CBD, short for “cannabidiol”, is the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant and has surged in popularity in recent years due to its therapeutic properties. CBD is available nearly everywhere and sold in oils, lotions, capsules and edibles, among other formats.
A new study shows that Google searches for CBD has more than doubled each year for the past 3 years as more and more Americans are looking for information on CBD and hemp or are interested in buying CBD products.
A recent Forbes article has reported that CBD searches are more popular than Kanye West, Taylor Swift, the Beatles and even Jesus!
According to the new study by JAMA Network Open, led by UC San Diego health scientists, as many as 6.4 million Americans are Googling CBD every month, eclipsing most other alternative health topics.
The team analyzed Google searches for either “CBD” or “cannabidiol” in the US from Jan 2004 through April 2019, and have projected the results through Dec 2019. The growth in searches grew 125% in 2017, 160% in 2018, and is forecasted to grow by 180% or more in 2019.
“CBD has become insanely popular” said Dr. John W. Ayers, co-author of the study. “Three years ago, there was essentially no one searching about CBD online, but now there are an estimated 6.4 million unique searches each month.”
The team also compared searches for CBD to other health related topics and found that CBD searches eclipsed those for acupuncture, meditation, vaccinations, exercise and veganism.
The only other search topics that CBD has not caught up with are yoga and diet, but it may just be a matter of time as the popularity of CBD does not seem to be slowing down.
A Word of Caution
Some are touting CBD as a panacea, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support CBD’s effectiveness for conditions such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, skin conditions and neurological disorders, but much more research is required.
While there are little to no side effects reported for CBD, there may be potential drug interactions that the public needs to be aware of. Likewise, as CBD’s popularity continues to soar, there will be a need for more regulation in order to promote public safety, including testing standards and labeling guidelines.
The FDA has been cracking down on unfounded claims that hemp CBD can treat conditions or diseases. They’ve issued several warning letters to companies who are claiming that CBD can treat conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Another caution is that consumers need to do their due diligence on who they are purchasing CBD products from. Several reports and studies have determined a large portion of CBD products on the market were mislabeled with inaccurate potencies or questionable ingredients.
Tesséra Naturals is committed to leading the charge for transparency in an exciting, yet unregulated industry. We are passionate about educating consumers and clarifying many of the misconceptions and wild claims around CBD. We continue to keep our thumb on the pulse of the ever-changing issues surrounding CBD and hemp and will provide updates and articles as new research and information surfaces.
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Topical CBD, or CBD products that are used on the skin, provide a range of benefits and advantages unique to other forms of CBD. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about topical CBD products.
What is Topical Application?
Topical CBD products are intended to be applied directly to the skin as needed in order to reap their therapeutic benefits. These products come in several forms, such as balms, lotions, creams, salves, oils, and even adhesive patches.
Topical CBD products are typically used to relieve pain or inflammation in a specific area, and they also show promise as a treatment method for various skin conditions, including acne, eczema psoriasis and dermatitis. Furthermore, CBD has also been shown to speed up the healing of minor wounds such as blisters and cuts. While it is still in its preliminary stages, there is promising research suggesting that CBD can promote healthy skin and hair.
Transdermal CBD application also provides a comfortably and effective way to administer CBD. Oral ingestion is probably one of the more common ways that people use CBD, but it can cause gastrointestinal issues in some, and the body ends up metabolizing much of the CBD through digestion.
Even though CBD is the primary active ingredient in a topical product, there are additional substances that will influence the effect it has.
Most topical creams, lotions, etc. are either water-based or oil-based. Water-based topicals are typically more comfortable to apply and absorb quickly, but they do not provide the same level of moisturization and skin penetration as oil-based ones. This is because the outer layers of the skin are highly lipophilic, allowing for oil to penetrate easier.
CBD topicals may also include other plant extracts and essential oils that have their own therapeutic benefits. For example, eucalyptus is a purifying and immune-boosting oil and research suggests that eucalyptus oil can ease joint pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis and arthritis. Another example is lavender oil, which contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizes the skin. It is also an antibacterial and can kill bacteria that penetrate your pores, which is helpful for preventing and healing acne.
Although certain substances can improve the effectiveness of a CBD topical, others might produce adverse side effects. Some preservatives, fragrances, and adhesives can potentially cause allergic reactions. In addition, ethanol is often used as a penetration enhancer, but it can also cause irritation and skin dryness.
Storing Topical CBD Products
Storing topical CBD products properly will help maximize how long they are effective. Exposing products to intense heat or direct sunlight may cause the active ingredients to break down, so it’s best to keep them in cabinets or drawers. Refrigerating topical products can also extend their shelf life if they contain ingredients such as vitamins, but exposing them to extreme cold can have the opposite effect and destabilize them.
Can I Use Topical CBD on My Face?
The face has some of the most sensitive skin on the body.While CBD itself has not shown to be an irritant, other ingredients could potentially cause discomfort. Alcohols, acidic substances, certain fragrances, and synthetic compounds might be too irritating if applied to the sensitive facial skin, so it’s important to check your product’s ingredient list before use.
Make Sure You’re Using the Right Product!
When selecting a topical CBD product, it’s very important that you don’t get it mixed up with products that are hemp seed oil based. Hemp seed oil is rich in omega fatty acids, which can be very beneficial to the skin, but it lacks the many cannabinoids (including CBD) that provide healing and therapeutic effects.
Make sure that your topical product is made from high quality full or broad spectrum CBD and not just hemp seed oil. Also, do your research and make sure to purchase your products from a reputable source and always review certificates of analysis (COA’s) to make sure the product is safe and effective.
Topical CBD products may provide targeted pain relief and treatment for various skin conditions.
Topical CBD interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in the skin, bypassing the digestive system.
Topical CBD can be either water-based or oil-based, and can be combined with other beneficial ingredients and essential oils.
Beware of preservatives, fragrances and other ingredients that may cause adverse reactions.
Store Topical CBD products away from light and heat.
Make sure you’re buying quality CBD oil from a reputable source.
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CBD is most commonly used in oil form, and CBD tinctures provide a quick and easy alternative to methods such as vaping and edibles. If you’re brand new to CBD, we suggest reading our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.
Tinctures have an extensive history in herbalism and Western medicine, which makes CBD tinctures very promising. There are some important things to know about tinctures before you can start enjoying the full range of their benefits. In this article, we’ll dig deeper into what exactly is a tinctures, as well as how to use them to optimum effect.
What are CBD Tinctures?
Most people associate the word tincture with the little bottles of oil that contain a squeeze dropper, but the definition of a tincture is actually any solution that consists of a plant or animal extract which is dissolved or diluted in some kind of solvent. The solvent breaks down the plant’s cell wall, releasing the active chemical compounds into the solution.
As with any herbal or essential oil tincture, there is also a carrier oil. A carrier oil acts as the delivery vehicle for the active compound. Carrier oils also dilute and preserve the highly concentrated compound and make them easier to absorb due to their fat content. Common carrier oils for CBD include MCT oil, olive oil, grape seed oil or hemp seed oil.
Tinctures have actually been in use for thousands of years. Their first recorded use was with the Ancient Egyptians, and they were a staple of Western medicine throughout the last 8 centuries. Tinctures were gradually replaced by pills, but they have seen a resurgence lately due to an increased awareness of herbalism and its many benefits.
How to Use CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures are very easy to use and require no extra equipment beyond the bottle and dropper. To apply a dose, simply squeeze the dropper while submerged in the oil and fill to the desired level. Then drop the amount under the tongue. It is recommended to hold the solution in your mouth for 60 seconds or more to maximize absorption. Some people swish the oil around the inner cheeks for additional absorption before swallowing.
How to Calculate and Measure Dosage
Determining dosage is a common challenge when starting a CBD regimen. It will require some trial and error to find the optimal dose for you based on many different factors, which we’ve covered in a previous blog post.
We’ve also created a CBD dosage Calculator for a recommended daily starting point based on weight, condition and severity. Every individual is different so it will inevitably require some expirementation to find your sweet spot.
To calculate how much CBD to consume with a tincture, you must note the total CBD content (mg) in the bottle and the number of serving. For example, if your tincture has 1000 mg of CBD, and there are 30 servings (1 full dropper) in a bottle, then a dropper contains about 33mg. We’ve created a simple diagram to calculate the various dropper amounts or each of our tinctures.
When trying to figure out just how much CBD you should take, it will require some trial and error. We suggest starting with a low dose (10-15 mg of CBD) and see how you react. You can slowly increase the dose over the next few days to find the most effective dose for you and your goals.
Why Sublingual CBD Application is Effective
One of the main advantages of using CBD tinctures is the ability to get a quick, effective dose simply by applying the oil under your tongue. This method is a convenient and non-intrusive way to take your daily CBD dose, and typically only takes 15-30 minutes to take effect. There are thin mucous membranes beneath the tongue that will quickly absorb any chemicals they come into contact with, and directly enter them into the bloodstream. As a result, sublingual administration is a much more efficient route as opposed to normal oral ingestion.
Using CBD Tinctures with Food/Beverages
CBD oil from tincture can also be easily applied to your favorite foods and beverages if you don’t like its taste, but this approach does come with some drawbacks. For one, it will take longer for your body to absorb the CBD. Furthermore, oral ingestion lowers CBD’s bioavailability as it must be processed through the digestive system, meaning that a decreased amount of CBD will actually end up in your system.
How to Store Tinctures
Tinctures have an incredibly long shelf life, so long as they are stored in dark ultraviolet-protective bottles and kept away from heat and light.
Although tinctures do not need to be refrigerated, they should be kept away from heat in a “cool” environment (ideally 60-70 degrees) to avoid degrading the cannabinoids as well as to maintain the viscosity of the oil.
Dark or opaque tincture bottles offer increased protection to light, and storing them in a dark place helps maximize their shelf life. All Tesséra Naturals CBD products are packaged in dark amber glass bottles for added protection.
When selecting a tincture, it’s important to recognize the distinction between actual CBD oil and other “hemp oil” or hemp seed oil. Although they both come from the same plant, hemp seed oil lacks the many cannabinoids that provide a range of therapeutic effects. Hemp seed oil is particularly rich in omega fatty acids, but it won’t have much of an effect if used as a tincture for healing or therapeutic properties.
Lastly, make sure you are vetting the products you are buying to make sure they contain the best, high quality CBD, from organically grown hemp, and do not contain harsh chemicals or solvents. Review Certificate of Analysis (COA’s) to make sure you verify what’s in the bottle.
Tesséra Naturals is committed to offering the highest quality premium grade CBD products on the market. Made from USA organically grown non-GMO hemp, using a solvent free extraction process, Tesséra Naturals maintains a pure whole plant profile with 0% THC. All products are 3rd party tested for safety and potency.
Tinctures include any solution that consists of an extract dissolved or diluted in alcohol/solvent and are contained in a carrier oil.
CBD Tinctures are best used to transfer CBD oil directly under the tongue for maximum absorption.
Using tinctures with food and drink is perfectly fine, but it’s more effective to apply the dose sublingually.
Calculate dosage of CBD tinctures by noting the total CBD content in the bottle, divided by the number of servings.
Store CBD tinctures in a cool, dark place for maximum shelf life.
Make sure you are purchasing high quality CBD tinctures from a reputable source.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Due to the hyper growth in the hemp and CBD market, more and more products are popping up. Everyone is trying to come up with the “next best thing” in CBD in order to stand out from the crowd. We’ve seen everything from CBD popcorn to CBD toothpaste!
We’ve always avoided gimmicks and instead choose to focus on providing the highest quality hemp CBD products on the market, but there are definite pros and cons for the various ways of consuming CBD, as we’ve written about in our Beginner’s Guide to CBD.
Tinctures are by far the most popular form of taking CBD, and for good reason as the sublingual application has been shown to be super effective. That being said, many people don’t want to mess with droppers, holding oil under their tongue for prolonged periods of time, or trying to figure out dosage with the various bottles sizes and potencies that tinctures come in.
Everyone has popped a pill in their life for one reason or another. There’s nothing new to learn and it’s quick and simple. Most people are used to taking vitamins or supplements in pill form so CBD pills are comfortable for them.
2. Portable and Discreet
If you’re on the go, at work, or traveling, tinctures can sometimes be a bit messy or cumbersome. On the other hand, CBD softgel capsules are easy to take with you and there will be no strange stares or unwanted questions as to what you are taking since they resemble regular everyday vitamins.
Sublingual application is extremely effective as the oil absorbs directly into your bloodstream through the capillaries under the tongue. Some people add hemp oil from tincture bottles to their food or beverage… while perfectly fine to do so, the drawback is that you will lose some of the CBD as it goes through your digestive system and is processed through your liver.
Our CBD softgel capsules, on the other hand, are made with a proprietary water-soluble hemp oil that is nano-emulsified. This means that the oil droplets are broken down into tiny (nano-sized) droplets. The smaller the drops, the more surface contact the oil has with your body’s absorptive tissue, which in turn increases the absorption of CBD across mucous membrane up to 5 times that of standard hemp oil.
4. Long Lasting effects
Similar to how different formats of CBD provide different absorption rates and bioavailability, there is also a difference in how long the effects will last. While smoking or vaping CBD provides the fastest effect (within minutes), the CBD lasts the shortest amount of time in your body. Conversely, CBD capsules and other edibles take a bit longer to reach your bloodstream (30-60 minutes), but the effects of the CBD will remain in your body for several hours. Tinctures fall somewhere in between.
5. CBD Softgel Capsules are Tasteless
Some people do not enjoy consuming CBD from tinctures due to the taste of hemp. There are plenty of tasty edibles to choose from, but oftentimes those come with added calories, sugars, artificial flavors and other undesirable additives.
CBD gelcaps are a great choice for a tasteless form of CBD while avoiding unwanted calories and extra ingredients.
6. Exact CBD dosage
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “How much CBD should I take?”. Tinctures offer great flexibility for experimenting and adjusting your dose, but once you’ve found your sweet spot, you’ll want to have some consistency.
Vaping/smoking CBD is difficult to control dosage as it will vary based on several factors such as vaping apparatus, how long you draw in the smoke/vape, etc. Edibles can also be a bit tricky as the CBD dosage isn’t always consistent within the overall product.
CBD pills are great for staying the course as you’ll receive an exact consistent dosage. Our CBD softgel capsules contain 25 mgs of CBD each, so you’ll know what you’re getting every time.
Why Tesséra Naturals CBD Softgel Capsules?
We believe that quality is (and should be) the most important measure of any product we consume. When it comes to our health and what we put into our bodies, we shouldn’t compromise.
Lastly, every product you buy from Tesséra Naturals helps protect our planet through our partnership with onepercentfortheplanet.org!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the biggest confusions consumers have is whether CBD oil is legal or not. Unfortunately, it’s not a straight forward yes or no answer. Furthermore, things are changing rapidly across the country, making it even harder to keep up with the current status at any given time.
CBD oil has been steadily gaining popularity due to the many therapeutic benefits it is able to provide without causing intoxication. For people looking to enjoy the health benefits of the cannabis plant without getting high, CBD oils would be a prime choice.
However, even though CBD is not psychoactive like THC, it would be incorrect to assume that it is entirely legal under United States law. Overall, the precise legality of CBD products is a very complicated issue. Let’s shed some light on the current, often murky, laws regarding CBD.
Since CBD is a constituent of the cannabis plant, we must first review the laws referring to cannabis and marijuana. Although marijuana has been classified as a Schedule I substance since 1970, individual states have since instituted their own laws on its recreational and medicinal use.
In ten states–Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington–cannabis is legal both for medical and recreational use. In these states, cannabis products can be easily purchased by those who are of legal age, either online or at dispensaries.
In addition to the ten states where marijuana is completely legal, 23 states allow for medicinal marijuana use. In 12 other states, marijuana is still illegal. Some states have also “decriminalized” marijuana, and similar legislation has been passed eliminating criminal penalties for CBD.
As an aside, federal law supersedes state laws according to the Supremacy Clause, but the federal government and the DEA rarely interfere with matters involving marijuana/cannabis use.
Although some states place restrictions on marijuana use, CBD is often allowed under certain rules and regulations. In some cases, CBD is the only accepted form of legal cannabis.
In states such as Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Kansas, CBD oil made from hemp or with less than .03% THC is legal. In Ohio, only CBD oils sold from licensed dispensaries are considered legal.
In states such as Wyoming, South Carolina, and Mississippi, CBD products are typically only authorized for patients with treatment resistant epilepsy, as long as they contain less than the legal limit of THC. In Virginia and Wisconsin, CBD can be used to treat any condition as long as it is approved by a physician or doctor. In South Dakota, the only form of CBD allowed is the FDA-approved drug Epidiolex.
If you are looking into any CBD products, it would be wise to review your state’s specific laws on CBD.
The 2018 Farm Bill
The passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 was a big step forward for CBD. With this bill, hemp, its derivatives, and THC contained in hemp were all removed from the Controlled Substances Act. The bill also made hemp and hemp-derived products legal for sale, transport, or possession, albeit under several regulations and restrictions. Hemp cannot contain more than .03% THC, and can only be grown by licensed cultivators who must discard any cannabis plants exceeding this limit.
Although the Farm Bill legalizes hemp on the federal level, it doesn’t make all forms of CBD legal. CBD and other cannabinoids are only considered legal if they are produced in compliance with the Farm Bill, and if not, they are still considered to be a Schedule I substance. Therefore, CBD produced derived from marijuana or by an unlicensed hemp grower will still be illegal. While the Farm Bill marked an important step in the legalization process, additional legislation must be passed before CBD is truly legal.
Why Does CBD Oil Have Such a Confusing Legal Status?
CBD is non-intoxicating, non-addictive, has scientifically-backed health benefits, and is even accepted as a sole source of medicinal marijuana–so why is its legality so complicated?
One of the main issues is due to confusion over classifying CBD as a health supplement or a medicine. According to the FDA, any product intended to have a therapeutic or medical use is a drug. Many CBD products are marketed as health supplements, but are still used by people with serious conditions as a primary method of treatment, which also makes it a medicine. CBD is not psychoactive like THC-based products, so it has additional viability as a medicine, but its manner of use is still interchangeable.
It is also important to note that CBD products have a history of being mislabeled. If the contents of a CBD oil product are not verified by a third party lab, it’s possible that it could contain potentially dangerous additives or more than the legal amount of THC. A lack of FDA regulation makes it impossible to make sure that all CBD oil products are quality, additive-free, and in accordance with the Farm Bill, which is why its legal status remains complicated.
CBD Oil’s Future Legality
Even though CBD oil is technically not fully legal in the United States, recent trends suggest that full legalization could be coming soon. The complete legalization of CBD oil will require better regulation of CBD products by the FDA, more research on CBD’s effects in humans and animals, and increased awareness by legislators. The 2018 Farm Bill could allow researchers to more readily access CBD for studies, which might hasten the legalization process.
A likely scenario in which CBD oil is legalized will be if specific standards for its preparation are approved by the FDA and DEA. This way, the contents of CBD oils would be verifiable. In addition, there’s also the potential that CBD will be rescheduled under the Controlled Substances Act, while cannabis as a whole remains the same. Given that THC is currently listed on its own as a controlled substance, it’s reasonable to assume that CBD and other cannabinoids could be rescheduled independently.
Hemp-derived CBD oil containing less than .03% THC is legal under federal law.
Most CBD oil is also legal at the state level, but many have strict rules and regulations on its use.
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp, its derivatives, and THC contained in hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, but it did not necessarily make CBD entirely legal on the federal level.
Better regulation of CBD products and additional research will help CBD become fully legal.
Is CBD an antibiotic? A new preliminary study says yes, which would have huge implications across the world.
CBD (cannabidiol) a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis is being investigated for a number of medical conditions including, anxiety, pain and inflammation with limited side effects. While the research is still emerging on CBD’s ability to kill a wide range of bacteria including staph and strep, work led by Dr Mark Blaskovich at The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Centre for Superbug Solutions found that CBD was successful in killing a wide range of Gram-positive bacteria.
“Given cannabidiol’s documented anti-inflammatory effects, existing safety profile in humans, it is a promising new potential antibiotic worth further investigation,” said Dr. Blaskovich. “The combination of inherent antimicrobial activity and the potential to reduce damage caused by the inflammatory response to infections is particularly attractive.”
Can CBD Be the Answer for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?
Most remarkably, the CBD retained its activity against certain strains of bacteria that typically become resistant to other traditional antibiotics. According to the CDC, more than 2 million people in the US get an antibiotic-resistant infection each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result. In fact, the bacteria studied were not able to form resistance to the CBD at all.
Blaskovich says that they’re not entirely sure exactly how the CBD is effective against bacteria, and states that it may be a “completely new mechanism of action”. More research on CBD for antibiotic resistant infections needs to be done, but this research is definitely groundbreaking, and provides much hope for the future of infectious medicine.
The project was co-funded by Botanix and Innovation Connections, an Australian government grant scheme to commercialize new products, processes and services. The paper was presented on June 23, 2019 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco during the annual conference of the American Society for Microbiology.
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Coffee is the third most popular beverage in the world, behind water and tea. Many people love it for its flavor and its high caffeine content. Altogether, the world consumes about 400 million cups of coffee each year!
In addition to its vast popularity, coffee has been shown to have many positive effects on health. Scientific evidence suggests that coffee consumption can help prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, improve cognitive functions, and even help people live longer.
Why You Should Consider Coffee Alternatives
Despite the many benefits of coffee, some people might not enjoy the flavor, and some are not able to drink it due to a sensitivity to caffeine, which causes negatives symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, tremors, and insomnia. As a result, many coffee alternatives have emerged as of late, and they are gaining popularity at restaurants, cafes, and at home alike.
Let’s explore seven healthy alternatives to coffee for those who want to enjoy a nutritional beverage, as well as how you might choose to add CBD hemp oil to enhance their effects…
1. Chicory Coffee
Chicory is a flowering plant whose root is baked and ground to serve as a coffee alternative or as an additive to coffee. Chicory doesn’t contain caffeine or any of the volatile oils found in coffee, but it does have a similar flavor, which is rich, earthy, and somewhat nutty.
Chicory is native to Europe, where it was used extensively in France as a culinary ingredient and coffee substitute in times of shortage. It is a good source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, and has been used historically to treat digestive issues. Today, chicory coffee is especially popular in Louisiana cafes, most notably at Café Du Monde in New Orleans, where it has become a popular local tradition.
2. Herbal Tea
Herbal teas, unlike those made with the traditional tea plant, do not contain any caffeine, and are instead made with a mixture of various herbs, spices, fruits, and flowers. Some common herbal teas include ginger, peppermint, chamomile and ginseng, each of which has its own flavor and health benefits.
Herbal teas can help with relaxation, boost the immune system, and prevent chronic diseases, along with a wide range of additional health benefits depending on the kind of tea. Furthermore, herbal tea contains zero calories when prepared with no added sugars or sweeteners, and can be enjoyed either hot or cold.
3. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is a tea-like beverage that is traditionally consumed in many regions in South America. The drink is prepared by drying the leaves of the yerba mate plant over a fire, and then steeping them with hot or cold water in a gourd. Mate does contain a compound similar to caffeine that some have dubbed “mateine”, though many people with caffeine sensitivity can drink yerba mate and do not experience the adverse reactions that coffee gives them.
Mate has an earthy, bitter flavor that has been likened to green tea, but it is often infused with other herbs, spices, and sweeteners to alter the taste.
Drinking mate can provide a number of positive effects, including a suppressed appetite, weight loss, reduced blood pressure and improved focus and energy. People have reported that mate increases alertness without causing the negative side effects of coffee and other caffeine-rich drinks.
Matcha has a strong, grassy taste that is often compared to spinach, so it is often consumed with sweeteners. It has shown to be a mood booster, reduce blood pressure, help with concentration and prevent disease.
Matcha typically contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but the effects are said to be much more calming. In fact, matcha is especially useful for monks who meditate for lengthy periods, and have incorporated the drink into their practice for centuries.
The spices used in golden milk (often turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger) are all rich in antioxidants that can relieve inflammation, improve memory and boost the immune system. Drinking golden milk in the morning or before bed can relieve cold and flu symptoms, as well as help you fall asleep.
In addition, golden milk can be completely vegan depending on the kind of milk and ingredients used. Popular recipes for golden milk often use coconut milk, but soy milk and almond milk are both possible options.
Kombucha is a slightly effervescent beverage made by fermenting sweetened black or green tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. It can provide all the positive effects of traditional teas, as well as additional health benefits from the probiotic microorganisms present in the drink. The yeasts and bacteria produce several acids and antioxidants during fermentation which can kill pathogens and reduce toxicity. These acids are also responsible for kombucha’s sour taste.
Even though kombucha has been approved for human consumption by the FDA, it’s important to understand that harmful bacteria can contaminate the drink during its preparation. To be safe, it’s better to buy reputable kombucha products online or in stores, or prepare it according to the FDA’s standards.
7. Bone Broth
Bone broth is a stock made by boiling the bones and connective tissue of animals, as well as other ingredients such as vegetables, and then straining out the solids. It is typically prepared over a long period (8 to 24 hours) to extract the organic matter from the bones. While some might feel that bone broth is not a direct alternative to coffee due to its savory flavors such as chicken and beef, it has been touted as a soothing source of amino acids and calcium that can be enjoyed on the go.
Bone broth provides a unique health benefits and is high in vitamins and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous Drinking bone broth can be beneficial for the joints, digestive system, immune system, and the amino acids in bone broth may even help promote better sleep in some people.
Using CBD with Coffee Alternatives
CBD hemp oil provides numerous therapeutic effects without causing any mental impairment like THC. When used in combination with coffee, or any of these healthy coffee alternatives, the benefits can be amplified, or the addition of CBD can create new, unique effects.
For example, adding CBD oil to yerba mate or golden milk can help boost the immune system, along with providing pain relief for unpleasant cold or flu symptoms. CBD can also be added to matcha tea to reduce anxiety on top of improving focus and concentration. Whatever drink you might choose to add CBD to, the flavor will largely remain the same, and you’ll enjoy added benefits in addition to the ones already provided by the beverage itself.