CBD For Anxiety

CBD & Hemp For Anxiety

Belonging to the Rose Order (Rosales), Cannabaceae is a family of flowering plants that includes more 270 different species. Other botanically related plants in the Rosales family include apples, pears, plums, blackberries, and hops. This vast array of aromatic plants has been grouped into 11 different genres. One of these 11 genres is called ’Cannabis’. The ‘Cannabis’ genre hosts both ‘Industrial Hemp and it’s botanical cousin marijuana.

Industrial Hemp CBD:

Affectionately coined  ‘CBD’s”, nutrient-dense botanical ‘Cannabinoids’ are found in hemp and other beloved well-known plants such as flax, hops, and echinacea.

Generally considered safe and non-addictive, CBD is one of hundreds of phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids) which are unique to cannabis. Industrial Hemp contains a relatively high concentration of Cannabidiol (CBD).

With more than 113 known Cannabinoids present in the plant called cannabis. Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is one of the most prevalent botanical compounds found in the cannabis plant. When extracted from the whole cannabis plant, Hemp CBD’s are naturally rich in amino acids and the perfect ratio of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9. EFA’s both feed and nourish the brain and nervous system and are essential for lasting long-term health.

A brief history of Hemp CBD:

Hemp has an long history of being used as a holistic wellness tool. From 1850-1937 Botanical Hemp CBD was found extensively throughout the U.S. Pharmacopeia. These Hemp based formulas were indicated for pain, inflammation, migraines, nervous system dis-orders, neuralgia, and alcoholism amongst other states of dis-ease. Interestingly, during that time, if you were fortunate enough to own land in the United States it was illegal NOT to grow hemp plants. Some people even paid their taxes to the government in hemp.

In the 19th century, Queen Victoria used CBD-rich cannabis to lessen her menstrual cramps. In more modern times, a telegram from Salt Lake dated May 20, 1947 cited the benefits of CBD’s for epileptic seizures patients.

Today, the therapeutic properties of Industrial Hemp CBD are being researched, tested, and confirmed by clinicians, scientists, doctors, and wholistic health practitioners from around the world.

holistic wellness practitioners as well as those seeking lasting health choose life- enhancing natural tools and treasures whenever possible. Clinical studies along with anecdotal evidence indicate that CBD cannabis may in fact be a universal natural tool that has the potential to benefit (nearly) everyone!

What the research shows:

Since 1946 more than 23,000 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical studies have been conducted on Hemp and Botanical CBDs. The result of this extensive research shows that botanical (plant-based) CBDs are inherently safe and may in-fact have significant health benefits for both humans and other mammals including dogs and horses.

CBD’s studies show that CBD’s have immense potential to benefit those experiencing the following (including, but not limited to): acne, ADD/ADHD, ALS, anxiety, arthritis, autism, bi-polar, depression, dis-ordered eating, migraines, PTSD, seizures (research Charlotte’s Figi’s story) , dis-ordered sleep, stress, and much much more.

– Researches have identified 113 + different botanical (plant based) cannabinoids along with over  400 other beneficial compounds all within in the cannabis plant.

– Full- spectrum CBD contains all of the botanical nutrients found in CBD’s.
notably: amino acids, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids.

– Studies show that CBD’s contain anti-inflammatory properties. CBD’s therefore have the potential to help those with inflammatory dis-ease states.

The Entourage Effect / Why Full-Spectrum CBD:

“Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical,” Dr. John McPartland notes, “and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”

The numerous botanical compounds found in the Hemp plant produce a synergistic effect. This synergy  is called the ‘entourage effect’. In other words, the synergy of the numerous botanical compounds interact with the mammalian body and produce a more profound and positive influence than a whole plant extractions typically include CBD, THC, and more than 400 trace compounds. Many of these compounds interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect”. This synergy magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components–so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

It is important o note that lab synthesized ‘CBD’s’ are deficient in  terpenes as well as many of the numerous other botanical compounds that work in synergistically with one another.

The Endocannabinoid System:

What is the Endocannabinoid (eCB) System and why does it matter?

Research being conducted on the marijuana plant led to an exciting discovery! What the researchers discovered was an extensive biochemical communication network with receptors found throughout the entire body. This extensive communication network system is found in all mammals including horses, dogs, and humans. This system coined the ‘Endocannabinoid System’ helps to regulate many aspects of one’s physiology and well-being.

What is the Endocannabinoid (eCB) and why does it matter?

– Studies indicates that most, if not ALL humans are deficient in Cannabidiols, also known as ‘eCB deficiency syndrome’.

– All Mammals including dogs, horses, and humans have an endocannabinoid (eCB) system.

– The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is the largest system in the entire human body. Researches discovered that the  Endocannabinoid System is the largest system in entire body. Larger than either circulatory, muscular, or respiratory.

Endocannabinoids. The good news:

– Mammals have CBD receptors throughout their body. Amongst these are receptor sites for cannabinoids CB1 and CB2 as well as numerous others.

– Researchers discovered that botanical CBDs mimic the body’s natural endocannabinoid system which is in-fact the largest system in the entire body.

– Botanical CBD’s mimic the bodies natural endocannabinoid system.

– Botanical CBD’s are easily absorbed and utilized by the body.

– Easily absorbed and utilized by the body, Full-Spectrum CBDs contain a plethora of beneficial compounds including amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.

The Entourage Effect:

It is important o note that lab synthesized ‘CBD’s’ are deficient in  terpenes as well as many of the numerous other botanical compounds that work in synergy with CBD and THC to naturally enhance the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids.

Is CBD Legal?:

In 2018 the ‘Farm Bill’ legalized the cultivation of Industrial hemp in the United States. Industrial Hemp is defined as ‘cannabis with less than 0.3 % THC’. The Farm Bill also removed the various derivatives of hemp, including CBD, from the regulatory boards of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as from the Controlled Substances Act.

As of 2019, the DEA, maintains jurisdiction over CBD derived from marijuana (cannabis with more than 0.3 % THC). Although marijuana with more than 0.3 % THC is still prohibited under federal law, in some states (such as Colorado, California, and Oregon), Medical Marijuana is legal under state law.

Not all cannabis is gonna get you ‘high’:

CBD and THC are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.

CBD is closely related to another active phytocannabinoid (plant cannabinoid) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for the ‘high’ that cannabis is most often famous for.

Although both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes, unlike THC, non-psychoactive CBD does not intoxicate a person or make them feel ‘high’. In fact, depending on the quantity of each botanical compound, CBD may actually lessen or even neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC.

Why is this true?:

– CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.

– The psychoactive constituent in cannabis comes from marijuana and is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is merely one of these 113 + cannabinoids (CBD’s) identified in the cannabis plant.

– CBD’s Derived from ‘Industrial Hemp’ are in fact NON-psychoactive. Remember, ‘Industrial Hemp’ is a ‘cousin’ to the THC rich marijuana plant.

– Many CBD”s found on the market are ‘pure’ THC-free CBD’s while others are within the federally legal limit of .3% THC.

CBD in relation to the brain and nervous system:

Both ‘neuroprotective’ (protects the nervous system) and anti-inflammatory compounds have been found in CBDs. These compounds  help regulate numerous systems in the body including the brain and the nervous system.

Clinical and anecdotal research shows that consistent use of CBDs is immensely helpful to those with nervous system imbalances. CBD’s may benefit those with headaches, impaired sleep patterns, seizures, acute or chronic anxiety and/or depression, or a variety of other nervous system imbalances.

Mental Health / Anxiety and CBD’s:

American Psychological Association (APA) describes a person suffering from anxiety disorder as “having recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.” The APA describes anxiety as: ‘an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.’ The APA goes on to say, ‘the duration or severity of an anxious feeling can sometimes be out of proportion to the original trigger, or stressor. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and nausea, may also develop. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder.’

Anxiety signs and symptoms:

sense of panic, danger, or impending doom
increased heart rate
rapid breathing
feeling weak and to tired
trouble concentrating
changes in sleep patterns

Statistically anxiety and anxiety related disorders affects 18% of Americans, or nearly 40 million adults between the ages of 18-54. It is estimated that anxiety one-fourth to one-third of Western Americans suffer from anxiety unwellness at any given time. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these statistics make anxiety the most common mental health disorder in the entire United States.

Mental Health diagnosis, the six (6) general categories of anxiety

Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses that lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry.

Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Panic attacks
Specific phobia disorder
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Social anxiety disorder

Once anxiety and the related symptoms reaches the stage of a disorder, it can and often does interfere with daily life and a person’s ability to fully function and thrive. Anxiety that is persistent and or chronic most likely requires therapeutic treatment. Untreated anxiety can get worse and cause more stress in a person’s life.

Unfortunately only a third of the people who suffer from anxiety receive treatment. This is at least in part due to the stigmas that surround mental health. Those who inherently lack social support and therefore do not feel supported in their quest for mental health and well-being may end up feeling ashamed, isolated.

The good news is that anxiety and anxiety related symptoms are often treatable with therapy, natural remedies, lifestyle changes, and medications.

To be very clear!
Anxiety and other mental health challenges are not something to be ashamed of. There are solutions and help is available.

It is highly encouraged that those who struggle with anxiety and or other mental health concerns actively receive the proper wellness and medical care that they deserve. In fact, the quality of their life depends on it.

Please keep in mind, each person is unique and it may require a combination of different therapies and remedies before finding one that works.  doctor and personal wellness team can support the individual in determining which therapeutic options will be most effective.

Prescription Pharmaceuticals and anxiety:

Pharmaceutical companies have developed numerous prescription drugs to treat anxiety and anxiety related dis-orders.

Some well known prescription drugs include:

1) Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as Prozac and Zoloft.

2) Tranquilizers in particular benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax.

Natural wellness strategies to help quell anxiety include:

1) exercise

2) prayer/meditation

3) time management strategies

4) aromatherapy

5) CBD and CBD product supplementation:

People interested in managing their anxiety with CBD oil should look exclusively at research on cannabidiol, rather than the more generalized studies of THC marijuana. Although there are fewer studies on cannabidiol specifically, the preliminary research is promising.

6) herbal relaxation teas

7) herb based natural supplements

8) time with animals

9) time in nature

10) journaling, writing, and reading

Please note, when left unattended, anxiety and anxiety based symptoms may get worse and at times cause immense problems for people.

What the recent CBD studies about anxiety/anxiety dis-orders:

Peer reviewed clinical studies show that CBD has the potential to decrease anxiety as well as reduce the severity and frequency of seizures. The now in-famous young lady Charlotte Fiji and her family are a profound and heart-warming example of CBD’s transformative potential.

CBD shows the potential to benefit those experiencing the following (including, but not limited to): acne, ADD/ADHD, ALS, anxiety, arthritis, autism, bi-polar, depression, dis-ordered eating, migraines, PTSD, seizures (research Charlotte’s Figi’s story) , dis-ordered sleep, stress, and much much more.

Research published in 2014 concluded CBD oil had both anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects in mammals.


In 2015 researchers released a comprehensive analysis of previous studies conducted on CBD’s. The analysis concluded that CBD’s are indeed a promising therapy for anxiety related disorders including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of anxiety as reading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder in a child with a history of trauma. Researchers found that cannabidiol reduced the child’s anxiety and helped her sleep.


A 2017 study from Brazil titled: The Endcannabinoid System and Anxiety addresses the numerous parts of the brain affected by CBD’s


Plant based medicines for anxiety disorders, part 2 a review:


CBD Dosage:

’Less is more’ is a wonderful adage to use with all natural remedies whether they be essential oils, superfoods, or CBD’s. Begin with a low dose of Hemp CBD (especially if you have little or no experience with Cannabidiol Cannabis Hemp CBD).

Research results show that it is better and more effective to take a few small doses over the course of a day that to take one large dose. Begin with a small amount and observe the effects. Use this same ratio and observe the effects) for the first few days to a week before increasing dosage.

Know your CBD source:

Industrial Hemp is a bioremediator. In other words Hemp helps to heal the earth. This makes it a wonderful botanical to plant wherever the earth needs to heal from either over-harvesting or where the death has been poisoned with poisons such as  glycophosphates or other synthetic fertilizers. Hemp is also a bio-accumulator. In other words it uptakes and draws the contaminations and into the plant toxins from the soil.. In this way Hemp is an incredible choice to help heal the earth. It also means that Industrial Hemp grown on the earth in places where these poisons have been used should NOT be made into CBD’s for consumption by mammals. Hemp grown where poisons were used is better made into building materials or fibers such as rope.

Know your CBD source. Make certain the CBD’s you choose to use for your personal health are grown on healthy soil that has NOT been poisoned. This is a really important decision for both the health-positive effectiveness of the CBD’s and to mitigate any possible risk of ingesting toxins.

Are CBD’s Safe?

CBD is respected by many wholistic practitioners, scientists, and wellness advocates as a potent wellness tool. That said and although CBD Cannabis is a very safe and very ‘forgiving’ natural medicine, each of us is individual in our wellness needs. Unlike the more ‘famous’ molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) CBD is completely non-psychoactive making it safe for children, and the elderly.

CBD Safety and Precautions:

Research shows that overall CBD is a very safe substance. This said, CBD can interact and potentially interfere with many commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. CBD and pharmaceutical drug interactions are potentially dangerous. At sufficient dosages, CBD will actually ‘deactivate’ the cytochrome P450 enzymes, and therefore thereby alter how one metabolizes prescription pharmaceutical blood thinners, insulin, painkillers, and statins. Most of the problematic CBD and prescription pharmaceutical interactions occur when one is consuming high doses of CBD ‘isolate’ products.

This said, please note that those who are taking prescription pharmaceuticals along with CBD’s should be monitored by their personal physician and wellness team.

The good news is that in many instances, CBD’s are shown to help mitigate the unwanted side effects of various pharmaceuticals and actually improve one’s overall quality of life.

Notably, Cannabinoid-opioid interactions show great therapeutic potential. Studies show that CBD may in fact help with those experiencing opioid dependency and or withdraws Studies also show that THC actually enhances the painkilling effects of opiates.

Taking personal responsibility for one’s own wellness program is both empowering and imperative. Your health, overall well-being, and your safety are synonymous. As with anything there is a risk of potential side effects.

Any risk involved with taking CBD and CBD products depends upon numerous factors including: the CBD product itself, the delivery method, and one’s individual tolerance. Proceed with mindfulness when using Hemp CBD. This is especially true history of alcohol or drug abuse or mental illness or if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Educate yourself on the source, quality, and potency of CBD’s. And, as always consult your personal health care team if you have any questions or concerns.

Wellness Dream-Team:

Each of us benefits from developing a professional relationship with our personal wellness and health care dream – team. Find those who you resonate with and stay in contact with through regular consultations and other life-enhancing wellness sessions. Educate and empower yourself and make well-informed choices that support your overall well-being and lifestyle.

Empowered Choice:

Always consult your personal health care team if you have any questions or concerns in order make well-informed wellness choices that support your overall well-being and lifestyle. Trust your intuition and learn to listen to what your mind, body, and heart benefit from in terms of wellness lifestyle choices.

In conclusion:

I believe that regular supplementation of highly nutritious CBDs will have significant long-term positive health benefits, including the potential to help mitigate the negative impacts of a wide variety of dis-ease states.

CBD Oil For Depression

Guide To Hemp & CBD For Depression

Struggling with depression and trying to find a medication that won’t leave you feeling lethargic or hungover? Tired of the struggle of trying to pretend you feel better? Are you weary of making excuses to others for how you’re feeling? Depression is a serious mental health condition that is associated with morbidity and mortality. It can be a serious risk factor that is often overlooked.


Those struggling with depression tend to struggle with substance abuse including drugs and alcohol, due to their desire to hide their depression and self-medicate. They may also suffer from other serious medical conditions and the inability to enjoy life as it’s meant to be enjoyed. It can be difficult at best to enjoy the daily activities that many people enjoy on a daily basis if you’re struggling with depression.


Another serious consequence with depression is that the person will have no energy, lose their ability to think and focus, and they will struggle with sleep disturbances. According to The American Psychiatric Association, there are five major categories of depression.


In 2012, there were approximately 7.6 percent of Americans who were over the age of 12 that were diagnosed with depression. Depression tends to be more common for females than for males and it’s frequently diagnosed in those who are over the age of 40.


Depression also happens in children. Depression typically peaks between the ages of 25 years of age and 44 years of age. The older a person becomes the more likely they are to deal with a bout of depression in their lifetime, even if they’ve never before had a bout of depression.


Depression knows now economical bounds. It knows no age bounds and it has no respect for anything else that may be going on in a person’s life. While it’s normal to be depressed from time to time, a medical diagnosis of depression is becoming far more common.


You can take pharmaceutical medications, but these carry a high risk of side effects. However, Studies are showing that Hemp oil is offering a myriad of health benefits in regards to depression and virtually no side effects. Let’s examine some of the benefits of hemp oil and how it works on depression.


What Is Hemp Or CBD Oil?


Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant. The oil is called Hemp oil or it’s sometimes called CBD oil, named after the cannabinoids that are naturally in the hemp plant. The Hemp oil is commercially extracted from the hemp plant and separated from the other components in the oil. This oil is then used in products to deliver the benefits of the Hemp plant to those who need it.


How Does Hemp Oil Work?


Hemp oil works by combining with the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the body. This enhances the receptors in the brain that work to control the moods and depression in an all natural way. It helps to regulate the immune system, sensations (moods), and encourages the body to continue working normally.


Is Hemp Oil Legal?


Hemp oil is legal in all of the United States. Since Hemp oil is derived from the Hemp Plant it’s completely legal as it contains less than the recommended .3% THC in USA. It can be purchased online or in brick and mortar shops. It can be purchased in a variety of forms including creams, gels, lotions, edibles, and even in the form of flowers or buds.


Will I Require A Doctors Prescription For CBD Oil?


No, because Hemp oil is legal, you won’t have to have a doctors prescription to buy Hemp products or hemp oil. It’s safe and effective and it’s legal. You can purchase your hemp oil in a variety of ways. It’s readily available as a tincture, sub lingual pill form, gummies, snacks, brownies, candies, drops, and more.


Will CBD Or Hemp Oil Interact With Other Medications?


If you are taking other medications, it’s always wise to check with your doctor or pharmacist prior to using any vitamins, hemp oil or any other products. Many medications can interact with other medications or even such things as grapefruit juice. Make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you add hemp oil to your medication list or body care routine to avoid potential interactions.


Does Hemp Oil Cure Depression?


For many people, especially those who are suffering from PTSD or other similar forms of depression, hemp and CBD oil works very well. It helps to ease the mind and works to send out more positive signals to the brain thus easing and relieving depression. Hemp binds with the body’s own natural cannabinoids and improves the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the chemical that helps us to regulate our moods and mood stability.


How Long Does It Take For Hemp Oil To Work?


Hemp oil takes approximately 20 minutes to 2 hours to begin working on depression. If it’s applied topically, it will begin to work in quick fashion on the area that it’s been applied. If hemp oil is ingested it will have to work its way through the digestive system which will take as long as 2 hours depending on the person and their metabolism. If hemp oil is taken sublingually (underneath of the tongue) it can take up to 40 minutes for it to work on depression.


What If It’s Still Not Working After 2 Hours?


If you took CBD or Hemp oil, and it’s been longer than 2 hours, and you’re not noticing any results, you can take another small dose. Different formulas have different strengths and different products will work more quickly than others. Keep in mind too that everyone is different. Most medications are dosed according to weight so find out what the proper dosage is for your specific weight and go from there when determining how much to take and whether or not it’s working after 2 hours.


What Is The Best Way To Take Hemp/CBD Oil For Depression?


The best thing about using CBD Or Hemp is that there are a variety of ways that it can be used. Many people prefer a topical cream or gel that they can apply to pulse points, this works well as it helps get the Hemp oil into the body via the skin absorption. It can also be ingested by eating edible products that contain Hemp oil as well as used sublingually in capsules or caplets or drops. What works well for one person may not work as well for another. Everyone is different and it may take a bit of time to find the best way to take Hemp for depression.


Will Hemp Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?


Hemp oil will not show up on a drug test, unless you’re using a formula that has a high concentration of THC. Since the hemp plant contains little THC you won’t have to worry about it. If you’re using CBD oil from the cannabis plant you may wish to check labels for higher levels of THC.


When potential employers screen potential employees for drugs they are screening for street drugs, opioids, and for cannabis. The level of THC is what would cause a person to fail a drug test. Thus, choosing products that have only Hemp or CBD with low levels will result in a clean drug test as long as the person isn’t using any other drugs.


What Are The Side Effects Of Hemp Oil?


Unlike other medications that are taken for depression, there are virtually no side effects with Hemp oil. For some people, Hemp oil may make them feel more drowsy or sleepy so care should definitely be taken when using Hemp oil for depression until understanding how it affects the body. Always start with the smallest dose possible. A little bit of Hemp oil goes a long ways. If you’re feeling edgy or nauseous, you may have taken more than you should have. Start with a small dosage and you shouldn’t have any side effects at all.


Can You Overdose On Hemp Oil?


Rarely does anyone take too much hemp oil. Common side effects in higher doses are gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating, and digestive issues. Always start with the smallest dose possible and work your way up to higher doses from there.


Can Hemp Oil Get You High?


No, Hemp in and of itself is not the part of the plant that makes a person high. The THC is what gives a person a psychoactive high. The higher the amount of THC the higher a person will get. Hemp and CBD have trace levels of THC and Hemp oils that are derived from hemp will not get you high.


Anyone who has ever struggled with depression knows well how they feel as if they are behind a window looking out at everyone else enjoying life. It’s a sad way to feel and even though a person may feel like joining in, their body and their mind won’t allow it. Depression affects everyone at some point of time or another. It can be completely debilitating and leave them feeling like staying in bed all day long without caring what happens.


Depression doesn’t just affect the patient, it can affect everyone around them. Family and friends may try to jolt the person out of their depression to no avail. Medications may help temporarily but these must be taken often. Medications also cause side effects including dry mouth, nausea, thoughts of suicide, and more.


Hemp oil has virtually no side effects. If the patient starts with the smallest possible dose and works their way up to a higher dose slowly, there aren’t any side effects. The person will begin to feel better and join back in with their normal daily activities. Results may vary from one person to another, but most people begin to feel better within just a few treatments.


Hemp oil can be taken anywhere at any time. It can be ingested or rubbed on the skin at a pulse point. It’s portable and legal in all 50 states. Hemp oil. CBD and Hemp is readily available both online and in brick and mortar stores. More products are arriving on shelves daily.


If you, or someone you love, is struggling with depression, Hemp oil may be just what you’re looking for to find some relief. Cure your depression once and for all with hemp oil and see if you don’t feel better. Are you ready to make the change? Hemp oil works quickly and effectively to help relieve depression.




Hemp Salve

Definitive Guide to Hemp CBD Salves, Balms & Creams

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation, possession, and use of hemp and hemp by-products. As a result, CBD products extracted from hemp plants were legalized to the mass market. Since then, popularity for the all-natural alternative to many medications only continues to grow. In fact, the CBD market is already estimated to be a $16 billion industry by 2025, according to Fortune Magazine.

Certain products are gaining popularity faster than others, however. Cowen & Co. performed a consumer survey in January of 2019. Of the 2,500 adult respondents, approximately 6.9% confirmed that they used CBD as a regular supplement. This allowed Cowen to make the “conservative” estimated $16 billion figure by 2025, as they estimate use will rise to at least 10% of the adult population.

More specific to the point, however, is that 44% of the respondents who confirmed CBD use reported using tinctures. That number goes down for topicals at 26%, followed by capsules and CBD-infused beverages at 22% and 19%, respectively.

We already got to pique your interest with hemp oil and the benefits of CBD oil. This time around, we’re going to focus on CBD salves, balms, creams, and other topical CBD products. With this comprehensive guide, you can walk away with answers to common and important questions about CBD topicals, along with the answer to the most important question out there:

Is a CBD topical product right for you?

We’ve compiled the evidence to give you an educated answer that you can feel confident with. Whether CBD salves are right for you or not, let’s dive into our definitive guide to hemp CBD salves, creams, balms, and other topical products to let you in on everything you could need to know about it.

How long does it take for a CBD salve to work?

The beauty of CBD topical treatments is how fast and efficiently they work. Typically used for problem areas that experience chronic pain, inflammation, or irritation of some kind, the topical treatment is rubbed directly into the problem area.

The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is made up of CB receptors that are laid out throughout the body, brain, and across the skin. Thanks to this fact, CBD topicals can interact with the CB receptors on the skin. This provides almost immediate, instant relief from inflammation and pain.

The longest you should expect a CBD cream to take before it kicks in is 15 to 20 minutes. If it’s been 20 minutes and you feel no relief, apply more of the CBD topical treatment to the same area.

What are the benefits to topical CBD products?

As mentioned, the ECS in the human body is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Though our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids to interact with these receptors, sometimes, our bodies simply don’t produce enough for our needs. Using outside sources for cannabinoids, like CBD, allows the body to make up for its lack of naturally-produced cannabinoids.

When we experience pain, inflammation, or another disruption in homeostasis, enough cannabinoids in the system can help correct it. Many experts suggest the ECS plays a huge role in homeostasis and regulating other important bodily functions.

This means that CBD topical products are especially good for getting to a problem area faster than consuming an edible, vaping, or using a tincture would. While some of those other methods result in fast relief, they only provide a general relief throughout the body.

This means the problem areas that hurt or are inflamed are getting just as much relief as parts of the body that remain unafflicted. While the general relief can be helpful for anxiety, depression, and a plethora of other conditions, it doesn’t typically provide enough relief to help.

Using a CBD consumable and topical combination creates the most effective treatment for all types of ailments. The consumable allows you to get general relief that can last longer, but the topical treatment provides immediate relief to the targeted areas.

How often can you apply CBD salve, balm, or cream?

One of the best things about CBD being a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic (or pain reliever) is that it can be applied as many times as you prefer. Applying a CBD salve, balm, or cream means you can get targeted relief almost instantaneously.

As you notice the CBD topical treatment wear off, the pain or inflammation may come back. To mitigate this, or to just prevent it from coming back, you can reapply the CBD treatment as many times as needed.

One downside to being able to use a product as many times as you’d like is the tolerance that can be built up as a result. Unfortunately, the CB receptors in the endocannabinoid system of the body can become desensitized. This stops the body from naturally producing cannabinoids, but it also lessens how effective cannabinoids are.

The beauty of cannabinoids, however, is that you can stop using the product for just a few days and your body naturally starts reproducing its own cannabinoids again. This is also not a common problem; everyone builds up tolerances at their own rate and many keep a low tolerance to CBD, sometimes for their whole lives.

Fortunately, having a low tolerance to CBD and other cannabinoids just means it can provide a more intense, effective result for what may be plaguing you. Whether you have pain, inflammation, swelling, or a temporary problem that can be resolved through topical medicine, CBD may be your answer.

Does CBD help with eczema?

While more research is needed, we already have well-documented evidence that CBD salves provide therapeutic, healing effects for skin-specific diseases. This includes both psoriasis and eczema.

Likewise, a study found that topical CBD also provides effects on temporary complications, such as general muscle soreness, skin infections, rashes, wounds, and burns. The evidence, while not definite, leans heavily towards CBD being an effective treatment or aid for patients with eczema.

Does CBD help with inflammation?

According to Harvard Health, CBD may prove to be an option for managing not just inflammation, but also chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and more. We still need sufficient, high-quality evidence backing each of these claims, but more research is coming out every day.

Likewise, the anecdotal experiences of patients and consumers trying CBD for their conditions should help you weigh your decision. Nothing is set in stone, but consumers across the entire country are trying CBD products from a range of CBD brands and all getting similar results.

Specifically, CBD topical treatment may be able to help with inflammation, pain, swelling, and more.

Does CBD help with pain?

Chronic pain plagues some 100 million Americans, which is a big reason prescription painkillers help fuel the opioid epidemic. CBD is currently being studied as an all-natural alternative to pain relief, as well as a treatment for current opioid addiction.

CBD can help with recovery from addition; a big key needed in the United States right now. In fact, a survey found that a whopping 72% of Americans are willing to try to treat their pain with CBD. According to Remedy Review, their survey estimated that 23.3% of those surveyed has already tried CBD as an alternative treatment.

According to Sarah Brewer, MD, CBD has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These characteristics reduce the pain perception in the brain, which reduces stiffness in the joints and provides pain relief.

The fact that CBD can help with pain, inflammation, eczema, and provide so many other benefits is probably the reason why nearly half of all people who try cannabidiol products stop taking their traditional prescription medications.

This 50% statistic comes from Forbes regarding one of the largest studies conducted on CBD usage to date. Conducted by the Brightfield Group, the survey found only a negligible 3% or less of the 150,000+ respondents found the product to be only slightly effective or altogether ineffectual.

Types of topical CBD products

While we’ve discussed CBD salves, balms, and creams primarily, a wide selection of CBD topical products is available on the market. We’re going to touch on the most popular types of topical treatments and what that type of treatment is best for.

Facial Cream

As one might guess, this type of CBD topical treatment goes on your face. However, what’s not as well known is the fact that cannabidiol can work as an anti-acne solution. Not only does it work to prevent blemishes from popping up, it can also tackle blemishes that have already formed.

Spot Treatment

This brings us to our next type of product, which is the counterpart to CBD facial cream. Whenever you need to tackle a blemish head-on, hemp can work as a powerful anti-acne spot treatment to get rid of it in hours instead of days.

Lip Balm

CBD can facilitate healing and provide a soothing sensation at the same time. Paired with mint or other common lip balm ingredients, CBD lip balm can work overtime to provide you the plump, moisturized lips you’ve always wanted.

CBD Lotion

While CBD-infused lotions are typically targeting dry areas, they can also work for extreme exfoliation. Put on CBD lotion right after a shower and be prepared for softer skin that’s powered with antioxidants.

CBD Salves

A hot topic throughout this guide, CBD salves are one of the most popular topical treatments out there. Extremely thick, applying a salve to your face is not recommended. However, particular problem areas across the skin, like your knuckles or your feet, may get the extra moisturization they need for this type of CBD topical product.

Tips for Applying Topical CBD Products

There are some important final notes for you to leave off with as we come to close with our guide on CBD topical treatments. These tips will help you make sure you’re applying the CBD product exactly as it should be applied.

Make sure you’re applying at the right time

You want to apply topical CBD products after you’re clean for two reasons. One, you wouldn’t want to apply a topical treatment and then take a shower; the effects of it would be mitigated and using it would be pointless.

Two, excessive sweating can prevent the CBD from properly penetrating the skin. Make sure you have clean skin that’s ready for treatment before you apply.

Don’t mix other topical products with CBD topicals

Finally, you want to make sure that the CBD is being absorbed into the skin properly. You can’t do that without clean, product-free skin to start with. Using other products on the same area of skin may make the CBD side ineffective or not as effective as it could be.


In our definitive guide on hemp, we got to cover how long CBD topicals take to work, on average, what topical products are good for, how often you can apply them, what CBD truly helps with, and much more. We hope this information provided you with insight on a substance that still needs far more research for confirmation of all its medicinal benefits.

Creating better-informed perspectives across the world is the main goal with this guide. We want to spread the word on how CBD can improve so many different lives through the sheer plethora of benefits. With this guide, we hope you got the answers you were looking for on if a specific CBD topical product is right for you.

Remember, it may take some time before you happen upon the right CBD topical treatment. In some cases, patients must sort through a series of balms, creams, and salves before they find the one that’s ideal for their situation.

Because of the variety of benefits CBD can offer, the ingredients that come in products, and the strength of pure CBD in each topical treatment, there’s no limit to what you can find in the CBD market. Once you’ve settled on the criteria you want out of your ideal CBD topical product, you can find the right cream, salve, balm, or other topical treatment for the job.

If you want to learn how to use CBD balms and other topical treatments for physical relief, take a look at this video on how you can use topical treatments through different methods:


CBD For Acne

The Definitive Guide to CBD for Acne

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is emerging as a top-performer amongst natural healthcare. From it’s calming benefits for mental health and sleep benefits to it’s anti-inflammatory and acne-fighting properties, the advantages of CBD seem endless. It’s almost unavoidable, which is why you’re finally looking to get the question answered:


What actually is CBD anyway?


CBD is a cannabinoid compound from the plant cannabis sativa. While it can be derived from the marijuana plant, it’s distinct from THC, the cannabinoid that gets you high. They’re two different ingredients in the mix of everything that makes up the cannabis plant.


Kind of like coffee has caffeine, cannabis can contain THC. However, CBD is equivalent to all of the flavonoids, tastes, and aromas that make coffee so complex. Extract CBD oil from the plant, and you open up a world of health benefits.


One of the wellness attractions of CBD is that it improves the health of your skin.

As an exogenous cannabinoid, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system to kickstart a domino effect of beauty treatments. Topical CBD creams and regular oral dosage of CBD is a game changer for those dealing with acne.


Curious as to how it works? Below, we’ll take a deep dive into CBD oil for acne and how it can help you.


What does CBD do for your skin?

Your skin contains cannabinoid lipids that control pain, temperature, and regular epidermal homeostasis. While many of these occur naturally, exogenous CBD aids to the total and efficacy, much like taking a multivitamin does for your nutrition.


Transient receptor potential (TRP) processes emerge as targets for CBD to treat dermatological issues, as many of these same channels responsible for skin health respond to cannabinoids. CB2, the specific expression of cannabidiol, correlates with the synthesis of keratinocytes in human skin and sebaceous glands.


If that all sounds like gibberish to you, CBD basically links up with the compounds controlling proper growth, death, and rebirth of skin cells to keep everything at just the right level.


CBD has been used as a pain and itch treatment for years. The direct effect of pain on sensory neurons is at least partially mediated by CB2, the endocannabinoid receptor.  Some indirect relief also comes from a release of opioid peptides, which can distract from pain and make us feel better.


Why are these important? Anti-inflammatory treatments, itch management, and general homeostasis of the skin are key interventions for the causes and effects of acne.



What Causes Acne?


When your hair follicles get clogged up with dirt or dead skin cells, pimples form. Acne, or chronic pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads, stems from excess oil production or hormones, which is why lots of us get in our teens. Teenagers are sweaty, hormonal beings who unfortunately get stuck with the negative effects of maturation.


Acne tends to appear in places with the most sebaceous (oil-productions) glands. While your body does its best to keep the skin and hair lubricated, sometimes it can be its own worst enemy. Thus, acne forms on our face, upper back, neck and chest.


With all of that being said, what can we do about it?



Avoid Making Acne Worse: What NOT to Do


For some going through hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or adolescence, your best bet is to keep your face clean and eat a healthy diet. Too much or not enough androgen activity causes the oil glands to grow, produce more oil, and create unsightly bumps.


Control your nutrition and avoid inflammatory foods like trans fats and processed carbs to counteract acne from the inside out. Keep your face clean with wipes and regular hygiene to treat it from the outside. Finally, avoid stressful situations, as they trigger greater hormone production and skin reaction.


For some, however, medication seems like the only answer. We’re here to present you with an alternative: CBD oil for acne.



CBD Hemp Oil Regulates Sebaceous Glands


That’s right, friends. Taking hemp oil for acne works by calming down those very oily glands that clog up your pores. When dealing with hormonal changes or oily skin, topical CBD creams or oral ingestion might be a good alternative to medical intervention. It’s natural reaction with your endocannabinoid system avoids chemical treatment for a homeopathic remedy.



CBD Oil Reduces Stress


It’s no secret that cannabis tends to calm people down. But what about CBD specifically?


As it turns out, CBD oils can lower the heart rate by controlling neurotransmitter release. When anxiety attacks, cannabidiol acts on CB2 receptors in the brain to modulate catecholamine and adrenal reaction. Therefore, instead of panting, sweating, and blood rushing to your skin, you can stay relaxed and decrease the chance of clogged pores.


Use CBD Oil to Destroy Inflammation


Finally, and most critically, cannabinoids modulate immune cell function and cytokine production to regulate skin inflammation. Research in mice found that inhibition of the CB1/CB2 receptors induced dermatitis, AKA inflammation of the skin, and increased markers of allergic reactions. Endocannabinoids thus form a critical part of regulatory cutaneous processes to keep our skin fresh.


All three of the above benefits of CBD oil for acne make it a multifaceted solution to your current skin issues. But what about the lingering effects of acne from ages past?


CBD and Scar treatment: What Can I Do about Acne Scars?

A bad acne plague leaves its trace years afterwards through scarring. From signs of picking at it in our teens to depressed skin marks, removing acne scars remains a topic of concern in skincare in which CBD oils show promise.


Why Does Acne Scar in the First Place?


In order to understand CBD treatment, we have to look at the underlying mechanisms of scarring. When a wound occurs to the skin, as in with acne, the natural healing process moves through six stages. According to the World Journal of Surgery, wound healing involves the following:



  • Rapid homeostasis: the stage that halts any bleeding through vasoconstriction
  • Inflammation: critical to alerting your body to where new, healthy cells need to be distributed, which facilitates healing. Extended inflammation prevents regeneration of skin cells and can make scarring worse, however.
  • Proliferation and migration: further constriction of blood vessels and a domino effect of actually moving nutrients to the wound site
  • Angiogenesis: the formation of new blood vessels around the wound
  • Reepithelialization: the regrowth of damaged skin by forging keratinocytes and layered skin formation
  • Synthesis: blood clotting and protein organization to prevent further damage while the rest of the processes occur


While it might seem like the formation of new skin is the only process concerning scars, the final results depends on the healthy function of each segment. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process. Keeping them small and faint, on the other hand, depends on inflammation control, itch management, and continued collagen support for skin health.



Does CBD Oil Fix Acne Scars?


Yes, and also no. There’s a good chance CBD oil can control inflammation of newer scars as the wound healing process takes place. Years-old scarring is a different story.


Cannabidiol triggers anti-inflammatory processes to reduce oxidative stress on tissue. Specifically, a study out of Experimental Cell Research noted CBD’s interaction with the MSC cells that support wound healing. While initial signaling of the MSC pathway leads to helpful inflammation, prolonged cascading of these signals yield improperly healed wounds. CBD oil treatment inhibits immunosuppressive properties on these cells and acted as an antioxidant to restore healthy skin.


The goal of older scar treatment is often to build natural collagen from within to replace damaged skin with new tissue. Orally-administered CBD has shown to interact with collagen-induced arthritis in rats to decrease inflammation and further progression of the disease. But that’s a) in rats b) orally-administered and c) not a scar treatment, only a reaction with collagen II in joints. To extrapolate that research to say cannabidiol is an effective acne scar treatment is a stretch at best.


Fortunately, we’re still in the early stages of CBD research. As preliminary studies have shown promise with cannabis in wound healing and acne treatment, there’s hope that scientific evidence will come soon.



How long does CBD cream take to work?

Since CBD cream is applied directly to the site, anti-redness effects will be seen quickly at the target area. Topical CBD creams for acne have the benefit of bypassing metabolism and distribution across the whole body, and instead work directly on the skin. However, don’t expect to apply it once and miraculously clear your skin.


The truth is – different products yield various results across different time periods. Some creams come with extra oils, vitamins, or minerals to aid absorption, some are more water-based, and all offer distinct CBD concentrations. For a through review on CBD creams, how long it takes for them to work, and how to apply them, visit this YouTube link.



For those of you who feel like you’ve tried every acne treatment in the world, maybe it’s time to try CBD oil for acne. It can deliver dramatic physical and mental effects by not only alleviating constant skin worry, but reducing stress and helping you sleep better at night.


Of course, hemp oil for acne is just the icing on the cake. In order to take a truly holistic approach to acne treatment, focus on eating healthy, exercising regularly, and otherwise taking care of your skin hygiene. Assuming you’ve set a strong foundation, CBD oil for acne serves as a great treatment with little side effect.


Nothing happens overnight, but you have to start by taking the first step. Order CBD creams for acne treatment today, couple it with a healthy lifestyle, and see how you go. At the best, your acne will dissipate. At the worst, you’ll have a naturopathic treatment for inflammation, oily skin, and stress management.


CBD OIl For Arthritis

Definitive Guide To Hemp/CBD For Arthritis

According to medicinenet.com, about 350 million people suffer worldwide from arthritis. It is a joint disorder where inflammation causes it to be painful and have limited function. It often results in stiff, swollen and tender joints and can have a huge impact on those who suffer from it.

There are two kinds of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but although they both affect your joints, they are very different and have different origins.

  • Osteoarthritis – which is the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative joint disorder – meaning that it occurs through the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. This means that there is no cushioning between the bones, resulting in them rubbing together, exposing nerves, causing inflammation and causing pain.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – is an autoimmune disorder – meaning that the body is attacking itself and is less common than osteoarthritis. The body attacks the lining between the joints, causing fluid to build up, resulting in pain and inflammation.

The treatment which is given for both kinds of arthritis are based on:

  1. Reducing pain
  2. Minimalizing damage to the joints
  3. Improving mobility or function

Although the actual drugs which are given to treat each type of arthritis might be different, anti-inflammatory drugs are almost always prescribed by doctors.

What can CBD do for arthritis?

CBD stands for Cannabidiol. It is one of the over 100 compounds that are present in the Cannabis Sativa plant and is known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties amongst others for human beings. Scientists are also discovering that CBD can have an impact on the immune system and is useful for pain relief.

This is why medical researchers are excited about CBD’s potential for people who are suffering from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid, one of the chemical compounds that can interact with receptors in the human body which make up part of the Endocannabinoid system.

Although it can be found naturally in all strains of the Cannabis plant, CBD products are usually made from hemp – a particular strain that has been especially cultivated to have little or none of the compound which makes you high – known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

The Endocannabinoid system is a relatively newly discovered system in humans, and it is responsible for balancing and regulating a number of bodily functions and other systems – including:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • The immune system

In the Endocannabinoid system, there are two receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, each with different functions. The CB2 receptors are the ones which are responsible for the immune system and regulating inflammation, and so it is these that can be the most useful to people who are suffering from both types of arthritis.

That’s not to forget the CB1 receptors though – they can help to stimulate pain relief!

Understanding CB2 receptors for rheumatoid arthritis

Research shows that if you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, you could have a higher concentration of CB2 receptors in the joint where the pain is felt. This means that CBD could be used to reduce the inflammation and therefore make the joint less painful and easier to move.

In a study by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University, the tissue around joints was examined in relation to CB2 receptors, and it found that levels were unusually high for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This shows a deep connection between the receptors and arthritis.

Another study carried out by the University of Calgary in 2011, found that CBD was instrumental to reducing inflammatory joint pain in rats, leading to scientists believing that CBD can help to reduce  the inflammatory pain suffered by those who suffer from arthritis.

Is CBD the same as Hemp Oil?

CBD is the name of the compound in the hemp plant which is then made into hemp oil. Hemp CBD oil is usually high in CBD, but very low in THC, so that you get the benefits of CBD without the psychoactive properties of THC.

When CBD hemp oil is made, the Cannabidiol is extracted from the hemp plant and then mixed with an oil which helps it to get absorbed into the body. This is CBD oil in its purest form, as CBD on its own cannot be easily absorbed.

CBD is not water soluble, so it needs to be mixed with an oil such as olive oil or coconut oil for it to be effectively absorbed by humans.

Is Hemp Seed Oil good for arthritis?

Hemp seed oil is slightly different to CBD oil. It is made from the hemp seed which doesn’t actually contain any CBD, meaning that you won’t actually get any CBD from it.

If you are thinking of taking hemp seed oil for your arthritis, then think again. Although hemp seed oil is readily available even in your local supermarket, it won’t be able to help you with your arthritis as it doesn’t actually contain any CBD.

CBD hemp oil is made from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant – where the CBD is present. So, whilst hemp seed oil might taste nice, it won’t make any difference to your arthritis. Make sure that if you are getting hemp CBD oil, it tells you how much CBD is in it.

Is Hemp Oil anti-inflammatory?

The effect of CBD on the body’s response to situations where it might become inflamed is the key to how it can help you. For those who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis it can affect the auto-immune response, and for osteoarthritis, it can reduce some of the physical symptoms of inflammation.

A study carried out by Booz shows that Phyto cannabinoids like CBD can have highly effective anti-inflammatory properties for people who suffer from auto-immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Scientists also suggest that CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties for those suffering from osteoarthritis. This is supported by research such as that carried out by Philpott, O’Brien and McDougall who did tests on rats, and found that CBD can help the body to deal with pain and nerve damage.

How does hemp oil help Osteoarthritis?

Since the cause of osteoarthritis is the gradual wearing down of the cartilage in a joint, it is logical that treatment for it will also be physical. CBD can not only reduce inflammation, but also help to regulate the pain responses which result from osteoarthritis.

According to work carried out by the University of Nottingham, CBD can be beneficial to you if you are suffering from osteoarthritis, as it can target the CB2 receptors helping to ease pain and reduce inflammation.

Unfortunately, there is no medicine which can treat osteoarthritis and there is limited medicine that is both effective for pain relief, but also with no adverse side effects. Although there is limited evidence to suggest that CBD can be preventative, research such as that carried out by La Porta, Bura, Negrete & Maldonado shows that it can be useful for its therapeutic properties, with lesser side effects.

How does hemp oil help Rheumatoid arthritis?

The immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD – in addition to its ability to help with pain relief can make it very effective if you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. You can find out more about CBD and auto-immune diseases here.

In a study by Blake, Robson, Ho, Jubb & McCabe where cannabis-based medicine was given to people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, results showed that it reduced pain significantly in joint movement and when they were at rest.

By being able to attack rheumatoid arthritis on an immunosuppressive angle as well as reducing inflammation, and helping with pain relief, research suggests that Cannabidiol can be very effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Can CBD help to improve sleep?

If you are suffering from either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, it is likely that you will be having trouble sleeping. In fact, arthritis.org suggest that 80% of people with arthritis have difficult sleeping. CBD can also be effective to help you to sleep better.

A mixture of joint pain and some medications can make it more difficult for arthritis sufferers to sleep. By attacking on two levels – treating the pain and the insomnia, you should be able to improve your sleep – and we all know that pain feels worse when you’re tired.

Whilst we still have a lot more to discover about sleep, it seems that it is strongly linked to the Endocannabinoid system. And, according to the educational news website devoted to CBD and the other compounds in the Cannabis plant, Project CBD, “both pain relief and better sleep may achieve positive results with cannabinoids and other cannabis components”.

Is CBD oil legal to take for arthritis?

The laws around CBD, cannabis and marijuana can be a little confusing. Of course, different countries and different states all have their own laws and rules – and you should check what they are for wherever you are in the world. However, CBD alone is generally legal.

The laws regarding cannabis and its derivatives have changed recently, since people have been able to separate out the different compounds found in the cannabis plant. In most places, CBD is legal to be bought, sold and consumed, but many restrictions apply to THC.

It is important to check the levels of CBD, THC and other compounds in your CBD before you buy it and try it, to ensure that you are within the law.

What is the best way to take CBD hemp oil?

CBD oil can be taken in a number of different ways for people who are suffering from arthritis. Some methods are more effective than others, and some are easier to administer than others.

There are a range of CBD products available to you. Some people prefer to eat it in edibles such as gummies or take like a pill. Whilst you can be sure of the dosages in these methods, they have to pass through the digestion system and therefore take longer to come into effect.

The most popular ways to consume CBD are through under the tongue drops or spray or inhaling through a vaporiser. In both of these methods, the CBD is absorbed straight into the bloodstream, being both fast, and very effective.

For those who suffer from arthritis, CBD can also be found in topical balms and gels, which can be rubbed straight into the painful area.

Can I take CBD oil with other medication?

CBD can affect other medication that you are taking, regardless of whether it is for arthritis or something else. It is important to check with your doctor before trying CBD oil for arthritis.

Scientists have found that CBD can affect the way that some other medications work in your body. For some it makes them effective quicker – or cause a delay. It can also make them more affective, so you might need to adjust your dosages.

Although there is still a lot of research being carried out in regard to the potentials that CBD or Cannabidiol have for people who suffer from both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, studies suggest that it can be extremely beneficial.

The effect of CBD on the Endocannabinoid system and its receptors show that it can have an impact on inflammation, the immune system, help with pain relief, and help with sleep – all of which can be useful to you if you have either type of arthritis.

CBD is natural and medical scientists are excited about it’s potential as a substitute to other arthritis medication which is currently available as it has fewer and less invasive side effects. However, it is important that if you are suffering for arthritis, you consult your doctor before trying out CBD products.

Whether you would prefer to consume CBD through vaping, under the tongue, edibles, tablets or by applying a topical cream, make sure that you do your research first and check that the products that you are buying have been lab tested so that you know exactly what is in it.

CBD is bringing hope to people who suffer from many different illnesses and ailments. So, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, why not give it go and see if it can have a positive impact on your life?





Hemp Oil For Pain

Definitive Guide to Hemp/CBD Oil for Pain Relief

Since becoming legalized with the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and CBD products, like CBD oil, have been running rampant with popularity. CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from hemp as an isolate or a full-spectrum product.

CBD been seen through a series of clinical trials, studies, and anecdotal experiences to help with a variety of symptoms, including anxiety, chronic stress, inflammation, and a wide range of pain management or relief – which is the subject we’ll be talking about today.

As social acceptance on cannabidiol grows, popularity for CBD oil and hemp products continues to climb. In fact, according to the Brightfield Group, CBD is expected to be a $22 billion industry by the year 2022.

While CBD oil continues to take the world by storm, a big question looms over the many still hesitant to try the all-natural alternative:

Can CBD be used as effective pain relief?

By many standards and studies, the short answer is quickly becoming a resounding “yes,” although more research (particularly on human subjects) needs to be performed before we have a guaranteed answer. For many, it’s an effective aid in their pain relief, and that’s reason enough for us to research it further.

Even further, though, can CBD oil be used as an alternative to common painkillers, like Ibuprofen, or prescription painkillers, such as opioids and other narcotics? What kind of pain can CBD oil help relieve; what degree of pain management can you expect from a hemp extract product?

We’ve compiled a series of answers to all these questions and more about CBD. We’ve gathered all the tools you need for a collective guide on hemp oil for pain relief.

Not only is this a guide on the oil itself, but we’ll provide helpful advice on how to tell if you’re buying an effective product. You’ll understand the differences between a full-spectrum product and CBD isolates, what strength you can anticipate needing, and much more.

With all the duds on the market, this becomes vital information that you want ahead of time so that you’re not wasting your money on a useless version. Let’s dive into our definitive guide to CBD oil and hemp products for pain relief.

What should I know before trying CBD for pain relief?

Let’s start with the basics first: CBD comes from the hemp plant in the cannabis family. However, unlike marijuana, hemp has a very low percentage of THC, the psychoactive counterpart to CBD. Cannabidiol has no psychoactive properties, though it provides a level of medicinal properties seen from a variety of studies.

CBD products that are sourced, grown, cultivated, and packaged in the USA are required to have less than 0.3% THC. For any high-grade drug test, this amount of THC in your system will not be detected. Likewise, this amount isn’t enough to get anyone high.

In short, CBD oil is an effective way to get the medicinal properties that cannabis plants have without the risk of popping hot on a drug test or feeling the negative side effects that can come with THC; a win-win situation for many states where marijuana is still not legalized.

According to DISA Global Solutions, however, an unusually high amount of CBD being used can still result in a positive drug test, depending on the screening process. This large amount would have to be 1,000 to 2,000mg of the product.

How does CBD reduce pain?

Hemp oil is used for pain relief and a variety of other symptoms thanks to our endocannabinoid system, according to Mark Wallace, MD, at a Q&A with UC San Diego Health’s experts on cannabis. The human body has CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, body, and along the skin. We also naturally produce our own cannabinoids.

Research shows that this endocannabinoid system might play a part in a series of important bodily functions. In fact, the cannabinoids we naturally produce for our CB receptors to respond to might play a role in the very homeostasis of the human body – which means sometimes, our bodies may not be producing the right number of cannabinoids for the job at hand.

Our endocannabinoid system is why we respond to CBD and other outside sources for cannabidiols so well. CBD fills our CB receptors which can block receptors for pain and discomfort. It can also improve your mood, reduce inflammation, and promote homeostasis in the body.

What kind of pain does CBD help?

This is one of the bigger questions: CBD can help with some pain, but can it help with my pain?

And the short answer is, we just don’t have a very good short answer for that question! Instead, we can provide you with the various studies done on a wide range of different types of pain.

Ahead of that, though, it’s important to remember that CBD oil isn’t a one-size-fits-all sort of remedy. On the contrary, the strength that works best for you may be entirely too weak for someone else, or vice versa. Don’t give up on trying CBD if at first you don’t feel relief; you may just need to switch it up.

According to Andrew Weil, MD, CBD oil can be used for a range of health problems. On the realm of pain, CBD oil is effective for joint pain and menstrual pain. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which can play a major role in being effective in other types of pain.

How long does it take for hemp oil to work on pain?

This answer depends greatly on the quality of hemp oil you took and the type of pain you have. As Sarah Brewer, MD, explains, CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain perception in the brain and improve pain and stiffness in the joints.

This means that CBD has a powerful combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects that can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour. It depends on the desired outcome, dosage strength, the type of product you used, and how you consumed it.

Liquid drops and oral sprays of CBD, for example, can be held in the mouth to boost absorption. When you dose sublingually, under the tongue, you work the CBD directly into the bloodstream much faster. You may notice the effects of the CBD in just a few minutes using this method.

Full-spectrum or isolates: what gives?

We threw around the phrase “full-spectrum or CBD isolate products” earlier, so we wanted to clarify – because as it happens, there’s a big difference in the two.

While hemp plants contain both CBD and some small, negligible percentage of THC, they also contain over 100 other cannabinoids. Depending on how the CBD gets extracted from the hemp plant into CBD oil, these cannabinoids can enhance the effects of the product.

A full-spectrum product means the CBD is purified and tested for THC, but the other cannabinoids are left to their own devices in the product as well. For many, this is the preferred type of product. For full-spectrum CBD oil, this means you’ll be getting a more robust, full-flavored product that potentially has greater medicinal properties than the isolate.

The isolate alternatives, on the other hand, are products that have extracted CBD down to the compound. You’re getting a product that has been purified through more rigorous standards, but this also means that the cannabidiol has been stripped of the other cannabinoids that add to its medicinal properties.

I spy an effective CBD product: here’s how you can too

Now that you know the ins and outs of full-spectrum versus CBD isolate products, it’s time to decide on the dosage strength. While you absolutely want to start out small and work your way up, you don’t want to get a product that will be altogether ineffective because of how low its strength is.

Likewise, stay on the lookout for synthetic CBD products. You always want to stick with pure, 100% natural CBD. You want to consume something from the whole hemp plant, not something synthetically designed in a lab.

You don’t have to guess in the dark, either – you can see a reputable CBD brand from a dud based on a few variables. Their website should have CBD/THC batch testing and their lab results should be readily available; in plain sight on their site.

Furthermore, the better their online presence, the more likely they’re a trustworthy brand you can find an effective product with.

As far as choosing the dosage strength goes, 2.5 to 20mg of CBD, taken orally, is recommended for some patients with chronic pain. Everyone is different, so start small and work your way up.

This is also a great time to mention that many CBD products have the milligram amount of hemp oil displayed prominently. If you look at the ingredient list, however, you’ll see the real milligram number for how much pure CBD is in the product.

While the other cannabinoids do play a role in the medicinal properties of the product, you should focus on the amount of pure CBD in the product to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth.

Types of hemp products

While we’ve mostly been discussing CBD oil, there are a slew of hemp products available to the public ever since the 2018 Farm Bill enabled access nationwide. As we come to a close in our definitive guide to hemp and CBD oil, we want to open your eyes to other CBD products you may not be aware of, and how to use them.

CBD oil doesn’t have to just be taken orally, for example. On the contrary, there are salves, body oils, and other topical treatments that you can apply directly to an affected area. This is particularly useful for those that experience inflammation; many with arthritis and other joint pains rave anecdotal success when using the products for their ailment.

Likewise, CBD oil can be vaped. The effects, like smoking, are almost immediate. While tinctures and other oils you dose on your tongue take only a few minutes to kick in, vaping can provide an almost-immediate and similarly intense effect.

Some want to avoid oil altogether, which is where CBD edibles and infused drinks have started to shine. In fact, CBD oil can be used in dishes and recipes to disguise the flavor and taste. For those that want to avoid the taste of cannabis but still want to experience its pure benefits, edibles is a viable option to take.

Finally, regular flower is legal now even in some states where medical or recreational marijuana is not yet legal. In states like Texas, for example, you can smoke THC-free CBD cannabis that’s available in various smoke shops and even a few dispensaries. Not only does this open the door for further legalization, but it also opens the options at your disposal to consume hemp.


Remember, CBD isn’t a cure-all medicine that can fix your chronic pain issues or make you better. More research needs to be performed on bigger groups of human participants for us to have guaranteed answers on the all-natural alternative that is sweeping the nation.

However, you are now strapped with the knowledge you need to combat the duds on the market attempting to sell ineffective CBD products.

With the right CBD oil or other hemp product, you can find an aid to complement your current pain regimen, add to your daily routine, or altogether replace the current painkillers you find yourself using. Everyone is different, and we now know how to weed out the strengths that won’t help.

We’ve discussed the difference between full-spectrum and CBD isolate products, the differences between marijuana and hemp plants, the kind of pain CBD helps, and much more. Cannabidiol is an effective substance for some in reducing pain, and the amount of time it takes before you can expect results vary from person to person and product to product.

We hope with this information, you feel prepared to get the proper and effective CBD oil for your specific needs. Whether you need it for some type of pain management, intense pain relief, or another symptom altogether, you are equipped with the knowledge to find the best product for the job.

If you want to know more about how to use CBD oil for pain management, peek over at this informative video on how to dose sublingually and how it plays a role as a non-addictive pain relief alternative:



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Definitive Guide to CBD Hemp Oil

Recreational use of cannabis is becoming legalized more often, CBD oils have skyrockets in popularity, and the many-uses of hemp are coming to light. Despite all the evidence-based benefits, cannabis has a storied history. We think it’s about time to clear that up.


Therefore, we’re here to shine a light on exactly what the cannabis plant is, which parts are used for recreational marijuana, how CBD and hemp oils are made, and other questions involved in a beginner’s guide to CBD oil.


What made marijuana an illicit drug in the first place? What’s the difference between weed and cannabinoids? Are hemp and marijuana the same thing? If so, how can clothing, jewelry, proteins, oils, and more be made from hemp where marijuana remains illegal? And finally – how can CBD and hemp oils benefit you?


Let’s start from the top.


What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?


Marijuana and hemp are made from the same species of plant, yet they’re not the same thing. Both are derived from cannabis sativa, a strain of the marijuana plant. You may have heard of sativa’s cousin – indica – or hybrid versions being smoked. All of those strains that contain THC, the compound that causes the “high” from smoking weed, are considered marijuana.


Hemp, on the other hand, is a strain of cannabis sativa that MUST contain less than 0.3% of THC. The two are basically the equivalent of alcoholic beer and non-alcoholic beer. While breweries control the alcoholic content in their fermentation, marijuana growers can breed hemp through genetic processes that remove THC from cannabis sativa. Hemp, therefore, is grown as a plant just like any other in agriculture, and has many uses in today’s society.


Now, where does hemp oil come from in all of this?


A Hemp Oil Guide


Hemp oil comes from the stalk of the hemp (non-THC cannabis sativa) plant. Hemp seed oil, instead, comes from the seeds. While it’s clear how hemp fibers can make useful items, you may be wondering why anyone would need the oil if there’s no THC.


That’s where the other benefits come in.


Take Hemp Oil for its CBD concentration


Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of many cannabinoids found in the plant, including THC. Rather than produce a high, CBD interacts with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to yield its health benefits.


Much like other internal processes, our bodies contain regulatory endocannabinoid compounds to control pain management, cognition, sleep, appetite, mood, and more. Science is just scratching the surface on these benefits due to the prior taboo placed on cannabis. CBD provides similar compounds to signal these receptors to promote sleep, anxiety-management, inflammation and immune function.



What is the difference between CBD oil and hemp oil?


CBD oil can be derived from marijuana or hemp, as long as it contains a significant amount of cannabidiol.


When taken from the stalks of the hemp plant, extracted oils containing CBD are known as hemp oil. To make matters more confusing, hemp seed oil exists, which is the equivalent of grape seed or olive oil. Hemp seed oil can be used in cooking, lotions, and more, but it barely contains any CBD.


In short – if you’re looking for a CBD oil that doesn’t get you high, can be legally produced in place with strict marijuana laws, and doesn’t go in a salad, hemp oil is the way to go.



What does hemp oil do for you?


Researchers’ interest in CBD oil has spiked recently with rumors of its mood, neurological, and recovery effects. How valid are those claims?


CBD oil can quell your anxiety


CBD from hemp acts on the CB1 receptors in your brain that control neurotransmitter release. When we’re overly anxious, those neurotransmitters go crazy to prepare us for whatever imaginary (or real) dangers may lie ahead.


Yet when that danger is just a public speaking opportunity, CBD can calm that reaction and decrease anxiety. According to a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, researched induced anxiety by asking participants to give a speech in front of their peers. When compared to traditional medical intervention (benzos), CBD calmed anxiety just as much.



Hemp oil counteracts Epilepsy – just ask Charlotte


The potential for cannabinoids to alleviate symptoms of epilepsy caught fire when a young girl named Charlotte took the news by storm. Her treatment with medical marijuana, a high CBD strain of sativa now known as “Charlotte’s Web”, severely reduced epileptic seizures.


As it was covered in a CNN documentary, the news blew up. Now, growers of “Charlotte’s Web” are ensuring it contains less than 0.3% THC, making it classifiable as hemp.


Since then, the epilepsy community has been met with mixed research on the efficacy of CBD. Most well-conducted studies, such as a review in Epilepsia, yield overall positive results. Another multicenter study in Seizure by Tzadok, et al. showed reduced seizure frequency in almost 90% of patients. Yet almost all research highlights the limited clinical trial data and need for further review.


Certain hemp oils manage pain


According to a study from Kaiser Permanente by Drs. Shannon and Opila-Lehman, Hemp-derived CBD stimulates specific pain receptors in humans, which control inflammation, perception of pain, and temperature. They go on to tout the anti-anxiety benefits of this anti-inflammatory response, which can relax some of the very real physical symptoms.


For those in chronic pain, CBD could alleviate the underlying inflammatory causes. In the European Journal of Pharmacology, a study gave daily oral treatment of cannabidiol to rats after injury, significantly reducing neuropathic pain perception. Overall, if you’re in pain, it’s likely CBD can moderate the immediate intensity to put you at ease.


Elite athletes use CBD oil for exercise recovery


As a physical and mental stressor, exercise induces inflammation. Recovery modalities such as cold water immersion, compression, and active recovery have proven effective to increase subsequent performance. But now, athletes are starting to cue in to the anti-inflammatory benefits of hemp-derived CBD.


Not only does CBD protect neuronal inflammation, as discussed above, but it lowers other post-stress toxicity in rats. Hampson et al. discuss how CBD protects against dangerous excitatory glutamate toxicity as a potential antioxidant. According to the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, CBD produced an antiarthritic effect and reduced other inflammatory markers after neuromuscular stress.


It’s no wonder athletes such as Nate Diaz are starting to believe in CBD for recovery from training.


Potential implications in Alzheimer’s treatment


As Alzheimer’s is associated with oxidative stress, and we’ve discussed how CBD is an antioxidant, researchers are highly interested in the therapeutic potential against the disease.


Esposito et al. specifically studied the neuroprotective effects of CBD, highlighting its potential benefits in Alzheimer’s prevention. Unfortunately, the nuance of medical CBD use combined with the long-term degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s Disease make it difficult to state conclusively its efficacy, but there is promise.



Is hemp oil as good as CBD oil?


Given that hemp oil contains CBD, it shouldn’t be a question of equality. Rather, because marijuana-derived CBD does contain other cannabinoids like THC, it’s possible you’ll get stronger benefits.


But you’ll also get high, and potentially arrested, depending on where you live. So that’s maybe not a chance you want to take.



Ways to take hemp oil


Great! You’ve decided you’re getting on this CBD train. What’s the next step, and how do you take hemp oil?


Vape Pens


This is by-far my favorite method of consuming CBD because a) it’s fun b) there are so many flavors and c) it’s the fastest acting.


Most hemp-oil cartridges will be sold separately from the rechargeable battery. That way, you can refill with different flavors and terpenes at your leisure. Five clicks to turn it on/off, three clicks to change the heat, and one long hold and draw to inhale.


Orally-ingesting CBD oil


The purest form of CBD from hemp to get a pure concentrate is through CO2 extraction. You can take these orally through capsules, much like a multivitamin, or put it in drinks, bake with it, etc.


Hemp Seed oil


Again, hemp seed oil contains less CBD, but has an added benefit of Great omega-3 fats. Think of hemp seed oil as your new olive oil dressing, with a slightly different flavor. For those more concerned with health benefits of fats with a CBD twist, this might be the way to go.


CBD Tinctures


Tinctures are typically the stronger cousin to hemp oils, containing a higher concentration of cannabidiol and other reactive qualities, such as terpenes. They’re kind of like comparing liquor to wine – still alcohol, just one’s way more potent. The best way to take tinctures is a few droplets below the tongue.


Hemp Oil Creams


Creams are best for relieving localized, muscular pain. The relaxing effects of CBD transfer directly onto the skin through a lotion to provide relief to a specific area. If you’ve got low back pain or an old injury, try hemp oil creams.


Hemp Protein powder


After hemp oil is extracted from the seeds, the remaining fibrous plant is ground up for hemp meal or protein powders. While the hemp oil has been removed, thus taking away the majority of CBD content, there are still lots of health benefits to hemp protein powder.


It’s one of the highest content vegetable-based protein powders, filled with antioxidants and immune-boosting proteins. However, when looking for a CBD product specifically, hemp protein powders aren’t going to cut it.


What are the side effects of hemp oil?

  • Being cooler than your friends*
  • A more chilled-out outlook on life*
  • Incessant, incorrect insistence that it’s bad for you from your aunt*


*not scientifically proven


In all seriousness, hemp oil can come with mild side effects. Although you can’t really overdose on CBD, any medical concerns should be discussed with a doctor beforehand. Some common side effects include:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blood-coagulation concerns in those with blood clotting disorders
  • THC response in those with high-THC sensitivity (although it’s less than 0.3%, there’s still some THC hanging out in there)





So, what have we learned from this? Hemp and marijuana are different breeds of the same species, and hemp-derived CBD barely contains any THC. Most countries are cool with hemp production and therefore hemp oils, and people are starting to take notice.


For example, check out this YouTube video offering a quick, highly-informative overview on why hemp-derived CBD oils could be for you. If you somehow missed all the information above, this guy covers it all.


Along other healthy practices like good diet and exercise, regularly taking hemp oil can improve quality of life. While yes, there are side effects (as with anything), those are few and far between. If you have anxiety, work out a lot, are concerned with brain health, suffer from epilepsy, or want to manage pain, CBD oils are your new go-to. In my experience, that covers pretty much everyone.


If you’re still on the fence, that’s okay. You don’t have to go all-in with hemp oils right now. Do your research, start small, and see how you feel. It’s definitely not any worse for you than having a few pints or a kabob, so why not try it out? You might just find that you like it.