Entourage Effect: The Power Behind the Benefits of CBD Products

You are as good as the company you keep. Thanks to the entourage effect, that’s a good thing for those who use CBD products. The entourage effect is the idea all compounds found in cannabis are best when taken together than when taken separately. This can be likened to eating an orange when you want vitamin C benefits compared to eating a vitamin C tablet.

While the entourage effect plays a crucial role in the benefits of CBD, not all products will trigger this phenomenon. Knowing if your formula is entourage effect-enriched is critical for those using hemp extract for optimal wellness. Let Made by Hemp guide you through the ins and outs of the entourage effect.

How Do I Know if My CBD Product Has the Entourage Effect?

It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement surrounding the ever-growing presence of CBD products in health and wellness shops. Like any new product you purchase, it’s important to check out the label. There are many telling pieces of information on them, including if the product has the entourage effect.

Now, most CBD products won’t openly say, “Entourage effect included.” Instead, you are going to look for other words that classify what type of CBD product you are purchasing. While they all come with their own sets of benefits, these each have a different level of potency. Here are some terms to look out for when shopping for the highest-quality CBD products.  

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full spectrum is the terminology to look for when seeking a product which has the entourage effect. CBD products that are truly full spectrum are extracted while maintaining the integrity of as many cannabinoids as possible, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), therefore, CBD oil derived from hemp will have trace levels of THC up to .3% by law.

Its low concentration of this molecule makes the product non-intoxicating. However, with THC in the equation, all of the cannabinoids are present. All cannabinoids being accounted for is the basis of the entourage effect and what makes full spectrum CBD oil one of the highest-quality hemp products on the market.

So, if you are buying CBD oil, and it’s labeled as full spectrum as well as zero THC… it’s not full spectrum.

Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Broad spectrum CBD oil also carries the entourage effect, for the most part. However, the formula is likely not as potent as full spectrum hemp extract. The reason for this is that broad spectrum CBD oil contains little to no THC.

After the extraction process, some companies will remove THC from the final product. However, the remaining cannabinoids remain in the formula, therefore, broad spectrum can sometimes also technically be full spectrum, depending on the formula. Since THC levels are so low in hemp to begin with, the differences are minimal. However, broad-spectrum CBD oil may not be as bioavailable or beneficial as full spectrum.

CBD Isolate

When you first see the words, “CBD isolate,” you might interpret that the product is a potent dose of this cannabinoid. While there are benefits to using CBD isolate, you are legitimately purchasing CBD that’s isolated from other hemp compounds. That means there are no additional cannabinoids in the formula. Therefore, if you are buying CBD isolate, you most likely won’t experience the benefits of the entourage effect.

The benefit to CBD isolate, however, is that it is completely THC Free, and thus anyone needing to avoid any amount of THC can feel safe taking this product as it won’t cause a failed THC drug test.   

[RELATED BLOG: Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Isolate, and PCR: Decoding the Difference]

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CBD, THC, and the Entourage Effect

If you brush your hand over a hemp flower, you’ll notice microscopic hairs float into the atmosphere. These are known as trichomes. Like human hair follicles, trichomes have glands. Within these glands lie chemical compounds that make cannabis one of the most unique plants on this earth–cannabinoids.

Research indicates there are 113 known phytocannabinoids on record. Each cannabinoid has its own molecular structure that allows it to interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system in its own unique way.

The two most commonly known cannabinoids are THC and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the cannabinoid primarily found in marijuana. It’s the reason the plant has intoxicating properties. However, there are low doses of THC also found in hemp.

Under federal law, all hemp extracts need to be formulated using hemp plants with a THC concentration of 0.3% or less. Otherwise, the product is technically considered marijuana. Instead of higher levels of THC, hemp plants are abundant in CBD.

CBD is responsible for opening the eyes of the mainstream media because this cannabinoid exhibits a litany of beneficial side effects, with none of them causing a mind-altering experience. With that being said, CBD doesn’t do all this beneficial work for your endocannabinoid system on its own. It gets by with a little help from its friends.

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The Entourage Effect and Cannabinoids

While there are benefits to THC and CBD, you won’t experience maximum results without the other 111 phytocannabinoids discovered by humankind. Research on the entourage effect primarily looks at how THC and CBD interact with other chemical compounds found in hemp. However, there has been research and studies conducted on several phytocannabinoids and their potential benefits as well.

While in their beginning stages, the studies are promising. These early analyses also lend credence to the fact the entourage effect exists, and that this phenomenon plays a vital role in experiencing maximum benefits from hemp extract.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

Like CBD, CBC doesn’t seem to elicit an intoxicating experience. This cannabinoid also shows to be antagonists of our TRPV1 and TRPA1 receptors. These receptors play a role in our pain perception. In addition, early studies report that CBC may be potentially beneficial in neurogenesis.

Cannabinol (CBN)

This cannabinoid has started to make waves in the scientific community for its possible sedative effects. Our body converts THC to CBN. While it’s not psychoactive or intoxicating, the way CBN interacts with the CB1 receptor may be the reason those exposed to THC get those sleepy eyes. Preliminary sleep studies with CBN are promising for those who are looking for a non-habit forming sleep-aid.

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

CBDA is the precursor to CBD. Like CBD, the main objective of CBDA is to bring homeostasis to the system. Research on CBDA shows that this cannabinoid inhibits the COX-2 enzyme. As a result, CBDA may potentially be a potent anti-inflammatory.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (TCHA)

When pressure is acted upon THCA, it converts to THC. While research on this cannabinoid is still in its early stages, there are a lot of promising finds on this molecule. Anecdotal evidence points to THCA potentially having neuroprotective properties. Thanks to the entourage effect, THCA and CBC may play a role in boosting brain function.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

While there are minimal traces of CBG in hemp, both THC and CBD start off as this essential cannabinoid. CBG is broken down into CBGA, which then branches off to either CBDA or THCA. Eventually, it becomes one of the two cannabinoids most associated with cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

This cannabinoid is found in small doses in hemp. It has intoxicating capabilities. However, research indicates it may help with brain disorders, including epilepsy. Thanks to the entourage effect, many of the intoxicating side effects are offset, allowing the hemp extract user to experience the other benefits of THCV.

While cannabinoids play a huge role in how the entourage effect works, there is another critical component of this scientific phenomenon. These compounds also live within the trichome glands and are bound by the hemp plant’s volatile oils. They are known as terpenes and are the chemical compounds responsible for the science behind aromatherapy.

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What Are Terpenes?

While cannabinoids get a bulk of the credit for the benefits of hemp extract, they don’t work alone. In a true group effort, other chemical compounds within the hemp plant also benefit from this symbiotic relationship.

When pressure is applied upon a hemp plant (as in during hemp extraction), the trichomes get ruptured. As a result, the trichomes release aromatic oils into the atmosphere. Compounds that cause these scents are known as terpenes.

Cannabinoids are synonymous with cannabis. However, terpenes are present in every plant. Scent compounds are a byproduct of biological evolution. To survive in the present day, plants needed to develop defense mechanisms that would keep insects and bacteria from destroying the crops.

Plants developed terpenes as a means to repel predators. However, their sweet smells attract pollinators such as birds, bees, and humans as well. Every non-extinct plant species today has perfected their scent that would allow the genus to prosper. Thanks to these terpenes, human beings can now prosper as well.

The Entourage Effect and Terpenes

Research indicates that terpenes play a critical role in the entourage effect. One analysis stated, “Selective cross-breeding of high-terpenoid- and high-phytocannabinoid-specific chemotypes has thus become a rational target that may lead to novel approaches to such disorders as treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, drug dependency, dementia and a panoply of dermatological disorders, as well as industrial applications as safer pesticides and antiseptics.”

There are over 100 terpenes in cannabis. Here are the terpene aromatic compounds commonly found in hemp.

Myrcene

This chemical compound is typically found in tangy plants like mango, lemongrass, and bay leaves. Studies on this terpene find that it exhibits strong antibacterial and antimicrobial capabilities. In terms of the entourage effect, myrcene has shown to exasperate the effects of THC.

Lastly, this compound keeps an eye out for the rest of the entourage. Research on myrcene suggests this compound combats resistance in the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, it opens the door for other cannabinoids and terpenes to reach more areas of the endocannabinoid system.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a spicy scent that is found in clove, black pepper, and hops. It is not known to have any intoxicating effects. However, studies on caryophyllenesuggest this compound is effective in boosting potential anti-spasmatic and anti-inflammatory capabilities of hemp extract. These benefits make caryophyllene a must for athletes in need of CBD for recovery.

Linalool

One of the most well-researched terpenes, linalool is responsible for the floral scent of lavender, rose, and Roman chamomile. It also plays a crucial role in the entourage effect, promoting a sedative-like impact on the system. Research indicates this terpene helps boost production of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Thus, linalool is essential for regulating sleep patterns and may promote mental well-being.

Also, linalool has shown a lot of promise in rejuvenating skin cells. When combined with other terpenes like limonene and with cannabinoids like CBD hemp extract is a great addition to anyone’s beauty regimen.

Pinene

As the name suggests, this essential oil is responsible for the piny scent found in hemp, pine needles, and sage. Research on pinene is promising to support cognitive function. In fact, pinene helps counteract the psychoactive abilities of THC. This action allows the body to still reap THC’s non-mind-altering benefits. Lastly, pinene helps keep the entourage in the entourage effect robust by forming other terpenes, including limonene.

Limonene

Citrus fruits can thank this terpene for its distinct scent. However, CBD users can thank limonene for the hemp plant’s energizing effects. Limonene is quickly absorbed by the bloodstream, making it so beneficial for those who use CBD tinctures for a jolt of phytocannabinoid self-care. In true entourage effect fashion, limonene also assists the body in absorbing other terpenes.

Humulene

This compound is responsible for the wood-like scent found in clove, hops, and coriander. Humulene commonly interacts with caryophyllene. Research indicates, the two boost one another’s potential anti-inflammatory effects.

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How to Experience the Entourage Effect with Hemp Extract

Just because it has CBD on the label doesn’t mean you are going to experience the entourage effect. It is essential that your product is either full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp oil. When you see these words, it means that the entire hemp plant was included during the extraction process.

Each part of the hemp plant is unique and requires different nutrients to carry out their purpose for the survival of the plant. The stems, seeds, and leaves of hemp have varying concentrations of amino acids, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Utilizing the whole plant isn’t just more sustainable; it can actually enrich the overall formula.  

Research indicates that cannabinoids and terpenes can be increased naturally during the growing process. These sustainable plants require excess light in order to up their cannabinoid counts. However, thanks to federal laws, these practices can also make choosing a CBD company more difficult.

Opt for a CBD company or brand who works with farmers which are Farm Bill compliant and cultivate phytocannabinoid-rich hemp. The best way to check for this is to always ask for or review the lab test or certificate of analysis (COA) for each CBD product you purchase. 

 For us at Made by Hemp, we are proud to operate our business with full transparency and display our lab tests on each one of our product pages. We 3rd party test every product for purity and quality. That way, you will know your endocannabinoid system is getting the full entourage effect!

Ready to experience the full benefits of the entourage effect? Stop by our onlineshop today!

 

This Article first appeared on MadeByHemp.com

CBD and Hot Flashes (Plus other Symptoms of Menopause)

Going through the menopause is one of the hardest and dramatic changes any woman will ever have to go through with regards to the shift that is made by the reproductive system. The sometimes-unpleasant symptoms that are present when you are in the clutches of the menopausal phase are similar to those of puberty, except they tend to be less pleasant. This transitional period is responsible for hot flashes, a change in mood or temperament, the inability to sleep as well as pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to endure all of these frustrating moments alone because, as it happens, CBD oil could just be the trusty companion that you need in order to comfortably see you through to the next phase of your life.

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Women today have a life expectancy of around 80 years or above and at least 30 of these years on earth will be spent in a postmenopausal state. Furthermore, the majority of women are plagued by its frustrating symptoms for a significant amount of time after passing through the immediate process. However, there is now some excellent news for women across the world with regards to going through the menopause—CBD can offer you many of the benefits you need to get through menopause unscathed.

The symptoms of the menopause are commonly treated via pharmaceutical options including hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that tends to carry considerable long-term health risks and, after a period of time, it can become ineffective. This is just one of the reasons that women are now turning to alternative medicine such as CBD to ensure that their transition into postmenopausal life is as comfortable and easy as possible.

How Can CBD Alleviate Symptoms of the Menopause?

CBD can help manage your symptoms by interacting with cannabinoid receptors that are found present in your natural endocannabinoid system. This cleverly designed internal system is made up of several cell receptors that can be found in almost every part of your body and they are just waiting to receive signals from chemical messengers like CBD.

Scientists believe that the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in many of the essential bodily functions that we perform each day and also it is responsible for certain aspects of our overall health, including:

  • Regulating mood
  • Pain management
  • Sleep function
  • Memory function
  • Fertility
  • Regulating the body’s temperature

These scientists have a strong theory that, should your endocannabinoid system not be functioning properly, you could be at greater risk of developing a health condition. Therefore, if you use CBD as a way of balancing or manipulating the chemicals in your system, such conditions could improve or eliminate themselves entirely. This is exactly how CBD works to balance and reverse the negative consequences of menopause.

Here are a few issues that CBD can help with during menopause:

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the worst side effects that women deal with when transitioning through menopause. They can come on at any time and they usually induce feelings of nausea and anxiety. Anandamide is a natural cannabinoid that is responsible for regulating our body temperature. It has a similar chemical composition to THC and studies have suggested that if you consume CBD oil containing a higher dose of THC, your hot flashes could be a thing of the past. Finding the right dosage for your specific needs is important, as smaller doses could cause your temperature to rise—although this has yet to be evidenced properly.

Insomnia

The dreaded sleepless nights seem to be a common occurrence during menopause and Insomnia is often the result of the other symptoms that will be manifesting in your body. A lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to feelings of irritability and sadness, as well as anxiety. CBD has proven itself to be an excellent natural remedy for sleep disorders, thanks to its anxiolytic effects. A restful night’s sleep on a regular basis can dramatically help you navigate the wild west of menopause more comfortably!

Excess Weight

Weight gain and menopause often seem to go hand in hand. Lifestyle changes, the aging process, and hormones all play a role in putting on excess pounds once you reach a certain age and CBD can be used as a valuable tool to help you control your appetite and boost your metabolism when combined with healthy eating and a regular exercise routine.

Decreased Libido

Aside from the obvious symptoms of the menopause, low libido can also be a common issue. This is especially true for women who have a higher sex drive, as it can often cause problems in their personal relationships as well as generating feelings of frustration. All is not lost, however, as some women have reported that consuming cannabis has provided them with some relief from a lack of libido and their sex lives have improved. It is thought that choosing the correct strain is important in the efficacy of CBD on the libido.

Pain Relief

When we consider just how much a woman’s body changes during menopause, it will come as no surprise that these hormonal imbalances can often result in pain like headaches, muscle aches, and joint pain. Fortunately, CBD is very effective when used for pain relief and it has been scientifically proved to relieve chronic pain associated with arthritis and other bone diseases.

The Loss of Bone Density

Low bone density greatly increases your risk of brittle bone disease. It is a symptom that should not be left untreated as it puts you at greater risk to fractures and bruising, as well as inhibiting your body’s ability to repair itself. Recent research has revealed that CBD actively reduces the rate of bone density loss that commonly occurs in women passing through the stages of menopause.

Anxiety and Mood Swings

During the menopause, women are subjected to fluctuating levels of both estrogen and progesterone, which are usually the cause of frequent mood swings. These mood swings are often accompanied by anxiety and add further stress into the mix. CBD is renowned for its ability to control and manage stress and anxiety and it also helps to improve your mood on a day-to-day basis. Researchers have already undertaken extensive research both on human subjects and on mice, which has allowed them to study the anxiolytic effects of CBD closely and with great success! This has resulted in CBD becoming a common treatment for anxiety issues in people of all ages.

Final Thoughts

There are already thousands of theories and testimonials with regards to the use of CBD in the medical field. Further research that is set to take place over the course of the next two years will allow scientists to come up with concrete evidence that CBD can greatly reduce the unpleasant symptoms of menopause and we could even see it replace HRT as a common form of treatment. It is still early days, but it seems that medical marijuana is here to stay and now that people have had a taste of what it can really do for them, we can expect to see more women turning away from traditional pharmaceutical treatments to guide them through menopause.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

 

 

Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Isolate, and PCR: Decoding the Difference

The potential benefits of CBD are a prominent topic of research and discussion. As we explain the effects of CBD, it is important to discuss the different types of extracts. Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant in a variety of forms. The type of extract used in a product is shown to impact the effect CBD has on the body, and it’s important for every CBD user to understand the differences between them.

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Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate, and PCR Oil are four common forms of CBD extract. They vary in the type of cannabinoids and synergistic plant extracts they contain. To help you find and choose the right product for your needs, we’ll look closely at each type of extract, understand the differences between them and discover how these differences influence the intake of CBD.

CBD Isolate

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CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. To produce this extract, CBD is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol.

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Isolates contain only one cannabinoid: CBD. This means that CBD isolate does not contain any THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for getting you “high”, making CBD isolate a perfect option for those who seek a THC-free product.

Isolate has no taste or odor and can be used to formulate many varieties of CBD products, such as edibles and topicals. Since CBD isolate is around 99% pure, you have control over exactly how much is added to a product (a milligram of CBD isolate equates to about a milligram of CBD).

When it comes to products like vape juice or tinctures, it’s easy to recognize them as made with CBD isolate if the color is very clear. Although, other ingredients can be added that darken the liquid.

PCR – Phytocannabinoid Rich

Phytocannabinoid Rich or PCR is a term that’s most often used to describe hemp oil containing a wide array of different cannabinoids and zero THC. In other words, PCR is a common alternative term for broad spectrum hemp oil. However, it’s important to note that PCR is often used loosely and could refer to a full spectrum product, which contains up to 0.3% THC.

Full Spectrum or Whole Plant Hemp Extract

Full Spectrum or whole plant hemp extract keeps the full properties of the hemp plant intact. In addition to CBD, this extract includes terpenes, cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains over 100 cannabinoids that, similar to CBD, provide their own unique benefit.

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The full spectrum extract contains all of the available benefits within the hemp material. By keeping all of the plant components, whole plant hemp extract benefits from the synergistic properties between the components. Scientists have found that plant components interact with one another to create an enhanced effect (compared to the component alone).

According to a theory known as the entourage effect, CBD and other components of hemp work together to improve absorption and effect in the body. These compounds influence each other’s function for a sum greater than its parts.

Since the natural cannabinoids remain intact, whole plant hemp extract contains small levels of THC. However, in order to be considered hemp, whole plant hemp extract must have less than 0.3% THC. This is a trace amount that does not create a high.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum CBD is basically full spectrum CBD, containing an array of cannabinoids and terpenes, except it doesn’t contain THC. It’s a great option if you want to maximize the benefits of CBD isolate but without the risk of failing a drug test. Broad Spectrum CBD is created by putting products through an additional process to isolate and eliminate traces of THC while still preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes. Because multiple cannabinoids and other compounds are preserved in Broad Spectrum CBD, it can provide the enhanced benefits of the entourage effect, without the psychoactive effects of THC.

An example of this is the Hemp Oil Care tincture, which is full-spectrum but is THC-free. Let us explain the process of manufacturing this product.

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The Hemp Oil Care tincture starts as a full-spectrum oil. There are various methods of extracting full-spectrum hemp oil from the hemp plant. While CO2 extraction is deemed the cleanest method, other methods, such as solvent extraction, may be utilized. However extracted, the final product will be an oil with varying amounts of THC no greater than 0.3%.

At this point, most manufacturers would combine this oil with several other ingredients or use as is. Using technology called centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC), the manufacturer of the Hemp Oil Care tincture takes an additional step.

CPC is a tool for purifying cannabis extracts. CPC technology separates each compound to remove unwanted compounds, such as THC.

During CPC, raw oil is run through a centrifuge. The oil is pushed through a series of cells that contain a mixture of liquids such as water, methanol, or heptane. Each compound diffuses into one of the liquids depending on their affinity to it; the compounds separate into different cells along the way. The compact CPC unit uses over one thousand extraction cells in a high-speed spinning disk pack to separate and purify the desired compound. Each cell increases the purity of the desired compound until a high purity product is created.

Additional CBD isolate is added to the final product to increase the potency.

THC or no THC?

If CPC technology is available, you may be wondering why all products are not THC-free. THC, the intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant, raises concern for those who do not wish to experience the intoxicating effects of marijuana or must partake in routine drug testing.

While beneficial for these reasons, THC is also being studied for its interaction with CBD in what we have referred to as the entourage effect.

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A Note About Broad Spectrum CBD or THC-Free Full-Spectrum Products

Please note not all products with a label saying full-spectrum or THC-free will be manufactured in this manner. We suggest you be wary of products that claim to be full-spectrum and THC-free. Many times, a THC-free “full-spectrum” product contains only CBD isolate. When in doubt, reference the manufacturer’s COA to determine the levels of cannabinoids in the product.

Conclusion

With CBD isolates, you receive the sole benefits of cannabidiol. In comparison, full spectrum or whole plant hemp extract provides the synergistic benefits of the whole hemp plant, while PCR and broad spectrum CBD allows you to enjoy the health benefits of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects of THC. Whether you choose CBD isolate, PCR, full spectrum or broad spectrum is dependent upon your health goals. All have proven benefit in certain instances.

As the scientific community learns more about CBD, we are beginning to understand how CBD interacts with the body along with other plant components. Do you have additional questions about using whole plant hemp extract versus CBD isolate? Leave a comment below!
This article first appeared on MadeByHemp.com

Women Can Use CBD to Treat Menstrual Cramps

This article is originally written by Madeline Taylor of Sunday Scaries

 

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Menstrual cramps are a problem that affects approximately half of the world population. Menstrual cramps manifest them with agonizing stomach and abdominal cramps for the duration that a woman menstruates. These will generally occur every menstruation cycle, so that can be up to 500 weeks of menstrual cramps. Despite this, there are not many treatment options available to help reduce menstrual pain.

Women across the country are in dire need of a solution to menstrual cramps and have tried many different treatments. One of the solutions women have discovered is cannabidiol (CBD) as it has effects that can reduce cramping.

This article will explain CBD in general and how CBD can help with your monthly menstrual cramps.

 

What causes menstrual cramps?

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Menstrual cramps are caused by the release of hormones from menstruation. The specific hormones released that causes the cramps and pain are called prostaglandins. The hormone appears at the site of an injury to help in the recovery process, but it lines the wall of the uterus to help the process of pushing the uterine wall out of the uterus during menstruation.

These symptoms can sometimes be relieved by birth control medication or an intrauterine device (IUD). However, those methods do not always work for every woman nor do every woman want to use birth control or an IUD.

Alternatives do exist to birth control and IUDs. This alternative is CBD, and it is a 100% naturally occurring substance with no negative side effects.

 

What is CBD?

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CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the compounds found in the marijuana plant. However, this compound has no psychoactive effects unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that does have psychoactive effects. The lack of psychoactive effects means that you will not get high. However, CBD still has the positive benefits typically associated with consuming marijuana.

CBD is naturally occurring and 100% natural. The CBD found in most states will have been separated from THC to ensure full legal compliance. This may or may not reduce the efficacy but keeps the CBD within the law.

 

Legality of CBD

 Most Americans believe that CBD is illegal. This is simply not true; CBD is legal in all 50 states. However, states have laws that regulate the amount of THC that CBD products can contain. The states will usually require CBD to have under 0.3% THC. This number can vary in some states though. Four states have vague laws regarding CBD and take a strict interpretation of the laws. However, they usually target sellers and not consumers.

The main point is that CBD is legal in all 50 states. Just understand the laws regarding CBD in your state before purchase.

 

How CBD can help with menstrual cramps

 Research examining the effects of marijuana on menstruation is lacking due to a lack of both marijuana and menstruation studies. However, studies have occurred on marijuana that examine the effect on cramps and other pain. Other studies have occurred on cramps and pain that can be applied to CBD.

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There is no good reason to believe that menstrual cramps and menstrual pain are vastly different than regular cramps and pain. Especially because the cramps and pain are often caused by the same hormonal response. This makes the studies still relevant and useful.

These studies have shown that CBD can help relieve pain and cramps. CBD reduces pain and cramps because it interacts directly with the endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system is a series of nerves that runs through the entire body. CBD binds to the nerves, which has a pain and inflammation reducing effect. The endocannabinoid system also stretches into the uterus. Inflammation reduction has also been proven to reduce period cramps and pain. Since CBD has anti-inflammation effects, then it makes logical sense that it would work to treat period pain.

No studies have been conducted on the effect of the system in the uterus, but it would make sense that it would reduce. The testimonials from women using CBD to help menstrual cramps certainly confirms the hypothesis.

All in all, states with medical marijuana laws allow marijuana prescriptions for pain relief because of these studies. And pain from menstruation is not any different than other types of pain. Of course, further studies must be conducted to confirm the hypothesis. However, the current studies offer enough secondary evidence that show that CBD could help treat menstrual cramping and pain.

 

Will CBD work for you?

 The only way to really know is to try CBD. The CBD gummies available from Sunday Scaries make this extremely easy. They also offer a good entry for CBD for those unfamiliar with marijuana products or those living in a state without stores that sell CBD products. The gummies taste like regular gummies, but these gummies might stop your menstrual pain and cramps.

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Edibles also work well for treating period cramps and pain because the effects last much longer than other forms of CBD. You probably do not want to smoke an e-cigarette every 20 minutes to help relieve any stomach pain you might have. The effects of CBD edibles can last 8 to 16 hours depending on how fast your body filters out the CBD.

In addition to that, the gummies are not particularly expensive for the potential upside. If they work for you, then you have a viable method to treat menstrual cramps and menstrual pain. Finding a solution to period cramps is difficult, so it is definitely worth a try.

 

Final Thoughts

CBD offers a viable solution to one of the many problems facing women. As stated earlier, this solution may not work for every woman, but it is certainly worth further investigation. The biggest obstacle to treating menstrual pain with CBD is sourcing CBD. However, with Sunday Scaries you can easily have tasty CBD gummies delivered straight to your state. Yes, Sunday Scaries delivers to all 50 states.

Don’t let your period cramps and pain ruin your week. Give CBD gummies a try.

 

 

 

2 Types of Hemp Oil for Skin (Which is Best?)

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of “cannabis” might not be delightfully radiant skin, but just wait. Little did the world know until recently, it’s a complete game changer for anyone who gives a rip about their skin’s health and appearance.

Before we dive into all the benefits of hemp oil for skin, let’s address the elephant in the room. Cannabis doesn’t necessarily mean marijuana; it’s a whole species of plants. Hemp is included in that species, and it’s not about to get you “stoned.”  

Hemp is natural, safe, effective, and non-intoxicating for your skin.

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2 Types of Hemp Oil for Skin

Hemp is greater than the sum of its parts. The oil extracted from the seeds is vastly different than from the stalk. Neither should be overlooked, but you’ll overpay or underachieve if you get them mixed up.

Hemp Seed Oil: Benefits for Skin

Let’s chat about the benefit of hemp seed oil when it comes to kick-butt skin care. This rich oil is derived from —you guessed it— hemp seeds. It’s nourishing and replenishes important vitamins and minerals that benefit dry or aging skin.

Just about any grocery store will carry hemp seed oil, perhaps in the cooking section. It can be directly applied to the skin or added to your own skincare concoctions to spruce up the efficacy.

Unlike the next type of hemp oil we’ll discuss, hemp seed oil is a trending ingredient in skin care products. Almost anywhere, you can find lotions, lip balms, sunscreens, and shampoos with hemp seed oil sitting pretty in the ingredient list.

Nourishing Lipids

Hemp seed oil has a lot of helpful properties that can soothe the skin in many ways. The lipids found in hemp seed oil are very similar to the lipids that naturally occur in the skin, making it naturally effective for repairing moisture. By replacing lost lipids in the skin, you can help strengthen and rebuild elasticity, while adding in moisture that the skin needs to be healthy.

Omega Fatty Acids for Great Skin

Let’s not forget about hemp seed oil’s highly praised “perfect 3:1 ratio” of the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. These EFAs are valuable and extremely rare to find in this natural balance.  

Here are some ways research shows omegas are important for skin:

  • Promote smooth skin surface
    • Lock in hydration without feeling heavy or sticky
    • Calm down redness
    • Reduce the occurrence of flaky skin
    • Deliver antioxidants (anti-aging)

No CBD in Hemp Seed Oil

Buyer beware, there’s no CBD (a compound we’ll talk about next) in hemp seeds or the oil extracted from it. Too often, we see skincare products labeled as something like, “hemp oil moisturizer.” That gives the impression that it’s CBD hemp oil, even though it’s usually hemp seed oil.

Sometimes the ambiguous term “hemp oil” is used genuinely to refer to a hemp seed oil product, while other times it may be a sketchy attempt to over-price a product by making the hemp seed oil sound like CBD hemp oil.

Whenever you’re shopping for CBD hemp oil skincare products, we suggest requesting a certificate of analysis (COA) from the company to prove it contains the advertised CBD.

CBD Hemp Oil: Benefits for Skin

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We just touched on this a little, but the second type of hemp oil is extracted from the mature stalks or flowers of the plant. It’s typically referred to as “CBD hemp oil” or “CBD oil”, because it’s rich in the CBD compound.

Finding CBD oil in a skin care product is rare, because it’s still a hidden gem.

That shouldn’t discourage anyone, since there’s a large amount of research on CBD. In particular, it has shown amazing potential towards inflammation, which can mean irritated or sore skin. Even if your skin is healthy, adding CBD to your routine is a natural way to keep things calm and radiant for the long-run.

CBD-rich hemp oil is used in products for regular maintenance such as daily moisturizing, as well as a remedy for some skin conditions that result in dry or sore skin. While we cannot guarantee that CBD hemp oil will assist with conditions such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, it may improve comfort by reducing dryness and penetrating the deeper layers of skin to condition and balance oil production.

Dry or Sore Skin Relief

According to studies, here are some proposed benefits:

  • Reduce inflammation
    • Antioxidant
    • Antibacterial
    • Reduce anxiety
    • Calming

Pretty incredible, right? This is a tiny list of things CBD has shown a lot of promise for, but they’re the big ones relating to skin care.

Choose CBD hemp oil if you relate to any of the following concerns:

  • Skin irritation
    • Muscle or joint soreness
    • Redness
    • Stress
    • Dry skin

Where to Buy CBD Hemp Oil for Skin

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You’re here because you want to give the best, natural care possible for your skin. While you might be lucky enough to live near one of the sparse hemp shops, most likely you’ll need to buy CBD skin care products online. On the bright side, this gives you the freedom to find a reputable brand with the perfect ingredients for your skin.

Made by Hemp offers a whole line of facial skin care, body care and special salves made with CBD hemp oil. For every day moisture and glowing skin, try a serum or moisturizer. For sore joints and muscles, grab a CBD salve to soothe pain and aches.

If you choose one of our favorite CBD skincare products below, get 10% off with code: HEALTHYSKIN.

Whether you decide to go for hemp seed oil or CBD hemp oil, your skin is going to look radiantly healthy. Just keep in mind when shopping, that the generic term “hemp oil” can refer to either of those oils. Make sure you’re getting what you need to achieve your skin care goals.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

CBD Oil for Acne: What You Need to Know

Although you probably remember learning about mitochondria and the Cold War back in high school, there’s one lesson we all wish we learned then: that leaving our teen years behind does not necessarily mean being acne-free.

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While most of us hoped that our breakouts would be the least of our worries after our prom photos were taken and our dorm rooms were moved into, the reality is that it is completely normal (and unfortunately common) for people to get acne well into their twenties and thirties and beyond.

If you still struggle with blackheads and zits, it may be weighing down your self-esteem. Of course, no one should feel embarrassed or insecure about acne, but for many of us, we would still prefer to enjoy clear skin.

You may have tried over-the-counter drugstore products, do-it-yourself face masks from the Internet, or even dermatologist-prescribed medications to treat your acne. If nothing has been successful so far, there is one potential new solution that you might not be aware of – CBD oil.

What Is CBD?

You might not be familiar with CBD and CBD products, and hemp oil. If you are, you might be thinking, “hey that is just marijuana, right?” You may also be thinking: “how will that help me with my skin?”

Yes, cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid derived from hemp. This is all scientific jargon to say that, yes, CBD is made from cannabis—but with a twist.

CBD is not the same as THC, which is the chemical that makes you high when you smoke or consume marijuana. This means that, even if you wanted to get high or buzzed from CBD, it will not happen. It simply does not have the same effect as THC.

However, research shows that there may be a number of medical benefits associated with CBD. Compared to a lot of other products on the market, CBD is just starting to receive the attention from researchers that it deserves, but so far studies are showing CBD can be an effective treatment for anxiety and seizures.

 

CBD and Skin Care

There are lots of reasons why people choose to use CBD and lots of ways that they choose to ingest it. Some people choose liquid tinctures or vapors, while others like to treat themselves with our gummies.

But Is CBD Truly a Reliable Acne Treatment?

Before answering that question, it is important to understand that skin health is one of the many things that are influenced by our endocannabinoid system (to keep the scientific language to a minimum, this is the same bodily system that cannabis products, including CBD and THC, interact with). Our endocannabinoid system is the reason why cannabis products can influence so many aspects of our health, and why people experience such a broad range of results when using them.

So, it makes sense that CBD products can have an effect on the general health of our skin and even treat acne. In fact, CBD is now being used in more and more beauty products. So far, research has suggested that cannabidiol oil can influence our skin health in two distinct ways: reducing inflammation and regulating oil production.

Reducing Inflammation

Inflammation is a leading symptom of acne—it is the reason why, even under a thick layer of foundation, your zit will remain red and obviously visible. By reducing inflammation, you can reduce the appearance of acne and speed the healing process.

So far, research has pointed to CBD has an anti-inflammatory effect, which, in turn, could improve the health of your skin.

Regulating Oil Production

Although inflammation is an all too common symptom of acne, oil production is the actual underlying cause. Sebum, which is produced in the sebaceous glands, is a naturally occurring oil used to lubricate your skin, but when it is over-produced, your pores end up clogged and a break-out erupts. You end up with oily skin and clogged pores through dead skin cells.

Studies are starting to show that CBD can be used to not only manage the unpleasant symptoms of acne but address the root causes as well through regulating the glands that produce sebum. This can help keep your pores clean and reduce acne without drying out your skin.

Other Skin Care Tips

When it comes to dealing with acne, there are a lot of different factors at play. Some people are genetically more likely to break out while others mainly notice acne appear with behavioral changes, such as a poor diet or stressful work life. Likewise, some people will notice acne primarily during puberty, while others will battle with it well into adulthood.

Whether or not you think that CBD is right for you, there are other actions you can incorporate into your lifestyle to prevent acne and heal breakouts, including:

  • Avoid over washing your face: although it may be tempting, washing more than twice a day can be damaging to your skin in the long run
  • If you wear makeup, remember to remove it before going to bed
  • Try to cut greasy, heavily processed foods from your diet
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Do not forget to moisturize, but choose an oil-free product
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the day
  • Wash your pillowcases often and keep your phone screen clean
  • Talk to a dermatologist if your current routine is not working and your acne is severe

How to Use CBD for Acne

If you are interested in using CBD for acne, you might be wondering the best way to start taking it. You might even be wondering if it is safe and legal.

The good news is that CBD is a safe product that millions of people are already using worldwide—and as it does not contain THC, it is legal in all fifty states.

As mentioned before, more research on CBD is underway than ever before, so far studies have been focusing on it being taken orally or transdermally (directly on the skin) when it comes to acne treatment.  For this reason, it is up to you. You might want to start by taking a tincture or edible product, and see if you notice an improvement.

You can also purchase skin care products that contain CBD or purchase a tincture and create your own home treatments (in the long run, this option might save you money and ensure that you know exactly which products are ending up in your skin care products).

Ultimately, the choice is yours—whether you wish to use it as a face wash or take it orally, the only thing you have to lose is your pesky acne.

This article was originally published by Kim Torres.

How Does CBD for PMS Work?

Most women experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS at least a few times throughout the period of their lives when they are menstruating. For many, these symptoms are mild and little more than a minor annoyance. Other women deal with PMS symptoms on a monthly basis and these symptoms are severe enough to affect their enjoyment of life and affect women’s health during the whole experience.

The good news is it is possible to get PMS symptoms under control and stop them from affecting your everyday life. For many, CBD has made this possible.

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What Is PMS?

PMS is a set of symptoms linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle. They typically occur about a week to two weeks before she gets her period and can be physical, mental, and emotional. PMS can also change over the course of a lifetime. For instance, it’s possible to not experience any symptoms in your teens and 20s and then develop PMS in your 30s and 40s. Other women find that problems they had when they were younger are no longer an issue once they’ve given birth.

PMS symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but typically include one or more of the following:

  • Bloating
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Breast tenderness
  • Cramps
  • Skin breakouts
  • Headaches
  • Bowel changes

Statistics show about 80 percent of women experience at least one of these symptoms every month. About a third of women suffer from PMS severe enough to see their doctor and receive treatment for their symptoms.

How can you be sure the symptoms you’re experiencing are PMS? Chances are if the symptoms begin a few days to a week before your period and ease up once your period begins, and if you are experiencing them on a regular basis each month around the time of your period, they are PMS. Only a doctor will be able to eliminate concerns about all of your symptoms, which in some cases could be linked to a more serious problem. If something seems unusual about your symptoms it’s important to schedule a physical exam.

How Do You Know You Need Treatment for PMS?

It should be everyone’s goal to live as fulfilling and happy a life as possible. When health issues, even mild ones, interfere with that goal, options can be explored for reducing or alleviating those problems.

It’s probably not a good idea to commit to long-term or powerful medications when a health issue is relatively mild, like it is for many women with PMS, but there might be lifestyle changes you can make or natural remedies you can try that will help you deal with the days of feeling less-than-optimal you experience each month. For instance, some women find that cutting caffeine intake down or eliminating it or adding exercise to their daily routine helps them ease their PMS symptoms.

If you’re torn between living with PMS and doing something about it, ask yourself this question: “Do my PMS symptoms get in the way of my living what I consider to be a regular life? Have my relationships suffered or am I missing out on opportunities because of PMS?”

If you answer “yes” or you aren’t able to confidently answer “no” without a second thought, it’s likely time to explore your options.

Finding the Right Treatment for PMS

Everyone is different and what works for one woman might not work for another. Additionally, it might take a combination of treatments to really see an improvement in your PMS symptoms. For instance, many women find that adding more physical activity into their routine and improving their diet can help them ease their PMS symptoms. Other women prioritize sleep more around the time of their period, so they cut back on caffeine and focus on creating an optimal sleep environment.If you find that lifestyle changes aren’t enough to ease your symptoms to the degree you would like, it might be time to introduce a natural treatment option into your routine. For many, CBD is this option.

Unlike cannabis, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that comes from marijuana. This means it does not get you high and using it is different than recreational or medical marijuana use. CBD has been shown to have a variety of health benefits, including relief from depression and anxiety and helps with pain relief including easing the symptoms of PMS.

How Does CBD Help with Pre-Menstrual Symptoms and PMS?

CBD has been shown to help ease the symptoms of PMS. It doesn’t “cure” PMS and it may not alleviate problems completely. However, it can be effective for symptoms management. If the symptoms of PMS are interfering with your enjoyment of life, using CBD can help.

CBD helps with bodily aches and pains which are often a part of PMS such as menstrual cramps. Many women just accept that physically they aren’t going to feel 100 percent in the days leading up to their period, but some research has shown that CBD can ease the aches and pains and help you feel more like yourself.

One 2017 study showed that CBD reduces pain perception and ease the emotional effects of physical pain. This means that even if your body is in pain, you’re less bothered by it and it interferes less in your daily life.

CBD is anti-inflammatory and has been used to treat chronic pain, cancer pain, and arthritis, so it stands to reason that it could help to ease the aches associated with PMS.

CBD also helps with emotional issues and mood changes. PMS often triggers mood swings for women and they feel cranky and irritable in the days leading up to their periods. In some cases, these mood swings affect relationships with loved ones. CBD is used to treat anxiety and depression and can help ease anxiety. Though not specifically tested for the mood swings of PMS, many believe it is an effective tool for “taking the edge off.”

Finally, CBD can ease the pain associated with cramps. One 2016 study found that CBD was an effective treatment for spasticity in MS patients. There is a chance it could serve as an anti-spasmodic in other situations, including PMS cramps. Additionally, there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that people have eased their PMS cramps using CBD.

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

Hemp Skin Care: The Natural Remedy for Dry Skin

Dry skin is more than just an inconvenience that comes with these cold winter months. For some of us, it’s the unpleasant reality of everyday life.

There are many paths to take in combatting the woes of dry skin, but after exhausting those options or noticing the harsh ingredients in even the highest praised products…it can be a little disheartening.

That’s where hemp swoops in to put your worries to rest.

What can CBD hemp skincare do for me?

Believed to be one of the very first plants ever cultivated, hemp is now used to make thousands of products; from clothing to skin care creams, and everything in-between. Hemp is part of the cannabis family but don’t run away just yet! It’s considered a cousin to marijuana and falls under different rules. Hemp is completely, utterly, totally non-psychotropic. When sourced properly, it can be used in supplements and skin care products without any legality issues.

Now, it’s important to understand that there are two types of hemp oil, and sometimes they are not very clearly distinguished in products.

The first is hemp seed oil.

As you can probably deduce, it’s an oil pressed from hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil and hemp seeds themselves are commonly found in the grocery store. What do you get from hemp seed oil? Amazing nutrition values, including omega-3, omega-6, trace minerals, and vitamins. In short, it’s very healthy for the body on the inside and out.

Next, let’s delve into hemp extract.

This oil is extracted from the whole hemp plant, EXCEPT the seeds. The whole plant extract does not contain omegas as hemp seed oil does, but it holds incredible values all on its own. The rare compounds found in hemp extract are cannabinoids and include Cannabidiol (CBD). Simply put, you will not find anything like CBD hemp extract in mainstream products. A lot of time and care goes into properly (and legally) sourcing this oil.

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What’s in hemp extract oil that makes it such a great natural dry skin remedy? It contains a natural blend of compounds known as phytocannabinoids and terpenes. If you research those compounds, you’ll be met with incredible research and anecdotes. We don’t make medical claims, so if you’re interested in reading about that aspect, you’ll have to research it on your own. But it’s no secret; the information is at your fingertips.

Why choose CBD hemp as your natural remedy for dry skin?

Using a hemp oil product in your skin care routine is a natural way to improve your skin. No more worrying if the ingredients are counter-productively bad for your skin…mother nature knows what she’s doing. The terpenes in hemp extract are often used in aromatherapy, so even the smell of these products is good for your wellbeing.

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Nothing compares to the robust hydrating and nutritional properties of hemp seed oil and hemp extract. If you’re looking to turn to a natural skin care route, hemp is the way to go. There’s bold scientific and anecdotal proof.

What is the best hemp oil for dry skin?

Facial skincare: achieve the dewy makeup look

Does your skin look dry and flaky when you put on foundation? Then you know it’s embarrassing at times and makes getting ready in the morning take a little longer.

Let us introduce you to the Hemp Face Serum. It has a nice, thick texture that provides your skin with all-day hydration. The oily texture is amazing when used as a base under makeup. A must-have for anyone dealing with dry skin types.

“My makeup looks amazing over-top this product….it’s just magic in a bottle.”

Eliana Jalali, Professional Makeup Artist and Youtuber

Other facial skin care products which go very well in combination with this Serum are the Face Cleanser and Face Toner.

Hand and body hemp care

For smooth, hydrated hands and body, we recommend the powerful Hemp Moisturizer. The pump top makes it so easy to use and leaves no mess. Where most hemp lotions leave a persistently oily residue, our Hemp Moisturizer quickly absorbs into the skin leaving behind smooth, silky skin.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

Is CBD During Pregnancy Okay?

Being pregnant means that, for nine months, you have to treat your body like a temple and be cautious about pretty much everything you put into your body because, when your unborn baby’s life is hanging in the balance, you can never be too careful. So, that means cannabis and cannabis-based products are out of the question, right? Well, not quite. While CBD’s popularity over the past few years is increasing and it is seen as a miraculous cure capable of curing everything under the sun, there is still a fair amount of controversy surrounding its use in pregnant women.

The experience of being pregnant is one of the most exciting and beautiful periods of a woman’s life; there are some rather uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms that accompany this excitement. Many pregnant women find that they are prone to nausea, morning sickness, chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia—symptoms that can be treated effectively with CBD products, such as CBD hemp oil and pure CBD.

Before we get into looking at whether or not CBD is okay to use during pregnancy, we need to clear up one very important point that people still get confused with when they consider using CBD for medical purposes. Good quality CBD is often derived from a hemp plant, which contains less than 0.3% THC. THC is the component of a cannabis plant that makes you feel high and there, it is pretty much impossible to feel any psychoactive effects as a result of using CBD oil that comes from a hemp plant.  This is precisely the reason that CBD-based products have been legalized in most countries and it is safe to use by people of all ages and even animals!

But due to the existing stigma that still hangs over marijuana and its use, not everyone seems to understand the fact that CBD oil is not the same as smoking pot. You won’t get high, you won’t feel crazy and most importantly, you won’t experience any negative side effects whatsoever.

Can I Use CBD Whilst I Am Pregnant?

In short, the technical answer is that there isn’t enough clinical evidence as yet that CBD is either safe or unsafe to use during pregnancy. Leading researchers have suggested that the only way a firm conclusion can be reached, is by examining the human endocannabinoid system that we all have internally and how it interacts and reacts with external cannabinoids like CBD.

Some physicians are inclined to believe that many people, including women who are pregnant, have a cannabinoid deficiency. This can have serious effects on someone’s overall health and can result in chronic fatigue, the onset of dementia at an early age and even fibromyalgia. Therefore, if we take this therapy into account when we consider the fact that CBD will essentially boost our cannabinoids, it would be highly beneficial for not only the mother but also for her child.

CBD vs. THC

A study was performed that clearly highlights the unfortunate news that due to its psychoactive effects, THC can interfere with a baby’s endocannabinoid system in utero, which could lead to brain defects.  But it needs to be made clear that CBD works in an entirely different way from THC. They both work with receptors in the brain, but CBD stimulates the natural cannabinoids in the body causing them to work properly and keeps hormones and chemicals in balance. Unlike THC, CBD does not bind to these receptors, so there are no psychoactive effects whatsoever.

Why Would Pregnant Women Want to Use CBD?

As we briefly mentioned earlier in this article, women almost always struggle with nausea, anxiety and different types of pain in the later stages of their pregnancy. And because pharmaceuticals are known for being highly toxic, CBD is an appealing option for treating their symptoms, as it is just as effective, yet not laden with potentially harmful side effects.

And while there is no firm decision from scientific research with regards to the safety of CBD in pregnant women, clinical studies have indeed shown that CBD oil can be therapeutically beneficial for managing issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea

CBD from a Legal Standpoint

Despite that CBD is clearly beneficial to heal a range of illnesses and it is entirely legal in many states, in others, marijuana is still illegal. Therefore, it isn’t regulated or approved by the FDA for its safety or efficacy. And while those who love a conspiracy theory that Big Pharma controls the world and that the FDA should never get involved in medical marijuana, others are put off by the fact that CBD-based products are entirely unregulated. This means that no one actually knows the exact potential dangers of it being ingested by pregnant women.

There is still a distinct lack of clinical trials focusing on how CBD could potentially affect unborn babies, as most of the existing research has been looking at its efficacy with regards to treating conditions like cancer and arthritis.

Final Thoughts

At the moment, the use of CBD oil amongst pregnant women is a bit up in the air. There are mothers who absolutely swear by it and have reported that their children appear to be smarter and more sociable than other kids of a similar age and there are some who are convinced that it should be avoided at all costs. What we do know is that while there may not be any immediately harmful consequences of using CBD during pregnancy, we don’t know what a safe dosage is, or the best way to take it. This is why you should always do your research and get a few professional opinions as to whether you should take the risk or not. If you are struggling with mental and emotional difficulties during pregnancy, but you are opposed to taking traditional pharmaceuticals, then you could speak to a homeopathic physician to come up with a natural treatment plan that will ensure your own safety during pregnancy, as well as that of your baby.

 

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

 

CBD Oil and Driving: Everything You Need to Know

Unlike alcohol or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD oil does not give you a high, slow your reflexes down, or mess up with your visual perception and concentration. It doesn’t have any adverse health effects, and studies show it even helps alleviate stress, pain, or trauma. However, different people react to different doses, and if you’re not sure how it will impact your ability to drive and get on the road, here are a few things you should know about CBD and driving.

First of all, What is CBD and CBD oil?

CBD is one of the many chemical compounds found in cannabis, a plant which has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years now. Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil, on the other hand, is an extract made from its leaves and stems, usually mixed with a carrier oil like hemp seed oil. Unlike its other cousins, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which are the ones responsible for getting you high.

CBD oil is gaining popularity as of late, with a lot of studies focusing on its healing potential, and with more and more people taking it as a dietary supplement, using it for therapeutic purposes, physical performance improvement and recovery, and maximizing its properties that benefit the body.

Is CBD and Driving Legal?

Though there is still debate over how the FDA should regulate, CBD is legal on the federal level through the 2018 Farm Bill. Therefore, CBD and driving with it in your system won’t get you into trouble the same way drunk driving would. As long as the CBD oil you use contains no more than 0.3% THC, it’s classified as a hemp product and is therefore legal.

Though this is legal, we wouldn’t suggest you telling the officer as many do not understand the difference between hemp and marijuana.

How long does CBD oil stay in your system?

There is no one single answer to this question as there’s a whole lot of key factors which influence how long CBD oil will stay in your system. The body’s reaction also differs from individual to individual. Among the factors contributing to how long the substance lasts in your body including your body weight, your lifestyle, metabolism, and of course the frequency and amount of CBD oil you consume.

Because CBD can be stored in fat cells, it can stay longer in your system if you have a larger body mass than if you have very little fat in your body. So it also makes sense that people with a more active lifestyle are able to get rid of traces of CBD from their body faster compared to those who do not exercise because they eliminate traces of CBD as they burn the fat. It’s the same thing with diet—as fiber-rich food pulls fatty substances from the body via stool, CBD is eliminated in the process as well. So the more fiber you take in, the faster CBD will exit your body.

Sometimes, though, metabolism is a completely separate thing from a person’s weight or lifestyle, and if you naturally have a high metabolic rate, you’ll be able to eliminate CBD faster no matter how much you weigh or what kinds of food you eat.

Perhaps the most important factor to consider is how much you consume and how often you take it. If you take CBD oil on a regular basis or if you take it in large doses, it will take time before you clear your system completely of the substance.

Won’t it make you feel sleepy?

When taken in higher doses, CBD oil gives a relaxing effect that can promote better sleep. However, small doses can give you an energy boost and keep you alert, awake, and focused, so you may actually drive better! But again, different bodies have different reactions to the product. There is no “one serving fits all,” so it is best to figure out how much CBD oil to take and how your body reacts to it before trying CBD and driving.

So, should you CBD and drive?

Yes. You can take CBD oil and still drive because the 0.3% THC in it will not impair you or get you high. You will still function like your normal self. However, be sure you source your CBD oil from a company you can trust so you know they display the accurate chemical breakdown of their products.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com.