CBD oil:  How do you know which oil to buy?

What is the hype about CBD oil?  Is the buzz true that CBD oil is the “miracle cure” for what ails us?  After many years of thinking that Big Pharma is better, people are returning to mother nature and her herbs and spices.  Plants are effective as healers, and without the side effects often found with pharmaceutical medications.

There may be a better way to heal, a more natural way.  The body’s endocannabinoid system was discovered by scientist Mark Harkenham in 1990, and it has taken 28 years for politics and research to catch on to how this system interacts with our immune and neurological systems.

The action of endocannabinoids are discussed further down in this blog, but when one considers that CBD can assist in the repairing of damaged nerves and cells, as well as regulating the hormonal system, the possibilities for healing from the lowly hemp plant may turn around our vision of healthcare.  Hemp has been used since the beginning of time for both medicinal and practical purposes.

People living in trauma, or those who have experienced trauma in their past, are prone to many mental and physical health maladies.   Unprocessed trauma hides in the body and muscles, and this is what causes chronic pain.  An old injury flares up, the body wants to process it, the mind says “no way,” and irritation and inflammation ensue.

The Endocannibinoid System

Below is a list of  symptoms people  may suffer due to their unprocessed trauma:

Inflammation – inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, Crohn’s disease.

Pain – Many people are taking opioids by prescription to relieve their pain.  The effects of the narcotics rub off after the first year, leading to more chronic pain and higher doses of the painkillers, and unintentional addiction.

This has become an epidemic where people dying from opiate overdoses has far surpassed deaths from any other medical event.

Stress and anxiety –  Who isn’t stressed these days?  People living in trauma deal with anxiety on a daily basis.  It doesn’t take much for a PTSD moment to disfigure your day and turn it into one of darkness.

Sleep deprivation –  “Oh, sweet sleep.  Why do you avoid me?”  How many of us wake up at the witching hour of 3 AM and try with all our might to get a few more hours of shut-eye before starting our day? Sometimes this works, other times we finally drag ourselves out of bed, more tired than if we had gotten up in the middle of the night and stayed awake.

Muscle spasm/seizures/tremors –  If you’ve ever had a muscle cramp, you have an idea of how badly it hurts to have your entire body in one big spasm.  Seizures are mini brain injuries, and every time someone has a seizure, their cognition and clarity of mind fade a little bit more.  Over time, there is a noticeable change in their mentation.  Tremors are like small seizures, how irritating to have your hands shake so badly you cannot do anything without a great effort.

It is a shame people have suffered so long with these problems when they could have been taking CBD oil.  Marijuana has been illegal for 80 years, and during that time, people have suffered in silence, unable to access the one thing that might alleviate their symptoms.  Instead, doctors prescribed heavy narcotics and other pharmaceuticals, but these medications cause problems from the side effects.

rows of hemp plants
Growing Hemp

Why CBD oil works!

Nature built receptors in our body for a reason.  We normally think of receptors connected to such things as dopamine and serotonin.  But I hold with the theory that cravings are simply our body’s way of telling us a certain receptor is not getting its nourishment.  Until the last 100 years or so, over the last 200,000 years, or however long humans have lived on this planet, the world was abundant with herbs and other plants that were used for nourishment, healing, clothing, rituals, and shelter.

Our bodies hold thousands of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, muscles, and skin.  While there are many phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, the two most prevalent are THC and CBD.  The receptor for THC is CB1 and the receptor for CBD is CB2.  Why then, would not marijuana and hemp be beneficial for healing properties if this is what our bodies need?

Scientists have studied the heck out of the effects THC and CBD in hemp/marijuana for years.  Until recently these studies were biased toward “marijuana is bad for you.”  But unbiased studies show differently.  What they are finding is that CB1 (THC) and CB2 (CBD) regenerate damaged nerve cells and clears out the garbage to make room for the healthy regenerated cells (this is called neuroprotection).  Studies for some of the more advanced diseases are encouraging in that CBD may be helpful in reducing the progression of certain neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s.

Marijuana Bud

Benefits of Using CBD oils:

A quick scan on the internet will give testimonials of how CBD oil has helped people with Parkinson’s, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD, heart disease, and even autism and ADHD.

CBD oil is also a great skin product and users’ reviews claim their skin is more firm and less dry, with a reduction in wrinkles.  Pain relieving cream made from CBD oil in many cases works as well as cream prescribed by the doctor.  There are also products for animals!

Is CBD oil truly the answer to a healthier way of life – without the pile of medications we take now?  Oh, boy, no wonder the pharmaceutical money-mongers are not happy!

There are many products on the market, and you want to be sure to buy from companies who sell what they say they are selling.

In this, as when buying another other product, BUYER BEWARE.

There are products coming from overseas that have questionable processing practices.  If you want to be assured of a quality grade oil, buy from USA companies that purchase the hemp grown organically in the USA.  This way, you are assured you are getting what you paid for, and at the same time you are supporting American businesses.

There are three main types of CBD oil:

  1.  Hemp seed oil.  Seeds have no CBD or THC in them.  They are full of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and are great for skin products, but do not expect to enjoy any benefits other than the nutritional value of hemp seeds.
  2. Full Spectrum CBD oil.  Made from the entire plant – stems, leaves, and seeds.  A common practice is to extract the oil through a process using C02 under low pressure.  The THC is taken out, leaving only CBD phytocannabinoids.
  3. CBD isolate.   Extracted CBD-only into powder form and then added to an oil-based carrier.  The powder can also be sprinkled over food or beverages. The isolate does not have the other cannabinoids that are found in full-spectrum oil and does not have the healing properties of full-spectrum CBD oil.

How to use the oils:

Place a dropper full under your tongue and let it sit for 30 seconds or so, then swallow.  You can find oil in original or peppermint and other flavors that are very pleasant to the taste.

Creams are applied topically.  With vapes, you smoke the oil through an airtight chamber.  There are gummies and other edibles.  The two quickest routes into your system are inhaling and placing the oil under the tongue.

Who is this product for?

Anyone suffering from the above-mentioned maladies should be able to find benefit from the oils.  There has been enough research to show that CBD oil really does calm seizures, relieve stress, and help with a good night’s sleep.  Children with uncontrollable seizures, autism, and ADHD have shown great relief from CBD oil.  As of now, there are no regulatory guidelines to using the oils, but let good sense be the rule and you shouldn’t have any problems.  There is no evidence that you can overdose on CBD oil.

There are few side effects if any.  You might experience dry mouth or lightheadedness, but these disappear as the body absorbs the oil.

IS CBD OIL LEGAL?

Congress recently passed a law making hemp legal on the Federal level, but there are still glitches to work out that involve the DEA, the FDA and the Department of Agriculture.

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How to choose the best company.

Look for companies that have third-party testing, are registered with the FDA, buy hemp from certified organic farms, and are transparent in their operations and product.  As the market for CBD oil grows, dishonest companies are springing up, so do your homework before buying.

Do not pay $4.95 for shipping and handling for a free bottle.  If the company wants you to sample their product, they would send it to you for free – or  would be upright in telling you they will charge your account for $89.95.  Be careful.  Scammers are everywhere!

Joy Organics is an upstanding company with good reviews, a great product and a money-back guarantee.

 

Joy Organics is a family-run operation based in Colorado.  They use a strain of hemp especially bred for high CBD content, and they have absolutely NO THC in their products.  Their hemp comes from 100% organic farms that follow strict guidelines for growing.  The products are tested in-house and then sent to a third-party testing laboratory.

Joy’s products contain ZERO THC and are legal in all 50 states.

 

And the best thing, Joy offers a 30-day money back guarantee, no questions asked,  if you don’t like what you bought.  What can you lose?   A chance at a healthier body and mind and your money returned if you displeased in any way.

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