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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 1w ago

The ever-increasing popularity of CBD has spread far and wide. Long gone are the days when CBD was only found in the form of a tincture.

Today, CBD is added to practically everything.

CBD drinks are quickly becoming a go-to method of consumption for countless individuals who find benefit in the non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

Not only is CBD being added to specialty drinks in restaurants and bars in cannabis-friendly states throughout the country, but the mainstream CBD beverage market is set to boom.

What are CBD Drinks?

CBD drinks are basically just what they sound like. Drinks that contain cannabidiol.

And although very new to the beverage scene itself, CBD drinks are quickly becoming all the rage as the prevalence and popularity of cannabis products continues to become more common.

CBD drinks include pretty much any beverage that contains CBD. There’s CBD water, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and more. Basically, if you can drink it, CBD can be added to it.

CBD drinks have been dubbed “one of the hot crossover moves this year.”

Beverages, in general, are always going to be a popular product. Mix in CBD and you’ve got something set to be one of the trendiest products to hit the beverage scene since bottled water.

CBD drinks are more than just a trendy new product to hit mainstream, however.

CBD drinks allow people to more easily benefit from the cannabinoid in their everyday lives.

Sipping on CBD water during a workout makes it much easier to enjoy the benefits of CBD while getting your fitness on, wouldn’t you say?

While CBD drinks, CBD water, CBD soda, and other CBD-infused beverages have yet to make it onto the shelves of your local grocery and convenience stores, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill it should be only a matter of time that CBD drinks become as common as the other countless beverage options that line supermarket shelves.

How are CBD Drinks Made?

While CBD drinks sound simple enough, there’s a little more to the process of their development than simply adding some CBD tincture into the mix.

While you might find some bars and coffee shops in progressive cities across the country doing it this way, CBD drinks made on a larger scale (think those that you’d potentially buy at your neighborhood 7-11 or those already available online) are made using a different approach.

CBD drinks and CBD water that are produced on a larger scale are typically made using water soluble CBD.

You’ve likely heard the expression “oil and water don’t mix.”

Seeing as CBD is typically found in the form of an oil, CBD beverages are made using CBD that can actually dissolve in water.

Using proprietary, state-of-the-art technology, CBD particles are broken down into tiny nanoparticles that are so small they can eventually infuse into water or other liquids.

CBD drinks can also be made using CBD isolate, however, when compared to this crystalline form of CBD that boasts some of the highest CBD bioavailability (how much CBD is actually absorbed into the bloodstream), water soluble CBD is superior when it comes to making CBD drinks and CBD water.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Drinks and CBD Water?

Is there any difference between CBD drinks and CBD water?

Not really.

The only difference would be the ingredients used to make them. The CBD drinks that are currently available on the market are typically made up of different ingredients known to produce certain effects.

A lot of the time CBD drinks will include different herbs and ingredients known to promote relaxation, increase energy, or support focus and concentration.

A CBD drink made specifically for relaxation, for example, might include other ingredients such as kava, passionflower, chamomile, valerian, and/or other calming herbs.

CBD water, on the other hand, is just that. CBD mixed with water.

CBD water is typically made using nanotechnology, the process that breaks down CBD particles into the tiny nanoparticles that blend seamlessly with water molecules.

The Benefits of CBD Drinks and CBD Water Made with Water Soluble CBD

The benefits of CBD water soluble CBD surpass those of oil-based CBD products when added to CBD drinks and CBD water.

Why?

It all comes down to the bioavailability of water soluble CBD.

CBD drinks and CBD water made with water soluble CBD are thought to be absorbed by the body more rapidly, meaning it takes less time to feel CBD’s effects.

While the theories are promising, you should keep in mind there is a lack of hard evidence for this. With time, and the increasing public interest in CBD, there will be more evidence found for or against the benefits of CBD in general.

With water soluble CBD there’s also less waste of the cannabinoid, meaning more of the product is actually put to use.

Less waste means you don’t have to purchase as much, which could have a serious impact on how much money someone spends on CBD to meet their personal needs.

Water soluble CBD is also extremely versatile.

There are already options available to purchase water soluble CBD products that can easily be added to your favorite drinks and the water you drink at home.

How Much CBD is Usually in CBD Drinks?

The CBD drink market is poised to become HUGE. There are already quite a few options available when it comes to CBD drinks and CBD water that can easily be found online and in states that have passed legal cannabis laws.

Just like other CBD products, CBD serving sizes vary in CBD water.

A 16oz bottle of CBD water, for example, might contain 10-25mg CBD.

With a bit of research we found that when it comes to CBD water, serving sizes range from 4mg-30mg, with a 500ml bottle containing an average price tag of right around $10.

CBD drinks are much the same.

CBD-sparkling sodas could contain 20mg CBD per 12oz can.

There are CBD-infused cold brew coffee and tea options that contain 20mg CBD per 11oz bottle.

For the more sophisticated pallet, there are options that might include lavender sparkling water infused with 15mg of CBD.  

There is also the option of purchasing water soluble CBD that you can make your own CBD drinks and CBD water from. This allow you to customize exactly how much CBD is in your drink of choice.

Why CBD Drinks are Expected to Explode in the CBD Industry

When it comes to beverages, everyone has their favorite go-to.

Whether strawberry soda, unsweetened iced-tea, an energy drink to help you make it through the day, cold brew coffee, or kombucha, we’ve all got some type of beverage we drink on the reg.

And seeing the numerous benefits associated with CBD, it’s addition to your favorite drink can only make your beloved beverage that much better.

Also, when you consider that the bottled water market is something else rapidly growing (approximately 600 million households consumed bottled water in 2018). That’s one-million bottles per minute in case you were wondering.

Seeing that CBD has become (almost!) as popular as bottled water itself, the CBD water market is bound to become bigger than we might imagine.

Those who have already made CBD drinks and CBD water a part of their regular wellness routine have done so for several reasons.

For one, CBD drinks make it really easy to get a serving of CBD. And seeing that most CBD drinks on the market are made with water soluble CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid is quickly absorbed by the body, meaning it goes to worker faster to provide relief.

CBD water is a popular addition to the workout routines of countless fitness enthusiasts everywhere. It’s no secret that CBD is becoming one of the most popular wellness products for those who engage in regular exercise or play sports.

It’s said to be excellent for post-workout recovery, as well as for pre-game focus and concentration.

Have you ventured into the world of cannabidiol beverages?

If so, what’s your favorite CBD drink?

We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 2w ago

Edibles are of the most popular ways to consume CBD and other cannabis products.

Personally, we love a good gummy. And we’re certainly not opposed to CBD-infused hard candies, chocolates, and lollipops.

Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat from time to time? And if it’s infused with CBD, well that’s even better in our book.

Needless to say when we found out about Feel Good Edibles, we couldn’t wait to test out their products.

A CBD company dedicated solely to CBD-infused edibles? Perfect. We’d like to think that with their focus on only one product that they’d be some of the best edibles we’ve ever tried.

So how, exactly, does Feel Good Edibles stand up to the countless other CBD gummies that are available?

We’ve definitely tried our fair share.  

Following is our honest opinion after trying Feel Good Edibles edibles.

Who is Feel Good Edibles?

We love to know who’s behind CBD brands.

Maybe it’s because there are so many companies out there that making a personal connection feels important.

The CBD market is flooded with new companies almost every day…and for us, being able to see the face behind the name is always a big bonus.

That being said, there’s not much information about the people behind Feel Good Edibles. Not that big of a deal at all. Just a personal preference on our part.

What we do know is that the mission of Feel Good Edibles is “your happiness.”

Perfect. We’re super down with other people’s happiness.

This brand-new company says they “want to bring a touch of paradise and relaxation into your everyday life” with their fun sweet tasting CBD edibles.

Sounds good, right?

Who doesn’t want to feel happy and relaxed in paradise in their everyday life?

Has Feel Good Edibles accomplished what they set out to do?

Let’s take a look at their products themselves.

Feel Good Edibles: A Review

These days, good CBD gummies are a dime a dozen.

Pretty much every single CBD company that exists is offering their customers some type of gummy or edible option.

Feel Good Edibles not only has their gummy game down, but also offers CBD-infused candies and lollipops.

How do their gummies stack up to the competition?

We’ll focus here on Feel Good Edibles Gummies, as that’s exactly what we tried.

Feel Good Edibles Gummies

Like we mentioned, Feel Good Edibles main concern is your happiness…which they hope to offer through a fun, sweet tasting CBD edible.

When it comes to gummies, with Feel Good Edibles, you’ve got options. Five, to be exact.

We were happy to try them all.

Feel Good Edibles mission is to provide a fun, sweet tasting edible.

As far as fun goes, they’ve got that down. Packaging (which is extremely important in such a competitive market) is inviting with it’s rainbow and clouds. Fun packaging. 100%.

The fun, however, extends beyond just the packaging.

Feel Good Edibles Fun Shapes

Each of their edible choices come in fun shapes that depict each flavor.

Bears are the shape of bears. Watermelon gummies are in the shape of watermelons. Soda flavor in the shape of a soda can. Peach are the traditional peach ring gummy. Sour is in the shape of Sour Patch Kids.

While taste (and effects) will ultimately decide just how much someone will enjoy Feel Good Edibles CBD gummies, the shapes they come in are definitely on the fun side. Perhaps even more so than any other gummy we’ve come across.

Feel Good Edibles Fun Taste

How do Feel Good Edibles taste?

We’re glad you asked.

Watermelon gummies taste just like watermelon hard candies. Not like fresh watermelon by any means, but it is a candy. And the taste is on point.

Peach gummies might be our fav. They taste just like peach gummies. No medicinal taste whatsoever. Just delish peach gummy candy.

Soda gummies taste just like a Cherry Coke. Like exactly.

As for the Sour gummies, game on. Anyone who ever enjoyed Sour Patch Kids will love what Feel Good Edibles has done with these.

Then there are Feel Good Edibles Bear Gummies. The taste is good. Much like the gummy bears we’re all accustomed to, with perhaps some slight differences.

They’re certainly not as sweet as the other Feel Good Edible options, but that isn’t to say they aren’t sweet. They’re a good, all-around gummy that anyone who enjoys gummies would probably appreciate.

Feel Good Edibles Ingredients

Let’s be real. Gummies aren’t exactly health food. They’re typically loaded with sugar and a bunch of artificial ingredients.

Ingredients on the Bear Gummies is listed right on the packaging and includes: sugar, gelatin, citric acid, natural flavoring, natural coloring, coconut oil, pure hemp extract. And all Feel Good Edibles are lab tested, which you can find by clicking here.

No, they’re not vegan like some other gummies on the market. But they aren’t full of artificial colors or flavors. And we appreciate they aren’t made with corn syrup.

The ingredient for other flavors are listed online but not on the actual packaging. We don’t know how the flavor of Cherry Coke could be flavored naturally, but we’ll go ahead and take Feel Good Edibles word for it.

Final Thoughts on Feel Good Edibles

When it comes to gummies, Feel Good Edibles has their game down.

Anyone looking for a fun CBD gummy option will find it with Feel Good Edibles. Make sure to click here to see their latest discounts too!

Fun. Affordable. Delicious.

Let’s not forget different, either. Feel Good Edibles has deviated a bit from the CBD gummies “norm” by offering flavor and shape options that aren’t available anywhere else.

And in today’s competitive CBD market, it’s paramount to stand out from the competition.

We can’t wait to try their lollipops and hard candies, as we have a feeling they’re going to be just as delish as the gummies we got to try.

We’re wild about Feel Good Edibles gummies. If we were looking specifically for a gummy, this could be a brand we continue to come back to.

Have you tried Feel Good Edibles for yourself? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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One thing increased cannabis legalization and acceptance has done? It’s begun to smash the stoner stereotype. These days, it seems everyone uses cannabis products.

Okay, maybe not everyone.

But more than half of Americans have tried it at least once in their lives and, according to some estimates, some 55 million use it on the reg.

Everyone’s aware of the long-standing stereotype that marijuana makes you lazy and unmotivated. A new survey released this week, however, shows otherwise.  

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, found that 81.7% of 605 survey participants in states with legal marijuana laws use marijuana right before or after exercise.

The study was one of the first to explore the relationship between physical activity and cannabis use. It was led by Angela Bryan, University of Colorado Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Institute for Cognitive Science.

“There’s a stereotype that cannabis leads people to be lazy and couch-locked and not physically active,” says Bryan, “but these data suggest this is not the case.”

Why are People Exercising High?

If you’re one of the 55 million plus Americans (or 147 million people worldwide) that consumes cannabis, there’s a big possibility you’ve used it before or after exercise.

Personally, we’re huge fans of taking a few hits of our favorite strain before hitting the beach for a run or stepping onto our yoga mat.

When we were snowboarding 100+ days a winter, you can bet we were smoking some of Colorado’s finest before, during, and after hitting the slopes!

Whether you’re a snowboarder, skier, surfer, basketball player, crossfit enthusiast, or endurance athlete, if you consume cannabis, it’s likely you (maybe often) exercise high.

Why are people exercising high, though?

That’s one question this new study has helped answer.

According to Bryan, people don’t smoke weed before engaging in their chosen sport because they think it’s going to make them better at it. Instead, they think it makes the experience more enjoyable.

Survey respondents were from California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. One of the questions they were asked was if they had ever used cannabis within one hour before or four hours after exercise.

Of the 604 respondents, almost 82% said yes.

Bryan says her team was “stunned it was that high” (no pun intended, we’re pretty sure ;)).

Another question asked 345 co-users (those that use marijuana with exercise) were more apt to use it before than after exercising.

Of the co-users, 78% said it helped aid recovery, 70% said it increased enjoyment, and 52% said that it enhanced motivation.

Personally, we’ve experienced all three.

According to authors of the study, “Given that these are all recognizable barriers to exercise, it is possible that cannabis might actually serve as a benefit to exercise engagement.”

In a recent article in Men’s Health, Jim McAlpine, founder of the 420 Games, had the following to say about why so many athletes embrace the use of cannabis: “It activates your brain and gets you in the Zone. I love to smoke before I ski or mountain bike or go surfing. It puts me in a place of higher focus, the Eye of the Tiger type thing. It’s not for everyone, but for some people who are more athletic and coordinated, it works.”

Other athletes speak about the “flow state” they get when smoking pot before a workout.

We couldn’t agree more.

Do Athletes Prefer THC or CBD for Exercise? (Actually, They Like Both)

More people are using cannabis with exercise than many might’ve expected. But are they using THC or CBD?

Try both.

Remember, while CBD is wildly popular for athletic recovery, it’s been widely available for less than a decade. And people have only been using it seriously for the past few years.

THC, on the other hand, has been used by athletes for years (it’s said that Bruce Lee himself was a hash eater due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids).

With increased legalization, however, has come increased acceptance. More and more people are coming out of the cannabis closet. Suddenly it’s not so taboo to talk about how getting high can actually make exercise more enjoyable.

Avery Collins is one endurance athlete who isn’t ashamed to let the world know how much he loves consuming cannabis before running.

He told the New York Times that the first time he went running after using marijuana, he found that it allowed him “to be very present and not to worry as much about overall times and what’s going on with the run.”

Personally, we love to take a couple hits of marijuana before our yoga practice. While we don’t consume cannabis every time we step onto the mat, we find sometimes it really inspires us to engage more fully with each pose in the present moment.

People have been smoking pot and exercising for years.

Combining CBD with exercise, on the other hand, is relatively new. This isn’t to say, though, that it hasn’t become something wildly popular in the health, fitness, and sports scene. CBD and exercise are a hot combination.

From professional athletes to amateurs alike, all kinds of athletes and sports enthusiasts from football players to ultrarunners (and every athlete in between) are supplementing with CBD.

Why are so many people combing CBD and exercise?

For one, there are the infamous anti-inflammatory properties CBD is known for.

Many contend that it helps tremendously with post-workout recovery. Others say it helps decrease recovery time after injury. It’s no secret that the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can significantly damage your health.

Many believe that CBD is a safer option to conventional NSAIDs that can cause kidney damage, heart failure, stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, and more when used excessively.

Then there’s the fact that CBD has shown to increase wakefulness. Some say that using CBD pre-workout helps increase focus and concentration. Whether you’re crushing weights in crossfit or tearing it up in the trees on your skis, focus in any form or exercise is fundamental.  

There are also those individuals that use CBD to help decrease any pre-game anxiety or jitters.

Ever gotten nervous before a workout? Gotten a little anxious to try out that new trick? Gotten pregame butterflies before a competition?

Research shows that CBD holds significant potential in the treatment of several types of anxiety.  

The Endocannabinoid System and Exercise

Seeing that both THC and CBD are used in combination with exercise and both are strongly associate with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), it would make sense that the ECS and exercise are connected as well.  

A 2003 study found that exercise activates the endocannabinoid system.

Even if you’re not a runner, you’re probably familiar with the term “runner’s high.”

Research shows that these positive feelings of euphoria, energy, and being completely and totally “in the zone,” are all associated with the endocannabinoid system.

Historically, it was believed that this was due to a release of “feel good” endorphins expressed by the body’s opioid receptors during exercise.

Here’s the thing, though.

In a 2004 study that looked at endocannabinoids and exercise, researchers found that the positive changes in mood associated with exercise actually looked more like the effects that recreational marijuana users reported than the sedating effects of opioids.

They discovered that intense exercise and sports encourage the natural expression of cannabinoids in brain areas associated with pleasure, concentration, and pain relief.

When cannabinoids activate receptors in the ECS, those euphoric, pleasurable, pain-free experiences are experienced that both athletes and cannabis consumers are familiar with.

According to the authors of the study, while “it appears that the runner’s high phenomenon is not a scientific problem because it is built on circumstantial evidence, recent data in our laboratory showed that endurance exercise activates the endocannabinoid system, suggesting a new mechanism underlying exercise induced alterations of mental status.”

Basically, cannabis and exercise were made for each other.

It’s no wonder that more than 80% of people use cannabis when they exercise.

Final Thoughts on Cannabis and Exercise

Authors of the most recent study on cannabis and exercise imply that marijuana could be “a useful tool for exercise among some users.”

Not only does it make the whole act of exercise and sports more enjoyable but can also aid in post-athletic pain relief. And for some people, cannabis can be just the motivation they need to get their game on in the first place.

Could cannabis become what athletes turn towards increase athletic drive and performance in the future? In some respects, they already have.

According to authors of the study, “this will be a fascinating research question as more states move towards legalization.”

Other research currently being performed at Colorado State University Boulder is comparing the activity level of older adults who use cannabis compared with those who don’t. Preliminary findings already show that those who do use cannabis exercise more than those who don’t.

No big surprise there. Especially now that we know using cannabis before exercise doesn’t just make it more enjoyable but can actually increase the desire to get on your exercise in the first place.

Cannabis can also make you exercise more. One more thing the study found was that those who incorporated Mary Jane as an exercise partner exercised 159.7 hours per week on average, compared with those who didn’t combine cannabis and exercise and exercised an average of 103.5 minutes per week.

Do you incorporate cannabis into your exercise routine?

Do you prefer THC or CBD or both? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!

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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 2w ago

When it comes to a wide-range of CBD product options, CBDfx has you covered.

Seriously. Scroll over their “Shop CBD” tab on the homepage of their website and you’ll find that CBDfx carries just about every possible CBD product that exists.

According to CBDfx themselves, they are: “the nation’s premier online CBD retailer, offering over 50 high quality cannabidiol products.”

Does this mean that they’re simply a company out to profit on the ever-expanding CBD industry?

Or is it because they realize that in order to make it in this ever-expanding industry that you’ve got to stay a step (or two) ahead of your competition?

By offering pretty much every CBD product that exists, CBDfx has opened themselves to a wide demographic of individuals who use CBD.

How does CBDfx stand up, though?

Let’s take a deeper look.

Who is CBDfx?

CBDfx is a company based out of Southern California with a mission to “empower both new and experienced CBD users by providing access to products that are always organic, refreshingly innovative, and lovingly crafted.”

Organic and fresh CBD products made with love.

Sound great to us.

The vision of CBDfx is to become a “worldwide CBD marketplace where people from all walks of life can obtain the highest quality products…without sacrificing fun, experimentation, and variety.”

Each and every product they provide is sourced from organic hemp using a CO2 extraction method that results in a rich, high-quality, full spectrum oil.

What about CBDfx products themselves?

While we didn’t have a chance to review all 50 of the products they carry, we did test out quite a few.

Here’s our honest take on what we found.

CBDfx: Our Review

When we say CBDfx carries almost every CBD product that exists, me mean it.

Vape juice, gummies, tinctures, capsules, oils, drinks, terpenes, edibles, topicals, pet products, and more are all part of the online CBD marketplace vision CBDfx has created.

We kept things as simple as possible with our CBDfx review and tried the products we feel the average CBD consumer turns to the most.

Tincture, gummies, softgels, and topicals.

CBDfx CBD Oil Tincture

It’s safe to say that every CBD company that exists carries at least one CBD oil tincture.

CBDfx has a couple options with the tinctures they carry:

  • Flavored CBD Tincture Oil (500mg/$74.99)
  • CBD Tincture Oil (500mg/$74.99, 1000mg/$124.99, 1500mg/$159.99)

We tried the CBD Oil Tincture in 1500mg.

This is the highest potency of CBD oil CBDfx offers, with 50mg CBD per dropper.

For an all-natural, full spectrum oil the taste was definitely “earthy” but not at all overpowering.

Taking a dropper full sublingually, we found it to be extremely easy to keep it under our tongue for 1-2 minutes. It swallowed smoothly and only left a lingering aftertaste for a minute or so.

CBDfx Tincture Oil isn’t flavored, meaning it’s best suited for those who prefer a more natural tasting oil.

If you prefer a flavored oil, we’d recommend trying any of the flavored CBD oils CBDfx offers. They are available in Blueberry, Lemon-Lime Mint, and Lychee Lemon Strawberry.

The only drawback with the flavored oils is that they’re only available in 500mg sizes. Anyone who desires a higher serving size would be better off with CBDfx’s unflavored 1000mg or 1500mg options.

What did we think?

We’ve tried A LOT of CBD oil in our day.

After trying CBDfx CBD Oil Tincture for a few days, we can honestly say they’re offering the high-quality product they say they are. Our typical CBD routine consists of 35-50mg CBD twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night.

That being said, we prefer high milligram options (such as the 1500mg CBD oil tincture we tried). We found that one dropper (50mg) helped us to feel a subtle shift in our energy and focus the first morning we took it. We also felt a deeper sense of calm envelop us after just one dropper.

We can confidently say with experience that CBDfx isn’t selling snake oil.

CBDfx Hemp Gummy Bears

Practically everyone loves gummy bears, CBD or no CBD.

While CBDfx has a decent selection of edibles, it was their gummy bears we tried. CBDfx Gummy Bears (300mg/$59.99) come in a bottle of 60ct.

There are over 400 reviews of this product on the CBDfx website, 5-stars across the board. Each vegan (yes, vegan) gummy bear contains 5mg CBD and is produced without artificial colors or flavors.

This is something we truly appreciate, as while we know that gummies aren’t anywhere close to healthy, we prefer our sweet treats to be as natural as possible.

How did they taste?

Delish. Perhaps there was a slight “medicinal” aftertaste, but overall they were sweet and tasted just like you’d expect a juicy red gummy bear would taste.

Honestly, we loved them.

Other edible options CBDfx offers include CBD Gummies with added Turmeric & Spirulina and CBD Sublingual Strips.

CBDfx CBD Capsules

CBD softgels aren’t our favorite method of consumption, but then again, everyone is different when it comes to CBD.

Just because softgels aren’t our thing, we appreciate the convenience (and precisely measured dose) they offer. Taking CBD softgels is just like taking a regular supplement, something countless people are already familiar with.

We tried the CBDfx CBD Capsules (750mg/$59.99).

Each softgel contains 25mg CBD, which is clearly stated right on the label. We love that CBDfx has chosen to include this on their packaging, as not every company does.

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve come across a product where total milligram content is revealed but not the individual serving size amount. With CBDfx softgels, you know exactly how much CBD you’re getting each and every time.

We appreciated the size these softgels come in. Anyone who has trouble swallowing large supplements will welcome the small-sized capsules full of 25mg of CBD.

CBDfx CBD Cream

CBD topicals are one of the best delivery options for localized relief. Sore muscles or an aching back?

Simply apply a CBD topical and you’ll typically feel relief almost instantaneously.

CBDfx has kept things simple with their line of CBD topicals. They carry a CBD Cream (150mg/$39.99 and 100mg/$29.99) and a CBD Balm (150mg/$39.99).

We tried the CBDfx Cream 150mg. It’s made with menthol, which gives it an almost immediate cooling sensation when it’s applied. Application itself is a breeze. The cream is the perfect consistency…not too thick, but not too watery.

How did CBDfx Cream work for us?

We’d definitely use it again.

We tend to carry a lot of tension in our neck, which is exactly where we applied CBDfx Cream. We felt almost immediate relief upon application and within a few minutes the tension seemed to melt down the back our neck and simply disappear.

We can’t wait to try it for post-workout recovery. We think it will be fabulous after our morning beach run, an especially intense yoga practice, or a long distance bike ride.

While we’re not extreme athletes by any means, we do regularly get our fitness on and always have a bottle of some type of CBD topical on hand.

CBDfx Cream is one we think we’ll keep around.

CBDfx Pet CBD Oil

If you’ve ever read any of our other reviews, you know that we’ve got two dogs that are a huge part of our family. And as you might expect, they’re big fans of CBD.

That being said, we couldn’t wait to try CBDfx Pet CBD Oil.

One of the best things about CBDfx Pet Oil is that you’ve got options. Three to be exact. Pet CBD Oil 150mg (Small Breed)/$39.99, Pet CBD Oil 300mg (Medium Breed)/$59.99, and Pet CBD Oil 600mg (large Breed)/$89.99.

Our dogs are definitely of the “large breed” variety and finding a CBD supplement that contains 10mg CBD in half a dropper is perfect for our pack.

While we do give the dogs CBD directly in their mouth (they think it’s a treat LOL), it’s sometimes easier to just add it to their food. Either way works, which is great because we know from experience that CBD works for them.

Our girl dog recently had knee surgery, and we give her CBD to help with any lingering pain she feels after our morning run. Our boy dog is simply high strung and has severe separation anxiety. We find that giving him CBD on the daily keeps his anxiety levels down.

When we know we’ll be out of the house for a few hours, we give them both a dropper full to help keep them calm while we’re away.

How did CBDfx Pet Oil work compared to others that we tried?

While the dogs can’t exactly tell us their experience, we know they liked the taste (that much we could tell). We’ll definitely continue to use CBDfx Pet Oil for them. For those with large breed dogs, having the higher milligram option is huge.

Final Thoughts on CBDfx

We feel that CBDfx is living up to their mission of empowering new and experienced CBD users is something they’ve definitely got a grip on. Being in the category of “experienced CBD users,” we’ve seen A LOT of CBD companies over the years.

CBDfx is one of the best we’ve found.

Why?

For one, products are made with organic hemp extracted with CO2, offering a full spectrum oil that offers all the benefits of the entourage effect.

For another, third party lab test results are easily accessible right on their website. No need to guess if the product you’re buying is quality. It’s all right there. Click here to see the extensive list of lab reports CBDfx offers.

CBDfx also carries over 50 products. And while that might make it seem that quality could be compromised, instead we experienced exactly the opposite.

While we didn’t try everything, what we did try was high-quality CBD. And we can’t wait to get our hands on some of their CBD Vape Pens.

Price point is also on par with other companies.

Will we use CBDfx again?

Absolutely.

Not only are their products the high-quality we’ve come to expect from the industry, but they ship free anywhere in the US, are adamant about providing excellent customer service, and have military + first responder discounts. Check out the CBDfx website to learn more.

Whether you’re new to CBD or have been using it for years, CBDfx is undoubtedly a brand to consider for your CBD purchases.

Have you used CBDfx products? Chime in what you think of them in the comments below!

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When it comes to CBD products, quality is everything. In this rapidly growing industry there are many companies basically selling snake oil slapped with a label claiming to be “high-quality CBD.” In an industry saturated with imposters, it’s important to find companies you can trust and who actually sell a product that works.

cbdMD is one of these companies. With a mission to provide high-quality CBD oil using state-of-the art innovative extraction techniques, the founders of cbdMD have demanded the highest level of care for their products from day one.

Organic US Grown Hemp

After visiting three continents, 14 countries, and eight different states, cbdMD decided to plant their hemp roots deep in Kentucky soil. With a rich history of hemp production (once the nation’s largest producer of hemp), Kentucky contains soil that’s perfect for hemp production.

With a carefully selected strain of industrial hemp that contains higher concentrations of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, cbdMD takes immense pride in offering CBD products created from some of the highest quality, organically grown hemp in the US.

State-of-the-Art Extraction

With the immense pride cbdMD has for using the highest quality hemp in their products, it should come as no surprise that they give the same attention to the extraction process itself. Using the most advanced extraction equipment and technology, each batch of cbdMD CBD oil is CO2 extracted at low temperatures. These low temperatures ensure that the extraction process is safe and gentle, preserving all the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that are naturally present in high-quality CBD oil.

Full-spectrum extraction methods mean that you, the consumer, are presented with a CBD oil that stands up to its name. Full-spectrum CBD oils are known to contain other cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, and amino acids that work in harmony to create beneficial effects. This is known as the entourage effect.

Each batch is carefully monitored and tested throughout the entire extraction process, then sent to a third-party lab for further testing. cbdMD takes pride not only in the quality of their product, but in being completely transparent and open to anyone who wants to look at their current third-party test results posted on their website.

Full-Spectrum CBD with Zero THC

cbdMD’s pure CBD extracts contain absolutely zero THC. Not only does this make it legal to buy in all 50 states, but also offers the peace of mind to anyone who can’t tolerate or have THC in their system.

This means that police officers, people in the military, professional athletes, and others who can’t have THC show up in a drug test can confidently use cbdMD products.

Yoshi, one of cbdMD’s key employees put it like this: “I can state with confidence that there is no THC present in any of our products, we have partnerships with big athletes who use our products regularly.”

If you’re interested in trying CBD but are one of those people who absolutely can’t have any traces of THC, cbdMD products are ones that you can use with unquestionable certainty.

According to cbdMD’s website it’s their “hybrid full-spectrum process that combines the absolute purest crystalline CBD isolate with a controlled full-spectrum extract to carefully prevent the introduction of any THC.” 

Products You’ll Find From cbdMD

Whether you prefer your CBD in capsules, as a tincture, vaporized, or applied topically, cbdMD has a product to benefit your personal needs. Pet owners will be pleased to know that they’ve also got a line of CBD oil for pets that is specially formulated for dogs, cats, and horses.

If CBD oil tinctures are your thing, cbdMD has options in both 30mg and 60mg bottles. With four different flavors to choose from (natural, mint, orange, and berry) you’ve got options to fit your personal taste preference. I personally tried berry finding a super smooth flavor with a hint of berry taste that wasn’t overpowering and didn’t taste artificial at all.

30mg bottles are available with 300mg-3000mg CBD, while 60mg bottles contain between 1000mg-5000mg CBD.

Capsules are available in 30 and 60 count bottles ranging from 450mg-3000mg CBD and make taking your daily dose of CBD as easy as taking a regular supplement.

As someone with plenty of old snowboarding injuries, cbdMD CBD Freeze cold therapy relief is one of my new favorite products. It’s available in both a roll-on and squeeze option. I found that the roll-on option was super convenient, easy to apply, and brought quick relief (like less than 5 minutes) to the pain I constantly feel in my wrist.

If cold therapy isn’t your thing, cbdMD also has an inflammation cream (that contains other herbs and ingredients beneficial for inflammation), as well as a lightweight moisturizing lotion that is awesome for revitalizing and softening dry, damaged skin.Another one of my new favorite cbdMD products is undoubtedly their CBD Bath Bombs. They’re available in five different formulas (resist, relax, romance, restore, and rejuvenate) and each contain 100mg of CBD, as well as essential oils and other beneficial ingredients. I first tried one (relax) after arriving home after a cross-country road trip and relax I did indeed. It was the perfect ending to a long trip…tranquil lavender aroma and a totally relaxing experience that left my skin soft and my mind at ease.

cbdMD: Pure CBD Products You Can Rely On

At CBD School, we believe that finding products you can trust is one of the most important ways to experience the benefits of CBD. This is why we’re constantly testing new products that we feel can benefit our audience. When we find a reputable company we can trust with products that actually stand up to their claims, we pass that company onto you.

cbdMD is one of these companies. We’ve experienced the benefits in our own lives and believe you deserve the same. If you’re looking for pure CBD products you can rely on (that contain zero traces of THC), check out cbdMD for some of the highest-quality products available on the market today.

Click here to try cbdMD for yourself today! [Use code CBDSCHOOL for a 20% discount]

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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 3w ago

This is a guest post by Karen Asprey from CBD Resource. Karen Asprey is a CBD writer and enthusiast who has made it her one woman mission to break down the taboo of cannabis, and make it more accessible to those who can benefit from it.

If you’ve done a bit of reading on what is CBD and its powerful, almost magical effects on the body, it is likely that you are already familiar with its health benefits. The valuable natural compound found in the cannabis plant can be used as a treatment for medical conditions, which are otherwise difficult to cure and require strong medications with potential side effects. For instance, CBD or cannabidiol can be used in the fight with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression, nausea, and inflammatory diseases.

But did you know that the compound can also be used for weight loss?

Probably not. And the main reason may be that usually, cannabis consumers are associated with lack of motivation, long hours on the sofa, and, of course, the munchies. However, it turns out that consumption of CBD is something else, which not only will not get you high like marijuana but can help you in losing some extra weight. Let’s find out why!

The Endocannabinoid System

One of the areas where we can search for an explanation to why cannabis consumers may benefit from better body structure is the endocannabinoid system and the way in which it functions. Mainly positioned in the nervous and immune systems of the body, the endocannabinoid system is a network consisting of neurotransmitters and receptors, which play different roles when it comes to the proper function of parts of the body.

Endocannabinoids or the substance found within neurotransmitters, are naturally created by the body and are used as messengers to send information to the cells through the receptors. CBD is an example of a cannabinoid which has the ability to act in a similar manner to the naturally occurring in the body endocannabinoids. When the activity of the system sees an imbalance or records hyperactivity or under-activity – a problem occurs. In the case of obesity, the reported signal is usually for hyperactivity of the endocannabinoid system, which leads to a substantial gain of weight.

The consumption of CBD can help regulate the normal function of the endocannabinoid system thanks to the compound’s ability to communicate with the receptors and send certain triggers to the body. As we will find out later, CBD may not be the ultimate cure to obesity but in combination with a healthy diet, it can surely work wonders.

CBD Oil and Weight Loss

CBD comes in a range of shapes and forms and can be consumed in a variety of ways. Consumers who like to experiment may try CBD edibles, CBD tinctures, body lotions, and creams, or vape CBD. However, one of the most popularly seen CBD products that consumers are increasingly becoming aware of is CBD oil.

Consuming CBD oil has a number of effects on the body, which lead to the loss of weight. But let’s first look at why losing weight is often a difficult and sometimes an impossible challenge for some.

If we think about weight loss, in theory, it sounds like a pretty simple task. All we need to do is ensure that the calories that we intake can later be processed and taken out of the body in order to sustain the calories balance in the body. But if we dig deeper and try to experiment with this method, it may not be so simple for a number of reasons. First, reducing the calorie intake that your body is used to may cause negative effects such as lack of energy or the constant sensation of being hungry. Imagine going through your busy and dynamic daily routine with no energy. Just like a phone with no batter chances are that you will not be very productive.

Second, gaining or losing weight is almost always connected to the hormone balance level in the body, metabolic processes, inflammation status, and the endocannabinoid system. With that said, it becomes clear that losing weight will have an effect on the mentioned above and it is essential that you ensure the balance is repaired in order to avoid the risk of developing certain health conditions or diseases. This is where CBD comes in.

The cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, especially the CBD cannabinoid, can recover the body systems’ balance and cure dysfunctions. The compound is actively used for homeostasis with the aim of recovering the endocannabinoid system and helping it reclaim its balance. As a result, weight loss has been registered by experts and patients. But let’s dig deeper to see what is happening in reality.

CBD helps the cells use glucose

Why does that matter? Let’s take a look at the concept of insulin resistance as it is one of the dominant characteristics of obesity. If the metabolic process in the body functions properly, once food enters the body the levels of blood glucose increase and the pancreas begins releasing insulin to transport the glucose to the body cells. Once the glucose reaches the cells, they use it to create energy.

However, the damage comes when there is too much glucose provided to the system through poor eating habits. The body’s cells are no longer able to consume the high doses of glucose and develop a resistance towards the insulin’s signals to the cell, saying that it should allow the sugar penetrate. Spotting the danger of too much blood glucose, the pancreas starts releasing even higher levels of insulin. Ultimately, the amount of glucose drops from the excessive levels of insulin, making the body send triggers for hunger and often lack of energy. The cycle keeps repeating, causing more damage.

The cycle can be stopped through a change in nutrition but research also reveals that CBD plays a significant role in helping the cells receive and use more glucose.

CBD and the metabolic function of the fat cells

The body’s ability to create energy from the received substances is essential to normal life and the proper function of our systems. The process is known as metabolism and is fundamental in maintaining a healthy condition. Mitochondria, or the energy factories of the cells, play a crucial role in the process as they are responsible for transforming glucose into energy. Unfortunately, from the scenario observed above with insulin resistance, mitochondria are also harmed.

Mitochondria dysfunction has also been related to cancer as they are active players in maintaining lasting strength and health. Research uncovers that CBD has an influence on the function of the mitochondria and improves the body’s metabolism process.

CBD and gene expression in white fat cells

White fat cells are known as the most threatening type of fat cells found in the body. If you were paying attention in biology class you might remember that fat cells can vary and they are certainly not all the same. The white fat cells that we mentioned have the tendency to meet around the body’s organs and sometimes negatively influence their normal behaviors. CBD has the powerful effect of turning the white fat cells into brown fat cells or at least makes them act this way.

The brown fat cells are kinder than the white fat cells and are known as “baby fat”. The body has no problems with the successful use of the brown fat cells for the creation of body hear. In contrast to brown fat cells, white fat cells are difficult to get rid of. When CBD transforms the white fat cells into brown fat cells it is, in fact, helping the body turn these cells into such that are easy to burn and lose. Furthermore, the consumption of CBD lowers the body’s speed of creating new fat cells.

CBD and the Liver

The improper function of the liver cells is another signal for obesity. For instance, taking in too much fructose can put too much pressure on the liver and be of a significant threat to the body’s system. Inflammation is one of the signals sent by the liver to announce that it is dysfunctional.

The metabolic dysfunction has been researched through the consumption of CBD and another cannabinoid – THCV. The study confirmed that the compounds were successful in decreasing the triglycerides in the liver and helped with insulin resistance and decreased blood pressure in diabetes patients.

As we can see, there is a range of facts indicating that CBD is successful in fighting obesity and diabetes. If you have selected this natural remedy as an alternative and are looking to lose weight through the consumption of cannabidiol, our advice is to speak to a professional to receive clear and reliable guidance on CBD dosing, product intake, and more. It is incredible to find so much potential in this one compound found in cannabis and it is worth the try to let this magical substance work its wonders.

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057300/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6163475/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3349875/

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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 1M ago

There are over 100 cannabinoids that have so far been identified in the cannabis plant. One of the most well-known and researched is THC, which contains well-documented therapeutic effects.

Did you know, however, that THC and CBD aren’t completely present in cannabis plants that are fresh and alive?

Isn’t THC the psychoactive compound in marijuana that’s responsible for getting you high?

Yes. But before it actually becomes THC, it’s in the form of THCA.

Let’s take a deeper look at this very important cannabinoid.

What is Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)?

THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) can be thought of as the precursor to THC. And while they are structurally very similar, there are some small (but significant) differences at a molecular level that make the effects they contain actually very different.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that unlike THC, THCA doesn’t get you high. When fresh cannabis flowers (buds) begin to dry, THCA begins to break down into THC.

In order to produce the “high” the cannabinoid is famous for, THC must be heated up in a process known as decarboxylation, something that happens when you smoke or vaporize cannabis flower. Basically, this is why you can eat all the dry marijuana bud you want and not feel any psychoactive effects.

Just because THCA doesn’t get you high, doesn’t mean it isn’t an important cannabinoid. Without it, we wouldn’t even have THC (which most would attest is one of the most important cannabinoids there is).

What Makes THCA Unique?

THCA doesn’t exactly occur on its own in the cannabis plant. It’s an acidic form of THC that is technically created from CBGA (cannabigerolic acid), which is considered the “parent” of all cannabinoids that exist. CBGA is the building block of the three main branches of cannabinoids: THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), and CBCA (cannabichromenic acid).

As the cannabis plant matures, CBG synthesizes into one of these three molecular compounds. Without CBG, we wouldn’t have THCA…or THC.

THCA plays an important function in the cannabis plant itself. Research published in 2008, for example, highlighted that THCA causes necrosis (or the death of plant cells) in cannabis leaves. Why is this important? Plant cell death is known to play an integral role in several physiological functions including leaf senescence (the final stage of leaf development), somatic embryogenesis (where embryo-like structures are formed from somatic tissues and developed into a full plant), and defense against microbial pathogens.

Basically, THCA functions as a sort of immune system that allows the cannabis plant fully develop in the healthiest way possible.

Aside from this, THCA is also believed to protect cannabis leaves from UV radiation.

What are the Benefits of THCA?

There are few studies that take THCA into consideration. This isn’t to say there hasn’t been some preliminary research that has gone into it. What do the few studies that include THCA have to say?

Like other cannabinoids, THCA appears to hold some promising therapeutic effects.

Some of the known benefits of THCA include:

With increased research, it’s likely we’ll see more benefits of THCA be uncovered.

Taking Advantage of THCA

Trying to smoke your way into the benefits of THCA simply won’t work. The process of decarboxylation turns it quickly into THC. You can, however, take advantage of the benefits of THCA in a simple and easy way.

How?

Consuming raw cannabis is one way.  

THCA is abundant in raw cannabis flower. While consuming raw cannabis won’t get you high, it does pack a strong therapeutic punch.

Following are a couple ways to consume raw cannabis.

Smoothies

By far, one of the easiest ways to consume raw cannabis is in a smoothie. Simply take all the ingredients of your regular smoothie, then add 1-2 good sized freshly-cut buds into the mix. Blend away as you normally would and you’re good to go with a healthy amount of THCA.

Keep in mind that fresh is always better when it comes to ingesting raw cannabis. You won’t get the same benefits from adding dry buds to your smoothie that you would by adding freshly picked cannabis flowers.

Fresh Cannabis Juice

Maybe you don’t have the option of adding fresh cannabis flowers to your juice at your local juice bar. You can, however, add fresh flowers to the juices you make at home (if you have access to fresh cannabis plants that are in bloom)…and they’ll be rich in THCA.

Dr. William Courtney is a raw cannabis specialist with an extensive medical education who contends that “you are actually walking away from 99% of the benefits cannabis provides when you cook or smoke” it.

Get this.

According to Courtney, “If you don’t heat marijuana, you can go up to five or six hundred milligrams and use the plant strictly as a dietary supplement by upping the antioxidant and neuroprotective levels which come into play at hundreds of milligrams of CBDA and THCA. It is this dramatic increase in dose from 10 mg of psychoactive THC to the 500 mg – 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA that comprises the primary difference between traditional medical marijuana treatments and using cannabis as a dietary supplement.”

If you’re going to go the juice route, you’ve got to grow your own (or know someone who does). Dried cannabis buds simply aren’t suitable for juicing.

What About THCA Tincture?

If you don’t want to go the smoothie or juice route (or don’t have the means to fresh marijuana buds), there’s always the option of THCA tinctures. While they’re not as popular as CBD or THC tinctures, they’re more widely available than you might think. And people seem to love it.

One reviewer who used a THCA tincture reported that for chronic pain, it helped “tremendously” to reduce pain, decrease the use of opioids, and improve quality of life. For migraine pain it helped “tremendously” to reduce frequency and intensity. For menstrual problems, it helped “tremendously” to improve abdominal pain, emotional wellbeing, and sleep.

THCA tinctures could become something we see a lot more of in the very near future. In fact, THCA oil is sold right next to CBD on shelves in Virginia. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this as something that takes off in other states that have passed marijuana policy as well.

Why is THCA Oil Sold On Shelves with CBD in Virginia?

In 2018, medical cannabis laws were expanded in Virginia. Under new policy that was signed on March 9, 2018, CBD or THCA oil can be recommended for any medical condition. While policy is still waiting to be implemented, there have been five companies approved to open dispensaries that will sell CBD and THCA oil. It’s estimated these dispensaries will open at the end of 2019.

Why THCA and CBD in Virginia’s medical marijuana program?

For one, lawmakers in Virginia understand that research shows THCA is known to be effective in preventing seizures in epilepsy patients. Which is why it was included in SB 701, which established regulations regarding the production of CBD or THCA oils to be used in the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

In a WMRA radio show the same year, the topic of confusion over marijuana’s therapeutic value was discussed. While CBD was initially proposed to be the only cannabinoid permitted under Virginia medical marijuana law, lawmakers in the commonwealth are “tentatively aware of the entourage effect,” which is ultimately what led to the allowance of CBD and THCA oils in their medical cannabis program.

This is what Virginia Senator David Mardsen had to say about THC and the decision to permit CBD and THCA: “Well, that’s psychoactive marijuana…that’s what we’ve taken out of the plant that we’re going to be using in Virginia because we’re using the non-psychoactive CBD and THCA oils. I don’t believe in recreational use. I don’t think it’s good for any society to have people distorting reality.”

That being said, there are minute levels of THC allowed in the commonwealth’s medical cannabis program. Low THC levels are permitted in products. According to Virginia medical cannabis law, products must contain at least 5mg of THCA or at least 5mg of CBD per dose. They can also contain up to (but no more than) 10mg THC per dose. There are no limits on dosages.

Final Thoughts on THCA

Could THCA become as big as CBD?

Maybe, maybe not. There’s a huge need for further research.

What we know so far is that THCA is the precursor to THC, but it doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect until it’s heated up. It’s shown to have anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, anti-nausea, and anti-cancer properties, containing significant therapeutic potential.

THCA is abundantly present in raw cannabis flowers and can make an excellent addition to fresh juices and smoothies. It’s also available in some places in the form of a tincture.

With increased research it’s likely we’ll see an increased understanding of just how beneficial THCA truly is. We’ll simply have to wait to see what the future holds.

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CBD School by The Cbd Professor - 1M ago

CBD is known to benefit several different conditions.

Research shows that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid can potentially help with just about everything. Anxiety. Epilepsy. Chronic pain. Menstrual cramps. Crohn’s. Parkinson’s. Multiple sclerosis…and much, much more.

Because of the myriad of therapeutic benefits CBD shows to contain, countless people are using it to revolutionize their health. Including pregnant women.

CBD is known to reduce nausea (hello morning sickness), reduce inflammation (think sore, swollen feet), and combat basically ALL types of anxiety (having a baby can be terrifying, you know).

But what about using CBD during pregnancy?

Is it safe?

Why are pregnant women suddenly so interested in CBD at all?

Let’s see.

Why might pregnant women be interested in CBD?

While the effects of CBD on pregnancy haven’t been researched, many women are interested in taking it while pregnant. Why? Simple. Because it can help reduce many of the symptoms associated with pregnancy.

Here are a few reasons why more pregnant women than ever before are interested in taking CBD.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a common side effect of pregnancy that affects more than half of pregnant women. A 2011 study highlights the fact that there is a large body of evidence that supports that manipulating the endocannabinoid system can help regulate nausea and vomiting. It’s believed that the anti-nausea effects of CBD are mediated by the indirect activation of serotonin receptors.

Pain

Growing a baby for nine months doesn’t come without its share of pain. From cramps and general discomfort experienced as the body goes through several changes, pain is an inevitable part of being pregnant. CBD is known to help reduce even difficult to treat pain and inflammation and has become a popular natural alternative to many OTC pain relievers such as Tylenol and Aleve.  

Anxiety

Ask any woman that’s had a baby. Being pregnant is an extremely emotional time that can be seriously stressful. Anxiety is very common during pregnancy, as there is so much uncertainty associated with it. Because CBD has shown to be so effective in managing anxiety, some pregnant women turn to the cannabinoid during pregnancy to naturally reduce symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.

Sleep

Did you know that insomnia affects almost 80 percent of pregnant women? This is a huge reason many pregnant women are interested in using CBD during pregnancy. Preliminary research suggests that CBD could have therapeutic potential in the treatment of insomnia. A 2013 study also found that CBD helps to increase total sleep time.

Is CBD Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

While the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed CBD safe, there simply haven’t been enough studies to determine how it might affect a developing fetus. There’s just no telling the impact CBD might have on pregnancy.

To date, THC has been more widely studied than CBD. But there still aren’t many studies that have been performed with either cannabinoid on pregnant women.

There is one study, however, that looked at the effects of smoking marijuana on the babies of mothers in rural Jamaica. In a five-year follow-up report, results showed no significant developmental differences between children of marijuana-smoking mothers and mothers that did not consume marijuana when pregnant.

Okay, there’s one study. But it hardly highlights that THC is safe during pregnancy.

But what about CBD?

Is there any research that shows its good or bad for developing babies?

A 2017 study touched upon the subject and found that giving mother rats CBD during pregnancy reduced the risk that their offspring would develop behavior and memory problems when exposed to infection in the womb.

A 2018 study found that pregnant rats treated with CBD prevents inflammation and has a positive effect on the intestinal tract of developing offspring.

These studies certainly don’t allude that CBD is in any way safe for developing infants, though.

Medical professionals aren’t exactly on board with the use of CBD during pregnancy. Not only is there not enough research that proves its safe to use during pregnancy, but there’s also the fact that CBD alters the endocannabinoid system, which is vital for fetal neurological development.

It’s been suggested that the endocannabinoid system plays an integral role in a developing infant. There’s apprehension that cannabis compounds (like THC and CBD) could interfere in the natural developmental process, which could cause problems in the future.

During early pregnancy, anandamide levels are naturally reduced. There’s concern that because CBD can raise anandamide levels that it could somehow interfere with fetal development.

What are the short or long term implications of something like this? There’s simply no telling. Research on the subject is scant…and until there’s more, it’s all but impossible to say.

So Can Pregnant Women Use CBD?

Any pregnant woman interested in using CBD during pregnancy is highly advised to speak to their doctor before doing so. Because of the serious lack of research of the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, there’s no way to say if pregnant women should use CBD or not.

A 2013 study did find, however, that CBD could enhance the permeability of the human placenta barrier, which could endanger the developing fetus. What exactly does this mean? With enhanced permeability, the chances of potentially harmful substances penetrating through the placenta and into the fetus are increased.

Should pregnant women turn to CBD to help reduce symptoms associated with pregnancy?

While we completely understand why women might want to turn to CBD while they’re pregnant, with the complete lack of research we can’t recommend it. The only person that can do this is a trusted medical professional, obstetrician, or midwife.

What About Using CBD While Breastfeeding?

With the little research that has been conducted on CBD and pregnancy, it should come as no surprise that there isn’t much research on the effects of CBD and breastfeeding.

It is safe to say that if a breastfeeding mother consumes CBD it will be passed to her infant whilst feeding. One report found that some 1.5 nanograms of THC is passed to a child per milliliter of breast milk. The report also suggested that CBD could be found in breastmilk, but the amount and side effects aren’t understood.

Final Thoughts About Pregnant Women Using CBD

Despite the fact that more and more pregnant women are turning towards CBD to help ease some of the uncomfortable side effects associated with it, there’s simply no way to tell if it’s safe or not.

Sure, it could help relieve the nausea, aches and pains, and anxiety that are all common in pregnancy, but at what cost? Without evidence that proves CBD is safe to use during pregnancy, it’s impossible to say if it’s a good idea.

While there have been established limits for alcohol and caffeine use during pregnancy, there’s nothing set like this when it comes to cannabis. And until there is, there’s no telling exactly what the effects of CBD on a developing fetus might be.

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