IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! My LONG awaited post on CBD!! I have been talking for at least 2-3 months now about my obsession with CBD and its game-changing benefits, and my inbox has been flooded with questions about it. Why do I love it so much? What are my favorite brands? Do I eat it or take it in a dropper? The questions go on! I’ve also been asked… WHEN ARE YOU PUBLISHING YOUR POST?!! WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG!!?
The reason why this post took me so long to write is because CBD is confusing AF, and I have tried SO many products and different forms of CBD that I wanted to properly experience all of the products before featuring them.
Let’s start with the basics! WTF is CBD?!
CBD stands for cannabidiol (the most famous cannabinoid is THC). Both CBD and THC come from cannabis, but only THC gets you high. Think of CBD as THC’s cute lil cousin.
It’s tough to give one standard definition of CBD, because it does something different for everyone. CBD is commonly used to provide pain and anxiety relief, help with insomnia and digestion, and act as an anti-inflammatory. It has also been used to treat a range of conditions including arthritis, cancer, and seizures!
According to Dr. Jonathan Leary, Concierge Wellness Doctor, “our internal system (endocannabinoid) is responsible for regulating homeostasis in our body. Think of this as our balance system. CBD enhances this system and it helps regulate balance more efficiently! When your body is more balanced it is less stressed (hence calming you down and helping you sleep) and it puts you in a more optimal healing state. Ideally, in the future I see people taking this every day, (almost like a multi vitamin) because of [how] powerful it is to have your body more in that eased state. Furthermore, one last huge benefit is that your body doesn’t adapt to the dosage… meaning if you take it every day you won’t have to keep increasing dosages like you would have to do with pain meds, for example.”
Dr. Leary couldn’t have summed it up better! CBD puts your body back in homeostasis (or keeps it there), and your body doesn’t build up a tolerance to its amazing benefits.
CBD can be taken as a concentrated oil, cream, in food and drinks, as pills, in vapes, shampoos and more! Creams and balms can be rubbed directly on the skin (great for pain relief) and CBD oils are ingested orally.
Is it legal!? Most states allow CBD products in some form, usually for medical purposes. States that have legalized marijuana view CBD products as legal, too, and there are only four states that consider all cannabis-derived products, including CBD, to be illegal: Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
What has MY personal experience with CBD been like? The two biggest areas I’ve noticed the direct impact of taking CBD are on my anxiety and my digestion. After my first ever CBD experience, I immediately went to the bathroom. LIKE WHAT?! Literally within 30 minutes of taking it. And we all know digestion is my biggest issue. I have long struggled with anxiety, too. My heart races and I am agitated/full of brain fog. I used to be a HUGE weed girl to calm my anxiety, and the way people joke “I need a drink,” I believed “I need a hit.” Since starting CBD I haven’t touched weed. I feel chill and calm and my anxiety has significantly improved.
People always say to me, “if it helps with sleep, why do you take it in the morning? Doesn’t it make you drowsy?” To which I reference what Dr. Leary said earlier. CBD brings your body back into homeostasis, so if you are having trouble sleeping, it is because you are out of homeostasis. CBD brings you back to a state where your body functions better and therefore when you go to sleep at night, your body is capable of having a better night sleep. There is NO component in the drug (for lack of better word) that will give you a drowsy side effect, unless the CBD is paired with a calming agent like ashwaganda etc.
Brands I’ve been vibing:
CURED: TOP PICK ALERT ** Full-spectrum CBD nibbles, tinctures, and treats! Each product is tested 3 times to verify its cannabinoid profile and ensure the absence of pesticides and heavy metals. Cured makes a Classic Mint Oil, Cookie Dough, Full Spectrum Raw Oil, Spices, and CANINE TREATS! Yes, not only is their CBD safe for humans, but it is safe for your pups! The cookie dough… holy WOW!
*Update- CURED just launched Rise and Zen- their adaptogenic CBD supplement line. Mushrooms x CBD- SOLD! I’ve been taking 2 pills to go to bed at night and 2 in the morning, and feeling amazing! Extra chilled in the PM and extra energized in the morning… there is nothing better.
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Plant People: Started by my friend and Chef, Gabe Kennedy, I knew this brand would be one of my top CBD pick’s! In addition to a tincture, Plant People has an everyday pill, CBD infused Olive oil, a balm and a pilled called ‘calm.’ Calm is my FAVORITE. It provides a beneficial blend of full-spectrum CBD and clinical strength adaptogenic and nervine herbs. It supports your body’s ability to manage and deal with stress, promotes present awareness, and boosts body and brain function.
** OBSESSED WITH EACH PP PRODUCY
Green Roads: The first ever brand of CBD that I tried! I had ABSOLUTELY no idea what to expect when trying Green Roads, and little did I know I would fall in love at first droplet. Their oils only have two ingredients: their CBD oil and vegetable glycerin so they are vegan, gluten-free, and are non-GMO. Because it was my first run at CBD, I was totally taken aback by the taste (ALL CBD tinctures have a taste!) but after my first couple of doses I fell in LOVE. Like so in LOVE that I went on social media proclaiming my love, and that is what led to this blog post. I immediately noticed changes in my digestion and anxiety! They also have TheraGreen, a muscle/joint cream which is great for topical treatments. All of the ingredients used in this are natural and include the following: CBD, lavender oil, chamomile extract, vitamin E, cucumber extract and menthol.
OMAX: Two Small Softgels. One Big Breakthrough in CBD. OMAX is more than CBD, it gives you a better body for life. Because the first few brands of CBD I tried were tinctures, I kinda put it in my head that taking CBD as capsules wouldn’t be as effective as the tinctures. Well… I was WRONG! The Phyto-Max Stress Remedy is an innovative, triple-action CBD fusion supplement that helps calm the body, relieve anxious feelings, support optimal inflammatory response, and support overall mind and body wellness. Unlike other CBD products, the secret is the patent-pending blend of these three therapeutic ingredients, that puts your body in the ultimate bliss zone, with no THC and no high!
*Super into this brand!
Beekeeper’s Naturals: Superfood’s from the hive! Beekeeper’s products have been UNREAL for my health; so when I found out they had CBD products I was clearly in heaven. According to Founder, Carly Stein, “honey on its own is great for supporting sleep since it allows amino acids like tryptophan to cross the blood brain barrier. It is also high in enzymes and helps stock the liver glycogen stores which help you sleep through the night.” Their honey products WITH CBD are a highly bioavailable source of chill, and use all natural compounds that support balance, rest, and recovery. They use a unique emulsion formulated with MCT and sunflower lecithin, which is designed to naturally maximize bioavailability and absorption to increase the effectiveness of the CBD/hemp oil.
Vital You Bath Bombs: CBD in your bath… ABSOLUTELY! According to Founder, Jenna, who started Vital You because she couldn’t stand the long list of ingredients and chemicals in bath bombs, she “add(s) blends of flower essences to work with the emotional body, therapeutic grade essentail oils, organic coconut oil, epsom salts, and blends of herbs. Each bath bomb has their own unique ‘personality’ and intention behind it. Whether it’s to relax, invigorate or to ease sore muscles, there’s a bomb for all. I also only use the most natural colorants possible, such as organic blueberry & beetroot powder. So even though the bombs don’t create bath art as some do, you can feel good about what you’re soaking in! We recommend starting out with one of our 50mg bombs to feel the effects of CBD in your own body. We also recommend soaking with the bomb in the tub for at least 15 minutes to allow the magic of the CBD, flower essences, herbs and essential oils to fully work their magic into your body.”
Tonic: Founder, Brittany, created her blends to make integrative, adaptogenic plant based wellness solutions that take the powers of CBD to the next level. It started when she combined Ashwagandha + CBD, and the results changed her life! This blend is called the OG. From there she developed other blends and started experimenting with other ingredients until she developed the formulations you see today. Their best seller is the Chill Tonic which has CBD, Ashwagandha, Lemon Balm & Passion Flower – amazing for anxiety/winding down for the evening. All doses have the base of broad spectrum hemp extract, MCT oil, and Black Seed Oil (amazing for enhancing the anti-inflammatory, immune- boosting effects of CBD). And they even have a pure maple syrup (only 3mL per 30mL bottle) sourced locally from a maple farm down the street from their hemp farm! I love the creative use of adaptogens with the CBD, and I’ve use each of the Tonic products!
Hemp Farmacy: The newest brand of CBD I have tried! Their ultimate mission is to support local communities while providing a fair marketplace for farmers. The first Hemp Farmacy opened 2 years ago and was the first Hemp & CBD Dispensary on the East Coast. They now have 7 locations and an online store. All Hemp Farmacy products pass a rigorous vetting process before entering stores; they are all US grown & manufactured, are tested in a 3rd party lab and are examined for consistency/quality by their expert staff. I use their tincture!
Medterra: fully compliant CBD products extracted from US grown industrial hemp. Every plant is extracted under the strict guidelines of the Kentucky Department of Agricultural Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and then third party tested and guaranteed to be free of contaminants. They utilize a CO2 extraction that allows them to draw the CBD from the plant material and filter out unnatural substances, maximizing pure CBD concentration with 0% THC, guaranteed.
Physician’s Preferred: I use their Full Spectrum Everyday Wellness Tinctures in 1000mg. Its great for your immune system as well as the rest of your body. In addition to this, they make sleep aids (very popular) and menstrual relief tinctures and pain creams!
Papa & Barkley: This line of CBD-based products targets muscle and pain relief. I used it when my tennis elbow was acting up over the holiday’s! VERY effective, and smells great, too!