eventually prove to be a vital alternative to conventional treatments for intestinal disorders. Its role in regulating the endocannabinoid system within the gut could also mean that using CBD might encourage a healthy functioning digestive system. While very promising, further research is necessary to find out more about the ECS’s role in gut health, as well as how CBD can be used to modulate its functions.


Key Takeaways

  • Gut health and gastrointestinal (GI) functions can affect your whole body.
  • The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) helps regulate gut health through immune function, intestinal motility, and sensation.
  • CBD for IBS is showing promise due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Gut health has even been linked to anxiety and depression, for which CBD can be helpful.
  • CBD for IBS is very promising but more research is needed.
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How Long Does CBD Take to Work?… And Does CBD Need to Build Up in Your System?

CBD has garnered a lot of interest as of late due to its many therapeutic properties, and this increased popularity has likely attracted a lot of newcomers who want to find out all the benefits CBD has to offer. Among beginners to CBD, one of the more common questions is how long does CBD take to work?

Simply put, there is no one definitive answer to how quickly CBD’s therapeutic effects become noticeable, as a number of factors influence how it is absorbed by the body, and the effects will vary from person to person. In this article, we discuss these factors that influence how long it takes CBD to kick in, as well as a few other concerns relating to CBD’s pharmacokinetics.

Different Methods of Ingestion 

CBD can be ingested through a number of different methods, and the manner in which it enters the bloodstream has a large impact on how quickly its effects are felt. An important distinction between the methods of ingestion is whether or not CBD becomes subject to first-pass metabolism, a process through which a substance is broken down before it reaches circulation. This process decreases CBD’s bioavailability, or how much of the substance actually reaches the bloodstream.

Sublingual / Nasal

CBD can bypass first-pass metabolism if it is taken sublingually (under the tongue) or nasally. There are thin mucous membranes both under the tongue and in the nasal cavity that will absorb any chemical it comes into contact with and circulate it throughout the bloodstream. To achieve this, CBD oil can be dropped beneath the tongue or it can be sprayed into the nose. CBD’s effects will become noticeable about 15-30 minutes when taken through this method.

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Oral Ingestion

CBD is often ingested orally in various forms, such as in beverages, edibles, and capsules. When administered orally, CBD generally takes about 1-2 hours to take effect, but it can take up to six depending on the user’s metabolism.

Cannabinoids have a low bioavailability when ingested orally due to the first-pass metabolism, but a couple of measures can be taken to improve CBD’s effectiveness. Since cannabinoids are highly lipophilic (combines easily with fats), eating foods rich in healthy fats can affect how quickly CBD takes to work. Furthermore, emulsifying CBD in oil can help increase its bioavailability, such as in our CBD Softgel Capsules.

Topical / Transdermal

Topical or transdermal application of CBD allows for a steady amount to be absorbed over a prolonged time period. CBD products such as lotions, topical creams, and oils are ideal for targeting specific body parts that are inflamed or in pain.

Applying CBD products to the skin can take anywhere from 10 minutes to over an hour to take effect, mainly due to the varying permeability of different locations on the body. Skin on the head, neck, and trunk areas has the highest permeability, while skin on the arms and legs has the lowest. However, regardless of where CBD is applied on the skin, its effects will be felt more quickly in that specific area.

Vapor

Taking CBD with a vaporizer or nebulizer has a much more immediate effect. Inhaling CBD vapor allows it to enter the bloodstream faster, where it can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and affect the central nervous system. CBD’s effects are typically felt just minutes after inhalation, and they reach a peak after about 10 minutes. However, peoples’ varying inhalation techniques will also influence how much CBD gets into their systems and how rapidly its effects manifest.

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Individual Differences Affect Onset Time of CBD

While averages for CBD’s onset time can be measured and predicted, the actual amount of time it takes for CBD to work comes down to individual differences in people’s bodies, diets, lifestyles, and metabolism. People who weigh more are going to require an overall larger dose of CBD for it to be effective, and it will take longer to circulate to the brain and throughout the body compared to someone smaller.

People also have varying metabolism speeds, which will determine the rate at which substances are broken down and absorbed by the body. Natural differences in metabolism exist due to genetics, but it can also be affected by diet and nutrition. As mentioned before, a diet high in fat can help with CBD absorption, but nutritional deficiencies can alter metabolism and slow down the rate of absorption.

Quality and Type of CBD

When determining how quickly CBD will work, it is essential to pay close attention to the product itself. There are three typical categories of CBD products: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Full and broad spectrum CBD products are likely to work more quickly due to the presence of additional cannabinoids and terpenes that work synergistically (the entourage effect), something that CBD isolate products do not provide. One study showed that epileptic patients required four times less CBD to achieve a desired result when it was not in a purified isolate form.

Moreover, CBD products will vary in overall quality, which can also influence how rapidly its effects are felt. High quality CBD products that are organic, accurately labeled, and free of harmful additives such as herbicides and pesticides will be much more effective and work faster.

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How Often Should I Take CBD?

After learning how long it takes CBD to work, another important question remains: What is the proper amount of time to wait between doses of CBD? Fortunately, there is no known danger in taking too much CBD other than some potential uncomfortable side effects. Be that as it may, you don’t want to take more CBD than necessary as high quality CBD is not inexpensive.

The most important thing you can do is listen to your body and adjust as needed. Once you take time to determine the optimal dosage for your personal needs. It will also require some trial and error in finding out what kind of dosing schedule works best for you.

In general terms, when ingested orally, the effects of CBD last between 8-20 hours. When inhaled, effects are achieved rapidly and peak about 10 minutes after inhalation, lasting for about 3-5 hours. CBD lotions and oils work best when applied to the skin 1-4 times daily as needed, and can be used in different areas as symptoms arise.

Does CBD Need to Build Up in Your System to Work?

Some drugs and other substances must build up in the body for at least a few days until the full effect of the drug is achieved. CBD does not necessarily have to reach a steady state in the body to work as some find relief the very first time it is taken.

That being said, if your endocannabinoid system is out of whack, it’s likely that it took some time to develop this deficiency.  Depending on the severity of your condition, you should not expect to reverse course immediately after only one or two doses.  Some find that taking a consistent daily dose for several days can help stimulate the endocannabinoid system enough to induce homeostasis and remain in balance.

If no noticeable effects are experienced after using CBD for a few days, it is likely because the dosage was too low, there was an issue with the product itself, or one of the other many factors why CBD may not be working.

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How Long Will CBD Stay in Your System?

CBD is legal in most states within the U.S., but THC, the psychoactive constituent of cannabis, is not. Since full spectrum CBD products from hemp contain trace amounts of THC, some might worry about the possibility of it showing up on drug tests. The main concern with drug testing is how long does THC stay in your system. The chances of failing a drug test with CBD alone are slim, but it would still be useful to know how long it takes CBD, and cannabinoids in general, to leave your system.

As with the absorption rate, the rate at which CBD leaves your body depends on the manner in which it is ingested, as well as how much is taken. CBD’s biological half-life is 1-2 hours if inhaled, applied on the skin, or taken orally on occasion. It is approximately 3 hours when taken in capsule form, 1-10 hours when taken sublingually, and 2-5 days if taken orally on a regular basis. In addition, like any other substance, the higher the dose of CBD, the longer it will take for the body to eliminate it.


Key Takeaways

  • A number of internal and external factors will influence how CBD is absorbed by the body and how quickly it is eliminated.
  • Every person is different; weight, metabolism, diet and health status will influence the effectiveness of CBD’s absorption rate.
  • The method of consumption is one of the highest determinants for the rate of absorption and length of time CBD will remain in your system.
  • CBD does not necessarily need to build up in your system, but some may need a sustained regimen of regular use to achieve its intended purpose, depending on their needs and deficiencies.
  • Each individual will need to experiment to determine their particular optimal dose and schedule for taking CBD.

What Can Hemp be Used for Besides CBD?

Hemp is largely cultivated for the purpose of extracting CBD, the non-intoxicating constituent of cannabis with a number of therapeutic benefits, but the hemp plant also has a wide range of practical applications beyond that.

Between its fibers, seeds, and oil, hemp is a valuable resource across several industries, making it a truly multi-purpose plant that also happens to be environmentally-friendly.

Besides the benefits of CBD, the hemp plant is an emergent resource that can potentially serve as a solution to many of the world’s problems. Let’s go over some of the intriguing ways hemp is being used beyond just serving as a source of CBD.

Hemp in Textiles

Hemp fibers used to be one of the world’s leading sources of textile materials. Hemp has excellent strength and durability, is naturally antibacterial ,and can block ultraviolet rays. In the 19th century, hemp fibers were used extensively in ship sails, ropes and nets due to their durability and resistance to saltwater. Hemp fibers were also included in Levi Strauss’ original line of jeans.

Hemp was largely replaced in the textile industry by cotton and synthetic fibers. However, hemp could see a resurgence due to an increased importance of sustainable resources, as well as improvements in cultivation techniques. If hemp varieties are grown with smaller fiber diameters, then it will have more possible applications in the textiles industry.

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Hemp Can be Used For Sustainable Materials

Materials such as paper and plastic are used extensively in all kinds of products, but their use and production has a negative impact on the environment. Plastic can potentially be an irritant and is not biodegradable, and traditional papers require a lot of energy and resources to create.

On the other hand, hemp-based plastics are environmentally friendly, do not cause allergic reactions, and are overall more flexible than synthetic plastics. In addition, hemp paper requires much less heat to create than traditional paper, making it a promising sustainable alternative.

Hemps Seeds Can Be Used in Supplements and Cosmetics

Hemp seed oil, despite not containing any significant amount of cannabinoids, is incredibly rich in nutrients and other compounds that are beneficial to one’s health. Hemp seed oil has an almost ideal fatty acid composition. Studies indicate that hemp seed oil contains healthy concentrations of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids. Diets high in these fatty acids have shown to reduce the risk of cancer, blood clotting, and can lower cholesterol, so taking hemp seed oil supplements could prevent these conditions from developing.

The fatty acids present in hemp seed oil also make it a valuable ingredient in cosmetic products. Facial creams, lotions, shampoos and conditioners containing hemp seed oil are great for the hair and skin.

Hemp in Construction

The natural properties of hemp fibers make it very useful in numerous areas of building and construction. In fact, hemp concrete (also known as “hempcrete”) can be used to build an entire house from the ground up. Hempcrete is made from a mixture of hemp, lime, and water. It is incredibly strong and lightweight, provides insulation on par with more traditional insulators, and is resistant to pests, water, and mold.

Hempcrete is a sustainable resource, takes a short amount of time to produce, and does not require any heavy machinery or special training to work with, which is a large reason why some builders find it preferable to other building materials. It is likely that more and more buildings will be made with hempcrete in the future.

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Hemp Can be a Fuel Source

Hemp has a lot of promise as a sustainable energy source. Unlike other energy crops, hemp does not require excess fertilizer or pesticides to cultivate, which leads to lower GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions. In addition, hemp is not a food crop, so there is plenty of biomass left over from when it is processed for its fibers or CBD.

Hemp biomass has good combustion properties and can be used as a heat source or for electricity. Hemp oil can also be converted into biodiesel for cars, and is more efficient in this regard than other plant oils such as canola or soy oil.


Key Takeaways

  • There are many potential uses for hemp besides cultivating CBD and hemp seed oil.
  • Hemp can be used for textiles, sustainable alternatives to plastics, construction materials and fuel sources.
  • Hemp is environmentally friendly and does not require excess fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Hemp is an emergent source for many new uses across the globe that could contribute to help solve several problems we face such as climate, environment and sustainability.

5 Outdoor Activities that Promote Wellness and Boost Immunity

Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to prevent chronic disease, premature death, and improve health and immune function. It is well documented that people who regularly exercise feel better, live longer, and have a much better quality of life.

Why Exercise Outdoors?

While quality exercise is essential for good health, exercising outdoors around nature, fresh air and sunshine provides numerous additional benefits for the mind and body. Research in a growing scientific field called ecotherapy has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.

Because of modern technology, people are spending more time indoors than ever before. Getting outside and breathing fresh air has numerous important benefits. Furthermore, sunlight is the most natural way for us to get the necessary vitamin D that our bodies require.

Let’s go over some of the best outdoor activities for promoting wellness and good health, as well as how CBD can possibly be used to make them more enjoyable.

1. Hiking

Going for a hike up a mountain or along a trail is the perfect way to get some good outdoor exercise while also spending quality time in nature. Hiking is particularly good for the leg muscles, but it can also work your core and lower back depending on the size of bag you carry. In addition to strengthening the muscles, hiking can improve bone density and lower the chances of developing osteoporosis. Hiking has also been shown to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and body fat, and improve flexibility and coordination.

As mentioned above, being in nature also has a range of positive effects on your mental health. Furthermore, going on hikes with family and friends is a great way to strengthen relationships.

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2. Yoga

Practicing yoga has countless benefits in and of itself, but taking it outdoors gets back to the root of yoga’s original purpose–connecting with nature and the universe–and will maximize its effectiveness. 

Yoga has long been known to improve health and promote wellness, such as by correcting posture and improving flexibility, relieve pain, boosting the immune system, promoting good sleep, and soothing the mind.

Outdoors yoga offers a refreshing environment from the usual indoor yoga studio, and practicing on uneven terrain can make performing yoga poses even more effective. Opting to practice yoga as one of your outdoor activities can provide breathtaking sights, sounds, and sensations that will only enhance all of the positive effects that yoga brings. 

3. Swimming

Swimming is mainly popular as a recreational outdoor activity, but it is also one of the most effective forms of full-body aerobic exercise there is. Being submerged in water means more effort must be exerted to move around, but there is also less stress placed on joints and weight-bearing parts of the body. Swimming is thus a perfect form of exercise for those with arthritis or are rehabbing an injury.

As with most exercise, swimming can boost mood, improve overall heart health, and even encourage a longer life. Moreover, swimming is particularly good for your respiratory muscles, and is seen as a much more enjoyable activity than other forms of exercise. Treading through water can be very relaxing and provide peace of mind.

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4. Running

People all around the world live by the many health benefits of running, and for very good reason. Running on a regular basis can help stave off a number of diseases and conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and possibly even cancer. Running for just 5-10 minutes a day can add several years to your life. Running can also drastically improve one’s mood, so much so that it’s even recommended to people who are suffering from depression or anxiety. 

Furthermore, research suggests that running actually strengthens the knees, contrary to popular belief. Knee pain typically arises due to improper warm-up (stretching, gradually increasing intensity), inadequate rest periods, and poor nutrition. If these concerns are taken care of, then there’s no reason to fear that running will eventually lead to pain.

5. Walking

Walking may not seem as effective as running due to being less intensive, but it can be just as beneficial for your health, and even provide some unique benefits of its own. Walking for 30+ minutes a day can prevent arthritis from developing, burn calories, discourage weight gain, and improve mood. Walking is especially effective for boosting the immune system. Taking regular walks will reduce how often you get sick, and make colds shorter and milder.

While walking is a good low-impact exercise, it can also be done as a form of “mobile meditation”. Taking a scenic route and being mindful of the world and your inner thoughts is a great way to relax and release stress.

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Using CBD With Outdoor Activities

CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that provides many therapeutic effects, and using it can greatly increase the effectiveness and enjoyment of outdoor physical activities. CBD works as a stimulant at lower doses, so using it before exercising can boost your energy, and consequently, your motivation.

In addition, applying CBD oil to your muscles during exercise recovery can reduce soreness and inflammation. Lastly, higher doses of CBD have a sedating effect, which can help you get a good night’s sleep to encourage strong immune function and allow your muscles to recover even faster.

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Leave a comment below and let us know which outdoor activities you like the most, or let us know if we’ve missed any other activities that you enjoy doing outdoors.

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