206, 2021

A User’s Guide to Understanding CBD Lab Results

With today’s ever-growing CBD market, it is harder to precisely choose the best hemp-based product for our needs.  There are, simply put, a host of factors that we need to carefully consider before selecting the best formula such as:

  • Delivery Method
  • Milligram Strength
  • Dosage
  • Hemp Extract Type
  • Ingredients
  • Brand’s Reputation
  • User Reviews

If there is one particular thing that you should always look for before anything else when shopping for cannabidiol formulas, it’s lab results.  Yes, lab reports have a crucial role in keeping the hemp industry as safe as possible for consumers.  Lab reports should be provided by every brand that makes a CBD product, and these reports should be easy to find as a shopper.

Providing you with this simple guide should help you better understand them so that you can know whether or not the product you’re eyeing is actually going to deliver a high-quality experience.

What are CBD Lab Reports?

CBD lab reports, also known as CoA’s (Certificate of Analysis) are reports that come from a third-party laboratory.  By now, it’s become very standard for any hemp manufacturer to send a sample of each batch of hemp extract that they produce to a certified third-party laboratory to have the sample fully analyzed.  This analysis process involves looking for various indicators that indicate purity, quality, and safety.

Once the hemp has been fully analyzed, the lab report is given to the company, and the company is supposed to make it available to customers, usually through their website.  In short, lab reports are the only source for unbiased, totally objective information about the hemp that a company sells.

Why Do CBD Lab Results Matter?

CBD lab reports are a critical means for the hemp industry maintaining maximum safety and legitimacy, like we said earlier.  These lab reports exist in order to assure customers that products being sold are genuine, free of harmful compounds, microbes, and impurities, and as potent as they claim to be.  They also allow a customer to see the exact breakdown of chemical compounds so that they know which cannabinoids and terpenes they are consuming with each dose.

Therefore, a company that does not offer lab reports should be avoided.  Because the hemp market has not yet been fully regulated by an external governing body, there is plenty of room for shady companies to slip in and sell fake or low-quality products, or worse, products that contain harmful impurities and microbes.

How to Read a CBD Lab Report: A Step-by-Step Guide

We are going to break it down into steps to make it as simple of a process for you as possible.  Essentially, all CBD lab reports, regardless of the laboratory that performed the analysis, offer the same general key information points, so this information is universal no matter who you buy your hemp products from.

#1: Locate the Lab Reports Provided by the Manufacturer

First, you need to actually find the lab reports.  Companies should try to make it as easy as possible to access this information.  Usually, companies will display lab reports in one of two ways.  The first is by putting a lab report on each product page, which corresponds to that specific product.  The second way is by offering a separate page on their website that offers all of the lab reports that they have, that can be viewed all at once.

#2: Verify the Laboratory

Verifying the laboratory is a great way to prove that the lab reports are genuine.  The top corner should have the name of the laboratory available.  Laboratories that analyze hemp must be registered with the department of agriculture in order to have the authority required to test hemp properly.  So, look up the lab, and there should be a website.  Check for some sort of certification that shows that the laboratory is, in fact, registered, and therefore licensed to test samples of hemp extracts.

#3: Look at the Breakdown of Chemical Compounds

Usually, this is displayed in two separate rows: one that breaks down the cannabinoids, and one that breaks down the terpenes.  Of course, the type of hemp product you’re using determines what this break down should be.

  • Full spectrum hemp products should offer many cannabinoids and terpenes, and you should see the 0.3% delta 9 THC that is unique to full spectrum products.
  • Broad spectrum products should contain all of the compounds in full spectrum hemp except for THC.
  • CBD isolate products should contain only cannabidiol with no other cannabinoids or terpenes.

#4: Search for Impurities

You should find individual brackets for different kinds of impurities.  The list will include things like solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides.

  • Solvents usually indicate that aa hemp extract was made using a solvent-based method, which is considered inferior to the more standard CO2 method as solvents can destabilize the hemp compounds.
  • Heavy metals and pesticides indicate soil quality and also show whether or not the hemp was grown organically.
  • It should go without saying that the fewer impurities, the better.

#5: Look for Contaminants

There will be some indication that the sample was tested for microbes, as there are many harmful microbes that indicate that the hemp extract was somehow contaminated.  Once again, it goes without saying that you do not want to come across any harmful microbes in a hemp product that you plan on buying.  The lab will also test for toxins that come from various fungi, and this again should be completely clear.

Always Look for Lab Reports Before Buying CBD

Never consider buying a CBD product that does not have lab reports.  And, even if it does have lab reports, you should carefully check to make sure that the product has been found to be pure, high in quality and free of harmful contaminants, using the information that we have provided above.

Easily, the worst thing that can happen to you when buying CBD is that you end up with a fake or unhealthy product, so make a point to take the time looking through reports as thoroughly as possible before finally making a purchase.

1104, 2021

What You Need to Know About CBN for Sleep

introducing cbn for sleep

At this stage in the medical and recreational cannabis legalization, use, and research we have all become familiar with cannabinoids THC, CBD, and even Delta 8 THC. Now we begin to look at some of the minor cannabinoids beginning with sleeps greatest confidant Cannabinol (CBN).

So, what is CBN and how does it work?

What are the benefits of CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) has recently been given a nod for its sedative effects, helping you fall asleep faster. CBN is essentially aged THCa, or in other terms the chemicals left after the flower oxidizes and ages.  As cannabis ages and turns into CBN the sedative terpenes, which are heavier more stable compounds stick around as the more energizing terpenes which are lighter dissipate much faster. Only one (well cited) human study was performed as far back as 1975, but this study was problematic with its results as it showed CBN was responsible for some sedation, but not without the presence of THC. There have been virtually no studies since the original research in 1975, about CBN’s ability to act alone as a sedative, however, the more recent research points to CBN as a successful sedative with the presence of not only THC but other compounds found in cannabis when growing in nature. Lending way for the cannabis plant to be used in its most natural form, utilizing the entourage effect, where cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids work in concert to maximize the power of the plant to make its effects stronger. The entourage effect has been attributed with absorbing more fully and extending the processing time of the bodies endocannabinoid system (ECS), hence making the plant’s power much stronger. CBN aids in the decrease of blood pressure in the early stages of sleep, helping you drift off faster. CBD helps to reduce the pain, stress, depression and anxiety. These factors help relax the mind from racing and potentially help you fall asleep easier and faster.  THC does have a role in sedation, also aiding in blood pressure reduction but more importantly, has been shown to improve breathing throughout the entire sleep cycle, allowing the brain to process more oxygen during slumber and reducing the chances of obstructive sleep apnea. Then cue linalool a lavender scented terpene that helps increase adenosine (sedating hormone), while fellow terpene limonene helps to elevate the serotonin, which also helps reduce depression levels. Finally, myrcene adds to the sedative properties and also reducing inflammation, summing up the synergy necessary for quality sleep thanks to the entourage effect kick started by CBN.

“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.” -Anonymous

Antibacterial

As cannabis and it’s cannabinoids are being researched more and more CBN is also receiving attention as an antibacterial agent specifically for infections resistant to antibiotics. It was tested in the lab (on rats) on strains of MRSA resistant to antibiotics and researchers found CBN a potent antibacterial to these strains. We may be seeing CBN, in the future used for infections antibiotics can’t touch.

Neuroprotectant

CBN may also serve as a neuroprotectant, one that is quite powerful. Researchers used CBN as a treatment, in a rodent study, for ALS and discovered it was able to delay the onset of the condition. While human studies have yet to take place with ALS in particular, but this news is suggestive that CBN may have a crucial role in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Anti-inflammatory

In previous years, we have always attributed reduction in inflammation to CBD and THC, but a 2009 study on cannabinoids novel anti-inflammatory drugs identified CBN a possible treatment inflammatory disorders such as allergic asthma, and autoimmune diseases. In the same realm research has also shown that CBN can reduce the inflammation that causes intraocular pressure in those with glaucoma.

Pain Relief

In addition to playing a role in reducing inflammation, CBN has been identified as a potential pain killer. CBN does take a different approach, in this effect than THC and CBD. It is considered a weak partial antagonist on the CB1 receptor, meaning it does bind directly to the receptor but induces a much lesser effect than a full agonist (THC or CBD). In this case CBN has been shown to produce merely 10% of the activity of THC, so its role in pain relief looks very different. Rather than soothing the pain by way of CB1 and CB2 receptors CBN releases peptides from sensory nerves, activating an alternative nerve mechanism to achieve pain relief.

Bone cell growth stimulant

CBN is beginning to check the majority of medicinal boxes, pain relieving, reducing inflammation, helpful with sleep, but it is not done yet.  It has been promising in stimulating bone marrow growth. Some studies have shown that CBN gathers and then modulates stem cells, making it the ideal cannabinoinoid for creating new bone tissue and healing bone fracture or breaks from injury.

While research regarding CBN and its benefits to those who use it have yet to become mainstream or regularly done, cannabinoids never disappoint and CBN is no different. With its amplitude of benefits and very little negative effects to mention it is only a matter of time that we begin to see studies take place with humans that truly highlight the power of the cannabis plant and all its power.

403, 2021

Your Guide to Delta 8 THC

All about Delta 8 THC! 

 

Cannabis has been growing in the wild for centuries and it’s intoxicating, and calming effects have been utilized across the globe and over generations of consumers. The flower contains 144 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBG and CBN. The most popular and widely known of these cannabinoids is Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), responsible for the psychoactive high which most associate with being stereotypically “stoned”. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill it was discovered that another cannabinoid offers a familiar high coupled with some unique differences, Delta 8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

 

What is Delta 8 THC? 

 

Delta 8 THC is a minor cannabinoid found in very small concentrations in both cannabis plant species (marijuana and hemp).  Both naturally contain 1% delta 8 THC. Chemically delta 8 THC is different from its cousin delta 9 THC by the location of atomic bonds. Both delta 8 and delta 9 THC have double bonds on the molecular chain.  Delta 8 THC contains that bond on the 8th carbon chain, while delta 9 THC contains the bond on the 9th carbon chain, also lending to the naming of the cannabinoids.  

 

Delta 8 is an analog of delta 9 THC.  While the two are very similar in structure, and both bond to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS), there are some differences worth noting.  

  • Delta 8 tends to be somewhat less psychotropic than delta 9, because delta 8 is altered and therefore does not bind as tightly to the ECS’s CB1 receptor. 
  • CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and central nervous system and are responsible for mediating THC’s psychotropic effects. This difference also provides the consumer with a clear minded high, with the ability to concentrate, and reduced anxiety.  
  • Delta 8 THC has also been given a good amount of attention for its profound effects on cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and appetite stimulation. 

 

How is Delta 8 made? 

 

Delta 8 THC is derived from the hemp plant in which it is found in very small amounts, making it necessary to have mass amounts of dried hemp flower in the extraction process. The dried plant matter is broken down and ran through a distillation process involving variants of heat and pressure in order to isolate the delta 8 THC. Typically, the end product is an odorless, clear, viscous distillate containing over 80% delta 8 THC If this process is repeated, the end result will usually contain close to 98% delta 8 THC. By processing plant matter into Delta 8, manufacturers are also extending the shelf life of the delta 8 products. Delta 9 THC ages and converts into CBN, making the effects of the cannabinoids totally different, and far more sedative then before it over aged. Once the flower has gone through the extraction process, the end result will remain as delta 8 for a much longer span of time, making this an ideal cannabinoid to infuse into gummies, vapes and even drinks that provide consumers with the anti-anxious and mind stimulating lift they are looking for.  

 

Where to Buy Delta 8 in Charlotte NC

Delta 8 THC is available in our Charlotte CBD boutique, GreenLife Remedies. Come visit us at 501 Penman Street, or give us a call at 980.819.9882 to inquire about our D8 selection.

3107, 2019

CBD For Dogs: Good News For Your Fur Friend

When it comes to your fur bestie, you only want to see them healthy and happy!

The good news is that dog owners are discovering that CBD can be an amazing natural treatment and supplement for their pooch! Some of the most common conditions that dogs suffer from have been naturally treated with CBD. Also, many pet owners have reported that a small supplemental dose of CBD daily has improved their dog’s general health and well-being. Let’s take a look at the various ways CBD might benefit your dog.

What Does CBD Do for Dogs?

* Pain Relief

* Anti-inflammatory

* Stress Relief

* Anticonvulsant (seizures)

* Antiemetic (nausea)

* Promotes Homeostasis (brings the body to balance)

CBD provides the same benefits for both dogs and humans. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is found in all mammals (Yes! Humans are mammals!) CBD interacts on the Endocannabinoid System, which is present throughout the brain, organs, muscles, tissues, skeleton and immune system in dogs, as well as humans. It is this interaction that provides the therapeutic benefits of CBD.

CBD For Dogs’ Pain, Anxiety and Gastrointestinal Tract Conditions

One of the most popular uses of CBD for dogs is for pain associated with surgical recovery, arthritis, osteoarthritis and the gastrointestinal tract. CBD is a safe, natural, non-toxic and non-psychoactive alternative to pharmaceutical medications that often have serious side effects. This is very good news for dogs that suffer from chronic pain from immune and neurological conditions. They can be consistently dosed, in small, yet effective doses, which provide a reduction in pain and helps with your dog’s daily movement and activity.

Also, CBD provides support for your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, which can facilitate both a therapeutic and preventative measure for a healthy doggie gut!

When it comes to pain and discomfort from arthritis, surgical recovery or any kind of condition, dogs commonly become anxious and irritable. One of the most sought after uses for CBD is for anxiety. CBD provides a natural calming effect as well as a lift in mood. This is also beneficial for nervous or high-strung dog breeds that often act out with incessant barking, nipping and other undesirable behaviors. So, daily CBD doggie treats might just be the answer to your dog’s unruly behavior!  Your dog will love them and you will be happy that you can be best friends again!

CBD For Aging Dogs

We all have to age, even our beloved dogs; however, aging doesn’t have to mean not having a quality of life. CBD has been become a favorite of seniors, both human and canine, due to the vast array of benefits and support for enhanced golden years!

The management of ‘those little aches and pains’ that come with aging means that your dog can maintain a healthy, active doggie lifestyle throughout the senior years.

Include CBD in your dog’s daily diet and you can feel confident that you are providing your best fur friend with optimum health and well being, at any age!

Have you given your dog CBD for any condition? What was the experience and how did your dog respond? Please share with us in the comment section below!

Our Team and our readers love hearing from you!

Where to Buy Pet CBD in Charlotte

We have plenty of pet CBD products for sale in our Charlotte store, GreenLife Remedies. Come visit us at 501 Penman Street, or give us a call at 980.819.9882 to inquire about our selection of CBD for dogs.

2307, 2019

5 Key Benefits of CBD for Chronic Pain

CBD for chronic pain has quickly become one of the most popular uses for this natural compound. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa or hemp plant that may provide a natural, non-toxic alternative for pain and chronic pain management. Research has demonstrated that cannabidiol, known as CBD, has therapeutic properties that can address the multiple symptoms that are most commonly associated with chronic pain. Let’s take a look at 5 key ways CBD oil might help you manage the symptoms of chronic pain.

 1.) CBD, The Endocannabinoid System and Pain

The Endocannabinoid System or ECS is a complex and vast biological regulatory system within human and mammalian bodies. It is present throughout the brain, organs, immune system, muscle and skeletal systems. It plays a primary role in regulating your physiology, mood and other basic biological functions. Regardless of the unique and varied functions of the ECS, the ultimate goal is to bring the physical, mental and emotional body into what is called homeostasis, which means optimum balance.

Simply put, CBD interacts with the 5-HT1A receptor cells of the ECS throughout the brain and body. This activity is what provides the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and pain relief properties within the body. It has been shown, through research, that CBD acts on these 5-HT1A receptors in the Dopamine, Serotonin and Opioid Systems of the brain and throughout the body, which provide a spectrum of relief for chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.

2.) CBD For Inflammation

CBDs anti-inflammatory property plays a key role as a treatment aid for chronic pain. Inflammation is a natural, positive, healing response of the body that occurs with injury and wound healing in the short term.

However, chronic inflammation can become the source of many chronic pain and autoimmune disorders like arthritis, fibromyalgia as well as neurodegenerative disorders. Most anti-inflammatory medications, both prescription and over the counter, have serious side effects on the liver, kidneys and bowels with long-term use. Because CBD is natural, non-toxic and non-psychoactive long- term use is both safe and effective in reducing chronic inflammation and pain.

 3.) CBD For Anxiety and Depression Due To Chronic Pain

One of the common long-term symptoms of chronic pain is anxiety and depression. When you are living with constant pain it takes it’s toll on your day-to-day experience of life. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may experience a feeling of hopelessness and anxiety that diminishes your quality of life. CBD can help because it interacts with the ECS to regulate your mood, reduce anxiety and provide relief from inflammation and pain. Also, because CBD is non-toxic, you can dose it regularly, over time, to both help prevent and relieve chronic pain symptoms. As a matter of fact, it has been shown to be even more effective when it is dosed regularly, over time.

4.) CBD For Insomnia

Let’s face it; if you are in pain it is very difficult to experience a good night’s sleep! Pharmaceutical sleeping medications might put you to sleep, however, they come with side effects that can compromise your health and mental clarity.

A few drops under your tongue of CBD tincture can provide the relief and relaxation required for a delicious night’s sleep and a bright clear day upon awakening!

5.) Local Pain Management

CBD topicals provide local pain management for aching muscles, joints and sore areas of the body. By applying CBD cream, lotions or salves to painful areas, along with taking CBD internally, in the form of tinctures or edibles, you can manage your chronic pain symptoms from the inside out!

Have you ever used CBD for chronic pain management? What was your experience? Please share with us in the comment section below. We love hearing from you!

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