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Is Handmade/Natural Soap Better than Commercial Soap?

So, what’s up with all of this natural soap anyway? Soap’s just soap…., right? Wrong!

Soap has been around since about 2800 BC in Ancient Babylon; the ruins of Pompeii revealed an entire soap factory. Frontier women made all of their own soaps from rendered animal fats (gotta use every piece of the animal to survive in frontier life!). Affordably manufactured soap was widely available by the 1800s.

Today, handmade soap has been increasing in popularity as people start to look for ways to return back to basics in our fast-paced technology-focused world, are becoming more educated about the products they bring into their homes, and start to look for natural “cures” for common health issues.

But, what’s the big deal about handmade soap vs our modern-day commercial soap? Is natural soap better than commercial soap? Let’s take a look at what each one so you can decide for yourself.

What’s so bad about Commercial Soaps anyway?

Many commercial soaps aren’t Soap… they are synthetic detergents.

Detergents originated in 1916 Germany, and the commercial “soap” we know today came into existence during WWII.  Detergents are synthetic (often petroleum-based) cleansers that strip your skin of the natural oils that your body needs for healthy skin and can lead to skin disorders and rashes.

Commercial Soaps Contain More Than Just Soap.

Even if you do find a bar of real soap at the store, it might not be all that great for you. Many commercial soaps contain chemical-based colorants, dyes, fragrances, lathering agents, preservatives, and other “things” we can’t pronounce. These additives can wreak havoc on our sensitive skin and hair, and pollute our drinking water.

Some commercial “soaps”, toothpaste, and body washes even include triclosan, which can promote cancer (pretty scary stuff, and you can read more about it here if you want to get squeamish about some of the products we are sold).

Commercial Soap Lacks Glycerine.

With all of the work commercial soap manufacturers put into adding “things” to their product, you wouldn’t think they would spend time extracting from it… but they do. Glycerin is a naturally occurring byproduct of the saponification process (that’s the chemical reaction that we call soap making). Glycerine is a humectant—meaning it draws moisture from the air to your skin—leaving your skin soft and moisturized.

Commercial soap manufacturers typically remove the glycerin from their soap, and sell it separately, or use it in a second product—moisturizer. Yup, they take one good bar of soap, extract the moisturizer, and then sell it to us as a second product (both of which may contain harmful chemicals).

Yuck! Let’s take a look at the better alternative: handmade soap.

What is Handmade Soap?

Handmade soaps are natural products that are good for your skin.

Soap is a pretty basic chemical reaction: it’s a salt of a fatty acid. In order to make soap, fats and lye are combined in a process called saponification. You take some lye, some fat (animal or vegetable oils), heat it up, and BAM soap! OK, we simplified it, but you get the idea… soap is a natural process that comes from combining natural ingredients.

Handmade soap is made of vegetable oils (sometimes animal fats too) and butters that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that are essential to healthy skin. And, real handmade soap contains glycerine. You won’t find any soaper out there extracting all the goodies from their soap to upsell you the 2nd product. On the contrary, handmade soapers are working hard to find wonderful skin-loving ingredients to create more and more beneficial soaps for our lovely skin.

Wait, is Lye natural?

Some people are scared of soap made with lye, but if lye wasn’t used you couldn’t make soap (you would just have a puddle of oils). And, there’s no lye left over after the saponification process—it’s been turned into soap!

Lye is a liquid obtained by leaching ashes, and that’s it. Ma and Laura made it by running water over ashes from the fire pit, and many people still do today.

Sodium Chloride,salt In A Clay Bowl With Coal.
You can also purchase lye by its chemical names: sodium hydroxide (NaOH) used for making hard soap, or potassium hydroxide (KOH) which is used for making liquid soaps.

What Goes Into Handmade Soap?

The variety achieved from different oils, textures, shapes, sizes, smells, and more is one of the great things about handmade soaps—no two bars are ever the same as they are works of art in themselves. But beauty aside, handmade soap should be crafted with care.

The main reason why soap is better for you than commercial detergents is based on the ingredients. If you make a handmade bar of soap and then add chemicals to it, you’re no better off than the stuff you can buy at the grocery store. However, if you handcraft soap with all-natural ingredients (and skip the chemical color and fragrance part) you will have a wonderfully good for your skin bar of soap.

Each of the ingredients used in our soaps is chosen based on their effect on the final bar (moisturizing, exfoliant, odor removing, lathering, etc.).

Isn’t all handmade soap natural?

Unfortunately no. Not all handmade soap is created with high quality and natural ingredients.

Some people craft soap with chemical-based additives called “melt and pour”—mostly because they are not aware of what they are purchasing, are new to the soap making process, or just don’t know better.

Other soap makers will use a chemical-based additive to make their soaps look pretty or smell better. But, a well-crafted bar of soap doesn’t need either of those. Soap shouldn’t be neon color (or smell like grapes) if it’s truly natural. And yet, there’s a huge market for these chemical-based additives in the soaping world.

How do you know if the soap you are buying is all-natural handmade soap?

How to Choose the Right Bar of Handmade Soap

1: Check the ingredients

As with all products, read the labels. If it’s a real bar of soap, you will be able to understand and pronounce everything (now that you know what saponification and sodium hydroxide means!). The process should take about 20 seconds—there are only a few ingredients in a bar of real soap.

While you’re reading, make sure you are not allergic to anything in the soap like peanut oil, coconut, or some of the essential oils that can be present.

2: Ask about cure time

Cure time is the amount of time it takes for the bar to fully mature, and to be a long-lasting bar of soap. A good soaper will tell you that their cure times can vary based on the ingredients of the soap, but each bar will typically take between 4-8 weeks.

3: Beware of fragrances and colors

While pumpkin spice is all the rage, you might not want it in your soap (unless it’s created with real pumpkin and spices). If the bar is bright orange, watch out and ask the soaper how they got that orange color. If they can tell you about the herbal infusions, and gel stages they worked hard to achieve, then you found a great bar of soap.

Note: not all color additives are bad, just be sure you know what you are purchasing by doing a bit of research and talking with your soaper. We prefer to use natural ingredients like coffee, mint from our garden, other herbs, and techniques to color our soap. Others might use pigments that are “nature identical” meaning that they are manufactured in the lab to have the same molecular structure as their “natural” counterpart. This doesn’t mean that soapers who use fragrance oils and mica colorings are “bad” or bad soapers. Not at all, some of the most intricate and gorgeous bars of soap are made using synthetic fragrance and coloring. Just be aware of what you are purchasing.

4: Natural vs. Organic

While the USDA regulates and sets quality standards for the word “Organic”, there is no regulation for the word “Natural” that helps a consumer really know if the soap is real, or safe… or not. Basically, even though a bar of soap is marketed as natural, that doesn’t mean it’s natural or good for your skin. (see tip 1: and read those labels!)

The Wellest defines our Natural soaps as true cold processed soap that contain ONLY ingredients that can be derived from substances found in nature. For example, essential oil (pressed from herbs etc.) as opposed to fragrance oil (synthetic oils manufactured in a lab)and clay,spirulina etc for coloring as opposed to mica powder or titanium dioxide.

If we use any ingredients in our soaps that are not natural, we will make sure it is stated clearly on the product page.

5: Try out more than one bar of soap

Everyone has different skin types, different water conditions (hard vs. soft) and will have different experiences with different bars of soap. My sister has hard water and loves how my salted spa bar bubbles for her, but my water is softer and I prefer my bars unsalted.

6: Talk with your soapmaker

Some people will find that they prefer different soaps for different uses: hair, skin, face, feet, one for the bath, and a different one for the kitchen. Talk with your soapmaker and let them know what you want your bar of soap to do. They will be able to help you find the right bar for exfoliating your feet, and one to really clean off the garlic smell after cooking in the kitchen.

Want to talk to us about soap? Send us a message or use the live chat, and we’ll help you find the perfect bar (even if that means creating one just for you!)

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The Wellest’s Line of USDA Certified Organic CBD Products is Here!

When we set out to create a premium and trustworthy CBD brand, we knew that would mean staying up-to-date in an ever-evolving industry on extraction techniques, information and education, and of course, reformulations.

From the point of inception, beginning on our kitchen table, our product development strategy has been to continue to refine and innovate and offer our absolute best to our customers.

Since then, we’ve introduced over a dozen new products, and we’ve reformulated and refined our existing formulas numerous times, to not only ensure products that meet the highest of quality standards, but also to ensure that we only offer products that actually work. Even though we haven’t been certified organic up until this point, we still source organic ingredients wherever possible: this includes organic carrier oils, organic beeswax, and organic essential oils.

But we have some especially exciting news. As of October 1, all of our tinctures and jarred salves are USDA Certified Organic!

The Road to Organic Certification

USDA Organic Hemp

When The Wellest was founded in October of 2019, growing hemp was not federally legal. Its growth was only permissible as part of government-approved pilot and research programs. And while many hemp farmers followed organic farming practices, certifications on domestically grown hemp crops were impossible to come by. 

When the 2018 Farm Bill passed in December of 2019, legalizing hemp farming on a federal level, organic certifications on the agricultural side of hemp product production soon became accessible. Farmers began the long and arduous documentation and inspection processes.

Slowly, farms that had remained committed to organic practices for years leading up to the 2018 Farm Bill received the first hemp organic certifications by the USDA. 

USDA Organic Broad Spectrum CBD

From the beginning, we actively sourced organic hemp whenever we could, but sourcing organic broad spectrum CBD extract just wasn’t possible. Certified organic full spectrum products hit the markets slowly, but broad spectrum certified organic products were nowhere to be found. There’s a reason for this.

In order for a product to gain organic certification by the USDA, every single part of its production process must be certified organic—from farming to distillation to winterization. Various methods of CBD extraction gained organic certification, but one step specific to the broad spectrum process lagged behind: the THC removal process.

Up until recently, there simply wasn’t a CBD manufacturer who had mastered a certified organic method of THC extraction. So while sourcing full spectrum CBD became easy, sourcing broad spectrum at a large enough scale to meet our customers’ demands became near impossible—until recently.

Gaining USDA Certification for Tinctures and Salves

We’ve partnered with the industry’s leading minds to craft some of the first USDA Certified Organic Broad Spectrum Tinctures and Salves. There is only one difference between this new formula and our old formula: it now contains the recently certified broad spectrum CBD extract.

While our existing tincture and salve formulas contain organic carrier oils, organic beeswax, and organic essential oils, this final ingredient has earned us the long-sought-after green USDA badge.

Our Commitment to You

Though this formula change has created additional costs on our end, our tincture prices will remain the same.

Why? Because our mission is to create the best quality CBD products made with the finest ingredients at accessible prices. We believe our customers deserve the absolute best and are honored to be invited along on the wellness journeys of so many individuals. Therefore, keeping our prices the same was a no-brainer. 

Our commitment to consistently refining formula will also likely lead to additional The Wellest products gaining USDA organic certification in the near future. 

FAQs

I Thought Your Products Were Already Organic?

Since the start of Joy Organics, we have sourced pesticide-free hemp and worked closely with organic farmers when selecting natural ingredients to add to our products.

Until recently, we didn’t have a supplier of USDA-certified broad spectrum organic CBD that could meet the demand of our customers. However, we have been actively sourcing organic hemp and have now procured enough to be officially certified organic. 

All of our products have been tested and verified for purity by a third-party laboratory to ensure a lack of pesticides and microbial contaminants. Please refer to the lab results associated with your product for further information. 

Does This Mean There Could Be Contaminants In Old Products?

Ever since the first The Wellest product was created, all items have been third-party lab tested for purity. We have never sold a product that contains heavy metals, pesticides, or other potential contaminants. 

You can easily verify the lab reports for any product on its respective page or under the “Learn” header on our menu. Feel free to contact us seven days a week with any questions or concerns about our switch to organic products! 

Will These Products Taste the Same?

The main flavoring agents in our tinctures are carrier oils and essential oils. We are still sourcing the same organic ingredients that give our products their distinct and delicious flavors. 

Organic hemp has more naturally occurring terpenes. These aromatic chemicals can alter the flavor minimally. Therefore, our tinctures might have a slightly earthy undertone. You’ll taste the satisfaction of knowing that this product is exactly how nature intended it to be!

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What Makes The Wellest Products Different?

At The Wellest we have always strived to have the best product on the market. This comprises not just the quality of our final product but also in the growing, cultivating, harvesting, processing and manufacture of all our products as well. We want to ensure our consumers have a safe, reliable and guaranteed product that they will find nowhere else. Not all hemp extract products are the same and we can prove it.

Why Are We Different?

Here are just some of the prime examples of what makes The Wellest brand the best hemp extract on the market and why we have a Premium Grade product:

– Manufactured in cGMP facilities with USDA certifications
– USDA certified organic farms
– We use the flowers and the leaves
– Super critical CO2 extractions
– We remove the THC without solvents
– Proprietary purification process
– We include other cannabinoids
– Ingredient Selection
– Efficacious amounts of CBD

USDA certified organic farms

cGMP Facilities

We take great pride in bringing you the best products on the market. One of the steps in that is ensuring that all our facilities form our farms to our manufacturing facilities are cGMP compliant. What does that mean?

cGMP is the acronym given by the FDA for facilities that comply with their Current Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines. This ensures that not only the final product but all the steps in between meet strict guidelines for identity, strength, quality, and purity of our products. You can read more about it on the FDAs website.

USDA Certified Organic Farms

All our farms and facilities are registered USDA certified organic. These are some of the highest ratings in the industry and we take great pride in maintaining that certification. This ensures that none of our products will become contaminated or will come in contact with any prohibited substances.

Flowers and Leaves

Research has concluded that there are no cannabinoids found in the stems, seeds or stalk of hemp plants. All of the vital cannabinoids and terpenes produced come from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. We do not use or process any of the non-beneficial parts of the cannabis plant in our products. Some companies will use these parts as filler. At The Wellest we do not. This is why we can label ourselves a Premium Grade product.

CO2 Extraction and Solvent Free

CO2 extraction is the premier process for extracting the cannabinoids from the hemp plant. It is widely used throughout the industry. With our USDA Organic and cGMP certifications, we can take this process to the next level to assure you are receiving the best product available. The best benefit of the CO2 extraction is that the cannabinoids can safely be removed without using any solvents which would negate the USDA certification.

Inclusion of Other Cannabinoids

Many manufacturers use other extraction methods to not only extract the CBD from the hemp plant but also to remove the THC as well. During this process, many other minor cannabinoids are removed as well. Recent research has found that these minor cannabinoids are not only beneficial on their own but also assist in the Entourage Effect. The Wellest ensures that all beneficial minor and major cannabinoids stay intact in our final products including CBC, CBN and CBG. We have a minor cannabinoid profile approaching 5% which is unique in this industry and sets the bar far above the competition.

Ingredient Selection

We are extremely proud of our selection of ingredients. These ingredients were hand-picked to make our products stand out above the rest. When we decided on our final products we wanted to make sure that we were bringing not only the best but the safest products to our consumers. We developed a product that we use ourselves daily. All our ingredients are listed on the whole foods list and we are looking at all the ingredients in our products to ensure that they stay sourced with the proper suppliers. If a product can be sourced organic, it will be. The only products we do not source organically are ones that just simply cannot be at this time.

Efficacious Amounts of CBD

You may have heard the term “From A to Zinc”. What this means is a product has trace amounts of everything in it. While this sounds great it is not always beneficial for what you need in a product. For a product to do its job, you need to get enough of the product in your system or on your body to produce results. The Wellest ensures that all our products have the strength and potency needed to produce the results you are looking for.

Take for example our salve. Our 1oz salve contains 500mg of CBD per container. You can go look at other nationally recognized salves and they contain as little as 25-50mg of CBD per 1oz. This is not enough to produce results.

This, however, works in reverse as well. While you can not “take to much” CBD, there is a limit to which your body needs to see results. Once you go beyond that, the price point becomes prohibitive and you are simply wasting your money on the excess CBD in a product. Sure, some people need extra amounts of CBD in a product to see results. Everyone is different and your mileage may vary.

The Wellest has taken the guesswork out of how much CBD to take for you. All our topicals have set amounts of CBD in them which have been tested to show results in most people who use our products. We offer a wide range of strengths for internal products however, as no two people are alike here. If you have any questions at all about which products to choose or which strengths, do not hesitate to get ahold of us.

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What are Terpenes?

While we don’t tend to give it much thought, cannabis is actually an extremely complex plant. Did you know, for example, that cannabis contains over 400 various chemical compounds?

It’s true!  

By far the most familiar compounds found in cannabis are cannabinoids, the most famous being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabinoids are what offer many of the effects cannabis is associated with. 

Another important cannabis compound you’ve likely heard of? 

Terpenes.  

So far, over 100 various terpenes have been identified in cannabis. What are terpenes though, and what role do they play?  

If you’re at all familiar with cannabis’ distinct aroma, you’re already familiar with terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in cannabis that give different strains their uniquely distinctive smell and flavor profiles.

As it turns out, terpenes are believed to play an integral role in the health-promoting profile of cannabis as well. Terpenes in cannabis that are also found in other plant species have shown to be beneficial for wellbeing, and increased cannabis research in recent years suggests that terpenes could be responsible for lending to the suggested health benefits cannabis contains. 

Here we’ll take a deeper look at terpenes to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the complex chemical makeup of the cannabis plant and the varied effects it contains. 

What Are Terpenes?

At the most basic level, terpenes can be thought of as the aromatic and flavor molecules cannabis contains. Terpenes are commonly considered the essential oils of the cannabis plant. 

If you’ve ever smelled cannabis, you know that not all strains smell the same. Some smell super fruity, others are more citrusy and some smell downright earthy and musky. The different odors of different cannabis strains are a result of their own individual and unique terpene profile. 

Strains that smell citrusy, for example, typically contain higher concentrations of a terpene known as limonene, which happens to be naturally abundant in lemons. Pungent, earthy smelling cannabis strains are usually abundant in a terpene known as beta-caryophyllene, which is also found in black pepper and emits a somewhat spicy and earthy aroma and flavor profile. 

While terpenes are known to lend to the aromatic and flavor profiles of various cannabis strains, it’s also been suggested that they may play a significant role in distinguishing the various effects of cannabis. Like much of the research on cannabis, however, more studies are needed to fully understand how terpenes may contribute to the varied effects that different cannabis strains provide. 

How exactly might various terpenes lend to the beneficial effects of cannabis? Take limonene and terpinolene, for example, which are said to have an energizing, uplifting effect. Cannabis strains that contain higher levels of these terpenes could affect the way a certain strain makes you feel. 

There are also terpenes that are known to lend to a more calming effect. A terpene that’s suggested to contain more of a sense of calm and relaxation is myrcene. Myrcene is also found in hops, which are known to be a powerful sedative. 

There’s more to terpene profiles than a particular terpene being found in a particular strain. According to Amber Wise, scientific director at a Washington State cannabis testing lab, there are several variables that will affect the terpene profile of plants, including whether a plant has been grown indoors or outside. “You can end up with different terpene profiles at the end because temperature, growing medium, nutrients, sunlight, all kinds of things affect the terpene profile of plants,” says Wise. 

Where exactly are terpenes produced in cannabis? 

Great question, we’re glad you asked. 

The Intimate Connection of Terpenes and Trichomes

Terpenes, made up of carbon and hydrogen, are produced in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. Trichomes are the mushroom-like crystals that cover the leaves and flowers of mature cannabis plants that give them a crystal, frosty appearance. 

Trichomes resemble tiny little hairs and function as a defense from predators and other environmental hazards. They’re also where the cannabis magic happens. Within the tiny trichome resin glands are where cannabinoids are produced. Trichomes are also the production house for terpenes. 

It’s because of terpenes that trichomes help to act as a defense mechanism to insects and animals. The tastes and smells terpenes emit can work to repel animals and insects that might otherwise be detrimental to a plant’s growth and survival. 

5 of the Most Common Cannabis Terpenes

While we mentioned that over 100 terpenes have been identified in cannabis, there are a few that are found more abundantly than others. These are the well-known terpenes that are found not only in cannabis, but several other plant species as well.

Because terpenes may play a role in the effects certain cannabis strains offer, they have become something of significant interest in CBD, as well as medical and recreational cannabis. When consumers have a better understanding of terpenes, it could be easier to determine what effects a given cannabis strain might have simply by knowing its terpene profile.  

Here we’ll cover the most common terpenes found in cannabis (and other plants) to gain a deeper understanding of the power these tiny little compounds truly contain. 

Limonene

Limonene is one of the most common terpenes that exists, and as its name suggests contains a distinct citrusy aroma. Limonene isn’t just found in cannabis, it’s a huge part of the chemical makeup of citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. The terpene limonene is often added to cleaning supplies to create an invigorating and inviting aroma. 

Limonene contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that acts as a potent insecticide on cannabis plants. It is known to help the body better absorb other terpenes. Limonene is widely revered for its ability to uplift the mood and relieve stress. 

Myrcene

Myrcene is the most abundant terpene found in cannabis and contains an earthy, musky aroma. Aside from cannabis, myrcene is also found in mangoes, lemongrass, thyme and hops and is well-known for its analgesic and antibiotic properties. It’s suggested that the potential effects contained in myrcene are relaxation and sedative-like qualities.

Pinene

Pinene is another common terpene with an aroma to match its name. Pinene is found abundantly in conifer trees, citrus peels and turpentine, and actually comes in two different forms:

Alpha Pinene: The most common terpene found in nature that smells like pine trees. 
Beta Pinene: Contains the aroma of dill, basil, parsley or rosemary. 

Pinene has been used for centuries as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is also known to be a powerful bronchodilator, helping to improve airflow to the lungs. It’s said that pinene may help increase alertness and could counteract some of the memory loss associated with THC. 

Caryophyllene 

Caryophyllene is a terpene with a woody, spicy aroma that is also found in black pepper, cinnamon and cloves. It’s a bit different from other terpenes, in that it is the only known terpene that also acts like a cannabinoid by activating the endocannabinoid system. 

It’s suggested that caryophyllene can be beneficial for stress support. It is also known to contain anti-inflammatory properties and may help alleviate anxiety and depression. 

Linalool

Aside from being a fun word to say, linalool is a terpene present in cannabis that is also abundant in lavender plants. It contains a lovely, floral scent. The mood enhancing properties of linalool are widely documented, and it’s been widely used for centuries to alleviate stress and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Linalool may also provide a sedative-like effect. 

Terpenes And The Entourage Effect

The entourage effect is a term used widely in the cannabis world, and we’re sure you’ve heard it mentioned before. The entourage effect is the term used to describe the way cannabinoids and terpenes work in harmony together to create the most beneficial effects. 
The premise behind the entourage effect is that by using the whole cannabis plant instead of an isolated aspect of the plant the benefits of cannabinoids are enhanced. If you’ve ever heard the term “whole plant medicine,” it means that the whole plant is used rather than isolated individual compounds. The potential effects of CBD, for example, are believed to be enhanced by the presence of terpenes and other cannabis compounds. 

The complexity of cannabis is fascinating and something scientists are just beginning to understand. It seems, however, that the way the plant was designed by nature makes for an extremely beneficial combination of various chemical profiles that work synergistically together to offer its various effects. 

Because the entourage effect wouldn’t be possible without terpenes, combined with the role they are believed to play in the wellness benefits of CBD and other cannabis extracts, extremely special care is typically taken during the extraction process to ensure terpenes are preserved.

While we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the way terpenes interact with other cannabis compounds, they’ve become one of the biggest buzzwords in the industry. Forbes recently referred to terpenes as having “mass market appeal,” with different terpenes now mixed into everything from products trying to imitate the natural terpene flavors found in cannabis to upscale cannabis cocktails at trendy bars. 

So, while there’s definitely much more to be learned about terpenes, research suggests they play an important role in the potential beneficial effects of cannabis. Will the continued widespread attention they’re receiving eventually make terpenes become just as popular as cannabinoids like CBD and THC? Considering the traction they’re gaining, they just might.

At The Wellest all our products contain 0% THC. However, we use complete Broad Spectrum CBD in everything we make. What that means for you is that you receive all the terpenes contained in the hemp we use to produce our CBD. Come take a look and try our products and see for yourself!!

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8 Tips to Improve Respiratory Health

They say prevention is the best medicine. There’s no better time than now to begin improving your respiratory health, whether you’re healthy or have underlying respiratory issues. Improving your respiratory health is one way to help keep any nasty viruses or bugs from becoming a more serious health concern. 

Following are some different ways that will help you improve your respiratory health so you can stay as healthy as possible. If you do happen to come down with the flu or common cold, having strong respiratory health may reduce the probability of developing severe symptoms. 

Check it out.   

1. Drink Plenty of Water

You’ve probably heard that 60% of the body is water, but did you know that our lungs are 90% water? Ensuring you stay hydrated assists in thinning the mucus that lines the lungs and airways. When you’re dehydrated, this mucus thickens up and becomes sticky which can make breathing more difficult. Avoid this mucus buildup and breathe easy by making sure to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. 

2. Stay Active and Engage in Regular Exercise

We all know that getting regular exercise is good for us. Staying active also happens to be excellent for respiratory health and can keep lungs healthy. For one, it helps to increase blood flow to your lungs, which in turn helps more oxygen reach the bloodstream. Engaging in aerobic exercise may also  help increase lung capacity, which can make breathing easier by increasing the amount of air you receive with each breath. 

3. Eat Foods That Support Healthy Lung Function

Eating healthy is a given for feeling good. What we eat has a direct correlation with overall health. The following foods are ones known to be great for respiratory health.

Dark, leafy greens: Dark leafy greens (think spinach and kale) are the way to go if you’re interested in improving your respiratory health through your diet. They’re rich in chlorophyll, which helps encourage blood flow to the lungs. They also contain antioxidants known as carotenoids, that help eliminate free radicals that could cause damage to the lungs. 

Cruciferous veggies: Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables are all good for improved respiratory health. Research shows that the consumption of raw cruciferous veggies is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer in smokers
One study also notes that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, might help protect against respiratory inflammation that can lead to asthma, COPD and more. 

Foods rich in vitamin C: It should come as no surprise that getting enough vitamin C in your diet can be excellent for supporting respiratory health. Research indicates that not only is vitamin C good at protecting against COPD in smokers and non-smokers, but high doses of vitamin C might protect against lung cancer as well. 
Foods rich in vitamin C to include in your daily diet might include citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes, as well as orange-hued fruits and veggies like carrots, papaya, pumpkin and orange or red bell peppers. 

Apples and tomatoes: According to a 2017 study, apples and tomatoes could be a way to repair lung damage caused by smoking. Researchers of the study also discovered that regularly eating tomatoes could help to slow down the “natural decline in lung function among all adults,” regardless of their smoking history. The study found that eating more than two tomatoes a day (or more than three portions of fresh fruit) had slower lung function decline than those who ate less than one tomato or fruit portion. 

According to the study’s lead author, Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, “This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking. It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural aging process even if you have never smoked. The findings support the need for dietary recommendations, especially for people at risk of developing respiratory diseases such as COPD.”

It’s also wise to avoid certain foods if you’re interested in improving your respiratory health. According to experts, any foods that cause inflammation can be risky to the respiratory system. Steer clear of fried, processed foods, trans fats and unhealthy oils. If you’re lactose intolerant, avoid cheeses and heavy creams as they can increase inflammation and mucous in the airways.

4. Consider Beneficial Herbs 

There are several beneficial herbs known to support respiratory health. Following are a few of our favs: 

Peppermint: The main compound in peppermint is menthol, which acts as both an expectorant and a decongestant. Thanks to its antihistamine properties, peppermint is an excellent choice for supporting respiratory health because of its ability to reduce inflammation and keep airways open. 

Astragalus: Astragalus has a long history in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered a leader among herbs for the many benefits it is known to contain. When it comes to respiratory health, astragalus has shown to decrease hypersensitivity in the airways, decrease mucus production and reduce inflammation. Astragalus is commonly taken during cold and flu season to fight off any respiratory disturbance and has shown to significantly help strengthen immunity

Mullein: Another herb used in traditional medicine that is famous for supporting lung and respiratory health is mullein. Whether used as a tea or taken in a tincture or capsules, mullein is known to be effective for a wide-range of respiratory problems. Primarily used for conditions like bronchitis, chest and sinus congestion, environmental allergies, asthma and emphysema, mullein can also be used as an expectorant to help loosen up and expel excess mucus. 

Osha Root: Native to the Rocky Mountains, Osha root has a special place in our hearts. As an integral part of Native American medicine for centuries, Osha root is known to help with the flu and other viral infections, colds, coughs and fevers. Why? It happens to have an uncanny ability to increase blood flow to the lungs and help ease congestion by loosening and expelling mucus. 

5. Sip on Some Green Tea

Incorporating green tea into your daily diet is something that could help significantly when it comes to improving and maintaining healthy respiratory function. Widely considered a superfood, green tea contains several antioxidants and is believed to have a host of health benefits. 

There are components contained in green tea known as catechins, which contain antimicrobial properties. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and epigallocatechin (ECG) are the catechins with the highest amount found in green tea, with research showing they both hold a number of antimicrobial properties. A 2018 study found that the consumption of green tea distributes these beneficial compounds throughout the body, which could possibly help prevent and treat infections.   

A 2017 Korean study found that consuming green tea at least twice a day is linked to reduced chances of obstructive lung disease in middle-aged and older adults. Researchers noted that “the frequent consumption of green tea has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and to reduce the risk of lung cancer and type 2 diabetes.” 

6. Meditate Regularly or Do Deep Breathing Exercises

You’ve likely heard of all the benefits associated with meditation. Did you know meditating regularly can also improve respiratory health? True story. Research shows that meditation can significantly improve respiratory function.

Don’t have any desire to meditate? Deep breathing exercises can also help. 

Lung function begins to decline after the age of 35. To ensure respiratory health stays strong and breathing doesn’t become difficult, it’s important to learn how to breathe deeply and practice deep breathing exercises regularly. Deep breathing has shown to be extremely beneficial for respiratory function in both healthy adults, as well as those with respiratory problems. 

7. Stop Smoking and Stay Away From Secondhand Smoke

If you smoke, quitting now significantly reduces your chances of developing respiratory complications and lung disease. 

A 2004 study published in the European Respiratory Journalhighlights that smoking cessation improves respiratory symptoms and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (an increase in sensitivity to a variety of airway narrowing stimuli) and prevents rapid decline in lung function in all smokers, regardless if they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or not.  

Exposure to secondhand smoke should also be taken into consideration if you’re interested in improving respiratory health. According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke can trigger or make a wide-range of health problems worse, including respiratory infections, lung cancer and asthma. 

8. Avoid Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution

Research shows there is “mounting evidence” that suggests air pollution is a huge factor contributing to respiratory diseases and allergies including COPD, pneumonia and asthma. Interested in improving respiratory health? Do your best to limit yourself to environmental pollutants. 

While you’re at it, improving indoor quality could also help. The air we breathe is directly connected to our respiratory health, and ensuring indoor air is pure is one way to ensure our respiratory system is strong. Avoid chemical air fresheners, scented candles and artificially scented cleaners, as they contain volatile chemicals that could cause respiratory problems

House plants are a great way to naturally purify indoor air. Ferns, peace lilies, spider plants, aloe and bamboo are all known for their air purifying properties that can help you breathe new life into your home and your lungs.  

With the stress of the past couple weeks, it’s easy to let self-care fall by the wayside. Our hope is that as you adjust to self-isolation, we can provide you with the tools necessary to preserve and promote wellness.  

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The ECS and The Immune System

Creating and supporting a healthy immune system is fundamental to avoid getting sick. While catching a common cold or flu is inevitable, a strong immune system can make symptoms much more manageable and reduce the likelihood of a more serious infection.

These days, it’s more important than ever to maintain strong immunity and do what it takes to make the immune system as strong as possible.

Getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation and frequently washing your hands are all beneficial for strengthening the immune system.

Did you know that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important role in immune function?

It’s true! Ensuring your endocannabinoid system is strong and healthy could help ensure immunity is strong and healthy.

Here we’ll take a closer look at how the ECS supports immunity and how supporting the ECS might lead to a stronger immune response.

Understanding the Basics of Immunity

Before we get too deep into the endocannabinoid system and how it might help support immune function, it’s important to have a basic understanding of immunity itself.

To stay strong and healthy, it’s vital to keep toxins and pathogens as far away from making their way into the body as possible. This just so happens to be the job of the immune system.

One of the major roles of the immune system is to evaluate what’s “good” and what’s “bad” coming into the body. If something “bad” does happen make its way in, the immune system works to destroy whatever it is before it can do lasting damage.

When the immune system is healthy, it’s all systems go. Viruses and other nasty intruders are kept at bay or kicked to the curb before they can truly take a toll. On the other hand, a not-so-healthy immune system doesn’t have the defenses to keep these toxins out nor the strength to fight them off when they make their way in. This is why the flu and other illnesses can be so dangerous to individuals with a compromised immune system.

It’s suggested that one way to achieve a balanced state of healthy immunity and regulate immune function is through the endocannabinoid system.

What role does the endocannabinoid system play in immune health? Let’s take a deeper look.

Immune Function and the Endocannabinoid System

Referred to as one of the most important physiological system that exists, the endocannabinoid system is potentially responsible for a number of different functions including mood, memory, sleep, digestive function, metabolism, appetite, immune function and more.
At the most basic level, the ECS consists of the following:

° Two naturally-occurring endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG.
° Enzymes that synthesize and degrade endocannabinoids, such as fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase
° Two cannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2.

CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors are both responsible for regulating the release of various chemical messengers. While CB1 receptors are primarily found on neurons, CB2 receptors are primarily found on immune cells. The number of CB2 receptors found in immune cells, for example, is 10-100 times greater than in CB1 receptors.

While research shows that the main functions of the ECS are to support homeostasis, emotional response and mood, cognition and motor function, it’s also suggested that outside of these central functions the ECS is also an important modulator of immune function.

How Does the ECS Support Immune Function?

Research suggests that endocannabinoids can modulate the function of a variety of immune cells through the signaling of cannabinoid receptors.

Immune cells are shown to express both CB1 and CB2 receptors, secrete endocannabinoids and have functional transport and breakdown mechanisms. For example, anandamide synthesis is believed to play an important role in the response of the immune system to cannabinoids.

A 2009 study suggests that the effects of cannabinoids on various immune functions tend to be temporary, allowing one to overcome the inhibiting effects of infection when the immune system requires activation.
Researchers suggest that the downregulation of cannabinoid receptor expression when immune cells are activated supports this.

Although the function of cannabinoid receptors on the immune system isn’t completely understood, it’s assumed that endocannabinoid signaling in lymphoid tissues could help control immune cell activation.

What Are The Effects of Endocannabinoids on Immune Function?

Endocannabinoids are suggested to be important in maintaining the “fine-tuning” of immune balance and play a big role in immune functions.

How exactly does it all work?

For one, endocannabinoids modulate the growth and death of certain lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that are also one of the body’s main types of immune cells and work together to defend against things like viruses and bacteria.

They also modulate inflammatory cytokine production. Cytokines are signaling molecules that are secreted from immune cells and play an integral role in the natural immune response.

Interleukins are a type of cytokine responsible for inducing fever, particularly interleukin-1.
Mary Clifton is a New York City cannabis researcher and internal medicine doctor who suggests cannabinoids like CBD should be used regularly to maintain sound health and avoid the symptoms of colds and flu.

“Around cold and flu season,” Clifton says, “it should be a supplement. You are already in a space to not get sick once you’ve been exposed to the virus.”

She says this is because CBD can affect the number of interleukins the body creates. Considering that endocannabinoids have shown to modulate cytokine production, it makes sense.

The immunosuppressive action of endocannabinoids on immune cells is mainly thought to be mediated through CB2 receptors by inhibiting cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a well-known regulator of immune cell function. Research suggests that interrupting or enhancing cAMP effects has significant immunoregulatory potential in autoimmune disorders.

A 2003 study highlights that cannabinoids have shown to modulate several immune cell functions in both humans and animals, noting that the endocannabinoid system “might be exploited in future therapies for chronic diseases and immune deficiency.”

Can Supporting the Endocannabinoid System Support Immunity?

It’s clear that the endocannabinoid system plays a large role in immune function. Does this mean that supporting the endocannabinoid system can help support stronger immunity?

It might, but so far there isn’t enough research to say so. While the way the endocannabinoid system functions with the immune system isn’t completely understood, the ECS has shown to regulate cytokine production and inhibit immune system overactivity.

With what is known about the ECS and immunity, maintaining healthy ECS function certainly couldn’t hurt in the pursuit of a stronger immune system.

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Your Guide to Choosing the Best Way to Consume CBD

Are you interested in improving your health and wellness, having more energy, feeling better, or perhaps addressing the symptoms of some of the health and wellness conditions you have struggled with for too long? Maybe you’ve heard people talk about CBD supplements but you are still confused about what CBD  is, or how to take CBD. 

Don’t worry! We have included everything you need to know about CBD and how best to take it. Let’s also discuss how CBD can be incorporated into your daily health and wellness regime.

CBD—What is it?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol which is a compound derived from the Cannabis plant. 
THC, which stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol, is also derived from the cannabis plant and is most commonly found in the marijuana plant at high levels.  THC is the compound that is responsible for making someone “high” due to its psychoactive properties.

Let’s be clear though—CBD is NOT the same thing as THC. These are two separate compounds that come from the same cannabis plant.  Although Hemp and Marijuana both come from the cannabis plant, the THC levels found in each plant are the biggest difference. CBD generally comes from the Hemp variety of the Cannabis plant which has low levels of THC, while THC is found in high levels in the marijuana plant.  

CBD will not make you high because of the low levels of THC.  In fact, In order for CBD to be legally sold in the United States per the 2018 Farm Bill Act, it must contain less than .3% THC. The good news is that CBD made from Hemp contains many of the same therapeutic benefits of marijuana except for CBD has significantly lower levels of THC and therefore no negative psychoactive side effects.  In some cases, if you purchase a “Broad Spectrum CBD,” like the premium CBD from The Wellest it will contain ZERO THC. 


Why Take CBD and What Issues Does it Help?

CBD may be helpful in providing much-needed relief from any number of ailments that can keep us from functioning, and quite frankly, feeling our best.   

The seven most common reasons people take CBD include the following:
1. Promote Tranquility
2. Support a good night’s sleep
3. Support muscle and joint function
4. Promote healthy skin
5. Support a relaxed mood
6. Promote mobility
7. Support Focus

Now that we have looked at a few CBD benefits, let’s look at how to consume CBD.

Applications—The Best Way to Consume CBD

There are many ways to consume CBD, and it’s best to look at all your options to determine what may work best for you. When looking for CBD oil, you want to make sure you purchase pure hemp CBD oil from a reputable supplier who lab tests their CBD product for quality and efficacy.

  • Tinctures:  CBD Tinctures are an effective way to orally consume CBD oil. You simply take a dropper of CBD oil and release the drops directly into your mouth by placing them under your tongue and holding it there for 1-2 minutes before swallowing.
  • Topicals: This CBD application is applied directly to the skin through the use of creams, salves, lotions or gels. This is typically the application you want to choose for targeted relief for specific body parts.
  • Gummies: These delectables CBD treats target the body as a whole. CBD Gummies are great because they come in different flavors and sizes but work the same as other CBD edibles.  They are also a very easy way to dose CBD as CBD gummies generally come in 10mg individual gummies.
  • Vaping: Some people choose to vape CBD because it is the fastest way to consume CBD and experience the effects. Since it is directly inhaled into the lungs (like using an e-cig), it directly enters the bloodstream (which circulates throughout the entire body).  Although Vaping is considered one of the fastest CBD delivery methods, we do not recommend vaping in any capacity as vaping has other negative side effects.
  • Softgels: CBD Softgels are taken orally and swallowed whole with a glass of water. Since they are swallowed whole, it takes longer to feel the CBD effects when consuming a CBD softgel, it is also very important to find a CBD softgel with a high absorption rate.  Palm Organix™ CBD softgels have nano emulsion technology and are 100% absorbable.
  • Transdermal CBD Patches: These CBD patches are best for localized discomfort. You take these CBD band-aid-like patches and apply them directly to the skin area that you would like to soothe. The effects of patches can be felt for a longer period of time as they are designed with time release technology.
  • CBD Edibles: These edibles, just like CBD gummies, are infused with CBD and are used to snack on. Examples of CBD edibles include CBD chocolate, CBD nuts, CBD snack bars, and CBD protein bars.

How to Determine a High Quality CBD Product

There are many different options for taking CBD out there, and, so many companies or places offering all different CBD products and options. When you look to purchase CBD, you want to make sure you are looking for the key qualities that make for a high quality CBD product.

  • Taste: Since CBD comes from the Cannabis plant, CBD has an earthy taste. If you struggle with consuming this particular taste, you will want to look for something with added flavors like gummies, or a flavored tincture oil.
  • Pricing: You get what you pay for. While you don’t want to be scraping the bottom of your cash barrel to afford a particular brand of CBD, you need to keep in mind that in most cases the higher the price, the higher the quality is of the oil.
  • Efficiency: You need to bear in mind which CBD delivery methods work the fastest.  For example, vaping is faster than taking a pill. If you want faster effects, vaping or tinctures would be your best choice. 
  • Usability: As far as usability goes, you want to look at the easiest options. While vaping takes more time out of your day, a capsule, gummy, or transdermal patch is a much easier option than vaping. 
  • Lab Testing: All quality CBD products should come with certificates of Quality Assurance as well as third party lab testing reports. These lab reports should be easily accessible either on a website or through a QR code.

Dosage and Risks

While everyone reacts differently to varying amounts of CBD consumed, it’s always best, as a general rule, to start out with a low dosage and slowly increase the CBD intake to the point where you feel the beneficial effects.

Nonetheless, it is still recommended to consult with your physician before starting a CBD regimen and determining which dosage is right for you. 

What Form Will You Choose?

If you are still unsure of the best way to consume CBD, you should speak with your doctor, and also consult a reputable CBD company, such as The Wellest for additional recommendations.  For premium CBD products check out our store to find the right option best suited for your health and wellness needs. 

These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners.

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CBD has Taken the Golf World by Storm. 5 CBD Golf Benefits

People love playing Golf.  From coast to coast, Americans play golf in record numbers each year.  In recent years, it is estimated that 27 million people play golf in the USA annually. Golf is a sophisticated sport full of rules and tradition but that doesn’t mean golfers are not looking for a competitive edge.  From oversized drivers to the latest putters, golfers are always looking for ways to benefit their golf score and game. Since the passing of the Farm Bill Act of 2018, and the legalization of CBD at the Federal Level, golfers are flocking to CBD in record numbers looking for additional golf benefits.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that can be found in the Cannabis sativa plant, also known as the marijuana and hemp plants. However, unlike THC, an active chemical compound most commonly found in marijuana, CBD won’t give you that infamous “marijuana high.”

CBD has been all over the news headlines lately and for good reasons. The compound brings with it a plethora of benefits. CBD is now being marketed in a variety of forms and helping people all across the nation, including golfers. 

Are you a golfer, or know someone who is passionate about the game of golf and looking to improve their performance?  Perhaps you love golf but find yourself struggling from the aches and pains of playing 18 holes in an afternoon. Read below to learn 5 reasons about CBD golf benefits.


1.  CBD Supports Muscle and Joint Function

As golfers all know, playing 18 holes of golf, or for the die-hard golfers, 36 holes in a day can be physically demanding.  Swinging a club for hours all day really can take a toll on even the fittest of bodies. The average golfer walks 6 miles playing 18 holes  CBD is known to support muscle and joint function and may give you that little bit of relief to make your golf game more enjoyable and leave you the benefit of feeling less sore.  Many golfers will use a CBD softgel to support joint function or a CBD topical for targeted relief.  There are many CBD products on the market that can benefit a golfer’s round or weekend of golf.

2. CBD Supports Focus

Lets face it, golf is a game of skill and focus.  You have likely seen golfers in a tournament and noticed the entire gallery is quiet, signs saying “quiet please” being held up in the air as the golfer prepares to take his shot.  This is because golf requires focus and loud noises can be distracting. Golfers are using CBD all over the country to improve their focus and benefit their score. CBD for golf is being used by many as CBD products have many golf benefits.

3. CBD Supports Improved Mobility

Do you ever notice how smooth and fluid a good golfers swing is?  Of course, the swing has been perfected from years and years of practice but in order for a golfer to be able to repeat his swing thousands of times a year, their body needs to have good mobility.  CBD golf benefits come from how CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS system.) One of CBD golf benefits is improved mobility. So if you feel like you are stiff and your body is not at 100%, give CBD a try.  There are lots of CBD golf products to choose from so be sure to buy your CBD golf products from a reputable retailer who lab tests their products for maximum quality and benefits.

4. CBD is Known to Promote a Restful Night’s Sleep.

Let’s face it, you need to be rested to be able to play 18 holes of golf and walk 6 miles or longer in 4-5 hours.  Also, with golf being so popular, many golfers are forced to pick early tee times or risk not being able to play as golf courses become more and more crowded.  In order to get up at the crack of dawn and play a round of golf, many golfers are using CBD products to make sure they get a restful night’s sleep. One company that has added a twist to CBD for golf is The Wellest.  The Wellest offers 25mg CBD softgels, the supplement known to regulate the sleep-wake cycle.  If you need to get up early and play 18 holes of golf, a good night’s sleep from CBD will be a great benefit to your game.

5. CBD Supports a Relaxed Mood

Have you ever noticed how PGA golfers seem to be as cool as a cucumber?  With all the money the professional golfers are playing for in these major tournaments, generally speaking, they are calm, cool and collected.  If you can’t stay relaxed and you are a basket of nerves, how do you expect to sink that 4-foot putt? Now just imagine if you are a weekend golf warrior and your buddies are telling you that you will likely miss that short putt.  CBD is believed by many to provide a relaxed mood and a sense of calm. Golfers are flocking to the benefits of CBD products to keep themselves from becoming jittery. 

So next time, before you tee off with the fellas or ladies, try a CBD product.  Perhaps a gummy or two will help you break 80.  Plus, CBD softgels are discrete, and nobody will know why you are the coolest, relaxed golfer on the course.

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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The Benefits of CBD Skin Care for Happy, Healthy Skin!

CBD skincare is being touted as a revolution in treating everything from anti-aging to acne. It is understandable that some people are skeptical of these claims. So is this true, or is it just clever marketing?

Here are some of the facts about CBD skincare that you should be clued in on.

What Exactly is CBD Oil?

CBD or cannabidiol can come from either the marijuana or hemp variety of the cannabis Sativa plant —  Of the two strains of the Cannabis sativa plant, Hemp is the preferred choice for CBD as Hemp has significantly lower levels of THC.  THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is primarily responsible for the feeling of being “high,” which users experience when consuming marijuana.
CBD oil is generally mixed with a carrier oil that can be anything from coconut oil to olive oil or other types of oils. The two most common types of CBD are Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum.  Full Spectrum contains the entire plant including THC, however, in order for Full Spectrum to be legally sold in the United States per the Farm Bill Act of 2018, it must contain less than .3% THC.

Broad Spectrum, on the other hand, is the entire Hemp Plant EXCEPT the THC is completely removed.  For this reason, Broad Spectrum is considered to be the best CBD available by many as you get all the benefits of the Cannabis plant without any of the negative psychoactive side effects of THC.   Additionally, you also have the peace of mind of knowing you will never fail a drug test screening for Cannabis.

It is also important to know that there is a major distinction between hemp seed oil and CBD oil, even though they are very often marketed as one and the same.  CBD oil is highly concentrated in cannabidiol, terpenes, and flavonoids, whereas hemp seed oil is made from only the seeds of the hemp plant which has no CBD, and no cannabinoids whatsoever.  In fact, Hemp seed oil has been sold in grocery stores for decades.

If you want to be certain that the CBD skincare you purchase or are looking to purchase contains CBD, look for cannabidiol on the list of ingredients.
Additionally, CBD isolate is another form of CBD however CBD isolate is essentially CBD with nothing else added to it. Some people prefer this, mainly because they know that there won’t be any other effects from other cannabis compounds however it is important to note that you will not receive any of the other important cannabinoids, terpenes of flavonoids when taking a CBD isolate.

Some supporters of Full Spectrum CBD are believers in what is known as the “entourage effect.” This effect is a term describing how the other compounds within cannabis plant work better together than by themselves.  Although this may or may not be true, one of the clear negatives of Full Spectrum CBD is you will be consuming THC.

There have been studies that show CBD isolate is less effective for promoting and supporting wellness, than using the whole extract of the plant.

How Exactly Does CBD Work?

Our bodies are an amazing thing — we can actually make a chemical that resembles some of the ones found in cannabis.
Anandamide is known as the bliss molecule.

This chemical elevates the amount of Endocannabinoid in our bodies. Having high levels of Anandamide present in the body can produce anti-inflammatory effects. It also stimulates other receptors within the body. What exactly these receptors are responsible for is still yet to be discovered.
Much of the media today has gravitated towards how CBD is able to control epilepsy.  The only FDA approved CBD product is Epidiolex, which is used for epilepsy, in particular, to limit or minimize seizures for those suffering from Epilepsy.

If you decide to consume CBD in your body using a supplement or CBD edible, it will enter the body through the bloodstream, much like a pharmaceutical. This will allow the CBD to start interacting with the Endocannabinoid receptors within the body.  The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for creating homeostasis or balance in the body.

On the other hand, if you apply CBD on the skin topically in a targeted manner it is only able to affect the area where it has been applied. It is believed that CBD that is stored in the body can provide relief over a longer period of time.

CBD Skin Care Uses?

CBD oil can be used for a variety of functions. Its range of uses may help with both the wellness goals of the body, as well as supporting and promoting healthy skin. Some of the uses for the physical aspects are as follows.

Acne

The many studies of CBD oil show that it may be beneficial for anti-inflammatory purposes. So how does this work when caring for the skin?

CBD oil may have a calming effect on the skin, especially skin that is susceptible to acne. Acne stems from an inflammatory response, and research has shown that CBD may soothe this response, potentially lowering breakouts and redness.
CBD may also be able to lower the amount of oil production in the skin, which is another trigger for the appearance of acne. Studies, however, are still in their early stages, and more research is needed.
At the present time however CBD is not FDA approved to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or skin condition.

Anti-Aging and Wrinkles

Research is being done to test if CBD is also an antioxidant. This means is it able to lower the signs of skin aging. Although more research is needed, you are seeing CBD added to many different skincare lines.

Current antioxidants on the market may help to reduce the effects of damaged skin and excessive wrinkles. It should also be noted that CBD is most often a natural skincare ingredient when included in various products.

Sensitive Skin

As mentioned above, CBD oil and its properties seem to be soothing for the skin. Many are using CBD topicals to address different issues related to having sensitive skin.

It is important to note that all types of skin can be affected by stressors in the environment. The soothing attributes of CBD oil may be able to keep the skin looking and feeling calm.  Although at this time it is not FDA approved for any skin ailment.

The Legality of CBD?

CBD oil and other products created from CBD are federally legal per the Farm Bill Act of 2018.  However, at the State level, individual states are implementing their own laws and interpretations so it is important that you check with your local municipality to find out the laws in your particular state.

In spite of this, there is an increase in beauty products that are made using CBD being sold around the United States and the world. Currently, there is only one drug-using CBD that has been approved by the FDA.

Known as Epidiolex, this drug has been used to help children with rare epilepsy types. Therefore, CBD brands that seek to be compliant with the regulation surrounding CBD have to work hard to make sure their marketing stays within the confines of the law.

While the FDA ruminates on the rules they think are correct for adding cannabinoids to edibles, there is more flexibility for experimentation within CBD topicals and skincare.

Using CBD Skin Care

Used within the right parameters, CBD skincare may offer a host of benefits. Although there is more research to be done in order to find out exactly how it may help various conditions, the future for CBD skincare looks promising.

It is important to keep abreast of the regulations and ongoing research in the CBD field. This will provide visibility to the potential topical advantages of CBD oil.

Check out our range of fantastic CBD skincare and begin to reap the benefits yourself!


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Can You Cook with CBD Oil?

Can You Cook with CBD Oil?

About 86 percent of people in the U.S. have heard of CBD. However, less than 20 percent have tried it.

What is the key to trying CBD and sticking with it? Finding a consumption method that works for you. If you’ve never given CBD a try, or if you’ve tried it but don’t use it regularly, you might be interested in this question: Can you cook with CBD oil?

The short answer is — yes! Anyone vaguely familiar with the cannabis industry will know that you can infuse food and candy with THC. But if you don’t want the “edible” high, you can still reap the benefits of consuming cannabis by cooking with CBD oil.

How does it work, and what should you know to get the best results from infusing CBD oil into food? Let’s take a closer look so you can get cooking!

Can You Cook with CBD Oil — and Should You?

There are many things in life that you can do, but that doesn’t always mean you should. So, is it a good idea to cook with CBD oil?

Yes: not only is it possible to cook with CBD oil, but it can be fun.

CBD isn’t the compound in marijuana that gets you high, but it is the one that seems to be responsible for the plant’s health benefits. Research on CBD so far is limited, mostly because marijuana has been illegal for so long. Still, the studies that have been done so far show promising results. However, at this time CBD has not been FDA approved to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For example, CBD is known for its properties in supporting health and there is a loyal following of CBD users who use it in an attempt to help reduce physical issues. Additionally, many users also believe CBD appears to work well for helping their mood.

How to Add Flavor to CBD Oil

There are many different ways to take CBD oil, but ingesting it orally is one of the most popular.

Some people take CBD oils or tinctures by mouth. However, this method runs into one problem: the bitter taste of CBD oil if it is not blended with a carrier oil for improved flavor.

To avoid that bitter taste, some people prefer to use CBD edibles. Store bought edibles can be great, however, they offer limited options in terms of flavors, and can get expensive if you take them regularly.

To get more creative, and save some money, many people turn to working CBD oil into their food recipes. All you have to do is purchase the best CBD oil online, and you will easily have the  ingredients for CBD cooking at home.

However, CBD cooking isn’t as simple as just putting a splash of oil into whatever you’re already making. For good results, follow these tips — and don’t forget, practice makes perfect.

Start with a Low Dose

Even though CBD doesn’t get you high, it’s best to start with a dose that’s lower than you think you need.

If you use more than necessary, you’re essentially just wasting a valuable product. Plus, some people will see better results at lower doses than at higher ones. Remember, you can always start slow and build up to a high dose gradually.

As you get more experienced with CBD oil cooking, you can raise your dosage. But at first, test out a low dose and see how you feel.

Combine It with Fat

Cannabinoids tend to work best when you bind them with fat, so make sure to keep this in mind while you cook with CBD.

If you just splash CBD oil into your dish, it will lose most of its effectiveness. Instead, you should combine it with something oil-based, like butter, coconut oil, or salad dressing before adding it to your cooking.

Choose the Right Dishes

Because CBD has a bitter, strong taste, you’ll need to carefully consider which foods to pair it with. It works best with strong-flavored dishes that can hide the CBD oil taste.

Many people default to putting CBD oil in sweet foods, since they mask the taste well. However, you can easily go savory, too. For example, you could mix CBD-infused coconut oil into a Thai curry, or add CBD butter to a cheese-based sauce.

It’s also good to add CBD to a small amount of sauce and taste-test it before adding it to your dish. That way, if the oil throws off the taste, you won’t have ruined the whole dish. Again, start with a small amount for the best results.

Use Low Heat

Cooking CBD oil with high heat will make your food even more bitter, as well as making the CBD less effective.

Avoid adding CBD when you’re deep frying, sauteing, or otherwise cooking over high heat. Instead, reserve the oil for low-temperature recipes, like poaching, or use it at the end of cooking to finish a dish.

Find a High-Quality Product

Of course, you’ll always get the best results if you start with a high-quality CBD oil from a trusted supplier.

Remember, not all CBD oil is created equal. Look for organic products that are free from pesticides and other unwanted additives. Try broad-spectrum or full-spectrum products that use top-quality ingredients for the base.

Also, look for brands that test their products to make sure they’re safe and consistently high quality.

Ready to Give CBD Oil Food a Try?

Now, when your friends ask, “Can you cook with CBD oil?” you’ll not only be able to give them the answer, but you’ll also be able to prove it to them.

With just a little bit of practice, you’ll soon get the hang of excellent CBD oil cooking. Try sweet and savory recipes. Experiment with salads, appetizers, and main dishes. Use different flavors until you find what works.

If you love cooking, you’re sure to love cooking with CBD oil. However, there’s one thing you still need: the CBD oil to start with. Check out the products in our online store now!