There is far too much controversy when it comes to organic products. We are here to put the nay-sayers to bed when it comes to organic cannabidiol (CBD) products. CBD products can be found far and wide, but what makes a CBD product good? What can you use it for? And, of course, what products are out here for you to choose from? All of these questions and more will be answered to our highest knowledge in this article.
Let’s begin with: What is CBD?
CBD is one of the 113 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The Cannabis sativa plant is naturally found and comes in a variety of variations. One of those variations is the marijuana plant and you have likely heard of this particular plant because of the psychoactive property or cannabinoid known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This cannabinoid is the one that most people are familiar with. This is because THC causes a ‘high’ in users. Because of this ‘high’ the growing and selling of marijuana is not legal in all 50 states. However, some states have legalized this for recreational as well as medicinal purposes.
The hemp plant, another variation of cannabis, is a different story. Hemp contains a high amount of CBD and lower than 0.3% THC and therefore cannot give you those psychoactive feelings. As of 2018 with the Farm Bill, the growing and selling of the hemp plant has been federally legalized throughout the states. Therefore, products that are derived from the hemp plant (AKA CBD products) are legal and ready to potentially help you.
Organic versus Non-Organic
We here at Panacea Life Sciences are committed to giving you the highest quality CBD there is. And we have determined that the highest quality CBD we can offer is natural CBD. So, what does that mean? Organic products are highly regulated and must obtain a USDA certificate in order to express that their products are actually organic. Organic certification means that products have minimal processes, contain no artificial ingredients, limits the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and the manufacturer has passed certification inspections. Natural products on the other hand, is not a regulated term and therefore companies can decide what they deem natural. Generally natural means less processing and no artificial ingredients. Our products are natural and will often come with natural variations like changes in color or ingredients that have settled differently. There should be no fear when it comes to our natural products. With all the testing we do, our CBD is of amazing quality with our Colorado grown hemp.
Our Products: the natural way
Now that you understand a bit more about Organic, non-organic and natural products. Here are a few of ours that you could choose from.
Vapes: Panacea Life Sciences does not advocate for the use of CBD vapes, but it is an option. One inhaled the CBD is absorbed into the lungs and then into the bloodstream.
Topicals: CBD in topical forms such as lotions, salves, creams and even hand sanitizer are quite popular. These are best used liberally and often. CBD topical typically do not reach the bloodstream but you are able to reap the benefits because it absorbs into the skin from pores.
Softgels: These are similar to edibles as they go through the same process to get into the bloodstream. But they are swallowed like a pill instead of chewed.
Edibles: This type of CBD is a pleasant and fun way to get CBD daily. After eating, the edible travels to the stomach where it is broken down and then is absorbed through the stomach lining and into the bloodstream. This way of administering CBD takes longer to feel the effects but has been described to last longer.
Tinctures: This type of CBD is an oil like substance that is generally placed under the tongue. From there it enters the bloodstream through the mouth. This is an easy way to get a daily amount of CBD into your system. This is also one of the fastest ways.
Tablets: Tablets are similar to tinctures as to where they are administered. The tablet dissolves in your mouth and then reaches the bloodstream from there.
Now that you know about your options. Why should you take CBD?
Here are a few reasons why:
Promote a sense of calm: Promoting a sense of calm in those who have feelings of anxiousness may be quite helpful to some. In this study, they used brain imaging to test subjects who have SAD (social anxiety disorder). Those who were given the CBD showed a decrease in their social anxiety disorder via brain scans. Those who did not receive the CBD did not have any decrease.
Anti-inflammatory properties: CBD has been researched for the possibility of joint health benefits. Panacea Life Sciences has done our own research regarding this aspect. We looked at dogs who are older and have joint health issues. During this study, we asked pet owners to administer CBD to their dogs two times a day for four consecutive weeks. The owners were to take a weekly test to show if anything had improved. At the end of the four weeks pet owners described their dogs to be more mobile. Therefore, the CBD may have helped with their joint health!
Skin health: Although CBD topicals usually never reach the bloodstream this does not mean that they cannot assist in skin health. In this study they concluded that those with and without skin conditions had improved skin health after the use of CBD topicals. They used several tests to test before and after the use of a CBD topical. Their evidence was enhanced by photographic evidence.
FDA approved medications: There are several FDA approved medications that contain CBD. Epidiolex is the most well-known. This medication helps those with two severe types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. There are also a handful of others containing both CBD and THC that assist those going through anti-cancer treatments and the nausea it may cause. These are called Marinol (dronabinol), Syndros (dronabinol), and Cesamet (nabilone). These medications can only be prescribed by a healthcare professional.
So, organic or non-organic? It is truly up to you. We suggest taking a look at each ingredient on the list of the product you are looking at. This way you may be able to choose which type of CBD is the best choice for you.